Nokia 5800:Awesome UI, Flawed Compatibility

This high-end gadget looks simple in hand, but don’t get cheated, what you can see isn’t what you get. Several newly-released features and enhancements are embedded in Nokia 5800. What are they? Can this phone dethrone the popularity of Apple’s iPhone?
 

BANDS

HSDPA 3.6 MBPs, EDGE, GPRS 10

OPERATING SYSTEM
Nokia 5800 -the newest Xpress Music of Nokia- brings the most updated version of Symbian: Symbian S60 5th edition. It might be a plus and a minus simultaneously. The plus is the prestige of having the most advanced technology planted in your phone. The minus, however, is you’ll have more troubles and difficulties to find suitable and compatible applications for this type of Nokia. So at least for months, it’s kind of hard to find any software or mobile apps developers that issue products compatible perfectly and operable on Nokia 5800.

PROCESSOR
ARM 11.369 Mhz

SCREEN
Touch screen, TFT 16.7 M colors, 640×360 pixels, 3.2″

CAMERA
Primary:3.2 MP+autofocus
Secondary: QCIF, for videocall
Definitely not the best camera phone thus far, but it’s tagged as a music phone, not a camera phone. So the presence of not-very-impressive camera is quite excusable.

DESIGN
Weighing only 109 grams and having 11.1×5.17×1.55 cms dimension, Nokia 5800 isn’t quite a bulky phone in your shirt pocket. It’s not really light, though. But it’s moderate. Its candibar shape and absence of alphanumeric keypads reaffirm the impression of simplicity, as what we find in any other smart phone with touch screen. There’re 3 buttons we can find in the lower part of Nokia 5800 which enable users to make or end calls, and access the menu offerred inside.

INTERFACE

The elderly could be glad to use this phone as they don’t have to scrutinize the small fonts which torture their weakened eyes. Nokia 5800’s fonts are big enough for users to touch using thumb. For those whose thumbs are not small enough to press the menu conveniently, Nokia has figure out another way, a stylus.But as I said beforehand, with a new Nokia 5800, come uniqueness and surprises. Some hidden shortcuts can be found if you are careful enough to observe, and this is such something to enjoy.

PROMINENT FEATURES
It’s one of Nokia’s Xpress Music series phones, so it’s ridiculous for Nokia 5800 not to be armed with the latest, most sophisticated music player software version. The music player of Nokia 5800 is simply irresistible, flawless…Something no one can’t complain about.
GPS is still a luxurious, killer feature everyone expects to have on their phones. What makes users relieved is that Nokia is said to have improved the performance of the map and navigation system. But the downside is…you can freely and fully use the navigation feature for only a week.
The internet connection includes HSDPA 3.6 mbps and WIFI. Besides that, this phone accomodates conventional connections via EDGE and GPRS. So you practically have nothing to worry about.
In this web 2.0 era, blogging is a necessity for some folks, and Nokia 5800 provides the ease to access, view, or post something to the blog you have anytime and anywhere. You can even upload images directly from the phone. What a trouble-free way of blogging!

BATTERY
It takes about two days for Nokia 5800 to use up all the energy saved in the 1320 mAh battery the manufacturer has provided.

Subjunctive

After the previous post about Word Order (which was ordered by someone), now we’re going to have subjunctive as our menu. As I read in The Oxford Guide to Writing: A Rhetoric and Handbook for Students (1983), the word ‘subjunctive’ has something to do with possibility, hope, wish, or condition contrary to fact (p. 676). Sadly enough, this book isn’t available in your (in)complete central library. No offense…^_^
Another source I got here stated that subjunctive is a verb form (FORM, not FROM!) or a set of verb forms in grammar, used in some languages to express doubt, wishes, etc (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English). 
There’re two types of subjunctive; i.e. past and present subjunctive.
Past subjunctive (unreality/ improbability/ doubt in the present/ regret about a present situation)
        as if/ as though/ if only/ wish + Simple Past (was isn’t used here)
Present subjunctive (exclamations to express wish/ hope)
        to be/ be

Ok, I know you still don’t get the point. These examples will hopefully brighten up your dark thought.
Past subjunctive examples
1.       He acts as if he were the king of the world (but he isn’t the king of the world).
2.       The fraud is boasting as though he knew how to get rich fast (but he actually doesn’t know anything).
3.       If only I had bottomless bank accounts, I would buy that limousine (but I don’t have bottomless bank accounts).
4.       I wish I were a famous actor (but I’m not a famous actor).
Now you know that even the tense is simple past, it represents a present situation. Also note that the real situation must always be the opposite of the subjunctive!
Present subjunctive examples
1.       (God) bless you! (Simple present: God blesses you)
2.       God save the queen! (Simple present: God saves the queen)
3.       (God) damn it! (Simple present: God damns it)
4.       Heaven help us! (Simple present: Heaven helps us)
These subjunctives involve supernatural powers or prayers.
But the discussion of subjunctive isn’t this short, to be honest. There’re some other explanations’ you also need to learn, like regret about past situations, past subjunctives/ unreal pasts in conditional sentences, in indirect speech, etc. But for now, the basics are enough. 

Here are  a basic quiz on subjunctive and a gap-fill exercise just in case you want to assess your understanding on this topic. See ya!

Top 20 Simple Korean Expressions

Suppose there’s a chart for the most widely and frequently used Korean expressions, I”ll contribute these as the nominees ^_^

  • The first is 사랑합니다 (love you): I’ve watched tons of Korean dramas and this is the word I love to hear.
  • 잘했어요 (good/great): I first knew this as I got my quiz answer sheet. I could answer almost all the questions correctly and my teacher wrote this on my answer sheet.
  • 반갑습니다 (nice to meet you): Say this when we meet someone for the first time after introduction.
  • 안녕하세요? (how’re you?):  The other version of 안녕 하십니까?
  •  실례합니다 ((excuse me): I heard this when 이수정 (하지원- in Memories of Bali) wanted to end the conversation with  정재민 (조인성)
  • 감사합니다 (thanks): It’s another version of 고맙습니다
  • 고마워() (thanks): You can leave the ending 요 or simply say 고맙다
  • 미안합니다 (sorry): the formal version of 미안해(요)
  • 어서오세요 (welcome): A host/ hostess says this to his/her guests
  • 어떻게 지내세요? (how’s it going?): Ask this to someone you haven’t met for a long time.
  • 잘지내요 (allright): this is the answer. You can say the same with interrogative intonation to ask how someone’s going.
  • 또마나요 (see you/ take care): To say good bye when we part.
  • 죄송해요 (excuse me/ pardon me-when you cause inconvenience to someone else): I saw 이수정 (하지원) says this when she meets 정재민 (조인성) at night.
  • 괜찮아요 (fine/OK) : Say this when someone just fell down or gets hurt. There’s a song in 18 vs 29 using this word as the chorus, too!
  • 안돼요 (don’t!-to prohibit someone doing something): 강하나 (played by 김아중) in 200 Pound Beauty screams this when a producer wants her to get some nose job!
  • 들어오세요 (come in): If you’re sitting inside a room, say this to someone outside to come in.
  • 들어가세요 (come in): if you’re outside of the room, and you want someone to come in, say this. 
  • 알았지 (got it?-to make sure someone agrees with you): 강혜원 (한은정) in Full House says this as she wants to make sure the hesitant 이영재(정지훈) not to stay away from her anymore.
  • 싫어 (no way/ I don’t like): After being kissed not on her free will by 정재민, 최영주 (박예진) says this.
  • ? (why)

Word Order

Hello everybody! Seems like the dawn of the new semester has broken. I know some of you are in need of some ‘grammar first aid kit’. Ok, let’s take a look at our first topic today, word order in English.
A basic notion to remember is that the simplest sentence in English may  only consist of Subject and Predicate. You might wonder, what about “Speak!!”? Is it a sentence or not? it’s a sentence because actually the sentence is :”(You) speak!!”. The subject ‘you’ is deleted as it’s already understood by its context (have you ever commanded someone who is a thousand miles away from you?)

Simply put, there’re some points I’d like to highlight here:
  • Statement/ positive sentences/ affirmatives: 

    Subject – Predicate – Object/ Complement (optional)

  • Negation/ negative sentences :   

    Subject – Predicate (auxiliary verb+ NOT) – Object/  Complement (optional)

  • Question/ interrogative sentences:  

    Question word (if any) – aux verb – Subject – main verb ?

  • Time expressions/ time signals:  

    mobile (you can place it anywhere you wish,  either the beginning or end of sentence)

  • Adverbs of manner/ place :

    the end of sentence

  • Adverbs of frequency :  

    after aux. verb/ before main verb

  • Subordinat/ subclause :   

    Subject – Predicate – Object/ Complement (optional)

Examples: 
  • Statement/ positive sentences/ affirmatives:   

    Anne is swimming.

    Anne waters the dandelion.

     Anne has become a housewife. 
  • Negation/ negative sentences :   

    Cliff wasn’t a good employee.

    Cliff’s boss hadn’t paid his wage.

    Cliff didn’t feel happy.
  • Question/ interrogative sentences:  

    Are you his fiancee?

    Whose bed is it?
    Why had (not: inf) Ariel not married Luna years ago?
  • Time expressions/ time signals:  

    Centuries ago, earth was cleaner.

    Earth is more polluted these days.
  • Adverbs of manner/ place :  

    The dark skinned boys are now sunbathing there.

    Mr. Obama works in his spacious office.
  • Adverbs of frequency :  

    Christine and I were occasionally going to movie together.

    Chris and John hardly date  gorgeous girls.
  • Subordinate/ subclause :   

    Jill and Jack broke up because Jack barely bought her jewellery. 

     

The patterns or rules  above are only the ideal way of arranging words, meaning that you can modify, improvize, add more words to your sentences. Thus, always keep in mind that these rules are not fixed.  Some improvizations are allowed as long as they’re acceptable and understandable. Always take into account the situations or circumstances you are under.  When writing formal business letters or writing a scientific paper, or deliver a formal speech, we’d better apply the rules above. Otherwise, in a more informal situation, you can overlook the rules for a while. You may find plenty of sentences in novels, poetries, casual conversations, movie dialogs that break these rules, but you can’t say they’re wrong. Because language isn’t always about right or wrong, but how skillful you are at using it according to a certain situation or context.
Basically, word order is the way we arrange words in a grammatical and acceptable (logical) way.  Read the following examples:
  1.  I have a dog.  
  2.  A dog has me.
  3.   I has a dog.
The first sentence is perfect, in terms of grammar and logic. But what about the rest? The second is grammatically flawless. The subject ‘a dog’ is a singular noun so it takes ‘has’ as its predicate. But when it comes to common sense, only a mentally disturbed or heavily drunk man has the audacity to justify the sentence.
Meanwhile, in the last sentence, you can see it has no issue of logicality, sounds fine. This sentence, however, is grammatically invalid. Everyone who knows and understands how to apply tense patterns would probably guess this sentence is made by a 3-year-old infant.
 Here is a simple exercise for you to do. For those who dare to take more ‘challenges’, why don’t you click here now?

Blackberry 9630 Tour: No WiFi, CDMA & GSM in One

Research in Motion (RIM) released a new species of its device called “Blackberry 9630 Tour”. Tour is equipped with a novel set of concepts, and above all it’s a great bargain!





BANDS
With quadband GSM (1900/1800/900/850 MHz) and dualband CDMA (800/1900 MHz), Tour is a mobile device ready to be held anywhere around the globe without worrying about the band incompatibility issue.




OPERATING SYSTEM
The type of processor embedded in Tour is able to work at 528 MHz speed; the operating system is Blackberry OS version 4.7.1, which makes Tour the first non-touch UI blackberry. In terms of system speed and stability, Tour is relatively trouble-free. To sum up, the system performance is quite impressive.


USER INTERFACE
As stated above, Tour is non touch user interface blackberry phone. Coming out with the latest version of operation system doesn’t make Tour have considerable difference from its predecessors, like Bold and Javelin.


SCREEN
When it comes to screen resolution, Tour is Javelin’s compatriot. The wide 480x 360 pixels TFT screen is 2.4 inch in width and offers 65,536 colors to spoil its users’ sight.


CAMERA
Tour has a 3.2-megapixel camera, which is armed with autofocus and flash.


DESIGN AND DIMENSION
Tour is moderate in size. Weighing 109.9 grams only and having 10.9×6×1.35 cm dimension, Tour is not a brick in your shirt pocket, though it’s actually not really light.


CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth version 2.0 and micro USB cable are the ultimate connectivity channels Tour has inside. Like what you’ve read in the title, Tour is presented without WIFI, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it has a snail-pace data transfer speed. Two provided GSM and CDMA channels are ready to work harder for you.


