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The yawara is a Japanese weapon used in various martial arts. The Yawara originated from the use of a Buddhist symbolic object, by monks in Feudal Japan; the Yawara takes the form of one or two small, thick sticks that protrude about an inch from each side of the hand. They are used in pairs to initiate throws, bone breaks, pressure point strikes; the yawara stick was popularized for police officers in the 1940s by Frank A. Matsuyama who made his own version in 1937 or earlier. Yawarajutsu is a martial art focusing on use of the yawara, it is sometimes referred to as yawara, this name has been used interchangeably with jujutsu. The kanji for yawara and ju in jujutsu is the same; the yawara and short stick or jo can be used to apply yawara or jujutsu techniques. The yawara movements may have been derived from the sheathed knife techniques of tantojutsu. In the United States, yawaras are not intrinsically illegal in any jurisdiction. In the United Kingdom, "any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having it with him for such use" is defined as an offensive weapon under the Prevention of Crime Act 1953.

This broadly-worded measure may proscribe a yawara, purposely manufactured or carried to be used as a weapon. Modesty Blaise, a character in a comic strip and a series of books, uses a single yawara, which she calls a "kongo". Tommy Okase in J. T. Edson's Ole Devil series uses a yawara. A yawara plays an important part in the plot of the 2004 movie Twisted. Arnis sticks Hanbō Kubotan Yubi-bo List of martial arts weapons

Star Cruiser

Star Cruiser is a role-playing first-person shooter video game developed by Arsys Software and released in Japan for the PC-88 and Sharp X1 home computers in 1988. The game was released for the NEC PC-98 and Sharp X68000 computers in 1989, ported by Masaya to the Mega Drive in 1990; the game is an early example of an action role-playing game with 3D polygon graphics, combined with first-person shooter gameplay and space flight simulation when exploring the open-ended outer space with six degrees of freedom. All backgrounds and opponents in the game are rendered in 3D polygons, years before the technique was adopted; the game emphasized storytelling, with plot twists and extensive character dialogues, taking place in a futuristic science fiction setting. Namco licensed the Mega Drive version of Star Cruiser for a North American release entitled Star Quest, which Namco planned to publish for the Sega Genesis in July 1994. However, the North American release of Star Quest was canceled; the game is set in the future, when 200 years have passed since Central Earth ended a war that began when humans made first contact with aliens.

The balance of power, however, is being jeopardized by the militaristic nation VOID, attempting to deport all aliens from civilized society, by the remains of the Earth Federation, the Federation Patrol. VOID is planning to wage war and take control of the galaxy, but a small battalion on the Ganymede satellite of Jupiter is being trained to resist VOID; the story begins with protagonist Brian training in a simulation set up by his friend and comrade and instructed by his trusted droid, Freddy. After he finishes training, Brian goes to a restaurant, where he is given the news on VOID, which has a nearby base that acts as a stronghold and is sending out threatening enemies; the team cannot confront them directly because of an energy field protecting the base from ordinary weaponry. However, Brian is asked to lead a kamikaze attack, with a starship that can temporarily charge through the energy field with Shield Buster technology. Brian is tasked with crashing into the fortress and destroying it from the inside, stealing a prototype spacecraft, the Star Cruiser, to the odds in the war.

Shortly after the briefing, their own Ganymede base is attacked by VOID. The protagonist embarks on a quest involving the exploration of the galaxy. Hunter Guild Side Brian Wright: The main character of this game. A well spoken man with a calm personality, the game's female lead Diana renders him to be somewhat of a cold-hearted hero; the Galactic Federal Ambassador told Brian that he had quite special qualities and talents as a Space Diplomat. In Star Cruiser MD, Brian's name is attached to the player, as they can choose the name that they want to have throughout the campaign, though leaving the box empty delivers "Brian" as the default name, resemblant to how naming was handled in Phantasy Star II. Freddie: A robot who speaks on behalf of Brian in Star Cruiser MD. According to his own words in the game, he can't help his tendency to speak. In the original PC-88 version and its ports, a generic COM Unit is in Freddie's place as part of a computer mounted in Brian's Star Cruiser and Land Tank vehicles, it exists only to explain the situations that occur when using the "check" and "move" commands in-game.

There has been speculation among fans that Freddie was named after Queen singer Freddie Mercury, though this has yet to be confirmed by any of the Mega Drive version's developers. Daniel Gibson: Brian's best friend. While at Jupiter's "Big Red Team," Brian took over VOID's latest ship at that time. In Star Cruiser II: The Odysseus Project, because the grandchild of Hidari Daigo, Yuko, is a lover of Daniel, the relationship between the two is not accepted by Daigo, it seems that Daniel had to respond to consultation threatened by Brian and Diana once or twice, on the matter. Diana Gurdis: A female crew member worried about Brian, she is considered to be a heroine in the story. While on an alien planet, looking at one of the restaurants' fast food menus, somebody said to her "You are a star full of aliens," in description of Earth's people. Hidari Daigo: A scientist, captured by VOID and was the developer of the Star Cruiser. Yuko is his grandchild. Masashi Clark: Head Leader of the Sol Star System Hunters.

VOID Side Bio: A computer, placed inside the Star Cruiser while Hidari was unaware. After the system was defeated, it was converted into both a Conference Room. VOID-MAX: An alien whose primary purpose is to guide the activities of terrorism in an attempt to establish a Human Only universe. NUKE: A source of emerging drugs. NUKE is not just a drug, however: It is a biological weapon released by descendants of the tribe, forced into slavery and obedience to the empire made by the ancestors of


BayLink is a long proposed transit connection between Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. Proposals have ranged from streetcar, light rail, Metromover, or Metrorail extension that would connect Downtown Miami to South Beach via the MacArthur Causeway, with the light rail or streetcar options having loops at both ends. Proposed as an elevated light rail line such as a monorail, Miami Beach city officials opposed this in favor of something less intrusive, such as a streetcar. Miami Beach has cited concerns of unwanted downtown residents as a detriment to the South Beach image. Additionally, the unused parts of the bases of the MacArthur Causeway bridge pilings that were to be used to support the line have been used for the widening of the causeway for the construction of the Port Miami Tunnel, complicating a separated right of way. Officials still thought it was feasible as a light rail streetcar, in 2014 were considering the possibility of a public-private partnership to help fund it. In 2015, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach decided to break the estimated $532 million system into three pieces.

This was motivated by the lengthy federal studies required for a larger project. French transport vehicle manufacturer Alstom gave an unsolicited proposal to build the Miami Beach portion of the system for US$148 million as a wireless streetcar system from 5th Street to Dade Boulevard via Washington Avenue. Alstom predicts over 20,000 riders a day just on the eight to ten stations that would be on the Miami Beach segment. A rail connection to Miami Beach has long been desired due to its high ridership potential and lack of parking, automobile traffic, other issues on the beach. Miami-Dade Transit's S bus route connecting downtown Miami to Collins Avenue is the highest ridership route in the Metrobus system. Additionally, there are several other bus routes connecting the two cities which have high ridership. In 2012, a Metrorail spur connected Downtown Miami to Miami International Airport but without any plan to extend it to the beach. Transportation in South Florida

Adam BaƂdych

Adam Bałdych is a Polish violinist, music producer. Baldych is ACT MUSIC recording artist, he is known from a series of record releases and collaborations with musicians like Marius Neset, Morten Lund & Lars Danielsson. Bałdych picked up the violin at the age of 9 years, started at a music school in Gorzow Wielkopolski under guidance of Grazyna Wasilewska, he is a graduate of the Institute of Jazz and Popular Music at Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, got a scholarship to continue at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At the age of 16 he had achieved great recognition, was called a "prodigy" in Poland, he started touring with prominent Polish and American musicians in Poland, Serbia, Finland, Spain, France and the US. His album Imaginary Room, including musicians like Lars Danielsson, Jacob Karlzon, Verneri Pohjola, Morten Lund and Marius Neset, have opened the most important music scenes for Bałdych, he was invited to the biggest jazz festivals in Europe like the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the London Jazz Festival.

Board draws the attention of many critics. Bałdych won the title Fiddler and Hope by Jazz Forum, the Top European jazz magazine in 2012, 2013 and 2014, his second album for ACT The New Tradition was recorded together with Israeli pianist Yaron Herman and released on 30 May 2014. ACT released Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic IV - Accordion Night, a recording from the concert within the Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic series. 28 August 2015 his third album for ACT will be released – Adam Bałdych & Helge Lien Trio Bridges. Adam was nominated for the FRYDERYK Prize in 2013 and 2015 as an Artist of The Year in Jazz. Adam Bałdych received for the album The New Tradition, the award for Best Jazz Album 2014; this award is granted every year within the Gala Grand Prix Jazz Melomani by TVP Programme 2 and Jazz Melomani Society. 2013: ECHO Jazz Award "International Artist of the Year Other Instruments/Violin", for Imaginary Room 2009: Storyboard 2009: Damage Control 2011: Magical Theatre 2012: Imaginary Room 2014: The New Tradition, with Yaron Herman 2015: Bridges, with Helge Lien Trio 2017: Brothers, with Helge Lien Trio & Tore Brunborg 2019: Sacrum Profanum, with Adam Baldych Quartet 2009: Balboo, with Piotr Żaczek 2009.

Stamford, Queensland

Stamford is a town and locality in the Shire of Flinders in northern Queensland, Australia. The town is on the Kennedy Developmental Road that links Hughenden and Winton, 1,504 kilometres north west of the state capital, Brisbane and 446 kilometres west of the regional centre of Townsville; the town of Marathon is located beside the Marathon railway station within Stamford. The town never developed. Stamford was once an overnight stop for Co coaches travelling between Winton and Hughenden. In 1897, a rail line was opened to Stamford; the village consists of a roadhouse and has a permanent population of 3. The Stamford Races are a popular social event in the area involving horse racing. On 9 June 2003 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, Mrs Jean Eva Anderson of Ballater Station of Stamford was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her "service to the community of Hughenden through the Country Womens Association", she had given 52 years of service to the Hughenden branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association.

Her award was presented to her by the Governor of Queensland, Quentin Bryce. At the 2006 census and the surrounding area had a population of 75. Media related to Stamford, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons

Williamsburg Township, Franklin County, Kansas

Williamsburg Township is a township in Franklin County, Kansas, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 672, it was named for the small town of Williamsburg. Williamsburg Township covers an area of 56.43 square miles and contains one incorporated settlement, Williamsburg. According to the USGS, it contains Mount Hope; the stream of Mill Creek runs through this township. Greenwood Township, Franklin County Homewood Township, Franklin County Ohio Township, Franklin County Richmond Township, Franklin County Putnam Township, Anderson County Reeder Township, Anderson County Rock Creek Township, Coffey County Lincoln Township, Osage County Ransomville Silkville Williamsburg Silkville. Founded by Ernest de Boissiere in 1870, Silkville was based on the silk industry; the small community thrived until 1892 when de Boissiere donated the ranch to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and returned to France. USGS Geographic Names Information System