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International Bus Roadeo

The International Bus Roadeo is an annual bus driving and bus maintenance competition, or roadeo, hosted by the American Public Transportation Association. A grand prize is given to the bus transit system with the highest composite bus operation and bus maintenance score; the bus driving competition consists of an obstacle course. For the bus maintenance competition, teams of mechanics must locate and fix defects in a number of bus power trains and other systems; the International Bus Roadeo is the final competition in a system of qualifying roadeos held at the regional and district levels. Bus operators from across North American are represented at the roadeo. For instance, the Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority Roadeo winners go on to a state competition in Waco; the winners of each regional or state roadeo go on to represent their region at the international roadeo. The 2016 International Bus Roadeo was held in Charlotte, North Carolina in May; the name "roadeo" is derived from the rodeo competition.

The original roadeos, which began in 1937, featured trucks in various categories going through the same obstacles that the bus drivers go through in the current roadeo. The first International Bus Roadeo was held in 1976. Regional competitions below the international one have been held since at least 1982; each transit system is allowed to compete in the bus operation competition, the bus maintenance competition, or both. On the day before the competition, the bus operators are required to inspect an inspection bus and find eight planted mechanical defects, as well as one planted security-related defect; the mechanical defects can appear in areas such as flooring and seats. Bus operators must drive their buses through a course containing various obstacles while under a strict time limit: In the serpentine, the bus must be driven in and out of three cones spaced closer together than the length of the bus. In the offset street, the bus must complete a simulated "lane change". In the rear duals clearance, the bus must drive through a narrowing lane, only three inches wider than the bus at its end.

In the right hand turn, the bus must turn right while the near rear tire of the bus passes within six inches of the corner. In the customer stop, the bus must stop within inches of a simulated curb. In the reverse, the bus must reverse with the rear bumper coming within three feet of a cone behind the bus. In the left hand turn, the bus must turn left without hitting any cones placed close to the bus's path. In the diminishing clearance obstacle, the clear audience favorite during at least one regional, the bus must maintain a minimum speed while driving through a narrowing path outlined by cones. In the judgment stop, the last obstacle in the course, the bus must stop less than six inches from a cone placed on the finish line; as drivers negotiate the obstacle course, their buses are equipped with a device that generates a "smoothness of operation" score. Awards are given in forty-foot-bus categories. Bus maintenance teams consist of three employees from a transit system. In the technicians' roadeo, technicians must diagnose and repair various mechanical issues with buses.

The roadeo consists of a number of portions: A written test, with questions on topics such as HVAC, brakes.

Peninsula / FĂ©lsziget Festival

Peninsula / Félsziget was a summer music festival taking place annually in Transylvania, Romania. It was one of Romania's largest music festivals. Peninsula / Félsziget was an eclectic festival, with stages for different musical styles: rock, pop, world music, hip-hop and jazz; the festival gathered yearly up to 10–15 major bands, up to 40–70 Central and Eastern European bands which are more or less known outside their countries' borders. Besides, the festival featured a number of other activities: about 30 sports including some extreme sport facilities, movie projections in partnership with the Transilvania International Film Festival, theatre shows and workshops, stand-up comedy shows, graffiti contests and other creative activities, ecological workshops, volunteering workshops and training etc. Volunteering was another important aspect of this festival. Annually, hundreds of youngsters from all over Romania gathered at this event and enhanced their experience by volunteering activities within the festival.

The first edition of the festival goes back to 2003. Organised by some members of the team of Sziget Festival, Peninsula or Félsziget has grown in terms of audience as in the number, the variety and the quality of the bands: at the first edition there were only Hungarian and Romanian bands, but in editions bands from all over the world were invited. In 2013, the organisers have decided to move the festival to a different city, namely Cluj-Napoca; as the city was chosen as the 2015 European Youth Capital, it only seemed as a strategical move. However, participants experienced a number of loopholes, from smaller location to a smaller number of bands; the line-up featured well-known bands such as Kaiser Chiefs, who had to cancel. After 2013, the festival was cancelled. Since 2017, VIBE festival is held in the location of the old Peninsula / Félsziget. Gărâna Jazz Festival - Gărâna, Caraş-Severin Félsziget Official homepage

1976 United States House of Representatives elections

The 1976 United States House of Representatives elections was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1976 which coincided with Jimmy Carter's election as President. Carter's narrow victory over Gerald Ford had limited coattails, his Democratic Party gained a net of only one seat from the Republican Party in the House; this election is notable for being the last time. Summary of the November 2, 1976, United States House of Representatives election results Source: Election Statistics - Office of the Clerk 1976 United States elections 1976 United States gubernatorial elections 1976 United States presidential election 1976 United States Senate elections 94th United States Congress 95th United States Congress "Reagan Says G. O. P. Needs New Name and New Support." The Washington Post November 20, 1976, 13. "Reagan Suggests GOP should R. I. P." The Des Moines Register Friday, November 19, 1976, 16. Specific

Lists of mountains and hills in the British Isles

The mountains and hills of the British Isles are categorised into lists based on elevation and other criteria. These lists are used for peak bagging, whereby hillwalkers attempt to reach all the summits on a list, the oldest and best-known list being the 282 § Munros in Scotland, which are above 3,000 feet. A height above 2,000 ft, or more latterly 600 m, is considered necessary to be a "mountain" in the British Isles, apart from the Munros, all lists require a prominence of at least 15 metres. A prominence of between 15 and 30 metres – e.g. some § Nuttalls and § Vandeleur-Lynams – does not meet the UIAA definition of an "independent" peak. Most lists consider a prominence between 30 and 150 metres as a "top", not a mountain. A popular designation is the § Marilyns, with a prominence above 150 metres. Prominences above 600 metres, are the § P600, the international classification of a "major" mountain. There is no worldwide consensus on the definition of "mountain", but in Great Britain and Ireland it is taken to be any summit at least 2,000 feet high.

The UK government defines mountain as land over 600 metres for the purposes of freedom of access. When Calf Top in Cumbria, was re-surveyed in 2016 and confirmed to be exactly 2,000 ft, 6 millimetres above the 609.6 m threshold for a 2,000 ft peak, the Ordnance Survey described Calf Top as England's "last mountain". List of mountains of the British Isles by height, a ranking by height and prominence on the Simms classification List of Marilyns in the British Isles, a ranking by height and prominence on the Marilyn classification List of P600 mountains in the British Isles, a ranking by height and prominence on the P600 classification In addition, all British Isles definitions, with the exception of definitions that rely on § Isolation, include a minimum topographical prominence requirement, 30–600 m; the lowest minimum prominence is 15 metres, the Nuttalls and Vandeleur-Lynams, however most definitions do not consider prominences below 30 metres. Many definitions use the term Tops to refer to the sub-class of peaks that do not meet a 150 metres prominence threshold for the main definition, but have a prominence of between 30–150 metres.

Some definitions ignore height and just focus purely on prominence. Prominence requirements are strongly debated regarding UIAA classification of major Himalayan mountains. In 1994, regarding classification of summits, the UIAA stated that for a "peak" to be independent, it needed a prominence over 30 m, in addition, a "mountain" had to have a prominence over 300 m. Unlike the single measurement of elevation, prominence requires the detailed measurement of all contours around the peak, is therefore subject to change and revision over time, thus tables based on prominence are subject to revision; some definitions use an imperial measurement for height, but a metric measurement for the topological prominence. List of mountains of the British Isles by height, a ranking by height and prominence on the Simms classification List of Marilyns in the British Isles, a ranking by height and prominence on the Marilyn classification List of P600 mountains in the British Isles, a ranking by height and prominence on the P600 classification Classifications listed below which are based on the quantitative metrics of elevation and prominence are summarised in the diagram opposite.

No definition of a British Isles mountain or hill uses an explicit quantitative metric of topographic isolation, the concept of isolation is embedded in the qualitative definition of a Scottish Munro, from the Scottish Mountaineering Club requirement of "sufficient separation". Mountains in Scotland are referred to as "hills" no matter what their height, as reflected in names such as the Cuillin Hills and the Torridon Hills; the Database of British and Irish Hills was created in 2001 "with the intention of providing a comprehensive, up-to-date resource for British hillwalkers". It is now maintained by a team of eight editors, is described by the Long Distance Walkers Association as "now the most reliable online source for all Registers"; the DoBIH has been used as a source by books, hillwalking websites and smartphone apps, including Mark Jackson's 2010 book on the HuMPS, titled "More Relative Hills of Britain". DoBIH is available in an online version under the title Hill Bagging; as of August 2018 the database included 20,859 hills, including all Marilyns, HuMPs, TuMPs, Dodds and Tops, Corbetts and Tops and Tops, Donalds and Tops, Hewitts, Buxton & Lewis, Murdos, Donald Deweys, Highland Fives, Birketts, Fellrangers, County tops, SIBs, Arderins, Vandeleur-Lynams, Myrd

Melanie Rieback

Melanie R. Rieback is a computer scientist, chiefly known for her work regarding the privacy and security of radio-frequency identification technology. Melanie Rieback was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 26, 1978. and raised in Florida. Her parents are David John Eileen Sharon Rieback who worked at Bell Labs, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in both Computer Science and Biology from the University of Miami in 2000. She received her Master‘s in Computer Science from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2003. In 2008, she completed her PhD in Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In an interview, Rieback stated the importance of the radio-frequency identification security, she stated ″If you are using RFID on cows, who cares? But, with a passport, it takes one breach at the wrong time and it could wreck it for the RFID industry.″ The RFID Guardian was developed when Rieback was a graduate student at the Vrije Universiteit. She was supervised by Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

She created the first RFID virus to show the loopholes in its security. The technology "jams" the signal. However, this technology still has limitations because it can block only the responses but not kill the queries of the tags. However, they have no intentions of mass-producing the technology. Although there was concern about publishing the different ways that RFID tags could be exploited online, it causes the threats to this technology to no longer be theoretical, it allows these concerns to be approached rather than proceeding with the idea that these threats do not exist. Girl Geek Dinner NL was founded as the Dutch chapter of Girl Geek Dinners, it is meant as a way to promote the idea of women pursuing fields that are male-dominated. Each dinner consists of talks from women who are exceptional in their field followed by a Q&A Session. Additionally, men are allowed to attend. Radically Open Security was co-founded by Rieback, now its CEO, it is a non-profit organization. They do only "non-fishy" jobs and provide step-by-step procedures in order for companies to do the same work without the company interfering.

They provide the tools and source code on their website to help others perform the same tasks that they do if "it costs repeat business". Radically Open Security provides services regarding code audits, cryptographic analysis, malware reversing, more. Radically Open Security is part of ACE Venture Lab At the MIT Center for Genome Research/ Whitehead Institute, she worked on the Human Genome Project and co-authored the paper "Initial Sequencing and Analysis of the Human Genome". In 2010, Rieback was a finalist for the ICT Professional of the Year Award and named one of the most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva MagazineRieback was named as one of the top fifty Dutch inspirational women in 2016 in the list "Inspiring Fifty: Netherlands 2016"