Wednesday, 10 August 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.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 134 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the last 72 hours.

These are 65 people from Dubrovnik, 14 from Metković, 13 from Ploče, 12 from Konavle, 11 from Župa Dubrovačka, six from Orebić, three each from Opuzen, Ston and Dubrovačko Primorje, and one person each from Kula Norinska, Lumbarda, Pojezerje and Vele Luka.

One male person from Dubrovnik (born in 1940) and one female person from Ston (born in 1947) died.

179 people have recovered in the past 72 hours.

In the last 72 hours, 434 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 256,662 samples have been analysed.

At the Dubrovnik General Hospital, 18 people positive for Covid-19 are currently hospitalized, and two patients are in intensive care.


The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia, Davor Božinović, arrived this morning at the scene of the forest fire that engulfed around 87 hectares of land. Sadly, one firefighter, Goran Komlenac, a member of the Public Fire Department of Dubrovnik and a member of the Voluntary Fire Society of Orašac, died while performing his duty of extinguishing the fire near Orašac.

The Deputy Prime Minister was welcomed by Chief Fire Chief of the Croatian Fire Brigade Slavko Tucaković, and the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and they visited the fire site together, and expressed their condolences to the family of the fallen firefighter.

Friends and colleagues have been saying goodbye to Goran Komlenac all morning on social networks, they say that such a tragedy has never happened to them before.


Photo - Tonci Plazibat/Cropix

His immediate commander, Stijepko Krilanović, said that he was the most prepared firefighter in the unit. “He regularly competed in the Fire Combat firefighting competition throughout Europe. He was completely devoted to his work and family, he was also the president of our union, he fought for the rights of firefighters.”

Goran Komlenac was a professional firefighter for 21 years and two months, and even before that he fought fires as a member of Voluntary Fire Society of Orašac.

The Dubrovnik folklore ensemble Linđo, as part of the program of the 73rd Dubrovnik Summer Festival, will perform on Wednesday, August 3 and Friday, August 19, starting at 9:30 p.m. in the Gradac Park.

The Linđo Folklore Ensemble has been an indispensable participant in the Dubrovnik Summer Festival program since 1967, and this year, too, they will present a rich folklore program to the festival audience, witnessing and celebrating the wealth of Croatian intangible heritage.

Tickets for Linđo's performances are available through the festival website or the service and at the box office in the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1), every day from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.



Many of us immediately associate the "The Dark Web" with criminal behaviour due to its reputation for suspicious activity and illegal content. From fake passports to stolen data, rumours continue to swirl online about what can truly be accessed on this mysterious area of the internet.


Although the vast majority of people would never intend on visiting the site, for some the dark web is more than just a curiosity; it is something they want to experience for themselves. It has been reported that 2.5 million users access underground sites every day.

But which country is the most interested in the dark web?

In order to find out who is most interested in the dark web, Reboot SEO Company used the online analytics tool Ahrefs to discover the amount of searches for each country across the US, UK and Europe. The total search volume data was then weighed against the number of internet users in each country to determine the number of searches per internet user, yielding an overall index score of 100.

The countries most interested in the dark web in 2022

Rank Country Searches per 100,000 users Dark web interest score (/100)
1 Croatia 1,083 97.1
2 Czech Republic 1,027 94.1
3 Ireland 953 91.2
4 Hungary 920 88.2
5 Romania 804 85.3
6 Slovakia 756 82.4
7 Albania 731 79.4
8 Greece 718 76.5
9 Netherlands 708 73.5
10 Italy 697 70.6
11 Slovenia 683 67.6
12 Norway 648 64.7
13 United Kingdom 641 61.8
14 Portugal 625 58.8
15 Sweden 618 55.9

According to Reboot SEO Company, Croatia is the country most interested in the dark web in 2022, with a dark web interest score of 97.1 out of 100. Dark web crimes in Croatia have increased by 31% in recent years, and there have been a total of 30,450 online searches so far this year — which is the equivalent of 1,083 internet users in Croatia looking up the dark web in 2022.


The Czech Republic comes in second with a dark web interest score of 94.1 out of 100. In the Czech Republic, there are over 8 million active internet users, with 1,027 users per 100,000 searching the dark web each month.

Ireland is the third most interested country in the dark web, with an interest score of 91.2 out of 100. So far this year, there have been 38,360 online searches in Ireland for the dark web, equating to 953 searches for every 100,000 internet users.

In fourth is Hungary with a dark web interest score of 88.2 out of 100 and completing the top five is Romania with a score of 85.3 out of 100.


The experts at Reboot SEO Company shared their tips for trying to keep your data safe:

5 ways to protect yourself from the dark web

  1. Use a VPN 

A VPN can protect your online activity from corporations, governments, and other prying eyes. By connecting to an external server and adopting its IP address, you can appear to be in the same country as the server you are using. For example, if you are in America and connected to a server in the United Kingdom, the website will believe you are in the United Kingdom. Although a VPN doesn’t make your online activities impossible to track, having that extra layer of protection gives you the best chance of keeping your data safe.

  1. Use a free dark web scan

If you suspect that one of your accounts, whether personal, email, or bank, has been compromised, one of the first things you should do is run a free dark web scan. A dark web scan will search the dark web for your personal information among all stolen data lists. A web scan will not reveal the entire amount of stolen information on the dark web, but it will notify you immediately if any of your information is discovered.

  1. Use a password manager

Another way to give yourself the best possible chance of protecting your personal information is to change your passwords and use a password manager. Many of us are guilty of using the same password for all of our accounts, but this can lead to your information being more easily accessed. Your passwords for online accounts should all be different, strong, and one-of-a-kind. Your Instagram password, for example, should not be the same as your Amazon or online banking password. Using a password manager is a simple way to avoid this. Password managers generate secure passwords for you, so you never have to worry about forgetting another password again.

  1. Enable two factor authentication

One of the best ways you can try to protect your online accounts from the dark web is to use two-factor authentication. A second authentication step makes it much more difficult for a hacker to gain access to your accounts because it combines two factors as a way of confirming authorization, either your username or password and then your phone number or possibly something physical like a fingerprint. If your username or email address has been compromised, this additional layer of security will protect you even further.

  1. Close accounts and report evidence of identity theft

Identity theft is one of the most common crimes in the world, with an increasing number of victims each year. It is critical to act quickly if you notice any suspicious transactions on your financial statements or if you receive an email about a login attempt that was not made by you. By closing your account, reporting it to your bank, as well as filing an identity theft report with your relevant governmental authority you can prevent further financial harm.

"There is no single solution to data security. True security comes from a combination of the right software tools, increasing your knowledge of cyberthreats, and establishing safe online practices. Hackers are constantly devising new and innovative methods of gaining access to your data, which can then be uploaded to the dark web and sold. If you want to give yourself the best chance of preventing your information from ending up on the dark web, or if you want to explore the dark web out of curiosity, you should use a VPN because it will conceal your IP address, protecting your identity and location."

So, we are one again! After a long 300 year wait the far south of Croatia has been reconnected with the rest of the country. The new Pelješac Bridge is up and running and traffic is flowing over the largest and indeed most important infrastructure project in the history of this country.

After 1,277 days of work, 68,000 tons of concrete and 33,600 tons of steel, we are one again.

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges,” said the great Issac Newton. Well Issac we now have a mammoth one!

As the pomp and ceremony have passed, the last smoke from the fireworks drifted out to sea, we can start to live with the bridge. Will I use it? Yes, of course. Probably not every time I head north, but if it makes the journey faster then I course I will.

A few months ago Google Maps made a mistake and on their app the bridge was open. As I drove down from Zagreb I had two options. To cross the borders or to take the bridge. And Google was telling me that going over the bridge would be 8 minutes faster than going through the borders. I am guessing that this was 8 minutes driving time and not taking into consideration the border controls and probable traffic jams. And I’m not sure that it was even allowing for the Greeks not finishing the access roads to the south of the bridge, roads which unfortunately were not open for the grand opening. And this very fact means that Ston could be in for a rough few months as tourists and day-trippers wind through the sleepy town.


Photo - Mark Thomas 

The new bridge is very much an international one. It might be located in Croatia, but it’s a co-operation of many countries. The main architect is from Slovenia, the money mostly came from Brussels, the work force and construction largely from China, the access roads to the north were built by the Austrians and to the south by Greeks, so the idea of naming it the Europe Bridge probably wasn’t such a bad one. Although Pelješac Bridge makes sense as larger construction projects are generally named geographically.

So what difference will it make for us in the far south?

Let’s start with tourism. We are clearly an air destination, and in spite of the bridge that probably won’t change much. We’ll get a sprinkling a new campers and day-trippers, but if that reaches one percent of the total number I would be surprised. Joining the Eurozone and Schengen will mean that tourists from Paris, Berlin and Rome will in the future be able to drive from home to us without having to show their passports. Clearly a bonus.

Then more practical reasons. The advantage of not having to exit the EU means a lot for transport companies. No more loads of paperwork and permits, no more import and export documents, meaning ease of travel and savings of time. Even moving things, and you probably didn’t expect this, like rubbish will be easier and less bureaucratic.

It is also symbolic. The re-joining of a country. These divided countries are extremely rare, but not unique in the world. And clearly any joining, by bridge or by tunnel, is better than dividing. There is far too much division in the world. And if anyone ever tells you that history doesn’t affect the present or the future than firstly tell them that they are mad, and then recount why we have just spent so much time, effort and work on building this bridge. So, yes I celebrate this opening, especially as we didn’t really pay for any of it.

There are of course negatives, but the positives far outweigh the minuses. Yes, it will not be part of the future motorway system, making it slightly obsolete in the future, and yes when Bosnia and Herzegovina is a member of the EU, it will be even more less necessary, but both the motorway and the EU membership are in the distant future. So right here and right now we need the bridge.

Even if, as Google states, it only saves us eight minutes. That’s eight minutes that I’m going to save. Golden bridge, silver bridge or diamond bridge; it doesn't matter! As long as the bridge takes you across the other side, it is a good bridge! 

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A forest fire broke out yesterday above the village of Orašac, near Dubrovnik. At around 12:30 yesterday the fire brigade received a call that a fire had started and they were quickly on the scene.

Around sixty firefighters were on the scene as the wind fanned the flames, and four special firefighting planes were also involved in the action. Unfortunately, the fire claimed the life of one fireman.

The fire was brought under control late in the evening, but the situation is still dangerous due to the wind, so the firefighters had a long and night ahead of them. So far, thankfully, the firefighters have managed to protect all the homes in the region.

Summer in Dubrovnik and the sporting stars keep arriving. After David Beckham and Novak Djokovic spent their summer vacation in Dubrovnik a couple of weeks ago, now it is the turn of some home-grown talent. The former Chelsea FC midfielder, Mario Stanić, who also played for the Croatian national team, and Darijo Srna, who played for Ukrainian Premier League club Shakhtar Donetsk, enjoyed a meal in the popular Dubrovnik restaurant Proto.

And from across the Atlantic the former NFL star Jerome Bettis, a legendary American football player who played 13 seasons in the NFL league, mostly for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a player, he was nicknamed "The Bus" because of his size and running style.


This year, the city of Dubrovnik joined the celebration of International Gastroschisis Awareness Day, which was held in Croatia for the third time in a row. This Saturday the small Onofrio Fountain was illuminated with green lights, and in addition to Dubrovnik, 32 other cities provided support.

International Gastroschisis Day is celebrated on July 30 because on that day in 2008, four-month-old boy Avery Rauen, whose mother Meghan founded The Global Gastroschisis Foundation, died of complications from the disease.

For the first time, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina joined in raising awareness about gastroschisis, and on that occasion, families from those countries created a motivational poster that dispels the myths that gastroschisis is incompatible with normal life.


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