Miller slams tax allegations

first_imgRep. Gary Miller on Thursday dismissed allegations he violated tax law, and threatened the city of Monrovia with a lawsuit if officials there continue to make “misstatements” about his business dealings. In a wide-ranging interview, the Brea Republican defended a series of land deals, starting in 2002, that appear to be the subject of a federal investigation into whether he improperly shielded his profits through the use of a special tax provision. Miller said repeatedly that he has always followed legal and ethical guidelines in his real estate deals. He accused both a partisan media and local Democratic officials of impugning his character without regard for fact. “My reputation is being destroyed,” said Miller, 58. “If there is some benefit to me in being a congressman in any of these transactions, please show it to me.” On Thursday, Miller’s attorneys served the city of Monrovia with a letter requesting staff “retract or correct any misstatements made to the media or any governmental agencies” with regard to his 2002 sale of 165 acres of hillside land to the city for nearly $11.8 million. The letter goes on to say that “if misstatements by the city, its officials or staff members persist, then the consequences could result in damages for which the city could be held accountable.” City Manager Scott Ochoa said Monrovia officials have remained consistent in answering questions about the land sale. “Whatever the investigation is looking into it is not an issue for the city of Monrovia,” Ochoa said. “It is a private business dealing and does not concern us directly. All the city did was buy some property.” At least four current and former city officials in Monrovia and Fontana have said the FBI has contacted them about Miller’s real estate dealings. The FBI has declined comment. In the last three weeks, the agency requested from Monrovia a DVD of a Feb. 29, 2000, City Council meeting that shows Miller appealing to the council to purchase his land. Miller later avoided paying capital gains on the $10 million profit he made by claiming the city forced the sale. IRS Code 1033 allows a seller to defer capital gains taxes if a property has been condemned or is sold under threat of condemnation, said Terry Cuff, an attorney and tax expert with the firm of Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles. “It has to be a bona fide threat,” said Cuff. “A letter is normally enough, as long as the proper intent exists that is reflected in the letter.” Miller requested and received a letter from then-Monrovia City Manager Don Hopper on May 22, 2002, that says the city would have initiated condemnation proceedings if the congressman had not agreed to sell. “Eminent domain was always in play on my property,” Miller said, adding that he negotiated a “friendly condemnation” agreement with the city and then used that to apply for the tax deferment. Former Monrovia Mayor Lara Larramendi said she does not recall the words “friendly condemnation” or “eminent domain” ever being mentioned until the May 22 letter. She added that during negotiations with Miller, it was understood that Monrovia had to find a willing seller to qualify for state matching grants to buy the property. “We were following the state’s process, which required a state-certified appraiser and that we had a willing seller, and Mr. Miller was aware of that,” she said. Monrovia Mayor Rob Hammond, who was a councilman at the time of the land sale, said he believed the city would have moved ahead with condemnation proceedings had the sale not gone through. “Was condemnation a part of it? The answer is yes,” he said. “If we did not get the grant, we would have gone down that path, given the sentiment of our community at the time. They would have expected us to.” Miller used the proceeds from the Monrovia sale to buy property in Fontana from Lewis Operating Corp., a development company he had done business with before and that had contributed significantly to Miller’s congressional campaigns. In 2006, Lewis gave $8,500 to Miller, who ran for re-election unopposed. In 2004, the company gave him $10,000, making it the third largest contributor to his campaign. Since the IRS code requires that protected proceeds be reinvested within two years, Miller said he turned to Lewis to find investment property. In 2004, Miller bought several parcels that Lewis had planned to sell to the Fontana Redevelopment Agency. He then turned around and sold them to the city in 2005 and 2006. Miller said he made a small profit on the Fontana deals. He indicated on a government form after the sale that he intended to apply for 1033 protection. On Thursday, he said he never invoked the exemption. Miller declined to make his tax records available for review. Naomi Seligman, spokeswoman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Miller should be more transparent about the transactions. CREW filed a complaint with the IRS in August alleging Miller violated tax law. “Unless he provides his \ documents, we can only assume he is lying,” said Seligman. “There is nothing barring him from providing those documents in order to clear his name.” Miller blamed “Democrats” for smearing his character, pointing his finger at Larramendi and Monrovia Planning Commissioner Glen Owens, as well a Los Angeles Times reporter whose story prompted CREW to file its complaint. “I’m getting bashed by three Democrats here,” Miller said. Both Larramendi and Owens have confirmed they were contacted by the FBI. Larramendi, who now works for Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, scoffed at the notion that her statements about the Miller deal amounted to a partisan attack. “That is ridiculous,” she said. “His issues are with the IRS and the FBI and I do not know of any political motivation here.” Owens could not be reached for comment. Miller said he has spoken with House Minority Leader John Boehner about the allegations, and in October he initiated a House ethics committee review of his dealings to prove he followed the law. As of Thursday, Miller said he had not heard from any federal agency that it is investigating his land deals. He said he would make it public if he is contacted. Miller represents the 42nd Congressional District, which includes Diamond Bar, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Whittier, Rowland Heights, Chino and Chino Hills. Miller said he ran for Congress in 1998 because he did not like “what government did to the private sector,” particularly with the way it regulates development. Miller, who previously served in the state Assembly and on the Diamond Bar City Council, is a successful real estate developer and businessman. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Miller is the 12th wealthiest member of the House, with a net worth of between $12 million and $51.7 million. gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2733 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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`White-washing’ her foes

