eBay’s government relations team provided an update on the issue of online sales tax in a post on the eBay Mainstreet website on Thursday. The message: states were busy in 2019 updating and enacting sales-tax laws following the Supreme Court’s South Dakota v Wayfair decision, and states are resuming activity in 2020.
Nearly every state with sales tax had adopted a remote seller law, eBay wrote, and 39 jurisdictions (38 states plus Washington, DC) extended collection requirements to “marketplace facilitators” like eBay.
eBay said that under marketplace facilitator laws, it’s required to calculate, collect, and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped to customers in those states.
After an “active year” in 2019, state lawmakers “picked up where they left off,” moving to adopt new laws that require out-of-state sellers without a physical presence in their state to collect and remit sales tax, it said.
eBay provided a link to a list of states for which it is currently collecting sales tax as well as states where future implementation is scheduled.
eBay also provided some recent examples of states passing new online sales-tax laws, including Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Florida and Missouri have not yet adopted an economic nexus law for remote sellers or marketplace facilitators, eBay said, but lawmakers in those states are working on bills that could impact its marketplace and sellers.
eBay also noted that Georgia passed a marketplace facilitator law that will take effect April 1, 2020.
“As states debate new IST laws or seek to revisit their existing requirements, eBay will continue to advocate for workable tax policies that provide reasonable small business protections and streamline collecting and remitting standards across the states to avoid confusion, mistakes, and costly penalties.” (IST stands for Internet Sales Tax)
The full announcement is available on eBayMainstreet.com.
Original article was published on ecommercebytes.com you can view it here https://www.ecommercebytes.com/2020/02/16/ebay-more-sales-tax-laws-are-coming/
Kelly Jensen Digital Collections Specialist, California Academy of Sciences, gives one of five Shift Ignite talks earlier this year at the Shift Forum. A fascinating tale of tulip-mania (but with feathers!), this five-minute Ignite talk reminds us all what happens when social behaviors rapidly change.
Kelly Jensen: Hi, I’m Kelly Jensen. I’m a digital archivist and a founding fellow of Odd Salons, a cocktail and lecture series here in San Francisco, and I’m going to tell you a little story about the glory days of state sponsored ostrich theft.
The South Africans knew that if they needed to compete, they needed an edge.
When the Titanic sank in 1912, the most valuable cargo on board was a shipment of feathers that was insured for $2.3 million in today’s money because in 1912 only diamonds were worth more by weight than feathers. And the reason for this was the hat craze. Everyone needed hats with feathers on them, and they needed to be super big and fluffy, and sometimes people would have entire birds on their hats.
The feather trade was extremely profitable, and South Africa was the ostrich farming capital of the world. Feathers were its fourth largest export behind gold and diamonds, and ostrich feathers were the most profitable because they were the most fluffy. The town of Oudtshoorn was the epicenter of this.
A group of Lithuanian Jews who were fleeing Tsarist rule had ended up in this weird town in the middle of the desert and started Ostrich farming very successfully. The town is still full of feather mansions that were built with Ostrich profits.
There was a problem, namely that the Americans had gotten into Ostrich farming as well. The South Africans knew that if they needed to compete, they needed an edge. They thought that that edge would be the legendary Barbary ostrich.
The Fluffiest of Feathers
Barbary ostrich plumes were what they called double floss, which meant that they were twice as fluffy and, therefore, twice as profitable. Some Barbary ostriches had been imported into South Africa decades before, but no one was really sure where they had come from.
They had a hot tip that the birds had come from Nigeria.
The South African government decided to fund an expedition to go and look for the Barbary ostrich and bring them back alive and breed up the stock. Who else did they get to head this expedition but agriculture professors, of course, very natural.
They had a hot tip that the birds had come from Nigeria. They send the expedition off to Nigeria and they hire about a hundred local guys to carry all of their stuff.
They set up next to a major feather trading route. There was a local tradition of plucking the ostriches bald, so that was weird. They set up next to the trading routes and they’re looking for these Barbary ostrich feathers, and they finally find some. They come from over the border in French military territory.
They go to the French and they ask if they can take some ostriches and the French say, “No.” They cable South Africa and they’re like, “Well, what do we do now? Can we liberate some ostriches?”
The thing about South Africa is it’s only been a real country for like a year at this point, and they don’t need trouble with France. They hem and haw for a couple of months and they finally cable back and they’re like, “OK, you can liberate some ostriches, but if you get caught, we never heard of you.”
The thing about the ostriches is that they’re not good sailors.
Now there’s a problem. The delay means that the Americans have found out about this expedition and now they’re following the South Africans, trying to buy the same fancy ostriches. The Americans start buying up “junk” ostrich feathers, trying to trick the Americans into getting the wrong birds.
Now they’re being chased by French officials, American spies and the Tuareg raiders that keep attacking them. They manage to acquire 156 live ostriches. Then they realize that they now have to get these very large, angry birds back across the Sahara Desert.
Ostriches in Distress
They build these pens out of sticks and, basically, frog march these ostriches like 800 miles back to Lagos, so it’s fine. Then they only have to get the birds onto the ship. The thing about the ostriches is that they’re not good sailors.
In rough seas, they can flip upside down in their pens with their legs waving in the air. If they stay like that, they can die. On the way back, everyone’s on 24-hour call, listening for the sound of upside down ostriches in distress.
The moral of the story is don’t underestimate the effect of women on capitalism.
They make it back, and it’s awesome because they did it and they’re going to be feather millionaires. Like a year or two after they get back, the entire feather industry collapses, like completely.
There’s a couple of reasons for this and one of them is the Model-T because you cannot wear this big, silly hat in an open top convertible. It really doesn’t work.
Fashions started to change. Then the second nail in the coffin of the feather industry was World War I. Not only is everyone suddenly in mourning and not inclined to wear silly hats, but women are taking jobs as nurses and ambulance drivers and postal workers, and they need practical, no nonsense clothing that lets them get their jobs done.
The moral of the story is don’t underestimate the effect of women on capitalism. As the feather boom collapsed, all it left behind it was a legacy of ridiculous photos and one very nearly forgotten story. Thank you very much.
Reprinted from NewCo Shift.
Kelly Jensen is a Digital Collections Specialist, currently on leave from the library of the California Academy of Sciences to digitize photos of the making of Star Wars: A New Hope in the image archives of Lucasfilm Ltd.
This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.
So my new friend Chris has a hauntingly awesome show that came out last year in the UK but with a new season in the works I'm eagerly awaiting the season one posting on Reality TV's website!
I will be hosting a watch party and of course YOU are hearing about it first my little trend setters.
Created by Ghost Adventures’ Zak Bagans, Help! My House Is Haunted is a fresh new ghost-hunting series that leaves no stone unturned when it comes to searching for paranormal entities. Three investigators from around the world, join forces to uncover new evidence and find solutions to more than just bumps in the night. From lonely specters to problematic Poltergeists to Dark malevolent Entities. Owners of lived in castles, restaurants, pubs, multi-use properties, and family homes have had enough and want answers. The premier series spotlights haunted locations in the UK, Wales and Scotland as Internationally known Medium and Paranormal investigator Chris Fleming (USA) and Paranormal Investigators Barri Ghai (UK) and Sandy Lakdar (France) take the art of ghost-hunting into the 21st century. These 3 tackle the hauntings from start to finish. Finding who or what is attached to these locations. Using years of expertise and highly specialized technical equipment the team sets to work to find answers to the unexplained, and free homeowners from unwelcome spirits or learn how to coexist with them.
HELP! MY HOUSE IS HAUNTED is a 12-episode long series currently airing right now on UKTV’s Really Channel until late October.
Q: Is it airing outside the UK and Northern Ireland?:
Not yet, only in the UK and Northern Ireland at this time, the hope is this series will air internationally in all markets, including the USA, France, Canada, Asia, Australia, and so on! No further information is known at this time. TBD.
Q: Where can I watch?
It is available for viewing to subscribers of Sky 155, Freeview 17, BT & TalkTalk 017.…and On demand on UKTV Play
Q: Does Zak Bagans or any of Ghost Adventures crew make an appearance on the series?
No, Zak is the brainchild and executive producer of the series. He co-produced the series with his partnership with My Entertainment (USA) and Back2Back Productions (UK).
Q: Is Chris Fleming on all the episodes?
Yes, Chris is one of the three-team investigators and appears on all 12 episodes. Barri Ghai from the UK, who has appeared on numerous paranormal shows including the recent Celebrity Ghost Hunt and Sandy Lakdar who has appeared on Ghost Adventures and her own series, The Believers which airs in France both join and complete the three-person team. This is Chris’s return to TV as a regular and his 3rd broadcast TV series. He first took his passion to TV on the series Dead Famous with Gail Porter which aired from 2004-2008 in various countries for 32 episodes and on 5 episodes of A&E’s Psychic Kids in 2009-2010. Since then he has made guest appearances on numerous programs such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge and other unique paranormal programs.
Q: Is this like all other paranormal shows, what makes it different?
This series is taking a different approach in documenting the investigators to not just find answers and evidence, but obtain resolution – come up with practical, spiritual and unique solutions for the homeowner while confronting the spirits or entities haunting the home or land. Any evidence or encounter is tested and either verified or debunked during the investigation, but any debunking is mostly edited out to focus on what they do find and associate with the haunting. Solutions and spirit removal is rarely seen on TV. Since programs are only 42-44 minutes in length, the walk through, research and interviews along with the 12+ hours of investigating have to be condensed down to fit the one-hour time slot with commercials. Due to time and program constraints, certain evidence, and most debunking or testing of data has been edited out to give time for the story and important findings.
Q: What is the series mainly about?
Three investigators look into sightings and encounter experienced at a haunted location to help and find answers for the owner or owners. Some owners want it removed, others just want to know what it is and come to an agreement with the ghostly occupants. The team investigates the history and confront the spirits in the home to find out what is really going on. After reviewing collaborating evidence, their own experiences during the investigation and any messages or responses from the haunting spirits, the team comes to a conclusion on who or what is haunting the home and then follows through with a solution. They present all information and any evidence to the owner the following morning after a walk through the day before and all night investigation that stretches over 12 hours at the location. The goal is to help the client and the spirits attached to the property.
Q: Do any of the crew members have experiences?
Most of the crew experienced the unexplained during production,, encounters occurred during the all-night investigation and general filming of footage at the location. Some members, for the first time in their lives. Some of these encounters were captured on camera and may appear in the show. The series goal is to keep it organic and share what happens when it happens, for all involved. Cast and crew alike.
Q: How long is the season running?
Help! My House is Haunted launched on Really channel in the UK on Friday, July 13th, 2018 on Fright Night, and runs until Mid to late October of 2018 with 12 hour long episodes.
Q: Where can I find out more about the show?
You can follow on social media via Really Channel on twitter and on Really Channels website.
As well as through the social media of the investigators on the series:
Chris Fleming twitter
Chris Fleming Facebook Public Page
Barri Ghai Twitter
Barri Ghai Facebook page
Sandy Lakdar Twitter
Sandy Lakdar Facebook
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Fall 2019 marks the 30th birthday of DKNY and its innovative, genre-defining approach to style — a revolution at its founding and a force three decades in. Yet rather than look to the past, the brand’s seasonal campaign is rooted in the here and now, featuring powerful, graphic portraits of native New Yorkers Halsey and The Martinez Brothers, photographed by Amy Troost and styled by Carlos Nazario.
Having long since accomplished its mission of providing progressive yet pragmatic wardrobe staples for DKNY fans and their multi-faceted lives, the brand presents its fall 2019 campaign as a series of quintessential New York stories from respected and influential cultural figures. Self-made and self-assured, Halsey and The Martinez Brothers radiate their cool confidence, irreverent style, and pure talent in each image captured. Together, they embody the creativity that drives young people to the city — a place in which, even today, impossible dreams can be realized.
In the campaign, Halsey and The Martinez Brothers sport the most directional pieces from the DKNY fall 2019 collection: checked suiting, raw denim and leopard-print athleisure for her; fresh tailoring, classic outerwear and easy essentials for him. With a stark black-and-white aesthetic accented by a bold red logo, the imagery references DKNY’s innovative heritage campaigns of the 1990s.
“DKNY is the spirit of New York. It’s diversity and drive. It’s hard work and a pinch of destiny. They say if a bee strays too far from its hive, it will die. DKNY keeps my home in my heart, and the magic in my mind. It’s an honor to be a part of their 30th birthday.” Halsey’s punk sense of beauty and casual outspokenness have established her as a fearless voice of a generation, while the recent Billboard number-one single “Without Me” has confirmed her a global powerhouse. She is the epitome of grace under fire commanding the untamed forces of the city and paving a path for positive change, granting Halsey her New York stripes.
From the Bronx to Parisian runways to exotic islands, The Martinez Brothers have converted their high-fashion credibility into global DJ superstardom, now producing original music of their own and serving as regulars on the roster at many of the world’s most acclaimed nightclubs. “We were born and raised in the Bronx. We are blessed to have found our passion through music. It’s taken us to the far corners of the world, and along the way we have met so many people and have had the craziest adventures. At the end of it all though, New York is our home. It made us who we are and is with us always, wherever we may be. You can hear it in the music we play and how we talk, and see it in the way we dress. That’s why this partnership with DKNY is so natural and makes perfect sense for us. Excited to be a part of their family and continue to tell this New York story.”
During New York Fashion Week this September, DKNY will host a blockbuster 30th birthday party with a DJ set by The Martinez Brothers and a performance by Halsey.
Is jewelry causing that skin rash?
It’s the end of the day. You take off your go-to pair of earrings that you wear all the time and notice your ear lobes are covered with itchy red bumps. That rash may be the sign of a nickel allergy.
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. and more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year. Nickel isn’t one of the more common allergens. Here are answers to five common questions about nickel allergy:
What is nickel allergy?
Nickel is found in costume jewelry, watchbands, belts and eyeglass frames. Nickel allergy is different from your typical environmental, animal or food allergy. With those allergies, people usually experience an immediate reaction. If it’s environmental, you usually get sinus symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose and congestion. With animal allergy, you have the same sinus symptoms and may have difficulty breathing and hives. Food allergy symptoms include hives, swelling, shortness of breath, chest tightness or vomiting shortly after the exposure.
With nickel allergy, it takes a while for the immune cells to become sensitized. It could be months or years before you develop the contact dermatitis the allergy causes. The itchy red and sometimes blistering rash develops over time and it can take a long time to go away if left untreated.
What causes nickel allergy?
The cause of nickel allergy is unknown and there aren’t any risk factors for nickel allergy, unlike with the typical environmental, animal or food allergies. If you have a strong family history of environmental, animal or food allergies, you have a higher risk of developing an allergy. With allergies that cause contact dermatitis, it’s really hard to predict who will get it and when. There are people who may have used a product or been exposed to something their entire lives and, all of sudden, they start reacting to it because their immune cells have become overstimulated.
How is nickel allergy diagnosed and treated?
When I see a patient who thinks they have a nickel allergy, I take a good clinical history based on the location of the rash. I may also recommend patch testing. Patch testing is a little different from our typical allergy testing, where we’re doing a scratch test to look for immediate allergens. Patch testing involves taping allergen chambers to the back and leaving them on for 48 hours. One to two days after the patch is removed, the area of the back is examined and graded by a doctor. Sometimes people have a little redness all the way up to full on blisters. Then we know what degree of allergy they have.
