Archive for: January 17th, 2013

Split Shaken By Earthquake

Residents in the Dalmatian city of Split were rattled on Thursday afternoon after an earthquake hit the coastal city.

It has been reported that the quake was felt in nearby Trogir, Sinj and even on the islands of Brac and Hvar. The earthquake, which hit at around 14:20pm, reportedly measured 4.1 on the Richter scale, with an epicentre of around 20 kilometers north of Split with a depth of 5 kilometres.

VIDEO: The Croatian Racing Hearts In New US Show

She is currently exciting viewers playing sassy Carrie Hopewell in a new American drama television series titled Banshee, set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish country, but little is known about the 38-year-old actress getting hearts racing in the show.

Carrie Hopewell is being played by Croatian Ivana Milicevic. Milivevic moved to the US when she was 5-years-old with her parents Damir and Tonka. She grew up in Michigan and has forged a career in film and tv after modelling during her school years.

Seinfeld fans will remember Ivana when she appeared in one episode as Patty, the wife of Milos, owner of a tennis shop, who attempts to seduce Jerry as a favour to her husband. She has also played Tom Cruise’s former girlfriend in Jerry Maguire, Uma Thurman’s lookalike opposite Ben Affleck in Paycheck, and a Bond girl in Casino Royale.

Ivana’s younger brother Tomo is a guitarist in the band 30 Seconds to Mars. The talented Croatian has also delved into the stand-up comedy business.

Croats March On At Australian Open

Croatian tennis player Ivan Dodig will join countrymen Marin Cilic in the third round of the Australian Open after a 5-set marathon victory over Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen today.

Dodig(28) hit 33 aces and saved 17 break-points in his 3 hour 28 minute 6:3, 6:7 (4), 6:3, 6:7 (4), 6:1 victory. Dodig now faces 9th seed Richard Gasquet in the next round.

It was a lot more comfortable for Marin Cilic today, Croatia’s top seed beat Rajeev Ram in straight sets 7:5, 6:2, 6:4. Meanwhile Australian-Croatian Bernard Tomic also made it into the 4th round, but Donna Vekic’s Australian Open ended after she lost to Caroline Wozniacki today.

Germany Does Not Want Croatian Workers Just Yet

Croats who think that come 1 July 2013, when Croatia formally becomes a member state of the European Union, they can shoot off to Germany to find work, can think again after Germany’s parliament met in Berlin yesterday.

Croats will have to wait at least two years, and possibly longer after Germany’s parliament confirmed the restrictions for Croatian workers.

“In accordance with the legislation of the European Union on the issue of work permits, access to the German labour market during the transitional period of two years will continue to remain restricted for workers from Croatia,” said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Wednesday.

It is expected after the transitional period that Germany will enforce the 7-year working restriction on Croatia, as it done in 2004 with Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and in 2007 with Romania and Bulgaria.

Island Of Brac To Put Croatia On World Medical Tourism Map

A 275 million euro Medical-Tourism project on the Dalmatian island of Brac is gaining momentum, reports daily Slobodna Dalmacija.

800 thousand square metres of land in Nerezisca on the island of Brac has already been purchased, with plans to purchase a further 300 thousand, to build the Medis Brachia complex which will see a medical centre built, including a special clinic for healing tumors, dependence hotels, apartments, wellness and spas, sports facilities and restaurants.

“A clinic with revolutionary methods of curing the worst kind of tumors will lift Nerezisca, Brac and Croatia to the top of the world for medical tourism. Our country will be right along side Germany, Austria, Italy and Japan,” said the head of Nerezisca’s council

The medical centre complex is expected to open up around 820 jobs on the island, of which 40% will be highly specialised positions. Investors behind the project have just returned from one of the few centres of its kind in the world in Austria.

Croatian Film At Famous Berlin Festival

One of the world’s leading film festivals, the Berlin International Film Festival, will this year include a Croatian film in its programme.

A Stranger (original title: Obrana i zastitia), directed by Bobo Jelcic, has been officially included in this year’s programme. The plot of the film takes place in Mostar, a town divided into two sides, the Croatian and the Bosnian side, even twenty years after the war. The protagonist is a Croat named Slavko and the story revolves around his doubts whether to attend the funeral of his pre-war friend, a Muslim.

Montreal Indie Sensation Coming To Zagreb

Montreal indie sensations Suuns have confirmed that they will play in Croatia on 2 May at the Tvornica Kulture venue in Zagreb.

Sunns will be in Zagreb promoting their second studio album “Images Du Futur” which will be released in March. The post-punk mix / experimental rock and pop band have been tagged as the best new band by certain critics.

Sunns have played in Croatia once before, performing at the Terraneo festival nearly two years ago.

Russians Reveal Croatian Investment Interests

It looks like Croatia is on the radar of Russian energy giants Gazprom. A Croatia-Russian working group has been formed and have been with charged with discussing three potential areas of investment in Croatia by Russian energy company Gazprom.

Besides already expressing a desire to become a major gas supplier in Croatia, the Russian giants are also interested in investing in gas-fired plants, and developing a network of natural gas filling stations for motor vehicles, reports Tportal.

Gazprom’s CEO has confirmed the company’s interest in Croatia, stating that Croatia’s upcoming entry into the EU is attractive and provides good business opportunities.

Money No Object For Croatia’s EU Headquarters

With debt mounting and a constant message recently from Croatia’s government that there is simply no money to invest in local infrastructure, it seems that no expense will be spared when it comes to housing Croatia’s political representatives abroad in Brussels.

The Croatian government are set to write out a cheque for 11.5 million euros to secure a 4,000 square metre building in the heart of Brussels to use as its headquarters as it enters the European Union.

Parliament will meet today and are expected to give approval for the purchase of the building which includes 7 floors and a 4-level basement/garage. The 11.5 million euros building, which was valued at 13.7 million euros 5 years ago, is located on Joseph II street in Brussel’s European quarter, reports PolitikaPlus.