New Cotton Limits New trading limits designed to curb speculation in a range of
commodities including cotton are being imposed by the ICE Futures US exchange from next week, in line with new trading rules agreed
by US regulators last year.
The exchange will raise the single month position limit for the Cotton No 2 contract from 3,500 contracts to 5,000 contracts.
The new position limits are intended to put an end to speculative trading in commodity futures and commodity swaps, which are
believed to have contributed to high and volatile cotton prices in recent years.
They were approved by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in October.
While critics say there is no evidence that price volatility in recent seasons has been due to anything other than supply and
demand among producers and consumers, supporters hope that clamping down on speculative trading will help calm volatile
markets over the long term, and bring about greater pricing stability for both buyers and consumers.
Cotton prices hit a peak of $2.27 per pound on the ICE Futures US exchange in March last year year, although the latest figures
show international cotton prices for July delivery are trading at US$0.88 per pound.
Soul Stories: Exclusive
Prom-a-Thon By Tiffany Johnson, Soles4Souls Outreach Coordinator: Last Sunday was the second year in a row that Soles4Souls has been involved in the Exclusive Outreach Prom-A-Thon
in Nashville. This year, they donated beautiful special occasion shoes from Ellie Shoes and Jante’ Footwear, and prom dresses were provided
from NewlyMaid and Unique Vintage. Nearly 100 girls from several Metro Nashville schools, including Hunters Lane and Pearl Cohn High School, were among the recipients. The girls were chosen by their guidance counselors, and are required to complete community service for the donation given to them after their prom.
One of the sweetest times of the day was watching the girls look in the mirror in their new dress and shoes. One of the first girls kept peeking down at her new silver sandals, and saying over and over “I just love my shoes!”.
Their facial expressions would change as they viewed themselves in the mirror, and it was just fun to “ooh” and “aah” over them in their Cinderella gowns, and watch the smiles grow on their faces. Another excited young girl kept giggling over and over while looking in the mirror in her new dress.
One young woman, a senior in high school, came up to me before she left and said “Thank you so much, I really appreciate everything you have done today for me”. It was so genuine, and very touching.
Without this event and help from partners like Soles4Souls and Clothes4Souls, there really is no opportunity for these girls to have prom attire.
These girls left with hope in their arms. Hope in the form of silver and gold sparkly sandals, and frothy prom gowns with lots of tulle and beading. I believe that our gift of Hope will transcend through the simple donation of a dress and a pair of shoes, and will become a defining moment for many of those young ladies in the years to come. For more information on Soles4Souls go to http://www.soles4souls.org
For more information on Ellie Shoes go to www.ellieshoes.com
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Calling all Curvy Girls:
Star in a Bra launches
in America! After 5 successful competitions in the UK and Australia, award-winning, D plus specialists Curvy Kate are taking their annual Star in a Bra competition stateside. Launching in April the brand will scour America for a naturally curvy woman who will become the face and body of the brand.
Although the American average breast size is now above a D cup and the average dress size a 14 or larger, many fashion brands still lack in choosing models that relate to these statistics. Many choosing a model who is on average 23% lighter than the typical US woman. Going against the grain, Curvy Kate are championing shapely figures by searching for a D plus girl who is curvy, charismatic and confident with a fuller body and natural bust.
The Star in a Bra search will be run through the brand’s new USA Facebook page and encourages fans to submit their
favorite lingerie shots to win an international modeling contract and a year’s worth of Curvy Kate Lingerie. They will also be flown to the UK to take part in the brand’s latest marketing campaign with fellow UK and Australian winners.
The competition strives to celebrate healthy curves, a positive body image and diversity. Curvy Kate Marketing Manager, Hannah Houston, stated, “We truly believe that our customers should model our lingerie as these are the girls who will be buying it. Our model search isn’t just a one off – it’s here to stay to prove how gorgeous the shapely figure looks in lingerie – wobbles, bumps and all. If you can wear Curvy Kate lingerie – you’re in.”
“We have found a great mix of models since our launch in 2009. From E to J cups and from size 10 to 18 girls – each and every one brings their own personality to our brand and we’re really looking forward to meeting the US winner.”
With the public demanding the use of more realistic images in the media, the Star in a Bra competition champions the use of curvaceous role models and promotes a positive approach to body image, which every woman can relate to. Showing how Curvy Kate’s lingerie ranges look on a fuller bust and shapely frame gives a true representation of how the product fits and supports larger bust line.
Last year’s UK winner, Lizzie Haines 31, said “I entered the 'Star in a Bra' to prove I could and then against all my expectations I won! The 'Star in a Bra' competition is a fun, enthused and eclectic event celebrating life, diversity and passion. It's so much more than underwear, it has changed my life.”
With over 2000 entrants in previous years in the UK, the USA search looks set to see an even bigger response with the brand now being sold in specialty shops nationwide, including online retail giant Bare Necessities.
Curvy Kate D - K cup lingerie is designed for fun, flirty girls with a fuller breast and desire for fashion.
Utilizing gorgeous, fashion-conscious designs and clever engineering, the brand offers variety and flattering,
colorful styles normally only seen in smaller cup sizes. Bras retail from $65 to $75 https://www.facebook.com/CurvyKateUSA
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Sweatshop Claims Clothing retailers in Europe, Australia and Canada have been
accused of selling knitwear made in "prison-like conditions" by workers in Bangladesh who are paid as little as $0.16 an hour, a
British Home Stores, Coles, Dressmann, Celio and de Bijenkorf are among firms who source from the Chinese-owned Rosita Knitwears
and Megha Textile (Megatex) factories based at the Ishwardi Export Processing Zone in North Bengal, Bangladesh.
But according to research by the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights, the 5,000 workers at these factories face routine
sexual harassment, beatings, corporal punishment, mass firings
and imprisonment under false charges.
It is now urging the retailers involved to meet with workers, the Institute, factory management and the Ministry of Labor to
guarantee full compliance with Bangladesh's labor laws and the
ILO's core worker rights standards.
The UK's BHS chain, which is part of Arcadia Group says it is
"investigating urgently with the supplier who has used one of
these factories for BHS production."
Dressmann, which is part of Norway's Varner Group, says it is "now starting an internal process to understand how this
situation could occur without our knowledge." And De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands is also "investigating now, and speaking with our
suppliers...We will continue our investigation until we get to the bottom of this."
The Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights also says most of the workers at the factories are classified as "Grade 2"
"Junior Operators" even if they have many years' experience.
As such they are paid just BDT4086 (US$50) a month - $5.17 less than the $55 a month wage set by the Bangladesh Export Processing
Zones Authority (BEPZA). Essentially, this means that the workers lose nearly two-and-a-half days' wages each month.
Lola Haze launches their new collection Adrenaline Romance for Fall/Winter 2012.
Lola Haze™ designer Laura Mehlinger drew inspiration for the collection from Spike Walker, a legendary photographer who has perfected the art and technology of photomicroscopy, a technique in which subjects are magnified through a microscope and photographed.
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Sez. Garment Workers Protest
in South Africa Some 3,500 garment workers in South Africa have staged a protest
against a textile number of companies, accusing them of violating wage laws.
The march, which took place in Northern Natal on March 20, was in response to textile companies paying employees wages below the
legal rate and minimum living level.
Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) said it has made concessions to assist employers to avoid factory
closures and to help them pay legal wages.
SACTWU general secretary Andre Kriel said: "Our laws are still being broken and workers are treated unfairly. We will not accept
this insult against our country's laws."
The protestors have handed over a memorandum to employers, the Clothing Industry Bargaining Council and to the Department of Labor.
SACTWU said that if there is no solution within the next month, it will "not hesitate to call a national strike involving close
to 100,000 clothing and textile workers".
In October, the SACTWU agreed to lower the wages for new workers as part of efforts to
revitalize the country's clothing manufacturing sector.
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