Maersk Drilling receives notice of contract termination for Maersk Venturer

first_imgMaersk Drilling receives notice of contract termination for Maersk Venturer.(Credit: MustangJoe from Pixabay.) The Drilling Company of 1972 A/S (“Maersk Drilling”) announces that it has received a notification from Tullow Ghana Ltd. (“Tullow”) of early termination for convenience of the drilling contract for the drillship Maersk Venturer.Since February 2018, Maersk Venturer has worked for Tullow offshore Ghana with an expected end of contract in February 2022. The rig is now expected to end the contract in June 2020. As a consequence of the termination, Maersk Drilling’s revenue contract backlog is reduced by USD 175m covering the period from the end of the contract to February 2022.Subject to commercial prospects, Maersk Drilling will take measures to reduce Maersk Venturer’s operating costs following the end of the contract.Maersk Drilling maintains the profitability guidance for 2020 of EBITDA before special items of USD 325-375m as announced on 20 March 2020. Source: Company Press Release Maersk Drilling will take measures to reduce Maersk Venturer’s operating costs following the end of the contractlast_img read more

HMCS Fredericton Joins DYNAMIC MONGOOSE

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMCS Fredericton Joins DYNAMIC MONGOOSE Authorities HMCS Fredericton Joins DYNAMIC MONGOOSE View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: europe View post tag: Dynamic Mongoosecenter_img View post tag: HMCS Fredericton May 5, 2015 View post tag: Naval Share this article Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton joins Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE yesterday in the North Sea as part of its deployment under Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s response to Russia’s military aggression toward Ukraine.Under the command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), HMCS Fredericton will participate in the annual Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training exercise off the coast of Norway from May 4-14, 2015. The exercise includes 12 warships, 4 submarines, and air assets from NATO and non-NATO forces, which will conduct operational air, surface, and subsurface ASW training at the unit and Task Group level.Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE is a live exercise designed to provide relevant ASW tactics and procedure training to warships, submarines, and aircraft.HMCS Fredericton will serve as the ASW Commander for one of the Combined Task Groups employed on Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE.HMCS Fredericton has participated in NATO-led counter-terrorism patrols and related activities in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas, and the North Atlantic Ocean as part of SNMG2 since relieving HMCS Toronto in January.[mappress mapid=”15871″]Image: Canadian Navylast_img read more

Dream Bigger Event Raises A Whopping $88,000

first_img2000 Food Baskets Being Prepared, Police Add 3rd school To 2017 Disney World TripOrganizers of the 2nd annual Dream Bigger Weekend are happy to announce the 3 day event brought in $44,000 in donations and food sales. The amount will be matched by Larry Bennett, owner of Bennett Motors and Audubon Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep.The combined total of $88,000 will be split evenly between Media Ministries food basket program and the Evansville Police Department/ Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Disney World trip for EVSC studentsMedia Ministries will be providing 1,000 food baskets this Thanksgiving and again at Christmas for area families. Over 50 food items will be included in each basket. The baskets will be handed out at 20 EVSC schools, The Dream Center, and by local law enforcement.Due to the success of the event, The Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office have added McGary Middle School to their 2017 Disney trip. Students from McGary will join students from Cedar Hall and Glenwood on a 5 day trip to Orlando. Approximately 50 students will be chaperoned by several law enforcement officers and teachers.With the addition of McGary Middle School, the program is now reaching out to kids in 3 of the 5 EVSC school districts. The continued growth of the program will allow law enforcement to increase its outreach to area youth.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

SMC Dance Marathon races for the kids

first_imgSaint Mary’s Dance Marathon hosted the organization’s annual “For the Kids” 5k (FT5K), Wednesday evening in order to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The neon-themed run/walk FT5K began at the College’s Welcome Center parking lot and ended with a party on the island in front of Haggar Parlor.Dance Marathon is a student run organization hosted by hundreds of colleges throughout the nation that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). President of Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon and senior Kristen Millar said all the money from the group’s fundraising events throughout the school year will go to Riley Hospital for Children.“CMN is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing medical treatment for critically or chronically ill children, free of cost,” Millar said. “CMN gives Riley Hospital for Children the opportunity to provide medical treatment to all children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”After the 5k, the party on the island had food, water, music, glow sticks, a raffle and shirts priced at $2 for participants to buy.“Each year we have done a 5k on campus to try to incorporate community involvement with our events,” Millar said. “The FT5K is also a great way to spread awareness on campus and embodies the marathon’s mission of staying on one’s feet for those who can’t.”At the end of the 5k, Dance Marathon announced that the 2015 Dance Marathon theme will be superheroes.Co-fundraising chair, Maranda Pennington, helped organize the 5k, and said she is excited for the superhero-themed marathon. She said, her goal is to make 2015 the best year for the club and encourage more students to attend the fundraising events.“It is something that I have become extremely passionate about after hearing personal testimonies from Riley families that our funds have helped and I can’t imagine dedicating my free time to anything else,” Pennington said.Dance Marathon will be hosting numerous events for students to get involved and help a great cause. Millar said she wants to encourage more students to participate as Dancers during the marathon and to attend the other fundraising events.“Throughout the year, we will host give back nights at local restaurants, such as Five Guys and Let’s Spoon,” Millar said. “We also normally host a salon rouge night and last year, we hosted a Riley trivia night on campus. In February, we will have a week dedicated to Riley with various events such as Zumba, crafts and dinner with some of the Riley families.“Students should participate and attend Dance Marathon in the spring because it is truly an amazing and inspiring event that benefits a wonderful hospital, and without marathons such as the one at Saint Mary’s, Riley Hospital for Children would not be able to provide care for all children regardless of their financial situation,” she said.In honor of it being Dance Marathon’s 10th year as a recognized club on campus, Millar said the goal for the year is to raise $90,000 for the children of Riley Hospital.“It is [also] our goal to collaborate with different clubs and organizations on campus, but ultimately, our goal is to raise awareness and to tell the stories of families who have benefitted from the amazing care Riley provides … It is truly amazing to hear the stories of Riley patients lives [we have] been able to touch,” Millar said.Tags: Dance Marathon, DM, FT5k, FTK, riley hospital for children, superheroeslast_img read more

Mothers and Sons, Starring Tyne Daly, Begins Performances on Broadway

first_imgTerrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, starring Tony winner Tyne Daly, Tony nominee Bobby Steggert and Frederick Weller, begins performances on Broadway February 23. Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller, the drama is set to officially open March 24 at the Golden Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Mothers and Sons Mothers and Sons premiered at Bucks County Playhouse in June 2013. The play tells the story of Katharine (Daly), who, 20 years after her son’s death, shows up at the door of his former lover, Cal (Weller), who is now married to a younger husband Will (Steggert). Cal and his family challenge Katharine to confront the truths of their shared past, as well as a future she never imagined. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014last_img read more

Speaker’s $120 million jobs and transportation infrastructure package heads to House floor

first_imgThe House Appropriations Committee this morning voted 9-2 to pass the Transportation Bill, which includes Speaker Shap Smith s $120 million jobs and transportation infrastructure package. The bill will be up for action on the House floor beginning Tuesday.”On the first day of the session, I announced plans for a $120 million jobs and transportation infrastructure package to keep Vermonters working and begin the task of fixing our crumbling roads and bridges,” said Speaker Smith. “The immediate economic crisis required decisive action and I am pleased that my committees worked together to craft this thoughtful package to keep our economy moving.”The Speaker s jobs and transportation infrastructure package is funded by a revenue bond supported by a new 5 cent motor fuels distribution infrastructure assessment. The package, which is a culmination of several years work by Chair Richard Westman and his Transportation Committee, passed the Transportation Committee last week 10-1.last_img read more

Partnership and Camaraderie, the Key to Fighting Fires in Central America

first_imgBy Maria Pinel, Joint Task Force Bravo Public Affairs May 16, 2017 Thirty four firefighters from all across Central America, came together here from April 24th – 28th to participate in Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experiences exercise, also known as CENTAM SMOKE, and train in firefighting techniques with their U.S. counterparts from Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron Fire Department. Since 2007, JTF-Bravo has trained more than 700 firefighters from Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize through CENTAM SMOKE, a four-day training event that takes place twice-a-year at Soto Cano Air Base. The exercise is physically demanding and is also extremely rewarding for all participants since it provides an opportunity for all firefighters to work as a team and build relationships among partner nations. “We are very happy to be sharing experiences with our U.S. counterparts through CENTAM SMOKE, and also having the opportunity to be sharing with counterparts from different countries in the region,” said José Sarabia, from the Honduran Fire Department. The team of highly qualified U.S. instructors provides four days of intense fire and rescue training that will develop team building cooperation skills, as well as improve partner nation firefighting capabilities and disaster response coordination. “Trust is the foundation of teamwork. This is very important when you have to combat a fire whether it is an exercise or an emergency,” said Master Sgt. Jerome Williams, assistant chief of training, 612th ABS Fire Emergency Services. Training includes safety, personal protective equipment, structural and helicopter live fire evolutions, basic medical training, vehicle extrication, and aircraft familiarization; practices and new techniques that all participating countries can take back to their home units. “This is a really gratifying experience for us. We are acquiring new knowledge such as combating aircraft fires; we didn’t have this experience and we are grateful to have had this opportunity,” said Sarabia. All nations come together to share mutual experiences and learn from each other while acquiring new knowledge, better preparing them to face adversity together, maintaining readiness and preparation for a natural disaster or fire response. “The fire does not care. Building that trust and camaraderie quickly is important for CENTAM SMOKE to be a success. We only have 1 week to maximize the effectiveness of this event for everyone involved,” said Sgt. Williams. CENTAM SMOKE is the only operational training event currently hosted at Soto Cano, which involves all seven Central American nations and the U.S. for functional testing and team-building exercises.last_img read more

Measure restricts constitutional amendments

first_img Measure restricts constitutional amendments Committee rejects proposals to allow a citizen statutory initiative process Gary Blankenship Senior EditorA move to restrict constitutional amendments, particularly those proposed by initiative, is moving forward in the Florida Legislature.The House Judiciary Committee on March 10 approved four proposed amendments, one affecting both initiated and legislatively proposed amendments and three impacting only initiative amendments.Passage came easily but after a lively debate and after the committee rejected a proposal to allow a citizen statutory initiative process in place of the tougher constitutional initiative standard.The amendments, which if approved by a three-fifths vote of the House and Senate, will appear on the November 2006 ballot, are:• Any new constitutional amendment whether proposed by the legislature or by initiative must pass with 60 percent of the vote, instead of the current 50 percent plus one standard.• Any proposed initiative amendment that would have a greater fiscal impact on state or local governments of more than 0.1 percent of the state budget (or $60.5 million for 2006 amendments) must pass with a two-thirds affirmative vote.• Proposed initiative amendments must amend or repeal an existing section of the construction, address citizens rights as related to Article 1, or change the basic structure of government as established in Articles II through V.• Any proposed initiative amendment must pass in at least 60 percent of the state’s congressional districts with 60 percent of the vote in each.Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, proposed the statutory initiative process, saying the structures passed on constitutional amendment initiatives might make it impossible for any of them to pass.“This process creates a reasonable and direct way people can affect democracy,” he said. “There are things in the constitution that probably ought not to be in the constitution. Giving the people a route whereby they can put things in the statutes. . . makes sense to me.”Under his proposal, an initiative statute during its first three years could be amended by a two-thirds vote of both chambers of the legislature, and after that by a simple majority in both chambers.But Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami, said Florida has a republican form of government, not a direct democracy, adding statutes that are approved by the legislature go through a deliberative process while those in the initiative process wouldn’t.“It’s very well intentioned and it sounds great, but in the end, it makes for a very poor form of government,” he said.Speaking on all the amendments, Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka, argued citizens already have plenty of input.“This is a republican form of government we’ve set up and we get elected,” he said. “When you don’t represent the people, they throw you out of office.”Other panel members argued the constitutional amendment process has been hijacked by special interests whom pour money into slick ad campaigns what win approval from voters who don’t fully understand the issues.But Gelber argued that lawmakers didn’t even fully understand what they were doing, noting no one had determined how the 60 percent passage in 60 percent of the congressional districts requirement would have affected previous popular amendments. (Voting records are kept by county, and congressional districts cut across county lines.)It would also make impossible to pass an amendment like the overwhelmingly popular Sunshine Amendment, because when it was passed it did not address an existing section of the constitution, he said.Further, Gelber said, while the constitutional initiative process may be annoying to legislators, there’s no popular hue and cry for a change.“I have yet to receive a slew of e-mails saying, ‘Stop us, protect us from ourselves,’” Gelber said. “I haven’t had any calls to limit the rights of people to make changes.”All four measures were introduced as proposed committee bills. After their approval, they were to be given regular bill numbers and then assigned for further committee consideration. Two Senate bills, one requiring any two amendment to pass by a three-fifth vote and the other limiting the scope of initiative amendments, were approved by the Senate Ethics and Election Committee March 15, and referred to the Judiciary Committee.The Florida Bar has not taken a position on the amendments, although Board of Governors members have discussed whether “statutory” type amendments are cluttering the constitution. The board is considering a proposed position that all amendments, whether by initiative or from the legislature, should be screened to see that they affect a basic right, address an existing section of the constitution, or address the structure of government. Measure restricts constitutional amendments April 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Upward Trend Of Measles Cases In U.S.

first_imgInternational travel is one reason why health officials say a measles outbreak in the Philippines is beginning to appear in the United States.The number of reported cases remain relatively small domestically but health officials fear it could increase.The Ohio Department of Health is currently investigating several suspected cases of measles in central Ohio that are linked to unvaccinated travelers who returned to the state from the Philippines.The highly contagious respiratory disease is caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear a week after exposure. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset. Anyone who is not immunized and gets exposed to the disease has a high likelihood of getting ill.The Indiana Department of Health have not released information regarding any cases of measles this year. Officials say the virus can be prevented by the MMR vaccine.last_img read more

Local employer offers employment scholarship

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville McDonald’s location offers “Archways to Opportunity” for students working toward post secondary education goals.Any student employed by the restaurant three (3) months or longer will receive a scholarship of $2,500. The program can be renewed annually. There is no GPA or essay requirement.For more information please email [email protected]last_img