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Ljubica Stefan 1921-2002 Croatian Righteous, courageous historian and publicist
With this article we commemorate 10 years since the death of Ljubica Štefan, distinguished Croatian intellectual, exceptionally courageous historian and publicist, recipient of the medal of Righteous among the Nations from Yad Vashem. On 17 March 2012 the Holy Mass has been served in her memory by Rev. Josip Kuhtić in the Zagreb Cathedral, assisted by Mons. Dr. Juraj Batelja. She risked her life living in Belgrade until 1992,  and publishing her books in Zagreb under several pseudonims during the Serbian aggression on Croatia and BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 1992 she left Belgrade leaving there literally all her property. The Prize of Ljubica Štefan has been established in her honour in Zagreb in  2009 for exceptional publicist and scientific work.

Collegium pro musica sacra Croatian choir founded in 1972 celebrates 40 years of existence
Collegium pro musica sacra, Croatian choir specialised for churhc music ranging from Gregorian coral to modern sacral music, with a special emphasis on Croatian church music,  has been founded in 1972, ie. 40 years ago. It was founded by s. Imakulata Malinka on the photo, who directed the choir until 1999, and since then until 2010 it was directed by s. Cecilija Pleša. Now the Collegium pro musica sacra is conducted by Iva Juras, prof. The choir has won silver medals at the Internation choir competition in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1996, then in Bremen in 2004in Rome 2009, and gold medal at the International competition of choirs held in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2010.

Dr. Artur Bagdasarov congratulates all Croatians the Holiday of Croatian Language 11-17 March
Dr. Artur Bagdasarov is distinguished expert in Croatian language working in Moscow, of Armenian origin. He published nine books dealing with various aspects of Croatian language. Here is his message, written in Croatian: Dragi Hrvati! Svima vama u domovini Hrvatskoj, svima vama raseljenima diljem svijeta, mojim kolegama hrvatskoga jezika čestitam blagdan Hrvatskoga jezika! U Hrvatskoj se svake godine, od 11. do 17. ožujka, slavite Dane hrvatskoga jezika. Ta kulturna manifestacija utemeljena je odlukom Hrvatskog sabora 1997. godine, na spomen Deklaracije o nazivu i položaju hrvatskoga književnoga jezika. ...

Professor Artur Bagdasarov published a "Short Croatian Grammar" in Russian language in Moscow 2012
Prof. Dr. Artur Bagadsarov is a well known Russian expert in Croatian language. He was the first one to have published a Croatian-Russian Dictionary and several scientific books about Croatian literary language for the Russian readers. The "Short Croatian Grammar" is his ninth book dealing with various aspects of Croatian language, and is intended for a broad audience. The book is printed on 96 pp in 3000 copies. Our sincere congratulations to professor Bagdasarov for his newest book.

Croacias Totales Radiosat is a new program for Croatians on Argentinean Radio
Croacias Totales Radiosat, is a new program on Argentinean Radio, "Signos FM 92-5", broadcast each Mondey via from 19 to 20 o'clock (Argentinean local time GMT-03:00), and worldwide using Internet on the pages of . The leaders of the program are Veronika Cvitkovic, Jasminka Fiolic i Stella Hubmayer, all of them born in Argentina, but their parents are from Croatia. The program is mostly in Castellano, also in Croatia, dedicated to Croatian culture, music, kitchen and tourism.

2nd Vladimir Devide Haiku Award - Open Haiku Competition - deadline March 1, 2012
Despite a successful international academic career as a renowned mathematician, with professorships in Australia and the US, as well as his native Croatia at the University of Zagreb, it is primarily as a Japanologist and haiku poet that Vladimir Devide is now remembered. Please send your submission in Englihs by email to with 'Haiku competition' in the subject heading. Please remember to include your name, address and contact details.

