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Support A Belle, Love A Belle week begins at SMC

first_imgSara Shoemake In order to raise awareness of mental health issues, such as ADD/ADHD, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and addiction, Saint Mary’s will host a series of events throughout the week deemed “Support A Belle, Love A Belle (SABLAB).” The week is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s community in collaboration with Notre Dame’s Irish State of Mind week.Senior and co-chair of the student government association’s (SGA) social concerns committee Chloe Deranek said this year’s theme is hope, a result of the committee’s finding that in most cases of mental health the factor that pushes people toward suicide is feelings of hopelessness. “Throughout our week, we will be promoting hope with the hashtag #BellesForHope and trying our very best to show each and every Belle that everyone here supports and loves her, and maybe that fact can bring her hope,” Deranek said. “This year’s SABLAB is a little different in that we are trying to branch out more and cover not only mental health, but sexual violence, through collaborations with BAVO [Belles Against Violence Office], and other mental issues like addiction and ADD/ADHD.”Deranek said the main goals of the week are to spread awareness and statistics about mental health issues, to combat stigmas, to show the students the available resources for mental health and to bring the College’s community together to act as a symbol of support and love.Kaitlyn Tarullo, a senior and co-chair of SGA’s social concerns committee, said the week kicked off Sunday evening with a movie event called “Sundaes on Sunday,” a common gathering hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB). Attendees watched “Silver Linings Playbook,” which Tarullo said was an excellent choice in beginning an ongoing conversation about mental health for the rest of the week.For Monday’s event the SABLAB committee planned glowstick Zumba on the Library Green, an activity where students will wear glow stick necklaces and bracelets as they come together for a healthy, stress-relieving work-out, Tarullo said.Tuesday’s event is a student panel called “Share Your Story,” where eight students will recall their own present and past struggles with mental health, Deranek said.“[The student panel] is a very important event to us,” she said. “We really feel that it helps to de-stigmatize mental health by putting a face to the issue, and it also shows girls that they are not alone in their suffering – that things can get better, for support, love and help are always here for them.” On Wednesday at 7 p.m., students will gather to decorate paper bag votives in Reignbeaux Lounge, and they will then line the lanterns down The Avenue as they walk to the Grotto for a healing mass.“The lanterns will be made to represent those who suffer from mental health in college and will be a powerful visual of the loss that can occur,” Deranek said. “The walk to the Grotto will also serve as a sign of the community that we have here supporting our Belles.”Thursday will include a lecture given by Tom Seeberg, the father of the late Lizzy Seeberg and former Saint Mary’s student, titled “Believe: Giving Witness to Hope,” Tarullo said.“While the student panel holds a special place in my heart, I am extremely excited for Tom Seeberg to speak to our students about his journey after the mental health struggles of his daughter, Lizzy,” Tarullo said. “Lizzy continues to be a large inspiration behind the events of SABLAB and reminds us how real these issues are on college campuses, especially our own. “As the theme of our week is centered around hope, Mr. Seeberg is a great source of how important hope is in persevering through mental illnesses.”Deranek agreed, saying she and the rest of the social concerns committee are honored Tom Seeberg accepted their invitation to speak, as he has a powerful message to share with the community.Other events taking place throughout the week include daily tables set up in the Noble Family Dining Hall during lunch. The tables will list statistics and define the mental health issues of ADD/ADHD, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and addiction, Deranek said.BAVO will also host a lunch discussion about advocation against sexual assault, she said.“This is important to us because as BAVO says, ‘one is too many,’” Deranek said. “No one should have to cope with sexual assault, and we wholeheartedly support advocation for talking about ways to prevent this as well as what to do in the aftermath. We will specifically focus the discussion on how to recognize that something may have happened to a friend and how to be a source for her.”Tarullo said the preparation for this week started in June, and her committee members each have personal motives for helping the cause. In collaboration with all the Belles involved and the Notre Dame “Irish State of Mind” events, she said she knows the week will be a great success.“This week provides many outlets for girls who experience these issues in their own individual way, and I hope this week inspires hope to all who need it most,” Tarullo said.Tags: love a belle, Mental health, mental health awareness, mental health issues, SABLAB, support a belle, support a belle love a bellelast_img read more

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Tevin Farmer, Eddie Hearn plan to publicly call out Gervonta Davis with an offer

first_imgOf course, Farmer wasn’t trying to hear that on his own turf, letting Carroll know as much Wednesday during the press conference.If @TevinFarmer22 and @Jono_Carroll were the last two on Earth – who’s making it out alive? 🤔😂#FarmerCarroll pic.twitter.com/voIExsEPlb— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) March 13, 2019“I want to beat everybody up that I fight, not just him,” Farmer said. “Everybody.”If he does that — and emphatically — Friday night … then, watch out for the in-ring call-out to Davis. The money will be there for champ “Tank” and Farmer’s going to make sure it’s there for him, too. As the fellow champ should. Hearn’s joke contained some truth in jest. In facing Jono Carroll on Friday night at Temple University’s Liacouras Center — about five minutes away from where the champ grew up in Philadelphia — Farmer will be making his third title defense in six months, so he’s earned the right to show up fashionably late on his home turf. And while rocking a pair of slides. (Why not? He’s comfortable at home).Join DAZN and watch Farmer vs. Carroll on March 15Being that fighting world champion, he has also earned the right to request top dollar, especially when talking about a unification bout between he and WBA junior lightweight titleholder Gervonta Davis.If Farmer defeats Carroll on Friday night — something he’s favored to do, convincingly — he and Hearn are expected to publicly call out Davis to make the highly-anticipated fight finally happen.Farmer and Davis have slung mud at each other on social media for five years strong.Still, no fight.They have confronted each other face-to-face on more than one occasion.Still … no fight.Since all else has failed, this could be the last resort and Farmer and Hearn are treating it as such.Entering fight week, the Matchroom Boxing promoter vowed to publicly make Davis a “f— massive offer,” adding that $5 million sounds about right, and he doubled down on that promise while speaking with Sporting News on Wednesday.MORE: Tevin Farmer on why top fighters at 130 pounds aren’t facing each other“I think pretty serious,” Hearn said about going ahead with the public offer if Farmer does get past Carroll on Friday. “The reason I say public is I want the world to know. I’ve made several offers to Mayweather Promotions, obviously they’re his promotional company. They were multi-fight deals, this could just be one fight. A lot of it is out of frustration because I want to see that fight. I think the boxing fans and public are with me in that we want to see that fight.”Consider this public call-out a two-pronged approach — one relying on public pressure and the subsequent shaming that will go along with it; the other on a haul of cash significant enough for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to possibly make an exception and allow Davis to do a one-off fight against Farmer on DAZN.But if that indeed does wind up being the case, Farmer wants to make sure that the fight check cut for him is fair, too, because he’s earned it.“It got to make sense for the both of us. He’s getting paid ‘X’ amount of dollars, what’s Tevin Farmer getting paid?” the champ explained to SN. “It takes two to tango.”Recently, there has been some daylight in the long-stalled negotiations between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, so perhaps if that fight is made, it’ll have a trickle-down, ice-breaking effect on other mega bouts like a Davis-Farmer. But that’s not of Farmer’s immediate concern.“I don’t know nothing about that,” he told SN on Wednesday. “After Friday, then we could talk about the ‘Tank’ fight and what’s Tevin Farmer getting paid. It gotta make sense and it gotta be life-changing money for the both of us.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“At the end of the day, the promoters are doing a hell of a job, but me and Davis built this fight up for five years. We built this! Five years … since 2014,” he continued. “If the money isn’t life- changing for the both of us, it’s not worth it. I want the fight.”The stern dislike that the super featherweights have for each other only further fuel Farmer (28-4-1, 6 KOs) wanting this fight.