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News in Brief- January 13, 2019

News in Brief- January 13, 2019

US to train state workers in finding jobs for mentally ill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Office of Behavioral Health is getting training and technical assistance to help people with serious mental illness find jobs.

A news release from the state Department of Health says the federal Labor Department program provides 100 hours of training as well as the technical assistance.

The Office of Behavioral Health and Louisiana Rehabilitation Services will develop a collaboration agreement to improve employment outcomes for individuals with a serious mental illness.

The assistant secretary in charge of the office, Karen Stubbs, says the work will help identify and overcome barriers faced by people with serious mental illness.


Danos secures major contracts

GRAY, La. – Danos has secured a contract with Equinor for production operation support on its Titan SPAR platform, located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

The Equinor project began late 2018 and employs production personnel on the floating drilling and production structure located at Mississippi Canyon block 941 at a depth of nearly 4,000 feet. This is Danos’ second job with Equinor, as it was awarded a contract for coatings maintenance on the Titan platform earlier this fall.

Danos has also been awarded a multi-year contract for production operations with another major oil and gas producer in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of these recent contract awards, Danos has increased its production workforce by about 150 new employees. The majority of these new positions are production operators who will be working on the Gulf Coast, with projects spanning from Galveston, Texas, to Venice, Louisiana.


Police: Man's car stolen as he exits to chase wallet thief

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say a man's car was stolen after he exited to chase a woman who had taken his wallet. Times-Picayune cites a police report as saying the man was carjacked early Monday in Mid-City.

The police report says the man's car was stopped at an intersection when another man approached his door and grabbed the steering wheel. Police say that at about the same time, the woman got into the passenger seat and grabbed the man's wallet.

The driver accelerated and left the other man behind. The woman then jumped out with his wallet.

Police say the man got out to go get his wallet back, but returned to discover his car was missing. The police report was unclear on if he retrieved his wallet, and didn't provide further details.

Information from: The Times-Picayune,


RTC acquires Eatel

Reserve Communications and Computer Corporation, also known as “RTC”, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RTC Holdings, L.L.C., one of Louisiana’s leading telecommunications companies, announced January 4 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EATELCORP, L.L.C. (together with its subsidiaries, “EATEL”), a premier provider of telecommunications, internet, video, security, and data center services in Louisiana.

William Ironside, the CEO at RTC said “EATEL has had impressive growth and expansion of its service area and portfolio of products over the years. We are excited about the future and are confident that EATEL will continue to thrive under RTC’s ownership.”

“We look forward to continuing EATEL’s legacy of offering innovative services and outstanding customer service. Our combined operations will be well positioned for sustained growth in our highly competitive industry,” said Josh Descant, President of EATEL.