#TTIP ‘ Dutch activists come out in force against secret trade deal #TTIPalarm

@AceFinanceNews – Featured Report: Update:June.09: Activists in the Netherlands on Tuesday started an online campaign against the controversial free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, a day before the European Parliament will vote on the deal.


Calls for ‘TTIP Light’ Amid Charges of Secrecy and Lack of Trust

MOSCOW (Sputnik) –  Opponents say that the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will benefit big corporations rather than ordinary citizens, as the deal’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system would enable foreign investors to sue states for damages.

Several watchdogs called on Twitter users on Tuesday to urge Dutch members of the European Parliament to vote against the ISDS, using hashtag #TTIPalarm, according to the campaign’s Facebook page.

“We do not want companies and the US government to decide what our rules, laws and standards should look like. Such things threaten our democracy,” the rights groups said in a statement.

Following the start of the campaign, #TTIPalarm became one of the top trending topics in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Over 2 million people have signed an online petition against TTIP and a similar deal with Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

On April 18, waves of protests against TTIP spread across Europe, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets to express their dissatisfaction at the speed and secrecy of the treaty negotiations and the possible negative impact of the deal.


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Five Star Ratings Mean Premium Fees For Care Homes

Nursing Home

Nursing Home (Photo credit: LOLren)

According a recent article provided by the BBC certain care homes that reach the standards essential for the type of care expected by the care regulator!

Will receive ” Premium Fees ” for care in their homes.

As the ” The Care Quality Commission ” {CQC} stopped issuing its own ratings in 2010 and homes are not reaching this essential standard some have taken to awarding themselves their 5 star-ratings by opting to carry-out their own ratings provided by their contracted ratings companies and consultants.

This allows these homes to show they are rated to provide essential standards and at the same time reach higher fees, leaving the elderly and vulnerable unable to know whether this home is up to standard.

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