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Ernesto Passes through the Yucatán

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ernesto Passes through the Yucatán

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded Hurricane Ernesto to a tropical storm as it made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula last night. Tropical storm Ernesto passed across the peninsula at Majahual, an ecological resort south of Cancun and southeast of Mérida, where the IFSA-Butler program is located. Our onsite resident director confirmed that Mérida only experienced constant rain and winds. The IFSA-Butler Mérida program will run as planned with students arriving on August 15.

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Hurricane Ernesto to make landfall in the Yucatán

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hurricane Ernesto to make landfall in the Yucatán

Tropical Storm Ernesto, headed toward the Mexico-Belize border region of the Yucatán Peninsula, has been recently upgraded to a category 1 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for the northern peninsula, where the IFSA-Butler Mérida program is located, and a hurricane watch for the southern part of the peninsula. Ernesto is estimated to make landfall later this evening and weaken as it travels across the Yucatán. IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor Ernesto’s progress and provide relevant updates. The IFSA-Butler fall semester program in Mérida is scheduled to begin on August 15.

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Small Volcanic Eruption on New Zealand's North Island

Monday, August 06, 2012

IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring the unexpected volcanic eruption that took place on New Zealand's North Island this morning at 7:50 a.m. ET (11:50 p.m. in New Zealand). This small eruption was the first in over 100 years for Mt. Tongariro, which is located over 100 miles from the North Island cities of Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington. Students have been notified by our resident staff to avoid the central part of the North Island as there are many road closures due to volcanic ash and poor visibility. Classes and university activities are running according to schedule as the volcanic eruption did not disrupt daily life in any of the IFSA-Butler program locations.

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Feel free to contact IFSA-Butler at 800-858-0229 if you have any questions or concerns.

Newly Elected Egyptian Officials Work to Maintain Peace

Mohamed Morsi, the president-elect of Egypt, has announced groundbreaking leadership appointments in an effort to maintain peace and diversity in the country. Morsi announced this week that he will choose both a woman and a Coptic Christian for top government positions, something that has never before happened in Egypt.

Click here to read more about Morsi and his announcement.

Unrest in Egypt Following Supreme Court Rulings

IFSA-Butler is monitoring events in Egypt after several rulings today triggered protests and demonstrations.

Egypt's Supreme Court ruled that last year's elected parliament was unconstitutional and stated that one third of the seats in parliament were invalid. There are also rumors that the military will be granted power over the country for legislative purposes. In addition, the court ruled that former President Mubarek's prime minister will be allowed to run in a presidential runoff election.

These rulings and the rumor about miliary rule have caused some unrest in the country. IFSA-Butler spring students have already returned home, and our fall program does not begin until September. We will continue to keep our audiences updated on this situation as necessary.

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