Monday, 25 October 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

In the town hall, the Head Councillor of the borough of Župa Dubrovačka Silvio Nardelli, yesterday received the representative of the vocal group “Klapa Subrenum,” Šime Lukšić, on the occasion of the victory at the 16th Klapa Festival with mandolins and guitars held in Makarska. The festival was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović, organized by the City of Makarska and the Makarska Tourist Board.

The winning performance of Klapa Subrenum, featured songs "The sea is my destiny" and "Tija bi te jubit mala", and their rendition was greeted by ringing applause, and the expert jury awarded them the largest number of votes.

Nardelli congratulated “Klapa Subrenum” on winning the award and wished them further success.

Architects and designers have control over our setting and by changing the way we design buildings, can shift our physical relationship with the environment. Tomislav Alujević and his award-winning team at studio Aalto have become a distinctive choice for hoteliers and owners of luxury properties throughout the Mediterranean looking to create destinations with the utmost respect for nature and nurture. The Split-based architecture studio has recently been recognized by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards and has named Aalto as a 2021 Winner in the category Best Luxury Architect Studio in Croatia.

High-end hospitality developers looking to build a natural facade with minimal intrusion and supreme ambiance, need to look no further. The team has worked together for over fifteen years and as a collective has the utmost respect for the environment; not only for the site location but with every raw material used throughout the build.

Their design approach is to keep as much of the Mediterranean landscape as possible and to integrate the architecture as such. Their ultimate objective is to conceptualize a ‘dialogue’ between interior and exterior design, ensuring .

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Seamless integration between the indoors and outdoors

The team of Studio Aalto believes that climate change requires a paradigm shift in architectural language and that they have a responsibility to think critically about how they are impacting the environment.

One of their most recent projects, is the MASLINA RESORT, a luxury 5-star seaside boutique hotel. Set amongst unaffected nature overlooking the scenic Maslinica Bay on Hvar Island the resort stretches over 2 hectares of pine forest and is surrounded by olive groves and terraced vineyards.

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Maslina Resort 

The result was a cluster of six interconnected pavilions overlooking the Adriatic Sea which created an illusion of a floating landscape. The use of locally sourced materials such as local Brac Island stone, Iroko wood, brushed brass, and tones of terracotta harmonized with the natural color scheme of the landscape. Custom-made interiors and handpicked vintage pieces complete the space, ultimately designed with the guest in mind.

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Beach bar at Maslina Resort 

This ingenious team of designers approaches every single project with the utmost respect for traditional architecture and the “genius loci” of the structure whilst reinterpreting the construction in a contemporary way. 

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Bringing the discipline of architecture into the next millennium

About Luxury Lifestyle Awards

Luxury Lifestyle Awards is a global award selecting, recognizing, celebrating, and promoting the best luxury goods and services all over the world. The goal of the company is to connect people with the best of luxury. LLA has evaluated more than 10 000 various goods and services in 400 categories from 60 countries and analyzed the results to give you a TOP list of the best of the best in the world. Such world-renowned brands as Chanel, Dom Perignon, and Ferrari were proudly named winners. The victory brings companies status and recognition, global promotion, and exposure to an entirely new market of customers.

Employees in the health and social care system who do not want to be vaccinated, do not have a Covid-certificate, have not recovered from the virus and refuse a test for Covid-19, from October 1 will not be able to enter the institutions where they work, or will be considered not appeared at work, and then they will consequently be able to get an extraordinary dismissal, reveals Jutarnji List.

A government source explained that labour relations are already defined by the Labour Law and employment regulations for health and social care institutions, so that these regulations will not have to change but for those who do not want to have a Covid-certificate will be considered not did not show up at work.

According to the Employment Law, absenteeism can be considered a serious violation of employment and the employee can be fired for misconduct or extraordinary dismissal without the right to severance pay and notice period, and various labour regulations precisely define the procedures in these situations.

 

A new study names Zagreb in top 30 best capital city to visit on vacation. 
 
The travel experts at Bounce analysed capital cities around the globe, based on factors such as the average cost of a hotel & transport, number of attractions & restaurants and average temperatures & rainfall, to reveal the best capital cities to visit on your next city break. 
 
