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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.

Radoslav Katicic 1930-2019 distinguished Croatian linguist in Vienna
Professor Radoslav Katičić was born in Croatia's capital Zagreb in 1930, where he studied philology and earned his PhD. During the period of 1960-61 he was a stipendist of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Tuebingen. After the return to the University of Zagreb, he became a docent on Indo-European and general linguistics. Soon after, he served as a head of the newly formed Department for General Linguistics and Oriental Studies. In 1966 he became associate, and in 1973 full professor. Beside general and Indo-European linguistics, he also taught Old Iranian and Old Indic philology. In 1977 he became full professor of Slavic philology at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Miro Gavran Croatian playwright has nine premieres in nine countries during two months of 2019
Miro Gavran is the greatest contemporary Croatian playwright. His plays have been translated into as many as 41 languages worldwide. During the following two months, from the end of August till October 2019, nine of his plays will be shown in nine countries: Germany, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Nigeria, in his native Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and in Czechia. About 1000 actors in Croatia and thoughout the world participated in his plays. He had about 1300 public literary appearances in Croatia and worldwide. He is a honorable member of the Russian Literary Society in Moscow.

Ivana Vidovic - Vesna Miletic Croatian pianist duo in Trento in Italy 2019
U organizaciji festivala klasične glazbe Piano piu piano iz Trenta dubrovačke pijanistice Ivana Marija Vidović i Vesna Miletić održale su prošlog tjedna koncert za pamćenje. Održan u prekrasnom srednjovjekovnom gradu Cavalese podno impresivnih Dolomita, pobudio je odličan odaziv educirane, probrane i zainteresirane publike koja je sve pažljivo pratila te izmamila i dva dodatka. Na programu su bila zastupljena djela Mendelssohna, Schuberta, Debussyija, Faurea a nadasve ih je raznježio Andante iz 3. simfonije Luke Sorkočevića.

Stipe Miocic winner of the UFC heavyweight boxing title in 2019

Stipe Miocic is a Croatian American mixed martial artist and firefighter-paramedic. In 2019 he won the title of the UFC champion. UFC is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he competes in the heavyweight division. This was his fourth win of the UFC title, which is unique achievement the history of this competition. He is now at the age of 37 and his height is 1.93 m. With his wife Ryan Marie he has a daughter Meelah Grace (Meelah = mila in Croatian = dear).

2019 ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships
One of the tools that is used to fight, slow down or just make the effects of Parkinson's manageable, is the physical activity of playing Ping Ping, also known as Table Tennis. Nenad Bach wrote a song about it, and asked me to direct a video. This is the promo of the upcoming Official video. Love Ping Pong - (If I Had Another Life) Official Promo. October 11th - 13th. We are Ping Pong Parkinson. Mission: To help anyone with Parkinson's Disease through ping pong (primarily) - and to have fun while doing it.

Carmen Verlichak postala je redovitom clanicom Argentinske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti 2019
Spisateljica i novinarka Carmen Vrlhicak Verlichak, MSc, postala je redovitom članicom Argentinske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti, u razredu za komunikacije. Vrljicak je jedina Hrvatica u Argentini koja je član te Akademije. Ceremoniji je u centru grada Buenos Airesa nazočila i veleposlanica Republike Hrvatske u Argentini, gospođa Duška Paravić. CROWN čestita gospođi Carmen Verlichak na članstvu u Argentinskoj akademiji znanosti i umjetnosti.

Nenad Bach promoting his World Peace In One Hour program at MedILS in the city of Split
We want to present this project through four entries: first is art, music primarily, where we want to gather the orchestra with all instruments of the world. Sport is also very important so we plan to set up ping-pong tables at the airports all around the world with "World peace in one hour" and "Ping Pong Parkinson" written on the tables' edges." - Nenad Bach told and emphasized how through gastronomy and fashion we need to spread awareness of ability to achieve world peace as well as awareness of Parkinson's desease. Now, in the era of internet and social networks, it has never been easier.

Nenad Bach in Japan at 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto 2019
Nenad's main reason of traveling around the world is promoting 2019 ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships. He has participated at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto on June 2019. He reported about his experiences with Ping Pong Parkinson: Testimonial, the diagnosis and activity that prolonged my life. He promoted his ideas of World Peace In One Hour, also in Hiroshima, Nagoya and Tokyo. During his stay in Japan, he met his numerous colleagues and frineds, including Yoko Nishii (pianist, on the photo) and Hayato Iso (environmental architect). Both Yoko Nishii and Hayato Iso left visible traces in the cultural life of Croatia.

Vladimir Paleček Croatian humanist and founder of "Hungry Child" international fund in Croatia 1969
Vladimir Paleček: "A catastrophic earthquake hit Sicily in 1968 in which many men, women, and children lost their lives. Gibellina, Salaparuta, Santa Margarita, and Montevago were wiped off the map. ... When I walked through these places, when I saw hundreds of tents which had to replace warm homes, when I saw children without parents, when I saw children naked, barefooted, and hungry, who crowded around me, I came to the idea of creating a movement which would have one goal - TO HELP CHILDREN." With this article we mark 50 years since founding "Hungry Child", the only humanitarian NGO ever behind the "Iron Curtain".

Kinjo Gakuin high school from Japan visited High School Sesvete in Croatia in 2019
Japanese students and teachers arrived in Zagreb on March, 21st 2019. They were wellcomed by students and teachers from Gimnazija Sesvete at Franjo Tuđman airport. The program consisted of multimedial presentations and workshops which presented Gimnazija Sesvete, Croatian educational system, attractions, beauty and culture of Zagreb and Croatia. Japanese students from Nagoya also presented their school, city and talked about education in Japan. The main purpose of this event was promotion of music as a universal way of connecting people as well as promoting school choir singing.

Marko Mimica distinguished Croatian bass-baritone graduate of the Academy of Music in Zagreb

Marko is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Zagreb, Croatia. He was a participant in the 2011 Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project, and reached the final of Cardiff Singer of the World in 2013. In 2008 Marko made his professional debut at the Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb. On the concert platform, Marko made his debut at the BBC Proms in 2014 in a performance of Salome conducted by Donald Runnicles. Further appearances have included the Verdi Requiem with the Rundfunk Choir, Berlin and for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Creon Oedipus Rex with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Torino, Modena, Ferrara and in Napoli with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro San Carlo; etc.

Ana Vidovic's classical guitar recital in Baden-Baden in Germany in 2019
Ana Vidović, distinguished Croatian guitarist living in the USA, had an extremely demanding classical guitar recital in Baden-Baden, Germany, containing masterpieces of Bach, Guiliani, Scarlatti, Tarrega, Mangore, Sor and Albeniz. Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer.

Mladen Vranic 1930-2019 a legend in diabetes research

Mladen Vranić eaarn his PhD in medical sciences from the University of Zagreb in 1962, as well as honorary doctorate from the same univeristy in 2011. Mladen Vranic's seminal contributions in a number of areas - glucose metabolism, exercise, hypoglycemia and stress, changed the landscape of diabetes research in Canada and internationally. "In some ways he's been the grandfather of all these outstanding athletes living with diabetes who have excelled -€“ it's an incredible legacy." D. Naylor

Lucija & Dusko Rilov and their Studio Turtula of driftwood paintings

Lucija & Duško Rilov live in the city of Trogir, which has been included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. They are creating beautiful life out of driftwood pieces, found on the seashore along the Croatian coast. Their inspiration are small island towns, which bring them peace and inner balance. Numerous galeries and souvenir shops possess their works of art. Their work is connecting two very different areas: ecology with artistic expression.

