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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Statement by U.S. Mission to the World Trade Organization Attaché Neil Beck at the WTO Trade Policy Review the Republic of Macedonia
With respect to the Republic of Macedonia’s EU candidacy process, Mr. Beck said the United States would appreciate more information on the extent to which Macedonia has adopted or harmonized its regulations with EU technical and sanitary and phytosanitary regulations affecting imports, including whether Codex, OIE and IPPC standards have been taken fully into account.
In the area of intellectual property rights, Mr. Beck said that, while the Republic of Macedonia appears to have put in place an IPR legislative framework that generally fulfills the requirements of TRIPS and other international agreements, the U.S. has concerns about the adequacy of IPR protection. To see Mr. Beck's full remarks on the USTR website, CLICK HERE
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Kandor Manufacturing Inc., Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $6,690,641 modification (P00009) exercising the first one-year option period on a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1014) with four one-year option periods for combat utility uniform blouses. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Puerto Rico and Mississippi with a Dec. 4, 2014 performance completion date.
Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
Senator Rand Paul Introduces Amendment to Remove Some of Federal Prison Industries' Preferences in Government Contracting
SA 2222. Mr. PAUL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 1197, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
At the end of subtitle H of title X, add the following:
SECTION 1082. PURCHASE OF PRISON-MADE PRODUCTS BY FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS.
(a) Repeal of Purchase Requirement.--Section 4124 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in subsection (a)--
(A) by striking ``shall purchase'' and inserting ``may purchase''; and
(B) by inserting ``and services'' after ``such products''; and
(2) in subsection (c), by striking ``subject to the requirements of subsection (a)'' and inserting ``that purchases such products or services of the industries authorized by this chapter''.
(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment.--Section 8504 of title 41, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in subsection (a), by striking ``(a) In General.--''; and
(2) by striking subsection (b).
SEC. 1083. PROHIBITION ON AWARD OF CERTAIN CONTRACTS TO FEDERAL PRISON INDUSTRIES, INC..
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a Federal agency may not award a contract to Federal Prison Industries after competition restricted to small business concerns under section 15 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644) or the program established under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)).
SEC. 1084. SHARE OF INDEFINITE DELIVERY/INDEFINITE QUANTITY CONTRACTS.
(a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council shall amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require that if the head of an executive agency reduces the quantity of items or services to be delivered under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to which Federal Prison Industries is a party, the head of the executive agency shall reduce Federal Prison Industries's share of the items or services to be delivered under the contract by the same percentage by which the total number of items or services to be delivered under the contract from all sources is reduced.
(b) Definitions.--In this section--
(1) the term ``executive agency'' has the meaning given the term in section 133 of title 41, United States Code; and
(2) the term ``Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council'' means the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council established under section 1302(a) of title 41, United States Code.
American Boy and Girl Recalls Infant Sandals Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Meijer Stores
Description: This recall involves infant girl sandals sold under the Falls Creek Baby brand. The “Susan” style was sold in infant sizes 3 to 6 months, 6 to 9 months and 9 to 12 months. The white leather sandals have three pink, purple and yellow flowers on the top and a top strap that attaches to a hook and loop fastener on each side of the shoe. “Falls Creek Baby” and the size are printed on the inside of the shoe.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled sandals away from children and contact American Boy and Girl for a refund or replacement.
Sold exclusively at Meijer Stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio from April 2013 to July 2013 for between $6 and $9.
Importer: American Boy and Girl (ABG), of Elizabeth, N.J.
Manufactured in China.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Dates: January 8-11, 2014
Show Description: Held annually in Frankfurt, Germany, Heimtextil is the world’s preeminent and largest international trade show for home and contract textiles. It is the global benchmark for quality design textiles of innovative functionality. Heimtextil, held on four days in January, is a platform for manufacturers, retailers and designers. During this time, international exhibitors from around the globe will be presenting their products to trade visitors January 8-11, 2014.
Visitors: Approximately 66,000 visitors from 128 countries came to Heimtextil 2013 trade show. According to the organizers at Messe Frankfurt, Heimtextil has succeeded in maintaining the number of visitors at a constant level despite the prevailing difficult economic climate.
Exhibitors: Over 2658 exhibitors from 62 countries displayed at Heimtextil 2013.
Amenities: The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce will feature a catalog/sample booth at Heimtextil 2014. Included in the package of services are the collections of leads that will be sent to each company in a spreadsheet after the show, promotion of samples on-site and the opportunity for pre- concurrent and post-show publicity for your company.
Cost: OTEXA Sample Booth participation is $900 and limited to 5 US companies. For other companies who may seek to have their own independent booth, please contact Jennifer Bacon of Messe Frankfurt USA at: Tel: +1.678.732.2425 Fax: +1.770.984.8023, or Email: Jennifer.Bacon@usa.messefrankfurt.com.
Why Should You Exhibit: Heimtextil 2014 is a meeting place for buyers from all over the world and consequently offers new points of contact to highly promising business regions; the show has an increased level of international visitors. More than 67% of trade buyers came from outside Germany. Heimtextil 2014 presents an opportunity to expand your industry networks and opportunities with intensive business activity taking place during and after the show. For more details, please visit: http://heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/aussteller/willkommen.htm
If you have any questions or would like to exhibit, please fax this form to Mary Lynn Landgraf at: (202) 482-2331, call her at 202-482-7909 or email her at Mary-Lynn.Landgraf@trade.gov.
Name of Product: Avalanche airbags
Hazard: The trigger assembly can fail resulting in the airbag not deploying, posing a risk of death and injury in the event of an avalanche.
Contact: Backcountry Access (BCA) at (800) 670-8735 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.backcountryaccess.com and click on Safety Alert under Customer Service at bottom of the page for more information. Consumers can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Units: About 6,400 in the United States and 1,800 in Canada
Description: This recall involves BCA Avalanche airbags, models Float 18, 22, 30, 32, 36 and Throttle. The airbags are used for skiing, snowmobiling and mountain climbing to help keep the user above the surface if an avalanche occurs. The airbags are yellow and are housed in a blue, red or black pack. The packs have the model name printed on them. “Float” and the “bca” logo are printed in black lettering on the airbag. Lot letters A through E are included in the recall. The lot letter can be found on the trigger handle.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled airbags and contact BCA for a free replacement trigger assembly.
Sold at: Specialty outdoor stores worldwide and online at www.backcountryaccess.com from August 2011 through October 2013 for between $499 and $750.
Distributor: Backcountry Access, Inc., of Boulder, Colo.
Manufactured in: China
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor…I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be…”
—George Washington, 1789 (from the first National Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation)
Indeed, the only distinctly American holiday is the fourth Thursday in November, which we set aside to thank God for our blessings. Think about it. Christmas is celebrated worldwide, even in lands where Christians are a small minority. Every nation celebrates New Year’s Day and the various national holidays commemorating great leaders, important battles, and the date of national founding.
Our distinctly American national holiday is a re-enactment—and re-interpretation for contemporary multi-ethnic and multi-religious American culture—of that first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebrated by survivors of the Mayflower passage. And, yet, the story is not narrowly the tale of the Pilgrims. Few Americans are literally Mayflower descendents. Most of us do not trace our roots to East Anglia. Most of us do no follow their reformed Calvinist religion. Nevertheless, their story is the American story. It is the story of families that left their homeland for a better life in America.
Did your people come here on sailing ships in the 17th, 18th, or 19th century? Or were they part of the big steamship migration of the late 19th and early 20th century that filled Boston with Irish and Italians? Or perhaps you are a more recent immigrant. Whenever your people came here and by whatever means, they, and you, are part of the narrative we re-tell every Thanksgiving.
Description: This recall involves Little Willy’s brand children’s hooded sweatshirts sold in sizes XS (2 years), S (3 years), M (4-5 years), L (6-7 years), XL (8-9 years) and XXL (10 years). The cotton fleece sweatshirts were sold in two color patterns: dark grey with light grey stripes and a red hood, and purple with navy blue stripes and a green hood. The sweatshirt has an elbow patch on the right arm and the Little Willy logo on the front.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the garments away from children. Consumers can remove the drawstrings to eliminate the hazard or return the garments to Little Willy’s to have the drawstring removed.
Sold online at Zullily.com and Gilt.com from January 2012 to May 2012 for about $20.
Distributor: Little Willy’s of, New York, N.Y.
Manufactured in: Peru
Monday, November 25, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
In the 2013 Special 301 Report (www.ustr.gov), USTR announced that, in order to monitor progress on specific IPR issues, Out-of-Cycle Reviews would be conducted for El Salvador and Spain. At this time, USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning any act, policy, or practice that is relevant to the decision regarding whether El Salvador should be identified under Section 182 of the Trade Act. Requests for written submissions relating to the review of Spain will be made in a separate notice at a later date.
DATES: Submissions from the general public must be received on or before 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013. Foreign governments who choose to make written submissions may do so on or before 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013.
