Wednesday, 19 May 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 Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 12 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (5 of which were determined by a rapid antigen test).

These are four people from Dubrovnik, three people from Metković and Opuzen and one person from Slivno and Župa.

A total of seven males and five females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for six of them.

26 people made a full recovery - seven people each from Metković and Župa dubrovačka, five people from Dubrovnik, two people each from Konavle and Opuzen, and one person each from Janjina, Ploče and Pojezerje.

In the last 24 hours, 374 samples were processed, and a total of 70,760 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

21 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Intensive care is required by three patients, all on invasive ventilation.

There are 319 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there has been one violation of the self-isolation measure (at the border).

The most popular low-cost airline in the world, Ryanair, has announced flights between Dublin and Dubrovnik from the beginning of June. The airline will also connect Zadar and Split with Dublin this summer season.

From the beginning of June, Irish Ryanair will resume traffic on its three seasonal lines from Dublin to Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. In the summer season of 2020, the line to Zadar from the capital of Ireland was not in operation, reports Croatian Aviation.

The Dublin - Dubrovnik line will be in operation from June 4. Two flights a week are announced for June, on Mondays and Fridays, while an additional flight on Wednesdays is expected from the beginning of July, with single tickets starting from around 40 Euros.

The national airline of Ireland, AerLingus, has also announced flights for the second half of June to Dubrovnik, Pula and Split.

Regarding COVID restrictions, passengers coming to Croatia from Ireland must have - 

- negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours from entry into Croatia,

- vaccination certificate (the last dose must be received at least 15 days before entering Croatia),

- certificate of recovery (12 to 180 days),

In case the passengers do not have any of the above, upon entering the Republic of Croatia, passengers will be referred for a PCR or rapid antigen test at their own expense and are obliged to stay in self-isolation until the results arrive.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, one new case of coronavirus infection was recorded in the last 24 hours (determined by a rapid antigen test). This new case is a man from Smokvica.

17 people made a full recovery in the past 24 hours - nine from Dubrovnik, two from Metković, Ploče and Župa dubrovačka and one from Kula Norinska and Slivno.

In the last 24 hours, 110 samples were processed, and a total of 70,386 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

24 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Three patients require intensive care and are all on invasive ventilation.

There are 391 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been five violations of the measure of self-isolation (at the border).

Since the beginning of the winter flight schedule last year, Zagreb Airport has been the only airport with a direct connection to London. That will change after almost seven months with EasyJet announcing a range of flights from the UK to Croatian airports for this summer period, reports Croatian Aviation.

From 28 May, the British national airline, British Airways, will resume operations on its seasonal route between London (Heathrow Airport) and Dubrovnik. Flights have been confirmed three times a week every Monday, Friday and Sunday. Dubrovnik will be the first destination of British Airways this summer season in the Republic of Croatia.

And from June 30, EasyJet will resume traffic on the London Gatwick-Dubrovnik route. Initially, one flight was announced per week, on Sundays, but as early as June 7, an increase in the number of weekly operations was announced, every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. With four flights a week from London to Dubrovnik with the low-cost airline the city’s tourism industry will received a much needed boost.

EasyJet have also announced flights to Split, from May 22, to Pula, from June 3, and to Zadar, from June 1.


After seven long years of waiting, one of the best and most successful Croatian basketball players of all time, Toni Kukoč, has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, the organization announced on Sunday.

Triple winner of the NBA title with the Chicago Bulls (1996-1998), three-time European champion with Jugoplastika (1989-1991), world champion (1990) and two-time European champion (1989-1991) with the national team of the former Yugoslavia, winner of two Olympic silver medals, with Yugoslavia in Seoul in 1988 and Croatia in Barcelona in 1992, and the winner of many individual awards, Kukoč is the fifth Croat after Krešimir Ćosić (1996), Dražen Petrović (2002), Mirko Novosel (2007) and Dino Rađa (2019) to be included among the basketball immortals.

The 2021 generation of NBA players included two-time Miami Heat champion Chris Bosh, former Boston Celtics captain and NBA ring winner Paul Pierce, four-time league best defender Ben Wallace and Chris Webber.

Among the NBA coaches on the list are Celtics legend Bill Russell, who has long been in the Hall of Fame as a player, triple NBA finalist Rick Adelman and posthumously Cotton Fitzsimmons. Villa's two-time NCAA champions Jay Wright is also entering the Hall of Fame. Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson are becoming new members of the Hall of Fame.

Finding yourself in a career slump is not as uncommon as you may think. Most individuals find themselves in one at some point or another trying to figure out if this is right for them and if it’s time for a change, no matter how many years they have been on the job. While short-term slumps can be fixed by taking a much-needed vacation, long-term ruts often call for something much bigger to be done. There are several options when it comes to solving this issue, and finding the best option for you will take a little time and reflection.

Go Back to School

Going back to school has numerous advantages when it comes to reinvigorating your career. First and foremost, completing new courses, certifications and even degrees will boost your resume, making you a more likely candidate for promotions in your current company or a better applicant for another organization altogether. If you're worried about how you can pay for school, you should consider taking out student loans from a private lender. Private lenders offer a flexible amount of money to borrowers, depending on what they would like versus their financial needs, as is the case with federal loans.

Re-Evaluate Your Career

Re-evaluating your career will require a lot of careful thought and consideration on your part but can be extremely beneficial in finding the joy and energy to work again. You can begin this process by going over the goals you first set out for yourself when you started your career. Have these goals been achieved? If not, what should be changed in order to achieve them? Did you even have goals? If not, what do you what them to be now? What steps can you take to make them come true?

