Monday, 06 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.


Petrol prices at gas stations all over Croatia are cheaper since midnight.

According to the Ministry of Economy, the average price of gasoline (Eurosuper 95) fell from 8.63 to 8.23 kuna. The average tank of 50 liters is now about twenty kunas cheaper – reports.

Diesel is cheaper too. From 8.53 kuna its price dropped 8.35, so the average container is cheaper by about ten kuna.

The autogas price also dropped, last week the average price was 3.58 kuna, while now it is 3.50 – reports.

Danijel Subasic, silver goalkeeper of the Croatian national team and former player of the Croatian football club Hajduk, donated 500 thousand kuna to hospitals in Zadar and Split – 24sata reports. 

As part of Hajduk's campaign "Let's Breathe as One", the club, headquarters, players, veterans, former players and sponsors raised 200 thousand in one day for the Split hospital, with donations rising to over 400 thousand kuna yesteray.

Part of this, 100 thousand kuna, was donated by Danijel Subasic. But that wasn't his only donation, according to 24sata, he also donated 400 thousand kuna to the Zadar hospital, joining Luka Modric who donated a bit over 100 thousand euros to the same hospital.

Two weeks ago, Subasic returned from Monaco to Zadar, and on the first day after the expiration of his preventive period in self-isolation, he went to the bank to pay donations to the Split and Zadar hospitals.

The first part of professional protective and medical equipment acquired by UNICEF arrived in Zagreb as a respond to the current coronavirus crisis. Today, four tons of equipment including 30 thousand of professional medical masks (FFP2 and FFP3) have been delivered from UNICEF's Copenhagen warehouse. There were also 30 thousand protective gloves, 18 thousand protective suits and aprons, four thousand bags for safe disposal of medical waste, 2 500 protective caps, 130 pairs of protective rubber boots.

Since the growing needs and challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, UNICEF continues the campaign and invites partners, media, businesses and citizens to get involved and support the campaign with their donations.

Donations will:

- purchase respirators and medical equipment for the most vulnerable patients;

- buy protective equipment for healthcare professionals (protective suits, FFP2 and FFP3 masks, gloves and more);

- buy disinfectants and hygiene supplies;

- provide expert guidance on protecting against the spread of a pandemic, as well as panic and fake news;

- support distance education;

- provide psychosocial assistance to the most vulnerable children and their families.

You can donate:
- at the website

- by payment to a UNICEF account
reference number 2063-989

Regina Castillo, head of the UNICEF Office for Croatia, said:

-The coronavirus affects each one of us. Every family, every parent and every child. UNICEF works tirelessly and dedicatedly to provide the best possible care for children and families in Croatia, especially for the most vulnerable ones. Now, more than ever, we are counting on our common solidarity, generosity and willingness to support our mission. What we do today will have a tremendous impact on our future.

Luka Modric donated 790 thousand kuna to the hospital in his hometown, Zadar. These funds will be used to buy a mobile x-ray – reports. 

At the Zadar hospital, they confirmed that they would place the device in the COVID ward. They also added that Luka Modric immediately contacted them after the coronavirus appeared in that area, asking what they needed.

-We have decided for a mobile X-ray, which has a COVID-19 mark and is intended for the diagnosis of patients with coronaviruses. The device has been ordered, Modric will pay for it today and is expected to be delivered in a month and a half - they said from the Zadar hospital for

This is not Modric's first donation. Just recently, the captain of the Croatian national football team donated money to hospital in Petrova in Zagreb, which was damaged in an earthquake last week.

Smugglers are finding different ways day by day to smuggle their goods across the border and make profit. One such incident was also reported on Saturday when an unknown aircraft in the air was used in a tobacco smuggling – reports. 

According to information from the Vukovar - Srijem County Police Department, on Saturday, at around 5.30 pm, the police observed and monitored the movement of an unknown aircraft in the air over Gradiste during surveillance of the implementation of the ban on leaving the residence. 

At the same time, they noticed a passenger car with Vinkovci license plate, which obviously avoided their control. Checking out this suspicious driver, police officers stopped a car and a 45-year-old driver from Vojinci. When inspecting the car, police officers found eight PVC sacks of tobacco, without surveillance stamps of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia, totaling 79.25 kilograms. The 45-year-old was immediately arrested and brought to a criminal investigation, taking into account the implementation of the COVID-19 virus protection measures – writes. 

The Police added that after the criminal investigation had been completed, it was suspected that the 45-year-old, on March 28th, at about 6 pm, drove the personal car into the industrial zone in Gradiste and placed the eight sacks of tobacco in the trunk of the car. The sacks were thrown out of an unknown aircraft. The driver then pulled away from the industrial area in the direction of Gradiste where he was stopped by police. According to the allegations from the Police, the Airspace Management Unit of the Republic of Croatia registered the unauthorized entry of an unknown aircraft into the airspace of the Republic of Croatia from the direction of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

With all the coronavirus situation happening all over the world, including quarantines, isolations and many other news that overwhelm us, we almost forgot that Easter is approaching. However, Desa Dubrovnik reminded us that this holiday is coming with ther short and sweet education video - showing how to weave a palm branch. 

Catholics love neatly made palm branches, which they carry in churches at the beginning of Holy Week, on Palm Sunday, symbolizing the celebration of Jesus entrance into Jerusalem.

Desa Dubrovnik has been teaching our fellow citizens how to weave palm branches at their workshops during the week before Palm Sunday for many many years, ever since the 90's.

However, since we all need to stay at home now, and Desa Dubrovnik didn't want to end this wonderful tradition, they shared this video where you can learn how to do it. It's the perfect time to be creative, isn't it?

Mljet is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, we all know that, but now's the perfect time to scratch beneath the surface of the place where many of us love to spend our vacation! This island has numerous myths and stories connected to it, but one of the favorites is surely the one connected with Homer's Odyssey.

It's believed that Mljet is Ogygia, an island mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, Book V, as the home of the nymph Calypso, the daughter of the Titan Atlas. In Homer's Odyssey, Calypso detained Odysseus on Ogygia for seven years and kept him from returning to his home of Ithaca, wanting to marry him. She assured Odysseus that marrying her would make him eternally young and immortal.

The epic description of the beauties of the climate, the gentle bays, the crystal caves and the beaches of this mythical island of Ogygia relate to the unique beauties of Mljet.

The Odyssey describes Ogygia as follows:

...and he (Hermes) found her within. A great fire was burning in the hearth, and from afar over the isle there was a fragrance of cleft cedar and juniper as they burned. But she within was singing with a sweet voice as she went to and fro before the loom, weaving with a golden shuttle. Round about the cave grew a luxuriant wood, alder and poplar and sweet-smelling cypress, wherein birds long of wing were wont to nest, owls and falcons and sea-crows with chattering tongues, who ply their business on the sea. And right there about the hollow cave ran trailing a garden vine, in pride of its prime, richly laden with clusters. And fountains four in a row were flowing with bright water hard by one another, turned one this way, one that. And round about soft meadows of violets and parsley were blooming...

According to the Mljet Tourist Board, Aristid Vucetic from Dubrovnik, claimed that Mljet was Calypso's island Ogygia. Because Mljet is the only one among the southernmost Dalmatian islands that has a cave, which by its natural characteristics corresponds to the place where nymph Calypso lives. In his book on Odysseus's wanderings along our coast, Vucetic seeks to prove that Mljet is a marvelous island: ''Many places on Mljet and many markings bear the name of baba (the old lady), and the largest place in the middle of Mljet is called Babino Polje (the old lady's field) ... The present names of Baba could have originated because the nymph Calypso reached a deep old age on the island and the people of Mljet called her property – Babino (old lady's). To this day, there is a legend among the inhabitants of Mljet that in ancient times the owner of the whole island was a old lady who lived as a queen, and that is the famous Calypso ... ".

One of the oldest legends says that Odysseus came to the island of Mljet through the rock called Ogiran. During high tide or during strong southern winds rock is completely covered by the sea and is a great danger to the sailors. According to the legend, because of that Odysseus was shipwrecked and swam to the cave where he took shelter. That's why that cave now carries the name Odysseus cave.

However, this wasn't a happy love story. Athena complained about Calypso's actions to Zeus, who sent the messenger Hermes to Ogygia to order Calypso to release Odysseus. Hermes is Odysseus's great grandfather on his mother's side, through Autolycos. Calypso finally, though reluctantly, instructed Odysseus to build a small raft, gave him food and wine, and let him depart the island.

Mljet might be Ogygia, but even if it isn't, it is certanily one of the most beautiful islands for romance, vacation or just a walk. It's a place full of stories, amazing nature and the most important thing: peace.

Croatia Airlines airplane departed early this morning from Zagreb to pick up members of the 11th Croatian contingent from the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, who were detained there because of the coronavirus situation, the Ministry of Defense reported.

According to the Government's decision on the transport to the Republic of Croatia of members of the Croatian Armed Forces who participated in the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, 140 members of the 11th Croatian contingent are returning from the mission, the statement explained.

Their return is expected late tonight, and the 12th Croatian contingent will stay in Afghanistan. They were sent to the mission in Afghanistan in early March, where they will perform their regular tasks by the end of the mission.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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