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Ivica Kostelic won his first world cup slalom race of the season March 2013 with victory in Kranjska Gora
Ivica Kostelić, the 2011 overall world cup champion and three time defending combined champion had been hampered all season with a knee injury. But the 33-year-old Zagreb native showed no signs of pain as he clocked a winning combined time of one minute 45.81 seconds to top the podium 10 years after his first victory.

Croatian Coats of Arms in the 20th century
Croatian Coats of Arms are quite widespread among Croatians in the USA, in South America, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Western Europe. Easy to recognize, it served and still serves as a sign various organizations and societies, and many Croatian families keep it as a dear decoration on carefully chosen places in their houses, in hundreds of witty variations. It is an interesting element of fashin of Croatian sportsmen and sportswomen. On the photo Croatian Coat of Arms with two angels, from 1919, on the ceiling of a hall in Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb.

Croatian Coats of Arms in the 19th century
Croatian Coats of Arms of the 19th century, as well as in previous and later periods, are of amazing variety and beauty. It is therefore no surprise that they can be found throughout Europe, in the USA, and in Australia. They are often very nice decoration on official documents, postacards, books, playing cards, dishes, bags, fans, houses, monuments, etc. On the photo is a detail from the golden book of donors, when the Croatian Music Hall (Hrvatski glazbeni zavod) was founded in Zagreb in 1871.

Croatian Coats of Arms in 17th and 18th centuries
Croatian Coats of Arms of the 17th and 18th centuries can be found not only in Croatia, but throughout Europe:  in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czechia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain. On the photo you can see a very beautiful Coat of Arms of the Croatian sea port Bakar from 1779. We express our gratitude to late Mr. Adam Eterovich for inciting our interest in Croatian Coats of Arms.

Croatian Coats of Arms in the 15th and 16th centuries
Croatian Coat of Arms is among the oldest national symbols in Europe. It can be encountered already since the 15th century in numerous European countries. By Croatian Coat of Arms here we mean the well known red-silver square pattern, by which Croatia is universally recognizable. Rather amazing Croatian Coats of Arms can be seen for example in the Prague Cathedral of St Vitus, on the mount of Hradčany, in the Republic of Czechia, dating from the first half of the 16th century. On the photo is Croatian Coat of Arms from Innsbruck, Austria, painted in 1495, that is, three years after the discovery of America. The presentation is dedicated to the memory of Adam Eterovich.

Josip Pecaric Croatian mathematician wrote a preface to a monograph by Wan-Lan Wang published in China 2011
Professor Wan-Lan Wang, Chengdu University, Chengdu, China, published a monograph Approaches to Prove Inequalities, issued in China in 2011. His colleague from Croatia Academician Josip Pečarić, distingueshed expert for mathematical inequalities, has been invited to write a preface to the book, and to contributa a separate chapter. Furthermore, an interview with Professor Pečarić has been published in a Chinese journal called Mathematics in 2012, and the interview was conducted by Iranian mathematician Mohammad Sal Moslehian.

Miljenko Matijevic amazing Croatian-American rock singer and frontman of the Steelheart rock band
Miljenko Matijević, also known as Michael Matijevic or Mili Matijevic is a Croatian American rock singer, best known as the frontman of the hard rock band Steelheart. He was born November 30, 1964, in Croatia's capital Zagreb. Steelheart is a glam metal band based in Norwalk, Connecticut. Formed in 1990, the band is fronted by vocalist Miljenko Matijevic. His solo appearances, where he accompanies himself with guitar or piano, attract many those who love authentic and convincing rock music.

Javni poziv za prijam osoba na osposobljavanje u Državnom uredu za Hrvate izvan Republike Hrvatske

Na temelju članka 61.a Zakona o državnim službenicima, a u skladu sa Uredbom o uvjetima i načinu izbora osoba na stručno osposobljavanje bez zasnivanja radnog odnosa u državnim tijelima i Plana prijma na stručno osposobljavanje bez zasnivanja radnog odnosa u Državnom uredu za Hrvate izvan Republike Hrvatske za 2013. godinu od 21. siječnja 2013., Državni ured za Hrvate izvan Republike Hrvatske raspisuje javni poziv za prijam osoba na stručno osposobljavanje bez zasnivanja radnog odnosa u Državnom uredu za Hrvate izvan Republike Hrvatske.

