Mother, Husband Charged In Warren County Infant Drowning

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock ImageWARREN — “I am going to be paying for it for the rest of my life.”This is what the mother of a two-year-old girl who drowned August 17 in Hatch Run Creek told investigators during the investigation into the child’s death. She and her husband have been charged by Pennsylvania State Police in the little girl’s demise.An affidavit filed with the district court indicates Nichol Barrett and Richard Barrett, of Conewango Avenue, have been charged with one count each of first-degree felony endangering the welfare of a child and two counts each of second-degree felony endangerment of a child.According to the affidavit of probable cause, two siblings, ages five and four, were found wondering alone with a dog on Hatch Run Creek at about 2:04 p.m. by a neighbor. State Police responded and moved the children to safety at a nearby residence. At about 2:51 p.m., police received a call from the mother saying she had found her daughter, aged two years nine months, floating face down in the creek. A responding Trooper administered life saving measures. The infant was taken to Warren General Hospital and pronounced dead in the emergency room.During the probe into the unattended death, the couple told Troopers the children were in the back yard playing. They told Police they were on the phone for about 5 minutes when they noticed the three children were not in the yard playing.Police told the couple that based on their timeline and phone records, there was no physical way three bare foot children could have traveled the roughly one-fifth mile to where they were found, especially with rocks, limbs and brush lining the creek.The mother then told Police she lost track of time and it could have been as much as 40 minutes. Her husband also gave police the same timeline, according to the affidavit.last_img read more

Police Warning Community After Two Men Approach Students Outside School

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Police in Jamestown are warning the community about a suspicious situation where two men attempted to speak with children near Ring School on Thursday morning.Jamestown Police say around 8:30 a.m. two men drove up in a white van to two students walking to the school near Hotchkiss Street near Clyde Avenue. Police say the youth did not talk with the men and continued on to the school.At this time police say it is unknown what the intention of the two men where. Officers are checking surveillance video in the area to see if they can spot the men or the van.Anyone who may have information on this incident, or know the identity of the men, is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7537. The Jamestown Public School Administration and the Jamestown Police encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children about the importance of not talking to strangers, or if any stranger approaches them, to report it immediately to a trusted adult. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

B’way Fave Jessica Vosk Will Star as Elphaba in Wicked Tour

first_img Star Files Jessica Vosk The national tour of Wicked will have a new leading lady running the Emerald City as Broadway fave Jessica Vosk takes over the role of Elphaba. The actress will join the cast on September 7 while the tour is in South Bend. Kristen Martin will also join the cast as Nessarose.Vosk most recently appeared as Fruma Sarah in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof. Her other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland and The Bridges of Madison County. Martin’s stage credits include Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The City Club, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Footloose and Dames at Sea.The current touring company of Wicked also features Amanda Jane Cooper (Glinda), Wendy Worthington (Madame Morrible), Stuart Zagnit (The Wizard), Chad Jennings (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Seferian (Boq), Jeremy Woodard (Fiyero) and Emily Schultheis (Standby for Elphaba).A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. View Comments Jessica Vosklast_img read more

