Saints coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, have signed a lease-to-purchase agreement on their dream house in the Dallas area. It's a spacious $4.5 million dwelling and property currently owned by New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teuxeria. The Paytons have two children, Meghan (13) and Connor (11) who attend parochial school on the Northshore. "The feedback that's I've gotten has been outstanding," said Payton. "It's a great sign of how much people care about our team and care about what we do. I don't ever take that lightly. I take it very seriously. The fans are passionate about the team and about what we've meant to the city. I'm glad to have been a part of if the last five years and look forward to the next five years. There's never a lull when it comes to the Saints in this community. The feedback and the support that I've gotten has been amazing, That is something that we don't ever take for granted."...
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman took on the United States Interior Department once again by ordering it to act quickly on five pending permits.
The ruling came the same day as oil containment test has proven successful.
Feldman told the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to act within 30 days. The agency rules on permit applications in the Gulf of Mexico.
What does Iran have in mind as it has reportedly requested two navy ships to pass through the Suez Canal? Is this the first possible foreign policy crises for the new Egyption government since the fall of Hosni Mubarak?
According to Marketwatch, the Egyptian government has received a request from Iran to allow two of its navy ships to pass through the Suez Canal, according to media reports Thursday.
Is it wise for Governor Jindal to continue certain targeted tax incentives to lure and keep businesses at a time education funding will be frozen?
Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan sent out a statement criticizing Jindal for announcing that he was in favor of extending and even expanding the incentives such as for Digital Media.
Below is the statement issued by Monaghan. Also, here is the story from February 17 in which Jindal made the tax announcement:
Governor Bobby Jindal’s announcement that he will seek even more tax breaks, adding to the more than 440 already in place, is an example of the poor choices that have contributed to Louisiana current fiscal crisis, Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan said today.
“Just one day after announcing that education funding will be frozen for another year, the governor now says that he wants to add to the more than $7 billion in tax loopholes that are starving the services Louisiana families depend on,” said Monaghan.
Today, Secretary Scott Angelle commended the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) for the completion and readiness of an initial well containment response system with the capability for rapid response in the event of a future underwater well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico’s deepwaters.
Below is the statement from the Secretary:
“I commend the industry for diligently working together to develop the most comprehensive spill containment system in the world. This is a significant milestone and the next major step in our mission to get the men and women of the Gulf of Mexico’s energy industry back to work finding the fuel that energizes America,” said Angelle.
As the state’s liaison between the offshore oil and gas industry and the federal government, Angelle is leading the effort to bring a return to responsible exploration and the jobs and economic stability that come with it.
Through the establishment of the Back to Work Coalition, a group of industry representatives facilitated by the Gulf Economic Survival Team (GEST), Angelle has presented a unified voice to Director Bromwich and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) officials in order to create a clearer roadmap for resumption of normal Gulf exploration operations.
“We believed in December that the best course of action would be to organize the Back to Work Coalition, who would work to identify the obstacles standing in the way of the issuance of new permits. Certainly we believe that the efforts of the Coalition have kept people focused, asking the right questions, and working toward real solutions,” added Angelle.
“We are grateful to Governor Jindal for his support of the Back to Work Coalition and our efforts throughout this process.”
The Back to Work Coalition has traveled to Washington, D.C. five times in the last six weeks for meetings with Director Bromwich and staff.
“This announcement by MWCC is indeed a success story for our mission, but we will continue pushing toward the end zone. Between MWCC and the Helix Well Containment Group, it is apparent that industry is ready and willing to go the distance to get folks back to work. It’s all hands on deck moving forward as we work toward resolving the remaining issues standing in the way of the approval of new plans and permits for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.”
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It might be good news for Louisiana who has been suffering from what many consider to be a deepwater drilling defacto moratorium post BP oil spill.
The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), a non-profit organization comprised of member oil and gas companies, announced the breakthrough in Houston today, just hours after completing the series of tests targeted to contain spills such as the BP disaster of 2010.
Below is a press release from US Senator Mary Landrieu who said the successful test was welcoming news and again urged that deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico be resumed.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is on the fundraiser road again campaigning for his own re-election.
In a scheduling note emailed by his press secretary, Kyle Plotkin, “Today, Governor Bobby Jindal will travel to Kansas City, Missouri and Texas City, Texas to attend fundraisers in support of his gubernatorial reelection campaign. The Governor will return to Baton Rouge this evening.”
Sarah Palin came on the American scene at the 2008 Republican National Convention as a surprise running mate for John McCain. Since then, she has been a persuasive force in the conservative movement and a lightning rod for controversy. Palin has often been mentioned as a Presidential candidate as she has been an vocal opponent of President Barack Obama's policies.http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Palins-Piece-American-Pie/dp/1453865039/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1297964137&sr=8-1
One author, Rosemary Bachelor appears to have very strong feelings regarding Sarah Palin and has written a critical book about her calledSarah Palin’s Piece of the American Pie.
Here is a Bayoubuzz e-interview of Bachelor about the Palin book which can be found on Amazon.com:
David Stern and the New Orleans Hornets
NBA commissioner David Stern had his annual visit with ESPN.com's Bill Simmons on Tuesday and revealed how the league has a positive future for the Hornets in New Orleans.
Some of the Hornets' topic Stern addressed during the interview include:
Why the NBA felt the need to buy the Hornets from longtime owner George Shinn
According to Billy Nungesser, President of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana needs a coastal congress district with the redistricting being considered by the Louisiana legislature. Below is a press release by Nungesser: