Tuesday, 04 August 2020
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

With the Covid-19 pandemic causing absolute chaos with the travel and transport industry it is hardly surprising that the latest passenger figures from Croatia Airlines are less than impressive. To say Croatia’s national airline has had a challenging start to 2020 would be a massive understatement, disastrous would probably better suit.

From the beginning of 2020 to the end of June Croatia Airlines has recorded an operating loss of 155.4 million Kuna, the logical negative effects of the pandemic affected just about every aspect of the airline’s business. Croatia Airlines flew 59 percent air hours when compared with the same period in 2019, 5,661 flights were carried out, which is 7,536 fewer than the same period from 2019.

And passenger numbers, or more precisely the lack of passenger numbers is just as shocking. In internal flights passenger numbers fell by a whopping 63 percent, and in international traffic by 66 percent, almost 630,000 fewer passengers were transported by Croatia Airlines in the first half of 2020.


There are various reliable and convenient online bookmaker platforms, such as the Parimatch site, allowing you to place bets on different sports events. Players can use effective betting strategies to increase their chances of winnings. Someone just relies on their luck and intuition when it comes to sports betting. However, taking into account different important factors that influence a match outcome surely gives you greater chances of earning some money. In particular, you can get helpful info from tips and predictions provided by betting experts. More interesting information on that is covered in this article.


What Are Betting Tips and Predictions?

They are written by betting experts based on the analysis of a wide variety of factors. The thing is that lots of circumstances may impact a match outcome, and understanding them will allow you to know what to pay your attention to.

The core things to consider are the following:

- Places of teams in standings

Teams’ performance on home and away fields

- Recent injuries of players

Teams’ motivation

The outcomes of the previous encounters of teams

The number of scored and conceded goals

When experts write their tips or predictions, they take these factors into account. Not only do they try to analyze the overall condition, potential, and motivation of each team but also compare them. On high-quality betting websites, you can find statistical info on teams for you to consider when placing your bet.

What Is the Difference between Free and Paid Predictions?

On the Internet, you can find both paid and free predictions. So, how do they differ? Free predictions usually are written with only a few factors in mind. As for paid predictions, they are prepared by taking into account lots of different factors, which increases their accuracy to up to 80%.

Free predictions are a good choice for players who want to increase their chances of winning without having to pay much money. At the same time, opting for paid predictions gives greater chances to beat a bookmaker.

How to Use Betting Tips and Predictions?

On the Internet, it is possible to find tips and predictions from multiple betting experts. They will not necessarily be identical, as different specialists may have different approaches to analyzing statistical data, so their opinions on the same events may differ. It is recommended to take into account the verdicts of several experts. It is also important to have a look at the statistical data yourself. By combining your and experts’ views, you will be able to come up with the most accurate prediction.

Where to Find Expert Predictions and Tips?

There are lots of different betting platforms that allow accessing betting predictions and tips from specialists. You can pick such a website based on the following factors - 

User-friendliness. You want to use a convenient website that allows you to quickly find predictions and tips on the events you need.

- Predictions on different sports. If you want to place bets on various types of sports, you will be pleased to find them on a single platform.

- The frequency of updates. You want to have a good choice of matches to place your bet on. If there are only 1-2 predictions per day while there are a greater number of matches, it is not a good option.

- The accuracy of predictions. If you notice that a certain website has more accurate predictions, then you should use it.

- An opportunity to place bets. It is very convenient if you do not have to set up multiple accounts. This means that you should be able to read predictions and place bets on the same platform.


Over the past 24 hours there have been 67 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the Republic of Croatia, with the Split-Dalmatia County seeing the highest number of new cases.

With the new cases there are currently 727 active cases of Covid-19 in Croatia, and from this number there are 125 patients in hospital, including 6 people on a ventilator. Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours one more patient has passed away from the virus, meaning that 145 people have died due to Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

The Split-Dalmatian County saw the highest number of new cases of Covid-19, with 16 new cases, followed by the City of Zagreb with 14 cases and the Osijek-Baranja County with 9 new cases.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 5,139 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of whom 145 have died and 4,267 have recovered.

There are currently 2,746 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 118,955 people have been tested, 1,750 of them in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said on Friday.


A huge billboard now hangs over the Pile entrance into the historic Old City of Dubrovnik clearly showing all guests the three simple steps to stay responsible in these Covid-19 times. As August, traditionally the busiest month in Dubrovnik, is on the doorstep more and more visitors will be passing under this sign, and hopefully getting the message, as they enter into the Old City of Dubrovnik.

The billboard was created by the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and shows the three most important rules to follow, keep your social distance - please wear your masks indoors - please wash your hands often.

And the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, on their social media channels, had the message of “Keeping our valued guests informed is always our top priority. A new billboard, made by the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, has been installed over the Pile gate entrance into the Old City of Dubrovnik to help raise awareness for responsible behavior of all visitors and citizens. Follow the three steps - enjoy Dubrovnik - stay responsible!”



July has ended with a positive note in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic with no new cases of Covid-19 reported in the past 24 hours in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County.

Two foreign nationals, who were confirmed to be infected with the COVID-19 virus yesterday, were tested due to the obligation to test before entering the Republic of Croatia, and because they come from third countries. Since entering the Republic of Croatia, they have been assigned a measure of self-isolation, and they are currently in self-isolation.

And two people have made a full recovery from Covid-19, both from the city of Ploče.



A total of 6,065 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There is currently only one person hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 182 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there were no violations of self-isolation measures.

The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County continues to appeal to the citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.

The Croatian national airline has announced the flight schedule for August 2020. Croatia Airlines will operate to all airports in Croatia, with as many as 37 domestic and international routes from Zagreb, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Brač and Dubrovnik, reports Croatian Aviation.

And here are the flights from Croatia Airlines to Dubrovnik during August 2020 -

Dubrovnik - Munich route was introduced at the end of July and will operate 3 times a week, every Monday, Friday and Sunday, with DashQ400 and A319 aircraft

Dubrovnik - Paris route was introduced at the end of July and will operate 3 times a week, on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with the A319 aircraft

Dubrovnik - Zurich route operated 3 times a week, but in August it will operate 5 times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on a DashQ400 aircraft

Dubrovnik - Athens continues to operate 3 times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with a DashQ400 aircraft with a capacity of 76 seats

Dubrovnik - Dusseldorf continues to operate once a week, every Sunday, aircraft type A319 with a capacity of 144 seats

Dubrovnik - Frankfurt continues to operate daily, aircraft type A319

Dubrovnik - Rome continues to operate 3 times a week, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday by plane type DashQ400

Dubrovnik - Osijek continues to operate once a week, every Thursday

Dubrovnik - Zagreb line continues to operate daily with several daily flights, an average of 22 flights per week.


In the past 24 hours there have been 78 new cases of Covid-19 across Croatia and unfortunately three people have passed away due to the virus.

The current number of active cases in Croatia is 749, and among this number there are 130 people in hospital and 6 people on a ventilator.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 5,071 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of whom 144 have died and 4,178 have recovered.

There are currently 2,863 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 117,170 people have been tested, of which 1,448 in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said.


Everyone loves a three-day weekend, but would you love it as much if you had one all the time? A four-day workweek sounds like a great idea, but it’s certainly not for everyone. These are the pros and cons you need to take into consideration before switching to a four-day workweek.

Four-Day Workweek

The typical full-time workweek for Americans is eight hours a day, five days per week. When you move to a four-day workweek, you will need to work 40 hours, but you only work four days and 10 hours per day. You don’t have to have all employees work a four-day week - you can decide who works this schedule based on the needs of your business and employee wants.

The additional day off doesn’t have to be a Monday or Friday - although your employees might prefer this schedule over others. You can determine which day of the week would be taken off based on employee preference and business operations.

With an employee time clock app, you can quickly determine who would be best suited for the four-day workweek and schedule regular shifts to ensure any days off are fully covered.

Four-Day Workweek Pay

If an employee is exempt and not eligible for overtime pay, then there is no pay issue associated with a shortened workweek. Exempt employees receive the same amount of pay every week, regardless of the number of hours or days worked.

If an employee is non-exempt, the employee is eligible for overtime pay. In the United States, an employee is eligible for overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week. The pay for an employee who works five days a week and eight hours a day would be the same for an employee who works for ten-hour days.

However, in some states such as California, an employee receives overtime pay after working eight hours in a single day. So an employee who is non-exempt and resides in the state of California working a four-day workweek would receive 32 hours of regular pay and eight hours of overtime pay every week.



Four-Day Workweek Vacation

Many businesses talk about vacation in terms of hours or days. If every worker in an office works a four-day workweek, the day term is fine, but you should be careful if you have employees working a traditional workweek and some working a different schedule.

Rather than stating employees get 15 days of vacation, refer to it as “120 hours.” This way, it’s clear that a person working four 10 hour days gets three weeks of vacation. By not using this language, employees could easily claim they’re owed 120 hours of vacation.

Typically, laws allow a business to develop its vacation policy. But once that policy is developed, companies are required to adhere to it, so make sure that your vacation policy outlines precisely what time off is to be provided to employees.

Four-Day Workweek Pros

The advantages that come with a four-day workweek are pretty clear; having an additional day with no work or commute can free up personal time. The employee isn’t the only one who can benefit from a reduced workweek.

Several studies have shown various benefits that come with shortened workweek, such as increased productivity, happier employees, and higher engagement. If an employee is thinking about quitting, they have to take into account giving up an extra day off per week and may reconsider the switch. This can significantly help reduce turnover and labor costs.

Four-Day Workweek Cons

The four-day workweek doesn’t work well for every business, and it’s not for every employee. If your customers have frequent communication with your staff and expect them to be available five days a week, having an employee who is unavailable Monday or Friday could cause problems.

A four-day workweek can also make finding proper childcare more challenging. Most daycares and after-school programs work around the idea that parents work from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They typically don’t open at 6:00 am and stay open until late at night to accommodate a parent’s unique work schedule.

While people may feel refreshed after having an extra day off work, they may experience a drop in productivity after working 10 hours in a single day. To monitor productivity, you can use time clock app to determine how much time an employee is spending on a specific task and compare that data to employees who are working regular hours.

For exempt employees who are working a four-day workweek, they may feel obligated to join meetings or respond to emails on their day off. If this occurs, you will need to asses whether the alternative schedule is negatively impacting the employees’ team.

Should You Implement a Four-Day Workweek?

The answer to this depends on your employee’s wants and business needs. If you have employee’s asking about a four-day workweek, then it makes sense to look and see if it would be beneficial for your business and the employee to implement the new schedule.

Again, you should use your current time clock app to determine if it makes financial and operational sense to move a worker to a four-day workweek. If you move an employee to a four-day workweek, do you have enough employees to cover on their day off?

If you’re still not sold on the idea, perhaps try a temporary run for a few weeks or months to see how it works for your business. Flexibility is a huge benefit that many employees look for from an employer, and having a four-day workweek option makes you desirable to many job seekers.


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