Tuesday, 07 December 2021

A moderately strong earthquake struck at midnight and 19 minutes in the central Adriatic.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the magnitude of the quake was 4.1 on the Richter scale.

The quake was recorded in the Italian part of the Adriatic, and the epicentre was at a depth of 5 kilometres.

There are no reports that the quake was felt across Dalmatia as yet.

 

Light Snowfall May Pose Lurking Risks – What to Know Before You Go

Snow Fall on the Green Grassland

Before the heavy snowfall begins, it’s easy to feel a sense of continued safety. This is often true even when the casual, light snow arrives. After all, it is seemingly innocuous, not blocking roadways and not causing a disruption in visibility. However, even light snow poses risks to vehicles, and to drivers. It can melt quickly and then refreeze, creating dangerous black ice, and total loss of traction. 

Prepare yourself for every type of freezing precipitation with proper vehicle maintenance. Spend some time researching car insurance quotes online to make sure you have the coverage your state requires, and possibly, more than that to keep yourself and your family safe and protected while traveling in winter weather. As well, consider these tips.

Car Maintenance

With snow and ice ready to fall, your car is in need of some TLC. See to it that it can handle light to treacherous winter conditions.

  • Test the battery.
  • Check the windshield wipers, make sure they are free of damage and not ripped.
  • Put on snow tires if you live in a very snowy clime. If all-season tires will do, check that there’s good tread.
  • Check the tire pressure weekly – cold temperatures and potholes lead to underinflated tires, which in turn, don’t gain easy traction on snow or icy roads.
  • Protect the paint job with a coat of wax.
  • Be sure the gas tank is always at least half-full.
  • Keep a winter emergency kit in your car. This should consist of a flashlight with extra batteries, ice scraper, kitty litter or sand (for traction), snacks, extra blankets, hats, gloves, jumper cables, shovel, and first aid kit.

Preparing Yourself & Your Loved Ones

Once your car is optimized for winter conditions, remember that you need to protect yourself and your loved ones as well!

  • Dress in layers when venturing outside, whether for a walk or a car ride (you never know if you’ll break down or be stranded).
  • Always wear a hat. Mom was right! You lose most of your body heat through your head, so conserve it by wearing a hat. You can always fix your hair when you get to where you need to be.
  • Stay hydrated. Your body needs hydration in any kind of weather, and believe it or not, some winter climates can be as dry as a desert, so you’ll need to drink up and keep yourself well watered!
  • Listen to your body. If you’re outside walking around, throwing snowballs or in the car traveling, listen to what your body is telling you about how it is processing the cold. If you’re shivering and your teeth are chattering, your body temperature has dropped too low. You’ll want to turn on more heat or go inside.
  • Watch out for the children. Kids tend to acclimatize to the cold weather much better than their adult counterparts. They likely won’t be listening to their body so check them frequently for shivering, teeth chattering or their lips turning blue.
  • Watch for frostbite. It only takes 30 minutes in sub-zero temperatures for skin to develop frostbite, and with just a small bit of wind, 15 minutes. Frequently wiggle your fingers and toes to be sure you can still feel them. If not, get inside.

Familiarize Yourself with Winter Driving Techniques

It’s easy to assume that after a few years of driving, you know exactly what you’re doing and are prepared for every circumstance. The truth is, while the experience is there, you could be reinforcing bad habits that you’ve developed throughout your years on the road.

  • Drive slower in the winter time and allow at least 8 to 10 seconds of time between you and the car in front of you.
  • Keep an eye on the pavement. If the roadway looks like it’s brand-new asphalt, like it’s wet or dark, it could be a patch of black ice. Black ice is most common on elevated roadways like bridges and overpasses. Do your best to coast over the ice without braking or accelerating.
  • Avoid stopping on hills. Whether you’re going up or down a hill, if you brake, you’re likely to lose traction and also lose the ability to start back up again. If you’re going downhill and need to brake, do it slowly, and always leave a minimum of three to four car lengths between you and the car in front of you.
  • Turn on your hazards in low visibility conditions. During times of heavy precipitation or fog, use your headlights, fog lights, and hazards to make yourself as visible to other drivers as possible.

Don’t take any type of precipitation for granted. Be prepared for any winter possibility by adapting yourself and your car to the most intense conditions.

Demand for residential real estate has increased in the pandemic and the prices of residential and commercial real estate in the Eurozone are excessively high, which means a higher risk of their correction, the European Central Bank warned on Wednesday.

Families have saved more throughout the pandemic and more citizens were working from home, resulting in increased demand for housing and a rise in property prices in the second quarter of about seven percent, the strongest since 2005.

"The risks of price adjustments in the medium term have been significantly increased due to rising estimates in the excessively high value of residential real estate," the ECB said in a biennial report on the financial stability of the Eurozone.

The construction sector cannot keep up with demand, and the real estate market is particularly ‘hot’ in countries like Germany, France and the Netherlands.

"Housing is recovering, but labour shortages, stagnation in global supply chains and rising raw material prices are limiting the ability of the construction sector to expand housing supply, resulting in pressure on rising housing prices," the ECB said.

The more expensive commercial real estate market is now recovering, but the outlook is “particularly poor” for lower-quality commercial real estate, as teleworking, health and demand for environmentally friendly real estate are driving demand toward more expensive space, they added.

At the same time, the risk of a wave of corporate bankruptcies has decreased compared to last year, despite the abolition of certain state aid, the central monetary institution of the Eurozone points out.

"The number of companies failing to settle their debts has, on average, been lower than the most optimistic expected at the start of the pandemic, and the number of bankruptcies is still about 15 percent lower than it was before the pandemic," the ECB said.

 

 

“We are pleased to announce our headline shows in Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia and the Czech Republic in August 2022,” tweeted the Artic Monkeys announcing a spectacular concert in the Pula Arena.

Tickets for this one-off concert by this mega popular band will go on sale on the 24th of November and are sure to sell out quickly.

The Artic Monkeys will play in Pula Arena on the 16th of August, in the height of the summer season, next year in Croatia.

This will be the first time the Artic Monkeys have toured since 2019.

Tickets can be purchased on this link

 

 

This year, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is once again organizing the lighting of candles on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Homeland War and the Victims of Vukovar.

The Association of Peeople with Disabilities "Prijatelj" from Metković made candles that will be lit by students of Dubrovnik secondary and primary schools in front of the Church of St. Blaise and in Vukovarska Street on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 17:30 to 18:15.

While the students light the candles, the public lighting on Stradun and Vukovarska Street will be turned off.

Candles will be lit in cities and municipalities throughout the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in memory of the victims of the Homeland War and the victims of Vukovar.

 

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 145 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These new Covid-19 cases are 63 males and 82 females: 42 from Dubrovnik, 21 from Konavle, 20 from Župa Dubrovačka, 18 from Metković, 7 from Vela Luka, 6 from Ploče, five each from Opuzen and Orebić, 4 from Ston, three each from Kula Norinska and Slivno, two each from Lastovo and Mljet and one each from Blato and Pojezerje.

One male person from Konavle died (1943).

162 people recovered: 68 from Dubrovnik, 19 from Metković, 15 from Župa dubrovačka, 14 from Ploče, 12 from Konavle, 9 from Opuzen, 8 from Vela Luka, 6 from Ston, 4 from Orebić, two each from Dubrovačko Primorje, and Korčula, and one person each from Blato, Slivno and Lastovo.

In the last 24 hours, 813 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 162,827 samples have been analyzed.

In the Dubrovnik General Hospital, 58 people tested positive for coronavirus, eight patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

There are 1446 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours one violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

 

In the last 24 hours, 6,670 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 37,144.

Among them, 2,433 people are in hospital, of which 323 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 64 people died in the past 24 hours meaning that the death toll since the pandemic began in Croatia has broken the 10,000 mark.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 551,000 people have been infected, of which 10,050 have died, a total of 503,806 people have recovered, of which 3,222 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 25,938 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 3,303,663 people have been tested, of which 15,519 were tested in the last 24 hours.

As of November 16, 2021, 3,899,376 doses of vaccine had been used, and 51.18 percent of the total population and 61.15 percent of the adult population have been vaccinated.

On November 16, 2021, 29,489 doses of vaccine were used, of which 17,907 people were vaccinated with the first dose.

 

In Croatia, 17.8 million passengers were transported by all modes of transport in the third quarter, which is 4.2 million or 31.2 percent more than in the same period in 2020, while the transport of goods with 33.1 million tons increased by three percent, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The highest, 7.36 million passengers, in the third quarter were in road regular bus transport, which is an increase of 36.1 percent compared to the same period last year.

The country’s 1,314 buses, or 3.5 percent more than last year, carried 29.1 million passengers, or 4.2 percent less than in the third quarter of last year, and the same number of trams as last year, 345, carried 27.8 million passengers, which is down 13.7 percent.

Three million passengers were transported by rail in the third quarter of 2021, which is 3.1 percent less than in the same period in 2020. Most passengers travelled by rail in domestic traffic, 2.8 million of them or 0.5 percent less than last year.

The growth of transported passengers in the third quarter was achieved in both maritime and coastal transport by 43.6 percent, with 6.9 million passengers transported. Of that, 5.5 million used ferries, up 39.5 percent from last year.

