Thursday, 29 July 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


Dubrovnik is a photographer’s dream, let’s face it you can throw a camera in the air and capture a stunning photo. And every day Instagram is filled to overflowing point with some absolutely blasting images of the pearl of the Adriatic.

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One small destination in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, more precisely on the Peljesac Peninsula, is recovering from the pandemic faster than any other. Not only is this destination beating last year’s tourism numbers by a healthy margin, but also has recorded more guests than the record breaking year of 2019.

Viganj on the south-western part of Peljesac might only have a population of around three hundred people, but in terms of tourism it punches well above its weight thanks to an ace up the sleeve. The village is located opposite of the island of Korcula, and the coastline is Viganj is known for its regular and indeed strong winds making it heaven on earth for all types of windsurfing.

From the 19th to the 24th of July the Czech Open windsurfing championship, in the Funboard Slalom Classic & Foil discipline and Bic Techno 293 Slalom, will be held in Viganj. And according to the Orebić Tourist Board this relatively small coastal village hosts one championships almost every year. For example, in 2013, the World Championship in windsurfing in the formula discipline was held in Viganj, and the other city that was trying to host the championships that year was San Francisco.

And these events have made Viganj a magnet for windsurfers from all over the world and have boosted tourism to a new level. From the beginning of the year to the middle of July, 35,450 overnight stays were realized in Viganj, which is 30 percent better than last year and even 4.5 percent better than in 2019. Most guests are from Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.


The vaccination process continued in Dubrovnik today with a mass vaccination of 517 people. Today’s vaccination took place in the Student Dormitory in Dubrovnik and queues started forming in the morning.

A total of 29,000 people in Dubrovnik have been vaccinated so far and the city of Dubrovnik has exceeded 50 percent of the adult population. Today’s mass vaccination allowed citizens to turn up without an appointment and get vaccinated.

Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, spoke today at the Government session about the vaccination situation across the country.

“First, we are in a situation where we have at least 46.8 percent of adults vaccinated, 39 percent have been vaccinated with two doses, which is not enough. A much more contagious delta strain is spreading through Europe. In countries that are well vaccinated, there is a situation that, regardless of the increase in the number of infected, they do not have a significant increase in hospitalizations, and this is important to note,” said Plenković.

He added that “The risk of infection is higher in those who have not been vaccinated, for every 44 non-vaccinated infected people one will die. I urge the chronically ill and the elderly to be vaccinated. Since the onset of the pandemic, 8,230 people have died from or with Covid, and more than 92 percent were over 60 years of age. Vaccines are plentiful and anyone can be vaccinated.”

“We will enable all Croatian citizens, regardless of whether they have health insurance, to get vaccinated. Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina or from any part of the world can come here and get vaccinated. We have so many doses of vaccine available that we will vaccinate anyone who wants it, it will be our contribution to curbing the pandemic,” the Prime Minister concluded.


PDF Ideas for Students 

PDF tools for students are everywhere nowadays. Students can find them online where some platforms let students use their services for free. Other web-based tools require registration and a small weekly, monthly or yearly fee to use basic as well as advanced PDF tools. And there are the more notable programs that come as paid software that have the latest in PDF editing options and are regarded as the best in the business. Students have a lot of considerations when it comes to finding the right tools to help them in their studies. So this list is a helpful guide to all the best PDF editors online and elsewhere. 

PDF Templates 

Ready-made and ready-to-use PDF templates are essential documents not just for students but for anyone who needs a legitimate and professional document template. These days, most important documents - from employment applications and contracts to tax forms and other governmental applications - are digital and usually created in PDF format. 

Some forms are downloadable and are ready to fill in, but some may require editing to fit a user’s specific purposes, like an invitation, rental contract, or cover letter. For those purposes, many online PDF editors also offer their users a wealth of pre-made templates that fit any occasion. 

Whether a user needs an official document to submit for a particular project or a research paper, many of the best online PDF editing software comes with access to templates. Many web-based services like PDF Form, Sejda, and SmallPDF offer users a wealth of different editable templates that can be made to fit any requirement. 

PDF Tools 

The term “PDF tools” can encompass many things. PDF tools can help students with everything from editing, commenting and annotating, highlighting passages, merging or splitting documents, and compressing or converting them to other file types. There are several online services as well as paid software programs that let students do all of the aforementioned. 

One option that is both browser-based but also available for download to a desktop or mobile phone is Lumin PDF. Lumin is a site that aims to take all of the effort and guesswork out of editing and managing PDF files. 

The program boasts an easy-to-navigate user interface, a bevy of editing, annotating, and commenting options, while allowing for easy synchronization to cloud-based storage tools like Google Drive and Dropbox. Users can take advantage of this cloud capability by sharing a PDF with a colleague and then editing it together in real-time so everyone stays on the same page. 

Another useful PDF editor for students comes in the form of the Adobe Acrobat suite. Adobe Acrobat software is highly-regarded and the most well-known PDF editing software. It usually comes at a premium and costs hundreds of dollars to buy. 

Fortunately, higher-education students could benefit from the fact that many higher-learning institutions make the software available to students. Students can complete reports, edit documents and compile new document types using Adobe without having to bear the costs that come with it. 

