Thursday, 02 July 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.


In May 2020, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is in second place in terms of the jump in the number of unemployed people, an incredible 82 percent more when compared with May last year, reports Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

As the fear of virus began to weaken due to the improving epidemiological situation in the country, so the fear of recession began to grow. The service sector has been hit hardest, and as Dubrovnik depends on tourism, the crisis affecting the sector will obviously spill over to everyone else, from the wine industry to the retail business. The biggest burden is being borne by the private sector, and the smallest by the public sector. This can be seen in the reduction of salaries, in the private sector this has been up to 40 percent, whilst in the public sector it’s mostly been around 10 percent.

Looking at the different professions throughout the country the largest number of unemployed worked in the provision of accommodation, food preparation and serving, followed by the processing industry, trade, etc.

At the end of May, 6,838 people were registered as unemployed at the Croatian Employment Service - Dubrovnik Regional Office, which is an increase of 82 percent compared to May 2019, when 3,757 persons were unemployed.

The latest data from the CES regional office show that more than 4,500 employers applied for financial support from the Dubrovnik area in April to preserve jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, and compensation was paid to a total of 16,000 employees.

There are 32,429 pensioners in the county who live on an average pension of 2,548 Kuna per month. The average pension of 2,326 pensioners of Croatian veterans and members of their families is on average of 5,569 Kuna per month.


At the end of last week, after several hours of talks between the representatives of the member states, the European Union made a list of 15 countries outside the Union whose citizens will be able to travel freely to the Union.

The head of the Office for Neighbouring Countries in the Border Administration, Tomislav Kufner, commented for HRT that these are only non-binding recommendations, and that each EU member state will make a decision at the national level.

"Yesterday, the Civil Protection Headquarters made a decision that EU citizens are allowed to enter Croatia without proving the purpose of entry, while countries outside the European Union, the so-called third countries at border crossings, must prove the purpose of entry," Kufner said.

When it comes to citizens from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kufner said that when they enter the Republic of Croatia, they must prove the reasons for their arrival.

He added that the measure of self-isolation had been abolished, and that no country was covered by self-isolation, reports N1.

In order to reduce congestion and waiting time at the border, tourists can fill out a form on the internet that is designed to help when crossing the border -

Kufner pointed out that this morning the magic number of one million announcements via this online system was broken, and that Slovenians, Germans and Austrians participated the most. He added that the form is valid for 90 days.


The secret to strong and happy relationships is not dating and roses (although they haven’t hurt anyone yet) but the ability to give up conservative wisdom and follow your instincts. Couples who rely on relationships that have been tested by time and examples on the side rarely come to something of their own. Their relationship is gradually reduced to frustration rather than an optimal solution for the two of them. Relations should be dynamic, organic and reflect what is happening between the partners at the moment. We have selected some tips for you that will help you break the rules and strengthen your relationship with your lover.

1 Unconditional love does not exist

The purest love is love without conditions, right? At least that's what they told us in childhood. But in real life, unconditional love rarely happens. This is a beautiful fairy tale that creates very low standards of relationships that you can meet women online, date, have children, and live happily ever after not doing anything extra. A partner should not think that any of their behavior, no matter how bad it is, will be forgiven and understood. Of course, there are difficult times in a relationship that needs to be experienced and endured, but if the partners take each other for granted, they simply stop respecting each other's comfort zone and the limits of tolerance. Limitations must be set in love, as it is they that help to see warning signs: financial irresponsibility, emotional abuse, sexual ignorance or inaction. All this can harm your relationship, and eventually, they will decay completely.

2 The more you give – the more you receive

Everyone knows that in a relationship, everyone must carry their own load. But relationships are far from always being 50 to 50. Someone's initiative can change the relationship as a whole. Despite the fact that the limits are already set, it is sometimes useful not to demand more but to give more. If your relationship is strong enough, then your desire to give your partner more will certainly be met with reciprocity, although not immediately. 70% is not sacrificing, but your desire to show how you value and love your partner, even if sometimes they do not do what you would like.

3 Selfishness in bed

Sexually satisfied couples know what they need for pleasure, first of all, for their own. Only after they get what they need can they take care of the pleasure of their partner. If you both do everything to make yourself happy, then it will be easier for you to give pleasure to each other. Do not expect your partner to do what you dream about, or that pleasure will come by itself - make the beautiful happen here and now.

4 Do not pause

A pause is an alternative to parting, which was popular in the school years when you and your partner had neither life experience, nor responsibility, nor desire to solve problems. This is normal. But in a serious relationship, pauses are just an attempt to delay decision making. It may seem to you that while you are in this break, everything is gradually getting better, you are letting go of negative emotions, and, having returned to the relationship, you can feel that everything really got better. But this does not mean that everything has changed. Spending the night outside the house, with parents, just to cool down is one thing, but to start living your own life, not knowing how your partner lives now, is an indicator that your relationship is breaking apart, and you won't save them if you don't change anything.

5 They are the one and only

This is a myth or a fantasy on the topic of whether you have chosen that partner, or if they do not suit you — this is a waste of time. Everyone around says that if you are with the right person, then only happiness and joy are waiting for you, and stress is the first indicator that something is wrong. But in reality, this belief only harms the relationship. If you want your partner to change, change yourself.

Be a model of how you want to see a person next to you. You don’t like that your partner is always late, doesn’t wash the dishes, or is selfish - see if you are doing the same. Of course, if you already live according to your demands and convince yourself of this belief before demanding something from your partner but still encounter problems, then you should re-read tip No. 1 again. For the rest, invest in relationships and make them the way you want them to be.

To be happy, you actually need to work on your flaws as a partner, invest time and creativity into your relationship and devote time to a partner. Yes, this can be time and energy-consuming. But if you wait for your partner to do the same, don't you think that this is somewhat easier for them? No, they do put effort too.


This week, Ryanair is launching flights from London and Dublin to Croatia. The most popular low-cost airline in the world will launch lines from Ireland and Great Britain to four Croatian airports this week, reports Croatian Aviation.

Flights to Zadar have already started from Stuttgart and Vienna, while the other 8 lines from Zadar will start operating this week.

And from Wednesday, July 1, Ryanair will operate again on the route Dublin - Dubrovnik - Dublin, flights are announced until the end of October and will take place twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish airline had planned 4 weeks of flights on this line.

From Thursday, July 2, the company will establish traffic on the line London - Pula - London (Stansted Airport). Flights on this route are also announced until the end of October, twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. In previous summer seasons, Ryanair operated on this line up to 5 times a week.

From Saturday, July 4, the Dublin - Split - Dublin line will be introduced, which should operate until October 24, i.e. the end of the summer flight schedule. Although Ryanair flew significantly more weekly flights on this route last year, due to the crisis and reduced demand, two flights a week are currently announced, every Tuesday and Saturday.

In the second week of July, from Monday, July 6, Ryanair will operate again on the line London - Rijeka - London (Stansted Airport). Throughout July, only one flight per week is announced, every Monday, while an increase to two flights is expected from the beginning of August (additional flight on Fridays). This line will operate slightly shorter than the others, until the end of September.

Ryanair previously cancelled the line from London to Osijek, so it will operate to four Croatian airports this summer. The line from London to Zadar has also been cancelled in this year's summer flight schedule.


One of the most mainstream Rolex models is the Bubbleback. It was one of the soonest Rolex models. The production of this model was an achievement for Rolex as it incorporated the principal auto switch. The auto-switch highlighted Rolex's accomplishment in building up a self-impelled development. The development brought about a "consistent movement" in which the crumbling article could without much of a stretch turn both clockwise and counterclockwise and make a 360-degree hub on its group at the focal point of the development. If you need to get Longines watch brands with pure features and qualities, then visit here.

How did Rolex figure out how to make Bubbleback?

During the 1920s, a few watch organizations were attempting to run their own development. He kept on attempting to fuse minor alterations into Harvard's self-pushed clock, which included a pivoting trunk. In any case, the Rolex was moving a totally extraordinary way. He tried different things with his present developments and found another answer for the old test. Strikingly, the watch didn't have a "bubble back" engraved on it anyplace, and it was never formally assigned by the title. Rather, he took the "Rolex Shellfish Never-ending" just beneath the 12 o'clock position. Indeed, the appropriate response is as thick as an air pocket. The thicker auto-rotor prompted a bigger size component that necessary a thicker case. Another moniker for this model was "Overton". This Italian word signifies "little egg."

Present critical changes in additional time

The first Rolex bulb back model was 1858, controlled by the Ref.520 development. The range form runs from the Reef 530 development. Early bubble back models incorporate a 3-piece case and a profound case. In 1936, Rolex created two new models: 3131 and 3132. The two models made another 2-piece case and another change movement. The main contrast between the models was that while the Model 3131 was controlled by Ref 620 (auxiliary seconds), the Model 3132 was fueled by Ref 6730 (Trade Sec). Strangely, the early Bubbleback watches were the first Rolex models to be known as Stellium in a tempered steel material. A few models were likewise accessible in rollers (a blend of steel and gold). The two terms, Steelem and Roller, were created by Rolex and were in this manner protected in 1931 and 1933, separately.

Bulb back models of watches

A significant advancement came when bulb back models were fitted with another style balance wheel called the "Super Parity." This improved the working of the auto switch. Rolex made it a stride further by showcasing its bubble back models in three sizes to speak to the two people the same. In 1941, a Women Air pocket model was propelled by the Ref.420 Development. Notwithstanding, no trade variant of the model was accessible to ladies. Afterward, during the 1950s, some air pocket back models, for example, the Model 5018, were presented, highlighting "bomb hauls."

Adjustment of watches brands

Numerous different adjustments, both misleadingly and in fact, were presented after some time, in the end, prompting the improvement of another Rolex model called "The Enormous Air pocket Back." The Huge Pullback straightforwardly drove the advancement of the Rolex Date Help, which in the long run, got one of Rolex's lead models.


In the last 24 hours, 2 new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Firstly, a younger woman with mild symptoms who became infected in Zagreb, and secondly a middle-aged woman whose symptoms are somewhat more severe and is currently hospitalized at the Infectious Diseases Department of the General Dubrovnik Hospital, and whose epidemiological link is still being determined. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,678 samples have been sent to Zagreb for analysis.

In the Dubrovnik-Neratva County, there are currently 156 people in self-isolation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 38 cases of self-isolation violations have been identified. And since the start of the Covid-19 unfortunately 8 people have passed away in the county. 

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


In the last 24 hours, there have been 52 new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia, it was announced at the press conference of the Civil Protection Headquarters today. This means that a total of 2,777 people have been infected with Covid-19 since the pandemic began. Over 4,000 people in Croatia are currently are in self-isolation and there are two hospital patients on ventilators.

"We had a few good weeks. Then we saw a larger number of new cases which were imported cases and due to the non-compliance with the measures. The situation is under control. We are now at a stage where we have started to allow more activities for the economy and tourism. The most important thing is to react quickly to everything. Make quick decisions, quickly detect all cases and identify contacts, contact tracing,” commented Krunoslav Capak, the Director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, at today’s press conference.

And there can be no doubt that Covid-19 has returned to Croatia. The statistics highlight the fact that from the 23rd of May until the 17th of June there were only 15 new cases of Covid-19 in total. In other words, over a 25-day period there were 15 new cases. And then from the 18th of June new cases started to spike and rise again. From almost a month with virtually no new Covid-19 cases Croatia saw new hotpots up and down the country. From the 18th of June to the 30th of June Croatia has seen 545 new Covid-19 cases, including the 95 cases in one day, the second worse day in terms of new cases since the pandemic began. The statistics and indeed the graph of new cases would indicate a second wave, although so far the authorities are stating that this spike is mainly due to imported cases from neighbouring countries, a badly organised tennis tournament in Zadar and a few hotspots in and around Zagreb.


In the last 24 hours, 15 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Slovenia, the Slovenian government announced on Tuesday, and also announced that they will not remove Croatia from the list of epidemiologically safe countries, at least for the time being.

Thus, the number of total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Slovenia has increased to 1,600 since the beginning of the pandemic, and it is estimated that there are another 101 active cases. So far Slovenia has unfortunately seen 111 deaths from Covid-19.

As Slovenian epidemiologists said at a press conference on the state of coronavirus in Slovenia and the region, the number of infections has recently increased in Croatia and Slovenia, but it is not yet possible to talk about the second wave of the epidemic. According to the Slovenian Institute of Public Health, Croatia is doing well to reduce cases and it is believed that the situation will calm down.

Slovenian spokesperson, Jelko Kacin, said that there were assurances from the Croatian side that Croatia would close nightclubs and discos, and that Slovenia would therefore "not remove Croatia from the green list" of epidemiologically safe countries at this time, thus setting an example to other countries in the region.

However, Kacin also told Slovenian tourists staying in Croatia to be careful and not to go to mass parties and thus take risks, and that the Slovenian side will continue to closely monitor the situation in Croatia.


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