2 Sep

Mumps Confirmed In 7 Detainees At Houston ICE Facility

first_imgCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, mumps virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.Health officials said Saturday seven cases of the mumps have been confirmed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Houston.The Houston Health Department said that the seven adults were detained during their infectious period. Health officials say there’s no evidence the disease was transmitted outside the facility.The health department is working with the facility on infection control.Mumps is contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms are fever, headache, and painfully swollen salivary glands that can cause puffy cheeks. Most people recover within weeks. Outbreaks are rare but have happened in Texas and the Houston region.The mumps vaccine is part of routine childhood shots. U.S. health officials recommend that by age 6, all children get vaccinated for mumps, measles and rubella. Sharelast_img read more

30 Aug

Tumblrs David Karp on Why NYC Beats Silicon Valley

first_imgMay 17, 2012 In the drudge match for finding top tech talent, David Karp, the 25-year-old CEO of Tumblr calls his company’s New York City home his best asset.Karp sat down with Webby Awards Executive Director David-Michel Davies to discuss the growth of the micro-blogging site and the evolution of Tumblr, among other things. The “fireside chat” was part of Internet Week New York, a festival of more than 250 tech-focused events around the city that runs through May 21.While many on the West Coast talk about the area being the future, Karp says instead that New York is where it’s at. Referring to the Big Apple, as the “heart of the creative world,” he adds that his company’s location allows him to be closer to the people that are important to Tumblr, a.k.a. creative types.Plus, its NYC setting has helped the company lure some top talent from big tech companies, boasts Karp. Half of the Tumblr team of 100 people are “relos,” or individuals that relocated to the area. Even as Apple and Facebook are offering up highly competitive packages, he says it’s become easier to sell people on Tumblr, in part, because of what the city of more than 8 million people has to offer. NYC is just plain “cooler than Palo Alto,” Karp says.Related: A Note to Young Treps: Put Down the RamenOf course it might also have to do with the company’s dazzling success. During the chat with Davies, the grey hoodie-clad Karp threw out some nuggets like how the microblogging website has more than 55 million blogs and over 17 billion pageviews each month.After signing up 75,000 new users in its first week, the platform grew amid a community of loyal hackers and designers that were already embracing bite sized media. In recent years, however, Tumblr has gone more mainstream — landing praise from individuals and brands alike, including Newsweek and The Hunger Games movie.Today Karp notes that the company’s millions of users can expect one Tumblr to be reblogged 9 times. Meanwhile, he claims that WordPress averages 0.8 comments per post.Related: From Pinterest to Gumroad, 19-year-old Sahil Lavingia on His Trek Through Silicon Valley That uptake among users, has helped the now five-year-old company reach a valuation of $800 million.Not bad for a guy that started the platform, as a means for self-expression. In 2007, Karp was hoping to participate more in the blogging process, though he didn’t fashion himself a writer.”I don’t enjoy writing,” he told the audience. But, at the time, he says, blogging platforms were fashioned towards writers requiring a witty headline and a real editorial voice. Looking to share his interests outside of the “vanilla” Facebook page, Karp came up with the idea that has grown in its popularity due to the ease of sharing texts and visuals.”The non-ambitious thing about Tumblr is that it is a tool for me,” Karp says. “I didn’t expect anyone to use it. It wasn’t intended to be viral or popular. It was just intended to be useful.”Related: Going Out Tonight? Zoom in, Point and Click As for the other uber-popular sites like Pinterest, Karp says he isn’t worried about sharing any headlines. Karp told YoungEntrepreneur.com that he tries to avoid viewing things in the industry too competitively. “For me, it’s not about wanting to dominate the market. It’s wanting to make sure we’re not wasting our time.”What do you think has most helped Tumblr rise to success? Let us know in the comments below.Should you follow @YoungTrep on Twitter? Absolutely. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

19 Aug

Norwegian Bliss completes first season to Alaska will return next spring

first_img Share Posted by Tags: Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line Wednesday, September 26, 2018 MIAMI — Norwegian Bliss is set to wrap up its inaugural season to Alaska on Sept. 29 when it returns to the Port of Seattle, Washington.From there, the ship will head to Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Oct. 5-27, before repositioning to Port Miami for the fall/winter season in the Caribbean.Following the most successful ship launch in the company’s history, Norwegian Bliss was christened in Seattle on May 30. On June 2, it commenced its first summer season of seven-day Alaska cruises, welcoming nearly 77,000 guests over 17 voyages calling to Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau in Alaska, as well as to Victoria, B.C.The ship will return to Seattle on May 5, 2019 for a second Alaska season. At that time, it will be joined by Norwegian Joy sailing from Seattle, and Norwegian Jewel cruising from Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.“Norwegian Bliss was one of the most highly anticipated ships in the company’s history and was well received by our loyal guests and travel partners,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Her success surpassed anything we could have imagined, and as a result we are very enthusiastic about our decision to introduce her sister ship, Norwegian Joy, to the U.S. market in April 2019, when she joins Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Jewel in Alaska.”center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Norwegian Bliss completes first season to Alaska, will return next spring Travelweek Group last_img read more

19 Aug

Transat Air Canada stay the course as acquisition talks continue

first_img Share Tags: Air Canada, Group Mach, Transat Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Posted by Transat, Air Canada stay the course as acquisition talks continuecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — While it has “taken note” of the announcement from Group Mach, offering $14 per share as part of an acquisition bid that would take the company private, Transat says it remains committed to its 30-day binding period of exclusive negotiations with Air Canada.Group Mach’s bid tops Air Canada’s and includes $15 million from Spain’s TM Grupo Inmobiliario in exchange for a minority equity stake in Transat. TM has three hotels in Mexico, which is would roll over to Transat. Transat expects to open its own first resort in Mexico in 2020.Air Canada’s bid for Transat, announced May 16, offers $13 per share in a $520 million deal. Following Group Mach’s announcement yesterday, Air Canada was quick to reconfirm its commitment to Transat, saying it is in the process of finalizing its binding agreement to acquire the company. Air Canada added that it “has all necessary funding to complete the transaction and therefore it is not subject to financing conditions and does not require government or taxpayer assistance.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe statement from Transat said: “Transat would like to reiterate that it has entered into an agreement with Air Canada, pursuant to which it has agreed to a 30-day binding period of exclusive negotiations, beginning upon the commencement of a formal due diligence review. During this exclusivity period it is contemplated that Air Canada will complete its due diligence review and the parties will finalize the negotiation of a definitive agreement regarding the acquisition of all of the shares of Transat. This exclusivity period expires towards the end of June 2019.”Transat also said it won’t be issuing any further updates or comments as the process continues, except as required by law. Transat added: “The operations of Transat continue in their normal course and there will be no change for its clients, suppliers and employees. In particular, travellers and clients of Transat can continue to travel and book their flights and vacation packages with Transat as usual.” Travelweek Group last_img read more