Visiting poet kicks off series at Saint Mary’s

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Poetry Club hosted Austin Segrest, poetry editor of “The Missouri Review” and the club’s first poet of its inaugural poet speaker series Wednesday. Senior Susan Head, a member of the Poetry Club, introduced Segrest, who was chosen to speak in the series under the guidance of English professor Dionne Bremyer, one of Segrest’s friends who has encouraged students in the Saint Mary’s community to attend literary events and bring more speakers to campus. Segrest, born in Birmingham, Alabama, said he studied classics at Emory University. Head said his poetry is influenced by many of the classical poets, such as Ovid and Virgil, and their use and creation of myth. Segrest said he was also influenced by his study of language, his time studying abroad in Rome, his love of music and dance, and his mother, the subject of most of his elegies. “I’m fascinated by the challenge of how we can approximate what music can do in words while still using sound,” Segrest said. “That whole adventure is endlessly fascinating to me.” Segrest said he felt excited to be at Saint Mary’s, detailing how he believes he is “traveling east to west through his life,” a metaphor coined by poet John Donne. “It is really great to be in a place where I can tell there is such a love and care for the written word, and it’s a real honor for my poetry and my writing to be a part of this.  It really means the world,” Segrest said. Segrest said he has used psychoanalysis to revisit his personal and family past and to investigate the roots from which he sprung and the steps he has taken thus far in life. “My mother died when I was first coming into my own as a writer, so it was very influential on me, and it’s no surprise that it’s something I explored a lot in psychoanalysis,” Segrest said.   “There were just a few confluences that came together in my life, like I had just graduated from Emory University, I was working a research job, and actually living with my mother; I had moved in back home and so I think there were a lot of intersections coming together that then came up in the therapy that followed.” Junior Elizabeth Kenney said she enjoyed Segrest’s reading and liked learning his background. “As a writer, I thought it was really interesting to hear about his techniques and the subjects he chooses to use in his writing,” Kenney said. “I liked the rhythm in his poetry and the honesty and how it sounded just like a conversation.  I think he made an impression on many of the students in attendance, because he was so casual about his poetry but it reached very deep and touched on many topics people could relate to. “I thought his use of classical references were breathtaking, and having studied abroad in Rome, also, I liked making these connections and thinking of what the allusions mean for myself and then within his poems.” Founder of the poetry club, junior Claire Bleecker, said she began the club this year in order to learn more about poetry and to expose herself and other students to more types of this art. “We were excited to have Segrest come to Saint Mary’s, because I think it’s so important for young writers to know that becoming a poet is a plausible thing,” Bleecker said. “Poets aren’t just these mythological creatures but very genuine and kind people.” Contact Kelly Konya at kkonya01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

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Drewry: US sanctions bump LNG shipping rates

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of DSME)Tight vessel supply and seasonal firmness in demand have pushed LNG shipping rates to $130,000/day from $80,000/day at the end of September. Furthermore, the upward momentum in rates is expected to be maintained in the fourth quarter of 2019 due to a reduction in the availability of vessels in the spot market, driven by several factors including US sanctions on COSCO-linked LNG vessels, a rise in LNG demand, vessels being used for floating storage and typhoons causing delays in China and Japan, the shipping consultancy Drewry said.The LNG shipping market, which had been reeling under a long spell of low charter rates in the first three quarters of 2019, finally came to life when a combination of factors worked in tandem to squeeze the vessel supply, Drewry said.First, the US sanctions on COSCO-linked LNG vessels forced charterers to find replacement vessels from the spot market, reducing the prompt availability of vessels.Moreover, the ongoing contango in LNG prices has resulted in a sudden jump in floating storage levels in Asia, further reducing the vessel supply in the market. In addition, typhoons in China and Japan have affected vessel offloading in the region.Adding fuel to the fire, high LNG inventories in Europe have caused LNG vessels to either slow steam or delay deliveries, absorbing more vessels from an already tight fleet.On 25 September 2019, the US imposed sanctions on Chinese shipping companies – COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) and COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Seaman and Ship Management for allegedly transporting Iranian oil on their tankers despite the sanctions on Iran. In the same line, 12 COSCO-linked LNG carriers were also blocked from trading. The resultant reduction in vessels has triggered LNG charter rates over the last two weeks, Drewry said.Among the 12 vessels, six Arc-7 class LNG carriers (with a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 1 million cbm) under the 50-50 Yamal LNG joint venture between Teekay LNG and China LNG Shipping (50 percent owned by COSCO) were blocked. This lead to a setback to the Russian LNG exports which are dependent on the ice-breaking capability of these vessels during winter.The remaining six LNG carriers linked to COSCO were on charter with China National Offshore Oil and Gas Company (CNOOC), which is now seeking to replace the carriers on an immediate basis, which will further deplete the prompt vessel availability, causing a surge in rates.As a measure to weather the storm, Novatek’s Yamal LNG project is seeking to use Norway or Murmansk as transshipment hubs to fulfill its contractual obligations.Furthermore, ongoing weather delays caused by typhoon Hagibis in China and Japan have resulted in a Chinese-receiving terminal being shut down and causing offloading delays in Japan and limiting vessel availability.The market is facing scarcity of prompt vessels at a time when LNG trading has started to rise ahead of peak winter heating demand. Drewry expects many Asian countries to increase their LNG imports in the fourth quarter of 2019, with expectations for a colder winter this year.Increased demand expectations have also spurred forward LNG prices, leading to a rise in the use of LNG carriers as floating storage. Higher LNG forward prices have also given an incentive for LNG carriers to take longer voyages and diversions to avoid quick deliveries, further contracting vessel supply.In addition, upcoming liquefaction capacity through Elba LNG T1-5 (1.5 mtpa) in the US, Vysotsk T2 (0.6 mtpa) and Yamal LNG T4 (1.2 mtpa) in Russia will further provide an impetus to keep shipping rates high in the fourth quarter of 2019.LNG shipping rates have gradually increased on the BLNG1 Index (the Gladstone-Tokyo route) to stand at $132,900/day on October 11 from $61,100/day on September 24 (before the sanctions), up by 117 percent.In the near term, vessel availability is unlikely to increase. Therefore, Drewry projects TFDE rates for a 170,000 cbm vessel to breach the $200,000/day mark in the short term, while steam turbine rates will cross the $100,000/day mark.Overall, we expect high demand and tight vessel availability to keep shipping rates high in the range of $150,000/day – $200,000/day in the fourth quarter 2019.last_img read more

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Dodgers’ roster for games in Sydney has familiar look

first_imgRed Patterson: Quietly excelled at Triple-A last season; might start exhibition gameChris Perez: Began last season as the Cleveland Indians’ closerSeth Rosin: Acquired at the Rule 5 draft, the Dodgers can’t assign him to the minor leaguesPaco Rodriguez: Ten of 25 Cactus League batters reached base against him; none scoredHyun-Jin Ryu: Injury to Zack Greinke means Ryu starts Game 2Brian Wilson: Debuted a knuckleball in spring training; will we see it in a real game?Chris Withrow: Will he have a spot on the 25-man roster once Brandon League returns?Jamey Wright: Dodgers hope their long reliever won’t have to go long in SydneyCatchersA.J. Ellis: Represented the Dodgers during an off-season goodwill visit to SydneyTim Federowicz: Had two hits in 26 Cactus League at-bats (.077)Drew Butera: With no contract options remaining, his future is uncertainInfieldersChone Figgins: His speed, plate discipline and versatility are assets; bat is notAdrian Gonzalez: One of few regulars with a strong spring at the plate (.303)Dee Gordon: Beat Alex Guerrero for the every-day second baseman’s jobAlex Guerrero: Has shown flashes of the player Dodgers signed for 4 years, $28 millionHanley Ramirez: Should be motivated by potential long-term contract extensionMiguel Rojas: Won’t make Opening Day roster but had a strong springJustin Turner: Dodgers liked his speed, versatility as a non-roster invitee in campJuan Uribe: Out to prove bounceback season in 2013 was no flukeOutfieldersMike Baxter: Will the lefty start in left field against Arizona’s right-handed starters?Andre Ethier: Is the starting center fielder at least until Matt Kemp is healthyJoc Pederson: Five-tool outfield prospect likely will begin season in minorsYasiel Puig: Put on some pounds in the off-season, batted .122 in springScott Van Slyke: Power hitter might start in Sydney with Carl Crawford in Phoenix J.P. Howell: One of only two left-handed relievers making the tripKenley Jansen: Remarkably, it’s his first Opening Day as Dodgers’ closerClayton Kershaw: Makes his fourth consecutive Opening Day start SaturdayZach Lee: Prospect isn’t on 40-man roster but might start exhibition gamePaul Maholm: Veteran provides insurance in case of injury to Kershaw or Ryu SYDNEY ROSTERPitchersJose Dominguez: 23-year-old with blazing fastball pushed Javy Guerra out the doorcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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