The Righteous Road of Stepinac - film by Jakov Sedlar produced by FILMIND Tel Aviv
Important testimonies of Amiel Schromony (1917-2009), Dan Baran and others about blessed cardinal Alojzije Stepinac (1898-1960) in a film by Jakov Sedlar. Text written by Rev. Živko Kustić, narrated by Rick Alerson,  produced by Ron Assouline, Jakov Sedlar and Igor Prizmić, executive producers Dominik Sedlar and Stephen Ollendorf. Digital postproduction by FILMIND - Tel Aviv, 2009. Available on YouTube since February 2012.

Boris Papandopulo Croatian composer interpreted by American pianist Nicholas Phillips 25 Feb 2012 Houston TX
You are cordially invited to an evening of CROATIAN PIANO MUSIC with up and coming American concert pianist - Wisconsin's own  NICHOLAS PHILLIPS.  Nick will be performing works of renowned 20th Century Croatian composer - BORIS PAPANDOPULO 1906-1991. He was the son of the Greek noble Konstantin Papandopulo and the Croatian opera singer Maja Strozzi-Pečić. He studied composing in Zagreb and conducting in Vienna. Papandopulo led the chores "Kolo" from Zagreb and "Zvonimir" in Split and was also the director of the Croatian National Opera and the conductor of the Radio Croatia Symphonic Orchestra. He directed and conducted the Operas in Rijeka, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Split.

Lovro von Matacic 1899-1985 great Croatian conductor
Lovro von Matačić collaborated with Arthur Rubinstein, Christian Ferras and Rudolf Buchbinder, Marijana Radev, Ruža Pospiš Baldani, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, ... He recorded for labels such as Columbia and Supraphon. Although Anton Bruckner was at the top of the list for his symphony and concert repertorie and Richard Wagner, along with his favorite „Orpheus“ by Ch. W. Gluck and JanĂĄček’s “Jenůfa” at the top of his opera repertorie, Lovro von Matačić's interest covered a huge span from Palestrina, Monteverdi and Henry Purcell, through Handel, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven to Mussorgsky, Mahlera, JanĂĄček, Smetana, R. Strauss, Wagner, Verdi and others. He was especially dedicated to performing Croatian authors.

NFCACF Supports New Visa Waiver Program Reform Legislation in US Congress
The National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation (NFCACF) has announced it's full support for reform of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which would include Croatia's participation. In a recent letter to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, NFCACF President Bill Vergot cited full support for S. 2046 as another "crucial milestone for the growing relationship between our two countries.  The 'Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act of 2012’ would enable Croatia to soon join the VWP.

David Diehl Super Bowl winner, pride of Croatia and Croatians around the world
David Diehl on the photo with his daughter Addison Elizabeth celebrated the Super Bowl victory with visible Croatian insignia: with Croatian coat of arms on his left arm, with the Croatian inscription NEUNIŠTIV (Undestroyable), and with Croatian shawl around his neck brought in 2011 from the land of his predecessors. Equally great on the defeated side is another Croatian - Bill Bellichick.

4 Croatians in Super Bowl XLVI 2012 Bill Belichick, Robert Ninkovich, David Diehl & Anthony Lucas
I did not check the history of Super Bowls, but the fact that three Croatian Americans are playing today in a single game on the Lucas Stadium which is named after the fourth Croatian is a day to celebrate. Belichick & Diehl Two Croatian-Americans face off at Super Bowl for the second time. First time was in 2008. Since they play for opposite teams, Croatians will cheer all the way to the end. Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants vs. New England Patriots is 46th Super Bowl, the most watched show in America, could be the world. With a victory, Patriots coach Bill Belichick becomes the Greatest of All-Time. With the victory, Giants offensive guard David Diehl gets his second ring. R. Ninkovich is playing for the Patriots. The Lucas Stadium is named after another Croatian-American Anthony Lucas b. Antun Lucic, considered as the father of petroleum engineering in the USA.

Katarina Livljanic presenting Judith by Marko Marulic a famous Croatian Renaissance writer from 15-16th ct.
Ms. Katarina Livljanic enacted the ancient drama with splendidly pure singing in Croatian, urgent narration, a penetrating gaze and expressive hands. (...) What makes “Judith” seem almost startlingly modern and metaphysical at times is Ms. Livljanic’s incorporation of other 16th-century texts dealing with inner dialogues at climactic moments in the story. The New York Times, USA. Marko Marulić 1450-1525 was Croatian Renaissance writer, one of the most important European spiritual writers of his time. He wrote the Biblical epic in Croatian, and stated expressly on the title of the book that the book was written in Croatian verses - u versih harvatski.

