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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.

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A moderate earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.1 on the Richter scale rumbled through southern Dalmatian this Tuesday morning.

The Croatian Seismological Service the epicentre was around 10 kilometres southwest of the town of Vis and at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Seismologists recorded the quake at exactly 5.18 this morning, and the quake was felt in southern Dalmatia.

After yesterday's earthquakes of magnitude 5, 4.7, and 4.1 and several smaller ones in the Sisak-Moslavina County, new earthquakes were recorded during the night and early in the morning.

 

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 34 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (15 were determined by a rapid antigen test).

These are 12 people from Dubrovnik, seven from Konavle, three each from Metković and Župa dubrovačka, two from Ploče, one each from Dubrovacko Primorje, Korčula, Lumbarda, Opuzen, Ston and Vela Luka and one person who does not reside in our county.

A total of 17 males and 17 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 12 of them.

61 people made a full recoevery - 25 from Dubrovnik, nine from Metković, eight from Konavle and Ploče, four from Župa dubrovačka, two each from Opuzen and Ston, one each from Dubrovacko Primorje, and Kula Norinska, and one person not residing in our county.

34 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Eight patients require intensive care, seven patients are on invasive ventilation, and one is on non-invasive ventilation.

In the last 24 hours, 193 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 32,543 samples have been analysed.

There are 669 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been five violations of the self-isolation measure (all five at border crossings).

 

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On this day, December 28, 1941, Dubrovnik was covered with a thick blanket of snow. This very, unusual weather condition in Dubrovnik is evident from photographs from the Collection of Photographs and Photographic Material of the Dubrovnik Cultural and Historical Museum.

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And on the back of each photo are handwritten notes describing the snow in Dubrovnik, writes Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

On one photo is written the following - “28 December 1941. The city is covered with snow. Traffic has held stopped, and the Italian army, with the help of municipal workers, cleared the main roads. Under the weight of the snow some branches, and even trees collapsed. The ice was so strong that it destroyed hundreds of lemon and orange trees that adorned the city gardens. Without bread, food, and firewood, the townspeople cried out, "Deliver us from the plague, famine, and war, O Lord."

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We need your help! The owner of a little puppy named Hana has contacted us.

Hana, who is only 3 months old, is lost and was last seen in the Old City of Dubrovnik.

She is a dwarf Schnauzer.

If you have any info or indeed find Hana please call 091 523 1060

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As Brexit becomes a reality in less than a week there has been a lot of scrabbling around to make last-minute deals. And whilst the details of the deal made between the UK and the EU are still slowly being made public, there are some changes that will certainly come into effect from the 1st of January 2021.

From passports, driving licenses and health insurance, a lot will change from British tourists to the EU in a few days.

And one small detail has been revealed today, streaming services, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, are changing their conditions.

Tourists from the UK were used to taking their favourite dramas, sports and movies with them on holiday, all a swipe of finger away. However, Brexit has changed the rules on subscription services.

Amazon Prime sent an email to all its customers in the UK today outlining the new regulations.

“We noticed you have been watching Prime Video content from outside the UK and we want to notify you of upcoming changes to your experience. These are a result of the changing applicability of the EU regulation on cross border portability of online content services when the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit transition period ends. As a result of this, UK customers such as yourself will no longer have access to the full UK catalogue while traveling to EU countries, including Ireland starting 1st January 2021,” opened the email to Amazon prime customers today.

And added that “If you are only traveling and will be returning to the UK, you do not need to take any action; while outside of the UK, you will have access to a limited catalogue featuring selected Amazon Originals such as The Boys, Utopia and Fleabag. Access to your full UK catalogue will resume when you return to the UK.”

The reason for this limited streaming service is because the UK will no longer be bound by the EU’s “portability regulation” from January 1.

 

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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, sent a message of support to Croatia today after the earthquake that hit this morning.

This morning’s earthquake, which was a magnitude of 5.2, struck 12 kilometres southwest of the town of Sisak and the shock was felt in the capital, Zagreb. It was reported that the epicentre was at a depth of 2 kilometres, and it struck at exactly 6.28 this morning, 50 kilometres southeast of Zagreb.

The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, wrote on Twitter – “Stay strong Croatia! After a powerful earthquake struck this morning, the @EU_Commission is in contact with Prime Minister @AndrejPlenkovic and the Croatian authorities. We are following the situation closely and stand ready to help.”

 

To which the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, replied “Thank you, President @vonderleyen and @EU_Commission. Your support is appreciated. It will be vital as we work to rebuild Sisak, Petrinja and the Sisak-Moslavina County, just as we also cooperate on reconstructing Zagreb after the March earthquake.”

 

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After the Covid-19 vaccination arrived in Croatia two days ago the first vaccines were carried out in Dubrovnik this morning. Today the first healthcare workers were vaccinated against the virus at the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The first dose of vaccine in our county was received by the ophthalmology specialist Dr. Jakov Ivanišin, then the director of the General Hospital Dubrovnik Dr. Marijo Bekić.

“I'm happy to have received the vaccine. It passed completely painlessly, without any problems. I hope this is the beginning of the end of the epidemic,” commented Dr. Ivanišin.

And the director of the hospital, Dr. Marijo Bekić, added that “In two days, we expect a new delivery of vaccines with which all interested health professionals, at least in our institution, will be able to be vaccinated.”

 

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In the last 24 hours, 316 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 8,036. Today’s numbers represent a significant drop, although it must be taken into account that over the Christmas period fewer people were tested, and in the last 24-hour period just over 2,600 tests were carried out, as opposed to around 10,000 tests before the holidays.

There are currently 2,720 people in hospital and 256 people on ventilators.

Unfortunately, over the past 24-hour period a further 68 people passed away in Croatia due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 205,246 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 3,739 have died, a total of 193,471 people have recovered, of which 2,245 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 30,780 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 996,935 people have been tested, of which 2,642 were tested in the last 24 hours.

 

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