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Sending out an SOS by watch phone for the elderly

Sending out an SOS by watch phone for the elderly | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Sydney-based personal care technology company mCareWatch has released a mobile personal device for the elderly that is part wristwatch, part mobile phone, part emergency beacon.

 

Aimed at the elderly living in their own homes as well as the independent living and residential aged care sectors, the SOS Mobile Watch looks like and actually is a watch, but it also functions as a mobile phone, a GPS tracking device and a medical alert system.

 



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mCareWatch is a new company founded by Australian brothers Peter Apostolopoulos and Paul Apostolis, which specialises in using technology to support carers, the elderly and chronically ill. The SOS Mobile Watch is the company's first product and has been in development over the last two years.

 

Mr Apostolopoulos said that in addition to his background in health IT and eHealth, there was a personal reason for setting up the new company and aiming at the assisted living and personal care market.

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NOAA study finds marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience

NOAA study finds marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

NOAA study finds marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience.
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Five years after spill, Gulf Coast waits for fine money

Five years after spill, Gulf Coast waits for fine money | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON – Five years after the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gulf Coast communities are still waiting for the billions promised to help them recover from the nation's worst environmental disaster.
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Schlitterbahn South Padre Island opens for Summer Season!

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island opens for Summer Season! | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark’s weekend schedule will feature both the indoor and outdoor park for guests to enjoy. We encourage all guests to take advantage of our Transportainment system – which allows tubers to enjoy every attraction in the outdoor waterpark without ever having to leave the water!


At Schlitterbahn parking is free and guests are welcome to bring a picnic from home.

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There is no charge for tubes, life vests or boogie boards in the waterpark, these are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Alligator goes for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico

Alligator goes for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
As their springtime mating season approaches, it will soon be commonplace to find alligators in all sorts of unexpected places throughout the Houston area.
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"Everybody got a big thrill out of seeing an alligator, South Padre has one too"

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Spring break in South Texas in the 80s and 90s

Spring break in South Texas in the 80s and 90s | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
By the late 1980s, Texas hot spots for spring break, from Matamoros to Galveston were in full swing. These archived photos take a look back to how students indulged in this annual blowout nearly 30 years ago. 
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Ditching parkas for bikinis and energy drinks for beer bongs, they will cut and run to warm, sunny beaches all along the U.S. coast.

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Fredericksburg: most millionaires per capita in Texas

Fredericksburg: most millionaires per capita in Texas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Those findings were recently released in a study by The Wall Street Journal, which looked for more than $1 million in investable assets. Those are defined as highly liquid holdings, such as stocks, bonds, savings accounts and cash. The measurement does not include real estate or assets tied up in most types of retirement accounts.

The study found Los Alamos, New Mexico, to be the number one place in the nation for percentage of millionaires. States with a concentration of technology, aerospace and medical industries led the findings as those mark diversified economies based around those industries that are good for building wealth.

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“I don’t know much about the rankings, but I know there are a lot of people here who are very philanthropic,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said.


“Some people who have lived their whole life in Fredericksburg are quite wealthy but you would never know it. Maybe they live frugally and save, but they don’t wear a lot of fancy clothes or jewelry.”

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Texas Coast e-bike drive coming to North America

Texas Coast e-bike drive coming to North America | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
It is a pedal assist mechanism, a different approach than we are used to in North America.
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Riding on the windy Texas coast is a pain for many, no more! and who'd know with this one.


Get your hustle on and challenge a youngster to a race around the Island.

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Carnival Breeze, Carnival Liberty to reposition to Galveston

Carnival Breeze, Carnival Liberty to reposition to Galveston | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Carnival will further bolster its leadership position in Galveston, repositioning Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty to Texas in 2016, joining Carnival Freedom

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“Galveston is one of our fastest-growing points of embarkation and deploying two of our most innovative ships to this homeport speaks volumes about our confidence in growing this market,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president. '


“Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty not only offer our guests incredible on-board experiences but also provide our valued travel agent partners with exciting new choices to market to their clients”


Carnival Liberty and Carnival Breeze will shift to Galveston in 2016, providing consumers with Texas-sized fun on departures from the Lone Star State.



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Panama Canal Expansion Will Have Big Effect on Texas Coast Energy and Trade

Panama Canal Expansion Will Have Big Effect on Texas Coast Energy and Trade | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Deeper channels and immense new locks are due to open in 2016. In every major study that assesses the new canal’s influence on trade, including a 2013 report by the U.S. Maritime Administration, researchers find that among the project’s big effects will be increasing the flow of American energy products to China and Japan.

