Saturday, 11 July 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.


While the world is slowly getting back to normal, that still doesn't mean that you can travel wherever you want. But the good thing is that thanks to the wonders of internet you can teleport yourself almost everywhere! 

Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik has published a video made by VSP VIDEO – Dubrovnik, which takes you on the virtual walk through the Museum, including the exhibition of Duro Seder that will finish the day after tomorrow.

Sit back and enjoy your virtual walk – you don't even need a ticket!

The Northern Velebit National Park marks its 21st anniversary today. The area of Northern Velebit was declared the eighth Croatian national park on this date in 1999 and is therefore the youngest Croatian national park.

As the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy writes, the park is completely within the boundaries of the Velebit Nature Park, and it has been declared a national park due to the diversity, variety and peculiarity of karst forms, the richness of the living world and exceptional natural beauty in a relatively small area. Due to its values, the Northern Velebit National Park has become part of the Natura 2000 ecological network.

The beauty and value of the entire Velebit was recognized by UNESCO by including the mountain Velebit in 1978 in the network of world biosphere reserves "Man and Biosphere" (MAB). The UNESCO World Heritage List also includes beech forests located in the area of the Hajducki and Rozanski kukovi Strict Reserve on Northern Velebit. They were included in the Census in 2017, together with beech forests from the Paklenica National Park, and are part of the serial cross-border nomination "Beech rainforests and native beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe" which consists of another 60 beech forests in eight countries. In addition, the Northern Velebit National Park is a member of the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) network as a national winner in the theme of "Tourism and Protected Areas".

One of the most famous sites in the Northern Velebit National Park is Zavizan, where the oldest meteorological station in Croatia is located. In the immediate vicinity of Zavizan is the Velebit Botanical Garden, founded in 1967, in which today over 300 plant species grow, of which the endemic Croatian Siberia and Velebit degenia stand out.

The fauna of the Northern Velebit is also interesting and diverse. Various animal species live in a relatively small area, the Park is rich in numerous endemic species, while this part of Velebit is inhabited by all three species of large carnivores in Croatia - bear, wolf and lynx. Their presence in the same area is a sign of the preservation of the ecosystem.

In addition to biodiversity, the special feature of this protected area is the exceptional geodiversity. The area of the Park is listed among the most interesting speleological sites in the world due to the large number of deep pits. The Lukina jama-Trojama cave system, 1431 meters deep, is the deepest Croatian cave, and is also ranked among the deepest in the world.

Covering an area of 109 square kilometers, the National Park has over 30 hiking trails that offer visitors numerous opportunities to discover new spaces. These trails offer beautiful views of numerous mountainous areas and peaks, but also the Kvarner islands and Lika. One of the true masterpieces of construction, the Premuzic trail passes right through the Northern Velebit National Park and leads in a simple way through the harshest and most rugged parts of this mountain.

Visitors can also find out all about the many special features of the Park at the Velebit House Visitor Center in Krasno. It is a place that allows the presentation of natural and cultural values of the Park throughout the year.

This year, the Northern Velebit National Park celebrates its birthday with an educational quiz via social networks with special prizes, and more about the special features of this protected area, the possibilities of visiting and celebrating the 21st birthday of the Park is available at this link.

The end of May brings first anniversary of the death of the great maestro Delo Jusic, who left this world on May 31st, 2019. To mark this sad anniversary, Delo's colleagues, family and friends gathered in the video to perform famous "La musica di notte" and once again pay tribute to this musical legend.

Maestro Delo Jusic is a composer who has left a rich cultural heritage with his large opus of a very wide range, from children's and sacred music, film, theater, entertainment, klapa, instrumental, and classical works. 

His cheerful notes are his distinctive style are recognized all over the world, and many of his compositions have already become practically evergreens. They are sung by all generations. Jusic placed special emphasis in his compositions on the recognizable Dubrovnik musical expression. He has worked with many distinguished musicians. Therefore, many responded with great respect and joy to the invitation to give a part of themselves and sing all together Djelo's song in his honor.

The City of Dubrovnik reported 3.3 million expense to the European Union Solidarity Fund, and in order to get the funds spent by preventing the spread of coronavirus. Institutions, utilities and companies in the City of Dubrovnik shared their expenses, as well s prediction of future expenses, which mostly go on medical assistance, including costs of medicines, equipment and medical devices, health care and medical examinations, laboratory analyzes, costs of civil protection infrastructure, personal protective equipment, special assistance to vulnerable groups, and rehabilitation of buildings and structures.

As a unit of local self-government, the City of Dubrovnik collected data from institutions, utilities and companies owned by it, all on the basis of a national request to be submitted by the Republic of Croatia in early June in an official request for assistance from the European Union Solidarity Fund. The exact co-financing rate will be determined at a later stage, but may not exceed a maximum of six percent of the eligible costs declared at the level of the country of the cost applicant.

The Solidarity Fund was established in 2002 to act on large natural disasters, to express solidarity with regions within Europe affected by disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia made two new decisions yesterday.

Due to the favorable epidemiological situation, with the change of Decision on Working Hours and Work in Trade during the declared epidemic of COVID-19, the Sunday work ban is abolished, in compliance with general anti-epidemic measures and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

There is also a change in the Decision on the special operation of markets during the declared epidemic of COVID-19 disease, and now it is possible to sell flowers at markets, but also all other products that were sold before the restrictions, in compliance with general anti-epidemic measures and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

First drive in cinema in Dubrovnik will be held in the Port of Gruz from May 29th to May 31st, on the celebration of Statehood Day. 

Screenings are on the program at 9 pm in the west parking lot of the Port of Gruz.

Film program:

- Friday, May 29th Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Rainy Day in New York"

- Saturday, May 30th Krsto Papićcs 1991 film "A Story from Croatia"

- Sunday, May 31st with Arthur Penn’s film classic "Bonnie and Clyde"

A ticket package of 60 kuna per car, which can accommodate two people, includes two tickets, two packages of popcorn and two drinks.

Tickets can be purchased on the website, or on the day of the screening at the entrance to the Port of Gruz. The number of spots is limited and car entry will be allowed from 7.45pm to 8.45pm.

The project was organized on the initiative of the City of Dubrovnik and with the support of the Port of Gruz, the Port Authority and the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik.

According to the information from the website, the price of petrol in Croatia went up today, for the fourth week in a row.

The price of a liter of Eurosuper 95 has risen by 35 lipa and is now around 8.52 kuna.

The price of a liter of Eurodiesel on Tuesday went up by 30 lipa and is now around 8.14 kuna. This is also the highest price of Eurodiesel since the end of March.

A liter of autogas increased by 20 lipa and is now around 4.04 kuna.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 663 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 316 measures taken due to speeding, 32 measures due to improper overtaking, 119 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 23 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 12 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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