Wednesday, 29 January 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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

The Guardian has published a list featuring the 100 best male footballers in the world for 2019! On the throne is Lionel Messi and Croatian captain, Luka Modric, has sadly dropped from first place (2018) to the 45th place. However, he's the only Croatian player on the list. 

-Modric had his hands on the Ballon d’Or again this year, but only so he could present it to Lionel Messi in a gesture that speaks very highly of him. “It’s respect for football,” he said. Last year’s winner has slipped a long, long way from No 1 after a post-World Cup season which was genuinely awful. Bad enough, in fact, that it was legitimate to wonder if the decline was much more than just a dip in form. And yet in recent weeks there have been glimpses of Modric again – and it is lovely to see, writes Sid Lowe for the Guardian.

These are the top 10 male footballers:

1. Lionel Messi
2. Virgil van Dijk
3. Sadio Mane
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
5. Mohamed Salah
6. Kylian Mbappe
7. Robert Lewandowski
8. Raheem Sterling
9. Alisson
10. Frenkie de Jong

For the rest of the list, click here.

In December 2019, Interpol, together with EU Member States, launched a campaign called #DontRiskIt. The campaign is about raising awareness of the importance of reporting to the authorities the retrieval of a previously lost or stolen travel documents (passport or ID) and not using such document to cross the state border.

The lack of citizens' awareness and ignorance of the procedure following the reporting of the loss / theft of a travel document is one of the reasons why the Republic of Croatia is involved in this campaign, especially since in 2019 the Croatian police found more than 2,500 required travel documents.

The first step in reporting the loss or theft of a travel document is to file a national and international release for the document, after which such travel document is sought worldwide through the Interpol database and through the Schengen Information System.

The second step is to declare the document invalid - so if citizens try to travel with a travel document they subsequently found, they will be prevented from traveling and leaving the country and their travel document will be forfeited.

So, if you try to cross the border with an invalid passport or ID, the police will remove you from the border column, detain you, interview you and confiscate the document and ultimately prevent you from crossing the border. If you are going on a vacation, business trip or shopping across the border, this will cause you not only inconvenience and hassle, but also the loss of money you previously invested in the trip.

The ultimate goal of publishing a missing identity document is to prevent or reduce the possibility of misuse, identity theft and other illegal activities.

Contrary to the popular belief that missing passports and ID cards are most often found at border crossings in the hands of third parties, in fact, most of these travel documents are found precisely with the citizens who have reported their disappearance!

Therefore, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Croatia joins this initiative and wants to raise the awarness with the INTERPOL's campaign about the importance of travel documents, the necessity of reporting loss / theft, as well as re-finding, in order to protect themselves from possible misuse.

Only by changing the attitude of an individual can the number of reported lost / stolen travel documents, illegal use and misuse of such documents be reduced!

Dubrovnik Winter Festival brings a weekend full of events! On Saturday, December 21st, the 4th Advent Candle will be lit in front of Cathedral and during the rest of the evening there will be a rich music program. The main event this weekend is surely traditional Dubrovnik Christmas concert which will take place at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel. 

The diverse repertoire of the fourth Festival weekend begins on Saturday at 11am in the 4th and 5th Lazaret Nave, where the Christmas Fairy Tale organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board will take place. This is a fun event, especially for the youngest, and this year Mak Theater will be responsible for the cheerful atmosphere, which will have a special holiday performance for children Krokic sportic. The Lazareti Dance Studio, Le Petit Festival, FA Lindo, Majorettes of the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik City Music will also participate There will also be four Santa Clauses who will give out over 1000 sweet gifts on this occasion.

Also, on Saturday at 1 pm, as a part of the program Colorful Winter in Lapad Bay, organized by Aster Cultural Society and Zagi Event, there will be marionette puppet show from a suitcase – Girl with a Red Hood on Her Way to Granny's. At the location next to the fountain there will also be a workshop for the creation of appropriate decorations of sticks and balloons, all of which will complete the storytelling. From 2pm the atmosphere will be lit by the performances of the bands Dapal 7 and Dapal.

In Mokosica, there will be a Creative Christmas workshop by Eko centar Zeleno Sunce and Eko Omblci environmental organisations, while at the North Pole Station at the Bursa Theatre there will be a Fun get-together with Tintilinici Dubrovnik, children's animators with storytelling, plays and puppet shows. 

The lighting of the fourth Advent Candle symbolizing PEACE will take place at 7.30 pm in front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral by City Council President Marko Potrebica. Those who decide to stay in the Old City after the lighting of the candle, will be able to have a great time: starting at 8:30 pm they will be entertained by Bloombox at the Gundulic Square and the duo Igor & Ines at Brsalje.

The most anticipated Christmas concert in the City, the traditional Dubrovnik Christmas concert will be held at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel starting at 8pm on Saturday. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra with popular guests such as Vanna, Tomislav Muzek, Valentina Fijacko Kobic and many others will bring a rich repertoire, making a real Christmas celebration and will be conducted by maestro Veton Marevci.

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY 

Sunday morning begins with the song of vocal groups, brought by vocal group Kase singing from Brsalje, across Stradun, all to Gundulic Square from 10 am to noon.

The youngest will have amazing time at the North Pole Station with the Face painting Party. At 11am, a children's puppet show The Hen with a Wish with other accompanying content will be played near the fountain in the Lapad Bay, organized by the Aster Cultural Society and Zagi Events, and later, at 1 pm NST band and the Sara & Jappa duo will sing to all those present.

As part of the Magic Advent program in Mokosica, Sunday brings the Natural-scientifics workshop organized by the Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, from 3 to 6 pm. The Advent magic in Lazareti from 5pm offers a performance by the Zupa Majorettes, and at 6pm the Lazareti Dance Studio and Le Petit Festival du Theater are preparing a Karaoke party with elves.

For the end of this rich festival weekend, the Effatha Catholic Prayer Community prepares a spiritual music concert at Stradun at 8 pm on which the band Emanuel will perform. The concert is humanitarian in collaboration with the Caritas of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, and contributions will be collected for needy families from Dubrovnik.

DURING THE WHOLE WINTER FESTIVAL... 

It's good to know the buses are operating free of charge on all city lines (including lines 26, 28 and 35) from 5 pm to the last departure of the evening, all to January 6th.

There is also a X-MAS BUS, whic will operate on the following route: Main Bus Station – Grawe – Pile – Vojnovic – Lapad Post Office and Lapad Post Office – Vojnovic, Pile – Tommy (Gruz) – Main Bus Station.

For the special holiday experience, hop on the XMAS TRAIN, which passes through Lapad Bay from the beach to the ice skating rink and back every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The train will depart every 30 minute and it is free of charge for all the passengers.

You are also more than welcome to enjoy the ice skating rink in the Lapad Bay, at tennis courts, every day from 9 am to 10 pm.

The great exhibition ANTUN MASLE (1919-1967) is a retrospective exhibition on the occassion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Dubrovnik painter and it will open at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik on Saturday, December 14th at 6 pm.

Antun Masle is one of the most important painters from Dubrovnik who belongs to so called Dubrovnik coloristic circle, a distinctive variant of "southern expressionism". In his portraits, landscapes and still lifes, Antun Masle uses color similar to Fovist principles, and in his later works approaches the art brute.
The author of the exhibition is one of the most famous Croatian historians, theorists and art critics, Igor Zidic.

The exhibited art is owned by national museums and galleries, such as the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, the Split Art Gallery, the Zagreb Modern Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, the National Museum in Zadar, the City Museum in Rovinj, and artworks from various private collections will be on loan, of which the collection of the heirs of Antun Masle is of particular importance. Antun Masle had his last retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik in 1984, so it will be valuable for introducing the younger generation to his work.

The exhibition remains open until Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Good news for some of the drivers in Croatia! Petrol prices went down at midnight. 

It's time to visit the nearest petrol station, because petrol prices across the country are around 10,08 kuna, which means that the full tank of 50 liters is 10 kuna cheaper compared to yesterday.

Diesel prices dropped down from 9,92 to 9,88 kuna, while autogas went down from 4,61 to 4,57 kuna.

The price of gas oil went down for about three lipa and costs 5,31 kuna on average.

December is one of the most beautiful months of the year, and if you are lucky to share it with your friends and family in your warm home, it's good to think about those who are living in worse conditions and will appreciate any kind of help. 

The Humanitarian Action "Share the Joy of Christmas" organized by the Caritas of the Dubrovnik Diocese will be held at Pile on Saturday, December 14th from 9am to 4pm and on Sunday, December 15th from 9am to 1pm.
Thirteenth action in a row brings a wish to make Christmas and all the beautiful holiday days that follow more beautiful and warmer to the individuals and families in the area of Knin.

Everyone who wants to participate can bring packages with non-perishable food and hygiene supplies to Pile during the weekend, and they will be accepted by organizers and volunteers. Let's share the joy of Christmas!

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, in which one person died, there were no heavily injured persons, three persons got light injuries, while there were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 477 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 299 measures taken due to speeding, 14 measures due to improper overtaking, 36 measures for improper stop and parking, 23 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 25 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and seven measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Dubrovnik Winter Festival has officialy started on Saturday, November 30th and is full of events. Every Monday through this period, we will bring you a guide for the week ahead of you. Here are the events for this week!