Air transport recorded an increase of 117.4 percent, with 512 thousand passengers transported.

Of the total of 33 million tons, the highest, or 21.7 million tons, was transported by road, which is 4.1 percent more than in the third quarter of 2020.

This was followed by maritime transport, which among all modes of transport in the first quarter of this year was the only one to record a decline in freight transport, with 4.7 million tons transported and a loss of 5.7 percent compared to the third quarter last year.

3.7 million tons of goods were transported by rail, or 6.3 percent more.

In inland waterway transport, statistics show the transport of 238 thousand tons of goods, or 1.5 percent more than in the third quarter of 2020.

2.4 million tons of goods were transported by pipelines, an increase of 7.8 percent.

Of that, most or 1.9 million tons were related to oil, which transported 10.7 percent more than last year at the same time, and gas transported 1.9 percent less or 522 thousand tons.

CBS data for air transport show that this transport transported 16.1 percent less goods or 350 tons in the third quarter of this year.

From January to September 2021, a total of 43 million passengers were transported, which is an increase of 18.7 percent compared to the same period in 2020, when 36.2 million were transported.

The increase was realized in air transport, by 32 percent, in road scheduled transport, by 19.1 percent, and in maritime and coastal transport, by 41.5 percent. In rail transport, there was a decline in passenger transport, by 0.7 percent.

From January to September 2021, a total of 93.9 million tons of goods were transported, which is 4.5 percent more than in the same period in 2020. The increase was realized in rail transport, by 0.7 percent, in road transport, by five percent, in maritime and coastal transport, by 7.8 percent, and in pipeline transport, by 2.4 percent. The decline in freight transport was present in inland waterway transport, by 12.2 percent, and in air transport, by 13.2 percent.

 

Croatia Airlines is the only airline offering flights between Croatia and one of the most important UK airports after British Airways cancelled all flights until the end of this month.

This important flight connection to one of the busiest hubs in Europe, Heathrow, will now only have flights via the Croatian national airline.

The UK’s flagship airline stated that due to lack of interest all flights in November would be cancelled, reports Croatian Aviation. And although there are some flights planned between Zagreb and Heathrow for December these flights are also hanging in the balance. British Airways seems to blaming the pandemic for the current situation, as pre-pandemic this line was extremely popular.

However, since the beginning of the pandemic, the Zagreb line has not been functioning well, thanks in part to the strict measures in place in the UK. British Airways operated to Zagreb until the beginning of November, and then all flights were cancelled until the end of this month. It is planned to return in December with a smaller number of flights, but the realization of the same is currently still in question.

Dubrovnik with only three international connections this winter 

Croatia Airlines remains operating on the route between Heathrow and Zagreb four times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Meaning that one more flight per week is available compared to the summer months.

And if you were looking for a cheaper alternative to reach the English capital then the budget airline Ryanair operates between Zagreb and Stanstead on a daily basis. Although bear in mind that Stanstead is around 65 kilometres away from the centre of London.

Unfortunately, there is no direct air connection between Dubrovnik and London. In fact, Croatia’s southernmost airport has only three international routes planned for this winter, to Istanbul, Barcelona and Moscow, highlighting the seasonal nature of the airport. Passengers looking to fly to other world or European destination will have to pass through Zagreb airport, and there are three flights a day on this route.

 

Yesterday was the first day that all employees and visitors to state institutions were required to show a Covid-19 certificate before being allowed to enter buildings. Apart from those who didn’t have a Covid certificate a test was mandatory. And this very testing, of over 54,000 people, revealed that nearly 1,300 people were infected with Covid-19. These were, presumably, people who didn’t have symptoms of the virus.

On Tuesday, the Dubrovnik Health Centre tested about 300 people without a Covid certificate, for whom this is a condition for coming to work.

The first day of compulsory Covid certificates went relatively smoothly, although a few institutions, including a school in Slano, had employees who refused to get tested and didn’t have a Covid certificate.

The interest in getting vaccinated against the virus has never been higher, Yesterday almost 20,000 people were vaccinated, including 12,000 people who got the first dose.

Reactions to Covid-19 certificates divided 

Without a Covid-19 certificate it is becoming harder to function and to go about normal business. For example, with the certificate you can’t get a new ID card, passport, driver's license, etc. And this has caused somewhat of a split in society, reactions are certainly divided. Some say they don’t believe in either testing or certifications, while others believe Covid-19 certifications are a step in the right direction. And there were protests outside the Croatian parliament in Zagreb last night.

And the reasons for getting vaccinated in recent days have ranged from fear of not being able to drink a coffee in a café bar to needing to go to work in a police station.

 

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