Fallout from China trade war: Illinois firms say you’ll pay extra for furniture, scooters … and a lot more

With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as they prepare to pass on the higher costs to their customers. Everything from the mundane to the practical to the exotic — washing machine parts, dining room sets, horsehair waste — is on the growing list of products that, as of Friday, are scheduled to carry a 25 percent tariff to import from China. While Chicago-area companies are looking to source more goods from Vietnam and other countries to avoid the fee, they warn that higher price tags — and, perhaps, a sales slowdown — may be inevitable. Walter E. Smithe, president of the eponymous Itasca-based furniture company started by his grandfather in 1945, said the 25 percent tariffs raise its costs on leather upholstery, bedroom sets and dining room sets, among other furniture. “This will result in more expensive furniture nationwide,” Smithe said. “Furniture is going to be more expensive in the next year.” The tensions over trade began last July, when President Donald Trump imposed 25 percent tariffs on Chinese technological goods and China retaliated with its own tariffs. Since then, th...

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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2019 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. Q&A with Dr. Manny: I’ve been thinking about getting laser hair removal for my bikini line, but I’m a little worried about the radiation that’s involved. Is there any kind of link between laser hair removal and cancer? For some women, laser hair removal treatments are worth the big price tag for smooth, hairless skin. The average price for laser hair removal is $289, depending on what areas are being treated and the number of sessions needed. But for others, concerns about the safety of the fuzz-free procedure may cause them to hesitate. Dear Dr. Manny, I have my honeymoon coming up and I’ve been thinking about getting laser hair removal for my bikini line, but I’m a little worried about the radiation that’s involved with it. Is there any kind of link between laser hair removal and cancer? Thanks, Annie In terms of cancer risk, X-rays and gamma rays are the most dangerous and are known as high-frequency ionizing radiation. Although both types can come from natural sources like rad...

Lacuna Coil Vocalist Says Gaining Recognition In Home Country Of Italy Has ‘Always Been A Bit Of A Struggle’

LACUNA COIL vocalist Andrea Ferro recently spoke with the “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). Andrea: “We had this piece of music that Marco [Coti Zelati, bass] came up [with], and we thought it could have been a good intro for the live show, actually, because normally, we always have an instrumental intro that we access the stage [during] for the live performances. But then Cristina [Scabbia, vocals] had an idea — she really liked the melody, so she came up with the melody for the vocals. It sounded so good, it’s almost like a short, mini-song, so we decided to use it as an intro, to do something a little different than what we’ve always done. We’ve never had a proper intro like that, so we decided to try and wrote some lyrics for it, and it fit very well the mood, I think, for the introduction of the record. It is quite a heavy record overall, so it was cool to have something soft to start with, and dark, to create the atmosphere, to set the mood, and then blasting some more heavy songs right after. We thought it was a good idea,...

Bike repair stations set up on city trails | CHAT News Today| Medicine Hat, Southern Alberta

MEDICINE HAT, AB — The City of Medicine Hat has made it easier for cyclists to repair their bicycles while out on the trails. Several bike repair stations have been installed by the Parks and Recreation Department around the city, with four being installed in recent weeks. “One of our main objectives is to keep people active, and for people to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and we thought a bike repair station we thought was a good amenity to include,” said Randy Taves, manger of parks projects with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Stations are located at Strathcona Island Park, Police Point Park, Saamis Heights, Ross Glen Trail and the Burnside Trail. The stations include an air pump, screwdrivers and wrenches to help with problems that arise during trail rides, such as flat tires and broken or loose chains. “This gives them an opportunity if they want to stop and have a rest, maybe pump up their tires a little bit, they found they were a little bit flat, or they want to tighten a few bolts or screws,” said Taves. “It’s a tremendous step forward into recognizing the cycling community within our city,” he said. “I think the people and families that enjoy the path ar...

Kabini’s famous Torn Ears walks head on on the safari track followed by a van full

Kabini’s famous Torn Ears walks head on on the safari track followed by a van full of excited wildlife buffs.   | Photo Credit: Arvind Ramamurthy/@arvindrthy In the late 19th century, the British upper class discovered the wild. They travelled to Africa by the boatload, armed to the teeth with mosquito netting and portable china… They were the early samplers of the safari. In India, where we only have to venture into our backyards for similar experiences, the turn of the millennium brought into view the commercial potential, drawing domestic tourists to national parks and sanctuaries. Lately, however, in a multi-pronged bid to stem that tide, protect forest ecosystems from over-gazing, and yet keep revenue-streams high, several parks, reserves and sanctuaries have started to crank up the costs. This has resulted in the loss of the common Indian tourist. For example, at Kabini River Lodge tour packages vary from ₹10,266 for a tent, to ₹15,700 for a cottage, per person per night on twin-sharing basis. Bandipur starts at ₹8,673. Corbett National Park, has stay-and-safari packages starting at ₹4,800 per person, per night. At Uttar Pradesh’s Dudhwa Forest Rest House, rates start at ₹...

Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return

For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, or something seen only in movies. But at the few remaining typewriter repair shops in the country, business is booming as a younger generation discovers the joy of the feel and sound of the typewriter — and older generations admit they never fell out of love with it. “What’s surprising to me is that the younger generation is taking a liking to typewriters again,” says Paul Schweitzer, 80, owner and operator of the Gramercy Typewriter Co., founded by his father in 1932. He now works alongside his son, Jay Schweitzer, 50, and — this summer — a grandson, Jake. Vintage typewriters are sent for repair and restoration daily from around the country, Schweitzer says. Demand is so great that early this year, the family finally opened their own store, in New York City. Other surviving shops include Berkeley Typewriter and California Typewriter, both in Berkeley, California, and also founded in the 1930s. Two recent documentaries, “The Typewriter (In The 21st Century)” (2012) and “California Typewriter” (2016), featuring collector Tom Hanks, have helped popularize vi...

In 2018, the revenue of global integrated circuit industry totaled about USD 480 billion, representing a

In 2018, the revenue of global integrated circuit industry totaled about USD 480 billion, representing a CAGR of less than 10% from 2014 to 2018; the revenue of China’s integrated circuit industry was about USD 98.70 billion, representing a CAGR of about 25% from 2014 to 2018. In China, the revenue from integrated circuit designing was about USD 38.07 billion, accounting for 38.60% of the revenue of the integrated circuit industry; the revenue from integrated circuit manufacturing was about USD 27.48 billion, accounting for about 27.80%; the revenue from integrated circuit packaging and testing was about USD 33.15 billion, accounting for 33.60%. According to CRI, since China joined the WTO, its integrated circuit industry has been developing. However, because of outdated technologies and insufficient talents, China’s integrated circuit manufacturing lags behind the international advanced level for one to two generations; integrated circuit designing contains low technological content and is monotonous; integrated circuit packaging and testing have a gap with the international mainstream level. Therefore, China relies heavily on the imports of high-end integrated circuits. In 201...

The discrimination against renters on housing benefit is continuing, despite websites such as Zoopla banning the

The discrimination against renters on housing benefit is continuing, despite websites such as Zoopla banning the practice and MPs demanding that landlords stop advertising properties with the ‘No DSS’ caveat. Housing Minister Heather Wheeler called for an end to the practice last month, but rental property ads stipulating the landlord will not accept people on housing benefits are still widespread and freely accessible online, although some ads try to hide the discrimination by replacing ‘No DSS’ with ‘No —’.  The situation is, in fact, is so bad that Thomas Sanderson have developed an online tool, called DSS Deadlock, that can tell you the percentage of property listings in a given town that discriminate against housing benefit claimants. The results are not encouraging, with  nearly 30 per cent of properties in Colchester advertised as ‘No DSS’, 28 per cent in Wakefield, and almost 27 per cent in West Bromwich.  It is clear that the only way the practice will be eradicated completely is through legislative action by the Government.  The best reading lights will illuminate your book without straining your eyesight – or inter...

My mother-in-law wouldn’t tell us what our wedding gift would be — only that we’d have

My mother-in-law wouldn’t tell us what our wedding gift would be — only that we’d have to travel to a forest, on an island, in Sweden, to receive it. When my wife and I were married, my mother-in-law told us she had a special gift for us. I wasn’t sure what to expect. She didn’t tell us what the gift was, but she did tell us where it was. In Sweden, on an island, in the forest. As with all magical places, getting to the island in Sweden requires some effort (particularly as my wife, son and I live in Los Angeles). After the plane, the train and a car ride to the countryside, a boat ferries us across the lake from the mainland. There are only a handful of cottages — with no electricity or running water — on the island. It hasn’t been developed (and, I hope, never will be). The forest service long ago gave over the island’s forest management to nature, so the place is thick with trees: gangly evergreens and white birch, as well as wildflowers, blueberry plants and many others. The island is only about 50 acres, but it’s quite easy to get lost. Distances walking in the forest are hard to determine. You spend so much time walking over, under and around branches, brush and fallen tre...

Trump Failed Puerto Rico. These People Picked up the Cost

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience while browsing it. By clicking ‘Got It’ you’re accepting these terms. Every morning, Luz Hernandez goes to work at her hair salon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a neighborhood fixture without a website or a Facebook page, where a trim costs $40 and customers can get a cup of coffee while they wait. Every night, she returns to a full fridge in an air-conditioned home in the Bronx. Income from the salon allows her to live comfortably, though not lavishly — but compared to her family in Puerto Rico, who were devastated by Hurricane Maria, she feels like royalty. After the hurricane, she recalls thinking, “I have everything here — water, lights, a roof over my head — and they’re over there without any lights.” Hernandez said she could not sit down to a hot meal in a cool home while her brothers and nieces and nephews on the island languished without food or air conditioning. Worried about her family, she took it upon herself to deliver the relief the federal government had failed to provide. In the aftermath of the storm, Hernandez said, she spent around $8,000 to send aid to fa...

The Tropic Shoe was made to be worn everywhere… and that’s including being worn underwater. Designed

The Tropic Shoe was made to be worn everywhere… and that’s including being worn underwater. Designed to be an all round shoe, the Tropic cleverly tackles and overcomes problem areas and barriers that prevent it from being an everyday and everywhere shoe. Weighing at just 7 ounces, the shoe feels incredibly light, but provides the tread of a boot, with its rubber sole. It has the casual wearing style of a slip on, but even comes with laces… both elastic and conventional. Literally made to be worn everywhere and everytime, the Tropic can be worn with or without socks. The breathable fabric ensures your feet don’t break into a sweat, and even if they do, the shoe’s Agion treatment absorbs odors, while repelling sweat. Made using Cosmo Fabric’s innovative 3D mesh fabric, the Tropic shoes dry much quicker than regular shoes. They hug your feet, and are unaffected by water, allowing you to literally wear them while swimming. The shoes come with elastic laces, that let you wear them as slip-ons, but look less like slip-ons and more like sneakers. An elastic counter-heel lets your shoe grip your feet much better, making sure they don’t slip out unless you want them to. A suitable shoe f...

Despite the limited number of units produced in 1997, there was no question that the new

Despite the limited number of units produced in 1997, there was no question that the new C5 Corvette was anything less than a phenomenal success.  Enthusiasts and critics alike praised the car for its outward appearance, improved ergonomics, impressive drivability and handling, uncompromising performance capabilities, and its complete feeling of precision and quality.  General Motors had hit a home-run from the very start, leaving many questioning with eager anticipation how the C5 could possibly be improved upon. The answer was simple enough.  For its sophomore year, Chevrolet introduced an all-new convertible companion to the C5 coupe. The plan had been to build the convertible from the very start of the C5 project and, as a result, the execution of putting the design to production was far simpler than the development of a convertible variant might have been had such measures not been taken. In truth, the C5 Corvette had been engineered to accommodate a convertible top without the necessary heavy structural reinforcements most convertible cars require. The benefit of this intentional design strategy was that the C5 Convertible would not require extensive reworking, it would we...

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