Free Video Clips
Offered at ILS Specialty Trade Shows along with McPete Sez and Nandovision are once again sponsoring a video session
at the upcoming International Lingerie Show and Las Vegas Halloween Show,
April 8-10, 2013.
All exhibitors will have the option of having their models included in the free video shoot. Each model will be filmed for approximately 5 minutes to be converted to a short video clip, similar to
Nandovision's very popular virtual catalogs.
Each participating exhibitor will also be able to submit their logo to be included in their segment and
can receive the final video compilation to be used on their website and social media platforms.
Currency Reform Act
Pressure group the Fair Currency Coalition is urging the US House of Representatives to act quickly to support an
act designed to stop the “illegal” under valuation of overseas currencies.
The bi-partisan measure, primarily designed to put a stop to China’s alleged
under valuation of the renminbi, was introduced by four Congressmen last week.
The Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act is aimed at deterring foreign countries from “illegally” undervaluing
their currencies by making prolonged under valuation actionable under US countervailing duty (CVD) law.
“The need for action on currency has never been more acute,” said the Coalition. “Every day of delay means more
American jobs lost and more new American job creation denied.
“Illegally undervalued foreign currencies like China’s renminbi and Japan’s yen are unfair export subsidies and
trade barriers that discourage new investment needed in America.
The Coalition highlighted the US bilateral current account deficit with China, which it said was US$333.4bn in 2012
and $2.6trn over the last decade.
Meanwhile, the trade deficit in goods with China was $315bn in 2012, up nearly $20bn on 2011, it said.
Passing the proposed legislation would send a “strong signal” to China’s new political leadership, the Coalition
said, at a time when the value of the renminbi had risen by little more than 5% against the dollar in the last two
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FTA Between EU &
The European Union (EU) textile and clothing industry is unsure whether it stands to benefit or to lose from a
proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between EU and Thailand, for which negotiations were announced earlier
"The Commission still needs to launch the public consultation to hear industry views," Luisa Santos, head
of international trade at the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) said.
She said the European textile and apparel industry will now assess the trade barriers it experiences on the Thai
market to feed its wishes to European Commission negotiators.
Trade data provided by Euratex shows the trade balance favours Thailand, which last year (2012) exported to the
EU textiles and clothing worth around EUR897m, down from 2011's EUR1bn. In exchange, the EU only exported to
Thailand textile and clothing products valued at EUR215m in 2012 and EUR194.5m in 2011.
According to information provided by the European Commission's directorate general for trade, Thailand is
the EU's third largest trading partner inside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU
is Thailand's third largest trading partner, after Japan and China.
Trade between the EU and Thailand in 2012 generated nearly EUR32bn in earnings for both sides, considering all
products and services.
Lipgloss & Lace
by Mandie Mutchie ILS/Vegas Scavenger Hunt,
Part Two! This season, I once again have a scheduling conflict that will make it impossible for me to attend ILS. I am so sad about this! Since I can't make it, I want to live vicariously through you all, and the best way to do it, I think, is to make a game of it! I hope to be there in September, but this will have to hold me over!
I am going to make an ILS (International Lingerie Show) Scavenger Hunt... And the funny thing is, most of the things on the list you might just be able to find on the strip since ILS takes place in Vegas! Take pictures of the following items & enter them on social media (directions below), and the person with the most points will get a Lipgloss & Lace prize!
- a lace garment - Lingerie as outerwear
- a leather garment - A garment made of feathers
- Stilettos with a heel of 5" or taller
- An item you HAVE TO HAVE
- Men's novelty underwear
- Fishnet stockings - Someone doing a shot at Voodoo
- Sequins - A lingerie-themed/bustier purse
- Your ILS Badge
- A Picture of I-Bar
- A Picture outside at VooDoo
- A garment with leather, lace, AND feathers!
- A body-painted model
- An eco-friendly toy
- Interesting pasties
- Something "50 Shades of Grey"-Inspired
- A clever way to practice safe sex
- A Lingerie booth you like
- A costume booth you like
- Something that makes you blush
- A vibrator disguised as something else
- Something brand new
- An example of a brand that re-defined itself
- A pin-up girl
- A Toy Booth you like
- A Picture of a Sales Rep
To enter your pictures, you can do it on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ILSScavengerHunt. You can also post the pictures to your facebook page and tag "The McPeteSez Lingerie Newsletter" (www.facebook.com/McPeteSez). Otherwise, if you are not a social media person, you can email them to me at the address in my byline below!
I can't wait to see your pictures! If there is anything I missed that you feel like I should see, feel free to send that along as well! I am so sad that I am going to miss all the fun, and seeing all my friends that I unfortunately only get to see twice a year (or this year, once!)! I am also so sad that I am going to miss out on all the goodies that I usually collect!
Have fun on my behalf, and do a shot at Voodoo for me! I will be living vicariously through you and watching on social media in the Midwest!
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4/6 Cotton Prices Up Cotton prices edged up to an 11-month high at the end of
last week, buoyed by recent forecasts suggesting that global cotton stocks will be lower than expected, with
consumption exceeding production, and efforts ongoing to build Chinese cotton reserves.
International cotton prices for May 2013 delivery were trading at 92.5 cents a pound on the ICE Futures US
exchange on March 15.
In its monthly economic letter, Cotton Incorporated notes that values for the May New York futures contract have
been consistently above 86 cents/lb in recent trading.
In the first half of February, May futures traded between 82 and 85 cents/lb. From October through January, May
futures traded between 72 and 78 cents/lb.
The last time prices were last higher than 90 cents was last April, with a low of 68.83 cents/lb seen in June.
In its March report, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) lifted its forecast for world consumption from
106.2m to 107.1m bales, led by higher mill-use figures for China, India and Bangladesh.
Production estimates were also raised, from 119.0m to 119.9m bales, led by higher harvests in China, Uzbekistan,
Mexico and Turkmenistan.
The figure for 2012/13 ending stocks was revised slightly lower from 81.9m bales to 81.7m.
And upward revisions to Chinese production and import figures suggest the world's stocks will be more
concentrated in China than previously estimated. The figure for 2012/13 Chinese ending stocks is 44.1m bales,
which represents 54.0% of world stocks.
Cotton Incorporated also notes that preliminary estimates for supply and demand in the upcoming 2013/14 crop year,
which were outlined at the USDA Outlook Forum in February, assume there will be a continuing concentration of the
world's cotton supply in China.
Lower cotton prices compared to alternative crops such as corn and soybeans also point to a 3.0% decrease in world
However, IMF projections for acceleration in world economic growth in 2013 and again in 2014, indicate world
consumption could increase by 2.6%.
Chinese mill-use, however, is seen falling by 4% due to high domestic prices - although this policy is expected to
benefit other major spinning countries which can freely export yarn to China and may also capture market share for
downstream orders for fabric and apparel.
Despite a decrease in global production and an increase in global consumption, world cotton stocks are forecast to
grow for the fourth consecutive crop year and rise another 7.9% in 2013/14 - with stocks increasing 16.3% in China.
For the past two crop years, China has supported prices around the world as a major buyer of domestic and
However, as Cotton Incorporated points out, China cannot accumulate supplies indefinitely and could eventually be
expected to sell. The timing and aggressiveness of eventual sales from Chinese reserves should be expected to
significantly impact prices, it adds.
FTA Negotiations Between EU & Japan to Start in April The European Union and Japan are set to start talks in an
effort to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
European and Japanese leaders, including European Commission president José Manuel
Barroso, European Council president Herman van Rompuy and Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe, welcomed the start of the talks and expressed their commitment to their earliest possible conclusion.
According to the EU, the EPA/FTA will be “deep and comprehensive”, stimulating economic growth in Japan and
Covering political, global and sectoral co-operation, the agreement would provide a legal foundation for
partnership, addressing a wide range of bilateral and global issues, the EU added.
Governor Tomblin Calls Polar Bear Plunge Club a "Special West Virginia
Over 130 fearless and fun-loving souls, including local dignitaries and television personalities, braved the cold waters of Anthony Creek on Saturday, March 9 to raise awareness about child abuse as the 10th Annual Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge Club convened for its yearly meeting in the Monongahela National Forest.
Sunny skies brought out a crowd of about 1,300 who cheered on their favorite plungers - some who donned wacky costumes - as club members from seven states participated in the event, including Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia.
The event raised over $17,300 and shattered all previous records for plunger participation, spectators and money raised.
Prior to plunging in the 36-degree water, a letter from West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was presented to club President Christian M. Giggenbach by special representative Kimberly Gross. Gross later became a club member by plunging herself.
Tomblin praised those involved with the event that serves as a benefit for the Child and Youth Advocacy Center of Lewisburg, a non-profit organization that counsels and interviews child abuse victims from Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties.
"It's my privilege to recognize this celebration as a very special West Virginia tradition," Tomblin said. "Congratulations Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge Club on a job well done. Christian, your hard work and commitment is nothing short of extraordinary. I'm sure your mother Kay, would be honored to be associated with this event.Thank you for your amazing efforts."
Senator Ron Miller, of Greenbrier County, presented the club with a certificate of recognition from the State Senate. It was also signed by Senate President and Lieutenant Governor Jeffrey Kessler, Clerk of the Senate Joseph M.
Minard, and Senator William Laird.
"The Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge Club is a shining example to all West Virginians of what can be accomplished with dedication, compassion and commitment," Miller told the club.
Miller also presented the "Spirit of Polar Bear" award to George Piasecki, of Lewisburg. The award was a United States flag.
Giggenbach began plunging in Anthony Creek ten years ago to honor his late mother, Kay Sweet
Giggenbach. In 2008, he asked the CYAC to become the fundraising arm for his club. His polar bear club now has about 200 members.
"I want to thank all of our sponsors, the National Forest Service, the CYAC and our club members and all the individuals from the community who gave donations for this year's plunge," Giggenbach said. "We promise to work even harder to raise funds to end child abuse in our community. You won't believe what I have planned for next year's plunge. It's going to be big."
Each year, club members ask citizens to sponsor them plunging into the water. This year's top fundraisers were: Steve
Gottshall, of Caldwell ($600); Mary Cannon, of Athens, Tenneessee ($600); Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester ($575); and Adam
Criddle, of Lewisburg ($520).
Major sponsors for the event included Shirley Runyon and family, WVVA, The law firm of Robert J. Frank and Associates, Little Black Box Lingerie and the
Other notables who plunged included Greenbrier Sheriff Jan Cahill, Jay Bowling, and WVVA News 6 television personalities Jaime Baker, Kristen Conner and Caroline Bach. Several senior citizens made the plunge including Mike Rich, 70, of Caldwell; Al Walker, 69, of Lewisburg; and Robert Ludwig, 68, also of Lewisburg.
"The outpouring of support for our mission to end child abuse is overwhelming," Ann
Weikle, CYAC executive director, said. "A special thank you goes out to all our sponsors, plungers and the 25 event staff that helped make this happen."
For videos, roster membership of the Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge club, and a complete list of sponsors please visit
Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester (left) lays it all out on the line at the 10th Annual meeting of the Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge Club. The winner of the costume contest was Gumby, who was really Jody Allen, of Maxwelton. Over $17,000 was raised for the Child and Youth Advocacy Center.
Photo courtesy of Connie Manchester