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National Assembly (Hungary)

The National Assembly is the parliament of Hungary. The unicameral body consists of 199 members elected to 4-year terms. Election of members is done using Parallel voting; the Assembly includes 25 standing committees to debate and report on introduced bills and to supervise the activities of the ministers. The Constitutional Court of Hungary has the right to challenge legislation on the grounds of constitutionality; the assembly has met in the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest since 1902. The Diet of Hungary was a legislative institution in the medieval kingdom of Hungary from the 1290s, in its successor states, Royal Hungary and the Habsburg kingdom of Hungary throughout the Early Modern period; the name of the legislative body was "Parlamentum" during the Middle Ages, the "Diet" expression gained in the Early Modern period. It convened at regular intervals with interruptions during the period of 1527 to 1918, again until 1946; the articles of the 1790 diet set out that the diet should meet at least once every 3 years, since the diet was called by the Habsburg monarchy, this promise was not kept on several occasions thereafter.

As a result of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise, it was reconstituted in 1867. The Latin term Natio Hungarica was used to designate the political elite which had participation in the diet, consisting of the nobility, the Catholic clergy, a few enfranchised burghers, regardless of language or ethnicity. Natio Hungarica was a geographic and juridico-political category; the democratic character of the Hungarian parliament was reestablished with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of the communist dictatorship in 1989. Today's parliament is still called the Országgyűlés, as in royal times, but is called the'National Assembly' to distance itself from the historical royal diet. At the sixth parliamentary elections, four parties or party alliances passed the minimum threshold: the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union in alliance with the Christian Democratic People's Party. Fidesz-KDNP candidates won enough seats to achieve a two-thirds majority required to modify major laws and the country's constitution.

The Hungarian Socialist Party won 59 seats, while its former coalition party Alliance of Free Democrats failed to win any seats and became extra-parliamentary after 20 years. There were two newcomers to the Országgyűlés: Jobbik and Politics Can Be Different. 1 independent got into the Parliament. The other prestigious party, the Hungarian Democratic Forum lost all its seats; the heads of the factions are: Fidesz: Lajos Kósa MSZP: Bertalan Tóth Jobbik: Gábor Vona KDNP: Péter Harrach LMP: Erzsébet SchmuckThe new parliamentary session hold the inaugural session on 14 May 2010. The President of Fidesz and Prime Minister is Viktor Orbán. Pál Schmitt served as Speaker of the National Assembly until August 2010 when he became President of Hungary, he was replaced by László Kövér. After the 2010 local elections, held on 3 October, Katalin Szili founded the Social Union and became its first chairperson; as a result, she quit their parliamentarian group. Continuing the parliamentarian work as formally independent MP.

At parliamentary elections in 2006, four parties or party alliances passed the minimum threshold: the Hungarian Socialist Party, the coalition party Alliance of Free Democrats, the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union in alliance with the Christian Democratic People's Party, the Hungarian Democratic Forum and 1 independent got into the Parliament, winning a constituency in Somogy county. The heads of the factions were: MSZP: Ildikó Lendvai, Attila Mesterházy Fidesz: Tibor Navracsics KDNP: Zsolt Semjén SZDSZ: Gábor Kuncze, Mátyás Eörsi, János Kóka. MDF: Károly Herényi; the faction of MDF broke up in 2009. The head of the allied faction Fidesz-KDNP was Viktor Orbán; the head of the minority government was Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány Gordon Bajnai. The speaker of the Assembly was Katalin Szili Béla Katona of the MSZP; the numbers come from the legislature's inaugural session. Changes may occur: Vacancies from party list MPs do not change the make-up of the Assembly, as they are replaced by another member of the party list.

