If tourists want to explore UNESCO sites in Croatia, it is difficult to find a better base for it than Split. Within a two-hour drive, or ferry ride, as many as six UNESCO sites are easily accessible. Start from Split and Diocletian’s Palace, and then “jump” to Šibenik and the local Cathedral of St. James. On the way back, stop at the medieval jewel of Trogir. Tourists can spend a day on the island of Hvar and visit Starogradsko polje. Just an hour’s drive into the interior of Dalmatia is one of the medieval cemeteries with stećak tombstones. Not too far away in BiH is the old town of Mostar. Also, on day trips it is possible to see two more UNESCO sites, Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes National Park. The only site that is somewhat harder to reach is the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec. Split as an ideal central point of research of UNESCO sites in Croatia There is a great potential of this platform that offers a number of opportunities for the development of new cultural and tourist routes and programs, which are interesting to tourists throughout the year, which ultimately strengthens tourism throughout Europe. UNESCO also has its own list of intangible world heritage, and Split is once again a great base for tourists to get to know some of them: Mediterranean food, traditional klapa singing, silent wheel from the Dalmatian hinterland, ojkanje, Sinjska alka, procession for the cross on the island of Hvar, and lace made of the leaves of agave, also on Hvar. HGK – Split County Chamber at the Mirabilia network is also part of the working group for cooperation with the governing bodies of UNESCO protected areas, which carries out a series of activities to connect with UNESCO governing bodies and raise awareness on sustainable tourism in the destination. In addition to the Split Chamber, chambers from France, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia have also expressed interest in joining the network, and this initiative has now been extended to more than 50 chambers from Spain to Bulgaria. Mirabilia promotes the territories and routes of UNESCO protected, lesser-known sites and enables tourists to get to know other, lesser-known and valuable UNESCO places in addition to staying in large and famous tourist destinations. The memorandum was signed on behalf of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce by the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber Joze Tomaš, who pointed out that the Split-Dalmatia County, with its richness in UNESCO-protected sites, offers numerous opportunities for cooperation in this area. European network of UNESCO protected lesser-known sites Mirabilia, which was founded in 2012. in Italy, is in the process of expanding to other European countries. “We in the Split-Dalmatia County are lucky to live and work in a county where four of the ten UNESCO sites in Croatia are located. It is a treasure and a boon, but also an obligation, because it is up to us to protect and preserve that heritage and at the same time to promote and improve it in the best possible way, taking care of the sustainability of the destination.Said Tomas. By networking lesser-known localities with popular tourist cities, guests are also offered new, additional facilities and an innovative approach, and chambers of commerce are there to recognize these new niches and facilities and apply them to EU funds through joint projects, said Joze Tomas. With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Matera, Italy, on November 18, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber became a member of this platform. With the accession of the Mirabilia Chamber in Split, 13,5 thousand of its members get the opportunity to create new products and connect through more than 50 EU chambers of commerce. Split as the center of the UNESCO story in Croatia. Good selling point, Is it? Photo: Pixabay.com
China’s foreign ministry said on Sunday capital punishment was suitable for drug crimes that cause serious harm.”China law stipulates that the law must be equally applied to everyone who commits a crime. China judicial institutions handle the cases of criminals of all nationalities according to the law,” said the ministry in a faxed reply to Reuters.Attempts to reach Gillespie’s family were unsuccessful.”We are deeply saddened to hear of the verdict made in his case,” the Australian foreign affairs department said in an emailed statement to Reuters. An Australian man has been sentenced to death in China, authorities said on Saturday, a development that could further escalate tensions between the two countries.Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to the man, without identifying him.Australian and Chinese media have identified the man as Cam Gillespie, arrested seven years ago on charges of drug trafficking in southern China. Topics : “Australia opposes the death penalty, in all circumstances for all people. We support the universal abolition of the death penalty and are committed to pursuing this goal through all the avenues available to us.”Cam Gillespie was arrested in 2013 with more than 7.5 kg (17 pounds) of methamphetamine in his check-in luggage while attempting to board an international flight from Baiyun Airport in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, according to several media reports.Diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Canberra have worsened since Australia called for an international inquiry into the source and spread of the new coronavirus, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.China has in recent weeks banned Australian beef imports and imposed tariffs on Australian barley. It has also urged Chinese tourists to avoid Australia.The death sentence for drug smuggling is not uncommon in China, where executions are usually carried out by firing squad.Last year, the country sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related crimes following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and said it was “not worried in the slightest” by mounting international concern over the verdict.
