Monday, 17 February 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

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were eight traffic accidents, in which there were no heavily injured persons, five persons got light injuries, while there were five traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 818 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 535 measures taken due to speeding, 18 measures due to improper overtaking, 54 measures for improper stop and parking, 54 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 15 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 32 measures because of using mobile phone while driving. Don't forget to put your day lights on, because last week 15 persons got fined for not keeping them on.

'Live Nativity' will be held today, Monday 23rd, at 4 pm in front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral. This special Christmas event will tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, bringing a real life Christmas nativity scene.

And the special event will also have a baby; one Dubrovnik family who have just had a baby will take the roles of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. There will also be sheep, goats and other animals to make the scene every more authentic.

Presidental elections were held yesterday in Croatia and the second round will be held weeks with two candidates, winners of the first round: Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Zoran Milanovic– on January 5th, 2020. 

To explain - he Croatian president is elected by a majority electoral system, so the majority of all voters who voted (50 percent plus one vote) should be obtained. Since that didn't happen, the two candidates with the highest number of votes are going to the second round.

Former Social Democratic Party prime minister Zoran Milanovic won the most votes in the first round, 29,55 percent. Current President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic was placed second with 26,65 percent. 

A bit over 50 percent of Croatian voters decided to vote: 51, 20 percent.

 The other candidates in the race were: singer-turned-politician Miroslav Skoro, a former judge and current member of the European Parliament, Mislav Kolakusic, economist Dejan Kovac, right-wing Desno party leader Anto Djapic, film director Dario Jurican, who goes by the name of Milan Bandic, Croatian Parliament member Ivan Pernar, the leader of the all-Croatian party of speakers of Chakavian, Kajkavian and Shtokavian dialects, Nedjeljko Babic, as well as Workers' Front candidate Katarina Peovic and START leader Dalija Oreskovic.

You can see the results on the table published at 5 am from the State Election Comission below.

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Every time that south wind blows, it inevitably brings a huge amount of garbage to the Old City Port – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports.

This problem is difficult to resolve until an agreement is reached with neighboring countries, from which the garbage is mostly coming.

Each winter the coast of Dubrovnik submits tons of the various waste that sea currents bring from the south. Take a look at what it looks like today in the Old City Port in the photo gallery of Bozo Radic.

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According to the weather reports, it will be raining all day during Sunday, with the chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures are expected to be around 16 °C, which is quite warm for this time of year – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports. 

Tomorrow, Monday, rainy weather continues in the morning, with the afternoon expected to only be cloudy, with temperatures around 11 °C.

Croatian Autoclub warns that roadways are wet and slippery in most parts of the country. Drivers are advised to adjust their speed the way of driving to road conditions.

Due to the wind there are interruptions on catamaran lines: Ubli-Vela Luka-Hvar-Split, Vis-Split, Jelsa-Bol-Split, Rab-Lun (Tovarnele) -Rijeka, Mali Losinj-Cres-Rijeka; shipping line: Komiza-Bisevo, Dubrovnik-Kolocep-Lopud-Sudurad, Zadar-Preko; Ferry lines: Prizna-Zigljen, Split-Stari Grad, Sumartin-Makarska, Ubli-Vela Luka-Split, Drvenik-Sucuraj, Prapratno-Sobra, Biograd-Tkon.

Croatian voters are deciding who will head the state in the next five years between 11 candidates. In the race are: current President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, former Social Democratic Party prime minister Zoran Milanovic, singer-turned-politician Miroslav Skoro, a former judge and current member of the European Parliament, Mislav Kolakusic, economist Dejan Kovac, right-wing Desno party leader Anto Djapic, film director Dario Jurican, who goes by the name of Milan Bandic, Croatian Parliament member Ivan Pernar, the leader of the all-Croatian party of speakers of Chakavian, Kajkavian and Shtokavian dialects, Nedjeljko Babic, as well as Workers' Front candidate Katarina Peovic and START leader Dalija Oreskovic.

The number of 3.85 million voters in Croatia and abroad have the right to vote, with more than 24 thousand observers monitoring the election.

At the 7th presidential elections, 6,333 polling stations are ready, 6,409 in Croatia, and 72 of which are special polling stations: in the army, on ships, in prisons, in social welfare homes.
The Croatian president is elected by a majority electoral system, so the majority of all voters who voted (50 percent plus one vote) should be obtained.

If that does not happen, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will go to the second round, which takes place 14 days later, in this case on January 5th, 2020.

When it comes to voting abroad, it will happen in 47 countries, with 124 polling stations, a third (44) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The election silence runs until the polling station close at 7pm.

The diverse repertoire of the fourth Dubrovnik Winter Festival weekend started today at 11 am with the Christmas Fairy Tale organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. Usually, the event takes place on Stradun, but because of the rain it was held in Lazareti this year. 

This is a fun event, especially for the youngest, and this year Mak Theater was responsible for the cheerful atmosphere, with a special holiday performance for children Krokic sportic. The Lazareti Dance Studio, Le Petit Festival, FA Lindo, Majorettes of the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik City Music also participated. There were also four Santa Clauses who gave out over 1000 sweet gifts on this occasion. 

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On the eve of the Hanukkah holiday, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, sent good wishes to the President of the Jewish Community in Dubrovnik, Sabrina Horovic and to all fellow citizens of the Jewish religion.

‘’Dear Mrs. Horovic,
On behalf of the City of Dubrovnik and your personal name, I congratulate you and all our fellow citizens of the Jewish religion the holiday of Hanukkah.

I want warmth and light to shine through every home and inspire us to be better. May the Feast of Light give us strength in all the challenges ahead. Spend this holiday with your loved ones in an abundance of health, peace and happiness.

The Hanukkah Sameah!

With respect,
Mayor Mato Frankovic’’

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