Judging by the number of visitors who decided to visit the Papuk Nature Park this year, then we can say that Papuk has become perhaps the most desirable continental destination. With just over 7000 visitors, 2017 was the best year so far, but in just the first 8 months of 2018, the Papuk Nature Park, or Jankovac Park-Forest, was visited by more than 25 visitors.Yesterday, in the morning, this pearl of Slavonia was visited for the first time by Mrs. Nisveta Vignjević from Rijeka, accompanied by her husband, and thus became the 25.000th visitor this year. “The Count fled from Vienna, and we from Rijeka – civilization always retreats because the heart recognizes peace, beauty, simplicity, harmony of nature. Thanks for making it possible for us. “Said Nisveta Vignjević, who did not hide her delight at what she saw.”I am especially pleased with the growth of domestic and foreign nature lovers. We are extremely pleased with this figure, which is an indication that protected areas can significantly contribute to the development of tourism and the local communities in which they are located. We believe that this growth trend will continue. The park has made multimillion-dollar investments in the past period, especially in the Jankovac Forest Park. This positive trend will continue in the next two years, where tens of millions of kunas will be raised invest in the wider area in the development of tourist infrastructure, which seeks to provide an offer that balances the interest of visitors and nature protection, which we must preserve for all future generations. ” pointed out the director of the Papuk Nature Park Alen JurenacThis is a confirmation that even continental destinations that are not in the center of media attention can have a very good attendance if the contents are interesting to visitors. We can conclude how the number of visitors to the Park is growing from year to year, and the reconstruction of the road from Slatinski Drenovac will further facilitate access to Jankovac and that an even larger number of people will decide to enjoy the beauties of the Park, conclude PP Papuk.
“Armchair Quarterback” runs Tuesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, please visit dailytrojan.com or email Andie at [email protected] The USC men’s basketball snapped a nine-game losing streak Saturday after defeating the Utah Utes at the Galen Center.The victory was long overdue as the Trojans were, at the time, winless in Pac-12 conference play and in 2012.Many have questioned why the men’s basketball team has recently declined.This season, the Trojans have seen many woes, all of which seem hard to believe considering they received an invitation to the big dance — the NCAA tournament — last season. USC lost to Virginia Commonwealth University in the opening round of the tournament.The Trojans’ string of bad luck did not end there.Forward Nikola Vucevic opted for the 2011 NBA draft following the failed NCAA tournament attempt.During his career at USC, Vucevic averaged 11.1 points and eight rebounds per game. Vucevic wasn’t the only key departure from the USC roster. The 6-foot-10 forward Alex Stepheson, who was considered one of the top defenders in the conference, graduated in spring 2011.With two influential players no longer on the roster, the Trojans, led by coach Kevin O’Neill, were determined to regain respect in the Pac-12 conference.In August 2011, during an exhibition tournament in Brazil, USC suffered its most devastating setback.Senior guard Jio Fontan suffered a season-ending injury, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.With Fontan injured, the Trojans have depended on sophomore guard Maurice Jones, who, at only 5 foot 7, has played nearly every minute of the season for USC. Even O’Neill stated in a press conference following Fontan’s injury that fans should not attend games if Maurice Jones is not playing.While playing against Colorado on Thursday night, redshirt sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon tore his medial collateral ligament, sidelining him for the remainder of the season. Dedmon has been battling numerous injuries throughout the 2011-12 season. Despite losing the 7 footer, the Trojans won their first conference game of the season on Saturday with only six scholarship players.It has been quite easy to point the finger at O’Neill and to discuss the proverbial hot seat.Many forget, however, that O’Neill inherited the aftermath of previous coach Tim Floyd.O’Neill, named head coach in mid-2009, was unable to compete in postseason play after USC self-imposed sanctions for NCAA rule violations committed by former player O.J. Mayo.The sanctions also included a reduction in scholarships.The Trojans were without an incentive to compete for the 2010 NCAA tournament but still managed to finish in the middle of the pack.With other players stepping up to the high expectations of USC athletics, the Trojans seemed to regain their swagger in 2010-11.Now in 2012, Trojan students and fans are debating whether or not O’Neill should return for one more year.In reality, the situation that O’Neill inherited was not the best — sanctions and injuries along with young and inexperienced players.It is in the best interest of the team and all Trojan fans to give O’Neill another year to potentially lead the Trojans to a conference championship and March Madness bid in 2013.USC has faced much adversity and pure bad luck.Next year, the Trojans will have a healthy Fontan, redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller and Dedmon, in addition to a more experienced roster.Without a doubt, O’Neill deserves one more year.