The Calgary Herald is reporting that the Apache Corporation has bought British Petroleum’s natural gas operations in Alberta and B.C.The company, based in Houston, Texas, is paying more than $3 billion US for the Canadian acquisition.BP is attempting to raise money to pay for the damages that have come out of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is apparently putting $20 billion towards helping to pay for the damages resulting from the leak.- Advertisement -Although the sale does not include the oilsands division, their natural gas liquids and marketing businesses in Alberta or leases for exploring in the Beaufort Sea, it will increase the company’s production by more than 65 per cent.The deal means that the company could start producing approximately 117,000 barrels of oil per day.Apache has been acquiring various assets over the past 11 years, paying $518 million for Shell Canada’s conventional oil and gas unit and acquiring Fletcher Challenge Canada for $677 million.Advertisement
“As such, Coastal GasLink continues to disturb a significant archaeological site that informs Wet’suwet’en history, occupancy, and potential evidence for rights and title.”The company says it has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nation governments along the pipeline path, but some members of the Wet’suwet’en have said it has no jurisdiction without the consent of its hereditary chiefs.In January, police arrested 14 people at a blockade in the area. The B.C. Prosecution Service later said it did not have enough evidence to pursue charges of criminal contempt against the 14 individuals, but that it has approved a charge against of assaulting a police officer with a weapon against one person. HOUSTON, B.C. – Members of a northern British Columbia First Nation are arguing in court that they should have been consulted on an archaeological mitigation plan prepared by a natural gas company on their traditional territory.The Unist’ot’en house group of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and hereditary chief Knedebeas filed an application for judicial review in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday.It challenges the decision of the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and provincial Archaeology Branch to accept a mitigation plan prepared by Coastal GasLink that the First Nation members say did not involve consultation.- Advertisement -The plan followed the discovery of stone tools on Feb. 13 at a construction site for the company’s planned pipeline, which would transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to Kitimat on the coast as part of the $40-billion LNG Canada project.Work was temporarily suspended while the commission investigated, and it announced on March 8 that archeologists had found four stone artifacts that were likely not in their original location.Coastal GasLink says in a statement that it is limited in commenting because the matter is before the courts, but says it has a valid environmental assessment certificate and permit from the commission.Advertisement The commission referred questions to the provincial government, which declined to comment as the matter is before the courts.In the 17-page court petition, the First Nation members say the Wet’suwet’en have never relinquished or surrendered their title and rights to the land and resources.But they say they didn’t receive a copy of the mitigation plan until after it had already been approved and call for the plan to be quashed or set aside.“To date, no attempt has been made to include Unist’ot’en people in the archaeological work conducted on our own territory,” they say in a statement.It says the six artifacts found are “important evidence confirming the long-standing use and occupation of Wet’suwet’en people in the area.”Advertisement “Our preference is always to resolve our differences through respectful and meaningful dialogue. We remain focused on continuing to advance this fully approved and permitted natural gas pipeline, which is under construction and delivering jobs, opportunities and economic benefits to British Columbians and Indigenous communities,” it says.The company says in the March 8 news release that it contracted an archaeologist to develop the mitigation plan in case of discoveries that would involve soil testing, visual inspections and ongoing monitoring.It shared the plan with the Unist’ot’en members’ lawyers, “should they wish to discuss the mitigation” with the commission, it says.The site was entered in a provincial archaeology database following the discovery of the artifacts.Advertisement
ALTA, Utah – Dick Arner left his home early one summer day, hopped on his bicycle and rode 18 miles to Alta. Uphill. Pedaling high into the oxygen-thin air and stunning scenery of the Wasatch Mountains, he finally arrived at the ski resort village, 8,500 feet above sea level. There, he purchased a season’s ski pass. Not bad for a guy who’s 71. But it’s par for the course for Arner, who’s been picking up his annual pass that way for the past 12 years. In fact, among his longtime skiing buddies – and growing ranks of senior skiers nationwide – Arner is a mere spring chicken. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “People think when you get older, you have to slow down,” Arner says. “Yeah, maybe that’s true. But a lot of people my age are dead, too.” Here, every day at 11 a.m. through ski season, Arner and other members of the Wild Old Bunch meet at Alf’s Restaurant, a slope-side eatery reachable only by skis. The group bills itself as a “a happily disorganized collection of senior Alta regulars readily dispensing hospitality, youthful enthusiasm and sage advice.” Rush Spedden, 89, with two practically brand-new artificial knees, was the most senior skier on a recent day. Last season, he skied 38 days. But Spedden scoffs at any special mention. The club includes active members into their early 90s. Alta allows anyone 80 or older to ski for free. And so far this season, at least 118 octogenarians have taken up the offer. What’s happening at Alta isn’t unique in the ski industry. Skiers, as a whole, are getting older. Those 45 and older now make up one of the market’s fastest-growing segments. According to the National Ski Areas Association, 31 percent of downhill skiers in the United States were older than 45 in the 2004-05 season, compared with 21 percent in 1997-98. Last year, 12 percent of skiers were 55 or older. Keeping them on the slopes is critical in the highly competitive ski industry, where nationwide skier days dropped by 1.2 percent last year from the record 2002-03 season. Michael Berry, president of the NSAA, credits the increase in older skiers to a general rise nationwide in healthier seniors who stay fit and active well into retirement. Improved equipment – especially a new generation of shorter, shaped skis that make turning easier on aging muscles and creaky joints – also helps keep skiers on the slopes longer. “Ten, 20 years ago, if you saw someone on the slopes who was 70, it was a pretty big deal,” Berry says. “Now, it’s nothing out of the ordinary.” It’s not that senior skiers are taking up the sport for the first time, but that longtime skiers are, well, true die-hards these days. “It helps keep you young,” says 81-year-old Bob Murdoch, who began skiing at Alta in 1938. “Without sounding corny about it, when you’re skiing through fresh powder and the trees, there’s almost a spiritual quality to it. It’s something special that keeps us coming back year after year. And you never want to lose that.” Another member of the Wild Old Bunch, 88-year-old George Jedenoff, is an anomaly: He started skiing at the age of 40. He bought a lifetime pass to Alta in 1968, and hasn’t stopped skiing since. “I drop about 10 years in age when I ski with these guys,” says Jedenoff, who travels from his home in Orinda, Calif., to spend weeks at a time at Alta. In fact, members of the Wild Old Bunch seem to drop 50 or 60 years when they come to the mountain. Mostly men, the two dozen or so members who congregate at Alf’s every morning sound and look like schoolboys, with ruddy, frost-nipped cheeks, sparkling eyes and plenty of good-natured, mischievous banter over cups of hot cocoa. “We may look mild, but we’re wild,” says 75-year-old Bruce Sherman. Later, they prove it on the slopes, forgoing easier runs for expert terrain and deep powder. An ideal day, Sherman says, is filled with top-to-bottom runs through untracked powder. Several times during the season, more hardy members will pass up chairlifts altogether and hike high into the mountains to find virgin snow away from groomed trails. At the top of one such peak last winter, Sherman delighted in surprising some skiers about half his age. “You can just tell from the look in their eyes,” Sherman says, laughing. “They’re looking at us and thinking, ‘What the hell are you old guys doing up here?”‘ Savvy resorts are picking up on the trend. Seniors, they say, have even more spending money than twenty- and thirty-somethings, and resort developers recognize they’re critical to supporting slope-side amenities such as vacation homes, posh restaurants and resort shopping centers. Many resorts also nurture active year-round retirement communities, offering skiing in winter and golf, hiking and boating in summer. “Any time you see a base village go up at a mountain in response to the aging baby boomer generation, it’s generally something that’s catering to the older, more affluent skier,” Berry says. The increase in older skiers is so sharp that some resorts are scaling back on discounts for seniors. This year, Park City Mountain Resort in Utah stopped handing out free tickets to those 70 and over, and offered them season passes for $249, still a 75 percent discount. One benefit of attracting senior skiers, resort representatives say, is that they also tend to bring their children and grandchildren along, not just to the slopes, but to second homes, restaurants and other attractions. “They are a viable, vibrant market and we definitely are paying attention to them,” says Katie Eldridge, spokeswoman at The Canyons in Park City. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A beloved pet dog has gone missing in the Letterkenny area this evening (Thurs).Bailey, who is a white Shih Tzu, went missing between 7.30and 8pm around the Old Dunnes Stores area.If anyone spots the dog wandering around, can they please contact Brian on 086 3008555. The family are heartbroken and are desperate to get Bailey home safe and sound.CAN YOU HELP FIND BAILEY? was last modified: August 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BailyletterkennyMISSING DOG
