Lošinj’s extreme world cycling competition was declared the best sporting event of 2018.

first_imgEventex’s recognition is an excellent promotion of Croatia as a sports destination, but also of Lošinj as an extremely interesting destination for cycling tourism. Also, this is a great announcement of a new race Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike on Lošinj, which takes place from May 07-10, 2019. years. The Downhill World Cup Lošinj is considered a unique race because the competitors raced through an urban area, with the goal on the coast, which was the first similar case in the World Cup. This interest was also recognized by online voters and the expert commission of Eventex of ten members. Last year’s edition of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj won the prestigious “Eventex Awards” in the category “Art, entertainment & public – Sporting Event”. Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj, an extreme world cycling competition, was held from 19 to 22 April 2018 in Veli Lošinj. It was watched by more than five thousand visitors, and was broadcast live in as many as 105 countries, which means that the race was watched live by more than a million and a half spectators. Downhill World Cup Losinj / Facebook: Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Losinj The Eventex Award and international competition is the most recognized in the world of events. The prestigious award is given for outstanding achievements, high-quality services and technical merits in production, as well as designing top-notch experiences and experiences. The online announcement of the winners, which was held on March 26, 2019 as part of the Eventex ceremony, the first place in the “Sporting Event” category was won by the unique and extreme Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj among as many as 331 registered candidates from around the world . The criteria that were evaluated during the selection of the winners, among other things, are innovation, creativity and uniqueness.last_img read more

In indigenous Colombia, Venezuelan migration sparks conflict

first_imgWayuu people – who generally speak both their own Wayuunaiki tongue and Spanish – have citizenship rights in both countries.Some migrated to Venezuela over the past two decades to take advantage of free education and other benefits. But hyperinflation and a six-year recession under President Nicolas Maduro have driven thousands back, part of a wave of some 1.7 million people who have fled Venezuela for Colombia in recent years.For already-struggling communities – which often scrape by on subsistence ranching and gasoline smuggling – the needs of returning Wayuu are hard to meet. Malnourishment has long plagued Wayuu children and many communities can ill afford more mouths to feed.A Colombian girl from the indigenous Wayuu tribe herds goats in the desert, in Castilletes, Colombia February 20, 2020. (REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez)With dozens of disputes now raging, Wayuu leaders say they hope mediation will head off escalations in violence, as brawls break out between neighbors and within families.Yohedys Palmar, a Wayuu police inspector in Castilletes – which overlooks an aquamarine bay in the eastern reaches of Upper Guajira – said there are about 10 active disputes in his area alone, the majority involving returning Wayuu.”There has been violence,” said Palmar. “Up to now it hasn’t come to deaths, but that could happen if conflicts are not resolved.”Palmar said he had heard of killings related to returnee disputes in the inland settlement of Jarara. Reuters was not able to independently confirm this.Scant mobile phone service makes communication difficult in the impoverished and isolated region, where the Colombian state is virtually non-existent.The hyper-localized system of pütchipü’üs also makes data collection on the conflicts difficult, said Alberto Henriquez, the secretary of indigenous affairs for the Uribia municipality, which includes Upper Guajira.Palmar’s father, Rafael Sapuana, is the pütchipü’ü in charge of the Ipuana dispute involving the Venezuelan returnees.”They come with so many needs, with hunger, without work,” said Sapuana, a father of 50 children, from a nearby grouping of houses where he lives with some of his family. “We want to avoid blood-letting … War doesn’t bring anything good.””We hope the government, President Duque, will give us a hand with the crisis.”Men from the indigenous Wayuu tribe tank a car with smuggled gasoline, in Castilletes, Colombia February 18, 2020. (REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez)MENDING FENCESMaria Elena Ipuana is the matriarch of the Ipuana Montiers. She has returned to settle on this patch of family property with her husband Angel Jose Montier and more than 40 of her children and grandchildren, after years of sporadic travel back and forth to Maracaibo, a center of the oil industry in Venezuela.”Food used to be really cheap in Venezuela, now it’s so expensive,” Ipuana said. “We have to survive however we can.”The family is squeezed into five small makeshift houses. Two of the grandchildren, ages 1 and 4, have frail limbs indicative of malnutrition.And the family is about to grow – Ipuana’s sister, brother-in-law and 22 of their children and grandchildren will arrive soon from Venezuela, she said.A Venezuelan family from the indigenous Wayuu tribe tries to start a motorcycle, in Castilletes, Colombia February 19, 2020. (REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez)A resolution to the goat disagreement would take at least one problem off the family’s long list, Ipuana said.”We need this problem to be mediated, to be resolved, to avoid conflict with the other family,” she said.The following day both families descended on the Sapuanas’ homestead to shake on a deal: any further dispute between them would result in the aggressor owing the other family 50 goats or sheep. They sealed the agreement with shots of burning chirrinche liquor.A reconciliation is a best-case scenario, but there is no shortage of disputes.Uribia, where the population of 205,000 is 95% Wayuu, has had at least 38 cases of land conflicts to date involving people returning from Venezuela, said Henriquez.Because the local government has limited power in Wayuu territory, that may not be an accurate representation of the frequency of disputes, he added.”There are lots of cases where the family uses a pütchipü’ü and it’s solved based on custom.”  Topics : In the sun-baked scrubland of northern Colombia’s remote La Guajira province, a bitter quarrel rages between two neighboring Wayuu indigenous families, one of them seeking refuge from a humanitarian crisis across the border in Venezuela.Their feud was sparked by goats. Without fences to stop them, their herds mingle amid the low bushes between the two homesteads, whipped by a hot and dusty desert wind here in ancestral Wayuu territory.One family, the Ipuana Montiers – who recently arrived from Venezuela, fleeing shortages of food and medicine – say they have lost 50 goats to the herd belonging to their more established neighbors, the Ipuana, who count local leaders among their ranks.center_img Such conflicts over land, water, and animals are increasingly common as Venezuela spirals into disaster and thousands of indigenous Wayuu who once left their Colombian homes for Venezuela return. The influx is testing the limits of tribal unity, according to Wayuu police and tribal mediators, known as pütchipü’üs.A pair of goats from a flock belonging to a Venezuelan indigenous family from the Wayuu tribe, fight in the middle of the desert, in Castilletes, Colombia February 20, 2020. (REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez)In a dark greenhouse with plastic siding at the end of a long, rutted dirt track, Rangel Ipuana – a pütchipü’ü who is the patriarch of the Ipuana clan – says he wants to avoid conflict, but many of the returnees from Venezuela have forgotten the Wayuu way of life.”Families are returning to where their grandparents lived and there’s been so much conflict and theft because they don’t know how to manage the land,” said the 72-year-old.last_img read more

Sheriff: Suspects Ordered Burgers After Killing Florida Fishermen

first_imgRobert Wiggins says his brother TJ accused Springfield of stealing his truck and then punched him, before shooting all three men.Deputies add that the killers drove to McDonald’s afterward, where they ordered 10 double cheeseburgers and two McChicken sandwiches.William Wiggins also drove his truck to a car wash in Lake Wales to be cleaned.Tony Wiggins is charged with first degree murder, tampering with evidence, and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.He has 230 felony arrests with 15 convictions and two trips to state prison.Meanwhile, William Wiggins faces charges of tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact of a capital felony.Mary Whittemore is facing a charge of accessory after the fact of a capital felony.All three are due to appear in court Thursday morning. Investigators offered a $30,000 reward in the case. Detectives have arrested three people in connection to the murders of three friends who were set out to go fishing in central Florida last weekend.Officials say 26-year-old Tony “TJ” Wiggins, his girlfriend, 27-year-old Mary Whittemore, and his brother, 21-year-old William “Robert” Wiggins, are suspects in the murders of 23-year-old Damion Tillman, 30-year-old Keven Springfield and 27-year-old Brandon Rollins.According to authorities, Rollins’ father discovered the bodies.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office explains that detectives found a Dollar General bag and a receipt at the crime scene on the night of the killings. Surveillance video from the store showed the suspects also in the store at the same time.Investigators said the trio initially provided inconsistent stories as to what happened.However, William Wiggins eventually admitted that they followed the victims to a road in Frostproof, where they ended up having a confrontation.Brandon Rollins’ father described for 8 On Your Side the final phone call from his son which led to the gruesome discovery near the lake. All his heartbroken mom wants right now is justice for her son and his two best friends. https://t.co/7lXEWi8TAW @WFLA pic.twitter.com/MdbF5uFYBO— Justin Schecker (@WFLAJustin) July 18, 2020last_img read more