Saturday, 25 September 2021

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

In the last 24 hours, 941 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,335.

Among them, 554 people are in hospital, of which 58 are on ventilators. 

Unfortunately, a further 10 people died in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 380,904 people have been infected, of which 8,405 died, a total of 367,164 people have recovered, of which 605 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 10,644 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,628,116 people have been tested, of which 9,987 in the last 24 hours.

As of September 8, 3,314,168 doses of vaccine had been consumed, and 43.13% of the total population and 51.79% of the adult population had been vaccinated. On September 8, 6,240 doses of vaccine were consumed, of which 3,499 persons were vaccinated with the first dose.

The whole of Croatia has turned red on the new coronavirus map released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on Thursday. For several weeks in a row, the situation in Croatia has been changing for the worse and the red ranking was unfortunately expected.

On last week's map, eastern and central Croatia were in red, but Zagreb, coastal counties and northern Croatia remained in orange. The transition of the whole of Croatia to red was expected as the number of infected people has increased significantly in the last week.

The ECDC Epidemiological Map for Europe is published each week based on the 14-day incidence and the proportion of positive tests in the total number tested.

The ECDC map is advisory, but some Member States rely on it when introducing epidemiological restrictions upon return to the country.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 55 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 23 males and 32 females: 24 from Dubrovnik, seven from Konavle, five from Blato and Župa dubrovačka, four from Metković and Ston, three from Mljet and one from Dubrovačko primorje, Kula Norinska and Ploče.

20 people made a full recovery: ten from Dubrovnik, three from Konavle and Korčula, two from Župa dubrovačka and one from Kula Norinska and Ploče.

In the last 24 hours, 618 samples were processed, and a total of 128,289 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

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

There are 643 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one case of violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

It’s been a long time since we’ve been away on a holiday, for most of us anyway, and you don’t want that special occasion to be tarnished and ruined by possible criminal activities conducted at your expense.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit us hard. Either we’ve experienced personal headache and grief or been badly affected by the guidelines and restrictions that have been put in place to avert the spread of COVID-19. 

Basically we’ve been housebound for a long time and that’s a tough situation to live in, even more so if you are part of a family unit that has run out of ways to pass the time (there’s only a certain amount of jigsaws you can complete before you lose your mind).

Traditionally a family, or individual, holiday was our way of dealing with a busy work and life schedule, a way to hit reset and to relax and unwind. It’s something most of us do at least once a year, so for many of us the past year and a half have been incredibly frustrating.

Now, however, things are starting (slowly) to return to normal and the travel industry is starting to rebuild and you may well be thinking about your next break. Even though that break may involve having to have numerous tests prior to departure, and some issues in relation to movement and activities you may take part in when you get to your destination, it’s something you will no doubt be eagerly awaiting.

The last thing you need then is to have your long-planned for holiday left in ruins, like those Greek monuments you wish to visit, and in order to help you stay ahead of the scammers we’ve put together a few handy tips to keep you and your family safe.

Don’t Travel With Your Valuables

The most common form of physical ‘scam’ is the ‘bump and grab’, and usually leads to your bag being stolen. Clearly this is already a real issue but if that bag contained your passports as well as your wallet and valuables, then you are in trouble. 

It’s best to leave as many of your valuable items in a safe in your hotel, this will help minimize the resultant problems that come from having your belongings stolen. You wouldn’t want to see your real name necklace taken from you on the first day of your long awaited trip!

Avoid Dodgy Looking ATMs

Being in a ‘strange’ country means that there are potential pitfalls at every turn and while many of these are perceived, as opposed to be genuine reasons for concern, some are very much obstacles to avoid. When it comes to withdrawing money, firstly try to do this as rarely as possible. Try instead to use a credit card, preferably one that has a solid level of security and insurance behind it.

If you do have to use an ATM, choose brands that are universally known, as opposed to ramshackle ATMs that don’t appear to be affiliated to a genuine bank.

The ‘Local’ Who Is Trying to Help

This is another common scam and one that has been honed over the years, almost to a fine art form. It usually works like this. A complete stranger will come up to you, perhaps with the apparent intention of asking you an innocent enough question. On finding out that you are tourists, they will then attempt to ‘help’ you, perhaps with finding a particular landmark.

On the way, or perhaps after helping you, they may suggest you visit a great shop or store, but you really need to avoid doing so. This tends to be an overly aggressive sales pitch, leading to the individual demanding you buy something from the vendor. 

The Taxi Scam

Firstly, try to avoid using unlicensed taxis entirely. This can be harder to do in countries where it’s not instantly obvious who is licensed and who is not. You can help avoid this issue by ordering a taxi via your hotel, which should lead to the use of a reliable driver. Similarly you can ask the hotel concierge how much a specific trip should cost, and then quote this to the driver you use. 