MONDAY (December 9)

ORLANDO'S ARMOUR VOL.1

4-7 pm, North Pole station at the Bura Theatre
Waldorf initiative

LUMIART LIGHT FESTIVAL

6-11 pm, Lazareti

 

TUESDAY (December 10)

CREATIVE CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP
3-6 pm, Mokosica
Decoupage technique with Eko centar Zeleno Sunce & Eko Omblici environmental organisations

ADVENT MAGIC – Playtime at the North Pole
4-7 pm, North Pole station at the Bursa Theatre
Zupa Majorettes, Tintilinici Dubrovnik children's animators

KLAPA KASE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
7 pm, Central Public Library

TRADITIONAL DUBROVNIK CHRISTMAS CAROLLING WORKSHOP
7-8 pm, Elementary school Mokosica
Workshop led by Romana Novkovic and Ana Lojpur

THE NUTCRACKER (sold out)
7.30 pm, Sports Hall Gospino polje
Ukrainian Classical Ballet

WEDNESDAY (December 11)

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS MAKING WORKSHOP
3-6 pm, Mokosica
Painting Christmas motifs on canvas bags, boxes and cards with the Eko centar Zeleno sunce & Eko Omblici environmental organisations

SWEET CORNER
4-7 pm, North Pole station at the Bursa Theatre
Chocolate making workshop with Poeticacao and Tintilinici Durbovnik children's animators

 

THURSDAY (December 12)

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
North Pole station at the Bursa Theatre, 4-6 pm
Making Christmas decorations and toys, art activities with different materials, all with Tintilinici Dubrovnik children's animators

STORYTELLING BY JASNA HELD
6 pm, Lazareti, Nave 3

FRIDAY (December 13)

KINDERGARTENS' CHRISTMAS COLLAGE
5 pm, North Pole station at the Bursa Theatre
Dubrovnik kindergartens, Lazareti Dance Studio, Le Petite Festival du Theatre

TRADITIONAL CHARITY CONCERT ON SAINT LUCY'S DAY
8 pm, Marin Drzic Theatre
For the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Association for the Blind. Organised by Lindo Folklore Ensemble

SATURDAY (December 14)

CAKE PARTY AND DOMENICA CONCERT
11 am, Stradun

CREATIVE EDUCATIONAL GAMES
3-5.30 pm, North Pole Station at the Bursa Theatre
Anagrams, riddles, quizzes, brain teasers, nursery rhymes with Tintilinici Dubrovnik children's animators

TONKA BALONKA SHOW & BUREK THEATRE
1-3 pm, Lapad Bay
Stand-up comedy for children, magician, photo booth – Slovenian Cultural Society Lipa

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS MAKING WORKSHOP
3-6 pm, Mokosica
Painting Christmas motifs on canvas bags, boxes and cards with Eko centar Zeleno Sunce and Eko Omblici environmental organisations

DISNEY MAGIC
6 pm, Lazareti, Nave 5
Interactive dance programme with Lazareti Dance Studio

LIGHTING OF THE 3ND ADVENT CANDLE SYMBOLIZING JOY
7.30 pm, In front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral

GIBONNI
9 pm, Stradun
Concert

SUNDAY (December 15)

CHRISTMAS TALE BY ELVES AND MRS CLAUSES
10 am – Noon, North Pole Station at the Bursa Theatre
Lazareti Dance Studio and Le Petite Festival du Theatre

NATURAL-SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP
3-6 pm, Mokosica
Creative programme for children by the Dubrovnik Natural History Museum

CLOSING CONCERT ON THE OCCASION OF THE YEAR OF ORLANDO 2019
7.30 pm, Marin Drzic Theatre
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and guests, with Marc Tardue as conductor.

AND COUPLE OF EXTRAS…

Every week Christmas carols and traditional Dalmatian songs will be sung on Sunday mornings from Brsalje and Stradun to Gundulic Square. Like every year, market stalls full of variety of Christmas delicacies and goods are placed at those locations.

It's good to know the buses are operating free of charge on all city lines (including lines 26, 28 and 35) from 5 pm to the last departure of the evening, all to January 6th.

There is also a X-MAS BUS, whic will operate on the following route: Main Bus Station – Grawe – Pile – Vojnovic – Lapad Post Office and Lapad Post Office – Vojnovic, Pile – Tommy (Gruz) – Main Bus Station.

For the special holiday experience, hop on the XMAS TRAIN, which passes through Lapad Bay from the beach to the ice skating rink and back every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The train will depart every 30 minute and it is free of charge for all the passengers.

You are also more than welcome to enjoy the ice skating rink in the Lapad Bay, at tennis courts, every day from 9 am to 10 pm.

 

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