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Croatian Cooking & Brenda Brkusic on KOCE-TV
Brenda Brkušić shows us how to make delicious, healthy, traditional dinner from the Coastal region of Croatia, like Brudet, Blitva and Polenta. Croatia is known for its pristine island beaches, crystal clear waters and picturesque architecture, but we learn in this episode of Cooking for Health and Pleasure that it is also known for great food!

Sandra Perkovic won gold for Croatia in discus throw in Barcelona 2010
A new star has appeared on Croatia’s athletics horizon  - discus thrower Sandra Perkovic - only 19 years old and yet ready to climb the podium at this year’s most important event, the European Athletics Championships Barcelona 2010. She created history in becoming not only the youngest ever winner of discus throw gold medal, but also the first ever Croatian to win European Championship gold.

Ashley Colburn and WOW Croatia won an 2010 Emmy Award

American television journalist and producer Ashley Colburn has won a prestigious Emmy Award for her documentary "WOW Croatia," which was filmed in October last year in our country, supported by Croatian National Tourist Board. From the historical walls of Dubrovnik to the markets and ties of Zagreb - get ready for a first class exploration of this amazing country.

Sir Iain Chalmers medical scientist interviewed at the University of Split Croatia
In 2010 Sir Iain Chalmers, distinguished medical expert from UK, was a guest of the School of Medicine of the University of Split, Croatia. On this occasion he gave an interesting interview dealing with his contacts with Croatian scientists, Croatian Medical Journal, and his rich medical experience. He practised as a clinician for seven years in the UK and the Gaza Strip, and then became a full time health services researcher.

Preservation of music tradition in Moslavina Croatia
Lana on the left and her mother Slavica Moslavac, prof., are distinguished popularizers of  Croatian music and ethnographic tradition of the region of Moslavina west of Zagreb. Collecting and publishing materials on the music heritage of Moslavina and Croatian Posavina is not sheer romantic revival of the folklore past. It is a point of positive attitude towards the own folklore heritage.

Chichi may be the oldest dog in the world and vacationing in Croatia
 On Morton Street in the West Village lives a small poodle nearly the same color as the pavement upon which he takes his seven-times daily constitutional. He may very well be the oldest dog on the planet. But he may not live long enough to wear his crown. According to a long string of people who have owned the little canine, he is at least 22 years old, possibly 24. Chichi in Zadar, Croatia (photo).

481 foreign volunteers from 35 countries defended Croatia in 1991-1995
Sons of Croatia! 72 were killed in action (15 from England, 14 from Germany, 8 from France,...), and 88 wounded in action. Present in every front-line brigade, volunteers could be found on all of Croatia's five fronts. They were an enormous boost to civilian morale and their presence in battered front-line towns brought resolve to exhausted defenders. Jean-Michel Nicollier from France on the photo is one of the victims, assasinated in Ovčara near Vukovar.

Unforgettable Croatian songs of 1990s
Late Tomislav Ivčić on the photo composed his unforgettable Stop the War in Croatia. We include excellent appearances at the Eurovision Song Contents of the Put (Path) with Don't ever cry, the duo of Lidija Dunjko and Danijela Martinović with Nostalgija, and Maja Blagdan with Vječna ljubav (Eternal Love). We include Tereza Kesovija with Srebrena Bosna (Silver Bosnia), and last, but not least, Nenad Bach with Can We Go Higher?.

Fifty three Croatian wines awarded at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
Fifty three Croatian wines have won awards at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010, one of the most prestigious and acclaimed competitions in the industry. In 2009 Croatia has been hailed as a major force in the wine world after the country won more gold medals than established rivals including the US, New Zealand and Portugal at a leading tasting competition.

The Korea Times: Croatia – ‘Miss World’ of the Mediterranean
Mr. Lee Chang-sup, The Korea Times correspondent, wrote a very nice article about Croatia. Writing about Plitvice Lakes, Mr. Lee expressed his opinion that Croatians may feel their pride hurt when this national park is compared with the Niagara Falls in the U.S. and the Iguazu Falls near the border of Brazil and Argentina, at least in natural beauty.

