Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, 120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”

US Nationwide Pollution Permit Restrictions Upheld

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The US Army Corps of Engineers decision to place restrictions on issuance of nationwide pollution permits has been upheld by a federal court. In National Association of Home Builders v. Army Corps of Engineers, the District Court for the District of Columbia found that the Corps of Engineers had not acted in an “arbitrary” or “capricious” manner in changing the terms and conditions for issuance of a national pollution permit, including reducing the size of area into which pollutants may be discharged from 10 acres to 1 acre, raising the threshold for requiring additional permits from 1 acre to 1/10 acre,

A nationwide permit allows an organization to engage in certain industrial activities on a national basis (such as mining and construction), reducing the amount of paperwork and filings needed for otherwise minor environmental impacts, as opposed to an ordinary permit for a specific location which will engage in activities which generate water pollution.

Due to concerns over the amount of discharge taking place in waterways, the Corps of Engineers began in the 1980s to reduce the authority granted by nationwide permits and to bar use of the permits in certain ecologically sensitive areas.

Some industry groups, including the plaintiff in the above case, The National Association of Home Builders, sued the Corps of Engineers in 2000 over the change in an attempt to block its implementation. Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, were given permission to intervene in the case in support of the actions of the Corps.

Environmental groups were pleased with the decision, but are concerned over other actions of the Bush Administration, such as the attempts to weaken provisions of the 2002 Clean Water Act to allow additional dumping of construction and mining waste into waterways as fill material.

Potty Training Targets Do They Work? The Pros And Cons

Posted on October 16th, 2017

By Colleen Langenfeld

Are you potty training and need something to ramp up the motivation in your toddler?

Then consider potty training targets. Simply put, you drop flushable material into your toilet and let your toddler aim and shoot. These can be as easy as bits of toilet paper or fancy purchased targets.

By examining the advantages and disadvantages of using this training resource, you can decide whether or not using the targets would help your toddler or preschooler move along in the potty training process.

* The pros of using potty targets.

– Fun, fun, fun.

Many parents think that only boys enjoy using potty targets, but that’s not true. Little girls find this game fun and many training targets are designed to be used by both boys and girls.

The high fun factor is what makes this resource work so well. Most children find the idea of “shooting” their pee at something irresistible, which is why I often recommend saving targets for when you need to move a resistant child along.

– Developing good habits.

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When you are trying to help your toddler understand the connection between his bodily urges and using the potty chair, training targets can help.

Give lots of water for a day and offer to use potty targets whenever your child fills the urge to void.

Your child must identify that urge, hold it, get to the potty chair, release (and aim). All good for practicing healthy toilet habits – without you nagging.

– Use creatively for longterm effectiveness.

You can use bits of toilet paper and round cereal bits (remember, must be flushable) to initiate training.

Then you can purchase fancier potty targets for special occasions. Some purchased targets actually look like targets, some expand in the water and some are bright and colorful.

Save these special targets for those moments when you know you’re going to encounter frustrating resistance. For example, pottying in a public restroom or at a friend’s home. Maybe when your child is tired and doesn’t want to cooperate. Or as a special treat for a well behaved toddler.

* When do potty training targets not help? The cons.

– You can’t flush everything.

A parent definitely wants to have a conversation about potty targets and explain that they are okay to put in the toilet. Many a parent have used these little resources only to have their toddler stuff all kinds of things down the toilet to pee on.

– Overuse will sink the idea.

While kids love potty targets, the newness cannot last forever. The wise parent will use these selectively – and thus effectively – cycling them with other potty training resources for maximum punch.

– Things can get messy.

Remember, you are asking an untrained toddler to aim and shoot his pee. This is a little being who has no care whatsoever about where that pee ends up.

Things can and will get messy, especially if you have two children trying this together.

If you get mad at your child for making a mess while practicing with potty targets, you will lose any of the good you might have gained.

Bottom line? Potty training targets are a super fun way to motivate toddlers and preschoolers to do their potty business. Targets can also help beginners learn basic potty habits.

But you’ll need to use them with thoughtfulness and a strong dose of humor to maximize their effectiveness.

About the Author: Colleen Langenfeld has potty trained four kids and helps other moms get more out of their mothering at http://www.paintedgold.com . Toilet train faster using her potty reward charts and creative ideas plus uncover more about

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Truck crashes into British Columbia wedding party, killing six

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A pickup truck crashed into a traditional Indian wedding procession in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Friday. Six people are dead and at least 17 more were injured.

The crash occurred on Lefeuvre Road near King Road where the pedestrians were heading towards the bride’s house. Reports indicate the truck driver was traveling northbound when he and his vehicle came up behind the group and collided with many of them.

Police have not yet decided whether to lay charges as they continue their investigation. Police interviewed the 71-year-old driver, who was uninjured.

British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Monday, November 28, 2005

U.S. Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham (RCA) pled guilty today to conspiring to take bribes in exchange for using his influence as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to help a defense contractor get business. In total he pled guilty to one count of income tax evasion and four counts of conspiracy, namely mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery of public official and accepting bribes. U.S. District judge Larry A. Burns scheduled Cunnigham to be sentenced on February 27. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and nearly $500,000 in fines, as well as forfeiture of unspecified amounts of cash and property.

