Friday, 14 June 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

As part of the project "From the Source to the Sea 2024," the City of Dubrovnik organized an underwater cleanup operation on Tuesday afternoon in Veliki Zaton at the waterfront, involving volunteers from the Dubrovnik Diving Club. Nearly 400 kilograms of various waste were collected, mostly car tires and glass containers.

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The waste was collected by "Čistoća" Dubrovnik, and about 20 volunteers participated, including 15 divers and five land-based collaborators.

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"The location was excellently chosen; we found and removed a lot of waste. However, I think we'll need to repeat the operation in this area because, unfortunately, there's still more waste in the sea that should be removed," said Maroje Capurso, a member of the Dubrovnik Diving Club.

The project "From the Source to the Sea," which promotes environmental cleanup actions and awards funds for urban reforestation to the most successful participants, is organized by Coca-Cola, Konzum, Jutarnji list, and the Association of Cities. This year, 30 cities are participating in three categories, and Dubrovnik is competing in the large cities category.

To mark its 75th anniversary, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will unveil a new look designed by visual communication designer Zoran Đukić. Following the "New Citizens" and "Between the Stones" themes, the latest concept is "Horizon."

Drawing from the previous color palette and re-illuminating that omnipresent, ephemeral phenomenon often overlooked, Đukić spreads the sunset horizon across all festival materials, capturing the magic of that fleeting moment and extending it throughout the summer.

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The horizon at dusk represents a visible but intangible, almost non-existent boundary between day and night, between sky and sea, known and unknown—a point in time and space that signifies change. At that special moment, the sun colors everything in its crimson hues—the sea, the city, and the people—solemnly announcing its departure and yielding the stage to the night, its mystique, its festivities, its lightness. It is at this moment that the performances of the Summer Festival begin, describes the designer.

Zoran Đukić is a visual communication designer with over 15 years of experience, specializing in creating thoughtful and innovative visual identities, publications, and exhibitions for a wide range of clients in the cultural sector. He is the founder and head of the studio đkć d.o.o., and he particularly enjoys designing visual identities and theater posters.

 

The promotional video "Come Home-Konavle," produced by Balduci FILM, has been honored with the Bronze Telly Award in the Promotional Video - Travel & Tourism category.

The Telly Awards, established in 1979 in New York City, are the premier awards recognizing video and television excellence across all screens. Each year, the competition receives over 13,000 entries from around the globe. Winners are selected based on their excellence in various categories, including Branded Content, Commercials & Marketing, Immersive & Mixed Reality, Non-Broadcast, Online and Television Series, Shows & Segments, and Social Video.

The judging process is conducted by The Telly Awards Judging Council, an industry body of over 250 leading experts. This council includes professionals from advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks such as Adobe, RunwayML, MSG Sphere Studios, Bustle Digital Group, Billion Dollar Boy, Netflix, Shutterstock, Unit 9, Whaler, and Meta Creative Shop.

The award-winning "Come Home-Konavle" video was crafted by a talented team from Balduci FILM, including producer Spomenka Saraga, director Herve Tirmarche, director of photography and editor Jalil Armijo, and cast members Jelena Percin and Damir Bogdanović. The team’s combined expertise in film and video production resulted in a captivating piece that has now received international recognition.

A majority of Europeans plan to travel for vacation this year, with Croatia ranking among the top ten most sought-after destinations, particularly for the summer season. This finding comes from a new study by the European Travel Commission (ETC), presented at their meeting in Lithuania, as reported by the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) on Wednesday.

Kristjan Staničić, director of the HTZ and vice-president of the ETC, attended the ETC board meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania. He emphasized that the new ETC research, along with market forecasts, confirms Croatia's strong position in tourism.

"The research aligns with our predictions and positive outlook for tourism in 2024. Current data from the eVisitor system shows that Croatia is among the most sought-after European destinations, with over 3.4 million tourist arrivals and 10.4 million overnight stays so far this year, representing an 11 percent increase in arrivals and a 10 percent increase in overnight stays compared to the same period last year," stated Staničić.

The ETC directors' meeting also addressed Europe's priorities for 2024 to 2029, focusing on sustainability and green transition, competitiveness, digitalization, and current geopolitical and market trends.

The ETC research, conducted in ten European markets excluding countries like Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary—where Croatia is a leading foreign destination—would likely have shown even better results for Croatia if these countries had been included, according to Staničić.

Croatia Ranked 7th Among Most Sought-After Destinations

This study, the 18th ETC survey on European travel intentions, was conducted in April 2024 with nearly 6,000 adults from ten countries: Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, and Austria. It revealed that 75 percent of respondents plan to travel between May and October 2024, a 3 percent increase from 2023.

The survey indicates that the most frequent travelers will be those aged around 55, with 81 percent planning to travel. Most Europeans, 60 percent, plan at least one trip within Europe, with July and August being the most popular months for travel among 44 percent of respondents. Approximately 36 percent of travelers seek relaxation in the sun and on beaches, as well as short city breaks, with other popular motives including scenic landscapes, local cuisine, and attractions.

In this research, Croatia ranks 7th among preferred holiday destinations in Europe. Italy and Spain hold the top two spots, followed by France, Greece, Germany, and Portugal. After Croatia, the top ten list includes Austria, the United Kingdom, and Turkey.

The ETC noted that Spain typically attracts the most regular visitors, followed by Greece, Italy, and France. For spring and summer 2024, Greece, Portugal, and Croatia are expected to welcome more new visitors than other destinations. Among the ten markets surveyed, tourists from Italy, Spain, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands show the highest intention to travel within the next six months.

 

The City of Dubrovnik began clearing vegetation on the existing pedestrian path from Magistrala to the beach in Brsečine yesterday through a contracted service provider. This project was voted for by the residents of this local community as part of last year's citizen participation in the creation of the city budget.

Following the clearing, foundations will be excavated for the installation of public lighting poles with solar lamps along this section. Once completed, the path will be accessible and safe for both residents and tourists.

With this project, Dubrovnik continues to implement numerous initiatives included in this year's city budget, selected by citizens in 2023 through the participatory budgeting project.

 

The Slovenian Minister of the Interior, Boštjan Poklukar, announced that Slovenia will extend border controls with Croatia and Hungary for another six months, until December 21, reports the Slovenian agency STA.

Poklukar stated that the monitoring will continue to focus on preventing crime, with minimal impact on the local population.

Slovenia made this decision on the same day that the Italian Ministry of the Interior announced that controls on the border with Slovenia will continue for another six months, writes the Italian agency ANSA.

Slovenia and Italy introduced these controls in October due to the worsening security situation in the Middle East and the increased threat of terrorism.

As Poklukar explained at a press conference, the situation there has not improved or is getting worse: "Since the situation has not improved, and the security situation in the Middle East continues to deteriorate, Slovenia will extend the controls for the next six months."

Two major events in the EU this summer - the European Football Championship in Germany and the Olympic Games in France - require additional attention at the borders, according to the Minister of the Interior.

According to the minister, the controls will continue to be targeted.

ANSA writes that the Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Piantedosi said in a telephone conversation with Poklukar that the decision to extend the controls is partly related to the heightened security level due to Italy's presidency of the G7 format.

Italy's presidency will last until December 31 this year, and the most important meeting, the one attended by the leaders of the seven states, will be held from June 13 to 15 in Apulia, according to the official website.

In March, Croatian Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović expressed hope that internal border controls would be replaced with another cooperation mechanism by the start of the tourist season.

On Wednesday, Poklukar expressed hope that Slovenia could reach an agreement with Croatia and Italy to establish mixed police patrols to help monitor the external Schengen border in Croatia.

"This is one of the alternative measures, so it would then be possible to eliminate internal controls between Italy and Slovenia, Slovenia and Croatia, and Slovenia and Hungary, but that agreement has not yet been reached," he said, emphasizing that it is now up to Croatia to take action.

 

Adult entertainment is better than ever. The technology available today sometimes makes erotic online experiences indistinguishable from reality. For example, it’s possible to buy sex toys that can be programmed to intensify during heated porn scenes. If you are interested in making use of virtual reality, a type of technology that’s very popular and extremely immersive, then this article is for you. In this post, you will learn about a few tips you can use to explore the sensual side of VR. Keep reading to find out how you can increase the amount of satisfaction you get from the internet.

VR Porn Sites

VR porn has never been more popular. When you consider how immersive it is, it’s not hard to see why. People are able to throw their headsets on and have what feels like real sex with their favorite actors and actresses. One of the things that makes using virtual reality adult entertainment sites so entertaining is that it’s possible to watch videos whilst simultaneously using sex toys. Using sex toys and watching VR porn can be a lot of fun. It can make you feel like you are actually in the room where the porno was being shot. Make sure that you get the highest quality headset you can so that you are able to enjoy countless VR porn sessions. The better your headset is, the longer it will last. Don’t compromise on quality just to save money.

Watching with Partner

If you want to get more enjoyment out of watching VR porn, consider watching it with your partner. Your partner and you will be able to touch each other whilst watching, adding further to the enjoyment that can be derived from it. Make sure that when you are watching with your partner, you both have headsets. It’s not going to be fun watching this type of porn if one of you does and one of you doesn’t. Something that some people do is to use VR porn sites on their laptops and phones, mainly because the POV shots and ability to move the camera around make it a very entertaining type of pornography. If you do not have a VR headset, but you and your partner want some engaging and entertaining porn to watch, definitely give VR porn some thought.

Long Distance Sex

Long-distance relationships have never been more common than they are today. This is because of the internet. People are able to talk to one another from hundreds of miles away. Also worth noting is that video chat services have become a popular hobby for many people, so it’s commonplace for people to meet romantic partners from foreign countries on the internet. It’s possible to use virtual reality to have a kind of long-distance sex. You can meet your partner in virtual reality and have intimate moments with them. It is also possible to sync your sex toys with your partner’s so that they intensify at the same time, and you achieve orgasm simultaneously. If you want to do this, consider buying your boyfriend or girlfriend a sex toy so that they can have fun with you in VR.

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Many Types of Adult Content

On VR porn sites, there are many different types of content. You need to look around and find the one that is right for you. A good way to do this is to experiment. Rather than watching one type of porn (or a category you have always watched), deviate from what’s normal for you and try a new genre. Experimenting with genres can be a good way to get to the bottom of one’s sexual interests and find fetishes that one never knew existed. Experimenting sexually is a fantastic way to improve your physical and mental health and can help you achieve orgasm in ways you never have before. Remember to keep an open mind when you are looking through different porn genres. You might find things that you have never considered before, but as long as you are comfortable enough to, give them a try.

Using VR for Self-Expression

VR can be a good way to express yourself. In the previous section, reference was given to the fact that you can use it to experiment with different genres of porn. If you find a genre that really appeals to you, but you are not comfortable sharing it with other people, i.e., romantic interests or your long-term partner, then you can use VR to express yourself. The good thing about VR is that while it’s heavily immersive and actually makes you feel like you are in the porno that you are watching, nobody has to know that you are using it. You can use VR as a way to learn more about your fetishes and sexual interests. Then, when you feel comfortable enough to, you can go out and actually meet people in real life and explain your interests to them. VR is a good way to build confidence in one’s fetishes, making it a good option for people who aren’t confident or comfortable pursuing their desires.

Other Types of Adult Entertainment

A lot of people seem to think that the only kind of adult entertainment available on VR is porn movies. There are many other types, however. One of the most popular besides porn is live chat. Live chat rooms can be great places to meet people who want to have sex or just talk about their fetishes and desires. You can also read erotic fiction, which can be a lot of fun. If chat rooms or erotic fiction don’t appeal to you, an alternative is to play roleplay games. Roleplay games can be an entertaining way for you to spend time in VR without having to pay for any subscriptions or as a good alternative to porn. Roleplay games can be highly immersive and typically allow you to have sex with virtual avatars. Many people use sex toys in conjunction with these games.

Exploring the sensual world of virtual reality can be fun, rewarding, and an effective way to express oneself. If you are interested in trying it out, there are a few things you should consider, namely the points made here. Make sure you get yourself the best VR headset you can afford.

 

Travelers seeking a European road trip are being advised on the best places to witness stunning sunsets, from Santorini to Tuscany.

Motoring experts at LeaseCar.uk have identified nine hotspots across the continent for sunset lovers looking to travel this summer.

Social media is awash with pictures of amber skies as sightseers journey far and wide to catch a glimpse of the best sunsets.

Primrose Hill in London, Parc del Guinardó in Barcelona, and Zadar in Croatia have been named among the most desirable sunset spots in Europe.

Tim Alcock, an expert at LeaseCar.uk, said: “Sunsets are a spectacular sight that many of us love to see. Many sunset enthusiasts have taken to social media to share pictures of their most picturesque finds. There are stunning locations across Europe where sunset-spotting is even more enjoyable. We suggest those looking to explore the best sights embark on a summer road trip and visit these hotspots. After researching on social media, we want to share nine locations that have been praised as the best spots to enjoy a captivating sunset.”

Here are LeaseCar.uk’s recommended sunset hotspots across Europe:

- Castle of Oia, Santorini
Santorini, one of the most sought-after destinations, welcomes over two million visitors annually. This bucket-list location is ideal for watching a sunset as the amber sky stretches across the Southern Aegean Sea.

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- Porto, Jardin Do Morro, Portugal
Portugal is an underrated hotspot for sunsets, with Porto’s Jardin Do Morro being one of the best spots. The hilltop green space offers a perfect escape from the busyness of the city.

- Parc del Guinardó, Barcelona
One of Barcelona's most famous parks, Parc del Guinardó, has a stunning woodland at the top where you can get a great view of the city. Visit in the late afternoon to watch the sun set over the beautiful landscape.

- Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
Val d'Orcia in southern Tuscany is renowned for its vineyards and beautiful countryside, which look even more glorious once the sun sets over the hills.

- Riegrovy sady, Prague
From a good spot at the top of the hill, you can watch the sky turn into a calming orange shade while getting a clear view of the city.

- Zadar, Croatia
Zadar, often considered a hidden gem of Croatia, is filled with ancient tales dating back to Roman times. The Zadar boardwalk is a top site to visit as the orange sky reflects off the Adriatic Sea during sunset.

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- Primrose Hill, London
The grand view of London is always breathtaking, but it’s amplified when the sky is covered with warm sunset colors. If you get a good spot, you'll also have a great view of Regent’s Park.

- Kerry Cliffs, County Kerry, Ireland
Kerry Cliffs is one of Ireland’s best sunset spots, where you can watch the sun set behind the mountains and reflect off the sea. Be prepared for a steep hike and exercise caution.

- Vercors Massif, France
The Vercors mountain range offers one of the most thrilling adventures in Southern France. Once high enough, you can watch the pinks and oranges of the sunset take over the sky while looking down at the clouds.

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