Thursday, 21 March 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.


The Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic, welcomed the Ambassador of India Arindam Bagchi. At the meeting, they discussed the establishment of cooperation in various fields, especially through culture and the economy.

Ambassador Bagachi pointed out that this year, in Croatia, for the first time, they are planning to create a Festival of India that will present Indian culture to the Croatian public through a variety of contents, from dance to gastronomy. The festival will be held in several locations, and Dubrovnik is considered as one.

Dobroslavic pointed out that tourism is the main economic branch in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, with with agriculture in the Neretva Valley.

At the meeting it was concluded that there is mutual willingness to cooperate, and Ambassador Bagachi emphasized that all Croatian entrepreneurs who have the will to establish cooperation with Indian businessmen can expect an open door at the Embassy of India.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 13 traffic accidents, in which three persons got heavy injuries, three person got light injuries, while there were seven traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 528 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 232 measures taken due to speeding, 67 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 18 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 12 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

One of the most famous fairs in Croatia, Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is coming to Dubrovnik for the 16th time. It will be held in the hotel Tirena on Babin kuk from 14th to 17th of March (Thrusday to Sunday).

All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of, which has been attracting a great number of people who appreciate the local, homemade products.
This specialized manifestation has become one of the most important fairs in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green businesses.

This year fair is aimed at the expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric vehicles, eco-furniture and clothing made of natural materials), the manifestation of the Days of Honey in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, raising the quality of exhibitors performance, as well as raising the quality of environmental and traditionally grown products. Promotion of the marks "Originally Croatian" and "Croatian quality" aiming to present high-quality local products will be continued.

-Orientation of the fair is aimed at raising consciousness of healthy food, ecological standards, sustainable development, and balance between the nature, economy and people. This is to be achieved through education in lectures, workshops, round tables and scientific congress meetings – it's stated at the official website of the fair.

The realization of the new tourist complex in Bale in Istria, which reminds of the Jurassic Park, is almost finished – Glas Istre reports.

The Mon Perin Camp started with the construction of unusual water theme park dedicated to dinosaurs back in September, and the works should be done by the end of May or in the first days of June.

Ivan Maricic, Member of the Management of Mon Perin Camp, commented for the Glas Istre that construction works are almost done and what is left is finalization - the horticultural arrangement of all 16,000 square meters of car camp, the design and construction of paths and trails, as well as the equipping of the new facilities.

The dinosaur pool extends to 1,100 square meters of water surface and it’s surrounded by almost three times more square meters of sunbathing area. In addition to the water complex, Mon Perin will also offer other facilities related to an attractive prehistoric animal - from educational trails with the inscriptions of the history and characteristics of the largest animals ever walked on the Earth, to their natural size replicas.

The multimedial exhibition "Dubrovnik, a Scarred City: Damage and Restoration of Dubrovnik 1991 - 2000" by Juliana Antic Brautovic, Mato Brautovic and Goran Cvjetinovic was opened on February 13rd, at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Washington, and it will remain there until March 13th.

Through the text, photography and video material the exhibition presents the suffering of Dubrovnik in the Homeland War, but also the rapid and impressive restoration that followed.

- The damaging of Dubrovnik in the Homeland War resulted in two precedents. For the first time in its history, UNESCO has sent its delegates to a war-torn area. These people helped institutions in Dubrovnik and Croatia to record and protect the destroyed monuments, as well as to develop a methodology for restoration, education of experts for its implementation and supervision. Likewise, the judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to JNA officers responsible for the destruction of Dubrovnik - General Pavle Strugar and Deputy Admiral Miodrag Jokic were the first verdicts for crimes against cultural heritage ever made in some international criminal proceedings - said Juliana Antic Brautovic, thanking everyone who participated in the project, especially to those who borrowed property used in the exhibition.

The property of the Museum of Homeland War, the Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik, Society of Friends of the Dubrovnik Antiques, Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Croatian Radio and Television is used in the exhibition, as well as photos of Milo Kovac, Bozo Gjukic, Pavo Urban, Miro Kerner, Damir Fabijanic, Ana Maria Grill and Peter Denton.

Numerous friends of the Embassy were welcomed by Croatian Ambassador to Washington Pjer Simunovic on behalf of the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, pointing out that this is the most honorable project the Embassy has organized so far.

-That’s why we have planned a whole lot of special events to accompany the exhibition. In addition to the opening ceremony dedicated to the friends of the Embassy, on February 28th, we will organize a similar event for the diplomatic corps, and in early March and for the academic community - professors and students of history, political science, art history and restoration. In addition, the exhibition will be open to the public every working day from 10 am to noon - Ambassador Simunović said.

The exhibition was organized by the City of Dubrovnik and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the United States, with the sponsorship of the Society of Friends of the Dubrovnik Antiques and sponsored by the President of the Republic of Croatia and the Government of the Republic of Croatia. It was organized on the occasion of marking the 40th anniversary of the inclusion of the entire historical monument complex of the memorial core on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the 20th anniversary of the removal of Dubrovnik from the list of endangered world heritage. It was first put up in December last year at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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British Airline Jet2 has been renting Airbus A321 aircraft for the past 2 years to cover increased traffic during the summer season. This year, they will rent airplanes Airbus A321, which will have a base at Stansted Airport in London and Birmingham – Avioradar reports.

For the summer schedule of this year, Airbus A321 was announced for the first time on a regular basis to Croatia. It will fly on the line of Dubrovnik - Birmingham. On Saturdays, Airbus A321 will fly on this line instead of Boeing 737-800 aircraft from May 25th. At the same time, this line has been prolonged for almost two months in the pre-season for this year, and will start operating on April 2nd.

In reservation systems there is no mention from where Airbus A321 aircraft will be rented, but in the past two years, Jet2 has taken these aircrafts from the British carrier Titan Airways and the Latvian carrier Smartlynx Titan Airways has three planes, while Smartlynx has two Airbus A321 aircrafts.

February 14th is well known as Valentine's Day, but it's good to know that one more day is celebrated today – International Book Giving Day.

European House Dubrovnik joined the action and is sharing books in Croatian and in foreign languages from 1 pm to 6 pm at the premises of the association at the street of Nikola Tesla.

Librarian and writer Amy Broadmoore launched an international book-giving day in 2012, seeking to encourage children and adults to read more.

International Book Giving Day is celebrated by people in over 44 countries, including – Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria.

Libraries, kindergartens, associations, institutions and individuals all over the world have been diligently collecting books and illustrations these days and passing them to children's hospitals, humanitarian organizations and other needy people. Within the framework of its activities of promoting reading among citizens of all ages, the European House of Dubrovnik joined the action several years ago.

Zarkovica Animal Shelter, home to over 300 dogs and around 200 cats in Dubrovnik is not a tourist destination, but attracts a lot of attention of the visitors that come to our city. Many of them decide to volunteer and help to animals, but also to those who are taking care of them every day, and some of the visitors take one step further.

One of them is Brandon Cowan from Australia, who has just launched an official website of the shelter that will hopefully help to improve the shelter, which has been struggling with difficult conditions for years.

We spoke to Brandon to see what was his idea behind creating the website.

-My goal in life is to help as many animals as possible. This includes not eating them, wearing them (leather, fur, down, etc.) or supporting other forms of animal cruelty. My goal for the Zarkovica Animal Shelter website is to make it easier for more people to find the shelter, volunteer, donate and adopt from the shelter – Brandon explained.

It's interesting that the initiative for the website came from Australia. Brandon explains that it all started when someone suggested that he should visit the Zarkovica Animal Shelter when he was in Dubrovnik in July last year – he had never heard of the shelter and had no idea what he could expect.

-I work as the Animal Adoption Officer at one of the biggest pounds in Australia so I thought I’d check out Žarkovica and walk a few dogs when I was there. I struggled to find the shelter as I looked it up on Google and couldn’t find a website for it. I then found out that about 300 dogs live at Žarkovica Animal Shelter and was surprised no one had made a website for it yet. I offered to make the website for Žarkovica as I knew it was one way that I could help out. A website is a great way to promote the animals and also make it easy to show people how to get to the shelter. It also shows other useful details about what donations are needed and how to donate as well as volunteering information for people visiting – Brandon. concluded.

If you want to learn more about Zarkovica Animal Shelter, read our story. And don't forget to visit the new website – maybe you'll fall in love with one of the animals that are waiting to be adopted.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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