Patent reform bill would help save US jobs

first_imgA unanimous vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday sent comprehensive patent reform legislation to the full Senate for the third time since 2008. The Patent Reform Act is authored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).Congressional efforts to reform the nation’s patent system first began in 2005. The legislation approved by the Judiciary Committee Thursday is the product of years of work and compromise. Enactment of the Patent Reform Act of 2011 will make the first significant changes to the patent system in nearly 60 years, and will create and protect American jobs without adding to the nation’s deficit.‘A balanced and efficient intellectual property system that rewards invention and promotes innovation through high quality patents is crucial to our nation’s economic prosperity and job growth,’ said Leahy. ‘The Patent Reform Act will allow our inventors and innovators to flourish. And it will do this without adding a penny to the deficit. I hope that the Senate will act quickly, so that we can win the future by unleashing the American inventive spirit.’‘The United States is the most innovative and entrepreneurial nation in the world,’ said Hatch. ‘If we are going to maintain our enviable position at the forefront of the world economy, it is absolutely essential for us to have an efficient and streamlined patent system. This bipartisan legislation, which would be the first major overhaul of our patent system in nearly six decades, is an important step toward maintaining our global competitive edge.’‘An effective and efficient patent system will help spur innovation and inventions and improve patent quality, and as a result, will provide incentive for entrepreneurs to create jobs,’ Grassley said. ‘I hope the full Senate will soon have an opportunity to debate this bipartisan legislation.’Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hatch is the Committee’s senior Republican member and a former Chairman, and Grassley is the panel’s incoming Ranking Republican.The Patent Reform Act makes changes to inter partes review, Patent and Trademark Office funding, and supplemental examinations. The legislation will also transition the nation’s patent system to a first-inventor-to-file system, create a first-window post-grant review process, provide certainty in damages calculations and findings of willful infringement, and includes important provisions to improve patent quality. The bill is based largely on a bill introduced in the 109th Congress by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Congressman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).The compromise legislation on which the patent Reform Act of 2011 is based was supported by the Obama administration and by industries and stakeholders, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the United Steelworkers, the National Venture Capital Association, the Association of American Universities, and companies representing all sectors of the patent community that have been urging action on patent reform proposals for years.  WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011) ‘last_img read more

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Binghamton University student makes petition for pedestrian path near off-campus housing

first_imgShelli Cohen, BU junior, says she was in contact with the Vestal Town Board before starting the petition. After not hearing back for awhile, Cohen says starting the petition would show how this is issue is important to the Vestal community. We reached out to the Vestal Town Board and they said they are aware of this petition. Her goal is to make it safer for students walking home at night from campus. One of her reasons is since buses are limiting the number of riders, due to COVID-19, students that live near the intersection will likely start walking to campus. “We are students are members of the Vestal community,” Cohen said. “We register to vote here. We use our voices. We engage in the community.” VESTAL (WBNG) — One Binghamton University student has started a petition for a pedestrian path to be made on Plaza Drive and Oxford Place. last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 17