Offering Free Gifts and Trinkets

Another age-old scam. You are walking along a busy thoroughfare, enjoying the sites and sounds and soaking in the atmosphere. All of a sudden you're accosted by an individual, or sometimes a group, offering a free item (usually a bracelet or flowers) and then one of two things will occur.

If you are wise to the scam, you may attempt to just ignore and push away the gift that’s violently pushed in your direction. Hopefully this brings the scam to an end, though more often than not just leads to an extended interaction, which sometimes leads to brazen pickpocket attempts. 

Alternatively you take the ‘free’ gift and then are pressured into paying for it. The only real escape from this scam is to be firm. Refuse the gift and walk past, be confident in doing so. If this doesn’t work, simply threaten to report them to the police, or indeed look for relevant authorities in the vicinity. 

Be On Your Guard, But Don’t Let Fear Ruin Your Holiday

These are the common scams that occur when you are on holiday but don’t let the possibility of these events affect the enjoyment of your trip. Yes, it’s likely that there will be an occasion or two where someone will try to purloin you for a few dollars, usually this is not done in an aggressive way and all in all you needn’t let this affect the enjoyment of that holiday you’ve waited so long for and one you richly deserve.

Be smart and alert and you’ll be just fine. Avoiding most of these scams boils down to common-sense behavior and doesn’t require you to be overly protective, but more a case of being vigilant and prepared.

The average price of a square metre of a new apartment in Croatia in the first half of this year was 13,385 Kuna or around 1,800 Euros, which is 4.4 percent more than in the same period in 2020, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The average price per square metre of a new apartment in Zagreb was 14,127 Kuna or around 1,900 Euros, which is 1.2 percent less than the year before, and in other regions 12,347 Kuna or 9.6 percent more.

The average price per square meter of new apartments sold by companies and other legal entities, amounted to 13,550 Kuna in Croatia in the first half of this year, which is 4.7 percent more than in the same period last year, stated the CBS.

CBS data also shows that in the first half of 2021, 2,365 new apartments were sold in Croatia, of which 1,409 were in Zagreb and 956 in other regions.

In the last year of Milan Bandić's mayoral term of Zagreb, 427 people signed work contracts with the City of Zagreb, with the former mayor’s friends and associates the “lucky” beneficiaries of millions of Kuna, writes Jutarnji list writes on Thursday.

A total of 9.942 million Kuna was paid from the Zagreb city budget for all services ordered through such contracts in 2020. In May of this year, the new City Control Office became interested in how and for what exactly where these huge budget millions were spent, and audited the conclusion and execution of employment contracts in all city administrative bodies.

As expected, old Bandić's friends and associates were among the lucky ones who agreed on fat fees with the City of Zagreb.

Bandić passed away from a heart attack in February 2021. And in 2021 the Zagreb local elections were held at which Tomislav Tomašević from the political party “Možemo!” (We Can!) won and became the new mayor.

Tomašević promised a whole range of actions and policies to clear the corruption of the previous mayor and to introduce a transparent method of work.

And now Jutarnji List has reported that as many as 427 people received at least 16,000 Kuna a month for their work during the last year of the Bandić regime.

 

The popular vloggers “Cris Pelo Mundo” spent the past two weeks filming the beauties of Croatia. In 17 days, the Brazilain vloggers and Youtubers visited 14 different destinations and got acquainted with the rich cultural, gastronomic and natural resources of Croatia.

“Cris Pelo Mundo” is also featured on the Travel Box Brazil pay-tv channel, which reaches more than 14 million families interested in traveling the world, and ranks fifth among the target audience in Brazil - families looking for inspiration for their next trip.

The vlogging team consists of Cris Stilben, TV presenter, her husband Igor Duarte TV presenter, their son Emmanuel, TV presenter, and photographer Mirian Molinero and cameraman Raphael Bellizzi.

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"Croatia is truly a complete experience, it has everything! Great history, beautiful untouched nature, good infrastructure and is an extremely good destination for families with children. We are amazed by everything we have seen,” said Cris Stilben. Whilst Igor Duarte said that “We enjoyed every step of discovering Croatia, and we were amazed by the ideal combination of historical and cultural heritage with natural beauty,” Igor Duarte.

The entire filming project in Croatia was designed by Marilia de Oliveira, a Brazilian with a Karlovac address and the owner of the travel agency Marzito Travel. In addition to launching the entire project on this trip, Marilia was in charge of all logistics, translation, and escorting.

