Microsoft fuels low-code app development with Power Platform updates

Microsoft Corp. announced today at its Ignite 2020 virtual event a host of new capabilities in its Power Platform that are designed to help companies become more resilient and weather today’s coronavirus-related economic challenges.

Microsoft’s Power Platform is a suite of three products, namely Power BI, PowerApps and Power Automate. They can be used to create and deploy customized applications that run on desktop and mobile devices using a low-code interface.

Low-code software development is becoming increasingly popular because it enables people with only minimal coding skills to create lots of useful apps that can streamline their work processes. In a blog post, James Philllips, Microsoft’s president of business applications, said the company has worked hard over the past 18 months to make its low-code tools more useful by integrating them more closely with its Azure cloud platform and Visual Studio development tools.

As a result of that work, Power

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Aiken County School Board to hear COVID-19, fall athletics updates at Tuesday meeting | Education

The Aiken County Board of Education will receive a COVID-19 update at the next board meeting on Tuesday evening.

Superintendent King Laurence will also deliver an update, including information about fall athletics.

With a recommendation from the school district, the board will vote to adopt a textbook for the Career and Technology Education welding course. Schools can order textbooks from the State Textbook Depository upon approval from the board and funding from the state, according to the meeting agenda.

The board will also vote to approve a few donations and grants.

Last week, Academy Sports + Outdoors donated sports equipment and $500 gift cards to physical education teachers at five Aiken County schools. The following schools received the donations: Aiken Intermediate School, Byrd Elementary School, Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle School and Wagener-Salley High School.

Two Aiken County elementary schools’ food service departments were awarded National School Lunch

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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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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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