Maersk Drilling secures additional three-well contract for Maersk Voyager in Angola

first_imgThe two one-well options included in Maersk Voyager’s previously agreed work scope for Total E&P remain Maersk Voyager. (Credit: MAERSK DRILLING) Maersk Drilling has been awarded a three-well contract from Total E&P Angola for the 7th generation drillship Maersk Voyager which will be employed to drill development wells in Angola’s Block 17. The three-well contract has an estimated duration of 140 days, which means that Maersk Voyager is now contracted until Q2 2021. The firm value of the three-well contract is approximately USD 30m, including integrated drilling services provided.The two one-well options included in Maersk Voyager’s previously agreed work scope for Total E&P remain.“We are delighted to add three more wells to Maersk Voyager’s work scope in Angola where our operations were re-started in late August following a suspension period due to the restrictions imposed to combat the global pandemic. We’re happy to go back to work in collaboration with the local partners we have engaged to support the campaign,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.Maersk Voyager is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship which was delivered in 2014. It has been operating offshore Africa since 2015 and commenced operations for Total E&P Angola in January this year. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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Full 7th Circuit hears LGBT-workplace bias appeal

first_imgFull 7th Circuit Hears LGBT-Workplace Bias AppealIL for www.theindianalawyer.comThe entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments on whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act covers workplace discrimination against LGBT workers.A lawyer for Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend sued by former teacher Kimberly Hively, a lesiban, told the Chicago-based court Wednesday it does not and that only Congress can extend those protections.But Judge Richard Posner said courts sometimes broadened a law’s scope and suggested it may be time to broaden the 52-year-old landmark law.Posner asked, “Who will be hurt if gays and lesbians have a little more job protection?” Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorney John Maley said he couldn’t think of anyone. Posner responded, “So, what’s the big deal?”The law bars workplace bias based on race, religion or sex. Maley said Congress didn’t intend for the word ‘sex’ to include sexual-orientation discrimination.“For too long, LGBT employees have been forced to conceal their true identity at work for fear of backlash and discrimination. It’s nothing short of a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ policy in the workplace,” said Greg Nevins, counsel and workplace fairness program director for Lambda Legal, in a statement following the arguments. “In 2017, hardworking employees should not have to live in the closet in order to keep their jobs.”Lambda Legal is representing Hively before the 7th Circuit. She filed her lawsuit against Ivey Tech pro se in August 2014, claiming she was denied full-time employment and promotiosn after she had been seen kissing her then-girlfriend in the parking of the school. She argued it was a violation of Title VII, but the trial court dismissed her lawsuit. The 7th Circuit affirmed earlier this year, leading Lambda Legal to request a rehearing en banc.This story will be updated. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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North Bergen police arrest man for alleged attempted human trafficking

first_imgNORTH BERGEN – Police have arrested a New York man who they allege was trying to lure young girls into prostitution, according to a department press release.North Bergen Board of Education employees recently alerted officers of suspicious flyers posted along JFK Boulevard, near the high school. These flyers reportedly sought young females to work for a production company paying up to $600/hr in cash, the release said.Police began an investigation, suspecting the flyers were actually an effort to lure young women for sex work. A detective gained contact with a suspect behind the flyers, posing as a 15-year-old girl. The police allege the suspect communicated with the detective via text and invited her to meet at a local motel to make a pornographic film.After a three day investigation, conducted with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, the New Jersey State Police Trafficking North Unit and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, Newark Division, officers arrested Mark Piotti, 37, of the Bronx on May 20. He was allegedly in possession of a video camera at the time.Piotti is charged with attempted human trafficking, promoting prostitution, and luring and enticing a child. Piotti was transported to Hudson County Jail. ×last_img read more

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