Blackhawks Make Their Way to Game 7s

Ben Smith’s goal which he scored on a rebound at 15 minutes, 30 seconds of overtime Sunday night helped Blackhawks defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. With the help of this victory, Blackhawks were able to defend Stanley Cup Championship Chicago and forced themselves into the seventh game in the opening-round series.

Although the Vancouver Canucks had the NHL’s best regular-season record, they still lost three straight in the series.  Now they will host Game 7 Tuesday.

Smith followed in a long, hard shot from the point by teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson that bounced off goalie Roberto Luongo, who didn’t start but was called upon during the third period after Cory Schneider had to be helped off the ice when he was hurt trying to stop Michael Frolik’s penalty shot that tied the score at 3.

Flyers eliminated Sabres from the quarter finals, making its spot in the 7th game. Match ended with a final score of 5-4. Brian Boucher’s return in yet another relief appearance sparked visiting Philadelphia to force Game 7 in its first-round series against Buffalo. He stopped 24 shots over the final two periods and overtime to send the series back to Philadelphia to be decided Tuesday.

On the other hand, Predators defeated the Ducks 4-2. Nick Spaling scored his second goal of the game at 4:53 of the third, and Nashville closed out its first playoff series victory to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Steve Sullivan scored a goal, David Legwand had an empty-netter and Jordin Tootoo assisted on Spaling’s goals. The Predators won the series 4-2 in their sixth postseason in seven seasons.

The Ducks looked tired late as coach Randy Carlyle went heavily with his top two lines. And Anaheim lost in the opening round for the third time in seven playoffs.

Avon Churches Celebrate Good Friday, Easter

To some people, Easter is all about bunnies, Cadbury eggs, spring flowers and peeps but to Christians, it is much more. This is why Avon churches are going all out this week to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Avon churches believe that Easter is the most important time of the year as Jesus Christ died for them and was raised and the promise of eternal life means a lot to them. Some Fathers believe Easter to be even more important than Christmas. So they try to spend it giving thanks for all God has done for them and they hope that everyone will take time to give back to God what he’s given to them.

Every church in Avon has a unique style of celebrating Easter and they offer Avon residents numerous options for participating in the Holy Week.

Providence Church starts it celebration with an original worship event. Then groups of 4-5 people take tour of the church, through different rooms and follow the story of redemption through sensory experiences. The event is free and people are welcome to visit the church any time between 5 and 9 p.m.

Hope Christian Church holds a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. The service is a time of reflection with communion and worship music from the church’s contemporary worship band. And then the Easter services begin at 8 a.m. free breakfast is served.

Faith Lutheran Church will be conducting a Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 21, and Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 22. Its 8 a.m. Easter service on April 24 will be traditional, and its 10:30 a.m. Easter service contemporary with a worship band.

St. Mary of The Immaculate Conception and Holy Trinity Church will have similar events during Holy Week. Both churches will have a Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m. April 21, and Good Friday service at 3 p.m. April 22.

Holy Trinity will hold a candlelight vigil at 9:30 p.m. April 23

False Claims By Abbott Result In Millions Of Dollars Of Settlement Charge

On Tuesday when the Justice Department of the United States charged Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) along with two other drug-makers with a fine of $421 million for being accused of allegedly marking up product prices to qualify for a huge payment from the Government via Medicare and Medicaid health care reimbursement programs.

A total settlement charge amounting to $126.5 million is being asked to be paid by Abbott as criminal charges under the False Claims Act for inflation of price on two antibiotic drugs as well as for the agents who have allegedly facilitated intravenous infusions with other products.

The settlement fee of millions and millions of dollars will dismiss the criminal charge of Abbott’s reporting of false pricing of its products which are determinants for Medicaid and Medicare rates. The said wrongful act was aimed to gain higher reimbursement payment from the U.S. Government.

Another drug-maker, Roxanne Laboratories, which is said to be affiliated with a respected German-owned drug company known as Boehringer Ingelheim, has been sued for the same criminal case and had to settle $280 million to resolve the charges filed by the Justice Department of the Unites States.

Along with Abbott and Roxanne Laboratories, a subsidiary unit of B. Braun Melsungen AG fromGermany, B. Braun Medical, upon settlement, agreed to shoulder $14.7 million for a charge of making Medicaid healthcare program to pay relatively higher amounts to some of the said company’s health products.

As per the account of Miami US lawyer, Wilfredo Ferrer, the cost of various products were intentionally inflated by Abbott Laboratories, even the company is knowledgeable that the price increase would burden the government. He also said that the United States would, in return, shoulder millions and millions of dollars which, in effect, will lead to Abbott’s benefitting from the higher cost and which in the long run would lead to company’s amassing “huge profits”.

Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer, likewise, added that the government has essentially “footed the bill for Abbott’s marketing budget.

 

European Space Agency Launch Number 200 100% Success

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been pooling 18 European countries for over 40 years and supports the International Space Station (ISS).

The ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) Johannes Kepler launched at 21:50 16 February 2011. This marks several milestones for mankind in space and the 200th launch by the ESA.

No only is the Johannes Kepler capable of a much larger payload than ATV-1 (the Jules Verne), it is also the first time an ATV has been used for mission critical supplies for the ISS crew, as well as putting the space station back into a higher orbit which naturally decays with time.

The Jules Verne first launched on 9 March 2008 first docked to the Russian section of the IIS on 3 April 2008.

The complexity of an automated docking to the ISS would be difficult to fathom to the average person. The maximum payload of the Johannes Kepler just a bit north of 6.6 metric tons, with combined wet and dry cargo. This mission includes the stuff that is a mere annoyance at best on terra firma. Beyond the fuel needed to boost the orbit of the ISS, that human basic requirement (water) which is not found easily in space is on the payload.

It may be interesting to note that that very life required component is the lightest part at 855 kg, or 855 liters (almost 2226 gallons of H2O weighing in at about 1885 pounds. The majority of the weight is used getting the beast ‘upstairs’, with the middle ground used for fuel to control space based control. Different fuels are needed when there is no air to convert fuel to usable energy.

Americans that have fretted that the Shuttle is being retired in 2011 can breath a sigh of relief that not only has ATV proven itself, again. ATV-3 the Edoardo Amaldi will keep the ISS alive and going in late 2011 to early 2012.

The next step is to give up burning the rig in re-entry (disposing of waste in the process) and to modify for human up and a safe return.

NASA buffs can get a great deal of data from http://www.esa.int

TRCBNews is happy to say we watched the launch live and we we’re amazed how the fully automatous operations work. Congratulations ESA!

Assess, the New Online Assessment Tool for Government Job Applicants

New assessment tools have replaced the traditional complex knowledge, skills and abilities statements completed by government job applications. The introduction of the new assessment tools has been made by the Office of Personnel Management.

Angela Bailey, OPM’s deputy associate director for recruitment and diversity, said that Assess, the online platform, will be used to streamline the federal hiring process. Assess provides testing tools for almost all kinds of government jobs which mainly include security administrators, human resource managers, administrative assistants, accountants, budget analysts, contracting officers and information technology workers etc. to be exact, Assess serves as a perfect testing tool for applicants to 12 types of jobs frequently found across government.

Bailey also said that they took their time in introducing Assess, but it was worthwhile as its quality and focus are remarkable.

The first agency to use Assess was The Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency in Kansas City. Other agencies such as Defense, Health and Human Services and Justice will also be using Assess soon. Up till now, Assess has been quite satisfying.

The quality which makes Assess unique is that it takes into account various aspects such as problem solving, math reasoning, reading comprehension and decision-making skills. Then t automatically scores and weighs the score based on the particular field applicant has applied to.

OPM also plans to work with agencies to develop more specialized assessment tools for occupations such as nursing and engineering, but those tools could be several years away. It was pretty obvious that if agencies found convenience in such a discovery, then more agencies would step forward and want similar assessment tools as well. Therefore OPM is going slow and steady, and will step by step fulfill the need of each and every agency, but does not plan to show haste, at all.

Alexander Graham Bell – Must Be Spinning In His Grave

One of the failures in the recent developments of Egypt lays with Google. On 25 January 2011 attempted to mitigate the Egyptian governments Internet outage by purchasing SayNow.

This is not an attempt to trash Google. The failure was Egypt had taken the Internet off line so it was difficult to tell the citizens that they have the option to go to SayNow.com with a phone call which would transcribe what was said, an turn that into a tweet with Twitter.com. That Catch-22 has been put in the trash bin with the Internet back on in Egypt.

While Google can be lauded for its move, it does bring up an important question. What value is a phone number these days?

Certainly the TRCBNews staff has several phone numbers per staff member. Most of us have at least one per country that we interface with. And it is interesting to look back and see the staff has been dropping phone numbers, or at least consolidating them. Google Voice is becoming an ‘umbrella’ number for our staff.

Increasingly, we find ourselves on some sort of Instant Message system with voice on either GTalk or Skype. With sites like Facebook, we all have a global “white and yellow pages”.

There are several limitations to the phone number. The user has to jump through hoops to access voicemail or a conference call. Dial a number, put in some sort of control code. Control pretty much does not exist. Who has not gotten a phone call in the middle of the night from someone who mis-dialed. Too often the mis-dialing comes from someone who had a bit too much to drink and winds up arguing to get a hold of a person that isn’t at that number.

Having (and paying for) an unlisted number does nothing to stop that. Telemarketers violate the Do Not Call list.

How many times has your life been interrupted because the caller is searching for someone at your number, and they are not there?

If, or should we say, when Facebook adds VoIP to its capabilities, control of who can reach you will give you considerably more freedom and the ability to restrict who is reaching out to touch you.

Certainly, privacy issues surround sites such as Facebook. There is an easy answer to that. Lie. It is not a crime to be less than accurate with your birthdate on Social Media. In fact, I suggest it. It is a piece of data that is invaluable in Identity Theft.

Of course nothing is perfect. And taking voice away from the phone number and to a Facebook page certainly will be an improvement to your quality of life.

Google Voice may well be the last phone number you ever release.

Another Reason To Switch From AT&T

Robert J. Ringer in a book he wrote a long time ago that AT&T had to be the worst company in the galaxy.

More than 10 years later, we have proof that is still true.

They will be the first carrier to use location based sensing ability to target text ads. with coupons and other offers to subscribers, beginning in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

One of it’s first clients is Kmart. The ‘victim’ (you) will be targeted within one mile. As it is based on cell-tower location it works on any phone (not just smartphones).

Other firms likely to upset AT&T customers are:

Got Milk?
HP
JetBlue
Kibbles ‘n Bits
Nature’s Recipe

You must opt-in according to the statement.

And the Easter Bunny is going to bring you a great basket of treats too.

The pee & vinegar tone of this piece is based 100% on personal history of myself and people I know.

To wit:

An AT&T pre-paid calling card which states a maximum fee using a pay phone. The end-game, $5.00 USD for making a 3 minute Local call in New York against the card. More than twice the printed maximum rate.

Myself and friends all HAD AT&T pre-pay phones for ‘roaming without roaming’. We did not want voice mail, and did not turn it on. AT&T ‘helpfully’ turning it on, then charging a $1.00 USD access fee for using the system. I personally watched over $50 get burned this way. And in my 1st degree circle of friends report the same issue. Forget the fact you have to pay to hear old voice mails that are no longer valid, adding insult to injury.

Popular and multiple experiences that are far more recent than Ringers comment speak volumes of the sub-optimal choices within AT&T.

Certainly I wish to see technology advance and only wish it was a firm that does do what it, in writing, says it will do.

My best advice is if you are with AT&T, RUN to another carrier. You can force AT&T to port your current phone number if that is important.

Users do not like Ads on their phones.

A Wombat Skeleton Of A Prehistoric Monster

Recently a wombat skeleton has been found in Australia. According to scientists it is of a pre-historic monster. According to scientists, that monster did not feed on flesh only, but whatever creature got in his way, would have definitely trampled to death.

The skeleton is of a giant wombat named as diprotodon. It weighs around 3 tons and stretches up to a length of fourteen feet. According to research and studies, the wombat giant roamed in the continent of Australia two million years ago.

A few things have been discovered after looking at the fragment of bone found with the wombat giant skeleton. This fragment of bone has been found with the remains of another diprotodon. The wombat skeleton has been discovered from South Wales and at the time of early Aborigines, these creatures lived there.

In that fragment a small bone was found and it suggests that this wombat giant was brought down by using a spear. According to Micheal Archer, a professor from Australian Museum, they will be able to reconstruct all the bones and will put them in correct and original positions and this will give them a better idea of the exact shape of the wombat giant. This skeleton was found at the cattle station, where the professor has travelled.

Some artists have even drawn the paintings according to the shape believed by the scientists, but the exact shape will only be found after the placement of bones in the original position. The size and the shape of the creature will be revealed soon. According to Archer, the skeleton of the creature was relatively undamaged and definitely weighs three tons. Another unusual thing that occurred was that all the bones of the creature were found at one place. According to him only one bone was sticking out and therefore they found the rest of them.

General Motors Back On The Track Of Recovery

GM has been going through a bad patch of bankruptcy and asked the government to help. But now it is back in the stock market and is performing at its best. Many new things happened like a new management was put in charge that had plans to pull out GM from the massive debt it was in.

Fortunately, debt has been decreased and labor costs have also been cut sharply. If we have a look at GM’s history we will see that it has played its part as being at the top of automobile industry in 2000, when it gained more than any other company, i.e., about $4.5 billion. But all that was almost lost during the great recession. Now investors are not sure whether GM’s present stability and success is long lasting or not.

In order to gain investors trust back, the new architects of GM and other industry analysts and investors have pin pointed some key metrics which can be regarded as a lesson that has been learnt by the company.

Firstly, debt must not grow that it becomes difficult to handle. GM declared bankruptcy in 2009 with a total debt of about $172.8 billion. All that debt has now been cleared, as indicated by GM’s IPO prospectus. A massive debt of about $8.6 billion was cleared in September 2010.

Harry Wilson, former senior advisor to US government auto task force, stated that debt can lead to a disaster even for a company like the General Motors. With too much debt no company would then have the financial strength to invest in future.

Secondly, a company must increase its earnings steadily. Mr. Wilson stated that the previous GM management was more focused on maintaining the market share. He said that new management during the past two years has cut down costs and is enjoying a profitable business despite a drop in sale. He informed that the last quarter earnings were about $34.1 billion.

Tony Boase, analyst at the First American Funds sated that the European market seems to be more competitive than the US. So, GM would have to engineer a strong comeback plan for reversing the losses incurred in Europe.

Earning Extra Income Through Online Stores

Selling on eBay might be a fantastic method to earn extra money. So many people are put off from the online world, so they ignore the source which could help them make some extra income. There are a number of online stores which welcome new customers who are new to the site or selling products.

When one eventually makes up his mind to earn income online, he needs to keep a few things in mind. Firstly he should establish a merchant account with PayPal. Although it is not the only option, but it surely makes the transactions easy, as PayPal is kind of standard account used for online transactions.

There are a lot of online stores with attractive and different designs and layouts. But a few online stores like eBay cost very low. Although there are extra fees involved, but they are comparatively lower than the other online stores. Online stores also offer the choice of establishing a minimum price for an auction, because of which the costs of listing the particular items can be easily covered. Plus products can be shipped to the purchaser as soon as payment is made, eliminating any additional cost for listing the products.

Therefore any used item found in garage or attic can be instantly put on for-sale on the online stores and anyone can earn this extra income. Works of art, vintage furniture, jewelry, clothes and house wares are a few typical products offered on these online stores. Sites like these not only help people get rid of the extra commodities they have at home, save space, earn extra money but also help the purchasers as they might find some good deals and would not have to spend extra money on buying the new good, when he can purchase a used one on the store. Plus collectors and people with hobbies can find a lot of interesting stuff on these online stores too, for their collections, which is hard to find in market.