The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. See a timeline of the IRC's rich history.

At the end of World War II, the IRC initiated emergency relief programs, like this food distribution center in Berlin, and began refugee resettlement in Europe. Photo: IRC

In 1956, the IRC began relief and resettlement efforts for thousands of Hungarian refugees who were uprooted when a revolt against Soviet rule was crushed by the Red Army. Photo: IRC

A week or so ago, I posted about the problems a friend was having trying to adopt a little black galga from Scooby, and was refused. President of Scooby Fermin Perez Martin replied, explaining that because there are so many English and Irish greyhounds needing forever homes in the UK, Scooby does not send galgos there. I concur with his view, although I feel that when an exceptional home is offered to a 'hard-to-place' dog, an exception should have been made.

I no longer go on rescues to Spain to bring galgos back to France as there are so many associations now doing it, virtually every weekend, that France is saturated. At any one time there are lost galgos in France, and podencos ending up in French dog pounds. And France has its own huge problem of abandoned dogs.

Here's an article by a lady who rehomes Romanian rescue dogs in the UK. Food for thought, considering how many dogs fill the UK shelters. I agree with her on breeding but am horrified at the figures she quotes.

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. See a timeline of the IRC's rich history.

At the end of World War II, the IRC initiated emergency relief programs, like this food distribution center in Berlin, and began refugee resettlement in Europe. Photo: IRC

In 1956, the IRC began relief and resettlement efforts for thousands of Hungarian refugees who were uprooted when a revolt against Soviet rule was crushed by the Red Army. Photo: IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. See a timeline of the IRC's rich history.

At the end of World War II, the IRC initiated emergency relief programs, like this food distribution center in Berlin, and began refugee resettlement in Europe. Photo: IRC

In 1956, the IRC began relief and resettlement efforts for thousands of Hungarian refugees who were uprooted when a revolt against Soviet rule was crushed by the Red Army. Photo: IRC

A week or so ago, I posted about the problems a friend was having trying to adopt a little black galga from Scooby, and was refused. President of Scooby Fermin Perez Martin replied, explaining that because there are so many English and Irish greyhounds needing forever homes in the UK, Scooby does not send galgos there. I concur with his view, although I feel that when an exceptional home is offered to a 'hard-to-place' dog, an exception should have been made.

I no longer go on rescues to Spain to bring galgos back to France as there are so many associations now doing it, virtually every weekend, that France is saturated. At any one time there are lost galgos in France, and podencos ending up in French dog pounds. And France has its own huge problem of abandoned dogs.

Here's an article by a lady who rehomes Romanian rescue dogs in the UK. Food for thought, considering how many dogs fill the UK shelters. I agree with her on breeding but am horrified at the figures she quotes.

A calm sea and better spring weather encouraged thousands of people to cross the Mediterranean Sea leaving behind wars, prosecution and poverty. Over the Easter weekend, European frontier coast guards and NGOs rescued 8,360 people from drowning .

Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR tweeted that "rescuers worked incessantly" over the weekend to save the migrants, mainly from Nigeria, Senegal and some from Bangladesh. Eight migrants, including a pregnant woman, did not survive the crossing. Those rescued were transferred to ships sailing to southern Italy.

The lack of legal routes into Europe is forcing people to trust smugglers with their lives. "It is obvious that better spring weather has encouraged smugglers to take people from their detention centers," International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Leonard Doyle said, adding, "The smugglers have clearly taken them to sea and pushed them out in the hope and belief that they would be rescued."

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) presented two exciting Galileo ‘search and rescue’ (SAR) projects - GRICAS and HELIOS - at the Paris International Air Show in June.

On 8 March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a passenger flight, disappeared between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and its destination, Beijing Airport in China. The disappearance triggered one of the largest and most expensive multinational searches for a missing aircraft in history. The flight recorder could not be located and so it was not possible immediately to carry out an analysis of what went wrong and what could be done to ensure it never happened again.

Before MH370 vanished it did not send out a distress signal, there was no indication of poor weather and there was no warning of a technical problem; it was a mystery. MH370 came four years after the loss of Air France flight AF477 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris – again, there was no warning signal.

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. See a timeline of the IRC's rich history.

At the end of World War II, the IRC initiated emergency relief programs, like this food distribution center in Berlin, and began refugee resettlement in Europe. Photo: IRC

In 1956, the IRC began relief and resettlement efforts for thousands of Hungarian refugees who were uprooted when a revolt against Soviet rule was crushed by the Red Army. Photo: IRC

A week or so ago, I posted about the problems a friend was having trying to adopt a little black galga from Scooby, and was refused. President of Scooby Fermin Perez Martin replied, explaining that because there are so many English and Irish greyhounds needing forever homes in the UK, Scooby does not send galgos there. I concur with his view, although I feel that when an exceptional home is offered to a 'hard-to-place' dog, an exception should have been made.

I no longer go on rescues to Spain to bring galgos back to France as there are so many associations now doing it, virtually every weekend, that France is saturated. At any one time there are lost galgos in France, and podencos ending up in French dog pounds. And France has its own huge problem of abandoned dogs.

Here's an article by a lady who rehomes Romanian rescue dogs in the UK. Food for thought, considering how many dogs fill the UK shelters. I agree with her on breeding but am horrified at the figures she quotes.

A calm sea and better spring weather encouraged thousands of people to cross the Mediterranean Sea leaving behind wars, prosecution and poverty. Over the Easter weekend, European frontier coast guards and NGOs rescued 8,360 people from drowning .

Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR tweeted that "rescuers worked incessantly" over the weekend to save the migrants, mainly from Nigeria, Senegal and some from Bangladesh. Eight migrants, including a pregnant woman, did not survive the crossing. Those rescued were transferred to ships sailing to southern Italy.

The lack of legal routes into Europe is forcing people to trust smugglers with their lives. "It is obvious that better spring weather has encouraged smugglers to take people from their detention centers," International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Leonard Doyle said, adding, "The smugglers have clearly taken them to sea and pushed them out in the hope and belief that they would be rescued."

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