Saturday, 25 September 2021

Costa Cruises, the Italian shipping company whose cruisers have been for years the first and last to sail to Dubrovnik during the season, has announced its return to Gruž tomorrow! Costa's arrival in Gruž was confirmed by the director of the Dubrovnik Port Authority, Blaž Pezo, who said that Costa had asked for Costa Deliziosa to be allowed to dock with 1,250 passengers on board.

“For now, we do not know the details and reasons why Costa decided to come to Dubrovnik. We know that the cruise ship is coming from Greece and will return to Greece, so it is to be assumed that it is docking in Dubrovnik instead of some other destination where the epidemiological situation is not as good as in our country,” said Pezo. He adds that the Dubrovnik Port Authority also has an announcement for the arrival of more ships by the end of the year, because the situation on the cruise market is recovering, but they have not been confirmed yet.

Apart from smaller cruise ships, large cruisers of the MSC Cruises company sailed into Dubrovnik this year.


In the last 24 hours in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, three new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded.

These are two males and one female: one each from Dubrovnik, Metković and Župa dubrovačka.

14 people made a full recovery: ten from Dubrovnik, three from Metković and one from Vela Luka.

In the last 24 hours, 165 samples were processed, and a total of 126,469 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

32 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, four of whom are on a ventilator. 

There are 519 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure. 


The school bell will mark the beginning of the new school year 2021/2022 today.

Almost 460 thousand primary and secondary school students throughout Croatia, among them are about 37 thousand first-graders, who will sit in school for the first time, will start the first day of a new school year today. And all lessons will be live and not online.

The exact number of first-graders will be known by the end of September when schools enrol them in the electronic system, stated Ministry of Science and Education.

Free textbooks have been provided for primary school students this year as well, for which 158 million Kuna was provided from the state budget.


Vaccination is a key factor in stopping the spread of coronavirus infections caused by the delta strain, and countries that have vaccinated less than half of their population are particularly at risk, stated Croatian scientist Ivan Đikic, as he spoke to the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz portal on Saturday.

Đikić pointed out that it is now quite clear that the delta strain leads not only to a faster spread of the infection but also to a higher percentage of deaths caused by the infection.

"The positive thing is that countries that have vaccinated the majority of the population, 70 to 80 percent, are largely protected from the more dangerous characteristics of the new delta strain. Unfortunately, countries that have less than or about 50 percent vaccinated are at greater risk," said the Croatian molecular biologist.

Unvaccinated people will make up 90 percent of those affected during the fourth wave of the pandemic, which has already begun, Đikic estimated.

He points out that the numbers are clear evidence of what he and other scientists are warning about.

He reminded that more than 5.3 billion people have been vaccinated worldwide so far, and only in two to three percent of cases, have side effects occurred.

"People who can be vaccinated, and who are still thinking, have fears, misconceptions or questions, should be well informed. Based on accurate information, they should make the right decision," Đikic said.


The Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County has issued a call to the public for Covid-19 vaccinations this coming Thursday and Friday.

The first mass vaccination will be held on Thursday September 9 at the Student Dormitory in Dubrovnik from 8:00am to midday, this day is only for Croatian citizens and no prior notice is required, it will work on a first come first served basis.

And then on Friday September 10, again in the Student Dormitory, there will be another mass vaccination, and from 10:00am to midday foreign nationals can get the Covid-19 vaccine, either Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.


In the last 24 hours, 28 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are 11 males and 17 females: nine from Dubrovnik, five from Ston, four from Župa dubrovačka, three from Konavle and Metković, two from Orebić and one from Opuzen and Vela Luka.

unfortunately, one male from Lumbarda (born 1950) died.

Thirteen people made a full recovery: six from Dubrovnik, two from Metković and Kula Norinska, and one from Ploče, Vela Luka and Župa dubrovačka.

In the last 24 hours, 566 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 126,304 samples have been analyzed.

31 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, four of whom are on ventilators. 

There are 524 people in self-isolation, and no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.


Schools across Croatia reopen their doors on Monday as another school year starts, however this isn’t a normal school year, it’s a Covid effected year. The Croatian Minister of Science and Education, Radovan Fuchs, has stated that unvaccinated teachers and professors will have to wear masks, whilst their vaccinated colleagues don’t have to.

The unions said that instructions and measures are always brought at the last minute, to which the Minister replied that they said the same thing last year and it passed without any problems. "Everything is ready, instructions have been sent, schools have been prepared. All principals of all schools in the Republic of Croatia were interviewed. We are in constant contact. It would not be wise to announce the measures a month or two earlier when you do not know in which direction the pandemic will develop,” commented Minister Radovan Fuchs to the news network N1.