Call for submissions for 1st International Samobor Film Music Festival

The 1st International Samobor Film Music Festival, September 11- 14, 2013., is now open for submissions! Composers can submit film music through the ISFMF's online entry form. Application period will run until March 31st the latest. The Artistic Board of the festival will conduct selection of movies for nominations, and the criteria will be determined in relation to the quality and originality of the score. Only films with the production date between January 1st 2010. and February 28th of the current year, will be considered for nominations.

Oleh Hirnyk translated Hrvoje Kacic's monograph from Croatian into Ukrainian and published in Kyiv 2013
  Mr. Oleh Hirnyk translated an important monograph by Dr. Hrvoje Kačić, Serving My Country (U službi domovine), from Croatian into Ukrainian. The Ukrainian title is Hrvats'ki proriv (Croatian Break Through). The monograph has an extensive preface to the book, written by the translator, revealing many little known details from the history of relations between Croatia and Ukraine. The book has been published in 2013 in Kyiv, and we congratulate Mr. Oleh Hirnyk and the Ukrainian publisher Tempora on great job. The book was previously translated from Croatian into English, Castillian, German, and now into Ukrainian.

Concert broadcast of Nenad Bach Band and Friends in Croatia Feb 17th at 0.15 am & 6:15 pm EST on HTV2
Respected Croatian musician and world promoter or Croatian culture, Nenad Bach and Friends, entertained us all with his charity concert in Zagreb for the abandoned children of Nazor street, November 2012. They say Nenad is an artist with a Croatian soul and an American passport. The footage of the Zagreb concert will be shown on February 17th 2013 on HTV2 at 0.15 a.m. in Croatia and 6:15 p.m. EST on HTV2.

Prof.dr. Kresimir Cosic: Kako smo promijenili tijek rata Operacijom ZIMA 94
Hrvatski general prof.dr. Krešimir Ćosić opisuje povijesna događanja vezana uz tzv. Prvu bihaćku krizu i njenu povezanost s operacijom “Zima ’94”, koja su gotovo su potpuno nepoznata široj javnosti. Međutim, može se reći da je Hrvatska vojska upravo tom operacijom neizravno spriječila pad Bihaća i tragediju civilnog pučanstva srebreničkih razmjera još u zimi 1994., ... Sjećanja, činjenice i izvorni dokumenti svjedoče o tome kako je Hrvatska vojska još krajem 1994. braneći Hrvatsku, u suradnji s 5. korpusom Armije BiH branila i obranila Bosnu i Hercegovinu. Članak opisuje i razgovore hrvatskih generala Janka Bobetka i Krešimira Ćosića  u Pentagonu.

Handball World Championships in Spain Croatia wins bronze and Croatia - France 30-23
Competing at the 2013 World Handball Championship in Spain, Croatia won in a match against  France, current World champion. Croatia won with a big result 30-23. The match was held in  23 Jan 2013 in Zaragoza, and it was one of the main events of the whole compeition. Domagoj Duvnjak was proclaimed the best player of the match. Croatia won bronze medal at the 2013 World Handball Competition in Spain, proving that it has one of the best handball teams in the world. On the photo Slavko Goluža, trainer of Croatian team.

Boris Ivandic Croatian painter in Berlin described in a representative monograph by Ante Glibota
Boris Ivandić, Croatian painter, was born in Putesevica, in  Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1951. Several books and many catalogues have been published about Ivandic’s work, as well as two bibliophile volumes in limited edition, with illustrations by Boris Ivandić and poems by Ante Glibota. His works are to be found in all the most important private and public collections throughout the world. Ante  Glibota prepared an extensive monograph about his work. Boris Ivandic lives and works in Berlin where he teaches in the Deutsche Akademie der Kunst. His wife Gabriele Binder is a famous costume designer.

