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Carnival bringing larger cruise ship to New Orleans; the name may be familiar

Photo from Carnival Cruise Line -- Carnival Triumph

Carnival Cruise Lines announced Monday that it is increasing its cruise capacity in New Orleans by replacing the smaller Carnival Elation ship with the Carnival Triumph. Carnival Triumph will shift from Galveston to New Orleans to launch year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico beginning April 4, 2016. On this route, four-day “long weekend” cruises depart… Continue reading →

Million-dollar mansion club in New Orleans is booming, and a few key reasons might explain why

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- This home at 401 Iona St. in Metairie sold for $2.6 million.

Eleanor Farnsworth specializes in high-end real estate. She represents the buyers and sellers of homes in some of the ritziest parts of the New Orleans area. But even she is surprised by the current market for upper-echelon homes. “I haven’t seen this type of demand… Continue reading →

Ochsner in New Orleans one of first in U.S. to test technology that tracks patients with chronic conditions

Photo provided by Ochsner Health System -- Ochsner Health System recently became one of the first health care providers in the U.S. to begin testing Apple HealthKit, a service developed by technology giant Apple Inc. that enables doctors to remotely monitor patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

As fitness-crazed consumers embrace wearable activity trackers that record their every move, Ochsner Health System is among the first medical providers in the country to test the potential for similar technology to substantially change how doctors assess the health of chronically ill patients and deliver basic care. Ochsner recently became one of the first health care providers… Continue reading →

Business Honors for March 1, 2015

Strategic Planning Associates LLC, of Metairie, and Cook Me Somethin’ Mister, of New Orleans, received 2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards for their success, innovation and contributions to economic growth and free enterprise.… Continue reading →

People in Business for March 1, 2015

Jared Tees, LAuberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

The Association for Corporate Growth of Louisiana announced its board members, officers and directors. Robert B. Brickman, director at Postlethwaite & Netterville, continues his term as board president.… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for March 1, 2015

The Association for Corporate Growth Louisiana is accepting nominations for its annual business awards until March 10. Awards are presented annually to companies that have demonstrated significant achievements in the areas of corporate growth, corporate development or mergers and acquisitions. The six award categories are… Continue reading →

Goodrich cuts well costs, drilling time in Tuscaloosa Marine Shale

The good news is that initial production rates from Goodrich Petroleum Corp.’s Tuscaloosa Marine Shale wells are “very positive and improving.” The bad news is that oil prices remain depressed and Goodrich lost $233.3 million during the fourth quarter. Goodrich said well costs have been cut by more than 20 percent and the oil field’s economics are… Continue reading →

Tom Benson’s request for an expedited appeal is denied in legal battle over Texas trust

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson at a luncheon for the  Superbowl Host Committee  Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Superdome.

A panel of appeals judges in Texas has rejected Tom Benson’s request for an expedited review of a lower court’s decision to temporarily oust the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner as steward of a trust established for the benefit of his estranged daughter. Benson’s lawyers, in a motion filed Monday, had asked the Texas… Continue reading →

New Orleans congestion keeps Chiquita active in Gulfport

Congestion at the Port of New Orleans is keeping the port in Gulfport, Mississippi, busy nearly two months after Chiquita was expected to have cleared out its containers there. Chiquita, which moved to New Orleans in October after 40 years in Gulfport, was supposed to be out Dec. 31. However, Chiquita containers filled with paper are… Continue reading →

Blue Cross Louisiana CEO Reitz retiring mid-2016

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING    Mike Reitz, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, is retiring in mid-2016.

Mike Reitz, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, plans to retire in mid-2016 after 40 years with the state’s largest insurer. The company’s board will conduct a nationwide search for Reitz’s successor, said Blue Cross board Chairman Dan S. BornĂ©. “For all things, there is a season, and my time… Continue reading →

Viking to make New Orleans home port for high-end river cruises

Photo provided by Viking Cruises -- Viking Freya sails through the Rhine Valley.

Viking River Cruises, a major provider of high-end river cruises on other continents, will make New Orleans the home port for its first North American itineraries, which will travel along the Mississippi River as far north as Minnesota, the company and state officials announced Tuesday. In 2017, the European company plans to launch two new specially… Continue reading →

Tom Benson seeks expedited appeal in fight over Texas trust’s control

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson.

Tom Benson wants to expedite his appeal of a Texas judge’s ruling that has ousted the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans as steward of a trust that had been set up to benefit his now-estranged daughter. In paperwork filed in Texas’ 4th Court of Appeals, Benson’s lawyers said the two men… Continue reading →

Educare Center gets $250,000 Cox grant

A $250,000 grant to support the Bayou District Foundation’s Educare Center has been awarded by the James M. Cox Foundation. The center annually provides early childhood education to 150 low-income children from six weeks to five years. Educare is part of a national network of 20 early learning facilities in 11 states working to ensure the school-readiness… Continue reading →

Refinery workers in Louisiana on strike ‘for the greater good,’ union rep says

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Members of the United Steelworkers union at Shell's chemical plant and at Motiva refineries in Norco are joining the nation's largest refinery strike since 1980 in Norco, La. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.

In 2005, a massive explosion and fire erupted at a BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, killing 15 workers and injuring 170 more. One of the main causes of the disaster, according to a representative from the United Steelworkers union, was workers’ exhaustion. Ten years later, union leaders whose members work in refineries and chemical plants… Continue reading →

Louisiana entrepreneurs get crowdfunding for novel ideas

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Melodie McMath, owner of Evolve, stands next to a cooler filled with some of her freshly squeezed juices at Bibi's Patisserie. Lafayette-based Evolve used Kickstarter to raise funds for an upcoming move to a larger storefront location.

Which of these would you invest a few bucks in: A table-top game that uses miniature tiles? A guitar hanger? A sculpture filled with fluid that moves to music? Handcrafted syrups for cocktails and sodas? An organic fruit and vegetable juicery? Well, each one of those ideas from entrepreneurs around south Louisiana attracted people willing… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Feb. 22, 2015

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Gala on March 13 on the turf at the New Orleans Saints indoor training facility at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie. The event is open to members and nonmembers and will feature an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres,… Continue reading →

People in Business for Feb. 22, 2015

Jill Roshto, Cancer Services

NEW ORLEANS AREA Walter J. Leger Jr., senior partner in the law firm of Leger & Shaw, was inducted as president of the New Orleans Bar Association’s board of directors.… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Feb. 22, 2015

Katie Pritchett, Capital Area United Way

Michael J. Bell, of Bell Architecture, has been named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Fellowship is awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.… Continue reading →

Business Meetings in New Orleans for Feb. 22, 2015

Michael J. Bell, of Bell Architecture

LOUISIANA NOTARY ASSOCIATION-NEW ORLEANS WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Italian Pie, 5650 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson SPEAKER: Sharon Toups on “Wildlife and Fisheries Documentation” RESERVATIONS: Charles Tolliver at… Continue reading →

Cruise line bringing another riverboat to New Orleans, to offer cruises up, down Mississippi River

American Cruise Lines said it will bring a second riverboat to New Orleans later this month, offering Mississippi River cruises to Memphis, Tennessee. Among its stops are Oak Alley, Baton Rouge and St. Francisville. The American Eagle is a 305-foot-long vessel that can hold 150 passengers. The ship will join the Queen… Continue reading →

New Orleans casinos see increase in January overall, but one in the city saw a decrease

Despite a slight drop in winnings at Harrah’s, the New Orleans casino market brought in 2.5 percent more in January than it did the year before. The three riverboats, Harrah’s land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $51.4 million in January, compared with nearly $50.2 million in winnings in January 2014, Continue reading →

Tom Benson’s daughter closes Texas restaurant amid family legal battle

Renee Benson appears in Bexar County Probate Court as Judge Tom Rickhoff holds a hearing on Tom Benson's assets.  Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. ORG XMIT: B64147634Z.1

Entangled in a legal battle with her father, Renee Benson — the daughter of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson — has closed a restaurant she owns outside San Antonio. A note on the Facebook page for Renee Benson’s Uptown Blanco Restaurant said it would be “temporarily closed for maintenance and… Continue reading →

Report: San Antonio officials stunned by Benson family saga; billionaire Red McCombs: 'It's sad from every angle'

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson walks with his wife Gayle Benson, left, and co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

San Antonians and one of Texas' billionaires are stunned and saddened by the Tom Benson family drama unfolding before the public's eye. "It's sad from every angle," B.J. "Red" McCombs told the San Antonio Express-News. Besides McCombs, the report cites comments from Trish DeBerry and Christian Archer, two key figures while the Saints evacuated to the Alamo City… Continue reading →

Final-week surge puts Louisiana enrollment in Obamacare at historic level

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A final-week surge boosted statewide enrollment under the health care law, also known as “Obamacare,” to 184,532 Louisiana residents — 81 percent higher than last year. It was unclear Wednesday how much that will reduce the number of uninsured. A year ago, close to 102,000 Louisiana residents bought coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But the state’s… Continue reading →

New Orleans firm launches crowd-funding for change

Co-Funded, a New Orleans-based crowd-funding platform, launched on Mardi Gras. Unlike other crowd-funding sites, Co-Funded is aimed at users who want an existing company, group or organization enhance existing products or services. For example, a project might include adding new features to a software application, asking playgrounds to install new equipment, or proposing someone… Continue reading →

LSU researcher thinks he’s found a creative way to control mosquito-borne diseases

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Charles Malveaux, a doctor in engineering candidate, is using part of a $30,000 grant by the city-parish made to the LSU AgCenter, where Malveaux works, for research on spraying mosquito breeding grounds with a drone.

Sheriff’s deputy, sociologist, pilot, used car dealer, importer, entrepreneur, engineer, researcher, linguist, dreamer. Charles Malveaux is or has been all those things. He’s currently a doctoral candidate in LSU’s College of Engineering. He designs and builds his own drones. He thinks they can prevent mosquito-borne illnesses, like malaria and West Nile virus. He expects his dissertation will… Continue reading →

Louisiana-area business briefs for Feb. 15, 2015

A free two-day training course titled “Construction Site Safety in Work Zones” is being held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 at Environmental Health & Safety Service LLC at 1539 River Oaks Road East, Suite C, in Elmwood. The… Continue reading →

Notable names in Louisiana business for Feb. 15, 2015

Phyllis G. Cancienne, of Baker Donelson

Todd Matherne, chief executive officer of Renaissance Publishing, has been elected chairman of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.… Continue reading →