Hisense introduit son téléviseur laser 90L5H grand écran familial en Afrique du Sud

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 16 février 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, première marque mondiale d’électronique, se prépare à procurer une expérience visuelle révolutionnaire aux foyers sud-africains avec la commercialisation locale de son téléviseur laser 4K 90L5H. Doté d’une palette de plus de 16,7 millions de couleurs, ce produit restitue des images plus vraies que nature avec un réalisme et une précision exceptionnels.

Présenté comme le téléviseur grand écran le plus familial de la société, le 90L5H est un véritable concentré de puissance, avec son écran de 90 pouces et ses 8,3 millions de pixels, doté de la technologie laser X-Fusion révolutionnaire de la société et du son multidimensionnel Dolby Atmos. Ce produit est le choix idéal pour de nombreux clients, qu’il s’agisse de cinéphiles passionnés à la recherche de la meilleure expérience sur grand écran, de sportifs désireux de plonger au cœur de l’action ou de joueurs à la recherche des meilleurs graphismes. Le 90L5H, d’une longueur de 1,80 m, a de quoi séduire les utilisateurs de tous horizons, qu’il s’agisse d’enfants, d’adolescents ou de professionnels qui apprécient les plaisirs de la vie.

En associant la technologie laser X-Fusion de la société et la technologie de projection à focale ultra-courte, le téléviseur 90L5H d’Hisense produit des images d’une grande netteté, qui offrent aux familles une atmosphère unique dans leur propre maison, semblable à celle que l’on retrouve dans un cinéma. Malgré sa taille, ce produit est très performant. Il est doté d’un écran réfléchissant et émet peu de lumière bleue afin que les utilisateurs ne ressentent pas de fatigue oculaire lors de longues séances de visionnage, et ce, sans perdre la qualité d’affichage d’origine.

L’investissement d’Hisense dans les performances ne s’arrête pas là. La société a employé sa technologie de rejet de la lumière ambiante pour accentuer davantage les couleurs, et les utilisateurs n’ont pas besoin d’éteindre les lumières pour obtenir une qualité d’image claire et saisissante. Par ailleurs, le contraste naturel élevé, avec un taux de 3 000:1, rend les reflets à l’écran encore plus saisissants et apporte de la profondeur et du réalisme aux images ombragées à l’écran.

L’équipe d’Hisense a privilégié une ergonomie élégante et attrayante lors de la conception du 90L5H, et il en résulte un produit qui trouvera sa place dans pratiquement toutes les pièces de la maison. Sous le capot, son cadre en aluminium robuste et sa surface résistante aux rayures allient une esthétique agréable à des performances robustes, le tout pour seulement 9 kg.

En matière de flexibilité pour les utilisateurs, le téléviseur prend en charge l’HDR10, l’HLG et le Dolby Vision tout en exploitant la gamme dynamique élevée pour transférer sa capacité à afficher des couleurs aussi vives aux contenus pris en charge. De plus, le mode Filmmaker (cinéaste) permet d’offrir aux utilisateurs une expérience visuelle plus authentique. Ce mode désactive certains des paramètres de la technologie d’image et de mouvement pour rétablir l’expérience visuelle telle que le créateur l’a voulue, ce qui permet à l’utilisateur de contrôler entièrement la qualité de l’image.

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter : https://hisense.co.za/products/hisense-90-4k-laser-tv-90l5h/

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Sustained “no regrets” humanitarian efforts urgently needed in response to drought in the Horn of Africa

Catastrophic consequences of the multi-year drought will continue in 2023, leaving communities in urgent need of assistance. Seasonal forecasts suggest a reasonable chance that the upcoming March–May rains will again underperform which, should it occur, would be an unprecedented sixth poor season. Communities will need years to recover from this historically severe drought.

