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Radojka Sverko singing Croatian National Anthem on the occasion of Statehood Day on May 30th, 2020
Radojka Šverko, Croatian diva, was singing Croatian National Anthem during the celebration of the Statehood Day on May 30th, 2020. On 30 May 1990, the first modern multi-party Croatian Parliament convened, following the 1990 Croatian parliamentary election. Croatian Deit (Sabor) is one of the oldest in Europe. During many centuries the Croats had their bans (viceroys) and their assembly called Sabor (Deit). The oldest known Sabor was held in Split in 925 and in 928 (devoted more to religious than to secular questions), and in 1076 when Dmitar Zvonimir was elected the Croatian King by the "unanimous choice of the clergy and the people".

Nenad, Who Plays Ping Pong
Nenad Bach is a world-class musician that decided to stop performing publicly after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2010. In the wake of his diagnosis he discovered that playing ping pong helped to alleviate his symptoms. Now he's attempting to help millions of others do the same. Official Selection of 2020 Mountainfilm Festival. Featured on Directors Library, May 28th, 2020. Daily Short Pick on FilmShortage.com, May 27th, 2020.

Branka Beretovac opera primadona of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb
Branka Beretovac, soprano, was primadona of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb for 35 years. She graduated from the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb. In 1967, she became a permanent soloist at the Opera Stadt Theater in German capital Bonn. Upon returning back to Croatia in 1969, she had successful opera appearances in Croatia and throughout Europe: Bonn, Geneve, Monte Carlo, Paris, Madrid, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Berlin, Salzburg, Brno, Vienna, Luxembourg, Frankfurt am Main, Solingen, Ulm, Budapest, Frieburg and elsewhere. She had a fruitful collaboration with distinguished Croatian conductor Lovro von Matačić.

Ivana Marija Vidovic a member of the jury of the pianist competition in Lviv in Ukraine 2020
U jednom od najkulturnijih središta Ukrajine i istočnog dijela Europe, u gradu Lvivu, u tijeku je karantensko međunarodno glazbeno natjecanje (via online) koje je samo za disciplinu klavira dalo priliku 1500. učesnika iz cijelog svijeta. Veliku je čast i odgovornost u prethodnih mjesec dana imala hrvatska pijanistica iz Dubrovnika Ivana Marija Vidović koja je sa svojim učešćem Hrvatsku po prvi put upisala u ovu fantastičnu glazbenu priču ameđu 29 svjetskih zemalja odakle su bili ostali kolege u žiriju natjecanja.

Rudy Tomjanovich elected to Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020
Former Houston Rockets player and head coach Rudy Tomjanovich was inducted in 2020 into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Now 71 years old, Tomjanovich played for the Rockets from 1970 through 1981, and was head coach from 1992 through 2003. That run included Houston's only two NBA titles in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. Rudy Tomjanovich is of Croatian descent.

Croatia: The Country and the Language

This book can be used as a present for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Easter, confirmation, graduations, special days! Many of us wonder what we will give for gifts to our friends and relatives. We want to give a gift that is enriching and attractive, and we may spend hours deciding, looking for the "right" gift. For everyone who wants to learn more about the rich history and culture of Croatia and its language, Hrvatski Jezik. The book was written by Nasja Bošković Meyer and her daughter Jasna Meyer McCarthy, PhD.

The city of Zagreb struck in 2020 with the earthquake of 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale
As if the vicious corona pandemic was not enough! In March 22nd 2020, at 6:24 AM, the city of Zagreb was suddenly struck with the earthquake of 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale. This was the strongest earthquake in Croatia's capital since 1880. We mention in passing another earthquake in Zagreb 1909, which was quite important, since it led Croatian scientist Andrija Mohorovičić to the discovery of the MOHO layer, conisdered as the most important discovery in the history of seismology (the science about earthquakes). The 2020 earthquake brought a lots of damage to the city, easpecially to its central part. During the period of one month only, Zagreb has experienced as many as eight hundred additonal smaller earthquakes and tremors. The earthquake damage is estimated at 5.52 billion Euros.

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 55: Livestream
I will perform a few songs starting with a ping pong game that will go to 11 points, just one game then a song on a guitar, move to piano and at the same time you can send your questions opinions, desires, concepts, recommendations, connections etc., all live. The times for the livestream on Saturday April 25, 2020 will start at 10:00 a.m. New York Eastern Standard Time. This will be Midnight in Sydney, Australia, 11:00 p.m. Tokyo, 10:00 p.m. Singapore, 7:30 p.m. New Delhi, 4:00 p.m. Zagreb Croatia, 3:00 p.m. London, 11:00 a.m. Buenos Aires and 7:00 a.m. Los Angeles time.