Marko Tadic Croatian mathematician delivered a lecture at IHES in Paris in 2018
Marko Tadic, professor of Mathematics at the University of Zagreb and a member of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, delivered a lecture in 2018 at the prestigious IHES (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques) in Paris. The title of his talk was "Unitarizability in generalised rank three case for classical p-adic groups". Although the lecture is on a highly specialized topic in Mathematics, we invite the reader to listen to at least a part of it. France is one of the strongest mathematical nations in the world.

Nicholas Daddazio's reinvention of Croatian necktie with a pocket for a cellphone

France and Croatia shared a victory celebration together going back to 1648, when Croatia won the Thirty Years' War for France and Louis XIV celebrated with a parade in Paris to honor the Croatian soldiers, who were wearing red cravats, by having Royalty and ordinary Parisians wear similar cravats made by Louis XIV's tailors. France fell in love with the cravat, as well as the other European countries, and thus began the history of the necktie that evolved in design, shape, fabric, and color for more than four hundred years to the present. Daddazio's designs are a re-invention of the necktie with the added feature of a pocket for a cellphone that makes it practical and functional for this new millennium.

Dunja Vejzovic Croatian prima donna

Croatian mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzović studied at the Zagreb Academy of Music and began her career at the Zagreb National Theatre. She sang in the leading opera houses in Europe and America. Her versatile repertoire includes amongst other roles Venus in Wagners Tannhauser, Eboli in Don Carlo, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Abigaille in Nabucco, Adalgisa in Norma. She sang under conductors as Herbert von Karayan, Lovro von Matacic, Georges Pretes, Lorin Maazel, Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Metha, Giannandrea Gavazzini, Nello Santi, Eugen Jochum and Armin Jordan.

Drago Stambuk odlikovan japanskim Ordenom izlazeceg sunca 2019. g.
Dne 21. svibnja 2019. Vlada Japana je objavila da će odlikovati dr. Dragu Štambuka, bivšeg veleposlanika Republike Hrvatske u Japanu, Ordenom izlazećeg sunca sa zlatnom i srebrnom zvijezdom, a radi njegovog doprinosa jačanju veza i prijateljskih odnosa između Japana i Republike Hrvatske. Kao veleposlanik Republike Hrvatske u Japanu, osim napora uloženih u jačanje veza između dvije zemlje, dr. Štambuk je radio na razmjeni kroz pjesništvo i haiku poeziju doprinoseći time međusobnom razumijevanju Japana i Hrvatske, ali i širenju haiku poezije ne samo u Hrvatskoj nego u cijelom svijetu.

Sandra Wigh Hrascanec Croatian contralto/mezzosoprano singer living in Vienna
Croatian contralto/mezzosoprano has a very unique dramatic voice of enormous beauty, warmth, depth and passion, the kind of voice that not only soothes but makes you shiver. Her concerts are always sensational experiance for audience. As a theatrical and inspiring artist, she has performed in more than 500 solo concerts/performances in different ganres, at festivals, readings, varios functions and presentations, mostly in Austria and Croatia, as well in Japan in both 2008 and 2011 (as a part of the Concert Tour). Since November 2014, she has become regular guest by Wagner Gala Concerts "Peter Svensson and friends" in Vienna.

Filip Hrgovic makes U.S. boxing debut by winning against Corbin in 60 seconds
Corbin came out firing hard and looking to test the younger man. Hrgovic was nonplussed, his eyes focused and looking for an opening. Backing towards the ropes as Corbin came forward, Hrgovic found it. A chopping right hand sent Corbin crashing to the mat. Hrgovic was polite concerning Corbin before looking to the future. "Greg Corbin is a really good fighter... You didn'€™t have time to see the best Hrgovic. I look forward to big fights, strong opponents and to give the US really good fights."

