Orlando-based SeaWorld, the latest park chain to see the benefits of year-round operations, removes off-season for San Antonio park

click to enlarge Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster at SeaWorld San Antonio - PHOTO VIA SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO

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  • Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster at SeaWorld San Antonio

In recent years it looked like SeaWorld would finally turn the corner on its long, trouble-filled path to recovery, but then the pandemic hit and, like every other theme park, the company was forced to shut down for months. Now, as the Orlando-based theme park chain looks to recoup some of its lost revenue, they’re copying a recent strategy that has proven successful for competitors Six Flags and Cedar Fair.

Starting next year, SeaWorld San Antonio will be open year-round. SeaWorld already operates its two Florida theme parks and SeaWorld San Diego on a year-round schedule. Now SeaWorld San Antonio will be open on select days in the off-season, though not the 365-day schedule that the Orlando resort follows. The change doesn’t come as much of a surprise; it was an obvious move for the company, as noted here in early 2019.

In 2018, Six Flags began operating its flagship Magic Mountain park on a year-round schedule. Within two months, the company was reporting the trial was a success, and similar schedules would soon be rolled out to other parks. Six Flags Over Texas moved to year-round operations at the beginning of 2020. Cedar Fair’s Knott’s Berry Farm has always operated on a year-round schedule, sans Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, and rumors persist that other Cedar Fair parks, such as Carowinds, may soon join it.

Herschend’s Dollywood and Silver Dollar City are also both rumored to be eyeing year-round operations. Like Cedar Fair, Six Flags and SeaWorld, Herschend has seen massive success with its holiday offerings pushing the park calendar well into the winter season, meaning the resorts are only closed for a handful of weeks each year.

Bill Zanetti, a theme park and attractions industry expert who teaches at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, explained that year-round operations have multiple benefits for park operators.

“With seasonal parks, you have to fire everyone at the end of every year and pay unemployment. Then you re-hire them the next year. It’s actually quite the process,” he said in an interview with Orlando Weekly. “You will have a better quality of staff if you can keep the same people year-round, and because you know you’re going to keep those employees for a long time, you’ll be more willing to invest in their future via training and other programs.”

He went on to point out that the majority of parks that operate year-round are in larger urban areas with climates that are conducive to it or that have the budgets to ensure operations are affected by the winter climate.

“Parks sitting vacant in the winter only makes sense in very cold climates. If it’s warm enough to have very mild winters, you can operate year-round. … Six Flags Great America outside of Chicago is a seasonal park that gets horrible winters, for example. They have to replace the palm trees in their water park every year. [But] Disneyland Paris operates year-round, and it even snows there. I’ve been to the park in the snow; it was actually really fun.”

Zanetti pointed to the seasonal offerings as a prime reason why more parks are shifting to year-round operations. “Holiday festivals celebrating Halloween and Christmas have been a staple for most parks, and many seasonal parks now close after New Year’s Day. Those holiday celebrations extended operations from Labor Day to much later in the year. As long as your park is prepared for the weather (you need to have enough indoor attractions), you can operate in moderately cold conditions.”

Switching from seasonal to year-round operations does have its drawbacks. Typically, the off-season, when parks are closed, is when required maintenance and/or major construction happens. Zanetti also noted changes in financing. “The biggest concern is probably restructuring finances and schedules. It’s not just for employees either. The maintenance schedules for attractions need to be adjusted, not to mention the mechanics will have to adjust to the fact that they won’t have months at a time to work on attractions when they are closed anymore.

“Another big thing is getting your guests to remember that a park is open when previously it wasn’t. That’s a whole marketing campaign on its own. You also need to be sure you have made operational guidelines for operations in different weather conditions. For example, you would need to figure out how to operate after it snows if you’re in a cold environment. There are also some liabilities switching from a seasonal staffing operation to full-time staff, so that would need to be considered as well.”

Despite these concerns, SeaWorld San Antonio’s move to year-round operations has been lauded as a step in the right direction for the company as it is thought that it will help drive more annual pass sales. SeaWorld paired the operational announcement with one regarding a new annual pass deal. SeaWorld has seen success in recent years by focusing on locals, including in the weeks since reopening post-lockdown.

The move in San Antonio means Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Sesame Place Pittsburgh are the only major SeaWorld parks not operating year-round.

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Meet The Rioting Criminals Kamala Harris Helped Bail Out Of Jail

Meet The Rioting Criminals Kamala
Harris Helped Bail Out Of Jail 4 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/31/2020 3:20:54 PM Post Reply

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a problem. They know it, the media knows it, everyone knows it. For three months they have ignored the deadly rioting that spread across the nation’s cities on both coasts and in between. They insisted that what we were seeing was “mostly peaceful” protests and that Donald Trump and his evil allies were defaming decent Americans who just want social justice. Now they want to denounce these riots, but there is a problem:Harris is a financial supporter of the rioters she now claims to denounce.

Joe Biden’s statement on the
violence and riots is
way too little, way too late 2 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/31/2020 3:14:30 PM Post Reply

After three months of violence, vandalism, and arson in our biggest cities, all of it excused and encouraged by Democrats, we’re supposed to be impressed that the party’s presidential nominee released a statement calling it “unacceptable.” The national media will no doubt declare the note, posted Sunday night on Biden’s campaign site, a display of true leadership — because nothing arouses them more than a statement with words like “unequivocally” and “condolences.” But it’s far too late for Democrats to pretend that they didn’t overtly advocate for and make excuses for this horror show. They’ve only changed their tune now because street violence, chaos, death,

At RNC, Pocketbook Voters
Articulate Trump’s Appeal 1 reply

Posted by Garnet 8/28/2020 2:25:22 PM Post Reply

Democrats are worried. A centerpiece of their convention last week focused on inspiring personal stories from average working Americans of every color and creed talking about why Trump needs to go. They projected confidence that they had a lock on everyday, working-class Americans. They were wrong. Some of the most poignant and powerful moments of the Republican convention this week have come from Americans from myriad backgrounds offering compelling reasons behind their support for Donald Trump’s second term.Many of these GOP speakers hail from key presidential battleground states and were there to talk about practical pocketbook issues, keeping their jobs and businesses on the right track.

Trump’s strong Republican Convention speech
increases his reelection chances 10 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/28/2020 2:20:54 PM Post Reply

President Trump delivered one of the best speeches of his political career Thursday night as he accepted the Republican National Convention’s nomination for a second term, boosting his chances for reelection.The president’s 70-minute speech was highly effective in the sense that he drew clear and arguably persuasive contrasts between himself and former Vice President Joe Biden in many areas, including their broad-based visions for America, the economy, and law enforcement. In a way that was reminiscent of Trump’s positioning during the 2016 campaign, the president made it clear that he is running as an outsider and a non-politician against Democratic presidential nominee Biden, who Trump characterized as embodying the political class

CNN’s Joe Lockhart suggests
Hurricane Laura hitting Gulf
Coast is ‘karma’ 27 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/27/2020 1:12:41 PM Post Reply

CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart is facing more criticism over his Twitter activity, this time suggesting that “karma” is involved in the trajectory of Hurricane Laura.Hurricane Laura was upgraded to a Category 4 storm as it approaches Texas and Louisiana. Anti-Trump writer David Rothkopf questioned whether the hurricane is tied to other events like the coronavirus outbreak and the wildfires that have hit California.”A massive hurricane that may be part of an unprecedented hurricane season is bearing down on the Gulf Coast. California is being devastated by some of the worst fires in history. The worst pandemic in 100 years

CNBC Swing State Poll:
COVID-19 Fears Falling,
Donald Trump Approval Rising 8 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/27/2020 1:07:38 PM Post Reply

A CNBC poll of swing states reports likely voters are growing less concerned about COVID-19 and slightly more approving of President Donald Trump’s job performance. Sixty-six percent of likely voters in the CNBC/Change poll of swing states said they have serious concerns about the virus, down three points from two weeks ago.The poll included voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Forty-seven percent of voters now approve of Trump’s handling of the virus, up three points from earlier in August. The poll surveyed 4,904 people across the six states from Friday through Sunday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points.

We could ‘beat’ COVID-19 before
a vaccine is ready 9 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/26/2020 3:28:06 PM Post Reply

Is a vaccine the only way to return to normal after ­COVID-19? New research into the virus suggests not — that the infection rate may drop to tiny levels before then. Since the spring, scientists have known the virus’s infection fatality rate — how many people it kills compared to the number it infects — is under 1 percent, perhaps as low as 0.2 percent. That lower figure translates into one death for every 500 people infected. We have also known that deaths are seriously skewed by age. The media says older people are at “more” risk from the novel coronavirus than younger people. That’s true,

The mob are turning
into Trump’s useful idiots 8 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/25/2020 11:21:36 AM Post Reply

Protesters have been setting fire to yet another American city today to tell us that black lives matter. This latest eruption is in response to a disturbing video that shows a black man being shot repeatedly in the back by police as he reaches into his car in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The man in question is called Jacob Blake. He is reported to be in a serious condition, but still alive in hospital this morning. An investigation into the shooting is taking place, but the mob smashing up Kenosha doesn’t care about that — it cares about rage and destruction.

The search for collusion 6 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/25/2020 11:18:44 AM Post Reply

Byron York’s new book, Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump, will be published Sept. 8. An account of the long effort to remove President Trump from office, from the roots of the Mueller investigation through the impeachment acquittal, the book includes interviews, documents, and accounts that have never been seen before. (Snip)From Obsession: Trump and his team began the Mueller investigation by believing that 1) they could build a good working relationship with Mueller and 2) it would be all over by the end of 2017, just six months away. “The president wanted it over yesterday,” recalled Michael Bowe. “I believe he felt like any client wrongly accused:

‘An enormous ditch’: Republicans turn
to Charlie Kirk, Trump family confidant,
to close yawning youth voter gap 7 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/24/2020 4:49:16 PM Post Reply

He attacked Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Jill Biden. He went after Chicago’s mayor, the mainstream media, and Black Lives Matter. And he accused former President Barack Obama of lying and said he should be “under investigation for treason—NOT speaking at a political convention.” As the Democratic National Convention unfolded online last week, Charlie Kirk’s Twitter feed looked a lot like President Donald Trump’s. Now, the 26-year-old conservative darling will take his message from Twitter to the (virtual) big stage at the Republican National Convention. Kirk is a Trump family confidant and the head of Turning Point USA, which is devoted to attracting and energizing young voters.

The Things Not Said: What
Do Democrats Have to Hide? 7 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/24/2020 2:12:00 PM Post Reply

In the case of the Democrats, a kind of poetic justice was achieved last week when a virtual convention nominated a virtual candidate for what promises to be a virtual presidency. COVID-19 made both major parties opt for political conventions that don’t put delegates and others at risk with large in-person gatherings, but for Democrats, lessening the risk of disease also meant lessening the risk of the public finding out that there is less than meets the eye to Joe Biden and his candidacy.What was obvious from start to finish was that a pre-recorded, pre-scripted, pre-ordained infomercial gave Democrats the perfect opportunity to divert the attention of America away

Kamala Harris Won’t
Motivate Minority Voters 8 replies

Posted by Garnet 8/21/2020 6:16:49 AM Post Reply

Now that the Democrats have finally finished inflicting their excruciating “virtual convention” on us, it’s useful to consider what they inadvertently revealed about their biggest worry as the November election looms. Nowhere was that angst more obvious than in Wednesday’s soporific speech by Kamala Harris accepting the party’s vice presidential nomination. She began by invoking 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, failing to mention that it was passed and shepherded through the ratification process by the Republican Party, then segued to a desperate plea: “It’s not about Joe or me.… It’s about you … and getting out the vote.” Translation: “The Biden presidential campaign suffers from a deadly enthusiasm deficit.”


City reminds drivers on traffic safety as students prepare to return to school

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“Folks who are not obeying the law in playground zones where there’s automated enforcement locations will receive a ticket,” Lamarre said.

Another step parents can take to follow traffic safety is to watch where they park when picking up or dropping off students, according to Troy Courtoreille, coordinator of parking enforcement service’s with the City of Edmonton.

“Parents that have parked too close to crosswalks, too close to intersections, or stop in the middle of the road to either let their child out or pick their child up can cause serious safety issues,” Courtoreille said. “Illegal parking also causes congestion and visual obstructions, making it hard for drivers to see pedestrians, including children crossing the street.”

Courtoreille said there has been a “substantial increase” in requests for extra patrols in school zones during the school year. From 2015 to 2017, the service was averaging about 80 requests for extra patrols while in 2018 and 2019, that number jumped to just under 300 extra patrol requests above the base level of service that is already provided.

Courtoreille said there will be a three week education awareness campaign where officers will talk to parents about school safety and good parking habits and issue warnings.

Parking fines can range from $50 to $100.

Since playground zones were implemented in 2017, collisions around schools have decreased by 13 per cent, injuries and fatalities decreased by 42 per cent and injuries to vulnerable road users such as children have decreased by 71 per cent.




SeaWorld to bring back Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration events, though with limited capacity


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Orlando theme park SeaWorld on Monday unveiled revamped versions of seasonal favorites set for this fall.

SeaWorld is bringing back the annual Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration, and both special events will be included in the price of park admission, though with limited capacity and safety measures in place.

SeaWorld kicks off the SeaWorld Spooktacular on Sept. 19. Running through Nov. 1, the daytime (awwwww, man) event promises a “slightly spooky trick or treat trail” and socially distanced meet-and-greets with “silly Halloween characters.” With Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party canceled, this is the only Halloween game in town for Orlando’s all-ages theme park lovers.

And looking ahead, on Nov. 23 SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration starts up. Running select nights through Dec. 31, the Celebration features live events, seasonal shopping and “joyous entertainment.”

As well, the park is bringing back the Fun Card annual pass, but with a bit of an added bonus. If you buy one for 2021 now, you will get free admission into SeaWorld for the rest of 2020 added on.

You can make reservations to attend SeaWorld here.

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Slave-owner’s name taken offColumbia University dorm

Slave-owner’s name taken off
Columbia University dorm 1 reply

Posted by Ribicon 8/31/2020 2:23:43 PM Post Reply

Columbia University has removed the name of the founder of its medical school, who also served as George Washington’s doctor, from a campus dormitory because he was a slave owner. Samuel Bard, the founder of what is now Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, was a pioneer in obstetrics and the treatment of diphtheria, but also owned several slaves and once advertised promising a reward for the return of one who had run away. Bard Hall, which opened in 1931, is a dormitory for clinical students. In a letter to students and faculty, Columbia President Lee Bollinger said that the change “feels urgent”.

Skyrocketing demolition costs for
riot-damaged Minneapolis, St.. Paul
properties delay rebuilding 19 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/31/2020 12:20:19 PM Post Reply

One day after rioters destroyed the Sports Dome retail complex in St. Paul, a construction crew hired by the city knocked the building down because it was dangerously unstable. Then the city presented the property owners with a $140,000 bill for what it would cost to haul away the debris. “We were really upset about that,” said property owner Jay Kim, whose insurance policy covers a maximum of $25,000 in demolition costs. “We thought that was high. But we didn’t know how much demolition would cost at the time.” Like dozens of other investors whose properties were severely damaged in the May riots,

More troops say they’ll vote
for Biden than Trump: poll 48 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/31/2020 9:39:21 AM Post Reply

More active-duty U.S. troops say they’ll vote for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden than President Trump in the November election, a new poll shows, continuing a steady decline in the commander in chief’s favorability ratings among service members. A Military Times survey released Monday found that if the election were held today, 41% of active-duty troops say they’d vote for Mr. Biden, compared to just 37% for the president. Another 13% said they intend to back a third-party candidate, while 9% said they’d skip the presidential election altogether. The Military Times surveyed 1,018 active-duty troops for the poll.

BLM ‘activists’ celebrated as
Trump supporter was killed 6 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/31/2020 9:28:14 AM Post Reply

It’s spine-chilling to hear activists in Portland cheering about the cold-blooded murder of a Trump supporter Saturday night. “I am not sad that a f–king fascist died tonight,” a woman shouts into a megaphone at a BLM-Antifa gathering after a man was shot dead nearby. “He was a f–king Nazi. Our community held its own and took out the trash.” Videos posted by independent journalists Andy Ngo and Ian Miles Cheong show an American flag being burned in celebration as the crowd revels in the news.(Snip) The victim, identified as Aaron Danielson, reportedly was wearing the cap of conservative-libertarian

Revealed: Suspect, 48, in fatal shooting
of Patriot Prayer supporter is dad-of-two
who describes himself as ‘100% ANTIFA’
and ‘took a loaded gun to a Portland
protest earlier this year’ 10 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/31/2020 9:09:20 AM Post Reply

The suspect under investigation following the fatal shooting of a Patriot Prayer supporter has been named as a dad-of-two who describes himself as ‘100% ANTIFA’. Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was named by The Oregonian Sunday evening as someone police are investigating. He had already been accused of taking a loaded gun to an earlier Portland protest and social media posts show him attending Black Lives Matter protests. Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson identified the victim of Saturday night’s shooting as Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson.(Snip) But he’s also been very impulsive and irrational.’ Allegations surrounding his earlier arrest for carrying a loaded gun

SC’s Graham calls QAnon ‘batshit crazy’
as handful of GOP candidates back group 30 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/30/2020 6:28:58 PM Post Reply

Columbia, S.C.—U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who is running for reelection in November, characterized the conspiracy theory group QAnon as “batshit crazy,” as some Republican congressional candidates support the group. Graham made the comments in an interview with Vanity Fair contributor Peter Hamby for his Snapchat show Good Luck America. The interview touched upon how to stop groups from spreading unfounded conspiracy theories online. “Well, QAnon is batshit crazy. Crazy stuff. Inspiring people to violence,“ Graham said. “I think it is a platform that plays off people’s fears, that compels them to do things they normally wouldn’t do. And it’s very much a threat.

Fleet of moving trucks mark exodus from
Manhattan’s troubled Upper West Side 23 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/30/2020 2:18:13 PM Post Reply

Moving trucks were out in force on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Saturday—leaving Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa practically tripping over them.
“The mass evacuation of Upper West Siders from NYC is in full effect,” Sliwa, who lives on W. 87th Street, lamented, blaming the city’s decision this summer to house hundreds of emotionally disturbed homeless and recovering addicts in neighborhood hotels. A mayoral candidate, Sliwa has been organizing and often leading Guardian Angels patrols of the area.(Snip)
Stopping at each truck, he was told each was heading out of state. No sooner had Sliwa stepped out of his apartment building

Anthony Martignetti, of
classic ‘Anthony!’ spaghetti
commercial, dies at 63 6 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/30/2020 10:49:51 AM Post Reply

Boston—The Massachusetts man who as a 12-year-old boy appeared in an iconic television commercial for Prince spaghetti running through the streets of Boston’s Italian North End has died. The death of Anthony Martignetti was announced on Facebook by his brother Andy. He was 63.(Snip) The 1969 commercial featured a woman—not Martignetti’s real mother—leaning out a tenement window and shouting “Anthony! Anthony!” The commercial that ran nationally for 13 years cut to the young boy, who had moved to the US from Italy just three years prior, sprinting through the city streets, until he burst panting through the front door.

Barack Obama ‘helped convince LeBron
James to resume NBA playoffs and advised
players to use the games to advocate
for changes they want’ 36 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/29/2020 7:05:06 PM Post Reply

Former President Barack Obama has reportedly played a role in convincing LeBron James and other NBA players to resume the postseason after they boycotted it in protest of racial injustice. Obama spoke with James, National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul, and other players in a conference call late on Wednesday night, after all NBA games were cancelled due to the boycott, the Athletic reported, citing sources. James had advocated for ending the NBA season entirely, and Obama reportedly told him and the other players that they could use the remaining games to advocate for the changes they want to see if they resumed playing.

New Jersey Teen Who Organized
Rally Supporting Black Lives
Matter and Affordable Housing
Billed for Police Overtime 19 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/29/2020 11:56:00 AM Post Reply

Englewood Cliffs, N.J.–A New Jersey teen thought she was only exercising her First Amendment right when she organized a protest in support of Black Lives Matter. Not long after, she received a bill for thousands of dollars in the mail from the mayor, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported. After watching thousands of Americans show support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Emily Gil, 18, was inspired to hold her own rally at home in Englewood Cliffs.(Snip) A few days later, Gil said she received a letter from Mayor Mario Kranjac, billing her for about $2,500 worth of police overtime used during the protest.

Bon Appetit appoints new editor-
in-chief after race controversy 14 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/29/2020 11:23:54 AM Post Reply

Condé Nast tapped Dawn Davis as the new editor in chief for Bon Appetit after race controversies ousted the food magazine’s top editor earlier this summer. An award-winning book editor known for promoting marginalized voices, Davis was most recently vice president and publisher of 37 Ink, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She replaced longtime editor in chief Adam Rapoport, who stepped down in June amid outcry over a 2013 Instagram post of him wearing “brown face” in a Puerto Rican costume for a Halloween party.(Snip) “A proven trailblazer in publishing and known for her innovative approach, Dawn’s ability to find emerging voices

Concrete barriers put up around
Seattle Police East Precinct
after arson, vandalism 12 replies

Posted by Ribicon 8/29/2020 10:30:30 AM Post Reply

Seattle—People going by the Seattle Police Department East Precinct on Capitol Hill will notice some big changes to the building, including the installation of concrete barriers. Over the next several days, the precinct will be undergoing structural upgrades in an effort to “protect the facility from arson and other damages” as well as protect officers inside and residents who live nearby, according to a statement from city of Seattle officials on Friday.(Snip) The changes come following a busy week of protests in Seattle. On Monday, a fire was set outside the East Precinct and a group of people allegedly used quick-drying cement


Physical-distancing rule in Alberta classrooms removed in weekend order signed by Hinshaw

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The weekend order does not change the province’s mask mandate, which requires all students in Grades 4 to 12 to wear masks in shared and common areas including hallways and school buses as well as classrooms when teachers and students are working closely together. Staff are required to wear masks in all settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

There are exceptions to the rule, for example if a student is unable to wear a mask due to physical or mental limitations, or if they are separated by a physical barrier.

When the mask mandate was announced in early August, Hinshaw said masks are optional if teachers are at the front of the classroom and students are sitting quietly at their desks, not facing each other and are “as far apart as possible” even if that is slightly less than the two-metre separation.

Trisha Estabrooks, board chairwoman at Edmonton Public Schools, said following the August announcement the district would go beyond the province’s rules by requiring students in grades 4-12 to wear masks whenever they are in a classroom because students are not able to physically distance.

The NDP has also called on the government to make public Hinshaw’s advice to the government public amid concerns the government’s policy and back-to-school plan appeared to contradict it.

Answering questions at a legislative committee hearing looking at the Public Health Act Thursday, Hinshaw clarified that her role as chief public health officer is not to be a decision-maker but to be an adviser who makes recommendations to the health minister.

“The decision-makers take the chief medical officer of health’s advice as one part of the considerations in the very difficult decisions that they need to make and I have always felt that the advice that I have provided has been met with respect and has been considered,” said Hinshaw.

Hinshaw is expected to speak at a 3:30 availability today.

More to come…




Publix is removing one-way aisles from locations as local ordinances change


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Lakeland-based grocery giant Publix announced that it has removed one-way aisle signage from some of the chain’s locations because local ordinances no longer require it.

As of now, only Publix stores not under local ordinance will be affected, says the company, who reiterated that many safety measures will still be in place (like masks and plexiglass barriers).

News of the decision came over the weekend, and Publix defended the move by arguing that one-way aisles are no longer necessary because “we’ve adopted it into our routines.”

The one-way aisles were first introduced at Publix back in April, and the company actually began rolling back some of its pandemic-related health standards last May, when stores returned to normal shopping hours.

Earlier this month, Publix announced that it made an extra $2.5 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This story originally appeared in our sister paper Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
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Cultural Suicide Is Painless

Cultural Suicide Is Painless 4 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/31/2020 12:57:52 PM Post Reply

In February, New York was the world’s most dynamic metropolis. By August, the city was more like the ruins of Ephesus. It is not all that hard to blow up a culture. You can do it in a summer if you haven’t much worry about others. When you loot and burn a Target in an hour, it takes months to realize there are no more neighborhood Target-stocked groceries, toilet paper, and Advil to buy this winter. You can in a night assault the police, spit at them, hope to infect them with the coronavirus, and even burn them alive. But when you call 911 in a few weeks after your car is

Corporate Media Didn’t Report What It’s
Really Like In Kenosha, Wisconsin, So
I Will 16 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/30/2020 1:04:48 PM Post Reply

Kenosha, Wisconsin is situated in the southern part of the state, about an hour and a half from Chicago, and has a population of approximately 100,000. (Snip)the city “is like a lot of cities in Wisconsin.” Steil says Kenosha is “family-centered” and “hard-working.”(Snip)Kenosha became a very different place after police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times.(Snip)In uptown Kenosha, on Tuesday night, a woman, who said she has lived in Kenosha for more than 40 years, broke down in tears, saying her city felt like a “war zone” and she was “terrified.”(Snip)something I had only seen in photos of war-torn countries.

Meet the Democrats’ Newest Strategist 23 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/30/2020 12:14:01 PM Post Reply

Her name is Vicky Osterweil. It’s a pity that she is only emerging on the scene now. Had her ideas enjoyed broad circulation even a month ago, she could have made a major and clarifying contribution to the Democratic Party’s platform.(Snip)But the policy particulars that flowed from these sentiments were more adumbrated than stated directly. Vicky Osterweil (formerly Willie) fills in some blanks. Too bad she didn’t have a spot speaking at the convention. She sums up so much of what the Democrats are about today. Like Joe Biden (and like his mentor Barack Obama), she is passionately committed to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

How The CIA Used The Media to Ensnare
Michael Flynn 7 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/30/2020 10:49:24 AM Post Reply

If Vladimir Putin was willing to help President Barack Obama seal the misbegotten Iranian nuclear deal, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA),was not. His resistance made him a target, especially once he started advising candidate Donald Trump. As to who launched the disinformation campaign against Flynn, the jury is still out. Best evidence, however, suggests forces within the CIA working in tandem with its friends in the media.The co-conspirators started publicly setting the trap with a February 2016 Reuters article teasingly titled, “Trump being advised by ex-U.S. Lieutenant General who favors closer Russia ties.” https://reut.rs/2EwzoEL This was a bold gambit.

A Tyranny Perpetual and Universal? 10 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/30/2020 10:26:12 AM Post Reply

After “Is 2020 another ‘Flight 93 election?’” the question I most often hear is “What happens if Trump loses?” The answer to the first question, unfortunately, is yes, but more so. The tl;dr summary of the answer to the second is: much more of the same. More of all the trends, policies, and practices that revolutionized American life in the 1960s, that enrich the ruling class and its foot soldiers at middle America’s expense, erode our natural and constitutionally guaranteed rights and liberties, degrade our culture and its people, and dishonor our heritage and history. The war on those who self-identify as Americans, and only as Americans, who love their country

After the RNC, I am confident Trump will
triumph 10 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/29/2020 2:39:49 PM Post Reply

In most cases, prediction in politics is a mug’s game. Maybe that is why it is such a popular game. I forbear to speculate. (Snip)Many commentators (including myself) have dilated on the striking difference in tone between the two conventions: according to the Democrats, America is steeped in ‘systemic racism’ and the ideology of ‘white supremacism’. (Snip)The Republicans, by contrast, presented America as a land of hope. Its guiding themes were promise, opportunity, heroes and national greatness. The Dems invite us to wallow in rancorous resentment, feeling good by feeling bad, while the Republicans celebrated the ‘better angels of our nature’ (Lincoln again), embracing life, prosperity, second-chances, and forgiveness.

Why This Ex-Never Trumper Wants Four
More Years 21 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/29/2020 1:12:41 PM Post Reply

In October of 2016, James Taranto wrote in the Wall Street Journal that I was “one of the 2 or 3 most intense Never Trumpers we’ve encountered all year.” He was right. (Snip) My criticism of Trump was relentless and brutal. I exposed his connections to Mafia figures, I latched on to any vague allegation of racism I could find, I didn’t just want him to lose, I wanted him to lose in a landslide. Thursday night, as I watched my president accept the nomination of the Republican Party for the second time, I fully realized how wrong I had been.This is not new for me, I’m wrong a lot.

C-SPAN Had So Many Democrats Calling
In Support For Trump That They Had
To Change Their Protocol 12 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/29/2020 11:26:15 AM Post Reply

C-SPAN changed their open phone line labels after an overwhelming number of Democratic viewers called on Wednesday night proclaiming their support for President Donald Trump in the upcoming election. “I’m a longtime Democrat, born and raised … After watching tonight … I have made up my mind. I am definitely gonna vote for Donald Trump,” said one of the many voters who dialed in. Before the Republican National Convention, C-SPAN’s open phone lines were labeled as open for “Democrats,” “Republicans,” and “Other” viewers to call into and share their opinions on-air. (Snip) the network adjusted the phone lines to encompass those who “Support Trump,” “Support Biden”

Poll: John James Takes Lead in Michigan
Senate Race 13 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/29/2020 10:46:04 AM Post Reply

According to a new Trafalgar Group poll, Republican challenger John James has taken the lead over incumbent Sen. Gary Peters (D) in the key battleground state of Michigan. The survey, which was conducted during the Democratic National Convention, and before the Republican National Convention, showed James with 48.1 percent support, compared to 46.6 percent for Peters. Other candidates have the support of 2.1 percent of respondents, while 3.2 percent were undecided.(Snip)Another poll in the state released Friday showed President Trump with a narrow lead over Joe Biden, 46.6 percent to 45.2 percent. “Voters are looking for leadership, not a self-serving career politician,” James spokeswoman Abby Walls

The Social Construction of Black
Self-Destruction 7 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/28/2020 2:17:40 PM Post Reply

Egged on by Joe Biden and Wisconsin governor Tony Evers, a mob of Black Lives Matter rioters has been burning down Kenosha, Wis. They are angry over the latest police shooting of yet another black criminal who assumed he is racially entitled to resist arrest. The new Zeroth Amendment to the Constitution reads “No Black man must submit to being arrested if He’s really not in the mood to be arrested.” (The old Zeroth Amendment—“Everybody on Earth has the right to immigrate to America and Americans aren’t allowed to object”—was demoted to the Negative First Amendment about the time in June it was decided that blacks are now Blacks.)

A Democratic Marooning 3 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/28/2020 1:17:35 PM Post Reply

Formentera, Spain – Nowadays it is impossible to go out on the streets and not break the law in some way, often unconsciously. The increase in prohibition and regulation with the viral excuse brings many European democracies dangerously close to the dictatorships of the last century. Many laws transform us into criminals, and the sanitary mask is a perfect atrezzo for the vulgar modern bandit. Perhaps that is why this summer more boats are seen than ever before sailing along the Spanish coast, especially in the Balearic Islands. With such legal chaos on land, the sea offers the promise of freedom, like in the times of the lame corsair Byron.

The Michael Flynn Saga Reveals Democrats’
Near-Coup Use Of Federal Power 9 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/28/2020 12:10:49 PM Post Reply

For the last year, the discussion of the Russia collusion hoax as it relates to Michael Flynn has focused on the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security advisor.(Snip)William Barr and Fox News’ Mark Levin three Sundays ago suggested these lines of inquiry. About halfway through the hour-long interview, Levin asked the attorney general about the Flynn case. Barr explained how he had appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen to review the Flynn case after Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, began accusing the Department of Justice of misconduct. “Everyone who knew anything about that case thought it was hinky,” Barr explained.“It didn’t all add up,”


Edmonton Oilers make small and smart bet on useful checking winger Patrick Russell

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-4. Russell’s performance that year was enough to get him some cred in the Oilers organization. This past season in training camp, he earned a spot by showing himself to be a fully trustworthy defensive hockey players — and coach Dave Tippett likes that kind of player. Russell did nothing on defence all year to diminish the coach’s trust in him. He gave fanatical effort every shift, went up and down his wing in swift and aggressive fashion, stayed on the right side of his check at almost all times, and chipped in on the odd scoring chances. His underlying numbers on Grade A scoring chances were middle of the pack for Oilers wingers.

-5. Russell chipped on the lowest number of goals per game of any Oilers winger not named Markus Granlund, making a major contribution to just five goals in 476 even strength minutes. But he made a major mistake on just four goals against. That’s not a good ratio for a winger. You would like to see about a two plus-to-one minus ratio on even strength goals. But when it came to his plus-minus on Grade A scoring chances, a more significant underlying number, he was better. He made more contributions to 40 Grade A chances and mistakes on just 13 against. He, Joakim Nygard and the Alex Chiasson were the stingiest Oilers wingers on the defensive side, the least likely to make a major mistake leading to a scoring chance against. And that, more than anything else, is why Russell is back this year. He won’t hurt you, he’ll chip in with some grit and enthusiasm on the ice, and with any kind of luck, he’ll put up 7 or 8 goals and 15 or so points if he plays 60 games on the fourth line.

-6. Russell was used in his 45 games for 31 minutes on the penalty kill. I expect he’ll get much more time in that role this year, especially if one or two regular penalty killers are moved out.

-7. Russell is doing it a hard way, but he keeps chugging along. He signed a two-year ELC coming out of college, but has earned new one-year deals three years in a row from the Oilers. He’s forever got to keep earning his keep, proving his value. He’s forever on try-out. But aren’t we all in this life, if you know what I mean? He’s a workaday, every man player, so I find it hard not to pull for the guy.


Busch Gardens will bring back Bier Fest in September with new safety measures


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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced on Monday morning that its annual Bier Fest will return, but with significantly less crowds.

Beginning every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 12-Nov. 15, guests can explore 16 Bier Fest cabins spread out across Busch Gardens’ open-air festival, which will include limited-capacity, modified food and beverage serving procedures and contact-free transaction options, says the theme park.

The festival, now in its third year, will also highlight a menu of new beer-inspired dishes, like Mojo-roasted heritage pork pub chip nachos, Sam Adams OctoberFest braised short ribs and New England IPA drunken shrimp tacos, Yuengling’s Black & Tan chocolate cupcakes, and Mojo roasted heritage pork pub chip nachos and loaded mac and cheese with Budweiser cheese sauce.

Sampler Lanyards start at $32.99, and include a five-sample punch card. Pass member discounts are also available. More info can be found here.

This story originally appeared in our sister paper Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
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