Thursday, 30 June 2022
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, 1,087 new cases of Cobid-19 infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 3,598.

Among them, 210 patients are in hospital, of which 5 are on a respirator. One person died.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 1,145,053 people have been infected with Covid-19, of which 16,048 have died, a total of 1,125,407 have recovered, of which 398 recovered in the last 24 hours. There are currently 1,795 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 4,927,889 people have been tested, of which 2,898 in the last 24 hours.

As of June 24, 2022, 5,257,375 doses of vaccine have been administered, and 59.54 percent of the total population and 70.82 percent of the adult population have been vaccinated.


In the salt works in Ston, preparatory work has begun for this year's salt harvest, which is still carried out in the traditional way and regularly attracts great interest from guests and excursionists who visit Ston and its sights.

The sea has been released into the preparatory pools, and the weather in Ston solarium is currently in good, and if the weather continues, the first quantities of salt could be collected in the second half of July.

Salt will be extracted from three crystallization pools this summer as well the pools named - Mundo, Frano and Petar and Pavao.


Many people are in search of earning money, but do not want to make great physical efforts, so they choose top Canadian casino online. Such platforms are very often advertised today. Advertisements often talk about big signup bonuses, mandatory winnings, and large prize pools. It provokes many people to give their money to bets. You can win at the casino, but you should not think that money will just appear.

Can you win at an online casino?

However, do not underestimate the gaming platforms that offer to play. Their goal is not to distribute money to everyone, so you should not expect constant big wins. Of course, they will be, but this does not mean that every player will become a millionaire in a short period of time. After all, a casino is a business, not a charity.

However, if you want to play at an online casino, you should know some important rules so as not to lose your entire budget:

  • You should carefully choose the platform where you want to play. Today, there are a lot of casinos on the market, but not all of them are conscientious. Yes, choose only proven casinos.
  • Always use the free mode before playing for real money. So you will understand how the game works and what scheme can be used to win.
  • Study different approaches to the game, experiment with chips, bets, find your own strategy.
  • If you win money, then it is better to withdraw some of them immediately. At the initial stages, it makes sense to immediately withdraw all winnings.

Often gamblers are addicted to gambling, so remember when to stop, take a break. Big wins can give you confidence, but luck may not always be on your side.

Why do you play at the casino?

Many users do not stop playing at the casino, knowing that they can part with their money forever. Everyone's motives are completely different. Scientists have determined that there are several scientific approaches that help to understand the motivation of players to bet on certain gambling sites.

A quick win is the first thing that comes to mind for a novice player. A person understands that he can simply transfer money to the desired e-wallet, make a couple of bets, press a button and not only return your budget, but also win a substantial amount.

There are some players who cannot live without gambling. The process of losing money and possible wagering motivates them to continue betting at online casinos. The process of fighting with themselves, with other players gives them great pleasure.

The intricate plot of the game also attracts players. Uncertainty in the future, possible prospects, make the human body act more decisively. Such actions greatly affect the psyche, which can also play an important role in the further choice - to place a bet or collect your winnings.

However, despite this, online casinos are a way of leisure, a place of relaxation. Gambling is an opportunity to have fun, discuss gaming moments with friends. It is not the money itself that matters, but the pleasure of the game and the atmosphere. Therefore, in any case, a person is in a good condition. And it does not depend on whether he wins or not.

The Institute for the Reconstruction of Dubrovnik carried out works on the reconstruction of the baroque portal of the Main Guard on Luža Square, and now this central location in the city has a new shine.

The conservation and restoration works worth 172,675 Kuna were carried out by the company Kvinar from Podstrana, based on the project of conservator-restorer Đivo Dražić and with the prior approval of the Conservation Department in Dubrovnik.

Restoration work on the building located between the town bell tower and the Small Onofrio's Fountain lasted from May 2 to June 15. And in addition to the work on the wall and monuments, work was carried out to replace the damaged paving slabs.

The building of the main guard belongs to the rare Dubrovnik sights as the home of the admiral from the 15th century, and is located right in the heart of the city between the City Hall and the bell tower. The portal is adorned with an arched frame, and the space is marked by two matching rectangular pillars with elongated spikes.



The European Council on Friday backed Croatia's entry into the eurozone on 1 January next year.

"Today, at the European Council, Croatia received support from the highest political level for membership in the eurozone. On January 1, we will achieve the Croatian government's strategic goal of joining the eurozone. The benefits of membership will be felt by Croatian citizens and the economy, which will be even more resilient to crises, "Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced on Twitter.

"The euro is a monetary expression of our common destiny and part of our European dream. Today, Croatia's dream has come true,” announced the President of the European Council Charles Michel.

On Friday, the leaders of the EU member states supported the recommendation on Croatia's entry into the euro area, which is the penultimate step in the process. The last step will be the adoption of three legislative proposals on Croatia's entry, which will take place at a meeting of the Economy and Finance Council on July 12th, and from January 1st next year, the euro will be the official Croatian currency.

Croatia will become the 20th member of the eurozone on 1 January 2023. This is the first enlargement of the euro area since 2015 when Lithuania joined.
Together with Slovenia, Croatia is the country that spent the least in the euro waiting room, the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, two years, while, for example, Lithuania spent 11 and Latvia nine years.

By adopting the euro, Croatia joins the Eurosystem, which consists of the European Central Bank and the central banks of the euro area member states, and the Governor of the Croatian National Bank joins the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. The Minister of Finance participates in Eurogroup meetings, and the Prime Minister in Eurozone summits.

Croatia also automatically becomes a member of the banking union, the banking supervision and resolution system.


The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, at the invitation of the European ARTE TV, will be a guest in Paris on Monday, June 27, in the show "27."

ARTE TV is a popular of French-German television production.

Mayor Franković will participate in a Paris studio in a show on the topic of sustainable tourism and will, in front of a multimillion audience, share Dubrovnik's experiences in destination management and turning the city from excessive to sustainable tourism.

In addition to the mayor, Dimitra Voziki, the director of the Greek Tourist Board in Paris, and Gilda Hernandez-Maskvivker, the director of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, will also take part in the show.


The Guardian has published a list of the 10 most beautiful unexplored European islands of untouched nature, and a Dubrovnik island features in the top ten.

In the newspaper’s list of “10 of Europe’s most enchanted off-the-radar islands,” the island of Lastovo features.

"It may take an arduous four-and-a-quarter hour ferry crossing from Split to reach Lastovo, but this chunky Croatian island is so different from its touristy sister, you’ll be glad you made the effort. Spend your time dawdling through pine forests, admiring the island’s Venetian-style houses, then exploring some of its 38 churches or swimming in the transparent waters off Skrivena Luka Bay,” writes The Guardian.

In 2006 the island of Lastovo was declared a nature park.



With the aromas of the sea and the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine, visitors will be able to taste a diverse range of dishes prepared from fish and seafood in Ston this July and August. And all of course, with the sounds of Dalmatian music and fine wines from the region of Pelješac.

Every Friday in July and August the “Tastes of Pelješac” event will be held, offering visitors the opportunity to taste local specialities, from oysters from Ston, homemade olive oil, wines from Pelješac and much more. Vistors will also have the chance to pick up an authentic souvenir in a traditional market.

These events will be held every Friday in July and August, and all evenings of the event will be themed, dedicated to some of the gastronomic delicacies of the region - Mali Ston oysters, mussels and many other seafood delicacies from Mali Ston Bay, but also Ston and Pelješac desserts.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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