Year-to-date return at Keva climbs to 4.2% despite trimming risk

first_imgKeva, the €46.6bn pension fund covering local government staff across Finland, said its investments returned 4.2% in the first nine months of this year, up from the 1.9% generated in the same period last year, even though risks had since been been reined in.Timo Kietäväinen, the pension fund’s chief executive, said: “Keva’s investment performance has been good this year, especially as we have kept lowering the risk level of our investments significantly for more than a year now.”But he warned that the remainder of this year was overshadowed by uncertainty on the capital markets.The market value of investments grew to €46.6bn at the end of September from €43.1bn at the same point in 2015. Kietäväinen said that, compared with these short-term results, there was a much larger challenge at hand in safeguarding the longer-term funding of Keva’s pensions in the midst of the social and healthcare reform. “If a transitional contribution between the pension systems is not outlined as part of the social and healthcare reform’s freedom-of-choice principle, the odds for funding pensions with tax increases are high,” he said.If the long-term funding of the Finnish earnings-related pension system is to be sustainable, it is crucial that Finland be able to strengthen its competitiveness and increase employment, Kietäväinen said.Keva’s fixed income investments returned 5.7% in the first nine months of the year, while listed equities and equity funds returned 2.6%.Property, including real estate funds, made a 2.6% return, and private equity investments and unlisted equities generated an 8% return. Hedge funds, however, made no return over the period.Ari Huotari, the pension fund’s CIO, said that, so far, 2016 had been yet another exception to the norm, with interest rates falling to levels no one could have predicted. “The actions taken by the central banks and the lack of alternatives have bolstered higher-risk markets such as equities,” he said.Looking ahead to the rest of the year, he said the election results in Italy and the US had the potential to rock the markets in a big way.last_img read more

CCS as a lifeline to reaching Paris goals

first_imgTo remind, the Paris Accord committed to tackling the climate change was signed in December 2015 by 195 nations who have pledged to try and keep the global warming going over 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and CCS is one of the means to achieving this goal.Offshore Energy Today last month livestreamed a talk-show titled: “CCS as a lifeline for reaching Paris [climate goals],” where Maarten Bouwhuis interviewed Jan Hopman – TNO, and Stijn Santen, owner of  CO2-Net BV and ambassador energy efficiency.According to a report by ING Bank released earlier this year, more than 90% in the Dutch energy system is still dominated by the fossil sources coal, oil, and gas. In order to reach the Paris climate goals, every bit of help is needed, including boosting energy efficiency, renewables development, and also the Carbon Capture and Storage.Both Santen and Hopman agree that CCS is a very important means of reducing emissions, and they feel that the governments should be proactive and set the rules and standards for CCS.They’ve also called for the governments to provide incentives in the form of subsidies, similar to those provided for the offshore wind sector through SDE+, a grant by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy aimed at encouraging production of renewable energy in the Netherlands.Stijn said: “A few years ago nobody would’ve thought that it would be possible to build wind farms at sea without subsidy, so I think the same would apply if we would stimulate CCS in the same manner.”According to Hopman, the first CCS deployment in The Netherlands, of a one megaton capacity, can be expected somewhere around 2025.He said: “It should be a real project in the order of one megaton per year. If you’ve done the first project, the second project will be much easier, faster, better, cheaper.”During the interview, various CCS-related themes were tackled, from North Sea storage capacity (of which there is plenty) in The Netherlands and on the wider shelf to the role of the government, and the business case needed for the companies to be willing to invest into CCS at all. There was also talk on why a company CEO can’t just decide to pursue CCS for the sake of his/her children,  without looking at the business case; on what the major hindrance for CCS development is, and on the positive examples from Norway.Watch the full interview below:Offshore Energy Today StaffPeople also readOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: Incorporating sustainability in policy, strategy, and behaviorOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: Benefits and challenges of offshore platform electrificationOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: Hydrogen – the holy grail for transmissionOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: System integration across borders Carbon Capture and Storage is a set of techniques and technologies aimed at capturing CO2 from various industries and storing it underground, in depleted oil and gas fields, or in aquifers. According to the International Energy Agency, CCS is one of the main tools for reducing emission across the energy system.Jan Hopman – TNO (left), Stijn Santen (middle), Maarten Bouwhuis (right)last_img read more