CroExpress newspaper for Croatians in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
In 2009 a team of Croatian and German journalists jointly produced a concept for the CroExpress, the new newspaper for Croatians in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, directed by Marina Stojak on the photo. This monthly describes the life of Croatians living in Europe and on the other side of the Atlantic to promote Croatian language, old-Croatian tradition and culture. It is a free newspaper.

Drago Stambuk Croatian ambassador in Japan writes about a beautiful friendship
This year a wonderful example of “friendship building” has been set in motion between our two countries, Japan and Croatia. Accumulated efforts of Japanese and Croatian people have resulted in the project of “Japan - Croatia Friendship House” in Tokamachi, Niigata. Written by Dr. Drago Štambuk, ambassador of Croatia in Japan.

Emil Milihram Croatian canoeist wins the World Cup 2010 in Austria
Croatian canoeist Emil Milihram is the overall winner of the Wildwater World Cup for 2010 after he won a classic race in Lofer, Austria. In the overall standings, Milihram is at the first place. He is followed by Yann Claudepierre of France and Norman Weber of Germany. Emil is already for three consecutive years the World Champion in canoeing!

Srdjan Bulat wins in Almeria
Srdjan Bulat (left) a fifth year student at the Musical Academy in Split, under the tutelage of Professor Darko Petrinjak was the winner at the 11th annual Julian Arcas guitar competition, which was held from June 23-26 , 2010 in the Spanish town of Almeria.

Nicholas B. Daddazio's Cravat Sculpture as icon and symbol of Western Culture
Cravat Sculpture as icon and symbol of Western Culture is an unending subject of interest for Nicholas B. Daddazio to explore. In 1991, his search for a new and surprisingly unusual, offbeat, out of the ordinary, and unexpected subject for his art led him to the ubiquitous cravat. The cravat originated in Croatia during the 1600's. Even the name of cravat is derived from Croatian name.

Croatian town Lipik needs help to rebuild Kursalon
The Kursalon, the neo-Renaissance style cafe in the town Lipik, Croatia, was constructed in 1893, with concert and a dance halls, a movie theater, restaurants, a piano bar, casino etc. It was the central point of the social and cultural life of the town until 1991, when it was destroyed  and burned during the Serbian aggression on Croatia. This is an appeal to rebuild one of the trademarks of the town of Lipik. On the photo Nenad Bach and Ivan Pušćenik in Lipik.

Studia Croatica founded in Buenos Aires Argentina celebrates 50 years
Studia Croatica is an important Croatian quaterly in Spanish founded in 1960 in Buenos Aires. It has published thosands of pages devoted to various historical, cultural and political issues dealing with Croatia and Croatians. The past directors were Ivo Bogdan, Franjo Nevistić, Radovan Latković, and Joza Vrljičak (photo), who established its internet versional at, capital achievement in preserving the history of Croatians.

Dvigrad International Festival of Early Music in Croatia 2010
Indefatigable professor Alojzije Prosoli, founder of Sacred Music association in Zagreb, Croatia, organized the new Dvigrad International Festival of Early Music, 26 June - 18 July. Dvigrad is a mediaeval town in the heart of Istrian peninsula in Croatia, which has been abandoned already in the 17th century due to plague. The partner country of the 2010 Dvigrad Festival is France.

John Kraljic and his Croatian historical studies
John Kraljić was born in New York City of Croatian parents from the area of Rijeka. John is a member and an officer of the Croatian Academy of America and member the Croatian Studies Association, as well as a contributing editor of the Review of Croatian History, published by the Croatian Institute of History (Hrvatski povijesni institut). Mr. Kraljić is the President of the National Federation of Croatian Americans.

