Friday, 26 April 2019
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

The legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones is to hold a concert in Dubrovnik! Tom Jones will perform on the 1st of July in Dubrovnik as part of the celebrations for this year’s 70th anniversary of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

Speaking to the local TV station, Libertas TV, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic stated that “Tom Jones will perform on the 1st of July.”

The City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, in collaboration with Star Production, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival on the most beautiful Dubrovnik stage on July 1st, will bring one of the greatest living legends of pop world, Tom Jones.

Tom Jones has released 41 studio albums as well as 5 live and 16 compilations albums. And now the Dubrovnik public will have the opportunity to hear Tom Jones as he performs in the city for the first time. 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.

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The Dubrovnik Times had already reported that Tom Jones will come to Croatia this year to play in the Pula Arena. - 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! – stated the official website of Tom Jones. And now he might have to update it with news on his Dubrovnik concert.

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

The Croatian capital was a hive of filming activity today as filming of a hit Netflix serial used Zagreb as a location. The series “Medical Police” which is a spin-off from the series “Children’s Hospital” used Zagreb as the location for filming today, even though the city actually “acted” as a German city for filming today.

For a couple of hours passers-by in the capital stopped and observed the Netflix cast and crew in action.

Children’s Hospital is a comedy based around two doctors and the spin-off follows the same theme with Netflix commissioning 10 thirty-minute episodes. And in Zagreb, in addition to the two main stars, Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel, several Croatian actors were involved.

A Libertas public bus caused a moment of mayhem at a busy Dubrovnik crossroads yesterday afternoon at around 5.00pm as, for some unknown reason, the bus pulled a U-turn.

A reader of The Dubrovnik Times sent us this photo as the bus manoeuvred across the busy junction. Of course due to the length of the bus it couldn’t make the U-turn in one go so it was more of a three-point turn.

“I was driving back home and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The number 9 bus performing a complete U-turn in front of me. A professional driver with multiple passengers performing such an illegal and dangerous manoeuvre. How is this possible and how can the driver justify putting the passengers and other roads users at risk?” commented the eyewitness to this unusual manoeuvre. We can only presume that the driver had lost his way or it was his first day on the job. 

The demographic crisis facing Croatia is one of the largest and most complex problems the country faces. Hundreds of thousands have already left the country to look for a brighter future in other European Union members and has meant that Croatia’s actual population is certain to dip below 4 million.

By far the most affected region of Croatia is Slavonia, the area of Croatia with the lowest GDP per capita, and no research has shown that the financial strength, or weakness, of counties has a direct correlation to the migration.

In 2017 the county with the largest level of migration was the Vukovar-Srijem County, which is 18th in Croatia in terms of GDP per capita, whilst the second most affected county in 2017 was the Brod-Posavina County (next to last on the GDP per capita list) and the Požega-Slavonia County, which is 19th on the GDP list.

Whereas the county with the lowest rate of migration, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, has the fourth highest GDP in Croatia

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a decision to halt all operations of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in Europe. The Boeing 737 Max 8 was previously grounded by some twenty airlines and the Chinese Civil Aviation issued a ban on 100 airplanes, which is a quarter of a global fleet.

In Europe, the British, the Germans, the French and the Irish all banned the aircraft but Croatian authorities decided not to join the growing number of countries banning the aircraft, even though at least one of these Boeing planes flies in Croatian airspace every day.

However, the decision has now been taken out of Croatian hands as the European Union has taken the decision for them. The EASA has issued a directive, which came into force on Tuesday at 7.00pm (CET) to suspend all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in Europe. In addition, EASA issued a Safety Directive, which came into force at the same time, suspending all commercial flights operated by third-country operators in, within or outside the EU's above-mentioned models.

An investigation into the tragic accident of the Ethiopian authorities with the support of the National Traffic Safety Committee, as the aircraft was designed and built in the United States, is underway. EASA has offered its assistance in supporting the accident investigation.

The US still refuses to ban the aircarft with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) stating that their review showed "no systemic performance issues."

Burh Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, glowed in the Croatian colours last night. The Croatian flag lit up the Dubai night sky in honour of the Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandic, who arrived in the largest city in the United Arab Emirates for meetings.

The Mayor of Zagreb met with the Mayor of Dubai, Dawood Abdul Rahman Al Hajiri, and Mohamed Alabbar, the owner of Eagle Hills, who is in charge of realizing the construction project in Croatia’s capital entitled Zagreb Manhattan. The Croatian delegation travelled to Dubai following an invitation from Al Hajirija.

The Zagreb Mayor published these photos of the world’s largest building in Croatian colours.

The Nikon photo of the month for March features Dubrovnik and the iconic Dubrovnik city walls.

The photographer of this fantastic and atmospheric Dubrovnik photo was Ružica Dodig, a nun from the city who works as a nursery teacher in the student home “Paola Di Rosa.”

In an interview for the Croatian Catholic Network she commented that “My first steps in photography are related to Nikon's equipment, so I'm honoured that Nikon has chosen my photo for the monthly photo.”

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The glass ceiling for female employees in Croatia is sadly as strong as ever. According to a survey carried out by the Croatian Employer’s Association 77 percent believed that men are much more likely to reach their professional goals than women. The chances of women being promoted are also much less than men, even though the number of female directors in the country is slowly, but steadily increasing.

The report, which was published last week, was entitled “Women in the business world” and the association questioned 186 of their members.

“The women’s issue is not a topic to be solved only for the International Women’s Day, but throughout the year, because companies that promote gender equality are more successful and more competitive on the market,” commented the President of the Croatian Employers’ Association, Gordana Deranja.

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