Broaden Your Network

Perhaps you networked hard for the job you have now but have long stopped doing so as you didn't feel a need to anymore. In all actuality, networking is a skill that should forever be worked at, as you never know when knowing the right person will work in your favor. To broaden your network, you can consider attending professional events near you, joining organizational committees related to your interests or reaching out to people around you who you have not quite gotten to know yet.

Volunteer Your Time

Consider volunteering your time to help out other colleagues or teams at work. For instance, perhaps a colleague will be going on maternity or paternity leave soon. Contemplate offering your help to them, including doing any paperwork or taking on projects alike. Not only will this be immensely appreciated, but it will demonstrate your commitment to your company, and no doubt please your boss.

Take a Plunge

Lastly, consider taking a plunge by going for an entirely new career entirely. This option entails a lot of research and thinking about what you want to do. If you've ever had a dream but dared not to pursue it, now's the time to see if you're ready to take it on.

The Association of Olive Growers of Vela Luka, as the holder of the protected designation of origin for Korčula olive oil with the support of the Vela Luka Municipality and the local Tourist Board, has launched a procedure to protect the name of another product unique to the island of Korcula.

This time it is the traditional cake Lumblija, which is made on the occasion of the feast of All Saints. The first step in this regard is to associate manufacturers and compile a common product specification. The name of the product is protected in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, after which the procedure continues by submitting an application for registration of the mark to the European Commission.


Croatia is growing with several young home decor companies or brands working hard to display their skills and improve its design industry. Many prominent home decor brands or companies generate everything from plastic tape installations to children's toys and are expanding their presence in the global design industry.

Their multidisciplinary activities and playful designs demonstrate an intelligent design approach that promotes customer and viewer interaction and feedback. Keep reading to know where to get the best home decor in Croatia.

1. EcoBirdy

EcoBirdy is a brand that turns old plastic toys into elegant interior furnishings. The designers produce not only fashion products but also a whole system. This ranges from the collection and recycling of old plastic toys to the design and furniture products.

EcoBirdy furniture is designed, recycled, and produced with fair market practices in Europe. Due to plastic recycling technologies, all items look sparkling with bright colors. They captivate the eye and are familiar products made of recycled content that you can recycle again. The designers are aware of making waste products look beautiful and attractive.

2. Canvaspop

Canvas printing has become more successful in recent years. It is one of the easiest ways to put images to life and keep valuable memories. Canvaspop is an online printing facility focusing on canvas printed pictures. The company was established in 2009 to supply quality linen prints in Las Vegas and Ottawa. Later, the business expanded rapidly and has its shipping office in Europe.

However, they also deliver collage prints and framed print facilities along with canvas printing. But what characterizes them is their love for excellence. They only use the highest-quality products to make canvas prints. They have professional photographers who will carry you with your valuable memories and photographs. It is easy to order through their intuitive and sensitive website.


3. DizzConcept

DizzConcept is located in Zagreb, which is the capital city of Croatia. The company is always dedicated to furnishing, architecture, and construction. They created a high-value reputation and have earned various awards through the development of creative architecture and furnishing solutions.

The company was started when many architects and engineers began the company in Zagreb to provide the business areas of several enterprises that were then opening in Croatia. They work on ongoing developments in environmental and emission control, as well as innovative small-scale solutions. In addition, they aim at providing a safe and relaxed environment to their customers. The ISO Quality and Environmental Management System is managed by a highly qualified and professional team, which guarantees reliability independent of project success.

4. Alterra Pure

Alterra Pure has sustainability and honesty as its main priority. To be knowledgeable of the brand means knowing the mechanism that produces the outcome. Kevin and Wanda both managed the textile industry for several years. Environmental and social sustainability are not words of sale for them. But they would like to see a change that is beneficial to their farmers, those who provide bedding from the start.

The founders know something unique about their beds, and they frequently share it with their customers, from seed to sanctuary. They cooperate closely with their seed maintenance and seamstress manufacturers to ensure they operate in fair and clean conditions. This ensures they work safely, and they feel that the finished product reflects all the failures in the supply chain. This makes them the best choice, from spinning their organic cotton yarn to sewing.

5. B & B Italia

B&B Italia is a leading Italian company in home design and contract furniture, founded in 1966. Its goods and its large and broad-based delivery represent the international philosophy of the enterprise. It has developed an exclusive network of highly experienced points of sale in more than 80 countries worldwide. In addition, it has strengthened its direct footprint with the launch of majority-owned flagship stores in the world's leading capitals.

B&B Italia goods have a unique and distinctive look, and this brand's gift needs to predict trends and react with quality solutions in response to changing tastes. B&B Italia's timeless collections now have its founding established as a truly industrial vocation. It has foreseen fashions by adapting to the changes and answering the diverse needs of its client and the fluctuating housing concept. Joy, quality, technologies, and innovation all have brought life to be beautiful and high-quality goods.



BOCA DO LOBO furniture is designed for exclusive home, Classic and modern architecture. The furniture is a unique mental, personal, and spiritual experience. You like to learn and understand the past through technology and modern architecture. They use this experience to transfer the whole wisdom of their craftsman into the design.

BOCA DO LOBO furniture is a unique emotional experience, a sense of affiliation, and an attitude. They strive to promote sensational experiences by creating beautiful objects that are passionately inspired, designed, and supplied by a staff that loves what they do and passes on the feeling of individuality. Their designers have an undeniable talent to create pieces that emotionally stimulate their supporters. The wisdom of their craftsman is instilled in the art they perform with love and dedication, built upon years of experience.

Final Thoughts

You can see stunning, classic pieces of contemporary quality decor in many high-end homes today. It can be fun to decorate your home, but the process can be a little stressful in places like Croatia. It is difficult to strike the correct balance between shape and feature. The big picture is equally important as the little details, including the best furniture to the right color range, irrespective of design. Hence, we hope the above guide will help you get the best home decor in Croatia.


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