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first_imgLAS VEGAS–This is the week Farhan Zaidi can begin to flex his talents.As front office executives from all 30 of Major League Baseball’s clubs convene under the same exceptionally large roof, Zaidi’s creative mind, impressive interpersonal skills and knack for negotiating will come into focus.The Winter Meetings are baseball’s version of a family reunion and Zaidi is the new patriarch in the San Francisco Giants’ front office. How did the former Dodgers general manager earn a coveted seat at …last_img read more

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nisshin Shipping has decided to offload four Panamax bulk carriers for a total of USD 60.8 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Built in 2013 by Japan’s shipbuilder Jiangsu New Yangzijiang, the vessels are being bought by Greek shipowner Star Bulk Carriers for a price of USD 15.2 million a piece.The bulkers in question are the 81,700 dwt Canon Trader II, Kapetan Trader I, Kapetan Trader 2, and Kapetan Trader 3.The latest sale marks the continuation of Nissin Shipping’s selling spree as the company aready agreed to dispose of a number of its Panamax bulk carriers earlier this year.Namely, in mid-February the shipping firm reached an agreement with an unknown South Korean owner to sell the 2012-built Bergen Trader I and 2013-built Bergen Trader 2.Also in February, the company sold its Billion Trade II to Greece-based Pavimar SA, while it agreed to sell its Epson Trader 2 bulk carrier to Chartworld Shipping earlier in January 2017.Following delivery to the vessels’ respective owners, Nisshin Shipping’s fleet will consist of 32 bulk carriers and 17 tankers, data from VesselsValue shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump is deriding Michael Cohen as a “weak person” after his former lawyer’s bombshell admission that he lied to Congress last year about an abandoned plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.Trump, moments before departing Washington for G20 meetings in Argentina, insisted there was nothing wrong with discussions about the Moscow project, which ultimately never went ahead, because they took place before he became president.Cohen, who initially told Congress the discussions ended in January 2016, admitted today during a surprise court appearance in New York that those talks continued until June of that year.He also admitted lying about his contacts with Russian officials, and about discussing whether he or Trump should travel to Russia in connection with the project.  Trump says Cohen, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to unrelated charges including bank fraud and tax evasion, is lying in an effort to secure a reduced sentence.Cohen told the judge he lied about the timing of the negotiations and other details to be loyal to and consistent with the “political message” of the president, referred to throughout the proceedings as “Individual One.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more