Pedro S. Wall

Pedro S. Wall

Hvis dit hus ser kedeligt eller kedeligt, så er det tid til at intensivere dit spil på sit interiør design som pr råd fra Devin Fitzpatrick art Consultants. En ting, der i høj grad kunne bidrage til forskønnelse af dit hjem er at sætte dejlige kunstværker. Du vil helt sikkert føle begejstring, når du er den ene ansvarlig for at designe et rum, hvor du også vil forstå den rolle, kunst i at give positiv energi og følelse til mennesker. At tage sig af det indvendige design og placere gode kunstværker kan også være om dig selv, gøre dit bedste for at sætte kunst, der kan definere dig som person ved at købe originale og særlige kunst, som du foretrækker.

Specifikke fagfolk også betragter kunst som elegant og et element, der besidder god energi. Du kan finde på top interiør designmagasiner inddragelse af kunstværker at give mere substans til et værelse. Hvis du leder efter originale og overkommelige kunstværker, skal du søge efter dine lokale kunstnere. De tilbyder ofte kunst tæt på det sofistikerede niveau af dyre dem.

Devin Fitzpatrick art Consultants ikke vil have dig til at understrege dig selv ud i at vælge kunst til dit hjem, således de forberedt nogle enkle tips, der er indkapslet i de følgende afsnit for bedre at hjælpe dig med at dekorere dit interiør.

Hvis du vil føje mere stil til kunsten, skal du sætte den på en ramme. Det vil gøre stykket ser dyrt og mere sofistikeret. Billige rammer kan også gøre undren ved blot at bruge din personlige kreativitet. Sikre, at kunstværkerne opnår en afbalanceret tone og skala i almindelighed. Du kan gå på andre genrer, men husk på dens tone og skala. For at give et eksempel, kan sort og hvid fotografier matches til trækul malerier og monokromatiske malerier.

Hvis dit hus tilbyder nogle brede vægge, kan skabe en collage af kunstværker give en god effekt. At sætte små brikker sammen kan resultere i et smukt mesterværk til væggen. På den anden side, hvis du følger et bestemt tema, hvor det kan være traditionel eller moderne, bør du holde sig til det og købe kunstværker, der er relateret til det.

For at indsamle mere nyttige råd, læse magasiner i forbindelse med brug af kunst i at designe et hjem, kontor eller personlige rum. Indsamle alle vigtige oplysninger og anvende dem til dine designs. For også bedre at værdsætte hver kunststykke, skal du kende deres ægte betydning og værdi. Hver brik skal sættes i forhold til hinanden og skal være i overensstemmelse med dit valgte tema. Alt skal være arrangeret i overensstemmelse hermed at have det perfekte look for hvert værelse.

Eventuelle problemer med kunst design? Kom i kontakt med Devin Fitzpatrick kunst konsulenter for mere professionel hjælp.

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You’ve just landed in Galveston for some much-needed R&R and glance out the hotel patio window at the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of the sunny skies and balmy weather that the meteorologist promised, it’s looking more like rain, high winds and choppy seas are on tap the next few days.

So what’s a free-spirited Island tourist to do? Not to worry. There’s plenty of fun-filled activities in Galveston that don’t require our trademark sunny skies. Consider these 7 things to do on a rainy day in Galveston:

Pier 21 Theater

Pier 21 Theater is located at 21st Street and Harborside Dr., above Willie G's. There are three shows for your enjoyment:

The Great Storm  tells the story of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island on Sept. 8. It has been digitally restored from its 35mm slide presentation to an advanced wide-screen, high-definition format. The documentary shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history.

The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte is a sure shot. Pirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Merciless murderer and thief, or hero in time of war? These are the contradictions of the legendary Jean Laffite, whose harsh actions have secured his place in infamy – but his motives remain a mystery to this day. Whatever the reasons, the mere mention of Laffite in the early decades of the 1800s sent merchant ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico racing for safe harbor. During the last three years of his marauding campaign, Laffite made Galveston Island his base of operations. As for the treasure he is said to have buried there, none has been found … yet.

Galveston-Gateway on the Gulf is a documentary that tells the story of the immigrants who shaped the island's business, social, and cultural scenes. Between 1835 and 1935, more than 200,000 immigrants from all over the world entered the United States through Galveston. Their stories are as rich and diverse as their origins, and they gave the island a most unique cultural heritage which continues today.

For more details and show times, call 409-763-8808 or visit www.galveston.com/pier21theatre/.

The Bryan Museum

The Bryan Museum (1315 21st St.) offers an unforgettable experience by opening a gateway to the rich cultural history of the Southwestern United States. The museum is committed to the preservation, education, and promotion of the history and art of the American Southwest through engaging exhibitions and programming.

Assembled over a lifetime by Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan, the collection spans more than 2,500 years and boasts some 70,000 items, ranging from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to modern 21st century pieces.

The collection includes rare documents in German, French, Spanish and English, exquisite saddles and spurs, antique firearms, rare books, fine art, religious art, folk art, portraits and rare maps. And there’s also a museum shop with everything from books, jewelry, educational toys, T-shirts and other gifts.

For more information, call 409-632-7685 or visit www.galveston.com/thebryanmuseum/.

Giant Screen 6P Laser Projection System at Moody Gardens

To check out Texas Big, step into the MG 3D Theater at Moody Gardens Galveston Island. The theater has the world’s first 4K 3D giant screen 6-Primary laser projection system on the largest screen in Texas – a 60-by-80-foot white screen almost three and half times brighter than normal theaters.

The new laser projection system captures mind-boggling vibrant colors with new 3D glasses technology, and boasts a top-of-the-line 11.1 surround sound with Auro 3D. I got a chance to check out “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Moody Gardens’ MG 3D Theater. When I put on the new 6P glasses, I found myself ducking rocket ships that shot by, while marveling at laser sounds that shot from one end of the theater to the other.

For more information, visit www.moodygardens.com.

Bishop’s Palace

Galveston's grandest and best-known building, the Bishop's Palace is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures, luxury materials and furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from around the world (including one lined with pure silver).

Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham and designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston's premier architect, the Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. The home was built from 1886 to 1892.

For ticket and tour information, call 409-762-2475 or visit http://www.galveston.com/bishopspalace/.

Rosenberg Library

Founded in 1871, the Rosenberg Library is the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation.

With funding provided through a bequest from Henry Rosenberg, the Rosenberg Library Association was organized in 1900 as a private corporation to give free library service to all Galvestonians.

After the Rosenberg Library opened in 1904, it absorbed the collections of the Galveston Public Library, thus formalizing its new role as the public library for the city of Galveston.

Holdings of the museum department include historical Galveston and early Texas artifacts, paintings of Galveston subjects, and a sizable collection of Russian and Greek icons. And the Fox Rare Book Room contains rare books, first editions, and examples of fine printing.

For more information, call 409-763-8854 or visit http://www.galveston.com/rosenberglibrary/.

Galveston Railroad Museum

Close your eyes and you can almost hear the train whistles beckoning passengers during a bygone era at the Railroad Museum, a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions.

Located at the head of the Strand at 25th Street, the vast Railroad Museum boasts one of the largest restored railroad collections in the Southwest, and is one of the five largest in the country. With numerous railroad memorabilia and exhibits, including more than 40 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock, the museum is a national treasure.

Most Saturdays, the museum offers rides aboard the "Harborside Express" train between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., boarding every 20 minutes.

For more information, call 409-765-5700 or visit http://www.galveston.com/railroadmuseum/.

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Sa hva gjor du hvis du har en spesiell anledning og vil ha en bil som virkelig skiller seg ut fra mengden? Lei en bil sjafor service!

 

I dag, med fremveksten av ulike sjafortjenester, er det ikke vanskelig a se etter leiekontrakt hvis du har en spesiell begivenhet som kommer opp som du vil gjore det oyeblikket litt mer klassisk og ekstravagant. Kontakt Tokyo MK Taxi, de tilbyr taxi og chauffor service over hele landet i Japan, Korea og USA. Tokyo MK har en flate av luksusbiler, inkludert Lexus 600hl, BMW, Toyota Alphard, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Hiace, Nissan Fuga Hybrid og Toyota Crown som er godt vedlikeholdt og holdt i utmerket stand for a sikre alles sikkerhet pa veien.

 

Tokyo MK Taxi er en chaufforleverandor som tilbyr toppkvalitetsbiler for bryllup, utesteder, forretningsreiser, flyplasstransport, proms, fodselsdager og andre spesielle arrangementer. Borte er de dagene som bare de mektige og rike har privilegiet a ri i luksusbiler, tilbyr Tokyo MK de beste forsteklasses bilene til leie til ekstremt rimelige priser. Selvfolgelig kan du stole pa deres hoyt trente og serviceorienterte chaufforer med dyp kunnskap i byen og omgivelsene. Forsikret du vil fa det beste innen kundeservice og chauffor service fra dem. Tokyo MK Taxi har Lexus-gruppentusiaster som er inkludert i sin bilflate, Lexus 600hl og Lexus 460 som har plass til opptil fire passasjerer i skinnseter og ideell for forretningsreiser. Deres mangfoldige flate inkluderer ogsa Toyota Hiace som komfortabelt kan huse flere personer og deres bagasje, og det finnes ogsa hybridbiler som BMW ActiveHybrid 7 med en kapasitet pa fire passasjerer med digital-TV og gratis WiFi-hotspot.

 

A ansette et luksusbil fra MK Tokyo Taxi kan vaere det beste valget for a komme til ens mal, avslappet og rolig, for ikke a nevne i stil. De har 212 drosjer lined opp og 58 luksusbiler tilgjengelig for enhver kundes behov, smak og preferanser.

