Dominic Cummings claims UK originally pursued ‘herd immunity’ policy

first_imgDominic Cummings took to Twitter on Saturday night to reveal the “shocking truth” that the government was pursuing a herd immunity strategy less than a fortnight before the first lockdown. He claimed Number 10 later realised it would be a “catastrophe”. “Our strategy was always about public health, saving lives and protecting the NHS,” she told the BBC. More From Our Partners Bill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Boris Johnson’s former aide has claimed the UK originally pursued a policy of herd immunity to combat the pandemic, and claimed all three lockdowns could have been avoided if someone “competent” had been in charge. FILE PHOTO: Dominic Cummings, former special advisor for Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives at Downing Street, in London FILE PHOTO: Dominic Cummings, former special advisor for Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives at Downing Street, in London Also Read: Dominic Cummings claims UK originally pursued ‘herd immunity’ policy Sunday 23 May 2021 11:59 am Later that week the chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance seemed to suggest herd immunity was one of the goals but health secretary Matt Hancock later dismissed this. Home secretary Priti Patel denied the herd immunity claims, in which a large number of people catch the disease and become immune. She would not speculate on what Cummings would say ahead of his appearance in front of a parliamentary committee this week. FILE PHOTO: Dominic Cummings, former special advisor for Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives at Downing Street, in London Also Read: Dominic Cummings claims UK originally pursued ‘herd immunity’ policy She said she had “never been in a government meeting where herd immunity was put forward as a mechanism of control” but added, “Bear in mind I would not have been in most of the high-level ones as the deputy chief medical officer”. Show Comments ▼ Cummings said the belief Britain could achieve herd immunity by September 2020 “was literally the official plan in al documents, graphs and meetings until it was ditched”. whatsapp whatsapp Cummings is expected to elaborate with more detail at his appearance in front of the Commons health committee on Wednesday. He is widely anticipated to launch an assault on his former boss and the health secretary. Last night he said: “If we’d had the right preparations and competent people in charge, we would probably have avoided lockdown one.” He said there would “definitely” have been “no need for lockdowns two and three”. Dominic Cummings claims UK originally pursued ‘herd immunity’ policy Share Angharad Carrick Also speaking this morning, the former deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said she had never heard herd immunity discussed. He said that in the week beginning 9 March, Number 10 was “made aware by various people that the official plan wd lead to catastrophe. It was then replaced by Plan B. But how ‘herd immunity by Sep’ cd have been the plan until that week is a fundamental issue in the whole disaster.” last_img read more

ACLU sues Dunleavy over ‘retaliatory’ cuts to court system

first_imgCrime & Courts | Politics | State GovernmentACLU sues Dunleavy over ‘retaliatory’ cuts to court systemJuly 17, 2019 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:ACLU of Alaska’s Executive Directer Joshua Decker announcing the group’s lawsuit beside plaintiff Bonnie Jack (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media, Anchorage).The Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing Governor Mike Dunleavy over what it says is an unconstitutional and retaliatory move against the state’s court system. The group says a veto by the governor last month threatens the separation of powers between the three branches of government.The lawsuit, filed Wednesday at a state superior court in Anchorage, seeks to restore $334,700 to the Alaska Court System that were among Dunleavy’s 182 line-item vetoes.The lawsuit seeks to reverse the funding cut and declare the action illegal under state law.“The governor’s action is so brazen and so unprecedented. All of our previous governors knew not to play politics with our judges. And so that is why we’re suing today,” said ACLU of Alaska Executive Director Joshua Decker during a press conference Wednesday morning.According to the ACLU, this is the first case in Alaska challenging the constitutionality of a veto directed at another branch of government.In a budget document from June, Dunleavy said he vetoed the court system funding because the state Supreme Court has ruled that Medicaid funds can be used to pay for abortions. According to the administration, since both the legislative and executive branches oppose public money going toward terminating pregnancies, the annual cost for so-called elective abortions should be born by the one branch upholding the policy.According to the ACLU’s lawsuit, that amounts to retaliation, and infringes on an independent judiciary.“The governor cannot impermissibly interfere with the functions of another co-equal branch,” Decker said. “We also expect this case to make clear that a governor may not use the veto power to re-appropriate money from one legislative appropriative function to another legislatively appropriative function.”Even if the cut to the court system is ultimately overturned by legislators with other vetoed items, the ACLU is still likely to ask for a ruling on the matter.The case was filed on behalf of two plaintiffs, Bonnie Jack and John Kauffman, both of Anchorage.Dunleavy spokesperson Matt Shuckerow pointed to broad authority for Alaska’s executive branch to issue budget vetoes, but said Wednesday afternoon that the governor’s office does not comment on pending litigation.Share this story:last_img read more

