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Minister Sealy, No 15-Storey Hyatt Hotel On Dah Beach

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Richard Sealy - Minister of Tourism

Richard Sealy – Minister of Tourism

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is hitting back at critics of the decision to build the multi-million dollar Hyatt hotel on Bay Street, the city. “In his contribution earlier this evening to the debate on the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Sealy defended the international hotel chain, which he said would enhance the island’s tourism product while generating employment. “I know the Member for the City  (Jeffrey Bostic) doesn’t agree with that (opposition to the hotel); he is the biggest supporter of Hyatt and I am the second biggest supporter. I am all for jobs, I am all for tourism coming to the people of St. Michael – page 6 of Barbados TODAY dated 17 August, 2016

Dear Mr. Minister of Tourism, it is said that the last shall be the first, and the first shall be last. So, let me start with the last paragraph of your noise first.

I find it a puerile reason for wanting a hotel in St. Michael, just because there are hotels in the two parishes which you mentioned. It reminds me of a child who asks for something just because his parents have given his sister/brother something. Also, Mr. Minister, for your information, there are already three hotels in St. Michael, and all within walking distance of each other. They are: the Island Inn, the Radisson and the Hilton – which is a Government entity – and so you should at least know about that one. The Hilton is on Needham’s Point and I don’t think that that has moved. The Island Inn and Radisson are in Aquatic Gap.

Re your ” he (Jeffrey Bostic) is the biggest supporter of Hyatt, and I am the second biggest supporter” statement.

Mr. Bostic himself has declared that he is for Hyatt, but there’s a fundamental difference of your attitudes towards that project. You want it at all costs, whether it would be detrimental to the environment or the social fabric of this island, whereas Mr. Bostic is of the opinion that progress should not come at any and every cost. He stated that in his position on planting of that monstrosity on Browne’s Beach., he wants various things looked into first – including an environmental impact assessment, and a social impact assessment.

As far as I know, it is no longer good practice to build hotels on the beach, but on the land opposite the beach, which is being practised in the USA, and other tourism-oriented destinations. That is why I would like to know why Hyatt is coming here to plant a hotel on one of our favourite beaches, and one to which those tourists who return year after year go.

How do you start building if you have no planning permission?

How can such a 15-storey twin-tower colossus blend in with the Bethel Methodist Church, and the St. Paul’s Anglican and Catholic churches?

Would Hyatt be allowed to build a hotel on any beach in the USA now?

Why are we allowing a hotel conglomerate to build here, if all of the top personnel will be foreign?

That smacks of bigotry.

How can you allow that to happen, Mr. Minister?

Seeing that Barbados is a water-scarce island, and so many people are being already deprived of that commodity – although paying high water rates –  from where will all of the water come?

What about the waste?

Will it have it’s own water source, and waste disposal?

It is a sad state of affairs when any government can railroad such plans for the benefit of a foreign entity.

UNESCO is very strict when it comes to the stipulations which it gives to those countries which have World Heritage sites. I fear that if the stipulations for maintaining Bridgetown and its Garrison as a World Heritage site are breached then it will revoke the World Heritage site designation of the above, and we will be left without an important tourist attraction!

Also, Barbados is one of the most expensive tourism destinations, and it will now be more expensive since the tax collector has added a new levy to his taxes which in effect brings the VAT to 20% when, as he hiked it to seventeen and a half per cent, he promised to return it to 15% within a year.

However, promises mean nothing to this Government.

WE, the populace of Barbados, DO NOT WANT THIS HOTEL, NOR ANY OTHER, ON BROWNE’S BEACH!

The beach belongs to the populace of this country – not to any government!

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113 Comments on “Minister Sealy, No 15-Storey Hyatt Hotel On Dah Beach”

  1. Due Diligence August 26, 2016 at 3:27 PM #

    peterlawrencethompson August 26, 2016 at 1:49 PM #

    Agree

    On a positive note, there is a very good likelihood that the Deltro solar panel factory will never produce a panel; and the Waterford farm will not happen, so no long term energy supply contracts for Deltro.

    It is sad that Ministers of Government can’t see how they are being abused but these fraud artists.

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  2. David August 26, 2016 at 3:29 PM #

    How much forex has been spent so far to import Rock Hard cement?

