Photos! Audra McDonald Jumps on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet

first_img Star Files Adam Jacobs Audra McDonald took a magic carpet ride to Agrabah on January 2! The six-time Tony winner, who currently has about two billion rumored projects in the works, took a night off to catch the hit Disney musical Aladdin, starring Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart and Steel Burkhardt. Check out these sweet snapshots from McDonald’s visit, then take your own magic carpet ride to see Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre! from $57.50 Aladdincenter_img Audra McDonald View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Tree and turf relations

first_imgLeaves are falling. Temperatures are dropping. It’s a good time to add new trees to the landscape. Before putting shovel to dirt, make sure new trees won’t compete with the lawn for soil or moisture.Excessive shade from trees can cause grass growing around them to thin out. Certain turf types and varieties can tolerate limited sunlight better than others. However, they still require a minimum of four to six hours of sunlight daily. All turfgrasses need some sunlightBermuda grass cannot tolerate shade, but fescue, zoysia and St. Augustine are tolerant to some shade. Turf shouldn’t be planted in complete shade.Raise the mowing height for grass growing under trees or in shady areas to allow the grass to grow taller. Longer grass blades increase photosynthesis, producing more carbohydrates to compensate for the reduced amount of sunlight. The grass can then compete more effectively with the tree roots for nutrients and water. As an alternative to turfgrass, install shade tolerant shrubs, groundcovers, perennials or just apply mulch. To avoid competition issues, designate turf-free areas under the canopies of trees. Apply mulch, like wood chips or pine straw, to areas under trees. Compacted soil restricts water and air flowTo avoid rot, do not pile mulch at the base of tree trunks. A mulched area around a tree reduces damage from equipment and reduces compaction. Lawn-care equipment can damage trees by scraping trunks or branches. This, along with parking vehicles under trees, causes soil compaction resulting in root damage. Compaction reduces the size and amount of pore spaces in the soil, restricting the infiltration of air and water into the root zone, leading to root damage or death. Trees growing in compacted soils are more susceptible to pests and environmental stress. Some trees release harmful chemicalsSometimes trees release chemicals suppressing the root growth of other plants, including turfgrasses. For example, the black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) releases a chemical that prevents almost anything from growing under it. The process of one plant releasing a chemical that stunts the growth of another is called allelopathy. Be mindful of these interactions and avoid planting trees that are allelopathic to turfgrasses. When planting near turfgrass, select small trees with open or high canopies. As the tree ages, its size and roots will. Your landscape design should take into account these factors.Turf growing under trees in shadier conditions requires less fertilizer than turf growing in full sun. Trees should be fertilized separately by placing tree fertilizer in the ground by the tree’s root zone. One method is to inject the fertilizer into the soil by inserting a tree root feeder under the root zone. The fertilizer can also be injected directly into the tree by microinjections. (Specialized expertise is required for this technique.)Once established, most trees do not need to be fertilized every year. Turfgrass fertilizer usually does not harm trees. Many chemical pesticides, especially herbicides, are harmful to trees if absorbed by their roots. Refer to the label of a pesticide to find out if the chemical harms trees.Trees like deep watering which can harm turfgrassIrrigation requirements also cause conflicts between trees and turfgrass. Trees prefer deep, infrequent watering that penetrates deep into their root zones. Shallow watering turfgrass is not beneficial to trees, and water applied to reach tree roots is often too much for the grass. Water from sprinklers striking a tree trunk and accumulating at the tree’s base can cause rot. Adjust sprinkler heads to minimize the amount of water that comes into contact with the tree trunk. Ideally, trees and turf should be designed and installed in different irrigation zones. Even though they can compete, trees and turf can survive and thrive together if they are designed, installed and maintained properly.last_img read more

The End of Bats?

first_imgWhen native Rockingham County caver and biologist Pete Barlow first went to Breathing Cave in Bath County, Va., as a youth, the one thing he remembered, more than the elaborate passageways and 40-foot canyon walls and vaulted chambers, was the thousands of bats looking on from above.“There were so many, we’d sometimes put a few bats in a Cheez-It box and release them in the gym to freak the girls out,” Barlow recalls.Today, of course, Barlow would never dream of plucking a bat from her roost, let alone shoving her in a box and releasing her into a gym full of equally mischievous teens. But now, he says, even if he wanted to catch a bat in Breathing Cave, he’d be hard-pressed to find one.“The extent of white-nose devastation on bats is really obvious when you go there now,” he says. “You just don’t see the numbers that you used to.”Since WNS was first discovered in New York during the winter of 2006, it has now spread to 29 states and five Canadian provinces. Some estimate more than seven million bats, primarily Indiana, northern long-eared, little brown, and tri colored bats, have perished due to the fungus. In many caves throughout the East, mortality rates are up to 95 percent.Take Black Diamond Tunnel in Rabun County, Ga., for example. In 2013, the tunnel served as the hibernacula, or winter hibernation grounds, for 5,517 tri-colored bats. The colony was thought to be the largest in the state. Now, only 220 tri-colored bats remain.“In Georgia, we’re nearing complete loss of these populations in a timeframe that is really impressive in wildlife disease,” says Dr. Chris Cornelison, a senior scientist at Georgia State University in Atlanta. “It’s hard to find any hope. We try to use that as motivation to continue to work and develop tools that can curve this loss of organisms.”tricolored3Cornelison is hoping his research on the bacteria Rhodococcus rhodochrous will be one of those tools. The bacteria originally proved useful in its ability to delay the ripening of fruit. But when Cornelison learned that the fruit responded without ever coming into direct contact with the bacteria, they need only share the same air-space, and that exposed fruit showed significantly fewer amounts of mold, the lightbulb went off. Could this same bacteria save our bats?“It’s still very much in the developmental phase, but we have several field trials planned for this coming winter,” he says.In effect, Cornelison and his team will be installing bacteria misters in caves, small devices not unlike those time-release air fresheners you see at the store. The idea is that hibernating bats exposed to mists of the mold-resistant bacteria will be spared the fatal effects of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus responsible for white-nose. If bats can remain fungus-free during hibernation, when their immune systems are down, they may stand a chance of enduring and, eventually, recovering their numbers.Sounds easy, and in a lab, where every variable can be controlled, it certainly has the appearances of being a successful treatment. But what is the effectiveness of Rhodococcus rhodochrous on a larger scale? Will it damage other characteristics of caves or species that reside in them? The answers to those questions, Cornelison says, will only come with time.Caving for a PurposeConsidering bats normally produce just one pup per year, and that WNS has now spread as far west as Washington state, time is something these mammals can’t afford. With increasing disturbances from timber harvesting and wind turbines, too, bats have a lot working against them.“It’ll take a lot more time than we actually have,” says Joy O’Keefe, Director of Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation. “This fungus moves and doesn’t wait for research projects to be completed or permits to be approved.”Bats are important in pollination, sure, and eat what many say equates to their body weight in insects every night. By some reports, the loss of seven million bats could equate to one billion dollars lost on, essentially, free predation of pests, which means farmers will need to start spending more on pesticide, and consumers more at the grocery store.“We can’t afford to lose all of the bats out of the ecosystem,” says Dennis Krusac, Endangered Species Specialist for the Forest Service’s Southern Region.More importantly, adds Krusac, we can’t afford to be part of the problem. WNS is proving to be one of the deadliest wildlife diseases in history. Once scientific evidence showed humans, specifically cavers, were capable of transporting the fungal spores responsible for WNS, the Forest Service had to act. In 2009, select caves and underground mines on Forest Service property were gated. Five years later, the Forest Service signed a blanket memo that restricted recreational access to all of its caves in the South. The closure, which will remain in effect until 2019, was controversial, exacting, and according to Krusac, 100 percent necessary.“The first couple of discoveries were long-distance jumps,” says Krusac. “[WNS] went from New York to West Virginia, and then from West Virginia to central Tennessee and where it was going were popular caves in the caving community with small bat populations.”Bats are social animals and migrate between their winter hibernacula and summer maternity sites, says Krusac, so bats will inherently spread WNS amongst themselves. But leaps of 450 miles, and most recently 1,800 miles from Minnesota to Washington state?“If I was a betting person, I would bet that [the discovery of WNS in Washington] was a human-caused transmission,” says Krusac.Cavers in the community balked at the closure. Caves, they said, needed the protection of the caving community. In 2009, five years before the official Forest Service blanket closure, the National Speleological Society (NSS) had enacted a voluntary moratorium on caving only to see instances of cave graffiti and littering increase. If anyone should be allowed underground, they argued, it should be cavers. In some ways, Krusac agrees.“They’re basically the eyes and ears underground,” he says. “We rely on the caving community. [The Forest Service] doesn’t have a lot of people trained in caving, particularly in these technically difficult caves. We know there are members of these national cave conservation organizations that are cave conservationists. They understand the importance of conservation and decontamination.”That’s why, he says, legitimate cavers weren’t altogether banned from entering caves. In fact, in all of the closures since 2009, the Forest Service has explicitly stated that “persons with written authorization by a Forest Service Officer” could enter caves, so long as the cavers were assisting in “cave resources management”—activities such as cave mapping, white-nose syndrome surveys, bat monitoring, water quality monitoring, and biological inventories.Still, says Krusac, it’s impossible to limit access to caves altogether—the Forest Service ban only addresses caves and underground mines on Forest Service property which, in the Southeast especially, amounts to a very small percentage. Most caves are still on private property, which means access is left up to the landowner. Krusac doesn’t encourage newcomers to the sport, especially during this extremely sensitive time, but he suggests getting involved with cave conservation grottos if people are genuinely interested in protecting and advocating for these resources.“It’s not a total ban but it’s not recreational caving anymore,” adds Krusac. “It’s caving for a purpose.”Passing the TorchJames River Grotto’s Education Coordinator Ken Mays, or “Gizmo,” as most people in the caving community know him, recognizes the need for this citizen science research. A number of his fellow cavers became part of a Smithsonian research team back in 2009, the year when Gizmo and many others throughout the region simply quit caving out of respect of the NSS voluntary moratorium.Gizmo started recreationally caving again in 2011. He doesn’t take WNS lightly and follows all of the necessary steps in decontamination, but says that there’s another problem the caving community should be addressing, and it has nothing and everything to do with bats.“When I joined the James River Grotto in 2008, I was the youngest member at 42,” says Gizmo. “A lot of the grottos are getting older.” Gizmo worries that if the older generation of cavers dies off without a younger group to step in, who will be the voice for caves and the species therein?“The education of people about caves and bats by introducing them to caving is, in my opinion, crucial to saving [them],” he says.There is still a lot to learn. As climate change continues to alter the environment, caves that once might not have supported any bat populations may be deemed suitable sites for hibernation in the future, which makes protecting them now from WNS and any other invasive more important than ever.  Back in Rockingham County, Pete Barlow believes protecting endangered bats deserves priority over recreation needs.“The loss of any species from my point of view is devastating in its own right,” Barlow says, “and caves are the underground capillaries and blood vessels that feed our region with water.”Still, he recognizes that responsible caving can help with scientific research and public awareness. “We need an experiential appreciation of caves in order to know what we are protecting,” he says.last_img read more

