Wall Street hoped the call would reduce the odds of a drawn-out election fight, even as Trump refused to concede. Many traders had put on bets for market volatility in November and were unwinding those positions, helping to fuel a rally.In the meantime, the odds of a “blue wave” that sweeps Democrats into the majority of both the Senate and the House have waned, meaning drastic policy changes such as tax hikes are less likely.“A Biden presidency with a Republican Senate would be unlikely to see any increase in taxes, which was arguably the biggest fear investors had about a Biden presidency,” Brian Levitt, global market strategist at Invesco, said in a note on Sunday. “And a Biden presidency could mean a return to a more traditional, predictable approach to trade policy, which would likely result in less volatile markets.”- Advertisement – Stocks were set to continue their big post-election rally as futures rose in overnight trading on Sunday. The gains came as Democrat Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race to become president elect, according to NBC projections.Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 220 points, implying an opening gain of about 200 points on Monday. S&P 500 futures climbed 0.9% and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 1.4%.The former vice president won after his projected win in Pennsylvania as well as Nevada, according to NBC News projections on Saturday. The call came four days after Election Day and amid close counts in several battleground states.- Advertisement – Democrats are projected to keep their House majority, although Wall Street was watching closely as Senate control is still in limbo. Both of Georgia’s Senate races are likely going to runoffs slated for early January.Wall Street had rallied in the past week in anticipation for such a gridlocked government and was set to build on that rally as it gained clarity in the presidential race. All three major averages just notched their best weekly performance since April. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq jumped 7.3% and 9%, respectively, last week, while the Dow rose 6.9%. The S&P 500 also posted its biggest election week gain since 1932.Tech was the biggest winner last week among the 11 S&P 500 sectors, surging 9.7%. Investors piled into the high-growth group as the prospect of higher taxes and tighter regulations under a Democratic sweep decreased.Trump rejects outcomeStock futures gained even as Trump is refusing to concede the election, vowing that as soon as Monday his team will start “prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld.”The president and his surrogates have launched lawsuits in multiple key states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, and have signaled they plan to press for recounts in some close races.Biden is expected on Monday to announce the members of his coronavirus task force, who will be charged with crafting a plan to curb the spread of the coronavirus as it reaches record-high levels.The U.S. reported more than 126,000 new cases of the coronavirus two days in a row and has reported a new record daily spike in cases every day over the past four days, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.“As the election focus starts to fade, investors will begin paying more attention to Covid as cases continue to explode and Europe institutes a series of mitigation measures,” Adam Crisafulli, the founder of the Vital Knowledge, said in an note on Sunday. “Vaccine anticipation has helped protect stocks from the ugly virus headlines.”Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world. Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden points a finger at his election rally, after news media announced that Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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. – Advertisement – MacBook Air with the new M1 processor has been spotted on Geekbench and it outperforms the 16-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9 processor. Apple recently refreshed its Mac mini, MacBook Pro 13-inch, and MacBook Air with its in-house M1 processor, replacing the Intel processors as the company earlier announced it will. Now, MacBook Air with the new M1 chip has made its way to Geekbench and is seemingly outperforming all other CPUs, at least in the single-core scores.The Geekbench listing comes with the name ‘MacBook Air 10,1′ and has the ‘Apple Silicon’ processor. The laptop has 8GB of RAM and runs macOS 11.0.1. It posted a single-core score of 1,687 and a multi-core score of 7,433. The listing also reveals a base frequency of 3.2GHz that is significantly higher than the base clock speed of 2.3GHz of the Intel Core i9-9880H processor found in the 16-inch MacBook Pro.- Advertisement – Looking at the processor leaderboard on Geekbench, the eight-core M1 processor outperforms much higher core count processors in single-score benchmarks. The top performing processor in the leaderboard is the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with 16 cores and it has a single-core score of 1,628 – much lesser than Apple’s M1. Next is AMD Ryzen 7 5800X with eight cores and a single-core score of 1,625. Interestingly, MacBook Air with the M1 processor also comfortably beat the top of the line 16-inch MacBook Pro with the Intel Core i9-9880H processor, both in terms of single-core (1,029) and multi-core (6,012) scores.This already significant lead in performance is even more surprising when you consider that the MacBook Air is fanless, meaning there is no active cooling unlike the 16-inch MacBook Pro. All the heat generated by the processor and other components in the M1-powered MacBook Air is passively cooled. It should also be noted that the base MacBook Air model with 8GB of RAM outperformed the top-end model of the 16-inch MacBook Pro.The same processor is also present in the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro that does have a fan, and may offer even better performance compared to MacBook Air, especially in terms of longer sustained load operations. It’s safe to say that Apple has been able to achieve something quite impressive with its new M1 processor and the new laptops can easily outperform the previous generation offerings at the same price.- Advertisement –
