Monday, 21 June 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, 58 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 597.

Among them, 288 people are in hospital, of which 25 are on ventilators. And five people passed away in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 359,173 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 8,174 have died, a total of 350,402 have recovered, 122 of them in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 3,868 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,110,485 people have been tested, of which 4,340 in the last 24 hours.

As of June 19, 1,449,819 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 905,231 have received both doses.


In the last 24 hours, one case of coronavirus infection was recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. This new case is one female from Metković.

Three people made a full recovery - one from Dubrovnik, one from Metković and one person who does not reside in the county.

In the last 24 hours, 352 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 81,062 samples have been analysed.

Two people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 173 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there has been no violation of the self-isolation measure at the border.

The Dubrovačko Primorje Tourist Board have released their third promotional video in a four-part series and for this latest episode active tourism in the region is highlighted.

After covering the historical and heritage gems of the region and the nautical tourism offer, the third past of the series covers the active offer, from cycles, to hiking and jet skis and quads, Dubrovačko Primorje has something for every speed and every taste.

“Looking for a break that doesn’t just involve you lying on the beach or around the pool. Need a rush of adrenaline. More and more people are deciding on an active holiday and this is where Dubrovacko Primorje has obvious advantages. With endless beaches, clean seas, biking and cycling routes and oceans of unspoilt nature this is a region that has it all,” writes the tourist board on its social media channels.


The promo film was created by the Dubrovnik based production company LMT Studio and features local companies involved in the active tourism offer of Dubrovačko Primorje, such as Epic Croatia, Dubrovnik Countryside Tours and Plaza Slano.

The final episode of the series will concentrate on the gastronomic offer of the region.

As you know that the bitcoin wallet is the thing in which your bitcoin ae secured in a very safe way. The bitcoin wallets provide full-on security to the user's funds, and it also allows you to make all the transactions of bitcoin through the official Bitcoin Digital Site in an easy and fast way. Well, you need to know that there are some similarities between bitcoin wallets and bank accounts. But the thing is that the protocols of bitcoin work in a very different way from the other online source of payments. For instance, you can see that the bitcoin transactions are entirely irreversible this means that there are very high standards when we are talking about the security offered by the bitcoin wallet.

If you are a newbie and don't know much about choosing the right kind of bitcoin wallet, then you should make sure to select the one wallet which is offering a higher level of security and is easy to use. There are various types of bitcoin wallets available in the market, so choosing the perfect one seems to be a daunting task. But by considering some of the essential factors and your needs you can definitely make up the right choice. When you are done with selecting the bitcoin wallet, then the next thing you have to do is set up that wallet.

How to set up the hardware bitcoin wallet?

You might not be aware of the fact that setting up the hardware bitcoin wallets is a time-consuming thing, but among all the other bitcoin wallets, this one of the perfect options that it provides maximum security to the user. This high level of protection is due to the fact that the private keys of this bitcoin wallet are held on offline devices, which is different from mobile, laptop, and computers. The hardware wallets are a substantial secure option because they are offline in nature, so they have less risk of malware attacks. If you have purchased the hardware wallet, then you need to set it up. Listed below are some of the steps that you can follow for setting up the hardware wallets.

• Download the software on your computer, which is associated with the hardware bitcoin wallet.

• Make sure to write down all the recovery passphrases for the private keys.

• Once done, then you can connect the hardware bitcoin wallet to your computer.

How to set up the mobile bitcoin wallet?

There is no doubt in the fact that the mobile bitcoin wallet is a lot easier for setting up. These wallets are very convenient to use as you can handle all your bitcoin through your mobile phone only. This will allow you to make bitcoin transactions anytime and anywhere. Steps needed to be followed for setting up the mobile bitcoin wallet are:

• The very first thing that you have to do is choose the mobile bitcoin wallet from the app store of your mobile.

• You should not forget to back up your private keys on the physical paper. This backup is basically a passphrase that consists of 12 to 24 letters in total. This is one of the most important things, and every bitcoin wallet is required to follow this step so that they keep their funds safe and secure.

• It is advised to you to remember that there is no other person who can help you when you forget your password. So, keeping a backup of the private keys is the ideal option for you.

How to set up the desktop bitcoin wallet?

Well, setting up the desktop bitcoin wallet is very similar to that of the mobile wallet. When you are done with selecting your desktop bitcoin wallet software, then you will have to follow the steps for setting up this bitcoin wallet.

• You are required to run the software in order to start the process of setting up.

• The desktop bitcoin wallet software will also ask you to make a backup of the passphrase, which is associated with the private keys of the bitcoin wallet.

• It includes complete portfolio tracking graphs, which can use for tracking the value of your bitcoin in several ways.

The bottom line!

For setting up the different bitcoin wallets, you need to follow the other steps. The only thing that you should never forget is to back up the private keys because you will not be able to recover your funds if you lose them.