Bianca Childs and Healing Arts Croatia produces and promotes leading edge workshops and retreats

Healing Arts Croatia offers trainings and retreats designed to support embodiment, quiet the mind and free the spirit in a field of holistic and preventative health care, such as: Esalen(R) Massage certifications, wide range of bodywork, Holotropic(R) breathwork, Yoga, SpiritDance, SoulSong, Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms(R) dance, meditation, neural somatic integration, diet, permaculture, nutrition and more. These movement forms provide a powerful catalyst for personal and collective transformation by raising awareness.

Goran Oreskovic founder and owner of VESKI Ltd. Croatian export and knowledge based company
Mr Goran Orešković is a mechanical engineer and a mathematician, an entrepreneur and our greatest expert in machine vibrations. He is the founder and owner of VESKI Ltd. (, and a man who has spent his whole career in developing the most complex products in the field of high technologies. The fact that VESKI Ltd. exports its products even to Australia is one the greatest confirmations of its success. In addition, its products have been awarded with numerous international and Croatian prizes for innovations and scientific contributions.

Egon Matijevic distinguished Croatian-American expert in colloid chemistry
Professor Egon Matijević was born in the Croatian village of Otočac ninety years ago. He was educated in Croatia where he started his extraordinary scientific carrier. After postdoctoral studies in England Matijević moved to USA where he joined Clarkson College of Technology (present Clarkson University) at Potsdam (NY). Egon stayed with Clarkson contributing significantly to the University especially within the Department of Chemistry both in teaching and in research in the field of colloid chemistry. Professor Matijević is a prominent scientist and his achievements were recognized by the scientific community world wide being the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

Iulius Clouius Croatus and a mistake of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and of the Europeana in the Hague
Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna keeps an early self-portrait of Julije Klović, a famous Croatian Renaissance miniature painter, that is, of Iulius Clouius Croatus 1498-1578, as can be clearly seen in a short description on the upper border of the self-portrait (follow the link in the title to see it). Citing this description in the accompaning web page of this institution, the name of "Croatus" has been omitted. The same mistake can be seen on the Europeana web page We are asking for explanation and the correction.

Ana Konjuh young Croatian tennis player won two junior titles at Australian Open 2013
Croatian Ana Konjuh signalled she is a future star of women's tennis as she claimed the 2013 Australian Open girls' singles championship on Saturday. She became the third player in the past three years to win both the Australian Open girls’ singles and doubles title. Miss Konjuh was born and lives in Dubrovnik at the Croatian coast, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Gavran's novel "The Only Witness to Beauty" translated from Croatian language into Bulgarian
Miro Gavran's novel "The Only Witness to Beauty" has been published in the Bulgarian language in Alexandar Liven's translation. The publisher is "The Foundation for Bulgarian Literature" from Sofia. After its publlication in Croatian in 2009, the novel was met by a warm welcome from readers and the critics, and it will be published in The Netherlands by the end of 2013.  Miro Gavran's works have been translated from Croatian into 35 different languages to date.

Roman Krznaric speaking about the art of living and social change
Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living. He is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, which offers instruction and inspiration on the important questions of everyday life, and advises organisations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading lifestyle philosophers. Roman is a fanatical real tennis player, has worked as a gardener, and has a passion for furniture making. His ambition is to found the world’s first empathy museum. Mr. Krznaric has Croatian roots.

BREVIS Croatian female vocal ensemble in Carnegie Hall in New York on 21 Jan 2013 at 7 pm
Croatian female vocal ensemble BREVIS will sing at Carnegie Hall in New York on 21 January 2013 at 7 pm, Isaac Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. They are singing as guests of a famous Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. The ensemble had very successful tours in Europe, America and Asia. They were winners of prestigious competitions of ensembles at the Sweden Helsingborgschoir Festival (2004), and also at the 4th Olympiade of choirs at the World Choir Games in 2006 in Xiamen in China (2006). In June 2012 they had a very successful debut in Hollywood. The ensemble is directed by Antoaneta Radočaj-Jerković and Davor Dedić.