Teresa Perinic and the King of Dolls representing Croatia at the Day of Europe in Argentina
The Day of Europe has been celebrated on 9th of May 2019 in Buenos Aires. It consisted in Common Stories (Historias Comunes) connecting Europe and Argentina, in which also Croatia has participated. The collection of common stories consists of 20 stories from various European countries, collected in a book. The Croatian story deals with Ljeposlav Perinić, better known throughout the world as The King of Dolls. The title of the story is "From Zagreb to Don Torquato - The King of Dolls". On the photo Teresa Perinic de Bellofatto, daughter of The King of Dolls.

Michael J. Novosel of Croatian origin recipient of the Medal of Honor for saving 5589 wounded people

During the Vietnam war, Novosel flew 2,543 missions and extracted 5,589 wounded personnel, among them his own son Michael J. Novosel Jr. The following week, Michael Jr. returned the favor by extracting his father after he was shot down. On the morning of October 2, 1969, Novosel set out to evacuate a group of South Vietnamese soldiers who were surrounded by several thousand North Vietnamese light infantry near the Cambodian border. Radio communication was lost and the soldiers had expended their ammunition. Without air cover or fire support, Novosel flew at low altitude under continuous enemy fire... He completed 15 hazardous extractions, was wounded in a barrage of enemy fire, and momentarily lost control of his helicopter, but when it was over, he had rescued 29 men.

Hrvojka Mihanovic-Salopek: Veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Diocese of Gospić-Senj
We often travel to the Adriatic coast through the spacious, desolate, forested and mountainous expanses of Lika, without being aware that there used to be a highly developed center of medieval Croatian culture and Glagolitic scriptoria. Although the brutal Ottoman invasions wrought devastation, we are attracted to the residual traces of the original old Croatian civilization. This is Hrvojka Mihanovic-Salopek's 11th DVD from the series Stella Maris of Croatia (Croatian Mariological heritage).

Ping Pong Parkinson initiative of Nenad Bach
First ever Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships, will happen on October 11-13, 2019 in Pleasantville, New York USA at the Westchester Table Tennis Center. The ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) is supporting this event. The new project will form part of the 6th Pillar of the ITTF Foundation that promotes health through table tennis, with this first event aimed at raising awareness of Parkinson'€™s Disease and improving the lives of those diagnosed with it. For international music composer, Nenad Bach, table tennis has been the key to regaining his ability to play the guitar and pursue his passion for music once more. Nenad Bach: PLAYING TABLE TENNIS MADE ME FEEL 50% BETTER.

International festival of early music in Dvigrad, Istria, Croatia 2019
Alojzije Prosoli (on the photo), the founder and director of the Musica Sacra (Sveta glazba) associationa in Croatia, continues with his activities in promoting classical music in Croatia by organizing the XVIIth International Festival of Early Music, in the medieval town of Dvigrad in Istrian peninsula, Croatia. The festival is organized in unique ambience in the world, in the mediaeval town of Dvigrad, abandoned in 18th century. Dvigrad is placed near the town of Kanfanar in central part of Istrian peninsula.

Ana Bedrina predlaže 12. svibnja za Dan hrvatskih iseljenika i zaštitnika sv. Leopolda

I pored svog raseljenog naroda po cijelome svijetu, Hrvatska do sada nije ustanovila Dan hrvatskih iseljenika. Kao katolička zemlja koja ima sv. Josipa za zaštitnika države, mi nemamo zaštitnika za brojno iseljeništvo. Iako bi ga mogli imati, jer imamo brojne uzorne ljude i svece, ali još nije postavljen.samo jedan od njih je u svojoj službi bio pravi iseljenik i s nostalgijom mislio na svoj povratak kući, među svoj narod, pa makar i poslije smrti (citat: "kad bi bar kosti moje mogle počivati na mojoj rodnoj grudi"€œ). I koji je pokazao svoje domoljublje i vjernost domovini kad je žrtvovao svoju slobodu, odbivši talijansko državljanstvo, jer se nije htio odreći svoga hrvatskog državljanstva rekavši da "krv nije voda".