1040 years of uninterrupted tradition of celebrating the Day of St Blaise in Dubrovnik
Celebrations of the fest day of St Blaise (in Croatian, Sveti Vlaho), Dubrovnik patron saint, is celebrated since 972 AD, that is, continuously for 1040 years. This patron relates Dubrovnik and Croatia with Armenia, because St Blais was Armenian saint. The Festival of St Blaise is also the City of Dubrovnik Day. Croatian-Armenian friendship society has been founded in Croatia's capital Zagreb in 2003. Its current president is Croatian pianist Naira Astaryan of Armenian origin.

Ivica Kostelic's third straight win in World Cup slalom in Wengen Switzerland 2012 equals Stenmark feat
"I guess I have something with this mountain like no other," said Kostelic, whose third straight win in the Wengen slalom 15 January 2012 matched Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark. "To find yourself in the same sentence as Ingemar Stenmark is the greatest honour. Unlike many other racers I really am following the history of skiing. They were legends for me." But for Ivica Kostelic, this is fourth victory in career in the slalom in Wengen (2002, 2010, 2011, 2012) and he has the total of six victories and a total of ten podiums in Wengen, and that way he holds the absolute record. The impressive results. Congratulations.

Sena Jurinac 1921-2011 legendary Croatian artist who shaped the entire opera world
Sena Jurinac was educated as an opera singer in Croatia's capital Zagreb, where she started her opera career in 1943. Since 1945 she was singing for the State Opera in Vienna, until 1982 when she retired.  Dominique Meyer, director of the Vienna State Opera, said the following on the occasion of death of Sena Jurinac: “We are mourning the loss of a legendary artist who shaped not only the Vienna State Opera, but also the entire opera world,’’ She died on 22 November 2011 at the age of 90.

Professor Davor Solter one of the first to postulate genomic imprinting interviewed in Singapore
In seminal experiments studying the developmental potential of maternal and paternal genomes by nuclear transplantation, professor Davor Solter was one of the first to postulate genomic imprinting. His research focuses on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms regulating mouse preimplantation development. He made significant contributions to many areas of mammalian development, including differentiation of germ layers, the biology and genetics of teratocarcinoma, the biology of embryonic stem cells, cloning, and reprogramming. Professor Solter was born in Croatia's capital Zagreb, where he studied medicine and earned his PhD. In the period of 1991-2006 he was the Director of the  Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg in Germany, and now working in Singapore.

Miro Gavran's play 'All About Women' will be premiered in New York on February 17
Dear Friends! If you happen to be in New York on 17th February, I would love to see you at my premiere.  I am forwarding more detailed information on the play from the Presscut Agency. With good wishes, Sincerely, Miro Gavran. PS The play is premiered by STOREFRONT PRODUCTION at the Gallery MC in the West End.The play 'All About Women' is set in contemporary Zagreb, Croatia and portrays fifteen female characters of all ages in five different stories that are intertwined.

Pino Kuhar Croatian cook unique in the world
"Kuhar" in Croatian means "cook". So, Mr. Pino Kuhar from Croatia is Pino the Cook. But Kuhar is his true last name, not the nickname. Now, as a surprise, he was born in the village of Kuhari, that is, in the village of The Cooks! Employed as a professional chef, a few years ago he was proclaimed as the best Croatian chef - Hrvatski kuhar. So, Mr. Pino The Cook is distinguished chef born in the village of The Cooks in Croatia.

Klapa Grdelin in Croatia's capital Zagreb singing Dalmatian songs
Klapa Grdelin was founded in Zagreb in February 2000. Throughout the years Grdelin has been exploring and expanding its repertoire that was performed at many concerts and festivals. The repertoire includes original Dalmatian songs arranged by famous composers and ethnomusicologists (Jakov Gotovac, Ljubo Stipišić, Dinko Fio, Duško Tambača and others), popular tunes adapted for klapa singing, traditional folk tunes of Lent and Christmas. Grdelin has found a valuable source of songs in the rich musical heritage of the city of Split and its surrounding area.

