Saturday, 20 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

The Croatian government sent this week to the parliament the Road Safety Bill, which provides for much stricter fines in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities.

"Based on numerous analyses and in close cooperation with the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, we have proposed amendments that significantly increase fines, define the minimum duration of driving disqualifications and regulate and increase negative points for the eight most serious traffic offences," Minister of the Interior Davor Bozinovic said while presenting the new bill.

Under the new bill, present fines of between HRK 5,000 (EUR 675) and 15,000 (EUR 2,000) would be increased to between HRK 10,000 (EUR 1,350) and 20,000 (EUR 2,700) for the eight most serious traffic violations - driving in the opposite direction on motorways, exceeding the speed limit in a built-up area by over 50 km/h, deliberately running a red light, refusing to take a test for alcohol or drugs, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a blood alcohol level of 1.5 g/kg and higher, driving before acquiring a driving licence or while the driving licence is suspended or revoked.

Bozinovic said that a task force had already been set up to monitor the effect of the proposed measures and propose changes and additional improvements if necessary.

In Croatia in 2018, a total of 33,241 students who either graduated from university or completed professional study at institutions of higher education according to new data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

Out of the total number of students who graduated or completed the study, 73.5 percent were full-time and 26.5 percent were part-time. The share of female students who graduated from university study or completed professional study in 2018 was 60.6 percent.

Out of the total number of students who graduated from university study or completed professional study at institutions of higher education, 4.5 percent graduated or completed the study from schools of professional higher education, 15.5 percent from polytechnics, 77.8 percent from faculties (9.7 percent from professional studies and 68.1 percent from university studies) and 2.2 percent from art academies.

In 2018, the greatest number of students graduated or completed study in the field of Social sciences (42.7 percent), followed by Engineering (25.5 percent), Biomedicine and health (10.6 percent), Humanities (6.8 percent), Biotechnical sciences (5.6 percent), Natural sciences (4.5 percent), Artistic field (2.2 percent) and Interdisciplinary fields of science (2.1 percent).

 

Croatian heartthrob Goran Visnjic (46) is enjoying a well-earned break on the Dalmatian coast. The ER actor, known to millions as Dr. Luka Kovac, visited the stunning Croatian island of Hvar where he caught up with his old friend Croatian pop singer Nina Badric. The two happily posed on the Adriatic island looked relaxed and in fine form.

Visnjic, who was born in Sibenik, sprung to fame in the hit serial ER before moving onto star in hit movies and serials, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Elektra and Beginners. He is currently working on three new projects and quite clearly the break in the Adriatic sunshine was just what the doctor ordered.

Visnjic was named People magazine's “Sexiest Import in 1999” and "One of TV's Sexiest Men" in 2005. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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The quality of the sea water in front of the Hotel Rixos Libertas is not suitable for swimming. On the 5th of July the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County sampled the sea water on the beach of Hotel Libertas Rixos and the sea water is not suitable for swimmers.

According to available information, the Libertas public sewage pumping station had been shut down due to power supply shortages. This malfunction was fixed in the early morning hours of the 6th of July.

There is a red warning flag on the beach because the sample analysis does not meet the requirements of the Bathing Water Quality Regulation. Additional samples will be taken sampled until the contamination ceases, it is not recommended to swim until further notice, stated the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

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Red Flag in front of Hotel Rixos Libertas 

After the amendments to the decree on the Municipal Order, with which the City of Dubrovnik prescribed the ban on placing ATMs on buildings in the historic core communal officers have been inspecting the automatic bank machines located around the Old City.

A survey on the 41 ATM machines inside the historic Old City walls showed that only 9 of them have a valid approval from the conservation department.

If the owners / users of the other 32 ATMs do not comply with the City of Dubrovnik’s decision they will be fined unless they are removed within 30 days.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, sent to the City Council of the City of Dubrovnik a proposal to amend the Decree on the Utility Order, which was unanimously adopted by the City Council at the 23rd session held on 27 June. This new law means that all ATMs inside the city walls must have approval and all relevant documents from the Conservation Department. The City of Dubrovnik became the first Croatian town to set strict procedures for the issue of ATMs.

One of India’s power couples have been enjoying a break in Dubrovnik and getting into the Game of Thrones mood. The mega popular Indian actress and beauty queen Lara Dutta along with her equally famous husband Mahesh Bhupathi certainly looked like they had fun in the Adriatic sunshine as they filled their social media with snaps.

Dutta (41) was crowned in 2000 as Miss Universe becoming only the second Indian to win this event. And after springing to fame as Miss Universe she took up a film career in Bollywood and proved just as successful.

This is certainly a family accustomed to being in the spotlight as Bhupathi was the first ever Indian to win a tennis Grand Slam tournament when, in 2006, he won the mixed doubles in Australia with Rika Hiraki.

And clearly the couple are huge fans of the HBO serial Game of Thrones as Dutta added a comment on an Instagram post with “For a huge #GOT fan like me this experience in Dubrovnik was the ultimate high! From Cersei’s walk of shame to the battle of black water bay, to the purple wedding and the murder of King Joffrey, it was an absolute thrill to see all the locations the show was filmed at.”

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When we recently wrote about the Chinese made Croatian souvenir towel that had misspelled a fair few of the cities in the country we thought that was the worst one we had seen…we were clearly wrong.

A reader sent us this beauty, which has left us lost for words. Croatian city and island names are a little tongue twisting, that’s not to say that misspelling them is an excuse, but the misspelling the name of an entire country, now that’s classic.

And we’re not sure who is the most idiotic here. The manufacturer for producing a bag with Croatia spelt as Coratia, or the shop owner for selling such a product. And imagine the poor customers, did anyone actually buy this unique bag?

If you have any more spectacular spelling mistakes we would love to hear from you.

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According to the latest data from the Henley and Partners Passport Index ranking the Croatian passport is the 20th most powerful, or indeed useful in the world.

The Henley Passport Index is the original and most authoritative passport index, with historical data spanning 14 years. The index and its contents are based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and supplemented, enhanced, and updated using extensive in-house research and open-source online data. The index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations. Updated in real-time throughout the year, as and when visa-policy changes come into effect, the Henley Passport Index is the most robust and reliable index of its kind.

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And Croatia is ranked in 20th position, tied with San Marino and the United Arab Emirates. Ever since joining the European Union the strength of the Croatian passport has slowly risen. In 2010 the passport was ranked as the 35th most powerful in the world and the rise has been steady.

And the most powerful passport in the world is, or rather are, Japan and Singapore. And then in joint second place Finland, Germany and South Korea. And right at the bottom of the list is Afghanistan, right behind Iraq.

 

 

The strength of the UK passport has fallen slightly, mainly due to the uncertainties over Brexit. “Throughout most of the index’s long history, the UK has held one of the top five places in the ranking. However, with its exit from the EU now imminent, and coupled with ongoing confusion about the terms of its departure, the UK’s once-strong position looks increasingly uncertain,” commented Henley and Partners. The UK passport is ranked as the sixth most powerful passport.

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