Archive for: January 14th, 2013

Zagreb Bomber Remanded In Custody

The man charged by police in connection with 2 bomb blasts in West Zagreb, Croatia, was literally dragged to court by police officers on Monday.

Vojislav Blazevic (54) was remanded in custody for 30-days whilst investigations continued. The lawyer for Blazevic, who is currently being held in hospital because of injuries he suffered in one of the blasts, says his client has maintained his silence since his arrest and has gone on a hunger strike. Police had to physically drag him to the Zagreb County Court as he refused to move.

Blazevic is charged planting and detonating an amateur bomb at a bus station in Stenjevac, West Zagreb late on 11 January and also planting an explosive device on train tracks near the Podsused station in West Zagreb on 9 January which exploded when a freight train collided with the device.

Blazevic faces 5 years in jail if found guilty.

Argentine Goalie Rumoured To Be Heading To Dinamo Zagreb

Croatian football champions Dinamo Zagreb are set sign Argentine goalkeeper Pablo Alejandro Migliore, according to Argentina’s Ole.

Dinamo Zagreb recently stripped the captaincy from its current goalkeeper Ivan Keleva after they announced that they were in the market for another keeper. Migliore was reported in the Argentine media saying that he can not wait to join the Zagreb club.

1.91 metre tall Migliore (30) plays for San Lorenzo in the Argentine first division, who have apparently put a 1 million euro price tag on him.

Floating Conference Centre On Croatian Coast

Conference organisers around the world looking for a swanky and exotic venue may soon be able to select Croatia. Davor Stern, a former Croatian government Minister and businessmen, plans to build a floating conference hall on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, writes Lider magazine.

The floating conference centre, which will seat 2,000 people, is expected to set back Stern and investors around 20 million euros.

“The costs are lower than they would be if we built it on land. We have applied to the Ministry of Tourism for funding, and we will seek domestic investment, and also apply for funding from European structural funds, ” said Stern, adding that even though the project is unlikely to be ready for the upcoming tourist season.

Stern also says that the centre has attracted plenty of interest as it may also be used as a floating nightclub or a venue for concerts.

Croatian And Serbian PM’s To Meet In Belgrade On Wednesday

The first official meeting between the Croatian and Serbian Prime Ministers is set to take place in the Serbian capital Belgrade on Wednesday, reports daily Vecernji list.

Croatia’s Zoran Milanovic will meet with Ivica Dacic and discuss all current issues that effect the two nations, and also issues that are currently halting Croatian-Serbian relations. A press conference will be held after Wednesday’s meeting.

All Black Finds Hunger In Croatia

Croatia and it’s magical Dalmatian island of Hvar was an unlikely source of motivation for one of New Zealand’s top rugby players to return to the game at the highest level.

Anthony Boric (29), who was part of the All Black’s World Cup winning side in 2011, was forced out of the game due to a neck injury last year. After undergoing surgery the 2-metre lock told New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times that he even “weighed up whether it was worth throwing in the towel.”

Boric took the opportunity to take a holiday in Croatia, where he has family.

“I have family in a small town halfway between Split and Dubrovnik and on the island of Hvar [in the Adriatic Sea]. It was nice to visit my relatives, they turn it on – I was definitely well fed. Hvar was probably my favourite spot. I did a cruise for a week with a few mates. Being out in the islands jumping off a boat and swimming for hours was so peaceful,” said Boric who is back training with his province Auckland, adding that his time away from the game has given him perspective on the rigours of a rugby-playing life.

Hvar in Croatia is not just a favourite with Boric, after countless media articles from around the world promoting the picturesque central Dalmatian island, The New York Times are the latest to jump on the bandwagon, naming it at number 14 on the 46 places for 2013 list, as Total Hvar reports.

VIDEO: World Music Attraction Coming To Croatia

Their sound has been described as mystical, unique, moving and distinctive, and their concerts a “goosebump” experience, and they set to perform in Croatia.

GREGORIAN has cemented their place on the international music scene with their unique interpretations, selling over 6 million records and playing to more than 1.3 million people live in concert.

GREGORIAN will be taking their Epic Chants Tour to Croatia, playing concerts in Zagreb on 3 April, in Split on 4 April and in Varazdin on 5 April.

It will be GREGORIAN’S biggest tour yet, playing in over 75 cities.

Croatian President Powers To Increase?

Could there be a change in Croatia’s constitution coming up shortly, allowing for the President’s powers to increase? Results of a recent survey have been published by Croatian daily newspaper Vecernji list, which asked citizens if they thought that the President’s powers were too restrictive.

53% of those surveyed believed that the President of Croatia had too little power, whilst only 2% believed he had too much power. Interestingly today daily newspaper Novi list revealed that the survey was ordered and paid for by the office of the President Ivo Josipovic. 78% of those surveyed believed current president Josipovic deserved another mandate.

Lidl Voted Best Foreign Retail Chain In Croatia

Lidl Croatia has been ranked the best international retail chain in Croatia, according to the results of a recent Best Buy Awards survey. Lidl Croatia scored highest amongst Croat shoppers when it came to price and quality in a number of key market categories, reports poslovni dnevnik.

Lidl also was voted the best retail chain for variety of products in the following categories; chocolate, ice-cream, sweets and cereals.

Best Buy Awards research is conducted in accordance with the provisions of the International Code on Market and Social Research passed by the International Chamber of Commerce and World Association of Research Experts.

1st Round Defeats For Croats At Australian Open

It was a day to forget for the Croatian contingent on the opening day of the first tennis grand slam of the year, the Australian Open.

Petra Martic, ranked 62 in the world, lost her first round match to 92nd ranked Misaki Doi from Japan 6:3, 6:4, while Ivo Karlovic was also knocked out in the first round, losing to American Tim Smyczek 6:4, 7:6, 7:5.

Over Half A Million Croats Over 70

“Statistics show that there has been an explosion recently in the number of old age people living. The number is expected to double by 2030. In the USA alone there is around 16 million people living older than 85,” said Inge Heim, an epidemiologist who has completed a study on the longevity of Croats.

Heim says that according to results and analysis, Croatia’s southern Dalmatian islands, the Dubrovnik region and Lika have the highest longevity rate in the country.

“The largest growth in longevity in women is recorded in the Lika area, whilst for men it is on the islands in southern Dalmatia,” said Heim.

The latest census figures show that the most amount of people over the age of 70 live in the Lika-Senj county, reports Vecernji list. The lowest longevity rates are recorded in the country’s larger cities – Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Osijek.

Out of Croatia’s population of 4,284,889, 556,631 are older than 70 years of age, around 13% of the population.