Another huge problem with ISDS is evident in a major case against Romania involving manufacturing businesses in the north-west of the country. Initially, foreign investors were offered incentives to put their money into the companies, but then they were withdrawn for an interesting reason: the Romanian government was obliged to do so as part of its accession to the European Union in 2007. Despite that fact, an ISDS tribunal found Romania in breach of an investment treaty between that country and Sweden, which is where the investors were based, and obliged Romania to pay more than $250 million (£166 million) in damages. … [Read more...] about How EU nations are being sued for billions by foreign companies in secret tribunals
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None of these protection services will monitor your actual banking activity. I have long recommended a way to protect yourself from becoming a victim of most banking fraud, which is to examine all your accounts once a week. It's a bit of a pain, but just in my family, we've found numerous fraudulent activity and charges over the years. By doing this practice regularly, we've saved thousands of dollars. Consumer Reports recommends you do all your own monitoring, too. … [Read more...] about Best identity theft protection and monitoring services for 2021
Eighty-one percent of small US companies surveyed by Veem, a global payments network, expect the new coronavirus pandemic to affect their business over the next 12-16 months, and nearly 90% are bracing for an economic slowdown, the company said Monday. San Francisco-based Veem, which helped thousands of small companies apply for loans under the federal government's $660 billion emergency Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), said small businesses were moving quickly to adapt to the changing climate. Of the 690 firms surveyed, 65% said they had either submitted an application for the federal aid or planned to do so in the near future, Veem said in its first report on the sentiment among small to mid-sized businesses. The Small Business Administration has so far approved more than 2.5 million loans totaling $536 billion, it said Friday. The U.S. economy - the largest in the world - has been particularly hard hit by widespread shutdowns aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, the … [Read more...] about Over 80% of US small businesses expect longer impact of pandemic: Survey
Google Chromecast extra features The standout feature for Google’s Chromecast is without a doubt the ability to stream content from a phone, tablet, or computer through a myriad of compatible apps, directly to your TV. In fact, it used to be the only feature of the Chromecast and, after more than seven years of development, it’s amassed a formidable list of compatible apps. Essentially, most any app you use to listen to music or watch videos can stream from your phone to the Chromecast. And on computers, Google’s Chrome browser takes over any such duties. This is a feature neither the Fire TV Stick nor the Roku Streaming Stick+ can emulate in its seamlessness and wide-ranging compatibility, though Roku does come close. … [Read more...] about Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, or Roku: What’s the best streaming stick for ~$50?
The page was back up around 7:36 p.m., along with a new message from the moderators saying the subreddit had "grown to the kind of size we only dreamed of in the time it takes to get a bad night's sleep." Despite the use of special moderation software to handle the influx of attention, the WSB mods say that the "software isn't allowed to read the Reddit news feed fast enough and submit responses, and the admins haven't given us special access despite asking for it." … [Read more...] about Discord bans WallStreetBets as subreddit briefly goes private