Internationally Renowned Speakers to Participate in Global Housing Foundation’s Virtual International Conference in Support of UN Day

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In 2020, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ravaged the economy, greater widening the gap between the rich and poor, and thrusting the global housing crisis into the spotlight. To encourage solutions for developing adequate housing needed for one-fifth of the world’s population, international leaders will come together on United Nations Day, Saturday, October 24 at 12 noon during the virtual conference “Global Strategies for Smart, Sustainable Workforce Housing: Innovative Solutions to Win the War Against Poverty, Healthcare & Crises” hosted by the Global Housing Foundation (GHF) in partnership with UN-Habitat.

During the conference, GHF will unveil an exciting interactive digital resource, the Global Housing Network, a state-of-the-art tool, providing comprehensive knowledge and information, relevant links, research and resources. It will be an important catalyst to connect and build global partnerships which stimulate the creation of workforce housing throughout the world.

The conference

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Hathaway: Bee Cave Library still offering virtual programming for all ages – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

Greetings from everyone at the Bee Cave Public Library. We miss getting to see all of our patrons in person but are working hard to bring you materials, services, and programs to meet your educational and entertainment needs during the year of the pandemic.

Until it is safe to offer in-person programming again, we are exploring other ways to connect our community with the library and with each other through virtual programs and outdoor activities.

On Nov. 5, join us for a free virtual class in Bollywood dancing. Prayrana Sharma will lead us through an hour of Indian-style dance movement blended with disco and modern jazz set to music from popular Bollywood movies. All ages are welcome to join in for this upbeat, fun class from the privacy of your own home. Register through the library’s online calendar, no Zoom account is needed.

The Bee Cave Book Club met outdoors

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ComEd STEM Home Labs Provides Virtual STEM Programming for 100 Students During COVID-19 Pandemic

CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — To safely bring STEM education to students during the COVID-19 pandemic, ComEd is launching ComEd STEM Home Labs, its first-ever virtual program to provide Chicagoland students with STEM engagement at home. ComEd engineers developed the program in collaboration with university professor and STEM influencer Dr. Kate Biberdorf. The series kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 24, for 100 students, ages 13-17, from across Chicago-area communities.

Continuing ComEd’s longstanding investment in STEM engagement for Chicago-area youth, this new program inspires students to advance their confidence, knowledge and career paths in STEM through hands-on experiments in a year where many extracurricular programs are on hold. By exciting young women and students of color about careers in science, technology, engineering and math, ComEd STEM Home Labs will encourage them to pursue jobs in STEM.

“Women, African Americans and Latinos remain underrepresented in STEM

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Ready, Set, Gold! Launches Virtual Fall Programming with Support from The Foundation for Global Sports Development and Sidewinder Films

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 20, 2020–

With the new school year underway, Los Angeles-based non-profit Ready, Set, Gold! (RSG) has launched fall programming titled “Ready, Set, Gold! Fall Virtual Series Building Champions in Life Through Sport.” To best serve the students in its community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the health-oriented organization has developed a customized series of videos featuring talented Olympians and Paralympians.

The eight-week video series focuses on inspiring a growth mindset and will give students the opportunity to exercise alongside Olympians and Paralympians and learn life lessons from the athletes. In each 30-minute video, the athletes will provide motivational messages to encourage a healthy lifestyle for students while they are learning from home. Some of the video topics include embracing challenges, healthy living and cooking, perseverance, and self-awareness. The corresponding workouts put these concepts into action.

“When kids play, they are both physically and mentally healthier,” said Michaela Reynolds,

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Conversica Announces Virtual Assistant-Powered Website Chat for Free, Disrupting the Chatbot Market

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conversica, Inc., the leader in Intelligent Virtual Assistants helping organizations attract, acquire and grow customers at scale, announced today its disruption of traditional website chat offerings by delivering AI-powered human-like, two-way conversations over chat for free via its Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVAs). Unlike traditional website chat offerings which leave customers frustrated, Conversica IVAs can engage with website visitors and quickly connect them to the information they seek via chat, use email and SMS to nurture them through a qualification process and pass hot qualified opportunities to customer-facing teams—all while delivering a personalized experience that digital-natives now demand across multiple channels.

“There has always been a disconnect between capturing leads at the top of the funnel via website chat and the lead qualification process thereafter. Conversica is the first to solve this problem by providing an integrated solution to seamlessly engage and

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Conversica Launches Free Virtual Assistant-Powered Website Chat

Conversica today released artificial intelligence-powered human-like, two-way conversations over chat for free via its intelligent vrtual assistants (IVAs).

Conversica IVAs can engage with website visitors and connect them to the information they seek via chat, use email and SMS to nurture them through a qualification process, and pass hot qualified opportunities to customer-facing teams.

“There has always been a disconnect between capturing leads at the top of the funnel via website chat and the lead qualification process thereafter. Conversica is the first to solve this problem by providing an integrated solution to seamlessly engage and capture leads at the very top of the funnel and then nurture and qualify leads to drive higher pipeline contribution,” said Rashmi Vittal, chief marketing officer at Conversica, in a statement. “Website chat is a front door in a company’s revenue cycle, and, when done right by an IVA, can not only increase the number

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Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Programming for MTC VIRTUAL THEATRE

MTC’s online theatrical offerings will include an upcoming slate of readings, artist conversations, and student monologues.

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Programming for MTC VIRTUAL THEATRE

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced programming for MTC Virtual Theatre, set to continue online through the end of 2020 and beyond.

While physical stages remain dark across America, Manhattan Theatre Club invites audiences to gather virtually as a community and find connection, inspiration, and entertainment through a series of virtual theatrical experiences from the comfort of their homes.

Up-to-date information about all MTC Virtual Theatre initiatives can always be found at www.manhattantheatreclub.com/virtual.

Ted Snowdon Reading Series – November 10-December 15

MTC’s Ted Snowdon Reading Series, dedicated to the support and development of innovative new work, offers audiences the opportunity to hear rehearsed readings of new plays. This year, the series goes virtual and the line-up includes five new works, including two MTC commissions, from an exceptional group of writers. Running November 10-December 15, all

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Billboard Unveils Programming Details for Virtual Latin Music Week

October 20-23, 2020.

Billboard Unveils Programming Details for Virtual Latin Music Week

Billboard today announced programming details for Latin Music Week, a four-day immersive experience dedicated to Latin music, culture and entertainment that will gather some of the biggest names in the Latin music industry. The 30th anniversary installment will take place virtually on October 20-23, 2020 at BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com. The event will include a variety of content ranging from panels and performances to intimate conversations, coinciding with the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Wednesday, October 21.

As Latin music continues to be a formidable and uniting force around the world, the event will spotlight how Latinos are making a difference in music, film, wellness, social justice, and fashion through a series of one-on-one panels featuring unique artist pairings.

The star-studded list of participants includes a marquee conversation with Jennifer Lopez and Maluma, and discussions with Anitta, Anuel AA, Bandaga, Becky G, Bizarrap, Black Eyed Peas, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Cazzu,

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Keeping Badger fans connected through virtual programming during Homecoming Week

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – While in-person homecoming events may not be happening this year at UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Alumni Association has put together virtual programming to keep Badger fans and alumni connected.



a close up of a person wearing a costume: Bucky Badger performs pushups after Wisconsin scored at touchdown against Central Michigan during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)


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Bucky Badger performs pushups after Wisconsin scored at touchdown against Central Michigan during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Sarah Schutt, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, said they anticipated that things might look different this year, and began planning a virtual homecoming early.

Schutt said some activities include a virtual version of Fill the Hill, an online scavenger hunt including Bucky and Chancellor Rebecca Blank, as well as a Friday evening event she said would take the place of the traditional block party.

“That’s the piece that we can’t do in-person this year, so instead we’re going to be substituting

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D&D nerds (like me) are donning virtual armor and venturing online amid pandemic | Commentary

There was a time when a deadly pandemic wouldn’t have bothered me in the least. I’d have cast a protection spell to keep myself and others safe. If anyone got sick, a cleric would remedy things with his or her healing powers.

Hi, I’m David. I’m a D&D nerd.

At least I was, years ago, throughout college and a bit beyond.

I’ve been thinking about the many hours of escapist fun Dungeons & Dragons gave me and my circle of writers, actors, artists and musicians who gathered most weekends to imagine ourselves as heroic fantasy figures battling evil and collecting treasure.

For a few hours, I was no longer a young reporter chasing stories. I was Randolph the Deceiver, master illusionist, beguiling foes, enchanting maidens and generally being a tricky but true-blue comrade in arms.

The pandemic has been a huge opportunity for franchises and firms in the escape-from-reality business.

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