Thursday, 20 June 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

Direct flights between Croatia and the United States are back in the realms of possibility after the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, announced that negotiations are underway.

Flights between the two countries were stopped 22 years ago and after years of speculation that they would be reintroduced it would appear that the new minister has brought negotiations back to the table. "We are in serious negotiations over the introduction of year-long flights from Croatia to New York, most likely from Zagreb and Dubrovnik, even from Split," commented the minister at the end of last week.

The most likely result is that direct flights would begin during the summer of 2018 and a year-round operation is planned. Both European and US airlines have been approached to operate these flights, however according to a report on the specialised website Ex-Yu Aviation both Delta and American Airlines have stated that they have no plans to start flights to Zagreb. According to the minister the Croatian Embassy in Washington is the lead partner in negotiations and is holding talks with potential operators.

Direct flights from the US to Croatia would certainly help the country’s tourism industry, as well as provide a link to the Croatian Diaspora living in the US. There were plans to operate flights to Dubrovnik Airport, an idea that the former Mayor of Dubrovnik was heavily backing. However so far nothing has come from these talks.

Following the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), which has been warning about the need to reduce daily salt intake to 5 g in order to preserve health, Podravka has presented Supisol – its own salt substitution with 35 percent less sodium.

The leading Croatian food processing company in Croatia and in the Adria region developed the new product with the Research and Development department and in cooperation with an external partner.

Supisol is a salt replacement ingredient with 35 percent less sodium compared to regular table salt. It is a completely safe product intended for diet of healthy people and all of those who wish or need to control sodium intake. Supisol is appropriate for vegetarians, vegans, and those who eat according to recommendations of halal and kosher diet. This non-GMO product is gluten-free, lactose-free with no flavour enhancers, no artificial colourings, no artificial aromas or preservatives.

The orientation week for foreign students who will, in the framework of the Erasmus + program and the Agreement with the University of Palermo, study in Dubrovnik this summer semester of the academic year 2016/2017 has been carried out by the University of Dubrovnik.

This summer 51 foreign students from 13 countries will study in the summer semester at three University departments: the Department of Economics and Business, the Department of Communication and the Department of Art and Restoration. These students come from Macedonia, Czech, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Greece, Albania, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Romania, Slovakia and Latvia.

In total 108 foreign students from European countries will study at the University of Dubrovnik in this academic year. This is an increase of almost one hundred percent compared to the previous academic year, when 59 foreign students studied at the university.

Rays of warm sunshine cut their way through the February clouds and Dubrovnik was for a fleeting moment in summer time. The weekend in the city started with calm weather and temperatures reaching 15 degrees.

The Old City is unusually hectic for this time of the year, with Robin Hood movie sets, groups of Korean tourists and restaurants preparing for the summer mayhem. Locals and tourists made the most of the warmer weather yesterday and soaked up the rays.

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It is a well known fact that Croatia is a land of wonderful natural beauty, from soaring snow-covered mountains to lush rolling hills and the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. Croatia has eight national parks, eleven protected nature parks and forests that occupy more than 34 percent of the country's surface area. However, one of the biggest threats to its landscape are fires. They represent a constant threat to the ecological systems, infrastructure and human lives. Apart from preventive measures, the only effective way to reduce damage caused by forest fires is their early detection and rapid response.

Therefore, Croatia Telecom has introduced an advanced technological system for early detection and monitoring of forest fires in several Croatian national parks and nature parks.

''iForestFire'' is an intelligent and integrated video based monitoring system for the early detection of forest fires that are detected in the initial stage using advanced image processing and image analysis methods. Intelligent fire recognition algorithms analyze images automatically, trying to find visual signs of forest fire, particularly forest fire smoke during the day and forest fire flames during the night. If something suspicious is found, a pre-alarm is generated and the appropriate image parts are visibly marked. The operator inspects suspicious image parts and decides if it is really a forest fire or not.

The introduction of this system is a vital early warning system for Croatia’s national parks and protected nature parks. Apart from providing help in preventing fires, iForestFire also reduces the financial damage caused by fires and at the same time increases the safety of citizens and tourists. Thanks to its modular design the iForestFire system can also be adaptable to other intended purposes that make it an interesting choice for all institutions and companies responsible for open areas.

Dubrovnik is renowned as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Every year couples choose the city as the destination for their special day, last year over 50 international weddings were organised in the city. And it seems that it doesn’t even matter if your wedding took place in Dubrovnik, couples still want photos together in front of the iconic landmarks.

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“We got married in July last year,” explained these newly-weds from Albania today. “We are helping our friends who run a wedding photography business and taking our wedding photos again in all the most romantic cities in Europe,” he continued.

Standing on the steps of the St. Blaise Church in the heart of the Old City the loving couple replayed their big day all over again. After Dubrovnik the Albanians planned to travel to Berlin and finish their tour of Europe in Paris on Valentine’s Day.

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The second Break Time® monobrand store officially opened its doors on Friday, February 10th, 2017, in Antuninska 5 (adjacent Stradun), Dubrovnik.

Following the success of the Break Time® flagship store in Split - opened in December 2015 in Trogirska 8 (adjacent Marmontova) - the two Romanian expats behind the brand, Mirela Rus and Ionut Copoiu, have decided to expand along the coast.

"We are so proud and happy to open the second Break Time® store in the most popular location in Croatia. I have moved from Split to Dubrovnik for a couple of months, to organize the new shop logistics, and I am falling in love with this place more and more every day", says Mirela, the Marketing & Sales Manager.

The new Dubrovnik monobrand store is showcasing all Break Time® jewellery & accessories collections, including the newly launched ADRIATICA armbands for men, previously available exclusively in the brand's online shop www.nautical-bracelets.com.

All the Break Time® bracelets, necklaces and key-chains are personally handmade by Ionut, using original yachting rope and nautical-inspired shackles and anchors.

"For me, Dubrovnik has always been a magical place and to have my handcrafted products present here is an honour and a dream come true", says the brand's designer.

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Zupa has a new tourist attraction; well at least it had one for half an hour! Whilst working on a new roundabout in Srebreno, around 15 minutes from Dubrovnik, workers accidently broke a main water pipe causing a fountain to appear.

In an attempt to slow down the fountain the workers placed the scoop of the digger over the fountain, this only meant that the water squirted in another direction.

The fountain, which burst several metres into the air, lasted for about thirty minutes before the water company arrived on the scene and closed off the main water valves.

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