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February 17, 2016: Study Examines Link Between Big Events and Sex Trafficking, TEDx Event to Take Place Aboard Jet from Sydney to San Francisco, German Shorthaired Pointer Wins Best in Show at Westminster

1. STUDY EXAMINES LINK BETWEEN BIG EVENTS AND SEX TRAFFICKING: A new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Auton Lab examined more than 32 million online personal ads published near the time of 33 major public events in the United States and Canada to look for key words that indicated they were linked to sex trafficking. In addition to the Super Bowl—long criticized as driving sex trafficking—it considered events such as Consumer Electronics Show, South by Southwest, and Oracle OpenWorld. NBC News: “The results found that while there was a considerable increase in the number of such ads surrounding the Super Bowl, other events like a Memorial Day motorcycle rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and various industry conferences had a bigger impact than expected, suggesting that resources devoted to combating the problem of forced prostitution have been misdirected.”

2. TEDX EVENT TO TAKE PLACE ABOARD JET FROM SYDNEY TO SAN FRANCISCO: In a first, a TEDx event on various tech topics will take place aboard a Quantas jet flying from Sydney to San Francisco today. The action will take place in business class, but passengers in the rear of the plane can tune in via a stream shared through the in-flight entertainment system. For everyone else, the talks will stream online after the plane lands. Mashable: “TEDx, a community that organises TED-style talks, and Australian airline Qantas teamed up to bring the latest iteration of the world famous tech talks — ‘Ideas That Travel.’ On board are tech entrepreneurs, startup founders and all round amazing people doing exceptional things with their lives. … Once the flight reaches San Francisco, a natural destination for the forward-thinking bunch, they will tour the headquarters of Google, Facebook, Khan Academy, Singularity University and Silicon Valley Bank to explore business opportunities bringing together both sides of the Pacific.”

3. GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER WINS BEST IN SHOW AT WESTMINSTER: C. J., a 3-year-old male German shorthaired pointer whose grandmother Carlee won best in show in 2005, won the title himself Tuesday at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. But other aspects of the event were not without controversy. The New York Times: “Uno, widely considered the most popular and best-known best-in-show winner, was supposed to appear Monday night on the Westminster show on CNBC. But he was barred from the guest shot by Westminster officials after it was determined that he had not been registered to be at the show or inside Madison Square Garden (as if he were a former star player denied credentials to the stadium).”


ATLANTA:  Midtown's Technology Square has debuted the Garage, a nearly 10,000-square-foot co-working and event space. Atlanta Business Journal:

AUSTIN:  Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa has appointed Robert Clarke as director of food and beverage.

BOSTON:  The Red Sox are creating a secondary ticketing platform, Red Sox Replay, through a partnership with M.L.B. Advanced Media and its subsidiary SportsBusiness Journal:

CHICAGO:  MPI Next Chicago 2016 will take place on February 22 at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile. The symposium will bring together meeting planners, marketing professionals, and event producers for sessions focused on planning techniques and strategies and tech trends.

LAS VEGAS:  Motley Brews’ Great Vegas Festival of Beer, Nevada’s largest craft beer festival, is slated to return for its sixth installment in downtown Las Vegas on April 9.

LOS ANGELES:  The second annual Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival is slated for June 4 at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Pitbull will perform at Destination Fashion, a benefit that closes down Bal Harbour Shops. The March 5 event will support the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and also will feature Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie as M.C. for the event.

NEW YORK:  The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has introduced Market Express, a Web-based on-demand catering and delivery service for event planners and exhibitors participating in events at the venue.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is now selling its new meeting space for events beginning in October. The expansion will add two ballrooms and a large balcony, totaling 7,000 square feet of additional space. Construction is expected to be completed in August.

PHILADELPHIA:  Local hospitality group the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Group has rebranded as the Philadelphia Restaurant & Hotel Alliance. Philadelphia Business Journal:

SAN FRANCISCO:  The Disposable Film Festival, which highlights films shot with mobile phones and small cameras, will take place April 7-10 at Castro Theater.

TORONTO:  The second annual Winterstations, a public art installation competition that takes place at the eastern beaches, debuted on Monday and will run through March 20.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The 10th annual Exposed DC Photography Show, hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is scheduled for March 10-April 1 on the second floor of the Carnegie Library.

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