    Given the slowdown in construction activity has the country benefited from the opportunity cost?

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  3. David August 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM #

    For what it is worth Waterford now has a nicely paved road, after many years of being in a bad state.

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  4. Colonel Buggy August 26, 2016 at 5:07 PM #

    Hants August 26, 2016 at 8:15 AM #

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  5. Colonel Buggy August 26, 2016 at 5:25 PM #

    David August 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM
    And hats off to the Ministry of Transport and Works maintenance team. We keep these guys down for the same simple reasons. Long before COW or Rayside or their side kicks came on the scene, the MTW and its predecessor Highway and Transport,h&t were building roads and bridges, many of which has stood the test of time.
    This bridge,still standing, was completed in the early 1950’s by H&T,to take a maximum load of 9 tons.It is constantly used by many trucks coming out of the ‘sand hole’

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  6. Tron August 26, 2016 at 5:30 PM #

    What construction? I only know some frustrated businessmen building their villas😉

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  7. Colonel Buggy August 26, 2016 at 5:40 PM #

    Past Zone August 26, 2016 at 8:59 AM #
    I am curious to know about the parking requirements for a 15 storey building. It must need somewhere between 350 and 500 car parking spaces.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………
    There is a simple solution. Get Sintra ,or the one now working for BWA to bore a tunnel from the new Hyatt on Bay Street, under the outer Careenage to the never -been-used BTA multi storey car park down by Mrs Ram.

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  8. Well Well & Consequences August 26, 2016 at 6:27 PM #

    DD…the government ministers do not care about the abuse by local and foreign business people, every instance and opportunity abuse means and leads to a bribe for them, a finder’s fee, a padding of THEIR bank account, the abuses and long term exploitation of the island and people is NEVER a consideration by these politicians, never factored in to any equation. …that is why there is now a mad scramble to meet IMF recommendations.

    Remember the Cahill scam and the crap Fruendel the Fraud and his gang of dummies signed on to…to impress a Canadian scam artist and to see what they could get for themselves…..and Bjerkham….did you see anything in that contract to benefit the taxpayers or anyone else in Barbados.

    The retards ACs are there to claim they did better than the other Caribbean islands economically, like it’s some competition or popularity contest, when they are up to their useless lips in debt and created an astronomical deficit which they do not know how to reduce.

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  9. Well Well & Consequences August 26, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    DD…Del Mastro claimed he was already given some concessions, it would have had to be Inniss, so they already have an agreement….but Fruendel is quiet.

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  10. Due Diligence August 26, 2016 at 7:37 PM #

    peterlawrencethompson August 26, 2016 at 1:49 PM #

    ………..

    “Furthermore, they have no chance of competing at a world level with Chinese and Indian companies a thousand times their size.”

    ………………

    Certainly not now when there is a looming glut of solar panel production and slumping prices

    See

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-23/solar-industry-braces-as-looming-glut-threatens-to-erode-prices

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  11. Old Baje August 26, 2016 at 10:01 PM #

    This Deltro thing is just not adding up. There has to be another angle that we are not considering.

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  12. recoanthony August 27, 2016 at 1:41 AM #

    LOOK MAN THESE GUYS DONE GET PERMISSION TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO, DELMATRO SAID HE HAD AH MEETING WID INNISS AN SINCLER, BUT THERE IS ANOTHER ONE WHO IS OVER THE CIVIL SERVICE, F S A.K.A BLACK MAMBA THAT HAS THE FINAL SAY. SEE THAT FOREIGN INVESTOR THAT BUILD AH MANSION ON THE WEST COAST, WHEN SAM INNISS WAS PROTESTING OVE THE BREAK WATER BARRIER THE MAN WAS BUILDING……THE MAN SAID HE WAS SURPRISE ABOUT THE PROTESTING OF MR. INNISS , BECAUSE HE GOT THE APPROVAL FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, THAT WAS IN JUNE 3RD 2016 PAPER, THIS BLACK MAMBA IS NOT SWEET AT ALL…..WATCH AN SEE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN

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  13. pieceuhderockyeahright August 27, 2016 at 6:13 AM #

    @ Old Baje

    The other angles for consideration are

    (A) set up a new holding company in over and away land the is the parent company rather substantive owner of the junk solar tings dem and overvalue the $10 million assets at say US $125 million

    (B) add specific shareholders in that company similar to the catering company with the contract at parliament buildings – you remember that thar scam

    (C) authorize that the Government pay the overseas shell $125 million for the junk

    (D) split up the $$ between the Porn King and El Masturbator (whu after all dem is jerking off 280,000 people and 40,000 Guyanese at the same time!!!)

