16 Jun

Lost Stock announces charity & clothing swap partners

first_img Lost Stock, the UK fashion initiative set up in the wake of Covid-19 to support garment workers in Bangladesh, has announced new partnerships with the British Heart Foundation, The Nu Wardrobe and Swopped to encourage customers to make more sustainable choices and reduce landfill waste.Lost Stock was launched in May by the team at fashion app Mallze to help workers in Bangladesh after over $3bn worth of stock orders were cancelled by retailers in the wake of Covid-19, leaving manufacturers there unable to pay workers and mountains of unwanted stock destined for landfill. Lost Stock helps by selling boxes of clothing for adults and children direct from the manufacturers with funds going back to workers through a local NGO, SAJIDA Foundation. Each box sold will support one Bangladesh worker and their family of four for a week.More than 100,000 Lost Stock orders were placed within two months of launch, and Lost Stock has now outlined three suggestions for any unwanted or unsuitable clothes received: Donate It, Swap It or Upcycle It to help drive a circular economy.Through a partnership with the British Heart Foundation, customers will be able to use a free postal service to donate unwanted Lost Stock items to the charity.Lost Stockers can also exchange their items with other UK and Ireland shoppers via partnerships with swap platforms: The Nu Wardrobe (Nuw) and Swopped, which are offering reduced memberships to encourage more sustainable ways to shop.Lost Stock is also collaborating with upcycling experts for a series of video tutorials to illustrate ways to repurpose and be creative with clothes. Steel and Stitch kicked-off the tutorials on the Lost Stock Instagram channel.Cally Russell, CEO of Lost Stock and Mallzee, said:“The concept of Lost Stock means customers are putting their trust in us to deliver clothing they’ll love, and while every piece is high quality and matched to style preferences, we, of course, understand that not everything will always be to their taste. So instead of throwing it away, we’re working with partners to encourage us all to make better choices, reduce waste, have fun, be creative and continue the positive impact of all of our collective work to help those most in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.”Speaking about the partnership with British Heart Foundation, Karen O’Donoghue, the charity’s Head of Retail Partnerships said: Advertisement “Not only will this prevent items from going to landfill, it will help provide much needed stock for our 560 clothing and accessory shops across the UK. Every item sold in our shops will help raise vital funds for life saving research at a time when our income has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.”  800 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: COVID-19 fashion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 3 August 2020 | Newscenter_img  801 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Lost Stock announces charity & clothing swap partners About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

1 Mar

Mixed results in report on concussions

first_imgWhile most colleges and universities in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have created programs to help diagnose and treat concussions sustained by their athletes, many do not fully meet the NCAA’s standards, according to new work by Harvard researchers.The report, the first-ever comprehensive examination of how colleges and universities have complied with the NCAA Concussion Policy and Legislation, is based on a survey sent to all 1,066 NCAA member institutions, 907 of which responded.The results were mixed, according to co-first authors Christine Baugh, a student in Harvard’s Health Policy Ph.D. program, and Emily Kroshus, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Though more than 90 percent of schools say they have a concussion-management plan in place, compliance with NCAA requirements trails that number. The study is described in an Oct. 21 paper in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.“The NCAA concussion policy, put in place in 2010, requires several things,” Baugh said. “Athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion must be removed from play and medically evaluated. If they are diagnosed with a concussion they cannot return the same calendar day and must receive clearance by a physician or physician’s designee before returning. In addition to these measures, the NCAA also requires that athletes are provided with concussion education annually and that athletes acknowledge their role in reporting concussion symptoms to medical personnel.“Despite the rules being in place for four years, they’ve never been evaluated, and it is concerning that there are still NCAA schools without a concussion-management plan in place,” Baugh added. “Schools aren’t mandated to tell the NCAA if they have a plan — the entire compliance mechanism relies on schools self-reporting violations.”Kroshus said, “This study suggests that most, but not all, schools are meeting the minimal level set by the NCAA’s concussion policy. Most critically, only around three-quarters of schools are providing their athletes with concussion education. Providing athletes with some information about concussions is a start, and the fact that not all institutions are meeting this relatively feasible component of the NCAA’s concussion policy is a concern.”As an example, Baugh pointed to the requirement to educate athletes about the risks and symptoms of concussions.“In our previous pilot study, we found that education that complies with this policy can take the form of anything from a lecture with multimedia led by a physician, to sending an email, to putting one pamphlet in the locker room for an entire team to look at,” Baugh said. “Given that this sort of broad-strokes guidance allows for such divergent implementation in the education facet of the policy, who’s to say it’s not going to result in the same divergence across the board?”Echoing this concern, nearly 40 percent of respondents identified concussion education among coaches and athletes as an area in need of improvement.While the results suggest a need for stronger regulations, enacting such changes requires a lengthy NCAA legislative process, and would ultimately have to be approved by all member schools. Baugh and Kroshus acknowledged the challenges in amending the concussion policy.“Changing any NCAA policy is difficult,” Kroshus said. “That is not to say that change isn’t needed or should not be attempted, but it’s important to recognize the barriers and challenges to quick solutions. Not many people are aware that the NCAA is a member-driven organization and that for any change in any policy to be enacted it has to be voted on by all the member schools. This process, unfortunately, takes time and takes all stakeholders being on board.”By providing concrete evidence of where the current regulations have been successful and where they need improvement, Baugh and Kroshus hope that their research can accelerate that process.“We hope our work will encourage the NCAA and the administrators at the member schools to take seriously the need to revise the content of the NCAA concussion policy, and the need to figure out ways to encourage compliance,” Kroshus said. “The NCAA can, and in my opinion should, actively monitor that all institutions have a concussion-management plan. However, figuring out how to most effectively and feasibly encourage implementation is a much more difficult proposition given the multifaceted nature of effective concussion management.”There appears to be some willingness among NCAA officials and member schools to revisit concussion policies, Baugh said. Earlier this year, she noted, additional guidelines were published to clarify some areas of the NCAA policy and provide more comprehensive best-practice recommendations. Just recently the NCAA’s president, Mark Emmert, has expressed interest in working to toughen and clarify policies on how member schools should handle concussions.“Perhaps this information can help spark the legislative process,” Baugh said. “Our ultimate goal is to effect change. Understanding current levels of compliance with the NCAA concussion policy is an important first step in that process. Ensuring that the rules currently in place to protect athletes reliably and uniformly achieve their goal is essential. The NCAA was founded to protect the health and well-being of collegiate athletes; we hope that evidence from this study will assist them in achieving this mission.”last_img read more