News / US importers brace for disruption as China recovers and imports surge

first_imgID 155043791 © rNedeljko Barjaktarevic | By Ian Putzger in Toronto 12/03/2020 Various sources report that Chinese output has rebounded and is now approaching pre-virus levels.“There were many indications this week of Chinese manufacturing returning to life. Even the city of Wuhan is taking initial steps back to normal,” Freightos noted today.“One interesting sign that production is picking up is the spike in intra-Asia air cargo rates – indicating that Chinese factories are restocking the components they need to manufacture the backlog of orders caused by the shutdown,” it added.US importers are bracing for a surge in imports, with the combination of pent-up demand from the extended Chinese New Year hiatus and reduced vessel capacity from blanked sailings pointing to strong demand for eastbound capacity.“Because of the backlog, we’re going to see a lot of freight coming in,” Mr Haber said.Already the disruption to US import supply chains is significant. According to a survey from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), almost 75% of US companies have experienced supply chain disruption, due to repercussions of the pandemic. Average lead times have more than doubled from the end of 2019, the ISM report indicates.“Companies are faced with a lengthy recovery to normal operations in the wake of the virus outbreak,” said ISM chief executive Thomas Derry.The prospect of lingering capacity limitations is exacerbating the situation.“Equipment and space availability is a concern across the globe,” noted Crane Worldwide Logistics yesterday.The outlook for air cargo is even more ominous, with passenger flight schedules slashed drastically. Even postal volumes are stuck – Korea Post announced that it suspended air mail to Chile because of lack of airfreight capacity.In the US, the trucking market is still slow, but Mr Haber expects this to change quickly as import volumes pick up and disruptions occur in the US.There is near universal agreement that a spike in imports will stretch capacity and lead to soaring rates, but when this will happen and how long it lasts is anybody’s guess.The National Retail Federation’s Global Port Tracker projects US imports in March will be down 18.3% from a year ago, and 3.5% behind the April 2019 volume one month later. For May and June, it predicts volumes to be up 9.3% and 9.6%, respectively, over the corresponding months last year.Shipping lines are expected to raise rates next week, or on April 1, following announcements of increases on Asia-Europe sectors. Airfreight rates are already on the rise. One carrier that operates freighters to China has binned existing rates for loose cargo and pre-built shipments with immediate effect, according to one forwarder.Rate hikes are flanked by various surcharges, from demurrage to fees for getting hold of empty containers in some markets. Somewhat perplexingly, FedEx and UPS have announced increases in their fuel surcharges, despite the current slump in oil prices, Mr Haber noted.“I don’t see their justification,” he said.With the prospect of looming rate hikes, airlines are in no hurry to conclude contract negotiations with their clients.“It looks like contract negotiations are going to be pushed back,” Mr Haber said. “It’s an unstable environment now.”This leaves shippers and importers largely exposed to the ad hoc market, with smaller players in danger of losing out.“You get people who try to hog the capacity,” Mr Haber said. “The likes of Home Depot and Lowes are bringing in a lot of goods.”He estimates that probably 70% of US companies have contingency plans, but these are not able to shield them from the impact of the disruptions from the pandemic.“With this type of issue you can have a lot of contingency plans, but it’s spreading everywhere. You can’t put a distribution centre on the moon,” he added.center_img All bets are off on transport costs as China’s output moves back towards pre-virus outbreak levels.Amid mounting signs of supply chain disruption and a swathe of cost increases, deadlines for annual contract talks are receding into the future, leaving companies to chart uncertain waters with contingency plans stretched to the limits and beyond.“There’s a lot of anxiety,” reported John Haber, chief executive of logistics expenditure consultancy Spend Management.“It’s certainly a tremendous challenge. It’s very hard to predict what’s going to happen.”last_img read more

