Beneficiaries – Clever Splitter http://cleversplitter.com/ Sun, 02 Oct 2022 19:34:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cleversplitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-28T170948.334-150x150.png Beneficiaries – Clever Splitter http://cleversplitter.com/ 32 32 DSWD Holds Job Fair for 4P Beneficiaries in Tacloban City https://cleversplitter.com/dswd-holds-job-fair-for-4p-beneficiaries-in-tacloban-city/ Sun, 02 Oct 2022 10:36:00 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/dswd-holds-job-fair-for-4p-beneficiaries-in-tacloban-city/ (FILE) Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino or 4P program wait their turn to get their government financial aid at one of the banks in the city of Tacloban in this photo taken in 2021. —JOEY GABIETA TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has launched what it called a “first […]]]>

(FILE) Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino or 4P program wait their turn to get their government financial aid at one of the banks in the city of Tacloban in this photo taken in 2021. —JOEY GABIETA

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has launched what it called a “first of its kind” one-day job fair for beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) scheme ) who are looking for a job here on Saturday October 1st . 1.

The job fair was one of the highlights of the celebration of the third anniversary of the law institutionalizing the 4Ps.

READ: DSWD removes 160,000 Pantawid beneficiaries in Visayas

One of them was Matilda, 40, mother of three.

According to Matilda, who asked not to be identified, she lost her job as a cleaner at one of Tacloban’s private hospitals after giving birth to her third child.

“When I tried to return to work in 2019, management told me they would not renew my contract again, leaving me out of work,” she said.

“It’s a good thing that DSWD organized this job fair for 4P members like me. Luckily for me, I was immediately hired by another public hospital,” added Matilda.

Hospital management, she said, will call her to find out when she starts working as a housekeeper.

Grace Subong, director of DSWD in the Eastern Visayas, said the job fair was “tailored” to accommodate 4P members, especially their newly graduated children who are looking for work.

“This is a one-of-a-kind job fair because we want to make sure they have jobs after they graduate. And we have also reached an agreement with some entities to join this job fair as part of their social responsibility in helping our 4P members,” she said.

Candidates have actually been pre-screened by their office to ensure that they will be hired immediately.

This year alone, 6,081 4P beneficiaries in the region have “graduated”, meaning they have children who could potentially seek employment as they have stopped receiving the government cash grant.

4Ps is a government poverty reduction program in which poor beneficiaries receive cash grants to improve their lives.

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Beneficiaries of Skeerpoort land claims in the North West allege committee misappropriated money – SABC News https://cleversplitter.com/beneficiaries-of-skeerpoort-land-claims-in-the-north-west-allege-committee-misappropriated-money-sabc-news/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:07:42 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/beneficiaries-of-skeerpoort-land-claims-in-the-north-west-allege-committee-misappropriated-money-sabc-news/ Three hundred and sixty-two beneficiary households in Skeerpoort’s land claims want the committee that oversees their more than 50 farm plots to step down. This follows allegations that the Khutso Naketsi Communal Property Association Committee embezzled more than R26 million over the past five years. Beneficiaries marched to the committee’s offices in Skeerpoort near Hartebeespoort […]]]>

Three hundred and sixty-two beneficiary households in Skeerpoort’s land claims want the committee that oversees their more than 50 farm plots to step down. This follows allegations that the Khutso Naketsi Communal Property Association Committee embezzled more than R26 million over the past five years. Beneficiaries marched to the committee’s offices in Skeerpoort near Hartebeespoort to seek answers.

Sinah Modise, 115, was born on this particular agricultural plot. Although her parents worked the land for decades, she and her family were evicted. She described the circumstances of life on this farm.

“My son was not allowed to go to school because he was expected to herd cattle. We were kicked out when he refused,” says Modise.

The families reached 55 farms through the Security of Tenure Extension Act in the 1990s. They want the committee heading the Communal Property Association sacked for allegedly allocating funds from the CPA worth over R26 million to themselves.

“We want to achieve the goals of taking this office out of the office so that a new committee that has brains, thinks for the people can come into this office and work for these poor people of Skeerport,” says another grantee, Douglas Ncube.

“We cry, we need our money. We have been attending meetings for too long, but they do nothing,” says another beneficiary.

“My mother was born here, it’s the land of our grandfathers who fought in the Second World War,” explains another beneficiary.

The committee appointed to oversee the Khutso Naketsi Communal Property Association could not be reached for comment.

VIDEO: Skeerpoort land claim beneficiaries call on committee to stand down

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DAR and Landbank Issue Moratorium Guidelines for Beneficiary Land Payments │ GMA News Online https://cleversplitter.com/dar-and-landbank-issue-moratorium-guidelines-for-beneficiary-land-payments-%e2%94%82-gma-news-online/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 03:03:33 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/dar-and-landbank-issue-moratorium-guidelines-for-beneficiary-land-payments-%e2%94%82-gma-news-online/ The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines have issued a joint order providing the guidelines for implementing the moratorium on the payment of depreciation and interest on land for beneficiaries of agrarian reform. In a joint press release on Thursday, DAR and Landbank said Land Reform Secretary Conrado […]]]>

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines have issued a joint order providing the guidelines for implementing the moratorium on the payment of depreciation and interest on land for beneficiaries of agrarian reform.

In a joint press release on Thursday, DAR and Landbank said Land Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III and Landbank President and CEO Cecilia Borromeo signed the joint administrative order that provides the rules. and Implementing Regulations (IRR) to the 2022 Executive Order Series No. 4. on September 28, 2022.

EO 4, signed by President Bongbong Marcos, orders a one-year moratorium on annual amortization and interest payments to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) who received land under the comprehensive scheme agrarian reform (CARP).

The agencies said the TRI they signed specifies that the one-year moratorium covers the payment of principal value and annual interest due and payable by the ARBs.

“The one-year moratorium period will allow time for Congress to pass legislation condoning existing land reform loans for current ARBs and free distribution of land for future beneficiaries,” Estrella said.

The moratorium mainly covers the financial obligation to pay the full cost of the land under Presidential Decree No. 27, including interest at the rate of 6% per annum, as provided for in Article 6 of EO No. 228 ; and the financial obligation to pay the principal value, including the annual interest of 6% of the land depreciation over 30 years of the ARBs under Article 26 of Law No. 6657, as amended.

“Landbank supports this historic initiative which is now taking off. We will provide immediate financial assistance to ARBs across the country and achieve positive results to ensure food security in the country,” Borromeo said.

Landbank serves as the national government’s collection agent for ARB land write-offs, in line with its mandate as CARP’s financial intermediary.

All collections are remitted by the Bank to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) as part of national government revenue.

The DAR and the Landbank said their joint administrative order covers the identification of eligible beneficiaries to benefit from the one-year suspension of payments, the impact of the initiative to improve the productivity and profitability of ARBs being duly documented and promoted.

EO 4, in turn, directs the DAR and the Landbank to jointly submit to the Office of the President, through the Office of the Executive Secretary, a comprehensive report on the implementation of this Order, including data on the number of ARBs actually covered and the impact of the moratorium, among others.

The agencies said their joint administrative order will take effect upon publication in the Official Gazette or in a widely circulated newspaper. —LBG, GMA News

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Medicare Beneficiaries Face New Changes in 2023 https://cleversplitter.com/medicare-beneficiaries-face-new-changes-in-2023/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:23:42 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/medicare-beneficiaries-face-new-changes-in-2023/ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO- It’s Medicare open enrollment season again! Beginning October 1, 2022, Medicare beneficiaries find themselves inundated with letters, phone calls, invitations from insurance agents to participate in educational programs, 60-second television commercials endorsing Medicare products by well-known movie stars and full-page newspaper ads promising benefits that’s too good to […]]]>

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~

Denver, CO- It’s Medicare open enrollment season again! Beginning October 1, 2022, Medicare beneficiaries find themselves inundated with letters, phone calls, invitations from insurance agents to participate in educational programs, 60-second television commercials endorsing Medicare products by well-known movie stars and full-page newspaper ads promising benefits that’s too good to be true.

