Saturday, 22 January 2022
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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

As November draws to an end and Christmas looms the number of tourists in the city is falling as quickly as a pebble in the Adriatic. With only three international flights arriving at Dubrovnik Airport every week it’s hardly surprising that the number of tourists has dropped considerably.

This last week a total of 645 tourists stayed in the city, according to information from the eVisitor system. This is only 29 percent of the number from 2019, and highlights Dubrovnik’s failure to attract tourists out of the main season.

The most numerous guests are from Croatia, the USA, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, the UK and France.

 

 

In the last 24 hours, 41 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These new cases are 24 males and 17 females: 16 from Dubrovnik, 8 from Orebic, four from Konavle and Vela Luka, 3 from Korcula, two each from Lumbarda and Župa Dubrovačka, and one each from Smokvica and Ston.

174 people recovered: 69 from Dubrovnik, 19 from Metković and Vela Luka, 16 from Župa dubrovačka, 12 from Konavle, 11 from Orebić, 8 from Ploče, 7 from Opuzen, 5 from Ston, 3 from Korčula and one person each from Blato, Dubrovačko Primorje, Slivno, Smokvica and Mljet.

In the last 24 hours, 227 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 163,724 samples have been analyzed.

In the Dubrovnik General Hospital, 65 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized, nine patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

Thre are 1597 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violations of the self-isolation measure have been recorded.

 

Another mass vaccination against Covid-19 will be organised next week in Dubrovnik. The interest in getting vaccinated has been high in recent days and it is expected that next week will be just as busy. The vaccination point will be re-organized in the Sports Hall in Gospino polje. Vaccinations will be organized on Wednesday (November 24, 2021) from 8:00am to midday, and on Thursday (November 25, 2021) also from 8:00am to midday.

All interested Croatian citizens can be vaccinated with the first and booster dose, and the booster dose can be received by all persons who have passed 6 months since receiving the second dose of the vaccine.

The vaccines on offer are Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

Due to the worsening epidemiological situation and the great interest of Croatian citizens in getting vaccinated, there will be no vaccination for foreigners on these days, but all foreigners interested in vaccination can organize their vaccination outside the point via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the mobile number: +385 98 9812 666.

 

Light Snowfall May Pose Lurking Risks – What to Know Before You Go

Snow Fall on the Green Grassland

Before the heavy snowfall begins, it’s easy to feel a sense of continued safety. This is often true even when the casual, light snow arrives. After all, it is seemingly innocuous, not blocking roadways and not causing a disruption in visibility. However, even light snow poses risks to vehicles, and to drivers. It can melt quickly and then refreeze, creating dangerous black ice, and total loss of traction. 

Prepare yourself for every type of freezing precipitation with proper vehicle maintenance. Spend some time researching car insurance quotes online to make sure you have the coverage your state requires, and possibly, more than that to keep yourself and your family safe and protected while traveling in winter weather. As well, consider these tips.

Car Maintenance

With snow and ice ready to fall, your car is in need of some TLC. See to it that it can handle light to treacherous winter conditions.

  • Test the battery.
  • Check the windshield wipers, make sure they are free of damage and not ripped.
  • Put on snow tires if you live in a very snowy clime. If all-season tires will do, check that there’s good tread.
  • Check the tire pressure weekly – cold temperatures and potholes lead to underinflated tires, which in turn, don’t gain easy traction on snow or icy roads.
  • Protect the paint job with a coat of wax.
  • Be sure the gas tank is always at least half-full.
  • Keep a winter emergency kit in your car. This should consist of a flashlight with extra batteries, ice scraper, kitty litter or sand (for traction), snacks, extra blankets, hats, gloves, jumper cables, shovel, and first aid kit.

Preparing Yourself & Your Loved Ones

Once your car is optimized for winter conditions, remember that you need to protect yourself and your loved ones as well!

  • Dress in layers when venturing outside, whether for a walk or a car ride (you never know if you’ll break down or be stranded).
  • Always wear a hat. Mom was right! You lose most of your body heat through your head, so conserve it by wearing a hat. You can always fix your hair when you get to where you need to be.
  • Stay hydrated. Your body needs hydration in any kind of weather, and believe it or not, some winter climates can be as dry as a desert, so you’ll need to drink up and keep yourself well watered!
  • Listen to your body. If you’re outside walking around, throwing snowballs or in the car traveling, listen to what your body is telling you about how it is processing the cold. If you’re shivering and your teeth are chattering, your body temperature has dropped too low. You’ll want to turn on more heat or go inside.
  • Watch out for the children. Kids tend to acclimatize to the cold weather much better than their adult counterparts. They likely won’t be listening to their body so check them frequently for shivering, teeth chattering or their lips turning blue.
  • Watch for frostbite. It only takes 30 minutes in sub-zero temperatures for skin to develop frostbite, and with just a small bit of wind, 15 minutes. Frequently wiggle your fingers and toes to be sure you can still feel them. If not, get inside.

Familiarize Yourself with Winter Driving Techniques

It’s easy to assume that after a few years of driving, you know exactly what you’re doing and are prepared for every circumstance. The truth is, while the experience is there, you could be reinforcing bad habits that you’ve developed throughout your years on the road.

  • Drive slower in the winter time and allow at least 8 to 10 seconds of time between you and the car in front of you.
  • Keep an eye on the pavement. If the roadway looks like it’s brand-new asphalt, like it’s wet or dark, it could be a patch of black ice. Black ice is most common on elevated roadways like bridges and overpasses. Do your best to coast over the ice without braking or accelerating.
  • Avoid stopping on hills. Whether you’re going up or down a hill, if you brake, you’re likely to lose traction and also lose the ability to start back up again. If you’re going downhill and need to brake, do it slowly, and always leave a minimum of three to four car lengths between you and the car in front of you.
  • Turn on your hazards in low visibility conditions. During times of heavy precipitation or fog, use your headlights, fog lights, and hazards to make yourself as visible to other drivers as possible.

Don’t take any type of precipitation for granted. Be prepared for any winter possibility by adapting yourself and your car to the most intense conditions.

“We are pleased to announce our headline shows in Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia and the Czech Republic in August 2022,” tweeted the Artic Monkeys announcing a spectacular concert in the Pula Arena.

Tickets for this one-off concert by this mega popular band will go on sale on the 24th of November and are sure to sell out quickly.

The Artic Monkeys will play in Pula Arena on the 16th of August, in the height of the summer season, next year in Croatia.

This will be the first time the Artic Monkeys have toured since 2019.

Tickets can be purchased on this link

 

 

Croatia Airlines is the only airline offering flights between Croatia and one of the most important UK airports after British Airways cancelled all flights until the end of this month.

This important flight connection to one of the busiest hubs in Europe, Heathrow, will now only have flights via the Croatian national airline.

The UK’s flagship airline stated that due to lack of interest all flights in November would be cancelled, reports Croatian Aviation. And although there are some flights planned between Zagreb and Heathrow for December these flights are also hanging in the balance. British Airways seems to blaming the pandemic for the current situation, as pre-pandemic this line was extremely popular.

However, since the beginning of the pandemic, the Zagreb line has not been functioning well, thanks in part to the strict measures in place in the UK. British Airways operated to Zagreb until the beginning of November, and then all flights were cancelled until the end of this month. It is planned to return in December with a smaller number of flights, but the realization of the same is currently still in question.

Dubrovnik with only three international connections this winter 

Croatia Airlines remains operating on the route between Heathrow and Zagreb four times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Meaning that one more flight per week is available compared to the summer months.

And if you were looking for a cheaper alternative to reach the English capital then the budget airline Ryanair operates between Zagreb and Stanstead on a daily basis. Although bear in mind that Stanstead is around 65 kilometres away from the centre of London.

Unfortunately, there is no direct air connection between Dubrovnik and London. In fact, Croatia’s southernmost airport has only three international routes planned for this winter, to Istanbul, Barcelona and Moscow, highlighting the seasonal nature of the airport. Passengers looking to fly to other world or European destination will have to pass through Zagreb airport, and there are three flights a day on this route.

 

Yesterday was the first day that all employees and visitors to state institutions were required to show a Covid-19 certificate before being allowed to enter buildings. Apart from those who didn’t have a Covid certificate a test was mandatory. And this very testing, of over 54,000 people, revealed that nearly 1,300 people were infected with Covid-19. These were, presumably, people who didn’t have symptoms of the virus.

On Tuesday, the Dubrovnik Health Centre tested about 300 people without a Covid certificate, for whom this is a condition for coming to work.

The first day of compulsory Covid certificates went relatively smoothly, although a few institutions, including a school in Slano, had employees who refused to get tested and didn’t have a Covid certificate.

The interest in getting vaccinated against the virus has never been higher, Yesterday almost 20,000 people were vaccinated, including 12,000 people who got the first dose.

Reactions to Covid-19 certificates divided 

Without a Covid-19 certificate it is becoming harder to function and to go about normal business. For example, with the certificate you can’t get a new ID card, passport, driver's license, etc. And this has caused somewhat of a split in society, reactions are certainly divided. Some say they don’t believe in either testing or certifications, while others believe Covid-19 certifications are a step in the right direction. And there were protests outside the Croatian parliament in Zagreb last night.

And the reasons for getting vaccinated in recent days have ranged from fear of not being able to drink a coffee in a café bar to needing to go to work in a police station.

 

Prices of goods and services for personal consumption, measured by the consumer price index, increased by 3.8 percent in October compared to the same month last year, which is the highest growth rate since February 2013, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published Tuesday.

Compared to September, consumer prices are on average one percent higher.

The largest contribution to the rise in the consumer price index in October compared to September was made by the prices of clothing and footwear (by 0.59 percent), and the biggest contribution to the fall of the index had the prices of recreation and culture (by -0.02 percent).

 

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