The Guerrillas’ Youth Armies

first_imgBy Dialogo March 16, 2011 Usually, the recruitment of young people by the guerilla forces of FARC, are farmers from rural areas that live in extreme poverty and the majority are semi-illiterate, Farc goes into poor regions to recruit and take a count of the boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 16 to convince them to join a squad of the Farc cartel. A naïve youth join under the false promises of the criminals. They promise to take care of the economic problems of their families since they are now part of the guerrilla squads, this involved fighting with weapons so that their families and other farm workers would not have to live under the limitations their families suffered, they are taken to a hideout where they are take a course in political-military training in order to shape them into guerrilla fighters within 6 months the instructors of Vietnamese, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan, Cuban and Chilean nationality receive repeated brain washing, the Vietnamese are the military instructors, specializing in setting up ambushes, explosive classes, especially the famous “foot breaker” mines, the others chat about ideological subjects, the number of young men that are executed by the guerilla fighters because they are suspected of being law enforcement infiltrators, no one respects anyone there, the girls are obligated to prostitute themselves with the older guerilla fighters. A girl who refused was tied to a tree, guarded by those who had before been her friends and now were her executioners, the fateful day came when the war council charged her with disobeying orders, the young girl didn’t have any tears left to cry and was sentenced to be executed, along with another young person who had fallen asleep while on guard duty. They were cut into pieces and buried, the young men live in fear of their superiors and prefer to desert. It’s unheard, using children for military purposes, they have no scruples, or respect for the human rights of children Abuses against Minors and Vulnerable Populations in the Hands of Terrorist Movements Seventeen thousand minors are part of the internal armed conflict in Colombia according to the Colombian non-governmental organization (NGO) “Our Children: Task without End” (“Nuestra Niñez Tarea Sin Fin”). The International Tribunal on Children Affected by War and Poverty, an NGO created by the International Diplomatic Humanitarian Mission following the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 (Mission Diplomatique Internationale Humanitaire), has estimated that of the 6,000 to 11,000 child soldiers in the Andean country in 2009, half were found in the ranks of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “They’re using children as young as six years old for intelligence work, planting anti-personnel mines, and transporting explosives,” said Sergio Tapia, the tribunal’s director. These figures put Colombia in fifth place among countries where illegal armed groups recruit those under the age of seventeen, the Colombian magazine Cambio [Change] reported. Nevertheless, figures from the Colombian Humanitarian Aid for the Demobilized Program (PAHD) reveal that the average age of recruitment in that country varies between six and fourteen years old. According to León Valencia, director of Colombian NGO New Rainbow Corporation (Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris), terrorist groups recruit these children in order to replace casualties and desertions by demobilized fighters. “New narco-paramilitaries need cheaper labor, and the easiest to exploit, use, and discard are children,” said a report by the Colombian NGO Human Rights and Displacement Consulting (Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento). The fact that these young people come from social environments where they lack opportunities facilitates their decision to join the ranks of a guerrilla group as their only way out. In her analysis “Prisioneros combatientes” [Combatant Prisoners], Colombian political scientist Natalia Springer stated that more than 70 percent of demobilized minors interviewed for her report affirmed that they had lacked opportunities for access to land, education, or money to better themselves. In fact, more than 80 percent of those interviewed affirmed that they had received only very basic formal education before joining the guerrillas. “The simple fact of living in a violent area, being in a dysfunctional family environment, poverty, displacement, and conflict over wealth make children easy prey for war,” Springer said. As a side effect of recruitment, another abuse committed against the population of child guerrillas is the forced prostitution of girls, Mauricio Romero of the New Rainbow Corporation said in an article published in the magazine Semana [Week]. According to the Colombian Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo), 92 percent of girls who become pregnant while part of guerrilla groups are forced to have abortions. In a video aired by the Colombian Defense Ministry, one demobilized girl, her face covered to protect her identity, said that she enlisted in the FARC before she was fourteen and gave details of the abuses she suffered: “There were three boys, and the three of them ganged up on me and (raped) me, and I was given an injection, and I began to feel severe, severe pain. I started to bleed, I felt ill … they took me off to a room where they performed an abortion on me. That’s nothing … after they took out the baby, they punished me severely.” Although the National Liberation Army (ELN) signed an agreement in 1998 in which it made a commitment not to recruit children under sixteen, and the FARC made a commitment in 1999 not to recruit minors under fifteen, such reports demonstrate that this practice is not only continuing, but even increasing. Growing Abuses by Shining Path in Peru In Peru, the picture is no more promising. In that country, recruitment of minors is a similarly growing trend. Despite the fact that the Convention on the Rights of the Child has been in effect in Peru since 1990 and that the country has signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, sponsored by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, terrorist groups ignore these international protections. The Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path currently holds around three hundred people captive, including more than seventy children and nearly fifty women, according to information from the Intelligence Directorate of the Peruvian Interior Ministry. In that country, various media have reported extensively on cases of children kidnapped from their homes in Andean towns and forced to live in the jungles of the valley of the Apurímac and Ene Rivers (VRAE) for indoctrination in Maoist ideology and terrorist activities, Peruvian news site RPP Noticias [RPP News] reported. Articles and videos show children marching in unison to the rhythm of Maoist slogans while carrying weapons taller than they are. In January 2010, a joint operation between the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA) and the VRAE Special Command resulted in the rescue of a boy of around nine years old from Shining Path’s claws, in a guerrilla camp in the VRAE. “Carlitos” – whose real identitiy has been protected – was found in extremely poor condition after having suffered more than three years of captivity with physical and mental torture. His body showed the marks of brutal beatings and burns on his feet and hands, inflicted by a Shining Path guerrilla known as “Camarada Sergio” (who was also captured during the operation). CCFFAA authorities transferred the boy to a children’s home run by the National Comprehensive Program for Family Welfare (INABIF), because not even he knew who his family was or where he came from. There, it was ordered that he receive urgent psychological care to treat the aftereffects of his experiences. Speaking to the television program Punto Final [Full stop], INABIF psychologist Gianfranco Vacchelli explained that Carlitos could not verbalize his experiences when he arrived, but that he did so through drawings in which the color red (blood) was prominent and that showed machetes and children cut into pieces, in addition to images of his kidnapper killing another child, cutting off his limbs. Given the national outcry against the recruitment of minors in the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) condemned the illegal armed groups for their exploitation of minors, the international non-governmental organization Peace Correspondent (Corresponsal de Paz) reported. In addition, the CCFFAA, in support of the VRAE Special Command, carries out the mission of rescuing children in Shining Path’s power. Although the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, declared in September 2009 that the number of minors involved in conflicts around the world was calculated to be around 250,000, the NGO Save the Children estimates that there are currently around 300,000 child soldiers in Latin America alone. Likewise, Coomaraswamy emphasized that governments, international agencies, and non-state actors have made relative progress in preventing the use of minors by terrorist groups and militias and are now more aware of the problems associated with protecting minors in conflict situations. In 2000, the UN General Assembly approved the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, and in 2005, the same organization’s Security Council approved Resolution 1612 on reporting violations of the rights of minors in armed conflict. In a speech to the Security Council in April 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for compliance with international humanitarian law for the protection of minors and of all civilians. He stressed the need to hold violators responsible: “We must send a strong signal to the world that those committing appalling crimes against children in conflict situations will be brought to justice.” The message is clear: new solutions for the threats to children in conflict areas are needed. Increased awareness and improved mechanisms and legal tools do not necessarily translate into real change, Coomaraswamy said. “We have created international and national frameworks to protect children’s rights – now we need to implement them,” she concluded.last_img read more

