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Ningbo, ¥5 billion to reconstructed school premises

After the earthquake in Wenzhuan, the safety of school premises has aroused greet concern in China. It is learned from the municipal education bureau of Ningbo that the three-year project of school premise reconstruction has had 125 schools completed while the entire project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, by which time all the 800,000 primary and middle school students will be having classes in seismic resistant classrooms.

In 2009, Ningbo planned to conduct the safety assessment, removal, reconstruction and consolidation of primary and middle school premises of the city within 3 years. The plan included 287 schools, involving an investment of ¥5.03 billion. Up to now, a total sum of ¥3.91 billion has been invested, with 218 schools having been or still being reconstructed.

After reconstruction, all the schools will be seismic-resistant.

It is learned that the reconstruction project involves all the primary and middle schools of the city, public or private alike. After safety assessment, a total number of 287 schools have been included in the plan.

What safety problems to be solved?

According to a person in charge of finance of the project, one task is to reinforce school premises with safety hazards in arrears of high seismic intensity of or over 7 degrees. "After reconstruction, all schools must be 7-degree seismic-resistant."

Schools with safety hazards of flooding, landslides, mud avalanche and typhoons are required to be moved to safety.

Moreover, schools with safety hazards from lightening and fire  are to be reconstructed, with dangerous houses relocated, reconstructed or reinforced accordingly.

In addition to the school that need reconstruction of reinforcement, 93 schools need to be removed and rebuilt altogether. Now 72 of them are under construction and 44 have been completed.

"The safety of school premises concerns everyone and that is why we are going to build them into safest places so that parents can rest assured of the kids' safety," said the person in charge.

A visit to the construction sites

The administrative buildings of some schools may not be completed in time.

On the tenth, the teaching buildings and administrative buildings were seen surrounded by scaffolds on the usually quiet campuses of Don'en Middle School, Li Xinggui Middle School, Lumei Middle School and Kongpu Middle School and so on.

According to a person in charge of the construction at Dong'en, 5 to 6 buildings of the school need to be reconstructed and now work on the pillars, beams and wall is almost finished while the decoration of the exterior walls in under way.

It is learned that the new standard of seismic-resistance was issued after 1990 and many of the school houses built before that cannot meet the seismic resistance requirement. Most of the school premises included in the project belong to such houses.

Then how can old buildings be made seismic-resistant? It is learned that consolidation is mainly done on columns, beams and walls with steel reinforced concrete to make them quake-proof.

So far, there are 93 schools in the city busily under construction while the summer vacation is drawing to the close. Will the project delay the re-opening of schools?

"We are pressed for time indeed, but with proper scheduling, we will make it before the vacation ends," said a person in charge.

As for Haishu District, 14 primary and middle schools are still being constructed. A person responsible for safety in the district education bureau said "work on teaching buildings must be finished before August 25, which is the deadline." However, since the amount of work is enormous, work on the administrative and laboratory buildings of a few schools might be delayed a little.

16th Sports Meet to be held on August 8

On the afternoon of August 4, the organizing committee of the 16th Sports Meet of Ningbo said the event would be held on August 8. Some items have already been held from April to July. Among the players, about 300 are from migrants from outside Ningbo.

The sports meet is held every four years. There are altogether over 70 items, with participants totaling 10,000. Different from previous sessions, the sports meet this year have more migrant people participating. "To have more new Ningboese participate is good to popularize sports among the citizens. It's good to the social management, too", said an official of the sports bureau.

August 8 is the third national fitness day of China. To welcome opening of the sports meet and the third national fitness day, the sports bureau decided to open the sports facilities to the public. Sport games are encouraged.

Auto Parts Testing Center passed CNAS on-site audit

CNAS sent an audit group to the Ningbo Auto Parts Testing Center to examine the technical capacity and review their work. After three days of hard work, the laboratory successfully passed the audit.

The inspectors examined 52 standards, ranging lighting tools, home appliances, light accessories, lighting sources, etc. This indicates that the Ningbo Auto Parts Center can not only conduct testing services of auto parts, but of lighting equipment, home appliances, and other. It is able to provide technical support and services for the auto parts industry and the electromechanical industry.

Costa Rica-bound exports to enjoy tariff preferences

The Free Trade Agreement between the People's Republic of China and Costa Rica came to effect on August 1. The CCPIT and the commodity inspection and testing bureau jointly released the PRC-Costal Rica Preferential Certificate of Origin.
According to the agreement, the two countries will impose zero tariffs on 90% of the products of respective countries. Chinese products of textiles, light industry, machinery, electrical appliances, vegetables, automobiles, chemicals, leathers and raw hides, etc, and CR's coffee, beef, pork, pineapple juice, iced orange juice, jam, fish meal, mineral ores, and raw hides will benefit from the reduction of tariffs. 
Previously, CCPIT and its branches started to issue certificates of origin to Bangladesh, India, Laos, Korea, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Singapore, and Peru.

According to Ningbo Customs last year the exports to the Costa Rica totaled 40300 tons, worth 57 million USD. It imported commodities of 488 tons from Costa Rica, worth 1.05 million USD.

Nigeria-bound products need to have certificates

A couple of days ago, the Standardization Administration of Nigeria initiated the SONCP and market monitoring program, to eliminate unqualified projects in the market. This means that products bound to Nigeria that are under control of SONCAP must obtain SONCAP certificates and received strict supervision.

To better carry out the SONCAP, Nigeria will establish SON departments in major markets, which will serve as information centers where customers can go to identify whether they have bought the authentic products. Products without certifications of SONCAP will be rejected. To ensure importers conforming to the certified procedures, the SON administration has started to charge penalty and cash deposit for products not conforming to SONCAP.

Nigeria mainly depends on imports for industrial products, textiles and garments, building materials and porcelain. In face of increasing trade barriers, many companies of Ningbo are eyeing the Nigerian market. Statistics show that during the first half year, Ningbo has exported 1057 batches of products to Nigeria, worth 38.5 million USD, up 13% and 18 percent respectively. The export structure is getting diversified, including lighting tools, small appliances, garments and textiles, cells , etc.

Inspection and quarantine departments think that the SONCAP certification is the passport to Nigeria and is an important index of the product competitiveness. To obtain it is a must for exporters

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