Wednesday, 23 October 2019
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.


One of the most talented and promising musicians of the new generation, Vlaho Arbulic, delighted his fans with his new single ‘Stanford’.

Vlaho showed how he excelled in different music genres, surprising his audience with a trip to country tones. After the hits Blabla, Home and Feel it, this single, for the fourth time in a row, illustrates the author's journey into new musical directions, in addition to its theme, which is also a story of a journey and new beginnings.

In the newest video this singer from Konavle "plays" the character of a boy from a village in love with a girl outside his league, who goes to Stanford College. Although he is aware that he will probably never see her again, their last night and farewell bring a unique combination of passion and sadness. The song vividly portrays something that almost all of us will sooner or later encounter in our lives - a love split.

As the author of the music and lyrics, with the help of producer Darko Dimitrov, Vlaho shared his emotion in the best possible way.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is participating at the IFTM Top Resa Paris fair this year again, which is taking place from 1st to 4th of October. The fair is being held for the 41st time and is the most important French international travel and tourism fair. IFTM Top Resa is exclusively a business fair for tourism professionals.

About 160 destinations on 350 stands are presented at Top Resa, with a total of over 34 thousand tourism professionals.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is attending this fair together with the Representative Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Paris and the Zagreb Tourist Board at a joint stand.

n the first eight months of this year, 120,337 French tourists visited Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which made 434,466 overnight stays, which is 15 percent increase in arrivals and 12.5 percent more of overnight stays compared to the same period in 2018.

In the period of just five years, thanks to emigration, in 2018, Croatia has a 2.4 percent decrease in population than in 2013, and it is particularly worrying that even in the large cities, the centers of municipalities, despite the migration of new people, the number of those who left the city still exceeds those who live there – reports.

More specifically, in the last five years, just over 88 thousand people have immigrated to Croatia, but at the same time 189 thousand have left it, and thanks to enormous population loss rates in some already badly populated municipalities, demographers fear increasing numbers of the empty areas, on which it will be difficult to organize a new life in the future.
Examples are municipalities such as Civljan and Ervenik in the Sibenik-Knin County, which have lost 39.3 percent or 37.8 percent of the population in five years, which means that every third inhabitant has left the area during the period of five years.

When it comes to statistics on migration from and to abroad, it shows that in only five years only 96 cities and municipalities recorded population growth as a result of immigration, while 463 recorded a minus due to emigration and in 42, or 7.5 percent, the emigration rate is recorded in double digits.

As writes, the statistics are even more cruel, especially in favor of centralization when looking at internal and external migration statistics: in this case, as many as 137 cities and municipalities have recorded a double-digit rate of decline, which means that there is a lack of population due to migration within Croatia and abroad and that is the problem of every fourth local government unit.

In spite of the thoughts that emigration usually occurs in smaller towns, the Central Bureau of Statistics also shows that big cities - the centers of counties - have a problem too.
For example, if we only look at the data on migration to or from abroad, out of 20 cities, the number of immigrants exceeded emigrants in only three of them, Dubrovnik, Pula and Split, but when statistics on internal migration of residents are included in the figure, only Dubrovnik has a positive rate with 1.5 percent and Zagreb with 0.3 percent.
The statistics that talk about the cities and municipalities with the highest population growth is also interesting, given that it overlaps somewhat with the names of the cities and municipalities that give the highest compensation for newborns.

For example, the municipality of Sali in Dugi otok has a population growth of 16 percent and at the same time gives 60 thousand kuna to each family who welcomes a child, Vis has a population growth of 6.5 percent and a population policy that provides over 60 thousand kuna for a third child, and the municipality of Vir recorded a population growth of 14.2 percent, where they reward the family with 7500 kuna for the first child – reports.

Chinese tourists have been spotted with their national flags, going for a walk near the Old City of Dubrovnik. It seems that even though they are far away from their country, they wanted to mark the 70th birthday of the People's Republic of China. They've been seen by the reader of Dubrovacki vjesnik, who took a photo of them passing by. 

