By Lalit K JhaWashington, Nov 3 (PTI) US President Donald Trump will use golf diplomacy to further strengthen his personal rapport with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his upcoming visit to Japan.Japan is the first stop of Trump on his maiden five- nation Asia trip as the US president.Trump, 71, will embark on a 12-day trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii from today till November 14.On Sunday afternoon, the US president and 63-year-old Abe will play golf with Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama, Takehiro Shimada, Minister of Communications and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan said here ahead of Trumps visit to Japan.Notably about 60 years ago, 1957, in June, Abes father, Prime Ministers Nobusuke Kishi, played golf with then US President Dwight D Eisenhower at the Burning Tree golf course.”And they had very nice time and I heard that at that time, the president hit the – almost like 72 or 74, and prime minister Kishi only 99,” Shimada said.Asked by the president, Eisenhower then said golf is a kind of sports that you cannot play with whom you dont like.”That is his comment. So I hope that even the Prime Minister Abe would have good time and whatever the score he may hit to deepen – to make use of this opportunity to deepen his personal tie with the president,” the Japanese diplomat said.Trump would spend two nights and three days in Japan during which he will hold a wide range of talks with top Japanese leaders, including his sixth meeting with Abe in less than a year.advertisementAbe and Trump has had six meetings since the latters election and the two have spoken over phone as many as 16 times.While North Korea is expected to dominate the talks, Trump is likely to reiterate his iron-clad commitment to Japan, officials here said.”The most important part of the two leaders to discuss is how to strengthen the ironclad US-Japan alliance and this alliance covers almost everything, from the security issues to the economic issues…I am sure that he will discuss almost every aspect of the Asian region challenges,” he said.Trumps visit to Japan, he hoped, will enhance peace and stability in Asia-Pacific region.”Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of that peace and stability, and alliance is stronger than ever,” he said, adding that Abes success in reinforcing Japans strong ties with United States was one of the factors that led to his overwhelming electoral victory last month.Trumps visit to Japan comes at an opportune moment for them to discuss issues facing international community and demonstrate the world the strong bond between the two countries amidst the increasingly severe security environment surrounding the Asia-Pacific region, he said.Noting that Japan remains deeply concerned about the threat posed by North Korea, he said Japan fully supports the US position, that all options are on the table when it comes to North Korea.”Now is the time to exert utmost pressure. We especially appreciate the new sanctions the United States imposed against North Korea last week. We will explore how we can strengthen and reinforce the UN-backed sanctions regime during President Trumps visit,” he said. PTI LKJ UZM
New Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) An anti-doping sports conference titled Clean Sport=Fair Outcome? was held today at Oslo to address the issue of doping menace. The conference is a joint initiative of the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB), Anti-Doping Norway and FairSport to propose a substantial agenda for action, enabling it to have an impact on the ongoing anti-doping reforms and policy framework. Norways Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Founder of The Art of Living and WFEB, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Vice-President Linda Hofstad Helleland, US Anti-Doping Agencys CEO Travis Tygart are among the 22 eminent speakers. The conference will not only address various governance issues in sports but also celebrate role models by announcing the winner of the 2018 Ethics in Sports Award. The Anti-Doping in Sports conference is a continuation of WFEBs conference series on Ethics in Sports. Earlier editions were held at the FIFA headquarters (2014, 2016) and at the stadium of Germanys soccer club, Union Berlin (2015). PTI ATKATK
zoom Tanker market’s slowdown has slashed SCF Group’s net profit to USD 39.9 million during the first quarter of the year from USD 103.1 million booked a year earlier.“Tanker freight market experiences significant headwinds, with some spot market segment TCE rates down over 40 per cent year-on-year,” Russia’s shipping major Sovcomflot said.The company’s TCE revenues came at USD 274.4 million, a decrease from USD 290.8 million posted in the first quarter of 2016. EBITDA also saw a dip to USD 161.2 million, from the previous year’s USD 193.6 million.During the quarter, the company secured a USD 174 million 15-year credit facility with Sberbank, to refinance two Arctic shuttle tankers (Mikhail Ulyanov and Kirill Lavrov) servicing Prirazlomnoye project.Sovcomflot said that the final installment payments for three ice-breaking stand-by vessels for the Sakhalin 2 project scheduled for delivery until the end of the current year have been fully funded with no envisaged cash outlay by the group, further stressing that the group does not face any refinancing needs for the rest of the year.In addition, the world’s first ice-breaking LNG tanker, Christophe de Margerie, was delivered during Q1 and entered in long-term time-charter agreement with Yamal LNG.“The first quarter saw a significant downturn in the global tanker market. Despite the challenges faced in the conventional market segment, Sovcomflot showed resilience and was able to outperform many of its peers. Our offshore business segment performed especially well and now represents over 40 per cent of our operating profit,” Sergey Frank, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.“With the long-term nature of many of our charters, some being over 25 years in duration, Sovcomflot’s earnings and cash flow visibility is unprecedented for the industry. Indeed, overall contracted future revenues stood at nearly USD 8 billion at the quarter end,” Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, added.The group’s fleet comprises 148 vessels with a total deadweight of over 13.1 million tonnes.