“Velebit House” Visitor Center opened

first_imgThe public institution “Northern Velebit National Park” has successfully completed the project of building a Visitor Center Krasno, which built and equipped a visitor center called House of Velebit.The newly built visitor center, the project is worth 30,9 million kuna and it is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013. The aim of the project is to improve the conditions for the development of tourism in Lika-Senj County by establishing Krasno and Northern Velebit National Park as a unique destination that naturally connects the continental and coastal tourist offer of the County.Kuća Velebit, is located in Krasno, one of our largest mountain resorts, where visitors can get information about what to visit and experience in the Park, Krasno and the surrounding area, and buy tickets and souvenirs, but also learn more about climate, species and habitats, cultural heritage, geology, underground…. The main goal of the project was to build a Visitor Center NP Northern Velebit as a recognizable, modern and attractive content that attracts tourists to Krasno and the surrounding area, enables the presentation of natural and cultural values ​​of the Park throughout the year and quality promotion of tourist facilities in the Park and Lika-Senj County. .A significant feature of this project is the sustainability of the building of the House of Velebit and the whole concept of its layout. The building was built in accordance with the highest standards of energy efficiency (energy class A +) and is integrated into the environment and the landscape.Exhibition of the House of Velebit The exhibition of the House of Velebit spreads over four floors and includes several thematic units that are intertwined and intertwined in order to better show visitors the richness of Velebit, its diversity and cultural and natural value. At the heart of the story is man and his direct and indirect influence on nature and natural values. In the past, the inhabitants of Velebit lived a nomadic way of life, clearing forests, grazing cattle, building stone dwellings – shepherd’s dwellings and dry stone walls, thus creating new habitats – lawns, ponds and more, and influencing the number of species of flora and fauna. IN The house of Velebit visitors will have the opportunity to get acquainted with a large part of this diversity – various insects and birds, large carnivores, endemic plant species adapted to extreme living conditions… But the value of this mountain is not only in the number of plant, animal and fungal species but also in its landscape diversity. The reason for this is the numerous surface karst forms – sinkholes, beams, hips, cracks… are just some of them. But the story of how they were created can be read by visitors in ours The house of Velebit!! But what is most valuable is actually located underground and is inaccessible to most visitors. These are our deep pits inhabited by a whole special world of specific fauna that had to adapt to life in constant darkness. And again, it is man who has been constantly intrigued by this underworld, so he has begun to explore in more detail the dark world that still fascinates and surprises us with some newly discovered animal species. For a moment, every visitor will be able to become a speleologist and explore the “Lukini pit” in The house of Velebit.Working hours of Velebit House:INFO CENTER: Sunday-Thursday 8-17h, Friday-Saturday 8-18hSETTING: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am-16pm, Monday closed/ item]last_img read more

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Turnaround in final 6 minutes leads SU women’s basketball to WNIT quarterfinals

