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Focus will now be on capacity building in school sports to enhance development, federation president says

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Focus will now be on capacity building in school sports to enhance development, federation president says

The Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) will during the year focus on building its members’ capacity to ensure the essence of school sports is realised in sports at the grassroots.


NSSF’s President, Olabisi Joseph, told the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Lagos that there was now a compelling need for this.

She said handlers of children involved in in school sports needed to be in tune with current trends of training so as to bring out the best in the students.

“It is often said that a player is just as good as his coach. Knowing this, we can’t ignore this fact. So, we are going to focus on what’s best.

“We believe that we need to pay more attention to sports masters, mistresses and other sports administrators if we want to bring out the best from the children.

“Everything is revolving. So, we need to be abreast of current trends, and the only way to ensure this is to see to it that we train the trainers.

“We need to invest in them, because it will have a ripple effect if we get this right,’’ the federation president told NAN.

Speaking on the federation’s programme for the year, Joseph said the federation would announce its programme before the end of January.

“We are still making consultations here and there. We intend to make this year’s programme all-encompassing, and so we are still having meetings with our sponsors and stakeholders.

“As a new Executive Committee, we are trying to put a lot of things into consideration and we believe that we will come out with a programme that will be feasible at the end of the year,’’ she added.

NAN reports that the Joseph-led board of NSSF was inaugurated in November 2019.

(Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu and Olawale Alabi)

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NSSF trains 518 administrators, teachers

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No fewer than 518 administrators and teachers participated in the just concluded three days retreat facilitated by the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) in affiliation with the International School Sports Federation.


The training which held from July 21 to July 23 was tagged “Towards Effective Teaching of Physical and Health Education and Management of School Sports in the New Normal“.

Mrs Olu Young, the Head of Schools Sports in the ministry who participated in the programme, said that the training couldn’t have been organised at a better time.

“It was very impactful and educative, the workshop opened our eyes to all we need to know, reminded us of what most of us have forgotten.

“It was refreshing, we have all been at home for over three months, as we have renewed our tanks of knowledge, by the time the Coronavirus blows away.

“I want to commend the executive for thinking it right to organise this seminar, and we will be impacting our newly impacted knowledge in our students. I just want to implore the Olabisi Joseph-led administration not to relent,’’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NSSF trained 74 School Sports Coordinator, 222 Primary School Teachers and 222 Secondary School Teachers making a total of 518.

Sanni Sagir, the State Coordinator for Zamfara told NAN that the capacity building during the Covid-19 pandemic was necessary in other to ensure that administrators and teachers stay informed.

“Ideally in situation like this, I believe in any capacity training, the goal is to ensure that you get informed and educated, it must have added value to one’s knowledge, all sectors of life has been affected by the pandemic.

“By refreshing our memory and mind by telling us what and what not to do when eventually we start organising competitions, it has added value to our lives.

“I applaud our President, for coming up with this initiative, it is commendable that she and her board understand that refresher courses are important for our productivity,’’ he said.

Sharing similar opinion was the State Coordinator for Ogun, Olarotimi Oyekunle, said more of such training was necessary to educate the trainers.

“Our President has done well for coming up with such an idea and I believe this should be sustained, all 36 states of the federation was involved; this is massive.

“By the time schools resume, we will be impacting the lives of these children not only in sports but in all areas that involves their growth in all ramification,’’ he said.

One of the facilitators of the capacity building, Prof. Ebenezer Morakinyo, from the University of Ibadan of the Department of Kinetics and Health Education described the seminar as a good innovation.

“It’s not all the time that we have leaders that are interested in training, what we have are leaders that drains and don’t replenish, for the NSSF to think it right to do this, it is laudable.

“The participants been mostly teachers were active, a lot of issues were raised, and I must say that I am impressed, knowledge is a two way thing,’’ he said.

Olabisi Joseph, the first female president of the NSSF told NAN that going forward the training seminar would hold quarterly in order to ensure that participants get regular and periodic refresher course.

“We will have another one by November, we understand the importance of training, and we intend to keep it up, this won’t be a one-off.

“We had 100 participants, some couldn’t even join, what most states did was to converge at an agreed location, so we have like 10 or more participating on a particular link that joined the zoom virtual training.

“The feedback has been massive, and honestly kudos to my excos for making this easy, the moderator Dr Oba Funso, our facilitators Dr R.A Moronfolu, Dr Joy Akameze and Prof. Morakinyo and the participants for making it interactive,’’ she said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Update: China Focus: South China’s Hainan to create int’l aviation hub to boost free trade port construction

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South China‘s island province Hainan is accelerating the construction work of the expansion project of Haikou Meilan International Airport to serve the development of its free trade port.


The second phase of the project in Haikou, capital of Hainan, is expected to be ready for operation in 2020, according to the Haikou Meilan International Airport.

The project is anticipated to better serve Hainan’s development as an international trade hub and a free trade port with a comprehensive modern transportation system.

So far, the construction of the new runway, terminal, and airport transport facilities have all entered the final stage. The key works of the project are expected to be completed by June 30.

Workers are busy with the expansion project of Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou, the capital city of south China’s Hainan Province, April 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

Workers are busy with the expansion project of Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou, the capital city of south China’s Hainan Province, April 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

This under-construction second phase of the Haikou Meilan International Airport expansion project includes a 4F-level aircraft movement area, the highest level in China’s civil aviation industry, which will be capable of handling the takeoff and landing of the A380 superjumbo jet.

The new project will help the airport achieve its annual throughput target of 4.2 million international passengers initially, and the number is expected to reach 10 million in the future.

On June 1, Chinese authorities released a master plan for the Hainan free trade port, which aims to build the southern island province into a globally-influential high-level free trade port by the middle of the century.

A free trade port system focusing on trade and investment liberalization and facilitation will be “basically established” in Hainan by 2025 and become “more mature” by 2035, according to the plan jointly issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

Advanced technologies, such as the seismic isolation technique, have been applied in the terminal construction.

The new terminal will offer passengers a unique travel experience through its design and decorations with local culture elements of the island province, such as the traditional architecture and boathouse.

In the new terminal, the Haikou Meilan International Airport will also create the country’s largest tax-free airport shopping area.

The airport is exploring the civil aviation market to create an “aviation economic circle” with more flexible air services, both at home and abroad.

By the end of 2019, the Haikou Meilan International Airport had served 297 air routes, connecting 149 cities at home and abroad.

In 2019, the airport’s annual passenger throughput exceeded 24.2 million, ranking 17th in the country’s total of nearly 240 civil airports.

China’s civil aviation authorities on Tuesday unveiled a plan to trial the “Seventh Freedom of the Air” in the Hainan free-trade port.

The trial means that some international routes in Hainan are now open to foreign airlines to operate here.

The number of Hainan’s international routes reached 103 in 2020, up from five in 2003.

(XINHUA)

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China Focus: An ethnic unity story in Jinhuayuan community

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Tie Zhanming, 68, has assumed a new identity as “shared grandpa” in his apartment building since he retired.


Whenever a neighbor is unable to get off work on time to pick up their child from school, Tie will take the child home, help with homework, play games, and buy snacks if the child throws a tantrum.

Tie lives in the Jinhuayuan community in the city of Wuzhong in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, visited the community on Monday during his inspection tour in the region.

The community is home to more than 13,000 permanent residents, nearly half of whom are of ethnic minority groups.

It represents the fine tradition of the Chinese nation and the great strength of the socialist system with Chinese characteristics to enable people of all ethnic groups to walk hand in hand into a moderately prosperous society in all respects, Xi said when he talked with residents on the community square.

“With the continuous efforts of the Party and the government as well as the tireless endeavors of the people, the days ahead will surely be better and happier,” Xi added.

Seven Han and three Hui families live in our apartment building. I treat their children like mine. We are like a big family,” said Tie, who is an ethnic Hui.

According to Zhang Liping, Party secretary of the community, building a harmonious relationship among residents of different ethnic backgrounds has always been a priority in their daily work.

According to her, the community holds a “neighbors’ day” event every September, where residents participate in cooking contests and other activities to enjoy the get-together.

During traditional festivals, Tie and his wife always prepare traditional food and snacks for their neighbors and join others to make special food for these occasions.

Ningxia is the only provincial-level ethnic Hui autonomous region in China, with its Hui population accounting for over 36 percent of the total.

Communities like Jinhuayuan are ubiquitous in Ningxia. The Gongxiang community in Yinchuan, capital city of the region, is home to five ethnic groups, namely Hui, Han, Manchu, Tibetan and Mongolian.

Next to North Minzu University, community residents have paired up with ethnic minority students from other parts of the country and become their “host families.”

The idea came from Liu Lijuan, head of the community’s neighborhood committee. Her son went to college in the eastern coastal province of Fujian in 2015.

“I was worried about my son living in a completely strange city. Then I thought of the ethnic minority students who came from afar to study in our neighborhood,” she said. “Why don’t we help them fit into the new life here?”

Weekend family gatherings have become good opportunities for the local residents and students of different ethnic groups to build closer bonds, according to Liu.

(XINHUA)

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China Focus: New opening-up plan increases Hainan’s appeal to global investors

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China‘s master plan for the Hainan free trade port, released on June 1, has boosted the appeal of the southern island province to global investors.


The global investment service hotline, set up by the Hainan International Economic Development Bureau, has been hotter than ever in the past week.

“We received over 200 calls a day,” said Lei Ting, head of the bureau’s information and media relations division.

Lei said the calls came from more than 20 countries and regions, including the United States and Britain, and their consultations were mainly about investing in the province’s high technologies, medical and health care, import and export trade, and tourism.

Han Shengjian, director of the bureau, said the new policy’s focus on trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, as well as the free cross-border flow of funds and personnel, was quite attractive to foreign-funded enterprises.

“These are what global investors value most and what will project Hainan toward the highest level of opening-up in the world,” Han said.

Aerial photo taken on April 11, 2020 shows the expansion project of Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou, south China’s Hainan Province. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

Aerial photo taken on April 11, 2020 shows the expansion project of Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou, south China’s Hainan Province. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

Many enterprises have expanded their operation into Hainan. Deloitte China, which set up its Hainan office in January, is one of them.

“We expect a lot in Hainan. The policy of the free trade port will bring us lots of business opportunities,” said Deloitte China partner Eric Lin. He said the auditing and consulting firm will see more customers from companies that choose to settle in Hainan and launch global businesses from there.

Fosun Tourism Group in April inked an agreement with the government of Sanya, a resort city in Hainan, to expand a tourist complex.

“The construction of a free trade port is an unprecedented opportunity for Hainan to become one of the most attractive places for global investors,” said Qian Jiannong, board chairman and chief executive officer of the Fosun Tourism Group.

Aerial photo taken on April 8, 2020 shows the Xiaochantan dock in Yangpu, south China’s Hainan Province. (Xinhua/Pu Xiaoxu)

Aerial photo taken on April 8, 2020 shows the Xiaochantan dock in Yangpu, south China’s Hainan Province. (Xinhua/Pu Xiaoxu)

Qian highlighted the construction of a law-based, international and convenient business environment as mentioned in the plan.

“We’ve benefited from Hainan’s improving business environment in recent years, but Hainan still has a long way to go to meet the requirements of a free trade port,” he said, adding it is the main reason for them to be optimistic about Hainan’s prospects.

Shen Xiaoming, governor of Hainan, said Monday that Hainan pays special attention to creating an open, transparent and predictable business environment.

The government must also respect enterprises and entrepreneurs and let them be the final judge of the local business environment, Shen said at a press conference held in Beijing.

Liu Cigui, Party secretary of Hainan, extended a warm invitation to global companies and talents at the same event.

“Investors and talents from all over the world are welcomed to invest in Hainan, participate in the construction of the Hainan free trade port, and share China’s development opportunities and the fruits of China’s reform and opening-up,” said Liu.

(XINHUA)

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