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Vectren Finalizes Plan For Beneficial Reuse For Coal Ash Pond Excavation And Recycling

first_img Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company, today announced as part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, ponded coal ash from its southwestern Indiana generating station, A.B. Brown, will be excavated and recycled for beneficial reuse. This partnership is a result of the federally mandated Coal Combustion Residuals Rule (CCR) requiring certain compliance measures for the long-term closure plans of coal ash ponds.This week, Vectren filed an application with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to recover the costs associated with the ash pond remediation. The company will soon begin construction of the infrastructure needed to transport the coal ash to the Ohio River for transport by the manufacturer that will reuse the ash. The material that can be beneficially reused will be removed from the site, thereby greatly reducing future cost and environmental risk compared to alternatives that would leave all the ash on Vectren’s property.“This partnership with the manufacturer is an ideal solution – the material is removed from the environment, it will be used for beneficial purposes, and the cost to customers will be less than other viable compliance options,” said Lynnae Wilson, chief business officer, Indiana Electric. “Vectren’s decision to recycle the ponded coal ash reduces the impact on the environment and allows for the safe clean closure of the A.B. Brown coal ash pond.”Vectren signed a multi-year agreement for the excavation, conversion and recycling of up to six million tons of ponded ash, a by-product of coal-fired generation, beginning in 2021. Since 2009, Vectren has been shipping dry fly ash from A.B. Brown, F.B. Culley and Warrick coal plants for use as a raw material in cement manufacturing. Forward Looking StatementThis news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “projection,” “should,” “target,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future events, such as the company’s anticipated closure plan for the excavation and recycling of coal ash, including infrastructure construction related thereto, future cost impacts on the company and its customers and expectations regarding the company’s future environmental risk profile, regulatory filings and decisions on those filings, legislative actions or requirements, and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release. Factors that could affect actual results include the timing and impact of future regulatory and legislative decisions, effects of competition, weather variations, changes in business plans, financial market conditions and other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, CenterPoint Energy’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and June 30, 2019 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Evil in the making

first_imgWhat makes an armed man kill an unarmed civilian? What makes him join the killing of many hundreds — or hundreds of thousands — of civilians?University of Amsterdam Professor of Social Science Emeritus Abram de Swaan takes a hard look at the subject in his new book, “The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder.” History is appallingly dense with examples, from medieval warfare to Nazi Germany to Stalin’s purges to Rwanda in the 1990s.De Swaan talked with the Gazette ahead of a Tuesday lecture at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.GAZETTE: You point out that genocide did not arise in the 20th century. Has it been with us always?DE SWAAN: I’m afraid so. I avoid the term “genocide” because it has a very precise but rather problematic legal definition. I use “mass violence” for very large-scale, asymmetric encounters between organized and armed men — it’s usually men — and organized and unarmed other people.In many times and places, a victorious army would routinely kill off whoever it could get ahold of, rape the women, enslave people, burn. Until, say, the 15th or 16th century, the chroniclers exaggerate the amount of bloodshed with glee and pride in what their army has accomplished and how much carnage was [done] in honor of the king or the great leader.What is modern about genocide or about mass violence is the embarrassment about it.GAZETTE: So it is not the practice that has changed, but our interpretation of it?DE SWAAN: You could say that the scale has increased, with the emergence of a state system in which states are an enormous accumulation of the means of violence, including huge nuclear stockpiles. Internally, there is a domestic pacification, relative peace within every state territory, and so the overall figures for homicide, etc., decline in the course of centuries. This has been known by people in the profession for quite some time, and [Steven] Pinker in “The Better Angels [of Our Nature]” has popularized that insight. On the other hand, violence between states becomes ever more lethal and destructive on an ever-larger scale, but it happens more rarely.Once war starts, victorious soldiers often regress into a state of triumphant rage and go on a rampage. The My Lai massacre [of the Vietnam War] is a classic example of what happens all the time in guerilla