The “Olive Road”, 20 kilometers long, begins in Babino Polje, and leads to Odysseus’ Cave through hundred-year-old olive groves. The path “Sacral treasure of Babino polje” is a short circular, passes through the town of Babino Polje, and leads to churches and chapels that testify to the Christian tradition of the island since the 11th century. The project on Mljet was implemented as part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County project “Paths of the Past” co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund, and is implemented through the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020. The aim of the project is to create and promote the cultural and ethnographic offer of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The brochure was printed as part of the project “Rural educational, cultural and ethnographic tourist attraction” for the purpose of promoting landscaped hiking trails in the central part of Mljet. “Drywall Road” is a 500-meter-long trail that represents a cultural landscape shaped by fields and drystone walls, forming a unique cultural and natural heritage unit. The route also includes the core of the hamlets of Ocinje and Zabrežje with volts from the 15th century. The trail “Water springs – old stream” follows a stream with a riverbed that often dries up, testifying to the importance of water for agricultural activities in the area of Babino polje from the Middle Ages to the present day. Along with the Austrian road and the Babino polje thematic trails, the project also includes the Dubrovnik Littoral Native House, the Korčula City Museum located in the Ismaeli-Gabrielis Palace and the Smokvica Gold and Silver Museum. The tourist offer of Mljet is richer for a new thematic tour as long as 20 kilometers, which is presented through a new brochure “Mljet – a mystical oasis”. The aim of arranging themed trails and the Austrian Road is to present the rich heritage of the Island and ensure a longer stay of guests. In addition to the thematic trails of Babino polje, 850 meters of the Austrian road between the settlements of Sobra and Babino Polje have been arranged. A brochure with information on new tourist attractions can be found in the offices of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Mljet and the information centers of the National Park Mljet or downloaded in electronic form attached. “Paths of the past” Attachment: Brochure Mljet – a mystical oasis
CAMERON Bancroft pitched his perfectly timed submission for inclusion in Australia’s Ashes squad to be named tomorrow, by delivering a stand-out, unbeaten 93 on what proved the final day of the sole Test series warm-up fixture. Bancroft remained unconquered having faced 194 balls as the Graeme Hick XII recorded a five-wicket win over fellow coach Brad Haddin’s team in the long-anticipated practice game that yielded a constant flow of wickets but not so many selectorial answers.Given the ascendancy of bowlers for most of the two and a half days played, and the comparative contributions from other batters on both teams, Bancroft’s innings was as noteworthy as it was timely.Only his former Test opening partner David Warner was able to reach 50 in the face of bowler-friendly conditions in this game, and Bancroft would surely have reached a century if Tim Paine had not scored the winning runs before he had the chance to reach the milestone.But even without celebrating the milestone, Bancroft’s achievement stood head and shoulders above all other batters.Under usual operating protocols, yesterday’s victory target of 121 with eight wickets of Test-calibre batting available to get them at the resumption of play would not have appeared overly daunting.But as the clatter of wickets and the nature of the Rose Bowl pitch underscored during the past two days, this has been anything but a regulation fixture.The gradual deforestation of the live grass that covered the pitch on day one had seen scores increase incrementally across the preceding six sessions.But so difficult has scoring proved against the Test-standard bowling on show in the intra-squad game, even with in-form pair Bancroft and Matthew Wade in occupation at play’s start it loomed as a tall order.The dismissal of Wade – caught by a diving Alex Carey, having squeezed a delivery from Jon Holland into his pad – for a hard-fought seven from 33 balls rendered that assignment more challenging.But while Bancroft remained at the crease, the Hick XII seemed to have the task in hand.Like Marnus Labuschagne on the opening day, Bancroft showed the benefit of past months spent negotiating the Dukes-brand red ball in British conditions while traversing the local county circuit.The 26-year-old currently sits 17th on the Division Two batting rankings with 726 runs from 17 innings for Durham at an average of 45.38 with two centuries and a highest score of 158.The 93 he scored overnight won’t rank among his most memorable, but it will likely sit among his most timely if his name is among the 17 in the Ashes squad to be announced in Southampton today.Against a four-pronged seam attack of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle and the left-arm spin of Holland, Bancroft batted for significantly longer than rival batters in the game.Not only did he defy and new and old ball, he wore several body blows including a clatter to helmet during Starc’s first over of the day, and another painful strike to the groin having suffered a similar indignity on day one.He began the day unbeaten on 25 from 47 balls faced on Wednesday evening, and spent much of the morning session closing in on a patient and deserved half-century which he reached shortly before lunch.Bancroft was involved in a 29-run fourth-wicket stand with Peter Handscomb (13 from 42 balls) and then a more sprightly 54-run union with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh (23 from 39 balls) as the victory target inched closer.Handscomb fell in a manner that has become familiar on a pitch that has offered seam movement and variable bounce throughout.The right-hander was pinned on the crease by Hazlewood, to give the Test quick his second wicket of the game.As he had done in the final hour of the opening day, Marsh appeared as comfortable as any player and scored at a rate that belied the demons in the surface, and the quality of the bowlers.Marsh’s 29 in the first innings came from just 33 deliveries, and while his effort today was a little more circumspect he still found the boundary on four occasions as the large first stride he takes into the ball helped to negate the disconcerting movement.He eventually fell to Starc, who had undergone scans on his sore right knee overnight but looked a far more threatening proposition this afternoon when he began bowling around the wicket with the old ball.The left-armer not only struck Test skipper Tim Paine a frightening blow on the left hand from the first ball that Paine faced, he also sent Bancroft collapsing onto the pitch in a cloud of dust, courtesy of a trademark yorker speared at the opener’s toes.But it was Bancroft who had the final laugh and, after more than a year of anxious and introspective waiting, now has less than 24 hours before knowing if his ambition to return to the Test-fold has been realised.
FC Toronto II midfielder Gideon Waja has signed a club shirt for the Canadian High Commission in Ghana to be auctioned for charity.Waja visited High Commissioner Heather Cameron in Accra on Friday, 28 December to share his first-year experience in Maple Leaf country as a professional.The former WAFA captain was advised to live an exemplary life both on and off the pitch to achieve his career goals.Waja expressed gratitude to Her Excellency Cameron for the words of encouragement and motivation.”I really thank the High Commissioner for his reception and advice. It was my first time and I was shy so didn’t talk much. She talked me like a son and I loved it,” the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations winner told Joy Sports. ”I had to sign a jersey for them and it will be auctioned and the proceeds going to the school of the blind in the Northern Region.”Once again I thank her for the words of advice.”Waja played in the USL last season with the second side of FC Toronto but will feature in the maiden edition of the Canadian Premier League which starts next March.