Back to San Carlos for a week of work on s/v Hajime prior to launch Dec 22 2014

Time and Tides…

We have scheduled, finally, our return to s/v Hajime.  The tide tables had a BIG effect on setting a launch date plan.

We  pulled s/v at around 4:00 PM on May 27, 2014 at a high tide around + 2.3 foot in San Carlos/Guaymas.  Here is the May 27 tide table:

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We had a little mishap and chipped the lower aft corner of the fiberglass faring from Hajime’s 7500 pound lead keel…  Soooo we are looking for a little higher tide.

So the next tide available high tide around +2.5 foot is Monday Dec 22 2014 9:00 AM:

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The trouble is in finding a working hours workday high tide around +2.5 foot and they look only to happen every couple weeks to a month apart in Guaymas…  The next date after Dec 22 2014 which is over +2.2 foot high tide is +2.42 foot on Monday Jan 19, 2015 at 8:09 AM, then +2.32 foot on Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM …  Huh!

Sent off an email requesting yard transfer and launch schedule, Hajime is scheduled to move to the work yard 12/15/2014 and she will splash at 9:00 AM Dec 22nd…  We hear they have not fixed the keel yet as of Dec 10, 2914 and that the work yard is pretty full.  Star Marine was contacted by Marina Seca to do repair work to the keel and contacted us today to say he would let us know their schedule and cost to paint the bottom…  We shall see???

How to get to San Carlos…

We will fly to Phoenix Dec 15th and overnight bus to Guaymas to arrive in the morning of Dec 16.  Bus or taxi over to San Carlos which is about 12 miles north…

Spirit air had one way (including bags one carry on and one checked) for $70 per person.

The Tufesa bus is $70 or $87 per person depending on class.  Either is fine the executivo is only at 11:30 PM…

bus schedules

http://www.tufesa.com.mx/home.html   for bus schedule

Room:

http://losjitos.com.mx/en/hotel-san-carlos/

http://www.booking.com/hotel/mx/los-jitos-amp-suites.en-us.html?aid=356285;label=sppctrip-hotel-500357_xqdz-b5d8030dbd95e45d35bbdfb0ca681ed8_pool-com_slice-99999;sid=1956bfbe43e5343c8a3862bc3f9fcd20;dcid=1;checkin=2014-12-17;checkout=2014-12-22;ucfs=1;srfid=cee40df266dc80b8609a5a40e607fb1d3bbe62bcX1;hptv=do

Painters:  References?

I have used Arturo for several bottom jobs and gel coat repairs.   I have always been completely satisfied.  His cell # is 6221099295

OTRA:

logo nuevo smc.JPGEduardo Perez Carrillo Aux. Admin. Astillero (622) 22 5 06 13   (622) 22 6 10 61 ext. 104

 

 

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Dojo thermostats 101

We bought the dojo building in 2005 and it had older Honeywell mercury switch thermostats on the two gas furnaces in the warehouse area, which became the dojo mat area:

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After remodeling we put some ritetemp thermostats in which were programmable, but the batteries died and you lost the programs…

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The dojo mat area has gas furnaces and the rest of the building has 240v baseboard electric radiant heaters, here are photos of one of them.:

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The winter heating bills have been increasing regularly, so, now it is time to change things over to WIFI, online accessible thermostats.  With these we can keep an eye on the building temperature and stop un-needed heating cycles for canceled classes, etc.   Honeywell makes a wifi thermostat which we chose that allows you to schedule up to four changes per day\, 7 days a week, and also change the current temp online from a smart phone or browser…

I like buttons (they make touch screen) and was happy with the current cost of around $60 per unit delivered so we chose the Honeywell RTF6580WF ( purchased the units on line at Amazon.com):

Honeywell RTH6580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat

http://yourhome.honeywell.com/home/Products/Thermostats/7-Day-Programmable/RTH6580WF.htm

 

Installation issues:

1. The bad – You need at least 3 wires to connect to a heat only furnace system like we have in the dojo mat area to the new thermostats.  The old mercury switches only needed two wires in the connection…  The wiring is very simple, here is a diagram we found that makes things real easy…

Thermostat wiring without a C wire showing electricityold  thermostat 2 wire

Thermostat wiring with a C wire showing electricity  new thermostat 3 wire

http://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/10482/how-can-i-add-a-c-wire-to-my-thermostat

If there is no terminal at the furnace control marked “C”, like ours, you just connect onto the wire ftom the 24v transformer that goes to the relay …

Turns out that one of our hanging furnaces had a four lead wire coming down to the old thermostat but the other only had a two lead…  So we only had to replace one of the thermostat wires for the furnaces…

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The good, no batteries and when the power comes back the thermostat goes online and picks up the correct time of day, day of week, and your schedule via wifi from Honeywell’s on-line servers!

2.  The base board heaters are more difficult to wifi control….  After looking at a lot of information on websites, I settled on a solution for the common changing area in the dojo.  Since there is only one baseboard heater there, I found a Honeywell switched relay that can run the baseboard 240v heater and supply 24vac to the same thermostat that we used on the gas furnaces (even including the c-wire)…

The Honeywell – Aube RC840T-240, we got one from Supplyhouse.com:

http://www.supplyhouse.com/Honeywell-Aube-RC840T-240-240v-Relay-w-Built-In-24V-Transformer

240v Relay w/ Built In 24V Transformer

We had hoped it would fit into the same place the knob thermostat does in the end of the baseboard heater.  Turns out it did not fin inside but rather well outside. We only had to run a three lead thermostat wire to the baseboard and hang the thermostat on the wall in an accessible spot…

 

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We turned it on and added it to the http://mytotalconnectcomfort.com , dojo account and viola! it works!  Setup for all the thermostats is very straight forward, Honeywell’s directions are very good!

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And now all of the thermostats are scheduled for class times and can be reset from a phone browser or app by authorized coaches…

dojo gym schedule

 

FIN

 

 

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What you been up to

S/v Hajime is safely put to bed in San Carlos Sonora MX since May 28th 2014.

Photo is not Hajime, but same truck moved boat…

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Hijime:

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Had a list if stuff to do at the apartment in Denver, but Judo keeps getting in the way…

Not really!  Jess is training for her first Jujitsu tournament this weekend, Nov 08 2014.  We both refereed at the Denver Classic event last weekend, Nov 01 2015.

Mats arrived just in time for the event.  We could not get the delivery truck in the alley, nor the mats through the front door, so we took delivery out front of the dojo until we could get trucks for moving them to the event venue in Aurora, CO later the same day!

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Event setup was cut down to about one and one half hours and the mat loading at the dojo took about 30 minutes with two 16′ rental trucks…

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Get together with friends at Famous Dave’s:

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Got the walls patched up, mostly, and hung some plywood (osb) to keep them from getting broken in again…

Before photos of south wall, west half…

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Moved stuff around and re-set the dojo floor to gain back the 5 inches at the west end we loose due to the sub floor moving around (floating)…  We should reset it every year or two…

Nothing left but some scrape and paint around the door frames upstairs and out back of the dojo and adding to the mat platform so the new mats do not have to sit on the concrete floor at the west end:

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We loose about 3 foot of mat space at the west end of the dojo, as well as easy access to the overhead door, but the club saves over $250 a month in storage rental!!!   The mats make up two complete 42′ by 42′ competition areas.  Seven rolls for each surface for a total of 14 rolls (6′ by 42′ unrolled) and between 42 and 38 inches diameter when rolled…

The white covers in the photo are vinyl material which was part of Dollmer’s packaging.  We will keep it on the mats when moving them around it should help to protect them …

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Birthday and Trip to INDIANA – Birthday

Jess and I ran off to Indiana for the equinox celebration, blessing of the corn and brothers birthday!  Dear ol Dad turns 90 10/11/2014 too!  Woo Hoo!

The week before leaving (maybe two weeks?) we had a Jess Birthday. 9/11…

See had to make her own cake, but I did help her eat it…

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She did, however, get Breakfast at Swifts,

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Lunch at Sam’s.

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And dinner at Le Central with friends Bob and Betsy…

need to get photo from Betsy Camera!

We got to the Rock and mineral show …

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The drive to Indiana was very pleasant, we followed Betsy and Bob Carpenter on their bi-annual migration, Vail to West Lafayette.  We separated at Davenport Iowa as B&B headed south towards Springfield IL and family and we headed on toward Chicago.  Chicago at 5:00 PM was not appealing so we took a south turn at Illinois 47 and twisted across Illinois and Indiana to come into Fort Wane on Indiana 114…

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Return trip took us via US24/25 to  West Lafayette IN then NO INTERSTATES all the way back to Strasbourg CO before we had to run I70 the last 40 miles into Denver…

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Trip is around 1200 miles each direction…

Stayed with Ma and Pa for a few days …

stay away from the hornet nest, hous looks nice…

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Herding CATS…

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Birds and Bees…

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family at brother Michael’s 60th!

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An engagement!!!

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The trip back, not a lot of color yet, lots of corn…

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Only stopped was in Quincy, IL at the Eagles Nest Inn…

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Techie time

Thought I would add some techie bits for you guys missing this kind of stuff:

  1. How about a $150 sonar for the boat?:
  2. New gears for the Chrysler:
  3. A Internet wifi (IP) camera for the dojo:
  4. New key less entry door latch:
  5. New printer ricoh sp204 sn

How about a $150 sonar (depth and fish finder) for the boat?:

SonarPhone T-BOX

We bought the Navionics Caribbean and South America charts on Jess’ IPAD when we sailed for Mexico in Dec. 2012.  Navionics has been upgrading the software with full fledged chart plotter capability over the last several months.  If you looked at the software a year ago and decided it was just a charting / planning package, look again!

So this last software revision has added split screen capability to allow a new sonar / fish finder capability.  And they link to sight for purchasing the hardware required it is only about USD $160.  The web page says it has 240 foot depth capability and you can mount the transducer inside in a fiberglass hull or hang it on a transom…   I think it is interesting at the price…   The unit is sold by Vexilar.com and is $149.95 plus $10 shipping for the one you would wire into the vessel.  It is called the SP200 and it transmits wifi to an apple or android smartphone or PAD. The stand alone app is free and the Navionics software already will display the soundings in split screen…

http://vexilar.com/               http://sonarphone.mobi/

 

http://www.navionics.com/en/sonarphone

On svHajime we would have to mount it inside on the fiberglass hull, but our backup sonar is already mounted that way and it works great.  I’ve sent away for the instruction set for in-hull mounting to see if it will work in our vessel… maybe like this?

 

New gears for the Chrysler:

The speedometer works but the odometer doesn’t…  Searched that on the internet and found out that it happens quite a bit.  Enough so that you can (still) buy replacement parts and even view a video on how to change the gears in the dash mounted speedometer.  In the glove box of Dad’s 1991 Chrysler, there is a new tire contract from Tire Barn dated 2006 with the same mileage that shows on the odometer today!   On the video the process did not look too hard so we tried it and it worked.

use link inside “” if you want to see vid on replacing gears… “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OyjTXExB4k”

Looks like the auto makers went away from the old speedometer cable that was turned by the transmission and ran up to the dash to attach to the back of the speedometer.  For Dad’s 1991 Chrysler LeBaron sedan, there is a sending unit on the transmission and wires up to the speedometer and an electric motor in the speedometer with little nylon? gears.  The sending unit tells the little electric motor how fast to run and the gears turn both the speedometer AND the odometer unless a gear looses a tooth or two.

Also found out that pricing can be vary greatly, from around $75 a set of two gears, for the Chrysler gears, to the $27.50 delivered we found at:  Http://americanhotrodsolutions.com.

Pulling instrument cluster and replacing, should have had a camera! ;-)

Photo of old gears showing missing teeth:

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A Internet (IP) camera for the dojo:

Always wanted to try to put in a Dojo Camera, and thought that getting the signal  available through an in-house router to the net would be pretty difficult.  It must have been because there is an IP Camera solution out there called P2P.  Once you set-up the camera on your in-house router via Ethernet CAT5 cable connection, you can turn it out  to the net, unplug the Ethernet cable and have a wifi camera on your premises that you can access from a smartphone or PC anywhere…

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRAZY-PROMO-HD-P2P-720P-PAN-Tilt-Dual-Audio-Wireless-Wifi-Security-IP-camera-USA/181508918643?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D24353%26meid%3D2da1d4c9dcca4c649b91d58507db793b%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10335%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D191302213767&rt=nc

If you want to see camera for a Denver Judo practice:

Download the view app, search for “APCamera”  on Apple or android apps stores and install on your PAD or smart phone…

Use this code to find our camera, leave the password blank:

P2P camera code:  MEYE-043179-FABAB

The camera powers on when ever the lights are on in the dojo, so only at practice times, see the practice schedule on the web sight…

Http://denverjudo.com

 New key less door latch:

http://www.aaaindustrialsupply.com/Lockey-E-PRO-TOUCH-E-Digital-Keyless-Electronic-Lever-Door-Lock.aspx

Found on craigslist.com for $50…  We had a lot of keys out for the dojo door and instructors have come into the dojo and found it open and lights on with no-one around.   So instead of re-keying the locks, decided to try a digital coded entry door latch.   So far so good… and we can change the “key” code for free next time!

New RICOH SP204 SN Laser Printer copier/scanner:

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We got the printer from Adorama Camera via

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/ricoh-aficio-sp-204sn-monochrome-multifunction-laser-printer-with/252965485.html

it was free shipping then, total around $54 ???

Anyway a couple problems, I overlooked that it was not wifi directly but did ethernet to the wireless router any it fits nicely in the closet by the router connected via ethernet cable…  Not ideal but it works for Windows based PC, THERE ARE NO DRIVERS for APPLE stuff….  My bad!!!  Jess is OK, just sends me stuff to print!   We did find a paid app to print from Android Smart phones, can print from PC, can scan to email or to USB dongle port at front of printer.

I have not done much printer spec. stuff in the last few years…  Turns out there is quite a market in toner for lasers and ink for jet printers ALL LOCKED UP WITH “RESET CHIPS.  SO if you want to recharge your own toner  or refill your ink cartridge, you still have a DEAD printer because the reset chip has reached it’s maximum print copy count.

The refill folks do sell REPLACEMENT CHIPS now with the toner or ink refill kits!!!

Note the cartridge below cost more than the printer did!  Duh!

Ricoh 407259, Ricoh Type SP 201LA Toner Cartridge

So, toner cartridges in the rest of the world had a refill hole in the cartridge so you could buy toner powder and “do it yourself”, this knocks cost down to $18.50 for toner and a replacement chip!  Or as low as $48 for 4 kits…  Ours may have to drill a hole in the cartridge and tape over when full…

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/271570419105

PURCHASE REFERENCE FOR TONER/CHIPS for a SP204SN:

TONER 407254 RICOH SP 200, SP 201, SP202, SP203 SP 204 is HE? ie 2600 copies

Toner 407255 and 407259, Type SP 201LA for SP 200, SP 201, SP202, SP203 SP 204 is LE? ie 1500 copies

Ricoh 407259 (Type Sp 201La) Oem / Original Black Ton… (0046235)

ORDER CHIPS FOR 204,  chips lot 5 for $29

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/For-Ricoh-SP-200-SP200-Toner-Cartridge-Chip-For-Ricoh-Aficio-SP200-SP201-SP202-chip-Print/2030327866.html

http://www.aliexpress.com/premium/chip-for-ricoh-SP201HE.html?ltype=wholesale&g=y&d=y&exception=&origin=y&shipCountry=us&SearchText=chip+for+ricoh+SP201HE&isUnitPrice=&isPremium=y&CatId=0&isViewCP=y&needQuery=n&shipCompanies=

PURCHASE REFERENCE FOR TONER/CHIPS for a SP100e:

TONER 407165 and 407166, 407167 (Lanier SP100e) RICOH SP100e is 12oo copies

Ricoh 407165 (Type Sp100la) Oem / Original Black Tone… (0024725),

ORDER CHIPS FOR 100e,  chips lot 4 for $29

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/toner-chip-for-Ricoh-SP-100-100e-100sfe-100sue-Aificio-laser-printer-chip-free-shipping/2029553679.html

http://www.aliexpress.com/premium/chip%25252dfor%25252dricoh%25252dSP-100.html?ltype=wholesale&SearchText=chip-for-ricoh-SP+100&isPremium=y&d=y&origin=y&initiative_id=SB_20140930124723&isViewCP=y&catId=

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Colorado fun

Been doing all kinds of stuff with friends …

Gardens in Denver hosting:

http://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/outdoor/chihuly/about

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Vail with Bob and Betsy:

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And this last week in Colorado Springs at the IBSA World Judo Championships:

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Fin for now…

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Catching up…

My it has been a long time since my last post, June 01…  

What has been going on all this time?

