DirectTrust Seeks Nominations for New Board Directors

Nominees for three-year term sought from constituencies reflecting organization’s diverse membership

WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2024 / DirectTrust™, a non-profit healthcare industry alliance, standards development, and accreditation body focused on advancing trust in healthcare, today announced a call for nominations for new Board Directors. A volunteer position, DirectTrust’s Directors support the work of the organization with mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

"In a healthcare landscape where the threat of cyberattack or breach weighs heavily on the minds of every stakeholder, trust is paramount. It is the lifeblood of our organization," said DirectTrust Board Chair Katherine Lusk, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Texas Health Services Authority. "With this call for nominations, we seek industry leaders and innovators who are passionate about collaboration and committed to our mission of upholding privacy, security, and trust for stakeholders across the entire healthcare and social care continuum."

DirectTrust’s Board of Directors is relatively small and unusually active, working with the CEO on policy, strategy, industry relationships, technological advances, and improving the experience of stakeholders, including consumers, families, payers, and healthcare providers. DirectTrust is committed to developing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where all Directors, staff, volunteers, and members feel appreciated for their breadth of experience stemming from diversity in gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, and other differences and experiences.

Nominees for a three-year term commencing June 2024 must be (or become) and remain affiliated with a member in good standing of DirectTrust. They are sought from various industry groups representative of DirectTrust’s membership categories, including:

  • DirectTrust network service providers
  • Users of DirectTrust network services
  • Healthcare providers or provider organizations
  • Providers of services to healthcare or social service providers
  • Organizations providing social services that affect health
  • Payers of health services
  • Financiers in the health sector
  • Biopharmaceutical companies
  • Governmental agencies
  • Educational or scientific research organizations
  • Patient or consumer advocates
  • Participant in a DirectTrust Standards Consensus Body

Letters of interest with bios may be sent to Kelly Gwynn at The complete job description can be found here with the deadline for submissions COB March 18, 2024.

About DirectTrust
DirectTrust™ is a non-profit, vendor-neutral alliance dedicated to instilling trust in the exchange of health data. The organization serves as a forum for a consensus-driven community focused on health communication, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards development organization, an accreditation and certification body through EHNAC (the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission), and a developer of trust frameworks and supportive services for secure information exchange like Direct Secure Messaging and trusted, compliant document submission.

The goal of DirectTrust is to develop, promote, and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain privacy, security, and trust for stakeholders across and beyond healthcare. In addition, DirectTrust is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the interoperable exchange of health information while promoting quality service, innovation, cooperation, and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit:


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#AViewFrom Henkel North America: Cleveland, OH

#AViewFrom Henkel North America series

NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2024 / Automobiles, satellites, and home appliances are more reliable, durable, and visually appealing because of the adhesives made at Henkel’s Cleveland, Ohio facility. This manufacturing facility is one of the company’s most important sites for silicone, epoxy, and acrylate production. Running around the clock, five days a week, the highly skilled team at this plant is responsible for manufacturing more than 750 different formulations shipped globally to enable products that make life more mobile, beautiful, and comfortable. Learn more in this segment of #AViewFrom: Cleveland, OH.

Powered by 158 dedicated employees, Henkel’s Cleveland, OH operation manufactures epoxies, silicones, and acrylates for various automotive, aerospace, electronics, and consumer applications. Car tires, satellite control modules, EV batteries, and glass stovetops are just a few of the end products supported by materials from this plant. A dynamic operation, the staff’s know-how, precision manufacturing systems, and leadership ingenuity make Cleveland an inspiring place to work, essential to the markets it serves, and a vital part of the Henkel Adhesive Technologies network.

We have a team that embraces change and challenge. The operational complexity, the depth of knowledge required for what we make here, the impact our materials have on people’s lives… these are big responsibilities. No day is the same, everyone’s ideas are valued, and we are all in it to win. That’s what makes it tough, rewarding, and exciting. Cleveland has a history of solid performance, and we are building a future of greatness underpinned by trust.

Aaron LeGars, Director of Plant Operations

Henkel’s Cleveland site is one of the company’s most historic, having been a LOCTITE® plant since its founding in 1962. It comprises two primary production areas that house nearly 80 pieces of equipment and a team of knowledgeable manufacturing professionals. Now in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation that includes everything from operational systems to refurbished break rooms, Henkel is committed to ensuring this critical 200,000 sq. ft. site is built for the future, culturally vibrant, and sustainable.

Thomas Pickett, Continuous Improvement Manager, is overseeing much of the transformation, managing operational systems, 5S quality initiatives, and scrap reduction. "We are the North American pilot site for Smart Factory systems, driving overall equipment efficiency, ensuring resource preservation, and reducing waste," says Tom, noting significant progress in these areas. "Since July 2022, the plant’s water use has been reduced by 500,000 gallons annually, and the Cleveland site participates in Henkel’s zero waste to landfill program. We have made great strides, but we’re just getting started. It’s exciting to think about what this facility will look like in the not-too-distant future. I’m thrilled to be a part of it."


Facility leadership sets the cultural tone, and the management team comprising many new members in Cleveland is empowering. As Human Resources Manager, April Burton-Welch, explains, "Our leadership team will not let us sink, they will not let us float, we have to swim. They coach us through situations, listen to ideas, collaboratively develop solutions, and take full responsibility for the operation. It is refreshing, motivating, and fosters transparency and trust."


If you drive a car in North America, you probably have products from Henkel’s Cleveland site in your vehicle – in multiple places!

Adhesives made at the Cleveland plant are used in a variety of unique applications including on the interior, exterior and mechanical features of automobiles.

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Internet 2.0 Conference’s 2024 Edition Brings Game-Changing Discussions

DUBAI, UAE / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2024 / FinanceWire:

The Internet 2.0 Conference will be back in 2024, providing leaders with a legitimate platform in Dubai and Las Vegas to envision the future of technology.

The highly anticipated Internet 2.0 Conference is returning with its 2024 Edition, promising to be a cornerstone event for tech enthusiasts and professionals alike. Organized to empower and enlighten, this tech conference will be hosted at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, UAE, from February 20th to 22nd, 2024, and subsequently at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, USA, from March 18th to 20th, 2024.

Covering a wide spectrum of themes, the conference will explore the current trends surrounding the crucial topics of the tech world, such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing, quantum computing, AI & machine learning, API & other services, and more.

The two distinct agendas for 2024, each tailored to specific geographical locations and emerging trends, will introduce the attendees to thought-provoking panel discussions and keynotes. The USA 2024 agenda will dive into insightful topics such as "How AR/VR/MR Can Revolutionize Customer Experiences" and "Challenges In Datafication: Privacy, Security, And Ethical Considerations," to name a few, while the Dubai 2024 agenda will capture integral talking points like "The Business Case For Sustainability Tech: Balancing Purpose And Profits," "Unlocking The Power Of Cloud: Transforming Traditional Industries," among others.

"The Internet 2.0 Conference 2024 Edition is a legit and dynamic platform where technology experts converge, setting the stage for in-depth discussions and unparalleled networking opportunities. As we unite tech enthusiasts and professionals from across the globe, our focus is on exploring cutting-edge themes and creating an environment for spontaneous collaborations. Our vision is to promote an ecosystem of innovation and ensuring that our digital future is shaped by diverse and informed perspectives," commented Tarun Wadhera, Manager at the Internet 2.0 Conference.

The Internet 2.0 Conference envisions a transformative digital landscape where the Internet evolves beyond its current state. With a focus on innovation and collaboration, it aims to propel the digital world into a new era of decentralized technologies, enhanced privacy, and ethical AI. This gathering of tech pioneers and thought leaders seeks to explore cutting-edge advancements that will shape a more connected, secure, and equitable global tech ecosystem, assisting in a brighter future for all.

About Internet 2.0 Conference

The Internet 2.0 Conference is a premier tech conference that brings together leading minds in the technology industry. It offers a platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and exploring the latest trends and innovations in the tech world. The event showcases groundbreaking advancements and forecasts the future of digital landscapes. Attendees gain invaluable insights, supporting collaborations and shaping the next era of tech evolution.

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Varcoe: U.S. Pause on LNG Projects Offers Canada ‘Second Chance’ To Be Global Player, Says Enbridge CEO

By Chris Varcoe

NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2024 / Enbridge
Originally published by Calgary Herald

After standing on the sidelines for much of the past decade while the United States transformed itself into a global LNG powerhouse, Canada now has a monumental decision to make.

Does it also want to become a serious player in the global LNG game or be a small exporter to the world?

"It’s not very often that you get a second chance on an opportunity. And I think this may perhaps bode extremely well for that second chance, from a policy and support perspective in Canada – if we take advantage of it," said Greg Ebel, CEO of Calgary-based Enbridge, which is a partner in the Woodfibre LNG project.

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Cooling towers used to dissipate heat generated when natural gas is converted into liquefied natural gas are seen under construction at the LNG Canada export terminal in Kitimat, B.C. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

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Today Is The Deadline To File 1099, W-2, 940 & 941 Forms For 2023: E-file Now With TaxBandits!

ROCK HILL, SC / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2024 / Nationwide, businesses employing both employees and independent contractors face tight deadlines for filing and distributing Forms W-2 and 1099-NEC, and more. The crucial deadline mandates that all forms be submitted to the SSA and IRS today, with recipient copies postmarked no later than January 31, 2024. Additionally, payroll forms falling under the 94x series must also reach the IRS today. Many states require the filing of 1099 and W-2 forms with their agencies by today.

TaxBandits streamlines this process for business owners, tax professionals, and payroll providers. They can effortlessly e-file necessary forms with federal and state agencies, ensuring a secure and seamless distribution of recipient copies.

An Overview of IRS Forms Due Today

  • Form 1099-NEC requires filing with the IRS for payers who have paid $600 or more to independent contractors; recipients must receive a copy of this form.
  • Form 1099-MISC is crucial for payers filing with the IRS when payments of $600 or more are made for miscellaneous payments such as rent, prizes, medical and health care payments, etc. To meet IRS deadlines, it’s essential to complete this form by January 31st and provide recipients with a copy, ensuring tax compliance and accurate income reporting for both payers and recipients.
    • Forms 1099-INT, DIV, K, and R are also required to be distributed by January 31, 2024.
  • Form W-2 must be filed by employers with the SSA to report wages paid to employees, including income taxes, social security taxes, and Medicare taxes withheld. Copies of W-2 must be provided to all employees.
  • Form 940, also known as the FUTA tax form, should be filed annually with the IRS to report Federal Unemployment Taxes.
  • Form 941, a quarterly filing, must be submitted to the IRS by January 31, 2022, for the fourth quarter of 2023. Employers utilize Form 941 to report all employment taxes, encompassing Social Security and Medicare taxes.
  • Form 943, IRS Form 943, also known as the Employer’s Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees, is a tax document used by employers to report and pay federal income tax withheld, Social Security, and Medicare taxes for agricultural workers.
  • Form 944 allows employers the convenience of filing annually instead of quarterly, streamlining the process of reporting employment taxes. However, filing this form must be requested and approved by the IRS.
  • Form 945 is employed by businesses to report federal income tax withheld from non-payroll payments, such as pensions and gambling winnings This form is also applicable for reporting any backup withholding amounts retained by a business.

Affordable Care Act State Deadlines:

  • California – Providers and employers that offer health insurance coverage plans to residents of California must distribute copies of California Forms 1095.
  • Massachusetts – Providers and employers that offer health insurance coverage plans to residents of Massachusetts are required to file Form 1099-HC (Health Coverage) with the state and distribute recipient copies.

Seamless E-filing Solutions at the Last-minute with TaxBandits

Effortless E-filing:

TaxBandits provides a streamlined platform for businesses to file essential tax forms, including 1099, W-2, 94x Series, and ACA 1095 forms ensuring a smooth, last-minute filing experience. TaxBandits also supports state filing requirements and offers TIN Matching services for increased 1099 filing accuracy.

Comprehensive Compliance:

TaxBandits clients can trust in the platform’s commitment to compliance, avoiding potential penalties and ensuring adherence to IRS and SSA regulations. Additionally, their clients can opt-in to secure Online Access services to ensure that their recipient copies are distributed electronically today via a secure portal. Postal Mailing services also offer a simple option for distribution. TaxBandits doesn’t charge expedited fees for last-minute distribution.

User-Friendly UI: The intuitive design of TaxBandits allows for quick data entry, efficient form customization, and an overall stress-free e-filing process.

Flexible Data Import Options:

TaxBandits allows for simple imports of filing information. Clients can choose to bring their data to the TaxBandits application manually, in bulk, or through integrations with the following popular accounting software: QuickBooks, Xero, FreshBooks, and Zoho Books.

In addition to these integrations, TaxBandits is the exclusive 1099 e-file partner of Sage Intacct. The partnership enables Sage Intacct customers to transfer their 1099 data to TaxBandits directly from their Sage account.

Outstanding Customer Support:

At TaxBandits, we adopt a personalized approach to guide clients through the filing process, providing various communication channels, including email, phone, or a Live Chat function. Unlike navigating through lengthy phone trees and interacting with automated bots, TaxBandits is dedicated to delivering prompt assistance directly from a knowledgeable member of our team.

Exclusive Features for Tax Professionals

Tax professionals can enjoy the following features included for free in their PRO account:

  • Staff Management –Tools for inviting team members and delegating filing tasks.
  • Client Management – Tools for streamlined management of client filings.
  • Reports – Generate reports for tax season insights.
  • Volume Pricing – Savings increase with form filing volume.
  • Dashboard – A central location for managing all clients.

When asked about today’s IRS filing and distribution deadlines, CEO and CO-founder of SPAN Enterprises, Agie Sundaram, responded, stating "At TaxBandits, we’re not just meeting deadlines; we’re exceeding expectations. As the clock ticks on the 2023 Form 1099, W-2, and 94x Series deadlines, our commitment to providing extended support hours remains paramount. We understand the urgency of the moment, and our dedicated team is here for extended support hours, to ensure our clients can navigate the last-minute filing process with confidence."

Business owners and tax professionals can create a free account and begin filing now at

About TaxBandits:

TaxBandits is a SOC 2 Certified, IRS-authorized e-file provider specializing in Form 1099, Form W-2, 1095-C, 1095-B, Form 940, Form 941, and Form W-9. Serving businesses, service providers, and tax professionals, TaxBandits offers a comprehensive solution for year-end filings.

Software providers and other high-volume filers can take advantage of TaxBandits API. The integration allows them to add value for their clients and expand monetization efforts. TaxBandits API enables seamless preparation and e-filing of 1099, W-2, 941, 940, and ACA 1095 forms. Software providers can also use the developer-friendly 1099 API to request W-9s and automate 1099 filings efficiently.

About SPAN Enterprises:

Headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, SPAN Enterprises has been developing industry-leading software tools for e-filing and business management for over a decade. The SPAN Enterprises portfolio includes Tax 990, ACAwise, ExpressExtension, 123PayStubs, and TruckLogics.

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LA Kings Partners With Children’s Hospital Los Angeles To Support National Blood Donation Month

NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2024 / AEG:

Blood Drive Collected More than 55 Units of Blood Which Could Help Up to 110 Patients

To celebrate National Blood Donor Month, AEG’s LA Kings partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to host four blood drives that collected over 55 units of blood. The drives were held outside CHLA and Arena, and donors who participated in the drives received two tickets to a future LA Kings game of their choice.

"With national blood supplies critically low, the LA Kings are honored to partner with CHLA on these blood drives and raise awareness about the situation," said Amanda Apel, Senior Director of Community Relations, LA Kings. "One donation of blood can save up to three lives and every donation helps. We are proud to do our part to help to support those in need."

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is at the forefront of pediatric medicine, offering acclaimed care to children from across the world, the country, and the greater Southern California region. Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the largest provider of care for children in Los Angeles County, the No. 1 pediatric hospital in California and the Pacific region and is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals. To learn more about CHLA, please click here.

Through the Kings Care Foundation, the LA Kings are dedicated to providing health, educational and recreational opportunities for youth throughout Greater Los Angeles. To learn more about the LA Kings social impact work and Kings Care Foundation, click here.

An LA Kings fan registers to donate blood outside of Arena prior to the LA Kings home game.

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