See where your capital city ranks here: https://usebounce.com/blog/capital-cities-index
 
The top 30 highest rated capital cities in the world 
 
 

Rank

Capital City

Country

Average Cost of a Hotel $

Average One Way Ticket Price Local Public Transport $

Average Temperature (degrees c)

Average Annual Rainfall (mm)

Number of Attractions per KMsq

Restaurants per KMsq

Total Score

1

Valletta

Malta

$199.58

$2.37

18.80

427

311.48

442.62

6.74

2

Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

$158.69

$0.55

27.92

42

0.61

2.86

6.24

3

New Delhi

India

$101.87

$0.40

25.00

700

67.33

290.61

6.06

4

Manama

Bahrain

$180.87

$0.80

26.50

68

4.00

23.13

5.77

5

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

$169.78

$0.87

26.00

66

0.11

0.67

5.74

6

Muscat

Oman

$210.66

$1.32

28.00

100

1.20

2.06

5.59

7

Paris

France

$193.34

$2.26

12.30

720

73.98

165.54

5.57

8

Kuwait City

Kuwait

$180.87

$0.85

25.70

128

2.12

5.72

5.56

9

Ankara

Turkey

$45.74

$0.42

12.00

451

0.02

0.16

5.53

10

Jakarta

Indonesia

$81.77

$0.28

26.70

2,097

1.20

13.53

5.48

11

Bangkok

Thailand

$97.71

$1.23

28.60

1,207

2.22

7.90

5.46

12

Cairo

Egypt

$114.34

$0.32

21.40

18

0.45

1.41

5.42

13

Taipei

Taiwan

$119.19

$0.72

23.00

2,159

5.92

55.81

5.34

14

Nicosia

Cyprus

$97.71

$1.77

19.70

364

7.62

20.35

5.32

15

Madrid

Spain

$131.67

$1.77

15.00

415

5.54

19.38

5.30

16

Hanoi

Vietnam

$79.00

$0.30

23.60

1,760

9.01

9.38

5.26

17

Lisbon

Portugal

$148.99

$2.11

17.50

591

28.93

49.94

5.14

18

Bucharest

Romania

$81.08

$0.60

10.80

699

5.52

9.53

5.11

19

Andorra la Vella

Andorra

$85.24

$2.19

9.80

415

6.58

41.58

5.09

20

Beijing

China

$109.49

$0.62

12.90

566

0.64

2.98

5.07

21

Warsaw

Poland

$70.68

$1.14

8.50

695

2.58

6.38

4.99

22

Zagreb

Croatia

$106.03

$0.64

10.70

917

1.26

1.36

4.98

23

Bratislava

Slovakia

$79.69

$1.07

10.50

683

1.91

3.49

4.96

24

Manila

Philippines

$85.24

$0.50

28.40

1,666

7.21

24.70

4.95

25

Belgrade

Serbia

$86.62

$0.91

12.50

696

2.26

4.70

4.91

26

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg

$126.12

$0.00

9.30

828

5.05

14.44

4.90

27

Prague

Czechia (Czech Republic)

$146.91

$1.25

8.40

687

7.79

10.97

4.85

28

Moscow

Russia

$160.77

$0.68

5.80

678

2.69

5.56

4.80

29

Sofia

Bulgaria

$75.53

$0.97

10.60

623

1.92

2.93

4.80

30

Bridgetown

Barbados

$194.03

$1.76

27.00

1,111

6.73

8.33

4.79

 
 
Valetta, Malta is the most popular capital city in the world with an overall score of 6.74 out of 10. With Valletta being home to the highest number of attractions and restaurants out of all of the capital cities, it is no wonder this city has ranked top of the list.
 
Abu Dhabi, UAE ranks second with a score 6.24 out of 10. Average temperatures in the city hit 27.92 degrees and the average rainfall is just 42mm per year, making this a great destination if you’re a sun seeker.
 
New Dehli, India ranks third place with an average score of 6.06 out of 10, with average temperatures topping 25 degrees and 12,409 restaurants to choose from.
 
Further insights
 
  • Ankara, Turkey is the best capital city for hotel prices, with an average price of $45.74 per night.

  • Luxembourg has free public transport and is the crowned best capital city for transport in the world.

  • Bangkok, Thailand is the best capital city for temperature with an average of 26.6 degrees!

  • Cairo, Egypt has the least rainfall with only 18mm of average rainfall per year.

  • Valletta, Malta is both the best capital city for attractions (311 per KM per sq) and for restaurants (442.6 KM per sq).

The low-cost airline Ryanair will connect Zagreb with 24 destinations in 16 countries in the winter flight schedule, and in December it will introduce a third aircraft into the Zagreb base, expecting around one million passengers on all routes by next summer, the low-cost airline announced on Tuesday.

The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, held a press conference in Zagreb today and emphasized that Zagreb is a great challenge for them and that they see great potential here. He pointed out that Zagreb is currently one of the growing ‘hot city break’ destinations.

"People want to come to Zagreb, especially for the Christmas fair in winter, and it has a lot of cultural and historical sights, good food and a growing number of foreign tourists. The recognition of Croatia through football is also important, and as far as I was able to see, there are a lot of beautiful women,” said O'Leary.

