Top SA police officers train in the US

first_img28 September 2010A group of police officers from South Africa’s elite Special Task Force are currently on a five-week course in the United States aimed at honing their skills in handling high-risk confrontations and possible terror situations.According to the US Embassy, the course teaches officers how to use a number of means to deal with such situations, while focusing on minimum force and the protection of human life.The police officers will take part in hands-on outdoor firearms seminars and raid and assault simulations, and receive training in crisis response skills for urban environments.The training is part of the US State Department’s Anti-terrorism Assistance Programme, which has trained more than 100 000 foreign law enforcement officers from 160 countries since its launch in 1983.“This training recognises the calibre of our elite Special Task Force officers, and also the solid relationship law enforcement in South Africa has with the United States,” said the commander of the South African Police Service’s Special Task Force, Brigadier Lucky Mkhwanazi.US Charge d’Affaires Helen La Lime described the United States’ partnership with the SA Police Service as “robust”, adding: “We look forward to pursuing more partnership opportunities.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Boondocks USA Travel Bug Motel (GC3PMCM) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Geocache Name:Boondocks USA Travel Bug Motel (GC3PMCM) by biss65Location:Iowa, United StatesN 42° 28.281 W 093° 33.847Difficulty/Terrain Rating:D1 / T1.5Why this is Geocache of the Week:Last week we featured a clever gadgety Travel Bug Motel cache. This Geocache of the Week is also a Travel Bug Motel, and while the cache itself is plain—spoiler alert, it’s an ammo can—you’ll probably be grinning wildly by the time you reach it. It’s a Travel Bug Motel in more ways than one.That’s right, folks. The cache is tucked inside a cherry red VW Bug which, depending on the season and the whims of the property owner, alternately has flowers, tall grasses, or various other living things sticking out from its roof. (Speaking of the property owner: permission was granted for the placement of the cache!)What geocachers have to say:“A day off of work in the area and this cache made the list. another great cache nearby. what a cool ideal, hope they don’t try to move it. Gets a favorite point from us. TFTC.” –2CraziesMSN“This was another must do cache on this trip. psychoVW loves cars, especially Volkswagens, and especially Beetles, and especially abandoned cars. This one had everything! She slugged me, as usual, when we drove past this on the way to another cache. When we arrived here, Paycho guessed where the cache was and made the find. Nice camo! We took some pics, and I dropped off the VW Beetle trackable I had picked up that I had been saving specifically for this cache.” –Darth Leviosa“On our way to geocoin fest and this one popped up on our favorites filter. Very interesting area. Looks like somewhere out of a Hunter S Thompson novel. Picked up a couple trackables to take with us and dropped one off. Favorite point for taking us to the Boondocks.” –DublinMN“GZ produced a big bug, but I did not squash it! thanks for the swag … TFTC!” –November GhostPhotos: SharePrint RelatedSea Shells – TB Stop & Go GCNWBC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 6, 2012February 6, 2012In “Community”The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 15, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”It’s Bigger on the Inside! — Who?: Regeneration (GC5ZFGA) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 7, 2016In “Community”center_img Continue to explore some of the coolest caches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.last_img read more

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Amazon’s ‘Betas’: The Show That Could Be A ‘Cheers’ For Silicon Valley

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… markhachman 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img Over time, great cities tend to inspire their own iconic comedies: New York’s Seinfeld. Boston’s Cheers. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Now Betas is the show that could put Silicon Valley on the comedy map – but only if you help.Betas is one of the eight comedy pilots that Amazon has been featuring on its Instant Video page. If enough voters back Betas – or any of the other comedies – then Amazon will greenlight its development into a full-fledged original series, taking on shows like House of Cards and Lilyhammer on Netflix.Betas = Heart, Surrealism And DesperationTo its credit, Betas integrates much of what made 1980s comedies great – heart, a touch of implausibility that borders on surrealism – and swirls it all together with the desperation and ambition of the Silicon Valley feeding frenzy. For many entrepreneurs, the right handshake seems to be all that separates them from poverty or untold riches, a cruelty that can instantly reduce months of work to ashes. Chasing that dream is frustrating. And funny.Betas reminds us that Silicon Valley has become high school writ large: geeks may be the new jocks, but the popular kids still have all the money and dweebs are still dweebs. And owning all the toys is still the high score.Betas begins in the sort of community workspace many techies could imagine working in, if they weren’t, you know, working: Employees chase each other around with Nerf guns, others grind Cheetos into their keyboards. “Nash,” the neurotic, socially inhibited engineer played by Karan Soni, can’t take it. He freaks out and hides in one of the telephone booths the workspace has put against the wall, a quasi-ironic homage to older technology. Nash, despondent, tells his company’s founder, Trey (Joe Dinicol), that the latest build of their Highlight-like social discovery app, BRB, bricked the phone.“Who cares? Investors are making investments from napkin sketches made by high school dropouts!” Trey responds.“I don’t make napkin sketches!” Nash wails.The plot of the pilot revolves around a meeting that Trey is convinced BRB needs with George Murchison (Ed Begley, Jr.), who plays electric flute with Moby and slices his own “Ferrari of trout” with an Asian shortsword. Part of the reason is one-upping the team behind “Valet Me,” a parking app whose sudden success makes the douche bag developers instant stars. Trey is convinced that the when Murchison hears BRB’s pitch, he’ll invest – and talks his way into Murchison’s home using “Larry Page” as an alias.The other members of the BRB team include Hobbes (Jonathan C. Daly), a bearded, jaded developer whose idea of relaxing is watching Webcam porn at a local laundromat, and Mitchell (Charlie Saxton) a pudgy dweeb whose biggest goal is to talk to Mikki (Maya Erskine), the cool Asian chick who’s looking for just about anything to spark her empty life. “I would never say damp,” Mikki muses. “It makes my vaj seem like the Dagobah system.”Betas Brings Silicon Valley To LifeBetas may be a scripted comedy, but it feels a hell of a lot more real than Randi Zuckerberg’s reality TV fiasco, Startups: Silicon Valley that debuted last year. Then, a cast of pretty wannabes partied their way from meetup to meeting to hangout to loft party, leaving everyone in Silicon Valley muttering, “What the hell is this?” Startups’ worst crime, however, wasn’t that it was vapid; it was just boring, and we’d seen all the tricks that reality series could throw at us before. It’s hard to fathom how anyone got beyond an episode or two.(See also Startups Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess.)The Big Bang Theory may hold the crown of TV’s geekiest show. But BBT mocks geeky science culture – Star Trek, Iron Man and the ins and outs of academic life – without really touching on what makes a life in technology so great. Betas tosses you in the deep end; it assumes you know what “Series A” funding is, and who Mark Zuckerberg and Page are. Little touches – bumping phones to swap digits, for example – lend the series the “oh yeah, people really do do that” feeling. Silicon Valley will hit the big screen this summer, when The Internship looks inside life at Google – but do you really think a sanctioned look inside the Googleplex is going to end up all that funny?(See also Geek Movies: The Top 10 Most Inspirational Films For Techies.)Think Scrubs: Silicon ValleyThink of Betas as Scrubs Silicon Valley: the four members of BRB are starting at the bottom, hoping to climb to the top. In Scrubs, there’s a natural progression: the young residents must earn their way up the medical ladder to become full-fledged doctors. What makes Betas so compelling is that Silicon Valley isn’t like that. Instead, it’s a roller-coaster ride: This week it’s a funding deal, next week it’s a show-stopping bug. What happens if Trey and the team accidentally leak their user information? What if they’re hacked? Do they attract the attention of Anonymous? Does Microsoft make a pitch to buy them? Does IBM?Look, crazy stuff happens in Silicon Valley every day. But there’s no reason why we can’t watch it on our TVs at night, too. So watch Betas. Vote for it. Let’s make this happen, people. Tags:#Amazon#Digital Lifestyle#entertainment#Silicon Valley#television#TV 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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IPL 4: Gambhir bags the highest price of Rs 11.04 cr

first_imgIndia opener Gautam Gambhir, who played a pivotal role in helping India secure a draw in the final Test in Cape Town against South Africa, has bagged the highest price so far in the ongoing Indian Premier League season IV auction in Bangalore.Gambhir, who played for the IPL Delhi team till last season, was bought by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s IPL team Kolkata for a whooping Rs 11.04 crores on Saturday – the first day of the two-day auction.Gambhir, who led Delhi Daredevils in the last edition, was surprisingly not bid for by his former team, even as others clamored for the left-hander. New franchises Pune, Kochi as well as Mumbai bid aggressively for him before Kolkata clinched the deal.But, the more surprising was that some big names that did come up for bidding were left unpicked by any teams.Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Mark Boucher, Chris Gayle and South African Herschelle Gibbs were all left unpicked. However, all these players will again come under the hammer again on Sunday.Ten franchises are participating in the two-day bidding, including the Rajasthan IPL team and the Punjab IPL team, who were disqualified by the Indian Premier League following breach of ownership regulations but cleared following a Mumbai High Court decision.Over 350 players are up for grabs for the next three seasons, with the sequence of players coming up for auction decided by drawing of lots.The other major earners on the day were Yusuf Pathan, all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma and Robin Uthappa and England’s Kevin Pietersen.advertisementYusuf Pathan, who earlier represented the Rajasthan Royals, was bought by Kolkata IPL team for Rs 9.66 crore. His brother Irfan was bought by IPL Delhi team for Rs 8.74 crore.Yuvraj Singh was taken away by Pune IPL team for Rs 8.28 crores. Rohit Sharma, who earlier represented IPL Hyderabad in the last season, was sold to Mumbai IPL team for Rs 9.2 crore.S. Sreesanth, who has been performing well in South Africa, was bought by IPL Kochi for Rs 4.14 crore. Mumbai Indian player till IPL season III, Zaheer Khan was bought by IPL Bangalore for Rs 4.14 crores.Rahul Dravid was taken by IPL Rajasthan Rs 3.2 crores. He earlier played for IPL Bangalore.Meanwhile, former Kolkata IPL player Brendon McCullum, who struck the first ton of the League in IPL season 1, was bought by Kochi for Rs 4.14 crores.IPL Hyderabad skipper in the last season, Adam Gilchrist was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.14 crore. His teammate, VVS Laxman was bought by Kochi IPL team for Rs 1.84 crore.Andrew Symonds was bought by IPL Mumbai for Rs 3.91 crore. Now, he and Harbhajan Singh will be in the same team. It will be interesting to see how the two will get along considering that they were involved in a bitter spat of the racist nature when Australia had toured India in September 2008.IPL Kolkata it seems have completely revamped their team. Another good pick from them this season is Kevin Pietersen. They bought him for Rs 9.66 crore.Robin Uthappa, who represented Bangalore IPL team in the last season, was bought by Pune IPL team for Rs 9.66 crore.Twelve players, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IPL Chennai), Sachin Tendulkar (IPL Mumbai) and Shane Warne (IPL Rajasthan) were retained by their original franchises.Teams are allowed a maximum of Rs 40.8 crores to spend, which includes money for those players retained from previous seasons.The 2011 IPL season will be held from April 8-May 22.IPL season 4 table 1PlayerBought byPrice in RsFormer team 2Gautam GambhirIPL Kolkata11.04 crIPL Delhi 3Tillakaratne DilshanIPL Bangalore 2.99 crIPL Delhi 4Zaheer KhanIPL Bangalore 4.14 crIPL Mumbai 5Ross TaylorIPL Rajasthan 4.6 crIPL Bangalore 6Yusuf PathanIPL Kolkata 9.66 crIPL Rajasthan 7Kevin PietersenIPL Kolkata 3.00 crIPL Bangalore 8Mahela JayawardeneIPL Kochi 6.9 crIPL Punjab 9Yuvraj SinghIPL Pune 8.28 crIPL Punjab 10Camroon WhiteIPL Hyderabad 4.99 crIPL Bangalore 11AB de VilliersIPL Bangalore 5 crIPL Delhi 12Kumar SangakkaraIPL Hyderabad 3.22 crIPL Punjab 13Jacques KallisIPL Kolkata 5.06 crIPL Bangalore 14Andrew SymondsIPL Mumbai 3.91 crIPL Hyderabad15Rahul DravidIPL Rajasthan 3.2 crIPL Bangalore 16Rohit SharmaIPL Mumbai 9.2 crIPL Hyderabad 17Adam GilchristIPL Punjab 4.14 crIPL Hyderabad 18Graeme SmithIPL Pune 2.3 crIPL Rajasthan 19Robin UthappaIPL Pune 9.66 crIPL Bangalore 20John BothaIPL Rajasthan 4.37 crIPL Rajasthan 21VVS LaxmanIPL Kochi 1.84 crIPL Hyderabad 22Daniel VettoriIPL Bangalore 2.53 crIPL Delhi 23Brendon McCullumIPL Kochi 2.18 crIPL Kolkata 24S SreesanthIPL Kochi 1.14 crIPL Punjab 25Irfan PathanIPL Delhi 8.74 crIPL Punjab 26R.P. Singh IPL Kochi 2.3 cr IPL Hyderabad 27Michael Hussey IPL Chennai1.95 cr IPL Chennai 28Shaun MarshIPL Punjab 1.85. cr IPL Punjab  29J.P. DuminyIPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai 30Shikhar Dhawan IPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai  31Saurabh Tiwary IPL Bangalore 7.36 cr IPL Mumbai 32Parthiv PatelIPL Kochi1.3 crIPL Chennaiadvertisement 33 Dinesh KarthikIPL Punjab 4.1 cr IPL Delhi  34 Naman OjhaIPL Delhi1.24 cr IPL Rajasthan  35Wriddhiman Saha IPL Chennai45.3 lakhs IPL Kolkata  36 Brad HaddinIPL Kolkata1.49 cr IPL Kolkata  37 Tim PaineIPL Pune1.24 cr  – 38 Davy JacobsIPL Mumbai87.4 lakhs  – 39 James HopesIPL Delhi1.61 cr  IPL Punjab 40Ravindra JadejaIPL Kochi 4.37 cr  IPL Rajasthan 41Shakib Al HasanIPL Kolkata1.95 cr  – 42Stuart Broad IPL Punjab 1.84 cr  – 43 Abhishek NayarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr  IPL Mumbai 44 Angelo MathewsIPL Pune   4.37 cr   IPL Kolkata 45 Dwayne BravoIPL Chennai92 lakhs  IPL Mumbai 46 James FranklinIPL Mumbai46 lakhs  – 47 Steven SmithIPL Kochi92 lakhs IPL Bangalore 48 Ishant SharmaIPL Hyderabad 2.07 cr  IPL Kolkata 49 Praveen KumarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr  IPL Bangalore 50 Ashish NehraIPL Pune 3.91 cr IPL Mumbai 51 Brett LeeIPL Kolkata 1.85 cr IPL Punjab 52 Morne MorkelIPL Delhi 2.18 cr IPL Rajasthan 53 Dale SteynIPL Hyderabad 5.52 cr IPL Bangalore 54 Ryan HarrisIPL Punjab 1.49 cr  IPL Hyderabad 55 Doug BollingerIPl Chennai 3.22 cr  IPL Chennai 56Muttiah MuralitharanIPL Kochi 5.06 cr  IPL Chennai 57 Piyush ChawlaIPL Punjab 4.14 cr  IPL Punjab 58 R AshwinIPL Chennai 3.91 cr  IPL Chennai 59 Pragyan OjhaIPL Hyderabad 3.2 cr  IPL Hyderabad 60 Amit MishraIPL Hyderabad 1.38 cr  IPL Delhi 61Nathan McCullumIPL Pune 46 lakhs  – 62 Ramesh PowarIPL Kochi 82 lakhs  IPL Punjab 63 Brad HodgeIPL Kochi 1.95 cr  IPL Kolkata 64Callum FergusonIPL Pune 1.38 cr  – 65 Manoj TiwaryIPL Kolkata 2.18 cr IPL Kolkata  66Cheteshwar PujaraIPL Bangalore 3.22 cr IPL Kolkata 67 S. BadrinathIPL Chennai 3.68 cr IPL Chennai 68Paul CollingwoodIPL Rajasthan 1.15 cr IPL Delhilast_img read more

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