Education Is Not Up for Debate’ live town hall

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Yahoo Life and Verizon will host the second Citizen Verizon Assembly, Education Is Not Up for Debate, for a timely discussion about the education system, covering remote learning, inequality and mental health as Verizon continues to convene advocates, activists, and nonprofit and business leaders to address the most pressing global economic, environmental and social issues. The event can be watched live at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT in the player above.

The hour-long virtual event will include keynotes and discussions with leaders from around the globe, including mental health activist Catie Cole, actress, producer and change agent Yara Shahidi, and actress, entrepreneur and activist Gabrielle Union, among others. 

After an introduction from Shahidi, and remarks from Verizon’s Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer Rose Stuckey Kirk, the event will open with a debate moderated by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien. Focusing on the current issues facing students and

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Latest coronavirus news for September 10, 2020: Live updates

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Grant funding for urban, Downstate farmers targets nutrition crisis worsened by COVID-19

Stephanie Dunn (l), owner of Star Farm in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, and Johari Cole-Kweli, owner of Iyabo Farms in Pembroke Township, are among 27 Illinois farmers that recently received $250,000 in grants to meet skyrocketing demand for local food spurred by the pandemic. Cole-Kweli regularly drives up to deliver eggs and produce to Dunn.

Stephanie Dunn, owner of Star Farm Chicago, at 934 W. 50th Place in Back of the Yards, and Johari Cole-Kweli, owner of Iyabo Farms in Pembroke Township, Ill., pose for a photo at Star Farm Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 9, 2020. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times
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Johari Cole-Kweli grew up in the West Side K-Town neighborhood, got her microbiology degree from Michigan State University, then worked for pharmaceutical firms before realizing Big Pharma couldn’t solve nagging health disparities in the Black community.

Her solution? The 50-acre Iyabo Farms she owns in Pembroke Township, an hour and a half south of Chicago.

The 28-year-old farm run with her husband and two children is among 27 statewide recently awarded $250,000 in grants from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, to meet skyrocketing demand for local food spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The First Ever Da Vinci Fest Live, A Celebration Of Art And Science, Comes To Philadelphia This October

The event is held October 22 through October 29, 2020.

The First Ever Da Vinci Fest Live, A Celebration Of Art And Science, Comes To Philadelphia This October

The Da Vinci Art Alliance has announced details for their first ever Da Vinci Fest Live, a celebration of art and science, coming to Philadelphia from October 22 through October 29, 2020. Through online programs for adults and youth, installed exhibitions, a competitive Derby race, an art-market, and a brand new mural, Da Vinci Fest Live showcases the innovation, diversity, and artistry that makes Philadelphia so vibrant. Famous for paintings, such as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, Da Vinci also possessed a genius for technology, astronomy, engineering, botany, and more. With the collaboration of local partners, Da Vinci Fest Live celebrates how creativity manifests itself at the intersection of disciplines through online experiences, exhibitions, and creative activities for the public. Originally planned as an in-person festival and then upgraded to include interactive virtual experiences, everyone can participate in

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Cabinet briefing live updates | Govt approves ‘Karmayogi yojana’ for skill development of civil servants

With the monsoon session of parliament set to begin in two weeks, the Cabinet met on Wednesday.

Here are the key decisions taken:

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Mission Karmayogi will help build a future-ready Civil Service, says C. Chandramouli, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training. It will be open to all government employees, to equip them with domain, functional and behavioural competencies.

The Prime Minister’s HR Council will be the apex body to provide direction to these capacity building reforms, says Dr. Chandramouli.

A Special Purpose Vehicle, 100% government owned, will be set up to own and operate the online platform and facilitate digital learning. Total outlay for the scheme will be Rs. 510 crore in five years.

An annual subscription of Rs. 431 per civil servant will be charged by the SPV.

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Karmayogi Yojana

Cabinet has given its nod to roll out a Karmayogi Yojana to give government officers

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