BIS Export Controls and Compliance Seminar
Sustainability & Globalization Lecture Series
on Climate Change and Disaster Planning feat. Rov Verchick
Rob Verchick holds the Gauthier-St.Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans, where he is also Faculty Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use. He recently served in the Obama Administrations as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. RSVP NOW to attend
Jobs for Veterans
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s veterans employment program, Hiring Our Heroes, will welcome Entergy Corporation as the newest member of the National Advisory Circle of the Veterans Employment Advisory Council (VEAC), comprised of 21 of America’s biggest private-sector employers across all industries and sectors.
Entergy will inaugurate its membership on the VEAC through sponsorship of a Hiring Our Heroes veterans’ job fair at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The hiring fair is being co-hosted by the Chamber and RecruitMilitary, a military-to-civilian recruiting firm, and also a VEAC member. Entergy will also be joined at the event by fellow VEAC member and co-sponsor Walmart. Louisiana House Speaker Pro-tem Walt Leger III will make remarks and meet with the veterans and employers.
The Chamber launched the VEAC on November 10, 2011.
Paws on Parade, a group of Mardi Gras Bead Dog® sculptures, will be on display beginning January 5th, 2012. Continuing the tradition of public art these sculptures support the art community and give them a canvas on which to display their designs. Scattered throughout Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish, each sculpture showcases a unique design.
The LA/SPCA plans to install forty-five sculptures over the next four weeks. Haydel’s Bakery donated the Mardi Gras Bead Dog® mold for the Paws on Parade public art project, which embodies the LA/SPCA’s mission of improving the quality of life for the animals in our region. Each sculpture will raise awareness for animal welfare in New Orleans while beautifying its surroundings. The LA/SPCA is excited to use such an iconic representation of New Orleans to benefit the animals. Sponsorships are still available.
See photos and more info at www.la-spca.org/pawsonparade
Here is testimony by Louisiana Agricultural Commissioner, Mike Strain:
the Realize America’s Maritime Promise Act
February 1, 2012
Statement of Dr. Mike Strain, DVM
Commissioner, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Good morning, Mr. Chairman. My name is Dr. Mike Strain and I am the Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
I am testifying today on behalf the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. My statement is also consistent with the position of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). NASDA represents the commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the state departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four territories. State departments of agriculture are responsible for a wide range of programs including food safety, combating the introduction and spread of plant and animal diseases, and fostering the economic vitality of our rural communities.
I am also the President of the Southern United States Trade Association. This is a Regional Trade Group that offers services to help
We commend you, Mr. Chairman, and members of the committee, for holding this hearing to discuss the Realize America's Maritime Promise Act and wish to express our appreciation for this opportunity to share our views.
I will provide you with compelling reasons to continue to fund efforts that help maintain the ability of American agriculture, and boost
The inability to maintain the Mississippi River at sufficient depths and widths through dredging will also have significant impact to
In August of 2011, United States Department of Agriculture Secrertary Vilsack released the new forecast of
The passage of the three free trade agreements with
With 60 percent growth projected in grain exports alone – not counting feed and other agricultural commodities nor manufactured goods – nearly 1,500 additional barge trips would be added by the
In February 2011, the National Association of State Department’s of Agriculture (NASDA) unanimously passed a resolution to support “action to fully utilize all funds in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for the purposes of dredging our nation’s ports, rivers and waterways to fully meet navigation channel maintenance requirements.” NASDA has since been active in recruiting co-sponsors for the RAMP Act and, in July 2011, then-President Leonard Blackham, Commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture, submitted a letter to the leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment supporting passage of the legislation. A lack of action is of concern not only to lower Mississippi River states an upper
In just one generation, there were 100 million more people in
Neglecting the maintenance needs of the river threatens to raise the cost of transportation in a way that harms farmers, industries and shippers throughout the heartland of
I urge you to pass this important legislation.
Family Gras 2012 scheduled February 10th – 12th in
Parachute rocketed to the top of iTunes with their second album. They have consistently scored hits in the Billboard Top 20 Hot AC list. The band also had the iTunes #1 Rock Song Kiss Me Slowly, co-written by frontman Will Anderson and Lady Antebellum.
The Pointer Sisters achieved mainstream success beginning in the 1970s. They are a diverse group with a large repertoire of hits. With favorites such as Fire, He’s So Shy, Slow Hand, Automatic, Jump (For My Love), I’m So Excited, Neutron Dance, Dare Me and more, The Pointer Sisters are an energized trio with three Grammy awards and three American Music Awards.
Below is the complete schedule for the three-day event which takes place on
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
5:30 p.m The Vettes
6:15 p.m. Electric Touch
7:00 p.m. Hot Chelle Rae
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
11:00 a.m. Creole String Beans
12:15 p.m. The Bacon Brothers
1:30 p.m. Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys
2:30 p.m. The Drifters (feat. Rick Sheppard)
3:30 p.m. Starship (feat. Mickey Thomas)
5:00 p.m. Bonnie Dune
6:15 p.m. The Pointer Sisters
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
10:00 a.m. The Doodlebops (Show 1)
10:30 a.m. Christina Grimmie
11:15 a.m. The Doodlebops (Show 2)
11:45 a.m. The Farm
12:30 p.m. Here Come The Mummies
1:30 p.m. Parachute
2:15 p.m. The Downtown Fiction
3:00 p.m. SafetySuit
4:00 p.m. Cowboy Mouth
New Orleans Blighted Houses
Over 20 blighted properties will be up for sale at four Sheriff sale auctions on February 2, February 9, February 16, and February 23, 2012. The auctions will take place at 12 noon in the first floor lobby of the Civil District Court.
The Landrieu administration has prioritized code lien foreclosure Sheriff sale auctions in its blight eradication strategy as it is the most cost-effective way to seize and then return blighted properties back into commerce. Unlike tax sales and sales of adjudicated properties, Sheriff sales have no redemptive period.
The starting bid for each property is generally two-thirds of its appraised value. Upon successfully bidding on the property, the successful bidder must immediately provide the Sheriff’s office ten percent (10%) of the purchase price paid in cash, money order, cashiers or certified check (no personal checks are accepted), plus their name, address, phone number, marital status and social security number.
“We continue to make great progress in our fight against blight by auctioning off these blighted properties,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Sheriff’s sales are a really important tool for us in both bringing properties back into commerce and for collecting blight liens.”
It has been just over one year since Mayor Landrieu announced a new, aggressive blight strategy aimed at reducing blighted properties by 10,000 by 2014. Since then, the City has conducted over 28,000 inspections, demolished 2,280 blighted units, moved over 1000 properties to code lien foreclosure, and collected over $1.5 million in blight liens and fines. The City has also held nearly 30 BlightStat performance management meetings.
For more questions about the Sheriff sale process and photos of the properties (when available), please visit www.civilsheriff.com. The City also maintains a list of properties set for sale, which can be viewed at data.nola.gov.
The following properties will be auctioned in February:
4408-10 S. Carrollton
2733-35 St. Peter
1941 N. Johnson
3625 N. Galvez
432 S. Scott
1443 N. Roman
2701 S. Liberty
7580 Pineridge Ct.