Friday, 26 April 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.


A delegation from the Ministry of the Interior, which included Police Officer of Dubrovnik Police Station Valentina Subotic, participated in the international exchange course "Capacity building in the area of Legislation Implementation". The course lasted from March 20th to April 3rd, and was held in Guangzhou, organized by the Guangdong Police College, on the basis of a call from the Ministry of Public Security of China.

China is participating in the implementation of the "Safe Tourism Season" project from last year. This project was launched in Croatia back in in 2006 as a co-operation of the Croatian police with the police of other European countries. As part of the project, foreign police officers work in common patrols with their Croatian colleagues and achieve direct contact with the citizens of their countries and help in better communication between the Croatian police and foreign nationals and vice versa. Throughout many years of implementation, a total of 20 foreign police organizations from 18 countries have been involved.

During the last tourist season, police officer Valentina Subotic served on a joint patrol with his Chinese colleague who stayed in Dubrovnik for two weeks in July last year. We had the chance to join them and if you are interested in details click here: Interview - On Patrol With Lili Long and Chuande Zhang

When it comes to the course, it was organized in such a way that both Chinese police and legal experts exchanged experience and knowledge and examples of good practice of both sides, and members of the Croatian delegation had the opportunity to visit and become acquainted with the functioning of all the police organizing units that use high technology in their work, given that China is the second economic power of the world.

As part of the Saturday Coffee in the Gallery program, on Saturday, April 27th, at 10 am there will be an ARTIST TALK in the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMA Dubrovnik). It’s connected with the exhibition ‘’In the lead sky’’ and it will include the artist Zlatan Vehabovic, Vanja Zanko – curator, promoter and cultural manager, who works as an assistant at the famous Berlin study of the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and curator of the exhibition by Zlatan Vehabovic – Jelena Tamindzija.

"Saturday Coffee in the Gallery" is part of a rich program of the MOMA Dubrovnik, with which they want to get closer to locals and visitors to Dubrovnik, offering them a different experience of a cultural institution. Each new exhibition is an opportunity to expand and upgrade the already traditional program that the Dubrovnik audience has recognized and excellently accepted.

After the ARTIST TALK, all the visitors will be able to refresh themselves with coffee and juices and enjoy their time on the terrace with the most beautiful view on the Old City.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 321 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 159 measures taken due to speeding, 15 measures due to improper stop and parking, 23 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 11 measures because of improper overtaking.

Little girl that united Croatia and made all Croatians work as one, Mila Roncevic, is on the medical treatment in United States, where she is fighting leukemia. Her father, Marin Roncevic, shared good news on his Facebook profile.

- Dear all, to avoid writing to every single of you, because it will take me ten days - we got the first feedback after starting the therapy. The results are so good that they can’t be better and Mila feels great… Thank God and everyone who pray and think about her and who have enabled Mila to get this opportunity, even though it is a long way before us, we are already witnessing the miracle – Mila’s father wrote. There are still many challenges ahead of whole family. Still, with a positive attitude and support throughout Croatia and beyond, we are confident that they will do everything in their power to overcome the illness that made this beautiful little girl spend her second birthday in the US hospital.

For those who don’t know, Mila Roncevic went to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at the beginning of this month, after a massive fundraising action for her treatment that included numerous people from Croatia and all over the world.

According to the latest data 5,758,499.25 dollars were collected, or 38,114,540 kuna by huge amount of donors.

The fifth edition of Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik brings runners from 50 countries around the world.

-The interest in this event exceeded all expectations, so a thousand spots for the Dubrovnik half-marathon were sold almost three months before the event, and shortly after, the attractive race on the Walls was sold out too. For that event exclusively, this world famous city sight is tourist free and it’s reserved for runners. One hundred of runners will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique view of the City and its surroundings on Saturday, April 27th – the organizes said.

With a thousand half-marathon participants, the same number of runners will run on the April 28th on the humanitarian, which was also sold out a few days ago, and the collected money this year goes for Neuro-Rehabilitation of Ante Kolundija, Du Motion volunteer who was hurt last year in a car accident. On Saturday, April 27th, the Children's Race will be held, in which Dubrovnik kindergartens and elementary school students participate.

Organizers say that nearly 800 people is involved in the organization, with almost 500 volunteers from elementary and high schools. The organization also includes a number of city services, the Red Cross, members of sport and auto clubs and a dozen Croatian Mountaineering service members who will assist in keeping the racers safe.

Easter Concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Mixed Choir Libertas, conducted by Viktor Lenert, including the soloist, the soprano Martin Kristina Tomic will take place in the Dubrovnik Cathedral tonight. The beginning of the concert is at 8.30 pm and the entrance to the concert is free.

The program will suit the occasion of the concert with musical works such as Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, How beautiful ar the feet of them from Messiah by G.F. Handel, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach and many more, with all arrangements made by Viktor Lenert and Anis Koncic.

Juventus won Fiorentina 2-1 on Saturday and claimed the Serie A title for the eighth season in a row. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in history to win the championships in England, Spain and Italy and he came to celebrate in Dubrovnik – as Dubrovacki vjesnik reports.

In less than three hours after this great game, around 10.30 pm, Cristiano Ronaldo landed with his private plane at the Dubrovnik Airport. There is no confirmation yet, but he should be in Dubrovnik for Easter, maybe a day longer. Surely not any longer, because Juventus will be playing the next match against Inter in Milan on April 27th.

Nothing says that Easter is just around the corner like Easter decorations! In the heart of the historic Old City Easter bunnies, chick and decorative basket full of Easter eggs has been placed and brought that real holiday spirit. They are also a perfect place to make a photo to member from Dubrovnik.

The only thing missing is the real Easter bunny and he will be arriving in the Old City and Lokrum. See his schedule here.

If you want to know how to spend Easter morning in Dubrovnik, click here.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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