I, Jim, left Jessica in Phoenix, a trial separation; ( Anything more than 37 feet is a “separation” after our last four years aboard svHajime )…   So I went to Denver and Jessica over to Palo Alto to visit with BJ and Frank Lockfeld… We flew!

For me it was the first weekend that Frontier Airlines initiated the new baggage policy where they are charging $30 to gate check anything that would not go under the seat…  It was a mess… The poor flight attendants even had to pitch Frontier credit card sales up and down the aisles of the plane instead of serving drinks…  My how things change!

I spent  couple weeks in Denver, visiting with Judo people and son, Andrew,  then off to see folks in Indiana.  Jess returned to Denver while I was gone and we reunited the end of June.

BJ Lockfeld passed away when Jess was on the Amtrak train heading back to Palo Alto and I went out the following weekend for the family memorial.  Jess did a couple trips out to Palo Alto and they held a friends memorial August 9. 

I have been working on a new hobby, dad’s old 1991 Chrysler LeBaron sedan.  My good friend John Rodden was did most of the work! It probably did not NEED all the things I’ve been doing to it, but here is the list:  

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Front end:  struts, hubs, rotors, shoes

     Raybestos SGD524M Service Grade Semi-Metallic Disc Brake Pad SetDetroit Axle: Front Wheel Hub Bearing Assembly 513075 - 5 Lug (Pair of 2)

Rear end, Shocks, bearings, seals, 

Monroe 33095 Monro-Matic Plus Shock Absorber    Product Details

 

Head lights:  the original lights had a design flaw and collected moisture and yellowed terribly..  There was a recall in ’93 where they added air vents to the light housings to attempt to correct the issue… 

Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth Replacement Headlight Assembly - 1-Pair

 

Speedometer, new gears so that odometer starts working again…

 Odometer Gears Ltd. W0133-1953689

 

Judo has been good here in Denver, it is great to see our judo friends and get to play with them.  Last weekend I hoped in the Chrysler and ran down to Pasadena, 1010 miles, foro the Golden State Judo Tournament.  It was a Referee evaluation event and I needed an evaluation to keep current on the USA Judo Referee roster.  Last minute decision…  It was a great event and I enjoyed seeing and working with my fellow referees.  All were helpful and by the end of the day, I had settled in and was working like an N1 again!

Jess got a new sewing machine ( I am jealous ) a Brother cs-6000i.  When it arrived she made the delivery guy wait while she opened the box to make sure it held a sewing machine.  The new machines are very light weight…  It was in there!  

http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/ModelDetail.aspx?ProductID=cs6000i#.U_oCOfmwJgk

 

We put new ceiling tiles in the changing room area of the dojo, the old ones were yellow and cracked and holey and all, still need to brighten the steel tile support railings with a splash of paint… 

photo of typical drop ceiling… 

We put in new toilets for the dojo and residence upstairs, the old ones probably used over 2.5 gallons a flush and took a couple minutes to refill.  SO we found 1.28 gallon  “echo” toilets at Sam’s club for $89 ish each, got a $75 rebate from Denver Water each and updated! Alexis Dual flush toilets, and, they are working great!

Alexis High Efficiency Dual Flush Toilet

 

 

Jess and I are getting ready for a week in Colorado Springs to help out Heidi and Scott with the  IBSA World Judo Tournament Sept 01 – 07. 

http://www.ibsajudo2014.com

 

All that and the apartment above the dojo is mostly livable for us, We are still going through STUFF and making goodwill piles…

That kind of brings up to date.

 

Some photos:

Jess first fancy machine sewing project was a set of napkins using the one of the fancy machine stitches…

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 Up the hill with Adam Annie and Graelin, ye ol Buck Snort …

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 Golden State Judo, Pasadena, CA:

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 FIN

 

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