ConExpo/ConAGG 2023


CONEXPO-CON/AGG is North America’s largest construction trade show. Held every three years in Las Vegas, this massive event features the latest equipment advances and newest technology applications in every aspect of construction. Don’t miss your chance to see the widest selection of products and services – all in one place.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG brings contractors, dealers, producers, service providers and other construction professionals together. No other show connects attendees from every major construction sector.

Over 2,300 exhibitors are represented at the show with products in asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, hauling, lifting, trucking, underground construction and more.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 attendance by business chart
CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 attendance by business chart

Specialty Equipment Market Association – SEMA Show 2021

A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more.

SEMA members make, buy, sell and use all kinds of specialty parts and accessories to make vehicles more attractive, more unique, more convenient, faster, safer, more fun and even like-new again.

The companies that founded SEMA – and the entire specialty parts and accessories industry, for that matter – were started by people who loved cars and trucks and turned their hobby into a career. Most people in the industry today still feel this way. That’s one of the things that makes SEMA and its members unique.

Today the organization performs many services for its members and for the hobby as a whole. Perhaps most importantly, SEMA works hard to protect consumers’ rights to drive accessorized, customized and vintage vehicles. SEMA keeps close tabs on legislators in Washington, D.C., and also in each state within the United States, so SEMA members and anyone who loves cars and trucks can protest pending legislation that might harm our hobby, as well as endorse legislation that’s good for car lovers. SEMA also has helped numerous consumers interact with car dealers, who sometimes try to get away with charging for repairs on a modified vehicle by claiming (wrongly) that specialty accessories have voided its warranty.

Every year, SEMA also presents an enormous trade show in Las Vegas. This is where manufacturers unveil their latest offerings, while buyers, distributors and members of the press walk their feet off to see it all. Visit for more information.

The variety is astonishing, from restyling accessories and automotive organizers to engine parts, restoration supplies, street-rod components and safety enhancements.


The Industry’s Largest Showcase For:

  1. Outdoor power equipment distributed through dealers, retailers and distributors for consumer, professional and rental use.
  2. Lawn and garden products/outdoor leisure items distributed through home centers, dealers and retailers.
  3. Light construction and landscape equipment used by general contractors, landscapers, golf course superintendents and parks & recreation crews.
  4. The latest technology and software to help both landscape contractors and dealers take their businesses to the next level.

Why Attend:

  • 1000+ Exhibits
  • 20-acre demo area
  • New products
  • Networking
  • Industry trends & education

Who Attends:

  • Dealers
  • Servicing Dealers
  • Power Sports Retailers
  • Landscape Professionals
  • Lawn & Garden Centers
  • General Contractors
  • Golf Course Superintendents
  • Forest and Land Managers
  • Industry Media

What’s New:

  • UTV Test Track
  • The Drone Zone
  • Opening Keynote:
  • Admiral James Stavridis
  • Post-Show Attraction:
  • KY Derby Museum
  • Bourbon Weekend


NEWS: EUROSPINE 2021 is going hybrid

We are excited to announce that EUROSPINE 2021 will be held as a hybrid meeting which will allow people to join the in-person conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 13–15 October 2021 and/or to participate virtually.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that we cannot plan for an exclusive in-person event if we want all of our members and stakeholders to have the chance to join us. On the back of our successful EUROSPINE 2020 virtual meeting, we’ve decided that EUROSPINE 2021 will be hybrid – which means you can attend virtually and/or in-person.

We know that nothing can really replace personal interactions. However, the hybrid meeting format will also allow people to attend EUROSPINE 2021 who may not be able to travel due to the pandemic or its economic impact. Making the Annual Meeting more accessible helps EUROSPINE achieve its underlying mission to provide and support best practice lifelong learning and research in spinal disorders as well as bring together all spine-related European stakeholders across disciplines, cultures and countries.

At this point, we are confident that the physical part of the meeting will take place as planned with an appropriate health & safety concept. We will take all necessary measures to provide a safe, productive and enriching experience. We know that all of you would appreciate the opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues and make new connections at a face-to-face meeting. However, if circumstances demand it, we will be ready to transform it to a virtual event.

EUROSPINE 2021 will be hosting one event with two experiences – both giving you live access to the entire scientific programme. If you decide to join us in-person, we’d love to welcome you to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden from 13–15 October 2021.
Don’t worry you don’t have to decide now – if you change your mind you can always switch to the virtual event or vice versa. Don’t miss out! Registration opens in March 2021.

We’re excited about the new format and look forward to welcoming you both virtually and in-person!

EUROSPINE 2021 Organising Team

2021 NAB Show

Just Announced

  • 540+ exhibiting companies recently contracted
  • 31 nations including China, Germany, India, Israel, Uruguay
  • And these major brands AT&T, Inc.; Adobe Systems; Amazon Web Services; Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.; Blackmagic Design; Comrex; Dolby Laboratories; Grass Valley; Ikegami; Limelight Networks; Nautel; Panasonic; Planar; Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power; Ross Video; Sony Electronics, Inc.; Telestream; Verizon Business and Verizon Media; Vizrt; Wheatstone Corporation; WideOrbit

Immerse yourself in a brand new, amplified NAB experience like you’ve never seen.

In the meantime, our recently announced dynamic, year-round digital platform, NAB Amplify™ is gearing up for launch. This is your chance to engage with the global community through an innovative and interactive online experience.

Sign-up here and be kept in the loop on breaking news, latest updates and more.

AAOS Annual Meeting 2021

Academy Reschedules AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting


The AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting will now take place Aug. 31, 2021, to Sept. 4, 2021, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Registration will open in April 2021, and the meeting will include both in-person and online educational programming.

The AAOS Board of Directors approved the recommendation to reschedule the meeting, originally slated to occur in March 2021, after significant evaluation and scenario planning focusing on the health and safety of all meeting participants. To host a meeting of this scope and size in the spring of 2021 remains very unpredictable given the recurring surges of COVID-19 in the United States.

The scheduling shift seeks to minimize any risk to public health and allows additional time to plan and produce a safe gathering for the trusted leaders in orthopaedics. Attendees can expect high-quality education and innovation as well as opportunities to engage and collaborate both in person and online.

For those who have reserved housing already, an email will be sent confirming your room cancellation from onPeak, AAOS’ official housing provider. Sign up to receive the latest meeting details and new information as it becomes available at

For additional details regarding the meeting reschedule, visit Email at [email protected] with any further questions.

Through the very challenging circumstances and trying times in the world today, rest assured that the AAOS leadership and Annual Meeting volunteers and staff are committed to making the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting a safe, memorable, and engaging experience for all who participate.

CinemaCon 2021

The largest and most important gathering
of movie theater owners from around the world

Since taking its first step in 2011, CinemaCon has evolved and grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry. CinemaCon is truly a global event attracting attendees from more than 80 countries.
On behalf of CinemaCon, the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), we extend our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the entire motion picture theater industry for helping to make the past nine years so successful. The excitement continues when CinemaCon returns to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from 23 August – 26 August 2021 for what is sure to be our biggest convention to date.

From exclusive Hollywood product presentations debuting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season (and beyond) at the box office.
The CinemaCon schedule will be broad, diverse, educational and fun, and will feature the largest cinema trade show in the world. It will appeal to and attract all facets of the international motion picture theater industry—exhibition, distribution, marketing, publicity and advertising, internet and social media and of course, the theater equipment and concessions manufacturers and dealers who will showcase the latest technological advances and innovative concession offerings at the trade show, which is run in association with our partners at ICTA and NAC. As well, CinemaCon will once again incorporate a special day of programming geared just for the international marketplace, that being Monday, 23 August 2021.
We are again delighted to call Caesars Palace the home of CinemaCon. As one of Las Vegas’ leading casino hotels, the upscale surroundings of Caesars Palace will offer CinemaCon delegates the very best with its beautiful conference center, the finest hotel accommodations, world-class restaurants, and the magnificent Colosseum, the state-of-the-art venue that proudly allows CinemaCon to showcase all studio screenings and presentations in the ultimate theater setting.
When it comes to CinemaCon 2021, The Best Is Yet To Come. And when it comes to Celebrating the Moviegoing Experience, it all starts at Caesars Palace in 2021 at CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO.

37th International Gemmological Conference – IGC 2021

We would like to inform and invite you all to participate in the 37th International Gemmological Conference will be taken place on 17-21st May, 2021 at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan.

The conference is organized by IGC Japan committee and IGC Executive committee, and supported by the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo and the conference assistant committee members from Japan.

IGC is the oldest gemmological conference in the world since 1951. Geologists, mineralogists and gemologists from various universities, research centers and laboratories from different corners of the world and as well as some gemstone experts from trade companies attend this technical conference which is held every alternate year.

IGC is now in its 6th decade, the conference has a high educational excellence, explores great challenges faced by educators and gemologists. Over the year it is expected more and more new generation delegated would attend this conference, learn from the expects, share the knowledge and communicate with each other.

The first Asian country to hold IGC meeting was Japan in 1981. Now the IGC 2021 will be the 70th anniversary of the IGC and it will be the 2nd time for Japan to organize it in Tokyo.

Our conference aims to gather all international gemologists, scholars and researchers to present the specific research topics on natural and synthetic diamonds, colorstones, pearls, gem treatments, geological and geographical study of gemstones and etc.

In 2021, a big event called “Special exhibition of jewels” will be held at the National Museum of Nature and Science from March to August in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan. Gemstones, jewelries, minerals and personal collections from several museums such as the Smithsonian natural history museum, New York natural history museum, Los Angeles natural history museum and Hashimoto Collections.

