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Canadian Natural Resources to acquire Painted Pony Energy

first_img Painted Pony’s land and production is located within Canadian Natural’s core area. (Credit: John R Perry from Pixabay) Canadian oil and gas company Canadian Natural Resources has agreed to acquire Painted Pony Energy, a natural gas producer, for $461m.The transaction amount includes assumption Painted Pony’s total debt of approximately $350m.Painted Pony is mainly focused on the development of natural gas and natural gas liquids from the Montney formation in northeast British Columbia.The company’s properties in the Northeast British Columbia areas of Blair, Daiber, Kobes and Townsend, together produce about 270 million cubic feet per day of natural gas and 4,600 barrels per day of natural gas liquids (NGLs).With Painted Pony’s land and production located within Canadian Natural’s core area, the acquisition is expected to offer opportunity to leverage synergies with a significant amount of pre-built infrastructure and transportation available.The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvalsThe deal is expected to be concluded in late third quarter or early of fourth quarter this year, subject to closing conditions.It also requires certain regulatory approvals that include approval under the Competition Act (Canada).Canadian Natural president Tim McKay said: “This acquisition further strengthens Canadian Natural’s natural gas assets and production base in key operating areas and complements the Company’s diversified portfolio.“This transaction also allows us to further insulate against natural gas costs in our oils sands operations and has minimal impact on the Company’s low overall corporate decline rate. We look forward to working together with the staff currently employed by Painted Pony.”In May last year, Canadian Natural Resources announced plans to buy Devon Canada that owns heavy oil assets that are mainly located in Alberta from Devon Energy, for $2.8bn. Painted Pony’s properties are located in the Northeast British Columbia areas of Blair, Daiber, Kobes and Townsendlast_img read more

Jurassic Park-like rainforest retreat on the Gold Coast hits the market

first_img‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Aerial view of ‘Carinya’. With its fertile red volcanic soil and high rainfall, the plateau produces rich crops of avocados, kiwifruit, passionfruit, rhubarb, apples and mangoes. “There’s something special about having a footprint of Australia no one else has,” Mr Douglas said.“One of the very few virgin rainforest properties you can buy, and I don’t know anything else like it. You drive in and you feel like you’re in a different world with one of the best coastal views I’ve seen.”The property is at 32 Carey Pde, Tamborine Mountain. The terraced garden is sculpted within a natural amphitheatre that has a centrepiece dam surrounded by cannas, agapanthus, bromeliads, cordylines and manicured lawns.Fireflies transform the property into a fairyland for four weeks each spring, while butterflies create a wave of colour. Carinya was used as the “deep forest of Bangalla” in The Phantom movie. Beyond the tall iron gates of ‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland is a Jurassic Park-like 22ha ancient rainforest retreat. The terraced garden. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoWhat a view! “We bought the property around ten years ago when Tony came home with a newspaper and this property’s ad was in it,” Ms Smith said.“About halfway down the drive we asked ourselves, how much are we going to offer them? Then we got to the house and saw the view and just went, ‘wow’.”The couple spent two years renovating the house – they recruited a team of locals to not only build their forever home but landscape its immediate surrounds.“All we did was keep the roof and the floor,” Ms Smith said.“It was a huge renovation but we wanted to create something special in this unique environment; a retreat, one that’s private and a place to enjoy and relax.” MORE NEWS: Buyers flocking to Gold Coast beaches The perfect place to relax and unwind.center_img Every room has a view to the rainforest or water, and all have sliding doors out to wide entertainment decks or private balconies. The hub of the home is a sleek kitchen with Miele appliances, which adjoins the living room with built-in television and home theatre system plus a warm fireplace for those chilly mountain evenings.Eat breakfast on the nearby main deck, surrounded by wildlife, and overlooking the gardens below.“We’ll both miss it, there’s no question,” Mr Smith said.“What happened outside the house was such a huge part of the renovation. We were lucky to find some very clever local people, who we became friends with, that helped us design and plant our new garden.” Enjoy a spa in the rainforest. The kitchen. MORE NEWS: Thousands fall for tiny home scam Beyond the tall iron gates of ‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland is a Jurassic Park-like 22ha ancient rainforest retreat. The house has been completely renovated into a luxury residence. Beyond the tall iron gates of ‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland is a Jurassic Park-like 22ha ancient rainforest retreat.A JURASSIC Park-like 22ha ancient rainforest retreat in southeast Queensland has hit the market with a multimillion-dollar price tag.Beyond the tall iron gates of ‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland is the 22ha Tamborine Mountain estate.It is bordered by protected national park and sheer cliff faces, is a vibrant ecosystem of old timbers, ferns, waterfalls, giant rocks, soaring climbing figs, huge staghorns and rare orchids.Donna and Tony Smith have reluctantly decided to sell their private paradise, which is listed through Ray White Rural Queensland’s Peter Douglas for $3.75 million. last_img read more

Not just cricket: Basil D’Oliveira

first_imgAmazing record Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material As a young man, he was never considered for selection to the Springbok teams of those times, but rather had to play his cricket in the South African Cricket Board of Control (Sacboc) organisation that catered to players of colour. The Sunday Times, on its Centenary Heritage Project website, gives some of the background to what became known as “the D’Oliveira Affair”: South African Prime Minister John Vorster reacted by declaring D’Oliveira unwelcome in South Africa. “It’s not the MCC team”, he declared. “It’s the team of the anti-apartheid movement.” D’Oliveira completed his career having played 41 Tests. He scored 2 484 runs at an average of 40.06, with five centuries and 15 fifties. He also captured 47 wickets at 39.55. Given that he had missed out on playing Test cricket in his prime, it was an amazing record. “On many occasions we had to sneak in and climb over fences to watch the games from the segregated enclosure. Basil used to dream of being able to play here – it’s a dream that was never realised.” Next up was an away series against the West Indies, early in 1968. D’Oliveira didn’t turn in his best showing in the five matches, scoring only 137 runs at an average of 27.4. He did a lot of bowling, but picked up only three wickets, even though he was economical. In June 1966, having qualified to play for England, D’Oliveira was chosen to face the West Indians in the second Test at the age of 34. He made a solid if unspectacular debut, scoring 27 before being run out, and returning figures of 1 for 24 and 1 for 46 with the ball in 39 overs. “Dolly”, as he was known, had nonetheless shown his abilities, quickly adapting to Test match cricket, and after a successful series he became a fixture in the England team for quite some time. D’Oliveira won belated recognition from his home country when he was chosen as one of the nominees for the title of South Africa’s Cricketer of the Century. D’Oliviera passed away on 19 November 2011 at the age of 80. Then the famous English cricket commentator John Arlott offered D’Oliveira a contract in the Central Lancashire League with Middleton, where he would replace the West Indian fast bowling legend Wes Hall. A local businessman raised money for his fare, and he was on his way to England and a new life as a professional cricketer. He contributed a fighting 88 in the fourth Test at Headingley, although England once again came a sorry second, losing by an innings and 55 runs. D’Oliveira was quietly efficient in the final Test as England turned the tables on the West Indies, winning by an innings and 34 runs to finish the series as 3-1 losers. Dolly was at Newlands in Cape Town when Graeme Pollock picked up the award – a guest of honour on the cricket ground he had never been given the opportunity to grace as a player. Against India next time out, he hit 109 in the first Test as England won by six wickets and went on to win the series three-nil. Facing Pakistan, he hit fifties in both innings of the first Test in a series that England won two-nil. Basil D’Oliveira never played for South Africa, yet was nominated one of the country’s cricketers of the 20th century. While it was England that benefited from D’Oliveira’s prowess with bat and ball, it was, ultimately, South Africa that was rewarded most by his actions on and off the field. ‘Dolly’ comes into his own He was, however, dropped for the second Test, but when Roger Prideaux withdrew from the team for the final Test, Dolly was given a recall, and he made a triumphant return. He grabbed his chance, hitting 158 as England took a 226-run victory to tie the series one-all. England then went on to New Zealand for two Tests, with Dolly scoring 100 in the first one and 58 and five in the second. After that performance, it was clear that D’Oliveira had sealed his spot in the England team to tour South Africa in 1968/69. However, he was not selected, as the MCC sought to avoid a political backlash from South Africa by naming a player of colour in their line-up. ‘The D’Oliveira Affair’ “‘Last Wednesday a group of Englishmen picked a cricket team and ended up doing this country a disservice of such magnitude that one could only feel a burning anger at their madness and a cold shame for their folly. The dropping of Basil D’Oliveira from the MCC team to tour SA has stirred such undercurrents throughout the world that no one but the impossibly naive can any longer think that politics and sport do not mix, never mind believe it.’” “When the MCC announced its squad on August 28, 1968, D’Oliveira was left out, despite scoring 158 in the final Test between England and the touring Australians at The Oval and taking crucial wickets. In 1956/57 and 1958/59 he had the opportunity of leading the South African Sacboc team against Kenya and East Africa. D’Oliveira excelled, scoring 447 runs at an average just shy of 56. Pakistan next visited England in 1971, and D’Oliveira enjoyed a fine series with the bat, making 241 runs at an average of 60.25. He was below-par in the three-Test series against India that followed, but was in better form for the visit of Australia in June 1972. That series, though, proved to be his swansong – he was just short of 41 at the time. Following a huge outcry, Tom Cartwright pulled out of the touring party and D’Oliveira was named in his place. D’Oliveira was born in 1931, a child of mixed race in a country that looked upon people of colour as second-class citizens. Thus, he was never given the opportunities that many lesser-talented white children were given. He was able to watch other countries touring South Africa – from the stand at Newlands cricket ground reserved for “Non-Europeans” – but playing against them remained a dream. Return to Newlands D’Oliveira, meanwhile, was back in action for his adopted country in June 1969, once again facing the West Indies, this time in a three-Test series. He followed that with a three-match series against New Zealand and then a seven-Test Ashes series Down Under in which he scored 369 runs at an average of 36.9, including 117 in the fifth Test at the MCG. “In August 1968, as the date for the announcement of the English touring team drew closer, the representative of a major South African tobacco company, Tienie Oosthuizen, offered D’Oliveira a car, a house, an allowance of £40 000 and a 10-year contract to coach black players in South Africa, provided he did not make himself available for the English tour to South Africa. D’Oliveira refused. South Africa’s loss, England’s gain The Sunday Times writes: “South Africa was excluded from the 1968 Tokyo Olympics, the 1970 South African cricket tour to England was cancelled and, in the same year, South Africa was expelled from the Olympic Movement. The country was isolated from official international sport for almost 25 years.” And early in 2007, the Sunday Times Centenary Heritage Project unveiled an artwork memorial at the ground to ensure a permanent place there for the lost son of South African cricket. However, his greatest contribution to cricket came about because he made the England team, forced his way into the squad to tour South Africa in 1968/69 – and refused all enticements to back out of it. The repercussions of Prime Minister Vorster’s decision to prevent D’Oliveira entering South Africa were huge, irreversible – and ultimately good both for South Africa and the game of cricket. Back in England, it was time for a five-Test Ashes series. The Aussies crushed England by 159 runs in first Test as England crumbled in their second innings, despite D’Oliveira’s top scoring effort of 87 not out. “The British journalist Michael Parkinson wrote in the London Sunday Times: In the third Test, his second, D’Oliveira came into his own, scoring 76 and 54, while capturing 2 for 51 and 2 for 77 at Trent Bridge, even though the West Indies cantered to a 139-run victory. South Africa withdrew its invitation, the tour was cancelled – and the country was set irreversibly on the path to international isolation. After taking some time to adjust to the conditions, D’Oliveira thrived and forced his way into the Worcestershire county team – after he had lopped three years off his age because he might not have been given a chance had the county known his true age. When he played his first full season in the county championship he was already 34, yet he performed brilliantly, even though most players would be considered over the hill by that stage of their careers. It was a dream, however, that D’Oliveira would not let go of. Family spokesman Frank Brache, whose sister is married to D’Oliveira, said at the unveiling of the memorial: “The D’Oliveira family is very grateful for this honour. It is just such a pity that Basil, who lives in the UK and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease now, will not be able to appreciate it himself. D’Oliveira learnt the game on matting wickets and quickly became a star of Sacboc cricket. Yet, thanks to aparteid, he could never test his talent against the best cricketers in the world. last_img read more

Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win

first_imgCarlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Carlo Biado knew his angles after he used to be a golf caddy.The 33-year-old Biado, who also worked a pool house hand, has come a long way after winning the gold medal in the men’s 9-ball individual title in the Southeast Asian Games here Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Their teachings, according to Biado, enabled him to be very confident facing anybody on the pool table.Indeed, he came here on the crest of his World Games triumph last July in Poland.He will also see action for the Philippines in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan.It was his first SEAG individual gold but second if you count the doubles victory he had with Dennis Orcollo in the 2015 SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Orella falters in rhythmic gymnastics View comments READ: Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool“I feel that I have my confidence,” said Biado, who has high praise for his coaches, Hall-of-Famer Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe said he learned a lot of things from the legends of world pool.“They taught me a lot of shots in training. They know a lot of shots that I can use in the competitions,” said Biado in Filipino. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

a month agoWatford chief Duxbury admits Gracia sacking was harsh

first_imgWatford chief Duxbury admits Gracia sacking was harshby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford chief Scott Duxbury admits Javi Gracia’s sacking was harsh.But added that it was a necessary decision for the club’s future.”There’s no doubt it’s harsh from a human and personal perspective,” he said.”I get that. But I’ve got to make a professional decision and what I think is best for the football club is not perhaps what the media and pundits think is best.”Unlike the media and the pundits, I’m here and at the training ground every day, I see what’s working and I see what’s not working and am able to make an informed decision.”I don’t believe waiting and hoping for results to improve will work and that I need to make a change. It would be wrong of me to wait just because it looks better.”I’ve got to be decisive and I’ve got to make that change. Can it look harsh? Yes. But is it a decision made in the best interests of the football club? Absolutely.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoEverton U23 coach Unsworth: EFL Trophy good for development

first_imgEverton U23 coach Unsworth: EFL Trophy good for developmentby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton U23 coach David Unsworth was delighted with their EFL Trophy win over Burton Albion.Unsworth admits he’s a supporter for the competition and the potential introduction of B teams.Asked if the competition has worked for Everton, Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo: “Yeah, I think it has. It’s a competition we’ve been delighted to be in. For the first couple of years, there was almost a novelty for the players to play against first-team players.“You know me and you know I’m a big advocate of what happens everywhere around Europe with B-teams and for the purpose of developing young players quicker, it is brilliant the way they work throughout the leagues in Europe.”When we’ve had a sniff of playing first-team opponents, I’ve been all over it. Even in pre-season, it is something I feel very passionately about.“You’ve seen tonight, a very, very good mid-table League One club with an experienced manager, we’ve been the better team and won quite comfortably.”People slag off under-23s football, the Premier League do the best they can and it’s a league that has improved year after year and it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. You’ve seen that tonight.”Technically, we’ve looked the better team, we handled the ball brilliantly and the way we work proves it’s right, in terms of being like a first-team and working a lot on physicality and speed and tempo and limited touches because tonight we were just awesome.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Tony Romo, Jason Garrett In Houston To Support Duke vs. Gonzaga

first_imgTony Romo and Jason Garrett support Duke at Elite Eight.Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have never been shy about their love for the Duke Blue Devils – they’ve been spotted attending home games and hanging out with players in the locker room. Sunday night, it looks like the duo will be in Houston to watch their favorite college basketball squad try to reach this year’s Final Four. Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer snapped a photo of them finding their seats behind Duke’s bench.Early Tony Romo and Jason Garrett sighting behind the Duke bench pic.twitter.com/kMXVHx0N3R— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 29, 2015If Duke loses, expects the conspiracy theories to start flying.last_img

ASU Coach Bobby Hurley Threw Out The 1st Pitch At Last Night’s Diamondbacks Game

first_imgArizona State coach Bobby Hurley throws first pitch.Arizona State Bobby HurleyNew Arizona State head basketball coach Bobby Hurley is best known for his play as a point guard at Duke and later in the NBA. However, Hurley did play a little baseball growing up in Jersey City, N.J., and last night he had the opportunity to put some old skills to use. Hurley was a guest of the Arizona Diamondbacks and threw out the first pitch before the team’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Beforehand, he had a chance to meet some of the D-Backs players and coaching staff, and was even interviewed by Sun Devil quarterback Mike Bercovici, who was in attendance with teammate Jordan Simone. He is in the house! pic.twitter.com/DEtkghvLSW— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Sun Devils in the house. Tuffy. Hurley. Graham Rossini. #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/R886wvabYM— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Hey look at @MikeBerco and @JordanSimone38 with @BobbyHurley11 pic.twitter.com/g2hKLjipAs— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Don’t ask him tough questions Berco. pic.twitter.com/GPVxePXdfU— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015The @BobbyHurley11 family is here to support him. Unless he bounces it. pic.twitter.com/OjcVsLRy24— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015To add another degree of difficulty to Hurley’s toss, the Curtain of Distraction, usually employed by ASU’s student section to harass free-throw shooters, was brought out. It didn’t seem to affect him much, as his throw was accurate.Calm, cool and collected. Nicely done, @BobbyHurley11. https://t.co/sMyggvY9Yh— #VoteDbacks (@Dbacks) May 24, 2015Looks like Hurley is still comfortable with the ball in his hands, even if it’s not a roundball.last_img read more

Court action could affect Yukon hunters

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon government is warning all Yukon hunters that a recent statement of claim from the Ross River Dene Council could affect their hunting rights.Last week, the  First Nation filed the claim in Yukon court saying its Aboriginal rights are not being consulted or accommodated.APTN’s Shirley mclean has more.last_img

BC First Nations hope new reports put pressure on government to overhaul

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsTwo reports say the province of British Columbia is failing to protect the environment from potential dangers from the mining industry.The reports were released two years after a tailings dam breach ravaged communities in northern B.C.last_img