Manitoba chief calls on government to hold inquiry into Tina Fontaines death

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government faced another call Thursday for a public inquiry into the death of an Indigenous girl whose body was found in the Red River.Chief Derrick Henderson of Sagkeeng First Nation, where Tina Fontaine grew up, said only a public inquiry can examine all the issues that contributed to the 15-year-old’s death.“I think (an) inquiry would be a step to get the right answers that we need,” he said.Tina left her home in the summer of 2014 to reconnect with her birth mother in Winnipeg. The girl soon became sexually exploited, and repeatedly ran away from a youth shelter and hotels where social workers had placed her.She was last seen leaving a hotel Aug. 8. She told a private contract worker employed by child welfare that she was going to a shopping centre to meet friends.Her body was found just over a week later wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks in the river. The man accused of killing her, Raymond Cormier, was found not guilty of second-degree murder in February.The Opposition New Democrats and many Indigenous leaders have already called for a public inquiry to examine the actions of Child and Family Services workers, police and others.In question period Thursday, NDP legislature member Nahanni Fontaine asked Justice Minister Heather Stefanson three times to commit to an inquiry.Stefanson said she would leave the work to the provincial children’s advocate, who is already reviewing how Child and Family Services handled Tina. That report is expected in a few months.“We need to allow that process to take place,” Stefanson said.“We will await the results of that process.”Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said he supports Chief Henderson’s call for a public inquiry.Dumas said he is disappointed with the province’s decision.“How is the miscarriage of justice in the death of a young girl not worth an inquiry?,” he said in a release. “Our children need to know that we value their lives.“It would benefit the Province of Manitoba to show our First Nation citizens they mean it when they speak of reconciliation.”NDP Leader Wab Kinew said earlier this week that a public inquiry would be more thorough than the children’s advocate review, because it would involve sworn testimony at public hearings.The last public inquiry into Manitoba child welfare concluded in 2013 and found continued failures by social workers leading up to the murder of Phoenix Sinclair. The five-year-old girl was beaten to death by her mother and mother’s boyfriend in 2005 after social workers decided she was safe and closed her file.last_img read more

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Green revolution can ensure enough food for entire world – UN environment

17 February 2009Unless major changes are made – including the way food is produced, handled and disposed of around the world – last year’s food crisis which plunged millions back into hunger may foreshadow an even bigger crisis in the years to come, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report. The Environmental Food Crisis: The environment’s role in averting future food crises, released at the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi, outlines a plan to reduce the risk of hunger and rising food insecurity for this century.The agency predicts that food prices may increase 30 to 50 per cent within decades, forcing those living in extreme poverty to spend 90 per cent of their income on food.The report, compiled by a wide group of experts from both within and outside UNEP, stressed that changing the ways in which food is produced, handled and disposed of across the globe – from farm to store and from fridge to landfill – can both feed the world’s rising population and help the environmental services that are the foundation of agricultural productivity in the first place.“We need a Green Revolution in a Green Economy but one with a capital G,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “We need to deal with not only the way the world produces food but the way it is distributed, sold and consumed, and we need a revolution that can boost yields by working with rather than against nature,” added Mr. SteinerHe noted that over half of the food produced today is lost, wasted or discarded as a result of inefficiency in the human-managed food chain.“There is evidence within the report that the world could feed the entire projected population growth alone by becoming more efficient while also ensuring the survival of wild animals, birds and fish on this planet,” said Mr. Steiner. The report also underscored the fact that over one-third of the world’s cereal harvest is being used as animal feed and by 2050 the ratio will rise to 50 per cent.“Continuing to feed cereals to growing numbers of livestock will aggravate poverty and environmental degradation,” UNEP warned in its press statement.Among the key points in its plan, the report suggested that recycling food wastes and deploying new technologies, aimed at producing biofuels, to produce sugars from discards such as straw and nutshells could be a key environmentally-friendly alternative to increased use of cereals for livestock.The amount of unwanted fish currently discarded at sea – estimated at 30 million tons a year – could alone sustain more than a 50 per cent increase in fish farming, a rise needed to maintain per capita fish consumption at current levels by 2050 without increasing pressure on an already stressed marine environment.The report highlights a number of other measures, including the reorganization of food market infrastructure to regulate prices, a micro-financing fund to boost small-scale farming, the removal of agricultural subsidies, managing and better harvesting extreme rainfall and adopting more diversified and ecologically-friendly farming systems.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to environment ministers gathered in Nairobi to help promote a green economy to tackle climate change and wasteful resource consumption, as well as re-energize economies, creating opportunities for new and better livelihoods.“Soaring food prices brought intense focus not just on the issues of agriculture and trade but on the inflationary role of biofuel production,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the weeklong meeting.“Wildly fluctuating crude oil costs illustrated once again our dependence on the fossil fuels that are causing climate change, and the short-sighted economic vision that has precipitated the current financial turmoil is also bankrupting our resource base,” he stated.“UNEP has been instrumental in developing the concept of the green economy, and is now identifying the tools for achieving it, but UNEP needs your support,” Mr. Ban stressed. During the Forum, UNEP and technology giant Microsoft signed an agreement to work together using information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to help address today’s environmental challenges.The partnership focuses on helping environmental organizations, such as UNEP, Governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and researchers, work more effectively by making use of new technologies. “We view our partnership with Microsoft as key to delivering solutions on a scalable level to a community of more than 190 nations and the UN system as a whole,” said Mr. Steiner.“Without equitable access to information and the capacity for developing countries to engage on an equal level in negotiating key agreements like the climate change treaty or the biodiversity convention, we will not make much progress,” he added. read more