Only around 58 percent of school teachers and professors across Croatia are vaccinated, and when asked about this shocking fact the Minister stated that 71 percent of educators in higher education are vaccinated so “people who do science obviously believe more in science.”

It is recommended that face masks for pupils in schools are to be worn from the 5th grade of elementary school to high school graduates, but the final decision to wear them is made by the school principals.

“They are worn in cases where it is not possible to maintain a distance. The principal may decide that masks do not have to be worn in class. Masks must be worn in corridors and on school buses. Vaccinated educators don’t have to wear masks at lectures, while unvaccinated ones should,” the minister said.


According to the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade, a forest fire broke out between Majkovi and Dubravica in the Dubrovačko Primorje region due to a lightning strike. A dry storm passed over the wider Dubrovnik region this afternoon, and this very storm started the forest fire.

Members of Dubrovnik Fire Brigade and the Dubrovačko primorje Fire Brigade were quickly on the scene to fight the spread of the fire.

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The Hungarian low-cost airline, Wizz Air, will introduce vaccination obligation for all the company's flight and cabin staff from December this year. Wizz Air operates flights to Dubrovnik from three European destinations, Vienna, Rome and Warsaw.

Following the moves of other airlines in Europe and the world, Wizz Air has decided to introduce a mandatory vaccination rule for all cabin and flight crew members. In this way, the company wants to achieve greater safety on its flights and prevent the potential spread of infection among the crew, which is constantly changing due to the dense flight schedule of this low-cost carrier.

The company also wants to avoid the additional costs that arise when one of the crew members ends up in self-isolation or is positive, where the person is unable to do their job, with, of course, operational problems.

József Váradi, chief executive of Wizz Air Group, said: “At Wizz Air, our number one priority is the health and safety of our passengers and employees.”

And Wizz Air isn’t the only company to introduce compulsory vaccinations, the same obligation has been introduced by the Swiss Air and the German Lufthansa. Wizz Air flight and cabin crew who are unable to receive the vaccine for medical reasons must prove this with medical documentation, and the company will continue to provide free rapid and/or PCR testing.


Amazon, one of the five largest technology companies in the world, after two years of preparation, has formally started opening an office in Zagreb. To begin with, Amazon are looking for 15 employees, and unofficially it is mentioned that the final number of employees could rise to 50. Although this company is best known in our Croatia as an online retailer, and the largest in the world, it is much better known in the IT industry for cloud services, reports Jutarnji List.

More or less all digital services today, from Netflix, Spotify, Gmail, Outlook to e-Citizens, are located in the cloud, i:e on particularly strong computers, so-called servers, located in special buildings - data centres, which are accessed via the internet. Amazon was the first company in the world to offer cloud services. Not directly to end users, but to companies like Netflix, whose entire service runs from Amazon's cloud.

Two years ago, Amazon, through its subsidiary A100 Row Inc. opened in Croatia the company Amazon Data Services Zagreb Ltd. Last year, the company generated 1.75 million Kuna in turnover, mostly internally, according to business units within Amazon.

At the same time, in October, Amazon expanded its business in Croatia through online shopping. They assigned the work of local and regional distribution of their packages to Croatian Post and thus covered that part of the business. Now the technology giant, which is next to Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, has decided to strengthen its cloud business in Croatia.

First, in February, it leased servers for 'caching', basically connecting Zagreb directly to its cloud infrastructure. They then stated that they could offer customers, like Netflix, 14 percent faster data transfer to users. In the second step, Zagreb is now developing a team that would deal with the design and implementation of large cloud projects on a global level.

That is why, among the 15 advertised positions in Zagreb, Amazon is not looking for developers or e-commerce specialists, but a whole range of experts who would deal with the design and maintenance of cloud infrastructure. The list includes technicians, electricians and other experts for the design and maintenance of the infrastructure on which today's Internet rests. The conditions set by Amazon are a university degree and seven years of experience in the industry.

It is known that in Croatia both Microsoft and Google have their 'caching' servers. The industry comments that Amazon has started working more actively in Croatia for a number of reasons.

The first reason is experts. In addition, Croatia has been the global headquarters of the American company Emerson Electric for the design and development of data centres for more than a decade, and the so-called modular data centres used by Facebook were designed, built and delivered to that company from Croatia. The business was later inherited by the American company Vertiv, which built a data centre factory in Zagreb in April.

The industry also states that a number of companies in Croatia have announced or built data centres according to world standards, meaning at least Tier 3 categories, as stated by PCK, HT, A1 and Altus IT. The latter was taken over exactly a year ago by the world's largest data centre service provider, the American Digital Realty.


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