Daily Archives: June 28, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence Main Characters Use QQ IM Service for Video Call between the Earth and the Moon

SHENZHEN, China, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — On June 24, the Hollywood sci-fi disaster blockbuster, Independence Day: Resurgence, officially hit China’s cinemas more than 20 years after the release of the original.

Not only does the movie provide stunning visual effects, including the global disaster, spacecraft of the future, and air combat, audiences in China were greeted with a familiar figure, that of popular instant messaging service QQ.

Developed by Tencent Holdings Limited and its subsidiary Shenzhen Tencent Computer System Company Limited, and in cooperation with Twentieth Century Fox, QQ’s appearance in the film marks the first time the IM service has featured in a Hollywood movie.

On the morning of June 24, a large number of movie fans who have watched Independence Day hurried to see the sequel as early as possible.

Around 20 minutes in, a call is made by Jake Morrison, played by Liam Hemsworth, to his on-screen girlfriend Patricia Whitmore, played by Maika Monroe, between the moon base and the earth. When the call is interrupted due to alien interference, the screen displays, “QQ is disconnected”, followed by the system saying, “Thank you for using QQ”, much to the amusement of Chinese movie-goers nationwide.

The QQ call between the main characters Jake Morrison and Patricia Whitmore in Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day: Resurgence: http://image18-c.poco.cn/mypoco/myphoto/20160627/09/17933203120160627095600056.jpg?1520x2048_120

After the movie was over, many audience and netizens were deeply impressed by the placement of QQ in the movie, with one, named Accustomed to Left Hand, saying, “What impressed me most was the sentence ‘Thank you for using QQ’.”

Since Chinese scientists said, “Let me finish my Shuhua milk” in Transformers 3 in 2011, which set the precedent for the placement of Chinese brands into Hollywood blockbusters, the appearance of QQ in Independence Day: Resurgence continues the collaboration between Chinese brands and Hollywood movies, opening up new avenues for potential growth.

Labour hosts Wholesale and Retail Sector Seminar, 28 to 29 Jun

The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch will hold a two-day major seminar for the Wholesale and Retail sector at the Strand Tower Hotel in Cape Town.

The seminar, from 28 to 29 June 2016 is part of the Department of Labour’s IES education advocacy campaign to highlight compliance with the labour laws within the Wholesale and Retail sector in South Africa’s workplaces.

The seminar is held under the theme: “Working together to achieve compliance in the Wholesale and Retail Sector”. The previous time the department held a similar seminary was in 2013 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

The two-day seminar is expected to be addressed by Department of Labour Deputy Director-General, Aggy Moiloa; Department of Labour Statutory Service and Advocacy Chief Director Fikiswa Mncanca; Department of Labour’s Employment Standards Director, Stephen Rathai; and Public Employment Services Chief Director, Esther Tloane.

There will also be speakers from the Department of Labour’s two entities – the Unemployment Insurance Fund, the Compensation Fund, the Occupational Health and Safety unit, the International Labour Organisation, employer organisation and labour federations.

The seminar’s topics will focus on the challenges faced by the sector in relation to compliance, challenges on employment of illegal immigrants in the Wholesale and Retail Sector, relationship between application for work permit and scarce and critical skills, and transforming informal to formal economy among others.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Police arrest male with unwrought gold worth R50 million

The Hawks in the North West have arrested a 31 year old male suspect man with unwrought Gold worth R50 million.

The unwrought gold was concealed in the engine compartment. The suspect was arrested on Monday evening in Springs, after Hawks members received information of a vehicle which was being used to smuggle gold from the North West to Gauteng.

The suspect was driving alone in a Silver Audi A6 when the Hawks swooped. Upon searching the vehicle, unwrought gold was found stashed in the Audi’s engine compartment. The Gold was seized and the suspect was arrested to appear at the Springs Magistrate Court on Thursday 30 June 2016.

The National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has applauded the investigation team and further said “the arrest is closely linked to on-going syndicate investigations by the Hawks. A few weeks ago we shut down a drug lab in Johannesburg, last week alone we cracked more than three syndicates around the country. The Hawks are on a permanent prowl and we will not stop until every criminal is behind bars.”

Source: Government of South Africa.

National Science and Technology Forum Awards

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor will deliver an address at the 18th National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards gala dinner on 30 June 2016. Over 500 guests, including high-ranking officials and executives across all sectors of the NSTF membership, members of the diplomatic corps and award finalists will attend.

The awards are the most significant science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) awards in South Africa. Sponsored by South32, among others, the NSTF Awards honour outstanding contributions to SETI by encouraging and rewarding excellence in –

” individual research, including the management of research activities aimed at innovation;

” environmental sustainability (green economy);

” the application of scientific and technological knowledge, including technology transfer, education and training (this category is for NGOs);

” research or engineering capacity building;

” communication and outreach.

This year’s awards theme ties in with the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses, and a special award will be made for research in crop science and food security.

Source: Department for Science and Technology

Minister Jeff Radebe launches NYDA branch in Thohoyandou

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Chairperson of the National Planning; Mr Jeff Radebe will on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 officially launch the NYDA full service branch in Thohoyandou, known as NYDA Thulamela Branch.

The launch is as a result of a partnership between the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Thulamela Municipality. Launching of the Thulamela branch is one of the many ways in which the NYDA is expanding its footprint and ensuring accessibility to the rural youth of this country. This adds to a total of fifteen (15) branches across South Africa; with over 170 Local Youth Offices (LYOs) with recent openings in the Dr JS Moroka Municipality, Emakhazeni Municipality and the Steve Tshwete Municipality.

Minister Radebe will join His Majesty the King of Venda, Toni Mphephu Ramabulana and NYDA CEO, Mr Khathu Ramukumba. The Minister will deliver the keynote address.

Source: Government of South Africa.