first_imgA group of foreign experts in eco-tourism spent six days in Croatia, visiting Split first, and then the goal of their arrival – the Lastovo Islands Nature Park. The purpose of their visit was to try the package “Lastovo – positively wild”, the first eco-tourist offer of this park, which was designed by the park staff in cooperation with the local population and the world organization for nature protection WWF.On the first day of their stay in Croatia, last Monday, the experts gathered in Split and first participated in a workshop on the ecological footprint in tourism, where they were joined by colleagues from the Kornati National Park, who also participate in the DestiMED project. The next day they visited Split and after that, only in the evening, they reached Lastovo. “The goal of tourism that we want to develop is not only profit, but also the well-being of the local community, preservation of identity, culture and tradition, as well as protection of natural resources. The eco-tourism offer must be a departure from mass tourism. Seven experts who spent last week in our park got acquainted with our nature, were delighted with the activities, cultural customs and offer. “, points out Bruna Đuković from the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, explaining how some of them tried diving for the first time, while others took oars in their hands for the first time and kayaked around the shores of Lastovo.”Although we will receive the real report only later, what we learned by talking to the experts is that our package is too intensive for them in terms of activities carried out. This information is extremely important to us because we will adjust this offer according to it”, Explains Mosor Prvan from WWF Adria, project manager of DestiMED within which this tourist offer was developed.The experts spent most of their time with nature conservationists and the local community, housed in the camp. They participated in making souvenirs and visited the local winery, and complained about too much riding and too little cycling. “We focused on quantity, we wanted them to experience as much as possible, and that was obviously the wrong decision. We know for the future. We in the Nature Park are extremely satisfied, but we understand that much more attention needs to be paid to the organization of such an offer. The fact that 12 local stakeholders are involved in Local cluster in ecotourism participating in this offer for us is a confirmation that we are on the right track“Concludes Bruno. The second group of experts will arrive in Lastovo in the spring, and they will be greeted by a “refreshed” tour “Lastovo – positively wild”. It will last five days, will not include a tour of Split, but will spend its time in better quality, exploring local customs and participating in the production of local products.The test in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park is the first of seven pilot tests to be held this fall in protected areas in six Mediterranean countries covered by the DestiMED project, implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria and funded by the EU Interreg Mediterranean Program. It is based on the success of the MEET (Mediterranean Ecotourism Experience) network, a non-profit destination management organization, which aims to further develop and promote a high quality portfolio of ecotourism experiences in the region’s protected areas.last_img read more


first_imgAlan Pardew is expecting the Crystal Palace strikeforce to be bolstered this week, although England international Rickie Lambert will not be one of those arriving at Selhurst Park. That win propelled the south Londoners out of the relegation zone but, while understandably delighting the new manager, has not changed his plans for the January window. “We still need one or two players,” Pardew said. “That is progressing pretty good and we hope to have some news this week, which I think might help us. “We are kind of monitoring strikers. I don’t think my pool of strikers have any problem with that. They know competition is coming in. “[Glenn] Murray was terrific and I was really pleased with him and that is a boost for us, but there will be, hopefully, a striker or two arriving.” Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo are amongst those being linked with a move to Selhurst Park, so too is Liverpool frontman Lambert. Pardew has made an enquiry about the man he signed from Bristol Rovers in 2009 when Southampton manager, only to be told the England international will not be leaving Anfield. “I did have a conversation with Brendan [Rodgers], but I don’t think that Rickie is going anywhere,” he said. “I think that Rickie wants to stay there and try and win his position. I have no doubt that he can do that.” Press Association Jermain Defoe is another to have been heavily linked with Palace, with bookmakers going as far as to suspend the betting on him joining from Toronto FC. “Personally, no [I have not enquired about him] but I know Jermain from my West Ham days and I know what he can do,” Pardew said. “It will be interesting to see if he comes on the market and if he pitches in. He will probably have a couple of choices, I should think.” Pardew, like predecessor Neil Warnock, knows how important it is to swell the striking options at his disposal. Frazier Campbell, Marouane Chamakh, Kevin Doyle, Gayle and Murray have scored just seven league goals between them this term, although the latter looks set to become an important figure under Pardew. Murray’s Palace future had looked bleak but, having spent much of the season on loan at Reading, made his first Premier League start of the campaign against Spurs, producing a performance which impressed Pardew. “I thought he was terrific and he has done himself no harm,” he said. “I think he is a good guy. I would be reluctant to let him go back out on loan. I think he might be important until the end of the year. “He has just that bit of experience and it might have suited him to do the last 20 minutes – when the chance come you know that he has that authority to finish it, so, no, I don’t think [signing an experienced striker] is necessary.” Having ended a turbulent four-year spell at Newcastle to take the reins in south London, the former Eagles midfielder enjoyed a dream return to his old stomping ground on Saturday. Pardew’s first Premier League match at the helm saw Palace defeat high-flying Tottenham 2-1 at Selhurst Park, ending an eight-match wait for a top-flight victory, stretching back to November 23. last_img read more


first_imgThink about it …Alabama and LSU are both candidates to get in the Playoff, regardless of what happens Saturday. But the Tigers should be a little more wary of the short history of the rankings. Alabama has opened in the top four of the rankings in every season except 2014 — when they were knocked out in the Sugar Bowl by Ohio State.LSU, meanwhile, opened in the top four in the first time. A look at the other SEC schools that were in that spot in the first poll reveals a tough trend:YearTeamWL2014Auburn852014Ole Miss942014Mississippi State1032016Texas A&M852017Georgia1322018Georgia113Those schools finished a combined 59-22 — an average of almost four losses per team. That is one trend LSU will hope to buck in the final month of the season. MORE: Will Tagovailoa play vs. LSU?That is one of three games between ranked teams. No. 5 Penn State travels to No. 13 Minnesota in a battle of Big Ten unbeatens (noon, ABC), and No. 18 Iowa travels to No. 16 Wisconsin (4 p.m., FOX).Every week, Sporting News will survey the landscape looking for Heisman contenders, coaches on the spot, upset alerts and other trends. With that in mind, get ready for Week 11:Heisman watchLet’s hope that Tagovailoa matchup materializes, which would add the Heisman layer to the Alabama-LSU matchup. Keep in mind that the quarterbacks who have finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the Heisman voting have met twice this century in the regular season.Tagovailoa (2,166 yards, 27 touchdowns, two interceptions) ranks second in the FBS in passer rating at 212.4, one spot ahead of Burrow (2,805 yards, 30 touchdowns, four interceptions) at 204.5. This one should to be a high-scoring affair like those other regular-season shootouts.In 2008, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford (28 of 39, 387 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions) and Texas’ Colt McCoy (28 of 35, 277 yards, touchdown) put on a show in the Longhorns’ 45-35 victory. In 2016, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (20 of 31, 306 yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions) and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (27 of 44, 295 yards, touchdown, interception) did the same in the Tigers’ 42-36 victory. In both cases, the Heisman winner was on the losing team while the losing quarterback played for a national championship.Makes sense, right?Coach on the spotThis is LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s big moment on the big stage, and he could solidify Coach of the Year candidacy with a victory against the Crimson Tide.Orgeron has a chance to deliver LSU’s first victory against Alabama since the No. 1-vs.-No. 2 showdown in 2011. That was the last time Les Miles beat Alabama and part of a stretch from 2011-13 where he was 1-3 against the Crimson Tide and 32-4 against everybody else.So far, Orgeron is 0-3 against Alabama and 30-6 against everybody else.Upset alertBaylor is putting its undefeated record on the line against TCU this weekend, and the Bears have not won this game since the legendary 61-58 shootout in 2014 that ended up keeping both teams out of the College Football Playoff.TCU coach Gary Patterson offered a small jab this week, too.Gary Patterson on the TCU-Baylor rivalry: “You go all the way back to the SWC ties … It was heated back in 2014-2015 and it’s calmed down, but think it will pick back up. I haven’t been getting as much Twitter rebuttal as I was a few years ago.”— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) November 5, 2019The Horned Frogs are 3-1 at home — the lone loss a 41-38 shootout with SMU on Sept. 21. TCU averages 41.3 points per game at home. Baylor better be careful here.WEEK 11 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadOver/underMinnesota can take control of the Big Ten West with a home upset of Penn State on Saturday under third-year coach P.J. Fleck. The Gophers have a two-game lead on Wisconsin and Iowa — and the loser of that game will be all-but eliminated from the division race with three weeks left in the regular season.The Gophers beat Wisconsin 37-15 last season, too. Minnesota will play three ranked teams in the final four weeks and could potentially face Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Keep in mind Iowa went undefeated in the regular season in 2015 and Wisconsin followed in 2017. Is this Minnesota’s turnRemember, a 13-0 Big Ten champion is 100 percent getting in the Playoff. Week 11 of the college football season features the biggest matchup of the regular season — and a lot more.No. 1 LSU travels to No. 2 Alabama in a regular-season “Game of the Century” at Bryant-Denny Stadium. That game between the Tigers and Crimson Tide features SEC West and College Football Playoff implications, and the duel between quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa — if he plays — could decide the Heisman Trophy.last_img read more