Mountain Mama: Singing on the Run with Jenny Greer Fares

first_imgOne of my favorite parts of marathon training has been the people I’ve met along the way. Jenny Greer Fares has added so much fun to the miles we’ve shared that I’m excited for you to meet her as she launches a new project, Run Sing Thing .Some people sing in the shower or the car – Jenny sings while running. A musician, Jenny used music to motivate her when she first started running four years ago. Her sister challenged her to start running by listening to a few songs before stopping to rest, and Jenny became hooked.Last November, three miles felt easy, so Jenny looked for a new challenge and found it on the trails of Bent Creek, located in the northern tip of the Pisgah National Forest and minutes outside of Asheville. Jenny stopped smoking cigarettes and for the first time she could smell the possibility after it rained and the musky smell of decomposing leaves.Jenny wore neoprene and fleeces, her hot pink striped running skirt on top adding a splash of color. Her signature dark brown side ponytail peeked through her wool cap. She ran before work, early in the morning. By winter time, she pulled into the empty parking lot and left her heated car to brave the dark woods alone.On one dark January before the grey of dawn graced the sky, her giant white dog, Juice, nudged her until she took him running. That day she forgot to bring her iPod along. She heard owls hooting, coyotes howling, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. As she climbed two thousand feet up the mountain, she felt delirious and tired. Without music to motivate her, she started singing, like she often does in difficult situations, any words that came to her, without over-thinking, after all, nobody was around to hear her.She belted out whatever came to mind, lyrics like “I’m beautiful, I’m wonderful, and I look good.”Her feet felt lighter and she leaned forward into that mountain, charging up the hillside faster than she’d ever run. Singing filled her with a high all its own, similar to the endorphins that flooded her after her run. By then a year had passed since she’d written her last song, and for the first time her mind and body opened up to the creative impulses surrounding her and she became inspired to pursue music again.“Taking a break from music let me learn to love music more. It was like being away from a family member you love. As soon as I called music back, it was right there,” Jenny said.A few months later, she went running up a steep trail to the top of a mountain looking for a song. The pressure was on since she’d scheduled a recording session later the same day. She’d challenged herself to be spontaneous and write whatever came to her in that moment, not over-thinking, and that’s how she wrote Go Deep Down.She ran down the mountain the mountain, its jagged peaks rounded over thousands of years. Jenny imagined the core of the mountain and going that deep to find the source of her suffering. As she ran down the mountain, she went to that deep place and lyrics came to her.Go deep down, take it.And as she sang them aloud, she looked up to the heavens and pulled all the joy and abundance she could think of, letting it move in her body. She realized everything she needed was already there, all she had to do was feel it and sing.Take it down and move it round and roundIf I let it go we can all let it flow If I let it flow than we can all let it go.Jenny recorded that song and shared it with others, realizing how many people related with letting go of things in their lives that no longer serve them. Jenny wanted to find way to teach others this kind of love and help positivity flow.Join Jenny Greer Fares and friends in her latest musical experiment as they launch the Run Sing Thing. It might just be the most fun you can have while running. All ages and skill levels welcome for this casual three-mile run. If you’re not much of a runner, the singing will help. If you’re not much of a singer, then running may help. You’ll be too busy worrying about where to take your next step to worry about either.The Run Sing Thing will be held on Sunday, November 9 at 1 p.m. at Carrier Park in Asheville, N.C. Register at read more

Interview with Major General César Adonay Acosta Bonilla

first_img Sandra Marina/DIÁLOGO In April 2012, military and civilian leaders from 13 Western Hemisphere countries met in San Salvador for the Central American Security Conference. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command and the Salvadoran Armed Forces, joined other efforts to strengthen cooperation and counter organized crime in the region. The local host, Major General César Adonay Acosta Bonilla, head of the Joint General Staff of the Salvadoran Armed Forces, took a break to speak with Diálogo about the challenges Salvadoran Military personnel are facing, the violence generated by drug gangs, and his country’s contribution to international peace. Diálogo: What is your primary challenge as head of the Joint General Staff of the Salvadoran Armed Forces? Major General César Adonay Acosta Bonilla, Head of the Joint General Staff of the Salvadoran Armed Forces: We have two primary challenges: continuing the institutional development and professionalization of the Armed Forces, in order to be more effective in executing our missions, and effectively or more effectively executing the plans related to the support given to public safety in the fight against crime. Today, the challenge is also to look for ways [in which] we can integrate these efforts at the regional level, among the Armed Forces, which this forum is in fact about. That’s a challenge in the sense that each country has its unilateral strategies, but our challenge is how to integrate all these strategies around a common objective: fighting transnational organized crime. Diálogo: How do you think that this coordination that you mention can be achieved among the armed forces of the countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean? Major General Acosta: A forum like this, like the Central American Security Conference, seeks precisely that, to exchange ideas, approaches, strategies. The key is then how to link those efforts together for the purpose of this grand objective. Consequently, I think that having harmony among our legal frameworks and willingness to join together to unite our efforts is a very important strategy on the basis of which we can develop different plans to fight this plague. Diálogo: Do examples of that cooperation that you mention already exist? Major General Acosta: Of course. In fact, we’ve acknowledged the efforts of General [Douglas] Fraser, whom we recognize as a leader in this, for having the initiative to integrate these efforts, and Operation Martillo is a clear example of seeking this integration of strategies so that our countries can enjoy a greater level of stability that can serve the cause of peace, democracy, and having a more favorable climate for national development. Diálogo: Could you say more about the Salvadoran Armed Forces’ participation in Operation Martillo? Major General Acosta: Operation Martillo began in January, in the Atlantic, while our coasts are on the Pacific. There’s willingness, a desire –in the first place, on the part of the Salvadoran government, to be a part of these efforts. Now the main effort in the Pacific must take its turn. As a country and as the Salvadoran Armed Forces, we’ve already worked out a plan to support this initiative and to integrate these efforts that we’re talking about. We’ve coordinated a way in which we can participate in Operation Martillo with General Fraser, so that it can bear the expected results that we all hope for. Diálogo: Salvadoran Military personnel play a very active and varied role in their country’s life, and in addition, they participate in peace missions in very distant nations from our continent. Could you tell us about the group that will leave soon for Afghanistan? Major General Acosta: Among the major experiences of working jointly –that we’ve conducted shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States, Operation Iraqi Freedom, to which we sent 11 contingents (from 2003 to 2007), stands out. That was a very valuable experience in several senses. First, because we integrated our efforts in favor of world peace, and we worked very well with the U.S. Army, and second, because it enabled us to professionalize our forces through the experience we gained in the operations. We successfully executed the mission that we had in Iraq, and we’re now preparing our second contingent that’s going to Afghanistan, and we’re very happy to do so, as a country and as Armed Forces. We’re going to continue there as long as necessary. Diálogo: How close is the link that exists today between gangs and drug trafficking in El Salvador? What is the Military’s strategy for combating this phenomenon? Major General Acosta: Yes, in effect, the phenomenon of gangs and drug trafficking in El Salvador has a special nuance, because they mix. We recognize that the region is a drug-trafficking corridor, but this drug activity moving from south to north in our countries generates incalculable levels of violence. Gangs become a phenomenon in which there’s also a fight to control the market and the territories, which generates violence. It’s for this reason that we’ve confirmed a local situation in which gangs traffic in weapons, and what we call the retail drug trade, which is a generator of violence, takes shape. Conscious of this, our president ordered the participation of the Armed Forces in decided and direct public-safety support to the National Civil Police, starting on November 6, 2009. Along those lines, various efforts have taken shape. On one hand, with the Zeus Command we’re deployed in 33 areas with the highest crime rates, and more than two years after the start of that effort, the results have been very positive. On the other hand, we’re also conducting operations in support of public safety in the border area, through the Sumpul Command. What we also want at the 62 unauthorized border crossings that we’re covering, is precisely to eradicate and prevent drug trafficking, prevent smuggling, prevent all kinds of illicit goods that might circulate by way of the border. Finally, we have the San Carlos Command. Since we realized that crime orders were originating from correctional institutions, we decided to take partial control of the correctional institutions. Currently, the correctional institutions have taken back that mission, but as the San Carlos Command, we’re continuing to provide security and protection to the correctional institutions. And since 1993, we’ve been supporting the National Civil Police through what we now call the Joint Community Support Groups, which are task forces made up of police officers and soldiers who are in the communities, providing security in order to have there be better levels of security in the different communities. Diálogo: At present, in what way do they collaborate with military personnel from other countries in the region? Major General Acosta: Fortunately, in Central America we have an entity called the Central American Armed Forces Conference, where there is a sincere dialogue among the Armed Forces, and we’re also uniting our efforts to fight crime. One of the ways to do that is the constant coordination that we have among the commanders of border units. We have monthly meetings among commanders; for example, the commander of a Salvadoran border unit meets with the commander of a Honduran border unit and with another commander from a Guatemalan border unit. They meet and coordinate efforts among the border units in order to be able to conduct patrols aimed at locating and apprehending groups of criminals who try to engage in illicit activities. This generates a climate of trust and cooperation among the countries in order to confront the different challenges that we have with transnational threats. Diálogo: If you had the chance to do something more to improve the situation in regard to drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, what would you do? Major General Acosta: As we’ve said, the problem is regional, or the problem is global, and it needs global solutions, First, it’s necessary to look at the origin of this phenomenon. We know that there’s a production base and a consumption base. Between the production base and the consumption base, there’s a route that unites these two phenomena. I believe, then, that structuring a hemispheric strategy aimed at this situation would be interesting to implement because we have strategies to combat the phenomenon of drug trafficking, the phenomenon of organized crime. There’s a strategy to combat it, but I believe that it’s necessary to work hard on a strategy aimed at eradicating production and also aimed at consumption. If there’s production, there’s going to be consumption, and if there’s consumption, there’s going to be production. When the two come together, they generate violence. It would then be necessary to seek ideas or strategies for this part also. Diálogo: Is there anything more that you would like to communicate to Diálogo’s readers? Major General Acosta: I wanted to thank the Southern Command for its presence here [at the Central American Security Conference] and to reaffirm, in the name of the Salvadoran Armed Forces, our willingness to be a part of all efforts that might be generated or carried out so that we can have a better hemisphere, so that the Americas can truly be continents of peace, security, and democracy. By Dialogo May 29, 2012last_img read more

