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Kendo is a traditional Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship and uses bamboo swords and protective armour. Today, it is practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world. Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity. Swordsmen in Japan established schools of kenjutsu, which continued for centuries and which form the basis of kendo practice today; the formal kendo exercises known as kata were developed several centuries ago as kenjutsu practice for warriors. They are still studied today, in a modified form; the introduction of bamboo practice swords and armour to sword training is attributed to Naganuma Shirōzaemon Kunisato during the Shotoku Era. Naganuma developed the use of established a training method using the shinai. In addition, the inscription on the gravestone of Yamada Heizaemon Mitsunori's third on Naganuma Shirōzaemon Kunisato, the 8th headmaster of the Kashima Shinden Jikishinkage-ryū Kenjutsu, states that his exploits included improving the bokuto and shinai, refining the armor by adding a metal grille to the men and thick cotton protective coverings to the kote.

Kunisato inherited the tradition from his father Heizaemon in 1708, the two of them worked hard together to improve the bogu until Heizaemon's death. Chiba Shusaku Narimasa, founder of the Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō, introduced gekiken to the curriculum of this koryū in the 1820s. Due to the popularity and the large number of students of the Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō at the end of the Edo period, this kind of practice contributed to the spread of shinai and bōgu all over Japan. There are many waza, or techniques, such as Suriage-Men, Oikomi-Men etc. in modern kendo which were Hokushin Ittō-ryū techniques, named by Chiba Shusaku Narimasa for his school. After the Meiji Restoration in the late 1800s Sakakibara Kenkichi popularised public gekiken for commercial gain, but generated an increased interest in kendo and kenjutsu as a result. In 1876, five years after a voluntary surrender of swords, the government banned the use of swords by the surviving samurai and initiated sword hunts. Meanwhile, in an attempt to standardize the sword styles used by policemen, Kawaji Toshiyoshi recruited swordsmen from various schools to come up with a unified swordsmanship style.

This led to the rise of the Battotai, which featured sword-bearing policemen. However, it proved difficult to integrate all sword arts, which led to a compromise of ten practice moves for police training. Difficulties of integration notwithstanding, this integration effort led to the development of kendo, which remains in use to date. In 1878, Kawaji wrote a book on swordsmanship, titled Gekiken Saikō-ron, wherein he stressed that sword styles should not disappear with modernization, considering that other countries have been fascinated with them, but should be integrated as necessary skills for the police, he draws a particular example from his experience with the Satsuma Rebellion. The Junsa Kyōshūjo, founded in 1879, provided a curriculum which allowed policemen to study the sword arts during their off-hours. In the same year, Kawaji wrote another book on swordsmanship, titled Kendo Saikō-ron, wherein he defended the significance of such sword art training for the police. While the institute remained active only until 1881, the police continued to support such practice.

The DNBK changed the name of the sporting form of swordsmanship, called gekiken, to kendō in 1920. Kendo was banned in Japan in 1946 by the occupying powers; this was part of "the removal and exclusion from public life of militaristic and ultra nationalistic persons" in response to the wartime militarisation of martial arts instruction in Japan. The DNBK was disbanded. Kendo was allowed to return to the curriculum in 1950; the All Japan Kendo Federation was founded in 1952 after Japan's independence was restored and the ban on martial arts in Japan was lifted. It was formed on the principle of kendo not as a martial art but as educational sport, it has continued to be practiced as such to this day; the International Kendo Federation was founded in April 1970. The FIK is a non-governmental organisation, its aim is to promote and popularise kendo and jodo; the International Martial Arts Federation, established in Kyoto 1952, was the first international organisation after WWII to promote the development of martial arts worldwide.

Today, IMAF includes kendo as one of the Japanese disciplines. Practitioners of kendo are called kendōka, meaning "someone who practices kendo", or kenshi, meaning "swordsman"; the old term of kendoists is sometimes used. The "Kodansha Meibo" shows that as of September 2007, there were 1.48 million registered dan graded kendōka in Japan. According to the survey conducted by the All Japan Kendo Federation, the number of active kendo practitioners in Japan is 477,000 in which 290,000 dan holders are included. From these figures, the All Japan Kendo Federation estimates that the nu

Passenger Records

Passenger Records was a New York-based boutique record label that released music by Adult Album Alternative artists. A subsidiary of Caroline Records, it was owned by Virgin Records/EMI, its albums were distributed by Caroline Distribution in the US and Virgin or a variety of smaller labels throughout Europe, Australia and other markets. Passenger most notably represented Ben Folds Five for Caroline, releasing the band's 1995 self-titled debut album. Other artists represented by the label include the defunct Philadelphia, Pennsylvania band The Low Road. In a 1997 interview, after his band had signed with Sony's Epic/550 label and released their second album and Ever Amen, Ben Folds spoke about both Passenger and The Low Road: A curious angle to some of Ben Folds' success might have to do with our own ex-local band The Low Road. Both bands were signed to Caroline Records' new, Adult Alternative subsidiary, Passenger. Folds was sorry to hear of the Low Road's break-up. "That's a shame... It's always arguable.

