Police Dispatch room, the nerve centre of operations
The proliferation of television shows known as “procedurals” has exposed the general public to the existence of law enforcement activities that support front-line policing. Television has brought the once obscure world of behind-the-scenes law enforcement activities into the world’s living rooms.
From shows like CSI and NCIS, fields directly related to law enforcement have become more appealing to a wider segment of the population. Though many of the supporting jobs are entry level, a growing number do require advanced education such as a criminal justice degree. For support positions that analyse process and coordinate the work of the street-level police officer, an investment in schooling can lead to a position many might not consider. Continue reading ‘Law Enforcement Work — Careers Outside the Box’ »
Recently they satirised the ebbing fortunes of of Julius Malema, the leader of the ANCYL (the youth league) who has just been expelled from the African National Congress. The advert has the punch-line “Juju, you’ve been served.”
According to a statement on Nando’s website: “Needless to say Nando’s ads have been the centre of some heated topics of conversation. We’ve also won a lot of advertising awards along the way and they’ve been fantastic!”
If you own a home or are thinking of buying one, home owner’s insurance is a necessary evil and can even save your investment one day. But there are many different types of policies out there that can be confusing to the average home owner.
Below, we have gathered seven different kinds of home owner’s insurance to help you make sense of it all.
Not everyone agrees with this scenario. The United States Census Bureau, which also employs sophisticated mechanisms to predict population levels, forecasts that the seven billion mark won’t be reached till next year, on the 12th of March, 2012.
So why did the UN estimate choose October 31, 2011? Why does their projection differ from the other available predictions? The truth is that a closer look at the assumptions behind the UN calculations shows that there may be perverse and contradictory reasons to blame. Many believe that it looks more like a political construct than a scientific analysis. Continue reading ‘World Heading For Population Of 7 Billion — Really?’ »
Just two weeks ago in the wilds near Kapani Safari Lodge, in the Luanga Valley, Zambia, a group of tourists came across this amazing sight. A hopelessly trapped baby elephant and her mother.
The Kapani lagoon, where the baby elephant and her mother were trapped, is nearly dry and very sticky at this time of year. The Kapani Lagoon is a source of drinking water for the animals of the area, as well as the place to go for a relieving mud bath.
The elephants had gone to bathe and the baby became ensnared. The mother elephant, attracted by the cries of the baby, also sank into the mire and became trapped as well. The rest of the elephant herd had initially tried to help the screaming mother and baby escape, but they were stuck too deeply. The herd quickly retreated when the rescuers arrived (9 photographs). Continue reading ‘Baby Elephant And Mother In Dramatic Rescue From The Mud’ »
Buying or renting? Which is better in this market?
The question on every potential purchasers lips when considering a real estate investment is how best to time the market. Values are still declining in a down market, and the question is — how low can they go and how long should one wait?
Interest rates are bottoming out. In fact they are near an all-time low. They are unlikely to drop any further and if you wait too long you may not be able to afford to buy a home at any price.
At the other end of the scale the rental market is characterised by steadily rising rentals, driven by rising demand.
Relief depicting Ancient Dravidian Seafarers -- click to enlarge
Like most South Africans of my generation, as a schoolboy I learnt that the recorded history of Southern Africa started in the mid 17th century with the arrival of the European explorers.
Did ancient Dravidian Seafarers establish the first gold mines in Southern Africa?
We studied detailed accounts of these early settlers and their exploits as well as the references to the Portuguese explorers, such as Bartolameu Dias, who preceded them by about 100 years.
According to this history the Khoisan or San people inhabited the Southern African region and preceded the Bantu people who gradually displaced them as they migrated south into the coastal regions of what is now known as the Cape. In a previous post, which you can find here, we covered the many languages spoken by the Khoisan.
Another Beautiful Sunset On The Bot River Estuary (click to enlarge) -- Photograph by John Bradfield
This photograph was taken at 7.06pm just after sunset.
I’m standing on the edge of the eastern bank of the Bot River Estuary. It’s warm and breathless and the fish are jumping in the shallows. Apart from the faint roar of the sea in my ears and the tinkle of water lapping at my feet, it’s absolutely silent. It’s beautiful.
At left, on the horizon, lies the mouth of the estuary about two kilometres (1.25 miles) away.
Across the water, in the distance on the right, on the far side you can see the dark shape of the Kogelberg mountain range.
“It was being in the right place at the right time and Evan being in the wrong place at the wrong time – one of those moments. It was freaky. I saw it coming closer so I braked, [I] thought it would go in between the gap. It hit him, lifted him off the ground, [and he] landed in the grass . . [he] started making weird noises and I didn’t know what to do.” – team-mate Travis Walker
Mountain Biker, Evan van der Spuy of Team Jeep South Africa, was riding in second place in a race near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and travelling at top speed when a male red hartebeest antelope – estimated to weigh 150 kilograms (330 pounds) and about 1.3 metres (4.25 feet) tall at the shoulders – suddenly charged straight at him and hurled itself into him.
His helmet imploded and he was briefly knocked unconscious on impact. He was taken to hospital where he spent the night under observation. Fortunately he suffered no serious injuries and was discharged the next morning.
"Coffee tastes better if the latrines are dug downstream from an encampment."
-- U.S. Army Field Regulations, 1861
"Happy the generation where the great listen to the small, for it follows that in such a generation the small will listen to the great."
-- Hebrew Proverb
"Have no fear of perfection -- you'll never reach it."
-- Salvador Dali
(1904 - 1989)
"There does not exist, nor can there exist, true chaos.
Rather what is taken to be chaotic is by nature a system which is governed by laws the observer either cannot or refuses to accept."
-- Camden Narzt
"'Why are you crying?' asked Yossarian.
'Because you don't believe in God!' she said.
'What do you care,' said Yossarian. 'I thought you were an atheist?'
'I am,' she sobbed. 'But the God that I don't believe in is a kind, merciful, loving God, not the vindictive, sadistic, angry God that you don't believe in.'"
-- Joseph Heller
Have few desires."
(604 BC - 531 BC)
"The Way of Lao-tzu"
"No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted."
(620 BC - 560 BC)
"The Lion and the Mouse"
About THIS ‘N THAT
The various personal interests, reflections, contemplations, observations, comments and musings of John L Bradfield and the esteemed guest authors featured below . .
Chantel Harris, who writes under a pseudonym, is a South African freelance writer with a special interest in lifestyle advice. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hiking or exploring neighbourhood markets.
Chrisitine Maddox, is pursuing a master's degree from the University of Texas and she writes about parenting, kids and nanny care on www.4nannies.com. Reach her at email@example.com
Danielle M is a student of supply chain management in Bloomington, Indiana. She has a consuming interest in Native American culture. Contact her on Twitter to discuss logistics, history or cat videos
David Elliott is a freelance writer from North London who’s spent most of his life in restless excitement. Whenever he can, he immerses himself in foreign cultures and the history of great cities.
Jack Meyers is an experienced detective based in Houston, Texas and is a regular contributor for various law enforcement blogs and websites including nannybackgroundcheck.com
Krisca Te works with Open Colleges, Australia's leading provider of counselling training. When not working, you can find her actively participating in local dog show events – in support of her husband.
Lindsey Harper Mac lives in Indianapolis and writes about technology and social media. Lindsey is now completing her graduate degree and she can be found on Twitter @Harpermac11.
Sally is an avid blogger covering topics from health to travel. She teaches at a school in the Chicago area and is currently awaiting her first child. She can be found on Twitter @eatbreatheblog
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