Coal ash cleanup could cost Duke’s N.C. customers $5 billion

first_imgCoal ash cleanup could cost Duke’s N.C. customers $5 billion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators means electricity consumers could be seeing a multibillion-dollar bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created by spending decades burning coal to produce power.State utilities regulators late last month decided that both North Carolina divisions of the country’s No. 2 power company could charge ratepayers the first $778 million chunk of a cleanup projected to cost about $5 billion.Cleanup became a priority after a major leak from a Duke Energy site in 2014 left coal ash coating 70 miles (110 kilometers) of the Dan River on the North Carolina-Virginia border. The waste byproduct contains toxic metals like lead, mercury and arsenic.The company pleaded guilty to federal environmental crimes in 2015 for its coal ash handling, and thus admitted “pervasive, system-wide shortcomings,” the North Carolina Utilities Commission said in its ruling last month.North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said he’s going to court to try stopping Duke Energy from passing along its costs to excavate some ash pits and cover others. Corporate mismanagement increased costs that shareholders should also be forced to bear, he said in an interview. Duke Energy said that it followed industry practices and applicable regulations.A decision by the state’s highest court isn’t likely before next year, when 3.4 million North Carolina power customers finally learn if they’re on the hook for a bill that’s been accumulating for decades.More: North Carolina consumers could see $5 billion coal-ash cleanup billlast_img read more

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Podcast: From the eyes of a credit union: How to maintain business continuity

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Steve and Joe’s shared definition of digital – It’s not just about self-service. It’s about how digital can support the convenience and care that makes it possible for staff to focus on the member, know the member, and have an efficient way to work on behalf of the member. Looking for a better way to create business continuity?You’re in luck! On this week’s episode of Banking on Experience, CIO Steve Ervolino of Dupaco Community Credit Union joins CRMNEXT CEO Joe Salesky to share his expert opinion on the topic. And, you just might want to take notes. Some main points they’ll cover:Commitment to Relationships – It’s what Steve believes has made Dupaco so successful through these crazy times. As he says, “It’s in our DNA. It’s in every discussion: What’s in it for our members? What’s in it for our employees?” And that mentality well positions them to view CRM software for credit unions and other technology as enablers – tools that help staff talk to people, rather than just staring at their computer screens.center_img Steve’s definition of efficiency – Hint: It’s not really about saving money or saving staff time. As he puts it, “It’s about opening up opportunities to have conversations instead of data entry or moving from one screen to another…When we can take processes that interfere with conversations away, that really makes people feel good.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Police need help finding stolen motorcycle

first_imgConnersville, IN—Connersville Police department need your help finding a 2003 Honda motorcycle that was stolen from West 22nd Street. If anyone has any information regarding the motorcycle or person(s) who stole it please message the police department directly or call (765) 825-2111 ext 236.last_img

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San Jose Sharks get back one winger, but lose another

first_imgNASHVILLE — One left winger will return to the Sharks’ lineup Tuesday, but another one has to sit out.The Sharks, still looking to earn their first win of the season, get Evander Kane back after a three-game suspension but will be without forward Marcus Sorensen when they face the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.Sorensen is considered day-to-day after he was injured at the 9:23 mark of the second period of Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.Sorensen was near the Ducks net of …last_img read more

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Can Scientists Conspire to Mislead?

