Thursday, 08 December 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.


A MiG-21 aircraft of the Croatian Air Force crashed on Tuesday around 2 pm in the area of Slatina, in the Virovitica-Podravine County, and both pilots from the downed two-seater MiG 21 fighter plane were found alive, reports TPortal.

"During the crash of the plane, the pilots successfully ejected and landed," the Ministry of Defence reported. Both are in stable condition and out of danger. They were transported to the hospital in Zagreb for a medical examination. They were welcomed by the Minister of Defence Mario Banožić.

The MiG-21 plane crashed during a planned training activity in an uninhabited wooded area in the Virovitica-Podravine County. The pilots successfully ejected from the plane and landed. Two Croatian Air Force Mi-171 helicopters, members of the Military Police Regiment and an unmanned aerial vehicle were immediately sent to the scene of the accident for search and rescue purposes.

"The operational forces of the civil protection system were also engaged: the State Intervention Units of Civil Protection, firefighters, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, and police officers were sent to the field," the Ministry of Defence reported, adding that they would promptly inform the public about all the details.

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (CMRS) held a press conference on the search for the pilots. The head of the search at the CMRS, Zvonimir Miler, said that in the first hour of the search, both the pilots and the crash site were located. The injured pilot was evacuated by helicopter and received medical care.

The President of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanović, said “At this moment, the most important thing is that both pilots of the Croatian Air Force are alive and that there are no victims or injuries at the place of the plane crash, as well as no damage to citizens' property. I wish the injured pilot a speedy recovery. I am in constant contact with the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia, Admiral Robert Hranje, who is keeping me informed on the situation. I expect that the circumstances and the reason for the crash of the MiG-21 aircraft will be determined as soon as possible.”


Croatia will face Brazil in the quarterfinals of the Qatar World Cup 2022 and one of the team has entered the record books.

Croatia drew with Japan 1 -1, finally going through via a tense penalty shootout, and Ivan Perišić scored the equalizing goal, a goal that took him into the record books with some of the best players in the world game.

Only five players have scored in the last three World Cups, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xherdan Shaqiri, Neymar and now Ivan Perišić.

Perišić has been playing in major competitions since Euro 2012, and since then he has scored nine goals - five at world championships, four at European championships. This one against Japan was the tenth, so he has now overtaken Davor Šuker, who had nine goals in world and European championships.


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On the day Dubrovnik marked Veterans Day and the anniversary of the defence of the city in the Homeland War, flowers were laid and candles lit at the cross on Srđ. December 6, 1991 was the "Black Friday in Dubrovnik", so tributes were paid to the fallen Croatian veterans in several locations.

The Dubrovnik Veterans' Day commemoration program continued with a recital by primary school children and a performance by the vocal group Ragusavecchia on Srđ, and a parade by the Dubrovnik Brass Band. In the afternoon, a solemn memorial mass was held for all veterans and civilians who died in the Homeland War.

And tonight, starting at 9 p.m, the program ends with a concert by pop singer Doris Dragović on Stradun.



The captain of the Croatian national team, Luka Modrić, summed up Croatia’s win over Japan with three words. After defeating Japan in a tense penalty shootout Croatia now face one of the favourites, Brazil, in the quarterfinals of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

And the captain and playmaker of the Croatian national team wrote on his social media these three telling words “The Dream Continues.”

The celebrations went on long into the night all across Croatia. The dream is indeed continuing.



You can come out from behind the couch now. CROATIA are into the quarterfinals of the Qatar World Cup after a dramatic end to their match against Japan.

Once again it was a nervous and tense match but after penalties Croatia made it through to the next round. 1 – 1 after 90 minutes brought the lottery of extra time where again the two teams couldn’t be separated. Then the even greater lottery of penalties. And it was Croatia who kept their nerve. The hero of the hour was undoubtedly the Croatian goalkeeper, Dominik Livaković, who saved three of the Japanese penalties.

Croatia’s dream of making another final of a World Cup is still alive.


Citizens paid into their bank accounts around 3.7 billion Kuna in cash last month, Jutarnji list writes on Monday, stating that before the introduction of the euro, at the end of October, according to Croatian National Bank (CNB), deposits amounted to 267.7 billion Kuna.

As the moment of the introduction of the euro approaches, so does the amount of Kuna cash that citizens bring to banks to be automatically converted into the new currency. At the end of November, according to CNB data, there were 23.7 billion Kuna in circulation, which is 3.7 billion Kuna less than a month before.

“This decline could further deepen by the end of the year, as was the case in comparable countries that introduced the euro, in which the amount of cash in circulation was almost halved in the year before the introduction of the euro, with the process being most intense in the months immediately before introduction of the euro,” explained in the CNB.


In the past week, 39 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. There are 24 people from Dubrovnik, six from Metković, five from Konavle, two from Župa Dubrovačka and one from Slivno and Ston.

26 people have recovered: ten from Konavle, eight from Metković, five from Dubrovnik and three from Župa Dubrovačka. In the past week, 308 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 267,899 samples have been analysed.

Four people positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.


When Croatia wins, Croats spend! The World Cup in Qatar may be played at differing times of the day and when the weather conditions in Europe aren’t the best for celebrating outside but when the Croatian national football team plays people spend. In Croatia’s second group game against Canada, a match that finished 4 – 1 for Croatia, a whopping 382 million Kuna was spent. From beer to crisps and snacks and flags, when Croatia plays people dig deep in their pockets.

Croats tend to spend more only when the Croatian national team scores goals at the world football championship, otherwise they have a hard time reaching for their wallets, data collected by Jutarnji List from the Tax Administration showed.

Namely, during the three days on which Croatia played at the World Cup in Qatar, increased consumption compared to the same day a week earlier was recorded only on November 27, while the matches against Morocco and Belgium, when the result was 0-0, it seems, they did not motivate the fans to impulsive behaviour and frantic spending.

According to data on financial results, on November 27, the day Croatia played against Canada and convincingly won by scoring as many as four goals, the system recorded 3.9 million individual receipts worth a total of 382 million Kuna, which is an increase in the number of receipts by as much as 14 percent, and the amount by 11 percent compared to Sunday the week before.

The absolute consumption, admittedly, was higher on the days when we played against Morocco (when 645 million Kuna was spent) and against Belgium (658 million Kuna), but if you compare it with the consumption on the same day a week before, you see that on the days of the matches against Morocco and Belgium consumption was actually lower, and a smaller number of receipts were issued.


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