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The President of the Management Board of the Port of Dubrovnik, Željko Raguž, stated on Tuesday that the company's operations in the first ten months of this year were at “positive zero,” with 14.07 million Kuna in revenues and 13.93 million Kuna in expenses.
These revenues are at the level of 42.6 percent of what was realized in the same period last year, while expenditures of 69.7 percent were recorded in the same period last year.
At the press conference, Raguž emphasized that after the record-breaking 2019, it was expected to be the same in 2020, but due to the pandemic, the whole world stopped, and those most affected were those who worked with cruisers and aircraft.
"We have seen a significant drop in revenue, but also expenditure. Revenue is slightly better than expenditure so far, which means we are self-sustaining even without cruisers. It's a miracle," said Raguz, noting that November and December will be bad, but the year be completed with “positive zero.”
"If the pandemic were to continue for the next twenty years, we are self-sustaining. The employees do not need to worry about their salaries and status," Raguz stressed. He pointed out that this year the Port of Dubrovnik shifted its operations to mega-yachts and mooring services.
"In record 2019, the average yacht stay was two to three days, and this year it was nine to ten days. There were fewer yachts, but we made more revenue. We have an announcement that the first cruiser will arrive in January, but that it can easily be postponed due to the epidemiological situation," Raguz said.
The festive spirit in Dubrovnik has been turned up another notch with the installation of Christmas trees around the historic Old City. Today, exactly a month until Christmas Eve, Christmas trees were placed around the city as the holiday decorations continue.
“More modest than the previous holidays, but decorating the City is inevitable. The Christmas trees have been set up, the next step is decorating,” wrote the public company Vrtlar on their Facebook site.
And as a nice reminder of the light at the end of the tunnel was the installation of 2021 above the Pile Gate. We are all keen to put this year behind us and look forward to 2021 with much more optimism.
In the last 24 hours, 2323 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 19,161.
There are currently 2,093 people in hospital, of which 244 are on ventilators.
Unfortunately, over the last 24 hours a further 47 people have passed away due to Covid-19 in Croatia.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 108,014 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 1,445 have died, a total of 87,408 people have recovered, of which 2,390 recovered in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 40,762 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 692,048 people have been tested, of which 8,944 in the last 24 hours.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 31 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.
These are 11 people from Dubrovnik, five from Metković, three from Konavle, three from Korčula, two from Ploče, one person each from Kula Norinska, Opuzen, Orebić, Trpanj and Župa dubrovačka and two people who do not reside in the county.
A total of 18 males and 13 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 14 individuals.
Unfortunately, two people passed away from Covid-19 in the county - one male from Blato (born 1937) and one female from Metković (born 1945).
On a positive note 87 people have made a full recovery - 26 from Dubrovnik, 17 from Metković, ten from Župa dubrovačka, seven each from Blato and Vela Luka, six from Korčula, four from Konavle, two each from Ploče and Zažablje, one each from Kula Norinska, Orebić and Smokvica and three persons who do not reside in the territory of the county.
45 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, one patient is on non-invasive ventilation, and four are on invasive ventilation.
In the last 24 hours, 216 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 23,711 samples have been analysed.
There are 711 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there has been no violation of the self-isolation measure. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 99 cases of self-isolation violations have been identified.
The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County continue to appeal to citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.
Greek national airline Aegean Airlines has announced its return to Croatian airports in the summer flight schedule next year.
Aegean Airlines did not operate to Croatian airports this year. In the original plan, before the outbreak of the global pandemic, the company planned to operate to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, but all flights were cancelled in April for this year, reports croatianaviation.com.
The company then completely withdrew from sale all routes to Croatia for the summer flight schedule in 2021, so at one point the return of Aegean Airlines to Croatian airports was questionable. The worst-case scenario, however, will not materialize - the Greek airline has returned three routes for sale; from Athens to Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb.
In the peak of the summer season in 2021, Aegean Airlines announces 22 weeks of flights to and from Croatia!
On all routes to Croatia, Aegean Airlines is announcing aircraft from the A320 family, which will lead to an increase in capacity, given that in the summer flight schedule in 2019, a certain number of flights were performed by DashQ400 aircraft.
Aegean introduced the line to Dubrovnik in the summer of 2015, continuously increasing the number of weekly flights from season to season, just as is the case with the line to Split. During the peak of the summer season in 2019, the line operated 5 times a week, with A320 and DashQ400 aircraft.
