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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has been named America’s City Leader of the Year by the national business news publication Smart Cities Dive. he publication which covers urbanisation and sustainability issues, stated, "Since starting his four-year term as mayor in January 2016, Turner, a born and raised Houstonian, has prioritized the city's resilience and quality of life for all residents, which was especially apparent following Hurricane Harvey. He said the city has faced three '500-year storms' in the last three years — two of which were under his administration — and with every natural disaster comes a deeper understanding of  how to prepare for the next while still prioritizing residents."

The death of President George H.W., aged 94, was greatly mourned in Houston where he made his home after leaving the White House in 1992.  Following his state funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, his remains were flown back to Houston for a service at St Martin’s Episcopal Church before being transported by train to College Station for burial at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum where his wife Barbara was interred in April.  In 1993 The Queen awarded President Bush an honorary knighthood.

Houston has been ranked in the top five most sinful cities in America. A study of 180 cities put Houston at No 5 taking account of sinful behaviours such as anger and hatred, jealousy, greed, lust, and laziness. Las Vegas was judged the most sinful city followed by Los Angeles and New York. The study looked at crime rates, adult entertainment establishments, hate group and casinos. Houston was No 2 for lust based on adult entertainment establishments per capita; Google searches for online adult entertainment; and the teenage birth rate.         

A Greater Houston Partnership trade mission to India identified opportunities for expanded business and cultural exchanges. Mayor Sylvester Turner, who led the 30-strong delegation, said, “The connection between India, which has the world’s fastest growing economy, and the United States was labelled by President Obama as the defining relationship of the 21st century. Houston is now a trend-setter for nurturing this relationship as the result of our trade mission. I have no doubt that our business and diplomatic meetings in India will lead to more jobs, wealth, and cultural enrichment in Houston as well as in the emerging sectors of what will soon be the world’s most populous nation.” Establishing non-stop commercial airline service between Houston and India was among developments proposed. India is Houston’s 10th largest trading partner with $4.3 billion in trade  a year, up by 36% from the previous year.

The two student nurses who took part in the 2018  exchange between Houston Baptist University and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen – Tara Tully and Helena Buley – gave a presentation to the Grampian-Houston Association Board on their two-week study visit in September.  The students compared healthcare provision and nursing education in Houston with that in Grampian Region.  They commented on the warm welcome and hospitality they had received in our Sister City.