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
Miami Dolphins player Kendrick Norton lost his arm in a serious car accident Thursday.The the crash occurred just after 1 a.m. on State Road 836 in Miami.Norton was driving his Ford F-250 when it struck a concrete barrier wall and flipped over.The Florida Highway Patrol says a Maserati was also involved in the crash but the driver did not sustain any injuries.Norton and a female passenger were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The 22-year-old played for the University of Miami where he was a three-year letterman and two-year starter.He signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 after briefly playing for the Carolina Panthers.An investigation into the accident is ongoing, says the FHP.
After an impressive showing on Friday followed by a tough loss on Saturday against the Oregon Ducks (23-17, 5-9 in Pac-12) , the No. 10 Trojans (28-10, 9-5 in Pac-12) bounced back with a 7-3 win on Sunday to claim the weekend series at Dedeaux Field.USC started the weekend strong on Friday defeating Oregon 13-6 thanks to an offensive explosion started off by senior Timmy Robinson’s first career grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning.The Trojans dug themselves into a hole during the first inning as the Ducks scored four runs on two hits, taking advantage of a fielding error. USC then immediately struck back in the bottom of the first with hits by senior Garrett Stubbs, Robinson and junior Blake Lacey to tally three runs followed by two Ducks’ fielding errors.After starting pitcher junior Brent Wheatley and junior reliever Tyler Gilbert combined to prevent further damage by Oregon, USC broke the game open. The Trojans took advantage of a lack of pitch control from starter Cole Irvin, who walked Stubbs to bring the game-tying run to the plate with the bases loaded. Robinson then delivered the 1-1 pitch into left field for the grand slam, putting the Trojans up 8-4.The Ducks attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh, but the Trojans answered with five more runs during the bottom of the inning to secure the final score of 13-5. Four different Trojans had multi-hit outings, including Robinson, who tied his career-high five RBIs set in 2013 against Utah.Unfortunately, the momentum swung back in Oregon’s favor in a major way on Saturday as the Trojans once again fell into an early deficit but this time were unable to force a comeback.Junior starter Kyle Twomey (6-2, 2.05 ERA) had a very uncharacteristically rough start, only going an inning and two-thirds and allowing seven runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three during the top of the second inning. He struggled with pitch control and placement as well, hitting three batters.An error on a poor throw to second on what would have been a routine double play ended up costing the Trojans four of these runs. Reliever junior Bernardo Flores (3-1, 3.15 ERA) entered the game with two outs and a man on second to record the final out to finally end the inning.After the Ducks managed more runs in the top of the third and sixth to put them up 9-0, USC got on the board during the bottom of the sixth. Redshirt junior Bobby Stahel extended his team-high hitting streak to 20 games before scoring on a single by Stubbs. An error by the right fielder allowed Stubbs to eventually steal third and then score from a single by sophomore Jeremy Martinez, making it 9-2.The Trojans added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth. During the seventh, Ramirez led off the inning with a double, stole third and then came home on a rocket hit by red shirted senior Angelo La Bruna that nailed starter David Peterson in the shin, ending his day on the mound. The final Trojan run was scored by freshman pinch hitter Adalberto Carrillo who drove home sophomore Joe Corrigan.Looking at the game as a whole, USC head coach Dan Hubbs believes that the core of his team’s current problems stem from pitching.“I don’t think we’ve pitched very well at home in conference and we pitch better on the road, which is uncharacteristic,” Hubbs said. “So we need to iron some things out so if we have to do some flipping around of roles we will. I thought offensively we’re playing pretty well and defensively we’re playing pretty well. We’ve just got to iron out the pitching in my opinion.”Bernardo Flores feels that clean pitching from himself and the other relievers remain key for the Trojans.“I think the biggest thing we have to do is bear down and throw strikes right away,” Flores said. “We had a lot of hit by pitches and walks, so I think one thing we really have to concentrate on is throwing strikes. We have to learn from out mistakes and move on. I think if we can do that we’ll be more consistent with the way we play.”Though learning from mistakes remains key, Flores also believes that it’s important for the Trojans not to dwell on the past.“We need to flush [Saturday] out and not worry about it, not look back at it and move forward,” Flores said. “We need to learn from it and move forward and come back ready to win. Coach Hubbs talks about having energy a lot while in the dugout. The energy determines how we do on the mound on the field and at bat.”Looking ahead, the Trojans will next travel to Oregon State with no mid-week game scheduled, allowing ample time for USC to come out ready for victory.“One nice thing about a game like this weekend not being so gut-wrenchingly close is that you have time to think about the next game, and concentrate on how to win more Pac series, which is obviously key for post-season,” Hubbs said. “We’ve got to concentrate and take each series as they come and start to iron out the issues necessary to win.”