The hidden cost A report from the Friends of the Earth Europe entitled "The Hidden Cost of EU Trade Deals" revealed that even before the UK and France were hit with penalties, other EU countries had been forced to pay out hundreds of millions of euros, and were facing claims for many billions more. A total of 127 cases have been brought against 20 EU member states since 1994. Details were only available for 62 of them—many ISDS cases take place in secret, with no information ever being released—and the total compensation claimed in those cases was €30 billion (£21 billion). ISDS tribunals certainly won't grant that full amount, but we do know that €3.5 billion (£2.3 billion) in fines have already been imposed on EU governments—monies that ultimately must be paid by EU taxpayers. … [Read more...] about How EU nations are being sued for billions by foreign companies in secret tribunals
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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
Early detection is the key. If you're signing up for one of these protection services, it's less about preventing the initial breach and saving you from being a victim of identity theft -- that's somewhat out of your hands, unfortunately. Instead, it's about getting a heads-up as soon as possible on suspicious activity to prevent you from needing to do a credit freeze or more to stop an identity thief. Whether your credit card has charges on it you never incurred, or you suddenly discover that loan collectors are trying to collect amounts you never borrowed, thanks to thieves halfway across the country -- or thieves halfway around the world -- who opened a credit card or applied for a loan in your name, seeing the suspicious activity early on is the name of the game. The scary fact is that these breaches can cost you a lot of money and identity theft monitoring can alert you to a problem before it becomes too big to handle. … [Read more...] about Best identity theft protection and monitoring services for 2021
Let’s say, for instance, you just finished Kill Bill and are now on a Kung Fu kick, feeling über Uma Thurman, or are particularly enjoying the quirky Tarantino movies. With Chromecast, on the main page of the movie, simply scroll down and either click one of the stars to see more of their work (as well as a little biographical blurb) or scroll down one more row to find recommendations based on various aspects of the movie, genre, or the creators and stars themselves. Among the options for this particular title were action movies, Oscar-winning titles, and an “if you like X” option that actually seems accurate. Different movies will elicit different categories based on their own unique aspects. … [Read more...] about Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, or Roku: What’s the best streaming stick for ~$50?
The WallStreetBets subreddit (WSB), widely credited with kickstarting GameStop's epic stock run in recent weeks, was briefly taken private by moderators Wednesday night amid a tsunami of "so many comments and submissions that we can't possibly even read them all, let alone act on them as moderators." Discord also took steps to permanently ban the official WallStreetBets channel, citing moderators for "continuing to allow hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings." Discord was the first to act, shutting down the WSB server sometime around 6 p.m. In a statement provided to the press, the social media service said the WSB Discord server "has been on our Trust & Safety team’s radar for some time due to occasional content that violates our Community Guidelines, including hate speech, glorifying violence, and spreading misinformation. Over the past few months, we have issued multiple warnings to the server admin." … [Read more...] about Discord bans WallStreetBets as subreddit briefly goes private