Vancouver man gets 4 years in child porn case

first_imgA Vancouver man who possessed thousands of images of child pornography on his tablet computer was sentenced Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court to more than four years in prison.Brian K. Schofield, 34, pleaded guilty in October to three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Investigators discovered at least 8,000 images of child pornography on Schofield’s tablet, and a second device was seized. Vancouver police estimated the ages of the victims to be between 5 and 12 years old, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children received information Aug. 9 from Google that one of its users was uploading suspected child pornography. Data from the account was eventually traced back to Schofield and his Vancouver residence, the affidavit states.Detectives with the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit served a search warrant at his residence Sept. 20 in the 6000 block of Northeast 10th Avenue. Schofield wasn’t home, however, according to court documents. He was later found at Friends of the Carpenter, a nonprofit, faith-based facility, where he worked.During their search, investigators recovered a tablet in the process of downloading child pornography, and an initial screen of the device found thousands of images of suspected child pornography, court records said.last_img read more

Heat wave in San Diego County to last throughout the weekend

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, July 12, 2019 Heat wave in San Diego County to last throughout the weekend SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A heat wave is expected to send temperatures soaring well into the triple digits today in the San Diego County deserts. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the San Diego County deserts that will be in effect from 10 a.m. today through 8p.m. Monday.High temperatures near the coast will be in the high 70s to low 80s today, while temperatures are expected to reach the high 80s today in the western valleys, forecasters said.A high of around 113 degrees is expected today in Borrego Springs.The scorching temperatures could cool a degree or two over the weekend, but high temperatures were expected to remain around the same before cooler weather arrives Tuesday, according to the NWS.The weather service advised that those who work outdoors should avoid the midday sun, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.Nighttime lows will be in the mid to high 80s today in the county deserts, meaning the minimal cooling at night could pose a health risk to those who don’t have access to air conditioning because the body needs time to cool down from the day’s heat, according to the NWS.Avoid leaving senior citizens and kids at home without air conditioning, if possible. And never leave a child, senior or pet in a parked vehicle, even with windows cracked open, because interior temperatures can quickly turn lethal. Posted: July 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

BSE closes points 4912 down on September 13

first_imgNew Delhi, September 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 49.12 points down to stand at 19,732.76. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 0.10 points down to stand at 5,850.60. JPPOWER and NHPC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.03% and 6.50% along with Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. and Oriental Bank with an increase of 6.37% and 6.10% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. and Shriram City Union Finance Ltd. with a decrease of 8.37% and 3.80% along with Pipavav Defence and Wipro with a decrease 3.62% and 3.61% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 92.38 points at 10,942.01 while the banking sector is up 14.91 points at 11,589.03 and the realty sector is up 34.97 points at 1,318.32. The Indian currency is down 0.34% at Rs 63.72 per dollar.last_img read more

City of Houston Freezes Hiring Paxton Defends Standing for Pledge of Allegiance

first_imgWednesday, September 26, 2018Top afternoon stories:Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner.City of Houston freezes hiringHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner has frozen hiring and promotions across city government.In a statement to News 88.7, Press Secretary Mary Benton attributed the freeze to Proposition B, a ballot measure set for November that would match the salaries of Houston’s firefighters to police officers of the same rank.Benton said if the measure is passed firefighter pay would increase by at least 25 percent, costing the city $98 million.The fire fighter’s union has pushed back on the Turner administration’s claims the city does not have enough money.Eric Gay/APTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton.Paxton defends standing for Pledge of AllegianceTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton is intervening in the litigation over requiring students to stand for Pledge of Allegiance.Civil rights lawyer Randall Kallinen is representing two Houston-area students who say administrators punished them after they after they sat through the pledge as a form of protest.Kallinen is arguing that a state law requiring students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance violates the First Amendment right to free speech.Paxton said in a statement sent out Tuesday that “school children cannot unilaterally refuse to participate in the pledge.”The Attorney General added that the litigation “is about providing for the saying of the pledge of allegiance while respecting the parental right to direct the education of children.”UH student found dead in North HoustonThe body of a University of Houston (UH) student who was missing since April 2017 has been recovered in north Houston and the medical examiner’s office has determined the manner of death was a homicide, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences reported Wednesday.An Vinh Nguyen, 27, was a student at UH’s Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and was last seen on March 31, 2017, as reported by KHOU 11.The investigation of this case is still active and, so far, authorities haven’t named any suspects. Sharelast_img read more

Behala Puja committes worried over footfall after bridge collapse

first_imgKolkata: Big time Durga puja committees of Behala area, directly connected with the rest of the city through the Majerhat bridge that collapsed early this week, are worried over the footfall in their pandals during the puja days. A spokesman of the ‘Forum for Durgotsav’, a platform of 350 Durga puja committees of the city, told PTI that they hoped the Durga Puja turn out in Behala would remain the same like last year. There are over 30 Puja committees in Behala who are our members. And we can only hope that things will be sorted out in a month’s time. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “This can be done by either constructing two temporary Bailey bridges along the two flanks of the Majerhat bridge or making traffic diversion to other routes,” the ‘Forum for Durgotsav’ president Partha Ghosh said. The Forum is yet to formally approach the government on the issue, he said adding “but our members are in touch.” The ‘SB Park’ puja committee in Thakurpukur area of Behala, a popular destination of revellers, had started preparations months ago, puja committee official Amit Ghosh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed He said “we are concerned that many visitors from north and central parts of the metropolis will not be able to come after the bridge collapse. We are looking for a solution.” A member of ‘Barisha Yubak Brinda’ said, “If there is less crowd from other parts of the city and elsewhere, our preparations will have little use. We, the smaller pujas, mostly depend on the participation of revellers to make it a success and lesser footfall means a cut in sponsorship next year.” He, however, hoped that the revellers from South 24 Parganas district will make up any dip in turn out from northern part of the city and adjoining North 24 pargans district. A puja committee member of ‘Behala Notun Dal’ said while this year’s sponsorship had come to them long ago and there was not much to worry on financial side, they also hoped the crowd would not dwindle “as without revellers the celebrations will lose its lustre.” The spokesman of the ‘Debdaru Fatak puja committe’ wondered if the main link with northern part remained blocked, then how many would take other routes for pandal hopping in Behala. However, a member of ‘Behala Naskar Pukur Lane’ Puja committee said as puja revellers had ignored the potholed roads due to Joka-BBD Bagh metro work in the past few years to throng puja pandals in Behala, “they will find a way out in this year also.”last_img read more

South Kolkata residents can now enjoy Theatre Festival at Madhusudan Mancha

first_imgKolkata: For the first time ever in the history of the state, an initiative has been taken to ensure that people of South Kolkata do not remain deprived of the grandeur of Theatre Festival.This is the first time when the Information and Cultural Affairs department of the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to include Madhusudan Mancha in South Kolkata as one of the venues for the Theatre Festival.The international Theatre Festival is organised every year in January. Theatre groups, both national and international ones, perform in the festival and the platform here in Kolkata is considered as one of the biggest ones in the country by theatre fraternities. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTill 2018, Rabindra Sadan and Minerva Theatre were the only two venues for the Theatre Festival. With Minerva Theatre being one of the venues, it is convenient for theatre-loving people from North Kolkata to visit the place and enjoy the extravaganza of the programme organised by the state government. Similarly, theatre lovers from the Central part of the city enjoy the same convenience at Rabindra Sadan.Sources said that the matter related to the necessity of including a venue in the Southern part of the city came up in a meeting that was held recently in the state secretariat. The top brass of the state government has also given its nod to include a venue in South Kolkata, where a part of the total number of theatre groups will be performing. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFinally, Madhusudan Mancha at Dhakuria has been chosen as the venue for the event in South Kolkata. A senior official of the state government has mentioned that Madhusudan Mancha has been chosen as the venue for the event for its prime location, which people can easily reach.Around 20 theatre groups get selected to perform in the Theatre Festival that continues for around four days in January. It has been learnt that more than 100 theatre groups have applied to get an opportunity to perform in the festival. There is a screening committee comprising famous theatre personalities. With Madhusudan Mancha getting added as a venue for the Theatre Festival, theatre lovers from South Kolkata won’t have to travel to either the Central or Northern part of the city, to be a part of their favourite event.Kolkata, the cultural capital of the country, has witnessed several endeavours of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee towards preservation and promotion of various art forms, in the past 7 years. Since the change of guard in the state in 2011, the state government has taken various initiatives for better promotion of art forms, starting from folk art to theatre.last_img read more

