Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

The Police Administration of Dubrovnik-Neretva informs that traffic police officers will undertake enhanced surveillance of the speed of vehicles on Wednesday, October 24th.

Enhanced surveillance is much needed, especially if we look at numbers: just last week 208 drivers got fined because of speeding and in the last couple of months the numbers were even higher.

You should be careful in traffic every day, but if you are in Dubrovnik tomorrow keep this in mind - adjust speed and increase caution.

The Socio-Economic Effects of Digital Transformation is the theme of the 2nd International Scientific Conference of SINCERE (Smart Ideas and a New Concept of Economic Regeneration in Europe), organized by the Department of Economics and Business Economics and held at the University of Dubrovnik from October 25th to October 27th, 2018.

The ceremonial opening of the Conference will be held on Thursday, October 25th, at 10 am, at the Amphitheater of the University Campus (Branitelja Dubrovnika 41). As part of the opening ceremony, a panel discussion will be held attended by: Mirna Medica, Senior Advisor to DG NEAR European Commission for Digital Society and Economy, professor Slavo Radosevic, European Commission Specialist for Smart Specialization and Professor at University College London, prof. Alex Coad, European Commission Adviser, one of the world's leading authoritative firms in the field of Research for Fast-Growing Enterprises and Editor of Research Policy magazine, which has been among the top five scientific journals in the field of economics for many years, as well as prof. Kate Orton Johnson, a sociologist at the University of Edinburgh.

On the second day of the conference, a roundtable will be held in the organization of the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, which will discuss the possibilities of smart specialization and development of smart cities in Croatia.

The theme of the conference is the digital transformation of European economies. The world we live in increasingly becomes digitalized. New technologies change our society, culture and everyday life. First of all, they revolutionize the way our economies operate. Tomorrow's products and services will be digital, which opens up many opportunities for economy growth. The path to exploiting this potential begins today and demands change and adjustment of economic policy.

The conference is held under the auspices of President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and supported by the Ministry of Science and Education.

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If you are dreaming about visiting the island of Lokrum, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik, it's good to know that you have a chance to do it – even though the summer season is over. Dreamy island of peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature awaits for you! 

The days are getting shorter and the boat operating hours are changed accordingly. From Saturday, October 27th, the boat will operate from 9 am to 4 pm. Don't worry – that's more than enough time to enjoy and explore this beautiful island.

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In Croatia, 90 percent of drivers and 33 percent of cyclists use a mobile phone while driving, and 50 percent of pedestrians cross the road with a view locked on the screen of their smartphones, it’s been published on Tuesday at the conference "We and Our Traffic Gadgets - Problems and Challenges" Automobili.hr reports.

The conference, organized by the Croatian Association of Managers of Security (HUMS) in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, was all about worrying statistical data.

As mentioned, in Croatia 90 percent of drivers, 33 percent of cyclists and 50 percent of pedestrians walking and crossing the pedestrian crossing use the mobile phone. Drivers and pedestrians like hypnotized look at the screen of a smartphone which is very dangerous and reduces road traffic safety. Drivers are largely unaware of how mobile phone use is dangerous when driving a vehicle.

Because of these reasons, there is the proposal to change the Traffic Safety Act and increase the financial penalty for the offense. According to experts, the mobile phone is considered to be the fourth killer on the road, and distracted attention by using cell phones is by far the largest of all distractions in traffic.

Lonely Planet, loved by the travelers around the world, every year publishes a list that can be used as inspiration for the future travels – a list of the cities you should visit next year.

The list for the 2019 includes the lovely city of Zadar, which has been placed on the 9th place of the list.

-Zadar has risen from the ashes of its war-ridden past and blossomed into a spirited cosmopolitan city. Wander through the Old Town’s warren of bright marble streets to discover cool bars and laidback cafes, ancient Roman ruins, innovative museums and rustic, trattoria-style restaurants. The true phoenix of Zadar’s transformation is its imagination-stirring waterfront promenade, where scores of locals gather to listen to the magical chimes of the Sea Organ or bask in the mesmeric illuminations of the Sun Salutation. Zadar’s small stature instantly connects travellers to the local life and culture, with any fears of claustrophobia soon dispelled by those sweeping Adriatic vistas – Lonely Planet writes.