The Greek airline plans to restart this route as early as March 29, 2021, starting with two flights a week, Mondays and Saturdays. From May 20, the third flight is added weekly, every Thursday, and from June 4, flights on Fridays and Sundays.
Aegean will thus increase its capacity towards Dubrovnik, considering that A319 and A320 aircraft were announced on the flights, while in the summer of 2019, smaller capacity aircraft - DashQ400 - also operated on the route.
The line to Dubrovnik in the postseason will be reduced. Namely, in the period from September 30 to October 30, it should operate three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
With new restrictions taking shape across the globe, more and more people will be settling into their sofas for their next binge watch - and the one after that, too. But not every show leaves viewers with all questions answered. This led OnBuy.com to put on their detective hats and decipher which TV shows have confused viewers the most.
By using global average monthly search volumes for explanations for TV shows that are known to bolster confusion, they can reveal which 10 TV shows have the highest confusion rates! *
Which TV Show wins the prize for most confusing?
ABC’s Lost (2004-2010) generates the most explanation searches, with data showing that there are a whopping 43,000 average searches made every month. Lost ranks 8th on IMDb’s Top 100 TV shows of all-time list, along with an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It seems popularity doesn’t stop viewers feeling lost!
HBO’s epic Game of Thrones (2011-2019) lands itself in second place with 24,950 monthly searches. Full of incredible twists, reveals and crazy fan theories, it seems Game of Thrones will be confusing fans all over the globe for some time yet! Interestingly, this fantasy epic ranks 7th on IMDb’s Top 100, just beating Lost!
On-going Netflix Original Stranger Things places fourth, with 10,160 monthly searches worldwide.
Twin Peaks topped IMDb’s Top 100 list, and despite only gracing TV screens for one year between 1990-1991, it certainly had a resounding impact with it being the sixth most confusing TV show – there are approximately 7,280 Google searches per month on average for explanations.
Other shows to make the top 10 list are The OA (9,050 monthly searches), Riverdale (6,540), and Mr. Robot (4,210).
The lowest ranking show on the list is Fringe with 450 average monthly searches!
How do viewers solve these puzzling TV Shows?
To figure out the ‘go to’ method audiences use to find the answers for their questions, OnBuy surveyed 1,425 consumers and asked them how they eased their confusion.
It turns out, 35% of viewers will re-watch a TV show that they found confusing, and 18% of those will watch it two or three times over just to help solve confusion!
When it comes to finding out the answers from other sources, 40% of viewers will head over to YouTube to have other people explain the shows to them, whilst 20% will browse specific Reddit threads to unravel answers, and 33% will look up plot summaries on their chosen TV show’s fan sites.
A further 33% will utilise the power of social media, whilst a shocking 3% will do nothing, and live on with their confusion!
*OnBuy examined existing lists of TV Shows that, according to previous media outlets such as IMDb and WatchMojo, were deemed by fans to be the most confusing.
Using the search tools Ahrefs and SEMrush, they found the average monthly search volumes for each TV show where it concerned plot and explanations. Specific search terms included in the analysis were ‘___ explanation’, ‘___ explained’, ‘___ analysis’, ‘___ breakdown’, ‘___ ending’, ‘___ ending explained’ ‘___ tv show meaning’, ‘___ meaning’, ‘___ synopsis’, ‘___ plot’ and ‘___ summary’.
In the last 24 hours, 1,973 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 19,275. Among them, 2,060 patients are in hospital, of which 235 are on respirators.
Unfortunately, another 45 people have passed away due to Covid-19 in Croatia.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 105,691 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 1,398 have died, a total of 8,518 have recovered, of which 2,638 recovered in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 40,083 people in self-isolation in Croatia.
To date, a total of 683,104 people have been tested, of which 6,139 in the last 24 hours.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, three new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in the last 24 hours. These new cases are two people from Dubrovnik and one person who does not reside in the county.
A total of one male and two females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for one person.
52 people have made a full recovery - 17 from Dubrovnik, 11 from Metković, nine from Župa dubrovačka, six from Ploče, five from Konavle, two from Opuzen, one from Slivno and one person who does not reside in our county.
49 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Seven patients require intensive care, one patient is on non-invasive ventilation, and six are on invasive ventilation.
In the last 24 hours, 35 samples were processed, and a total of 23,495 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are 652 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours one violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.