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Developments in Image Processing Using Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning

15 Oct 2023  |  mdpi.com
The article discusses the evolution and significance of image processing, which began in 1964 with lunar surface images. It defines image processing as a signal processing area focused on analyzing and manipulating digital images. The article highlights the shift from nonlearning-based methods to machine learning (ML) techniques in image processing. ML, a subset of AI, uses linear algebra on multidimensional arrays for tasks like natural language understanding and image recognition. The advancement of ML has notably impacted image processing, enabling complex tasks such as facial recognition and object detection. The application of ML in image processing benefits various sectors by optimizing processes, improving data analysis accuracy, and automating manual tasks. The article also notes a lack of studies on ML techniques applied to image processing across different areas, with most research focusing on medical imaging. It aims to review new techniques and challenges in the field, providing insight for future research.

Agroleite Trophy 2023: vote for Balde Branco

29 May 2023  |  baldebranco.com.br
Balde Branco, a publication with nearly 60 years of experience providing relevant information on dairy production technologies, management, nutrition, health, genetic improvement, management, milk quality, and market, is a candidate for the Agroleite Trophy in the Media category. The text encourages readers involved in dairy production to vote for Balde Branco, emphasizing the importance of their vote for the motivation and improvement of the publication. Voting ends on May 31, and each person can vote once, with confirmation via email.

Understanding the Reason Behind the Delta Symbol in the Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake

25 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
The upcoming Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater is a remake of the 2004 classic, overseen by Konami with assistance from Virtuous. The Delta symbol in the title signifies 'change' or 'difference' while maintaining the original structure. The game will feature the original voice cast, including David Hayter as Jack (Big Boss), and promises to stay true to the original experience with enhanced graphics and 3D audio. It will be available on PS5, Xbox Series, and PC.

Immortals of Aveum gets new frenetic gameplay during the PlayStation Showcase - See!

25 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Immortals of Aveum, a fantasy shooter game, showcased a new trailer during the PlayStation event, revealing new gameplay scenes and enemies. The game is a collaboration between EA Originals and Ascendent Studios, which includes industry veterans from the Call of Duty franchise. The trailer introduced enemies such as Sandrakk, Nightblade Brutes, Leylodons, Cronistas, and bugios. The protagonist, Jak, is a battle mage capable of using three variations of magic to create unique combat styles. Immortals of Aveum is set to release on July 17, 2023, for PS5, Xbox Series, and PC.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Remake will be faithful to the original game

25 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Konami announced the remake of Metal Gear Solid 3, titled Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater, which will be faithful to the original game's design and story. The game will feature enhanced visuals and user experience, and is set to release on PS5, Xbox Series, and PC. A collection including Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, and 3 is expected in the fall of 2023. The studio Virtuos is rumored to be leading the project, and the game will include high-end graphics and 3D audio.

Destiny 2 Releases Teaser for Its Next Expansion

24 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Bungie revealed the first teaser for its next expansion, 'The Final Shape', during the PlayStation Showcase. The expansion will feature the return of Cayde-6 and more details will be shared at a global reveal event on August 22, 2023. Destiny 2 recently entered its second season, 'Season of the Depths', which takes Guardians to the depths of Titan's moon in search of 'The Witness' following the events of the 'Lightfall' expansion. The new season will include new episodes, costumes, weapons, and a fishing mechanic. 'Destiny 2: The Final Shape' is set to provide further details at the August event this year.

Fairgame: New game from Haven Studio announced for PS5 and PC with FRENZIED trailer!

24 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Haven Studios, led by Jade Raymond and recently acquired by Sony, announced its first game titled Fairgame during the PlayStation Showcase. Fairgame is described as a modern take on the heist genre, offering a competitive heist game where players join an underground movement to steal from the ultra-rich and rebalance the scales. The game is currently in development for PC and PS5, with no release date announced yet.

Metro: Exodus has sold 8.5 million units, and has registered more than 10 million players!

24 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Metro: Exodus, released in 2019 by 4A Games, has sold approximately 8.5 million units and attracted over 10 million players. The Embracer Group reported a significant increase in revenue and half a million units sold in the last quarter alone. The success of Exodus has given 4A Games the confidence to develop a new title for the Metro franchise, which is currently being influenced by the war in Ukraine. There is no release date or platform information available for the upcoming game yet.

The Flash Gets Final Trailer Before Its Cinema Debut

24 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
The Flash, DC's major film release for the year, is set to premiere in Brazilian cinemas on June 15, 2023. Warner has released the final trailer of the movie before its debut. The film was showcased at CinemaCon2023 and has been touted as the best superhero movie since The Dark Knight (2008). The Flash features a plot where Barry Allen uses his superpowers to travel back in time, inadvertently altering the future and trapping himself in a reality where General Zod threatens the world. The cast includes Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon, Ron Livingston, Maribel Verdú, Kiersey Clemons, Antje Traue, and Michael Keaton.

Spider-Man 2 will be a single-player adventure, confirms Insomniac

22 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Spider-Man 2, a highly anticipated PlayStation Studios title for 2023, will feature the return of characters Peter Parker and Miles Morales, as well as the villain Venom. Despite speculation about cooperative gameplay, Insomniac Games confirmed on Twitter that the sequel will be a single-player adventure. The game will fully utilize the capabilities of the PS5, as stated by Jim Ryan in an interview with Famitsu. A release date for Spider-Man 2 is expected to be announced at an upcoming PlayStation showcase.

Ubisoft's Star Wars Game, Titled 'Project Helix', May Arrive in the Next Fiscal Year

22 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Ubisoft's upcoming Star Wars game, developed by Massive Entertainment and using the SnowDrop graphics engine, is expected to be a new open-world experience. Titled 'Project Helix', it is hoped to be a major success outside of the Assassin's Creed franchise and is anticipated to fit into Ubisoft's fiscal year 2024/25. Despite not commenting on rumors, Ubisoft is facing internal challenges with project cancellations and layoffs, but still has several titles in development, including five new Assassin's Creed games.

Mortal Kombat: Franchise has sold over 80 million units, reveals Warner

22 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
The Mortal Kombat franchise has sold over 80 million units, making it the best-selling fighting game series, surpassing other franchises like Super Smash Bros. and Tekken. The latest game, Mortal Kombat 1, marks a new beginning for the series with classic characters in a different perspective and is set to release on September 19, 2023, for PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch. The new game features a revamped universe created by Fire God Liu Kang, a new fighting system, game modes, and fatalities, along with a new campaign mode.

Warhammer 40K: Boltgun releases extended gameplay video

22 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Warhammer 40K: Boltgun, a boomer-shooter FPS set in the Warhammer 40K universe, reminiscent of 90s titles like Quake and Doom, is set to release on May 23, 2023. Focus Entertainment has released an extended gameplay video over 7 minutes long to promote the game's launch. Boltgun will feature a new Space Marine and references to Captain Titus, the protagonist of W40K: Space Marine from 2011, suggesting a connection to the previous title and its upcoming sequel. The game will be available on PS5/PS4, Xbox Series/Xbox One, and PC platforms.

Mortal Kombat 1 is not a sequel to MK11, reveals Ed Boon

21 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Ed Boon and Tyler Lansdown from NetherRealm Studios revealed that Mortal Kombat 1 is not a sequel to MK11, but the beginning of a new universe with characters assuming completely different roles. Despite Liu Kang being a Fire God in the new game, which ties to the ending of MK11, Boon emphasizes that MK1 is a fresh start with reintroduced characters and new relationships. Mortal Kombat 1 is set to release on September 19, 2023, for PS5, Xbox Series, PC, and Switch, fully localized in Brazilian Portuguese.

John Wick: Franchise Surpasses 1 Billion Dollars at Global Box Offices

21 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
The John Wick franchise has surpassed 1 billion dollars in global box office revenue, a milestone celebrated by Lionsgate on social media and through a press release. The success is attributed to the work of Chad Stahelski, Keanu Reeves, Basil Iwanyk, and Erica Lee. Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, expressed gratitude to global moviegoers. John Wick 4 premiered in March 2023, and the franchise's universe will expand with a film starring Ana de Armas, Ballerina, and a series, The Continental, while the franchise takes a sabbatical.

Diablo IV will have more than 50 accessibility features

21 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Diablo IV, set to launch on June 6, 2023, for PS5/PS4, Xbox Series/Xbox One, and PC, will feature over 50 accessibility options. Drew McCrory, the lead accessibility designer, emphasizes that the only limitation to adventuring in Sanctuary should be interest, not ability. Accessibility features include dexterity assistance with button remapping, skill toggling, action wheel activation, analog stick swapping, and persistent target lock. The game will also offer various subtitle sizes, color options, and speech-to-text functionality. Vision assistance will be enhanced with resizable fonts and cursors, audio cues for items, and color-highlighted outlines for players, enemies, objects, and NPCs. An integrated screen reader supporting JAWS, NVDA, and other third-party software will also be available.

Hell's Paradise: When and where to watch episode 9 of the anime

21 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Hell's Paradise anime episode 9 will be on a break and will not air on May 27 as previously scheduled, but will return on June 3, 2023. The announcement was made by the studio MAPPA on social media. The anime has been a success on the Crunchyroll platform due to its theme and mysterious plot. The story follows Gabimaru, a strong ninja who left his village and is on a mission to find the elixir of immortality.

Supermassive Games, from Until Dawn, is working on a new game in the Dead By Daylight universe

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Supermassive Games, known for Until Dawn, is developing a new narrative-driven horror game set in the Dead By Daylight universe, with more details to be revealed later this year. Additionally, Midwinter Entertainment, a subsidiary of Behaviour Interactive, is working on a new multiplayer game exploring themes of greed and power within the same universe. There is also a film adaptation of Dead By Daylight in progress by Atomic Monster and Blumhouse. The new Supermassive Games title will add a single-player narrative element to the predominantly multiplayer experience of Dead By Daylight.

Mortal Kombat 1 to be released in Brazilian Portuguese!

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Mortal Kombat 1 will be fully localized in Brazilian Portuguese, including interface, voiceover, and subtitles. It will also support 11 other languages. The game is not a continuation of Mortal Kombat 11 but marks the beginning of a new universe with different roles for the characters. It is set to release on September 19, 2023, for PS5, Xbox Series, PC, and Switch, with a beta in August exclusive to PlayStation and Xbox. Details about a PC and Nintendo Switch beta are not yet clarified.

PS VR2 to Receive More Titles in 2023

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, discussed the future of PS VR2 in an interview with Famitsu, revealing that more titles will be released in 2023, in addition to Horizon: Call of the Mountain, Gran Turismo 7, and Resident Evil Village. Ryan expressed excitement for the platform's potential and mentioned Beat Saber as his favorite game. The PlayStation showcase on May 24 will feature a title showcase for PS VR2. The PS VR2, which hit the market in February 2022, has been well-received by VR enthusiasts.

Spider-Man 2: Jim Ryan is very excited about the sequel

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, expressed his excitement for the upcoming PlayStation Studios exclusive, Spider-Man 2, set to release on PS5 in the fall of 2023. He highlighted the success of the previous title on PS4 and noted that the sequel will be developed exclusively for PS5, allowing developers to fully leverage the console's capabilities for enhanced visuals and experiences. The release date is expected to be announced at the PlayStation Showcase on the 24th.

Metal Gear: Franchise has sold over 59.8 million units!

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Konami's Metal Gear franchise has sold 59.8 million units globally as of March this year. Rumors suggest that a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is in development and may be a PS5 exclusive, with an official reveal expected at the PlayStation Showcase on the 24th. The last release in the franchise was Metal Gear: Survivor in 2018, which was poorly received and led to a hiatus. In Japan, a Pachinko version using the Fox Engine has been successful, while in the West it is seen as Konami's snub to fans. With Konami's return to the gaming industry and the revival of Silent Hill, there is hope that Solid Snake will soon make a comeback.

Sekiro and Ghost of Tsushima may get anime adaptations

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
A reliable anime leaker, @oecuf, hinted on Twitter that Ghost of Tsushima might be getting an anime adaptation, referencing a '2', the number of games, a Tengu mask, and a PlayStation controller. The leaker later suggested that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is also set for an anime release in 2024. Both games are set in historical periods of Japan suitable for anime adaptations. Sekiro, released in 2019, was FromSoft's first collaboration with a Western publisher, Actvision, and Ghost of Tsushima, developed by Sucker Punch, sold over 9 million copies worldwide. Official information about the potential anime adaptations is still pending.

Ghost of Tsushima Sells 1 Million Copies in Japan! Over 9 Million Units Worldwide

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Ghost of Tsushima, a game that pays homage to Feudal Japan, has surpassed 9 million units sold worldwide, with 1 million sales in Japan alone. The game, developed by Sucker Punch and released in July 2020, is appreciated for its representation of the natural beauty, culture, and traditions of Tsushima Island. A movie adaptation is currently in production by PlayStation Productions, directed by Chad Stahelski of the John Wick film franchise. There is also anticipation for a sequel, hinted at by job listings within the studio.

Bend Studio, of Days Gone, teases announcement of its new project

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Bend Studio, known for the Syphon Filter franchise and Days Gone, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has teased a new project on social media, expressing excitement to reveal what's next. The studio has undergone a logo redesign and has confirmed working on a new open-world project similar to Days Gone. With the PlayStation Showcase scheduled for the 24th, there is anticipation for a first look at Bend Studio's new project.

Lords of the Fallen gets first gameplay trailer to the sound of Iron Maiden

19 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Lords of the Fallen, a reimagining of the eponymous IP originally released in 2014, has a new trailer featuring gameplay scenes and Iron Maiden's music. Developed by Hexworks, the game emphasizes graphical and technical quality, utilizing Unreal Engine 5. The game's synopsis reveals a story of a resurrecting demonic god, Adyr, and the player's role as a legendary Dark Crusader in an expansive RPG with colossal boss battles and immersive storytelling. Lords of the Fallen is set to release on October 13, 2023, for PS5, Xbox Series, and PC.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sells 10 million units in 3 days

18 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Nintendo announced that 'Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom' sold 10 million units worldwide in just three days, making it the fastest-selling game for the Nintendo Switch in Europe and the best-selling game in the Legend of Zelda series history. The game, unlike its predecessor 'Breath of the Wild', introduces new mechanics that enhance creativity, allowing players to explore the underground, sky, and terrestrial plane of Hyrule without limitations. 'Tears of the Kingdom' adds a new level of creative freedom to the exploration introduced in 'Breath of the Wild'. The game is now available for the Switch.

Mortal Kombat 1 to Support Rollback Netcode at Launch

18 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
NetherRealm Studios has announced that Mortal Kombat 1 will support Rollback Netcode from its launch, addressing a previous shortfall in MK11. The game, a reboot/sequel to one of the endings of MK11: Aftermath, will feature Liu Kang as the Fire God and introduce Kameo Fighters, a list of partner characters to assist players. Set for release on September 19, 2023, on PS5, Xbox Series, PC, and Switch, Mortal Kombat 1 will not require an internet connection for play, but will need it for accessing certain modes and features.

Five Nights At Freddy’s: Film adaptation gets first teaser

17 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Universal Pictures and the Peacock streaming platform have revealed the first teaser for the film adaptation of the Five Nights At Freddy’s game franchise. The teaser showcases the game's atmosphere translated onto the big screen. The film, based on the game set in a typically American family restaurant with animatronic robots that turn into psychopathic killers at night, is part of a franchise that started in 2014. The film adaptation will premiere in cinemas and on Peacock on October 27, 2023.

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 gets frenetic trailer - Watch!

17 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for 'Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1', featuring Ethan Hunt in a race to stop a new villain. The film, which highlighted at CinemaCon 2023, includes a scene with Tom Cruise performing a stunt without a double or protection. Directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie, the movie stars Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, and Simon Pegg, and is set to premiere in cinemas on July 13, 2023.

ARC Raiders changes genre, reveals studio

17 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
ARC Raiders, a third-person shooter from Embark Studios, has shifted its genre to a PvPvE survival extraction shooter. The game, which stays true to the ARC Raiders universe, is set to have a closed alpha soon to gather feedback on its core systems and gameplay loops. Players enlist as Raiders in the underground colony of Speranza, scavenging for vital supplies scattered across the landscape. ARC Raiders is currently in development for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series, with a release planned for 2023.

Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, praises Ghost of Tsushima

17 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil franchise, has been enjoying his time after leaving Tango Gameworks, playing and praising the game Ghost of Tsushima. He found the adventure set in Japan during the year 1271 to be very fun, especially the last part. Mikami is known for creating Resident Evil in 1996 and later shaping the series with Resident Evil 4 in 2005. After leaving Capcom, he founded Tango Gameworks and created The Evil Within franchise. His future in the gaming industry is currently unknown.

Final Fantasy 16 will be the cover of Game Informer's May issue

17 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Final Fantasy 16 is set to be the cover story of Game Informer's May issue, with the game releasing exclusively on PlayStation 5 on June 22. The coverage will include deep dives into new content, combat, story, art, lore, and more, featuring insights from Square Enix's Creative Business Unit III. Additionally, a public demo for PS5 owners is expected before the launch. The game promises a next-generation experience with fantastic gameplay and epic real-time rendered Eikon battles.

Elle Fanning Comments on Motion Capture Process and Acting for Death Stranding 2

17 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Elle Fanning has joined the cast of Death Stranding 2 and shared her experience with the motion capture process, working with the team from Avatar and acting alongside Léa Seydoux and Norman Reedus. She was guided through the new experience, which included emotional scenes directed by Hideo Kojima. Although her character's visuals have not been revealed, Fanning has seen them.

Succession: When and where to watch episode 9 of the fourth season

16 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
The latest episode of Succession aired on April 14, showcasing a well-crafted script. The ninth episode of the fourth season is set to air on April 21 on HBO and HBO Max at 10 PM Brasília time. The fourth season revolves around the sale of the media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson, causing existential angst and family division among the Roys as they contemplate their future with reduced cultural and political influence. All three previous seasons are available on HBO Max, with the fourth season airing every Sunday.

Flying Wild Hog, responsible for Evil West, is already working on a new 'ambitious' game

16 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Flying Wild Hog, the Polish game studio behind Evil West, is developing a new ambitious third-person action game using Unreal Engine 5. The game is planned for release on PC, Xbox Series, and PS5 platforms. The studio is currently hiring a full-time VFX Artist to create high-quality real-time VFX for the fast-paced title. Evil West, their most recent release, received mixed reviews for its vampiric western theme and performance below current generation standards.

Summer Game Fest to feature over 40 partners

12 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
The Summer Game Fest, hosted by Geoff Keighley, will take place on June 8, 2023, at the YouTube Theater and will be streamed digitally on YouTube and Twitch. The event will feature over 40 partners, including PlayStation, Xbox, Activision, Disney, and EA. Tickets are already on sale, and the showcase will kick off the gaming event season in the 'Non-E3' period.

Layers of Fear will have a demo on Steam next week - See when!

12 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Bloober Team announced that a demo of Layers of Fear will be available on Steam starting May 15. The game, set to release in June this year, will be available on PS5, Xbox Series, and PC platforms. The demo period will end on May 22. A new cinematic trailer was also released, inviting players to join the writer on a thrilling journey in a lighthouse filled with horrors.

Nintendo to Produce Its Next Films Under the Nintendo Pictures Banner

12 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Following the box office success of 'Super Mario Bros. – The Movie', Nintendo plans to bring more of its major brands to the cinema under the newly formed Nintendo Pictures. The animated film's success, produced by Universal Pictures, has encouraged this move. Additionally, 'The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom' has been released for the Switch, receiving a Metacritic score of 96, making it the highest-rated game on the platform and a strong contender for Game of the Year.

Elden Ring surpasses 20 million units sold, reveals Bandai Namco

11 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Bandai Namco's recent report revealed that Elden Ring has surpassed 20 million units sold, reaching 20.5 million units since its release in February of the previous year. The game saw an increase of 500,000 units since the last update in February of this year. Additionally, FromSoft officially announced the Elden Ring DLC titled Shadow of the Erdtree, rumored to feature Miquela in a dream while in deep sleep within the game. The latest fiscal report from Kadokawa indicated that the DLC is a medium to long-term project aimed at enhancing and extending the lifespan of Elden Ring.

Elden Ring: DLC 'Shadow of the Erdtree' is a medium to long-term project, report describes

11 May 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
Kadokawa's end-of-fiscal-year 2022/23 financial report revealed that the Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, is a medium to long-term project that will enhance and extend the lifespan of Elden Ring. The report also highlighted the significance of Elden Ring in the last fiscal year's revenue. Shadow of the Erdtree officially began in February of this year with concept art suggesting players will control Miquella, Malenia's sister, who was in a deep sleep in Elden Ring. Rumors suggest the DLC's gameplay will occur during Miquella's deep sleep. Elden Ring was a sales success and won the GOTY crown in 2022.

NY Game Awards 2024 Revealed Its Winners

24 Jan 2023  |  comboinfinito.com.br
The 13th NY Game Awards announced its winners, with Baldur’s Gate 3 and Alan Wake II leading the awards, each winning two categories. Baldur’s Gate 3 won the top prize and Best Writing, while Alan Wake II was recognized for Best World and Melanie Liburd's performance as Saga Anderson. Hi-Fi Rush won for Best Music, and other categories highlighted indie games, AR/VR, children's games, mobile games, remakes, esports players, and hidden gems.

A Virtual Assistant in Vaccine Pharmacovigilance: Content an... : CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing

06 Jan 2023  |  journals.lww.com
The article discusses the development and validation of a virtual assistant designed for vaccine pharmacovigilance. A pilot study involving 22 healthcare professionals was conducted for content validation of the prototype. Additionally, usability was assessed by 126 users through the System Usability Scale. The virtual assistant was found to have high content suitability, relevance, and representativeness, with a content validity index between 0.81 to 0.98 and perfect interrater reliability. The average κ value for interrater agreement was 0.76, indicating excellent agreement. The usability score was high, with a slight difference between users with and without reactions to vaccines. The study concludes that the virtual assistant has a satisfactory level of content validity and usability, suggesting it could enhance surveillance and safety for patients in the context of vaccinations.

Former Administrator of Benguela to Stand Trial

10 Jun 2020  |  Voice of America
The former municipal administrator of Benguela, Carlos Guardado, is set to stand trial for the embezzlement of nearly 900 million kwanzas from the largest informal market. Guardado, also the former MPLA municipal first secretary, is on provisional release after serving pre-trial detention. Maria João, the former administrator of Baía Farta municipality, will also face trial in a separate embezzlement and corruption case. The announcement comes as the Finance Inspection plans to change the market management model, demanding public tenders and private payments through payment orders. With tensions between the management company Transmaia and the Association of Fair Traders, evidence has been gathered for Guardado's trial, according to the magistrate at the Court of Appeal. Benguela, now with a new deputy attorney general, Carlos Santos, has thirty-three corruption cases under investigation. The PGR is warning of hearings for various government members following requisition to the governor of Benguela, Rui Falcão, over indications of embezzlement, economic participation in business, money laundering, and other crimes.

Angolan government puts a stop to uncontrolled timber exploitation

01 Feb 2018  |  Voice of America
As of February 1, Angola has suspended the cutting, circulation, and transport of logs or sawn wood, following a presidential decree from November 10, 2017. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests attributes the excessive exploitation of timber to national citizens who facilitate foreign, predominantly Chinese, operations, exacerbated by a shortage of inspectors. The suspension of the 2017 'Forest Campaign' follows public outcry over rampant deforestation, particularly in the east of the country. Economist José Matuta Cuato views the unregulated exploitation as an environmental threat and a breach of international agreements. Angola's wood exports reached 60,000 tons worth $21.2 million in the first half of 2017, mainly to Asian countries. The 'Estrela da Floresta' company, partly owned by the Sovereign Wealth Fund, is implicated in the increased pace of logging, while the Ministry warns that non-compliant operators will face confiscation of timber, fines, and loss of work equipment.

Production of Tabebuia heptaphylla plants in different substrates and irrigation levels, under greenhouse conditions

04 May 2009  |  Dialnet
A study aimed to evaluate the growth of Tabebuia heptaphylla seedlings produced in substrates with different amounts of urban waste and two irrigation regimes. The experiment used a randomized block design with 30 treatments in a 15 x 2 factorial scheme (15 substrates and two irrigation levels), with two repetitions. Substrates consisted of combinations of urban waste compost, cured manure, vermiculite plus soil, and the commercial substrate Plantmax®. Seedling growth was analyzed based on various metrics at intervals up to 150 days after sowing. The study concluded that urban waste compost did not enhance plant growth, and that higher irrigation levels improved plant growth.

Identification and Adjustment of Modal Parameters of Plates

16 Mar 2008  |  dialnet.unirioja.es
The study focuses on the dynamic behavior of concrete slab structures, which are increasingly common in civil construction and are highly susceptible to vibrations caused by users. The complexity of isolating such structures necessitates controlling vibration levels through the structures' own characteristics. Understanding the dynamic properties is essential for developing projects that ensure safety and comfort for users. The work describes the application of a finite element method-based modeling adjustment technique for plates.

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