Cardiff and Hull chiefs have got it wrong, says QPR chairman Fernandes

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes has said he is keen to avoid the kind of acrimony caused by the rebranding of Cardiff City and Hull City.Cardiff owner Vincent Tan upset Bluebirds fans by changing the team’s home colour from blue to red, while Hull supremo Assem Allam has caused anger by seeking to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers.In an interview with Reuters, Fernandes said: “I take a different approach to life. I like to talk to my fans, I like to get their feedback.“I don’t think we have had a single fan against our [stadium] move, because we have managed it differently.“I am in the pub with the fans, I am in the stands with the fans. Although they may not physically own the club, the fans are part of the club. Without them there is no club, so I think their views have to be taken into consideration.“I’d love to change (the kit) to red but we bought a club that’s blue, so we’ll stick with blue.“I think QPR is a unique name but it’s like buying Harrods, why do you want to change it?”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Bird Tricks

first_imgNews about feathered friends and flying wonders, and speculations about how they evolved.Flight physics: To avoid obstacles in flight, birds need just two postures, the Harvard Gazette says: the wings-overhead stretch, and the wings-tucked in position. This is “why birds don’t crash.” It sounds simple, but when you think how fast a pigeon can fly through jail bars without colliding, as the embedded video shows, it’s pretty nifty. Try getting a quad copter to do that.Chill out like a bird: Birds show “surprising resilience in the face of natural stresses,” PhysOrg says. The blue-footed boobies in the lead photo know a lot about stress out there on the Galapagos islands. Authors of a new book showed experimental evidence that stressed-out chicks do just fine as adults. It’s not clear what this has to do with Darwin, but one bird evolutionist thinks the study will help reorient research in “a vastly understudied area—the evolutionary interplay between early life conditions and phenotypic plasticity.” Whatever that gobbledygook means, it doesn’t sound like survival of the fittest. It sounds more like Lamarckism.Walking on water: You may have seen nature documentaries (as in Winged Migration) where western and Clark’s grebes do their stunning mating dance, leaping from their ducky position to a standing posture then running on top of the water for several seconds. Since they won’t do this in the lab, a Harvard team went to Oregon to figure out how they do it in the wild. Science Magazine says that studies of high-speed films showed “how the birds slap their lobed feet on the water, with all three forward-pointing toes splayed, as fast as 20 steps per second.” This is different from how the basilisk lizard (one of few vertebrates that can run on water) does it, but it is 1/10 the weight. The birds’ foot slapping, however, only accounts for 50% of the lift to keep them elevated, so more work will be needed to figure out the stunt.The bird bang theory: A biologist from Wake Forest University claims that “evolution is hard at work when it comes to the acrobatic courtship dances of a tropical bird species.” Matthew Fuxjager studies tropical birds named golden-collared manakins. He says, “Our results provide the first evidence that androgenic sensitivity in select parts of the neuro-motor system is an evolved mechanism to facilitate performance abilities and acrobatics in physically elaborate socio-sexual displays.” There are about 60 species of manakins, most that perform a complex dance for mating and rivalry. “The researchers hypothesized that evolution acts to help shape the mating display behavior by controlling androgen sensitivity in the avian wing muscles,” PhysOrg reports. But can testosterone alone account for the complex behaviors? Giving a gymnast a hormone shot will not make him do more complex moves, even if he gets a boost of energy; most likely, upsetting the balance will cause other health problems—possibly cancer. And how does the theory relate to the genetics of the bird? “Our current data support the hypothesis that sexual selection shapes levels of androgen receptors expressed in the forelimb skeletal muscles to help drive the evolution of adaptive motor abilities,” he explains. But again, hormone receptors don’t equate to choreography, any more than more lights create a ballet. Keep the funding coming; “He plans to continue to study how testosterone sensitivity and other aspects of the genetics of muscle physiology have evolved across species to develop these behaviors.”Feathered friends: Lastly, the University of Chicago provides tips on making your backyard a bird-friendly sanctuary. Advice includes: grow bird-friendly shrubs, install feeders and bird baths, and keep the cat inside.Adding evolutionary theory to bird watching is like adding an oil slick to a beach. It’s ugly, and it hurts the birds’ image. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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In the city

