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William Riker

William Thomas "Will" Riker is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe appearing as a main character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Throughout the series and its accompanying films, he is the Enterprise's first officer, captain, until he accepts command of the USS Titan at the end of Star Trek: Nemesis. Riker is played by actor Jonathan Frakes. Frakes went to seven auditions over six weeks before being cast as Riker. Frakes stated: I started with the cattle call the casting director, the producer other directors, to Gene Roddenberry, through the Paramount execs, including the vice-president himself and the heads of television. For the first two seasons, Riker is portrayed as a bold and sometimes arrogant, ambitious young officer, he becomes comfortable on the Enterprise turning down offers of his own command, he learns to cherish the company of his fellow officers. Nonetheless, Riker retains a willingness to disregard the chain of command. Riker is referred to as "Will", he is usually called "Number One" by Captain Picard, because of his position as first officer on the Enterprise.

Riker's background is first explored in the second-season episode "The Icarus Factor". In the episode, Riker's estranged father, visits the Enterprise to offer his son the command of the USS Aries, which Riker refuses. We learn that: Riker grew up in Alaska. In the episode, Riker had not spoken with his father for 15 years, but they manage to mend their relationship over a game of martial-arts sparring called Anbo-jitsu. In the episode "Lower Decks" a waiter at Ten Forward mistakenly states that Riker is Canadian, in the same episode Riker clarifies that he grew up in Alaska. According to the Voyager episode "Death Wish", Riker's distant ancestors lived in the United States: during the American Civil War, his ancestor Colonel Thaddeus Riker fought on the Union side, as an officer in the 102nd New York Infantry Regiment during the Atlanta Campaign. In the two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds" Riker takes command of the Enterprise, assuming the rank of captain through a field promotion, orchestrates Picard's rescue.

This episode explores the idea of Riker being unwilling to take chances since he had grown comfortable in his role as First Officer aboard the Enterprise. By the end of the episode, when he orders the Enterprise to fire on former Captain Picard, now Locutus of Borg, Riker has grown into a more confident leader; the sixth-season episode "Second Chances" reveals that Will Riker was duplicated long ago by a transporter malfunction. The "second" Riker takes the name "Thomas", revealed to be William Riker's middle name. In the seventh-season episode "The Pegasus", Riker must confront his former commanding officer, Admiral Erik Pressman, over a cover-up related to the destruction of the USS Pegasus; the Pegasus had illegally developed a radically different type of cloaking device that allowed it to phase through matter, resulting in it becoming fused within an asteroid when unstable power consumption forced the cloaking device offline. In the Enterprise series finale, Riker appears as a never before seen cook discussing matters of life and sacrifice with the crew.

It is revealed that his presence is part of a holodeck simulation of historic events that Riker initiated in order to help himself make the decision to inform Captain Picard of the illegal research once conducted by Admiral Pressman aboard the Pegasus. Before the beginning of the series, Riker was involved in a romantic relationship with Counselor Troi on her home planet Betazed, they refer to each other as imzadi, a Betazoid term of endearment meaning "soulmate". The novel Imzadi takes place before the beginning of the series and explores the history of the relationship between the two characters; the two characters are close friends throughout the series, but their relationship does not resume until Star Trek: Insurrection, the third Star Trek film set in the Next Generation era, although Thomas Riker, the duplicate created by a transporter malfunction, attempts to respark their relationship in "Second Chances". The following movie, Star Trek Nemesis, begins with their wedding reception on board the Enterprise-E.

At the start of the film, Riker accepts a promotion to Captain and an offer to command the USS Titan. Riker was scripted as a much more serious, by-the-book officer—by the middle episodes of the first season, however, it was felt that he was too "official", his character was toned down and became more of a ladies' man. Although Riker was clean-shaven for the first season, he grew a beard at the start of the second season that would become something of a trademark. Frakes had grown a beard between seasons, for his role in the Civil War miniseries North and South, Gene Roddenberry asked him to keep it, because he thought it made Riker look more nautical; because Frakes' growing of a beard coincided with what fans and critics perceived of as an improvement of the show's writing quality, "growing the beard" has become an internet colloquialism for a once subpar television series achieving a dramatic level of improvement. Frakes appeared in dual roles in "Second Chances", a TNG episode in which it was established that Riker had a "twin" created years earlier by a transporter malfunction.

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Bundesstraße 7

The Bundesstraße 7 is a German federal highway that stretches from the Dutch border at Venlo in the West to Rochlitz near Chemnitz in the East. It is 530 km long; because of its western origin some stretches of the B 7 are designated as "Holländische Straße", e.g. in Kassel and Calden. The former Reichsstraße 7 extended from Schmölln over Meerane, Glauchau and Freiberg to Dresden, where it linked with the Reichsstraße 6; the former portion between Chemnitz and Dresden is now called the Bundesstraße 173. The segment between Wuppertal and Hagen was constructed in 1788, making it one of the oldest roads in western Germany; the stretch connecting Iserlohn and Menden was built between 1816 and 1817. Between Eisenach and Erfurt the B 7 follows the path of the former Via Regia; the original plan marked Dresden as he eastern terminus, however this portion was completed during the Third Reich and called the Bundesstraße 173. In some areas the Bundesstraße 7 is replaced by Autobahns. For example, between Hagen-Hohenlimburg and the former autobahn terminus in the eastern city of Iserlohn the B 7 becomes the Bundesautobahn 46.

Between Kassel and Eisenach the B 7 is slated to be replaced by the new Bundesautobahn 44, the first piece of, opened at Hessisch Lichtenau was in October 2005. Environmental concerns have been raised about the project, as the autobahn is proposed to run through the national park Meißner-Kaufunger Wald. Since August 2005 heavy transport vehicles have been banned from a 157 km stretch of the B 7; the ban is enforced between Kassel at the A 7 junction and Wehretal. Vehicles originating or ending in the Kassel area are exempt from the ban. Http:// - photographs of the Bundesstraße 7 List of federal highways in Germany

2020 Singapore Premier League

The 2020 Singapore Premier League will be the 3rd season of the Singapore Premier League, the top-flight Singaporean professional league for association football clubs, since its rebranding in 2018. The champions of the 2020 Singapore Premier League will qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage automatically; the following key changes were made to the rules for the 2020 season: Singapore Premier League clubs can sign a maximum of four foreign players in the 2020 season, up from three as compared to 2019. From 2019, only four stadiums host regular matches; the 8 teams will host the matches in the following stadiums. Our Tampines Hub, Jalan Besar Stadium, Bishan Stadium and Jurong East Stadium. For 2019, Albirex is allowed to sign as many locals. However, the club are only allowed one Singaporean over the age of 23. Albirex must have two Singaporeans in their starting lineup for each game; each team is now able to register up to 28 players in their squad, an increase of 3 players as compared to 2018.

It was reported at the start of the year that FAS had instructed Warriors FC to sit out the 2020 Singapore Premier League season due to their financial issue. However, the chairman is appealing to-date. Tanjong Pagar United to replace Warriors FC in Singapore Premier League 2020. Young Lions to play their home games at Jurong West Stadium, while Hougang United will move back to their previous home at Hougang Stadium. Tanjong Pagar United played in Jurong East Stadium. Home United changed its name to Lion City Sailors Football Club ahead of the new season after being taken over by SEA Group, it is the 1st club in the SPL to be privatized. Local SPL clubs are required to have a minimum of six U-23 players for a squad size of 19 to 25 players. A total of 9 teams compete in the league. Albirex Niigata and DPMM FC are invited foreign clubs from Brunei respectively. Despite large criticism and discussion against the Young Lions project, the Young Lions will continue to compete till 2019 for the purposes of training and preparing for the 2019 SEA Games.

The criticism focused on the poor performances every season by the youth team made up of Singapore Football's brightest prospects. Season-long consecutive losses against the rest of the more mature teams inflicts serious long-term consequences on the morale of the players, considering that most of these players are in the developmental ages of their footballing career; the new age restrictions imposed on the rest of the Singapore Premier League clubs could be seen as giving the Young Lions a better advantage in terms of seniority, but most critics and fans of Singapore football are still wanting the FAS to abolish the FAS-managed Young Lions and have them developed under the guidance of genuine local clubs. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Singapore Premier League clubs can sign a maximum of four foreign players in the 2020 season, up from three as compared to 2019. However, one of them has to be 21 years old or younger on 1 January 2020.

Albirex Niigata can sign up unlimited number of Singaporean players for the new season. Only 1 local player above 23 years old is allowed. Players name in bold indicates. Note 1: Albirex is allowed to sign as many locals as their budget allows. However, the club are only allowed one Singaporean over the age of 23; as @ 14 March 2020 As @ 7 Mar 2020. As @ 14 March 2020. Note 4 Player scored 4 goals 5 Player scored 5 goals As of 7 Mar 2020. Football Association of Singapore website Singapore Premier League website

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is a $350 million, high rise convention hotel, located on 3rd Street north of Van Buren Street in Downtown Phoenix, adjacent to the Arizona Center office/retail complex and the Phoenix Convention Center, which had its North building openened in early 2008. At 31 floors it has surpassed the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, at 24 floors, as the tallest hotel tower in Arizona. In July, 2003, the Phoenix City Council approved the USD $350 million convention center hotel, to be owned by the city, developed and operated by Sheraton Hotels as a Starwood facility. On November 3, 2004, the city of Phoenix announced Arquitectonica and RSP Architects had been selected to build the project. Groundbreaking was in late March 2006; the tower was topped out in October 2007. The hotel welcomed it first guests on September 30, 2008; the hotel has 1,000 rooms, a 6,500-square-foot fitness center, a 2,000-square-foot outdoor pool and sundeck, 80,000 square feet of meeting space including a 29,000-square-foot ballroom and a 15,000-square-foot junior ballroom.

In addition, there are 16 meeting rooms, two boardrooms, a terrace for outdoor events. The exterior color palette of browns and yellows were chosen to represent the desert sky at sunset; the curved roofline mimics the slope of nearby Camelback Mountain. In June 2018, the city of Phoenix sold the hotel to Marriott International for $255 million. Marriott will start renovating the hotel in 2019. Richardson and Paterik, Stephanie, "Work begins on Sheraton downtown" The Arizona Republic, March 29, 2006. Berry, Jahna, “Livelier Downtown on Horizon” The Arizona Republic, January 7, 2008. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown website


"Manías" is a Latin pop ballad by Mexican singer Thalía, from her eleventh studio album Habítame Siempre. The song was written and composed by Raul Ornelas and was released worldwide by Sony Music as the lead single from the album on October 8, 2012, it marks Thalía's return to music. As Thalía announced herself through her official Twitter account, the song is dedicated to her mother who died last year. "Manías" has received positive reviews from the critics, who acclaimed Thalía's artistic evolution and vocal abilities. It had a positive impact in digital sales, managing to debut in over 20 countries on the first day of its release, reaching the top position in many of them. Thalía performed the song live for the first time in her special Univision TV concert entitled "Habitame Siempre", her concert was broadcast on Univision Network in the United States on November 18, 2012. Thalia performed the song in a special TV concert in which she presented a small part of her album, apart from performing some of the most representative hits of her career.

Her concert was broadcast on Univision Network in the United States on November 18, 2012 and Televisa Network in Mexico on November 24. The concert took place in the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on September 21, 2012. During the concert, Thalia revealed that "Manías" would be released as the first single from her album, she performed the song in Univision's anniversary for "Sabado Gigante" show, on October 27, 2012 and some weeks in La Voz, a Mexican TV reality talent show and singing competition. During her promotional tour in Spain, Thalía presented the song to the Spanish audience in a stunning live performance at the annual Cadena Dial Awards, that took place in Tenerife on March 13, 2013, she is expected to include the song in the setlist of her VIVA! Tour, set to be launched at March 24, 2013 in Chicago. In total, she has publicly performed the song 4 times up to date. A "making of" video premiered on VEVO on November 9, 2012, it featured background scenes from the recording of the song in the studio.

The official music video of the song premiered on VEVO on December 18, 2012. The video was recorded in the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and it features Thalía's live performance of the song; the same video had been used during the week of the album's release as part of a promotional TV special. In Mexico, the digital single of the track had sold over 30,000 copies by February 16, 2013, being certified as gold by AMPROFON. Digital download"Manías" – 3:54 "Manías" - 4:17 "Manías" - 3:51CD Single"Manías" - 3:54

Siege of Humaitá

The Siege of Humaitá was a prolonged operation of encirclement that occurred at the Fortress of Humaitá, on the Paraguay River. Humaitá was surrounded by land on 2 November 1867, by water on 19 February 1868, surrendered on 25 July 1868; the Fortress of Humaita was built on the strategic bend of the Paraguay River that would force ships to steam head first into artillery fire. The Allied Command assumed that because of that and the chains installed, the fortress as impassible. On 1 August 1867, the Argentine general Bartolomé Mitre commanded the Brazilian imperial fleet to secure a passage through Curupaiti and Humaitá. On 15 August, two divisions of five battleships passed Curupaiti without incident but the artillery fire forced them to stop at Humaitá; this news caused conflict in the Allied high command. The Brazilian commanders were determined that attacking the fortress from the river would be futile and withdrew their fleet, pending a land-based attack that began on 18 August. From Tuyucuê, the Allies headed north and took the villages of São Solano and laid siege to Humaitá itself, isolating it from Asunción by November 1867.

On 19 February 1868, Marshal Caxias and Vice Admiral Baron de Inhauma ordered the fleet up the River Paraguay past Humaitá. There were minimal damage caused to any of the ships. On 24 February, the Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul shelled Asunción, evacuated earlier. Paraguayan President Francisco Solano López decided to evacuate Humaita, he crossed the Paraguay River to the Chaco side on 3 March 1868. Solano López left Colonel Francisco Martinez in charge of a force of 200 cannons. General Argollo attacked Sauce on 21 March. Curupayti was abandoned the next day; the Bahia, Rio Grande and Para bombarded Humaitá on 23 and 24 March 1868. At the end of April, Allied forces had troops on the Chaco side of the river; the Allied army advanced on 16 July 1868, when it appeared Humaitá were abandoned. General Osório and 6,000 troops led an attack on the northeast side of Humaitá, unaware of the 46 concealed Paraguayan guns and over 2,000 men under the command of Colonel Pedro Hermosa. At the command of "Muerte a los cambas", the Brazilians retreated.

The Brazilian casualties consisted of 279 dead, 754 wounded and 100 captured, while the Paraguayan casualties were 89 killed and 104 wounded. General Rivas ordered an attack on the Paraguayan Cora redoubt on 18 July. An allied force of Argentinian and Brazilian infantry men were ambushed by a force led by Colonel Caballero; the Argentinian losses amounted to 90 killed, 87 wounded and 35 captured, while the Brazilians had 67 killed, 221 wounded and 2 captured. The Paraguayans suffered 120 casualties. Col. Martinez asked Solano López for permission to start evacuating Humaitá on 19 July. Solano López ordered Martinez to hold out five more days, but the first wave of Paraguayan withdrawal started on the 24th with 1,200 men; the remainder left on the 25th after spiking their guns. The Allied force entered Humaitá ten hours later. Col. Martinez, along with 1,228 men, 96 officers, women and children, were caught trying to cross Laguna Vera on 5 August 1868 where he surrendered. Lopez sought vengeance by murdering his wife.

The allies captured 146 iron guns and 36. A few men, Col. Alen among them, managed to escape the encirclement and make it back to Paraguayan lines via the jungle; however Col. Alen was instead arrested for desertion. Donato, Hernâni. Dicionário das Batalhas Brasileiras. São Paulo, Editora Ibrasa, 1987