10 Winter Adventures in the Mountain State

first_imgWho says only kids have snow days? In the Mountain State, winter means the rolling hills transform into a playground for adults (with plenty for the kids, too.)Explore everything from simple sledding to world-class skiing and snowboarding in the mountain wilderness. Here are the best winter adventures:Skiing & More1. Canaan Valley Resort State ParkBest for: A remote winter wilderness escapeTucked into the beauty of the Mountain State’s wildest landscapes, Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s snowy scenery is lined with 47 carved out trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The less adventurous can swoosh down the bunny hills on inner tubes, or ice skate. 2. Winterplace Resort Best for: A romantic, relaxing retreatEnjoy an extra-long day of Winterplace tubing, skiing or stunting in the snowboarding terrain parks, exploring into the moonlit evening hours. Then stow away in a cozy cabin, or in the luxury of the nearby Resort at Glade Springs, where you can relax at the spa or sprawling leisure center.3. Snowshoe MountainBest for: An all-inclusive getawayEnjoy 1,500 vertical feet of Snowshoe Mountain skiing, snowboarding, inner tubing, freestyle terrain park stunts, and backcountry snowmobile or RZR rides. Kids can play in the outdoor pool (yes, in the winter— it’s heated!) while you relax in the sauna or hot tub. Stroll the streets of the mountaintop village for unique dining and shopping.Snowshoe-3-08-sjs-319_24. Timberline Four Season ResortBest for: Wild play and fun nightlifeTake the finely groomed paths or trails less traveled, through the untamed, wooded snow glades. Timberline has slopes for all skill levels, from short, simple runs to some of the most advanced trails in the region. After conquering the winter wilderness, enjoy the eclectic live entertainment at Timbers Pub & Fireside Grill.5. Oglebay ResortBest for: A holiday trip with the family Circle around Oglebay Resort’s fire pits to share tales as the sun sets on a day of skiing the slopes and boarding over the snow jumps. Add a holiday sparkle to your little ones’ eyes with the intricate Festival of Lights displays illuminating the mountain, the playful critters at the Good Zoo, and skating at the nearby ice rink.XCSkiingWhitegrass-_MR_-sjs-02Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing6. White GrassBest for: A budget-friendly vacationMiles of carefully manicured, open mountain trail— all for you! Near the lively small towns of Thomas & Davis, White Grass offers big excitement for only a little investment. Never cross-country skied before? A $6 lesson will teach you all you need to know in 15 minutes!7. Pipestem Resort State ParkBest for: Experienced cross-country skiersMother Nature is the only one who grooms Pipestem’s 7 rugged ski trails! Roam the golf course or the rim of the gorge in their winter beauty before relaxing at the lodge or in your own personal cottage. 8. Alpine Lake ResortBest for: Carefree cross-country trekkingTuck into a remote Alpine lakeside chalet for a leisurely cross-country skiing or snowshoeing escape. Enjoy the calm mountain mornings and stunning lakeside scenery from this secluded haven.Timberline-3-08-sjs-2139.Elk River Touring CenterBest for: A remote, scenic ski tripHave you driven along the stunning Highland Scenic Highway? Come enjoy it as a winter wonderland. The untamed trails criss-cross the snow-blanketed route along the National Forest grounds. Stay on the farmstead at the quaint mountain inn. 10. Blackwater Falls State ParkBest for: A unique winter viewDid you know the powerful falls at Blackwater State Park freeze completely during the winter? Take in the marvel of this frozen wonder with a visit to the full-service sledding and cross-country ski center.  The winter fun extends beyond the slopes. Find all the best winter events, activities and more in the Mountain State at gotowv.com/winter.last_img read more

