To those who chase after their athletic dreams, I hope we can inspire each other. It is not easy to take faith in investing all of our time, money, and mental strength into a dream that offers us no promised chance of achieving. Keeping your flame burning through tests of will power and life’s setbacks is not easy; it is during these times when motivation and inspiration can be lost. By making the decision to go all in, your flame is no longer a flicker of light on a waxed string, but rather a raging fire. A fire that can be thrown into the wettest of environments, because it is all you have and all you are to keep it fed. We cannot be overcome by the excuses to quit or we will be fully put out and lose the chance of reaching our goals and dreams. Therefore, I have chosen to feed my flame no matter what comes my way. My foundation is a bonfire, determined to stay lit through any setbacks or challenges. “I am all in” towards reaching my goal.Living in an apartment with the same old routine was taxing and dampening my fire. I needed something new and exciting. The decision to live out of my car brought spontaneity into my life; my flame is being fed. Every day is different. The reason behind it was mainly to save my rent money for plane tickets for the summer and to have the reason to sleep at various trailheads in the WNC region. That is one of some of the many reasons why I say, “I am all in.”Last May, my dream was developed after completing my first Sky. I won the Quest for the Crest 50k in Burnsville. This is where my training was derived and devoted towards training up and down Mount Mitchell crest trail 3 times. I was naïve and ran freely in the mountains. Staying in Montreat Campground all summer after that race and working for Peter Ripmaster at Black Mountain Running Co. is when I wrote down and decided to set the goal to race 4 out of the 5 US Ultra Sky races in 2016 and win the entire series. With the long-term goal of being picked up by a company I believe in to travel and race all around the world.Your flame is fed when you find joy in your sport. For me, I cannot stop running. My mileage is close to an average of 3 hours a day when I am not sidelined recovering from an injury. I find my joy when I am up exploring in the mountains. When I am with good company flying down technical footing trails. Joy comes when I am embracing the rush of moving my body in sync with my legs. Almost as though I am dancing down hill.Allowing the force of gravity to tug me down a steep hill, trusting my feet and stride to float me. The joy that comes from the thought of vistas approaching so I can see a bursting sunset or sunrise. The joys I get when I am distracted from the sight of wild edible mushrooms, only so I can snatch them up and carry them to cook them on the stove later. Joy from the sight and shade of the neon green chlorophyll gleaming through the leaves on the trees along side a stream, radiating off a cool temperature during the hot hours of the day.This excitement to get outside and splash in river crossings, going around new bends in the trail and unfolding discoveries of new waterfalls spent from the time rock hopping up and down river beds, is where I find my joy and fall in love with this sport. WNC is high on the list for me because of the endless amounts of different and unique trails in this region. You have so many options of style trails to choose from. There is still so much for me to discover and running a trail in the other direction is just as new to me as running it the other way. Being disconnected for a short while from society fills my tank up. The mountains recharge me. Doing what people refer to as crazy, keeps me pushing my limit higher and higher. Running in these places and doing the things that give me joy feeds my flame.10 days out from my first sky race this June, I rolled my ankle real bad coming down Lane Pinacle with Adam Hill and Abby Harris. There was a big thunderstorm raining on my fire. I did everything I could to make that ankle feel better again and in time for Broken Arrow 50k. I got on the plane not being able to run. Just 2 days from the start of my race in Tahoe, was the only time I could start feeling confident to begin running again. I owe it to my friends for their help and advice. Miriam Nelson, (Runner’s Mechanic), Wes Miller, (Anti-Fragile Physical Therapy), Kellie Moylan, (Moylan Training) and to all my other PT friends, shit, I did not realize how many of those I had! Doug Daniel, Sean Bagley, and Will Hagan for helping my ankle recover that much faster. Because of the awesome community of runners I know and from all of their words of encouragement, I felt my flame burning hotter.It was not only the Broken Arrow 50k I was out going to Tahoe for. It was also for a friend I made, Caleb Denton, a Tennessee native who won his golden ticket to Western States 100 by taking 2nd place at the Georgia Death Race, finishing behind the 20 year old who won Western States this year. He had asked me if I could come out to pace him. I happily accepted and to his surprise, I was already planning on being at Western States looking for someone to pace. From mile 62 at Forest Hill High School to the finish at Mile 100, a total distance of 38.2 miles, I could not allow myself to miss out on an opportunity like this. Unfortunately, Caleb had a fall that put his knee out of commission. After running through 2 aid stations to give his knee a fighting chance, Caleb called it quits at mile 43.Despite this unfortunate scenario, I made the effort to find someone to pace from Forest Hill to the finish. His name is Krystian Ogly from Poland. He was the first Pole to complete the course in less than 24 hours. I was very happy to see him accomplish his goal of running under 24 hours because he finished in 20 hours and 30 minutes. His expression when he saw the clock coming down the last 100 meters on the Auburn track was priceless. He had no clue what his time was since his watch broke on him earlier that day. I was very grateful for him to be open to me pacing him. Helping to pace someone through a goal at that magnitude, 100 miles, is so energizing, it reminds you how nice it is to share the experience with others. Through pacing Krystian, it gave me the much-needed experience for when I go out and race the Western States race, I will not be pulling a “Jim Wamsley” and get turned around at mile 91… Sorry dude.After Broken Arrow, which was the hardest race of my life, I will be driving out to Aspen, CO to compete in my 2nd Sky Race of this season, the Power of Audi 4 Ultra Sky Race on August 7th. I am going into this race as a stronger, more patient, and wiser racer. I am excited to see how much more I improve compared to my effort at Broken Arrow.So what I have to say is, find what you love about the sport you are in and discover what it is that lights your flame. Share the passion with others. Let them tag along, sometimes. Feed each other’s fire. Go after your dreams because you only live once. There is no, “next time.”Related:
By Iris Amador/Diálogo November 21, 2017 Under the sponsorship of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) successfully concluded the humanitarian mission Southern Partnership Station 2017 (SPS 17), in Honduras. U.S. military personnel, local authorities, and members of the Honduran Armed Forces carried out social work and military exercises that strengthened alliances through solidarity, collaboration, and exchanges of information. “Honduras and the United States have a proud history of defense and cooperation in many areas, such as operations to counter illicit trafficking, humanitarian aid missions, and civil action projects,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Rick Moore, public relations officer for SPS 17, told Diálogo. “This is an opportunity for our multiservice team to work with our Honduran military colleagues and strengthen our relations.” The USNS Spearhead, flagship for SPS 17, set sail from Gulfport, Mississippi, in mid-July. It brought medical supplies as well as construction materials and equipment amounting to about 400 tons of humanitarian aid. The U.S. ship arrived in Honduras, its first port call, on July 24th and remained until September 4th, then set sail for Guatemala. The SPS 17 schedule also included missions in Chile and Colombia. Benefits for the community In Honduras, Honduran Navy Lieutenant Commander Gilberto Morales, commander of Puerto Castilla Naval Base, welcomed USNAVSO service members with honors. The hosts made security boats and escort personnel available to the SPS 17 personnel for all their deployments in country. “Having them in our country was an excellent experience for us. They are a team of professionals with a great sense of service and responsibility, which benefited our personnel on base and more importantly, the community,” Lt. Cmdr. Morales told Diálogo. “They helped our town repair schools and worked with medical staff at Trujillo Public Hospital.” The SPS 17 teams carried out restoration and painting work in nine schools in the area of Trujillo and Tocoa. They also drilled wells to provide water to the communities of Bonito Oriental, Cilín, and Jericó—all municipalities in the department of Colón. In addition, medical specialists held lectures and training opportunities with doctors and nurses at Salvador Paredes Hospital. “The main areas of interest for the Honduran medical staff were issues relating to women’s health, entomology, potable water, and pediatric care,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Auten, emergency medicine residency assistant director at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, told Diálogo. “We had a group of 14 U.S. Navy personnel working on these issues with Honduran service members and sharing their experiences in complex medical settings.” Military exercises The personnel at Puerto Castilla Naval Base also received training for combat missions and civilian operations. “In this exchange with Honduran health providers, I found we had a shared passion for pediatric care, so that children can reach their full potential,” Lt. Cmdr. Auten said. “Our American friends gave our guys training on first aid to improve their response capacity,” Lt. Cmdr. Morales added. U.S. Navy divers trained students at the Naval Training Center to help them improve their abilities in search and rescue procedures. Orientations on how to maintain equipment and operate a hyperbaric chamber complemented the exercises. “I can’t emphasize enough the value of this deployment for the Honduran Armed Forces, their citizens, and the strong relationship between our nations,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Joshua Perry, commander of SPS 17 ground mission. “With limited resources, including time in port, we were able to impact a significant percentage of the population through our community projects.” Before leaving, the crew of USNS Spearhead delivered a shipment of medical supplies to the Honduran Ministry of Health in Trujillo. The donation consisted of gloves, hospital gowns, hydrating solutions, and a mannequin for CPR training. “The Honduran people are grateful for visits like this,” Captain Héctor Tercero López, chief of staff of the Honduran Navy, added. “Such support is for our compatriots. All these exercises and partnerships allow us to fulfill our mission to protect the nation, fight narcotrafficking, and ensure that our people can live in peace and harmony,” he concluded.
The USPS and Department of Justice are having to report to Judge Sullivan daily. He ended today’s proceedings on an encouraging note, at least for the rank and file staff of the USPS, praising “all the dedicated men and women of the US Postal Service. […] Nothing stops the Postal system. I feel like giving the postman a big hug today,” he said. That’s a sharp departure from Wednesday’s process, when he was livid at USPS leadership for ignoring his Election Day order for ballot sweeps.“Someone may have a price to pay for that,” and that someone might still be Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who Sullivan threatened to make testify about the decision to refuse the order and then not tell him they were refusing the order until after the fact. Had DeJoy or leadership told him that his order was too onerous to complete on top of their Election Day activities, Sullivan said, he’d have happily worked with them. Instead, they just disregarded his order. He told the Justice attorneys representing the USPS in court Wednesday that he doesn’t blame them. “It’s your clients. Each and every one of them, starting at the top of the food chain,” he said. “I don’t want you to keep falling on the sword.”- Advertisement – “The postmaster’s going to have to be deposed or appear before me,” Sullivan said, adding, “I’m not going to forget it.” – Advertisement –
Crowley Alaska Tankers, part of the Crowley Maritime Corporation, has signed an agreement to purchase three tankers from SeaRiver Maritime, ExxonMobil’s U.S. marine affiliate, and charter them back to SeaRiver under varying multi-year terms.The deal is, however, subject to regulatory approval.“Key to ensuring the success of this transaction and ongoing operations will be obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to serve the Alaska and West Coast markets. Crowley will work together with regulators to ensure a seamless transition and continued safe operations,” the company saidThe tankers in question are Liberty Bay and Eagle Bay, each of which have a capacity of 800,000 barrels and transport crude from Alaska to West Coast refineries; and the tanker SR American Progress, which has a capacity of 342,000 barrels and transports refined petroleum between U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports.“We have an excellent safety record, which we intend to uphold,” said Rob Grune, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services.“Last year, for example, we transported 410 million barrels of product and made 4,868 product transfers with zero spills to environment – a credit to our professional, safety-minded crews and management systems.”“We anticipate a smooth transition with SeaRiver crews, and look forward to personally welcoming them to the Crowley team,” said Rudy Leming, Crowley vice president of labor relations.By the end of 2017, Crowley will be operating 37 Jones Act qualified large petroleum transportation vessels in the United States with a combined capacity of more than 10 million barrels. Among this tank vessel fleet are a tanker and an articulated-tug-barge (ATB) already on charter to SeaRiver.
Image courtesy of Energean Oil & GasTechnipFMC has been awarded an integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (iEPCI) by Energean Oil & Gas for the Karish gas field offshore Israel. The execution of this contract covers the design, procurement, construction and installation of the complete subsea system, a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) designed to allow the subsequent tie-back of the Tanin field, the pipeline system, and the onshore pipeline and valve station at the receiving station, TechnipFMC said in its statement.Energean Oil & Gas, eastern Mediterranean focused exploration and production company, secured funding for the development of the gas field and is looking to raise equity required to develop the Karish and Tanin gas field.The company said that the deal with TechnipFMC for the construction of the FPSO with a production capacity of 8 billion cubic meters per year is valued at $1.36 billion. LNG World News Staff
Australian-based tidal energy company MAKO Tidal Turbines (MTT) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) have joined forces to conduct a six-month tidal turbine demonstration in Queensland.The project, set for deployment at Port of Gladstone, will investigate how tidal energy can contribute to Australia’s energy mix by producing clean, predictable renewable energy.MAKO said its tidal turbine is expected to be installed at GPC’s Barney Point Terminal within months.Douglas Hunt, CEO of MTT, said: “By using existing structures at GPC’s wharves, similar to those found around the world, MAKO tidal turbines can be installed cost-effectively and in much shorter timeframes than if floating or seabed mounting systems were used.”Peter O’Sullivan, CEO of GPC, added: “GPC has long recognized the potential to extract energy from the tides in Gladstone and we are pleased to now be able to investigate this further as we continue on our pathway to a sustainable future.”
“With regard to Brown, who was dismissed for serious foul play during Saturday’s game at Stoke City, the claim was upheld. As a result, his three-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect. “The claim in relation to Bolasie, who was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’s match at Hull City on Saturday, was unsuccessful therefore his three-match ban remains with immediate effect.” Brown was sent off in the first half of the contest at the Britannia Stadium, which Sunderland lost 2-0, for a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam. The Black Cats man, travelling at speed when he made the one-footed tackle, won the ball and replays suggested any contact between the two players had been minimal. Referee Kevin Friend deemed it worthy of a straight red card, a decision that left Sunderland manager Gus Poyet livid and calling for an apology from Mike Riley, the head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board. Friend has not been given a match for the next two rounds of Premier League games. Bolasie’s straight red card was issued by referee Anthony Taylor for a challenge on Jake Livermore 12 minutes from the end of the match at the KC Stadium, which Palace won 1-0. Giving his reaction to Brown’s red card being rescinded, Poyet said on Sunderland’s official website: “I would like to express my thanks to the panel for giving the matter their consideration. Press Association “Naturally we are delighted with their decision, which is fair and just. “I have spoken with Mike Riley and whilst the details of our conversation will remain private, I am satisfied with today’s outcome. “Of course it was hugely frustrating to have Wes sent off, but we accept that officials are only human and like everyone, they can make mistakes. “Having the red card rescinded today goes some way to rectifying the error and we are delighted to have Wes available for Saturday’s game at Aston Villa.” Sunderland’s appeal against the red card shown to defender Wes Brown in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match at Stoke has been upheld, the Football Association has confirmed. Announcing the news on Tuesday afternoon, the FA also revealed that Crystal Palace had been unsuccessful with their appeal against the red card Eagles midfielder Yannick Bolasie received in their top-flight game at Hull on Saturday. A statement from the FA said: “An Independent Regulatory Commission has today heard two separate claims of wrongful dismissal involving Sunderland’s Wes Brown and Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace.
