first_imgMeđimurska song, a traditional tune of Međimurje, as an independent nomination, and The art of drywall construction (Art of dry stone walling, knowledge and techniques), as a multinational nomination (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland), are inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity.The great news was confirmed yesterday at a meeting of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage, held in Port Louis, Mauritius.Međimurska song was entered in the Register of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia in 2013. At the initiative of the holder, the expert recommendation of the Commission for Intangible Cultural Heritage and the decision of the Ministry of Culture, in 2016, preparations began for the preparation of a nomination for enrollment in the Representative List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The nomination was prepared in collaboration with experts: dr. Sc. Lidija Bajuk, Ph.D. Nailom Ceribašić, Ph.D. With the company Zebec and with the support of the local community and a number of institutions from the area of ​​Međimurje County.Međimurska song it is an indispensable part of today’s traditional culture of Međimurje County and a favorite and recognizable musical-traditional sign of Croatian identity, which attracts attention beyond national borders. It consists of verses that are sung to the melody (I see), forming a song (song). According to the age of the verses and the metrical structure of the melody, the melodies can be grouped into older and newer melodies, and according to the form-style and motif-thematic features into epic and lyrical songs. This lively musical tradition is an important factor in social connection and part of family and friendly gatherings of Međimurje men and women.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The art of drywall construction was entered in the Register of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia in 2013. At the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, an international initiative was launched to make a nomination to UNESCO so that the art of drywall construction could be inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The agreements began at an informative international meeting of experts in Nicosia (Cyprus – Nomination Coordinator) organized on 22 and 23 January 2016. There, decisions were made on the development of a joint multinational nomination and on further steps (timeline of activities). Along with the Ministry of Culture, Association 4 of the City of Dragodid has been confirmed as the main coordinator of the Republic of Croatia for the preparation of the nomination. The nomination was supported by numerous holders of this cultural property through letters of support.Drywall construction (“drywall”) is the art of making stone structures without the use of binders. In a narrower sense, it refers to masonry with crushed stone with minimal or no processing, and as a broader term it can also include the laying of stone paving and covering, then the construction of engineering structures with carved stone without the use of binders. A characteristic product of drywall construction is the so-called drywall (gromača, međa, mocira, mocir, masiera, redina, prizida, zid, mrtvi zid, mrtvi mir…), which appears in various forms along the entire area of ​​the Adriatic-Dinaric karst and strongly characterizes its landscape, and other characteristic products are smaller buildings for various purposes.One of the goals of the intangible heritage inventory is to encourage the implementation of programs for the protection and preservation of various traditional knowledge and skills through workshops, educational and extracurricular programs, documentation, research, international cooperation and other activities. Of the three UNESCO lists of intangible heritage on the Representative List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the Republic of Croatia has so far inscribed 13 intangible assets (2009: Feast of St. Blaise from Dubrovnik, Annual carnival procession of bell ringers from Kastav, The art of making traditional children’s toys from Hrvatsko Zagorje , The procession of queens or lilies from Gorjani, Procession For the Cross from Hvar, Two voices of narrow intervals of Istria and the Croatian coast, Lacemaking in Croatia, 2010: Gingerbread from northern Croatia, Sinjska alka, 2011: Bećarac from eastern Croatia , 2012: Klapa singing, 2013: Mediterranean food as a multinational nomination).A total of 17 cultural assets on the UNESCO list The Republic of Croatia has inscribed a total of 17 cultural assets on the UNESCO lists, with these two newly inscribed elements.On the List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Preservation, the Republic of Croatia has one intangible asset – the musical expression ojkanje, and the third list, the UNESCO Register of Best Practices, includes the Ecomuseum “Ecomuseo” Batana “from Rovinj. By the end of 2018, more than 160 intangible cultural assets were entered in the Register of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia, and a total of 17 of them were included in the UNESCO lists, with these two newly entered elements.last_img read more

first_imgI have been writing this column every week for two and a half years, but the process feels more bizarre every time I pick up a copy of the paper.I try to come up with similes to help rationalize what still seems foreign to me. Lately, column writing has begun to take on the appearance of the sports themselves.The best columns and athletic achievements are products of preparation. The workload drains you of energy, but hopefully there’s an end worth the undertaking.But like sports, the column’s result is often emphasized over the procedure. I try to pull back the curtains on the sporting world in my role as a columnist, so it’s only fair I now try to do the same to journalism and myself. Stick with me in this exercise of self-aggrandizement; I promise it will be worth it.Above all, column writing is a weekly outlet for my neuroses. Even after I complete a piece, I can’t stop questioning myself. Did I overlook something in my assessment of USC football? What if I never fixed that comma splice? Does my columnist photo make my face look fat?Filling this space every week is the hardest part of working at the Daily Trojan. If I have to recap a game or event, my only task is to get out of the way. But writing a column means stating an opinion I’m willing to be accountable for every week.Sometimes I forget what I write will be read by others once I have completed it. Every journalist has a conflicted relationship at best with the comment section, but I love it. My favorite comment was a recommendation to drop out of school by a reader who apparently disagreed with what I had to say. Hey, I didn’t come this far not to go even further.Comments and e-mail help ensure that what gets printed in the Daily Trojan doesn’t just become white noise on a page. Quality is obviously the top concern of any writer, but if people hate you, at least they’re reading you.The sports section is unique in the sense that you occasionally receive feedback from players and coaches. I don’t have any stories of someone leaving a dead rat on the hood of my car or a coach wagging a finger in my face, Urban Meyer-style. But a lineman who eventually went on to the NFL called me out on something I wrote for the paper. This was also not a singular occurrence.Writing sports columns, however, has given me an appreciation for the recipients of my critiques. The weekly task almost feels like a sporting event, except, you know, completely devoid of all physical hardship. But after so many stories, it becomes hard to bring the heat every week.This problem is usually a matter of execution. Even the most prized concepts can fall flat, and these are the columns that hurt the most. Maybe some reference or analogy proved to be too flimsy to carry the piece.In a sleep-deprived state, I once came up with an elaborate idea to explain how the 2008 USC football team was like Jay-Z’s 2001 album The Blueprint. Somehow, I was convinced I would need at least 1,000 words to explain this purported genius. The column thankfully never appeared, but maybe someday if I’m broke I’ll publish a book of lost columns in which I can flush out such a comparison.The disconnect between preparation and execution is also the best explanation for most athletic shortcomings. You’ll never hear an athlete say, “We just didn’t take this game seriously.” But experiencing the phenomenon of seeing even the most promising set-ups fall short adds a layer of understanding.Even triumphs of sports and prose are fleeting. I’ve written hundreds of articles during my time here; it would be a great achievement if I could remember a third of them. There’s also little room for nostalgia for athletes. You’re always on to the next one.A writing mentor once told me that no two stories are alike. That means that from story to story, you’re either improving or slowing your progress.I imagine this is what keeps great athletes going through the grind. It is what keeps me writing columns.“Tackling Dummy” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Michael at read more

first_imgAfter choosing to return for his senior season after tying Barry Sanders’ record for touchdowns in a single season (39), Ball struggled to match his production from 2011 before a string of dominant performances late in the season.[/media-credit]Montee Ball said it best himself: he just has a nose for the end zone.Saturday, as Ball celebrates his final game at Camp Randall and Wisconsin welcomes Ohio State to Madison, the senior running back will attempt to make history. Ball is only a touchdown shy of tying former Miami (Ohio) running back Travis Prentice’s 78 career touchdowns – the NCAA record – and needs only two to break it.And he is more than cognizant of it.“It kind of says itself,” Ball said. “I’m the one who has scored the most touchdowns – if I break the record – and (am) just that person you want to get the football to.”The setting and opponent could not be more perfect. Ball knows Ohio State wants to spoil his party, but the senior doesn’t want to have it any other way on Senior Day.“I believe it’s the ideal picture for myself, to break the record at home, in my last home game,” he said.But beyond the fact that it is Senior Day, a matchup with Ohio State is the very reason Ball cites time and again that he turned his career around. In 2010, when the Badgers toppled a top-ranked Buckeyes squad 31-18 at Camp Randall, Ball didn’t see the field.Now, two years later with Ohio State back in Madison, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior is on the precipice of history.“I’m happy that that happened because it really showed me what I have to do during practice, because I was working hard but I wasn’t working as hard as I am now,” Ball said. “I wasn’t doing the extra that you need to do every day to be a really good football player in college football. So I’m really glad that that happened … when times get hard I look back on that time because that was my first time never to be able to contribute in a football game and that was really challenging. Now I make sure to look back on it and keep telling myself I overcame that, so anything that comes my way, I’ll overcome it.”Even at the time, Ball considered switching to linebacker simply because he wanted to get on the field.If he had made the switch, 2012 and 2011 would have never happened – but there was a time this season when it seemed unlikely Ball would even be close to breaking the record, especially after a slow start and a Heisman campaign led by the UW Athletic Department that almost seemed to be mocking his less than stellar performance early in the season.“Just coming out of the summer, with everything that happened to me this summer and coming out of the gates real slow, personally I felt it was way out of reach,” Ball said. “But I’m really glad I stuck with it, kept pushing, kept fighting, kept working hard with my teammates in practice.”Ball certainly hopes the Heisman campaign wasn’t all for naught, but on Saturday, with a chance to put his own name in the record books, the tailback will also celebrate the historic career few expected of him. “I think it actually hit me after the last game day in Indiana that the next game is going to be my last game in Camp Randall,” Ball said. “It hits me every single day at random times, but it’s bittersweet because it’s kind of sad. It’s the last time I’ll be able to play here, but everything that I’ve done here is something I can look back on and love to think about.”last_img read more