Yoko Nishii speaking about Croatia at the Japanese TV in February 2019
Yoko Nishii, Japanese pianist and proponent of Croatian classical piano music in Japan, as well as of Japanese music in Croatia, was a guest of Japanese TV on 14th Febrary 2019. She described some of her numerous concerts in various Croatian cities (till 2018, she had as many as 48 soloist concerts in 24 cities, and innumerably many other appearances). She also described some of the cultural values of the country, as well as a little bit about Croatian cuisine. Yoko Nishii is fluent in Croatian language.

RIMAC 0-100 KM/H IN 1.9 SEC CONFIRMED!!!
The Rimac C_Two is the world'€™s most powerful electric hypercar, demonstrating the company'€™s expertise in high-performance vehicle systems. Powered by a four-motor powertrain system with 1.914 hopsepower and instantly available 2300 Nm of torque, the C_Two accelerates 0-60 mph in 1.85 seconds, and reaches 300 kph in 11.8 seconds. The 120 kWh battery capacity enables 550 km of range in WLTP cycle (650 km NEDC). ). These figures have taken the world by surprise, but with new development efforts, the C_Two can, and will, see upgrades.

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 52: The Start of a New Year 2019
Dear All, the year 2018 was a productive and exciting year and 2019 which just started looks like even more exciting... and I hope as productive as well. Focus WORLD PEACE, promoting my idea of World Peace In One Hour through four Human Passions that connects us all. ART, SPORTS, GASTRONOMY and FASHION. These four passions unite us regardless of skin color, religion, education, status in society, personal wealth or political alliance. If you have a Parkinson's diagnose and love Ping Pong, there will be the ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships from October 11-13 here in New York. If you play any of 500+ instruments and want to play for World Peace in One Hour in the orchestra that has ALL the instruments of the world, apply!

American Airlines flights to Dubrovnik (DBV) Airport three times weekly from June 7 till September 27, 2018.
The new nonstop flights will take you to Dubrovnik, a top Game of Thrones filming location. Flights to Dubrovnik (DBV) Airport will run three times each week starting June 7 and ending September 27, 2018. Though travelers flock to this destination to explore its key Game of Thrones filming sites, there'€™s more to the city than the fictional Seven Kingdoms. Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediteranean.

Miljenko Matijevic in Croatia in the cities of Zagreb and Pula

Miljenko Matijevic was born in Croatia's capital Zagreb in 1964. He became one of the greatest singing stars in entire rock history. In the recent years his popularity has spread to the Far East, especially in South Korea, where he had numerous appearances. His unique voice continues to attract millons of listeners throughout the world, for classic songs like "She's Gone", "Can't Stop Me Lovin' You", "I'll Never Let You Go", "We All Die Young", etc. Miljenko: "Thank you to my country with all my heart for opening your arms and showering us with such a graceful experience. I hope everyone enjoys what we have created."

Josip Krsul Croatian-American soldier at Iwo Jima at the age of 108 in 2019

Josip Kršul is probably the oldest living veteran of the Iwo Jima battle, born in 1911, now at the age of 108 (in 2019). He has Croatian roots, and was born in the town of Selca on the Croatian coast, SE of the city of Rijeka. Hundred years since his birth, in 2011, he was back to Croatia again and to his native town of Selca. Several other Croatian heroes are known to have become a part of American history: Peter Tomich (Pearl Harbor), Louis Cukela (recipient of two American Medals of Honor), and Vinko Gecan.

Frano Zivkovic Croatian guitar phenomenon in 2019 at the age of 14
Frano Živković: My dream is to be a versatile artist. I would like to use not just music, but also drawing, painting and writing stories in my art. I see myself travelling around the world, giving shows to make people happy, composing, conducting, acting in movies and helping others. I would like to develop my School Tour project and have concerts in many schools and countries. It is not easy to follow Frano...

