Saturday, 24 February 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.


On the world market, oil prices jumped to nearly 73 dollars per barrel yesterday, which means that crude oil price rose by 33 percent in a year.

Trends from world markets have not yet exceeded the fuel price at Croatian pumps but we can safely announce that the Eurosuper 95 gasoline prices will soon exceed 10 kuna per liter – Vecernji list reports.

This is also seen in the analysis by the Ministry of Economy, that clearly show that the price of that fuel rose by more than five percent in one month, and at some petrol stations in Zagreb according to available informationEurosuper 95 cost was 9.99 kuna per liter – writes.

The number of people that are leaving Croatia is getting higher and higher. Many of them choose Germany as their destination. The number of Croatians leaving for that ''promised land'' may increase even more after the announcement by the largest employer in Germany, the Frankfurt Airport, in which they are inviting workers from Croatia, Greece and Bulgaria to work there.

The airport employs 81 thousand workers, but that is still not enough, so they are desperately seeking for more people.
-We want to directly address workers in Greece, Bulgaria and Croatia to come and work for us - Michael Muller, Human Resources Director told DPA media agency.

Employees should at least speak basic German and English but, in addition to qualified workers, the airport will also hire those without qualifications. Such will work on jobs that are, for example, baggage-related.

Salary on simpler jobs is between 25 and 30 thousand euros per year gross, and the airport offers cheaper accommodation that does not cost the employees more than 350 euros - Spiegel writes.

In the case of a salary of 25 thousand euros gross, this means that the worker will have around 1600 and 1700 euros net.

People from 88 countries around the world are working at the Frankfurt Airport.

Flower fairs are a must-visit during the spring in Dubrovnik. After the one that was held in Gruz, another flower fair organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik will be held on Friday, April 20th, at Pile.

Participants will be: Ankora d.o.o. from Zaton Veliki, CZR Josipovac and OPG Simatovic from Zupa and Vrtlar d.o.o.

But there is more! The third flower fair will take place on Saturday, April 21, at the beginning of the promenade at Lapad Bay.
Participants: Rasadnik Agrovrt - Metkovic, CZR Josipovac - Zupa, OPG Bagic - Kutina, OPG Mestric - Bjelovar, OPG Simatovic - Zupa, OPG Valent - Varazdin and Vrtlar d.o.o. - Dubrovnik.

At the fair in Lapad, the world's leading humanitarian intergovernmental organization UNICEF will host the event, which will present the Child project and their activities in Croatia. Especially for this opportunity, representatives of UNICEF have prepared a gift pack with flower seeds to share with visitors. This flower that they chose symbolizes hope and memory of the dear ones and caring for the needy.

All the flower fairs will be held from 7.30 am to 4 pm and are well worth a visit.

The second concert of the Dubrovnik Musical Spring Festival organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will take place on Friday, April 20th in the Sponza Palace. The string orchestra of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchesta will have a great addition of Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky, top performer of baroque music and brilliant contraenor. The start of the concert is at 8pm.

Dmitry Sinkovsky, well known to Dubrovnik public, finished the prestigious Moscow Conservatory of Tchaikovsky and won numerous awards at important competitions such as Premio Bonaparti in Italy, Bach Competition in Leipzig, Musica Antiqua in Bruges and others. He is currently playing at the top violin "Francesco Rugeri" from 1675.

Sinkovsky will, together with the DSO strings, perform works by great Baroque composers.


As we reported yesterday, with the aim of preventing accidents caused by inappropriate speed, traffic police officers will monitor the speed of vehicles even more than usual during this week from Monday to Sunday, April 22nd.

However, the most controled day will be tomorrow – there will be continuous 24-hour speed control across Croatia, after TISPOL’s action. Dubrovnik-Neretva County Police also joined in and will control the speed from 6 am tomorrow until 6 am on Thursday. The goal of the action is, apart from the repressive, to act as preventive to all the drivers, which is why this action is announced in advance.

The action will be carried out on a large number of locations. Police Administration called on citizens to propose speed monitoring locations and selected the most suitable ones. All available devices will be used, and the action will include the maximum possible number of police officers. In order to cover as wide a territory as possible, the monitoring locations will be changed every two to three hours.

Speed is the most common cause of traffic accidents, often those with the most severe consequences, so these actions are much needed.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, in one of which one person was killed and two had injured persons, where two persons were heavily injured, two had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 362 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 122 measures taken due to speeding, 19 due to improper overtaking, 25 measures due to improper stop and parking, 53 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 27 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Announcement: Enhanced vehicle speed control

With the aim of preventing accidents caused by inappropriate speed, traffic police officers will monitor the speed of vehicles even more than usual during this week from today to Sunday, April 22nd.


Preparations for the second edition of Korcula Spring Food&Wine Festival are in full swing.

A great number of 12 restaurants will participate in the Festival that will last for nine days at this beautiful island, from April 27th to May 5th. This is a great chance to try amazing offer of food and drinks at affordable prices.

Based on the successful experience of last year, Festival will offer specially designed menus that are a combination of traditional and modern with emphasis on the seasonal benefits of the Adriatic gardens, below and above the sea surface.

Korcula Spring Food&Wine Festival is a manifestation for locals and tourists, their friends, family and everybody that enjoy a good bite and a glass of wine. You can try traditional food and be part of some interesting workshops. All the details are avaliable at their official Facebook page.

One of our best athletes, tennis player Marin Cilic and his fiancé, beautiful psychologist Kristina Milkovic, will marry in Dubrovnik in two weeks – after eight years of love – writes

Details of this fairytale wedding, which will be held on April 28th in our beautiful town, were kept as secret until the last moment, which is typical for this couple that doesn’t like to share their intimacy with the public.

Marin and Kristina will have the church ceremony in Cavtat, at the church of St. Nicholas, where they are finalizing arrangements around their most important day. After the ceremony, a grand celebration for almost 400 guests from Cilic’s birthplace – Medugorje and of course from Kristina’s Konavle, will take place at the famous Dubrovnik fortress Revelin, which has amazing club room, but also fantastic terrace with an enchanting view.

At the very beginning of the celebration and most likely for the first dance, the popular Split musician Gibonni will sing. But that’s only the beginning. It’s expected that the wedding party will last until dawn and should end with one band from Zagreb. The wedding organization and catering are also in the hands of company from our capital.

To ensure that their wedding is as intimate as possible, without the media rush, photographing will be strictly forbidden, according to the wishes of the bride and groom – reports.

However, it is no wonder that this harmonious couple decided to marry in Dubrovnik because our city was crucial for the beginning of their love. Marin and the beautiful brunette met in Dubrovnik in 2008 at the Davis Cup, where Kristina worked as a hostess, and soon afterwards their friendship turned to love.

After that, the couple started living together in the Marin's apartment in Zagreb. Kristina attended almost every Cilic’s match. A successful tennis player often emphasized that his beautiful girl brought him happiness on the field and found comfort in her embrace after losing the Wimbledon finals. But he won in private life, after he got a big ‘’yes’’.

Immediately after marriage, the wedding plans began. Through the relationship, Kristina successfully completed her college duties along with traveling with Marin, and she has a degree in psychology and political science. In the younger days, she was in fashion and in 2005 won the title of the first runner up at Miss Alpe Adria.

Even though she is well known for her beauty, brains and connection with Cilic, Kristina refuses to give interviews and rarely appears at social events. That’s why it’s no wonder that she would like to have an intimate wedding.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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