Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic presented her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin her country’s soccer shirt with the name “Putin” printed on the back, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 final in Moscow on Sunday.Croatia reached their first ever World Cup final by beating England in the semi-finals on Wednesday and will face France in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium.Croatia has been caught up in soccer fever after the Balkan nation of 4.2 million people swept aside more fancied opponents to reach its first ever World Cup final, which Russia is hosting this year.Grabar-Kitarovic has, herself, entered into the spirit of the occasion, travelling to Russia to watch matches and dressing in the colours of the national flag. Croatia knocked Russia’s team out of the competition in the quarter-finals.FRANCE VS CROATIA WORLD CUP FINAL UPDATESAt a Kremlin meeting, Putin congratulated the Croatian president on the Croatian team’s performance.”I’m sure we will see a beautiful game today,” he said. Grabar-Kitarovic thanked Putin for what she said was the successful organisation of the competition.Putin presented her with a bouquet of flowers, while she gave the Russian leader the Croatian national shirt. World Cup 2018: Russian President Vladimir Putin presents a bunch of flowers to Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (AP Photo)Grabar-Kitarovic had earlier thanked Russia for its hospitality on her Facebook page.”Thank you Russia, for everything! On behalf of Croatian fans, I would like to thank Russia for its hospitality. Let’s go, Croatia!”Scores of Croatian fans took to the streets of Moscow on Sunday, cheering and waving flags in anticipation of the historic match against France.advertisementRussia hands over World Cup hosting duties to QatarAt Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, hundreds of security staff in civilian clothes were inspecting the premises.(With inputs from Reuters)
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hong Kong-based containership owner Seaspan Corporation said that it had prepaid two credit facilities which were secured by six of its vessels.The repayment of the loans brings the company’s pool of unencumbered vessels from 12 to 18 by October 2018. These include two 2,500 TEU, two 3,500 TEU, ten 4,250 TEU, two 9,600 TEU and two 10,000 TEU containerships.“Seaspan’s management team remains committed to its stated strategic priorities for the company, which include de-leveraging and adding flexibility to the company’s capital structure. We expect to continue strengthening our balance sheet as we position the company for future growth,” Ryan Courson, Chief Financial Officer of Seaspan, said.The announcement is being made on the back of the pricing of the company’s public share offering targeting USD 150 million in net proceeds.Seaspan plans to use the freshly raised capital for funding acquisitions, debt repayments and redeeming certain of its existing preferred shares.