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Us Against the World (Westlife song)

"Us Against the World" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife from their eighth studio album Back Home. The song was released as the album's second single on 3 March 2008; the song was written by Rami Yacoub and Savan Kotecha. A music video for the song was filmed in December 2007 and premiered on 14 February 2008; the song was composed by Arnthor Birgisson, Rami Yacoub and Savan Kotecha, who co-wrote numerous tracks on the Back Home album, namely "Something Right", "The Easy Way", "Pictures in My Head". The single was confirmed by band member Nicky Byrne during an X Factor interview, which appeared on the band's official website. "Us Against the World" was dedicated to Westlife's fans worldwide to mark their continuous support. The band gave their first live performance of "Us Against The World" on the TV special "The Westlife Show – Live", broadcast on December 15, 2007. In the Philippines, both the song and music video premiered on 3 July 2008, the band's anniversary date. Digital Spy's Alex Fletcher rated the album and said: "Westlife have claimed that'Us Against the World' is the best track on their recent Back Home album, so, if nothing else, we should be grateful that the record company chose to release this rather than one of the tracks the soppy Irish warblers weren't as impressed with."

It debuted at number 193 on its first week making it as one of their highest leapers in the UK Singles Chart recorded history with "Unbreakable", "Mandy" and "The Rose". Prior to its physical release, the song managed to peak at number 40 on the UK on its second week and at number 27 on the Official Irish Singles Chart based on downloads alone. On March 3, 2008, the single was released in its physical format, climbing 32 spots to peak at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, number two on Scottish Singles Chart, number six on the Irish Singles Chart; the single peaked at number 14 on UK TV Airplay Chart and number 24 on UK Radio Airplay Chart. A live version of the single was made available for download; this marks the first time in Westlife's history that a single had reached the top five in Ireland, making "Us Against The World" the band's lowest-charting single to date. Despite the history, the single made it to the top 184 of the best-selling singles in the UK in that year. Many fans have blamed the record label, Sony BMG, for putting the song up for download two weeks prior to the physical release of the single as well as choosing to release it during the Back Home Tour, thus resulting in inadequate single promotion.

A similar situation occurred back in 2002 when "Bop Bop Baby" was released while the band was on tour. On May 4, 2008, the song managed to re-enter the UK Singles Chart at number 74; this is believed to be due to a performance from the group on the live final of Britain's Got Talent. The band announced through their official website that the video began shoot on December 4, 2007; the music video marks a major milestone in the band's decade of music. The video premiered on February 14, while the single was released on 3 March 2008; the initial video, which featured both the lads and their loved ones, was shot at the Twickenham Stadium in London over a two-day span. Louis Walsh, the band's manager, had a cameo role in it. However, the band had a reshoot of the music video due to Simon Cowell's disapproval of the initial video outcome; this might have caused the release date to be pushed back to 3 March from the initial date of 25 February. The video shows the band walking through a staged red carpet segment, inside the backseat of a moving car, spending time with their loved ones along with photos and videos of their past decade.

Noticeably absent from the video though is Mark's partner Kevin. No explanation was offered as to why he was not included in the final video. Former Westlife member Brian McFadden appears in archive footage. UK CD1 "Us Against the World" "Get Away"UK CD2 "Us Against the World" "I'm Already There" "Us Against the World"

Stylechanger

"Stylechanger" is a song by Swedish-American singer-songwriter Eric Turner, featuring Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall and British rappers Wretch 32 and Professor Green. The song was released as Turner's second solo single in the United States on February 24, 2012, it was made available as part of a mixtape/EP containing seven other tracks. "Stylechanger" was written by Turner, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Kardinal Offishall and "iSHi" Mughal, produced by the latter. The song was first leaked online on January 4, 2012, before being released on February 24, 2012; the music video was released on January 4, 2012. The video was directed by P. R. Brown; the video features Turner performing the song at various scenes, including on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inside a recording studio and in the main showroom of an art gallery. Professor Green, Wretch 32 and Kardinal Offishall all make cameo appearances in the video, performing their respective parts of the song

Johnder Basran

Johnder Basran was the first Indo-Canadian elected to mayoral office in Canada, in the town of Lillooet in the Fraser Canyon region of the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Described in the local newspaper's obituary as one of the town's biggest boosters and greatest ambassadors, he served as chairman of the local school board. Basran was born in the third child of Bhagat Singh and Udham Kaur Basran, he grew up on an orchard and cattle ranch operation in Rutland, now part of the City of Kelowna. A Costco store now stands. Basran attended school in Rutland. Basran and his wife Mary were the first to marry at the Abbotsford Sikh Temple in non-traditional western wedding attire, he operated a Chevron station on Highway 33 and from that start expanded into heavy equipment work around the Okanagan and in the Kootenay region. Basran moved to Lillooet in 1959 with his family and established Lillooet Timber with his father-in-law. For many years, his gas station and garage business, Basran Sales and Service, was a fixture on Lillooet's Main Street and became the local Nissan dealership.

Basran started Sanbar Contracting, an asphalt and road building company. Basran was elected to Village Council and ran for mayor and serving three terms becoming school district chairman, the only person in Lillooet's history to serve the community in both positions. In addition to his elected positions, Basran was a member of the Recreation Commission, the Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce, he represented Lillooet for many years on the South Central Health Unit Board, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board, the Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association and Yale District Credit Union Board and, from the 1900s onwards after health care services were regionalized, he represented the community on the Thompson Regional Health Board. He belonged to the Lillooet Elks Lodge # 467, serving as District Deputy. Basran ran twice for the party's nomination in the now-defunct provincial Yale-Lillooet riding for the Social Credit Party of British Columbia but never won the seat.

Basran was the driving force in creating the Only in Lillooet Days festival, since renamed Begbie Days and the Apricot Tsaqwem Festival. For the inauguration of the first incarnation of this community event in 1982, he dressed in an all-white suit and white cowboy hat. Basran died on 29 December 2013 in Kamloops, he was predeceased by his wife Mary, with whom he had two daughters and Sandra, a son, Michael. He had three grandsons. Indo-Canadians in British Columbia

Bellarine Peninsula

The Bellarine Peninsula is a peninsula located south-west of Melbourne in Victoria, surrounded by Port Phillip, Corio Bay and Bass Strait. The peninsula, together with the Mornington Peninsula separates Port Phillip from Bass Strait; the peninsula itself was occupied by Indigenous Australian clans of the Wathaurong nation, prior to European settlement in the early 19th century. Early European settlements were centred on wheat and grain agriculture, before the area became a popular tourist destination with most visitors arriving by paddle steamer on Port Phillip in the late 19th century. Today 55,000 people live on the peninsula and unlike its cousin, the Mornington Peninsula, this number increases only during peak tourist months. However, the peninsula is a growing tourist region with a variety of beaches and seaside resorts and wineries; the area of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula was occupied by Indigenous Australian clans of the Wathaurong nation, prior to European settlement in the early 19th century.

The convict William Buckley escaped from the Sullivan Bay settlement in 1803, lived among the Wathaurong people for 32 years on the Bellarine Peninsula. In 1835, John Batman used Indented Head as his base camp, leaving behind several employees whilst he returned to Tasmania for more supplies and his family. In this same year, Buckley surrendered to the party led by John Helder Wedge and was pardoned by Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Arthur, subsequently given the position of interpreter to the natives. By the 1850s the peninsula was known as ‘the granary of the colony’ and Portarlington became a major player in the wheat industry. Transport was by sea on Port Phillip Bay due to the poor roads. By the 1870s excursion traffic to the peninsula commenced, with tourists travelling from Melbourne by paddle steamers to enjoy fishing and swimming by the bay, with the coastal towns being major holiday resorts. In 1879 one of the first branch railways was built in Victoria, from South Geelong station to Drysdale and Queenscliff.

Encouraging the growth in agricultural production and leading to the decline in the bay steamer traffic to towns along the way, the line did not close until 1976. In recent years with improved roads the peninsula has become popular with people employed in Geelong, with population growth in towns such as Leopold and Ocean Grove; the Seachange demographic phenomenon has led to increased growth. The Australian TV series SeaChange was filmed at various locations on the peninsula at Barwon Heads, which helped promote tourism on the peninsula; the peninsula is showing signs of environmental consciousness and attitudes towards sustainability, much the same as the Mornington Peninsula. The Bellarine Peninsula is a to moderately undulating landform that protrudes in an east and north-easterly direction into Port Phillip; the peninsula is considered to begin its protrusion from between the town of Torquay and east of Geelong. It is surrounded by Corio Bay and the Outer Harbour to the north, Port Phillip to the north-east and east, The Rip to the south-east and Bass Strait to the south.

The peninsula's eastern regions host several bays and islands such as The Rip, Lonsdale Bay, Swan Bay, Swan Island, Rabbit Island and various other small islands. The central and north-eastern regions host a undulating topography with no major rivers, mountains or significant landforms; the most distinct feature in the western region of the peninsula is the Barwon River which flows through a series of large lakes and extensive wetlands before emptying into Bass Strait at Barwon Heads. The uplifted block of the Bellarine Peninsula forms a weakly dissected undulating plain of low elevation, less than 150m. Drainage from the remnant basalts of the Palaeogene Older Volcanics forms a vaguely radial pattern on the elevated plateau. A narrow strip of weathered Cretaceous Otway Group rocks occurs in outcrop along the southern edge of the Curlewis Monocline, which forms the northern boundary of the peninsula. Landslides and narrow gullies have formed along the northern edge of the monocline. A sheet of marine sands of Late Neogene age covers the southern portion of the uplifted Bellarine block.

The majority of soils on the peninsula consist of grey-brown sedimentary sandy loams, overlaying medium to heavy textured clay. The Bellarine Hills are a significant variation with heavy black self mulching clay loams being well suited to intensive crop production. Mining of shell grit for glass making was an important industry on the shores of Swan Bay. Much of the native vegetation throughout the peninsula has been cleared for agriculture, notable exceptions being areas of land around Swan Bay, parklands in Portarlington, coastal areas along the Barwon Coast and some small remnant pockets around the Barwon River lakes and wetlands, many of these last remaining areas are protected or included in parklands; the largest area of original native woodland vegetation remaining on the Peninsula lies in the 143 hectare Ocean Grove Nature Reserve. The peninsula contains several significant wetlands, many of which form part of the Port Phillip Bay and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar Site and are of international significance for the protection of waterbirds and the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.

They are recognised by BirdLife International in the Bellarine Wetlands and Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay Islands Important Bird Areas. Marine mammals visit here include whales, endemic Burrunan dolphins, Australian fur seals and Australian sea lions; the peninsula is covered by two local government areas with

Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact car/small family car manufactured and marketed by Volkswagen since 1979. Positioned to fill a sedan niche above the firm's Golf hatchback, it has been marketed over seven generations, variously as the Atlantic, Bora, City Jetta, Jetta City, GLI, Jetta and Sagitar; the Jetta has been offered in two- and four-door saloon / sedan, five-door wagon / estate versions – all as four- or five-seaters. Since the original version in 1980, the car has grown in power with each generation. By mid-2011 10 million Jettas have been produced and sold all over the world; as of April 2014, Volkswagen marketed over 14 million. Numerous sources note that the Jetta nameplate derives from the Atlantic'jet stream' during a period when Volkswagen named its vehicles after prominent winds and currents (e.g. the Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Bora, Volkswagen Scirocco. A 2013 report by former VW advertising copywriter Bertel Schmitt, said that — after consulting VW sources including Dr. Carl Hahn, former Volkswagen of America Chief and W.

P. Schmidt, former sales chief at Volkswagen — no evidence suggested Volkswagen employed a naming theme for its front-drive, water-cooled vehicles. Although the Golf reached considerable success in the North American markets, Volkswagen observed the hatchback body style lacked some of the appeal to those who preferred the traditional three-box configuration; the styling of the 1970 AMC Gremlin was controversial for truncating the Hornet sedan, but Volkswagen stylists reversed the process by grafting a new trunk onto the tail of the Golf to produce a larger Jetta saloon. The Jetta became the best-selling European car in the United States and Mexico; the car was popular in Europe, including the United Kingdom and Turkey. The Jetta was introduced to the world at the 1979 Frankfurt Auto Show. Production of the first generation began in August 1979 at the Wolfsburg plant. In Mexico, the Mark 1 was known as the "Volkswagen Atlantic"; the car was available as a two-door sedan and four-door sedan body styles, both of which shared a traditional three-box design.

Like the Volkswagen Golf Mk1, its angular styling was penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Styling differences could be found depending on the market. In most of the world, the car was available with composite headlamps, while in the US, it was only available with rectangular sealed beam lamps due to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108; the suspension setup was identical to the Golf and consisted of a MacPherson strut setup in front and a twist-beam rear suspension. It shared its 2,400 mm wheelbase with its hatchback counterpart, although overall length was up by 380 millimetres; the capacity of the luggage compartment was 377 litres. To distinguish the car from the Golf, interiors were made more upscale in all markets; this included velour color coordinated sill to sill carpeting. Engine choices varied depending on the local market. Most were based on 827 engines of the era. Choices in petrol engines ranged from a 1.1 litre four-cylinder engine producing 37 kW, to a 1.8-litre I4 which made 82 kW and 150 newton metres of torque.

Some cars were equipped with carburetors, while others were fuel-injected using K or KE Jetronic supplied by Robert Bosch GmbH. Diesel engine choices included a 1.6-litre making 37 kilowatts and a turbocharged version of the same engine which produced 51 kilowatts and 130 newton metres of torque. Volkswagen considered producing the Jetta in a plant located in Sterling Heights, Michigan in the US. However, due to declining sales in North America, the decision was postponed and abandoned in 1982; the site was subsequently sold to Chrysler in 1983 and was in operation as of 2009. This generation was produced in SFR Yugoslavia and Herzegovina, under the joint venture Tvornica Automobila Sarajevo for the Balkan area; the Mark 2 series is the longest running Jetta so far. Introduced to Europe in early 1984 and to North America in 1985, the second generation Jetta proved to be a sales success for Volkswagen; the car secured the title of best-selling European car in North America, Farmer's Journal COTY 1991 and outsold the similar Golf by two-to-one in that market.

Based on the all new second generation Golf platform, the car was larger and could seat five people instead of four as in the Mark 1. Exterior dimensions increased in all directions. Overall length was up by 100 mm, the wheelbase grew 66 mm, the width went up 53 mm; the suspension setup was unchanged from the first generation, although refined for example by the inclusion of a separate subframe for mounting the front control arms to help noise isolation, as well as improved rubber mountings for all components. Aerodynamics improved with a drag coefficient of 0.36. With a 470-litre luggage compartment, the trunk had grown nearly as large as some full-sized American sedans. Interior room was increased 14%, which changed the EPA class from sub-compact to compact. Cars built in Germany were assembled in a brand new plant at Wolfsburg in Assembly Hall 54; the plant was robotised in an effort to make build quality more consistent. New innovatio

Girlfriend (magazine)

Girlfriend magazine is an Australian teen girls magazine established in December 1988 by Futura Publications. It is now distributed by Sydney based Pacific Magazines; the Girlfriend Model Search is a modelling competition. In past years, the model search has been sponsored by Priceline, CoverGirl and Rimmel London. With selected 2007 national finalists being appointed as the faces of "Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour" semi-permanent hair colorant products. Finalists Girlfriend Fiction is a collaboration with Unwin. There are 19 novels in the series with another to be released in October 2010; the novels are written by a variety of authors. My Life and Other Catastrophes – Rowena Mohr ISBN 978-1-74175-286-1 The Indigo GirlsPenni Russon ISBN 978-1-74175-292-2 She's With the Band – Georgia Clark ISBN 978-1-74175-287-8 Always Mackenzie – Kate Constable ISBN 978-1-74175-293-9 The Perfect Boyfriend – Lili Wilkinson ISBN 978-1-74175-346-2 Step Up and Dance – Thalia Kalkipsakis ISBN 978-1-74175-555-8 Sweet LifeRebecca Lim ISBN 978-1-74175-531-2 Cassie – Barry Jonsberg ISBN 978-1-74175-347-9 Bookmark Days – Scot Gardner ISBN 978-1-74175-578-7 Winter of Grace – Kate Constable ISBN 978-1-74175-620-3 Something More – Mo Johnson ISBN 978-1-74175-528-2 Big SkyMelaina Faranda ISBN 978-1-74175-711-8 Little Bird – Penni Russon ISBN 978-1-74175-864-1 What Supergirl Did Next – Thalia Kalkipsakis ISBN 978-1-74175-867-2 Fifteen Love – R. M. Corbet ISBN 978-1-74237-015-6 A Letter from Luisa – Rowena Mohr ISBN 978-1-74175-874-0 Dear Swoosie – Kate Constable and Penni Russon ISBN 978-1-74237-198-6 Thirteen Pearls – Melaina Faranda ISBN 978-1-74237-202-0 The Boy/Friend – R. M. Corbet ISBN 978-1-74237-286-0 Three Things About Daisy Blue – Kate Gordon ISBN 9781742372129 Girlfriend website