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Oxalis or is a large genus of flowering plants in the wood-sorrel family Oxalidaceae comprising about 570 species. The genus occurs except for the polar areas. Many of the species are known as wood sorrels as they have an acidic taste reminiscent of the sorrel proper, only distantly related; some species are called yellow sorrels or pink sorrels after the color of their flowers instead. Other species are colloquially known as false shamrocks, some called sourgrasses. For the genus as a whole, the term oxalises is used; these plants are perennial. The leaves are divided into three to ten or more obovate and top notched leaflets, arranged palmately with all the leaflets of equal size; the majority of species have three leaflets. Some species exhibit rapid changes in leaf angle in response to temporarily high light intensity to decrease photoinhibition; the flowers have five petals, which are fused at the base, ten stamens. The petal color varies from white to red or yellow; the fruit is a small capsule containing several seeds.

The roots are tuberous and succulent, several species reproduce vegetatively by production of bulbils, which detach to produce new plants. Several Oxalis species dominate the plant life in local woodland ecosystems, be it Coast Range ecoregion of the North American Pacific Northwest, or the Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest in southeastern Australia where least yellow sorrel is common. In the United Kingdom and neighboring Europe, common wood sorrel is the typical woodland member of this genus, forming large swaths in the typical mixed deciduous forests dominated by downy birch and sessile oak, by sycamore maple, common bracken, pedunculate oak and blackberries, or by common ash, dog's mercury and European rowan; some species – notably Bermuda-buttercup and creeping woodsorrel – are pernicious, invasive weeds when escaping from cultivation outside their native ranges. Tuberous woodsorrels provide food for certain small herbivores – such as the Montezuma quail; the foliage is eaten by some Lepidoptera, such as the Polyommatini pale grass blue – which feeds on creeping wood sorrel and others – and dark grass blue.

Oxalis species are susceptible to rust. Wood sorrel is an edible wild plant, consumed by humans around the world for millennia. In Dr. James Duke's Handbook of Edible Weeds, he notes that the native American Kiowa people chewed wood sorrel to alleviate thirst on long trips, the Potawatomi cooked it with sugar to make a dessert, the Algonquin considered it an aphrodisiac, the Cherokee ate wood sorrel to alleviate mouth sores and a sore throat, the Iroquois ate wood sorrel to help with cramps and nausea; the fleshy, juicy edible tubers of the oca have long been cultivated for food in Colombia and elsewhere in the northern Andes mountains of South America. It is grown and sold in New Zealand as "New Zealand yam", varieties are now available in yellow, orange and pink, as well as the traditional red-orange; the leaves of scurvy-grass sorrel were eaten by sailors travelling around Patagonia as a source of vitamin C to avoid scurvy. In India, creeping wood sorrel is eaten only seasonally, starting in December–January.

The Bodos of north east India sometimes prepare a sour fish curry with its leaves. The leaves of common wood sorrel may be used to make a lemony-tasting tea. A characteristic of members of this genus is that they contain oxalic acid, giving the leaves and flowers a sour taste which can make them refreshing to chew. In large amounts, oxalic acid may be considered toxic, interfering with proper digestion and kidney function. However, oxalic acid is present in more consumed foods such as spinach, brussels sprouts, grapefruit and rhubarb, among many others. General scientific consensus seems to be that the risk of sheer toxicity, actual poisoning from oxalic acid in persons with normal kidney function is "wildly unlikely". While any oxalic acid-containing plant, such as Oxalis, is toxic to humans in some dosage, the U. S. National Institutes of Health note that oxalic acid is present in many foodstuffs found in the supermarket and its toxicity is of little or no consequence for people who eat a variety of foods.

In the past, it was a practice to extract crystals of calcium oxalate for use in treating diseases and as a salt called sal acetosella or "sorrel salt". Growing oca tuber root caps are covered in a fluorescent slush rich in harmaline and harmine which suppresses pests. Creeping wood sorrel and other species are hyperaccumulators of copper; the Ming Dynasty text Precious

Anita Magsaysay-Ho

Anita Magsaysay-Ho was a Filipino painter. She was the only female member of the Thirteen Moderns, a standing group of Filipino modernist artists and in 1958 was chosen by a panel of experts at the six major painters of the country; the most famous work of Magsaysay-Ho are subject to the beauty of Filipino women dealing with everyday issues. Anita Magsaysay was born in 1914 in Manila, her parents were Ambrosio Magsaysay, an engineer. A cousin of Anita was the Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, whose father Exequiel was a brother of Anita's father Ambrosio, she studied at the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, where she took instruction from prominent Filipino painters like Fabian de la Rosa, Fernando Amorsolo and his brother Pablo Amorsolo. She followed UP's School of Design, with teachers as Victorio Edades and Enrique Ruiz. After her studies at UP, she left in the 1930s to the United States, where she studied at the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan and gave painting and drawing lessons in New York City.

In New York she met Robert Ho from Hong Kong. They married and moved to China, where Ho's shipping industry company, Magsaysay Inc. began. The years after the couple had five children and they moved because of Ho's work frequently, they lived in Brazil, Hong Kong and Japan. Wherever she lived, Anita had access to a studio. In the early 1940s, the influence of her teacher Fenando Amorsolo was visible, both in terms of subject and brightness of the paintings, her work evolved toward modernism, among other things, expressed in its Cubist style. She was one of a group of Filipino modernist artists. On October 3, 1999, the sale of her painting'In the Marketplace "in 1955 at Christie's in Singapore $669,250 on; this was a record for a Filipino artist during his lifetime. In 2005, Alfredo Roces wrote a biography of her, called "In Praise of Women", she painted until her 2009 stroke. She died three years just three weeks before her 98th birthday. A senate resolution was filed by Senator Franklin Drilon recommending Magsaysay-Ho to be conferred the National Artist Award for her contributions to Filipino modern art.

The resolution did not pass as Magsaysay-Ho died a Canadian citizen, Ho died on September 9, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. 2nd prize at the Manila Grand Opera House Exhibition for "Five Senses" 1st prize of The Philippine Art Association for "The Cooks" 2nd prize of The Philippine Art Association for "Fruit Vendors" 1st prize of The Philippine Art Association for "Mending the Nets" 1st prize of The Philippine Art Association for "Two Women" 2nd prize of The Philippine Art Association for "Trio" There are collections of Anita Magsaysay-Ho in: The Ateneo Art Gallery, Philippines. The Lopez Memorial Museum and Library, Philippines; the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila Philippines. The Yuchengco Museum, Makati City, Philippines

Vuelta (magazine)

Vuelta was a Spanish-language literary magazine published in Mexico City, Mexico from 1976 to 1998. It was founded by poet Octavio Paz; the magazine closed after his death. Its role was inherited by Letras Libres. Vuelta was founded by poet Octavio Paz in December 1976 following the controversial dismantling of the workers' cooperative that ran the daily newspaper Excélsior; the magazine ceased publication following Paz's death in 1998. The magazine published an important group of international intellectuals and writers, from Mexico, Latin America, the United States, Europe, many of whom Paz met during his remarkable career; these included Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Zaid, E. M. Cioran, Enrique Krauze, Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Samuel Beckett, Milan Kundera, Czesław Miłosz, Susan Sontag, John Kenneth Galbraith, Leszek Kołakowski, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Isaiah Berlin, Reinaldo Arenas, among others. Paz published a collection of poems under the title Vuelta, which were written between 1969 and 1974.

In 1988, historian Enrique Krauze criticized Carlos Fuentes and his fiction in an article Vuelta, dubbing him a "guerrilla dandy" for the perceived gap between his Marxist politics and his personal lifestyle, as well as his long absences from the country he wrote about. This essay contributed to a permanent rift between Paz and Fuentes close friends, who were estranged because of Fuentes' support for the Sandinistas. Vuelta received the 1993 Prince of Asturias Award for Humanities. In the award, Vuelta was described as "one of the most important cultural phenomena in the Spanish language". Letras Libres, founded by Enrique Krauze, which assumed the cultural role. Revista Vuelta: Prince of Asturias Award

USS Orlando (PF-99)

USS Orlando was a Tacoma-class frigate that served during World War II. She was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Florida, she was authorized with the hull classification symbol PG-207 but reclassified PF-99 in April 1943. Her keel was laid down 2 August 1943, under a Maritime Commission Contract by American Ship Building Company, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was launched on 1 December 1943, sponsored by Mrs. E. Harold Johnson, commissioned on 15 November 1944, with Lieutenant Commander James A. Hyslop, USCG, in command. After Orlando made a shakedown cruise to Bermuda, her first convoy departed from Hampton Roads on 7 February 1945. Orlando rounded up the stragglers from her position in the rear of the 37-ship convoy bound for Mers el Kebir, Algeria; the convoy passed through the Strait of Gibraltar on 22 February and arrived at Mers el Kebir two days later. On 3 March escort duty commenced again as a 43-ship convoy started on its way across the Atlantic Ocean. By 15 March various units of the convoy began to detach themselves from the main body of ships and Orlando departed the convoy to proceed to Boston, Massachusetts.

After training exercises Orlando commenced her second trans-Atlantic voyage to Mers el Kebir as part of a convoy screen. The ship remained at Mers el Kebir until joining a convoy bound for the United States on 2 May. With the crossing completed, the convoy commenced to break up on 14 May and Orlando returned to New York City with a section of the convoy before proceeding to Boston for voyage repairs. On 5 July Orlando departed for New York to be converted to a weather ship and prepare for distant service; the frigate got underway from New York Harbor 10 August bound for the Panama Canal. On the way the successful conclusion of the war against Japan was announced; the ship transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 5 September 1945. Five days Orlando and Gulfport stood out of the channel at Pearl Harbor and set course for Adak in the Andreanof Islands to moor in Sweepers Cove, Adak on 16 September; the ship took a weather station in the area around 43 degrees North, 165 degrees East from 7 October until 25 October.

Through the month of November the ship was moored in Adak. The lonely weather station duty continued as Orlando remained in the area around Adak until arriving at Seattle, Washington, on 12 May 1946; the naval career of the frigate Orlando ended at Seattle where she was taken out of commission 27 June 1946. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 19 July 1946, was sold for scrapping 10 November 1947 to the Zidell Ship Dismantling Company. In the 1973 film Cinderella Liberty, James Caan portrayed a sailor assigned to USS Orlando and wore the ship's name on his right shoulder rocker. Additionally, a submarine named. Both ships are unrelated to the actual USS Orlando except in name only; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. USS Orlando USS Orlando USS Orlando

Bite (film)

Bite is a 2015 body horror film written and directed by Chad Archibald and starring Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrene Denkers, Barry Birnberg, Daniel Klimitz, Tianna Nori, Caroline Palmer. It was produced by Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment; the plot is about a young woman, bitten by a waterborne insect while in Costa Rica and suffers horrifying consequences. Casey celebrates her bachelorrette party with her friends Jill in Costa Rica, she is bitten by an insect. She is however too preoccupied with her issues at home to take note. An over-bearing mother-in-law, cold feet over her impending wedding are at the top of her list of concerns. Casey is beginning to doubt the upcoming wedding. In addition, she notes strong changes to herself, her body mutates her senses get worse. She can no longer feed herself and she is plagued by nightmares; when she wakes up one day, there are insect eggs in her apartment. Jared's mother invades Casey's apartment to challenge her.

Casey kills her by spitting acid. Her friend Kirsten is worried and visits Casey, but she kills her when Kirsten finds the body of Mrs. Kennedy and panics. Casey's girlfriend Jill is in love with Jared. In order to prevent the wedding, she stole Casey's engagement ring on Costa Rica and let Casey believe that she had a one-night stand with. In fact, Casey was forced into sex; this was filmed by Jill. Jill seduces is heard by Casey because of her tighter senses, she releases a superhuman cry that causes nausea and vomiting in Jill and Jared. Jill is overwhelmed, she is tied to a chair. When she wakes up again, meanwhile mutated, forces her to watch the videos of her rape, she forces Jill to call Jared, who enters the apartment. Casey kills Jill, causing a fight between her. Although Jared can kill Casey, he is injured by a sting, he drags himself back to his apartment and tries to dial the emergency call with his mobile, but fails. A week the entire house is quarantined; the police raid the house and find the bodies of Mrs. Kennedy and Kirsten in Casey's apartment.