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With its much larger locks lifting and lowering much bigger ships for the day-long crossing, the expanded canal is projected to alter global patterns of energy and food production and trade.


Analysts also anticipate that the additional transport capacity will shift water use and supply, particularly in the United States and China, the primary producers and consumers of goods shipped through the canal.

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What thrived and dived during the Texas coast recession?

What thrived and dived during the Texas coast recession? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

What thrived during the Texas coast recession is a story how two developers came out smelling like a rose.

This study is about the lessons learned from two “high-end real estate project developers” that thrived during the worse recession and storms to hit the Texas coast in history. A silver lining from the unfortunate times the region experienced from 2008 to 2012, and a testimony to enduring value.


Synopsis At the real estate peak in 2007, over a dozen high-end projects were under way on the Texas coast transforming the skyline and promising better lifestyles. Some of the projects completely failed, most will redeem their value sometime in the future, but only two thrived and are roaring out of the recession.


At TexasGulfCoastOnline.com we have a criteria list we use to determine the rare and remarkable projects on the Texas coast


Here is how we pick them:

  • The properties being built, as well as the location, have to be rare and unique.
  • The owners and developers of the projects must be reputable and solidly financed.
  • An impressive amenities package must be offered both in the individual homes as well as the community – and must exceed what is already available in the local area.
  • A good marketing plan and sales operation team must be in place to ensure the project’s success.
  • The project must not have major erosion and insurance issues.
  • The project should have energy efficient and storm resistant features.
  • The project design and price range should fit with the buyer profile for the area, and its surrounding properties.
  • The project and personnel must be in good standing with the local community.
  • The project must have sound market fundamentals such as rental income vs. price and supply vs. demand, predicting a safe investment.


Here are the only two high-end developers and their projects that thrived during the hard times:


Conclusion It’s a real testimony that our two developers (and their projects) are such a success. Both the Paez family and the Lamkin family have a history of successful projects in real estate and other industries.


The attributes that they demonstrated can be used as a guide to decide the value of any project and as a guide for other developers to follow. A rising tide lifts all boats, so this is a good thing for everyone.


Winning High-end Real Estate Project Takeaways

  • Great development leadership
  • Good location / value
  • Solid Market Fundamentals
  • Strong Financial Backing
  • Commitment to local community
  • High-rises & Inclusive Resorts

Losing High-end Real Estate Project Takeaways

  • Inexperienced developer
  • Location price mismatch
  • Problem with Market Fundamentals
  • Highly leveraged project
  • Environment issue
  • Coastal Golf courses
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How beaches looked 100 years ago

How beaches looked 100 years ago | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Some of these photos are over a hundred years old. No bikinis , scooters , etc. But it seems that people had quite a lot of different entertainment and without
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Galveston

http://www.redditmirror.cc/cache/websites/evilclownvalley.com_cuy1g/www.evilclownvalley.com/img/fun/beach_before/beach_before48.jpg


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Houston among U.S. News best online universities

Houston among U.S. News best online universities | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual ranking of the top online universities in the nation, and for the first time the magazine has ranked online MBA programs.
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U.S. News said it assessed more than 1,200 online degree programs from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. Only degree-granting programs offered mostly or entirely online were reviewed. About 5.4 million took at least one online education course during the fall of 2012, according to the most recent data released by the National Center for Education Statistics.


Best Online Education (master's): University of Houston

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Beach restoration to begin in Galveston

Beach restoration to begin in Galveston | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
About 118,000 cubic yards of sand will also provide a new beach for the private Seascape Condominiums that sit between the park and the end of the seawall, which was built after the catastrophic 1900 hurricane to protect the city from future major...
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Glow Like a Celeb on the Beach: Humid Weather Skin-Care Tips From an A-List Dermatologist

Glow Like a Celeb on the Beach: Humid Weather Skin-Care Tips From an A-List Dermatologist | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Keeping complexions clear in humid weather may feel like a losing battle (The onslaught of oil)

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It's odd that putting on moisturizer helps reduce oily skin.....


Lancer reminded us to keep hands away from the face. "This is important in all climates, but especially important in very humid areas where you already have sweat and sebum sitting on the face—you don't want to add bacteria to the mix," he said.

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Texas-sized beach cleanup on April 18

Texas-sized beach cleanup on April 18 | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Volunteers are needed for the nation’s biggest all-volunteer coastal cleanup Saturday, April 18 


The 2015 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup takes place at three South Texas beaches. Volunteers can sign up online at texasadoptabeach.org to take part in a fun-filled day at the beach that makes a difference.


