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HAVANA Patrick Omameh Jersey , Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- A group of specialists from the Red Cross Society of China arrived in Havana on Sunday to train a group of Cuban volunteers in disaster relief, after Hurricane Irma struck the island country.


The Chinese experts shared theoretical knowledge and did a practical demonstration about how to deploy camp tents for the displaced.


Li Qinghua, the deputy director of the disaster-relief department of the Red Cross Society of China, told Xinhua that China is willing to assist Cuban people in the distribution of first-aid materials and train volunteers.


Members of the Cuban Red Cross said such exchanges are highly significant as they can greatly help increase their operational knowledge of disaster relief.


Luis Enrique Calero Barry Church Jersey , the director of operations of the Cuban Red Cross, explained that the Chinese trainers were focusing on the deployment of 12-square-meter tents which each can shelter five people.


"This is also a gesture of solidarity between the two countries," said Calero.


On Friday, a plane from China arrived in Cuba carrying 86 tons of humanitarian aid A.J. Bouye Jersey , including tents, electronics, cushions, water dispensers Keelan Cole Jersey , lighting, and blankets.


Six ships loaded with rice will also arrive in Cuba from China next month.


Irma, the strongest hurricane ever registered in the Atlantic, killed at least 10 people in Cuba Marcell Dareus Jersey , displaced 1.7 million, and caused widespread flooding and extensive damage to infrastructure, including hotels and the power grids.


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CANBERRA Dede Westbrook Jersey , Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has discussed national security and drug problem at a Liberal Party forum in Adelaide on Saturday, declaring that keeping Australians safe was the government's No. 1 priority.


Addressing the Liberal Party's Annual General Meeting at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday, Turnbull said that Australia's intelligence agencies were constantly working to improve the safety of public areas in response to the growing threat of global terrorism.


"We have no place for 'set and forget' in national security. No place for complacency. No place for anyone to rest of the laurels of a success," Turnbull said on Saturday.


"Constantly... every day Dawuane Smoot Jersey , every hour, we are asking ourselves 'how can we keep Australians safe? How can we do it better, how can we optimize and improve everything we do?'"


The prime minister also touched on the nation's growing drug problem, declaring that methamphetamine Cam Robinson Jersey , commonly known as "ice," was a "shocking, miserable menace" that his government was doing everything it could to keep it off the streets.


"The scourge of methamphetamine use in Australia is a problem we are determined to eradicate," Turnbull said.


"Proportionally A. J. Cann Jaguars Jersey , Australia uses more ice than almost any other country. Conservative estimates suggest that there are well over 200,000 ice users in Australia."


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MELBOURNE, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- An Australian man who spent two weeks lost and "covered in leeches" in the Malaysian jungle said he survived by eating wild plants.


Andrew Gaskell, 25, went missing on October 18 while on a 2,376-meter solo hike to the summit of Mount Mulu, the second tallest mountain in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.


Gaskell, from the island state of Tasmania, was found by a Malaysian search team late on Tuesday covered in leeches and visibly weak.


"Obviously I'm quite starving, but apart from that I'm really happy to be alive," Gaskell told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from a Malaysian hospital on Wednesday.


"These last few days I picked up a few wild ferns from the jungle, aside from that I ate virtually nothing. I was getting weaker and weaker every day.


"By the end of it, I was quite concerned I wouldn't make my 26th birthday."


Gaskell said that a series of similar walking trails at the base of the mountain, an area famous for its complex cave system, caused him to become disoriented and lost.


"At the base (of the mountain) there's a lot of parallel trails and creek crossings that make the track quite confusing," he said.


"The sun was just setting at the time (and) I managed to get myself lost.


"I ended up spending that whole night just wandering and really got myself badly disoriented.


"If I had a Global Positioning System (GPS) or better navigational equipment I would have been fine, but it was extremely stupid of me really.


"It actually took me a while to be concerned. I must be more optimistic than I thought."


Gaskell apologized for the stress he caused his family and thanked the Malaysian authorities for their rescue efforts.


"The rescue staff have been amazing, as have the hospital staff," he said.


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