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B'Elanna Torres

B'Elanna Torres is a main character in Star Trek: Voyager played by Roxann Dawson. She is portrayed as a half-human half-Klingon born in 2346 on the Federation colony Kessik IV, she dropped out before graduating. Torres joined the Maquis in 2370 and was serving on the Val Jean when taken to the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker alien using his station. After being used for medical experiments she was left in an Ocampa colony maintained by the same alien that had abducted the Val Jean; that ship was destroyed in a space battle at the Array and she and what remained of that crew joined the USS Voyager. On the ship she was given field commissioned rank of Lieutenant, junior grade and posted in engineering. In 2371, she was promoted to Chief Engineer. In 2377, she married Tom Paris and gave birth to their daughter Miral at the beginning of the next year, while Voyager was returning to the Alpha Quadrant; the Star Trek: Voyager Companion describes B'Elanna as a young half-human half-Klingon in her twenties, a member of the Maquis Rebellion.

The producers wanted to hire an actress who could portray B'Elanna's inner struggle between her human and Klingon halves. After Roxann Dawson read for the role, she became the first of the Voyager actors to be cast. Dawson's makeup differed from the final design, she asked the producers and makeup artist Michael Westmore if they could make her more attractive and tone down the Klingon makeup. They came up with a design with which Roxann was happy, something she described as her "beauty monster makeup". Although B'Elanna's character was twenty-five years old when the series began, Dawson was thirty-six. Dawson's initial reaction to the script of the first-season episode "Faces" was one of doubt. However, she used the episode to learn more about her character, it became one of her favorite episodes; when the episode aired, she called her parents to ask their opinions, they replied, "You were good, but the girl that played that Klingon was great!", which Dawson took as a compliment. During the fourth season, Dawson became pregnant with her first child.

The writers decided they did not want B'Elanna to be pregnant as well, so for the duration of Dawson's pregnancy, she was given an engineering lab coat, used to help cover her growing pregnancy. During the episode "The Killing Game", the Hirogen had taken over Voyager and forced the crew to participate in holodeck recreations of various combat situations, to which B'Elanna's holodeck character is portrayed as pregnant in World War II with a Nazi officer's child. During the fifth season, Dawson had a meeting with the producers and writers to discuss her character. Roxann explained to them that she felt B'Elanna had an extreme dark side that hadn't been explored, from that discussion the episode "Extreme Risk" was created. Dawson stated that after the episode aired she received fan mail praising the issues of depression and inner conflict raised in the episode, with which many people identified. During the sixth season, Dawson got the chance to explore B'Elanna's Klingon heritage thanks to an episode conceived by Ronald D. Moore for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

In the episode "Barge of the Dead", B'Elanna has a near-death experience and travels to Grethor, the Klingon Hell, where she meets her mother Miral. She discovers that because of the dishonor B'Elanna has caused her family, her mother would spend eternity in Grethor; the episode explores some aspects of B'Elanna's character, gives further insight into Klingon mythology. Dawson believed the episode had many layers to it, she believed it was a coming-of-age story for B'Elanna and her final acceptance of her Klingon heritage. During the seventh season, a pregnancy storyline was written in for B'Elanna's character. Jessica Gaona played the character's young iteration in the episode "Lineage". At the end of the series, Dawson described B'Elanna's character arc as that of an unruly young woman who matures over the course of seven years. B'Elanna is portrayed as having been born in 2346 on the Federation colony Kessik IV. Torres had a troubled childhood; when she overheard her father discussing his unhappiness in the home of two Klingons, she attempted to run away.

When she confronted him, she bitterly told him to leave. He returned to Earth days leaving her to be raised by her mother. A mixture of Klingon and human genetics, Torres is shown as prone to aggressive outbursts, she once attacked her schoolmate Daniel Byrd after he taunted her, calling her "Miss Turtlehead" due to her cranial ridges. Torres retained this aggressive behavior throughout her life, but she learned to control it. While in the academy, B'Elanna was having trouble with the rules of Starfleet, resulting in her getting four disciplinary hearings and one suspension, but before dropping out, Torres was a valued member of the academy athletics team, competing as a decathlete. Torres dropped out of Starfleet Academy in 2365 at age 19. A few years she became a member of the Maquis renegade group, began developing a profound hatred of the Cardassians. Torres became associated with a Maquis captain named Chakotay, was serving as chief engineer on his s

Bashar Warda

Bashar Matti Warda is a Chaldean Catholic cleric and the current Archbishop of Erbil, Kurdistan Iraq. Born in 1969, Warda joined the Saint Peter's Chaldean seminary in Baghdad and was ordained a priest in 1993. In 1995 he joined the Redemptorist order of Flanders in Belgium. After receiving his master's at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1999 he returned to Iraq. Warda was apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Zaku from July 2007 until its merger with the Diocese of Amadiyah in June 2013. In 2009 the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church elected him Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Erbil. After Pope Benedict XVI gave his consent to this election in 2010 he was consecrated on 3 July of the same year.. On 17 May 2017 he was received by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in London. Media related to Bashar Warda at Wikimedia Commons Archbishop Bashar Warda, Catholic Hierarchy

Philippe Busquin

Philippe Busquin is a Belgian politician. Busquin was born in Feluy, he was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2009 for the French Community of Belgium with the Parti Socialiste, part of the Socialist Group and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Industry and Energy. Busquin was the chairman of Technology Options Assessment Panel, he was a substitute for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and a member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. His tendency to stutter has been the subject of satirical videos on YouTube, some garnering hundreds of thousands of hits. From 1999 to 2004, he was Member of the European Commission with responsibility for research. 1962: Degree in physics from the Free University of Brussels 1976: Postgraduate certificate in environmental studies 1980: First degree in philosophy at the Free University of Brussels 1962–1977: Lecturer at the Nivelles teacher training college Assistant lecturer at the Free University of Brussels 1992–1999: Chairman of the PS since 1992: Vice-President of the Socialist International 1994–1996: Vice-President of the PES 1995–1999: Mayor of Seneffe 1977–1978: Ordinary Member for the province of Hainaut 1982–1986: Minister for the Budget and Energy for the Walloon Region 1986: Minister of Economic Affairs for the Walloon Region 1979–1994: Member of the national Parliament 1994–1999: Senator 1980–1982: Minister of Education 1981: Minister of the Interior 1987: Minister for Social Affairs since 1992: Minister of State 1999–2004: Member of the European Commission with responsibility for research 2004–2009: Member of the European Parliament See also: 2004 European Parliament election in Belgium He was awarded: Belgium: Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II Belgium: Commander of the Order of Leopold Belgium: Civic Medal, First Class Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University Personal profile of Philippe Busquin in the European Parliament's database of members Declaration of financial interests