18 Dec

Trade bill sharply increases information reporting penalties

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details President Obama has signed into law H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act, which contains a provision that sharply increases the tiered penalties for certain information returns and payee statements required to be filed or furnished after December 31, 2015. In most cases, the penalty amounts and calendar year maximums have doubled.The Act, among other things, increases the penalty fees, as well as the maximum penalty amounts, that can be assessed for failing to timely file Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc., with the IRS or failing to timely furnish Copy B of Form 1099-R to the payee (distribution recipient).The penalty also applies for not including all of the information required to be shown on a return, for including incorrect information on a return, for filing on paper when required to file electronically, reporting an incorrect taxpayer identification number (TIN) or failing to report a TIN, or failing to file paper forms that are machine readable.The increase in penalty amounts will replace the current tiered penalty structure with a new tiered penalty structure. The first tier, for information returns filed with the IRS or corrected within 30 days after the deadline, will increase from $30 to $50 per information return, with the calendar year maximum penalty increasing from $250,000 to $500,000.The second tier, for information returns corrected or filed more than 30 days after the deadline, but by August 1, will change from $60 to $100 per information return, with the calendar year maximum changing from $500,000 to $1.5 million.The third tier, for information returns filed or corrected after August 1, will be $250 per information return, rather than $100 per return, with the calendar year maximum as $3 million instead of $1.5 million.The penalty for intentional disregard of the information return filing requirements will increase from $250 to $500 per return, with no maximum.Lower maximum penalties apply to small business filers, defined as firms having average annual gross receipts for the most recent three taxable years that do not exceed $5 million. For small business filers, the first tier calendar year maximum increases from $75,000 to $175,000; the second tier calendar year maximum increases from $200,000 to $500,000; and the third tier calendar year maximum increases from $500,000 to $1 million.The penalty for failure to furnish a correct payee statement is separate from the penalty for failure to timely file with the IRS. The IRS may assess both penalties if a credit union has both failures and cannot show reasonable cause.The increased information reporting penalties apply to both paper and electronic filers. In addition to Form 1099-R, the penalties apply to all other information returns and payee statements covered under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6721 and 6722 , including Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.As is the case with many pieces of major legislation, provisions often unrelated to the legislation itself are added as revenue-raisers to cover the cost of the bill. The increased information reporting penalties provision was added to the Trade Preferences Extension Act after a provision that would have added a new information reporting mandate on deposit accounts that pay less than $10 in interest and on non-interest bearing deposit accounts was dropped because of opposition from the Credit Union National Association and other trade groups. And, while this isn’t the first time that increased information reporting penalties have been added to legislation as a revenue-raising provision, the most recent move should come as no surprise.The Obama Administration first proposed increasing the information reporting penalties in early 2009 and included the provision in its fiscal year 2010 budget proposal. The provision was subsequently added as a revenue-raiser to the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which increased information reporting penalties for information returns and payee statements required to be filed or furnished after December 31, 2010.Since 2010, most information reporting penalties have more than tripled, and the calendar year annual maximums have risen nearly five-fold. Credit unions would be well-advised to review their information reporting practices and procedures, to ensure compliance with the rules—and avoid costly penalties.last_img read more

13 Aug

Pinot conquers Tourmalet as ‘weak’ Thomas fades in finale

first_imgFrance’s Thibaut Pinot raises his fist in victory after stage 14Paris, France | AFP | Thibaut Pinot conquered the Pyrenean summit of la Col du Tourmalet on Saturday with Julian Alaphilippe following him across the line to extend his overall Tour de France lead over defending champion Geraint Thomas, who admitted to feeling “weak”.Thomas, in fact, lost time for a second day running.After saying he had overheated when losing time Friday, he dropped another 29 seconds in the overall after being distanced by the lead group at the death.“I just didn’t feel quite on it from the start really to be honest — just quite weak,” said the 33-year-old Ineos man, claiming he had limited his losses. “So I decided to go at my own pace.”For British outfit Ineos, however, their co-captain Egan Bernal can go into the most mountainous culmination of a Tour in years in full confidence after he finished just a few seconds behind the winner at the first of seven summit finishes over 2000 metres.Pinot had vowed to attack this stage after losing time to an Ineos-led attack in a crosswind on the narrow road to Albi on Monday had angered him and his team.Thomas has two Frenchman to worry about and is now two minutes and two seconds behind Alaphilippe in the general classification after he started to suffer with 500 metres to go on Saturday.Alaphilippe was as surprised as anyone at Thomas wilting.“I saw great riders blow up before me and in the end I went for the win, it’s incredible,” said the 27-year-old soldier.French president Emmanuel Macron followed the whole stage from the lead car in the vast caravan and appeared animated as he was flanked on the podium by his two compatriots.“This man has heart,” he said looking at France’s current national hero Alaphilippe.On both the leader and Pinot, he added: “France is proud of them both.”As the 117km stage 14 climbed above the tree-line and above the mist where the oxygen levels were lower, contenders for the overall victory gradually fell by the wayside.By the end there were just five men remaining with Dutch Jumbo Visma captain Steven Kruijswijk third at 6sec, with German Emanuel Buchmann and Bernal another two seconds behind.Not only Ineos, but their rivals too may now switch their attention to young climber Bernal in light of Thomas’s underwhelming show. “Yesterday was one of the worst days of my career,” said the 22-year-old Bernal whose slender frame is unsuited to time-trialling.“Today I feel much better, the ascent was very hard and the best thing about it was managing to be amongst the best riders at the front.”– Pinot gets revenge on Ineos –Few expected the yellow jersey wearer Alaphilippe to thrive on Friday’s time-trial, which he won, and fewer still expected him to survive on the Tourmalet.But Alaphilippe dug deep and when he climbed out of the saddle to win the sprint for second, cheers for him were even louder than those for the popular Pinot.But after 10 stages in the lead, the attention switched from the overall leader to the stage winner.“Since the start of the Tour I’ve been targeting this stage, this is the one I wanted, the mythical Tourmalet,” said Pinot, who is placed sixth overall, 3mins 12sec off Alaphilippe.Pinot has long been thought a potential champion this year with the home nation waiting for its first Tour de France win since 1985.Fans had been weaving up the Tourmalet since dawn and there was a carnival atmosphere with almost as many Basque flags as French ones.Pinot, helped up the hill by young French champion David Gaudu, never faltered on the long final climb and his team boss at FDJ Marc Madiot was ecstatic at the finish.Madiot had been upset by comments from Ineos boss Dave Brailsford on Monday when Pinot dropped down the rankings after getting caught in a crosswind.“It feels good to twist the knife,” Brailsford said Monday.Madiot was seen screaming “yes, yes, yes” at the finish line before racing off to embrace his team leader.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

6 Aug

Olympia Master Builders Tour Of Homes Opens In August

first_imgSubmitted by Olympia Master BuildersOlympia Master Builders 2013 Tour of HomesTM features 12 sites.  The event will run August 17-18, and 24-25 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. The Tour of HomesTM offers a perfect opportunity for homeowners to see all the latest and greatest innovations in new home construction and remodeling.  The Tour is self-guided and admission is free. Tour visitors can also register to win one of six $100 gift cards from some of Olympia’s finest restaurants!Of the 12 locations featured in this year’s Tour, there are 2 educational stops, 3 whole-house remodel projects, and 7 new homes. The Tour sites are located in Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater. Participants include Facebook37Tweet0Pin0 A special Tour of HomesTM  insert will be available in the Thursday, August 15 issue of The Olympian, and at all Olympia Federal Savings branches. The Tour guide will include details about each builder and home, and driving directions.According to OMB 2013 President John McKinlay, “This year’s Tour features homes that offer unbelievable value, the latest innovations, and affordable prices.  Plus with the added element of educational stops, there’s something for everyone.”Three impartial Tour of Homes™ Judges will visit all homes on opening day and determine winners for each of the following categories:  Best Curb Appeal, Best Kitchen, Best Master Bath, Best Overall Floorplan, Best Remodel, and Best of Show.  Ballots will be available for the public to vote for “People’s Choice Awards” in the same categories.Olympia Master Builders thanks event sponsors Olympia Federal Savings, Sunset Air, Mixx 96.1 FM KXXO and The Olympian for making the event possible.For more information, please visit www.omb.org, or call 360-754-0912.  The Olympia Master Builders (OMB) is a professional trade association representing nearly 600 member companies located in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason and Pacific Counties. Members come from all sectors of the building trades including bankers, plumbers, electricians, attorneys, and home builders and are committed to “building strong communities, one home at a time.”center_img Educational SitesAccessible Living Concepts / Dickey’s Inc.The Artisans GroupWhole-House Remodel ProjectsHorizon Homebuilders, LLCJohn Erwin Remodeling, Inc.Olympia Construction, Inc.New Home ConstructionAdair Homes, Inc.DeTray’sHansen Construction GroupRob Rice Homes (2 homes)Schneider Homes, Inc.Scott Homes, Inc.last_img read more