first_imgAll the latest products, places, fads and trends to grab hold of your city. Festive bonanzaThe festive aura provides an opportunity for everyone to indulge in luxurious gift options. Keeping up with the spirit, Swarovski brings their new collection. Choose from the exquisite crystal creations in eye-catching designs. Add the,All the latest products, places, fads and trends to grab hold of yourcity.Festive bonanzaThe festive aura provides an opportunity for everyone to indulge in luxurious gift options. Keeping up with the spirit, Swarovski brings their new collection. Choose from the exquisite crystal creations in eye-catching designs. Add the beauty of Nature to your table decorations with Jacky, Juliette and Liz from the Rocking Flowers range. At: G-5, SG Highway, Satellite Road, AhmedabadCough up: Bee Eaters (above) Rs14,250; Duck Rs 6,600Sense of smellPlatinum, the fragrance by Oriflame is worth a dekko. Specially made to capture the essence of the modern man, the scent is all-male. The combinations of fiery black pepper, sensual patchouli and leather are a must try.At: Contact your nearest Oriflame consultant or SMS Oriflame to 59994 to possess this bottle.Cough up: Rs 1,590Tune inPhilips has launched a new line of waterproof and sweatproof headphones, SHQ3000 & SHQ4000. Their rubberised black and bright orange design comes in three sizes with extra soft anti-bacterial silicon ear caps.Great for sports enthusiasts as these are weightless, secure, comfortable and safe for outdoor use.At: Philips stores Cough up: SHQ3000 Rs 1,999; SHQ4000 Rs 2,499last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea hero Pat Nevin: Big 2019 to look forward to

first_imgChelsea hero Pat Nevin: Big 2019 to look forward toby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin believes the club has plenty to look forward to in 2019.He wrote for the club’s website: “Obviously changing a manager is a stressful business, but rarely has that change looked so smooth than it has with the introduction of Maurizio Sarri. “The football is as pleasing on the eye as you could hope for much of the time and the club certainly looks to have taken on board most of the modern technical and tactical football ideas out there.”Maybe the best thing about where we are now at the end of the year is the excitement about the year to come. It will be interesting, enjoyable, entertaining and hopefully successful. It will of course have its ups and downs, but what would I wish for most in the year to come at Chelsea? Like many of us in 12 months’ time I hope once again to be saying the phrase, ‘Eden Hazard has had another great year for Chelsea’. If we can say that, then we will probably have some more silverware too.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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BC premier says Site C could end up in Supreme Court over

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says British Columbia’s $8.8 billion Site C dam project could face ongoing legal battles over Indigenous rights and may eventually end up in the Supreme Court of Canada.Horgan made the comments Tuesday on the eve of the release of an independent review his government ordered on the economic viability of the hydroelectric dam project in northeast B.C.He said he believes Aboriginal people will continue to fight Site C in the courts.“I believe that the Indigenous people in the region who are concerned about this will continue to push their case to appeal and we’ll see where we go, and if we end up in the Supreme Court at the end of the day,” Horgan said outside the legislature.He said he’s aware that every Aboriginal court challenge of Site C so far has ended in defeat or been abandoned, but those issues were fought on environmental grounds, not land, hunting and fishing rights that are enshrined in the Constitution.In August 2015, the Federal Court dismissed an application by the Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations challenging the environmental approval of Site C by the federal government. An appeal was filed and was dismissed in January.In September 2015, the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed a petition by the same two First Nations challenging the environmental approval of Site C by the B.C. government. An appeal was filed and was dismissed in February.Crown-owned B.C. Hydro says it has been consulting with Indigenous communities and people about the project since 2007.Horgan said he expects future Indigenous legal challenges to focus on land rights.He cited the concerns raised in a report by a joint review panel in May 2014 about Site C’s potential impacts on Indigenous rights as a possible avenue for legal pursuits.The report found B.C. will eventually need the power generated by Site C, but the project would impact land and resources traditionally used by First Nations. It said the effect on treaty rights would also have to be weighed by the government.Harry Swain, chairman of the review, has since said the panel was not permitted to look at other energy solutions.“The rights and title question that Harry Swain touched upon, the constitutional barriers that he touched upon, I don’t believe the courts have addressed because that hasn’t been how the questions have been put,” said Horgan.The review by the B.C. Utilities Commission due Wednesday will serve as an independent assessment for the project, which is under construction on the Peace River.Horgan said cabinet will make a decision by the end of this year on whether to allow the project to carry on, put it on hold or stop construction.Scott Fraser, B.C.’s Indigenous relations and reconciliation minister, will meet with Aboriginal communities in the northeastern part of the province shortly after the review is released, Horgan said.Site C, which would flood agricultural land with the creation of an 83-kilometre-long reservoir, would produce 1,100 megawatts of capacity every year, enough to power about 450,000 homes.last_img read more

