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.


In the time of social media, we consume numerous videos on daily basis, but mostly those who went viral. Sometimes, we like to scratch beneath the surface of Youtube and discover lovely videos that may not have a great number of views, but are equally valuable as those viewed by thousands!

One of those is certainly this video that you can watch below, made by XL Creations, made as compilation of droneshots they made during a seven day trip in Juy 2019 to the south of Croatia. All footage was shot on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone and a few shots on the Sony A7III.

Locations include Pijavicino, Donja Banda, Ston and it's historical city walls and salt works, Dubrovnik, Mljet Island, Orasac, Zaton, Korcula, Donje Obuljeno and Dubrovnik cruise port. Take a look and enjoy!

Demographers from the Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb have come to the surprising realization that the couples with low education in Croatia are increasingly divorcing, and warned that this could further expose their members to social inequalities – writes.

The results of a study published in the new issue of the Journal of Social Policy are unexpected because divorces are still less frequent in Croatia than in most European countries, including former socialist countries, and because polls confirm that Croatia is a predominantly conservative European society in which favor has been maintained to traditional forms of life in family and marriage, it is emphasized.

Demographers from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Petra Medimurec and Ivan Cipin, undertook a survey of individual data from vital statistics on married and divorced marriages from 1989 to 2014. From them, they kept only data on couples in their first marriage, and any observations were followed from the wedding to the divorce or until the twentieth anniversary of the marriage, whichever of the two had happened before.

Among those couples, 44,336 divorced by the end of 2014 and before the twentieth anniversary of their marriage, according to the Journal of Social Policy - writes.

It is immediately apparent that the divorce risk baseline has a typical ascending and descending trajectory, the authors say, explaining that divorces are rarer during the first year of marriage, after which their number increases and peaks between the fourth and fifth years of marriage and then gradually declines.

Most marriages were divorced between the third and fifth years after marriage, 8123, and between the seventh and tenth years of marriage, 8021. By calendar, most divorces occurred between 2001 and 2008, 17,195 of them, it is said in the research.

The most divorced are husbands under 25, 17,454 of them, and women between the ages of 20 and 24, a total of 20,289 women, according to the survey.

Viewed by education class, the most divorced spouses are those with high school: 32,816 husbands and 30,580 women.

Divorces are attracted to researchers primarily because of the negative consequences they bring on spouses, especially their children, and they most strongly affect those with limited socioeconomic resources, the authors point out and conclude that in this case, the link between education and divorce can become one of the mechanisms of dissemination and reproduction. social inequalities – writes.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva Police Department has intensified its activities this year during the Christmas and New Year holidays throughout the County as part of the action "Less Weapons - Less Tragedies". The aim of these activities is to encourage those citizens who still have illegal weapons, ammunition or explosive ordnance in their homes to remove them from their vicinity, making their lives and the lives of their loved ones, especially children, safer.

In this year's action, citizens voluntarily handed over 13 hand grenades, one mortar, more than four kilos of explosives, about one kilo of gunpowder, three cannon munitions, 1335 pieces of ammunition and 50 pieces of detonator capsules.

From the start of the campaign in 2007 to the end of 2019, a total of over 126 thousand various explosive devices, more than 936 kilos of explosives, over 169 kilos of gunpowder, 103 hand rocket launchers, 63 semi-automatic and repeating rifles, 45 pistols and over 291 thousand miscellaneous ammunition. has just released Traveller Review Awards list and Croatia is well placed!

-Exceptional guest experiences are the cornerstone of the travel industry, something that’s Traveller Review Award winners exemplify. This year, the eighth edition of our annual partner recognition awards (formerly known as Guest Review Awards) recognised more providers than ever, with 986,449 partners - including accommodation and transport - across 220 countries and territories awarded for their dedication to superior travel experiences – writes. 

With many destinations continuing to deliver amazing service year after year, the countries with the most winners in 2020 include Italy (130,253), Spain (66,755), France (61,492), Germany (49,777), Croatia (42,763), United States of America (42,112), United Kingdom (41,848), Poland (36,793), the Russian Federation (36,296) and Greece (33,259).

Apartments came out on top as the accommodation type to scoop the most accolades, making up nearly 40 percent of the award-winning properties globally. 

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Finishing works have been completed on the playground in Nova Mokosica.

The works were carried out on the existing concrete surface near the coffee bar "Kiss" in such a way that a cast anti-traumatic substrate with a total thickness of 30 millimeters was installed. The surface is made in different colors and ornaments, all to accommodate children of kindergarten and school age.

The works worth 258,617.50 kuna with VAT were performed by the company Quadrata M2 from Zagreb, and the investment was managed by the Management Department for Construction and Project Management.

In the coming months, the walls along the playground will be painted with motifs that will further complement this space.

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The positive effects of the systematic measures launched by the City of Dubrovnik Local Government in 2017 with the program "Respect the City" were recognized internationally among the professional public and the world media, and in support of this is the article of the popular British Independent "Where not to go in 2020" – the City of Dubrovnik wrote in its press release. As they write, Dubrovnik has not been included in the list of destinations to be avoided in 2020, after the British Independent in 2017, along with Venice and Barcelona, included Dubrovnik as a destination whose protected heritage is endangered due to an excessive number of tourists.

-This imposed stigma on mass tourism has not affected its popularity at all, on the contrary, statistics testify to the increase in tourist arrivals from year to year. However, there were no unbearable crowds and blockages to the entrance to the historic core, except once exceptionally due to the ship's earlier location, which showed - Dubrovnik's problem was not the number of tourists, but the management of the destination – the City of Dubrovnik writes, adding that thanks to the controlled, effective and strategic measures of local self-government, the negative trend was stopped and the negative effects were prevented. Dubrovnik has transformed itself from a city where tourism spontaneously occurs to a destination that responsibly manages tourism, respecting the identity of the City and protecting the natural and cultural resources that attract millions of people.

Bruges, Iceland, New Orleans, Rome, Komodo, Kyoto, Amsterdam, Uluru, Venice and Machu Picchu were on the list of undesirable destinations, and two key criteria in creating the list were over-tourism and over-pricing.

The newest collection of Louis Vuitton really attracted attention of Croatians, especially the sweatshirt with red and white checkers that many connect with Croatia, especially if you think about our football jerseys!

-This graphic top is an eye-catching tribute to the iconic Damier pattern. Crafted from soft cotton jersey, it features sporty ribbed hems and a high-contrast checkerboard print. A playful reference to the House’s leather goods is hidden inside the motif – it's written at the official Louis Vuitton page.

For those who don't know, Damier – which means checkerboard – refers to the design style. Like the Monogram, it is made of coated cotton canvas.

The newest sweatshirt was posted all over the social media, with many reactions and comments, some saying thank you to Louis Vuitton for making Croatian edition of their line, while others joke that this is the new look for Croatia Airlines crew.

Croatian passport is ranked 20th on the Henley Passport Index for 2020! If you have a Croatian passport, you can go in 169 countries without any trouble. 

The most 'powerful' passport is Japanese, followed by Singapore, South Korea, Germany and Italy. The 'worst' passports are those from Afganistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Somalia. 

The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.

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