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FEMA Does It Again: Overpays $177 Million in Hurricane Relief

Thursday, 01 January 2015 07:15
Another year, another disaster at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The federal agency known for botching disaster relief accidentally overpaid upwards of $177 million to hurricane victims that could have instead been covered by their personal insurance. That’s according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, which reviewed disaster relief payments made by FEMA between 2004 and 2005 to victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Wilma.
UNO professor who survived Hurricane Katrina celebrated in Nigeria, website reports
Thursday, 01 January 2015 04:06
Niyi Osundare, a professor of English at the University of New Orleans and the recipient of this year's Nigerian National Merit Award, was celebrated in his home country over the weekend, with notable scholars and friends paying tribute to the poet whose work inspired a generation of Nigerian writers, according to an opinion article in The Guardian titled "Why Hurricane Katrina Couldn't Claim Osundare.
Nigeria: 'Why Hurricane Katrina Couldn't Claim Osundare'
Thursday, 01 January 2015 01:26
opinionBy Anote Ajeluorou LAST Saturday, eminent scholars, friends and admirers of Distinguished Professor of English at New Orleans University, United States of America, Niyi Osundare, gathered at Lady Bank-Anthony Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan to celebrate one of their own who was recently awarded Nigerian National Merit Award 2014. It was a scholarly moment as well as one for reflection and exchange of banters among some of Nigeria's respected academics.
Help Fund A Dark Fairytale Film About Hurricane Katrina, “The Repass”
Monday, 29 December 2014 06:41
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Mississippi man appeals Hurricane Katrina-related fraud conviction
Monday, 29 December 2014 03:56
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi man is appealing his conviction for fraud involving debris removal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Aubrey Brant Sturdivant of Waynesboro is serving a 41-month prison sentence for a 2013 conviction in federal court in Jackson for conspiracy to defraud the government. Sturdivant was indicted in 2011. Prosecutors say Sturdivant had a contract for debris removal in Wayne County that paid him specified amounts based on the diameter of that…
Katrina whistleblower case set for arguments
Saturday, 27 December 2014 21:33
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has appealed an order that it pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit. A jury in Mississippi found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 5 in New Orleans.
Alabama DB Landon Collins knows what it means to miss New Orleans
Saturday, 27 December 2014 10:10
How ironic would it be for the New Orleans Saints to draft Alabama strong safety Landon Collins? Talk about a round-about trip home for the New Orleans native. Chased from his hometown by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Collins lived three months in northern Mississippi with relatives after the storm before eventually settling in Geismar and playing high school football at Dutchtown High.
Alabama's Landon Collins reflects on Hurricane Katrina, ready to shine for hometown at Sugar Bowl
Saturday, 27 December 2014 05:24
NEW ORLEANS - When Alabama safety Landon Collins returns to his hometown of New Orleans, he thinks about when he was in elementary school in 2005 and Hurricane Katrina made its way into the city. Thankfully for Collins, his mother had the instinct to get the family and move them up to northern Mississippi. About 20 family members made the trek to a relative's three-bedroom house and stayed there for nearly three months.
Crisis can remake Najib or finally undo him
Friday, 26 December 2014 10:12
He can lead like Thaksin during the 2004 tsunami or fumble like Bush Jr with Hurricane Katrina. VIDEO INSIDE Disasters can define a leader. Whether they stay hidden in their palaces or get down to the ground to show leadership and provide inspiration during relief efforts can change public perception in an instant, and the current floods on the East Coast could come to define the rest of Najib Abdul Razak’s tenure as Prime Minister…
Hurricane Katrina's legacy provides sobering note amid Ohio State's Sugar Bowl mania
Thursday, 25 December 2014 01:39
NEW ORLEANS -- All convention centers are intended to show their host city at its best. But in 2005, New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was one of the places where Americans saw the worst side of the exotic, sultry, strange, captivating city on nightly news shows around the country. Reporters lodged near the convention center for close to a week's build-up to the Alabama-Ohio State New Year's Night college football playoff game might…

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