Bruins Coach Gets a $25,000 Fine After Ref Criticism

Referees have a tough job. Everyone knows it, but that doesn’t excuse things when they make the wrong call.

The NHL fined coach Bruce Cassidy $25,000 for his criticism of the refs after Game 5 of Boston’s second-round playoff series against New York. The Islanders beat the Bruins 5-4, partially due to the assistance of three power-play goals from four opportunities.

Cassidy said that the teams were treated differently even though they both have similar playing styles. He said the exact calls that happened to his team were not consistently administered to their opponents that night.

New York coach Barry Trotz noted that the Islanders were one of the least penalized teams during the NHL regular season. In comparison, the Bruins had the most minor penalties called on them throughout the year.

Cassidy Said the Calls Were for Often Ignored Plays

The Bruins coach said that the game involved ref calls for situations that most officials typically ignore during an NHL game.

Although he said he wasn’t going to say that every call sucks or that the referees had a clear bias, the lack of consistency when comparing similar plays bothered him.

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The Islanders would go on to beat the Bruins in six, but they lost to Tampa Bay in seven in the conference finals.

25% of Gasoline Tanker Trucks Idle with Driver Shortage

After a 2020 that kept many families stuck at home, the summer of 2021 looks to become a vacation extravaganza. Millions of people are expected to hit the road or fly to see family, visit theme parks, and more.

Although there is plenty of fuel to get people to where they need to go, the number of tanker truck drivers making deliveries is significantly lower this year. About one out of every four trucks that were on the road in 2019 is not functioning today.

Special certifications are necessary to drive a tanker truck. Since that means several weeks of training after getting a commercial driver’s license, it isn’t an attractive option. It is often strenuous and challenging work.

That’s why driver turnover each year averages about 50%. In 2020, approximately 70% of drivers decided that they didn’t want to get behind the wheel.

Rising Pay Rates Aren’t Producing the Expected Results

Holly McCormick is the VP of Driver Recruitment and Retention for Groendyke Transport in Oklahoma. She says that she’s had to double her recruiting budget in 2021 to get the same driver numbers they had in the previous year.

What is causing the driver shortage?

Many workers move into construction jobs because the hours are better, the pay is similar, and there is less time away from home. Others are transitioning into new forms of remote work.

The result of this transition is that the higher recruiting costs cause the rates charged to customers to rise by the same amount. It’s a ripple effect already impacting the prices at the grocery stores.

If there is no fuel, there isn’t any business. If stations run out of gas, drivers keep stopping to top off their tanks. That action places even more pressure on the industry.

That’s why gas prices could see a surge in the summer of 2021.

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$15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Now Available for Government Contractors

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on April 27, 2021, to require some federal contractors to pay workers at least $15 per hour. This EO applies to those on government contracts, and the higher minimum wage goes into effect beginning January 30, 2022.

Biden also tied the minimum wage to be adjusted each year for inflation as part of the executive order. It will be at a rate set by the Labor Secretary.

The Biden administration hopes to enhance worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lower training and supervisory costs by taking these steps.

Agencies are “strongly encouraged” to make the pay raise active immediately as of the order date. New government contracts now include a clause mandating that covered contractors and subcontractors take the requirement into the lower-tier documents.

What Is the Impact on Tipped Minimum Wage?

Biden’s executive order makes changes to the tipped minimum wage for some federal contractors. Starting on the January 30, 2022, date, workers who get tips must receive a base pay of $10.50 per hour.

There are also provisions for the following years (2023 and 2024) that contractors must pay tipped workers 85% and the higher minimum wage, respectively.

If a tipped workers’ hourly wages don’t reach the higher amount, the contractor must increase salaries to make up the difference.

This EO replaces the one signed by Barack Obama in 2014. That order required federal contract workers to earn $10.10 per hour, indexed to inflation. Under that structure, the current hourly wage was $10.95 in 2021.

Although the wage difference is notable, the orders from Obama and Biden appear pretty similar in how they operate. Both focus on concessions and services without applying to tribal agreements.

Biden’s EO also revoked one of Trump’s orders that provided an exemption for recreational services on federal lands.

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After 32 Years, Island Hermit Is Leaving

Mauro Morandi has been living the good life on an Italian Island. After 32 years of being by himself, he has decided it is time to leave.

Morandi started living on the Isle of Budelli in a tiny hut in 1989. Now that he is 81 years old, he hopes that someone else takes over the caretaking role. The pink atoll offers stunning views, which led the former teacher to stay after landing there while trying to sail to Polynesia.

He took over for the previous caretaker not long after he landed there. Now that the island is part of La Maddalena’s National Park, the role has become defunct. Officials say that he has no legal right to live on the island, and has spent six years fighting the plans to turn his home into an observatory.

Tourists Are Already Trespassing on the Island

Morandi says that he has already had to chase people away from the off-limits pink-sand beach on the island. It is an unfortunate part of his duties, but he also enjoys it when people come to stay and learn from his experiences.

Before leaving, his duties included picking up the trash that came ashore. He stops intruders from creating mayhem on the island at night. His fear is that no one else will take up the surveillance work that keeps everything safe.

Over 70,000 people signed an online petition calling for Morandi to stay, but the national park’s president said that all illegal constructions in the park had to be managed. Since it is public land, there is no longer an ownership title available.

Romans used the island in the past, which sits just to the north of Sardinia. Today, the 1.6 square kilometers will continue to be used for conservation purposes. Construction is banned on the island, and access requires a permit.

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15 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Ruined After Ingredient Mix-up

Although the United States exceeded its vaccination goals since February 2021, the outcome hasn’t been flawless. A factory mix-up ruined up to 15 million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine when a subcontractor mixed the ingredients from it with the AstraZeneca product.

Since the AstraZeneca vaccine is not available for distribution in the United States, the product was not usable.

The plant is run by Emergent BioSolutions, which partners with both single-shot producers. Regulators attributed the issue to human error, causing Johnson & Johnson to step up quality control procedures at the facility.

One Shot Speeds Up the Immunity Process in the United States

Although the two-shot vaccines for COVID-19 came out first, the Johnson & Johnson product receives a lot of credit for speeding along the immunity-building process in the United States. Once someone gets this shot, they’re considered immune after two weeks.

The setback was a major embarrassment for both companies involved in vaccine production. It would soon be followed by revelations that a rare side effect of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine involves blood clots that can appear three weeks after it gets administered.

To make up for the gap in vaccination opportunities, Pfizer started shipping its doses early. Moderna requested approval to send vials with 15 shots instead of ten to bolster the stock even further.

None of the tainted doses ever left the production facility. The mishap was reported to regulators immediately, and steps are in place to prevent future lapses.

The error has not affected any of the already delivered Johnson & Johnson doses. Additional deliveries from the Baltimore facility continue to remain in question.

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$10 Billion in Global Trade Affected by Suez Canal Blockage

When the Ever Given got wedged in the Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes was immediately brought to a standstill. It took approximately a week to free the vessel before free passage was possible again.

That means the delays caused by the stuck ship may have cost over $10 billion in global economic impacts to various industries. Nearly 400 vessels were stuck in a tailback waiting to bass through the canal.

Approximately 12% of global trade passes through the canal, including around one million barrels of oil daily. Another 8% of the world’s liquefied natural gas is also there. Before the pandemic, the Suez Canal was responsible for about 2% of the total GDP.

Why Is the Suez Canal Essential to Global Trade?

When goods get shipped from Southeast Asia, the fastest trip to Europe isn’t around the Cape of Good Hope. Shipping can travel toward the Middle East instead, using the Suez Canal to enter the Mediterranean Sea to come around the top of the African continent instead.

This journey saves about 3,500 nautical miles when goods need to reach northern Europe. It’s significantly faster for ports in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.


Shippers save about 9 days on their shipping time by using this route. Although air freight is often faster, it costs three times more to transport the items. Those costs get pushed to the customer, reducing demand for the items.

Since the Ever Given is over 1,300 feet long and weighs 200,000 tons, moving the vessel proved to be challenging. They waited until high tide, dug some sand out from underneath it, and used more than a dozen tugs to rotate the ship.

Although the Suez Canal is free, the Egyptian government seized the Ever Given over a $916 million fine.

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Box Office Has Signs of Life After $300 Million Haul for Godzilla vs. Kong

Movie theaters experienced challenging times during the pandemic. With government restrictions often requiring them to close, 2020 was a year that lost billions for the industry. Companies like Warner Brothers and Disney decided to push new releases straight to the home to generate some momentum.

Godzilla vs. Kong is the first movie to change the pandemic box office. Although it released to streaming on HBO Max, the film still managed to top $300 million during the first week of April in total receipts.

It’s already passed its previous movies, thanks to the impressive returns coming from the Chinese market. About 80% of the revenues generated came from outside of North America.

Why Are Movies Struggling During the Recovery?

Movie theaters are at a crisis point because studios are delaying their blockbuster films. The industry was pinning its hopes on titles like Black Widow, No Time to Die, and Wonder Woman 1984, but none of those films reached their intended targets – or they haven’t been released at all.

We’re also a long way from normalcy when thinking about a visit to the movie theater. Some regions have 25% caps set for seating, which means it’s impossible to maximize revenues for that space. Even when people want to visit, a mask is always required (except for eating).

Do you want to munch on some popcorn with the threat of COVID-19 still lurking?

It doesn’t help that the industry and the government point fingers at each other while everyone blames the virus. Although the recent box office is more encouraging since only five titles went higher than $100 million in 2020 domestically, it’s only the first step. All it would take is another surge to create even more problems.

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Hyundai to Spend $900 Million in EV Battery Recall

The Hyundai Motor Company made a huge splash in the automotive market with its Kona electric vehicle. It’s the biggest-selling product in the EV line for the brand, which had a recall after several reports of fires to get a software upgrade.

Hyundai is now spending $900 million on another recall because the battery systems in over 82,000 EVs sold globally have unacceptable fire risks.

Not only is this issue a significant hassle for owners, but it also shows the divide between battery makers and automakers about how to split the charges when problems appear with this technology.

One of the Recalled Vehicles Caught Fire in January

LG Energy Solution quickly deflected criticism of its technology when a recalled Hyundai caught fire in South Korea. The battery manufacturer said Hyundai misapplied their suggestions for fast charging within the management system, suggesting that the cells shouldn’t be listed as a direct cause of the increased fire risk.

The deflection might have worked some for investors. When Hyundai shares tumbled nearly 4% after the recall news, LG Chem closed just 2.8% off its open in the broader market.

About 25,000 of the Kona vehicles were sold in South Korea. The recall applies to the 2018, 2019, and 2020 model years, along with the Ioniq EV and some Elec City buses.

The $900 million figure includes the amount that Hyundai spent on the initial recall effort.

Since the Kona EV reached the global market, 15 fires have been reported with the vehicle’s setup. A total of 11 incidents were discovered in South Korea, with two in Canada and the others in Europe.

If you own a Kona or an Ioniq today, Hyundai advises that you limit your battery charge to 90% of capacity while using the vehicle. It would help if you also considered getting the recall serviced as soon as possible.

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Luka Doncic Rookie Card Sells for $4.6 Million

When you think about the high price of sports cards, the most collectible ones tend to be from a different era. If you want an investment-grade baseball card, Honus Wagner is the man you want to have in your safe deposit box.

If you want to keep basketball cards, you’d likely picture Michael Jordan.

Nick Fiorello has a different idea. He recently paid $4.6 million for an ultra-rare Luka Doncic rookie card, setting a new record for the highest price ever paid for this collectible.

The Original Card Was Purchased for $400,000

The Luka Doncic rookie card that sold features the NBA logoman catch. It’s from a Mavericks jersey that the player wore with his signature in blue ink.

It was the only card made of that specific variety.

The card was originally from a 2018-2019 Panini National Treasures Basketball trading card box. It was revealed live during a pack break at a sports card shop in Florida. Collector Bolillo Lajan San reportedly purchased it at the time, with TMZ Sports saying that the price was over $400,000 for the item.

Only one other card has ever sold for more money than this 1/1 collectible. A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card went for $5.2 million. Before that sale, the previous record was a $3.9 million Mike Trout rookie card.

Why Would Someone Pay That Much for a Card?

Luka Doncic has the potential to be one of the NBA’s greatest players. He’s hit the court strong since coming into the league, and it’s not out of the question that his current trajectory could put him with Jordan, Kareem, and the other legends.

Although $4.3 million seems high today, this card’s uniqueness and rarity ensure that there will always be collectible interest in it. If Doncic finishes his career strong, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this rookie card valued at more than $10 million one day.

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Texans Hit with Electric Bills in the Thousands Following Storms

Texas got hit with a rare blast of winter’s ferocity in 2021. The temperatures dropped below freezing, snow arrived, and ice storms created problems with many cities’ utility infrastructures.

Some people had no power for days after the winter storms, and those who did have electricity discovered power bills that reached totals of more than $16,000.

How could something like this happen? It was the perfect mix of capitalism, privatization, and product scarcity.

Texans Had the Option for Supply-Based Charges

When Texas privatized its utility structures, one of the options available to customers was to use the fluctuating wholesale price for their bills instead of a fixed rate.

If there is plenty of power available, the bills could be much lower than average. When a storm unlike anything Texas has seen in more than a century blows through, the results are very different.

Scott Willoughby was one of the people who found out the hard way about this issue. His credit card got charged $16,752 because his lights stayed on during the storm when power supplies were quite limited.

Many other Texans found themselves in similar circumstances, paying $5,000 to $10,000 through automatic billing for their electricity.

No One Was Prepared for the Circumstances

It wasn’t only the power grid that was at risk from the winter storms. The region’s natural gas producers weren’t prepared for the freeze, causing thousands of homes to have no heat. Plumbing pipes burst in homes, some communities had no safe water, and treatment plants got knocked offline.

Most of the people who experienced the pricing issue were with Griddy. Even the company saw that problems could be coming, so they encourage every customer out of the 29,000 they served to switch to a different provider.

Many people were unable to do so, creating massive charges.

The architect of the system, William Hogan, says that the high prices reflect that the market performed as it was designed.