A regional meeting of the leading partners of the international development program Via Dinarica was held

first_imgA regional meeting of leading partners of the international development program Via Dinarica was held on 19 and 20 May 2018 in the newly renovated visitor center Laškovica in the Krka National Park, which was dedicated to stakeholders from Šibenik-Knin and Zadar counties on the second day.The two-day event and the occasional exhibition on Via Dinarica were organized by the Via Dinarica Croatia Association in cooperation with the Krka National Park Public Institution, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Regional Development Agency Zeleni kras from Slovenia, the United Nations Development Program and the Terra Dinarica Association from Bosnia and Herzegovina and representatives of Šibenik-Knin County, Public Institution “Krka National Park”, Public Institution “Paklenica National Park”, Public Institutions Priroda of Šibenik-Knin County, Zadar Mountain Guide Station, PD Belveder, HPK Sveti Mihovil and HGSS Šibenik Station.The two-day regional workshop on the strategic development of mountain tourism aimed to connect, exchange information and involve local development stakeholders as well as strengthen regional cooperation, for which purpose a regional coordination body of the Via Dinarica program was established, involving Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. As part of the event, an exhibition on Via Dinarica in Croatia was organized.Via Dinarica program UNDP – United Nations Development Program has started in Croatia, and the activities of the project team continue through the Association Via Dinarica Croatia, specializing in the sustainable development of mountain and rural tourism and social partnership in the Dinarides. The program is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia and is the leading project for the development of mountain tourism in Croatia. In cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board and county and local tourist boards, the Croatian Mountaineering Association, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, mountaineering guide stations, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and public institutions for the management of protected areas, numerous partners – entrepreneurs in the Dinarides.Via Dinarica mountain trailVia Dinarica is a longitudinal route for hikers, cyclists and other lovers of active holidays. It stretches from Slovenia to Albania, with about 40% of the road leading through Croatia. In Croatia, Via Dinarica has a total of 57 stages, and includes six national parks, four nature parks, two strict reserves and numerous attractive Croatian landscapes. Respectable tourist magazine “Outdoor” declared Via Dinarica the best new hiking trail in the world, “Active Traveler”, “National Geographic” and “Geo” ranked it among the 10 most beautiful trails in the world, and the trail is one of the best new destinations in presented to the world on numerous tourist portals. One of the basic goals of Via Dinarica is to promote the local economy and thus bring tourists closer to local food, accommodation and various services. To this end, last year Via Dinarica was presented with an exhibition and conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, and the mountain beauties of Croatia were also presented at Via Dinarica at several prestigious tourism fairs abroad. Regional partners are focused on the implementation of targeted development projects since in addition to all existing attractions and infrastructure, on the Via Dinarica there are many investment needs to ensure everything needed for quality visits, as well as the development of mountainous and rural areas.Several dozen mountaineers from developed European countries and from the USA and Canada have already passed the Via Dinarica along its entire length, and these days Croatian mountaineers Kristijan Karlušić and Ante Rosić are crossing the white line of the Via Dinarica. Krka National Park is located on the blue and white lines of Via Dinarica, providing a unique link between the coast and the mountainous hinterland. Via Dinarica is especially important for the development of tourist potentials of the Krka National Park and the wider Šibenik-Knin County precisely because the Krka River springs just below the highest Croatian mountain Dinara (1831 m), which gave its name to the entire Dinaric Mountains and Via Dinarica program.Related news:NEW VISITORS CENTER OPENED IN LAŠKOVICA, NEW STARTING POINT FOR ACTIVE VISITING TO KRKA NPNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER NAMED VIA DINARICA THE BEST DESTINATION IN THE WORLD FOR 2017last_img read more

Mary Cordell, 63

first_imgMary F. Cordell, 63, of Versailles passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Mercy West Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born in Cincinnati on March 28, 1953 the daughter of Raymond and Roxie Trimble Pierce. She was married to Roy Cordell and he preceded her in death on February 13, 2014. Survivors include one daughter Marie (Albert) Sturgill of Versailles; one son Forest Huddelston of Milan; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one sister Wanda Wingate of Aurora; also her fiancé Dr. Marvin Moore of Rising Sun. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Cordell was a 1971 graduate of Western Hills High School in Cincinnati. She was a former employee of Hillenbrand Industries in Batesville and was currently the owner and operator of Four Paws Boarding and Grooming in Versailles. Mary had a tremendous love of animals and provided excellent care and attention to all of her “furry friends”. Mary was a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Logan Fugate of the Cross Plains Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Marble Corner Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Hughes: Big Ten media day notebook

