Wednesday, 02 December 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.


The European regulator could approve the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines produced by US development company Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech from mid-December, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is "in talks" with the US FDA on a daily basis to "reconcile its assessments" and the EMA could "grant conditional approval for the introduction of Pfzier / BioNTech and Moderna as early as the second half of December," the head of the European executive said after the European summit.

The virtual summit of twenty-seven countries was dedicated to the coronavirus pandemic.

Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech announced this week that their vaccines are effective in 95 percent of cases and will seek extraordinary approval in the coming days.

The success of the two vaccines has sparked hopes for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic, which so far has claimed 1.3 million lives worldwide and dealt a severe blow to economies and daily life.

But it will take a few more months before the vaccine is widely used, although priority groups like healthcare workers in the U.S. will receive it as early as this year.

The companies reiterated that they expect to produce 50 million doses of the vaccine by the end of this year, enough to protect 25 million people, and up to 1.3 billion doses next year.


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The Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, has tested positive for Covid-19.

Beroš tested for the presence of coronavirus and received a positive test this morning, the health ministry reported on Thursday.

Minister Vili Beroš is in stable health with a mild clinical picture and continues to perform his duties in isolation, adhering to all measures of epidemiologists, the statement added.


In the last 24 hours, 3,164 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Croatia, and 49 people have died, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported on Thursday. These new figures represent the highest daily death toll in Croatia from Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

The number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 17,814, among them 1,944 people are in hospital, of which 204 patients are on ventilators.

Since February 25, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, 93,879 people have been infected with coronavirus, of which 1,200 have died.

A total of 74,865 people recovered, of which 2,192 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 39,389 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 649,551 people have been tested, of which 8,770 in the last 24 hours.


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Conde Nast Traveler ranked Croatia among the most beautiful television locations in the world.

Conde Nast Traveler magazine, dedicated to travel, ranked Croatia among the most beautiful television locations in the world in as many as two popular HBO series - Game of Thrones and Succession.

The article entitled "The most beautiful TV series locations in the world" especially highlights the city of Dubrovnik, which in the popular Game of Thrones represents King's Landing and the island of Korcula and the Croatian coast where a luxury cruise in the series Heritage takes place.

Condé Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle magazine that has won 25 national awards and is published by the prestigious Condé Nast.

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Also, the renowned American newspaper The New York Times states that Croatia is still on the list of countries open to American citizens, reported Ina Rodin, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in the United States.

Namely, the popular American newspaper, which is visited by over 400 million readers a month, published an article with a list of countries that are open to American citizens or are about to open soon.

Croatia is thus on the list in the company of countries such as the Bahamas, Brazil, Egypt, Malta, Turkey, Great Britain and others. The article emphasizes that American citizens need proof of booked accommodation to enter Croatia, as well as a negative PCR test made in the previous 48 hours since entering the country.


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The holiday season is upon us and ‘tis the time for many traditions, including binge-watching the same old Christmas films we know and love.

But which classic makes us feel the most Christmassy?

Interested in finding the films that fill us with the most festive spirit, the experts at created a Christmas film Index. They set a points-based system where each festive element in the movies, such as the number of Christmas trees and how many times Santa appears, would earn a point (from 1 to 3) based on how Christmassy they are. Using this points-based system, at the end of the study, were able to crown the most Christmassy film of all time.

The Results

Starring Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is crowned the most Christmassy film of all time with 586 points. The film scored the most points (50) for Christmas Outfit Appearance and Presents Appearance (66 points) out of all the considered films. Although the word "Santa" is said 11 times, adding 22 points to the scoreline, and the classic Down the Chimney happened four times (adding 8 points), the only Christmas element that the film didn't score points on was Santa Claus Appearance - if we don't count Grinch dressing up in Mrs. Claus' clothes.

The second place revealed that there's no Christmas story more Christmassy than Dr. Seuss's: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) scoring 484 points. With an animated version of Mr. Grinch dubbed by Benedict Cumberbatch, the film got the highest points for Christmas Food Appearance (15 points), Carol Singers Appearance (4 points), Sleigh and/or Reindeer Appearance (14 points) and Down the Chimney (18 points).

