Wednesday, 08 July 2020
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.


Early this morning, at 4:15 am., seismologists from the Seismological Service recorded a weak earthquake with its epicenter in Zagreb near Markusevac.

The magnitude of the earthquake was 2.4 according to Richter, and the intensity in the epicenter was the III degree of the EMS scale.

After two strong earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 and 4.8 on the Richter scale, which hit Zagreb in the early morning hours of March 22th and left terrible damage, the city had about thousand following trembles.

As many as forty divers from all over Croatia will arrive to Trstenik, one of the most beautiful places on the Peljesac peninsula, at the event organized by locals and the Zagreb diving club Roniti se mora. On Friday, they will clean the seabed the gorgeus bay in the Think Green action.

Trstenik is a well-known village on the Peljesac peninsula because of unique and unspoilt location, located 90 kilometers away from Dubrovnik.

Sponsors, including Croatian Waters, Jamnica, Mares and Garmin, as well as media sponsors Hanza Media, Cropix, Scubalife and National Geographic, show the level of organization. National Geographic will even make a report about Peljesac on this occasion.


Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic shared some exciting news on his Twitter account. 

Plenkovic wrote that he talked with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz about preparing for EUCO next week, as well as the situation about COVID-19.

-We agreed that the Austrian Government will tomorrow make a decision on lifting the restrictions on the movement of people between Croatia and Austria from mid-June – Plenkovic Tweeted.

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.

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.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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