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

Jakarta returns to transitional PSBB as Anies claims ‘flattened’ COVID-19 curve

first_imgAnies said that during the new transitional PSBB, businesses that were allowed to open must record each visitor in a physical or digital guest book to assist in contact tracing of positive cases.The visitor data that must be recorded includes names, phone numbers, identity card numbers (NIK) as well as the time of their visit. The data must be handed over to the Jakarta administration regularly.Businesses must also prepare a COVID-19 safety plan with further protocols to be regulated by the relevant city agencies.“Every resident is responsible for participating in efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission,” Anies said. “If one place is not disciplined, the whole city will bear the consequences.”Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has once again relaxed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital, starting another transitional phase on Monday despite the more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases confirmed daily.“We implemented the emergency brake policy [full PSBB] for about a month because the number of cases was increasing out of our control. After the number of new cases became more stable, we started to release the brakes slowly, step by step,” Anies said in a written statement on Sunday.The transitional period will last at least until Oct. 25. Anies said the decision was made based on the number of daily new cases, the daily mortality rate and the trend of total active cases that has flattened during the past few weeks, as well as the increased hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients.Between Aug. 29 and Sept. 11, Jakarta recorded 14,155 new positive cases or a 37.09 percent increase from the previous two-week period. From Sept. 11 to 25, it recorded 16,606 new positive cases or a 31.74 percent increase, while between Sept. 25 and Oct. 9, it recorded 15,437 new infections or a 22.39 percent increase.During the transitional period, workplaces in 11 essential industries — including health, food, energy, communications, finance, logistics and daily needs retail — will be allowed to operate at full capacity, while non-essential businesses may allow up to 50 percent of their employees to work at the office.Restaurants will be allowed to serve dine-in customers at 50 percent of their maximum capacity, while houses of worship are also allowed to reopen.last_img read more

Unai Emery aims dig at Mesut Ozil and explains why he did not play him

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jan 2020 11:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link427Shares The German playmaker has come back into the Gunners’ side under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Axed Arsenal boss Unai Emery has taken a little swipe at former charge Mesut Ozil and warned Mikel Arteta that the playmaker is too ‘unpredictable’ to be a cornerstone of the team.The German made just one Premier League appearance in the first 10 games of the season, having been frozen out by Emery, though poor results forced him to bring Ozil back into the side.However, performances did not improve and Emery was sacked soon after, with Freddie Ljungberg taking over on an interim basis before Arteta was handed the job full-time. Commentcenter_img Ozil has found a more appreciative manager in Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘He is playing a 4-2-3-1 like ours. Ozil is No 10, and is slowly looking for his identity.‘But with my departure, the hostile atmosphere was relaxed. The results are not being the best but you have to give it time to do so.’MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta delivers transfer update on deadline dayMORE: Unai Emery slams Arsenal fans and rates Mikel Arteta’s start as managerMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Emery dropped Ozil from Arsenal’s side for much of the season (Picture: Getty)Ozil has since become a key part of Arteta’s plans, starting their last six Premier League matches, though Emery has defended freezing out the 31-year-old and insists he is not consistent enough to rely upon.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his thoughts on Ozil, Emery told Spanish newspaper Marca: ‘He’s a very good player, that’s clear. But the physical demands in the Premier League are high.‘His performances are unpredictable. He’s a bit below the top players at the moment.‘Sometimes Arsenal play better with him but other times he doesn’t make such a difference.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have recovered after their poor start to the season under Emery and are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions, with the former Sevilla boss feeling there is more to come from Arteta and his side.Speaking about his successor, Emery added: ‘Mikel has a lot of experience as a footballer and has worked alongside Pep [Guardiola], who is a top coach. Unai Emery sounds warning over ‘unpredictable’ Mesut Ozil and explains why he did not play himlast_img read more

Queensland’s hottest home has a 10-car garage

first_img33-41 Logyard Court, Cedar Vale, is open for inspection this weekend.If you love tinkering with cars or just like collecting them, the latest hottest home in Queensland may have your name written all over it given it can accommodate 10 cars.The property at 33-41 Logyard Court, Cedar Vale, was the most viewed listing on realestate.com.au in Queensland in the past week, latest results show.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Contained within the Logan City Council boundary, Cedar Vale is considered a high demand market with 459 visits per property, according to realestat.com.au.MORE: QLD leads Top 100 list for investorsFirst time loans surge to 7-year highState offers bang for buckThe 10 car accommodation is on a 0.45 hectare block.Most of response has been from people after lifestyle properties not just houses. It’s people after the space,” he said.The 10-car accommodation facilities were definitely a drawcard, according to Mr Scott. with most families looking in the area.Among its features was a large space area internally that could become the teenagers’ retreat, a media room or even guest quarters.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe home has an open layout.“The best thing is the master suite with ensuite and walk-in robe is at the front with all the kids’ bedrooms down the back,” was how he described the property.“Other outstanding features include town water, water tanks, dog enclosure or chicken coop area, kids play ground and a surprise that has to been seen and experienced,” was how it was listed.Loads of space for the family.“Multiple massive oversized shed for the toys or home business with power, room for storage/workshop and a section with a mezzanine floor. In fact there is enough space for over 10 car accommodation.”FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Dril-Quip Makes Management Changes

first_imgDril-Quip has appointed Jeffrey J. Bird as senior VP of Production Operations and CFO, following the retirement of James A. Gariepy, who served as senior VP and COO since 2011.James A. Gariepy has retired effective March 01, 2019, following 15 years of service with Dril-Quip.“We are thankful for Jim’s services and leadership over the past 15 years,” said Dril-Quip’s president and CEO Blake DeBerry. “He has been a key contributor to the company’s success and on behalf of the board and our entire company, we wish him well in the future.”Prior to this appointment, Jeffrey J. Bird served as Dril-Quip’s vice president and CFO since he joined the company in March 2017.Blake DeBerry added, “Jeff’s financial acumen and organizational leadership have benefited the company and its shareholders over the last two years. He has taken a lead role in our ongoing transformation initiative and has prior managerial experience with LEAN, supply chain and manufacturing so this will be a natural transition for him. In addition to his current responsibilities of finance, operational excellence and information technology, Jeff will now assume responsibility for manufacturing, supply chain and projects. I have every confidence that Jeff will succeed in this new role.”last_img read more

Canadian kids spend as much time in front of a screen as adults do at work: study

first_imgCTV News 15 January 2015According to a new Canadian survey, children are spending as much time in front of a screen as adults do each week at work.A new campaign by Participaction called ‘Make Room To Play,’ aims to raise awareness about the amount of time children are spending in front of a screen – TV, phone, tablet, computer.According to a survey commissioned for Participaction last month, Canadian children up to age 12 average almost eight hours a day in front of a screen. That works out to almost 40 hours a week.Participaction president Elio Antunes says, if you don’t believe it, do what he did – audit your kids screen time.“Conversely, what that means is, only 5 per cent of Canadian kids are actually meeting the Canadian guidelines for physical activity, which is 60 minutes of physical activity every day,” says Antunes.The implications of this new cultural norm are serious. Kids today have health problems not typically seen until well into adulthood.http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canadian-kids-spend-as-much-time-in-front-of-a-screen-as-adults-do-at-work-study-1.2191051last_img read more

