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Dear Ambassador Froman, The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) of South Africa is extremely concerned with recent attempts by the US government to discourage and curb the globe’s supply of affordable generic medicines available from India. Specifically, we object to the placement of India on the US ‘Special 301 Watch List’ over objections to the country’s intellectual property system, as well as subsequent condemnation from Members of Congress stemming from US pharmaceutical industry pressure, and attempts by a group of US commercial businesses (under the banner of ‘Alliance for Fair Trade with India’) to influence Vice President Biden’s current meetings in India. Through the development of its effective generic manufacturing industry, India has become an essential source of affordable...
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Dear Airlines, So things got tough a few years ago—jet-fuel prices skyrocketed, low-cost carriers put the squeeze on, profits nose-dived. You had to make big changes. We understood, we gave you space. And in spite of what your many, many critics say, you actually got a few things right. Tickets now cost some 30 percent less than they did in 1980. We can go between just about any two cities on earth in less than 24 hours, an achievement arguably as momentous as the advent of the Internet. And for more than six years, U.S. carriers haven't logged one significant crash. But when it comes time to board, cheap tickets and global shrinkage just can't compensate for the pain you inflict. Cramped seats, trashed interiors, lost baggage, and long delays—flying these days is about as...
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Dear Sirs, I am appealing to the International Gaming Industry to review the way in which health and safety issues are currently dealt with, it is my believe that they are inadequate and not focussed on the target market. Particulary in the case of the Online Gaming sector where we are calling for the Industry to adopt a common standard across all platforms. The very serious risk of DVT and resultant Pulmonary Embolisom should not be taken lightly and steps made to bring "Pre Game Advice Videos" onto the actual games during the "Boot Up" together with reminder "Pop Up Advisories" to remind players to take a break during Gameplay is what Take Time Out is calling for. If the game is not " DVT Approved" with "Active Alerts" this must be shown on packaging. Parents buying games...
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Dear Sir, New Zealand sheep farmers have seen their share of the retail price of New Zealand lamb in Europe shrink from 80% 40 years ago 45% in 2001 to less than 20% currently. Compare sheepmeats to the poultry industry where chicken producers get nearer 50% of the retail price of their product. 75% of the world across border sheepmeats trade is New Zealand grown yet due to the highly fragmented structure of New Zealand’s industry we are failing to take advantage of this position. In fact it is the supermarkets, who have themselves consolidated into a few, powerful buyers, that are taking advantage. We now have a chance to finally cooperate as farmers and form a company owned by farmers that can make the most of our strong position. We beg our cooperatives and especially their...
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Dear Barter Professionals, Just when I thought things were getting better, you had to go out and prove me wrong. Video is already the chosen internet medium of now, not some future thing that will be beneficial ten years from now. The net has caught up to and passed your creative prowess a decade ago. It is unacceptable to produce terrible videos now. A year ago, heck even six months ago, I would post those videos on this site as an example of good business practice…from now on I will be posting only two kinds of video: the examples of fantastic work, and the examples of terrible video. I will be clearly marking each video as such. Allow me to suggest that if you don’t want your video ridiculed for the whole barter industry to see, make something good, make something classy, spend some...
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Dear Sirs, This evening, as the Second Reading of the Digital Economy Bill was heard in the House of Commons, you were watched by a great many people. Many of these people had never watched Parliament in session before. Almost universal was the horror and anger at the affront to the democratic process which was unfolding before our eyes. This letter is addressed to you because you stated your support for the bill, and helped ensure its passage to the compressed “wash-up” stage of proceedings, despite the wide-ranging, contentious and to many unknown provisions it includes. Some of you expressed your dismay at the contempt shown for the House, the lack of scrutiny which has been afforded, and your deep concerns with respect to certain provisions. Despite this, you pledged your...
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Dear Ministers, I understand that the new Scottish Planning Policy is due to be announced on Monday 23rd June 2014. I am writing to you to express my support for the Concerned Communities of Falkirk (CCoF) position with regard to planning controls for unconventional gas developments. Their assessment of this industry and proposals for its de facto self-regulation, as well as their concerns about the potential public health impacts of such developments (including impacts on mental health and well-being as well as physical health), are based on some sound evidence. The economic, social and energy arguments for the industry do not convince yet the hazards and risks posed by the industry are potentially considerable and will not currently be regulated effectively. Organisations such as...
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Dear NATE Members, Welcome back to another great year with NATE, the National Association of Trade Exchanges. Our organization is stronger than ever thanks to members like you. NATE exists to give you a voice and to help advance the Barter and Trade Industry. Can you imagine our industry without an organization like NATE? Most of members tell us that networking with fellow industry professionals is priceless…. the power of a simple new idea can take your business to the next level, thanks to the contacts and friendships you make thru NATE. Our Industry is small but powerful thanks to the power of Trade Exchanges working together to advance and promote the business building power of organized and professional barter. NATE also promotes high standards of education and excellence...
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Dear sir, Read your pronouncements on the autorickshaws of Delhi with great interest. You have restricted the powers of Delhi police to suspend their permits and given them the right to refusal on their way home. You have announced an annual hike, constituted a welfare board and spoken of financial assistance up to Rs 5 lakh for a fresh vehicle. We know the autorickshaw drivers are among your core supporters. They kept the faith even during in your dark post-49 days phase. Like many other politicians, you have rewarded your key supporters. Indeed some measures are fine examples of social welfare, a touchstone of democracy. Nonetheless, there are two sides to every story. And in your city—or is it the LG's?—the autorickshaw narrative is incomplete without the version of the...
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Dear Sir/Madam, It has been brought to our attention that an announcement was made on a rail service to the effect that the use of ecigs was banned on the train as a “legal requirement”. Furthermore, in response to an email of complaint from a Scotrail customer, published in part on the Rail UK Forum, Scotrail stated: “We have taken legal advice on this matter and believe we are within our rights to exclude e-cigarettes under the existing railway bylaw that refers to a “lighted item”. The bylaw does not require the nature of the lighting to be an actual flame. In addition, the definition of “cigarette” in the bylaw is not restricted to a classic tobacco cigarette but covers any cigarette. There is no reference in fact to tobacco in the bylaw itself.”[1] We do not believe that...
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