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Obituaries – August 22, 2015

Obituaries – August 22, 2015

Pia Kraus Aitken

Pia Kraus Aitken, also long known by her professional and pen na...

Expat Living

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City Living - August 22, 2015

City Living - August 22, 2015

Handcrafted elegance

Saturday, August 22 is the final day of the 47th annual Enar...

Columns

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In praise of water hyacinth

In praise of water hyacinth

Have you noticed? Clusters of lirio (water hyacinth) are floating from east to wes...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide – August 22, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

Traditional Mariachi Festival

Fandangos Mariacheros are a new festival feature this year. 

Plaza de las Americas (facing the Zapopan Basilica), Friday, August 21, 8 p.m. 

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Mariachi Festival offers free shows in city malls & downtown plaza

-1 DAYS AGO

FREE RECITALS IN CITY MALLS

Friday, August 28

Gran Plaza Fashion Mall, 5:30 p.m.

Plaza Patria, 5:30 p.m.

Plaza Andares, 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 29

Plaza Patria, 5:30 p.m.

Gran Plaza Fashion Mall, 5:30 p.m.

Plaza Andares, 6 p.m.

Plaza del Sol, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 30

Plaza La Gourmetería, 5 p.m.

Plaza Patria,...

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Ajijic Film Festival puts focus on Alzheimer’s

6 DAYS AGO
Ajijic Film Festival puts focus on Alzheimer’s

A selection of ten acclaimed motion pictures highlighting the life experiences of people afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease will be screened next week at Ajijic’s Cinemas del Lago, Plaza Bugambilias. 

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Local jazz singer plans concerts to fund studies

13 DAYS AGO
Local jazz singer plans concerts to fund studies

Fans of talented local jazz singer Marie Claire Figadere are thrilled that she’s back home in Ajijic and planning several concerts before returning to her studies in Montreal.

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Ribera Arts Review – August 22, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review – August 22, 2015

Violin and Piano Trio

“Del Romanticismo Ruso al Romanticismo Mexicano” is the latest in a series of sensational classical concerts scheduled at the Centro Cultural Ajijic’s nearly completed Teatro del Pueblo.

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Ribera Arts Review – August 15, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review – August 15, 2015

Mozart, Paganini & Friends

The Camerata de Jalisco presents a recital entitled “Mozart, Paganini & Friends” at the Casa de Cultura de Ajijic on Sunday, August 16, 6 p.m. 

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At the Movies: Ant Man

13 DAYS AGO

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.”

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At the Movies: Woman in Gold

13 DAYS AGO

Six decades after WWII, an elderly Jewish woman returns to Vienna in order to reclaim family belongings that were once seized by the Nazis in this poignant drama based on a true story.

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Columns

The wonders of El Carrizal: Birds, berries, beautiful mushrooms along a lush, pretty, jungle-like trail

6 DAYS AGO
The wonders of El Carrizal:  Birds, berries, beautiful mushrooms  along a lush, pretty, jungle-like trail

Arroyo el Carrizal offers a shady footpath through dense forest growth located 54 kilometers west of Guadalajara near the town of Ahualulco de Mercado. This is the perfect place to go if you’re in the mood for a short, easy walk in which you’ll find yourself distracted by something delig...

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Exploring the curiosities of Ameca’s Museum: bones, blood cups & an amazing obsidian necklace

13 DAYS AGO
Exploring the curiosities of Ameca’s Museum:  bones, blood cups & an amazing obsidian necklace

Ameca, located 60 kilometers southwest of Guadalajara, has a small but interesting museum that is well worth visiting if you happen to be in the area.

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An early adventure into the rugged, sometimes unfriendly, but stunning territory of the Wixaritari Indian tribe

-1 DAYS AGO

Recently in these pages a brief discussion appeared (Reporter June 27, July 4, August 1) regarding Mexico’s Huichol Indians.  Inevitably, this meant references to ill-fated American journalist Philip True.  As many long-stretch foreign visitors and residents may recall, True wrote fo...

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Why local folks ask directions from gringos or ‘it saves time, no?’

6 DAYS AGO

A gentelman in an old fashioned slant-crowned sobrero and field-darkened huaraches stopped me in the middle of downtown Guadalajara the other day.

Oye señor, ” he said, “can you tell me how to get to the Palacio Federal, por favor ?”

The two of us stood in the middle of th...

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Tech industry spawns confusion with its interchangeable language

21 DAYS AGO

As I write this I have just finished a telephone support call made all the more difficult by a failure to communicate.  I really want to blame this problem on an Englishman by the name of Peter Mark Roget, but in truth he did not create the problem in 1805; he just documented it and quantified ...

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fixr.com: Most searched-for prices reflect pressing concerns of different nations

1 MONTHS AGO

A site found on the World Wide Web is fixr.com on which anyone may search for building and remodeling prices.  The next time you need to know how much it might cost to wallpaper a room in Boston, this web site is a good place to start.  The programmers who created this web site obviously h...

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VIEWPOINT: Pedestrians in Guadalajara: always at risk, ignored & powerless

-1 DAYS AGO
VIEWPOINT: Pedestrians  in Guadalajara: always  at risk, ignored & powerless

Pedestrians in Guadalajara are a hunted species.  Negotiating the streets of the metropolitan area on foot is not only dangerous but often life-threatening.  

Sadly, the car is king in Mexico.

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VIEWPOINT: Expat or immigrant? Good or bad? Exploring nuances

6 DAYS AGO

Is there a strong argument for the Reporter to stop using the word expatriate and replace it with immigrant or migrant?

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In praise of water hyacinth

-1 DAYS AGO
In praise of water hyacinth

Have you noticed? Clusters of lirio (water hyacinth) are floating from east to west out in the middle of Lake Chapala and I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

Yes, I absolutely am delighted at the appearance of the water plant that has several times spread to epic proportions covering portions of t...

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Write your own obituary

6 DAYS AGO

I was flipping through emails and blog posts when a headline caught my eye. I clicked back a page and read again the title of the NPR piece by Alan Gelb. “5 Good Reasons to Write Your Own Obituary: The case for taking hold of your life story.” 

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico – Where’s My Piñata

-1 DAYS AGO

My grandson wakes up on his birthday as if every year is a milestone that opens new doors. “I can chew gum now because I’m four.”

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico – The Potato Chip Vendor

6 DAYS AGO

This is the third week that I’ve been taking my grandson to and from a summer day camp. Unlike his school, it’s a little too far to walk, so we’ve been driving, taking streets I’m familiar with, but going through an intersection that I’ve rarely stopped at.

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Expat Living

Interview: US Consulate chief takes her leave

13 DAYS AGO
Interview: US Consulate chief takes her leave

Susan Abeyta, the U.S. consul general in Guadalajara, packed her bags and left town with her husband Victor this week after a three-year stint in the city. Reflecting on her stay in an interview with the Reporter last week, she made an immediate point of praising the dedication of her staff, both U....

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US Consulate set to close on August 7 & 10

21 DAYS AGO

Due to a consular systems upgrade, consular operations at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all nine consulates throughout Mexico (including the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara) will be closed to the public on Friday, August 7, and Monday, August 10.

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City Living - August 22, 2015

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City Living - August 22, 2015

Handcrafted elegance

Saturday, August 22 is the final day of the 47th annual Enarte expo showcasing Mexican handcrafts, gift and decorative items. More than 120 leading manufacturers of high-quality Mexican design are featured. The show is on at the Centro Cultural El Refugio on the corner of Avenida...

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City Living - August 18, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - August 18, 2015

New look Via

The highly successful Sunday Via RecreActiva car-free program is getting an image makeover. More than 400 volunteers who staff the activity have been given new uniforms, color coded to represent their specific function.   “Volunteers” who control traffic at intersections...

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‘Happy Kids’ say thank you

-1 DAYS AGO

The Club de Niños Felices de Ajijic (Happy Kids Club) thanks everyone who helped make possible their recent trip to the Guadalajara Zoo.  For many of the 38 children who took part, it was their first time outside the Lake Chapala area, and it was the first time visiting the Zoo for all of...

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Traditional music & alcohol: a very Mexican combination

-1 DAYS AGO

Local expat residents will soon have another option for an enjoyable and unusual week-night out, while delving into music and participating in tequila, mezcal and craft beer tastings. 

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Laguna Chapalac – August 22, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – August 22, 2015

Bomberos Day 

The united civil protection and firefighters of Chapala have invited the local community to join in their celebration of the feast day of the firefighters (bomberos) on Saturday, August 22. 

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Laguna Chapalac – August 15, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – August 15, 2015

Crochet-A-Thon

The kick-off meeting for the Lakeside Granny Square Crochet-A-Thon to benefit economically-challenged children in the north of Mexico is set for Tuesday, August 18, 4 p.m. at La Bodega Restaurant in Ajijic. 

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

6 MONTHS AGO

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to give...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

9 MONTHS AGO
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

Altruism Festival

Paraiso Felino, the no-kill cat shelter in the northshore inland town of San Juan, will again be  one of the 24 Vallarta-area community service organizations to benefit from the annual International Altruism Festival, set for May 17 at the Hotel Marriott, in cooperation with Ke...

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La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

4 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

Bare Bones Theatre 

Since 2011 La Manzanilla’s Bare Bones Readers’ Theatre, headed-up by Arleen Pace, has been entertaining us with their annual productions. During their inaugural shows the group had us laughing and blushing during lively performances of The Vagina Monologues.   From intim...

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Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

The International Language

Barra’s families come from fishing and agriculture ancestry, so locals are drawn to certain musical styles. Of course, the town’s population includes tourists and expats, who along with locals, like to kick back and groove to banda, norteña and grupera sounds. 

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

5 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

Cat Tails

A cool cocktail, awesome hors d’oeuvres, live music and a spectacular sunset awaits at the PuRR Project Sunset Cocktail at Daiquiri Dick’s on on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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Mexican Lifestyles

Deadline looms for Mexico’s immigration amnesty program

13 DAYS AGO
Deadline looms for Mexico’s immigration amnesty program

Like many countries around the globe, Mexico has a hidden population of illegal immigrants. But in contrast with the way the United States has perpetually postponed implementing a system to cope with millions of undocumented foreigners, the Mexican government has launched a temporary amnesty program...

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

1 MONTHS AGO
A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

It’s a glorious feeling as you swim into the beautiful secluded beach of the Marieta Islands (Islas Marietas). As you pass under a rocky arch in the island there is a moment when the tide turns in your favor and washes you gently towards the sandy shoreline. It is as if the island has deemed y...

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Direct flights to Costa Rica in Sept.

2 MONTHS AGO

Discount airline Volaris will connect Guadalajara with San Jose, Costa Rica, with two direct weekly flights, beginning September 10. The flights will leave Guadalajara on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:20 a.m., returning the same days at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are already on sale on the airline’s...

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US winemaker conquers Baja & the gender barrier

6 DAYS AGO
US winemaker conquers Baja & the gender barrier

I met Valley Girl wines’ Sitara Perez at the “100 vinos mexicanos” festival in Queretaro earlier this year. During a check of the participants before the show I came across the winery’s website and discovered she was an American who had recently moved to Mexico to make wine.&...

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Membrillo (quince) taste treats

20 DAYS AGO

The skin of the immature quince is green and covered with soft, gray fuzz that disappears as it ripens and turns yellow. The firm, strongly perfumed flesh is known for its tart flavor, astringency produced by tannins and high pectin content. 

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

The production line of books on Mexico seems to get longer with each passing year. Dozens of tomes were published in 2014, the best selling titles of which appear below (guide books excluded) in no particular order.   Only one of the books in this list was self-published, which goes to disprove...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

10 MONTHS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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Chikungunya virus spreading throughout Mexico

2 MONTHS AGO

The chikungunya virus has extended to ten Mexican states, and while only two cases have been reported in Jalisco, neighboring Colima has 34 confirmed cases.

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The dangers of expired meds

3 MONTHS AGO
The dangers of expired meds

Elias Iñiguez Mejia, the president of the Health Committee in the Jalisco Congress, is pushing for a statewide campaign to disseminate the risks posed by out-of-date medicines, as well as their correct disposal.

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News

Marooned drivers count cost of Sunday deluge

-1 DAYS AGO
Marooned drivers count cost of Sunday deluge

At least 50 motorists were forced to abandon their vehicles on Sunday as water levels rose on the Calzada Independenica in downtown Guadalajara, following an afternoon deluge that brought traffic, the Macrobus service and the Tren Ligero (subway) to a complete standstill.

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Are owners of older model cars in for a shock?

-1 DAYS AGO

Jalisco’s revised emissions (smog) testing program may include obligatory twice yearly checks for private vehicles more than eight years old, according to information obtained by a metro area Spanish-language daily. Half of the two million cars circulating in Guadalajara fall into this age cat...

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Mayor-elect solicits support in Chapala immigrant enclaves

-1 DAYS AGO
Mayor-elect solicits support in Chapala immigrant enclaves

Chapala Mayor-elect Javier Degollado is back in town after a ten-day trip to California where he met with native sons and daughters and their descendants who have put down roots north the border. The main purpose of the series of encounters held in the Los Angeles-San Francisco corridor was to trump...

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August 2005: Tennessee cops get their man in Ajijic

-1 DAYS AGO
August 2005: Tennessee cops get their man in Ajijic

In a case that was the talk of Tennessee – and lakeside too – nine-year Ajijic resident Perry March was deported in handcuffs in August 2005 and subsequently  convicted in Nashville of the 1996 murder of his wife Janet. 

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Weed stash goes up in smoke

-1 DAYS AGO
Weed stash goes up in smoke

In a meticulously planned  operation on August 18, 140 tons of various kinds of narcotics were incinerated at exactly the same time in nine Mexican states.

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Collective gathers 27,000 signatures for same-sex legislative push

-1 DAYS AGO

Whatever you can do we can do better! That could be the motto of groups seeking legislative reforms to allow gay couples in Jalisco to marry and adopt children.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court issues new ruling for same-sex couples

6 DAYS AGO
Mexico’s Supreme Court issues new ruling for same-sex couples

In a move that may turn out to have future implications for Jalisco, Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that laws introduced in 2013 banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples in the state of Campeche are unconstitutional.

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Danger of planted drugs stalks travelers to South America

6 DAYS AGO

It’s a nightmare scenario for anyone traveling by air.  You arrive at your destination, pick up your luggage from the belt and pass through customs, only to be stopped by officials.  On opening your bags, they discover a stash of drugs mixed up with your belongings.  Of course y...

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Tourists flooding into Puerto Vallarta

6 DAYS AGO

Tourism is on the rise everywhere in Mexico and nowhere more so than in Puerto Vallarta.  

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Vallarta night club cited for discrimination

6 DAYS AGO

Puerto Vallarta may be renowned as one of the most gay friendly cities in Mexico, but discrimination still rears its head from time to time.

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El Chapo can be extradited ... if he’s caught

13 DAYS AGO
El Chapo can  be extradited  ... if he’s caught

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office has obtained a court order that would allow drug capo Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to be extradited to the United States if he is recaptured. 

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GDL-New York non-stop with low-cost Volaris

1 MONTHS AGO
GDL-New York non-stop with low-cost Volaris

Discount Mexican airline Volaris launched direct flights between Guadalajara and New York (JFK) on July 15.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, August 20, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 43,473.74, a decrease of 558.64 points from Thursday, August 13, 2015.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 30, 2015

21 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,471.29, a decrease of 199.13 points from Thursday, July 23, 2015.

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Obituaries – August 22, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – August 22, 2015

Pia Kraus Aitken

Pia Kraus Aitken, also long known by her professional and pen name Barbara Harwood, died at San Javier Hospital in Guadalajara on August 14.

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Obituary – August 15, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

James Edward Way

James (Jim) Edward Way died at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas on July 26. 

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NFL looks to return to Mexico

6 DAYS AGO

Although not confirmed officially, it appears Mexico will host regular season NFL games once again.

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Chivas, Atlas lose season openers

20 DAYS AGO

Guadalajara’s two teams in the Liga MX soccer league, Atlas and Chivas, both lost their opening games in the 2015 Apertura tournament last weekend. 

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