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China’s Zhoushan to go after Singapore marine hub’s top billing
China’s port city of Zhoushan is planning to challenge Singapore’s dominance of the multi-billion dollar shipping fuel industry, relying on proximity to some of the world’s biggest ports and Beijing’s support to give it an edge. It will be steep going. The port facilities in the cluster of islands around Zhoushan have annual marine fuel sales of 3.6 million tonnes, less than a tenth of the record 50.6 million tonnes of shipping
 
 
Debt-trapped Czechs excluded as economy grows
USTI NAD LABEM: Olga Petikova first borrowed a few hundred dollars in the 1990s to furnish her young family’s apartment. Later, she turned to payday loans to make ends meet as her husband struggled to make his new business a success. The debt soared. Two decades on, she owes 2 million crowns ($86,938), 11 times her annual income, and is subject to 15 seizure orders on her property and much of the money reaching her bank
   
How some shrinking cities are thriving in the new economy
Fewer people are living in Pittsburgh - 95,000 fewer than in 2000. But the remaining residents are growing wealthier even as the Steel City shrinks: Income per capita is up 24 per cent during the same period. Population growth also has decoupled from average income in Buffalo and Utica, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; Springfield, Mass.; and Gulf Coast cities such as New Orleans and Beaumont, Texas. Even Huntington, W.V., hit hard by
 
 
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