Friday, 14 June 2024
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.


Famous football magazine FourFourTwo has published a list of the 50 coolest footballers of all time according to their opinion. 

-Footballers today are often criticised for being bland, uninformed, media-trained robots, but it would be unfair to tar a whole profession with one brush. -Indeed, there have been plenty of personalities in the game down the years – FourFourTwo writes, bringing a slideshow of football legends, including two Croatian footballers!

The names that got on the list are Robert Prosinecki and Zvonimir Boban.

Prosinecki has been placed on 48th place of the list.

-Prosinecki played for the big three during his career: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Portsmouth. A technically gifted attacking midfielder, the Croatian wasn't shy in admitting that he had a weakness for tobacco and tracking back – it's written in the article.

They add a quote from Peter Crouch, a team-mate at Pompey, from 2017: -He'd smoke before the game, at half-time in the showers and after the game as well. Red Marlboros, too. The real heavy stuff.

Zvonimir Boban has been placed higher, on the 30th place.

-Boban played for Milan for more than 10 years, won Serie A four times and was a member of the legendary side that demolished Barcelona 4-0 in the 1994 Champions League Final. Four years later he was the captain of the Croatian side that came third at the World Cup in France. And yet the first thing everyone remembers about Boban is that he kicked a cop – FourFourTwo writes, giving a back story too.

-When Boban’s Dinamo Zagreb faced bitter rivals Red Star Belgrade in 1990, Yugoslavia was already a dying state, cracking under ethnic tensions. Police stormed the field when fans spilled onto the pitch after an eruption of violence in the stands; when Boban saw an officer hitting a Dinamo fan, he jumped up and kicked him in the chest – FourFourTwo explains.

You can see the full list HERE.

Petrol in Croatia has new prices since midnight and this is the largest increase in the last three months – reports.

Gasoline prices went up by an average of eight kuna for a full 50-liter tank, and diesel by 7.5 kuna.

A liter of Eurosuper 95 is on average 16 lipa more expensive than in the last week. Its average price is 8.65 kuna, and at some gas stations it goes up to 8.81 kuna.

Eurodiesel increased for 15 lipa per liter. Its prices range from 8.17 to 8.41 kuna, and at most points of sale is 8.25 kuna.

The price of autogas varies between 3.93 and 4.14 kuna.

The quality of Europe's bathing water remains high, according to this year's European bathing water quality assessment published yesterday. Just under 85 percent of swimming sites across Europe monitored in 2019 met the European Union's highest and most stringent ‘excellent' quality standards.

According to this survey, Croatia is in the top five countries when it comes to bathing waters with excellent quality. First is Cyprus, followed by Austria, Malta, Greece and then Croatia.

When it comes to bathing water quality in Croatia last year, out of 988 sites, 945 or 95.6 percent were marked as excellent, 26 as good, five as sufficient, none as poor and 12 were not classified.

The results published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission give a good indication where swimmers can find the best quality bathing waters, as they explain, but the members of general public are advised to seek for additional information on the rules implemented because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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International Archives Day is marked today on the topic of "Disasters in the archives", so the State Archive in Dubrovnik symbolically joined with its exhibition "Sponza 1520-2020."

- Architecture and good building solutions as an active measure in the fight against disasters in the Sponza Palace, which went through the Great Earthquake, mutual respect of architects who worked on this beautiful Gothic-Renaissance palace gives us the right to conclude that the disaster was avoided. The Sponza Palace "kept" the archives during the Homeland War. From today, you will be able to see all the beauty of the construction in the Atrium of the Sponza Palace and on our web and facebook pages – they concluded at the State Archive in Dubrovnik.

The works on the arrangement of the Niko and Medo Pucic Promenade are progressing well and the last 90 meters of the extension are nearing completion, which will end the most demanding works on the promenade.

So far, 140 meters of the promenade have been widened, and after the completion of the works, the new width will be 2.40 meters with an additional 20 centimeters to accommodate the fence. In about ten days, the installation of a pedestrian fence on its extended part will begin. It is planned that the expansion works and the installation of the fence will be completed by July 1st.

In the coming days, the construction of the promenade from "Tricikl" to Villa Elite will be started. This is followed by work on grinding the base and installing stone paneling, and the installation of lighting fixtures and urban equipment.

The previous phase of works included the construction of 150 meters of the missing water supply network and the installation of all necessary electrical installations, including cables for the new public lighting.

Just a reminder - the complete arrangement of the Niko and Medo Pucic Promenade includes the rehabilitation of the southern sub-wall, arrangement of the ground floor, installation of new public lighting, arrangement of the hydrant network with underground hydrants, and removal of old and installation of new, standardized urban equipment.

Dubrovnik has a new project called ''Culture walks around the city'', bringing, among other things, the concerts of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra on different locations.

On Wednesday, June 10th, in front of the church of Saint Jacob after the creative workshops organized by cultural institutions - the Museum of Modern Art, the Marin Drzic House and the Natural History Museum, the program will be followed by a concert of chamber music organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. The concert starts at 7 pm.

The string chamber ensemble of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra under the direction of violinist Dana Kahriman will perform the following program:

L. Sorkocevic: Symphony no. 3
A. Corelli: Sarabande, Gigue and Badinerie
J. Pachelbel: Canon for Strings in D minor
W. Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 136
L. Sorkocevic: Symphony no. 7
B. Britten: A Simple Symphony

The partners in the project are the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, cultural institutions and city districts / local committees.

The Croatian National Tourist Board presents its tourist offer at the large online fair CHINA-CEEC Expo, intended to strengthen investments and trade exchanges between China and 17 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The fair, which has been held in the Chinese city of Ningbo since 2015, was supposed to be held in early June this year, but due to the situation caused by the corona virus pandemic, it will be held for the first time online from June 8th until the end of the year.

- China sees great importance in the China + 17 cooperation mechanism and all related meetings. The largest number of tour operators participating in the fair cover the developed east coast of China, or the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu and Shanghai. Despite the fact that due to the current situation in the coming period we do not expect a large number of visitors from the Chinese market, we maintain our presence and visibility in the Chinese market and continue communication with Chinese partners and establish new mechanisms of joint cooperation - said Croatian National Tourist Director Kristjan Stanicic.

This year, at B2B meetings, taking into account the virtual edition, an increase in the number of participants from across the country is expected. The tourism sector will hold its first round of meetings by the end of June, but several more sequences of virtual B2B meetings for all industries are expected during the year.

-At this moment, it is very important to take advantage of the digital benefits of the times in which we live. In this way, in special circumstances, we can carry out our activities quickly and efficiently. Regardless of the current situation, interest in Croatia is not declining and we expect a gradual return from the Far Eastern markets once air traffic stabilizes - said Franka Gulin, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Bord Representation in China, noting that Croatian National Tourist Board created a special virtual profile for the fair, which will present all Croatian regions, while up to 15 B2B meetings with Chinese businesses will be held through the first round.

Performance at the Virtual Fair for the European and Chinese tourism industry

From 22nd to 24th of June, for the first time, the online fair Virtual Fair for the European and Chinese tourism industry will be held, which is dedicated to establishing cooperation between Chinese buyers and participants from European Union countries. This is the first series of events of this kind with the aim of encouraging the internationalization of European tour operators, promoting trans-European tourism products and organizing B2B events. Given that before the pandemic, Europe recorded a large increase in popularity among Chinese tourists, the goal of these events is to renew this trend and provide a boost to business.

The fair is held within the Partnerships in European Tourism (PET) project, which is funded by the European Commission and which includes virtual B2B fairs, webinars, e-learning and matchmaking events. Croatian Tourist Board, Zagreb Tourist Board and Dubrovnik Tourist Board will perform at the fair at a joint virtual stand, and Amathus Travel and DT Croatia (Dubrovnik Travel) will be represent the Croatian tour operators.


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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 721 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 394 measures taken due to speeding, 46 measures due to improper overtaking, 33 measures for improper stop and parking, 87 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 32 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 28 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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