Bloomberg Bowing to Chinese?

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A lengthy New York Times report makes the case that Bloomberg News has softened its coverage of China for fear of having its reporters kicked out of the country.

Editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler denies the allegation, but the Times musters a great deal of evidence, starting with one Bloomberg story that hasn’t seen the light of day:

“The investigative report they had been working on for the better part of a year, which detailed the hidden financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders, would not be published.

“In the call late last month, Mr. Winkler defended his decision, comparing it to the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany, according to Bloomberg employees familiar with the discussion.

“‘He said, “If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China,”’ one of the employees said. Less than a week later, a second article, about the children of senior Chinese officials employed by foreign banks, was also declared dead, employees said.

“Mr. Winkler said in an email on Friday that the articles in question were not killed. ‘What you have is untrue,’ he said. ‘The stories are active and not spiked.’”

In that case, the real test will be whether Bloomberg ever publishes them.

In a statement, Bloomberg News expresses disappointment in the Times piece and says “it is absolutely false that we postponed these stories due to external pressure.” But what about the kicked-out-of-China quote?

US Manufacturing Races Against ‘Biological Clock’

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By Michael Kling

The lack of young people entering the manufacturing field threatens the future of the U.S. manufacturing renaissance, warns a new study.

Older workers, who dominate manufacturing, are leaving the work force in droves, but few young people are entering the field to replace them, according to the study from information and technology company ThomasNet.com. The study included responses from 1,209 engineers and purchasing agents, business owners and managers and sales and marketing executives from manufacturers, distributors and service companies.

Over three-fourths of manufacturing employees are 45 and older, the survey indicates.

“With Generation Y (18 to 32 years old) expected to make up 75 percent of the work force by 2025, and older employees exiting in droves, manufacturing’s ‘biological clock’ is ticking away,” the report notes.

Yet most manufacturers show a lack of urgency to fill their pipeline with skilled workers.

Three-quarters of companies surveyed say 25 percent or less of their work force are in the Generation Y age group. While 29 percent say they will increase employment of Generation Y workers in the next two years, almost half expect their numbers to stay the same.

Manufacturers say negative perceptions about work in their industry prompts young people to avoid the sector. But instead of being dirty, boring work, modern manufacturing is a high-tech world of computer-aided design and production. Half of survey respondents say a career in their industry provides satisfaction as well as competitive wages and benefits.

The shortage of skilled workers comes at a time when the industry is rebounding. Over half of manufacturers grew in 2012 and nearly two-thirds expect to grow this year. Nearly seven out of 10 will introduce new products this year.

“Considering that many companies (42 percent) are increasing employee headcount this year, the time to cultivate a new work force is now,” the study stresses.

Lack of basic skills in young workers is a drawback.

Manufacturers are developing partnerships with schools to help improve training and increase their emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “The jury is out on whether these efforts alone will be enough,” the study says.

The United States is well-positioned to revitalize its manufacturing sector, says Philip Odette, president of Global Supply Chain Solutions, in an article for ManufacturingNet, an industry news site.

“The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.”

Companies must work to educate young people about the advantages of a career in manufacturing, he explains.

“Even something as simple as recording yourself demonstrating a process can boost the credibility of your company and increase its presence in the minds of students and teachers in your local area,” he advises. “Videos of new equipment or an impressive process don’t have to be reserved to sales pitches — they can be investments in attracting a new work force.”

Source: http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/manufacturing-skill-workers-US/2013/11/07/id/535317

SEMA Show 2013 Las Vegas

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Specialty Equipment Market Association

SEMA Show takes place November 5 – November 8, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

SEMA Show 2012 drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…

The SEMA Show is not open to the general public. The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and only qualified individuals employed within the automotive aftermarket industry are permitted to enter the convention center.

 

2013 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

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Made in USA News will be attending:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the “Yachting Capital of the World” will host the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 31-Nov 4, 2013. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts. Covering six locations and over 3 million square feet of space.

SHOW SCHEDULE

Oct 31 – Nov 4, 2013

Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Oct 31, 10am – 7pm

General Admission:
Fri. Nov 1, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Nov 2, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Nov 3, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Nov 4, 10am – 5pm

To schedule an interview or press release  on or before: Wednesday October 30th between 9:00 to 2:00

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Scientists trace deadly piglet virus hitting US farms to China

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Published October 23, 2013

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A virus deadly to baby pigs that has roiled the U.S. pork industry likely originated in the Anhui Province of China and may have evolved from a virus seen in bats, according to a report by veterinary researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

The report should help diagnostic researchers and federal officials, who have been trying to trace the origin of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) since it was first identified in the United States this past spring.

Previously, investigators and veterinary researchers tracking the outbreak said that there was some indication that the PEDv strain seen in the U.S. was 99.5 percent similar in genetic make-up to that identified in China. But exactly where it came from and how it arrived in the United States were mysteries.

According to the report published last week in the American Academy of Microbiology journal mBio, the researchers extracted strains of PEDv virus from infected animals in Minnesota and Iowa.

They then compared the genetic code of the virus in these samples to PEDv samples isolated in China’s Anhui province during an outbreak that began in late 2010. The results showed that the three strains that have emerged in the United States are most closely related to particular Chinese strains.

“Taken together, the available sequence and phylogenetic data indicate that the PEDV strains emerging in the United States originated from China,” according to the published report.

The researchers cautioned that “the exact source of the origin is difficult to identify at this point.”

Veterinary researchers and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say that PEDv does not pose a threat to human health, nor to food safety.

While, there has been no indication that PEDv could jump from one species to another, the research team said it found the U.S. PEDv strains to have some of the same genetic features seen in a bat coronavirus. That, in turn, suggests the virus may have possibly having originated in bats and a potential for “cross-species transmission,” according to the report.

There is no definitive data yet of how many animals have died in the United States from PEDv as farmers are not required to report PEDv outbreaks.

As of the week of October 6, there have been 768 confirmed cases reported in 18 states, according to data compiled by state university diagnostic laboratories and federal officials. Each reported case could represent thousands of infected animals.

Diagnostic veterinarians, producers and some livestock economists said they expected the virus to spread more rapidly as temperatures cool in the fall when piglets are being born. The virus is particularly deadly to very young pigs: average mortality rates range from 80 to 100 percent.

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Foot Locker’s New Balance Custom Made in the USA Experience

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Made in the USA is something that is hard to come by in the world of sneakers in this day and age. It hasn’t always been the case but for New Balance, it’s something they pride themselves on. The Norridgewock, Maine factory is where New Balance churns out the classic 574, which can be created in your owned custom designed colorway on the New Balance website. For some, designing their own sneaker is the pinnacle of sneakers. But Foot Locker decided to take one of the best things about sneakers and make it even better.

This summer Foot Locker teamed up with New Balance to create an in-store experience for those looking to create their own identity when it comes to their sneaker choice. If you visit their store in Times Square, you can see all the materials and colors, all the way down to the stitching, that go into making a pair of custom designed New Balance 574s. The design station lets you customize 14 different parts of the shoe from the toebox up front to the optional custom stitched heel. It’s so many options that you won’t ever find time to create all 48 quadrillion of them (yes, it’s actually that many).

The best part about the entire experience, aside from the quality of New Balance’s Made in the USA sneakers, is that it takes relatively no time at all. After about 12 business days, the New Balance 574 you design in store will show up at your door. Of course, you can track its progress along the way if you’re too impatient. But if you think about it, the time that it takes is perfect. You could plan a nice vacation to NYC, hit up the Foot Locker in Times Square on your first day, deisgn your kicks, and by the time you head back home, they’ll likely be on their way to you. What could be more appropriate than a designed in New York City, Made in the USA, New Balance 574 to commemorate experiencing NYC?

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Beijing announces emergency measures amid fog of pollution

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By Paul Armstrong and Feng Ke, CNN

updated 2:39 AM EDT, Wed October 23, 2013

(CNN) — With its skies regularly shrouded by a filthy film of gray smog, bringing chaos to the transportation network and forcing millions to seek refuge behind surgical masks, Beijing has been forced to take more extreme action.

Officials in China’s capital this week announced a raft of emergency measures in a bid to tackle the problem, including mandatory factory closures and bans on cars entering the city on days when pollution levels are particularly high.

While Beijing is not alone when it comes to smoke-filled skies, this city of more than 20 million people has come to symbolize the environmental cost of China’s break-neck economic growth.

Red alert

The city’s Heavy Air Pollution Contingency Plan stipulates that when there is “serious pollution for three consecutive days,” a warning system comprising of blue, yellow, orange and red — the most serious — alerts will be activated. Kindergartens, primary and middle schools will then have to stop classes, while 80% of government-owned cars must be taken off the roads. Private cars will only be allowed to enter the city on alternate days according to ballot system of the numbers on their registration plates.

All freight vehicles and those transporting material for construction sites will be barred from the roads when the red alert is issued, while more watering carts and sprinkler trucks will take to the roads, the state-run China Dailyreported.

Factories in the city emitting pollutants will be required to cut their emissions or shut down completely when the orange warning signal is hoisted, while construction sites must halt excavation and demolition operations. Other measures include a ban on barbeques and fireworks on heavily polluted days.

Harmful to health

According to the plan, these emergency measures will come into play when the air quality index for fine particulate matter, PM2.5 — airborne particles considered most harmful to health — exceeds 300 micrograms per cubic meter for three days running. The “safe” limit is 25 micrograms, the World Health Organization says.

While the announcement has been broadly welcomed as a step in the right direction, doubt remains about its long-term effectiveness.

“The new emergency measures show the government’s determination to tackle the air pollution in Beijing, especially those regulations that limit car use and close schools and kindergartens on heavily polluted days. It shows that the authority has really paid attention to those vulnerable groups,” Huang Wei, a spokesman for Greenpeace East Asia, told CNN.

“But what is problematic is that those emergency measures are only targeted to those polluted days. It is rather a remedial measure than a preventative measure, and just to repair won’t help the issue in the long run.

“The air pollution in Beijing is mostly transmitted from other cities, and what Beijing can do is very limited. What the authority should do is to build a linkage mechanism, combining preventative measures with emergency control. For instance, factories in surrounding areas like Inner Mongolia, and Shandong Province could close their factories in advance before the potential transmission of serious pollutants. It should be collaborative work between cities, and only Beijing is not enough.”

Popular opinion

This view was backed by many ordinary Chinese on Weibo, China’s popular micro-blogging service.

“They should have some long-term thinking instead of always waiting till the crisis happens,” posted one user with the handle Shijinmilu.

Another, called Qinghualiuqingyu, asked: “How about those people who can’t afford an expensive house in the city and have to take cars to work every day?”

“Cars are not the main polluters, surrounding factories are. Sometimes the pollution level still goes up crazily even it’s around 2 or 3 a.m. The policy itself is good, but it’s more important how they implement it,” said TangyuanAllesGute.

Positive action

It is rather a remedial measure than a preventative measure, and just to repair won’t help the issue in the long run.
Huang Wei, Greenpeace

Last month, the central government in China announced plans to start listing its top ten most air-polluted citiesevery month in the hope that national humiliation will push positive environmental action.

“We must put air quality control as an ecological red line for economic management and social development,” China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gao Li said in a statement as he announced the new policy at the 18th Air Pollution Control Conference in Beijing.

Chinese officials did not say when the first list would be announced, but the northern megacities of Beijing and Tianjin, as well as the surrounding provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shandong have signed onto an official plan to speed up air pollution control measures.

Meanwhile, life was returning to some semblance of normality in northeastern China Wednesday as days of smog-filled skiesbrought one city to a standstill.

Thick smog closed Harbin’s international airport, affecting hundreds of flights, and closed schools and businesses as visibility in some areas was reduced to less than 20 meters (65 feet). Some buildings could barely be seen from the opposite side of the street, while drivers brave enough to take to the roads were forced to flash their hazard warning lights.

The unusually severe pollution levels were blamed on the city’s coal-fired heating system, as well as farmers burning straw as temperatures in the region begin to drop.

 

John Ratzenberger’s American Made TV Show Kicks off Campaign in FundAnything

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2013

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John Ratzenberger (best known for playing the mailman Cliff Clavin on Cheers) is launching a crowd source campaign today with FundAnything for his brand new television series, ‘John Ratzenberger’s American Made.’

A video release on the show and campaign is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zb1qd1oThk

“From the things we need, to the things we want, to the things we dream about— we’re going to show you the best of our country’s home grown products,” says Ratzenberger. “But more importantly, we’ll highlight the remarkable men and women who use their skills and ingenuity to create goods they can proudly call made in the USA.”

The show will also empower viewers with a direct and easy path on where to buy the products profiled. The series will be produced with RealityTVStar.com, which Ratzenberger co-founded.

“We chose to crowd fund the initial few episodes for strategic reasons,” said RealityTVStar.com CEO, Jeffrey Solomon. “Crowd funding is an excellent way to mobilize fans and promote our American made corporate partners before the show launches. It’s also an excellent way to allow the public to be a part of the show before its release on TV.”

Crowd funding has grown into an extremely successful method to fund creative projects without the bureaucracy of corporate mandates. Ratzenberger’s campaign will give donors a chance to be on the show; join John at a VIP events; receive products profiled, and many more opportunities only available to donors. He has already signed on 30+ American-made companies and industry groups.

Those interested in participating in John’s FundAnything campaign can visit http://www.Fundanything.com/americanmade for more details. Individuals can also see these companies/industry groups on the TV series Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/americanmadewithjohn.

Ratzenberger’s career includes 40 feature films and dozens of television shows including the highly successful ‘John Ratzenberger’s Made in America,’ which ran 5 seasons on the Travel Channel from 2004 to 2008. John is currently a regular on FX’s ‘Legit,’ and has recently appeared on Fox’s ‘Bones,’ CBS’s ‘CSI,’ Lifetime’s ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ and TNT’s ‘Franklin & Bash.’ He is also in production for the newest Pixar film ‘Inside Out.’

About Reality TV Star
RealityTVStar.com is a reality TV production company that uses technology to improve the process of developing, casting and producing reality TV shows. RealityTVStar.com offers fans the ability to upload “slice of life,” casting, and “home” video clips, for the chance to be discovered by the RealityTVStar.com team of producers.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11247624.htm

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‘Made in America’ looks to make statement at High Point market

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HIGH POINT — The reason Robert Deese is optimistic about the future of American-made furniture lies in the innards of the sofas made at his Montgomery County plant.

A vice president at Lancer Furniture in Star, Deese stood in a High Point Market showroom full of his company’s products on Sunday and explained why customers are increasingly dissatisfied with imported furniture.

“That’s the thing with upholstered furniture — the value is on the inside,” he said. “You can’t see it unless you flip it over and start cutting it apart. You can’t show somebody. And the Chinese, some of the fabrics and foam they use can make it look really pretty, except three months from now, you couldn’t tell that the foam was bad, the (design) is going to come off the fabric and that the particle board or half-inch plywood could come apart.”

Lancer is one of 60 furniture exhibitors in the Made in America Pavilion in the Suites at Market Square at the fall market, which continues through Thursday.

The 25,000-square-foot exhibit space is devoted solely to domestically-produced goods, according to International Market Centers, which operates the showroom. Launched two years ago with 30 exhibitors, the pavilion has doubled in size following an aggressive sales and marketing effort and an increase in consumer demand for American-made furniture, according to IMC.

In addition to wooden furniture, exhibits at the pavilion include upholstery, rugs, wall art and decorative accessories.

“For many retailers and designers, offering domestically-produced merchandise has moved from a trend in the marketplace to an absolute expectation by their customers to present American-made options,” said Julie Messner, vice president of leasing for IMC.

While several factors related to overseas furniture production — such as an increase in offshore labor and shipping costs — have played into the hands of American manufacturers, Deese said consumer tastes are driving many of the trends.

“We’re getting a good response out of people wanting to buy ‘Made in America.’ They’ve had enough experience with buying some of the Chinese stuff,” he said.

Other Made in America pavilion exhibitors said having domestic furniture companies gathered in one spot should help them reach more buyers.

Wally Mitchum, president of Carolina Classic Furniture in Granite Falls, said people at the pavilion appreciate the stories of companies like his, which came up with a variety of new designs for its furniture after a 2006 fire destroyed his factory.

“That’s why I’m here, because I believe in ‘Made in America,’” said Mitchum. “For some other businesses, they’re about, ‘I want to make a dollar.’ They don’t care about how it’s done.”

Deese said he’s seen the market put more emphasis on American-made products.

“We think being here pulls us out from the crowd,” he said. “We can really make sure people understand we do American fabrics, we have our own foam facility. Pretty much the whole process is done right there.”

Andy McAlister is another Made in America pavilion exhibitor banking on the growth in consumer appetites for hand-crafted furniture.

Before he went to work for Wellborn Industries, Inc. — a Jacksons Gap, Ala. company that processes the wood inside old mills into custom-made furniture — McAlister said he worked for a large furniture company and was involved in extensive offshore production.

“I used to import 300 containers (of furniture) a year, and I’m not proud of that, but that’s just what we did back in the day,” said McAlister. “One reason things have changed is that, for people like me, they’re a little older and they see what it does to the country when you buy overseas.”

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6 Companies That Are Investing Big in America

By:  – re-posted from Wall Street Cheat Sheet.

Phrases like “Made in America” have become major selling points for many products in today’s markets, especially in the auto industry, where demonstrating which parts are made or assembled in American plants, rather than overseas, has become virtually a norm. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find out the exact impact of having operations in America. Which companies are actually investing in the United States, and which are not?

 That was the question the Progressive Policy Institute decided to tackle when it published a report on the companies executing the most capital expenditures in the U.S. This year’s list, which looks at companies from the Fortune 150, contains a surprising number of investment by firms in the energy and telecom sectors. With both those areas being very capital intensive and investments dropping off slightly from sectors like tech and auto, either telecom or energy can account for more than the sum total of all of the other areas combined.

Many familiar companies — names like Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE:GM),Disney (NYSE:DIS), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) — made the top 25 list, but you won’t see them in the top 10. Narrowly missing the countdown of the six biggest capital spenders were energy companies Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), andExelon (NYSE:EXC). With the domestic energy industry booming due to oil shale fields, it’s no surprise to see their names near the top of the pack.

Let’s take a look at the six companies with the highest capital expenditures in the U.S. in 2012.

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6. Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

The first spot on our list goes to Wal-Mart, a company that spent $8.257 billion in capital in the U.S. in 2012. An iconic retail giant, Wal-Mart has shown that there is room in the sector to grow, expand, and thrive through times of economic hardship. It goes without saying that Wal-Mart is the highest-ranked company in the retail sector, with Target being the only other retail chain to make the cut for the top 25.

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5. Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC)

Next up, we check in with chip manufacturer Intel, which spent $8.769 billion on capital expenditures in the U.S. in 2012. There are many exciting things in the pipe for Intel, with its Broadwell line of chips set to debut next year and an endless string of opportunities for making chips designed for smart gear. If current trends in technology continue, Intel has no reason to worry and every reason to invest as much as it can in the U.S.

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4. Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX)

The first energy company to crack the top six is oil giant Chevron, which had capital expenditures in the U.S. totaling $10.738 billion in 2012. Though the company has recently been in the news for an $18 billion settlement it’s fighting against — which Chevron alleges was fraudulently awarded — the case should not detract from the company’s strong record and upward-climbing stock performance over the past several years.

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3. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)

We stay in the energy sector for Exxon Mobil, a company that spent $12.157 billion on capital in the U.S. in 2012. Though the company’s stock has been declining since the end of July, that is no reason to ignore Exxon Mobil’s massive domestic capital spending. Years after the notorious Exxon Valdez incident, the company continues to be the biggest name in big oil, and its marquee is still found on gas stations around the country.

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2. Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)

Our first telecom firm in the top six is a familiar brand that has made considerable headway in the industry over the past few years — Verizon. With capital expenditures in the U.S. of $15 billion in 2012, Verizon takes the No. 2 spot on our list. With a firm place among the top four wireless providers in the country, ongoing improvements to the company’s network, and the buyout of the Vodafone Group’s(NASDAQ:VOD) stake in Verizon Wireless, Verizon is expected to be a top performer moving into the years ahead.

AT&T

1. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T)

The top spot on this list — a carryover from last year’s rankings — goes to AT&T, a company that spent $19.456 billion on capital expenditures within U.S. borders in 2012. Because of the company’s link to the iPhone, as well as owning a significant share of the wireless market in general, investment in capital expenditures is paramount to the company’s success. The Progressive Policy Institute’s report notes thatinvestments by companies like Verizon and AT&T open up other jobs, such as the estimated three-quarters of a million who are employed in positions related to mobile phone apps.

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