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Post to Facebook Celebrity Summit passengers sick with stomach bug on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/19Z5s9t Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Summit passengers sick with stomach bug Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:59 p.m. EDT October 2, 2013 Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit. SHARE 9 CONNECT 34 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE More than 300 passengers and crew on the Celebrity Summit have been hit with a stomach bug identified as norovirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ship is on a two-week Canada/New England sailing, which embarked from Bayonne, N.J., on Sept. 21 and is due to return there on Saturday. In response to the outbreak which the CDC said affected 14.5% of passengers and 1.5% of crew onboard a beefed up cleaning and disinfection plan has been put in place on the ship. The CDC is also working with the cruise line on how to deal with “active cases” and cleansing procedures for when the ship returns to Bayonne. Through its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC said it would send an epidemiologist and an environmental health officer to meet the ship and do a health assessment, as well as to monitor sanitation procedures. The predominant symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness are vomiting and diarrhea. “Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship,” said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. “At Celebrity Cruises we have high health standards for all our guests and crew. During the sailing, we are taking a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness, including implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols, and using special cleaning products and disinfectants that are proven to kill norovirus to clean throughout the ship.

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Allen West did standup, Funniest Celebrity netted $17,530 (after grossing a remarkable $53,000), and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation got a check for $1,020. However: That check bounced, a Komen rep told us and they have no record of receiving a replacement. Siegel maintains that Komen received $1,400 from Funniest Celebrity. Where did the rest of the money go? Besides event costs, tax forms cite expenses such as rent, phone, travel, Web site and Siegels fee. Unlike previous years, he drew no salary in 2009. In 2010, he was paid $4,225; in 2011, it was $21,559. (Tax forms for 2012, when there was no Funniest Celebrity event, were not available.) Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher performs at Funniest Celebrity in 2009. (Dan Zak / The Washington Post) Doug White, a scholar of philanthropic practices, said that well-run charities aim for a 75-25 ratio, where the larger number goes to the charitable mission and the smaller sum to operating costs and expenses. For big galas and seated dinners, costs shouldnt exceed 40 percent.

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More And so Chadgate begins. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters) Yesterday, Chad Henderson became a verified Obamacare celebrity. The 21-year-old from Georgia was hounded by reporters after Enroll America identified him as someone who had successfully purchased insurance coverage on HealthCare.Gov (a relatively rare feat right now). Chad’s dad, Bill Henderson, says otherwise. He tells Peter Suderman that he believes Chad has not signed up for health coverage quite yet. Here’s one bit of their interview: Bill Henderson told me that both he and his son were interested in getting coverage, but that they had not enrolled in any plan yet, and to his knowledge, neither had his son.He also said that when they do enroll, getting the most coverage for the least money would be the goal, and that he expects that he and his son will get coverage under the same plan. Bill told me that Chad had been looking into plans online. He told me that theres different plans. And we havent decided which plans to enroll in yet. I’ve left a phone message with Chad asking him if he wants to comment on his dad’s comments. Chad never told me that his dad had signed up, but did say he enrolled in a plan around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.Either somebody is lying, or the Henderson family needs to work on its communication skills. Sarah Kliff covers health policy, focusing on Medicare, Medicaid and the health reform law. She tries to fit in some reproductive health and education policy coverage, too, alongside an occasional hockey reference. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Politico, and the BBC. She is on Twitter and Facebook .

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Together they are bringing the first mobile casino gaming solution to the cruise industry. Yes, you read that right. You’ll soon be able to download an app to your Apple or Android phone or tablet that will allow you play slots, table games, and video pokeranywhere aboard select Celebrity ships. Think of the possibilities: a hand of poker by the pool, slots on your stateroom balcony, or a game of roulette on the Lawn Club. Those are the experiences you’ll have in the coming months aboard all of Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships (Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette, and Reflection) as well as on its four recently “Solsticized” Millennium-class vessels (Constellation, Infinity, Millennium, and Summit). It’s easy. Just download the free Cantor Mobile Casino app via the shipboard WiFi network. Then, head to the ship’s casino desk to create and fund a “virtual wallet.” Voila. You’ll then be able to play a variety of casino games anywhere on the ship as long as it’s in international waters. Don’t worry if you don’t have a smart phone or tablet. Celebrity Cruises isn’t changing a thing in regards to its traditional onboard casinos . You’ll still be able to play games like blackjack, roulette, and poker (including Texas Hold ‘Em). Games like baccarat and Let It Ride are also available by request on some ships.