Last Brazilian Contingent Assumes Command of Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 06, 2017 Hola soy Andrea de Chile, es muy importante para mi que me ayuden a encontrar un brasilero que se fue para Haiti , es del ejercito, se llama Matehus tiene 22 años y vive en Sao Paulo, no se su apellido, se que terminaban su mision en Haiti en septiembre. Si me pueden ayudar les envio una foto de el, necetito contactarlo.Saludos The 26th Peacekeeping Brazilian Battalion (26th BRABAT) assumed control of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, per its French acronym) on June 2nd. Made up of 970 service members – 850 from BRABAT and 120 from the Engineering Battalion – this is the last Brazilian contingent that will operate on Haitian soil within the context of the mission. MINUSTAH already has a scheduled end date of October 15th, in accordance with the decision of the UN Security Council. At that time the UN will end one of its longest peacekeeping missions – 13 years of work done on the Caribbean island. The soldiers who will see through the final months of MINUSTAH are paving the way to setting up a new operation in the country — the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH, per its French acronym) — with police officers in the predominant role. The new initiative will be implemented for six months, in order “to assist the Haitian government to strengthen the rule of law institutions in Haiti, further support and develop the Haitian National Police, and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting, and analysis,” according to the draft resolution (S/2017/313) approved by the Security Council on April 13th. Preparing for peacekeeping missions The 26th BRABAT service members departed Brazil to Haiti in four groups. The first group embarked on May 16th, and the last one will leave on June 1st. Of the 850 Brazilian service members, 639 are from the Army, 30 from the Air Force, and 181 from the Navy. The Blue Helmets taking part in the conclusion of MINUSTAH must continue maintaining a secure and stable environment while still providing support to humanitarian assistance activities for the Haitians. Therefore, Brazilian service members went through training from February to mid-April in Caçapava, São Paulo state. Under coordination from the Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CCOPAB, per its Portuguese acronym), an organization linked to the Ministry of Defense, the training of the 26th BRABAT members included everything from French and Creole classes to riot control operations, to exercises on hospital care, and simulations of different situations that may occur in Haiti. In one of these activities, the service members trained on how to deal with the collapse of a building that was supposedly hit by a natural disaster, such as the one that happened in 2010, when an earthquake devastated the island, leaving more than 300,000 dead, including 18 representatives from the Brazilian contingent. CCOPAB was created in 2010 specifically to support the training of members of peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions. In seven years, this organization has already had 3,500 alumni, including service members from the Armed Forces, civilians, police officers, and firefighters from Brazil, as well as officials from allied nations. In the last week of April, a UN team charged with evaluating troops for new peacekeeping missions was in Brazil to perform an inspection of military units, including CCOPAB. According to results, it will be possible to direct representatives from the Brazilian Armed Forces to new operations after the service members’ departure from Haiti. “Brazil has great potential for using its air resources in Africa and in other missions,” stated Colonel Humayun Chohan Zia, head of the UN delegation, during their visit to Brazil, according to information released by the Ministry of Defense website. The Brazilian government is awaiting the UN’s decision on the subject. “Our service members’ expertise will be used in new missions, but it has not yet been determined what those missions will be,” reported the Ministry of Defense Public Affairs Office. Among the possibilities are operations in Congo, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Lebanon. Operations in Lebanon Brazil already has substantial representation in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), assuming control of the Maritime Task Force (MTF-UNIFIL) in 2011. That is a unique maritime force which exists within a UN peacekeeping operation, created in order to “conduct maritime patrol and interdiction operations for the purpose of providing assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces, especially the Navy, to prevent the entry of arms and related materiel into Lebanon by sea,” explained Major General Flávio Augusto Viana Rocha, director of the Navy Public Affairs Office. MTF-UNIFIL also seeks to increase the capacity of the Lebanese Navy so that it can carry out all duties related to maritime security in its territorial waters. There are 263 Brazilian service members in the mission in Lebanon, according to Maj. Gen. Rocha. Of those, 243 are aboard the flagship (the ship where the squadron leader is located), which, since March 15th, is the frigate União. And 10 of the crew members aboard that vessel are Brazilian members of MTF-UNIFIL’s Joint Staff, for a total of 253 service members. There are three more service members in the Joint Staff, but they remain on land. Members of the Joint Staff belong to a team that directly advises Major General Sergio Fernando de Amaral Chaves Junior, the commander of the MTF who assumed the one-year post in February. “This group covers the areas of organization, intelligence, operations, logistics, planning, communications, and training, as well as the associated legal and financial aspects,” Maj. Gen. Rocha specified. Brazil is also contributing to UNIFIL with seven additional Army service members who are part of the Spanish Brigade stationed in the city of Marjayoun, in eastern Lebanon. They are part of that brigade’s Joint Staff, and they remain on land fulfilling the demands of the commander of that sector. A presence in Africa The UN is conducting 16 peacekeeping operations around the world. Brazil is participating in eight of them: the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO, per its French acronym), the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO, per its French acronym), United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, in Sudan (UNISFA), the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA, per its French acronym), in addition to MINUSTAH and UNIFIL. Out of a total of 1,283 Brazilians participating in these missions, five are police officers, and they are stationed in Haiti and South Sudan. The rest are military service members who are participating in two ways: within the troops that are formed, as in the cases of Haiti and Lebanon, or individually, as in Western Sahara, Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, and Central African Republic, when the Brazilian service members or representatives from the Joint Staff are on loan from the Ministry of Defense to carry out specific actions in the mission. Since 1948, Brazil has participated in more than 30 UN peacekeeping operations, with more than 24,000 personnel.last_img read more

Urban village set to transform Cornish town

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UK watchdog aiming to push guidance agenda, assert position in Europe

first_imgThe UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) has set out its vision for a changing regulatory landscape, voicing its determination to assert its influence at the European level.The watchdog also confirmed it would publish new guidance on defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension funds early next year, after 2014 saw significant changes to both approaches.TPR’s new chairman, Mark Boyle, who took the reins earlier this year, said once the UK government provided details on announced DC reforms, the regulator would work quickly to publish guidance for trustees.Speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Annual Conference in Liverpool, Boyle said the regulator was working with the government and other regulatory bodies to facilitate the reform. Earlier in the conference, the government was criticised over a lack of clarity on what the reforms meant for the industry despite a fast-approaching deadline.“What this means in practice is providing the government with an idea of what the implementation of these policies might look like from a regulatory perspective,” Boyle said.“I am acutely aware of the amount of change the industry is dealing with. For our part, we will be providing guidance to trustees in the new year to help trustees once the detail of the new provisions is certain.”In the interim, the regulator will continue to work off its existing DC Code of Practice, unveiled only last year.Boyle also said TPR would be working to ensure changes in the DB landscape translated into meaningful regulation, particularly around its new Funding Code finalised in June.“The new code strengthens what schemes are already doing,” he said. “We are aware some schemes take inappropriate risk while some take too little.“Our case teams have undergone extensive training so the Code and its principles are translated into consistent working practices.”Regarding the IORP II Directive’s effect on UK pension schemes, Boyle said it was much too early to assess any potential impact, but he did say TPR would work with the government to support any negotiation decisions.“As an active member of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), we should be in a position to provide direct input and technical expertise reflective of the UK pensions regime,” he said.However, on the holistic balance sheet consultation launched on Monday, Boyle was more determined about the UK’s involvement in discussions.“We want to work as closely with EIOPA as we can and sitting round the table when these issues are being discussed,” he said.“We want to know where these ideas are coming from and their implications on UK pension schemes.”last_img read more

New project a hit with designated beach rooms and a ‘dry spa’

first_imgSeanna at Bokarina Beach, Sunshine Coast.On completion, Seanna will be an eight-storey residential and retail hub with 14 premium three-bedroom “seahomes’’ with wide frontages and magnificent ocean views including some with balconies as large as 60sq m and boasting three car parks.A further 35 three-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom apartments, will have large home-scale rooms, views over the ocean, water or parkland, and two car parks per apartment.A range of apartments within Seanna will have a designated “beach room” – a private courtyard-style space designed to allow residents to come home from the beach, kick off their sandy thongs and towels, and then enter their luxury homes.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago LUXURY RIVERSIDE UNITS SELL FAST The poolside view from Seanna’s Bokarina Beach project on the Sunshine Coast.From floating “dry spas’’ to individualised “beach rooms’’, Seanna on the Sunshine Coast has something for everyone.The apartment and retail development fronting Bokarina Beach is being designed by Sunshine Coast architect John Robertson who has focused on creating prestigious, open-plan living with a clear edict for elegance, simplicity, functionality and making the most of the sweeping ocean views. WANT AN ISLAND LIFESTYLE? MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: The boutique apartment development will also include up-market retail, dining venues and a luxurious hotel.“The lucky residents of Seanna will bring the architecture to life. The design, light, ventilation and high standard of finishes will provide a tangible value to the quality of life for residents of Seanna,” Mr Robertson said.Residents at Seanna will have direct beach access from the complex. The complex will consist of three buildings connected by landscaped walkways, providing additional light and outstanding ventilation.Bedrooms in each of the residences are disconnected for maximum privacy and are generously sized. All apartments have been built to allow the maximum level of natural light to permeate.Available apartments are priced from $575,000 to $1,700,000. Seanna at Bokarina Beach, Sunshine Coast. Photo: SuppliedThe complex will also feature a pool with a floating “dry spa” where those who want to interact but not get wet can do so comfortably.The project is being marketed at mainly downsizing couples or empty nesters, not only from the Sunshine Coast, but also Brisbane.Mr Robertson, the owner of OGE Group, designed the apartments, seahomes and the retail space, which will comprise the bottom floor of the total $78 million mixed-use complex, for developer RGD Group, bringing local knowledge and more than a taste of luxury to the Coast’s newest signature property.“After living on the Coast for many years and attending Bokarina Primary School and Kawana High School I was very familiar with the site,” Mr Robertson said.“I had always hoped that something visionary would be created at Bokarina Beach and that’s exactly what we’ve achieved with Seanna.“RGD has gone with us on a journey to ensure a premium lifestyle product. This is going to be a beachfront destination.“It will be a new village, new community and a new standard of architecture that is far removed from the typical boxy apartment with a narrow balcony tacked on. Seanna is unique, boutique and very special.” One of the stunning kitchen layouts at Seanna. The beach room at Seanna.last_img read more

