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provisionProvision Healthcare, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, with expertise in development, management and startup of cancer centers and proton centers, and its partners have announced that it will make a capital investment and build a 30,000-square-foot Louisiana Proton Therapy Center in the New Orleans biomedical corridor. Deploying advanced technology that produces far fewer side effects than conventional radiation treatments for cancer, Provision plans to develop the center on the University Medical Center campus on Canal Street.

With the release of an American aid worker egypt ari, who was unfairly held in an Egyptian prison for three years, President Trump’s new approach to the Middle East has been vindicated. For weeks, Trump administration officials had been working behind the scenes to secure Ms. Hijazi’s release. The negotiations paid off yesterday when she was allowed to leave Egypt and return home to the United States. Today, President Trump welcomed her to the White House and praised her “great strength” during her time in prison.  

 

brokeLouisiana budget woes, taxes scares and end the film industry?

Does Louisiana need to raise taxes again this legislative session? How did we get into the mess where our budget woes have become an annual event or “rite of spring legislative session”? Where do we cut, whether we raise taxes or not? What about the film industry tax credits? Should they be pared back, expanded or eliminated altogether?
These are some of the topics Louisiana Senator Conrad Appel discussed during the last part of an online video Facebook Live interview, which took place last week.

Jindal emperorTwo major political events occurred January 2016 here in Louisiana.  The first was absolutely expected and many people looked forward to the day it would occur.  The second was unexpected yet, those controlling the Louisiana legislature and almost all of state government were probably pleased with the end result.

alexanderHe might as well take out a full page advertisement announcing it: my singular uber-boss (although he serves under two collective entities), Louisiana State University Pres. F. King Alexander, apparently is on the market for a new job.

collision segment1Watch out for Collision!! Collision Conference, that is, being held in New Orleans, this May.

That's my take attending the show last year. Collision Conference is where tech collides with business and opportunities.  And I must say, it just might even be better, this time coming.

kruschev kennedy Is another Cuban Missile Crisis at hand between the U.S. and North Korea? A little history can tell us just how dangerous a nuclear confrontation can be.

Fifty-four years ago, America faced another perilous moment and was on the brink of a nuclear war. The Russians were building missile sites in Cuba, allowing the potential for an all-out nuclear attack on the United States.  Younger Americans today are not aware of how close the world came to nuclear war, as historians would argue that this would become the most dangerous moment up to that time in human history. 

collision stellyOver the past few decades, New Orleans has received the tag as a great place to visit anytime, but especially, during the Spring.  For one, the weather is generally mild, while the food and the entertainment remain mostly “hot”.  Then, of course, there’s the festivals—the world renown New Orleans Jazz and heritage Festival and now, the French Quarter Festival.

 

trump sheriff In the last two weeks, President Trump has shown toughness with his military action against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his stance toward North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. 

kimThe most helpful suggestion anyone could offer President Trump about the parlay he’s being forced into with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is to settle the configuration of the table right away. LBJ’s 1968 Paris Peace talks with the North Vietnamese were stymied for a year because no one could agree on the shape the of the table. Eventually, three tables were employed; one round and two square ones that abutted the round one on each side. Once geometry was over the real work began.

 

topsOne of the recurring themes over the past few years of Louisiana budget battles, has been--why not consolidate the Universities to save money?

The argument goes--Louisiana has more universities and colleges than larger states, yet, we get less return for our dollars, therefore, should don't we consolidate which would make the system more streamlined?  If we were to do this, we would get greater efficiency at a lower cost. 

waguespack compressedThe following is a statement from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Stephen Waguespack, it's President and CEO:

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) today issued the following response to the delayed release of Governor Edwards’ bill to raise $900 million in new taxes on employers known as the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT).

  • Despite 5th plea, Schiff says House Intelligence Committee pursues Flynn's documents
  • Facebook Live: Discuss harm of Trump budget proposal on Louisiana coastal economy, restoration
  • Governor Edwards welcomes Pence with Medicaid, budget, Louisiana coast wishlist
  • World Premiere tonight in N.O. Bilderberg, the Movie

flynn2Despite General Michael Flynn’s announcement via his counsel that the General and former head of National Security, would take the 5th Amendment in Congressional proceedings, the Intelligence Committee will pursue information, regardless.

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560 usgs land loss map 2The efforts to rebuild the Louisiana coast has suffered a major and immediate setback, assuming that Congress goes along with the most recent budget proposal from President Trump.

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penceToday, Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Louisiana as he Veep is attending a event with top Louisianqa Republican officials. Along with the welcome, however, is a wishlist of requests including an item of recent vinctage involving the current Trump budget which tears a hole into the funding for the Louisiana coastal restoration. 

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bilderbergIt is always an honor when a movie premiere is held in New Orleans and tonight is no exception. At 7:30 p.m. Bilderberg, the Movie will premiere at the historic Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street.

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