U.S. Hospital Ship Begins Medical and Humanitarian Mission in Peru

first_imgBy Dialogo May 09, 2011 This kind of aid is what people from different parts of the world need, with low economic resources, I congratulate you for this great community work, thank you on behalf of all those people that are going to cared for, I’m Dominican but I wish they give aid to Haiti, there is much need again, God bless you always, move forward, that is what Jesus Christ would do. The USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy hospital ship, began a mission in northern Peru to provide medical care and humanitarian assistance to thousands of inhabitants with few economic resources, the Ministry of Defense announced. The Comfort has arrived at the port of Paita, in the region of Piura (in northern Peru), and will remain until 10 May as part of a voyage to nine Latin American countries, providing health care to five thousand individuals. Its work includes primary care for children and adults, dental care, optometry, and cleft-lip operations, the note indicated. The Comfort carries orthopedists, pediatricians, gynecologists, optometrists, dentists, general surgeons, and plastic surgeons. The ship has ten decks equipped with more than one thousand patient beds and six modern operating rooms. The operation “Continuing Promise 2011,” in which the hospital ship is participating, is promoted by the U.S. government. The vessel successfully provided this humanitarian assistance in Jamaica and will do the same in other countries in the region.last_img read more

‘Golden Years’ anything but for many seniors

first_imgMany seniors face dire financial challenges that equate to insecurity.by: Lora BrayLife changes as we age, with various financial implications.We know one American Dream is to find a good job, buy a home, start a family, take a vacation, send the kids to college, and finally enjoy a well-deserved comfortable retirement. After death, many hope to bequeath assets to heirs.But what is the reality of the dream for seniors? What are the experiences of those whose children are grown, and for whom retirement is (or may not be) a reality? Have they reached a long-awaited golden age?Various perspectives exist as to the adequacy of retirement readiness.“More People Feel Like They Might Actually Have Enough Money in Retirement,” says one study, indicating 52% believe they will be able to swing retirement. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Credit unions: The choice of a new generation

