Wednesday, 17 April 2024
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 a continuing trend, cigarette prices in the Croatian market are set to rise for the third time since the start of March.

Following announcements from the Tobacco Factory Rovinj and Philip Morris Zagreb, JT International Zagreb has now declared its intention to increase prices, with the cost of a pack set to rise by 10 cents.

JT International has notified of retail price hikes for specific cigarette brands and introduced retail pricing for new brands under the Camel label. These adjustments will come into effect on Wednesday, April 3.

Under the new pricing scheme, Sobranie will be priced at 4.90 euros, Camel at 4.30 euros, Camel Legend at 4.10 euros, Camel Compact at 4.20 euros, Winston at 4.20 euros, Benson & Hedges at 4.10 euros, and LD at 4.20 euros.

The price increases range from 2 to 2.5 percent across different cigarette types, with all brands uniformly escalating by 10 euro cents. This mirrors similar actions taken by both TDR and Philip Morris. These successive hikes prompt questions about the role of the Agency for Protection of Market Competition in overseeing such developments.

With the steady climb in cigarette prices, consumers may face added financial strain, while industry analysts speculate on potential market impacts and regulatory responses in the tobacco sector.


In the latest developments surrounding Real Madrid's midfield maestros, Toni Kroos has confirmed his commitment to the club by signing a new contract, while uncertainty looms over the future of Luka Modrić as his current deal nears its end.

Renowned football journalist Fabrizio Romano broke the news of Kroos' contract extension with the Royal club, signalling a continued partnership between the German midfielder and the Spanish giants. However, this announcement has reignited discussions about the fate of Modrić, whose contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the current season.

"While the team and manager Carlo Ancelotti celebrate the retention of one of the team's pillars from the last decade, the status of Kroos' inseparable companion, Luka Modrić, has been under scrutiny for months," noted Spanish outlet Relevo.


The dynamics between Kroos and Modrić, who have been pivotal figures for Real Madrid over the past decade, have diverged in recent times. Despite their longstanding partnership on the field, there's a contrasting perception of their roles within the club hierarchy. Kroos' contract renewal is viewed as a strategic move, acknowledging his consistent performance and influential presence in the dressing room, which is anticipated to welcome several young talents in the coming season.

In contrast, Modrić finds himself increasingly relegated to a substitute role, prompting discussions about his future at the club. Speculation has mounted regarding the Croatian captain's potential departure, with indications that Real Madrid's management is preparing for a transition.

"The club and the dressing room have come to terms with the reality that Luka has a finite tenure, with his contract likely to expire on June 30," Relevo reported. The prospect of Modrić's departure has prompted contemplation among club officials about the most dignified and poignant way to bid farewell to the decorated midfielder, who has contributed significantly to Real Madrid's illustrious history.

There are considerations to announce Modrić's exit before the conclusion of the season, providing fans with an opportunity to applaud his contributions, akin to Barcelona's tribute to Andrés Iniesta in 2018. Regardless of the outcome, the club is committed to ensuring Modrić's departure is marked with the reverence and respect befitting a legend who has amassed 24 titles during his tenure.

Modrić, who had hoped for another season at the Bernabeu, now faces the reality of an impending departure, having turned down lucrative offers from elsewhere earlier in the season. As discussions about his future intensify, the footballing world awaits the resolution of Modrić's illustrious career at Real Madrid.

Rimac Energy, which specializes in advanced battery energy storage systems (BESS), announced on Tuesday that it has opened a new facility spanning 1,850 square metres in Witney, located in the British county of Oxfordshire, to accommodate its rapidly growing team in the United Kingdom.

The facility in Oxfordshire will manufacture the next generation of BESS, and it will create over 70 highly skilled job positions for engineers, technicians, and researchers within the British technology industry and the Oxfordshire region, as stated by Rimac Energy, a division of Rimac Technology under the Rimac Group.

"United Kingdom has always been at the forefront of technological innovation, and we are thrilled to expand our presence here. We are proud to strengthen the partnership between Croatia and the United Kingdom," stated Wasim Sarwar Dilov, Director of Rimac Energy, on this occasion.

This move signifies Rimac Energy's commitment to leveraging the technological expertise and resources available in the UK while simultaneously enhancing collaborations between the UK and Croatia in the realm of advanced energy storage solutions.

The establishment of this facility not only bolsters Rimac Energy's position in the rapidly evolving energy storage market but also contributes to the growth and development of the technology sector in Oxfordshire and beyond. With a focus on innovation and sustainability, Rimac Energy continues to play a pivotal role in driving forward the transition towards clean and efficient energy solutions globally.

The public bus company, Libertas Dubrovnik, has announced that starting today, March 26th, cashless payment is now available on all suburban routes traveling eastward and westward.

This enhancement aims to provide passengers with a more convenient and efficient payment option, aligning with modern trends in transportation services.

After the afforestation of Žarkovica, employees of the company Vrtlar Dubrovnik Ltd. carried out the first phase of planting seasonal flowers on public green areas in the wider Dubrovnik city area.

On the green areas near the Health Centre, in Pile, Iza Grada, in the park in Pile, the park near the Atlant centre, at the Solska baza, in the park Luja Šoletića, and on the Šetalište kralja Zvonimira, about 4000 carnation (Dianthus) and anemone seedlings were planted.

In some locations (Lapad, Pile), tulips have started to bloom. Namely, at the beginning of the year, about 4500 tulip bulbs were planted in various locations around the city. Additionally, 15 new chestnut and mulberry trees were planted.

The second phase of planting seasonal flowers, planned for mid-April, will cover other locations such as the park below the Revelin fortress, the Park of the city of Bad Homburg, the park in Žrtava s Dakse Street, the loop at Ilijina glavica, green and park areas in Mokošica, in Zaton, and others. It will involve planting 6500 pieces of large begonias, water lilies, pansies, and other types of flowers and ornamental plants.

Furthermore, by the end of April, the reconstruction of certain green areas is planned, such as the areas near the Minčeta department store, part of the Park of the city of Bad Homburg, at the Lapad Post Office - near the intersection of Miljenka Bratoša Street and Kneza Domagoja Street, and elsewhere.

Traditionally during Holy Week, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepšić met with the Bishop of Dubrovnik, Roko Glasnović, and the Vicar General of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, Monsignor Ivica Pervan.

At the Episcopal Palace in the City, on the eve of the greatest Christian holiday, they exchanged best wishes for Easter, hoping that it would pass in all families with abundance of peace and divine blessing.

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The Mayor informed the bishop about the City's measures to assist young families and families with multiple children, particularly regarding housing solutions, which this city administration pays special attention to.

Food and wine connoisseurs are being told of the best cities across Europe to visit for luxury cuisine and exquisite drinks. Travel experts at have named the top seven unsung destinations for trips to experience stunning food and wines.

Dubrovnik in Croatia is one of Europe’s top foodie scenes and is ideal for those looking to combine history, culture, sun and fine dining.

The city of Eger in Hungary offers dazzling blankets of vineyards to sample gorgeous red wines.

Travellers should also head to San Sebastian in Spain to sample food from Michelin-star restaurants and some of the finest dry, white wines.

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John Charnock, CEO of said: “There are several cities all over Europe which are underrated when it comes to fine dining and exquisite wine tastings. “Food and wine connoisseurs should head to Sifnos in Greece to taste a selection of delicious seafood against the backdrop of the crystal blue waters. “The Portugese city of Porto is a perfect destination for those looking for a huge selection of delicious cuisines from top-rated restaurants, whilst Verona in Italy combines beautiful architecture with award-winning restaurants and luxury wines.”

Here are the top unsung destinations for food and wine holidays:

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of Europe’s top foodie scenes, Dubrovnik offers visitors an incredible food scene with top restaurants overlooking stunning views. The historic city is ideal for those wanting to soak up the sun and experience a magical trip abroad with fine dining.

2. Porto, Portugal

A perfect destination for foodies, Porto offers several cultural, architectural, food and wine tours. The Portugese city offers stunning landscapes and views alongside a huge selection of cuisine and exquisite drinks.

3. Verona, Italy

Head away from the crowds of Rome and Venice and head to the gorgeous Italian city of Verona. Known for being the home of Romeo and Juliet, Verona also offers excellent award-winning restaurants and luxury wine tastings.

4. Eger, Hungary

A unsung city break for wine connoisseurs, the dazzling blankets of vineyards should be on the top of the list for visitors. Known for glass of delectable red, the Eger region is at the heart of the wine region in Hungary.

5. Wurzburg, Germany

Home to miles and miles of eclectic vineyards, Wurzburg offers visitors the chance to taste magnificent wines from the local area, and produced by the local population. Some of Germany’s most iconic and historic wineries can also be toured.

6. Sifnos, Greece

This stunning Greek island has a beautiful selection of fresh seafood dishes and colourful salads to enjoy on the beachside. Relaxed restaurants overlooking the crystal blue seat and quaint buildings makes for a stunning trip.

7. San Sebastian, Spain

This city on the beach offers visitors the chance to eat divine foods at its numerous Michelin-star restaurants, including iconic tapas bars. Tourists can also sample some of the finest Txakoli wines from the region, a beautiful dry, white variety.

Good news for all Ed Sheeran fans: the most sought-after tickets for Ed Sheeran's concert at the Zagreb Hippodrome on Saturday, August 10, 2024, are back on sale! If you don't want to miss Ed Sheeran's first spectacular performance in Croatia, hurry up and get your ticket at

Ed Sheeran's first concert in Croatia, already announced as the regional event of the year 2024, has sparked tremendous interest in tickets, and the most sought-after tickets sold out in an instant.

Therefore, fans have a second chance to grab the best seats at the concert.

The Mathematics Tour, with which he is coming to Zagreb, is a continuation of his concerts in Europe, which have broken attendance records in North America. Ed is currently holding spectacular concerts in Japan, and he continues the tour in Asia. In May, he goes to America, and he returns to Europe at the end of June. Zagreb will host him on August 10 at the Hippodrome, a venue that has already hosted three music giants: RHCP, Metallica, and the Rolling Stones, so it is quite logical for Ed's concert to take place at the same location.

This extraordinary opportunity for the Croatian audience to see and hear Ed Sheeran live for the first time has already thrilled fans across the region with the concert announcement. Additional excitement will surely be caused by tickets for additional seats that are now on sale.

Just last year, Sheeran released two albums: '-' (Subtract) and Autumn Variations, both of which became number one worldwide. They were released to critical acclaim in May and September, and Sheeran collaborated with Aaron Dessner from The National on both LPs.

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