Sunday, 25 September 2022
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.


According to the latest data from Eurostat, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy in the EU grew significantly in 2015 and has continued to grow towards a goal of 20 percent, which is to be achieved by 2020.

Furthermore, in 2015 the share of energy from renewable sources increased in twenty-two EU member countries, including Croatia, in comparison to the previous year.

"The share of renewable energy sources in gross final consumption of energy is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target to be reached by 2020 for the EU is a share of 20 percent energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy. However, renewable energy sources will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. Therefore, the EU member states have already agreed on a new EU renewable energy target of at least 27 percent by 2030," Eurostat says.

The data from Eurostat also show that among the EU member countries in 2015, Sweden had the highest share of energy from renewable sources in its gross final consumption of energy (53,9%). This country was followed by Finland (39,3%), Latvia (37,6%), Austria (33%) and Denmark (30,8%).

As far as Croatia is concerned, in 2015 its share of renewable sources in gross final consumption was 29 percent. In the previous year, this share was 27,9 percent, whilst in 2004 it was 23,5 percent. Just like the other EU member countries Croatia has also set the goal of reaching 20 percent share of renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy by 2020.

On the other hand, the lowest share of renewable energy sources were recorded in Luxembourg and Malta (both 5%), the Netherlands (5,8%), Belgium (7,9%) and the United Kingdom (8,2%).

It is important to note that out of the twenty-eight EU member countries, eleven of them have already reached the level required to meet their national 2020 goals such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden.

Dubrovnik has been bathing in some unusually warm weather this week, it seems like summer has come early to the Pearl of the Adriatic.

With temperatures all week almost reaching 20 degrees and unbroken sunshine the few tourists in the city have had a chance to catch some winter rays. Al fresco coffee and sightseeing were the things to do yesterday as the weekend started with blue skies.

Check out our Saturday gallery by Tonci Plazibat

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The globally popular Croatian cello duo „Cellos have released a new album entitled “Score” and a stunning new video with the theme of the Russell Crowe blockbuster Gladiator. The latest album from 2 Cellos was recorded in London with the London Symphony Orchestra and features such timeless classics as Moon River and Love Story. There is also a modern version of the Game of Thrones theme tune and the video for this was actually filmed on Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik.

The stunning video for the theme tune to Gladiator was filmed in the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula and in the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro. "Now We Are Free" from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer now has a new lease of live from Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2Cellos. The album Score was released on the 17th of March and it looks like the Croatian duo have another hit album on their hands.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of international recognition of the Republic of Croatia and establishment of its diplomatic relations, the diplomatic community in Croatia opened an exhibition at the Mimara Museum on the 15th of March.

''Croatia through the eyes of foreign ambassadors'' is a photo exhibition, a gift of the diplomatic community to Croatia, which presents the ambassadors’ experiences of the country in which they are now on duty.

At the invitation of their counterparts Tanya Dimitrova, the Bulgarian ambassador to Croatia, and Philippe Benoit, the Belgian ambassador, the ambassadors to Croatia recorded scenes they want to remember Croatia by, such as the country's natural beauty, cities and tradition, from Vukovar to Dubrovnik. Among 150 submitted photographs, a seven-member jury chose 45 of them that are being presented at the exhibition.

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''Croatia cannot leave you indifferent. Wherever I went, I could not stop taking photos. There were moments when my breath was literally taken away. Wherever our profession and our life path take us, we will take these wonderful memories with us and we will be lifelong ambassadors of goodwill for Croatia. It is a mission I will never give up on'', explained Tanya Dimitrova.

The Belgian ambassador Philippe Benoit has seen this exhibition as a tribute to the difficult times through which Croatia went before it was internationally recognized. ''However, we wanted to make this exhibition a happy event that celebrates the beauty and diversity of your country, including all its regions in the exhibition'', emphasized Benoit.

It is interesting to note that the first prize was won by the Polish ambassador to Croatia Maciej Grzegorz Szymanski for his photo of Rovinj's rooftops, the second prize won Philippe Benoit for his photo of Nin's Lagoon, whilst the third prize went to the Spanish ambassador to Croatia Eduardo Aznar for his photo of the Old Port in Dubrovnik.

The exhibition will be opened until the 23rd of March.

All roads led to Mali Ston yesterday as the traditional Festival of Oysters attracted crowds from all over the region.

On the day of St. Joseph the oysters of Mali Ston, recognised as some of the best in the world, are presented along with fine wines from the Peljesac Peninsular. Nature’s aphrodisiac was certainly very popular yesterday with hundreds of guests gathered on the seaside promenade in Mali Ston. Oyster farmers from the bay of Ston offered their products at promotional prices and the entertainment was provided by vocal groups and folklore dancers.

Check out our photo gallery from the Festival of Oysters – Eat Oysters, Love Longer

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Photos Ivana Smilovic/The Dubrovnik Times 

According to data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS) on electronic communication services relating to phone calls, SMS and MMS as well as broadband internet traffic in the past few years, among all these services Croatia recorded the biggest increase was in internet traffic.

Last year around 8.9 billion minutes were spent on the three largest mobile networks in Croatia, or 1.6 percent more compared to 2015. On the other hand, 2.2 billion minutes or 8.1 percent less minutes were spent in fixed networks.

Furthermore, the data shows that internet traffic in 2016 was around 710 million GB, which was an increase of 200 million GB or 38.3 percent in comparison to 2015. The biggest growth in internet traffic of almost 42 percent was achieved only in the last quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

As far as mobile networks and spent minutes are concerned, there were no big surprises; a 1.6 percent growth was stabile at the annual level and continued. Out of the total number of 8.9 billion minutes spent in 2016, little more than 2.2 billion minutes were spent only in the last quarter which was an increase of 2.5 percent compared to the same period in 2015.

On the other hand, mobile networks recorded a years-long decline in the number of sent SMS and MMS text messages. The data show that 9 percent less SMS text messages were sent in 2016 or 2.6 billion, whilst users sent 11.3 percent less MMS text messages, or 15,6 million.

Furthermore, fixed networks recorded a decline of 8,1 percent in 2016; out of the total 2.2 billion spent minutes, 559 million minutes were spent only in the last quarter, which was also a decrease of 7.2 percent in comparison to the same period in 2015.

The decline in fixed networks was recorded both in domestic and international traffic i.e. the decline in spent minutes at the annual level in domestic traffic was 8 percent, whilst in international traffic it was 15 percent.

The stones back, no not the Rolling Stones, but the three stones at the end of the Siroka Street in the historic centre of Dubrovnik.

The iconic stone pillars were removed during filming of the movie Robin Hood: Origins in Dubrovnik to make way for Robin and his merry men. However today they were returned to their original position and once again the view from the Stradun is complete.

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Traditionally marking the annual feast of St. Joseph in Ston and Mali Ston, The Festival of Oysters is the place to be tomorrow from 11am to 4pm. After all Ston is renowned all over the world for the quality of its oysters, so were better to taste “nature’s aphrodisiac” than in the home of the best oysters in the region.

The tasting of oysters and Pelješac wines will take place on the seafront in Mali Ston. You will be able to enjoy the most renowned aphrodisiac alongside a glass of supreme wine of Pelješac at a reasonable price, or rather promotional prices.
Through an all day presentation of Croatian island products, the day will offer a variety of traditional products of the upmost quality. And your day enjoying these traditional specialities from the Adriatic will be a day to remember as Dalmatian music, a folklore performance and raffles will all be organised.

There is another great bonus of this day – the entrance to the Walls of Ston will be free of charge from 9 am to 3 pm.


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