Monday, 06 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.


In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 12 traffic accidents, one with death case, three persons got heavily injured and three got light injuries. There were five traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 780 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 485 measures taken due to speeding, 28 measures due to improper overtaking, 44 measures for improper stop and parking, 59 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 23 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 32 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic and US Ambassador W. Robert Kohorst signed a key co-operation agreement aimed at boosting air safety. The agreement enables the deployment of federal flight attendants on flights between Croatia and the United States. Escorts have a key role to play in preventing terrorism and other security threats in civil aviation. The conclusion of this agreement is also a key step in Croatia's efforts to join the Visa Waiver Program.

The Federal Flight Followers Service is the main law enforcement body, within the Travel Safety Agency, that negotiated this agreement with the Croatian Ministry of the Interior. Air escorts, also known worldwide as flight safety officers, are trained to respond to and deal with any criminal activity or other emergency on an aircraft. In accordance with international law, flight safety officers as security escorts provide the last line of defense in the aircraft in the fight against global terrorism and other international security threats.

This agreement is an important precondition for Croatia's accession to the Visa Waiver Program, which allows eligible citizens to travel to the United States for business or tourist purposes for up to 90 days without a visa.

After signing the Agreement on Sending Flight Followers, Bozinovic reminded that the fulfillment of security conditions for the inclusion of the Republic of Croatia in the Visa Waiver Program was intensified after the signing of the Implementing Agreement to the Agreement on Prevention and Fight against Serious Crime in January 2018 in Washington. During that visit, the first meeting was held at the Terrorist Control Center, with which a Memorandum of Cooperation was concluded, in August 2019 in Dubrovnik. Cooperation with the Attorney General has also been significantly intensified, including through the signing of the Extradition Treaty and the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement, and a particularly significant step forward has been made in cooperation with US agencies such as the DEA and the FBI.

At the end of the negotiations are several technical acts that will enable the exchange of data on security suspects through the available information systems, the connection of which is being worked on intensively. The exchange of data on air passengers is also of great importance in strengthening bilateral security cooperation. In this field, the Republic of Croatia has made a significant step forward in the last few months in order to ensure the exchange of data with most airlines that transport over 90 percent of passengers to the Republic of Croatia by the end of this year. Bozinovic thanked the US Ambassador Cohort.

At the signing ceremony, in accordance with the epidemiological recommendations, Kohorst praised Minister Bozinovic for his commitment to the successful conclusion of this Agreement and to Croatia, which is a security partner in all areas.

Kohorst added: -With the reintroduction of direct flights from the United States last year for the first time since Croatia's independence and Croatia's growing popularity as a tourist destination among Americans, we expect more passengers between our two countries. This agreement provides an additional level of security to ensure that all persons traveling between the United States and Croatia are safe.

The wooden scaffolding has been completely removed from the Orlando's Column, and monitoring of the damage continues along with a protective fence that will be erected. After approximately one year of additional monitoring, a final decision on the restoration model will be made.

This is the perfect time to learn a bit more about this great statue. Orlando's Column is one of the most famous monuments in Dubrovnik, situated on the amazing location - in front of the Saint Blaise's Church. It was made by Bonino di Jacopo from Milan with the help of the local master Antun Raguseo. The idea to erect the Column was born in 1417, and its construction started two years later. On 13th of May 1519, the Minor Council entrusted the noblemen, senators Lujo Gozze and Zore Palmota, with the task to place Orlando's Column on the main square in front of Saint Blaise's Church.

During the history of Dubrovnik the Orlando's Column had a multi-faceted role and symbolism. The column represents the character of a pale knight. The knight, according to legend, was the nephew of the Spanish King Charles, who died in 778 on his way back to Spain. It was believed that Orlando had supernatural powers and a naval victory over the Saracene pirate Spucento was attributed to Orlando and his special forces.

Another legend about the origins of the column dates from the 15th century. The legend states that the column was installed at the time when Sigismund protected Dubrovnik. Sigismund was a famous Hungarian, Czech and later German king. During his life the king was famous for erecting Orlando columns all across the Brandeburg County.

Orlando’s stone column served the city of Dubrovnik as a flag carrier, symbol of freedom and as a metaphor for trade. His forearm is 51.2 centimeters long and this was for centuries the standard Dubrovnik measurement for fabric. For many centuries Dubrovnik merchants stood in front of the column measuring and cutting fabric. Orlando used to hold his sword in the direction of the Ottoman Empire as a symbol of readiness to fight for the freedom and independence of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Today the column is turned to Sponza Palace with his back to the church of Saint Blaise.

However, the column has been damaged during the years and has gone through numerous reconstructions. It's been under monitoring for some time now, before it goes under restoration. 

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, the Dubrovnik City Tourist Board and the Ston Municipality Tourist Board hosted representatives of 37 Slovak tourist agencies on a tour of Dubrovnik and Ston on Sunday, June 28th.

The Slovak agency Aquamarin, owned by Eva Samoborska, a longtime journalist and fan of Croatia, organized with the help of Tourist Boards the arrival of a large number of representatives of Slovak agencies in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Most of the participants in the study trip have never been to Croatia, and in their programs they offer mainly Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey. By taking them on tour, Tourist Boards have shown them that Croatia is a safe destination before July 1st, when the sale of tours to Croatia should start.

Danube Day is marked every year on June 29th. It all started the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Cooperation for the Protection and Sustainable Management of the Danube, when the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River at a Ministerial Meeting held on 29 June 2004 in Vienna initiated the celebration – the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy writes.

After the Volga, the Danube is the second longest (2,857 kilometers) and richest river in Europe and the longest river in the European Union.

The Danube springs in Schwarzwald, a wooded mountainous region in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany, continues to flow east and forms a delta on the Black Sea coast of Romania and Ukraine, and is at the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

The Republic of Croatia was one of the first countries to express support for the idea of protecting the Danube River. Together with nine other countries (Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine) and the European Union, it signed the Convention on Cooperation for the Protection and Sustainable Management of the Danube River on 29th of June 1994 in Sofia and ratified in 1996, and since then successfully participates in the work of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR).

The ICPDR has 14 member states and the European Union and is considered a world example of international cooperation in the field of river basins.

On this date, promotional and educational activities are organized in all cities and towns along the Danube under the auspices of the ICPDR, aimed at drawing the attention of the inhabitants of the Danube basin to the importance of rivers and encouraging their protection and sustainable use for future generations.

This year, a number of planned activities as part of the Danube Day celebrations have been postponed due to special circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the anniversary will be marked by virtual activities.

Croatia's contribution to this year's Danube Day was the presentation of educational activities in the Danube and Sava river basins that are organized throughout the year to EU water and sea directors at their joint video meeting held on June 16th, 2020 as part of the Croatian Presidency.

The President of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanovic, is the sponsor of the leading sports-educational project Active Croatia. The eighth season of training and education with citizens continues in Osijek, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Zagreb.

-I gladly accept the patronage of holding this already traditional public sports event, which aims to educate and promote physical activity as a way of life! - said the President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanovic and added that he believes that in this new season the proect will raise awareness of the need to adopt healthy living habits.

Active Croatia has so far activated more than 35 thousand citizens in numerous Croatian cities. During the coronavirus pandemic, experts from the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb, the Croatian Medical Chamber, Mental Training, the Croatian Academic Center for Applied Nutrition and Biotraining educated citizens online and through media partners. The project partners are the Croatian Olympic Committee and the Central State Office for Sports.

The next outdoor training is in Osijek. The main square of Ante Starcevic on Saturday, July 4th at 7 pm, will host exercisers who will send a message to Croatia about the importance of regular physical activity. The team of the Faculty of Kinesiology from Zagreb, led by Slavonians Ivan Antunovic and Luka Suker, as well as Lukrecija Dragic and Dominik Spoljaric, will make the people of Osijek move. The program is led by Renata Sopek.

After Osijek, the project continues in Dubrovnik at the fortress of Saint John on July 16th at 7.30 pm, and then in Petrcane near Zadar in the Falkensteiner resort Punta Skala on July 24th at 6 pm.

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Goran Ivanisevic has published a post on his official Instagram profile, confirming that he's infected with coronavirus.

-Unfortunately, after two negative tests in the last 10 days, I have just found out that I tested positive for Covid-19. I feel good and don't have any symptoms. I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones. I will continue to self-isolate as I have been doing already. I wish everyone who got infected a speedy recovery – Ivanisevic wrote.

Sadly, coronavirus spread happened at tennis tournament Adria Tour, which was an exhibition tennis tournament organized by Novak Djokovic during the ATP Tour's shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic planned in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, after the virus spread in Zadar, the tournament was stopped.

Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are also positive for Covid-19, so it's not strange that Goran Ivanisevic, who is Djokovic's coach, is infected too.

Ivanisevic's function in Zadar was such that he was in contact with all the players. He also participated in the basketball game against BC Zadar, Kids' day and in the exhibition match of couples at the opening of the tournament.

FlyDubai, a low-budget Emirates company, has confirmed a return of its seasonal line between Dubrovnik and Dubai. The company plans to introduce the line from mid-July – Croatian Aviation writes.

From Thursday, July 16th, FlyDubai will operate on the line Dubai - Dubrovnik - Dubai twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday, on a B737-800 aircraft.

Given that there is currently no direct connection between Dubrovnik Airport and any of the previously planned companies for this season by which tourists from Asia could come to Croatia to a greater extent (Qatar, Turkish), the start of traffic on the line to Dubai is certainly good and important news – Croatian Aviation explains.

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