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Regina seniors energetically engage at allcandidate election forum

BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post A crowded room at Regina’s Wesley United Church filled with a mixture of cheers, applause, boos, scoffs, whoops and laughs as local politicians stated their case at what was billed as an all-candidates election forum focused on issues for “older adults” on Thursday afternoon.From pensions and national pharmacare to seniors abuse and more, candidates in Regina’s three federal ridings laid it all on the table for a group of about 100 to 150 people looking to inform their vote.Notably absent were any candidates from the Conservative Party. Organizers said they “declined” an invitation to the event, but did not elaborate why.“We responded to the organizers that we would not be able to attend due to a prior commitment,” said a written statement received from Regina—Lewvan candidate Warren Steinley’s campaign office. “We are invited to many events and functions and unfortunately some do overlap.”The statement said Steinley apologizes for missing the event and is “happy to discuss policy and address concerns of seniors and all constituents.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Three members from the Green Party, Liberal Party, and the People’s Party of Canada attended, each taking one of three pre-determined questions for the crowd. The NDP had just one candidate, Jigar Patel in attendance.There was plenty of applause to go around as long-time Regina—Wascana, Liberal Party candidate Ralph Goodale promised to increase Old Age Security pensions by July 2020 and negotiate with the provinces to increase survivor benefits for widows and widowers.The crowd went wild when Green Party candidate Naomi Hunter promised to protect pensions by getting them at the top of the liability list instead of the bottom when companies go bankrupt.“When companies go bankrupt, that should not fall onto the backs of hardworking Canadian who have spent their entire lives working, thinking that they were saving for their future,” said Hunter. A crowd listens in as federal political candidates speak regarding their parties’ positions toward seniors at the Wesley United Church on Hillsdale Street. For 70-year-old Pat Rivera, the decline of defined contribution pension plans in Canada is top of mind, especially when she considers the future of her children.“They’ll either be on their own or it will be very minimal, so I worry more about them,” she said. “I think if something was in place now that could grow that would be good.”During the second half of the forum which was opened to questions from the audience, shock and dismay rippled through the crowd when Peoples Party of Canada candidate Tracey Sparrowhawk responded to a question about how her party would address senior abuse.“A lot of this goes on in silence and behind closed doors, but you need to speak up and take responsibility for your own situation,” said Sparrowhawk.The PCC took more heat when candidate Trevor Wowk firmly stated that there is no climate change crisis.“Fake news,” someone shouted from the crowd as others laughed in apparent disbelief. Wowk did some find support from attendees when he promised his party would abolish the carbon tax.“For that individual to outright deny it is shocking to me,” said 65-year-old Dale Weisbrot during a mid-forum break.NDP candidate Patel emphasized the party’s plan for universal pharmacare, boasting it will save families and the country money. He said seniors deserve better , given this country has the highest drug costs in the world.Waffling on his vote, Weisbrot said he was very disappointed to not see anyone from the Conservative Party in attendance.“It shows, I think, disrespect,” he said.A huge supporter of former NDP Regina—Lewvan MP Erin Weir, he said he may switch his vote to the Liberals, impressed that Goodale is such a “tireless worker.” Or he may spoil his ballot by writing in his own choice — Weir.jackerman@postmedia.com read more

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Meeting at UN Headquarters agrees on need to stem illicit tobacco trade

Dr. Derek Yach told correspondents that the three-day meeting, organized by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, had served to produce a “strong, agreed text” for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and possibly a protocol on smuggling. Negotiators are set to resume talks on the treaty in Geneva this October. Among other points of accord, participants shared “a sense of global solidarity about the need for people to join forces and strengthen border controls,” Dr. Yach said. Underscoring the need to tackle the illicit tobacco trade, he pointed out that, “smuggled cigarettes are cheap cigarettes, cheap cigarettes mean more consumption among the young and the poor, [and] that increases consumption markedly.” Black-market cigarettes also evade health warnings while causing a “massive” loss of revenue of governments. At the same time, the illicit trade generated funds that can be used for criminal activity, including terrorism.Some participants suggested that a percentage of the tax on cigarettes should be used to strengthen law enforcement – an approach which the United Kingdom had adopted with profitable results, Dr. Yach said. “With an investment of $300 million [the UK was] able to reap increased revenues of $3 billion by strengthening customs.”Although the meeting brought together two groups – public health professionals and law enforcement officials – who traditionally have different agendas, Dr. Yach said it fostered “a common sense of purpose of tackling tobacco control that will help us all.”The Conference was attended by representatives from 145 countries as well as several international agencies, including Interpol and the World Customs Organization. read more

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In Tech Music for kids Facebook video profiles Samsung watch Apple CEO

FILE – In this April 30, 2015 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook responds to a question during a news conference at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York. Cook is getting an award from the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. The award is to be presented to Cook on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) In Tech: Music for kids, Facebook video profiles, Samsung watch, Apple CEO, unlimited data by The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2015 1:11 am MDT Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Parents of small kids are getting more love from music services.Amazon noticed kids content on its Prime Music streaming plan was a big hit — no surprise, really, given the popularity of its Amazon Mom program for discounts on diapers, wipes and other items. So Amazon.com Inc. secured original children’s music from The Pop Ups and Lisa Loeb for free streaming to give Prime members another reason to keep their $99-a-year membership.Meanwhile, a rival service, Rhapsody, is rewarding premium, $10-a-month subscribers with a feature that lets children take control of music when mommy or daddy passes over a mobile phone. Curated playlists keep content safe, and big colorful designs make navigating easy. You won’t need to remember another password to leave the kids’ zone: There’s an unlock puzzle designed to fool a 10-year-old.Another life hack: bookmarked songs are automatically downloaded. That’s great for junior, who might be using a hand-me-down device that no longer has a cellular plan.— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer___Facebook is trying to jazz up users’ profiles.The world’s largest social network is testing new profile videos that can be created from phones and would replace a still profile photo. The seven-second, looping videos play automatically when you look at someone’s profile page. The videos can include sound, but that will play only if you click on the video.For now, only some iPhone users in California and the U.K. can make them. Any Facebook user can see them. Facebook Inc. doesn’t have a specific date for when it will expand the feature.— Tali Arbel, AP Technology Writer___Samsung began selling its new smartwatch Friday in the U.S.Retailers carrying the Gear S2 include Best Buy and Macy’s. The starting price is $300. The South Korean company announced the Gear S2 in August, but gave no details on prices then.The S2 has a circular frame that can be rotated to scroll through notifications and apps. Past models required swiping, similar to phones, which could tire out fingers given how little fits on each screen. The watch itself is also smaller — roughly the size of the larger version of Apple Watch. For the first time, Samsung’s smartwatch will work with any Android phone, not just Samsung’s, though all features might not work.What’s not known yet is how good the apps will be. This has been one of the weak points for Samsung’s smartwatch, given that many app developers have focused instead on the Apple Watch and the variety of models running Google’s Android Wear. The S2 runs the little-known Tizen system. Samsung has said it expects about 1,000 apps at launch, but rival watches have many times that.Apple Watch, meanwhile, will come to Target. The retailer says some models and bands will be offered online starting Oct. 18. All stores will get them by Oct. 25.Besides Apple’s own stores, the watch is available at Best Buy, Sprint and T-Mobile stores, along with specialty department stores and boutiques, mostly outside the U.S. Apple Watch starts at $349.— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer___Apple CEO Tim Cook is getting an award from the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.Last October, Cook came out as the first openly gay chief executive of a Fortune 1,000 company. In December, HRC announced that Cook had donated a “substantial” amount to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states. The specific amount wasn’t disclosed.HRC’s Visibility Award is to be presented to Cook on Saturday.“Through his example and Apple’s commitment to equality, LGBT young people, in particular, can look to Tim Cook’s incredible career and know that there is nothing holding them back,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “They can dream as big as their minds allow them to, even if they want to be the CEO of one of the world’s largest companies.”— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer___If you want an unlimited data plan from Sprint, sign up soon: The monthly price is going up by $10, to $70.The new price takes effect Oct. 16. Those who sign up before then can keep the lower price.Sprint and T-Mobile are the only two national carriers still offering unlimited plans. Verizon and AT&T discontinued them years ago, though customers who already had one could keep it.— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer read more

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Toyota stock dips after Trump tweet on planned Mexico plant

by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2017 6:17 am MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp. is a “good corporate citizen” and intends to work with President-elect Donald Trump to help make America strong, the Japanese automaker’s president, Akio Toyoda, says.Trump said on Twitter that Toyota would face a “big border tax” if it goes ahead with a plans for a new plant in Mexico. A statement issued by Toyota in the U.S. did not directly address Trump’s tweet, but stressed that the company has been in the U.S. for six decades and that the Mexico plant will not affect jobs or production in the U.S.Speaking before Trump put out his tweet, Toyoda responded to a question by a reporter at a New Year’s gathering of Japan’s auto industry by saying that he saw Trump’s administration as an “opportunity.”“I don’t know yet exactly how, but, regardless of who becomes president, our business is about being good corporate citizens. And by becoming good corporate citizens, we are facing the same goal of making America strong. And so we will continue to do our best,” he said.Toyota’s shares fell 1.7 per cent Friday in Tokyo.Regardless of pressures from Trump on automakers to shift more manufacturing into the U.S., the outlook for Japanese car makers has brightened lately as the yen has weakened and Tokyo share prices have risen following the U.S. election.Overnight, Trump’s tweet criticized Toyota’s plans to build the popular Corolla subcompact at a planned Mexico plant, tweeting: “NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.”Honda Motor Co. President Takahiro Hachigo, who was also at the reception in Tokyo, told reporters there were no planned production changes in Mexico.Nissan Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. had no immediate comment.Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga (YOH-shee hee-day SOO-gah) declined to comment on the tweet, noting that Trump had not yet taken office.“I believe Toyota is a good corporate citizen for the U.S.,” Suga told reporters, adding that he hoped Trump, as an international businessman, understands trade and other matters.When asked if he planned to meet with Trump like Softbank Corp.’s chief Masayoshi Son, to try to gain the president-elect’s understanding, Toyoda pointed to the crowd at the reception.“I am not in such a position,” said Toyoda. “The auto industry is widespread, being supported by many people, including suppliers, materials-makers and after-service businesses. It is important we all be together in whatever we do.”Trump’s tweet on Toyota echoed others targeted at Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. Nearly all automakers build small cars in Mexico to take advantage of its lower wages.Toyota said it has invested over $21.9 billion in its U.S. operations, including 10 manufacturing facilities, 1,500 dealerships and 136,000 employees. It said it has created jobs as it expanded in America and produced 25 million vehicles there over the last 30 years.“Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry,” the company said in a statement.On Tuesday, Ford announced it had scrapped plans to build a new $1.6 billion small-car factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm showing Toyota’s, right, in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Toyota Motor Corp. stock fell 2 percent in early Friday morning trading after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Twitter that the Japanese automaker faces a “big border tax” if it goes ahead with plans on a new Mexico plant. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Toyota stock dips after Trump tweet on planned Mexico plant read more

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Red Cross shows astonishing scale of Grenfell donations

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Red Cross is giving the best of the new clothes to the survivors of the fire to choose from.Everything else will be labelled as ‘Shop for Grenfell’ and sold in British Red Cross shops across the UK.The money will go to the London Fire Relief Fund.This fund has now raised £3.2m since the fire.The Red Cross said: “Every family that lost someone in the Grenfell Tower fire is to receive £20,000. Those seriously injured will receive £10,000 and there will be a further £10,000 fresh start grant to every family that has been made homeless.”When asked where the money was going, the organisation told The Telegraph: “We will focus on helping those affected to alleviate their immediate suffering and to ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties. This may include cash grants for those who have lost their homes or been injured, bereaved or traumatised by this tragedy, to alleviate their immediate suffering and to ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties. We will also be supporting community organisations who can distribute the funds.” The public has donated three football pitches worth of goods to the Grenfell survivors.The Red Cross has shown the astonishing scale of the public support in a video. Tonnes of clothes and other items have been donated to help people affected by the London fire.Kensington Council has asked people to stop donating items, and to instead donate money, as they have so much.The council has stored more than 40,000 boxes of donations in a warehouse, which is the equivalent of more than 100 lorry loads, or three football pitches.last_img read more

