Houston Gateway to the Americas

The Colombia Texas Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-Panama Business Council, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Houston Partnership, the University of Houston, and Houston First have joined forces to organize the first hemispheric Conference & Expo in Houston titled “Houston: Gateway to the Americas”, to be held at the The Westin Houston, Memorial City on October 24-26, 2016.

Why Houston?

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and the fifth largest metropolitan region. It is recognized as the United States’ epicenter of Energy Center and its Texas Medical Center is unparalleled in the world. The Houston Ship Channel, hosting the Port of Houston, is the largest port in the United States in international tonnage and its airport system is the top ten in the nation and #3 in flights to the Americas.

Houston’s leadership position will be strengthened with the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to the finalized in the first half of 2016. The expansion will position Houston as the principal port of Central USA, with large implications for the trade and investment. The Houston port is the presently deepening its container port to accommodate post-Panamax ships while at the same time installing new container cranes.

The conference will serve to strengthen the “connection” between Houston and the Americas, enhancing its position as the true gateway. It will undoubtedly expand on existing trade and lead to additional transfer of technology, education, tourism and other areas.

Venue
 Explore the city of Houston at The Westin Houston, Memorial City, our West Houston hotel – ranked #7 on the 2014 U.S. News & World Report list of Best Houston Hotels. As the only hotel connected to great Houston shopping at the Memorial City Mall and adjacent to the restaurants of Gateway, our hotel boasts a convenient location near CityCentre, the Energy Corridor District and the Westchase District and offers the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. Whether traveling for business or leisure, The Westin Houston, Memorial City hotel provides a soothing and refreshing sanctuary during your stay.
Organizers
University of Houston

U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Greater Houston Partnership

U.S. Panama Business Council
Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

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The Colombia Texas Chamber of Commerce

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Drinking a healthy amount of water is vital to your health. You can never imagine just by drinking a healthy amount of water, you gain tremendous health benefits. The human body is anywhere from 55%-78% water depending on body size. Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. Brain consists of 74.5% of water, if you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well, and you will get headache or migraine. The functions of water in human body are vital.

  • They Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells.
  • Protects our vital organ.
  • Helps with metabolism and organs to absorb nutrients better.
  • Regulates body temperature.
  • Protects and moisturizes our joints

 

Drinking water comes from municipal source or unprotected water source like streams, rivers, cisterns, and poorly constructed wells contaminated with, nitrates, E.coli bacteria, herbicides, and pesticides. Even though tap water was considered safe for drinking, it goes through a process of decontamination at municipal water treatment plants. Now, it seems that more chlorine and other additives have been added to supply our homes with contaminant free tap water. Unfortunately, the quality of tap water has declined over the last years to the point you can actually smell and even taste the chlorine that is present in the tap water. Because of this, more and more people are now opting for water ionizers for home water purification. Here comes the benefit of drinking alkaline water.

Alkaline water, also commonly known as ionized water, has a pH level greater than seven. It balances the body pH of an acidic person. Human body is not properly balanced and contains far too much acid because poor diets, as well as a lack of physical activity. To prevent this, you should drink alkaline water to balance your acidic body. It is an antioxidant that can stop of premature aging and improve weight loss. By increasing the alkaline level of the body it neutralizes the acidity level; therefore, 3 to 4 glasses of tasty and healthy Della Vita Alkaline Water daily would be sufficient.

Benefits of Alkaline Water:

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  • Highly effective antioxidant. Drinking alkaline water speeds up the healing of wounds and injuries and helps deep cuts and skin wounds to dry up faster by encouraging the production of fibrinogen resulting in diminished bleeding. A good amount of antioxidants every day makes your skin radiant because antioxidants render free radical and retards the aging process making you look younger.
  • Purifies your body. In these days, people are becoming more vulnerable to junky foods than ever before. Eating foods and drinking beverages that are high in acid will eventually lead to a high acidic build up in the body. Alkaline water will help to combat with the acidic waste and push it out through sweat and human waste.
  • Ward off all allergies. The pH of your body fluctuates according to many factors, such as diet, exercise and stress-levels. That means that some days you may need more alkaline water than others in order to provide your body with the required alkaline buffers to adjust for the daily living needs. This alkaline water contains antioxidants, which are used to combat free-radicals. Mostly, allergy symptoms are related to stress, dehydration, and diet. These symptoms can be minimized by drinking alkaline water.
  • Improves the quality and taste of the water. Using alkaline water for preparing your favorite drinks like coffee, or cooking, it will boost the natural taste in food. It helps bring out its flavor and lower acid levels of any food. It ionizes the minerals in the food which helps make them bio- available. For example, vegetables will remain much greener neutralizing the acidic components in the vegetables, soaking the meat in alkaline water for around 20 to 30 minutes will give you a whole new level of taste with less odor and more savor. Moreover, your occasional alcoholic drink will contain less unhealthy acids; therefore, it will reduce the negative physical reactions linked to drinking alcohol.
  • Alkaline water is good for gardening & farming. Alkaline water balances the soil’s pH level, promotes plant growth, and extends the life of cut flowers. It also reduces the fungus in plants, and restores the health of ailing plants.
  • Alkaline water provides an excellent treatment on acne, eczema. It removes skin oil and greasy dirt without harsh chemicals. It also relieves chapped hands and dry, itchy skin improving the complexion of the skin. It soothes and helps keep the skin clear of acne and other blemishes. Through this, it prevents aging related skin issues. Moreover, most shampoos in today’s market have a much higher pH levels, which cause serious dandruff, itchy scalp, and even fungus growth. So, using alkaline water for a final rinse on your hair after each shower will help you to balance its pH level. This will bring out a vibrant shine, making your hair easier to manage, reduces annoying tangles.
  • Helps to achieve a better concentration. Your brain is one of the most important parts of our body, retaining 90% of water. Drinking sufficient water helps in better alertness, ability to process information, and high concentration level.

In summary, alkaline water helps

Improving your digestion

More Stamina

Better Sleep

Reduces joint & muscle pain

Assists in weight loss and reduces stress

Helps to increase the absorption’s efficiency of nutrients

Helps to increase the circulation and blood oxygen levels

Decreases the risk of cancer

Kills bacteria and fungi, and removes plaque from teeth

We can share more tips and info on alkaline water at http://dellavitawater.com/

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NASA News Conference: Evidence of Liquid Water on Today’s Mars
Highlights from a Sept. 28, 2015, briefing with NASA officials discussing the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down steep slopes during warm seasons, and then fade in cooler seasons. They appear in several locations on Mars when temperatures are above minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 23 Celsius), and disappear at colder times.

“Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we’ve long suspected,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water — albeit briny — is flowing today on the surface of Mars.”

These downhill flows, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), often have been described as possibly related to liquid water. The new findings of hydrated salts on the slopes point to what that relationship may be to these dark features. The hydrated salts would lower the freezing point of a liquid brine, just as salt on roads here on Earth causes ice and snow to melt more rapidly. Scientists say it’s likely a shallow subsurface flow, with enough water wicking to the surface to explain the darkening.

“We found the hydrated salts only when the seasonal features were widest, which suggests that either the dark streaks themselves or a process that forms them is the source of the hydration. In either case, the detection of hydrated salts on these slopes means that water plays a vital role in the formation of these streaks,” said Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, lead author of a report on these findings published Sept. 28 by Nature Geoscience.

Ojha first noticed these puzzling features as a University of Arizona undergraduate student in 2010, using images from the MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). HiRISE observations now have documented RSL at dozens of sites on Mars. The new study pairs HiRISE observations with mineral mapping by MRO’s Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM).

The spectrometer observations show signatures of hydrated salts at multiple RSL locations, but only when the dark features were relatively wide. When the researchers looked at the same locations and RSL weren’t as extensive, they detected no hydrated salt.

Ojha and his co-authors interpret the spectral signatures as caused by hydrated minerals called perchlorates. The hydrated salts most consistent with the chemical signatures are likely a mixture of magnesium perchlorate, magnesium chlorate and sodium perchlorate. Some perchlorates have been shown to keep liquids from freezing even when conditions are as cold as minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 70 Celsius). On Earth, naturally produced perchlorates are concentrated in deserts, and some types of perchlorates can be used as rocket propellant.

Perchlorates have previously been seen on Mars. NASA’s Phoenix lander and Curiosity rover both found them in the planet’s soil, and some scientists believe that the Viking missions in the 1970s measured signatures of these salts. However, this study of RSL detected perchlorates, now in hydrated form, in different areas than those explored by the landers. This also is the first time perchlorates have been identified from orbit.

MRO has been examining Mars since 2006 with its six science instruments.

