Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed legislation late Wednesday to address a projected shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund by restoring $7 billion in federal transportation funding to the states. HR 3357 prevents an 85 percent reduction in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding, which would have reduced Vermont s share from $134 million to $20 million in 2010.The cut would have forced Vermont Agency of Transportation to shut down all new FHWA construction, resulting in the loss of 998 jobs, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. A recession is no time to cut federal highway funding and layoff hundreds of workers, Welch said. This bill ensures that Vermont can continue to rebuild its roads and bridges and maintain good-paying jobs.
Image courtesy of Klaipedos NaftaCapacities at Lithuania’s first and only import terminal in the port of Klaipeda have been fully booked until the end of the gas year 2020.Klaipedos Nafta said on Monday that the terminal was fully booked for the rest of the gas year which is calculated from October 1 until September 30 of the following year.In April, about 1.48 TWh of gas were regasified at the LNG terminal (28.3 percent more than in April last year), and in May, a total of 1.75 TWh of gas were regasified (21 percent more than in May 2018).June was even more efficient for the terminal. It accepted two big gas carriers with 278,000 cbm of LNG and three small gas carriers with 28.500 cbm of LNG. Since the beginning of this year, Klaipėda LNG terminal accepted 23 gas carriers.Arūnas Molis, head of Klaipėda LNG Service of KN, said: “The demand of Klaipėda LNG terminal is determined by the favorable situation in the international markets. June was the most intensive month in terms of the use of the terminal, what considerably determined the growth of the regasification indicators.”In June, the LNG terminal reached its record scope of activities – about 2.4 TWh of natural gas were regasified and submitted to the natural gas transmission system, which is approximately the same as the total amount of gas during the first summer month consumed in all the three Baltic States.In June this year, the regasification amount was almost 200 percent higher than in June last year when a total of 0.8 TWh of gas were regasified.In July, the terminal is planning to accept two big and two small gas carriers. Repair works of the gas transmission point from Belarus to Lithuania is scheduled this month. Therefore, the gas to Lithuanian consumers will be submitted only from Klaipėda LNG terminal during a three-week period.Also during July, the world’s largest LNG feeder and bunker vessel Kairos will arrive at Klaipėda. As of September 30, ten percent of the shares of the vessel will be held by German company Nauticor under the agreement concluded in April.The vessel Kairos, which will arrive in July to Klaipėda for the fifth time, will perform a reload operation from the FSRU based in the Klaipėda LNG terminal to the onshore LNG reloading station located at the gateway of the Port of Klaipėda.
Everton are yet to appoint Moyes’ successor, although Roberto Martinez has been strongly linked with the position. Jagielka joined up with the England squad on Sunday night ahead of the Three Lions’ friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil this week. The 30-year-old insists he will be able to concentrate fully on his England duties despite the uncertainty surrounding his club. “I will be able to put it to the back of the mind, definitely,” Jagielka told a press conference at St George’s Park. “We all knew the situation. It wasn’t sprung upon us because we had a couple of games to deal with it towards the end of the season when we knew the manager was leaving. “I thought as a team and as a club we sorted it really well and gave the manager a great send off. We got over it in the course of those few weeks and I am away with England now so i will look forward to these two games. “I’m not really thinking about (Everton) until we report back in July and hopefully by then we will have a manager sorted and we will see where it takes us from there.” Phil Jagielka remains committed to Everton despite the departure of manager David Moyes. Moyes’ 11-year reign at Goodison Park came to an end earlier this month when he was chosen to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. There have been worries that a number of Everton players will follow Moyes out of the club, but Jagielka insists he will not be one of them. When asked if he still saw his future at Everton, the England defender replied: “Yes, definitely. I was made captain for next season when David Moyes was in charge. We will have to wait and see what happens with the new manager, but hopefully he will keep me in that role and it is something that I am looking forward to doing.” Press Association