Wednesday, 02 December 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


With the timeless phrase “why not, it’s Christmas?” uttered throughout the festive season, is it any wonder many of us come to regret overindulgence in the New Year when the Christmas weight just won’t budge.

With this in mind, the experts at decided to look into how many exercises we’d have to do to burn off our favourite festive foods.

After finding the top 15 most popular Christmas foods, calculated the average calories per serving to find out how many squats, burpees, lunges, planks, and jogs you would have to do to burn those Christmas calories off.


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The Results

The most calorific festive food item is Christmas Pudding at 305 calories per serving. To burn this off, GolfSupport calculated you would have to do 1,445 squats, 460 burpees, 578 lunges, 29 1-minute planks or jog for 29 minutes.

Just behind is the nations’ favourite Pigs in Blankets, at 280 calories per serving. To burn a serving of Pigs in Blankets off you would need to do 1,350 squats, 430 burpees, 532 lunges, 27 1-minute planks or 27 minutes of jogging.

In third place is a serving of Bread and Cheese, with approximately 945 squats needed! Followed by Yorkshire Puddings in fourth place. In fifth place is the dish that makes every Christmas dinner complete, Roast Potatoes, which would require the nation to jog for 17 minutes in an effort to burn one serving off.

At the bottom of the list is Roasted Chestnuts. To burn off one serving of this festive treat, you would need to do 315 squats. Just behind Roasted Chestnuts is Candy Canes, with only 5 1-minute planks needed to burn one off.

Finally, rounding off the top 15, is the love-them-or-hate-them, Brussel Sprouts. A 4-minute jog will burn this smelly serving off!

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1. used to help calculate the average calories per serving for each food.
2. then used to find the calories burned per minute for squats, burpees, lunges, planks and jogging. Using this rate, they were able to calculate the number of minutes for each exercise type required to burn the estimated calories.


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If you fail to wear a protective face mask you could face a fine of 500 Kuna. New, stricter Covid-19 measures were brought in by the Croatian government a few days ago and now they have announced the penalties for not following these rules. Not wearing a mask in places that are regulated that masks are obligatory will cost you 500 Kuna, and if you wear the mask with your nose sticking out the top that’s also a penalty.

At yesterday’s session of the government, the Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, reported on the details of the amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases, which included penalties for violating measures.

"The measure of obligatory wearing of a face mask, the prohibition of public and private gatherings are prescribed. The measures are prescribed to be carried out by police officers, civil protection, inspectors of the State Inspectorate. A fine of between 10,000 and 40,000 Kuna for businesses who organise illegal gatherings is prescribed," he said.

A fine of 500 Kuna will be applied if someone does not comply with the obligation to wear a face mask or medical mask properly.

And if you organise a private party in your home that breaks the new regulations then expect a fine of between 5,000 and 10,000 Kuna.


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On Monday, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia passed a decision on a temporary ban and restriction of crossings at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

The decision mostly applies to third-country nationals who are not part of the European Union, and this category of passengers cannot enter the territory of the Republic of Croatia without presenting a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours or testing immediately after entering our territory with mandatory self-isolation until a negative test is produced.

This new decision has some exceptions, including health professionals, people traveling for education, diplomats, border workers and passengers in transit.

This new PCR test rule does also not apply to citizens of European Union countries who are in the Schengen area and belong to the "green zone."

The Minister of the Interior, Davor Božinović, commented on the adopted changes, “A new decision was made today restricting the crossing at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia. The new proposal is harmonized with the EU and is linked to European regions according to the ECDC map. Passengers coming from green areas of the EU do not need a PCR test or fulfilment of additional conditions for entering the Republic of Croatia. All other passengers coming from the EU should present a negative PCR test that is not older than 48 hours or be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia and be in self-isolation until the findings are ready. There is an exception, and these are border workers, students and pupils, seafarers, people who travel for necessary private or business reasons and patients who travel for necessary reasons.”


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Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, has tested positive for coronavirus, a government spokesman confirmed yesterday.

"Following the recommendations of epidemiologists, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković performed a re-test for the presence of coronavirus on Monday, and his findings are positive,” said the spokesperson.

Adding that “The Prime Minister was previously ordered an epidemiological measure of self-isolation and is now being ordered to isolate for 10 days. He is currently feeling well, and the Prime Minister continues to perform his activities and responsibilities from home, and he will follow all the instructions of doctors and epidemiologists."

The Prime Minister’s wife is positive for the coronavirus, which is why he has been in self-isolation since Saturday.


