One of the most famous Chinese shows “Day Day Up”, which presents the beauties of Croatia, was broadcast on 15.12.2017 on Hunan TV. The show was watched by over 300 million viewers, and through Chinese social media, the show is expected to be seen by up to a billion viewers. In mid-October last year, a large expedition of journalists, actors, producers and other supporting staff of one of the most famous and influential Chinese shows “Day Day Up” arrived in Croatia to record a show about Croatia.The show was recently broadcast on Hunan TV, and the Chinese estimate that it was watched by an incredible 300 million people, while viewership on all platforms will reach even more viewers. The show, according to Chinese media, affects public opinion, and especially where the Chinese will travel and which country they will choose for their vacation, writes Free Dalmatia.They filmed like that in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, they tasted our specialties. Croatia, among others, was represented by Ana Rucner, Maksim Mrvica, Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, Jelena Rozga, Folklore Ensemble “Linđo”… Famous Chinese leaders and actors learned to dance local traditional dances, listened to our music, and the show was designed as an order education, dir church and the order of entertainment.By the way, the entire support for the production of this show was in charge of the company Baludiči film, which has already made numerous tourist films and reports, such as Dubronik & Time which has won more than 14 international awards as the best tourist film and are the organizers of the Zagreb TourFilm festival.It can already be said that this is the biggest advertisement of our tourism since independence, which will certainly start a new big “wave” of tourists from China.Related news:TOURIST FILM SITIA – SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE! WON THE GRAND PRIX AT THE ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL”DUBROVNIK & TIME” SELECTED AMONG THE 10 BEST TOURIST FILMS IN THE WORLD
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JCD Track traveled to Switzerland County for a 4-way with South Ripley and Madison Shawe.Girls Scores: SC 99, JCD 71, SR 29 and Shawe 21.Boys Scores: SC 115, JCD 46, SR 23, Shawe 23.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.
Every day for nearly a month, Javed Shaikh, now a graduate student in biomedical engineering, waited in line at his local branch of the Punjab National Bank in India. While others queued to cash paychecks or buy home insurance, Shaikh returned to the bank each day in hopes of obtaining a student loan.Shaikh had finished his undergraduate degree in India and gained admission to USC in spring 2010, but a barrier stood between him and his education: the onerous process of applying for a commercial bank loan.“There was a financing problem,” Shaikh said. “Getting a loan, you have to spend days and stay there for the banks and go through the formalities, [like] lots of policies and long documents.”Released this month, the annual “Open Doors” report from the Institute of International Education once again named USC the leading university in international student enrollment, but getting to USC isn’t always an easy task for international students, as USC meets 0 percent of international financial need.In the 2010-11 academic year, 63 percent of international students studying in the United States were self- or family-funded, according to Open Doors data. Though 23 percent received full or nearly full support from U.S. universities in the form of doctoral studentships or other merit-based scholarships, foreign funding sources outweighed domestic ones almost three to one.When a prospective domestic student visits the USC Financial Aid website, he or she is directed to a bevy of resources including scholarships, loans, need-based grants and federal work-study. International students find their options much more restricted: Merit scholarships, limited work and private financing comprise the smorgasbord.For Shaikh, relying on the local bank for a loan, which falls under the category of private financing, was the only option, and this meant delaying the start of his graduate education.The days at the bank turned into a month. Many days, his father came in and waited with him, and together they met with managers who would point out missing requirements on a lengthy checklist of legal forms. Finally, Shaikh had to defer his admission by a semester because a property mortgage paper needed for collateral would not go through.Shaikh said he did not approach USC’s Office of Admissions, Financial Aid Office, Office of International Services or Office of Globalization as he tried to navigate his funding obstacle course. But even if he had, he likely would not have found much help.Part of the reason the school provides limited information on finances for international students is that international students must show proof of financial support before admission, according to Tom McWhorter, dean of financial aid at USC.A federal law stipulates international applicants must submit a bank or sponsor letter showing they have sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses for the first nine months of study. Students studying under the J-1 or F-1 temporary non-immigrant student visa do not qualify for any need-based financial aid at USC.Anthony Bailey, associate provost of global initiatives, said the USC Office of Global Initiatives supports recruiting initiatives abroad but the focus is mostly on admissions questions, not financial questions. Students who need financial help are directed to the Office of Admission and then rerouted to the Financial Aid Office.Patrick Moore, assistant dean of loans at the Financial Aid Office, summarized the university’s response to loan questions from international applicants: “We tell them to call banks.”McWhorter also said the only role the Financial Aid Office plays in the international student loan process is to certify valid student loans from domestic lenders.Nirat Patel, a graduate student studying green technologies, said that, for international students, U.S. financial aid is “a complicated process for someone who doesn’t have a relationship [with the United States].”Patel has loans from the State Bank of India. As in Shaikh’s case, Patel’s parents were heavily involved in helping him secure the loan.“The first thing the bank looks at is, is the parent capable of taking care of the loan?” Patel said. “Then they look at the prospects of the degree, your grades, and so forth.”Patel does not need to repay his loan until he finds a job. But if a year or two after graduation he is still unemployed, according to a timetable set by the bank, the parent who serves as guarantor will have to pay back the loan.The situation can be different for students from other countries. Haowang Wong, a graduate student in electrical engineering and president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, said foreign students might appear to lack financial need because [United States] higher education has an “only the rich need apply” image.Though study abroad loans exist in China, Wong said students hesitate to use them.“Most Chinese people wouldn’t borrow money from other people,” Wong said. “If they can afford it, they’ll come to the U.S., but if not, then they won’t.”Wong also noted that cultural inclinations can sometimes get in the way.“Chinese students won’t [tell] you if they don’t have money because it’s a sensitive topic,” Wong said.For some international students, cultural taboos against borrowing because of the sheer difficulty of obtaining a loan mean their attendance at USC depends on scholarship availability.Ting Lye, a junior studying business administration and neuroscience, is a Malaysian citizen who applied from the United Kingdom.“I couldn’t borrow money from England,” Lye said. “For Malaysia, it was pretty hard because I didn’t do any of my schooling there.”Lye ultimately selected USC because it offered merit-based scholarships, unlike Ivy League universities.Rebecca Petersen, an adviser in the Office of International Services, said cases like Lye’s and Shaikh’s are common.“It’s not a matter of their attitudes toward loans, but their access to them,” she said.
Ivorian Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure rose above stiff competition from fellow countryman Didier Drogba and Cameroun’s Alexander Song to win the coveted 2012 Glo CAF African Footballer of the year award.Yaya Toure, who played a key role in Manchester City’s first English Premier League title in fifty years, retained the award he won last year at a colourful ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the State House Thursday evening.He won the 2012 poll in a vote of head coaches and technical directors of countries affiliated to the Confederation of African Football.Egyptian veteran Mohamed Abouterika also won the 2012 African Player of the Year, an award given to the most exceptional footballer playing on the continent.Renard Herve, coach of the Chipolopolos of Zambia, was also rewarded for his exploits at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. He took home the Africa Coach of the Year award in spite of contending for it with Hosam El Badry (Al Ahly), Joseph Morius OMOG (AC Léopards, Cameroon).The Black Maidens of Ghana, who managed to grab Africa’s only medal at a Fifa World Cup (Fifa U-17 Azerbaijan, 2012) were pipped to the Africa Women National Team of the Year award by the national team of Equatorial Guinea. Other winners on the night were:-Most Promising Player 2012: Mohamed Salah (Egypt), beating Victor Wanyama of Kenya and Moussa Konate of Senegal.– Coach of the Year 2012 is Herve Renard (Zambia). He beat Joseph Omog (AC Leopards, Cameroon) and Hossam Al Badri (Al Ahly).– Club of the Year award went to Al Ahly.– National Team of the Year for 2012 (Women): Equatorial Guinea. – National Team of the Year for 2012 (men): Zambia– Legends’ Awards went to Rigobert Song and the legendary Egyptian coach Mahmoud El Gohari, who died in September.– Referee of the Year 2012: Algeria’s Djamal Alhaimoudi.– Female African Footballer of the Year: Genoveva Anoman (Eq Guinea), beating Portia Modise (South Africa) & Chinwendu Ihezuo (Nigeria).More soon.