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Earth Tremors in Chile

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Over the past 24 hours, Chile has experienced a series of tremors in the central coastal region of the country. The tremors have ranged from 3.0 to 5.4 on the Richter Scale, but they have not caused any damage in Valparaíso or Santiago. There is no current tsunami alert for the Chilean coastline.

All students on IFSA-Butler programs in Chile are accounted for and attending class as regularly scheduled. IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

 
IFSA-Butler Response to Argentine Economic Concerns

February 19, 2014

IFSA-Butler has received queries from parents and study abroad advisors about the current economy of Argentina and whether the country's financial issues may negatively affect a student's study abroad experience.

It is correct that the value of the Argentine peso has fallen from 6 pesos to the U.S. dollar to 8 pesos per dollar since January. In addition, the country has seen large-scale demonstrations related to economic concerns.

However, these recent developments have not caused widespread political instability or financial collapse, and Argentina's national government continues to function normally. Moreoever, Argentina's unemployment rate is 6 percent, compared to much higher rates in some European countries that nevertheless remain extremely popular as destinations for study abroad.

IFSA-Butler's resident staff in Buenos Aires and Mendoza work to place students with host families who live in very secure areas. In the unlikely event that Argentina would experience serious economic or political turmoil, the areas where our students live would likely remain very safe, and students would also be able to rely on IFSA-Butler's resident staff and 24 hour safety network for assistance.

IFSA-Butler is confident that Argentina will remain politically and economically stable and provide an amazing opportunity to students who want an authentic cultural experience in Latin America. Students, parents and advisors who still have questions or concerns about Argentina are welcome to contact the following IFSA-Butler directors:

 
Severe Weather in U.K., Ireland

February 12, 2014

IFSA-Butler continues to monitor severe weather affecting the majority of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Students in Cork and Limerick have been instructed to remain indoors due to hurricane force winds that have caused power outages and transportation delays. Persistent rain has also caused flooding and transportation issues in southwestern England and Wales.

We have reminded all students to follow any emergency instructions set forth by the universities and local authorities. Students can also contact the IFSA-Butler resident staff should they have questions or need assistance.

Please see the following media outlets for further information.:

BBC

Irish Times

 
U.K. Hit by Strong Storms

Thursday, December 15, 2013

Strong storms have swept across the United Kingdom, with gale force winds up to 100 mph blowing across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The storms have caused delays in public transportation and flights, as well as power outages.

The storms appear to be diminishing in strength as they move southeast. The IFSA-Butler Scotland and Ireland resident staff have confirmed that all students are accounted for, and they have advised students to remain indoors until the storms die down.

For more information:

BBC News

 
Rockets Fired into Israel from Gaza

November 14, 2013

Early this morning, news reports say that two rockets were fired into Israel, landing in open fields close to the city of Ofakim, approximately 15 miles east of Gaza and 45 miles southwest of Jerusalem. In response, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) launched a limited air raid campaign, destroying two underground rocket launchers in Gaza. IDF ground troops also entered the Gaza Strip. The al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Tensions between the Gaza Strip and Israel have slightly increased over the last month, resulting in an increase in militant attacks from the Gaza Strip into the immediate surrounding region. Faltering peace negotiations and yesterday's marking of the one-year anniversary of the November 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense are believed to be part of the cause. As a result, heightened tensions between the two entities may continue for several more weeks. The IDF is likely to continue responding with force should any future incidents occur.

All IFSA-Butler students are prohibited from traveling to the Gaza Strip and the immediate vicinity due to the high risk associated with the region. At this time, Jerusalem is still considered to be at a low-risk of any militant activity. Travel throughout Israel is permitted, but students must inform the IFSA-Butler student services coordinator and Hebrew University international staff of their travel plans. Students are also asked to always keep their cell phones on in case an emergency arises during their travels. Additionally, the IFSA-Butler and Hebrew University program orientations discussed at length personal safety measures in Israel.

IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as needed. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. For further information, see the following media outlets:

 
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