Saturday, 23 January 2021
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 last 24 hours, 1,896 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 6,985.

There are currently 2,264 patients are in hospital, of which 209 patients are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 44 people passed away due to the virus over the past 24-hour period.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 216,286 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 4,223 have passed away, a total of 205,078 people recovered, of which 775 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 18,258 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 1,051,597 people have been tested, of which 9,919 in the last 24 hours.


Croatia is home to some fantastic casinos, but you will have to venture a little further for the very best gambling establishments in Europe. Here is a look at the top five European casinos.

Casino Estoril

One of the best casinos in Europe is Casino Estoril in Portugal. This super casino could be mistaken for being a Las Vegas resort because it provides endless fast-paced entertainment. Casino Estoril is one of the largest casinos in all of Europe. The first stone of the building was laid in 1916 by the president Dr. Bernardino Machado. During World War II, the casino became a gathering place for spies, leading it to become an inspiration for the James Bond novel Casino Royale.

Casino Helsinki

In the capital of Finland, you will find the glamorous Casino Helsinki. With 28,000 square feet of floor space over two stories, you are sure to find games to your liking. The casino features around 300 slot machines and more than 20 gaming tables. And if you enjoy poker, you can play games like Texas Hold’ Em, Five-card Stud, and Chinese Poker at the casino’s poker room. In addition to weekly poker tournaments, Casino Helsinki hosts the annual Finnish Poker Championships. But what makes this casino really stand out from others is the fact that it donates all of its profits to charity! And if you are still in the mood to play casino games after Casino Helsinki’s doors have closed for the night, you can always continue playing various fantastic games at an online casino in Finland.

The Clermont Club

The Clermont Club in the United Kingdom is undoubtedly one of the best casinos in all of Europe. However, unless you belong to the royal, political, entertainment, or business elite, you will never be able to walk through the casino’s doors. The Clermont Club is probably the most exclusive gambling establishment on the planet. Membership is via invitation only. The club was established in 1962 as a place where elite high-stakes gamblers could mingle away from society’s lower echelons. The casino only has six gaming tables, but the table games are sure to have seen some enormous bets over the years. Due to the secrecy of the club, not much more is known about The Clermont Club. But there is a long-standing rumor that members of the club helped Lord Lucan escape justice after he murdered his family’s nanny in 1974.

Casino Baden-Baden

Marlene Dietrich once called Germany’s Casino Baden-Baden, “the world’s best casino.” Indeed, the casino, which first opened in 1824, was once the gathering place for Europe’s social elite. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, Casino Baden-Baden attracted the most prominent composers, actors, and writers in the world, including one of the greatest writers to have ever lived, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky. The elegant 19th-century interior of the casino, with chandeliers and baroque design, is simply stunning. However, although there is a strict dress code, the casino is a lot less formal than you might expect. There is a clubby, cosmopolitan atmosphere, where you are sure to enjoy playing the wide variety of slots and table games on offer.

Casino De Monte-Carlo

The most famous casino in the world is located in Monaco. Founded in the early 19th century to help the royal family avoid bankruptcy, the Casino De Monte-Carlo has become one of the world’s most iconic gambling establishments. With a regal atmosphere and an exclusive clientele, this casino is the destination of choice for elite high-stake gamblers. Many stories are associated with the casino. For example, the fraudster Charles Wells was the “Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo,” which was made famous in the song of the same name. And in 1913, a roulette wheel ball reportedly landed on black 26 times in a row!


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A convoy of humanitarian aid from Konavle arrived in the earthquake stricken region on Tuesday morning. Collections had been carried out in throughout the whole of the Konavle region and the trucks left Čilipi on Monday evening bound for the affected region.

The convoy was accompanied by the Mayor of Konavle, Božo Lasić, and his associates, who on this occasion pointed out that he was proud of all the people of Konavle because of the empathy they showed towards people in need.

"The most important fact is that this action was created spontaneously by various Konavle volunteers. By the end of the week, the Municipality of Konavle will donate around HRK 100,000 worth of construction materials to the Municipality of Majur. We managed to organize everything and this help goes mostly to the municipalities of Majur and Donje Kukuruzare," said Mayor Lasić.

It should also be mentioned that as part of the action, donations for the Glina Elementary School were collected by employees and students of the Cavtat Elementary School.


In the last 24 hours, 1,071 new cases of Covid-19 virus were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,908.

There are currently 2,390 patients are in hospital, of which 200 are on respirators.

Unfortunately, over the last 24-hour period a further 53 people have passed away.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 214,390 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 4,179 have died, a total of 204,303 have recovered, of which 1,009 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 17,448 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 1,041,678 people have been tested, of which 6,602 in the last 24 hours.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) has published a report on the devastating earthquake that hit the Sisak-Moslavina County with the epicentre near Petrinja last Tuesday.

According to EMSC, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the area on December 29 at 12:19 p.m., 47 kilometres southeast of Zagreb. The EMSC said in a report that seven people had died and more than 20 people had been injured. In addition, numerous buildings were damaged.

More than 291 earthquakes were recorded in the area within six days, and residents felt most of them, according to a report released by the EMSC. They add that the earthquake near Petrinja followed a strong earthquake of magnitude 5.4 that hit Zagreb in March, after which numerous subsequent earthquakes were also recorded.

The EMSC also published a map showing earthquake sites of magnitude greater than 2 in the six days following the main impact.


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The largest low-cost airline in the world, Ryanair, has announced a new route to Croatia in the summer 2021 flight schedule. From June 2021 Ryanair will connect Zadar on the Dalmatian coast with Naples. This will be the first time that the Irish airline has operated flights between these two cites, according to a report on Croatian Aviation. In fact, there have been no commercial flights between these destinations before, meaning the low-cost airline is going into uncharted waters.

The inaugural flight to Zadar will be on June 4, and flights will be operated twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, giving passengers a great weekend-away option.

Flights between Naples and Zadar will be in operation until the end of September (September 27), during which time Ryanair will operate 34 return flights. In total, from the beginning of June to the end of September, this well-known low-cost airline will offer a total of 12,852 seats between Naples and Zadar.

Tickets are available for purchase on Ryanair’s website with prices for a single ticket starting at around 50 Euros.


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In recent days, aid has been arriving from all parts of the country and even abroad to the area of Sisak-Moslavina County and its surroundings, which was hit by a devastating earthquake on December 29.

And today the intervention team of Red Cross Dubrovnik arrived in Petrinja, a fully trained and educated team ready to act in crisis situations.

And on the Facebook page of the Red Cross Dubrovnik the team wrote “Our team has arrived in Petrinja...division of tasks...a part of the team went straight to the scene to help those in need in Graberje, Petrinja.”


The largest hotel chain in Dubrovnik, Adriatic Luxury Hotels, have shown their humanitarian heart and donated to the victims of the earthquake in Croatia.

“Sincerely sympathizing with many residents from the area of Petrinja, Sisak, Glina and other parts of Sisak-Moslavina County who were affected by the devastating earthquake, Adriatic Luxury Hotels, as always in such situations, shows solidarity and willingness to help in the form of monetary donations to those in need,” read an official statement from Adriatic Luxury Hotels.

They added that “A donation in the amount of 300 thousand Kuna was paid by Adriatic Luxury Hotels into the account of the State Budget for donations in the action "Assistance for reconstruction after the earthquake" opened by the Government of the Republic of Croatia for earthquake damage in Sisak-Moslavina County and other areas affected by devastating earthquakes.”

Bravo to Adriatic Luxury Hotels for donating to this very, worthy cause


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