Guatemalan Armed Forces Help Eradicate Heroin-producing Plants

first_img Interagency effort Authorities have also seized 70 vehicles that allegedly were used to traffic drugs, plus an airplane, two boats and 54 firearms. In addition, they also confiscated more than $1.9 million collectively in cash, including quetzales, Mexican pesos, and U.S. dollars. The eradication operation also included flyover experts from the Air Interdiction, Drug Enforcement and Counterterrorism Force (FIAAT), 500 agents from the Office of the Deputy Director General for the Analysis of Drug Enforcement Information (SGAIA) under the National Civil Police (PNC), and 10 prosecutors from the Prosecutor’s Office, according to statements SGAIA Deputy Director Yodzaida García made to the National News Agency. Most of the heroin-producing poppy plants are cultivated in the “Poppy Triangle,” which comprises the municipalities of Tejutla, Ixchiguán and Tajumulco in the department of San Marcos. The department’s elevation of 2,398 meters above sea level results in soil that produces a plant considered to be of high quality for heroin production. Authorities have found poppy plants bearing red, pink, and yellow flowers in the Poppy Triangle, according to Chapas. From February 14th-19th, Guatemala’s Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies teamed up to eradicate more than 17 million poppy plants in 610 fields measuring 45 hectares. The crops could have produced more than $57 million in heroin, authorities said. In 2015, the National Defense Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reported three eradication operations covering a total of 449 hectares and containing a total of 220,006,135 poppy plants, which would have been worth more than $711 million if they had been converted to heroin. In addition to eradicating poppy and marijuana plants, authorities have now initiated projects to benefit the community. The zone is an impoverished area, where narco-traffickers force farmers to grow poppy. The Armed Forces deployed 150 Soldiers, five specialists, eight junior officers and one senior officer from the Mountain Operations Brigade (BOM) for the mission, stated Army Cavalry Colonel Pedro Reyna Caro. In addition to assisting with personnel, the Army also provided security for prosecutors, in conjunction with the PNC. The security details were necessary because when authorities arrived at the eradication sites, operatives who allegedly worked for the crop owners fired shots and blocked the vehicles’ access to the site. center_img The Guatemalan and U.S. governments are cooperating to assist these populations. For example, the Guatemalan government and the U.S. Embassy provided school supplies in the three communities where authorities conducted this operation, according to Chapas. Many of the poppy fields were in remote locations, which is why the Armed Forces led the mission in cooperation with prosecutors, Drug Crimes Chief Prosecutor Aldo Chapas told Diálogo. In addition to the poppy plants, Troops also destroyed 344,896 marijuana plants worth more than $18 million, according to data published by the Prosecutor’s Office and the National Defense Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Previous eradication efforts By Dialogo May 09, 2016 The Ministry of Defense also assisted by providing BOM facilities in San Marcos, the capital of the department of the same name, to use as a center of operations. Every day, the work teams – spread across the three municipalities where the operation took place – traveled to the work site before spending the night at the BOM facility. A security force with an average of 500 to 600 members, which included between 150 and 200 Military personnel, participated in each operation, according to a report issued by the National Defense Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Interagency efforts have led to more than the eradication of poppy and marijuana crops. The prosecutor’s Office for Drug Crimes reported that the Army also provided assistance for the seizure of 712 kilograms of cocaine and 465 pounds of processed marijuana between January 1st-March 31st. last_img read more

Barnshed Brewing: NY’s Bravest Brewer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Many people use homebrewing as a relaxing hobby, but for one New York City firefighter, homebrewing became a burning passion that sparked his founding a brewery in his hometown on Long Island.Twelve-year FDNY veteran Bryan Murphy opened Barnshed Brewing in early 2017 in a small warehouse located off Route 107 on the Hicksville-Bethpage border, where he grew up in a large Irish Catholic family. His launch came after raising more than $16,000 on Kickstarter to purchase a used 1-barrel brewing system from a local brewer and becoming a licensed New York State farm brewery. “The support from the community has been tremendous,” Murphy says, “beginning with the Kickstarter campaign and then the enthusiasm of people who come to our tasting room.” Barnshed’s name came from Murphy’s first makeshift brewhouse, a backyard shed shaped like a barn, where he made his homebrews. Many of the beers on tap today in Barnshed’s cozy tasting room open on Thursday and Friday evenings include his first beer, 135 Pale Ale, Propaganda Porter, Murphy’s Lawger, and Bethpage Blonde.       There are usually 12 beers on tap and Murphy likes to experiment with many different styles, including Belgian beers, German hefeweizen, New England IPAs, and Irish stouts.  “Being small, we have the flexibility to brew whatever beers we want,” said Murphy, who still does all the brewing himself.  Most of Barnshed’s production is consumed at the tasting room but beers are also available at a few accounts including BK Sweeney’s in Bethpage, Kegs and Cases in Levittown, and Heneghan’s Tavern in Point Lookout.  “We are self-distributing right now and looking to add a few more accounts,” said Murphy, “but we like where we’re at.”Seasonal beers on tap in October will include Oktoberfest, a Marzen-style dark lager made with chocolate malt, Pumpkin Ale made with traditional pumpkin pie spices including allspice and cinnamon, and Barn Dunkel Weizen, a dark wheat beer.  It’s just the thing to quench a fiery thirst. Barnshed Brewing is located at 100 Lauman Lane in Hicksville. For more information visit Kilkelly is the editor and publisher of read more