BLACKBERRY APPLICATIONS AND SERVICE
Push mail feature is definitely something Tour has to be proud of. Blackberry Messenger is another favorite application everyone wants to have. It enables you to access high speed chatting and file sharing. Bad news for you, the Document To Go office application is trial version only, so you must purchase the full version later.


MEMORY
Tour’s internal memory is 256 MB. You may say it’s not too spacious for your tons of files, but don’t worry it has a MicroSD card external slot.


BATTERY
Powered by a Lithium-ion 1400 mAh battery, Tour is ready to be used for about 2 days.

Blackberry 9630 Tour: No WiFi, CDMA & GSM in One

Research in Motion (RIM) released a new species of its device called “Blackberry 9630 Tour”. Tour is equipped with a novel set of concepts, and above all it’s a great bargain!





BANDS
With quadband GSM (1900/1800/900/850 MHz) and dualband CDMA (800/1900 MHz), Tour is a mobile device ready to be held anywhere around the globe without worrying about the band incompatibility issue.




OPERATING SYSTEM
The type of processor embedded in Tour is able to work at 528 MHz speed; the operating system is Blackberry OS version 4.7.1, which makes Tour the first non-touch UI blackberry. In terms of system speed and stability, Tour is relatively trouble-free. To sum up, the system performance is quite impressive.


USER INTERFACE
As stated above, Tour is non touch user interface blackberry phone. Coming out with the latest version of operation system doesn’t make Tour have considerable difference from its predecessors, like Bold and Javelin.


SCREEN
When it comes to screen resolution, Tour is Javelin’s compatriot. The wide 480x 360 pixels TFT screen is 2.4 inch in width and offers 65,536 colors to spoil its users’ sight.


CAMERA
Tour has a 3.2-megapixel camera, which is armed with autofocus and flash.


DESIGN AND DIMENSION
Tour is moderate in size. Weighing 109.9 grams only and having 10.9×6×1.35 cm dimension, Tour is not a brick in your shirt pocket, though it’s actually not really light.


CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth version 2.0 and micro USB cable are the ultimate connectivity channels Tour has inside. Like what you’ve read in the title, Tour is presented without WIFI, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it has a snail-pace data transfer speed. Two provided GSM and CDMA channels are ready to work harder for you.


BLACKBERRY APPLICATIONS AND SERVICE
Push mail feature is definitely something Tour has to be proud of. Blackberry Messenger is another favorite application everyone wants to have. It enables you to access high speed chatting and file sharing. Bad news for you, the Document To Go office application is trial version only, so you must purchase the full version later.


MEMORY
Tour’s internal memory is 256 MB. You may say it’s not too spacious for your tons of files, but don’t worry it has a MicroSD card external slot.


BATTERY
Powered by a Lithium-ion 1400 mAh battery, Tour is ready to be used for about 2 days.

LG KM 900 Arena: Stylish & Silverish Beauty with 3D Interface


Viewty,Cookie,Renoir…and now it’s time for this dainty wide-screened cell phone to shine brighter than any of its predecessors. By releasing Arena, LG seems to be quite sure about how consumers will respond to it. S-Class is what a new user interface LG tries to offer this time,and Arena is the first LG phone using this newly invented UI. Will Arena make our consumer-darling iPhone 3G lose its edge? Only time will tell.



Let’s take a look at ‘her’ features now…



BANDS
UMTS 2100, QUADBAND GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

 
DESIGN
Small, compact size is definitely a plus. And miss Arena is seemingly flawless in terms of design. The dimension is 10.59×5.53×1.2 cms, weighing 105 grams only,so it’s really phonelike, unlike the more costly,heavier,and thicker iPhone. There’s practically no keypads stretched on ‘her’ body, other than call,menu/multitasking,and end button,which don’t really look like normal buttons. The color is silverish white, or whitish silver, if one may say. Simply put, the design is simply irressistible, impeccable.

SCREEN AND TOUCH USER INTERFACE
We may see someone’s traits through his/her eyes,and we can do the same thing to cell phones. Screen is a cell phone’s eyes which tells literally anything embedded in it.
Our slim Miss Arena tries to captivate its potential users’ heart by providing the latest UI called S-Class,which is allegedly devised to compete with iPhone’s touch UI. A 16-million-colored TFT capacitive touch screen with 3 inches diagonal and 480×800 pixels density is said to be sensitive to finger press or touch, but not to stylush. And the drawback is quite classic, TFT is great under shade or indoor,but sucks outdoor.

CAMERA
Schneider Kreuznach apparently loves to cooperate with LG since their last colaboration,LG KC 550,if I’m not mistaken. A 5-MP,flash,photography-software-supported camera which satisfies even the pros. Oddly enough, this phone can play DIVX video file but only can record a 3GP video file. It can be a downside for the phone overall performance .

 
CONNECTIVITY
What I hate from LG is that LG sometimes doesn’t even care about how its users connect their phones to another gadget, by wire/cable. Our miss Arena can only be connected to your PC via LG USB cable which of course isn’t compatible with any other phones. Therefore, if you lose or break it, you have an annoying problem to solve. Data and connection lines are various. Except the conventional USB cable, you can find WI-FI,and Bluetooth A2DP.

MULTIMEDIA
Arena provides complete entertainment features ranging from FM radio to internet-based applications which you can directly use without even downloading them first.

GPS
GPS receiver is provided here, though the access is rather hard even when using the HSDPA network.

BATTERY
With 1000 mAh, the stylish Arena can last for approximately 2 days (normal usage). HSDPA,GPS,and a wide touch screen are a deadly combination to drain the battery’s energy.

LG KM 900 Arena: Stylish & Silverish Beauty with 3D Interface


Viewty,Cookie,Renoir…and now it’s time for this dainty wide-screened cell phone to shine brighter than any of its predecessors. By releasing Arena, LG seems to be quite sure about how consumers will respond to it. S-Class is what a new user interface LG tries to offer this time,and Arena is the first LG phone using this newly invented UI. Will Arena make our consumer-darling iPhone 3G lose its edge? Only time will tell.



Let’s take a look at ‘her’ features now…



BANDS
UMTS 2100, QUADBAND GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

 
DESIGN
Small, compact size is definitely a plus. And miss Arena is seemingly flawless in terms of design. The dimension is 10.59×5.53×1.2 cms, weighing 105 grams only,so it’s really phonelike, unlike the more costly,heavier,and thicker iPhone. There’s practically no keypads stretched on ‘her’ body, other than call,menu/multitasking,and end button,which don’t really look like normal buttons. The color is silverish white, or whitish silver, if one may say. Simply put, the design is simply irressistible, impeccable.

SCREEN AND TOUCH USER INTERFACE
We may see someone’s traits through his/her eyes,and we can do the same thing to cell phones. Screen is a cell phone’s eyes which tells literally anything embedded in it.
Our slim Miss Arena tries to captivate its potential users’ heart by providing the latest UI called S-Class,which is allegedly devised to compete with iPhone’s touch UI. A 16-million-colored TFT capacitive touch screen with 3 inches diagonal and 480×800 pixels density is said to be sensitive to finger press or touch, but not to stylush. And the drawback is quite classic, TFT is great under shade or indoor,but sucks outdoor.

CAMERA
Schneider Kreuznach apparently loves to cooperate with LG since their last colaboration,LG KC 550,if I’m not mistaken. A 5-MP,flash,photography-software-supported camera which satisfies even the pros. Oddly enough, this phone can play DIVX video file but only can record a 3GP video file. It can be a downside for the phone overall performance .

 
CONNECTIVITY
What I hate from LG is that LG sometimes doesn’t even care about how its users connect their phones to another gadget, by wire/cable. Our miss Arena can only be connected to your PC via LG USB cable which of course isn’t compatible with any other phones. Therefore, if you lose or break it, you have an annoying problem to solve. Data and connection lines are various. Except the conventional USB cable, you can find WI-FI,and Bluetooth A2DP.

MULTIMEDIA
Arena provides complete entertainment features ranging from FM radio to internet-based applications which you can directly use without even downloading them first.

GPS
GPS receiver is provided here, though the access is rather hard even when using the HSDPA network.

BATTERY
With 1000 mAh, the stylish Arena can last for approximately 2 days (normal usage). HSDPA,GPS,and a wide touch screen are a deadly combination to drain the battery’s energy.

Govt to attract students to natural sciences

With fewer and fewer people taking university degrees in the natural sciences, the national Education Ministry is working on ways to attract more students.

“High school graduates today are not interested in studying agriculture, animal husbandry or fishery; these majors are not popular anymore,” a senior official at the Education Ministry, Hendarman, told a discussion recently.
Some universities, he added, had even had to close their agriculture courses because not a single student wanted to take them.
The phenomenon, he said, was ironic, considering Indonesia was an agricultural country.
Academic director at the directorate general of higher education, Illah Sailah, said Monday the declining trend in people applying to major in the natural sciences had actually started in 2004.
“It will be our country’s loss if no one studies these subjects. Who will manage our natural resources then?” she said.
To address the problem, the ministry is looking at ways to attract more students to study agriculture.
“Perhaps by changing the name of the subject into something more interesting,” Hendarman said, adding that “agribusiness classes” have more participants, although they are not that different from agriculture classes.
Soil Science, Agriculture, Cultivation, and Pest and Disease majors are merged into the category of agrotechnology while Agriculture, Social Economics, and Communication and Counselingclasses are combined into the agribusiness course.
“By doing this, we aim to achieve different learning outcomes; we want graduates with general skills that are comprehensive, and not the specific skills regular agriculture classes offer now,” Illah told The Jakarta Post.
“Besides, industry requires graduates to have the skills to manage everything, from upstream to downstream, so we are trying to respond to the market’s signals,” she said.
Hendarman said a lot of agriculture or fishery graduates do not work in their specific fields of knowledge.
“Rather, most of them are now working as employees in banks, or as journalists, or in other fields,” he said, adding that Indonesia still has a high unemployment rate.
The country is seeing an increase in the number of people who have university diplomas but are unemployed. In 2008 the number increased by 42 percent to 1 million compared with the figure for 2005. Illah said that the ministry was also revitalizing the agricultural courses. “We started giving grants to 29 universities this year so they can renew or add to their educational resources and equipment,” she said, adding that each university receives between Rp 400 million (US$40,400) to Rp 900 million. Rector of the University of Indonesia Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri said his university has also seen a decline in the number of applicants for natural science majors, however he had another way to attract students. “We try to entice them by offering scholarship opportunities,” he said, without going into detail as to the number of scholars the university had accepted(source: the Jakarta Post)

Govt to attract students to natural sciences

With fewer and fewer people taking university degrees in the natural sciences, the national Education Ministry is working on ways to attract more students.

“High school graduates today are not interested in studying agriculture, animal husbandry or fishery; these majors are not popular anymore,” a senior official at the Education Ministry, Hendarman, told a discussion recently.
Some universities, he added, had even had to close their agriculture courses because not a single student wanted to take them.
The phenomenon, he said, was ironic, considering Indonesia was an agricultural country.
Academic director at the directorate general of higher education, Illah Sailah, said Monday the declining trend in people applying to major in the natural sciences had actually started in 2004.
“It will be our country’s loss if no one studies these subjects. Who will manage our natural resources then?” she said.
To address the problem, the ministry is looking at ways to attract more students to study agriculture.
“Perhaps by changing the name of the subject into something more interesting,” Hendarman said, adding that “agribusiness classes” have more participants, although they are not that different from agriculture classes.
Soil Science, Agriculture, Cultivation, and Pest and Disease majors are merged into the category of agrotechnology while Agriculture, Social Economics, and Communication and Counselingclasses are combined into the agribusiness course.
“By doing this, we aim to achieve different learning outcomes; we want graduates with general skills that are comprehensive, and not the specific skills regular agriculture classes offer now,” Illah told The Jakarta Post.
“Besides, industry requires graduates to have the skills to manage everything, from upstream to downstream, so we are trying to respond to the market’s signals,” she said.
Hendarman said a lot of agriculture or fishery graduates do not work in their specific fields of knowledge.
“Rather, most of them are now working as employees in banks, or as journalists, or in other fields,” he said, adding that Indonesia still has a high unemployment rate.
The country is seeing an increase in the number of people who have university diplomas but are unemployed. In 2008 the number increased by 42 percent to 1 million compared with the figure for 2005. Illah said that the ministry was also revitalizing the agricultural courses. “We started giving grants to 29 universities this year so they can renew or add to their educational resources and equipment,” she said, adding that each university receives between Rp 400 million (US$40,400) to Rp 900 million. Rector of the University of Indonesia Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri said his university has also seen a decline in the number of applicants for natural science majors, however he had another way to attract students. “We try to entice them by offering scholarship opportunities,” he said, without going into detail as to the number of scholars the university had accepted(source: the Jakarta Post)