Swine flu precautions urged for travelers

first_imgIn light of the current threat of swine influenza in Mexico and certain US states, the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council is urging Vermont s tourism industry to remain alert to the symptoms of the flu, while realizing that health officials are taking all necessary steps to help treat those individuals and contain the disease before it spreads.  Of the 64 cases identified nationwide, there have been no deaths reported from this influenza strain in Vermont or the US.Of course, Vermont s businesses should ensure a high level of sanitation at all times, and implement strategies and precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of employees and guests.These precautionary measures include the use of common sense to help cease the spread of swine flu, complying with food and health regulations, and seeking up-to-date facts to help make informed decisions.  The Centers for Disease Control has set up a web page with current information and resources at: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/(link is external).As of April 27, there have been no reported cases of swine influenza found in any public lodging facility in the US. The National Restaurant Association has set up a webpage with important swine flu information for restaurateurs at: http://www.restaurant.org/swineflu/(link is external).  It is important to note that one can not contract swine flu from eating pork.Travelers will be looking to the tourism industry to help them make these decisions, and all businesses can work together to help people continue to travel. If you do receive cancellations due to the threat of swine flu, please let us know.The Vermont Chamber continues to monitor the impact of tourism to Vermont through our partners on a federal level, including our congressional delegation, and the National Restaurant Association, American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Tour Association, and US Travel Association.last_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Snow Shark Edition

first_img“You know it’s a damn shark, and don’t pretend like it’s something else!”Apparently nowhere is safe from threat of a shark attack anymore, not even on land, in the winter, in the snow. With the recent announcement that the big budget, highly anticipated “Avalanche Sharks” is in post-production, we here at BRO felt compelled to dig into the legend of the snow inhabiting shark attack movie phenomenon, kicked off by “Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast” from last year. The IMDB.com description reads as thus:12 years ago during a scientific expedition 3 animal biologists stumbled upon a great discovery that ended in tragedy. Whatever killed them has awoken and now the legend of the Ancient Snow Beast could prove to be more than just a legend.Yap. That just about sums it up. The above trailer is amazing due to the weight the actors give to their characters, the suspense drawn out by the night scenes, the fully realized snow, etc. but it lacks the Hollywood glitz and CGI that gets movies into theaters around the country.Back to “Avalanche Sharks,” which has a decidedly more sport-oriented plot line than “Snow Shark.” From the writer and director:After an horrific avalanche, the staff members at Twin Pines Ski Resort start to receive reports of missing people and creatures that move beneath the snow. As the body count piles up, the management tries to cover up the situation, which leads to disaster on their busiest day of the year: Bikini Snow Day.Spring break in the mountains: snowboarding, beer, drunken co-eds in bikinis. As the yearly Bikini Ski Day party descends on a small mountain town, something lurks beneath the snow. When an unwitting rider causes an avalanche, it awakens a huge, menacing, pre-historic Snow Shark! With a newfound taste for human flesh, the Snow Shark picks off the snow bunnies mercilessly. Cut off from help by mountainous terrain and blinding snow, the local sheriff must make an unlikely alliance with a motley crew of snowboarders to take down the Snow Shark before the white hills run red with blood!O.M.G.This sounds like a combination of Hot Dog: The Movie, Lake Placid, Deep Blue Sea, Frozen, and Tremors – which happen to be my favorite movies, in that order. This is the movie poster for Pete’s sake:AvalancheSharksI mean, what’s her plan for that ski pole with the basket that looks like it’s from 1920?Unfortunately, there is no trailer for “Avalanche Sharks” which we have to assume is because they are working on all the extreme special effects they are going to have unless they train a real shark to swim in the snow –  which of course will escape its handlers and go on an actual snow shark attack killing spree spawning another B-horror movie spin off (where does art leave off and real life begin? We may never know). If that happens, we have bigger problems. So there will probably be CGI mountains, CGI snow, CGI snowboarding tricks, CGI sharks, CGI avalanches, and CGI bikinis. Oh, Brooke Hogan – Hulk’s daughter – is also in the film, lending her big name panache to the project. She will probably also be in CGI.last_img read more

Cricket News England’s World Cup triumph will have no impact on Ashes: Steve Waugh

first_imgAustralia has not won the Ashes in England since 2001.Australia has not won a Test in Edgbaston since 2005.England has won the last four consecutive Ashes series at home. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: England has enjoyed a glorious summer of 2019 so far. Eoin Morgan’s side won the series against Pakistan 4-0 and then scaled the pinnacle of the sport by winning the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time. With England finally achieving white-ball success, the focus now shifts to Joe Root and the all-important Ashes contest beginning on August 1. The upcoming five-match series will be even more vital as it is the first series in the newly formed World Test championship which will culminate with a clash between the top two teams in the final in June 2021 at Lord’s. With England winning the one-off Test against Ireland, Root’s side will be aiming to sustain the momentum but according to former Australia cricket skipper Steve Waugh, the World Cup win will have no impact on the Ashes contest.”One-day cricket is irrelevant to Test cricket. They’re different teams, different captains. It’s a different sport really. If you compare Test cricket and one-day cricket you’re almost not playing the same sport. It’s played in a totally different way. England will say it’s important for everyone and sure if you win that’s great but when it comes to the first Test at Edgbaston it’s not going to matter what happened in the one-day World Cup,” Waugh said. The Ashes contests in the 21st century have been dominated at home. Australia has not won in England since 2001, having lost four consecutive series in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015. On the other hand, England has won only once in Australia in 2010/11 and have suffered losses of 5-0, 5-0 and 4-0 in 2006, 2013 and 2017. The first Test match, in Edgbaston, is a fortress for England with the hosts not having lost a single game at the venue since 2008. However, Waugh, who is mentoring the Australian players, has urged them to not think about past records.Also Read | James Pattinson returns after three years as Australia announces 17-member squad for Ashes”I’ve won there in Ashes contests. I think if you start believing something and building it up it becomes true but in my mind, it shouldn’t be an issue. We’ve come up against some really good England sides in those last 18 years. We’ve had some tight series and moments when we could have won the series, probably a bit like the other way round for England in that period where they lost a lot,” Waugh said.Also Read | Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh picks his favourites for World Cup 2019With both teams having come out of a punishing ODI schedule, Waugh believes the five-match Ashes series will take a toll on fast bowlers from both sides with an injury to one of their key fast bowlers upsetting the composition of the side. “I really believe it’s a big ask for the fast bowlers on both sides to play five Tests in six weeks and that could have a big impact on the whole series, so, for instance, Jimmy Anderson gets injured, or Mitchell Starc gets injured for us, it could really affect the line-up. Depth in the squad will be important but I honestly think if I was a betting man I wouldn’t back either side because I don’t know who’s going to win. It’s going to be that even. I think it’s going to be a fantastic series,” Waugh said. The Australian side sees the return of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, the trio playing their first series since the infamous ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town against South Africa which saw them getting suspended from international cricket. Waugh believes the side had turned the corner and were playing competitive cricket. “Things culminated in Cape Town and were out of control there and there was a couple of ordinary series between different sides… It did get to the point when it was over the top and something needed to be done so unfortunately for the guys involved they were the ones that paid the price,” Waugh said.center_img highlightslast_img read more