Bring Fido along for a dog-friendly weekend in West Virginia!In the Mountain State, festivals, restaurants and adventures give a whole new meaning to family-friendly, Fido included.These places are top dog:1. HuntingtonCasual and tasty, Huntington’s West Virginia Hot Dog Festival in July is an enormous picnic party. Top hot dog vendors and chefs cook, and you can compete in zany contests all day.Cheer on dachshunds at the wiener dog race. Enjoy live music, a dog parade, car shows and crafts.Ritter Park’s rose gardens, trails and dog park have lots of exciting new scents and sensations for canines, too. Teach Rover some agility with obstacles like a tire jump and stay table.The Econo Lodge Hotel and Red Roof Inn welcome pets, so plan on extending your stay!2. CharlestonLeash up Fido and marvel as Charleston “becomes a work of art” for 10 days in June with 100+ art exhibits, a chili cook-off, photography, bands and more.Hang around and watch FestivALL’s Woofstock & Wieners race, a goofy competition for dachshunds. You can also enter your dog in sprints or show off his tricks and obedience skills.Share a nature walk with Rover at Kanawha State Forest and look for vibrant warblers and burbling streams. For river views, walk along Kanawha River Trail. It’s especially attractive in the evening, when sunsets settle over the city.For lunch, soak up beach-front ambience at Tricky Fish, which has a pet-friendly patio. Speaking of dogs, order a customized hot dog— grilled or deep fried. Plus, the dog park’s just down the block!Then, book a stay with pet-friendly hotels like Red Roof Inn and Residence Inn.4. New River GorgeYou and your dog can conquer the rapids together! The New River Gorge boasts some of the world’s best whitewater. Be gentle with your pet and try the mild (but still peppy) Upper New River.For lunch, bring your pooch to Vandal’s Kitchen, which has an outdoor patio and picnic table. Or, sprawl on Mackie’s Biergarten’s deck and order some Asian fusion goodness.Plenty of campgrounds and cabins are pet friendly, too! Check out Hemlock Haven Cabins, which has fenced-in backyards for pet owners— no need to get up early for a walk! You can also bring your dog to Country Road Cabins and New River Cabins.5. Harpers FerryThis atmospheric Antebellum town is the perfect backdrop for Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry, the oldest of its kind in America. Leash your dog and listen to its eerie stories.Ready to hit the trails? Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has some of the most scenic paths in America. Centuries of history, lore and natural beauty guide you for miles along towpaths.When you’re done exploring, grab some BBQ and fries at Hannah’s Train Depot, where pets are welcome outside.The Clarion Inn Conference Center has pet-friendly rooms.6. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, WestonIf your pooch is small enough to fit in a stroller, he can join you for some ghost tours! Or, carry him in your arms as you stroll through this historic building.7. Mountain State Brewing Co, Morgantown: Unwind at one of West Virginia’s oldest breweries. Sit with your dog on the lower patio or upper deck and order flavorful brews that go from Cold Trail blonde to dark, creamy Miner’s Daughter stout.Where are you going to take your dog?You and your canine navigator can plot a journey together or find nearby attractions with WV’s “Best of Summer” map:Get a free summer guide to West Virginia’s best for you and the whole family (Fido included).
.. to appeal decision to Court of Arbitration for SportBy Jack StubbsRIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters)-Russia was barred from taking part in next month’s Rio Paralympics yesterday, with organisers blasting a “medals over morals mentality” as they announced the blanket ban over state-backed doping that Olympics bosses avoided.International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven said Russia’s Paralympians were part of a broken system overseen by the Russian government and suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee ahead of the Sept. 7-18 Games.Russia immediately said it would appeal and condemned the move as violating the human rights of its athletes.“Tragically this situation is not about athletes cheating a system, but about a state-run system that is cheating the athletes,” Craven told reporters.“I believe the Russian government has catastrophically failed its para-athletes. Their medals over morals mentality disgusts me.”The IPC decision follows revelations of widespread cheating in Russian sport which ignited a doping scandal that has threatened to split the Olympic movement and costs dozens of Russian sportspeople their place at the Rio Games.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stopped short of banning all Russian sportspeople from Rio and said on Sunday 278 of the original 387-strong Russian team would be able to compete after being cleared by their individual sports federations.IOC President Thomas Bach had described a blanket ban as a “nuclear option” in which innocent athletes would be “collateral damage”.But the IPC had no such qualms and its hardline move drew praise from anti-doping authorities.“The IPC showed strong leadership today in holding Russia’s state-organised doping program accountable. Their unanimous decision goes a long way towards inspiring us all,” said Travis Tygart, head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.RUSSIA TO APPEALRussia announced within minutes of the announcement it would be appealing against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.“It is prejudice and politicisation … There will be a legal appeal to CAS,” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.Mutko told Interfax the decision had been made unilaterally by Craven because he was nearing the end of his career, a view echoed by Russia’s Paralympic chief.“This decision is absurd. It is all the ravings of a piebald mare,” R-Sport news agency quoted Vladimir Lukin, president of the Russian Paralympic Committee, as saying.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ruling violated the human rights of Russia’s Paralympians.“The decision to bar the entire Russian team from the Paralympics is astoundingly mean and inhuman,” she wrote on Facebook. “It is a betrayal of the very highest human rights standards which are the foundation of the modern world.”Although not widely followed or celebrated in Russia, where rights campaigners say many disabled people are marginalised by regressive social attitudes and inadequate state support, Russian para-athletes are some of the best at the world.Russia’s Paralympians topped the medal table at Sochi 2014 after taking second place behind China at London 2012 and their exclusion from the Rio Games will hit hard in a country which has long drawn pride and prestige from its history of sporting success.The move also further tarnishes the legacy of the Sochi Olympics, an event held up by President Vladimir Putin to promote his image of Russia as a resurgent world power.Addressing Russia’s Olympic team before they traveled to Rio last week, Putin said Russian sport had fallen foul of a politically motivated plot and the principal of collective responsibility flew in the face of common sense and legality.Craven said he had “deep sympathy” for Russian competitors who will miss the Rio Games but that the decision was taken in the best interests of the Paralympic movement.“We sincerely hope that the changes that need to happen, do happen,” he said. “They are part of a broken system.”
The USC Career Center, in conjunction with Spark SC and the Marshall School of Business, hosted a panel discussion about startup companies in the Annenberg West lobby on Thursday evening. The event walked students through various facets of the entrepreneurial process, specifically discussing the nature of success and values.Spark SC is a team of student innovators hosted by Career Fest, in part of the Explore@4 series, which connects students with top professionals and alumni in various career fields.The discussion was moderated by Paul Orlando, a venture partner and adjunct professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The panel consisted of a variety of startups, including Originate, a software product strategist company, and Flipagram, a video-creating startup that uses photos from smartphones to create stories.Calvin Legassick, a member of the Spark SC planning committee, discussed how the concept of startups is often misconstrued.“I think for most students, the idea of startups is this nebulous concept that some people do when they start companies like Facebook, and that dropouts don’t really happen to anybody,” Legassick said, “But that’s not really the right picture.”During the discussion, the panelists spoke about what it was like for them to work at a startup for the first few years.Tasha Choi, founder and chief executive officer of Tackl, discussed why her role as CEO does not define a specific set of duties. Tackl is an online platform that hosts innovation competitions to encourage up-and-coming innovators to solve problems and make change happen.“We joked that CEO is the chief everything officer,” Choi said. “I literally do everything from management to being my own driver. We only have five people, so we’re ready to do anything and everything.”Scott Sebelius, director of engineering at Originate, revealed how he at first didn’t realize that he needed to be invested in every aspect of his startup. Sebelius explained how the secret to a successful startup is to be proactive and to seek out the right mentor to make impactful changes.David Ginchansky, senior career counselor at the USC Career Center, referred to startups as a booming industry.“Startups are really big right now, people either want to know how to get into small business, or they want to be the entrepreneurs themselves,” Ginchansky said. “So being able to bring panelists to campus who do that type of work to share their experiences and advice is what Explore@4 is all about.”Curran Mahowald, a senior majoring in French and linguistics, thought that the panelists gave helpful advice to students hoping to become entrepreneurs in the future.“I really liked the quote, ‘If you’re looking for funding, ask for advice. If you’re looking for advice, ask for funding,’” Mahowald said. “I also liked their advice to go to a hackathon or a startup weekend because I had not been aware that startup weekends existed, and I didn’t even know it was a good idea for me to go to either of those things.”The panelists also emphasized that passion is the driving force in startups.“We really encourage students who are interested in being entrepreneurs to take advantage of the different resources available to them on campus. Whether it would be student organizations such as Spark SC or offices such as the USC Career Center,” Ginchansky said.Jean Zhang, a senior majoring in psychology, commented on the importance of passion while creating a startup.“The most interesting fact I learned today is that passion really stands out when you want to get involved. It really doesn’t matter what your background is, because you can build that, but you really do need the passion there,” said Zhang.Legassick said that the panel is beneficial because it gives students interested in becoming entrepreneurs an idea of the process ahead.“There is a lot to be done in Los Angeles; there are so many opportunities for students to get involved in the startup industry in L.A.,” Legassick said. “I think this event is important because it provides exposure to something I think students think is not tangible or have access to.”
Trans Guyana Airways has seen an increase in the number of flights heading to Suriname after the ferry service which usually plies this route has been temporarily suspended. The company’s Director of Operations, Bale King, told a media conference on Friday that while an increase has been noticed, the demand for trips to the neighbouring country has not sky-rocketed to the point where it triggered additional flights.He was keen to note that many persons have been using the “back track” system into the country, since the services of the Canawaima Ferry encountered mechanical issues and was grounded.On May 27, services of the ferry were officially suspended, preventing it from plying the Moleson Creek, Guyana – Nickerie, Suriname route.Last week, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson told Guyana Times that the jointly owned vessel was scheduled to undergo repairs by Surinamese, but although they promised to have it up and running in two months, the boat is still inoperable, leaving persons to use an alternative route, which some say are not safe.He confirmed that services are yet to be resumed as no alternative is in place.Patterson in a previous interview told this publication that the vessel was being powered by a tug for some time now which has encountered some issues.A few days later, it was announced that the <<