first_imgIn 1961, President Eisenhower warned of the growing power of the military-industrial complex. Sixty years later, it’s the neo-liberal idea of continuous war that supports this metastasized industrial behemoth infecting American economic and social life.Using this introspective lens, we might conclude that while the boorish Boy-President Trump makes the United States look foolish and dangerously unreliable, lasting international enmity toward the United States results from previous imperial presidents funding brutal, costly, continuous wars going, obviously, nowhere.Rev. John A. EkmanGreenfield Center Funny thing is, only a tiny percentage of disqualified background check applicants found swearing to false information are prosecuted. The rest just go on their way, possibly to obtain a gun illegally.In closing, I would be skeptical in regard to anything coming from Everytown For Gun Safety. There’s never been a gun restriction they didn’t like.Timothy O’NeillScotia Abortion: No long-term health effectsFor years anti-abortion activists have made claims about the dangers and long-term harmful health effects of abortions. Last March, an in-depth report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) refuted these claims using the results of extensive data analyses. Regarding the safety of abortion, the NASEM report concluded that serious complications from legal abortion are rare, regardless of the method used. Previous presidents held continuous warPresident Trump considers using presidential powers, bypassing Congress, and declaring a national emergency in order to pirate $5.7 billion in unused funds to fulfill a very silly “Build that wall” campaign promise.Democrats are justifiably upset. But wait.Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama used presidential powers, debatably granted by the War Powers Act, to bypass an all-too-compliant Congress. They initiated or expanded Middle East tribal wars. The Watson Institute of Brown University estimates that recent wars have cost American tax payers $5.6 Trillion.This cost estimate includes items like veterans’ care, weapons procurement and lost investment opportunity in American infrastructure, education, etc. For example, $1 trillion hire 5.6 million teachers. Talk about “Keep America Competitive.” The new world order sounds very familiarChina was exploited by colonial powers through opium trade. The British used divide-and-conquer in Ireland. India (Hindu) and Pakistan (Muslim) got the ‘British’ treatment. America is getting the treatment Native Americans received.  The model is the same.British treatment — divide and conquer (competing tribes), drugs (fire water) and ideology (Christianity). So many hands, foreign and domestic, are turned against America.The Southwest of the United States was ‘acquired’ from Mexico. This matter will be relitigated as a byproduct of the dissolution of America. Human wave immigration will complete the conquest of America.  A Fifth Column and Fourth Estate place the United States in mortal danger. The good news is you will be told it’s the moral course of action. As with ‘truth and reconciliation’ in South Africa, new injustices will be created. Human nature does not change. Race, color and creed make no difference. “New world order” change has occurred down through history and the world is still here.  A new world is coming, one you will not recognize.“Bye bye Miss American Pie.”Edmond DayRotterdam In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, childbirth in the United States is about 90 times more fatal than legal abortion.Regarding the potential of long-term health effects from legal abortions, the NASEM report concluded that having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of secondary infertility, pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders, preterm birth, breast cancer, or mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Further, the NASEM report noted that abortion-specific regulations in many states may prohibit qualified providers from performing abortions, may misinform women of the risks of the procedures they are considering, or may require medically unnecessary services and delay care.Finally, the report noted that access to clinical education and training in abortion care is highly variable at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.Specifically, training opportunities are particularly limited in the Southern and Midwestern states, as well as in rural areas throughout the country.Legal abortion in our country is safe and doesn’t lead to harmful long-term health effects.Unfortunately, the religious right, with assistance from the Trump administration, is intent on imposing serious obstacles to women seeking legal abortions.Don SteinerSchenectady Connecting with Jesus will also get you into judging things Right Down the Line (cool song by Gerry Rafferty) instead of from a ditch off to the left or the right of the road surface. Staying on the path (Jesus is also The Way) is much easier on your car.For more information about Jesus, search out and befriend Jesus believers like me. We are attracted to coffee, so you will find us at coffee hours, coffeehouses, and coffee shops. Look for the distinctive baseball cap we wear.I hope this helps, or at least brightens up your morning ride on the bus.Joel NelsonSchenectady Do you want truth? Connect with JesusThank you for Fred Como’s Jan. 10 letter. I share his dislike of “two tribes sniping at one another” and his desire for the whole truth rather than some bias or other.I have some good news for Fred and the rest of us.Jesus is The Truth. If truth is what you want, and you have not yet done so, connect with Jesus. By doing that, you will get out of whichever of the two tribes you were stuck in and break from sniping. It might even save you a few trips to Facebook jail, which I avoid because I hear the food there is none too good. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBackground checks have consequencesFor several reasons, I take exception to the column in favor of universal background checks.The columnist states that these background checks impose no burden on law-abiding gun purchasers. This is simply not true.These checks must be performed by federally licensed gun dealers, at a cost to the buyer anywhere from $30 to $50, no small amount. And, under these laws, background checks must be performed even when lending your buddy a shotgun to go rabbit hunting.Plus, when transfers are denied, there’s up to a 95 percent false denial rate, delaying legitimate purchases.Purchasers filling out background check forms sign a statement swearing that the information given is truthful, under penalty of the law. Applicants swear that, among other things, they have no criminal record, no record of domestic abuse and no disqualifying mental or drug issues. Stefanik shutdown vote is not jusifiedBy U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voting to reopen the government, she has joined the Dems. Or as I prefer to say, she went over to the dark side.”I once was proud that we Republicans had a strong female voice in Washington; not so much anymore.She claims her vote to reopen the government is in sympathy for federal workers.Her sympathy for these workers who will be fully recompensed and continue to have a job after the shutdown is over — as opposed to the possible and probable future victims of illegal criminals, human trafficking and the drugs poured into our inner cities — is not justifiable.Her decision not to accept her pay is commendable. However, she hasn’t stated whether she will also be recompensed. Dr. Arthur SalvatoreMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

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Here’s a List of 58 Gender Options for Facebook Users

first_imgABC News 13 February 2014Facebook introduced dozens of options for users to identify their gender today – and although the social media giant said it would not be releasing a comprehensive list, ABC News has found at least 58 so far.Previously, users had to identify themselves as male or female. They were also given the option of not answering or keeping their gender private.User’s can now select a “custom” gender option.“There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world,” Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison told the Associated Press. Harrison, who worked on the project, is in the process of gender transition, from male to female.Facebook will also allow users to select between three pronouns: “him,” “her” or “their.”The following are the 58 gender options identified by ABC News:AgenderAndrogyneAndrogynousBigenderCisCisgenderCis FemaleCis MaleCis ManCis WomanCisgender FemaleCisgender MaleCisgender ManCisgender WomanFemale to MaleFTMGender FluidGender NonconformingGender QuestioningGender VariantGenderqueerIntersexMale to FemaleMTFNeitherNeutroisNon-binaryOtherPangenderTransTrans*Trans FemaleTrans* FemaleTrans MaleTrans* MaleTrans ManTrans* ManTrans PersonTrans* PersonTrans WomanTrans* WomanTransfeminineTransgenderTransgender FemaleTransgender MaleTransgender ManTransgender PersonTransgender WomanTransmasculineTranssexualTranssexual FemaleTranssexual MaleTranssexual ManTranssexual PersonTranssexual WomanTwo-Spirithttp://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/02/heres-a-list-of-58-gender-options-for-facebook-users/last_img read more

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Swansea’s Leon Britton: Win against Sunderland would give us some breathing room

first_img “This is right up there with anything going back over a number of years,” Britton said. “We have never really been close to relegation – we have always had a little gap. But right now we are halfway through the season and one place above the drop. “It is dangerous and your home games against sides who are below you and want to catch you are massive. A win would give us some breathing room.” Britton’s time at Swansea seemed over last summer when previous manager Garry Monk gave him permission to talk to other clubs. But Britton chose to stay and is now looking forward to coming up against Sunderland striker and his old West Ham youth team-mate, Jermain Defoe. “I tested the water in America but it was their mid-season window and with salary caps and franchise players it was not straightforward,” Britton said. “I had offers to go into the Championship too, but I did not want to go down a level as I felt I could still do it in the Premier League. “I’m still in touch with Jermain as we were in school at Lilleshall together and joined West Ham at the same time as expensive teenagers. “I spoke to him the other day and asked him if he could stop scoring before he plays us. “But he just laughed – I think if his mum asked him to stop scoring he wouldn’t because he loves it so much!” Leon Britton makes his 500th Swansea appearance against Sunderland claiming it is one of the club’s biggest games for years. Britton was part of the Swans side which escaped relegation from the Football League by beating Hull on the final day of the 2002-03 season. And the 33-year-old midfielder has no hesitation in stressing the importance of Wednesday’s Liberty Stadium showdown, with only four points separating Swansea and Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Man. United tie ‘best in the world’ David de Gea to new deal

