“The project refers to the renovation of PIK’s apartment in which a gourmet academy will be established, where trainings related to gourmet tourism will be conducted, with the aim of strengthening tourism in this region.”, explained Marina Hodak Domaćinović, project manager. Cover photo: Tomislav Jonjić – Slavonian lens Vinkovci City Development and Investment Agency VIA will play a significant role in connecting the food industry with the tourism sector. It will establish local production systems and introduce branding of the project area as a recognizable culinary tourist destination based on resources and regional specifics, cultural heritage and tradition, and is responsible for the renovation and revitalization of Šokački stan and equipping the “Gourmet Center”. “This is one of the key things that will contribute to the development of tourism in Vinkovci”Pointed out the mayor of Vinkovci Ivan Bosančić at the conference. In recent years, gastronomic tourism has grown significantly and become one of the most dynamic and creative segments of tourism, and this project will develop innovative and integrated tourism products and promote regional gastronomic tourism, while increasing the attractiveness of the cross-border region. Photo: Tomislav Jonjić The aim of this project is to develop innovative and integrated tourism products and promote regional gourmet tourism by creating a joint brand “Eat Pannonia” for the promotion of newly developed tourism products through two gastronomic centers in Vrdnik and Vinkovci. The project has already started with the administrative part, and is now entering the phase of finding a contractor and arranging the space of the Šokac apartment, which is known in the region as PIK’s apartment. The participants agreed that gastronomic tourism is an experiential trip to the gastronomic region for recreation or entertainment, which includes visits to food producers, gastronomic festivals, agricultural markets, cooking shows and demonstrations, tasting quality food products and other food-related tourism activities. A new project has been launched in Slavonia to enrich the tourist offer of eastern Croatia. It is a project “Authentic gastronomic taste for sustainable socio-economic development of the cross-border region called Panonnia Gourmet, which for Vinkovci means the opening of a gastronomic center in the area of Šokac apartment near Vinkovci, which has been owned by local government for years. Considering that Slavonia can most easily build tourist stories on gastrotourism, such projects could start the East of Croatia to seriously deal with the creation of tourist contents and complete the story, ie finally use the potentials it has.
For some local students, suiting up in a uniform and spending hours each week running drills brings opportunities to engage in the community and learn self-discipline.Attention · Youth members of the Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Cadets meet every week to learn from officers about service. – Shabnam Ferdowsi | Daily Trojan “I joined the program to give something back to the community. This is a great program that opens doors to inner-city kids,” said Ryan Welch, a 16-year-old cadet who is part of the Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Cadets program.After seeing potential in a struggling program working to benefit local youth, DPS Assistant Chief John Thomas decided he wanted to improve the organization.“I grew up in the neighborhood around USC and saw lots of potential in the program,” said Assistant Chief John Thomas. “The goal is primarily the development of young people and the creation of good solid citizens by instilling a sense of service and integrity.”With that mission, Thomas changed the program’s direction “from floundering to flourishing.”The program, where local youths shadow DPS officers and perform various community service acts, has nearly quadrupled in size in three years and has tripled its funding in the past year.The number of cadets has increased from eight to more than 30. In addition, the program recently received $22,000 from a University Neighborhood Outreach Grant. Last year, the program had approximately an $8,000 budget, said Capt. David Carlisle.Cadets between the ages of 12 and 21 years old dedicate 14 Saturdays to train at the LAPD academy before performing community service at USC. Cadets shadow DPS officers on patrol, pass out crime prevention tips in the surrounding area and even help secure the Coliseum during football games.With the help of fundraising, donations and grants, there is no cost to be a member of the Law Enforcement Cadets.Lizeth Avila, a 19-year-old cadet, said the program “instills discipline, courage, commitment and integrity to do right.”“You get involved with successful people that I know can help you,” she said.For example, one cadet interrupted an assault with a deadly weapon, possibly saving the victim’s life, Carlisle said. Some of the organization’s activities give cadets with disadvantaged backgrounds experiences they could not have otherwise.“Camp Superstars sent the cadets to the Lake Arrowhead area; several of them had never been to the mountains,” Carlisle said.The organization took first place in a drill competition and was dubbed Post of the Year — an award that goes to youth organizations — in the greater Los Angeles area.Although Thomas views marching and physical conditioning as important aspects of the program, he said he plans to heavily emphasize education.“Marching and drill can only take you so far; education prepares [the cadets] for life. The cadets are not equipped; they don’t know what it takes to be successful students,” Thomas said.Thomas will make study hall mandatory and expose cadets to more than just law enforcement. Thomas said he believes cadets benefit from lectures about SAT preparation, study skill development and saving money for college.Considering that many of the cadets often come from disadvantaged families, finding the money for college is a challenge.“My dream is if a cadet is accepted to USC, [he or she] will get a full scholarship,” Thomas said.Thomas said he hopes to capitalize on the organization’s affiliation with USC and send more cadets to colleges in the future.A former cadet started college at Arizona State this year and another is currently studying at San Diego Christian College, Carlisle said.Roy White, DPS public safety officer and the DPS Associate Adviser of the Year, has volunteered nearly every day for the past eight years to work with the organization.“This program is truly needed with the diminishing of school activities,” White said. “You get to see how the juveniles [negatively] interact with police … It should be a positive relationship.”