warfare, almost always in the colonial conquests of the Western powers. In a way My Lai was routine; what was new about My Lai was that the domestic audience found out. If this [kind of thing had] happened at the end of 19th century and a reporter had known about it, he probably would have shut up.GAZETTE: Are there mass killings — and I assume we’re leaving out war itself — going on now?DE SWAAN: I’m afraid so. Two examples that come to mind right away are Darfur, which has not stopped — very tragic and awful ― and the other, of course is ISIS.GAZETTE: You drill down into the motivations of the perpetrators and poke holes in the idea of the “banality of evil” and the thought that any one of us in a similar situation might behave that way. Can you talk a little about that?DE SWAAN: There is a rather surprising consensus in the entire literature on mass violence that ordinary people in what they call extraordinary — genocidal — situations commit extraordinary evil.The first thing is, yes, that’s true. The second thing is that some people are more likely to get into those situations than others. And the question is, what sort of people are more likely to? Obviously people who are professional experts on violence: police, military people, violent criminals.One could, with many caveats, say that certain characteristics are more likely to occur more frequently with genocidal perpetrators. For example, they have a working conscience, [but] restricted to family, their superiors, and their comrades-in-arms. Everyone else doesn’t count. Now, this is not that unusual a pattern of conscience formation, but usually education tries to inculcate a broader sense of identification with other human beings.They [also] show a remarkably low sense of agency. This just happened to them, they didn’t know, they didn’t particularly want to, but one thing led to another. That may be an artifact of the fact that most of what we know is from when they appear before judges, so they have an interest in not looking like someone who knowingly and willing committed these acts.GAZETTE: Is it hard to get at the truth of that part of the picture?DE SWAAN: Yes, because you must realize that we know very little about these people. First of all, if they’re victorious, they’ll be heroes. If their side is defeated, then maybe some of them will appear before the judges and we’ll find out about them. This was the case in Germany. It was the case in Serbia and Rwanda, but think of China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia. It boggles the mind that, of all of these hundreds of thousand of killers, no one ever appeared before a judge. I say it’s one of the safest professions on the planet: mass murder.The most striking thing is they seem to lack sympathy, compassion, pity. Sometimes it seems as if they don’t know what it is. There is a classic exchange in which the judge said, “Don’t you feel pity for all those you killed?” And the man said, “Oh yes, your honor, it was awful, I got all this blood and brains on my uniform. And the shouting and the shrieking of those women was impossible to bear.” The one he had pity for was the guy with the soiled uniform, which is just eerie if you think of it.GAZETTE: You also mention the personal preparation — the individual circumstances — that needs to happen. You talked a bit about what Germany and individual Germans went through.DE SWAAN: The general cultural or specific professional upbringing is enormously important. All Germans were exposed to 12 years of what may be the vilest lies and propaganda and vilification campaign in history. It was relentless; you could not hear alternative truth. And SS training [in particular] was specifically aimed at numbing any kind of compassion in almost perverse ways, sometimes so perverse that you don’t even want to talk about it.GAZETTE: What do we know about SS training?DE SWAAN: For example, they were made to shoot their own dogs. Dogs were highly valued, but you had to learn — a true SS man had to learn — to overcome their feelings if it was necessary for the Volk.GAZETTE: What do you think is most important for the public to understand about these issues?DE SWAAN: First, how often it occurs, how hard it is to realize that, yes, it really happened, and how difficult it is for any nation face its own crimes.The Dutch have genocide in their history — in Aceh [Indonesia] — and there’s only one book — by a nonprofessional historian — about it. That’s the Dutch past, more than a century ago, but it was pretty bloody, about 100,000 people. And the terrible history of the Belgians in the Congo is very difficult to face. And the same goes for America.GAZETTE: Clearly the treatment of Native Americans could qualify, but what’s your point of view on where America’s crimes of this nature have occurred?DE SWAAN: I’m afraid that the Vietnam War and the bombing of Cambodia were horrible. I do not mention air war [in the book] because of the distance between the perpetrators and victims, but also maybe out of a shared Western blind spot.Once the German air force was overcome, the Allied forces, the Western forces used the air war very intensely and sometimes very effectively and at relatively little cost. This has served the Western powers very well. And I am among those who have an underdeveloped moral capacity to judge that. So maybe somebody else should stand up and explain what the West has done.GAZETTE: Dresden and Hiroshima and Nagasaki?DE SWAAN: I feel very uneasy about it. Even at this very moment, we use bombing from the air. Those who are the object of that, for example ISIS, could say, “Look, they don’t even come out into the open, they’re manipulating their drones and bombing us and our families. Let them come out into a fair fight.”And then we take literally the moral high ground and criticize them for their barbarous methods. But there must be a discourse going on — on the other side — which is not entirely devoid of moral dimensions. It’s a pity we don’t talk to those guys and those guys don’t talk to us, except in the most horrible way. They have a point and it would be a conversation — and I’ve never had it, nor have you, nor almost any of us. It would be interesting to see how we would come out if it.GAZETTE: You stop beheading people and we’ll stop sending drones — that sort of conversation?DE SWAAN: That sort of deal, yes. But probably they can muster as much moral indignation about our bombings as we can about their beheadings. I’m not saying that the truth lies in the middle. I’m not saying that both parties are equally evil. I’m just saying you might be in for a surprise if you were in an open conversation with one of those people.GAZETTE: If you look at Nazi Germany, it almost sounds like an entire people were steeped in the propaganda. Is that situation, in a way, being recreated on the Internet, where people with a certain mindset can visit only areas where people who have the same point of view are, and create a similar echo-chamber effect?DE SWAAN: I don’t know, I don’t much look into those sites. But the amazing thing is that, globally, you can find people exactly like you all over the world and then shield yourself off from any other opinion. So you can be secluded, provincial, parochial, on a global scale.last_img read more

Marcel Medak: Croatia has the opportunity to brand itself as a health destination

first_img“Private entities operating in the open market and financing their business exclusively from sales activities depend on the quality of their services, communication with the market and their innovation, which motivates them to continuous development and is the only long-term sustainable business model. It is necessary to soften the borders between special hospitals, rehabilitation and wellness centers in order to approach European standards of health tourism and provide guests with a richer service.”, Said Kolar, and Medak agrees with her, who believes that such regulations bring more transparent business, a simpler tax policy and a simpler process of hiring employees.   Adviser to the Management Board of Terme Tuhelj Ivana Kolar considers that the Law enabling the registration of economic activity in health tourism brings great benefits, primarily for special hospitals and health centers that have not yet operated as companies and have not been in the VAT system.  “Here I would especially like to highlight thallasotherapy, it uses marine natural healing factors that favorably affect the respiratory system which is especially important at this time of pandemic. This is an opportunity to use all our potentials and put a lot of hotels along the coast in the function of health tourism, which would significantly extend the existing tourist season. However, one of the key preconditions for this is the privatization of special hospitals and health resorts, which is stated in the Action Plan for the Development of Health Tourism in the Republic of Croatia prepared by the Institute for Tourism.”, Points out Medak and adds that it is crucial to connect all stakeholders in the story, in which the key role should be played by the Health Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. According to all strategies for the development of the domestic tourist offer, health tourism has a priority role, but this segment has also suffered a heavy blow due to the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, Korona has become aware of the importance of health globally, which could be a great advantage in the development of Croatia as a leading destination for health tourism in the future. Strengthening continental tourism capacities would bring more balanced economic development and reduce seasonality, but a prerequisite for all this is a quality and well-educated workforce. All our interlocutors agree with this, so they pay special attention to employees and their education.  