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Christmas spirit has come for the 11th year in a row with a donation of a truck full of mandarins from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County to the Vukovar-Srijem County. This worthy Christmas present, from one sister city to the other, left Opuzen this morning and is due to arrive in Vukovar at midday tomorrow.

Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić said on this occasion that this is a traditional Christmas gift to Vukovar-Srijem County as a sign of friendship and respect.

“This year we have 16 tons of mandarins. As a rule, it was ten tons, and this year the company Enna Fruit donated another six tons. This is a friendly gesture between two counties that cultivate friendly relations, have a common destiny from the Homeland War, are located on the eastern and southern edge of Croatia. We are cooperating very well, we are trying to connect Green and Blue Croatia, to bring their products here, and we plan to take tourists from here to visit the east of Croatia in the foreseeable future", said the Dobroslavić.


He emphasized that the mandarins are intended for the Vukovar-Srijem County, which distributes them to its charitable associations, societies, hospitals, etc.

Deputy Prefect Zaklina Marevic said the mandarins would arrive in Vukovar on Tuesday at 12 noon in front of Diocesan Caritas.

"For the last three years, Vukovar-Srijem County has been returning our gift and sending us about ten tons of apples, which we will distribute to our institutions and associations on Thursday in front of the Sports Hall in Gospino polje in Dubrovnik," she said.


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Today, the Dubrovnik General Hospital received ten new devices for high oxygen flow therapy that have proven to be extremely effective in combating the Covid-19 virus. The use of these devices in patients significantly reduces the need to connect the patient to a ventilator.

These are AIRVO2 devices manufactured by Fisher & Paykel worth 465 thousand Kuna, and are for the needs of the Department of Infectious Diseases and they were purchased thanks to a donation from the Lokrum Reserve Public Institution, as part of activities carried out by the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

On receiving the new devices, the director of the Dubrovnik General Hospital, Marijo Bekić, on behalf of the staff and patients, thanked the Mayor, Mato Franković, acting director of the Lokrum Reserve Public Institution, Nikolina Grković, and the president of the management board of Lokrum, Zoran Obradović, for the valuable donation. He pointed out that the hospital now has twelve devices, in addition to the two it has owned so far, that will raise the care of patients who need oxygen to a higher level.

“In addition to the use of antibiotics, we help patients infected with Covid-19 infection due to air loss by giving oxygen in high concentrations. We are glad that the Mayor and the Lokrum Reserve have recognized this need and that in these difficult financial times they have allocated funds for our community from which our patients will benefit greatly,” said Bekić.

Mayor Franković emphasized the importance of the participation of local self-government in raising care for the health of fellow citizens and the purchase of medical devices. He noted that the City of Dubrovnik had already reacted rapidly with the donation of ventilators at the beginning of the pandemic and announced the continuation of cooperation and financial support to the Dubrovnik General Hospital and the health system in the future.

“It is important to us that our fellow citizens feel safe when they come to the hospital, that they know that they will be taken care of and treated as they deserve. I invite other local governments in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County to join the donations to help their fellow citizens who are also treated at the General Hospital Dubrovnik,” said Mayor Franković.



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International Olympic Committee member and former President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, on Monday called for solidarity in the fight against Covid-19 and stressed that the vaccine is the solution, not the problem, and that she and her family will be vaccinated.

"I believe it is not easy for those who adopt measures because there is a need find a balance between health and the economy. It is clear that it is not just a matter of measures, but above all of individual and citizen’s responsibility, because no measures will be successful if citizens do not adhere to them," said Grabar-Kitarović on the eve of a conference on investing in sports, which is being held at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

She called for solidarity with those who are most endangered by the coronavirus and whom, she said, the virus can certainly harm.

“One should adhere to the measures and act responsibly and thus protect oneself and others,” she empathized.

Asked if she trusted the National Civil Protection Headquarters, she replied that she believed and that experts should be listened to. She said she would be vaccinated as soon as possible, as would her family.

"I've been getting vaccinated since 1993 when I last had the flu. Even though I was 25 at the time, I had a pretty hard time with it. The vaccine is the solution, not part of the problem," she said.


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In the last 24 hours, 1,830 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 21,457.

There are currently 2,358 patients in hospital across Croatia, of which 255 are on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, a further 74 people have passed away from Covid-19 in Croatia in the last 24-hour period.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 128,442 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 1,786 have died, a total of 105,199 have recovered, of which 3,361 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 46,802 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 749,346 people have been tested, of which 5,027 in the last 24 hours.


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