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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show names “Best In Show”

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New York – Flynn the bichon frise wins the prestigious “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday evening.

 

Madison Square Garden was packed for the final competition of “Best in Show”.  Flynn the bichon frise took the top honors of being the top dog for the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  The small powder-puff dog followed his handler, Bill McFadden flawlessly. Competition was tight and all of the finalists performed beautifully showing why obtaining this title is so prestigious and is considered the Olympics of competition for dogs.

 

There were two full days of competition leading up to the final round on Tuesday evening at the Gardens.  The final round was narrowed down to Biggie a pug, Border collie - Slick, Ty a giant schnauzer, Sussex spaniel called Bean,  Norfolk terrier named Winston, and regal borzoi-Lucy. 

 

Betty-Anne Stenmark from Woodside, California was the judge that chose the winner. 

 

Westminster Agility Competition

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New York – Fame(US) a black and white border collie won The Westminster Kennel Club agility championship on Saturday evening at the Piers in New York.  Jessica Ajoux is the handler from Sparta, New Jersey had Fame jumping into her arms as the crowd roared in excitement to their finish.  Fame(US) pronunciation is “famous.”

 

Agility was added to The Westminster Kennel Club in 2014 that allowed mixed-breed dogs to enter with 29 competing in this year’s competition with a total of 330 dogs.  A full day of competition was held at the Piers with the finalists ending the evening.  Right behind Fame(US) a Chihuahua-terrier named Jefe was the top agility dog that was a mixed breed.

 

Monday opens with 2,882 entries for the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden.  Tuesday evening will feature the finale with the Top in Show to be announced

SCI – Safari Club International

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Worldwide programs for wildlife came under one location ad over 17,000 attended the Safari Club International (SCI).  Six continents were represented by hunting guides and hunters for the annual Safari Club International.  Safari Club foundation invests millions of dollars in strong educational seminars and wildlife conservation.  SCI is a strong advocate in protecting the freedom to hunt in the United States and internationally.

 

Safari Club International holds an Auction Program during the convention.  The proceeds help promote the mission program for SCI with hunting advocacy, wildlife conservation and humanitarian services.  The Las Vegas Convention Center had nearly one million square feet with over 2,000 booth spaces for exhibitors for a mix of gun and products, wildlife art, international travel and more.

142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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New York City – In advance of the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, to be held February 12-13 at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden, three breeds representing the dog clubs who were the recipients of the inaugural Westminster Gives Back Dog Rescue Awards, four Chinese breeds in celebration of the Chinese New Year, and several Agility competitors were introduced at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, Grand Ballroom.

 

Gives Back Dog Rescue Award-Winning Breed Clubs:  Bearded Collie/English Cocker Spaniel/Great Pyrenees.  Chinese Breeds:  Shih Tzu/Chinese Crested/Chow Chow/ Pekingese/Pug/Chinese Shar-Pei.  Agility Demonstration Competitors:  All-American Dog/Golden Retriever/ Australian Shepherd/ Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/ Dachshund.

 

The AKC Meet the Breeds and the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be held on Saturday, February 10 at Piers 92/94.  The family friendly event is hosted by The Westminster Kennel Club, The American Kennel Club (AKC) and The International Cat Association 9TICA).  All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.

WPPI – Wedding and Portrait Photographers

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Las Vegas – Time is closing in for the largest Wedding and Portrait Photographers Conference in the country.  Over 12,000 attendees have registered for the four-day conference to learn the latest techniques from top professionals across the world covering portrait to wedding photography.  Conference and Expo will be February 24-28 in Las Vegas.
  WPPI (Wedding Professional Photographers International) gives opportunity for attendees to network and learn techniques from the top suppliers and competitors in the industry.  The drone industry has invaded society and competition has become stronger within the photography business.  There will be seminars with speakers willing to share all their expertise on how they have met this challenge head on to create a successful business. 

World of Concrete

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Professionals numbering nearly 60,000 from around the world attended the World of Concrete to get the up to the minute cutting-edge technology with hands-on demonstrations of the new products that are available.  Solutions that are advancing the industry were displayed at the exhibits and hands on practices taught at the educational classes. The World of Concrete offered 172 sessions for participants to acquire training and certification. 

 

Since 1975 the WOC has been the industry’s only commercial concrete-masonry construction industry that is considered an international event.  The Las Vegas Convention Center and several large lots were filled with displays, equipment and demonstrations.  Large concrete pumper trucks, ready mix trucks featuring the change over to natural gas power, competitions within the masonry professionals showed their speed and skills and many more engaging activities were presented every day.

 

40th SHOT Show

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Sands Expo and Convention Center held the 40th SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  The SHOT Show is the most anticipated hunting and outdoor trade show in the country.  Exhibitor’s space covered over 630,000 square feet with more than 64,000 in attendance and 2,000 exhibitors representing over 100 countries.  The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the association that organized the event. 

 

NSSF conducted classes and seminars to educate across the industry about regulations that need to be complied with as well as other aspects that would help in improving the industry.  The trade event was held only for commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products plus services.  This is an annual event with no public attendance allowed.

Lyft President John Zimmer predicts future growth

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) discussed with John Zimmer the future of Lyft’s vision. John Zimmer is Co-Founder and President of Lyft.  Gary Shapiro focused the first part of the keynote speech with John Zimmer with questions on how he built Lyft.  The LIT (Leaders in Technology) dinner addressed 600 policymakers, top technologists and entrepreneurs.  The dinner was held inside the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn in Las Vegas.

 

John Zimmer visions the growth of Lyft to continue at a phenomenal pace because more people moving to the cities and giving up the second car.  Zimmer spoke about the average car owner uses their vehicle only four percent of the time with an average American family spending $9,000 per year on their vehicle including gas and insurance.  Lyft is available in 95 percent of the United States and is expanding to Toronto.  Presently there are more than one million rides a day made by Lyft drivers.  Car Seat services will be expanding for parents riding with babies. 

CES 2018 Present to Future

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Las Vegas, Nevada–The world’s largest consumer technology show opened with exhibitors representing over 47 countries in Las Vegas.  The jammed packed conference has been preparing for over 170,000 in attendance to view more than 3,900 exhibitors.  There will be more than 300 events, speakers and demonstrations featuring products of today and the future over the next four days. 

 

Robots will be showcased that can integrate within the family unit as well as business efficiency and technology for today and the future.  Electric vehicles and autonomous cars are definitely aggressively heading to make their mark for the future.  Smart homes filled with all types of features to make life much easier to ease the pressure from a hard day at work.  Health technology with wearable fitness gadgets to monitor a persons activities and well-being.

 

CES, formerly known as the International Consumer Electronic Show is presently owned by CTA – Consumer Technology Association that represents $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry.

Times Square New Years Eve

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New York City – Frigid temperatures did not keep revelers from packing Times Square for 2018 crystal ball drop.  The second coldest on record with10-degree temperatures at midnight.  An estimate million people lined the street.  Partygoers had extra layers of clothes, face masks and hand warmers as many came as early as 10 in the morning to secure their positions.  Prior preparations by all New York's finest had tight security covered on the ground and air to give a complete successful evening for welcoming in the New Year.

 

Mariah Carey came back to redeem herself after last year’s performance at Times Square fell short.  This year for New Years Eve 2018 Carey fully redeemed herself with two songs; “Vision of Love” and “Hero.”  Other performances New Years Eve; Andy Grammer, Sugarland, Lauren Alaina, Camila Cabello, Chyno Miranda, Antonique Smith, Nick Jonas, Neil Diamond








 
 
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President Trump first week

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Washington, D. C. - First week after the Inaugural has begun with President Donald Trump non-stop with meetings, revisiting previous executive orders that were implemented during President Obama term.  The whole week will be a reflection of what to expect for the coming years on a national and international basis. 

Nominations are being finalized as well as Press secretary Sean Spicer held the first full White House briefing on Monday morning.  President Donald Trump signed three Executive Orders and pulled the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.

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Flight of the Nations – Balloon Fiesta

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Albuquerque, New Mexico – Mass Ascension for Flight of the Nations lifted off early Wednesday morning with nearly 600 balloons.  The winds allowed the “box” to form that Albuquerque is so famous for.  The higher elevation had stronger winds that did not allow the competition portion of the balloons to come from outside the field to complete the task for a second day in a row.
America’s Challenge Gas Balloon race launch was held off for a day because of impending weather that they would encounter as the winds would float them eastward

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Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

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Minneapolis, MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over 50,000 fans.  The rain stopped minutes before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the band has been performing over 53 years.  Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight Rambler.” 

 


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BOSTON 40th Anniversary Moondance Jam
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Walker, Minnesota – BOSTON played to a fully packed arena at Moondance Jam 25.  The 25th anniversary for Moondance Jam 25 had a non-stop music festival for the weekend and is known as one of the top country music festivals. Multi-thousands of fans came out to hear the top musicians from all over the world.  BOSTON’s performance was cut short because of a huge lightning storm that was passing through the area after some very hot and humid days.
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Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

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Walker, MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed arena of fans.  Friday went off like clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted for.  Entertainers began with Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.  Saturday will be filled with performances by Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.


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