The World Championships in Beijing, China are over. Nine (9) days of intense athletic competition that revealed not only physical athletic prowess, but seemingly now very important, mental toughness and experience of the many athletes from all over the world. The sight of athletically gifted individuals performing sub-par robbed viewers of some potentially mouth-watering clashes, as expert analysts pontificated on nerves, pressure and inexperience. What else can explain Justin Gatlin’s imitation of an Olympic swimmer as Usain Bolt refused to fade away in the last 30 metres of the 100-metre final as so many rivals have done in the past year? What else (other than nerves/pressure) can explain Mike Rogers refusal to wait for the baton that Tyson Gay was valiantly trying to give to him, when Rogers saw Bolt passing him with the baton in his hand? I have sympathy for these men as I do believe that lesser men would just break down in tears when they came to the realisation that the hype and promises from coaches, mentors and analysts were nothing but fluff, hot air and had no basis in the reality of modern sprinting when the greatest track and field athlete that ever lived is on the track in an Olympics or World Championships. These Championships, tainted by allegations of doping cover-ups by the authorities and positive drug tests from athletes in the Games Village, were successfully rescued by ‘clean’ (so far) athletes who defeated those with previous proven positives time after time to the obvious relief of the newly installed President of the governing body, the IAAF. There will be the usual ‘what-went-wrong’ review by those countries that have spent millions of ‘real’ dollars in preparing their stars for the competition and who never delivered. The vexed (to Jamaica) issue of relay camps will certainly be reviewed by the USA and Great Britain, as once again athletes from these countries failed to deliver the baton or to stay in the transfer zone, when the pressure is on. It would seem to me that the fact that ALL of Jamaica’s attempts at having mandatory camps to practice relays have been sub-par must be factored in any future review of mandatory camps. Further, the statement from head coach Maurice Wilson regarding the implementation of an idea for the women’s 4x400m relay team – given to the coaches panel by Paul Francis, brother of certified genius coach Stephen Francis – must be duly recognised and plans made to include suggestions from successful coaches when teams are selected to major Championships, instead of the usual practice of giving a mediocre coach a trip with the real potential of disrupting the psyche of our athletic stars. It is my hope that the celebrations that will accompany the return of the team from Beijing will not mean that a real review of our performances will take place. There will be the temptation for those associated with the team to Beijing to indulge in high-fives and back slapping, thus effectively muting any criticism of glaring deficiencies that appeared over the nine days in China. I am suggesting a review of the baton changing exploits of the Chinese 4×100 relay (men) to see what we can learn. I am suggesting that there be a review of the tactics of Novlene Williams-Mills as she chased the woman with the fastest 400-metre time this year, Francena McCorory, in the 4×400 relay final. Williams-Mills, our most experienced runner in the quartet that ran in the finals (and the slowest), waited and waited, seemingly not perturbed when the American increased the lead on her as she left the 200-metre mark, but unleashed a finish in the straight where the maximum effort matters most. I submit that if our final leg runner in the men’s 4x400m race adopted similar tactics, 13 medals would have been garnered. Also, would a word from someone/anyone to an athlete who hit nine hurdles in a semi-final prevent the same athlete hitting seven hurdles in the final? I look forward to a real review of our very successful performance in Beijing. Congrats team!
President Sirleaf presents certificate of honor to Dr. Adesina at the Investiture ceremony (Photo: Executive Mansion)-Describes President Sirleaf as a “Jewel of Africa”Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has assured Liberians that the bank will remain supportive of Liberia’s development efforts and will continue its engagement with the new administration of President-elect George Manneh Weah.He recalled that Liberia has always made history as the “first” in many things including producing the first woman President of the United Nations General Assembly, first woman President on the continent of Africa, first to produce a footballer as Africa, Europe and World Best and first to elect a soccer star as its President.Dr. Adesina, on behalf of the AfDB and his family, thanked President Sirleaf, the Liberian Government and the Liberian people for bestowing on him one of the country’s highest honors with his admission into the Order of the Star of Africa with the grade of Knight Grand Band.He made the remarks on Monday when he was admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Grand Band during a Special Investiture Ceremony at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Describing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a “Jewel of Africa,” Dr. Adesina also acknowledged her strong leadership and reflected on her many achievements ranging from debt relief, rebuilding of destroyed infrastructures, women’s empowerment, agricultural development, sound fiscal management, and promotion of basic freedoms and the rule of law, among others. “Those who water others will always be watered; those who bless other will always be blessed,” he pointed out.The AfDB outlined the many interventions and support made by the bank to Liberia during the tenure of President Sirleaf, noting that it was made possible based on the strong leadership skills of the Liberian leader.Speaking earlier, President Sirleaf, who described Dr. Adesina as a good friend to Liberia, reflected on the many interventions made by the African Development Bank during the Presidency of Dr. Adesina.She recalled the Bank’s support to the energy sector, agriculture sector, road development, water and sanitation, the economy, among others, and encouraged Dr. Adesina to remain supportive of the country’s development program with the incoming administration.“The African Development Bank has been a good supporter of Liberia’s governance and development efforts for many years. We expect that this will continue even with the change of leadership”, President Sirleaf emphasized.The citation read by Chief of Protocol Ambassador Jarvis Witherspoon catalogued the many positions occupied by Dr. Adesina both at his country and global level, describing him as a fine, experienced and dedicated international civil servant who has made tremendous contributions to the world in general and the African continent in particular.President Sirleaf concluded by thanking Dr. Adesina for his support to Liberia, adding that she was pleased, as the Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction, to bestow upon him a national honor that recognizes his work and support to Liberia’s development efforts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic, Irfaan Ali continues his outreach across the country. When he interacted with residents of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), a number of concerns about their current quality of life were raised.The PPP Presidential Candidate addressing residents in Aishalton during a recent visitAli visited 12 communities in the region, namely the town of Lethem, Annai, Tabatinga, Karasabai, Rukumuta, Tiger Pond, Potannau, Katoonarib, Sand Creek, Karaudanawa, Aishalton and Nappi.He held various community meetings at these locations, and had one-on-one discussions with the residents, who were facing issues in all sectors of life, including health, security and education. During these interactions, he listened to the concerns of residents, who were frustrated with how their lives have changed for the worse under the Coalition Government.They complained about promises made by the APNU+AFC Government that remained unfulfilled nearly four years after the Coalition took office. While each village had its own peculiar issues, there were certain challenges which resonated throughout the Rupununi.A common sore point across the region is the failure of the coalition to fulfill its campaign promises regarding the Amerindian Land Titling Project. Under the previous administration, the initiative was booming, but after four years of APNU/AFC rule, not a single title has been issued.The residents also decried the conditions of the hinterland infrastructure, which gravely affect their quality of life, particularly the roads. In fact, large scale farmers in the region complained about difficulties to get their produce out to sell because of the condition of roads and damages vehicles suffer. Those in the far-flung villages also lamented the lack of markets in the communities, which forces them to travel long distances to get sales.Community infrastructure was also highlighted. In Sand Creek, it was mentioned that a lot of louvre panes at the dormitory building were broken, and this was brought to the attention of Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, but it has been two years now and nothing has been done.In addition, drug shortages and unemployment are some of the other issues affecting the residents.According to the residents, they are disgusted with the drug shortage issues plaguing the region. They disclosed that some health centres have not gotten any pharmaceutical supplies since last September. They added that when the drugs do come, which takes four to six months to arrive, they are close to expiring or have already expired.With regard to unemployment, the residents lamented that there are no job opportunities in the region, especially for youths. They say that after finishing school, young people usually move to neighbouring Brazil Georgetown, which often diminishes the indigenous communities and does not foster development.Ali, a former minister under the PPP/C government, assured the residents that their concerns would be addressed once the party returns to office. Ali was elected as the PPP/C presidential candidate last month, and he has since been making his rounds across the country to meet with the people on the ground.Already he has visited and met with residents of East Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); and Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice).
…Ministry, GFC officials to meet todayPresidential Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Irfaan Ali has laid the blame for the financial difficulties that the Guyana forestry sector is facing at the feet of the coalition Government.PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan AliWith more responsibilities added to its mandate, the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is currently strapped for cash and employees have been complaining of not receiving their salaries.But according to Ali, an economist, this is as a direct result of the contraction of the forestry industry post-2016 caused by over two million hectares being removed from production forest.“This has been as a clear consequence of Government action and measures. This driving factor has seen the fall in production and export levels within the forest sector and operators struggling to make a profit. Revenues from export and production comprise the main financing streams of the GFC,” he pointed out.The PPP Presidential Candidate noted that the impacts of this has seen the inability of the GFC to meet core costs such as payment of staff salaries and field expenses.The Guyana Forestry Commission head office, Kingston, Georgetown“Staff are feeling the brunt of the effect by having their salaries paid late. In actual fact, this is no fault of the GFC but rather has been as a result of direct Government policy that has directly and negatively affected the sector,” he said.The economist explained that reducing production forest by over two million hectares, which is a third of productive area allocation pre-2015, most certainly has a negative impact on forest sector performance, and in the process, the Forestry Commission has been collateral damage.Added to this, he noted, is the state of hinterland roads which has plagued forest concession holders.“It’s the worst it has ever been with no clear plan on continued upkeep. This frustrates forest operators and the trickledown effect is poor sector performance and low revenues for GFC. The Government has built up so much, the idea of green economy, the GFC is central to this ambition, yet the GFC is being neglected and not supported at all by Government. Ironically the sector is being shrunk without any plan to build back up its capacity,” the Presidential Candidate stated.Ali went on to highlight that Guyana’s international reputation on forest and environment has made it stand out as a country that has prioritised forest protection and strong forest management. In fact, he noted that Guyana’s relationship with the United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU) and Norway, all exemplify shared goals on natural resources. These, he added, are all suffering owing to GFC being stifled.“It’s a shame what has happened to the GFC and the forest sector and Government must own up to its responsibilities in causing this. Unless proactive steps are taken by Government up revitalise the industry which will have a trickledown positive effect on GFC, the future for the forest sector and GFC staff is uncertain,” Ali asserted.Earlier this year, Government had announced the restructuring of the Forestry Commission to bring it into alignment with Government’s green agenda plans and modernisation. A Task Force was subsequently established to oversee the restricting plans.Guyana has an area of 214,970 km2, of which nearly seventy-five per cent is covered with natural vegetation. Of this area, approximately four-fifths is classified as State forests under the jurisdiction of the GFC.According to the Ministry back in April, the Task Force will include the technical and administrative talent and personnel of the Natural Resources Ministry, the Board, and the Commission who will examine the structure and functioning of the GFC to make recommendations to Minister Trotman. He, in turn, is mandated to present a report to Cabinet.However, the GFC staff were against such action since they felt that the APNU/AFC coalition Administration was using this move to conduct a “witch hunt” and advance its political agenda – something, which Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had denied.Nevertheless, the Minister is expected to meet with officials of the GFC including Board Members, and union and workers representatives, today to discussion assistance to the Commission.
Who’s that with Mairtin??? Of course it’s Katherine ThomasBREAKING NEWS: The staff and management of a Co Donegal business are celebrating being named the No1 in Ireland.Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top in Letterkenny has been named National Centra Convenience Store of the Year 2015.This prestigious award recognises all that is good about community retailing from investment in local products, involvement in the local charities. This is the second year Kelly’s centra mountain top was shortlisted to the final 10 – reduced down from 463 in the competition.The only Donegal store to have got this far, Kelly’s Centra won the national convenience beating off stiff competition from stores all around the countryOwner Mairtin Kelly said: “It’s all about the people. I am very proud to have picked up this award on behalf of them and my customers.“I want to pay particular tribute to my managers David Bonner and Lee O Donnell who only took up the roles as store managers in 2014. “They’ve really work tirelessly to deliver the excellent standards our customers have became accustomed to.“With more store innovations planned in 2015 by the store Kelly’s Centra continues to lead the way in retailing not only in Letterkenny but now in Ireland.”Winners: The Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top teamBREAKING NEWS: KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP NAMED NO1 STORE IN THE COUNTRY 2015 was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2015award winnersKelly’s CentraletterkennyMountain Top
The FUFA Drum has reached the quarter final stageFUFA Drum 2018Quarter Finals30th June-01 July, 2018The FUFA Drum Tournament returns this coming weekend with four quarter final 1st leg fixtures.Three matches will be played on Saturday 30th June while the other on Sunday 1st July.The Chairman of the FUFA Drum Committee Rogers Byamukama confirmed that the knock out stage will be shown live on UBC Magic One.Two matches Bugisu vs West Nile on Saturday and Buganda vs Kampala on Sunday are to be telecast live on UBC Magic One TV.The communication was made while addressing the media during the FUFA weekly press conference at FUFA House Mengo on Wednesday Morning.“It is always a pleasure to come here and give updates as far as the FUFA Drum tournament is concerned, said Byamukama on Wednesday morning.Rogers Byamukama speaking to the media on Wednesday (Photo by Shaban Lubega)“We have reached a stage where the boys have been separated from men.“We would like to thank all the Provinces that participated in the group stages and congratulate all the teams that made it to the quarterfinals, continued Byamukama.“The organizers and FUFA are excited with the growth of the FUFA Drum Competition in the first season.“All the remaining match day fixtures will be live on TV up to the final.“We thank UBC for accepting to work with us in airing the FUFA Drum matches.He added that the committee has learnt a lot during the group stages and has worked upon the challenges with suitable solutions ahead of the knock out fixtures.Byamukama also noted that a plan has been drawn for all the games to start on time, played to full time duration and completed without any negative occurrence.He applauded the media fraternity for the efforts in covering the FUFA Drum during the group stages and urged them to continue bringing out the positive attributes of the competition.The final will be played in October on a home and way format total change from the earlier communication which had been designed for a one legged final.The teams that qualified for the quarter finals include; Busoga, Bugisu, Acholi, Buganda, Kampala, Bukedi, West Nile and Ankole.The Quarter finals fixtures:Saturday 30th June 2018-Ankole Province vs Busoga Province-Bugisu Province vs West Nile Province-Bukedi Province vs Acholi ProvinceSunday 1st July 2018-Buganda Province vs Kampala ProvinceComments Tags: Fufa Drum 2018Rogers Byamukama
More digital workspaces could help smaller towns around Donegal take advantage of Brexit, according to Cllr Gary Doherty.The Stranorlar area Sinn Féin councillor has called for more buildings to be turned into co-working spaces to help ease economic stagnation in villages.Speaking at the county council’s monthly meeting, Cllr Doherty said that facilities such as Letterkenny’s CoLab could help border towns, namely Lifford and Castlefinn, reap the benefits of Brexit. Cllr Doherty added that he believes the towns are geographically positioned to take advantage of Brexit for companies that want to keep a foot on both sides of the border.He suggested that existing vacant buildings would be transformed into spaces for hot desks for people who are working in multinational companies in larger towns, which would have a knock-on effect due to increased footfall locally.In their response, the council said that co-working facilities are a practical option for smaller centres rather than Digital Hubs. However, they are all reliant on broadband capability. Area manager Mr Garry Martin said that LEADER funding could be sought for these kinds of initiatives and the council will assist community groups in developing their cases as appropriate. Digital hubs could help border towns take advantage of Brexit – Cllr was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitCLLR GARY DOHERTYco-workingdigital hubDonegal County Council
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though the heat of summer may have yet to fully subside, the early fall hunting season is ushering in a new year afield for Ohio sportsmen and women. The season for small game, such as squirrel, and migratory birds, such as mourning dove, opened in early September, as does the open season for a larger-sized winged quarry, the Canada goose.The Canada goose is a common site for most Ohioans, distinguished by its black head, long black neck, white cheek patches, and its flock’s V-shaped flight migration pattern that foretells the seasonal weather changes of fall and winter. Outdoorsman Doug Moos, of the Hocking Hills region, said that although he prefers late season goose hunting, the early season is a good time to bag some resident honkers.“In the early season it’s hot and buggy. I’m not putting mosquito repellant on to hunt anything,” Moos said. “But if I hunt early goose season, I find where they chop their corn and hunt over those fields. Or, a guy can find some honey hole farm pond where the birds are roosting every day. This could be a good way for a guy to get started hunting geese.”Originally from Lorain County, Moos did some waterfowl hunting as a youngster living up on Lake Erie but gave that up for chasing whitetail in the hills of southern Ohio for a couple of decades before again taking up goose hunting.“I had an ACL surgery when I was forty and I couldn’t climb a tree stand to deer hunt. But I was going to be in the field one way or another so I got a dog and started field hunting for geese. I thought that it was going to be a quick fix, but now here I am 18 years later still doing it,” Moos said.Part of what attracts Moos to goose hunting is the camaraderie and shared experiences that he has with his fellow hunting partners and the reliable, faithful dog at his feet.“Unlike when deer hunting, you can sit and shoot the bull with a buddy and tell stories and cut up, and then settle in when the geese start showing up,” Moos said. “I use Labrador Retrievers. They are good citizens and good family members and when hunting, they give you someone to talk to when you go by yourself. They’re always happy to go and they’re always on time.”Moos strictly hunts open fields of corn and bean stubble that lay between the big reservoirs and gravel pits that dot the landscape around his home in the Hocking Hills. When the birds come off of the water to feed, they come to these fields where Moos is waiting to ambush them. His goose spots are conveniently located and Moos likes to go out for geese in the late season in the nastiest of weather.“I go when it’s the foulest weather. The hunting is best when it’s usually a Level 1 or Level 2 snow emergency and no one’s out. I can load up my Polaris, drive down the road, hunt for a couple of hours, kill some geese, and be home for lunch,” Moos said. “When it freezes too hard to trap beavers, I will also goose hunt, because I know that when the reservoirs and ponds freeze and lock up, the geese are coming to the fields and are hungry. When the snow is on, they’re looking for food and will sometimes fly out two times a day to feed.”For a set-up, Moos puts out approximately 100 decoys. He arranges them in a “U” or “J” shape, creating a pocket for geese to fly into from downwind. Geese come in upwind but circle around to land into the wind and he anticipates the direction that geese will be approaching and landing when placing decoys. He puts his blind at the middle of the “J” or the “U” and sits right in the middle of the decoys.“Using different sizes of decoys has really made a big difference for me,” Moos said, “I use different types of decoys for variety and size — it makes sense. When you see a flock of birds in a field, they are all different sizes and are standing in different ways. So, when I set up my decoys, I put them in different positions, have them facing in different directions, and use a variety of decoys. This imitates a real flock. I really like silhouette decoys and I will pitch them in different ways in the field. I also use full body dekes and what I call ‘Giants,’ which are 42-inch Super Magnum goose decoys. I do some flagging, but not too much — just enough to catch the geese’s attention. If they’re coming, they’re coming. And I use a couple of calls sometimes to bring them in, but again, I don’t overdo it.”Moos says that hunters should shoot at the birds at about 20 to 30 yards when they are landing, gliding in with open wings. This presents the biggest target, as opposed to when they have their wings pulled in.“If there are 30 to 40 geese coming in and they are committed, never shoot the first goose that comes in; let the first one land in the pocket,” he said. “If you shoot the first one at 20 yards, the ones behind it are going to flare out and you’ve blown your cover.”Some centuries-old goose hunting advice is offered by the famous ornithologist and avid bird hunter, John James Audubon, who suggested to his readership that “if a sportsman is expert and manages to shoot the old birds first, he is pretty sure to capture the less wily young ones afterwards, as they will be very apt to return to the same feeding places to which their parents had led them at their first arrival.”Like so many animals frequently encountered by humans in domesticated settings, when hunted in their natural environments, geese can prove surprisingly elusive and perceptive. A hunt for these birds shows them to be far more than a lawn-befouling and parking lot-congesting suburban nuisance that they have earned a reputation for being. As Erwin A. Bauer says in The Duck Hunter’s Bible, “the wariness and intelligence of Canadian honkers is as well-known as their characteristic honking cry.”There is an initial investment needed for a huntsman interested in pursuing this sport, but the rewards of a crisp autumn or winter morning afield and some wild meat in the freezer may well be worth it.“A $250 layout blind and three dozen decoys could get a guy started,” Moos said. “I like to use a big gun — a long barreled semi-automatic 12-gauge that can shoot a 3.5 inch shell. While not necessary, having a retrieving dog is nice. Dogs have saved me a lot of clean-up shots. If a bird goes down but isn’t dead, I can send the dog out. This is a lot safer, never tears up the meat, and I never have to shoot anything off of the ground.”For 2016, Ohio’s statewide early Canada goose season is from September 3 through 11, with a daily limit of five geese. Later seasons open and close in North and South Zones at different dates that can be found on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website at wildlife.ohiodnr.gov. Hunters will need a valid Ohio hunting license with HIP Certification, an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (aka “Duck Stamp”), which Doug Moos points out can be used for free admission to any national park in our country.
