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March 22nd, 2017

Driving Lessons Belfast: Factors that Influence the Cost


Cesar Muler

Are you recently planning to get yourself enrolled for driving lessons Belfast? The cost of the program is perhaps one of the most essential criteria in selecting a driving school. Therefore, before you opt for the one, it is crucial that you make a survey on the cost. While you survey, compare the packages offered by different schools. And for that you can ask free quotation. Any good driving institute will be happy to guide you. Below mentioned are a few simple outlines in order to guide you on driving lesson costs.

Well, there are many components, contributing to the cost for your driving lesson. Your driving school Holywood may charge you based on;

Your Experience: If you are a newbie, the cost might be a bit as an instructor will be allotted to you to guide you in every step right from the starting. Depending on recent studies, an average of 35 hours is enough for providing driving lesson, especially to a fresher in order to get through the driving examination.

The Trainers Experience: The experience of the instructor in driving equally contributes to the driving lesson costs. How? Well, the ones who have long years of driving experience are likely to charge more from the school, which ultimately adds up to your overall driving courses cost. However, choosing someone with lesser experience or may be someone who is new in the field can reduce the cost. But then, it is totally up to you to decide whether you will compromise with the quality of services or not.

Pick and Drop Services: If you opt for pick and drop services, the school will add more to the overall driving lessons Belfast cost. In order to save the money, you can look for a school that is located near your locality. Or else ask your parents to drop you to the driving centre, in case you need to travel a lot to reach the destination.

Lesson Day: The cost of your driving lesson may vary, depending upon the day you choose. Driving lessons are offered both on weekends or weekdays. Choosing weekday lessons can be cheaper than the weekend sessions. Therefore, try arranging your schedule in case you wish to opt for a weekday driving lesson.

Location: This is probably one of the most important deciding factors. Schools that are located in the interiors of Holywood are likely to charge more than the ones who are situated in the city centre or near to that.

If you are looking for a good driving school, you can consider taking references from the people you know. Or, you can even make online search. Pick up a popular search engine like Google and enter the search term driving school in Holywood and you will find a plenty of results. Browse through at least first 5 to 10 websites and read the content to decide who is more suitable for you.

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Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas dies at age 75

March 22nd, 2017

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas died Friday at age 75, after suffering from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He began the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1978 and taught acting classes there to noted actors including George Clooney and Gene Hackman. Katselas is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Katselas directed an off-Broadway production of Edward Albee‘s The Zoo Story, and received a Tony Award nomination for his 1969 direction of Butterflies are Free. Actress Blythe Danner won a Tony Award for her role in Butterflies are Free under Katselas’ direction. He moved to California to direct the film version of that play, and went on to direct films and television movies. Actress Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her role in the film version of Butterflies are Free.

Katselas directed the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! by playwright James Kirkwood, Jr. In his author’s notes in the publication of the script, Kirkwood acknowledged Katselas, and wrote that the plays were “directed with incredible energy and enthusiasm by Milton Katselas, to whom I am extremely indebted”.

Katselas directed the television movie Strangers: Story of a Mother and Daughter, and actress Bette Davis received an Emmy Award for her role in the movie. Katselas taught many famous actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Baldwin, and Patrick Swayze. Katselas was credited with being able to nurture actors with raw talent so that they could develop strong Hollywood careers. He utilized innovative techniques in his courses – one course called “Terrorist Theatre” had a simple premise: successfully get an acting role within six weeks or leave the course.

He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents who had immigrated from Greece, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg in New York at the Actors Studio, and received advice from directors Joshua Logan and Elia Kazan.

Katselas was a prominent Scientologist, and a July 2007 profile on Katselas in The New York Times Magazine observed that some of his students stopped taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse because they felt they had been pressured to join the Church of Scientology. According to the article, Katselas credited Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard “for much of his success in life”, and one of his students works at Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. The article commented that some in Los Angeles view the Beverly Hills Playhouse as “a recruitment center for Scientology”.

Katselas met L. Ron Hubbard after moving to California, and began studying Scientology in 1965. The New York Times Magazine reported that he had reached the level of “Operating Thetan, Level 5, or O.T. V.” in 2007. According to The New York Times Magazine when Scientologists proceed up the “The Bridge to Total Freedom” they learn the story of Xenu, and that: “75 million years ago the evil alien Xenu solved galactic overpopulation by dumping 13.5 trillion beings in volcanoes on Earth, where they were vaporized, scattering their souls.” A Church of Scientology publication, Source, lists Katselas as reaching O.T. V. in 1989.

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He is brilliant, and knows me so well as a person and an actress that he gets the most out of me.

