Tuesday, 23 July 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

Health Minister Milan Kujundzic said on Friday that both short-term and long-term solutions should be sought for hospitals' debts to pharmaceutical wholesalers.

"Everybody has the right to to demand their claims, and debtors are supposed to cover their debts. We will continue to talk to find solutions," Kujundzic told Hina.

The coordinating body of pharmaceutical wholesalers at the Croatian Employers' Association (HUP) announced on Friday morning that they were beginning a selective suspension of deliveries of drugs and medical supplies to hospitals after their debts had reached HRK 2.6 billion.

Commenting on the announcement, the chairman of the governing council of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO), Drago Prgomet, said that "Croatia has never been left without drugs, hospitals have never been left without drugs and they will not be left without them now."

It certainly appears the Sylvester Stallone’s three daughters are having a vacation to remember in Dubrovnik. And as the latest upload to their social media account shows they have seen the city at all hours of the day, and night.

The whole Stallone family arrived in Croatia back at the beginning of this month and jumped on-board a luxury yacht for a cruise along the Adriatic. Sylvester (72), his wife Jennifer Flavin (50) and three daughters, Sophia Rose (22), Sistine Rose (21), and Scarlet Rose (17).



The family cruise on-board the luxurious “Meira” yacht lasted for around a week before Sly and Jennifer jetted home and left the girls to enjoy the cruise with their cousins. Meira is costing Sly a reported 133,000 Euros a week. Making it not only one of the most luxurious Croatian owned private charter yachts but also one of the most expensive.

And the Sly girls have been living large in Dubrovnik with the yacht spotted in a variety of locations.



Their social media accounts have been bulging with photos and videos and this latest one shows the girls running through the streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik just after 3 in the morning. But Sly has been keeping an eye on the girls through Instagram as well, with regular comments and likes.


At the end of the school year the Nautical-Technical school in Dubrovnik awarded the best pupils in a slightly different way than in previous years. A one-day excursion to the Elaphite Islands was organized.

By organising this special day, the school wanted to emphasize the importance of the work and effort of students throughout the whole year. And to show students that they were not part of the local community, and to encourage other students to make greater efforts and achieve their own success.

The realization of the project was co-financed by the City of Dubrovnik.

Well done to all the organisers and especially the students.


Dubrovnik is certainly a magnet for the country’s politicians at the moment. With the President attending the opening of the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival along with various Ministers and dignitaries comes the news that the Prime Minster will visit this weekend.

Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, will visit Dubrovnik on Sunday and Monday and will participate in the opening of the new water purifier in Komolac. And then Monday, July 15, at 9 am, at Hotel Palace, the Prime Minister will open an international conference of the Croatian National Bank and the International Monetary Fund "Demography, Employment and Growth: Managing the Future in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe". The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić.

Two young ladies at a popular music festival in Serbia have been making positive waves through the media and social media after they decided to dress each other’s flags. Jelena from Novi Sad wore the famous Croatian checkboard flag of Croatia and Iris from Split wrapped herself in the flag of Serbia. And the photo of them together has gone viral with thousands of positive comments and likes. In fact, the pair have inadvertently started a whole new hash tag movement #sharelove

The packed audience applauded the two young women for their show of togetherness in the music festival in Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia.

"Exit's marked social campaign aimed at spreading love, tolerance and maintaining of good neighbourly relations, has found inspiration in these two girls who at the festival wore the flags of each other’s country,” the EXIT Foundation said.

Jelena explained how the idea came together. "Iris and I have the same attitude on these things, we really like it because we are also thinking that other people should deal with each other as well. In our society, we do not see who is of any nationality, nor do we make any difference on anything! We want to send a message that we should finally look to the future, not in the past! We do not have to blame people for any differences! Stop hate, spread love.”

And Jelena and Iris received free tickets from the organizers of the Exit Sea Dance Festival, which will be held from 30 August to 1 September in Budva, to continue to spread love and tolerance throughout the region!

Jelena i Iris

The 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival certainly got off on the right foot last night with an impressive concert in the heart of the Old City. After the opening ceremony on Wednesday, which received mixed reviews, the first night of the program hit the cultural nail right on the head as the Lower Saxony State Orchestra from Hannover and the renowned Ivan Goran Kovačić Academic Choir from Zagreb performed a gala concert.


The stage was set, and what a stage it was in front of the St. Blaise Church, for a great night with accomplished soloists, a legendary orchestra and one of the leading choirs in the country, and they didn’t disappoint. Beethoven’s ninth symphony echoed around the stone façades of the Old City and the audience demanded an encore as this impressive 70-minute performance delighted the generally hard to please Dubrovnik public.



The rich musical program of the jubilee 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival continues tonight at 9.30 in the summer residence Bunić-Kaboga with a concert from bass-baritone Krešimir Stražanac and pianist Danijela Detoni, who will perform works by Franz Schubert.

Tickets for the entire program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival are available through the festival web pages www.dubrovnik-festival.hr or at www.ulaznice.hr and at the Festivals Palace (Od Sigurate 1), every day from 9am to 9.30pm.

Base jumping from the top of the Zagreb Cathedral in the middle of the night, surrounded by tall buildings and hard pavements, you’ve either got to be brave or stupid, or maybe a combination of the two. But that is exactly what this young man did! He released a video of himself leaping into the Zagreb night sky and pretty soon it went viral with almost 80,000 hits in only a few days.

“I found a cathedral and went there at 4 in the morning,” comments the unnamed man in the video, possibly with an Australian accent. He adds that this base jump from the top of the tallest building in the Croatian capital was the first in a series of jumps from “buildings, cranes, antennas, cliffs.” He doesn’t use his name and tries to disguise himself in the video as presumably he will be climbing many of these objects illegally. As the Zagreb cathedral is currently undergoing repairs he managed to climb the scaffolding that is installed. Needless to say it took him much longer to get to the top than back down to terra firma.

New and fresh looking burgundy signs are currently being hung on the streets of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik to replace the existing ones. A total of 39 new signs will be hung around the city and with more information than previously to assist tourists, and indeed locals, to navigate around.

Along with the names of establishments – café bars, restaurants, shops, offices and other facilities the signs now have a pictogram to explain the business and also the logo and slogan of the project “Respect The City,” to further remind people to follow the regulations set out in this project.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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