first_imgIt only took around 37 minutes, but finally, Juanita Ward did what no one else on the Syracuse women’s basketball team could do Friday night.She stopped Virginia Commonwealth’s D’Andra Moss. Moss looked to have an easy layup. Out of nowhere, Ward came flying to meet her, sending Moss’ feeble attempt out of bounds with a fury. Fired up, Ward exchanged a salute with SU point guard Tasha Harris.Ward’s block was part of a six-minute stretch that changed everything for the Orange. After a seesaw battle overall in which SU struggled to stop Moss all game, those six minutes led Syracuse (25-10) to a 74-59 victory over the Rams (22-13) inside Manley Field House in the WNIT’s round of 16. The Orange will travel to Michigan (20-13) to take on the Wolverines Sunday at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals.‘I have to give my kids a lot of credit,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game. ‘It’s been a long week practicing and trying to keep going. I’ve been challenging them and pushing them, and they just keep responding.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd it was that six-minute stretch at the end of the second half that saw SU respond to its latest second-half deficit. After two Moss free throws — two of her 31 points on the night — VCU held a 55-51 lead with 6:47 left in the game. Everything was going according to plan for the Rams. Moss couldn’t be stopped. VCU was forcing Syracuse into turnovers. And after a tight battle to that point, the Rams held what seemed like a comfortable four-point advantage.But then came the stretch in which SU completely morphed its game. Changing its defensive gameplan, the Orange shut down Moss. Exploiting its two biggest advantages in the game, SU got to the line and sunk free throws. Or when it didn’t, someone was at least there to grab the rebound.It all started with clamping down on Moss. Scoring at will, she was unstoppable through the first 33 minutes of the game. Moving frantically from side to side in VCU’s offense, she called for the ball with every pass in the Rams’ offense. And with good reason. She tore up the Orange’s zone defense early on, scoring 18 points in the first half on 8-of-12 shooting. ‘I just thought that we just didn’t do a good job of getting to Moss,’ Hillsman said. ‘She made a lot of shots, and she really just got going on us and we couldn’t seem to get her under control.’After those two free throws at the 6:47 mark, Hillsman decided enough was enough. Shading to Moss’ side, the Orange made sure it wasn’t going to let her dominate the rest of the way. Moss only added another single point thereafter. She finished 0-of-4 from the field in the game’s final six minutes.‘I think we all just came together and said we have to pick up the intensity and play harder defense,’ said senior forward Nicole Michael, who was matched up with Moss most of the night. ‘And once we did that, we executed well and we stopped her pretty much.’With SU focusing on Moss, VCU’s offense took a hit. No one was able to step up to fill the offensive void when Moss couldn’t hit shots. And it led to an offensive turnaround for the Orange as well, as part of a 19-point swing in the game’s final six minutes. First, SU turned around its free-throw shooting. At the eight-minute mark, the Orange entered the bonus. Syracuse shot 13-for-18 (72 percent) after obtaining the bonus, sinking key shots from the charity stripe in the game’s closing minutes. The VCU bench’s chants of ‘Rebound! Box out!’ were rendered useless.‘It was a nice change,’ freshman center Kayla Alexander said. ‘Usually our free-throw percentage is not great. So I thought we did a decent job today. It helped.’On those five misses from the line, someone was usually there to grab the leftovers. The Orange used its size and strength to muscle around the Rams in the paint, finishing with a 24-12 offensive rebound advantage. Hillsman knew it was key in that deciding stretch.‘Rebounding the basketball was huge for us,’ Hillsman said. ‘For us to be plus-21 on the boards was remarkable. To double them up on offensive rebounds, I thought that was the key to the game.’With that, the Orange completed one of its most dominant runs of the season — a 23-4 run that turned a close game into a blowout win. But facing perhaps the last six minutes of her collegiate career, Michael wasn’t flustered the least bit. It was almost as if she knew the season-saving stretch was coming.‘I didn’t panic at all,’ Michael said. ‘Because I know my teammates. We kept our heads up, and we just got it done. I didn’t panic at all.’bplogiur@syr.edu Comments Published on March 25, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Stephens creates history by winning Hi-Pro senior title

first_imgTennis history was created at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre last Sunday when 13-year-old Michaela Stephens, a student at Liberty Academy in Kingston, became the youngest player to win the female singles section of a Tennis Jamaica senior All-Jamaica tournament. Stephens defeated 28-year-old Pauline Henry 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Senior Tennis Championships. In the male section, the No. 1 seed, Damion Johnson, who was runner-up last year, defeated Dwayne Pagon 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. Stephens, who will be 14 years old in October and is also the All Jamaica Junior champion, controlled the game from the start and used her superior service to set up winners, while staying aggressive throughout the match. She also adjusted to the windy conditions much faster than her opponent, who served a spate of double faults. Henry, who is an entertainment coordinator at the Holiday Inn Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, had been off the tennis scene for some time. She told The Gleaner that her last tournament was two years ago and she was coaxed into entering this tournament, thus, she was only able to practise for a few weeks. She was disappointed at not taking the top prize, but took consolation in the fact that she had reached the finals, which will encourage her “to return to the game and play as much as my work schedule will allow me”. Stephens’ mother, Jacinth Bryant, toasted her daughter after the victory with a bottle of sparkling grape juice. “I am a happy woman today,” she told The Gleaner. “Michaela works very hard, and it is good to see her achieving this type of success.” In the men’s Class Two, Barry Hazel defeated Leighton Burton 6-2, 6-2 and in Class Three, Sean Martin defeated Marlon Hosang 7-5, 4-6 and 10-6 in the Super tie-breaker. In the men’s doubles, Pagon and Matthew Rodriguez defeated Jeremy Miller and Cliff Dwyer 6-4, 3-2 and in the women’s doubles, Stephens and Jenna Harrison defeated Gina Delisser and Pauline Harrison 10-5.last_img read more

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Substandard work detected at Region 6 schools – RDC informed

first_imgEven as World Teachers’ Day was being observed, the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Administration has expressed concern over substandard work at schools in the region and the frequency in which Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) are asking parents to make financial contributions to assist schools.Those issues were raised when the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) met on Thursday. Some of the work done by contractors at schools in the region are endangering the lives of children and on one occasion, a child was injured, the RDC was told.Faulty electrical work at Linepath SecondaryHead of the Regional Works Committee and Regional Vice Chairman, Dennis DeRoop told the RDC that poor quality work is coming from the contractors who have been handpicked to carry out work for the Administration.DeRoop explained that most of the contractors, even though they would submit the names of technical personnel for the projects; when the worksites are visited, no such persons are found.He said what he has found is that juveniles and apprentices are carrying out the work and on some occasions, the person in charge cannot even read the bill of quantities.The sanitary block at Johanna Secondary in the Black Bush PolderAt the Linepath Secondary, on two occasions the teachers and students were forced to flee the school because of shabby electrical work which resulted in wires sparking in the ceiling.“This particular contractor is saying that ‘jumbie’ is at the school and he can’t fix the problem,” DeRoop told his fellow Councillors.“This is a very serious situation and we need to look at it. The other thing is that the contractor has removed the expensive ceiling fans that we had in the schools and he replaced them with some cheap fans; the ones like you use in your homes. I don’t know [where] he took the fans from the school to. Our electrical people went there and the only thing that they could have done was to take off the power from the main switch but we are still having the sparking.”In the Black Bush Polder, the sanitary block at Johanna Secondary is also a cause for concern. Polythene was used to hold up the pluming and the contractor has used hollow blocks where vent blocks should have been used.“I would recommend that we pull the entire thing down. I have never seen a sanitary block so ugly. The work is so substandard if you look at that building it is shoddy. This is happening because we are not tendering for contracts and we are giving them to the wrong people,” the Works Committee Head said.He added that there was never a technical person on site when the Works Committee visited.“There are several other contract sites, when you go there and talk to the person in charge on the ground, they can’t interpret the bill quantities so it is useless that you speak with them,” DeRoop added while explaining that a student was injured at another secondary school because of the poor quality work done by the contractor.“At Manchester Secondary School, it was reported that a window fell out and injured a student,” he related.Missing moneyMeanwhile, Head of the Regional Education Committee, Zamal Hussain in presenting the Regional Education Report called for an investigation into the Berbice High School where he said $1 million is missing from the school’s coffers. After several months, there has been no report forthcoming.Turning his attention to the PTAs, Hussain noted that at the Number 36 Primary, a senior official of the teaching staff demanded $150,000 from the PTA before proceeding on leave. That teacher, he said, left the country to go overseas.He said while President David Granger has been placing much emphasis on education, many PTAs have been asking parents to make huge contributions to schools.President of the Number 56 Primary PTA, Anita Boodram told this publication that it was not true that the Head of the school had taken the money. She said the treasurer balanced the books on Thursday. However, the treasurer, Ashmani Loy, said the issue is now settled but she refused to provide any details.Parents’ refusalMeanwhile, Regional Chairman David Armogan said many parents have expressed concern about the issue and parents are now refusing to attend PTA meetings because at every meeting they are being asked for money.Armogan is of the view that many PTA bodies are not aware of their function.“What the Education Committee needs to do is to educate the PTA on how it should operate and what are the rules that govern such bodies and how they are to raise finances and to account for monies that they would have raised. That is what they need to do so that no Head Teacher can come to them and say they want $150,000. This means that the PTA does not know what it has to do. I think that is where the problem is – with the PTAs not knowing what are their parameters of operation.”The Chairman has since instructed that training sessions be held for officials of PTAs to inform them on how they should operate. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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