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.


Traditional concert on the occasion of Festivity of Saint Blaise and the City Day will be held on Saturday, February 1st at the Franciscan Church, starting at 8pm.

Concert that goes by the name "Dubrovnik and Saint Blaise in the Words and Music of Dubrovnik Authors“ will bring together Dubrovnik musicians: the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Libertas Mixed Choir, soprano Paulina Dapo, flutist Dive Franetovic Kuselj and the Ragusavecchia vocal group. The role of the narrator of the lyrics by Davor Mojas and Luka Paljetak is carried out by Sebastian Vukosavic, while the concert will be conducted by Viktor Lenert.

The program includes works by Dubrovnik composers, including those who were born in the City or who lived in it and were inspired by its beauty. Some of them are: Kresimir Magdic, Jordan Kunicic, Frano Lederer, Delo Jusic, Luka Sorkocevic, Petar Osghian, Blagoje Bersa and Rade degl'Ivellio.

A special feature of the concert is the performance of Osghian's Suite Concertante for flute and strings by Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and flutist Dive Franetovic Kuselj, who has received numerous awards and recognitions. This work, which we do not have the opportunity to hear often, was first publicly performed in Dubrovnik in 1959, and the link for this occasion is the fact that the family of Peter Osghian came to Dubrovnik from Armenia, the homeland of Saint Blaise, at the time of the massacre over the Catholic population.

The concert is free.

Work on the unique attraction, wind organ overlooking Rogotin has already begun, and the construction of a concrete structure is underway. This will be followed by interventions on a part of the hill from the direction of Ploce and the Neretva River, and a total of 21 wind tunnels will be installed.

The wind organ investment is worth slightly more than 3 million kuna and is only one of nine planned infrastructure activities undertaken as part of the project "Promoting the Sustainable Development of the Natural Heritage of the Neretva Valley", sponsored by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, with partners DUNEA Regional Agency, City Ploce, the City of Metkovic and the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Parts of Nature of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

The wind organ is a part of the edu - eco complex on Trovro Hill, and include paving the path with stone slabs of stone from the site, setting benches made of natural materials, stone and wood in accordance with the local environment, setting up an info map, constructing a stone drywall plateau, building an observatory with panoramic binoculars and the construction of an edu - eco garden with horticultural amenities.

The project also includes the arrangement of a visitor center and a mountain lodge in Bacina, an exhibition space - the installation of a museological concept for the "first room" of the Museum of Natural History in Metkovic, biodiversity observatories on Bacina lakes, thematic trails on Bacina lakes - setting up information boards, hiking trails through the significant landscape of Predolac-Sibenica, an edu - eco garden within the Elementary school of fra Ante Gnjec in Stasevica, an edu - eco children's playground in Otric-Seoci, and the procurement and installation of equipment and technical protection systems in Metkovic.

The project is implemented under the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program 2014-2020 and is funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds. The total value of the project is 14,356,064.90 kuna, the eligible costs are 14,048,072.02 kuna, of which 10,536,054.01 kuna is European Union support. The partners are co-financing the project in the amount of 3,512,018.01 kuna and the duration is planned from March 1st, 2016 to November 1st, 2020.

Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic participated in the inaugural conference of the SMARTMED strategic project, held on Monday at the Esplanada Hotel in Zagreb. The aim of the project is to start innovation and the development of new products and initiatives in tourism, and the City of Dubrovnik, with its innovative project "Respect the City", was presented as an example of good practice in addressing the challenges of rapid growth and tourism development.

The conference was opened by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matusic, emphasizing the importance of sustainable and smart destination management in line with global challenges and trends. He emphasized that the SMARTMED project is one of the first initiatives to work together in the Mediterranean region, the tourist region with the highest tourist traffic, and stressed the importance of cooperation and creating unique responses to common challenges.

In her presentation, Deputy Tepsic presented examples of effective smart solutions provided by the City of Dubrovnik through the comprehensive Respect the City project. She emphasized that significant results have been achieved during the two and a half years of the project, such as reducing the congestion of the old city center due to a better distribution of cruise lines to the Dubrovnik port and various traffic coordination measures in cooperation of all involved services.

- We started with six tourists counters at the entrance to the Old City center, then with an application that predicts movement and the possibility of crowds within the walls, and we have the so-called smart parking thanks to which we always know how many parking spaces are available. We have also developed an app that, when the number of tourists in the City exceeds 4,000, gives users alternate routes and locations to visit. These solutions have certainly made us no longer blacklisted by the British Independent – said Tepsic.

One of the most important goals of the project Respect the City is the dispersion of tourists outside the Old City center, said Deputy Tepsic, referring to the ALTER ECO project. This project uses ICT technologies to measure the loads of major focal points in the Dubrovnik area, and then collects the data needed to relieve those points and gain insight into visitor movement preferences. - We are committed to working on creating a sustainable tourism destination, to ensure that Dubrovnik is a City for all - both residents and guests - concluded Tepsic.

The conference was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, as the lead partner of the project and the Croatian Chamber of Economy Rijeka. Another 11 project partners from Portugal, Spain, France, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Slovenia and Greece are participating in the project. The total value of this project is 3 million euros and will last until 30 June 2022.

The strategic SMARTMED project should define the guidelines for the future model of smart destination management in the Mediterranean, establishing joint cooperation between partner countries and implementing it through the further development of strategic documentation and tourism policy.

Last night at 9.15 pm, Albania was hit by earthquake of 5.1 magnitude. The epicenter was in the Adriatic Sea, around 16 km from the Albanian town of Durrës.

The earthquake was slightly felt in Dubrovnik and it also affected Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, and of course, Albania.

According to the New York Times, the latest earthquake caused people in the capital of Tirana to pour out of their apartments. Preliminary reports said there were no damage or injuries. The fear comes from the terrible 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on the November 26th, killing 51 people and leaving 15 thousand homeless.

Work is underway on the Botanical Garden on the beautiful island of Lokrum in order to improve its condition. Revitalized Botanical Garden should welcome the visitors this spring.

The newest rehabilitation project envisages rehabilitation and landscaping of existing paths of about 725 meters in length, removal of damaged plant material and planting of 195 new plant species with a total of 1466 seedlings in 13 fields in the garden. New urban equipment (benches, information and interpretation panels, entry portal) will also be erected. 

Sadly, for many years the Botanical Garden on Lokrum Island has been in a state of stagnation and decay, mainly due to natural processes. Therefore, the Lokrum Reserve Public Institution has initiated a renovation project to improve the overall condition of the garden. The contract was made with Araucaria d.o.o. from Zagreb, works began in October 2019, with a 6-month deadline.

The Botanical garden on Lokrum Island was established in the 1960s with the aim of monitoring the adaptation of exotic plants in the conditions of our climate as a kind of scientific experiment. Today, the University of Dubrovnik's Institute of Marine and Coastal Water takes care of this garden in a scientific and professional sense. Unfortunately, the effects of shelling during the Homeland War and the intense weather events in recent years have had a significant negative impact on the garden and plant material, and it is necessary to urgently take appropriate measures to revitalize the garden.

The Lokrum Reserve Public Institution has taken the initiative and started the process of restoring the garden in order to preserve and better interpret, and invested significant resources and work in the preparation of the necessary documentation and provided funds for the restoration. According to the geodetic basis of the garden, preliminary design was made and all necessary permits and approvals of the competent firms in the field of nature and cultural heritage were obtained. Thus, at the end of last year, project documentation was prepared for the arrangement and equipping of the garden and paths, whose total value of the works is approximately 3.8 million kuna. The University of Dubrovnik's Institute for Sea and Coast is actively involved in the implementation of the project.

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Natural History Museum Dubrovnik will hold an exhibition entitled "Mosquitoes - The Deadliest Animals on Earth". It will open on January 29th at 6 pm. The authors of the exhibition are Ph.D. Iva Mihoci and Petar Crncan. The exhibition presents valuable collections of mosquitoes in the Republic of Croatia, important biological characteristics of this significant vector group, as well as the life cycle of mosquitoes in the aquarium, in order to familiarize visitors with the morphology of developmental stages.

The exhibition presents invasive mosquito species and their intake methods as well as their strong vector potential. Numerous methods of mosquito control in Croatia are presented at different stages.

The exhibition is enriched with presentation technology and holographic display technology, which proved to be an excellent method of visualizing these tiny organisms.

This exhibition is also the backbone of the Museum Night program of the Natural History Museum Dubrovnik, which includes educational and creative workshops, a knowledge quiz and cocktails with music in the Museum's atrium.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were three traffic accidents, in which one person got heavily injured, while the other two traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 714 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 397 measures taken due to speeding, 27 measures due to improper overtaking, 43 measures for improper stop and parking, 92 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, seven measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 58 measures because of using mobile phone while driving. Don't forget to put your day lights on, because last week 16 persons got fined for not keeping them on.

Representatives of Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik traveled to Brussels today for the first working meeting of a European project team aimed at educating volunteers in organizing national and international sports competitions. This is the official start of a project run by Du Motion, financed by the European Union's Erasmus +: Sport program in the amount of almost 300 thousand euros. Representatives of Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Sweden and Turkey are also participating in the project, which will last until the end of June 2022.

Organizing sports competitions requires a large number of volunteers who are a key part of any successful sporting event. Although sport can mobilize more volunteers than any other sector, the challenge is when and where to involve volunteers in the organization of the competition. Also, the experience of the partner countries involved in the project shows that they often do not have enough qualified volunteers who can respond to the demanding needs of organizing sporting events, which is why this informal form of education is very important.

-We always emphasize that volunteers are of immeasurable importance to Du Motion, and that is why this project is very important to us. We believe that through the exchange of knowledge and experience with our European partners, we will be given the opportunity to raise the quality of work with volunteers and thus of the whole Du Motion - said Du Motion CEO Alen Boskovic.

Through a series of workshops that will be conducted by experts, several hundred volunteers will learn all the most important elements of the organization of the competition, as well as gain a concrete experience of volunteering at sporting events. The most successful among them, the so-called project ambassadors, will travel to Dubrovnik in 2022 to volunteer at Du Motion. The aim of the project is to encourage volunteers to be more actively involved in the work of sports clubs and organizations in their further activities, in addition to participating in the organization of the competition.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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