Land Rover has been testing the new Defender in some of the world's harshest climates ahead of the upcoming model's debut at the Frankfurt motor show. This means visiting just about every corner of the globe to make sure the new SUV stands up to every sort of terrain and climate. And if there is one organization that works in the most remote areas in nearly every country and must be able to cross the most challenging terrain to accomplish its mission all over the globe, it's the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The British automaker has partnered with the Red Cross since 1954, dating back to the era of Series I Land Rovers, ensuring that the medical aid and relief organization could operate in countries that often had a very limited network of paved roads. Fleet experts from the IFRC took the new Defender prototype to Jebel Jais highway in the United Arab Emirates for hot weather testing on and off road, in soft sand with temperatures well … [Read more...] about The new Land Rover Defender is testing with the Red Cross
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Australian solitude at its best. This is Part 2 of our exploration of the Australian Red Centre with a Toyota Prado which we baptised Omar. You can see Part 1 taking us from Sydney to Birdsville here. After a half-day of rest in Birdsville we set our sights on Boulia for Day 3 of this adventure and Alice Springs on Day 4 via the (very) lonesome Plenty Highway, which is actually a highway only by name. We have now entered some of the most isolated parts of Australia, and as this exploration happened in late February this year it is also the hottest time of the year. A perfect torture test for Omar our Prado. Our itinerary for leg 2 of this trip / roadsigns leaving Birdsville. When I say isolated, I actually mean it and having grown up in Europe it is sometimes hard to wrap your head around the fact that the towns indicated on the road sign above are actually the only towns around. On my way to Bedourie traversing an eerily white rocky landscape (see below), I crossed only three … [Read more...] about Australian Red Centre vs. Toyota Prado – Part 2: Birdsville to Alice Springs
Since 1881, the American Red Cross has been completely focused on humanitarian relief. More than 95 percent of the Red Cross' staff is made up of volunteers, and over a million people volunteer every year [ref]. While the American Red Cross is one of the world's largest aid organizations, it is only one branch of a worldwide movement dedicated to providing relief to victims of disasters and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. In this article, we'll learn about the functions of the American Red Cross and how it provides all of its services. We'll also discuss the history of the American Red Cross and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. … [Read more...] about How the American Red Cross Works
Wildlife crossings go under or over roadways so animals don't have to cross paths with human traffic. Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images Humans have created plenty of structures to ensure our efficient travels, from bridges to tunnels. But hey — nonhuman animals need help getting from point A to B, too, especially in high-traffic areas. Man-made overpasses, underpasses, bridges, tunnels and ramps around the world provide pathways for creatures to move safely about. Recently, ducklings and goslings too small to make their way up and over the cement edges of Indianapolis, Indiana's downtown canal perished. That's when a few city officials came to the rescue and installed little wooden ramps, leading those babies in and out of the water without harm. Wildlife crossings (as seen in the video above) help conserve habitats and prevent collisions with human traffic, so they're pretty important. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration even … [Read more...] about Wildlife Bridges Around the World Are Helping Deer and Crabs Cross Roads Safely
Dr. Ann Schneider holds up the half-pint of blood that black Lab Jackson just donated at the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank in Severna Park, Maryland. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images A few years ago, Bethany Schultz's dog, Chopper, was diagnosed with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, a condition where the dog's immune system destroys its own red blood cells. Although Chopper's bone marrow was producing an adequate number of red cells, once they were released into the blood stream, the dog's immune system attacked and killed them as if they were an infection or virus. Not sure what to do, Schultz walked into IndyVet in Indianapolis, where doctors there gave Chopper four blood transfusions. The transfusions helped. Schultz was so happy that she decided that her other dog, Zaha, should become a blood donor. Schultz told her story to the local Indianapolis ABC affiliate, boasting that Zaha was her superhero. The dog, it turns out, is a universal donor and now gives blood monthly. Zaha … [Read more...] about Does Rover Have a “Red Cross”?