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The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide which was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering.The movement consists of several distinct organizations that are legally independent from each other, but are united within the movement through common basic principles, objectives, symbols, statutes and governing organisations. The movement's parts are: The International Committee of the Red Cross is a private humanitarian institution founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier. Its 25-member committee has a unique authority under international humanitarian law to protect the life and dignity of the victims of international and internal armed conflicts. The ICRC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on three occasions .The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was founded in 1919 and today it coordinates activities between the 188 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies within the Movement. On an international level, the Federation leads and organizes, in close cooperation with the National Societies, relief assistance missions responding to large-scale emergencies. The International Federation Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1963, the Federation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the ICRC. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies exist in nearly every country in the world. Currently 188 National Societies are recognized by the ICRC and admitted as full members of the Federation. Each entity works in its home country according to the principles of international humanitarian law and the statutes of the international Movement. Depending on their specific circumstances and capacities, National Societies can take on additional humanitarian tasks that are not directly defined by international humanitarian law or the mandates of the international Movement. In many countries, they are tightly linked to the respective national health care system by providing emergency medical services.↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ 4.0 4.1 Wikipedia.

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MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--REV Group (NYSE: REVG), a $2+ billion manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands and leading provider of parts and services, announced today that it has established a new service partnership with Ryder System, Inc., (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions. Under a Ryder SelectCare maintenance agreement, REV will leverage Ryder’s extensive maintenance network with a program designed to deliver nationwide vehicle maintenance services to the customers of REV Bus Brands, which include Collins, Champion, ElDorado, ENC, Federal, Goshen, Krystal, and World Trans. The new partnership will enable REV to offer its dealers and their customers access to a superior level of preventive and on-demand maintenance solutions at hundreds of Ryder service locations throughout the United States. This will supplement REV’s existing network of dealer service centers and its growing list of REV Technical Centers. Together with Ryder and its participating dealers, REV has created a revolutionary vehicle maintenance program for the bus industry. Under the Ryder SelectCare service agreement, REV bus customers will have access to two levels of maintenance service — SelectCare Preventive Maintenance and SelectCare On-Demand Maintenance. The preventive maintenance option gives REV bus customers access to the same scheduled maintenance programs utilized by large fleets to control costs and maximize uptime. The on-demand option gives REV customers access to Ryder service centers nationwide, so help is available when and where needed. Tim Sullivan, CEO and President of REV Group, commented, “The REV/Ryder partnership creates an industry-leading service for bus customers that no one else in the industry can offer. Coupled with our dealer network and REV Technical Centers, Ryder’s maintenance program now greatly expands our customers’ access to maintenance service, utilizing hundreds of Ryder service locations across the nation. The new partnership truly demonstrates the REV Group commitment to provide customers service before, during and after the sale.” Dennis Cooke, President of Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder, further added, “Ryder is pleased to partner with REV Group, whose vehicles, much like Ryder’s, have a positive impact on the daily lives of thousands of people. It’s essential that REV’s buses are up and running to get commuters where they need to be, both safely and efficiently. We’re happy that REV, REV dealers, and their customers can rely on us to deliver the most flexible maintenance solutions, with the most extensive network of service locations, and access to the best diesel technicians in the industry.” To learn more about the REV/Ryder 5-Star Maintenance Program, visit revgroup.com/rev-ryder-vehicle-maintenance-program. REV (NYSE: REVG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services. We serve a diversified customer base primarily in the United States through three segments: Fire & Emergency, Commercial and Recreation. We provide customized vehicle solutions for applications including: essential needs (ambulances, fire apparatus, school buses, mobility vans and municipal transit buses), industrial and commercial (terminal trucks, cut-away buses and street sweepers) and consumer leisure (recreational vehicles (“RVs”) and luxury buses). Our brand portfolio consists of 29 well-established principal vehicle brands including many of the most recognizable names within our served markets. Several of our brands pioneered their specialty vehicle product categories and date back more than 50 years. Investors-REVG Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Ryder has been named among FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. The Company is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom and social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


The AArrow Sign Spinners, the leading global sign spinning firm, have rallied its employees in markets across the nation to encourage others to donate to the relief efforts underway for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. In partnership with American Red Cross for the last 10 years, AArrow dispatches sign spinners to create awareness for relief when disaster strikes. The signs can currently be seen spinning in Houston, San Antonio, and South Florida and read: “Text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to Donate $10”. The latest outdoor advertising campaign for hurricane relief has consisted of 400 hours of sign spinning and community service and has reached more than 750,000 pedestrians and passers by on various busy street corners and intersections. As a franchise company that utilizes youth between the ages of 16-24 to provide a unique form of advertising to businesses internationally, AArrow Advertising has offices in Houston and throughout Florida. While many sign spinners in those markets have personally been affected and lost homes and belongings, it has not stopped their will to help others. The company also has banded together to help send supplies such as clothing, toiletries, food and more from its other locations to support its staff and their families that have recently been displaced by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. “With more than 2,800 employees in more than 10 countries, we want to do our part to make a difference,” AArrow CEO Max Durovic said. “Whether that is helping a member of the AArrow family, helping a stranger, or helping to raise awareness for the good work American Red Cross is doing to help those who need it most, we are proud and humbled to play a small part in doing good and giving back.” If you would like to support AArrow Advertising and American Red Cross visit: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. AArrow Advertising is a dynamic, social-entrepreneurial corporation committed to youth employment, education, economic development and humanitarian advancement. Click here for the latest press releases and up-to-date news on guerrilla marketing and advertising trends. To learn more about how your business can increase its customer base while driving more revenue, call AArrow Advertising at 323.944.2002 or email info@AArrowSignSpinners.com.


News Article | September 15, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tampa-based Kforce Inc., a leading professional staffing services and solutions firm that provides strategic partnership in the areas of Technology, Finance & Accounting and Government, announced today that it will be donating $100 for every new consultant it places on an assignment, up to $1 million. Its pledge will support the ongoing recovery efforts from the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Kforce is partnering with the American Red Cross to allocate donations specifically to assist the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Kforce is also engaged in putting those displaced from their jobs due to the hurricanes back to work quickly and in quality positions. Kforce clients are encouraged to support this effort. “The Kforce family has been personally affected by both Harvey and Irma and we know our family isn’t the only one still recovering. We understand that it takes time to come back from something like this, which is why we are making a long-term commitment to continued relief. We are relieved that our corporate headquarters in Tampa was not impacted by the storm and that all systems continue to function normally for our people and clients,” said Kforce Chairman and CEO, David Dunkel. The American Red Cross has established a Kforce page to accept donations from others wishing to contribute. A link to this page can be found on Kforce.com. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our amazing donors, such as Kforce, as we work across Red Cross societies, with community partners and volunteers on the ground to help people affected by Hurricane Irma,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Hurricane Irma is described as the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record—making contributions from our partners even more critical to help us provide food, shelter and the necessary emergency relief supplies to ensure people are safe and cared for during this difficult time, as well as through the relief and recovery process.” Dunkel continued, “We are so grateful for the safety of our associates and consultants, and will do what we can to help rebuild the lives, homes, and communities of those impacted. Stewardship and community support are at the core of who we are as a firm.” Kforce (Nasdaq:KFRC) is an award-winning professional staffing services and solutions firm that provides strategic partnership in the areas of Technology, Finance & Accounting and Government. Our name stands for KnowledgeForce® which describes the experience we’ve gained since 1962 and the 23,000 highly skilled professionals we engage annually. The customer-centric Kforce Knowledge Staffing Process allows for high-touch, relationship-driven results backed by progressive technologies. Each year, our network of over 60 offices and two national recruiting centers provides opportunities across 4,000 companies, including 70% of the Fortune 100. At Kforce, We love what we do. We love who we serve®. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


The American Red Cross provides emergency support, shelter, food, and comfort for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. The hurricanes left a trail of destruction in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. The great work of the American Red Cross will help the people of affected areas recover and get them back on their feet in the challenging weeks and months ahead. The important work the American Red Cross does to help Americans during their time of need is something the TowerPoint team is honored to support. The TowerPoint team believes good corporate citizenship is key to developing a successful organization. To learn more about the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief, click here. To learn more about TowerPoint Capital's philanthropic initiatives, click here. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American National Red Cross is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. TowerPoint Capital is a leading institutional investor in and manager of wireless real estate across the United States. Since 2007, we have created long-term value for our landlord and corporate partners by emphasizing the company's core values — Knowledge, Professionalism, Integrity, Partnership. TowerPoint's leadership team possesses fifty years of combined experience, having invested in (or financed) over $1 billion in telecommunications infrastructure and real estate-related assets. TowerPoint is headquartered in Atlanta, GA with satellite offices around the US.


Patent
Red Cross and Zenoaq Resource Co. | Date: 2017-09-20

An object of the present invention is to provide (i) a cryopreservation solution which can be used for cryopreserving umbilical cord blood, peripheral blood, and a component containing hematopoietic stem cells derived from any one of these types of blood and which has characteristics suitable for various utilization forms and (ii) use of the cryopreservation solution. In a cryopreservation method in accordance with the present invention, a cryopreservation solution containing a cryoprotectant and glucose is mixed with umbilical cord blood or peripheral blood, and a mixture thus obtained is frozen.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-EID | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.32M | Year: 2016

Mental health disorders afflict more than one-third of the EUs population each year with an annual economic cost to the EU of 432 billion. The COllaborative Network for Training and EXcellence in psychoTraumatology (CONTEXT) is an international, interdisciplinary European Industrial Doctorate (EID) designed to address deficiencies in psychotraumatology training and innovation. A key feature of CONTEXT is the minimum 50% secondment of each ESR to the non-academic sector. Consistent with the requirements of an EID, this component grants ESRs access to populations not otherwise accessible in standard doctoral training programmes. This design will facilitate a new cohort of researchers and practitioners who can translate research into practice, thereby mitigating the impact of psychotrauma in the EU. The goal of CONTEXT is to develop a high quality, innovative research training programme to build capacity and expertise, and foster innovative practice and social enterprise in the area of psychotraumatology. The nine beneficiaries of CONTEXT represent a diverse, interconnected, intersectoral consortium, well placed to collaboratively train and supervise the 12 ESRs. Three interconnected research work packages, each targeting a priority population in Europe (EU-based asylum seekers and refugees, WP3; emergency-service personnel and humanitarian first-responders, WP4; and victims and perpetrators of childhood- and gender-based violence, WP5), address current and emergent skill and professional deficiencies that are essential in curbing the adverse social consequences of trauma-related psychological distress within the EU. CONTEXT enjoys significant support and commitment from highly regarded, international stakeholders and influencers at the political, scientific, and professional level.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC1-PM-21-2016 | Award Amount: 7.58M | Year: 2017

STRENGTHS aims to provide effective community-based health care implementation strategies to scale-up the delivery and uptake of effective mental health interventions in different country contexts. The current refugee crisis across Europe and the Middle East effects both individual refugees psychological well-being, as they face extreme stressors in their flight from their home country, but also has large effects on the healthcare systems of countries housing refugees. In reponse to this crisis, the STRENGTHS project aims to provide a framework for scaling-up the delivery and uptake of effective community-based mental health strategies to address the specific needs of refugees within and outside Europes borders. STRENGTHS will outline necessary steps needed to integrate evidence based low-intensity psychological interventions for common mental disorders into health systems in Syrias surrounding countries taking up the majority of refugees (Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan), a LMIC (Egypt) and European countries (Germany, Switzerland the Netherlands and Sweden). The consortium is a unique partnership between academics, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international agencies and local partners with the responsibility to provide and scale-up evidence-based mental health and psychosocial support interventions for refugees. Key preparatory steps in the local political, regulatory and governance processes for uptake and scaling-up of the intervention and key contextual and system-related factors for integration will be validated for the real-life impact on the responsiveness of the system. The low-intensity interventions and training materials will be adapted and implemented in Syrian refugees within Syrias surrounding countries taking up the majority of refugees (Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan), a LMIC (Egypt) and European countries (Germany, Switzerland the Netherlands and Sweden). STRENGTHS will disseminate and promote buy-in of a validated framework for large-scale implementation of the low intensity interventions to providers of health and social services, policy makers and funding agencies.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SEC-2013.4.1-1 | Award Amount: 46.27M | Year: 2014