Though some actors felt pressured to join the Church of Scientology after taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, at least one individual felt Katselas was not active enough with the organization. Actress Jenna Elfman left the Beverly Hills Playhouse because she felt Katselas was not committed enough to Scientology. Katselas had previously directed Elfman in half of Visions and Lovers: Variations on a Theme, two one-act plays about relationships that he had written himself. In 1999 Katselas had planned to adapt the script of Visions and Lovers to a film version, and Elfman was set to reprise her role from the play. In an article in Variety about the project, Elfman commented on her experience working with Katselas: “He is brilliant, and knows me so well as a person and an actress that he gets the most out of me.”

Other prominent Scientologist actors who have studied under Katselas include Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Leah Remini. According to Rolling Stone, Katselas also recruited actress Kelly Preston to Scientology. Actress Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), told Scientology publication Celebrity that Katselas motivated her to get more active in Scientology, and she stated she took the organization’s “Purification Rundown” and her life “took off completely”.

Life is an endless unspooling of art, of acting, of painting, of architecture. And where did I learn that? From Milton.

Anne Archer was introduced to Scientology while studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, as was former Scientologist and now outspoken critic actor Jason Beghe. Beghe told Roger Friedman of FOX News in April 2008 that “He [Katselas] gets kickbacks”, and that he was brought to a Scientology center by fellow Beverly Hills Playhouse classmate Bodhi Elfman, Jenna Elfman’s husband. In a 1998 article for Buzz Magazine, Randye Hoder wrote “In his class, Katselas is careful not to label anything as a tenet of Scientology, but there is no question that the church’s influence seeps into the playhouse.”

Anne Archer’s husband and fellow Scientologist, producer Terry Jastrow, commented to The New York Times Magazine that Katselas changed the way he experiences life on a day-to-day basis: “I go out in the world and look at human behavior now. I see a woman or man interacting with a saleslady, and I see the artistry in it. Life is an endless unspooling of art, of acting, of painting, of architecture. And where did I learn that? From Milton.”

Actor Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoke highly of Katselas in a 2002 interview with San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s this wonderfully intuitive teacher and his premise is basically: The only real barriers are the ones we put in front of ourselves. If you say, ‘My character wouldn’t do that’ — bollocks! Ultimately it’s you who wouldn’t say that. Who knows what your character might do.” In the acknowledgements of her 2004 autobiography Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs, and Lasagna, actress Doris Roberts wrote: “I thank my friend and acting teacher, the incredible Milton Katselas, for his insights, wisdom, and inspiration, which have helped make me the actress that I am.”

I really care about the craft of acting. It’s absolutely necessary to take the time and patience to really develop an actor.

Katselas authored two books: Dreams Into Action: Getting What You Want, first published in 1996 by Dove Books, and Acting Class: Take a Seat, which came out earlier this month. Dreams Into Action, a New York Times Bestseller, sought to modify motivational acting exercises to the field of business.

In an interview in the 2007 book Acting Teachers of America, Katselas commented on his experiences as an acting teacher over the years: “I have very special teachers here at the Beverly Hills Playhouse—some have been with me for over twenty-five years. I believe that to make a difference over the long haul, we need to train teachers. I really care about the craft of acting. It’s absolutely necessary to take the time and patience to really develop an actor.”

Location of 100 icebergs near New Zealand known

March 22nd, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

About 100 icebergs that are floating about 260 kilometers south of Stewart Island, New Zealand, were, according to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research oceanographer Mike Williams, from A-43, a superberg that in May 2000 broke off from the Ronne Ice Shelf. The group of icebergs have traveled a total distance of 13,500 km.

The A-43 measured 167 km long and 32 km wide. But when it moved into Scotia Sea, southern Atlantic, in January 2005, it broke apart further then measuring 51 km long and 21 km wide, and had also gained a new name, A-43A. NIWA believes that the A-43A then travelled 13,500 km around Antarctica, landing near Auckland Islands and Stewart Island ending its journey. “Based on A-43A’s last recorded position, and assuming it travelled the shortest possible route around Antarctica, we calculate an average speed of 0.9km/h or about 21.5 kilometres a day,” Dr Williams said, “Somewhere along the way, A-43A has broken into smaller pieces.”

The A-43A spent five years drifting east in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

The A-43A is now heading towards the Chatham Islands, passing Mid-Canterbury on the way.

Dr Williams said: “Despite its size, the monster berg is probably riddled with holes and catastrophic failure could see it “just fall to pieces” relatively quickly, Dr Williams said. The flotilla would probably drift about 300km up the east coast of the South Island before veering back out to sea.” In the next ten days the icebergs could be visible from the Otago coast, “There is an outside chance they might be spotted from the mainland provided they broke up into smaller icebergs.”