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This tour takes you to the shitamachi and its surrounding areas including Asakusa and Yanaka, where you can still feel an old town ambience. Riding through residential areas and local shopping streets, you will get a glimpse of Tokyoites' daily lives. Tour starts and ends in Akihabara.

 

Our tour begins with a ride around the Shinobazu Pond and through Tokyo University campus. We ride through serene Yanaka Cemetery ground and across Ueno Park. We see Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street which best represents local people's ordinary life styles and the shitamachi nostalgic flavor. 

 

Ueno is a culture-rich district with its many museums, higher education institutions, and Ueno Park is a verdant oasis of locals.

 

Just before we ride across the Sumida River is Asakusa where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of yesteryear survives. We ride past Sensoji Temple and bustling streets lined with theaters, eateries and souvenir shops.

LUNCH BREAK You can sample local foods from food stands or relax in a cozy restaurant here.

 

Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. 
(Please note that the tour does not include a visit to the observation deck of the tower.)

 

Before returning to Akihabara, we ride through Ryogoku where the sumo stadium and many sumo stables are located. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot some sumo wrestlers.

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The Fringe Tour was awesome! And I would definitely do another tour with Y&Y. They were a sweet couple that showed us a bunch of little known sites in Tokyo and even though it rained it didn't stop us :)smile They were fun, informative, helpful, patient, and accommodating. The Japanese Garden, city zoo, and aquarium were only a few of the great places we visited. For beginner bikers (like myself) the bikes might take some getting used to but the route is so safe you can take your time - I always felt comfortable. I would recommend this to all my friends and visitors to Tokyo to get away from the typical Tokyo sites and experience something off the beaten track. I can't wait to do another tour!

 

 (Kalai, Toronto, Canada)

 

I wasn't quite sure what to expect on my first Tokyo bike tour, but after participating in the Fringe Tour, I would definitely do it again! The bike route, pace and length were all accommodating for an infrequent bike rider like me. And, even though I have lived in Japan for seven years, it was fun to see a whole other side of Tokyo that I have never seen before. Yasushi and Yoko, our guides, were wonderful! I felt well taken care of during the entire ride. Also, the tour offered me a wonderful chance to make several new friends from Japan and Canada. I would so recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience something fun and different in Japan.

 

(Susan, Seattle, US)

 

I’m from neighbor city, Yokohama and joined the tour with my friend. However, it turned out I could see the side of Tokyo I’ve never seen before! 6hours bicycle tour sounded long first, but roads were well chosen and I had fun the whole time. Also we made several stops with fun things to see. Personally, I had fun biking riverside and visiting Japanese garden where we fed Koi. I definitely recommend the tour not only to tourists but locals also.

 

(Hiroko, Yokohama, Japan)

 

I joined the tour from Tsukuba. On joining this tour, I expected three things. Discovering something new about Tokyo, brushing up my rusty English and slimming down in my waist size. I really enjoyed walking around the Japanese garden, feeding Koi and watching cute animals. I especially like the river side cycling road with excellent view. It was also wonderful that I met some new friends from overseas. I had a really great time with Y&Y. Thank you and I definitely will join other tours!

 

(Tatsuya, Tsukuba, Japan)

 

I have been visiting Tokyo for over 10 years. A Japanese friend of mine, who was born and raised in Tokyo, asked me to going on a bike tour exploring Tokyo. The city has many areas specifically designed just for cycling and with my schedule, I rarely get a chance to enjoy the recreational areas that Tokyo offers.  So, I said, Yes. At the start of the tour, we were met by Yasushi and Yoko, owners and operators, of Y & Y Cycling. As I found out, to my surprise, both had studied English for three years abroad, so communicating in the English was simply not an issue. Moreover, both have done their homework, along the tour at several stops, such as the zoo and aquarium, they explain exhibits and augment explanations with informative pictures and maps. The cyclist need not worry about lunch, water, or entrance to sites. Additionally, sites of interest are pre-planned and well thought-out.  Just bring your camera and energy for a fantastic day of cycling. I recommend this tour not just for visitors, but also locals, my friend remarked, Although she had lived in Tokyo for many years, she discovered a few secret view spots and cool places that she had not known.

 

(Mofiz, San Francisco, California and Yokohama, Japan)

 

The first thing I would like to say is awesome! I am not a kind of person who is into outdoor activities, but I do enjoy exploring local stuff; things that typical guidebooks do not pick up. If you are looking for something not too touristy and something new, you should definitely try this tour. It is like wandering around the area with your good friends who live there. That makes you feel like you know the real Tokyo. I did find a lot of new things even I have lived in just half- an- hour from the area (Kasai and Urayasu) all my life. Parks we visited are not the major, famous ones, but they are beautiful and there were many local people, which made me feel like I was one of them. It was kind of cool. Bike ride was not a problem at all even though I am not that athletic. Biking along the river was great! And, our guides, Yasushi and Yoko, took a really good care of us. They answered all of my trivial questions that popped up in my mind (I didn't mean to challenge them.) This is a definite advantage of having a guide who actually lives in the area where you are touring. The coffee break at the end of the tour was so exclusive and so special. I would definitely take my friends on one of these tours if they come visit me from somewhere out of Tokyo area. Yes! I even want to take my Japanese friends living in Kyoto on this tour. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Cheers!

 

(Michiko, Funabashi, Japan)

 

"TOKYO FRINGE tour" was pleasant cycling for me. I could see many animals and plants around Tokyo Bay and also the guides were very kind. I visited Gyousen Park, zoo, Kasai Sea Life Park and Tokyo Disney Resort. Especially, the lunch I had under the clear sky at Kasai Seaside Park tasted delicious. :) In the afternoon, I saw the sunset at Tokyo Bay. The view was so nice that I took many pictures with my reflex camera. Thank you for giving a wonderful day to me. If I have another chance, I would like to join their tours again.

 

(Masami, Yokohama, Japan)

 

I had a great time with Y&Y cycling tours! I can't believe I had so many exciting discoveries in the Shitamachi area in just one day! It's difficult to choose, but I have three things that I really like about the tour. First, our guides Yasushi and Yoko took us not only to just some sightseeing spots but they gave us the history behind them, which makes the tour more meaningful! Next, we could take a very unique picture of skytree! If you just visited there by yourself you would never find it! You can go to areas that only locals know or even ones they don't know! I felt so lucky to find this tour!!! And, lastly and my most favorite part of the tour, the people in Shitamachi. They are true Tokyoites, friendly and cheerful, very talkative (and loud but) you can't help loving them. The Shitamachi Mom at the leather museum is awesome! You'll feel so much energy. In addition, you can get nice leather goods there. I'm so thrilled to take another tour with them! Thanks, Yasushi and Yoko!

 

(Akiko, Ichikawa, Japan)

 

It was a very enjoyable tour! Unlike other guided tours, the group was small and the course was very unique. Yasushi and Yoko are fun, friendly, informative, and helpful guide. Although I hadn't ridden a bike for a long time, I had no trouble catching up. The bike was easy to ride and I could borrow a helmet. I have visited Shitamachi area many times before, but there were many new discoveries. I really enjoyed feeding koi inside the Japanese garden. Riding beside Sumida River was also nice. I would recommend this guided tour to those who is traveling Japan for the first time as well as those who have already visited Japan many times.

 

(Yuki, Kawasaki, Japan)

 

I joined Odaiba Tour mid-November. Though I am from Tokyo, I could see things that I've never seen before. It was full of excitement and new discovery thanks to the kind and informative guides. The route is well-considered so it is easy to follow the guide by bike and you will come across something fun every few minutes, sometimes it's a great scenery from the bridge, and sometimes it's tasty local snacks at a lively market. I think it's ideal for those who want to collect interesting pieces of Tokyo by your own pace.

 

(Akiko, Tokyo, Japan)

 

It was a lovely beautiful day! I didn't expect I could feel such a crisp fresh sea breeze in Tokyo. We rode along ODAIBA beach(so cool!) and had a soft served icecreme on the beach terrace. The friendly guides took us to the Tukiji fish market(they know the maze there). I usually drive, not ride a bike, but just hopping on the bike and riding for 5 minutes reminded me of how to. If you are tired of temples and shrines packed with people, please refresh yourself for a change by this tour. I recommend this tour even to Japanese. You will find another side of Tokyo and definitely have a wonderful day!

 

(Naoko, Tokyo, Japan)

 

I joined the Odaiba tour last month with my husband and really enjoyed it. The weather was lovely and I could feel a gentle breeze in Tokyo. The biggest reason why I chose the Odaiba tour was that I wanted to try Rainbow Bridge walk. I’ m from Tokyo and familiar with all places that are included the Odaiba tour; however, I’ve never tried to go there by bicycle. (It was fun to cycle beside business people in a city.) I often see the Rainbow Bridge from a faraway place, so I was excited to walk on the bridge on my foot. Also, I really enjoyed the snacks that our tour guides introduced us such as Yakitori, soft ice cream and Temakizushi. They gave us great hospitality,too!! I recommend this tour to everyone even Japanese. You can easily see a lot of interesting places in Tokyo by this cycling tour in a day. Thank you very much !!!!!!

(Mami, Tokyo, Japan )

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Hvis dit hus ser kedeligt eller kedeligt, så er det tid til at intensivere dit spil på sit interiør design som pr råd fra Devin Fitzpatrick art Consultants. En ting, der i høj grad kunne bidrage til forskønnelse af dit hjem er at sætte dejlige kunstværker. Du vil helt sikkert føle begejstring, når du er den ene ansvarlig for at designe et rum, hvor du også vil forstå den rolle, kunst i at give positiv energi og følelse til mennesker. At tage sig af det indvendige design og placere gode kunstværker kan også være om dig selv, gøre dit bedste for at sætte kunst, der kan definere dig som person ved at købe originale og særlige kunst, som du foretrækker.

Specifikke fagfolk også betragter kunst som elegant og et element, der besidder god energi. Du kan finde på top interiør designmagasiner inddragelse af kunstværker at give mere substans til et værelse. Hvis du leder efter originale og overkommelige kunstværker, skal du søge efter dine lokale kunstnere. De tilbyder ofte kunst tæt på det sofistikerede niveau af dyre dem.

Devin Fitzpatrick art Consultants ikke vil have dig til at understrege dig selv ud i at vælge kunst til dit hjem, således de forberedt nogle enkle tips, der er indkapslet i de følgende afsnit for bedre at hjælpe dig med at dekorere dit interiør.

Hvis du vil føje mere stil til kunsten, skal du sætte den på en ramme. Det vil gøre stykket ser dyrt og mere sofistikeret. Billige rammer kan også gøre undren ved blot at bruge din personlige kreativitet. Sikre, at kunstværkerne opnår en afbalanceret tone og skala i almindelighed. Du kan gå på andre genrer, men husk på dens tone og skala. For at give et eksempel, kan sort og hvid fotografier matches til trækul malerier og monokromatiske malerier.

Hvis dit hus tilbyder nogle brede vægge, kan skabe en collage af kunstværker give en god effekt. At sætte små brikker sammen kan resultere i et smukt mesterværk til væggen. På den anden side, hvis du følger et bestemt tema, hvor det kan være traditionel eller moderne, bør du holde sig til det og købe kunstværker, der er relateret til det.

For at indsamle mere nyttige råd, læse magasiner i forbindelse med brug af kunst i at designe et hjem, kontor eller personlige rum. Indsamle alle vigtige oplysninger og anvende dem til dine designs. For også bedre at værdsætte hver kunststykke, skal du kende deres ægte betydning og værdi. Hver brik skal sættes i forhold til hinanden og skal være i overensstemmelse med dit valgte tema. Alt skal være arrangeret i overensstemmelse hermed at have det perfekte look for hvert værelse.

Eventuelle problemer med kunst design? Kom i kontakt med Devin Fitzpatrick kunst konsulenter for mere professionel hjælp.

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You’ve just landed in Galveston for some much-needed R&R and glance out the hotel patio window at the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of the sunny skies and balmy weather that the meteorologist promised, it’s looking more like rain, high winds and choppy seas are on tap the next few days.

So what’s a free-spirited Island tourist to do? Not to worry. There’s plenty of fun-filled activities in Galveston that don’t require our trademark sunny skies. Consider these 7 things to do on a rainy day in Galveston:

Pier 21 Theater

Pier 21 Theater is located at 21st Street and Harborside Dr., above Willie G's. There are three shows for your enjoyment:

The Great Storm  tells the story of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island on Sept. 8. It has been digitally restored from its 35mm slide presentation to an advanced wide-screen, high-definition format. The documentary shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history.

The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte is a sure shot. Pirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Merciless murderer and thief, or hero in time of war? These are the contradictions of the legendary Jean Laffite, whose harsh actions have secured his place in infamy – but his motives remain a mystery to this day. Whatever the reasons, the mere mention of Laffite in the early decades of the 1800s sent merchant ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico racing for safe harbor. During the last three years of his marauding campaign, Laffite made Galveston Island his base of operations. As for the treasure he is said to have buried there, none has been found … yet.

Galveston-Gateway on the Gulf is a documentary that tells the story of the immigrants who shaped the island's business, social, and cultural scenes. Between 1835 and 1935, more than 200,000 immigrants from all over the world entered the United States through Galveston. Their stories are as rich and diverse as their origins, and they gave the island a most unique cultural heritage which continues today.

For more details and show times, call 409-763-8808 or visit www.galveston.com/pier21theatre/.

The Bryan Museum

The Bryan Museum (1315 21st St.) offers an unforgettable experience by opening a gateway to the rich cultural history of the Southwestern United States. The museum is committed to the preservation, education, and promotion of the history and art of the American Southwest through engaging exhibitions and programming.

Assembled over a lifetime by Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan, the collection spans more than 2,500 years and boasts some 70,000 items, ranging from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to modern 21st century pieces.

The collection includes rare documents in German, French, Spanish and English, exquisite saddles and spurs, antique firearms, rare books, fine art, religious art, folk art, portraits and rare maps. And there’s also a museum shop with everything from books, jewelry, educational toys, T-shirts and other gifts.

For more information, call 409-632-7685 or visit www.galveston.com/thebryanmuseum/.

Giant Screen 6P Laser Projection System at Moody Gardens

To check out Texas Big, step into the MG 3D Theater at Moody Gardens Galveston Island. The theater has the world’s first 4K 3D giant screen 6-Primary laser projection system on the largest screen in Texas – a 60-by-80-foot white screen almost three and half times brighter than normal theaters.

The new laser projection system captures mind-boggling vibrant colors with new 3D glasses technology, and boasts a top-of-the-line 11.1 surround sound with Auro 3D. I got a chance to check out “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Moody Gardens’ MG 3D Theater. When I put on the new 6P glasses, I found myself ducking rocket ships that shot by, while marveling at laser sounds that shot from one end of the theater to the other.

For more information, visit www.moodygardens.com.

Bishop’s Palace

Galveston's grandest and best-known building, the Bishop's Palace is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures, luxury materials and furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from around the world (including one lined with pure silver).

Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham and designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston's premier architect, the Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. The home was built from 1886 to 1892.

For ticket and tour information, call 409-762-2475 or visit http://www.galveston.com/bishopspalace/.

Rosenberg Library

Founded in 1871, the Rosenberg Library is the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation.

With funding provided through a bequest from Henry Rosenberg, the Rosenberg Library Association was organized in 1900 as a private corporation to give free library service to all Galvestonians.

After the Rosenberg Library opened in 1904, it absorbed the collections of the Galveston Public Library, thus formalizing its new role as the public library for the city of Galveston.

Holdings of the museum department include historical Galveston and early Texas artifacts, paintings of Galveston subjects, and a sizable collection of Russian and Greek icons. And the Fox Rare Book Room contains rare books, first editions, and examples of fine printing.

For more information, call 409-763-8854 or visit http://www.galveston.com/rosenberglibrary/.

Galveston Railroad Museum

Close your eyes and you can almost hear the train whistles beckoning passengers during a bygone era at the Railroad Museum, a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions.

Located at the head of the Strand at 25th Street, the vast Railroad Museum boasts one of the largest restored railroad collections in the Southwest, and is one of the five largest in the country. With numerous railroad memorabilia and exhibits, including more than 40 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock, the museum is a national treasure.

Most Saturdays, the museum offers rides aboard the "Harborside Express" train between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., boarding every 20 minutes.

For more information, call 409-765-5700 or visit http://www.galveston.com/railroadmuseum/.

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Sa hva gjor du hvis du har en spesiell anledning og vil ha en bil som virkelig skiller seg ut fra mengden? Lei en bil sjafor service!

 

I dag, med fremveksten av ulike sjafortjenester, er det ikke vanskelig a se etter leiekontrakt hvis du har en spesiell begivenhet som kommer opp som du vil gjore det oyeblikket litt mer klassisk og ekstravagant. Kontakt Tokyo MK Taxi, de tilbyr taxi og chauffor service over hele landet i Japan, Korea og USA. Tokyo MK har en flate av luksusbiler, inkludert Lexus 600hl, BMW, Toyota Alphard, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Hiace, Nissan Fuga Hybrid og Toyota Crown som er godt vedlikeholdt og holdt i utmerket stand for a sikre alles sikkerhet pa veien.

 

Tokyo MK Taxi er en chaufforleverandor som tilbyr toppkvalitetsbiler for bryllup, utesteder, forretningsreiser, flyplasstransport, proms, fodselsdager og andre spesielle arrangementer. Borte er de dagene som bare de mektige og rike har privilegiet a ri i luksusbiler, tilbyr Tokyo MK de beste forsteklasses bilene til leie til ekstremt rimelige priser. Selvfolgelig kan du stole pa deres hoyt trente og serviceorienterte chaufforer med dyp kunnskap i byen og omgivelsene. Forsikret du vil fa det beste innen kundeservice og chauffor service fra dem. Tokyo MK Taxi har Lexus-gruppentusiaster som er inkludert i sin bilflate, Lexus 600hl og Lexus 460 som har plass til opptil fire passasjerer i skinnseter og ideell for forretningsreiser. Deres mangfoldige flate inkluderer ogsa Toyota Hiace som komfortabelt kan huse flere personer og deres bagasje, og det finnes ogsa hybridbiler som BMW ActiveHybrid 7 med en kapasitet pa fire passasjerer med digital-TV og gratis WiFi-hotspot.

 

A ansette et luksusbil fra MK Tokyo Taxi kan vaere det beste valget for a komme til ens mal, avslappet og rolig, for ikke a nevne i stil. De har 212 drosjer lined opp og 58 luksusbiler tilgjengelig for enhver kundes behov, smak og preferanser.

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This tour takes you to the shitamachi and its surrounding areas including Asakusa and Yanaka, where you can still feel an old town ambience. Riding through residential areas and local shopping streets, you will get a glimpse of Tokyoites' daily lives. Tour starts and ends in Akihabara.

 

Our tour begins with a ride around the Shinobazu Pond and through Tokyo University campus. We ride through serene Yanaka Cemetery ground and across Ueno Park. We see Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street which best represents local people's ordinary life styles and the shitamachi nostalgic flavor. 

 

Ueno is a culture-rich district with its many museums, higher education institutions, and Ueno Park is a verdant oasis of locals.

 

Just before we ride across the Sumida River is Asakusa where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of yesteryear survives. We ride past Sensoji Temple and bustling streets lined with theaters, eateries and souvenir shops.

LUNCH BREAK You can sample local foods from food stands or relax in a cozy restaurant here.

 

Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. 
(Please note that the tour does not include a visit to the observation deck of the tower.)

 

Before returning to Akihabara, we ride through Ryogoku where the sumo stadium and many sumo stables are located. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot some sumo wrestlers.

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The Fringe Tour was awesome! And I would definitely do another tour with Y&Y. They were a sweet couple that showed us a bunch of little known sites in Tokyo and even though it rained it didn't stop us :)smile They were fun, informative, helpful, patient, and accommodating. The Japanese Garden, city zoo, and aquarium were only a few of the great places we visited. For beginner bikers (like myself) the bikes might take some getting used to but the route is so safe you can take your time - I always felt comfortable. I would recommend this to all my friends and visitors to Tokyo to get away from the typical Tokyo sites and experience something off the beaten track. I can't wait to do another tour!

 

 (Kalai, Toronto, Canada)

 

I wasn't quite sure what to expect on my first Tokyo bike tour, but after participating in the Fringe Tour, I would definitely do it again! The bike route, pace and length were all accommodating for an infrequent bike rider like me. And, even though I have lived in Japan for seven years, it was fun to see a whole other side of Tokyo that I have never seen before. Yasushi and Yoko, our guides, were wonderful! I felt well taken care of during the entire ride. Also, the tour offered me a wonderful chance to make several new friends from Japan and Canada. I would so recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience something fun and different in Japan.

 

(Susan, Seattle, US)

 

I’m from neighbor city, Yokohama and joined the tour with my friend. However, it turned out I could see the side of Tokyo I’ve never seen before! 6hours bicycle tour sounded long first, but roads were well chosen and I had fun the whole time. Also we made several stops with fun things to see. Personally, I had fun biking riverside and visiting Japanese garden where we fed Koi. I definitely recommend the tour not only to tourists but locals also.

 

(Hiroko, Yokohama, Japan)

 

I joined the tour from Tsukuba. On joining this tour, I expected three things. Discovering something new about Tokyo, brushing up my rusty English and slimming down in my waist size. I really enjoyed walking around the Japanese garden, feeding Koi and watching cute animals. I especially like the river side cycling road with excellent view. It was also wonderful that I met some new friends from overseas. I had a really great time with Y&Y. Thank you and I definitely will join other tours!

 

(Tatsuya, Tsukuba, Japan)

 

I have been visiting Tokyo for over 10 years. A Japanese friend of mine, who was born and raised in Tokyo, asked me to going on a bike tour exploring Tokyo. The city has many areas specifically designed just for cycling and with my schedule, I rarely get a chance to enjoy the recreational areas that Tokyo offers.  So, I said, Yes. At the start of the tour, we were met by Yasushi and Yoko, owners and operators, of Y & Y Cycling. As I found out, to my surprise, both had studied English for three years abroad, so communicating in the English was simply not an issue. Moreover, both have done their homework, along the tour at several stops, such as the zoo and aquarium, they explain exhibits and augment explanations with informative pictures and maps. The cyclist need not worry about lunch, water, or entrance to sites. Additionally, sites of interest are pre-planned and well thought-out.  Just bring your camera and energy for a fantastic day of cycling. I recommend this tour not just for visitors, but also locals, my friend remarked, Although she had lived in Tokyo for many years, she discovered a few secret view spots and cool places that she had not known.

 

(Mofiz, San Francisco, California and Yokohama, Japan)

 

The first thing I would like to say is awesome! I am not a kind of person who is into outdoor activities, but I do enjoy exploring local stuff; things that typical guidebooks do not pick up. If you are looking for something not too touristy and something new, you should definitely try this tour. It is like wandering around the area with your good friends who live there. That makes you feel like you know the real Tokyo. I did find a lot of new things even I have lived in just half- an- hour from the area (Kasai and Urayasu) all my life. Parks we visited are not the major, famous ones, but they are beautiful and there were many local people, which made me feel like I was one of them. It was kind of cool. Bike ride was not a problem at all even though I am not that athletic. Biking along the river was great! And, our guides, Yasushi and Yoko, took a really good care of us. They answered all of my trivial questions that popped up in my mind (I didn't mean to challenge them.) This is a definite advantage of having a guide who actually lives in the area where you are touring. The coffee break at the end of the tour was so exclusive and so special. I would definitely take my friends on one of these tours if they come visit me from somewhere out of Tokyo area. Yes! I even want to take my Japanese friends living in Kyoto on this tour. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Cheers!

 

(Michiko, Funabashi, Japan)

 

"TOKYO FRINGE tour" was pleasant cycling for me. I could see many animals and plants around Tokyo Bay and also the guides were very kind. I visited Gyousen Park, zoo, Kasai Sea Life Park and Tokyo Disney Resort. Especially, the lunch I had under the clear sky at Kasai Seaside Park tasted delicious. :) In the afternoon, I saw the sunset at Tokyo Bay. The view was so nice that I took many pictures with my reflex camera. Thank you for giving a wonderful day to me. If I have another chance, I would like to join their tours again.

 

(Masami, Yokohama, Japan)

 

I had a great time with Y&Y cycling tours! I can't believe I had so many exciting discoveries in the Shitamachi area in just one day! It's difficult to choose, but I have three things that I really like about the tour. First, our guides Yasushi and Yoko took us not only to just some sightseeing spots but they gave us the history behind them, which makes the tour more meaningful! Next, we could take a very unique picture of skytree! If you just visited there by yourself you would never find it! You can go to areas that only locals know or even ones they don't know! I felt so lucky to find this tour!!! And, lastly and my most favorite part of the tour, the people in Shitamachi. They are true Tokyoites, friendly and cheerful, very talkative (and loud but) you can't help loving them. The Shitamachi Mom at the leather museum is awesome! You'll feel so much energy. In addition, you can get nice leather goods there. I'm so thrilled to take another tour with them! Thanks, Yasushi and Yoko!

 

(Akiko, Ichikawa, Japan)

 

It was a very enjoyable tour! Unlike other guided tours, the group was small and the course was very unique. Yasushi and Yoko are fun, friendly, informative, and helpful guide. Although I hadn't ridden a bike for a long time, I had no trouble catching up. The bike was easy to ride and I could borrow a helmet. I have visited Shitamachi area many times before, but there were many new discoveries. I really enjoyed feeding koi inside the Japanese garden. Riding beside Sumida River was also nice. I would recommend this guided tour to those who is traveling Japan for the first time as well as those who have already visited Japan many times.

 

(Yuki, Kawasaki, Japan)

 

I joined Odaiba Tour mid-November. Though I am from Tokyo, I could see things that I've never seen before. It was full of excitement and new discovery thanks to the kind and informative guides. The route is well-considered so it is easy to follow the guide by bike and you will come across something fun every few minutes, sometimes it's a great scenery from the bridge, and sometimes it's tasty local snacks at a lively market. I think it's ideal for those who want to collect interesting pieces of Tokyo by your own pace.

 

(Akiko, Tokyo, Japan)

 

It was a lovely beautiful day! I didn't expect I could feel such a crisp fresh sea breeze in Tokyo. We rode along ODAIBA beach(so cool!) and had a soft served icecreme on the beach terrace. The friendly guides took us to the Tukiji fish market(they know the maze there). I usually drive, not ride a bike, but just hopping on the bike and riding for 5 minutes reminded me of how to. If you are tired of temples and shrines packed with people, please refresh yourself for a change by this tour. I recommend this tour even to Japanese. You will find another side of Tokyo and definitely have a wonderful day!

 

(Naoko, Tokyo, Japan)

 

I joined the Odaiba tour last month with my husband and really enjoyed it. The weather was lovely and I could feel a gentle breeze in Tokyo. The biggest reason why I chose the Odaiba tour was that I wanted to try Rainbow Bridge walk. I’ m from Tokyo and familiar with all places that are included the Odaiba tour; however, I’ve never tried to go there by bicycle. (It was fun to cycle beside business people in a city.) I often see the Rainbow Bridge from a faraway place, so I was excited to walk on the bridge on my foot. Also, I really enjoyed the snacks that our tour guides introduced us such as Yakitori, soft ice cream and Temakizushi. They gave us great hospitality,too!! I recommend this tour to everyone even Japanese. You can easily see a lot of interesting places in Tokyo by this cycling tour in a day. Thank you very much !!!!!!

(Mami, Tokyo, Japan )

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The capital group inc singapore: Improving fundamentals boost emerging market debt

 

Emerging market (EM) debt has seen a sharp sell-off since the US elections. What is your outlook for the asset class? EM debt needs growth, and in theory strong US growth (i.e. fiscal expansion) should be positive for the asset class. The uncertainties around a Donald Trump presidency are well known, especially on the global trade front, and this explains some of the sell-off that we’ve seen in EMs since the US elections. However, I think the markets may be overestimating the extent of trade protectionism by pricing in potential moves such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) being cancelled, but the important thing to note is the fact that EMs benefit from strong global growth and we should see this in 2017, especially with stabilising commodity prices.

 

This is particularly good news for local yields, which are around 6.5%-7%, and in some of the higher yielding dollar universe, for example Argentinian US dollar-denominated debt. EM debt is also less affected by rising bond yields than traditional fixed income. Another concern is that if US interest rates move significantly higher, then EM debt won’t look as attractive as an asset class. Finally, higher US interest rates will also directly increase borrowing costs for EM countries – although US dollar debt is becoming a smaller portion of overall EM borrowing and dollar debt levels are in general more manageable now.

 

Despite all this uncertainty, it is important to note that EM countries are actually in pretty good shape. Overall fundamentals for EM as an asset class are stabilising, and this is after a number of years when fundamentals were deteriorating. This has been driven by external factors, such as the dissipation of the commodity price shock and the improving global growth picture. It has also been driven by the improving credit stories of countries like Brazil, Argentina and Russia.

 

Overall, I am quite optimistic and I think 2017 will be a year where we can take more opportunities and less of a defensive stance, with the p

 

What could be the impact of fiscal expansion in the US?

 

President-elect Trump intends to give the US economy a shock of fiscal stimulus that I do not think it needs at its current point in the financial cycle. There could be a boost to growth, from around 2% to 2.5%-3%, but because of the tight labour market there is an inflation risk. However, the hope is there will be enough global spare capacity that prevents this from becoming an issue – if not, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) would have to raise rates faster than the markets anticipate.

 

How do you see current valuations in EM debt?

 

Local yields are, in absolute terms and relative to developed market yields, attractive. Inflation is coming down, which should also support EM bonds. This is because EM central banks can now ease monetary conditions; something they haven’t been able to do in a long time.

 

With hard currency bonds, we’re seeing more of a bifurcated market. You have the high-quality investment-grade countries, like Mexico and Brazil, where you get very little yield. If the US Treasury curve normalises further, these countries will have very little yield cushion to protect against a rise in US interest rates, which is not particularly attractive. However, in the dollar space, there are some higher yielding bonds, such as Argentina and some Sub-Saharan African countries, where yields are significantly higher. We see these as more attractive because you take a lot more credit risk, or spread risk, rather than underlying US interest rate duration risk.

 

What is your outlook on EM currencies?

 

If we look at our fundamental equilibrium value exchange rate (our internal fair value exchange rate model), overall, EM currencies still appear undervalued, and they have very attractive carries because of high inflation rates. Even those fair valued currencies like the Brazilian real have large carries, which provide lots of cushion, even if the currencies depreciate slightly. Whether or not we see EM currencies appreciate from here, however, will again depend on what a Trump presidency looks like. We may see the dollar move higher if we have meaningful fiscal expansion in the US, but I think it will be different from when the Fed was withdrawing quantitative easing or planning its first rate hike. At that time, this was done in an environment of disinflation and a lack of growth in the rest of the world. Now we have a recovery in Japan and Europe, with strong employment growth. I do believe that EM currencies are cheap enough to allow for some uncertainty.

 

What’s your view on commodity prices?

 

Based on the views of our commodity specialists, I would expect commodity prices to be well-supported and rangebound. There is still a lot of supply, but with a better growth picture, demand should not only stabilise but also increase somewhat.

 

Could you share your outlook for China?

 

There are several interesting things happening in China. Firstly, the government is working to depreciate the renminbi because it does not want the currency to appreciate any further against the Japanese yen, which the Japanese government is also trying to weaken. Plus, there is a slightly stronger US dollar outlook, at least for the next 6-12 months.

 

Secondly, Chinese growth received another artificial boost earlier in 2016 through fiscal stimulus, but this is now beginning to run out, meaning growth is coming down to its structural run rate of around 4%-5%.

 

Finally, the very positive news is that China has come out of its deflation trap – producer prices have been positive for the first time in three and a half years – which has increased its nominal GDP growth. So, yes, there is a structural slowdown, partially due to poor demographics, and we don’t expect any further stimulus, but the presiden

 

What about the problem of nonperforming loans in China?

 

There are lots of non-performing loans in China, which could be problematic, but because the country has a closed capital account and a banking system that is state-owned, then it should take a lot longer to become a problem, if at all. With time and money, you can defer those issues or just remove them through inflation; if your economy is growing well in nominal terms, these non-performing loans become a lot less of a problem.

 

What are your most compelling investment opportunities right now?

 

Brazil and Argentina are both examples of countries where, following a decade or so of economic mismanagement, we are finally seeing some change. Brazil has a strong technocratic caretaker government, with a president that is not planning to run for re-election.

 

This means that President Michel Temer can do the hard work and put the country on a much better footing, including cutting the budget deficit, which should also allow for lower interest rates. Hopefully, by the time of the next election in 2018, the economy should be doing better and the population might be in a better position to elect a government that will have a mandate to really improve the country’s economy

 

Argentina is in a similar position. After 12 years of Kirchner governments, the country finally has a conservative, orthodox centre-right government in place, which is looking to undo the distortions in the economy (although this will take time).

 

With Russia, while the political landscape has not changed much, the government has at least been very pragmatic in its economic approach by letting the rouble fall to compensate for declining oil prices. India is also delivering nicely on some reforms. Growth has been good and inflation is coming down.

 

 

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You’ve just landed in Galveston for some much-needed R&R and glance out the hotel patio window at the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of the sunny skies and balmy weather that the meteorologist promised, it’s looking more like rain, high winds and choppy seas are on tap the next few days.

So what’s a free-spirited Island tourist to do? Not to worry. There’s plenty of fun-filled activities in Galveston that don’t require our trademark sunny skies. Consider these 7 things to do on a rainy day in Galveston:

Pier 21 Theater

Pier 21 Theater is located at 21st Street and Harborside Dr., above Willie G's. There are three shows for your enjoyment:

The Great Storm  tells the story of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island on Sept. 8. It has been digitally restored from its 35mm slide presentation to an advanced wide-screen, high-definition format. The documentary shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history.

The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte is a sure shot. Pirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Merciless murderer and thief, or hero in time of war? These are the contradictions of the legendary Jean Laffite, whose harsh actions have secured his place in infamy – but his motives remain a mystery to this day. Whatever the reasons, the mere mention of Laffite in the early decades of the 1800s sent merchant ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico racing for safe harbor. During the last three years of his marauding campaign, Laffite made Galveston Island his base of operations. As for the treasure he is said to have buried there, none has been found … yet.

Galveston-Gateway on the Gulf is a documentary that tells the story of the immigrants who shaped the island's business, social, and cultural scenes. Between 1835 and 1935, more than 200,000 immigrants from all over the world entered the United States through Galveston. Their stories are as rich and diverse as their origins, and they gave the island a most unique cultural heritage which continues today.

For more details and show times, call 409-763-8808 or visit www.galveston.com/pier21theatre/.

The Bryan Museum

The Bryan Museum (1315 21st St.) offers an unforgettable experience by opening a gateway to the rich cultural history of the Southwestern United States. The museum is committed to the preservation, education, and promotion of the history and art of the American Southwest through engaging exhibitions and programming.

Assembled over a lifetime by Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan, the collection spans more than 2,500 years and boasts some 70,000 items, ranging from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to modern 21st century pieces.

The collection includes rare documents in German, French, Spanish and English, exquisite saddles and spurs, antique firearms, rare books, fine art, religious art, folk art, portraits and rare maps. And there’s also a museum shop with everything from books, jewelry, educational toys, T-shirts and other gifts.

For more information, call 409-632-7685 or visit www.galveston.com/thebryanmuseum/.

Giant Screen 6P Laser Projection System at Moody Gardens

To check out Texas Big, step into the MG 3D Theater at Moody Gardens Galveston Island. The theater has the world’s first 4K 3D giant screen 6-Primary laser projection system on the largest screen in Texas – a 60-by-80-foot white screen almost three and half times brighter than normal theaters.

The new laser projection system captures mind-boggling vibrant colors with new 3D glasses technology, and boasts a top-of-the-line 11.1 surround sound with Auro 3D. I got a chance to check out “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Moody Gardens’ MG 3D Theater. When I put on the new 6P glasses, I found myself ducking rocket ships that shot by, while marveling at laser sounds that shot from one end of the theater to the other.

For more information, visit www.moodygardens.com.

Bishop’s Palace

Galveston's grandest and best-known building, the Bishop's Palace is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures, luxury materials and furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from around the world (including one lined with pure silver).

Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham and designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston's premier architect, the Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. The home was built from 1886 to 1892.

For ticket and tour information, call 409-762-2475 or visit http://www.galveston.com/bishopspalace/.

Rosenberg Library

Founded in 1871, the Rosenberg Library is the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation.

With funding provided through a bequest from Henry Rosenberg, the Rosenberg Library Association was organized in 1900 as a private corporation to give free library service to all Galvestonians.

After the Rosenberg Library opened in 1904, it absorbed the collections of the Galveston Public Library, thus formalizing its new role as the public library for the city of Galveston.

Holdings of the museum department include historical Galveston and early Texas artifacts, paintings of Galveston subjects, and a sizable collection of Russian and Greek icons. And the Fox Rare Book Room contains rare books, first editions, and examples of fine printing.

For more information, call 409-763-8854 or visit http://www.galveston.com/rosenberglibrary/.

Galveston Railroad Museum

Close your eyes and you can almost hear the train whistles beckoning passengers during a bygone era at the Railroad Museum, a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions.

Located at the head of the Strand at 25th Street, the vast Railroad Museum boasts one of the largest restored railroad collections in the Southwest, and is one of the five largest in the country. With numerous railroad memorabilia and exhibits, including more than 40 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock, the museum is a national treasure.