Two Basilica Security Guards Attacked, Stabbed in Washington DC

first_img(Washington, DC) — After a police standoff, a suspect is finally in custody after two security guards were injured in an attack at the basilica in Washington, DC.Two security guards at the shrine are reportedly “conscious and breathing” after one was stabbed and another was struck by a vehicle shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.Police say a driver struck a female guard and several vehicles in the parking lot of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast, DC this morning. He then chased a male guard into the Shrine and stabbed him.The suspect barricaded himself inside a home in a nearby neighborhood.He was arrested a short time after.Both victims are said to be in critical condition.last_img read more

200 Top Cyclists Set for Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race

first_imgThe popularity of sports cycling in West Africa is set to move a notch higher as the town of Epe in Lagos State will host cyclists from around the globe.The maiden edition of the Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race will hold on Sunday, 30th September, 2018 on the eve of Independence Day. The event, according to Mr. Bruce Prins of Moor House Properties, would be divided into several categories and would accommodate secondary school children, professionals, and veterans (amateurs).The course will be an 18-kilometre undulating circuit within and around Epe Town on smooth roads newly reconstructed by Lagos State. Participants will take in the main sights of the town, the gateway to Epe, the Marina, and the hinterland. The hilly topography of Epe Town is certain to make for an intense ride. Professional cyclists from around Nigeria, Africa and Europe have already indicated interest to participate in the Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race. “We are proud to be part of this because as a hospitality company, we want to promote tourism and this serves as an opportunity to do just that,” said Mr. Bruce Prins of Moor House Properties.Organisers have confirmed that female participants will race the same distances and have an equal share of prize monies as their male counterparts. Professionals will cover a distance of 108km, while the distance for veterans (amateurs) is 54km. The first, second and third place finishers will be rewarded with $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 prizes respectively. There will also be lots of consolation prizes to win for the first ten finishers as well as categories for best team and displays of skill, strategy & stamina. A separate race will be held for the schoolchildren over one 18km lap.Organisers meanwhile have confirmed that The Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race will be an annual event with backing from the Lagos State Sports Commission who were present at the Press Conference confirming their unflinching support to the race organizers, Moorhouse Properties.To entertain residents and tourists for the Independence Day weekend of 29th and 30th September and 1st October, 2018, the organisers will be working with the community, that is famous for its fishing, to line up other local events such as a boat regatta, live music at its two prominent leisure resorts, Jubilee Chalets Epe, and Epe Resort, as well as food, drink & entertainment on the newly reconstructed Marina. “A carnival-like weekend is what we anticipate,” project manager, Habiba Balogun said.Balogun continued: “The purpose of the event is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as to promote Epe Town as a tourism destination.” The promoters of the event, Moorhouse Properties manage the two main leisure resorts in the area, Jubilee Chalets Epe, and Epe Resort. Other major sponsors for this event will be announced in the coming months.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more