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Travelocity loves New Orleans, Ochsner's Pinsky honored, Landrieu, Vitter agree

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BATON-ROUGE-SKYRound Louisiana today?  The announcement that a nonpartisan coalition of lawmakers including Senators David Vitter and Mary Landrieu are holding a press conference regarding the flood insurance crises;  Don't get spooked out about New Orleans, get the treat, or so indicates Travelocity.   
Ochsner is reporting good news for one of its doctors.  An organization has engineered some funds for Nicholls State;  Non-profits looking for donors?  How about a workshop?


Round Louisiana is a compilation of business, government, educational, non-for-fprofit news stories offered to our audience from press releases forwarded to us for your reading. 

. Tomorrow, U.S. Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., David Vitter, R-La., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Representatives Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Maxine Waters, D-CA., will hold a press conference to introduce legislation to fix flood insurance so that it is affordable, accessible and self-sustainable. The legislation is the result of weeks of bipartisan collaboration and consultation with the business community, local leaders and industry representatives and has the support of senators from across the country. The senators circulated a letter to their colleagues seeking co-sponsors on Friday.

October 28, 2013 - New Orleans has racked up more national honors, including being named the number one destination in America for celebrating Halloween by Travelocity. America's most haunted city also received top honors for its culture, restaurants and dining from readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur and USA Today.
• This month, Travelocity's travel experts named New Orleans as the Top National Halloween Destination. The travel outlet mentions New Orleans' ghost tours, elaborate costume balls, Krewe of Boo and haunted hotels as reasons why New Orleans is the top destination in the world for Halloween.
• Condé Nast Traveler placed New Orleans on its highly coveted Top 10 Cities in the United States Readers' Choice Awards, receiving the highest marks for culture, atmosphere and restaurants. Condé Nast Traveler readers call New Orleans "a magical city" and say it has "the best food in the U.S., with live music around every corner." Nearly 80,000 readers of Condé Nast Traveler took part in the survey for this year's Readers' Choice Awards, more than ever before, and results will be printed in their November 2013 issue.
• Saveur magazine named New Orleans as the Reader's Choice for Restaurants and Dining and gave the city Outstanding Mention for Cocktails and Drinks Culture in this year's Culinary Travel Awards 2013. Also, the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans made the Outstanding Hotel Bars list. A poll open to all Saveur and readers determined the honorees for Readers' Choice and Outstanding Mention and results were announced this month.
• Bourbon Street in the historic French Quarter has been named one of the "Iconic American Streets" by 10Best Readers' Choice, a division of USA Today Travel. Often a favorite of visitors, Bourbon Street's jazz, nightlife, architecture and French Creole cuisine were highlighted by 10Best.
"Once again, New Orleans is setting standards within the tourism industry," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "We thank the readers of these prominent media outlets, who know what we know...that New Orleans is the best city in America to visit and live."

"A trip to New Orleans is always an exciting and rewarding adventure," said Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. "We are honored to be on ‘Condé Nast Traveler's Top Ten Cities' list, and thank its readers for their confidence. Additionally, as a city where many famous cocktails have been created, we hope when you travel here you'll check out the Sazerac Bar, listed in Saveur's restaurants and dining category in its ‘Readers' Choice awards."

"These awards are true reflections of how our chefs, mixologists and entire hospitality industry not only work hard every day to preserve the rich history and culture that New Orleans has been known and loved by visitors for centuries, but continue to evolve their masterpieces for the modern traveler, and keep our destination a place that visitors want to return often," said Stephen Perry, New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau President and CEO.

As a popular destination for holidays such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year's Eve, and for special events such as Voodoo Music + Art Experience and Bayou Classic, New Orleans looks forward to welcoming visitors in the upcoming months. Promotions such as Christmas New Orleans Style invite visitors to experience the holidays in this historic and culturally rich city with hotel deals, reveillon dinners and holiday events.

In addition, according to the New Orleans CVB, convention business in the fall of 2013 is up nearly 60 percent compared to the same time last year. Hosting major medical conventions such as American Dental Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Hematology further boosts visitor numbers for 2013.
William W. Pinsky, MD, FAAP, received the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2013 Founder’s Award (Section of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery) at the AAP’s Annual Meeting on October 27. The Founder’s Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Pinsky is executive vice president and chief academic officer atOchsner Health System. He also is a Professor and Head of the Ochsner Clinical School as part of the University of Queensland.

Before joining Ochsner in 1999, he served as chief of pediatric cardiology at Tulane and Wayne State universities and at the latter he also served as Associate Dean of the medical school. Throughout his career he has mentored numerous students and young faculty members who have gone on to successful academic careers in their own right. Dr. Pinsky sits on the board of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He is also the founder and president of Racing for Kids, a foundation that uses motorsports to promote the healthcare needs of children and children’s hospitals. Racing for Kids drivers have visited 20,000 children in 700 hospitals and distributed $6.5 million since 1989.

“Receiving an award from my colleagues is extremely rewarding,” said Pinsky. “I am truly honored.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Nicholls State University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management (PETSM) received a donation of $3,000 from the Evangeline Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Friday, Oct. 25. The donation will benefit the department’s foundation fund for the enhancement of student activities, programs and faculty development.
“We are grateful to the Society of Professional Engineers and many other professional organizations and industry partners that support our department as we work to fill the pipeline with the next generation of engineering technologist to meet industry demands,” said Dr. Al Davis, Dean of University College.
PETSM is geared towards meeting the workforce needs of the expanding ultra deepwater oil and gas industry in southeast Louisiana and offers the only known program designed to accommodate the unique schedule of its workers. Courses are offered around the typical 7-days-on, 7-days-off or 14-days-on, 14-days-off work schedule of an offshore employee.
The curriculum is designed so students can exit with a two-year degree or continue on to receive a four-year Bachelor of Science in petroleum services with concentrations in exploration and production or safety technology. These degree programs will prepare students for mid-level and leadership careers as drill site managers, completion specialists, production managers, well-site intervention field engineers and safety, health and environmental technologists.
“The industry is reaching a critical tipping point due to a lack of experienced workers to replace the retiring baby boomer workforce, while at the same time, technological innovations have allowed oil companies to expand operations in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico,” said PETSM Executive Director Michael Gautreaux.

Noprofit workshop: Major Donor Development 101
When: Tuesday the 29th
From 9:30 AM till Noon
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
United States
Contact: Nora
[email protected]


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