Archive for: September 2012

Kiwi Alpinist Dies in Croatia

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has reported that a 25 year-old New Zealand Alpinist has died near Omis on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia on Sunday night.

At around 19:00 HGSS received a call for help from two Alpinists who had set off earlier in the day in the direction of Ilinac rock. Upon receiving the call for help HGSS sent out 20 rescuers to the scene, despite the dark and the rain they managed to find an injured female Finnish national half way up the 250 meter rock. Soon after, 50 meters below, the rescuers found her climbing companion, Kiwi Yannick Branson, who had fallen to his death, reported newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija.

It is not the first time that an Alpinist has been killed on Ilinac rock, five years ago in the exact place, a 27-year-old Polish Alpinist was killed.

Fuel Prices Finally Set to Fall in Croatia

Finally some good news is on the way for Croatian motorists. Fuel prices are set to significantly drop on Tuesday, reports Croatian radiotelevision.

The price of bestselling Eurosuper 95 will drop 30 lipa (4 euro cents) to 10.77 kuna (1.45 euro). Low sulfur diesel will be cheaper by 31 lipa and will cost 10.03 kuna (1.34 euro).

Karabatic Arrested for Match Fixing in France

France’s gold medal winning handball star Nikola Karabatic has been arrested in France on suspicion of match fixing.

The half Croatian, who plays for the Montpellier club in France, was taken into custody after being accused of being involved in a mayor betting scandal. The accusations stem from May this year when Karabatic’s club Montpellier, who had already won the French Championship, played against Cesson-Rennes in the 24th round of the championship in a game that meant little.

The odds for Rennes were a massive 45-1 and they ended up winning the match 31-28. French media report that Karabatic, who is one of the best handball players in the world, was arrested on Sunday along with two team-mates.

Croatian Model In “Fast and Furious 6″ with Vin Diesel

One of Croatia’s most promising model’s Tatjana Saric, speaking in an interview with Croatian daily newspaper Vecernji list, says she is not sure whether she will pursue a career in film or in fashion after spending two days filming for Hollywood film “Fast and Furious 6″ which stars famous American actor Vin Diesel.

“We filmed for two days in London, actually two nights in the cold and the rain. It was very tiring, but excellent. I caught a cold, but what is that when you compare that with having the chance to see how a hollywood film is shot. Vin Diesel is better looking in real life than on films, explains Tatjana, before continuing her story.

“He has an interesting sense of humour. I lite his cigarette for him and he thanked saying that we have the same hairstyles, Vin Diesel as we know has no hair,” said Saric.

After rubbing sholders with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson, Saric says she is not sure what she will end up doing with her career.”Maybe acting, maybe something completely different. Life has its own course,” says Saric.

The Vinkovci born model will be the face of the Dove fashion event which is set to be held in the Croatian capital.

Ivo Sanader: I Walked Away Becasue of Slovenia

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, appearing on the nation’s most popular talk show “Nedjeljom u 2″ (Sunday at 2) today, said the main reason he suddenly walked away from politics in 2009 was because Slovenia was blocking Croatia’s entry into the European Union and he refused to give up any territory. Sanader says that if he did not agree with a juntion between Slovenia and Croatia and if he continued to be Croatia’s Prime Minsiter, then there is no way Croatia would have entered the EU.

Sanader, who walked away from politics and was later arrested in 2010 and spent over a year in jail on remand, is currently on trial accused of siphoning off more than 10 million euros from state companies during his time in power.

Sanader also accused Croatia’s State Attorney Mladen Bajic of falsifying the testimonies of witnesses in the case against him because he was under political order from Jadranka Kosor, who took over from Sanader as Croatia’s Prime Minister when he walked away.

When Sanader was asked what he is living off, he replied by telling host Aleksandar Stankovic that he lives off his wife’s salary and his pension, a total of close to 3,000 euros a month. Sanader says that his team of lawyers are working “pro bono”.

Near the end of the talk show Stankovic put some viewers questions to the former Prime Minister. “Where is the all the money Ivo?”, quizzed one viewer, to which Sanader replied “You will get that information at the end of the process,”. The trial continues.

Melbourne Win 38th Croatian Football Tournament

The Melbourne Knights have won the annual Australian Croatian Football Tournament which was held on Australia’s Gold Coast this weekend.

The tournament, in its 38th year, features Croatian football teams from Australia and New Zealand and is the biggest Croatian football event in the diaspora.

This year’s winners the Melbourne Knights, who beat Dandenong in the final, have now won the last 3 consecutive tournaments. The 4-day long tournament is capped off with a gala event where the Miss Croatia beauty pageant is held.

First in Europe as Zagreb Trams gets Own Radio Station

Passengers on city trams and buses in the Croatian capital will soon have music and news to keep them company on their daily journeys when Radio Zagreb Electronic Trams (ZET) kicks off in a few weeks.

Zagreb will become the first city in Europe where its public transport system has its own radio station with an informative programme. “Radio ZET will be broadcast in over 200 trams and in 400 buses when it goes live to air in the middle of October,” said ZET spokesmen Tomislav Juric.

The station will broadcast live from 7 to 9am in the morning and from 3 to 5pm in the afternoons where traffic is at its peak, with regular updates during the day, writes Croatian website Tportal.

Croatian Parliament President Dies in America

After a long battle with illness, the president of the Croatian Parliament Boris Sprem has died early this morning European time at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, writes newspaper 24sata.

Boris Sprem (56) suffered from a sever malignant form of blood cancer. Despite intensive therapy in the US, Sprem’s condition deteriorated.

Sprem was born on 14 April 1956 in Koprivnicki Bregi in northern Croatia and was the president of the Croatian Parliament since 2011. His body will be brought back to Croatia in the coming days.

Croatian Oscar Candidate Scoops Film Award in Portugal

Croatian feature film Vegetarian Cannibal directed by Branko Schmidt  has won the Best Direction Award at the 28th Festroia International Film Festival in Setubal (Portugal). At the same time, it’s main star Rene Bitorajac won the Best Actor Award at Fantastic Fest in Austin (Texas) for his role of a corrupted doctor in Schmidt’s film.

Vegetarian Cannibal, produced by Telefilm, will represent Croatian cinema in the selection process of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar award in the Best Foreign Film category. The nominations for this prestigious American film award will be announced on 15 January 2013.

In Vegetarian Cannibal, Danko Babic (Bitorajac) is an ambitious and amoral gynaecologist at Croatia’s leading fertility clinic. When his colleague Bantic is appointed as head of the clinic, Babic starts a secret war to overthrow his rival. Distracted by his ruthless campaign he makes series of fatal mistakes that result in the death of a patient. A crooked coroner and a corrupt police officer cover up his misdeeds, while Babic grows increasingly dependant on drugs and alcohol. He begins performing illegal abortions on prostitutes who work for Jedinko, a gangster who controls the local drug and sex trade. When a prostitute dies following a botched abortion, the police become suspicious but Babic’s dodgy contacts save him once again by destroying evidence.

Watch the trailer here:

Croatian President: “Entrepreneurship is the only thing that can help us”

Talking in the Dalmatian town of Zadar the Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has stressed that entrepreneurship is the only thing that can help Croatia achieve positive growth and sustainable development.

Josipovic was speaking on the theme “The concept of sustainable development – the holder of the changes in society and in the political arena.” as part of a programme by the Academy for Political Development, reported Croatian radiotelevision.

“The Popular topic of sustainable development can be rationalised as a battle of two important catalysts in society: the quest for the satisfaction of personal and collective needs, and on the other hand, solidarity,” said Josipovic, adding that these two tendencies are not always positively correlated.

“If we compare the objectives, that 75 per cent of the population from 20-64 years are employed, that 3 per cent of production gets invested in research and development, and that 40 per cent of the population complete tertiary education, we must conclude that Europe is very far from fulfilling these objectives. When we look at Croatia’s goals, we have ambitious goals that are far from realisation. The strategy in 2009 was to encourage population growth, protect the environment and natural resources, to achieve social and territorial cohesion and justice, energy independence, improve public health, connect Croatia, and to conserve the coast and the islands It must be said that we are very far away from achieving that”, concluded Josipovic.