Xi speaks with Jokowi over phone, says China will ‘win’ battle against coronavirus

first_imgXi also conveyed his appreciation for the trust and understanding extended by his Indonesian colleagues, saying that his recent conversation with Jokowi was a reflection of the robust bilateral relationship between China and Indonesia as comprehensive strategic partners.Jokowi reportedly expressed his sympathies to China on behalf of Indonesia during the phone call.COVID-19, linked to a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 45,000 people since it was first reported early this year with a death toll of more than 1,100 people as of Wednesday.The Indonesian government has imposed a travel ban to and from mainland China since Feb. 5 as well as temporary halt in live animal imports from the country in an effort to prevent the deadly virus from spreading to the archipelago .However, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian objected to the travel ban as he claimed such a move would likely have a negative impact on the global economy.“In this situation, we need to be calm. Don’t overreact and cause a negative impact on investment and the economy,” he told reporters last week.As of Wednesday, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.(rfa)Topics : Chinese President Xi Jinping told  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo that the Chinese government was confident it would “win” the battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a phone call on Tuesday night.As reported by Xinhua news agency, Xi said containing the outbreak was the government’s top priority, as evidenced by its commitment to implementing “the most rigorous and thorough prevention and control measures”. #BREAKING: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks over phone with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, expressing confidence in a full victory in the fight against the novel #coronavirus pneumonia epidemic and achieving goals and tasks of economic and social development pic.twitter.com/QUSdNRTPnZ— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 11, 2020He went on to say that China would continue to bolster its cooperation on the mitigation of the deadly viral outbreak with Indonesia and other countries to ensure public health safety.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Lycoming County with Flood Protection

first_img March 01, 2019 Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Lycoming County with Flood Protection Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Williamsport, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state and local leaders in Lycoming County to highlight the need for additional funding to assist Pennsylvania’s communities with storm preparedness and disaster recovery.“Pennsylvania’s communities are struggling to fund massive flood control projects that are critical for keeping residents safe,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance to help protect our communities.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Williamsport, the governor outlined how Restore Pennsylvania could help Lycoming County with flood prevention and disaster recovery. Lycoming County is current facing a levee rehabilitation and recertification project that is expected to cost more than $16 million. The levee currently protects more than 6,000 properties.“Our local communities protected by the second largest levee system in the state have recognized the importance of adopting a regional approach to address the levee recertification process,” said Randy Allison, Williamsport City Council Vice President. “To that end we are grateful for the support and advocacy from our county commissioners, our state legislative team led by Senator Gene Yaw and from Governor Wolf with today’s visit and proposed infrastructure initiative.”“Through the process of updating the Greater Williamsport Alliance Comprehensive Plan we learned the enormous economic impact if we did not all work together and find a solution for the levee,” said Jack McKernan, Chairman Lycoming County Board of Commissioners. “This will require many partners, municipal, county, state, and federal.”Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more