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News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

BEIJING, April 26, 2017 /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 it has filed its annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The annual report can be accessed on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.51talk.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The Company will provide a hard copy of the annual report containing its audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, free of charge, to its shareholders and ADS holders upon request. Requests should be submitted to ir@51talk.com. China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company's mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company's online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live one-on-one interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students. For more information, please visit http://ir.51talk.com. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-online-education-group-files-2016-annual-report-on-form-20-f-300445556.html


News Article | May 5, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is always a great place to learn, and Eye Care Leaders (ECL) will offer a cutting-edge curriculum in Booth #1333 in the exhibit hall in Los Angeles May 5-9. Throughout the conference, ECL’s Booth #1333 features clinicians and practice management experts who will offer insights on surgical planning and execution, leadership, benchmarking, strategic planning, MIPS, IT security, and more. The educational format combines both presentations and question and answer sessions so that attendees get opportunities for informal networking they might not get in the conference’s more traditional educational settings. Many faculty who are teaching in Booth #1333 are also presenting at more formal education sessions, so it’s a great time to follow up with them and chat further. As a special highlight, ASCRS President Kerry Solomon, MD will be at Booth #1333 on Sunday, May 7 at 4:30 PM to reveal new options for cloud-based planning and execution of eye surgery. Dr. Solomon will discuss Veracity Surgical, a cloud-based application that interfaces with myCare EMR and surgeons’ own diagnostic devices. Dr. Solomon’s remarks will be the highlight of “ASCRS Beer, Wine, and Workflow Design,” a VIP social event Sunday, May 7 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Pre-register here. Craig Piso, PhD, who will have leadership advice for physician owners seeking to attract and retain talented staff. Philip Isham, COE, OSC, who will discuss practice transformations such as alliances and exit strategies. Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CRC, CPMA, CDEO, CHPSE, CPCI, CPEDC, CGSC, CENTC, who will reveal benchmarking techniques that help ophthalmology practices discover efficiency opportunities they’ve never seen. The full 8-session education schedule at Booth #1333 is available here. Attendees and media are encouraged to stop by throughout ASCRS and to pre-register for the Sunday afternoon’s special VIP social event here. Eye Care Leaders (ECL) is a family of companies that serves more than 6,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists, with the common goal of improving the efficiency, profitability, and competitiveness of eye care practices. ECL brings together trusted names in electronic health records, such as Medflow, Integrity, MDoffice, ManagementPlus, IO Practiceware, KeyMedical, and EyeDoc, in addition to myCare Suite, a comprehensive suite of business solutions including revenue cycle solutions, analytics and benchmarking, patient retention and acquisition and capital financing. With a sole focus on eye care, ECL understands the challenges physicians face, and brings solutions to complex problems to help practices reach their goals and succeed. For more information, please visit www.eyecareleaders.com.


News Article | May 26, 2017
Site: www.fishupdate.com

MOST countries depict national heroes or monarchs on their banknotes. But in Norway a new high value note will be associated with fishing. A picture of a cod will appear on the front of the country’s redesigned NOK 200 note, which goes into circulation shortly. Oslo has issued the note to show the country’s links with fishing and to remind people the sea is a rich source of food. FISHERIES ministers from more than 50 countries will gather in Oslo next week to discuss more effective ways of combating illegal fishing. Oslo, which is hosting the gathering, says this is an issue that presents cross border challenges and therefore needs international action. The United Nations’ FAO has estimated the value of illegal catches at around NOK 190 billion – or 15 per cent of the global catch. Per Sandberg, Norway’s fisheries minister, will open the proceedings on Monday. THREE people in Thailand have received long jail sentences for transporting and selling Cambodian migrant workers into the Thai fishing industry. The victims were among 230 Cambodians rescued from Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters two years ago. Now a court in Phnom Penh has handed down prison sentences of eight and nine years to the defendants and awarded compensation of around £5,000 to the slave workers. Matt Friedman, the COE of the Hong Kong based anti-slavery Mekong Club, said the sentences sent a strong message to those involved in seafood trafficking activities. THE Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi has confirmed it will cease groundfish processing at its  Akranes plant on  September 1 and move the operation to its Nordurgardur plant in Reykjavík. The company said the aim now was to strengthen other remaining operations in Akranes, which include a pelagic processing plant, a fish meal plant and subsidiaries Norðanfiskur and Vignir G. Jónsson. The move will affect 86 of the 270 jobs at Akranes and they will be invited to apply for other posts within the company.