Most Saturdays, the museum offers rides aboard the "Harborside Express" train between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., boarding every 20 minutes.

For more information, call 409-765-5700 or visit http://www.galveston.com/railroadmuseum/.

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Sa hva gjor du hvis du har en spesiell anledning og vil ha en bil som virkelig skiller seg ut fra mengden? Lei en bil sjafor service!

 

I dag, med fremveksten av ulike sjafortjenester, er det ikke vanskelig a se etter leiekontrakt hvis du har en spesiell begivenhet som kommer opp som du vil gjore det oyeblikket litt mer klassisk og ekstravagant. Kontakt Tokyo MK Taxi, de tilbyr taxi og chauffor service over hele landet i Japan, Korea og USA. Tokyo MK har en flate av luksusbiler, inkludert Lexus 600hl, BMW, Toyota Alphard, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Hiace, Nissan Fuga Hybrid og Toyota Crown som er godt vedlikeholdt og holdt i utmerket stand for a sikre alles sikkerhet pa veien.

 

Tokyo MK Taxi er en chaufforleverandor som tilbyr toppkvalitetsbiler for bryllup, utesteder, forretningsreiser, flyplasstransport, proms, fodselsdager og andre spesielle arrangementer. Borte er de dagene som bare de mektige og rike har privilegiet a ri i luksusbiler, tilbyr Tokyo MK de beste forsteklasses bilene til leie til ekstremt rimelige priser. Selvfolgelig kan du stole pa deres hoyt trente og serviceorienterte chaufforer med dyp kunnskap i byen og omgivelsene. Forsikret du vil fa det beste innen kundeservice og chauffor service fra dem. Tokyo MK Taxi har Lexus-gruppentusiaster som er inkludert i sin bilflate, Lexus 600hl og Lexus 460 som har plass til opptil fire passasjerer i skinnseter og ideell for forretningsreiser. Deres mangfoldige flate inkluderer ogsa Toyota Hiace som komfortabelt kan huse flere personer og deres bagasje, og det finnes ogsa hybridbiler som BMW ActiveHybrid 7 med en kapasitet pa fire passasjerer med digital-TV og gratis WiFi-hotspot.

 

A ansette et luksusbil fra MK Tokyo Taxi kan vaere det beste valget for a komme til ens mal, avslappet og rolig, for ikke a nevne i stil. De har 212 drosjer lined opp og 58 luksusbiler tilgjengelig for enhver kundes behov, smak og preferanser.

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This tour takes you to the shitamachi and its surrounding areas including Asakusa and Yanaka, where you can still feel an old town ambience. Riding through residential areas and local shopping streets, you will get a glimpse of Tokyoites' daily lives. Tour starts and ends in Akihabara.

 

Our tour begins with a ride around the Shinobazu Pond and through Tokyo University campus. We ride through serene Yanaka Cemetery ground and across Ueno Park. We see Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street which best represents local people's ordinary life styles and the shitamachi nostalgic flavor. 

 

Ueno is a culture-rich district with its many museums, higher education institutions, and Ueno Park is a verdant oasis of locals.

 

Just before we ride across the Sumida River is Asakusa where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of yesteryear survives. We ride past Sensoji Temple and bustling streets lined with theaters, eateries and souvenir shops.

LUNCH BREAK You can sample local foods from food stands or relax in a cozy restaurant here.

 

Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. 
(Please note that the tour does not include a visit to the observation deck of the tower.)

 

Before returning to Akihabara, we ride through Ryogoku where the sumo stadium and many sumo stables are located. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot some sumo wrestlers.

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The Fringe Tour was awesome! And I would definitely do another tour with Y&Y. They were a sweet couple that showed us a bunch of little known sites in Tokyo and even though it rained it didn't stop us :)smile They were fun, informative, helpful, patient, and accommodating. The Japanese Garden, city zoo, and aquarium were only a few of the great places we visited. For beginner bikers (like myself) the bikes might take some getting used to but the route is so safe you can take your time - I always felt comfortable. I would recommend this to all my friends and visitors to Tokyo to get away from the typical Tokyo sites and experience something off the beaten track. I can't wait to do another tour!

 

 (Kalai, Toronto, Canada)

 

I wasn't quite sure what to expect on my first Tokyo bike tour, but after participating in the Fringe Tour, I would definitely do it again! The bike route, pace and length were all accommodating for an infrequent bike rider like me. And, even though I have lived in Japan for seven years, it was fun to see a whole other side of Tokyo that I have never seen before. Yasushi and Yoko, our guides, were wonderful! I felt well taken care of during the entire ride. Also, the tour offered me a wonderful chance to make several new friends from Japan and Canada. I would so recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience something fun and different in Japan.

 

(Susan, Seattle, US)

 

I’m from neighbor city, Yokohama and joined the tour with my friend. However, it turned out I could see the side of Tokyo I’ve never seen before! 6hours bicycle tour sounded long first, but roads were well chosen and I had fun the whole time. Also we made several stops with fun things to see. Personally, I had fun biking riverside and visiting Japanese garden where we fed Koi. I definitely recommend the tour not only to tourists but locals also.

 

(Hiroko, Yokohama, Japan)

 

I joined the tour from Tsukuba. On joining this tour, I expected three things. Discovering something new about Tokyo, brushing up my rusty English and slimming down in my waist size. I really enjoyed walking around the Japanese garden, feeding Koi and watching cute animals. I especially like the river side cycling road with excellent view. It was also wonderful that I met some new friends from overseas. I had a really great time with Y&Y. Thank you and I definitely will join other tours!

 

(Tatsuya, Tsukuba, Japan)

 

I have been visiting Tokyo for over 10 years. A Japanese friend of mine, who was born and raised in Tokyo, asked me to going on a bike tour exploring Tokyo. The city has many areas specifically designed just for cycling and with my schedule, I rarely get a chance to enjoy the recreational areas that Tokyo offers.  So, I said, Yes. At the start of the tour, we were met by Yasushi and Yoko, owners and operators, of Y & Y Cycling. As I found out, to my surprise, both had studied English for three years abroad, so communicating in the English was simply not an issue. Moreover, both have done their homework, along the tour at several stops, such as the zoo and aquarium, they explain exhibits and augment explanations with informative pictures and maps. The cyclist need not worry about lunch, water, or entrance to sites. Additionally, sites of interest are pre-planned and well thought-out.  Just bring your camera and energy for a fantastic day of cycling. I recommend this tour not just for visitors, but also locals, my friend remarked, Although she had lived in Tokyo for many years, she discovered a few secret view spots and cool places that she had not known.

 

(Mofiz, San Francisco, California and Yokohama, Japan)

 

The first thing I would like to say is awesome! I am not a kind of person who is into outdoor activities, but I do enjoy exploring local stuff; things that typical guidebooks do not pick up. If you are looking for something not too touristy and something new, you should definitely try this tour. It is like wandering around the area with your good friends who live there. That makes you feel like you know the real Tokyo. I did find a lot of new things even I have lived in just half- an- hour from the area (Kasai and Urayasu) all my life. Parks we visited are not the major, famous ones, but they are beautiful and there were many local people, which made me feel like I was one of them. It was kind of cool. Bike ride was not a problem at all even though I am not that athletic. Biking along the river was great! And, our guides, Yasushi and Yoko, took a really good care of us. They answered all of my trivial questions that popped up in my mind (I didn't mean to challenge them.) This is a definite advantage of having a guide who actually lives in the area where you are touring. The coffee break at the end of the tour was so exclusive and so special. I would definitely take my friends on one of these tours if they come visit me from somewhere out of Tokyo area. Yes! I even want to take my Japanese friends living in Kyoto on this tour. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Cheers!

 

(Michiko, Funabashi, Japan)

 

"TOKYO FRINGE tour" was pleasant cycling for me. I could see many animals and plants around Tokyo Bay and also the guides were very kind. I visited Gyousen Park, zoo, Kasai Sea Life Park and Tokyo Disney Resort. Especially, the lunch I had under the clear sky at Kasai Seaside Park tasted delicious. :) In the afternoon, I saw the sunset at Tokyo Bay. The view was so nice that I took many pictures with my reflex camera. Thank you for giving a wonderful day to me. If I have another chance, I would like to join their tours again.

 

(Masami, Yokohama, Japan)

 

I had a great time with Y&Y cycling tours! I can't believe I had so many exciting discoveries in the Shitamachi area in just one day! It's difficult to choose, but I have three things that I really like about the tour. First, our guides Yasushi and Yoko took us not only to just some sightseeing spots but they gave us the history behind them, which makes the tour more meaningful! Next, we could take a very unique picture of skytree! If you just visited there by yourself you would never find it! You can go to areas that only locals know or even ones they don't know! I felt so lucky to find this tour!!! And, lastly and my most favorite part of the tour, the people in Shitamachi. They are true Tokyoites, friendly and cheerful, very talkative (and loud but) you can't help loving them. The Shitamachi Mom at the leather museum is awesome! You'll feel so much energy. In addition, you can get nice leather goods there. I'm so thrilled to take another tour with them! Thanks, Yasushi and Yoko!

 

(Akiko, Ichikawa, Japan)

 

It was a very enjoyable tour! Unlike other guided tours, the group was small and the course was very unique. Yasushi and Yoko are fun, friendly, informative, and helpful guide. Although I hadn't ridden a bike for a long time, I had no trouble catching up. The bike was easy to ride and I could borrow a helmet. I have visited Shitamachi area many times before, but there were many new discoveries. I really enjoyed feeding koi inside the Japanese garden. Riding beside Sumida River was also nice. I would recommend this guided tour to those who is traveling Japan for the first time as well as those who have already visited Japan many times.