first_imgScientists are only human.  Objectivity may be a noble aspiration; empiricism a worthy goal – but recent scandals illustrate the propensity for large-scale manipulation and misdirection by the very people supposedly devoted to intellectual integrity.  Though off-topic for Creation-Evolution Headlines, the flap over stolen documents that appear to reveal collusion to support anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is alarming and cautionary.    The BBC News (#1, #2) has been reporting about this flap some are calling “Climategate.”  Captured emails appear to indicate that the Climate Research Unit that feeds data to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change deliberately suppressed data that undermined the consensus about human-caused global warming.  Michael Egnor summarized the scandal on Evolution News:A week ago, hackers released 160 mb of emails, data, and computer code from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.  The data extends back a decade, and rather clearly documents an astonishing pattern of manipulation of evidence, concealment of doubts about whether the validity of global warming, destruction of data not favorable to global warming, fantasizing violence against prominent climate skeptic scientists, and a long series of communications discussing how best to squeeze dissenting scientists out of the peer review process.  The data reveal extensive scientific misconduct and even criminal fraud in the top echelons of the pro-global warming scientific community.The scandal is exploding on conservative TV news, in newspapers, and radio, though liberal media are trying to ignore it.  Some are comparing it to the video embarrassments at ACORN.  The internet is on fire with blogs (example in The Telegraph), jokes and cartoons – prompting a flood of repostings of the emails with commentaries (example in the Wall Street Journal); Climate Depot is keeping a list of links to articles and editorials.  While AGW advocates are scrambling to re-interpret the emails and gloss over the implications, as popular science journalist (and consensus science ally) Chris Mooney attempted to do in quotes in the Michael Egnor piece, these attempts appear to be backfiring.  Outrage and ridicule are growing in the public – illustrated by a viral music video on YouTube that says Al Gore and the perpetrators belong in jail.  AGW skeptics (often dubbed “deniers” or “denialists” by the consensus, to suggest they are kin to Holocaust deniers) are feeling vindicated; some are on the warpath, calling for investigations and indictments (example in The Telegraph).    This week in Evolution News, Michael Egnor has been applying the lessons of this scandal to the Darwinist consensus (see also here).  He noted that British AGW skeptic Christopher Monckton has called the climatologists caught with their pants down as criminals, and that the scandal should make us angry (Evolution News).  Like Michael Crichton (12/27/2003), Egnor pointed out the inherent oxymoron in “consensus science.”  He said, “Invocation of ‘consensus science’ is merely a tactic to insulate bad science from scrutiny.  ‘Consensus science’ is to science as money-laundering is to finance.”The unfolding of this scandal will be instructive to students of philosophy of science.  It remains to be seen whether the advocates can weather this storm, or if the scandal will deflate upcoming policy discussions in Copenhagen.  Ignoring the scandal (an inconvenient truth), the BBC reported that the UN Secretary-General is pushing for world leaders to “seal a deal” on a legally binding climate treaty.  Can they get it done before the roof caves in?  It’s possible the perpetrators will get away with their lies and crimes.  It’s happened before – with the UN Oil-for-Food scandal (05/12/2008 commentary).  When power corrupts this far, don’t expect an ethical response from the perpetrators, even when they are exposed.    That’s not our concern here.  What is important is what this scandal reveals about the possibility that virtually the whole scientific world can be wrong and downright complicit in criminal cover-ups – in spite of the supposed protections against such things in the peer-review process and the assumed self-correcting nature of science.  If this can happen with one of the biggest scientific consensuses (yes, that’s the plural, not consensi) of the last decade, why not ask these same questions about the Darwinists, who similarly use political clout to suppress criticisms of its consensus?    The only climate that may be warming now is the climate of public distrust of big science.  This is a bad time for the Darwinists to emphasize their talking point that “all scientists accept evolution.”  Now read Michael Egnor’s latest scathing rebuke of the scandal that includes, among reasons for getting really angry, a quote by a scientist calling other scientists to get on the right side of history before “The reputation of science – and of many scientists – will be damaged severely.”  That’s small stuff compared to the damage potential Darwin defenders will face when his idol collapses, revealing the hollow interior where solid data was supposed to be.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

