zoom China’s Ningbo Zhoushan Port (NZP) has entered into a CNY 127 billion (USD 18.3 billion) agreement which will cover over 20 major projects, according to NZP.Signed in late December 2016, the contract will cover multimodal transportation system, bulk commodities storage and transportation system, river-ocean combined transportation information platform, and modern shipping services.The port said that the contract will help accelerate and advance Zhoushan River-Ocean Combined Transportation Service Center to complete the construction of a river-ocean combined transportation service system.Zhoushan River-Ocean Combined Transportation Service Center is expected to be set up in April 2019, covering the whole new district of Zhoushan Islands, and Beilun, Zhenahi, Jiangdong (present Yinzhou) and Jiangbei District of Ningbo, with land area of about 2500 square kilometers and sea area of about 21,000 square kilometers.The construction of the center includes building the river-ocean combined transport hub port and combined transport shipping service base, forming a large bulk cargo intermodal transport area and a container intermodal transport area.The project would also improve bulk commodity and container transit transport system and include the construction of a bulk commodity storage, transportation and processing base.
Printing, production and distribution company Fry Communications has added digital reprint services to its portfolio of services.Using the same PDFs publishers provide for printing their issues, Fry says it can print four-color or single color reprints, ranging from single sheets to 32-page stitched booklets. The reprints can be printed on coated or uncoated stocks from 45-pounf text weight to 110-pound cover stock.Fry—which traditionally offers print, premedia, distribution, direct mail and fulfillment services— also will offer in-house design services to publishers who need redesign of reformatting of article of section reprints, the company says.
Enlarge ImageToyota has spent the last 20 years honing the Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive tech into what it is today, and now other carmakers can buy that tech for their own products. Toyota Toyota recently did something pretty unexpected. It announced that it would allow royalty-free use of thousands of its gasoline-electric hybrid patents, patents it has jealously guarded in the past. It did this to extend the life of hybrid technology in an increasingly electric world, but that’s not where its plans end.According to a report published Friday by Reuters, Toyota has plans to not only act as a manufacturer of whole cars and trucks but also as a Tier 2 supplier. That means that it will supply hybrid components and even entire hybrid drivetrains to rivals. Why would it do that? Well, in short, to save some cash on electrification.See, Toyota has been lagging behind other companies in the development of fully electric vehicles. Catching up to the likes of Nissan and GM will require substantial amounts of cash for development of its own technology, but even more money will be needed to build a manufacturing infrastructure to support EV production.”We anticipate that there will probably be very few automakers who use our patents to develop their own hybrids from scratch, so by using our system and our components, and offering our support, we can work together to develop these cars,” said Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president for Toyota, in a statement to Reuters. Toyota didn’t immediately reply to a request for further comment.If Toyota can sell hybrid stuff to other car companies who want or need help in bringing down their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) numbers and can’t afford to spend the capital necessary to develop their own systems, then it won’t have to dig quite so deeply into its own pockets.Toyota is already equipping other manufacturers’ vehicles with its hybrid tech. The (decidedly lackluster) Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive tech, for example. Toyota will also supply hybrid tech to Suzuki, and the hot-rod hybrid Jimny that could likely result from that hookup will haunt our dreams forever. 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: A tougher looking electrified crossover Post a comment 62 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Patents Suzuki Subaru Toyota Share your voice 0 More From Roadshow Auto Tech Hybrids Car Industry Toyota 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous
“The industry is on a positive path of recovery but it’s very clear that the race is far from won,” she continued. “Record companies are continuing in their efforts to put the industry back onto a stable path and, to that end, we are continuing our campaign to fix the value gap. This is not just essential for music to thrive in today’s global market, but to create the right – fair – environment for it to do so in the future.” Although 2017 was the industry’s third consecutive year of growth after 15 years of significant decline, the year’s revenues are still just 68.4% of the market’s peak in 1999. Internationally, Latin American revenues grew by 17.7% and Asia and Australasia by 5.4%.As it did in past years, the report singles out the “value gap” — particularly with regard to what the organization considers low royalty payments from YouTube — as the largest single threat to the industry’s sustained growth.It illustrates this discrepancy with a graphic illustrating that the 272 million users of paid and ad-supported audio streams generated $5.569 billion in 2017, while 1.3 billion users of video streams generated just $856 million.“Record companies remain dedicated to ensuring full and fair value is returned for music as it is consumed in its many different forms around the world,” the report reads. “Crucially, this involves finding a legislative solution to the value gap, the mismatch between the value created by some digital platforms from their use of music and what they pay to those creating and investing in it.