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All routes led to Houston during Super Bowl Week culminating in the largest sporting event of the year, the final between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons at the NRG Stadium on 5 February.   Even the Pope sent a message stating "May this year's  Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity to the world."   America's oldest living past president George H.W. Bush,  who lives in Houston , was given a standing ovation when his wife Barbara pushed his wheelchair onto the field so that he could toss the coin to get the game underway.  Mayor Sylvester Turner said the business community had contributed generously to the $60 million raised to stage the event and 10,000 volunteered came forward to help at events held during  Super Bowl Week.  The economic benefit to Houston has been estimated at $250 million.


President Trump's pledge to make infrastructure provision a priority could be good news for the proposed high speed rail link between Houston and Dallas.  Over the past two years Texas Central Partners, a private company, has been working on plans for a  200m.ph. service between the two cities . The $10 billion project is scheduled to start in2018, subject to a federal government environmental impact study.  The project is to be financed by private capital without input from public funds.


Close of £3000 was raised at a Grampian-Houston Association auction and prize draw to finance the 2017 exchange of student nurses between the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and Houston Baptist.  Two HBU students will be in Aberdeen in May and RGU students Chloe Sangster and Kimberley Tosh will spend two weeks in Houston in September.