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New Canadian gas plant helps Encana recover production lost due to hurricane

CALGARY — Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) says it will meet corporate production guidance this year despite losing an average of 3,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the third quarter from U.S. operations it suspended while hurricane Harvey rampaged through Texas.The Calgary-based oil and gas producer says the earlier-than-expected startup of a natural gas processing plant in B.C. this week will boost Canadian production enough to make up for the setbacks in Texas, as well as natural gas production lost due to recent third-party gas plant and pipeline outages in Western Canada.It says the new plant near the Alberta border in northeastern B.C. will allow its production of light oil produced with gas from the Montney underground formation to double in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the same period of last year.The plant wasn’t expected to come on stream until after the end of September. Encana plans to quickly fill the plant to capacity by drilling and completing wells in the area.Another Calgary producer, Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE), reports its third-quarter production will be down by about 2,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day due to its suspended operations in Texas during the storm which hit in late August.In both cases, the lost production amounts to one per cent or less of overall annual output. read more

Correction KenyaSandal Animals story

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 1:38 pm MDT Correction: Kenya-Sandal Animals story NAIROBI, Kenya – In a story May 8 about artisans in Kenya who turn old sandals into art objects, The Associated Press included two paragraphs that closely paralleled the wording of an earlier story on the subject by the Voice of America. Inclusion of such material should have been attributed to VOA.A corrected version of the story is below:Kenya co. turns old sandals into colorful objectsKenyan company turns old sandals into colorful array of toys and safari animalsBy JOE MWIHIAAssociated PressThe colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and warthogs made in a Nairobi workshop were once only dirty pieces of rubber cruising the Indian Ocean’s currents.Kenya’s Ocean Sole sandal recycling company is cleaning the East African country’s beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and other sandals.About 45 workers in Nairobi make 100 different products from the discarded flip-flops. In 2008, the company shipped an 18-foot giraffe to Rome for display during a fashion week.Company founder Julie Church says the goal of her company is to create products that people want to buy, then make them interested in the back-story, the Voice of America reported earlier.Workers wash the flip-flops, many of which show signs of multiple repairs. Artisans then glue together the various colours, carve the products, sand and rewash them, VOA reported.Church first noticed Kenyan children turning flip-flops into toy boats around 1999, when she worked as a marine scientist for WWF and the Kenya Wildlife Service on Kenya’s coast near the border with Somalia.Turtles hatching on the beach had to fight their way through the debris on beaches to get to the ocean, Church said, and a plan to clean up the debris and create artistic and useful items gained momentum. WWF ordered 15,000 key rings, and her eco-friendly project took off.It has not made Church rich, however. The company turns over about $150,000 a year, she said. Last year it booked a small loss.But new investment money is flowing in, and the company is in the midst of rebranding itself from its former name — the FlipFlop Recycling Company — to Ocean Sole.The company aims to sell 70 per cent of its products outside Kenya. It has distributors in the United States, Europe and new inquiries from Japan. Its biggest purchasers are zoos and aquariums.One of Church’s employees is Dan Wambui, who said he enjoys interacting with visitors who come to the Nairobi workshop.“They come from far … when they see what we are doing we see them really happy and they are appreciating. We feel internationally recognized and we feel happy about it,” Wambui said.___On the Internet:Ocean Sole: http://www.ocean-sole.com read more

Vicar faces row after putting plastic childrens furniture in 12th century church

first_imgA vicar faces an official complaint for installing a childrens’ plastic table and chairs in a 12th century church.Rector Lynda Klimas introduced the pint-sized white furniture set as a way to keep young children entertained during services.But a disgruntled churchgoer has made an official complaint as he feels it has no place in the “historically sensitive and sacred” Lady Chapel.The matter will now be investigated and, if taken to a tribunal, Rev Kilmas could be given a “lifelong prohibition from exercising any ministerial functions”.Kevin Sims, 67, who has been attending the St Mary the Virgin Church for 20 years, said: “I definitely do not feel the number of children warrants it. My main issues are for aesthetic reasons and reasons of demand.”There are procedures in place that anyone who makes changes in church has to go through.”My concern is that if nothing is done it means effectively anyone could change anything.” Once they have been presented with all the details about what the changes would involve, the local Chancellor then makes a final decision on whether it can be made.In this instance Mr Sims feels bosses have been misled and given false information about the furniture placed in St Mary the Virgin Church, Maulden, Beds.For example, he says a report filed to them said the furniture would be “in keeping” with its surroundings – which he highlights it clearly is not.He also says the rector referred to it as a “children’s area” despite clear signage indicating it is the ‘Lady Chapel’. Kevin Sims, 67 who made the complaint about the plastic table and chairs at St Mary the Virgin Church in Bedfordshire.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Kevin Sims, 67 who made the complaintCredit:SWNS.com Mr Sims said: “For the Rector to state that this sacred space in church is not a chapel beggars belief and is manifestly untrue.”My main concern isn’t with the furniture itself, although I did highlight I don’t think it is keeping and there aren’t enough children for it.”This process relies on being truthful in what they are doing.”The bishop of the diocese must now decide whether or not to confront the rector who brought the children’s seating area.If this happens she could receive punishment from a rebuke to removal from her position.Kevin added: “I hope the Church authorities now wake up to the seriousness of what has taken place here and that appropriate disciplinary penalties and public censure will swiftly follow.”The Rev Klimas, who was made an honorary Canon because of her contribution to the Church of England, said she was forbidden to comment about the grievance.Arun Kataria, spokesman for the diocese of St Albans, said: “The complaint will be heard in accordance with standard procedure and will be confidential until the matter is concluded.” St Mary the Virgin Church in Bedfordshire. St Mary the Virgin Church in BedfordshireCredit:Rob Farrow /SWNS.com He has now placed a formal complaint of misconduct against the Rector Lynda Klimas who was responsible for the interior alteration.But despite Mr Sims stating he knows of “at least four” other parishioners who agree with him, other members of the congregation have welcomed the child-friendly space.A fellow churchgoer said: “I have never heard so much ridiculous fuss about a tiny little table and chairs. It’s lovely to see young children welcomed into the church and given a place to sit quietly and play.”According to church guidelines, priests wishing to making alterations like the introduction of furniture must apply to the the faculty jurisdiction.last_img read more