Jammin’ with Rex

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Tommy Lucas stopped picking long enough to explain his love of place.“Out here, it’s music everywhere you go,” he said. “Under the canopies, the shade trees on the porch. Everywhere. There’ll be 30 or 40 groups jamming. If you don’t like it here, then, you can go over there.”There’s a mix of professional pickers and beginners and those somewhere in between.Roy Rodgers of Panama City has been “beginning” for about 10 years. He’s a member of a picking Panhandle group that includes a 17-year-old banjo picker who is better than good.“Roy started bringing me along around 2009 and this is one of my favorite places to play,” said Matthew Jones, who is one of a growing number of young pickers at Rex’s.Lucas said that it’s good to have young folks around.“They make us sound good,” he said with a nod of satisfaction.The pickers cocked their ears in the direction of the familiar sound of Dolly Parton.“Jolene, Jolene, please don’t take him just because you can.”The blond singer was Kellie Gerlach of Live Oak, Florida – a first-timer at Rex’s Bluegrass Festival.“Ruth (Hagy) brought me,” Gerlach said. “She said this was the most fantastic festival. It was off the beaten path but it was a great festival. And, so far, it has been.”Hagy smiled because she knew that Gerlach was in for a real treat once the weekend gets underway.“I’ve been coming here for five years and this is one of my favorite festivals,” she said. Although there’s nothing pretentious about Rex’s Bluegrass Festival, it’s special because of the camaraderie. “Here we’re all family and no matter your musical skill, there’s a place for you.”Lucas said it doesn’t matter how many bad notes a picker plays as long as they are played in time.“In time and a fine time,” he said.Locklar sat listen as bluegrass filtered through the trees and around the bends. He tried to keep back a smile that is a telltale sign that he, too, wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but the Henderson Music Park on the second weekend in April.“Yeah, we really get things kicked off for the weekend but I can’t keep folks out,” he said, shaking his head. “They just come on in and get to picking and it’ll go ’til the wee hours. Everybody that likes to play bluegrass – gospel or country – or listen to it just ought to come on down.”Admission to Rex’s Bluegrass Festival is $5 a day.“Five dollars, if you got it. If you ain’t, come talk to me,” Rex said. You Might Like Mark Kelvin Adams Mr. Mark Kelvin Adams age 53 of Troy Died Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be… read more By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Latest Stories Jammin’ with Rex Published 9:55 pm Thursday, April 7, 2011 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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Sponsored Content Print Article Rex’s Bluegrass Festival is in its 45th year and every year, for the past 10 years, Locklar has said this is the last one. And, every year, those who come from nine states to the usually sleepy little community of Henderson, chuckle and shake their heads.“This is where we want to be every April and October,” said J.C. Burgess of Chelsea. “Most of us have been coming for 10 years or more and we wouldn’t know what to do if we didn’t have Rex’s Bluegrass Festival to look forward to.”Burgess plays a little “ge-tar” and a little harmonica but Thursday afternoon he was “just listening” with a big wide grin pushing back his ears.“I pick, therefore, I grin,” he said. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Rex Locklar’s annual bluegrass festival is this weekend in Henderson.Rex Locklar could be guilty of false advertising.The signs read: Rex’s Bluegrass Festival April 8 & 9.Then why has the Henderson Music Park been filled with pickers and grinners since early Wednesday while others are held at bay until today. Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

Siemens Gamesa’s Gearboxes for MHI Vestas-Powered Princess Amalia OWF

first_imgImage source: EnecoSiemens Gamesa has won a tender for the supply of gearboxes for Eneco’s ten-year-old Princess Amalia offshore wind farm (Prinses Amaliawindpark) that features 60 V80-2.0MW wind turbines delivered by Vestas and maintained by MHI Vestas, which will continue to carry out the regular preventive maintenance for the next five years.The scope of work for Siemens Gamesa comprises providing gearboxes, new or refurbished, for the purpose of exchange on the wind turbine generators at the wind farm. This includes maintaining a stock/pool of three to four gearboxes and an additional supply of up to two gearboxes per campaign, according to Eneco’s call for tenders issued last year.This is the latest of several new contracts signed as part of Eneco’s “smart asset management” set-up for the offshore wind farm, for which the government subsidy period has expired.Arjan Donker, Operational Manager Offshore Wind at Eneco: “We have an extensive portfolio of both existing wind farms and projects in the pipeline. Consequently, it is essential to continuously keep an eye out for better, smarter and more cost effective management and maintenance possibilities. This is particularly important for a wind farm that has to operate without financial support in the form of subsidy.”Along with Siemens Gamesa’s gearboxes, the developer has chosen GEV Windpower for the maintenance of rotor blades and ØER Energy, a subsidiary of the Norwegian company NSG Wind, for supplying technicians specialised in the replacement of main components.Since the beginning of this year, all transport and lifting services are provided by MPI Contractors, which will use one of its crane vessels. Eneco said that, in the coming years, the costs related to replacement of the main components will be minimised by optimising the use of the most expensive component – the crane vessel.“This makes it possible to combine the replacement of a number of main components, such as gearboxes, generators and/or rotor blades, in a single maintenance operation. In addition, we have opted for a flexible planning mechanism, which gives MPI Contractors room to optimise the use of their crane vessel in several projects,” the company stated.The 120MW wind farm, operational since 2008, is located 23km off the coast of IJmuiden, the Netherlands.last_img read more

France opens probe into figure skating underage sex abuse claims

first_img Promoted ContentThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Loading… The probe, hailed as a “strong signal” by French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu and in which “the words of the victims must be heard”, will focus on allegations made by skater Sarah Abitbol last week in her autobiography that she was raped by coach Gilles Beyer between the ages of 15 and 17. “He (Beyer) started to do horrible things leading to sexual abuse and I was raped at 15,” said Abitbol, now 44, in a video interview with L’Obs last week. The inquiry will also “attempt to identify all the other victims who suffered… offences of the same nature”, Paris-based prosecutor Remy Heitz said in a statement. On the day that Abitbol’s revelations emerged, sports daily L’Equipe published an investigation in which three other skaters accused Beyer and two other coaches, Jean-Roland Racle and Michel Lotz, of abuse and rape when they were minors. Further allegations of underage sexual abuse emerged from former swimmers and tennis players. On Friday, 62-year-old Beyer admitted to having had “intimate” and “inappropriate” relations, telling AFP he was “sincerely sorry” and apologising. “I acknowledge having had intimate relationships with her,” Beyer said in a statement. “If my memories of the exact circumstances differ from hers, I am aware that, given my duties and her age at the time, these relationships were inappropriate.” Racle has denied the accusations while Lotz has not commented. Abitbol’s claims, which came on the heels of French tennis coach Andrew Geddes being jailed for 18 years for raping four underage players, gathered further pace on Monday when sports minister Maracineanu told Didier Gailhaguet to quit as president of France’s ice skating federation. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu has called on Didier Gailhaguet (right) to step down as ice skating federation president in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse of minors within the sport “The weight of facts and their continuation over time illustrate that a general dysfunction exists within the federation,” she said. “Didier Gailhaguet cannot absolve himself of his moral and personal responsibility, so I have asked him to assume all his responsibilities and resign.” Maracineanu, a former swimming world champion, does not have the power to sack Gailhaguet but intimated that the federation would face state sanctions if he remains. Gailhaguet is due to hold a press conference on Wednesday. Gailhaguet admitted to “mistakes”, but defended his record on this matter. “She did not listen to me and she certainly didn’t hear me,” said the 66-year-old who has been the most influential man in French ice skating since he first became president in 1998, some years after the alleged offences. Gailhaguet has been president ever since apart from a three-year hiatus between 2004 and 2007 which followed a judging scandal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He was suspended by the International Skating Union for three years from 2002 and duly gave up, temporarily, the presidency of the French federation. Gailhaguet’s accession to the presidency in 1998 opened the door for Beyer to take charge of the French national team. At the start of the 2000s, another skater made a complaint against Beyer which was followed up at administrative level but not by the judiciary. The investigation led the sports ministry to remove him from his technical role at the federation, but he remained a coach at club level and held an executive position at the federation until 2018. Gailhaguet on Monday attempted to deflect blame for Beyer’s return to the federation following that inquiry, turning it instead on former sports minister Marie-George Buffet, who he was careful not to name. read also:Red Hot Osimhen fires Lille into Coupe de France next round “She removed him from us and she returned him,” he said. Buffet dismissed Gailhaguet’s accusation as “some fog to escape the depth of the case”. French prosecutors said Tuesday they had opened an investigation into claims of rape and sexual abuse of minors in figure skating following claims made by a former world championship medallist.last_img read more