Focused on its mission, the Colorado Gerontological Society is offering our Medicare Monday educational sessions covering Medicare 2023 changes. In addition, there will be New to Medicare sessions to help those who turn 65 in 2023 or leave the workplace and will need to enroll in Medicare. The 2023 Medicare Changes and New to Medicare educational sessions will be available in-person and on zoom beginning October 17 and running through November 14. See our announcement for a list of locations, dates and times.

Medicare beneficiaries will face decisions about prescription drug coverage with possible higher coinsurance, deductibles and loss of coverage. Other changes include premiums which are expected to remain stable, however, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance are expected to increase.

Some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, especially in the Denver area, are losing coverage and will be forced to find a new plan, new doctors and other providers.

Wednesday Lunch and Learns will take an in-depth look at Medicare topics. For five weeks, beginning October 19, Eileen Doherty will lead in-depth discussions on prescription drugs, choosing the Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplements, consumer protection from the Inflation Reduction Act, the coordination of Medicare benefits with employer group plans and who pays for durable medical equipment.

Advisors will provide one-on-one counseling sessions to help make decisions about enrollment, benefits and coverage.

Prescription medication counseling is available in partnership with University of Colorado School of Pharmacy students who will review medication management, drug interactions, and look for ways to save money on annual costs .

Educational sessions and guidance will be available in English and Spanish. Sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested for in-person sessions at 303-333-3482, 1-866-294-3971 (toll-free), or 1-855-880-4477 (Spanish). To register for Zoom Sessions, visit www.senioranswers.org.

The Colorado Gerontological Society salutes Latino seniors for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty, MS is the executive director of the Colorado Gerontological Society. His areas of expertise include management and administration of non-profit organizations, education and training on issues related to older persons, advocacy and policy development on issues relating to older persons, and the clinical practice of working with older people and families to manage their lives in the years to come. She has been a director of the society since 1982. She teaches nonprofit management at Fort Hays State University.

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No more trouble for Hemant Soren as close aides of ED charge sheets as beneficiaries of illegal coal mining worth more than Rs 1,000 Crore https://cleversplitter.com/no-more-trouble-for-hemant-soren-as-close-aides-of-ed-charge-sheets-as-beneficiaries-of-illegal-coal-mining-worth-more-than-rs-1000-crore/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 10:40:15 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/no-more-trouble-for-hemant-soren-as-close-aides-of-ed-charge-sheets-as-beneficiaries-of-illegal-coal-mining-worth-more-than-rs-1000-crore/ Jharkhand’s Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s woes seem to be piling up. The latest setback comes in the form of the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate investigating an illegal coal mining racket similar to that in neighboring Bengal, filing an indictment against close associates of Soren for their involvement in racketeering. The ED also estimated the racket […]]]>

Jharkhand’s Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s woes seem to be piling up.

The latest setback comes in the form of the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate investigating an illegal coal mining racket similar to that in neighboring Bengal, filing an indictment against close associates of Soren for their involvement in racketeering.

The ED also estimated the racket proceeds to be worth more than Rs 1,000 crore.

The ED indictment sheet names ruling MP Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Pankaj Mishra as the kingpin of the racket.

Mishra, who was arrested on July 19 by the ED and is currently in police custody, is very close to Soren who faces disqualification from the state assembly for holding a stone quarrying license.

Mishra would be JMM’s chief financial officer and had advised Soren on key issues. His arrest was a blow to the Chief Minister.

“Investigations revealed that Pankaj Mishra, who enjoys enormous political clout, controls illegal mining businesses as well as domestic ferry services in Sahebganj and its adjacent areas through his accomplices. It has considerable control over the extraction of stone chips and boulders as well as the installation and operation of several crushers installed at various mining sites in Sahebganj,” an ED spokesperson said.