In Jared's apartment, they find the injured and mutated Jared in a kind of cocoon. When they want to help him, lots of eggs and insects swell from his body; these attack the police. At the end of the film, two joggers are talking about an upcoming trip to Costa Rica. One of the two is bitten by an insect. Elma Begovic as Casey Annette Wozniak as Jill Denise Yuen as Kirsten Jordan Gray as Jared Lawrene Denkers as Mrs. Kennedy Barry Birnberg as Mr. Mathenson Daniel Klimitz as Mao Tianna Nori as Joanne Caroline Palmer as Hannah Bite was released in 2015 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Fantasy Filmfest, Film4 Fright Fest, Mile High Horror Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Tucson Terrorfest, Night Visions Film Festival, Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, Monster Fest. Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, Texas Frightmare Weekend. A subtitled version was released in Madrid, Spain on June 7, 2016.

The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 50% based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 5.81/10. Metacritic reports an aggregated score of 57 based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews"; the beginning of the film and character development in particular were criticized, with the relationships and acting being described as unconvincing and generic to the point of being parodic, while the complex themes and body-horror elements were viewed more favorably by critics, Brian Tallerico from called it "one of those early career horror entries in which the filmmakers don't quite nail the set-up or the landing, but the gooey center of the film works for those with a high tolerance for things that might make a majority of the population queasy."Phil Wheat from Nerdly had a more positive takeaway after seeing the Frightfest 2015 screening: "Bite is strange and claustrophobic tale of sexuality and bodily fluids recalls the best of David Cronenberg echoing of Roman Polanski's Repulsion in the isolated madness of Casey's condition.

And as such is unmissable" and Matt Boiselle from Dread Central stated that "Bite has the chops to be the Fly of the new age and shouldn't be missed if you're a gorehound on the prowl."Many audience members were unprepared for the gruesome content of the film however, as Fantasia Film Festival co-director Mitch Davis said on Facebook, "I leave the BITE premiere for all of ten minutes and the following text lights up my phone: "2 people fainted. One girl is puking and another hit his head on stairs". Truth." Davis had special Bite branded barf-bags handed out to the audience. Bite on IMDb Bite at Rotten Tomatoes

André van Gyseghem

André van Gyseghem was an English actor and theatre director who appeared in many British television programmes. Van Gyseghem was born on 18 August 1906 in Eltham, the son of Georges Emil van Gyseghem and his wife Minnie Evison, he went to school in Greenwich studied for the stage at RADA. He worked in a music-publishing business, he made his stage debut at the Theatre Royal, Bognor, in September 1927, as Peveril Leyburn in The Constant Nymph in January 1928 toured as Lewis Dodd in the same play. From September 1928 to July 1930 he was engaged at the Hull Repertory Theatre under the direction of A. R. Whatmore, playing a round of leading juvenile parts. At the Arts Theatre in July 1930 he played Vitek in The Macropulos Secret, he joined the repertory company at the Embassy Theatre, remained there from September 1930 until October 1934. He continued to take parts in plays, such as Florindo in The Liar and Master Klaus in The Witch, but began his long career as director, starting with the Agatha Christie play Black Coffee in December 1930.

Other subsequent productions which he directed at the Embassy included: Miracle at Verdun by Hans Chlumberg, September 1932 The Glass Wall, by E. M. Delafield, February 1933 All God's Chillun Got Wings, March 1933, with Paul Robeson and Flora Robson The Brontes of Haworth Parsonage, November 1933 Windfall by R. C. Sherriff, February 1934 Stevedore, May 1935, with Paul Robeson and Robert AdamsBetween 1933 and 1935 he made several trips to the Soviet Union, including a year's work at Nikolay Okhlopkov's Realistic Theatre in Moscow, he attributed much of his own acting expertise to the education. He became a member of the Communist Party and president of the Unity Theatre's "Management Committee". In 1939 he appeared as himself in a television play Rehearsal for a Drama. In 1944 played Cecil Tempest in the film Candles at Nine, in 1949 Oblensky in Warning to Wantons. In 1953 he played himself again in The Limping Man. Between 1951 and his death in 1979 he appeared in over 50 British television dramas.

These included The March of the Peasants, as Sir Martin Shandwick. He was one of several Number Twos in the 1960s cult classic television series The Prisoner, he played the retiring Number Two in the episode "It's Your Funeral". Van Gyseghem appeared in an episode of The Saint in 1968 with Roger Moore, he married actress Jean Forbes-Robertson in 1940. Actress Joanna Van Gyseghem is their daughter. André van Gyseghem. Theatre in Soviet Russia. London: Faber and Faber Ltd. André van Gyseghem on IMDb André van Gyseghem at the Internet Broadway Database