Premium / Supply chain radar: Spoiler alert, Mr Skou

first_img Reset Your Password One thing I’ve learnt is seldom to follow shipping company CEOs for salient insights into supply chain trades and trends.That conclusion was reinforced when I read AP Moller-Maersk (APMM) CEO Soren Skou’s recent comments in The Financial Times (FT) which at the end of March published a story headed: “Suez blockage will accelerate global supply chain shift, says Maersk chief“.Fair enough? All-in…For a guy who rakes in Dkr43m all-in per annum ($6.9m-equivalent, 14.9% above “target”; and 12.5% higher than DSV Panalpina … Email* New Premium subscriber REGISTER Password* Email* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Please Login By Mr Joy & Alessandro Pasetti 08/04/2021 Premium subscriber LOGIN << Go back Forgotten your password? Please click here Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Reset LOGINlast_img read more

Portlaoise teenager named on Ireland U-18 women’s basketball team for European Championships

first_img By Alan Hartnett – 1st May 2019 Portlaoise teenager named on Ireland U-18 women’s basketball team for European Championships Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter Ciara Byrne Portlaoise Panthers basketballer Ciara Byrne has been chosen on the Ireland FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship squad.The Scoil Chriost Ri student has made the final roster of 12 players who will compete in Division B in Skopje.It caps a remarkable number of months for Byrne who has been involved in an incredible amount of top level sports.The Portlaoise teenager was part of Ireland’s national U-16 basketball squad that competed in the European championships in 2018.Ciara was also centre back on the SCR All-Ireland ‘A’ winning football team last month.Ciara was also part of the Laois U16 football team which reached the All-Ireland ‘B’ final last year, but was unable to play in the final due to Ireland playing in the European basketball championships at the same time.At club level, she plays for Portlaoise Panthers in basketball and Portlaoise for football and camogie. She was part of the Portlaoise setup which achieved a massive feat in winning both U16 camogie and football championship titles this year.Speaking about the announcement, Coach O’Mahony stated: “All the squad have worked tremendously hard over the last eight months and this selection is no different than any other, as there are always hard choices to make.“As the European Championships are a month earlier this year, we need to start our preparations right away, and all of the players know there is a lot of commitment needed in order to be at peak performance come the start of July.“All the management staff is very eager to progress this group of players on and are very excited with the potential they all bring.”Ireland Under 18 women will contest the FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship Division B in Skopje from July 5-14th, 2019.IRELAND U-18 SQUAD Abby Flynn, Ursuline Convent, Waterford WildcatsAlex Mulligan, St Louis Monaghan, Ulster University ElksCiara Byrne, Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise, Portlaoise PanthersCiara Tolan, Virginia College, East Cavan EaglesDebbie Ogayemi, Presentation Waterford, Waterford Wildcats,Erin Maguire, Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus, Ulster University ElksKatie Walshe, Regina Mundi College, Cork, Brunell BCKatie Williamson, Colaiste Pobail Setanta, Liffey Celtics BCLauren Darcy, Presentation Terenure, Templeogue BC,Mia Furlong, Glanmire Community College, Glanmire BCNiamh Kenny, Holy Faith Clontarf, DCUSíofra O’Shea, Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen, St.Mary’s BCSEE ALSO – Laois hurler nominated for first Minor Player of the Week award WhatsApp Pinterest GAA Previous articleLaois hurler nominated for first Minor Player of the Week awardNext articleLaois teenager sacrificing hundreds of euro and a school trip to Italy to play for her county this weekend Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. GAA Pinterest Home Sport Basketball Portlaoise teenager named on Ireland U-18 women’s basketball team for European Championships SportBasketball WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSCiara ByrnePortlaoise Panthers Facebooklast_img read more

