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Rusada Last week, Wada’s compliance review committee recommended Rusada’s reinstatement after it received assurances from the Russian sports ministry, saying the country had “sufficiently acknowledged” failures. Rusada director general Yuri Ganus (left) with Wada president Sir Craig Reedie Lifting ban would be catastrophic – whistleblower UK Sport said it was “disappointed” by the lifting of the suspension and urged Wada to “fully and transparently” explain its reasons. The UK Anti-Doping Agency (Ukad) had joined with other leading national anti-doping organisations around the world to call for a postponement of the decision. “Wada has cast aside its responsibilities to clean athletes, sports fans and those who work tirelessly for clean sport,” said Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead. But the athletes’ commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday it “agreed in principle” with the recommendation to end the suspension. Reedie said his organisation “very keenly” felt the need to ensure Russian sport is clean and would “maintain the highest levels of scrutiny on Rusada’s operations and independence”. Russia was ordered to meet set criteria before Rusada could be readmitted, which included accepting the findings of the McLaren Report into state-sponsored doping and granting access to Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory. Russia has repeatedly denied running a state-sponsored doping programme and continued to deny full access to and retained control of its Moscow laboratory. Wada’s stance appears to have softened, after BBC Sport revealed details of a compromise suggested by Reedie and director-general Olivier Niggli to Russia’s Sports Minister that was eventually accepted. In a letter to Wada president Reedie last week, Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said: “I am grateful for your acknowledgement of the significant achievements in rebuilding Rusada.” Professor Richard McLaren, whose report said Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme, criticised Wada’s decision. He said: “Politics is dictating this decision.

Tronc in ‘early stage’ discussions about sale to McClatchy newspaper chain Chicago-based media company Tronc publishes the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun and other newspapers. (Handout) A second firm is in talks to potentially acquire Chicago-based newspaper chain Tronc. California-based newspaper chain McClatchy is in “early stage” discussions to buy Tronc, owner of the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers, a source familiar with the negotiations said Friday. McClatchy spokeswoman Jeanne Segal declined to confirm or deny the chain’s interest in Tronc. “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation,” she said Friday. Tronc spokeswoman Marisa Kollias declined to comment. McClatchy owns more than 30 newspapers in 14 states including the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., and the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram. The publicly traded company generated about $904 million in revenue last year, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Donerail Group, a nascent New York-based investment firm headed by former Starboard Value executive Will Wyatt, has been in negotiations to buy Tronc since early August. Sources familiar with negotiations say Donerail has offered between $19 and $20 per share for Tronc, valuing the newspaper company at upward of $700 million. Wyatt declined to comment on the negotiations.

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Newsprint tariffs prompt layoffs at Tampa Bay Times Publishers want a reprieve by Jill Disis   @jdisis August 29, 2018: 11:00 AM ET Newsprint tariffs prompt layoffs at Tampa Bay Times The newspaper industry has been fighting tariffs on Canadian newsprint for months, claiming that they will devastate an already troubled business. A vote this week could decide whether those tariffs are here to stay. The US International Trade Commission is expected to decide Wednesday whether imports of a type of Canadian paper are hurting American producers. The commission could effectively reverse the tariffs, first levied by the Commerce Department in January and March, or keep them in place. The initial duties caused the price of newsprint to spike around 30% at one point, opponents of the tariffs told CNNMoney earlier this year. In recent months, newspapers have cut jobs, reduced pages and ended some daily editions. Since then, the Commerce Department has capped the highest tariff at about 17% , down from 22%. That tariff also only applies to one Canadian business, Catalyst Paper Company. The company is based near Vancouver, a few hundred miles from the Washington state headquarters of the only US company that pushed the Commerce Department to consider the tariffs.

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