Wednesday, 20 February 2019
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.


British rockers Skunk Anansie, led by charismatic Skin, will celebrate the band's 25th anniversary on July 27th at the Salata stadium in Zagreb.

They were supposed to perform on INmusic Festival last year, but canceled the concert – so their fans are surely really excited because of the newest announcement.

Skunk Anansie are a British rock band[ whose members include Skin (lead vocals, guitar), Cass (guitar, bass, backing vocals), Ace (guitar, backing vocals) and Mark Richardson (drums and percussion).
Skunk Anansie formed on 12 February 1994, disbanded in 2001 and reformed in 2009. The name "Skunk Anansie" is taken from Akann folk tales of Anansi the spider-man of Ghana, with "Skunk" added to "make the name nastier".

They have released six studio albums: Paranoid & Sunburnt (1995), Stoosh (1996), Post Orgasmic Chill (1999),[5] Wonderlustre (2010), Black Traffic (2012) and Anarchytecture (2016); one compilation album, Smashes and Trashes (2009). On the concert, their fans will enjoy their hits such as "Charity", "Hedonism", "Selling Jesus" and "Weak".

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

In Croatia last year, the total number of cows and bulls decreased by 8.2 percent compared to the previous year, pigs by 6.6 percent, sheep by 3.1 percent, and poultry by 10.6 percent, while the number of goats increased by 3, 9 percent – shows the data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

On December 1st, 2018, there were 414,000 cows and bulls in Croatia, which is 8.2 percent less than a year before, when there were 451 thousand.

The data shows that the number of cows and bulls aged over two years decreased by 15.4 percent to 165 thousand, with the number of dairy cows dropping by 2.2 percent to 136 thousand.

Last year, the number of young cows and bulls under a year decreased by 1.9 percent, up to a total of 153 thousand, while the number of cows and bulls from one to two years fell by four percent to 96 thousand.

According to the recently published data, the total number of pigs, which was 1 million last year fell by 6.6 percent, with the number of breeding pigs dropping by 2.3 percent to 125 thousand and the number of sows dropped for 4.2 percent, to 68 thousand.
Statistics on the number of cattle and poultry show that the number of sheep fell last year by 3.1 percent, to 617 thousand, and poultry by 10.6 percent to 9.3 million.

According to data from December 1st of 2018, there were 80,000 goats, which is 3.9 percent higher than in 2017.

One of the biggest Croatian football stars, Real Madrid midfield ace and Croatian national captain, Luka Modric, has shared a photo from Dubrovnik at his official Instagram profile followed by 17 million people (yes, you read it right!).

At the photo, he poses with his wife Vanja, with Dubrovnik right behind their back. In the caption of the photo where the famous couple looks relaxed as ever, Luka put three hearts. No surprise that the photo collected over 200 thousand likes in an hour!

Modric has been spotted in Dubrovnik two day ago, posing in the Pantarul restaurant with the President of the Square “five-a-side” football club, Zeljko Raguz. It didn't take long for the rumors to start – it seems that Modric is not in Dubrovnik just for vacation, but also to purchase a luxury villa. Either way - he is doing a great promotion for Dubrovnik, since he has a great number of fans all over the world. 

Dubrovnik Airport is expecting another successful business year, with about 5 percent increase in passenger traffic and 3 percent in airplane operations, and plans to complete the development project of the port worth over 220 million euros in autumn – SEEbiz reports.

-Dubrovnik Airport started with preparations for this year and for the summer season already in October last year, when initial carrier plans were received. Since then, there has been a continuous negotiation process with the scheduled flight operators, which will end in February, after which we will announce scheduled flights for the summer season 2019 - they said from the Dubrovnik Airport as SEEbiz writes.

This year, similar to the last year, 60 charter airlines, including charter carriers, will operate in that airport and will bring passengers from 30 countries, mostly from the EU. Dubrovnik Airport wanted to emphasize the start of the direct flights from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik of the world’s largest air carrier American Airlines.

The good trend with the number of passengers continued in January this year, with more than 26 thousand passengers, which is 18 percent more than in January last year.

Recalling last year, they estimate that for Dubrovnik Airport Dubrovnik it ended successfully. According to their data, over 2.5 million passengers or 9.3 percent more than in 2017 have gone through the airport in 2018, with the majority of passengers (2.2 million) being international, which is 11 percent more than in 2017. Among them, there were 686.7 thousand passengers from the United Kingdom, followed by the Germans and the French.

The number of passengers on domestic flights was about 255 thousand, which is 4.5 percent less than in 2017, and a minus of 14.7 percent was recorded in the segment of goods and mail, with 176.3 thousand kilograms.

There were nearly 24 thousand aircraft landings / take-offs in 2018 or 9.7 percent more than in the year before, and most of the traffic took place during the summer months.

The city of Dubrovnik signed a contract for the purchase of three lifters to help to people with disabilities to enter the sea.

One of the lifters will be placed in Zaton, and it’s value is 61,800 kuna without VAT. The others will be placed at the island of Lopud, in front of the Hotel Lafodia and on the beach Zaorsan in Sudurad, on the island of Sipan. Joint price for two lifters is 160,000 kuna without VAT.

By the beginning of the swimming season, all the lifters should be installed. The deadline to build in lifters on the islands is two months, while the lift in Zaton should be installed this spring. The lifters will make it easier to enter the sea for people with disabilities thanks to possibility of 360 degree turning and stopping in any position using the hand lever.

It’s good to know - Zaton already has one lifter for people with disabilities, as well as the beaches of Copacabana and Mandrac in Solitudo.

The Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic, welcomed the Ambassador of India Arindam Bagchi. At the meeting, they discussed the establishment of cooperation in various fields, especially through culture and the economy.

Ambassador Bagachi pointed out that this year, in Croatia, for the first time, they are planning to create a Festival of India that will present Indian culture to the Croatian public through a variety of contents, from dance to gastronomy. The festival will be held in several locations, and Dubrovnik is considered as one.

Dobroslavic pointed out that tourism is the main economic branch in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, with with agriculture in the Neretva Valley.

At the meeting it was concluded that there is mutual willingness to cooperate, and Ambassador Bagachi emphasized that all Croatian entrepreneurs who have the will to establish cooperation with Indian businessmen can expect an open door at the Embassy of India.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 13 traffic accidents, in which three persons got heavy injuries, three person got light injuries, while there were seven traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 528 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 232 measures taken due to speeding, 67 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 18 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 12 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

One of the most famous fairs in Croatia, Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is coming to Dubrovnik for the 16th time. It will be held in the hotel Tirena on Babin kuk from 14th to 17th of March (Thrusday to Sunday).

All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of, which has been attracting a great number of people who appreciate the local, homemade products.
This specialized manifestation has become one of the most important fairs in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green businesses.

This year fair is aimed at the expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric vehicles, eco-furniture and clothing made of natural materials), the manifestation of the Days of Honey in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, raising the quality of exhibitors performance, as well as raising the quality of environmental and traditionally grown products. Promotion of the marks "Originally Croatian" and "Croatian quality" aiming to present high-quality local products will be continued.

-Orientation of the fair is aimed at raising consciousness of healthy food, ecological standards, sustainable development, and balance between the nature, economy and people. This is to be achieved through education in lectures, workshops, round tables and scientific congress meetings – it's stated at the official website of the fair.

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