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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  collegeboy16 on Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:35 am

    Werewolf wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:Well, their fault for not backing up data.  Let this be a warning to them.

    Well i think it is quite a challange to make digital copies of millions of books, not counting that they maybe need to ask for some more recent books if they are allowed to do so, idk, but it is a tragedy, since lot of history can be lost in that way.
    well, we have the technology, theres like a robot that flips a book on its own and photographs it- its quite fast! then some software just "flattens" the page images and voila! instant ebook. only problem is with old moldy tomes, those may require a bit more delicacy in handling but they are few in between anyway.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Werewolf on Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:52 am

    collegeboy16 wrote:
    Werewolf wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:Well, their fault for not backing up data.  Let this be a warning to them.

    Well i think it is quite a challange to make digital copies of millions of books, not counting that they maybe need to ask for some more recent books if they are allowed to do so, idk, but it is a tragedy, since lot of history can be lost in that way.
    well, we have the technology, theres like a robot that flips a book on its own and photographs it- its quite fast! then some software just "flattens" the page images and voila! instant ebook. only problem is with old moldy tomes, those may require a bit more delicacy in handling but they are few in between anyway.

    I wasn't speaking formely of technologies, i was speaking that you need permition of quite alot of books to even make a copy, now try to find out or request by the author or the publisher to make a copy for your library and than wait for weeks maybe months untill they answer your request or even try to make money with that and add this work to over one dozen million books, not to mention the libraries resources are limited and they also don't have thousands of employees working there, this is far from simple.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:45 pm

    An underground vault would have been good for all books which were not translated. Whoever responsible for this needs to be in prison for neglegence. Anyway, too late, let this be a lesson to them. People do not seem to learn till there is a disaster. And this isnt first time. Grand Library of Alexandria?

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  flamming_python on Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:40 pm

    OMG no.. Shocked

    If I had my way I'd restart the Great Terror over this BS, on the staff of that library.

    Making digital copies need not be such a large priority. Nothing can replace the originals anyway, digital copies can be forged right down to the last detail. Real copies - never.

    What should be a priority is building modern storage facilities, with seperate compartments, fire-resistant materials, advanced automated fire extinguishment systems including depressurisation of compartments; fire can't burn in a vacuum or anywhere near it.
    I can understand why this wasn't a priority before. Nothing ever gets done or fixed in Russia before people die over it, priceless relics are destroyed, etc...

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Firebird on Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:12 pm

    Well hopefully the problems with the library are exaggerated. And that the originals appear again soon. Who knows, maybe after a big insurance claim. ANd that the press coverage is all a plea for modernisation funding, rather than a reflection of a giant disaster.

    This reminds me of when Stalin decided to start selling stuff off from the Hermitage. Thankfully he saw sense before selling off the Scythian gold and stuff.

    Water damage is often very reparable. Obviously fire is more difficult. Hopefully, later on it will emerge that what was left wasn't irreplaceable or priceless..

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Werewolf on Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:05 pm

    I can understand why this wasn't a priority before. Nothing ever gets done or fixed in Russia before people die over it, priceless relics are destroyed, etc...

    Don't make it exceptional for russia, that is common and definitely more common for other countries than for russia.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Regular on Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:19 pm

    [quote="Werewolf"]
    I can understand why this wasn't a priority before. Nothing ever gets done or fixed in Russia before people die over it, priceless relics are destroyed, etc...

    Ofcourse it's not just Russia, but they should be better than that.
    Russia needs to be more strict and have independent bodies. There is still plenty of bezpridel.
    But anyways no major life loss so meh. Their fault for not archiving them properly.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  George1 on Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:28 pm

    Russia to launch economic projects in Far East in 2015 — presidential envoy

    The government carried out enormous work to prepare the projects aimed at spurring the region’s social and economic development, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev said

    VLADIVOSTOK, February 2. /TASS/. The Russian government will start implementing economic projects in the country’s Far East in 2015, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev said on Monday.

    The government carried out enormous work to prepare the projects aimed at spurring the region’s social and economic development, Trutnev said.

    "We engaged, first of all, in preparing a framework for development: we elaborated legislation, worked on the budget for the allocation of budget funds. The implementation of specific economic projects will begin already this year," the government official said.

    "Work will begin on creating advanced development territories and new enterprises," Trutnev said following a meeting with governors of Far Eastern regions in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

    "The Russian Far East is today ahead of all other federal districts in Russia by the growth rates of industrial production. At the same time, we need to work well on further accelerating rather than slowing economic growth rates," the vice-premier said.

    Industrial output in the Russian Far Eastern regions grew by 5.9% in 2014, the best result among all federal districts in Russia, Trutnev said. "The industrial production index totaled 5.9% in the region. This is the first place among the federal districts," the presidential envoy said.

    Russia’s advanced development territories

    The Russian Far East and single-industry towns will enjoy tax incentives to boost their social and economic development, according to a law on advanced development territories passed by the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, in late December.

    The law stipulates that advanced development territories will be established for a term of 70 years, which may be prolonged, if necessary.

    Within three years after the law comes into force, advanced development territories will appear in the Russian Far East, and also in single-industry towns with the tensest social and economic situation included in the government’s list.

    Subsequently, advanced development territories may be established in other Russian regions.

    Advanced development territories will offer privileged terms for entrepreneurial and other activity. Specifically, the law stipulates reduced rent rates, priority connection to infrastructure facilities and free customs zone procedures.

    Advanced development territories in towns that inherited single industries from the Soviet period will be offered special legal frameworks relating to tax incentives, state control and reduced social security tax payments.

    Russia expects foreign investors in any spheres of the economy but will prioritize projects in power engineering, ship-building and infrastructure development, Trutnev said earlier.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  GarryB on Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:32 am

    A fire in an archive of valuable documents... fire and water damage...

    Reminds me of a situation here in NZ where the department of conservation had collected up a whole lot of snails of an endangered type and they were going to move them to an island where they would be safe from predators... there were over 200 snails and someone turned off the freezers they were keeping them in and they all died.

    Centralisation has its good points and its bad points...


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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  AlfaT8 on Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:36 pm

    UPDATE:
    Books restoration after Moscow science library fire may take 150 years — official

    MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. The restoration of books damaged by fire at the Moscow-based Institute for Information on Social Sciences could require up to 150 years, the head of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations said on Wednesday.

    "If we use the current technologies, it will take us 154 years", Mikhail Kotyukov said.

    Fire engulfing the unique library in southwest Moscow on January 30 raged for 25 hours. Vladimir Fortov, president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, described the fire as "a cultural Chernobyl", referring to the 1986 nuclear power plant catastrophe in Ukraine.

    The library founded in 1918 lost more than 2.3 million books, or 15% of its collection.

    The library’s depository had 10 million items, including some rare publications dating back to the 16th century alongside collections of documents of the United Nations, the League of Nations, US Congress reports beginning with 1789 and the British parliament from 1803. It also housed more than 450,000 monographs.

    http://tass.ru/en/russia/778509

    A true national/international tragedy, not sure if it's on the level of Alexandria though.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  mutantsushi on Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:40 pm

    Discussions are going on to set up a Hungarian bus manufacturing plant in Russia
    Hungarian and Russian businessmen discussing ways to form a joint venture to manufacture Hungarian designed buses in Russia told the CEO and owner of Evopro group Csaba Mészáros to MTI.
    The president said Russian Nano Composite Technology Centre (NCC) and Evopro was in discussion to form a joint venture to manufacture Evopro developed buses in Russia. Moscow city government might provide loan to the joint venture, and it also promised to buy at least 200 Evopro buses in the next ten years.
    Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency reported on Tuesday that the Hungarian company also planning to build an Evopro bus manufacturing plant in Western Kazakhstan; the company currently holding discussions on setting up a joint venture agreement with Uralskargoremmas group of Kazakhstan.
    Evapro is planning to introduce a prototype of the Evapro bus based on Russian standards at the Yekaterinburg fair on July 12, 2015 said the president of the company
    The Hungarian company designed a unique lightweight bus made of composite and associated materials.
    Russia composite center to produce FRP buses
    The first batch of 50 buses will be produced in 2015.
    Production of composite modules via vacuum infusion, RTM, and long fiber injection will be powered by the Nanotechnological Center of Composites, and the bus parts will be sent to Hungary for final assembly, including installation of engine, chassis, gluing in glasses and installation of other elements.
    "A modular approach allows the production of wide range of vehicles in the most cost-effective way, from compact and manoeuvrable buses and trolley buses, which could be compared to mini-buses, to capacious multi-section buses and trolley buses,” said Csaba Meszaros, president of Evopro Group. “Apart from properties of the body, clients will be able to choose type of propulsion system: a bus can run on diesel, CNG or electricity.”
    Not clear how much production will be at each site, possibly the RU and Kazakh sites could even cooperate...?

    This is the site of the Hungarian company which does engineering work & subcontracting in broad areas: http://www.evopro.hu/eng

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:24 am

    Siemens interested in Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway project

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Viktor on Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:09 pm

    George1 wrote:Siemens interested in Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway project

    Siemens chief who supports western sanctions on Russia is interested in Russian projects. Its a gold. And should be kicked off.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:30 am

    Viktor wrote:
    George1 wrote:Siemens interested in Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway project

    Siemens chief who supports western sanctions on Russia is interested in Russian projects. Its a gold. And should be kicked off.

    That was my same thoughts, German elites can't have it both ways, the Chinese investment advantage comes from the fact that there's rarely any political strings attached to their deals, hence why I hope China wins the tender...

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Neutrality on Sun May 03, 2015 9:28 pm

    George1 wrote:Siemens interested in Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway project

    The arrogance... I remember how all these CEOs were talking about "respecting the rule of law" when the sanctions hit Russia. Now that there's a 5,7 billion dollar investment they are suddenly interested. The Germans expect Russia to simply bend over and take it with a smile. How is the training facility coming along in Russia which was supposed to be built by Rheinmetall? Yeah that's what I thought.

    The Russians can exploit Siemens' interest. Force Siemens to localize the production of the high speed trains by AT LEAST 50%. If they don't like it then they should be told to stick that deal where the sun doesn't shine. I fully agree that the Chinese should be given preference.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Cyberspec on Mon May 04, 2015 12:34 am

    The sanctions have had a significant boomerang effect on Western companies as well. So now, some of them are looking for ways to circumvent them and continue work in Russia. It seems Russia allows that sort of thing as a way to influence internal EU politics and because there's an economic benefit for Russia...for example:

    Was France allowed to compensate its losses from sanctions?

    The most recent quarterly report by the French petrogiant Total plainly states that the firm will continue work on three major projects in the Russian Federation, now that the French government had in effect given it the go ahead, EU sanctions notwithstanding. One wonders how many other, lower profile, cases there are, with individual EU countries finding loopholes and exceptions to the sanctions regime (which is hurting them, after all), to the point that the official lifting of sanctions will become a moot point.

    http://nyka-huldra.livejournal.com/10217574.html

    Some interesting news..

    Applications for the installation of experimental chargers for electric vehicles began in Moscow
    http://kret.com/ru/news/3774/

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:28 am

    High-speed railway line project to boost transfer of foreign technologies to Russia


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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:54 pm

    I know I should be updating this thread more, as there is always news in regards to new major enterprises/factories in Russia (none of the news touch basis on the small manufacturers or medium ones (rarely) because they don't get the same media attention as the large ones do), but I was getting tired of being the only one posting here.  So I will keep updating every now and then when the bigger news comes.  Which one is today:

    Came into operation 59th plant RUSNANO
    In Volgograd a plant portfolio company RUSNANO JSC "Nikomag for the production of nanostructured magnesium hydroxide (effective flame retardant),high-purity magnesium oxide (used in the manufacture of transformer steel and rubber products) and magnesium chloride used in the oil and gas extraction,production of building materials and the de-icing of structures and mechanisms of various materials.
    This is the 59th RUSNANO project in the field of nanotechnology industry. The plant's products has high potential for import substitution and demand on the global market.
    Company ZAO "Nikomag, part of the group "NIKOCHEM", is a joint project of the company "Kaustik", RUSNANO and Sberbank of Russia. The total project budget is 3.8 billion of which the share of RUSNANO — 1.3 billion rubles.
    By the time of plant design capacity, the release of magnesium hydroxide will be 25 thousand tons per year, magnesium oxide — 30 thousand tons per year.

    Very important, as Russia is one of the largest producers of electrical steel but relied heavily upon importing the magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide for the development of electrical steel, and now this plant will produce it all at home.  Since Russia is dramatically growing in exportation of electrical equipment and other energy equipment, this is huge news and could generate a ton of money.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Austin on Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:03 am

    VSMPO-Avisma has signed a number of contracts up to 2025 with Rolls-Royce, the expected revenue - more than $ 300 million
    8/7/2015 9:53:55

    Moscow. July 8. Interfax-AVN - "VSMPO-Avisma" signed three long-term agreements with the British Rolls-Royce for the period 2016-2025 gg., Said the Russian company.

    The terms of each contract vary, but they all expand cooperation between the two companies started in 2000 with the signing of the first four-year agreement, the report says.

    Under the terms of the new agreements, "VSMPO-Avisma" will supply Rolls-Royce titanium mill products and semi-finished products, including forgings discs and rings of various titanium alloys. The expected revenue from new agreements potentially exceed $ 300 million.

    "We have set ourselves ambitious goals for the expansion of the product line for the aviation engine, and the conclusion of new long-term agreement with one of the world leaders in the art Rolls-Royce confirmed that the corporation acts in the right direction, relying on the development of high-tech production", - said CEO Mikhail Voevodin Titanium Corporation, as quoted by the press office.

    "VSMPO-AVISMA" - the world's largest manufacturer of titanium products, is a major supplier to many companies of the world aerospace industry.

    "Rostec" controls 25% + 1 share "VSMPO-Avisma" a 100 percent subsidiary - "PT Business Development", the management of the company - 65%.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  George1 on Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:58 pm

    Russia's Asian Pivot: Vladivostok Free Port to Bolster Russo-Asian Ties

    Russia opens its arms to Asia, notes Australian scholar Salvatore Babones, referring to the Kremlin law, establishing a "free port" in Vladivostok; the legislation will come into force on October 12, 2015.

    Russia's unique geographical position allows the country to develop political and economic ties with both Europe and Asia. So far, the Kremlin has signaled it is determined to use this unbeatable advantage facilitating the development of the Far East region: on July 13, 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a legislation establishing Vladivostok Free Port.

    "As Europe increasingly turns inward (and away from Russia), the countries of northeast Asia are turning ever more outward. Asia may turn out to be much more receptive to Russian business than Europe ever was," Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney Salvatore Babones noted.

    Indeed, the Russian city of Vladivostok which is located 4,000 miles away from Moscow is much closer to the East than to the West.

    The Kremlin's project provides the locals with significant tax advantages and makes the Far East region especially attractive to foreign investors, particularly from China, Japan and South Korea.

    It is worth mentioning that in 2012 Moscow spent around $20 billion to bolster the region's infrastructure in preparation for the 2012 APEC summit.

    In accordance with the law, the free port will operate for 70 year-period, bringing together 15 cities located near Vladivostok in the Primorsky region. The legislation also envisages possible extension of this time period.

    Key advantages for the free port territory include the free customs zone, a favorable tax regime, and most notably a simplified visa regime. The law stipulated that the Vladivostok Free Port project is aimed at developing the region's infrastructure, manufacturing competitive goods for the Asia-Pacific markets, as well as improving the living standards in the Far East region.

    The Vladivostok Free Port will comprise four zones, namely an industrial zone, a scientific-promotional zone, a tourist zone and port and airport.

    "A visa on arrival — even if only for a week — will do much to improve Russia's prospects of integrating its Pacific territories with the rest of northeast Asia," the Australian scholars noted.

    According to Babones, a simplified visa regime "will make it easier for schools, universities, and businesses of all kinds to attract international visitors and international staff." The looser visa regime will bring in foreign management specialists and technical consultants.

    "Head offices will be able to visit the local branch without advance warning. Businesspeople will be more willing to relocate to Russia if their families can visit anytime," Babones noted.

    The move will also contribute a lot to Russia's openness to the world, the scholar believes.

    "The Russian Far East, 4,000 miles away from Moscow and sitting at the juncture of China, Korea, and Japan, may be the best place for Russia to open first," Salvatore Babones concluded.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150724/1025005329.html#ixzz3h18T3eqJ


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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  PapaDragon on Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:53 pm

    No particular news, I just stumbled upon some cool pics of Moscow City:



















    Best one(IMO):
     

    Some from Yekaterinburg:






    Yoshkar-Ola,


    http://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/65622/


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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  flamming_python on Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:33 pm

    That last pic is from Yoshkar-Ola, not Ekaterinburg.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  PapaDragon on Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:06 pm

    flamming_python wrote:That last pic is from Yoshkar-Ola, not Ekaterinburg.

    Fixed it. Sorry, no speak Russian dunno Embarassed

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  Maximmmm on Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:04 am

    Just some rambling based on my own experience.
    I live abroad and have dropped by Moscow more times than I can remember over the last 15 years. The city has undergone remarkable change. The streets are clean, the underground passages are clean, the "electrichki" running to the suburbs are clean and I didn't run into a single drunk bum on them. There are even express trains running that have aircon and are pretty damn comfy. There are more pedestrian crosswalks, the parks have been rid of illegal stands and have been cleaned up. The drivers now stop for pedestrians!!!! The people seem nicer (I swear I'm not kidding). No more fake documents being sold on the subway. That amazing unified transit card, jesus I still remember when we had to use coins on the subway. Wifi on the subway (I mean jesus, even Vancouver doesn't have that). Wifi in public areas. Etc etc etc, I could go on for a while.
    The recent economic downturn has created a bunch of empty storefronts with "for sale/rent" signs, but other than that it's hard to notice any problems.

    If I had to tag some areas of improvement:
    -Tourism access. Too few things are in english, it's a fucking pain to find out about gems like Monino and Kubinka and getting to them if you're not a dedicated lover or a Russian national. St. Pete had these nifty little tourism stands with free maps and info, Moscow desperately needs these. Put one on Red square, make that shit stand out. There are so many amazing musea and places to visit that people just don't know about and are too hard to visit on their own if they do.
    -Parking, the eternal enemy of the capital. It's gotten better, sure, but there's still too much room for improvement.
    -Better architecture, Moscow city looks great but there's too much ugly shit going up. The old centre is beautiful but the minute you step out a bit further it's hideous high-rises for miles.


    As for other areas of the country, I'm down on our black sea and the pretty little town I'm in has really grown into a nice resort over the last decade. They even fixed the water issue (water would only run for a few hours in the morning/evening), although the electricity is still uneven and you need a current stabilizer if you don't want to risk frying your electrical equipment. Overall the provinces have improved a lot, although more slowly than the capital.

    Edit: Speaking of Monino. It's a gem, an absolute gem. I finally got to visit it for the first time ever this summer, but even for a natural Russian in was an ordeal. First of all I was an idiot and got on the wrong train (In my defence Frazeno and Fryazevo sound too much alike to a jetlagged brain). Then when I finally got to monino it was a bit of a chore to find the actual museum, had to ask for directions.
    It wasn't too bad since I know the area and can at least ask for directions, a foreigner would have been absolutely doomed. That's a shame, more people should make it out there.
    The museum itself is amazing, just a small field with these incredible remnants of aviation history. Birch trees everywhere.
    Sadly a lot of the planes need some TLC pretty badly.

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    Re: Development and Infastructure Projects of Russia

    Post  whir on Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:07 pm

    Maximmmm wrote:the minute you step out a bit further it's hideous high-rises for miles.
    Any high-rise is better than those endless one-story gnome kingdoms that pollute the outskirts of most cities.

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