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Australian Boxer puts own money on the line to fight Stipe Drews
 
Australian boxer Danny Green has put his money on the line to fight reigning light heavyweight world champion Croatia's Stipe Drews (left) in Perth, Australia on Sunday December 16th, 2007.

1925 elegance lives in Zagreb
  The Regent Esplanade brought glamor and elegance to Zagreb in 1925 when it opened to cater to passengers of the famed Orient Express train route between Paris and Constantinople. Today the Esplanade offers a luxurious gateway to one of Central Europe's hottest destinations - Croatia.

Watch Croatia in primetime on the Amazing Race tonight on CBS!
  Croatia will be featured on the December 9, 2007 episode of the Amazing Race.  The Amazing Race is an Emmy award winning reality program on CBS that features teams of two in a race around the world. Tune in to watch!

Zvonimir Janko, an outstanding Croatian mathematician
Zvonimir Janko, professor of mathematics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, is a well known expert in the theory of finite groups. His discovery in 1964 of the group now called the first Janko group in his honour, launched the modern theory of sporadic groups. We wish him a happy 75th birthday! And a happy 100th birthday to his father in Bjelovar, Croatia!

Croatia's HRT Expands Broadcast Workflow On NETIA's Radio-Assist Software
   NETIA's Radio-Assist suite of digital audio software products is being used by public radio broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (Hrvatska Radiotelevizija, or HRT) to streamline acquisition, editing, scheduling, broadcasting, and archiving within a highly efficient workflow.

JAVNO Column: Freedom, Food and Private Property - Nenad N. Bach
What Croatia should take advantage of is an enormous knowledge base in its own 5-10 million disciples all over the world. We who live outside of Croatia are equal patriots for our new country, but the huge difference is that we know both and can analyze what is good, better, bad or worse. And we have knowledge of implementation and a heart to do it.

Niko Dzapo Croatian BMX racer ranked 1st in cruiser class in California
Niko is ranked 1st in cruiser class and 2nd in expert class in California. He will represent California in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus Convention Center for the President's Cup. Only the top 15 riders for each class from each state can qualify for this race.

Marco Polo's Croatian roots based on solid research - London Financial Times

The article mentions that Croatians believe Marco Polo was born in the town of Korcula on the island of the same name in Croatia. His being born there, or certainly his family coming from there, is based on solid research of the Polo Croatian family roots - by Hilda Marija Foley


Valentine Ivankovic in memoriam 1925 - 2007

Valentine (Val) was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina of Croatian parents, Andrijia and Jaka. He was among the few survivors of the post WWII massacre at Bleiburg. To escape communism, he eventually fled his homeland to Rome, Italy.

Zoran Dukić, Croatian guitarist, one of the most prominent players of today
Zoran Dukić won more prizes on international competitions than any other guitarist in the world. He had solo concerts in more than 30 countries on all five continents. He is teaching among others at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Hochschule für Musik in Aachen, and at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Barcelona.

Sidro, California's favorite Croatian Tamburitza Orchestra

Sidro, formerly known as Blue Adriatic, is one of Northern California's favorite Croatian Tamburitza Orchestras. For over 20 years, Sidro has been performing throughout California, accompanied San Jose's Koraci Folklore dance group in Croatian Folklore Festivals throughout Canada, and fused Tamburitza music with rock'n'roll when recording on Nenad Bach's, "Thousand Years of Peace".


Life is a tapestry of MOMENTS - film by Liliana Resnick at the French Festival

MOMENTS is a film about the mystery of moments, some  of which get connected into the life I recognize to be living, while others come to pass by posing questions rather than giving answers @ 25th FESTIVAL TOUS COURTS International Shortfilm Festival in Aix-en-Provence and its Aera 26th - 30th november 2007 in Aix area and 3rd - 8th December 2007 in Aix-en-Provence.


