The Skiff: November 9, 2016 (Election Issue)

first_imgThe Skiff Linkedin The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 + posts Previous articleRegistered voter chooses not to vote in election based on faithNext articleDespite outcome, women celebrate their first vote for a woman candidate The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 115, issue 12: Decision 2016: A look back on the campaign.Also: Astronaut casts ballot from space, students faced challenges trying to vote absentee, and more. Twitter The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook The Skiff Volume 115: Issue 12 The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ ReddIt The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 Life in Fort Worth A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes ReddIt Facebook The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Twitter The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 Linkedinlast_img read more

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New call for the release of Mohammed Abbu

first_img Reporters Without Borders has renewed its call for the release of lawyer and human rights defender Mohammed Abbu (photo), jailed since 1st March 2005 over articles posted online, who remains in prison, despite the release of nearly 80 political prisoners by the authorities on 25 February 2006. Help by sharing this information TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Organisation Reporters Without Borders has renewed its call for the release of lawyer and human rights defender Mohammed Abbu, jailed since 1st March 2005 over articles posted online, who remains in prison, despite the release of nearly 80 political prisoners by the authorities on 25 February 2006.”We welcome the release of the Zarzis Internet-users and journalist Hamadi Jebali. But why exclude Mohammed Abbu from the list of prisoners freed to mark the 50th anniversary of national independence?” asked Reporters Without Borders.“We urge diplomats to keep campaigning to secure his freedom,” the press freedom organisation added.Mohammed Abbu’s wife along with four of his lawyers, managed to hold a short-lived demonstration on 2 March 2006 in front of Kef prison where her husband is serving his sentence. They brandished the lawyer’s portrait and chanted his name. Police stopped their vehicle about 15 times on the road from Tunis to the prison. Other human rights activists who tried to join the demonstration were turned back.The organisation also calls on the Tunisian authorities to allow pro-democrat activists access to the Internet. The personal connections of most opposition figures have been cut off, at the request of the Tunisian Internet Agency, since the end of October 2005 – just before the start of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). News News Mokhtar Yahyaoui, a former judge, opposition activist and weblogger, spoke out against the harassment. “They cut off my Internet connection as soon as I began my hunger strike, on 18 October 2005. Since then I have had a lot of problems trying to get my blog up and running again. In addition I am under constant police surveillance. Our situation has worsened since the end of the WSIS”.Abbu was sentenced on 29 April 2005, to three years and six months in prison, at the end of a mockery of a trial. His sentence was upheld on appeal two months later. He was tried on two counts. On the first he was sentenced to two years in prison for an alleged assault on a female colleague, in 2002, without any evidence being produced. On the second count, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for posting an article online in which he compared torture inflicted on political prisoners in Tunisia with abuses committed by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib.Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations sothat their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Mohammed Abbou is sponsored by Aldaketa Hamasei-Cambio 16, El Periodico de Catalunya, CIBL FM, Campus, Quartier Libre, Le Métropolitain RSF_en November 12, 2019 Find out more to go further ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org News November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder March 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New call for the release of Mohammed Abbulast_img read more

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Mayor’s Christmas message to Donegal people at home and abroad

first_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – December 20, 2012 The Mayor of Donegal Cllr Frank Mc Brearty has published a Christmas message to the people of Donegal at home and abroad, wishing all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2013.In a video published this morning on YouTube, Cllr Mc Brearty urges people to visit lonely people in the county over the Christmas, and pays tribute to the emergency services and others who will work over the festive season.He also has a special message for the diaspora……..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/frankclp.mp3[/podcast]Mayor’s Christmas Message Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Previous articleLetterkenny Town Council budget meeting tonightNext articleRenewed hope that Department of Agriculture jobs could be relocated to Strabane News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Mayor’s Christmas message to Donegal people at home and abroad Pinterestlast_img read more

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Endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Illinois zoo

first_imgBrookfield Zoo(BROOKFIELD, Ill.) — Two endangered Amur leopard cubs have been born at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.The 8-week-old male cubs are “thriving,” Amy Roberts, the Brookfield Zoo’s senior curator of mammals, told ABC News.As they’ve grown, the cubs’ caregivers have been able to tell them apart by their differing appearances and personalities, Roberts said.The cubs have different spots, and one of them has a bolder personality than the other, Roberts said.The last time the mama leopard, Lisa, gave birth, it was to only one cub, so she was the only one for him to play with, Roberts said. Now that Lisa has had twins, she’s getting a bit of down time as they play with each other instead.“They spend a lot of time stalking each other and wrestling each other,” Roberts said.The cubs were born on April 18 but their birth was just announced because veterinarians wanted to give the mother, Lisa, privacy as she bonded and cared for the cubs. During that time, zookeepers mostly monitored the mother and babies from a camera.The photos were taken during the cubs’ 8-week vaccinations, Roberts said. They will be placed in an outdoor habitat to be viewed by the public in mid-July, after they’ve had their second set of shots.“It is our hope that guests will not only enjoy seeing these very charismatic cubs exploring and playing in their outdoor habitat, but will also gain an appreciation for the species and learn why conservation efforts are so important for this leopard,” Roberts said.Amur leopards are critically endangered and fewer than 65 are left in the wild, predominately in one isolated population in far east Russia, and a few in the Jilin Province of northeast China, according to the zoo. The biggest threats the leopards face are poaching, retribution hunting, a decrease in their habitat due to fires, logging and human settlement and a decline in their prey, the zoo said in a press release.In 2013, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums created the Amur Leopard Global Species Management Plan to help the species survive, according to the zoo.There are currently 82 Amur leopards in 42 accredited zoos in North America, the release states. The nocturnal species are known for their keen senses of hearing, vision and smell and they live in temperate forests with cold winters and hot summers.The cubs have not yet been named.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Hours before execution of Nathaniel Woods, Alabama governor stays mum despite calls for a reprieve

first_imgsimpson33/iStock(ATMORE, Ala.) — With the clock ticking down to Thursday evening’s execution of Nathaniel Woods, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has given no indication she’ll grant a reprieve despite the condemned prisoner’s supporters contending he did not take part in the slayings of three police officers.Woods, 44, is set to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, unless Ivey grants him an eleventh-hour reprieve.As of Thursday morning, Ivey offered no sign that she will intervene in Williams’ case.When contacted by ABC News on Thursday, the governor’s press secretary had no comment.Earlier this week, the son of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. joined a chorus of calls to halt the execution of Woods, who was convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of three Birmingham, Alabama, police officers.“I stand with hundreds of thousands of Americans across Alabama and the nation, pleading with you not to execute Nathaniel Woods,” Martin Luther King III wrote in a letter sent on Tuesday to Ivey, a Republican.In his letter, King, who was born in Alabama, told Ivey her state was “set to kill a man who is very likely innocent.”King told Fox News Thursday, “If a person is innocent they should not be killed in this country. People have been killed and [hanged] for doing nothing. And in this context, if that is the prospect, we ought to at least go through the facts, go through the information, give the system the opportunity to work if it did not work.”As of Thursday afternoon, more than 91,000 people had signed a petition on the website Change.org to stop the execution of Woods, who would become the first person executed in Alabama this year and the 67th since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1976.Woods’ alleged accomplice, Kerry Spencer, confessed to being the sole gunman who killed the officers with a high-powered weapon, but separate juries convicted him and Woods of four capital murder charges, including killing the officers in the course of committing another crime.Spencer’s trial was held before Woods’ case was heard by a jury, but his execution date has yet to be set.During both trials, prosecutors presented the juries the theory that Woods and Spencer acted in tandem to lure the officers into the apartment to kill them.On June 17, 2004, Birmingham police officers Carlos Owen, Harley Chisholm III and Charles Bennett were shot to death while executing a misdemeanor assault warrant for Woods at a suspected crack house in Birmingham. A fourth officer was also shot, but survived and testified against Woods.A jury convicted Woods in December 2005, and in a nonunanimous verdict of 10-2 recommended a sentence of death.Alabama State Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement Wednesday that Woods was “correctly found guilty and sentenced to death by a jury of his peers.”“The only injustice in the case of Nathaniel Woods is that which was inflicted on those four policemen that terrible day in 2004,” Marshall said in the statement.Woods appealed his conviction, arguing his lawyer gave him inadequate representation by misinforming him that he could not be convicted of capital murder as an accomplice and convincing him to reject a plea deal prosecutors offered him of 20 to 25 years in prison, according to court records.Woods’ appeal was denied by the Alabama Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.In his letter to Ivey, King stated that Woods “has never had a fair trial” and has not gotten the opportunity to present new evidence since his conviction bolstering his claim that Spencer acted alone and that there was never a plan to lure the officers into an ambush.The case has also garnered the attention of celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, who has become an advocate for criminal justice reform. She tweeted Thursday, Woods “is scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit. Join the broad coalition- including members of the jury and relatives of the victims – in urging @GovernorKayIvey and @AGSteveMarshall to stay Nate’s execution.”#NathanielWoods is scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit. Join the broad coalition- including members of the jury and relatives of the victims – in urging @GovernorKayIvey and @AGSteveMarshall to stay Nate’s execution.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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NYC hospital plays ‘Don’t Stop Believin” every time a COVID-19 patient is discharged

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Hospital staff at New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital are inspiring patients to Don’t Stop Believin’.In a moving video released by the hospital, health care workers cheer on COVID-19 patients and blast Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ as they are discharged from the hospital.For the past week, hospital staff there started celebrating patients being discharged from the hospital with the hit song.“Every patient discharge gives hope to New York Presbyterian Queens staff. They are encouraged to see their patients recovering and going home,” said Jaclyn Mucaria, president of New York-Presbyterian Queens.New York has suffered the most fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state saw 671 deaths on Easter Sunday, bringing New York state’s death toll to 10,056.But despite these challenging times, many health care workers across the state, including the staff at New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital are staying positive.“These have been very challenging times but I am so proud of the extraordinary selflessness and teamwork,” said Mucaria. “Everyone is pitching in for the purpose of providing the best care to our patients.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Kristjan Byfield: Why my business has decided to quit Rightmove

first_imgEast London lettings agency boss Kristjan Byfield is famous for his chunky glasses and voluminous blond beard, but his decision to leave Rightmove really ignite a Rightmove rebellion and diminish the influence, and fees, of the portal?It’s something anyone who read his recent open letter to Rightmove has been wondering.His efforts have coincided with the formation of at least two informal industry groups which, along with many individual agents, persuaded Rightmove last week to change its fees offer as Coronavirus shut down the industry.But what drives the boss of Base Property Specialists to lead the charge? In an interview shared exclusively to The Negotiator, he has decided to explain.“Five years ago I was a big Rightmove fan and I saw it as an important partner within my business; good value and a good return on investment. I would often defend its value in front of other agents,” he says.“But Rightmove have a problem when it has an unprompted brand ambassador like me who sings their praises but, through its actions, turns that person’s views into the polar opposite.”Byfield says everything changed last year just before the tenants fees ban began when the portal handed him a 21% fees increase.He says their position was simple – either pay the increase, cut your package or leave.But the portal had picked the wrong person to pick a fight with.“I didn’t let emotion get in the way of my business decision to quit; for us it’s about how many quality leads came in, conversion rates and drilling down into the results,” he says.“And Zoopla overtook Rightmove four or five years ago in terms of business generated for us, for half the cost.”Byfield recognises that there have been waves of unrest like this in the past and it’s always come nothing – because everyone says ‘you go first.’“I always said if I left Rightmove I’d do it publicly. Because I think most people are waiting for someone else to step out into the line of fire.