The ED indictment filed under the strict Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002 in a special court in Ranchi, also names another associate of Soren – businessman Prem Prakash – as the main defendant.

Mishra’s interrogation led the ED to focus on Prem Prakash who is close to many high-level state politicians and bureaucrats.

Two AK-47 rifles and 60 live rounds were recovered from one of Prakash’s residences. Prakash was arrested on August 5 and is in jail.

The ED had also raided the residences and offices of accountants Jaishankar Jaipuriar and Anita Kumari and seized numerous documents revealing the involvement of JMM politicians and government officials close to them in the illegal mining racketeering. coal.

A senior ED officer said the agency’s investigations revealed that Mishra, Prem Prakash and another ringleader Bachuu Yadav were also involved in laundering huge sums of money on behalf of some politicians in foreground of the JMM.

The ED searched 47 locations across the country and seized Rs 5.34 crore in cash. The agency froze bank accounts in which a total of Rs 13.32 crore – the proceeds of illegal coal mining racketeering – was parked. The ED also seized a river boat MV Infralink-III, five rock crushers and two Hyva trucks belonging to Mishra.

While Ranchi Court learned of ED’s indictment earlier this week, ED’s investigation is still ongoing.

The indictment is not the last and other names are likely to be added to the list of defendants.

BJP leaders say Hemant Soren is likely to come under the ED scanner as more evidence is uncovered.

“Prem Prakash is very close with Soren family friend Amit Agarwal. Agarwal manages the financial affairs and investments of the Soren family. Prakash is also involved with the Maoists,” said BJP Lok Sabha MP Nishikant Dubey.

Dubey says a thorough investigation will reveal Hemant Soren’s name as the main beneficiary of the racket.

The ED’s assertion that investigations into the racketeering are ongoing and that the indictment that has been submitted is not the final one is of grave concern to Hemant Soren.

“This means the ED believes there is much more to the racketeering than it has been able to uncover thus far. And the evidence is said to be mounting against Soren and certain other JMM leaders,” said Dubey, who represents Godda Lok Sabha headquarters.

The money trail, those in the know have confirmed swarajyaslowly leads to the direction of JMM.

The proceeds of the racketeering were funneled through Hemant Soren’s close aide, Pankaj Mishra, on behalf of JMM’s top executives, through a network of deals and front companies located in various parts of the country.

ED raids on chartered accountants and properties in Bihar, Delhi, Gurugram, Noida and Tamil Nadu have led to the seizure of numerous incriminating documents which are being analysed.

Other people, ED sources confirmed, will be called for questioning in the case. And the ED is likely to seek further custody of Pankaj Mishra and others for questioning.

Mishra learns to be angry with Hemant Soren for not doing enough to bail him out. He (Mishra) has been behind bars for more than two months. Soren made no attempt to defend him.

“Mishra is very upset that Soren, whom he was very close to, practically abandoned him. Soren did not even grant legal assistance and left Mishra to defend himself. So it is very likely that Mishra will start talking and spill the beans about his party’s (JMM’s) top leaders’ involvement in the racketeering,” said a senior BJP leader who was a minister in the last BJP government in the state.

ED’s ongoing review of documents seized from chartered accountants also leads the agency to suspect the direct involvement of JMM’s top executives in the racketeering.

All of this is bad news for Hemant Soren who faces an uncertain future. State Governor Ramesh Bais has yet to reveal the contents of a letter he received from the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding a complaint against Soren for violation of the Representation of the People Act. .

The ECI is widely believed to have recommended the disqualification of Hemant Soren from the assembly and the banning of his candidacy for elections for a number of years.

The Governor’s non-disclosure of the ECI recommendations kept Hemant Soren and the JMM-Congress-RJD government of the state in suspense.

Also Read: Explained: The Political Confusion and Conundrum of Jharkhand

In the face of uncertainty and divisiveness, a desperate Hemant Soren resorts to tightrope in Jharkhand

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TAHDCO plans to lend directly to SC beneficiaries, says Kandasamy https://cleversplitter.com/tahdco-plans-to-lend-directly-to-sc-beneficiaries-says-kandasamy/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/tahdco-plans-to-lend-directly-to-sc-beneficiaries-says-kandasamy/ VELLORE: TN Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation (TAHDCO) is working on a project to provide financial assistance directly to SC recipients as commercial banks do not disburse loans on time, delaying their efforts to develop in life , said the company’s MD KS Kandasamy. Kandasamy, who attended a review meeting of various SC/ST and […]]]>

VELLORE: TN Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation (TAHDCO) is working on a project to provide financial assistance directly to SC recipients as commercial banks do not disburse loans on time, delaying their efforts to develop in life , said the company’s MD KS Kandasamy.

Kandasamy, who attended a review meeting of various SC/ST and TAHDCO programs for Krishnagiri, Vellore, Tirupattur, Tiruvannamalai and Ranipet districts chaired by Minister of Social Affairs AD Kayalvizhi Selvaraj, said: “within five districts alone, 2,174 loan applications were pending with banks for more than a year, while 685 applications were pending for more than six months.

“Time is what drove TAHDCO into the banking business because all we need is the necessary banking software. Based on the 4% interest we charge for the granted amount, TAHDCO will get 2.5% while the central and state governments will get 1% and 0.5% respectively,” he added.

Pointing out that such a model already existed in Kerala, Kandasamy said, “However, the conditions there are so strict. We are now planning to take a team of 7 members to Telangana by the end of this month to study a similar project there.

Similarly, efforts were underway to introduce land purchase programs, which would include the cost of land development. Until now it was separate and was the only reason many did not use it. Also, the need to show 4.50 acres for the loan of tractors would soon be removed.

Similarly, efforts are underway to introduce land purchase schemes, which would include the cost of land development, TAHDCO MD said.

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OPM plans free university in Nigeria…as 15 scholarship recipients leave for Cyprus https://cleversplitter.com/opm-plans-free-university-in-nigeria-as-15-scholarship-recipients-leave-for-cyprus/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 23:39:21 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/opm-plans-free-university-in-nigeria-as-15-scholarship-recipients-leave-for-cyprus/ The Omega Power Ministries (OPM) will soon have its own university in Nigeria which would be free for all Nigerians.It was even then that the general overseer of the church, Apostle Chinyere Gift Chibuzor, offered a scholarship to 15 other young people to study at the prestigious final university in Cyprus, as part of the […]]]>