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19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patricks Day

first_imgUpdated, 14:54THE GOVERNMENT has released details of the travel itineraries of ministers who are leaving Ireland for St Patrick’s Day.13 senior ministers, six junior ministers, and the Attorney General are all due to travel abroad as part of the ‘Promote Ireland’ programme.The government says ministerial-led trade missions are a key part of its jobs strategy for 2013.Enda Kenny will make his traditional trip to Washington D.C. to meet with the US president Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden, and will also travel to New York to meet city mayor Michael Bloomberg and visit the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will also travel to Washington, but later depart for Atlanta and New Orleans.Pat Rabbitte, Joan Burton and Phil Hogan are also travelling to the United States – to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston respectively – while Jimmy Deenihan heads for Canada.Frances Fitzgerald will travel to India, while Ruairí Quinn heads to China and Brendan Howlin take a tour of Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Leo Varadkar will travel to Japan and South Korea.Closer to home, Richard Bruton will visit Germany, while James Reilly will travel to London and Birmingham. Alan Shatter will visit the Irish troops on peacekeeping duty in the Lebanon, as well as visiting both Israel and Palestine.Agriculture minister Simon Coveney and finance minister Michael Noonan are the only ministers not to be leading trade missions.Among the junior ministers, chief whip Paul Kehoe is bound for Australia and New Zealand while planning minister Jan O’Sullivan will visit Saudi Arabia.John Perry will visit Glasgow and Edinburgh, while Brian Hayes will travel to Belgium and Luxembourg. Joe Costello, whose brief includes trade, will visit South Africa.Michael Ring, the junior minister responsible for sport, will be in Italy for the conclusion of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign.The attorney general, Máire Whelan, will travel to France.Read: ‘Green carpet treatment’ for world’s medialast_img read more

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Further falls for property prices

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cash-strapped developers in Greece have been adopting somewhat unusual practices in the last few weeks, in a desperate attempt to rid themselves of unsold apartments. The market has seen several instances of two or three properties being offered as a package at considerable discounts or rock-bottom prices. For instance, one construction company is offering four maisonettes for 2 million euros instead of 2.4 million which would be their value if sold separately. Real estate agents take the view that such examples will proliferate in coming months, as the stock of properties up for sale increases. This is now estimated at around 200,000, of which 60,000 are country houses. For the time being, the practice of offering generous discounts mainly applies to country houses, with developers hoping that non-EU nationals will avail themselves of the opportunity to being granted residence permits for up to 10 years if they invest more than 250,000 euros. As prices have dropped by around 30 per cent in the last three years, a discounted ‘package’ facilitates meeting the condition of the minimum sum. Another interpretation of the trend, however, is that so far developers have avoided paying the emergency property tax paid via electricity bills by not connecting their properties to the power grid. As this loophole will probably be abolished next year, developers are certain to offer even bigger discounts as 2013 draws to a close. And so the pace of declining prices may accelerate (it was 11.6 per cent in the second quarter, according to the Bank of Greece), making it likely that the cumulative average drop may reach 40 per cent by the end of the year. Bank officials estimate that the number of newly built properties sold in the first half was in no case higher than 4,000, from some 10,000 for the whole of 2012. Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

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Fenderbender thief sought by Vancouver police

first_imgVancouver police are warning area residents of a man whom they say has gotten into fender-benders with elderly drivers only to steal their wallets when they pulled over. The first incident occurred at about 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 4 when a 77-year-old woman got into a fender-bender on the northbound onramp to Interstate 5 from Jantzen Beach, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The woman kept driving, but noticed the vehicle following her and so she took an exit and pulled into the Arco gas station on East 39th Street and Main Street, Kapp said. Once there, a man who identified himself as Mike got out of his car and claimed the damage was his fault. While they looked at damage and exchanged information, the man stole the woman’s wallet, which was on her front passenger seat, Kapp said. The woman didn’t notice it was gone until the next day, when she reported it to police.last_img read more

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CIRCAC Announces 2018 Scholarship Awards

first_imgLandon has been accepted at Oregon State University to study chemical engineering with an emphasis on environmental chemistry and ocean science. CIRCAC’s Scholarship Committee, comprised of Board Director Carla Stanley and public committee members Rick Frederic and Captain Bob Pawlowski, made the selections based on the applicants’ stated goals, resumes, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and essays. This years winners are a senior at Kenai Central High School, Verity Feltman, who received CIRCAC’s $2,500 Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship, which supports students working in maritime and technical studies. Now in its fourth year, CIRCAC’s Scholarship Program has to date awarded $20,000 to aspiring Kenai Peninsula students. Verity is from Soldotna and has been accepted at Kenai Peninsula College where she plans to focus on an Associate Degree in Applied Science—Process Technology.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Each year, the Cook Inlet Regional Advisory Council (CIRCAC) selects two students on the Kenai Peninsula to receive scholarships for their work in environmental, maritime and technical studies that benefit the future of the Cook Inlet. The second recipient, Landon Bunting, a senior at Homer High School, received CIRCAC’s $2,500 James Carter Memorial Scholarship which supports students pursuing careers in environmental sciences. Frederic: “It was truly remarkable to see the accomplished academic excellence of these students. We all were amazed and excited at their cognitive abilities, volunteer efforts and outstanding accomplishments, and their ability to answer our tough interview questions.”last_img read more

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Nubia Z20 phone has two displays and no notch

first_img Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $155 at Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $59 at eBay Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $210 at Best Buy The Nubia Z20 has a bezelless display and a screen on the back. Nubia Foldable phones aren’t the only devices making use of multiple screens. The Nubia Z20 is a dual-screen phone that launches globally next month, the company said Thursday. It goes on sale in China on Aug. 16. The phone features a bezelless 6.42-inch FHD+ display with no notches, triple cameras and up to 8GB of RAM. It also has a 5.1-inch touch display on the back, allowing users to take high-quality pictures or videos with the rear camera as if it were a front-facing one. The Nubia Z20 features a 48-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. It has a 4,000mAh battery and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.Users can set up the screens to operate separately so that they can switch between apps. The back screen serves as an always-on display.The Nubia Z20 has a mirror-polished metal frame and curved sapphire glass. Both screens are curved. Pricing for the phone hasn’t been determined. The Nubia X, which the company showed off at this year’s CES, also features two screens.  Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $60 at Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $299 at Amazon Rylo Sprint $6 at Tidal $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Angela Lang/CNET See It $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 See at Amazon 7 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Phones,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See at Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Share your voice Tags Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See it TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Boost Mobile Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Post a comment Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Chris Monroe/CNET 0 Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.last_img read more

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FV Arctic Hunter Removal Plan Nearly Done

first_imgIt’s been more than six months since the F/V Arctic Hunter went aground outside Unalaska. Now, the boat’s insurance company is almost ready to drag it off the rocks.Insurance adjustor Jim Ronning says they’re expecting to sign a deal with a contractor by the end of the week.Photo by Jennifer Shockley.That contractor will have to cut the Hunter into pieces and drag them out of the shallows, back to harbor.Months ago, the plan was to float the boat off the rocks in one piece. But Ronning says winter storms did too much damage — now, the vessel’s little more than scrap metal.The removal process will also involve clean-up. Ronning says he knows debris from the Hunter is washing up along some of Unalaska’s beaches, and that residents are concerned.The Ounalashka Corporation owns the tidelands where debris has been spotted. Ronning says he’s been in touch with OC about cleaning it up. He says removing the wreck will create more debris, so he’d like to wait until it’s done, then do clean-up all at once.The removal could come in the next several weeks, depending on weather. Either way, Ronning says they’ll know more about when clean-up will happen once they finalize their deal with the contractor.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Oct 16 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowByron Mallott resignsAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – JuneauThree weeks before Alaska’s general election, Byron Mallott resigned suddenly as Alaska lieutenant governor, citing “inappropriate comments” he recently made. State Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson was sworn in to replace Mallott at lieutenant governor.Feds approve second Conoco oil project in National Petroleum Reserve-AlaskaElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Trump administration has handed a key approval to ConocoPhillips for an oil development on the North Slope, west of Prudhoe Bay. According to Conoco, the Greater Mooses Tooth 2 drill site could produce up to 40,000 barrels of oil per day.Elders and Youth conference continues in AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDuring a rousing youth keynote address at the annual Elders and Youth conference, 20-year-old Tristan Yaadoh Jovan Madros addressed the importance of traditional practices in formal education.Sitka police officer files suitEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaA female police officer has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the Sitka Police Department, alleging that she was treated differently than male officers and subjected to sexual harassment. This is the second lawsuit filed against the department in less than two months.DEA hosts Fairbanks opioid summitDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe federal Drug Enforcement Administration is teaming with local agencies on an opioid summit in Fairbanks.Togiak tribal authorities seize smuggled alcoholIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamLocal tribal authorities in Togiak seized approximately $32,000 of alcohol, acting on a tip that alcohol was being smuggled into the dry village via air cargo, disguised in apple juice containers.Rural Alaska populations on the riseAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe overall population of Alaska has remained steady over the past five years, but in certain areas of the state, it’s on the rise.Petersburg Assembly rejects Tongass timber sale auditJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgPetersburg’s borough assembly has voted down a resolution calling for a forensic audit of two Tongass National Forest timber sales.last_img read more

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Rupee Dips Sensex and Nifty Gain as Junes Inflation Eases

first_imgReutersOn Tuesday, Nifty and Sensex opened on a bullish note by 37.15 points and 93.92 points, after falling for previous four sessions due to sale of shares by foreign investors.The surge can be attributed to June’s consumer inflation rate report that slowed to a low of 7.31 percent ahead of the RBI’s policy review on 5 August, according to a Reuters report.Moreover, India’s wholesale price inflation index had eased to a four-month low in June at 5.43 percent.On Tuesday, BSE Sensex opened at 25100.90 versus its previous close of 25006.98 points, while NSE Nifty opened higher by recording 7491.30 points against its previous closing of 7454.15 points.On the other hand, the Indian rupee dipped by 4 paise at 60.11 per dollar against its ending price of 60.07 a dollar on Monday.”I continue to be a dollar bull, as technicals indicate the pair may not breach the 59.85-60.45 range in the immediate term. Then there is the dollar demand arising from various quarters,” Reuters quoted Navin Raghuvanshi, a current trader at DCB Bank in Mumbai.Additionally, Foreign Institutional Investors sold Indian shares worth ₹5.58 billion ($93 million) on Monday. Singapore exchange rose 0.3 percent and the Morgan Stanley Capital Investment of Asia Pacific rose 0.2 percent (excluding Japan).Indian Stock Index: A broker monitors share prices while trading at a brokerage firm in MumbaiReutersMajority of Indian stock prices appeared rising during trading hours. Among 12 Indian stock indices, only stock prices of two sectors dipped. FMCG and Healthcare stock prices fell by 14.64 points and 19.61 points at 11:30 am.Stock price of FMCG sector was recorded at 6873.56 points. It opened higher by 6.43 points at 6894.63 points. In the mean time, stock price of Healthcare sector was recorded at 11647.46 points and it opened higher by 9.12 points at 11676.19 points.Reliance Industries on Monday was slapped with penalty of $579 million by Government of India, for producing less than targeted natural gas from its KG-D6 Block. On Tuesday, RIL Industries stock price rose by ₹15.15 recording ₹977 per share.Moreover, shares of India’s Jain Irrigation System rose 3 percent after Shankar Mankerar, a Management professor, who is one of the largest retail share holder in USL bought shares worth ₹8.26 million during April-June quarter. Jain Irrigation systems Ltd. Stock price was recorded at ₹106.80 with profit of ₹3.50 on Tuesday.After launching sale of shares by City Union bank on Monday, its stock figure rose 2 percent higher on Tuesday at 12.20 pm. Besides, Shares of ICICI bank too made profits of ₹39.65 or 2.95 percent by recording at ₹1383.95.In the mean time, BSE Sensex recorded incline of 99.69 points at 25106.67 points, whereas NSE Nifty gained 29.55 points by recording 4783.70 points.last_img read more

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BJP to support Sumalatha Ambareesh in Karnatakas Mandya district

first_imgSumalatha AmbareeshIANSThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, March 24, decided to support multi-lingual actress Sumalatha Ambareesh, who is contesting the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in south Karnataka as an Independent candidate, instead of fielding its own nominee.”Of the 48 names cleared for contesting in the upcoming general elections, the party’s Central Election Committee has decided to support Sumalatha in Mandya and field S. Muniswamy from the Kolar (SC) constituency in the southern state,” an official of the party’s state unit told IANS.This means the BJP would contest 27 of the 28 parliamentary seats in the state, including the five reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and two for Scheduled Tribe (ST).Mandya will vote on April 18 along with 13 other seats in the state’s central and southern regions in the first phase, while polling in the remaining 14 seats in the state’s coastal and northern regions will be on April 23.The vote count for all the 28 seats is on May 23.Sumalatha, 55, filed her nomination from Mandya on March 20 as an Independent after the Congress conceded the seat to its ruling ally Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), which is fielding Nikhil Gowda, the only son of state Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy, and grandson of JD-S supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.Sumalatha is the widow of Kannada rebel star and former Congress leader, lawmaker and Minister, M. H. Ambareesh, who was a three-time Lok Sabha MP from Mandya before becoming a legislator from the Srirangapatna assembly segment near Mysuru.Ambareesh passed away in Bengaluru on November 24, 2018, at the age of 66.”Sumalatha recently met our senior leader and former External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna and sought our party’s support after the Congress declined to nominate her from Mandya.”The constituency was represented by JD-S minister C. Puttaraju, whose resignation in May 2018 necessitated the November 6 bye-election, in which JD-S candidate L. Shivaramae Gowda won against the BJP’s Siddaramaiah,” said the official quoted above.last_img read more

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Punj Lloyd wins pipeline orders worth Rs 2070 crore from Oman

first_imgInfrastructure firm Punj Lloyd on Tuesday announced the company has won projects worth Rs 2,070 crore from Oman.The scope of work for the company includes construction of a 300-km natural gas liquid (NGL) pipeline and a 301-km gas pipeline. It also includes construction of block valve and pigging stations. The pipeline project is expected to be completed in less than three years, the company said in a regulatory filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange.”In view of the increased gas demand and to ensure availability of supply, Punj Lloyd will be laying another gas pipeline parallel to the existing Fahud-Sohar pipeline for OGC (Oman Gas Company). The pipeline is being laid to supply gas for North Power station,” the company said.The group’s order backlog, which is the value of unexecuted orders on Dec. 31, is currently Rs 25,400 crore, the company said.”Punj Lloyd was the only Indian contractor in Oman to be awarded a sizeable contract of the LPIC mega complex. Our past experiences of delivering strategic projects in Oman and our prowess in pipelines globally both stand testament to our capabilities,” Atul Jain, President and CEO of Punj Lloyd, said in a statement. The company’s third-quarter loss widened to Rs 300 crore from Rs 148 crore reported in the corresponding period ended December 2014. The company’s income dipped to Rs 1,013 crore from Rs 1,291 crore, YoY.The Punj Lloyd stock on Tuesday closed at Rs 22.40, up 0.45 percent from its previous close.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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Amadeus posts strong growth in first half year results

first_imgTravel technology company Amadeus Altea has posted a strong increase in half year growth, with its revenue increasing by 8.5 per cent to €1,730.9 million.In addition, its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) are €702.6 million and its adjusted profit margin grew 8.9 per cent` to €380.6 million.The distribution arm of Amadeus expanded by 3.8 per cent to 241.8 million bookings while its IT business posted an increase of 15.6 per cent in passenger numbers to 328.5 million.Amadeus president and chief executive officer Luis Maroto said that there were a number of positive results across the board.“Amadeus’ core business continues to deliver strong results despite improved but still challenging market conditions,” Mr Maroto said.“The Distribution business outperformed the industry enabling us to continue to gain market share.”“During the first half of the year, Amadeus reaffirmed its commitment to Corporate Travel IT – a key Distribution growth segment – with the acquisition of i:FAO, the strategic agreement with SAP and the launch of Amadeus Corporate Suite,“The Airline IT business continued to show strong growth underpinned by the Asia Pacific region, where an agreement with Japan Airlines was recently announced, in addition to Swiss International Airlines signing for our Altéa suite.”Mr Maroto also said that Amadeus and the USA’s Southwest Airlines partnership is very fruitful.“Southwest Airlines’ first international flight powered by Amadeus Altéa suite marked the successful implementation of Amadeus’ state-of-the-art passenger service system by the carrier,” Mr Maroto said.“The addition of Southwest’s domestic bookings to the agreement will turn Altéa Suite into the carrier’s only reservation system in the future and Southwest into Amadeus’ largest Airline IT partner worldwide by passengers boarded.”Up to July 2014, Amadeus has signed 21 content agreements with different airlines.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img
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RockResorts continues to expand its international

first_imgRockResorts continues to expand its international hotel portfolio with the announcement of its second Caribbean resort, Balcones del Atlántico, A RockResort. Scheduled to open in early 2010, Balcones del Atlántico will embody island elegance and undiscovered natural beauty, blending the Dominican Republic’s local flavor and Latin flair.The multi-room villa-suite resort is ideally situated along the sparkling waters of nearly a mile of white-sand beaches in the small fishing village of Las Terrenas on the Samaná Peninsula of the Dominican Republic. The resort will feature four private spa treatment palapas, two pools with swim-up bars, a three-meal-a-day beach restaurant and bar, and gourmet deli shop. With 86 two- and three-bedroom villa suites, Balcones del Atlántico will offer a stylish and comfortable design with a strong emphasis on the natural surroundings.“Building on the tremendous success of The Landings St. Lucia, A RockResort, which opened two years ago, we were eager to expand in the Caribbean region,” said Paul Toner, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality. “We look forward to managing this island resort and sharing with our guests the iconic beauty of the Dominican Republic, and the exceptional guest service that RockResorts is known for at all of our properties.”The Samaná Peninsula is easily accessible from a number of international airports, offering direct air service from New York, Miami, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia. In addition, the Samaná Peninsula has been blessed with tremendous natural attractions like Los Haitises National Park, El Limón Waterfalls, Rincón Bay, Cosón Bay and the vibrant village of Las Terrenas. Located on the north coast of the Samaná Peninsula, Las Terrenas brings together a myriad of cultures including French, German, Italian and Spanish influences and offers resort guests additional options for dining, shopping, nightlife and other activities within a short walk along the beach.www.rockresorts.comlast_img read more

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