Temecula Community Rallies Around Local Artist Diagnosed With ALS

AnthonyCarbajalAlthough every person alive understands that their time here on Earth is limited, most do not spend much time thinking about the finish line. Instead, we go to our jobs that we may or may not like, enjoy the company of close family and friends and take it easy by watching a good television show or sporting event. Unfortunately, some of us no longer have the luxury of time to waste because they received the type of news that nobody ever wants to hear: that they have a degenerative terminal illness for which there is currently no cure. This is what happened when neurologists told Anthony Carbajal, a wedding photographer in Temecula, that his medical examinations showed he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

When most people think of ALS they typically think of an older person who has already lived a somewhat full life, but Carbajal is only in his mid 20's. A college graduate who decided to turn a passion for photography into a small business after he realized his mother's medical condition required him to be home as much as possible, Carbajal quickly gained a reputation as one of the best wedding photographers in Wine Country Temecula. Sadly, Carbajal was quite familiar with ALS because his mother was also diagnosed with the neurological condition about 7 years ago, but that did not stop him from creating a successful business that has flourished. Carbajal has documented over 120 weddings in just the past 3 years and had another 30 on the books for this year, but due to the unexpected diagnosis will be forced to retire prematurely from his passion. From the career that he loved, to the art that defined him, to the photographic talent that allowed him to support his still ailing mother, Carbajal is now taking the ingredients that have made him so successful in all his endeavors into a one-on-one fight with ALS that he is determined to win.

The love and outpouring of support for Carbajal has never been more evident than in the past 48 hours where hundreds upon hundreds of friends, past clients and complete strangers throughout the community have been sharing warm wishes and sending good vibes to this local artist. With an infectious laughter, goal-driven mind and kind heart, it is pretty easy to see why the Temecula community has been rallying around Carbajal. "Nobody deserves ALS, certainly not a young man in his 20's who created a business to help his family", explained a local Temecula wedding photographer and close friend of Carbajal. "Anthony is a wonderful individual with charisma, compassion and talent, and it simply breaks my heart that he will no longer be able to pursue his career, his passion because of an illness he has no control over."

Those wanting to send a positive message to Carbajal can do so directly by contacting him on his Facebook page. Those wanting to make a small donation to help Anthony and his family cover medical expenses and other costs can do so via his fundraiser page. Everyone at Tracking System Direct is pulling for you Anthony! You will be in our thoughts and prayers every day!

American Airlines Flight Cut Short After Spy Camera Found In Bathroom

AmericanAirlinesEvery person who has ever flown commercially understands that the experience is not always pleasant. Seats are small, service can be less than friendly and those little bags of peanuts and pretzels have certainly lost some flavor over the years. And that is not accounting all the extra security measures that are not implemented at airports since the 9/11 terrorist acts. Now airline passengers have to get to the airport hours before their fly is scheduled for take off so they can go through full body scans, shoe checks, baggage checks the type of rub down that should at least include a glass of wine. Yes flying can at times be a miserable experience, but that experience was even more uncomfortable for passengers on American Airlines flight 24 that was carrying 215 passengers from San Francisco to New York.

Security on commercial airplanes is no laughing matter in a post 9/11 world, that is why American Airlines flight 24 crew members made the decision to make an emergency landing at an airport in Kansas City after it was discovered that a technological device was taped against a wall in the public restroom of the aircraft. The strange device was reported to be a spy camera disguised as a simple flash drive, a common form of hidden camera surveillance used routinely by police and private investigation teams. In fact, covert security systems are so sophisticated now that many can transmit real-time video data as well as provide GPS tracking information. This was one of the key reasons American Airlines staff chose to be proactive in handling the situation.

After making the decision to land the plane the crew members told passengers that an issue with the air circulation systems was the reason for the unscheduled landing. However, once on the ground, passengers were informed that the unscheduled landing was due to a potential bomb threat. With passengers off of the plane safe and secure, the plane was searched by investigators, including agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The device was located and tested by authorities and it was found to be an ordinary flash drive for storing data. However, authorities still do not understand why the device was placed in the restroom of the plane in what was described as a suspicious matter. 

