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Event Update: A Message From BookExpo

As you all know, the world around us is in a very alarming and uncertain state as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Based on its rapid spread and in efforts to stem it off while preventative measures are worked on, events are being postponed or cancelled all together. Readers might recall that both the New York International Auto Show, Architectural Digest Design Show and the Tribeca Film Festival have been postponed with only the Auto and Design Shows having new dates so far. Click the highlighted text for more details on those happenings. This update brings us up to speed with this years BookExpo. Read on.

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To our BookExpo, UnBound & BookCon community,

Booksellers, librarians, authors, publishers, fans and everyone passionate about this industry are what make these events so special. At every step and with every decision, we have you in mind, so it’s our responsibility to make sure that your health and safety come first at all times.

After many hours of conversation, we have decided to postpone BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon from May to July 22-26 at the Javits Center. We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York and around the country. Following the guidance of health officials, we are now complying with the State’s request that large gatherings be postponed to ensure the well-being of everyone involved with our event.
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JumpStart Academy Offers Interactive Educational Programs For Families w Kids At-Home

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The Press Release:
Today, JumpStart Academy announced that its three award-winning core programs (JumpStart Academy Preschool, JumpStart Academy Kindergarten and JumpStart Academy Math) are available for families at a 50% discount off their annual subscriptions until April 30th, 2020 Learning with fun and educational content is paramount to JumpStart Academy and while families, students, and educational leaders are being affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19), JumpStart Academy wants to provide an easy and accessible learning tool for all. “While at home, it’s important to maintain educational momentum in each child’s respective academic year and ensure their skills are being practiced,” said Shannon Gale, JumpStart Academy Brand Manager. “We want children to enjoy learning and our JumpStart Academy programs seamlessly integrate educational content and make it fun and engaging.” JumpStart Academy is known for its award-winning home and school programs that educators can seamlessly integrate into curriculums and track student progress. Its resource library includes worksheets to practice skills, activities to do together at home or on-the-go and informative articles for parents looking for advice.
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NHL To Suspend Season Until Further Notice Amid Covid-19 Coronavirus Concerns

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The Press Release:
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday released the following statement regarding the 2019-20 NHL season:

“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019 20 season beginning with tonight’s games.

“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures. However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.
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NBA To Suspend Season Until Further Notice Amid Covid-19 Coronavirus Concerns

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The Press Release:
The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of Wednesday’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, Wednesday’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.

The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of Wednesday’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: I am running out of things to say about this and just am getting more and more concerned about the events that I go to still being in place and no signs of being cancelled. Be careful out there my friends.

Official Website: http://www.nba.com

Breaking: Organizers Announce Rescheduling of 2020 New York International Auto Show

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The Press Release:
As a result of the ongoing health concerns from the spread of the coronavirus in the region, the New York International Auto Show has been rescheduled to August 28 – September 6, 2020. Press days are August 26 & 27, 2020.

“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, the organization that owns and operates the New York Auto Show.

“For 120 years, ‘the show must go on’ has been heavily embedded in our DNA, and while the decision to move the show dates didn’t come easy, our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event. We have already been in communication with many of our exhibitors and partners and are confident that the new dates for the 2020 Show will make for another successful event,” Schienberg added.
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