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UPDATE Reactivation of another old landslide causes evacuation order along Old Fort

first_imgUPDATE: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson Danielle Pope said that an old landslide in the area to the west of Sunday’s landslide has reactivated and is now moving. That slide is located immediately below the Viewpoint at the south end of 100th St.Pope said that visible cracks have been observed and at least one property has reported some driveway and wall cracking – that property is now under an evacuation order. The estimated size of the landslide is 5 million cubic metres and growing. By comparison, B.C.’s largest landslide occurred in 2010, when over 45 million cubic metres of Mount Meager slid into the Pemberton Valley.Damage to Old Fort Road caused by the re-activated landslide located below the Viewpoint. Photo by Rodney Hafner/YRB North PeaceFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has upgraded an evacuation alert for one of the affected properties along Old Fort Road to an evacuation order. The order was issued to the residents of 7605 Old Fort Road shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday. A map of the area covered by the Evacuation Order. Photo by PRRD A map of the area covered by the Evacuation Order. Photo by PRRD A map of the area covered by the Evacuation Alert. Photo by PRRD A map of the area covered by the Evacuation Alert. Photo by PRRD A map of the area covered by the Evacuation Alert. Photo by PRRD A map of the area covered by the Evacuation Alert. Photo by PRRD On Wednesday afternoon, the property now on evacuation order and two others immediately adjacent were issued an evacuation alert after stress cracks were observed to the west of the main body of the landslide, which started on Sunday morning.The PRRD said that it issued the evacuation order due to the immediate danger posed to life safety by the landslide.It’s not known if and/or when the hillside to the main landslide will also begin to slide.Officials with the Ministry of Transportation said Thursday morning that an update from geologists was expected late Thursday morning, but so far no update has been forthcoming.last_img read more

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Johnny Reid bringing Christmas show to Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Johnny Reid will bring his My Kind of Christmas Tour to Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre on December 10, 2019.Today, award-winning Canadian artist Johnny Reid shares details of his new Christmas EP, My Kind Of Christmas, to be released on October 25 just in time for the holiday season. In celebration of the announcement, Johnny releases the title track of the EP, available now.  Listen to “My Kind Of Christmas” here. This new EP also marks the first vinyl release and for this occasion, it will be presented in single jacket with sleeve, pressed on limited marble vinyl and available November 15.Widely known for his energetic stage performances, Johnny will embark on a national cross-Canada My Kind Of Christmas Tour that will cover 23 dates and will run from November 16 – December 14 with a stop in Dawson Creek on December 10. Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 27 at 10am at www.livenation.com. Fans can also visit Johnny Reid’s website for exclusive presale details. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning on Tuesday, September 24 at 10am local time through Thursday, September 26 at 10pm.Listen to 100.1 Moose FM for your chance to win tickets all next week.Already a chart-topping, multi-platinum selling artist in Canada, Johnny’s songwriting resonates with audiences across the globe and that will continue with this new Christmas EP, a perfect mix of originally penned ‘soon to be holiday favourites’ including “My Kind Of Christmas” with a Johnny Reid take on some hidden holiday gems including “Merry Christmas Everyone”, a classic brought back to life in the 80’s UK pop phenom ‘Shakin’ Stevens. See the full tracklisting below. Since arriving on the music scene over 10 years ago, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Johnny Reid has captured the hearts of fans and audiences around the world. Born and raised in Lanark, Scotland, the blue collared soul singer is widely known for his lyrical honesty and musical ability, as demonstrated by album sales totalling over 1 million units, countless awards and multiple SOLD OUT national arena tours.My Kind Of Christmas Track listing:  Sounds Like ChristmasMy Kind Of ChristmasFa La La La LaAll I want For ChristmasMerry Christmas Everyonelast_img read more