first_imgSo, what’s all the hubbub about credit unions? Well, they’re pretty cool. They offer virtually all the same stuff a bank will, plus an additional smile when you enter your local branch. So, what really sets them apart?The first thing to consider is how they handle people with less than stellar credit who are applying for loans. A credit union will look at your credit score, yes. They will even look at who you owe money to and see if you’re making your payments when required. But just because you have a lower score, they won’t automatically say no. Credit unions are not-for-profit institutions, which means they have a tax-exempt status, making them less concerned about bringing in coinage. This means they have more leeway with who they give loans to, e.g., those who are considered riskier borrowers.The second thing is their lower fees. You can typically qualify for free checking just by having direct deposit orenrolling in e-statements. Other fees, on average, are also lower than those charged by banks.The third thing are the low rates. It was noted earlier that credit unions are not-for-profit entities. This differs from the for-profit structure of a bank. Be it a mortgage, car loan, or credit card, credit unions typically offer better rates than banks. Why?An article from The Nest puts it this way; “Unlike banks, credit unions are structured as member-owned cooperatives or non-profit corporations. This means they reinvest all of their funds back into their consumer programs and they’re exempt from state and local taxes. When you consider that the federal tax rate for corporations is 21 percent, it’s not hard to understand how credit unions can charge lower rates.”Credit unions can work with less than perfect credit and offer lower fees and rates than banks. A final benefit is the behavior of the staff. The people working at credit unions actually seem like they care about getting you the best possible deal. Why? Because they actually do. 131SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

‘Hour of Code’ teaches children about coding, computer literacy

first_imgThis is the third year Hour of Code has been held at BOCES. It is part of a national movement promoting computer literacy at young ages. The children were able to change some of the computer coding to see how it changed the game. As technology rapidly advances, educaors are stressing the importance of computer literacy. “Computer literacy is just as important as reading and writing literacy in our modern world and upsetting the foundation for logic and creativity is what coding does,” said Annie Cartie, a P-Tech math teacher. “So programs like ‘Scratch Junior’ actually created for 5-year-old audiences to start to learn to put patterns together and code.”center_img TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Children from the Chenango Valley Nursery School tested out educational computer games that were coded by BOCES Computer Science Students. The event was called “Hour of Code.”last_img read more

Google to Allow Disabling of Smart Features and Personalisation in Gmail, Chat, Meet

first_imgIf you choose to not allow smart features in Gmail, Chat, and Meet to use your data, then you won’t be getting automatic email categorisation into the Promotions, Social, and Primary inboxes, you won’t be able to use smart compose while typing an email, nor will you see summary cards for shopping, travel reservations, and package tracking, and neither will there be any calendar event creation from dates and other details in emails.Similarly, if you choose to not personalise other Google products with your Gmail, Chat, and Meet data, then Google Assistant won’t be able to offer you bill reminders, Google Maps will not offer restaurant reservations, and Google Pay won’t surface any loyalty cards and tickets.Google explains in its blog, “Smart features rely on your data to save you time and provide a more helpful experience, we want you to use them because you find value in using them, not because they’re simply there.” The tech giant says that these new settings will be enabled for an individual Gmail user and even a Google Workspace administrator.- Advertisement – Gmail is about to get two new settings for turning off data usage that helps Google offer smart features and personalisation experiences. These new settings will let you disable smart features like automatic sorting of emails in primary, social, and promotions category, or smart compose while writing an email, and even summary cards that show up above emails. Users will also gain the ability to disable personalisation features like Google Assistant reminding you of your next bill payment, or even travel bundling your itineraries.On its blog, Google has confirmed that these two new settings will go live in Gmail in the ‘coming weeks’. These new settings are for controlling whether your data in Gmail, Meet and Chat can be used to offer ‘smart features’ in these and other Google products. Disabling these settings will prevent Google from using your data to provide these personal experiences to you. These options can be enabled/ disabled anytime in Gmail settings.- Advertisement – Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in 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.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Though SARS is quiet for now, its lessons remain

