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Hisense Successfully Launches Infinity H30lite Powered by UNISOC SC9863A in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, June 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As a core subsidiary of Tsinghua Unigroup, UNISOC, one of the world’s leading chipset design companies, announced Hisense Infinity H30lite, powered by UNISOC SC9863A, has been successfully launched in South Africa. It is also a debut for UNISOC SC9863A in the African market.

Hisense Infinity H30lite is a perfect mix of popular specs such as 6.1″ Waterdrop screen with 19.5:9 U-Infinity Display, 3000mAh battery, 16MP+5MP dual rear camera and 3GB RAM. Additionally, Hisense Infinity H30lite supports Artificial Intelligence (AI) scene recognition with outstanding performance on beautification and night shooting.

Powerful Quad-core facilitates fluency
Hisense Infinity H30lite is built with UNISOC SC9863A, a highly-integrated LTE chipset platform based on a high-performance Octa-core 1.6GHz Arm Cortex-A55 processor. Compared with Arm Cortex-A53, the performance of operation speed and AI processing has been greatly improved, which guarantees the smooth operation of games and other applications. Additionally, UNISOC SC9863A supports facial recognition based on deep neural network, which can realize fast and accurate face authentication and protect the privacy and information security for end users.

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UNISOC SC9863A brings major improvements to the camera’s processing capabilities and innovative applications, which makes Hisense Infinity H30lite realize real-time beautification, background blurring, night scene and panorama shooting. With UNISOC’s independently developed Bokeh, W+T and distortion correction algorithm, beauty, fog removal, HDR and other aspects have excellent performance in super night view. Additionally, through intelligent AI algorithm, UNISOC SC9863A can realize real-time intelligent scene detection and recognition and automatically optimize shooting mode and parameters according to different scene characteristics, creating more intelligent shooting experiences.

“We feel grateful to have Hisense as our business partner and work together to serve African market. Mobile communications is under rapid development in Africa and huge amounts of 2G users are speeding up the transformation to 3G and 4G. UNISOC will continue to cultivate the local market and cooperate with Hisense on providing customized solutions and excellent services to empower the new era of digitalized Africa,” said Eric Zhou, SVP of Marketing, UNISOC.

“We are very excited to partner with UNISOC on the launch of our new Smartphone, the Infinity H30lite, debuting the SC9863A for the African continent. Together we will accelerate the transformation from 2G to 3G and 4G in Africa,” said Jerry Liu, General Manager of Hisense Middle-East and Africa.

Des programmes numériques de Scholastic pour soutenir l’éducation de 23 000 élèves du primaire au collège en Amérique latine

Scholastic Literacy Pro™, Scholastic Literacy Pro LibraryBookFlix®, et TrueFlix® seront désormais disponibles sur la plate-forme d’apprentissage en ligne Knotion® pour la prochaine année scolaire

NEW YORK, 11 juin 2019 /PRNewswire/ — À compter de l’année scolaire 2019-2020, 23 000 élèves du primaire au collège en Amérique latine pourront accéder aux programmes numériques de Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), la société mondiale d’édition, d’éducation et de médias pour enfants en phase d’intégration à Knotion®, une plate-forme d’apprentissage globale avec un programme d’enseignement basé sur la conception et la résolution de problèmes qui est alignée aux objectifs de développement durable établis par les Nations Unies à l’horizon 2030. Les écoles ayant choisi de mettre en œuvre le programme de Knotion auront désormais un accès complet à Scholastic Literacy Pro™, Scholastic Literacy Pro LibraryBookFlix®, etTrueFlix, des solutions qui permettent d’améliorer l’alphabétisation des élèves et favoriser l’apprentissage moyennant un contenu de haute qualité. Knotion est largement réputée pour sa collaboration avec des entités bien établies telles qu’Apple, Google, l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE) et dès à présent, Scholastic.

Pour obtenir plus d’informations sur la gamme complète des solutions numériques de Scholastic, rendez-vous sur www.scholastic.com.

