The stockpiling compounds lingering issues across a global electronics industry still recovering from rolling lockdowns that snarled transport routes and cut off workers from factories earlier this year. Disruptions are expected to persist over the next two quarters, the people said.Power management is more important in the iPhone 12 than for its predecessors given additional camera features and 5G capabilities, increasing Apple’s need for these components. It recently launched four 5G models and analysts expect strong consumer demand for the devices. During a recent conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook warned about supply constraints for the iPhone 12, Mac, iPad and some Apple Watch models, although he didn’t specifically mention power-management chips.Supply issues for the iPhone are “not a surprise” because Apple has just begun to ramp up production, the CEO said. “It’s hard to predict” how long the supply constraints will last, he added. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.- Advertisement – Apple has multiple power-management chip suppliers, according to a recent teardown from iFixit. The iPhone 12 Pro uses a component from Texas Instruments to control power to the camera system, along with a similar chip from STMicroelectronics NV and one from Qualcomm for the 5G modem.There’s also a power-management part designed by Apple in this handset. In 2018, Apple acquired technology and other assets from Dialog Semiconductor Plc for $600 (roughly Rs. 4,500 crores) million to build its own power-management chips.The disruption to iPhone production comes amid questions over Apple’s ability to galvanise demand for its newest gadget in China, following its worst quarterly revenue performance there since 2014. Investors are concerned the company is losing momentum to homegrown rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi in one of its most critical markets.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple is grappling with a shortage of vital chips that manage power consumption in iPhone models and other devices, people with knowledge of the matter said, complicating its ability to meet holiday demand for the latest version of its marquee gadget.It’s unclear to what extent the bottleneck may limit iPhone availability during its crucial launch quarter, typically Apple’s busiest. Despite the shortfall, suppliers are likely to prioritise Cupertino, California-based Apple and its power-hungry iPhone 12 over other customers lining up for scarce parts, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.Increasing demand for silicon across a range of products and supply-chain disruptions from COVID-19 are the main causes of the shortage, according to the people. Main Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing said in October that 5G smartphones require 30 percent to 40 percent more chip content versus 4G. That and uncertainty over the course of the pandemic is spurring customers to cache components for fear of running out, especially after major smartphone maker Huawei had stocked up massively ahead of a September deadline for US sanctions.- Advertisement – In the US, a check of Apple’s website shows that new iPhone 12 Pro orders won’t arrive to customers until the end of November or early December, while the regular iPhone 12 isn’t showing any delay. Many iPad models are showing deliveries between mid-November and the end of the month, while some Apple Watch models are showing delivery times in late November.-With assistance from Mark Gurman.© 2020 Bloomberg L.P.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
A pair of Senate runoffs in Georgia that will determine which party controls the chamber has reordered the political universe in the days since the election, influencing nearly every decision by members of both parties, including the refusal of most Republicans to recognize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.Senators are lining up day trips to Atlanta to campaign. Party leaders are carefully calibrating their postelection messages to frame the fight on the ground. And Mr. Biden’s transition team is tailoring its plans to two drastically different outcomes, preparing an ambitious agenda in case Democrats are able to win both races and take control of the Senate, and a more pared-back one in case they fall short.- Advertisement – The most jarring consequence has been Republicans’ refusal to challenge Mr. Trump’s false claims that he won the election. Though most leading Republicans have not repeated his claims, they have also declined to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s clear victory, fearing that doing so would enrage the president and his loyal base of supporters ahead of January.“We need his voters,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican, told reporters on Wednesday. “Right now, he’s trying to get through the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there. But when that’s all said and done, however it comes out, we want him helping in Georgia.” And Vice President Mike Pence told senators privately on Tuesday that he planned to jet down to Georgia next week to campaign.Democrats were seeking to rally their own voters and donors in a long-shot bid to win both races in a historically conservative state where their party has often fallen short in runoff contests.