first_img– Mogau Seshoene returns from Maco, China and the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Ceremony – the Olympics of CookbooksMogau Seshoene has just returned from Macao, China, after attending the Gourmand International Awards ceremony for Best Cookbooks of the Year. Mogau’s book The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen, nominated in two categories namely Best First Book and Best Photography. Mogau became a recipient of the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the category First Book, placing second in the world for 2019. Since its launch in October last year, it is still the number one cookbook in South Africa, and is now in its 5th print run.Mogau Seshoene’s cookbook has been, more often than not, ranked number one since launching in October. It is now in its 5th print run. It is a proudly South African moment that the book has proved to be more popular than both Jamie Oliver and Ottolenghi.“The entire experience was amazing!” says Mogau. “More than I could put into words. And Macau is absolutely breathtaking. Meeting industry peers who write so passionately about the food of their own countries inspired me a million times over. I’m so proud of the book we produced – the full cycle, from writing to shooting to launching it, for it to have become a bestseller in South Africa, and now to have this world recognition. I’m truly proud and grateful.”Key indicators set by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for what they consider a world-class cookbook include: the increasing influence of social media and television in expanding the food culture market; the importance of reflecting the wide diversity of world food culture; the significance of trying to save local food culture and the sharing of this knowledge; focusing on quick and easy comfort food; health and nutrition.The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen combines every one of these factors. In being an advocate of traditional South African heritage and culture, Mogau Seshoene has become an Instagram sensation, with over 100 000 followers. Her no-nonsense recipes, using simple unpretentious ingredients likely to be in everyone’s pantry or fridge, are quick and easy to make.“I wanted to take the intimidating aspect – those Instagram-perfect presentations delivered on TV by sophisticated chefs – out of cooking and create a cookbook for inexperienced people, one that is as visually appealing as it is USEFUL. Turn every makoti (daughter-inlaw) into a kitchen goddess,” says Mogau.Her book is user-friendly, from the kitchen basics to clever tips and fresh ideas. She shows beginners how to transform pantry staples or leftovers into simple but delicious meals but also takes them through show-stopper seven-colour Sunday lunches. Her chapter on traditional and township dishes reimagines African favourites, just like gogo would make them.Chef, food writer and cookery-book author Dorah Sithole concludes, “Mogau ensures that African food gets the respect and global exposure it deserves.”” From the dusty streets of Turfloop township to the world! It’s a great inspiration and motivation to know that regardless of where you begin, your dreams are valid.”— Matapa Maila Rikhotso, model and TV personality“Mogau came to us with a strong concept, one that is humorous and true to her heritage in a way that so many can relate to. She followed that up, as she does, with her own personal campaign that included making a round of the bookshops and shaking managers’ hands. Mogau has that star quality, with great charisma and authenticity. She is to be commended for her clever, hard work which has resulted in such incredible sales and a swift rise in social media. Congratulations, Mogau, we are so proud.”— Libby Doyle, Quivertreelast_img read more

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WIRED Predicted the iPad…11 Years Ago (Picture)

first_imgThe iPad isn’t just a touch-screen dream come true for millions of people around the world…it’s the realization of a prediction WIRED Magazine made a whopping 11 years ago. In the April 1999 issue, the magazine’s Hype List column discussed Apple’s then-recent financial turn-around and said: “The next iMac attack promises new lollipop laptops, a more serious series of professional machines, and a wireless handheld dubbed the iPad.” Betsy Mason, Science Editor for Wired.com today, posted the cell phone photo below of the magazine to Twitpic today and it showed up on Reddit late this afternoon.Pretty cool, huh? marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Apple#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Learn a new skill

first_imgTaken a gap year before starting college? Or have a few months free? Utilise that time efficiently by learning a new skill, exploring your city or simply helping others. Hit the dance floorHave two left feet but still wished you could dance? Now is the time to learn. Sign up,Taken a gap year before starting college? Or have a few months free? Utilise that time efficiently by learning a new skill, exploring your city or simply helping others.Hit the dance floorHave two left feet but still wished you could dance? Now is the time to learn. Sign up with one of the many dance classes in your city and pick up the basics of rythmn and style, be it Jazz, Mambo, Salsa or Ballroom dancing.Places:Dance Sport India, Mumbai www.dancesportindia. comTwists and Turns, Kolkata www.twistnturns.inKaytee’s Salsa India, Delhi www.salsa-india.comLatin Dance India, Bangalore www.latindance.co.inNature and heritage walksIf flora and fauna brings a smile to your face then signing up for a nature walk is just the kind of outing you need. Fun nature and heritage walks are conducted in various cities across India. Just go online to discover one near you.Places:Weekend Walks, Bangalore www.bangalorewalks.com1100 Walks, New Delhi www.1100walks.comWalks of India, Shimla www.walksofindia.comCorbett Hide Away, Nainital www.corbetthideaway.comPuppy loveIf you can’t go so far as to adopt a stray, why not invest your time and energy at a local animal shelter instead. Animal welfare NGOs are always on the look out for reliable volunteers with a heart of gold.Places:Friendicoes SECA, New Delhi www.friendicoes.orgAnimal Angels Foundation, Mumbai www.animalangelsfoundation. comGoa Animal Welfare Trust (GAWT), Goa www.gawt.orgWorld’s your oysterTravel around the country with fellow student backpackers. Lowcost trips are organised frequently by youth groups, giving you the chance to explore new cultures.Places:The Wanderers, www.the wanderers.co.inOktoberfest, www.thebackpackerco. comadvertisementFind yourselfTake time off from the pressures of urban life and sign up for a group meditation or yoga class. Get fit and make an effort to reconnect with your inner self, far away from the noise and distractions of the city.Places:Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centres and Ashrams, Pan India www.sivananda.org/indiaTushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala www.tushita.infoDhrti Yoga, Bangalore www.dhrti.comPatanjali International Yoga Foundation, Rishikesh, www.patanjaliyogafoundation.comCreative workshopsUtilise your time creatively. Join one of the many art classes in your city and let your creative side take over. Not only will these workshops provide you with a set of skills that will last a lifetime, you may even stumble upon a prospective career.Places:Skill Kindle, Delhi/NCR and Mumbai www.skillkindle.comOXL School of Multimedia, Mumbai www.oxlschoolofmultimediaSunshine Crafts, Pune www.sunshine-crafts.comSpread the wordEducation changes lives but everyone is not as fortunate as you are. Do your bit and make a difference by volunteering at an NGO,donating money or setting up your own neighbourhood classroom.Places:Pratham, New Delhi and Mumbai www.pratham.orgDeepalaya, New Delhi and Haryana www.deepalaya.orgUdaan Welfare Foundation, Mumbai, www.udaanwelfare.orgCARE India, PAN India www.careindia.orgExplore your city Get out and get to know your city. Go monument-hopping and curio-shopping with a bunch of friends. Nothing is as much fun as pretending to be a tourist in your own city.Places:Delhi Darshan, Delhi www.dtc.nic.in/hohodelhi.comMumbai Darshan, Mumbai www.msrt.gov.in/redbus.inTour Around Chennai, Tamil Nadu www.tamilnadutourism.orglast_img read more

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20 days agoInter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petition

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petitionby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte has hit out at his former Juventus fans ahead of today’s game.Conte was asked about the petition, signed by over 15,000 fans, to have his star removed from the Allianz Stadium Walk of Fame, a proposal already rejected by Juve president Andrea Agnelli.“I’m disappointed that he had to intervene, because it just gave publicity to a vulgar proposition. It gave room to a move that showed ignorance, lacking values and education. I didn’t even want to discuss this, but you in the media are giving a spotlight to these stupid and ignorant people,” replied Conte.“Those are not fans, they are ignorant. I gave a message to the fans 10 days ago. We are fortunate to be involved in the best sport in the world and must set the example, pass on positive values and be enthusiastic about playing football. This is sport, not war. Sometimes people forget that.“It is a sport that should reflect positive human values, not hate and violence. If that’s not the case, then I am the first to walk away. Nobody makes me work as a Coach.“It’s increasingly difficult, because society nowadays highlights hatred and violence. I’ve honestly struggled since I came back to Italy from England. I see situations and wonder why I am even doing this.“As long as my passion for this sport surpasses these issues, then I will continue. If my passion drops, I will be the first to say it’s time to call it quits. It won’t be a big loss for football, but it won’t be a loss for me either.” last_img read more

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7 cases against UP BJP MLA may be withdrawn

first_imgMeerut: The Yogi Adityanath government is preparing to withdraw seven cases registered against Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Sangeet Som.According to sources, these cases were registered against Som between 2013 and 2017 in Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Meerut and Gautam Buddh Nagar. These include the case in Muzaffarnagar during the 2013 riots, violation of Section 144 in Saharanpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar and taking out a procession in Sardhana, Som’s parliamentary constituency. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Bharatiya Janata Party MLA was charged with inciting riots in Muzaffarnagar by giving provocative speeches. The government has sought the details of cases against Som and sources in the law department said that these cases would be withdrawn. The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has initiated the process of withdrawing 74 cases related to riots but the court was yet to permit the same. Meanwhile, Som said that the cases were registered against him due to political reasons by the then Samajwadi Party. “The police have not even filed a charge sheet in some cases. It is good if the government is withdrawing these false cases,” he said.last_img read more

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