Tue, Apr 13, 2021 21:18 EDT
The most trusted baby apparel brand introduces KIDCYCLE™ a national program to recycle little ones' most-loved, and most-worn items Carter's, Inc. (NYSE: CRI), the largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, announces the launch of Carter's recycling program, KIDCYCLE™, a first-of-its kind program to recycle baby and children's clothing nationwide through international recycling leader, TerraCycle®. Now, as little ones outgrow their clothing and parents update kids' wardrobes, items that would otherwise be discarded can be mailed to TerraCycle and recycled. Carter's aims to make recycling well-loved, lived-in clothing for babies and children both simple and rewarding, with the opportunity to receive Rewarding Moments loyalty points from Carter's. "At Carter's, we are committed to doing our part to preserve the environment for today's generation of children as well as future generations, which is why we are excited to invite parents to join our sustainability journey," said Antonio Robinson, SVP Corporate Social Responsibility. "KIDCYCLE is an important step toward circularity, which will help reduce the volume of children's clothing going to landfills and find additional uses for the recycled materials." Recycling children's clothing is simple:Head to www.TerraCycle.com/carters to sign up for a TerraCycle account. Next, fill a box with the baby and kids clothes you intend to discard. Log into your account, download and print your free shipping label. Seal the box, attach your shipping label and drop it off at a shipping location near you. After packages are received at TerraCycle, Rewarding Moments members can earn points. "Children's clothing, especially baby clothes, hold so many memories for parents. It can be difficult to let go of such sentimental items," said TerraCycle CEO and Founder, Tom Szaky. "Through their recycling program, Carter's is providing parents with a sustainable option to part with their children's clothes that can no longer be passed on or donated." All spring long, the program will accept any brand's baby and children's clothing excluding shoes and accessories. Once collected, the clothing is separated by fabric type, shredded, and recycled into materials for another use, such as home insulation and stuffing in workout equipment and furniture. Beginning April 13, head to www.TerraCycle.com/carters for more information and to get started recycling well-loved baby and kids apparel items. To learn more about TerraCycle, visit www.TerraCycle.com/ en-US/ .
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 20:50 EDT
Global chemical company Huntsman will be exhibiting at Chinaplas on April 13 th - showcasing its expertise in the field of elastomers. Huntsman's global team of elastomers experts have decades of experience in material innovation and specialize in the development and manufacture of polyurethane- and thermoplastic polyurethane-based elastomer technologies, in a variety of formats, for an array of applications. Flexible yet strong, durable yet light, elastomers from Huntsman enable the imagination - helping plastic formulators and product designers bring their ideas to life. At Chinaplas, Huntsman will be shining the spotlight on its elastomers expertise in specialty industrial and consumer applications including: TRANSPORTPaint protection films: Under its KRYSTALGRAN ® brand, Huntsman offers a range of elastomers that can be used to create paint protection films for high end cars. Applied to vehicles, mostly in the after-care market, paint protection films based on Huntsman's elastomers protect the bodywork of cars, making them less susceptible to scratches, dents and chips caused by loose road debris. The films are also UV resistant, meaning that the gloss and vibrancy of a car's original color can be maintained over time. Noise vibration dampening (NVD) systems: Huntsman's ACOUSTIFLEX ® elastomers deliver excellent acoustic insulation and vibration dampening properties, as well as compression stress performance. Delivering distinct processing advantages, and a fast production cycle compared to rubber, they are ideal for use in NVD applications across transportation and construction. In the world of transport, ACOUSTIFLEX ® elastomer systems are commonly used in rail pads, ballast mats, spring aids and carpet underlay. In the construction sector, they are used in wall and floor linings to reduce sound transmission. SYNTHETIC LEATHER TPU leather: The market for synthetic leather products is huge - spanning automotive seating and dashboard applications as well as consumer goods such as furniture, bags and footwear. Huntsman has a range of IROGRAN ® TPU systems available that can be used to replicate the look and feel of leather. Suitable for multilayer extruding, these materials offer outstanding batch-to-batch consistency, can be easily pigmented, and are compatible with a variety of adhesives based on natural and synthetic lattices. DIGITAL DEVICES Consumer electronics: Huntsman's IROGRAN ® polyether-based TPU systems are ideal for creating impact resistant covers for handheld consumer electronics including smartphones. Easy to mold, highly stable, weather and UV resistant, and available in transparent or different color options, these innovative elastomers are the preferred choice for many high-end smart phone cover brands. APPAREL & FOOTWEARSeam-free garments: IROGRAN ® A 60E 4902 TPU is a high performance, polyester-based material that can be used to laminate and join fabrics, and create garments that are elastic, soft and seam-free. Popular in the production of underwear and sports tops, IROGRAN ® A 60E 4902 TPU can be extruded to produce hot-melt adhesive films that will deliver excellent adhesion, elasticity and wear performance alongside enhanced hydrolysis resistance and UV stability. It is the ideal choice for garment manufacturers looking to capitalize on the fashion for seam-free clothing and move away from traditional material joining techniques such as sewing and stitching. Footwear : Huntsman is a leading supplier to the global footwear industry and works with some of the best-known brands in the business. In line with Huntsman's corporate sustainability objectives, the business is developing a solution that will help reduce carbon impact across the footwear value chain. Providing a complete range of polyurethane and TPU elastomers for the manufacture of high-quality footwear, Huntsman's elastomers are optimized to support the increase in automation being seen across the industry, the drive for local production and the need to reduce waste throughout the shoe production process. For more information visit Huntsman at Chinaplas at Stand 17P61. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org. ACOUSTIFLEX ® , IROGRAN ® and KRYSTALGRAN ® are registered trademarks of Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof in one or more, but not all countries. © Copyright 2021. Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof. All rights reserved. Forward-Looking Statements: Certain information in this release constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Huntsman companies' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, volatile global economic conditions, cyclical and volatile product markets, disruptions in production at manufacturing facilities, reorganization or restructuring of Huntsman's operations, including any delay of, or other negative developments affecting the ability to implement cost reductions, timing of proposed transactions, and manufacturing optimization improvements in Huntsman businesses and realize anticipated cost savings, and other financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by applicable laws.
