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February 23 - March 7, 2020 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVI, No. 17

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By Dedra Cordle

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It is not often that school assemblies

become ingrained in the mind, yet that is

what happened to Tara Ysseldyke after

she saw Jim ‘Basketball’ Jones.

It was more than five years ago when

Ysseldyke, then an educator at the intermediate

level, brought her class down to

see him perform for the school. At the

time, she had not heard of Jones but was

intrigued when she saw the vast amount

of basketballs in a variety of sizes scattered

throughout the gymnasium.

Like many in the crowd, she believed

they were in for a sports related presentation.

She quickly learned that it was so

much more.

From the moment he made his presence

known, he was engaging with the

students in a way she had never seen

before. He would pick some out of the

crowd, talk to them, compliment them

and assist them as they learned how to

spin basketballs from the tips of their

fingers and the side of their mouths.

In between all of the action, he would

remind them of their worth, and ask

them to remind themselves of the worth

of others. Then he would encourage them

to never give up on themselves and to

never give up on each other.

Having assumed that his presentation

would just be an entertaining bag of

basketball gags and tricks, she said she

was blown away by his entire presentation

and the way he made the kids — and

adults — feel.

Earlier this year, Ysseldyke heard

that her new school, Darby Woods

Elementary, was looking to schedule

character-based presentations to benefit

the entire student body. She immediately

thought of Jones.

“I like his message of perseverance

and kindness and thought it connected

to our character-based education,” she

wrote in an email, “so I thought I would

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

Darby Woods Elementary student Chase Fullerton spins a basketball on his finger

with the help of Jim ‘Basketball’ Jones at a school assembly on Feb. 10. Jones, a resident

of Cleveland, travels the country speaking to students of all ages about bullying,

kindness and self-acceptance. He also shows off some cool tricks of the trade too.

mention it to our principal and see if we

had the funds (to bring him to the

school).”

Much like Ysseldyke did after watching

his first presentation, Brian Novar

looked at Jones’s website and came away

with the same impression she did.

“As a part of our professional development,

it is our mission to create a community

where people know that they matter,

where we emphasize good character and

kind traits,” said Novar. “When I saw

what he was about, I knew he would fit

nicely with our character building mission.”

Jones, who is known throughout the

country for his talents with a basketball,

said it is a personal goal to connect with

people through his words rather than just

the way he can spin and twirl and juggle

basketballs with the various limbs on his

body.

“Having them connect with what I am

saying is a great feeling,” he said. “I want

them to come away believing in themselves,

feeling good about themselves and

maybe, just maybe, come away wanting to

learn how to spin a basketball on their finger.”

Jones said when he began presenting

at schools more than two decades ago, he

wasn’t always known as Mr. Motivation

See TRICKS page 4

Pitching policy

in Columbus

Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth

Brown will hold a special competition

event for a unique policy idea, and submissions

are due by March 1.

“Creating public policy is not just putting

words on paper; it’s about making a

difference in peoples’ lives,” said Brown.

“No one knows more about the effect of a

policy than the people impacted and I am

excited to tap into the everyday expertise

of residents to learn how our city can do

better.”

Brown will partner with Cohear, a

See POLICY page 2

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Inside

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Township News

An update from Franklin Township on

overdoses and traffic tickets Page 3

Black History

Hilltop Library celebrates Black History

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The Prairie Township Community

Center is hosting the 2020 indoor duathlon

on Sunday March 22. This event consists of

a 15-minute walk/run, 25-minute indoor

cycle, and finishes with a 20-minute

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walk/run. There will be three waves with

eight spots each with the first wave starting

at 7:30 a.m. The cost for this event is

$30 until March 21 and $35 if you sign up

on race day. Space is limited so reserve a

spot. All participants with receive a finishers

medal. To sign up, visit www.prairietownship.org,

call 614-907-7990 or sign up

at the community center in person.

Fish fry

The St. Cecilia Knights of Columbus will

be hosting its annual fish fries starting

POLICY

Continued from page 1

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Friday Feb. 28 and will be held each Friday

through April 3 at St. Cecilia Catholic

Church, 434 Norton Road. The hours of

operation will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. and the cost

is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $4.50

for children.

Free meal at Hoge Memorial

There will be a free hot meal served at

Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930

W. Broad St., from 5 to 6 p.m. every

Saturday.

For more information, contact the

first Policy Pitch Night, a civic competition

for residents who have a policy idea to solve

a problem, improve quality of life, or to

make city government work better for all.

Columbus residents of any age can submit

a policy pitch for the competition by

March 1 and can seek help from Cohear to

hone their concept into a policy submission.

Once the submission window has closed,

a group of grassroots leaders and community

members will then score the submissions

and determine the top five finalists, who

will have five to seven minutes to present

their policy idea at an event on March 31.

The audience will cast votes to select the

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Breakfast to benefit

Special Olympics

The Westgate Masonic Lodge #623 is

preparing breakfasts once a month to benefit

the Special Olympics. The public is

invited to have breakfast the second

Saturday of each month. Adults pay $6,

children age 3 and above pay $3 while children

under 3 eat free. Serving is from 9

a.m. to noon.

final winner. After the community selects

the winning policy, Brown will champion

the issue at City Hall.

Policy Pitch Night originated in

Cincinnati two years ago when Cincinnati

City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld partnered

with Cohear, pledging to bring the

winning policy to City Hall. The annual

event has been a resounding success in

Cincinnati, and the Cohear team is proud

to bring this opportunity to the Columbus

community for the first time.

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By Amanda Ensinger

Staff Writer

The drug epidemic continues to afflict

the westside and Franklin Township has

seen the impact firsthand as a rash of overdoses

have been reported. At a recent board

meeting, officials discussed the ongoing

problem.

“There has been a dramatic spike in

overdoses since the beginning of the

month,” said Franklin Township Assistant

Police Chief David Ratliff. “There must

have been a bad batch because we have had

multiple overdoses in the same day.”

According to trustee Aryeh Alex, the situation

is so bad right now that the

Franklin County Coroner’s Office and prosecutor’s

office have released statements

cautioning drug users that there are fatal

doses of heroin and cocaine spiked with

fentanyl on the streets right now in an

attempt to caution users.

According to the coroner’s office, 10 people

died of fatal overdoses in Columbus

neighborhoods in the westside, south side

and Linden area within 24 hours recently.

Other crime issues were also discussed

at the meeting, including an update on

criminal activity for 2019. In 2019, township

police took 7,194 dispatch runs, drove

more than 62,000 miles, wrote 1,197 citations

and took 294 accident reports.

“We also wrote 8,378 camera citations,”

Ratliff said. “Meaning this was the amount

of people we cited for speeding in the township

via our new traffic camera system.”

The new traffic camera system cites

drivers for going 10 miles per hour or more

over the speed limit. One police officer

operates the handheld camera during

school hours and monitors for speeders.

“Each speeding ticket is priced at a flat

$100 fee,” said Franklin Township Police

Chief Byron Smith. “This is significantly

lower than the average speeding ticket in

Ohio, which starts at about $140 and goes

up with an increase in speed.”

The township has raised several hundred

thousand on the citations in 2019. Out

of those funds, 59 percent went to the

police department for school safety, 2 percent

went to the community scholarship

fund, 2 percent went to community engagement

and the remaining funds went to the

general fund and road department.

As a result of the new ticketing system,

the township has used those funds to

award three $1,000 scholarships to local

graduating seniors. The township also

donated $1,000 to the Ohio Youth

Development for the Havenwood

Afterschool Youth Scholarship Program

and gave $200 to Franklin Heights High

School’s Special Olympics Fund.

In other news, the township is considering

partnering with the county and city to

create a tiny homes community.

“They have done these in Denver and

they have been very successful,” said John

Fleshman, township trustee. “If we could

find a large piece of land and figure out

sewer and water hookup, it could be a very

successful project. We also would be the

first community in

Ohio to offer this.”

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Overdoses and speeding tickets discussed in Franklin Twp.

For the project to

start, the township

would have to find a

property that has at

least 15 lots.

“If we could find

a property of this

size, the tax revenue

this could generate

would be very beneficial

to the township,”

Fleshman said. “It would be a great

investment in the community.”

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TRICKS

Continued from page 1

with a Basketball.

“I didn’t think anyone would be interested

in anything I had to say,” he said.

It was a belief that had been entrenched

in his mind since elementary school.

When Jones was a kindergartener, he

had trouble understanding letters and

words.

“They just didn’t make any sense to me

whatsoever,” Jones said. “I tried with all of

my might to make it make sense, but it

wasn’t coming to me.”

After a series of tests, Jones was diagnosed

with dyslexia and put into a special

education program to build his skills at his

learning level. As a student in the program,

it made him an easy target.

“At first it wasn’t so bad but our school

was set up in numerical order,” said Jones.

“The first graders were at the front of the

school, the third in the middle section and

the fifth at the end. As I grew, and my

classmates grew, they went further in the

back and I stayed in the front.

“It wasn’t easy, listening to what they

would say to me or about those in the special

education program, but I tried not to

let it get in my heart.”

He said he considers himself fortunate

that he was placed into the special education

program even though it made him an

“easy person for others to pick on.”

“I think when you grow up with challenges,

it makes you a little grittier and it

gives you a stronger work ethic because

things do not come easily to you,” he said.

Though he struggled at school, he persevered

and went on to graduate with a

degree in finance at Bowling Green State

University and then a master’s at Ohio

State University.

Jones said when he tells people that tidbit,

they always wonder what he is doing

travelling the country performing at

schools while showcasing his skills with a

basketball (or three or four and all of various

sizes).

“It surprises them,” he said. “It surprises

me too sometimes but I do not want to be

doing anything else.”

He said what he loves about his work is

that when he goes into a new school, he

always learns a new story and makes a

new connection.

For instance, when he performed at

Darby Woods on Feb. 10, there was a student

who was not paying attention to his

performance. Though Jones said he wasn’t

offended in the slightest, he could tell other

kids were getting agitated by their actions.

So he asked the child politely to sit, gave

them a pencil, told them how awesome

they are and then later had them come up

to help him perform one of the more complex

basketball skills acts.

“(This child) gave me the biggest smile

and talked to me afterwards,” he said. “I

was later told that it was something they

rarely do.”

Jones said he knows all about not judging

people by their appearance, or even

judging them by a bad moment or day.

“We all have them and we all make mistakes,”

he said. “No one is perfect and that

is completely OK.

“You never know what someone is going

through so that is why you always want to

show kindness to them.”

He said that while he does not share

most of his story with the kids —“too boring,”

he joked — he does slip in lessons he

has learned along the way while dazzling

them with spinning basketballs that fly

through the air.

“When I started doing this as my career,

I knew I wasn’t going to change the world,”

he said. “But I knew I wanted to change a

part of their world by being kind and

reminding them that they are enough.”

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Savannah Rivers was pulled out of the audience to assist in an act that saw Jones pour

water in her mouth while spinning the basketball. The towel was used as a precaution.

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Westgate Neighbor’s Association to offer scholarship to local student

Applications are now being accepted for

the 2020 Westgate Neighborhood

Scholarship.

This scholarship is open to any graduating

high school senior who is a resident of

Westgate in Columbus (Westgate boundaries

for the purposes of this scholarship

are defined as West Broad Street to

Sullivant and Hague to Demorest) and has

applied to attend a college, university,

Messenger photo by Ris Twigg

Learning through art and dance

During February, Columbus Metropolitan Libraries across the city are hosting a

series of events to celebrate Black History Month. On Feb. 11, the Hilltop Branch

invited patrons of all ages to join Babaaritah Clark, a West African song and dance

performer, to learn about African history and culture through the art of song and

dance. Clark is pictured here teaching kids at the Hilltop Library a song called

“Funga Alafia,” which means “welcome, blessings” in Nigeria. After teaching the

song, Clark taught around 15 kids the dance that goes along with the song.

trade school, technical vocational training

or other post-secondary education program

in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The scholarship is also open to full-time

students currently attending a college, university,

trade school, technical vocational

training or other post-secondary education

program in the 2020-2021 academic year.

However, their parents or legal guardians

must be current residents of Westgate.

All applications must be postmarked by

March 20. For more information, visit

westgateneighbors.org.

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Historical Performance

In Education

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To celebrate President’s Day, the

Hilltop Historical Society hosted a

Ulysses S. Grant reenactment for the

community at Crossroads United

Methodist Church on Feb. 16. Dave

Dobos, president of the society, said

the organization tries to provide programs

that promote not only the history

of Hilltop, but of Ohio as well.

Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of

the United States, was portrayed by

Doug Ebert. Ebert took listeners back

in time, detailing the President Grant’s

life from as early as his childhood

years growing up in Point Pleasant,

Ohio.

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Six schools in the South-Western City Schools District earned the Momentum Award

from the state of Ohio. The schools were recognized at a recent school board meeting.

Schools gaining momentum

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

It is difficult to achieve straight A’s on

any report card, let alone one whose standards

are determined by the state department

of education, yet six schools in the

South-Western City district managed to

accomplish that feat in the 2018/19 school

year.

On Feb. 11, Buckeye Woods Elementary

was recognized at the board of education

meeting along with Franklin Woods,

Galloway Ridge, Holt Crossing, Park

Street and Hayes Intermediate Schools for

being named the recipients of the state’s

Momentum Awards.

The criteria set for the award, said Brad

Faust, the district’s assistant superintendent

of curriculum, is to have earned

straight A’s in all value-added measures on

the state report card. In addition to that

standard, they also have to have at least

two value-added subgroups of students,

which include gifted, lowest 20 percent in

achievement, and students with disabilities.

To meet the criteria is an arduous task,

said district officials, and these schools

were able to meet those standards by

exceeding expectations in student growth.

Among the recipients of the Momentum

Awards were three schools that had previously

been recognized and three who were

recognized for the first time.

Since the state board of education began

recognizing schools with Momentum

Awards, Holt Crossing has amassed four,

all of them consecutively. They are one of

just 69 schools in the state to earn the

award for three or more years.

Principal Tyler Winner said the recognition

is not something the school takes for

granted.

“We are always pushing ourselves and

always striving to be better,” he said. “We

hold this award in high regard.”

He said one of the greatest factors in

achieving student growth is the dedication

the staff has to enrich the educational

experience of its students.

“We truly have a staff that loves their

kids.”

Buckeye Woods and Galloway Ridge

received their second Momentum Award.

Angie Chandler, a literacy coach at

Buckeye Woods, said the consistency of the

staff that is always working toward greater

student achievement has been a boon to

the school as has the push toward creating

an inclusive environment.

“We expect 100 percent kindness in

action each day,” she said.

Brittany Budimirovic, the principal at

Galloway Ridge, said the implementation

of programs such as pizza with a principal

and the showcasing of student talent and

achievement have all contributed to a more

positive and engaging experience for students

and staff.

Franklin Woods, Park Street and Hayes

Intermediate all received Momentum

Awards for the first time.

Park Street Assistant Principal J.D.

Johnson said they have fostered an environment

where it is acceptable to make

mistakes.

“We have a growth mindset in our classroom

and with the staff that it is OK to

make mistakes,” he said.

The lesson, he added, is that while mistakes

are normal, you have to keep pushing

on with the desire to learn and to grow

as a student, teacher and individual.

At Hayes Intermediate, Principal

Michael Nesler said intervention teams

are one of the largest contributors to

exceeding student growth while Franklin

Woods Principal Andy Stotz said it was the

commitment to invest in more rigorous

curriculum that pushed the school toward

greater student achievement. He also

noted the implementation of social and

emotional programs for staff and students

that have been an immense benefit to the

school.

In addition to these contributing factors,

each school representative said it was

the district’s enactment of programs such

as I-Ready, a diagnostic tool that offers

real-time assessment to teachers regarding

a students’ strengths and weaknesses in

reading and mathematics, and the encouragement

of participation in Teachers

College that have propelled them to exceed

expectations in student growth.


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Linus is a 3-monthold

lab mix. This pup

is full of energy, playful

and learning new

things every day.

He’ll be a larger dog

when fully grown and

is currently in foster

care. Linus is

neutered, vaccinated

and microchipped.

He is up for adoption through Colony Cats

and Dogs.

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Maddy was rescued

from a hoarding situation

but she still has

so much to offer after

all the challenges.

Maddy is very affectionate

toward

humans. Don’t be

tricked by her small

size, as an mature

adult cat, she is

house trained and does not require a lot of

play time. She respects her humans’ personal

space when they are busy, but loves attention.

She is not a fan of other cats, but can live

with a calm, friendly dog or be the only

spoiled pet in the household.

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Bruiser is a 5-yearold

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He enjoys daily walks

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in the evenings.

Bruiser is a real people pleaser and would

love to find his forever home. Adopt him from

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Violet is a bit of a

wallflower. She is a

shy yet charming girl

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owner with relaxed

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who could provide

gentle guidance

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Free meal at Lamb of God

The Church of the Lamb of God will host

a free community meal from 11 a.m. to 2

community events

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p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at

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“Fantasy Island” is a tedious slog to get through

In “Fantasy Island,” a magical power source is able to

turn back the hands of time to give its characters the

opportunity to choose a different path. And it is such a

shame that the source is not real as I would very much like

to recover the hours spent watching this garbage.

“Fantasy Island” is one of the dumbest movies I have

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quite some time” at the end of that statement. It is just one

of the dumbest movies I have ever seen. Full stop.

From the moment it opens with a woman running

through the jungle in high heels to the unveiling of the

deepest and darkest desires of the main characters to it

unsurprising and nonsensical end, this film is a tedious

slog to get through. While there are brief sputters of interesting

things happening, such as contest winner

Melanie (Lucy Hale) getting to exact revenge on

what she believes is a holographic form of a childhood

tormentor, it is just as quickly squashed by

things like dialogue and acting and pacing issues.

The latter is a big problem in this film, especially

because the story relies on the fulfillment fantasies

of five characters and the concept of being careful

with what you wish for.

While pacing was an issue, it was not the primary

issue I had with this film. That would be the

lack of knowing what it wanted to be and just

throwing things around to see if it would make

sense. I am not one to say that a film must choose

one genre but “Fantasy Island” tries it hand at several

and fails at them all. It tries to create a supernatural

atmosphere but it dies with the reanimated

bodies that pile up. It reaches for the psychological

thriller but is neither psychologically compelling

nor thrilling. When it bombs at those genres, it

goes for horror and is horrible. Then it tries to turn

itself into a campy comedy and just sputters out like a

small fire in a torrential rain.

The attempt at the latter was particularly egregious as

that is a personal favorite. It is hard to pull off camp but

what helps is a cast that is in on the joke, even if the overall

film is not that great. The cast in this film, which

includes Maggie Q, Michael Pena, Ryan Hansen and

Austin Stowell, do not seem to be in on any joke, though

Hansen tries when paired up with Jimmy O. Yang. (The

two play brothers wanting to live the high life.) Instead, it

feels as if they do not know what is going on or how they

came to be involved with the film. I suspect it had more to

do with the island location and the paycheck rather than

an affinity for the script.

With a terribly told story, shoddy pacing and not-sogreat

acting, “Fantasy Island” will not fulfill any fantasies

you have about watching a good movie, or even being

entertained by a bad one: It’s just this weird hodge-podge

of rough draft ideas with a very low enjoyment factor. If, by

some chance, you had wanted to see this movie, do yourself

a favor and speak with your wallet and consult with your

free time beforehand; listen to it and agree with it as they

tell you to spend it on something else, anything else. After

all, there is no magical power source granting us the

opportunity to choose a different path. Grade: F

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and columnist.

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Cycling can have positive impacts on both the mind and body

As warm temperatures return, many

people renew their interest in spending

time outdoors. Spring and summer are

peak times of year to enjoy the great outdoors.

A popular activity in spring, summer

and fall, cycling benefits the mind and body

in various ways.

•Mind. One of the more common mental

health benefits of exercise is that working

up a sweat can help alleviate physical and

mental stress. Reducing stress is important

for overall health and can reduce a

person’s risk of developing certain illnesses.

Cycling is a great way to get outdoors,

meet people and see the scenery. Getting

outside to exercise also can reduce anxiety

and depression.

•Body. The Victoria State Department

Better Health Channel says that cycling

for health and fitness is a good idea. Riding

a bicycle is a low-impact form of exercise

for people of all ages. Cycling can be fun

and doesn’t require expensive equipment.

Cycling generally causes less strain on

joints and other areas of the body because

it is low-impact. However, cycling provides

enough resistance to be an effective muscle

workout.

People who want to improve their cardiovascular

health and manage their

weight can turn to cycling to achieve their

goals. Cycling raises one’s metabolic rate to

help the body burn fat when combined with

a healthy diet. Cycling Weekly says cycling

burns between 400 and 1,000 calories an

hour, depending on the intensity of a ride

and the rider’s weight. Individuals can

modify the distance and intensity of a

cycling workout to suit their fitness goals.

Disease risk and adverse health outcomes

can be reduced by hopping on a bike.

A study conducted by researchers at the

University of Glasgow examined more than

260,000 individuals over the course of five

years. The study found that cycling to work

can cut a rider’s risk of developing heart

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disease or cancer in half.

Those eager to get started on cycling are

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size for the rider’s body. The height of the

handlebars and the seat also can be adjusted

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Always consult with a physician prior to

exercise to ensure that the regimen is safe.

Those with prior injuries or health problems

should be doubly careful, though

cycling is generally safe for beginners.

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