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Louisiana Business: Barataria Bay, New Orleans Hornets, Imperial Sugar, Health Grants

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Today: Has northern Barataria Bay recovered from BP spill?  Will the New Orleans Hornets?  Imperial Sugar reports earnings.  New Louisiana health grants from Tobacco Free Living and Louisiana Community Aids Partnership.  Also, new, the business event of the day--Louisiana Technology council meets (see below)

Barataria Bay

Have oiled marshes in northern Barataria Bay recovered from the BP oil spill ?

Louisiana scientist probes for signs of marsh recovery

New Orleans Hornets

While New Orleans and Louisiana might have won a stay on the Hornets, the BIG QUESTION is for how long and what exactly will the Louisiana political leaders do to keep the team for years to come?

Political Hornets Nest

Imperial Sugar

Imperial Sugar Company today reported a net loss for the fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2010 of $8.9 million, or $0.75 per diluted share. Results for the same period of fiscal 2009, which included $278.5 million of pre-tax gains associated with settlement of insurance claims related to the February 2008 Port Wentworth accident, was net income of $178.1 million, or $14.84 per share. Additionally, the prior year’s results included $18.9 million of mark-to-market gains on raw sugar derivatives intended to hedge raw sugar purchases in subsequent periods. Absent the insurance and derivative gains the prior year’s results would have been a net loss of $12.2 million, or $1.03 per share.

Tobacco Free Living Grants

– The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) announces the availability of up to $658,000 in statewide Community Advocacy Grants to foster community involvement in reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, preventing youth tobacco initiation and reducing tobacco-related health disparities.  Grants will be awarded in amounts of $12,000 to $20,000 each.  The TFL Community Advocacy Grant Request for Application and complete guidelines are available for review and submission at

All TFL Community Advocacy Grant recipients will be required to participate in one of three Scopes of Work that complement and extend existing Louisiana tobacco prevention and control efforts focused on youth (11-17 years old), young adults (18-24 years old), and communities disparately impacted by tobacco. Louisiana Institutes of Higher Education, including two and four year colleges and technical schools, community groups/organizations, and non-profit agencies with a 501(c)3 status are eligible to apply.

One Technical Assistance Session will be held per Scope of Work (SoW) Option. 

  • SoW Option1: Tobacco Prevention and Control Advocacy with Youth (ages 11-17) will be held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 11:30am. 
  • SoW Option 2: Tobacco Prevention and Control Advocacy with Priority Populations will be held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 2:00pm.
  • SoW Option 3: Tobacco Prevention and Control Advocacy with Young Adults (ages 18 -24) will be held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:00am.   

The RFA Info Sessions will be held via Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro.  To register for this session you must contact Cassandra Contreras, 504.301.9833 or by email

“Community Advocacy Grants are part of TFL’s statewide effort to increase awareness about the health consequences of tobacco use and bring attention to the tobacco industry’s blatant targeted marketing efforts among youth, young adults and communities disparately affected by tobacco such as service industry employees, musicians, persons age 50+, women, persons living with chronic diseases or illnesses, and the LGBT community,” says Cassandra Contreras, TFL Regional Coordinator. “Ultimately, TFL is helping build the capacity of individuals and organizations statewide to advocate for tobacco-free policies that protect all Louisianans. With education, awareness and action we can successfully reduce the toll of tobacco in our state, starting at the community level.”

The TFL Community Advocacy Grant application submission deadline is March 16, 2011 at Noon (12 p.m. CST). Completed applications must be submitted online and instructions for doing so are found within the Request for Application document. TFL Community Advocacy Grantees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011/2012 will be announced the week of May 2-4, 2011.  The funding period is for one year and will begin July 1, 2011 through June 15, 2012.  

For more information, contact Cassandra Contreras, TFL Regional Coordinator, at 504.301.9833 or by e-mail at

 New Orleans Recreation

District "C" Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer &District "D" Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell will host a joint community meeting from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. February 8th 2011. The topic of discussion will focus on "Community Policing - Developing Partnerships between the Neighborhoods and NOPD." Remarks will be given by Superintendent Ronal Serpas, Deputy Superintendent Marlon Defillo, 5th District Captain Bernadine Kelly, State Fire Marshall H. "Butch" Browning. Also in attendance will be representatives from the City of New Orleans Department of Safety &Permits, Code Enforcement, Blight Policy/Neighborhood Revitalization office, and Department of Public Works to address neighborhood concerns.

When:     Tuesday, February 8th 2011

                 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where:    1835 St. Roch

                  New Orleans, LA               

                  Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

                  (Click here for map)


Louisiana Public Health Grant/Louisiana community AIDS Partnership

The Louisiana Community AIDS Partnership (LCAP), an affiliated program of the Louisiana Public Health Institute, in partnership with AIDS United and the Louisiana Office of Public Health HIV/AIDS Program, has awarded grants totaling $150,000 to six community-based organizations across the state to help improve the health and quality of life for those infected with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. The one year grants provide recipients with financial support for HIV/AIDS services and programs and ensure support in capacity building, technical assistance and training programs.


One organization in the New Orleans’ area will receive grant funding totaling $25,000:



·             St John #5, Camp ACE   $25,000

St John #5, Camp ACE is a faith-based, nonprofit organization increasing and broadening the perspectives of economically disadvantaged children, youth and adults with an array of educational, social, health and cultural services. Funding will be used for HIV testing throughout the New Orleans area.


Three organizations in the Baton Rouge area will receive grant funding totaling $75,000:


·             Capitol City Family Health Center  $25,000

            Capitol City Family Health Center (CCFHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that was established to provide affordable health care services for uninsured and underinsured residents living in medically underserved areas of the city. This funding will allow CCFHC to provide eye care- both exams and glasses for patients with HIV/AIDS.


·        HIV/AIDS Alliance Region Two  $25,000

HIV/AIDS Alliance Region Two (HAART) is a nonprofit organization improving the community through health and wellness education and the provision of comprehensive quality service by providing services to improve the quality of life. The funding will allow HAART to implement the WILLOW Project which is an evidence-based intervention for HIV-positive women.


·             Volunteers of America        $25,000

Volunteers of America is a faith-based, nonprofit organization and is one the nation's largest and most comprehensive human services organizations, serving more than 2 million people each year. This funding will allow Volunteers of America to support a Benefit Specialist position to assist clients in filling out applications and follow up on denials and appeals. This position will be shared across AIDS Service Organizations in Baton Rouge.


One organization in the Hammond area will receive grant funding totaling $25,000:


·                       Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center $25,000

Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SELAHEC) is a community based organization affiliated with the LSU School of Medicine and is dedicated to making our communities a better place in which to live. The funding will allow SELAHEC to adapt and implement the Community Popular Opinion Leader (C-POL) HIV prevention intervention in select rural communities to advance translation of alcohol and HIV/AIDS prevention research among African Americans.


One organization in the Lake Charles area will receive grant funding totaling $25,000


·                       Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council  $25,000

Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council (SLAC) is a non-profit, community based organization that provides services to individuals with HIV/AIDS and to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Southwest Louisiana. Funding will allow SLAC to implement a health navigation program for high-risk negatives- individuals considered at high risk of becoming infected with HIV/AIDS.


“With Baton Rouge and New Orleans ranked #2 and #3 in the nation’s metropolitan areas for AIDS case rates, there is much to do around HIV Prevention and care for those infected.” says Susan Bergson, Program Manager for the Louisiana Community AIDS Partnership. “LCAP and its partners are committed to tackling the state’s unmet needs and disproportionate impacts of HIV/AIDS on the population. We are also strongly focused on targeted prevention efforts to reach populations most at-risk for HIV infection and we are thankful to AIDS United and the Elton John AIDS Foundation for continuing for fund important programs across Louisiana. We are also thankful to local foundations such as the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, the Keller Family Foundation and the Louisiana Office of Public Health for partnering with a national funder to address needs in our resource poor State.”


In 2008, Louisiana ranked 4th highest in AIDS case rates and 11th in the number of AIDS cases diagnosed. More specifically, Baton Rouge and Greater New Orleans continue to lead the rest of the state in all HIV/AIDS-related rates. The New Orleans metro area ranked 3rd in AIDS case rates, and the Baton Rouge metro area ranked 2nd.


This funding provided by AIDS United, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local Louisiana-based Foundations is the fifth round of grant funding for the Louisiana Community AIDS Partnership.

Local funds provided by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation and Keller Family Foundation were matched 1:1 with funds from AIDS United through the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Over the course of the next year, LCAP and AIDS United will continue to partner with national, state and city organizations to raise local funds that will be matched to fund a new round of grants for 2012.


“AIDS United is thrilled with the wonderful work that the Louisiana Community AIDS Partnership is able to accomplish through our Community Partnership program collaboration,” said AIDS United President and CEO Mark Ishaug.   “Thanks to the 1:1 local matching support of both the public and private sectors, LCAP has been able to double the available funding for critical HIV/AIDS prevention and care services in Louisiana, and is making a real difference in the lives of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in one of the country’s hardest hit areas.”


For more information on the Louisiana Community AIDS Partnership, contact Susan Bergson at 504-908-1904 or


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