He believes that Zagreb deserves to have at least 3.5 million air passengers a year, because, as he said, it is the capital and he believes that in cooperation with Zagreb Airport, with which they share a vision of growth, these figures will be reached.

He reiterated Ryanair's earlier announcements that they would invest a total of $300 million in Zagreb to 'base' three aircraft there by the end of this year, thus directly creating 100 jobs and another 750 indirect ones throughout Croatia.

He also mentioned the good cooperation with other airports in Croatia - Zadar, Pula and Dubrovnik, as well as that from next spring they will fly to Rijeka, but only in Zagreb they will stay over the winter, while other flights will be only through the summer.

On several occasions, O’Leary pointed out that they are doing all this for Zagreb and Croatia without any financial assistance from the state, unlike the national airline Croatia Airlines, which the state is helping.

"Ryanair is introducing 24 new lines from Zagreb in the next six months, and CA has introduced only three new lines in three years and received 12 million euros in state aid," O'Leary commented.

 

The National Headquarters has released the latest data on coronavirus infections.

In the last 24 hours, 1,037 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 7,464.

Among them, 689 people are in hospital, of which 88 people are on ventilators.

Unfortunatley, a further 12 people died in Croatia in the past 24 hours.

The number of persons in self-isolation is 21,926. A total of 377,295 people recovered, of which 1,079 in the last 24 hours. To date, a total of 2,740,770 people have been tested, of which 9,777 in the last 24 hours.

 

In the last 24 hours, 43 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are 28 males and 15 females: 19 from Dubrovnik, seven from Metković, three from Konavle, Slivno, Ploče, Ston and Župa dubrovačka, and one from Korčula and Opuzen.

One male from Metković died (born in 1941)

59 people made a full recovery: 25 from Dubrovnik, seven from Konavle and Župa dubrovačka, six from Ston, five from Orebić, four from Metković, two from Vela Luka and one from Dubrovačko primorje, Korčula and Trpanj.

In the last 24 hours, 682 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 135,175 samples have been analyzed.

23 people tested for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Three patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

There are 1,039 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, two cases of violation of the self-isolation measure were recorded. 

With its quaint geographical location, Croatia can quickly become one of the best places to enjoy esports gaming. The country is waking up to this potential.

Croatia and Esports: A New Facet of the Country's Tourism

Croatia is a touristic gem, and other than a misunderstanding between cruise liners and the city of Dubrovnik, the country is really shaping up as a great location. But one niche driver of tourism can be none other than video gaming. Competitive gaming, known for short esports, is taking the world by storm. In fact, the esports industry is worth $1 billion in 2021, an impressive figure all by itself. Next time you are looking for a great 免 存 奖励 casino, you may want to remind yourself that there are so many different forms of gaming to try.

But how can Croatia truly benefit from its burgeoning esports industry? According to Tony Sloterman, product owner at Casino Bonuses Finder, you don't need a massive offering to excite interest in any gaming product. However, esports has the advantage of being watched by 700 million people in the world. At least 100 million of these fans are based in Europe, and their numbers are growing. So here is how Croatia can make the most out of it.

Pulling in Crowds for Big Events

Croatia has the potential to not just be seen as a cruise line destination. In fact, the country itself is a little fed up with all the cruises and tourists that descend upon the city and cause a bit of chaos. So, there is a much smarter way to go about this by hosting the event. But what event has enough fans in Europe to actually merit hosting?

You have guessed correctly – esports! Esports is followed by some 100 million people on the continent, and if we had to bet on it, we would argue that they would be very happy to travel and see some big event. To put it this way, esports is a huge business, and fans DO care about esports events.

Not least, Croatia has an immense advantage – its geographical position. You can fly from Bulgaria to Portugal in roughly two hours, thus having crossed the entirety of the European continent. The destinations may look big, but the continent has been inter-connected so well that distances are no longer an issue for anyone.

And yes, if Croatia is to start hosting esports events, people will respond by turning up to watch and this is a fact. So, why is the country not exploring this potential?

Esports Is Slowly Making Its Way through Europe

With the PGL Major hosted in Sweden and the Dota 2 International hosted in Romania, esports are moving quickly. Previously, you would have to travel far to get in on the action, but these days, it's all easy as players will have access to everything they want to see within a short distance.

Admittedly, the Dota 2 International wasn't originally planned for Romania, but the fact that Valve has chosen Europe as their destination once again, after rescheduling, is indicative of how important this region is to game developers and esports fans. Croatia has arguably no worse conditions to host a major event and adds a lot of charm to any such tournament because of its quaint geographical position. Croatia is a top-notch option if you are looking to really make your mark on esports, and organizers know that. Now, does Croatia realize its full potential?

 

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