Tuesday, 02 June 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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra preserves and promotes Croatian musical heritage even when its members are separated! In their homes, living rooms, from their windows, they performed Idyll, composed by famous Croatian composer Blagoje Bersa and brought it to your home!

With this video, that is just one of many, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra aims to promote Croatian composers and our musical heritage, alongside with recordings of previously held concerts. The videos are published daily on their social media. This video was edited by VSP Video Dubrovnik. Watch it and enjoy!

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy of the Republic of Croatia has shared an interesting photography contest on their website, and the topic is one of the biggest environmental problems nowdays: plastic waste. 

The conest is launched by the Plastic Waste Partnership to promote outreach, education and awareness-raising on the global plastic waste crisis. The contest welcomes entries from all walks of life: from amateur to professional photographers, of all ages. Through the contest, the Partnership wants to shine a light not only on the plastic waste problem, but also the solutions out there, our collective progress to date and the challenges and opportunities moving forward.

Entered photos will be judged by a panel including the National Geographic Photographer Sara Hylton, and winning images will be used for a Basel Convention plastic waste calendar and displayed at the 2021 meetings of the Conference of Parties, or Triple COPs, at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Contest participants are invited to submit their entries in the following six categories which relate to the impacts of the plastic waste problem, the progress we’ve made and where we need to focus our attention:

-Let’s go outside! - Plastic waste and nature

-Plastic waste and our health and livelihoods

-Tiny but everywhere: Microplastics

-Let’s use it! - Plastic waste as a resource

-Let’s do it! - Solutions for avoiding single-use plastic products

-Let’s fix it! - Alternatives, new technologies and innovation

You can see the details about the photography competition here.

Sixth SF Airlines flight from Shanghai to Zagreb delivered the extra amount of protective equipment needed to combat the coronavirus epidemic yesterday.

Approximately 76 tons of equipment arrived in Croatia, including disinfectants, goggles, shoe protectors and a large number of protective masks.

In addition to the commercially procured goods from MEHECO and Sinopharm, there were also hundreds of thousands of protective masks donated to Croatia by Sinopharm.

Dubrovnik firefighters from Dubrovnik transport the collected test samples to COVID-19 to Zagreb every day, and that should change by the end of May, thanks to a donation from the Foundation Blaga djela in amount of 650 thousand kuna, which will buy an RNA analyzer – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports.

With this device, 96 tests can be processed daily within two to two and a half hours, which is an extremely important data in this pandemic, notes Marijo Bekic, Director of Dubrovnik General Hospital. Dubrovnik patients are now waiting 24 hours, in some cases up to 48 hours. The device has already been selected and will be owned by the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The employees of the biochemical laboratory of the Dubrovnik General Hospital will be trained to work on the device, in cooperation with the microbiology laboratory of the Public Health Institute of the Croatia. The laboratory will be located in the scientific unit of the General Hospital.

The device should be in use by mid or end of May, which is a very short period of time at the time of high demand for such medical equipment on the world market.

The Sanitat City Company will start charging parking in Dubrovnik again from May 1st.

There was no citywide parking charge from May 21st, and that was decided in order to minimize the contact with areas that can potentially transmit viruses, such as billing devices.

"All car parkings will start their regular operation except those in Zone 0, which include the Pile parking lot and the locations on Ulica branitelja Dubrovnika Street, and the Zicara - Donji Plato parking lot. In orderd to minimize the contact with billing devices and having the safety of the users on our mind, the use of these parkings will stay free for some time and therefore ramps will be raised - Sanitat reports.



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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 229 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 229 measures taken due to speeding,14 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, six measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and three measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

There were also 15 traffic ofenses of opearating unregistered vehicle. The fine for the said offense is 700 kuna if the validity of the traffic permit has expired within 15 days, and 2000 kuna if the validity of the traffic permit has expired in more than 15 days. In the coming period, the police will pay special attention to the monitoring of this type of offense.

Despite the current situation with the COVID-19 virus epidemic, motorcycle and moped traffic have increased on the roads. On the occasion of the upcoming favorable weather conditions, the police reminded moped and motorcycle riders to: move at the prescribed speeds and to adjust the speed to the conditions on the roadway, drive the vehicles for which they passed the driving test and the required category, to operate motorcycles and mopeds that are registered or have valid traffic license and which are technically correct without any modifications and that while riding motorcycles and mopeds they are obliged to wear a safety helmet, including drivers and passengers, as well as any other equipment that is not prescribed, but is especially useful if you are involved in a road accident . Protective equipment mitigates possible injuries and their consequences. In the first place Police thinks about motorcycle jackets, pants, overalls, gloves, boots, visors and more.

They used this opportunity to emphasize the obligations and responsibilities of parents of young people using motorcycles and mopeds. In the protection of young riders, before they buy a moped and motorcycle, parents need to take all necessary pre-requisites (driving test, vehicle technical inspection and registration, vehicle technical check, purchase of a safety helmet and other necessary protective equipment) so that they are as protected as possible and more empowered to participate safely in traffic.

These are the mistakes that are often made and can risk lives:
- speeding,
- non wearing a prescribed and type-approved safety helmet or frequently using them in an improper manner,
- movement on surfaces not intended for this type of vehicle,
- overestimating driving ability and at the same time underestimating traffic hazards,
- overtaking or bypassing a traffic jams on a section of the roadway intended for the movement of vehicles from the opposite direction when this is not permitted under traffic signs or is risky given the traffic from the opposite direction,
- driving with unlit lights on vehicles during the day, which, given the "smaller silhouette of the vehicle itself and the driver" in comparison with other vehicles, are even less noticeable in traffic for others,
- driving of unregistered and technically defective vehicles and the frequent modification of vehicles,
- driving without passing an exam for the certain category,
- removal of the blockage on the mopeds.

Police also addressed car drivers,, advising them be careful not to deprive motorcyle and moped riders of the benefit of passing, because they overestimate their driving ability while at the same time underestimating traffic hazards. When rearranging, overtaking or diverting their vehicle, car drivers need to pay attention to this category of riders so that hey are not found in the so-called "blind corner" of the side mirror. -Keep in mind that motorcycles (and even mopeds) are vehicles that, given the mass / power ratio of short sections, can achieve relatively high accelerations – Police emphasized.

At 1.37 pm, a great part of south Croatia was shook by an earthquake.

According to the first EMSC information, the earthquake epicenter was nine kilometers southwest of Stolac in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 44 kilometers north of Dubrovnik. The magnitude of the earthquake at the epicenter is estimated at 4.0 per Richter.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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