Martina Filjak, Zagreb Croatia, on a world tour starting January 2012
One of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years, Martina Filjak is garnering international praise for her poetic passion and technical mastery at the keyboard as well as for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence. Her transition from prodigy to mature artist has been all the more remarkable against the backdrop of political maelstrom that defined her native Croatia during her childhood. ... Martina speaks seven languages. Fortunately, for an active performer, she loves to travel.

Francesco Laurana - Frane Vranjanin 1420-1502 Croatian Renaissance sculptor and his Lost Princess
Frane Vranjanin or Francesco Laurana was born in Vrana around 1420, near Zadar. Laurana’s female busts, after they had been finally correctly attributed to him several decades before, by at the turn of 20th century came into the focus of interest of greatest German and French scholars. He is considered to be the greatest non-Tuscan and non-Venetian sculptor active in Italy in 15th century  With this article we mark 510 years since his death in 1502 in France (Avignon or Marseille).

William Feller distinguished Croatian-American mathematician - first monograph
William Feller 1906-1970 was born in Croatia's capital Zagreb, where he studied mathematics, professor of mathematics at Princeton Univeristy since 1950. Feller is one of the founders of Probability Theory as a scientific discipline, and best known for his two volume monograph An Introduction to Probability Theory and Its Applications, which is considered as one of the finest mathematical textbooks of the 20th century. A bilingual Croatian-English monograph has been published in Zagreb in 2011, written by Darko Žubrinić, dedicated to the life and work of William Feller.

Zdenko Basic distinguished Croatian animator and illustrator of children's books
Zdenko Bašić (1980, Zagreb) has graduated in 2005 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Department for Animated Film and New Media. He’s an award-winning animator and illustrator of many children’s books and magazines; predominantly Andersen and Grimm’s fairy tales. His illustrated book ‘Alice in Wonderland’ for the British,  American and French publishing market has been launched in 2010 by Carlton Publisher.

Dr Jelka Vince Croatian scientist singing a Christmas song in Zagreb
Dr Jelka Vince is Croatian scientist working in the fields of ethnology and anthropology. She is also fine guitarist and singer. Dr Vince participated at the Christams Concert in December 2011 in the church of St. Jerome in the city of Zagreb. She is also very active in Croatian Society of University Women, where she serves as coordinator for international relations.

The Geneva convention states that: ”Nothing in this Protocol shall be invoked for the purpose of affecting the sovereignty of a State or the responsibility of the Government, by all legitimate means, to maintain or re-establish law and order in the State or to defend the national unity and territorial integrity of the State.”! In stark contrast to these proclamations, the EU punished Croatia by abolishing the Phare programme on only the second day of the liberating military operation “Storm”, calling upon false accounts of excessive shelling of Knin. Following on from this logic, the prosecution of the ICTY indicted the Croatian Generals and fabricated the legal norm of a “joint criminal enterprise” so that it would be able to charge the entire Croatian civil and military leadership. ...

Tarara: Croats and Maori in New Zealand, monograph by Senka Bozic-Vrbancic
Maori called us Tarara. , as we speak so fast... At the beginning of the twentieth century, as Croatians left Dalmatia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire for the brave new world of New Zealand, Drawing from official documents, oral histories, novels, letters, newspaper articles, marriage certificates, and much more, Senka Bozic-Vrbancic on the photo explores relationships between Maori and Croats. How has their collective identity been shaped by changing legal regulations from colonial times to the bi cultural New Zealand of today? Croatian and Maori Christmas concert for 2011 in New Zealand. Dame Mira Szászy b. Petričević was the first Maori woman with university degree. Her father was Croatian.

Daniela Nincevic and her Cro Majesty project "SPORT FOR EVERY CHILD"
Cro Majesty (Hrvatsko veličanstvo) project unites over 2.000 children from 28 Orphanages, situated in 19 different cities of the Republic of Croatia. The main organizer of this project is Mrs Daniela Ninčević. Its purpose is educational and recreational for children's better socialization. On its way is a new project for kids around the world to unite in different sports games, tournaments and manifestations.

BusyBasket™ designed by Diana Pečkaj Vuković
Diana Pečkaj Vuković is a professional journalist, art historian, Germanist, book  and screenplay writer, award-winning innovator and the owner of the Jupiteriana, company for inventing of new products. BusyBasket™ is an innovative basket for carrying a laptop or briefcase on a bicycle. It was awarded a gold medal at the British Invention Show 2009 in London. Looking for business partner to manufacture and license the product worldwide.

Msgr. John E. Kozar Croatian American appointed president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association
Msgr. John E. Kozar, former national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, has been appointed president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine. John E. Kozar: "Family. It is, perhaps, what comes to mindmost often during the Christmas Season. So at this time of year then, I think often of my visits with our mission family..." ... "Family in need. Family offering loving service. And through it all, you are there - at Christmas and all through the year - supporting, in prayer and generous sacrifice, the Church in the Missions in its outreach to the poor. May the hope and peace of the Lord be with you in the coming year!"

Marija Zudenigo footprint collection exhibited in Rijeka, Croatia, November 16th – 29th, 2011
Marija Zudenigo, city of Rijeka, Croatia: "Mother is a child’s first earth. The way we learn to walk on our first earth is the way we walk through our life. All our inner imbalances adopted from this ‘walk’ make themselves known in our physical walk. It was this insight that made me a footprint collector." Her collection of  more than 3,000 footprints is exhibited in Kortil Art Gallery in Rijeka, November 16th – 29th, 2011.

Professor Mladen Vranić received the honorary degree of the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2011
 Mladen Vranić, professor emeritus of the University of Toronto, one of the leading experts in the field of diabetes prevention in the world, received the honorary degree from the University of Zagreb 4th November 2011. It is interesting that he defended his PhD at the same University in 1962. The doctor honoris causa degree was conferred to him by professor Aleksa Bjeliš, recotor of the University of Zagreb, in the presence of all the deans of the University, former rectors, etc. Professor Vranić has Croatian and Canadian citizenship, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Dr. Dijana Dominis Prester distinguished Croatian astro-physicist
Dr. Dijana Dominis Prester is Croatian astro-physicist employed at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. She completed the study of physics in 1996 at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and defended her PhD in 2002 at the University of Potsdam in Germany. In Science magazine, within the Editor's choice, a news item was published in 2006 about a discovery of the first extrasolar planet (that is, of a planet outside of Solar system) in which a group of astrophysiscist participated from all 6 continents, among them a Croatian scientist, Dijana Dominis Prester from the University of Rijeka Department of Physics. The complete scientific paper has been published in the magazine Astrophysical Journal.

Cristophe Dolbeau expert in Croatian- French relations
Mr. Cristophe Dolbeau is distinguished expert in Croatian-French relations, with a deep insight into Croatia's past and present. He published several books an numerous articles, and some of the articles have been translated into Croatian. his very interesting brochure "France - Croatie, Aperçu des relations entre le XIe et le XIXe siecle", Lyon 1994. In its fifteen chapters, the brochure contains a wealth of data, some of them of interest also for specialists. His newest book is "Croatie - Sentinelle de l'Occident", 300 pp.

The Croatian Textile Alumni Society and Friends - AMCA TTF
The abbreviation AMAC or AMCA comes from the Latin word Almae Matris Croaticae Alumni, indicating an Society of graduate students of Croatia. AMAC Society of Croatia constitute AMAC domus, and those outside Croatia AMAC mundus. The aims of these associations are to build and strengthen ties and cooperation among former students and home faculties, to preserve tradition and promote the reputation of faculties, to develop faculties and profession. Eleven associations were founded at the University of Zagreb. The idea of founding AMCA TTF was initiated by prof.dr. Ana Marija Grancarić in 2002, who responded to the recommendations of the University of Zagreb to found alumni associations.