“Unfortunately, we only had 17 days to film the whole series and I think we did a little miracle by visiting 14 destinations, I am very happy and proud of these projects and all the partners of the tourist board, Croatian National Tourist Board, restaurants, hotels and caterers who supported us and enabled this big project to be realized. Despite the pandemic year, the project has shown that with the joint efforts of all employees in tourism, we can present Croatia in the best light,” stated the Brazilian crew.

 

 

The 29-years old Croatian race driver Ivan Sentic from Dubrovnik took his next steps in his racing career and was able to settle an successful touring car-debut with 350 HP TCR CUPRA Leon racecar.

His first race weekend in such a professional and fast touring car, was from 27.-29.08.2021 at the modern racetrack at Slovakiaring (SK). Ivan Sentic was competing in the championships of FIA CEZ (Central-Europe-Zone) and the Croatian Championship. His aim at his first race weekend at this 5,9 km long and amazing racetrack was to collect as much experience as possible.

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"We are very proud of Ivan, who managed to make a great debut in fast TCR-racecar. The whole weekend he was able to optimize his laptimes and scored out good points in both championships” said the organizer and team prinzipal Andreas Pfister after the first race weekend.

"At the first race weekend I made it my focus to get fimilar with this fast race car, also with the braking and using the best exits of the corners. It was also important to keep an eye at our tyres, which are very heavy in work here at Slovakiaring. Altogether I´m happy with my results and I´m sure these race-kilometres will help me for the future” said driver Ivan Sentic after the weekend.

More trophies for Sentic despite hitting racetrack Brno for the first time

After Slovakiaring, the racetrack at Automotodrom Brno was for Ivan Sentic the first time to hit this track. After the first laps in the qualifying session, the mechanics had to change a sparepart in the braking-circle to ensure brakes will work well at this racetrack.

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Ivan Sentic (left) on the podium

"Ivan had some small problems with brakes in qualifying sessions and also had to learn the track, cause it was totally new for him. After changing a sparepart from our mechanics, the car was running well and Ivan was able to show an amazing speed, especially in race two, where he overtook Porsche GT4 car.” said organizer and team prinzipal Andreas Pfister after the first qualifying session.

In second race, Ivan was taking a good speed and a cool fight with faster cars: "I´m happy with this second race weekend, especially cause I was able to learn the track fast. In second race I had a hard fight with faster cars, but I was able to overtook and again scored good points in championship.” Ivan Sentic after the second race.

Now team and driver are working for the racing season 2022, in which is the big aim to be back in the grid and compete for FIA CEZ racing season.

Within the EU project "Plastic Smart Cities", the City of Dubrovnik as well as institutions and companies owned by the City will limit the use of disposable plastic, based on the decision adopted at the last session of the City Council and previously, in April, plan to reduce plastic pollution in the city of Dubrovnik for the period 2021 – 2026.

The decision on restricting the use of disposable plastics adopts measures which in administrative bodies and in institutions and companies owned by the City of Dubrovnik determine the restriction of the use of disposable plastics and replacement of certain items used in business with environmentally friendly solutions, all in order to prevent and/or reduce the adverse impact of certain plastic products on the environment.

The decision also stipulates that the use of disposable plastic is limited to all public events that the City of Dubrovnik (co) organizes or (co) finances. The city, institutions and companies are obliged to ensure or arrange with the organizer of public events a separate collection of waste at the venue, as well as its timely and appropriate collection and disposal.

 

Furthermore, in the operations of the City, institutions and companies, it is necessary to apply the criteria and benchmarks of green public procurement whenever possible. One of the measures prescribed by the decision also refers to the digitization of documents and the promotion of the use of electronic documents among employees, officials and employees whenever possible.

With the adoption of the Plastic Pollution Reduction Action Plan, which began in June with the organization of a two-day workshop, the City of Dubrovnik became the first city in Croatia to have such a document.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has launched the Plastic Smart Cities initiative which supports coastal towns and villages in taking measures to stop plastic pollution. Other Mediterranean and European cities, such as Nice, Izmir, Tangier, Amsterdam and Venice, are also part of this initiative.

The Director of the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) Kristjan Staničić on Wednesday at the coordination meeting of the CNTB announced new promotional activities and campaigns for the fall, including the project "Croatian Tourism Month."

The CNTB reported on this meeting, adding that the goal of the CNTB's new promotional activities for the autumn is to encourage domestic travel in the off-season.

Without giving more details, the CNTB pointed out that it will launch a new "Thank You" campaign for foreign markets and a campaign with Google in the fall.

At the meeting, Staničić thanked all tourism workers for the results, presenting new figures according to which more than 72 million overnight stays have been realized in Croatia so far this year, or 46 percent more than at the same time last year, which is 76 percent of the 2019 results.

More than 550,000 tourists, mostly foreigners, are currently staying in Croatia, Staničić added.

 

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