Panama’s Security Forces Intensify Anti-Drug Efforts

first_imgBy Dialogo November 11, 2011 In early October, police officers pulled over a delivery truck loaded with narcotics and fruit. The vehicle contained 50 packages of cocaine hidden among boxes of plantains and cassava in the town of Yaviza. Two adults and a youth also were arrested in the car heading for the public market in Panama City. But the fruit truck wasn’t the only big vehicle bust. A National Police cruiser spooked four suspects in a dark-colored Nissan Patrol SUV along the southern corridor of Don Bosco, causing the truck to make several reckless moves through traffic before getting stuck in a drainage ditch. The suspects fled on foot and remain at large but several large bags of marijuana were found, along with an AK-47 assault rifle and multiple rounds of live ammunition. Horses are also part of the smugglers’ new arsenal. Instead of loading the animals with gold to be carried across the isthmus as Spanish conquistadors did more than five decades ago, drug dealers are now using packs of horses to smuggle narcotics through rural areas of Panama. The State Border Service has caught on, however, as it recently busted a Colombian rider and four horses carrying 14 sacks containing more than 340 kilograms of cocaine in Molilla, in Kuna Yala. Also inside the saddlebags were 28 rounds for a 9mm pistol, two radios, two cellphones and four SIM cards for the phones. “In one year, Panama catches well over 75 tons,” Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli recently told reporters. “And every ounce of cocaine we seize means less drugs and less crime in the streets of the United States.” Something fishy about cargo The Casco Viejo fish market in Panama City isn’t immune from the drug trade either. National Police received a tip that narcotics were being smuggled through the market and transported from vehicle to vehicle. An ensuing raid of the area uncovered 26 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in a small blue plastic container. “We received a call at 1 o’clock in the morning saying that there was some suspicious activity taking place in the parking lot,” said Maj. Franklin Serrano of the Chorillo police station. “We were told that merchandise was being moved from one vehicle to another. The municipal police arrived there, and a blue container fell from one of the vehicles as it started being chased by the municipal police. That’s where we found the drugs.” In Panama, cocaine has a street value of about $3,000 per kilogram. Serrano told reporters: “We are also trying to figure out if the drugs were destined for the Panamanian domestic market. We suspect that there were a lot more drugs in that vehicle. The policemen who chased it said that it looked heavily loaded.” But even drug dealers are wary of getting ripped off. National Police recovered more than $23,000 from a Panamanian gang that had reportedly stolen it from traffickers in early October. The cash was recovered from two houses as part of a coordinated effort in the San Augustín district of Los Santos. That wasn’t the only withdrawal from narco-traffickers’ bank accounts by Panamanian forces. National Police apprehended an alleged smuggler near Colón who had presumably crossed the border illegally from his native Colombia. The runner was arrested with more than $450,000. “Security in the country has been increasing and have reduced crime and theft,” Martinelli told reporters. “We must continue working until the crime is down to levels that are tangible for the population. We must work tirelessly to provide more security.” Meanwhile, Panama’s Ministry of Public Security has completed a new Caribbean operations base in Puerto Obaldia, Kuna Yala. The base is a joint venture between the United States and Panama to prevent narcoterrorists from penetrating the region. “It also has an important meaning because it is a boundary point with our sister Republic of Colombia,” said Public Security Minister José Raúl Mulino. As Colombian officials celebrate the death of Alfonso Cano, maximum leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), officials of Panama’s National Police continue winning small victories in the battle against drugs. Cano’s killing at the hands of Colombian army troops came only a few days after a FARC jungle camp was destroyed by the Panamanian National Border Service (Senafront) in the remote community of Madugandí, in the province of Darién. Two alleged FARC members were arrested by Panamanian security forces, which are attempting to stop the flow of drugs coming in across the border from neighboring Colombia. last_img read more

5 Ways to Get Your Date to Put Down the Phone

first_imgLifestyleRelationships 5 Ways to Get Your Date to Put Down the Phone by: – October 15, 2011 Have you ever felt like you had to send your date an email or text across the dinner table just to get his attention? In the age of technology, sometimes a smart phone can be more threatening to your relationship than another woman. With communication so readily at your fingertips, these days it’s hard for some people to interact on a deeper level. Between checking emails, staying updated on everybody’s status on Facebook and Twitter, and “checking in” with Foursquare, a real conversation can be hard to come by. Here are five ways to get him to put down the iPhone and pay attention to you:1. Practice what you preach: Put your own cellular device away. How can you get mad at your date if you indulge in the same bad behavior as he does? Quit constantly glancing at your phone. It makes you look anxious, like you have somewhere else to be or are waiting for a message from somebody. Also, don’t text. This may be the most annoying thing a person can do on a date. It tells your date that he does not have your full attention. Your top priority should be the person across the table from you. And above all, don’t take a call. We understand that emergencies happen; however, unless it is a loved one, let it go to voicemail.2. Make a subtle comment: If he’s texting away every two minutes, say something like, “Well, aren’t you Mr. Popular?” Hopefully, he’ll hear the hint of sarcasm and put his phone back in his pocket for the remainder of the evening.3. Just ask: Communication goes a long way in any relationship. Instead of making your date be a mind reader, just tell him that his constant cell phone use bothers you and that you would like your time with him to be intimate and personal. Sometimes the direct approach is the best approach.4. Set limitations: Obviously you cannot ban cell phones from your relationship completely. Every once in a while, there will be an important work-related email, emergency or a friend in need. Tell him that on date night you would like his cell phone to be on silent and out of sight for the few hours you are at dinner or watching a movie together. Realize that when the two of you are just lounging around, you can’t expect him to shut himself off from the world. After all, while you should be the most important thing to him, don’t give him the idea that you think the world revolves around you. With reasonable limitations, your man should be willing to compromise.5. Give him a taste of his own medicine: As a last resort, one day when you are doing something that he loves to do, pay a little more attention to your cellular device than to him. Text your girlfriends, check your Facebook, send an email and post a tweet. Keep this up until he says something to you about it. Maybe then he’ll understand what his “crackberry” addiction feels like to you.by Editors of men’s fitness magazine Share Tweet 39 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Murder try suspect falls

