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Kid power fuels a robotic road to the future – WOWT.com – WOWT

Posted: February 19, 2017 at 11:19 am

ASHLAND, Neb. (WOWT) — Hundreds of kids teamed up with robots, rockets and jets Saturday for the Eighth Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum.

More than 800 K-12 students, team leaders and math and science teachers were expected for the event that melds a pair of robotic competitions, the CEENBoT Robotics Showcase and FIRST LEGO League (FLL), and the Creative Visual Arts Expo for a day of robotics inspiration.

Museum Marketing Director Deb Hermann said, This is a celebration of in-school and after-school student work with robotics. The Nebraska Robotics Expo encourages student involvement with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as educates and engages our next generation of innovators, their families and the general public about STEM opportunities in Nebraska.

Hermann said its a big day for the museum as well. They anticipate more than 2,000 visitors for the event.

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Second Amendment supporters rally in Roanoke | WSET – WSET

Posted: February 14, 2017 at 11:56 pm

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) — A group of Roanoke residents gathered with guns in hand Saturday for Virginia’s 11th annual Pro-Second Amendment Rally.

The group rallied in support of individual gun rights.

Second Amendment supporters say guns are harmless, but it’s people who make them dangerous.

“Not one shot has been fired, no one’s been hurt, no injuries, and we’re just here to remind people that it’s your right to carry,” said Daniel Highberger, who helped organize the rally. “It’s your right to protect yourself, and to the gun-grabbers out there in the world, explain to us why no one’s gotten hurt on this corner.”

Challice Finicum say her father’s death is all the more reason to support the right to bear arms. LaVoy Finicum was a spokesperson for Citizens for Constitutional Freedom. He was shot and killed by state troopers at an Oregon wildlife refuge over a government land dispute.

“The video is on YouTube, you can watch him get out of his truck with his hands in the air, and they shoot him in the back three times,” said Finicum.

Federal officials say he was reaching for a gun. His death made national headlines.

Those calling for more gun regulations say the protesters are not taking everything into account.

“I wish that they would exercise their listening abilities to hear about the real-life cases where children have been shot,” explained Freeda Cathcart, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. “And also parents who have been shot by their children.”

Cathcart also referenced drug and alcohol addicts and mentally ill people who carry guns.

Both sides agree all guns should be used by responsible owners.

The City of Roanoke recently introduced a bill banning the open carrying of long guns within city limits. The bill did not pass in the General Assembly.

**Editor’s Note**

Video version states Freeda Cathcart as a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Virginia. Webscript has been updated to reflect proper title: General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

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Local officials get primer on cuts in Medicaid – Marietta Times

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Medicaid is the most-funded program in the states budget, but within the next four months a significant loss in revenues due to federal mandates is expected to hit local counties hard.

County commissioners and representatives from the area met Monday in Marietta to discuss concerns with Gov. John Kasichs proposed budget for the next two years concerning the loss in tax revenue and what the lack of funds could do to local governments.

The fact of the matter is that we have a lot of unmet needs in the state that theres not money for, said Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire.

In July 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advised state Medicaid directors that taxing a subset of health care providers at the same rate as a statewide sales tax is subject to the definition of a health care related tax and is not permissible. CMS gave Ohio until the end of June of this year to remove the tax, which generated more than $209 million in fiscal year 2016.

Kasichs plan offers a transition aid program to wean local governments off of reliance on the revenue, but local county commissioners say there is no weening without a replacement source of income.

With flat revenue streams from property and income taxes, Southeastern Ohio counties rely on sales tax to fuel their general funds.

Folks are more dependent now on this sales tax than they have ever been, explained Brad Cole, managing director of research for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. This will first start to impact local governments in the final quarter of this year.

Washington Countys current general fund draws 6.14 percent, or $827,368, of its revenue from the tax. In Noble County 8.42 percent, or $168,168, of the county general fund comes from the tax. The $279,055 take for Morgan County is 16 percent of its general fund budget and in Monroe County 7.05 percent, or $228,684, of the general fund comes from the tax.

There are a lot of mandates from the state already that go unfunded, said Washington County Commissioner Rick Walters. So if theyre going to reduce revenues, they need to reduce the mandates we are forced to fund on our own.

Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, said the current budget proposal by Kasich will be reviewed well before July in budget committee meetings and that the concerns of commissioners present, along with those across the state, will be of great benefit.

Well have to look at this and make corrections, said Thompson. I suspect well be huddling on this project but I hope there will in the end be more authority passed back down from Washington and Columbus to local governments so that you have more freedom and latitude to spend your tax dollars where you need them.

The meeting at Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District also addressed the continuing opiate epidemic and its cost on local government funds, specifically in the cost of care for the children of addicts.

Let us take care of our own kids here in Southeast Ohio instead of having to send them to Pittsburgh because we have no facilities to house them, said Washington County Commissioner Ron Feathers. Right now state mandates reach too far into our pockets and we end up spending $350 per day to send kids outside the county that need therapeutic care.

Noble County Commissioner Ty Moore agreed with Feathers and suggested that local counties band together to fund local treatment options for both adults and youth in an effort to defray costs of out of region care.

At a glance

In July 2014, federal officials advised Ohio Medicaid that taxing a subset of health care providers at the same rate as a statewide sales tax is subject to the definition of a health care related tax and is not permissible.

Ohio has until the end of June of this year to remove the tax.

6.14 percent, or $827,368, of Washington Countys general fund is drawn from the tax.

8.42 percent, or $168,168, of Noble Countys general fund is drawn from the tax.

16 percent, or $279,055, of Morgan Countys general fund is drawn from the tax.

7.05 percent, or $228,684, of Monroe Countys general fund is drawn from the tax.

Source: County Commissioners of Ohio Association.

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What I Saw at the Anti-Milo, UC Berkeley Riots! – Being Libertarian

Posted: February 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Ticket screening was supposed to begin at 7:00 pm, so at around 6:15 pm I started walking up Telegraph Avenue towards the event at the Pauley Ballroom on the UC Berkeley campus. On my way there, I was already seeing ubiquitous anti-Milo Yiannopoulos signs calling this gay, Jewish, immigrant (who predominantly dates black men) a Nazi, a fascist, and many other unoriginal epithets sufficient to excite the decently large low information crowd around here.

I continued on through Sather Road coming closer to the Ballroom venue. I briefly walked into the supposed ticketing area, by the Amazon store, to get a better idea what was happening, but rioters were already throwing rocks, paintballs, and burning objects in that direction. Some of the store windows had been smashed in or blown out completely, barricades were torn down, and the attendees were totally exposed to the rioters standing a little further North (behind some weak metal barricades that were going not to last much longer). To me it was not clear where we were supposed to stand or have our tickets screened, it was all very chaotic, and things began to get dangerous for event attendees.

A big fire had erupted near where I stood because rioters had thrown a Molotov cocktail at a container that seemed to be leaking gasoline. At some point I heard a loud explosion, maybe even two. Firecrackers were continually being thrown in the general vicinity and a lamp pole had been torn down to the sound of cheers. The Cops were mostly inside the buildings staring outside, but they were not intervening at all as far as I could see. Id say there were about 30-40 cops, vs hundreds if not thousands of rioters and supporters.

I tried to connect with a fellow Being Libertarian writer in attendance, but it was difficult to find one another and his phone was dying.

Virtually everyone I saw, across the entire area all the way back to Bancroft & Telegraph, was excited, happy, giggling, taking photos, and basically having quite a blast. Behind the front line of rioters there were drummers, and a DJ, there was a real dance party going on. After theyd officially succeeded in shutting down the event, naturally followed by massive cheers of joy across what seemed like the entire campus, they broke through the barricades completely and moved towards Telegraph & Bancroft.

The rioters, who largely consisted of masked individuals brandishing Antifa flagpoles, lead the march; they were accompanied by continuous drum beats, hip hop music, and people dancing behind them, I could hear a rap song with the profound hook line Fuck Donald Trump.

Having attended alone, Id now successfully connected with another person on the events Facebook group and we met up on Bancroft and Sather Lane (note: its Lane now, not Road). Thats when the atmosphere turned from dark to terrifying!

Suddenly serious scuffles started in that area, Antifa rioters began to chase down, or sucker punch, Trump supporters and Miloattendees. I heard one Antifa protester, a woman, proudly proclaiming Hey, we found a bunch of Nazis over there! I saw a small group help a woman who was wearing a Make Bitcoin Great Again hat, who had been sucker punch pepper sprayed during a TV interview by a masked individual.

