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1997 Mexican legislative election

Legislative elections were held in Mexico on 6 July 1997. The Institutional Revolutionary Party won 239 of the 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, the first time it had failed to win a majority; as a result, the leaders of the Party of the Democratic Revolution and of the National Action Party were able to control Congress and installed PRD member Porfirio Muñoz Ledo as the president of the Chamber of Deputies. At first, the PRI refused to accept the nomination and its parliamentary leader, Arturo Núñez Jiménez, declared it illegal. However, the PRI accepted the fact and Muñoz Ledo answered the state of the union address of President Ernesto Zedillo. Following the elections, the Party of the Cardenist Front of National Reconstruction, the Popular Socialist Party and the Mexican Democratic Party lost their legal registrations and subsequently disappeared. Voter turnout was between 57% and 58%

Victims Protection Act of 2014

The Victims Protection Act of 2014 is a bill intended to help protect the victims of sexual assault in the military. The bill would allow victims to give a preferences as to whether they would prefers their cases take place in the military or in the civilian justice systems, it applies these changes to the military academies as well. It was passed by the United States Senate during the 113th United States Congress; the Senate worked on and rejected another bill related to sexual assault in the military, written by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the previous week. S. 1917 is considered less controversial than the bill rejected, although they were intended to address the same issue. Gillibrand's bill was controversial because it took the decision about prosecuting sexual assaults away from the military chain of command; this summary is based on the summary provided by the Congressional Research Service, a public domain source. The Victims Protection Act of 2014 would amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 to revise the sexual assault prevention and response program activities of the Armed Forces.

In section two, the bill would amend NDAA 2014 to include the senior trial counsel detailed to a case involving sex-related charges in the process for determining whether such charges should be referred for a court-martial. Section three would require the Special Victims' Counsel, in cases involving sexual assaults in the military, to provide advice to assault victims on the advantages and disadvantages of prosecuting such assaults by court-martial or in a civilian court. Requires the Secretaries of the military departments to: establish a process to ensure consultation with the victim of a sexual assault to determine such victim's preference for prosecuting such assault either by court-martial or in a civilian court, afford great weight to such preference in determining which court shall prosecute the offense. Requires notification to a victim who expresses a preference for prosecution in a civilian court if a decision is made to decline prosecution or prosecute such offense by court-martial.

The bill would require performance appraisals of: officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces to include an assessment of the extent to which such members support their respective sexual assault prevention and response programs, a commanding officer to indicate the extent to which such officer has established a command climate in which allegations of sexual assault are properly managed and evaluated and a victim can report criminal activity without fear of retaliation or ostracism. The bill would require the Secretaries of the military departments to establish a process for a command climate assessment and for a confidential challenge by an individual, the victim of a sexual assault of the terms or characterization of such individual's discharge or separation from the Armed Forces; the bill would require a modification of the Military Rules of Evidence to clarify that evidence of the general military character of an individual accused of a criminal offense shall not be admissible for the purpose of showing the probability of innocence of such individual, unless such evidence is relevant to an element of the offense for which the accused has been charged.

Section four would require the Secretary of the military department concerned to ensure that provisions of NDAA 2014 relating to sexual assault prevention and response apply to the U. S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy. Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that such provisions apply to the Coast Guard Academy. Section five would require the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General to jointly develop a strategic framework for collaboration between DOD and the Department of Justice to prevent and respond to cases of sexual assault and report to the Armed Services and Judiciary Committees of Congress on such framework. Requires such framework to be based on and to include: an assessment of the role of DOD in investigations and prosecutions of sexual assault cases in which DOD and DOJ have concurrent jurisdiction. Section six would advance from 120 to 60 days after the enactment of NDAA 2014 the due date for the report of the DOD Secretary on a proposed punitive article under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for violations of prohibitions against inappropriate contact with prospective and new members of the Armed Forces.

Section seven would express the sense of the Senate that: the panel to review and assess the systems used to respond to sexual assault established by NDAA 2014 is conducting an independent assessment of the systems used to investigate and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses.

International Double Reed Society

The International Double Reed Society, located in Finksburg, Maryland, is an organization that promotes the interests of double reed players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. Services provided by the IDRS include an international oboe and bassoon competition, an annual conference, member directory, a library, information about grants, publications, such as the society's own journal, The Double Reed; the IDRS grew out of a 1969 newsletter for bassoonists compiled by Gerald Corey. Professor Lewis Hugh Cooper at the University of Michigan and Alan Fox, president of bassoon manufacturer Fox Products, founded a “double reed club” to promote opportunities for double reed players. Together with Corey, they organized a meeting during the December 1971 meeting of the Mid-Western Band Masters convention, the first annual conference of the double reed society assembled in August 1972 at the University of Michigan; the IDRS Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Competition for oboists and bassoonists takes place every year during the society's annual conference, with a first prize of $8,000, second prize $3,000, $1,000 for other finalists.

