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

Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic welcomed representatives of the international organization Peace Boat, who held a presentation in the City Hall on the consequences of using nuclear weapons. Guests from Hiroshima Tsukamoto Michiko and Sora Tamiko shared their testimonies about the survival of the atomic bombing in 1945 and the devastating consequences which nuclear weapons bring.

On behalf of the City of Dubrovnik, Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and herself, deputy Tepsic said that she is honored because successful cooperation between Peace Boat and the City of Dubrovnik has been going on for many years through various activities. She emphasized the importance of active engagement of this organization and thanked the guests for sharing their personal stories.

Peace Boat has its headquarters in Tokyo, and for 30 years has been organizing educational programs on a transatlantic ship. It is a member of the ICAN Steering Committee, the International Association for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, which in 2017 received the Nobel Peace Prize. The theme of this trip is "From the ban to the abolition of nuclear weapons with the power of civil society". In the introductory statement, Terachi Ami, a representative of the organization, emphasized that nuclear weapons are endangering the world, causing terrible consequences and should be banned in every sense of use. She presented the current Peace Boat programs and the current situation with the ratification of the United Nations nuclear weapons prohibition agreement.

Tsukamoto Michiko was 10 years old when she had survived the atomic bombing, and in her presentation to the gathered students and representatives of associations and social organizations, among other things, she said that nuclear weapons and people cannot exist together. She emphasized that her testimony is not a historical story, but today’s reality, as many people today suffer from the consequences of radiation.

British low-cost airline Jet2 boosted London-Croatia in the summer flight schedule for 2019 – Avioradar reports. They already published a boost on the Dubrovnik-London line, but there have been more changes!

In addition to the previously announced boost on the Dubrovnik - London route from four flights per week to five flights per week, one more flight has been added! It will operate on Mondays. Therefore, Jet2 will connect Dubrovnik and London every day except Wednesdays.

There is also a boost on the Split – London line, where one more flight has been added. This year there were flights on Thursdays and Sundays and next year the Jet2 will operate on Wednesdays too.

The third line, Pula – London. remains unchanged as this year, twice a week, Thursdays and Sundays.

Libertas – the mixed choir from Dubrovnik, will have a concert in front of the church of Saint Blaise on Saturday, October 6th. The event is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

The choir Libertas regularly performs, independently and with other performers, on various festive occasions, and enjoys good song and friendship for over 35 years.

According to the official data of the Croatian Medical Association, since the entry into the European Union, a little more than 550 doctors left Croatia, and found jobs mostly in Austria, Germany, Sweden and Norway. Now, a new hit destination for doctors seems to be Denmark.

This country is currently looking for all specialists, especially radiologists and psychiatrists, but there is a great demand for pathologists, cardiologists, neurologists and surgeons.

- All doctors who moved to any Scandinavian country are extremely happy with life. The laws in Scandinavia prescribe that a doctor may only treat ten patients and have enough time to devote to each one of them and even have a coffee with a patient if he or she wants to – Zrinka Stanic, director of Incor from Osijek, which was hired directly from Scandinavian hospitals to find the required staff and enable the resettlement process said for Glas Slavonije.

She adds that being a doctor is considered to be an intellectual job and should not be overwhelmed by patients. That's why they are constantly talking about the deficit of specialist doctors in Scandinavia. -So while in Croatia one specialist treats 200 patients while on call, the number in Denmark is limited to ten – Stanic says.


Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepsic met with the representatives of the Polish town of Lublin, the director of the Lublin International Center for Cooperation Krzysztof Stanowski and Director of the Department of Culture Michal Karapud yesterday. The meeting was also attended by Ana Hilje, the head of Department of Culture and Heritage and the director of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Damir Milat.

The theme of the reception was the initiative for a joint organization of the "Rogowski Festival" next year in Lublin and Dubrovnik, in honor of the great Polish composer and conductor Ludomir Michał Rogowski. Rogowski was born in Lublin in 1881 and after an exceptional career as a lecturer in Vilnius, and a conductor in Warsaw's Little Opera, he lived in Dubrovnik in 1926, where he died in 1954. During his life in Dubrovnik he lived and created music, and that’s why the compositions of his orchestral and vocal opus have Dubrovnik characteristics. For the famous work ‘Novela od Stanca’ by Marin Drzic, he composed stage music in 1953.

Apart from the details of the organization, they discussed other forms of cooperation in common interests, especially between the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Lublin Philharmonic.

Dubrovnik Tourist Board organizes Good Food Festival for the fifth year in a row! One of the favourite festivals of locals and their guests will be a great treat for foodies and will be held from October 15th until October 21st. All the visitors will have a chance to enjoy a great variety of food and wine at workshops, dinners and many other events included in this great festival.

This year’s festival has been presented today at the press conference in the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office.
- Every year Good Food Festival gets better, richer, bigger and hopefully – tastier! – said the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Romana Vlasic, adding how proud she is because of great cooperation with Dubrovnik restaurants. She also emphasized that this year’s festival will be marked by Latino rhythm and cuisine, since the center event will be Venezuelan dinner at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik (Restaurant Kantenari), which will be hosted by Ricardo Luque on Friday, October 19th.

- I wish you one tasty Good Food Festival and that you visit as many events as you can! – Vlasic added, mentioning two humanitarian events: famous Dubrovnik Table that goes along the whole main street of Dubrovnik – Stradun and brunch at the Rixos Libertas Hotel, about which Marko Miljanic from the City of Dubrovnik and Rixos chef Ozgur Donertas talked a bit more.

Last year the Dubrovnik Table collected a record amount of money and this year all the collected funds will go to the Down Syndrome Association and Rina Masera Association. Miljanic said that he hopes that this year’s Dubrovnik Table will be as magnificent as ever. Donertas talked about Rixos Libertas Brunch, discovering that it will have a theme – Istanbul!

Desa Association is a part of this festival every year and the tradition continues in the fifth edition. They will hold workshops on making traditional meals, which will include stories on how those were made a long time ago. They are currently located at Lazareti and invite everybody to join them!

Restaurant Amfora will hold a special event, about which Kristian Korda, owner and a chef himself too, said a few words. There will be five course thematic dinner by famous chef Dino Galvagno, with Jo Ahearne, first Croatian Master of Wine, presenting her wine Wild Skins, that is being made at the island of Hvar.

One more dinner with the chef will be held at the Porat Restaurant, where Ivan Pazanin, especially loved by ladies, will make a five course heaven with wines from the Rizman winery. Pazanin discovered his menu just before the press conference and all we can say is that it will be amazing for fish lovers!

Luka Simunovic, from the Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik, which is a great part of the festival, said that is more than nice to hear how rich this year’s program is! He added that the Good Food Festival represents all that they’ve dreamed about in 90’s.

-I’m more than proud, thank you all! – Simunovic concluded.

You can see the program of the Good Food Festival here.

According to the system of registration and e-visitor registration, Dubrovnik has achieved excellent tourism results in September and in the first nine months of this year. In September, there were 180,722 arrivals, which is nine percent more than in the same month last year, while there were four percent more overnight stays than last year, or 581,940.

In the first nine months, there were 1,102,748 arrivals in Dubrovnik, which is 7 percent more than in the same period last year, while the 3,646,812 million overnight stays show an increase of 4 percent.

The top list of countries from which tourists came from to Dubrovnik in the first nine months is led traditionally by the guests from the UK, followed by guests from the USA, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Italy, Croatia, Finland and Canada.

Between January 1st and September 30th, the highest number of arrivals was generated in hotel facilities (564 519 arrivals), which is an increase of 6 percent compared to the first nine months of 2017, but a much higher level of stays is also recorded private accommodation capacities (403 897 arrivals), 13 percent an increase in arrivals compared to the same period last year. In the hotel accommodation there were 1 866 989 overnight stays, or 3 percent more than last year, and in private accommodation 1 362 017 or 9 percent more.

Between three and seven am in Dubrovnik a huge amount of rain fell - 259.2 litres of rain per square meter confirmed the State Hydrometeorological Institute (DHMZ) for Dubrovacki vjesnik.

Dunja Placko Vrsnak, a forecaster from DHMZ stated for Dubrovacki vjesnik that since the starts of measuring (1961), there was no such amount of rain in one day. In fact more rain fell last night in Dubrovnik than in the last six months.

rain power 434

 Photo by - Radarska kontrola,Dubrovnik i okolica

The record daily amount was 191 litres, measured on September 2nd, 2014.

According to Dunja Placko Vrsnak, in the rest of Croatia fell between five and 30 litres per square metre.

-It is not excluded that there will be some spill in southern Croatia today, but we do not expect such episodes with exceptionally large amounts of rain – the forecaster said.

riain power 323

rain waste 212

 Photo by - Radarska kontrola,Dubrovnik i okolica



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