Saturday, 25 September 2021

Three Tottenham players, Lo Celso, Romero and Sanchez, are undergoing quarantine in Dubrovnik before returning to the UK, reports Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

The three are undergoing their mandatory ten-day quarantine and also training. Cristian Romero and Giovano Lo Celso, the two Tottenham stars who also play for the Argentina National team and the most expensive Colombian ever and Tottenham defender, Davinson Sanchez. The Tottenham trio are all training on the pitches of the county level club “NK Čibača” in Župa dubrovačka.

So how did an estimated 100 million Euros of Premier League talent end up training on the pitches of a county team in Dubrovnik?

Last week the Argentine Spurs duo were with the national team in Brazil in the World Cup qualifiers, but this super derby of the South American qualifiers was interrupted because of quarantine rules had been violated. Due to the delta variant of the coronavirus, which is widespread in Great Britain, the Brazilians prescribed 14 days of quarantine on everyone coming from the United Kingdom. The Tottenham footballers did not carry out their quarantine so the Brazilian health regulator decided to stop the game and deport them from the country. The deported players then travelled to Croatia where they will spend ten days, after which they will return to England.


Training in NK Župa Dubrovačka - Photo Tonci Vlasic 

So why Croatia? If the UK based footballers had returned directly to the UK they would have had to spend 14 days in quarantine due to UK rules on people arriving from Brazil. So to cut short their quarantine by ten days they decided to come to Croatia and train in the sunshine. And as Croatia is on the UK’s green travel list they only have to spend 10 days in quarantine. One thing is for certain, this strange case highlights the overwhelming amount of politics involved in this global pandemic.

Yes, the trio missed this weekend’s Premier League match with Crystal Palace, but they will be back in the UK four days ahead of schedule.

From Sao Paulo to Čibača

Just how a Premier League team got in contact with a small club in the far south of Croatia is unsure, but it appears from sources that Tottenham have rented the whole stadium and pitches from NK Čibača. One theory is that the owner of Tottenham FC, Joe Lewis, was recently in Dubrovnik on his mega yacht Aviva, and maybe he could have been scouting for possible training grounds. Although it seems highly unlikely that a billionaire would be scouting and also much more likely that he would have chosen the pitches inside Dubrovnik rather than a small county level team.


Lo Celso training in Čibača - Photo Tonci Vlasic

The second theory is that the club was recommended to Tottenham from the Croatian first division club Hajduk Split. But why would they recommend a club that barely has a stadium. The answer could well be that the current President of Hajduk, Lukša Jakobušić, actually lives relatively close to the Čibača stadium. But why wouldn’t the Tottenham stars just train at the Hajduk stadium. Again, this could well be due to the fact that South American players are in fact already training there and carrying out their ten-days quarantine. Two Argentinians, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and the club’s £40million record signing Emiliano Buendia are both currently training in Split.

From a high-profile derby between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo to a county level club in the far south of Croatia in a stadium that barely holds a 100 spectators. The weird story on how 100 million Euros of Premier Leaguer football talent is currently training at NK Čibača.

In the last 24 hours, 167 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Croatia, and the number of active cases in the country today is a total of 5,532, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia announced on Monday.

There are 592 people in hospital, of which 59 are on ventilators, a further seven people have died.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 384,082 people have been infected, of which 8,447 have died, a total of 370,103 people have recovered, of which 751 recovered in the last 24 hours.

In the last 24 hours, 3,871 people were tested, 12,446 of them are currently in self-isolation, and 604 doses of vaccine were consumed, of which 331 people were vaccinated with the first dose.

52.07 percent of the adult population have been vaccinated.

The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County has issued a public call for vaccination against coronavirus, which will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

The vaccination will again be held at the Student Dormitory Dubrovnik (Marka Marojice 2). All Croatian citizens can be vaccinated in the period from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, and foreign citizens from 11:00 am to midday.

The mass vaccination will be performed with three vaccines, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.


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

It is about one male and one female, both from Dubrovnik.

22 people made a full recovery: six from Dubrovnik, five from Konavle, four from Ston, three from Župa dubrovačka, two from Ploče and one from the Dubrovačko primorje and Lumbarda.

In the last 24 hours, 121 samples were processed, and a total of 130,425 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

27 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators. 

There are 715 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.

The 11th session of the National Council for the Introduction of the Euro as the Official Currency in the Republic of Croatia is being held today at the National and University Library.

Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis is also taking part in the session and Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, addressed the session, reports N1.

"The strategic priority of this government is to join the Schengen zone, we will be on the agenda of political decision-making at the end of this or next year, and the second priority is the introduction of the euro," said Plenković in his introductory speech.

He also spoke about the experience of other countries with the introduction of the euro

"Currency risk and foreign exchange costs will disappear, foreign investments will be encouraged, and this will have an additional effect on our credit rating. This will facilitate Croatian exports, and will also affect the arrival of tourists. The standard of living has risen significantly after the introduction of the euro,” said the Prime Minister. And added “We will be ready to enter on January 1, 2022.”

The U.S. Independent Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IMHE) in Washington has released a new assessment of pandemic trends for individual countries.

According to the latest projections based on data from the World Health Organization, the total number of deaths from coronavirus in Croatia will reach 10,625 by 1 December.

That is only slightly more than the last estimate, published just over two weeks ago, when they predicted that 10,611 people would die by that date. The current number of those who died in Croatia from Covid-19 is 8,440. In other words, in the next two and a half months, they predict that over two thousand more people could die.

The peak of the fourth wave in terms of the daily number of new cases of infection is predicted to be 13 October in Croatia.


“Not all who wander are lost”.

It’s official, the gypsy spirit in me has been re-awakened.

It’s a Saturday night, and I find myself at a photography exhibition at Dodo bar in Dubrovnik, one of my favourite places, tucked away in a back street on Sulic beach.

I’m meeting my friend Becky, a fellow wanderer, and I don’t really know much about it, but I figure that, being in such a cool location, with a cool person, it’s going to be a cool evening.

So I hop on a boat from Cavtat and make my way through the Old Town, as quickly as possible. I’m not a lover of the Stradun until it’s much quieter, but I realise it’s been a few weeks since a Dubrovnik night out, so I decide “it’s September now, it’s time”.

I know I’m in the right place when I see a sign on the wall saying:

“Not all who wander are lost”.


The guys running the exhibition are Ivan Vokovic (the local legend that is Dubrovnik Tourist Guide) and Damjan Šulić, the owner of the bar.

I arrive on my own to a warm welcome, and Ivan gives me the background of the exhibition.

They have been volunteering at the Mali Dom orphanage in Kenya for many years, the photos were taken on their last visit there, and this evening is to raise more funds for the orphanage.

The faces of the children are full of life, joy even, and we talk about how travel taught us that there are people in different cultures, with more difficult circumstances, that are happier with less.

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I’m recalling in my mind all I learned on my travels, in particular, in India, and how my wanderings made me a better person.

Far from being lost, I discovered so much more about who I was and how I wanted to show up in the world.

I have a feeling it was much the same for Ivan and Damjan.

As they said: “It’s feels good to do good”, simple wisdom, and clearly they were inspired on their travels.

So this week, with a friend across from England, I’m determined for us to go off on an adventure.

It doesn’t take much planning. Just getting in the car and making our way up the Peljesac peninsular, stopping off at Ston for an oyster brunch, and we’re on a ferry to Korcula island.

We seem to have an 80s soundtrack the whole way, so we’re singing our hearts out, and I’m so happy to be taking my friend on this trip. As a Curator, it’s right up her street, and leaving her for a morning to wander the medieval Old Town, I know she’ll be like a kid in a sweet shop.

What I wasn’t expecting was to find my own special place, and to be inspired for the next exciting phase of my journey.

I’ve often been criticised for moving around so much, but I’m not a tree, I think to myself. I’m not rooted to the ground, I know myself pretty well I think, and I know I’m at my best being nomadic.

This last 18 months has meant staying largely in one place, but this gypsy feels ready to roam once more, and that’s so exciting.

I think about Tolkien’s quote again:

“Not all who wander are lost”.

There’s a lot to be said for wandering - a new perspective, different landscapes and cultures, seeing the world not just from our own limited lens, but in it’s full technicolour glory.

And what could be more life-enhancing than that?

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Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Cavtat. A professional Wellness Consultant she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo.

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You've probably got more chance of seeing a penguin swimming in the Adriatic than spotting me waiting in a doctor's surgery. Even though my entire family works, in one form or another, for the health system I avoid anything to do with white coats like a vampire avoids a ray of sunshine.

So when I found myself sitting and waiting in front of the doctor’s door this week I was on unfamiliar ground.

It isn’t that I don’t trust doctors here, far from it. Every experience that I’ve had personally with either the hospital or nursing staff in general has been first class, I couldn’t fault a thing, even the food was edible. Now clearly some investment is needed into the infrastructure side of things, but the staff are doing a great job. So as I was waiting to see a doctor there must have been something wrong, and something that neither I or Google could fix.

The older you get the more things start falling off

You get to a certain age and you start worrying that things are going to start to fall off. I guess the human body is like a car. The more miles on the clock the greater the chance of a breakdown.

I’d had this God awful cough for ten days. Every morning my body tried to eject my lungs from the rest of my body. Luckily it didn’t succeed, however it did manage to eject a whole mix of rather unsavoury things. But let’s not go into that now.

“Are you sure it isn’t Covid?” said my wife. That’s one of the problems when you have a global pandemic, you blame everything on the virus. Did Covid kill everything else? I was 99 percent sure that I could rule the virus out, but just to keep peace at home I tested myself. Being double vaccinated I knew there was a good chance that it wasn’t the virus, and as I didn’t have any other symptoms I was even surer.

“It’s like a pregnancy test,” said my wife. “Do you stick a pregnancy test up your nose then?” I laughed. Negative! I was neither Covid positive or pregnant!

My energy levels were low, I’d wake up with 20 percent battery level and after a few hours I’d be needing a recharge. Of course, I awoke every morning hoping I’d be better so I wouldn’t have to seek medical attention.


When you're sick Google will finish you off! 

Google killed me! As I typed in the symptoms I had I was greeted with a whole range of possible diseases from cancer to pneumonia and yes of course Covid-19. I don’t know why I even ask Google, I know I shouldn’t, but my curiosity gets the better of me every time.

A week went by and my cough was still throwing out a bucket load of sticking stuff from my body. If you want to make yourself a social leper in one easy step, then start coughing uncontrollably in a supermarket. I had people looking at me as if I was a mass murderer. I thought about printing a T-shirt – “I don’t have Covid just a terrible cough.”

In spite of gulping down a cocktail of syrups and homemade concoctions it seemed that something stronger was required, something I couldn’t get without a prescription.

“So what symptoms do you have?” asked the friendly doctor. I released an almighty cough, “that!” She smiled. More questions followed and then the listening of my lungs which I had presumed were barely alive.

Some tapping into her computer and the blessed words that you want to her from any doctor, “You seem fine.” Of course bed rest and a stronger syrup were recommended but the good news was I was on the road to recovery. “You probably won’t be running a marathon any time soon, but you’re fine,” she added. That was fine by me as I had no plans to run a marathon ever. I waved goodbye, not planning to see the doctor (touch wood) for the foreseeable future.

I gulped down the syrup and did as the doctor ordered and went to bed, the best doctor’s advice ever.

And just to raise my spirits here is my favourite medical joke, a short history of medicine - “Doctor I have a headache.” - 2000 B.C. – “Here, eat this root.” - 1000 B.C. – “That root is a demon, say this prayer.” - 1850 A.D. – “That prayer is a superstition, drink this potion.” - 1940 A.D. – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.” - 1985 A.D. – “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.” - 2000 A.D. – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!”

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From October 1, doctors, nurses, but also non-medical staff will be able to come to work exclusively with a digital covid confirmation.

They will get the green light to work based on one of three conditions, which are vaccination, overcoming the disease, or a negative covid test.

The Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, told the newspaper Jutarnji list that they have been discussing the introduction of a covid certificate for weeks, and an official decision will be made next week.

"The introduction itself should be in early October. Such organization, however, takes time. We have to hold meetings with the hospital managements, and in the end, the employees will have some time to decide on the best option," explained Beroš and added that the procurement of covid tests for employees is underway.

In the first phase, testing for employees will be free, and it is planned that after a month and a half or two, testing will be conducted at their own expense. Although the majority believe that the testing should have been charged to the employees immediately, because medical staff are expected to be vaccinated, however Beroš has decided to give time for the adjustment.

"Although it would be justified, I am not immediately in favour of such a step. I am of the opinion that we must enable everyone to think once again and get vaccinated,” believes Beroš.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, as of September 6, 60.67 percent of employees in the health care system have been vaccinated with two doses, and 33.56 percent have not received a single dose.


The National Civil Protection Headquarters has published new data on coronavirus infections in Croatia.

In the last 24 hours, 807 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 6,123.

Among them, 572 people are in hospital, of which 62 people are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further thirteen people died in Croatia in the past 24 hours.

To date, a total of 2,658,977 people have been tested, of which 9,857 were tested in the last 24 hours.

The number of people in self-isolation is 12,468. A total of 369,352 people recovered, of which 814 recovered in the last 24 hours.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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