A considerable number of people from all around the world are now engaged in the bitcoin trading market. But the thing is that among all of those people, only a few people are able to get a big success. This is all because of the thing that people don't have much knowledge about bitcoin and its market. When you use the right and practical tips for bitcoin trading, then you can become a successful trader of bitcoin.

When it comes to bitcoin trading, then the successful is constantly updated with the latest news regarding the bitcoins, market trends, and they keep all the information about the bitcoin so that they can make the right decision at the right time. Take a look down below to get familiar with the superb tips for bitcoin trading.

Always start trading with a small amount

The very first bitcoin trading tip is that you should always start with caution. So, starting your bitcoin journey with a small amount is genuinely one of the safest ways by which you can invest your money in bitcoins. The bitcoin trading market is truly very thrilling, and it has the capability of making people millionaires also. There is a considerable risk involved in bitcoin trading as bitcoin is very volatile in nature. So, you should not start with a significant investment because if you face loss, then it will be huge, and you will be demotivated.

Secure your bitcoin in your bitcoin wallet

The following important tip which can help you in doing bitcoin trading is that you need to secure your bitcoin with the help of a bitcoin wallet. There are several options available to you when it comes to choosing the bitcoin wallet. If you are a beginner, then it is advised to you that you should make use of the reputed and reliable platform for buying the bitcoin wallet. The people who want instant access to their funds should make use of the hot wallet bit. If you are looking forward to holding bitcoin which are of high value, then the best option for you is to secure them with the cold bitcoin wallet.

Do extensive research

It is essential for you to do extensive research on the bitcoin market. The one most sure way by which you can become a pro bitcoin trader is by doing your analysis of the market and get to know about all the essential things related to bitcoins. When you have good knowledge of the market, then you can make the right moves which will help you in gaining a considerable amount of profit in a short period of time. It is not at all a straightforward process because the bitcoin market is highly speculative, and the bitcoin value is entirely unpredictable.

Set strict targets of profits

As you know that the bitcoin market is highly unpredictable and volatile, so it is essential for you to stick to a strategy or a plan. Before you open your position in the bitcoin market, it is advised to you that you should set your goal of making a profit. On the other hand, this also is applied to the losses also. This means that you also have to set a limit for the losses which you can bear. When you become strict with tour targets of profit and loss, then you can easily avoid the huge pitfall, and this is also helpful in minimizing the risks.

Make use of leverage in a cautious way

Leverage is the thing that allows you to hold a higher amount of stake in bitcoin trading than the actual capital which you have in your account. Though this can prove to be appealing and it can also lend you a considerable number of profits. But the thing is that this can lead to a tremendous amount of loss if the leverage gets turned against you.

So, you need to understand that the successful use of leverage is the thing in which you balance the act of risk and the profits. This requires a lot of practice to master this strategy. If you are a beginner, then it is advised that you should contact us with the leverage with the extreme level of caution, or you can avoid using it entirely until you learn how to use this strategy and develop confidence in bitcoin trading.



Digital currency like bitcoin is now considered the future of this generation. People are trading this global currency on the online market to obtain a considerable number of profits. Bitcoin is today one of the most successful cryptocurrencies, and it doesn't contain any of the complications which were involved in the fiat currencies. The is one of the best platforms where you can trade the bitcoin and invest in bitcoin without facing any kind of obstacles. Although bitcoin is trending in the market, there are still some risks that prevail when investing in the bitcoin. So many people are now aware of these risks, and if you also one of them, then have a look.

The highly volatile market of bitcoins

One of the significant risks of investing in bitcoin is that the price of bitcoin keeps on changing constantly. The bitcoin market is like on a rollercoaster ride, so you don't know what is going to happen next. If you are looking forward to investing your money in bitcoin, then it is essential for you to keep this thing in your mind and already prepare yourself for the highly unpredictable bitcoin market. There is no prediction that you will get a higher return on your investment or not. But if you keep an attentive eye on the bitcoin market, then you can surely avoid huge losses. It is advised to you that making a small investment is one of the best keys, and it is more beneficial when we see it in the long-term investment.

Cyber burglary

Bitcoin is the kind of technology based on the internet, so it leaves the investment of bitcoin exposed to all the cyber-attacks. Hacking is one of the most significant risks because there are no measures available for retrieving the funds which you have lost. A lot of buyers and traders have lost their money in investing in bitcoin and exchange, which are not reliable. The bitcoin exchanges are most prone to hackers even if you have kept all your bitcoin stored in the bitcoin wallet. So, you need to research the bitcoin wallet in order to make sure that you are choosing the most secure and reliable bitcoin wallet to provide the best level of safety to your funds.

Risk of frauds

Along with the hacking, fraud is also one of the significant risks which prevail in the market of bitcoins. The buyers and the sellers of bitcoin are always looking to trade the bitcoins, but there are a lot of bitcoin exchanges available on the internet, and some of them can also be fake. This is the lack of security which can create a significant risk for the traders and the investors of bitcoins. If you want to save yourself from becoming the victim of such fraud attacks, you should always choose the reputed and reliable bitcoin exchange.

Partial use of bitcoins

Bitcoin is the newest technology, but still, there are only a few companies that accept the payment made from bitcoins. At the present time, there are only very few online stores that are accepting bitcoin, and they have made bitcoin as a means of their payment. The limited use of bitcoin is also one of the risks which prevail in the bitcoin market, which makes people hesitate whether to invest in bitcoin or not.

Bitcoin is a young technology

Bitcoin is still a very young technology, and it has only ten years when it has emerged. Now, if we see the value and popularity of bitcoin, then we can say that it has developed itself into something substantial. There are a lot of changes which have occurred in the last some the years, and we cannot tell that how is the market going to evolve in the future. There are chances that bitcoin can also become useless in the future. But one of the best ways by which you can use this opportunity of investing is by investing with caution and with due diligence. You should try to take some steps in securing your bitcoin, and then you will be able to immune yourself from the bitcoin market.

Sometimes life surprises you when you least expect it. “We’d like to invite you to a vineyard this weekend, and it is really close to where you live in Župa,” came the question. My first thoughts were, vineyard in Župa, vineyard close to me??

The agricultural scene in Župa is similar to that in Konavle, in decline. It seems that the majority of the fields remain untendered and are left to support grass. Whereas through history both these southern regions were the main suppliers of fruit and vegetables to the Republic, those days are clearly behind us. In fact, even the symbol of Župa is a lady carrying fruit and vegetables on her head, a statue was even recently unveiled of Župka. Whilst the fields of Župa may still be fertile, finding a modern day Župka is like spotting a unicorn.

Yes, we all know why this has happened, well a combination of factors. We’ve all had our heads turned by the “easy” money from tourism, in the 16th century they didn’t have, or any .com!

We are tending to buy more produce from supermarkets than local markets, some land has been swallowed up by new construction, and working on the land is extremely hard work.

Yes, we all know the reasons, and of course motivating people to go back and work on the land is tough. “Yes, the vineyard is right next to you, like a three-minute drive away,” said a friend. I jumped onto Google and couldn’t believe my eyes, a vineyard on my doorstep.

I am not a great wine lover, although I worked for over ten years in the wine business in London. I mean I don’t mind the occasional chilled glass of Pošip after a good lunch, but that I’d actually go out and buy a bottle of wine, probably not. However, I can appreciate a good wine (ten years of working with sommeliers and connoisseurs rubbed off on me) and there are some really excellent fine wines throughout Croatia.

So last weekend I found myself in the foothills of the mountains that encircle Župa in the most charming vineyard. In fact, this vineyard was one of only two left in Župa!! “I was looking at maps and drawings from around 1830 and most of this land was covered with vineyards at that time,” stated the friendly owner of the land, who clearly had a passion for his grapes, and indeed olives. “I then compared those maps with Google maps today, and you can still see the rough outline of where the vineyards and other farms used to be, but they are all covered with grass, trees and bushes now,” he added. And indeed the view from where I was standing in his quaint vineyard echoed his story, the views were spectacular but the crops were absent.

Now this is where the clever part comes in, this vineyard owner had combined the analogue and digital worlds. For not only did he have a working vineyard and olive trees but he also organised tourist tours of his land, along with an explanation of how he produces wines and olive oils, and a tasting of his produce. Looked very much like a win/win situation.

Now while this is nothing new on Peljesac, he is the only person in Župa, and this close to Dubrovnik, to do this. You are so close to Dubrovnik that you can see Srđ from the vineyard, and there is clearly a demand for this as well. I guess you could add his offer into the whole “getting back to nature” offer that tourists are looking for now.

Not only do tourists want to stay on islands or in the countryside, but they are also looking for a more authentic experience, something local and real that they can’t find anywhere else. “Most of my guests are from the US and UK and they really love to be able to see a vineyard so close to the hustle and bustle of the city but at the same time so tranquil and relaxing,” smiled my host. These are the projects that we need in the future, real people with real stories in real situations.

And it seems that this story isn’t the only one, there are others under the surface waiting to be discovered, and I have a feeling that they will be successful, with or without help or financial support from any state organisation. In Vino Veritas, or in wine, there is truth, and there is also truth in hard work and innovation.


The Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) reported on Saturday that a quarter of the adult population has completed vaccinations.

"A total of 875,503 people have received two doses of the vaccine," the HZJZ reported on its website, noting that around 22 percent of the population have received both Covid doses.

The director of HZJZ, Krunoslav Capak, emphasized the importance of vaccinations despite the more favourable epidemiological situation.

"It is a time of a more favourable epidemiological situation in Croatia, and at a time when new strains of the virus are 'at the door', receiving both doses of the vaccine is extremely important," said Capak.

Capak pointed out that the highest coverage of the first dose of vaccination was achieved in the City of Zagreb (41.4 percent of the total population, or 50.3 percent of the adult population), and the completed vaccination was achieved in the Krapina-Zagorje County (30.3 percent of the total, or 36.3 percent of the adult population).

He thanked health professionals and all those involved in the organization of vaccination.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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