“You don’t pop s— [on social media] and then see each other in traffic and then walk away. That’s not what we do,” Farmer said. “There’s been a time, where he seen me and he walked over and there’s been a time where I seen him and I approached him. At least we know it’s real.”Also real is a chance for Carroll (16-0-1, 3 KOs) to step in and not only spoil Farmer’s plans, but put himself on the boxing map with an upset. The 26-year-old Irish fighter credits a three-fight deal with MTK Global in allowing him to concentrate on boxing full-time and he hasn’t looked back since. Now, making his U.S. debut, he’s hell-bent on becoming a world champ.“It’s going to be a really, really tough night and horrible night for him,” Carroll vowed to SN. “I’m coming away with that belt no matter what.” PHILADELPHIA — Eddie Hearn took the podium at Union Transfer, a concert venue in Philadelphia, and ribbed Tevin Farmer about being tardy to the final press conference Wednesday.“He was half an hour late,” Hearn said, drawing a wide grin from the IBF junior lightweight champion on the dais, “but you know, he’s become a little bit big time now.”last_img read more

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25 NaFAA Staff to China for Mariculture Training

first_imgNaFAA boss, Emma Glassco.As part of efforts to achieve the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) led government as its relates to capacity building, 25 Staffs of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFFA) are expected to depart Liberia on Tuesday July 16, 2019 for a month long mariculture training in China, a release from NaFAA has said.According to the release, those expected to travel include technicians, enterprise supervisors and professional personnel engaged in mariculture and fisheries managers among others.  They are to form part the 2019 Training Course on Mariculture Technology studies.The release stated that the training is aimed at enhancing participants’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills in mariculture, strengthening the friendly exchanges between China and Liberia, and expanding cooperation between the two nations in the marine fishery.The training will take place at the Fujian Institute of Oceanography (FJIO), located in Xiamen city – a special economic zone lying in the southeastern coast of China, is a full-funded public institution affiliated to Fujian Provincial Department of Science & Technology, as well as a non-profit comprehensive maritime research and development institution, the release added.The release further, said that in the process of offering the main service to the governmental marine management and social marine development, Fujian Institute of Oceanography FJIO has accumulated rich technology and professional experience in the fields of Mariculture, Integrated Coastal Management, Marine Fisheries Management as well as Marine Economic Sustainable Development.“The training course will focus on the culture technology for “Fish, Shrimps, Shellfish and Crabs”, which will be conducted through lectures, teaching practice, field trips and so on, the release said.The Lecturers are scholars and experts from universities and scientific research institutions such as Fujian Institute of Oceanography, Xiamen University, Fisheries Research Institute of Fujian, Guangdong Hisenor Group Co., Ltd. of Guangdong Haid Group, Xiamen Kehuan Marine Biotechnology Co., Ltd.And their lectures will cover a broad range of topics including: overview of China’s mariculture; artificial breeding and net cage culture technology for marine fish; marine shellfish culture technology; artificial breeding and high-efficient farming technology for mud crab; artificial breeding and culture technology for groupers; artificial breeding and ecological culture technology for shrimps; basic farming process and culture modes for shrimps; disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment of marine fish and shrimps; and live feed cultivation and its application in aquatic breeding among others.According to NaFAA press release the 25-member delegation from Liberia will be led on the tour of several cities including Beijing City; Wuyishan City, Jinjiang City, Quanzhou City, Dongshan County, Zhangpu County.The head of the NaFAA delegation is expected to make presentation on the related training theme including, Basic national condition, administrative organs and managerial methods of governmental maritime sectors; fundamental profile of sea areas and marine fishery resources.Other areas include, fishery production, marine fishing, mariculture, fisheries infrastructure construction, trade and processing of aquatic products, Marine economic development planning and strategy, Marine related policies, laws and regulations, International cooperation, main cooperative countries, present cooperation ways and management modes in marine related industries.Meanwhile, some of those expected to travel to China for the month long training include John Pekey Glayflor Jr. Human Resource Officer, Tete Babyte Doe, Associate Fixed Assets Director, Patience Wilson Kennedy Customer Service Officer, Zubah Kollie Yennego Procurement Assistant, Anthony F. Williams Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Yarkpawolo Kpasaquio Johnson, Manager Aquaculture Extension and Oscar Dargbah Daryoue Aquaculture Extension Officer.Other are John S. Morley Fisheries Observer, Fred B. Wright Aquaculture Technician, Glanedea Nancy Kolleh, Data Field Coordinator, Rachel Leela Suah, Emmunerator, Zoe Yarwhere, Executive Secretary Director General Office, Emmanuel Tony Hallawangar, Receptionist and Tony Bright Cole Jr. Office Assistant.The rest are Richard Nelson Kargbo, Fisheries Officer, George Adtudu Armah, Technical Officer, Alice Bropleh Weah, Deborah Tarmen Armah, Annette M. Johnson, Abraham M. Johnson and Monibah Leo Keymah, the release concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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How Evolutionary Science Is Done: From Deduction to Story

first_img“Evolution is a fact!” Carl Sagan stated emphatically on TV in his 1980 Cosmos series (now in reruns on The Science Channel).  Following this lead, many evolutionists repeat this four-word phrase, often augmenting it like, Evolution is a fact, like gravity (see association).  This motto has some interesting properties in its effects on scientific research.  Anything that is a fact no longer needs to be proved.  It no longer needs evidence.  It can be taken as a given, a first principle from which other principles can be deduced, and a framework into which all empirical data can be fitted.  Has Charles Darwin become the new Aristotle?    Here are some recent examples of evolutionary reasoning in scientific journals and science news articles.  Look for instances of deducing conclusions from the premise “evolution is a fact.”  Also look for reasoning that, since evolution is a “fact,” it must be capable of accomplishing any kind of design work found among the world’s amazing living creatures.Octopus elbows:  Noticing that octopuses have an uncanny ability to bend their boneless tentacles into shapes resembling vertebrate elbows, EurekAlert says this about how the ability evolved: “The presence of similar structural features and control strategies in articulated limbs (for example, jointed vertebrate arms) and flexible octopus arms suggests that these qualities have evolved convergently in octopuses and in vertebrates, and it also suggests that an articulated limb–controlled at the level of joints–is the optimal solution to the challenge of achieving precise point-to-point movements by a limb.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)    The authors of the original paper in Current Biology1 went further.  “Despite the evolutionary gap and morphological differences, humans and octopuses evolved similar strategies when fetching food to the mouth,” Sumbre, Hochner et al. said.  They even postulated that this ability arose at the dawn of animals, hundreds of millions of years ago:Because the hypothetical common ancestor of cephalopods and vertebrates dates back to the beginning of Cambrian era (about 540 million years ago), fetching appears to be a genuine and rare case of evolutionary functional convergence, where two independent attributes (morphology and neural control) coevolved to achieve a common goal.  We therefore suggest that the combination of a kinematically constrained articulated limb and a movement control strategy with simpler, more stereotypical movements in intrinsic coordinates offers an optimal solution for achieving precise point-to-point movements.Commenting on this study in the same issue of Current Biology,2 Scott L. Hooper explored the idea that function can give rise to form, by evolution.  Noting that “muscles predate the evolution of hard body parts,” Hooper personified evolution into a creative programmer: “flexibly creating different ‘skeletons’ of stiffened muscles against which other muscles can act may be the mother of all motor control strategies.”    Live Science picked up on this line, also, stating that “The similarity of structural features and control strategies between jointed vertebrate arms and flexible octopus limbs suggests that these configurations evolved separately in octopuses and vertebrates, a result scientists call an example of convergent evolution.”  In none of these papers or news articles did any of the authors attempt to connect function to form by a series of plausible evolutionary steps.  Apparently, they didn’t have to – since evolution is already a fact.Bat digital computing:  With their sonar-guided aerial acrobatics, bats are true wonders of the class Mammalia.  The only mammals to fly under their own power, bats make up one fifth of all mammalian species, said Michael Balter in Science Now.  But how did they get the ability to fly?  Surprisingly, a paper in PNAS3 found a tale in the absence of evidence:The earliest fossil bats resemble their modern counterparts in possessing greatly elongated digits to support the wing membrane, which is an anatomical hallmark of powered flight.  To quantitatively confirm these similarities, we performed a morphometric analysis of wing bones from fossil and modern bats.  We found that the lengths of the third, fourth, and fifth digits (the primary supportive elements of the wing) have remained constant relative to body size over the last 50 million years.  This absence of transitional forms in the fossil record led us to look elsewhere to understand bat wing evolution. Since (of course) evolution is already a fact, no fossil evidence is necessary.  What they looked at were genes for finger development in bats and their presumed cousins, mice.  They found that a common gene for bone growth is activated differently in bats, causing the digits to grow much more rapidly, but only in the forelimbs.  “Together, our results suggest that an up-regulation of the Bmp pathway is one of the major factors in the developmental elongation of bat forelimb digits, and it is potentially a key mechanism in their evolutionary elongation as well.”    In this “suggestion,” no attempt was made to integrate this into a comprehensive picture of how the membranes developed, how flight muscles developed, where the avionics software came from, and all the other parts that would have had to have emerged simultaneously for long fingers to become tools rather than impediments.  Since evolution is a fact, this is not a problem; each attribute becomes a piece of the grand evolutionary picture, something that “suggests” or “sheds light” on a detail of what is already known to be true.    Michael Balter shamelessly gave his write-up on this paper a Kipling-esque just-so-story title in Science Now: “How Bats Got Off the Ground.”  Calling bats great examples of “Darwinian success,” Balter quoted other scientists who called this a “an excellent paper” that “helps us to understand how evolutionary transformations are achieved by tinkering with the development of individual structures–in this case, the digits.”The purpose-driven bird:  Darwinists have often claimed that humans have evolved to the point where they can now take charge of their own evolution.  But can birds do this?  That’s a new line promoted by Katherine Unger on Science Now, a news service of the AAAS.  “Species need not sit around waiting for natural selection to shape them,”  she said.  “According to a new study, a creature’s personality can also be an important evolutionary driving force–one that may give the species some control over its own destiny.”  The study, described in PNAS, showed how some bluebirds can alter their habitats and foraging behaviors based on how aggressive some members get (see also EurekAlert summary).  The odd thing is that no evolution occurred before or after the study; the bluebirds were still bluebirds.  The key finding was merely a suggestion: “By selecting the environment in which they live, animals can actively affect the natural selection they experience.”  Evolution by natural selection is, of course, the fact that (by implication) produced the bluebirds in the first place.Apparently, suggestions are good enough for science these days.  It all follows naturally by deduction from first principles: evolution is a fact.    Cornelius Hunter, writing for ID the Future, has found this reaction to be common in his experience debating evolutionists.  “Evolution is a fact” is their knee-jerk reply, with the inevitable comparison to gravity (an association Hunter calls absurd).  “As the old saying goes, it is not what a man doesn’t know that worries me,” he quipped, “but what he knows for sure.”  He continued,“The ‘evolution is a fact’ claim is awkward for evolutionists.  It makes the man behind the curtain all the more obvious and is empirically unsupportable.  How should evolutionists respond when a savvy buyer starts kicking the tires and asks “Why is this a fact again?”….The dual mandates that (i) science must adhere to methodological naturalism and (ii) evolution is a fact, serve to diminish the importance of the empirical data.  Monumental evidential problems become mere curiosities when the theory is beyond question.Hunter calls this an “unfortunate trend in science.  Let’s reverse it and seriously engage the issues at hand.”1Sumbre, Hochner et al., “Octopuses Use a Human-like Strategy to Control Precise Point-to-Point Arm Movements,” Current Biology, Vol 16, 767-772, 18 April 2006.2Scott L. Hooper, “Dispatch: Motor Control: The Importance of Stiffness,” Current Biology, Vol 16, R283-R285, 18 April 2006.3Sears et al., “Development of bat flight: Morphologic and molecular evolution of bat wing digits,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0509716103, published online before print April 17, 2006.We’re going to keep holding up this garbage to public view as we have for over five years now, to expose Darwinian research for what it is: institutionalized question begging, assuming what needs to be proved, making up tall tales in the absence of evidence, ascribing exquisite design to dumb processes of randomness, and murdering Baconian scientific rigor.  Once the Darwin Party came to power, they dumbed down the high standards of research, substituted bravado for caution, and brought in the dark ages of speculative biology where facts and data don’t matter any more.  The highest value now is keeping the story line begun by Pope Charlie going ad infinitum.  The usurping Darwin Party elitists not only lounge around, engaging one another in “tantalizing speculations” (12/22/2003) in the institutions once devoted to induction and proof, but then have the gall to condemn anyone who calls them on the carpet for their shenanigans.    Let this awareness promote a new day in science, where conclusions are rare, where “suggestions” are criticized, where evidence is king, and no principle based on human authority becomes a premise for deduction – i.e., like it used to be when men and women who loved nature and loved the truth (predominantly Christians and creationists – see online book) explored nature as seeking out the wisdom of God.  Disallowing deduction and reinstating rigor might not cure the hard-core Darwinian materialists, but it would go a long way in clearing the fog away from the debate.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Sabarmati jail’s ‘padwomen’ take a step towards empowerment

first_imgIn a novel initiative, the women inmates of the Sabarmati Central Prison have taken up the task of making sanitary napkins.The enterprise will serve not only as a source of income for them but also promote better menstrual hygiene among women inmates in jails across Gujarat, an official said.The sanitary pads, made at the manufacturing unit installed last week by a city-based NGO in the women’s barrack of the Sabarmati jail, will be given free of cost to all women inmates lodged in various prisons of the state, the official said.The Navjivan Trust, an organisation founded by Mahatma Gandhi, acted as a bridge between the NGO, Karma Foundation, and the jail authorities in shaping up this innovative project of providing some meaningful work to the womeninmates.The work to manufacture sanitary pads at the unit in the Sabarmati jail premises was formally launched on May 11. | Photo Credit: Gujarat Information Department In this Gujarat State Information Department handout photograph released and taken on July 6, 2010, female inmates make aggarbattis, incense sticks, at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad. The introduction of the various trades, to keep inmates occupied, was speerheaded by a local NGO. File photo: In this handout photograph released and taken on July 6, 2010, female inmates work on new sewing machines at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad.  The Karma Foundation’s managing trustee, Priyanshi Patel, said the idea of starting the project struck her when she visited the jail six months back and saw women inmates spending their time without doing any work.“The Navjivan Trust then suggested me to install a sanitary napkins manufacturing unit. This will provide income to these inmates,” Patel said.The sanitary pads made in the Sabarmati jail will be given free of cost to all women prisoners across Gujarat, she said.In future, the NGO would also take up the task of selling these napkins at subsidised rates through government agencies, Patel said.“The women inmates can also start a small business of making sanitary pads after they come out of the jail,” she suggested.  At present, one manufacturing unit has been installed where about 12 women prisoners can work at a time.“We will gradually increase the number of manufacturing units,” Patel said.The in-charge superintendent of Sabarmati jail, V.H. Dindor, expressed happiness that the women prisoners have now got some work to do.The Navjivan Trust’s managing trustee, Vivek Desai, said they would encourage more NGOs to come forward and bring up such projects for the benefit of the Sabarmati jail inmates. | Photo Credit: Gujarat Information Department last_img read more

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London Olympics: Tyler Clary wins gold in 200m backstroke swimming

first_imgUSA’s Tyler Clary won gold in a new Olympic record in the men’s 200m backstroke at London Olympics on Thursday. Clary, the fastest qualifier for the final, clocked 1 minute, 53.41 seconds in a tight finish on Thursday.”I stuck to my guns and I was able to come by in those last few 15 metres and get my hand on the wall,” Clary said.”That was the perfect race I swam tonight, it couldn’t have gone any better.”Japanese champion Ryosuke Irie, who won gold in the 100m event, claimed the silver in 1:53.78, while Ryan Lochte of the US won bronze in 1:53.94.Lochte, the favourite for gold, had led for most of the race but got tired in the final straight.last_img

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