For the purpose of further development of cyclotourism as an important selective form of tourism in the Šibenik-Knin County, the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism of the Šibenik-Knin County for the period until the end of 2020 has been prepared.The Operational Plan (OP) for the development of cycling tourism in Šibenik-Knin County is based on the Action Plan for the development of cycling tourism in the Republic of Croatia and the Master Plan of Šibenik-Knin County. The operational plan analyzes the current state of cycling tourism in our county, conducted research on all important characteristics of the external and internal environment in order to identify factors that may determine the further development of cycling, defined goals for cycling tourism and identified development projects, all in order to position Šibenik- Knin County as a desirable cycling tourist destination.In Šibenik-Knin County over 2400 km of groomed bike & hike trails Photo: Šibenik-Knin Tourist BoardWith ninety bike paths with a total of 2450 kilometers (90 bike paths and 15 routes), this region has become an attractive destination for cyclists in the last two years. A website has been launched for the needs of cycling tourism Bike & Hike which in a great way provides all the necessary information, from bike paths, destinations, accommodation in family accommodation, as well as additional services needed by cyclists. It is extremely important that all bike paths are made according to the standards of the profession and all are marked as well as connected with accommodation in family accommodation and additional tourist offer.The director of the Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board, Željana Šikić, emphasized the importance of developing cyclotourism for extending the tourist season in our area. “We are currently in the second year of implementation of the cyclotourism development project in Šibenik-Knin County, and so far trails and routes have been traced and categorized in the entire county. They are prepared for the beginning as a base from which we will later develop other trails. We divided the bike paths in Šibenik-Knin County through 5 sub-regions, and all paths are circular. Each subregion has three trails by category, road, mountain and recreational, and of course everything starts from signalization ” pointed out recently for the portal Šikić and added that in the beginning they looked long-term and quality, and for that it was first necessary to make all the infrastructural prerequisites, as well as prepare a complete tourist product before any promotion of Šibenik-Knin County as a cycling destination.”Šibenik-Knin County is the first coastal county to adopt an operational plan for the development of cycling tourism”, Said Mirela Srkoč Šenkinc from CikloProm, who drafted the OP, emphasizing that cyclotourism is one of the segments in which to invest systematically.All signatories of the Agreement were involved in the development of the Operational Plan, namely the Public Institution Development Agency of Šibenik-Knin County, Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County, Tourist Board of Šibenik-Knin County, 5 cities and 15 municipalities of Šibenik-Knin County, Ministry of Interior of affairs – Šibenik-Knin Police Department, Hrvatske ceste – Šibenik Technical Office, Šibenik-Knin County Road Administration and cycling clubs: Adrion Oros, Fortica, Kamenar, Faust Vrančić, Primošten, Krka, Petar Svačić and Mountain Bike Club The Eagle Circle.
In preparation for the 19th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the L.A. Times announced Tuesday the names of hundreds of the event’s participants.The Festival of Books will be held April 12 and 13 on the USC campus for the fourth year, taking over theaters, classrooms and outdoor spaces for a variety of panels, signings, performances and demonstrations.A variety of authors, artists and celebrities are slated to attend the festival, though a schedule will not be announced until March 17, when festival passes go on sale. Individual tickets to events will be available starting April 6.Many USC faculty members, including Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Josh Kun and Varun Soni, are scheduled to appear. USC student performers include Saved by Grace, SoCal Vocals and the Trojan Marching Band.Among the authors scheduled to attend are young adult favorites Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green and Veronica Roth; critical darlings Stephen Chbosky and Sandra Cisneros, and actors-turned-novelists B.J. Novak, Alicia Silverstone and Henry Winkler. Daniel Handler, the man behind A Series of Unfortunate Events, is also slated to attend, following his popular appearance last year.The weekend will begin with the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes ceremony on April 11 in Bovard Auditorium. During the ceremony, John Green will be presented with the 2013 Innovator’s Award and Susan Straight will receive the 2013 Robert Kirsch Award.Green’s best-selling novels have received numerous awards. The author has been experimenting with social media and technology to expand how people in and out of the literary world use the mediums to inspire and teach. According to the L.A. Times Festival of Books’ website, the Innovator’s Award “spotlights cutting-edge business models, technology or applications of narrative art.”The Robert Kirsch Award recognizes a body of work by a writer living in or writing about the American West. Straight is a Riverside, Calif. native.The best books of 2013 will also be recognized at the L.A. Times Book Prizes event. Best books will be selected in each of the 10 categories.The Festival of Books is one of the largest literary festivals in the country. It generally brings more than 150,000 attendees to the event hosted at USC, according to the L.A. Times.
MONTREAL — Lawyers representing Quebecers aged 35 and under are in court today trying to convince a judge to allow a class action lawsuit against the federal government for its failure to combat climate change.The class action would be on behalf of Quebec youth, whom lawyers argue are being deprived of a right to a healthy environment and will suffer the effects of global warming more than older generations.A court filing by a well-known Montreal law firm that specializes in class actions alleges the Canadian government is violating the fundamental rights of an entire generation.Notably, the lawyers say their right to life and security is violated as well as their right to equality.If the action is allowed to proceed, lawyers are seeking $100 from the Canadian government for each Quebecer in that age bracket — with a catch.Because doling out an award estimated at $340 million would be complicated and expensive, the action suggests the money be spent on measures to curb climate change.The goal of the suit is also to obtain a statement that the government has adopted greenhouse gas reduction targets that are dangerous and that it has failed take necessary steps to limit global warming to within 1.5 degrees Celsius.The Canadian Press