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with attempted murder, a man was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan, Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Bingawan police station. The 42-year-old Bernadine Billones of Barangay Jangoslob, Dumarao, Capiz was caught around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a police report showed.  The court recommended a P120,000 bail bond for the Billones’ temporary liberty./PN Billones’ apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Edward Contreras of the Regional Trial Court Branch 17.last_img

City target five trophies in five years

first_img That is the ambition underlined this week by chief executive Ferran Soriano, who is overseeing an overhaul of City’s structure as well as the appointment of Roberto Mancini’s replacement. Soriano has made little of the club’s intentions public since his appointment last August but the former Barcelona executive met media in New York this week to discuss a wide range of topics. He said: “I think that next season is going to be much better, I am convinced about that. It doesn’t mean we are going to win one or two titles, but in the grand scheme of things, if we look at the next five years and I could plan now, I would say I want to win five trophies in the next five years.” Press Association Manchester City’s new manager will join a club expecting to win five trophies in the next five years – a period that could represent his shelf-life in the job.center_img He added: “That may mean we win no trophies one year and two in another, but on average, I want one trophy or title a year. That is the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup. “If next year we don’t win, but progress our football and get to the semi-finals of the Champions League, finish second in the Premier League and lose the FA Cup final again, that will be fine.” The club are aiming very high – evidenced in the recent decision to sack Mancini after finishing second in the Barclays Premier League – and want stability to achieve that. But interestingly they see that stability coming through the framework, headed up by the director of football, within which the team operates, rather than in finding a coach who can last long term. Mancini lasted three and a half years at the Etihad Stadium and his successor – widely expected to be Malaga’s outgoing boss Manuel Pellegrini – may not get any longer. Soriano said: “Three years in football is a long time. In football, teams have cycles and you can have managers who go through several cycles and managers who go through one cycle. “It will depend. Obviously, we want the next manager to stay for a number of years, but I think it would not be wise to speculate on the next manager being there for 26 years.” last_img read more

Qatar submit request to host 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games

first_imgDOHA: Qatar on Monday announced it has formally submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) its request to join the non-committal “Continuous Dialogue” to host a future edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as early as 2032.Qatar delivered the request via an official letter to the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, said the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC). Qatar had made an unsuccessful bid to host the 2016 and 2020 games. Commenting on the announcement, QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani said: “Never before has an Olympic Games been held in the Middle East. The Olympic rings are a symbol of peace, unity and hope for people around the world, including the people of our region. “Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a meaningful dialogue with the IOC’s Future Host Commission to explore our interest further and identify how the Olympic Games can support Qatar’s long-term development goals. For many years, sport has been a major contributor to our nation’s development. From athletics to cycling, gymnastics to football, tennis to volleyball, Qatar has earned the reputation of a world-class destination for major sporting events. “It is this proven track-record and wealth of experience, along with our desire to use sport to promote peace and cultural exchange, that will form the basis of our discussions with the commission,” he added. Along with Qatar, India, Queensland state of Australia and Shanghai in China are touted to be potential bidders for the 2031 edition of the prestigious quadrennial event. The 2020 Olympics Games, slated to be held in Tokyo, have already been postponed by an year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IANS Also watch: Anti-CAA Protest in Naharkatialast_img read more

Nick Piroli emerges as key piece to Syracuse’s offense

first_img Published on February 17, 2016 at 9:58 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Nick Piroli shuffled toward the sideline, luring his defender, and passed to an open Nick Mariano, who fired a shot past Siena’s goalie.Then, Piroli camped out in front of the cage while defenders scrambled to cover Dylan Donahue. Piroli coolly caught Donahue’s feed and quickly stuffed a goal into the net.Finally, as defenders sagged into a zone, Piroli unleashed a bounce shot into the opposite corner of the net.Piroli recorded two goals and one assist in his Syracuse debut and displayed his smarts and scrappy mentality that make him a fit for the Orange’s passing-based offense.“I like that style, I try not to turn the ball over a lot,” Piroli said. “I try to stay patient so I think that style kind of plays well with me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPiroli brings the smooth skills he honed at Carthage (New York) High School and throughout his career at Brown to SU. The graduate student attack transferred from the Ivy League school because of the league’s redshirt rules. Despite sitting out his junior year with an injury, Piroli had no eligibility left. Now, Piroli is getting his final chance with the No. 5 Orange (1-0), who host No. 12 Albany at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the Carrier Dome.While Donahue, who scored 50 goals last year, is the unquestioned leader of the offense, Piroli provides a dynamic that was lost when Kevin Rice graduated. Though his exact role will be filled by the combination of Piroli, Donahue and Jordan Evans on attack, Piroli’s best skills are similar to Rice’s: being patient, being smart with the ball and being able to find the right teammates.“Nick’s not real flashy,” Siena head coach John Svec said after facing Syracuse on Saturday. “He does exactly what he is supposed to do and not necessarily what Coach is telling him. He’s not a robot by any means, but he’s a very intelligent player.”Piroli missed most fall practices because of another injury and, though he watched film to learn the offense, he’s still only in the early stages of his on-field SU career. In the season opener, he committed one of Syracuse’s 18 turnovers, a number Orange head coach John Desko said was too high. But Piroli’s skill set allows him to contribute right away.“He kind of dropped out of the sky for us,” Desko said, “and anytime you get a player that comes in that’s going to start for you, it’s certainly a bonus.”Last season at Brown, he had 10 goals and 24 assists while playing alongside 62-goal scorer Dylan Molloy. Now Donahue replaces Molloy, and Piroli’s calming presence fits even better with Syracuse’s slower pace. Carthage head coach Kirk Ventiquattro likened him to the director of a symphony.“He was born to be the facilitator offensively,” Ventiquattro said. “He knows that Dylan Donahue gets the ball, and he gets the ball to Dylan Donahue.”The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Piroli said he’s trying to improve his all-around game. He knows he’s not “an athletic specimen” so he relies on his intelligence.In a blowout win, Piroli didn’t have to flash his full arsenal, but he did show his progression on a team looking to replace five of its top six scorers from last season.“We’re testing his learning curve to get used to things in a real hurry here,” Desko said. “So I think as he gets more experience, he’s going to do better and better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jamaican highway to be renamed to honor former PM

first_imgThe North-South Highway, linking Kingston and Ocho Rios, is to be renamed in honor of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement last week, at a ceremony to re-dedicate the Bustamante Museum in St. Andrew. Holness said the decision was made by his Cabinet on Monday.He said the rationale for naming the segment of the highway after Seaga includes the fact that the former Prime Minister was instrumental in the development plans for both Downtown Kingston and Ocho Rios. Since the Highway links both places it’s only fitting.However, the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), has hit out against the decision.Members of the party say Seaga was not instrumental in the building of the highway.They have suggested that the honor should have instead been bestowed on Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.last_img read more

BetUK.com secures Premiership Rugby partnership

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit The Jockey Club names Delia Bushell as group chief executive July 30, 2019 Premiership Rugby has inked a new agreement with the LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group which will see their BetUK.com brand become the rugby league’s official betting partner. The new partnership will focus upon the promotion of the Safe Gambling Campaign, while also naming BetUK.com as the partner for the free-to-play Premiership Rugby Predictor game on the Premiership Rugby app.“We’re delighted to welcome BetUK.com as a partner of Premiership Rugby,” said Dominic Hayes, Commercial Director at Premiership Rugby, confirming the partnership will start at the beginning of the 2019-20 season.“BetUK.com are a British brand with responsible gambling at the heart of their business providing a safe and controlled environment. This is the first league-wide partnership they have undertaken so we are pleased to be part of their future plans.”The agreement with Premiership Rugby will include BetUK.com’s Watch & Bet exclusivity, a 24/7 live stream feed of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby tournament, while also offering BetUK.com customers a plethora of dynamic opportunities around in-play betting.BetUK.com Representative Mark Good added: “We are delighted that BetUK.com will become the Official Betting Partner of Premiership Rugby, one of the leading professional sports competitions in the UK.“With Premiership Rugby and its growing fan base, BetUK.com intends to increase awareness about the sports betting offer that it provides to its customers.“The partnership also provides BetUK.com with a platform to communicate the safer gambling tools that are available, so Premiership Rugby fans can enhance their enjoyment of the event by using BetUK.com responsibly.” Winning Post – Change on the horizon for South Africa October 22, 2018 Share LeoVegas strengthens responsible gambling initiatives with LeoLine August 13, 2019last_img read more

