Archive for: January 11th, 2013

World’s Oldest Neon Advert Made By Croat

The oldest neon advertisement in the world still in function, which is found on top of a department store in Prague, was designed by a Croat, writes portal evarazdin.

Artist Bozidar Leiser, who was born in the northern Croatian city of Varazdin, made the 8-metre high revolving white swan, which still sits proudly on the Bila Labut building in the Czech capital, in the 1930’s.

Croat Beats 22,000 Entries To Win UK Royal Society Of Chemistry Award

Why does hot water freeze faster than cold? Just ask Croatian Nikola Bregovic (29) from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Zagreb.

Bregovic beat off 22,000 people in the Mpemba effect competition held by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.

Bregovic won £1000 by producing the best and most creative explanation of the phenomenon by which hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold water, known today as The Mpemba Effect.

U20 Brazil International To Join Hajduk Split


Two Brazilian footballers from the famous Fluminense football club are to arrive at Croatian club Hajduk Split tomorrow, according to the club’s official website.

Lucas Patinho and Gabriel Cassio land in Split tomorrow to undergo medicals, despite earlier reports that Fluminense FC would send midfielder Higor Rodrigues Leite, a cousin of Real Madrid star Kaka, and 20-year-old striker Matheus Carvalho on loan to the Split club.

Patihno (20), who is currently playing in Portugal on loan,  is a 190cm attacking midfielder who has represented Brazil at youth level, whilst Cassio, also 20, is a product of the Fluminense youth system.

Zagreb Basketball Manager Found Dead

Croatian basketball club KK Zagreb are in shock at the news of the death of their team manager and marketing manager Zoran Sucevic (44).

Police found Sucevic’s body in the early hours of Thursday near a volleyball court at Zagreb’s lake Jarun, writes Vecernji list. It has been reported that his colleagues do not believe that he took his own life and a police investigation is under way to find the cause of Sucevic’s death.

CNN Article: Croatia Had “Friends In The Right Places” To Join EU

CNN have published an article on their website titled “Did Croatia get lucky on EU membership”, quoting a South East European politics senior researcher at the London School of Economics saying that Croatia “got lucky” and its membership was down to having “friends in the right places”.

The researcher, James Ker-Lindsay, also states in the article that he believes some EU member states are turning a “blind eye” to a number of Croatia’s problems in favour of the political symbolism that enlargement in the Western Balkans represents.

Read the full article here.

Croatia Presented At Austria’s Largest International Travel Fair

Croatia is currently on show at the largest international tourism fair in Austria, The Ferien-Messe Wien, which is held in the Austrian capital Vienna from 10-13 January.

More than 800 exhibitors from around 70 countries are presenting at the fair. Croatia is slowing becoming the number one destinations for Austrian travellers. The Croatian Tourism Board representative in Vienna Ranko Vlatkovic says that the Austrian market is extremely important to Croatia and Croatia is currently in the top 3 destinations for Austrian travellers, together with Germany and Italy.

Due Diligence Starts On Croatia’s Largest Alcoholic Beverage Company

Croatian largest and oldest wines alcoholic beverage company Badel 1862 have announced that a potential foreign buyer is conducting due diligence on the company.

“Today began the process of due diligence on Badel 1862 by potential bidders who have acquired the right to purchase the bidding documents in accordance with the government’s decision to sell 2,065,828 shares (65.84 percent of the share capital) that are owned by the Croatian government,” the company’s statement said.

Due diligence is expected to be complete by the middle of February.

More Bombs Go Off In West Zagreb

Police are investigating a spate of explosions in West Zagreb in Croatia after the an amateur bomb exploded at a bus station at midnight last night. The strong blast at the station in Stenjevac injured one person. He was taken to hospital and his injuries were not life threatening, reported Croatian media. Police and forensics are examining the scene.

On Tuesday a train travelling West of Zagreb collided with an explosive device that was on the train tracks.