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USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)

USS Enterprise – NCC-1701-D is a 24th-century starship in the fictional Star Trek universe and the principal setting of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. The Enterprise-D appears in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise, the movie Star Trek Generations; the Enterprise-D is a Galaxy-class ship and the fifth Federation starship in the Star Trek universe to carry the name Enterprise. Enterprise-D is the flagship of Starfleet; the commanding officer is Captain Jean-Luc Picard for the majority of the ship's service. In Star Trek Generations, after combat with the Duras sisters' ship, the ship's stardrive section was destroyed and the saucer section crash-landed on the surface of the planet Veridian III and had to be abandoned, resulting in its "destroyed" status. Andrew Probert, who helped update the original Enterprise for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, designed the Enterprise-D. Assigned to design the bridge, Probert had a "what if" sketch hanging on his wall that he had drawn after working on The Motion Picture.

Story editor David Gerrold saw the sketch and brought it to creator Gene Roddenberry's attention, who approved the sketch as a starting point for the Enterprise-D's design. Probert received a design patent on the Enterprise-D design in 1990. An Industrial Light & Magic team supervised by Ease Owyeung built two filming miniatures for "Encounter at Farpoint", the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot, these models were used throughout the first two seasons. For the third season, model-maker Greg Jein built a four-foot miniature, which had an added layer of surface plating detail; the six-foot model was used whenever a saucer separation sequence needed to be filmed, it was updated by ILM for use in Star Trek Generations. Jonathan Frakes said, "When we negotiate our contracts, Paramount's company line is that the ship is in fact the star of the show!" In October 2006, the six-foot Enterprise shooting miniature was auctioned in New York City at Christie's auction house, along with other models, props and set pieces from the Star Trek franchise.

Its projected value was $20,000 to $30,000, but the final sale price was $576,000 – the most expensive item in the auction. ILM's John Knoll built a CGI Electric Image model of the Enterprise-D for the film Star Trek Generations; that model was transferred to LightWave and used to create various Galaxy-class starships in episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Timeless". Eden FX's Gabriel Köerner built a new CGI LightWave model for the Enterprise-D's appearance in Star Trek: Enterprise's series finale, "These Are the Voyages...". The proportions of the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D were different from the original Enterprise while retaining its familiar dual warp nacelles and saucer section appearance; the nacelles were made proportionally smaller than the saucer section, based on the idea that warp engines would have become more efficient over time. The Enterprise-D is first seen in the episode "Encounter at Farpoint" under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Several episodes, as well as the ship's dedication plaque, establish that the Enterprise was built at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards in orbit around Mars. The Enterprise-D is the third Galaxy-class starship, after the pathfinder ship USS Galaxy and the USS Yamato; the dedication plaque gives its commissioning date as 40759.5, intended to represent October 4, 2363, which would be the 406th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, humanity's first spacecraft. During the Star Trek: The Next Generation series, the ship's crew makes first contact with many species, including the Borg in "Q Who" and the Q Continuum in "Encounter at Farpoint"; the Enterprise-D is instrumental in the defeat of the Borg during their 2366 attempt to invade the Federation in "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II". In 2371, as depicted in Star Trek Generations, the Klingon Duras sisters obtain the phase modulation frequency of the Enterprise-D's shields, rendering them useless. Although the Enterprise-D destroys the sisters' ship, damage to the warp drive coolant system prompts an emergency saucer separation.

The warp core breaches moments after the saucer begins to move away, destroying the ship's stardrive section. The resulting shock wave disables the saucer's propulsion and other primary systems, sending it into Veridian III's atmosphere. Caught in the planet's gravity, the saucer section crash lands on the surface, damaged beyond repair, it was replaced by the Enterprise-E, introduced in the film Star Trek: First Contact. According to commentary on the Star Trek Generations DVD, one of the real world reasons for the Enterprise-D's destruction stems from a concept drawing of a saucer section landing, produced for the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. TNG writers Ronald D. Moore, Jeri Taylor and Brannon Braga saw the drawing and wanted to use a saucer crash as a sixth-season cliffhanger episode for the series, but were unable to do so because of a limited budget and resistance from producer Michael Piller. In the alternate future depicted in the TNG series finale "All Good Things...", the Enterprise-D is intact in 2395.

The personal flagship of Admiral William Riker, the ship has undergone major refits, including the addition of a third warp nacelle, new weapons, a cloaking device. This future timeline arises from a temporal anomaly that Picard, with Q's help, manages to eliminate. During the time of its service, the Enterprise-D was the flagship of the Federation Starfleet. A Galaxy-class starship, it was a large, long-range exploratory ship with 42 decks and a usual complement of 1,0

Wheaton Precious Metals

Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. is a multinational precious metals streaming company. It produces over 26 million ounces and sells over 29 million ounces of silver mined by other companies as a by-product of their main operations. In 2016 Silver Wheaton reported attributable production totaling 30.4 million ounces of Ag and 353,700 ounces of Au. The Company reported record silver and gold sales for the year, generating net earnings of US$195 million on operating cash flows of $584 million. In Q1 2017 Silver Wheaton reported attributable production totaling 6.5 million ounces of silver and 84,900 ounces of gold, equal to 12.5 million silver equivalent ounces. The Company reported net earnings for $0.14 per share. On May 10, 2017, Silver Wheaton says shareholders approved a company name change to Wheaton Precious Metals, effective immediately. Silver Wheaton was established in 2004, it was controlled by Goldcorp until December 7, 2006 when Goldcorp's sale of 18 million shares reduced its ownership to 48%.

On February 14, 2008 Goldcorp divested itself of Silver Wheaton, selling 108 million shares for C$1.566 billion. Silverstone Resources, acquired in 2009 traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SST as a Tier 1 stock. Although most agreements it makes are short-term contracts, at least one with the Penasquito mine in Mexico lasts the length of the mine's life; until the third quarter of 2012 all of the gold it sold came from the Minto Mine in the Yukon, acquired in mid-2009 following the Cdn $190 million acquisition of Silverstone Resources Corp. In 3q2012 it started receiving gold from HudBay's 777 polymetallic mine in Manitoba. In 2013 it began receiving gold from 3 new mines: Sudbury and Constancia. Average realized price for gold produced at 777 was $1390, similar to Minto however, average realized cash cost is 32% higher at mine 777. In total, there are 15 agreements with 11 different companies. In 2013 the average price paid per ounce of pure silver was $4.12 up from $4.06, $3.99, $3.97 in 2012, 2011, 2010.

Penasquito will give the company an average of 7 million ounces annually for 22 years. In 2013 Penasquito produced 6.216 million ounces for Silver Wheaton at a cost of $4.02 per ounce. Like over half of the world's silver producing mines, the Penasquito mine produces lead and zinc. In 2013 company production totaled 35.823 million ounces 22.0% higher than 2012, 41.2% more than 2011, +110% vs 2009. In 2013 it sold 29.963 million ounces of silver equivalent at an average price per ounce of $23.58. In 2013 the unit price paid for pure silver was up six cents to $4.12 while the realized price was down 717 cents to $23.86. In 2011 though the unit price paid per silver equivalent ounce was only five cents higher at $4.09 it sold each ounce for 67.6% more, in 2010 it was 36.6% more. Total revenue was down 17% in 2013, up 16% in 2012, up 72% in 2011; the silver it has agreed to purchase is in Mexico, Portugal, USA, Peru, Sweden and Canada. Silver Wheaton doesn't own or operate the mines but the contracts it has with their owners gives it full access to any silver mined there.

The six mines from which the company gets most of its silver are: San Dimas, Barrick, Zinkgruvan and Minto. In addition there are six other smaller mines; the San Dimas mine was sold by Goldcorp in the summer of 2010 to Mala Noche Resources Corp. for half a billion dollars complicating things for Silver Wheaton which had made an agreement with Goldcorp for the silver. In response Silver Wheaton agreed to a new contract agreement; the Penasquito mine which began producing in September 2010 is Mexico's largest open pit mine.- The agreement it has with Barrick Gold involves the silver produced at 4 mines. The deal involving the Lagunas Norte and Veladero mines was made in September 2009, required an initial deposit of $212.2 million, gives Silver Wheaton 100% of the silver produced and ends at the conclusion of 2013. The Pascua-Lama mine contract gives Silver Wheaton access to a quarter of the silver produced there from 2013 to 2017 and could raise silver sales by 30%.- Subsidiary Silverstone Resources Corp. owns 100% of the life of mine silver produced at mines in Neves-Corvo and Aljustrel, Portugal.