How is nickel allergy treated?
Nickel allergy is usually treated with a topical steroid. You might be able to get away with an over-the-counter ointment but, if it’s a little more extensive, I’ll prescribe a prescription-strength topical steroid cream or ointment. If it’s really severe, you may need oral steroids to get the reaction to calm down.
How do you prevent nickel allergy rashes?
We really focus on prevention to keep nickel allergy rashes at bay. Wear gold, platinum, stainless steel or nickel-free jewelry. Silver jewelry is often a mixture of metals, so you need to make sure the silver doesn’t contain nickel. Use cloth, leather or plastic watchbands. If you have issues with belt buckles, wear an undershirt that tucks into your pants or skirt so there’s nothing rubbing against your skin. People have tried painting the item with clear nail polish, but there’s no scientific evidence it works. Usually, we just try to eliminate nickel or put a barrier between the skin and the allergen.
Princess Ogbogu is director of Allergy and Immunology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Makeup products, including mascara and eyeliner, are an important part of many people’s beauty regimens. However, bad habits and poor makeup hygiene can lead to problems involving your eyes and eyelids. Additionally, if you have sensitive skin, you may be more prone to allergy and irritation resulting from cosmetics.
Put simply, by applying makeup correctly and practicing good hygiene techniques, you can avoid many unwanted eye problems.
1. Avoid applying eyeliner to your eyelid marginsThe edges of your eyelids (the eyelid margins, near where your eyelashes grow) contain important oil glands called the meibomian glands. These oil glands provide the oily component of the tear film that lubricates your eyes.
Makeup can block these oil glands, causing an unstable tear film that evaporates too quickly. This can lead to issues with dry eye and irritation.
Applying eye makeup at the “waterline” – behind the lash line, where your eyelid meets your eye – is more likely to block the meibomian oil glands. Additionally, applying eye makeup to the waterline may increase the amount of cosmetic that enters your tear film and therefore contacts the surface of your eyes. Products such as glitter may be more likely to do this.
This is not only irritating, but may also potentially expose your eyes to harmful bacteria. If you want to apply eyeliner, make sure you do so on the side of your eyelashes that is farther from your eye.
2. Remove makeup before bedTaking makeup off before bed allows your eyes and eyelids to take a break from any potential inflammatory and irritating makeup particles. Remove your makeup every evening with a gentle makeup remover. Be sure to remove your contact lenses first! Some people with sensitive skin or a history of allergies may benefit from a hypoallergenic makeup remover.
Health tip: A gentle alternative to clean your eyelashes and remove makeup is baby shampoo.
3. Throw away old makeupEye makeup, especially mascara, provides a moist environment that can act as the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This puts you at risk for conjunctivitis, or pink eye. For this reason, it’s a good idea to dispose of any liquid or creamy eye makeup, including mascara and eyeliner, after three months. If your makeup becomes contaminated (for example, by touching something other than your eyelids), or if you develop pink eye, you should dispose of your eye makeup immediately
4. Don’t share makeup brushesSharing makeup and cosmetic tools, such as makeup brushes, can facilitate the spread of bacteria. This increases the risk of infection of the eyelids and even of the eye itself. It may be wise to avoid samples at makeup stores for this reason.
5. Contact lens wearers may be at higher riskWearing contact lenses can increase the risk of eye problems such as irritation and infection, particularly with poor contact lens hygiene. If your makeup hygiene is subpar, these risks are even higher. However, with the appropriate contact lens hygiene and makeup hygiene, most people can safely incorporate both contact lenses and makeup into their daily routines.
If you develop eye problems with your makeup, such as redness, pain, irritation, or vision changes, you should discontinue the use of all cosmetic products and see your eye care provider as soon as possible.
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