 “The Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup is a great day at the beach for a great cause,” said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. “Come out for sun and sand and help keep Texas beaches clean at any of our 30 clean-up sites along the coast.”


The Adopt-A-Beach clean-up starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and runs until noon.

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The Cinnamon Shore Beach resort on Mustang Island is adopting it's beachfront for the program. 
http://www.cinnamonshore.com/cinnamon-shore-media-press/cinnamon-shore-adopting-its-beachfront-for-annual-texas-beach-cleanup/  


See all the cleanup locations: http://www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/pdf/cleanups/Hotels-spring-2015.pdf  

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12 Travel Hacks Everyone With Wanderlust Should Know

12 Travel Hacks Everyone With Wanderlust Should Know | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Tips to Travel like a Pro and enjoy more of your vacation time.

1. Forgot your eyeliner at home? In a pinch, lightly press your mascara wand to your lash line.

2. Unless you’re traveling during warm weather, pack at least one infinity scarf.

3. Instead of a curling iron, pack a sea salt spray. Spritzing your hair, tying it up with a towel, and you’ll wake up to beach waves.

4. If you must pack a heat styling tool, wrap a potholder around it if it’s still warm when you pack it.

5. Leggings take up minimum space in your bag and they can be dressed up or down, worn to bed, or even worn when working out.

6. Bring along a balm that will work as an eyebrow tamer, hair smoother, lip balm, and cuticle cream.

7. Traveling wreaks havoc on your skin. Pack a single-use skin mask to get glowing mid-vacation.

8. Instead of packing your heaviest pair of shoes, wear them on the plane to save weight in your luggage.

9. If you’re not going to be away for long, pack small amounts of makeup in contact lens cases.

10. Pick one color scheme for your vacation outfits so that you can mix and match pieces.

11. Pack the items you can’t live without in your carry on.

12. While traveling, wear clothing with pockets.

Vacation isn’t about packing. It’s about visiting a new place and enjoying your time away!

Via: www.longwaitforisabella.com/2015/03/travel-hacks.html

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Search Continues for Spring Breaker on SPI

Search Continues for Spring Breaker on SPI | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Federal, state and local authorities are searching for a missing spring breaker on South Padre Island. Jordan Britten, 20, was last seen Friday night. His mother arrived on the island after driving more than seven hours from Killeen to help in the search.
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Crews are searching by sea, land and air.

Britten's mother flooded the island with flyers, handmade with two photos of the son she describes as a "good kid with a bright future."

"This is not like him at all," Iliana Britten said.

The mother said she has not heard from her son in days.

  • Crews used helicopters, drones and boats to search for any sign of the student pilot.
  • Jordan Britten was on the island for the first time with two friends from high school. They stayed at the Super 8 Motel Thursday night.
  • He parked at Schlitterbahn Friday for the UME concert.
  • "They went to the concert, then they went to the beach then they lost track of each other on the beach, that's the last time they said they saw him," the student's mother said.
  • Jordan Britten's friends got back to Killeen without him. Police found his car still parked at Schlitterbahn. They are going through it in search for clues.
  • The student is not listed in any jail or hospital.


Now his family is asking for the public's help to locate him.

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Construction booms across Port Aransas

Construction booms across Port Aransas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Construction continues to steam along in Port Aransas. City records show  development moving at a brisk rate.

Port Aransas is “a solid, healthy market with willing sellers and willing buyers,” Local Developer Lorette said. “These are individuals, people wanting to have a part of Port Aransas and come and enjoy it”.

Many buyers are longtime Port Aransas residents who see a strengthening economy happening all around them.“ They see prices going up and figure, if we’re going to buy something else, we’d better do it now.”

  • The Port Aransas real estate market is growing increasingly attractive to the San Antonio market. The South Padre Island market still is strong, but it’s not as attractive to San Antonio as it used to be. “You can’t go have fun in Mexico, because it’s not safe,” Lorette said.
  • Another Port Aransas growth factor lies in the fact that more and more people are moving to Texas and discovering Port Aransas. And many Houston area residents decided they like Port Aransas after visiting Mustang Island instead of Galveston in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which struck the northern Texas coast in 2008.
  • Port Aransas is attractive partly because it still contains relatively inexpensive property that’s close to the beach, compared to Florida, California and other coastal locations around the U.S.

Oil money is a big part of what’s driving the market, both directly and indirectly. Across South Texas, Eagle Ford shale gas and oil drilling has produced billions of dollars in wealth in the past several years. Many who have profited from the frenzied drilling are just now finding the time to take some time off and spend some serious time in Port Aransas.

