Russia expels EU diplomats over Navalny as tensions rise

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it is expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany, accusing them of attending a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as international tensions grew over the jailing of the Kremlin’s most prominent foe. The announcement came as the European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the treatment of Navalny represents “a low point” in the relations between Brussels and Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the diplomats took part in what it called “unlawful” rallies Jan. 23. Tens of thousands of people across Russia took to the streets that day to protest Navalny’s arrest. European officials immediately denounced the move.last_img read more

From next year, PP Papuk will introduce a new price list and individual tickets in Jankovac

first_img2017, the year is certainly one of the most significant for Papuk Nature Park. This year, the Park celebrates its coming of age, and it has been 10 years since Papuk became the first geopark in Croatia under UNESCO protection. A record attendance of the Park was achieved, and several projects co-financed by European funds are in progress, among which the most significant is the Geo Stories project of the UNESCO Geopark.And in order for PP Papuk to be able to develop well and sustainably as well as additionally invest in tourist infrastructure, in accordance with the growing number of visitors, in the area of ​​Papuk Nature Park from next year a new price list is applied and individual tickets are introduced in Jankovac. existing prices for organized groups and expert guides.In addition to nature protection, which is primary, the Park has so far invested heavily in the construction of tourist infrastructure that has been enriched and improved with the aim of improving standards in this protected area in providing services to visitors. Considering that so far only organized groups (HRK 25,00 adults, HRK 20,00 children, mountaineers and pensioners) have paid for the ticket in the entire area of ​​the Park, the Institution, in order to equalize the status of visitors, introduces payment of individual tickets from next year only for Jankovac Forest Park area, and the ticket price will be a symbolic 10,00 kuna, while children will be provided with free entry. The ticket price will include a tourist tour of the Count’s Trail with expert accompaniment and a promotional flyer. The new price list also includes completely new educational programs adapted to the needs of different categories of our visitors. Primary and secondary school students in Požega-Slavonia and Virovitica-Podravina counties will continue to enjoy the beauties of Jankovac on more acceptable terms, and in the coming period a similar cooperation is planned with schools from all five Slavonian counties.Jankovac Forest Park – the strongest tourist assetThe strongest tourist asset is certainly the Jankovac Forest Park, which this year attracts the largest number of visitors. Jankovac is one of the most beautiful mountain valleys, rich in cold springs and clear streams, surrounded by centuries-old letters of the Slavonian forest. “Through multimillion investments made in the past in the wider area of ​​the Papuk Nature Park, and especially in the Jankovac Forest Park, as well as through more than 20 million kuna that we will invest in the next two years in Jankovac, this future symbolic fee gives our visitors a lasting contribution to the protection and preservation of nature in the area of ​​our largest Slavonian pearl, which we must preserve for all future generations ” said Alen Jurenac, director of the Park.The largest realized infrastructure project so far is the Jankovac Eco-point facility. Visitors are thus provided with a hall with 40 seats for various presentations, conferences and educational programs. The building has a souvenir shop and toilets that visitors can use for free, so that the Eco Point fully meets all the needs of modern tourists. “I have been visiting foreign and domestic mountains for more than forty years and I can say from experience that I have paid for a ticket or some form of payment for my stay in many places. Somewhere it is accompanied by good infrastructure in the field, and somewhere by professional and other logistics. Within the boundaries of the Papuk Nature Park, according to the current price list, a “mountaineering” individual ticket has been paid for in the entire protected area at a price of HRK 20,00. Now that individual will pay 10 kuna and only in the area of ​​the Jankovac Forest Park, and the tour outside that area is free. It is time for other parts of the Papuk Nature Park and the Papuk Geopark to start being valorized”Said Miroslav Mesić, nature conservationist in the Park.With this project and the new tourist infrastructure, Papuk Nature Park wants to enable quality coexistence of man and nature, put protected areas in the function of sustainable development and raise the tourist potential of this protected area for the benefit of the local community.last_img read more

Lakers in summer league: Robert Upshaw says he has matured since Washington dismissal

first_imgHe conceded he is “not in any good shape at all” after only playing pickup basketball eight times since his dismissal. Upshaw acknowledged a learning curve both on defensive rotations and familiarity with Byron Scott’s Princeton-based offense. “I’m still struggling to do a lot of things that I should have learned a long time ago,” Upshaw said. “But instead I had to mature first and get over the things in order to do that. Even though it’s a learning process, I still think I can keep up with these guys.”But can Upshaw can keep up with his vow that he will only spark headlines for on-court heroics? The Lakers and 29 other front offices will watch closely.A new roleThe Lakers have encouraged second-year forward Tarik Black to add a mid-range jumper to his dependable hustle on defense and rebounding. Despite working on his shot all summer, Black sounded unsure how much he will expand his game in summer league.“That’s going to keep me at this level, my rebounding, hustle plays and playing defense,” Black said. “I’m always going to work on that and utilitze it. But as far as getting better, we have so much talent. It’s tough to say how much I’ll use it.” Injury updateThe Lakers expect guard Jabari Brown to miss the first two games of Summer League in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday after he was diagnosed on Tuesday with a small laceration in his left eye. He was poked in his left eye during Monday’s practice, causing him to sit out Tuesday’s session.Film studyHis childhood affection did not just give Anthony Brown familiarity on the Lakers’ storied history or Kobe Bryant’s career. It also helped him narrow how he wants to model his game.Brown modeled former Lakers small forward Trevor Ariza from afar as his role as a defender and outside shooter helping the Lakers to the 2009 NBA title. Brown also has studied Toronto forward DeMarre Carroll and Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton as so-called “3 and D” players.“They don’t try to do anything they can’t do,” said Brown, who starred at Ocean View. “They keep it simple. They’re efficient.”Attendance updateLakers guard Dwight Buycks was excused for his second consecutive practice on Tuesday because of a funeral Upshaw’s only security entails practicing for the Lakers this week followed by games beginning on Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. But the Lakers could use Upshaw’s talent.The Lakers landed two-time NBA all-star center Roy Hibbert from Indiana, but his shot-blocking expertise cannot mask his offensive limitations. The Lakers could trade backup center Robert Sacre to unload salary. Meanwhile, the 7-foot-2, 264-pound Upshaw averaged 10.9 points, a team-leading 8.2 rebounds and set the Huskies’ season shot-blocking record (85). As for his off-court behavior, the 21-year-old Upshaw declined to share what led to his dismissal. But he said he has leaned on his family, agent and a psychologist he visits regularly.“I matured and learned,” he said. “I learned things about authority, how to listen instead of talk and how not to have excuses.”Upshaw also learned on Monday that he needs to polish his game. The obstacles Robert Upshaw faced once he stepped on the Lakers’ practice court seemed far more serious than usual rookie hiccups. Once Upshaw begins summer league play with the Lakers on Friday in Las Vegas, he will have to prove worthy of latching onto an NBA team after he struggled to stay on two collegiate programs.Both Fresno State (2012-13) and the University of Washington (2014-15) dismissed Upshaw amid unspecified violations of team rules, causing a projected first-round pick to go undrafted. He sounded aware no one will excuse any poor behavior as whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.“I had the opportunity come back to me every time I was let go,” said Upshaw, who missed the 2013-14 season because of NCAA transfer rules. “It seems like if I don’t make this, I’m done.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more