1 month ago

Help the Environment with the Bring the Bag Campaign at Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing

Help the Environment with the Bring the Bag Campaign at Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing

“Paper or plastic?” It’s a fairly innocuous question that cashiers at retail stores ask as you complete your shopping experience, but how you answer that query can have a far reaching impact on Galveston’s environment.

 

Plastic bags are one of those modern conveniences that became commonplace before we even took a moment to consider their environmental impact. But Joanie Steinhaus, campaign director, Gulf Coast for the Turtle Island Restoration Network, which partnered with the Surfrider Foundation Galveston Chapter to develop the Bring the Bag Campaign, says plastic bags have become a scourge to the environment for a number of reasons.

 

“Plastic bags don’t biodegrade; they break down into tiny particles that are found throughout the water and soil,” Steinhaus said. “They also absorb toxins, and we know that fish and birds consume these micro plastics. Plus, they are a significant source of litter and contribute to flooding by getting stuck in storm drains.”

 

The Bring the Bag campaign was launched in 2014 as an education and outreach initiative to bring attention to the potentially devastating ecological effects created by plastic bags and to encourage the use of reusable bags. Steinhaus says studies show that the use of reusable bags helps to eliminate an estimated 22,176 plastic bags per person over their lifetime.

 

Galveston city council members are in the process of considering a ban on the use of plastic bags on the island, and the Bring the Bag Campaign is helping to support that effort by providing information to the public and reaching out to businesses to garner their support. Part of that outreach will include Galveston Bring the Bag Day, scheduled for April 22. City leaders are encouraging businesses to reduce and eliminate plastic bags and are educating island visitors to be good stewards of the environment.

 

“We have multiple businesses on the island that have made the decision not to use plastic bags. We have also done outreach with homeowner’s associations, businesses, hotel and lodging associations and others so we can understand what impact a plastic bag ban would have on merchants. Plastic bags cost much less than reusable bags, so one thing we’ve discussed is forming a co-op to help businesses make the transition (to reusable bags).”

 

Brownsville, Austin and South Padre are among a handful of Texas cities to enact anti-plastic bag bans, but subsequent efforts on the part of cities are being met with resistance in the form of threatened lawsuits. Steinhaus was part of a group that traveled to Austin this month to voice opposition to Senate Bill 103, which seeks to prevent cities and counties from enacting plastic bag bans on the basis that it is a decision that should be made at the state level, rather than local.

 

Steinhaus said there are many ways for interested volunteers to help the cause. For more information on how to get involved, visit Bringthebag.org.

2 months ago

Cycling Tours Tokyo, Japan: Courses

We may be able to switch tour dates or add new dates. If the schedule doesn't match with yours, please send us a request through reservation form.

 

ODAIBA

 

Departure: Please check the calendar

(Can be arranged by your request)

Availability: 10 persons each day

Duration: About 6 hours

Price: 9000yen/person

 

Included: Rental bike, Nationally lisenced English speaking guide, helmet (on request), cruise fair and insurance.

Not-included: Lunch

 

Meeting at Kachidoki (9:30am)

Tsukiji Fish Market (wholesale market is closed on Sundays, some Wednesdays and holidays. In the case, we will visit either the retail market area or Hamarikyu Japanese Garden.)

Rainbow Bridge walk

Odaiba Marine Park

Diver City Tokyo

Lunch (around 12:00pm)

Ariake

Tokyo Bay cruise from Odaiba to Hinode ( 20 minutes)

End at Yurikamome Hinode Station (U04) (3:15pm)

You can stay in Odaina and take the cruise later if you want.

 

Note: Visiting places may be omitted or replaced because of operational reason. The guide will explain in that case.

 

The Rainy Day Tour

- We conduct the tour by using public transportation on rainy days. We may omit or replace some places.

 

After-tour recommendations:

- Hot spring experience at Oedo Onsen (No bathing suit allowed)

- National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (10-17, close on Tuesdays)

- Trick Art Museum

- Fuji TV station observatory (500yen)

- Gotouch Menmatsuri (Ramen restaurants)

- Takoyaki Museum (Takoyaki shops)

- Venus Fort Outlet

- Lego Land Discovery Center Tokyo

- Tokyo Joy Police (Sega amusement park)

 

SUMMARY

 

On this tour we mainly explore Odaiba which is on man-made islands located in the Tokyo Bay. This area has many interesting spots but it's too large to walk. Biking is the best way to look around this huge area. We stop by some interesting facilities and give you time to look around. Probably you want to come back to these facilities later and spend more time. That's why we end this tour in Odaiba. We finish the tour with the cruise. We againg cross Rainbow Bridge but this time you will see it from the cruise ship.

3 months ago

Security and Risk Complaints Online on Building a 'human firewall'

A recent research study Mimecast conducted with Vanson Bourne revealed that 66% of the surveyed South African businesses said that they thought it likely that their organization would suffer from cyber-criminal activity in 2017.

 

So said Mimecast MD Brandon Bekker, adding that there are three major threats his organization believes SA businesses are facing in terms of IT security.

 

Ransomware

 

"Ransomware will explode to become one of the biggest threats, fuelled by smaller ‘opportunist' attackers using off-the-shelf kits to deploy malware. This is an easy and cheap attack method that produces fruitful results. Few organisations have effective defenses against this type of malware and now with bitcoins enabling the perpetrators to increase distance from their victims further, it has never been so easy to get away with it," he adds.

 

When asked how to prevent or mitigate attacks of this nature, he says cyber criminals are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and insidious, and are continually revising, updating and re-inventing their tactics and technologies to carry out an attack.

 

Because of this, preventive systems, such as anti-virus and intrusion prevention systems, are rendered inadequate. "Planning exclusively to help prevent cyber-attacks, like ransomware, isn't enough. It's time for businesses to implement a total cyber resilience strategy that includes security, continuity and data recovery."

 

In his view, the ideal approach is to layer together state-of-the-art preventive systems, point-in-time recovery measures, and a means to maintain business continuity during a ransomware attack. He adds that education, or ‘building a human firewall' plays a vital role, because the more staff can be aware of attacks such as ransomware, the more educated eyes can be on the problem.

 

The insider threat

 

According to Bekker, insider threats are also high on the list, and according to a Forrester Technology Adoption Profile study, these threats impact 99% of organisations surveyed.

 

In addition, these businesses said they had experienced some form of insider security incident in the past 24 months and 36% discovered insiders e-mailing sensitive data out of the organisation.

 

"With the POPI Act in the spotlight, organisations need to ensure that sensitive corporate data is not being accidentally or purposefully leaked externally; no business wants to be made an example of by the Information Regulator," cautions Bekker.

 

The third threat was revealed to be e-mail impersonation, or whaling, which continues to plague businesses in South Africa. The Mimecast study showed that 51% of those surveyed reported seeing an increase in impersonation fraud where recipients are asked to make wire transactions.

 

Bekker says impersonation technology, in conjunction with regular employee education, will help business protect themselves from these attacks.

 

What we're doing wrong

 

Speaking of what SA companies are doing wrong in light of these three threats, Bekker says although many SA businesses are developing stronger cyber resilience strategies, and cyber activity is being discussed seriously and regularly in boardrooms across the country, IT budgets still limit organisations that need the advanced, layered protection required to protect them from the evolving threat landscape.

 

"In their move to the cloud, many organisations believe that sufficient security is being built into their messaging platform. We are finding that the increased pace of development in the cybercrime underworld needs to be matched by a focused security solution that integrates with the messaging platform but focuses on the protection of corporate data."

 

In terms of what businesses could be doing better, Bekker says there is a vast amount of information out there and many perspectives about what the future holds. "IT managers need to continue exploring all the options, researching the options and meeting with different providers to better understand how they can build a strong cyber resilience strategy and how to layer the right set of solutions into that strategy."

4 months ago

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group Review: A reliable team providing a good car service

Committed to providing an excellent car service to any individuals is what Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group is known for in Southbourne. The company has been delivering a reliable and honest service to their customers for several years now and their team is constantly receiving good reviews for their smart and practical service.

 

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group could indeed provide utmost care to your car with their meticulous work. Each manager is equipped with extensive experience in this particular field. George Mandair, as well as other managers, usually gets good feedbacks from the customers. It’s nothing surprising for a trustworthy service. People with car related concerns can count on the capabilities of the company in giving solutions to their problems.

 

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group has been involved in the trades in South Coast of Hampshire, building their firm reputation throughout the years. It is also a family run company that can truly handle any of your car problems with proper care.

 

Included in their services are brake checks, car servicing, searching for good tyres, MOTs, as well as free seasonal checks. You can also obtain a quick tyre quote and reserve your tyres for fitting through their online service.

 

The company always target to provide convenience to their customers and as a result, they also offer a local collect and a return service to them. We suggest to ask them about the service when you booked since their team can answer and address any of your other car concerns.

 

All of their depots can also check your car’s windscreen wipers and can conduct a full engine overhaul. Many customers have been satisfied with their ability in handling car works. What’s more is the company’s good selection of free service checks.

