Sunday, 04 June 2023
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.


It's been five years since the last performance of legendary Sir Tom Jones in Croatia. He's coming again to the ''scene of the crime'' this summer. Concert will take place in the beautiful Pula Arena on 2nd of August as the part of his European tour. 

Audience will have a chance to enjoy many great hits like "It’s Not Unusual", "Kiss", "Delilah", "What’s New Pussycat", "I’ll Never Fall In Love Again", "If I Only Knew" from his over 50 years long rich career.

- Croatia, I am thrilled to be playing one of the world's largest and oldest Roman amphitheatres, the Pula Arena, this August, it looks beautiful! – it's written on Tom Jones official Facebook page.

In his long career Jones has sold over 100 million records with thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States, including "It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat", "Delilah", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "She's a Lady", "Kiss", and "Sex Bomb".

Sir Thomas John Woodward or simply Tom Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, and two Brit Awards: Best British Male in 2000 and the Outstanding Contribution to Music award in 2003. Jones was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1999, whilst in 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.

At the opening of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on the 27th of February the leading Croatian telecommunications company Hrvatski Telekom (HT) has introduced a new service called Call-Lifting.

In cooperation with Deutsche Telekom, the Croatian company has premiered new network technology Narrow Band IoT and a pilot project for using Smart City solutions through this network technology.

After launching CloudVPN in 2015 and Cloud CPU in 2016, at this year's Mobile World Congress the HT company has represented a new service that combines a smart phone and an autonomous drone. This innovative combination of existing technologies offers users a new experience of communication that was developed in order to become part of the global offer of Deutsche Telecom.

It is about an upgrade of the classic video call with the help of an autonomous drone that connects with a user's mobile device. A caller operates a drone that is focused on the area where the caller is located. Thanks to the built-in camera and a drone view function, this service enables live streaming i.e. sharing the aerial footage in real time with a person the caller called.

Call-Lifting enables transmission of experience, emotions and fun with a single call; the experience is so real that the person who receives the call has a feeling of participation in the experience of the caller. This service is ideal for sharing experiences in moments of relaxation and recreation, during various sports competitions, but it also has a great potential for usage in the economy, mainly in construction and agriculture.

Deutsche Telekom represented the new service in Barcelona with live video call from Croatia, thus many visitors at the Mobile World Congress had a chance to watch live attractive scenes captured by a drone flying over Dubrovnik.

''This service only indicates that Hrvatski Telekom is a technology leader who is focused on creatingservices of the future recognized by the international community'', said Ana Pauzar, the head of the HT Department for product development and new business offer.

In addition, the project manager Slavica Zoricic commented that this was the initial version of the service which would be developed for the commercial usage. ''I'm pretty sure that this service will have great success in Croatia in terms of tourism potential, as well as in other aspects of usage in the increasingly active lifestyle of a new era'', concluded Zoricic.



Famous Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known by the name 2Cellos have been guests on The Today Show, American news and talk morning show that airs on NBC. 

They delighted everybody with amazing live perfomance of Game of Thrones theme. This track is from their newest album 'Score', made with the London Symphony Orchestra, that will be released on March 17.

In the talk before the performance, host stated that they don't have classical fans.
- Everybody! From children to grandmas and grandpas – said Luka Sulic.

After stating that they played the cellos almost they whole life, famous duo played them once again. 2Cellos never seem to disappoint, so this live performance was really enchanting.

According to some estimates around 250,000 to 300,000 Croatians suffer from rare diseases due to genetic, chronic and degenerative conditions that lead to disability and greatly affect the quality of their daily lives.

Apart from problems related to diagnosis and adequate medical care, the biggest problem is availability of drugs for rare diseases; drugs for some of those diseases are either unavailable on the market or are so expensive and difficult to obtain due to the small number of patients.

After several years of efforts by the Croatian Alliance for Rare Diseases, the country adopted a national programme for rare diseases for the period 2015-2020, which defines goals and gives recommendations for better care, including better diagnostics and treatment, the establishment of registers of patients and reference treatment centres, greater drug availability, the promotion of rare disease research and education as well as providing a multidisciplinary approach to patients suffering from rare disorders.

Rare diseases bring great suffering to 36 million Europeans and their families. They affect 5 in10,000 people or fewer, and expertise in diagnosing and treating them is even more rare than the diseases themselves. However, there are plans within the pharmaceutical industry at the EU level for joint prices for drugs for rare diseases in order to make those prices lower and drugs more available.

On the occasion of marking the World Rare Disease Day on the 28th of February, the Croatian Alliance for Rare Diseases will organize a fundraising dinner called ''Rarely Good Dinner'' at the Hotel Panorama in Zagreb.

According to a statement from the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR), the bank continues with the implementation of programs for offering favourable loans to the tourism sector with continued reduction of interest rate and lower fees for loan applications.

''For loans taken for investment purposes repayment periods are adjusted to the tourism sector and prolonged up to 17 years. Over the past few years, interest rates were reduced on several occasions and investors in the tourism industry could take loans with interest between 2 and 4 percent, depending on business performance and areas of investment.

The Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development enables financing up to 75 percent of a preliminary investment estimate, without VAT," stated from HBOR.

Last year HBOR supported 274 tourism projects with the amount of 1,8 billion Kunas of loans or 17 percent more in comparison to 2015. On the other hand, almost 90 percent of HBOR loans were approved for investments in the Adriatic region, whilst the rest was approved for projects in the continent region.

At the level of all sectors in Croatia, in 2016 the bank approved 7,6 billion Kunas of loans; around 21 percent of the amount went to companies in the tourism sector.

New week brings the new start of the filming of Robin Hood: Origins. After non-working weekend, things got really busy in the Old City today. 

Horses and carriages attracted a great interest of locals and tourists, that all stopped to take photos of this not so usual sight. Equipment was all over the place and the set was finally finished – everything was ready for the start of the filming. Extras came, looking cheerful and ready for busy day of work. Sadly, we didn't catch any celebrities on the Stradun set.

Get the taste of today's atmosphere in our photo gallery.

Croatia is full of beauty that we can brag about and one of them is for sure clear blue Adriatic Sea.

That's why there is no surpise that Dalmatian coast has hit really flattering list – a list of 10 clearest bodies of water in the entire world. The choice was made by famous lifestyle magazine House Beautiful and Croatia is placed on the 7th place of the list.

- The Adriatic Sea along this coast is part of the reason Croatia has become one of the hottest new destinations to visit in Europe. Dramatic limestone cliffs line the water and make it a totally unique experience – writes the author of the article.

Adriatic Sea is usually in the top countries when it comes to sea water quality and clearness – and that makes us really proud.

Who knew that Little John played the piano so well! Jamie Foxx, who plays Little John in the current Robin Hood: Origins, seems to be having fun in the city whilst not on set.

He proved that he is more than a talented actor with this funky video posted on his Instagram account. “After that good wine from Croatia…and the piano is just out of tune enough to give you that vibe,” commented Foxx.


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