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Rafale deal BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of contempt of court

first_imgNew Delhi: Accusing Congress president Rahul Gandhi of gross contempt of court, the BJP on Wednesday said he attributed to the Supreme Court what it had never said in its order on the Rafale deal. Addressing a press conference, senior party leader and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “The Congress president probably doesn’t read even half a paragraph of the court’s order, but here, by saying that the court has has said ‘chowkidaar chor hai’, it is verging on contempt of court.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The president of a party which has been in power for so many years has shown his frustration by attributing words to the apex which were not uttered, she said. The minister added that the court order was limited to whether it should consider the documents the government said were illegally obtained by petitioners. Taking a potshot at Gandhi, she said he is out on bail and was accompanied at his nomination filing in Amethi by “the family” — as described Christen Michel, an alleged middlemen in VVIP chopper deal. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Gandhi has crossed the line of decency in his comments on the court, she said, adding that he is repeatedly misleading people on the Rafale fighter jet deal. Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Gandhi claimed the apex court has made it “clear” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed a theft”. Gandhi then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal, which the Congress claims involved corruption, a charge repeatedly rejected by the government. Asked whether the court order is a setback for the government, Sitharaman said, “Not at all.” She said things would now become crystal clear.last_img read more

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Social media has little effect on life satisfaction of teens

first_imgSocial media has little effect on the life satisfaction of teenagers, according to a large-scale study conducted in the UK. Researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at University of Oxford used an eight-year survey of UK households to study how long teenagers spent using social media on a normal school day and their corresponding life satisfaction ratings. This is the first large-scale and in-depth study testing not only whether adolescents who report more social media use have lower life satisfaction but also whether the reverse is true. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), used improved data and statistical approaches and found most links between life satisfaction and social media use were trivial. However, there were some bidirectional effects: Lower life satisfaction led to increased social media use and vice versa, researchers said. These bidirectional effects were more consistent for females than for males, but again, these were modest trends, they said. The researchers stress that this represents an important step in understanding the effects of social media. “Given the rapid pace of technological advancement in recent years, the question of how our increasing use of technology to interact with each other affects our wellbeing has become increasingly important,” said Professor Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the OII. “With most of the current debate based on lacklustre evidence, this study represents an important step towards mapping the effects of technology on adolescent well-being,” Przybylski said. Previous literature was based almost entirely on correlations with no means to dissociate whether social media use leads to changes in life satisfaction or vice versa. “More than half of the statistical models we tested were not significant, and those that were significant suggested the effects were not as simple as often stated in the media,” said Tobias Dienlin from the University of Hohenheim in Germany. “Most statistically significant models examined teenage girls. However, because these effects were tiny, they weren’t significantly larger in girls compared to boys,” he said.last_img read more

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Government to put an end to Evangelization of Moroccans

first_imgCasablanca- Being a melting-point in North Africa, Morocco receives countless exchange-students and alumni from all over the world throughout the year. However, they are not all goodwill ambassadors looking forward to learning about new cultures and traditions as they might claim.According to today’s issue of Akhbar Alyawm newspaper, the Moroccan government will set strict regulations for American Institutions intending to serve in the domain of education and development. Such set of regulations aims at preventing the evangelization of Moroccans.According to the same source, the Moroccan Government Council approved a “draft agreement Project between Morocco and U.S.A.” on Thursday. The project puts strict regulations for American Schools and Institutions in Morocco to prevent the widespread of evangelization. According to Article 220 in the Moroccan penal code, evangelization is a crime and anyone who engages in it may face prison time.In conformity with the article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code, a proselytizer may face “six months to three years prison and a fine of 100 to 500 Dirhams” for using the “means of seduction in order to convert ” a Muslim “to another religion, either by exploiting his/her weakness or his/her needs, or using for these purposes education, health, asylums and orphanage institutions.”The  draft agreement requires any American institution of education either in preparatory or secondary education to provide a curriculum similar to the one used in U.S.A. and to be part of an N.G.O.Furthermore, the draft agreement requires Moroccan students and students with double citizenship to be taught Arabic, Moroccan Culture and The History and Geography of Morocco by Moroccan teachers who were and will be trained by Moroccan supervisors from the Ministry of Education. In addition, the curriculum must be approved by the Moroccan authorities.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Mens Hockey Jeremy Hoy focuses on preparation in first season with Ohio

