South Africa gains from 2010 security plan

first_imgThe World Cup security plan was well executed, Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Commissioner Bheki Cele have said. Police have been applauded for the work they did during the World Cup. A new fleet of BMWs is part of the World Cup legacy. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zweli Mnisi, Spokesperson, Ministry of Police, +27 82 045 4024 RELATED ARTICLES • Top safety plan for World Cup • Interpol: a safe World Cup • Police hard at work for a safer SA • Cracking down on 2010 crimeBongani NkosiAlthough the 2010 Fifa World Cup came to an end almost a month ago, the crime-prevention strategy used during its month-long run will continue, helping create a safer, more secure South Africa.Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa told Parliament on 3 August that the tournament “might have come and gone, but the security legacy in the fight against crime is still benefiting the country”.The heavy investment in police resources and skills, which undoubtedly contributed to the success of the Cup, forms a major part of this legacy, according to Mthethwa.Before the tournament the police department spent about R572-million (US$79-million) on crowd-control tools, helicopters, water cannons, advanced body armour, 100 BMW highway-patrol vehicles, cartridges and ammunition.Some 44 000 officers, 3 000 more than initially planned, were deployed during the spectacle.The department also invested in new bomb squad equipment, special trainers to help crime-scene investigations and 300 new mobile cameras with high-tech monitoring devices – these “remain in place”, the minister said.“All these resources are still with police … and are serving as an enormous arsenal in our fight against crime.”In total, Mthethwa’s department was allocated R1,3-billion ($18-million) for its World Cup security strategy, which was well executed and led to very few criminal cases being reported. This even impressed Fifa, which applauded the South African Police Service in a post-tournament media briefing.“We spent our budget accountably and sensibly in accordance with the crime-prevention and combating approach of this security plan, which resulted in the safety of our citizens and visitors from around the world,” he said.Part of this budget remains and is being used to further improve the country’s police services.Top-priority security operationsThe men and women in blue kept security tight at stadiums, hotels and other public viewing areas during the Cup, and also maintained a high visibility on the streets doing spot searches.Collaboration with international agencies such as Interpol was also instrumental in ensuring a safe World Cup.The police’s fleet of armoured vehicles and forensic science laboratory were refurbished ahead of the tournament, and 40 helicopters were made available to help in overhead surveillance operations.“The number of police personnel added to the force, as well as the equipment acquired for their use, is one of the important legacies of the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Mthethwa.“The emphasis is now on sustaining these best practices and continuing to deal a devastating blow to crime.”This was reinforced at a meeting of top police management in Mpumalanga province at the end of July, according to department spokesperson Zweli Mnisi.last_img read more

A little hope goes a long way

first_imgSarah and her team cultivating land for the food garden. (Image: Sarah Bergs Facebook)An initiative in Hoedspruit, in Limpopo is uplifting local communities, promoting social responsibility and encouraging environmental education.Nourish is a non-profit organisation founded by Sarah Bergs, who grew up at Motswari Game Lodge, in Hoedspruit. She wanted to combine her love for conservation and her humanitarianism with the fight against poverty and poaching when she started Nourish just over four years ago.Bergs told the Sunday Times newspaper she could remember as a child seeing tourists from all over the world spending a lot of money at the reserve, yet the local community never benefited.“I wanted to play Robin Hood and help the community,” she said. “This is my community. You see people with so much money come in and out, and international people coming to see the heritage and wildlife.“Then you drive 20 kilometres away and see a community completely unaffected by the wealth. These guests are throwing away more money than what these people have.”Bergs credits her caregiver, Minah Mathebula, for teaching her to speak Xitsonga, to weave grass mats and be “bush-wise”, when she was growing up.THE WORK OF NOURISHNourish is a community upliftment project that provides after-school facilities for children from the area. It has a library and a vegetable garden worked by the community for their own benefit, and a small plantation where they grow moringa trees to sell to mining companies. Mines use the moringa trees to mitigate the effects of acid mine drainage, among other uses.“Initially it was a food security garden but then we figured out that in this area there was a secondary need – a big, big need for education and entrepreneurship, so then we decided to build a library,” Bergs said.RECYCLINGAlthough Nourish aims to improve entrepreneurial skills in the local community, recycling is also are high on its agenda.“We don’t want to hard-sell recycling. We just want people to walk in here and think a little bit; go home and see things a little differently. Maybe see waste as a resource, maybe see the conservation area as something precious.“You learn so much by trial and error, but I’m hoping to duplicate what we do here in other communities.”THE LIBRARY AND HOW YOU CAN HELPLaunched in 2015, the library is still in need of books and educational toys for children. Bergs also hopes to turn it into a skills training centre for the older people and adults in the region.“Since the launch of the library and helping the kids with English, I’ve had feedback that their confidence has improved a lot. That’s something very tangible. It makes me feel like I’m doing something important.“Life’s not boring at all when you’re involved in something like this.”The children have also started doing yoga.You can help her do her work better at Nourish by donating English books and educational toys for the library, and by buying one or more moringa trees for the plantation. There are also problems with electricity connections at the premises. Bergs can be contacted on 071 909 7261.Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Tiger Woods Voted PGA Tour Player of The Year