New index focused on the long term

first_img HSBC debuts stock-picking AI index imilian/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter New York-based S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) on Thursday launched the S&P long-term value creation (LTVC) global index. The new index is made up of companies that have demonstrated the ability to manage both current and future economic and governance opportunities and risks by focusing on a long-term strategy, according to the company’s announcement. The companies in the index must also have a sustained history of financial quality. Bringing ethnic diversity to indexing New indexes align with Paris Agreement targets “Companies with these characteristics are more likely to maintain a competitive advantage and thereby sustain stakeholder value,” the announcement says. “Over the past few years, there has been an intensifying investor demand for a benchmark that captures companies that take a long-term approach in making business decisions,” says Alex Matturri, CEO of S&P DJI, in a statement. “The launch of the S&P LTVC global index is a manifestation of the long-termism concept with an independent and transparent approach.” Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), a co-founder of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative, worked collaboratively with S&P DJI to develop the new index. “We are proud of the role our investment teams played in the development of this innovative new index from S&P DJI, as part of CPPIB’s ongoing work to advance longer-term behaviours in capital markets today,” adds Mark Wiseman, president and CEO CPPIB. “We believe this index has the potential to act as a real catalyst to encourage a greater focus on factors that contribute to long-term value creation by both corporate management and investors, all to the ultimate benefit of individual savers and beneficiaries.” The index is constructed by combining qualitative and quantitative measures into a single metric to determine the potential for long-term value addition. The economic dimension scores provided by RobecoSAM are included in the qualitative assessment to gauge corporate governance effectiveness. The quantitative measures include return on equity, balance sheet accruals ratio and leverage ratio. IE Staff Keywords IndexesCompanies S&P Dow Jones Indices Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

North American markets plunge

first_img Related news Canadian Press Keywords Marketwatch North American markets plummeted Tuesday as a bond market move signalled a potential recession ahead, prompting declines in the key industrials, energy and financial sectors.The yield on two- and three-year Treasury notes surpassed five-year notes in a partial yield curve inversion that often portends a recession in the years to come, says Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management. Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Also readBalancing risk in a time of flat yield curves“The market associates that with higher risk of recession and as a result risk assets are being sold across the board,” he said.In addition, the two- and 10-year Treasury note shrank to their narrowest range since 2007.Historically, an inversion of those notes typically occurs six to 12 months ahead of a recession.“So this partial inversion doesn’t necessarily mean that the clock has begun ticking as of yet,” he said in an interview. “It’s a potential signal for what could come.”In addition, markets fell on a dampening of enthusiasm on a China-U.S. trade deal following comments from both sides and ongoing noise about Brexit, Jerusalim added.The S&P/TSX composite index suffered the largest daily loss in six weeks as it closed down 211.39 points to 15,063.59.All sectors but telecommunications and utilities fell, led by a 4.6% drop by health care, followed by industrials, energy, technology, consumer discretionary and financials.Health care dropped as Aphria Inc. shares fell by another 21% in the wake of a short-sellers’ report that targeted its recent Latin American acquisitions and raised questions about its operations in the region.Despite strong quarterly results, Bank of Montreal shares dropped when the bank didn’t achieve its operating level targets.Meanwhile, Teck Resources Ltd. gained 2.1% after selling a stake in its Chilean copper mine project that will allow the Vancouver company to remain cash flow positive.Also partially offsetting the declines on the TSX were higher prices for oil and gold.The January crude contract was up US30¢ at US$53.25 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up US 11.8¢ at US$4.46 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$7.00 at US$1,246.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was down US5.05¢ at US$2.76 a pound.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US75.65¢ compared with an average of US75.81¢ on Monday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 3.1% by losing 799.36 points at 25,027.07. The S&P 500 index was down 90.31 points at 2,700.06, while the Nasdaq composite lost 3.8% or 283.09 points to 7,158.43.Potential negative catalysts to come are another U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike and a jobs report on Friday. U.S. markets are closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.“Investors have been jittery this entire earnings season,” Jerusalim noted.“Any company that has shown any signs of disappointment has been overly punished and I think this is just one more indication that the market doesn’t have high confidence and valuations have therefore already contracted and are likely to contract further.” TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Businessman balancing bear bull financial managing stock market illustration lightwise/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