    So, irrespective of the ultimate demise of the outdated technology which will be set up at Waterford, the only losers in this deal will be the people of Barbados AS PER USUAL.

    LEH WE ALL WUK UP AND HAVE A GOOD TIME!!!

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  14. Well Well & Consequences August 27, 2016 at 6:25 AM #

    Piece….simple in it’s creation, devastatingly evil in it’s execution.

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  15. Vincent Haynes August 27, 2016 at 9:55 AM #

    Colonel Buggy August 26, 2016 at 5:40 PM #

    Chuckle…..brilliant idea….ticks all the boxes……guaranteed loan,employment,consultancy fees,re-election.

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  16. Enuff August 28, 2016 at 6:14 AM #

    “Can we get a panel of local experts to go on a TV program and tell everyone in 60 minutes what David wants the government to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to put down on paper?”

    What foolishness is this? The cost of the EIA is the responsibility of the APPLICANT not the government.

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  17. David August 28, 2016 at 6:22 AM #

    BU notes that in today’s Sunday Sun several players have voiced their objection to the project in its original form. One is asking for a VIS. Some on this blog would have made a case that the objection was coming from DC only. Like we stated, the matter is with the PM.

    #yourmovepmstuart

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  18. ac August 28, 2016 at 7:09 AM #

    outsiders are expressing their views via media outlets that bajans have become a nation of complainers , So sad but true .
    When Barbadians find meaningful and valuable solutions to their nations problem they would be taken seriously. A billion dollar corporation like Hyatt does not need the multiple frustrations that have become a milestone to be hanged around its neck by a debited nation, For what it is worth the time and energy Hyatt would have fighting a few dissenters Hyatt would benefit better going to another country within the carribbean region that understand the value of their financial contribution to an economy
    Hyatt brand is well known world over and built along coastal lines world wide without being or known to have violated any of the named objections that have been mentioned in the planning of the Barbados Hyatt
    Barbadians wanting to flex their muscles must bring solutions by having revitalization plans for the bay street area as the presence of brownes beach alone cannot do so.

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  19. ac August 28, 2016 at 7:32 AM #

    Authenticity

    Is this what the preservers under the UNESCO banner are fighting to preserve on bay street
    Is this what the fight is all about

    Bridgetown’s early serpentine street and alley configuration and also the roads in the Garrison retain their authentic networks. Both layouts continue in spite of the town’s transformation from a maritime-mercantile fortified port town to a contemporary cosmopolitan tropical city which has remained the island’s capital and national centre. Although several historic houses in Bridgetown have been replaced or restored, a significant number of remaining historic houses, some rapidly decaying, significantly contribute to the atmosphere of a historic city and should be conserved.

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    the last paragraph is an indictment of our colonial masters who had left a city to fight for its own survival and now a city having to fight a new set of rules and regulations under the UNESCO banner denying the city a right towards economic and social progress of their own choosing.
    How Sad a city after many years of colonial servitude left fight to find relevancy are not being told by a new set of master you have no right to do so

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  20. ac August 28, 2016 at 7:53 AM #

    correction…..How Sad a city after many years of colonial servitude left fight to find relevancy are not being told by a new set of master you have no right to do so

    How Sad a city after many years of colonial servitude left fight to find relevancy are NOW being told by a new set of master you have no right to do so

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  21. Enuff August 28, 2016 at 7:55 AM #

    @David

    The people keeping the most noise in support of the project do not know what they are talking about. Have no idea about tall buildings, town/streetscape, visual impact, massing, density etc, etc especially in the context of a world heritage site.

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  22. ac August 28, 2016 at 7:58 AM #

    Isnt it ironic that the voices who want to remove Nelson from the center of Bridgetown are some of the same voices who have welcomed UNESCO to preserver the heart and soul of our colonial masters on a derelict and forgotten baystreet Could this be a twist of fate ?

