Photo: The home was completely destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca An early morning house fire has destroyed what is believed to have been a large two story home northwest of Fort St. John. – Advertisement -It is believed the fire broke out about two o’clock this morning and ironically it was first spotted and reported by Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows… [asset|aid=1085|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7927a700667e870b51a19b5c694dd8ca-Chief Burrows_1_Pub.mp3] It turns out it was the latter and, Chief Burrows says a total of four units from the Fort St. John and Charlie fire departments responded and, were on the scene for about four hours. He also says there was nobody home at the time, there were no injuries and, the flames did not spread to any other structures. Its too early in the investigation to speculate on the cause but, the Chief has put a conservative estimate of four hundred thousand dollars on the damage.
Analysts say typical methods for motivating potential voters – phone calls, bulk mailings and even television ads – might not be as effective as once believed. Following the Bush model, the thinking is they must be contacted and cajoled repeatedly, in person, neighbor to neighbor, to make sure a vote is cast. That’s the heart of the GOP plan, party leaders say. The turnout brain trust also includes Terry Nelson, the political director for Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004; state Republican Chairman Duf Sundheim; GOP strategist Joe Shumate; pollster Sarah Simmons; and Schwarzenegger political director Stephanie Tyler-Jackson. More than 60 people have been hired and deployed around the state. But there are possible problems. Schwarzenegger will try to energize his base at a time when Bush’s popularity is slumping and the GOP is divided by a host of social and economic issues, from gay marriage to immigration to the state’s continuing budget deficits. And he must do so without alienating moderate independents and Democrats, Hispanics and other voter groups he needs to win. “He wants to drive a very high Republican turnout and still have a centrist position,” said Shawn Steel, a former head of the state GOP. Some activists are grumbling privately that only the governor will benefit from the turnout program, a contention party leaders dispute. In 2004, Bush’s re-election victory over Democrat John Kerry was credited in part to his campaign’s success at driving up turnout in states where the contest was tight. Strategists armed with scientific research honed in on swing voters, areas where they thought Bush underperformed four years earlier and booming suburban regions where new residents might be unregistered. A key element for Bush was mobilizing religious conservatives, but that tack wouldn’t be an easy fit with the socially moderate Schwarzenegger. However, conservatives could feel a vote for the governor is preferable to the election of liberal Democrat Phil Angelides, and there are several potential ballot initiatives this fall that could drive up GOP turnout, including one that would require minors to notify parents before seeking abortions. Democrats, who rely heavily on thousands of union foot soldiers each election to reach voters, scoffed at the ambitious plan. Nehring and other Republicans say a strong turnout operation helped the party hold the 50th Congressional District seat in San Diego on Tuesday, in which volunteers knocked on 150,000 doors and made 120,000 phone calls in what amounted to a dry run for the November plan. But Democrats say the four-point margin for winner Brian Bilbray was a sign of weakness in a Republican-rich district. “They are in a fantasy world,” said Sam Rodriguez, political director of the California Democratic Party. On a visit to his Sacramento headquarters on election night, Schwarzenegger alluded to the importance of his emerging volunteer army. “We have many, many volunteers that have been working up and down the state,” he said. “There’s nothing we can do by ourselves.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! State Republicans are attempting to organize the largest mobilization of GOP election volunteers in state history to help deliver a re-election victory for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a strategy modeled on get-out-the-vote drives that President Bush used to capture Ohio and other swing states in 2004. Party insiders say as many as 90,000 people could be enlisted in the closing days of the race to knock on doors, plant yard signs or make telephone calls to connect with potential voters, an unprecedented figure in a state thick with Democrats. A record turnout by the state’s 5.4 million Republicans could cut into a Democratic registration edge that otherwise puts Schwarzenegger and other statewide GOP candidates at a numerical disadvantage at the polls. “The California Republican Party will build the largest Republican voter turnout organization ever built in any state in the history of the nation this year,” said Ron Nehring, vice chair of the state GOP. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The point on election day: “The world is run by who shows up,” Nehring said. The turnout operation – which will be bankrolled with as much as $25 million – is being assembled at a state party office in Burbank by William Christiansen, a veteran state GOP operative whose get-out-the-vote program for the 2004 Bush campaign in Arizona helped deliver a 10-point victory. Former Bush strategists also are in charge of Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, which is playing a central role in the turnout drive. With Christiansen, “We have someone who knows the system. … He knows how to make it work,” said Contra Costa County Republican Party Chairman Thomas Del Beccaro. At a time when many people are disenchanted with politics – Tuesday’s primary appears to be one of the lowest turnouts on record in California – identifying potential voters and nudging them to go to the polls or fill out a mail-in ballot will be critical for both major parties. There are 6.7 million registered Democrats in California compared to 5.4 million Republicans, but Republicans generally turn out 5 percent more voters, helping close the gap. Luring the increasingly large number of independent voters – nearly 20 percent of the state electorate, or 2.9 million – will be another key factor in November.
24 February 2010 The Peter Mokaba Stadium is complete and the people of Polokwane, in South Africa’s Limpopo province, are excited to be part of history in the making as residents of one of the nine host cities of Africa’s first Fifa World Cup™. Known as Africa’s City of Stars, Polokwane is the smallest of the host cities for this year’s World Cup, and a visit allows one to experience the excitement for the event and the pride of locals. Jacob Ntuli, a 46-year-old bricklayer, is quick to comment when he overhears others talking about the World Cup. “We will welcome the people to watch our games at the stadium,” says Ntuli. ‘Place of Safety’ “Polokwane means ‘Place of Safety’ in Sotho, which is one of our 11 official languages. Yes, eleven, we are many different people, but we are all South African and we will welcome anyone from anywhere in the world to our city. It is a friendly city, and I wish there were even more matches here.” “Have you seen the stadium?” asks Precious Mbulani, a lady selling fruit on a street corner. “It is something very special because you can see it from far away, and on nights when the lights are on it is very beautiful. I wish I could watch a game at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, but it gives me pride to know that the best players will be so close to my home.” Ronald Le Grange, an importer waiting for a shipment at Polokwane International Airport, agrees with Precious. “To think that Polokwane will be part of this once in a lifetime World Cup is astonishing. It’s a great time to be South African, and a great time to be in Polokwane. “I have bought tickets for Argentina’s match against Greece for my family, and I can’t wait to enjoy the atmosphere at the Peter Mokaba Stadium,” says Le Grange.Four group stage matches Polokwane will host four group stage matches at the World Cup, with Algeria taking on Slovenia, France coming up against Mexico, Greece facing Argentina, and Paraguay playing against New Zealand. Fifty-three-year-old Sergio Santos is a contractor working in the city on a few government projects. “Polokwane has become like a second home to me. Seeing as I will be here during the World Cup, I have applied for the game between France and Mexico. “I will take a look at the other three games later on if there are still tickets, because saying you went to see a World Cup game is quite something, but saying that you attended four would make the nicest person jealous,” says Santos.‘My uncle helped build this’ Ten-year-old Petros Moloi says his uncle was one of the workers who built this stadium, “and he is very proud of it. Now that it is finished, the World Cup can come to Polokwane and he can watch a game. I love the stadium because it is so big and it makes me feel very small, but important because it is in Polokwane. “My teacher says the World Cup is something we will only see once, so we must remember for a long time and help to make it special for people from other countries,” says Moloi. Saul Pietersen runs a small cafe in Polokwane, and he is hoping that the extra business will make up for tickets that he bought for the match between Algeria and Slovenia. “I bought tickets for my brother and I when we did not know who would be playing in Polokwane. When the draw was done we saw it was Algeria and Slovenia, and I’m glad it is an African team that I can support. “The business from tourists will bring more profit and the tickets will be paid off quickly,” says Pietersen. “Maybe I should give discounts to Algerian and Slovenian fans who will be at the stadium with me!” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
The police on Thursday found the body of an Islamic State-J&K (ISJK) militant and arrested another injured militant in Anantnag’s Bijbehara area.Police sources said that the body of Aadil Rehman Das, a resident of Bijbehara’s Waghama village, was found on a hill in Boomteng near Sirhama. Another ISJK militant, Arif Hussain Bhat, from Bijbehara’s Thajiwara was found injured near the same spot. “He has bullet injuries in the leg,” the police said.They did not disclose whether the militant was killed in an encounter or in a clash between two militant outfits.Locals said they heard loud a few gunshots on Wednesday night.
James Washington took over in the starting lineup last season, and exploded on the scene with a team-leading six touchdowns last season.Washington was a little known recruited out of Stamford, Texas, who apparently competed in basketball, track AND tennis, to go along with football. Apparently his competitive nature and his impressive dunks were enough for receiver coach Kasey Dunn to pull the trigger and offer him a scholarship.“He was at a small school, so nobody was really recruiting him,” Gundy told ESPN. “But we thought, this guy really is a big-time athlete.”I tend to agree. Even Mason Rudolph chimed in on the praise. “”He’s got great hands, his football IQ is tremendous. He sees things that I’ll see as a quarterback.”Despite the fact that Washington lead his football team to back-to-back state championship titles in football, his only big offer came from the Pokes – and Gundy’s faith in the young receiver has only grown.“You see similarities out there with Blackmon,” Gundy said. “He’s explosive, competitive, great practice player. Blackmon was that way.” He goes on to say that Washington is in a ‘different class’ when it comes to his ability to accelerate and run through the ball.Kyle already predicted Washington to be the go-to homerun threat this year – Now I’m not so convinced that he isn’t the best receiver OSU has on the roster.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
To view their stories and slideshows, please click on the following links:Port Macquarie News – http://www.portnews.com.au/multimedia/10009/state-cup-2009.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/hornsby-claims-touch-honours/1697252.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-macquarie-state-cup-results/1697253.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/champion-effort/1699348.aspxNBN News – http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/12/06/ports-success-on-touch-footy-field/For more information and results of the State Cup, please visit the NSW Touch website:www.nswtouch.com.au
A record 210 teams will take to the fields at Hervey Bay Sports Complex this weekend to compete in the 2015 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup. Teams across 10 divisions, from under 10’s through to under 18’s, will take part in the three day event, from Friday, 10 July through to Sunday, 12 July 2015. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2015 Queensland Junior State Cup, please visit the following website and social media pages:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/qldtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/queenslandtouchInstagram – www.instagram.com/qldtouch 2014 Queensland Junior State Cup results10’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Gold Coast (A) 110’s GirlsGold Coast (A) 3 defeated BMTA Red 112’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Palm Beach Blue 212’s GirlsBMTA Red 6 defeated Toowoomba White 214’s BoysGold Coast (A) 6 defeated BMTA Red 514’s GirlsGold Coast (1) 5 defeated BMTA Red 016’s BoysRockhampton 4 defeated Gold Coast (A) 316’s GirlsKawana 8 defeated BMTA 618’s BoysRedlands 5 defeated Rockhampton 318’s GirlsCaboolture 4 defeated Redlands 2Related Links2015 QLD JSC
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Karim Benzema: Real Madrid gradually improvingby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKarim Benzema has been named the Mahou Cinco Estrellas winner for being Real Madrid’s Player of the Month.The striker has scored six goals in Los Blancos’ first 10 games of the season, of which he has played nine.”Receiving an award from the supporters is always different because it’s your fans and you play for them, so I feel very happy,” Benzema said.”I’m doing very well right now, like the whole team.”Gradually we are going to reach a very high level where we are able to win all of our matches.”