Danica Kragic Jensfelt leads a robotic project funded by European Research Council
Distinguished Croatian scientist Prof. Danica Kragić Jensfelt, Ph.D., professor of computer science at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and a member of the International Scientific Council of the University of Rijeka, has won a kind of "scientific Oscar" for 2019. Her project Bimanual Manipulation of Rigid and Deformable Objects has been selected as one of 82 projects in the field of physical sciences and engineering to be funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

David Byler 1946-2020 was 8th generation Croatian-American and permanent correspondent of the CROWN
David Byler (1946-2020) served as a Lutheran Pastor as well as a permanent correspondent of the Croatian World Network - CROWN. Being an eighth generation Croatian-American, he has contributed in the past years some extremely interesting and insghtful articles to our readers. His wisdom, knowledge, passion and perserverence will be missed by us all. He is listed among twenty greatest Croatian Americans in the USA. David liked to be nicknamed Slavonac (Slavonia is a historical region on the North of Croatia). We express our sincere condolences to his family.

Renata Pokupic Croatian mezzo-soprano praised for her expressive interpretations
Much in demand on the concert platform, Renata Pokupić appeared with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, sang with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and with Collegium Vocale Gent as well as DSO Berlin. She has also sung with Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, with Hofkapelle Esterhazy, with Handel Festival Goettingen, with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, at Mozarteum Salzburg with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, with Orchestre de Paris, with the Bach Choir, with the Academy of Ancient Music, with Classical Opera and had an extensive tour of "Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson" with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Branko Cikatic 1954-2020 the first K1 Grand Prix champion in Tokyo 1993

Branko Cikatić (1954-2020) was distinguished Croatian fighter, who was the winner of the first K1 Grand Prix Tournament in Tokyo in 1993 (in the finals against Ernest Hoost). At that time, he was at the age of 38, and is till these days the oldest winner of the K1 tournament. He was the winner of in various combat sports for thirteen times. In kick-boxing, he was the World Champion in 1981. He started his career in Solin, and then continued in his native city of Split. In 1989, the German journal Karate Budo Magazine decorated him with the Golden Glove, and proclaimed him to be the most popular combat sportsman in the world, in front of Chuck Norris i Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Luka Krilic poslao otvoreno pismo predsjedniku Republike Hrvatske i predsjedniku Vlade
Luka Krilić: Stručnjaci se slažu da će se svijet poslije ovakve krize definitivo mijenjati. Moramo vjerovati u bolje, nadati se tom boljitku, toj promjeni na bolje, ali to jako puno ovisi o političkim elitama i tome hoće li biti spremne suočiti sa sa ovakvim izazovima. Narod je uvijek spreman ako ima one koji ga dobro vode, ako ima vođe koji osobno daju primjer da se treba zalagati za opće dobro i djelovati na zajedničku korist i dobrobit. ...

Croatian folk saga "Following the Sun" discovered on the island of Krk beginning before the Christian era
Rado Žic Mikulin and Leonard Eleršek are the authors of a monumental book Putom sunca (Following the Sun), dealing with the till now unknown saga from the island of Krk (the town of Punat) about the earliest Croatian history. It was registered by Rado Žic Mikulin from one of his grandfathers, and the saga has been passed to the present day from time immemorial. The saga starts before the Christian era, on the Tigris river. The authors provide a wealth of traditional verses from the island of Krk, as well as a number of very interesting old maps, describing the movement of Croatians to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Starlings Rhapsody in Siroki Brig in Bosnia and Herzegovina - lesson for Europe and more...
Starling, or čvorak in Croatian, provides us with surprising lessons of social tolerance and help. See a short video from Bosnia and Herzegovina, shot in the city of Široki Brig (or Široki Brijeg, i.e., Wide Hill), which is not far from Međugorje. The duration of this very educative video is 1 minute and 19 seconds. Incredible starlings show on large transmission line was captured in the village Dobrkovići. The name of the Dobrkovići village is funny: Till the Moustache!

Miro Gavran in Vienna Austria and in Vilnius Lithuania 2020
In March 2020, Croatian author Miro Gavran will present his drama and prosaic work in Vienna and Vilnius. His comedy The Doll will premiere at the Theatre Centre Forum in Vienna on 5th March 2020. Tihomir Glowatzky translated the work into German and the play is directed by the renowned Austrian actor Hubsi Kramar. In the main roles are: Adriana Zartl and Christian Strasser; The Doll is produced by Carmen Wenger. It's a jubilee, the 20th premiere of this play, which has had its world premiere in New York 2012 and since then it's been produced in both Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. It was recently published in China in the Anthology of East-European drama. A week later, on 13th March 2020, in the cultural Centre in Vilnius, Miro Gavran will promote his novel Kafka's Friend in Laima Masyte's translation, published by Ledikla Gelmes.

Celebrating 22nd February the Day of Croatian Glagolitic Script and Glagolitism
On 22nd Febrary, 1483, the first Croatian printed book has appeared in the Glagolitic Script. It shows that Croatian glagolitic priests were able to adopt very early Gutenberg's technology of movable type. Only 12 copies of the books have been preserved, 5 of them kept in Croatia, and 7 scattered throughout the world: in the Russian National Library (former Russian Imperial Library) in St Petersburg, in the Austrian National Library in Vienna (former Austrian Royal Library), in the Vatican Apostolic Library (two copies), and in the Library of Congress in Washington. On the photo a monument to Gutenberg in Zagreb from cc. 1890, the first one in Europe appearing outside of German speaking area.

Croatian Post successfully made its first drone delivery in Feb 2020
The drone flew autonomously, from the Zadar port of Gaženica to Preko on the island of Ugljan at a speed of 35 km/h, for about 12 minutes. This flight is a part of a pilot project with the Croatian company AIR-RMLD which develops commercial and industrial services using drones. Drones have already proved their usefulness in crisis situations, for example, when medicine or antidotes needed to be delivered in hard to reach areas. Today, Croatian Post is testing smart solutions faster and more often than ever before - from augmented reality goggles, pallet-carrier robots to electric vehicles and drones. On the photo, the city of Dubrovnik seen by a drone.

Akiane Kramarik spirituality of painting

Akiane Kramarik: "...Realizing that nobody, except for my mother, cherished my work, I became more and more disillusioned. One time I threw my painting in the rain outside. And as it was landing into the puddle someone caught it. Just in time. It was my mother. Out of breath she shared something, 'Last night I had a strange dream. I saw thousands of people waiting for your art. The line stretched all the way to the horizon.' " At the age of 4 she started dreaming about God, indicating that God inspired her to start painting and writing poetry about Him. She has dedicated her life to God and is focused on making the world a better place.

Bobby Fischer 0 - 1 Vladimir Kovacevic the only major defeat of Bobby Fischer in his chess career

In 1970, a chess tournament (Tournament of Peace) was organized in Croatia which took place in the town of Rovinj on the Adriatic Sea (Istrian peninsula). Fischer was undefeated in the previous four years. His defeat against Vladimir Kovačević, then a little known Croatian player, was a world wide sensation. Of course, despite this defeat, Fischer won the convincingly this trounament, which included 10 other grand-masters (including some of the best Soviet players). Vladimir Kovačević became international grand-master six years later, in 1976.

Nikola Tesla's schooling in Croatia lecture at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Paris 2020
AMCA-Paris (association of former students of Croatian universities, living in Paris), organized a lecture delivered at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Paris, dealing with the schooling of Nikola Tesla in Croatia during his formative years (from his 14th to 17 year). His most important professor from that period is Martin Sekulić, for who Tesla writes to be an ingenious man who enthused him for electricity. On the amusing photo from 1941 we can see Nikola Tesla (on the right, two years before his death) with Croatian-American boxer Fritzie Zivic, then the welter weight champion of the world. This is the only known photo on which Nikola Tesla smiles.

Croatia's silver medal at 2020 European Handball Championship big success
Croatian handball team has an amazing continuity of top results at European and World championships in the past decades. Congratulations to our team: Domagoj Duvnjak (on the photo, one of the best players today), Zlatko Horvat, Igor Karačić, Luka Cindrić, Željko Musa, Luka Stepanović, etc., under the baton of Lino Červar. Mr. Červar is the most successful coach in the history of Croatian handball. He guided our team to World Championship gold in 2003 and the Olympic title in 2005.

Ante Glibota's speech at the Symposium on Art organized in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna 2020
Ante Glibota: "I am delighted with this happy initiative coming from our friend Prof. Zhang Xiaolong, Vice President of National Academy of Art of China from Beijing, who is also an excellent artist and thinker, to organize in the heart of Central Europe, in Vienna, which was and always remains one of the essential centers of the great artistic, scientific and philosopher's adventure of European civilization, this meeting between historians, artists and thinkers to briefly exchange ideas and reflections on the art and thought of these two major civilizations that are the millennial Chinese civilization and ours, European."

Nikola Tesla's schooling in Croatia and his professor of physics Martin Sekulic
Here is Tesla's description of Martin Sekulić, his professor of Physics at the Higher Real School in Rakovac (near the city of Karlovac in Croatia, when Tesla was at the age of 14-17): I had become intensely interested in electricity under the stimulating influence of my Professor of Physics, who was an ingenious man and often demonstrated the principles by apparatus of his own invention... It is impossible for me to convey an adequate idea of the intensity of feeling I experienced in witnessing his exhibitions of these mysterious phenomena. Every impression produced a thousand echoes in my mind... Source: Electrical Experimenter, New York, April 1919. Nikola Tesla's live portrait by Croatian painter Ivan Benković, is on the left, shown for the first time to broad public.

Golden formula of Croatian language "ČA - KAJ - ŠTO"

The golden formula of the Croatian language "ČA - KAJ - ŠTO" is a Croatian intangible cultural asset listed on the List of Intangible Cultural Property of the Republic of Croatia in November 2019. The author, Dr Drago Štambuk, is proponent and author of the concept of preservation of knowledge and practices provided by the close connection of Croatian language. We also announce the Scientific Conference on Computer Linguistics and the Golden Formula of the Croatian Language, to be held on May 22 to 23, 2020 in the city of Osijek. On the photo is the Petris Glagolitic Miscellany from 1468, written in all three Croatian dialects: čakavian, kajkavian and štokavian.

Miro Gavran Croatian writer translated in Paris and Hong Kong 2020
Miro Gavran is the greatest contemporary Croatian playwright, translated to as many as 40 languages worldwide. Miro Gavran: 'The Paris edition of my drama is a continuation of my rich cooperation with French translators, I had five premiers in Paris, and I also had seven books published in that extraordinary city. Regarding the Chinese publication of my comedy The Doll, I see it as a great acknowledgement to my theatre writing. So far only my novel How We Broke Our Legs was published in Beijing, and now they can finally get to know me as a dramatist."

Yoko Nishii between the Dobro Restaurant in Tokyo and Tokamachi
By the end of 2019, distinguished Japanese pianist Yoko Nishii has visited the city of Tokamachi, which is the seat of "Croatia - Japan Friendship House", completed in 2012. Except for having the purpose of cultural center, it also serves for preparations of Croatian sportsmen for the forthcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games to be organized in Tokyo. Yoko Nishii has visited Tokamach for completing the material for her newest CD, which will contain pianistic works of Rachmaninov. She was surround by a small team of professionals, because everything had to be registered under the best acoustic conditions.

Mirko Novosel Croatian basketball trainer inducted to the Hall of Fame in the USA in 2007
Mirko Novosel, the greates Croatian basketball trainer in history, was inducted to the Hall of Fame in the USA in 2007. He had tremendous successes during the period of ex-Yu in establishing a very strong representation of the former state, which stopped the dominance of the Soviet basketball players, and was the only team that was able to cope with USA basketball teams at the Olympics and World championships. Among his pupils were such celebrities as Croatian players Dražen Petrović and Toni Kukoč. Under his guidance, Croatian national team won silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, in the finals against the USA Dream Team, led by Michael Jordan.

Kresimir Cosic 1948-1995 the first European basketball player with major career in the USA
Krešmir Ćosić (1948-1995) is one of the greatest Croatian basketball players in history. As a player of height 211 cm, he was equally successful on any of the five postitions in a team, a rare quality in 1970s. He has won gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, for the then ex-Yu (of which Croatia was one of six constituent republics). He also has gold medals from the 1970 and 1978 Basketball World Championships and many other trophies. Krešo always carried a bag of books with him... In 1990s, he worked in the United States as a diplomat (deputy ambassador) at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Washington, D.C. In 1996, he was posthumously inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Cross-cultural negotiations course in Croatia initiated by the University of Michigan and ZSEM
Apply for the unique experience in Croatia! Learn how to win arguments and negotiate from the University of Michigan professor. Includes many cultural and educational activities in Croatia: visits of coastal cities of Split and Omiš, boat trip to the island of Brač, visit to one of Croatian wineries, as well as three company visits. Organized in cooperation with the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM). On the photo Zlatni rat (Golden Cape) on the island of Brač, which is without any doubty the most beautiful cape in the world.

