Doing Business: Mapping the Global Business Environment

World Bank’s Doing Business

Thinking about starting a business in another country? Then you’d better take a trip there to figure out how to get things started.

But wait! You don’t have the time or money for travel — you’re saving for the business and working hard to get it together! Not to worry. World Bank’s Doing Business interactive mapping site allows you to discover how easy (or difficult) it is to do business in 181 economies worldwide.

This site doesn’t just map the dull stuff like GNP and population — it gives you info on the corruption level you’ll have to deal with when starting a business in another country. You can also find out what the infrastructure issues are; how convoluted the bureaucracy is; how likely it is that your business will be ripped off by employees. This is stuff you don’t usually find in a reference book!!

If you’re serious about business-related expatriation, then you should really start with this site. It’s easy to use and will give you a good foundation for further exploration of your possible new business climate.

Blogging Class

There will be a blogging class offered at the Main Library, this Saturday, November 29.

Blogging is one of the fastest and easiest ways to publish to the web. Learn about blogs and how to create your own blog with the free service from Blogger. In this class participants will learn how to:

  • Sign up for a free blog with Blogger*
  • Write a blog post and publish it to the web
  • Customize their blog
  • Blog responsibly and safely

Participants in this class are expected to be familiar with basic internet browsing (such as with Internet Explorer) and basic word processing.

*Participants must have an active email account in order to register with Blogger.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Main Library

C-SPAN’s Kennedy Assassination Audio Archive

C-SPAN’s Kennedy Assassination Audio Archive

Today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of JFK and C-SPAN has assembled an impressive array of audio files documenting that horrific event and its aftermath.

Hear oral histories from politicians who witnessed the event; the White House press secretary’s announcement of the assassination; phone calls made by LBJ as he prepared to take over as president. It’s an exhaustive archive and well worth spending time with if you’re interested in this significant historic event.


When and where is Janet Evanovich reading next? Are any romance writers speaking in Baton Rouge in the next month? With, looking for author events is as easy as finding the weather forecast. is an online directory of author events. You can find authors that are coming to your area soon or in the future. You can also search for your favorite authors and track their tours. If you prefer to narrow your searches to authors of a particular genre (romance, mystery, cookbooks), you can do that too.

A host of features allows you to receive updates in a variety of formats. You can get an email update as well as create an RSS feed for your favorite authors (if you want to get all web 2.0 with it). Amazingly, you can also have the events added to your personal online calendar (depending on which software you use) and even create a widget to display on your blog or website.

So the next time that superstar author visits your local bookstore, talking, eating and signing autographs until well past midnight, you’ll be there, rather than reading about it in the paper the next day.

Poor Man’s Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana

Poor Mans Provence

Award-winning syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson visits the library for a special presentation and book signing of her new book Poor Man’s Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana. Rheta has covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist. She writes about ordinary but fascinating people, mining for universal meaning in individual stories.

Her awards include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest reporting, the Headliner Award for commentary, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary. In 1991, she was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Syndicated by King Features of New York, her column appears in about 50 papers nationwide. She is the author of several books, including Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz (1989). In 2000, she wrote the text for a book of photographs entitled Georgia.

A native of Colquitt, Georgia, Rheta grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and studied journalism at Auburn University. She has lived and worked in the South all her life.

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Main Library

For more information, call 225-231-3745.

We all buy things that we don’t need in the end, but right now, we all should be watching what we spend. is a kind of online confessional — where you can confess about the stuff you shouldn’t have spent your money on. You know you want to tell somebody about that $2500 you spent on that silly tablet computer…

But the REAL purpose of Spendster isn’t to make you feel guilty about spending money — it’s to give you a chance to talk about what you would do with that money if you still had it today. It’s a real eye-opening experience when you think about it!

Spendster has videos, photos, message boards, an interactive calculator, and articles to help you become a better spender. In short, it’s a great opportunity to learn how and where you spend money.

So give Spendster a whirl — and learn to think before you spend that cash and regret it later.

How Do I Get A Hunting License in Lousiana?

Everyone who hunts in Louisiana is also required to have a license. Hunting licenses are regulated by the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Annual licenses go on sale June 1st of each year and expire June 30th of the next year.

  • The first thing to do before applying for a hunting license is to complete a Hunter Safety Course that is approved by the LDWF. A listing by Parish of when courses are offered can be found here: Hunter Education. There are exceptions to this for active military or veterans, for certified law enforcement officers and for those born before September 1st, 1969
  • There are a variety of different licenses that can be bought depending on the type of animal you want to hunt, the type of weapon you wish to use and the duration, whether you wish to hunt for a whole season or just a few days. There is a step by step tutorial that will ask you questions to help you determining what kind of license that you need. This can be found by clicking here: License Wizard
  • The license fees vary greatly between residents and non-residents of Louisiana. It may be necessary to show documentation proving Louisiana residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license or motor vehicle registration. List of Residency Requirements
  • To purchase your license you can call 1-888-765-2602 and pay using a visa or MasterCard or you can apply online here

For a fishing license you can follow the same steps and use the same Wildlife and Fisheries online resources, other than the Hunter Education course as that is not necessary.

American Diabetes Month

Did you know that nearly 24 million people in the US have diabetes? And around 57 million American adults are estimated to have prediabetes — a condition that can lead to full-blown Type II diabetes if it’s not managed properly. In Louisiana alone, over 250,000 folks are diabetic — and over 130,000 of them are between the ages of 45 and 64.

Diabetes can cause heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and blindness. Poor circulation related to diabetes can lead to amputations, especially of the feet and legs. But diabetes doesn’t have to be deadly or debilitating. With proper diet and weight control, adult-onset diabetes can be avoided. And most diabetes can be controlled with lifestyle changes and medication.

November is American Diabetes Month — a time to raise awareness of this potentially debilitating disease, its causes and treatment. Remember that diabetes is treatable and, in many cases, preventable. If you’re concerned about diabetes, or just want to know more about it, you should talk to your doctor. Or you can visit one of the websites listed below.

Diabetes FAQs
About Diabetes & Prediabetes
MedlinePlus Diabetes
Living with Diabetes

A good vocabulary can open doors. If yours needs a little work, why not have a little fun improving it and do something for others at the same time. can help! is an internet game with two goals: to provide a free educational experience and to end world hunger — and YOU can participate. Just play the game (the free educational goal).

All you have to do is define each word that’s displayed by choosing the correct definition from a list of 4 choices. If you answer correctly, FreeRice will donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. If you miss the answer, not to worry! You’ll get a second chance to get it right. It’s a win-win proposition. You’ll help feed the world’s hungry people and you’ll learn a whole lot of new words in the process.

Now if you think that 20 grains of rice per answer is a pretty small amount consider this… To date, has donated 49,105,129,470 grains of rice. That’s approximately 1,693,280 pounds of food!

Visit and help yourself while helping others worldwide.