Jakarta air pollution lawsuit still in limbo after a year of proceedings

first_imgRead also: Activists lambaste sluggish progress in air pollution lawsuitOne of the plaintiffs, Khalisah, argued that the government’s handling of air pollution under Government Regulation (PP) No. 41/1999 on air pollution control was outdated and did not meet current standards.“The provisions in the PP are far below the quality standards set by the World Health Organization. The government should not ignore WHO recommendations, especially during the current pandemic,” Khalisah said in a statement on Monday.Another plaintiff, urban analyst Elisa Sutanudjaja, said that besides encouraging a “new normal” in dealing with the government response to COVID-19, the government should also encourage a “new norm” of reducing air pollution levels. Activists have criticized the slow process of a historic Jakarta air pollution lawsuit, which remains unresolved a year after it was first filed on July 4, 2019.The lawsuit, directed at seven state officials, initially received a positive response from the Jakarta administration. However, no agreement has been reached even after five mediation meetings inside the courtroom and two outside the courtroom.The activists, grouped under the Coalition for the Clean Air Initiative, urged the government officials to show “a serious attitude” in guaranteeing the right to healthy living. “[The government should] prioritize non-motorized transportation, as well as public transportation, instead of motorized vehicles,” Elisa said.Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) advocacy team member Ayu Eza Tiara said there were many reports predicting that, by 2030, air pollution levels in the city could increase up to 30-fold, damaging residents’ physical and psychological health, as well as the economy.“There is no excuse for the government to ignore the right to a clean and healthy environment. There is no need to wait for a legally binding ruling for the government to start thinking about the right efforts,” Ayu said.“The lawsuit from the citizens should be a strong warning for the government to overcome the air pollution issue, and carry out the duties and functions as mandated in the Constitution.”Read also: Air pollution returns as activity back to normalThe lawsuit was filed against seven state officials, namely the president of the Republic of Indonesia, the environment and forestry minister, the home minister, the health minister and the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java.The move was made in response to the severe air pollution in Jakarta, which stems mostly from vehicle emissions, factories and coal-fired power plants.Topics :last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas names three Chelsea heroes and two Arsenal legends in his dream XI

first_imgCesc Fabregas names three Chelsea heroes and two Arsenal legends in his dream XI No room for David Villa, Carles Puyol or Ashley Cole in Cesc Fabregas’ combined XI (Picture: Metro)More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Cesc Fabregas provided the pass from which Andres Iniesta scored the 2010 World Cup final winning goal (Picture: Getty) Comment Cesc Fabregas admitted it was hard to leave out several of his former club and international teammates (Picture: Getty)As Cesc Fabregas’s career at the elite level begins to wind down, the former Chelsea and Arsenal star took time to reflect on his former glories by selecting a dream XI combining his former club and international teammates.After leaving La Masia as a teenager, Fabregas shot to prominence in north London as the beating heart of a Gunners side which won the FA Cup in 2005 and reached the Champions League final a year later with the Spaniard stepping into Patrick Vieira’s shoes.The current Monaco midfielder selected the Invincible’s captain in his composite team, alongside his former Spain and Barcelona colleague Andres Iniesta, who scored the winning in goal in the 2010 World Cup final courtesy of a customary Fabregas assist.AdvertisementAdvertisementLioel Messi, of course, occupies one of the wide berths with Eden Hazard on the opposite flank, supplying the ammunition for a formidable looking front pairing of Diego Costa and Thierry Henry.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Mar 2019 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link956Sharescenter_img Advertisement Diego Costa edged out the likes of David Villa and Dennis Bergkamp in Cesc Fabregas’ combined XI (Picture: Getty)John Terry, meanwhile, is the only non-Barcelona affiliated player selected in a back four which also includes Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, while Iker Casillas gets the nod over the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Victor Valdes in goal.Fabregas admitted it was particularly hard to omit the likes of David Villa, Spain’s record goalscorer, Ashley Cole, who played with Cesc at both Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as Barcelona legend Carles Puyol.Here’s the Spaniard’s dream XI in full.. Cesc Fabregas succeeded Patrick Vieira at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield (Picture: Getty) Advertisementlast_img read more

JR-West

first_imgBYLINE: Nariyasu MatsuokaChief Engineer, Rolling Stock DepartmentWest Japan Railway CoECONOMIC and financial circumstances facing JR-West mean that the Rolling Stock Department must give its highest priority to providing passengers with high-quality trains at low cost. Plans are well in hand to develop better trains for the Sanyo shinkansen (RG 5.97 p308), but it is just as important to improve services on the 4425 km network of 1067mm gauge lines. The narrow gauge routes are centred on Osaka and cover the regions of Hokuriku, Kinki,and Chugoku. Rail services in these areas are designed to meet specific local needs, but there are also important inter-city links between major cities such as Kyoto, Kobe, Wakayama and Nara.Services are being enhanced by introducing direct limited expresses on regional routes so that fewer passengers have to change trains. Timetable changes have added extra trains on urban networks, and there are promising signs of growth in traffic volume.Regional routes in each area account for about 35% of total route-km, and most services on these lines carry commuters to and from work. However, increased use of private cars in recent years has led to a decline in traffic volume on regional lines.In an attempt to revitalise them, we are giving local managers more freedom to run their own businesses. This entails setting up regional railway operations departments as part of a policy based on using the management style of small private railways. Such independent management is intended to introduce a programme of measures to ensure efficiency while retaining features specific to each railway zone.Given that background, JR-West’s rolling stock department is faced with the need to develop vehicles that exploit the latest advances in technology. The aim is to raise speeds and improve services by enhancing the whole fleet, which currently comprises 4400 EMU vehicles and 770 diesel cars.Inter-city routesJR-West operates trains at 140 km/h on certain sections of the 1067mm gauge network, but this requires special authorisation. Elsewhere, the maximum operating speed is limited to 130 km/h because of a Ministry of Transport regulation requiring stopping distances to be 600m or less.JR-West’s Series 681 Limited Express dual-system train has a design speed of 160 km/h, and we plan to exploit this on the level crossing-free Kosei line linking Hokuriku and Kinki. Before we can do this, we will have to ensure that we meet all the government’s regulations for operation at the higher speed – these include improving the visibility of signals.Before high speed running can be introduced more widely, we need to carry out more research and development into braking equipment and control systems that will ensure trains can halt in the specified stopping distance. This will avoid the need to seek special authority from the Ministry of Transport.More tilting trains As many of JR-West’s lines have a high proportion of curved track, lifting the maximum speed has only a small effect on journey times. For this reason we are introducing more trains with tilting bodies, allowing faster speeds through curves and hence shorter timings.For example, the combination of tilting trains and higher line speeds on the Kinokuni line has cut timings by about 20min between Shin Osaka and Shingu. Series 283 Super Kuroshio trains (RG 12.96 p796) have provided three daily round trips since March 22. In some places the curve radius on this 280 km scenic route is just 200m, and there are about 60 locations where it is less than 300m. This is the longest JR route where tilting trains are used.Raising speeds further will require even better bogie designs and low cost tilting equipment. We will also seek to reduce car body weight, so achieving a lower centre of gravity.In the long term there may be opportunities to make more fundamental changes. One possibility would be mixed-gauge tracks to allow through running from Shinkansen lines, but this would depend on local governments being willing to contribute to the development costs.Urban networksRolling stock used for urban services has to cater for passengers travelling on business, sightseeing or simply commuting to work and school. We have sought to design trains that will appeal to commuting passengers because they are bright, spacious, quiet and comfortable.On the busiest commuting routes we are currently operating Series 207 trains with four pairs of doors on each side of each car, longitudinal seats, and a maximum speed of 120 km/h. These trains also offer rapid acceleration.Within the next few years we plan to introduce more Series 223 trains able to run at 130 km/h and with only three pairs of doors per side plus transverse seating.Series 223 has two trailer cars for each motor car and VVVF traction control. This formation allows capacity to be matched more easily to traffic volume. We have recently developed trains where the formation can vary from a single car to the maximum number permitted on individual routes.We are now intent on cutting the weight of traction equipment and are working with suppliers so that the price of electrical and electronic components can be reduced. Local servicesFor the moment old rolling stock cascaded from urban routes forms a large proportion of the trains used on regional lines. Within the next few years we plan to invest in new short formation trains which can be easily operated by regional departments.This development process will see us investigate technology for automatic couplings, driver-only operation, and equipment to permit different types of train to run in multiple. Also essential is a comprehensive programme to bring costs down. On non-electrified lines services are worked by diesel-mechanical railcars, which are costlier to maintain than electric trains. We are therefore looking at diesel-electric units. In February 1996 tests were carried out with a prototype. Although the initial cost is higher, there are many advantages, especially if it proves possible to reduce the cost of components.Finally, we are seeking to make local lines more attractive, and to this end we are investigating the potential for low-floor cars similar to those developed for trams and light rail.It is imperative that we continue our efforts to ensure that society is given the kind of rolling stock that will prove, with the passage of time, to have played a vital role in our cultural history oCAPTION: JR-West has rebuilt a number of its older trains to give passengers a panoramic view throught the driver’s cabCAPTION: Series 283 Super Kuroshio (Ocean Arrow) EMUs connect coastal resorts between Shingu and Gobo with Osaka and KyotoCAPTION: A fleet of 48 Series 223 trains was built quickly after the Great Hanshin earthquake to meet demand on busy commuter routesCAPTION: Super Raicho Thunderbird sets have introduced higher standards of comfort on JR-West’s longer inter-city routeslast_img read more

Mount Louisa home hits the market for the first time

first_img9 Cardiff Court, Mount LouisaTHIS  custom-built, two-storey house in Mount Louisa would make the perfect home for a large family.9 Cardiff Crt has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, four car spaces and is on the market for $649,000. 9 Cardiff Court, Mount Louisa“It’s very handy to the shops and Calvary Christian College, which is one of the most popular schools in Townsville.“The home is very spacious and it’s got all king-sized bedrooms and the master is actually bigger than king size and is all self-contained with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.“It’s also got side access down to the shed.” The home will be open for inspection on Sunday from 2.15pm to 2.45pm. For more information call Mario Torrisi on 0407 436 259. 9 Cardiff Court, Mount LouisaIt’s the first time the home has ever been listed for sale after it was custom-built for the current owners in 1999.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020It’s positioned on a 772sq m lot while the home has 410sq m of space over two levels.Mario Torrisi from Century 21 Belgian Gardens is selling the home and said the home offered something for every member of the family. “The attention to detail is unbelievable and only quality materials have been used,” he said.“It’s got a great kitchen plus a big shed for the husband and a pool for the kids to play in,” he said.last_img read more

German offshore wind operator in need of coordination services

first_imgThe tender remains open until 20 July. The contract or contracts are expected to start in December 2020 and run until the end of 2025. Two one-year extensions are possible. The tender is divided into two lots. Lot 1 covers the marine, flight, and emergency response coordination services, plus operations control at the 200 MW wind farm. Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum is seeking a provider of marine, flight, and emergency response coordination services at the Trianel Windpark Borkum I wind farm in the German North Sea. Lot 2 is for marine, flight, and emergency response coordination services, as well as maritime surveillance, at the wind farm’s converter station.center_img In operation since 2015, the Trianel Windpark Borkum I comprises 40 5 MW Adwen turbines. The 400 MW IWB substation will also deliver power from the neighbouring 200 MW Trianel Windpark Borkum II wind farm to TenneT’s DolWin alpha substation. The converter station which is integrated into the wind farm is operated by the Infrastruktur Windkraftwerk Borkum GmbH & Co. KG (IWB). last_img read more

Five-day Lockdown Begins Today

first_img Sharing is caring! (2) For the purposes of this Order “essential service” includes –air traffic (including meteorological, telecommunication, security, fire and ambulance services connected with airports) services;fire and ambulance, prison or police service;medical, health, hospital, infirmary or nursing home services;telecommunications or broadcasting services; Liquor licenses remain suspended until Tuesday, but bars remain closed until the curfew order expires, that is mid-May. Attorney General Levi Peter read Mr De Freitas’ communication at a press conference on WednesdayFrom 6pm today, the local population will begin its longest lockdown period of five straight days until Tuesday at 6am.At a Ministry of Health briefing on Wednesday evening, the Hon Attorney General, Levi Peter further clarified the terms of the curfew order.“From Thursday until Tuesday 14th April 6am no person shall be in a public place unless they are an essential worker,” he said.He also added that that essential worker must be travelling to or from providing that essential service.“Other than that, everybody should be inside”Breaching the curfew order is punishable by law and the police will be enforcing that directive. Share Share BusinessCoronavirusLifestyleLocalNews Five-day Lockdown Begins Today by: – April 9, 2020 621 Views   no discussions water, electricity or sanitation services;banking business services;credit union business services;grocery, agricultural, fisheries or pharmaceutical services;immigration, customs or postal services;services connected with the House of Assembly;services connected with the loading and unloading of ships and with the storage and delivery of goods at, or from a dock, wharf or warehouse operated in connection with the dock or wharf;services connected with the loading distribution, transportation or retail of petroleum fuel, liquefied natural gas or any renewable energy source;public services connected with the payment of salaries, pensions and other benefits in government departments, agencies, statutory bodies and armslength bodies;services connected with the Judiciary, including the attendance at court of attorneys;services connected with essential government functions as directed by the Secretary to the Cabinet;airport, seaport and civil aviation services; (q) fresh produce markets.(3) For the purposes of this Order an “essential worker” includes officers of –the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force;Dominica State Prison;members of the Judiciary;the Department of Social Services;the Department of Environmental Health Services;the Custom and Excise Division;the Accountant-General’s Division;the Inland Revenue Division;waste disposal and sanitation companies;any hospital or health care, medical, residential care establishment or facility;the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority;essential officers of any water, electricity or other sector encompassing the provision of electronic communications including print and electronic media;any public officer or category of public officer as directed by the Secretary to the Cabinet, Share Tweetlast_img read more

Elizabeth C. ‘Betty’ Farrell, 91, Brookville

first_imgElizabeth C. “Betty” Farrell, age 91, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Three Rivers Premier Estates in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born August 28, 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Edward & Irene (O’Connor) Gill. On January 31, 1948 she was united in marriage to John J. Farrell, and he preceded her in death on November 20, 2005.She was a member of the former Holy Guardian Angel Parish in Cedar Grove. In her leisure time Betty enjoyed playing Bingo, and was a die hard Cincinnati Reds baseball fan.Survivors include a daughter & son-in-law, Karen Ann (David) Busse of Brookville, Indiana; four sisters, Judith Gill of Glendale, Ohio, Donna Large of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary Carrier of Glendale, Ohio and Evelyn Spore of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.In addition to her parents and husband, John, she was preceded in death by a brother Edward Gill.Family & friends may visit from 3 until 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Vincent P. Lampert will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 12, 2018, 10:00 A.M. at Holy Guardian Angel Oratory, 405 U.S. Hwy 52, Cedar Grove, Indiana. Burial will then follow in Holy Guardian Angel Catholic Cemetery in Cedar Grove.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Farrell family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Murphy rallies to Quad City victory

first_imgBy Anthony SandovalEAST MOLINE, Ill. (June 29) – With adrenaline running high, Mike Murphy Jr. was able to pull off the Quad City race weekend sweep. He won Friday at Davenport Speedway and was able to rally from early trouble to win his fourth feature of the 2014 season at Quad City Speedway on Sunday night. Murphy’s No. 14 IMCA Late Model was turned around by the No. 3 of Mike Cothron on the sixth lap of the 30-lap feature.After sustaining some right-front damage to his machine, Murphy did continue. He worked his way through the field, eventually passing Ray Guss Jr. with six to go to score the victory in the Eriksen Chevrolet-Buick sponsored feature.“The guys told me that I could keep going if I wanted to,” said Murphy. “I told them, ‘I’m mad enough to where I think I can stay out here.’ We kept riding and charging and I saw where I was better than everybody. I picked everyone off individually. I’ll attribute this one to adrenaline.” Doug Crampton capped off a bitter-sweet weekend on the sweet side and a win in the Toppert Services IMCA Modifieds. He blew an engine on Friday in Davenport but sure didn’t lack any power on Sunday night. He started 14th and led the final four laps after taking the lead from Greg Durbin.“We hung in there and found a good groove at the end there,” said Crampton, who borrowed his brother-in-law’s street stock engine. “Found a great line and passed them.”Milo Veloz Jr. and Eric Barnes looked to have the fastest cars on track in the Modified feature. Running first and second on lap seven, that changed. With Veloz on the high-side and Barnes on the inside, their tires met, flattening Barnes’ right-front and Veloz’s left-front. That opened the door for Durbin to lead a race-high nine laps before being passed by Crampton. Durbin finished in ninth.last_img read more

Walking tour of Old Brookville Cemetery this Friday

first_imgBrookville, IN–This Friday, September 20, will be a walking tour of The Old Brookville Cemetery and Historical Church located at 10th & John Street in Brookville, Indiana. Hear stories of Brookville’s earliest settlers and the Civil War Veterans buried here. The church will be open, and its history will be shared. In case of rain, the stories will be inside the church. Walking tours begin at 5:30 until dark. Cost is $5 per person.last_img

President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone

first_imgMarvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBy KATHERINE FAULDERS, ALI DUKAKIS, ALEXANDER MALLIN, and JOHN SANTUCCI, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, the White House announced on Friday.In a statement, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump had “signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.,” calling him “a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.”“In light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the President has determined to commute his sentence,” McEnany wrote. “Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”When reached by ABC News, Stone attorney Grant Smith issued a brief statement.“Mr. Stone is incredibly honored that President Trump used his awesome and unique power under the Constitution of the United States for this act of mercy,” Smith told ABC News. “Mr. and Mrs. Stone appreciate all the consideration the President gave to this matter.”House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who oversees the committee Stone was convicted of lying to, condemned the move, accusing Trump of undermining the rule of law.“With this commutation, Trump makes clear that there are two systems of justice in America: one for his criminal friends, and one for everyone else,” Schiff said in a statement. “Donald Trump, Bill Barr, and all those who enable them pose the gravest of threats to the rule of law.”Stone came under scrutiny for activity related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In February, he was sentenced to 40 months in prison after he was found guilty in November of obstructing justice, witness tampering and five counts of lying to Congress. Stone is currently remanded to home confinement and was expected to report to prison on July 14.While a commutation reduces a convict’s sentence either in part or in full, only a pardon nullifies a conviction entirely. Absent a full pardon, Stone will avoid prison time but will still remain a convicted felon, barring him from voting in any future elections, serving on a jury or seeking elected office. If Trump chooses, as a part of the commutation he also may release Stone from any of the financial obligations that his conviction carried.Stone was convicted of misleading lawmakers on several key elements of their probe into Russian meddling, including communications he had with the Trump campaign discussing WikiLeaks’ dissemination of damaging documents stolen from Democrats during the campaign.Stone formally left the Trump campaign in late 2015 but remained in touch with multiple senior advisers to Trump and the presidential candidate himself. According to testimony and evidence presented at his trial, Stone became the campaign’s informal point-person on all things WikiLeaks — a relationship that underpinned lies he eventually told during sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in September 2017.The commutation comes after Trump had long fueled speculation that he had plans to pardon or commute the sentence of his longtime friend and adviser.  President Trump tweeted in May that Stone “had been treated very unfairly” and made reference to a jury foreperson, who he has previously accused of being biased.“Roger Stone has been treated very unfairly. How about that jury Forewoman, does anybody think that was fair? DISGRACEFUL! Stay tuned,” the president tweeted.After a federal judge in Washington, D.C. last month gave Stone a surrender date of July 14 — though he had sought to report to the Georgia prison on Sept. 3, citing coronavirus fears — the very next day the president tweeted a story about a petition for him to pardon Stone.Stone had asked for a new trial based on alleged juror misconduct, but Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Stone’s request in April, saying Stone failed to “[supply] any reason to believe that there has been a ‘serious miscarriage of justice.’”“The defendant has not shown that the juror lied; nor has he shown that the supposedly disqualifying evidence could not have been found through the exercise of due diligence at the time the jury was selected,” Jackson said.With regard to Stone’s argument that the juror was biased because of comments made on social media, Jackson said, “To the extent one could consider any of the social media posts to be inconsistent with the juror’s questionnaire, they do not warrant a new trial because they do not meet the legal test for something that has been ‘newly discovered.’”During the hearing on the new trial motion in late February, Jackson expressed concern for the safety of a juror from Stone’s trial after Trump repeatedly accused her of being biased.“The president of the United States used his Twitter platform to disseminate a particular point of view about a juror,” Jackson said during that hearing. “Any attempt to invade the privacy of the jurors or to harass or intimidate them is completely antithetical to our system of justice. They deserve our protection. They deserve to have their privacy protected.”Trump has so far granted 25 pardons and commuted the sentences of 10 individuals since taking office, among them a host of controversial figures championed by conservative media as well as several other political allies.    Trump first pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in August 2017, taking the unusual step of doing so after Arpaio’s trial and conviction but prior to his sentencing. Since then Trump has sporadically granted pardons to individuals like conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, Scooter Libby, former NYPD Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who penned a fawning biography of Trump in 2018.    This February, Trump commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was eight years into his 14-year prison sentence on federal corruption charges. Trump has also in several cases commuted the sentences of individuals convicted for non-violent drug offenses, following personal pleas from Kim Kardashian West. He also granted a posthumous pardon to the legendary boxer Jack Johnson.    Typically, modern presidents are known to use their pardon and commutation powers sparingly in their first terms — often through a meticulous process via close coordination between the White House and the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney.    While President Obama set a record in commutations at 1,715 by his final day in office — roughly 98% of which were for prisoners convicted on drug offenses —  at the end of his first term he had only commuted the sentence of a single individual while granting pardons to 22 others. Obama granted a total of 212 pardons before leaving office, fewer than any of his modern predecessors with the exceptions of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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