Serbian and Slovenian Prime Ministers Ivica Dačić and Janez Janša agreed on Wednesday that relations between the two countries were at a very high level. This is great news!! Please see the link below for the full story!
“Serbia will never join the group of countries that produce genetically modified food. We are not that poor that we have to start killing ourselves,” President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic SOURCE: TANJUG http://www.b92.net/eng/news/business-article.php?yyyy=2012&mm=09&dd=01&nav_id=82030
Govt. to set aside funds to help farmers hit by drought SOURCE: TANJUG
Agriculture Minister Goran Knežević has announced that the state will allocate RSD 18-19bn (EUR 160-170mn) to alleviate the consequences of the ongoing drought.
“The damage is big. It amounts to around 50 percent of the fall yield. We still do not have exact estimate, but the amount must be huge," he told Belgrade daily Večernje Novosti.
"Along with direct consequences of the drought, we will also have indirect ones, which will reflect on food prices, export and the standard of living,” Knežević was quoted as saying.
The minister also stated that the measures that the government is taking "will mitigate the increase in food prices".
B92 News BUSINESS & ECONOMY | AUGUST 30, 2012 | 15:58 http://www.b92.net/eng/news/business-article.php?yyyy=2012&mm=08&dd=30&nav_id=81999
Serbs pray for rain amid raging fires
Several hundred people have answered a call by a Serbian Orthodox church bishop to pray for rain as fires rage in the Balkan country, and forecasts indicate their prayers may be answered.
The church prayers in the town of Valjevo in central Serbia were held Sunday after months of record-setting temperatures and unprecedented drought that has triggered fires, destroyed crops and dried out rivers.
Emergency measures have been introduced in parts of central Serbia as two Russian firefighting planes try to extinguish blazes that have destroyed hundreds of acres of forests and threatened some villages.
Serbia's government, which called the Russians for help and deployed army troops to fight the fires, held an emergency session Sunday to deal with the disaster.
Weather forecasters predict showers for Serbia overnight.
The only remaining laboratory of one of the greatest American inventors may soon be purchased so that it can be turned into a museum, thanks to an Internet campaign that raised nearly a million dollars in about a week.
The lab was called Wardenclyffe, and it was built by Nikola Tesla, a wizard of electrical engineering whose power systems lit up the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and harnessed the mighty Niagara Falls.
"He is the developer of the alternating current system of electrical transmission that we use throughout the world today," says Jane Alcorn, president of a nonprofit group called The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, which wants to buy the site and preserve the lab by making it a museum.
In his time, Tesla was world famous. But today, his name is kind of obscure. Alcorn, who is a retired teacher and librarian, says she had never heard of him until her neighbors in Shoreham, N.Y., on Long Island explained what the old industrial site was, just down the street.
Tesla's old brick building is now behind a six-foot-high chain link fence topped with barbed wire. There's No Trespassing and For Sale signs. The windows are boarded up, and there are vines and weeds all around.
"It looks lost and neglected," says Alcorn. "It looks abandoned. Its appearance right now is very derelict."
Wardenclyffe was supposed to be Tesla's crowning achievement. Behind the lab was a 180-foot tall tower that reportedly shot sparks into the night sky.
"Tesla dreamed of having this site be a place where he could transmit messages and pictures wirelessly," explains Alcorn. "This is over a hundred years ago, something we're doing now but that he envisioned way back then." Tesla also hoped to wirelessly transmit electric power, free to everyone in the world.
Tesla's downfall began when Guglielmo Marconi beat him in the race for wireless communication. Marconi sent the first radio signals across the Atlantic in 1901. Tesla's funding disappeared. The tower was torn down. Tesla lived out his last years as a recluse in a New York hotel, tending to pigeons and getting a reputation as a mad scientist.
"I think, had he just invented the hydroelectric power system, we might have still known his name. But because he went on to get involved in wireless and lost in that race, his name disappeared from the history books," says Marc Seifer, author of the book Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla.
Wardenclyffe became a processing facility for a photography company and eventually, it turned into a Superfund hazardous waste site that took years to clean up. Sometimes Tesla fans would make a pilgrimage. Seifer says on his first visit, he snuck onto the property and got chased off.
Alcorn says she's been hoping to acquire the site for a science museum for about 18 years. It's currently owned by Agfa Corporation, which is asking $1.6 million for the 16-acre parcel. Alcorn has worried that a developer might raze the lab to build retail space or condos. And a couple weeks ago, she heard that a potential buyer had emerged.
She posted a message on her group's Facebook page, asking for help from anyone who could "send out the word to celebrities or people with deep pockets or anyone they thought might be able to give us assistance."
Inman agreed to help, and posted a funny but serious plea about Wardenclyffe on his popular website.
"And within the first six hours, we had raised a quarter of a million dollars," says Alcorn. "Incredible."
Alcorn and her friends were glued to their computers day and night, watching the numbers go up and up on a fundraising site. There's been over 20,000 contributors from more than a hundred countries.
"They're everywhere! It's almost like an untapped underground of Tesla fanatics," says Alcorn. "I think it's absolutely outrageous and wonderful."
EnlargeMarc Seifer ArchivesTesla's Wardenclyffe lab building, seen in 1904. Tesla wanted to deliver free, wireless power to everyone in the world.
In less than a week, The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe reached its goal: over $850,000, enough to get a matching grant from the state of New York — which means Alcorn's group could meet the seller's asking price.
On Thursday, Alcorn said she and her colleagues were talking with their lawyer about how to make an offer — something she wants to do soon.
"It's clear from this crowdsourcing effort that there are a lot of people that are very serious about Tesla, and we hope his name becomes much more widely known in the years to come," adds the group's treasurer, Mary Daum. She says professionals like architects have also been writing to offer their pro bono services.
And the money is still coming in. Alcorn says additional funds will be used to start the work of turning the ruins into a science center, and perhaps building an on-site replica of the tower that once stood for Tesla's dream.
by NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE NPRhttp://www.npr.org/2012/08/24/159925435/web-cartoonist raises-1-million-for-tesla-museum
August 20, 2012 Poll: 49 percent of Serbians support EU accession - B92 News
SOURCE: BETABELGRADE B92 News A Serbian news outlet
Serbia’s EU accession is supported by 49 percent of citizens while 25 percent are against it, shows a poll conducted by the government’s EU Integration Office.
According to the poll, if a referendum was held, 49 percent of Serbians would vote in favor of the country’s EU accession, 25 would vote against it, while eight percent of the people do not know what their answer would be.
The poll shows that the citizens’ support to the EU is two percent lower than in the last survey. There is also three percent less of those are against the EU accession.
41 percent of the citizens believe that the EU membership is a good thing, 28 that it is bad for Serbia while 31 percent believe that it is neither good nor bad.
Of those who would vote against the EU accession, 19 percent would do so because they believe that the membership would not bring anything good to Serbia, 14 percent is against the EU accession due to conditions, blackmails and pressures while 15 percent could not say why they would vote against it.
68 percent of the citizens believe that the reforms should be carried out even if they were not a condition for the EU accession.
According to the poll, 41 percent of the citizens say that combat against corruption is one of the most important things since it directly affects their lives.
The largest number of citizens sees the Kosovo issue as the main obstacle to Serbia’s EU pathway, the poll shows.
62 percent of Serbian citizens believe that problems between Belgrade and Priština should be solved regardless of whether it is requested by the EU