Authorities are currently investigating who the owner of the flash drive is and why they left the device in the public restroom of the aircraft. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

Oakley Debuts GPS Tracking Goggles Called Airwave 1.5


Sports and technology have been increasingly working side by side to push the limits of athletes all across the world. Whether it be training programs, sports science or something as simple as a heart rate monitor for running, technology is allowing athletes to stay in-tuned with performance. One business that has been ingrained in many of the extreme sports is a company called Oakley and they are ready to debut a new technologically advanced form of snow goggles likely to change the way people ride on mountain slopes for years to come.

The high-tech goggles developed by Oakley are called Airwave and the next generation of eye wear does much more than protect a snowboarder or skier from flurries. This is because the Airwave goggles are designed with Wi-Fi, an accelerometer, social media connections and of course GPS tracking system, along with a number of other awesome features. This latest version of the Airwave will also provide users an additional 30% worth of battery life, allowing riders to stay on the slopes longer to carve up that white powdery goodness. However, the features that have outdoor enthusiasts most excited are the data related systems that can gather information about elevation, speed, barometric pressure and more. The coolest part is that all of this data is sent to the snow goggle lenses using prism technology. This allows the snowboarder or skier to see the data as they are riding! This is done using an embedded device which appears to the rider as a 14" screen approximately 5 feet away.

"It's an incredible what these goggles can do especially the buddy feature that uses GPS tracking to locate yourself and friends so you can see on a virtual map where everyone is at", a snowboarder in Park City, Utah who was experimenting with the glasses explained.

The goggles are revolutionizing how people enjoy the outdoors by offering snowboarders and skiers instant data on high of an elevation plane they are on, what speed they are traveling, the distance they cleared a jump and so much more all in real-time. This is because GPS tracking system data is plotting the information instantly! However, some people believe that the influx of data could lead to a phenomena similar to that of distracted driving. Some hypothesize that with snowboarders and skiers being so focused on analytical data that they could miss the more obvious dangers in front of them such as an obstacle or another rider. However, the brains at Oakley have been quick to counter by saying that the technology would be similar to that of operating a motor vehicle in that the driver simply glances at their speedometer and other gauges occasionally to verify safe driving.

Only time will tell if the new GPS tracking system goggles developed by Oakley will be the new trend on mountains all across the world, but one thing is for certain and that is technology is certainly changing all aspects of our lives, even the recreational hobbies.

Source: Oakley Website

Oregon Schools Look To Boost Security

bus-fleetAfter the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school, districts all across the nation have been evaluating their security protocols in order to enhance student safety as much as possible. Coeur d'Alene schools located in Oregon understood first hand that more could be done to elevate security and that is why they made the decision to call upon a wide variety of security devices to boost safety.

One of the first security measures Coeur d'Alene schools implemented was a controlled entry system. What this entry system provides is an avenue for front office personnel to both hear and see visitors before they are allowed to enter school grounds. The entry system uses sophisticated video monitoring technology that not only gives office personnel a way to communicate with visitors but it also provides a detailed recorded history of anyone who comes to that school.

Additional layers of security Coeur d'Alene schools have implemented have been the use of video camera devices sprawled across each campus to record activity, as well as GPS tracking system units that will monitor the driving activity of each school bus responsible for transporting students to and from school campuses. All of these additional layers of security certainly provide depth in terms of student safety, but as soon as the topic reaches the dicey topic of arming teachers with handguns is when some people are saying enough is enough.

Arming Teachers

One of the most controversial issues in regards to school security across the nation and as well at Coeur d'Alene schools is the issue of arming teachers. The proponents who back the move to arm teachers with handguns include the National Rifle Association (NRA) because they believe the only way to stop an armed intruder is by fighting fire with fire. Unfortunately, the amount of time it takes police to arrive on scene or a campus officer to respond to a armed intruder might be too much time to prevent disaster. However, with teachers trained and armed for such a situation the response could occur much more swiftly, and that is something critical when it comes to saving lives.

Naturally, there is heavy opposition to any plan that would enable teachers to carry firearms. The strongest voices exclaim that schools should not be designed in the same way that prisons or fortresses are, but rather as positive learning institutions. Although most agree that having an on-site police officer is a positive thing, arming each teacher could create unforeseen situations. Situations such as if a student takes the firearm away from the teacher or the teacher themselves uses the firearm maliciously.

Is the use of entry system technology, video monitoring equipment and GPS vehicle tracking systems in schools enough security measures needed or do you believe that teachers should be provided with firearms?

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