“When it comes to the Senate, it’s not over, at all,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said on Wednesday. “Georgia is close.” The contests pit two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, against the Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock. But they are quickly becoming nationalized into referendums on Mr. Biden’s victory and the direction of the country.The impact was apparent throughout the Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, privately warned House members to watch their words in the coming weeks to deny Republicans any new ammunition to caricature the Democrats as extremists.Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, bucked up Mr. Trump and expressed outrage over Democrats insisting the president concede.- Advertisement – Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was on the ground Wednesday in the Atlanta suburbs rallying with Ms. Loeffler at a Save Our Majority Rally, an indoor event at which many attendees did not wear masks. Senator Rick Scott, the newly elected chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, is scheduled to hold a fund-raiser in the state on Thursday. The stakes are staggeringly high for both sides. With Republicans on track to control 50 Senate seats and Democrats 48, the twin runoffs on Jan. 5 will determine how much power Mr. Biden can wield in a post-Trump Washington.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
“While Biden will want to put other issues, including domestic concerns, at the top of his list of priorities, Pyongyang has a way of forcing the United States to pay attention to North Korea.”Waqas Adenwala, Asia analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, agreed.“North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority,” he said.The reclusive regime launched missiles early in both the Obama and Trump administrations. Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have seen highs and lows over the past four years.President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged threats and provocations in 2017, but subsequently met twice at bilateral meetings in 2018 and 2019 discuss denuclearization in a bid to roll back tensions. The U.S. offered possible relief from sanctions that the U.N. has imposed on Pyongyang since 2006, but the talks failed to achieve much progress.Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, whose business holds a telecommunications license in North Korea, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that Biden should continue Trump’s policy to connect with Pyongyang.“I work in North Korea, and I know the mentality. The threats and the bullying and so on, it will not work with them,” he said. “What will work with them is, we reach (out) to them and we test their sincerity of peace.”“It’s not in our interest, as a free world, to have China dominate this part of the world and take North Korea to its side,” he added. Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing.’Leif-Eric EasleyProfessor at Ewha University North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority.Waqas Adenwala- Advertisement – “The coming weeks may see North Korea conduct a nuclear or long-range ballistic missile test in order to send a strong message to the incoming president,” said Evans Revere, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution. Revere also said the demands being made are widely viewed as “excessive, unfair and unsupported by facts,” and that Trump failed to recognize that the military presence in South Korea — meant to deter North Korea — will be beneficial for the U.S. as well.“I have no doubt that the Biden administration will recognize this and come to a speedy, reasonable agreement with our South Korean allies,” he said.Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said Biden would demand “more modest increases” in military cost-sharing without threatening to withdraw American troops.However, he said a Biden administration would be sensitive to international burden-sharing as it fights the pandemic at home. “Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing,’” Easley said. – Advertisement – People watch a television news broadcast showing a file image of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 21, 2020.Jung Yeon-je | AFP | Getty Images Sharon Squassoni of George Washington University said Biden would take a principled approach to North Korea that supports “long-standing U.S. security and non-proliferation objectives.”The research professor at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs added that the North Korea would be a “top foreign policy objective for Biden from the start,” even if Kim doesn’t provoke the U.S. with more missile tests.She said Biden knows “benign neglect” won’t work with North Korea, and will seek to address it.“It may be quieter diplomatically than anything Trump ever did, but I think it will be a priority,” said Squassoni.South Korea and JapanExperts also weighed in on what a Biden presidency would mean for other North Asian countries. Leaders from Japan and South Korea have congratulated Biden, and said they want to work on their alliances with the U.S.Under Trump, the U.S. considered reducing its military presence in South Korea and signaled it wanted South Korea to pay more for troops stationed in the country after a cost-sharing agreement expired in 2019.