The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAssociate strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Hoy joined the Ohio State men’s hockey team in early August. Long before, the Buckeyes had seen his work firsthand, even if they didn’t know his name.“When I was at Robert Morris, we played Ohio State,” Hoy said. “In talking to these guys, they’re just like ‘Man, every time we turn around you guys were there. You never got tired, you were always hitting us.’”Before joining Ohio State, Hoy worked as a strength and conditioning coach all over the country. He’s coached at his own gym in Pittsburgh, with the gold medal-winning 2018 US Under-18 Women’s National Team and most recently at Robert Morris University, where the Colonials faced off against Ohio State multiple times during Hoy’s career. Hoy said he prides himself on the way he prepares his teams for the ice. He spends his time working out players, evaluating them during practice to identify their needs and, above all, making sure the team is game ready.“I’m responsible for a lot of aspects of physical preparation,” he said. “I’m making sure the guys are ready to go, I’m working with the athletic training staff to make sure they’re healthy … I’m going to recondition them, making sure they’re ready to go and they’re game ready all the time.”One aspect of the job Hoy focuses on is the relationship he forms with the team and each individual player. He works with each player to assess where they are and ensure they are in the best possible condition when they hit the ice. With the science behind strength and conditioning improving since Hoy entered the field nearly 20 years ago, there is a greater focus on each individual player rather than assuming a strength and conditioning routine works for everyone. The lessons from Hoy and the athletic training staff, however, don’t end in the weight room, or even on the ice.“What I feel like we’re doing is not preparing them to possibly play hockey at the next level … but we want them to be able to contribute to society in a positive way beyond college,” Hoy said. “When they’re done we want them to be able to enter the real world and have a positive impact from what they do.”Once the preparation is finalized for each game, Hoy said he holds a different perspective when his team enters the rink. Coaches and players focus on running plays and optimizing their strategy on the ice to win. Hoy still wants the team to win, but he has a different set of expectations for his players than most going into their games.“I feel like I haven’t done a good enough job if our team is being out-skated, out-conditioned, even out-hustled,” Hoy said. “I want to get the guys going. I want to be the one winning in all those areas every time. I also feel like I’m not doing my job if guys aren’t game ready.”While Hoy has only been at Ohio State for about a month, head coach Steve Rohlik believes he’s already left an impression on the team.“In the small sample we’ve had, he’s made a big impact,” Rohlik said. “No. 1 because he wants to be here … his energy, his knowledge and what he brings, his history, and the work he’s done for almost 20 years. Our guys have bought into his tremendous work ethic.”As Hoy prepares for his first season with Ohio State, his message to the team is clear.“I want to be the team that we’re talented and we’re going to outwork you. We’re going to bring both those together,” he said. “That starts here on the ice. Everything we do, it’s a mentality, a mindset that were going to work hard, give 100 percent effort and we’re engaged in doing everything we do.” read more

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Modric urges his team to keep up the good work

first_imgAhead of the last-16 phase of the World Cup, Modric summoned his Croatian teammates to keep their good shape from the group stage of the FIFA World Cup.Croatia have not lost a single one of the all three games in Group D and finished with the maximum of nine points. They will be facing Group C runners-up Denmark on Monday morning in the next stage.“The fact that Denmark have not lost 18 straight matches clearly defines their qualities,” said Modric, according to FourFourTwo.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“But we believe in ourselves and will continue following the trajectory we established earlier in the tournament. In the World Cup knockout stage we will play as good as we did at the group stage.”The Real Madrid player went on to add that it doesn’t really matter who exactly scores, as long as the team proceeds further in the tournament.last_img read more

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Keylor Navas on Real Madrid future Im calm I have two

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas insists that he is “calm” over his future, despite reports suggesting that he could soon be dropped in favour of Thibaut Courtois’ arrival from Chelsea this summerNavas has been the first-choice at the Santiago Bernabeu for the past three years but, in that period, he has often been on the receiving end of criticism and uncertainty over his future.Following Real’s failed attempts to sign either David de Gea and Alisson from Manchester United and AS Roma respectively, the Spanish giants have now reportedly turned their attention to Chelsea’s unsettled number one goalkeeper Courtois.But after three years of constant rumours, Navas has evidently learned to just focus on himself.“I’m happy, the truth is that I’m very thankful to God because these are incredible opportunities,” said the 31-year-old, as stated on Marca.“I have all the hope in the world, just like in my first season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We’re going to work hard, putting effort in every day and we’ll keep enjoying what it is to be at Real Madrid.”When asked if he could be leaving Real this summer, Navas answered: “I’m calm, I have two more years on my contract, what I have to put my mind and energy into is how to improve every day, the effort that I have to put in,”“I have to enjoy every moment, we will see what happens in the future, but that doesn’t mean stop enjoying, I’m calm and I feel good.“I still have the same hope and excitement, to be competitive, to always want to win, it’s something you can never lose.”After joining Real from fellow La Liga side Levante in 2014, Navas has gone on to make 141 appearances in all competitions for the Champions League holders.last_img read more

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