Is Ebola Obama’s Katrina moment? No and yes

Friday, 17 October 2014 06:43
It has become a cliché of the Obama presidency: Whenever President Obama seems slow to react to a crisis, it becomes his “Katrina moment.” The BP oil spill, the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, the rise of the Islamic State – all invited comparisons to hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Two Years After Hurricane Sandy Hit the U.S., What Lessons Can We Learn From the Deadly Storm?
Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:30
Next week marks the second anniversary of one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S history. Superstorm Sandy killed 116 people, left millions without power, and smashed records: lowest barometric pressure of a hurricane to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, highest storm surge, second costliest hurricane, after Katrina. Kathryn Miles spent three years deconstructing the storm for her bookSuperstorm: Nine Days Inside Sandy.
Obama, Katrina and the politics of Ebola
Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:56
17 October 2014Last updated at 18:54 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint By Anthony ZurcherEditor, Echo Chambers Continue reading the main story Related StoriesCampaign advert politicises Ebola US Ebola 'blunder' stokes angerThe Ebola fumble in Dallas Ebola the virus has infected only a handful of Americans. Ebola the political crisis, however, is reaching epidemic proportions.
Stacey Jackson faces five years for taking kickbacks from contractors doing city work
Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:16
The former head of the New Orleans Affordable Homeownership program will be sentenced Friday. As the former executive director of the nonprofit housing agency, Stacey Jackson was supposed to help clean up blight in the city after Hurricane Katrina, but instead she lined her pockets with money by billing the city for work that was never done. NOAH was supposed to help elderly and poor people gut and clear blighted property and cut grass after…
Recovering neighborhood gets new fire station
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 22:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new fire station has opened in a New Orleans neighborhood still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined city and state officials and representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Thursday's opening of the $4.3 million station. The city says the 9,000 square-foot facility is the first new fire station constructed in the city since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
More people having plastic surgery for selfies
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:59
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LA schools: Quarantined students would need to keep up with homework
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:29
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Students who have been quarantined with symptoms of a virus, like Ebola, will still be required to keep up with their school work, according to new public-school rules released by Louisiana's education board. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education released the changes to its handbook for school administrators on Wednesday (Oct. 15). The document states: "A student who has been quarantined by order of state or local health officers…
Sentencing for ex-NOAH director delayed until Friday
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:29
JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Prosecutors say a nonprofit agency's former director should repay the federal government $350,000 overpaid to contractors hired to gut houses after Hurricane Katrina. Defense attorney Edward Castaing says Stacey Jackson should be held responsible for about $150,000 of the overpayments by New Orleans Affordable Housing. U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon must decide what Jackson must repay as part of her sentence on one count of…
Rising seas: Wellington's watery future
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:59
OLIVIA WANNAN Last updated 05:00 17/10/2014 Rising tides: A map of areas at potential risk. Opinion poll How should Wellington best prepare for a projected sea level rise of 1m over the next century?
Rising seas: Venice or New Orleans?
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:14
OLIVIA WANNAN Last updated 05:00 17/10/2014 Relevant offers Wellywood looks destined to become Waterworld, and the capital needs to face some tough decisions. The choices include abandoning the CBD and low-lying suburbs such as Lyall Bay and Island Bay to rising seas, or risking a Hurricane Katrina-like flooding disaster behind sea walls.

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