GUEST COLUMN: AskRail App Helps Mississippi Emergency Responders

 
AskRail App Helps Mississippi Emergency Responders
By George Horn
The freight rail industry’s focus on improving rail infrastructure has enhanced safety in Mississippi and across the U.S., making accidents an increasingly rare occurrence. But they can still occur. This is why it’s imperative that the industry continues to support first responders in their efforts to save lives and protect their communities. One way they do this is by deploying technologies like the AskRail mobile app. Rail accidents present unique challenges to first responders. Continue Reading

FDA Investigating New E. coli Outbreak in Romaine Lettuce

 

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is investigating a new outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce. Here is the press release verbatim:

 
FDA Fast Facts: FDA, CDC and partners investigate new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, urge consumers to avoid romaine lettuce

For Immediate Release: November 20, 2018
Media Inquiries: Peter Cassell, 240-402-6537, peter.cassell@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 likely linked to romaine lettuce. Continue Reading

City Implements FOG Program

Recently, the City of Jackson announced that it has started a program to keep fats, oils and grease, or FOG, out of the city’s sewer system. Here is the press release verbatim. CITY OF JACKSON ENCOURAGES RESTAURANTS TO CLEAN UP HARMFUL FATS, OILS, AND GREASE WITH ‘FOG’ PROGRAM

Jackson, Miss.—The City of Jackson is partnering with local Food Service Establishments (FSEs) to help educate business owners on the importance of keeping fats, oils, and grease—or FOG—out of the City’s sewer system. As they move through the sewers, FOG components congeal, causing line blockages or sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), which require significant resources to alleviate. In an effort to help combat this issue, the City has launched a new Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Program (FOG Program) as one part of the City’s efforts to meet the requirements of its Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the volume and frequency of sewer overflows. Continue Reading

New Stage Announces Fall Class Schedule

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) announced its fall 2018 class schedule. Here is a press release verbatim. JACKSON—New Stage Theatre, Mississippi’s professional theatre located in Jackson, Miss., announces its fall class schedule. The fall session begins Sept. Continue Reading

First Mississippi Writers Trail Marker Prototypes to be Unveiled at Book Festival

 

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Mississippi Arts Commission announced that it will unveil the first Mississippi Writers Trail Markers at the Mississippi Book Festival. Here is a verbatim press release:

JACKSON, MISS. (Aug. 7, 2018)—The Mississippi Writers Trail will officially launch with the unveiling of two historical marker prototypes, honoring Eudora Welty and Jesmyn Ward, as part of the Mississippi Book Festival on Aug. Continue Reading

2018 Mississippi Book Festival Announces Schedule

On Wednesday, July 11, the Mississippi Book Festival announced its lineup, which includes panels that cover topic such as food, race, literature and more. See the schedule here. The festival, also known as the “literary lawn party,” will be at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.) on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the panels, the event will have vendors, food trucks and more. For more information, visit msbookfestival.com. Continue Reading

2019 Mississippi Invitational Deadline June 30

 

The Mississippi Museum of Art will once again host its annual Mississippi Invitational in June 2019. In preparation for the event, MMA is asking for artist submissions, with a deadline of June 30, 2018. Artists who live in the state of Mississippi are eligible to compete and can submit original works in any medium. In mid-September, artists will found out if they have been selected, and then the guest curator, Kimberli Grant, will do in-studio visits in October and November. The museum will announce the final selection in December. Continue Reading

USA IBC Medalists

From June 11-21, 2018, dancers from the U.S. and performed through the different rounds of the USA International Ballet Competition. About 30 finalists performed during Round III from June 19-21, and finally, the winners received their medalists during an awards gala on Friday, June 22. The medalists are as follows:

Senior Division Medalists

Men’s Senior Gold Medalist—Sicong Wu, China

Women’s Senior Gold Medalist—Yunting Qiu, China

Men’s Senior Silver Medalist—Sangmin Lee, Republic of Korea

Women’s Senior Silver Medalist—Soobin Lee, Republic of Korea

Women’s Senior Silver Medalist—Katherine Barkman, USA

Men’s Senior Bronze Medalist—David Schrenk, USA

Women’s Senior Bronze Medalist—Chisako Oga, USA

Best Senior Couple—Soobin Lee & Sangmin Lee, Republic of Korea

Junior Division Medalists

Men’s Junior Gold Medalist—No gold awarded

Women’s Junior Gold Medalist—Elisabeth Beyer, USA

Men’s Junior Silver Medalist—Hyuma Kiyosawa, Japan

Women’s Junior Silver Medalist—Julia Rust, USA

Women’s Junior Silver Medalist—Carolyne Galvao, Brazil

Men’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Harold Mendez, USA

Men’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Joseph Markey, USA

Women’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Tia Wenkman, USA

Women’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Rheya Shano, USA

 

Special Awards

Robert Joffrey Award of Merit—Mya Kresnyak, Canada

Jury Award of Encouragement—Veronica Atienza, Philippines

Jury Award of Encouragement—Nicole Klaudine Barroso

Jury Award of Encouragement—Razmik Marukyan, Armenia

Choreography Award—Zhang Disha for “Sad Birds,” performed by Sicong Wu and Yunting Qiu

Choreography Award—Fei Bo for “Permanent Yesterday,” performed by Sicong Wu and Yunting Qiu

See jfp.ms/usaibc2018 for a gallery of Round III, Session III photos. Continue Reading