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3 “Strong Buy” Healthcare Stocks With Major Catalysts Approaching

Reflecting the ultimate risk and reward, healthcare stocks are capable of delivering big returns at what feels like the drop of a hat, but investors need to be prepared for big risk, too.Unlike companies in other sectors, the survival of many healthcare players, especially when they are in the early stages, hinges on only clinical trials of their therapies or products in development and regulatory rulings, with updates on either front acting as catalysts that can send shares in either direction.So, any piece of good news can propel shares to sky-high levels. Disappointing outcomes, however, can send investors running for the hills.Given the inherently volatile nature of the space, due diligence is necessary before making investment decisions. That’s where the Wall Street pros can lend a hand, as they know the ins and outs of the industry.Bearing this in mind,

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Child care providers step up for remote back-to-school as Kansas considers funding – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

When back-to-school day was approaching, Victor Rodriguez decided his oldest child, who is registered with Whitson Elementary School in Topeka, was staying home.

“We’re not sending her to school like two days here and then online,” he said. “I decided they’re not going to school the whole year until we see what’s going on with this pandemic.”

But Rodriguez faced a dilemma: how to continue running his restaurant to pay the bills and how to take care of his three children, all 5 years old or younger, at the same time. It’s something he has juggled with since the pandemic hit.

“Having three children, it becomes very expensive to have a caretaker or day care. One is expensive already, but three multiples it,” Rodriguez said.

He came up with a solution. Last week, Rodriguez opened up California Kids Child Care to not only take care of his own children but

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Coronavirus: Ottawa giving provinces $2B for back-to-school safety

OTTAWA — The federal government is providing up to $2 billion in additional funding to help provinces and territories ensure that kids can safely return to class this fall.

The money is on top of $19 billion Ottawa has already promised to help them cope with the ongoing impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on their economies and health-care systems.

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Lockdowns and a second wave? What the coronavirus pandemic could look like this fall

Education is not a federal responsibility and provinces are responsible for their own school reopening plans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday, but he said he also wanted to calm the fears of parents by ensuring the provinces have additional resources to make schools safe.

“Over the past week or so I’ve heard from so many Liberal MPs, so many parents across the country who are still extremely worried about how that reopening is

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Dr. Jill Biden on Back-to-School and Being America’s First Teacher

To all the teachers and students returning to school behind a Zoom screen this September, Dr. Jill Biden sees you. While on hiatus from her English professorship at Northern Virginia Community College to campaign with her husband, the former Second Lady recently completed her online-teaching training and certification.

“I have to post by 11:59 every Sunday night. 11:30, every Sunday night, I’m still on the computer. I’m still trying to figure things out,” Dr. Biden told Vogue via Zoom on Tuesday, against the backdrop of her lush garden in Wilmington, Delaware. “I have a lot more sympathy for [my students], when I get back into the classroom, knowing just how tough it is.”

This September would have marked Dr. Biden’s 36th year in the classroom. Instead, she is stepping into the role of America’s Teacher, embarking on a listening tour with parents, teachers, and students across the country about the

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Minecraft Education is perfectly suited for this surreal back-to-school moment

When the pandemic hit this spring, a lot of teachers turned to Minecraft during their mad scramble for tools that could make remote learning work. Earlier this year, Microsoft added an “education” section to the Minecraft marketplace, and since March, 63 million pieces of content have been downloaded.

While Minecraft: Education Edition isn’t new, its digital nature makes it an almost ideal tool for this strange time. It allows for multiplayer activities, is available on a large range of devices, and — perhaps most importantly — is something kids already enjoy doing. “We already had a lot of the features in the game, so we were well-suited from the beginning,” says Deirdre Quarnstrom, GM of the Minecraft Atlas division, which focuses on broader initiatives like education.

The educational offshoot of Minecraft officially launched in 2016, though the game was used in schools for years prior to that, thanks to grassroots

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Ontario outlines where additional federal funding will go for back-to-school plans

a man in a suit standing in front of a flag: Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce makes an announcement at Queen's Park in Toronto, on Thurs., Aug, 13, 2020.

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Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce makes an announcement at Queen’s Park in Toronto, on Thurs., Aug, 13, 2020.

The Ontario government said Wednesday where it will spend $381 million that the federal government has offered up for back-to-school plans.

The money is on top of the $900 million the province has already provided boards to prepare for the upcoming school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said.

The federal government will be providing provinces and territories $2 billion to help them to ensure kids can safely go back to school in September. The $2 billion is added to the previous $19 billion Prime Minister Justin Trudeau already promised.

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Trudeau confirmed the $2 billion in a press conference Wednesday.

“Ontario’s investments lead the nation in supporting

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First Nations back-to-school COVID-19 funding falls far short, says AFN regional chief

a group of people sitting in a room: First Nations schools, like Sturgeon Lake Central School in Saskatchewan seen in 2018, will be receiving $112 million for COVID-19 back to school preparations, Ottawa announced Wednesday.

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First Nations schools, like Sturgeon Lake Central School in Saskatchewan seen in 2018, will be receiving $112 million for COVID-19 back to school preparations, Ottawa announced Wednesday.

The $112 million for COVID-19 back-to-school preparations for First Nations that Ottawa announced on Wednesday falls far short of needs faced by communities, according to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) regional chief responsible for education. 

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron, who is the AFN regional chief for Saskatchewan, said the over 630 First Nations across Canada need about $1 billion to fully prepare for the restart of classes amid the pandemic. 

“Obviously our expectations were much higher,” said Cameron, who holds the education portfolio.

“We should have received $1 billion or close to it and at least we would have a fighting chance to have our schools ready.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the $112 million

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Federal education funding still in limbo days before Alberta back-to-school

a person wearing a purple shirt: Education Minister Adriana LaGrange updates Albertans on the school re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year.

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Education Minister Adriana LaGrange updates Albertans on the school re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year.

There is still no timeline for when school authorities will be able to access Alberta’s share of the $2 billion in federal funding pledged last week to support provincial school reopening plans.

The Alberta government said it had not yet received any of its $262.8 million cut of the funding announced Tuesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with school districts in the province only days away from welcoming back students for the fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given that the funding was suddenly announced on Tuesday, officials are still working out details on how this funding will be distributed to Alberta’s school authorities,” said Colin Aitchison, press secretary to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, in a statement.

“At this point I cannot give a timeline as we have not received the

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