Ivanka Bubalo i njezina bijela kosuljica jos bdiju nad Bosnom
Ivanka Bubalo je poput ostalih Plehančana protjerana s Plehana, ali se ona nikad nije rastala, ni svojim umom ni srcem odvojila ni od Plehana, ni od Plehančana. Susreti s Ivankom bili su bogatstvo. Opredijeljena za trajne vrijednosti, bila je pravi prijatelj, u svakom, baš svakom našla je bar zrnce dobra. Krhka izgledom, snažna duha, spremna svakom i uvijek pomoći... Provela je i pomagala mnoge humanitarne aktivnosti, poticala na povratak prognanika kućama, tješila, hrabrila, pa je nisu bez razloga zvali Majkom Terezom Posavljaka. Mario Essert nam je poslao svoj članak objavljen u časopisu Prsten.

Nenad Bach Searching for Boredom 2019
Triumphant 2019 ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships, which included 62 players, 12 countries, and 130 participants. A triumph of spirit. We play for history and the 10 million who could not play. Lots of traveling, flying around the globe, as the leitmotif of the year was Ping Pong Parkinson, music and sport as the challenge of living and working with Parkinson. I feel grateful and thankful to so many friends and acquaintances who help me along the way. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New 20, Happy Holidays. World Peace in One Hour, but most of all - Peace on Earth. Let's achieve this sooner rather than later. We have everything we need, right now. Yours, Nenad Bach

Ante Sardelic Kraljevic and the Vukovar Gong of World Peace donated by Indonesia in 2019
The Gong of World Peace, donated by the Republic of Indonesia, was officially unveiled in the city of Vukovar on September 22nd, 2019, by H.E. Mr. Dyujoto Suntani, president of the World Peace Council, and Mr. Ivan Penava, mayor of the city of Vukovar, on the photo. It was placed in a local park, which was decorated by the works of art of distinguished Croatian artist Mr. Ante Sardelić Kraljević, living in Canada. The decorations include messages written in Croatian Glagolitic Script. In the cultural program, a group of Kumpanija Dancers participated, originating from the town of Blato on the Croatian island of Korčula, in which Mr. Sardelić was born.

Kristian Krekovic connecting India and Croatia via his 1936 portrait of Mahatma Gandhi
Distinguished Croatian painter Kristian Kreković (1901-1985) portrayed Mahatma Gandhi in his atelier in Paris in 1936, while Gandhi was meditating there. The portrait is kept in the Gallery of Kreković (Museu Kreković) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Two panneaus containing Ghandi's portrait have been presented in Dec 2019 to the Embassy of India in Zagreb and to the Croatian - Indian Society. This was a gift of the Society of the Friends of the Glagolitic Script, and the solemn event took place in the Napredak hall in Zagreb, during the intercofessional Christmas meeting organized by the Croatian - Indian Society, directed by Mr Joginder Singh Nijjar.

Ivana Marija Vidovic member of the jury of the International Music Competition in Kaunas, Lithuania 2019

It was a great honour for the Dubrovnik pianist and poet Ivana Marija Vidovic to be in the jury presidency for all five categories in the piano section from age 5 to 23. The jury of the Piano section was composed by maestra Ivana Marija Vidovic (on the photo with H.E. Mr. Krešimir Kedmenec, ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Lithuania), professor Otto Niederdorfer, Austria, and director of the Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra, maestro Justinas Kre—pšta. Ivana Marija Vidović also had the additional honour of addressing on behalf of the jury the numerous audience of the crowded Kaunas Philhramonic Hall during the final concert, awarding of all this year's awards and this year's Grand prix.

Nikola Tesla's autobiography "My Inventions" published by Electrical Experimenter in 1919

With this article, we mark the centennial of Nikola Tesla's autobiography "My Inventions" in the USA. Nikola Tesla wrote that at the age of 14, "My studies were continued at the Higher Real Gymnasium in Carlstadt, Croatia ,... I had become intensely interested in electricity under the stimulating influence of my Professor of Physics, who was an ingenious man and often demonstrated the principles by apparatus of his own invention." The name of his professor was Martin Sekulić, who was not only a high school teacher, but also an active scientist. During Tesla's schooling in Carlstadt (now Karlovac), Sekulić became an associate memeber of JAZU in Zagreb (now Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts), in the department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Klasya Modrusan and Eva Kirchmayer Bilic Croatian musicians performing in Yerevan Armenia in 2019

Klasja Modrušan (voice) and Eva Kirchmayer Bilić (piano and organ), Croatian classical musicians, had two concerts in Yerevan, capital of Armenia, in December 2019. They performed the works of Croatian composers for voice, piano and organ, and delivered a short lecture dealing with Croatian history, art and music, with emphasis on vocal music. The concerts took place in the Hall of Conservatorium Komitas (for piano) and in the Chamber Hall (for organ).

Mary's Meals - a fruit of Medjugorje initated by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow of Scotland
In 1992, the MacFarlane-Barrow family from Scotland, launched an appeal to help the people of war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mary's Meals is today reaching more than one million children across four continents. Those involved in the first Mary's Meals projects were all people whose lives had been changed by pilgrimages to Medjugorje. They chose, therefore, to name the organisation in honour of Mary, the mother of Jesus. They consist of, respect and reach out to people of all faiths and none. Mary's Meals are celebrating its 10th anniversary in Croatia, 2009-2019.

Sandra Wigh Hrascanec reviving Croatian composer and benefactor Luisa Erdoedy Lios born in Vienna
U Velikoj koncertnoj dvorani Hrvatskog narodnog kazališta u Varaždinu, 30. studenoga 2019. održala se grandiozna Glazbeno-dramska večer "Lujzina košarica", posvećena životu i stvaralaštvu Luise Erdoedy-Lios, na kojoj je nastupila mezzosopranistica Sandra Wigh Hrašćanec, koja živi i djeluje u Beču. Grofica Lujza, naime Luisa Erdoedy Lios (1853-1924), rođena je u Beču i nakon smrti svog prvog supruga, udala se za hrvatskog grofa Rudolfa Erdoedya, gdje je provela dio svog života u njegovom dvorcu u Novom Marofu blizu Zagreba (na slici).

Ivana Marija Vidovic, Vesna Miletic and Diana Hilje honoring August Senoa
Ivana Marija Vidović, Vesna Miletić (on the photo, right and left) and Diana Hilje, Dubrovnik ladies - musicians, honored Croatian writer August Šenoa (19th ct), by organizing a very interesting program dedicated to Cvijeta Zuzoric, a famous Dubrovnik beauty and poetesse (16/17th ct). The program took place in the Šenoa House in Zagreb. August Šenoa wrote a beautiful article about Cvijeta Zuzorić. The program included classical music, as well as poetry of Ivana Marija Vidović, which she recited in Croatian and Italian languages.

Ode to Joy – Wilco’s studio album directed, edited and filmed by Zoran Orlic
The trek will kick off March 9th at the Sylvee in Madison, Wisconsin, with the rest of the dates scheduled up and down the West Coast. The run wraps April 5th with a gig at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Along with announcing the North American tour, Wilco shared a new video for Ode to Joy track Before Us. The black-and-white clip was directed by Zoran Orlic at the Loft in Chicago and filmed during the sessions for the band's most recent album. Zoran Orlic is a Croatian-born photographer whose connection to music has fueled a keen ability to capture emotion. His photos have appeared in numerous magazines, articles, books, and albums.

ITTF Parkinson's World Championships sucessful debut in 2019

Twelve countries participated at the First ITTF Ping Pong Parkinson Competition, organized in New York, October 11-13 2019: Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, USA. A few countries announced that they will start to organize their national competitions. Congratulations to the organizeras of the competition, and in particular to the idea and intiative of Nenad Bach (on the photo). €œThe idea behind this Championship is to help as many people around the world as possible to continue living with Parkinson's Disease and to be happy, productive members of the society. We are also engaging the scientific community to look deeper into the health benefits of table tennis.

Daniel Gajski electronic design automation scientist earns Test-of-Time Recognition 2019
Daniel Gajski is an influential electronic design automation scientist with more than 40 years of intensive engagement in industry and academia. He is considered among the founding fathers of new electronic design methods that reach toward higher levels of abstractions and their relationship to system architectures, and is a leader in establishing the fields of silicon compilation, high-level synthesis and system-level design. Gajski is originally from Croatia where he earned his undergraduate and master'€™s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania for his doctorate in computer and information sciences.