first_imgMar 10, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The strain of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) that erupted from obscurity to kill 774 people worldwide has gone quiet, at least for now. Yet its lessons will keep benefiting people even if it never reappears.Some researchers say that the killer strain may now exist only in laboratories. It hasn’t been found outside laboratories since July 2003, said Kathryn V. Holmes, PhD, a professor of microbiology at the University of Colorado Health Center at Fitzsimmons in Aurora, Colo.Holmes recently conducted an extensive literature review on SARS for an overview during an emerging diseases symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting on Feb 19.”The good news is there are good markers for the strains that evolved for human-to-human passage, the epidemic strains,” she told CIDRAP News. That’s how researchers can identify or rule out that strain.SARS first emerged in southern China in November 2002 and later spread to Hong Kong and on to many other countries. During the epidemic, which lasted until July 2003, more than 8,000 people contracted the illness worldwide; just under 10% of them died.Four non-laboratory SARS cases have been identified since the epidemic. An article in the February Proceedings of the National Academy of Science said the four patients in Guangzhou, China, in December 2003 and January 2004 probably acquired the virus through contact with wild animals. None of the patients had a history of contact with other SARS patients, and their viral strains were consistent with strains found in palm civets at the time, Holmes said.In addition, three laboratory-associated SARS outbreaks occurred from Sept 2003 to April 2004, with nine cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) SARS data. As the WHO predicted last fall, things are quiet on the SARS front. Scientists even sound cautiously optimistic about the future.”The series of events that led up to SARS being readily transmissible is a rare thing,” said Frank Plummer, MD, FRCPC, scientific director of the National Microbiology Laboratory in the Public Health Agency of Canada.The events included a mutation in the virus that apparently allowed it to spread easily from person to person, he said. Also part of the circumstances that probably contributed to the epidemic was the use of civets for food in southern China; the animals were found to be frequent carriers of the virus. Since then, China has worked hard to eradicate the civet meat industry, Plummer said.Holmes said SARS has likely infected humans sporadically in the past. Thanks to a rare mutation, the virus spread from an animal host to a human, and then survived long enough to develop the ability to spread among people, she said.Although the events that triggered the SARS epidemic were unusual, it could happen again.”We don’t completely understand SARS. We don’t really have good animal models,” said Plummer. “Exactly why some people got so ill and others didn’t, I don’t think we know.”However, SARS has offered lasting lessons for the public health community on how to address emerging infections. If the same disease re-emerged, the response would be very different, scientists told CIDRAP News.”I don’t think the situations and events that happened during SARS would be repeated,” Plummer said. “We’ve learned those lessons.”For example, Plummer said, China is more open about reporting, many countries have developed surveillance, and scientists have created tools to diagnose and respond to SARS. (The disease first emerged in southern China in November 2002, but the Chinese government was secretive about it for several months.)Umesh Parashar, MD, MPH, is the lead medical epidemiologist for the SARS task force of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He noted other improvements, including better infection control and training guidelines, improved availability of diagnostic tests and treatment protocols, and new systems for Internet-based reporting.”We have learned a lot about SARS,” Parashar said. “The biggest challenge and uncertainty is around the likelihood of resurgence.””The wild card in all this is certainly that the virus can evolve or change,” he said, adding that there’s no clear evidence as to which animal is the virus’s primary reservoir. “The data do not convincingly demonstrate that civets are the natural reservoir.”If SARS mimics other zoonotic outbreaks, such as Ebola and Nipah virus, it may disappear and then re-emerge, Parashar said. However, it would require perfect circumstances for the disease to re-emerge in the same form, he added.Meanwhile, though, SARS has slipped down the threat list. Plummer’s team, for example, once had about 30 scientists working on SARS. Most of them have returned to their usual research areas, he said. Five are now studying avian influenza.”In some ways it’s good that [the SARS outbreak] happened,” Plummer said. “A fairly mild event taught us a lot about how to prepare for new infectious agents and for pandemic influenza.”Plumbing the secrets of SARS will help in handling other zoonoses. Scientists still have many important questions left, said Holmes.”Why was it killing people? We have no idea,” she said. “SARS has many lessons to teach medical science.See also: Huai-Dong S, Chang-Chun T, Guo-Wei Z, et al. Cross-host evolution of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus in palm civet and human. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2005;102(7):2430-5 [Abstract]last_img read more

