Hisense Brings Its Most Family-friendly Big-screen 90L5H Laser TV to South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Leading global electronics brand Hisense is preparing to deliver a revolutionary viewing experience to homes in South Africa with the local launch of its 90L5H 4K Laser TV. Featuring a palette of more than 16.7 million colors, the product brings true-to-life pictures with outstanding realism and accuracy.

Billed as the company’s most family-friendly big-screen TV, the 90L5H packs quite the punch with a 90-inch screen and 8.3 million pixels featuring the company’s groundbreaking X-Fusion Laser Technology and Dolby Atmos multidimensional sound. The product is the perfect choice for a wide range of customers, whether they are avid movie fans looking for the best big-screen experience, sports fans trying to get closer to the action, or gamers looking for the best way to view graphics. The six-foot-wide 90L5H has something to offer users across a diverse mixture of demographics, from kids and teenagers to professionals who enjoy the finer things in life.

By employing a combination of the company’s X-Fusion Laser Technology and ultra-short throw projection technology, Hisense achieves razor-sharp imagery on the 90L5H TV, bringing families a unique atmosphere in their own homes that is not dissimilar to the full-on cinematic experience. Despite its size, the product really punches above its weight in terms of performance. It features a reflective display and low-blue light to ensure that users will not feel the strain on their eyes during prolonged viewing sessions and all this comes without sacrificing the original display quality.

However, Hisense’s investment in performance does not stop there. The company used its Ambient Light Rejecting technology to strengthen colors further, and users don’t need to kill the lights to ensure a crystal clear and striking picture quality. Additionally, the high native contrast with a native rate of 3,000:1 makes those on-screen highlights even more punchy, delivering for users in terms of depth and realism for shadowy imagery on screen.

The team at Hisense pursued a sleek and attractive ergonomic when designing the 90L5H, and the result is a product that would not look out of place in most rooms anywhere in the house. Under the hood, the sturdy aluminum frame and scratch-resistance surface combine a favorable aesthetic with solid performance, and it all weighs only 20 pounds.

In terms of flexibility for users, the TV supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision while leveraging High Dynamic Range to transfer its ability to display such strong colors to supported content. Additionally, Filmmaker Mode is on hand to bring users a more authentic viewing experience. The mode deactivates some of the picture and motion technology settings to revert the viewing experience back to how the creator intended it to be, putting the user completely in control of image quality.

For more information, please check: https://hisense.co.za/products/hisense-90-4k-laser-tv-90l5h/

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American Actress Raquel Welch Dies at 82

When Raquel Welch donned a deerskin bikini for a 1966 caveman screen epic, she became one of the hottest sex symbols of her time, a role she never felt able to escape.

The film was mediocre, but the poster for “One Million Years BC” went round the world, taking her with it and making both of them an indelible part of cinema history.

“With the release of that famous movie poster, in one fell swoop, everything in my life changed and everything about the real me was swept away,” Welch wrote in her 2010 autobiography Beyond the Cleavage.

“All else would be eclipsed by this bigger-than-life sex symbol.”

With an auburn mane and lauded for her famous figure, Welch took over from the late Marilyn Monroe to become the universal sex goddess of the 1960s and 1970s.

The New York Times described her in 1967 as “a marvelous breathing monument to womankind” while Playboy magazine said she was “the most desired woman of the 1970s.”

Walk-on parts

Welch, who died Wednesday after a brief illness, was born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago to a Bolivian aeronautical engineer and his American wife.

Growing up in California, she took ballet lessons and won the first of several teen beauty titles at the age of 14.

She married her high school sweetheart, James Welch, before she was 20, having two children with him before moving to Dallas to take on jobs as a model and barmaid.

Seeking stardom, she returned to Los Angeles in 1963, where she met her agent and next husband Patrick Curtis.

Her never-illustrious acting career started with a string of walk-on parts in minor films, including the 1964 musical feature “Roustabout” starring Elvis Presley.

But a break came when she was picked by the 20th Century Fox studio to star in the 1966 science fiction film, “Fantastic Voyage.”

Typecast

The same year she had a leading role in “One Million Years BC,” a fantasy film forgettable except for its bikini-clad cavewoman.

In 1967 Welch married Curtis in Paris in a famously skimpy white crochet dress, living it up in a lavish Beverly Hills villa with black marble swimming pool and Rolls-Royce.

However, by then she was typecast, and struggled to prove herself as an actress.

“Americans have always had sex symbols. It’s a time-honored tradition and I’m flattered to have been one,” she once said.

“But it’s hard to have a long, fruitful career once you’ve been stereotyped that way.”

Welch clocked up a series of films in the late 1960s and 1970s but remained restricted by her status as a beauty.

Titles included the western “Bandolero!” (1968), detective movie “Lady in Cement” (1968) and comedy “Animal” (1977).

In 1969 she was in Hollywood’s first interracial sex scene with Jim Brown in “100 Rifles.” Then came her most controversial role — a transsexual heroine in the explicit “Myra Breckinridge” (1970).

The swashbuckling “The Three Musketeers” (1973), in which she played the queen’s dressmaker, won her the Golden Globe for best actress.

While filming “Cannery Row” in 1982, Welch was fired for insisting on doing her hair and make-up at home. She sued MGM studios for breach of contract, ultimately winning a $15 million settlement.

Later roles

A lover of yoga, Welch later launched herself into the business of wellbeing, publishing her “Total Beauty and Fitness” program in 1984.

Having long hidden her Latino origins, as an elegant 60-something she took on Hispanic roles in the “American Family” series on PBS in 2002 and “Tortilla Soup” in 2001.

In 2008 at age 68, she divorced her fourth husband, Richard Palmer, who was 14 years her junior.

Source: Voice of America

Elon Musk Hopes to Have Twitter CEO Toward the End of Year

Billionaire Elon Musk said Wednesday that he anticipates finding a CEO for Twitter “probably toward the end of this year.”

Speaking via a video call to the World Government Summit in Dubai, Musk said making sure the platform can function remained the most important thing for him.

“I think I need to stabilize the organization and just make sure it’s in a financial healthy place,” Musk said when asked about when he’d name a CEO. “I’m guessing probably toward the end of this year would be good timing to find someone else to run the company.”

Musk, 51, made his wealth initially on the finance website PayPal, then created the spacecraft company SpaceX and invested in the electric car company Tesla. In recent months, however, more attention has been focused on the chaos surrounding his $44 billion purchase of the microblogging site Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military’s use of Musk’s satellite internet service Starlink as it defends itself against Russia’s ongoing invasion has put Musk off and on at the center of the war.

Musk offered a wide-ranging 35-minute discussion that touched on the billionaire’s fears about artificial intelligence, the collapse of civilization and the possibility of space aliens. But questions about Twitter kept coming back up as Musk described both Tesla and SpaceX as able to function without his direct, day-to-day involvement.

“Twitter is still somewhat a startup in reverse,” he said. “There’s work required here to get Twitter to sort of a stable position and to really build the engine of software engineering.”

Musk also sought to portray his takeover of San Francisco-based Twitter as a cultural correction.

“I think that the general idea is just to reflect the values of the people as opposed to imposing the values of essentially San Francisco and Berkeley, which are so somewhat of a niche ideology as compared to the rest of the world,” he said. “And, you know, Twitter was, I think, doing a little too much to impose a niche.”

Musk’s takeover at Twitter has seen mass firings and other cost-cutting measures. Musk, who is on the hook for about $1 billion in yearly interest payments for his purchase, has been trying to find way to maximize profits at the company.

However, some of Musk’s decisions have conflicted with the reasons that journalists, governments and others rely on Twitter as an information-sharing platform.

Musk on Wednesday described the need for users to rely on Twitter for trusted information from verified accounts. However, a confused rollout to a paid verified account system saw some impersonate famous companies, leading to a further withdrawal of needed advertising cash to the site.

“Twitter is certainly quite the rollercoaster,” he acknowledged.

Forbes estimates Musk’s wealth at just under $200 billion. The Forbes analysis ranks Musk as the second-wealthiest person on Earth, just behind French luxury brand magnate Bernard Arnault.

But Musk also has become a thought leader for some as well, albeit an oracle that is trying to get six hours of sleep a night despite the challenges at Twitter.

Musk described his children as being “programmed by Reddit and YouTube.” However, he criticized the Chinese-made social media app TikTok.

“TikTok has a lot of very high usage (but) I often hear people say, ‘Well, I spent two hours on TikTok, but I regret those two hours,’” Musk said. “We don’t want that to be the case with Twitter.”

TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Musk warned that artificial intelligence should be regulated “very carefully,” describing it as akin to the promise of nuclear power but the danger of atomic bombs. He also cautioned against having a single civilization or “too much cooperation” on Earth, saying it could “collapse” a society that’s like a “tiny candle in a vast darkness.”

And when asked about the existence of aliens, Musk had a firm response.

“The crazy thing is, I’ve seen no evidence of alien technology or alien life whatsoever. And I think I’d know because of SpaceX,” he said. “I don’t think anybody knows more about space, you know, than me.”

Source: Voice of America

Seychelles hosts second meeting of AU platform for SIDS

Work continues for the setting up of a fisheries platform that will allow small island nations from Africa to join forces for discussions at international level, through a three-day training in Seychelles.

The three-day workshop is being organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) which is currently implementing the second phase of the Fisheries Governance Project (FishGov2).

The project aims at enhancing the contribution of the AU-IBAR’s member states towards sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in order to achieve its objectives set out in the AU Agenda 2063.

The projects are funded by the European Union (EU) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

In his address, the Seychelles’ fisheries minister, Jean-Francois Ferrari, said in his address that “it is our sincere aim to advance our causes regionally and continentally through this platform and we have agreed to do this together. We should learn from each other’s strength in order to prosper and create a bond between member states, as we have the same objectives to reduce poverty, increase food security and promote economic growth.”

He emphasised on the need for African small island developing states and Madagascar to work together in international negotiations to get better results.

Alongside Seychelles, countries represented at the workshop taking place at Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort are Mauritius, Comoros, Madagascar, Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe.

Since 2014, AU-IBAR has run a fisheries governance project and this has two components. The first was strengthening institutional capacity to enhance governance of the fisheries sector in Africa, which ended in 2018.

Setting up the platform needed to proceed is the second part of the project which is to enhance sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture development in Africa.

Ferrari was pleased to note that following the first meeting, there will be a two-day training to enhance the capacities of AU-SIDS and other pre-identified negotiators in terms of international negotiations and formulation of a mechanism in order to coordinate the African common positions at the global fora for fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic biodiversity, environmental sustainability and climate change related regimes.

Aside from training, one of the objectives of this second meeting is to chart the way forward for strategic positions. This will help to ensure increased contribution to food and nutritional security, poverty alleviation and economic growth consistent with the Malabo Declaration calling for action on transformation of African agriculture by 2025.

Source: Seychelles News Agency