Saturday, 24 August 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

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the sinking of the ship "Aurora" in port of Gruz wreaths were lowered into the sea, as a tribute to all those that died in the accident.

Ten people lost their lives, including three underage children. The accident happened near the port of Gruz on May 6th 1992, at 4:43 pm and is the biggest maritime tragedy in the recent Dubrovnik history. Two passenger ships crashed – Ilirija ferry and ship Aurora. During this tragedy 18 people were injured and 10 passed away.

Crash happened as they sailed into the port of Gruz: Ilirija came from Rijeka and Aurora from then occupied Cavtat.

Exactly 1557 people live in Dubrovnik historic centre. In five years, since the last census of population in 2011, the number of inhabitants and the number of households fell by a quarter, it’s clear from the latest census made from October to December 2016.

Of the 1557 inhabitants, there are only 10.5 percent of children aged up to 14, while 29.6 percent of the population is older than 65 years. There are 568 private households, half of which are single and double households.

In 2011 there was 2116 inhabitants in the so called ‘’Old City’’ of Dubrovnik and it seems that in last 20 years there was a huge decrease of 40 percent of inhabitants.

The latest census was made in order to make a plan to improve the quality of living in the historic centre. After all, people are those that make the city alive.

After two very successful sales in Lapad and Gruz, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board in collaboration with the City of Dubrovnik organized third occasional sale of flowers and plants in the Luj Soletic Park in Gruz.

All of the flowers and plants at this sale were offered at promotional prices. Gruz was full of people and color, which went perfect with this sunny Saturday.

As a representative of Acceleration Business City (ABC) and in cooperation with the city of Sibenik, Jeff Burton, the founder of EA and executive director of Skydeck held a lecture at the Barone Fortress in Sibenik on the 5th of May 2017.

Jeff Burton passed the experience he has acquired during 35 years of his impressive career in entrepreneurship onto visitors of this lecture. He is best known as the co-founder of Electronic Arts, one of the world’s biggest video game producers. All fans of video games have inevitably played at least one of their games. ‘’FIFA’’, ‘’The Sims’’, ‘’Battlefield’’, ’’Medal of Honor’’, ‘’Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’’ are just some of the titles with which EA has conquered the world and become a multinational giant with branches all around the world.

Burton also worked at the technology pioneer company Atari, and run Skydeck Berkley, one of the largest start-up incubators in the United States.

Acceleration Business City (ABC) is a global network of investors and entrepreneurs, which connects young innovative entrepreneurs with investors, entrepreneurs and influencers, thus provides them an opportunity to realize their ideas. The company has offices in India, Germany and Slovenia, whilst all projects involved in the accelerator gain access to offices in the Silicon Valley, the centre of high technology in the US. This way, ABC enables the best and the most interesting projects to enter the US and the world market.

As a representative of ABC, Burton will support an innovative project Holiwork in Sibenik as well as other projects aimed at young people and for the development of the city.  
With its project Holiwork, the city of Sibenik wants to attract young innovators, creators and entrepreneurs and offer them a place to work and relax. The Trokut centre, which is expecting the EU funds to be approved, will be a hub which will gather young people from all around the world and provide them with a place to work, as well as with numerous opportunities to enjoy the tourist, cultural and entertainment offer of Sibenik and its surroundings.

Bad weather came today with a bit of magic. Rain was falling on several occasions and caused special atmosphere – clouds dropped low on Srd mountain, bringing that mystical foggy feeling.

Some tourists used the opportunity to make interesting photos and enjoyed unusual views. Take a look at photos made by Tonci Plazibat.

One of the world’s most inspirational events, a challenging race that brings enormous dose of fun and togetherness, will be held this year for the fourth time in a row.

The Wings for Life World Run is a running competition held on the first weekend of May since 2014 in order to collect funds for the non-profit organization Wings for Life. Its goal is to find a treatment for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia. Therefore, the foundation supports research and studies about spinal cord and spinal cord injuries financially.

As in the previous years, the Wings for Life World Run will gather together thousands of runners at 35 locations around the globe at the same time. This means that runners in Europe or Africa will run around noon, whilst participants in Asia and Australia will start the race in the afternoon or evening. On the other hand, the race in the Americas will start early in the morning or even during the night.

Croatia will also be part of this global spectacle; as in the last three years, the city of Zadar will host the race, which will start at 13:00 local time.  

The most important thing is that the race is open to all people, whether they are professionals or beginners who have never been to a race before. Everybody is welcome to be part of this unique event which brings together runners and wheelchair participants who will run side by side on the 7th of May.   It is interesting to note that the entry fee is donated entirely to the foundation, whilst the main sponsor Red Bull covers the costs of the event and broadcast it live on Red Bull TV.

Glasgow Airport has welcomed the launch of its latest new route as Jet2 commence direct flights between Scotland's largest city and Dubrovnik.

The inaugural flight departed from Glasgow Airport on 30 April 2017 with flights now operating every Sunday. The new Glasgow to Dubrovnik route is already proving hugely popular with leisure travellers looking to enjoy a cultural beach holiday with warm crystal-clear blue waters lapping historical ruins and even an ancient castle.

Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a Mecca for tourists who flock every year to take in the city’s extensive history. One of the best ways to see the Old Town is to walk the medieval city walls, which at 80 foot high at some points provide great views across terracotta rooftops, hidden monasteries and across to the coast.

The new route between Glasgow and Dubrovnik further cements Glasgow Airport’s position as Scotland's gateway to Croatia with direct flights to Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. Glasgow Airports multi-award winning customer service, unrivalled choice of worldwide destinations and its central location with direct motorway access ensures the airport is the preferred choice for travellers from across Scotland including those in Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and beyond.

Jet2 compete head-to-head with Thomson Airways on the popular Glasgow to Dubrovnik route.

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive, Jet2 said: “Since our first flight took off we are not only increasing capacity year on year but we have also more than trebled our range of destinations from seven to 30. These developments really demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing our loyal Glasgow customers with unrivalled choice and flexibility when it comes to planning their next well-earned break. With our fantastic range of destinations, coupled with great flight times and award winning customer service, we are confident we have the right mix to cement our position as the leading leisure airline at Glasgow Airport.”

Already Scotland's gateway to the world and the nation's fastest growing airport, Glasgow Airport has enjoyed huge success in recent times establishing itself as one of Europe's fastest growing airports with new flights taking-off to over 30 exciting destinations including Brussels, Cape Verde, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Jamaica, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, New York JFK and Valencia - offering passengers over 1 million additional seats.

Jet2 flights from Glasgow to 32 exciting destinations including Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Faro, New York, Prague and Rome can be booked now through Air Glasgow ensuring you get the cheapest flights every time you book.

The most prestigious award in the museum world - European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) will be awarded for the first time in Croatia this year.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the EMYA ceremony will be held at the Mimara Museum in Zagreb on the 6th of May.

This year’s ceremony will gather around 220 participants from Europe such as Russia, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Croatia, and many others.

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognising excellence on the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes that still have more traditional view of focusing exclusively on collections rather than on their use for the benefit of society.

A museum that contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying its visitors with unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility is awarded with the EMYA.

Apart from representatives of  the Council of Europe as a long time sponsor of this prestigious event, representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the city of Zagreb, the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb, and the European Museum Forum, experts from several European countries, who already hosted the ‘’museum Oscar’’, will also participate at the EMYA 2017 ceremony in Zagreb.

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