A new collaboration

first_imgA new collaboration The University of New England (UNE) will establish a new Business Innovation Hub in the centre of Armidale by mid-2021, as a part of a commitment stronger more purposeful community engagement.Armidale Regional Council (ARC) will provide the former Armidale War Memorial Library building which UNE will renovate to locate UNE’s SMART Region Incubator (SRI) in the CBD.The SRI will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations the new facility and will offer programs to engage and inspire new and existing founders of businesses and build the enterprise capacity of the community.“The Business Innovation Hub will provide a focal point for a range of activities that will encompass existing businesses as well as new start-ups,” said Armidale Mayor Ian Tiley.“It will help to kick start the local economy by embracing innovative approaches and solutions to regional economic issues.“This partnership is a solid first step in bridging the gap between town and gown in the Armidale region and provides a marquee, highly successful program like SRI prominence within the Armidale CBD which will contribute significantly to the reactivation of the CBD area,” he said.Across 2019, ARC, UNE and local business community champions worked together to imagine how a collaboration to create a Business Innovation Hub could transform business development support in the Armidale region.With prolonged drought, bushfires and COVID this need intensified and in early 2020 ARC was successful in attracting a drought relief grant from the NSW Government for major structural works to the Old Armidale Library. As the new tenant, UNE will complete the internal refurbishment and welcome other business support agencies to co-locate in the building.UNE Vice-Chancellor and CEO Professor Brigid Heywood said she is excited to support young and emerging entrepreneurs and build innovation partnerships and international connections“Our students will have greater opportunity to intern with start-ups and businesses to support the innovative and exciting new business opportunities emerging across the region,” Professor Heywood said.ARC will lease the building at a peppercorn rent as its contribution to the Business Innovation Hub.The redevelopment of the Old Library will include fitting out a number of shared workstations, hot desk and micro-offices, along with meetings rooms, digital suites and a 90 seat auditorium for on-site workshops, presentations and launches. This will join the growing network of SRI partnership facilities across the New England North West region including those being developed in Tamworth and Moree.The UNE SMART Region Incubator is the University’s owned and operated business incubator delivering support to new and existing businesses across the New England North West. In 2020 the SRI supported 72 business founders and 58 start-ups who have created 151 jobs and attracted nearly $14 million in investment in the New England region. It is recognised globally as one of the leading regional incubators adding value to remote, rural and regionally based business and start-ups. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Armidale, Armidale Regional Council, bushfires, business incubator, community engagement, entrepreneurs, Government, Heywood, innovation, Investment, local council, Moree, NSW, Professor, Tamworth, university, University of New Englandlast_img read more

Three reasons you should really clear that snow off your car

first_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A snowbrush is an obvious part of a winter driving kit. advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Your Corner Wrench: Don’t leave your wipers raisedIt’s illegalPolice services have quite a few tools in their fine-books to address snow-covered and frosted-glass vehicles. They range from verbal or written warnings to major fines and even demerit points. And yes, they’ll still make you clear your vehicle off before allowing you to proceed down the road. While police services don’t generally advertise snow-covered vehicle enforcement blitzes (as they do for impaired or aggressive driving), they are all on the lookout this season for offenders and if you can’t see their flashing lights through your snow-covered windows, at least you’ll hear the siren. ‹ Previous Next › It’s relatively easy to prevent all of this from happening by clearing off the vehicle before pulling out of your driveway. Get a good quality snowbrush. If you drive a taller SUV or minivan, consider purchasing a lightweight step-stool to make reaching the roof easier. Auto retailers who have to clear large numbers of vehicles use long-handled foam brushes to avoid damage to trim and paint, and these are now available with collapsible handles so they can be easily stored in the trunk. Avoid letting the working end of your snow brush touch the ground; it can pick up grit or small stones, which can easily scratch the paint or glass surfaces. Keep the brush bristles from getting iced up by drying the head out with the vehicle’s heater on the way to work (just place it on the floor, bristles up, under the dash in the path of the floor vents). Avoid using household brooms as their stiffer bristles can easily scratch paint.Clear the snow away from the driver’s door area before opening it; this avoids sucking in a drift of snow onto the seat and flooring when you swing it open. This means the best place to keep your snowbrush overnight is just inside the door of your home.Don’t beat on ice that has formed on the vehicle’s body to break it off, as this will only lead to trim, body metal and paint damage. It’s much better to let the engine’s and the HVAC system’s heat do the work from the inside out. Washer nozzles are especially prone to snowbrush damage.Don’t forget to clean off exterior lamps. Many vehicles now use LED lighting for exterior lights and these low-power bulbs don’t develop enough heat to melt snow or ice. It’s just as important to be seen as it is to see others around you, so take an extra minute to make sure your lights are clear.A popular question this time of year is: How long should we let our vehicles idle in the driveway before heading out? The answer: Until every square inch of glass is clear enough to see through, and every flake of snow has been brushed off. RELATED TAGSPickup TruckSUVNon-LuxurySafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew Vehiclesand Air ConditioningHeatingNon-LuxuryScience and TechnologyTechnologyVentilation It’s dangerousWhat other time of year would anyone ever consider it safe to operate a vehicle on a public road when better than half of the windshield, door glass or rear window is opaque? Ice- and snow-covered roads provide enough of a risk to safe driving, so why compound that risk by operating your auto without clear vision forward, to the sides or rear? Then there’s the danger to other drivers and pedestrians. Snow blowing off your vehicle reduces visibility for other drivers but it doesn’t end there. Ice can also form on vehicle surfaces and when the interior warms up; the bond between the ice and the roof panel weakens and with little warning, large sheets of ice can be blown off the roof onto following vehicles. While we might think there’s little risk of these ice sheets causing any damage, many windshields are shattered every winter due to this carelessness. And of course, if a driver swerves to avoid a large sheet of ice heading toward his or her car, there’s the risk of colliding with another vehicle.It can be expensiveEvery winter, drivers are faced with repair bills caused by not clearing snow and ice off their autos. When heavy snow and slush slides forward down the windshield during braking, it can mangle wiper blades, arms and damage the linkage and motor. The same can happen to the rear wiper. Wiper systems can also be damaged when snow isn’t cleared away from the bottom of the windshield. A pile-up here can prevent the wipers from completing their sweep-cycle, leading to overheated motors, stripped arm fasteners and broken linkages. Then there’s the damage to roof racks and decorative trim. Another area to consider is the vehicle HVAC system. Most vehicles’ fresh-air intakes are located just below the front wipers. When loose snow isn’t cleared off before starting the vehicle and turning on the heater, this snow can be drawn into the system, where it can waterlog a cabin air filter or cause problems with heater control doors and linkages.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2While all-wheel drive certainly helps with traction, it won’t help if your vehicle lacks winter tires and is going too fast for the road conditions This article was originally published on December 10, 2014. See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS What’s the condition behind the almost universal attraction for drivers to watch snow blow off their cars and trucks as they head out on winter roads? Is it something akin to a child’s fondness for splashing in mud puddles or sticking their tongues to frozen metal gate posts? Is it laziness or from being rushed? No matter what the reason, we’ve all seen vehicles on the road covered in snow with barely a porthole-sized section of unfrosted glass through which we see the driver huddled down, chin on the steering wheel, desperately trying to navigate his or her course – and sometimes, more than we’d care to admit, it’s us behind that wheel.If you haven’t been given enough reasons to take the few minutes required to clear your vehicle of snow and ice before pulling out of your parking spot, here are a few you might not have considered.RELATED Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area.  Gary Wiepert / Getty Images We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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First 2019 Ford GT to be auctioned off for charity

first_img The last time we saw a GT go to auction (actually a few auctions) was John Cena’s blue example, which sold for US$1.4 million and caused him quite a bit of grief thereafter.Base price for the GT is US$450,000, but we expect this version – which Ford is selling to raise funds for the United Way of Southeastern Michigan – will go a lot higher than that.If the new Ford GT isn’t your cup of tea, there is also a last-generation 2006 Ford GT heritage edition for auction at Barrett-Jackson at the same Scottsdale event. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The new 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition honors the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 by featuring the most famous paint scheme in motorsports – plus a set of additional exclusive touches. Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSFordGTLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Although the benefits for that one do not go to charity, they do go directly to you, the driver, as the car comes equipped with an undoubtedly beneficial 5.4-litre supercharged V8 and a six-speed manual transmission. ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos advertisement If your application for the brand-new Ford GT was denied, you may still have a chance to get your hands on the next production run of the supercar, and donate to a good cause at the same time.The 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition features a Gulf livery paint job as a throwback to the race cars that competed at Le Mans in the 1960s with the same colour scheme.They mark the first editions of the second production run of the GT since Ford announced it would be building another 350 cars. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | last_img read more