Davor Vrankic distinguished Croatian painter living and working in Paris and New York
  Davor Vrankić, distinguished Croatian painter born in the town of Osijek, lives and works in Paris and New York. He had individual exhibitions in Osijek, Rijeka, Zagreb, Paris, New York, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, etc. His paintings are extremely complex compositions, and he paints with a pencil.

Mate Rimac young Croatian inventor created the fastest electric car in the world
Mate Rimac, young Croatian inventor, created the fastest electric car in the world rushing faster than 300 km/h. The U.S. TV Bloomberg ranked him in its list of "Best of 2012". The car has four electric motors with a total of 1088 horsepower. The Rimac Concept One utilizes a 92-kWh battery to power four sets of electric motors (one for each wheel). Each motor operates independently, accelerating and decelerating hundreds of times per second in what the brand calls “All-Wheel Torque Vectoring”.

Karolina Vidovic Kristo distinguished Croatian journalist on HTV
  Karolina Vidović Krišto is producing an excellent program for Croatian diaspora, for which she deserves our deep gratitude. She is engaged, among others, in defending human rights of children in Croatia, and promoting deeper ties between Croatia and its diaspora. Her professionalism and honorable engagement ranks her among the leading figures on Croatian Television - Hrvatska televizija (HTV).

Jacob Jake Matijevic 1947-2012 NASA engineer of Croatian origin father of Curiosity rover on Mars
  Jacob (Richard) Matijevic, also known as "Jake" Matijevic, (3 November 1947 - 20 August 2012) was an American NASA engineer of Croatian origin who worked on Mars Exploration Rovers. Dr. Matijevic, PhD in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, was involved in developing the "Sojourner", "Spirit", "Opportunity" and "Curiosity" rovers. For his contributions to the rover projects, NASA named several landmarks (including "Matijevic Hill" and "Jake Matijevic" rock) for him on the planet Mars.

Merry Christmas to Mr. Slobodan Praljak and to Mr. Dario Kordic with their families
Christmas of joy and pain.

Giulio Clovio Croata 1498–1578 the greatest miniaturist of the Renaissance
Giulio Clovio de Croatia (1498-1578), or Julije Klović, probably the greatest Croatian painter in history, is regarded as the last great representative of the classical European miniature. Among his friends let us mention Michelangelo. His masterpieces are kept in Florenze, Naples, Venice, Torino, Paris, London, Vienna, New York. Klovic used to sign himself as GEORGIVS JVLIVS CLOVIVS CROATA. His grave is situated near Michelangelo's Moses in the the church of S. Pietro in Vincoli, Rome, and bears an inscription "Pictor de Croatia".

Ana Vidovic Croatian guitarist playing Sonatina & Suite Castellana by Federico Moreno Torroba
Ana Vidović, a famous Croatian guitarist, is playing Sonatina & Suite Castellana by Federico Moreno Torroba. Pure joy for ears. And eyes. As Mr. Andres Okorn put it, "Sie ist eine Ausgezeichnete Gitarristin, Excellente Musikerin und eine sehr schöne Frau...". She was interviewed by Steve Halpern on 9th December 2009, as a guest of the Arts of Westchester. We also provide an excerpt from her concert in Seoul, S. Korea, and an interview in Adelaide, Australia.

Mervan Pasic and Darko Zubrinic Croatian mathematicians at the Research Institute of Math Sciences in Kyoto
Mervan Pašić and Darko Žubrinić, two Croatian mathematicians from the University of Zagreb, had a great honour to have been invited to Japan in November 2012, to the University of Science in Okayama, and to the prestigious Research Institute of Mathematical Sciences (RIMS) of the University of Kyoto. They both delivered two lectures at two international meetings. In Kyoto they both had 50 min. lectures. The conferences have been superbly organized by Professors Hiroyuki Usami, Satoshi Tanaka and Yuki Naito. On the photo Professors Hiroyuki Usami and Mervan Pašić.

CroExpress: a newspaper that is better informing the Diaspora
Marina Stojak (left), is the editor-in-chief of CroExpress, a monthly newspaper published out of Hannover Germany. She recently sat down and talked about the paper's beginnings, response of the readership and countries that they hope to expand to.  

Ante Glibota distinguished Croatian historian of art writing about Chinese artists
Ante Glibota was born in Croatia, and studied history of art at the Universities of Zagreb and Sorbonne in Paris, now living in Paris and in Shanghai. He is an internationally renowned art historian and French architecture historian. Mr. Glibota was nominated as Curator and editor of  “Art and Sport”, organized by Adidas and the IOC for the Olympic Games in Peking, 2008 One of his exhibitions, “ Chicago, 150 years of architecture” was singled out as the most significant exhibition of the XXth century by the French newspaper Le Monde. He is the author of several truly amazing books about distinguished contemporary Chinese artists, published in Bejing.

Klapa Cambi 2013 US & Canada Tour Featuring the Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra
The most awarded and internationally recognized a’cappella group from Croatia,  winner of a World Choir Championship in St. Petersburg will showcase their unique vocal talent during their USA and Canada tour scheduled for January 2013. For 25 year the group stays true to the core of Croatian heritage and culture while bringing authentic music of Dalmatia to the international spotlight. Their performance will take you through ancient Dalmatian cities, help you feel the love and appreciation for the homeland, and bring closer to the beautiful Adriatic.

Croatie - la voici! L'alphabet glagolitique croate en France
Croatia - here it is! Croatian Glagolitic Alphabet will be exhibited in France in the Museum of Tau in Reims, France. A famous Evangel of Reims, Croatian Glagolitic book ,is kept in the City Library of Reims since 16th century as a special tresure. The book has an amazing biography: handwritten in 1395 in the Prague, tied with an even older Cyrillic Evangel from Kiev, Ukraine, from 11th century, it is a significant symbol of European cultural landscape, connecting Western and Eastern Christianity. An exhibition entitled THE CROATIAN GLAGOLITIC SCRIPT will be open 13 Dec 2012 - 24 Feb 2013 in Palais du Tau, in Reims.

Jeffrey Kuhner, The Washington Times - Croatia’s national independence finally has been secured
Croatia’s national independence finally has been secured. This is the real meaning of the recent ruling by the U.N. war crimes court in The Hague to overturn the conviction of Croatian Gen. Ante Gotovina. Gen. Gotovina embodies Croatia’s struggle for independence. Gen. Gotovina’s actions effectively smashed Belgrade’s campaign of mass killings and ethnic cleansing. No one - neither the European Union, the United Nations nor NATO - did more to end the savage fighting in Croatia and Bosnia than Gen. Gotovina. Rather than being a war criminal, he is a great Croatian patriot and hero.

Croatian toys exhibited at the Zagreb Ethnographic Museum 1 Dec 2012 - 31 May 2013
The Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb organized a very nice exhibition of Croatian toys, 1 Dec 2012 - 31 May 2013. The opening has been accompanied by a group of children, members of the Turopolje Folklore Ensemble, wearing fantastic national costumes from the region of Turopolje near Zagreb. Traditional manufacturing of children's wooden toys in Hrvatsko Zagorje, a region on the north of Croatia, has been inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Nenad Bach Band spectacular concert in Croatia's capital Zagreb Nov 30 2012
The Nenad Bach Band appeared for the first time in Croatia, in Nenad Bach's native city of Zagreb, in the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall. Nenad Bach Band is composed of high class professional musicians, with a very specific, recognizable sound, interwoven with elements of Croatian folk music, enriched with Nenad's beautiful verses. Some of greatest stars of Croatian music participated as Nenad's special guests: Arsen Dedić, Radojka Šverko, Miroslav Škoro, Marko Tolja and Klapa Sinj. For the first time Nenad's song entitled VUKOVAR has been performed, in which the names that will never be forgotten are mentioned: Jean Michel Nicolier, Siniša Glavašević, Vesna Bosanac, and Blago Zadro.

