RALEIGH, N.C. – Environmental groups in North Carolina are figuring out their next move after the Trump Administration this week rolled back some Obama-era regulations regarding coal ash disposal.Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the new rule will provide utilities and states more flexibility in how coal ash waste is managed, while ensuring human health and environmental protections. However, Earthjustice Senior Administrative Counsel Lisa Evans contends the industry will be able to operate coal ash ponds in dangerous areas that are known to be leaking.“It allows them to accept more toxic waste for a longer period of time instead of closing,” says Evans. “It allows them to lift monitoring requirements. It lessens the scrutiny that would be placed on technical certifications. All in all, this is a great step backwards for public health and the environment.”Evans says nearly 95 percent of all coal-ash dump sites have contaminated groundwater with toxins deemed by EPA unsafe to drink. Earthjustice and other organizations are examining the new rule and considering a court challenge.The new rule weakens drinking water protection standards for several hazardous chemicals, including lead, cobalt and lithium. And Evan notes it allows state officials to decide if sites are following regulations, instead of qualified engineers.“What this rule does, therefore, is politicize the science, allow those decisions to be made by a person now who can be influenced by the industry, who may be in programs that are under-staffed, may not have technical knowledge,” says Evans.She adds this is just part one of an extended effort to water down the coal-ash rule.“We will see – perhaps this fall, perhaps early next year,” says Evans, “additional rule makings by EPA that will erode the public health and environmental protections established by the Obama administration.”Here in North Carolina, Duke Energy still continues cleanup work related to the 2014 spill of 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. It was the third-largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus Related Posts Tags:#CES 2008#conferences#web Yahoo! co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang was on stage today at CES and he showed a fascinating glimpse into the future of Yahoo. Yang outlined a product strategy that takes the simplicity and all-in-one portal approach that Yahoo! is famous for – and pushes it into the digital life arena by utilizing email, social networking, mobile and widgets. In Yang’s words, Yahoo! aims to be the “most essential starting point for your life”. The name for this new product suite will be Life!.Dan Farber has a great write-up of Yang’s speech on ZDNet, so in this post I’ll summarize that and give some analysis on Yahoo’s future.The crux of the new Life! strategy is to unite Yahoo Mail, MyYahoo, search and the Yahoo home page in a social networking context. This will be tied together using technologies like structured data, tagging and open standards like OpenID (see Marshall’s post this morning on Flickr adopting OpenID).Dan Farber reported:“Yahoo Mail (communication services) serves as the hub, but the interface also includes third-party applications and social context. Connections are contacts, and based on frequency and volume of communications email is reordered on the strength of the connections. The page also includes updates from connections, showing what is relevant rather than just relatively static inbox.”Interesting to note here that Google is also looking to use Web email as a hub for social networking. So both Yahoo! and Google are really targeting email to get users attention and integrate social web products.Image: Dan Farber, ZDNetZimbra IntegrationYahoo! will include Zimbra in the Life! strategy. Zimbra is an open source mail and messaging platform, which became famous in the web 2.0 world for its mashups ability. It was acquired last year by Yahoo; and so it’s exciting to know that Zimbra will be utilized more fully in Yahoo’s product range.Yahoo Go 3.0 – Widgets GaloreFinally, Yang showed off the new version of its Yahoo Go mobile platform. Labeled Yahoo Go 3.0, it will introduce widgets for things like email and Flickr, enabling those Y! products to be better utilized on mobile phones. Go will also become an open platform for third party widget developers – see our coverage of this last night. As Marshall wrote, unlike Google’s Android OS, the Yahoo! Go platform will work on more than 250 mobile devices that Go already works on.Yahoo has partnered with the likes of eBay, Viacom and News Corp on widgets for Go. Yahoo is also working with LG Electronics and other phone vendors to make widgets run natively on phones.From the user side, a new widgets gallery called MySnippets will give users feeds and services that can be embedded in Yahoo pages. A beta version of 3.0 will be available later today by directing your phones browser to http://beta.m.yahoo.comConclusionIt looks like Yahoo is finally beginning to tie together its many ‘best of breed’ web 2.0 products (Flickr, Zimbra, Mail, Go) into an integrated product offering. Mobile has been an area of development at Yahoo for some time – they appear to be doing more work than Google and Microsoft in the mobile portal / social networking arena, and with Go 3.0 it might crack the mainstream in a big way. Yahoo has also been a leader in terms of open standards – see our coverage of Ian Rogers about the Media Web for one example.Time will tell whether these moves by Yahoo will get them out of the funk they fell into during 2007, but Yang’s speech at CES had many encouraging signs. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLouie Alas finally got the monkey off of his back as he won one over his son Kevin after Phoenix beat NLEX, 102-95, on Sunday.“I haven’t won against him,” the affable mentor said of his head-to-head record against Kevin dating back to his days as an assistant coach in Alaska. “This is the first time I won and at least, I was able to get back at him.