Wednesday, 19 September 2018
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

Dubrovnik has a new waterfall! These photos were sent to us this morning of what appears to be a broken pipe at the Sun Gardens Dubrovnik resort beach.

Water, presumably fresh water, was cascading through the broken pipe and down onto the beach. “A random broken pipe started gushing water at the beach. Does anyone know if this is normal?” commented the concerned eye-witness to The Dubrovnik Times. Quiet clearly it isn’t normal and it is also a horrible waste of fresh water.

The waterfall has since stopped revealing the broken pipe.

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Alexander Van der Bellen, the Austrian President, will visit Croatia on an official trip from this Monday during which he will meet with Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

Van Der Bellen, a member of the Austrian Green Party, is a strong supporter of the European Union and during his two-day visit to Croatia he will meet with the Prime Minster, Andrej Plenkovic. He also plans to take part in a Croatian-Austrian business forum on Tuesday in Zagreb which will focus on infrastructure, with a highlight on the railway system.

Austria is one of Croatia's biggest partners in investment and trade, and every year about 1.2 million Austrian tourists visit the Croatian Adriatic coast.

The popular low cost airline Norwegian Air has announced that it will end its winter season flights to Zagreb this year. The last flight between Zagreb and Stockholm and Copenhagen for this year will be on the 27th of October and in the foreseeable future thee airline will only continue to operate through the summer season.

"Our routes to Zagreb from Stockholm and Copenhagen will not operate this coming winter season. However, we are constantly evaluating our route network and it’s possible that it will operate during the winter in the future,” commented Norwegian Air in a statement.

The low cost airline will resume flights from April of 2019, meaning that the Croatian capital will be without connections to Stockholm for this winter period. This will be a blow for the thousands of Croatians who have emigrated to Sweden over the past years in search of better employment opportunities. Norwegian Air Shuttle is considered Europe's third busiest low cost airline, behind Ryanair and easyJet.

The American actress and singer, Bellamy Young, has been holidaying in Dubrovnik and causing quite a stir on social media. Young (48) is best known for her role as President Melody "Mellie" Grant in the award winning ABC drama series Scandal.

“Love you SO MUCH, #Dubrovnik! #BucketList #LivingUpToTheDream,” commented the actress on her Twitter account along with various photos and selfies in the city.

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Young also performed alongside Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible III, and in the Mel Gibson Vietnam War Movie We Were Soldiers as well as the popular serial Scrubs.

She stayed at the five-star Hotel Excelsior and even took photos from the balcony overlooking the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik.

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The remains of the yacht “Kanga” that caught fire two days ago in the Adriatic Sea between the small island of Olipa and the Peljesac Peninsular has been towed to the small harbour of Prapratno. Kanga, sailing under the flag of Malta, caught fire on Thursday with nine crew members and four passengers on-board.

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The emergency services reacted quickly and were on the scene quickly to rescue all the people on board. During the battle to extinguish the burning luxury yacht three firefighters suffered light burns.

Although the actual cause of the fire is not yet known it is suspected that an electrical fault was to blame. The 40-metre-long luxury yacht was launched in May this year from the Italian shipyard CCN. The vessel was set to be a star at both the Cannes and Monaco yacht shows on the French Riviera later this month.

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kanga in safe harbour after fire

Dubrovnik firefighters were called to a forest fire yesterday afternoon between the villages of Zaton and Ljupca, northwest of Dubrovnik. Three firefighting vehicles and 8 firemen attended the blaze which also included firefighters from the Zaton fire bridge.

After an hour fighting the fire it was extinguished after a small area of grassland has been burned. The cause of the fire is still unknown but thanks to the quick intervention of the fire brigade it was extinguished before any major damage was caused. 

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Don’t pack your bikinis and sun cream away just yet, summer is going to return to Dubrovnik. After an August of incredibly warm temperatures with almost every day in the month seeing temperatures well over 30 degrees the forecast for the next week is for more warm and sunny weather. The beginning of September started with unsettled weather in Dubrovnik with storms and rain but the weather is about to turn for the better and this coming week should see temperatures back in the thirties again.

The Croatian Metrological Centre predicts that from Sunday temperatures will start to rise again, with Monday through Friday seeing highs touching 30 degrees and endless blue skies and calm weather. In fact the long-range forecast for September predicts a month of settled and warm weather.

The Adriatic Sea is currently 26 degrees, after a whole summer of sunshine the sea is now at an ideal temperature for swimmers. So soak up the sunshine once again in Dubrovnik as the summer returns.

Croatia’s plans to become a member of the Schengen area have once again received support, this time from the relevant EU Commissioner. The Croatian Interior Minister, Davor Boyinovic, met with Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, in Brussels this week and received “strong support” for Croatia’s proposal to enter the Schengen family.

Due to its geographical shape and location Croatia’s borders are long and challenging to control. It also has long borders with non-EU countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, meaning that Croatia would therefore be on the front line of Schengen. This present special challenging factors for the country. After joining the European Union in 2013 the country has yet to join the Eurozone, meaning adopting the Euro as the official currency, or become a member of the Schengen border agreement.

"After meeting Mr Avramopoulos, I can say that Croatia's accession to the Schengen area is a shared interest of both Croatia and the European Commission. The importance of what Croatia has been doing for the security of citizens - not only for Croatian citizens, but the EU's as well - and for creating conditions to enable the Schengen area to restore the values that had existed before the migrant crisis, has been recognised," Bozinovic said to the press after the meeting in Brussels.

Croatia hopes its efforts will be recognised and rewarded with an appropriate political decision before it takes over the chairmanship of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020, the ministry added.

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