Windsor Central Middle School to provide supplies for students for upcoming school year

first_imgWhile students will be allowed to purchase their own supplies if they would like, every student, regardless of financial status, will have access to the same resources. “For many families, it’s an exciting time, an annual tradition,” said Strahley. “For others, it’s a real economic hardship.” “To ensure that every learner, no matter what your socioeconomic status is, to have the tools necessary to succeed,” said Strahley. “We offer students textbooks, we offer them Chromebooks, we even offer them food,” said Windsor Central Middle School Principal Kevin Strahley. “Why wouldn’t we offer them notebooks, pens, and things like that?” Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Strahley had this idea while he was shopping for supplies with his own children. Last year, he and other school officials restructured the school’s annual budget, allocating available funds to purchasing school supplies for every student. According to the National Retail Federation, the average planned spending for back-to-school shopping is nearly $800 per household. Since the school restructured their budget, those supplies will not come at any additional cost to the taxpayer. center_img “It seemed like the right thing to do, and obviously the right time to do it,” said Strahley. Strahley says he has seen students without the necessary supplies, so he wants to level the playing field this upcoming school year. “We are part of a regional bulk purchasing conglomerate for all the districts. We get the school supplies at a fraction of the cost that the consumers pay,” said Strahley. Now, Windsor Central Middle School officials are looking to change things for the upcoming year, putting money back into parents’ wallets. (WBNG) — Back-to-school shopping can be an exciting time for many, but for some, it can be a serious financial burden. last_img read more

Why have Brisbane properties suddenly become even more appealing to southern buyers?

first_imgRoger Stuckey and Bonnie Scurry with children Ann (11) and Arlo (8). Picture: Annette DewSOUTHERN buyers have turned their attention toward the Brisbane property market again where they can get much more bang for their property buck.New figures reveal the median dwelling price in Brisbane was 70 per cent lower than Sydney and 33 per cent lower than Melbourne.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said those figures were well above long term average price differences.“If you look at the long term average gap between Sydney to Brisbane is about 49 per cent, Melbourne to Brisbane is about 9 per cent,’’ he said.“So it is certainly well above the long running average and that has been the case for quiet a while.’’ SELLING SEASON: Spring listings jump Mr Kusher said while recent interstate migration figures revealed a return to Brisbane by southerners, the one thing holding many back was the employment opportunities.“I guess the point to make is people are less inclined to leave Sydney and Melbourne for Brisbane unless they can gaurantee themselves a decent sort of job,’’ he said.“And that seems to be the thing that continues to power those two markets, although Sydney is slowing a bit and despite very low interest rates, despite, signficiantly better housing affordability (in Brisbane) we are just not seeing that strength outside of Sydney and Melbourne.’’He said many of those interstate buyers were heading to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast markets at the moment. SELLING SEASON: Homing in on huge growth “It does look like largely the migrants are staying in the southeast corner but if anything they are chosing more so to go and settle on one of the coasts rather than in Brisbane.’’Buyers’ agent Meighan Hetherington of Property Pursuit, said Brisbane had a consistent, reliable and stable housing market and southern buyers were starting to come back.“Certainly not in the number we saw two and half years ago when it was frenetic,’’ she said.“We are definitely seeing that real understanding from southern states that the value of many properties is much greater in Brisbane than other states.’’Ms Hetherington said with some of the heat coming out of the Sydney market investors were returning to Brisbane as they saw it as a market which was still rising.She agreed employment was one of the main hurdles to southern buyers making a permanent move to Brisbane.“Expats want to come home and interstate migrants want to move here, but they are not able to find many high paying corporate jobs in Brisbane,’’ she said.Roger Stuckey and Bonnie Scurry have been slowly moving further and further north to Brisbane.They couple have lived in Melbourne and Sydney and have just left Newcastle to buy in Brisbane.They have bought a home at Indooroopilly, but are renting while they wait for the deal to settle so they can move in.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMr Stuckey said they were able to find suitable work in Brisbane and being somewhere with room for their children and close to good schools was a definite part of their decision to move here.He said while Newcastle was not a lot more expensive than Brisbane, they had lived in Sydney and Melbourne and knew how expensive it could be to buy comprable properties there.“We think that it (Brisbane) is pretty good value,’ he said.“Obviously it is a lot better value than Sydney.’’Alex Jordan, of McGrath Estate Agents, said the number of southern buyers had lifted.He said for owners occupiers it was about lifestyle and being able to buy close to good schools and for investors it was about yields and potential for future price growth.“In Brisbane we are starting to see the green shoots appear in terms of growth we are seeing more Sydney buyers than we ever had, but still not a huge proportion of the market.Nathan Cochran who runs his own content consulting business and works as a freelance journalist has been actively looking to move to Brisbane from Sydney’s North Shore.“You don’t spend less, than you would in Sydney, but you get an awful lot more for your money,’’ he said.With a young family he said they were able to buy something more substantial in size and that was important for them.He knew families with a couple of children forced to live in two bedroom units in Sydney because that was all they could afford close to work.His work can be done anywhere with good internet access and availability of an airport to travel to intertate meetings so Brisbane was a better value proposition.Buyers agent Scott McGreever of PS Property Advisory said southern based investors were returning to the market.“Now we are starting to see a few more because of I suppose the unaffordablilty of southern states.’’He said it was in the $1.5 million to $2 million price range where buyers could really get more bang for their buck in Brisbane compared to Sydney.last_img read more

Wellcome Trust complains to chancellor over possible AstraZeneca deal

first_imgIn its letter, Wellcome said it had major concerns because of the importance of the pharmaceutical industry to wider biomedical research.Wellcome’s mission is to improve human and animal health, principally through funding biomedical research and its translation into healthcare.More than three-quarters of its £750m annual spending currently supports research in the UK.The letter, from Wellcome’s chairman Sir William Castell and director Jeremy Farrar, said: “Pfizer’s past acquisitions of major pharmaceutical companies have led to a substantial reduction in R&D activity, which we are concerned could be replicated in this instance.“If AstraZeneca does merge with Pfizer, we think it essential the R&D and manufacturing capability it offers to the UK is maintained and, critically, that its investment in its major R&D facility in Cambridge is not lost.”Wellcome said it was encouraged by Pfizer’s open letter to the UK prime minister, which included a commitment to complete and operate AstraZeneca’s Cambridge R&D facility, to employ a minimum of 20% of the combined company’s R&D workforce in the UK, and to maintain manufacturing capacity in the UK.But the letter continued: “We believe, however, that it is critical the government holds Pfizer to these commitments should its offer succeed, as the company has not always honoured similar undertakings made following past acquisitions. We would be pleased to hear how you propose to do so.”Wellcome declined to comment on any presumed shareholding in AstraZeneca. The Wellcome Trust – the UK’s largest charitable foundation, with a £16.5bn (€20.2bn) endowment – has written to chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne to raise “major concerns” about the proposed takeover of Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca by US multinational Pfizer.The possible takeover, which has so far been rejected by AstraZeneca, has provoked a wave of criticism in the UK and Sweden because of its potential effect on jobs.Andres Borg, Sweden’s finance minister, has claimed Pfizer broke promises made to maintain research investment in Sweden when it bought local drug maker Pharmacia in 2002.AstraZeneca is one of only two large pharmaceutical companies to pursue substantial research and development (R&D) activity within the UK.last_img read more

Damian Lillard reveals cover art, tracklist, release date for new album

first_imgIf you know Damian Lillard, you know he has talents beyond the basketball court.Rap fans got a dose of his rhyming skills when he released a diss track aimed at Kings center Marvin Bagley back in June.— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 21, 2019Now the Trail Blazers guard is coming out with his third album called “BIG D.O.L.L.A.” The latest effort from Dame D.O.L.L.A. (Different on Levels Lord Allowed) is set to drop on all streaming platforms on Friday.Lillard announced his album release date via Twitter, and his followers are already fully behind the project.New album alert 🚨BIG D.O.L.L.A.Available 8/9 on all platforms! It’s my 3rd album and my best. Make sure y’all go support on Friday!Dame (D)ifferent (O)n (L)evels (L)ord (A)llowed #DameDOLLA #BigDOLLA #FrontPageMusic @FrontPageMusic— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) August 7, 2019Got through @Dame_Lillard album last night. Bruh spitting some 🔥 think this is your best work to date bruh— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 3,— Jace (@1stSeahawks) August 7, 2019ABOUT DAME TIME— Laya’s Dad (@Shundrick) August 7, 2019#RipCity— Pinwheel Empire (@pinwheelempire) August 7, 2019″BIG D.O.L.L.A.” will feature popular artists like five-time Grammy winner Lil Wayne and R&B singer Jeremih. Here is the full tracklist:Song titleArtist(s)1. SorryDame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Lil Wayne2. CheckDame D.O.L.L.A.3. BestieDame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Marley Waters4. BaggageDame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Mozzy5. Dre GrantDame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Brookfield Duece6. CupidDame D.O.L.L.A.7. Ricky BobbyDame D.O.L.L.A.8. Money BallDame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Jeremih, Derrick Milano and Danny From Sobrante9. BeachDame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Derrick Milano10. Track MeetDame D.O.L.L.A. ft. Major Myjahlast_img read more