“The ability of MRO to observe for multiple Mars years with a payload able to see the fine detail of these features has enabled findings such as these: first identifying the puzzling seasonal streaks and now making a big step towards explaining what they are,” said Rich Zurek, MRO project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

For Ojha, the new findings are more proof that the mysterious lines he first saw darkening Martian slopes five years ago are, indeed, present-day water.

“When most people talk about water on Mars, they’re usually talking about ancient water or frozen water,” he said. “Now we know there’s more to the story. This is the first spectral detection that unambiguously supports our liquid water-formation hypotheses for RSL.”

The discovery is the latest of many breakthroughs by NASA’s Mars missions.

“It took multiple spacecraft over several years to solve this mystery, and now we know there is liquid water on the surface of this cold, desert planet,” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “It seems that the more we study Mars, the more we learn how life could be supported and where there are resources to support life in the future.”

There are eight co-authors of the Nature Geoscience paper, including Mary Beth Wilhelm at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California and Georgia Tech; CRISM Principal Investigator Scott Murchie of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland; and HiRISE Principal Investigator Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona. Others are at Georgia Tech, the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique in Nantes, France.

The agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin built the orbiter and collaborates with JPL to operate it.

More information about NASA’s journey to Mars is available online at:

https://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars

For more information about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/mro

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The new 2017 Mercedes‑AMG C63 Coupe

2016-C-CLASS-COUPE-AMG-FUTURE-GALLERY-001-GOE-DIf the striking sight of the new 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe doesn´t already leave you speechless, the drive itself will take your breath away.

The strikingly flared front and rear wheel arches, along with a wider track width and larger wheels than the C-Coupe, not only give the AMG C63 Coupe a muscular, aggressive appearance—they also enhance handling performance.

2016-C-CLASS-COUPE-AMG-FUTURE-GALLERY-003-GOE-DThe AMG C63 Coupe is the only vehicle in its segment to offer V-8 biturbo engine, in this case an AMG hand-crafted 4.0-liter version exerting 469 horsepower (503 horsepower in the C63 S Coupe). AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension delivers gripping handling, and AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switches you from cornering like a king to comfortably cruising long distance with just a push of a button, thanks to suspension, exhaust and transmission optimization settings.

2016-C-CLASS-COUPE-AMG-FUTURE-GALLERY-004-GOE-DThe new 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe arrives in the U.S in the summer of 2016.

2016-C-CLASS-COUPE-AMG-FUTURE-GALLERY-005-GOI-DKey Highlights
  • AMG-tuned 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine delivering 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque (C63 Coupe); or 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque (C63 S Coupe)
  • 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds (C63 Coupe), 3.8 seconds (C63 S Coupe)
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission
  • Available Dynamic Engine Mounts
  • AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes
  • Intelligent Drive systems such as ATTENTION ASSIST and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS (CPA+)
  • LED headlights
  • Panorama Sunroof
  • mbrace® Connect services with Remote Start (5 years of service included)
  • Available with up to 19-inch forged wheels
  • Available 8.4-inch color tablet-style COMAND Display screen

More information: https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_AMG_C63_Coupe

Wish, granted

Stunning, agile and possessing unrivaled power and performance, the R8 Spyder is the supercar that drivers dream about. Consider your wish granted.

2013-audi-r8-beauty-interior-05Substance, with some serious flash

Everything on the R8 Spyder is on the cutting edge of design. And our LED daytime running lights and headlights are no exception. They not only help make you more visible to other drivers, but also help you to see better at night with exceptional brightness and clarity. Because we believe style always helps substance shine a little brighter.

Audi_R8_Spyder_ZFold_16You lose some, and win some

We had the idea that to win, we had to lose. Weight, that is. Using our ultra® lightweight technology and ASF® aluminum construction, the R8 Spyder incorporates strong yet lightweight materials in its body for faster acceleration, shorter braking distances, and sharper handling. It’s how a little weight loss added up to a big performance win.

Audi_R8_Spyder_ZFold_01Reveal your innermost desire

Once you experience the superior performance and stunning power of the R8 Spyder, you may be tempted to turn it up a notch. Or in this case, down. The watertight soft top retracts in 17 seconds and its lightweight design helps keep the car’s center of gravity low – and your sensory experience high.

Audi_R8_Spyder_quattroRoads bend for quattro®

With Audi quattro® all-wheel drive, the Audi R8 Spyder can handle almost any challenge thrown at it. Be it performance-driving or inclement weather situations, quattro® helps the R8 Spyder adapt by quickly distributing power to the wheels that need it most. After all, what is performance without control?

