Looks to be a great group of guys this class. Everyone showed up on time and ready to work. By the end of the day you could see the exhaustion, but I feel if your going to invest your time and hard earned cash, the payout should be worth it. Correct?
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An American man was robbed and shot while in Johannesburg South Africa for the World Cup. The 35 year old LA resident was on his way to his hotel in the affluent Sandton area when he was assaulted by four men. He is currently hospitalized in stable condition.
For the full Associated Press story, click HERE.
During my time there on assignment, I found South Africa, and Johannesburg in particular to be a mass of contradictions. Modern yet historical. Friendly citizens with national pride, yet this undertone of fear that was apparent almost everywhere.
*In the article, they quote a police spokesperson as saying that the mans life was not in danger. (Quick note: Any time your shot and robbed, your life is in danger.)
See related: World Cup Security Breakdowns
Security & Safety at the World Cup
Challenging assignment was an understatement.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Amy Robach of the the Today show does a segment on the rise of females in the Executive Protection industry. The show spotlights Executive Protection Agent Joanna Torrens and an all female class undergoing training in the profession. While obviously greatly condensed and edited for their morning demographic, I thought the piece was a good representation of the training, challenges and mindset women would need to undergo to succeed in the male dominated bodyguard industry.
Click HERE to view the segment.
To learn more about some of the training Joanna went through follow THIS link.
Just got off a (LONG) 22 hr flight from South Africa. Touched down and received word that the Today Show piece we did in conjunction with Harlan Austin at Bodyguard Careers aired. I’ll get a proper post up later, but in the meantime, catch the segment.
And if your interested in learning more about the training (for males or females) click HERE.
Video of the program behind the jump.
South Africa Times Reports: South African intelligence services have been accused of being slow to react to warnings of terror threats to the 2010 World Cup
The US Congress counter-terror caucus was briefed on threats to the tournament. Ronald Sandee, director of the NEFA Foundation, warned the US Congress that:
- Pakistani and Somali militants are running terror training camps in northern Mozambique;
- Trainees from these camps may have crossed into South Africa to join or form cells planning World Cup attacks;
- Surveillance and strike teams planning attacks are well established in South Africa. Terror groups involved include al-Qaeda and their Somalian allies, al-Shahaab
- Simultaneous and random attacks are being planned during the World Cup
On Wednesday, the National Joint Operational Centre was activated at an undisclosed military base in Pretoria. It is co-coordinating the deployment of all South African security and intelligence structures to ensure a safe World Cup, including 24-hour protection of teams and officials.
According to two insiders, a watch-list of 40 terror suspects has been drawn up. Police have neither confirmed nor denied the arrest or watch-list.
For the full story: Click HERE.
It’s tough finding the balance between safety & security along with access & convenience at a world sporting event such as the World Cup. Lot’s of moving parts, lots of players. ~ES
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While you won’t find them at Macy’s or Saks, Colombian designer Miguel Caballero has created a polo shirt “resistant” to rounds from an Uzi machine gun. Mr. Caballero claims to have outfitted dignitaries such as President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia. I could see the demand from both of these guys.
The shirt comes in multiple levels of protection:
Level 1 IIA: 9mm / 40 Smith and Wesson FMJ
Level 2 II: 9mm / .357 Magnum / 38 Super / Mini Uzi submachine gun
Level 3 IIIA: Uzi machine gun / MP5,MP9 submachine gun / 44 Magnum SJHP / Stab-proof
And of course the price $, 4000 USD.