Ivana Marija Vidovic and Vesna Miletic had a piano concert in Krakow, Poland, 2019
The Piano duo Fantasia, Vidović and Miletić performed at the XIth International Royal Piano Festival in Krakow in the Hall of the Cultural Centrum Dworek Bialopradnicki. The piano duo Fantasy performed splendidly works by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Debussy. The evening began with Andante from Luka Sorkočević's 3rd symphony. Croatian most famous woman composer Dora Pejačević, whose piano works were arranged exclusively for this duo by Dubrovnik musician Nena Ćorak, shone in the end.

Professor Davor Pavuna, distinguished Croatian physicist, speaks about Artificial Intelligence
In his very interesting lecture delivered at the University of Osijek, professor Davor Pavuna, Croatian physicist living in Switzerland, describes global trends in the development of Artifical Intelligence. We also provide an interview with Professor Pavuna, published in Croatia by Matematičko-fizički list. Born in 1952 in the city of Koprivnica, he studied Physics at the University of Zagreb, and is since 1988 employed at the presitigious Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL), where now he holds the position of Professor Emeritus.

New Book: "Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me" by Catherine Capphahn
American-born Catherine knows little of her Croatian mother's early life. When Marijana dies of ovarian cancer, twenty-two-year-old Catherine finds herself cut off from the past she never really knew. As Catherine searches for clues to her mother's elusive history, she discovers that Marijana was orphaned during WWII, nearly died as a teenager, and escaped from Communist Yugoslavia to Rome, and then South America. Through travel and memory, history and imagination, Catherine resurrects the relatives she's never known.

Yoko Nishii's concert in Porec promoting Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Croatian Olympic Committee
Poreč je 13. i 14. rujna 2019. ugostio kampanju Hrvatskog olimpijskog odbora i zemlju domaćina idućih ljetnih Olimpijskih igara - Japan, odnosno glavnog grada domaćina Tokija u cilju da širu javnost upozna s hrvatskim natjecateljima kao i gradom domaćinom na Olimpijadi. U petak 13. rujna 2019. u kazališnoj dvorani Pučkog otvorenog učilišta Poreč japanska pijanistica Yoko Niishi održala je koncert, u kojem izvela odabrana djela hrvatske skladateljice Dore Pejačević, Franza Liszta i Sergeia Rachmaninoffa.

Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat directed by Ivana Marija Vidovic 10th – 22nd September 2019
Programme: Clara Schumann / A life for the music (on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of her birth), Magics of the Italian Opera, Let's meet Wagner, Norah Wanton - piano, guitar and voice (Spain), The Magic Fiddle - Miron Peku (Albania), Piano duo Fantasia - Ivana Marija Vidović (on the photo) & Vesna Miletić (Croatia), Rembrandt the great - Lecture by Marijke Brekelmans (Holland),... closing gala concert CAMERATA EPIDAURUS Croazzolla Concertante (Croatia) Ferdinando Redavid clarinet (Italy) & Frano Kakarigi kontrabas double bass (Spain) & Ivana Marija Vidović piano (Croatia).

Kraljevski vinogradi / Royal Vineyards near Zadar producing some of the best Croatian wines
Top quality grapes from the stone vineyards and excellent taste of wines are the results of a special microclimate, its position by the sea and a full day of direct sun exposure, on average 2600 hours per year. This microclimate allows high-quality grape-growing that is extract and healthy for the production of white and red varieties. Bura acts as a fan that ventilates the grapes in the bedrock base, and at night cold air from Velebit, which descends towards the sea gives pleasure to create the most powerful extract. The director of the Royal Vineyards (Kraljevski vinogradi) is Zoran Pantalon.

The 2019 ITTF Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships will be held on October 11-13, 2019
The first international table tennis championship for people suffering from Parkinson's Disease (PwP) under the auspices of the International Table Tennis Federation will be held at a state-of-the-art facility, Westchester Table Tennis Center, in Pleasantville, New York on October 11-13, 2019. (The ITTF is the governing body for all national table tennis associations, of which 226 members represent practically every country and every continent of the world.) Ping Pong Parkinson (3P), our 501c group which meets weekly, is pleased and proud to be a co-sponsor of this tournament especially, since up to now, PwP's have been chiefly bypassed and disqualified from entering para-table tennis events, including the Paralympic Games.

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