Tuesday, 27 October 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 Port of Dubrovnik has issued a statement about its new business move – renting a part of the Old City Port – Posat – as a parking lot. They are offering it as a parking lot only during the church ceremony of weddings and celebrations in the Old City of Dubrovnik.

The fee for the use of the port area Posat is 1,500 kuna per hour or around 200 euros, plus the corresponding VAT, and can fit up to 15 vehicles. When everything is added and divided, this is 125 kuna for each car per hour.

Requests for use and reservation must be announced in advance by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 020 / 313-511.

The City of Dubrovnik, DURA evelopment agency and the Enum Software startup, within the Respect the City project, have developed and launched an application for predicting the number of visitors to the historic core of Dubrovnik.

The application is available on the link www.dubrovnik-visitors.hr/prediction and it presents an upgrade of the existing Dubrovnik Visitors System. Based on machine learning as a special branch of artificial intelligence, it estimates the number of people in the area of the historic core and the contact zone of Dubrovnik on a selected day and is certainly most useful to visitors to plan their arrival to the Old City, but is also important in providing accurate information to citizens as well as all business subjects in planning their daily or business activities.

The bilingual application recognizes textually and visually four possible cases: no crowd (green color), small crowd (yellow), crowded (orange) and really crowded (red). In case the system foresees a crowd, users are recommended to visit the Old City in the morning, late afternoon or evening to have the best experience of staying in Dubrovnik.

In the core of the strategic and multidisciplinary project "Respect the City" are informed visitors and citizens and this application is a useful tool in managing tourist traffic. Specifically, for predicting the number of visitor algorithms, different parameters are used, such as the number of visitors to cruise ships, the number of arrivals and overnight stays in accommodation facilities, as well as weather forecast (average temperature and rainfall data). Algorithm updates and improves itself automatically with each new data (for example, a seven-day time forecast is taken into account).

Through the next upgrade of the system, it is planned to establish cooperation with the accommodation reservation platforms in such a way that, when making individual reservations, the user planning their arrival in Dubrovnik offers a link to the calendar so that it may influence the choice of the term of stay or arrival. When designing the application, the experience of a friend of Venice city using a similar system was used.

Just a reminder - Dubrovnik Visitors is a system that, thanks to the cameras / counters located at the entrance to the historical core, provides an insight into the actual number of visitors at any time, and based on the collected information that is updated every 15 minutes, it creates the basis for decision-making and handling of the pedestrian traffic organization around and the historic core.

September is the most favorite month for weddings in Croatia, according to the data of state statistical institute from the last year. In June, they’ve published that 20,310 couples were married and the average marriage in Croatia lasts about 14.7 years – 24 sata writes. It seems that the number of divorces increases every year. 

When it comes to European Union data on the number of divorces on 100 marriages, Croatia is in the middle. In 2016, the country with the highest number of divorces per 100 marriages was Portugal (69 divorces), with the lowest divorce rate was Malta (12.2 divorces). Croatia had 34.4 divorces per 100 marriages.


After the recent pollution to the Dubrovnik water system after the heavy reain, the Public Water Company announced that the water is once again safe to consume again in most of the Dubrovnik area. The river of Ombla, as well as the City of Dubrovnik water system are clean from the pollution and it's safe to drink the water.

Water is still not good for consumption at Mokosica, as well as those areas that get their water from Palate and Sumet, since it's yet polluted.

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.


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