Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Added To LOCKN’ 2018 Lineup

first_imgEach year, LOCKN’ reveals its lineup day-by-day, adding pieces of the lineup puzzle daily until the full bill is completed. Following its first lineup announcement yesterday, the exciting reveal of Dead & Company as headliners on both Saturday and Sunday night of the festival, today, LOCKN’ has added yet another beloved artist to its 2018 lineup; Baltimore-based funk-jam ensemble, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, is the second artist to be announced by the festival.The group will play on Saturday afternoon ahead of Dead & Company’s debut at the four-day music festival, which will take place in Arrington, VA at Infinity Downs Farm from August 23 through 26. An act off the festival’s lineup will continue to be revealed daily until the final and complete bill is released on February 8th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here.[Photo: Gary Sheer]last_img read more

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power files for rate increase of 4.84 percent

first_imgGreen Mountain Power today asked the Vermont Public Service Board to authorize a 4.84 percent rate adjustment to go into effect on October 1, 2009, as part of its alternative regulation plan. The increase is primarily due to factors that affect all utilities in the region, such as the costs of reliability upgrades to the New England transmission grid.”We continue to work hard to reduce every single controllable expense on behalf of our customers,” said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power President and Chief Executive Officer. “In fact, less than half a percent of the rate increase is due to changes in Green Mountain Power’s operating costs that are under our direct control. During these challenging economic times, we know that any change in rates will be difficult for our customers, and in response we have taken extra steps to keep this increase as low as possible, including keeping payroll costs flat and cutting other operating expenses.”Green Mountain Power already operates very efficiently, with the most customers served per employee of any utility in the state, and meets or exceeds very high customer service standards, such as how quickly customers’ calls are answered and the reliability of the electric service.To ensure system-wide reliability, every state pays a pro-rated share of all regional transmission reliability projects, based on its percentage of the total New England electric load. Vermont’s four percent cost share requirement for the significant investments in the transmission infrastructure New England has made to meet reliability requirements contributes to this rate request. Other states, in turn, invest proportionately in Vermont transmission reliability upgrades.Green Mountain Power’s overall average rates are the lowest of the large utilities in New England and Vermont’s five largest utilities, based on the most recent data available. The rate advantage is due in large part to long term contracts with Vermont Yankee and Hydro Quebec, which make up three-quarters of the Company’s power supply, and to the rest of New England’s heavy use of fossil fuels, which are more volatile in cost.”We will continue to focus our efforts on delivering the most cost effective power to our customers,” said Ms. Powell. “And as we work to replace expiring electric energy contracts, we are seeking the most cost competitive and reliable sources that are also low in carbon emissions and other air pollutants.”As is the case with many companies, Green Mountain Power has been affected financially by the recession. And because utilities need to borrow large amounts of money to maintain their generation facilities, distribution system and other infrastructure to serve customers, they need to be financially stable or risk higher borrowing charges that ultimately get passed on in higher rates.”Customers benefit by Green Mountain Power maintaining financial stability,” said Ms. Powell. “Financial markets react unfavorably when a utility’s ability to earn a return on investment is greatly reduced. They see this as a risk and charge more for lending money. This, in turn, increases costs to customers.”Green Mountain Power has operated under an alternative regulation plan since January 2007, which streamlines regulation while retaining appropriate regulatory review. It has been effective in significantly reducing regulatory costs while offering positive risk assurances to credit rating agencies.If the full rate request is approved, the monthly bill for an average residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours would increase by $4.32, from $89.29 to $93.61.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – July 31, 2009) –last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes: No official proposal from Manchester United

first_img Mourinho has been linked with the Manchester United manager’s job over the last week following his dismissal as Chelsea boss. Van Gaal is under increasing pressure after United embarked upon a six-match winless run that has also seen them exit the Champions League. Press Association Some fans clearly want Mourinho to replace Van Gaal, however. Cries of Mourinho’s name could be heard around Old Trafford on Saturday and U nited were booed off the pitch following their third straight defeat, which left them in fifth position. Three weeks ago, senior United figures insisted Van Gaal had the board’s full support, but after a run of six matches without a win, they have now fallen quiet. It is understood the United board were disappointed in particular at Van Gaal’s failure to lead the team through what was viewed as a relatively easy Champions League group containing PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg. And a second straight defeat in the league means United head into the busy Christmas schedule outside the Barclays Premier League’s top four. Although United could stomach another year out of the Champions League in a financial sense, the damage to the club’s standing in the game would be hit if they were not in Europe’s top club competition next season. And with Mourinho available and willing to take the job, there has been a flood of speculation linking the two-time Champions League winner with United. United will also be aware Pep Guardiola is available in the summer, although he is rumoured to be ready to move to Manchester City instead following his stint with Bayern Munich. United travel to Stoke on Boxing Day before hosting Chelsea on December 28. Louis van Gaal will face the media today for the first time since speculation began claiming that he is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is understood to be ready to take the top job at United should the board decide to sack Van Gaal, who is halfway through his three-year contract. The Portuguese’s agent Jorge Mendes, speaking to Globo Esporte on Tuesday night, denied a deal had been struck between his client and the United board. Mendes insisted an “official proposal” had not been tabled by United, but the super agent did not exactly pour cold water on claims the former Chelsea manager is set for the hot seat at Old Trafford. “There is nothing,” Mendes said. “We don’t know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement. There isn’t an official proposal either – that’s not true.” Van Gaal, who worked with Mourinho at Barcelona, is expected to receive questions on the Portuguese and his own job security at his weekly press conference in Carrington at 1530 today. Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Norwich last Saturday, Van Gaal insisted he had the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his own players. ”Ed was very fast out of the dressing room but I feel that support, yes,” the 64-year-old said. ”The most important support is from the players because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the manager and his staff is very important.” last_img read more