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January 4, 2019: Hundreds of Scientists Are Skipping Massive Weather Conference Over Government Shutdown, N.F.L. Inks Sponsorship Deal With Caesars Entertainment, The Louvre Sets Visitor Record With Help From Beyoncé

1. HUNDREDS OF SCIENTISTS ARE SKIPPING MASSIVE WEATHER CONFERENCE OVER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: The American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting is one of the largest weather and climate conferences in the world. But this year, because of the partial federal government shutdown, hundreds of scientists are skipping the event, which begins this weekend in Phoenix. Washington Post: "Employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including the National Weather Service, received the directive to cancel travel arrangements Thursday. 'NOAA has determined that due to the lapse in appropriations, NOAA will not be able to participate in the AMS; all official NOAA travel to the AMS is canceled,' a mass email to affected employees said. Numerous federal employees unable to attend the meeting were in charge of convening scientific sessions and town hall meetings, which will either no longer be held or curtailed. Some organizers were scrambling to find substitutes so their sessions could go on. In addition to NOAA, which sent more than 400 scientists to the meeting last year, several hundred federal employees from other agencies involved in atmospheric sciences, such as NASA, probably will also not attend. Scientists in the academic and private sector expressed disappointment on social media about the absence of their federal partners."

2. N.F.L. INKS SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT: The National Football League has entered a new sponsorship deal with Caesars Entertainment, but the partnership doesn't cover sports gambling. According to a joint statement by the N.F.L. and Caesars, the partnership gives Caesars the right to use N.F.L. trademarks in the U.S. and U.K. to "promote Caesars casino properties and activate at key N.F.L. events including the Super Bowl and N.F.L. Draft." Advertising Age: "The deal comes less than a month after the league announced it would host its 2020 N.F.L. Draft in Las Vegas, marking the first time the nation's gambling capital has hosted the event. Caesars will host elements of the draft, according to Thursday's announcement. The sponsorship begins immediately with the 2019 playoffs that kick off this weekend. Financial terms were not released for the multi-year deal. Bloomberg reported the deal to be worth close to $30 million a year, citing a person familiar with the arrangement. The pact only covers that casino category and does not include sports betting, daily fantasy or hotels/resorts, according to the announcement. The limited scope is in line with the N.F.L.'s conservative approach when it comes to embracing anything that carries the whiff of gambling. But the deal signals that the league is at least taking baby steps towards possibly one day embracing gambling."

3. THE LOUVRE SETS VISITOR RECORD WITH HELP FROM BEYONCÉ: The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, received a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, with help from BeyoncĂ© and Jay-Z's music video for "Apes**t," which was famously shot in the museum. Associated Press: "The Louvre also mentioned in a statement Thursday the success of its flagship exhibition on French master Delacroix as a reason for the record. The video of Beyonce and her husband Jay Z, featuring the Mona Lisa and other world-famous artworks, has been viewed over 146 million times on YouTube. The museum notes a significant rise in the number of foreign visitors—almost three-quarters of total visitor numbers—mostly from the United States, China, other European countries and Brazil. Tourism in the French capital has rebounded since 2017 after a sharp fall following 2015 terror attacks."


ATLANTA:  AmericasMart’s Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market will take place January 8-15. The decor and design for the market’s public areas and special events will be helmed by WM Events. 

LAS VEGAS:  Bartender and author Jim Meehan will deliver the keynote, “Your Work Family: Hiring, Training, Mentoring & Motivating Your Team for the Long Haul,” at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show on March 25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

LOS ANGELES:  Taye Diggs will host the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, which will air live on January 13 on the CW from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. 

The 63rd Los Angeles Boat Show will take place January 10-13 at the Fairplex in Pomona. 

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Voices For Children Foundation’s 23rd annual Be A Voice Gala will take place January 19 at Mandarin Oriental, Miami. The event’s theme is Make Magic.

NEW YORK:  The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will take place March 3-5 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The show will be co-located with the Healthy Food Expo and Coffee Fest. 

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NORWALK, CONNECTICUT:  New York Tent has opened a new office in Norwalk, which will serve Connecticut, northern New Jersey, Westchester County, and the Hudson Valley.  

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Orlando World Center Marriott has appointed Robert Bray general manager. 

SAN FRANCISCO:  Lil Wayne and Imagine Dragons will perform at ESPN’s halftime show during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game presented by AT&T on January 7. The halftime performance will take place at Treasure Island, while the championship game between Clemson and Alabama will take place at Levi’s Stadium. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  From February 4-10, the Hay-Adams will partner with Stefano Mazzone, the executive chef of Capri’s Grand Hotel Quisisana, to serve Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Capri at the hotel’s Lafayette restaurant and Top of the Hay event space. 

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