Nenad Bach dobitnik prestizne Fender-Mega Muzika nagrade uoci koncerta u dvorani Lisinski u Zagrebu
U Zagrebu je 27. studenog 2012. u klubu Sax dodjeljena prestižna Fender-Mega Muzika nagrada našem poznatom hrvatskom kantautoru, producentu i mirovnom aktivistu s adresom u New Yorku, Nenadu Bachu. Bila je to deveta po redu dodjela nagrada MMFender koja se dodjeluje za izniman doprinos u glazbi posebice Rock glazbi u Hrvatskoj i to glazbenicima ali i istaknutim pojedincima, koji su iako nisu glazbenici svojim iznimnim radom doprinjeli značaju Rock glazbe u Hrvatskoj. Svečana dodjela obavljena je uoči koncerta Nenad Bach Banda i gostiju u koncertnoj dvorani V. Lisinskog u petak 30. studenog 2012. u 20 sati.

Documentary Celebrating 100 Years of St. Jerome Parish in Chicago to premiere December 9, 2012 on WTTW
The film about St. Jerome's 100th Anniversary "They Never Walked Alone" will debut on Chicago's WTTW (PBS Ch. 11) on Sunday Dec. 9th, 2012 from 6pm-7pm. Only part of the film will be featured (only 40 minutes) that evening, Chicago's anchorman Bill Kurtis and actor Goran Visnjic have narrated the film. Please encourage your parishioners and listeners to tune in at that time and if they are inclined to purchase the DVD and support both the church and WTTW.

Brian Gallagher: a historic day - the Croatian diaspora can take pride in its support of Croatian generals
Brian Gallagher: Certainly there were those outside Croatia who also supported the generals. I will single out here the former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, Robin Harris. He helped raise the profile of the case and was forthright in support. That was quite brave; believing in the innocent of alleged war criminals is not necessarily a very popular thing to do. The Croatian diaspora can take pride in its support. Indeed, Croatian Americans took part in the defence – Luka Misetic and Tom Kuzmanovic. And from Canada was Ana Katalinic, the Gotovina case manager.

Nenad Bach Band in Zagreb at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall on Friday 30 November 2012 20pm
We are pleased to announce the forthcoming concert of Nenad Bach and the Nenad Bach Band in Croatia's capital Zagreb, on Friday 30th November 2012, 20 pm. His special guests will be distinguished Croatian musicians Arsen Dedić, Klapa Sinj, Radojka Šverko, Miroslav Škoro, and Marko Tolja. It is for the first time that Nenad Bach has a soloist concert in his native city of Zagreb, after about thirty years of very successful career in the USA and worldwide. Through his singing and songwriting, Nenad’s goal is to spread the message of joy and universal peace.

Ninth Annual MMFender Awards to be held at club Sax! on November 27, 2012
The ninth annual MMFender Awards will be held at club Sax! on November 27, 2012 starting at 9:00 p.m. The award is given to those musicians and non-musicians for their outstanding contribution to music and rock music in Croatia. Editor-in-Chief of CROWN, Nenad Bach will be receiving an award for his contributions for the promotion of Croatian music in the world. Congratulations to Nenad and all of this years award winners!

Petar Janjic - Tromblon defendor of Vukovar and Croatia in 1991 and twenty years after
Petar Janjić nicknamed Tromblon, was an active participant of the defense of Vukovar in 1991, and survived infamous concentration camps in Serbia. He is speaking about his life and about Croatian defenders in his important and unique autobiographic book about the 1991 Vukovar tragedy, entitled "Žedni krvi gladni izdaje" (Those Thirsty of Blood and Hungry of Treason). He is openly and very courageously describing some of the current problems of contemporary Croatia.

Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markach with their families in Croatia after seven years of grave injustice in the Hague
  We are pleased to send our cordial greetings to Mr. Ante Gotovina, Mr. Mladen Markač, Mr. Slobodan Praljak, Mr. Dario Kordić, and their families, in the name of the readers of the CROWN. They are all defenders of European values and true Croatian ambassadors in the EU. Croatian general Mr. Ante Gotovina contributed enormously to the dignity of Europe during the operation STORM in 1995, which according to distinguished Croatian humanist Dr. Slobodan Lang, was the first ever military action that prevented genocide.

Dr. Ante L. Padjen Croatian neuroscientist and founder of I Medici di McGill Orchestra in Montreal CA
Professor Ante Padjen was educated in Croatia (University of Zagreb, Croatia; 1966, MD; 1970, DSc), University of Edinburgh (Graduate Studies), NIMH (1971 - 1975, Washington, DC). He has served as Professor at McGill University, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics from 1976. His primary research interests include neuroscience, information technology and knowledge translation in biomedicine with a particular interest in developing areas. He is the founder and principal viola of I Medici di McGill Ensemble (The Physicians of McGill), a performing orchestra made up largely of physicians, medical students and medical faculty.

Kenneth Merten is named new U.S. Ambassador to Croatia

Kenneth Merten, the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, presented his credentials to President Ivo Josipović on October 30, 2012. Kenneth Merten is a career member of the senior Foreign Service; he joined the diplomatic corps in 1987 and most recently served as Ambassador to Haiti. He also served as a Deputy Executive Secretary to U.S. Secretary of State Clinton and earlier to U.S. Secretary of State Rice. He was awarded the 2011 Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy for his extraordinary leadership in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Zvonko Viduka Croatian enterpreneur selling high-tech products in 35 countries worldwide
Since 2002 ALTPRO Ltd., founded and directed by Mr. Zvonko Viduka, has been included in the Railway Gazette – Railway Directory. Since June 2004 ALTPRO Ltd. has become a full member of UNIFE – The Association of the European Rail Industry, as the only non-EU firm admitted in the association. ALTPRO Ltd. is the only Croatian firm that has become a full member of an EU economic association. It is also a member of two working groups in Brussels and has been granted the CENELEC certificate.

Government office for Croatians outside of the Republic of Croatia is looking for advisors
The Government office for Croats outside of the Republic of Croatia is looking for advisors. This will be an advisory body that will offer aid in creating policies, activities and programs in relation to the  Croats outside of the Republic of Croatia. Advisors will have a four year mandate and will represent communities in their country of origin. The call for the nomination of representatives of the Croatian community in the Government Council is open to November 10, 2012.

Mrgari flower-shaped dry stone sheepfolds on the island of Krk in Croatia studied by Dr. Berislav Horvatic
The ancient building technique of dry stone walling called mrgari, are complex multicellular dry stone sheepfolds, flower-shaped in ground plan, used for sorting out the sheep of various owners. These giant dry stone flowers, tens of meters in diameter, ornate the common pasture (komunada) of only three settlements on the island of Krk (Baška, Jurandvor, and Batomalj), still maintaining the traditional custom of communal sheep round-up. Except in Croatia, somewhat similar flower-shaped multicellular sheepfolds can be found only in Wales and on Iceland. Mrgari have been studied by Croatian physicist Berislav Horvatić.

Victor and Vlado Krizek sucsessfully direct Croatian jewelry company Zlatarna Krizek
In the production of gold and silver jewelry, Zlatarna Križek is using modern machinery such as computer engraving machines and modern machines for casting, etc. However, aware that there is no machine that can compensate for artistic creativity, Zlatarna Križek employs more young, talented designers and this is the assurance that the design and hand-made jewelry Zlatarna Križek will continue to attract with their beauty and originality. On the photo brothers Victor and Vlado Križek.

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