Karin Kuljanic voice from Heaven and soul from Croatian island of Cres

Karin Kuljanić made her debut at the Melodies of Istria and Kvarner  festival in 1994, Croatia, with the beautiful song “Zami me sobun sakamo” (Take me with you anyhwere).   As I watched the video cassette of that festival I was thinking: This voice is something else! I hope it's here to stay. Luckily for MIK fans, it has. Employed at  the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Rijeka, she is also known for her charitable work.

Croatian Warm Sea project - Projekt Hrvatsko Toplo More
The unused and neglected thermal and therapeutic springs in NW Croatia call for urgent action, in the area full of  castles, granges and villas. We want to renovate existing structures and put the unused springs to use, to invest in tourist-health centres. We invite Croats who are interested in taking part in this project to get in touch with us as soon as they can.

Mladena Gavran Croatian theatre actress awarded The Vladimir Nazor Prize 2010
For the twelve roles (!) she played in the monodrama THE CRAZIEST SHOW IN THE WORLD, the Croatian actress Mladena Gavran has been named the winner of the VLADIMIR NAZOR Prize for 2010. The author of the monodrama is her husband Miro Gavran.

Ivan Mestrovic's marble portrait of a child sold at Sotheby's in London 2010
This portrait of Slavan Vidović, son of Croatian painter Ivan Vidović is the first major marble by distinguished Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović to appear at auction at Sotheby's in 2010. The portrait was modelled during Meštrović's stay in Split in 1906.

Sensational Croatian electric car launched at the Geneva Motor Show 2010
Dok-Ing is the Croatian producer of high-tech robots, primarily for the US military. It has recently launched an attractive electric mini-car with vertical-opening doors. It can achieve 130km/h, acceleration of 0-100km/h in 7.7s. After 8 hours connected to a 220V network it gets a full charge of its lithium-phosphate, and can travel up to 250km without having to plug it. Director Vjekoslav Majetić on the photo and design by Igor Jurić.

CACF raises over $150,000 at 8th Annual Golf Outing/Awards Dinner
The Croatian American Charitable Foundation held its 8th Annual Charity Golf Outing and Awards Dinner at North Hills Country and Cherry Valley Club in Long Island, New York. Over 230 golfers and 60 companies help raise money to help the American Cancer Society, Doctors Without Borders, The Cam Neely Foundation and Croatian Mine Action Centre.

Branimir Kvartuc of to cross the Adriatic Sea for charity
Croatian American Branimir Kvartuč, an award-winning photojournalist, two times cancer survivor, founder and  philanthropist, will be crossing the Adriatic Sea on June 25-27 of 2010, from Venice, Italy to Pula, Croatia on a Stand Up Paddle board, setting a world record, in the process. See some of his beuatiful photos from the Đakovo Embroidery folklore festival.

Croatian train another great product by KONCAR - Electric Vehicles Inc
Croatia is one among only six countries in Europe producing their own trains. The new Croatian train produced by KONCAR - Electric Vehicles Inc offers the state of the art concept, excellent design, air-condition, ergonomic seats and panoramic glazing enabling a comfortable drive.

1131 years since the first international recognition of Croatia
 The first international recognition of Croatia came on May 21, 879 from Pope John VIII, that is, 1131 years ago. During the solemn divine service in St. Peter's church in Rome in 879, Pope John VIII gave his blessing to Croatian prince Branimir and the whole Croatian people, about which he informed the prince in his letters. A detail of Croatian sacral monument from 9th century can be seen on the left, with the name of prince Branimir.

Erazmo Ben Ticac Croatian leading planner of Savannah nuclear ship 1959
The Savannah nuclear ship, the first nuclear-powered merchant ship, was built to the plans of Erazmo Tićac 1904-1968, a Croatian  born near the naval port of Rijeka. After the president Dwight Eisenhower announced his decision to build an experimental nuclear-powered merchant ship, Tićac became the leading planner. The ship was launched in 1959. On a plaque above the entrance to the ship's lounge was written in golden letters: "Ben Tićac, naval architect".

