Sunday, July 22, 2018
Homeland Security Summit in Biloxi
Today, the 2018 International Homeland Defense and Security Summit took place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. Governor Phil Bryant invited leaders from Israel in attendance to share to share ideas regarding border patrol. “Israel has shown the world that you can secure borders and you can do so with the use of technology as well as the new advanced structures.” Defense along the Arctic Ocean was a topic discussed at the summit. U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul Zukunft brought up cutters, any ship that’s longer than 65 feet in length, and it’s importance protecting the homeland. “We got nearly two hundred in our Coast Guard inventory and we have ships deployed all around the world.” Admiral Zukunft also addressed how cyber-attacks are a persistent threat to our country. “We are working with industry of how to safeguard their cyber-systems from intrusions as we look at the proliferation of the internet and things in this world.” The University of Southern Mississippi has a building in Gulfport that will open in a month which will be a source for ocean engineering and maritime systems. “We work very closely with defense at our university with doing research and development work. So, we are keen supporters of everything that is going on.” Governor Bryant says homeland defense and international partnerships make the Gulf Coast a safer place to live. “We believe that peace depends on a strong military and having good relationships with our partners around the world.”
Biloxi proclamation
Today, Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich met with a Cuban official at Biloxi City Hall to discuss a variety of potential partnerships in Biloxi and the Mississippi Coast. Miguel Fraga was welcomed with open arms at Biloxi City Hall as he received a proclamation from Mayor Gilich. Fraga is the first secretary of the embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C. He hopes for improved relations between his country and the United States. “We’re trying to find opportunities for both countries. We believe the relations spent on good will between Cuba and the United States is the path we need to follow,” said Fraga. Mayor Gilich says both countries can benefit in a variety of ways from the partnership including future trade. “From tourism to commerce, all of these things became on the radar, and Miguel’s first visit down here is going to see every aspect of life and business opportunities here in Biloxi.” Both countries can benefit from medical exchanges. Fraga noted Cuba has a lung cancer vaccine that’s currently in New York. “Cuba has, right now, doctors in more than 60 countries. We have a good biotech industry. So, we need to find a way to do it, but there is a lot of potential for relation.” The topic of baseball came up in today’s proclamation. Hopefully, some things are in the works for the year of 2019. “Baseball is a passion for both countries. So, I’m sure that we can enjoy a wonderful tournament between Biloxi and Cuba,” said Fraga. Mayor Gilich said, “Baseball is huge. We are really excited about baseball as well as tourism and those kinds of things.” According to Fraga, Cuba received one million visitors from the United States last year. He believes this partnership will attract even more tourists to his country. “A lot of people here in the United States want to visit Cuba for many reasons, to see the old cars, to see the history there.” Fraga says the history between the Biloxi and Cuba brings them together since the founder of Biloxi is actually buried in Havana.
Web Extra: Kelly Graves on team chemistry, Lexi Bando
Kelly Grave speaks before Wednesday's practice.
County Connection
Tami Hildebrand, Executive Director of the Berks County Department of Agriculture, visits Deerfoot Farm in Maidencreek Township to talk with owner David Brown about the canola oil press and processing operation on the farm.
State Lawsuit against Purdue Pharma
Alabama's attorney general claims a major pharmaceutical company knowingly helped hook people on prescription pills
Flu season causing pharmaceutical shortages
Flu season causing pharmaceutical shortages
CIO Leadership Live with Joel Jacobs, CIO at MITRE Corp. | Ep 4
Show host Maryfran Johnson talks with CIO Joel Jacobs of MITRE Corp., a private non-profit research organization that provides consulting, engineering, and technical services for numerous federal government agencies. A big part of its mission is to keep innovating -- in everything from predictive analytics to mobile app development.

Cats now back to full strength
LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) - For the first time all season, the Cats were operating at full strength on Saturday. After missing games, Quade Green made his return to lineup. Also Jarred Vanderbilt played in his second game for the Cats. What's next for the this squad? Players say it's building team chemistry. Check out the video for what Vanderbilt and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had to say.
PSM Announces 2018 High School Baseball Series
PSM Announces 2018 High School Baseball Series
Pharmacies Running Out of Cold Medicine
Pharmacies in the Tennessee Valley are running low on flu and cold medicine.
CIO Leadership Live with Kristin Darby, CIO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America | Ep 3
In this episode, Maryfran Johnson, executive director of CIO programs and events at IDG, talks with CIO Kristin Darby of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America about IT’s critical role in the convergence of genomic advances, clinical research and digital capabilities in healthcare – and how all of that is creating a new world of connected care for patients.
State of the CIO 2018: Learn the latest on the evolving role of the CIO
Better understand the evolving role of the CIO in today’s business climate and the 2018 CIO agenda in this video discussion, hosted by Adam Dennison, SVP/General Manager, IDG Events/CEC & Publisher. Ron Guerrier, CIO at Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, and Kristie Grinnell, CIO & VP Information Technology & Supply Chain, General Dynamics Information Technology, share their thoughts on budgetary responsibilities, business and leadership challenges, and the key skills needed for the job today.
Hospitals, pharmacies work to overcome drug shortages from M
Hurricane Maria closed one of the two functioning plants that manufactures the normal-saline solution bags. Since then it has become increasingly difficult to stay on top of the demand on the hospital’s side.
CIO Leadership Live: Watch live on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. eastern
Join Maryfran Johnson, executive director of CIO programs for CIO Events and the CIO Executive Council, for an in-depth interview with Kristin Darby, CIO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. eastern. Watch the show live on Twitter.
Using machine learning in Amazon's Cloud
Network World's Brandon Butler chats with Swami Sivasubramanian, general manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS) about its announcements surrounding machine learning and artificial intelligence. The announcements were made at the company's re:Invent show in Las Vegas.
Multi-county data-sharing network to improve farming, manufa
A newly formed group of 10 counties have come together to become a national hub of agricultural and manufacturing innovation.
SRHS "shoe boxing" items for veterans
This holiday season, Singing River Health Systems wants the community’s help spreading Christmas cheer to those in need. Their shoebox donation drive is aimed at homeless veterans in the area as well as those in local nursing homes. The items needed are health and comfort items like food, clothing, and toiletries, but they’ll also accept books, games, and anything that could be useful to those veterans that are weathering the winter conditions without shelter. It is recommended that each shoe box that is donated should have a total value of about $20. Singing River Health System Foundation Executive Director Laura Sessum said “This Christmas season, when we were looking at which way we’re going to try to help our community, we thought we would try to target our veterans and we wanted to help veterans that are local and so this is how the idea came about from Operation Shoebox which is more of an international type of drive usually, but we wanted to do it locally.” Boxes can be dropped off at either Singing River Hospital location by December 20th.


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