first_imgYUCAIPA – Jessica White is a quick study. Show her something once, and she has it. And she’ll do it better than the average person. “The first time we played them (a 0-0 tie) we had several shots on goal and she made excellent saves to keep them in the game.” White comes from an athletic family. Her father Jerry played baseball at Yucaipa and was in the school’s first graduating class. Her brother Nathan, a senior at Yucaipa, also plays baseball for the Thunderbirds. She dabbled in a variety of sports as a child, including baseball, softball, karate, flag football, soccer and swimming. She finally decided to focus on karate and soccer, but has since broadened her horizons. “I like to be active,” she said. “I was getting kind of bored, so I decided to go out for volleyball. I guess I was OK. I was a starter.” White averaged eight kills per match for the Thunderbird junior varsity. In the net, White excels in one-on-one situations, challenging the ballhandler more often than not. “I try to cut down the angle,” she said. “I don’t exactly try to juke the person with the ball, but I try to trick them. I come out low and fast and aggressive.” The Yucaipa teen opened the season in impressive fashion, beginning with shutouts of Bloomington and Moreno Valley Valley View in the Beaumont Tournament. She gave up one goal against Palm Desert in a 2-1 Yucaipa victory and then shut out Beaumont 1-0 in the tourney finale. White followed that effort with a whitewash of Carter (a 0-0 tie), a 4-1 victory against Rialto, a 1-0 win against Cajon and a 2-0 shutout of Alta Loma. Asked what the secret to her success is, White deflected the praise to her teammates Sheleena Hopkins, Erica Bell, Hailie Lopez, Monica Jimenez, April Moreno, Kelly Bohner and Natalie Arreola. White admits the tedium mounts when opponents can’t sustain an offensive attack. How does she handle the boredom? “I try to stay focused,” she said. “You have to be aware and pay attention because anything can happen. But if I’m standing back there just watching and not doing anything it’s good, because is means we’re winning.” THE SEASON Yucaipa 3, Bloomington 0 Yucaipa 5, Valley View 0 Yucaipa 2, Palm Desert 1 Yucaipa 0, Carter 0 Yucaipa 4, Rialto 1 Yucaipa 1, Cajon 0 Yucaipa 2, Alta Loma 0 Temecula Valley 1, Yucaipa 0 Yucaipa 5, San Bernardino 0 Yucaipa 0, Redlands E. Valley 0 Yucaipa 0, South Hills 0 Yucaipa 2, Hesperia 0 Yucaipa 1, Temecula Valley 1 Yucaipa 1, San Gorgonio 0 Yucaipa 3, Chaparral 0 Yucaipa 1, Redlands 1 Yucaipa 1, Fontana 0 Yucaipa 4, Eisenhower 0 Yucaipa 1, Carter 0 Yucaipa 2, Miller 0 Yucaipa 1, Rialto 1 Redlands E. Valley 2, Yucaipa 0 Yucaipa 3, Miller 0 Yucaipa 2, Redlands 0 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fifteen of those games have been shutouts, putting a new spin on the term “White-wash.” The 17-year-old has a natural ability to receive instructions, comprehend them and them put them into practice. It’s helped make her a black belt in karate, a starter on the junior varsity volleyball team (in her first year playing the sport) and a wonder on the soccer field. “Jessica is a great athlete,” Yucaipa coach Sheila Huggins said. “She has cat-like reflexes and she can also punt the ball 60 yards. I think her training in karate has helped her reflexes in soccer.” Added coach Cristina Romero of Citrus Belt League champion Redlands East Valley: “She’s solid. She has good size and that gives her an advantage. Plus, her agility is fantastic. center_img “She’s a crazy girl,” Jerry White, Jessica’s father said. “She can do anything that’s done on TV. If someone bakes a cake and decorates it on TV, she can do it. Same thing for sports.” As Yucaipa’s 5-foot-10 junior soccer goalkeeper, she has been nearly impenetrable. She has allowed just eight goals in 25 matches. last_img read more

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It will be hard to better 2015 display- Nuttall

first_imgHowever, head coach Frank Nuttall admitted it will be a tall order to surpass last year’s splendid performance where they won the league unbeaten and a third title in a row, lifted the KPL Top 8 trophy, bagged the DSTV Super Cup and reached the final at Cecafa Kagame Cup where they fell 2-0 to Tanzanians Azam FC.“It will be difficult for us to better what we did last year and I don’t think there will be any team in the league that will surpass what we did last year. We raised the bar high for ourselves but we will take a game at a time to see we return positive results,” the Scotsman underscored.K’Ogalo who are out to chase five trophies, began the season on a sour note after letting one title slip away when they went down 1-0 to GOtv Shield winners Bandari in Saturday’s DSTV Super Cup decider.Nuttall warned his charges indiscipline will not be tolerated after his center-half, Harun Shakava was sent off while right-back Karim Nizigiyimana and former Gor striker Dan Sserunkuma escaped red cards after the two were involved in a scuffle during the SPL curtain raiser.“The first thing is Nizigiyimana should not have retaliated. Maintaining decorum is key and we don’t condone that behavior. I expect my players to have discipline so I think both players should have been sent off.”Gor have now the league and KPL Top 8 trophies to defend and Nuttall is positive his new signings, Rwandan forward Jacques Tuyisenge, Jacob Keli as well as midfielder Francis Kahata will gel in time.“The new group of players are still in the learning process. They are focused and from their hard work during pre-season, they will be of great impact .“A player like Luke Ochieng played a couple of pre-seasons games and he did well same as Keli who is trying to find some fitness but he is doing well,” the reigning Coach of the Year stated.Nuttall was reinstated as the head coach 24 hours after announcing he had parted ways with Gor.The Scotsman is yet to have full house with Uganda Cranes midfielder, Khalid Aucho yet to report while winger Ali Abondo is in South Africa attending trials with Premier Soccer League side Ajax Cape Town FC.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Frank Nutall. PHOTO FILE/ Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, February 8 – It is frequently remarked that success is easy to attain but difficult to maintain.That is what SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia will be considering as the 2016 season get underway this weekend where they host Madagascans CNaPS in the opening leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round.last_img read more

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Program touts older, mixed breeds as pets