I saw one guy, surrounded by Antifa rioters, getting bludgeoned really bad as more backup, armed with flagpoles that were gratuitously utilized, came flooding in from behind. I suspect thats the body I later saw in this footage, where you can see him motionless on the road, surrounded and beaten with a flapole some more for good measure. I wonder if hes alive.

I saw two Trump supporters, one wearing a MAGA hat, chased down Bancroft Way towards Dana Street by another Antifa mob who were shouting things like Beat his ass!, and Get out Nazi scum!.

Here you can see the official protest organizer, Berkeley school district teacher Yvette Felarca, (who recently returned to her job after having been placed on leave pending an investigation into concerns that have been raised) explain how doing whatever is necessary to shut down Milos event is their right to self defense, thus clearly condoning the violence, arson, and destruction; how else would they have shut down the event? Its good to know that this unstable, and insecure cliche of a mental patient, is instructing children with your tax dollars, isnt it?

At this point I, and the friend Id made here, somehow got pepper sprayed or tear gassed, were still unsure where it came from. There was no police presence at all around here. With impaired vision, we fled in a direction that seemed to be the safest way to escape the violence.We managed to connect with a few more friendly event attendees down the street and exchanged experiences and information before we got out of the general area. It was a crazy night!

Heres an official legal definition of terrorism from Merriam Webster:

terrorism the unlawful use or threat of violence especially against the state or the public as a politically motivated means of attack or coercion.

In my opinion, this was not a protest, this was not even just a riot, this was well planned and coordinated domestic terrorism! The same kind of terrorism that we can [currently] observe all over the Western world, with matching signage, symbols, names, weapons, flags, strategies, chants, intimidation techniques, violent professional agitators, and so on.

So why not deal with it accordingly? How much longer will this behavior be tolerated?

If youre interested in more discussion on the topic, here is my call in to Freedomain Radio, together with my friend:

And here is a recorded conversation with another friend regarding the event, including some footage that he mixed in:

This post was written by Nima Mahdjour.

The views expressed here belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect our views and opinions.

Nima is an entrepreneur and Bitcoin advocate who writes about economics and freedom. He was born and raised in Berlin and received his Master’s degree in the US in 2004. He co-founded an auction software company in San Francisco and successfully sold it in 2015. (Twitter: @economicsjunkie)

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Artificial Intelligence – Graduate Schools of Science …

Posted: November 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field that develops intelligent algorithms and machines. Examples include: self-driving cars, smart cameras, surveillance systems, robotic manufacturing, machine translations, internet searches, and product recommendations. Modern AI often involves self-learning systems that are trained on massive amounts of data (“Big Data”), and/or interacting intelligent agents that perform distributed reasoning and computation. AI connects sensors with algorithms and human-computer interfaces, and extends itself into large networks of devices. AI has found numerous applications in industry, government and society, and is one of the driving forces of today’s economy.

The Master’s programme in Amsterdam has a technical approach towards AI research. It is a joint programme of the University of Amsterdam and VrijeUniversiteit Amsterdam. This collaboration guarantees a wide range of topics, all taught by world renownedresearchers who are experts in their field.

In this Master’s programme we offer a comprehensive collection of courses. It includes:

Next to the general AI programme we offer specialisations in:

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Libertarian ticket Gary Johnson: Mitt Romney is weighing …

Posted: July 31, 2016 at 5:55 am

Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he and Romney had spoken in recent weeks.

“I think he’s considering the possibility of doing this,” Johnson said, “of actually endorsing the two of us.”

Romney has previously said that he would look at the ticket but has not publicly committed to supporting them.

CNN has reached out to Romney for comment.

William Weld, a Romney associate and Johnson’s running mate, agreed with Johnson, especially if they meet the threshold in polling to make the general election debates.

“He’s thinking about it, Wolf, and I don’t want to press the point unless we get to 15%, because then I think the case for it is overwhelming.”

“If Bill Weld were at the top of the ticket, it would be very easy for me to vote for Bill Weld for president,” Romney said. “So I’ll get to know Gary Johnson better and see if he’s someone who I could end up voting for. That’s something which I’ll evaluate over the coming weeks and months.”

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Food Supplements – Fdevarestyrelsen

Posted: July 29, 2016 at 3:12 am

Starting a new business? Here’s how

All food business operators must be registered or approved by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. This also applies for importers of food from other EU Member States or third countries and producers/importers of food contact materials (FCM).

You will find more information about starting a new food business in Denmark here.

Marketing of food supplements in Denmark

You can download an English language version of the registrationform here.

If you change the composition of a food supplement, the product must be registered once again as if it was a new product. An exception to this rule concerns a change in the amount of technological additives. This will not need to be registered.

Fee for product safety checks

Companies that have registered one or more food supplements in Denmark and that have an annual turnover exceeding 50,000 DKK must pay an annual fee of 7,930 DKK as well as an annual fee of 634 DKK per registered food supplement.

These fees are used to cover the expenses in relation to product safety checks. The payment is charged for companies and products registered as of September 1st that year.

When your food supplement is no longer marketed

Unregistered supplements are not allowed to be marketed neither from the wholesale company, websites, nor retail stores.

Which products can be marketed as food supplements?

The most common food supplements consist of vitamins and/or minerals. However, they can also consist of dietary fibers, essential fatty acids, animal ingredients (e.g. fish oil), or plant ingredients (e.g. extracts of garlic). Food supplements must contain the ingredients in quantities that are able to exert an effect on the body.

Moreover, it is required that food supplements are sold in smaller quantities (e.g. as pills, fluids, or powder) and that they are labelled with information about the recommended daily dose.

Regulations on the composition of food supplements

General principles and requirements of food law

It is required that the labelling contains a list of ingredients, the name of the food as well as the name of the company producing it.

In addition to the general requirements mentioned above, food supplements should also be labelled with the following:

Information stating that the product is a food supplement.

Information about which vitamins, minerals, or other ingredients the product contains.

Information about the amount of vitamins, minerals, or other ingredients in the product.

The Danish and Latin name of any herbal ingredients.

The recommended daily dose.

A warning not to consume more than the recommended daily dose.

Information to the consumer stating that food supplements should not replace a healthy and varied diet.

A warning to keep the product out of reach of children.

Information stating that pregnant women and children under the age of 1 should not consume the product without consulting a doctor or health visitor.

Information about the amount of nutrients or substances with a nutritional and/or physiological effect.

Information about the amount of nutrients or other substances expressed as a percentage of the recommended daily dose.

Nutrition and health claims on food supplements

Products claimed to be able to prevent or cure diseases are considered to be medicinal products and are therefore controlled by the Danish Medicines Agency. Follow this link to view their homepage.

If your company sells and/or produces food products, you must have a plan that shows how you regularly ensure that your business complies with the rules. This is called self-regulation and such a plan is called a self-regulation program.

The self-regulation program deals with foodstuffs as well as with cleaning, machinery, and premises.

The program must be plainly written to ensure that all employees can understand it and have no doubt as to what needs to be done.

Additional food regulations

In addition to the above-mentioned rules and regulations there are more specific rules for some types of food products:

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The American Journal of Human Genetics | ASHG

Posted: May 16, 2016 at 11:44 pm

The American Journal of Human Genetics

The American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG) is owned and controlled by The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and is edited, in conjunction with the publisher, by a staff appointed by the Society. Established in 1949, AJHG is currently published monthly by Cell Press. Membership in ASHG is not a prerequisite for publication in AJHG, but all page charges and color figure charges are waived for manuscripts for which the corresponding author is a member at the time that the manuscript is sent to press. The entire contents of AJHG are published online, at http://www.ajhg.org. The full text is available to subscribers, as is online-only material, including video clips and archival databases. Six months after publication, the electronic edition of AJHG is freely accessible to the general public.

Aims and Scope

AJHG provides a record of research and review relating to heredity in humans and to the application of genetic principles in medicine and public policy, as well as in related areas of molecular and cell biology. Topics explored by AJHG include behavioral genetics, biochemical genetics, clinical genetics, cytogenetics, dysmorphology, gene therapy, genetic counseling, genetic epidemiology, genomics, immunogenetics, molecular genetics, neurogenetics, and population genetics.