To be fair, Passenger put records out for them. With a band like The Low Road — they're not a rock band, or mainstream — they're not going to get that chance often." According to Folds, Ben Folds Five was signed because of The Low Road, might have been part of the reason The Low Road was dropped. "The Low Road was the blueprint of. Chaz Molins' idea was,'I'd like to sign a band like The Low Road and make it for like an older Triple A crowd... and they signed us... We picked up with younger people and modern-rock stations — the sort of thing Caroline was used to marketing; that could have screwed up The Low Road to a certain extent because Passenger just kind of abandoned all their ideas about being Triple A. So, I don't think we did them any favors.". The Passenger Records label was dissolved in the mid-to-late 1990s. Artists either continued their contracts on with Caroline Records or signed with other labels

Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin

The Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin formerly known as the Aérospatiale SA 365 Dauphin 2, is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters. It was developed and manufactured by French firm Aérospatiale, merged into the multinational Eurocopter company during the 1990s. Since entering production in 1975, the type has been in continuous production for more than 40 years; the intended successor to the Dauphin is the Airbus Helicopters H160, yet to enter operational service as of January 2020. The Dauphin 2 shares many similarities with the Aérospatiale SA 360, a commercially unsuccessful single-engine helicopter. Since the type's introduction in the 1970s, several major variations and specialised versions of the Dauphin 2 have been developed and entered production, including the military-oriented Eurocopter Panther, the air-sea rescue HH/MH-65 Dolphin, the Chinese-manufactured Harbin Z-9 and the modernised Eurocopter EC155; the SA 365/AS365 Dauphin 2 is a twin-engine development of the commercially unsuccessful single-engined Aérospatiale SA 360 Dauphin.

In January 1975, the first twin-engine Dauphin prototype performed its first flight. Deliveries of production models began that decade; the initial production variant entered service under the original designation of SA 365C. In 1982, the SA 356C Dauphin was succeeded by the more capable SA 365 N. Amongst several major design changes and improvements, the SA 365 N featured more powerful engines, greater use of composite materials, a better cabin arrangement, retractable landing gear. Further improvements were made with the introduction of the SA 365 N1, which had a redesigned Fenestron anti-torque device, with the SA 365 N2, equipped with more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 1C2 turboshaft engines. In January 1990, the overall type was formally redesignated as the AS365; the AS365 Dauphin is one of Eurocopter's more successful helicopter designs. The base Dauphin has been further developed into several purpose-built variants. During the 1980s, the SA 365 N was used as the basis for a militarised version of the Dauphin designed as AS 365 K, used to perform utility, troop-transport, maritime operations known as the Eurocopter Panther.

A variant of the Dauphin was developed for and operated principally by the United States Coast Guard under the designation HH/MH-65 Dolphin. The SA 365 M model of the Dauphin has been manufactured under licence in China as the Z-9 by the Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation; the AS365 Dauphin is a twin-engine helicopter capable of travelling long ranges, well suited to operating in climates of a high ambient temperature or at locations of significant altitude. The Dauphin is powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arriel turboshaft engines; the engines drive the rotorcraft's foldable Starflex main rotor and its Fenestron anti-torque tail rotor via two separate transmissions. Electrical power is provided by a pair of starter generators and a cadmium-nickel main battery, an emergency battery is present; the main fuselage of the rotorcraft comprises the cabin area, a separate luggage compartment, a retractable tricycle landing gear arrangement. Various portions of the rotorcraft are made from composite materials, such as the rotor blades that made of carbon fiber, other materials are used in portions of the fuselage.

The fuselage features anti-corrosion protection and is structurally reinforced for an optional hoist or cargo sling to be installed, various other mooring and gripping points are fitted on the rotocraft's exterior surface. Various types and models of radar can be installed in the Dauphin's nose; the combination of the rotorcraft's Starflex main rotor and Fenestron tail provides a low-noise and low-vibration flight experience for those on board. The Dauphin can take off under a full load from sea level under Category A conditions; the main cabin area is designed to be reconfigurable, a feature, promoted to emergency medical service and search and rescue operators. In a regular passenger transport layout, the cabin can accommodate up to 12 passengers in addition to the two pilots. Access to

Shaa Wasmund

Shaa Lysa Wasmund MBE is a British businesswoman. Shaa was educated at the London School of Economics, during which period she won a competition with Cosmopolitan magazine to interview the boxer Chris Eubank. During the interview Eubank invited Wasmund to become his assistant and manage his PR. While still at university, she promoted Eubank’s fight with Nigel Benn - the biggest fight to take place in Britain. In 1994 Wasmund started her own PR firm. In a move to digital business in 1997 she became a founding director of the travel website Deckchair, she went on to launch lifestyle website "My kinda place" in 2000. Seven years the site was sold to BSkyB. In 2007, Wasmund established Bright Station Ventures, an investment vehicle with $100million of capital. In January 2009 Wasmund launched Smarta, a site dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners. Wasmund was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to business and entrepreneurship.

In 2012 Wasmund launched Stop Talking, Start Doing. The book was the #1 Best Selling Business Book in WH Smith for 14 months in a row. Http://

The Kaye Sisters

The Kaye Sisters were a trio of British pop singers, who scored several hits on the UK Singles Chart in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Kaye Sisters were formed in 1954, they got their start in the music industry from their manager, Carmen Kaye. They were often billed as The Three Kayes or just The Kayes; the three members dressed in matching dress outfits and wore the same blonde haircuts, became a popular vocal group on par with the Beverley Sisters. Two of their biggest hits were recorded with Frankie Vaughan. A television appearance in 1956 rocketed them to stardom, their first recording, "Ivory Tower", peaked at number 20 in the UK Singles Chart. Other singles followed, including "Got-Ta Have Something in the Bank, Frank", "Are You Ready, Freddy?" and "Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye". The trio were headliners in top London cabaret clubs such as Churchill's and the Colony Club, in variety supported such leading stars as Frankie Howerd, Tommy Cooper and Ken Dodd, they were popular in Blackpool summer seasons throughout the 1960s and 1970s, where they co-starred with Josef Locke, Dick Emery and, in two seasons, with Larry Grayson.

In 1992, they returned to the resort to top the bill of the South Pier's Golden Showstoppers. They appeared with Judy Garland in the 1957 Royal Variety Show, in the United States appeared as guests on The Ed Sullivan Show; the Kaye Sisters were in demand in years on nostalgia shows. In the 1970s they appeared on Max Bygraves’ variety bills, notably co-starring with him in SingalongaMax at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1972, they recorded several albums, including Presenting the Kaye Kaye Sisters Favourites. Sheila Jones left the act in the late 1960s; the original act reformed in 1990 for a Glenn Miller tribute tour. Carol Lindsey Young Shirley'Shan' Palmer Sheila Jones Presenting the Kaye Sisters The Kayes at The Colony Kaye Sisters Favorites Gilly and Shan All released on Philips1956 "Ivory Tower" 1957 "Got-Ta Have Something In The Bank, Frank" 1958 "Shake Me I Rattle" / "Alone" 1958 "Handed Down" / "Love Me Forever" 1958 "Are You Ready, Freddy?" / "The Pansy" 1958 "Stroll Me" / "Torero" 1958 "Calla, Calla," / "Oho-Aha" 1959 "Jerri-Lee" / "Deeply Devoted" 1959 "Come Softly to Me" / "Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart" 1959 "Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye" / "Dancing With My Shadow" 1959 "Too Young To Marry" / "True Love, True Love" 1960 "Paper Roses" / "If Only You'd Be Mine" 1960 "Come to Me" / "A Whole Lot Of Lovin'" 1961 "Palma De Majorca" / "I Just Wanna Be With You" 1961 "Little Soldier" / "Mistletoe Kisses" 1962 "If Only Tomorrow" / "Mistakes" 1962 "We Won't Say Goodbye" / "Seven Roses" 1963 "Big Wide World" / "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" 1963 "Nine Girls Out Of Ten Girls" / "I Forgot More Than You'll Never Know" 1964 "Keep On Loving Me" / "That Little Touch of Magic" 1966 "Life Goes On" / "I Should Never Know"

Northern Broadcasting System

Northern Broadcasting System was started in 1975 by Conrad Burns as an agricultural broadcast network called the Northern Agricultural Network. Burns created the network after seeing an opportunity to provide information to the agri-business community, Montana's top industry; the network grew in size. In 1986, Burns sold the network to enter Montana politics. Under the guidance of the network's new President/CEO Taylor Brown, the network grew to cover parts of eight states in the Northwestern United States and Canada. Northern Broadcasting is a blanket organization which includes the Northern News Network, the Northern Sports Network, the Northern Ag Network. In addition to the radio stations on the networks, thirteen television stations air farm and ranch news across Montana and the western Dakotas; the network produces eight full length newscasts per day anchored by News Director Brian Bennett. In addition, the network has a several complete broadcast weather forecasts in the Northern region with weather from meteorologist Ed McIntosh.

The four-minute forecasts include extensive agricultural information as well as general weather news. The network entered a program to help alert Montana residents to severe weather; the Voices Of Montana is the only full hour, daily statewide radio talk show in Montana. Politicians, state organizations, citizens are invited to appear on the program; the show is hosted by host Jon Arneson. Northern Broadcasting has won a number of awards and been involved in philanthropic and charitable organizations in Montana; the National Association of Agricultural Educators recognized at a national level, the work done by Taylor Brown and Northern Broadcasting. Brown is a former President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. In 2010 Brown was named to the National Farm Broadcasters Hall Of Fame. Northern Ag's Farm Director Russell Nemetz is Chairman of the Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative in 2011. Northern Broadcasting has affiliated stations carrying their programming in several Montana cities.

The network is heard in cities in neighboring states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming.