Going for gold

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Trump, Putin discuss oil price plunge, coronavirus

first_imgSanctions Trump also told Fox he expected Putin would use the call to push for a lifting of US sanctions on Russia.”He’ll probably ask for that,” Trump told Fox News. “He’s been asking that for two years.”Trump did not say what his response would be, noting that he had put sanctions on Russia but adding: “They don’t like that. Frankly we should be able to get along.”Neither the Kremlin nor White House statement mentioned sanctions.The bulk of US sanctions against Russia were imposed over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine and what US investigators say was a concerted attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election won by Trump.Last Thursday, Putin told G20 leaders during a conference call that he wanted a moratorium on sanctions as a “matter of life and death” during the global coronavirus outbreak.In the comments Putin did not specify which countries he was talking about but Russia is being hit hard by the economic fallout from coronavirus and the parallel oil price drop.Another point of US-Russian contention is Venezuela, where Washington, supported by dozens of other countries, has been trying unsuccessfully to promote the toppling of leftist strongman Nicholas Maduro. Russia is one of the few countries propping up his government.The White House statement said “President Trump reiterated that the situation in Venezuela is dire, and we all have an interest in seeing a democratic transition to end the ongoing crisis.”The Kremlin statement did not mention Venezuela.Russian state oil company Rosneft said Saturday it is pulling out of Venezuela and argued that US sanctions on a Rosneft subsidiary — imposed as part of Washington’s attempt to cripple the Maduro government’s revenue sources — should now be lifted.However, Russia remains a key partner to Caracas. Both statements reported that the oil market turmoil was discussed, with the White House version stating agreement on the “importance of stability in global energy markets.”The Kremlin version said only that they “exchanged opinions” on oil.Earlier, Trump had said he was going to use the call to raise objections over a Russian-Saudi price war driving down world oil prices and “really hurting” the US energy industry.”This is a fight between Saudi Arabia and Russia… and they both went crazy,” Trump told Fox News in an interview shortly before talking to Putin.  President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed plunging oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic Monday, as Trump said Moscow is pressing for an end to US sanctions.The two “expressed serious concern regarding the scope of the spread of the coronavirus” and “discussed closer cooperation,” according to a Kremlin statement on what it described as the “lengthy” phone call.The White House said in a separate statement Trump and Putin had “agreed to work closely together through the G20″ against the virus and the economic shock resulting from travel bans and social distancing. ‘Every country does it’ Trump has often resisted punishing Moscow, which denies meddling in US politics, but his hand on imposing sanctions was forced by his own Republican party in Congress, which sees the Putin government as hostile.The warm relationship between Trump and Putin — seen by many Western capitals as an increasingly authoritarian leader responsible for assassinations of opponents at home and abroad — has been a constant source of controversy in the United States.In his Fox interview, Trump dismissed reports that Russia and China are seeking to exploit the coronavirus disruption by planting disinformation aimed at putting the United States in a bad light.”They do it and we do it,” he said, calling The Washington Post newspaper, which recently reported on the issue, “fake.””Every country does it,” he said.Trump then questioned why Russia was considered an enemy by many in the West. As he has often in the past, he again also cast doubt on what was for decades the rock solid transatlantic alliance between the United States and Germany.”I’m not saying they’re babies, I’m not saying they’re perfect. We might discuss that too, by the way. I’m not saying they’re perfect,” he said of the Russians.”But you know they also fought World War II, they lost 50 million people. They were our partner in World War II.”Germany was the enemy and Germany is like this wonderful thing. Well, Germany takes advantage of us on trade for years. They pay far too little in NATO… and now we don’t talk to Russia, we talk to Germany.”center_img Topics : “I never thought I’d be saying that maybe we have to have an oil (prices) increase, because we do,” Trump said.last_img read more

Tiara Butler sees limited minutes in SU career despite being highly recruited out of high school

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Quentin Hillsman had to repeat himself“Tiara,” he shouted. “Tiara,” he said again, before pausing. “Tiara!”Tiara Butler, a fifth-year senior, had never heard her name called this early in a game. But once she heard that Hillsman was putting her in the game, she left her spot at the end of Syracuse’s bench and went to the scorers table with the demeanor of someone who’s done it may times before.“Coach Q always has something up his sleeve,” Butler said. “It was a great experience to be in the moment and to have my Senior Day that I’ve worked so hard for.”But Butler’s experience hasn’t matched what’s normally expected of a highly rated recruit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textComing out of high school, she had offers from schools like Tennessee, Georgetown and North Carolina State — and many more she couldn’t remember. But, partially due to injuries, she was never able to develop into the player that people had thought she would be.In her four seasons at No. 23 SU (20-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast) — which plays Clemson (9-18, 1-13) on Thursday at 7 p.m. — she’s scored a total of 22 points in just 174 minutes, but has found other ways to contribute to the program.In Butler’s first-ever game — an 81-42 win over Long Beach State in 2011 — she recorded 13 minutes. It was the most she’s played in a game during her SU career.“Out of high school, she was a top 70 player in the country, I believe,” Hillsman said. “She had a lot of potential coming in.”Hillsman was expecting the player that he offered a scholarship to as a 14-year-old after seeing her for just three days at his basketball camp. But he instead got a player that never reached the cusp of playing significant minutes.Injuries have been partially to blame. Last season she suffered a bone spur in her left foot that kept her from being 100 percent. Hillsman said injuries have kept her from ever getting on track.“It’s definitely tough when you see injuries change a career like that,” SU point guard Alexis Peterson said. “But Tiara has been great in other aspects. Even though she may not have had the athletic career, she influenced this program.”When SU’s equipment manager approached Butler — an interior design major — about designing the practice jersey, she didn’t hesitate. On the back, it says “respect everyone, fear no one.” When she asked her teammates for help on it, they jokingly told her that she was the designer and should do it on her own.She was a voice of wisdom to young players. When Peterson was a freshman, it was often Butler that pulled her aside for one-on-one conversations about the ins and outs of the program.Now, she’s looking for graduate assistant jobs — and with the assistance of Hillsman — might have opportunities.“She’s been stable, she understands everything we’re trying to do,” Hillsman said. “She’s a leader for us, she’s been around here for five years and she knows what to expect.”On Sunday, she received a dose of the unexpected when Hillsman called her in with 17:27 left in the first half. When she got in the game, she took a shot off the dribble that bounced off the rim. On the other end of the court, she committed a foul outside of the 3-point line as Hillsman’s face tensed up.Just a minute and a half minutes into her stint, she took back her normal spot on the bench, picked up her towel to wipe the sweat off her face and took a sip of water. When Peterson ran down the bench for high-fives after subbing out, she forgot to slap hands with Butler, who left her hand up as Peterson walked up to her seat.Butler never became that player — the one that players like Peterson grew into — but it’s not something she dwells on.“I don’t have any regrets. No regrets,” Butler said. “I’ve learned so much. The growth that’s there, that’s something you have to go through situations in order to learn.” Comments Published on February 26, 2015 at 12:12 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more