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Alab Pilipinas posts 3rd straight win, downs Singapore in OT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “It’s a good thing that we won. But actually, I miss him because we haven’t seen each other in eight days since the turn of the year, ,” said coach Louie. “Every after the game, he comes home to us in Las Piñas. But now, he’s concentrating on NLEX and he’s not coming home. I just told him that we can have dinner after the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Alas patriarch had been vocal about how excited he was over the clash ever since the Fuel Masters’ last game two weeks ago, going as far as playing mindgames with his son and saying that he’ll pressure him from the parking lot.“Kevin really has a difficulty with the trap. I’m really saying this out loud so they have to think about it,” he said then. “Half-court, full-court, we will trap. Now, even up to the parking lot, we will trap him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAnd on Sunday, it seems that Louie stayed true to his word as Kevin was limited to just six points, three assists, and two rebounds in his 16 minutes of play against his dad.But with the game over and done with, there’s no hard feelings in the Alas household. View comments
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla fullback Sergio Reguilon ‘very happy’ with season startby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla fullback Sergio Reguilon is delighted with his start to the season.Reguilon is on-loan from Real Madrid.He told Marca: “I’m very happy. I’m happy with the team, the fans, the city. Everyone has welcome me with open arms. I am really grateful to everyone for the affection and confidence placed in me. It’s only just started and I hope it keeps going well.”I didn’t think twice about it when Sevilla came up. There were good European teams, but I know LaLiga and I knew about the club I was coming to and that it’s a very big club with great fans and a great stadium. I didn’t have to think about it much. It was clear to me.”
Everton assistant Ferguson: Players are behind Silvaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton assistant manager Duncan Ferguson believes the entire dressing room is behind Marco Silva.The Portuguese coach is under significant scrutiny because of poor results this season.The Toffees are in the bottom three in the Premier League.But Ferguson feels that players and staff are fully behind Silva and believe he can turn around the club’s circumstances.”Everybody is behind the manager and we know the fans will always be behind the club,” Ferguson told reporters.”We just need to turn the positivity that we’ve got around the place into victories and that’s what we’re looking to do.”Silva is odds on with bookmakers to get the sack in the coming weeks. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
After finishing the regular season as the second-ranked team in the Big Ten, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will play host to the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.The Buckeyes will play their first-round game Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Oregon State and a potential second-round game against either Florida or Illinois State. Both games will be played in OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Playing at home is something coach Lori Walker cherishes.“We love being at home,” Walker said. “We’re in the Jesse and we’re thrilled about that. I think that’s a wonderful opportunity for us, to be here in front of our home fans.”The Buckeyes are hoping to shake off the disappointment of a loss in their regular season finale. The 1-0 defeat at the hands of Michigan State kept OSU from winning the program’s first ever regular-season conference title. “I was disappointed for our team, but I was in no way disappointed in our team,” Walker said. “I think that’s behind us, and all we’re worried about now is Oregon State.”Oregon State finished the regular season as the Pac-Ten’s sixth-ranked team, with an overall record of 12-7-1. “They’ve had success in a very difficult conference so we’re going to do our homework and find a way to tactically adjust as we need to,” Walker said. “But really this part of the year is about us playing well, doing the things that we do well and finding a way to continue to score goals.”
The ex-Chelsea player has been loaned to the Italian club and hopes he can learn “so much in Italy, especially in terms of tactics”Football Italia reports on the first words of full-back Ola Aina, who was loaned from English club Chelsea to Italian side Torino this summer.The footballer trained for the first time with his new team today.“Torino had been tracking me for some time and I hope to do well here,” he told the official website.“I know this is a club that believes in young players and that is very important. I know I can learn so much in Italy, above all in terms of positioning, tactics, and organization, as those are fundamental here.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I really want to experience this new adventure to the full. Thank you to Toro for having chosen me: now it’s up to me and I can’t wait to get started,” he added.pic.twitter.com/sbY2W4Wsob— Torino Football Club (@TorinoFC_1906) August 14, 2018
Simone Inzaghi says his Lazio team’s “fairly decent performances aren’t enough” when playing quality teams in the Serie A.Simone Inzaghi and his Lazio team have 0 points after two Serie A league games, after losing 2-0 to Juventus today in Turin.“I am not satisfied, no,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia, via Football Italia.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We had two fairly decent performances, but that’s not enough when you are up against Napoli and Juventus. We were too soft, missing some really easy passes.“The deadlock was broken by a great Miralem Pjanic goal, but we have to do more in these fixtures. Everyone has to step up and improve, it’s superfluous to talk about one player or another.“It’ll be a tour de force after the break for international duty and frankly we would’ve preferred a different start to the fixture list. We still should’ve done more, though and cannot afford to let our focus slip.”
After practically confirming that he wasn’t ready for the major squad, Julen Lopetegui saw how Vinicius failed on his debut playing for Real Madrid Castilla.When Florentino Perez told Julen Lopetegui that he would bring Vinicius to play for the Real Madrid first team from Flamengo, the Spanish manager had a reaction that the president wasn’t expecting. For some reason, the numerous studies that Los Blancos’ president has received about Vinicius Junior during his time at Flamengo were overwhelmingly positive, but the reality is a lot less encouraging for any Real Madrid fan who actually dives into the player’s short-lived history with the club from Rio de Janeiro. It appears that Florentino Perez’s team didn’t do their player analysis right and they may have bought a player who is still underdeveloped for a steep €45 million, and this may have just been because he is very good at dribbling. But when you look at his other stats, a huge red light turns on because this kid lacks a lot of experience for that price tag. Maybe Florentino Perez has been ducked by Flamengo, but let us explain in further detail.Vinicius Jr. starts for Real Madrid Castilla as they face Las Palmas “B” and at 45 million euro becomes the most expensive player to feature in the Spanish 3rd tier (2B) https://t.co/46AlgEjuvw pic.twitter.com/znFVRFqIC3— AS English (@English_AS) August 26, 2018Vinicius’ numbers with Flamengo.When Florentino Perez’s team approached Flamengo to buy Vinicius, the Brazilian player has just begun his development process as his debut came in 2017 without having signed a contract and playing all his first matches as a substitute. In 2018, the youngster started getting minutes for Flamengo in the lower flight Carioca Tournament where he developed a bit more until he started playing in Brazilian Serie A. During his time at the top of the game in his country, Vinicius played a total of 80% of all matches for Flamengo since he started playing until his very last match before he left for Spain. The player’s performance at Copa Libertadores has also been below average, there have been many news outlets that even wrote about Vinicius having incredible performances in the most high-level tournament from the American continent but the reality is a lot less spectacular. At the Libertadores playing for Flamengo, the kid only played 5 games from which he started in 4 and only scored two goals that he got in a single game. Not so spectacular after all.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Actually, the only tournament in which Vinicius Junior has been a top player was South American under 17 tournament where he scored 8 goals, gave several assists and was named as the best player of the competition. But this can hardly be considered a good section of any player’s resume because he performed well in a single UNDER 17 tournament, this means that Florentino Perez paid €45 million for a player who is not fully developed yet and we may not even get to see him perform at a level that can be worthy of Real Madrid standards. So when questioned lat Saturday about the young star, Julen Lopetegui was as blunt and brutally honest as he could be by saying the following about Vinicius:”He’s a player in the squad who trains with us every day, when he comes with us he can play and when he doesn’t, he can play with Castilla. He’s just arrived and needs time to adjust, training with players of the highest level who will help him to improve.”Poor debut for Real Madrid Castilla.So after all this context about this overpriced player who Florentino bought with a lack of further study and development, Vinicius finally got handed an official debut for Real Madrid Castilla against Las Palmas and his performance was not even close to what the expectation was of his skills. But Lopetegui must be smiling in the back because Florentino can’t say he wasn’t warned, as the young player failed a lot of passes and just wasn’t even close to the level that is usually expected from a player who costs that much money. So the sooner the club president realizes that Vinicius is far from being close to Neymar’s level, the easier it will be for him to accept that he made a terrible mistake and maybe it’s a good idea to send him on a loan to another club that can help him finish his development process. Because we can’t say that Vinicius Junior is not a talented player, he totally is but he is just not ready to play for Real Madrid and he may take a while to get there.A luz que me guia é bem mais forte que os olhos que me cercam. ⚽️?? pic.twitter.com/YmVgDJ0DQ3— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) August 23, 2018How long do you think it will take Vinicius to reach his true potential as a professional player in Europe? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
One of the most promising Serie A defenders may leave Italy in the forthcoming transfer market, with two major Europe clubs looking to grab Fiorentina’s Nikola MilenkovicAn imposing physical presence, as well as, great anticipation and solid technique make Milenkovic a perfect modern defender. Due to his abilities, Stefano Pioli has deployed the Serbia international even as a right-back although he stands 6ft 5in tall.The former Partizan man has started all nine Serie A games for the Viola, having bagged two goals in the process.Milenkovic’s outstanding performance has drawn the attention of Manchester United, with Bayern Munich recently emerging as the most likely candidate to land the strong centre-back, according to the Calciomercato.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.With Jerome Boateng and Niklas Sule both struggling to impress this season, the Bavarians are looking for a defender to partner Matts Hummels.However, the reigning Bundesliga champions will have to splash out around €50 million to wrap up the deal.The 21-year-old Serbian arrived at the Stadio Artemio Franchi from Partizan Belgrade back last year for a reported fee of €5.1 million. So, the Tuscany-based outfit will make a nice profit if Milenkovic continues to perform at the highest level.