 

(Yuki, Kawasaki, Japan)

 

I joined Odaiba Tour mid-November. Though I am from Tokyo, I could see things that I've never seen before. It was full of excitement and new discovery thanks to the kind and informative guides. The route is well-considered so it is easy to follow the guide by bike and you will come across something fun every few minutes, sometimes it's a great scenery from the bridge, and sometimes it's tasty local snacks at a lively market. I think it's ideal for those who want to collect interesting pieces of Tokyo by your own pace.

 

(Akiko, Tokyo, Japan)

 

It was a lovely beautiful day! I didn't expect I could feel such a crisp fresh sea breeze in Tokyo. We rode along ODAIBA beach(so cool!) and had a soft served icecreme on the beach terrace. The friendly guides took us to the Tukiji fish market(they know the maze there). I usually drive, not ride a bike, but just hopping on the bike and riding for 5 minutes reminded me of how to. If you are tired of temples and shrines packed with people, please refresh yourself for a change by this tour. I recommend this tour even to Japanese. You will find another side of Tokyo and definitely have a wonderful day!

 

(Naoko, Tokyo, Japan)

 

I joined the Odaiba tour last month with my husband and really enjoyed it. The weather was lovely and I could feel a gentle breeze in Tokyo. The biggest reason why I chose the Odaiba tour was that I wanted to try Rainbow Bridge walk. I’ m from Tokyo and familiar with all places that are included the Odaiba tour; however, I’ve never tried to go there by bicycle. (It was fun to cycle beside business people in a city.) I often see the Rainbow Bridge from a faraway place, so I was excited to walk on the bridge on my foot. Also, I really enjoyed the snacks that our tour guides introduced us such as Yakitori, soft ice cream and Temakizushi. They gave us great hospitality,too!! I recommend this tour to everyone even Japanese. You can easily see a lot of interesting places in Tokyo by this cycling tour in a day. Thank you very much !!!!!!

(Mami, Tokyo, Japan )

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Singapore opening: Galveston Island   

 

Beaches, historic buildings, million dollar mansions, fairground rides and delicious seafood can all be enjoyed on a day out on Galveston Island, Texas.

 

Galveston's Strand Historic District, centred around the five blocks between 20th and 25th street near the wharf, is a wonderful reflection of the architectural styles popular in the mid- to late 1800s when the city hit its zenith. You can stroll under the high canopies of many shop fronts with their wrought iron balconies perusing the antiques, gifts, T-shirts and all manner of other goods, or take some refreshment in one of the cafes along the way.

                 

We ventured into La King's Confectionery shop where glass cabinets filled with chocolates of all shapes and sizes and multi-coloured candies flank a long seating area. Here you can indulge in a soda, milkshake or float made in a 1920s soda fountain, which is served from behind a marble counter on the other side of the shop.

 

In the Red Dirt Shirts company we learned how the idea for these unusual terracotta-coloured T-shirts came about when Hurricane Ike hit Hawaii in 1992, turning the proprietor's stock of white T-shirts the colour of the red earth churned up by the storm. The owner saw an opportunity for a unique dying process and today sells his Red Dirt Shirts in Arizona, Utah and Hawaii as well as Texas.

 

Galveston's history is also reflected in the many Victorian houses on the Island, a number of which are open to the public. We visited the Moody Mansion built in 1895 by the British architect William Tyndall for local socialite Narcissa Willis. After her death, the house was sold to W.L.Moody, a wealthy businessman who moved in with his wife and four children. The Moody family lived there until 1986 when it was turned into an historic museum. Some of the rooms are absolutely delightful and a guided tour of the house gives an interesting insight into the life of this Victorian Texas family.

 

Another historical house worth a look is the Bishop's Palace, a mansion built in 1893 for the lawyer and politician Walter Gresham and his family. This house was purchased in 1923 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston and became the residence of Bishop Christopher Byrne until 1963. Both houses survived the hurricane of 1900, reputedly the deadliest in US history, which killed more than 10,000 people.

 

If historical buildings do not interest you, there are plenty of other activities to do in Galveston, such as spending a few hours on one of the Island's beaches to the south, or enjoying a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants along Seawall Boulevard. There is a pleasure pier near the main beach area with fairground rides, amusements and eateries.

 

We elected to go on a short harbour tour with an amusing commentary from the boat captain, during which we saw two or three dolphins surfacing near the boat, probably out of curiosity which was an added bonus.

 

The Railroad Museum is great for train enthusiasts, with its many late 19th and early 20th century rail cars (some of which you can step inside) and the lovely Santa Fe Union station building with its white, plaster figures of people sitting or standing awaiting the arrival of their train.

 

Other places to visit on Galveston Island, depending on your interests, include Seawolf Park with its World War II submarine and destroyer, the restored 1877 tall ship Elissa, which you can climb aboard and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig, which is now a museum.

 

We finished our day with a delicious seafood dinner at Olympia Grill on Pier 21, the waterfront dining and entertainment area near Galveston's historic harbour.

 

Cyber security: Fraud rises as cybercriminals flock to online lenders

 

Cybercrime is becoming more automated, organized and networked than ever before, according to the ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report: Q4 2016.

 

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting online lenders and emerging financial services, says Vanita Pandey, vice president of strategy and product marketing, ThreatMetrix.

 

[ Related: 8 tips to defend against online financial fraud threats ]

 

ThreatMetrix's report is based on data drawn from its ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network, which analyzes about 2 billion transactions per month for insight into traffic patterns and emerging threats. The network uses a real-time policy engine to analyze transactions — about 44 percent of which originate from mobile devices — for legitimacy based on hundreds of attributes, including device identification, geolocation, previous history and behavioral analytics.

 

ThreatMetrix's data shows 1 million cyberattacks targeted online lending transactions throughout 2016, Pandey says . It estimates the total value of these transactions at about $10 billion. It expects the number of attacks to continue to grow in 2017. Indeed, the number of attacks specifically targeting alternative lending increased by 150 percent quarter-over-quarter in the fourth quarter of 2016. That doesn't mean criminals have stopped targeting banks: ThreatMetrix says it detected 80 million attacks using fake or stolen credentials during 2016 in the finance sector alone.

 

It should be noted that attacks are increasing both in number (ThreatMetrix says it detected and stopped nearly 122 million attacks in real-time in the fourth quarter, an increase of more than 35 percent over the previous year) and in proportion: growth in attacks outpaced overall transaction growth, and the overall rejected transaction rate grew by 15 percent.

 

[ Related: Online card fraud up as thieves avoid more secure chip cards for in-store payments ]

 

"Fraud has evolved from being like robbing a house to being a big heist on a bank or institution," Pandey says.

 

Increasingly, she explains, cybercriminals are stealing identities and using them to create accounts that they allow to sit and mature, sometimes for years, before leveraging them for crime.

 

First, she says, criminals buy, trade and augment stolen identity credentials from any of the numerous data breaches that occur with increasing frequency.

 

"Most of us have been breached, whether you've stayed at an InterContinental Hotel, or you had a Yahoo account or you have a LinkedIn password you haven't changed in four years," she says.

 

Those credentials are then used to create new accounts with retailers, banks and e-lenders. E-lenders are frequently targeted, perhaps because the criminals see them as softer targets than more established banks, according to ThreatMetrix.

 

"They will then use automated bot attacks on a new site to create an account for you," Pandey says. "If it doesn't exist, they'll create an account. If it does, they'll bring in sophisticated tools to crack your password. They'll let an account sit and mature for a while. Once your identity has been verified, a lot of times you won't be stepped up or challenged. Imagine if I have a stable account, I've been transacting for two years nicely and then I use my account to buy a big item and change my address, they may not flag that."

 

Pandey says ThreatMetrix sees a lot of fraud being committed with accounts that have five or even six years of credit history and a big credit file. Even victims who regularly check their credit reports may not pick up on the fraud, as the criminals take care not to damage their victims' credit ratings until the accounts mature.

 

"Due to its surge in popularity, and fast transaction cycles, online lending has become a prime target for cybercriminals," she says. "Online lenders are under increasing pressure to adopt smarter authentication methods that leverage real-time, behavior-based intelligence to accelerate genuine loans and prevent fraud. This is the only way to thrive in an increasingly competitive market."

 

Developing countries becoming bigger players in online fraud game

 

This type of fraud isn't limited to the U.S. and other developed nations. ThreatMetrix says it has seen this type of fraud originating in developing countries including Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Nigeria and Macedonia. ThreatMetrix also reports a significant increase in attacks, particularly identity spoofing attacks, from emerging economies including Tunisia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Serbia, Morocco, Guadeloupe, Qatar and Cuba.

 

"The fact that developing nations are becoming bigger players in the online fraud game demonstrates the spread of breached identity data to countries across the globe," Pandey says. "One in four transactions on our network is now cross-border, illustrating a global village economy that's continuing to take root. Global data breaches are making stolen identity data globally available via the dark web, and this information is traded by organized and networked crime rings."

 

How to keep the online digital world safe

 

With cybercriminals becoming more ambitious and more sophisticated, Pandey says it's becoming clear that text-based authentication needs to be deprecated. In fact, she says, any static information used for authentication that must be stored by a company is susceptible to a data breach and therefore an outdated way of thinking about secure authentication, identity verification and fraud prevention.

 

"It is becoming increasingly clear that the only true way to keep the online digital world safe and secure, (and processing transactions in the manner that technology-savvy consumers expect), is by analyzing the digital identity of every online user, an identity that is built on dynamic, shared intelligence harnessed from sources far wider than the individual companies a user transacts with," the ThreatMetrix report says.

 

Behavioral analytics and machine learning are the keys to making this work.

 

"It is only by using this holistic, crowdsourced approach to digital identities that companies can be more confident of accurately differentiating fraudsters from genuine customers," the report concludes. "In the case of Yahoo, the cookies might have been forged, but the online footprint of those fraudsters would have been markedly different to the genuine users, and it is up to Yahoo to be able to detect that in order to protect sensitive customer data."

Security and risk complaints online: Prevent identity theft

 

Just like burglars and thieves, cyber criminals have many different ways to steal personal information and money. Just as you wouldn't give a burglar the key to your house, make sure that you protect yourself from fraud and online identity theft. Know the common tricks that criminals employ to help you protect yourself from online fraud and identity theft. Here are a few simple tips.

 

Don’t reply if you see a suspicious email, instant message or webpage asking for your personal or financial information

 

Always be wary of any messages or sites that ask for your personal information, or messages that refer you to an unfamiliar web page asking for any of the following details:

 

Usernames

Passwords

Medicare numbers

Bank account numbers

PINs (Personal Identification Numbers)

Full credit card numbers

Your mother’s maiden name

Your birthday

 

Don’t fill out any forms or sign-in screens that might be linked to from those messages. If someone suspicious asks you to fill out a form with your personal information don’t be tempted to start filling it out. Even if you don’t hit the “submit” button, you might still be sending your information to identity thieves if you start putting your data into their forms.

 

If you see a message from someone you know that doesn't seem like them, their account may have been compromised by a cybercriminal who is trying to get money or information from you – so be careful how you respond. Common tactics include asking you to urgently send them money, claiming to be stranded in another country or saying that their phone has been stolen so they cannot be called. The message may also tell you to click on a link to see a picture, article or video, which actually leads you to a site that might steal your information – so think before you click!

 

Never enter your password if you’ve arrived at a site by following a link in an email or chat that you don’t trust

 

Even if you think it’s a site that you trust, like your bank, it’s better to go directly to the site by using a bookmark or typing in the site’s address directly into the browser.

 

Don’t send your password via email and don’t share it with others

 

Your passwords are the key to your accounts and services online, and just like in your offline life, you should be careful who you give your keys to. Legitimate sites and services won’t ask you to send them your passwords via email, so don’t respond if you get requests for your passwords to online sites.

 

Because your passwords are so important, you should think carefully before deciding to share them with others – even friends and family. When you share your passwords, there is a greater risk that someone may misuse your accounts by accessing information that you don’t want them to or using the account in ways that you don’t approve of. For example, if you share your email password with someone, that person might read your personal emails, try to use your email account to access other online services that you might use, like banking or social sites, or use your account to impersonate you. Finally, when you share your password with someone, you will have to rely on them to keep it secure; they may share it with others on purpose or by accident.

 

Pay close attention when asked to sign in online

 

Check for signals about your connection with the website.

 

First, look at the address bar in your browser to see if the URL looks real. You should also check to see if the web address begins with which signals that your connection to the website is encrypted and more resistant to snooping or tampering. Some browsers also include a padlock icon in the address bar beside to indicate more clearly that your connection is encrypted and that you are more securely connected.

 

Report suspicious emails and scams

 

Most email providers, including Gmail, allow you to do this. Reporting a suspicious message in Gmail will help block that user from sending you more emails and help our abuse team stop similar attacks.

 

 

Security and risk complaints online: Police launch bid to tackle dating fraud which sees one victim conned out of £10,000 every three hours

 

Scotland Yard have teamed up with charities and other forces across the capital amid a spike in fraud linked to dating websites and apps.

 

According to City of London Police one victim reports scams linked to romantic liaisons every three hours.

 

Scam victims lose an average of £10,000 in the UK with almost all fraudsters demanding their targets transfer money within the first month of contact.

 

The two police forces, alongside charities Age UK and Victim Support have urged those looking to romance to follow dating tips in order to avoid financial misery.

 

Advice includes never sending money to someone you have met online and searching any potential dates on the internet alongside the term “dating scam”.

 

Detective Inspector Gary Miles, from the Met’s Falcon Unit, said: "The people who perpetrate this type of offence are ruthless, organised, committed and without conscience to the pain, embarrassment and financial loss they cause to their victims. Their methodology is sophisticated. “

 

Andrew McClelland, CEO of the Online Dating Association, added: "People spend much of their lives online, communicating and meeting new people via dating services or social networks.

 

"Fraudsters will normally try to move you away from the service as soon as they can, so we encourage users to continue communicating via the dating service which helps dating providers to detect fraudulent behaviour.

 

"Millions of people have found their partners through online dating but if you think you suspect fraudulent behaviour, please always report it to the dating provider as well as the Police; that way we can make it even safer for all users."

 

Online Security: Defend Yourself against Credit Card Fraud

 

Sophisticated scams in today’s era are increasingly emerging and evolving. Many online users already became a victim of fraud and it is something that you can avoid by following these simple ways we prepared for you.

 

1. Use a paper shredder to shred files and receipts which contain personal and financial information if you no longer need the documents.

 

2. It is common for many to use the same pin code to all their debit and credit cards, however, tolerating this kind of habit may lead to your loss. Use different pin codes for different cards.

 

3. Never ever use your personal details as your phone’s security pin or password in any online account.

 

4. Don’t save passwords on your desktop.

 

5. Cover up your pin number when you’re typing and be wary of your surrounding while withdrawing money.

 

6. If you’re going to call your bank, do it in a private and secure place where no one can overhear your conversation.

 

7. Be cautious and extra careful when you are doing online banking in an internet shop or in public places.

 

8. Install anti-virus software on your phone and even on your computers, this will ensure protection against malware and spyware.

 

9. Phone scams are one way for fraudsters to obtain sensitive information from their target. If someone called you claiming that they are from your bank, verify their identity first by asking few questions. Moreover, it is best to call the bank instead by looking for their official phone number at their website.

 

10. Make it a habit of locking your phone whenever you’re not using it. Set a security pin code to prevent access by unauthorized people.

 

11. Do not write your pin number on a piece of paper or even save it on your mobile phone and computer.

 

12. If you get an email from your bank or from an unknown sender asking you to click a link, don’t do it. Ignore the message and call your bank instead if you have questions.

 

13. Don’t give away your private information to a suspicious email requesting for it.

 

14. Don’t access websites that are too suspicious. If it isn’t a reliable site then don’t provide any private information.

 

15. Beware of emails pretending that they are from a legitimate bank and asking you to provide any personal of financial details. Always remember that a bank wouldn’t ask to confirm any sensitive information through emails.

 

We are all vulnerable to cyberattacks. It is your duty to protect yourself from internet threats that may affect your life in so many different ways. Know more about internet security. Be informed!

Security and risk online: Russian Hackers Stole Millions From Video Advertisers, Ad Fraud Company Says

An ad-fraud-detection firm claims that a Russian hacking operation has been defrauding online advertisers in the U.S. of more than $3 million a day. In a research report published Tuesday, White Ops said it had discovered a sophisticated online ad-fraud operation it calls “Methbot.”

“We’ve never seen anything like this. Methbot elevates ad fraud to a whole new level of sophistication and scale,” said Michael Tiffany, co-founder and CEO of White Ops. According to White Ops, the Methbot operation has used hundreds of servers in the U.S. and the Netherlands to create nonhuman or “bot” traffic, and directed that traffic to load webpages featuring video ads from major advertisers, mostly ones based in the U.S.

The bot operators also created fake webpages designed to trick advertisers into believing their ads were appearing on major websites including Fox News, The Economist, ESPN, CBS Sports, The Wall Street Journal and others. Nonhuman traffic is bad news for advertisers because it can result in them wasting money on ads that are shown to computer programs, instead of real people capable of purchasing their products or services. Owing to the complicated automated advertising systems now commonplace in online media, it is often difficult for marketers to know exactly what they are buying. A study from White Ops and the Association of National Advertisers earlier this year estimated that advertisers wasted at least $7 billion a year on online ads served to fraudulent traffic. White Ops said it initially spotted the scam in September 2015 and quietly monitored its growth. In October 2016, the bot operation began to scale aggressively to the point that it was creating between 200 million and 300 million fake video ad “views” a day, White Ops said. That level of activity generated between $3 million and $5 million in fabricated ad inventory a day, White Ops estimated.

 “The most expensive advertising on the internet is full-sized video ads, on name-brand sites,” Mr. Tiffany said, potentially making the Methbot scam more lucrative than others White Ops said multiple advertising-technology companies helped bring marketers’ ads to Methbot’s fake web traffic, but that it couldn't see all the different methods Methbot was using to sell its fake ad space.

According to Mr. Tiffany, the company is publishing its findings to help marketers and ad tech platforms address the problem, alongside a list of the impostor website domains to aid in that process.

 “At this point the Methbot operation has become so embedded in the layers of the advertising ecosystem, the only way to shut it down is to make the details public to help affected parties take action,” the report said. White Ops itself also sells software products designed to help marketers, publishers and ad tech platforms identify fraudulent traffic and to prevent their advertising from being loaded by it. The Methbot research and methodology wasn’t vetted by a third party, but the data and assumptions were reviewed by industry partners and security researchers, a spokesman for the company said. Mr. Tiffany said there is no evidence Methbot is in any way linked with the computer-hacking operation that targeted the Democratic National Committee earlier this year.

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