Friday, 10 July 2020

Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, dr. Bisera Turković, gave a statement to Dnevni Avaz regarding the information that passengers from Bosnia and Herzegovina were prevented from crossing the Republic of Croatia to Neum at the Doljani border crossing on June 28, 2020.

“Considering the information and the fact that citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina are prevented from even transit through Croatia, it is indisputable that the ministry I am heading will propose reciprocity tomorrow,” she said. “And this will be done as soon as possible because Croatia has a much larger number of newly infected Covid-19 cases and significantly less testing,” she added.

“I do not know why Croatia decided on such measures, but we know our positive attitude towards all countries in the region when it comes to tourism, business travel and trade opportunities in times that were unknown to us until yesterday, and that is the time of the pandemic,” was announced the office of Bisera Turković.

If this comes to pass, then that would mean that the transit borders at Neum would be closed meaning that the Dubrovnik – Neretva County would be cut off from the rest of Croatia to some extent.

 

“Oh, I’ve got another follower on Instagram, and I’m not sure who he is,” said the teenage girl with a voice like she’d just won the lottery. I looked on with a mixture of disbelief and confusion. The generation gap had never been wider.

If you were born after the beginning of the millennium then your smart phone is basically an extension of your body, the 101st organ. Take a smart phone from a teenager and they are lost in space and time. They date, play, flirt, watch video and TV and interact on this new organ. It also acts as their brain’s external memory and Google as their God to ask questions. Smart phone (although dumb phones might be a better name) have slowly but surely robbed children and teenagers of a huge part of growing up. Creativity, action and exercise. In the era when I grew up it was a problem for my parents to keep me at home. Now it seems that it is a problem to get children to go outside.

These recent games in the Old City, where street played against street in games that they used to play as children started me thinking. What will these games look like in thirty years’ time? Will today’s generation all sit around on the stone steps and reminisce when they used to play Pokémon Go?

The summer holidays used to be an open-air dream for children. I would basically leave my house with sandwiches when the sun rose and arrive home as the sun set.  Of course I’d come back with a graze or two on my knees, a bruise on my elbow and a few insect bites (even a sheep bite once) but also with a smile on my face, a hole in my stomach and a need to hit my pillow and sleep until the next day’s adventures.  We’d build camps, cook over fires (yes, sometimes they went wrong), play sports and games and make-up loads of new games. We’d “borrow” some fruit picked directly off the trees for a snack. It was an active childhood. And don’t forget we could never phone home as we didn’t have a mobile. Or come to think of it a computer, PlayStation or any other gaming device.

We’d be together, interacting together, playing together and later (much later) falling in (first) love. And this social interaction and indeed need to play games brought with it creation. Active creation, creative and logical minds. There is a reason why Lego was the most popular toy for decades, children used their minds and parents saw the benefits. Lego has been replaced by an app on a phone. Of course, it wasn’t perfect but compared with playtime today it was utopia. This seems to have turned a full circle. Now you have the situation where children are actually wasting their time watching other people play video games on their smart phones.

The generations have gone from being outside and creating new games from what they found around them to sitting on the couch watching other people play! From incredibly active to unbelievably passive, with a capital P! And what will the children of the future do then? What is the next step of passivity? Will smart phone watch other people play and then bring the “highlights” to the children?

Likes and followers are the new badges of merit. What we used to call the “star of the class” because he or she was the fittest, the strongest or indeed the tallest, is now called an influencer. And these so called influencers are worshipped like Gods. Whilst at the same time making money from their disciples, or sheep. And sheep don’t ask questions. They don’t ask why. Future minds are being taught to follow and not to lead.

Who will then ask the tough questions of the leaders of tomorrow? Who will ask why? Who will dare to question the influencers or the wolves? A sheep can’t question a wolf. Nelson Mandela rightly said “the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” 

     

Global travel site Big 7 Travel has released their list of the 50 Most Popular Destinations for Post-Lockdown Travel. Looking at the results of surveys sent to their 1.5 audience on social media and trending holiday locations on Google Search in the past 30 days, Big 7 Travel saw that there’s a clear trend in post-lockdown getaways: remote islands, peaceful countryside breaks and tropical paradise beaches.

“While there are a few major cities on the list, the majority of people are favouring quieter areas with plenty of space for social distancing, with countries that quickly contained the virus proving popular,” wrote Big 7 Travel.

And Dubrovnik also finished high on the list, in 27 position, and was the only Croatian destination to feature on the travel list.

And the top ten destinations for post-lockdown travel were -

10th. Iceland

9th. Hawaii, USA

8th. Kerry, Ireland

7th. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

6th. Koh Tao, Thailand

5th. Palawan, Philippines

4th. The Algarve, Portugal

3rd. Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

2nd. South Island, New Zealand

1st. Santorini, Greece

 

Goran Ivanisevic has published a post on his official Instagram profile, confirming that he's infected with coronavirus.

-Unfortunately, after two negative tests in the last 10 days, I have just found out that I tested positive for Covid-19. I feel good and don't have any symptoms. I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones. I will continue to self-isolate as I have been doing already. I wish everyone who got infected a speedy recovery – Ivanisevic wrote.

Sadly, coronavirus spread happened at tennis tournament Adria Tour, which was an exhibition tennis tournament organized by Novak Djokovic during the ATP Tour's shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic planned in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, after the virus spread in Zadar, the tournament was stopped.

Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are also positive for Covid-19, so it's not strange that Goran Ivanisevic, who is Djokovic's coach, is infected too.

Ivanisevic's function in Zadar was such that he was in contact with all the players. He also participated in the basketball game against BC Zadar, Kids' day and in the exhibition match of couples at the opening of the tournament.

