In August, airports recorded 70% less passenger traffic

first_imgThe most significant international passenger traffic was realized with the airports of the United Kingdom, 141 thousand passengers, which is a decrease of 59,6% compared to the same period last year. In August 2020, Croatian airports recorded 584 passengers or 807% less than in the same month last year, when the turnover was 70,0 passengers, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Source: CBS Circumstances caused by the spread of COVID-19 disease directly affected the decline in passenger traffic at Croatian airports.center_img The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport with 271 thousand passengers (a decrease of 59,5% compared to August 2019, when 669 thousand passengers were transported), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 117 thousand passengers (a decrease of 77,6% in compared to August 2019, when 522 thousand passengers were transported) and Zagreb Airport with 93 thousand passengers (a decrease of 75,2% compared to August 2019, when 374 thousand passengers were transported). The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in August 2020 was 11, a decrease of 613% compared to August 41,5, when the number of landings and take-offs was 2019.last_img read more

Foreign students find funding college difficult

first_imgEvery 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.last_img read more

Incredible clear out sale at JJ Reid Motors is VAN-tastic

first_imgJJ Reid Motors on the Canal Road, Letterkenny are holding a massive ‘all units must go’ sale. The leading North Donegal dealer have revealed they are discounting commercial vehicles by up to €5,000.Customers can now get a new model 2017 Volkswagen Crafter for €29,000 + VAT, reduced from €39,000. They’ve slashed up to €2,700 off selected Caddys, while Transporters have up to €5,000 off.Selected Mercedes-Benz vans have also been added to the sale along with other non-franchise deals.J.J. Reid are also extending their 3.9% finance offer on all these units, so now is the perfect time to take advantage of the event and get a quality vehicle for the new season.Pick out the perfect motor for your business from this full list of deals launched at JJ Reid. Check out for the very best examples of pre-owned Volkswagens and other makes with a nationwide warranty of up to 3 years.Call J.J Reid Motors on 074 9122333 for more details.Incredible clear out sale at JJ Reid Motors is VAN-tastic was last modified: September 7th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:carsJJ Reid MotorsmotoringSALEvolkswagenlast_img read more