Costco Goes Brick & Mortar in the Far East
√ Buying bulk in China is the new rage. The country’s first Costco store is so popular that it had to shut down early on its first day of operation because of too many shoppers. Costco has had an online presence in China for five years but opened its first brick and mortar store in Shanghai. Costco said in a text message alert to its members, “To provide you with better shopping experience, Costco will suspend business in the afternoon. Please don’t come.” We are wondering if the ever popular $1.50 hot dog and soda combination will be as huge an attraction in the Far East.
Barbie Gets Company
√ Barbie is getting some company. Civil rights icon Rosa Parks and astronaut Sally Ride have inspired the new dolls. CNN reports that both the Rosa Parks Barbie and the Sally Ride Barbie will include educational materials about their contributions to society, as well as unique clothing and accessories.
Mental Health Day-Not Just for Adults
√ CNN reports that a new Oregon law will let students take “mental health days”. The law proposed by a group of high school students will permit them to take the day without the risk of being assigned an unexcused absence. Many of the state’s high school students attended a leadership camp where the idea was discussed. Student advocate Hailey Hardcastle says mental health problems could be just as dangerous as physical ailments and should get the same consideration. Students are allowed up to five excused absences in a three month period. Teachers will allow students to make up tests and other work for excused mental health days. Mental health professionals maintain parents will benefit from the new law because it could make them more aware of challenges facing their children.
Source: Gary R’nel
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