DRIVER starts from the experience that neither successful R&D nor strong end-user demand always lead to innovation in the Crisis Management (CM) domain. This is a problem since as societies become more complex, increasing scope and unpredictability of potential crises and faster dynamics of major incidents put increasingly stringent demands on CM. European CM capabilities already constitute a mature System of Systems; hence wholesale redesign would often be too costly and might critically destabilise existing CM capabilities. Therefore DRIVER focuses on augmenting rather than replacing existing capabilities and will aim at producing a comprehensive, well-balanced and cost-effective Portfolio of CM tools exploiting high potential RTD work from the last decade, not least in FP7 and FP6 projects. This portfolio will address not only needs of professional responders but also of society at large. DRIVER will carry out experimentation campaigns in three strands: tools and methods for responders, resilience of civil society and learning by both. The intra-strand experimentation leads into two Joint Experiment campaigns and a Final Demo focusing on challenges requiring highly complex interaction between CM tools. To evaluate and benchmark these CM tools, a strong evidence base for tool selection is crucial; to this end DRIVER will build a distributed European CM Test-bed, itself a major innovation. To maximise impact beyond the scope of the project and of the DRIVER consortium it is necessary to develop the sustainability of the European Test-bed, the exploitation of the DRIVER Portfolio of Tools and to make emerge a European CM community, which shares a common CM understanding and is increasingly willing to share capabilities and collaborate in CM innovation. These three objectives need and feed each other, thus developing Europes ability to continue adapting its CM capabilities to emerging needs long after the project end.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: DRS-09-2014 | Award Amount: 3.03M | Year: 2015

Significant challenges exist towards strengthening the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) communities for coherent, mutually reinforcing and pragmatic planning and action. PLACARD seeks to support the coordination of these two communities. PLACARD will tackle current challenges by 1) providing a common space where CCA and DRR communities can come together, share experiences and create opportunities for collaboration; 2) facilitating communication and knowledge exchange between both communities; and 3) supporting the coordination and coherence of CCA and DRR research, policy and practice. PLACARDs approach to achieving these goals is to establish a strong and operational network of networks by connecting to existing networks and boundary organisations, to foster dialogue among stakeholders (e.g. researchers, research funders, policymakers, practitioners) engaged in CCA and DRR at the international, European, national and sub-national scales. This overarching network will enable these communities to share knowledge, to discuss challenges and to jointly co-produce options to bridge the gaps they experience. It will support the development and implementation of a research and innovation agenda to make better use of research funding, as well as to develop guidelines to strengthen relevant institutions in their efforts to mainstream CCA and DRR. PLACARD will evolve iteratively, learning from the different processes and experiences with the stakeholders, and being flexible and responsive to changing needs. PLACARD will be supported by an online platform that builds upon and links existing CCA and DRR platforms to streamline the dissemination and communication of CCA and DRR activities. PLACARD Consortium is built around the leadership of a number of key European institutions experienced in CCA and DRR policy and practice, and UN organizations leading and engaged inpost-2015 agendas.


Non-haemolytic transfusion reactions are the most common type of transfusion reaction and include transfusion-related acute lung injury, transfusion-associated circulatory overload, allergic reactions, febrile reactions, post-transfusion purpura and graft-versus- host disease. Although life-threatening anaphylaxis occurs rarely, allergic reactions occur most frequently. If possible, even mild transfusion reactions should be avoided because they add to patients' existing suffering. During the last decade, several new discoveries have been made in the field of allergic diseases and transfusion medicine. First, mast cells are not the only cells that are key players in allergic diseases, particularly in the murine immune system. Second, it has been suggested that immunologically active undigested or digested food allergens in a donor's blood may be transferred to a recipient who is allergic to these antigens, causing anaphylaxis. Third, washed platelets have been shown to be effective for preventing allergic transfusion reactions, although substantial numbers of platelets are lost during washing procedures, and platelet recovery after transfusion may not be equivalent to that with unwashed platelets. This review describes allergic transfusion reactions, including the above-mentioned points, and focusses on their incidence, pathogenesis, laboratory tests, prevention and treatment. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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