Thursday, 20 September 2018
Jelena Darijević

Jelena Darijević

Jelena Darijević – our Croatia specialist and chief translator Jelena is the power behind the scenes of The Dubrovnik Times. Born and bred in Dubrovnik, Jelena has always had a keen interest in all things British, she must be the only local resident to have every edition ever published by Bill Bryson. With a long-term history of translating sorts of publications and books Jelena brings her unique eye for all Croatian news.


A few days ago, the last delivery of the steel gates to save Venice from high waters set off from a Croatian shipyard.

Almost four years ago, in a strong international competition of many shipbuilders and manufacturers of steel structures, the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit was selected to participate in one of the largest construction projects in Italy's history.

The project ''Mose'' (Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico) worth more than 7 billion Euros is a project of protecting Venice from flooding. The Italian city usually floods fifty times a year, mostly in autumn and winter months, whilst every fifth year the entire city slightly sinks under the sea surface.

The Italian architectural and construction consortium Venezia Nuova selected the Croatian shipyard for construction of 63 steel gates in order to protect Venice from big problems caused by high tides.

‘’The Mose System – Constructing with nature, saving Venezia’’ project envisaged the gates to be installed at the Lido Tre Porti, Malamocco, Chioggia and Lido San Nicolo inlets situated between the sea and the Venice Lagoon. Thus, the main aim is to close all four canals just before the tide comes from the open sea. The project predicted the installation of 78 gates with a life span of around 100 years.

The steel gates are constructed as special reservoirs filled with air, i.e. water. When filled with water the gates rest at the sea bottom, but when the tide approaches, they are filled with air and lifted towards the sea surface in order to close the entrances to the Venice Lagoon. When the danger passes, the air is pumped out of the gates, which are then filled with water again and placed on the seabed.

Therefore, Brodosplit has delivered 63 gates of dimensions 27-30 x 20 metres, 4-5 metres in height and approx. 300 tonnes in weight. This deal is worth more than 75 million Euros and includes 20,000 tonnes of built-in steel with other corrosion protection, final equipment and transport works.

‘’Brodosplit workers are extremely proud of this project because it is achieved in the strong international competition of many shipbuilders and manufacturers of steel structures. Brodosplit will remain permanently on the list of companies that participated in one of the largest construction projects in history of Italy and contributed to saving Venice from major problems caused by high tides’’, said from Brodosplit.

The president of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović seems to always attract great attention wherever she goes.

Last year Grabar-Kitarović thrilled the Arab world. The media there did not report on her political activities but on her good looks, her photos on Instagram and Twitter. They even made a television broadcast on how the Croatian President painted her apartment in a peach colour. They were impressed and wondered how a president of a state held a paint roller full of paint and painted the walls.

croatian president with donald trump

Recently the Croatian President took advantage of the benefits of social networks and posted 229 new photos on her Facebook page. The photo album is titled ‘’Captured moments in the third year of the mandate’’.

croatian president with poppies

It seems that Grabar-Kitarović is particularly fond of some photos she posted such as the one that shows her whispering with the Slovenian President Borut Pahor. She likes that photo so much that she even ‘’liked’’ it herself on her Facebook page.

croatian president and putin

All and all, the President surely triggered a true avalanche of ‘’likes’’ and comments from the country and abroad, some even calling her ‘’Queen of Balkans’’ and ‘’Fairy of Velebit’’.

Check the photo gallery and comments here


On the occasion of the meeting of the British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, with the Croatian government in Zagreb a few days ago, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Marija Pejčinović Burić, emphasized that the Croatian government stands for the opening of the British labour market to Croatian workers.

The Croatian government has been trying to use the Brexit negotiations in order to make Great Britain open its market to workers from Croatia.

Great Britain is one of the EU countries that introduced a transitional measure of limiting the freedom of movement of workers from the Republic of Croatia by the 30th of June 2018 at the latest; however, it can prolong the limitation for a maximum of two years.

‘’Considering the total number of Croatian citizens and the size of the labour market, the decision of the United Kingdom not to prolong limitations for Croats on its labour market would not affect the dynamics of the British labour market and would be very positively accepted in Croatia’’, commented the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

At the meeting, the Secretary of State presented the latest thoughts of the British government about future relations between the UK and the European Union and reported about British attitudes related to the current round of negotiations.

Even though it is not news at the global level, it is a novelty in Croatia.

Greenery Procaffe in the Croatian capital of Zagreb is the first cafe bar in the country, which offers ''coffee printing''.

