In a Nov. 20 press release, the University announced its decision to suspend Hong Kong study abroad programming for the 2020 spring semester, citing concerns for student safety as violence surrounding pro-democracy protests in the region has escalated. Fourteen students had planned to study at one of Notre Dame’s three Hong Kong study abroad programs, based at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Following the announcement, Notre Dame International (NDI) worked with affected students to offer them alternative study abroad experiences at different sites around the world, said Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.Cristina Interiano | The Observer “We are always monitoring events around the world. Our first and primary responsibility is to make sure our students are safe,” he said.Hong Zhu, senior director of global education, said this semester, one Notre Dame student was studying abroad in Hong Kong. As the protests escalated and began to disrupt classes, the institution the student was studying at, HKUST, announced it was allowing international students to leave early and complete their classes online. Zhu said NDI gave the student the option to either leave early or finish the semester in Hong Kong. The student ultimately opted to leave early, she said.Pippenger said the student’s return led NDI to have “a natural discussion” about the study abroad program in the spring, and the issue was considered from multiple angles.“We watched the events unfold in Hong Kong, and we saw that the protests and the government’s response to the protests was getting closer and closer to the heart of the university communities there,” he said. “We looked to see what was going on in the global education community with our peer institutions to see whether or not they were closing their programs and getting a sense of where and why.”Of the three Hong Kong universities affiliated with Notre Dame, only HKUST decided not to accept international students for the spring semester, but Notre Dame chose to suspend programming for all three institutions, Zhu said.“Based on all these facts, together we decided the best decision is to suspend all of them, not just one, and then try to place [the Notre Dame students] in other locations when it is still possible,” she said. “There’s too much uncertainty to continue in 2020 with the situation in Hong Kong and with what we have benchmarked.”The 14 students who had committed to the Hong Kong program for the spring semester were given four options for alternative study abroad sites. Zhu said six students chose to study in Galway, Ireland, four chose Rome, one chose Jerusalem and no one chose São Paulo. Three students opted to stay on campus for the spring semester. Although the official deadlines for enrollment in the other programs has passed, all students who chose an alternative site were enrolled in their program of choice within a week of the decision.Pippenger said Notre Dame’s decision to suspend the Hong Kong study abroad program came after Duke, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and other American institutions suspended their study abroad programs for the semester.The decision to suspend the program currently applies to only the spring 2020 semester, Pippenger said.“We would look jointly at what’s going on later in the spring to see if we would suspend the program again in the fall or if we would reopen it,” he said.Pippenger said NDI has cancelled study abroad programs in the past, such as a program in Egypt during the Arab Spring and a program in Japan following the 2011 earthquake, but neither he nor Zhu recalled a cancellation during either of their times with NDI.Junior Bradley Batas is one of the students who had planned to study abroad in Hong Kong in the spring. Batas said he and the other students planning to study in Hong Kong were informed of the suspension by email Nov. 16.“We didn’t really expect it to be officially cancelled, but we kind of had the feeling in the back of our minds that if things do get any worse, with all the things happening in the news, it was definitely a possibility,” he said. “It kind of did make things a pain, looking back at all the preparation we did, the flights that I booked, all the excitement which ended up building up, and then to have that all falling down in one day. At the same time, we got placed in other programs, so things kind of worked out.”Batas said he will be studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, next semester.Tags: Hong Kong, Notre Dame International, study abroad
The 24-year-old was thrown straight in at the deep end by the Reds boss on Sunday, who started the striker from the outset at Tottenham six days after arriving from AC Milan. Liverpool comfortably triumphed 3-0 despite Balotelli missing a host of chances, but Gerrard saw enough to be confident he will have a big impact at Anfield. “With all due respect to Manchester City and AC Milan, Mario is going to get a different kind of support here,” the Reds captain said. “These are the best fans in the world and traditionally they always get behind our strikers. I’ve told him it’s there for him. “If he plays well and works hard for these supporters, they’ll get behind him. He won’t have experienced support like that he’s about to get. “He’s a big, strong lad. He held it up terrifically well. All eyes were on him and I thought he was a terrific team player. “He did a lot of ugly work for the team and showed some really good touches. You’ve got to remember that he’s only had three lots of 45 minutes in pre-season, so with game time and getting used to the manager and players around him, he’s going to be a terrific player for us.” Balotelli was replaced just after the hour mark at White Hart Lane, by which point the three points were secure. Raheem Sterling swept home after just eight minutes, before a Gerrard penalty and solo goal by Alberto Moreno in the second half secured another dominant win against Spurs. Steven Gerrard is confident Mario Balotelli will become a “terrific player” for Liverpool and expects the club’s fans to welcome him. Moreno’s goal was particularly impressive as he dispossessed substitute Andros Townsend and raced the length of the Spurs half to unleash a fine low drive past Hugo Lloris. “I’m just glad we got the signing over the line because I had watched him quite a bit for Sevilla,” Gerrard said of the left-back, speaking to the club’s official website, www.liverpoolfc.com. “I had watched YouTube clips of him and I knew he was a flier, quick and very aggressive with and without the ball. “He showed his aggression with the ball today with a terrific run and the finish at the end of it was just pure quality. “If a Real Madrid or Barcelona player did that, everybody would be getting carried away. Give him credit – that was a top goal.” Press Association In need of another striker following the exit of star man Luis Suarez, the Reds last week plumped for a shock move for the maverick Italian. Arriving in a cut-price £16million just 18 months after leaving the Barclays Premier League, Brendan Rodgers said Balotelli was a “risk worth taking”, but admitted the player was facing his “last chance” to thrive at the top level.
If you have some extra cash laying around and you’re looking for a new place to call home, consider this.The expansive waterfront Palm Beach estate and New York City townhome of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein are on the market, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.His Palm Beach compound, which is located at 358 El Brillo Way, is reportedly listed for almost $22 million by Kerry Warwick of the Corcoran Group.Meanwhile, Epstein’s townhome on 71st street in Manhattan is going for $88 million.Epstein purchased the Palm Beach property, which was built in 1952, for a mere $2.5 million back in 1990.“The proceeds of the home sales will go to his estate, which recently established a compensation fund to adjudicate claims from alleged victims of Mr. Epstein outside of court,” the Journal reported Thursday. “An attorney for the estate’s executors said the proceeds will be subject to claims on the estate, including those by tax authorities, creditors and claimants.”Epstein was initially booked into jail in Palm Beach County in 2006, after police said he had sex with underage girls whom he paid for massage sessions at the house in Palm Beach.Two years later, he entered a controversial plea deal that led to his conviction on two state felony counts that included solicitation of a minor.Photo courtesy: Corcoran GroupIn 2011, ownership of the Palm Beach property was transferred from Epstein’s name to an entity named Laurel Inc., a company with ties to the U.S. Virgin Islands.The West Indies-style house is on a lot measuring nearly three-quarters of an acre with 170 feet of lakefront, according to records kept by the county property appraiser’s office.“I believe the past ownership of the property (at 358 El Brillo Way) will bear no relationship to its future,” Warwick told the Wall Street Journal. “The location and what can be done with it is really what matters.”Meanwhile, the New York City townhouse is located on “one of the most prestigious blocks in the city, East 71st Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues, close to the Frick Collection museum,” the Journal reported.The Neoclassical-style mansion has seven floors and about 28,000 square feet of space.The Palm Beach house has been the target of graffiti at least twice during the past year. Earlier this month the words “Gone But Not Forgiven” were painted on one of its two gates. Graffiti was also reported there in August 2019.The Journal reports that Epstein’s other assets, including an apartment in Paris and a ranch in Mexico, will soon be on the market as well.