The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.
Friday, June 27, 2014
On Friday, June 27th, a gas pipeline exploded approximately 350 miles east of Hyderabad, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Latest reports estimate that at least 15 people died, and several others have been injured. Gas supply to the pipeline was immediately shut off and an investigation into the cause is underway. All ISA staff and students are safe. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and will inform students of developments as needed.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in cities throughout Brazil from June 12th - July 13th. Although Florianópolis, where ISA hosts its programs, is not a World Cup host city, many students will be traveling around the country to attend World Cup games. Protests and disruptions to transportation are anticipated in many Brazilian cities during this time, and there is an increased risk of street crime. ISA students have been informed of the importance of exercising heightened vigilance and remaining aware of their surroundings at all times. Although we do not anticipate any protests to occur in Florianópolis, ISA will monitor any planned disruptions in the city and advise students accordingly. All students have been reminded that participating in protests or demonstrations is strictly forbidden by the ISA Code of Conduct.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sporadic bus strikes continue to occur in Florianópolis. A bus strike will take place starting this morning (May 28th) in downtown Florianópolis, and is expected to last for approximately 24 hours. The city government of Florianópolis is contracting van drivers to substitute for the buses, but delays and disruptions in transportation are anticipated. Students have been informed and can contact ISA staff to help them arrange alternate transportation. Although the protests are expected to remain peaceful, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and make recommendations to our students as needed.
Wednesday, May 13, 2014
A bus strike occurred on Thursday, May 8th, in downtown Florianópolis. Protesters blocked bus routes, causing delays and traffic disruptions in the downtown area. While bus transportation has returned to normal, additional protests could occur in the coming days and weeks until an agreement is reached. These protests have remained peaceful, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation and make recommendations to our students as needed.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
A bus strike began this morning, May 8th, in downtown Florianópolis. Protesters are blocking bus routes, causing delays and traffic disruptions in the downtown area. Buses are expected to be running as normal by 11am, and while the protests are anticipated to remain peaceful, ISA students have been informed of the disruptions and assisted in securing alternate transportation if needed. Students have also been reminded that it is against ISA's Code of Conduct to participate in strikes, demonstrations, or other political gatherings. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and make recommendations to our students as needed.
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