The Lundin Mining owned Neves-Corvo mine located near the Iberian Pyrite Belt is a copper and zinc producer.- Mine 777 in Manitoba belongs to HudBay Minerals. The mine was the source of 62.8% of Silver Wheaton's gold produced in 2012. In the last quarter alone it accounted for 19,615 ounces of gold, more than Silver Wheaton's other gold mine produced over the entire year; when converted to silver equivalent using the gold to silver ratio, gold from 777 accounted for 40.5% of t

James Hugo Sporleder

James Hugo Sporleder is a civil rights activist recognized for his work with the Freedom of Residence Movement: the driving force behind the landmark Jones v. Mayer Supreme Court case that invalidated racist practices of homebuilders in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the lead staff person of Freedom of Residence, an early fair housing organization in the 1960s. Freedom of Residence was the driving force behind the landmark Jones v. Mayer Supreme Court case that invalidated racist practices of homebuilders in St. Louis; the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse said this of Jones v. Mayer:“This case was one of the most important civil rights precedents of the 1960s, it began when the Plaintiffs, prospective African-American homebuyers, applied to purchase a property from Defendant-home developer, who rejected them on the basis of their race. Plaintiffs sued in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri under 42 U. S. C. 1981, 1982, 1983, 2000e, alleging that a race-based denial of a home purchase violated federal civil rights laws the requirement in 42 U.

S. C. 1982 that: ‘All citizens of the United States shall have the same right, in every State and Territory, as is enjoyed by white citizens thereof to inherit, lease, sell and convey real and personal property.’”Sporleder began working at Freedom of Residence in 1968 as the case was en route to the Supreme Court. He worked with the legal team, headed by Sam Lieberman; as important he continued to push the implementation of the new law of the land through Freedom of Residence. When he testified to the United States Senate in May 1972 on these same unfair practices of lenders and real estate developers, he said:“When Lockheed was in trouble, this government figured out a way to help; when the oil industry was in trouble, we helped them. When ITT got into trouble somebody figured a way to help out And now the people are in trouble; the people are asking for help. We cannot sweep these practices and exploitive operations of the combination of lenders, real estate dealers, insurance people, politicians under the table.

It must stop.” Sporleder worked for the Urban League, the Nurse Home Visitation Program, the Judevine Center and Jeff Vander Lou, Inc.. His work at JVL is the second highlight of his professional career, he was the de facto Chief Operating Officer of JVL from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s working side by side with Macler Shepard the longtime leader and founder of the organization. JVL was a community development organization working in the north city area bounded by Jefferson, Vandeventer and St. Louis Avenues. JVL was a leader in the region in that it was run by local residents and produced affordable housing for both families and seniors, created an innovative partnership with Brown Shoe Company that led to a production plant in the neighborhood, opened a coffee shop and day care center


Pyraustinae is a large subfamily of the lepidopteran family Crambidae, the crambid snout moths. It includes over 1,400 species, the majority of them tropical but some found in temperate regions including both North America and Europe; the Pyraustinae were including the Spilomelinae. It has not been established yet which taxa of the Pyraustinae sensu lato belong to Pyraustinae as understood. Taxonomists' opinions differ as to the correct placement of the Crambidae, some authorities treating them as a subfamily of the family Pyralidae. If this is done, Pyraustinae is treated as a separate subfamily within Pyralidae; the Pyraustinae are characterised by atrophied venulae in the tympanal organs. Many species have larvae that bore into stems and fruit of plants, several, notably from the genus Ostrinia, are serious agricultural pests. Life cycle of Saucrobotys futilalis Acellalis Pagenstecher, 1884 Achyra Guenée, 1849 Acropentias Meyrick, 1890 Adoxobotys Munroe, 1978 Aeolosma Meyrick, 1938 Aglaops Warren, 1892 Ametrea Munroe, 1964 Anamalaia Munroe & Mutuura, 1969 Anania Hübner, 1823 Ancyloptila Meyrick, 1889 Aplectropus Hampson in Walsingham & Hampson, 1896 Aponia Munroe, 1964 Arenochroa Munroe, 1976 Arunamalaia Rose & Kirti, 1987 Asphadastis Meyrick, 1934 Atomoclostis Meyrick, 1934 Aulacoptera Hampson, 1896 Aurorobotys Munroe & Mutuura, 1971 Authaeretis Meyrick, 1886 Auxolophotis Meyrick, 1933 Betousa Walker, 1865 Burathema Walker, 1863 Calamochrous Lederer, 1863 Callibotys Munroe & Mutuura, 1969 Capparidia Dumont, 1931 Carminibotys Munroe & Mutuura, 1971 Catapsephis Hampson, 1899 Ceuthobotys Munroe, 1978 Charitoprepes Warren, 1896 Cheloterma Meyrick, 1933 Chilochroma Amsel, 1956 Chilocorsia Munroe, 1964 Chilopionea Munroe, 1964 Chobera Moore, 1888 Circobotys Butler, 1879 Clatrodes Marion & Viette, 1953 Coelobathra Turner, 1908 Coptobasoides Janse, 1935 Crocidophora Lederer, 1863 Crypsiptya Meyrick, 1894 Cryptosara E. L. Martin, 1956 Cybalobotys Maes, 2001 Cyclarcha Swinhoe, 1894 Daulia Walker, 1859 Daunabotys Maes, 2004 Decelia Snellen, 1880 Deltobotys Munroe, 1964 Demobotys Munroe & Mutuura, 1969 Deuterophysa Warren, 1889 Discothyris Warren, 1895 Drachma Bryk, 1913 Ecpyrrhorrhoe Hübner, 1825 Elosita Snellen, 1899 Emphylica Turner, 1913 Endographis Meyrick, 1894 Endotrichella Collins, 1962 Ennomosia Amsel, 1956 Enyocera Snellen, 1880 Epicorsia Hübner, 1818 Epiecia Walker, 1866 Epiparbattia Caradja, 1925 Eporidia Walker, 1859 Eretmopteryx Saalmüller, 1884 Erinothus Hampson, 1899 Euclasta Lederer, 1855 Eumaragma Meyrick, 1933 Eumorphobotys Munroe & Mutuura, 1969 Euphyciodes Marion, 1954 Eustenia Snellen, 1899 Exeristis Meyrick, 1886 Fumibotys Munroe, 1976 Furcivena Hampson, 1896 Glaucoda Karsch, 1900 Glyphidomarptis Meyrick, 1936 Gnamptorhiza Warren, 1896 Gynenomis Munroe & Mutuura, 1968 Gyptitia Snellen, 1883 Hahncappsia Munroe, 1976 Helvibotys Munroe, 1976 Heterocnephes Lederer, 1863 Hutuna Whalley, 1962 Hyalea Guenée, 1854 Hyalobathra Meyrick, 1885 Hyalorista Warren, 1892 Hymenia Hübner, 1825 Hyperectis Meyrick, 1904 Hyphercyna Sauber, 1899 Idiusia Warren, 1896 Ischnoscopa Meyrick, 1894 Ismene Savigny, 1816 Isocentris Meyrick, 1887 Lampridia Snellen, 1880 Lamprophaia Caradja, 1925 Lepidoplaga Warren, 1895 Leptosophista Meyrick, 1938 Leucophotis Butler, 1886 Limbobotys Munroe & Mutuura, 1970 Lirabotys J. C. Shaffer & Munroe, 2007 Lotanga Moore, 1886 Loxoneptera Hampson, 1896 Loxostege Hübner, 1825 Lumenia de Joannis, 1929 Mabra Moore, 1885 Macrospectrodes Warren, 1896 Massepha Walker, 1859 Megatarsodes Marion, 1954 Metaprotus Hampson, 1899 Metasiodes Meyrick, 1894 Mimasarta Ragonot, 1894 Mimetebulea Munroe & Mutuura, 1968 Monocoptopera Hampson, 1899 Monodonta Kenrick, 1907 Munroeodes Amsel, 195

ISEA International

ISEA International is an international non-profit organization which encourages "interdisciplinary academic discourse" and exposure for "culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art and technology." ISEA International is best known for sponsoring the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art, an annual gathering of the international art and technology community. The symposium includes an academic conference, exhibitions and workshops, it is held in a different location every year. ISEA allows individuals and organizations from around the world to come together annually and experience the intersection of emerging technologies and art. ISEA includes both visual and performing art that intersect with various types of technology in its symposia. ISEA is managed by the ISEA International Foundation Board who organize and ensure the quality of content for each symposia. In an important move for ISEA, an agreement with University of Brighton to establish an ISEA Headquarters was signed in July 2009.

ISEA HQ provides an administrative and creative base for ISEA and develops a fruitful partnership with a leading research University. ISEA has its roots in the symposia begun in 1988 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in order to support the founding and maintenance of an international network of organisations and individuals active in the field of the electronic arts; the idea behind its creation was to create a network for those who are active and interested in electronic arts. The organization was founded in 1990 in The Netherland, as an international membership association called the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts; the Board and membership of ISEA has always been international, bringing together individuals and organisations from around the world. From the founding of ISEA until 1996 the organisation was based in the Netherlands. From 1996 to 2001, ISEA headquarters was based in Canada. After a period of a provisional HQ again in the Netherlands, in 2008 a new Headquarters was established at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

The Inter-Society existed for over 15 years as a membership organisation and in 2009 ISEA was changed from the association to a foundation called “ISEA International” and the headquarters moved to the UK. The organisation is now managed by the ISEA International foundation board, whose main role is to select the host city of each symposium; the foundation board works with the host to ensure that the goals of ISEA are achieved. The symposia were held as both a biennial and annual event; as of 2009, the symposium has been held annually again. ISEA is one of the most prominent international events on art and technology around the world, bringing together scholarly and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in electronic art and digital media; the ISEA International Headquarters is hosted at the University of Brighton in the UK. The Isea International Advisory Committee is composed of international experts from the fields of art and technology.

Their role is to advise ISEA Headquarters Director. In the meantime, the existing archive is being updated with the primary ISEA Symposium materials: The full set of available Proceedings and Catalogues Abstracts and statements for all available papers, panel sessions and tutorials, art events, concerts & performances Previous and future symposia have included: Utrecht, Netherlands Groningen, Netherlands Sydney, Australia Minneapolis, Minnesota, U. S. Helsinki, Finland Montreal, Canada Rotterdam, Netherlands Chicago, U. S. ISEA97 was held on September 22 through 27. There were two days of workshops on technology and new approaches to teaching, followed by three days of academic sessions with keynote speakers; the theme was "Content." Liverpool/Manchester, UK Paris, France Nagoya, Japan Baltic Sea. S. ISEA2006 had submissions from over 1,800 artists from around the world. Overall, it was estimated; the theme was "Interactive City." Singapore, Northern Ireland, Germany, Turkey, New Mexico, U. S; the theme was "Machine Wilderness" and focused on art and nature.

The symposium took place on September 19–24 and included over 100 artists and 400 presenters from 29 different countries. Sydney, Australia, ISEA2013 took place on June 7–16 with over 220 speakers and seven keynote addresses from experts in related fields. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, British Columbia, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China, Colombia, South Africa, South Korea, ISEA2019 took place on June 22-28; the theme was "Lux Aeterna" and inspired by the literal meaning of the host city Gwangju, "City of Light." ISEA website

Airport Authority Hong Kong

The Airport Authority Hong Kong is the statutory body of the government of Hong Kong, responsible for the operations of the Hong Kong International Airport. The authority was formed in 1995 through Airport Authority Ordinance and is independent of the government financially. There are plans to corporatise the AA and to list it on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and to sell it to the public. A convention and exhibition facility, the AsiaWorld-Expo, on the northeastern corner of the island of Chek Lap Kok was opened on 21 December 2005. On 17 January 2005, the AA acquired 49% stake of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, with HK$1.99 billion, compared to bids by Singapore Changi Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Houston International Airport and BAA plc. A new holding company of Xiaoshan Airport will be formed and be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. On 17 February 2006, the AA confirmed it will hold 55% stake in a company that operates the Zhuhai Airport, with the remaining 45% owned by Zhuhai Airport.

The company will not own the liabilities of the airport. In 2017, the Airport Authority approved a HKD $140 billion expansion for Hong Kong International Airport. AAHK is headquartered at HKIA Tower, connected to the airport terminal; as of March 2019, the authority had 2,602 employees. In March 2013 an airline passenger witnessed a suspected theft in the baggage reclaim hall of Chek Lap Kok Airport, he reported the theft to airport staff. The passenger contacted the Airport Authority to enquire on the availability of CCTV footage of the incident. Airport Authority staff responded. Legislative councillor Alice Mak asked for clarification on behalf of the passenger, it was revealed. The AAHK added that "the staff concerned, who were not honest in this instance, have been suitably admonished"; the case was investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman, which released a report in January 2015. The report noted that the AAHK training material instructs staff to answer enquiries about CCTV with the response, "CCTVs are used for real time surveillance only", a lie.

The Ombudsman alleged that "AA’s statement that the staff concerned were not honest was therefore grossly unfair" and that "we consider knowingly constructing a standard response which contains false information unacceptable." The Ombudsman considered the complaint against AAHK substantiated and recommended the authority review its CCTV policies and procedures and provide customer service training that "would not compromise the honesty and transparency of AA." The Airport Authority responded that the incident was isolated, that it had implemented the recommendations made by the Ombudsman. Official website