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Jul 1, 2015

Songwriter Emily Portman on folk tales and motherhood

LONDON (Reuters) – British songwriter Emily Portman draws on folklore, fairy tales and mythology to craft haunting, ethereal songs that weave the otherworldly with the everyday.

Typical subjects for her first two albums included metamorphosis, mythical creatures and wicked stepmothers, but on her new album “Coracle”, out in June, she also draws on personal experience in songs tackling pregnancy and motherhood, grief and loss.

Jul 1, 2015

Interview – Songwriter Emily Portman on folk tales and motherhood

LONDON (Reuters) – British songwriter Emily Portman draws on folklore, fairy tales and mythology to craft haunting, ethereal songs that weave the otherworldly with the everyday.

Typical subjects for her first two albums included metamorphosis, mythical creatures and wicked stepmothers, but on her new album “Coracle”, out in June, she also draws on personal experience in songs tackling pregnancy and motherhood, grief and loss.

Jun 26, 2015

Oil slips as market awaits Iran, Greece talks

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Oil prices slipped on Friday but
remained stuck in tight trading ranges as investors awaited the
outcome of Iranian nuclear talks which could lead to a big
increase in Iranian crude exports.

The market also monitored last-minute negotiations to try to
avert a Greek debt default and avoid Greece’s exit from the
euro.

Jun 26, 2015

Oil prices mixed, all eyes on Greece

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices slipped on Friday but remained stuck in tight trading ranges as investors awaited the outcome of Iranian nuclear talks which could lead to a big increase in Iranian crude exports.

The market also monitored last-minute negotiations to try to avert a Greek debt default and avoid Greece’s exit from the euro.

Jun 16, 2015

U.S. oil prices edge up as Texas braces for storm; Brent lower

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. crude oil prices edged up on Tuesday, supported by warnings that a tropical storm threatened to hit the coast of the oil-producing state of Texas, but oversupply weighed on Brent.

U.S. crude, also known as West Texas Intermediate (WTI), was up 34 cents at $59.86 a barrel at 1044 GMT, staying within a range of $57-$62 per barrel that has been in place since the beginning of May.

Jun 16, 2015

Job losses in UK’s North Sea raise skills and safety concerns

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – Cost-cutting in Britain’s North
Sea oil and gas sector could lead to more acute skills shortages
in future, industry experts have warned, with some expressing
concerns that safety could be compromised.

A plunge in crude prices over the last 12 months has
prompted oil majors such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP
, Chevron and ConocoPhillips to lay off
hundreds of workers.

Jun 16, 2015

Oil prices rise as Texas braces for tropical storm

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – U.S. crude oil prices edged up
on Tuesday, supported by warnings that a tropical storm was
about to hit the coast of the oil-producing state of Texas,
while oversupply kept Brent steady.

U.S. crude, also known as West Texas Intermediate
(WTI), was up 51 cents at $60.03 a barrel at 0803 GMT, staying
within a range of $57-$62 per barrel that has been in place
since the beginning of May.

Jun 15, 2015

Four supertankers set to take North Sea crude to Asia in June

LONDON (Reuters) – As many as four VLCC tankers could take North Sea crude oil to Asia this month, shipping fixtures show, after an Atlantic Basin supply glut forced prices to multi-year lows.

The Samco Europe, Bunga Kasturi Empat, Britanis and Starlight Venture VLCCs – very large crude carriers – have been lined up for the shipments, according to the fixtures, equivalent to around 8.4 million barrels of Forties crude oil.

Jun 12, 2015

Outflows from energy ETPs continue in May: BlackRock

LONDON (Reuters) – Investors continued to pull money from energy exchange-traded products (ETPs) in May after a rebound in oil prices stumbled as the global supply glut showed no signs of eroding.

Some $540 million exited energy ETPs globally last month, following net withdrawals of $1.2 billion in April, data from asset manager BlackRock showed.

Jun 4, 2015

This time, low price signals longer-lasting retrenchment for oil industry

LONDON (Reuters) – The slump in crude prices has jolted the oil industry into deep cost cutting which, unlike the previous downturn, could last for a few years at least.

After overspending by the industry during the boom years, the collapse in prices in the second half of last year laid bare the need to reduce costs and introduce efficiencies.

    • About Claire

      "At Reuters I am an energy correspondent covering the oil markets and investment trends in commodities. Prior to this I focused on the asset management industry. Before joining Reuters I edited Global Investor, a monthly magazine for the institutional investment industry, and Portfolio International, a magazine for the offshore funds industry."
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      2006
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