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In brief for July 18, 2007

A passage from India Londoners watched yesterday as a replica of the Taj Mahal floated past the Tower of London, Parliament and other landmarks, a dramatic launch of the three-month India Now festival, Reuters reports. Designed to strengthen ties between London and Delhi, the festival will showcase more than 1,500 events celebrating Indian culture ...

More than 500 fall ill after Chicago festival To date, more than 500 people have reported falling ill after eating hummus from a booth at Chicago's annual Taste of Chicago festival, which ended July 8. Some 50 cases have been confirmed as salmonellosis; 17 people have been hospitalized, according to the local health department. Most people stricken with the illness recover on their own, but dehydration can be a threat to the young, old and infirm ...

CIC names new APEX head The Washington-based Convention Industry Council announced yesterday that Richard W. Hunter Jr. will assume the post of director of the APEX best practices initiative for the event, meetings and exhibitions industries. APEX--Accepted Practices Exchange--aims to standardize terms and practices across the industries in order to save time, prevent confusion and ensure more effective events. Hunter comes to CIC from Hewlett-Packard, where he worked to develop hardware and software solutions for the financial services industry.

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