Tiger Woods has officially been voted by his peers PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 11th time, based on five big wins and his return to No.1 player in the world.Friday morning, the PGA announced the results and Woods had the votes.“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times, two of those World Golf Championships and one Players,” Woods said on a conference call Friday. “It’s been just a fantastic year all around. It’s also an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers, and to have that type of respect is something that’s very humbling.”On the ballot with Woods was British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar. The PGA does not release the percentage of votes, so we will never know who finished second.Also, this is the third time that Woods has won the Jack Nicklaus Award while losing the majors. He is the only player to win the award more than twice, since it began in 1990. read more

July 30 Is World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 24 (JIS): On Thursday, July 30, Jamaica will join 133 other countries in observing the inaugural World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24, Chairperson for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, said that the observance of the day is necessary to raise awareness of the trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.“Our intention is largely to provide the society with more information on this crime, so they can become fully aware. If every person in the society doesn’t know what is human trafficking, then we have not succeeded in our efforts,” she said.NATFATIP will observe a week of activities, beginning on July 26 with an 8:30 a.m. church service at Hope United Church, Mona, in Kingston. There will also be a national broadcast of the Prime Minister’s message to be aired on the Day of observance, supported by a supplement and inserts in the newspapers. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week will end with the Task Force’s participation in the Denbigh Show from July 31 to August 2, in May Pen, Clarendon. Meanwhile, Secretary General of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC), Ban Ki-moon, in an official statement for the Day, said that every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals.“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all,” he said.Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.UNODOC reports that an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Related Items:last_img read more

British Government Donates £5 Million to Relief Efforts in Dominica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The British Government has pledged to give the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica £5 million in UK aid, the International Development Secretary, Priti Patel has announced.Priti Patel will visit the Caribbean on Sunday to see firsthand the damage caused to a number of British territories that were destroyed by two major storms. Category five Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica after making landfall on Monday, leaving 98% of buildings damaged and thousands without power – affecting almost the entire 70,000 population.Ms. Patel announced the latest wave of UK Government support as she visited HMS Ocean, which on Friday delivered 60 tonnes of UK aid to the Caribbean, almost doubling the amount of aid in the region.She said: “The UK has pledged to give £5 million to the people of Dominica, the island worst hit by Hurricane Maria – on top of the £57 million already promised to the region – to strengthen recovery following these relentless disasters. I have come to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla to see first-hand UK aid in action, helping families whose lives have been ripped apart first by Hurricane Irma and then Maria.”During her trip, Ms. Patel will meet families in the British Virgin Islands whose lives were torn apart by Hurricane Irma, and she will visit Anguilla to see UK efforts to get schools and businesses up and running to speed up recovery.The £5 million pledge brings the British Government’s financial support for islands hit by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma to £62 million, a sum which has gone to overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks, and Caicos.This new pledge comes after calls for the UK Government to revisit their foreign aid policy with would prevent the country from contributing to relief efforts in the British overseas territories. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Related Items:#magneticmedianews, British aid, Dominica, Hurricane Maria Recommended for youlast_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between May 24, 2018 and May 30, 2018:Thursday, May 24NoneFriday, May 25NoneSaturday, May 26NoneSunday, May 27NoneMonday, May 28Aline C. Castro (54, Woburn) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle (Summons)Tuesday, May 29John H. Carroll (26, Peabody) — OUI Liquor; Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; and Marked Lanes Violation (Arrest)Wednesday, May 30None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

More trouble for Johnny Depp as Amber Heard accuses him of perjury

first_imgAmber Heard and Johnny DeppTwitterThings do not seem to cool down for former Pirates of the Caribbean movie star Johnny Depp. In a shocking turn of events, Amber Heard has reportedly accused her former husband, Johnny Depp of perjury — meaning he lied to the court about one major fight. In addition to this, Aquaman movie actress reportedly has proof of Depp’s lying.Amber Heard has accused Johnny Depp of verbal and physical abuse in May 2016 and she filed for divorce on May 23. Ever since their divorce, Depp has denied Heard’s accusations and even stated once that she painted on bruise herself.That being said, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s personal lives are currently gathering a lot of media attention, and all for the wrong reasons. As per a recent report by The Blast, Amber Heard has now accused Johnny Depp of lying to the court. The said accusation has come after the Fantastic Beasts movie star claimed that only one 911 emergency call was made on May 21, 2016.However, Heard has produced records showing that two calls were made to 911 on the said night of May 2016. The first call was made at 8:30 pm and then another one was made at 10:09 pm. But it should be noted that Depp’s legal team has also produced some proofs that show a discrepancy in the stories. As per Depp’s legal team, they have CCTV footage of him leaving the house at about 8:30 pm. Johnny Depp with ex-wife Amber Heard at The Art of Elysium Presents on the 9th Annual Heaven by Visionaries Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler.Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of ElysiumAs per the released documents, the log states that authorities received a call from victim friend Amber, “assaulted by boyfriend, refused to give further [information].” As per the police records, a second call was then made at around 10:09 pm — apparently, Depp’s legal team claims that this was the first 911 call made by Depp’s former wife.As per the records, “Female stated she was on phone with her friend and she began screaming at her husband, subj Amber Heard, Husband Johnny Heard.”Another log also confirms that the actress told the police officers that they were only engaged in verbal abuse. This is the same point which Johnny Depp’s attorneys have also made about the alleged abuse case.last_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to Ranbir Kapoor Chain Smokers of Bollywood

first_imgShah Rukh Khan: King Khan is a self-confessed chain smoker. On the birth of his youngest son, Shah Rukh had said, “Will I be there to do the same thing that I did with my older kids? Yes, that is a worry. So that keeps you smoking less, drinking less, exercising more. I am planning to give up all (smoking, drinking, etc) and try to be healthier and happier.”Talking about his smoking habits, SRK had said in an interview with India Today, “No, I don’t sleep. I smoke about 100 cigarettes. I forget to eat.”Sanjay Dutt: As we have already seen in his biopic, Sanjay, was a chain-smoker until he decided to quit everything at one go. Talking about his addiction, Sanjay had said, “Drug addiction is a disease which cannot be cured. Today, if I think I can smoke up a joint, I’m finished. The fear of relapse is in the first five-six months of quitting. I diverted my mind in the gym. I started feeling good with my body.”Ranbir Kapoor: “I quit smoking for four months, then started rolling cigarettes again just last month – just one or two a day. It’s something I’m scared of because I’ve been a nicotine addict since I was 15, and it’s the worst kind of addiction,” Ranbir had said in an interview with India Today.It’s taken me trips to Austria, to this doctor who gave me injections in my ears, to help me quit smoking the first time because I don’t think I have the willpower to give it up on my own. But vaping isn’t working for me either – you can’t leave one habit for another. Eventually, it’ll just come back more ferociously,” he added.Ajay Devgn: Ajay Devgn was a chain-smoker but quit smoking to lead a healthier life for his kids – Yug and Nysa.Shahid Kapoor:  Shahid Kapoor was also a chain smoker before he tied the knot with ladylove Mira. On Koffee with Karan, Mira Rajput had revealed that Shahid Kapoor had quit smoking after getting married to her upon her insistence.last_img read more

Accused killed in city gunfight

first_imgAn accused in a case filed over the ‘gun attack’ on a senior police officer was killed in a reported gunfight between detectives and criminals in Jurain graveyard area of the city early Tuesday, reports UNB. The detectives recovered two pistols, two magazines and, a bullet from the spot after the ‘gun battle’ that also left three members of the Detective Branch of police injured.The deceased, aged around 30, could not be identified yet.Senior assistant commissioner (DB, West Zonal Team) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Shahadat Hossain said his team arrested Delwar Hossain Shanta, an accused in the case filed with Shyampur police station over the gun attack on DB AC Rahul Patwari, from Jatrabari area on Monday night.According to his statement, the DB team conducted a drive near Gate-2 of Jurain graveyard around 1:40am today to arrest his cohorts, he said.Sensing the presence of the detectives, the criminals, numbering four, opened fire on them which forced the law enforcers to retaliate, Shahadat said.During the exchange of fire, one of the criminals sustained bullet injuries while others fled the scene, he said, adding that three DB men were also injured in the incident.Later, the bullet-hit criminal was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead around 4:00am, said Mahbubul Haque, sub-inspector of Shyampur police station.Senior AC Rahul sustained bullet injuries as criminals fired gunshots when he along with his team members was conducting an operation against illegal firearms in Shyampur area on 12 August.last_img read more

10 drug traders jailed in Cumilla

first_imgMap of CumillaA mobile court on Saturday sentenced 10 drug traders to different terms of imprisonment in Cumilla, reports UNB.A team of Kotwali Police in a drive arrested Pakhi Begum, 35, Liton Miah, 40, Selim, 38, Asma Begum, 55, Aradhan Begum, 55 and Sayed, 30 from different dens of drug traders in the city in the morning.Later, a mobile court sentenced them to different jail term.Besides, four drug traders- Dulal Hossain, 38, Omar Faruk, 30, Mahamudul Hasan, 38 and Foyez, 25- were sentenced to different terms of jail by a mobile court in Chandina upazila.Meanwhile, a team of police arrested female drug trader Ruby Akhter, 45, from Muradnagar upazila.last_img