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  23. David August 28, 2016 at 7:58 AM #

    @enuff

    Further, Barbadians should take note, again minister Donville Inniss assuring Barbadians that the Hyatt TPD application was approved. Note the Prime Minister who has the final say has not said a work. This is the problem many have with this government, governance by stealth.

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  24. Well Well & Consequences August 28, 2016 at 7:58 AM #

    “Hyatt brand is well known world over and built along coastal lines world wide without being or known to have violated any of the named objections that have been mentioned in the planning of the Barbados Hyatt”

    But Hyatt never had the lawbreaker Maloney and the 4 Seasons scam artists Cow, Bizzy, etc involved in any of it’s worldwide projects before, so they need to be aware of the local business peoplev hey are dealing with so that headquarters Chicago. ..can do it’s due diligence.

    Fruendel will sink or swim with this one, but he will not deceive and he cannot use his usual secrecy and stealth and lies….to the people.

    This is the only proof Hyatt needs to give it pause.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/84904/investors-day

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  25. David August 28, 2016 at 8:02 AM #

    @enuff

    Clearly!

    Here is a search string that shows it is normal for citizens of any country to protest when developers attempt to desecrate designated heritage sites.

    https://www.google.com/?client=opera#q=protest+building+in+UNESCO+heritage+site

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  26. ac August 28, 2016 at 8:03 AM #

    That is the problem with the so called intellects like Enuff they have this high volume of presumptuousness arguing that their voices are the only ones that knows what is best or right , Unfortunately the silent voices always keep quiet living within a shell of anonymity being fearful of anything they might say would be tossed into the waste basket of stupidity

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  27. Well Well & Consequences August 28, 2016 at 8:13 AM #

    It all goes to show how viciously deceitful to the island and people Maloney, Bizzy, Cow, Bjerkham, Simpson…etc are….the wasteland of the 4 Seasons blight, filled with degrading, rusty metal, is the perfect located for four..4 Seasons hotels. ..it’s 16 acres, with a very long stretch of beach, no issues for space and equally in close proximity to Bridgetown, but are they utilizing it for Hyatt…no, makes ya wonder whose land they stole for the Hyatt project.

    Commissiong should force them to move the Hyatt project to the 4 Seasons location, the usual thieves of Bizzy, Cow, etc used 4 Seasons project to steal from NIS pension funds…let them pay the price for that scam now.

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  28. ac August 28, 2016 at 8:35 AM #

    it is almost laughable to think see or imagine that a socialist Comissiong with no known credentials as an engineer or an architect is making tidal waves against a corporation whose building credentials has been designed by some of the best known architect and structurally produced by some of the worlds best engineers having a stellar record for giving impeccable concern for the environment
    Many outsider investors looking in on this topsy turvy enviromment of noises are taking full note of a nation whose outlook for themselves now falls below the level of gawdawful confusion.
    A nation on the verge of taking up a piece of Cuba remnants

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  29. ac August 28, 2016 at 9:37 AM #

    Gabriel August 28, 2016 at 7:53 AM #

    AC

    Patriotic Bajans don’t object to any brand name hotel setting up here.However it will not be at any price.Respect and adherence to our laws and norms are not for sale like you sold to that pot bellied,abrasive red man butch Stewart of Sandals.Why even the IMF warned you asses that giving away tax concessions is not a recommended solution and simply put,it doesn’t add to revenue gained.A few low level jobs will not sway patriots.Go to the ant thou sluggard.Consider his ways and learn wisdom.

    like what laws are being broken ?Do you really believe that a billion dollar corporation would risk its reputation at the hands of a debited nation for securing a few jobs ,,,,do mek me laugh do

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  30. Well Well & Consequences August 28, 2016 at 10:10 AM #

    Billion dollar hotel chains do not like scandals attached to their names either and that is exactly what this is, created by the idiots in parliament and the crooks for business people.

    Calling big figures is a sign of a dumb depraved mind.

    I had one hell of a weekend, blurry-eyed and seeing double, even in that condition I can see the stupidity in everything yall say you pimps…ACs

    Hyatt should be built at the 4 Seasons location, the scam artists that are Bizzy, Cow, Maloney, Bjerkham etc…, should not be allowed to con their way into the treasury, NIS Pension Funds, the banks, or the credit unions to disenfranchise and exploit a whole black nation of people…..ever again.