MeL Lovric meat industry company in Croatia

The Lovric family started its traditional manufacture stemming from the cottage industry in the 1980s. Each MeL's product has been created by working hard, step by step. The company distributes products in its own chain of stores, but it also supplies hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, etc. MeL products are proud holders of the titles "Croatian Quality" and "Croatian Creation". Jakov Lovrić on the photo.

Georges d'Esclavonie Croatian professor at Sorbonne in Paris and French spiritual writer around 1400
Georgius de Sclavonia or Georges d'Esclavonie wrote his book Le chasteau de viriginte in 1411. With this article we mark 600 years since its appearance in France, at the Beaument Benedictine Abbey in the city of Tours. This Croatian scholar studied at the famous Sorbonne in Paris, where he became professor at the beginning of the 15 century. The Municiapl Library of Tours keeps his texts written in the Croatian Glagolitic Script (see on the left), which he expressly calls Alphabetum Chrawaticum. This texts constitute the earliest known Croatian handwritten manual for children, which he reproduced at Sorbonne in Paris, accompanied with his commentaries in Latin.

Marie Bernadette Rouaux - Universal Language
My name is Marie-Bernadette Rouaux, I chose these few photos that recall me some “reflections and spaces” from Bretagne and some wonderful days in Croatia, its intensive blue and green beauty. I loved  Varazdin under the rain, an evening at Zagreb, the river Sava near Cigoc, the green immersion at Plitvice, the Cadillac at Vitina in Herzegovina, the picnic at Majerovo Vrilo, the sunset on the Kornati, the isle of Solta where I feel at home. At 8 a.m., waiting for the departure to Split, I took two photos in the same moment , the rowboat on the quiet sea and the taking flight of a seagull. I felt the strange sensation of suspended time. When I take pictures,  I feel fugitive sensations and deep feelings and it’s a great joy for me to share emotions without words,  just going with the flow, “au fil de l’eau”.

Rudjer Boskovic 1711-1787 Croatian polymath and the Royal Society exhibition in London until 15 Feb 2012
To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Croatian scientist Rudjer Boskovic, the Royal Society is mounting a small exhibition of rare books and archives relating to Boscovich, his work, and his influence on later British scientists including Joseph Priestley, Humphry Davy and J J Thomson. He visited the Royal Society while in London on a diplomatic mission in 1760, and was immediately elected a Fellow of the Society. The exhibition will open from 24 November 2011 until 15 February 2012.

Argentinean Croats presented on YouTube by Studia Croatica
Joza Vrljičak, indefatiguable director of Studia Croatica society in Buenos Aires, sent us a set of 39 videos describing rich cultural activities of Argentinean Croats. On the photo the logo of Jorgovan,  which is one of very active and successful Croatian cultural societies in Argentina. We also provide a few recepies of Croatian sweets that are popular in Argentina, hoping that they could be useful for your family for the celebration of the forthcoming Christmas and New Year.

Remember Vukovar!

Dr. Ante Cuvalo – Lakse je biti poslusan, nego samosvjestan, samostalan i odgovoran!
Dr. Ante Čuvalo, čovjek čiji su životni put usmjerile dvije odrednice: politički emigrant i akademski građanin daje svoje viđenje današnje Hrvatske. Doktorirao je povijesne znanosti (1987.) na Ohio State University u Columbusu, glavnom gradu države Ohio. Predavao je nekoliko godina na Ohio State University, a potom 20 godina na Joliet Collegeu, u blizini Chicaga, povijest zapadne civilizacije, modernu rusku, odnosno sovjetsku povijest, povijest Bliskog istoka i kolokvije o nacionalizmu.

Dinko Fio 1924-2011 distinguished Croatian composer and conductor died at the age of 87
Dinko Fio ostvario je i obiman skladateljski opus na temeljima tradicijske glazbe, a neke njegove pjesme toliko su povezane s tradicijom da ih se često smatra izvornim napjevima. Njegov autorski opus objavljen je u jedanaest zbirki i na tridesetak diskografskih izdanja. Kao melograf i obrađivač spasio je od zaborava neke od najljepših narodnih napjeva iz Dalmacije, zapisao ih te priredio za izvedbe dalmatinskih klapa i zborova.