Tai Chi A gentle form of exercise to maintain strength

first_imgFinding it difficult to join a cardiac rehabilitation centre due to rigorous workouts or financial constraints? Take heart, practising Tai Chi – a form of ancient Chinese martial art – may help patients for whom physical exercises can be unpleasant, painful and impossible, researchers suggest. Tai Chi is characterised by slow, rhythmic and meditative movements, which enables the performer to find peace and calm within the mind and heart. It has many different styles. Each style may subtly emphasize various Tai Chi principles and methods. There are variations within each style. Some styles may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of Tai Chi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It might be a good option for people because you can start very slowly and simply and, as theconfidence increases, the pace and movements can be modified to increase intensity,” said Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Assistant Professor at the Brown University, Rhode Island in the US.”Tai Chi exercises can reach low-to-moderate intensity levels. The emphasis on breathing and relaxation can also help with stress reduction and psychological distress.” It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive and requires no special equipment. You can do it anywhere, including indoors or outside. It can be performed alone or in a group class. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlthough Tai Chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying it. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, however, found that Tai Chi was safe, with no adverse events related to the exercise programme.The research was conducted over physically inactive heart disease patients, both men and women, among whom 58.6 per cent of the total had earlier experienced a heart attack and procedures to open a blocked artery. All the participants had denied cardiac rehabilitation and therefore developed high-risk characteristics at present, including smoking (27.6 per cent), diabetes (48.3 per cent), high cholesterol (75.9 per cent), overweight (35 per cent) and obesity (45 per cent). The Tai Chi programme did not raise aerobic fitness but led to an increase in the weekly amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity at the same time. The benefits of Tai Chi are generally greatest if you begin before you develop a chronic illness or functional limitations. Here’s some advices before you start practicing it:Consult a Doctor – If you have a limiting musculoskeletal problem or medical condition or if you take medications that can make you dizzy or lightheaded — check with your doctor before starting Tai Chi. Consider observing and taking a class – taking a class may be the best way to learn tai chi. Most teachers will let you observe the cases first to see if you feel comfortable with the approach and atmosphere. Instruction can be individualised. Dress comfortably – Choose loose-fitting clothes that don’t restrict your range of motion. You can practice barefoot or in lightweight, comfortable, and flexible shoes. You’ll need shoes that won’t slip and can provide enough support to help you balance, but have soles thin enough to allow you to feel the ground. Agencieslast_img read more

WestJet enables next generation NDC shopping engine from Farelogix

first_imgTags: WestJet Share Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Posted by CALGARY — WestJet has become the first airline in production with the FLX Shop & Price solution, considered to be the next generation shopping and pricing engine from Farelogix.The technology provides WestJet with substantial cost savings opportunities, improved response times, flexibility and the ability to modify ATPCO fares. It is currently in production for a number of travel agencies and technology providers that are shopping and booking WestJet content via WestJet Direct, the airline’s Level 2 NDC-certified API solution powered by Farelogix.FLX Shop & Price is designed for airline-controlled NDC shopping and pricing, with an engine that provides full support for ATPCO-based fares as well as non-ATPCO fares managed directly by the airline. It is fully interoperable with other Farelogix ‘offer engines’ for off-PSS merchandising, availability calculation and schedule building. The engine can be hosted by the airline or, as is the case for WestJet, hosted by Farelogix.“WestJet is the first airline in production with the FLX Shop & Price solution, following our launch of this technology last year,” said Jim Davidson, CEO of Farelogix. “By taking control of its offer using next generation technology for shopping, WestJet is better positioned to compete for customers, react to competition, and improve revenue management through dynamic pricing strategies. It’s great to see an innovative airline like WestJet work towards being a single source of truth for its offers.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterWestJet has been in production with key components of the Farelogix Airline Commerce Gateway for several years. WestJet Direct is powered by FLX Shop & Price, Open Connect, and FLX Merchandise, the Farelogix merchandising offer engine for branded fares and ancillary offers. As both FLX Shop & Price and FLX Merchandise use the same rules engine and offer interface (FLX Rules and Offer Designer), it was easy for WestJet to set up, manage, and control its own dynamic offer program.center_img Travelweek Group WestJet enables next generation NDC shopping engine from Farelogix << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

TTC upgrades My Travel Portal platform for agents

first_img Posted by TTC upgrades My Travel Portal platform for agents Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Online, The Travel Corporation TORONTO — The Travel Corporation’s optimized MTP 2.0 version of its My Travel Portal platform for travel agents streamlines operations, meaning even less hassle for agents and clients, says the company.The Travel Corporation launched My Travel Portal (MTP) a year ago, enabling agents to help their clients personalize their trip and access day by day itineraries. MTP also hosts an e-documentation hub and supports agents by ensuring a reasonable duty of care for every client.With the optimization TTC says it has further enhanced the end-to-end experience with its brands. The platform now provides greater functionality and ease of usability following a 3,000+ travel agent research and initiative and in-depth customer study on use and feedback.The Travel Corporation is its part environmentally as well. When clients choose the option to view itineraries and documents on their mobile device rather than paper format, TTC plants a tree in partnership with One Tree Planted. Together, last year TTC and One Tree Planted were able to reforest several hundred acres of barren and devastated land.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoTrafalgar agents and clients with bookings for travel in 2019 can now access the newly optimized travel portal, with Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Costsaver, Contiki and Uniworld coming soon.Additional tools will be added to MTP later this year and into 2020, to continue to enhance the platform in conjunction with continued travel agent guest feedback. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more