Tamara Gal playing five waltzes by distinguished Croatian pianist and composer Bozidar Kunc
Tamara Gal, young and talented Croatian pianist, interprets masterpieces of Božidar Kunc (Zagreb 1903 - Detroit 1964), as well as of Dora Pejačević (Budapest 1885 - Munich 1923), the first Croatian woman - composer of international reputation. Tamara has appeared as a soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Vjekoslav Šutej. She servs as Youth on the Move Ambassador for Croatia, and has organized several humanitarian concerts.

Miro Gavran's great success in Germany - continuing GavranFest in Augsburg 2019
The ninth GavranFest, the international theatre festival which exclusively features plays by the Croatian author Miro Gavran, will take place 1-3 February 2019 in the Sensemble Theatre in Ausburg, Germany. The producers of the festival, Anne Schuester and Sebastian Seidel, have invited five productions from Austria, Croatia and Germany. They have also organised two round tables where directors, actors, theatrologists, and translators will speak about Gavran's work. Miro Gavran informed us that one of his books was translated in Azerbaijani in 2019, which is 41st language on the list of translations of his books! Congratulations!

Damir Martin Croatian rower exhibits outstanding strength and endurance

Damir Martin, Croatian rower and two-time Olympic Silver medallist (2016), exhibits outstanding strength and endurance; but how does that compare to athletes from other sports? In a sports science lab, the physiques and unique body characteristics of Olympic athletes are analyzed to reveal what makes them so special. We provide an analysis by Professor Greg Whyte, former Olympian (Modern Pentathlon, GB) and a leading sports scientist (University of Liverpool). "... Damir is truly a force of nature." "His lung size is absolutely astronomical." "Damir's Maximal VO2 score is literally breathtaking: higher than the world's best marathon runners ..."

Croatian handball fantastic performances in Germany against Spain, the host and France in 2019
Participating at the 2019 World Handball Championship in Germany, Croatia won against Spain (European handball champion), as well as against France (World champion), thanks to which Croatian handball players secured their participation at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. In their match against the host country Germany, it had to play against the referees as well. It is a shame that enterpreneurs can serve as referees at World handball championships. Lino Červar, Croatian coach, Germany 2019, said: "It cannot be tolerated that amateurs serve as referees at World Handball Championships." Lino Červar is one of the most successful handball trainers in the history of this sport.

Photo of the Year and the Family of the Year for 2018
As a photo of the year we have chosen a detail from spectacular return of Croatian national team to the city of Zagreb, with a bus reliably driven for several hours by a nice lady (on the photo) along impossibly stuffed streets, without any accident or any injury. This is a feat maybe even more amazing that the wins of Croatian national football team agains teams like Argentina (led by outstanding world class Messi), England and the Russian Federation. As the family of the year we have chosen the family of Luka Modrić, sharing in this way the opinion of millions of fans throughout the world.

Nikolina Sustic Stankovic of Croatia ultramarathon world champion in 2018
Nikolina Šustić Stanković is the world ultramarathon world champion (100 km!) for 2018. This is one of the greatest achievements of Croatian sports. Native of the city of Split, employed as a computer software tester, she leads a humble life, and became a top sportswoman without any trainer whasoever! This makes her achievment even more amazing. The city of Split is a cradle world class sportsmen and sportswomen: Goran Ivanišević (tennis), Toni Kukoč (basketball), Blanka Vlašić (high jumping), Ivano Balić (handball), ... , to name just a few.

Rimac Automobili Croatian company manufacturing electric hypercars
Mate Rimac is CEO and founder of the RIMAC Automobili company. We provide several interviews about his company founded in Sveta Nedelja near Croatia's capital Zagreb. In 2013 Mate Rimac founded a company called Greyp, closely related to the Rimac Automobili, manufacturing high-performance electric bicycles. By the end of 2018, the company has nearly 500 employees from 27 countries (15% of foreigners). Rimac Automobili is an acknowledged electrification partner to many automotive manufacturers: Porsche, Automobili Pininfarina, Aston Martin, CUPRA, Renault, and more out of the public eye.

Luka Samanic young Croatian basketball prodigy of height 2.08 m
Luka Šamanić, born in Zagreb in 2000, is surprisingly skillful, taking into account his height of 2.08 m and his young age. His play is amazingly fast versatile, and he is among the most promising Croatian basketball players of the new generation. His father Marko Šamanić was professional basketball player. In 2017, he played at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Tallinn, Estonia. Šamanić led Croatia to a gold medal after recording 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks in an overtime win over Great Britain. He was named tournament MVP and made the All-Star Five.

Boyan Slat founder and CEO of the Ocean Cleanup project
On May 11th 2017, Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, announced a design breakthrough allowing for the cleanup of half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years. The main idea behind The Ocean Cleanup is to let the ocean currents do the work. An installation of U-shaped screens channels floating plastic to a central point. The concentrated plastic can then be extracted and shipped to shore for recycling into durable products. Boyan Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and is the youngest-ever recipient of the UN’s highest environmental accolade: Champion of the Earth.

Yoko Nishii nastupa s koncertom na HTV3 u povodu 25. obljetnice diplomatskih odnosa Japana i Hrvatske
S velikim zadovoljstvom najavljujemo koncert japanske pijanistice Yoko Nishii koji se održava u povodu 25. obljetnice uspostave diplomatskih odnosa Japana i Hrvatske. Koncert će biti održan se u nedjelju, 16. prosinca 2018. u Studiju Bajsić HRT-a u organizaciji Veleposlanstva Japana i Hrvatske radiotelevizije. Koncert će početi uz televizijski prijenos uživo na HTV3 u 18:50 sati. Do sada je održala brojne solističke recitale u Hrvatskoj: 47 solističkih recitala u 24 grada.

Luka Modric winner of 2018 Balon d'Or
Carlo Ancelotti (director of Real Madrid): Nobody represents the values of this club, both on and off the pitch, better than Modric. Luka, affectionally nicknamed Lukito in Spain, has his great Croatian counterparts in some other collective sports: Ivano Balić in handball, Toni Kukoč in basketball, and several Croatian giants in waterpolo. Luka is happily married to Vanja b. Bosnić (on the photo): they have three children.

Peter Tomich 1893-1941 recipient of the Medal of Honor for his courage at Pearl Harbour in 1941
Peter Tomich, Croatian-American hero born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (town of Prolog), one of 15 men to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Named for him were a destroyer escort ship in 1943, the USS Tomich, and Tomich Hall in 1989, where the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, R.I., is housed. Medal of Honor is a film about double heroism. One hero, Peter Tomich, made an instant decision that cost him his life but saved hundreds of others. He won the Medal of Honor. Another man, Robert Lunney, worked for nine years and spent thousands of dollars to find a rightful home for the Medal. Solemn premiere of the film 'Heros are Not Forgotten' will be on 7th December, 6 pm, at the House of Military Forces of the Republic of Croatia 'Zvonimir', with Symphonic orchestra of Croatian TV under the baton of Olja Dešić which will play the original film music of Nenad Bach. The film (52 min) will be shown by HRT1 (Croatian TV), 8th Dec.at 13:15.

Artur R. Bagdasarov published an important book "Armenija - Noina zemlja" in 2018
Artur R. Bagdasarov, an Armenian scholar living in Moscow, is an expert in Croatian language and history. His newest book "Armenija - Noina zemlja" is his fifth book in Croatian language, and the third dealing with Armenia. Among interesting novelties published in the book, we mention the name of an Armenian Vagan Melik-Karaganjan, a honory citizen of the city of Biograd, who built the first hospital in this Croatian coastal city. It is not widely known that the congreation of Mhitarists, benedictine abeys of Armeno-catholic church, published more than 200 Croatian books in their printing house in Vienna.

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