first_imgMANCHESTER United goalkeeper David de Gea has committed his future to the club after signing a new contract.Spanish goalkeeper De Gea, who joined the club in 2011, has put pen-to-paper on a new deal which will keep him at Old Trafford til 2023. The agreement also includes an option to extend for a further year.Speaking to the club’s official website, the 28-year-old said he was ‘honoured’ to extend his stay.“It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour,” he told the club’s website.“Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.”In his eight years at the club, De Gea has featured 367 times and has helped the club to success in the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Europa League as well as winning the club’s player of the year award four times.He added: “I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.“I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.”De Gea, who arrived in Manchester from Atletico Madrid, has long been linked to return to his homeland with Real Madrid reportedly keen to take him back to the Spanish capital.In fact, back in 2015, a deal was in place for the stopper to join the Bernabeu club but the transfer broke down at the last minute, reportedly due to a faulty fax machine.De Gea had recently entered the final year of his existing deal and would have been able to leave on a free at the end of the season.However, the new contract will likely see the keeper remain at the club for the majority of the remainder of his career.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also expressed his happiness to see his number one pledge his future to the Red Devils.“I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club,” he said. “Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs.”“As a player he is still hugely determined and hungry to achieve more. We all look forward to working together to meet those ambitions over the coming years.” (Yahoo Sport.UK)last_img read more

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Win over Gophers clinches 1st round bye in Big Ten tournament

first_imgWisconsin will be looking for another stellar performance from Jared Berggren Tuesday after he netted 18 points and hit a clutch 3-pointer to help take down Ohio State Sunday. He also held Jared Sullinger to just eight points.[/media-credit]Things are just beginning to heat up.After falling to eighth-place Iowa Thursday and regrouping for a thrilling 63-60 victory over then-No. 9 Ohio State, the final chances to jockey for a desirable position in time for the Big Ten tournament are well underway for No. 15 Wisconsin.With an up-and-down weekend behind them, the Badgers (21-8,10-6 Big Ten) remain in fourth place in the conference with two more games remaining in the regular season. A pat position in the standings alone would earn the Badgers a bye week in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, which hits Indianapolis March 8-11. A win in either of its next two games guarantees Wisconsin a top-four seed, and in head coach Bo Ryan’s 11 years at UW, the Badgers have never finished below fourth in the league.Tuesday night at the Kohl Center, the Badgers will attempt to once again bolster their conference standing against the Minnesota Gophers (17-12, 5-11). Wisconsin will be playing its third game in six days, against a Minnesota team that took it to overtime in Minneapolis Feb. 9 before the Badgers escaped with a 68-61 win.“You can’t take any night off in the Big Ten,” forward/center Jared Berggren said. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing; a team that’s at the top of the standings or the bottom. Every team’s going to play hard, every team’s going to compete and every team is capable of beating anyone, really.“There can’t be any letdowns, and we have to keep our focus, keep our mental edge and be prepared to take their best shot and give our best shot right back at them.”The Badgers will also be bracing for the best effort from a desperate Gophers team that has now lost five straight games after losing to No. 23 Indiana 69-50 at home Sunday. Prior to that loss, Minnesota might have still had a decent opportunity at sneaking into the NCAA Tournament in March. Now, though, the Gophers almost assuredly need to win out and get help from other teams sitting on the tournament bubble.Coupled with Wisconsin’s short respite between games, Minnesota’s need for a victory has the Badgers expecting just as tough of a contest, if not tougher, than the one they saw earlier this month.“I’d say it’s freshness, not only physically but mentally,” guard Josh Gasser said of the most difficult part of the short layover. “You’ve just got to stay focused. Only getting one day to prepare for a team, you’ve got to go into that day of practice and really mentally prepare and focus on what’s coming next.”In avoiding a losing streak of its own against Ohio State, Wisconsin set forth one of its finest efforts of the season. UW went for the rim all day and hit 9-of-11 free throw attempts compared to 2-of-3 in the losing effort against Iowa.Berggren was the Badgers’ shining star Sunday, scoring 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting – including 3-for-7 from 3-point land. He also provided the go-ahead points for UW, hitting a clutch 3-pointer with 31 seconds left that sent the Badger bench into a frenzy.Berggren also scored Wisconsin’s final five points, setting forth a performance that was night-and-day different from his first against Ohio State, when Berggren allowed the Buckeyes’ preseason All-American forward Jared Sullinger to score 24 points and grab 10 rebounds. Berggren did score 10 points in that game, though he played only 24 minutes after Ryan’s discouragement with his defense on Sullinger was evident.“It is pretty exciting; it’s a little surreal, I guess you could say,” Berggren said of Sunday’s win. “But it’s something that we feel like we can beat anyone, we can compete with anyone. To get a good win on the road like that is definitely something to be proud of. But … we’ve got another game coming tomorrow, so no time to sit and dream about that one. You’ve got to move on to what’s next.”With its last two games at home – Illinois visits Sunday – Wisconsin could enter the Big Ten Tournament riding a three-game win streak, should it win both contests.Yet, one year after they finished 9-0 in conference games at home, the Badgers are only 4-3 at the Kohl Center in Big Ten play this year. UW’s 6-3 road record has maintained that top-four status in the conference, though the Badgers’ failures at home certainly still resonate as February draws to a close.“I’d have thought we’d have a better shot at getting a share of the title,” Berggren said. “If you had told us we were going to be 6-3 on the road, I’d like to think we could’ve taken care of business better at home than we were able to do. But we’ve got two more chances to win at the Kohl Center, and that’s our focus now.”last_img read more

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Salcano MTB Cup and Škoda XC League on Sunday

first_imgThis Sunday, Sarajevo will host the second international Salcano MTB Cup race organized by the Club of Mountain Biking “Puls” and the Centar Municipality, which will be held in the Betanija Park across the stadium Asim Ferhatović Hase. The race is on the world calendar of the cycling federation UCI and is scored for the C2 category. In addition to the UCI race, the Škoda XC League will also be held, which scores for the Premier League of BiH.“After last year’s UCI C3 race, we obtained permission of the world cycling federation to organize the C2 race this year. Preparations for the organization are going very well and we expect to watch high-quality biking contest on Sunday. First categories will start at 11 am, while elite categories will perform at 1:30 pm. The race is also open for recreationists who can perform in the hobby category and thus win some prizes. However, it is certain that the most interesting races will be in men and women elite category where, in addition to the best domestic bikers, we will also see contestants from Spain, Italy, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia,” said the organizer Amar Njemčević.You can apply on the webpage www.mtbsalcanocup.com, where you can also find other information and propositions.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Zebra Mussels discovered in Wellington City Lake

first_imgThese Zebra Mussels were discovered at Wellington City Lake.Press release by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Wellington Lake in Sumner County. Wellington city staff discovered the invasive, sharp-shelled mollusks as they replaced buoy lines. KDWPT staff subsequently found well-established populations of zebra mussels of various ages in the old and new parts of the lake. There is no known method to completely rid a lake of zebra mussels.     Wellington Lake covers approximately 675 surface acres. The lake office is located at 452 West 50th Street South, which is about five miles west of Wellington on US Hwy 160, then about one mile south of the City of Mayfield. It is managed by the City of Wellington, and KDWPT manages the fishery as part of the department’s Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP). The lake and recreation area offer a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, camping and skiing.            Jessica Howell, KDWPT Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator, reminds lake visitors that everyone using the lake plays a key role in stemming the spread of mussels to un-infested lakes. “This situation shows how important it is for boaters, anglers, swimmers and skiers to be aware of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and to take precautions to prevent their spread,” she said.  Prevention is the best way to avoid spreading ANS. They often travel by “hitchhiking” with unsuspecting lake-goers. “Always clean, drain and dry boats and other equipment such as skis, life jackets and water toys before using another lake. Also, don’t transfer lake water or live fish to another body of water. This can help stop the spread of not only zebra mussels, but most aquatic nuisance species that may be present,” Howell said.  The lake will be added to the list of ANS-designated waters in Kansas, and notices will be posted at various locations around the shore. The sharp-shelled zebra mussels attach to solid objects, so lake-goers should be careful when handling mussel-encrusted objects and when grabbing an underwater object when they can’t see what their hands may be grasping. Visitors should protect their feet when walking on underwater or shoreline rocks.     Zebra mussels are just one of the non-native aquatic species that threaten our waters and native wildlife. After using any body of water, people must remember to follow regulations and precautions that will prevent their spread: ·         Clean, drain and dry boats and equipment between uses·         Use wild-caught bait only in the lake or pool where it was caught·         Do not move live fish from waters infested with zebra mussels or other aquatic nuisance   species·         Drain livewells and bilges and remove drain plugs from all vessels prior to transport from   any Kansas water on a public highway.For more information about aquatic nuisance species in Kansas, report a possible ANS, or see a list of ANS-designated waters, visit ProtectKSWaters.org. ———ABOUT ZEBRA MUSSELSZebra mussels are dime-sized mollusks with striped, sharp-edged, two-part shells. They can produce huge populations in a short time and do not require a host fish to reproduce. A large female zebra mussel can produce 1 million eggs, and then fertilized eggs develop into microscopic veligers that are invisible to the naked eye. Veligers drift in the water for at least two weeks before they settle out as young mussels which quickly grow to adult size and reproduce within a few months. After settling, zebra mussels develop byssal threads that attach their shells to submerged hard surfaces such as rocks, piers, and flooded timber. They also attach to pipes, water intake structures, boat hulls, propellers, and submerged parts of outboard motors. As populations increase, they can clog intake pipes and prevent water treatment and electrical generating plants from drawing water. In 2012, two Kansas communities, Council Grove and Osage City, experienced temporary water shortages from zebra mussel infestations before water intake structures could be cleaned up. Removing large numbers of zebra mussels to ensure adequate water flow can be labor-intensive and costly.Zebra mussels are native to the Black and Caspian seas of western Asia and eastern Europe and were spread around the world in the ballast water of cargo ships. They were discovered in Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River in 1988 and quickly spread throughout the Great Lakes and other rivers including the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas and Hudson. They were first discovered in Kansas in 2003 at El Dorado Reservoir. Despite public education efforts to alert boaters about the dangers of zebra mussels and how to prevent spreading them, the species continues to show up in new lakes every year. Moving water in boats and bait buckets has been identified as a likely vector.For information about Wellington Lake, visit http://cityofwellington.net/wellingtonlake.htmllast_img read more

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BCHL welcomes US-based Wenatchee Wild to league for 2015-16 season

first_img“The Wild will quickly develop rivalries with our existing franchises and I believe they will be a big draw in opposing buildings.”The Wild are no strangers to junior hockey, having been a member the North American Hockey League (NAHL) since the 2008-09 season, playing out of Wenatchee’s Town Toyota CenterDuring 2008, the Wild have had six players on their roster committed to National Collegiate Athletic Association Div. I programs.“We could not be more excited or humbled to be joining the BCHL,” said said head coach Bliss Littler, a native of Minot, N.D., is entering his 22nd year as a junior hockey coach.“Knowing the history and reputation of the league, be it sending players to play NCAA Division I hockey, NHL draft picks or the professionalism of the member teams and league have, we look forward to being a good league member on and off the ice.”As a U.S.-based club, the Wild will be allowed to roster a maximum of four Canadian players.BLUELINES: Trail Smoke Eaters completed its spring camp this past weekend at the Whistler Park Sports Centre in Whistler, BC. The team opens training camp in September for the 2015-16 season. . . .The BCHL will hold Bauer Showcase September 24-27 in Chilliwack at Prospera Centre. The BC Hockey League is getting another team — its 17th franchise starting with the 2015-16 season.The Wenatchee Wild was announced as the latest team to join the BCHL during a press conference Monday in the Washington State City.The franchise is the first American team in the BCHL since Bellingham Ice Hawks, operated from 1990 to 1995.“The BCHL is gaining a strong franchise in the Wenatchee Wild and we value the passion and professionalism they bring to our league,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale in a press release.last_img read more

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