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7 hours ago

CORRECTED-Berkshire Hathaway unit buys Virginia newspaper | Reuters

(Corrects name of commercial printer in paragraph 2 to Print

Innovators from Print Innovations)

Dec 31 The newspaper unit of Warren Buffett's

Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Thursday said it purchased

The Free Lance-Star, a newspaper in Fredericksburg, Virginia,

from Sandton Capital Partners.

BH Media Group did not disclose terms of the purchase, which

also included Print Innovators, a commercial printer that prints

the newspaper and other publications. Sandton acquired the

assets in bankruptcy in June 2014. BH Media's announcement was

posted on The Free Lance-Star's website.



The addition of The Free Lance-Star, which has a daily

circulation of 31,700, gives BH Media 32 daily newspapers

nationwide, including the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska and the

Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.

BH Media owns more than 70 newspapers and other titles, as

well as WPLG, an ABC-affiliated TV station in Miami, Florida.

In his March 2013 letter to Berkshire shareholders, Buffett

said newspaper industry profits are certain to decline, but that

papers that report local news well and have sensible Internet

strategies "will remain viable for a long time."

Berkshire is based in Omaha.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Dan

Grebler)

9 hours ago

Video Conferencing - How Law Firms Can Benefit

Video conferencing has been used by law firms for many years, but only until recently has it become affordable for even the smallest of firms. Equipment that cost tens of thousands of dollars only a few years ago, can be purchased for a fraction of that cost today. The products have become more reliable, easier to use, more compact, even portable, and their capabilities and features have been enhanced drastically. Popular thinking seems to indicate that now is the time to get your firm started with video conferencing, but not surprisingly, many firms encounter unnecessary technical obstacles and set backs due to poor planning. The following are important points you should keep in mind before

3 days ago

Search Engine Optimization :: Tips for Law Firms Hiring SEO Services

It seems on a daily basis I come across more and more Google rankings of law firm websites stacked back to back that are promoted and/or managed by the same few internet marketing companies. It seems these large marketing companies service dozens if not hundreds of competing law firms in a single geographical market. All of these sites obviously want to rank at the top of Google for the same keywords, but Google only has 10 top listings. An impossible situation.

I have yet to understand not only how a single marketing company can provide adequate services to these firms, all in the same market and with the same goal, but also why so many law firms jump on the same wagon. I've been dealing with law firms and their internet marketing for years and seen this increase every year. I was once told by an internet marketing employee of one of the large companies that they can't touch what we were doing at the time, with our internet marketing. That our clients beat them every time. Of course!

Getting to the top of Google, or even on the 1st page is a major task today. Law firm searches are one of the most competitive. Have you ever noticed the number of other sites indexed by Google when you are searching for your firm online? Do a search in Google for 'injury lawyer' and there are nearly 3 million results. Do a similar search using your city or state. There are only 10 positions available on page 1 in Google. You must find a way to stand out and rise above your competition in this internet marketing game!



You need an edge. You need a company that has the knowledge, experience and time to focus on your company, not your competition. It's best to find a small marketing company that isn't already working for your competition but that is also experienced in your industry. If you are an attorney for example, I would not hire an seo company that didn't have results in the highly competitive law firm industry. It's hard to find w/out a contract but try to get an agreement of market exclusivity.



A few other things to watch out for is contracts and large payments before you can see what they can do. A good system is monthly payments without a contract. Patience on your end is key but if after 6 months you still don't have results and see progress, move on.



6 days ago

4 things about Joburg's history

It used to be a dusty, one-horse kind of place where a few farmers eked out a living from the land, although traces of early human habitation go back millions of years.



Modern Johannesburg was born with the discovery of gold.

Almost overnight, it became one of the fastest-growing cities in the world as fortune-seekers rushed in.

The stories that make up the Joburg's past shape its character today, rewarding visitors who venture beyond the sanitized streets of wealthy Sandton to discover the real heartbeat of Egoli, the

1 week ago

A Long Walk to Frankfurt

As reported here in yesterday's Frankfurt Book Fair roundup, Nelson Mandela's diaries are becoming "the book of the fair." The news reminded me of the time I chased the first Mandela autobiography at Frankfurt, exactly twenty years ago.

In October 1989, Mandela was still in prison. It was widely assumed he'd be freed in the new year, but the South African government hadn't made any firm promises.

My father, the head of HarperCollins Canada, came up with the idea of pursuing Mandela early. He thought of it because of an author named Marq de Villiers, who'd been a client at our literary agency.

Marq is a terrific writer who left South Africa in the 1960s because he refused

1 week ago

4 things about Joburg's history

It used to be a dusty, one-horse kind of place where a few farmers eked out a living from the land, although traces of early human habitation go back millions of years.

Modern Johannesburg was born with the discovery of gold.

Almost overnight, it became one of the fastest-growing cities in the world as fortune-seekers rushed in.

The stories that make up the Joburg's past shape its character today, rewarding visitors who venture beyond the sanitized streets of wealthy Sandton to discover the real heartbeat of Egoli, the "City of Gold," as it is also known.

It has golden foundations

The richest city in South Africa, Joburg is also one of the biggest economie

1 week ago

Legal :: Canada Immigration Lawyers

There is no need for engaging any lawyer or consultant to immigrate to Canada or any other country. If you have the right credentials in accordance with the immigration policies of the country you want to immigrate to, along with the acceptable documents to support your claims, you do not need any lawyer to plead your case.



But immigration is not simple. The policies governing immigration are sometimes too complex to be easily understood by immigration seekers. Moreover, lawyers can present your case in a clear and concise manner according to the laws of the land. This can help your case to be decided more expeditiously.

The question of choosing the right lawyer to represent your case is important. Most of the law firms in Canada do not have immigration lawyers on their panels. Therefore you need to make special efforts to find a suitable one yourself.



The best course is to contact someone among your friends and relatives who has already been well served by a lawyer in his efforts to immigrate. You can also see the lawyers' advertisements in the newspapers and on the Internet.

Tall and misleading promises are sometimes made by lawyers who advertise themselves as immigration experts. There is no way you can verify their credentials. If you find the website of a lawyer, you should try to see whether that site gives substantive and value-added information to guide you.

Eminent lawyers have many prestigious publications on the special field of their practice. These publications usually provide sufficient insight into their credentials. So when you select a lawyer, ask for his published books or articles in the field of immigration.

Information about the capabilities of a lawyer can also be sought from the bar council or association of which he is the member. Some of the prominent immigration lawyers may be office bearers of the bar associations. These lawyers are recognized as authorities in their specific field.

Direct communication with the lawyer may also help a lot. You should not hesitate to ask for references of persons he claims to have helped successfully. You may also ask him his special qualifications and length of his experience.

You should always ask for a money-back guarantee and a detailed written contract so as to avoid future misunderstandings.