Dodgers’ Walker Buehler fades late after a strong start in Game 3 of the NLCS

first_imgBuehler was a tad more optimistic about his performance.“My stuff’s been pretty good in both (playoff) games,” Buehler said. “It’s the playoffs. It’s heightened. Every mistake you can kind of see, so I’ve got to be better.”The rookie right-hander demonstrated a tangible improvement over his postseason debut last week in Atlanta, when he lost his release point and allowed the Braves to mount an early 5-0 lead.This time Buehler lasted long enough to throw 100 pitches. By now, that’s nothing new for the 24-year-old rookie. He crossed that threshold for the first time on July 31, a seven-inning effort against the Brewers, and did so another five times in the regular season.Not only was Buehler allowed to face the Milwaukee lineup three times, he faced Lorenzo Cain for a fourth time with two outs in the seventh inning. The Brewers’ All-Star leadoff hitter finished 0 for 4 against Buehler with one strikeout. It was only the second time this season Buehler had been allowed to face a batter four times in the same game. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Walker Buehler’s fastball was as fast as ever Monday night. He struck out eight Milwaukee Brewers through the first five innings of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, including seven on a heater that topped out at 99.4 mph.Yet the scoreboard showed an omnipresent deficit, a reflection of the Dodgers’ inability to score as much as Ryan Braun’s RBI double in the first inning. Buehler, for his part, had done his job: he gave the Dodgers a chance to win the game.The sixth and seventh innings did not go as well for Buehler and the Dodgers. By rallying for three late runs in Game 3, the Brewers left Buehler with an unsightly line in the box score – seven innings pitched, four runs allowed – and a 6.75 earned-run average through two career postseason starts.“I thought he couldn’t command his curveball,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said of Buehler. “I thought there were opportunities to get ahead of hitters with the breaking ball and he was trying but just couldn’t really strike it. The fastball had really good life and command all night long. The punchouts speak to that. He did enough to a point to keep us in the ballgame.” “The Arcia (home run), I’m not going to dwell on,” Buehler said. “It’s 97 (mph) up and away. He put a really good swing on it.”Buehler walked only one batter – Yelich in the first inning – but it cost him when Yelich scored on Braun’s double. He finished with eight strikeouts.If the Dodgers manage to extend the series to seven games after falling behind 2-1, Buehler would be lined up to start Game 7 on Saturday in Milwaukee. Despite the final score, Roberts said he saw nothing Monday that would make him hesitate to let Buehler face the Brewers’ lineup three times later in the series.While the Brewers continue to lean on their bullpen, Roberts said he’d continue to lean on his least experienced starter in the NLCS.“He’s gone third time through the order numerous times,” Roberts said of Buehler. “I think for me it’s how guys are seeing him. I still thought he was throwing the baseball well (the third time through the order). And I’ll take Walker against Arcia any day.”center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season After he allowed only the double to Braun and a harmless single to Mike Moustakas the first two times through the Milwaukee lineup, the Brewers padded their lead the third time around.Buehler retired the side in the fifth inning on an efficient 11 pitches. He got Christian Yelich to ground out on his first pitch in the sixth inning. Braun grounded out on the very next pitch.Then, with two outs, Travis Shaw belted a fly ball to the deepest part of Dodger Stadium. Center fielder Cody Bellinger hesitated as he backtracked, then failed to catch up with the ball as it caromed off the wall. Shaw settled in at third base with a triple.When Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal failed to smother a curveball in the dirt, Shaw scampered home from third base on the wild pitch. Milwaukee led 2-0.“Obviously the result is not what you want,” Buehler said, “but until that seventh inning I felt pretty good about it.”Buehler had thrown 88 pitches before he retired Moustakas on a groundout, then got journeyman catcher Erik Kratz to hit a grounder inside the third-base line. The ball was hit hard enough to reach the left-field corner, and Kratz wound up on second base with a double.The next batter, Orlando Arcia, was behind in the count 0-and-1 when he belted his third home run of the postseason to right field. Arcia, who slugged .307 during the regular season, has an .818 slugging percentage in the NLCS.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more