Fighters appeal for evacuation of wounded from Mariupol mill
Fighters of the Azov Regiment, the Ukrainian unit holed up in the besieged Azovstal steel mill in the devastated port city of Mariupol, have released photos of their wounded comrades in arms who they say are in the plant, along with an appeal to the United Nations and Red Cross to arrange for their evacuationwashingtonpost.com
The world wants to help Ukraine. But organizations delivering humanitarian aid face major obstacles.
Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities and key supply routes — as well as the sheer scale of the humanitarian needs — are hindering the ability of international organizations to deliver aid.washingtonpost.com
International aid reaches Tonga with clean water, supplies
Aid flights from Australia, Japan and New Zealand carrying food, water, medical supplies and telecommunications equipment landed in Tonga over the weekend, as the Pacific nation grapples with the aftermath of an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami.
South Lake Tahoe residents begin cautious return as nearly half-contained Caldor Fire burns nearby
On Sunday, South Lake Tahoe’s evacuation order was downgraded, allowing around 22,000 people who had been forced to evacuate because of the Caldor Fire to return home. Nearby communities had downgraded their warnings a day earlier.washingtonpost.com
Nigerian parents excited by return of 2 abducted schoolgirls
Seven years after Boko Haram extremists abducted more than 270 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria, two of the more than 100 still being held by the rebels returned this month, renewing the hope of parents who have all but given up on the long wait for the return of their childrenwashingtonpost.com
Red Cross warns Indonesia faces coronavirus catastrophe
Indonesia needs to urgently increase medical care, testing and vaccinations as the number of new infections in the country has rapidly increased and left it “on the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe,” the Red Cross said Tuesday. The group said its coronavirus hospital in Bogor, outside of Jakarta, was “overflowing” and emergency tents had been set up to be able to house more patients. “We are seeing record number of infections, but every statistic is a person who is suffering, grieving or struggling to support the people they love," Sudirman Said, secretary general of Indonesian Red Cross, said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Here’s how to help tornado victims in Naperville, where victims can get help and how scams can be avoided
Roundup of information on how people can help Naperville and Woodridge tornado victims, services that area available to tornado victims and advice on how tornado victims can avoid being scammed.chicagotribune.com
Red Cross, American Cancer Society urge blood, platelet donations as cancer treatments resume
The American Red Cross and American Cancer Society have partnered to promote blood and platelet donations nationwide in the wake of the resumption of cancer treatments as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes in the United States.chicagotribune.com
Colombian rebel group says it captured 8 Venezuela soldiers
A Colombian rebel group that has been fighting against the Venezuelan army since March, said in a letter addressed to the International Committee of the Red Cross that it has captured eight Venezuelan soldiers, and is trying to find a way to hand them over to human rights groupswashingtonpost.com
Colombian rebel group says it captured 8 Venezuela soldiers
A Colombian rebel group that has been fighting against the Venezuelan army since March, said in a letter addressed to the International Committee of the Red Cross that it has captured eight Venezuelan soldiers and is trying to find a way to hand them over to human rights groups. The Red Cross confirmed on Tuesday that it had received the letter, but said it cannot comment further because that would compromise its humanitarian work. In the letter – which was also published online by Fundaredes, a Venezuelan human rights organization -- the group known as the Martin Villa 10th Front said that it captured the soldiers on April 23 during a battle in Venezuela's Apure state.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar killing continues as U.S. suspends all trade following bloodiest weekend since coup
Thousands of people have reportedly fled across the border from Myanmar into neighboring Thailand after the bloodiest weekend the country has seen since the February 1 military coup. Activists and monitoring groups have said at least 114 civilians were killed on Saturday alone, with thousands more taken into custody. Another witness said security forces were using grenades in one Yangon neighborhood to clear street barricades set up by the demonstrators. We are horrified by the bloodshed perpetrated by Burmese security forces, showing that the junta will sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few. "The United States strongly condemns the Burmese security forces' brutal violence against civilians.cbsnews.com
Junior League of Roanoke Valley partners with Red Cross for blood drive
ROANOKE, Va. – Dozens of people spent their Saturday donating blood to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. The Junior League of Roanoke Valley partnered with the Red Cross of Southwest Virginia for its annual blood drive. The event is especially significant this year because many annual blood drives have been canceled, including all of the Red Cross’s mobile blood drives. Donors such as Mike Hill said the pandemic offered even more inspiration to give blood. “A lot of people have been going through a rough time,” said Hill.
Junior League of Roanoke Valley and Red Cross partnering for blood drive
ROANOKE, Va. – The Red Cross has a crucial need for blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic and a Roanoke service organization is doing what it can to fill the gap. Junior League of the Roanoke Valley is partnering with the Red Cross of Southwest Virginia for a blood drive at the latter’s Church Avenue headquarters on Saturday. In addition to donating blood, the Red Cross can also test blood for COVID-19 antibodies, which indicate if the donor has contracted COVID-19. Junior League Executive Vice President-elect Jessie Coffman hopes people jump at the chance to be selfless with their health. “My mom is a nurse and my husband had several lung transfusions as a child, so I understand the need,” Coffman said.
Greece: Thousands spend night outdoors after powerful quake
Red Cross distribute food to local residents after an earthquake in Damasi village, central Greece, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 6.0 struck central Greece Wednesday and was also felt in neighboring Albania and North Macedonia, and as far as Kosovo and Montenegro. (AP Photo/Vaggelis Kousioras)ATHENS – Fearful of returning to their homes, thousands of people in central Greece were spending the night outdoors late Wednesday after a powerful earthquake, felt across the region, damaged homes and public buildings. The shallow, magnitude-6.0 quake struck near the central city of Larissa. Ad___ Elena Becatoros and Theodora Tongas in Athens, Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey contributed.
Blood drives begin across Southwest Virginia
ROANOKE, Va – The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations to help fulfill an increase in need caused by the pandemic. Winter months and flu season are typically the busiest time of year for the Red Cross and that need has only gotten higher as the pandemic goes on. Staff members with the American Red Cross said a small blood donation could save another person’s life. There are several blood drives set to happen in our area in the coming weeks. Upcoming blood donation opportunities (Feb. 2-15)Bedford CountyBedford2/8/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bedford County Gym, 1059 Turning Point RdMoneta2/4/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., YMCA Smith Mountain Lake, 293 First Watch DriveAdBotetourt CountyDaleville2/11/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Botetourt Family YMCA, 115 Shenandoah AvenueFincastle2/2/2021: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fincastle Baptist Church, 7330.
Red Cross in need of blood donors amid COVID pandemic
ROANOKE, Va – The American Red Cross is asking for blood to help fulfill an increase in need caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Winter months and flu season are typically the busiest time of year for the organization and that need has on grown as the pandemic continues. There are several blood drives set to happen in our area in the coming weeks. Upcoming blood donation opportunities (Feb. 1-15)Bedford CountyBedford2/8/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bedford County Gym, 1059 Turning Point RdMoneta2/4/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., YMCA Smith Mountain Lake, 293 First Watch DriveBotetourt CountyDaleville2/11/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Botetourt Family YMCA, 115 Shenandoah AvenueFincastle2/2/2021: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fincastle Baptist Church, 7330. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Dec. 7 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Illinois health officials on Monday announced 8,691 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 90 additional fatalities. AdvertisementSimilar testing will occur at other prisons when an outbreak inside the facility is identified, officials said. In requesting a temporary restraining order, the FOP said that by allowing officers to become “superspreaders,” city officials were putting not only officers at risk, but also their families and residents of Chicago. The COVID-19 Resident Cash Assistance Program, announced in November, originally included $2.1 million in federal coronavirus funds to give suburban Cook County residents one-time cash payments of $600. —Karen Ann CullottaBreaking coronavirus news Stay up to date with the latest information on coronavirus with our breaking news alerts.chicagotribune.com
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Nov. 5 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Though the mural will feature an image of Pedro Duarte and a few other community members who have died, most of the faces will be of people who are alive. At the center will be a phoenix holding in its mouth a serpent that morphs into a border wall and detention cages. At the top left corner, there will be a group of kindergartners playing with Legos in the shape of the city of Chicago. The mural will also include portraits of some essential workers from the neighborhood.chicagotribune.com
Belgium fears ICU beds could reach capacity next month
FILE - In this Thursday, April 23, 2020 file photo, nurses cheer as a patient who had COVID-19 leaves the intensive care ward at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. Belgium's intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November if new coronavirus cases continue to soar at the same pace, according to the country's health authorities. File)BRUSSELS – Belgium’s intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November if new coronavirus cases continue to soar at the same pace, the country’s health authorities warned Wednesday. The latest COVID-19 figures published Wednesday by the national institute of public health show that Belgium has seen 7,360 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. Van Laethem said the country is currently the second-worst in Europe in terms of new coronavirus infections, behind the Czech Republic.
