Related SALT LAKE CITY — “Dad, it’s only a 29-point lead,’’ the 6-year-old boy said as a family of four walked up the Huntsman Center aisle with eight minutes left in Sunday night’s Utah-Stanford game.“Thirty-one,’’ replied the father, perhaps trying to justify the early exit from the arena.But leaving at that point of the game was understandable, as many in the meager crowd had been streaming up the aisles long before that. By the end of the game, the Huntsman Center looked like it had a typical crowd for a Utah women’s game, which usually draws well under 1,000 fans.That’s what happens when the home team ties the record for the worst home loss in Huntsman Center history.The Utes were beaten by Stanford by 31 points, 87-56, the same amount as last year’s early-season loss to Cal State Fullerton.At least the Utes could say they lost to a Pac-12 team this time around. On the other hand, the Utes have been playing much better this season on the whole and just eight days earlier had beaten one of the better Pac-12 teams, Washington, by nine points on the road.Plus, last year, a less-talented Ute team actually beat Stanford at home and came very close on the road.No wonder Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak called Sunday night’s loss “the low point for me since I’ve been here.’’Nothing went right for the Utes in their first-ever Sunday night home game, while everything seemed to go right for the Cardinal, which came in as a lower-division Pac-12 team at 2-4 and 11-9 overall.The Cardinal shot 50 percent from the field, including 60 percent from 3-point range. The Utes shot 38.2 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 62 percent from the line.Stanford also outrebounded the Utes by a comfortable margin, 43-27, and had more blocks, steals and assists, and fewer turnovers.“There wasn’t a bright spot for us in that ballgame tonight,’’ Krystkowiak said.Krystkowiak complained afterward how his team didn’t do anything it talked before the game, from blocking out on rebounds to running a set play at the start of the game.But he didn’t want to put it all on his players, saying, “I’m not the guy who going to say, ‘hey, I’m doing my job.’ To me, we’re just not dialed in. Obviously I’m not doing a good enough job coaching block-out rebounds, whether it’s a free throw or otherwise, and we’re going to have to start pounding some stuff in to make sure we’re executing.’’Krystkowiak also had a difficult time explaining how his team could play so well against Washington and regress so far in a week’s time.“You’re going to have a handful of games where you lay an egg like tonight,’’ he said. “I don’t why it’s happening. But I do know what I can control and I will be trying to find guys that are interested in jumping in and playing harder.’’ Utah Utes men’s basketball: Stanford blitzes Runnin’ Utes on stormy Sunday night in Utah
Image Courtesy: Stumps and BailsAdvertisement 2hm7aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsm5iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3y66( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b21Would you ever consider trying this?😱cfxy9aCan your students do this? 🌚ub1f9Roller skating! Powered by Firework The legendary status of Sachin Tendulkar got cemented after an ICC Hall Of Fame induction where Allan Donald and Cathryn Fitzpatrick were honoured with the same. Tendulkar became the sixth Indian to be inducted after Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, and Rahul Dravid.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Stumps and BailsAfter being the household name especially in Indian cricket for two decades, the player holds a vast range of records and is currently the leading run-scorer in both ODIs and tests.The prolific run-scorer burst into the scene as a tender 16-year old before calling it a day 24 years later. Tendulkar sent in a tweet thanking his friends, family and the fans for all their contributions. The former Indian skipper also congratulated the names that were inducted alongside him. Check out the tweet below:Advertisement “Humbled and happy to be inducted into the #ICCHallOfFame. A lot of people have contributed towards helping me become who I am today. A big thank you to my family, friends & fans across the globe for the love & support,”Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald revealed his surprise when he learnt of his induction. He said:“The biggest shock when you open an e-mail like that — it says congratulations Allan Donald, you have been inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame! It hits you, it hits you quite hard because it is a prestigious award and something that you can’t take lightly. I thank the ICC for the huge honour”. Read Also:Trollworthy: Ben Stokes has legitimately been nominated for Kiwi of the year!!Ole’s at the crease: Manchester United manager tries his hand with cricket during pre season tour Advertisement
Nationals are next for BCC five By tim morris Staff Writer CHRIS KELLY Brookdale’s Mark Kelly launches a shot during the Jersey Blues’ home win on Sunday. Paul Cisek had a good feeling about his 2002-03 Brookdale Community College basketball team from the start of the season. He liked the sophomore leadership of players like Chris Brown, Dennis DelliSanti and Bobby Varno, and how tight-knit the club was. He also liked the athleticism under the basket that freshman Miguel Rodriguez provided, and the way his team played defense. He also liked the way that everyone was committed to winning and didn’t care about individual stats. In the end, it was all the ingredients for a Region XIX championship team. The Jersey Blues rewarded the confidence that Cisek had in his club by capturing the school’s first-ever Region basketball crown. Brookdale defeated Keystone (Pa.) College, 76-67, on Sunday in Lincroft to advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championships, set for March 13-15 in Delhi, N.Y. “This is the greatest time I’ve ever had playing basketball,” said Brown, named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “The last two games, we’ve been so pumped up. We told ourselves we didn’t want to stop playing. We wanted to take it to the nationals.” To do that, Brookdale (27-4) had to hold off two second-half charges from the defending Region champions from Keystone (20-8) before securing the elusive crown. The first rally, from 17 down, pulled Keystone within 50-48 halfway through the second half. Brown scored on a big put-back that led to a 13-6 surge and a 63-54 lead. Still, the Blues were not out of the woods. The three-point shooting for Jajuan Davis and Darice Venson led to one more comeback. With 1:51 remaining, two free throws from Davis made it 65-63 Brookdale. Mark Kelly then scored on a tough running one-hander off the glass in the lane to build the lead to 67-63. Varno and Kelly would then ice the game from the foul line, building the lead back to nine. “In the beginning of the season we didn’t think we’d ever pull it off,” Brown said. “After our first game with Ocean, I knew we were going to jell. “Defense has been the big key for us,” he added. Defense and rebounding proved to be the difference for Brookdale, as Cisek thought it might, in the final. The Blues were able to overcome an off night, shooting by crashing the offensive boards, led by Rodriguez and Brown, and getting second and third chances. They held Keystone to one-and-done on the defensive end as Rodriguez pulled down every errant shot (he had 18 rebounds for the game). Their team effort on defense held Keystone to just 25 points in the first half, allowing the team to get out to a 36-25 cushion. Varno paced the Jersey Blues with 21 points, followed by MVP Brown, who netted 20. Varno and Brown each nailed three three-pointers. Rodriguez had 14 to go along with his 18 boards, and Kelly netted 14, including a pair of threes. Brookdale won its first Region title the hard way, by having to win four games last week. They were seeded second in the GSAC South Division and had to play on Feb. 24 against seventh-seeded Burlington. Brown had 20 points, Kelvin DeLosAngeles had 18 and Rodriguez had 17 rebounds in a 115-72 romp. Brown scored 25 as Brookdale beat Camden, 90-69, in the South Division semifinals last Wednesday night. Friday night the Jersey Blues won the rubber match against top-seeded Gloucester for the playoff title, and the right to play against the GSAC North champion for the Regional title. Gloucester and Brookdale split their two regular season games with Gloucester, winning the regular season title by one game. All that didn’t matter on Friday as Brookdale’s 85-72 win sent the six-time Region champions packing. Brown (19) and Kelly (18) combined for 37. Brown said the home court proved helpful to Brookdale’s title quest. “The crowds were huge for us,” he said. “It benefited us.” MVP Brown scored 84 points during the tournament, averaging 21 a game. He and Rodriguez were both named to the all-Region XIX and all-GSAC South teams. By tim morrisStaff Writer Nationals are nextfor BCC five
By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown High School South’s Sarah Corey slides safely under the tag of Steinert High School catcher Madison Balke to score a run during the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III championship game May 29 in Middletown. The Eagles soared to the championship with a 3-0 win over Steinert. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR It’s familiar territory for Middletown High School South’s softball team against a familiar opponent with two huge games on back-to-back days this week: the NJSIAA Group III semifinals and the Shore Conference Tournament finals.Coach Tom Erbig is not shy about tackling that challenge in a 24-hour span.