From Gornji Graovo to the edge of the canyon on Vukovići podima, in the wider area of Dubravica, there is a new educational-hiking trail with a lookout, 350 m long. spectacular and magnificent scene, reports from NP Krka. The lookout is part of a mountain bike route, 25,8 km long, opened as part of the new 470 km of bike routes through the Krka National Park, which passes through Dubravice, and through the evergreen forests in the area of the hill Sv. Kate, then to the newly opened lookout, and then returned to Skradin the same way.”When a man stands in a place like this, looking at the miraculous creations of nature, he cannot help but be happy to have the opportunity to enjoy them and not be proud of the task he has: to manage their protection and presentation. In order to offer another excursion and recreational destination for local residents and visitors, the Public Institution “Krka National Park” arranged the trail and the Vuković floor lookout, for which HRK 457.088,60 was spent. Little by little, a ring of hiking trails and cycling routes is being created around the Krka River, which opens up numerous opportunities for active leisure and develops a different form of visiting the Krka, which includes extended stays, active tours and true nature lovers., pointed out the director of the Public Institution “Krka National Park” mr. sc. Krešimir Šakić. From the Vuković floor lookout point, there is a view of the island of Visovac, the pearl of Croatian natural and cultural heritage, located in the middle of Visovac Lake, a gentle extension of the river between two waterfalls, Roški slap and Skradinski buk. The Franciscan monastery and church on the island form a unique ambient whole in a beautiful landscape, with a view of the tall apple trees that surround the island. The visitor sees all this when he looks to the right, and when he looks to the left he sees, cut into the vertical, rough rocks of the Krka river canyon, the gorge Među gredama, a 500 m long passage from Visovac Lake to Roški slap. Here, Krka is the narrowest and emerald green.
Peter Batley with his daughter Sabrina Batley, 6. Picture: Jerad Williams“I decided a few weeks ago to sell so I could purchase a normal house for my daughter Sabrina, with a yard and pool.“I want to buy a house with a backyard so she’ll have somewhere to play.” The home is the only one left along The Esplanade stretch now dominated by towers.The three-level property was built in 1965 and Mr Batley said his move to sell — prompted by his six-year-old daughter wanting a house with a backyard — offered a “very rare” opportunity.“There’ll never be another chance for a single person to buy a house on The Esplanade.”He had considered putting a 22-storey luxury tower on the site with one apartment a floor and capped by a three-level penthouse, spending $96,000 on detailed preliminary drawings.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe result of a renovation of four-unit apartment block ‘Driftwood’.“I started these drawing for a Development Approval because I wanted to borrow against this property to buy commercial. The problem I had was, I was asset rich but not income rich, continuing the DA was expensive for me,” Mr Batley said. Ready for the auction? Picture: Jerad WilliamsTHE last occupied beachfront home along the Surfers Paradise Esplanade — dwarfed by neighbouring towers — is up for auction.Former Canberra-based commercial property owner Peter Batley is selling 32 The Esplanade, nestled in between the The Sands and Grosvenor towers, a short walk from the 77-level Soul skyscraper and Cavill Mall. The outside view of ‘Driftwood’.Amir Mian, principal of Prestige Property Agents, yesterday said Driftwood sat on a 433sq m site that could be used for luxury apartments or for a boutique hotel.“He undertook an extensive renovation four years or so ago and connected all the apartments.“What you have today is a property where owners could live in the whole house or solely on the top floor, using the ground floor for visiting family members or guests. Peter Batley has put the sole remaining Esplanade beach house on the market. Picture: Jerad WilliamsThe auction later this month comes four years after he bought the four-unit Driftwood apartments block and spent $400,000 on a transformative renovation. He turned it into a seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home. It comes with nine carpark bays, five with enclosed garaging. Peter Batley who turned the property into a seven-bedroom home.Mr Batley bought the first of the four Driftwood units in 2013 from 105-year-old Elva Wootton, who had owned it for more than 40 years.Mr Batley quickly went on to buy out the other three owners.The only other freestanding house on the street has already been emptied to make way for Banyan Tree’s proposed hotel development. The rare property is up for auction on July 29.“They would have the comfort of knowing that down the track a developer might knock on the door and make them a tempting offer.”The last sale of a development site on The Esplanade was the February purchase by high-rise king Harry Triguboff of the International Beach Resort property at No. 86 for $58 million, or just over $15,000 a square metre.A sale at a similar rate would make the Batley site worth around $6.5 million.Driftwood will be auctioned on-site on July 29.
July 12, 2020 INDYCAR-ROAD AMERICAO’Ward earns pole for 2nd race of Road America doubleheaderELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Pato O’Ward has won the pole for the second half of a weekend IndyCar doubleheader at Road America.O’Ward, a Chevy driver for Arrow McLaren SP, had a time of 1 minute, 44.8971 seconds on a course that stretches slightly over 4 miles and includes 14 turns. It’s the first career pole for the 21-year-old from Mexico, who is seeking his first IndyCar victory.With O’Ward on the pole and the 20-year-old Colton Herta qualifying second, Sunday’s race will have the youngest front row in IndyCar history. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLS postpones Toronto-DC United match amid virus concernsUNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer postponed a match between Toronto FC and D.C. United shortly before it was scheduled to begin Sunday morning because of one unconfirmed positive test and one inconclusive test for the coronavirus. The unconfirmed positive test was for a D.C. United player, while a Toronto player returned the inconclusive test. Scott Dixon qualified sixth as he chases his fourth straight victory and 50th of his career. Dixon has been the only driver to win an IndyCar race this season. Three races into the season, Dixon already owns a commanding 62-point lead in the points standings. Second-place Simon Pagenaud (see-MOHN’ PA’-zheh-noh) is closer to 20th place than first.Dixon, of Chip Ganassi Racing, is the first driver to win three straight IndyCar events since Pagenaud did it in 2006.This weekend’s doubleheader marks the first time spectators have been allowed during this pandemic-delayed season. F1-STYRIAN GPHamilton wins Styrian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Bottas Players and staff are tested the day before each game during the MLS is Back tournament. Both teams had already announced their starting lineups for the match when it was called off shortly before its scheduled 9 a.m. EDT kickoff. The league did not announce when the match would be rescheduled.The postponement is the latest hiccup for the tournament in Florida, which has already had two teams drop out because of a spate of COVID-19 cases. FC Dallas and Nashville were both withdrawn earlier this week, reducing the tournament to 24 teams. FC Dallas had 10 players and one coach test positive for the virus. Nashville had nine players test positive.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— An exhibition soccer match in France Sunday night will be the first encounter in front of fans to feature one of Europe’s elite clubs since the coronavirus outbreak erupted. Only 5,000 people will be allowed inside the 25,000-seat stadium to watch French League 2 team Le Havre host the star-studded Paris Saint-Germain squad. Spectators will have to wear face masks to get into the arena and they’ll be kept apart in the stands and at the entrances. Among Europe’s top five leagues, only France is letting spectators back into soccer stadiums. France stopped its league because of the pandemic and never resumed it. The return of fans comes as France’s death toll this week surpassed 30,000 and amid growing concerns of a possible second wave of infections. Associated Press SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Grand Prix from the pole position on Sunday to clinch an 85th career win and move within six of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.Hamilton’s record-extending 89th career pole on a rain-drenched track was one of his best in extreme conditions, but during the race he was hardly challenged as he finished a sizeable 13.7 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 33.7 ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Like last Sunday, drivers again wore black T-shirts with “End Racism” and most took the knee a few moments before the national anthem. When Hamilton stood on the podium he raised a clenched right fist. Update on the latest sports