Galveston Island Living Capital Tourism and Marketing Review

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Imagine yourself as an Islander living in an elegant Victorian home on a shady, oak-lined street on the Island’s east end, or in a home overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on the west end. There is a variety of rental property to choose from throughout the Island; from Galveston has the amenities of a larger city, but with tight-knit small town friendliness.

Its ethnically diverse citizens have worked together to make their city better since the early days of its founding in 1836. When faced with adversity, Galvestonians unite to solve whatever obstacles may arise. Non-profit organizations and community groups offer a variety of volunteer opportunities regardless of your interests or desired area of service.

The Island has a multifaceted economic base with expanding job markets in tourism, the medical field, marine-related fields, as well as other areas. Education, banking, insurance and marine industries also are job fields that contribute to the strong, diverse economy. Island life is enhanced by the absence of drive-time traffic reports on the radio and heavy traffic delays. The major thoroughfares are rarely heavily congested, even during peak times. And it takes no more than 15-20 minutes to get anywhere you want to go on the Island.

All this time saved driving to work and running errands can be spent enjoying Island life.

When the work day is over, pack a picnic dinner and some easy chairs and head to the beach. Temperatures are moderate, so outdoor activities are enjoyable year-round. Relax and enjoy watching the waves roll in at sunset as sandpipers scurry along the edge of the gulf water.

Black History Alive and Well in Galveston

On the outside walls of the African American Museum at 3427 Sealy St. are portraits of some prominent black Galvestonians, painted by artist E. Herron.

The Debate Is Over: The Margarita Was Invented In Galveston

A lot of sources debate our claim that Santos Cruz invented the margarita at the Balinese Room for singer Peggy Lee.

#LoveGalveston Photo Contest – A Chance to Win Cash, and Be the Face of Galveston

There’s nothing like spending “island time” with your family, taking in the Galveston coast while making memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. While your memories may be priceless, capturing them in a photograph could lead to some extra bonuses.

UTMB Scientists Uncover How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

A multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development. These findings are detailed in Stem Cell Reports.

Emerging Adults May Be Mixing Drug, Alcohol, Firearms, Study Finds

While drugs, alcohol and firearms do not mix well, new research finds that among some young adults the three may often go together.

UTMB Researchers Discover Reason for Permanent Vision Loss after Head Injury

Research from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has shed new light on what causes the permanent vision loss sometimes seen in the wake of a head injury.

10 Reasons You Should Get On “Island Time” in Galveston

The advent of spring in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets.

Exploring Galveston’s Past through Museums, Attractions and Historic Buildings

When visiting the beach or relaxing at one of Galveston’s renowned resort hotels, the island’s historic past might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

The Port of Galveston Continues to Make History on Galveston Island

The next time you pass by the bustling docks and wharfs of the Port of Galveston, take a moment to let the history and impact of the facility sink in.

First of 1 Million Cubic Yards of Sand Has Been Pumped Onto the Beach

The first of 1 million cubic yards of sand has been pumped onto the beach in a $19 million project to replenish over 3.5 miles of beach along Galveston’s seawall.

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19% of social media accounts associated with top ten brands are fraudulent, says study

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Fake brand social media accounts are on the rise according to a study into the shape of the industry from Proofpoint.

 

From April through June 2016, the 10 top brands across different industries were identified and analysed across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. A total of 4,840 brands were found to be associated with these companies – almost a fifth (19 per cent) were fraudulent.

 

Social media is reportedly a prime platform for fraud. Used as a corporate marketing and communications tool, it can be hijacked with malicious intent such as spamming users and misrepresenting the brand.

 

Of the 902 fraudulent accounts associated with 10 top brands, nearly 30 per cent were scams or offers for counterfeit products and services. Furthermore, four per cent of these were either phishing for user information, looking to install malware, protesting against the company in question or parodying it – which it claimed could harm the reputation of the brands.

 

These were BMW, Capital One, Chanel, Amazon, DirecTV, Nike, Samsung, Shell, Sony, Starbucks as selected by the Brand Directory list of top brands for 2015.

 

The report said: “Many unauthorised accounts are fake brand accounts. They are created solely to defraud your customers or undermine your brand. Bad actors create these accounts for financial gain or to protest your company and create negative brand sentiment.

 

“Other fraudsters prey on customers who try to engage with your brand. They target customers using fake customer service accounts, phony sweepstakes, and more. Some are motivated by a political agenda and create fraudulent accounts to attack a brand’s image. Most often, they closely imitate the brand to make fun of the company or its customers. These protest accounts diminish brand value and create a negative or even hostile experience for customers.”

 

The most common fraud practices included offering free gifts or discounts, or posing as customer support or software updates.

 

A flaw was also identified with Facebook and Twitter verification which can help with capturing the spammers – while the seal is viewable on the profile it is not always readily viewable on individual tweets and posts.

 

Social media phishing is the fastest-growing social media threat, increasing 150 per cent from 2015 to 2016.

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group Review choosing the right tyres for your car

Nowadays, there are many tyres available on the market and finding the best tyre for your car could be a bit hard, but no worries because Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group can help you regarding this matter without getting scammed since the company is dedicated to taking care of your car. With years of experience in car servicing, their team could provide good suggestions to you in choosing the right tyre for your car.

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group is a family run company that offers reliable services such as brake checks, car servicing, MOTs, free seasonal checks, and of course, helping customers find good tyres for their vehicles.

Tyre&Auto can provide dependable help to you in choosing the right tyre in case you’re planning to renew them. The company also wants you to note that there are particular aspects that could affect your decision and it includes the size, climate and how you drive.

It is indicated in the wall of the tyre its size along with other important information. With it, you can also determine the date and place the tyre was produced, along with its speed and load capacity. You can also find other imperative details on the sidewall of the tyre such as its section width, aspect ratio or profile and its radius.

Factors that could affect the life of your tyre may include: mileage per annum is either high or low, or driving in inner city conditions rather than motorways. Depending on your given criteria, Tyre&Auto can help you with your choice even if you drive in a sportier manner, which could also affect the life of your tyre.

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group is always prepared to answer any of your inquiries concerning your car wherein you could give them a call today or visit their local depot to meet their hard working team and discuss to them your concerns.