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Canadian Newsprint is Not The Enemy — Tariffs Are

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end.The fact that newsprint is being threatened is the work of one newsprint mill in the Pacific Northwest, NORPAC. In August 2017, NORPAC petitioned the United States Department of Commerce to begin applying tariffs to newsprint imported from Canada, claiming the imported paper was harming the U.S. newsprint industry. But NORPAC is not acting in the best interests of newsprint consumers or the U.S. paper industry at large — they are acting in their own interest and no one else’s.The buying and selling of newsprint has always been regional without regard for the border. Consumers of newsprint — from newspaper and book publishers to telephone directory manufacturers — tend to buy newsprint in their region, close to their printing operations. The printers who typically utilize Canadian newsprint are those in the northeast and Midwest, where there are currently no U.S. mills operating.But those regions are not newsprint deserts because of unfair trade by Canadian paper mills. Rather, newsprint mills shut down or converted to producing other, more profitable paper products when the demand for newsprint fell, something that has been happening steadily for decades. Since 2000, the demand for newsprint in North America has dropped by 75 percent.But affordable Canadian paper has helped keep the printed news alive and flourishing well into the 21st century. With new tariffs, many smaller newspapers will feel their belts tightening. The combination of preliminary countervailing and antidumping duties increases the cost of imported newsprint by as much as 32 percent, and a number of newspapers have already experienced price increases and a disruption in supply. If the International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce make these tariffs permanent in the coming months, it could lead some small local publishers to cut their print product entirely — or even shut their doors.Some, like NORPAC, may argue that by imposing duties on Canadian imports we’re saving American jobs and boosting our own economy, but while that may sometimes be true for other industries, the opposite is true of newsprint.What we’re seeing with the newsprint tariffs is not a government acting to try to better the economy for its citizens. Instead, it is “political arbitrage” by one private investment group — where they are effectively looking to use the U.S. government to tax local and community newspapers across the United States in order to bolster their own bottom line.When considering whether to take NORPAC’s claims seriously, the Department of Commerce excluded input from U.S. newsprint mills owned by Canadian companies — specifically Resolute Forest Products and White Birch. Excluding manufacturers who, during the period of investigation, had three functioning newsprint mills in the U.S. because they have sister mills in Canada shows an unwillingness to understand the borderless newsprint industry and the restructuring that has taken place in recent decades.If the tariffs on Canadian newsprint are allowed to stand, we’re not only risking a centuries-old relationship with our neighbors to the north, but we’re putting our own U.S. news industry in jeopardy. While the big national and regional papers may have less trouble finding the funds to keep their print editions coming, we could see small publishers lose footing, and those tiny local papers are some of the most vital members of our news community. Under the right conditions, those papers can find a way to maintain their footing, but if the newsprint industry can’t support them, those communities will become news deserts, and that’s a future none of us want.We may not be able to save the entire industry by keeping tariffs off our paper, but we can keep it thriving while we re-position ourselves for the years to come. Having affordable newsprint will help us do that.David Chavern serves as President & CEO of the News Media Alliance. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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Coronavirus: Millions in home sales as virtual reality auctions kick off

first_imgThis post-war home at 43 Sydney Avenue, Camp Hill, sold for $1.062m to a phone bidder hours before the coronavirus inroom auction deadline.Millions exchanged hands this week as agents, buyers and sellers raced to beat the COVID-19 crackdown on inroom property auctions, while others embraced the start of livestreaming sales. In the final hours before the Wednesday midnight inroom deadline, a renovator home in inner Brisbane sold for $1.062m, with more than half of potential buyers bidding over the phone.Bidding opened at $650,000 for the post-war home at 43 Sydney Ave, Camp Hill, and continued for more than 50 minutes, sometimes rising in $1,000s and $5,000 lots before finally selling for $1.062m to a phone bidder.“It sold well above the reserve and the fact that we had seven bidders shows the fundamentals of real estate are still really strong, and with limited properties on the market there are opportunities for sellers because there are genuine buyers out there at the moment looking. We’re still listing and selling property,” Mr McCrea said.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago New digital inspections for renters and buyers to combat COVID-19 This is the living room of Brisbane’s latest million-dollar property, with 43 Sydney Avenue, Camp Hill, selling for $1.062m mid-week.Among the virtual sales last night (Thursday) were 10 conducted through Ray White Queensland chief auctioneer Mitch Peereboom on the Gold Coast.“These are online private auctions. Buyers register to bid, they are able to watch the auction live and bid via our platform. We are really excited about this creative solution because we know buyers want to buy and sellers want to sell. The property market is performing strongly and we welcome this new opportunity to deliver our clients the same outcomes (they would have achieved).”Stuart McCrea of Place Estate Agency in Coorparoo said the industry could work around the safety measures introduced to protect buyers and sellers from coronavirus.“The use of video walk-throughs, all these things, allow people to bid with confidence. When your dream home comes up you shouldn’t be worried about coronavirus.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow will COVID-19 compare to other market downturns03:08 QLD property industry already adapting to new ways of operatingcenter_img 210 Long Street East, Graceville, sold for $855,000Ray White Sherwood and Graceville principal Cameron Crouch achieved almost $4m in property sales that were set to go to auction midweek, using virtual technology “with great success”.“We have set up a virtual auction theatre on our new rooftop auction space because it is central for our auctioneer Mitch Peereboom. Wednesday night we sold four from five properties and we have some 28 auctions on the board to be auctioned in coming weeks,” he said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that all inroom auctions and group open homes would cease from midnight Wednesday, leading the industry to take the events fully digital, with bidding done online or over the phone. This week was on course to be the biggest of the year for auctions, with Brisbane volumes up 52.2 per cent, compared with the same time last year, with 172 homes listed to go under the hammer, according to the CoreLogic Auction Market Preview.“After the weekend, we should have a better idea on how this is going to impact the auction market going forward,” a CoreLogic spokesperson said. MORE: Sweeping changes for real estate after coronavirus restrictions 207 Long Street East, Graceville, sold for $705,000“We had 13 registered bidders last night. The first lot was a cracker at 210 Long St East, Graceville, which sold for $855,000. It went so crazy with a tonne of bids flying in. The elderly vendor was a bit nervous but still comfortable in the process and were committed to selling. We have technology processes in place to remain ‘business as usual’ in this new environment of private inspections, virtual inspections and weekly auctions.”Two of the properties sold under the hammer – 210 Long Street East, Graceville, for $855,000 and 207 Long Street East, Graceville, for $705,000. Two sold before auction and a fifth property was passed in. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

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Munster hoping to cast aside poor European form

first_imgBoth teams could use a boost after poor European form, and will be looking to lay down a marker for the rest of the season in the 5.15 kick off.Nenagh man Donnacha Ryan starts for the home side with Cahir native Tommy O’Donnell included among the replacements after his return from injury. The league’s two Italian sides meet at 2 with Zebre taking on Treviso. While at five past three Edinburgh play Glasgow and the Dragons take on the Cardiff Blues.last_img

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WhichBingo survey highlights bingo’s shift towards customer safety

first_img XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Share XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 WhichBingo.com has revealed a strong take-up of safer gambling tools and protections as part of its fifth ‘Online Bingo Market Report’.Publishing an in-depth 64-page report of the online bingo marketplace, WhichBingo underlined that operator focus has shifted to consumer needs on safety. Key research segments of the report include an online bingo player survey, accompanied by both an overall marketplace review and a breakdown of retention and loyalty programmes available. Online bingo has maintained its core demographic profile, which sees the sector’s engagement primarily attributed to female players (78%). Meanwhile, WhichBingo detailed no significant changes in age group profile, with 80% of players surveyed indexed between the ages of 35-64.Proprietary-built Tombola has maintained its position as the UK’s most popular online bingo brand. Nevertheless, WhichBingo explained that Buzz Bingo is proving a popular destination for players, taking second spot in its player survey – a notable achievement considering the brand has only operated since 2019. A breakdown of player habits revealed that online bingo maintains high engagement with its customer base, with 78% of players surveyed stating that they played bingo at least once a week. WhichBingo’s player survey indicated that average player deposits are decreasing, as the number of players who deposit £50 per month has fallen from 45% to 27%, in-line with 2017 survey findings. The survey detailed marked improvements in safer gambling options and engagements with bingo customers, who now have a variety of tools available to control their play.Setting ‘deposit limits’ was listed as the most popular safer gambling measure, with 70% of players surveyed stating that they have used the feature.Furthermore, 40% of players stated that they had temporarily self-excluded from engaging with their favourite bingo rooms, while 7% admitted that they had permanently self-excluded from bingo.“This year, we saw the online bingo industry face new regulations, causing a change for the better. In a time of increased regulatory scrutiny, WhichBingo stands out in helping brands adapt and meet player expectations,” said Stuart Simms, Group CEO of XLMedia – the parent organisation of WhichBingo.last_img read more

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Leclerc extends Ferrari deal until 2024

first_imgLeclerc came through the Ferrari Driver Academy and is the junior driver to German Vettel, whose contract at Ferrari ends after the 2020 season.“With each passing race this year, our wish to extend our contract with Charles became ever more self-evident and the decision means he will now be with us for the next five seasons,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.“It demonstrates that Charles and the Scuderia have a firm future together.“Charles has been part of our family since 2016 and we are more than proud of the results we are achieving with our Academy.“We are therefore very pleased to be able to announce that he will be with us for many years to come and I’m sure that together, we will write many new pages in the history of the Prancing Horse.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Charles LeclercMilan, Italy | AFP | Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc confirmed on Monday he has extended his contract with Ferrari until 2024.“Extremely happy to announce that I will be staying with Scuderia Ferrari for five more years,” the 22-year-old said on Twitter.The 22-year-old, who joined Ferrari in 2016, has impressed in his first season alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.Leclerc had seven pole positions and two wins at the Belgian and Italian Grand Prix.“I’m so grateful to be driving for such a team,” said Leclerc.“I’ve learnt so much during this first year with the team and it is a great starting point to build a strong relationship for the years ahead.”last_img read more

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Ransom Notes…Hatin’ on LeBron and Steelers musings

first_imgLOU RANSOMWoke up this morning and the Miami Heat were still NBA Champions.Loved LeBron’s comments after the game. All he does is win, yet people call him arrogant. He says he is blessed.They say he doesn’t compare to Michael Jordan (the most arrogant athlete I have ever encountered). Jordan had commercials before he played an NBA game. Jordan retired from the NBA to play professional baseball, but he couldn’t hit a fastball. He thought he was the greatest ATHLETE. Hubris anyone?If the Heat three-peat, will LeBron get his props? 37 points, 12 rebounds, back to back MVP. Three-straight finals. I know folks hate him, but for that flake Dennis Rodman to say LeBron would just be “average” in his day is just crazy.LeBron went to Miami to win championships, and he has. I guess Dan Gilbert’s curse was reversed. He had to rehire Mike Brown (whom he fired) and now has to swallow the second LeBron championship.He had LeBron under contract but was too inept to build a team around him.OK, no more posts about the NBA until next season. It is almost STEELER season, so I will be otherwise occupied!The Steelers will be competitive. O-line is in the best shape in years. Got to get a functional tight end until Heath Miller comes back. Wide receivers could be improved over last year. Not sold on backup quarterbacks, so Ben has to stay healthy. Running backs could be a strong point of the offense.On defense have to have improved line play. They didn’t step up last year, and the linebackers were a weak point. New draftee should improve backers, and Woodley should return to form. I think they will miss Harrison, but probably not as much as he’ll miss them.Secondary is the big concern. Troy has to stay healthy and they have no quality depth at corner. They may be stronger offensively (once Miller returns) than defensively.They’ll go 9-7 or 10-6, but they have to at least get a split with division foes. That might get them in the playoffs.Just don’t root for that team whose name insults Native Americans or their northern neighbors who just won the Super Bowl. We may have to disown youLou Ransom is former managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier and fomer sports editor for Jet Magazine.last_img read more