Jermaine Pennant jailed for drink-driving

March 22nd, 2017

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Aylesbury, England – The Arsenal F.C. midfielder Jermaine Pennant, currently on loan to Birmingham City, has today pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving while disqualified, and driving without insurance by Aylesbury magistrates court. Pennant received a sentence of three months imprisonment. Pennant’s lawyer, Bary Warbutton, has said that the footballer will appeal against the severity of the sentence.

The incident occurred on January 23 of this year, Pennant was arrested after crashing teammate Ashley Cole’s car into a lamppost. The 22-year-old claimed that he crashed the car after attempting to operate the car’s Satellite navigation system.

Despite the claim by Warbutton that imprisonment “could completely destroy his career”, Birmingham City have said that they will stand by the player, and help to rehabilitate him. Arsenal released a statement saying that the sentence would not impact the player’s future with the club; his contract with club expires in the summer, at the same time as his loan-spell with Birmingham ends.

The History Of Order Matics Point Of Sale Systems Technology}

March 17th, 2017

The History of Order-Matics Point of Sale Systems Technology


Ethan- Luke

The foundation of successful American businesses over the last half-century have been built on ingenuity, innovation, communications, and sustainability. A growing consumer culture and an expanding work ethic has given rise to new technologies, new business types, and new demands for communications. Only businesses, like Oklahoma Citys Order-Matic, have been built to last through the decades, and have truly sustained the American dream.

In 1955, Order-Matic was founded in the garage of W.B. Cunningham, where the first ordering system was built for his friend Gene Wades business. The company was built on ingenuity and innovative equipment based on the needs and demands of their customers. Over the past 55 years, Order-Matic has grown into one of the top electronics companies in the restaurant industry.

The post-WW II era spawned a new wave in American culture, and a new model for American restaurants. As the popularity of family sit-down waned, American drive-ins became all the rage, and with this new way of consumption came new demands for communications and technology.

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As ordering systems were introduced to American drive-ins throughout the 1950s, Order-Matic began producing their own innovative equipment to meet the business needs emerging in Oklahoma City. By 1960, Order-Matic had 40 Order-Matic Ordering Systems at Hollies Drive-In in Oklahoma City.

Throughout the 1970s, Order-Matic introduced menu phones to the table, which sped up order taking and promoted convenience to the customer. One of their features was the backlit menu, a constant advertisement throughout the dining experience. Businesses utilizing Order-Matics innovative equipment increased their overall ticket sales.

The 1980s introduced Order-Matics first Point of Sale system, providing a spring-board for them to market themselves as a one-stop shop for complete quick serve restaurant equipment. Monitor systems were introduced to speed up the order process by eliminating tickets and Priority Switchboard was developed, allowing drive-in employees to answer customers as they call in on a priority basis. Order-Matic also introduced AV times as a tool to monitor take, make and delivery times for restaurants.

Order-Matic continued to innovate and build sustainable restaurant equipment, introducing the Order Confirmation Unit in 2003. The Order Confirmation Unit featured a climate control operation that continued to work efficiently through Oklahomas unpredictable weather.

Order-Matic is still creating new ways for restaurant to best serve their customers, through ingenuity and sustainable communications equipment. They have a workforce of 160 employees and two campuses in the greater Oklahoma City area. The company has received several distinguished awards for their equipment. But the greatest testament to their innovation is that other companies within the industry have attempted to duplicate their Point of Sale systems. It just goes to show that Order-Matic continues to be the industry standard.

The future of Order-Matic continues to be based in what they can do to better serve customers. Fifty-five years after W.B. Cunninghams first ordering system, Order-Matic now offers customers cutting edge touch-screen order technology, surveillance systems, order-confirmation units and innovative graphic solutions. They are constantly improving customer service with nationally located sales and service technicians, on-line parts ordering and nationwide product seminars. At Order-Matic, the past, present and future merge everyday as they strive for new ways to help customers maximize their business potential.

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– Order-Matic has manufactured POS and communication equipment for over 50 years. We offer a product line that not only includes POS solutions and wired and wireless communication concepts, but menu boards for inside and outside signage. We also provide digital surveillance systems that provide 24-hour security and managerial peace of mind. Our plant consists of a graphic design an

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Burning debris from satellites spotted over several US cities

March 17th, 2017

Sunday, February 15, 2009

On Tuesday, February 10, the American civilian communications satellite Iridium 33, launched in 1997, and the defunct Russian military communications satellite Kosmos-2251, launched in 1993, collided over Siberia. Five days after the collision, reports have surfaced that burning debris from the collision has been spotted over several U.S. cities from New Mexico to Kentucky.

Calls to 9-1-1 began to come in to Williamson County, Texas sheriff’s office around 12:30 p.m. (CT) that burning debris and fireballs were seen falling from the sky onto parts of Austin, Houston, Waco and San Antonio. Residents reported their homes and windows shaking and large explosions. After a search of several areas, the Williamson county sheriff’s office reported that no debris or impact sites were found. Earlier unconfirmed reports had said the debris could have been the result of a small plane exploding.

Steve Thornton, a resident in Austin told KEYE-TV that he “saw something burn up in the atmosphere going east to west at 40 degrees in the horizon looking north” which was “about the size of a half moon and as bright as a welders torch”. Other residents reported to KEYE-TV that they saw an “egg-shape with an orange center and bluish outer aura; a silvery-white tail.” Some report the incident lasting about 10 minutes.

On February 13, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an alert following reports of “explosions and earthquakes” along with “flashes in the sky” in Jackson and Louisville, Kentucky. There were no injures and authorities could not locate any damage.

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported to local law enforcement on Friday that these events are being caused by falling satellite debris. These pieces of debris have been causing sonic booms, resulting in vibrations felt by some residents, as well as flashes of light across the sky,” said the NOAA in a public information statement on February 13. The FAA also warns that the debris could cause damage to aircraft in areas reporting falling debris.

“Aircraft are advised that a potential hazard may occur due to reentry of satellite debris into the Earth’s atmosphere. It is critical that all pilots/crew members report any observed falling space debris,” said the FAA on February 13. Both the NOAA and FAA alerts are in place until further notice and cover an area from New Mexico to Kentucky.

However, Dr. Marco Ciocca, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University told WKYT in Kentucky it would “be months” before any of the satellite wreckage enters the Earth’s atmosphere. “The debris doesn’t simply fall out of its orbit. It will either vaporize or stay in orbit for some time before falling into Earth’s atmosphere.”

The satellites, both of which weighed in excess of 1,000 pounds, and traveling at approximately 17,500 miles per hour, collided 491 miles above the Earth. Scientists say the explosion caused by the collision was massive. They are still trying to determine just how large the crash was and how the Earth will be affected. The United States Strategic Command of the U.S. Department of Defense office is tracking the debris. The result of plotting analysis will be posted to a public website.

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Indonesian blackout caused by lack of generation capacity

March 15th, 2017

Saturday, August 20, 2005

A power outage in Indonesia that left about 100 million people without electricity has caused a political crisis. The country’s state-owned energy monopoly, PLN, has not determined the immediate cause, and the country’s president has ordered the national intelligence agency and police to investigate.

The blackout appears related to deficiencies in Indonesia’s power generation capacity.

The power failure follows attempts to deal with the country’s growing energy crisis, including conservation and trying to allow private companies to provide energy, which was ruled unconstitutional in 2004. In January, the Indonesian government held a special energy summit to attract investment in their energy infrastructure. At the summit they set the goal of adding 22,000 megawatts to Indonesia’s present capacity of 23,000 megawatts, in order to support the country’s growth.

The World Bank and others have warned that without more investment in the country’s energy infrastructure an energy deficit will result. However, foreign investors remain wary of investing in Indonesia. “The power outage has resulted in worries over an energy crisis which could hurt the nation’s industrial sector,” said a trader on Indonesia’s stock market.[1]

The outage began at 10:23 a.m. local time, August 18, 2005, when power failed along the electrical system that connects Java, Bali, and Madura, causing outages in Java and Bali. Almost half of the country depends on the electrical grid that experienced failures. Some of the main lines on the grid are over 20 years old, according to PLN president Eddie Widiono.

The blackout caused traffic jams in Jakarta, forced cancellation of several international and domestic flights at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, shut down Jakarta’s electric train service, and disrupted hospital operations. Some larger hospitals were forced to delay surgeries while many smaller hospitals could not receive patients. About 1,800 officers were called into action by Jakarta’s metropolitan police to deal with short-term problems caused by the power failure.

Candles used in place of electric lighting started six fires in Jakarta alone.

Mulyo Aji, a PLN official, said more power failures are likely in the future as energy demand increases, without any corresponding new supplies of electricity scheduled to come online soon.

