Sunday, 20 September 2020
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.


Mismatching or eye-catching socks are today being worn all around the world to raise awareness about inclusion with reference to people with Down Syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day, which falls annually on 21 March, is this year celebrating with the campaign titled #lotsofsocks. As you can see we got in the action in Dubrovnik with these odd British flag socks.

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Mate Rimac, the founder and the CEO of Rimac Automobili, had its debut at the international Geneva Motor Show four years ago. Since then, lots of things have changed in the life of young Rimac; from unknown brand he has become one of the leading players in the world of high-performance electric cars.

Nowadays, Rimac Automobili is a reputable manufacturer company with lots of novelties. At the latest Geneva Motor Show 2017, the company introduced its refreshed model of the Concept One electric car, and presented its three new business partners. From now on, the car will be available on the global market through the distribution network of Manhattan Motorcars in New York, Pace from Essen in Germany, and AIZarooni Group from the United Arab Emirates.

The improved version of Concept One now has 1224 HP, it accelerates from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 2,5 seconds, it has a larger battery of 90 kWh, the autonomy of 349 km and a top speed of 354 km/h.

It is interesting to note that Rimac, who has recently found its place on the prestigious Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2017, will be a guest speaker at the 15th Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala at the Burlington Convention Centre in Ontario, Canada in May 2017.

The event will be organized by the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and is designed to formally recognize leadership, innovation and excellence within the Croatian-Canadian community as well as significant contributions by Croatian-Canadians to Canadian society as a whole.

The city of New Vinodolski has responded to the appeal from Japan, who invited the world to donate old cell phones to help them make medals for the Olympic Games 2020.

When Japan collects two tons of old mobile phones and small appliances, five thousand gold, silver and bronze medals will be made for the Olympic and Paralympic Games by recycling.

Novi Vinodolski plans to set containers for old cell phones in the lobby of the City Administration office.

Nine types of digital devices are accepted, such as smart phones, cameras and portable music devices. All aimed to collect eight tons of high-quality metal which will produce five thousand medals.

The Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo announced that it will take millions of devices, calling on citizens to donate outdated and useless devices.

To celebrate World Poetry Day on the 21st of March the coffee company Julius Meinl is organising a special global campaign for the fourth year in a row - pay for your coffee with a poem.

- We are all different. We have a variety of activities and habits. We live in different parts of the world. But even though we speak different languages, deep within us is a powerful voice that we all understand. It is the voice of feelings. Because we are all poets at heart - is written on the official page of the company.

The idea is simple -you need to visit one of the coffee shops that is part of the project, order cup of coffee or tea and write a poem on a special postcard. Just do your best to make someone's day better!

In Dubrovnik, only two coffee shops are part of the project Brazil coffee bar at Kralja Tomislava 7 and Brazil Dvori at Masarykov put 3B. To see all the participants click here.

According to the latest data from Eurostat, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy in the EU grew significantly in 2015 and has continued to grow towards a goal of 20 percent, which is to be achieved by 2020.

Furthermore, in 2015 the share of energy from renewable sources increased in twenty-two EU member countries, including Croatia, in comparison to the previous year.

"The share of renewable energy sources in gross final consumption of energy is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target to be reached by 2020 for the EU is a share of 20 percent energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy. However, renewable energy sources will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. Therefore, the EU member states have already agreed on a new EU renewable energy target of at least 27 percent by 2030," Eurostat says.

The data from Eurostat also show that among the EU member countries in 2015, Sweden had the highest share of energy from renewable sources in its gross final consumption of energy (53,9%). This country was followed by Finland (39,3%), Latvia (37,6%), Austria (33%) and Denmark (30,8%).

As far as Croatia is concerned, in 2015 its share of renewable sources in gross final consumption was 29 percent. In the previous year, this share was 27,9 percent, whilst in 2004 it was 23,5 percent. Just like the other EU member countries Croatia has also set the goal of reaching 20 percent share of renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy by 2020.

On the other hand, the lowest share of renewable energy sources were recorded in Luxembourg and Malta (both 5%), the Netherlands (5,8%), Belgium (7,9%) and the United Kingdom (8,2%).

It is important to note that out of the twenty-eight EU member countries, eleven of them have already reached the level required to meet their national 2020 goals such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden.

Dubrovnik has been bathing in some unusually warm weather this week, it seems like summer has come early to the Pearl of the Adriatic.

With temperatures all week almost reaching 20 degrees and unbroken sunshine the few tourists in the city have had a chance to catch some winter rays. Al fresco coffee and sightseeing were the things to do yesterday as the weekend started with blue skies.

Check out our Saturday gallery by Tonci Plazibat

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The globally popular Croatian cello duo „Cellos have released a new album entitled “Score” and a stunning new video with the theme of the Russell Crowe blockbuster Gladiator. The latest album from 2 Cellos was recorded in London with the London Symphony Orchestra and features such timeless classics as Moon River and Love Story. There is also a modern version of the Game of Thrones theme tune and the video for this was actually filmed on Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik.

The stunning video for the theme tune to Gladiator was filmed in the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula and in the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro. "Now We Are Free" from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer now has a new lease of live from Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2Cellos. The album Score was released on the 17th of March and it looks like the Croatian duo have another hit album on their hands.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of international recognition of the Republic of Croatia and establishment of its diplomatic relations, the diplomatic community in Croatia opened an exhibition at the Mimara Museum on the 15th of March.

''Croatia through the eyes of foreign ambassadors'' is a photo exhibition, a gift of the diplomatic community to Croatia, which presents the ambassadors’ experiences of the country in which they are now on duty.

At the invitation of their counterparts Tanya Dimitrova, the Bulgarian ambassador to Croatia, and Philippe Benoit, the Belgian ambassador, the ambassadors to Croatia recorded scenes they want to remember Croatia by, such as the country's natural beauty, cities and tradition, from Vukovar to Dubrovnik. Among 150 submitted photographs, a seven-member jury chose 45 of them that are being presented at the exhibition.

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''Croatia cannot leave you indifferent. Wherever I went, I could not stop taking photos. There were moments when my breath was literally taken away. Wherever our profession and our life path take us, we will take these wonderful memories with us and we will be lifelong ambassadors of goodwill for Croatia. It is a mission I will never give up on'', explained Tanya Dimitrova.

The Belgian ambassador Philippe Benoit has seen this exhibition as a tribute to the difficult times through which Croatia went before it was internationally recognized. ''However, we wanted to make this exhibition a happy event that celebrates the beauty and diversity of your country, including all its regions in the exhibition'', emphasized Benoit.

It is interesting to note that the first prize was won by the Polish ambassador to Croatia Maciej Grzegorz Szymanski for his photo of Rovinj's rooftops, the second prize won Philippe Benoit for his photo of Nin's Lagoon, whilst the third prize went to the Spanish ambassador to Croatia Eduardo Aznar for his photo of the Old Port in Dubrovnik.

The exhibition will be opened until the 23rd of March.

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