“This is what we prepare for all season long. That’s why we go outside our division and play teams like Nutley and Mount St. Dominic,” said Erbig, whose team, which is 26-4 with 14 straight victories, nailed down another Shore Conference A North Division championship. “They’re responding better than at the beginning of the season. They’re playing as well as they can right now in a championship-caliber season.”The Eagles are back in the hunt for the Group III state championship after claiming their 15th Central Jersey championship in 19 trips. They beat Steinert High School, 3-0, for this year’s sectional title May 29 behind a three-hitter by pitcher Maddy McMahon, who secured the Eagles’ third straight shutout, and run-scoring hits from Julia Blarr, Ciara Sullivan and Tiffany Lambert.Next up was Delsea Regional High School in a Group III semifinals showdown June 2 at Rowan College in Gloucester County. The winner advances to the state finals June 5 at Kean University.A victory June 2 would advance the Eagles to the state finals they previously reached in three straight years, winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 and losing in 2011.The day after the Delsea game, Middletown South will take the field at Wall for a showdown against Middletown High School North for the Shore Conference Tournament title. Middletown South is 7-7 in Shore Conference Tournament finals, capturing its last title in 1996 against St. John Vianney High School and losing in the next two trips since then — in 2011 to St. John Vianney and 2009 to Red Bank Catholic High School.An all-Middletown final in the conference tournament previously took place in 1984. Middletown South won that game. Middletown North poses a formidable challenge this time at 22-6 with eight wins in its last nine games. It split the two regularseason games against Middletown South, losing the first, 11-2, and beating Middletown South in the second game, 6-4, April 30.Middletown North stunned previously unbeaten St. John Vianney, 2-0, in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals, as Milena Wilton lined a two-run single in the fifth inning and Riley Kernan scattered six hits.McMahon will be on the mound for these games for Middletown South, and Lambert will be ready if called upon. They shared time on the mound earlier in the season.“We’re riding her. She’s hot and keeps the runners off the bases,” Erbig said of McMahon. “She hits locations instead of where [hitters] want it.” As for Lambert, who is headed to St. Peter’s University, Erbig said, “We’ll bring her in if we need someone to throw differently. Maddy throws hard. Tiffany doesn’t get the strikeouts but throws off-speed and gets the ball hit, and we’ve been making the plays.”They have taken leads early in games, which has made life easier for the pitching that has nailed down a dozen shutouts. Credit that to a lineup that has been on a tear, typified in a Shore Conference Tournament semifinal victory, 11-0, May 30 over Matawan Regional High School and a 7-0, no-hitter against Raritan High School, as third baseman Blarr and Lambert each drove in two runs as the hottest hitters, along with Sullivan and second baseman Nikki Curran. Even catcher Hannah Wisialko has found her swing of late. They’ve all been making plays in the field smoothly along with shortstop Alex Corrigan, who is headed to Fairfield University. Middletown North swung hot bats in a conference tournament semifinals victory over Donovan Catholic, 15-14, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh for a 15- 9 lead before thwarting a Donovan Catholic comeback in the home seventh that fell just short. Alyssa Vetrano smashed four hits for three RBIs, while Kayla Gallo collected four hits and she, Liz Dorsa and Christine Gebhardt each batted in two runs — the latter two with three hits each.“It’s all about playing together as a team,” said Middletown North coach Mark Rosner, whose team actually won the A North championship the two previous seasons before Middletown South won it this year.The coach said four players showed their team spirit as they moved smoothly to new positions: freshman Vetrano from right field to third base, sophomore Ryan Rasmussen from third base to catcher, sophomore Gallo from catcher to right field and sophomore Dorsa recently going from left field to second base. Gallo leads the hitters with 11 home runs, a .530 batting average and 51 RBIs as the cleanup hitter.Nikki Alfano, the lone senior in the young lineup, at shortstop is an ideal leadoff hitter with 30 walks and 50 runs scored. She’s batting .430. Gebhardt, a junior first baseman, has 40 RBIs in the No. 3 spot in the order. Kernan has helped her own pitching with a .400 batting average. She has received support from a solid team defense that also includes juniors Payleigh Behan in center field and Wilton at second base.“It’s all about making plays, [Kernan] getting ahead on the [pitch] count and having patience at the plate,” Rosner said of the showdown against Middletown South. “I think we can hit with anybody in the Shore. The biggest thing is making plays.”A pair of victories and maybe a third one in a state final this weekend for Middletown South would be a sweet finale to a season in which Erbig nailed down his 700th victory. He’s up to 713 coming into this week, which is just eight behind the state’s all-time record.
CARLOS Brathwaite’s four consecutive sixes that carried West Indies to victory over England in the World Twenty20 final capped what former players and journalists described as one of the sport’s greatest matches on Monday.With the West Indies requiring 19 runs for victory off the last over, the Barbadian needed just four of Ben Stokes’ final six deliveries to seal a four-wicket victory at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Sunday.“Anyone who was here witnessed one of the great T20 matches. It was won, it was lost, then won, then lost. No side really deserved to lose it,” former England captain Nasser Hussain wrote in his Daily Mail column after West Indies chased down England’s 155 for nine on a difficult batting surface.Fellow former England skipper Michael Atherton wrote in The Times: “It was a stunning end to a stunning tournament that showcased the best of the modern game – a game in which England played a full part for once.”The Daily Telegraph described Brathwaite’s onslaught as “four balls that stunned the world” with its correspondent Jonathan Liew writing: “It was one of the most remarkable victories ever known.“A match that will resound well beyond the boundaries of this stadium, well beyond the boundaries of Twenty20 as a finish for the ages.”While Brathwaite’s incredible display of power-hitting allowed the Caribbean side to become the first to win the World Twenty20 title twice, there was plenty of sympathy for England bowler Stokes, who was on the receiving end of the late mauling.England skipper Eoin Morgan said: “Ben is going to be devastated. Cricket can be a cruel game, it will take its toll over the next couple of days but we share the pain, we share the success.”Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, one of the greatest batsmen of recent times, also had sympathy for Stokes saying on ESPN that he was punished by Brathwaite because his deliveries were not quite accurate enough.“But I feel sorry for Ben Stokes – and a lot of the bowlers in this day and age,” he added.Meanwhile, former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee was full of praise for the victors and their approach towards Twenty20 cricket.He told ESPN he had written about their batting prowess in his newspaper column before the tournament began and said it was that power that secured victory in the end.“There has never been another six-hitting team like this one, and that turned out to be the clincher,” he said.
The sporting items were donated by local businessman Branny Libe who is the managing director of Homex Contractors Ltd.Libe also gave a sponsorship boost of K5, 000 to help run the competition for the youths in Takipa village and promote peace and development in Margarima through sports.He is a passionate rugby player and said there are many raw talents back home and his assistance would indirectly pave way for some of them to come out to the spot light.“Many talented players at the village level are not given proper recognition and assistance to further develop their passion in rugby.”“I feel for the boys back home and came up with the idea to boost them,” he said.Libe added that the village boys are kept busy with sports and have no time to take part in criminal activities like abuse of illicit drugs and homebrew.He said the assistance will boost their morale so that they continue on to live meaningful lives and give up other illegal activities.
The 28th Intercessional meeting of Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government ended on Friday with Heads of State committing to the upward movement of the community.Current chair and President of Guyana, David Granger, along with incoming Chair, Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, along with Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque met with the media moments after wrapping up the agenda for thePresident David Granger is flanked by Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque and Incoming Chairman of the Caricom, Dr Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister Grenadafinal day.President Granger said the two-day meeting saw “successful” discussions and decisions on issues that are important to moving the Community towards its objectives.“During the course of our discussions, the Conference of Heads of Government reflected on the importance of the Caricom ‘Brand’, and the pride that we have in our citizenship, citizenry and membership. Every citizen of this Community must count; every citizen of this Community has rights, and, wherever our citizens are, they have the right to be treated as Caribbean citizens,” Granger told the media corps.He stated there is no such thing as a ‘stateless person’ in the Community, and such there should be no occurrence as a citizen of a Caribbean state being treated as inferior in any jurisdiction in the Community.“In our discussions on the Caricom Single Market and Economy, for which we received a review, the matter of free movement of skilled persons was ventilated. We agreed on priority areas to be addressed, including the completion of the protocol on procedures relating to facilitation of travel.”He said Caricom continues to be concerned that some of its previous decisions have not been fully complied with and agreed that the necessary action will be taken to effect compliance. In that regard, the meeting also addressed the need for the relevant ministerial councils and committees to meet.CrimeThe Caricom Chairman said the unacceptable levels of crime in the Community engaged the attention of leaders.“We have resolved to do more to curb the scourge, including placing greater focus on the social determinants of crime, especially among the youth. Our Attorney Generals will take action to finalise agreements which are essential to the implementation of the Regional Crime and Security Agenda.”Correspondent bankingPresident Granger said Caricom has recognised the need for a regional approach and continued concerted, urgent action to address effectively the challenge posed by the de-risking strategies of the global banks which result in the withdrawal of correspondent banking services; to strengthen the integrity of the financial system in Caricom Member States; and to attenuate the perception of the Caribbean as a high-risk region.“We considered the Strategy and Action Plan submitted by the Committee of Central Bank Governors and we have asked the Committee of Ministers of Finance with responsibility for Correspondent Financing to assume the oversight of its roll-out.”TourismHeads of Government have also recognised that tourism is a vital sector in the economies of Member States and welcomed proposals from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) for Advancing a Regional Tourism Agenda particularly through Public /Private Sector Partnerships.“With regard to travel, Heads of Government called for an urgent meeting of the Council for Trade and Development (COTED) Transportation to address air transport issues in particular, including those related to the tourism sector”, Guyana’s President said.Single ICT SpaceThe Heads also approved the Draft Road map for a Single ICT Space and commended the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and the officials who had prepared the document.The Single ICT Space would be one of the driving forces for social and economic development of the Community. It would enhance the environment for investment and production, provide an opportunity for innovation to flourish, support a sustainable increase in growth and jobs and enhance efficiency and increase access to public services.International relationsMeanwhile, Heads also emphasised the importance of the long-standing relationships between the Community and the United States of America, noting that they look forward to continuing the fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship with the new USA Administration.“We also recognised the importance of the recently adopted bipartisan, US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 that seeks to increase US engagement with the governments and civil society of the Region,” President Granger said.“We considered the future of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) including the renewal of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) which governs relations between the Group and the European Union (EU) and which comes to an end in 2020. That Agreement is a unique and valued instrument from which Caricom has benefited with regard to trade, development cooperation and political dialogue with Europe and should be renewed.”To that regard, the ACP Group remains a valuable construct which has facilitated relations with Africa and the Pacific and that the Group should be strengthened, he said.
0Shares0000Japan’s head coach Eddie Jones (C) watches as his side warms up prior to their friendly rugby union match against Uruguay in Tokyo on August 29, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, September 17- Rugby chiefs live in perpetual fear of another serious injury overshadowing the World Cup and the tournament format may have to be changed to rest players, World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset told AFP.Worrying about injury “is permanent because the impacts are extremely strong,” Lapasset said in an interview ahead of the start of the World Cup on Friday. “The physical mass of players has grown. Rugby has become a sport of confrontation and not a game where moving the ball is the priority.“It is a danger that is a risk to the players,” said Lapasset, who spoke a day after former Wales international Leigh Thomas retired from the sport saying that repeat head blows had caused his epilepsy.The most serious injury yet in a World Cup came in 1995 in South Africa. Ivory Coast’s Max Brito was left paralysed below the neck after being trampled in a ruck in a pool game against Tonga.Lapasset said “intensive” medical preparations were ready for the tournament which starts with England taking on Fiji at Twickenham.Hawk-Eye cameras used to help referees will also monitor players to see which ones are at risk after any blow to the head.“As soon as there is a potential risk after a blow or a tackle, we act very quickly to accelerate the treatment process,” said the 67-year-old Frenchman.But the global body’s chief acknowledged rugby’s image problem.– A sport for all? –“The health of the player is the priority of priorities. You cannot have a sport that leaves players injured that leaves them concussed.“We have to be a sport that everyone can play.”The growing demands on rugby players could also force a change to the tournament but no process has been started yet, Lapasset said.“The key element is the rest time for players. Maybe we will be forced to change the format of the competition. Maybe it needs to be a two stage competition. I don’t know.”Lapasset said the World Cup needs a large number of teams to play top quality rugby but to achieve that goal top level players need to be spread out over a wider number of countries.Four nations reached the 2015 World Cup through playoffs — Georgia Namibia, Romania and Uruguay — rather than getting direct qualification through the rankings.“That means these teams are not yet at professional maturity,” said Lapasset.“Perhaps one day there will be 24 countries in a different format: with a qualification phase and a final phase.“It is a decision to think about so that the World Cup remains a major event.”Lapasset said though that the World Cup in England would be an enormous success.“It is a chance for England to show the strength that rugby represents at a national level. You can feel there is an extremely strong fervour.“There has been enormous demand for all the matches. We are nearly sold out. For the first time we are going to reach 98% of tickets sold.”In May next year World Rugby will hold a presidential election. Lapasset is also co-head of the French committee bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games.The Frenchman, one of the most respected figures in international sport, said he had not yet decided whether to stand again for the rugby post he has held since 2007.He acknowledged that it would be “complicated” during the World Cup and said he would hold talks with federation chiefs during the tournament.Lapasset said he would be “proud” to be part of the French bid but he could not lead it alone.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John Bylaw Enforcement Department Supervisor has been recognized at a provincial level for her work and service.Bonnie Isenberg, or as the City of Fort St. John calls her ‘Bylaw Bonnie’, received the Bylaw Enforcement Officer of the year award through the Licence Inspector Bylaw Officer Association of British Columbia.Isenberg has many accomplishments that contributed to her receiving the award. She says she was nominated by fellow members and was the only recipient.“The award recipient is given a plaque at the Banquet to acknowledge their achievements. I was acknowledged for my development in 2016 of the Animal Control Training Certificate Program at Langara College, assisting other colleagues in the bylaw and animal control field, participating in great community initiatives through the City of Fort St. John – ( toys for tickets, food for tickets, winter mitten campaign, etc.), being a leader and role model for Officers in the association and participating in the LIBOA association as the Far North Zone rep. I met the criteria set out by the association for the award and was nominated by fellow members.”- Advertisement -She says that every year, the LIBOA Association holds a week-long conference in a municipality in BC and invites Bylaw Enforcement/Animal Control Officers and Building Inspectors to attend. The conference is a learning opportunity for LIBOA members to participate in workshops including legal/legislation, animal control, bylaw enforcement and officer safety. Members of the association were then contacted to vote for two awards: Officer of the Year and Career Achievement Award.They are given a list of criteria and questions and are asked to nominate an Officer that meets the following criteria:Advertisement Exhibited leadership and visionShowcased as a positive role model or outstanding public servantExcelled in education or trainingExemplified trustworthiness, integrity, and heartDemonstrated superior skills in bylaw investigation and enforcementAccomplished a significant goalIsenberg says that receiving the award helped reinforce that she is proud of her accomplishments and says she still loves her job after all the years of doing it.“I have been working in the Animal Control and Law Enforcement field for almost two decades now, and have always done the job because I have a passion for it. I do my job for the satisfaction knowing that I have provided great customer service for residents in the community, an animal a safe place to stay rather than running loose on the street, providing resources to someone who needs a helping hand and coming to work every day, knowing that I still love my job after all these years. This award was certainly unexpected and I was surprised to have my name called. There are so many wonderful and talented Officers working in municipalities all over BC, that show compassion, integrity and commitment everyday they go to work. I was literally speechless, and if you know me, that is sometimes hard to imagine, but when they called my name I got a bit choked up, I remember feeling appreciated and grateful, thinking to myself that members of the association thought that I was the best bylaw enforcement officer of the year for BC, what an honour! It is wonderful to know that all my hard work and dedication in this field, was acknowledged. I am proud of my accomplishments.”She adds that working for the City of Fort St. John has been a ‘wonderful experience’. She wants to keep growing and learning more each day, so she can work in the Bylaw Enforcement & Animal Control field for another twenty years or more.
But since then, the city has repeatedly tried to shut down the club. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Councilman Dennis Zine, who has taken up the fight against the club at Oxnard Street and Reseda Boulevard, said he will continue his efforts to shut it down. “They will need a license from the (state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control), and we will oppose it,” Zine said. “Whatever they want to do, we will use whatever regulations there are to oppose them.” But Diamond said the court ruling will have no practical impact on the Frisky Kitty operation. “All we have to do is put minimal clothing on to be a bikini bar,” Diamond said. “The city can’t close us down and now they’re forcing the owner to bring alcohol back there.” The club operated as a bikini bar during the early 1990s. In 1998, dancers went topless and later completely nude, forcing the club to give up its liquor license. The infamous Frisky Kitty Strip Club in Reseda will remain open – but now dancers will wear bikinis. The move comes after a court sided with the city of Los Angeles on Tuesday and ruled that the club was violating a city zoning law that prohibits nude dancing at clubs within 500 feet of residences. The ruling could have effectively closed the club, but owners said Tuesday they simply plan to switch from using nude performers and barring alcohol to featuring bikini-clad dancers and serving alcohol. “The Frisky Kitty is not going away,” said Roger Diamond, attorney for the club. “In fact, the city is basically forcing the club to go to bikini dancers and serving alcohol.”