News Article | May 24, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"Homeownership is a key part of the American dream, yet too many of our veterans and active military aren't using the benefits they've earned to finance their homes," said Dan Hanson, chief retail production officer at loanDepot. "The latest VA data indicates only 12.6 percent of our nation's 18.9 million vets used the VA Home Loan Guaranty program.[3] We want veterans to know there are dedicated resources to help them access the most advantageous mortgage financing available to fulfill their dreams of homeownership." To serve the unique needs of our veterans and military families, loanDepot hires loan officers who are veterans themselves and will match VA applicants with loan officers proficient in VA home loan benefits. America's lender also worked directly with the Veteran's Administration in 2014 to develop a VA Renovation Loan program that aligned with existing VA Home Loan guidelines. Through the VA Renovation Loan program, loanDepot today assists veterans in securing financing for home renovations that combines the purchase or refinance of a home with the costs of improvements and repairs into one loan with one closing and one mortgage payment. As part of the program, loanDepot as the lender checks and confirms contractors for licenses, insurance, and bonding, among other requirements. VA Renovation loans are available on single family and multi-unit properties for up to $35,000 in property improvements, and they are 100 percent financed. Borrowers have up to three months to complete their renovation projects, and payments for the renovations will be included with the borrower's primary mortgage for the convenience of making only one payment.  Renovation projects can include kitchen and bathroom remodels, new plumbing, electrical and HVAC, energy efficient upgrades, finishing basement or attic spaces, new appliances and cabinets, and new paint, windows and flooring, among other uses. To get started, loanDepot suggests VA loan borrowers secure a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for a VA-guaranteed home loan as early as possible. Eligibility requirements differ for different periods of service and for spouses, so review the complete information from the VA on eligibility. About loanDepot loanDepot, America's lender, matches borrowers through technology and high-touch customer care with the credit they need to fuel their lives and achieve their dreams. As a fast-growing national consumer lender, the loanDepot platform is disrupting finance by dissolving the lines between mortgage and nonmortgage credit. The company has funded over $110 billion in loans since inception and is passionate about emerging financial technology and dynamic product delivery supported by excellent customer service to empower consumers. Headquartered in Southern California, loanDepot employs 6,000+ lending professionals across the country including 1,700+ licensed loan officers who hold 12,000+ licenses. The company operates 180+ local lending stores nationwide. NMLS # 174457. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/loandepot-increases-va-loan-volume-by-nearly-225-percent-in-two-years-300462913.html


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Aging baby boomers that continue to drive growth in healthcare services coupled with increased consumerism, a sharpened focus on cost reduction strategies, and uncertainty over the future of our healthcare system are all contributing factors to steady gains in varying facility types for healthcare construction. Identifying a critical need for raising the bar when it comes to innovative healthcare project delivery, Gilbane Building Company has launched a National Healthcare Construction Alliance to address the unique challenges of this growing market. Led by Gilbane’s Healthcare Center of Excellence (COE) leader Brian Garbecki, the National Healthcare Construction Alliance is comprised of 20 of Gilbane’s most seasoned healthcare professionals including project executives, estimators, field staff and transition planning and management experts from across the nation, several of whom have worked in healthcare organizations. These healthcare leaders are part of Gilbane’s national Healthcare COE, which centralizes healthcare construction best practices and continually shares knowledge on current trends, sustainable design practices, construction solutions, equipment, technology, operational issues, cost and schedule reduction, speed to market, and vendors, specific to the unique requirements of the healthcare market. The Healthcare Construction Alliance is taking Gilbane’s time-honored tradition of COEs to the next level by leveraging these internal best practices and lessons learned for the advantage of our clients and the industry as a whole. “Change is coming fast in today’s healthcare construction market, and we believe that being a leader in leveraging best practices through a dedicated focus of our healthcare experts is critical to driving a transparent and client-focused healthcare practice that brings value to our clients.” – Brian Garbecki, PE, Director of Healthcare Gilbane’s Healthcare Construction Alliance will collaborate and communicate on an ongoing basis to share best practices, cutting-edge trends and first-hand experiences for the benefit of clients nationwide. This group will work with our clients to maintain a focus on identifying and implementing leading-edge healthcare developments, and also share the philosophy of client advocacy–from Lean project delivery to innovative cost modeling methods to sophisticated technology solutions. Stay tuned for unique content and more updates from Gilbane’s Healthcare Construction Alliance. About Gilbane Building Company Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.gilbaneco.com.