Requirements for Comments: Comments should include a description of the problems experienced by the submitter and the effect of the acts, policies, and practices on U.S. industry. Comments should be as detailed as possible and should provide all necessary information for assessing the effect of the acts, policies, and practices. Any comments that include quantitative loss claims should be accompanied by the methodology used in calculating such estimated losses. Comments must be in English.
Consumer Contact: The Bailey Boys, Inc. toll-free at (855) 809-4400 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.baileyboys.com and click on the Product Recall link on the bottom of the page for more information.
Photos available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Childrens-Pajamas-Recalled-by-The-Bailey-Boys/
Units: About 2,000
Description: This recall involves The Bailey Boys’ children’s 100% cotton loungewear pants, sold in sizes toddler 2 through boys’ 12. All of the pajama pants have an elastic waistband with a white drawstring and a garment label that states “J.Bailey clothing for young men.” The pajama pants were sold in multiple prints including Chad-Ball red baseball print, Chad-Base two colored red baseball print, Chad-Boat light blue boat print, Chad Crab grey crab print, Chad-Golf light gray print, Chad-Santa green Santa Clause print, Chad-Sea grey blue seahorse print, Chad-Turtle dark blue turtle print and Chad-Turtle light blue turtle print. The website www.jbaileyclothing.com is printed on a hangtag attached to the garment.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajama pants away from children, and return them to The Bailey Boys, Inc. for a full refund.
Sold at: Children’s boutiques nationwide from September 2012 through August 2013 for about $25.
Importer: The Bailey Boys, Inc., located in Saint Simons Island, Ga.
Manufactured in: El Salvador
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Negative rights have to be specific. The right holder has to be able to say: "don’t do X." In patents, these statements are made through claims. While a patent can have several claims, each claim is evaluated separately. A patent is infringed if any one claim is infringed.
As an example, I will refer to the first claim in Patent 8528120, Flame Resistant Fabric Made from a Fiber Blend. In this patent, the first claim states:
This patent is infringed if somebody makes, sells, or uses:
Claims are specific statements. All of these conditions must be true before this claim is infringed. A competing company could make this garment from knitted fabric without infringing on this claim. A competing company also could make a fire blanket from the described woven fabric without infringing on this claim.
Also notice that claims don't describe inventions. That is done elsewhere in a patent. Claims describe the boundary of an invention. If you read the patent, you will find that it describes in great detail the fire resistant and celluose fibers that should be used, the relative weight of the fibers, how to dye and print the fabric, various weave patterns, and how to improve abrasion resistance and comfort. But these are only the details.
The actual invention is a fire resistant garment. That is what was protected.
Below is a summary of selected patents that have been recently issued in textile related classification codes:
Fire Resistant Fabric Made From a Fiber Blend: A fire resistant fabric made of yarns consisting of inherently flame resistant materials and cellulose fiber treated with a flame resistant composition. Patent # 8528120. Inventors: Underwood and Cantin. Assignee: International Textile Group, Inc.
Protective Garment Including a Mesh Liner Layer: A layered firefighters suit that adds a mesh layer to the layers that are typically present (fire protection, insulation and moisture barrier layers). By using the mesh material, the bulk and weight of the insulating material is reduced making the suit more comfortable and less cumbersome. Patent #: 8516615. Inventors: DiGiovanni and Rousse. Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
High Heeled Bifunctional Pointe Shoe: A high heeled dance shoe modified to allow a dancer to go from on heel to an “on-pointe” or other ballet position. The intention of the shoe is to give a professional dancer (like ballroom) the look required for modern performances while allowing the dancer to incorporate ballet moves into the routine. Patent #: 8516717. Inventor: Bonilla-Espada. Assignee: Bonilla-Espanada.
Articles of Footwear: A shoe with a groove cut in the sole. This groove allows the sole to bend in such a way that the toes will be bent up relative to the ball of the foot. Patent #: 8516721. Inventor: Mahoney. Assignee: Saucony IP Holdings, LLC.
Shoe Tongue Centralizer: This is a post that runs a partial distance along the length of the tongue that is held in place by a band that is mounted at the top of the laces across the width of the tongue. Patent # 8516722. Inventor: Walker. No assignee.
Method of Making an Abrasive Cleaning Glove: Method to directly manufacture (knit) a glove with an inlaid neilsbed piece providing abrasive properties to allow the glove to be used for cleaning. Patent #: 8516858. Inventor: Costello and Costello. No assignee.
Loom and a Method of Controlling the Temperature of a Lubricant in Such a Loom: A (presumably high speed) loom with a second, separate, lubrication system for the shed forming mechanism. Since the shed system generates the highest power and friction, this separate system improves the effectiveness of the lubrication of the loom and the cooling of the lubricants themselves. Patent #: 8517060. Inventors: Champion and Communal. Assignee: Staubli Faverges.
Lift Support Garment: Pants incorporating front, back and side straps along with an inner lining that allow care givers to safely lift elderly and disabled persons. Patent #: 8522364. Inventor: O’Brien. No assignee.
Garment with Drawstring Closure: A two panel system for securing swim shorts with a drawstring. The invention appears to be targeted towards surfers but is broadly applicable for any sportswear where security of fit and closure is critical. Patent #: 8522365. Inventor: Geary. Assignee: Volcom, Inc.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Microsoft Windows systems running Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, and XP operating systems
A new malware campaign surfaced in 2013 and is associated with an increasing number of ransomware infections. CryptoLocker is a new variant of ransomware that restricts access to infected computers and demands the victim provide a payment to the attackers in order to decrypt and recover their files. As of this time, the primary means of infection appears to be phishing emails containing malicious attachments.
CryptoLocker appears to have been spreading through fake emails designed to mimic the look of legitimate businesses and through phony FedEx and UPS tracking notices. In addition, there have been reports that some victims saw the malware appear following after a previous infection from one of several botnets frequently leveraged in the cyber-criminal underground.
The malware has the ability to find and encrypt files located within shared network drives, USB drives, external hard drives, network file shares and even some cloud storage drives. If one computer on a network becomes infected, mapped network drives could also become infected. CryptoLocker then connects to the attackersâ€™ command and control (C2) server to deposit the asymmetric private encryption key out of the victim's reach.
Victim files are encrypted using asymmetric encryption. Asymmetric encryption uses two different keys for encrypting and decrypting messages. Asymmetric encryption is a more secure form of encryption as only one party is aware of the private key, while both sides know the public key.
While victims are told they have three days to pay the attacker through a third-party payment method (MoneyPak, Bitcoin), some victims have claimed online that they paid the attackers and did not receive the promised decryption key. US-CERT and DHS encourage users and administrators experiencing a ransomware infection to report the incident to the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
Users and administrators should take the following preventative measures to protect their computer networks from a CryptoLocker infection:
- Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages or submit any information to webpages in links
- Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the Security Tip Using Caution with Email Attachments for more information on safely handling email attachments
- Maintain up-to-date anti-virus software
- Perform regular offline backups of all systems to limit the impact of data and/or system loss
- Apply changes to your Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems and Firewalls to detect any known malicious activity
- Secure open-share drives by only allowing writable access to necessary user groups or authenticated users
- Keep your operating system and software up-to-date with the latest patches
- Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document for more information on avoiding email scams
- Refer to the Security Tip Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks
The following are possible mitigation steps that users and administrators can implement, if you believe your computer has been infected with CryptoLocker malware:
- Immediately disconnect the infected system from the wireless or wired network. This may prevent the malware from further encrypting any more files on the network
- Users who are infected should change all passwords AFTER removing the malware from their system
- Users who are infected with the malware should consult with a
reputable security expert to assist in removing the malware, or users
can retrieve encrypted files by the following methods:
- Restore from backup,
- Restore from a shadow copy or
- Perform a system restore.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Bill is survived by his wife Gabrielle (Coyne) Giblin with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Bill is also survived by his four sons, David Giblin(Betsy), children Ryan and Grace of Jacksonville, FL, Karl Giblin, son Dylan of Wareham, Michael Giblin (Kathy), children Sean, Kaitlyn, Connor of Glastonbury, CT and Steven Giblin (Denise) children Brandan and Jayden of Norton and his sister Judith (Bill) Pittman and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill received from UMass Dartmouth both a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering in 1957 and an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in 2006 and generously gave of his time and resources to his alma mater, serving on the Textile Advisory council and the UMass Foundation Board. Bill was a vital leader in the textile industry nationally and a dedicated supporter and ardent advocate of UMass Dartmouth; his long and significant service helped shape the future of both.
After graduation, Bill held a number of positions with companies in the textile industry, rising to the level of Vice President with Burlington Industries. Bill had retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tweave Inc. of Norton, Mass.
Bill was a strong advocate for the U.S. Textile industry, playing a leadership role in numerous trade organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the Northern Textile Association, and Chairman of the National Textile Association. Bill served as a Trustee of the University of Massachusetts from 1994 to 2004, in many capacities, including Vice Chairman of the Board. He was appointed to the Building Authority in 1996 and accepted the position of Chairman in 2004.
DATES: Public comments are due not later than November 15, 2013.
The first investigation, AGOA: Trade and Investment Performance Overview, will assess the impact AGOA has had on the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and identify factors that have impacted the trade, investment, and the economic climate of the region. In this report, the USITC will address AGOA trade performance, utilization, and competitiveness factors; AGOA's effect on the business and investment climate in sub-Saharan Africa; and the relationship between current or potential sub-Saharan African reciprocal trade agreements and the objectives of AGOA. This report will be submitted to USTR on April 17, 2014, and will be released to the public soon thereafter.
The second investigation, AGOA: Economic Effects of Providing Duty-Free Treatment for Imports, will assess the economic effects of providing duty-free treatment for AGOA imports on U.S. industries and consumers. This report will be confidential and will be delivered to USTR on April 17, 2014.
The third investigation, U.S. AGOA Rules of Origin: Possible Changes to Promote Regional Integration and Increase Exports to the United States, will identify possible changes to the rules of origin under AGOA with the potential to increase exports from AGOA-eligible countries. This report will be confidential and will be delivered to USTR on April 30, 2014.
The fourth investigation, EU-South Africa FTA: Impact on U.S. Exports to South Africa, will assess the impact of the EU-South Africa free trade agreement on U.S. exports to South Africa. This report will be confidential and will be delivered to USTR on April 17, 2014.
The USITC will hold one public hearing in connection with the four investigations on January 14, 2014. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on December 13, 2013, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-2000.
The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record for all four investigations. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on January 21, 2014. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.
Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the USITC's notice of investigations, dated November 13, 2013, which can be obtained from the USITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-2000.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Census Bureau will furnish report forms to organizations included in the surveys. Additional copies are available upon written request to the Director, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233-0101.
The Annual Survey of Manufactures collects industry statistics, such as total value of shipments, employment, payroll, workers' hours, capital expenditures, cost of materials consumed, supplemental labor costs, and so forth. This survey is conducted on a sample basis, and covers all manufacturing industries, including data on plants under construction but not yet in operation. All data items are collected on a mandatory basis under the authority of Title 13, United States Code.
Business R&D and Innovation Survey
The Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) measures spending on research and development activities by United States businesses. This survey replaced the Survey of Industrial Research and Development that had been collected since the 1950's. The BRDIS collects global as well as domestic spending information, more detailed information about the R&D workforce, and information regarding innovation and intellectual property from U.S. businesses. The Census Bureau collects and compiles this information in accordance with a joint project agreement between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Census Bureau. The NSF posts the joint project's information results on their Web site. All data items are collected on a mandatory basis under the authority ofTitle 13, United States Code.
Manufacturers' Unfilled Orders Survey
The Manufacturers' Unfilled Orders Survey collects data on sales and unfilled orders in order to provide annual benchmarks for unfilled orders for the monthly Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey. The Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) provides annual benchmarks for the shipments and inventory data collected in the M3 monthly survey. The Manufacturers' Unfilled Orders Survey data will also be used to determine whether it is necessary to collect unfilled orders data for specific industries on a monthly basis; some industries are not requested to provide unfilled orders data on the M3 Survey. All data items are collected on a mandatory basis under the authority of Title 13, United States Code.
Hazard: The nightgowns fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.
Consumer Contact: Babycottons toll-free at (855) 922-2437 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.babycottons.com and click on the Product Recall link on the bottom of the page for more information.
Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Childrens-Pajamas-Recalled-by-Babycottons/.
Units: About 1,100
Description: This recall involves Babycottons children’s 100% cotton nightgowns sold in sizes 24 months through toddler size 6. The nightgowns were sold in six prints including Alphabet (style 1413W245), BC Flowers (style 1413S220), Fairies (style 1413W125), Fairies Dots (style 1413W127), Mei Mei (style 1413S200) and Summertime (style 1413S190). The style numbers are printed on a hangtag attached to the garments. The white Alphabet gown has long sleeves with an alphabet print and image of an item beginning with that letter. The white and peach BC Flowers gown has the initials “BC” printed in the middle of the chest with a flower vines print. The white Fairies gown has long sleeves white pink fairies. The Fairies Dots gown has long sleeves with a white polka dot and solid pink background and a fairy applique in the center with a white ribbon. The white and pink polka dots Mei Mei gown has short sleeve with two girls printed on the center of the chest. The white Summertime gown has short sleeves with girls swimming in a coral and fish print. All of the gowns have ruffles on the sleeves, neck or bottom.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled nightgowns away from children and return to Babycottons for a full refund.
Sold exclusively at: Babycottons boutiques nationwide from February 2013 through July 2013 for $48.
Importer: Babycottons, of Miami, Fla.
Manufactured in: Peru
Hazard: The pajama sets fail to meet the federal flammability standard for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.
Consumer Contact: L.L. Bean at (800) 555-9717 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.llbean.com and click the bottom right of the homepage “Product Recall & Safety Info” for more information.
Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/LL-Bean-Girls-Pajamas-Recalled/
Units: About 800
Description: The recall includes Girl’s or Little Girl’s jersey knit aurora purple pajama sets sold by L.L. Bean. The sets have a solid purple top with long sleeves and purple pants with a pattern and a solid purple waistband. The pajamas were sold in girls sizes small (size 8) through extra large (size 18) and little girls sizes small (size 4) through large (6X/7). The pajamas product ID numbers included in the recall are 284889 and 284890 printed on the second side seam label under the care label. GPU#6 is also printed on the garment label located on the inside left seam near the bottom of the pajama top. L.L. Bean is printed inside the back of the neck of the garment.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajama sets away from children and contact L.L. Bean to receive a free replacement, a full refund or store gift certificate.
Sold at exclusively at: L.L. Bean retail stores nationwide from June 2013 through September 2013 for about $30.
Importer: L.L. Bean Inc., of Freeport, Maine
Manufactured in: China
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, "The beginning of the week will be devoted to discussions on investment rules and trade in services. The teams of negotiators will continue working on those topics during the course of the week, as other negotiators meet to discuss a range of regulatory issues, including regulatory coherence, technical barriers to trade, and sectoral approaches, as well as energy and raw materials, supplemented by video conferences on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and other topics."
Friday, November 8, 2013
USITC Reschedules Hearing on Trade Barriers That U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union
November 12, 2013: Deadline for filing requests to appear at Washington hearing.
November 13, 2013: Deadline for filing pre-hearing briefs and statements.
November 20, 2013: Public hearing.
December 2, 2013: Deadline for filing post-hearing briefs.
December 2, 2013: Deadline for filing all other written submissions.
February 28, 2014: Transmittal of Commission report to the USTR.
Recall Number: 14-015
Vans Recalls Boy’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard
Name of Product: Boy’s hooded jackets
Hazard: The jackets have drawstrings in the hood around the neck area that pose a strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children's upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC's actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
Consumer Contact: Vans Inc. at (800) 817-0618 anytime or online at www.vans.com and click on Recall Info for more information.
Units: About 2,400
Description: This recall involves Vans’ AV Edict hooded jackets for boys. They were sold in boy’s sizes S, M, L and XL and made from black cotton or black canvas with a drawstring through the hood. “Vans®” is printed on a tab above the jacket’s left front pocket. An intertwined “AV” logo is embroidered in black beneath the lower right pocket and also appears on the jacket’s snaps. “Vans®,” “OFF THE WALL®” and an intertwined “AV” logo is sewn on a label inside neck of the jacket.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled jackets away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or for a repair.
Sold at: Vans stores nationwide and online at vans.com from September 2012 through September 2013 for about $90.
Importer: Vans Inc., of Cypress, Calif.
Manufactured in: India
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
These negotiating sessions replace those originally scheduled for October 7-11, which were postponed due to the shutdown of the U.S. government. A negotiating session on government procurement took place in October, just prior to the shutdown.
The third round of negotiations will be held December 16-20 in Washington D.C.
Friday, November 1, 2013
2nd EURATEX CONVENTION - Berlin
Date 4 & 5 November 2013.
Place Deutsche Bank, Berlin
European Textiles and Fashion 2025 – A new industry paradigm driven by innovation” will be the motto of the Convention. European and International representatives from industry, sciences and politics will be invited to engage in a broad and intensive dialogue on the strategically relevant areas of action for the European Textile and Fashion industry in the near future. To see the program or to register, click here. David Trumbull, Principal, Agathon Associates, will be speaking on "Textiles and the Proposed EU-US Trade Agreement" on Monday afternoon.
Prior to starting Agathon Associates, consulting in textiles and trade, Mr. Trumbull, was, for nearly 20 years, employed by the National Textile Association. He served, both under the administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, as an industry adviser to the United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce.