Feb 9, 2021








Las Vegas – The first Las Vegas UFC® Pay-Per-View of 2021 will be headlined by a thrilling welterweight title bout, as champion Kamaru Usman looks to continue asserting his dominance over the division by ending the momentum of former teammate and No. 2 ranked contender Gilbert Burns. In the co-main event, top 15 women’s flyweights battle to break into the title picture as No. 10 Maycee Barber returns against No. 15 Alexa Grasso.

UFC® 258: USMAN vs. BURNS will take place Saturday, February 13 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in 2019.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 258: USMAN vs. BURNS online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, as well as being simulcast in both languages on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Early prelims will be available on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ (in English and Spanish) at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Undisputed UFC welterweight champion Usman (17-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Auchi, Nigeria) aims to continue proving that he is the greatest athlete in the division’s lauded history. Following impressive wins over Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley, Usman finds himself tied with all-time great Georges St-Pierre for the longest winning streak in the 170-pound weight class at 12. He now attempts to stamp his name in the record books and remain undefeated in the UFC by taking out one of his most dangerous challengers yet.

Burns (19-3, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) intends to make the most of his first shot at UFC gold. A member of the roster since 2014, Burns has seen a resurgence in his career after rejoining the welterweight division in 2019 and rattling off four dominant wins in a row over Alexey Kunchenko, Gunnar Nelson, Demian Maia and former titleholder Tyron Woodley. He now seeks to deliver his most remarkable performance yet and begin his reign as champion.

Barber (8-1, fighting out of Sullivan, Wisc.) looks to make a statement in her return to the Octagon. One of the youngest athletes on the roster, Barber burst onto the MMA scene with a breakout performance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018 when she was just 20 years old. Once signed, she secured stoppage victories over Hannah Cifers, JJ Aldrich and Gillian Robertson. Barber now plans to return to her winning ways and cement herself as a future contender for the belt.

Former strawweight Grasso (12-3, fighting out of Guadalajara, Mexico) has her sights set on remaining undefeated at flyweight and breaking into the top 10. A former Invicta FC standout, she has been a prominent member of the UFC roster since 2016 with wins over Randa Markos, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Ji Yeon Kim. She now aims to become the first person to finish Barber and prove that she is the top prospect in the division.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Former The Ultimate Fighter winner and No. 9 ranked middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (16-6, 1 NC, fighting out of Yuma, Ariz.) squares off with No. 15 ranked Ian Heinisch (14-3, fighting out of Englewood, Colo.)
  • Top 10 bantamweights hope to steal the show as No. 8 Pedro Munhoz (18-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Sao Paulo, Brazil) rematches No. 9 Jimmie Rivera (23-4, fighting out of Ramsey, N.J.)
  • Jim Miller (32-15, 1 NC, fighting out of Sparta, N.J.) and Bobby Green (27-11-1, fighting out of Fontana, Calif.) collide in a clash of lightweight veterans
  • Middleweight submission ace Rodolfo Vieira (7-0, fighting out of Orlando, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) intends to remain undefeated when he battles Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Anthony Hernandez (7-2, fighting out of Dunnigan, Calif.)
  • No. 13 ranked welterweight Belal Muhammad (17-3, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) takes on Dhiego Lima (17-7, fighting out of Atlanta, Ga.) in an exciting veterans bout
  • In a featherweight bout guaranteed to deliver action, Ricky Simon (17-3, fighting out of Vancouver, Wash.) makes a quick turnaround to face Brian Kelleher (22-11, fighting out of Selden, N.Y.)
  • Gillian Robertson (9-5, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada) competes for the third time in five months when she locks horns with Miranda Maverick (10-2, fighting out of Suffolk, Va.) in an intriguing women’s flyweight bout
  • Welterweight Gabe Green (9-3, fighting out of Downey, Calif.) plans to spoil the UFC debut of Dana White’s Contender Series signee Philip Rowe (7-2, fighting out of Ocoee, Fla.)
  • Middleweight knockout artists clash as Maki Pitolo (13-7, fighting out of Makaha, Hawaii) matches up with Julian Marquez (7-2, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Polyana Viana (11-4, fighting out of Sao Geraldo do Araguaia, Para, Brazil) attempts to maintain her impressive 100 percent finishing rate against Dana White’s Contender Seriessignee Mallory Martin (7-3, fighting out of Brighton, Colo.) 

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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Register Today on Harris County’s Vaccine Registration Waitlist

Feb 9, 2021

Most everyone has had an experience with trying to get a COVID-19 vaccination within the past few weeks — whether for themselves, for a friend, or an elderly relative. And extremely limited vaccine supply made available via random drops announced at the last minute has rendered getting a vaccine appointment — a matter of literal life or death to many — next to impossible. 
Registering for a vaccine shouldn’t depend on who has the fastest internet connection or who can hit refresh on a browser the fastest. It shouldn’t be about who has the best insider information about when and where vaccine registration will happen. And it definitely shouldn’t be about who has the most free time to sign up while those who work long hours must resign themselves to being locked out completely. That is why, like in everything we do to fight COVID-19, I have instructed our agencies to build Harris County’s vaccine registration system through the lens of efficiency, fairness, and equity. 
Last week, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) launched a new COVID-19 Vaccination Portal for residents to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as more supply becomes available. In order to ensure fair access for elderly residents, working families, and vulnerable populations, registrants on the waitlist are not selected on a first come first served basis. Rather, the portal employs a “smart waitlist” system for residents who want a vaccine. Vaccine recipients are selected from the waitlist through a randomization and prioritization process each time we receive a shipment (more info on that and how to register below).
To be clear, this new process does not mean we’ve received an abundant amount of vaccine for all of our residents. Vaccine supply continues to be extremely limited and new deliveries are unpredictable. The process of vaccinating Harris County residents will last many months and likely extend through the summer. I cannot tell you how long it will take for those on this waitlist to be contacted for an appointment, but I can promise that, moving forward, we will continue to apply this same lens of efficiency, fairness, and equity to every part of this process. So far, Harris County Public Health has administered over 30,000 vaccines, each within just days of receiving a shipment. 
With an undertaking this large, no system we create will be perfect. I appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to support vaccination efforts in our community. Keep wearing those masks, social distancing, and avoiding gatherings. Vaccinations and eventual herd immunity will take time, but we are moving in the right direction and the finish line is finally coming into sight. Let’s make it across having saved as many lives as possible.

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Mayor Turner joins local, state and federal leaders to call for equity in state’s COVID-19 vaccine supply distribution

Feb 9, 2021
Mayor Turner joins local, state and federal leaders to call for equity in state’s COVID-19 vaccine supply distribution 
Mayor Turner stands in unity with city council members, state legislators and federal leaders to call for equity in the states vaccine distribution program
HOUSTON –  On Saturday, Mayor Sylvester Turner toured the Harris Health System’s Settegast Community Health Clinic, where 600 high-risk and vulnerable people received the first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through a partnership with the Houston Health Department.
 (click image above to view full news conference)
The mayor was joined by city council members, state lawmakers and federal leaders who called on the state to create a fair and equitable vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes minority and underserved communities.  

“These individuals represent every level of government and communities throughout the city. We are all very much concerned about the disparity and the inequity in distribution,” Mayor Turner said.

In Houston, 43 percent of vaccine recipients are Anglo, 21 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Asian, and 18 percent African American. Since the start of the global pandemic, the coronavirus has affected Hispanics and Blacks disproportionately.

Instead of opening new appointments, the health department will focus on people at the highest risk of severe illness and underserved communities during the week of February 8. The department also will schedule 5,728 people to receive a second dose of the vaccination. 

 “We are utilizing the limited supply we are getting to be more intentional and more directional,” Mayor Turner said. ‘“For example, we have pulled away from the mass distribution sites which are good for numbers but not necessarily the best for equity.”  
 In the news: Mayor Turner, elected officials, call out racial inequality for vaccine distribution,

In the news: City and state leaders express frustration over COVID-19 vaccine ‘inequity’

The mayor and State Sen. Borris Miles announced they have written letters to Gov. Abbott demanding a change in the amount and frequency of vaccine supplies delivered to the city of Houston and Harris County. The mayor and Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia also sent letters to President Joe Biden asking the federal government to bypass the state and send the vaccine directly to local communities.

“We are the safety net,” said Mayor Turner, who noted the city is providing supplies to local partners and federally qualified health clinics to increase access and equity in the most vulnerable and under-resourced communities. 
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North America’s largest climatetech incubator is on track to open its second location in Houston’s Innovation District in Spring 2021

Feb 9, 2021
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Greentown Labs Houston (Greentown Houston) today for a groundbreaking ceremony of the City’s first-ever climatetech startup incubator facility located in Houston’s Innovation District.

Greentown Houston also announced its network of partners has grown by five with the addition of CenterPoint EnergyGexa Energy of NextEra Energy ResourcesEIV CapitalWells Fargo, and Williams as its newest Founding and Grand Opening Partners. These partners join a diverse group of 16 existing partners that represent a broad community of energy organizations, renewable energy experts, and organizations committed to supporting early-stage cleantech startups.”Greentown Houston is proud to have CenterPoint Energy, Gexa Energy, EIV Capital, Wells Fargo, and Williams join our roster of partners that are committed to climate action and accelerating the deployment of climatetech solutions,” said Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs. “These partners—from energy providers to financial services organizations—will play a pivotal role in enabling the success of both our operations and the Houston startup community.”In September 2020, Greentown Houston announced its location at 4200 San Jacinto St. in the Innovation District being developed by Rice Management Company. The general contractor for the project is Miller LaPoint Construction, based in Houston. Design services for the project are provided by Abel Design Group and Silverman Trykowski Architects. The incubator will provide more than 40,000 sq. ft. of prototyping lab, office, and community space for about 50 startup companies, totaling 200-300 employees.After the ceremony, Greentown Houston revealed what the exterior facade of the building and interior layout will look like once it opens. The building’s exterior will be painted gray with Greentown Labs’ brand colors incorporated as accent details. Greentown Houston is working with the Houston Arts Alliance to identify a local artist to install a large mural on the east side of the building to display Greentown Houston’s mission around climate action, community collaboration, and entrepreneurial partnership.Images and footage of Greentown Houston can be viewed here, and all are invited to a public, virtual EnergyBar networking event on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. ET., where attendees will hear a recap of the Feb. 2 ceremony, learn about Greentown Houston’s progress, and get a sneak peek of what the incubator will look like when it opens this spring.”Houston is delighted to welcome Greentown Labs to our expanding innovation ecosystem, and we can’t wait to see the incubator’s facility open in a few short months,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Last year, we released our first-ever Climate Action Plan, and we believe organizations like Greentown Labs, its impressive network of partners, and climatetech entrepreneurs will help us achieve the ambitious goals outlined in the plan. The City of Houston is focused on catalyzing and leading the global energy transition, and we’re excited to work with Greentown Labs on this effort.”  Greentown Houston is a proud member of the Greater Houston Partnership and is actively involved in the organization’s economic development efforts to help Houston lead the global energy transition. “It is essential that we position Houston as the leader of the global energy transition, and Greentown Houston is a crucial part of that effort,” said Susan Davenport, Chief Economic Development Officer with the Greater Houston Partnership. “We are thrilled to join Greentown Houston to celebrate this critical step forward in their much-anticipated expansion with the addition of these new partners. These organizations, and the expertise and resources they bring, join a thriving ecosystem built of major corporate energy R&D centers, corporate venture arms, and VC-backed energy startups. We are eagerly anticipating Greentown Houston’s official opening this spring and look forward to working together to build a more efficient and more sustainable low-carbon future.”Greentown Houston sits adjacent toThe Ion, a 288,000 sq. ft. innovation hub that anchors the Innovation District being developed by Rice Management Company.”We are excited to recognize Greentown Houston’s momentum. This is another step in solidifying Greentown’s presence as Houston’s premier destination for cleantech and climate change technology,” said Ryan LeVasseur, Managing Director of Direct Real Estate at Rice Management Company. “Greentown’s role in the innovation ecosystem further solidifies the Innovation District’s position as a hub for the advancement of the region’s economy. Together, The Ion and Greentown Houston will set a new standard for creating new opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs.”Greentown Houston’s Growing Partner NetworkSince announcing its expansion to Houston in June 2020, Greentown Labs has received a warm welcome from the Houston business community—underscoring the city’s eagerness and enthusiasm to lead the energy transition. Today, Greentown Houston is fortunate to welcome three new Founding Partners to its ecosystem:As the only investor-owned electric and gas utility based in Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation, and natural gas distribution operations that serve more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. As of Sept. 30, 2020, the company owned approximately $33 billion in assets and also owned 53.7 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates, and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 9,600 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years.  “At CenterPoint Energy, we are energized by this partnership with Greentown Labs. Our company has a strong commitment to the delivery of clean energy to customers and we see this partnership as an opportunity to lend our expertise and industry knowledge to help craft and accelerate a clean energy future,” said Kenny Mercado, Executive Vice President of Electric Utility at CenterPoint Energy. “As part of our new long-term growth strategy, we plan to provide a modern, reliable electric grid to connect the large number of renewable energy projects being built in our Houston service territory. We are also committed to the continued development of alternative fuels programs, including renewable natural gas, that would provide customers new energy choices.”Gexa Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary ofNextEra Energy Resources, is one of the fastest-growing retail electricity providers in the U.S., serving over 1.5 million residential and commercial customers. NextEra Energy Resources is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the nation and the largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun in the world.”Greentown Labs is an exciting forum for Gexa Energy to collaborate and accelerate early stage innovation. We look forward to developing new ideas in Houston that benefit our customers and the broader markets,” said Brian Landrum, President at Gexa Energy.Wells Fargo is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets and proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10 percent of all middle-market companies in the U.S. Wells Fargo is committed to playing an important role in accelerating a just transition to a low-carbon economy and reducing the impacts of climate change. Through strategic partnerships, its goal is to do this by increasing its operational efficiency, advancing clean technology, innovation, and other environmental solutions—at work, at home, and in the communities it serves.”Wells Fargo is committed to bringing innovation and entrepreneurship to Houston,” said Chad Johnson, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo’s Technology Banking Group. “This is an exciting time to see Houston’s tech ecosystem expand and become home to cleantech incubators. We know Greentown Labs will provide critical resources to entrepreneurs that will enable them to launch innovative businesses, which will help build a more sustainable future for our city.”Greentown Houston is on schedule to open its facility in Spring 2021, and has a subset of partners dedicated to the success of its grand opening. Naturgy and FCC Environmental Services (FCC) were the first Greentown Houston Grand Opening Partners and today EIV Capital and Williams join them.EIV Capital, a Houston-based private equity firm, specializes in providing growth equity to the North American energy industry. EIV concentrates on midstream infrastructure, emissions management, and alternative energy. The firms’ management has extensive experience leading and investing in successful companies across the energy value chain, including companies focused on carbon reduction.”EIV Capital is proud to support Greentown Labs and welcomes them to Houston. We believe fostering collaboration between Greentown Labs’ climatetech and cleantech entrepreneurs and Houston’s world-leading energy community is essential to developing and scaling the solutions needed to address climate change while still providing affordable and reliable energy,” said Patti Melcher, Co-founder & Managing Partner of EIV Capital. “We are committed to Greentown Labs’ mission and pleased to be joining a robust and collaborative partner network that will ensure its success.”Williams, an industry-leading energy infrastructure company, is committed to the safe delivery of natural gas products to reliably fuel the clean energy economy in the United States. Williams manages 30 percent of the nation’s natural gas used for clean-power generation, heating, and industrial use. In 2020, Williams announced ambitious climate commitments, aiming to reduce 56 percent of company-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and is on a pathway to net zero emissions by 2050.”Williams is excited to join Greentown Labs as the first midstream corporate partner to support cleantech entrepreneurship that will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future,” said Chad Zamarin, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Development at Williams. “It is through technology innovation and collaboration with organizations like Greentown Labs that we can develop solutions to reduce emissions and build a clean energy economy on our path to net zero by 2050.” In 2020, Greentown Labs was thrilled to announce its 14 inaugural Houston Founding Partners: ChevronNRG Energy and Reliant EnergyShellBHPVinson & ElkinsMicrosoftENGIE North America Inc.Rice Management Company,Saint-GobainSunnova Energy International Inc., The American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social ImpactSCF PartnersTudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., and Direct Energy 
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Feb 9, 2021

