On Monday, the US Commerce Department imposed an overall 20% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber. In this "preliminary determination", five exporters each face specific countervailing duties , which are meant to level the playing field between domestic producers and government-subsidised foreign producers of a product, ranging from 3.2% to 24.12%. The US Commerce Department valued softwood lumber imports from Canada at US$5.6bn (C$7.6bn/4.3bn) in 2016. The duties will amount to about US$1bn, according to Secretary Ross. This comes after no breakthrough was reached in recent talks in the decades-long dispute. Image copyright Reuters Image caption British Columbia is Canada's biggest logging province A safe fight to pick - John Mervin, BBC Business, New York President Trump is finding it difficult to turn campaign rhetoric into government action in in many arenas, but particularly so in overseas trade. He won the presidency, in part, with a strong and simple message of "winning" trade deals and being "tough" with the US's biggest trading partners. In the real world, that turns out to be a risky approach. The president has notably declined to follow up on any of his harsh rhetoric about China, for example. Nevertheless he needs some way of showing how he can be tough.
"This is total, blissful escapism," the film's star Emma Watson told Entertainment Weekly . "You are transported to another world. The dress, and the dancing, and the candlelight, and the music." Escaping the drabness of the everyday is the fantasy of the "makeover": the pervasive idea that we can win love, power or respect by changing how we appear to others. But a formal gown is much more than a happily-ever-after tool, a charm used to beguile a man. The gown allows a woman to turn her erotic gaze upon herself. Such transformations can be eerie, even terrifying. Jean Cocteau's 1946 Beauty and the Beast expresses (where the Disney films don't) that this story isn't an escapist romance. It's about an intensely spooky interface between bodies and space. One of Cocteau's most gorgeous and unsettling sequences takes place before Belle (Josette Day) even meets the Beast.
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