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.

 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.
University of Houston

U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Greater Houston Partnership

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


The Colombia Texas Chamber of Commerce

MSR_logo@2xMSR Houston sits on 383 acres of land, which includes the road course, karting track, and 180,000 square-feet of paddock space. There are 3,000 square feet of classroom, hospitality and meeting areas, as well as a 1,000 square foot registration space. Two towers are located trackside for timing and scoring and race control. There is over 75,000 square feet of private garages and a fuel station with credit card access. Paddock space includes a 216’ by 50’ awning and the 90,000 square foot skid-pad.

trackarialWith its 17 turns, the 2.38-mile (3.83-kilometer) 40-foot (12.2 meters) wide track combines a balance of slow, medium and high speed corners. The track is configured to run both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Safety is our number one priority, and the course features paved runoff areas in all critical braking and exit zones. Race control has views of the entire track, along with a closed-circuit camera system with views of each corner. MSR is an FIA approved track and sanctioned for testing by the Indycar Series and IMSA.

MSR Houston
’s Karting Track is 0.7 miles (1.2 kilometers) long 26 feet (8 meters) wide with 17 turns. It is configured to run both clockwise and counter-clockwise. In addition, the track can be split to run two independent 0.375-mile (0.6-kilometer) loops. It features a progressively-banked NASCAR-style corner, a 0.25-mile (0.4-kilometer) straightaway with a high-speed chicane and CIK recommended runoff areas. There is a 6,600 square foot kart building with 1,800 square feet of hospitality area.

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Research shows that drinking alkaline hydrates your body better than plain water. Many different studies have demonstrated that maintaining the body in a properly hydrated state has both health benefits that have been attributed to alkaline water super hydration are

  • Fitness Benefits
  • Increased Endurance
  • Faster Recovery
  • Oxygen Saturation
  • Body Temperature Control
  • Health Benefits
  • Blood Pressure Reduction
  • Cleanse toxins
  • Cleanse colon

Blood Pressure reduction – Dehydration increases your bloods viscosity – makes it thicker, which makes your heart work harder.

Cleanse Toxins – Hydrating the body better provides more water for it to flush toxins out with.

Alkaline Water Hydration

Cleanse Colon – Ensuring proper hydration keep the colon lubricated. When you are dehydrated, your brain has priority over the rest of your body for the water in your bloodstream. The colon is the first organ in your body that your brain deprives of water, so it dries out when you’re dehydrated.

Increased Endurance – Studies show that athletic performance diminishes with as little as 2% body dehydration. Alkaline water has been shown to hydrate better than plain water.

Faster Recovery – Rehydrating with alkaline water has been shown to flush lactic acid waste from the body faster than plain water after exercise.

Oxygen Saturation – Lactic acid waste in the muscles reduces oxygen uptake. Alkaline water has been shown to counter lactic acid in the muscles which improves the muscles’ ability to use oxygen.

Body Temperature Control – Proper hydration allows the body to sweat enough to release excess heat when the body is hot. When the body is cold, proper hydration assures that the blood (which warms the body) has the right viscosity so it can circulate throughout the body freely.



Alkaline water provides gentle daily cleansing of the body’s systems in several ways:

  • Kidneys – Causes ion-trapping process that draws out acidic toxins
  • Liver – Increase levels of two antioxidants in the liver promoting blood cleaning
  • Muscles – Neutralize and flush out lactic acid
  • Intestines – Promotes good micro flora that break down toxins
  • Colon – Proper hydration provides lubrication
  • Cells – Neutralize stored toxins and fatty acids
  • Kidneys – Ion Trapping Process – Alkaline pH bicarbonate ions supplied by alkaline water combine in the blood with acidic toxins. The resulting combined molecule is large enough to get trapped by the kidneys and flushed from your system.
  • Liver – Alkaline water has been shown to increase the level of a powerful antioxidant called Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). The function of antioxidant SOD in your liver is to enhance the livers blood cleansing function.
  • Muscles – That burning sensation you feel after a workout is called lactic acid burn. Alkaline water sports hydration studies show that lactic acid levels during a workout are lower when you drink alkaline water. After the workout, alkaline water helps flush lactic acid from the system faster.
  • Intestines – The intestines work best at pH level 8.3, which is alkaline. This is because beneficial microorganisms that help break down food flourish at 8.3 pH. When the intestines are too acidic, harmful bacteria thrive that interfere with digestion. Undigested food then rots in the intestines and releases toxins.
  • Colon – The colon also benefits when micro flora have an alkaline environment. Proper hydration helps maintain lubrication in the colon making it easier for it to expel wastes.
  • Cells – Acidic waste builds up in the body when it is unable to flush them. Alkaline water provides bicarbonates which neutralize acidic wastes. Those wastes are then released through the ion-trapping process.