LIME Customer & employee off to Rihanna concert in Barbados

first_imgIn Photo: Dorrel Miguel Leblanc. Photo credit: LIME DominicaRoseau Dominica – August 5, 2011: LIME has kept its promise and one lucky customer and his companion will join thousands in Barbados to enjoy and witness pop Caribbean Princess ‘Rihanna’ live in concert tonight at the Kensington Oval. This will be Rihanna’s first performance in the Caribbean in five years.Dorrel Miguel Leblanc of Copthall has emerged as the lucky winner from Dominica who will join other winners from the LIME Caribbean territories who won the promotion in their various countries. Mr. Leblanc is a LIME postpaid customer and he qualified to win the Rihanna contest by texting ‘Rihanna’ to 5463.  He won 2 VIP concert tickets, airfare to Barbados, accommodation and ground transportation. A similar treat will also be enjoyed by LIME employee Donald Tavernier where he and a guest will have the opportunity to enjoy the Rihanna concert VIP style.Thrilled by the news of his victory, Mr. Leblanc, a huge fan of Rihanna, thanked LIME for the opportunity to travel to Barbados for this major concert. Mr. Tavernier also expressed his gratitude to his employer for recognizing the work being done by employees and giving him the opportunity to enjoy this historic moment.“Rihanna’s Caribbean concert is definitely the event of the year because right now she is one of the hottest entertainers on the planet and LIME is extremely proud to present this historic event,” said Grace Silvera, Regional Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications.Adrian Elcock, Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority said:  “The BTA is extremely excited to have LIME on board as its corporate partner in delivering the Rihanna show to the people of the Caribbean. LIME is the leading, fully-integrated, communications company in the Region and it has consistently and sincerely demonstrated a commitment to promoting high quality entertainment and developing the culture and arts of the Caribbean.“We believe that our partnership with Rihanna, demonstrates Barbados’ support for its global superstar, and we want to showcase her amazing talents, at home in Barbados, to the world. As such we know that LIME would make an excellent partner in helping us to communicate that message to the World.”Participating territories included Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, the Turks & Caicos Islands and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. To qualify, LIME customers simply had to text ‘RIHANNA’ to 5463, purchase a BlackBerry handset from LIME or by signing up for a BlackBerry plan from LIME..“Rihanna Loud in Barbados” is part of a three-year marketing deal the multi-award winning singer has signed with the Barbados Tourism Authority.Press ReleaseLIME Dominica Share Tweet 99 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews LIME Customer & employee off to Rihanna concert in Barbados by: – August 5, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Martinez remaining upbeat

first_imgRoberto Martinez believes last weekend’s defeat against Crystal Palace is a good omen for Everton’s chances in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Saturday. Martinez said: “This period has been really important for us. In two games we’ve seen 18 players in the squad and we’ve got another three players who are very close to full fitness. “It’s very important at this stage of the season to get the moments of form to the players, to make sure we become as strong as we can be. “The game at the weekend will test us to the maximum. It’s going to be a really good occasion and one of the most exciting games of this campaign. “It’s still only three points but three points are becoming very important for both sides after we dropped points. It’s really important to start getting a consistent run of results.” Martinez, meanwhile, shrugged off reports linking Manchester City with a move for England midfielder Ross Barkley. City were said this week to be lining up a move for the 20-year-old next summer. Martinez is well used to being asked about potential bids for Barkley and insisted there had been no contact from City in connection with the player. The Toffees boss said: “It’s a rumour and we’ll leave it there. We’ve spoken enough in the past about potential interest and I always mention the same – we take it as a footballing compliment and we’ll move on. “All we want from Ross now is to be able to get him fully fit and get him ready to enjoy his football and help the team. We are looking forward to that day.” Barkley suffered a knee ligament injury in training just before Everton’s first game of the season against Leicester and had been expected to be ruled out until November at the earliest. Martinez revealed his recovery is ahead of schedule but is reluctant to put a date on Barkley’s possible return to action. “He’s doing really well,” said the Spaniard. “He’s starting to run, which is something we didn’t expect until next week. Now the next bit will be introducing the ball. “I do expect that he’s going to be a few weeks still but he’s well ahead of what we expected and it’s all positive.” Everton have not won an away fixture against Liverpool for 15 years, drawing eight and losing eight of their 16 games since, including a 4-0 hammering last season. The Toffees go into the match on the back of a 3-2 loss to Palace – an exact repeat of the victory the Eagles managed at Goodison Park in April. Press Association Martinez said: “The game is going to be really exciting. I think it’s going to be one of the best derbies – the last two were very good from a technical point of view and very good football games, but I think this one is building up towards being a very good game. “The defeat against Crystal Palace, there was something spooky about it. The last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield was September 27 so I hope the spookiness carries on at the weekend.” It is four years since Everton won a derby match home or away and the one-sided nature of the rivalry was one of David Moyes’ biggest frustrations during his tenure. His successor has not yet managed to reverse the tide but Martinez is not about to let that intrude on his relentlessly positive attitude. “It affects (the game) in a positive way in my eyes because the stats are there to be broken and that’s something we need to make sure we embrace and we look forward to,” he said. “We know that it’s a difficult place to visit but there are many other difficult places in this league that we’ve gone to and changed the history. That’s an extra bit of motivation.” Both teams have so far failed to find their form of last season, with Liverpool managing six points from their first five games, one more than Everton. The Toffees also lost their Capital One Cup third-round tie 3-0 to Swansea in midweek while Liverpool survived an epic penalty shoot-out against Middlesbrough. last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018, KXIP vs KKR: Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with eye on play-offs spot

first_imgNew Delhi: The current season of Indian Premier League is turning out to be a blockbuster affair for all the cricket lovers.  The eight teams are leaving no stone unturned to secure a place in the playoffs of the cash-rich league.Kings XI Punjab will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday in game number 44 of IPL 2018. While KXIP have won six of their ten matches, KKR have secured victory in five out of eleven matches. Both the teams have lost momentum in their last few matches and will look forward to learning from their mistakes.Punjab have lost three of last four matches despite building up momentum. The Ravichandran Ashwin led team suffered a defeat at hands of Rajasthan Royals by 15 runs in their previous encounter in Jaipur.KXIP need to stop experimenting with their batting order because sending Ashwin higher hasn’t reaped rewards. KL Rahul (471 runs in 10 matches) has been firing from all the corners but the other batsmen are yet to contribute to the team.KKR have some major concerns when it comes to their bowling attack. The Dinesh Kartik led team lost their last match against Mumbai Indians by a staggering 102 runs. The bowlers conceded more than 200 runs twice in this season of IPL.The fast powers are yet to decimate the opposition team’s batsmen and have given runs at an average of 10.50 runs per over. Andre Russell’s fitness remains a serious matter of concern for Dinesh KartikBoth the teams have set their eyes on securing a berth in the playoffs and need to win this crucial encounter. What statistics have to say? Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders have played a total of 22 matches in Indian Premier League. KXIP have won eight matches while KKR staged a win in 14 matches.The last time the two teams met, Punjab walked away with a win at Eden Gardens in a rain-affected match. Teams Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Ankit Rajpoot, Axar Patel, Akshdeep Nath, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Dagar.Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi,  Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R., Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Pride spinners bowl out Red Force for 116 to earn full points

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Spin bowling triumvirate Jomel Warrican, Hayden Walsh, Jr and Kenroy Williams reversed decades of heartaches for Barbados Pride batsmen, when they bowled the visitors to a 207-run victory over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Sunday.Left-arm spinner Warrican was the most impactful, grabbing 3-13 from 12 overs to finish with match figures of 9-84 to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, as the Red Force, chasing 324 for victory, were bowled out for 116 just before tea on the final day of their seventh-round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.Leg-spinner Walsh took 3-41 from 14 overs, and Williams bagged 3-46 from 21.5 overs and had the privilege of formalising the result when he had Bryan Charles caught at slip for 13.Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin was again the glue that held his side together, but he was unable to unleash another hundred like the first innings, but hit the top score of 24. No other batsman passed 20.The result meant that Pride – after starting the match placed fifth in the League table with 56.8 points – earned 16.4 points and Red Force – after entering the match positioned third with 67.6 points – gained six points.Earlier, Pride added 33 to their overnight total at a little under a run-a-ball before they declared their second innings on 221 for seven.Neither overnight batsman was dismissed – West Indies 2016 Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Shamar Springer finished with the top score of an unbeaten 51 from his overnight 38 and wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud, who resumed on eight, remained not out on 26.Pride batsmen of past generations would recall the fierce battles they endured with the spin bowlers of Red Force in typically helpful conditions – suffering terribly at the hands of the likes of Ranjie Nanan, Rajindra Dhanraj, Raphick Jumadeen, Imtiaz Ali and others too numerous to name.This victory must have been a source of delight for the current crop of Pride, considering that the spinners collected all nine wickets that fell in the second innings, in addition to eight in the first innings.The slide to defeat for Red Force started when Williams removed left-handed opener Amir Jangoo to the first of five lbw decisions in the innings.Before they knew it, Red Force were 51 for five, and though Ramdin and veteran Imran Khan shared 31 for the sixth wicket, it would have required a far greater effort which never came.The Championship will be on hold for the next three weeks for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays before resuming on Thursday, January 4, when Red Force host Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Queen’s Park Oval, at the same time that Pride welcome Windward Islands Volcanoes to Kensington Oval.PRIDE 1st Innings 316Red Force 1st Innings 214PRIDE 2nd InningsA Alleyne b Imran Khan 26S Moseley lbw b St Clair 3*S Brooks b Primus 37J Carter lbw b Charles 21K Stoute b Charles 1K Williams c Primus b Imran Khan 26J Greaves c Rajah b Imran Khan 2S Springer not out 51+M Rampersaud not out 26Extras (b17, lb5, w1, nb5) 28TOTAL (7 wkts decl’d, 68 overs) 221Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-60, 3-101, 4-102, 5-105, 6-122, 7-155Bowling: St Clair 13-2-29-1 (nb3); Charles 26-8-69-2; Khan 25-4-80-3; Primus 4-1-13-1 (nb2, w1)RED FORCE 2nd Innings (target: 324)+A Jangoo lbw b Williams 6J Solozano lbw b Warrican 12I Rajah b Warrican 4E Nicholson lbw b Warrican 9*D Ramdin b Walsh 24A Cooper lbw b Walsh 7I Khan c and b Williams 17R Primus lbw b Walsh 9D St Clair not out 11B Charles c Carter b Williams 13R Jaipaul did not bat (injured) –Extras (b2,lb2) 4TOTAL (all out, 60.5 overs) 116Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-20, 3-27, 4-40, 5-52, 6-82, 7-82, 8-93, 9-116Bowling: Greaves 7-2-12-0; Williams 21.5-7-46-3; Warrican 12-5-13-3; Walsh 14-3-41-3Points: Pride 16.4, Red Force 6last_img read more

First Cricket World Cup semi-final: India dominate Kiwis before rain forces reserve day in Manchester

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – India’s disciplined bowling attack dominated New Zealand before intermittent rain washed out the rest of yesterday’s play in the first Cricket World Cup semi-final which will continue today.The 2015 finalists were 211-5 in 46.1 overs when rain forced the players off the field and match officials waited for more than four hours before deciding to take the game to its reserve day.“Weather permitting, play will recommence tomorrow at 10:30hrs (0930GMT) from the point at which it was halted,” the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.“New Zealand will be required to complete their 50-over innings, with India still to bat.“Should adverse weather continue throughout the reserve day the match may be shortened. India will be required to bat for at least 20 overs to complete the match.”The abandoned June 13 group contest between the teams was one of the record four ‘no-result’ matches in the rain-hit tournament.Ross Taylor will resume on 67 with Tom Latham on three after New Zealand failed to vindicate skipper Kane Williamson’s decision to bat first at Old Trafford.MAIDEN OVERSWilliamson won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat at a venue where teams batting first had won all five previous matches.Openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls found themselves straitjacketed by India’s new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom began with maiden overs.New Zealand had to wait until the 17th delivery to get off the mark, while their first boundary came in the final delivery of the fourth over.Bumrah dismissed Guptill for one but Williamson again came to his team’s rescue with a classy 67, his fourth 50-plus score in the tournament which includes two centuries.More importantly, the right-hander stitched together two half-century partnerships, first with Nicholls then with Taylor, to resuscitate New Zealand even though boundaries dried up.His side went through nearly 14 overs without a boundary and Williamson fell to an uncharacteristic soft dismissal, slicing Yuzvendra Chahal to Ravindra Jadeja at backward point.Taylor brought up his fifty with the only six of the New Zealand innings and successfully overturned a leg-before decision when on 56.India’s trusted five-bowler policy nearly backfired with Hardik Pandya hobbling off the field with a hip injury before returning to complete his full quota of 10 overs.Hosts England play defending champions Australia in the second semi-final tomorrow.last_img read more

Baldwinsville enjoyed packed, exciting winter sports season

first_imgEditor’s Note: After the cancellation of the rest of the high school winter sports state tournaments, we’ll be periodically looking back at the top local teams and athletes from the 2019-20 season. This edition features Baldwinsville winter sports.From the basketball court to the bowling alley to the swimming pool, it was, in many different ways, a memorable winter for Baldwinsville’s group of varsity winter sports teams.On a team and individual basis, Section III championships were earned, records were broken, and so much promise was fulfilled, even if, at times, the ending was not quite what Bees fans imagined. Tags: Baldwinsvillewinter sports A featured player throughout this story was boys basketball sophomore J.J. Starling. What he and his B’ville teammates did, in the course of 23 games, caused more excitement than the program had ever seen.It began Dec. 3 with a win over long-time powerhouse Jamesville-DeWitt and continued through all kinds of personal milestones for Starling, who broke the school scoring record on his way to averaging more than 28 points per game.And so many of those games were memorable, from the big fourth quarter Starling used to knock off reigning state champion West Genesee Jan. 3 to last-second shots that twice took out rival Liverpool and, in the sectional playoffs, impressive wins over Auburn and Rome Free Academy.center_img All along, Starling got enough help from the likes of Dan Fabrizio, Bo Nicholson and Chase Trombley to push the Bees to the brink of its first-ever sectional title, only to get stopped in the title game by Corcoran, with everyone now wondering if Starling, recruited by the likes of Syracuse University, will stay for his remaining two years.While all this was going on, B’ville’s girls basketball team was dead-set on ending its own sectional title drought, dating back to 1995, and up until the end seemed poised to do so.Going 19-1 in the regular season, the Bees had reliable anchors in seniors Katie Pascale and Jordan Roy, strong support from junior Hannah Mimas and big-time production from the sophomore duo of Ola Bednarczyk and Sydney Huhtala, plus consistent bench contributions from the likes of Kyrah Wilbur.This worked against every opponent except one – Cicero-North Syracuse, who split two regular-season games with B’ville and then, in the March 7 sectional final at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall, snuffed out the Bees’ title drams in a 52-37 decision.That same day down on Long Island, another fine B’ville athlete, senior boys swimmer Nick Schultz, was making his own history, nearly earning a state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke.Schultz finished second to Dansville’s Aidan Kreiley, but that wasn’t the big story. All season long, Schultz had improved his time in the 100 breaststroke and, like any good swimmer, peaked at the end.First in the qualifying round of the state meet, and then again in the finals, Schultz bettered the Section III record in the 100 breaststroke once held by Liverpool’s Garrett Clarke, ultimately establishing a new mark of 56.14 seconds to cap off his high school career.For all the accolades elsewhere, though, the lone Section III team title for B’ville in winter sports came from an unlikely source – boys bowling.These Bees had only gone 6-6 in the regular season, but it saved its best performance for the Feb. 9 sectional tournament at Utica’s Pin-O-Rama, where it led from the second game onward and bested runner-up Oswego by 250 pins.Not only that, but B’ville’s Tanner Rozyczko led all individuals with a six-game total of 1,450, an average of 241.67 per game, while Dylan Williams was sixth with a 1,296 set. Unfortunately, the Bees’ hopes of competing in the March 15 state tournament at Strike-N-Spare Lanes was wiped out by the COVID-19 outbreak.Elsewhere in winter sports, B’ville’s ice hockey team fell again in the sectional semifinals in a 3-2 thriller to eventual champion Syracuse, but it had beat the Cougars earlier in the season to win its own Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament.And in indoor track, B’ville missed, by just three points, winning the sectional Class AA title Feb. 8 at SRC Arena, Connor Waldron (600 meters) and Steven Miller (weight throw) both advancing to the state meet in March, while on the girls side Lauren Addario and Karen Ekure both qualified for the state meet, too, Ekure having claimed sectional honors in the 55 and 300-meter sprints.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Poet, USC students bring works to Skylight Books

first_imgDozens of people gathered around a tall left-leaning tree under the domed roof of Skylight Books, a Los Feliz bookstore that often hosts various authors and artists in its intimate setting. On the evening of Feb. 29, Skylight invited three women to read their poems in front of an engaged and diverse audience just as the sun began to set. Some listeners were sitting in chairs, some were standing in groups and some lingered behind book stacks. All held their breaths in rapture as the poets poured their hearts out into their pieces. After ending her portion of the event on that powerful note, Fernandes finally stepped up to the microphone to read five of her “Good Boys” pieces.  Her first poem, “Running in the Suburbs,” offers commentary on growing up as a girl of color becoming aware of her race. “” addresses the anxiety of living in New York under the threat of nuclear war, while “Conversion” paints a portrait of gay adolescence and conversion therapy.  “Somewhere what you love is still alive / turning cartwheels in a gentle snow / is the kind of lie I write years later / wishing I could make it true for you,” she read.  “I’m so happy to be at USC with [Pond], if you caught that repetition in the bios,” Siskel said proudly, adding that she wrote her third poem of the night in a workshop with Pond. Fernandes went off on passionate, crescendoing tangents only to suddenly slow down, leaving the audience reeling and hanging on to her every word. Her anger, humor, anguish and sometimes confusion clearly shone through her voice; at one point she joked about her poems, saying “they’re all bummers.” Fernandes also gave lively backstories for her poems, and many directly reference people from her life, which invited the audience further into her personal narrative.  After Pond came Callie Siskel, a doctoral fellow in creative writing and literature at USC and the author of the poetry book “Arctic Revival” released in 2015, and she read three of her pieces as well. “Why We Drink” details Fernandes’ friendship with a man named Malik and the confusing process of aging, while her last poem, “Amsterdam,” ties together a conglomeration of issues, from the widespread voyeurism of Anne Frank’s life to her feelings of disconnect from the United States despite living there.  Pond’s voice was soothingly monotone and steady as she read, an intonation free of emphasis that deftly drove the listener to pay close attention to every word and phrase uttered. “Each woman poet comes from her experiences of the world and feminism from a different perspective,” Marjorie Pond reflected at the end of the reading. “[Siskel’s voice] was kind of a combination of [Fernandes’] fire and [Pond’s] more soft voice. That was interesting.” “For me, I think my positioning in the poems is more the witness to somebody else’s grief — [when] someone that you love is suffering and not being able to do anything about it,” Pond said. She spoke of this inability to make the ones you love happy in “Winter Sister,” a poem about a friend losing her brother.  The first poet, Catherine Pond, is a Ph.D. candidate in literature and creative writing at USC whose debut collection, “Fieldglass,” won the Crab Orchard First Book Award in Poetry in 2019. Pond read three poems from her forthcoming manuscript: “Winter Sister,” “University of Iowa Museum of Natural History” and “Blue Angels Air Show.” In the poems, she addresses metaphorical figures of her friend and boyfriend over themes such as grief, depression and the passage of time.  “‘In a past life’ is not supposed to mean your life before tragedy, but an existence altogether unrecognizable, which is maybe the same thing,” Siskel proclaimed in “Ab Initio,” as she reflected on how grief shapes one’s life and identity. “No one would know me in a past life. The allure is not who we were, but who we are not.” Skylight Books hosted the event, drawing crowds from around the city. The venue, which hosts weekly readings and other events, invited all three poets to read published or unpublished works. (Bridgette Boggs | Daily Trojan) “In my poems, I write a lot about sexuality, and struggles or thoughts I’ve had about it,” Fernandes said. “But it’s not necessarily an argument that I’m making … It’s more like this is really messy. And I’ve always felt really messy about it, and I probably will for the rest of my life.” “I say, humiliation is like the nausea of childhood with / those delayed epiphanies. I hate the violence of insight / the lesson is always how one is ugly or dishonest, / the short-comings that could build a civilization and then did,” Fernandes read passionately in “Why We Drink,” pausing for a breath afterward to let the words sink in. Her combination of flow and pauses was reminiscent of both Pond and Siskel’s intonations. Siskel’s lilting intonation had less uniformity than Pond’s, but not to her detriment. She still spoke with flow but placed more emphasis on individual words as she read, creating almost a spoken enjambment in which the words took on their own individual meanings. Her three poems, “Messenger,” “Vanitas” and “Ab Initio,” also dealt with grief, childhood and the pasage of time, among other themes, with many of them ruminating on what it is like to lose a father.  Pond’s mother, Marjorie Pond, pointed out the interesting ways in which all three of the poets’ different voices interplayed with each other during the event. The main visiting author, Megan Fernandes, came to read from her latest poetry book “Good Boys,” which deals with topics such as feminism, race, origin, nuclear proliferation, sexuality and “what it means to exist as a body of contractions.” She was accompanied by two other poets who read before her.  This was a welcomed blend, though, as each author complemented the other, creating a dynamic reading full of introspection, tender realizations and beautiful lyricism.last_img read more