Considered a modern-day Christmas staple, Love Actually makes the top three with 406 points. This festive flick scored the highest points (135) for Christmas Trees Appearance. But, with zero points for Kisses Under Mistletoe.

Scoring only 97 points, the least Christmassy film of all time is the musical White Christmas.

Its highest score is 19 points for the number of times the word "Christmas" is said. The five Christmas Songs (15 points) also disappoint and aren't quite what we would expect from a Christmas musical.



1. To achieve the data, surveyed 2,987 fans and asked them to name the best Christmas films of all time.
2. The 16 films analysed by were: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Dr. Seuss' the Grinch (2018), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Polar Express (2004), Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Love Actually (2003), Nativity (2009), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Jingle All the Way (1996), Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Elf (2003), Home Alone (1990), Deck the Halls (2006), Scrooged (1988), Jack Frost (1998) and White Christmas (1954).
3. Three points awarded for the following variables: each time ‘Ho Ho Ho’ was said, each time a Christmas song was played, each time a scene had a Christmas Tree, each time a scene had presents, each time Santa appeared or each time a scene had someone come down a chimney.
4. Two points awarded for the following variables: each scene which Christmas outfits, each scene with a sleigh and/or a reindeer, each scene with Christmas decoration, each time ‘Christmas’ was said or each time ‘Santa’ was said.
5. One point awarded for the following variables: each scene with snow or snow activities, each scene with carol singers, each scene with a kiss under the mistletoe and each scene with Christmas related food and drinks.

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 39 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These new Covid-19 cases include 20 people from Metković, five from Ploče, four from Dubrovnik, three from Opuzen, two each from Kula Norinska and Zažablje, and one each from Korčula, Orebić and Pojezerje.

A total of 17 males and 22 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 13 of them.

On a positive note 12 people across the county have made a full recovery - five from Dubrovnik, four from Metković, two from Opuzen and one person who does not reside in the county.

54 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. There are ten people in intensive care, two patients are on non-invasive ventilation, seven are on invasive ventilation, and one person is on oxygen.

In the last 24 hours, 145 samples were processed, and a total of 22,820 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 755 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

When you think of the German supermarket chain Lidl probably the first thing that pops into your head isn’t ultra-trendy trainers. But Lidl’s across Italy have been under siege from shoppers looking to snap up the limited edition Lidl Trainers, which went on sale for 12.99 Euros. These trainers are so sought after that they are now being sold on eBay for 2,480 Euros!

The sale of the Lidl shoes opened yesterday in Italy and within hours’ stores were sold out as many shoppers were waiting for shops to open to grab the shoes. It would appear from websites and social media that the main aim of these early bird shoppers was to buy these trainers to resale online.

Analysts estimate that this mysterious interest in the "Lidl Fan Collection" sneakers shows the law of the market - limited supply has caused great demand.

They can be found on eBay on sale for crazy prices, but still the average price of this Lidl item is between 50 and 100 Euros, which is a tidy profit if you bought them for less than 13 Euros. Even online auctions have been organized, writes Corriere della sera.

And not only has social media been alive with people selling the trainers, which are designed in the Lidl colours, but also with people joking with the popularity of the colourful sneakers. Could Lidl have started a shoe trend with these trainers?


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One of the largest low-cost airlines in the world has reported a financial annual loss for the first time ever.

easyJet has reported a loss before tax of £1.27 billion for financial 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic caused havoc in the aviation industry.

The figure compares to a profit of £430 million last year, and represents the first full-year loss in the low-cost carrier’s 25-year history. Total revenue for 12 months decreased to £3 billion, down by 55 per cent from the £6.4 billion in the previous year.

easyJet saw passenger numbers decrease by half, with 48.1 million people travelling in the year to September 30th. Commenting on the results, Johan Lundgren, easyJet chief executive, said: “I am immensely proud of the performance of the easyJet team in facing the challenges of 2020. We responded robustly and decisively, minimising losses, reducing cash burn and launching the largest Cost Out and restructuring programme in our history - all while raising more than £3.1 billion in liquidity to date.”


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