Croatia shocks Turkey with 3-0 away win for Euro 2012 soccer playoffs
In Istanbul on Friday November 11, 2011, Croatia romped to a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Turkey in the first leg of their Euro 2012 soccer playoff with goals from Ivica Olic, Mario Mandzukic and Vedran Corluka taking them to the brink of the finals. It was an especially sweet victory for Croatia who suffered a heart-breaking quarter-final defeat by Turkey at the 2008 finals when they were seconds away from clinching a semi-final berth before losing the clash in Vienna on penalties. The Turksih name for Croatia is Hırvatistan, which means The Land of the Croats.

2 Cellos Luka Sulić & Stjepan Hauser 2 Croatian Geniuses conquering the world!
This kind of musical meteor happens once in a generation! I listened to this album "2 cellos Luka Sulić & Stjepan Hauser" many times. Each song is a cinematic journey through melodies and rhythms of centuries accumulated knowledge of cello playing. Strength: Level of performance, original arrangements, not-in-the-way-of-art production. Weakness: None. In one word: PERFECT. Buy this album and enjoy it.

Anthony F. Lucas b. Antun Lucic of Split, Croatia, discoverer of the the first major gusher in Texas in 1901
Antun Lučić (Anthony F. Lucas born in Split 1855, died in Washington 1921) is the father of petroleum industry. He discovered the first major gusher in Texas, The Lucas gusher, flowing at the rate of 80-100,000 barrels per day. It blew in January 1901. About 50,000 people came to see it. This meant the earliest massive exploitation of oil and petroleum in the world. Eighteen m. high granite obelisk, built in honour to the Lucas gusher, Spindletop, contains the following lines: "On This Spot on the Tenth Day of the Twentieth Century a New Era in Civilization Began." In 1936 The American Institute for Geological and Metallurgical Investigations founded a prize named after him: Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal. With this article we mark 110 years from this event of worldwide importance.

Croatia presents Global Birthday Celebration for the Necktie on October 18th! CNNiReport
While the Croats first wore the cravat, they are very appreciative of the other cultures around the world that have embraced and perfected it. Now, in fact, they are proud to say that the cravat is an important aspect of world culture as it worn across so many cultures while represents universal human values...which is why they are so committed to preserving and promoting it as a proud part of their heritage. Academia Cravatica established "International Day of the Cravat" in 2008 and it now occurs every year on October 18th. Article submitted by Nicholas B. Daddazio, NY, distinguished proponent of the cravat fashion, on the photo.

Incorporating the Diaspora in Contemporary Croatian Studies @ The Harriman Institute
This series of short presentations will introduce the exciting and dynamic developments at the University of Rijeka’s new campus, as well as outline the university’s goals for expanding international cooperation, exchange, and Croatian language education. There will also be a focus on how to strengthen cooperation and exchange between the University of Rijeka and Croatian émigré communities in the United States, including knowledge transfer, student exchanges, contributions of returning scholars, and development opportunities.

Dr. Marin Soljacic promoted to full professor of physics at MIT in 2011 at the age of 37
Marin Soljačić, born in Zagreb in 1974, was promoted to Full Professor of Physics at the Massachusets Institute of Technology, Boston, USA, in July 2011. He is best known for his discovery of possibility of wireless energy transfer. He is also interested in various topics in nonlinear optical physics. On the photo professor Marin Soljačić swiming with a dolphin in Florida.

Flying Balic: Croatian victory in the 2010 IHF World Handball Photo of the Year award
He was twice awarded World Handball Player of the Year, he was elected "Best handball player ever" by the users of the International Handball Federation website - and now Ivano Balic (left) is in the focus of the 2010 IHF World Handball Photo of the Year competition. The Croatian photographer Antonio Bronic found the exact right part of a second to take his picture of Ivano Balic flying through the air and unsuccessfully trying to catch a ball against Alexander Petterson.

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