Slices of island heaven up for grabs in Queensland

first_imgWho hasn’t dreamt about owning an island resort in the Whitsundays? Or maybe a tropical resort at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef?Or why not do both, with Long Island Resort and Club Crocodile Airlie Beach Resort both listed for sale with vacant possession via an international expressions of interest campaign.Long Island Resort, which has been owned by private investor David Kingston’s Ocean Hotels group for the past 20 years, is expected to fetch between $15 million and $20 million, while Club Crocodile Airlie Beach Resort is predicted to attract between $8 million and $10 million.Read the full story on Commercial NewsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agolast_img read more

Arteta set to offload Lacazette, Aubameyang, Ozil in major shake-up

first_img Loading… Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeTake A Look At The Celebs Who Lost Their Money And WhyWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Top 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TV2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?World’s Most Delicious Foods Mikel Arteta is planning a major Arsenal shake-up to kickstart his stalled Emirates revolution. And senior stars including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are all threatened. Lacazette, Aubameyang, Ozil are all at risk as Mikel Arteta plans an Arsenal shake-up New boss Arteta has been disappointed by the team’s lack of progress since he was appointed seven weeks ago. Now he believes his under-performing squad needs major surgery after assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the players he inherited from Unai Emery. With the team in serious danger of failing to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1996, Arteta accepts he might have to sell a number of the club’s highest-paid players to finance a summer spending spree. Experienced strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be casualties if Mikel Arteta sells to fund a reshuffle Six senior players, including top earners Ozil and Aubameyang, are out of contract in less than 18 months’ time. And head of football Raul Sanllehi has made it clear to Arteta that no one will be allowed to run down their deals then leave as a free agent next year. Arteta is eager to keep captain Aubameyang and still hopes his top scorer will sign a contract extension.center_img But all negotiations have been put on hold until the end of the season, when the club will have a clearer understanding of their financial situation. Aubameyang, who turns 31 in June, does not want to spend another season outside the Champions League and is aware of Barcelona’s interest.Arteta acknowledges that a player who cost them £60million two years ago cannot be allowed to leave for nothing. And it is a similar situation with Ozil, who has not scored all season and has managed just one assist in the league. The 31-year-old has been substituted in six of his eight games for Arteta but insists he is happy at the Emirates and plans to see out his £350,000-a-week contract. French international striker Lacazette has also struggled to impress Arteta and has failed to score a Premier League goal in two months. If Aubameyang can be persuaded to stay, then Lacazette, 28, could find himself surplus to requirements and suddenly on the market before his resale value plummets. Mikel Arteta is ready to swing the axe after being unimpressed by Arsenal so far Read Also: Real Madrid, Barcelona battle Man Utd for £60m-rated Grealish Arteta also faces some big defensive calls, with Sokratis, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi all in the final 18 months of their contracts and uncertain of their place in Arteta’s long-term planning. Arteta’s men fly to Dubai this evening and he hopes four days of warm-weather training can reinvigorate his struggling team. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bros nabbed over murder charge

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with murder,two persons were arrested in Barangay Tabu, Ilog, Negros Occidental.  The 18-year-old Jorge Estrabela andhis 21-year-old brother James of Barangay Nangka, Bayawan City, Negros Orientalwere caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, apolice report showed. The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of the Bayawan City police station. Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Gerardo Paguio of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 in BayawanCity dated April 1, 2019.   The court recommended no bail bond fortheir temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

Twin 20 triumphs for Linkenhoker, Worrell in Virginia Sprint Series Shenandoah show

first_imgBy Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (May 14) – A rain delay on April 30 after the trophy dash meant a changeup format was put into play when Virginia Sprint Series drivers returned to Shenandoah Speedway Saturday night for a pair of twin 20-lap features.Anthony Linkenhoker became the first repeat winner for IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars this season in the rescheduled race, Glenn Worrell earned his first pavement win in the night­cap and Bill Rice went home with two runner-up finishes.The first feature had Worrell and Tony Harris on the front row with Harris out first. Rice was strong up high right behind them and got Worrell first and then Harris on lap six, but Linkenhoker was coming on strong as well.Linkenhoker was in second by lap 10 and in the lead for good two laps later. Worrell was pressing Rice as laps ran out.Feature number two had Worrell and Harris on the point as the green waved with Worrell out front on the bottom and Harris mid-track. The two traded the lead lap after lap with Worrell gaining the upper hand on lap eight.Rice moved to second but was no match as Worrell remained smooth and fast out front.Next week it’s back to Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro on Saturday, May 21 for another dirt track show.ResultsRescheduled feature – 1. Anthony Linkenhoker; 2. Bill Rice; 3. Glenn Worrell; 4. French Grimes; 5. Josh Perreault; 6. Jerald Harris; 7. Ron Moyers; 8. Tony Harris.Scheduled feature – 1. Worrell; 2. Rice; 3. Linkenhoker; 4. Jerald Harris; 5. Tony Harris; 6. French Grimes; 7. Perreault; 8. Moyers.last_img read more

SR 56 to close for bridge replacement

first_imgSwitzerland County, IN— S.R. 56 will close near Lamb in Switzerland County for approximately 30 days beginning on or after Monday, July 22, weather permitting. The road will be closed 6.5 miles west of S.R. 129 for a $1.4 million bridge replacement project over Green Valley Creek.The closure was originally scheduled to begin June 10 but has been delayed due to weather. The official state detour for the closure is S.R. 129 and U.S. 421.last_img

Alan Pardew wants Dwight Gayle to keep supplying goals for Crystal Palace

first_img Pardew feels the Belgian has a promising future. “Jason is a young player that we brought from abroad, he has fantastic technical ability,” Pardew said at a press conference. “He has lots to do to threaten our first team, but he is a smiley boy so we hope he does well here.” Pardew reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of the West Brom match. Connor Wickham, Mile Jedinak, Damien Delaney and Joel Ward are all in line to return following the international break. “I am a bit frustrated because I have so many key first-team players missing,” he said. “That is an area we need to put right. My medical team tell me by the time we play West Ham they will be back, and that will be much better news for us. “But we are still strong this weekend, though. We are fortunate that the starting XI who are on the sheet most weeks are still there, which is good.” Pardew indicated Gayle would be in his plans for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against West Brom, when former Eagles boss Tony Pulis returns to Selhurst Park. However, when asked whether the player was set for a new deal, Pardew said: “It’s not something I’m aware of. “We obviously have to keep an eye on players’ contracts as they run down, but I think we are pretty comfortable where we are. “Signing Yannick (Bolasie) was a real boost for us and having key players under long contracts bodes well for going forwards.” The Eagles boss continued: “I was very impressed with him (Gayle) last Sunday. If he had scored two goals he would have been man of the match, and he could have, he was so unlucky with a couple of chances. “That is what he gives us and he has worked his way into the team. “He will play on Saturday and hopefully he will score.” Palace recently added 17-year-old Anderlecht winger Jason Lokilo to the club following some time training with the under-21s and receiving international clearance. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew hopes Dwight Gayle can let his goals do the talking again this weekend, but is not aware of any new deal in the pipeline for the striker. The 24-year-old forward was a target for both Norwich and Bristol City in the transfer window but remained at Selhurst Park. Gayle grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Charlton and impressed when drafted into the attack for the Barclays Premier League game against Watford, where Palace won 1-0. Press Associationlast_img read more