Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels in best form of careerby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata feels he’s in the best form of his career.Atalanta take on Shakhtar Donestsk in their second Champions League this week.“So far, yes, but I still have a lot of room for improvement. I’m not at the top, every day I’m working to improve myself,” he replied when asked if he was on the best run of his career.“It’s thanks to the Coach, he had the patience to wait for me. “I understood all the new concepts that were made for me, plus I’ve worked hard.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
zoom Despite a surge in orders at South Korean shipyards in September which enabled them to overpower their Chinese counterparts, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) seems to be suffering from acute lack of orders.According to HHI’s Vice Chairman Oh-Gap Kwon, cited by local media, the company managed to score orders for 30 vessels this year, which is only a third of the expected orders for over 100 ships.Speaking on Thursday at a review carried out by South Korea’s National Assembly, Kwon said that if orders don’t increase, the company might be forced to shut down operations at all its yards in the next eight months.Namely, the company’s order backlog comprises 75 ships which can be completed in eight months.Furthermore, newbuilding prices have been halved exerting further pressure on earnings for shipyards.Kwon added that the lack of ordering is also the reason why reopening of the Gunsan yard cannot take place, as such step would bring losses worth KRW 100 bn (USD 88.2 million) to the company.Hyundai Heavy Industries closed temporarily its Gunsan dockyard in July this year due to a lack of shipbuilding orders.In March 2017, HHI informed that it was looking to close another one of its dry docks at the Ulsan shipyard, the 380-meter-long Dock 5, which has a capacity to roll out 400,000 tons a year. The dock closure follows Hyundai Heavy’s decision to shut down the ops at its Dock 4 in June 2016.In addition, shortage of orders resulted in HHI’s introduction of leave rotation scheme for workers in September.The five-week program rotation would help resolve the issue of the idle workforce, HHI said, enabling the employees to keep their jobs.Wage cuts have also been among the measures implemented by the shipbuilder so as to cut costs and help improve the company’s liquidity.According to Kwon, he has not been paid for four years now.Last month, HHI finally secured a major order. Specifically, compatriot Polaris Shipping placed an order for ten very large ore carriers (VLOCs) of 325,000 DWT, worth USD 800 million.The delivery is slated for April 2021, HHI said in a regulatory filing.The contract is the largest single order for Hyundai in the last five years.World Maritime News Staff
HALIFAX – Five Halifax venues have responded to Tragically Hip rocker Gord Downie’s call on corporate Canada to do more to promote dialogue and reconciliation with Aboriginal people.The Legacy Room initiative, part of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, announced new locations Friday including a Halifax private school, a university, an accounting outlet, a restaurant and a development firm.Charlene Bearhead, co-chairwoman of the fund, said the spaces will encourage conversations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and raise awareness of the legacy of residential schools.“Being angry or shamed, shaming white people or re-traumatizing Indigenous people, it doesn’t serve us collectively,” she said during an interview.“These spaces are about building relationships and encouraging learning and awareness.”The five Halifax locations, the Armbrae Academy, the Barrington Steak House and Oyster Bar, the library at Dalhousie University, Deloitte Atlantic Canada and the Waterfront Development Corp., join three legacy rooms established in Ontario and aboard the Canada C3 ship travelling from Toronto to Victoria, bringing the total to nine rooms across the country.The host of each Legacy Room has committed to an annual donation of $5,000 over five years, which will go towards grassroots reconciliation programs to support healing and recovery.The fund honours 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school near Kenora, Ont.The Canadian government launched the residential school system in the 19th century. Over decades, about 150,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and sent to religious boarding schools.Away from their families and native culture, many students lived in horrific conditions and endured severe abuse. The impact of residential schools continues to be felt today.Halifax MP Andy Fillmore said the idea of reconciliation in Canada is a way for citizens to realize reconciliation can be part of their daily lives.“The power of the legacy rooms is that they bring reconciliation home right to the middle of our community, at a steak house or at the library, and make reconciliation part of peoples lives on a day-to-day basis,” he said.“It gives them a handle to grab onto and a lever to make change.”The Legacy Room idea is the brainchild of Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Morley Googoo, who represents Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said he’s hopeful the idea will continue to gain momentum in Halifax and across Canada.“The history of our place didn’t begin in the 1600s or with what is called the founding of Halifax or Dartmouth,” he said.“For many thousands of years before the arrival of European ships, the Mi’kmaq have inhabited these lands and while our shared history has many difficult chapters, I believe that we can co-operatively forge a better way forward.”Follow (at)bbundale on Twitter.