Your body is not all one pH, some parts are naturally acidic, others naturally alkaline. Your blood maintains a narrow range of 7.35 – 7.45 pH.

Maintaining the proper pH balance in your kidneys has been shown to be a preventive measure against a medical condition called metabolic syndrome.

Research shows that raising the pH of your urine by just 1 pH can prevent or eliminate the symptoms of metabolic syndrome:

  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High Blood Sugar
  • Kidney Stones



The three main benefits alkaline water provides for weight loss are:

  • Detoxification – counteract fatty acids stored in fat cells
  • Hydration – Better workouts let you burn more calories
  • pH balance – Prevents the body from storing fatty acids in fat cells


Detoxification – Fatty acids are poisonous to your body, so it stores the acids it can’t get rid of in a protective buffer of fat. Alkaline water can help neutralize these acids and flush them from the body.

Hydration – Better hydration improves athletic endurance and helps the body maintain its temperature during workouts.

pH Balance – Research published by Harvard University Medical shows that maintaining the body’s pH balance with alkaline water reduces your chance of suffering from the symptoms of metabolic syndrome – one of which is weight gain.

There are a couple of theories that explain how alkaline water can help you lose weight:

  • Nutrition Deficiency – Alkaline water supplies highly bioavailable nutrients that help weight loss in nutritionally-deficient people. Nutrition deficiencies are a consequence of the acidic Western Diet.
  • Acid/Alkaline theory – The body stores excess acids that come from diet, pollution and stress in fat cells. Body fat builds up as a consequence. Alkalinity neutralizes fatty acids in the body, the body is then able to let go of its protective layer of fat. Obesity is one of the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome.


Aging in the body is a complex process controlled by many factors, one of which is oxidation caused by free radicals. Oxidation occurs when free radicals – also known as oxidants – attack the molecules that make up healthy tissues in the body by stripping them of electrons.

Antioxidant alkaline water works to prevent free radicals from attacking your tissues by providing an abundance of excess electrons in the body. These excess electrons neutralize the free radicals that cause cellular and DNA damage that leads to premature aging.


Alkaline ionized water has been shown to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels in people with mineral deficiencies; a health problem that public health officials estimate is widespread.

One study on alkaline water’s ability to reduce blood pressure showed that alkaline water supplied beneficial levels of calcium and magnesium even for people with health problems that impair their ability to absorb those minerals.


Alkaline water has been shown to reduce oxidative stress in the body that affects the liver. A recent study showed an average 43% reduction in T-BARS – Thiobarbituric Acid Reactive Substances – Chemicals in the body that cause liver damage.

Alkaline water has also been shown to increase levels of a critical antioxidant that protect the liver. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) breaks down bad cholesterol and hydrogen peroxide in the liver. Higher levels of SOD in the liver help it cleanse blood more efficiently.


Research shows a clear link between alkaline water and bone health. When your body’s pH balance becomes acidic, your body will adjust it by taking calcium from your bones. Several studies have shown that drinking alkaline water can significantly reduce the amount of calcium lost due to body acidity, and reduces bone loss.

More minerals – Even if the body has a hard time absorbing them

One study in particular looked at groups of people which included people with digestive problems that cause mineral deficiencies. The study showed that alkaline water provided increased mineral absorption even in the presence of clinical digestive deficiencies.

Alkaline water also supplies useful amounts of calcium to your body. Research shows that calcium is easier to absorb from water than it is from food based sources.

Two ways alkaline water helps maintain bone density:

  • Helps prevent calcium-leeching acidosis
  • Alkaline water contains beneficial calcium


Better bone health for those most at risk

Research on women over 75 years of age shows that drinking alkaline water led to significant decreases in two indicators that doctors use to measure the rate of bone loss.

Parathyroid hormone (PTH) – Controls calcium and phosphorus levels

Serum C-Telopeptide (CTX) – Used to measure bone turnover

Parathyroid Hormone – Measures calcium loss. High levels of PTH in the blood cause your bones to release calcium into your bloodstream. Serum C-Telopeptide – Measures the rate of bone turnover. High levels of CTX means that you are losing bone faster than you are making it!


Alkaline water helps empty out your digestive tract after a meal – even if you have digestive problems! Research has shown that alkaline water can help restore healthy digestive function.

Research suggests that alkaline water may reduce the symptoms of:

  • Colitis – Reduce pain and bloating
  • Diarrhea – Helps restore normal stools
  • Constipation – Helps improve bowel movements


Alkaline water has an antacid effect which can lead to fewer upset stomachs, and improve overall digestive health. Measurement of stomach pH levels after drinking alkaline water showed that stomach pH increased by .5 to 1pH. The beneficial antacid effect lasted for a half hour after drinking the water.



When exercising, you are consuming more oxygen and metabolizing energy through muscle work. This process creates free radicals, lactic acid and a mild metabolic acidosis. Drinking alkaline, ionized, mineral hydrate water can help ameliorate all three of these byproducts of exercise.