Terrel Hunt appeals NCAA’s denial of 6th season: ‘I think it’s unfair’

first_img Published on December 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt wants to “get the word out” about his appeal to the NCAA. When he was denied a sixth year of eligibility in November he said he couldn’t stop crying.Hunt has missed 18 games over the past two seasons, but by playing five games in 2014 — one more than the maximum for a medical redshirt — he was initially ruled ineligible for a sixth year.“I think it’s unfair,” Hunt said. “I understand the NCAA has a job to do and there are set rules but … I want to get awareness about it and hopefully that helps me with my appeal.”Hunt tore his Achilles in the first game of 2015 and missed the rest of the season. But since he redshirted in 2011, he would have had to miss a minimum of 70 percent of games in each of two seasons due to injury, something he’s only done in one season, in order to obtain the sixth year. He said on Thursday he’ll be appealing the NCAA’s initial denial regarding his sixth season.Correspondence with the NCAA has strictly been through letters, Hunt said, and by speaking with the media, he wants to make the appeal process more personal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Anybody can say no in a letter,” Hunt said, “but the NCAA, they’re human, they have hearts.”In Hunt’s 2012 redshirt-freshman season, he played just two snaps on special teams against Southern California at MetLife Stadium. Hunt, who is from nearby Rosedale, New York, got to play close to home. Those two snaps count toward a year of his eligibility. If he didn’t play, he could have argued to get that year of eligibility back.Hunt said his sixth season, if granted, would most likely be at Syracuse, though he hasn’t yet decided. He added that he likes the offense that recently-hired head coach Dino Babers runs.“This is where I want to be, this is where I started but never got to finish,” Hunt said. “This is my home. I love this place.”Hunt is working with Director of Athletics Mark Coyle and Director of Compliance Mark Wheeler. He’s also hired an outside lawyer but said since the appeal is going through the school, the lawyer “can only do so much.”For now, though, it’s just a waiting game and in the mean time, Hunt is doing whatever he can to get his sixth season.“When you put all your eggs in one basket, and then all those eggs get crushed, what are you going to cook with?”And now that he’s appealing the initial decision, Hunt hopes he won’t get crushed again. Comments Related Stories Terrel Hunt denied 6th year of eligibility by NCAAShafer: Syracuse will apply for 6th-year waiver for Terrel HuntTerrel Hunt has torn Achilles, will miss rest of 2015 seasonNo. 1: Terrel Hunt at the helmHunt to miss 4-6 weeks with fractured fibula, SU Athletics announces center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more