“It is natural for any U.S. administration to urge Seoul to pay more to underwrite the costs of stationing U.S. forces in Korea,” said Revere, noting that South Korea has already agreed to boost its contributions. “However, the Trump administration has rejected this generous increase and demanded more.” SINGAPORE — North Korea may launch missiles to send a “strong message” to President-elect Joe Biden and ensure Pyongyang continues to be a foreign policy priority in Washington, analysts told CNBC.NBC News on Saturday projected that Biden would win the U.S. presidential election, four days after Election Day. President Donald Trump has not conceded, and has filed multiple lawsuits in swing states amid unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and illegal votes.Experts said Biden’s priority will be to tackle the coronavirus crisis and worries about the U.S. economy, but that North Korea could test weapons to make its presence felt.- Advertisement – President-elect Joe Biden waves to supporters as he leaves the Queen theater after receiving a briefing from the transition Covid-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images The Economist Intelligence Unit Japanese flag in Tokyo ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan in November 2017.Artur Widak | NurPhoto | Getty Images In Japan, relations are likely to strengthen further, according to Adenwala of the EIU.That’s because Biden will not pursue a “volatile and mercantilist policy” with its allies, he said.Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga do not have the same personal rapport that Trump and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared, but they will likely work together on the basis of “mutual interests such as trade and especially on issues of security, particularly in the face of increasingly assertive policies from China,” Adenwala said.Brookings’ Revere said there has been “considerable unease” in Japan over Trump’s approach to North Korea. He added that Biden would manage North Korea and burden-sharing negotiations well, and “restore confidence in the United States’ handling of bilateral defense and security ties.” – Advertisement –
In September, the district’s school board voted to continue with remote learning for most students through the end of the semester, citing health concerns, despite Ms. Felder’s recommendation to implement a combination of in-person and online classes.To help students connect, the district has distributed over 1,500 hot spots, often several to each family. Yellow buses outfitted with Wi-Fi regularly rumble outside apartment complexes and housing developments. And for weeks, shuttered school cafeterias, once redolent with the scent of chicken nuggets and quesadillas, functioned as internet hubs.But with no child care provided, few parents brought their children, prompting the district to close them last month.Today, many parents use a map of public Wi-Fi locations to help their children get online, and students can often be seen hunched over laptops in cars parked within the invisible range of wireless routers. “It just adds insult to injury when you’re forced to sit in a McDonald’s parking lot to learn,” Ms. Felder said.For months, Ms. Felder and other local officials have been lobbying the state for systemic solutions, rather than Band-Aid fixes like hot spots. “We need cell towers and broadband,” she said. “That’s something we cannot build ourselves. We need the government to step in and make this happen.” The challenge of closing the digital divide can be particularly daunting in states like North Carolina, home to the nation’s second-largest rural population and a geography that spans mountains, swamps and barrier islands.About 100,000 of the state’s 1.5 million K-12 students were unable to connect to online services in August, according to the Department of Information Technology. More than 75,300 cellular hot spots were provided to schools by late October, and the state is trying to connect other students with public Wi-Fi locations and community grants for broadband infrastructure.But politics has also hampered the state’s connectivity. In 2016, Republican state lawmakers won a legal battle to halt the spread of municipal broadband providers, which had increased competition by serving residents where commercial networks had been unwilling to go.In Orange County, which is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and just west of some of the state’s biggest cities, more than 5,200 households lack broadband internet access, including an estimated 1,100 students in the local school district, said Monique Felder, the superintendent.She noted with frustration that the district is just a few miles away from the state’s prominent Research Triangle Park, where IBM, Cisco and dozens of other information technology companies employ thousands of people. The strain is even more profound two hours’ drive south in Robeson County, where coronavirus test positivity rates have consistently been more than double the state’s 5 percent benchmark for reopening, leading the school board to extend remote learning through December, a district spokesman said. “It’s un-American,” said Ms. Felder, who pointed to unaffordable pricing and a lack of cell towers as having contributed to the problem. “I can’t wrap my head around the fact that we live in a place where you have all this technology, yet we have families who can’t access the internet in the comfort of their home.” The technology gap has prompted teachers to upload lessons on flash drives and send them home to dozens of students every other week. Some children spend school nights crashing at more-connected relatives’ homes so they can get online for classes the next day. “It’s not fair,” said Shekinah, 17, who, after weeks trying to stay connected to classes through her cellphone, was finally able to get online regularly again last month through a Wi-Fi hot spot provided by the school. “I don’t think just the people who live in the city should have internet. We need it in the country, too.”Millions of American students are grappling with the same challenges, learning remotely without adequate home internet service. Even as school districts like the one in Robeson County have scrambled to provide students with laptops, many who live in low-income and rural communities continue to have difficulty logging on.About six million K-12 students lived in households without adequate online connectivity in 2018, according to a study of federal data by Common Sense Media, an education nonprofit that tracks children’s media use.- Advertisement – Sherry Park, the principal of South Robeson Intermediate School, said about 60 of her 310 students live in cell service “dead zones.” Every two weeks, their parents come to the school to exchange drives filled with completed schoolwork for new ones, uploaded with lesson videos and assignments.Sharon Hunt works 12- to 14-hour days teaching eighth-grade math at the school. In a voice frayed by exhaustion, she described a grueling schedule: teaching online in an empty classroom from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., after which she returns home to spend several more hours compiling flash drive presentations before grading assignments.Most of her students live in rural areas, and half of the students in one of her classes have no internet access. One family has to walk to the nearest crossroad to get cellphone reception. Ms. Hunt said she tries to answer their questions over the phone, but both teacher and students know it’s not the same.“You can tell in their voice that they’re struggling, but once we’ve kind of talked through some things, they sound better,” she said. “That’s all I have to go on until I get their work.”The lack of internet access has reshaped the home lives of some students. Clarissa Breedan, an unemployed cosmetologist, lives with her parents and two children in a double-wide trailer home outside the small town of Roland. This fall, her four nieces have also stayed there during the week, so they can get online for classes, only going home to their parents on weekends. In Baltimore, where a recent study found that nearly 20,000 households with school-aged children lacked broadband internet or computers, the public school system is providing internet connectivity to an estimated 44,000 students, or 55 percent of the district’s total enrollment, officials said. Josie Hunt lives on the outskirts of Roland; the only internet access there is via satellite for $140 per month. But she canceled her subscription in September after a barrage of extra charges incurred from remote classes made the service unaffordable. And a broadband provider said laying a cable to her home would cost $12,000.“I’d rather not ever have internet if I have to pay that much,” said Ms. Hunt, who is disabled and whose husband works odd jobs.Without it, her son Nehemiah, 14, has been forced to rely on flash drives to do his school work, with devastating results. “In school I made all A’s and B’s,” he said. “Now I’m failing.” All the companies gave the same answer: Service is not available in your area.The response is the same across broad stretches of Robeson County, N.C., a swath of small towns and rural places like Orrum dotted among soybean fields and hog farms on the South Carolina border. About 20,000 of the county’s homes, or 43 percent of all households, have no internet connection. – Advertisement – Before the coronavirus, that was mainly an obstacle for students doing homework, and it was an issue that state and federal officials struggled to address. But the pandemic turned the lack of internet connectivity into a nationwide emergency: Suddenly, millions of schoolchildren were cut off from digital learning, unable to maintain virtual “attendance” and marooned socially from their classmates. Some of the girls sleep in reclining chairs because there aren’t enough beds. “We have to do what we have to do,” Ms. Breedan said. – Advertisement – Shekinah and Orlandria Lennon were sitting at their kitchen table this fall, taking online classes, when video of their teachers and fellow students suddenly froze on their laptop screens. The wireless antenna on the roof had stopped working, and it couldn’t be fixed.Desperate for a solution, their mother called five broadband companies, trying to get connections for their home in Orrum, N.C., a rural community of fewer than 100 people with no grocery store or traffic lights.- Advertisement – The Trump administration has done little to expand broadband access for students, both before and during the pandemic, said James P. Steyer, the chief executive of Common Sense Media. “There was no federal strategy, and it was left to the individual states to come up with a patchwork of solutions,” he said.When Congress passed a coronavirus relief package in March, it provided billions of dollars for emergency education needs, but none specifically for closing the digital divide. Despite advocacy from groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Steyer said, Republican leaders in Congress blocked efforts to add such funds.“The tragedy is this is not a Democratic or Republican problem,” Mr. Steyer said. “It is simply not fair that a poor family in a rural area or a low-income urban area does not have the resources to send their kids to school in this pandemic.”Desperate for workarounds, schools across the country have scrambled to distribute mobile hot spots and internet-equipped iPads. Districts everywhere from Wisconsin to Kansas to Alabama have transformed idle school buses into roving Wi-Fi vehicles that park in neighborhoods so students can sit nearby and log in to classes.
T.W. Enterprises of Ferndale, Wash., is recalling six different dog and cat treats in the wake of cases of Salmonella serotype Thompson infections identified in Canada and the United States, according to a press release on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site. T.W. Enterprises made the treats and distributed them in the United States under the name Aron Pet Food. Aron Pet Food of Abbotsford, British Columbia, distributed products in Canada that were made with raw materials from T.W. Enterprises, the announcement said. “Follow-up analysis indicated that the illnesses were linked to these pet treats,” according to the release, posted by T.W. Enterprises. See also: The company urged people to wash their hands thoroughly after handling any pet treat to help prevent infection. People who have any of the following products were advised not to feed the treats to their pets but to dispose of them securely: Healthy K9 Beef Heart 100% Natural Dog Treats, Healthy K9 Beef Jerkey 100% Natural Dog Treats, Shrimp Snackers 100% Shrimp Treats for Dogs, Salmon Snackers 100% Salmon Treats for Cats, Salmon Snackers 100% Salmon Treats for Dogs, and Shrimp Snackers 100% Shrimp Treats for Cats. The company, the FDA and Canadian authorities are investigating to find the source of the problem, the news release said. Jun 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) A company is recalling its dog and cat treats because they contain bacteria linked to the illnesses of five people. Salmonella infections can cause watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, and an illness of several days’ duration. Company news release http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/tw06_05.html
Sep 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of an Australian-made influenza vaccine called Afluria for use in adults, raising the number of US-licensed flu vaccines to six.The vaccine, made by CSL Limited, based in Parkville, Australia, was approved for protecting people aged 18 and older from type A and B influenza viruses.Like most flu vaccines, Afluria contains inactivated (killed) flu viruses grown in chicken eggs. People who are allergic to eggs should not receive the vaccine, the FDA said in a news release.The vaccine is given as a single injection in the upper arm. It will be available in single dose, preservative-free syringes and in multiple-dose vials containing thimerosal, a mercury compound, as a preservative, the FDA said.CSL expects to supply up to 2 million doses of the vaccine in the United States this season, according to Paul Perreault, executive vice president of commercial operations for the company’s US division, CSL Biotherapies, based in King of Prussia, Pa. Plans call for delivering all the doses to the United States by the end of October, the company said in a news release today.The FDA said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that the six vaccine makers will supply a record total of 132 million doses of flu vaccine in the United States this year. The CDC had cited the same figure at a news conference last week, without mentioning the CSL vaccine.”The licensure of this additional flu vaccine contributes to having an adequate supply of seasonal influenza vaccine for Americans, one of FDA’s highest priorities,” said Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in the agency news release.CSL Biotherapies announced its filing for FDA approval of Afluria in April. The application included the results of a phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial that involved 1,357 volunteers at nine US sites, the company news release said. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the study evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of thimerosal-free and thimerosal-containing formulations of the vaccine.The FDA used its accelerated approval pathway in evaluating the vaccine. “The manufacturer demonstrated that the vaccine induced levels of antibodies in the blood likely to be effective in preventing seasonal influenza,” the agency said. “As part of the accelerated approval process, the manufacturer will conduct further studies to verify that the vaccine decreases seasonal influenza disease after vaccination.”CSL-branded flu vaccines are approved and sold in 16 countries, and the company provides bulk antigen for flu vaccines sold in 24 countries, according to the CSL news release. Officials said the company has been making flu vaccines for 40 years.Perreault told CIDRAP News that the bulk antigen for the vaccine is made in Australia, and this year the product will be finished and packaged in a facility in Germany. But in the future the finishing and packaging will be moved to a CSL plant in Kankakee, Ill., he said.In August, CSL announced plans to expand the Kankakee plant by adding a line to fill single-dose syringes. The company plans to start operating the line and packaging flu vaccine at the plant in 2010, according to the August announcement.Last year CSL announced it would spend $60 million to double the capacity of the company’s Melbourne, Australia, plant to 40 million doses per year, making it one of the largest flu vaccine production facilities in the world.Other injectable flu vaccines licensed in the United States, with their manufacturers, are FluLaval, ID Biomedical; Fluarix, GlaxoSmithKline; Fluzone, Sanofi Pasteur; and Fluvirin, Novartis. The other licensed product is FluMist, the nasal-spray vaccine made by MedImmune.See also: Sep 28 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01714.htmlSep 28 CSL Biotherapies news releaseOct 5, 2006, CIDRAP News story “FDA approves 5th flu vaccine”
Direktor Glavnog ureda Hrvatske turističke zajednice (HTZ) Kristjan Staničić tijekom službenog boravka u SAD-u sudjelovao je na konferenciji Udruženja turoperatora Sjedinjenih Američkih Država (USTOA), koja se održala u Hollywoodu (Florida). Tom se prilikom direktor Staničić susreo s predsjednikom USTOA-e Terryem Daleom, javljaju iz HTZ-a, a s kojim je dogovorio aktivniji angažman HTZ-a, posebice kroz održavanje prezentacija na nadolazećim konferencijama, ali i uključivanjem Hrvatske u projekt istraživanja „USTOA’s Portrait of American International Travelers“.In addition to USTOA representatives, Director Staničić also met with other key partners in the US market, including representatives of the Signature Travel Network and representatives of the Virtuoso luxury travel network, with whom an action plan for 2018 has been agreed. as well as the long-term course of cooperation. “One of the most important topics of the meetings, which we did during our stay in the USA with key partners, was the establishment of a direct flight between Croatia and the USA. We are extremely pleased that the partners in this market have expressed strong support in the realization and establishment of a direct flight, which would be of great importance for Croatia, and not only in terms of tourism. I am optimistic and believe that Croatia will have a direct flight with this large and globally important market in the near future.” said Director Staničić, adding that all partners confirmed this year’s excellent results and growth of 35 percent in arrivals and overnight stays, ie the popularity of Croatia in the North American market as one of the fastest growing destinations.Dodajmo kako su osim sjevernoameričkih turoperatora, aktivnih članova USTOA-e, skupu prisustvovali i pridruženi članovi – predstavnici turističkih ureda i turističkog gospodarstva zemalja iz cijelog svijeta te renomirani turistički novinari. Isto tako, na ovom najvećem godišnjem skupu udruženja sjevernoameričkih turoperatora, osim HTZ-a, sudjelovale su i turističke zajednice grada Zagreba i Dubrovačko-neretvanske županije. Konferencija je okupila oko 900 sudionika koji su se, tijekom pet dana održavanja konferencije, imali priliku upoznati s novostima i trendovima u turizmu, ali i sudjelovati na networking eventima i sastancima s ciljem dogovaranja poslovne suradnje.Croatia in the top 10 destinations in the world according to Virtuos researchThe Association of Luxury Travel Agencies Virtuoso again this year conducted a traditional survey among its members – “Vituoso Luxe Report”. According to the survey results for 2018, Croatia is ranked among the top 10 destinations in three categories, with progress on the scale compared to the survey results for 2017. Thus, our country took a high 2nd place in the category of the most popular emerging destination, which is an improvement of one place compared to the survey for 2017, when Croatia took an excellent 3rd place in this category. In the category of the most popular international destination, Croatia took 8th place, which is also an improvement compared to the survey for 2017, when Croatia took 10th place in this category. Progress has also been made in the category of the most popular destination for the so-called millenials passengers, so in the survey for 2018, Croatia took 6th place in this category, which is an improvement of three places because in the survey for 2017, Croatia was ranked 9th in this category.
Međimurska 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.