See 5 places joining Botanic Gardens on World Heritage List

The iconic Tembusu tree at Botanic Gardens. The Singapore Botanic Gardens was nominated as a World heritage site.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you would have heard that the Singapore Botanic Gardens is now a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site.

The announcement came on Saturday (July 4) during the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Bonn, Germany.

The process started in 2010 after then-Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts did a feasibility study and consulted experts, academics and other stakeholders like the Singapore Heritage Society. 

PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ LEE HSIEN LOONG

Besides the Botanic Gardens, here are the other five sites that made the list.

1) China: Tusi sites


Tusi sites. PHOTO: TWITTER/@XHNEWS

The ancient tribal sites of Tusi are located in south-west China.

These sites are all that is left of an ancient political system which the emperors of China used to rule minority regions in the far-flung regions.

The Tusi refers to the hereditary leaders and officers who were appointed to run these remote and often lawless areas.

2) Iran: Cultural landscape of Maymand


Maymand. PHOTO: @UNESCO

This area in Iran's central mountains is the first of two entries for the country.

Villagers were thought to live in cave dwellings carved out of the mountain's soft rock about 12,000 years ago.

It is thought that the cave-dwellings first started off as religious sites and then slowly became the permanent houses that is present today.

3) Iran: Susa


An example of the architecture that can be found in Susa. PHOTO: @UNESCO

One of the oldest cities in the world, the area has been settled since at least 4,200 BC.

According to UNESCO, the site has excellent examples of ancient cultures, which have since disappeared in other areas of the world.

4) South Korea: Baekje historic areas


Baekhwajeong Pavilion. PHOTO: TWITTER/@UNESCO_DE

The area that is gazetted as a world heritage site is located in the mountainous mid-west region of South Korea.

The Baekje kingdom lasted from 18 BC to 600 AD and is one of three ancient kingdoms that once inhabited the Korean Peninsula.

During that time, the people produced several buildings of deep cultural and historical worth.

According to the Baekje Historic Areas conservation and management, the Baekje played an important role in the development of the the Korean culture.

5) Champagne's vineyards and wine cellars, France


France was toasted twice by UNESCO. PHOTO: TWITTER/@CNNBRK

Say cheers to the historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses — where the world’s most famous sparkling wines are produced.

They have been listed as a world heritage site.

The rolling hills of the northern French Champagne region, where the grapes for the sought-after bubbly are grown, already have some of the most expensive agricultural land in Europe.

Sources: AFP, Twitter, UNESCO, Baekje Heritage, Atlas Obscura, Ancient.eu

announcement came during the  39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Bonn, Germany.

The process for the UNESCO title started in 2010, following a feasibility study by then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, in consultation with experts, academics and other stakeholders, like the Singapore Heritage Society. 

- See more at: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/singapore-botanic-gardens-named-un...

announcement came during the  39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Bonn, Germany.

The process for the UNESCO title started in 2010, following a feasibility study by then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, in consultation with experts, academics and other stakeholders, like the Singapore Heritage Society. 

- See more at: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/singapore-botanic-gardens-named-un...

announcement came during the  39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Bonn, Germany.

The process for the UNESCO title started in 2010, following a feasibility study by then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, in consultation with experts, academics and other stakeholders, like the Singapore Heritage Society. 

- See more at: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/singapore-botanic-gardens-named-un...

announcement came during the  39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Bonn, Germany.

The process for the UNESCO title started in 2010, following a feasibility study by then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, in consultation with experts, academics and other stakeholders, like the Singapore Heritage Society. 

- See more at: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/singapore-botanic-gardens-named-un...

announcement came during the  39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Bonn, Germany.

The process for the UNESCO title started in 2010, following a feasibility study by then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, in consultation with experts, academics and other stakeholders, like the Singapore Heritage Society. 

- See more at: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/singapore-botanic-gardens-named-un...

Roger Federer tweets on his day off — all in emojis

Check out what interesting thing Federer had to say on Twitter.

Tennis star Roger Federer sure knows how to keep himself busy, even when he has a day off work.

Guess what the Swiss did to pass the time? He sent out an emoji-laden tweet on Saturday (July 4).


Federer's emoji-laden tweet. PHOTO: TWITTER/@ROGERFEDERER

No, he hasn't lost his tennis balls.

The man was actually detailing what he did on his day off — in a language we call emoji.

 

Roger Federer's day off in emojis....

Posted by BBC Sport on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tennis star Federer explains his emoji-laden tweet in person. SOURCE: FACEBOOK/ BBC 

In an interview with BBC, the seven-time Wimbledon champion explained his tweet for those who are not so well-versed in emoji-speak.

He basically went to training, watched British female tennis player Heather Watson play before he considered playing darts, then called it a day.

The tweet was a hit and was retweeted over 4,800 times.

Federer is currently in England competing in Wimbledon.

Into the last 16, he will face Spanish 20th seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday (July 6).

We sure hope his tweet will soon be just one single emoji:

Sources: Twitter, Facebook

Copa America: Chile's penalty shoot-out win slays Argentina's dreams

Chile celebrates after defeating Argentina in the Copa America 2015 final soccer match at National Stadium in Santiago, Chile.

Superstar Lionel Messi walks away from another international tournament empty-handed.

On Sunday morning (July 5), Chile stunned Argentina via a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

The winning spot-kick was coolly struck by Aresenal's Alexis Sanchez, as the hosts clinched a 4-1 shoot-out victory when the game ended goalless after extra time.

 

 

Sanchez's penalty sent the 45,000 home crowd into wild celebrations as they ended their 99-year-wait for a Copa America crown.

The nail-biting finish came after a tense 0-0 draw in which neither side dominated and clear-cut chances were few and far between.

Chile took control of the shoot-out when Gonzalo Higuain blazed his penalty over the bar before Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved Ever Banega’s spot-kick.

 

 

 

Argentina captain Messi, aiming to inspire the South American giants to a first international title in 22 years, could only look on distraught as Chile celebrated.

The four-time world footballer of the year had repeatedly spoken of his desperation to win a title with Argentina after winning everything at club level with Barcelona.

But the 28-year-old superstar was to suffer more disappointment, only 12 months after enduring another agonising extra-time defeat in last year’s World Cup final against Germany in Brazil.


Argentina's Lucas Biglia comforts teammate Ever Banega after Banega missed a penalty kick in a the shootout against Chile during their Copa America 2015 final. PHOTO: REUTERS

Midfielder Javier Mascherano has now played in three losing Argentina teams in Copa America finals, and was also a member of the team beaten in the World Cup final.

“Three Copa America finals, three defeats ... I can’t explain the losing streak,” a dejected Mascherano said.

“We just didn’t seem to have that little bit of luck that you sometimes need to have to win in finals. Is it karma? I don’t know.”

That did not matter to Chilean players who were celebrating the win.

“It is a dream come true. We have worked so hard for this,” said Chile star Arturo Vidal.

The midfielder said Chile had been determined to win the Copa America after exiting the World Cup last year on penalties.

“We talked about it in Brazil that we were going to win the Copa America,” Sanchez said.

“This is really a great generation, we deserve this.”

Sources: Wires, Reddit

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