« Scholastic est ravie de collaborer avec Knotion et de fournir aux élèves et enseignants d’Amérique latine un accès à nos programmes d’alphabétisation numérique à travers l’écosystème d’apprentissage innovant de Knotion », a déclaré la directrice générale adjointe chargée des ventes à l’exportation et du marketing chez Scholastic, Anne Boynton-Trigg. « En travaillant coude à coude avec Knotion, nous continuerons à élargir l’accès à des contenus authentiques et de grand intérêt afin d’aider encore plus d’enfants à découvrir le plaisir et la magie de la lecture, mais également à atteindre leur plein potentiel à l’école et dans la vie en général », ajoute-t-elle.

Voici les solutions numériques de Scholastic proposées par Knotion :

  • Scholastic Literacy Pro est actuellement utilisé dans 46 pays. Il s’agit d’un programme adaptatif d’évaluation en ligne destiné aux élèves du primaire au secondaire qui permet d’évaluer la compréhension écrite et créer des listes de livres personnalisées en fonction des intérêts et du niveau de lecture de chaque élève. Les enseignants peuvent suivre les progrès de leurs élèves moyennant des rapports basés sur des données qui fournissent des informations pour la formation ciblée, et ce afin d’aider les élèves à atteindre les objectifs essentiels de compétence et de référence.
  • Scholastic Literacy Pro Library est une bibliothèque électronique interactive destinée aux élèves de la maternelle au lycée. Le programme encourage les élèves à acquérir des compétences de lecture par eux-mêmes et à découvrir de nouveaux livres à lire parmi plus de 1 000 titres de haute qualité, notamment des séries populaires telles que Goosebumps™ et Discover More. Les livres audio, le vocabulaire interactif et d’autres ressources offrent une expérience personnalisée à tous les lecteurs.

    Scholastic Literacy Pro et Scholastic Literacy Pro Library ont été nommés au prix GESS pour la meilleure ressource de base de 2018 et ont reçu le prix ComputED Gazette BESSIE en 2017 et 2018 pour la meilleure ressource d’alphabétisation des classes avancées du primaire, ainsi que le prix ComputED Gazette EDDIE en 2018 pour la meilleure ressource de gestion de l’alphabétisation.

  • BookFlix est une ressource d’alphabétisation numérique pour les élèves de la maternelle à la 2e année qui associe thématiquement des histoires animées à des livres numériques de non-fiction afin d’améliorer la compréhension de lecture, de renforcer la maîtrise de la langue et de développer des capacités précoces de lecture et d’écriture, le vocabulaire et les connaissances du monde réel. BookFlix a remporté les prix BESSIE 2018 et 2019 pour les meilleurs livres numériques de perfectionnement en lecture.
  • TrueFlix est une ressource multimédia destinée aux élèves de la 3e à la 7e année qui propose plus de 140 unités de contenu pour compléter les programmes d’études des sciences sociales et des sciences de la vie et de la terre. Les livres numériques intégrés sont accompagnés de vidéos engageantes et d’une variété de types de texte et de supports supplémentaires pour aider les élèves à acquérir des connaissances classées par type de contenus et à développer les capacités de lecture nécessaires au succès scolaire.

« Knotion a su trouver les meilleures sociétés partenaires du monde. En effet, Scholastic est le titan du développement des compétences de base en lecture et en écriture pour toute la vie », a déclaré le PDG de Knotion, Noel Trainor.

« Chez Knotion, nous sommes ravis de compter sur Scholastic en tant que partenaire. Cette association nous permettra non seulement de doter nos élèves d’une base plus solide en vue de leur alphabétisation, mais elle augmentera aussi leur intérêt et leur amour pour la lecture », a déclaré la responsable de l’apprentissage et de l’inspiration chez Knotion, Noemi Valencia.

Pour plus d’informations sur Scholastic, veuillez visiter la salle de presse virtuelle de la société à l’adresse http://mediaroom.scholastic.com.

Pour plus d’informations sur Knotion, rendez-vous sur https://www.knotion.com/.

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Digital Programs from Scholastic to Support 23,000 Students in Grades 1–9 in Latin America

Scholastic Literacy Pro™, Scholastic Literacy Pro Library, BookFlix®, and TrueFlix® Available Through Knotion® Digital Learning Platform This Coming School Year

NEW YORK, June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Starting in the 2019–2020 school year, 23,000 students in grades 1–9 in Latin America will have access to digital programs from Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, that are being incorporated into Knotion®, an integrated learning platform and curriculum based on design thinking and problem solving, and aligned to the United Nations 2030 sustainable development goals. Schools that implement Knotion’s curriculum will now have full access to Scholastic Literacy Pro™, Scholastic Literacy Pro Library, BookFlix®, and TrueFlix, which all work to improve literacy instruction and foster learning with high-quality content. Knotion is widely known for its work with established organizations including Apple, Google, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and now Scholastic.

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For more information about the full range of Scholastic digital solutions, visit www.scholastic.com.

“Scholastic is excited to collaborate with Knotion and provide students and educators in Latin America with access to our digital literacy programs through Knotion’s innovative learning ecosystem,” said Anne Boynton-Trigg, Vice President, Export Sales & Marketing, Scholastic. “By working with Knotion, we will continue to expand access to high-interest, authentic content to help even more children discover the joy and magic of reading and reach their full potential in school and in life.”

Scholastic digital solutions offered through Knotion:

  • Scholastic Literacy Pro , currently used in 46 countries, is an adaptive online assessment program for students in grades 3–12 that measures reading comprehension and generates personalized book lists matched with students’ individual interests and reading levels. Educators monitor progress using data-driven reports that provide insights for targeted instruction to help students reach key benchmarks and proficiency goals.
  • Scholastic Literacy Pro Library is an interactive eBook library for students in grades K–12. The program fosters independent reading skills and helps students discover new books to read among more than 1,000 high-quality titles including popular series such as Goosebumps™ and Discover More. Audio books, interactive vocabulary, and other resources provide a personalized experience for all readers.Both Scholastic Literacy Pro and Scholastic Literacy Pro Library have been named the 2018 GESS Best Primary Resource, and received the 2017 and 2018 ComputED Gazette BESSIE Award for Best Upper Elementary Literacy Resource, and the 2018 ComputED Gazette EDDIE Award for Best Literacy Management Resource.
  • BookFlix is a digital literacy resource for students in grades pre-K–2 that thematically pairs animated stories with nonfiction eBooks to support reading comprehension, strengthen fluency, and build early literacy skills, vocabulary, and real world knowledge. BookFlix won the 2018 and 2019 BESSIE Award for Best Reading Skills eBooks.
  • TrueFlix is a multimedia resource for students in grades 3–7 offering more than 140 content units to supplement social studies and science curricula. Integrated eBooks are accompanied by engaging videos and a variety of additional text types and media to help students build content-area knowledge and cultivate the critical literacy skills necessary for academic success.

“Knotion has been able to find the best companies in the world to partner with, and Scholastic is the titan in developing literacy and reading skills for life,” commented Noel Trainor, CEO, Knotion.

“At Knotion, we are thrilled to have Scholastic as a partner, which will not only provide our students with a more robust and solid foundation for literacy, but will increase their interest and love for reading,” said Noemi Valencia, Chief Learning and Inspiration Officer, Knotion.

For more information about Scholastic, visit the Company’s media room at http://mediaroom.scholastic.com.

For more information about Knotion, visit https://www.knotion.com/.

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Opportunities for Cooperation Highlighted at CEIBS China-Africa Forum

SHANGHAI, June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On June 8, as part of its on-going commitment to serving as a bridge between China and Africa, the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) hosted the 2019 CEIBS Insights China-Africa Forum: When China Meets Africa at the school’s Shanghai campus.

China-Africa business relations have developed rapidly in recent years, and China is now Africa’s largest trading partner. In 2018, trade between China and Africa reached US$204.2 billion – a year-on-year increase of 20%. More than 3,700 companies currently operate in Africa, and China’s direct investment in Africa now exceeds $46 billion USD.

In this context, the China-Africa Forum featured a series of keynote speeches and panel discussions exploring opportunities for strategic partnerships and business cooperation in areas such as trade, infrastructure, healthcare, industrialization, and agricultural modernization, as well as the role of women in leadership in both China and Africa. The forum also helped mark more than 10 years of investment by CEIBS in world-class business and management education in Africa.

CEIBS President Li Mingjun led nearly 200 faculty, alumni, students, and guests in opening the event, which included keynote speeches by H.E. Mrs. Xu Jinghu, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs, and H.E. Ambassador Rahamtalla M. Osman, Permanent Representative of the African Union to China. CEIBS Africa Executive Director Mathew Tsamenyi also spoke at the forum and was joined in representing the school’s many African initiatives by around 50 participants from the CEIBS’ Women Entrepreneurship & Leadership for Africa (WELA) programme.

During his welcome address, President Li pointed out that the forum came at a good time, with China-Africa relations being one of the most important topics of interest at the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held last month in Beijing. He also used the opportunity to reaffirm CEIBS’ commitment to contributing China knowledge and to providing a platform for the enhancement of China-Africa business relations. “We are willing to take the social responsibility of CEIBS as always,” he said. “And to contribute to the economic cooperation between China and Africa and the development of the Chinese and African friendship.”

In her opening speech, H.E. Mrs. Xu emphasised that China-Africa cooperation not only promotes mutual benefit, but also creates favourable conditions for greater international cooperation with Africa. She also expressed appreciation for the efforts made by CEIBS to promote and enhance China-Africa cooperation. “For more than 10 years, CEIBS has been actively committed to cultivating African business leaders, caring for local youth groups, and training African women entrepreneurs,” she said. “It has grown into a good economic and cultural cooperation platform between China and Africa. I hope that CEIBS will continue to pursue excellence, participate more in China-Africa economic exchange and cultural cooperation, and contribute more wisdom to the cooperation of management education between China and Africa.”

In his opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador Osman stated that, “This forum is a special honour to the African continent, because it is our forum. It gives us, as a continent, a huge opportunity to once again boost and consolidate our ever growing China-Africa cooperation.” He also spoke about the critical role CEIBS has played in the socio-economic development of Africa and highlighted how, over the years, the school “has evolved into a powerful international platform that is profoundly contributing to the transformation of our nations and facilitating global economic cooperation through investment, academic excellence, and production of high calibre business leaders and entrepreneurs.”

CEIBS Assistant Professor of Strategy Richard Carney then moderated the first discussion panel of the forum on the theme of New China-Africa Strategic Partnership in the Context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Featured in the panel were Mr. Ato Sarpong, Executive Director of African Life Assurance and Former Deputy Minister for Communications of the Republic of Ghana; Prof. Wenping He, Professor and Research Program Director at the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; and Ms. Helen Hai, Goodwill Ambassador, UNIDO. During the course of the discussion, panellists examined some of the challenges and opportunities associated with the BRI in Africa, as well as some of the factors motivating African countries and businesses to participate in the BRI.

CEIBS Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy Shameen Prashantham led the second panel of the event on Sharing of Practices on China-Africa Business Cooperation. Panellists for the session included Mr. Xiaolin Wei, President of Cherami Africa; Ms. Jinyuan Li (CEIBS GEMBA 2015), Vice President, GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd.; Mr. Andy Shi, President, OPPO MEA; and Mr. Runcai Chen, Vice President, Fosun Pharma Jiangsu Co., Ltd. During the session, panellists shared numerous lessons drawn from their extensive first-hand experiences doing business between China and Africa and offered recommendations for how both sides can promote mutual growth and add value to shared business activity.

CEIBS Assistant Professor of Management Emily David hosted the final session of the day on the topic of China-Africa Women Leadership Capacity Building which included as panellists Ms. Ezinwanne Ajayi (CEIBS WELA 2019), CEO of Africa Baby Care Ltd.; Mrs. Doris Yaa Aggrey Ahiati (CEIBS WELA 2019), CEO of Crescendo Heights; Ms. Julie Wong (CEIBS EMBA 2011), Head of Human Resources, Greater China, Jones Lang LaSalle; and Ms. Cuifeng Lyu (CEIBS EMBA 2008), CEO of CJ Smart Cargo Group and Director of Shanghai Representative Office of China-Africa Industry Forum of WTO. During the panel, participants shared their personal and professional journeys and highlighted some of the challenges and opportunities for women in business in both China and Africa. They also offered their thoughts on initiatives organisations can take to support women and offered advice for how women can maximise their chances of success in business.

Prof. Tsamenyi closed the event by reflecting on the important role CEIBS has played in bridging two of the most important economic and cultural regions in the world. “One of the best decisions that CEIBS has ever made was to come to Africa,” he said. “What we have done in Africa, first, is to provide a platform for African executives who want to understand China and to come to China and, second, for Chinese executives and companies who want to understand and come to Africa. And, no other institution has provided this.”

The CEIBS Africa project was first launched in 2008 with a mission to prepare highly competent innovation oriented managers and executives who are capable of leading and growing their organisations in the increasingly dynamic African economic environment. From its Accra campus and other locations around Africa, CEIBS provides a range of management education programmes, including executive-level and company specific trainings. For more information, please visit CEIBS Africa’s webpage here.

Love or Vengeance? New Human Trafficking Thriller “Muna” Asks Tough Questions

From KevStel, Producers of “Tempting Fate” feat. stars from Hollywood and Nollywood

ATLANTA, June 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — MUNA is a story of love, secrets, betrayal, vengeance, and forgiveness. It stars Adesua Etomi-Wellington and highlights the global sex trafficking crisis. With emotion-driven plot lines, the movie follows the trajectory of innocent Muna’s transformation into a weapon-wielding assassin driven by stone cold revenge. But love was never on the agenda.

Muna Movie Poster

Shot in Nigeria and the US, the independent action-drama features well-known actors from both Nollywood and Hollywood. The star-studded cast of this film includes Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Adam Huss (TV series Power), Robert Miano (Sonny Red in “Donnie Brasco”) Massi Furlan (Dark Knight Rises, Live by Night), Mayling Ng ( Wonder Woman, Scorpion King, Book of Souls on Netflix). Other favorites include Michael Cavalieri, Falz the Bahd Guy, Camille Winbush, Steve Wilder, Sharon Ifedi, Ebele Okaro, and living Nigerian legend Onyeka Onwenu.

MUNA is a dramatic motion picture directed by Kevin Nkem Nwankwor, story by award-winning author Unoma Nwankwor. Screenplay by Joe Leone, Liam Parry and Kevin Nkem Nwankwor, and executive produced by Emmanuel Ojeah and Unoma Nwankwor.

“Human trafficking has become a great menace in our world today—the most troublesome part is the impact it has on the victims, turning them into something they would never have dreamt of becoming,” said movie director Kevin Nkem Nwankwor (KNN). “Listening to the stories of these victims and knowing about those who go missing is heartbreaking. This is what motivated me to make MUNA.”

For more information, visit MUNA website –  https://www.munamovie.com/

About KevStel Productions and Publications https://kevstel.com/

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with a branch office in Abuja, Nigeria, KevStel Productions and Publications is a film production and book publishing company that is striving to bridge the gap between African and Western cinema creating narratives with global appeal. The family-owned production company is headed by award-winning author Unoma Nwankwor and Film Producer, Director, Entrepreneur, and CEO Kevin Nkem Nwankwor (KNN) who has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy.

For more information about the Director, visit – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5442474/

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