“I explained it to our clients including our many landlords who were very supportive and then quit when our contract came up for renewal. It’s been great to see the industry come together and it’s a pity it’s taken Coronavirus to do it. But I really hope it lasts.”Read more about Kristjan Byfield.Watch the interview in full Kristkjan Byfield Base Property Rightmove Zoopla March 27, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsPhilip Michael Priest, 4Corners Property Ltd 4Corners Property Ltd 28th March 2020 at 12:50 pmLets be honest, if you are looking for a property to buy or rent you carry out 2 searches;1. Rightmove2. ZooplaI have never searched for anything on On The Market.But when I am looking at listing a property to sell I look for 3 things;1. Board presence in the area2. “Estate agents near me” on my google search.3. Which agent comes up in the top 3 of my google search in my area3.1. Which agents have provided me value and connected with me on social mediaPoints 2, 3 & 3. are proving to be more powerful than before and coupled with good google reviews I am more likely to choose an agent based on these than the board presence. They in turn lead to No.1 for board presence.If you have the properties, you can be found.So my question is, what are the agents doing about Point 2 when looking to sell? the obvious answer is nothing except sending leaflets out to 1000’s of homes.I suggest any agent looking to move from Right Move speak to Andrew Stanton for a proven strategy for connecting with your clients.In addition, try looking after they buyers more. Only 11% of buyers use the agent they bought from, if you kept them happy then your repeat business might increase too.Log in to ReplySteve Way, Oxlets Ltd Oxlets Ltd 27th March 2020 at 11:56 amI gave notice to Rightmove in early March – been putting it off for ages – and do you know what…..feels great. Really quite liberating getting rid of a supplier that extorts you. It’s a simple business decision to make in terms of value for money, and to be honest from my experience, it’s never really given it. I joined because everyone else joined. They have ripped off their “clients” (or should we be called cash cows?) for far too long and I hope that other agents leave them too. The most important message to get out there is to the public, that not all agents use Rightmove and they could be missing out on their dream home if they blinker their property searches to one site. Zoopla combined with OnTheMarket are giving me plenty of good quality leads to rent my clients’ properties. Good riddance Rightmove!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Kristjan Byfield: Why my business has decided to quit Rightmove previous nextAgencies & PeopleKristjan Byfield: Why my business has decided to quit RightmoveThe outspoken agent from East London explains his reasoning behind the one thing most agents fear most – making the leap and quitting the UK’s No.1 portal.Nigel Lewis27th March 20202 Comments3,703 Viewslast_img read more

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Naval Service Vessel L.E. Orla Detains Irish Fishing Vessel

first_img View post tag: Irish View post tag: Service View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today Naval Service Vessel L.E. Orla Detains Irish Fishing Vessel View post tag: Orla Training & Education July 5, 2013 View post tag: Defence Naval Service Vessel L.E. Orla Detains Irish Fishing Vessel View post tag: Detainscenter_img View post tag: vessel View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: L.E. The Naval Service Vessel L.É. ORLA detained an Irish registered fishing vessel approximately 50 nautical miles south of Hook Head, Co Wexford earlier yesterday.The detention was in relation to an alleged breach of fishing regulations.The vessel was escorted by the L.É. ORLA to Dunmore East, arriving in port at 8.30 pm this evening. The vessel is currently in the process of being handed over to An Gardaí Síochána.This brings to 507 total vessels boarded by the Naval Service in 2013, 713 warnings issued and this is the 6th vessel detained by the Naval Service so far this year.[mappress]Press Release, July 5, 2013. View post tag: fishing View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

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Northern Indiana District Court Awaiting Re-Nomination Process

first_imgWith the start of the 116th Congress, Indiana’s two remaining federal judicial nominees have stalled and the vacancies in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana continue.Attorneys Holly Brady and Damon Leichty had been nominated in 2018 to fill the pair of open seats in the Northern Indiana District Court. Since neither received a confirmation vote by the full U.S. Senate, their nominations have been returned to the White House. However, Indiana’s senior senator expressed confidence they will come back to Capitol Hill.“I expect Holly Brady and Damon Leichty to be re-nominated by the President…,” Sen. Todd Young said in a statement. “They should be processed quickly through the (Senate) Judiciary Committee without the need for another hearing.”The Northern Indiana District Court has had at least one open seat for nearly three years since Judge Robert Miller, Jr., took senior status Jan. 11, 2016. Another vacancy was created when Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen transitioned to senior status Sept. 29, 2017.Although the northern Indiana federal court does not have the caseload of the Southern Indiana District, it is still an active district. During the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, 2018, the filings totaled 2,602, which translated to a weighted filing of 464 per judge. The northern Indiana court has five judgeships.Northern Indiana Chief Judge Theresa Lazar Springmann did not have any comment on the vacancies in her court.Brady, partner at Haller & Colvin P.C. in Fort Wayne, was tapped to replace Van Bokkelen. She appeared before the Judiciary Committee in June 2018 and was approved by a party-line vote, but the Senate never brought her nomination forward for a floor vote.Her confirmation is being opposed by reproductive rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America. Among its concerns, the nonprofit maintains that her characterization of Indiana’s controversial 2015 Religious Freedom and Restoration Act as “a lot of hoopla,” minimized the “very real fears of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or personal reproductive-health decisions.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Leichty, partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in South Bend, was nominated to fill the seat vacated by Miller. Even though Leichty sailed through the committee hearing, his nomination did not advance to a vote after former Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., blocked all the judicial candidates because the Senate would not protect the investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller into the Trump administration.Young faulted the Democratic leadership for Brady and Leichty not being confirmed.“It’s unfortunate that (Minority Leader) Sen. (Chuck) Schumer delayed floor consideration of these bipartisan and extremely qualified candidates last Congress,” the Indiana Republican said. “I will continue to push for confirmation on the Senate floor to ensure the Northern District of Indiana federal courts can be fully operational.”Carl Tobias, professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, anticipates the judicial nominees who did not get through the entire process will be re-nominated by the White House and confirmed quickly. Neither Brady nor Leichty will have to appear at another judiciary committee hearing, but Brady will have to again survive another committee vote.With the midterm elections bolstering Republican control of the Senate to 53 seats, Democrats will have a difficult time stopping the nominees from becoming federal judges. But, Tobias said, the minority has the ability to slow the confirmation process by extending the debates on the nominations, which, even under cloture, would allow up to 30 hours on each nominee.Charles Geyh, professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, agreed the GOP majority in the Senate can quickly confirm the judicial candidates who are re-nominated. However, he cautioned that next year’s general election could impact the process.“The only wild card is whether the Senate review his nominees receive becomes a bit more rigorous, now that the GOP Senators up for reelection in 2020 include more vulnerable folks with a strategic need to stand up to the president,” Geyh wrote in an email.center_img Marilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comlast_img read more

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Evansville 2019 City Budget Proposals

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Evansville 2019 City Budget ProposalsAUGUST 27TH, 2018 AMANDA PORTER INDIANAEvansville’s 395 million dollar budget for 2019 is said to meet the needs of the city while investing in the quality of place and life projects.Key capital projects include nearly 2 million dollars for public safety, more than 6 million for infrastructure, another 2 million for the quality of life.But the money to improve water and sewer utility, totaling nearly 124 million dollars. many say is a must-do project.“It’s about a million eight per mile but again we have about a thousand miles of water line in the city much of it very, very old and it needs to be replaced,” says Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.Officials say a balanced budget is most important while continuing to improve the quality of life for Evansville residents.“We really work diligently to manage operating budgets in an era where growth and property tax revenue, that is the real kind of the lifeblood for the governments has really slowed not just here but across Indiana,” says Winnecke.A proposal to continue the demolition of abandoned homes through blight elimination would cost nearly 2 million dollars, as well as nearly 5 million for road projects, and a snow removal truck.A 2 percent raise is proposed for city workers.And police and first responders could also see more equipment.“We want to fund 20 new vehicles for the police department, new safety vests. We also need to replace a fire pumper truck engine one,” says Winnecke.“We are also proposing that we replace the self-contained breathing apparatus for our city firefighters.”The city is already in the design stages for the new penguin exhibit allocating 460-thousand dollars for the project which will be near the LST when it is relocated.“I don’t think the LST will probably be down there until probably 2020,” says Evansville city council member Johnathan Weaver.“Evansville is becoming a destination place where you can hit the zoo for a couple of hours then go hit the LST.”The city council will continue discussing public safety tomorrow.Budget amendments is scheduled for September 10th.last_img read more

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