But a vacancy in a district seat triggers a by-election, won by another party. See List of Hungarian by-elections. New factions may appear in 1993, the nationalist-radicalist members of MDF quit the party and founded the MIÉP, which took part in the next three elections, it crossed the threshold only in 1998. in 2011, the DK faction led by former socialist prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, split from the MSZP and became a party of its own. In 2011 8 MPs from LMP left the party to set up Dialogue for Hungary Official website Official website

Farmhouse rental

Farmhouse rental programs are a common method used by many rural Australian towns to attract new residents to live in their communities. The programs involve offering abandoned and semi-derelict farmhouses for rent at a nominal price $1 per week; the towns that offer such programs have undergone a significant decline in population. As a result, essential services for the area such as education and health are removed or reduced, creating a further, population decline. By attracting new residents, the communities hope to reverse their demographic spiral; the modern farmhouse rental program began in the Central West town of Cumnock. The organisers there claim; as a result, the program has been adapted across rural New South Wales and beyond. The rural locality of Errowanbang saw its school's population rise above the two teacher threshold for the first time in its history. In 2011, the ABC produced a documentary following the farmhouse rental scheme of Trundle, "Country Town Rescue". Cumnock, New South Wales Errowanbang, New South Wales Greenethorpe, New South Wales Ilford, New South Wales Tallimba, New South Wales Tottenham, New South Wales Trundle, New South Wales Tullamore, New South Wales Wycheproof, Victoria Seachange, a related phenomenon Jandowae, Queensland, a town that offered building allotments for sale at $1 each for similar reasons

Henry Iba Award

The Henry Iba Award was established in 1959 to recognize the best college basketball coach of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Five nominees are presented and the individual with the most votes receives the award, presented in conjunction with the Final Four; the award is named for Henry Iba, who coached at Oklahoma State from 1934 to 1970. Iba won the NCAA College Championship in 1945 and 1946 and coached the U. S. Olympic Teams to two gold medals in 1964 and 1968; the award is presented at the Oscar Robertson Trophy Breakfast on the Friday before the Final Four. Legendary UCLA Bruins coach John Wooden has the most all–time selections with seven. Of the seven other coaches with multiple Henry Iba Awards, only Virginia Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett has received it more than twice; the school with the second–most winners is Ohio State, which has had two coaches win a total of three awards. A Due to the massive numbers—and extreme severity of—NCAA violations that had surfaced, Clem Haskins and the Minnesota men's basketball season records and awards were nullified, giving them a 0–0 record and no official recognition for having gotten to the 1997 Final Four.

General"Henry Iba Award". USBWA Awards. United States Basketball Writers Association. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2010. Specific Henry Iba Award

Palace of the Immacolatella, Naples

The Palace of the Immacolatella is a late Baroque style palace at water's edge in Naples, Italy. The palace design is attributed to the multifaceted painter and architect, Domenico Antonio Vaccaro and it was completed in 1740s to the quarantine station for the port of Naples. At the time, it stood on a peninsula connected to the mainland, connected through the church of Santa Maria del Portosalvo; the area to the north was filled in the 1930s. The palace is so named because of the statue of the Immaculate Conception by Francesco Pagano, which stands on the roof line over the entrance; the famous Immacolatella fountain, now called Fountain of the Giant, was associated with the building, designed by Michelangelo Naccherino. It was relocated and now stands on the seaside road, via Nazario Sauro, near the Castel dell'Ovo


Isoctenus is a genus of South American wandering spiders first described by Philipp Bertkau in 1880. As of April 2019 it contains fifteen species found in Brazil and Argentina: Isoctenus areia Polotow & Brescovit, 2009 – Brazil Isoctenus charada Polotow & Brescovit, 2009 – Brazil Isoctenus corymbus Polotow, Brescovit & Pellegatti-Franco, 2005 – Brazil Isoctenus coxalis – Brazil Isoctenus eupalaestrus Mello-Leitão, 1936 – Brazil Isoctenus foliifer Bertkau, 1880 – Brazil Isoctenus griseolus – Brazil Isoctenus herteli – Brazil Isoctenus janeirus – Brazil Isoctenus malabaris Polotow, Brescovit & Ott, 2007 – Brazil Isoctenus minusculus – Brazil Isoctenus ordinario Polotow & Brescovit, 2009 – Brazil, Argentina Isoctenus segredo Polotow & Brescovit, 2009 – Brazil Isoctenus strandi Mello-Leitão, 1936 – Brazil Isoctenus taperae – Brazil

Dark Souls II: The Lost Crowns

Dark Souls II: The Lost Crowns is a set of three downloadable content packs for the 2014 video game Dark Souls II. The first of the trio, Crown of the Sunken King was released in July 2014 and was followed by Crown of the Old Iron King in August and Crown of the Ivory King in September; the packs, developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, were met with positive reception and drew specific praise for returning to the complex interlocking and looping level design of the series' previous games, like Demon's Souls and Dark Souls. Before Dark Souls II was released, Bandai Namco Entertainment producer Takeshi Miyazoe said that there was potential for downloadable content, depending on how fans reacted to the game. According to Yui Tanimura, one of the game's directors, work on the content packs began directly after the base game was completed. Early design meetings led to the decision to make the trilogy as varied as possible, this was facilitated by the freedom of not being bound by Dark Souls II's overarching story.

Director Yui Tanimura decided to emphasize discovery in the DLC and take advantage of the experience players developed from going through the base game. On June 4, 2014, The Lost Crowns was announced; each pack was available as a complete season pass. All three installments of the trilogy received positive reviews, thanks to a deliberate effort to employ level designs unlike anything found in Dark Souls II, some critics considered the new content an improvement on the base game; the story of Dark Souls II involved an abyssal entity known as Manus shattering into numerous fragments. These fragments began to hunger power. One of these pieces adopted the appearance of a queen and journeyed to a foreign land to manipulate its king into a war, leading to the primary conflict of the game; the plot of The Lost Crowns focuses on three more such autonomous fragments who set off to various kingdoms in search of control. The first part of The Lost Crowns downloadable content trilogy, Crown of the Sunken King, was released on July 22, 2014.

It was regarded as an improvement over Dark Souls II's level design. Crown of the Sunken King takes place in a large, green-hued cavern with vast stepped pyramids that bear resemblance to Aztec temples. Matt Kamen of The Guardian said that the pack features "some of the most disturbing yet beautiful locations seen on a current generation console"; the pack saw an increase of environmental puzzles when compared to its host game and previous entries in the series. These shifting elements can sometimes be used to eliminate enemies, protect the player, or access hidden items, lending the pack a slow, more experimental and contemplative pace that the designers wanted to impart a sense true exploration; the physical level design of Crown of the Sunken King departed from Dark Souls II's linear style, returning to a more considered, interconnected layout with areas that loop back and feature many shortcuts. There is an emphasis on vertical design in the pack, which some critics found refreshing and others found frustrating.

Many of the hazards in Crown of the Sunken King rely upon a poison mechanic that, if triggered, drains the player's health over time. One notable adversary emits a poisonous haze that afflicts the player if they engage in close combat, incentivizing a switch in style of play; this forced reconsideration is a common element in the pack's enemies and traps, emphasizing methodical action. Crown of the Sunken King features three boss encounters, one of, optional and set after a difficult challenge path; the final boss, an impaled and poisonous dragon named Sinh, was created as the "linchpin" of the level's harsh atmosphere. In the pack's story, dragon worshipers constructed the temples around Sinh, a different sect of cultists invaded and inadvertently woke the dragon. Up to that point, Sinh had been absorbing all of the world's subterranean poisons, upon waking, it released the buildup and desolated the city. Crown of the Sunken King received "generally favorable" reception, according to review aggregator Metacritic.

Simon Parkin of Eurogamer praised the pack's level design and visuals, calling it a "strong start for this series of add-on chapters". Writing for GameSpot, Miguel Concepcion compared the complexly interwoven layout of the pack to the design of the original Dark Souls, writing, "Crown of the Sunken King's standout exploratory design and abundance of engaging enemy encounters make it a terrific adventure, though a hair short of being essential." Brett Phipps of VideoGamer appreciated how the pack was "free of nods to the past" and noted the quality and difficulty of combat encounters. Phipps criticized some of the level design, citing the increased verticality as somewhat detrimental to the experience. Official Xbox Magazine wrote, "It may be tough, but Crown of the Sunken King delivers some of the series' best, most intricate level design so far." Matt Kamen of The Guardian wrote, called the pack "a welcome update to Dark Souls II although with two chapters yet to arrive a bit light on overall content."

Writing for PC Gamer, Cory Banks considered the pack a tremendous value and favorably noted its consistent challenge. Polygon's Dave Tach called Crown of the Sunken King an "indispensable expansion" that represents "Dark Souls at its best". Universally, critics looked forward to the next two content packs in the Lost Crowns series; the second part of The Lost Crowns d