 

You may contact the local depot of Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group for further information about their car services. 

5 months ago

Oakmere Wealth Management Advisors: Chartered Financial Planner

Carla Brown graduated through the Chartered Insurance Institute and has been awarded the title Chartered Financial Planner by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

 

Chartered Status is the profession's gold standard for financial planners. It confirms that every Chartered Financial Planner has completed a suite of professional qualifications equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

 

It also involves a commitment to continuing professional development and adherence to an industry standard Code of Ethics. You can view the Code at www.cii.co.uk/code.

8 months ago

Fraud Detection Solutions : How to prevent Bitcoin fraud?

Bitcoin (BTC) is an anonymous electronic payment that acts like cash. There is no chargeback or Bitcoin fraud in BTC transactions.

 

However, there is a possibility that service providers such as web hosting suffered from abuse of services by customers using BTC as anonymous payment method. FraudLabs Pro can help you to screen out these high-risk customers.

 

Below is the recommended rules to screen BTC customers using FraudLabs Pro.

 

1.    If Visitor IP is in Anonymous Proxy Record, then trigger manual review.

2.    If Visitor IP is in Blacklisted Record, then trigger manual review.

3.    If Device IP is in Blacklisted Record, then trigger manual review.

4.    If ISP Usage Type is Data Center/Web Hosting/Transit or Content Delivery Network, then trigger manual review.

5.    If Distance Between Visitor City & Shipping City > 100 miles, then trigger manual review.

9 months ago

Things to do in Suffolk , Group Holiday in Southbourne Dorset

The County of Suffolk is a combination of gently rolling woodland, river valleys and estuaries, home to busy market towns and pretty timber-framed villages.

 

The forty miles of coastline is largely unspoilt, with steep shingle terraces and low crumbling cliffs, a sign of constant battle with the sea.

 

Suffolk is famous for its vast skies, stunning coastline and delightful countryside.

 

Whatever your interests there is much to enjoy in Suffolk all year round

 

There are many attractive towns around the coastline, now designated a world heritage site of 'outstanding beauty'.

 

A distinctive feature of the Suffolk coast is its many shingle beaches, which are a haven for a fascinating mix of wildlife and plants.

 

Fishing boats can be seen resting on the raked banks of pebbles or out at sea trawling the waves and fresh fish can be purchased from the fishermen's huts on the beaches.

 

The Edwardian resort of Felixstowe has retained much of its original charm, with beautiful south facing gardens, pier, theatre, four miles of beach, historic fort and nature reserve.

The historic town of Aldeburgh situated on the site of a medieval fishing and shipbuilding centre is host to the International Aldeburgh Festival of music and the arts at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The High Street has many attractive Georgian buildings. Historic buildings include the Moot Hall (c. 1520) and the 15th century church.

 

Southwold lies in the centre of the Heritage Coast, the River Blyth to the south and the Buss Creek to the north form the town boundaries, virtually making Southwold an island, limiting development and helping to retain Southwolds old world charm. The Suffolk Tourist Information Centre is in the High Street.

 

Lowestoft is Britain's most easterly town, famous for its maritime connections and award winning beaches. An important piece of Lowestoft's history has been recently revived in the shape of Lowestoft Porcelain. In production from 1757-1801, original examples are highly prized by collectors around the world. The new factory and gallery are open to the public.

 

Ipswich is the County town and England's oldest continuously settled town since Anglo Saxon times, with medieval streets and architectural gems. The tourist information centre is in St. Stephens Church.

 

The Heart of Suffolk is an ideal base for exploring the peaceful countryside and historic towns like Stowmarket in the Gipping valley, home to the Museum of East Anglian Life.

 

Bury St.Edmunds grew up around the powerful Abbey of St Edmund in medieval times. For five centuries it was visited by pilgrims who worshiped at the shrine of St Edmund, the martyred King of East Anglia.

 

Lavenham is one of several wool towns in Suffolk and is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the country; its appearance remains relatively untouched by time.

 

In the west of the County an area of rural hideaways include Thetford forest and countryside treats in peaceful surroundings. Newmarket, famous as the headquarters of British racing, is a thriving town with the excellent shopping facilities.

 

Sudbury, in the south of Suffolk, is the birthplace of the painter Thomas Gainsborough, and a fine collection of his works can be seen at Gainsborough's House.

 

Constable Country offers the chance to explore Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley where John Constable, one of England's most celebrated painters, found his inspiration. Walking in his footsteps offers visitors a chance to experience rural England at its most peaceful.