OCR in Charge of Ananda Alert

first_imgThe Ananda Alert programme is now officially under the purview of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.This was disclosed by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, as he responded to questions posed by Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie on Tuesday (Jan. 15), in the House of Representatives.He informed the Lower House that Cabinet approved the transfer of Ananda Alert from the Local Government Ministry to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR).“The programme, although well intentioned, was never properly staffed or properly structured in the first place. One officer was assigned to it; in fact, it was put in the Public Relations Department and there was no budgetary allocation for the programme. This thing as a serious matter, about missing children, and it has implications for the reputation of Jamaica in terms of human trafficking. It is a programme, which must be properly resourced and taken seriously,” Mr. Arscott said.In his comments, Mr. McKenzie, said he wanted the assurance that the programme will operate effectively under the Ministry of Youth and Culture.“All the requisite skills set reside with the Ministry of Youth and Culture to be able to deal with this properly,” Mr. Arscott stated.He said the Local Government Ministry will continue to assist and will help to located missing persons through the Social Development Commission (SDC).The Ananda Alert is a nationwide system designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.The system involves the mobilization of stakeholders into getting the message of a missing child into the public domain the moment the matter is reported to the police.The aim is to create a rapid response from law enforcement and communities to help bring the matter to public attention with the aim of increasing the chances of a safe recovery and return to family, guardian and/or place of safety.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Minister of Tourism Has Meeting with Executives of Paradise Island Promotion

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 25, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar (centre) met with members of the Paradise Island Promotion Board at the Ocean Club Boardroom, February 19, 2018.Board Members, pictured from left: John Conway, Interim Chairman (Ocean Club, A Four Season Resort Bahamas}; George Myers, Chairman Emeritus (Bay View Suites, Paradise Island); Audrey Oswell, President & Managing Director, Atlantis Paradise Island; Minister D’Aguilar; William Naughton, Vice-Chairman/Paradise Island (Comfort Suites Paradise Island); Graeme Davis, Vice-Chairman/Cable Beach (Baha Mar Resort); and Fred Lounsberry, Chief Executive Officer.(BIS Photo/Kemuel Stubbs) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Helps Raise Funds For NuPath By Networking With

first_imgWOBURN, MA — The Woburn Business Association, Reading/North Reading Chamber, Wilmington/Tewksbury and Stoneham Chambers recently gathered at Boston Appliance for a Young Professionals networking event. Host and President, Christian Jason graciously entertained over 70 guests in their impressive showroom with a Food Network chef, networking Bingo and amazing raffle prizes.In addition to enjoying a great night of networking, attendees also supported a great cause. NuPath is a Woburn-based non-profit human services agency that helps adults with disabilities lead fulfilling lives in their communities. One of the services that NuPath provides is job training and support. Boston Appliance as well as many other businesses in the area have hired through NuPath and found engaged and enthusiastic employees. Attendees donated $400 to support the important work of NuPath.(NOTE: The above announcement and photo is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Invites Local Business Owners To Woburn Networking EventIn “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Co-Host ‘Women In Business’ Event On July 22In “Business”Massachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business”last_img read more

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Google Assistant now speaks 27 languages

