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.


PRETORIA– South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has called on the mining industry to strengthen safety measures following the mining accident at Sibanye-Stillwater on Monday.

“It is the primary responsibility of every employer to provide a safe working space for its workers, the Minister said in a statement.

Four miners passed away following what is being reported as a suspected gassing accident. The search for the fifth miner continues.

According to the Department of Mineral Resources, this is the seventh accident leading to fatalities at the Sibanye-Stillwater operations, making the company the biggest contributor to fatalities in the sector since the beginning of the year.

“It is a great concern to us that this accident has occurred soon after the disaster at the company’s Driefontein operations just a month ago. Health and safety of mineworkers and communities must receive our sharpest and special attention,” Mantashe said.

He also expressed his condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased mineworkers.


Amnesty Calls for End to Violence in Cameroon

A new report by the international human rights group Amnesty International criticizes both the Cameroon military and separatists fighting the independence of the English speaking region for using unnecessary and excessive force. The rights group says civilians are frequently caught up in the violence.

It is a very quiet Wednesday morning here at the English speaking north western town of Njikwa. Hundreds of men and women usually assemble at the towns daily market, but now, there are only about half a dozen men. Trader Claude Oyebog says everyone fled when armed separatists attacked their town and killed a police man and the military reacted with extreme force,

“As I am talking to you, I do not know where my mother is, neither do I know where my brothers or my sisters are,” he said.

After the attack, armed separatists claimed on social media they had occupied Njikwa. Shu Canicius Numfor, Cameroon’s highest government official in the area says the fighting scared the population and thousands escaped to the bushes for their lives.

“We are struggling to get in connection with the Fons [chiefs] of the nine villages so that they should talk to their people that they should have confidence in the forces of law and order [military] who are here to guarantee their security. The government is in place, the forces of law and order are there to continue with routine activities,” he said.

Njikwa is just one locality in which Amnesty International says civilians are caught in a deadly escalation of violence between the military and separatists seeking an English-speaking state.

Amnesty says Cameroon’s military has responded with arbitrary arrests, torture, unlawful killings and destruction of property. It says in one striking incident, satellite images and other photographic evidence it obtained show the complete destruction of the village of Kwakwa, which was burned to the ground by Cameroonian security forces following an operation conducted in December 2017 in connection with the killing of two police officers by suspected armed separatists.

Military spokesperson colonel Didier Badjeck has described as unfounded, allegations that the country’s soldiers are using excessive force on the population and separatist fighters who for the most part are using locally made guns.

He says Amnesty should stop basing its findings on what is published on social media and go down to the affected villages and bushes. He says the reports persist in demonizing the Cameroon defense forces and that Amnesty should note that, the state of Cameroon as any other state in the world has the right of legitimate defense. He says in spite of the derogatory report, the military will remain professional as they have been.

Unrest began in Cameroon in November 2016 when English-speaking teachers and lawyers in the northwest and southwest began calling for reforms and greater autonomy. They marched on the streets, criticizing what they called the marginalization of English speakers by French speakers.

The government responded with a crackdown and massive arrests and detention of suspects and a three-month internet shutdown.

Separatist groups joined together and started calling for the independence of the English speaking from the French speaking regions.

The government said the fighters torched schools and killed at least 44 police and military personnel.

The separatist’s leader Ayuk Tabe Julius was arrested along with dozens of his collaborators in Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon. They have not been seen in public since January and their followers have used social media and vowed to paralyze the country until Ayuk Tabe and 47 others are released.

More than 70 villages have been torched and the United Nations reports that hundreds of thousands have fled for their lives to the bushes and towns in the French speaking regions. At least 20,000 have crossed over to Nigeria. Two hundred have died and hundreds are missing.

Source: Voice of America