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Rockford IceHogs

The Rockford IceHogs are a professional ice hockey team based in Rockford, Illinois. They are members of the American Hockey League, having begun play in the League starting in the 2007–08 season; the team plays their home games at the BMO Harris Bank Center, they serve as the top minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks. The current Rockford IceHogs were founded in 1995 as the Baltimore Bandits and relocated in 1997 to Cincinnati to become the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks; the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks suspended operations for the 2005–06 season due to the lack of an NHL affiliate after their previous affiliates, the Detroit Red Wings and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, signed new agreements with the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Portland Pirates, respectively. The franchise was renamed the Cincinnati RailRaiders, but failed to reach a goal of 2,000 season tickets to re-enter the AHL for the 2006–07 season. On March 19, 2007, the AHL announced that the team had been purchased and relocated to Rockford to become the present-day Rockford IceHogs.

The franchise was known as Baltimore Bandits Cincinnati Mighty Ducks The market was served by Rockford IceHogs UHL Updated February 29, 2020. Goals: Troy Brouwer: 35 Assists: Martin St. Pierre: 67 Points: Martin St. Pierre: 88 Plus/minus: Stephen Johns: 30 Penalty minutes: Kyle Hagel: 245 Goaltending wins: Corey Crawford: 29 GAA: Scott Darling: 2.20 SV%: Scott Darling: 0.927 Goals: Chris DiDomenico: 7 Assists: Martin St. Pierre: 12 Points: Chris DiDomenico: 18 Plus/minus: Jim Fahey: 10 Penalty minutes: Mike Blunden: 35 Goaltending wins: Corey Crawford: 7 GAA: Corey Crawford: 2.19 SV%: Corey Crawford: 0.924 Official website Official Twitter

Velachery Lake

Velachery aeri, or Velachery lake, is one of the lakes inside Chennai, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with a good stock of water all through the year. Since Velachery is a low-lying area, the monsoon rain water from the neighbouring areas are drained into this lake. CHENNAI: In an unexpected turn of events, the Chennai Corporation has decided to put on hold the proposal for boat rides and other tourist facilities on the Velachery lake, one of the few water bodies still alive in the city; the reason it has cited is the high level of contamination of the water. "The water is contaminated and not conducive for boating. At present, stormwater drain works are in progress near the lake, which we hope will put an end to illegal discharge of sewage from residential areas, it could be dangerous for children to go on a boat ride on the contaminated waterbody," corporation commissioner D Karthikeyan told TOI. The ambitious programme of the corporation was conceived three years ago; the local body had engaged a consultant, shortlisted by experts from Anna University, Public Works Department and the agriculture department.

The consultant gave a detailed plan in October last on. This included removal of encroachments in Gandhi Nagar and Ambedkar Nagar, fencing of the entire waterbody, provision of three decks for walking and fishing and a boating jetty; the consultant suggested plantation of African grass and bamboo along the middle deck and flowering plants and trees like bottlebrush, royal palms and areca nut betel palms along the upper deck. Poor upkeep of the lake has been a subject of discussion for years now, as locals vent their anger against government agencies. "It is sheer neglect on part of the government. It breached at six places a few years ago due to poor maintenance. Plenty of representations were made to the departments concerned to maintain the lake, but in vain," said A Ramasamy of Federation of Velachery Welfare Associations and a resident of Lakshmi Hayagriva Nagar. Had the lake been properly maintained, it could have been a major source of drinking water; the rapid pace of real estate development in the last two decades resulted in the shrinking of the waterbody from 265 acres to 55 acres now.

The government allocated 53 acres to the Tamil Nadu Housing Board and 34 acres to the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board for housing development. The encroachers on Erikkarai Street in Gandhi Nagar, who don't have sewage connections, are contributing to the pollution of the lake, locals said. There are about 2,000 families living in the southern bund. Though some have toilets in the backyard, they conveniently direct the pipelines to the lake, causing extensive damage to the waterbody; the government's efforts to relocate the encroachers has not yielded satisfactory results. Corporation officials said they were trying to convince encroachers to get sewer connections by paying a nominal fee of Rs 100. "That is the least we can do," said a senior official. Water management in Chennai

Kirubel Erassa

Kirubel Erassa is an Ethiopian-born American middle- and long-distance runner. Kirubel was a silver medalist in 3000 meters at the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships and seven-time All-American in NCAA Division 1 track and field. Erassa was a national elite high school runner there, he earned spot on the 2009 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships team. He ran in the 2010 adidas Jim Ryun Boys Dream Mile at the New York Diamond League in June. At the 2010 Nike Indoor Nationals, Erassa placed first in the 5000 meters and was runner-up in the mile run. In his junior year, Erassa earned the Georgia AAAAA state championship in 1600 metres and competed at the Nike Outdoor Nationals, he took the Georgia AAAAA state championship in cross country and 1600 metres as a senior, as well as being the 3200 metres runner-up. In his first year in collegiate track and field he placed third in the mile at the Big 12 Conference indoor championships and ninth in the 3000 m. At the regional outdoor championships he was only tenth in the 5000 m, but managed fourth in the 1500 meters.

He won the Big 12 Conference outdoor championship in the 5000 m in his second year and was the 3000 m runner-up at that level. He gained NCAA All-American honours in outdoor 5000 m that year, he placed in the top three of all his events at Big 12 Conference championship in his junior year. Indoors he was runner-up in the mile and third in the 3000 m outdoors he took second place in the 1500 m and third in the 5000 m. At the NCAA championships he was sixth in the distance medley relay, third over 3000 m and 18th in the 5000 m. In his final year at Oklahoma state he took a clean sweep of Big 12 Conference titles, including the mile, 3000 m and 5000 m indoors and a 5000/10,000 meters double outdoors. In his last appearance at the NCAA Men's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships Kirubel was the 3000 m runner-up and earned All American honours in the distance medley relay. In his freshman year at Oklahoma state he placed seventh in the Big 12 Conference cross country improved to second place the following year, in which Oklahoma State Cowboys took the team title.

His 102nd place finish at the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championship helped his school to the NCAA team title. He was the winner of the Big 12 Conference race in his third year, he was named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week on 11 January 2012 as a result of his victory in the junior men’s 6 km race at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country. He led the American junior men to a team title. Kirubel Erassa placed 26th at the 2016 Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Senior 8 km race. Erassa ran 4:04.5 placed 7th on the road at the 2016 Grandma's Minnesota Mile on September 11th. Athlete Spotlight