The following statement is a joint alert by meteorological agencies and humanitarian partners. 16 February 2023; Nairobi, Kenya: The Horn of Africa is facing an unprecedented, three-year drought, with catastrophic humanitarian impacts.1 The occurrence of another poor rainy season between March–May 2023, as forecast by some meteorological agencies, would have devastating consequences for communities. Regardless of seasonal performance, humanitarian needs will remain high in 2023, and multi-sectoral assistance must be scaled up in order to save lives.

The current drought began with the poor performance of the October–December 2020 rains and has since deepened with all four subsequent seasons also performing poorly. Additionally, the upcoming March–May rainy season will most likely be below normal to normal, and is unlikely to be above normal, according to forecasting experts. If below-average rains do materialize, the Horn of Africa would experience an unprecedented sequence of six below-average rainy seasons. While current forecasts must be treated with a degree of caution as global models are less reliable in the region at this time of year, techniques linked to multiple studies of Pacific sea surface temperatures have worked well in the past and provide a strong signal for belownormal rains, giving more weight to a below-normal scenario, potentially similar to 2017. An assessment for Belg-receiving areas of Ethiopia, where rains fall from February–May, shows a similar outlook. Above-normal temperatures are also forecast, which will likely wilt crops, as well as vegetation vital for the survival of livestock. An increased chance of below-average rains in March is also indicated and any delay in the rains will have significant impacts on cropping areas with short growing seasons.

Current model runs show a greater than 50 percent probability of an El Niño forming during the second half of 2023, though very early forecasts carry considerable uncertainty. Were an El Niño to materialize, it could result in reduced rains in the highlands of Ethiopia, western Kenya, parts of South Sudan, and the Sudan towards the end of the June–September season, followed by abundant rainfall over currently drought-affected areas of the Horn of Africa between October and December.

While it is very early to speculate on the performance of these later rainfall seasons, heavy rainfall in a short period could add additional shocks (e.g. flash floods, water-borne diseases) to communities already suffering from three years of drought and, in some cases, other shocks (e.g., conflict, high food prices). The skill of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) forecasts will improve around April/May and at that point, forecasts for these later seasons and potential impacts should be evaluated.

It is highly likely that the current humanitarian emergency will persist until at least late 2023, requiring high assistance levels to prevent further deteriorations. Regardless of the performance of this year’s major rainy seasons, the sheer scale, severity, and magnitude of suffering already observed means that the region will take many years to fully recover. For families who have lost all of their livestock, rebuilding herds will be a slow process, if possible at all. When the current drought started in 2020, for example, many pastoral areas had not yet recovered their herd sizes to baseline levels after the 2016/17 drought and have subsequently lost even more animals. Recovery in cropping zones will also be a challenge, as households have little to no resources left to invest in planting and will require livelihood support to restart activities when favorable rains eventually come.

Governments, humanitarian agencies and donors should assume that high multi-sectoral needs will persist, and possibly even increase in 2023. It is therefore imperative to take a “no regrets” response and act now to mitigate the deepening crisis.

Source: UN Children’s Fund

Equatorial Guinea Vice President’s Superyacht, Properties Seized in South Africa

A South African court this week seized a superyacht and two properties of Equatorial Guinea’s vice president, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue. The property is expected to be auctioned to pay a South African businessman who sued him for wrongful arrest and torture after an airline deal went wrong. The vice president is also the son and presumed successor Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Obiang, who rules the country with an iron fist.

South African businessman Daniel Janse van Rensburg says he welcomes the seizure of the yacht and properties.

He says the case has been going on in South Africa since 2016, adding that with every ruling, Vice President Obiang, also known as Teodorin, files an appeal.

It all began more than a decade ago, when Janse van Resnburg says he was asked by Gabriel Angabi, then mayor of Equatorial Guinea’s capital city, to set up a private airline for the central African nation. Janse van Rensburg says he worked on the deal for two years but in 2013 Angabi called it off and said he wanted his money back.

“And that is when he phoned Teodorin junior, he was at that time the minister of security and in charge of the jail. So, he got authorization from him to put me into Black Beach,” he said.

That is the name of the jail in Equatorial Guinea where the South African spent nearly two years. He explains why he sued Vice President Obiang and not Angabi.

“Because he was responsible for having me put into jail and keeping me there as well,” he said. “You know we have documentation from the South African embassy in Malabo to prove this, that they asked him a few times to speak to him, to ask him to look at this and to set me free and he always kept on refusing.”

Rensburg has published a book about life in prison called Black Beach. He says the prison was overcrowded, filthy and a breeding ground for diseases.

“He put women and children in there. There was a little boy of 11 years that was in there for stealing just a mango. It was just by the grace of God that I actually did survive. You know there’s some really horrific things that happen there: torture and abuse, sexual abuse,” he said.

Eventually, the lawyer of a fellow inmate got Rensburg out.

He came home to South Africa and opened the case in 2016. Although Obiang’s lawyers are trying to block the auction of the properties and the superyacht, Rensburg says he hopes this is the end.

Security Expert Willem Els explains that Obiang junior, 54, has been on the wrong side of the law in several countries like the United States, France, Britain and Switzerland.

Els says his lavish lifestyle catches the attention of financial intelligence units who look for signs of money laundering and proceeds from illegal activities.

“What we talking about is the looting of the resources of the country. You know if you go to Equatorial Guinea it’s one of the poorest countries in Africa even though they’ve got all these resources. So that means that the wealth of the oil, the revenue that is coming into the country is not channeled and used for the benefit of the country but rather for the political elite,” he said.

Equatorial Guinea’s government has not yet commented on the seizure of the vice president’s properties. When VOA called the country’s embassy in Pretoria Thursday, no one answered.

Source: Voice of America

West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (07 – 13 February 2023)

On 13 February, Equatorial Guinea has confirmed its first outbreak of the Marburg virus, a highly infectious and deadly disease like Ebola, following the deaths of at least nine people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The country quarantined over 200 people the week before in its western Kie-Ntem province after detecting a hemorrhagic fever with additional 16 suspected cases reported.

Neighboring Cameroon restricted movement along its border over contagion concerns. Marburg virus disease can have a fatality rate of up to 88 per cent, with no vaccines or antiviral treatments. Drops in oil prices in the past years and the effects of the COVID-19 affected the country’s once fast-growing economy and exacerbated existing vulnerabilities

Burkina Faso

Armed Group Attack Leaves 25 Dead

On 4 February, an attack by a non-state armed group (NSAG) on the village of Bani,

Seno province, Sahel region, resulted in the death of 25 people, including 22 civilians, according to an official statement by the regional Governor. During the attack, administrative buildings, were ransacked.

Bani commune is located on the main axe connecting the regional capitals of the Centre Nord and Sahel regions. It is used by armed groups to reach the Centre Nord region. While this is the first incident of this kind reported in Bani, increased NSAG activity since January 2023 in areas surrounding Dori, the Sahel regional capital, hampers humanitarian activities.

Cameroon

Armed Groups Announced a Five-day Shutdown Of Schools

On 6 February, non-state armed groups announced a five-day shutdown of schools from 7 to 11 February in the North-West and South-West (NWSW) regions. Moreover, they called for a two-day lockdown on 10 and 11 February in the two regions.

Education continues to be severely impacted by the crisis in the two regions and repeated lockdowns prevent the affected people from accessing humanitarian aid.

DR Congo

Over 100 Killed in Armed Attacks in Djugu In Ituri Province since January

Attacks on civilians continue in the northeastern Ituri province, particularly in Djugu territory, where a recent series of attacks in Mongwalu and Damas health zones on 11 and 12 February left at least 20 civilians dead. About14,000 people were also forced to flee their homes. Since the beginning of the year, at least 129 civilians have been killed and over 82 injured during armed attacks in Djugu territory, according to humanitarian sources. This growing insecurity has resulted in the displacement of at least 128,800 people, creating new humanitarian needs and severely affecting the delivery of assistance to thousands in need. However, humanitarian organizations continue to assist those in need in accessible areas.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs