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The final works on the asphalting of the road to Osojnik as part of the construction of a new road from the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Bridge to Osojnik took place this week.
This is one of the most important investments in the transport infrastructure of the City of Dubrovnik, because connecting the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Bridge with Osojnik and Pobrežje creates the first preconditions for expanding the residential zone of the City of Dubrovnik to these suburban areas.
The road will enable a better connection between the settlement of Osojnik and the state road D8.
The works were carried out by the contractor PZC Split, and the entire project is worth 33 million Kuna and is divided into three phases.
Croatia has been hit by a polar wave causing temperatures during the night and morning in parts of the country to plummet to -12 degrees!
The State Hydro Meteorological Institute (DHMZ) issued a warning for cold waves across the country in the coming days that could endanger human health, so a moderate health hazard is marked for the Split and Rijeka area today, while a high hazard is marked for the Gospic and Karlovac area in the coming days, reports Jutarnji List.
Today the temperatures will be low, -10 in the mountains, most inland temperatures will range between -7 and -2, on the coast and islands from -1 in the north to 5 in the south.
According to DHMZ, snow is possible in some places in the interior, especially in the first part of the day, when light rain is possible in the central land areas, which freezes in contact with the ground.
In the second part of the day, precipitation will be mainly in Dalmatia, with occasional rain, snow in some places, and in the north of the country a gradual decrease in clouds and frequent sunny periods.
And it will be cold this weekend in Dubrovnik with temperatures on Saturday expected to reach 5 degrees, although the real feel will be as low as – 2. Whilst on Sunday it will be even colder with highs expected to reach a maximum of 4 degrees, again the real feel will be -2 degrees.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect, Nikola Dobroslavić, said in Dubrovnik on Wednesday that the county had donated four new housing containers worth 300,000 Kuna to the earthquake-stricken Sisak-Moslavina County.
This is the second donation, after 200 thousand Kuna of aid was paid on the day of the earthquake.
Dobroslavić pointed out his satisfaction that the Dubrovnik-Neretva County could also be a part of the total assistance that Croatia showed to the affected area.
"We also had such a case of suffering, both in aggression and in earthquakes. That additionally motivated us and strengthened empathy towards the people who suffered," said Dobroslavić.
"The containers are 20 square metres in size and are fully equipped, with a kitchenette, bathroom, four beds, table with four chairs, wardrobe and air conditioning. They were ordered from Croatian manufacturers and should be delivered next week. The Sisak-Moslavina County will, in cooperation with the Headquarters, determine who the end users are,” said Dobroslavić and thanked all volunteers and associations that participate in helping the earthquake-affected area.
The money for the purchase of containers was provided from the county budget and from the port authorities and the company "Dubrovnik Roads", which is owned by the county.
According to a study by the French specialized tourist magazine Echo Touristique, ten trends will mark the travels of French tourists in 2021, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in France, Danijela Mihalić Đurica.
The results of the study show that the French are eager to travel and that they will travel safely as soon as the quarantines and travel bans end. Most French people will travel to one of the French or Central European destinations this year, preferring to stay in nature, so rural areas will attract more guests than cities. Also, in 2021, the French will book a large number of vacations through travel agencies that offer the possibility of cancelling reservations, refunds due to cancellations and through agencies that offer reliable information on the sanitary situation of individual destinations. Flexibility of reservations will be one of the basic criteria when choosing a vacation, and an increase in last minute bookings is expected.
The data also shows that the French will not travel on multiple trips this year, which has been the case so far, but their trips will be longer. Due to the current trend of working from home, many French people will combine vacation and work from home, so an increase in long bookings on platforms such as Airbnb and Booking is expected. The study further shows that strict sanitary measures will have a significant impact on the choice of accommodation, and the use of contactless technologies at airports and in accommodation and transport units will be strengthened, given that such technologies instil greater confidence in passengers in the current situation.
"The French can hardly wait for the situation to calm down and the possibility of international tourist travel again, and close and medium, but safe destinations could benefit the most this year, according to all research. In accordance with the above, in February we are launching a cycle of virtual events, i.e. webinars with which we will present Croatia as an attractive and safe destination to interested agencies and travel organizers. There will be a special emphasis on airlines and trends in air traffic because most airlines, including Air France, Transavia and Volotea, are optimistic about flights to Croatia, "said Mihalić Đurica.
Croatian Health Minister, Vili Beroš, said there was no easing of Covid-19 measures, adding that the epidemiological situation was better and the pressure on the health system was diminishing.
"I want to believe that this is the result of the responsibility of the citizens, but it also shows the full meaning of our measures. We must not do anything that would jeopardize these positive trends, especially if we look at the events in surrounding countries,” said Beroš.
When asked how satisfied he was with the vaccination process in Croatia, he said that the Government of the Republic of Croatia had done everything possible to both order and distribute the vaccine.
"There is a lot of interest, and more vaccines are needed. Citizens have given their faith to science, profession, medicine. We need to reach a vaccination rate of more than 70 percent, and I believe we will achieve that. Every week 17,550 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive, 264,000 doses by the end of March. Moderna's vaccine is coming, a total of 52,000 doses by the end of February, the good news is that AstraZeneca has made progress in the process and the EMA will soon approve the vaccine on January 29. It is realistically possible to vaccinate a million citizens by the end of March," says Beroš.
Beros said private health workers will be vaccinated in late January, early February. The priority in vaccination, he reiterated, are people in elderly homes, employees of the social welfare system and medical workers. In the second phase, chronic patients older than 65 will be vaccinated, and those younger than 65 will be vaccinated at the end of February, at the beginning of March, depending on the dynamics of vaccine delivery.
One of the most widely read American dailies, USA Today, has published a list of the 100 most desirable travel destinations in 2021, and Croatia is in a high 11th place, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in the USA, Ina Rodin.
Hoping that in 2021 the corona virus situation will stabilize and travel will be re-realized to a greater extent, USA Today employees and associates, together with the travel portal 10Best.com, have singled out the most attractive places to travel in 2021.
Croatia is on the list of attractive destinations such as the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Madagascar, Hawaii, Paris, Prague, Italy, Greece and Australia, and it was again pointed out that the popular series "Game of Thrones" was filmed in Croatian locations.
The article states that the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 meant many trips abroad being cancelled, but that with the discovery of the vaccine, travel is expected to return in 2021.
As part of the campaign of the Croatian Institute of Public Health "Think of others - get vaccinated", today at the Dubrovnik General Hospital, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, received the vaccine against the Covid-19 virus.
He took the opportunity to send a message to all fellow citizens about the importance of vaccination and solidarity with other members of the community.
“It is important that we, as politicians who hold socially responsible positions, show by our example that the vaccine is safe. We are aware that in the area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the City of Dubrovnik we have a level of aversion to vaccination, especially of children. The European Union has provided a sufficient amount for everyone so I believe the response will be good and so we will ultimately defeat this virus. In the history of the world, many diseases have been solved by vaccination. So, there is no fear, the vaccine is safe and so far millions of people have been vaccinated,” said Mayor Franković.
On the topic of travel and the announcement of the so-called. "Green passports" he said that it was too early to talk about it, but pointed out that the reactivation of the tourist season, which he expects by June, will certainly depend on the vaccination of the population.
On this day exactly four years ago, Dubrovnik was covered with a fresh blanket of snow! Four years later and the sun is shining, the skies are blue and temperatures are in the mid-teens. However, on the 11th of January 2017 it was a different story, a winter story. The snow started falling early in the morning and continued for most of the day.
A thick cover of snow covered Dubrovnik for two days and needless to say the city, which is used to rather different weather conditions, almost completely stopped. Drivers abandoned cars, roads were closed and even pedestrians had problems in the snow. This isn’t a part of the world used to dealing with snow and ice.
And it wasn’t only the snow that caused a problem, temperatures plummeted to minus ten!