Newsletter of the Croatian National Tourist Office, December 2007

Gorski Kotar is relatively less known region of Croatia located in the continental part, just half an hour drive from the Northern Adriatic Coast. With parks of nature and rich wooded areas, it is a great alternative for coastal vacation. During winter months, ski-lovers can enjoy in any of ski-resorts, like Platak or Bjelolasica.


Freedom from Despair available for purchase on DVD and VHS
  Freedom from Despair is a an award winning feature length documentary that explores the untold history of Communist Yugoslavia through first hand interviews, stock footage, news reels and narrative recreations shot in the US and Croatia. 

Croatia advances at the XVIII Women's World Handball Championships
  Having won both of their preliminary matches against Kazakhstan and Argentina, the Croatian Women's Handball team advances to the next round of the XVIII Women's World Championships being held in France.

Višnjica estate offers riding of Arabian horses and looks for investment

Guests of Višnjica on the north of Croatia can, beside visiting the fallow-deer breeding site and the stud farm, enjoy riding beautiful Arabian horses or spend a day walking, jogging or riding a bike through the nature. To bring the entire estate to its purpose we need capital investments.

Radovan Grgec, outstanding Croatian intellectual and humanist, passed away
Radovan Grgec (1929-2007), president of the Croatian Literary Society of St. Jerome (Hrvatsko književno društvo Sv. Jeronima), Zagreb, one of the founders and editor in chief of the "Marulić" journal, and wonderful person, died in Zagreb. His name is well known among many Croats throughout the world.

Croatia ceremony honored prominent Persian poet Mowlavi born in 1207
Iran's embassy in Croatia celebrated the 800th birth anniversary of prominent Persian poet and mystic Mowlavi in an official ceremony. UNESCO has named 2007 as the year of Mowlavi in honor of his outstanding achievments.

Nikola Bašić, author of the Zadar Sea Organ
Nikola Bašić, on the left, is one of the pioneers of cultural tourism in Croatia, author of the project of the Zadar Sea Organ, the newly built urban musical attraction in the city of Zadar, Croatia. His principal collaborator was Ivan Stamać, expert in acoustics who contributed musical solutions to the project. The random music is created by sea waves and tubes.

Croatian American Cultural Center hosts 6th Annual SF Bagpipe Festival

An Extraordinary Anthology of International Bagpipe Music in San Francisco. As always, the Gala Concert will feature a variety of piping traditions found around the Winter Solstice. Enjoy Swedish, Hungarian and Croatian traditional Christmas pipe music as well as New Year celebrations from Scotland and the Hungarian Csángó people of Moldav.


Basketball players from Croatia and Bosna-Herzegovina in the US
  Toni Kukoc (left) played in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks. Have you ever stopped and wondered how many players there are from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina at the university level in the United States? It is an impressive list.

Rudolf Blazevich in memoriam 1925 - 2007

Rudolf Blazevich, long time resident of San Pedro, USA died on Nov. 19, 2007. Rudolf was the father of John Z. Blazevich, CEO and founder of Contessa Premium Foods. Rudolf was born on March 23, 1925 to Manda and Stanko Blazevic in Mostar, B-H. He was blessed with an infectious sense of humor, good looks, and a determination to make the most of what life has to offer.


Archaeological sites near Dubrovnik with several important discoveries

Croatia is a paradise for archaeological research. Dr. Zdenko Žeravica, a renowned Croatian archaeologist from the City of Dubrovnik, unveils us some of the miraculous sites in Župa Dubrovačka and Konavle near the City. The research over the past years has resulted with several important discoveries.

In 1880 local Croatian young men began to play football in Zupanja

In 1880 local Croatian young men began to play football in Zupanja. Since there were only nine of the Englishmen who came to Croatia several years before as experts for exploitation of oak forest, they invited local boys to join them. There is the first written record of local young men playing English football and having genuine Englishmen as tutors and team-mates.


How to build a decent team? Follow Croatia's lead

Croatia would have deserved a victory by several more goals. This may have been the greatest display from a visiting nation to Wembley in modern times A nation of 4.7 million people had produced a side that made England, with a population of 10 times that size, look ponderous. The 3-2 result was a sort of ...


Croatia 3, English Retailers -$1.2 billion

It's not just English soccer fans who will be gloomily slumped over their pint glass after a loss against Croatia in a qualifying match took the English team out of the Euro 2008, the quadrennial European championship. The Defeat will cost British retailers an estimated Ł600 million = $1.2 billion.


Spectacular win 3-2 by Croatia over England at Wembley on Nov 21, 2007
So why is a sport victory so important? It is important because you can not easily corrupt 11 people on the field and if you try, it is obvious. At the moment when Croatia had nothing to lose, since we already qualified for the Euro 2008, our national pride and sportsmanship was, where it should be.

Zdravko Dučmelić, el pintor preferido de Borges
Zdravko Dučmelić (1923-1989), outstanding Croatian - Argentinean painter, masterfully illustrated a famous book "Laberintos", written by Jorge Luis Borges, with his surreal, quasi-metaphysical works.

Silvija Gradečak - young and brilliant Croatian scientist born in Vukovar
Professor Silvija Gradečak, with diploma in physics, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1999, is employed at MIT, USA. Her research focuses on nano-photonics and electronics. She explores novel optoelectronic applications such as nanoscale light-emitting sources, single photon sources, or nanowire lasers.

Introducing mobiExplore Croatia
A new mobile travel guide - mobiEXPLORE, developed in Split, Croatia, was officially presented. More than 300,000 tourists walk around Croatia with mobile guide in their hands, reserving table in a restaurant, booking room in a hotel, sightseeing, listening stories about sights.

Miro Gavran's comedy available as Croatian-English parallel text
Miro Gavran, outstanding Croatian playwright, generously contributed his brilliant comedy "Laughter Prohibited" to our project of on-line school of Croatian language via parallel text method. Furthermore, If you want to produce this comedy anywhere in the world, please contact the author directly for rights and support.

Luka Brajnovic, outstanding Croatian scholar in Spain
Luka Brajnović (1919-2001) was professor of Ethics of the University of Navarra, a former director of the Institute of Artes Liberales, a well known Spanish intellectual, a Croat born in Boka kotorska. A prestigeous international award Premio Brajnovic a la communication was established in 1997, ie during his lifetime.

San Francisco: 150th Anniversary of Croatian culture celebration on Nov 18, 2007
  Celebrate with us the Sequicentennial 150th Anniversary of Croatian culture in San Francisco. Bring the whole family for a day of fun, enjoyment and culture. There will be non stop music from 2-8PM in two rooms, dancing, singing, and food.

Learn Croatian and English via parallel text method
We have in mind numerous Croatians and their friends throughout the world  who are eager to improve their Croatian. We also want to help tourists and those interested in Croatian culture in general. Croatian citizens will hopefully have at their disposal an easy mean to improve their English, or some other language.

Croatian Medical Journal takes a lead among 235 journals from 37 countries
The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes for Health organized the public presentation of the largest coordinated publishing effort in medicine - Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development.  At the NIH presentation, the lead speaker was Professor Ana Marusic, editor of the CMJ and current president of the Council of Science Editors.

Zoran Orlic - Photographs Featured in 2008 Calendar for Rock Band WILCO
The annual Wilco calendar returns this year to the more classic wall variation, with days big enough to keep yourself organized throughout 2008. The calendar mixes poster artwork from past Wilco shows with a collection of live photos by Zoran Orlic.

Free tickets for CROWN readers for Croatian Film Festival at Lincoln Center

Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York USA is giving free tickets to CROWN readers for the "Beyond Boundaries: The Emergence of Croatian Cinema". At the box office mention CROWN, Croatia.org or/and Nenad Bach and you will be given a free ticket. First come first serve up to 20 tickets. Courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center


Scenic Projection for Croatia in Edinburgh, Scotland
  Thye Edinburgh company projected images of the country onto a building opposite the city's Balmoral Hotel. The event coincided with a visit to the Scottish Parliament by Croatia's president, Stjepan Mesic. The projection used images of Croatia, its flag and the Croatian Tourist Board's branding.

50 years ago today on November 3rd 1957, Laika by Marilyn Cvitanic

Fifty years ago today the USSR launched Sputnik 2. On board was a live dog named Laika. The point was to prove that a dog, and eventually a human being, could survive in space. Sputnik 2 was equipped with life support systems and enough food and water for ten days. The mission yielded very little useful scientific information.


Touristic & Ecological Estate "Pustara Višnjica" ready for ...you

Our goal is to create a new tourist destination by uniting the oldest economy - agriculture with the youngest - tourism. The revival of Pustara Višnjica on tradition of former agricultural estate and implementation of ecology, agriculture and tourism is based on symbiosis of hotel and agricultural activity; horse-breeding; fallow-deer breeding; ecological production of sweet potato and other vegetables


Miss Croatia 2007 Tatjana Jeremic goes to Miss World contest in China
Tatjana has to bring the national flag, a book about Croatia, 3 stones and pictures of plants specific of the country, in order to present it to other participants. The Miss World contest will take place on December 1, 2007.

CROWN Croatian World Network Newsletter, November 2nd, 2007

Despite war devastation and after war economical devastation, by number of immoral people who sold their own country for their own profit, Croatia emerged as a winner for the whole territory of South East Europe. In the last seven years we moved from our eastern neighbors 35 years ahead. And this didn't happen just by chance.


Ivan Paric on the reality show for photographers VH1 TV this Sunday

I would like to invite you to watch the reality show for photographers where I am one of the contestants. The name of the show is The Shot. The Shot is scheduled to premier on Vh1 channel  on Sunday, Nov. 4 @ 10 PM & 12 PM EST and Monday Nov 5th.


Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra American Tour November 2007 East Coast
 

Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra American tour is scheduled November 1-12, 2007 and will take the orchestra to the cities of the Eastern Seaboard, from New York to Philadelphia. This tour offers a unique opportunity for both American public and Croatian ex-patriots to experience one of Croatian's finest cultural treasures.


Miro Gavran’s play Dr. Freud’s Patient premiers & book launch of Judith in Prague
Miro Gavran's play Dr. Freud's Patient will be premiering at the Na Pradle Theatre in Prague, the Czech Republic, on Nov. 6, 2007.  On Nov. 15 Gavran's novel Judith will be launched in at the Retezova Literary Café, also in Prague. Another great success of outstanding Croatian writer.

Benefit Gala in Zagreb honoring the Croatian House in Padova, Italy, Nov 12, 2007
"Croatian House" is a humanitarian association, whose current project is to buy a house in Padova, Italy that would be used by Croatian citizens that face difficult circumstances and would have to go abroad to get treatment, which in many cases is long term. (left) President of Croatian House Dr. Nela Sršen.

Croatia would be able to supply raw organic products to the EU
Croatia would be able to supply raw organic products to the EU, but more organic products are imported than exported at this point of time. This could change in the future, but structural changes, a better ecological expertise and investments from abroad would be required.

Marko Perkovic - Thompson USA & Canada Tour Nov 2 - 18th 2007
Croatian singer Marko Perkovic Thompson and his band will be performing a series of concerts in the United States and Canada starting November 2, and ending on November 18 in New York, Toronto, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Vancouver and San Francisco.

Toronto Croatia wins Canadian Soccer League championship series title 2007
Toronto Croatia didn't score a goal in the second leg of their Canadian Soccer League championship series with the Serbian White Eagles. It turns out they didn't need one, meaning Croatia's 4-1 victory in Saturday's first leg was enough to give the Mississauga, Ont.-based team the title.

Croatia surprise Poland to move up rankings in Rugby

Poland suffered a surprise 14-15 defeat at home to Croatia in Division 2B of the European Nations Cup (ENC) on 27 October, which also sees them drop four places to 35th place in the latest IRB World Rankings.

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