News In Brief: Feb.12, 2021

World News: Briefing on Barcelona

The richest soccer club is facing a financial crisis 

F.C Barcelona fans at a soccer game. Photo from the New York Times, ¨Barcelona and the Crippling Cost of Success,¨

Written by Grace Hare Photo from the New York Times

F.C Barcelona has been the most successful and wealthiest soccer club of the century. It has become the only team to ever exceed one billion in revenue.

With a team of the most competitive and talented players in the world, including Lionel Messi, Barcelona has become the pride of Spain, and the envy of soccer teams around the world.

However, with a history of bad management and clumsy negotiations, such as that of French forward soccer player Ousmane Dembele in 2017, Barcelona has reached a pivotal place in its financial security and the club’s future.

The coronavirus pandemic alone is estimated to cost Barcelona 600 million in lost revenue. With stadiums previously being filled with fans, many fields have been closed for nearly a year, costing the team greatly.

Additionally, debt to banks, tax authorities, rival teams, and the players has well exceeded a manageable rate, with the amount owed more than 1.1 billion euros. 

The team is facing the loss of Lionel Messi this summer as well. Lionel Messi has become the face of the team, representing and symbolizing the club and responsible for many of its successes.

Despite this, Messi places a financial burden on the team with his unreasonable pay and the release of his contract, showing the extremities the club has gone to protect their interests in the star teammate. 

Messi’s pay has led to the inflation of other player’s wages as well. If the team were to lose their beloved player, the team’s record may be at risk when the next season begins, but the security of the club may be appeased.

National News: Vaccine Roll Out on the Rise

President Biden works with Dr.Fauci to make the coronavirus vaccine rollout more effective and promises results. Photo from the Los Angeles Times ¨Biden says U.S is securing 600 million COVID-19 doses by July,¨

Written by Grace Hare Photo from the Los Angeles Times

On Jan. 1st, only 15 percent of vaccine doses had been given, but as of Feb.11th, 68 percent of doses have been used.

This rise comes after an increase in federal and state legislation with the intent of making the vaccine rollout faster and more effective nationwide.

While many states are still having delays, health officials have acknowledged the disconnect between the amount of the vaccine the U.S has, compared to the federal data showing many shots that have still not begun to be delivered.

The Biden administration recently announced plans to give states more advanced notice about the doses available to them weekly.

Potentially, this will reduce the miscommunication to citizens about the booking for the vaccine, and allow them to prioritize based on their state jurisdiction.

In late January, President Biden said his administration was nearing a deal with two coronavirus vaccine manufacturers that would enable 300 million Americans to have their vaccine by the end of the summer.

Federal data has also shown that the administration of second doses is on the rise as well.

Local News: Preparing for the Freeze Ahead

Houston weather forecast for Feb.15th. A risk of a potential winter storm. Photo from click2houston.com.

Written by Nathan Keyworth Photo from click2houston.com

All across the Houston area, we are preparing for a freeze unlike any our generation has seen before.

Houston-area citizens are bracing for a cold front where the nightly temperature will be 16 degrees on Monday. 16 degrees!

It might prove difficult to bear with for a city whose population is so used to the blazing summer sun being out in full force, even in February.

With this kind of cold front coming in, it is understandable that Houstonians are concerned about possessions like plants and electronics. How will these things fare if the worst comes to pass?

Those who are worried about their plants should ask their questions now before they possibly freeze up. They are encouraged to water their plants before the freeze occurs and to use frost cloth to cover up their plants if needed.

Some might consider it a bit easier to protect their electronics. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to invest in a surge protector power strip in case of something falling on a power line.

It also might prove beneficial to have battery packs and/or a back-up battery on hand as well.

Above all, whether you’re a technology aficionado or someone who uses technology for the bare necessities of what it has to offer, be careful with what you’re working with. It is advised to save any important documents and files regularly.

Positive News Challenge: Encourage One Another

Written by Nathan Keyworth

It’s that time of week again, folks. It’s time to learn more about how you can make the world around us a bit of a better place.

This week, we are encouraging you to write a positive, encouraging note to those around you. Get a sticky note, write a short, sweet, and succinct note, and put it somewhere where those who are passing by can see.

Put it on a window or on the wall of a staircase. Make sure that people feel at home and welcomed at our school. Often, people feel the most encouraged by a handwritten note.

I think that a better sense of community is long overdue at Stratford. Who will be the one to take the first steps?

Send pictures of some of the fun notes you find or write to show your appreciation! The Oracle wants to see Spartans making a difference. Be brave! thestratfordoracle@gmail.com

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