Saturday, 08 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.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, one new case of Covid-19 infection was recorded in the last 24 hours. This is a younger male person from the Župa.

As of today, three people have made a full recovery - one person each from Župa, one from Metković and one from Kula Norinska.

A total of 6,744 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There is currently one person hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital positive for Covid-19.

There are 267 people in self-isolation, and no violations of the measure have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

In the past 24 hours, 77 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection were recorded, and the number of currently infected (active cases) in Croatia today is a total of 569, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported. Among them, 120 patients are in hospital, of which 8 are on a ventilator, and unfortunately two people have passed away due to the Covid-19 virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 5,543 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 157 have died and 4,817 have recovered (59 more than on Friday).

There are currently 1962 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 127,405 people have been tested, of which 995 in the last 24 hours, the National Staff announced.


“I’ve forgotten my mask but this shopping bag is made from linen so it should work fine,” said an elderly lady as she entered a small shop. The wide smile on my face was hidden by my mask. Yes, I have found that face masks have more than one purpose, we can also hide behind them. “No, no, you’ve got to wear a face mask,” screamed the confused shop assistant as the lady started to tie the shopping bag around her face. “But it’s the same as a mask, it’s made of linen, it’s exactly the same,” pleaded the shopper now with a bag covering almost all of her face. I had this vision of her cutting two eye holes in the bag and then wearing it like a member of the KKK. And then from the other side of the shop came the voice of reason, “If your bag is the same as a face mask try carrying your shopping home with a face mask.” Face masks in the queue held back whispered laughs. The lady left.

When it all started, blimey it seems like years ago, the idea of being locked in my home without human contact seemed worse than getting the virus. But humans are adaptable, no, extremely adaptable. Just ask someone who has spent time in hospital. At first the very thought of hospital food makes your stomach tighten, but after a few days it is more than palatable. And I have, over the weeks and months that followed, immersed myself into the new social distancing norm. Somewhere along the way I have morphed into Robinson Crusoe!

I already had my father’s genes of being a home-loving, nest building man, and Covid-19 has given me the perfect excuse to amplify my “stay at home” nature. Like Crusoe’s shipwreck, sheltering on a deserted island during a pandemic interrupts long-established habits and the rhythms of life. And as Crusoe finds deep within himself an ingenuity he didn’t even know he possessed, lockdown can open up new ways of living and creating. Even simple things such as cooking, reading, writing and general human interaction may turn out to have more to offer than we first knew. Just flick through social media and you’ll gaze upon many hidden talents. I am not going to lie, this year off (for it will last a year), has been a breath of fresh air.



Yes, it has been financially tight, but it has been for everyone. And as we are all in the same boat (sorry for the pun), well sinking boat like Mr. Crusoe, it has made it psychologically easier. A pandemic can seem like the end, but it can also serve as a beginning. Or as Daniel Defoe wrote in Robinson Crusoe, “It is never too late to be wise.” And that is the key factor. What will we all learn? How will we all react when this finishes? Simply going back to the way we did things before wouldn’t be a waste it would be a crime. Like I said human beings are adaptable, is there any better time to adapt than after this?

This period has given us all a time to reflect. To see the error of our ways. Only a moron wouldn’t learn and change. We have all seen that we can live with less. Less of everything. Just as the shipwrecked Crusoe is reborn, so trying times can clarify for us the true bounties of our lives. Before we were saying “there has to be another way of doing this, a better way.” Now, as clear as the noses on our faces, we can see that there is another way. That putting all your eggs into one basket means certain doom.

“Stupidity is doing the same thing and expecting different results," said the genius Albert Einstein. If we just go back to the way it was before and expect a bright new future the we are indeed stupid. We are all stuck on this Covid-19 island for a few months more, whether we like it or not, so let’s use the time wisely. Plan now for a different future and above all adapt. Of course I’ll leave the last word to Mr. Crusoe, “Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.”

The National Civil Protection Headquarters announced that 62 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours, and the number of currently infected (active cases) in Croatia today is a total of 553. Among them, 122 patients are in hospital, of which 7 are on a ventilator.

Since the first case of infection in Croatia until today, a total of 5,466 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 155 have died and 4,758 have recovered. There are currently 2,052 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 126,410 people have been tested, of which 1,093 in the last 24 hours.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, three new cases of Covid-19 infection have been reported in the last 24 hours. These are two people from Korčula, family contacts of a previously positive person, and one person from Vela Luka, an employee of the home for the elderly "Mother Marija Petković" from Blato. All remaining employees and residents of the home were tested and the findings were negative.

As of today, one person, from Blato on Korcula, has been cured.

A total of 6,673 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There is one person hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 161 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one violation of the measure was recorded.


A dramatic drop in greenhouse gases and air pollutant emissions during the Covid-19 lockdown will have a small impact on global warming, scientists say. Recent analyses show that by 2030, global temperatures will be only 0.01 degrees lower than expected.

But the authors point out that nature’s recovery could have a significant impact on long-term forecasts. A strong green impulse could keep the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees by the middle of this century, the BBC writes on Friday.

Earlier studies also indicated changes in greenhouse gas emissions after the transport system stalled as part of measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Global daily carbon emissions fell 17 percent at the height of the crisis.

The new study builds on that data using results from Google and Apple on global population movements. The team led by prof. Piers Forster of the University of Leeds calculated that gases and air pollutants changed from February to June 2020 in 123 countries.

Experts found that they fell the most in April. Carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other emissions are less than ten to 30 percent globally, mainly due to traffic shutdowns.
But new research shows that the fall in some greenhouse gases has offset the effect of others in terms of global warming.

Nitrogen oxides from transport usually heat the atmosphere. They have fallen 30 percent, as has sulphur dioxide, which is mostly formed by burning coal.

The release of this gas helps to form an aerosol that reflects sunlight back into space and thus cools the planet. This reversal of effects, combined with temporary restrictions due to the pandemic, means that the effect on global warming by 2030 will hardly be felt, scientists point out.

"While temporary changes are helping, carbon dioxide emissions need to be reduced permanently to reflect global warming," Forster said.


Dubrovnik is an absolute magnet for mega yachts over the summer period, from Russian billionaires to pop stars and famous designers, and 2020 in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic is no different. Quite the contrary there seem to be more luxury mega ships than a normal summer.

And one particularly caught the eye today as she sailed into the Bay of Zupa. Power Play, yes the name indicates the role of the yacht, is a 55.5-metre-long superyacht support vessel, that carries on board a whole host of fun. From submarines, speed boats and even aircraft, Power Play has lots of toys, really expensive toys.

“Our clients have fantastic ideas for diving, aircraft, luxury toys and serious boats. They are planning adventures of a lifetime and even getting involved in underwater exploration, science, film-making or racing yacht events. As a shipbuilder, it’s exciting to be a part of making their ideas a reality,” commented the product director of the Dutch shipbuilder Damen, Mark Vermeulen, to Super Yacht News.

And as this rather unconventional yacht sailed into Zupa this morning the silhouette caused locals to look twice.

power play 2020 adriatic

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Croatia will send humanitarian aid to Lebanon in the amount of around 900,000 Kuna for the needs of protection of human lives and repair of material damage caused after the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut, the Government of the Republic of Croatia decided on Thursday at a telephone session.

Based on the needs and priorities expressed by Lebanon through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism, the Government decided to send equipment worth 20,000 euros or 150,000 Kunas to help, and these are disposable suits with chemical protection, latex gloves and surgical sterile gloves.

Croatia will also send financial assistance to Lebanon in the amount of 100,000 euros or 750,000 Kunas. With this decision, Croatia joins a number of foreign countries and international organizations in expressing solidarity with the Lebanese people and the citizens of Beirut after the disaster that hit them due to the devastating explosion two days ago.


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