Nicklas Bendtner’s classy hat-trick booked an enticing FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United as Arsenal swatted aside Leyton Orient.Marouane Chamakh slotted an early opener before Bendtner’s superb header, then a curling finish, put Arsenal’s second-string in command.Bendtner’s cool third came from the penalty spot after Kieran Gibbs was tripped by Alex Revell in the box.Substitute Gael Clichy then lashed in low with 15 minutes remaining.League One Orient were routinely swept aside in this fifth-round replay, but Arsenal’s crushing disappointment from Sunday’s failure to collect their first trophy since 2005 – after losing the Carling Cup final to Birmingham – was hard to hide at a muted Emirates Stadium.The hosts initially looked like they lacked a spring in their step, but fears of further agony evaporated in the seventh minute with a goal of typical Arsenal quality.Irish debutant Conor Henderson – another ball-playing midfielder – probed for a gap through the back-line and the 19-year-old’s deflected pass was pounced on by Tomas Rosicky, who sped to the byeline to clip a square ball through the legs of Charlie Daniels across the box.Moroccan striker Chamakh held his position to coolly side-foot the ball through the legs of Terrell Forbes from eight yards out, right into the corner of the net, for his first goal since the end of November. Orient hit back soon after as Ignasi Miquel’s poor headed clearance fell for Ben Chorley.But his full-blooded volley was blocked by a crouching team-mate in front of Manuel Almunia, who nevertheless had it covered.Their best chance came when pacy Daniels twisted and turned down the left wing to whip in a dangerous low cross.Yet Revell misjudged his promising position in the area to put his point-blank snapshot wide from only six yards out.Bendtner had appeared marginally disinterested, but that changed during the course of an sparkling 20-minute spell from the Danish forward before half-time. His first goal, in the 27th-minute, was a superb effort as he leapt high to outmuscle Daniels before guiding a looping header past the reach of O’s keeper Jamie Jones from a floated Gibbs cross.With that, Arsene Wenger’s team took complete control.The second from Bendtner was even better that the first. Pouncing on a loose ball, he stalked into the area while teasing the ball just in front of Andrew Whing to find a gap before curling a low shot perfectly past Jones into the far corner.The hosts remained in second gear after the break although Orient, with impressive Daniels a constant outlet down the right, did at least show a sense of adventure.Abou Diaby should have added Arsenal’s fourth in the 50th minute after he danced round a host of defenders on a charge towards goal. But, after a fine one-two with Chamakh set him free inside the box, he dragged his low shot just wide.It finally came in the 62nd minute when Gibbs shimmied his way into the area only to be felled by Revell, who looked uncomfortable defending.Bendtner’s penalty finish was true and unerring as he completed his hat-trick before being taken off, though not before nearly gifting a goal to the east Londoners as he dallied while covering at right-back.One sour note was the withdrawal of Rosicky, who suffered concussion after a heavy collision.The 75th minute coup de grace was inevitable as injury-hit Arsenal, who host Sunderland in the Premier League before facing Barcelona away in the Champions League, pushed forward in waves. Emmanuel Eboue’s testing ball across the box evaded O’s defenders. Chamahk dummied and the ball just eluded substitute Jack Wilshere, but French left-back Clichy ran on to it like a stream train to propel a powerful low finish just inside the far post past overworked Jones.Source: BBC