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  • Foreign Students Remain Eager to Study in US

    Many of the U.S. colleges and universities that are most popular among foreign students are reporting an increase in international applicants, despite surveys earlier this year that warned of a drop.

    VOA Student Union contacted 20 schools with the largest populations of foreign students. Fourteen institutions reported that international applications from undergraduates increased or remained stable. Five reported drops. One declined to answer. Collectively, the schools account for about 20 percent of all foreign students studying at U.S. universities and colleges.

    The final tally of foreign students who applied and enrolled in American universities each year is not publicly reported until November. For now, the VOA survey indicates that foreign students’ interest remains high and the number of foreigners choosing to study in America continues to grow after topping one million for the first time in the 2015-16 school year.

    A few months ago, a survey of the schools indicated declining interest from foreigners. The Institute for International Education (IIE) conducted a survey in March of 250 schools nationwide, showing a nearly 40 percent decline in applications from foreign students. The survey was conducted shortly after President Donald Trump issued a travel ban on immigrants � including students � from six Muslim-majority countries.

    That would have barred travelers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days. However, federal courts struck down or suspended much of the measure. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed parts of the ban to take effect in late June. Students from the affected countries who hold valid visas can still travel to the U.S. for their studies.

    But it was unclear whether many students would choose not to pursue an American university degree given the uncertainty around the immigration measures.

    Recent IIE numbers

    Last month, IIE followed up with another study that showed the decline in applications had narrowed to within 2 percent of last year’s application numbers.

    Contacted by VOA Student Union this week, 14 schools reported increases or remained close to last year’s applications: New York University, University of Southern California, Columbia University, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, Northeastern University, University of California-Los Angeles, Boston University, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Berkeley, Indiana University and Ohio State University.

    Five schools that reported decreases in applications are Arizona State University, Purdue University, University of Texas-Dallas, University of Washington and University of Minnesota. The declines ranged from drops of 1,000 applications this year to drops of a few hundred. Not all schools released specific numbers.

    Carnegie Mellon University did not respond to queries.

    The application figures are preliminary, the schools noted. Final figures will be computed in mid-September or later for most schools, after the withdrawal period for classes has ended.

    Top school sees boost

    New York University, which hosts the most international students, according to IIE, received about 20,000 international undergraduate applications for the Class of 2021. This accounts for 27 percent of its applicant pool and an increase of about 1,500 applications from last year, according to Shawn Abbott, NYU’s dean of admissions.

    Ohio State University spokesperson Benjamin Johnson said that while applications increased by 10 percent over last year, it admitted 4.4 percent fewer foreign students to keep in line its planned student-body composition.

    Northeastern University, which had 11,702 international students last year, saw an increase in international applicants, said Northeastern spokesperson Matthew McDonald.

    The leading countries of origin of international students are China (31 percent), India (16 percent), Saudi Arabia (6 percent) and South Korea (6 percent). They account for nearly 60 percent of last year’s more than 1 million international students in the U.S., the IIE report stated.

    International students contributed $32.8 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2015-16 school year, making the program the 12th largest service-sector industry in the U.S.

    In November, IIE will release its 2017 annual report with statistics for all schools and foreign populations.

    Source: Voice of America

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  • Beer We Go! Four Points Best Brews Around the World Brew Off Kicks Off International Beer Day

    POINT 1: Four Points, a booming Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) hotel brand known for its love of beer, is embarking upon a global trip discovering the world’s Best Brews. The journey kicks off at the new Four Points Manhattan Midtown West on the eve of International Beer Day and will continue across the globe before culminating at the Four Points Barcelona Diagonal in October.

    POINT 2: Four Points’ Best Brews Around the World celebrates the brand’s signature initiative, a dedicated program in which each of the brand’s 225+ hotels around the world showcases a local, craft beer which has been chosen based on taste, popularity, quality and proximity to the property. A Best Brew is available on tap at each Four Points, offering travelers an authentic taste of local beer culture wherever their travels may take them.

    To add further authenticity and credibility to the Best Brews program, Four Points is enrolling select associates at each Best Brews Around the World Brew Offrdquo; hotel in the globally recognized Cicerone Certification Program. This program is highly regarded in the food and beverage industry and is instrumental with the development of expert beer servers.Each of the selected Four Points associates will train and complete the first of four levels of the Cicerone Certification Program, becoming a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and on-property beer aficionado.

