Archive for: January 22nd, 2013

VIDEO: “Flood Of The Century” In Karlovac

The central Croatian town of Karlovac was under water on Tuesday, suffering its worst flood “in centuries” after the River Kupa broke the dam wall in the centre of town.

A number of houses in the centre suffered flooding as the river’s water levels rose more than 6 metres in just 24 hours. A state of emergency will be declared if the levels reach 830 centimeters, currently they are around 770. Local residents say that today’s flood is the worst flood in the last century.

Click here for video footage courtesy of Jutarnji TV.

Government To Privatize One Of The Last Remaining National Banks In Croatia

At a parliament sitting on Tuesday, the Croatian Government has made the decision to privatize one of the last remaining banks in Croatian hands, Hrvatska Postanska Banka (HPB).

The government will sell a 51.46 stake in the bank and execute recapitalisation through the issuing of new shares through a public or private offering, reports PoslovniPuls.

“The reasons for the Governments decision is because of HPB’s heavy dependency on supplementary capital and its extremely high price, but above all the fact that the strategic question of HPB’s capital has not been solved, even after earlier recapitalization of the bank,” said the Government.

Croatia’s Minister of Finance Slavko Linic said that there were insufficient funds in the budget to recapitalize the bank.

PHOTO: Sexy Hajduk Split Calendar Goes On Sale

It was a hit when they done it two years ago to celebrate legendary Croatian football club Hajduk Split’s 100th Anniversary, selling thousands from Croatia to Australia to the US. Now the Hajduk Split Supporters Club in Osijek have done it again. The club, based in eastern Croatia have produced another “sexy calendar” to raise funds.

 

Parliament Roof Caves In Under 400-500kg Of Snow

Tragedy was narrowly avoided yesterday at the Croatian Parliament building in Croatia’s capital Zagreb when a glass roof caved in under the weight of heavy snow, writes Jutarnji list.

Parliament staff estimate that around 400-500 kilograms worth of snow was on the roof when it caved in. Nobody was underneath the glass roof when it caved in.

Male Gigolo Arrested In Split

Police in the Dalmatian city of Split have arrested a 48-year-old male prostitute, writes daily newspaper 24sata.

The “gigolo” faces charges after offering sexual services to men in the wider Split region. He had been operating since May 2012 until the middle of January this year, advertising sexual services for between 100 and 200 kuna (15 to 25 euros) a pop.

 

Plastic Surgery 65% Cheaper In Croatia

Croatia has top class surgeons, advanced medical technology and according to recent research by portal CroMedicor, up to 65% cheaper prices for plastic surgery than the rest of EU, but experts say that until Croatia works on its branding as a medical tourism destination, it will have trouble attracting more clients.

Breast enlargement operations in Croatia are around 3,300 euros cheaper than in Italy, and 1,159 euros cheaper than in Germany, whilst ear pinning is 500 euros cheaper in Croatia than it is in Slovenia and a massive 3,145 euros cheaper than in the UK.

Nevertheless, foreigners are not coming to Croatia for plastic surgery, as Turkey and countries in the far east such as Singapore and South Korea remain the most popular destination for those wanting surgery on the cheap.

“It is a fact that for years we have been selling just sun and the sea, whilst we neglect to promote other forms of tourism, meaning Croatia is not branded as a nation for medical tourism,” said Miljenko Bure, president of the Medical Tourism Development Association.

Bure says that Croatia needs to invest in the branding of the country as a medical tourism destination in the next two years, first developing the current capacity.

“Investors from Germany, Austria and the United Arab Emirates are already interested in investing in Croatia, but for them to come Croatia needs to invest in around 65,000 euros per destination to develop projects which will be presented to investors,” Bure told daily Vecernji list.

Croatia Set Up Quarter Final Match Up With France

Croatia have set up a tantalizing quarter-final match up against old foes France at the World Handball Championships in Spain after easily defeating Belarus in the 2nd round 33:24.

Croatia’s coach Slavko Goluza decided to rest a handful of key players once the result was in the bag at half-time. France have been Croatia’s downfall at recent tournaments, including the semi-final at the Olympic Games in London last year. The quarter-final match is to be played on Wednesday.

NBA’s Brooklyn Nets To Play In Zagreb To Honour Drazen Petrovic

NBA basketball side the Brooklyn Nets could be set to play a match in the Croatian capital to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of its former Croatian star Drazen Petrovic.

The Brooklyn Nets, who were called the New Jersey Nets when Petrovic was a star there in the early 1990’s, will play a match against Petrovic’s former club Cibona in Zagreb if there is enough interest, it was reported on Euro Leagues website.

A match up in October at Zagreb’s Arena has been branded around as a potential date, making it the first time an NBA team has played in Croatia. Petrovic, arguably the best basketball player to come out of the region, was tragically killed in a car accident in Germany at the age of 28 in 1993.