Messer cites one Rolla mom as an example of just that prediction; she wrote on Facebook that while her daughter didn’t attend the event, she’d added the health department to her phone’s contacts … so she could dodge their calls.“I’m sorry, but if you’re OK with your kid ratting other kids out to the health department for attending a private event, you are the bigger problem… SMDH SOCIALISM,” she wrote. “I don’t have to answer any of their questions. F#%* them.”“This is how it all starts,” she continued. “Dividing, labeling. Your home raided in the middle of the night. Don’t think it could happen here? Think again. The difference is, our citizens are armed, according to their constitutional rights.”This thinking, of course, is extremely dangerous, helps nobody, and puts the greater community at risk. Missouri is particularly strong in its reluctance to wear masks, led by Republican Gov. Mike Parson. Parson and his wife famously caught the ‘rona in September, after months of propping up anti-mask sentiments and lending credibility to refusals to limit social gatherings. As of this writing, Missouri schoolchildren are not required to wear masks in school. Between the bad advice and lack of science-driven guidance coming from Parson and Donald Trump, it’s easy to see how these dismissive mindsets become a frightening norm.Just off I-44, about halfway between Springfield and St. Louis, and not too far from Kansas City, Rolla describes itself as being “the middle of everywhere,” so as with all of our actions to mitigate the spread of the virus, this is about far more than the city of 20,000. But don’t tell the city residents that. City Council member Deanne Lyons told Messer that the denial and deflection is strong in the city.- Advertisement – “Actions and events such as this are reckless and go against all public health mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the entirety of the community,” a health department press release righteously scolded, adding that the focus on dance attendees is “pushing us even further behind with contacting new positive cases.” When news of the nasty, no-good event broke Thursday night, the principal of Rolla High School swiftly declared the school would pivot to “full virtual learning” until Nov. 23—which tracks with the end of health officials’ quarantine order for attendees.So how do a bunch of apparent COVID-19-deniers pull off a dance that could destroy a community in the coming weeks? With social media, of course.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Daily Beast took a deep dive into the Rolla High School not-so-secret diseased danceathon, and it’s a terrifying glimpse into the mindsets that are so rapidly and dangerously undermining efforts to mitigate the coronavirus crisis. Parents—apparently led by one Cory Coates—secured the use of Matt’s Steakhouse, a venue where customers report masks aren’t required or worn by staff. The restaurant and Coates have already deactivated their Facebook pages to fend off the inevitable swarm typically caused by national news coverage of bad deeds, but the Daily Beast got to Coates’ profile before she could scrub it. “So my friend and I did a thing yesterday,” local parent Cory Coates posted on Facebook after the dance. “We did a REALLY big thing. And we had a lot of support. And a lot of help. And a lot of really happy kids. And it was kind of amazing. And I really want to recognize and thank these people but I can’t. But my heart is full and I think the kids are happy and it was worth it. I would do it again. I’m happy and sad at the same time and I want normalcy. I think we delivered this for one night. #HOCORHS2020.”A lot of support. A lot of help. Worth it. Would do it again. Clearly Coates didn’t act alone, and feels no concern for the infected ripples this potential super spreader may send is sending through her community. An undated Snapchat post shared with the Daily Beast notes that while the venue hadn’t yet been secured, the event’s date was confirmed for Nov. 7 “so everyone has time to get dresses, a date, and we have time to plan.” The nautically themed post also solicited donations and volunteers, directing people to contact Coates. Coates didn’t deny she planned the event when contacted by the Daily Beast’s Olivia Messer, but she didn’t quite confirm it, either. Instead, she pointed out that the school had been hosting plenty of activities of its own during the week of her steak-scented super spreader. “But they had wrestling tryouts, too!” doesn’t save anyone’s lives, of course—yet Rolla parents are ready to stand their coronavirus-soaked ground. Public health officials anticipate people “will choose not to report symptoms, some will choose not to be tested,” and that they “will be untruthful and intentionally withhold information.” – Advertisement – “The night I was sworn in, someone showed up comparing mask mandates to the Star of David,” Lyons told the Daily Beast. “insinuat[ing] that the council members were Nazis for having any restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID.”“That was in June,” Lyons noted before adding that “(t)he last meeting had someone citing a right-wing conspiracy website about masks making our lives worse.”Unfortunately, a night of dancing is unlikely to have made anyone’s lives better. The hard truth is that Coates and Co. may just have planned an event that takes lives instead of improving them. Time will tell if Coates will continue to insist the potentially killer event was worth it.