People's Republic of China was founded exactly 70 year ago. On 21st of September 1949, Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People's Republic of China with a speech at the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. This was followed by a mass celebration in Tiananmen Square on 1st of October exactly 70 years ago, at which the proclamation was made publicly by Mao at the Tiananmen Gate, the date becoming the new country's first National Day.


On this day, 28 years ago, the 1st of October 1991 at 6 am Dubrovnik was attacked from the land, the sea and the air by the Yugoslav National Army (JNA). It is a day etched in the memories of the citizens of the city as they were awoken by the Homeland War. The Yugoslav National Army started their offensive on the south of Croatia and Dubrovnik on this day 28 years ago.

The first shells were fired from artillery units of the JNA from positions around Trebinje and from mortar units just across the border in Ivanica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These first mortars landed on the village of Bosanka on the Srd Mountain and in Mokosica. Within a few hours of the attack the JNA air force had taken out the electrical substation in Komolac leaving Dubrovnik without electricity and water. Later the communications centre and antenna on top of the Srd Mountain was bombed and destroyed leaving the city without communications to the outside world. This was the beginning of a three-month blockade of Dubrovnik.

More than 10,000 enemy soldiers, around 100 tanks, heavy artillery, navy warships and MIGs opened a frontline of up to 200 kilometres and on the other side of the battlefield were only 750 poorly armed Croatian defenders, police and volunteers.

The heaviest attacks on Dubrovnik in its history occurred from the 8th to the 14th of November when more than 5,000 missiles were fired into the city area and then again on the 6th of December when over 600 artillery missiles landed inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In that attack, nine buildings inside the Dubrovnik walls were completely burnt out, 456 were severely damaged, and 45 grenades landed directly on the Stradun.

During the attack and occupation of the Dubrovnik area more than 33,000 people were evicted, 184 Croatian defenders and 92 civilians died and more than 1,500 people were wounded. In concentration camps in in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Montenegro 423 people were detained. From Ston to Konavle a total of 2,127 houses were burnt to their foundations.

The first day of October brings changes in the public city transport. There will be changes in the lines 1A, 1B, 4, 6 and 8. 

Line 1A and 1B - From 8am to 8pm it will depart every 10 minutes and after 8 pm every 15 minutes. The peak hours on these lines were provided with additional assistance, while the last departures remained unchanged.

Line 4 - After 3 pm the departure frequency changes from 15 minutes to 20 minutes.

Line 6 – From 4pm to 6pm departures will be every 15 minutes, and from 6pm to 8pm every 10 minutes. From 8 pm buses run every 15 minutes.

Line 8 - Departure frequency is every 30 minutes, and after 8.40 pm every 45 minutes.

There are no changes in the last departures, and these changes apply to weekdays, weekends and public holidays.

You can see the whole timetable here.

International Day of Older Persons will be marked by the Dubrovnik Red Cross at the Gruz Market from 9 am. You will be able to measure blood pressure as well as sugar.

The Day of Older Persons was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on December 14th 1990.

According to the UN official website, almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older. The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world, with Asia as the region with the largest number of older persons, and Africa facing the largest proportionate growth.

With this in mind, enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required. Just as important, however, is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard.

An exhibition "Zambratija - prehistoric sewn boat" will stay open until the end of October instead ending today. The exhibition is placed at the Rupe granary as part of the inter-museum collaboration between the Dubrovnik Museums and the Archaeological Museum of Istria from Pula,

The exhibition presents the results of archaeological research of a boat structure from the underwater of Zambratija bay near Umag, dating from the end of the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. This is the oldest example of a fully sewn boat ever found in the Mediterranean.

The international research was jointly conducted by Ida Koncani Uhac from the Archaeological Museum of Istria from Pula, Marko Uhac from the Conservation Department in Pula and Giulia Boetto from the French National Center for Scientific Research at Aix-Marseille University.

The authors of the exhibition are Ida Koncani Uhac, Giulia Boetto and Marko Uhac. The coordinator of the exhibition in Dubrovnik is Domagoj Perkic, curator of the Archaeological Museum of the Dubrovnik Museums.

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