The first city on the list is Copenhagen, followed by Shēnzhèn, Novi Sad and Miami. See the full list with the details here.

Last year the number of deaths in Croatia increased, compared to 2016. The statistics of the Croatian Institute for Public Health in 2017 show that there were 53,477 deaths, while the year before there were 51,542 – Slobodna Dalmacija reports.

Many would guess that the increased number of deaths is connected with cancer, but that’s not the case. On the contrary, there’s been a decrease in the number of deceased oncological patients, for the first time in years, and the number was below 14 thousand.

Malignant diseases were the second most common cause of death, and in the first place there were diseases of the circulatory system, of which 23 and a half thousand people died. The third most common cause of death were respiratory diseases (3139) followed by injury and poisoning (2694) and digestive system diseases (2255).

When we look at the diseases individually, as a leading causes of death in Croatia there are heart attack and angina pectoris (11,069 deaths), followed by stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases (6147), and on the third place there are trachea cancer and lung cancer (2994).

There is an increase in deaths of diabetes, from 1889 in 2016 to 2331 in 2017, which is 23 percent more. It seems that the problem is in late detection and poor regulation of diabetes, which cause numerous health complications.

Diabetes rose to fourth place on the list of Croatian ‘’killers’’, while colon cancer fell to fifth (2037 deaths). On the sixth place are deaths due to bronchitis and asthma, which also show an increase, from 1735 in 2016 to 1966 last year, followed by deaths due to heart failure (an increase from 1196 to 1683 deaths).

As the eighth cause of death in Croatia pneumonia has appeared, which in 2016 was not in the rankings of the top 10 "killers", and 992 persons died from it last year. Following are chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (943), and heart and kidney disease caused by high blood pressure (924).

It is significant that from last year's list of 10 leading causes of death, after several years, breast cancer dropped out. The 853 women died last year because of this illness, and the year before there were 1002, which is a 17 percent drop and a pretty large percentage in the one-year period. If such a trend continues, then we will be able to say that public actions and medical appeals are slowly getting results and that women are increasingly doing their check-ups: ultrasound and mammographic examinations and that effective treatment begins on time.

In 2017, no woman died of complications in pregnancy, childbirth or during the period after the birth. Last year there were 2694 violent deaths, including 1962 unfortunate ones, 635 suicides and 51 murders.

The breakdown by sex in 2017 shows that women are more represented in the total number of deaths, especially in the age group over 65, while more men die in the age below 64.

On Friday, October 19th, Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic was a guest in the CNN's show "Quest Means Business" on the topic of tourism and experience of the City of Dubrovnik in the management of the destination.

In the show ''Quest Means Business'', Richard Quest and a team of correspondents analyze the facts and figures from the business world to help people earn money and spend it wisely.

In this episode, Richard Quest asked Mato Frankovic why is Dubrovnik complaning since Game of Thrones brought it great popularity.

-We are not complaning, we are very proud of our city and our tourism. We think that we actually need to take a break – explained the Mayor, adding that the City wants to reduce the number of tourists, not only because of the citizens, but also because of the quality offered to tourists, who are mostly coming because of beauty of Dubrovnik, not only because of Game of Thrones.

The host also mentioned the problem of cruise ships and tourists 'taking over' the city, wondering how can it be prevented.

Mayor explained that the City of Dubrovnik approached CLIA, saying that problem should be fixed as soon as possible and got to the ''quick fix'' – spreading the number of arrivals, so there's not a lot of cruisers arriving at the same time.

-For the next year, we have a limit of two cruise ships at the same time – Frankovic added, explaining that there's a lot to do, but Dubrovnik will surely be mentioned as the city of sustainable tourism.

You can see the show below.

Age is just a number, a famous quote says, and Ivo Karlovic confirms! Famous Croatian tennis player, 39 years old, made it to tennis history by winning the Calgary Challenger in Canada – making him the oldest tennis player who won ATP Challenger ever. 

Karlovic fired 24 aces en route to a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over Jordan Thompson and the match lasted for an hour and 13 minutes. This will take him higher on the ATP list – from 122nd place to 108th.

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