Daily Archives: June 12, 2016

Hisense Announces Sponsorship of UEFA Euro 2016

PARIS, June 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, China’s No.1 TV brand, announces the formal sponsorship of UEFA Euro 2016. The first Hisense advertisement appeared in front of football fans worldwide at Paris Saint Denis on 10th June, 2016. It was the first time for UEFA to have sponsor from China in the 56 year history. Ads from Hisense will appear in all 51 rounds of UEFA Euro 2016.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160611/378191

The cooperation between Hisense and UEFA Euro is of great significance. As UEFA Euro is one of the most important football tournaments, UEFA Euro has a wide fan base in China. Chinese brands look to an excellent platform such as UEFA Euro to partner with since China has become the second largest economy. UEFA Euro 2016 will be broadcasted in more than 230 countries and regions. It’s estimated that over 150 million people will watch the matches live and cumulative audience is expected to exceed 7 billion, among them over 1.1 billion being Chinese.

Hisense joins Adidas, Coca Cola, McDonald’s and nine other international brands during UEFA Euro 2016. The Hisense logo will be featured on tickets and official background displays. Furthermore, 4K TVs and 4G smartphones from Hisense will also be used. In each of the 10 host cities’ FANZONE, Hisense has an exclusive exhibition booth, displaying all series of products. Our 8 football girls will also appear at UEFA Euro 2016!

The sponsorship benefits of UEFA Euro will last till 2018. Hisense brand’s reputation and influence will continue to grow in the coming years.


Jiang Shan

Weather Forecast: Temperature Continues to Rise

Weather on Sunday is generally clear, with a rise in temperatures to become above the seasonal average by around 2 degrees Celsius, according to the Palestinian Meteorological Department.

Winds are northwesterly to northeasterly and light to moderate. Sea waves are low.

Hot and dry weather conditions are expected to prevail on Monday, as temperatures significantly rise, becoming above the seasonal average by almost 9 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures are expected to continue to rise on Tuesday, remaining hot and dry and above the seasonal average by around 11 degrees Celsius.

The weather department warned against prolonged exposure to direct sunlight on Monday and Tuesday; at peak hours between 11 am and 4 pm.

No significant change in temperature is expected on Wednesday.

 Source: Wafa


The Minister of Social Development believes that the Democratic Alliance has been blatantly dishonest, and deliberately seeking to mislead the public with the statement that alleges that the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini has said that poor households can live on R753 per month.

The DA has deliberately distorted and misrepresented the Minister’s reply to a parliamentary question on the criteria for the determinants of social grants increases. In the reply, the Minister clearly stated that the increases were amongst others, informed by the official poverty line which is determined by Statistics South Africa currently at R753 per month, a critical issue that the DA chose to be oblivious about and deliberately mislead the public in the hope to gain political points ahead of the upcoming local government elections.

In fact, the increases on all other grants with the exception of the Child Support Grant are above the basic poverty line as determined by Stats SA.

In the written parliamentary question reply, the Minister clearly stated that the social grants increases are determined in consultation with the National Treasury given the national fiscal space and many other priorities within the national budget allocation.

Contrary to their allegations and consistent with their official position, the DA Mayoral candidate, Herman Mashaba recently made public statement that the social assistance programme “creates dependency and discourages people from seeking employment”. http://transformsa.co.za/2015/03/3-highly-profitable-bee-deals-to-avoid-2/

In October 2014, Patricia Kopane told a weekly newspaper that “these grants create a dependency problem!” Sadly, that is the consistent thinking of many in the DA. Such reckless utterances are in sync with the DA’s desperate attempts to win the electorates support. The DA and its public representatives fail to understand that unemployment is a systemic challenge and it is an insult to even suggest that people choose to be unemployed.

It is hypocrisy of the highest order which smacks of political desperation for a party like the DA which has been opposed to progressive policies and programmes such, as the universalization of the Child Support Grant and the Old Age Grant as well as the introduction of the national minimum wage to suddenly claim sympathy with the poor. The same hypocrites who are now calling for social grants increases.

It is clear that the DA has embarked on a blatant propaganda machine ahead of the upcoming elections and they will stop at nothing to misrepresent information and willfully choose to distort facts. This statement lays bare the hypocrisy of the DA and their flip flop around issues of the poor. The real truth is that the government of African National Congress has been at the forefront of introducing solidarity based policies and programmes that today are recognized globally for closing the inequality gap and cushioning many poor households against harsh economic realities.

We also hasten to add that every year the Department of Social Development has been on the record advocating for social grants increases that are above the inflation rate.

 Source: Department of Social Development

President Zuma to visit Angola for the 6th ICGLR Summit

President Jacob Zuma, at the invitation of His Excellency, President Eduardo Dos Santos of the Republic of Angola, will lead a South African delegation to the 6th Ordinary Summit of International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), scheduled to take place on 14 June 2016 in Luanda, Republic of Angola.

The Summit is expected to assess and evaluate the political and security situation in the Great Lakes Region.

While South Africa is not a member of the ICGLR, the country is nonetheless always invited as an observer to ICGLR meetings largely due to her extensive and long-term involvement in the peace-making and peace-keeping process in the Great Lakes Region.

President Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa