Mancuso Business Development Group celebrating women-owned small businesses in October | Top Story

BATAVIA – Mancuso Business Development Group of Batavia will host for a third consecutive year an event featuring women business owners sharing their stories as part of a celebration for National Women Owned Small Business Month.

The October celebration comes as the number of women-owned businesses accounts for almost half of the small businesses within the United States.

The recognition pays tribute to entrepreneurs’ while events scheduled throughout the month offer guidance to new business owners as they embark on new endeavors.

In addition to recognizing creative and influential women within the community, Mancuso BDG is offering three months free rent for leased space at 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia, for women-owned small businesses who sign a 15-month lease. The offer is valid through Oct. 31.

The Harvester Center BIC offers plenty of space and can be designed to accommodate a preferred business model.

“Whatever they need for their business, we

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U.S. job losses in oilfield services and equipment top 100,000: trade group

FILE PHOTO: Drilling rigs operate at sunset in Midland, Texas U.S. February 13, 2019. Picture taken February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Nick Oxford/File Photo

(Reuters) – Oilfield job losses from the COVID-19 pandemic topped 100,000 in the United States in August, according to a report released on Tuesday by trade group Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA), even though some idled drilling projects have resumed.

There was 121,000 oilfield jobs lost in the last 12 months, the report said, with employment in the U.S. sector at its lowest level since March 2017. The bulk of those job losses, 103,420, have come since the pandemic began, the report said.

U.S. crude futures on Tuesday were trading about $37 a barrel, below the cost of production for many U.S. producers. Shale production was 7.6 million barrels per day (bpd) in August, down from 9.2 million bpd in February, before the pandemic crushed fuel demand,

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How one group works to keep kids in school, even if they’re learning online

AUSTIN (KXAN) — When schools shut down in March, Rukiya Mukarram didn’t know what the future would hold.

“At the time, we didn’t know, how long this thing was going to last. I thought they were going to go back after spring and finish graduation,” Rukiya said.

When that didn’t happen, Rukiya’s son Jibril was forced to finish his senior year of high school online. And that meant a non-profit organization that connected to the Mukarrams and other families in Central Texas through their schools faced a challenge as well.

The Mukarram family (Courtesy Mukarram family)
Daiyan Mukarram, Rukiya Mukarram and Jibril Mukarram (Courtesy Mukarram family)

Communities in Schools has worked for decades to stay true to its mission of education and dropout prevention. Normally, CIS volunteers and staff meet in-person with nearly 6,000 students on 96 campuses across seven school districts. In addition to education, CIS volunteers build relationships and help families experiencing homelessness, food

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China Online Education Group Announces US$20.0 million Share Repurchase Program

BEIJING, Sept. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — China Online Education Group (“51Talk” or the “Company”) (NYSE: COE), a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education, today announced that its board of directors has authorized a share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to US$20.0 million of its Class A ordinary shares in the form of American depository shares between September 8, 2020 and September 7, 2021.

The Company’s proposed repurchases may be made from time to time in the open market and through privately negotiated transactions, in block trades and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. The Company’s board of directors will review the share repurchase program periodically, and may authorize adjustment of its terms and size. The Company plans to fund repurchases from its existing cash balance.

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Hailiang Education Group Inc. Acquires Jinhua Hailiang Foreign Language School

HANGZHOU, China, Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hailiang Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HLG) (“Hailiang Education”, the “Company” or “we”), an education and management services provider of primary, middle, and high schools in the PRC, today announced that the Company has signed a sponsorship transfer agreement (the “Agreement”) with its affiliate Hailiang Education Investment Group Co., Ltd. (“Hailiang Investment”) on July 15, 2020 to acquire Jinhua Hailiang Foreign Language School (“JHFL”) for a total consideration of RMB 34 million from Hailiang Investment. After obtaining the relevant administrative approval on September 16, 2020, Hailiang Education completed all the required process to obtain the sponsorship of JHFL from Hailiang Investment. Prior to this transaction, Hailiang Education provided operation management services to JHFL.