Press Association The in-form striker is eyeing a Wembley win against Liverpool on Sunday when they face the Reds in the last four. But he has told Villa they must secure Barclays Premier League survival as well with five games left. Benteke scored the winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Tottenham which lifted Villa six points above the relegation zone. It was his eighth goal in eight games under Tim Sherwood but the hitman warned Villa they need more than one more win to survive. He said: “The more the better, I think it’s risky to say we can take three points and we’re finished. We have to try to win every game. “Saturday was a massive three points because now we’re six points clear of QPR so it’s very important for us to be far off them.” The Belgium international missed last summer’s World Cup after rupturing his Achilles a year ago and only returned in October. And, ahead of Sunday’s clash, the 24-year-old admitted playing at Wembley will be the biggest game of his career. “For the moment, yes,” he said. “It (missing the World Cup) was hard but now it’s in the past, I’m looking forward to playing the semi-final. “Liverpool are a good team but the thing with the FA Cup is it’s still something special. It’s 50-50 for me but some will say they are favourites. “Wembley is something good and special because it’s a semi-final, it’s close to the final and we have to do everything to be there again.” He is likely to be partnered by Gabriel Agbonlahor up front, with Sherwood preferring to pair the duo together, and Benteke is enjoying playing with Agbonlahor. He said: “He said to the team we have to play to our strengths, to play with me and Gabby. “He helped me to destroy the defenders, with two we’re always better than one. I’m comfortable, it’s a good partnership.” Christian Benteke insists it is “risky” to consider Aston Villa safe and urged them not to relax ahead of the FA Cup semi-final.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has indicated that not all his players support his methods – but he insists he only needs the backing of owner Roman Abramovich.It follows reports of a flare-up between Villas-Boas and members of his squad at a meeting attended by Abramovich on Sunday.The meeting was arranged after the players’ scheduled day off was cancelled in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton.AdChoices广告Villas-Boas played down the significance of Sunday’s exchange, describing it as “normal.”And he declared: “They [the players] don’t have to back my project. Only the owner needs to back my project.“I think that the owner has full trust in me and that we will continue to progress with the ideas we have.”Villas-Boas faces an important week, with his team facing Birmingham in the FA Cup and then Napoli in the Champions League.He said: “We have an objective to get the best possible position in the league. It would be extremely good for us if we put ourselves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Duro IkhazuagbeDeath struck the Nigeria football family again yesterday as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation and Chairman of the Nigeria National League, Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa, died at 50.Okenwa was also the Chairman of the Enugu State Football Association. Okenwa family sources in Enugu told THISDAY that the football technocrat was diagnosed with leukemia shortly before the coronavirus pandemic lockdown but has been managing the situation until it took a different dimension on Monday evening.According to the Director of Communications at the NFF, Ademola Olajire, “Hon. Okenwa was said to have been restless throughout the night and slumped in the early hours before being rushed to a private hospital in Enugu, where he was confirmed dead on Tuesday morning.”President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was devastated by the sad news of one of his core loyalists on the federation board, paid glowing tributes to Okenwa.The late Enugu FA Boss was part of a meeting of the NFF Executive Committee held via video conferencing penultimate Friday. It was that same day that Okenwa celebrated his 50th birthday.“This is a huge shock. Each and everyone of us on the NFF Board is in absolute grief. Chidi (Okenwa) was a loyal soldier of Nigeria football and was a leading member of our intellectual wing. This is a terrible blow.“He was one man you can always rely on to give candid advice. We bounced ideas off him regularly and picked his brain on many issues because of his wide knowledge and decades of experience in football administration. We will sorely miss him,” Pinnick said.Similarly, a former FIFA-badged referee, Linus Mba said of the demise of Okenwa: “The news of Chidi’s death came to me this afternoon as a great shock.“His death is not only a great personal loss but a great link that will be missing in football development in Enugu State and also in the organisational thrust of the NFF.“We will soon start feeling the impact of the demise of Chidi,” observed the erudite retired arbiter.Mba prayed to God to find Okenwa a very comfortable place in heaven.In another condolence message, the Nigerian Referees Association (NRA), also expressed sadness at the death of the NFF board member.President of the association, Otunba Tade Azeez, described the late Okenwa as friend of Nigerian referees.“He was one of those who placed a premium for refereeing and never failed to identify with the NRA when necessary.“Referees in Nigeria will miss the wise counsel of late Chief Okenwa while wishing the family, Enugu FA and members of NFF the fortitude to bear the loss,” concludes a statement signed by Kelechi Mejuobi, National Publicity Secretary of the NRA.Brilliant, humble, eloquent, witty, thorough and committed to the development of Nigeria Football at all levels, Hon. Okenwa evinced capacity, zeal and fervour, and gave his all for the good ending of any project or assignment in which he found himself.The remains of the late Chidi Ofo Okenwa has been deposited in a mortuary in Enugu and the NFF said they are in contact with his family with regards to a decision on the date of the final burial rites.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram