Archive for: January 8th, 2013

Tasting Their Way Through Croatia In New York

Croatia is home to some of the finest grape varieties and wines in the world. On 26 February 2013 at the Astor Center in New York City, visitors will have a chance to discover grapes such as Plavac Mali, Posip and Malvasia when the 2nd Grand Portfolio Tasting of the Wines of Croatia is held.

Visitors will have a chance to taste their way through Croatia with 30 of Croatia’s top wine producers.

Slovenian U-17 Captain Decides He Wants To Play For Croatia

He captained Slovenia at the U-17 European Championships, but Sven Dodlek (17) has reportedly pledged his alliance to Croatia.

Slovenian portal SIOL.net says that the talented Maribor midfielder, who can qualify to play for Croatia thanks to his father who moved to Slovenia from the northern Croatian town of Cakovec, has indicated that he wants to play for Croatia.

Family Centre Advises Men To Drink More Alcohol

A Family Centre in Croatia, dedicated to promoting marriage and family values, has caused controversy on Tuesday after it published on its website a list of advice for men and women on how they need to behave to make a marriage work, saying men need to drink more alcohol and women need to cook good for their husbands.

The Family Centre of the Varazdin Diocese in eastern Croatia published the list on its website this morning but were soon forced to remove it after a backlash. Amongst the “code of conduct” tips for men, they suggested that  a real man must be in control and suppress their feelings, don’t take too much care of their bodies and drink as much alcohol as they could.

They suggested that women should first forget in an argument with their husband, not criticize her husbands friends, produce a varied menu when cooking for him, not cook anything he doesn’t like and be nice to his family and friends.

Instant Soups, Frankfurters, Fizzy Drinks Off School Menu

Deserts containing a large amount of sugar and fat, fizzy and non-fizzy sugary drinks, margarine, meat pate, frankfurters, instant soups and concentrates with large quantities of salt and additives in them are on the list of items which may soon be banned in Croatian primary schools.

That is the list which the Ministry of Health suggested in its Nutrition Standards for primary school kids, writes daily Novi list.

The food items are what the Ministry says should be only on the menu twice a month or not on the menu at all. The Ministry also advised what the primary schools should have on the menu. For breakfast – dairy products, grains and cereals, bread and spreads, and fruit and vegetables. For lunch – cooked vegetables, vegetable stews, potatoes, beans, meat, fish, salads and fruit. Yoghurts, fruits and juices without added sugar should replace the current sugary desserts.

“The aim of the Ministry of Health is to improve diets in schools and to improve and develop proper eating habits for children and young people’, explained the Ministry as the reasons for the adapting the guidelines which prescribe recommended foods, optimal intake energy and nutrients.

Juventus Join Race For Croatian Teen With €600,000 bid

Italian giants Juventus have made a €600,000 bid for Croatian U-17 international Marko Dabro (15), reports Italian portal gianlucadimarzio.com.

The talented young striker, who is currently with Croatian side Cibalia, has been a target for English sides Chelsea and Liverpool already this season. Unless Juventus up the ante they may struggle to sign the Croatian teenager, Cibalia have put a €2M price tag on him.

Two Light Quakes Hit Croatia

The Croatian Seismological Service have recorded two moderated sized earthquakes just before midnight last night. The epicentre of the two quakes was 8 kilometres north-east of the town of Otocac (Lika County).

The first quake was recorded at around 23:50 on Monday night, measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale. The second quake was recorded 13 minutes later and measured 2.9 on the Richter scale. The quakes were felt around Otocac and nearby Gospic.

Agrokor’s Mercator Take Over Back On?

Croatia’s largest company, Agrokor, which has Croatia’s largest supermarket chain Konzum in its portfolio, looks like it might again be line to buy out Slovenian company Mercator, the largest retailer in the Balkans, according to Slovenian media.

Mercator’s consultants ING have prepared a list of 28 potential buyers, which include powerhouses in the retail game such as Tesco’s Wall-mart and Aldi, but ING say that Ivica Todoric’s Agrokor is the strongest player to take over the Slovenian giants, writes 24ur.

“Agrokor has the greatest chance of sealing a deal,” writes 24ur, adding that Slovenian politicians have “softened” after they stopped Agrokor’s first attempt to purchase Mercator when they thought that it was in “national interest” that Mercator remained in Slovenian hands.

Agrokor offered 221 euros per Mercator share when it made a non-binding bid last year, valuing the retailer at 832 million euros ($1.1 billion).

UK/Croatia Extra/ordinary Design Exhibition Opens In London

Products created in design workshops held in the Croatian cities of Zagreb and Osijek are currently being displayed at the British Council Gallery in London.

The UK/Croatia Extra/ordinary Design Exhibition will take place between 7-27 January 2013 and is the first event to kick off the “Welcome Croatia” Festival in the UK organised by the British-Croatian Society and Croatia’s Ministry of Culture.

The Zagreb and Osijek workshops saw teams of designers and employees, many from socially marginalised groups, make a diverse range of products from ceramic lamps, metal plant containers, painted stools, to textiles, toys, laser cut puzzles and even a signature formal clothing collection. The exhibition is the result of a partnership developed by the British Council Croatia between the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, The Croatian Designers Association and the School of Design, University of Zagreb.

Tax Inspectors To Start Knocking On Cafe Doors From Today

They gave them a 7-day grace period, but from today there will be no mercy from the tax department for those who have not implemented fiscal cash registered as required under the new fiscalization law which was introduced on 1 January 2013 by the Croatian government.

The state tax department announced that from today its inspectors will be out in the field knocking on cafe doors checking to see whether or not proprietors have set up the new system, which is linked to the state tax office and sends a message each time a receipt is rung up.

So far the tax department has received 20,300,660 receipts, but it says there are thousands still yet to implement the new system. Those caught by the inspectors will get 3 days to introduce the new fiscal registers before being shut down.

Cult Zagreb Sandwich Bar Going Strong After Quarter Of A Century

Many fast-food takeaway bars in Croatia’s capital Zagreb have come and gone over the years, but one remains steadfast, feeding hungry office workers and nightclubbers for a quarter of a century.

Cult sandwich bar Pingvin, located on a street named after one of the world’s greatest inventors Nikola Tesla in the heart of the city, first opened its doors way back in 1987 and celebrates 25 years in operation this year.

The 24/7 sandwich bar serves a wide range of freshly grilled sandwiches, from steak, chicken, turkey and ham, to a range of vegetarian options with a host of fillings. Pingvin has especially been a hit with those peckish after a night out in town and seeing ques 4-rows-deep at 2am is a common site.