Editable PDFs 

PDFs were originally not meant to be edited. This built-in feature was so that anyone, anywhere could receive, open and view a PDF file without needing to install or download special software. It also meant that a document could be shared with many different people and always arrive unadulterated and in the same form as it was meant to be. 

The concrete-like quality of original PDFs was a boon to users who needed more valid options than the options that existed at the time. Rather than printing off individual pages of large documents, faxing large reams of paper, or being thwarted when sending them via email because of large file sizes, users could simply compress a document into a single, easily shareable file. 

But as the technology progressed, demand arose for PDF editors for those documents that did require changes. Whether it was to edit text or change a format or design layout, PDF editing software soon became a must-have for individuals and businesses everywhere.

Students especially need access to PDF file editors as the demands of their assignments and classes require organization, formatting, annotations, and other features. Students with the knowledge can create their PDF files. They can also download ready-made templates, as well as edit elements of an already-created or merging and splitting several PDFs to create a new one. 

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Moving is a huge process and your need to stay connected with the movers for a longer duration. Therefore maintaining a good relationship with them is important. Your move is very important for you and that is the reason why you have hired one of the most professional local moving companies. But having a good relationship with your movers is important to ensure that you have a successful move.

Once you are successful in hiring a good professional moving company that is trustworthy, welcoming, and budget-friendly, your job is done. Relax and leave everything on them. Just stay connected with them and let them do their work. If you are looking for tips that how you can get along with the movers then this is just the perfect page for you.

1. Always be punctual

You should be punctual even when you are working on a very tight schedule. Yes, during the moving process, it is very difficult to stay on schedule, delays are common. You also have to guide your movers at certain places so be sure to do it. Finish all you’re packing before the movers arrive and keep all the tasks completed. If you start doing the moving tasks earlier then staying on the schedule will be easier for you. You need to respect their time also.

Do you know if you don’t run according to contract deadlines and if you are running late and delays are made in the moving process because of you then you might be charged for it? So be extra careful and pay attention to the time frame.

2. Stay out of their way

When they are loading the items into the moving truck, make sure that all your family members, pets, and kids stay away from their way. Try to remove all the hurdles present in between their path to make the loading easier for them and to reduce the chances of any kind of accident. While at the same time you might supervise them about the tricky paths, staircases, or fragile items but this does not mean that you came in their way. Rely on their level of expertise and leave everything on them. They will do the task with ease with their expertise and will make the process smoother for you.

3. Try to make the moving crew comfortable with you

Moving is not a short process therefore you have to spend time with the crew members of the moving company. Movers are both the guest of your home as well as the ones who will take care of your personal belongings therefore making sure to create good relations is important. You should greet them with a smile when they arrive at your home and give them respect.

Your behavior and the way you talk is the most important element during the entire process. You should also offer them soda and cold water when they arrive especially when it is summer season. Just try to keep them happy and comfortable so that the entire proves becomes easier for you as well as for professionals.

4. Provide essentials

Also consider the basic needs and requirements of the movers. You should provide them ample quantity of water, let them know where is the bathroom present at your home, let them know about soap, toilet paper and so on. Ask them if they need coffee or tea before they start the very laborious loading task. Try to have a comfortable environment at your home like if it is too hot and switch on the fans or AC according to your preferences. If you want to establish a good relationship then giving them a small treat will be very helpful for you.

5. Communicate effectively

Communication is the most important element that helps you to make the crew members happy. The way you talk to them plays a crucial role during the entire moving process. If you become rude to them at certain places then higher are the chances that they would not consider your belongings as theirs and will do just only their duty while if you talk to them in a good manner then they will consider your belongings as theirs and will provide you theirs potential to transport all the items with the complete safety.
Also, make sure that you keep up the open communication so that there are no misunderstandings during the moving process and any kind of errors such as delays, loss, or anything can be avoided easily. Keep interacting with them to know the information of the move.

Bottom line:

When the process completes, you should also tip them well so that they will be happy to work for you. Also, appreciate them for the good work they have done for you. Giving them good feedback helps you to bring smile on their face and it also boosts their potential to perform more successful moves.




In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, seven new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in the last 24 hours. These are two males and five females; two each from Dubrovnik and Konavle and one each from Metković, Ston and Slivno.

Twelve people made a full recovery in the last 24 hours - seven from Dubrovnik, two from Ploče and one each from Konavle, Metković and Zažablje.

In the last 24 hours, 423 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 90,566 samples have been analysed.

Eight people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

257 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.


Župa dubrovačka awoke to clouds of smoke and an acrid smell in the morning air as forest fires across the border in Trebinje floated down over the hills.
The cause of the smoke was a big fire that broke out yesterday afternoon at the city garbage dump in Trebinje.

According to the Trebinje live portal, the fire was active in the centre of the landfill, at a great depth, so it was impossible to put it out. And work is also hampered by the fact that explosive devices are believed to be in the landfill. Communal workers are on the spot with two cisterns in order to prevent the fire from spreading outside the landfill. The only help is rain, which meteorologists are announcing for the weekend.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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