Landrieu, Idea Village Announce 3rd Annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:37 Written by

New Orleans and the Idea Village are looking for 500 local entrepreneurs.

Today, the city of New Orleans is heeding President Obama's challenge to ‘Startup America’ by calling for 500 local entrepreneurs to participate in New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), March 19-25, 2011. Registration for all events is now available through the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week website at www.noew.org.

Driven by the entrepreneurial momentum that has fueled the city's rebirth, The Idea Village’s 3rd annual NOEW will attract the nation’s greatest minds to downtown New Orleans to provide direct support to over 500 local entrepreneurs. NOEW will solidify New Orleans’ position as a leader in attracting, supporting and retaining entrepreneurial talent.

Louisiana’s Statewide Redistricting Meetings Dates, Venues Announced
Thursday, 10 February 2011 10:39 Written by

The Louisiana Legislature's joint statewide public meetings by the House and Senate Governmental Affairs committees on the upcoming redistricting process begin this month. A meeting schedule follows this news release.

The joint committee will show the current district maps for each of the various elected bodies with the new 2010 Census population figures for such districts and discuss which districts no longer meet population guidelines and/or legal requirements.

Louisiana Sports: LSU, Mettenberger, Patrick Peterson, SEC Odds
Thursday, 10 February 2011 10:22 Written by

There is a quarterback battle shaping up for the LSU starting quarterback job.

New offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe has already said it's going to be wide open among seniors Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee and junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger. The Tigers need more production from their passing game than they got last season, but at least Jefferson played some of best football at the end of the season.

Obama Will Detail Wireless Initiative In Michigan
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:20 Written by

Posted 3:13 pm Thursday Feb. 10

President Obama Details Plan to Win the Future through Expanded Wireless Access

Initiative expands wireless coverage to 98% of Americans, reduces deficit by nearly $10 billion, invests in nationwide public safety network

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will today detail his plan to win the future by catalyzing the buildout of high-speed wireless services that will enable businesses to grow faster, students to learn more, and public safety officials to access state-of-the-art, secure, nationwide, and interoperable mobile communications.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a National Wireless Initiative to make available high-speed wireless services to at least 98 percent of Americans. The Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative laid out today will make it possible for businesses to achieve that goal, while freeing up spectrum through incentive auctions, spurring innovation, and creating a nationwide, interoperable wireless network for public safety.  It will also reduce the national deficit by approximately $10 billion.

The President will announce the new initiative at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, a city where local businesses have been able to grow as a result of broadband access, with particular benefit in exporting goods to new markets around the world.  He will also see a demonstration of how the university’s WiMAX network has enabled distance learning for university and community students.

For more details on the President’s Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative, please see the fact sheet below:

The White House

FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Plan to Win the Future through the Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative

In his State of the Union address, President Obama set the goal of enabling businesses to provide high-speed wireless services to at least 98 percent of all Americans within five years.  The rollout of the next generation of high-speed wireless—the “4G” technology now being deployed in the United States by leading carriers—promises considerable benefits to our economy and society.  More than 10 times faster than current high speed wireless services, this technology promises to benefit all Americans, bolster public safety, and spur innovation in wireless services, equipment, and applications.  By catalyzing private investment and innovation and reducing the deficit by $9.6 billion, this initiative will help the United States win the future and compete in the 21st century economy.

  • Nearly Double Wireless Spectrum Available for Mobile Broadband:  The President has set the goal of freeing up 500 MHz of spectrum for everything from smartphones to wireless broadband connectivity for laptops to new forms of machine-to-machine communication within a decade.  Critical to realizing this goal are “voluntary incentive auctions” and more efficient use of government spectrum, estimated to raise $27.8 billion over the next decade.
  • Provide At Least 98% of Americans with Access to 4G High-Speed Wireless:  Private investments are extending 4G to most of the Nation, but leaving some rural areas behind.  The President’s initiative would support a one-time investment of $5 billion and reform of the “Universal Service Fund” to ensure millions more Americans will be able to use this technology.
  • Catalyze Innovation Through a Wireless Innovation (WIN):  To spur innovation, $3 billion of the spectrum proceeds will go to research and development of emerging wireless technologies and applications.
  • Develop and Deploy a Nationwide, Interoperable Wireless Network for Public Safety: The President’s Budget calls for a $10.7 billion commitment to support the development and deployment of a nationwide wireless broadband network to afford public safety agencies with far greater levels of effectiveness and interoperability.  An important element of this plan is the reallocation of the D Block for public safety and $500 million within the WIN Fund.
  • Cut the Deficit By $9.6 Billion Over the Next Decade:  Nearly $10 billion of spectrum auction revenue will be devoted to deficit reduction.

Details of the President’s Initiative


  • Nearly Double Wireless Spectrum Available for Mobile Broadband.  The number of “Smartphones” will soon pass both conventional mobile phones and computers around the world, promising lower costs for such devices, more functionality, and greater demand for bandwidth (speed).  4G deployment is rising to meet this demand, but it relies on access to the “airwaves” that is currently constrained by a spectrum crunch that will hinder future innovation.  To address this challenge, the President’s initiative has set the goal of freeing up 500 MHz of spectrum.  Specifically, the plan provides:
    • Win-win incentives for government holders.  New financial-compensation tools and a commitment to using advanced technologies more effectively will enable government agencies to use spectrum more efficiently.
    • Win-win incentives for commercial holders.  As recommended in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, legislation is needed to allow the FCC to conduct “voluntary incentive auctions” that enable current spectrum holders to realize a portion of auction revenues if they choose to participate.
  • The majority of the freed up spectrum would be auctioned for licensed mobile broadband, raising a projected $27.8 billion over the next decade, and a remainder would be for unlicensed use.
  • A Goal of 98% of Americans with Access to 4G High-Speed Wireless. America’s businesses are building out 4G networks to much of the nation, with some major companies crediting the President’s recent tax incentives for accelerating their efforts. Nevertheless, absent additional government investment, millions of Americans will not be able to participate in the 4G revolution.  To that end, the President’s Budget supports the 4G buildout in rural areas through a one-time $5 billion investment.  This investment, to be managed by the FCC, will help catalyze universal service reform to provide access to higher-speed wireless and wired broadband, dovetail with the need for public safety to have a wireless network available in rural areas, and extend access from the almost 95% of Americans who have 3G wireless services today to at least 98% of all Americans gaining access to state-of-the-art 4G high-speed wireless services within five years.  Extending access to high-speed wireless not only provides a valuable service to Americans living in those areas—access to medical tests, online courses, and applications that have not yet been invented—but also catalyzes economic growth by enabling consumers and businesses living in those areas to participate in the 21st century economy.
  • A Wireless Innovation (WIN) Fund to Help Drive Innovation. This $3 billion fund will advance our economic growth and competitiveness goals, supporting key technological developments that will enable and take advantage of the 4G rollout and pave the way for new technologies.  The WIN Fund will support basic research, experimentation and testbeds, and applied development in a number of areas, including public safety, education, energy, health, transportation, and economic development.
  • Develop and Deploy A Nationwide, Interoperable Wireless Network For Public Safety. The 9/11 Commission noted that our homeland security is vulnerable, in part, due to the lack of interoperable wireless communication among first responders.  The rollout of 4G high speed wireless services provides a unique opportunity to deploy such a system in conjunction with the commercial infrastructure already being developed and deployed.  To seize that opportunity, President Obama is calling for an investment of $10.7 billion to ensure that our public safety benefits from these new technologies: $3.2 billion to reallocate the “D Block” (which is a band of spectrum that would be reserved and prioritized for public safety and not auctioned as called for under existing law); $7 billion to support the deployment of this network; and $500 million from the WIN Fund for R&D and technological development to tailor the network to meet public safety requirements.  This investment, in coordination with the investment in rural buildout, will ensure that the rollout of 4G in rural areas serves the needs of public safety and the broader community.
  • Cut the deficit by $9.6 billion over the next decade. The President’s proposals to auction off spectrum freed up from the government and voluntarily relinquished by current commercial users, is estimated to raise $27.8 billion. This total is above-and-beyond the auction proceeds that are used to provide an incentive for private and government users as well as the auction proceeds that are expected even absent the President’s proposal. After the cost of the investments proposed by the President, the initiative would reduce the deficit by $9.6 billion over the next decade.

Building on Progress

The Administration has already made progress on its decade-long spectrum goal and on expanding broadband access.

  • A 115 MHz downpayment on the President’s 500 MHz goal. Last June, President Obama issued a Memorandum calling for action by the Federal government and Congress to enable large swaths of spectrum to be used more efficiently.  The NTIA has already taken steps to make good on that commitment.  In particular, the agency has identified 115 Megahertz of Federal spectrum that can be freed up as part of a “fast track” process for exclusive or shared use, selected another 95 MHz of valuable spectrum for immediate evaluation, and has a workplan for evaluating other Federal spectrum bands that can be used more efficiently.
  • Recovery Act investments by the Commerce and Agriculture Departments have boosted deployment and adoption of broadband technology.  The Recovery Act provided around $7 billion to expand broadband access and adoption, with more than $2.5 billion going to the Rural Utility Service at Agriculture for rural areas and $4.4 billion going to National Telecommunications and Information Administration at Commerce to support a number of broadband initiatives.  In particular, NTIA provided around $400 million in grants to jurisdictions using wireless broadband for public safety.


Posted Wednesday Feb. 9

Two days after announcing a major initiative for high-speed rail which is expected to cost billions of dollars, President Barack Obama on Thursday will detail in Marquette Michigan, his plan to “win the future” by funding to fund and develop high-speed wireless services that will impact businesses, education, and pubic safety.

On Thursday, February 10, President Obama will travel to Marquette, Michigan, where local businesses have been able to grow as a result of broadband access, with particular benefit in exporting goods to new markets around the world.   In his State of the Union Address, the President called for a National Wireless Initiative to help businesses extend the next generation of wireless coverage to 98 percent of the population.  The next generation wireless network in Marquette is an effective demonstration of how the President’s proposal to open up airwaves will spark new innovation, put people back to work, grow the economy and help America win the future.

Louisiana business, Entergy New Orleans, Huey P. Long Bridge, Idea Village, Morial
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 13:36 Written by

Entergy's Earnings

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp has reported fourth-quarter earnings falling to $228.3 million, or $1.26 per share.


The official 2011 Spring enrollment for Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is 3,318, representing the University’s highest enrollment since Hurricane Katrina.  This figure also signifies a 91% return of SUNO’s pre-Katrina enrollment of 3,647 students.  Additionally, this marks a 6% increase in enrollment from Spring 2010 to Spring 2011.  When the University resumed its on-campus operations in Spring 2006, the enrollment was 2,037.

Huey P. Long Bridge

The last of the two closures for the River Road area and the East Bank levee underneath the Huey P. Long Bridge has been delayed one week. The closure scheduled to begin on February 10 has been rescheduled for February 17 at 1201 a.m. (one minute after midnight of Wednesday, February 16) and will end at midnight on Sunday, February 20. The first closure took place January 28. These closures are needed to install massive steel girders over a 255-foot section over the levee and River Road.

Landrieu, Idea Village

Plans for the 3rd annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) to be unveiled at The Idea Village. Honorary Chair Mayor Landrieu will make a special proclamation, and the line-up of events for the week long celebration of entrepreneurism will be announced. In the spirit of President Obama’s Startup America initiative, NOEW 2011: Start it Up will showcase New Orleans as a hub of innovation and provide a national model for fostering entrepreneurship around the country.

Entergy Assistance Program

Employees from Entergy New Orleans, Inc. and Entergy Louisiana, LLC, as well as local community advocates, are in Washington, D.C., this week to ask Congress to increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

LIHEAP, as the program is better known, helps low-income families, the elderly and the disabled pay energy costs.

On Feb. 9, the Entergy employees and community representatives will be among more than 140 advocates from across the country who have traveled to Washington to participate in the National Fuel Funds Network’s LIHEAP Action Day. Entergy New Orleans employees are there as part of their ongoing commitment to help low-income customers in the New Orleans area. LIHEAP is America's primary tool to help working-poor families pay for home energy costs, especially those families with preschoolers, elderly or disabled members.

Marc Morial

The Isaiah Institute, a New Orleans faith-based organization, invites the public to a Black History Observance featuring two New Orleans native sons – Former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Rev. Andrew Young and Former Mayor/Current President of the National Urban League Marc Morial.

This unique and timely event will take place on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 10:00am at the Stronger Hope Baptist Church, 2401 S. Galvez Street, where the Rev. J.C. Profit serves as Pastor.

Both of these historic figures will offer their own reflections on our past and our future.“We all know that our people have been through so much,” says Rev. Profit, “yet we know that as we learn from the lessons of the past, our future will be bright.”

Morial and Young will talk about how the struggles in New Orleans mirrors that of many urban areas and what families, churches, mosques, elected officials and business leaders need to do locally to make an impact and turn the tide against the epidemic of violence and unemployment that grips so many in our city.

The Isaiah Institute was founded in 2007. Its mission is to help rebuild the city and its people using the power of faith. The Institute is composed of 25 congregations from all over New Orleans. In the last two years, The Institute has provided training in the Construction industry to over 50 young men and women. For more information, please call Mr. Joe Givens at 504-416-0679.

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Ex-Louisiana, New Orleans, Official, Gill Pratt More Looting For Jefferson Clan, Than Leading
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 13:02 Written by

Jeff Crouere--Louisiana PoliticsThe racketeering trial of former State Representative Renee Gill Pratt is another embarrassing episode for the people of Louisiana. Gill Pratt served in the legislature and city council for 15 years, using her time in office to enrich herself instead of helping the community.

While claiming to be a public servant, Pratt was really doing the bidding of the Jefferson family and especially her boyfriend, Mose Jefferson. Prosecutors assert that Gill Pratt laundered money and was instrumental in securing state and city money for phony Jefferson family charities. Instead of directing money to worthwhile organizations, Gill Pratt worked aggressively to funnel money to corrupt enterprises.

On the stand yesterday, former Orleans Parish Assessor Betty Jefferson, a prosecution witness, confessed to looting several charities in cooperation with Gill Pratt. She has admitted to a variety of crimes including money laundering and tax evasion. Jefferson and her daughter Angela Coleman said that Gill Pratt knew the type of sham that was being performed.

Southern University In New Orleans (SUNO) Reports 91% Of Pre-Katrina Attendance
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 12:52 Written by

With Governor Jindal requesting that the Louisiana Board Of Regents study a possible merger of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) with the University of New Orleans (UNO), Southern has released new enrollment statistics that argue against that merger.

According to new Spring 2011 stats released by SUNO, its current enrollment is 91% of its pre-Hurricane Katrina figure.  One of the arguments made by the advocates of the merger have been that SUNO’s post-Katrina enrollment has resulted in the university being less effective and cost-beneficial.  

Jindal, Landrieu, New Orleans, Law Enforcement Brace For Mardi Gras
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 12:11 Written by

Today,Governor Bobby Jindal was joined by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson, FBI Special Agent in Charge David Welker, Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Hal Turner, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas, New Orleans Fire Department Chief Charles Parent and Commissioner for the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, Troy Hebert, to announce important joint law enforcement operations underway to provide security during the 2011 Mardi Gras holiday.

Governor Jindal said, “We are here with all levels of law enforcement – from the local level, the federal level, and all across state government – to highlight the incredibly coordinated and dedicated work surrounding the upcoming Mardi Gras holiday. These men and women here with us today are collaborating before the holiday, and will continue to work throughout the Carnival Season to keep everyone safe during 2011 Mardi Gras festivities.

New Orleans Saints Sean Payton, Dallas Story Should Move On
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:54 Written by

Ed StatonSean Payton said he won't commute to Dallas.

The Saints said they knew the news that he was his family to Dallas wasn't going to go over well with the Who Dat Nation. But with his family in Dallas, he'll spend more time at the team facility.

"It's not a thing where you commute day by day," said Payton. "Your family comes for the weekend when you're playing games, and I'll go back to Dallas on the weekends of the offseason. We have our time as a family during the summer at our home on the beach in Florida."

Payton and his wife, Beth, said the family decided that his children should go to high school in Dallas and that he needed to "win more games at home."

US, Obama, Mubarak, Egyptian Conundrum: Tread Lightly Or Muslim Brotherhood
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:31 Written by

Christopher TidmoreThe feluccas were sailing around the Nile basin, just below the cliffs of Aswan on that December day in 2003.   US forces were in Iraq, and the Middle East was in an uproar, but the outside world seemed far away under the blue skies of Egypt.   And, the Mubarak family seemed entrenched in power for a lifetime to come.

     "If there were an election today, Hosni Mubarak would win," explained the professor of Egyptology serving as my personal guide that month.  

      His father had negotiated the Camp David Accords for Mubarak's predecessor Anwar Sadat.  With his long knowledge of Egyptian politics, the Professor noted that two groups wanted to keep Mubarak in power for the foreseeable future, the two groups with the most sway in Egypt then and today, the professional middle class and the Military.



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