first_img See it 7 Photos The first 5 things to do with a new Google Home speaker Apple Google Pixel Buds 2 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. An Interpreter mode on phones has the potential to make the experience even more natural and free-ranging, enabling the discussion to take more spontaneous twists and turns.   That’s the dream. But, of course, there’s reality. And reality hasn’t always been kind to Google when it comes to next-gen translation efforts. Two years ago when Google unveiled its Pixel Buds wireless headphones, it also announced a live translation feature. The tool worked fine in demos, but didn’t impress reviewers. CNET editor David Carnoy said in his review that “the best thing about Google’s Pixel Buds is their case.” If Google brings Interpreter mode to phones, it won’t be the first company to create a translation device. Developers including Dosmono and China’s Sogou already make them. But if Google’s version can pull off all the nuances of live translation, it could help scale the technology immensely: After all, almost nine out of every 10 smartphones shipped in the world run Google’s Android software. “Android’s scale is really interesting because it’s distributed in places where so many people speak multiple languages,” said Vincent Lacey, a product manager for the Assistant. “You can see that unlocks a lot of opportunities.”    CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. I don’t speak German. But at the concierge desk at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, I’m shooting the breeze with Phillip Klimke, a Google partnerships manager who’s speaking nothing but German at the moment. Our translator? Google Assistant.   It’s the latest trick for the Assistant, the search giant’s digital helper software that’s akin to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. On Tuesday at CES, the world’s largest technology show, Google unveiled the Assistant’s Interpreter mode, which aims to serve as a go-between for people who don’t speak the same language. Google is piloting the feature now at concierge desks at Caesars Palace (which is why we’re here for the demo), the Dream Downtown in New York City and the Hyatt in San Francisco. The feature will be available first in smart displays with the Google Assistant built in. That includes Google’s own Home Hub, a smart home device announced in October with a screen that shows you things like recipes and news updates. It also includes smart displays made by Google’s partners, including Lenovo, JBL and LG.  But Google wants to eventually bring it to other devices, including smartphones. Here’s how it works: Say, “Hey Google, be my Thai interpreter.” You’ll hear a beep and the Assistant will tell you to start speaking. After you say your next sentence in English, you’ll hear another beep, then the software recites the sentence in Thai. The translated text is also displayed on the screen. The tool works in 27 languages, including Spanish, Czech, Hindi and Vietnamese. “It’s very futuristic,” said Manuel Bronstein, vice president of product for the Assistant. “Our core focus is to make a product that can understand everything you say, can hear you, can convert those intents into actions and help you fulfill them.” Google is piloting the Assistant’s new Interpreter mode feature at the Caesars Palace concierge desk. James Martin/CNET The Assistant’s Interpreter mode is like using the Google translate app, but it’s meant to streamline the back and forth and make it feel more natural. The tool worked without a hitch during a demo Google planned with a Caesars Palace concierge. But when we tried it ourselves, there were some stumbles. Sometimes you can get lost in the sequence of beeps because you’ll want to rush into an answer, which throws off the timing of the software. Google said it’s still trying to figure out the best rhythm of conversations. I ask Klimke how he’s doing and what he likes to do in Vegas. I ask him who his favorite basketball player is. The Assistant spits out the questions in German. He replies, in German, that his favorite player is Dirk Nowitzki (naturally). The timing hitch aside, the Assistant handled all the translation questions from the CNET team pretty well: Where is the nearest bathroom? Does what happens in Vegas really stay in Vegas? Where can I find the best Elvis impersonator? You know, the important stuff.   CES or bust The new translation tool is the centerpiece announcement in Google’s elaborate showing at CES, the largest trade show in the world. For the second straight year, the search giant is going over the top in a town already known for over-the-top spectacles. In 2019, Google’s outdone itself: Its presence at CES is three times larger than last year. A massive banner reading “Hey Google” hangs over the main entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as if it has the venue’s naming rights. Google also set up an expansive playground and interactive ride in the parking lot outside the conference halls to showcase how the Assistant works with everything from TVs to washing machines. CES and Las Vegas are now the front lines in the war between Google and Amazon over smart home supremacy, and Google is still playing catch-up. Amazon’s Echo devices, powered by its popular Alexa software, dominate the smart speaker industry with 73 percent of the market. Google’s Home devices come in second with 24 percent, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, though the research firm notes that Google is “making strides.” Now playing: Watch this: Even though Duplex remains controversial, it’s those kinds of projects that could set Google’s Assistant apart from its rivals. And that includes projects like Interpreter mode. A live translation tool, especially on the smartphones almost everyone now carries around with them, has profound implications on how we interact with each other. I know it firsthand, from an extreme situation. In 2016, CNET sent a team to Greece to write about what impact, if any, technology was having on the global refugee crisis. When Syrians left home, they traveled first to Turkey, then the Greek isle of Lesvos, the nearest gateway to Europe. As we visited refugee camps, we met migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco and several other places. Many spoke English, but many did not. When they didn’t, we passed our smartphones back and forth using Google Translate to communicate, like a digital talking stick. One memorable conversation I had was with a then-15-year-old Syrian boy I met in Athens. He spoke sparse English, but from our app-assistant chat I was able to learn that he arrived in Greece on a boat with 15 other families, that he plays a card game called Trex to pass the time, and that he loves to sing. His plan was to be the next Justin Bieber. 3:59 $159 Best Buy CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Pixel Buds review: Wireless headphones for a niche audience Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Last week, Amazon announced that more than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold. Not to be outdone, Google on Monday said the Assistant, first released in 2016, is expected to be built into on 1 billion devices by the end of the month, up from 500 million last May. While the chasm between Google and Amazon seems huge, the figures don’t really tell us a lot about how much people actually want the Google Assistant in their homes, since Android phones now already come with the software installed by default. To gain ground in smart home devices, the company on Tuesday also unveiled Google Assistant Connect, a platform that lets third-party hardware makers more easily integrate the Assistant into their gadgets. Now device makers will be able to use tools provided by Google in their products that pairs with a nearby Google Home. The tech acts as a bridge, sending the Home’s smarts to the outside devices. bed-sidetable-marble-white-weatherGoogle and Lenovo showed off a smart alarm clock. Lenovo Because all the computing is done by the Home device, the data stays with Google, Bronstein said. The company said it’s still figuring out what terms it will have set up with device makes. Those decisions will be important as Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies face intense scrutiny not only for their own data collection practices, but for their abilities to keep that data safe from outsiders. Google also highlighted the range of what Assistant-enabled devices could be. The company on Tuesday announced an $80 smart clock made by Lenovo, a smaller version of the Home Hub that’s meant to look unobtrusive on a nightstand. It’s similar to the Amazon Echo Spot, which the e-commerce giant announced two years ago. Other new Assistant devices include a car phone adapter made by Anker Roav that plugs into a cigarette lighter and a Whirlpool KitchenAid smart display. “They are going to use this show as a demonstration of strength in diversity,” said Brian Solis, an analyst at the Altimeter Group. “Devices are only going to become more connected.” Potentially profound The biggest challenge for Google’s Assistant may be getting everyone to stop comparing it to Amazon’s Alexa. That’s easier said than done, given the comparisons are merited: You can use both to control your thermostat or lock your door. But even though it wants to own the home automation market, Google is working to lure consumers to the Assistant by proving it can do more that just tell you the day’s headlines. So Google is banking on its 20 years of experience as the world’s most advanced search engine, as well as its position as an artificial intelligence powerhouse, to build an assistant that aims to be more intelligent than the competition. “At the beginning, it’s going to be basic things like, ‘Hey Google, play music,’ and ‘Turn on this light,'” Bronstein said. “But as you see with translation and so forth, I think the complexity of the tasks the Assistant is going to be able to handle will increase. And it’s going to help you do things you weren’t able to do before.” Those things include having a robot make a phone call on your behalf. That’s what Google did in May with new Assistant technology called Duplex that ended up generating as much controversy as buzz for CEO Sundar Pichai. Duplex is a jaw-dropping, realistic-sounding AI that mimics human speech. The software uses verbal tics like “uh” and “um,” and pauses while talking, as if thinking of what it’s going to say next, even though its responses are preprogrammed. The point of Duplex is to enable the Google Assistant to make restaurant reservations and hair appointments for you. But almost immediately, industry watchers, AI ethicists and consumers were worried about the software’s ability to deceive the people it was talking to. Google later said it would build in disclosures that those calls were automated. It’s going to help you do things you weren’t able to do before. Manuel Bronstein, vice president of product for the Assistant $159 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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Nirav Modis payback time Conman sent to UKs worst jail with crowded

first_imgActivists of the youth wing of India’s main opposition Congress party burn a cut-out with an image of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi.reutersHow the mighty have fallen! Just a few days ago, Nirav Modi was seen calmly strolling on the streets of London sporting a handle-bar moustache and a jacket by Ostrich Hide, said to cost “at least £10,000.” And now, in a turn of events, the fugitive diamantaire is housed in a south-west London jail, which is far from his life of luxury and is, in fact, one of the most crowded prisons in England.Modi was arrested by uniformed officers on March 19, when he had visited a Metro Bank branch in London to open a new account. He was produced before District Judge Marie Mallon on Wednesday, March 20, and during the proceedings, Mallon said that she wasn’t willing to grant Modi bail due to the “high value amount” involved in the case and over the belief that he would “fail to surrender” before the court in case he was set free, reported the Hindu Business Line.Hence, Modi was refused bail and has been remanded to custody at the HMP Wandsworth prison until March 29, and the prison is probably what the diamantaire’s nightmares are made of. While the 48-year-old was said to be living in an upscale three-bedroom £8 million apartment at the Centre Point, a luxury skyscraper, off Tottenham Court Road, he now has Jabir Moti, Dawood Ibrahim’s henchman, as an inmate.Exclusive: Telegraph journalists tracked down Nirav Modi, the billionaire diamond tycoon who is a suspect for the biggest banking fraud in India’s historyhttps://t.co/PpsjGeFEsy pic.twitter.com/v3dN5NotzQ— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 8, 2019 The jail is known to house a high number of prisoners — about 1,428 men — due to which even a small cell is shared between at least two inmates. “There were too many prisoners, many with drug-related or mental health issues, and with not enough to do,” noted the inspection report, according to the Press Trust of India.While the UK Justice Department has said that the prison, built in 1851, has been renovated and refurbished since 1989 with better in-cell sanitation, privacy screens for cells and even in-cell electricity, it is evidently not a place Modi is accustomed to. Prisoners here are said to be enduring long hours of confinement and even a lack of basic privacy with poorly screened lavatories.”Cells designed for one prisoner were occupied by two, with poorly screened lavatories and the prisoners confined in them for far too long each day…In common with many other prisons of this type, prisoners at Wandsworth had far too little time out of their cells,” the report added.The fugitive businessman may be in jail now, but he seems to have had quite a few plans to leave London too in case of an emergency. In the last 15 months, he had applied for a citizenship of Vanuatu, an island nation near Australia, sought a permanent residence in Singapore and even discussed the idea of seeking shelter in a third country with top UK law firms, reported the Times of India.Some reports even suggest that Modi was planning to get a plastic surgery to change his appearance and avoid arrest.On the other hand, his uncle Mehul Choksi, also involved in the PNB scam, applied for a citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017. And when an Interpol notice was issued against him, Choksi filed representations with the international police body alleging that this was all a part of a “politically motivated probe.”last_img read more

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India Inc to spend Rs 20000 crore on advertising this festive season

first_imgIndia Inc. is expected to spend a whopping Rs. 20,000 crore on advertising, marketing and promotion in the four-month festive season that is underway, clocking an increase of 12 percent over the same period last year.The highest likely increase in marketing expenditure of about 10 percent makes consumer durable companies the largest spenders.”We expect a good festive season this year with a growth of 12 percent over the last year. The sectors which advertise for tier-II, tier-III cities such as two-wheelers, consumer durables and others are expected to spend. The estimate spend during the four months from September to December is Rs 20,000 crore,” Ashish Bhasin, CEO South Asia, Dentsu Aegis Network, was quoted saying by the Economic Times.The festival season starting with Ganesh Chaturthi and Onam in September and peaking through Diwali to Christmas contributes to 40 percent of annual sales of various consumer products ranging from phones and clothes to vehicles and jewellery. Media planners chalked up the positive consumer sentiments to good monsoon and higher salaries and pensions with the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations.However, some media planners said that they are uncertain about consumer spending.”The quarter with festive season will definitely be better than other quarters, but whether it will cover the deficit of the rest of the year is a question,” Anita Nayyar, CEO India and South Asia at Havas Media, said. E-commerce bluesSimilar questions are also being thrown regarding spending by e-commerce companies. Spending by e-commerce retailers, some of the biggest advertisers during the previous two festive seasons, dropped to Rs. 394 crore in the first half of 2016 from Rs. 629 crore in the first half of 2015, according to the 2016 Mid-Year Advertising Report by Madison World, the company that buys media for Snapdeal and ITC, among others.Even though the report said advertisers in India will increase spending by about 13 percent to Rs. 49,812 crore in 2016, Sam Balsara, chairman of Madison World, suggests that sluggishness in spending by e-commerce will be met by handset makers, automobiles and FMCG companies and Reliance Jio Infocomm, the new mobile phone operator.”The worry is not how much the big three e-commerce companies will spend as much as the 50 others who have packed up. Jio is the new kid on the block and will also spend heavily,” Balsara said.Funding for e-commerce companies has reduced and several smaller platforms do not have enough money to spend on advertising. But big online retail platforms — Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal — are expected to run aggressive campaigns. Snapdeal recently announced a budget of Rs. 200 crore for advertising during the festive season.”The larger players are expected to spend heavily during the festive season. But there will be fewer advertisers in the e-commerce category as compared to the last festive season,” Bhasin of Dentsu said.”While television and print both see an uptake in demand during the festive months, it is skewed slightly towards the print media. Sectors such as e-commerce, handset makers and automobiles bank heavily on print, increasing the demand by up to 25-30 percent as against the regular months,” Mallikarjun Das, Group CEO of Starcom India, said.last_img read more

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SGX brokers struggle to survive as trading volumes fall sharply

first_imgBrokers on Singapore Exchange (SGX) are finding it tough to survive amid falling trading volumes, reflected in the SGX’s drop in revenues and profit for the first quarter, the results of which were declared last week. The inability for traders to recover costs amid low trading activity has even prompted some of them to quit the business altogether.”It is just not worth it. My clients are not interested to trade. Business hasn’t been worse in the past 20 years and I have been through several market crises. Better to call it a day,” an SGX stockbroker told a columnist working for Singapore’s The Straits Times.Another stockbroker rued the S$1-billion threshold that is crucial to recovering costs and making money at the SGX. “Any time when the daily volume falls below $1 billion, I lose money because I can’t cover my fixed costs like rental and salaries for backroom staff. And hitting $1 billion in stock market turnover is now becoming the exception rather than the rule,” he told the columnist.The situation in Singapore is in sharp contrast to Indian stock markets that are witnessing a boom in initial public offerings (IPOs) and listings, in addition to a thriving debt market. Fundraising via IPOs crossed $2.9 billion early this month with more in the pipeline, taking the money raised via public issue to a six-year high.The Singapore Exchange (SGX) posted a 16 percent fall in net profit to S$83 million for the first quarter in FY2017, year-on-year, reflecting lower levels of market activity. The 16-year-old stock exchange had reported a net profit of S$93 million in the corresponding quarter last fiscal.Revenues dropped 13 percent to S$190.8 million from S$219.6 million in the year-ago period, while operating profit came 17 percent lower at S$97.2 million.”Our first quarter performance this year reflects lower levels of market activities, compared with a more volatile market a year earlier,” SGX CEO Loh Boon Chye said in a statement and warned of low trading volumes ahead.”Participants reacting and adjusting to slowing global economic growth, political uncertainties and implications of Brexit on the European economy could result in a period of relatively subdued trading volumes,” he added.last_img read more

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Vodafone and Idea initiate talks on deal closure discussions revolve around losses

first_imgA rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriVodafone India and Idea Cellular have started talks on the closing adjustments of the merger deal between the two telecom companies. The merger deal is expected to be completed by March 2018.According to a source close to the matter, the discussion of the merger deal mainly revolves around how to work on Idea’s losses incurred since the announcement of the deal in March and how to fund them, Business Standard reported.”In any merger, it may not be in the interest of shareholders of one company if the other is merged with higher-than-projected losses after a year of delay. The closing adjustments in any merger deal will have provisions to make up for any higher-than-projected losses,” said a banker.Hurt by sturdy competition given by the new entrant Reliance Jio, Idea’s consolidated losses had surged to Rs 1,107 crore for the September quarter from Rs 328 crore for the three months ended on March 31, 2017.In March, Vodafone and Idea had agreed to merge in an attempt to create India’s largest telecom operator. However, a fierce price war triggered by Reliance Jio might also wipe out the intended benefits of the deal.According to a Bloomberg report, the revenue of the combined entity declined 12 percent in the year to September. Its earnings before interest, tax and depreciation and amortisation plunged 31 percent during the period that coincides with Reliance Jio’s first year of services. A customer selects his number of Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services in Mumbai on September 6, 2016.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndustry experts project that the numbers could worsen in the coming quarters after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) have also cut interconnect usage charges paid for cross-network calls by more than half to 6 paise a minute in October.However, the companies are expected to save Rs 14,000 crore annually from the fourth year of completing the merger deal.Further, both the firms have also recently announced the sale of their standalone towers to American Tower Corporation (ATC) for Rs 7,850 crore that will enable them to strengthen their balance sheet.last_img read more

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RAB arrests yaba trader in Sylhet

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a drive arrested an alleged drug dealer along with 306 pieces of Yaba tablets from Kadamtoli area in Dakhshin Surma upazila of Sylhet on Friday, reports news agency UNB. The arrestee was identified as Md Shahed Ali, 22, son of late Suruj Ali, a resident of Moskapur village in Golapganj upazila. Moin Uddin Chowdhury, senior assistant superintendent and also senior assistant director (Media) of RAB-9, said that on secret information, a team of RAB conducted the drive in the area around 4:00pm and arrested Shahed along with the Yaba tablets worth Tk 100,000. Later, the arrestee was handed over to Dakhshin Surma Police Station.last_img read more

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Sylhet jolted by mild tremor

first_imgA mild earthquake jolted different parts of Sylhet on Monday morning, reports UNB.The 4.9 magnitude earthquake was felt around 10:53am.The epicentre of the earthquake was Gowhati in Assam, India, said Mahmudul Hasan Sohel, a meteorologist of Sylhet met office.last_img

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