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.
Heather Lowrie, editor and journalist of the popular daily newspaper The Scottish Sun, stayed in Dubrovnik during June, and the journalist visited Dubrovnik and Pelješac, and described her enthusiasm and details of the trip in a report.
During her several-day stay in Dubrovnik, the journalist, accompanied by a local guide, visited the main sights of Dubrovnik and got acquainted with the cultural heritage and the rich gastronomic offer of Dubrovnik restaurants. In addition to Dubrovnik, the journalist also visited Ston, which she was equally enthusiastic about. The Scottish Sun is consistently the most widely read and popular daily newspaper in Scotland with a reach of 2.7 million readers, which is 59 percent of Scotland's population.
Dubrovnik Airport is intensively connected with Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland. TUI Airways flies to Glasgow every Thursday and easyJet and Jet2.com fly to Edinburgh. In the summer season of 2022, there will be 146 flights from Dubrovnik Airport to Scottish airports.
In the last 24 hours, 1,496 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in Croatia, and 12 people died, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported on Saturday.
There are 671 people receiving hospital treatment, of which 25 are on ventilators. There are currently 6,108 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 1,184,303 infected people have been recorded, of which 16,288 have died, a total of 1,157,499 people have recovered, of which 2009 recovered in the last 24 hours.
To date, a total of 5,042,959 people have been tested, of which 3,907 were tested in the last 24 hours.
As of July 28, 5,264,263 doses of vaccine were administered, and 59.57 percent of the total population, or 70.84 percent of the adult population, have been vaccinated.
Once again this year the Croatian Tourist Board is also organizing the handing out of bottles of water at the four main road border crossings into the country. As the late July temperatures reach the mid-thirties tourists arriving at the Croatian borders, ahead of a vacation on the Adriatic, will be in need of some refreshment.
"This is a traditional action of the Croatian Tourist Board, with which we want to make it easier for tourists to wait at the borders with the increased traffic due to the peak of the tourist season and the high temperatures," stated Kristina Mamić from CNTB.
Water will be distributed with the welcome message "Welcome to Croatia" and a QR code that leads to the Croatia.hr webpage where tourists can see the entire tourist offer.
In addition to water, they will also distribute promotional items, such as t-shirts, and the tourist board of the Istria County will distribute leaflets on fire prevention.
The Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, said on Friday after visiting the General Hospital in Pula that the number of people infected with the coronavirus per million inhabitants in Croatia is still lower than the average of the European Union, but due to the increase in the number of new cases of infection, there is no room for relaxation.
Minister Beroš confirmed that Croatia is recording a two-week rate of increase in the number of new infections, by 33 percent, but he believes that the numbers are not yet alarming.
"There is a growth trend, but it should be said that Croatia has 338 cases per million inhabitants, which is less than the EU average of 630 infected. The figures in some countries are even higher. For example, Germany has 1,200 and Slovenia 700 infected," said Beroš.
Variants Ba4 and Ba5 represent over 60 percent of infected people in Croatia in the past few weeks, added Beroš, who urged citizens, especially older chronically ill people, to get vaccinated.
"The existing vaccines also protect against new variants and the development of more severe forms of the disease. I urge elderly fellow citizens to get vaccinated now, and in the fall, in September, Croatia will receive vaccines for new variants," said the minister.
From July 1 to July 28, slightly more than 21 thousand tourist arrivals and more than 115 thousand overnight stays were realized in the area of the City of Korčula. Guests from Slovenia, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Serbia, Germany, France, the United States of America and Bosnia and Herzegovina were the most numerous.
Compared to the same period in 2019, there were three percent more overnight stays in the area of the City of Korčula!
From the beginning of the year to July 28, more than 202 thousand overnight stays were realized, compared to the same period in 2021, 57 percent more overnight stays were realized. The most overnight stays from January to mid-July were made by tourists from Croatia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France.
In the last 24 hours, 1,467 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today totals 10,516. Among them, 671 people are receiving hospital treatment, of which 25 patients are on ventilators. Unfortunately, 11 people died in Croatia in the past 24 hours.
The number of new daily cases of Covid-19 in Croatia has been steadily climbing since the start of July. From the beginning of this year until May the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 had been dropping, and in June there were a little over 200 new cases a day.
From February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 1,184,303 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 16,288 have died, a total of 1,157,499 people have recovered, of which 2,009 recovered in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 6,108 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 5,042,959 people have been tested, of which 3,907 have been tested in the last 24 hours.
The Croatian government has submitted a request for membership in the European Stabilization Mechanism (ESM), which Croatia should enter in the first quarter of next year.
The ESM is an intergovernmental organization founded in 2012 by the member states of the euro area. Its mission is to enable the countries of the euro area to avoid and overcome financial crises and to maintain long-term financial stability and prosperity.
The ESM implements its role by granting loans and other types of financial assistance to member states that are in a difficult financial situation.
The members of the ESM receive loans in exchange for the economic reforms they undertake to carry out, which are called conditionality. When approving loans or financial assistance, the ESM has several instruments at its disposal, including a loan for the macroeconomic adjustment program and a loan for the indirect recapitalization of banks.
The shareholders of the ESM are exclusively the countries of the euro area. Croatia will become part of the euro area on January 1, 2023, and is expected to join the ESM in the first quarter of next year.
At the closed part of the 136th session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the conclusion was reached that Viktor Šober should be proposed to the Dubrovnik Airport Assembly for the position of General Director.
He comes to the position of director of Dubrovnik airport from Brussels, where he worked as an advisor for telecommunications and information society at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the EU.