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VIDEO: Labour calls for NHS investment

The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is calling for £1bn of banking scandal fines to be invested in the NHS.

VIDEO: NHS staff set off to help fight Ebola

The first group of NHS medical staff are due to travel to Sierra Leone on Saturday to help the fight against the Ebola outbreak.

NHS staff to fly out to fight Ebola

The first NHS staff are due to fly from London to Sierra Leone to help the fight against the Ebola virus.

VIDEO: A&Es miss four-hour wait standard

NHS England figures show 92.9% of patients were seen within four hours of arrival in A&E last week- the lowest percentage since April 2013.

Bill against 'privatised' NHS backed

A bill which aims to curb the role of the private sector in the NHS has cleared its first hurdle in the House of Commons.

A&Es miss four-hour wait standard

NHS England figures show 92.9% of patients were seen within four hours of arrival in A&E last week- the lowest percentage since April 2013.

Early sign of yellow fever found

An early signifier of yellow fever, an infectious disease which can be fatal, could lead to a new treatment and better diagnosis, a study said.

'No fertility help for cancer young'

Young women with breast cancer are not being told about the possibility of freezing eggs or embryos ahead of potentially damaging chemotherapy treatment, says charity Breast Cancer Care.

NHS 'should use cancer drug for eyes'

A drug that prevents elderly people losing their sight should be routinely available on the NHS, says the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Watchdog ranks mental health trusts

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission ranks mental health NHS trusts in England in terms of risk of providing poor care.

Breastfeeding voucher trial results

Initial results of a controversial scheme offering shopping vouchers to persuade mothers to breastfeed have shown promise, researchers say.

Female bosses 'more depressed'

Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US.

Bed blockers 'face legal action'

A hospital is to give so-called "bed blockers" seven days to leave or face possible legal action, saying too many families are refusing to take elderly relatives home when they are fit to go.

Obesity 'costing same as smoking'

The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research suggests.

Complex jobs 'may protect memory'

People with mentally taxing jobs, including lawyers and graphic designers, may end up having better memory in old age, research suggests.

Double cancer referrals, GPs urged

New draft NHS guidelines encourage GPs to diagnose and refer almost twice as many cancer patients in England each year.

Surgeon performance data 'misses the mark'

Data on surgeons' performance 'may not tell the whole story'

Why nightshifts pile on the pounds

Scientists believe they have discovered why people who work nightshifts are more prone to weight gain and obesity.

One kiss 'shares 80 million bugs'

A small study by Dutch scientists suggests a single 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria.

Is bushmeat behind Ebola outbreak?

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Last Farmers' Meetings
               
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

There will be a meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Thursday, March 21, 2013.
This meeting will be held at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church which is located at 9700 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807.
The meeting will start at 10:00 A.M and end at 2:00 PM.

Memphis Marriott Hotel
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There will be a meeting in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday, March 25, 2013 (deadline day). 
This meeting will be held at the Marriott Hotel & Resorts which is located at 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 38118 (1-240 and Perkins Road --- Exit No. 18), from 10:00 A.M until 8:00 P.M.  
We are also asking all of our members to call Portland (1-888- 508-4429) to get a Tracking Number for "each" claim that you may be filing.  They will give you this number even if you call from your cell phone.
However, due to the high volume of calls for which we are receiving at our office in Memphis and in keeping with the goal of mailing all the claim forms of our members --- which must be post marked by 11:59 P.M., the 25th --- we are not answering the phones at this time.
You can, however, send an E-Mail to bfaapresident@aol.com.  for questions regarding this matter.  Thank you! 

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Thank you Sis. Diane for the timely update on Black Farmers.

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Land Assistance Fund
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8, 2013
Heather Gray, Director of Communications
404 765 0991
The Importance of Social Security to the Rural Black Community and Recommendations for Improvements Hearing from the rural Black community about Social Security
social security
Federation talks with rural residents in Alabama
ATLANTA....In 2012, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund joined with a coalition of national groups under the auspices of the Center for Community Change to explore the knowledge, perceptions and concerns about social security. The focus of the Federation was to hear from the rural Black community. See information below but for the entire report please go to Social Security in the Rural South on our website.
Below, read (1) one of the compelling stories and (2) see the list of recommendations from those attending the listening sessions in Georgia and Florida.
One of the Stories from Alabama
I am a veteran and got disabled about 9 years ago. In 2008 I filed for SSI* because I didn't have anything else coming in. I wasn't of retirement age or nothing like that. SSI* carried me through 4 years of paper work. I had all the documents saying that I couldn't breathe. I had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. I couldn't breathe. But, they carried me through almost 4 years of paper work to give me $647 a month.
But by grace, I was (ultimately) dealing with the VA (Veterans Administration) and the VA came in said "Wait a minute. We'll give you a 90% disability."
So they sent the papers to SSI telling them I'm getting a 90% disability and they can keep the $647." SSI contacted me and said I owed them $3,000 because I'm getting money for being in Vietnam. That wasn't right. I've got to pay them now. I pay them $25 a month for their fault.
Recommendations for Improvements to Social Security
  • All should pay their fair share into Social Security.
  • There should be credit offered for caregivers.
  • All social security benefits should be increased and not cut.
  • There should be a re-calculation of COLA.*
  • Recipients should be able to get their benefits without either going to an attorney or at the very least not have to pay large amounts to an attorney.
  • Survivors benefits should be changed to offer coverage for students up to age 22.
  • The age limit should not be changed as it would discriminate against physical laborers.
  • There should be an adjustment to formulas for SSI accounting for medical costs and benefits.
  • More people should be paying into Social Security.(e.g. working youth) and/or tax
  • those with incomes over $10k and leave the poor alone.
  • There should be better services for recipients such as providing relevant information and responses to questions and concerns in the
  • local and national offices. The communications - such as the 800 number - needs to be improved altogether.
  • There should be sensitivity training for social security employees. (the mindset
  • of these employees is often not good. For example, SSI means welfare to them.)
  • SSDI** needs improvement - there needs to be a faster process that would also include links to the Veterans Administration and other agencies to prevent "paybacks" by recipients if these agencies make mistakes.
  • There should be training and education with youth about social security so they can better plan their life altogether including, of course, their future.
* COLA - Cost of Living Adjustment

** SSDI - Social Security Death Index 

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Note: The Federation/LAF, now in its 45th year, assists Black family farmers across the South with farm management, debt restructuring, alternative crop suggestions, marketing expertise and a whole range of services to ensure family farm survivability.

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Discrimination-claims process extended

Women and Latinos who were discriminated against on farm loans have until May 1 to file bias claims

A Virginia farmer and his mule take part in a 1999 demonstration by black farmers against the settlement of African Americans farmers' lawsuit against the Agriculture Department.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the application deadline for Latino and women farmers who can prove they were victims of loan discrimination between 1981 and 2000.

The government has set aside more than $1.3 billion in cash awards and tax-relief payments and $160 million in debt relief to resolve discrimination claims.

The USDA has acknowledged years of denied, reduced or delayed federal farm loans to Latinos, women, African-Americans and Native Americans. The government previously settled class-action suits filed by tens of thousands of black and American Indian farmers.

The agency previously set a March 25 deadline but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack extended it to May 1, “to make sure any potential claimant has a right of redress,” said Lilian Salerno, acting administrator for rural business. “He wanted to make sure no one was left out.”

Federal officials held forums across the country to explain the discrimination claims process, including events in Moreno Valley in January and in Indio in 2011.

For information on the process, call 888-508-4429 or go to www.farmerclaims.gov.

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