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August 29th, 2008

NATURAL GAS BEING PROMOTED AS FUEL FOR VEHICLES IN AREQUIPA IN ORDER TO LESSEN COSTS AND REDUCE CONTAMINATION

The provincial municipality of Arequipa promotes between taxi drivers and other drivers of public transport of the White City the advantage of the conversion on credit of its gasoline powered units to natural gas, in order to gradually reduce the environmental contamination of this locality to 50 percent. With the conversion, the drivers will be able to lower the price of their fuel expenses, due to the lesser cost of natural gas, emphasized the municipal manager of Urban Transport and Road Circulation, Walter Aguirre. In dialogue with the Andean agency, he explained that a gasoline powered car that serves as a taxi monthly consumes in average on thousand 750 soles in fuel costs, whereas one with natural gas consumes about 625 soles in the same period and with similar range. “This means that the taxi driver saves one thousand 125 soles a month in fuel. If the conversion cost a thousand 500 dollars, which depends on the type of vehicle, then he can pay this amount in four to five months, according to the decided term”, he pointed out. Aguirre reminded that this week he participated in informative talks on the possibilities that the conversion offers directed to drivers who offer the public transport service in this city in taxis, rural light trucks type vans and minibuses. The Management of Urban Transport and Road Circulation of the Arequipa Commune will continue realising similar events to promote the advantages of the conversion to natural gas for the sake of solving the problems of the transport in the White City, he referred. “In Arequipa we have a very serious problem: we has near 25 thousand taxis that circulate in the city, of which only 15 thousands are formal. This makes that there is a saturation of the transit and an excessive contamination, mainly in the Historical Centre”, he referred.



August 28th, 2008

TO AVOID FLOODS THEY WILL REFOREST THE BANKS OF THE ZARUMILLA RIVER IN TUMBES WITH 12 THOUSAND BAMBOO SEEDLINGS.
In order to avoid floods in the rainy season, the Regional Government of Tumbes will reforest the banks of the Zarumilla River with bamboo trees, informed today Oliver Campos Rueda, civil servant of the Regional Management of Natural Resources, the person in charge of the project. “The objective is to reforest all the banks on the Peruvian side of the Zarumilla River with a total of 12 thousand 750 shoots of bamboo, which will help to reduce the vulnerability by floods and will resist the erosion of cultivated land”, he indicated. At the moment the plants are in nurseries and planting in the field will begin in four months in an extension of 38.25 kilometres (29.015 on the left bank and 9.235 on the right bank of the Zarumilla River). “The bamboo was chosen because it is a strong plant that will serve like a river defence, and because, in addition, it will allow to generate resources to the agriculturists living near the Zarumilla River between the Districts of Matapalo, Papayal and Aguas Verdes”, he declared. Campos explained that the Regional Government will offer maintenance to the cultivated field during a year, after which the plants will be given to the local farmers of the zone who are estimated to be around one thousand. Also, it is contemplated to give technical information to the farmers beneficiaries of the project and interested on the installation and handling of the cultivation of bamboo, and the implementation of a training programme. The reforestation project includes an investment of 292 thousand 627 soles on the part of the Tumbes Regional Government with proper resources. The bamboo is a plant that adapts easily to the environment and its root system avoids the erosion of the land, produces a low contamination of the water table and has a rapid growth.



August 27th, 2008

JUNÍN PROJECTS TO RECEIVE ABOUT 25 THOUSAND TOURISTS BY XXVII TOURIST WEEK OF THE VALLEY OF THE MANTARO

Celebrations will start on August 30th
About 25 thousand tourists between nationals and foreigners project to receive the Department of Junín on the occasion of XXVII Tourist Week of the Valley of the Mantaro, that begins the 30 of this month and it will extend until the 8 of September. He indicated, in that sense, that during the week of celebration the provinces of Huancayo, Conception, Chupaca, Jauja and more than 40 districts of the Valley of the Mantaro will be added to the celebrations. “A great diversity of cultural, religious, social and ethnic manifestations will be conjugated, which enrich the spectacular geography that our land has, like the good climate so that the tourists will take a great memory and one of the best lived experiences after getting to know the Mantaro Valley and its enchantment”, he expressed. The civil servant indicated that the festivals will begin the 30th of August in the Province of Chupaca, with the celebration of Santiago, considered as the most important festival of the Central and Southern Andes. About the subject of security he said that he has coordinated with the Police and the corresponding organizations so that during the holidays order and security reigns.



August 26th, 2008

THEY FIND A TOMB IN EXCELLENT STATE OF CONSERVATION IN THE HUACA PUCLLANA

A team of archaeologists, under the leadership of Isabel Flores, found in the Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores the first intact tomb of the Imperial Period of Wari (700 d.c.), that contained three funeral bundles of adult individuals, as well as the rest of a sacrificed child. Two of the bundles present funeral masks, one in an excellent state of conservation, that allows to suppose that it belonged to a feminine personage, baptized by the archaeologists as the Lady of the Mask. Although the finding took place almost three years ago, the information was only recently revealed by the specialists. The importance of this finding is great, since, although it does not count on spectacular precious metal pieces, it allows the trustworthy reconstruction of the Wari burials in the Huaca in downtown Miraflores a suburb of Lima.



August 25th, 2008

AS MANY AS 200 BODEGA WAREHOUSES WILL PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE PISCO

More than 200 warehouses of Pisco, the national drink of Peru with denomination of origin will participate in the XII National Festival and XV National Contest of the Pisco, that will be carried out from the 12th to the 14th of September in the facilities of the Jockey Plaza, informed the President of the National Commission of Pisco (CONAPISCO), Johann Spitzer. The executive referred that until 2007 they were registered in his institution around 446 warehouses with denomination of origin, being Lima and Ica those that concentrate the greater number of them. In such sense, he emphasized that the production of Pisco underwent an accumulated growth of 139% between the period 2003 - 2007, and considered that this year a growth between 12% and 18% would be registered, which would mean a waited for production enters the rank of 5,5 5,8 million litres. Cheers for those Pisco sours!!!



August 22nd, 2008

ARCHAEOLOGICAL REMAINS DAMAGED IN CAJAMARCA PROVINCE OF SAN MIGUEL

The archaeological remains called Ventanillas de Jangalá, located in the Province of San Miguel (Cajamarca), were damaged by a team of investigators led by anthropologist Natividad Vásquez, who assures to have found in the place the tomb of the last Inca ruler Atahualpa. The director of the National Institute of Culture (INC.) of Cajamarca, Eduardo Cáceres informed on this and explained that Vásquez does not count with an authorization of the institution to carry out works in the zone, therefore he is evaluating to denounce the damages caused to the cultural patrimony, which could lead to a jail sentence for the perpetrator. On the finding of the supposed tomb of Atahualpa, he indicated that it is not confirmed since, according to some historians, the mortal remains of the last Inca were buried in the Convent of San Francisco de Cajamarca, although other versions indicate that after being executed by order of the conqueror Pizarro on the 26th of July 1533 the body it was taken to Quito, Ecuador, his birthplace. “We cannot affirm if it is or not the tomb of Atahualpa”, maintained the civil servant when mentioning that in any case it were the remains of some important personage of the time. However, the anthropologist argues that it is the tomb of the Inca based on the interpretation of the ceramics found in the place. The archaeologist of the INC Wilder Leon Azcurra was recently in Jangalá and verified the damages. “He has not found the tomb, but he has verified the damage caused to the archaeological remains. They have damaged the windows and they have made interventions without authorization”, insisted Cáceres. He referred that he is waiting for the report of the archaeologist to initiate the corresponding legal actions against Natividad Vásquez. On the other hand, the civil servant advanced that he will ask for the support of the authorities of San Miguel to realise an evaluation of the place. “The Ventanillas or Windows of Jangalá represent a monument that has been declared cultural patrimony, and is our duty to protect it. Any intervention must count on the authorization of the INC.”, he emphasized. On the other hand, the anthropologist said she felt proud by the finding. “It is the greatest finding of those times. The Royal House of the Inca Atahualpa with the funeral chamber that contains the intact remains of the Inca and other personages of the time and which has not been profaned”, she said. Vásquez assured that she knows the place since 1978 and that, by personal and scientific conviction, believed it advisable to deepen the studies and to know more on the subject. “Having realised the pertinent studies and knowing the iconographic writing, I decided to present the world with the finding”, she reiterated in a Web portal. She commented that the investigation, called Atahualpa Project, allowed her to know Ecuador and Colombia. She carried out the work with her own resources and the support of her parents. “The project is not yet culminated and for it I request the support of the national institutions and of international organisms interested in the subject”, she emphasized.



August 21st, 2008

PERUVIAN AMAZON TRIBES MAY END PROTEST LATER WEDNESDAY

Protesting Amazon tribes may end their 11-day protest at oil installations in Peru's jungle on Wednesday, an indigenous leader said. Alberto Pizango, president of the Aidesep, an umbrella organization representing Peru's Amazon Indians, said indigenous leaders will meet later Wednesday to vote on whether to end the protest. "We're going to meet today to decide whether to end this measure of force," Pizango told Lima's CPN Radio. But Peru's police chief, Gen. Octavio Salazar, said that law enforcement officials have taken control of a bridge and highway that Amazon indigenous tribes have been blocking in protest. He didn't say whether police had taken control of a power plant and oil pumping facility being blocked by the protesters. Late Tuesday, a congressional committee voted to knock down two presidential decrees aimed at loosening restrictions on oil projects in Peru's Amazon. To fully revoke the decrees, a vote is required by the entire unicameral legislature. The indigenous groups were protesting the measures, which they said permitted oil companies to operate on their native lands without the Communities' consent. President Alan Garcia's Cabinet chief, Jorge del Castillo, slammed the vote in the Andean, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian Peoples, Environment and Ecological Commission, saying it set a "negative and harmful precedent." On Monday, Peru's government declared a 30-day state of emergency in three Amazonian provinces, temporarily suspending some constitutional rights such as free transit and the right to assembly.



August 20th, 2008

BRACK: EVERYBODY TRIES TO REAP “POLITICAL BENEFIT” FROM CONFLICT WITH NATIVES

“Everybody” tries to reap a political benefit from the conflict with the forest natives, today noticed the Minister of the Environment, Antonio Brack, when commenting the decision of a parliamentary commission to consider the abolishing the legislative decrees 1015 and 1073. He sustained that the decision made by the Commission of Andean and Amazonian Peoples of the Congress, after a period of pressures by means of occupying highways or other facilities, can open a “species of Pandora's box”. “Before a problem with the natives everybody tries to gain political benefit”, he said, when commenting the support of diverse political groups in the Parliament, including Unidad Nacional, to abolishing one of the decrees. “This can open a species of box of Pandora; and that in the future highways, facilities, etc. Are occupied, to put pressure on the Congress so that the decisions are taken that they want, agreeable or not to the country, simply by pressure”, he declared to CPN Radio. Asked if this political advantage included leaders of the opposition like Ollanta Humala and Lourdes Flores, the Minister of the Environment indicated that “all and everybody”. “I do not include nor do I exclude anybody”. “In the future with the indigenous communities it is necessary to work a series of actions so that they obtain their sustainable development on the basis of the 12 million hectares that they have titled in the Amazonia and there is an enormous potential for the eco business, the eco-tourism, the managed forest. I do not feel at all frustrated”, he said.



August 19th, 2008

COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE OF CITY OF URUBAMBA TO BE CONSERVED

A multidisciplinary team of technicians of the INC of Cusco and the Provincial Municipality of Urubamba made a normative technical instrument to put order in the urban growth and to conserve the traditional architectonic typology of Urubamba. “The Colonial architecture of this locality is being lost by the atypical constructions that are realised and that alter the cultural and natural landscape of the valley”, explained the director of INC, Jorge Zegarra. He indicated that the uncontrolled urban expansion causes the occupation of archaeological agricultural and landscaping zones. In addition, it causes the deterioration, destruction and even the total loss of the sites, sets and archaeological zones and the Colonial architecture, he pointed out.

LAWYER OF YALE CRITICAL OF THE PERUVIAN STATE IN CASE MACHU PICCHU

The lawyer Enrique Ghersi, legal representative of the University of Yale, showed his preoccupation since after meeting with the representatives of the Peruvian Government, headed by the director of INC, Cecilia Bákula, the negotiation could not be realised because the Peruvian delegation communicated to him that the Minister of Health, Hernán Garrido Lecca, had not been able to travel reason why they were crippled to negotiate some agreement since Garrido Lecca was the only one that had this faculty. Ghersi said that he hoped to continue with the negotiations and not to be back with this lack of commitment on the part of Peru. In addition, Yale has issued an official notice reiterating its "irrevocable commitment with Peru to continue looking for friendly formulas of cooperation in the signed agreement the year within the past framework". On the other hand, the newspaper the Republic informed that Yale assured to be prepared to defend its case if Peru insists on using the judicial route.



August 18th, 2008

NORTH AMERICAN TRAVELLERS CAN REACH PERU PAYING US$ 148.00 IN AIRFARE

It is cheaper to fly from Florida to Lima that to Los Angeles. Spirit Airlines has sent a promotion for the months of September and October that an advisable connection to Peru has given like result from the United States. The promotion, call “3 Sales in One”, vice versa offers (for some dates) sections from Fort Lauderdale to Lima and to an incredible price US$ 33, 00 dollars. The promotion is so interesting that who are recruited in the “Club of 9 dollars” of the Spirit airline, accede to incredible tariffs like US$ 3,00, which, with taxes and fees gives a total of US$ 148.00. One is the launching of a campaign of low prices in a year in which one thought that low tariffs would not be seen between Lima and Florida. These prices also apply in the opposite direction, that is to say, starting off from Lima to Fort Lauderdale. It is a good opportunity to promote the Peru destination at more competitive prices.



August 15th, 2008

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CULTURE (INC) HAS CONTROL OF ONLY 5 % OF THE TOTAL EXTENSION OF SACSAYHUAMAN

The head of the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuamán, Washington Camacho, informed that to the date she has 150 processes to reclaim lands that at the moment are in possession of third parties. This taking into account that only 5% of the total extension of the Archaeological Park are controlled by the administration of the same. The unique part that counts on protection is the extension of only 150 hectares, zone where the tourists accede. The original area is of 3.093 hectares. “These judicial processes are all under validation because what we want it is to recover those extensions of which people took control whom they urbanized without taking into account that they built their houses on the cultural patrimony”, she pointed out.



August 14th, 2008

PORTS AND TOURISM AFFECTED BY STRONG MARITIME SURGE

The Direction of Hydrography and Navigation of the Navy of Peru informed that 14 ports and landing places of the North and the South were closed due to the strong winds that were registered in the South Pacific Ocean. The director of Oceanography of the Navy, Jose Tejeda, detailed to the Perú.21 newspaper that in the South the ports of embarcaderos de Vila Vila, en Tacna; Ilo, en Moquegua; San Nicolás, San Juan de Marcona, Chala, Nazca, Tanaka and Tambo de Mora, en Ica; as well as Puerto Viejo and Cerro Azul, in Lima were closed. In order to avoid any mishap, in Pisco, several tourists remained with the desire to know the Ballestas Islands because the tourism agencies suspended the boat rides before the fierceness of the sea.



August 13rd, 2008

LAN PERU HAD 78% OF THE DOMESTIC PERUVIAN REGULAR FLIGHTS IN JULY

Airline LAN Peru transferred 78% of the passengers in regular domestic flights during this last July, in a context in which Aerocóndor had already stopped operating. LAN Peru had an historical record of passengers, because it transferred 262.138 in that month, whereas Star Peru mobilized 53.869 passengers, LC Busre 8.604 and TACA Peru 7,288. The growth is so substantial that represents an increase of a 38% than the one that the airline had in January of this year, when Aerocóndor represented the sixth part of the market.



August 12nd, 2008

THE RECENTLY NAMED FIRST PERUVIAN MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT ANTONIO BRACK WILL HEAD THE TABLE OF DIALOGUE WITH NATIVES

The Minister of the Environment, Antonio Brack, will head the table of dialogue that will be carried out with representatives of the native people of the Peruvian Amazonia which have gone on a protest day, Juan Manuel Figueroa, the Secretary of Coordination of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers informed today. “Today, by order of the President of the Cabinet and Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo, Minister Antonio Brack has been delegated so that he is the one in charge, as a representative of the Executive, to carry forward the dialogue”, declared the civil servant in Channel N TV. He indicated that the leadership of the Inter Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rain Forest (Aidesep by its Spanish acronym) has said that it will consult this initiative to the seven confederations that integrate it in order to be able to lift the measurements in force, which is the only thing that the Executive requests in order to initiate the conversations.

August 11st, 2008

TARIFFS TO MACHU PICCHU WILL BE LOWERED BY THE ENTRANCE OF NEW OPERATORS

The tariffs of the railway transport in the route of Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu will be lowered if new operators enter this route used nine years ago only by the PerúRail company. It indicated that with respect to the beginning of the concession, in 2006 the tariffs went up from US$ 34 to US$ 73 in the services of the backpacker service train, and from US$ 55 to US$ 113 in the Vistadome, and that for this year a readjustment of 25,7% and 31,5% in these services is expected, respectively, informed the Andean agency. It should be remembered that PerúRail rejected a possible rise of fares in the train Cusco-Machu Picchu, version that was then spread Andean Railways, a company candidate to operate in this route.



August 08th, 2008

THE MISTI VOLCANO OF AREQUIPA DAWNED TODAY COVERED BY SNOW AND OFFERING A SHOWY SPECTACLE

The Volcanos Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu, sighted from the city of Arequipa, dawned covered by snow, offering a showy and unusual spectacle to inhabitants and visitors of this zone of the country. The three tops were covered almost in their totality after the snow registered in the South of the country in the last hours, indicated the regional director of the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi by its Spanish acronym), Sebastián Zúñiga. He commented that the climatologic phenomenon is known in Arequipa as “the Snows of the Virgin of Asunta”, by the proximity of her fiesta, to be celebrated the 15th of August, when also the celebrations of a new anniversary of the White City begin. “This spectacular picture will allow the visitors to enjoy the natural landscape that nature has offered us”, he said, although he pointed out that that great part of the snow could melt away in the next days and the spectacle might not last until the 15th of August. He also referred that gusts of wind of 30 to 40 kilometres per hour had caused the loosening of ceilings and the cut of power, this last one after affecting networks of electrical fluid, in some sectors of this department.



August 07th, 2008

YALE DELAYED 90 YEARS IN PUBLISHING STUDY ON PIECES OF MACHU PICCHU BECAUSE IT DID NOT CONSIDER THEM TO BE IMPORTANT

The historian Teodoro Hampe Martinez referred that the university of Yale delayed more than 90 years in publishing the first scientific study on the pieces of Machu Picchu from the time of Hiram Bingham, because the academic Americans did not give importance to the archaeological patrimony in their power. The intellectual, who participated in The International Scientific Winter Meeting 2008 with the talk called “Hiram Bingham, Yale and Machu Picchu: A controversy on cultural patrimony”, commented that only in 2003 a study regarding the controversial archaeological objects lweft the press. Hampe told that the works of Hiram Bingham published in the first half of the XXth Century no longer have any scientific value at present. For example, he mentioned that the hypothesis of the American that the imperial ancestry after the Spanish conquest took refuge there did not have any foundation. Nevertheless, he recognized that the North American explorer has become part of the history of archaeology for being the person that made the citadel of Machu Picchu well-known at an international level. Another data that the academic gave is to remember that Bingham was a very successful man for whom the subject of the Inca ruins was not the most important part of his life. He indicated that the North American was an important member of the Republican Party of his country, arriving to occupy political positions like governor and senator. Teodoro Hampe mentioned that Bingham had the luck to publish in a magazine of prestige like National Geographic his expeditions to Machu Picchu, reason why he is considered the discoverer of the citadel. Nevertheless, he points out that the place was already known by the villagers and that Bingham even arrived at the site thanks to the references received by Peruvian intellectuals.



August 06th, 2008

COUNTING THE ANDEAN OSTRICHES - THE PUNA HIGH MOUNTAIN BIRD SURI

The National Institute of Natural Resources recently carried out a census with the purpose of determining the present population of the Suri or Rhea as it is called in English (Rhea pennata tarapacensis), a bird considered in danger of extinction. The National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) carried out the first zone evaluation of population of this species from the 26th to the 31st of May. The census was carried out in the regions of Puno, Tacna and Moquegua with the aim of providing adequate tools for its conservation. The Technical Administrator of Forest and Wild Fauna of Puno, Rogelio Noa Gorse, informed that the study area will be located in the Districts of CCapaso, Acora, Pizacoma and Mazo Cruz. During the work of field censuses will be realised to take data regarding habitat, feeding amongst others. The Suri is protected by means of R.M. Nº 01082-90-AG/DGFF, because this species is included in Appendix I of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). In addition it is considered in the Red Book of Peru in the rank threatened and in danger of extinction. This legal application restricts its hunting, capture, transport, commercialization and export. The results of the census have not yet been made public.



August 05th, 2008

FRENCH ANTHROPOLOGIST DOCUMENTS THE LIFE OF THE ETHNIC GROUP YANESHA IN THE RAIN FOREST OF CERRO DE PASCO

A parenthesis of the traditional vision, using the visual road, resides in the exposition of French anthropologist Céline Valadeau, after one long season coexisting with the ethnic group Yanesha in Cerro de Pasco. While she learned the value of the traditional medicine, Valadeau used her camera to document with images the life of the Yanesha of today. For it she counted on the support of photographer Clément Gaillard and Jean Hugues Grocq. The result, a sample that combines photography, sound and installation, allows us to see the life in a town that resists losing the legacy of its ancestors. Life of the Yanesha, between parenthesis will be able to be appraised in the Miraflores Seat of the French Alliance of Lima, as of today, from the 19.00 hours, thanks to the participation of the French Institute of Andean Studies, the Institute of Investigation for the Development, the Archaeological Botany Research Laboratory of Peru and the Cultural Centre of the National University of San Marcos.



August 04th, 2008

SECURITY CAMERAS WILL WATCH INCA CITADEL OF MACHU PICCHU

The security in the citadel Inca of Machu Picchu will be reinforced with the installation of two cameras of monitoring in real time, announced the head of the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu, Fernando Astete. An optical fibre will be installed from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) to the Inca sanctuary and the cameras will be able to pass in real time everything that happens in Machu Picchu", the civil servant declared. Astete advanced that it is contemplated to install an additional camera in the entrance of the Network of the Inca Trail, by where on a daily basis enters a maximum of 500 people. "We want to improve and with the application of technology, that does not damage the patrimony at all, we expect to be able to do so", he emphasized. He observed, in addition, that technology will be applied destined to the registry and control of the thousands of visitors who arrive at the Machu Picchu by the traditional route (coming up in the buses from Aguas Calientes). "Sometimes there have been problems on the ticket about the data of the foreign tourist, for example the number of their passport when entering. That will change with tickets with bar codes" , he pointed out. Astete emphasized the role played at present by the personnel of security and control from income to the sanctuary Inca and clarified that the technology constitutes a aid to the work that these carry out. Machu Picchu - nailed on the top of a mountain that dominates the course of the Urubamba River constituted a centre of cult, astronomical observation and private property of the family of the Inca Pachacútec. The Inca citadel, visited daily by about two thousand tourists, received in 1983 the title of Historical and Natural Patrimony of the Humanity on the part of UNESCO. The last year it was chosen as one of the seven new wonders of the world.



August 01st, 2008

LAMAS WILL RECEIVE 15 THOUSAND VISITORS DURING ITS TOURIST WEEK

The Provincial Mayor of Lamas, Victor Red Sifuentes, informed that they hope to receive around 15 thousand tourists during the XXII Tourist Week of the Lamas Santa Rosa Raymi 2008, where the settlers of the Wayku community will make finery of their ancestral customs and gastronomy. In dialogue with the Andean agency, Sifuentes explained that they will show among others the tourist attractions and activities. “The tourist week of Lamas figure in the Calendar of Festivals of PromPerú reason why we hope for an important affluence of visitors because it is an opportunity to show off the culture and customs of the Wayku community that, in spite of the years, maintains live its ancestral culture”, he remarked.




 
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