Hailiang Education Logo (PRNewsfoto/Hailiang Education Group Inc.)

Located in Jindong District, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China, JHFL is a private non-profit school sponsored by Hailiang Investment in

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State teachers group calls on DeSantis to protect education funding

Contending the reopening of Florida’s schools has not worked well, leaders of the state’s largest teacher union on Friday pressed Gov. Ron DeSantis to improve the situation.

In a letter to the governor, Florida Education Association president Andrew Spar spelled out two steps he said would help stabilize the schools as they struggle with teacher departures, online instruction woes and health-safety concerns.

Florida Education Association president Andrew Spar [ Courtesy of the Florida Education Association ]

Spar asked for a guarantee that the state’s $12.9 billion education budget not be cut, despite multibillion-dollar revenue shortfalls stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. And he proposed continuing the funding protections implemented in the state’s school reopening order, in which per-student money is provided based on pre-pandemic projections rather than current enrollment, which is down statewide.

The association is in the middle of a lawsuit challenging the reopening order.

In an online news conference,

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Economic development group looks to help laid-off Siemens employees

Lee County economic development officials said they have help available for the 130 Siemens employees about to lose their jobs over the next 60 days.

“We will be helping them with resume building as well as career counseling to see what kind of job skills they currently have,” project coordinator Dana Millard said.

Millard said if you’re looking to upskill, they can help with that, too.

“Whether that be going through SCC or other education or going directly into another position similar to what they’re doing now,” she said.

Millard said multiple companies across the region have reached out to them to let them know there are hiring.

“We have several companies that are currently hiring some companies are actually in expansion mode in Lee County,” she said. “We’ve also had a couple of companies reach out from Des Moines county and the surrounding areas that say they want these

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18-Year-Old Forms Environmental Education Group, Receives Award

Tong is part of the 20th anniversary class of Barron Prize winners.

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Tong is part of the 20th anniversary class of Barron Prize winners.

COLUMBIA, MD — A local man has been named a recipient of the 2020 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Bill Tong, 18, of Columbia, is one of 25 young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to help people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.

Tong is part of the 20th anniversary class of Barron Prize winners. He founded the Bioma Project, an environmental education nonprofit that brings native fish aquariums into classrooms. In four years, he has expanded his program to 38 schools in Maryland, D.C. and California, educating upwards of 2,300 students. His aquariums are stocked with 10 species of native fish and plants. Students care for the miniature ecosystems and learn about native wildlife while developing a sense of environmental

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Hailiang Education Group Inc. Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Announces Two Strategic Projects and Three Major Actions in the New Era

HANGZHOU, China, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hailiang Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HLG) (“Hailiang Education”, the “Company” or “we”), an education and management services provider of K-12 schools in China, today announced the celebration of its 25th anniversary. Since the establishment of the Company 25 years ago, Hailiang Education has been taking “Inclusive of all, brightening the world” as its educational philosophy, and has been deeply involved in the development of private education industry in China. We have developed from a school with a student body of merely 232 to a private education group that sponsors and manages 42 K-12 schools in seven provinces across China, and more than 100,000 students have since graduated from our schools. We’ve made great contributions to the development of basic education in China.

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hailiang Education was held at the Hailiang Education

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The Pennant Group (NASDAQ:PNTG) versus Verisante Technology (NASDAQ:VRSEF) Financial Analysis

The Pennant Group (NASDAQ:PNTG) and Verisante Technology (OTCMKTS:VRSEF) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for The Pennant Group and Verisante Technology, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Pennant Group 0 2 1 0 2.33
Verisante Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

The Pennant Group presently has a consensus target price of $34.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.77%. Given The Pennant Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe The Pennant Group is more favorable than Verisante Technology.


This table compares The Pennant Group and Verisante Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on
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