Is it finally happening?For years, U.S. university administrators have worried that China’s massive investment in higher education would eventually mean fewer Chinese students seeking to earn advanced science and engineering degrees at their institutions. A new survey from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) hints that the time may be approaching: For the second straight year, graduate applications from Chinese students are essentially flat. So is the number of acceptances, the first time that has happened in nearly a decade.China is the biggest single source of foreign applicants to U.S. graduate programs, composing roughly one-third of the total, so any changes in their behavior could have a potentially huge impact. And their presence is quite large: Chinese students submitted nearly 300,000 applications this year to the 285 universities that responded to the latest CGS survey and received nearly 72,000 offers of admission. 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(India represents the second largest source of foreign applications, supplying roughly 18% of the total.) The survey found that graduate applications from Indian students soared by 33% this year, after a jump of 22% in 2013. In contrast, 1% fewer Chinese students sought to enroll, compounding a 3% drop in 2013. Offers of admissions followed a similar pattern, increasing by 25% over last year for Indian students and holding steady for Chinese students. “We started seeing these trends last year,” says CGS’s Jeff Allum, who authored the report, part of an ongoing effort to monitor the graduate admissions process for foreign students at some 500 U.S. institutions. “Now we are more and more convinced it’s real and not just a blip.”If that’s the case, the next big question for university administrators is why students from the world’s two most populous nations are on such divergent paths. The survey provides no answers, although theories abound.One popular explanation is that China’s continuing investment in its academic research infrastructure is making it easier for its students to receive world-class training at home. “The government has boosted its spending on science, and Chinese universities are upgrading their equipment,” notes Robert Bernhard, vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. “That type of capacity building has led to a bullish feeling about research.”Allum points to a countervailing trend that could also be a contributing factor. The Chinese government began raising standards for college admissions in 2007 in response to high unemployment rates among new graduates, he notes. So half a dozen years later, the overall pool of potential applicants to graduate school may be somewhat smaller than earlier in the decade. But he admits that “we know much less about China. It remains a bit of a mystery.”With respect to India, university administrators point to a sluggish economy there as a likely major factor for the spike in U.S. applications. “There aren’t a lot of things being built in India, and there’s a feeling of stagnation,” Bernhard says. “The last 2 years have been pretty tough.”Allum speculates that U.S. institutions may also be benefiting from more restrictive immigration policies in the United Kingdom, traditionally a popular destination for Indian graduate students. In addition, he notes that India’s track record of applications has traditionally been more volatile compared with China’s. “India tends to have good years and bad years,” he says. “The fluctuations are much greater.”In fact, the biggest blip in this year’s CGS survey is the dramatic rise in applications from Brazil. Although its total is barely 2% that of China’s (some 6000 applications this year to institutions in the CGS survey), the number represents a 61% leap over 2013. Coming after a 25% increase last year, the 2-year trend has moved Brazil ahead of Mexico as the leading country of origin in Latin America.U.S. officials credit Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program as the probable cause for the spurt. Previously called Science without Borders, the 3-year-old initiative is meant to give Brazilian students the best possible educational opportunities. Undergraduates, for example, receive scholarships to pursue what’s often called a sandwich degree—for example, 2 years in Brazil, 1 year abroad, and 1 year back home. This year’s spike in graduate admissions may be fueled by a new offshoot of the mobility program that offers scholarships for a 2-year terminal master’s degree in applied sciences at a foreign university.The University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), is one of the program’s most popular destinations, and the number of undergraduates from Brazil has soared to an expected 195 this fall, from 35 in 2011. Their presence is starting to affect the university’s graduate programs as well, notes David Wilson, UNL’s senior international officer: This year, 20 Brazilian students applied to UNL’s graduate programs, up from zero 5 years ago.Although language is a major barrier for many Brazilian students, Wilson thinks their presence on U.S. campuses could continue growing in the wake of Brazil’s recent decision to drop Portugal from the list of eligible host countries. “Officials decided that many students were choosing weaker institutions [in Portugal] because they didn’t have to learn a new language.” So unless their reputation plummets, U.S. universities seem likely to see more applications from Brazil.
Officials in Beijing are hopeful of a solution as China-US dialogue is taking place ahead of two of NSGs key meetings on June 9 in Vienna and June 24 in Seoul during which the issue was expected to come up.As India pressed its case, Pakistan too has applied amid reports that China is trying to push the case of its all weather ally.President Pranab Mukherjee took up this issue with top Chinese leadership during his last months visit here.In his address, Kerry referred to concerns over nuclear proliferation specially relating to North Korea.”Nuclear nonproliferation is another example. Together, we helped to negotiate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and resolved the international communitys 10-year-long concern about Irans nuclear program, and we together removed a major threat to the stability of the Middle East and to the danger of proliferation,” he said.”And it is absolutely vital that we use this meeting in good spirit, in good faith, constructively, to work on those differences,” he said.During the two-day talks, top officials from both the countries would discuss issues relating to climate change, micro economics and policy, trade and investment, cooperation in Agriculture, science and technology and innovation, cooperation between US Fed andPeoples Bank of China, people-to-people contact to cultural exchanges.The dialogue, which started in 2009, has become the highest-level, regular bilateral communication channel for the worlds two largest economies to compare notes on key issues concerning diplomacy, security and economy.High-level officials from the countries education, culture, health, science and technology, women, sports and youth sectors will attend the talks.advertisementThis is the eighth dialogue and will be the last to be co-chaired by President Barack Obamas administration.PTI KJV ZH