In the court hearing, Cunningham admitted to accepting “bribes in exchange for performance of official duties” between “the year 2000 and June of 2005”, taking “both cash payments and payments in kind” and following up by “trying to influence the Defense Department”.

The federal investigation against Cunningham was triggered by his sale of his California residence to defense contractor Mitchell Wade in late 2003. However, Wade never moved in and sold the house at a $700,000 loss three quarters of a year later. At the same time Wade’s company MZM won tens of millions of dollars in defense contracts. Subsequent investigations discovered more questionable business transactions, including interactions with the defense contractor ADCS. In his plea agreement he testified that, among other charges, he “demanded, sought and received at least $2.4 million in illicit payments and benefits from his co-conspirators in various forms, including cash, checks, meals, travel, lodging, furnishings, antiques, rugs, yacht club fees, boat repairs and improvements, moving expenses, cars and boats.”

Cunningham announced his resignation after the hearing. In a written statement released by his law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP he declared “The truth is — I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.”

Online Payday Loan Instant Money Without Hassles

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Submitted by: Eunice Scott

For salary dependent people, a loan approval at the earliest is a must as most of the time the loan is asked for meeting some urgency. Even if regular expenses are to be met, a delayed loan is of not much use to the borrower as he anyway gets next salary few weeks after. Online payday loan fulfills basic requirement of providing the amount instantly in the hands of the borrower.

Online payday loan are provided by online lenders. Each online payday loan lender has displayed his online application on his loan website. All you do is fill in basic details like loan amount, its purpose and repayment duration and some personal details in the online application. With the click of the mouse the application is with the lender. Instant access to the application enables the lender in verifying and approving the loan instantly. Online payday loans therefore are in the borrower s account within 24 hours of applying. But the borrower must have an account in bank so that the lender can instantly transfer the money to the account. A steady income and employment of the borrower is enough for online payday loan approval.

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The loan amount approved as online payday loan depends on monthly income of the applicant. The borrower must be earning a good salary and must be at least of 18 years of age for the loan. Online payday loan is a short term loan availed for two-three weeks or a month till the next paycheque arrives. The loan can be extended if the borrower pays the interest. It should particularly be noted that online payday loan is costlier as it comes at very high interest rate. Online payday loan is an unsecured loan offered without collateral. A post dated cheque often sort of secures the loan for the lender.

Bad credit does not come at all in the way of online payday loan approval as employment and salary proof are sufficient for convincing the lender. For a better deal, various online payday loan providers should be compared for interest rates.

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Molten steel kills 32 workers in Liaoning,China

Posted on October 15th, 2017

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Molten steel spilled out and killed 32 workers at the Qinghe Special Steel Corporation mill in the city of Tieling in Liaoning province, China.

The ladle containing 1,500-degree-Celsius liquid steel poured into an open room, where employees take breaks in-between shift changes, at 7:45 a.m. local time. At least 6 others were injured, one of them critically.

“It is the most serious accident to hit China’s steel industry since 1949,” said China’s deputy head of the State Administration of Work Safety, Sun Huashan.

At least 4 workers have been arrested after the accident. The manager of mill, an operator, technician and a supervisor of a workshop were all arrested and are being questioned as an investigation in launched into what caused the accident to occur.

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How To Design An Attractive Flyer

Posted on October 14th, 2017

By Bella Harris

A flyer is a time tested and effective way to reach out to customers in a competitive market place. A good flyer will grab the attention of the target audience. An added benefit to marketing with flyer’s is that customers can actually take the promotional material with them and be reminded of your offer long after they have forgotten other commercials they listened to on the radio or watched on television.

It is also a cost effective method of marketing. But what makes a flyer stand out? How do you design an attractive flyer that will reach its audience?

Focus on the headline and words:

Of course you want to have some exciting images and graphics on your flyer, but these should not be your main focus. As with all other methods of visual marketing, the catchy headline is what will give you the most success. Write a headline that make people stop and look at what you have to say. Then in the subject body, try to keep your language simple and to the point. Bullet points are an effective way to communicate your message in an user friendly format, letting people understand quickly what you are about and give them the opportunity of wanting to know more.

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Avoid common mistakes:

Some design mistakes are very common, and you should try to avoid making them. They include:

Using more than two fonts. As always it is tempting to go overboard when you have options. A good flyer design should not have more than two fonts included: One for the header and one for the body text.

Using strange or fancy fonts. Remember that the purpose of the flyer is to be informative. If your flyer is difficult to read or requires much concentration because of a strange font then most people will be most will simply turn away.

Using to much space. It is not necessary to fill out every square inch of the flyer or have the text go all the way to the border. Less is sometimes more and it will help the reader to get to the main point easily.

Be creative and inspiring, but focus on what you have to offer:

Use all of your imagination and creativity to design your flyer. Make your flyer stand out among others by having an exiting design and colours. Use anything you can think of to make your design unique. Make sure to focus on what you are offering to potential customers. Your target audience should be able to read your flyer once and understand what service or product you are offering.

If you are on a budget or trying to save money, remember that certain things are cheaper than others. Black ink is cheaper than coloured ink, and white paper is less expensive than coloured paper. You can use shades of grey to compliment the black text and create background shadows. Many companies today offer cheap flyer printing online and have special promotions that would suit personal and business needs effectively.

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