The Omega Power Ministries (OPM) will soon have its own university in Nigeria which would be free for all Nigerians.
It was even then that the general overseer of the church, Apostle Chinyere Gift Chibuzor, offered a scholarship to 15 other young people to study at the prestigious final university in Cyprus, as part of the celebration of its 49th birthday.
The beneficiaries, visibly delighted, left Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, accompanied by the general overseer on Monday.
Speaking to reporters at the airport before the beneficiaries left, Chibuzor said it became necessary for OPM to have its own tuition-free university due to the high cost of sponsoring church scholarship beneficiaries. in foreign countries.
He said that as soon as the new university is put into operation, the OPM will no longer send young people abroad to study, lamenting that the sponsorship of people abroad through a scholarship has today a heavy financial toll on the church due to the high naira exchange rate, amid other global challenges.
Chibuzor revealed that the airfare for one of the scholarship recipients, which was just over 500,000 naira six months ago, has now risen to 1.7 million naira, saying that despite in apparent setback, the church maintained its foreign college scholarship program. for over 10 years now.
He noted that taking the 15 scholarship recipients to Cyprus this time was his birthday present to the world, and urged the recipients to always focus on their studies and not be distracted by beautiful worldly things and pleasures abroad in order to help others on their degree.
The General Overseer further implied that the church had, through tithes and offerings, already paid for the tuition and accommodation of 80 beneficiaries, adding that the 15 were the first batch, as other lots would soon follow, and recalled that 84 OPM scholarship recipients were already studying at Cyrus.
Among the beneficiaries were three young ladies who had previously been sent to Dubai by the church to train as nurses for a brief period, but were struggling due to the seemingly frosty relationship between the federal government and the UAE. .
The trio, who recounted their ordeal, said they were brought back to Nigeria by the General Overseer who offered them another opportunity to complete their nursing programs in Cyprus for four years like the other beneficiaries.
More pathetic is the story of another beneficiary, Mr. Godswill Chibuzor Uchendu, who had an accident a few years ago which broke his leg.
Uchendu said he was rescued by the OPM when he was abandoned by society and only made a living by carrying blocks.
The young man said in an interview that Apostle Chibuzor not only provided him with an artificial leg and a walking aid, but also offered him a plot of land in Port Harcourt and deemed him worthy of being part of it. of those who went to Cyprus to upgrade. his education. For all this, Uchendu thanked God and the cleric.
His father, Mr. David Uchendu, who is a carpenter, spoke to reporters amidst tears and thanked the man of God for his good deeds.
Miss Emmanuella Assimita of Cross River State; Mr. Lucky Emmanuel Wonaemi from Bayelsa State; and Miss Covenant Kelechi Onyenze of Imo State, said in separate interviews that Apostle Chibuzor was sent by God and prayed to God to grant him long life.
Another beneficiary, Miss Mmesoma Favor Obasi, from Abia State, told The Tide that she lives in Lagos with her parents but could not cope with her education due to poverty.
She, however, expressed her joy at being discovered by the OPM as one of those traveling to Cyprus to continue her studies.

By: Donat Ebi

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Meeting over tensions at Zebediela Citrus Estate leaves beneficiaries with bitter taste https://cleversplitter.com/meeting-over-tensions-at-zebediela-citrus-estate-leaves-beneficiaries-with-bitter-taste/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 08:03:25 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/meeting-over-tensions-at-zebediela-citrus-estate-leaves-beneficiaries-with-bitter-taste/ Zebediela Citrus Farm in Limpopo. PHOTO: Deon Raath/Gallo Images/Report A meeting to resolve tensions over Zebediela Citrus Estate was fruitless. The provincial department of agriculture and rural development rejected some requests. Concerned beneficiaries have accused the government of sitting back. A meeting aimed at resolving tensions at the Zebediela Citrus Estate in Limpopo ended without […]]]>

Zebediela Citrus Farm in Limpopo.

PHOTO: Deon Raath/Gallo Images/Report

  • A meeting to resolve tensions over Zebediela Citrus Estate was fruitless.
  • The provincial department of agriculture and rural development rejected some requests.
  • Concerned beneficiaries have accused the government of sitting back.

A meeting aimed at resolving tensions at the Zebediela Citrus Estate in Limpopo ended without an agreement after the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development rejected some of the demands.

The meeting was convened on the instruction of Prime Minister Stan Mathabatha, after receiving complaints from affected beneficiaries, under the auspices of the Save Zebediela Citrus Estate Committee, of alleged financial malfeasance.

The estate was one of the largest orange producers in the southern hemisphere before being returned – as part of the land reform process – to the Bjatladi community in 2003.

The committee had accused the Bjatladi Communal Property Association (CPA) of failing to submit financial statements and siphoning off funds after currently suspended lawyer Tumi Mokwena took over management of the estate in 2016 .

READ | Limpopo PM calls for urgent resolution to Zebediela Citrus Estate fury

The committee demanded a forensic audit and investigation into how Mokwena came to manage the estate.

The department convened a meeting at its provincial headquarters in Polokwane last week to try to resolve the tension.

However, the meeting fell apart over the forensic audit and Mokwena’s issues.

Rows of plants and vines at Zebediela Citrus Farm

The Zebediela citrus grove being restored, seen on October 6, 2017 in Limpopo.

Images Gallo Deon Raath

Department spokesman Joshua Kwapa told News24: “The department did not give in to the request for an audit because the CPA is an independent company and the government would not have such authority and jurisdiction. Further, the requested process is not prescribed by the CPA Act.”