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 20:20 EDT
Government was right to allow unregulated lenders to offer CBILS, but more loans will go into default at the cost of the taxpayer, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg. In March and April last year many businesses saw their cash flow disintegrate and Government schemes needed to be put in place quickly to prevent the severe impact of high-profile collapses. Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes (CLBILS and CBILS) provided much needed access to finance but the taxpayer ultimately bears most of the risk and will absorb the cost to the Government of businesses that collapse before their loans are repaid. David Hough, a partner at the firm said, "Via the British Business Bank (BBB) the Government permitted a number of unregulated lenders to participate in these schemes with the Government provided an 80% taxpayer backed guarantee. The collapse of Greensill Capital brings the taxpayers exposure to these loans into stark focus." David added: "Unfortunately there will continue to businesses that have drawn CLBILS and CBILS loans that default due to the continuing impact of the pandemic at the expense of the taxpayer. However, had the BBB not permitted certain unregulated lenders to participate then many companies would never have received the support they needed. Regulated banks were often slow to offer loans through the schemes, particularly outside their existing client base, which would have left many businesses with nowhere to go. Therefore, allowing other lenders to offer alternative finance was a necessary move by the Treasury at that time." David said: "Lessons need to be learned as well, given the speed at which large amounts of taxpayer money were dispersed into companies that were not able to pay it back. Stricter accreditation processes should be implemented by the BBB with respect to the new Recovery Loan Scheme so that as well as continuing to check lender capital adequacy, viability and track record, the Government guarantee ceases to apply if certain criteria are breached, offering some protection to the taxpayer. For example, multiple loans to related entities should be forbidden. Public disclosure of recipients of large loans at the point of issue, along with the lending party, would also allow for greater taxpayer scrutiny without undermining the ability of businesses to access funds as quickly as they need to."
New York Women in Film & Television Announces Loreen Arbus Disability Awarness Grant Awardees Still Judy by Lisa Denker and Honorable Mention I Am More Than My Hair by Alyscia Cunningham
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 20:13 EDT
The organization will also partner with ReelAbiltiies for a special NYWIFT Talks focused on disability awareness in media New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Gran t to winner Lisa Denker for her documentary feature Still Judy , with a first-ever Honorable Mention awarded to Alyscia Cunningham for her documentary feature I Am More Than My Hair . The film completion grant, now in its 14th year, is provided through the generosity of longtime disability rights advocate Loreen Arbus and awards $7,500 to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues; the Honorable Mention receives $1,500. Lisa Denker's Still Judy is an hour-long documentary about the remarkable Judy Finelli, who transcends the burden of living the multiple sclerosis by connecting to the circus arts and her family, and regains the will to live anew. I Am More Than My Hair is a documentary film and photography book that brings awareness to alopecia and dispells the myth of what beauty is "supposed" to look like, by featuring women who have experienced hair loss and how they empower themselves to see beauty beyond the media's standards. The projects were chosen from a wide range of applications submitted by women filmmakers from around the country. "Not only is it important to give incentive to people with disability who are pursuing their dream of becoming filmmakers, but this grant in and of itself raises awareness since it's offered through organizations that have a vibrant membership," Loreen Arbus said. "NYWIFT is a preeminent organization in the entertainment industry. My seven grants have visibility throughout the entire country and reach different members of organizations which exponentially increases the number of people who will think about advancing people with disability through their art." "NYWIFT is committed to raising the underrepresented voices of the disabled community and championing women filmmakers through our continued partnership with Loreen Arbus," said NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez. "We are especially proud to be able to support two films this year, both of which celebrate the joy and resilience of women, and the empowerment of the those with disabilities. In a year that has been particularly difficult for so many, it is especially meaningful to support two films that are fueled by hope." In addition, Arbus grant winner Still Judy received an in-kind post-production grant for audio description for blind and low vision audiences, generously provided by Michele Spitz of Woman of Her Word. Spitz has provided this support to the NYWIFT Loren Arbus grantees since 2016. "I am deeply honored to have been provided this opportunity to audio describe Judy's remarkable life's journey and share her extraordinary story with low vision and blind audiences. I am equally proud to stand by the meaningful cause of inclusive media accessibility in perfect alignment with Loreen Arbus and NYWIFT," Michele Spitz said. "It's been important to show that beyond Judy's living with M.S. there exists a whole layered complex person," said Still Judy filmmaker Lisa Denker. This is the only grant I applied for that is focused on disability, and it makes the NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant that much more of an honor to receive, because it is rare in its focus. Additionally, Michele Spitz's generous offering to do the accessibility asset of audio description is a tremendous bonus." Both Still Judy and I Am More Than My Hair will receive promotional support from ReelAbilities Film Festival, the largest festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. NYWIFT will also partner with the festival for a special edition of its NYWIFT Talks series, which has provided weekly industry updates and vital information about the impact of COVID-19 on the media and entertainment since March of 2020. NYWIFT Talks: ReelAbilities Film Festival will be presented virtually on April 14 at 4 PM EST , and will explore the festival's contributions to media, the ways movie theaters need to re-structure to accommodate ADA laws, how filmmakers are paving their way to Hollywood with their original stories, and what ReelAbilities offers for disabled filmmakers. ReelAbilities Director and Co-Founder Isaac Zablocki and Michele Spitz of Woman of Her Word will be in conversation, moderated by Executive Director of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Rachel Byrne . The panel is free to attend. RSVP required at https://www.nywift.org/event/nywift-talks-reelabilities-film-festival/ Learn more about NYWIFT grants at https://www.nywift.org/fund-for-women-filmmakers/ . LINK TO DOWNLOAD PHOTOS / PROMOTIONAL ASSETS: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/24lqop58lrbx4ba/AADRr_nisSWPWKAgsvGio8Sza?dl=0
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 20:08 EDT
A century ago, the Ottoman Empire exterminated 3.75 million Christians in a mass murder often called the "Armenian Genocide." This atrocity targeted not only Armenians (1.5 million dead) but also Assyrian, Syriac and Greek minorities. While world leaders at the time did virtually nothing to stop the genocide, current United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson's great-grandfather Ali Kemal was a vocal opponent. His courageous stance may have cost him his own life.
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 20:04 EDT
Carrot Health , a leading provider of healthcare solutions powered by consumer and claims data, announced today that CFO Steve Sigmond was named one of Minneapolis-St. Paul's Notable Leaders in Finance by Twin Cities Business magazine. Sigmond was recognized for the instrumental role he has played in building the company he co-founded in 2014 into the data analytics market leader it is today. The Notable Leaders in Finance program recognizes finance industry professionals who have affected change, demonstrated a willingness to share expertise, and exhibited leadership in specific initiatives or programs at their organization that created significant, positive, and measurable results. Sigmond and his fellow honorees will be profiled in a special section in the April/May 2021 print issue of Twin Cities Business and online at tcbmag.com . Sigmond brought an extensive background to Carrot Health, including in technology equity research and venture capital with RBC Capital Markets and BlueStream Ventures, which gives him a unique perspective in the world of startups. This includes key insights on developing a revenue model and corresponding financial strategy to build the business from customer revenue, which allowed the company to grow swiftly and organically-without relying on outside investors. "Steve's expertise guided Carrot Health to incredible revenue growth in a very short time, positioning the company to scale rapidly to a national enterprise," said Kurt Waltenbaugh, CEO, Carrot Health. "Beyond his financial acumen, Steve has an exceptional ability to pitch in and contribute to operating roles that are vital to the success of any young company. Steve is not only our CFO, head of Human Resources, and head of Legal, but he also built and led our marketing efforts. He is truly an irreplaceable presence on Carrot Health's executive team." Sigmond, who previously was recognized by Institutional Investor as a "Home Run Hitter" and "Best of the Boutiques" research analyst and twice by The Wall Street Journal as a "Best on the Street" winner, is also deeply invested in the success of his community. He has served in many board and leadership capacities over the past decade with the Bell Museum in St. Paul, Minn., The Works Museum in Bloomington, Minn., and the Minnesota Planetarium Society. "It is an honor to be recognized by Twin Cities Business as one of the region's Notable Leaders in Finance, and I'm humbled to share the spotlight with so many exceptional finance leaders," said Sigmond. "Carrot Health's success is a team accomplishment that was built with the contributions and support of my colleagues and our customers, all of whom share our commitment to achieving health equity and removing barriers to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live their best life." Follow Carrot Health via Twitter and LinkedIn and listen to our podcast, Carrot Shtick .
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 20:01 EDT
Research by the new build snagging and defect management experts, BuildScan , has revealed where the nation's first-time buyers have seen house prices climb the most since the market reopened in May of last year. BuildScan analysed first-time buyer house prices from the Land Registry house price records, looking at how they have changed between May 2020 and January 2021 (latest data available). While the stamp duty holiday has helped boost buyer demand, the consequence has been a sharp uplift in house prices and this is no different for those taking their first step onto the ladder. In May of last year, the average first-time buyer in England was paying £207,068 for their first home, however, this cost has now climbed by £14,675 to £221,743 today; an increase of 7%. Regionally Of course, some regions have seen a far greater increase and in London, the average FTB is now paying £22,631 more to buy their first home than they were back in May of last year. The North West (£16,870), the East of England (£14,739) and the South East (£14,266) have also seen some of the largest jumps in the average FTB house price since the market reopened for business. Local Authority Level When looking at the market in more detail, it becomes even more painful for FTBs in some areas of the market. Islington has seen the largest increase in the sum paid by the average FTB of all areas of England. In May last year, the average FTB paid £594,884 to get on the ladder, however, this has since increased by a huge £72,803. Haringey (£61,752) and Hammersmith and Fulham (£45,372) have also seen some of the largest increases, but this reduction in FTB affordability is confined to the capital. In Rutland, the average FTB is now paying £42,124 more for a home, the fourth largest increase in England. Oxford has also seen a reduction in FTB affordability, with the average first-time buyer paying £40,440 more now when compared to May of last year. Dacorum (£36,221), the Derbyshire Dales (£35,706), Redbridge (£35,053), Elmbridge (£34,769) and Ryedale (£34,110) also rank within the top 10. Founder and Managing Director of BuildScan , Harry Yates, commented: "Current market conditions remain very favourable for buyers, largely due to the ongoing low cost of borrowing and, of course, the saving made via the stamp duty holiday. Unfortunately, the consequence of fuelling such demand is always going to be an uplift in property prices. As a result, the nation's first-time buyers are now facing a considerably tougher challenge than they were less than a year ago, with house prices climbing by more than £70,000 in some areas. While they should still be able to secure a favourable rate of interest on their mortgage, the deposit required to do so will have increased, as will the time required to repay the sum borrowed. So while current Government initiatives can be credited for revitalising the market, it's important to also recognise the detrimental impact they've had for those already struggling to make it onto the property ladder." If you would like to see the below data points for your local area, please get in touch.