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Nouble drove into the box and his powerful shot was deflected into his own net by Sean Raggett, doing his best to stop Ryan Hardie from scoring.Nouble could and should have made it 2-0 not long after, but Portsmouth ‘keeper Craig MacGillivray made a superb diving stop to turn the striker’s rising drive around the post.Early in the second half defender Cameron Pring made a crucial goal-line stop to keep out Hardie’s close-range shot.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Plymouth extended their unbeaten Sky Bet League One home record to seven games since promotion with a 2-2 draw against south-coast rivals Portsmouth.On-loan Fulham defender Jerome Opoku levelled in the 78th minute for the Pilgrims, nudging Dom Telford’s goal-bound far-post header over the line from George Cooper’s deep free kick.- Advertisement – Portsmouth skipper Tom Naylor had capped a two-minute second-half turnaround, making it 2-1 with a thumping first-time drive from the edge of the box as Argyle failed to clear their lines.Two minutes earlier striker John Marquis tucked away a 63rd-minute penalty equaliser after home defender Kell Watts handled substitute Jack Whatmough’s attacking header.Argyle took an 11th-minute lead following an incisive break down the right, with Panutche Camara putting Frank Nouble in on goal.- Advertisement –
Xbox Series X will be in short supply until April 2021 at the least, Xbox chief financial officer Tim Stuart has revealed. Microsoft’s new high-end gaming console — it costs Rs. 49,990 in India, $499 in the US, and £449 in the UK — has been out of stock in most parts of the world since it went up for pre-orders. And though more Xbox Series X units are expected to be available later in November, it seems like the supply will not be able to meet demand for several months.All You Need to Know About the Xbox Series X and Series S- Advertisement – “I think we’ll continue to see supply shortages as we head into the post-holiday quarter, so Microsoft’s Q3, calendar Q1,” Stuart said at the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference last Friday. This isn’t the first time that the Xbox division has said so. Xbox chief Phil Spencer has apologised at least twice about how the demand is much higher than supply, in what feels like an attempt to soften the frustration that is coming its way.But for the first time, an Xbox executive has offered clarity on when the shortages for Xbox Series X stock would be solved. Stuart added, “[When] we get to [Microsoft’s] Q4, all of our supply chain [is] continuing to go full speed heading into kind of the pre-summer months. And that’s where I […] expect to see a little bit […] of the supply profile meeting the demand profile.“You’ll be outside of a holiday window. We’ll have supply cranking over the next, what, 4, 5, 6 months. And that’s when I expect to see really that demand profile start to be met, which will be really, really great.” Microsoft’s Q4 is April through June.- Advertisement – At this moment, Xbox Series X is out of stock on all online platforms in India. According to The Mako Reactor, new units are expected later this week and then more in late November, in line with stock rolling into the US and the UK alongside Black Friday sales. Gadgets 360 has reached out to Microsoft India to confirm when the Xbox Series X will next be in stock in India. We will update this report when we hear back.Microsoft isn’t the only one struggling with stock shortages for its next-gen gaming console. Sony’s PlayStation 5 continues to suffer from the same fate. The PS5 doesn’t have a release date in India as of yet, and a launch without enough stock isn’t desired.Xbox Series X and Series S launched November 10 globally, including India. Series S is still in stock in India.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Feb 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended adding a new influenza strain that emerged recently in California to the flu vaccine for 2005-06 in the Northern Hemisphere.The new strain is called A/California/7/2004(H3N2), the WHO announced last week. The virus was first isolated from a flu patient in Santa Clara County last September, according to the Associated Press (AP). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the strain as a new one in January, the AP reported.The CDC’s Feb 5 flu update says that 49 of 256 (19.1%) flu virus isolates that the agency has analyzed antigenically since October 2004 were most closely related to the new strain.The flu vaccine normally contains three viral strains. The other two strains the WHO recommended for next season are the same as in this year’s vaccine: A/New Caledonia/20/99(H1N1) and B/Shanghai/361/2002.The United States usually follows the WHO recommendations. The third strain in this year’s US vaccine is A/Fujian/411/2002(H3N2) or the antigenically equivalent A/Wyoming/3/2003(H3N2). The California strain is thought to be a variant of the Fujian strain, according to the AP report.Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program, said new strains are recommended for the vaccine only when significant changes occur, according to a New York Times report. “A/California is profoundly different from what has been circulating before,” Stohr told the Times.Analysis of more than 10,000 viruses from 80 countries led to the recommendation for next season’s vaccine, the WHO said. The WHO and its collaborating laboratories conducted the analyses.The strains to include in each season’s vaccine must be chosen early in the year because it takes roughly 6 months to produce the vaccine. The viruses used in vaccines are grown in chicken eggs.The WHO said flu vaccine coverage has improved in the last 10 years but not enough to include everyone in high-risk groups. As defined by the WHO, those groups include the elderly, those who have other respiratory or cardiovascular disease that increases their risk of complications, and healthcare workers.Last year the WHO set a goal of 60% coverage for people in high-risk groups, the agency said. It said flu vaccine use in developing countries remains “minimal to nonexistent.”See also:Feb 10 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2005/np05/en/CDC’s weekly flu updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/CDC information on this year’s vaccine compositionhttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/2004.htm
Apr 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia today reported that a 3-year-old boy died last week of an H5N1 influenza infection, as Japan confirmed that the virus found recently in four wild swans was H5N1, according to news agencies.Lili Sulistyowati of the Indonesian health ministry said the 3-year-old was from Manyaran village in Central Java and died April 23 after a respiratory illness, according to a Reuters report today.Several chickens with which the boy had contact had died suddenly, Sulistyowati reported.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the boy’s case, the WHO’s H5N1 count for Indonesia will increase to 133 cases with 108 deaths. The WHO’s current global H5N1 count is 381 cases with 240 deaths.In Japan, government officials said four dead and dying swans found near Lake Towada in the northeast had the deadly strain of H5N1, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. Previous reports said the swans had an H5 virus; the National Institute of Animal Health confirmed the presence of H5N1 in further testing, the story said.Authorities in Akita prefecture plan to spend the next 2 days inspecting 15 farms within a 30-kilometer radius of where the swans were found, the AP reported.The swan findings come after a series of H5N1 outbreaks on poultry farms in neighboring South Korea. Japan’s last reported H5N1 outbreaks occurred in early 2007 on the southern island of Kyushu.Meanwhile, South Korea has reported a new suspected H5N1 outbreak, this one on a chicken farm in Ulsan City in the country’s southeast, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. report today. Recent confirmed outbreaks have been in southwestern Korea.In other developments, an avian flu virus was found on a chicken farm in Denmark, but initial tests showed it was not the deadly form of H5N1, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported yesterday.Danish veterinary officials said the outbreak was in Stenstrop on the island of Fyn, according to Xinhua. About 2,000 chickens on the farm were to be culled.See also: Apr 29 Japanese report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on swan caseshttp://www.oie.int/wahid-prod/public.php?page=single_report&pop=1&reportid=7003
Apr 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed 20 more swine influenza cases, all connected to previous cases at a New York City high school, and said federal officials will issue new travel advice urging against nonessential travel to Mexico.The additions raise the number of US cases to 40, said Richard Besser, MD, the CDC’s acting director, at a press conference today. Besser added that the CDC is focusing less on the case numbers and more on what the case patterns reveals about transmission.He said the new case total represents additional testing in people linked to Saint Francis Preparatory School in Queens, but not a pattern that suggests widespread transmission. “This virus is acting like a flu virus, spreading person to person,” he said.Only one of the 40 US case-patients, who range in age from 7 to 54, has been hospitalized, he said, adding that the CDC expects to see a broader range of illness severity as the swine flu outbreak progresses.The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement today that it has identified 17 more probable cases linked to the Saint Francis school cluster and that confirmation tests are under way at the CDC. The department said the city’s syndromic surveillance system noted a moderate increase in flulike illness indicators over the weekend, but it’s not clear how significant the rise was.President Barack Obama, during a speech on new federal research investments before the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C., today, said the swine flu outbreaks are concerning, but are not a cause for alarm.”Our capacity to deal with a public health challenge of this sort rests heavily on the work of our scientific and medical community. This is one more example why we can’t allow our nation to fall behind,” he said.Travel advisoryBesser said the new travel advisory urging people to avoid nonessential trips to Mexico will be issued out of an abundance of caution, and that the federal government will also pair that message with safety steps they can take if they need to travel to the area.The new travel advice came on the same day European Union (EU) health commissioner Androulla Vassiliou issued a statement warning Europeans to avoid nonessential travel to areas where swine flu clusters have been detected. The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement today that it advises no restrictions on travel or border closures.Besser said that the EU commissioner’s travel advice is premature, based on the current evidence.Call for preparations, vaccine developmentEleven million antiviral courses, 25% of the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile, have been sent to affected states and other states around the country, he said. However, Besser emphasized the importance of the roles of each individual in limiting the spread of the disease and the disruptions a large swine flu epidemic could cause.He advised parents to think now about what they’d do if their children’s schools were closed to limit the spread of the disease. “This is a time for businesses to review their plans, such as ‘What would I do if my workers couldn’t come to work?,'” Besser said.Federal officials are still in discussions on what approach to take with a potential vaccine against the novel influenza virus, though production of a seed strain is already progressing. He said it’s difficult to balance the February recommendation for next year’s northern hemisphere’s seasonal flu vaccine with the possibility of adding another strain to the mix.Tim Uyeki, MD, a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s Influenza Division, said during a conference call for clinicians today that efforts are under way to make candidate vaccines through different production techniques, including classic reassortment, reverse genetics, and live attenuated.Further casesLate this afternoon, more states announced additional swine flu cases. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said a patient from Sacramento County has been diagnosed as having a swine flu infection, raising the state’s total to eight cases.Texas officials also announced an additional case-patient from Guadalupe County, a student who attended the same school as the state’s two previously announced cases. In addition, Dallas County Health and Human Services announced three new cases in that county.Once the CDC adds the new cases to its total, the number of US cases will rise to 45.New CDC guidanceIn other developments, the CDC today released interim guidance for facemask and respirator use in communities in which the swine flu virus has been detected. Emphasizing that the evidence on the effectiveness of facemasks and respirators for controlling influenza in communities is extremely limited, the CDC urges local officials to reduce the risk of transmission through a combination of actions—such as limiting contact and time spent with ill people—and not to rely just on facemasks or respirators.The CDC also released two other sets of recommendations for clinicians and public health officials managing swine flu outbreaks, one on antiviral medications and the other on community mitigation.See also:Apr 27 New York City health department press releaseApr 27 EU press releaseApr 27 NAS news releaseApr 27 WHO statementCDC swine flu pageCDPH news pageTexas Department of State Health Services news update pageCDC interim recommendations for facemask and respirator use in swine flu areasCDC antiviral recommendations for swine fluCDC community mitigation recommendations for swine flu
When asked how the President of the Management Board of Tele2 would present Croatia to the world, Viktor Pavlinić answered: “Through people! Croats are a great combination of creativity and self-organization when it matters most“. The director of Dukat, on the other hand, believes that Croatian quality is an advantage for domestic products over those from foreign markets. “I see Croatia as an ideal place to live. I tell all Croats to appreciate the privileges they have. “, concluded Marek Warzywoda. Sinčić Ćorić also emphasized that we need to develop a brand that is different from the brands of countries that are our competitors and attract similar investors. “Croatia is already known for its knowledge, innovations and natural beauties. Our lifestyle, way of thinking and the character of our people is also something that makes us different compared to competing countries. If Danes can promote their concept of happiness, then we certainly have a lot more to promote. The idea is to create a brand that our people really live and that will be an integral part of our identity.”, Said at the end of her presentation prof. dr. sc. Sinčić Ćorić. “The priority is to raise awareness of Croatian national identity first among Croatian citizens, and then to brand that identity in the world. For that, we need a body at the level of the Government of the Republic of Croatia that will coordinate the systematic promotion of Croatia. “, concluded Dubravka Sinčić Ćorić, presenting the previous conclusions of the work of the working group for creating the identity and brand of Croatia, which was founded by the President of the Republic of Croatia. At the same conference, the second round table on the perception of Croatia in the eyes of multinational companies was held, with the participation of the President of the Management Board of Tele2. Viktor Pavlinić, Uber CEO for Southeast Europe Davor Tremac and Director Dukata Marek WarzywodaThe main conclusion that could be heard after the round table is that Croatia is absolutely competitive on the foreign market. Dubravka Sinčić Ćorić, head of the Working Group of the President of the Republic of Croatia for the development of the identity and brand of the Republic of Croatia, pointed out that although the EU presidency is a political event, it is also an opportunity for communication. “We can present all our successes – from character, ideas, sports, economy to raising money for the treatment of little Mile. We participated with other institutions and generated joint content that met with positive reviews. We still lack a body for the image of Croatia to be synchronized given the diversity of messages we send ”, says Dubravka Sinčić Ćorić. Can Croatia become a cultural, economic and political brand thanks to the presidency of the European Union 2020? Two key speakers of the conference prof. dr. sc. Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, professor of public relations at the University of Colorado, and prof. dr. sc. Dubravka Sinčić Ćorić, professor at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb and leader of the working group of the President of the Republic of Croatia for creating the identity and brand of Croatia, opened the conference and said that Croatia has not fully used its potential for branding. Kristjan Staničić, Director of the CNTB Head Office, emphasized that they recognized the importance of synergies between tourism and other spheres that can help Croatian branding. “Sports events, as well as cultural events, are opportunities for additional promotion, and as the live broadcast of the last episode of the Game of Thrones is being prepared on May 20, it will be an opportunity to promote Croatia in the world. “, said Stanicic. Ivan Barbarić, Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for International Affairs and the EU, pointed out that Croatia is recognized as a tourist destination. “Unfortunately, the story seems to stop there and that is why we have to make a step forward. We have many companies, along with the recognizable Rimac, that are the first in the world in their niches. Made in Croatia it may not represent a quality like the Swiss and German brand, but we have to work to become that. Croats in the world are also known as professional and hardworking, so in combination with everything they can help raise awareness about us. The economy has to be the icing on that cake because without a quality economy everything else comes into question”, Concludes Barbarić. Zvonimir Frka Petešić, head of the Office of the Prime Minister, adds that the presidency of the European Union is an exceptional opportunity to promote the country. “If we could have started preparations earlier, we could have branded our presidency more clearly, but there is enough time to do everything we need and how we need it. The visual identity of the presidency has been chosen to be presented a few months before the presidency begins, and the slogan is currently being chosen. ”, points out Petešić. How to make the most of this opportunity was the topic of the round table Croatia 2020: Challenges of the EU Presidency for International Positioning, which was held as part of the Communication Management Forum 2019 conference. “Croatia is among the few countries that have reached the possibility of a transfer in the shortest phase of EU membership. This fact represents a great challenge for us, but also a huge opportunity for promotion. In seven months, we will have the opportunity to communicate with a large number of people every day in different formats. Most of the events will be held in Brussels, but about XNUMX of them at the highest level, including meetings of EU ministers, will be held in Croatia.”, Pointed out the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić. The participants of the round table agreed that Croatia has something to show to the world and that its market is interesting for companies such as Uber, Dukat and Tele2. “Croatia is absolute best buy. Uber recognized that four years ago. After that, we decided to make a seemingly small investment and launched Uber Boat in Croatia. For Croatia’s reputation at the world level, that meant everything. The news of the arrival of Uber Boat was in 400 articles of the world’s leading media.”, Said Davor Tremac from Uber. The third edition of the international scientific conference Communication Management Forum 2019, organized by Edward Bernays University College was held in Zagreb under the title “In search of a common denominator: communication, tourism, national culture and brand.” As Croatia will take over the presidency of the European Union on January 1, 2020, Zagreb will become the capital of Europe for half a year, along with Brussels. The attention of the European and world public will be directed towards Croatia, which will create European policies and become a meeting place for the highest European political officials. The Communication Management Forum is held with the aim of combining scientific-research and professional views on the issue of branding. Through a combination of knowledge and research in the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, communication, political science, economics and marketing, the goal is to make interdisciplinary recommendations to improve the branding process that is much talked about in public today, especially when it comes to state branding. The conference gathered 250 participants, including 150 exhibitors who will present scientific papers on the topic of branding. Round table: Perceptions of Croatia in the eyes of multinational companies “Public relations means not only the communication of ideas, but also the interpretation of culture. They are an important agent in the process of acculturation and interpretation. In order to be successful in what we do, we need to raise awareness of the importance of culture and social value“, Said Krishnamurthy Sriramesh in an introductory lecture on the importance of culture in establishing a brand.