New Voices in Croatian Drama featured in NYC, May 13, 2010
Highlighting the first-ever playwriting exchange between Croatia and the United States, this evening will showcase the work of young Croatian dramatists Ivana Sajko (left) and Tena Štivičić, featuring a brief presentation on contemporary theatre from Croatia, excerpts from both author’s plays in both Croatian and English, and a discussion with the participants in this exchange.

Nenad Bach, Boris Ljubicic & Davor Pavuna at TEDxZAGREB April 2010
Ideas worth spreading: Nenad Bach: A lifetime of advocating for peace has led Nenad to question: What is Freedom? Boris Ljubičić: Designer in quest, he has subordinated personal to the general, persistent and uncompromising promoter of Croatian visual identity. Davor Pavuna: unusual physicist with vision, exposing on eternal theme - Ah, Love!

Irish dance phenomenon in Croatia's capital Zagreb May 16 2010
Lord of the Dance spellbounds, excites and thrills audiences worldwide. It is the greatest and most sold dance show in the world. This time, Zagreb is looking for a ticket more. Zagreb will host Lord of the Dance's Troupe One, led by Michael Flatley himself. The performances will be held on Sunday, May 16th 2010, at Dražen Petrović Basketball Center. First perfomance begins at 5 p.m. and the second one at 8.30 p.m.

Croatian Creation is the trademark of best Croatian products

In late 1997 the Croatian Chamber of Economy started the Project to Visually Mark Croatian Products with Croatian Quality and Croatian Creation labels. The Croatian Quality label is given to those Croatian products whose properties meet high world standards. The Croatian Creation label is awarded to original Croatian products that reflect Croatian tradition, development, research, innovation and inventions.

Davor Suker to Hold Mini-Clinic for Charity in NYC, May 15, 2010
Davor Suker (left) will be holding a “Mini Clinic for Charity” on Saturday, May 15th 2010 at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) campus in Old Westbury, Long Island from 10am-1pm. The clinic will be for children between the ages of 9-14 and all proceeds will benefit the CACF and its ongoing battle for removing mines in Croatia.

Concert in honor of maestro Zeljko Brkanovic in V. Lisinski Concert Hall Zagreb
The Zagreb Philarmonic Orchestra with Lana Genc on the piano marked 50 years of artistic work of professor Željko Brkanović, distinguished Croatian composer, performing his sophisticated Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall March 25 2010 under the baton of maestro Stefan Lano.

Greenwich Trio win at the Beethoven Society of Europe Competition
The Greenwich Trio comprised of Stjepan Hauser from Croatia, Lana Trotovsek from Slovenia (both pictured left) and Yoko Misumi from Japan won at the Beethoven Chamber Music Competition 2010 held on April 22, 2010 at Steinway Hall in London and  sponsored by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.

Srdjan Bulat shines in Valencia
On Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Xth International Guitar Competition of Alhambra, Srdjan Bulat (left) shined winning three awards at this prestigious guitar competition. He placed second overall, and won an audience award and an award for best interpretation of Spanish music. On Sunday May 16 2010 he will have free and open concert in Chicago, International House.

Dejan Lazic to perform with the Pacific Symphony May 13-15, 2010
Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic (left) whose recent performance The New York Times hailed as “full of poetic, shapely phrasing and vivid dynamic effects that made this music sound fresh, spontaneous and impassioned.” will be performing with the Pacific Symphony led by guest conductor Michael Stern.

Nenad Bach and Miro Gavran guests at Croatian Television on April 16 2010

Nenad Bach, distinguished Croatian-American musician, and Miro Gavran, distinguished Croatian writer, both of worldwide reputation, were guests of the Croatian Television show Lica nacije (Faces of the Nation) hosted by Branimir Bilić and directed by Željko Musić. This very interesting interview discussed strategic issues of global promotion of Croatian culture, as well as fundamental human values nourished within family.

Moreska in Croatia the last authentic sword dance in the Mediterranean
The moreška dance on the island of Korčula in Croatia can be played only by those for whom at least one parent is from the island. The dance dates from the Middle Ages, and together with the house of Marko Polo represents one of the chief attractions of the island. The confraternity of All Saints is the oldest one on the island, founded back in 1301. Text and photos by Davor Rostuhar, Croatian journalist and photographer.

Jim Caviezel's spiritual journey from Medjugorje to Mel Gibson's Passion
Jim Caviezel became the world famous actor with leading role in Mel Gibson's movie "Passion". In Medjugorje he had experienced certain dimension of faith that was unknown to him up to that point. In February 2010 he came to Medjugorje for the sixth time as pilgrim.

Dr. Edward L. Miloslavich Croatian investigator of the Katyn Forest tragedy
Dr. Edward Lucas Miloslavich (Eduard Luka Miloslavić), professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, was one among 12 medical experts who investigated the Katyn Forest tragedy in 1943. In 1951 and 1952 he gave an official report also to the Congress of the USA. We express our deep condolances to the Polish people on the occasion of the airplane tragedy of April 10 2010.

Croatians of Chicagoland book set to launch May 17, 2010
The Chicago area is home to more than 150,000 people of Croatian descent. In its heyday, the community grew so robust, it was known as the "second Croatian Capital." In her new book "Croatians of Chicagoland, " Maria Dugandzic-Pasic examines how this community and its leaders, clergy, laborers, politicians, athletes, benevolent societies and social organizations helped build and shape Chicago's history.

Australian-Croatian Vinko Romanik featured on stamp
Vinko Romanik, was recently granted the honour of appearing on a limited edition postage stamp in recognition of the 200th Anniversary of Australia Post.  He has worked for Australia Post for some years.  He was one of 10 Australia Post workers to appear on an exclusive stamp out of 1,600 employees who were nominated.

Tom Rukavina Croatian-American running for Minnesota governor
Tom Rukavina, from northern Minnesota is in the running for governor of Minnesota as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He has a reputation as a straight talking, hard working and passionate advocate for what's best for Minnesota.

Mervan Pasic Croatian mathematician invited by Japanese colleagues
 Dr. Mervan Pašić, professor of Mathematics at the University of Zagreb, visited Japan from November 11-22 2009 upon the invitation of Japanese mathematicians: Yuki Naito, Hiroyuki Usami, Tetsutaro Shibata and Jitsuro Sugie. He delivered an invited lecture at the University of Hiroshima and a plenary lecture at the University of Kyoto. The cities of Kyoto and Zagreb are twinned since 1972.

Croatian Easter Eggs
Croatia has a long and rich tradition of beutifully painted Easter eggs prepared within families during Lenten time. On the left are a few such eggs from a large ethnographic collection exhibited in the famous Franciscan convent of Kraljeva Sutjeska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We take the opportunity to wish all the readers of the CROWN and their families a happy and blessed Easter.

New app brings Croatian Easter tradition to your iPhone
 1337bit Ltd. (pronounced Elite Bit) has created a new exciting iPhone game that is based around the old Easter family tradition of egg tapping around the Easter breakfast table. The old Easter tradition of Egg tapping for Easter breakfast involves family members sitting around the Easter breakfast table tapping painted hard boiled Easter eggs into each other.

Professor Henrik Heger founder of Croatian studies at Sorbonne in Paris in 1981
 Henrik Heger, distinguished Croatian scientist, is professor at Sorbonne in Paris, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. He founded Croatian Studies at Sorbonne already in 1981. In 1983 professor Heger organized an important international symposium Les croates et la civilisation du livre  (Croatians and the Civilization of the Book). He has contributed enormously to spreading the knowledge about Croatian culture.

The Sound of Music, von Trapp and Croatia
The Sound of Music, a well known film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, deals with the life of Georg von Trapp who was born in Zadar in 1880. This is a true story of a war captain, dedicated to his family, the navy, the sea, different ships and submarines, etc. But it also contains many beautiful descriptions of the places and people he met along the entire Adriatic coast.

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