NEW TOURIST PACKAGE FOCUSED ON ECO-TOURISM TESTED IN NP KORNATI This meeting was organized by the World Conservation Organization WWF at the initiative of Croatian protected areas who liked the results of the DestiMED project, which helped WWF design two eco-tourism offers in the Kornati National Park and the Lastovo Islands Nature Park.”The impression we can often get from the media when talking about national parks and nature parks is that the success of a protected area is measured by the number of visits, and this can by no means be a true indicator. Namely, tourism is often the biggest threat to the preservation of these most beautiful and biologically most important areas of our country.”, Points out Mosor Prvan, DestiMED project manager at WWF Adria.Tourism can be an opportunity to protect nature, but also to create a sustainable local economy, which increases the quality of life and business of the local population. “Through the DestiMED project, we have managed to create two success stories about the coexistence of nature protection and tourism – where revenues remain with the local community, tourists contribute to nature protection, and the negative impact of tourism on nature is far within sustainability. Now we want to replicate these two stories, Lastovo and Kornati, in other Croatian parks. “, points out Prvan, adding that building cooperation and trust between the local population and public institutions that manage the parks is crucial. The fundamental role of protected areas is nature protection, not tourism – agreed representatives of the nature protection sector who gathered in Zagreb for a two-day workshop “Creating an eco-tourism offer in protected areas – opportunities and threats to conservation goals.” The ecotourism packages developed in NP Kornati and PP Lastovo are entering the commercial phase this summer and, together with other protected areas in the Mediterranean that are part of the DestiMED project, will be sold to agencies dealing with sustainable tourism. The workshop brought together representatives of about twenty Croatian protected areas, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, the Ministry of Tourism and the Institute of Tourism, but also the business sector (Intrepid Travel – PEAK, Šibenik Plus). Through the presentation of the results of the DestiMED project, both by WWF and the project partners of IUCN and NP Kornati, the participants were given the idea of how to develop an eco-tourism package. In this, they were additionally assisted by employees in the tourism sector who, with their knowledge and experience, pointed out possible challenges. AFTER KORNAT AND LASTOV, AND OTHER PROTECTED AREAS INTERESTED IN ECO-TOURISM RELATED NEWS: Cover photo: NP Krka
University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team entered the first round of Wednesday’s Big Ten tournament with the memory of last season’s tournament fresh in their minds.After a strong start to the 2013 season, the team faltered in the final stretch of the Big Ten season and lost their opening round game of the Big Ten tournament 2-0 to Penn State. Following the loss, the Badgers would not make the NCAA tournament.However, Wednesday’s match against Illinois in the first round of the conference tournament proved to be a different story than last season, as the No. 2 seed Badgers defeated the No. 7 seed Illini, 2-0.The win marked the first time that UW has advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament since 2005.“I was proud,” UW head coach Paula Wilkins said in a UW Athletics statement. “I think Illinois had a game plan, and our players were able to figure it out. I’m really proud of them for that. It says something to have two forwards up top who can finish their chances.”And those two forwards Wilkins is referring to are seniors Cara Walls and Kodee Williams, two of the team’s leading goal scorers.Both goals for the Badgers came in the first half Wednesday. Midway through the first half, junior midfielder Kinley McNicoll found a streaking Williams, who spun her way through the Illinois defense to put the Badgers up 1-0 in the 25th minute. It was Williams’ seventh goal of the season and her Big Ten-leading sixth game-winning goal on the year.Only six minutes later in the 31st minute of the game, Walls put UW up for good, 2-0, after she scored past Illinois’ sophomore goalie Claire Wheatley. The goal was Walls’ team-high 12th of the season.The Badgers held the Illini the rest of the way and recorded their 15th shutout – a team record – of the season, thanks to another stellar performance from Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Genevieve Richard. The shutout was Richard’s 13th of the season and tied her for second-most in a season in program history. Not even redshirt senior Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Jannelle Flaws could put one past the UW defense or Richard.Wilkins points to a total team effort for the Badgers, who tied the Illini last Friday, in order to advance into the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. It was a win that the team starting preparing themselves for at the end of last season.