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Perelman Selling Almost Everything as Pandemic Roils His Empire

(Bloomberg) — Bit by bit, billionaire Ronald O. Perelman is parting with his treasures.His Gulfstream 650 is on the market. So is his 257-foot yacht. Movers hauled crates of art from his Upper East Side townhouse after he struck a deal with Sotheby’s to sell hundreds of millions of dollars of works.He’s unloaded his stake in Humvee-maker AM General, sold a flavorings company that he’d owned for decades and hired banks to find buyers for stock he holds in other companies.What in the world is going on with Ron Perelman? His exploits on and off Wall Street have been tabloid fare in New York since the go-go 1980s. But now, at an age when most fellow billionaires are kicking back, Perelman, 77, is facing a range of financial challenges, most of all at Revlon Inc., his cosmetics giant.Once touted as

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Stamford Public Education Foundation Receives $35,000 Grant

Press release from Stamford Public Education Foundation:

Sept. 18, 2020

The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF), is pleased to announce it has been a recipient of a one-time $35,000 grant from the Deloitte Foundation as part of its WorldClass Grant Challenge.

The award recognizes organizations that have a demonstrated approach to helping people on a path to success. This one-time grant will go towards SPEF’s programming efforts for the 2020-2021 school year.

During the 2017—18 school year, Deloitte began volunteering with SPEF through volunteering in the Early College Studies (ECS) initiative. This innovative program is designed to prepare Stamford High School students to be successful in a variety of technical college and career fields. It provides a rigorous course load plus access to courses at Norwalk Community College.

Together this combination gives students the opportunity to graduate high school and earn an associate degree in a technology-based field. SPEF’s mentoring

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Missouri education system receives $18 million literacy development grant

Posted on 17 September 2020 at 10:09am

COLUMBIA- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) was one of 11 states to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program.

The $18 million grant will be distributed over five years, allowing the state to advance literacy skills for children from birth through Grade 12.

“Extensive research suggests that reading by Grade 3 is critical to a child’s success in school and life beyond. Improving literacy is central to our aim of improving lives through education,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said in a news release.

The goal of the project is to support educators’ working knowledge of evidence-based literacy strategies to effectively teach reading and writing to all students.

This includes providing professional development to pre-service teachers in institutions of higher education, early childhood education teachers and K-12 educators to

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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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Staunton receives more CARES Act funding. Where is it going?

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Staunton City Council chambers in City Hall. (Photo: Claire Mitzel/The News Leader)

STAUNTON – The City of Staunton has received more Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, relief funds to help aid city and school expenses. 

The CARES Act funds can be used for any expenses incurred during and due to COVID-19. 

On May 12, it was announced the city would receive $2,175,221 in CARES Act relief funds. By July 28, the city received a second round of CARES Act funding, for a revised total of $4,350,442.

As of June 30, $132,485 was to be used on COVID-related costs for both the city and Staunton City Schools to enact protection and prevention measures like testing for employees, floor markings for physical distancing for elections and other city departments, custodial services and glass and plexiglass partitions for customer service areas among other items, a release said.

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Alstom receives funding from Workforce Development Initiative

HORNELL, N.Y. (WETM) – Train car manufacturer Alstom SA is among the 66 businesses, schools, and community-based organizations across the state that have been awarded nearly $9 million as part of the State’s historic Workforce Development Initiative, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The grants are federally funded and will support job training opportunities across the State for more than 3,600 New Yorkers adapting to the post-COVID economy. 

Businesses and organizations from nine REDC regions receiving Workforce Development awards include: 

  • Capital Region: Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga BOCES, AlbanyCanCode, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, Wesley Health Care Center, YMCA of the Capital District
  • Central New York: Anaren Microwave, D&W Diesel, K&N’s Foods USA, Leonardi Manufacturing Co., WMT Precision
  • Finger Lakes: Airquip, Canandaigua Driving School, Mary Cariola Children’s Center, Rochester City School District OACES, Phenix Automation, Sweeteners Plus, Turner Underground Installations, United Memorial Medical Center
  • Long Island: Payless Enterprises
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Marion Tech receives grant from National Science Foundation


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Marion Technical College is being recognized on a national level after receiving a nearly $500,000 award to create a new manufacturing program. 

According to a news release, the National Science Foundation awarded MTC a $477,868 grant to create a new Smart Manufacturing program. Smart Manufacturing is a growing field that uses networks of advanced sensors, data analysis, information technology and communications technology to increase manufacturing automation and improve performance. The program is aimed to help graduates gain new skills for in-demand jobs. 

“We are excited to have our first grant from the National Science Foundation,” said MTC President Ryan McCall in the release. “This will help our students and our community stay competitive.” 

The new grant will fund $170,870 in new equipment, new classes, as well as a new associate degree and two new

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Massachusetts higher education system receives $1.2 million in grant funding to make transformation toward racial justice and equity

The state Department of High Education more than a year ago applied for grants with a goal of pursuing equity and racial justice across public colleges and universities.


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Now, the department has announced that it has been awarded more than $1.2 million in grant dollars to do that work, which comes as the country is in the midst of tense conversations about race and the treatment of Black and Brown people in America. Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago said the dollars will help transform the system of public higher education.

The funding is from Lumina Foundation’s Talent, Innovation, Equity initiative grant and its Equity Institution grant. The dollars will help statewide and will also go to six institutions. Campuses receiving the grants are Holyoke Community College, Bridgewater State University, Bunker Hill Community College, Greenfield Community College, UMass Boston and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


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CIBT Education Group Subsidiary Receives CA$13.1M Investment

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / September 8, 2020 / CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX:MBA)(OTCQX:MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that one of its subsidiary limited partnerships has received a US$10 million investment (approximately C$13.1 million). The funds will be used by the new subsidiary to acquire two rental apartment buildings located in Vancouver, announced by CIBT on June 9th, 2020. Details of the acquisition target, closing date and other information will be announced shortly. Assuming the acquisition completes, the GEC® portfolio will comprise of 11 projects and 16 buildings operating under the GEC® brand, with a total buildable square footage of 1.5 million.

“We are pleased to see the level of financial support that we have received from the investment community as we expand our rental and development income despite economic and pandemic uncertainties,” said Toby Chu, Chairman, President and CEO of CIBT Education Group. “This latest

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Greeley nonprofit receives grant funding for youth life skills education development

A local nonprofit recently received grant funding to create social-emotional learning curriculum for Weld County students in fourth through eighth grade.

Youth Empowerment Group received $10,000 from the Weld Community Foundation Littler Youth Fund to promote mental health, safety, healthy relationships and academics.

“The Weld Community Foundation Littler Youth Fund has been a consistent partner since day one,” said Dr. Laurie Berdahl, Youth Empowerment Group executive director and former OB/GYN. “They have increased our funding year over year. This is the beginning of our third year and they gave us our biggest grant from them so far. We feel really fortunate for their support of youth but also their trust in us to provide something that could be infinitely helpful during this super challenging time.”

The curriculum, called PowerUp, will be provided to Weld County schools and youth organizations for free. Groups outside of Weld County will pay cost-based license

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