Alternatives For Short Term Medical Insurance If You Are Without Coverage

March 14th, 2017

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If you are without health coverage for whatever reason because you are unemployed for example, or newly-graduated and looking for work short-term medical insurance is the ideal solution for you to have some form of coverage until you can get full-time coverage. Depending on your particular health and financial situation, there are three alternatives for short-term coverage COBRA benefits, catastrophic health insurance and limited-term health insurance.

COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) is a federal law that allows workers who have lost their jobs to continue their employer s group health coverage for 18 months as long as they pay the full amount of the premiums plus a small administrative fee. Dependents such as your spouse (even if you are divorced) and your children are also eligible under COBRA even if you personally elect not to avail of these benefits; they can be covered for as long as 36 months. However, COBRA is not cheap; premiums alone can eat up over 80% of average nationwide monthly unemployment benefits. Employers, however, may give you the option of dropping certain benefits under COBRA to reduce premiums. And you can cancel COBRA coverage at any time; you don t have to use up your full eligibility period.

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A second alternative is catastrophic health insurance, which is also called a major medical health plan. While major medical health plans have low monthly premiums, they also have high deductibles (the share of the health bill the insured is required to pay). The policy usually pays only for major medical and hospitalization expenses (such as surgery, lab tests and diagnostic X-rays) above the deductible, while you pay out-of-pocket for preventive health care (such as routine check-ups) and prescription medicines; however, this type of plan may be sold in combination with a comprehensive plan that includes coverage for preventive care. This type of short-term insurance also has a lifetime-benefits cap; once your medical expenses reach that cap, the insurance company will not cover any further expenses and will terminate your policy.

The most affordable type of short-term medical insurance is limited-term health insurance. This type of insurance offers coverage for as short as 30 days and as long as a year, although it is renewable for as long as three years. Premiums are low and the application process is easy; you can get coverage the day after your application is approved. Depending on the type of policy you take out, you can enjoy as much as $5 million in individual coverage benefits. You can also see any health provider that you want.

However, limited-term insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions or health problems that you were already diagnosed with prior to your applying for the policy. Also, it usually does not cover the cost of preventive health care, only major health care expenses such as emergency room services, surgery, and hospitalization. You can also get coverage for your spouse and dependent children under a limited-term plan. This type of health care policy is probably the most affordable alternative for you to get coverage until you can find employment that will provide you with health insurance.

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Preparations for inaugural Bathurst International Motor Festival begin

March 14th, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Bathurst Regional Council has begun preparing the Mount Panorama motor racing circuit for the inaugural Bathurst International Motorsport Festival (BIMF) to be held between April 13 and 16, 2006. The Mount Panorama motor racing circuit is considered to be the home of motorsport in Australia.

Council’s staff have been busy cleaning the facilities, erecting signage, checking pedestrian bridges and inspecting the track surface for the past few days.

The BIMF will be the first event to be held at the 6.2 kilometre circuit over Easter since 2000. In 2000, Event Management Specialists held the first motorcycle racing event since 1990, but due to EMS going bankrupt a short time after their 2000 event was ran and the inability of the then Bathurst City Council to find another promoter, the Easter event was canned.

The BIMF is inspired by the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival in the United Kingdom. The Bathurst Regional Council and event promoter Global Entertainment Team promise that the event “will cater for all motoring enthusiasts, collectors and historians”.

According to the BIMF website, the on-track program consists of:

  • Manufacturers showcasing their vehicles and track times
  • Historic touring car races
  • Aussie racing car races
  • Australian GT sports car
  • Parade laps by car clubs
  • Parade laps and races by “Legends of Motorsport”
  • Stunt car and bike events
  • Rally cars
  • Displays of cars from all eras of Mount Panorama’s history
  • The chance for patrons to purchase a ride around the circuit in a race car.

Off the track, the organisers have promised manufacturer displays, merchandise stands, music, joyflights, Off-road demonstrations and joyrides, autograph sessions and interviews with influential people in the Australian motor industry.

Earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant triggers evacuation

March 14th, 2017

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan’s government has declared its first ever “nuclear emergency” after pressure rises in the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, combined with a minor radiation leak, caused a 10 km radius around the plant to be evacuated. An attempt to relieve the pressure inside the containment vessels of the plant has been delayed.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company’s 40-year old nuclear facility, 270 km NE of Tokyo, reported mechanical difficulties with its cooling system, although the automated shutdown systems worked correctly. With the core reaction shut down the plant is no longer actively generating heat, but the fuel rods continue to generate excess heat and radiation and need constant cooling.

The cooling system runs a constant flow of water to take the heat away from the submerged fuel rods, but the pumping system requires electricity to operate even after the plant is no longer producing electricity itself—generally from back-up diesel or natural gas generators.

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