Tuesday, 26 October 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

In the last 24 hours, 1,911 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 8,101.

Unfortunately, a further 14 people passed away in Croatia in the past 24 hours. Of the 14 fatalities 12 weren’t vaccinated. Of the two people who were vaccinated one (born in 1938) was vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine, however had numerous other medical conditions. The second deceased (born in 1953) had received one dose of the vaccine, but he, too, unfortunately had several other medical conditions.

As of September 28, 2021, 1,812,532 people had been vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine, of which 1,700,089 people had received both doses.


In the last 24 hours, 1,911 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 8,101.

There are currently 745 people in hospital, of which 99 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 14 people died in the past 24 hours in Croatia.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 403,080 people have been infected, of which 8,628 have died, a total of 386,351 people have recovered, of which 896 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 21,164 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,813,356 people have been tested, of which 10,148 in the last 24 hours.

As of September 28, 2021, 3,419,381 doses of vaccine were consumed, and 44.66 percent of the total population and 53.59 percent of the adult population were vaccinated. On September 28, 2021, 6,504 doses of vaccine were consumed, of which 3,842 persons were vaccinated with the first dose.



Croatians, from the 1st of December, will no longer require a visa for business and tourist trips to the USA!

On Tuesday, the US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, in coordination with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, included Croatia in the list of countries participating in the so-called The Visa Waiver Program (VWP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said.

No later than December 1st, the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA) will allow Croatian citizens to apply for business or tourist trips for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa, the statement added.

“The inclusion of Croatia in the Visa Waiver Program is an important step in further strengthening economic and security cooperation between the United States and Croatia,” the statement said.

And US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas commented that “Today's inclusion of Croatia in the Visa Waiver Program is an important recognition of the common economic and security interests of our two countries.” And he added “Congratulations to Croatia for becoming the 40th member of this Program after meeting strict criteria. I look forward to continuing our close cooperation on key priorities.”

The visa waiver program is a comprehensive security partnership between the United States and participating countries that allows travel to the United States for business or tourism purposes for up to 90 days while protecting national security, the Washington statement read.

And as the US has a large number of Croatian diaspora this will be good news for them as before obtaining a visa to visit the States was a complicated affair that involved visiting the US Embassy in Zagreb.

The Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, tweeted “We welcome the decision of the inclusion of Croatia in the Visa Waiver Program. Croatian citizens who will be able to travel to the United States without visas will benefit the most. By realizing this foreign policy priority, we will further strengthen the ties between Croatia and the United States!”

Organized by the Dubrovnik Association of Fine Artists, on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, an exhibition of works by members of the Association will open in the atrium of the Sponza Palace.

The exhibition ‘Dubrovnik outside the walls’ will be officially opened at 7 pm. The exhibition can be viewed until October 11 on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is the fifth exhibition of the association was held this year.

The Dubrovnik Association of Fine Artists has been active for more than 40 years. Today it has 27 active members. And the participants of this exhibition are Anto Violić, Diana Rajić, Dubravka Rathman, Franica Čebirić, Josipa Vlašić, Luce Đuraš, Marijana Hure, Miroslav Stamatović, Nino Dubčić, Marta Baće, Mirica Dubčić, Mišo Baričević, Silvija Sikavica and Valter Kožul.


The European Commission has paid an advance to Croatia from the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism of 818.4m Euros or 6.14 billion Kuna. This payment represents the largest single payment of EU funds to the state budget since Croatia became a member of the European Union, the government announced on Tuesday.

The government announced that the funds from the advance will be directed to the reforms and projects that are most ready and that can be implemented first, which, among other things, refers to support for an innovative project for research and development of autonomous vehicles; investing in broadband access infrastructure and securing access to the 5G network; support to entrepreneurs for energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in industry; building decarbonisation projects; as well as water management projects that already have ready project study documentation, tender documentation and obtained building permits.

The basis for the advance payment is the National Recovery and Resilience Plan 2021-2026 (NPOO), which received a positive evaluation from the European Commission in early July, and which was confirmed by the EU Council.

“Receiving advance funds for Croatia marks the beginning of the implementation of candidate investments within the NPOO. After the phase of preserving jobs and economic stability in the circumstances of the Covid-19 crisis, we are committed to the reform process and the use of secured European funds for rapid economic recovery and development, with a clear direction of double transition - digital and green,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

The deadline for the implementation of all reforms and investments in the NPOO is 31 August 2026, whereby further disbursements from the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism will be based on semi-annual payment requests, the approval of which will depend on satisfactory fulfilment of indicators related to the implementation of reforms and investments to which Croatia has committed under the NPOO.


The National Civil Protection Headquarters has published the latest data on the number of people infected with the coronavirus.

In the last 24 hours, 1,061 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 7,100.

Among them, 738 people are in hospital, of which 102 patients are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 8 people died in the past 24 hours.

The number of people in self-isolation is 22,467.

A total of 385,455 people recovered, of which 1,098 recovered in the last 24 hours. To date, a total of 2,803,208 people have been tested, of which 9,257 were tested in the last 24 hours, the National Headquarters.


The gambling entertainment market is changing rapidly. Hundreds of themed slots are already available to users. At the same time, the audience requirements are clearly increasing. This can be seen both from a wide range of plots and the graphics quality. Therefore, 3d slots are especially in demand. Due to the specific design, the symbols on the reels look voluminous.

This makes it possible to create a feeling of absolute physical presence. Therefore, such games will please users with realism. Modern technologies make it possible to enjoy them when working both via a computer and a mobile device. In fact, all you now need to immerse in the exciting spins work is access to the Internet. Still, playing them via a computer looks more logical, since you can better see all the details. You can see by yourself that these games can really generate profit.

Nowadays, there are more and more software with such a graphic design. This is not surprising since they are especially realistic, help to set for the gameplay and achieve the result you want.

About 3D slots in Canada

Users from Canada are traditionally demanding players. Even though online gambling is prohibited in the country, many casinos are happy to accept customers from this state. Usually, there are no problems with getting access to the sites.

Now, users choose such slots more often, and it can hardly be called a coincidence. Their main advantages are as follows:

  1. High-quality graphics. Thanks to a fashionable interface, you can easily feel like participating in the gameplay. You can easily feel that everything happening is real. As a result, you will enjoy the slots to the full.
  2. A variety of topics of the available software. There are no fewer of them than the classic ones. Ancient history, adventure, treasure hunting, sports – these are just some of the topics that developers use the most. You can easily find a game that will be interesting and greatly designed.
  3. High chances of success. In many slots, a RTP rate exceeds 96-97%. This is an extremely good level. In fact, this means that users just need to allocate existing assets properly to achieve the result they want.

Also, you should keep the bonus options in mind. It’ll be wrong to say that in 3D slots Canada, developers pay attention to the graphic component only. They’ve taken care of all aspects. Thanks to this, the programs not only look cutting-edge, but will also become a real source of income even in the long run. Don’t miss an opportunity to evaluate their advantages and immerse in the world of excitement and virtual adventures!

Nowadays, more and more users from Canada prefer such games. This is not surprising. They are diverse and unusual. Besides, there are quite many of such programs. In fact, this means that you can regularly try something new and enjoy top-class graphics.

Why 3Dslots is so popular?

For many users, such games are still quite unusual. They are popular due to the surprise effect and gamblers’ ambition to try something new. 3D slots online offer a cool graphics and an opportunity to feel like immersing in the process. For example, this is supported by that fact that you can see all the icons clearly. It’s especially important for themed slots, where the symbols have been specially designed for such games.

It should be noted that other developments are also available in 3D format. First, it applies to card games, which are now presented in a virtual form. These include:

  • poker;
  • baccarat;
  • roulette;
  • blackjack.

They also look extremely realistic. Thanks to this, users feel like in a real gambling parlor. This makes it possible to set for the process better. It becomes increasingly realistic, and you feel like paying even more attention to your favorite entertainment.

Back to the slots, it should be mentioned that classic programs are available in 3D format as well. For example, these include games dedicated to fruits. Now, they are also becoming more realistic. You will feel like you are in classic slot machines that used to be popular a few decades ago. But now they look more fashionable and advanced. Choose these games, and you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge in practice.

3D graphics and a pleasant interface are also important for understanding the gameplay. Now users feel more confident and can perform spins, as well as other operations easily.

Especially for 3D-style graphics, many developers have updated their “model range”. Their old games have been upgraded, so they gained a second wind. Now, they are popular again among the demanding audience, which is especially picky about the gaming design. 

To better understand the features of such slots, feel free to play them in demo mode. Nowadays, many companies offer such an opportunity. You can test your favorite software and assess their specifics. At the same time, there will be no need to risk your assets. The most important thing is you will be able to adapt to the new graphics. In the future, when playing for real money, this will enable you not to waste time and adapt to the gambling activity quickly. It is also quite common that users are offered to make free spins in a new slot that has just appeared on the market. Thus, the casino tries to promote it, make it more popular and demanded by the audience. Don’t miss an opportunity to perform such kind of spins since it is always a valuable experience.

Thus, the described form of slots is becoming more and more popular. High-quality graphics, amazing plot dynamics – all these make the process of spinning the reels even more exciting.

In the Canadian casinos’ range, you will find a lot of themed slots, which will also delight you with a high RTP rate and a variety of bonus options. Therefore, they can be treated as a source of income even in the long run. All you need is just to register at any of the companies, add funds to your account, and after that these games will become a reality for you.

On the occasion of the World Tourism Day yesterday, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, met with members of the Council for the Recovery and Development of Tourism at the Ministry on Monday, and in addition to good results this season, they also discussed preparations for the next tourist year.

"World Tourism Day is an opportunity to look back at the results of this year, but also about the people without whom tourism is nothing. Therefore, congratulations to everyone in the sector for the good results this year,” said the Minister.

She also stressed that the theme of this year's World Tourism Day "Inclusive Growth" means the inclusion of young and vulnerable groups in tourism, job retention and employment, community sustainability and more.

She also stated that Croatian tourism exceeded 70 percent of the total turnover from 2019 in September.

The director of the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB), Kristjan Staničić, also congratulated everyone in the tourism sector.

"All stakeholders are ready to better prepare for 2022, in order to maintain Croatia's position as the safest and highest quality tourist destination in the Mediterranean, which will be an emphasis in our promotions," said Staničić.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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