Archive for: January 7th, 2013

Hajduk Split Set To Sign Ivory Coast U-17 International

Ivory Coast U-17 international Jean Kouassi has landed in Split with his manager on Monday afternoon, where he is expected to sign with Croatian first division side Hajduk Split.

The 18-year-old Moosou FC striker has reportedly been on the radar of French side Monaco, and is described as a gifted striker who can also play wide on the right.

Croat Wins National Geographic Photo Of The Year Contest

Croatian photographer Nenad Saljic has won an award at the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest. Saljic (51) from the Dalmatian city of Split, was the winner of the “Places” category with his photo, The Matterhorn at full moon.

Saljic’s photo was chosen out of 22,000 photos from all over the world by judges at the world’s most famous geographic magazine. Saljic told daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija that he took a series of photos of the Pennine Alps mountain between 3 and 5am during a strong wind and minus 15 degrees temperatures last year.

Saljic’s magical photo will be in an upcoming edition of the famous magazine. (Photo: Nenad Saljic / National Geographic Photo Contest)

Asking Prices For Croatian Homes Drop 3.1% In 2012

Asking prices for homes in Croatia dropped 3.1% in 2012, reports CentarNekretnina. Asking prices for homes in the capital Zagreb were down 0.1% in December compared with the previous month, and down 3.5% for the year as demand constantly waivers.

The average asking price for an apartment in Zagreb in December was 1,665 euros per square metre. It was not just the capital which experienced a drop in asking prices. Asking prices on Croatia’s Adriatic coast have also declined. The average asking price for a home on the coast in December was 1,617 euro per square metre, with the average asking price for an apartment on the coast 2,000 euros per square metre.

The most expensive real estate on the coast is still in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, with the average asking prices in December 2,857 per square metre. The cheapest county was the Lika-Senj County, with the average asking price at 1,605 euros per square metre.

Croatia’s Klapa Cambi Confirm US Tour Dates

Croatian a cappella group Klapa Cambi are set to begin a five-gig tour of America. The Split-based group are one of the most awarded and popular Dalmatian singing groups and dates have been confirmed for their US tour.

January 18 – New York
January 20 – Pittsburgh
January 21 – Cleveland
January 23 – Mississauga
January 26 – Chicago

“We Are Creating A New Language – Cro-English”

Croats who emigrated to english speaking countries are the masters at it, but the trend of using words that are of an english base, and giving them a “Croatian” touch is now spreading in Croatia, and it has forced Croatian language expert and author Nives Opacic to write a book on the subject titled Hrvatski ni u zagradama (Croatian not even in brackets).

Opacic even has a name for the language she says is slowly being created: Hrenglish. Slang mentality she says has seen the creation of words that are now a common feature in the Croatian language such as shoppingirati (go shopping), downloadirati (to download), challengirati (to challenge) telephoneirati (to phone), lajkati (to like) and so on.

“We are creating a new language, hrenglish. The base is english, with an extension from a Croatian (hrvatski) root. In the last year it has got out of control,” said Opacic to Novi list.

Opacic says that the problem is when a new word comes into language from the west, such as the word trendy, Croatians simply adopt the word without creating its own. Opacic’s guide gives advice and solutions to Croatian language experts, journalists, students and citizens for replacement words in Croatian that are entering society in english.

Croat Outraged As €1.15 Bank Debt Turns Into €2,250 Nightmare

A Croatian man is left fuming after discovering that a 8.66 kuna (1.15 euro) debt from over 20 years ago with a bank has now escalated into a massive 17,000 kuna (2,250 euro) debt, reports 24sata.

Slavko Marusic, from Zemunik near Zadar on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, got a shock when he discovered that 600 kuna (80 euro) was missing from his last pension payment. When he made enquiries about the missing money, Marusic was informed that the money was being deducted because of a debt he had incurred from the bank from 1989.

After Marusic’s house was demolished during the war, he received no notification that his original debt of 8.66 kuna (1.15 euro) was being pursued, with interest, by the banks legal team. Marusic was told that the debt, because of interest over the years, is now 17,000 kuna (2,250 euro).

Nikola Tesla: World Marks 70th Anniversary Of Death Of World’s Greatest Inventor

Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of the most important inventors in history, Croatia-born scientist Nikola Tesla. Tesla died aged 86 on January 7 1943 in New York, exactly 70 years ago, and was remembered largely for inventing the electrical system.

A reef will be placed on the monument of Tesla located in the street named after him in Croatia’s capital Zagreb, in memory of the great inventor. The 70th anniversary of his death will also be marked in New York where he spent much of his life.

Tesla was born on 10 July 1856 in the town of Smiljan in the region of Lika in Croatia. Apart from inventing the modern AC electrical supply system, Tesla is also known for his high-voltage, high frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs which included patented devices and theoretical work used in the invention of radio communication, for his X-ray experiments, and for his attempts at intercontinental wireless transmission.

Croatian Comedy Smashes Box Office Records

Svecenikova djeca (The Priest’s Children) a Croatian comedy film by director Vinko Bresan, has smashed box office records in its first weekend of screening.

33,759 people watched the film which is about a young priest on a Dalmatian island who, in order to increase the birth rate in the village, begins to punch holes in condom packets, making it the most successful opening in 22 years in Croatia.

Kostelic Misses Out As Austrian Takes World Cup Slalom In Zagreb

More than 13,000 fans turned up to support Croatian Ivica Kostelic when the World Cup men’s slalom took place on Zagreb’s Mount Sljeme yesterday, but the former champion Croat could only manage 8th place after defending champion Marcel Hirscher from Austria won his 3rd World Cup slalom for the season.

Andre Myher of Sweden finished in second place, with Austria’s Mario Matt in third place. The Zagreb leg of the World Cup was televised live in 25 countries, including Eurosport Asia, Eurosport International and ESPN.