Daily Archives: June 13, 2018

Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA Launches Its Integrated New Brand – UNISOC

Powering the Interconnected World with SOC

SHANGHAI, June 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA, one of the world’s leading chip design companies, today announced the release of its new brand name, identity and definition – UNISOC. The launch of UNISOC officially completes the integration of Spreadtrum and RDA, the two high-tech companies Unigroup has acquired earlier before, realizing a full upgrade to the brand as a whole.

Under the guidance of the chip & cloud strategy of Unigroup, UNISOC not only has a brand new look and philosophy, but also will achieve a strategic depth and horizontal layout in its core business, committing to creating new victories in the dynamic era of SOC.

New brand New Journey

The new brand UNISOC continues the purple and flat design style of the logo of Unigroup. The center of the two connected boxes is radially processed, reflecting the high-tech tension of the double-chip.

Chinese and English fonts and graphic design are complementary to each other, “Uni” implies ” Unigroup chips, a dream of building a strong tech world”. As a solid foundation for the chip & cloud strategy of Unigroup, UNISOC echoes the mission of Unigroup and is committed to promoting the overall competitiveness of global integrated circuit industry, achieving breakthroughs in key areas with independent innovation, driving technology revolution to realize the dream of a more connected world.

The English name of UNISOC, is pronounced [‘ju:ni ‘ɛs o si] which implies “You need SOC”. In the era of 5G, chips will be ubiquitous, empowering our future life everywhere.

UNISOC consists of two parts: UNI and SOC. The UNI has four layers of meaning:

Uni que:

Core of UNISOC, Core of Unique. UNISOC boasts its uncommon craftsmanship for unique core technology and innovation potential, and has set a number of world’s first.

Uni versal:

Core of UNISOC, Core of Globe. UNISOC’s products have been shipped globally. One out of every four mobile phones in the world is powered by UNISOC chip.

Uni core:

Core of UNISOC, Core of Unigroup. As a core subsidiary of Tsinghua Unigroup, UNISOC plays an important role in the strategic layout of Unigroup’s blueprint from chip to cloud.

Uni mpact:

Core of UNISOC, Core of Impact. UNISOC believes that impact comes from union and magnetic innovation. UNISOC develops and integrates industry resources together to explore an unrestricted future with brilliancy and impact.

S ystem O n C hip

SoC is the starting point where UNISOC begins its business, and it is also where the future lies. UNISOC has a comprehensive product layout covering the fields of mobile communications, IoT, TV, RFFE, WCN, 5G, etc. UNISOC has become China’s largest pan-chip supplier.

New positioning New Pattern

For the new journey, UNISOC proposed a more strategic company positioning: “Committed to being one of the leading chip design companies in the world.” UNISOC will give full attention to the “two-wheel drive” of “independent innovation + international collaboration”. Through its refined industrial ecology, breakthroughs in technological innovation, and completion of brand upgrade, UNISOC aims to lead the chip design industry to achieve new brilliance with industry confidence, technical confidence and brand confidence, and create the new pattern for global chip design industry.

“Since the beginning, UNISOC has set chip-design as our core business and climbed up with passion and excellence. The launch of the new brand has given the company new vitality and potential to open a new chapter for UNISOC.” said Mr. Adam Zeng, Global Executive Vice President of Unigroup and CEO of UNISOC, “Standing at a new starting point, UNISOC will always be coordinated with Unigroup’s chip &cloud strategy, aiming to be a global leader in the chip design industry and drive ‘Unimpact’ for an interconnected smart world with SOC”.

2018 “Beautiful Sichuan, More than Pandas” Sichuan Tourism Promotion Campaign Enters Morocco

CASABLANCA, Morocco, June 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On the afternoon of June 11, local time, in the renowned historical Moroccan city of Casablanca, a crowd of several hundred tourists and local residents gathered inside the Tachfine Center shopping complex. What captured their attention were the adorable panda costumed character mascots, a Q&A session about giant pandas, and panda paintings. The on-site atmosphere was jovial and many “liked” the event on social media. This was just a glimpse into the highlight reel of the 2018 “Beautiful Sichuan, More than Pandas” Sichuan Tourism Promotion Campaign in Morocco.

Various Panda Elements, Praises and Nods Garnered for Sichuan as a “Tourist Destination”

“Where is the home of the giant panda?” “What do giant pandas eat?” “How many kilograms of food does a giant panda consume in one day?” On-site at the event, the crowd of tourists and Casablanca local residents asked the host these questions and more.

After a performance by panda costumed character mascots, inside the adjacent panda DIY painting zone, local art celebrities and the general populace participated in the blank panda figurine creative painting activity. The artworks were rated live and the best presented with awards.

With the giant panda as the focal point of the event, displays of Sichuan’s wide range of idyllic landscapes and vibrant cultural traditions also captivated the visitors.

Sichuan is not only the home to pandas but also has many great sites and delicious foods. Local fans of the giant panda expressed that Sichuan’s picturesque views and cultural features like Sichuan cuisine are very compelling, and thus Sichuan is a very worthy choice as a travel destination. Many attendees sought to obtain Sichuan tourism promo materials from the panda costumed character mascots.

Joint Construction of the “Belt and Road”, Tap into Cooperation Potentials in the Tourism Industry

2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of official diplomatic relations between China and Morocco. In recent years, the cordial and collaborative relations between the two nations have continued to make progress, and the cooperation and exchanges in the economic, trade and cultural sectors have also been continuously strengthened.

The bond between Sichuan and Morocco is also time-honored. As early as 2008, after the catastrophic and destructive Wenchuan Earthquake in Sichuan, leaders of Morocco called their Chinese counterparts to express condolences, followed by a donation of USD 1 million to the disaster-stricken region. In 2016, an agreement for the formation of international sister cities relations was signed between Sichuan capital Chengdu and the Moroccan city of Fez, and after the official establishment of sister cities relations the two parties have carried out diverse exchanges and cooperation in fields such as economy, trade, culture, education, tourism and ancient text preservation.

Activities held in the past year including the “2017 Tianfu Culture Week” in Morocco, “Enter China, Experience Chengdu” carnival and Chinese New Year temple festival, as well as this “Beautiful Sichuan, More than Pandas” Sichuan Tourism Promotion Campaign, have brought a myriad of exchanges and exhibitions of Sichuan cultural and tourism elements to Morocco.

As a natural partner in the joint construction of the “Belt and Road,” Morocco is similar to Sichuan in that it also has numerous “World Natural and Cultural Heritage” sites, and thus the two parties share vast potentials in collaborations and exchanges in international tourism. On June 12, local time, the Sichuan Tourism Marketing Group headed by Fu Yonglin, director of Sichuan Tourism Development Commission, paid a visit to the Fez Bureau of Tourism, where the Chinese visitors introduced and recommended Sichuan’s tourism resources and also invited the Fez Bureau of Tourism and local travel agencies to come to Sichuan so as to strengthen communication and partnership.

Promote Cultural Tourism Exchanges, Jointly Build Platforms for Pragmatic Cooperation

Not long ago, Fu Yonglin, director of Sichuan Tourism Development Commission, led the Sichuan Tourism Marketing Group to carry out multiple activities about the promotion of Sichuan tourism culture and trade and economy in Turkey. On June 8, Director Fu led the Group to pay a special visit to the Turkey Tourism Association, and communicated with Kalay, member of the Board of Directors and Berna Akar, director of the Foreign Affairs Department. Both sides introduced their tourism characteristics and resource products respectively, and carried out deep exchanges on how to closely cooperate in areas like product creation, tourists outputting and integrated marketing by focusing on the “Belt and Road” strategy.

Ibrahim Halil Kalay, member of the Board of Directors of Turkey Tourism Association, said that with abundant and diversified tourism resources, Sichuan has great attraction for Turkish tourists. The Association is willing to build a platform of exchange and cooperation in tourism between the two sides, and intensity the publicity and promotion of Sichuan tourism, so as to promote pragmatic cooperation between enterprises from both sides and organize more tourists to travel to Sichuan.

Chen Hongtao, deputy general manager of Sichuan China International Travel Agency Co., Ltd., on behalf of the other three visiting tourism enterprises, expressed that they were willing to cooperate with the Turkey Entry & Exit Travel Agency for building a long-term friendly partnership and a bridge of friendship between the two sides.

The “Beautiful Sichuan, More than Pandas” Sichuan Tourism Promotion Campaign aims to leverage the giant panda as its envoy in showcasing to the world Sichuan’s unique cultural and tourism resources, elevate Sichuan’s international fame, deepen exchanges between Sichuan and the rest of the world in culture, tourism, economy and trade, and promote multilateral interactions and collaborations. Since its inception this year, the “Beautiful Sichuan, More than Pandas” Sichuan Tourism Promotion Campaign has already been held in multiple nations such as Japan, Turkey and Morocco. The constituent activities of the campaign have been exciting and buzz-worthy, and Sichuan tourism, as symbolized by the giant panda, has grabbed the attention and interest of local tourism professionals, the general public and the media.

Scopa to Meet with Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Plans to Deal with Impasse Between Eskom and Defaulting Municipalities

Parliament� The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) will tomorrow meet with the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on plans to solve the impasse between Eskom and municipalities which are defaulting on their electricity debt.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers addresses South African Institute of International Affairs Speaker’s Meeting, 18 Jun

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the South African Institute of International Affairs invite the media to a Speaker’s Meeting to be addressed by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers. The meeting will focus on BRICS in Africa: Working towards the realisation of the African Aspirations.

The meeting will provide a platform for Deputy Minister Landers to highlight the importance of South Africa’s participation in BRICS and the benefits therein. The Deputy Minister will also use this meeting as a vehicle to cultivate citizen buy-in into BRICS activities and to profile South Africa’s role as Chair of BRICS.

The Speaker’s Meeting is one of the build-up events to the 10th BRICS Summit taking place at the Sandton International Convention Centre from 25 to 27 July 2018. South Africa assumed the role of chair of BRICS on 1 January 2018 and will remain in this position until 31 December 2018.

Source: Government of South Africa


PRETORIA– South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says last week’s rain in the Western Cape has brought some relief as major dams have steadily improved.

According to the department, the increased inflow into the rivers was sufficient to lead to significant inflows into the dams.

The latest dam level assessments of June 11 shows the combined average dam level for the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) is at 31.51%, compared to 20.97% at the same time last year.

DWS Western Cape Regional Head Rashid Khan says there is a noticeable turnaround in the province, however much more rain is required to significantly increase the dam levels.

We urge water users, domestic and industries, to continue using water sparingly, Khan said.

DWS will only consider reducing water restrictions after the province has experienced enough rain.

Western Cape receives its water primarily in winter and with the dams filling earlier, there is hope that the dams will recharge faster.

Theewaterskloof, one of the largest dams supplying Cape Town and surrounding municipalities is at 20.89%.

Misverstand is at 107.79%. Voevlei has recovered to 25.53% from 22.04% last week.

Clanwilliam dam on the West Coast is also showing an improvement from 14.29% last week to 20.41% this week.

As DWS we commend those water users that are harvesting rainfall and encourage those that are not harvesting rainfall to do so during this rainfall season, Khan said.