Thursday, 20 June 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

Tennis came to the cobbled streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik yesterday as the final stages of the International Tennis tournament, the Dubrovnik Bowl where decided. The sixth Dubrovnik Dub Bowl this year brought together more than 150 contestants from 63 countries, six of them the first time in the tournament.

With a host of children from all over the world, some home-grown stars of the future are also participating including the son of Croatian tennis player Goran Ivanišević.

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“Today, tennis tournaments are all the same, but the Dubrovnik Dub Bowl is a place where children can learn tolerance, fair play and respecting differences. That is why we try and make a various different programs every day, and today is my favourite part, tennis on the streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik”, commented the director of the Dubrovnik Bowl Pasko Barovic.

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After a friendly match of tennis, the draw of the main part of the tournament in Sponza Palace followed. The main part of the tournament starts today and ends with awards and medals on Sunday, June 23rd.

 

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The ninth Ana in the City Festival will be held tomorrow, but you’ll need to get up well before the crack of dawn to enjoy this magical concert. On top of the Srd Mountain, starting at 5:00 am, Ana rucner will begin a concert to welcome in the first sunrise of summer 2019. Special buses have been organised to take spectators to the top of the hill.

“I respect the colour of the sunrise, the audience, the atmosphere and the music as the sun rises over Dubrovnik for the first day of summer. Every day is like one life,” commented Rucner.

Traditionally, for the ninth year in a row, on the first day of the summer, on the 21st of June at 5 am, the festival Ana in the City with Ana Rucner will be held. And in addition to the wonderful sounds of Ana's cello accompanied by pianist Darko Domitrović, visitors will also be able to enjoy the great repertoire of our prominent soprano Sandra Bagaric. Every year this magnificent experience attracts an increasing number of visitors, who enjoy the first sunrise of summer. However, this year the experience will be doubled as on the same day at 8 pm on the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik Ana Rucner will also mark the setting of the first summer sun with a performance.

Dubrovnik's public transport company Libertas will lay on two buses that will drive visitors to Bosanka at four o'clock in the morning from two locations. The first bus leaves at 4 am from Pile and will drive directly to Bosanka, and the other bus leaves at 4 am from the main bus station and will stop at bus stops along the way.

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On the occasion of World Music Day, which is marked on the 21st of June, a rich variety of musical events will be held at various locations around the city of Dubrovnik.

Traditionally, for the ninth year in a row, on the first day of the summer, on the 21st of June at 5 am, the festival Ana in the City with Ana Rucner will be held. And in addition to the wonderful sounds of Ana's cello accompanied by pianist Darko Domitrović, visitors will also be able to enjoy the great repertoire of our prominent soprano Sandra Bagaric. Every year this magnificent experience attracts an increasing number of visitors, who enjoy the first sunrise of summer. However, this year the experience will be doubled as on the same day at 8 pm on the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik Ana Rucner will also mark the setting of the first summer sun with a performance.

Dubrovnik's public transport company Libertas will lay on two buses that will drive visitors to Bosanka at four o'clock in the morning from two locations. The first bus leaves at 4 am from Pile and will drive directly to Bosanka, and the other bus leaves at 4 am from the main bus station and will stop at bus stops along the way.

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At 11 am in front of the church of St. Blaise a concert will be held by the mixed choir Libertas, and in their repertoire they have prepared many popular evergreens. This concert is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board together with the City of Dubrovnik.

The last musical treat is organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the City of Dubrovnik and the Midsummer Scene Festival, which begins on the World Music Day, on the 21st of June, is organizing a musical spectacle for the citizens and guests of Dubrovnik in front of the church of St. Blaise. The concert will begin at 9:00 pm and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Indonesian conductor, a firm favourite of Dubrovnik audiences, Noorman Widjaja, while Matej Meštrović will play as the soloist, without doubt the most versatile artist on the Croatian cultural scene.

Entrance to all these musical events is free of charge.

 

As part of an official stay in Croatia, the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China, led by Minister Han Changf, visited Ston on Tuesday afternoon.

The Croatian Minister of Agriculture, Tomislav Tolušić, hosted the Chinese guests, and during their visit to this picturesque town the delegation visited the salt pans in Ston and learned about the rich history of the production of salt that dates back to the time of the Republic of Dubrovnik.

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They also visited another of Ston’s main attractions, the oyster beds in the bay of Ston. Mato Franusic hosted the Chinese delegation in Ston and explained to them the characteristics of oysters from Ston, which are recognised around the world.

The Chinese Ambassador to Croatia Xu Erwen accompanied Minister Changfou. After the official program, Minister Tolušić commented to reporters that "Our guests today were very impressed with the Ston salt pans and oysters. The visit to Ston was put together on the eve of the trip of the Chinese Minister to Italy, agriculture and aquaculture are something that is extremely interesting to the Chinese, and in these segments Croatia has shown great potential and growth over the last few years. We can use this area for further promotion of Croatia and possible export.”

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The Croatian government decided today to increase the number of work visas for foreign workers by an extra 2,000. At the 162nd Session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, a decision was made on amendments to the decision on determining the annual quota for foreigner employment for the calendar year 2019.

This latest decision means that an extra 2,000 visas will be made available in the tourism sector and 1,000 in the construction sector.

The President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilovic commented “Increasing the quota was a necessary measure to help employers. The only alternative was to lock the doors or to see the quality of work suffer, which in the middle of the tourist season is disastrous.”

 

Be careful what you comment on Facebook, you could well face a visit from the police and a hefty fine. If you thought that you could launch insults and offend people online, it might be time to think again.

Two readers of a news website in Slavonski Brod “ebroda” commented on an article on the newspapers Facebook page and have now been both fined. The article was regarding the seizure of drugs and the pair were found guilty of commenting in a way that offended and insulted the police force.

One man was fined 700 Kuna for his comment, whilst the second man was fined 400 Kuna.

The police commented that there is no difference in the law between an insult whilst a police officer is on duty or one across social media. According to the polices response the fines can range from 200 to 750 Kuna or 30 days in prison.

Because of the comments on social media you might get a knock at the door from the police, or a private lawsuit, regardless of where you are commenting. Think before you comment.

The popular British TV and radio star Gethin Jones has enjoyed a break in the Adriatic sunshine in Dubrovnik.

Jones (41) has presented a whole host of TV shows in the UK, mostly for the BBC, including Blue Peter, Strictly Come Dancing and Police Camera Action! As well as making a guest appearance on Doctor Who. Currently the Welsh born presenter hosts a breakfast radio show on Hits Radio in Manchester, he has also worked extensively for BBC radio.

Jones stayed in the luxury five-star resort Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, and filled his Instagram account with photos of Dubrovnik including a final one yesterday from the heart of the historic Old City, on the Stradun, in which he simply commented “Goodbye Dubrovnik!”

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The average temperatures over the past centuries have risen thanks to mankind’s continual pollution of the planet. And now you can see exactly how much the average temperatures have risen in your hometown since you were born with a new app launched by The New York Times.

On their website the popular American publication published an article which opened with “As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher.”

The website allows you to enter your hometown and your date of birth and then gives you the results, which don’t make for pretty reading.

As an example we used Dubrovnik and the year 1970.

The results read.

“When you were born, the Dubrovnik area could expect about 6 days per year to reach at least 32 degrees”

It continued.

“Today the Dubrovnik area can expect 32 days at or above 32 degrees per year, on average.”

And finally.

“By the time you’re 80, models show there could be 43 of these very hot days. The likely range is between 38 and 67 days.”
And in conclusion.

The Dubrovnik area is likely to feel this extra heat even if countries take action to lower their greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century, according to an analysis conducted for The New York Times by the Climate Impact Lab, a group of climate scientists, economists and data analysts from the Rhodium Group, the University of Chicago, Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley. If countries continue emitting at historically high rates, the future could look even hotter.

Check out the information for yourself at The New York Times website.

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