PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died at home after waiting 30 hours for help despite 10 calls to 911 during a record-setting snowstorm.JEMS “Pittsburgh Snow Death” Coverage The attorney for Curtis Mitchell’s family tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that terms of the settlement won’t be disclosed until city and county officials can approve the deal in the next few days. The lawsuit was thrown out of federal court last year, but remaining claims under state law were scheduled to go to trial Friday in Common Pleas Court. Medics couldn’t reach Mitchell’s home during the February 2010 blizzard and asked him to walk to them instead. The city solicitor confirmed the settlement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which first reported on it. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
Offshore WIND staff, April 03, 2014; Image: siemens According to the China Securities Journal, China could set preferential power prices for offshore wind projects this year.With this measure, the country would attract more investors to this industry and speed up its further development.After years of struggle, China granted approval for the three of its first four offshore wind power concession projects in the third quarter of 2013.In July 2009, China set feed-in tariff for onshore wind power which were 0.51, 0.54, 0.58 and 0.61 yuan per kilowatt hour, representing a significant premium comparing to the average rate of 0.34 yuan per kilowatt hour for coal electricity generators.
Chinese scrubber manufacturer Shanghai Bluesoul Environmental Technology has received the first Approval in Principle (AiP) by classification society DNV GL in recognition of the technical feasibility of the BlueSulf scrubber system. The AiP is said to be the first of its kind for a scrubber according to the new DNV GL rule set, and the first for a Chinese scrubber manufacturer.“We are very pleased to be the first Chinese supplier to receive this AiP and it demonstrates BlueSulf’s design in compliance with DNV GL class rules requirements, by using the sodium alkali method to clean exhaust gasses. We have signed three scrubber projects with Chinese and European owners and we are also in negotiations for several potential retrofit and new building projects,” Jacky Chow, Chief Operating Officer of Shanghai Bluesoul, said.DNV GL said it will also provide advisory services to Bluesoul, including hardware-in-the-loop testing, simulations using the DNV GL COSMOSS tool and analyses using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).BlueSulf scrubber is a hybrid system that can switch between open and closed loop mode. This type of system is said to allow greater flexibility to adjust to changes in water salinity and requirements in different ports. In some areas, the use of open loop scrubbers has been prohibited.Able to operate both on seawater and fresh water, the design reduces the sulfur content in exhaust gas to 0.1 percent or less, ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Chinese Emission Control Area (0.5 percent) that has been in force in eleven ports in China since January 1, 2017, and the upcoming global sulfur cap.
Follow Catherine on Twitter The warning by Criminal Bar Association chair Max Hill QC today that barristers are prepared to strike – backed by a survey showing near unanimous outrage – is a watershed moment. Hill notes barristers’ reluctance to use their ‘ultimate weapon’, namely ‘stopping the courts’, to make their point, but perhaps that is what it will take before the government will listen. Listening, as anyone involved in the campaign against the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, will know, is not the government’s strongest suit. The self-employed status of barristers, although in one sense a weakness, as they are vulnerable and might be left exposed if only a few take action, is also a great strength. They are not beholden to or controlled by a union. If they each decide to withdraw their labour, in a similar fashion to that being done by many freelance interpreters who are opposing the new single contractor booking regime, there is little than can be done to rein them in. But for any strike to achieve its aim, the unanimity of purpose suggested by the survey would need to be matched by the criminal bar en masse, and importantly, would need to be supported by the bar’s solicitor colleagues. When push comes to shove, will this be seen? Catherine Baksi is a reporter on the Gazette
Greg SankeyGreg Sankey will take over as Southeastern Conference commissioner a little earlier than he was originally scheduled to. Current SEC leader Mike Slive announced on Friday at the league’s spring meetings that Sankey, the commissioner select, will officially take over his duties starting on Monday. Slive will remain with the conference in an advisory role through the length of his contract, which expires on July 31, the league announced. As was previously announced by the SEC, Slive will begin his role as a consultant to the league for a period of four years, starting on August 1.Sankey, who is in his 13th year as a member of the SEC staff, was chosen as the eighth commissioner of the SEC in March.