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Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Nate from October 6 to October 10, 2017.
Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Nate in the counties of Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, and Washington.
Federal funding also is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Autauga, Dallas, and Macon.
Furthermore, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Warren J. Riley as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.
Twenty-nine students have been diagnosed with tuberculosis by Thursday due to an outbreak at a middle school in Taojiang county, Hunan province, local health authorities said Friday.
Five other students are suspected of having the disease, and another 38 students are taking medication for disease prevention, according to a released statement from the Hunan Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission.
All 72 students from Taojiang No 4 Middle School are now under treatment and health care management, the statement said.
Following the outbreak of the disease in August, various health authorities in Hunan province have taken measures for the treatment of those infected, and the outbreak has been put under effective control, the commission said.
Students and parents at the school were aware of a TB outbreak in mid-August, when the school organized tests for students in a senior-grade class at the school, according to the Beijing News.
The outbreak was first confirmed Thursday by the government of Taojiang county, which said the outbreak occurred at the school Aug 19, but released no exact number of infected students.
In a statement released Friday evening, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, the country's health authority, said its minister Li Bin had urged local authorities in Hunan province to verify information, release information and do its best to provide treatment to students infected with the disease following media reports of the outbreak this week.
Staff and experts dispatched by the national commission arrived in Taojiang Friday afternoon to supervise the handling of the outbreak, the statement said.
TB is curable and preventable, and schools must report confirmed or suspected cases immediately to local centers of disease control and prevention for screening and tests according to laws and regulations, the statement said.
"Many of our experts are dispatched to Taojiang to handle the incident," a staff member from the Hunan Provincial Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who declined to be named, told China Daily Friday over the phone.
The Taojiang Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Taojiang No 4 Middle School did not answer phone calls Friday.
Tang Yi, director of the Hunan Institute for Tuberculosis Control's department of prevention and control, said places with a high population concentration such as schools are vulnerable to TB outbreaks, due to close contact among people and lack of preventive measures.
"The disease can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing and spit while talking," she said. "Some cases can infect up to 15 others within a year if not properly treated."
TB is preventive and curable, and once a student is found to be infected, he or she must quit school for treatment to prevent transmission, she said.
The infected can go back to school with certification produced by certified hospitals proving they have recovered or treatment has been successful so there is little chance of transmission of the disease, she said.
China Water Rights Exchange has brokered 15 water rights transfer deals with a total water volume of 876 million cubic meters since the company was established late in June last year, said a water resources official.
The market is given full play in the deals. Some of the deals were done by open bidding and some were through trade agreements, said Chen Mingzhong, head of the water resources department at the Ministry of Water Resources in a news briefing Friday.
He said China launched pilot projects aiming to establish a national water rights system in seven provincial regions including Jiangxi, Hubei and Henan provinces in 2014. These regions have made breakthroughs in building up proper mechanisms for water rights confirmation and exchanges, which could be instructive for other regions.
In 2016, a total of more than 600 billion metric tons of water was consumed in all 34 provincial regions excluding Taiwan province, Hong Kong and Macao. Water consumption for every 10,000 yuan ($1,500) worth of industrial value added decreased in 2016 by 7.6 percent compared to 2015, he said.
China Water Rights Exchange was a national water rights trading platform jointly launched by the Ministry of Water Resources and the Beijing municipal government.
The aim of launching the platform is to balance water resources and usage nationwide as well as enhance the conservation efforts. It enables the trading of rights to use water between users, and provides consultation, technical evaluation and intermediary services.
Canada's minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, Ahmed Hussen (L2),cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony of a new visa application centers with Huang Xiqiang (L3), deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Jiangsu Provincial People's Government and Consul General of Canada in Shanghai Weldon Epp (L1) in Nanjing on November 17. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]
Canada's minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, attended the opening ceremony for a visa application center in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu provinceon November 17.
Seven new visa application centers have recently been opened in China by Canada, in the hope of improving the service for Chinese visa applicants.To make the application easier than ever, all the centers will be able to process transactions via UnionPay cardsby early 2018.
"All of these service improvements will allow us to better serve an increasing number of visa applications from China," said Hussen at the opening ceremony. "We're very happy to see more and more Chinese nationals visiting Canada.Not only does it bring economic benefits to Canada's tourism and transportation industries, among others, but it also creates new opportunities for cultural ties between our countries."
So far, in 2017, Canada has already processed a record 500,000 finalized applications from China.That's up from about 467,000 in 2016 - a 15 percent increase.
Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh will pay a state visit to China from Nov 22 to 24 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Friday.
Today at the White House, Vice President Mike Pence met with Colombian Vice President Oscar Naranjo to reaffirm the strong and enduring partnership between the United States and Colombia, and address a range of issues including the critical fight against illegal drugs, implementation of the Colombian Peace Accords, and opportunities to stimulate economic growth. Vice President Pence underscored the essential importance of Colombia's counternarcotics efforts, commending Vice President Naranjo for recent progress, while noting the need to deploy more effective eradication techniques to bring down cultivation and production levels. The leaders also discussed opportunities to amplify interdiction operations that can halt existing drug shipments from reaching US shores. On the economic front, Vice President Pence reiterated the United States' strong support for Colombia's ambition to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), encouraging Colombia to make progress on remaining labor and trade concerns, particularly related to pharmaceuticals and trucking, to ensure a successful outcome. The two leaders discussed the on-going crisis in Venezuela, expressing deep concern for deteriorating situation and reiterating their steadfast commitment to support the restoration of the country's democracy.