Tough loss at Lambeau Field for the Niners on Monday night.But it was a high-scoring affair for San Francisco, which means you can score a free burger at Jack in the Box today.Here’s the season-long deal: Whenever the Niners score two or more touchdowns in a game, fans will receive a free Jumbo Jack (with the purchase of a large drink) at participating Bay Area locations. Just show up or drive up and ask for the freebie. The offer is valid only the day after game day. But it …
1 March 2010Cape Town is gearing up to host two of the biggest events on the South African sporting calendar in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, as the city braces itself for the biggest event of them all – the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.City spokesman Pieter Cronje says Cape Town has hosted these events for many years, and has consistently shown its ability to come to the party when it matters. And with Cape Town having successfully hosted the 2010 Final Draw in December, Cronje believes this shows that the city is ready for the World Cup.“The world was waiting for the match order of the 32 participating teams. This Fifa delivered through the Draw, but the world was also watching to see if Cape Town could stage a world-class event, and if we could pull off a successful Fifa Fan Fest. And Cape Town delivered,” Cronje said, referring to the Final Draw which saw 120 000 people gathered in Adderley street for the switch-on of the festive lights and 55 000 gathered in Long Street for the Final Draw Fifa Fan Fest.Test eventsCronje also points to the recent test events at the city’s new Green Point stadium as evidence of the level of preparation under way in Cape Town to ensure a smooth tournament in South Africa’s Mother City.“Since then [the Final Draw] the city has held two test events at the new stadium – a football match for 20 000 spectators and a rugby match for 40 000.“In keeping with World Cup practice, there were no ticket sales at the stadium and people used public transport and free shuttle buses to go to the stadium from the rail, taxi, bus and parking hub in the CBD. Both events were successful and also served to identify and fix smaller problems.”‘No room for complacency’Cronje says the new 68 000-seater Green Point stadium is ready, major road interchanges will be ready in April and May, and the Fifa Fan Fest and four public viewing areas across the city have been planned and tenders let.“We are keenly awaiting the buses for the shuttle service from the airport to the CBD, a circular service within the CBD, and the shuttle service to the stadium on match days. We are ready, but there is no room for complacency and there is much hard work ahead.”Cape Town International Airport has seen major developments in recent years, in preparation for the World Cup, including a R1.5-billion new terminal with 120 check-in counters, 20 self-service check-in machines, eight air bridges, 11 bus gates, and an automated baggage-sorting system.“At the heart of the City of Cape Town’s development strategy is infrastructure-led economic growth,” says the city’s Mayor, Dan Plato. “The objective is to further establish Cape Town’s reputation as a globally competitive business and leisure destination, which will attract more investment and grow our local economy.”We’re ready, say residentsThe city residents, from shop owners to small businesses, agree that Cape Town is well primed for the biggest show on earth.“Cape Town will show the world what it is capable of, I have no doubt about that,” says Waterfront shop owner Daniel Green. “We will host this event better than it has ever been hosted before.”School headmaster Ton Breads agrees: “Cape Town has shown what it is capable of by hosting such an amazing World Cup Draw, and I have no doubt the city will prove itself once again in June,” he says.On Cape Town’s Grand Parade, traders and customers alike are brimming with confidence too. “It will be the most awesome World Cup ever,” says trader Jacob Oliphant.In the trains and taxis, the buzz is all about the World Cup. “Nothing can faze us,” says taxi driver Victor Shlope. “We can handle this with no hassle. We just have to do what we are best at – be ourselves.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
All the five accused in the Bodh Gaya serial blast case were held guilty by a local court in Patna on Friday. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on May 31.Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) judge Manoj Kumar Sinha convicted Imtiyaz Ansari, Haider Ali, Mujib Ullah, Omair Siddiqui and Azharuddin Qureishi under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act and the Explosives Act. The sixth accused, Taufique Ahmed, a juvenile, was earlier sentenced to three years of confinement to a remand home.Defence lawyer Surya Prakash Singh told the court that the NIA had failed to produce CCTV footage of the blast. A security guard, who was present at one of the sites when the explosions took place, had failed to recognise any of the accused. However, public prosecutor Lalan Prasad Sinha pointed out that the accused persons were involved in terrorist activities and this was corroborated by the statements of as many as 90 witnesses recorded during the trial. “Though we had raised some important objections, the court in its wisdom held them guilty…,” defence counsel Surya Prakash Singh said later. “We’ll appeal in the Patna High Court,” he said.Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi told journalists that “those involved in terrorist activities have no religion or creed… they deserve stern punishment.”The Buddhist pilgrim town of Bodh Gaya was rocked by a series of explosions on July 7, 2013, causing injuries to several people, including some monks. The blast was set off allegedly to avenge the atrocities against Rohingya in Myanmar.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) science program would see flat funding under a spending bill set for action today in the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would provide $5.071 billion for DOE’s Office of Science in the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October. That is essentially the same as this year’s budget, and about $40 million less than requested by President Barack Obama.The bill and press release unveiled yesterday carry few details beyond the top-line numbers. 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That is $45 million below the White House’s request of $325 million. ARPA-E seeks to move “transformational” energy technologies out the lab and into the private sector.In other energy programs, the bill would cut spending on renewable energy R&D in order to boost spending on nuclear and fossil fuel development. DOE’s fossil fuel programs would get $593 million, $30.9 million above current spending, while nuclear energy research would rise by $9.8 million to $899 million. In contrast, renewable energy programs would drop $113 million from current levels to $1.8 billion.The House panel would also bar the United States from making any cash contribution to the ITER fusion reactor project under way in France until DOE certifies that the multinational project is implementing reforms recommended by an outside review. Lawmakers have become increasingly uneasy about ITER’s rising cost, which is eating into funds available for U.S.-based fusion research projects.The provision is part of a larger $34 billion measure that funds DOE and an array of water resource management agencies. In total, it calls for spending $50 million less on these programs than in 2014, but $327 million more than the president’s request.The Senate is also working on its version of the measure, but no final decisions are expected until after the elections in November.
“A lot of people are trying to spread misinformation regarding the reservation process and the judgment of the court given this morning. Some people are drawing wrong meaning out of court’s issue on the retrospective recruitment processes. The government is implementing the judgment given by the honourable SC on the 2012 and 2014 admission processes, we are not looking to do anything retrospectively,” said Higher and Technical Education Minister and senior leader of the BJP Vinod Tawde. The State government had on Thursday issued a Government Resolution (GR) saying the reservation would be applied from 2014 onwards. The courts had on June 27 upheld the government’s decision to extend reservation to the community by categorising it as Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC). Based on the court’s approval, the State had extended 13% reservation in jobs and 12% reservation in educational institutions for it. Reacting to the SC judgment, Maratha leader Vinayak Mete said the community was confident when the hearing begins in two weeks’ time that the courts will not give a stay to the reservation. “The road to reservation we have been seeking for many years has been cleared. That the courts have not stayed the State decision shows the community’s plea would eventually go through. The government and the State Backward Commission have given a well studied report on the reservation, which is the reason it has stood the judicial scrutiny,” he said. The Maharashtra government has clarified it is not looking to implement the reservation for the Maratha community with retrospective effect starting 2014. It will continue to recruit and allow admissions in educational institutions for the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) candidates of the community until courts grant a stay. Clarifying the government stand hours after the Supreme Court made it clear that the State of Maharashtra cannot apply the reservation retrospectively, Senior Ministers and community leaders denied the government was doing so. Instead it would wait for the final decision of the apex court in two weeks’ time, senior officials said. Also Read SC refuses to stay Bombay HC order on reservation to Marathas
Leone may be sought after by many in the industry, butLeone may be sought after by many in the industry, but the actress had her own “embarrassing” fan girl moment when she first met Shah Rukh.”The first time I walked out when I saw him on the set, because we were shooting in the morning, my hair was rolled up…I walked upto him and said, Thank you so much for having me here and then went back to the dressing room, looked myself in the mirror and said, Oh my God Sunny, thats how you met him? My embarrassing moments just keep stacking.”A few months ago, Leone found herself at the receiving end of some harsh questions by a TV journalist. The face-off, however, won her lot of praises. Everyone, from Anushka Sharma to Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, took a strong stand for the actress. Superstar Aamir Khan had expressed his desire to work her too.This will, however, be the first time when Leone will be seen sharing screen space with a big superstar, after her cameo in Akshay Kumars “Singh is Bliing” last year.Directed by Rahul Dholakia, “Raees” is scheduled to release this Eid. PTI JUR GK PSH