Papuk, the most beautiful mountain in Slavonia, and “flat” Slavonia has a mountain, is a favorite resort of mountaineers, hikers and tourists, and the number of tourists is growing from year to year. One of the motives for coming is certainly the geological and biological diversity and rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as the fact that the Papuk Nature Park is the first Croatian geopark under UNESCO protection of exceptional geological importance.This is supported by the fact that the Papuk Nature Park at the end of the tourist year recorded a record growth of 31% more visitors compared to 2016. Comparing the statistics of previous years, from 5.685 visitors in 2016, at the end of 2017, a significant increase was made to 7.470 visitors.The strongest tourist asset of the Park is certainly the Jankovac Forest Park, which this year again attracts the largest number of visitors, of which the largest share is domestic guests and most of them are school excursions. The signing of cooperation agreements with the founders of primary and secondary schools in Požega-Slavonia and Virovitica-Podravina counties also contributed to the increase in the number of visitors. Papuka.These results include only organized groups, ie visitors who have paid a ticket to the Park, while the total number of visitors to the Papuk Nature Park is many times higher. It is estimated that there are about 150.000 visitors. “We are proud of the effort we invest in providing all visitors with the most comfortable and quality stay in untouched nature, all the beauties and benefits it provides us. We believe that our visitors will recognize the potential of Papuk Nature Park in the future, that together we will strengthen and grow, and accordingly continue to achieve a positive growth trend in the number of visitors.” pointed out Alen Jurenac, director of the Papuk Nature Park.As of this season, the tourist offer of the Papuk Nature Park has been enriched with the first Camp resting place in the region, which at the end of 2017 recorded 185 visits and 248 overnight stays. The structure of the camp guests is in favor of foreign guests, namely guests from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Camp Duboka is included in the list of 38 best small camps in Croatia as part of the OK Mini Camps project. “One of the factors in increasing the number of visitors is, among other things, the continuous work on improving the tourist infrastructure, which has resulted in an increase in interest and a larger number of visitors. This year, the guard service of the Papuk Nature Park has intensified its work on education and professional guidance so that all interested visitors have the best possible experience of the protected area. ” Gordana Kukić points out the main guardian of the Park.PP Papku points out that several projects co-financed by European funds are underway, of which the most significant is certainly the UNESCO Geopark Geo Story project. The purpose of this project is to contribute to the acceleration of socio – economic development of municipalities and cities in the Park, which will reflect on the overall development of Virovitica – Podravina and Požega – Slavonia counties and strengthen their development potential. “Papuk Nature Park has come of age this year, and it has been 10 years since Papuk became the first geopark in Croatia. Thanks to the fact that Papuk is the first Croatian Geopark and that it is part of the UNESCO world network of geoparks, it certainly attracts an increasing number of guests. In addition to the benefits of branding the space and bringing guests to Geopark Papuk, a special value is the networking of geoparks and defining joint projects. Thus, the Danube Geo Tour project is in the implementation phase, in which 8 geoparks of the Danube region from Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are participating. In mid-January, we are preparing a new joint project with colleagues from geoparks, which is planned to be financed from EU funds – INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE ” said Goran Radonić, expert manager of the Papuk Nature Park.The project includes investment in several locations that are thematically linked into one whole. It is planned to build and equip the Geo – info center Voćin, adapt and equip the halls in the House of the Pannonian Sea in Velika, install elements of the Adrenaline Park Duboka, reconstruct the road Slatinski Drenovac – Jankovac – County Border and build, upgrade and equip a total of 6 lookouts. In addition, a visitor management study and capacity building related to visitor safety are planned.Related news: PP PAPUK IS GOING TO NEW INVESTMENTS WITH MONEY FROM EU FUNDS
Stoke’s Peter Crouch is the Hammers’ main target, but reports state that interest has also been shown in Hugo Almeida of Besiktas, while Samuel Eto’o has also been linked with a move to Upton Park. Carroll has been ruled out until November after sustaining an ankle injury during the pre-season tour to New Zealand. “I saw the Olympics on television, but I never dreamed of standing here. I’m looking forward to playing in this great stadium. “It played a big part in me coming to West Ham. It would be fantastic (to be in Europe) and a dream come true. “Hopefully we can make it happen in a couple of years.” Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed he may yet be fit for the opening game of the season at home to Spurs on August 16, despite suggestions he is not up to scratch after his World Cup exploits. Speaking to the club’s official website, Valencia added: “I’m training normally at the moment. “I’m training very hard and trying to get match fit. I could be okay for the first or second game. I’m not quite sure yet, that’s up to the manager.” Press Association West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan has revealed the club have made a number of offers for strikers as they target cover for the injury-enforced absence of Andy Carroll. “We’ve got offers in for three or four strikers – one in England, three abroad – and we just hope to land one of them,” Sullivan told the club’s official website. “We do need to sign another player. We have worked 24/7 all summer and we still want to get at least one more striker in. It’s been very, very tough. “We’re pleased with the players we’ve got – players with massive potential for the future – but we know there aren’t enough goals in the team at the moment. “Pre-season hasn’t gone quite as planned. The worst thing is that we picked up injuries, in particular to Andy Carroll who is out for four months and makes a huge difference to us.” Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate are the key names among the six new arrivals at West Ham this summer, but £13million Ecuador striker Valencia will miss the start of the season after being involved in the World Cup. Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed a dream to play for the Hammers in the former Olympic Stadium fuelled his desire to sign for the club. The £12million Ecuador international, who scored all three goals for his country in the World Cup finals, has envisaged playing European football at the now re-named Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Speaking at the ground which will become West Ham’s home in two years, Valencia said: “Being so close to the stadium I just want to go inside and start playing.