However, committee chairman Ike Kekana accused the department of dereliction of duty.

Kekana said:

The government is taking tax dollars to buy Zebediela Citrus Estate for us. When the farm is stolen or hijacked, the same government tells us they don’t want to hear about the theft. Shocking.

The CPA indicated that it would report the results of the meeting to its members.

CPA Deputy Secretary Walter Tlolane said what the department had said was “enough”.

On how the matter would ultimately be resolved, Kwapa said the department would appoint a mediation team to help the two groups work toward a lasting solution.

“The government is currently engaged in developing a master plan that will guide the process. [The] the goal is to get the estate back into full production,” Kwapa said, reiterating what has been said in recent years about resuscitating the estate.


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Despite overdoses of 50,000, number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving MAT OUD treatment remains low https://cleversplitter.com/despite-overdoses-of-50000-number-of-medicare-beneficiaries-receiving-mat-oud-treatment-remains-low/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 17:44:59 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/despite-overdoses-of-50000-number-of-medicare-beneficiaries-receiving-mat-oud-treatment-remains-low/ Last year, about 50,400 Medicare Part D beneficiaries suffered an opioid overdose. This is according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report also found that less than 20% of Medicare beneficiaries with opioid use disorder (OUD) received medication to treat […]]]>

Last year, about 50,400 Medicare Part D beneficiaries suffered an opioid overdose.

This is according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report also found that less than 20% of Medicare beneficiaries with opioid use disorder (OUD) received medication to treat their condition.

“There is clearly still cause for concern and continued vigilance, although some positive trends are emerging,” the research authors wrote. “Monitoring opioid use and access to medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder as well as naloxone are key to addressing the opioid crisis.”

About 23% of Medicare Part D beneficiaries received at least one opioid prescription in 2021. This is down one percentage point from 2020. The report found that nearly 200,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries received large amounts of opioids in 2021.

Researchers report that approximately 1.1 million Medicare beneficiaries are diagnosed with OUD. But less than 200,000 receive medication to treat their OUD.

“Methadone for the treatment of opioid use disorder cannot be administered or

provided by opioid treatment programs,” the report said. “Because methadone for the treatment of opioid use disorder is not dispensed by a pharmacy, it is not covered by Part D.”

Other OUD drugs, including buprenorphine and naltrexone, can be dispensed by a pharmacy and are covered under Part D.

In December, the OIG released a report recommending a number of actions for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. He suggested additional outreach to Medicare beneficiaries about their OUD treatment coverage.

The OIG also called for more providers and opioid treatment programs for people with TOU and more data sharing between government agencies. An action plan to address disparities in the treatment of TOU was also recommended.

Medicare does not cover intensive residential or outpatient services for substance use disorders (SUD). A recent report from the Legal Action Center (LAC) found that expanding the scope of Medicare SUD coverage would cost approximately $1.9 billion per year.

It also predicts that covering more services would save an estimated $1.6 billion annually due to decreased medical costs and hospitalizations associated with SUD.

“The lack of Medicare coverage for SUD treatment is a reasonable sum and an insane pound,” said Ellen Weber, LAC’s senior vice president for health initiatives, in a statement. “This leaves millions of recipients without adequate treatment for their substance use disorder until their condition becomes acute enough to require hospitalization.”

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Are Asian Americans Victims of Racism or Beneficiaries of Whiteness? It’s complex. https://cleversplitter.com/are-asian-americans-victims-of-racism-or-beneficiaries-of-whiteness-its-complex/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:16:00 +0000 https://cleversplitter.com/are-asian-americans-victims-of-racism-or-beneficiaries-of-whiteness-its-complex/ What both sides of this argument miss is the complexity of race in America. Get Weekend Reads from Ideas A weekly bulletin from the Boston Globe Ideas section, forged at the intersection of “what if” and “why not”. In 2019, Federal Judge Allison Burroughs confirmed Harvard admissions practices as legally sound in its decision, but […]]]>

What both sides of this argument miss is the complexity of race in America.

In 2019, Federal Judge Allison Burroughs confirmed Harvard admissions practices as legally sound in its decision, but also acknowledged the possibility of anti-Asian discrimination in the “personal” evaluations. Asian Americans also experience glass ceilings in companies and bullying at school. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Americans have seen an increase physical attacks. It is clear that anti-Asian discrimination is real. A high percentage of Asian American students admitted to Harvard does not rule out the possibility of anti-Asian racism.

On the other hand, the overall high SAT and GPA scores of Asian Americans are driven, in part, by the privileges accorded and normally granted to middle-class white Americans. Many Asian Americans have been able to benefit from these benefits. Why? United States immigration policy means that a large proportion of immigrants from Asia come with college and even graduate degrees. High incomes allow a significant number of them to move affluent suburbs historically designed as favored islands for upper-middle-class whites integrated cities.

These municipalities have, for decades, been able to provide top-notch public education—they can offer more opportunities given their high tax bases—and they also have fewer poverty-related challenges to contend with. These advantages – along with the dexterity of highly qualified Asian parents in educational testing (this is what propelled them into the best colleges in Asia) and positive stereotypes teachers often have information about the academic abilities of Asian Americans – facilitating high levels of academic achievement for Asian American children. In this respect, Asian Americans indeed benefit from “whiteness” as a system of advantage. In other words, the American education system has racially unequal opportunities and therefore integrated outcomes, and Asian Americans actually have benefited of this racial inequality that has historically privileged white students over black and Latino students.

Considering this history when making admissions decisions means that we expect the SAT and GPA scores of Asian American and White students to be higher than those of Black, Latina, and Native American students. . on average. Sure, Asian Americans are diverseand working-class Asian Americans do not enjoy the benefits of living in affluent neighborhoods, even though some may benefit from positive teacher stereotypes on the academic abilities of Asian Americans.

I found these dual racial forces operating in my own research in an affluent east coast suburb with a large and growing Asian American population. It was a city which, like many affluent suburbs across the country – from San Jose, California, to Weston, Mass. — had passed laws many years ago to prevent working-class people from moving in, such as minimum housing lot size requirements and limits on building multi-family homes. Historical records show that laws like these and the choices many white Americans have made (and continue to make) about where to live were often linked to a desire to avoid black people in particular. Many suburban properties even had explicit racial covenants, which prohibited the sale of such properties to black buyers. These clauses were legal until the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Even today, middle-class black professionals often don’t choose to live in cities like the one I studied, in part because they understand the problems likely to ensue if their children do not have peers who share their racial identity. Racial direction by real estate agents also keeps them away.

But Asian Americans had a different experience in the United States. The history of residential segregation between black and white Americans ironically allowed Asian American professionals to reap the benefits of living in communities segregated by class and previously by race. Some see evidence like this to mean that Asian Americans are “white adjacent.”

But in my research I also found evidence of anti-Asian racism. Many white parents expressed contempt for Asian American parenting, which they observed allowed Asian American students to outperform white students academically. For example, a white mother complained to me about the presence of children whose parents had academic standards she considered unreasonably high, describing one to me by saying, “Her name is not Sally Smith. … It’s never the blonde Norwegian.

Certainly, anti-Asian American racism is not the same as anti-Black racism. Both are driven by different stereotypes and appear in different spheres of social life. There is no point in trying to measure whether one is “worse” than the other. They are different and we have to find ways for both to end.

To do this, we need to stop assuming that Asian American academic success means an end to anti-Asian racism or that Asian Americans sometimes enjoying privileges previously reserved for white Americans means we still enjoy privileges of whiteness. The multifaceted nature of racial discrimination and privilege in the United States is much more complex. To face it, we must understand its various faces.

Natasha Warikoo is a professor of sociology at Tufts University and author of “Race to the top: Asian Americans and whites chasing the American dream in suburban schools.”

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