FlyDubai, a low-budget Emirates company, has confirmed a return of its seasonal line between Dubrovnik and Dubai. The company plans to introduce the line from mid-July – Croatian Aviation writes.

From Thursday, July 16th, FlyDubai will operate on the line Dubai - Dubrovnik - Dubai twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday, on a B737-800 aircraft.

Given that there is currently no direct connection between Dubrovnik Airport and any of the previously planned companies for this season by which tourists from Asia could come to Croatia to a greater extent (Qatar, Turkish), the start of traffic on the line to Dubai is certainly good and important news – Croatian Aviation explains.

Ljubljana and Dubrovnik are again connected by direct flights, with the first charter plane landing at Dubrovnik Airport yesterday.

The Ljubljana plane, carrying 76 passengers, organised by the Slovenian travel agency Palma Travel is the first of a range of special charter flights connecting Dubrovnik with Slovenia. Every Thursday, up until the 18th of October, this Slovenian charter plane will land in Dubrovnik, meaning that passengers should stay at least a week in the Dubrovnik region.

An Airbus 319 aircraft with 180 seats is planned for next Thursday, and a press trip of Slovenian journalists is also in the pipeline, organized jointly by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Palma travel.

 

Tourist traffic is currently at 26 to 27 percent compared to last year, in Istria and Kvarner even higher, and booking has not stopped - said the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli on Thursday, announcing that from July 4th there will be about 80 flights to Croatia from various European countries.

After the Government session, Cappelli said that with the launch of tourism all other activities related to it were activated.

-As of July 4th, we are starting with about 80 airlines, corridors, towards Croatia from European countries and this will increase traffic in Split and Dubrovnik, where it is now reduced - said Cappelli, adding that Croatia is now somewhere at 26 or 27 percent of tourist traffic compared to June last year.

Cappelli also emphasized that in some parts of Istria and Kvarner the traffic is over 50 percent compared to last year, which is more than what the Government was counting on.

When asked whether testing should have been introduced for at least some events, such as a tennis tournament, or whether it is normal for players to come without being tested, Cappelli said he would like that this question is answered by the professionals.

-We have to start separating who can answer what, I can only say that today we have an increase in the number of guests compared to yesterday, so we are still recognizable as a safe destination, people are coming, there are a few more inquiries in terms of events in the last 24 hours, but no booking stops - pointed out Cappelli.

The Minister also emphasized that the assessment of the profession that the epidemiological situation has reached such a level that at the moment we cannot accept a larger number of tourists coming to Croatia from certain countries.

Three beautiful ladies and successful influenecers are currently on the island of Korcula where they are, according to their photos and numerous stories, having an amazing time!

Hofit Golan, Maja Malnar and Nabilah Harron have been to Mljet and now are exploring Korcula, making a great promotion of Croatia since their profiles are followed by thousands of fans daily.

Hofit Golan, TV host, model, fashion and travel influencer, has the greatest number of followers, 1.6 million and they were delighted to see her enjoy her first meal in the restaurant after the lockdown, wanting to be here with here!

Maja Malnar, a blogger from Slovenia, has shared truly a holiday vibe photos on her profile followed by 821 thousand fans. 

Nabilah Harron, make up artist and beauty influencer from Capetown but situated in Zagreb, really fits in the beauty of Korcula and 12.8 thousand of her fans agree with that.

These three stunnig ladies left their followers anxious for the next photo, bringing their beauty and beauty of Croatia across the world by just couple of clicks!

The Interior Minister and head of the National Civil Protection Headquarters, Davor Bozinovic, on Thursday referred to the possibility of sanctioning those who do not respect the measure of wearing a mask, saying that "it is not a point to punish someone, but a point to change behaviour".

Regarding the obligatory wearing of a mask and the proposal of the Zagreb Headquarters to introduce the obligation to wear it in shopping malls, he says that this should be considered, but it is certain that epidemiologists will point out the justification of these measures given the mode of infection. He went onto say that he is not sure that there has been a larger increase in infections in shopping malls and stores, but wherever a mask can be worn, it certainly does not hurt.

However, wearing a facemask on public transport in Croatia is now an obligation.

"The point is not in restrictive behaviours, but for all people to accept the recommendations as an integral part of life that will last until we solve this situation with either a vaccine or a medicine, we have to get used to that life," Bozinovic told N1.

Regarding mandatory self-isolation for all who come from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia, he said that new infections came from those countries and that is why they decided on such measures. He added, however, that there are "personal reasons or of a humanitarian nature, even if it is a justified urgent business reason, for which one does not have to isolate oneself".

Although Croatia has recorded 95 new infections in the last 24 hours, the second largest number in a single day since the coronavirus appeared in Croatia, Bozinovic said "measures will not be as strict as before".

"The whole of Europe is opening up with certain measures. We are now, in this situation, making decisions and measures that will no longer last as long as they did in the first phase. We are ready to change decisions on a daily basis. In the first phase, it was easier to just close everything. and now we need to be more structured,” the minister concluded.

 

The National Headquarters confirmed today that there have been 95 new cases of Covid-19 recorded across Croatia in the past 24 hours, the second highest number of new cases since the pandemic began.

A total of 2,483 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Croatia since the pandemic first hit.

One newly ill person is from Brod-Posavina County, one from Šibenik-Knin County, one from Virovitica-Podravina County, one from Split-Dalmatia County and one from Varaždin County, two newly ill people are from the Istria County, two from Sisak-Moslavina County, five newly ill persons are from Zadar County, seven from Zagreb County, nine from Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, 25 newly ill persons are from the City of Zagreb, and 40 newly ill persons are from Osijek-Baranja County.
There are currently no patients on a respirator, and 42 people are being treated in hospital.

So far, 74,657 people have been tested, of which 919 were tested in the last 24 hours.

 

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