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The Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Country, Nikola Dobroslavić, and his deputy Žaklina Marević received police officers from the Dubrovnik Maritime Police Station on Wednesday, who are this year's winners of the “Vjesnik Blue Ribbon” for rescuing 36 migrants in the Aegean Sea.
On this occasion, Dobroslavić pointed out that he was proud of the entire work of our police related to the surveillance of Croatian and European borders, and added that he believed that the entire Government and our Ministry of Interior had done very well on the issue of migrants wishing to enter the EU.
The commander of the patrol ship type "B" Sveti Duje, Vedran Crnić, machine operator Mate Batinović, and sailors Ivan Šutal and Ivan Delić, met with Dobroslavić as well as the Chief of Police, Ivan Pavličević, and the head of the Maritime Police Station Nikša Restović.
During the surveillance of the EU sea border with Turkey as part of the Frontex Poseidon mission, four police officers from the Dubrovnik Maritime Police Station rescued 36 migrants who were in poor health, hypothermic, dehydrated, and some of them unconscious. Among the persons rescued were five children, 11 women and 20 men.
The migrants were transferred to a police vessel where police officers gave them water and hot drinks and wrapped them with thermal foils, after which they were transported to the port of Alexandroupolis where they were met and given emergency medical assistance.
Out of a total of 36 migrants, five of them were hospitalized, while the rest, after receiving medical assistance, were taken care of in a reception centre, where further treatment in accordance with national and European legislation followed.
On the occasion of the International Day of Francophonie, the French Alliance Dubrovnik in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik on Saturday, March 20, will organize guided tours of the gallery in French and Croatian.
The curator of the Museum of Modern Art, Jelena Tamindžija, will take visitors through the gallery on Saturday and you have two different tours to choose from and both of them are free of charge.
Visitors are invited to adhere to the recommended epidemiological measures at this event as well and to maintain social distancing.
According to the eVisitor system, 540 guests stayed on Pelješac in January and February and achieved 5,077 overnight stays in Orebić, Ston, Trpanj and Janjina. Compared to the same period last year, there were 45 percent fewer guests and 24 percent fewer overnight stays.
Most winter guests stayed in their holiday homes and cottages, and in smaller numbers in commercial private accommodation and in small hotels in Orebic and Ston.
The biggest drop was recorded from the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from which there were more than half as many winter guests.
Visitors from Germany also recorded a decline, while only a small increase was recorded by Polish tourists and domestic tourists.
The German flagship carrier has announced that it will operate flights to Dubrovnik from Easter this year, according to a report on Croatian Aviation.
Lufthansa, will resume traffic to two Croatian airports - Dubrovnik and Split - around the Easter holidays.
Easter is traditionally the beginning of the tourist season in Dubrovnik, but due to the pandemic the demand is expected to be much lower than normal. However, despite the restrictive measures in travel, the company recorded an increase in bookings around Easter, and consequently there will be a resumption of traffic to the airports in Split and Dubrovnik.
Lufthansa have already restarted flights to the Croatian capital, Zagreb, from Frankfurt, although they have cancelled the line from Munich to Zagreb.
The line Munich - Split will be in operation from Saturday, March 27. Three flights a week have been announced, until April 15 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The line Frankfurt - Split will operate from Thursday, April 1. By April 18, 8 return flights have been announced. After the holidays, the line will operate on Saturdays and Sundays.
And the line Munich - Dubrovnik will operate from Sunday, March 28, from April 1, two flights a week are available, every Thursday and Saturday.
A welcome meeting was held at the Libertas International University for students from Germany, who arrived at the university as part of the Erasmus + program for international exchange.
The students come from the University of OTH Regensburg with which Libertas International University has a long-standing collaboration, and students will attend classes at the undergraduate program International Relations.
Respecting all prescribed epidemiological measures, students were greeted at the university by the Head of the branch, prof. Milan Perić and Head of the Office for Academic Affairs Zrinka Borić, wishing them a warm welcome and a successful study time as well as a pleasant stay in Dubrovnik.
An orientation day was also organized, which included a guided tour of the sights of the city and its surroundings. They also received all the necessary practical instructions related to studying and staying in Dubrovnik.
This form of exchange is an excellent opportunity to promote Dubrovnik as a tourist destination and the Libertas International University in the world.
The pandemic in 2020 affected the increased use of electronic communications, which was confirmed by the fourth quarter in which internet data traffic increased by 51.5 percent.
According to regulators, in the last quarter of last year, data traffic reached a total of 613 petabytes (PB), an increase of 51.5 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. In addition to the increase in data traffic, users of electronic communications in the fourth quarter of 2020 talked significantly more on mobile and fixed phones, and the number of minutes spent on these telephone networks increased compared to the end of 2019.
In mobile networks in Croatia, the number of outgoing minutes increased by a massive 26.3 percent, to 3.03 billion minutes. However, at the same time, the roaming minutes of Croatian users were 8.6 percent less on an annual basis, due to less international travel, which is the reason for the reduction of the duration of calls from foreigners in Croatian mobile networks by 21 percent.
After several years of decline, the number of minutes spent on landline (fixed) networks also increased last year, and in the fourth quarter it increased by 13.3 percent compared to the same quarter of 2019.
Du Motion - Runners Days Dubrovnik is one of the six partners of the new EU project Erasmus + Sport Multisport Community Experience, which will, in an innovative way, motivate citizens of all ages to recreation and an active lifestyle in local communities.
In addition to Du Motion, which represents Croatia, sports organizations from Italy, Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany and Greece are also involved in the project.
This socio-sports project is conceived as a fun, competitive online game in which anyone can participate, regardless of previous sports experiences, and through recreation and participation in local events to collect points for their team. The project thus, on the one hand, encourages sports, and on the other hand contributes to a sense of belonging to the local community.
"In the past year, a large number of sporting events have been cancelled, sports facilities have been closed and all those looking for recreation have had to turn to exercising on their own. An application through which practitioners can connect with others in their surroundings in a fun and motivating way. Through its projects, Du Motion strives to motivate citizens to move and have a healthier approach to life, and by joining this project we will now further intensify these activities," said the director of Du Motion Alen Bošković.
The first task of the project is to conduct research and analysis of the needs and habits of citizens in their local communities. Existing initiatives for playing sports, the frequency of citizen participation in sports activities, the level of their physical activity, the use of applications and digital platforms to monitor these activities, as well as possible obstacles and limitations they face will be examined.
The data collected will be extremely important for the further development and implementation of the project, and Du Motion's extensive experience on similar projects will also help.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 60 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (23 determined by a rapid antigen test).
These are 35 people from Dubrovnik, 12 from Župa dubrovačka, five from Konavle, two each from Metković and Ston, and one each from Blato, the Dubrovacko Primorje, Orebić and Vela Luka.
A total of 23 males and 37 females were infected, and 40 of them have an established epidemiological link.
62 people made a full recovery - 33 from Dubrovnik, 13 from Župa dubrovačka, eight from Konavle, three from Orebić, two from Metković and Trpanj and one from Dubrovacko Primorje.
In the last 24 hours, 253 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 48,972 samples have been analyzed.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, there are currently 703 active cases of coronavirus infection, of which 594 in the wider area of Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik 317, Konavle 126, Župa dubrovačka 127, Dubrovačko primorje 15 and Ston nine cases).
65 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Seven patients require intensive care, six of whom are on invasive ventilation.
There are 1,015 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been six violations of the self-isolation measure (one at the border).