Source: BuaNews-Xinhua 17 November 2010 The number of Americans studying at South African universities increased by 12.4 percent in the 2009/10 academic year, the United States embassy said this week, adding that the US hoped to increase student exchanges with South Africa still further. According to the Open Doors Report, published annually by the Institute of International Education, the number of US students at South African institutions rose from 3 700 to 4 160 in 2009/10. There are more US students studying in South Africa than in any other sub-Saharan country. “These are exciting numbers for South Africa,” said Clara Priester, Education USA’s regional director for East and Southern Africa, who is based at the US Consulate in Johannesburg. “The 12 percent growth in American students in South Africa really highlights the strength of the higher education system here in this country, as well as the strong partnership between US and South African institutions of higher learning,” Priester said on Monday. Priester said that the US was looking forward to increasing the number of US students who traveled to South Africa, as well as South Africans who studied in the US. “It is exactly this type of exchange that strengthens friendship and understanding between nations.” According to the Open Doors Report, the number of international students studying at accredited US institutions rose by 2.9 percent to 690 923 in the 2009/10 academic year, despite the global economic downturn. Nigeria sent the most African students to the US for the second year running, followed by Kenya and Ghana. South Africa was in fourth place, sending 1 656 students to US colleges and universities, with Cameroon, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda rounding out the top 10.
Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP and bahubali (strongman) Mohd. Shahabuddin began his journey to Delhi’s Tihar Jail from Siwan Jail in Bihar on Saturday. The move follows a February 15 Supreme Court directive to the State government that the MP be shifted following complaints from families of his victims of the “nerve-wrecking terror” he wields in Siwan.Shahabuddin was moved by district authorities from Siwan jail at 2:40 a.m. and brought by road to Patna’s Beur Central jail in a six hour journey. A cavalcade of his supporters followed him to the State capital. At Beur jail, sources told The Hindu, that independent MLA and another bahubali [strongman] from Mokama, Anant Singh, met Shahabuddin; several hardened criminals lodged in the prison also allegedly jostled to meet Shahabuddin in the ward, said sources. Shahabuddin’s transit was kept completely under wraps with media speculation on how he would be conveyed to Delhi alternating between a journey by the Rajdhani Express or an evening flight.At around 3 p.m. the MP was taken out of Beur jail in a blue prisoner’s van amid tight security. Scores of media persons and supporters followed the van which however, did not stop at Patna junction as expected but moved further to the Rajendra Nagar Terminal. The entire move was telecast live on local channels. A large number of security personnel, led by a senior STF officer, cordoned off the prisoner’s van. As the supporters and media waited, Shahabuddin remained in the van. At around 5 p.m. when the Delhi-bound Rajendra Nagar-New Delhi Sampoorna Kranti Express reached at the platform, gun-totting security personnel escorted the high profile prisoner, clad in jeans and a jacket with a black and white muffler, to the train. While photographers and television crew jostled for the best view, Shahabuddin, in a ring of policemen, crossed the foot over-bridge and was taken to coach S-2. The security personnel then shut both the doors to the coach. A senior police official told The Hindu that about 16 policemen would be travelling with Shahabuddin. While reserved passenger of coach S-2 were forced to move to other coaches. the MP’s suporters boarded the train without tickets. “We’re travelling without ticket but ready to pay fine…we’ll see off our leader upto Tihar jail,” one of them said. read more
zoom Another six shipbuilders are set to enjoy financial support from China in the forthcoming period as they have been added to the country’s White List of shipbuilders, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology informed.The shipbuilders in question are the Huatai Heavy industry (Nantong), Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industry, Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding, Zhejiang Xinle Shipbuilding, Fujian Changxing Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry.Additionally, after conducting a review of the assessment of the enterprises already on the list, the Chinese authorities decided to remove seven shipbuilders from the list. These include Dalian Liaoning Shipyard, Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, Jiangsu Eastern Marine Equipment, Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries, Zhejiang Shipbuilding, Zhejiang Zhenghe Shipbuilding and Qingdao Yangfan.Following these changes, China’s White List includes a total of 70 shipbuilders.In late 2016, Clarksons Research informed that China introduced a set of revised criteria for its White List of domestic shipyards, under which builders can be dropped from the list if they suspend production or declare bankruptcy, merge with or be acquired by other yards, fail to win a new order and deliver a vessel over a two year period, or fail to deliver a ship, receive a contract, and have no units under construction over a one year period.Furthermore, Clarksons Research added that the White List could be shortened to 59 yards taking into account the yards which have declared bankruptcy and merged with others.The list was introduced in 2013 by the Chinese government, as an additional incentive for shipyards which comply with the country’s requirements in areas such as ship emissions, offering the rule-abiding shipyards benefits such as tax rebates and bank credits.The first batch of shipyard names was released in September 2014 and included some 50 companies.World Maritime News Staff read more
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesBefore becoming a Royal, Meghan Markle was a young struggling actress trying to make her way in Hollywood. And as such she didn’t have the luxury of turning down roles, especially when it came to Pilot season.Reportedly a pilot for a raunchy comedy show starring the Duchess of Sussex and New Girl’s Max Greenfield, which was filmed years ago, was picked up for distribution.Apparently, the project is called The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down and directed by Paul Sapiano (Hollywood Sex Wars, Driving While Black). By the title alone, we can tell the show isn’t exactly G-rated. There are minimal details on the series, but The Hollywood Reporter describes it as a “tongue-in-cheek look at twenty-something singles clubbing and partying in Los Angeles.” In February, the outlet said the project was picked up by Artist Rights Distribution for North America, but further info on when or where it’ll air remains unknown. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesAnd for those who have been living under a rock, Meghan has gone onto become Royalty. The former actress is now the Duchess of Sussex after marrying Prince Harry. The Royal couple are expecting their first child in April. Meghan Markle may not have scaled the heights of Hollywood stardom but she seems to be doing okay for herself. Though there have been a few hiccups along the way with all the media scrutiny and the Royal observers judging her every move. She might just have to sharpen every acting chop she has to survive.Meghan Markle found fame with a series regular role on the hit TV show Suits. read more