first_imgCHICAGO – It may not be as popular of a nickname as “Windy City” or “Second City,” but Chicago is sometimes called the “City of the Big Shoulders.” And there are plenty of them walking around for the Big Ten football media days.After listening to the dozen of Big Ten coaches (as well as the commissioner himself) field questions from a ballroom of reporters. Here’s a little notebook of highlights from day one:Bielema denounces NCAA violatorsThe increasing amount of schools getting tied up in NCAA violations was a topic that kept reappearing all day Thursday and when it was Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema’s turn to comment on the matter, he expressed a no-tolerance policy – and an extreme distaste – for those who willingly and knowingly commit infractions.“When you consciously break an NCAA rule, to me the only way to deter that is to get rid of people, or seriously hold programs accountable,” Bielema said. “That’s probably the number one thing I would love to see happen in the world of college football.”“If someone knowingly and willingly violates a rule, I don’t see anything wrong with a substantial penalty. What that [penalty] is, I’ll let other people decide.”Although he didn’t venture a specific kind of sanction, Bielema was the most candid coach to speak on NCAA violations. I think the amount of scandals that have been revealed over the past couple years (in football and basketball) has made many college sports fans second-guess the integrity of their favorite teams. And given Bielema’s stance on the matter, however non-specific it may ultimately be, it would seem like he has nothing to hide.You don’t see many coaches of BCS schools speaking that way, so hopefully we don’t catch him hiding any emails in the future. He’ll be eating his own words if he does.Wilson update Bielema was unable to speak much about the progress of Wisconsin’s new transfer quarterback Russell Wilson, since, per NCAA rules, he has not been able to coach him yet. But after talking to wide receiver Nick Toon and safety Aaron Henry, who accompanied their head coach to Chicago, Bielema was able to report that Wilson formed a bond with Henry and that he attended summer workouts with diligence.“Everybody told me… he just showed up and went to work and worked as hard as anybody else to prove he was a valuable member of our team,” Bielema said.Bielema also remained insistent that, despite the excitement surrounding Wilson, the quarterback position is, as of this moment, entirely up for grabs.“I haven’t seen Russell Wilson compete one snap competitively in practice,” he said. “I think I might know what will happen, but until it happens, that’s where we’re at.”Delany casts a warning In reaction to the violations recently exposed at Ohio State, mixed with Michigan’s run-in with the NCAA involving unofficial practices prior to the 2009 season, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany informed the media that he held a meeting with all 12 conference coaches Thursday morning to “make clear to them what our expectations are.”Delany called the two above-mentioned violations particularly “embarrassing” for the conference. And with so much misconduct – 14 incidents, by Delany’s count – coming to light in the past year across the nation, he referenced the shadow of doubt it has placed on all other schools.“I think that the 14 struggles that have come under scrutiny in the last year raise legitimate questions in people’s minds about who is sponsoring these [athletic] programs and what do these programs stand for,” he said. “I can’t remember a period of time where we’ve had more questions about various programs, where it be on the agent side, the recruitment side, or the academic side. We’ve had two of them in this conference, and that’s two too many, as far as I’m concerned.’Delany’s stern voice made it sound pretty clear to me that he’s done with shenanigans.Fickell braces himself Where once stood The Vest now stands Luke Fickell, Ohio State’s interim head coach following the tattoo fiasco.In addressing the media, he didn’t appear nervous at the podium, just well prepared for the room of reporters to get their pecks in. Over the last few “crazy” and “emotional” months, he said he hasn’t had “a whole lot” of contact with the ousted Jim Tressel and has not received any instruction, implied or up front, about avoiding him.After facing a public relations nightmare and with the hammer of the NCAA looming above his inherited program (if only for a year), a few phrases kept popping up as Fickell answered questions. Phrases like: “stability,” “foundation,” “moving forward,” “starting from day one,” and “focusing on what we can control.”It’s about as much as you can expect from a guy in his situation.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. Are you licking your chops for the new-look Big Ten season to begin? Let him know at ehughes@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Conte sticks to League Cup youth policy

first_imgChelsea’s Boss Antonio ConteLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says he will give his young players another chance to shine in Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final at home to Bournemouth.Conte fielded weakened teams in the earlier rounds against Nottingham Forest and Everton and although the semi-finals are now in sight, he is not planning to change his approach.“Every competition is serious. I think our task is to try to win the game, to try to reach the semi-final,” Conte told Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.“At the same time it’s right in this competition to give the opportunity to the players not playing regularly.“For the players that are struggling to find the best form after injuries; (Danny) Drinkwater, for example.“I have to trust my players. Not only with words, but with facts, to show I trust my players and I want to give them a big opportunity in a big game to show me they deserve to play.”With wing-back Marcos Alonso suspended after accumulating five yellow cards, Brazilian Kenedy is set to get a rare first-team start on the left flank.Back-up striker Michy Batshuayi and midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has recovered from illness, could both be named in the starting XI.Wales international Ethan Ampadu, 17, could start and fellow teenagers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Dujon Sterling are also in contention. David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee injury, but the form of Andreas Christensen means the Brazil centre-back has not been missed.Christensen, 21, has usurped Luiz as Conte’s preferred pick in the centre of his three-man defence and the Italian says the Denmark international is an example to Chelsea’s fringe players.“I hope to have this type of problem,” Conte told journalists at Chelsea’s Cobham training base southwest of London.“Before taking a decision for the starting XI, if a player plays or not, the last part of the body that I look (at) is the head.“You ask me: ‘Why don’t Chelsea play young players?’ I put a young player (in) now. If you deserve to play, you play.“Don’t forget Christensen is playing, only 21 years old. He’s showing he deserves to play. I think this guy has fantastic prospects for the present, for the future.”Conte would not be drawn on newspaper reports linking Luiz with a move away from Stamford Bridge.“I don’t read,” said the Chelsea manager. “I solve the problem.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Boy, 12, Suffers Caustic Soda Infection

first_imgThe parents of a 12 year old boy suffering from a ‘caustic chemical infection’ are appealing to the general public to help him seek medical treatment abroad.Mr. Randall Mychenburg said his son Richard mistakenly drank caustic soda in July 2007, when he was four years old.Dr. Jose Uroz Tristan, who attended little Richard aboard the Mercy Ship in 2008, diagnosed the boy’s condition as “oesophageal stenosis” and post-operation diagnosis as “esophageal stricture/stenosis due to indigestion of caustic substance.” He recommended that he undergoes surgery on “esophageal dilatation, retrograde, laparotomy,” surgery that cannot be performed anywhere in Liberia.Although Richard was provided with weekly dilations and a regular diet, including iron, multivitamins and pain medication (paracetamol liquid), his situation did not improve.At the Medecins Sans Frontieres location at Island Hospital in 2007, Richard was again diagnosed with ‘moderate malnutrition and esophageal striction’ (caustic ingestion). Again, doctors recommended that the boy be taken abroad for advanced medical treatment.With the condition of his son still not improving since then, Mr. Mychenburg is therefore calling on Liberians and humanitarian groups and government officials to come forward and help his son.Young Mychenburg currently has a clogged throat. “His food consists of liquids injected through a narrow surgical opening in the left rib,” Mr. Mychenburg added.According to the parents, they have visited several health centers across the country, including DU-Side Hospital, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Bong Mine Hospital and Mercy Ship Liberia, among others, but were on each visit told to seek treatment abroad. Anyone who can assist this child should please contact Mychenburg’s parents on; 0886962782, 0770305248, 0888066837.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Food pyramid targets Latinos

first_imgAs the nation’s Latino population continues to grow, so does the size of its people. The rate of obesity among Latinos is on the rise, officials said, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released its first Spanish translation of the food pyramid. “The fact that the Latino community has an obesity problem is not new news in the San Gabriel Valley, especially among our children. Their needs to be education on healthier eating habits and exercise,” Baldwin Park Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said. “I think a Spanish version is great and I think (the U.S. Department of Agriculture) is taking the right step.” MyPyramid is the government’s guide to healthy eating and nutrition. It was launched in April as a replacement to the first food pyramid created in 1992. The new food pyramid represents food groups vertically as opposed to the traditional horizontal layers, gives essential food proportions and ad- dresses the importance of exercise. Garcia said this year the Baldwin Park Unified School District, which is 85 percent Latino, removed sodas from schools districtwide and is working to give students healthier eating options. Similarly, the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, which is also a highly Latino school district, has made changes in its menu. “Fresh fruit is offered every day, and we use whole-grain bread,” Michelle Bukowski, assistant director of food services, said. “We are here to feed the students, but also to teach them good eating habits they might not be getting at home.” Although children have time to change the way they eat, a 2002 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association said three out of every four adult Latinos in the United States are overweight. Overall, in the United States, two out of three people are overweight, according to the AMA. While the food pyramid focuses on proper portions of foods like whole grain bread, poultry, dark green veggies and fruit, common staples in Latino households tend to include tortillas, beans and rice. “When we get together as family, it’s old recipes like tamales, posole and generally fat foods, but it tastes good,” said Alejandra Rodriguez, 35, of Baldwin Park. “When we make our beans we make them with lard and it’s not healthy, but they’re Latino traditions.” Dr. Robert Riewerts, chief of pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Baldwin Park, said obesity is prevalent not only in Latinos, but in other ethnicities as well. “We do see a large Latino population here, but I think the problem with obesity is apparent in all cultures,” Riewerts said. “And the reality is that an increase in obesity means an increase in health problems like liver disease and diabetes.” In September, a version of the pyramid aimed at children was launched, and materials have also been translated into Braille. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more