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  1. http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2006/othe...ns_feb06_07.php . Its a very good piece. Unashamedly, I admit that I also submit the DV application every year. I did it this year as well!! I never had to consider what I'd do if I actually won the lotterry because I've never won it. I think if I had won it four years ago I'd have jetted with the first possible flight out of TIA. However, at this stage because I know the west a lot better and am contemplating a move back to Nepal, I think I'd give it a miss. The article is so true. People that have mansions in kathmandu or elsewhere are sharing crampy 2 bedroom apartments with 2 other couples, work odd hours in supermarkets, restaurants etc. Literally, they don't have anything else except money. Barring few exceptions, most people have no quality of life, no social life, no job satisfaction, none of the basic requirements of life. Are they really happy over here/ there in US??? Some of my relatives who have come abroad to study have gone back to Nepal even though they had opportunities to stay back (it was easier then to not return, all you had to do was decide you wanted to stay back). And they seem to be a lot happier and more satisfied than those staying abroad to do menial work. Land of opportunities???!!!!
  2. B-mal, This is a virtual world where you do not need to resign to leave. If you do not want to, just do not sign in from a particular day. And type the link in the adress bar and hit 'return' again on the day you feel that you want to come back. Or as we've seen in the past, you can create a new username and start all over again. I doubt any of those who have formally announced their termination of association with WNSO have actually done so, unless they went back to Nepal. Announcement of resigning is only to get attention and sympathy of other users. Well, it will be virtual in this virtual world even if you get any.
  3. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1560539,00050004.htm
  4. I think women will always have a slightly different attributes compared to men. The classic description of men and women will never go away. For eg. a female director of a big business can be feminine, however a male clerk of the same company is expected to swallow bitter things. If you see any of the reality shows, women are crying all the time but if the male sheds a drop of tears, it makes tabloid headlines. There definitely are differences between the sexes. These subtle differences probably makes a single woman more vulnerable, less bold and so slightly more disadvantageous comparitively.
  5. i just remembered one more website which is very good for explaining different bits of stats. If you search 'vasserstats' in google, you should find it. The tutorial there is very good. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the link in my favourites. Can anyone please post the link if they find their website. It is something.vasserstats.edu, I think.
  6. These are the ones I use. http://www.nyx.net/~tmacfarl/STAT_TUT/stat_tut.ssi http://www.stats.gla.ac.uk/steps/glossary/ http://graphpad.com/index.cfm?cmd=library.index
  7. http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh.../ixnewstop.html
  8. From... The times Higher Education Supplement. (explains, to an extent, the higher tuition fess in the US) Strangling the golden goose Anthony Smith Published: 11 November 2005 This worrying account of the commercial corruption of the American academy can be read as a significant text in the new American literature of self-doubt. It is a sad tale told by a journalist full of sound and fury. But its significance for UK and European universities is plain: the new commercial ethos in American higher education is allegedly in serious danger of undermining the integrity of the sector, not merely through its intrusions into science, medicine and engineering, but in its resulting relegation of teaching in general, in the humanities in particular, while the universities meanwhile sink into subservience to corporate requirements. I began the book feeling that the case was being over-egged for journalistic requirements, but came round to sharing the anxieties that Jennifer Washburn has documented. In 1955, Jonas Salk declared that "the people" were the owners of his polio vaccine ("Could you patent the sun?"). Moreover, the openly declared policies of the major US universities forbade the patenting of biomedical research. By the 1990s, this had all become rather quaint. Salk himself was involved in developing Remune, a drug designed to help in the struggle against HIV. He was also co-founder of the company (IRC) that funded a massive trial of Remune and ended up suing the university when its researchers decided that the drug did not work, with the IRC demanding many millions in compensatory damages. The high principles of the postwar years had given way to commercial priorities in an atmosphere in which hundreds of US campuses were competing for private as well as governmental research funds. Congress now officially encouraged university-industry collaboration and the conflicts and pitfalls had begun to be revealed. The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, reacting to concern about declining US ability to compete with Japan, had permitted universities to patent federally funded research on a large scale. Universities could now derive royalties from inventions developed using taxpayers' money, the product being licensed to private companies. Soon the universities were competing to secure scientific stars, people who could pull in money-spinning research contracts. Massive salaries began to be on offer and teaching requirements were progressively reduced as further temptation to the academic stars, while the instruction of students was more and more left to junior, non-tenured and underpaid lecturers. (In recent years university teachers have become militant and unionised in the interests of their students as well as themselves.) When an academic pronounces, you might be listening to disinterested objective research-based opinions, or you might be listening to someone subconsciously defending the investment of a company to which he and his research are wholly indebted, possibly even one that owns all the research results and withholds them from publication. It has all turned into a terrible moral mess, destructive of the values of detachment and public service. Meanwhile, student fees have risen dramatically to meet the university's rising costs. Federal funding has disproportionately declined. On some campuses, deans are now given bonuses according to the number of paying students they recruit. Admissions standards have been compromised as universities need more fee-paying students; the competition for talent has spread downwards from faculty to graduate students and to undergraduates. Washburn alleges that lucrative scholarships, endowed to help the poor, have begun to be offered to any able student, not according to financial need but on purely academic grounds to build up the cadres of able young researchers. His pessimistic account demonstrates how the entire value system of the American academy was turned upside down. However, during this process, it became evident that only a few universities had benefited from the effort to market their professors' discoveries; many had been losing money heavily. Some had overinvested, disastrously, in companies based on campus patents that simply failed to come good. Washburn provides frightening case studies and reports the qualms of many senior US academics. The chairman of a Californian nutrition department recently presented research indicating that chocolate was good for the health of the heart: his work had been financed by Mars. But nearly three quarters of all the research cited in US industrial patents is carried out at universities, as was the work leading up to the 25 most important new drugs of the past generation. So it is in all parties' interests that universities maintain their separateness, and thus their credibility, and not become craven appendages of industry. Anthony Smith was president of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1988 until 2005.
  9. Thanks for the info Lucifer. I was just wondering how things worked. So from yourr post, I assume there is a limit on the number of H1-B issued every year. How does the cap system work? Is it so many H1-Bs per year?
  10. Just a follow on question. I've got a B1/B2 visa which is valid for a couple more years. If I get a job in US, can I enter the country in with my present visa and change it to some form of work visa there?
  11. My computer doesn't open that link either. I'll try another computer tomorrow and let you know.
  12. Is it working for everyone else? Pokhrelji, I don't want to download too many softwares in the computer because its already got too much stuff on it. I'd rather use the existing softwares as far as possible.
  13. There should be some problem with my settings. I've got real player ver 10.5, win media player 9 and internet explorer 6 yet it doesn't work in any of these. However, other websites like Murchunga and live stream radio like BBC1 and virgin radio work perfectly.
  14. As far as I am aware, if you take your I-20 along with you and show it to the immigration officer, s/he will stamp something on your passpost and I-20 which will allow you to transfer your visa from visitor to student. That was an 'informal' info I got from a friend a couple of months ago. US visa requirements tend to change very quickly so it might be a better idea to check with some expert or US inland security office's website.
  15. Does the radio work? I tried Real Player, Windows media player and the live stream and none of them work. I do not have winamp in my comp. so couldn't try that one.
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