“It’s mostly about this team,” Wilkins said in the statement. “Going back to what they did in the offseason, not just on the field but off the field as well, they’ve built a team culture. Even when you talk to kids on the bench, they’re as a part of this as anyone else. That’s a great thing.”The Badgers will take on No. 6 Minnesota, who they beat at Minnesota Oct. 18, 4-1. The Golden Gophers defeated Michigan in double overtime Wednesday night to advance to the semifinals. Wisconsin and Minnesota will kickoff at 1 p.m. (CST) Friday from the Boilermaker Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Dr. Boyce WatkinsThere are some mistakes you can make to show that you’re old-fashioned, and there are other mistakes that might cost your organization a hundred million dollars. Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded on the phone telling his girlfriend to not associate with Black people, at least not in public. This was one of those expensive mistakes.According to TMZ, the owner feels that being around Black people deflates the value of your brand.“Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo… broadcast that you’re associating with Black people,” he said to his girlfriend.The owner said that he doesn’t hate minorities, and that his girlfriend can do what she wants with them in public. But he then says on audio that he doesn’t want his girlfriend to publicize her friendships with them.The statements came after the woman posed on Instagram in a picture with Magic Johnson.Here are a few more jewels from Mr. Sterling’s conversation:– “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with Black people. Do you have to?”– “You can sleep with [Black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”– ”I’m just saying, in your lousy f*cking Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with Black people.”– “…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”It’s interesting that Sterling’s remarks were revealed the day after someone sent me a video with the rapper Chamillionaire stating that Michael Jordan told him that he doesn’t take pictures with Black people. I won’t talk much about Jordan (his actions speak louder than words – he has hardly done a thing for Black people except take our money), but what I’ll say is that there are quite a few people in corporate America who see the Black community as “Financial mistresses” – They expect the mistress to give them everything, but don’t feel compelled to give anything back.Part of the reason that a man gets away with exploiting a mistress is low self-esteem. She may not expect anything in return for her “services,” and is Ok with being a second-class citizen. African Americans are the most prolific consumers in America, spending our money down to the final penny: We have saved entire corporations from economic disaster, kept the Oprah Winfrey Network from going under, and single-handedly taught Nike how to sell the same damn shoe every year to people who can barely pay their rent.But while we are fiercely loyal at giving our money away (much to our demise), we are not entirely savvy about expecting something in return. I get tremendous pushback when I argue that those who’ve earned millions from the Black community (i.e. millionaire hip-hop artists or major corporations) should be expected to give something back. I posit that low self-esteem makes many of us content with being financial mistresses. A man will take everything from his mistress, and even appreciate her presence. But he doesn’t want to be seen in public with her and always considers her to be secondary to the people he really loves the most.The bottom line is this: Sterling must be made to pay for his feelings toward African Americans. No conscientious person should watch a Clippers game or attend one. Of course we also shouldn’t purchase any Clippers jerseys or other products, for every dollar spent is putting a dollar into the hands of a man who doesn’t respect us. Even if the ownership structure changes, our attitudes should not change. If Sterling feels that the African American “brand” deflates his own, then we should show him what a deflated brand really looks like.Also, I’m curious to see how the NBA itself responds to these revelations. African American athletes contribute billions to the NBA and NCAA through their talent and labor, and it would be nothing short of revolutionary to have a prominent athlete use his platform to speak on this issue. Small moments of strength are what have historically transformed America into a better nation over time. This is NOT the time to be silent.Finally, we must realize that Sterling just happened to be the guy who was caught on tape saying what quite a few organizational heads are saying behind closed doors. He is not alone in his bigotry and I’m sure he’s made these remarks around many of his friends, and his friends either overlooked his comments or nodded their heads in agreement. This is how money is used to purchase our integrity, and this is what makes us weak.Black people are still in a battle for our humanity. There are many people in America who still see us as running, jumping, rapping, apes who are better off in a prison cell. There’s really no way around this reality.Dr Boyce Watkins is a Finance PhD and author of the book, “Black American Money.”http://financialjuneteenth.com/la-clippers-owner-dont-bring-black-people-to-my-games/