4 Aug

Townhouses Approved For Vacant Tract in Atlantic Highlands

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After 27 hours of testimony and more than 10 months of public hearings, the borough planning board voted 6-2 to approve an application to transform one of the last significant pieces of undeveloped Bayshore property into a cluster of luxury townhomes. When the application was first submitted to the planning board, Denholtz initially proposed 21 homes, but scaled back the plan to accommodate requests for a public board- walk and open green space overlooking the bay. In his post-hearing publiccomments, board memberEd Cetron, who is a memberof the Atlantic HighlandsFire Department and joinedthe borough’s first aid andsafety squad in January,addressed the emergencyresponse concerns. Though the case was made the tract had never been developed for residen- tial purposes and should be recognized as an undeveloped space in a flood zone, Cetron, who helped craft the addition six years ago, disagreed. The McConnell Tract is currently occupied by Blackfoot Mobile Marine Services, a boat storage facility. The site has been zoned residential but used commercially since 1923. In 1929 the parcel was developed by Standard Oil and was later owned by Exxon for industrial operations. The property in question, better known as the McConnell Tract, is an elevated piece of land that backs up to Center Avenue and extends forward to the bay, pressing up against a narrow stretch of beachfront and a bulkhead that has taken a beating in recent years from historic weather events like Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Borough resident Brent Sonnek-Schmelz stressed the dangers of developing homes so close to the waterfront and on a piece of land that has never previously held residential properties. “Regardless of the intent (of the code), we are legally bound by the wordage. And I think it’s absolutely clear that it only applies to undeveloped open space. This is clearly a developed space,” Cetron said. Chiles said the first meeting with Denholtz concerning funding took place in December 2018, where resources like the borough’s open space acquisition fund, county open space grants and green acres funding from the state were suggested. “We love the application and we think it’s going to be great for the town,” Denholtz said. “We have tried to do what they (the board and residents) have asked. It’s never fun to be in an environment where you have some vocal people, but I understand their feelings, and if they have ideas, we’ll be here to talk.” “We have an opportunity right now to actually protect our town, protect the land, protect the people,” Sonnek-Schmelz said. “We do not want to put homes where they are at risk in a storm surge situation like Sandy. And we’re not just talking about the residents who would live there. We’re also talking about our first responders who would report to rescue those who don’t evacuate when they’re directed to. These are potentially life-threatening situations and situations that we want to avoid.” “As a first responder who lived through Sandy and did a lot of work during and after Sandy, I know what the building standards are now. I’ve seen what the building codes are. And I have no intention of risking my life, ever. However, I do not see any opportunity here where I would be at risk of doing that, if these buildings are built to standards. And they will be. There will be no problem. It’s a lot more risky going into homes on the steep slopes we have thandown there,” Cetron said. This article was first published in the May 2-8, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. In an interview with The Two River Times earlier this month, Denholtz CEO Steven Denholtz said the public portion of the project was cut after discussions about public funding options to maintain those amenities broke down. But according to Denholtz, who spoke to The Two River Times following the planning board’s decision, there is still time to hear suggestions from the public. Benson Chiles, leader of the resident opposition group Neighbors for Water- front Preservation, noted that the proposed development’s current alignment would result in three homes, as well as portions of seven of the planned lots, constructed in the AE flood zone. Neither Chiles nor Denholtz said they pursued any of the sources and the public facilities have since been removed from the plan. About 100 people attended the meeting concerning the Denholtz Custom Homes application calling for the construction of 16 luxury townhouses on 7 acres of land overlooking the Sandy Hook Bay. It was held at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Cetron also did not agree with residents who cited borough code 150-84, which addresses general site design standards for subdivision site plans. The code lists several areas that should be preserved as undeveloped open space, including “lands in the flood way,” a provision added to the code April 24, 2013 in response to Super Storm Sandy. last_img read more