IGC Japan Organizing Committee is planning the IGC2021 conference according to this period of “special exhibition of jewels” and will provide facilities for oral and poster presentations for 5 day-conference activities, starting from 17th of May and ending on 21st of May, 2021. Please see the attached PDF file of IGC 2021 First announcement to save your date.

Specially, the first day (Monday, 17 May) of the conference has been planned as “Open Colloquium”.

1) As a co-sponsorship with IGC and the National Museum of Nature and Science, IGC will offer an opportunity to the National Museum of Nature and Science to organize a 2 hours International Symposium for the museum researchers and related persons during the IGC Open Colloquium in the morning section, 10:00-12:00, 17th of May. For sure, all IGC members will join this symposium and will give a talk which is related to gemstones from museum collection or any old antique jewelry as well.

2) IGC will formally start the conference by the opening ceremony for IGC 2021 at 13:00 and will continue the Open Colloquium section until 17:00 on a same day (17th of May). Some Japanese gem trade representatives, lab gemologists and students from universities will be invited to join this open colloquium. A Special Dinner Gathering will start at 17:30, to welcome all conference participants to enjoy this party and communicate to each other.

The main IGC Conference is schedule from 18th to 21st of May will be limited to IGC delegate and observers and some conference support staffs from Japan.

AAHOA 2021 Convention & Tradeshow

AAHOA is the largest hotel owners association in the nation. The 19,500+ AAHOA Members own almost one in every two hotels in the United States. With billions of dollars in property assets and hundreds of thousands of employees, AAHOA Members are core economic contributors in virtually every community. AAHOA is a proud defender of free enterprise and the foremost current-day example of realizing the American Dream.

AAHOA 2021 Convention & Tradeshow is organized by AAHOA

How a spilled basket of tomatoes paralysed Nigeria

IT STARTED WITH a squashed tomato that led to a killing. It has since escalated into clashes that have taken at least 20 lives and a standoff between northerners and southerners that has paralysed Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.

Last month a porter carrying a basket of tomatoes in the crowded Shasha market in Ibadan, a city in south-western Nigeria, accidentally spilled his cargo, leaving a pulpy mess. An argument with a nearby shopkeeper over the clean-up soon took an ethnic turn. The porter, who spoke Hausa (a language that identifies him as coming from Nigeria’s north), took a blow from a Yoruba man. As the porter fought back, his assailant slumped, mortally stricken.

Word soon spread on social media that a Yoruba man had been killed in the heart of Yoruba land, inflaming long-smouldering tensions in a country divided between its mostly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south. For hours afterwards Hausa and Yoruba traders hacked at one another or burned down market stalls. At least 20 people are thought to have been killed. Thousands, most of them northerners, were forced to flee.

The clash erupted after years of mounting tensions along religious and ethnic lines as well as between (mostly Christian) farmers and (mostly Muslim) herders. The International Crisis Group, an NGO, estimates that fighting between farmers and cattle herders over access to land claimed more than 1,300 lives in just the first six months of 2018. More recent data are sparse, but many Nigerians believe the conflict has intensified and taken new forms. Since December gangs of kidnappers have struck three schools, snatching hundreds of children and holding them for ransom. Although the kidnappers have not been identified or arrested, many Nigerians believe—rightly or wrongly—that they are Hausa-speaking herders.

Instead of dousing ethnic hatred, politicians have fuelled it. Last year the governors of six south-western states hired local militias to form a regional security outfit known as Operation Amotekun (“leopard” in Yoruba). These vigilantes have been accused of brutality and even murder. In December and January they reportedly killed 11 people. Also in January, the governor of Ondo ordered thousands of herders to leave land reserves in his state, blaming them for a rise in kidnapping and banditry. After the one-week deadline expired, Yoruba mobs attacked herders, killing some and destroying their property.

In protest northern traders and cattle dealers blocked the flow of food and livestock to the south. The blockade is starting to bite. Almost no meat is on sale in the usually bustling Mile 12 market in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city and commercial capital. The price of tomatoes (essential for making spicy jollof rice, Nigeria’s unofficial national dish) has shot up. Baskets that once sold for about 5,000 naira ($13) now go for 35,000 naira. In the north, which grows most of the country’s fresh produce, the price of onions and tomatoes has slumped so sharply that many farmers are leaving crops to rot in the fields.

The government has since called in the army to clear corridors along which trucks can travel. And after the main spy agency “invited” leaders of the blockade to discuss their grievances—before promptly detaining their president—the traders agreed to call off their protest and allow food to flow south again.

It is not clear whether the government agreed to the protesters’ demands, which included compensation for those who were killed and police protection for northerners in southern states. What is clear, however, is that Nigeria needs better ways to stop its festering grievances from bursting open like rotten tomatoes.

This article appeared in the Middle East & Africa section of the print edition under the headline “Tomato truce”