Alkalizing the body is a well-known method of increasing sports endurance. Studies on the effects of alkaline water on exercise show that alkaline water provides these benefits

  • Improved Hydration
  • Greater Endurance
  • Faster Recovery
  • More Energy


Improved Hydration – Alkaline water hydrates better than plain water.

Greater endurance- Alkalinity counteracts lactic-acid induced muscle fatigue.

Faster Recovery – Alkaline water helps neutralize and flush lactic acid from the body after exercise

More energy – The antioxidant effect of alkaline water has been shown to help muscles to use aerobic metabolism more efficiently. Athletes who participated in research studies reported that drinking alkaline water made their workouts feel less strenuous.

More information: www.dellavitawater.com 


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Houston Texans Cheerleaders

Cheerleader Coach and Manager: Alto Gary

34 hopefuls were chosen as the 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders, a group that features the smiles of both veteran favorites and eager rookies.

temp_BB24877--nfl_mezz_1280_1024The Houston Texans Cheerleaders are the official cheerleading squad of the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

temp_BB25113--nfl_mezz_1280_1024The group has been with the team since the team’s inception in 2002. The squad’s tryouts are held at Methodist Training Center. The group currently has 34 members. Yearly, the squad releases a swimsuit calendar, having done so since 2008.

temp_BB25097--nfl_mezz_1280_1024The squad also makes off-the-field appearances at charity events and parties. In 2011, the squad held a “Birds and Birdies” Golf Tournament at Cypresswood Golf Club. Also in 2011, the squad had a HTC All Stars Group, before a game against the Carolina Panthers, in which cheerleaders from across Houston got together to perform at the “Happy Holidays Show”.

More information: http://www.houstontexans.com/cheerleaders/cheerleader-news.html

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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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Looks like the unexpected first overall pick is finally paying off!

It started on June 4th of 2012. A young man from Houston, Texas had the major league scouts at a awe, and the Houston Astros were on the clock. With the first pick in the 2012 MLB draft the Houston Astros shocked the world by selecting Carlos Correa. The young man from Ponce, Puerto Rico, was not expected to be selected with the first overall pick or even with a top 10 selection in the opionon of may baseball writers, most thought it would be the Houston native Mark Appel, who ended up dropping to the Pittsburg Pirates.

Fast forward three years, and four days, to June 8th of 2015. The coveted Mark Appel did not select to sign with Pittsburgh, and was now a part of the farm system of his hometown Houston Astros, but that wasn’t the news buzzing around the city. The city of Houston was going to get their first glimpse of the 2012, 1st overall pick, Carlos Correa. For the early part of 2015, Correa had been doing an amazing job playing for both Fresno and Corpus Christi (the Houston Astro’s MiLB affiliates), but now it was time to step up to bat in the big leagues. After going 0-1 in his first at bat versus the Chicago White Sox, Correa would get his first hit in a reviewed play, and from that moment on, Houston knew they had something special.

Carlos Correa has been a great asset to the Astros organization so far, racking up 37 hits, 7 home runs, 19 RBI’s, and 5 stolen bases in his first 32 games. With MLB at the All-Star break, one can only think of how many future All-Star Games Correa will be a part of in the future. This young man, along with the rest of the Astros’ young core of talented players has given the city hope and something to celebrate about at Minute Maid Park, after a near decade long rebuild and struggle. The Astros are currently only half a game out of first place in their division, and with another half of baseball left to play, you can expect this team to make a run at the division title and the playoffs.

It is such a great feeling to see the city rejoice and get behind the team that has called Houston home longer than any other of its sports team in the city. After being a bottom dweller the last handful of years, things are only looking up for this franchise, and their new franchise player. I urge Houstonians to take part in going to an Astros game this season, and in seasons to come. The team deserves the support, and so do the players that go out every game and represent the City of Houston. Get out to the games early, go get some autographs, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get a ball signed by someone who is sure to be a future star in this league, Carlos Correa.

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The rosters for the 2015 AllStar Game were officially announced on Sunday night, and we couldn’t be more proud of Dallas Keuchel and Jose Altuve which will represent the Houston Astros in All-Star week festivities, and it will take part in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 14.

11667336_10155723483570431_7535709053634450273_nAltuve has been elected to start an All-Star Game for the very first time, although this is his third All-Star selection (also in 2012, 2014). On September 16, 2014, the Astros second baseman hit a single up the middle to break Craig Biggio‘s record of 210 hits. The same year, he became the first Astros player to win a batting title.



11659351_10155727233420431_5885114168636684802_nTucked in there among the top 10 pitchers, is a 27-year-old lefty who has emerged as MLB’s unlikeliest ace, and whose beard is his trademark. Of course, we are referring to Dallas Keuchel. This season, the starting pitcher’s numbers are as impressive as they were unexpected. This guy, who was the latest victor of the Gold Glove, currently leads the American League in wins (11), innings pitched (130.1) and ranks second in ERA (2.14).



We hope you will support these fellow Houstonians by watching the All Stars Game on Fox Channel.

– Milagros Almeida (writer-contributor)

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betirri_profile_001Betirri Bengtson was born in Puebla, the same place considered as the birthplace of the Mole Poblano, a world-renowned Mexican sauce; however, Mr. Bengtson is not known precisely for his culinary skills, but his Art and Paintings. To make a living, this former Architecture student started to combine his love for Art with his other passion: Fútbol.

Since he came to Houston from Mexico almost 18 years ago, he brought his country’s passion for soccer and turned it into artwork. His intriguing and surrealist paintings depict bodiless soccer players. He takes the viewer to a different dimension through imagination. People can see the motion of the players, identify themselves with their team’s T-shirt, hear fans cheering; in other words, viewers can feel intensely the essence of the game.Dynamo-vs-Chivas-USA

According to Mr. Bengtson, the Houston’s diverse culture has allowed him to flourish as an artist. “I didn’t feel the pressure I would have if I were in New York living as an artist. Here you have more opportunities, more freedom to do what you want. I think Houston has become a great city”.

Manchesters-low-resNow, he wants to leave a footprint in the soccer world through his Art. His goal is to depict every World Cup, as well as other soccer tournaments such as the UEFA European Championship and La Copa America.

– Milagros Almeida (writer- contributor)

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BBVA Compass Stadium

BBVA Compass Stadium LogoBBVA Compass Stadium
2200 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77003

PHONE: 713.276.7500

The new BBVA Compass Stadium is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Dynamo matches as well as additional sporting and concert events. When it opens on May 12, 2012, the 22,000-seat stadium will be the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district.

Aside from Major League Soccer and international soccer matches, the new BBVA Compass Stadium will also host Texas Southern University football, concerts, boxing matches, and much more. With its downtown location, the new stadium will be a part of a true Stadium District, which already features Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, and Discovery Green.

The BBVA Compass Stadium is located just east of downtown, bordering Texas, Dowling, Hutchens, and Walker.

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Jose Altuve (Astros’s 2nd base) is using PH15 and Jesus Gutierrez (PH15’s inventor)
POWERHITTER15 is made with the latest technology in polymer material
  • Digital lathe technology will provide a perfect cut for each bat produced which will ensure all players will enjoy the same exact benefits.
  • The bat is made out of one extremely resistant polymer with exceptional impact strength which guarantees it will defy the highest impacts from batting. The bat will not change its condition with time. It will not wear out with normal use. The polymer used to fabricate Powerhitter15 has high mechanical strength and is resistant to temperature variations up to 160ºF.
  • The impact at the grip to the batter is reduced due to the special features of the polymer material used.
  • One of the Powerhitter15 competitive advantage is its durability. The users will invest in the weighed training bat only once. Its durability will provide a better economic return to the user.
POWERHITTER15 is made to last forever. It will not crack, break or dent under normal use
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Luis Valbuena (Astros’s 3rd base) is using PH15 and Jesus Gutierrez (PH15’s inventor)
  • The bat Powerhitter15 is heavier than a regular bat and perfectly balanced to strengthen the forearms and create a better hand path to the ball.
  • It will make players build powerful hands and wrists, will improve bat Exit Speed and power, and will increase hand-eye coordination.
  • Powerhitter15 has the same appearance of the wood and aluminum bat. It comes in the same sizes (length and barrel width) as the regular bats which will help the players keep the muscle memory during the swing. A One Hand bat size is available for special one hand training.
  • Players can use the Powerhitter15 for variety of training and hitting drills: Live batting practice, soft toss, tee work, One Hand swing and warm up swings.
  • Powerhitter15 can be used on deck without needing to use any additional weight (donut or wrap) which makes warming up more safe because avoids hitting other players by loose objects.

POWERHITTER15 is the only polymer weighted bat ever made in the world.

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Michael Bourn (Cleveland Indians CF) is carrying the PH15 at spring training !

EXIT SPEED is a measurement of the speed of the ball as it comes off the bat. It is the result of at least five factors:

  • Bat speed (at contact may not be max.) Bat speed is only indicator of performance that may result in increased exit speed.
  • Pivot speed (at plate – no max.)
  • Adjusted by impact point from the bat (sweet-spot)
  • Bat composition
  • Ball composition
  • Releasing energy at contact point with ball

After three month training with PowerHitter15 weighted Bat, we have measured the following Exit Speed improvement:

    • 45mph 59mph
    • 55mph 68mph
    • 65mph 79mph
    • 70mph 85mph
    • 75mph 89mph
    • 82mph 95mph

PH15 will help you increase and improve your Exit Speed





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