R8Spyder52FSICrop_28Rise to power

If you’re really hungry for power, the R8 Spyder delivers. Consider the 430-hp FSI® V8 engine that delivers heart-racing performance, or the available FSI® V10 that generates a pulse-pounding 525 horsepower. With choices like these, your rise to power will be a fast one.

More information: http://www.audiusa.com/models/audi-r8-spyder

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Argentina’s national soccer team arrives in Houston, causing a revolution. Certainly, the main attraction among the American spectators was the presence of Lionel Messi. Once the team arrived, a multitude of fans crowded in front of the Four Season Hotel eager to obtain an autograph from the Barcelona star.

bIt turned out to be an interesting day, because after the training that the Argentinean team finished in the Houston Sports Park, the American soccer player Carli Anne Lloyd approached Lionel Messi for an autograph and a photo.

For those who do not know her, Lloyd is midfielder. She received the Golden Ball in the World Cup that was just played in Canada, where scored six goals in seven games. She also won gold medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics and Beijing 2008.

In her Twitter account, Carli was excited to have met Messi: “Dream come true to meet the greatest player to ever play the game!”

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Yvonne Craig, the actress best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960’s “Batman” TV series, died on Monday. She was 78.

batCraig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades surrounded by her family, according to her spokesman. She had been suffering from breast cancer that metastasized to her liver.

Craig also played Martha, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in the third season of “Star Trek.”

YvonneCraig_Batgirl_Her guest appearances on TV include “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Mod Squad” and “The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis.”

She also starred in two movies opposite Elvis Presley, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins.”

In 2000, Craig wrote a book entitled “From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond,” which covered some of her years in the ballet as well as her theatrical career.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson.

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Get On Board New Bus Network with METRO Board and President/CEO

Historic Service Change Starts Aug. 16, 2015

WHAT:  Members of the media are invited to go along for the ride when METRO begins an exciting new chapter in public transportation for our region. METRO Board members and the president & CEO will be among the first to travel METRO’s New Bus Network, beginning Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.  This new network forever transforms how people get around, by offering simpler, more frequent routes with better connections and weekend service.

WHEN:  Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, 9 a.m.

WHERE:  METRO’s Downtown Transit Center, 1900 Main, Houston, Texas 77002

Also beginning Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, patrons can get information at their fingertips with METRO’s Next Bus Arrival Texting.  Simply text the bus number to a short code and get a text back with bus arrivals in real time or scheduled time.

More Service

Linking you to more destinations. METRO’s New Bus Network improves trips to key activity centers throughout the region and offers the flexibility for growth.

We’re ready for the weekend. Frequent weekend service gives you more freedom to go where you want, when you want- seven days a week.

Better Service

Simpler routes. We’re simplifying our routes with improved connections and fewer branches.

Better connections. With routes that work together, the system gives you more connections to destinations in our region.

Your Service

A sustainable system. We’ve created a network that not only serves our community today, but anticipates the possibility of expansion into tomorrow.

A bus network linking people and places. The frequent bus network connects more than one million people to one million jobs, with shorter wait times for buses.

lt’s all about you. We want to make these improvements to give you the best transit service possible. The most important part of this plan Is YOU.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. METRO operates more than 1,200 buses, and METRO’s New Bus Network is coming August, 2015. For a good picture of where we are headed see our new system map.  METRO’s expanded light-rail system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline extension), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). Other METRO services include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO by visiting ridemetro.org where you can download information about our T.R.I.P. app and our interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].

Media Hot Line 713.739.4040

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Alphabet

Google is always gaining new visitors; they have more than a billion users! What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google!

sundarNow of course Google is still going to be mainly technology related, but Alphabet wants to try things like Life Sciences ad Calico. This is amazing because now they can manage things that aren’t fundamentally related at all! Their new structure allows them to focus on all the different opportunities available in Google. With a slimmed down Google, Sundar Pichai and many others with have more free time to continue to scale their aspirations as well as make various new products for Google. Alphabet Inc. will also be working on things like the X lab which is making new efforts like Wing, a drone delivery effort. They are also very excited about growing investment arms like Ventures and Capital!

 

Even though Alphabet Inc. is replacing Google Inc., I am still very excited about what they will come up with and I hope you are too!

Check out their introduction at https://abc.xyz/

– Daniella Garcia-loos (writer-contributor)

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