¡Los boletos saldrán a la venta este viernes 5 de febrero a las 10:00 a.m. CT!
FORT WORTH, Texas 2 de febrero de 2021.— El anticipado duelo de peso welter entre Vergil Ortiz Jr. (16-0, 16 nocáuts), el artista de nocaut en ascenso, y Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (27-1-3, 19 nocáuts), ex campeón mundial, se efectuará en el Dickies Arena de Fort Worth, Texas.
El evento, que está totalmente lleno de arriba a abajo con tremendas y candentes peleas del respaldo, se llevará a cabo el sábado 20 de marzo y será transmitido en vivo exclusiva y globalmente en DAZN, incluyendo Estados Unidos, México y Rusia.
“Es raro que dos peleadores tengan la oportunidad de pelear frente a sus aficionados locales, pero porque el Dickies Arena está muy cercana de donde nacieron Vergil y ‘Mo’, esta sede es el lugar perfecto para este combate”, aseveró Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Con una probable oportunidad titular en juego frente a sus amigos y familiares, esta es una pelea que garantizará acción para cualquier persona que la mire en persona o por DAZN”, puntualizó. 
“Estoy muy contento de estar peleando en casa frente a mis amigos, mi familia y mis aficionados”, afirmó Vergil Ortiz Jr. “El Dickies Arena es una sede de tamaño perfecto, y parece que podrá acomodar a un gran número de aficionados por lo que todos deben ir y apoyar a todos los peleadores. Estoy muy emocionado por este combate”, subrayó.
“Estoy emocionado de estar peleando tan cerca de casa donde mi familia, amigos y fanáticos locales pueden venir y apoyar mi regreso al cuadrilátero”, dijo Mauricio Hooker. “Como Vergil y yo somos de Dallas, este es un combate que se tiene que llevar a cabo en el metroplex de Dallas-Fort Worth. Vamos a brindar un gran espectáculo para todos nuestros aficionados de casa este 20 de marzo en el Dickies Arena”, finalizó.
Como fue anunciado previamente, el respaldo de Ortiz Jr. vs. Hooker estará lleno de peleas competitivas. 
Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov (11-0, 11 nocáuts) realizará su anticipado debut en Estados Unidos a la vez que defiende su título completo NABF en el duelo co estelar a 12 giros presentado por Golden Boy y Eye of the Tiger Management.
Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz (31-3, 4 nocáus), la campeona mundial de la Ciudad de México y Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (19-0, 8 nocáuts), la ex monarca mundial de peso mosca del Este de Los Ángeles, California, chocarán en una épica batalla a 10 giros por el cinturón mundial mínimo de la AMB que actualmente posee Ortiz.
Luis “Matador” Hernández (21-0, 19 nocáuts) de Chihuahua, México participará en una batalla a 10 rounds en peso superligero ante Alex Martin (15-3, 6 nocáuts) de Chicago, Illinois.
George Rincón (10-0, 7 nocáuts) de Dallas, Texas retornará en un duelo a ocho vueltas en la división de las 140 libras.
Héctor Valdez (13-0, 8 nocáut) de Dallas, Texas se medirá ante Alberto Torres (11-3-3, 4 nocáuts) de Sacramento, California en una batalla a ocho giros en peso supergallo. 
Óscar Acevedo (7-0) de Garden City, Kansas y James “Crunch Time” Willkins (9-1-0, 6 nocáuts) de Staten Island, Nueva York chocarán en un pleito a ocho asaltos entre dos grandes prospectos de Golden Boy.
Tristan Kalkreuth (7-0, 6 nocáuts) de Duncanville, Texas retornará en un duelo a seis giros en peso crucero. 
Los oponentes para Makhmudov, Rincón y Kalkreuth se anunciarán en breve.
Ortiz Jr. vs Hooker es un duelo a 12 episodios por el cinturón Internacional welter de la OMB presentado por Golden Boy. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” y “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” El evento se efectuará el sábado 20 de marzo en el Dickies Arena de Fort Worth, Texas y será transmitido en vivo exclusiva y globalmente por DAZN, incluyendo Estados Unidos, México y Rusia.

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