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  31. Recall August 28, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    Has not Maloney already approached NIS for a loan/investment in the Hyatt project??

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  32. Well Well & Consequences August 28, 2016 at 11:07 AM #

    I would not be surprised if the jackasses for leaders in parliant are considering to allow another run by the crooks Bizzy, Maloney et al on the Pension Fund again, they should all be in prison.

    A good idea would be to find out..who is frontman Maloney using as the lawyers are for Hyatt hotel.

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  33. Well Well & Consequences August 28, 2016 at 11:09 AM #

    Excuse me folks, as I said, bleary eyed and seeing double, so the editing of errors is sketchy.

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  34. Passing thru August 28, 2016 at 2:35 PM #

    Prime Minister Stuart you are a strong leader you ignore a daily flood of personal attacks from detractors. You are not swayed by the flavor of the month crowd. We urge you to again resist the messengers of evil and give approval to a project that will change the face of Bridgetown for the national good.

    Maloney isn’t Mother Theresa yet still Hyatt is a game changer an enterprise that must go ahead. Jobs, tourists, upgrades to decrepit Bay Street , a jolt to restart life in Bridgetown are but few of the positives. Barbados is an attractive spot for investors , a low crime rate, a culture of getting results, and an educated population are some of its qualities.

    Often though because of petty politics ,self centered elites and activists Barbados loses valuable FDI to competing jurisdictions. The St. George Medical school, who can forget Gabby’s ‘cadavers’ that ran the medical school investors straight to Grenada, the ARC across the Atlantic yacht race and the Jazz Festival , now in St. Lucia are a sample of the projects frightened venture capitalists took to other jurisdictions. These now rake in millions annually in revenues for the respective governments and people.

    This is not to indict the islands that spread the welcome mat to the spurned investors. Its a national disgrace to have allowed those investment opportunities to go elsewhere . A handful of noisy egotists misleading sections of the community ruined chances to boost GDP ,provide citizens with jobs and create wealth.

    We cannot repeat those mistakes the Commisiong’s and Peter Stevens of this world don’t walk in the shoes of the urban poor. Therefore PM Stuart stand up for the silent majority and give Hyatt your blessing. In time the people of Barbados will thank you for your foresight and strength of character.

    Former PM Owen Arthur’s vison for Carlisle Bay was a promenade fronted by high rise hotels and condos. He knew as do most patriots of every class and race that all will benefit from an enlightened exploitation of the our natural resource the beach.

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  35. Gabriel August 28, 2016 at 2:51 PM #

    Passing thru
    Why not publish Owen Arthurs plan/drawing for the Pierhead project.Are you privy to the Pierhead Project published by BS&T in the early 90’s?If so,can you share with BU.

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  36. Recall August 28, 2016 at 2:57 PM #

    PM Stuart cannot do anything other than given Vision Development and its front man Mark Maloney permission, he probably has done so already. Do you guys know who is really behind this Hyatt deal, it is not Mark Maloney? There are some very rich and power up north whites behind this and FS and the DLP owes them for the 2013 election victory. You feel um is two cents it took overturn the will of the people?

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  37. Well Well & Consequences August 28, 2016 at 2:57 PM #

    Passing thru….Yall full of crap…this is another scam to raid the pension fund and treasury….what patriotic what, patriotic is making sure the treasury is not raided by crooks,…..

    Fruendel should be protecting the people, not letting them be vulnerable to ever scam Cow, Bizzy, Bjerkham, Maloney et al devise…..not entertaining or picking up taxpayer’s money to pour into these crooks self-serving, self-enriching schemes.

    Yall are too dumb to be alive.

    Let Maloney & Crooks find their own money to fund Hyatt and every scam they come up with…going forward.

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  38. ac August 28, 2016 at 3:45 PM #

    @WW&C every friggin word come out uh mouth is scam yet you find no problem with your maniacal demonic friend sheri veronica scamming the people of barbados with her hog wash articles from which she derives commercial benefits

    As for the Hyatt location which you gave the advice you are so daft that you cannot even realized why such a location and purpose.s yet you open you jac,ass mout talking about locating the Hyatt on the site where the Four seasons would be built what a load of crap

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