Istria got its Michelin guide

first_imgMichelin guide The Michelin guide was founded as early as 1900, and began to be published by a well-known car tire factory, at the time with the aim of promoting motoring. Still, over time it becomes the alpha and omega of all gourmands by awarding the famous Michelin stars. This way of evaluating a restaurant began in 1926, where one star indicates a very good restaurant, two a restaurant with excellent cooking, while three stars speak of exceptional cuisine, worth a special trip.Until 2005, the guide was focused on Europe, especially France, and only then did it begin to expand beyond those borders. The criteria of the Michelin inspection are very strict and strict, it is not announced or presented, and during the visit it evaluates the quality of ingredients, food preparation skills and combination of spices, creativity, consistency of quality and quality-price ratio.The story of Michelin, at least as far as Istria is concerned, has been going on for almost ten years, and before that date, Istria worked for almost a decade on organized, dedicated and extremely high quality to raise the overall gourmet scene with the basic goal of gaining the dignity and reputation , but this had to be confirmed in real life and in the market. Thus, in the company of about two thousand elite restaurants around the world, the so-called. golden selection, in 2017, with one Michelin star first entered the Rovinj restaurant Monte. The famous Michelin publishing house has for the first time published a special edition of the red guide, which it has dedicated entirely to Istria.It is a publication that Michelin publishes for important gourmet destinations such as Paris, Barcelona, ​​Trentino Alto Adige, etc., which are included in national editions, but due to their specificity and importance of territory and gourmet offer, they are especially presented in such editions.Considering that according to the criteria of Michelin Istria is defined as a small destination with a limited number of recommended addresses (the whole of Croatia has 34 addresses, and Istria 13), in this Istrian edition is added the tourist part, the so-called. Green Michelin, which completes the tourist offer of Istria. With this, Istria has managed to make a step forward and open the way for concrete cooperation with Michelin, which is an additional quality promotion tool that puts a special focus on our territory or destination.Istria has been present in almost all relevant European gastronomic guides for many years, but the most important one, the red Michelin guide, was missing, and today we can finally say that this goal has been achieved.The effects for the next perspective of the region are especially important. Namely, the edition for 2018 is already being prepared and, according to the first and initial negotiations, the possibility will be opened to include a larger number of recommended addresses or those with asterisks, but it depends on the caterers, their performance and how they will be evaluated by by the inspector. What is crucial is the fact that Istria has an open space and the opportunity for its caterers to show themselves and prove that Istria can and must do much better. In addition to the above, another element is very important in the whole story of the new edition for 2018, and that is to propose a new concept that would include a significant inclusion of the best hotels in Istria, as well as the best winemakers and mills, which would contribute to better a more complete presentation of the gourmet story of Istria.Guide Michelin – Istria Croatia It is available in English-German, and is printed in 15 copies, which are distributed free of charge and, in addition to the listed restaurants, will be located in the most frequent key places in Istria.Red guide Michelin Istra Croatia – special edition   Under the title “Unforgettable tastes, smells and memories” Michelin describes Istria as a unique country in the Mediterranean and, for the heart-shaped peninsula, immersed in the crystal blue of the Adriatic Sea, points out that it is a hidden natural garden that slowly reveals its secret beauties. He gives special emphasis to Istrian truffles, extra virgin olive oil and wine, and then presents restaurants in alphabetical order in a way that he dedicates his space to everyone with the most important information.Alla Beccaccia, ValbandonBatelina, BanjoleDamir & Ornella, Novigrad-CittanovaTavern Čok, Novigrad-CittanovaTavern Morgan, Bracanija, Buje-Buiemarina, Novigrad-CittanovaMeneghetti, Bale-ValleMonte *, Rovinj-RovignoPergola, Zambratija-ZambrattiaSan Rocco, Brtonigla-VerteneglioSv. Nikola, Poreč-ParenzoWine Vault, Rovinj-RovignoZigante, Livade-LevadeGreen guide Michelin Istria Croatia – special edition   For the green part of the guide, Michelin has selected the most important locations in Istria, which, in addition to three unsigned locations, are classified with three, two and one star. Thus, among the selected places that guests must not miss when visiting Istria were the extraordinary frescoes of the church of Sv. Marija on Škriljine in Berm with the highest number of points (3 *), and classified as the highest recommendation. They are followed by Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč and Rovinj with two stars, which are classified as recommended places to visit, then Pula, Vodnjan, Bale, Labin, Plomin, Svetvinčenat, Sv. Lovreč Pazenatički, Draguć, Hum and Vrsar with one star, ie interesting places, and at the end of the list there are also Novigrad, Oprtalj and Umag. In addition to the choice of place, within the destination it provides information on natural, cultural and historical attractions such as the Euphrasian Basilica, the Lim Bay, the Brijuni Islands, the Arena, Aleja Glagoljaša and others.Beram (frescoes) ***Motovun-Montona **Grožnjan_Grisignana **Porec-Parenzo **Rovinj-Rovigno **Vodnjan – Dignano *Bale -Valle *Labin *Plomin *Svetvincenat *Sv. Lovreč *Draguć *Hum *Vrsar – Orsera *Novigrad – CittanovaOprtalj – Portole Umag – Umago last_img read more