first_imgVanDieren’s passion for animals is apparent in a new program she created at the shelter. The “True Blue Friend” program aims to promote the adoption of “overlooked” homeless cats and dogs, she said.These are the older, not-so-cute mixed breeds that are, nevertheless, good-natured and healthy, she said.“They aren’t the puppies or pure breeds that everyone wants,” VanDieren added. “But if you look beyond the surface, you can find the heart of a true blue friend.”Dan Morrison, SEAACA’s director, coaxed VanDieren into working at the shelter. He compared True Blue Friend pets to the nice kid on the playground who gets picked last on the team, or the quiet girl who doesn’t get asked to school dances.Especially heartbreaking, said VanDieren, are the mothers who are left behind all alone when their puppies or kittens are adopted. “Can you imagine that you’re just dropped off at a strange place and your children are taken away,” she said. “Our society is so image-conscious, even when it comes to our pets.”But not everyone is.Someone who shares her admiration of dogs that don’t fit the “Best In Show” mold is Wayne McVeigh, who was at the SEAACA shelter recently looking to adopt another dog since his Cocker Spaniel died.“Mixed breeds are a lot more friendly and a lot more dependable,” said McVeigh, who grew up in Whittier.They’re also very kid-friendly, which is important since he has plenty of grandchildren visiting, he said.His 15-year-old granddaughter, Shannon Greenman, who was visiting from Connecticut, helped search the cages for just the right dog to bring home.True Blue Friend pets are selected by SEAACA shelter staff and are easily identified by their blue collars and cage signs.Every True Blue adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, a health check, a permanent microchip ID and a one-of-a-kind “I Found My True Blue Friend” T-shirt designed by VanDieren.And, of course, anyone who adopts these special friends gets a lifetime of love, she added.“Just because a dog or cat doesn’t meet your imagined ideal is not a reason to pass them by. They will love you all the same,” she said.For more information onTrue Blue Friends, call (562)803-3301. Or visit www.mytruebluefriend.org.sandra.molina@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: True Blue Friends DOWNEY — Growing up an only child in New Jersey, Holland VanDieren thought of her dogs as her siblings.“My parents and I just loved them,” she said while escorting a recent tour of the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority’s shelter in Downey.That love has only grown over the years for the 57-year-old former Realtor who now calls South Pasadena home. She lives there with her own family of dogs.last_img read more

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Subway slaying suspects in court

first_imgOso was also charged for being an accessory after the fact in the killing. The District Attorney’s Office hasn’t decided whether to seek the death penalty against Resendez, Cisneros, Lopez and Oso. Cisneros is alleged to have shot 22-year-old Molina of Whittier during the robbery. Corvera was the alleged second robber. The two other women were believed to have been there too. “I think the facts allege Oso was the driver. It’s alleged Lopez was in the car,” Grace said. Investigators said Molina was shot because he didn’t move quickly enough to get the money from the cash register. Resendez, Cisneros, Oso and Lopez were also charged with the Aug. 4, 2004, fatal shooting of Rowland Heights resident Dianqiu Wu. Wu and a friend, Ze Zhang, were robbed in a San Gabriel parking lot by two men. The friend testified during last year’s preliminary hearing in Norwalk Court that Wu ran away, was chased by one of the robbers and pushed to the ground. Zhang heard a gunshot and saw Wu fall. The robbers took Wu’s wallet then fled. Wu died later at a nearby hospital. Between August and December 2004, two robbers hit stores and businesses in Whittier, Alhambra, South Pasadena and Monterey Park. Fourteen people were robbed. “Just speculation on my part but a lot of small businesses there are run by new immigrants. And (the suspects) thought possibly maybe those businesses were easy targets and would be intimidated to go to the police,” Grace said. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Four people will be back in court next month to face charges they committed a series of robberies in Whittier and the San Gabriel Valley in 2004 that left two men dead. Wearing Los Angeles County Jail jumpsuits, Jose Resendez, 30, Leonardo Cisneros, 23, Mitzie Oso, 28, and Sara Lopez, 25, appeared Thursday at Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment which was continued to Sept. 27. Prosecutors have charged them and 25-year-old Bernadette Corvera with multiple counts of robbery. Cisneros, Oso, Lopez and Corvera are also accused of killing Subway employee and Pasadena City College student Joseph Molina during a Dec. 10, 2004, robbery of the store at Norwalk and Beverly boulevards in Whittier. Corvera, 25, pleaded guilty to the Whittier killing and another robbery on June 7, according to Deputy District Attorney Robert Grace. She is scheduled for a Sept. 5 sentencing at Los Angeles Superior Court. last_img read more

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Everton preparing shock £40m bid for Chelsea outcast

first_img moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Michy Batshuayi struggled on loan in Spain Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED center_img Everton are lining up a dramatic move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, reports claim.According to The Sun, the Toffees will launch a £40million bid to land the Belgium international next week. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 Latest Transfer News Batshuayi has been made available by Chelsea after his disappointing loan spell at Valencia was terminated.It is understood Monaco had agreed to take him on loan until the end of the season, but the Blues are more interested in selling.Marco Silva is keen to solve his problems up front, with Richarlison struggling in a centre-forward role and 21-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin his only serious competition. LATEST The Everton boss clearly doesn’t fancy Cenk Tosun, who has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace this month.Batshuayi struggled on loan in Spain, starting four La Liga games and scoring just one goal.However, he was a hit at Borussia Dortmund last season, scoring nine goals in 14 matches on loan in the second half of the season.last_img read more

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Blue Demons fight back

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Junior American Legion State Tournament action at Marshfield’s Hackman Field, July 19-22, was suspended Friday night and all day Saturday. Play resumed on Sunday and the Marshfield Junior Legion Blue Demons went 1-1. Marshfield was beat by Chippewa Falls 7-1 in a game that was supposed to be played Friday night. The Blue Demons were outhit 10-4. Chase Higgins took the loss for Marshfield.The Blue Demons came back later in the day to rout a 33-4 Plover team that beat Marshfield six times during the regular season. Marshfield scored twice in the first inning and two more times in the second. Plover tied the game with three runs in the second and one more in the third. Marshfield grabbed the lead back with a seven-run fourth inning. The Black Sox pulled to within two with five runs in their half of the fourth inning, then tied the game again with two runs in the fifth. But Marshfield got two runs across in the top of the seventh inning – one on an error and the other on a wild pitch.Each team pounded out 15 hits, and each team committed three errors. Nick Urban had three hits and three runs batted in. Logan Homolka drove in two runs on three hits. Urban picked up the win with two-and-two-thirds innings of relief.Marshfield plays Fond du Lac in an elimination game Monday morning as the storm-delayed tournament resumes.last_img read more

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Africa’s turn to save the world

first_imgStudents from KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects sing their hearts out for Radi-Aid.(Image: iKind) The familiar oil heater seen in countless South African homes can save Norwegians, says Radi-Aid.(Image: Radi-Aid)MEDIA CONTACTS • iKind Media+27 31 205 1255 Gwinyai NhapataIt’s cold and snowy in Norway, but hot and sunny in Africa. It’s time to share your heat, Africa; keep Norway warm.Back in 1984, the British and Irish supergroup Band Aid released the song, Do They Know It’s Christmas, to raise funds for the poor and starving of Africa. It contained the line, “There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time”.Inspired by Band Aid and the later Live Aid, in 1985 a group of Norwegian artists going by the name of Forente Artister, which means United Artists, recorded the song Sammen for Livet, or Together for Life, to raise money for the victims of hunger in Africa.Now in a reversal of fortunes, Radi-Aid is urgently calling on Africa to warm up the snow-covered lives of Norwegians by donating radiators – or oil heaters, as they are familiarly known in South Africa.It is a parody, of course, but one with a serious message: the spoof video was made with the intention of changing global perceptions of Africa. It was made by the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) together with a group of performing arts students from KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects who took the lead roles in the video.AN organisation of students and academics, SAIH focuses on education for development, and supports the right to be educated. It has projects going in projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Bolivia and Nicaragua. The organisation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.The video was produced and edited by South African Devin Carter of Durban-based iKind. Wathiq Hoosain, A south African jazz pianist studying in Oslo, and Durban guitarist Kurt Pienke composed the music and Norwegian group Bretton Woods wrote the lyrics.Sharing the heat, sharing the love“There is heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share it,” says Radi-Aid.Released on 16 November, in under a month the video has clocked up more than 1.8 million Youtube views and counting. It depicts Norwegians suffering in extremely harsh, snowy conditions and Africans singing in sympathy for the “kids dying in Norway”. It has created an international stir, and has been featured on BBC and Al Jazeera news channels and in The Guardian newspaper.It’s been seen as a wake-up call for the world, pointing out that the traditional negative images of poverty, famine, war, and suffering are not all that Africa has to offer.“Collect radiators, ship them over there, spread some warmth, spread some smiles,” says the Radi-Aid spokesperson, South African rapper Breezy Vee, who appears in the video. “Say yes to Radi-Aid.”The project, set up by SAIH with youth education campaign Operation Day’s Work, was funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation and the Norwegian Children and Youth Council. The point of Radi-Aid, according to the campaign’s website, is to “publicise that the media should show respect, provide better information on Africa and not just exploit stereotypes [of the people] they seek to help. Aid should be based on real needs as opposed to good intentions.”The video is also available for download through iTunes. Apparel is available at the Radi-Aid online shop.Turn the stereotype aroundSAIH president Erik Schreiner Evans explains: “The reason that we did it this way was to sort of turn the stereotypical image upside down. Because way too often we see charitable fundraisers that show real problems, but they portray especially Africans as passive recipients of aid in need of the charity of countries in Europe like Norway. And the subtle message is also that we, the Europeans, are the developed ones, the successful ones, and the ones able to share of our bounties, and are really the only sort of, real protagonists, in this story.”Norway lies along the western part of the Scandinavian peninsula, jutting out into the Arctic Ocean and North Sea; a large part of the country is inside the Arctic Circle. Winters are brutal.“A lot of people are not aware of what is going on there right now,” Breezy Vee parodies on the video.But in truth, Norway has one of the highest per capita GDP rates in the world, with an unemployment rate of just 3.3%, according to the CIA’s World Fact Book, which has no listing for people living below the poverty line. It is a wealthy country with large reserves of oil, natural gas, minerals, seafood, lumber, and hydropower.Norway is also among the top 10 international aid donors to Africa, according to the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.The country clearly does not need aid, so why the Radi-Aid campaign? The answer is to emphasise that Africa is portrayed in such a way countless times, with its brighter side neglected. The Radi-Aid campaign shows the concern that many people – including Africans themselves – just give up on Africa because media portray it as if nothing is getting better. Africa should not be something that people either give to or give up on.“Imagine if every person in Africa saw the Africa for Norway video and that was the only information they ever got about Norway,” says Radi-Aid. “What would they think about Norway?”Positive stories“The truth is that there are many positive developments in African countries and we want these to become known,” says SAIH. “We need to educate ourselves on the complex issues and get more focus on how western countries have a negative impact on African’s development. If we want to address the problems the world is facing we need to do it based on knowledge and respect.”Through SAIH and other NGOs that work with local groups in southern Africa and Latin America in education, research and other projects, Norway has setup successful operations in African countries. Norwegian missionaries first landed in Africa in the late 19th century when they settled in KwaZulu-Natal. The country later became a supporter of South Africa’s fight against apartheid.South Africa and Norway share a long history of collaboration in the fields of arts and culture, environmental protection and energy, human rights and peace and security, education and research, and trade and investment.South Africa has maintained a consulate-general in Oslo since September 1988, following the opening of Norway’s consulate-general in Cape Town. On 1 January 1992, diplomatic relations between the two countries were upgraded to ambassadorial level.last_img read more

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Implementing Wearable Technologies in the Workplace

first_imgWe are in a dynamic, exciting, and yet constantly changing workplace environment. As the techie generations – Gen X and millennials – establish themselves into the workplace, they also bring about change.Now think about the shift from typewriter to desktop computer to laptop to tablet. Each of these technology evolutions changed how we did business. Fast-forward to a world where everyone is receiving information at a rapid rate and add to the mix an increase in healthcare costs and wellness advocacy.Fitness wearables, such as FitBit Flex and Jawbone Up, provide a solution to employers by combining ease of use with health monitoring. An employer who sees value in providing fitness wearables to employees will see an increase in employee morale, because employees will see that the employer is invested in their wellbeing. The fitness wearable market also has made it easy to implement within an organization with apps for personal monitoring and goal-setting.Other types of technology wearables such as Google Glass or Moto 360 Smartwatch can allow employees to receive and absorb information in occupations were it is imperative. For example, what if, instead of an emergency room doctor pausing to gather required information, the doctor was able to instantly obtain this information through a wearable device? What if, instead of blindly entering a house fire, a firefighter was able to “see” the house plan and know where the bedrooms are located?Employers have to ask themselves if these technologies would either allow them to react faster and more efficiently than competitors, or if it could simply help boost employee morale. At the end of the day, the key to deciding if a business should implement a wearable technology is to evaluate the value within the company and the impact on business management.last_img read more

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