51Talk was chosen to present at the Summit because of its innovative use of technology and leading position in the Chinese online English education industry. As part of a session showcasing select Chinese companies at the forefront of education technology, Mr. Jimmy Lai, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, profiled 51Talk's educational approach and highlighted the Company's use of proprietary next generation audio and video technology, big data analytics and machine learning applications to create a fully interactive and immersive online learning environment that enhances students' learning experience and promotes optimal learning results. "We were delighted to present at this prestigious event and share our experience with global thought-leaders from the educational technology, investment and policy sectors," said Mr. Lai. "As a technology-driven platform, we will continue to invest in technology and lead the innovation in online teaching content and delivery formats. By leveraging our world-class technology infrastructure, we aim to further enhance 51Talk's leading position in China's online English education market." ASU + GSV Education Technology Summit was founded with the mission to support education and human capital and catalyze the entrepreneurial ecosystem. For more information, please visit: https://www.asugsvsummit.com. China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company's mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company's online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live one-on-one interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students. For more information, please visit http://ir.51talk.com. This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will", "expects", "anticipates", "aims", "future", "intends", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "likely to" and similar statements. Among other things, 51Talk's business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as 51Talk's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. 51Talk may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about 51Talk's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: 51Talk's goals and strategies; 51Talk's expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its brand and platform; 51Talk's ability to retain and increase its student enrollment; 51Talk's ability to offer new courses; 51Talk's ability to engage, train and retain new teachers; 51Talk's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; 51Talk's ability to maintain and improve infrastructure necessary to operate its education platform; competition in the online education industry in China; the expected growth of, and trends in, the markets for 51Talk's course offerings in China; relevant government policies and regulations relating to 51Talk's corporate structure, business and industry;  general economic and business condition in China, the Philippines and elsewhere and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in 51Talk's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and 51Talk does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-online-education-group-delivers-presentation-at-the-asu--gsv-education-technology-summit-300455881.html


"We have found that organizations are rapidly moving from proof of concept to enterprise-wide IoT rollouts. This has brought about the need for a dedicated IoT operations center with a solution-centric approach. The acquisition of Cupola will add to our IoT center of excellence with a like-minded team that is focused towards driving customer value," said Sashi Kumar, CEO and MD of Happiest Minds Technologies. "IoT is an integral part of our business strategy and in the last 3 years, we have gained considerable market traction and won IoT business across industries like manufacturing, transportation, utilities and retail. In looking for a company with differentiated IoT offerings that would enable us to build on our momentum, we found Cupola to be just the right choice," said Ashok Soota, Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds Technologies. Cupola Technology was founded in 2011 by Ajay Agrawal and Huzefa Saifee and has delivered high value IoT projects to customers globally. Provided below are a few highlights: "The addition of Cupola further strengthens our focus on the smart living, smart enterprise and smart industrial domains. We'll now have end-to-end IoT offerings across devices, platforms, big data & analytics and smart visualization. Cupola's IPs for gateway management, smart provisioning and asset management deepens our capabilities to conceptualize, develop and manage wide-scale IoT deployments," said Sandeep Agarwal, Sr. Vice President and Head of the IoT COE at Happiest Minds Technologies. Speaking about his decision to be a part of Happiest Minds, Ajay Agrawal, Co-founder and CEO of Cupola Technology said, "A connected ecosystem was at the heart of founding Cupola in 2011, and IoT-based solutions have been the driving force behind our success. As we were looking to fuel the next level of growth, joining hands with Happiest Minds provides us with a great platform. We are excited to start a new chapter of our journey and build on the trust we have earned from our customers." Happiest Minds will continue to build on its strong partner ecosystem by investing in its IoT platform partnerships with Microsoft Azure IOT and PTC ThingWorx. Happiest Minds is committed to helping its customers connect, analyze and act on new data, integrate and transform business processes while benefiting from a secure and managed infrastructure. Happiest Minds is on track to being the fastest Indian IT services company to reach a $100 million run rate and plans to go public within the next 3 years. Happiest Minds enables digital transformation for enterprises and technology providers by delivering seamless customer experience, business efficiency and actionable insights through an integrated set of disruptive technologies: big data analytics, internet of things, mobility, cloud, security, unified communications, SDN-NFV, etc. Happiest Minds offers domain-centric solutions applying skills, IPs and functional expertise in IT services, product engineering, infrastructure management and security. These services have applicability across industry sectors such as retail, consumer packaged goods, e-commerce, banking, insurance, hi-tech, engineering R&D, manufacturing, automotive and travel/transportation/hospitality. Headquartered in Bangalore, India; Happiest Minds has operations in the US, UK, The Netherlands, Australia, Middle East and Turkey.


Earnings Call Scheduled for 8:00 a.m. ET on May 22, 2017 BEIJING, May 15, 2017 /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 it will report its first quarter 2017 unaudited financial results, on Monday, May 22, 2017, before the open of U.S. markets. The Company's management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on May 22, 2017 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time on May 22, 2017). Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows: Participants should dial-in at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time and ask to be connected to the call for "China Online Education Group." Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.51talk.com. A replay of the conference call will be accessible until May 29, 2017, by dialing the following telephone numbers: China Online Education Group (NYSE:COE) is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company's mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company's online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live one-on-one interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students. For more information, please visit http://ir.51talk.com. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-online-education-group-to-report-first-quarter-2017-financial-results-on-monday-may-22-2017-300457337.html


BEIJING, May 11, 2017 /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 the Company delivered a presentation at the 8th Annual ASU + GSV Education Technology Summit (the "Summit") on May 8, 2017 in Salt Lake City. The Summit is a leading global conference focusing on educational technology, investment and policy development and is coordinated by Arizona State University and GSV Capital.  The high-profile event brings together leaders and innovators from each sector and is considered by many to be among the most influential of its kind. 51Talk was chosen to present at the Summit because of its innovative use of technology and leading position in the Chinese online English education industry. As part of a session showcasing select Chinese companies at the forefront of education technology, Mr. Jimmy Lai, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, profiled 51Talk's educational approach and highlighted the Company's use of proprietary next generation audio and video technology, big data analytics and machine learning applications to create a fully interactive and immersive online learning environment that enhances students' learning experience and promotes optimal learning results. "We were delighted to present at this prestigious event and share our experience with global thought-leaders from the educational technology, investment and policy sectors," said Mr. Lai. "As a technology-driven platform, we will continue to invest in technology and lead the innovation in online teaching content and delivery formats. By leveraging our world-class technology infrastructure, we aim to further enhance 51Talk's leading position in China's online English education market." ASU + GSV Education Technology Summit was founded with the mission to support education and human capital and catalyze the entrepreneurial ecosystem. For more information, please visit: https://www.asugsvsummit.com. China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company's mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company's online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live one-on-one interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students. For more information, please visit http://ir.51talk.com. This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will", "expects", "anticipates", "aims", "future", "intends", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "likely to" and similar statements. Among other things, 51Talk's business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as 51Talk's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. 51Talk may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about 51Talk's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: 51Talk's goals and strategies; 51Talk's expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its brand and platform; 51Talk's ability to retain and increase its student enrollment; 51Talk's ability to offer new courses; 51Talk's ability to engage, train and retain new teachers; 51Talk's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; 51Talk's ability to maintain and improve infrastructure necessary to operate its education platform; competition in the online education industry in China; the expected growth of, and trends in, the markets for 51Talk's course offerings in China; relevant government policies and regulations relating to 51Talk's corporate structure, business and industry;  general economic and business condition in China, the Philippines and elsewhere and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in 51Talk's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and 51Talk does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-online-education-group-delivers-presentation-at-the-asu--gsv-education-technology-summit-300455881.html


The Company's management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on May 22, 2017 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time on May 22, 2017). Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows: Participants should dial-in at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time and ask to be connected to the call for "China Online Education Group." Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.51talk.com. A replay of the conference call will be accessible until May 29, 2017, by dialing the following telephone numbers: China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company's mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company's online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live one-on-one interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students. For more information, please visit http://ir.51talk.com. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-online-education-group-to-report-first-quarter-2017-financial-results-on-monday-may-22-2017-300457337.html

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