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Smallville is an American superhero television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series broadcast by The WB, premiered on October 16, 2001. After Smallville's fifth season, The WB and UPN merged to form The CW, the series' United States broadcaster. Smallville, which ended its tenth and final season on May 13, 2011, follows Clark Kent in the fictional town of Smallville, before he becomes The Man of Steel/Superman; the first four seasons focus on his friends in high school. After season five Smallville ventures into adult settings focusing on his career alongside Lois Lane at the Daily Planet and introducing other DC comic-book superheroes and villains. Before the series' production, Bruce Wayne, chronicling the young protagonist's journey toward Batman, was proposed first. Although that series failed to generate interest, it inspired Smallville. Series developers Gough and Millar pitched their "no tights, no flights" rule to the president of Warner Bros.

Television, reducing Superman to the bare essentials and examining what led Clark Kent to become the Man of Steel. After seven seasons with the show and Millar departed with little explanation. Smallville was filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, with local businesses and buildings substituting for Smallville locations. Most of the music for the first six seasons was composed by Mark Snow, who incorporated elements of John Williams' musical score from the Superman film series. In season seven, Louis Febre became the series' primary composer. Smallville was positively received when it began. Former Superman star Christopher Reeve expressed approval for the series, making two guest appearances before his death; the pilot episode set a ratings record with 8.4 million viewers. Over ten seasons the series averaged about 4.34 million viewers per episode, with season two the highest-rated at 6.3 million. By the end of its run, Smallville passed Stargate SG-1 as the longest-running North American science-fiction series by episode count.

Since its first season, the series received accolades ranging from Emmys to Teen Choice Awards. Smallville spawned a series of young-adult novels, a DC Comics bimonthly comic-book, soundtrack recordings and series-related merchandise. All ten seasons are available on DVD in regions 1, 2 and 4. After the series finale in 2011, the story resumed in comic-book form starting in April 2012; the regular cast is introduced in season one, with storylines involving a villain deriving power from kryptonite exposure. The one-episode villains were a plot device developed by Millar. Smallville's first season dealt with Clark Kent's coming to terms with his alien origin and the revelation that his arrival on Earth was connected to the death of Lana Lang's parents. After the first season the series had fewer villain-of-the-week episodes, focusing instead on individual-character story arcs and exploring Clark's origins. Major storylines include Clark's discovery of his Kryptonian heritage and Lex Luthor's escalating conflict with his father, Lionel.

The disembodied voice of Clark's biological father, Jor-El, is introduced. In a fourth-season arc Clark, instructed by Jor-El, searches for three Kryptonian stones which contain the knowledge of the universe and form his Fortress of Solitude. Clark battles Brainiac in his attempts to release the Kryptonian criminal General Zod, must capture other escaped Phantom Zone criminals, his cousin Kara arrives, Lex Luthor discovers Clark's secret. The eighth season introduces Davis Bloome, Tess Mercer replaces the departing Lex Luthor. Justin Hartley becomes a series regular as Oliver Queen after being a recurring guest in season six. In the ninth season Major Zod and other members of Zod's military group are revived by Tess Mercer, their efforts to regain their powers are the season's central conflict; the final season revolves around Clark's attempts to lose his doubts and fears and become the hero he is meant to be, while confronting his biggest challenges: the coming of Darkseid and the return of Lex Luthor.

Tom Welling as Clark Kent, a young man with superhuman abilities who tries to find his place in life after discovering that he is an extraterrestrial in origin and uses his powers to help those in danger. Clark's season-one problems include his inability to share his secret and his desire for a normal life. After months of scouting, Welling was cast as Clark. David Nutter had to convince Welling's manager that the role would not hurt the actor's film career in order to get Welling to read the pilot script. After reading the script, Welling agreed to audition for the role of Clark Kent. Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang, the girl next door. Grieving the loss of her parents, she feels connected to Clark. Kreuk was the first to be cast. Although she left the series after the seventh season, she returned for five episodes in season eight as a special guest star. Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, a billionaire's son sent to Smallville to run the local fertilizer plant. After Clark saves his life, they become fast friends.

As the series progresses, Lex's friendship with Clark crumbles until they consider themselves enemies. The role was difficult to cast.

Elsa D'Silva

Elsa D'Silva or Elsa Marie D'Silva is a former aviation professional and social entrepreneur whose interest in bringing about social change to improve the lives of women and senior citizens through awareness and educationled her to found Elsa D'Silva served as the Vice President, Network Planning at Kingfisher Airlines where she headed the Network Planning & Charters department, she is an alumna of the Swedish Institute, where she did a management program on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Business. After her company went bankrupt, Elsa decided to take on a career shift, founded the Red Dot Foundation, whose social project is Two years after Safecity was launched, the Red Dot Foundation came into existence as an organization whose main interest was to work for gender equality, eradication of violence against women and girls and women empowerment; the Red Dot Foundation is present in Mumbai and Delhi where Elsa D’Silva and her team have partnered with other non-governmental organizations to help formulate steps to tackle sexual harassment.

Beyond these two cities, Red Dot provides its services in Nepal and Kenya, in partnership with Vital Voices Global Partnership, a US-based NGO. She is Rotary Peace Fellow, an Aspen New Voices Fellow, a Vital Voices Lead Fellow, a Mentee at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in Business and an alumnus of the Swedish Institute, she won the Female Entrepreneur Award by the European Angel Investor, 2013, Dusan Stojanovic, in July 2015, the Digital Women Award in the Social Impact Category by She The People in 2015

Henry and Ribsy

Henry and Ribsy is the third book in the Henry Huggins series of humorous children's novels written by Beverly Cleary. Henry's dad has promised to take him salmon fishing on one condition – he has to keep his dog Ribsy out of trouble for two months. That's not easy to do when Ramona Quimby gets involved. First published in 1954, Henry and Ribsy was illustrated by Louis Darling. Like most of the Henry Huggins books, the incidents in this book follow an ongoing plot line. In this case, Henry wants to go on a salmon-fishing trip with his father. However, Ribsy has been causing all manner of trouble for the family. For example, Ribsy tries to prevent the garbage man from taking away the trash because Ribsy thinks it belongs to Henry. Henry's father says that Henry can only come on the trip if he can keep Ribsy out of trouble for a month. Henry is able to do this, Ribsy helps him catch an enormous Chinook salmon at the end of the day. Children's literature portal


Lipothrixviridae is a family of viruses in the order Ligamenvirales. Thermophilic archaea in the kingdom Crenarchaeota serve as natural hosts. There are eight species in this family, divided among 3 genera. Group: dsDNA The family consists of three genera: Betalipothrixvirus, Gammalipothrixvirus and Deltalipothrixvirus, they are classified into genera based on their genomic properties and on the diversity of their terminal appendages, which are involved in host cell recognition. Former genus Alphalipothrixvirus has been renamed Alphatristromavirus and moved to family Tristromaviridae. In the genus Gammalipothrixvirus claw-like structures are found at either end of the virion. Members of the Lipothrixviridae share structural and genomic characteristics with viruses from the Rudiviridae family, which contains non-enveloped rod-shaped viruses. Viruses from the two families share up to nine genes. In addition, the filamentous particles of rudiviruses and lipothrixviruses are built from structurally similar, homologous major capsid proteins.

Due to these shared properties viruses from the two families are classified into an order Ligamenvirales. The viruses are filamentous; the capsid varies in length – 410–1950 nanometers – and is 24–38 nm in diameter. The envelope includes di-phytanyl tetraethers lipids. From either end of the viron are protrusions extending from the core through the envelope; the exhibits helical symmetry. The core itself is helical. There are two major capsid proteins; the basic MCP1 protein forms a core around which the genomic dsDNA is wrapped, whereas MCP2 interacts with the genome with its basic N-terminal region and the hydrophilic C-terminal domain is embedded into the lipid envelope Genomes are linear, up to 40 kb in length. Viral replication is cytoplasmic. Entry into the host cell is achieved by adsorption into the host cell. DNA templated. Archaea serve as the natural host. Transmission routes are passive diffusion. Viralzone: Lipothrixviridae ICTV ICTV Report: Tristromaviridae

Gov't Mule (album)

Gov't Mule is the self-titled debut studio album by southern rock jam band Gov't Mule. The album was produced and recorded live by Michael Barbiero in Bearsville Recording Studios with many tracks running into each other. "Mule" is still a concert favorite, "Rockin' Horse" was recorded by The Allman Brothers Band when Warren Haynes rejoined the group for the album Hittin' the Note. Warren Haynes - vocals, guitar Matt Abts - drums Allen Woody - bass John Popper - harmonica Hook Herrera - harmonica Michael Barbiero - production

Goh Ballet Academy

Goh Ballet Academy is a school of classical ballet in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 1978, the Goh Ballet Academy is an internationally renowned institute, recognized for its high caliber ballet training and performances, providing students with advanced knowledge to prepare them for a serious career in the field of dance. Former principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, Chan-hon Goh is the director of the academy; the Goh Ballet Academy was founded in 1978 by Choo Chiat Goh and Lin Yee Goh after they immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from China. Choo Chiat Goh is the brother of the late Choo San Goh the former resident choreographer of the Washington Ballet, is the founder of the Goh Ballet Youth Company, aimed at advancing students for a professional career. Choo Chiat Goh had trained on scholarship at London’s The Royal Ballet from there he joined Beijing Dance Academy and in 1959 joined the National Ballet of China, his wife Lin Yee Goh trained at the Beijing Dance Academy and became one of the National Ballet of China’s Ballet mistresses.

At the academy, she incorporated Royal Academy of Dance curriculum into the academy and has studied and taught in the Vaganova method, studying technique and teaching elements under Russian master Nikolai Romancheva. The Gohs' daughter, Chan-hon Goh, was principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada for 20 years and is the current director of the academy. Chan Hon Goh was a prize recipient of the Prix de Lausanne, an annual international competition for youth in Switzerland who are seeking to pursue professional careers; as the academy's director, Chan Hon Goh has introduced a master class series for aspiring dancers seeking to enhance professional training and receive coaching and provide opportunities featured artists to mentor participants and focus on artistic elements not accessible in standard ballet classes. The master classes will hosted in nine cities including Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Kelowna and Vancouver; the Goh Academy offers a Junior school, for ages four and up beginning ballet training, a Senior Professional program for levels of elementary and advanced students ages twelve and up.

The Senior Professional program provides a curriculum that includes ballet, repertoire, men's work, body conditioning and stretching, contemporary dance, pas de deux, performance workshop and ballet history courses. The program offers full day classes for dedicated students pursuing careers in professional dance, with training in in the Vaganova method, as well as classes in jazz, pointe work, contemporary dance, exposure to internationally renowned guest teacher. Half day programs attends to aspiring dancers, but those who still want to achieve their academic goals; these students work through the SPARTS program as part of the Vancouver School Board grades 8 - 12 educational curriculum. Auditions are needed to be accepted into the Senior Professional Program half and full day, open to "high performance" individuals who are committed to their education and training. Goh Ballet Academy offers adult classes and summer intensives. Goh Ballet has toured Malaysia, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, the United States.

In 1994, the youth company was the first Canadian institution to be asked to perform at Rencontres Internationales de la Danse Festival in La Baule, France where its performance had eight curtain calls. Since 2009, the Goh ballet has produced its own performance of The Nutcracker with commissioned choreography by Anna-Marie Holmes. Unlike other productions, the Goh Ballet Academy’s performance of The Nutcracker is not selective to their academy and features visiting professionals from international companies alongside academy students across Vancouver. Executive producer of Vancouver's Nutcracker ballet, Chan-hon Goh describes it as "its own entity. It's meant for the city."Additional performances at the academy include an end-of year performance which has dedicated class time and Goh academy students only performance. The Goh Youth Ballet Company has more opportunities for students, with its goal to provide time for students to perform in front of an audience and prepare them for professional careers.

All students are welcome to audition for the company and perform with the GYBC. Outstanding School Award Outstanding Champion for the Arts Solo Seal Award Canadian Immigrant Top 25 Award 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Award Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal FMA Vancouver Art Achievement Award National Association of Asian American Professionals 100 Award Genèe International Ballet Competition – Silver Medal Illustrious Prix de Lausanne – Prize Yuka Ebihara Céline Gittens Chan-hon Goh Official website