Paris: Brazilian football superstar Neymar has suffered a recurrence of an injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain announced on Thursday.Neymar was forced off around the hour mark in PSG’s 2-0 home win over Strasbourg on Wednesday, securing a last 16 spot in the French Cup, reports Xinhua news agency.“Initial examinations have revealed a painful recurrence of his injury to the fifth metatarsal of his right foot,” PSG said in a statement.The club added that “the treatment of this injury will depend on how it evolves over the next few days. All options can be envisaged at this time.”Neymar had been sidelined for three months last season due to a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.His latest recurrence of injury cast a shadow on PSG’s UEFA Champions League journey, where they will visit Premier League side Manchester United in the first leg of last 16 on February 12. IANS Also Read: Sports News
WINDWARD Islands Volcanoes recorded a comfortable six-wicket win over Kent Spitfires at Coolidge in their final match of the Regional Super50 on Friday.Kavem Hodge, who had spent most of the tournament batting at No. 6 for Windwards, struck his maiden List A fifty after being promoted to open the batting to chase Kent’s 205.Hodge got the Windwards chase going in the right direction after the early fall of Johnson Charles for 5 by adding 54 for the second wicket with Devon Smith (32) and another 86 for the third wicket with Sunil Ambris.Hodge ended with 68 and Ambris 48, just two shy of what would have been his seventh fifty in eight games during group play. Ambris ends the round-robin stage with 423 runs at 70.50, second overall behind Leeward Islands captain Kieran Powell’s aggregate of 509 at 84.83.When Hodge fell in the 40th, 31 runs were still required for victory. Captain Liam Sebastien and Kyle Mayers knocked off the rest of the runs, securing victory with 13 balls to spare. Kent had stumbled to 35 for 5 after choosing to bat at the toss before a 104-run sixth-wicket stand between Will Gidman and Adam Rouse salvaged their innings.Shane Shillingford eventually dismissed both men for 94 and 40 respectively and Kent’s tail fought until the 49th over before they were bowled out with seven balls left in the innings.Trinidad & Tobago Red Force rolled past West Indies Under-19 by 182 runs at North Sound on Friday night to set up a first-place showdown with Leeward Islands today.The win over West Indies U-19 moved T&T to 6-1 in Group B, the same record as Leewards though T&T trails Leewards by two points due to the bonus point structure in round-robin play.The winner of today’s match will top Group A and most likely face Jamaica while the loser will probably face Barbados, who hold a five-point advantage at the top of Group B heading into the final round of group matches.Kyle Hope, Jason Mohammed and Denesh Ramdin each struck half-centuries in T&T’s total of 290 for 5 after West Indies U-19 opted to bowl. Hope made 70 off 98 balls, adding 58 for the first wicket with Kjorn Ottley before teaming up with Mohammed to add 74 for the third wicket.Mohammed top scored with 84 off 73 balls and produced a 92-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ramdin before falling late in the innings.Ramdin took T&T through to the finish, ending on 60 not out off 42 balls to ensure the target would be well out of reach for West Indies U-19.Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre continued his fine tournament by doing most of the damage during a seven-over middle overs spell of 3 for 6 that accounted for top-scorer Emmanuel Stewart for 20 and captain Kirstan Kallicharan for 16.West Indies U-19 were eventually bowled out for 108 in 29.2 overs. Their final game is a rematch with Kent, the only side West Indies U-19 has beaten in the competition.(ESPN Cricinfo)