Five finalists are selected to compete. Oboists or bassoonists who have not yet reached their 31st birthday by the date of the final round of the competition are eligible to enter; the competition was founded in 1979 and dedicated to the memory of master oboist Fernand Gillet, solo oboist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1925 to 1946. The competition alternates between oboe each year; the IDRS Young Artist Competition for oboists and bassoonists takes place every year during the society's annual conference for the discordant instruments of the Gillet-Fox Competition, with a first prize of $2,000, a second prize of $1,000, a third prize of $500. Three finalists are selected to compete. Oboists or bassoonists who have not yet reached their 22nd birthday by the date of the final round of the competition are eligible to enter; the competition was founded with the first competition being for oboe. The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition was founded by Nicolasa Kuster, principal bassoonist in the Wichita Symphony in 2005 and Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon professor at University of Texas at Austin.

It is open to young women bassoonists from North and South America and is held concurrently with the IDRS conference every other year. Namesakes for the competition are Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi, who taught music at the Ospedale della Pietà, a girls' orphanage in Venice, Meg Quigley, a philanthropist from California who supported women's issues and institutions. Prizes in the inaugural year included: first place, $9,000 plus performance opportunities. Official website

Heinz Schaufelberger

Heinz Schaufelberger, was a Swiss chess FIDE Master, two-times Swiss Chess Championship winner. In 1966–1968 Heinz Schaufelberger represented Switzerland three times at the European Junior Chess Championship, achieving the best result in 1969 in Groningen, where he finished sixth. In 1969, in Praia da Rocha he participated in World Chess Championships Zonal tournament and ranked 9th place. In 1971, in Birseck he shared 3rd place with Andreas Dückstein behind Gedeon Barcza and Stefano Tatai. In 1971 and 1972 he twice in row won Swiss Chess Championship. Heinz Schaufelberger played for Switzerland in the Chess Olympiads: In 1970, at second board in the 19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen, In 1972, at fourth board in the 20th Chess Olympiad in Skopje, In 1974, at third board in the 21st Chess Olympiad in Nice. Heinz Schaufelberger played for Switzerland in the European Team Chess Championship: In 1973, at third board in the 5th European Team Chess Championship in Bath. Heinz Schaufelberger two times played for Switzerland in the Men's Chess Mitropa Cup and won silver medal in team competition.

Heinz Schaufelberger three times played for Switzerland in the Clare Benedict Chess Cups. Heinz Schaufelberger player profile and games at Chessgames.com Heinz Schaufelberger chess games at 365chess.com

Martin Prusek

Martin Prusek is a Czech a former professional ice hockey goaltender and ice-hockey goaltender coach. Prusek has played in the National Hockey League for the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets. Prusek is a coach in Czech Extraliga's HC Vítkovice Steel. Martin Prusek started his professional ice hockey career in 1994 when he joined HC Vitkovice of the Czech Extraliga. After playing there for five seasons, Prusek was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft with the 164th overall pick, he made his North American debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League during the 2001–02 season. He made his National Hockey League debut that same season, appearing in one game with the Senators. Prusek appeared in 47 games with the Senators over the following two seasons. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he returned to the Czech Republic to play for Vitkovice and HC JME Znojemští Orli, he came back to North America for the 2005 -- 06 season. After spending most of the 2005–06 season with the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch, Prusek left North America and joined SKA Saint Petersburg in the Russian Super League.

During 2007–08, he rejoined HC Vitkovice in the Czech Extraliga. In 2008-09 Prusek played in Kontinental Hockey League and after a brief contract with HC Spartak Moscow, he joined Dinamo Riga for 2 seasons. After the 2009-10 season, Prusek once again rejoined HC Vítkovice Steel. Although he was suffered with carditis and played just in 2 Extraliga games during all the 2010-11 season, he reached a silver medal. In summer 2011, he stepped into HC Vítkovice Steel pre-season players' camp, but on July 26 he announced his retirement decision and he accepted the club's offer for the position of goaltender coach. Hap Holmes Memorial Award: 2001–02 season Martin Prusek's first international team game was the game against Russia on December 17, 1995 in Moscow. Martin Prusek's career stats at Eurohockey.com Martin Prusek career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database