Red Cross: COVID-19 antibody testing now done through standard blood donation, recovered patients can donate at any site
For those who may have been asymptomatic or don’t know if they have had COVID-19, the Red Cross now is testing blood donations for antibodies. Results typically are available in one to two weeks. Although the test is not a diagnostic one that would confirm infection or immunity, the presence of antibodies means that a person’s blood donation could be used to help COVID-19 patients.chicagotribune.com
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,848 new known COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths reported as Pritzker warns northwest Illinois region could be headed for stricter regulations
And its vaccine has potentially consequential advantages over some competitors. It uses a technology that has a long safety record in vaccines for other diseases. Its vaccine could require just one shot instead of two — important considering that the entire population of the world needs vaccination. And it does not have to be kept frozen as it is delivered to hospitals and other places where it will be given to patients, simplifying the logistics of hundreds of millions of doses.chicagotribune.com
Local Red Cross chapter continues disaster response during pandemic
ROANOKE, Va. – As the Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Sally, the Red Cross is preparing to help. Volunteers from the Southwest Virginia chapter have provided assistance after disasters for years, but that response looks different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive director Jackie Grant said they’re still sending people to affected areas for relief, but now they’re working with FEMA and the CDC to make sure they also protect people from the pandemic. “Some of these more serious disasters like Laura and impending Sally and the wildfires out in the west, we’re having to open emergency shelters but again having all those safety precautions in place,” Grant said. Click here to find out how you can support the Red Cross.
Galax family of five evacuated during overnight water rescue
GALAX, Va. – A family of five has been evacuated during a water rescue in Galax overnight, according to the Galax Fire Department. When units arrived, they say they found a home completely surrounded by water on Delhart Road. Authorities say the family of five was evacuated to dry ground by a Galax Fire Department boat crew before the call became an emergency. They were reportedly put up in a hotel by the Red Cross. The power was disconnected from a second home in the area due to a flooded basement.
Electrical short sparks house fire in Danville
DANVILLE, Va. – The Red Cross is assisting a Danville family after a Wednesday afternoon house fire. Smoke could be seen coming from the house. The kitchen sustained moderate damage while the rest of the house sustained minor heat and smoke damage according to a news release from the fire department. An electrical outlet shorted out and caught a baseboard on fire. The fire spread to cabinets near the stove and “out into the kitchen” the news release said.
When should coronavirus lockdowns be lifted? WHO offers advice on adapting to a 'new normal'
The World Health Organization has identified six criteria for countries looking to slowly lift coronavirus lockdown measures, warning the way down from the peak of the outbreak is "much slower" than the way up. A global public health crisis has meant countries around the world have effectively had to shut down, with many governments imposing draconian measures on the lives of billions of people. As of Tuesday, nearly 2 million people had contracted Covid-19 worldwide, with 119,818 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some European countries have laid out plans to emerge from lockdown as soon as this month after enduring several weeks of stringent social and economic restrictions. The U.S., the global epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has signaled May 1 as a potential date for easing restrictive measures.cnbc.com
Brent crude could plunge to 'single-digit lows' if OPEC+ can't agree on output cuts, says Fitch
A previous deal by the group commonly known as OPEC+ expired in March after Saudi Arabia and Russia failed to reach an agreement. The fallout sent oil prices plummeting to multi-year lows. That would put the oil market under "extreme physical pressure," they wrote in the report published before the OPEC+ meeting was postponed. Brent crude fell by around 1.7% to $33.53 a barrel, while the U.S. West Taxes Intermediate crude dipped by 2% to around $27.72 a barrel. Oil prices to stay lowcnbc.com
FEMA is sending 250 ambulances, hundreds of medical workers and 85 refrigerated trucks to NYC to fight coronavirus outbreak
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending 250 ambulances, about 500 EMTs and paramedics and 85 refrigerated trucks to serve as temporary mortuaries to New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., city officials said Tuesday. The city's Emergency Management System has seen medical calls surge by 50% during the pandemic over normal daily call volume. "Our EMTs and paramedics are facing an unprecedented number of medical calls each day. There has never been a busier time in the history of EMS in New York City," New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. FDNY is urging New Yorkers to only call 911 if is a true medical emergency.cnbc.com
Hero: Local first responder risks his life to save drowning boy
Being a hero doesn't just come with the job for first responders - it's a way of life. That’s why the Red Cross is honoring Lt. Stephen Curry as part of its annual Celebration of Heroes breakfast. Curry and his wife were sitting on the beach one morning with their two daughters. Curry kept fighting. Curry risked his life to save another and that is heroic.
‘It was like God orchestrated everything’: Local firefighter honored for lifesaving action in church
But one Roanoke City firefighter was at the right place at the right time on a Sunday morning. Kenny Barton will receive the Firefighter hero award at the annual Celebration of Heroes breakfast. When the call for help comes in, Barton jumps in the fire truck and is ready to go. One Sunday morning in January at Lakeside Baptist Church, Barton walked in late to find someone sitting in his normal seat. It was like God orchestrated everything, so I was thankful for everything and how it happened,” Litton said.
Here's how you can help California's wildfire victims
SAN FRANCISCO - California's wildfires have forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battle historically dire conditions. While families scramble to find shelter, several funds have been set up to help evacuees deal with the anticipated damage they'll face when they return to their homes and businesses. The United Way of the Wine Country set up the Kincade Fire Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund to help victims both in the short and long-term. The Red Cross has opened multiple shelters while the Salvation Army is providing meals, emotional and spiritual support to evacuees. The Red Cross also has a "Safe and Well List" to mark yourself safe or check on loved ones.
Red Cross ready to help those affected by the earthquake
CNN image(KERO) - Ridgecrest, CA -- The Red Cross has an emergency shelter open at the Kerr McGee that has a capacity of 500. Right now the Red Cross says there are 129 people there with supplies coming from Los Angeles and Kern Counties to help. That shelter plans on staying open as long as it's needed so if you know anyone in the Ridgecrest area that needs a place to go send them to 100 West California Avenue in Ridgecrest. Russ Huge with the Red Cross explains on the Red Cross helps the community and how people can help those affected by the earthquake. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Red Cross honors heroes with annual breakfast
ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The Red Cross held an awards ceremony Tuesday to honor southwest Virginians who have made a significant difference in their community. WSLS 10 helped highlight each Red Cross Hero during the month of March and anchor Lindsey Ward hosted Tuesday's event as each took the stage to accept the honors. For the first year, the Red Cross Celebration of Heroes welcomed a keynote speaker to the event. "There was this theme that ran through the entire event this year and that was like creating hope. There was this idea I think of people drawing their hope from their faith, finding the strength and the courage to do some pretty amazing things," Lee Clark, Red Cross CEO said.