AJHG welcomes submissions of articles and reports on timely subjects concerning all aspects of human genetics, including studies of model organisms that are of direct relevance to human genetics. Manuscripts should be written in a manner accessible to investigators representing diverse backgrounds in human genetics. Descriptions of new statistical methods of general interest to the genetics community are welcome. New methods should be compared to existing methods using real data and/or simulations with parameters (e.g. haplotype frequencies, effect sizes) that are based on a real data example (e.g. marker or haplotype data from the HapMap project). All novel computer programs must be made publicly available by the time that the manuscript is published and a URL for the website must be included in the Web Resources section of the manuscript. Letters commenting on material previously published in AJHG are also welcome.

AJHG does not publish reports of either single mutations or mutational surveys of previously identified loci unless they have unusual significance and substantial insight. Descriptions of new linkage assignments will be considered only if they are of special interest. Reports of negative data will not normally be considered.

Editorial Process

All submissions are initially evaluated in depth by the scientific editors. Papers that do not conform to the general criteria for publication will be returned to the authors without detailed review, typically within three to five days. Otherwise, manuscripts will be sent to at least two reviewers who have agreed in advance to assess the paper rapidly. The editors will make every effort to reach decisions on these papers within four weeks of the submission date. If revisions are a condition of publication, generally four weeks are allowed for revisions and only one revised version of the paper is considered. Evaluations of conceptual advance and significance are made based on literature available on the day of the final decision, not the day of submission. Accepted papers will be published within two months of acceptance. Any major changes after acceptance are subject to review and may delay publication.

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NATO – Event: NATO Chicago Summit 2012, 20-May.-2012

Posted: November 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Monday 21 May 2012 07:30 Arrivals of the Heads of State and Government and leaders participating in the Meeting on Afghanistan 08:30 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Deputy Secretary General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan 09.00 Meeting on Afghanistan in Heads of State and Government Format Secretary General’s Opening Remarks ENG MP3 3757Kb natochannel.tv Welcoming Remarks by the President of the United States ENG natochannel.tv 11:00 Meeting of the NATO Foreign Ministers with Foreign Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Opening remarks by the NATO Deputy Secretary General ENG MP3 3001Kb natochannel.tv 11:55 Official photo of participants at the meeting on Afghanistan 12:15 Press Conference by the NATO Secretary General ENG MP3 3306Kb natochannel.tv Q&A session MP3 11604Kb natochannel.tv 13:00 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Deputy Secretary General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Morocco 13:20 Meeting with Partners in Heads of State and Government Format Opening remarks by the NATO Secretary General ENG MP3 1044Kb natochannel.tv 14:45 Press Conference by the NATO Secretary General ENG MP3 9508Kb natochannel.tv Q&A session natochannel.tv 15:00 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Deputy Secretary General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic 15:15 Press Conference by the US President MP3 17326Kb Closing Remarks by NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow at the Chicago Young Atlanticists’ Summit ENG

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Ron Paul | The Texas Tribune

Posted: September 22, 2015 at 3:42 am

President, 2012-05-29 Lost with 11.94% U.S. House District 14, 2010 General Election Won with 75.99% U.S. House District 14, 2010 Republican Party Primary Election Won with 80.77% U.S. House District 14, 2008 General Election Won with 100.00% U.S. House District 14, 2008 Republican Party Primary Election Won with 70.43% U.S. House District 14, 2006 General Election Won with 60.19% U.S. House District 14, 2006 Republican Party Primary Election Won with 77.64% U.S. House District 14, 2004 General Election Won with 100.00% U.S. House District 14, 2004 Republican Primary Election Won with 100.00% U.S. House District 14, 2002 General Election Won with 68.09% U.S. House District 14, 2002 Republican Primary Election Won with 100.00% U.S. House District 14, 2000 General Election Won with 59.71% U.S. House District 14, 2000 Republican Party Primary Election Won with 100.00% U.S. House District 14, 1998 General Election Won with 55.25% U.S. House District 14, 1998 Republican Primary Won with 100.00% U.S. House District 14, 1996 General Election Won with 51.08% U.S. House District 26, 1996 November Special Election Lost with 0.00% U.S. House District 14, 1996 Republican Party Primary Runoff Election Won with 54.06% U.S. House District 14, 1996 Republican Party Primary Election Went to runoff with 31.97%

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