Thursday Morning – Let's Get Packed
Lineup will be update time today, it looks like. Yesterday we pointed you in the direction HERE of a lady in New Hampshire who will recycle your old turnout gear into a duffle bag, laptop case, backpack, etc. That led Stephen R. to email us with the information on another home industry that does the same sort of work. Niki Rasor constructs all sorts of carrying amenities out of old running gear, such as purses, side packs, and larger bags, too.
I have looked over her WEBSITE HERE and her Facebook Page HERE and I'm impressed with her samples, Check out the testimonials, too. Stephen purchased an item from her for a Christmas present and was pleased enough with it to pass this along to us. Thanks, Stephen.
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The National Hockey League announced yesterday that the League's owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, thus officially ending the lockout and beginning the restoration of championship play which can begin after the players ratify the agreement this Saturday. Quoting in part from their statement:
The National Hockey League's Board of Governors voted unanimously Wednesday to ratify the new 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement between the League and the National Hockey League Players' Association.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors, confirmed the unanimous ratification vote during a press conference held at the Westin Times Square.
"To the players, who were very clear they wanted to be on the ice and not negotiating labor contracts; to our partners, who support the League financially and personally; and, most importantly, to our fans, who love and have missed NHL hockey, I am sorry," Commissioner Bettman said. "I know that an explanation or an apology will not erase the hard feelings that have built up over the past few months, but I owe you an apology nevertheless.
"The National Hockey League has a responsibility to earn back your trust and support whether you watch one game or every game, and that effort begins today," Commissioner Bettman later added. "The players are ready to play their hearts out for you. The teams are preparing to welcome you back with open arms. The wait is just about over. Like all of you, we can't wait to drop the puck."
The new CBA will not be official until the NHLPA completes its ratification vote, which according to a Union spokesperson is expected to be Saturday. Commissioner Bettman said the 2012-13 regular-season schedule will be released "instantaneously" after the players' ratification vote is complete and the CBA is signed.
Unofficially, they are preparing to open training camps on Sunday and begin the abbreviated regular season play on Saturday, January 19.
Officially we are prepared to begin our morning equipment check now. While you get started with that, I will head for the you-know-what and get another pot of coffee going for us. See you back in the day room soon. We'll be checking out some video updates from the Consumer Electronics Show going on in Las Vegas.
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Technology that uses your brain waves to control screen images
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