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Meliaceae

Meliaceae, the mahogany family, is a flowering plant family of trees and shrubs in the order Sapindales. They are characterised by alternate pinnate leaves without stipules, by syncarpous bisexual flowers borne in panicles, spikes, or clusters. Most species are evergreen; the family includes about 600 known species, with a pantropical distribution. Various species are used for vegetable oil, soap-making and prized wood; some economically important genera and species belong to this family: Neem tree Azadirachta indica Carapa: includes the "crabwood trees" e.g. Carapa procera Cedrela odorata Central and South America. Pennington, T. D. & Styles, B. T.: A generic monograph of the Meliaceae. Blumea 22: 419-540. Meliaceae in L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz; the families of flowering plants. Project Meliaceae

FĂȘte Galante (Smyth)

Fête Galante is an opera in one act composed by Ethel Smyth to an English-language libretto by Smyth and Edward Shanks based on Maurice Baring's 1909 short story of the same name. It is a tale of late night fête galante involving aristocrats and a commedia dell'arte troupe where jealousy and multiple masquerades end in the death of one of the characters. Described by the composer as a "Dance-dream", the opera premiered on 4 June 1923 at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Fête Galante was the fifth of Smyth's six operas and marked a return to the genre after a seven-year gap. World War I had forced the cancellation of several performances of her works in Europe, Germany where three of her earlier operas were first performed. After The Boatswain's Mate premiered in 1916, she concentrated her efforts on the women's suffrage movement and on her writing, producing two books of memoirs. During that time, she was suffering from depression, the onset of deafness, a loss of confidence in her abilities as a composer.

After finishing her first volume of memoirs, Impressions That Remained, in 1919 she approached her friend Maurice Baring for permission to set his short story "Fête Galante" as an opera, hoping that it would tempt her back into composing. He refused, but three months gave his approval. By that time, her enthusiasm for composition had waned and she began work on her second volume of memoirs, Streaks of life. However, she returned to the project in 1921 when she received a commission from the British National Opera Company, it was her first commissioned opera. The libretto was written by Smyth and the war poet Edward Shanks and follows Baring's story of a late night fête galante in which the Pierrot is hanged by a jealous king. Like Fantasio, Smyth's earlier comic opera, Fête Galante involves mistaken identity and disguise, but is a much darker tale, its title and themes of aristocratic open-air festivity and commedia dell'arte harked back to the operas of Rameau and Lully but were echoed in the neoclassical works of Smyth's contemporaries Debussy and Stravinsky.

Smyth composed Fête Galante in a neoclassical style, incorporating baroque dances and a madrigal set to a poem by John Donne. It was to be her only foray into that idiom; the complete recording of Fête Galante by Retrospect Opera was released in November 2019. It is conducted by champion, Odaline de la Martinez. Sources Bernstein, Jane. "Shout, Shout, Up With Your Song! Dame Ethel Smyth and the Changing Role of the Woman Composer" in Jane Bowers and Judith Tick Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150-1950, pp. 304–324. University of Illinois Press Pendle, Karin Anna. Women and Music: A History, p. 155. Indiana University Press Wood, Elizabeth. "'The Lesbian in the Opera: Desire Unmasked in Smyth's Fantasio and Fête Galante" in Corinne E. Blackmer and Patricia Juliana Smith En Travesti: Women, Gender Subversion, Opera, pp. 285–305. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0231102690 Maurice Baring's Orpheus in Mayfair, Other Stories, including "Fête Galante" Retrospect Opera

Alger, Washington

Alger is a census-designated place in Skagit County, United States. The population was 403 at the 2010 census, it is included in the Mount Vernon -- Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area. Alger is located along Old Highway 99 North Road. A former logging camp, Alger is now a working-class exurban community and home to the Skagit Speedway; the nearby Skagit Speedway has been operating for 50 years and attracting racers from all over the Northwest and West. It is a 1/3 mile banked oval track built of silica and clay, the faster classes of sprint cars achieve lap averages of 100 mph. Races are held on Saturday nights under floodlights, camping is available for racers and spectators in the Speedway's grounds. Alger was first settled by Frederick G. Abbey in 1884. On September 2, 2008, Alger was the starting point of Isaac Zamora's shooting rampage that extended down to Mount Vernon. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles, of which, 1.8 square miles of it is land and 0.56% is water.

As of the census of 2000, there were 89 people, 35 households, 24 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 49.7 people per square mile. There were 42 housing units at an average density of 23.5/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.38 % 5.62 % from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.62% of the population. There were 35 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.6% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.00. In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 21.3% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.0 males.

For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.8 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $13,542, the median income for a family was $34,125. Males had a median income of $37,614 versus $36,250 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $18,180. There were 27.6% of families and 35.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 38.5% of those over 64. Official website of Skagit Speedway

Idol Puerto Rico (season 2)

The second season of Idol Puerto Rico premiered on July 29, 2012 and will end on November 12, 2012. Like the previous season, it is hosted by Jaime Augusto Mayol; the victory went to Gremal Maldonado. Its origin is Dominican-Puerto Rican; the show selected contestants from two auditions held on April 28, 2012 in the Juan Pachín Vicéns Auditorium at Ponce and May 5, 2012 in the Hiram Bithorn Stadium at San Juan. As part of the premiere, WAPA TV presented a primetime special. During the "Theater Level" auditions, the selected contestants sang individually in front of the judges, they were evaluated in groups to reduce the number. The jury eliminated several contestants. In the end, the judges chose the twenty-four semifinalists; the semi-finals featured a total of 24 contestants. After the semi-finals, 12 of the contestants were eliminated, leaving the remaining 12 for the Finals. Alpha Berrios, 16, Toa Baja Aivelyn Diaz, 26, Toa Baja Celimar Lopes, 17, Salinas Fabiola Ramos, 25, Ponce Genesis Ramirez, 19, San Juan Gremal Maldonado, 17, Salinas Ivelisse Fermin, 26, Trujilo Alto Karla Arroyo, 16, Juana Diaz Kelly Romero, 18, Gurabo Leslie Crespo, 26, San Juan Tania Roman, 27, Carolina Xenia Rivera, 21, Gurabo Abimelec Torres, 23, San Sebastian Alex Rosado, 20, Vega Alta Angel Rodriguez, 25, Cayey Carlos Jimenez, 26, Carozal Carlos Valls, 23, San Juan Ismael Estepa, 21, Bayamon Jonathan Echevarria, 21, Rio Grande Juan Aviles, 26, Coamo Micheal Rivera, 27, Humacao Pablo Nieves, 21, Guayanabo Roberto Escobar, 21, Ponce The finals began on September 3, 2012 with 12 contestants and are scheduled to end on November 12, 2012.

One finalist was eliminated per week based on the public's votes. During the first gala, contestants performed a variety of pop songs from various Latin artists. Group performance: "Tu piano y mi guitarra" Guest performer: Prince RoyceDuring the second gala, contestants performed songs from several Latin pop singers; the third gala had the contestants performing songs from various tropical genres like Salsa and others. The fourth gala featured songs within the Latin rock genre, it was announced that contestant Roberto Escobar had been disqualified from the competition for inappropriate conduct. The fifth gala was titled "Top of the Charts Night" and it featured interpretations of songs that topped the US charts at some time. Guest performer: Daddy YankeeThe sixth gala featured a guest performance from Daddy Yankee, who performed his new hit "Pasarela". Guest judge: Kany GarcíaThe seventh gala was dubbed "Acoustic Night", each contestant performed two songs. Ricardo Montaner couldn't serve as judge, singer Kany García served as guest judge for the night.

The eight gala was dedicated to judges Ricardo Yolandita Monge. Each of the four remaining contestants performed two songs from them, with the males singing Montaner's songs and the females singing from Monge's repertoire. Guest artist: Gilberto Santa Rosa Guest artist: Tommy TorresThe ninth gala was the last one before the final. No participant was eliminated from the competition during the gala. Gremal and Juan Carlos sang one in honor of the guest judge, Tommy Torres. Guest artist: Carlos Vives, Elvis Crespo, Erika Ender, Christian Pagán, Kany García, Yolandita Monge and Ricardo MontanerGroup performance: "Tu piano y mi guitarra", "Sigo Caminando" with Erika Ender. ^Note 1: Roberto Escobar had been disqualified from the competition for inappropriate conduct.^Note 2: No participant was eliminated from the competition during the gala. Gremal and Juan Carlos sang one in honor of the guest judge, Tommy Torres. Official website

Anastasia (upcoming film)

Anastasia is an upcoming fantasy-adventure film based on the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. Anastasia Romanova escapes through a portal when her family is threatened by Vladimir Lenin, she finds herself in the year 1988, befriended by a young American girl. Emily Carey as Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Amiah Miller as Megan Brandon Routh as Nicholas II of Russia Aliyah Moulden as Bliss Armando Gutierrez as Grigori Rasputin Kendall Vertes Donna Murphy as Yara the Enchantress Jo Koy as Vladimir Lenin Lee Tae-ri as Prince Lee Claire Crosby as an orphan girl David Arthur Sousa as Rasputin's Guard The film was titled Anastasia: Once Upon a Time. Principal production began in the summer of 2017 in Louisville, KY with the young stars filming the 1988 portion of the film. Shooting on the 1917 portion of the film started in August 2017 and concluded in April 2018 after a break in between filming locations of about 6 months. Anastasia on IMDb

Junior Johnson

Robert Glenn Johnson Jr. better known as Junior Johnson, was a NASCAR driver of the 1950s and 1960s. He won 50 NASCAR races in his career before retiring in 1966. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became a NASCAR racing team owner, he produced a line of fried pork skins and country ham. He is credited as the first to use the drafting technique in stock car racing, he was nicknamed "The Last American Hero" and his autobiography is of the same name. In May 2007, Johnson teamed with Piedmont Distillers of Madison, North Carolina, to introduce the company's second moonshine product, called "Midnight Moon Moonshine". Johnson was born in Ronda, North Carolina, the fourth of seven children of Lora Belle and Robert Glenn Johnson, Sr, his family is of Ulster Scots descent, settled in the foothills of North Carolina in the early 1600s. The Johnson family was involved in the whiskey business, his maternal great-grandfather served as the second highest ranking Confederate general in North Carolina. His father, a lifelong bootlegger, spent nearly twenty of his sixty-three years in prison, as their house was raided by revenue agents.

His family experienced the largest alcohol raid in United States history, seizing 400 gallons of moonshine from the house. Junior was arrested and spent one year in prison in Ohio in 1956-57 for having an illegal still, although he was never caught in his many years of transporting bootleg liquor at high speed. In 1955, Johnson began his career as a NASCAR driver. In his first full season, he won five races and finished sixth in the 1955 NASCAR Grand National points standings. In 1958 Johnson won six races. In 1959, Johnson won five more NASCAR Grand National races, his first win at a "superspeedway" came at the Daytona 500 in 1960. Johnson and his crew chief Ray Fox were practicing for the race, trying to figure out how to increase their speed, 22 miles per hour slower than the top cars in the race. During a test run a faster car passed Johnson, he noticed that when he moved behind the faster car his own speed increased due to the faster car's slipstream. Johnson was able to stay close behind the faster car until the final lap of the test run, when he used the "slipstream" effect to slingshot past the other car.

By using this technique, Johnson went on to win the 1960 Daytona 500, despite the fact his car was slower than others in the field. Johnson's technique was adopted by other drivers, his practice of "drafting" has become a common tactic in NASCAR races. In 1963 he had a two-lap lead in the World 600 at Charlotte before a spectator threw a bottle onto the track and caused a crash, he retired as a driver in 1966. In his career, Johnson claimed 11 at major speedway races, he retired as the winningest driver never to have a championship. Johnson was a master of dirt track racing. "The two best drivers I've competed against on dirt are Junior Johnson and Dick Hutcherson," said two-time NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett. As a team owner, he worked with many NASCAR drivers, including Darel Dieringer, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett, Terry Labonte, Geoffrey Bodine, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer and Bill Elliott. In all, his drivers won 139 races, third to Petty Enterprises and Hendrick Motorsports.

His drivers won six Winston Cup Championships -- three with Waltrip. In 2011, Johnson announced. Junior Johnson Racing will be located in North Carolina. Robert, the 2010 UARA Rookie of the Year, plans to run a 28–30 race schedule in 2011, which includes the entire K&N East Series schedule and some races in the UARA and Whelen All-American Series, he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1991. Johnson joined Michael Jordan, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty by having a stretch of highway named in his honor in 2004, his daughter Meredith sang the national anthem at the dedication of the highway. An 8.5-mile stretch of U. S. Highway 421 from the Yadkin and Wilkes county line to the Windy Gap exit is named Junior Johnson Highway, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23, 2010. Johnson was married in 1949 to Mary Grey, his marriage to childhood sweetheart Flossie Clark ended in divorce in 1992. His marriage to Lisa Day in 1992 resulted in two children: daughter Meredith Suzanne and son Robert Glenn Johnson III, both of whom attended Duke University.

Johnson built a new home for his family in 1997. He resided in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the time of his death in 2019. Flossie still resides in the family home, built by Junior in 1964, that she kept as part of the divorce settlement. On December 26, 1986, President Ronald Reagan granted Johnson a presidential pardon for his 1956 moonshining conviction. In response to the pardon, which restored his right to vote, Johnson said, "I could not have imagined anything better." In the mid 1960s, writer Tom Wolfe researched and wrote an article about Johnson, published in March 1965 in Esquire, reprinted in Wolfe's The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby. This was reprinted in The Best American Sports Writing of the Ce