Customers coming from Austin and San Antonio, that whole area,” said Harris, owner of Bay Area Title and Brite Star Construction. “They love Port Aransas, and they want to be in Port Aransas. We’ve seen a huge increase in traffic looking to buy property.” People see Port Aransas real estate as a safe investment, he said.

  • “It’s an investor’s dream, because you can use it part of the time and rent it when you’re not here,” Harris said.
  • Most new owners of short-term rental properties in Port Aransas never have to dip into their existing funds to make mortgage payments because rental income takes care of it, he said. Harris said he knows some folks who are a year ahead on payments right now.

The development firm of Koontz McCombs began construction on Village North, a residential development planned within the newly named Newport Dunes at Palmilla Beach golf course.

Further south down The Island Road, construction is underway on Two Town Center, a 15-unit condominium at the popular Cinnamon Shore development, said Lee Ann Peters, sales director at Cinnamon Shore.

Eighteen single-family homes also are under construction at Cinnamon Shore, Peters said.  A $1 million community swimming pool complex opened last spring at Cinnamon Shore. It’s the development’s second such pool.

Via http://www.portasouthjetty.com/news/2013-05-30/Front_Page/Construction_booms_across_Port_Aransas.html

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Mexico ripe for opportunity

Mexico ripe for opportunity | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Just like both of its neighbors to the north, Mexico is primed for an energy revolution.
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Mexico plans to open itself to international oil and gas bidding next year for the first time in nearly 75 years after constitutional changes approved late last year.


Mexico is in the process of finalizing its implementation laws that include close to 10 new laws and about 30 amended laws. Private, international bidding is expected to begin in June 2015.

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South Padre in Top 5 spring break destinations

South Padre in Top 5 spring break destinations | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

South Padre Island is another popular party spot for a college student’s Spring Break vacation.   South Padre Island is at the southern tip of Texas, nearly crossing the border.

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Since it is in the gulf, it is typically a great spot to get a tan and have some brews. South Padre Island has miles of beaches, as well as plenty of parties and events scheduled for the Spring Break season. Also, it is a great place to catch some waves. Surf’s up in South Padre.

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10 million 'missing' gallons from the BP oil spill turn up on sea floor

10 million 'missing' gallons from the BP oil spill turn up on sea floor | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Government officials and BP cleanup crews could not find millions of gallons of oil. 


It was known that a portion of the oil from the spill had settled on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor, but only a small fraction had been found so far, with 70% of the oil remaining "missing". But a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found up to 10 million gallons of crude that settled at the bottom of the Gulf.

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It's now been almost 5 years since over 200 million U.S. gallons of oil were spilled over an area of around 68,000 square miles, and we're still picking up the pieces.

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Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s art contest opens

Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s art contest opens | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is calling for entries in the 19th annual Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest.
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For more information and contest guidelines on the “Treasures of the Texas Coast” 2015 Children’s Art Contest, please contact the General Land Office at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit the website at http://www.texasadoptabeach.org.


Ten winners will be chosen from each of four grade-level categories (kindergarten – second, third – fourth, fifth and sixth). One grand prize winner will be chosen from among the 40 finalists.

This year’s grand prize winner will receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines to any United destination in the 48 contiguous United States, one seven-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines departing out of Galveston, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels.


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Is the DearTripadvisor Campaign Green?

Is the DearTripadvisor Campaign Green? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
I like the idea that a hotel rated five stars by its national or regional star-rating body could only get five stars if it had a five star concern for the environment, its staff and its community. I’d love to see environmental and social practices factored significantly into general star-rating schemes. They could even follow Tripadvisor’s model and get the many eco-certification schemes to supply the information.
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It’s easy to plant a herb garden in the front or give the name of the farmer who reared the lamb on the menu.


Such visible actions could easily be seen by a guest as being a symptom of good sustainability, for which they might then rate the hotel highly.


The result would risk accusations of green-wash, with hotels focusing on high profile gestures that impress the guests simply to get good rankings rather than long term behind the scenes investment like  recycling or fewer chemicals in the laundry.

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Is Texas really turning into California?

Is Texas really turning into California? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Fracking bans? No plastic bags? Tree-cutting regulations?
Thanks to insidious laws like these, the reddest state in America is turning into California right under its resident's noses, according to incoming Governor Greg Abbott.
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Padre Island home places 2nd in USA Today contest

Padre Island home places 2nd in USA Today contest | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

James Mazoch's home placed second in the USA Today's Best Private Lights Display

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A North Padre Island home decorated with 40,000 Christmas lights placed second in USA Today’s “Best Private Lights Display” contest.

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