“Inconsistent applications of online liability laws have emboldened certain digital platforms to claim that they are not liable for the music they make available to the public,” it continues. “Today, services such as YouTube, which have developed into sophisticated on-demand music platforms, use this as a shield to avoid licensing music like other digital services do, claiming they are not legally responsible for the music they distribute on their site. Legislative action is needed to ensure that laws on copyright liability are applied correctly and consistently, so that platforms cannot claim they do not need to be licensed to distribute music. The music community is united in calling for policymakers to take action.”IFPI CEO Frances Moore’s comments reflected both cautious optimism and warning. “It’s been another incredibly exciting year for music. The work and investment from record companies is enabling brilliant, diverse artists to break through to fans around the world, soundtracking their lives and bringing them increasingly rich and immersive ways to enjoy the music they love. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The global recorded music market grew by 8.1% in 2017, its third consecutive year of growth since the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) began tracking the market in 1997, according to figures released today in the organization’s “Global Music Report 2018.” Total revenues for 2017 were $17.3 billion.Streaming remains the main driver of recovering revenues and, for the first time, has become the single largest revenue source, with 176 million users of paid streaming services contributing to year-on-year streaming growth of 41.1%, according to the report. Streaming now accounts for 38.4% of total recorded music revenue and its growth has more than offset a 5.4% decline in physical revenue and a 20.5% decline in download revenue. Total digital income last year accounted for more than half of all revenue (54%) for the first time.
The Premier League title has enthralled us for nearly the whole season and Manchester City can take it to the final day and put one hand on the trophy with victory over Leicester. Liverpool snuck a barely deserved win against Newcastle to keep the race alive but six more points will give City the trophy and they have the quality to get past the Foxes.At this stage of the season some games will inevitably become tight nervy contests where mental resilience counts for just as much as the skill of the teams involved. Manchester City have already been through a couple of those games, with plenty of grit needed to see out 1-0 wins against Tottenham and Burnley. Against Burnley, they were frustrated for long periods before Sergio Aguero’s 64th-minute goal – bundled in and was given after a goal-line technology decision despite Matthew Lowton’s attempted clearance. They didn’t have their usual fluency but they found a way to get through and if anything, this game might suit them more.Leicester have had a revival since the astute signing of Brendan Rodgers as manager with five wins in eight games, giving them an outside chance of seventh, even though they will have to win both today’s game and their last one against Chelsea. They were extremely impressive against Arsenal in a 3-0 win even allowing for the visitors terrible away record and the early red card they suffered.Rogers has bright prospects for next season with James Maddison on the left flank mixing well with Jamie Vardy who has 18 goals in the Premier League – the most of any striker not playing for a top six team. An active midfield with Hamza Choudhury – unfairly singled out for things he said when he was young and foolish – Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Nidid have as much energy as any top half side, and Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira give them width down the flanks too. They also have better defenders than most, with Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire ahead of Kasper Schmeichel, so they do have the quality to cause City issues.However, their attacking nature should be music to Guaridola’s ears, as this promises to be a more open game than their 1-0 win against Burnley, and the prospect of a top half finish should bring them forward at some stage.Guardiola is without two of his key weapons in Kevin De Bruyne, and probably also without Fernandinho, but in an end to end game Bernardo and David Silva should thrive, and Leroy Sane, brilliant in the Manchester Derby, will love running at Leicester’s defence.Man City v Leicester CityPremier League20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, from past 10 years)DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 2-1 Manchester CityDEC 2018 CARABAO CUP Leicester 1-1 Manchester CityFEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 5-1 LeicesterDEC 2017 EFL CUP Leicester 1-1 Manchester CityNOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 0-2 Manchester CityMAY 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-1 LeicesterDEC 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 4-2 LeicesterFEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester 1-3 LeicesterDEC 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 0-0 Manchester CityAlong with Sergio Aguero, that’s enough firepower to overwhelm the Foxes at some stage regardless of tactics and the Citizens have won all their home games against top-half teams while Leicester have lost six of their nine away days against top-six teams. One of those exceptions was a 1-1 draw against Liverpool which has proven to be a crucial pinched point in the season but the hosts missed a number of good chances when on top early there and City can prove to be sharper.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVEWR 3.5 GOALS 5 pts at 10/11 with starsports.betBACK MAN CITY 3-1 1 pt at 17/2 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 273.17 points(excluding Premier League ante-post, Wells Fargo)