5 sleep mistakes you may have made last night

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 33 Views   no discussions You’ve run yourself down and desperately need a night of quality Zzzs. But when you hit the pillow, your mind is racing, you’re tossing and turning, and you wake up feeling sluggish all over again.We may not like to admit it, but having trouble sleeping may be a result of what we do – or don’t do – during the day and before bed.Dr. Carol Ash, the director for Sleep Medicine at Meridian Health, reveals the top five sleep mistakes and how you can fix them, so you wake up feeling rested, revitalized and ready for the day.1. Eating too much protein before bedAvoid eating calorie-dense food, especially protein, right before bed. Protein takes longer to digest, making your body work hard while you’re trying to sleep. “I recommend that people have dinner for breakfast,” says Dr. Ash. A larger meal in the morning will you give you the energy you need for the day and allow your body to focus on sleeping at night.2. Taking a hot shower before bedYour body’s core temperature should drop around bedtime to signal it’s time to sleep. If you take a hot shower right before bed, you’re silencing that signal. Don’t want to give up that steamy shower? Take it at least 1.5 to 2 hours before sleeping.3. Bad posture during the dayImproved posture sets the stage for good sleep. Stand up straight during the day, and sleep on your back to minimize muscle aches and pains. Use a foam roller five minutes before bed. Place it between your shoulder blades and lie on it to stretch your back muscles. This will increase flexibility and reinforce a better posture.4. Thinking exercise interferes with sleepThe National Sleep Foundation 2013 poll showed exercise any time of day will improve the quality of your sleep.5. Tossing and turning thinking at least I am getting sleepThis only increases anxiety, making it even harder to fall asleep. Get out of bed and only return when you’re tired. This stops the brain from associating the bedroom with worry. Today Healthcenter_img HealthLifestyle 5 sleep mistakes you may have made last night by: – April 1, 2014 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Infant Mortality Summit Addressed Indiana’s Abysmal Record

first_imgIndiana Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess said an Infant Mortality Summit helps to focus efforts on reducing unnecessary infant deaths around the state. Photo courtesy ISDH.Indiana has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation, according to the latest statistics.Indiana ranks 45th out of 50 states – with more than seven deaths per every 1,000 babies born.“We’ve only been below seven once in 113 years,” State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess explained. “And it was 6.95 in 2008, that we were barely below seven. So, unfortunately, Indiana has a long history of not being great at infant mortality,” he said.VanNess said the state is making up to a million dollars in competitive grants available to organizations across Indiana that come up with plans to decrease the unnecessary number of infant deaths in the state.He added the state must do a better job of educating pregnant women about getting prenatal care and the dangers of smoking.“Smoking in Indiana is a huge cause of low birth weight or prematurity,” he added. “And 16.6 percent of our moms who are pregnant in Indiana smoke while pregnant.”An infant mortality summit was held last week, which featured Gov. Mike Pence has a speaker.The health commissioner said the state had cast a wide net to get organizations from around the Indiana involved in Friday’s infant mortality summit.“The local health departments, the community health centers, the minority health coalitions, physicians, and of course, the hospitals,” he said, “anybody that thinks they have a part or should have a part in infant mortality, we’ve invited.”Gov. Mike Pence was a featured speaker at the summit.last_img read more

Batesville Middle School Hoops Against South Decatur

first_imgBatesville 7th Graders defeated The South Decatur Cougars 38-20.BMS raced out to a 27-8 half time lead and never looked back.Trey Heidlage led the team with 17 points  while Lane Oesterling had 8.  6 other players added two points to get the Bulldogs to 38 and 3-0 on the year.They will be in action on Monday night against the Brookville Greyhounds at home.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.The Batesville 8th grade boys beat South Decatur 53-24 last night.It was a total team effort that got the victory.1Q – 17-2.  2Q – 24-9.  3Q – 36-18.Isaac Barker led the team with 19 points, followed by Tristian Lamppert with 10, Lane Westerfeld 8, Justin Puente 6, Jayden Beal with 5.The team made 6 out of 8 free throw attempts.Logan Shafer was the top scorer for South Decatur with 8 points.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.last_img read more

History of Athletic Training

first_imgToday athletic trainers are commonplace in high school, college, and pro sporting events.  This profession got its start in 1950.  The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) was established.  In 1970 a curriculum specific to athletic training was born.  Then in 1982 it became a college major.In 1990 the American Medical Association deemed athletic training a health profession.  In 2004 those who had this major needed to pass Board Certification in order to practice.  According to an online article by Skylar (mentioned in last Friday’s article), as of 2008 39% of the athletic trainers worked at schools and universities.  I am sure today this number is much higher.Tomorrow I will write about the “Father of Athletic Training”.  Many of you may know some of his relatives.last_img read more