Guests of the cafe bar choose the desired motif via the mobile application Coffee Ripples and then send it to the cafe bar printer. The motif is that printed with coffee to avoid spoiling the taste of the hot beverage.

Thus, guests can choose whatever motif they can think of, from headlines, banners, funny pictures to selfies.

The young married couple Marija and Mate Nosić converted the former place into this unusual cafe bar, so all guests, including themselves, can pick up their cup of coffee with pleasure and enjoy it.

One of the world’s most powerful brands has decided to go completely ‘’eco’’.

The Danish Lego Group has confirmed that they are in the process of creating an entire line of ecological and recycled bricks and figurines for children’s play.

The cult manufacturer of the most popular playing interlocking bricks decided to create bricks that are made through sustainable processes but which can also be easily recycled. New Lego bricks will be available in various shapes and figurines such as trees, bushes, leaves and similar vegetation.

The main goal of the Lego Group is to make all lines and bricks eco friendly by 2030. This line is the first step in that direction. Bricks and figurines are being made of polyethylene, soft and durable plastic based on sugar cane from Brasil in a maximum sustainable process. They do not differ from conventional figurines and meet all the parameters and standards of the former Lego figurines and sets.

We are looking forward to see the first ‘’eco’’ Lego figurines and bricks in Croatian stores but in the meanwhile you can check this interesting Lego video

Every year the United Nations (UN) marks World Wildlife Day on the 3rd of March.

This year’s World Wildlife Day is dedicated to big cats under the theme ‘’Big cats – predators under threat’’.

As the lion is a symbol of Africa, the lynx (a small cat of a big value) is a precious symbol of the global natural heritage, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been warning.

The presence of the lynx, a wild cat that lives concealed, positively affects the entire ecosystem; its preservation in the Dinaric region is of great importance.

Therefore, two international projects are being implemented in Croatia in order to provide solutions to threats that endanger the survival of this cat.

Improving human coexistence with large carnivores in Europe is the main aim of the new international project LIFE EuroLargeCarnivores, which is being implemented in Croatia and Slovenia by the WWF Adria.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb, the University of Karlovac and the BIOM Association are implementing the LIFE Lynx project, within which the lynx from the Carpathians will be populated in Croatia and Slovenia in order to stop mating in kinship that endangers the survival of the entire population.

‘’The only hope to save the lynx on our territory is by the enrichment of the genetic material by bringing new individuals. The entire project team is happy that by stopping the extinction of the lynx is helping to preserve the overall biodiversity of the Dinaric forests’’, commented Tomislav Gomerčić, a professor from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb.

Last July the British Internet media company and website Unilad Adventure, which specializes in viral internet media content, released an interesting video about Croatia on its Facebook page.

The video titled ‘’Things to do in Croatia’’ presents Croatian beauties starting with a story about the National Park Plitvice Lakes and listing several more reasons why tourists should visit the country such as crystal clear sea, night life at Zrće on the island of Pag, music festivals etc.

So far, almost 22 million people have watched this video, which is, at the same time, one of the most watched video on Unilad Adventure website ahead of videos about Belfast (6 million), Seychelles (2,8 million) and Hawaii (1,2 million).

A young teenage music star from Croatia has released the first single in cooperation with Dan Richards from One Direction.

Mia Negovetić, the 15-year old talented girl from Rijeka successfully cooperated with the member and the guitarist of the world popular bend One Direction for seven months. Mia’s first single titled ‘’Trouble’’ was recorded in her hometown Rijeka as well as in Los Angeles.

‘’I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with these people in the United States. I have just finished my single with Phil Simmonds and Dan Richards. I cannot wait to hear what we’ve done’’, wrote Mia a few months ago on her Instagram profile.

one direction guitarist

Dan Richards from One Direction 

Mia Negovetić became popular in Croatia three years ago after winning at the music show ‘’Zvjezdice’’. After that, she performed at the 20th anniversary of the military operation Storm parade by singing the Croatian national anthem. On this occasion, she thrilled thousands of spectators and became popular throughout the country.

Later, NBC producers of the Little Big Shot show spotted her on YouTube and invited her to perform at the show. Mia performed with Beyonce’s song ‘’Listen’’ and thrilled the audience, the show host Steven Harvey as well as YouTube commentators. ‘’You are in Hollywood! You’ve made it!’’ said Harvey to Mia after her performance.

After the NBC show, Mia went to the US again upon invitation of several world largest record labels.




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