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 19:59 EDT
Artisan workwear specialist The Stitch Society has teamed up with embroidery artist Modern Floss to offer embroidery kits for creative individuals to personalise their own facemask and make it unique to them. Based in Salts Mill at Saltaire, Charlotte Meek's firm The Stitch Society was ahead of the curve last year when she began producing masks early in the first lockdown, long before their use became mandatory. Using beautiful fabric remnants from their apron manufacturing process, the firm sold the masks with profits going to NHS Charities. She met fellow Yorkshire businesswoman Charlotte Taylor-Frape, who is based in Sheffield, at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in 2019, where the two discovered they had more in common than a shared first name and a love of textiles. Both had founded their respective businesses in the wake of life-affirming battles with cancer. Their collaboration began with the introduction of an embroidered apron, 'Not Your Average' added to The Stich Society range of artisan workwear. The new embroidered face mask kits include all the components to make a personalised face mask, including a choice of linen or denim mask, coloured ties, easy design ideas, colourful threads, needles and clear instructions. Charlotte Taylor-Frape said "I'm delighted to be working with The Stitch Society on this project. We think the face mask as an accessory is going to be with us for a while, and anything we can do to make the experience of living in the new world alongside COVID19 a little more cheerful has got to be a good thing. Wearing a mask that you have personalised yourself provides an opportunity for creative individuals to reveal some of their character that's hidden beneath the mask". The mask kits are available online from The Stitch Society website at www.thestitchsociety.com High res images available on request www.thestitchsociety.com https://www.modernfloss.com/
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 15:59 EDT
The last year has brought hardship throughout the Greater Nashville area. From the outbreak of COVID-19, a tornado that ripped through our city, a bombing and a flood just last month. Each of these disasters impacted our communities - causing some to lose homes and businesses. Despite these disasters, the people of our city pressed forward to build a stronger Nashville. As Realtors, we are committed to rebuilding and supporting our community during times of crisis. We continue to remain dedicated to these efforts and in the coming days, come together to assist those in need who have suffered unimaginable loss. If your primary residence * in Davidson or Williamson counties was affected by the flash-flooding in Tennessee in March 2021, you may apply for mortgage/rent assistance from the National Association of Realtors Relief Foundation (RRF). The RRF will provide up to $1,000 to each qualified applicant, while funds remain available. Please view/download the application form HERE . *The RRF relief is for residences only, not businesses. The deadline is May 31, 2021. The Realtors Relief Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disasters. Created as a Realtor-driven response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, RRF continues to restore and rebuild communities affected by disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes thanks to the generosity of individual Realtors, Realtor® Associations, and affiliated organizations.
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 15:43 EDT
Capital infusion validates early success, adds capacity, fuels innovation Snappy Kraken , an automated growth program for financial advisors, today announced the closing of $6 million in Series A financing. Led by FINTOP Capital , the round was joined by Flyover Capital and 1248 Holdings , both of which participated previously in a 2019 seed round. "We invested in Snappy Kraken because of our belief in the opportunity for advisory firms to engage in marketing automation," said Marty Bicknell of Mariner Wealth Advisors, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor ranked by Barron's as a top five RIA for the last five years, and 1248 Holdings, a family-owned private investment company (formerly known as Bicknell Family Holding Company). "The single most important thing you can do as an advisory firm is to focus on client retention and acquisition strategies. At Mariner Wealth Advisors , we believe it is the responsibility of the firm to feed our advisors with new client opportunities. Marketing automation is a key to fulfilling that obligation. What Snappy Kraken has built levels the playing field for small firms." "We are all very excited to be part of this next phase of Snappy Kraken's growth," said Rick Kushel, General Partner at FINTOP Capital. "As new investor partners, we will bring not just capital but a track record of guiding financial technology companies through growth phases and successful outcomes." Kushel will become a member of Snappy Kraken's board of directors, joining Aaron Klein, CEO of Riskalyze, Marty Bicknell of 1248 Holdings / Mariner Wealth Advisors, and Thad Langford of Flyover Capital. DOUBLING DOWN ON PRODUCT INNOVATION "We raised this capital to serve our advisors better," said Robert Sofia, CEO of Snappy Kraken. "Even though additional funding wasn't required from a financial perspective, we decided it was essential from an innovation perspective. This means opening up new marketing channels, adding new features, and integrating with other tools advisors rely on." "This Series A funding is another big vote of confidence for Snappy Kraken and the work they are doing to make digital marketing and client retention effective, efficient and affordable for financial advisors," said Aaron Klein, CEO of Riskalyze. "It's also a really great company to work for, as evidenced by the 2021 list of Best Places to Work in Financial Technology . This is all exciting news and I'm thrilled to be a Board member."
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 15:38 EDT
Stellar Asset Management, the inheritance tax mitigation and estate planning specialist, announces the expansion of its Business Development (BD) team and the new regional focus for its BD team members. As part of this expansion, Stellar has further strengthened its regional presence following its Liverpool office opening in 2020. This next phase of expansions sees the creation of regional hubs, with Regional Account Managers who have been appointed to provide localised account management support, with local marketing and events for the financial adviser community. The new team members will cover the North of England, South of England, as well as Central regions. Stellar appoints senior trio as part of its regional expansion plans The four new arrivals in the Business Development team are: Sean Burrows who joins Stellar as Regional Account Manager - South of England from Blackfinch Group where he was a Business Development Manager Lauren Stanley who joins Stellar as Regional Account Manager - North of England from Frenkel Topping where she was a Group Business Development Manager Simon Warr who joins Stellar as Regional Account Manager - Central England from Embark Group where he was a Senior Business Account Manager James Seagar who also joins Stellar as Business Development Associate Led by Chief Operating Officer Daryl Hine, the new arrivals join long standing BD team member Tom Hind. Daryl Hine, Operations Director of Stellar, said: "I am excited to welcome our new Business Development colleagues to the Stellar team, as part of our Regional development plans. We are always looking to enhance our offering and by strategically locating our new Business Development colleagues, they are well placed to help bring together the financial community in their regions and support financial advisers with their investor clients." Jonathan Gain, Chief Executive of Stellar, said: "I am delighted to welcome our new Business Development colleagues to the Stellar team. Stellar is well known in the financial adviser community for its experience and track record in developing and managing successful inheritance tax mitigation services, so our new Regional Account Managers will be bringing this expertise to advisers in whichever part of the country they are based." For more information about Stellar Asset Management, please visit www.stellar-am.com
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 11:34 EDT
Double Trouble: Users of Both Alcohol and Marijuana Take More Risks Behind the Wheel As 4/20 looms , AAA Survey Finds Users of Both Admit Variety of Dangerous Driving Behaviors WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2021) -People who use both alcohol and marijuana are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road - they are significantly more likely to speed, text, intentionally run red lights, and drive aggressively than those who don't, according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. They also are far more likely to report driving under the influence of alcohol than those who consume only alcohol and not marijuana. "These data show the alarming impact of alcohol and marijuana use on the choices drivers make when they get behind the wheel," said Jake Nelson, AAA's director of traffic safety advocacy and research. "From choosing to drive while impaired, and speeding, to driving distracted or running red lights, using these two drugs leads to poor decision-making with potentially fatal consequences." The AAA Foundation's annual Traffic Safety Culture Index found that drivers who use both marijuana and alcohol were significantly more prone to driving under the influence of alcohol (Table 1) versus those who only drink alcohol but do not use marijuana. These motorists identified as someone who consumed alcohol and used marijuana in the past 30 days, and in some cases, they may have used both at the same time. They also engage in various other dangerous driving behaviors far more than drivers who consume either just alcohol or abstain from either drinking alcohol or using marijuana. Compared to alcohol-only users, drivers who admitted to using both were more likely to report such behaviors as: - Speeding on residential streets (55%) vs. alcohol-only (35%) - Aggressive driving (52%) vs. alcohol-only (28%) - Intentional red-light running (48%) vs alcohol-only (32%) - Texting while driving (40%) vs. alcohol-only (21%) Unsurprisingly, the study found drivers who neither drink alcohol nor use marijuana were considerably less likely to engage in the sorts of risky driving behaviors examined. This Foundation research was published in January 2021 in the peer-reviewed journal Transportation Research Record . ( See abstract ) According to government data, alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used drugs in the United States - 139.8 million people aged 12 or older reported drinking alcohol in the past month, and 43.5 million reported using marijuana in the past year. Further normalizing this behavior, 17 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use. And in 2021, 14 state legislatures are considering medical or adult-use marijuana legalization bills. AAA opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana because of its inherent traffic safety risks and the difficulties in writing legislation that protects the public and treats drivers fairly. AAA is committed to educating the public about the dangers of substance-impaired driving. Through AAA Foundation research, AAA is working to improve understanding of the topic and work collaboratively with safety stakeholders to reduce the impact of substance-impaired driving-related crashes. "With 4/20 approaching, it's worth noting that marijuana use can inhibit concentration, slow reaction times, and cloud judgment. Its effects vary by individual, but several studies, including one that AAA released in 2020 , have concluded that marijuana use impairs the ability to drive safely," added Nelson. Previous research suggests that users who drive high are up to twice as likely to be involved in a crash. Table 1. Prevalence of Self-Reported Impaired Driving Behaviors in Relation to Alcohol and Marijuana Use in a Sample of 2,710 U.S. Drivers, Weighted to Represent U.S. Driving Population Ages 16 and Older. No Alcohol or Marijuana Use Alcohol Use Only Marijuana Use Only Both Alcohol and Marijuana Use Total Respondents 1,434 1,036 103 137 DUI*-Alcohol N/A 14% N/A 39% DUI-Marijuana N/A N/A 37% 52% DUI-Prescription Drugs 4% 4% 14% 25% Riding w/ intoxicated driver 5% 12% 13% 37% Drowsy driving 21% 25% 22% 35% Note: Percentages include responses of "a few times," "fairly often," or "regularly." * DUI refers to self-reported driving under the influence, not being charged with a DUI by law enforcement Table 2. Prevalence of Self-Reported Risky Driving Behaviors in Relation to Alcohol and Marijuana Use in a Sample of 2,710 U.S. Drivers, Weighted to Represent U.S. Driving Population Ages 16 and Older. No Alcohol or Marijuana Use Alcohol Use Only Marijuana Use Only Both Alcohol and Marijuana Use Total Respondents 1,434 1,036 103 137 Read text b 24% 30% 31% 53% Type/send text b 16% 21% 24% 40% Speed-highway b 34% 43% 46% 55% Speed-residential b 28% 35% 46% 55% Running a red light a 28% 32% 38% 48% Aggressive driving a 21% 28% 41% 52% Drive w/o seatbelt b 11% 11% 16% 18% a Percentages include responses of "a few times," "fairly often," or "regularly." b Percentages include responses of "just once," "a few times," "fairly often," or "regularly." About AAA: AAA provides more than 61 million members with automotive, travel, insurance, and financial services through its federation of 30 motor clubs and more than 1,000 branch offices across North America. Since 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for safe mobility. Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate discounts, book a hotel or map a route via the AAA Mobile app . To join, visit AAA.com
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 11:19 EDT
For every business owner looking to find the principles, tools and techniques that will help them proactively improve their organization, top industry consultants now offer a proven method for taking your business's marketing to new heights. Today, EquiBrand Consulting co-founders Tim Koelzer and Kristin Kurth released their first book, Upstream Marketing: Unlock Growth Using the Combined Principles of Insight, Identity, and Innovation (Greenleaf Book Group), which comes as an invaluable tool for business leaders looking for mindset, strategy and processes that will help them drive sustainable growth in their organizations. The debut authors reflect on the book's origin and need for Upstream Marketing in today's marketplace. "The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the business world, and its effects will be indefinite. In some cases, COVID-19 has operated as a change agent. In others, as an accelerant, including a massive shift to direct-to-consumer channels. In every case, it will cause business leaders to change and adapt to a new environment," stated Koelzer. Kurth continues, "The need for the upstream marketing approach is even more critical today as companies need to find new ways to grow. This book gives companies a framework and process for setting up their businesses to unlock growth and chart new strategies. For any business at any stage, this work is what separates winners from losers." In Upstream Marketing , co-authors Koelzer and Kurth share expert best practices, research, case studies and analysis informed by their more than 20 years of experience helping transform client brands and businesses through their work at EquiBrand Consulting, a top management consultancy. The result is a groundbreaking deep dive into the fundamentals of upstream marketing. The upstream marketing approach is the process of identifying and fulfilling customer needs, which relies on the strategic implementation of three core principles: insight, identity and innovation. In Upstream Marketing, the co-authors share a meticulous analysis of seven high-profile companies, breaking down the values and principles that make them great-and offering some how-to tips you can apply yourself. The authors also draw on examples from their own work with clients to help illustrate how applying the principles of upstream marketing correctly and at the right time can impact the health, growth, and success of any business. Tim Koelzer is the leading authority and practitioner of the upstream marketing approach. He leads client engagements in helping companies grow strong brands and his client list reads like a who's who of blue-chip businesses and brands. Kristin Kurth has an accomplished career in both upstream and downstream marketing. Her perspective comes from working across a wide range of industries, including consumer and luxury goods, financial services, automotive, healthcare/biotech, publishing, real estate, hospitality, technology, and an array of non-profits. Together, Koelzer and Kurth are the co-founders of EquiBrand Consulting. Order your copy of Upstream Marketing today everywhere books are sold and stay updated on Koelzer and Kurth's endeavors by visiting www.upstreammarketing.com.
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 11:00 EDT
Focus on Energy Announces 2021 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Winners Program honors 12 Wisconsin businesses for outstanding commitment to energy efficiency Ahead of Earth Day, FOCUS ON ENERGY® is recognizing businesses and other groups throughout Wisconsin for their statewide impacts and dedicated efforts in energy efficiency with its annual Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards. "I am proud to recognize each of these recipients for their commitment to drive down Wisconsin's carbon emissions and increase our annual energy savings," said PSC Chairperson, Rebecca Cameron Valcq. The Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards recognize business participants of Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's statewide energy efficiency and renewable resources program, who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to reducing energy waste by implementing energy-saving upgrades in their facilities and operations. This year, in partnership with utility providers across the state, Focus on Energy is honoring 12 winners for their work in energy efficiency. The awardees encompass a wide range of business types, including educational and medical facilities, manufacturers, farms, and partnering Focus on Energy Trade Ally contractors. The 2021 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award winners include: Beloit College (Beloit) ATI Forged Products (Cudahy) Ozaukee County (Port Washington) Quad Graphics, Inc. (Sussex) Aurora BayCare Medical Center (Green Bay) Neenah Paper - Whiting Facility (Stevens Point) Mellenthin Farms (Eau Galle) Mule-Hide Manufacturing (Cornell) On Site Performance Testing (Chippewa Falls) Sheboygan County - Rocky Knoll Health Care Center (Plymouth) Northland Pines School District (Eagle River) Anderson Electric Services, Inc. (Spencer) Focus on Energy provides Wisconsin homeowners, businesses, and other groups with energy expertise and financial incentives to support investments in energy-efficient equipment and practices. "The Focus on Energy Program offers an incredible value to our state," said Chairperson Valcq. "The Program provides $4.80 in energy, environmental and economic benefits for every $1.00 invested, making it the most cost-effective program in the nation. That's why Governor Tony Evers and I are urging the state legislature to increase the amount of utility contribution to the Focus on Energy program, bringing in an additional $100 million." By making energy-saving improvements, the 2021 award winners not only see reduced energy consumption and cost savings - they also support the state of Wisconsin through technology innovation, job creation, lowered environmental impacts, increased competitiveness and reduced dependence on nonrenewable resources. The two most recent third-party evaluations of Focus on Energy found: Focus on Energy paid out nearly $250 million in incentives to Wisconsin residents and businesses who participated in one or more of its programs from 2015 - 2018. Participant satisfaction with the Program increased to 9.3 out of 10 in 2019. Program emissions reductions of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments add up to roughly $212 million in economic benefits from 2015 - 2018. Focus on Energy generated $87,807,752 in health benefits for Wisconsin in 2019. Focus on Energy partners with 107 utilities across the state to offer Wisconsin residents and businesses energy expertise and financial incentives to reduce energy waste. A federal study completed in 2018 revealed Wisconsin runs the most cost-effective energy efficiency programs in the nation, in terms of energy savings per dollar spent. A separate evaluation released in 2020 found every $1 invested in Focus on Energy generates $4.80 in benefits for Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced energy costs and reduced pollution.
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 10:57 EDT
Voting Begins for "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Berks Schuylkill Student Video Contest's Online Voting Opens This Week The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce online voting for the fifth year of the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" (WSCM) student video contest will commence Wednesday April 14, 12:01AM and remain open until Friday April 16, 11:59PM. To vote, log on to https://www.whatssocool.org/ The winner will be announced during this year's awards event April 26th. Student videos compete for the most votes to win the coveted "Viewers Choice Award." The videos will also be reviewed by a panel of judges for awards in six other categories, including Outstanding Career Pathway and Outstanding Creativity. This year's hybrid awards program will be taped in advance and aired on WFMZ, Gold Media Partner, TV station and streamed online at WFMZ.com on April 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM. "Though this has been a year of changes and challenges the WSCM program has stayed on course," said Terri Lampe Melcher, MRC's Business Development Manager in Berks County. "We are expecting high vote totals this year based on the hard work students, teachers, and manufacturers have put into sharing their message about what is so cool about manufacturing with the community." Partnering with MRC for the project are eMediaWorks, Sahl Communications, Inc and EmpowerStar Marketing. Educational media resources, digital assets, professional media technology training from eMediaWorks, materials, and project costs were funded and made possible by the following: Platinum Technology Sponsor; Berk County Workforce Development Board. Platinum Sponsors; Berks Business-Education Coalition, Manufacturers Resource Center. Gold Sponsors; Berks County Industrial Development Authority, County of Berks, Customers Bank, East Penn Manufacturing Company, eMediaWorks, Hydro, M&T Bank, Sahl Communications, Inc., Viwinco, Inc., Weidenhammer, and WFMZ-TV. Silver Sponsors; American Crane & Equipment Corporation, Appeeling Fruit, American Polarizers, Inc., Ashland Technologies, Inc., Brentwood Industries, Cardinal Systems, Inc., Eagle Metals, Inc., First Energy, First National Bank, Fromm Electric, Mrs. T's Pierogies, Marathon Capital Advisors, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Inc., Palram Americas, Reading Area Community College, R. M. Palmer Company, Sunsweet Growers, Inc. and Sweet Street Desserts, Inc. Bronze Sponsors ; Berks Career and Technology Center, Berks County Intermediate Unit, Hubric Resources, Misco Products Corporation, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Riverview Bank, Schuylkill County Intermediate Unit, Schuylkill Technology Center, Solar Innovations Architectural Glazing Systems, SOLO Laboratories, Inc., and WORLD electronics. Media Sponsors; BCTV, Reading Eagle, and WFMZ-News For more information regarding the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Video Contest please visit www.whatssocool.org Facebook and Twitter @WSCMBerksSchuylkill. -###- About "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?"™: Developed by Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), the WSCM program is a video based educational tool that increases awareness of career paths in manufacturing. MRC developed this innovative career awareness program, which at its core is "peer marketing" (kids telling kids what's so cool about manufacturing jobs). The contest is showcased on the What's So Cool Website, https://www.whatssocool.org and shared nationally through the Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership platforms. The contest is expanding across the Commonwealth and the country. The WSCM Video Library was created as a digital resource housing more than 800 student-created videos showcasing 500 Pennsylvania manufacturers, https://www.whatssocool.org/video-library/ . This contest gives students the opportunity to connect with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and "cool" way. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths and CTE and STEM education. About Manufacturers Resource Center: For over 30 years, Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) has helped small and mid-sized manufacturers become more competitive, adopt lean and agile processes, strategically grow their companies and invest more effectively in their existing human capital. MRC is a nonprofit organization partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's NIST-MEP program, as well as the State of Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development. MRC is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in eastern Pennsylvania's Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 10:05 EDT
Unite the union has today (13 April) confirmed that its members at Abellio Scotrail have supported industrial action in a consultative ballot following the collapse of pay talks with the rail franchise company. Unite members supported industrial action by 75%, and action short of strike by 90%. Unite held the ballot in response to the failure by Abellio Scotrail to make a meaningful pay offer, as well as the company withdrawing a number of entitlements from workers including the Rest Day Working Agreement with Unite in April 2020 for engineering workers. The Dutch firm initially withdrew it for drivers but later reinstated it. Abellio have claimed they are under instructions from the Scottish Government not to award any pay rise to rail workers. In 2020/21, due to the introduction of Emergency Measures Agreements (EMAs) to cover operating costs caused by the drop in revenues, and to protect staff and rail services through the pandemic, it was revealed that the railways received £1.4 billion in public support. A further £450m EMA grant is expected to cover costs until March next year. Despite the substantial government support for the railways Abellio Scotrail's highest paid director increased their pay from £158,000 in 2019 to £216,000 in 2020. The company will stop running the ScotRail franchise at the end of March next year when Scotland's train services are set to be run by a public sector body. Pat McIlvogue, Unite industrial officer, said: "Despite the best efforts of Abellio Scotrail to apply pressure on our members not to take the next step in holding them to account our members have supported taking industrial action in this consultative ballot. This should be a wake-up call to Abellio Scotrail management that Unite's members will no longer tolerate being treated unacceptably. We will seek further meetings in a final attempt to find a remedy, and we will inform the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland of the result. If Abellio Scotrail refuses to positively engage with us then we will have no option but to move forward with an industrial action campaign."
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 09:24 EDT
This weekend! The Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show is making its way back to Avon! Come on out and safely shop and support local makers and businesses from your community! Due to COVID-19, this event will follow a variety of social distancing recommendations including larger aisles, sanitation areas, and space between each booth to allow for distancing. Please note, masks are required to attend this event as both a vendor and patron. This is an indoor event. Event information is as follows: 2021 AVON SPRING AVANT-GARDE ART & CRAFT SHOW LOCATION: Emerald Event Center 33040 Just Imagine Dr. Avon, OH 44011 DATE: Saturday, April 17, 2021 TIME: 10:00am-4:00pm ADMISSION: $3.00, children under 12 are free! A portion of proceeds to benefit Prayers from Maria! COME HUNGRY!! Local food truck The Cedar Grill be on site! Thanks, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again!
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 08:43 EDT
MEDIA RESOURCE: Audio Interview COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 13, 2021) - People who use both alcohol and marijuana are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road - they are significantly more likely to speed, text, intentionally run red lights, and drive aggressively than those who don't, according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "The data shows the alarming impact of alcohol and marijuana use on the choices drivers make when they get behind the wheel," said Jake Nelson, AAA's director of traffic safety advocacy and research. "From choosing to drive while impaired, and speeding, to driving distracted or running red lights, using these two drugs leads to poor decision-making with potentially fatal consequences." Research Findings: The AAA Foundation's annual Traffic Safety Culture Index found that drivers who use both marijuana and alcohol were significantly more prone to driving under the influence of alcohol versus those who only drink alcohol but do not use marijuana. They also engage in various other dangerous driving behaviors. Compared to alcohol-only users, drivers who admitted to using both were more likely to report such behaviors as: Speeding on residential streets (55%) vs. alcohol-only (35%) Aggressive driving (52%) vs. alcohol-only (28%) Intentional red-light running (48%) vs alcohol-only (32%) Texting while driving (40%) vs. alcohol-only (21%) Unsurprisingly, the study found drivers who neither drink alcohol nor use marijuana were considerably less likely to engage in the sorts of risky driving behaviors examined.* Impaired Driving: According to national government data, alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used drugs in the United States - 139.8 million people aged 12 or older reported drinking alcohol in the past month, and 43.5 million reported using marijuana in the past year. Further normalizing this behavior: 17 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use; 19 states, including Ohio, have legalized the drug for medical use; 15 state legislatures are considering medical or adult-use marijuana legalization bills this year. AAA opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana because of its inherent traffic safety risks and the difficulties in writing legislation that protects the public and treats drivers fairly. AAA is committed to educating the public about the dangers of substance-impaired driving. Through AAA Foundation research, AAA is working to improve understanding of the topic and work collaboratively with safety stakeholders to reduce the impact of substance-impaired driving-related crashes. "With 4/20 approaching, it's worth noting that marijuana use can inhibit concentration, slow reaction times, and cloud judgment. Its effects vary by individual, but several studies, including one that AAA released in 2020 , have concluded that marijuana use impairs the ability to drive safely," added Nelson. Research suggests that users who drive high greatly increase their risk of being involved in a serious crash. Ohio Impaired Driving Crashes: Ohio State Highway Patrol data shows crashes involving marijuana and other drugs are on the rise, while those involving alcohol alone have seen a slight decline in the past few years. Last year, crashes involving marijuana jumped more than 29% from the previous year. During the past two years, 2,974 marijuana-related crashes have occurred on Ohio's roads, killing 407 people. Crashes involving alcohol only dropped nearly 6% in 2020. During the past two years, 17,750 crashes involving alcohol only occurred on Ohio's roads, killing 355 people. Crashes involving a mixture of drugs and alcohol are also a concern on Ohio's roads. Last year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol also recorded an 11% increase in crashes involving both alcohol and drugs. During the past two years, 3,037 crashes involving a mixture of drugs & alcohol have occurred on Ohio's roads, killing 360 people. About the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation's mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by researching their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research develops educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. This Foundation research was published in January 2021 in the peer-reviewed journal Transportation Research Record ( See abstract ). About AAA: AAA provides more than 61 million members with travel-, insurance-, financial- and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited online at AAA.com .
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 08:40 EDT
Coinciding with April's Mint Julep Month® , United Kingdom's LUXlife Magazine named Mint Julep Experiences their 2021 Travel & Tourism winner for the "Best Authentic Heritage Tour Provider" for the Southern USA region. LUXlife launched the Travel & Tourism Awards to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to offering the finest experiences, product and services in the industry. Mint Julep Month® debuted in 2013 through Louisville Tourism as a way to draw attention to Derby City in the spring and to create excitement around the Kentucky Derby season. For the ninth straight year, April's Mint Julep Month® is celebrated with 30 straight days of special events and promotions throughout the city. Mint Julep Experiences owner and co-founder Sean Higgins said, "This recognition by such a market leader as LUXlife, is a testament to our passionate employees and partners who continue to pursue excellence even in this time of struggle for all of us. It's wonderful that our uniqueness through elevated and authentic experiences are recognized by a global audience of leisure travelers." "Travel and Tourism encompasses a vast array of different businesses. Whether working in the hospitality, entertainment, or food and beverage sectors (and everything in between), companies of all shapes and sizes contribute to creating exquisite memories for people all over the world," said LUXlife Awards Coordinator Holly Morris. "With all of that in mind, and especially with consideration of the last twelve months, I offer my sincere congratulations to all of my winners and I hope you have a fantastic 2021 ahead." To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, view the winners supplement and full winners list. Louisville Tourism's annual Visitor Guide has just been published in time for the spring and summer travel season. Download a copy of the guide to plan your complete itinerary in Bourbon City.
Tue, Apr 13, 2021 07:58 EDT
Glenora Distillery of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, announces a new product, Glen Breton Alexander Keith's Single Malt Whisky made with renowned Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale. Eighteen years ago, Glenora distilled several batches of Alexander Keith's IPA, placed it in bourbon oak barrels and tucked it away in a dark corner of a warehouse in the magical hills of Cape Breton. After 18 years of quietly maturing, it garnered a wonderful taste of malted barley that was enhanced by the spring waters and apple trees scattered throughout Glenora's property. The end result is a whisky with soft notes of maple cream, butterscotch, and a rounded lingering light applewood finish. www.GlenoraDistillery.com