    POINT 3: At each stop during the Best Brews Around the World tour, two beers from local craft breweries will go head to headrdquo; (pun intended) for bragging rights and to claim the winning spot as the hotel’s newest Best Brew. The beers will be presented by the breweries and judged by the crowd, comprised of local beer lovers, each hotel’s newly certified Cicerone, and hotel guests. Every Best Brew Offrdquo; competition will be hosted by an influential beer expertrdquo; who will help educate the crowd and cast the final vote. At tonight’s kickoff event at Four Points Midtown Manhattan West (http://APO.af/9338E1), Peekskill Brewery and LIC Beer Project will square off. The evening will be hosted by Bella of One Hoppy Ladyrdquo; (www.OneHoppyLady.com).

    The remaining stops on the tour include:

    August 9, 2017 � Four Points Cancun Centro (http://APO.af/yGcF42) (Mexico)

    August 23, 2017 � Four Points Kelowna (http://APO.af/1KY9fF) (Canada)

    September 6, 2017 � Four Points Melbourne Docklands (http://APO.af/IxZX65) (Australia)

    September 20, 2017 � Four Points Nairobi Hurlingham (http://APO.af/iNQseB) (Kenya)

    October 2017 � Four Points Barcelona Diagonal (http://APO.af/AAzEB5) (Spain)

    POINT 4: Four Points has a love for locally crafted beers, which is why we’re traveling to the far corners of the globe to discover the best brews the world has to offer,rdquo; said Callette Nielsen, vice president, global brand manager for Four Points. We know the perfect pint has universal appeal, which is why we’re celebrating International Beer Day with the launch of our ‘Best Brews Around the World.’ From Manhattan to Barcelona and Melbourne to Nairobi, we are taking our love of beer on the road. We invite local beer lovers and thirsty travelers to join us as we discover new Best Brews.rdquo;

    Source: Marriott International, Inc.

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  • Beer We Go! Four Points Best Brews Around the World Brew Off Kicks Off International Beer Day

    POINT 1: Four Points, a booming Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) hotel brand known for its love of beer, is embarking upon a global trip discovering the world’s Best Brews. The journey kicks off at the new Four Points Manhattan Midtown West on the eve of International Beer Day and will continue across the globe before culminating at the Four Points Barcelona Diagonal in October.

    POINT 2: Four Points’ Best Brews Around the World celebrates the brand’s signature initiative, a dedicated program in which each of the brand’s 225+ hotels around the world showcases a local, craft beer which has been chosen based on taste, popularity, quality and proximity to the property. A Best Brew is available on tap at each Four Points, offering travelers an authentic taste of local beer culture wherever their travels may take them.

    To add further authenticity and credibility to the Best Brews program, Four Points is enrolling select associates at each Best Brews Around the World Brew Offrdquo; hotel in the globally recognized Cicerone Certification Program. This program is highly regarded in the food and beverage industry and is instrumental with the development of expert beer servers.Each of the selected Four Points associates will train and complete the first of four levels of the Cicerone Certification Program, becoming a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and on-property beer aficionado.

    POINT 3: At each stop during the Best Brews Around the World tour, two beers from local craft breweries will go head to headrdquo; (pun intended) for bragging rights and to claim the winning spot as the hotel’s newest Best Brew. The beers will be presented by the breweries and judged by the crowd, comprised of local beer lovers, each hotel’s newly certified Cicerone, and hotel guests. Every Best Brew Offrdquo; competition will be hosted by an influential beer expertrdquo; who will help educate the crowd and cast the final vote. At tonight’s kickoff event at Four Points Midtown Manhattan West (http://APO.af/9338E1), Peekskill Brewery and LIC Beer Project will square off. The evening will be hosted by Bella of One Hoppy Ladyrdquo; (www.OneHoppyLady.com).

    The remaining stops on the tour include:

    August 9, 2017 � Four Points Cancun Centro (http://APO.af/yGcF42) (Mexico)

    August 23, 2017 � Four Points Kelowna (http://APO.af/1KY9fF) (Canada)

    September 6, 2017 � Four Points Melbourne Docklands (http://APO.af/IxZX65) (Australia)

    September 20, 2017 � Four Points Nairobi Hurlingham (http://APO.af/iNQseB) (Kenya)

    October 2017 � Four Points Barcelona Diagonal (http://APO.af/AAzEB5) (Spain)

    POINT 4: Four Points has a love for locally crafted beers, which is why we’re traveling to the far corners of the globe to discover the best brews the world has to offer,rdquo; said Callette Nielsen, vice president, global brand manager for Four Points. We know the perfect pint has universal appeal, which is why we’re celebrating International Beer Day with the launch of our ‘Best Brews Around the World.’ From Manhattan to Barcelona and Melbourne to Nairobi, we are taking our love of beer on the road. We invite local beer lovers and thirsty travelers to join us as we discover new Best Brews.rdquo;

    Source: Marriott International, Inc.

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  • Libya Constitutional Committee Pushes for Vote on Draft

    The head of Libya’s committee tasked with writing the constitution called upon the eastern parliament Tuesday to hold a national referendum on a final draft, setting in motion a long-awaited step that it’s hoped will end the current political stalemate and terminate power struggles among the country’s rival parties.

    More than three years overdue, the draft still leaves many of Libya’s key questions unanswered. Experts warn that its lack of clarity will pave the way for another phase of instability, which has plagued the country since the 2011 uprising that ousted longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

    The call by Nouh Abdel-Sayyed to “take all necessary measures to enable the Libyan people to practice their constitutional right” came after days of confusion over whether his committee is following proper legal procedures.

    On Saturday, disgruntled protesters stormed the committee’s session in the eastern town of Bayda, calling for a redo of their vote, which was in favor of putting the final draft up for a nationwide referendum. Opponents included secessionists who wanted greater say over the redistribution of resources in the oil-rich country and those in favor of the country’s 1951 constitution, which would mean a return to the monarchy.

    The 60-member committee was elected in a direct vote in 2014; it was scheduled to deliver a draft in 120 days. However, unrelenting conflicts forced delays.

    Legal expert Sami al-Atrash said articles of the constitution look innocent enough on the surface, but “it’s not a homogenous document and this is not an honest attempt to produce an inclusive constitution.”

    A look at the draft shows efforts to keep most of the articles as vague as possible to avoid conflicts among the country’s rival parties. The draft made no mention of the national anthem or the flag, to avoid friction between those who backed the 2011 uprising against Gadhafi and those who continue to support him.

    ‘Legislative trap’

    “It was done in a way to just escape from the current situation and crisis,” said al-Atrash, who warned this would, “postpone, rather than face, harsh realities.”

    He added that leaving the articles open to interpretation “could lead to a legislative trap.”

    The draft failed to live up to the aspirations of many easterners, who long complained of discrimination under Gadhafi. Eastern secessionists call for the return of autonomy to Cyrenaica, saying their lands are the major source of oil. However, for decades, Libya’s centralized system has driven oil gains to the capital.

    In Article 143, the draft states decentralization is the basis of governance. However, Article 148 defers the issues of local municipalities and their budgeting to future legislation. The draft also removed an earlier mention of the eastern city of Benghazi as the economic capital and seat of the central bank.

    As for presidential elections, the draft places several restrictions on candidates; candidates with dual citizenship must revoke their non-Libyan nationality a year before registration for elections begins, and if married it must be to a Libyan national. The article risks isolating some of the most powerful Libyan politicians who under Gadhafi lived in exile and were granted non-Libyan nationalities or married non-Libyans.

    The draft also deprived non-Arab minorities � like the Amazigh who make up between 5 and 10 percent of Libya’s population � of having their language recognized alongside Arabic as a state language.

    The push for the vote came less than a week after Libya’s top rivals � the internationally recognized, designated prime minister, Fayez Serraj, and army chief Marshal Khalifa Hifter � met in Paris, where they shook hands on a cease-fire and agreed to work toward parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible.

    Source: Voice of America

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  • ‫شركة زاروق لتصنيع السيارات السوبر رياضي تدشن الإصدار المحدود من (SandRacer 500 GT)

    دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 27 يونيو، 2017/PRNewswire/ — كشفت الشركة الجديدة المصنّعة للسيارات السوبر رياضية النقاب عن التصميم المبدئي لـ SandRacer خلال سباق الجائزة الكبرى للفورمولا 1  (أبوظبي) في ديسمبر 2015. واليوم تُعلن شركة زاروق للسيارات أنه بعد اختبارات وافية وتحسينات ميكانيكية وتصميمية كثيرة، فإن الدفعة الأولى من السيارة الأولى الفاخرة جاهزة للإنتاج. يقول برونو […]

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