President nominates Leahy to the congressional delegation to the UN

first_imgPresident Obama has nominated Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to be a representative of the United States with the US Mission to the United Nations, for the upcoming 67th Session of the UN’s General Assembly.  The General Assembly’s session opens September 18.    Leahy, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations, has long been a leader in the U.S. Senate on human rights and foreign policy issues.  Also nominated to the U.S. delegation is Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. Leahy and Isakson will consult leaders of the U.S. delegation in assisting with U.S. priorities before the United Nations, such as the crisis in Syria. Leahy served twice before on congressional delegations to the United Nations, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, when Leahy worked to help lay the groundwork for the eventual international treaty to ban the production, use and export of anti-personnel landmines, and in 2004 by President George W. Bush. Leahy said, ‘The United States and the United Nations face great challenges across the globe.  We need the United Nations to succeed, and we need to be constructive in our relationship with the UN.  I want to continue to do what I can to improve our vital working relationship.’ The U.S. Congressional Delegation to the UN includes one member of each party.  Membership rotates between the Senate and the House.    Leahy’s office. 8.3.2012last_img read more

Haliade arrives in Boston and produces power in Rotterdam

first_imgThe blade for GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine arrived at MassCEC on Spliethoff’s vessel Saimaagracht. It will undergo a series of fatigue tests that involve moving it millions of times over the period of a few months to validate whether it can withstand more than 25 years of operation at sea.Meanwhile, the Haliade-X prototype that is undergoing testing in Rotterdam has produced its first kilowatt-hour (kWh) of power. Local teams will now proceed with the testing phase, during which GE will perform different types of measurements to obtain a type certificate for the 12 MW turbine in 2020.In addition to this prototype unit, a second Haliade-X nacelle is currently being assembled in Saint-Nazaire, France and will soon be shipped to ORE Catapult’s testing site in the UK.www.ge.comlast_img read more