He agrees with that Marcel Medak, president of the Health Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and director of the company Sunčane toplice. He believes that in the future the demand of patients for certain services, such as the rehabilitation of chronic diseases, will fall, but he also sees this as a great chance for institutions that are ready to turn more strongly to the market. Another great strength of health tourism is that most of the facilities are located in the interior of Croatia and provide great potential for the development of continental tourism, and good examples of such development can be seen in neighboring countries. center_img “The biggest staffing problem is the chronic lack of a specialist doctor, which we also had in Sunčane toplice, so we imported two doctors from BiH and Serbia.”Explains Medak and concludes that currently the biggest challenge is the promotion of health tourism, especially through the CNTB, for which it is necessary to significantly increase funding. Photo: Terme Tuhelj “Terme Tuhelj has always been actively cooperating with the Secondary Catering School in Zabok, which is the foundation of the development of the competence center, and we will be very happy to include all those who actively participate in the development of tourism in its work and activities. It is difficult to have staff in tourism in the whole of Croatia, Zagorje is no exception, so Terme has developed internal protocols for training, education and development of its employees, from employment to the entire career. There have been cases of hiring foreign staff, but in small numbers, for now the team manages to fill the staff from Croatia, mostly from Zagorje and the surrounding area.”, Said Horvat, and Medak thinks similarly, pointing out that in Sunčane toplice they had no problems finding workers, as did other employers in health tourism.  In addition to the existing educational institutions, the Regional Center of Competence in Tourism and Hospitality in Zabok will soon be established. The center should contribute to the education of future staff needed in this sector, adult education and monitoring of new technologies and trends in Europe and the world, and this is especially welcomed in Treme Tuhelj. I Krešimir Škof, Deputy Director of the Special Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation Stubičke Toplice, which is registered for health tourism, emphasizes that the new legislative framework is good because there is no need to establish a subsidiary, but everything is done “under the same hat”. However, he says that the registration of the activity itself means nothing if it is not accompanied by an adequate offer. “If the facilities are old and of poor quality, if the service does not meet the criteria of a demanding market and if there is no evidence of quality, there is no progress in the market. We have invested in our workers, services and facilities for years – over HRK 80 million has been invested in the last ten yearsSaid the Bishop.last_img read more

WWE SmackDown: Where to watch upcoming SmackDown Live matches

first_imgLast Updated: 24th September, 2019 20:56 IST WWE SmackDown: Where To Watch Upcoming SmackDown Live Matches WWE Smackdown is a flagship WWE show. Usually, the matches are conducted on Tuesdays. Here are all the ways you can online stream or broadcast the matches. FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US 11 months ago Charlotte Flair and rumours sorrounding her in-ring and social life 1 year ago 2019 WWE WrestleMania 35 Schedule, Matches, Timings and Telecast in India WWE SmackDown: Where can you watch the SmackDown Live matchesWWE SmackDown: Online StreamingYou can watch WWE SmackDown broadcasts or stream it online. Since many years, WWE Network is streaming SmackDown Live online. Hulu is a streaming partner. One can also view the old episodes on the WWE Network. They are usually online after 30 days of broadcast.Also Read | Charlotte Flair And Rumours Surrounding Her In-ring And Social Life  1 year ago Batista snubbed: WWE leaves him out of Smackdown tribute video First Published: 24th September, 2019 20:56 IST Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV Devika Pawar WATCH US LIVE WWE SmackDown: Television BroadcastIn India, you can watch the show live on Sony Ten 1 and Ten 3 (Hindi). It will air at 5:30 am on September 25, 2019. In the UK, WWE SmackDown can be viewed on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena. If you are a USA viewer, you can watch the match live on USA Network at 8:00 pm ET. However, from the next show, WWE SmackDown will be shifting to the Fox network on Fridays.Also read | WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman V Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks V Becky LynchThis week, Carmella (who is the 24/7 champion), will be teaming up with Charlotte Flair to take on the pair Bayley and Sasha Banks. After Lesnar hit Kofi Kingston lying in the ring with an F5, the latter has accepted Lesnar’s challenge. Kofi also has a sit-down interview with WWE SmackDown this week. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan recently had a misunderstanding. Now that everyone knows Rowan and Harper were the real culprits, fans are hoping for Reigns and Bryan to reach an understanding.Also Read | WWE SmackDown: History, Controversy, Everything You Need To Know WWE SmackDown is one of WWE’s two flagship shows, the other one being Raw. Over the years, SmackDown Live has gained a strong international fan base. The growth has caused the show to be broadcasted across various countries, including India. Usually, WWE SmackDown is live on Tuesdays. This week’s show will take place at Chase Center, San Francisco, CA.Also read | 2019 WWE WrestleMania 35 Schedule, Matches, Timings And Telecast In India 11 months ago WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman v Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks v Becky Lynch 11 months ago WWE SmackDown: History, Controversy, Everything You Need To Know COMMENTlast_img read more