Wednesday, 28 October 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.


The Ursus company from Poland is considering on manufacturing electric buses in Croatia, and if it finds an adequate partner, the production would begin as soon as next year, it was said on the occasion of the promotion of the Ursus City Smile electric bus in the centre of Zagreb on the 8th of May.

Apart from the manufacturing facility, the investment would include the construction of a research and development centre. According to the words of Waldemar Ruminski, the sales and marketing manager at Ursus, the value of the potential investment would be around 20 to 25 million Euros.

The promotion of the Ursus electric buses was already held in the city of Rijeka, and apart from Zagreb, the buses will be promoted in Split, Pula and Osijek. During these promotion activities, representatives of Ursus will meet with some of the potential partners in Croatia.

The Ursus company has been present on the Croatian market for years with their offer of tractors and agricultural machinery, whilst the company Ursus Bus, headquartered in Lublin, have been operating for five years and is engaged in the production of electric buses.

The Ursus electric buses come in three different sizes (10, 12 and 19 metres in length), and have zero emission of harmful gases. They can drive 200 to 240 kilometres on one battery charge, whilst the capacity of some models with fast battery charging system i.e. pantograph is up to 400 kilometres.

Test phase of the visitor counter system within the historic centre of Dubrovnik started and six counters placed at entrances and exits of the city bring data on the current number of visitors inside the City Walls.

On the website all users are provided with information on the actual number of visitors within the historic centre and information should be updated every 15 minutes.

According to Niksa Vlahusic, an expert associate of DURA, this visitor counter is primarily imagined as a tool to bring data about the real number of people inside the City Walls, as well as their behaviour during different parts of the day.

- With this system, we can see the real number of visitors at any point during the day and how many people have entered the City on each entrance. Based on this information and data we can make smarter and more rational decisions when it comes to organization of pedestrian traffic around and in historical centre and how to organize the delivery and supply inside the City Walls – said Niksa Vlahusic, adding that the project is still in the test phase.

An interactive map showing all the cameras and their positions shows a circle that signals the number of people inside the historical centre with its color. When the circle is green that means that there is currently less than six thousand people in the city. The yellow circle warns that inside the Walls there is between six and eight thousand people. The red circle sends a signal that there is currently more than eight thousand people in the city.

After sixteen long years, Duran Duran are coming back to Croatia this summer.

The popular British band will hold a concert at the Salata Stadium in Zagreb on the 29th of August. Their first and only visit to Croatia so far was in January 2001 when they also performed in the Croatian capital.

Duran Duran are an English new wave and synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band grew from alternative sensations in 1982 to mainstream pop stars by 1984.
In 39 years of their rich career, the band has placed 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide.

duran tour 2017

Duran Duran have also won a number of awards such as two Brit Awards including the 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The audience in Zagreb will surely have an opportunity to enjoy in Duran Duran greatest hits such as ‘’Rio’’, ‘’A View to a Kill’, ‘’Ordinary world’’, ‘’Come Undone’’, ‘’Hungry Like the Wolf’’, ‘’New Moon on Monday’’, as well as in the songs from their latest album Paper Gods.

A few days ago the Croatian Minister of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic and the EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc participated at the panel discussion ‘’Maritime Sector in Croatia – Opportunities and Challenges’’ about investments in the infrastructure of the port authorities of Rijeka, Split, Zadar and Ploce.

On this occasion, Butkovic said that a key EU funding instrument Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) approved 19 projects to the amount of 346 million Euros. Croatia has submitted another 22 projects to the third CEF Transport Call in the amount of 145 million Euros, which are being evaluated.

One of them is a road project that is extremely important for the development and increase of the competitiveness of the port of Rijeka and the connection of the Zagreb coast, the construction of the D-403 road from the junction of Skurinje to the port of Rijeka.

Hollywood star Michael Weatherly will come to Dubrovnik in June this year. Star of the popular American series ‘’Bull’’ will be the special guest of New Europe Market (NEM), the largest media event in our region that brings together professionals from the TV industry.

At NEM, which will be held for the fifth time at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace in Dubrovnik from June 12 to 15, guests will have the opportunity to hear Weatherly in a relaxed conversation with TV host Antonija Mandic.

-I am very excited to be a part of NEM this summer – says Weatherly and adds that Croatia is a wonderful country and that he’s looking forward to share his fantastic experience from Dubrovnik at Bull.

Otherwise, Michael Weatherly is well known to the audience from the Navy CIS series, where he starred as agent Tony DiNozzo from 2003 to 2016. He also starred in SF series Dark Angel and appeared in Loving, Significant Other and Jesse. He was also a part of Charlie Valentine, Trigger Happy, The Last Days of Disco, The Specials, Venus and Mars and Gun Shy.

Last year Weatherly replaced the police station with a courtroom in the successful drama Bull, inspired by the early career of well-known psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, who became a celebrity by being on the Oprah Show. Weatherly was born in New York and currently lives with his wife and two children between Los Angeles and New York.

Dubrovnik is experiencing a bumper start to the 2017 tourist season and this is best shown by the increase in passengers through Dubrovnik Airport. Figures just released from the airport show that April was the busiest April on record with 143,912 passengers handled. This figure is a massive 52 percent increase over April from 2016.

Part of this increase comes from the fact that Nissan held a major event in Dubrovnik in the first three months of this year, during which at least one extra flight was put on every day. However regardless of the boost from Nissan the increase is still significant and highlights the fact that Dubrovnik’s traditional summer tourist season is slowly being expanded.

Since the beginning of the year Dubrovnik Airport has handled 219,888 passengers which is a healthy 26 percent increase over the same period from last year. And as the airport missed the two million passengers mark last year by a few thousand it would seem that it is well on course to smash the two million barrier this year.

The Croatian Ministry of the Interior (MUP) is considering on buying drones to control Croatian borders in places where the terrain is inaccessible.

According to unofficial information, the Ministry of the Interior is considering the possibility of purchasing the technical equipment in the near future for the purpose of controlling parts of the country's borders where any other type of surveillance is difficult or less efficient.

This option was mentioned recently in the report on implementation of the revised Schengen Action Plan for 2016, with which the Ministry of the Interior notified the Government about preparations for Croatia's accession to the Schengen area. The Croatian government adopted this plan at its session in April.

In the document, the MUP referred to the technical equipment for surveillance of the exterior border and stated that it considered ''the need to acquire additional terrain vehicles, quad bikes as well as drones and unmanned aerial vehicles'' that would be used in inaccessible terrain such as woods.



At the 12th edition of the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles on 27th of April, the Croatian film ‘’The Constitution’’ was awarded the Grand Jury Prize ‘’Bridging the Borders Award’’ for Best Feature Film.

The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske) is a 2016 drama film directed by Rajko Grlic, starring Nebojša Glogovac, Ksenija Marinkovic, Dejan Acimovic, and Bozidar Smiljanic.

During the eight-day of the festival which was held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, this remarkable and very comic ‘’love story about hate’’ was screened among 12 feature-length films, 8 documentaries and 36 short films. 

The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Montreal World Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Grand Prize of the Americas for the Best film.

Apart from winning the Grand Prize of the Americas in Montreal, and Best International Feature Film Award of the Santa Barbara Film Festival in January 2017, among other awards, ‘’The Constitution’’ has enjoyed critical and commercial success wherever it was shown.

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