AFI Fest Is Now Handing Out Tickets to Some of the…

first_imgUncategorizedAFI Fest Is Now Handing Out Tickets to Some of the Best Films of the YearLa La Land and Rules Don’t Apply are just two of the movies you’ll absolutely want to seeBy Thomas Harlander – November 1, 2016496ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItOf all the great things about Los Angeles (284ish sunny days per year, tacos, Snoop Dog) AFI Fest has to be one of the greatest. High-profile showings of some of the year’s most important movies with tickets free to the masses? That’s the kind of world we want to live in. And we do.Tickets for the fest are up for grabs today, and they’re going like hotcakes—assuming hotcakes are the sort of thing for which people sit in front of their computers manically refreshing Chrome in hopes of catching them at the exact moment they become available. (The first round of tickets sold out instantaneously, but AFI will be dropping new batches of tickets every day.) Perhaps most exciting this year are the six Centerpiece Gala films AFI has selected to showcase, several of which have already generated significant buzz on the festival circuit. In many ways, AFI Fest feels like the official launch of awards season, and these films are already some of the leading Oscars contenders.La La LandStarring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, this refreshingly cynicism-free story of an actress and a jazz pianist trying to make it in L.A. looks to be at least the second most beautiful thing we’ve seen this year. Critics are singing the film’s praises like Emma Stone singing something about dreaming (i.e. with feeling). The film is Best Picture material, with Emma Stone a guaranteed Best Actress frontrunner. Even if the story, acting, singing, and dancing weren’t on point, this film would still be a must-see for its fond portrayal of Los Angeles. Seriously, the trailer’s color-rich shots of sprawl and sunsets are dreamy, and that scene of Stone and Gosling kissing in Angel’s Flight makes us nostalgic for 2010.JackieIt’s the Jackie Kennedy biopic you didn’t know you needed. Natalie Portman gives Emma Stone a run for her money in what some are calling a career-defining performance as the first lady navigating the aftermath of JFK’s assassination. The film is potent from start to finish, and, per early reviews, it toes the line between overdone and brilliant.20th Century WomenA mother and her two daughters sort out what it means to, yeah, be women in the 20th century—the late ’70s, specifically. Set in sunny, feel-good Santa Barbara, this one promises epiphanies, spontaneous dancing, and tons of Annette Bening dispensing sage motherly advice.RELATED: The Most Beautiful Documentary of the Year Is Only Playing at One Theater in L.A.Rules Don’t ApplyWarren Beatty plays film tycoon Howard Hughes in Rules Don’t Apply, and he also directed it—without ever breaking character. The film follows the relationship between an ingenue and her driver—who fall in love against the explicit rules of their employer, Hughes. Bonus: more Annette Bening motherliness. Double bonus: The perfectly recreated vintage Los Angeles setting.ElleIn what feels like a cinematic response to #GamerGate, Elle is the story of the female head of a video game company (Michèle LeBlanc with a characteristically complex performance) who has fought her way to the top in a male dominated industry. When she is assaulted by a masked man in her own home, she refuses the role of victim and sets out on her own to bring her attacker to justice. The thriller is directed by Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, RoboCop), but it’s in French, so you can sound 1.69 times more sophisticated when you tell your friends you’ve seen it.Patriots DayMark Wahlberg stars as police sergeant Tommy Saunders (with Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, and J.K. Simmons in various other law enforcement roles) in this retelling of the Boston Marathon bombing, which follows the intense manhunt to track down the bombers before they do additional damage.What’s not represented by the gala sections this year are any movies starring a person of color. And that’s a pity, because with films like Moonlight, Hidden Figures, and Fences shaping the awards-season conversation, it’s looking like #OscarsSoWhite will actually be averted this year. You’ll just have to pay to go see those movies for yourself.Thomas Harlander is a staff writer at Los Angeles magazine. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram. He recently wrote Reusable Tote Bags Are the Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled Previous articleThese Insanely Surreal Short Videos Are Inspired by L.A.’s Greatest RestaurantsNext articleWe Have a Theory About The ‘Pets Are Not Children’ Essay Everyone Is Talking AboutThomas Harlanderlast_img read more

Pharmalittle: Grassley presses Novartis over data manipulation; top Trump drug policy adviser is leaving

first_img About the Author Reprints Pharmalittle: Grassley presses Novartis over data manipulation; top Trump drug policy adviser is leaving Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED By Ed Silverman Aug. 13, 2019 Reprints What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Ed Silverman Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. Yes, it may be holiday time for many, but the world continues to spin for the rest of us. So fire up your coffee kettles and prepare for another round of meetings, deadlines, text messages, conference calls, encrypted chatter, and whatever else helps you move down the assembly line. Meanwhile, please enjoy the items of interest we have gathered. Hope your day is smashing and, as always, do keep in touch. We appreciate the missives, tips and suggestions. …A historic clinical trial has shown that two therapies made from Ebola antibodies appear to be improving survival rates among people who receive them, STAT reports. The announcement marks the first time a clinical trial has successfully shown that an Ebola therapy improves survival in people who have been infected. Only limited and preliminary data are available at this point, but the therapies showed mortality rates ranging from 29% to 53%.center_img What’s included? [email protected] Pharmalot STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Alex Hogan/STAT GET STARTED @Pharmalot Tags Donald Trumpdrug pricinggovernment agenciesinfectious diseasepharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+last_img read more

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: An Easter week of sun-cream, chocolate and Covid haircuts

first_img Facebook Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: An Easter week of sun-cream, chocolate and Covid haircuts WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter The weather just held up for us to go outside for the Easter egg hunt – only just. Then it was pretty miserable for the rest of the day. I didn’t mind, I took it as God’s way of telling me to stay in and eat chocolate all day, and I was more than happy to oblige!We did make one fatal mistake today, we let the 3 year nap.Now, that might not seem like such a bad thing, and while she was napping, it wasn’t – in fact it was lovely. She woke up happy, we all had a lovely dinner, we even went outside and got a walk.It all turned for the worse once bedtime came around. I delayed putting on pj’s for an hour after the usual time. No joy. She was wired. To be fair, the chocolate consumption probably played a small part.Myself and the husband had been all set to watch a movie and chill out for the evening and polish off the rest of the Easter eggs. Instead, we went between Peppa and Fireman Sam until just after eleven, and by then we were both so tired we gave up and went to bed.MondayThe weather during Lockdown has been insane. It’s been glorious. It’s definitely making staying at home so much easier. The sun has been showing up for all of us! I love it! But Jesus do I hate sun-cream!! As if my kids weren’t slippery enough.Now, obviously, I know sun-cream is amazing and obviously I wouldn’t let my kids out in the sun without it, but I do wish there was a way to avoid the extreme sport that is putting sun-cream on three small children!There I am trying to chase them around the house to lather them up as they hide under tables and blankets, all just to protect them from the thing I’m trying to get them out to enjoy!!And no matter how many times I tell them that if they just keep still it won’t get in their eyes/mouth/hair there is always something that draws their attention elsewhere and ‘mammy’ always gets the sun-cream in the wrong place! But eventually we do get out and nobody gets burnt!TuesdaySo, today my son fell victim to the dreaded Covid hair cut. My husband decided he was well equipped to give him a trim – with the razor! Now if he had just trimmed his hair it would have been grand, I might have even liked it. But no, instead he had to ‘have a bit of craic’ with it.I don’t know what possessed him, probably just the complete madness of isolation!! Moreover I don’t know what possessed me to allow him to do it. It’s crazy what a few weeks at home will do to you. Things that made no sense at all suddenly seem like a funny idea. He gave him a mullet! I was devastated. Then he ‘fixed’ it by turning it into a fade. I was still devastated, my poor innocent little boy – gone!I’m sure it will be a funny story someday. ‘Do you remember the time I shaved the young lad’s head and you were devastated and nearly divorced me?’ ‘Oh I do ya, that was great craic!’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleTalking Sport: Laois footballers Ross Munnelly and Evan O’Carroll on Coronavirus life, longevity, early inter-county starts and 7-a-side teamsNext articleBREAKING: Four more Coronavirus deaths and 88 cases as numbers seeking Covid-19 payment drops Steph is a Laois mammy of three small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and searching for her identity in a world wider than her own four walls. As the pandemic continues she has started a diary to describe daily life as a ‘stuck-at-home mom’ Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook WhatsApp Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and searching for her identity in a world wider than her own four walls.As the pandemic continues she has started a diary to describe daily life as a ‘stuck-at-home mom’.Easter WeekSo, Easter Sunday – with a difference. NO drop offs from aunts and uncles, no drop offs from the grandparents, just us and the kids. And you know what it was grand, lovely even, well – most of it anyway. WednesdaySo, today was the day for madness and chaos. The kids were still up and down on a chocolate high. I was on a chocolate low. The hardware shops were re-opening so himself was on a ‘what will I do now?’ buzz.I was putting the 1 yr old down for a nap and things were quiet, a little too quiet. I was immediately suspicious, and there was a strange smell coming from my bedroom, a strange aromatic smell.While I had been putting their brother down for a nap, the two girls had found some ingredients. They had found a full tube of honey and a jar of Italian herbs! Fantastic!So, where did the honey and herbs mixture end up? All over my bedroom carpet! Yup, and the bed, and in my underwear drawer and on some other un-saveable furniture! Lockdown life rocks!!!ThursdayToday started so well, everyone was getting along so nicely. We all went outside for a picnic lunch of sausages and chips. The kids were in great form – chatting, playing cooperatively and having lovely games together.Then of course, it all kicks off. Just about 3pm when everyone was getting a little tired and everyone was a little warm I could just feel the mood begin to shift. I tried to keep them all on side by offering Easter eggs, but that only placated the beasts for about 10 minutes.Then I had the sugar high to deal with as well as the declaration of war from the 5 yr old. It was unclear who she wanted to attack at times, but it was perfectly clear that there were to be no prisoners!The rest of the evening is a blur, I know I fed them at some point. I’m sure there was kicking, screaming, hair pulling and boxing. There were insincere apologies and hugs. And eventually, bedtime came and the day was reset – until tomorrowFridaySo – this evening at 6.49 I had enough. I was just done. I took the last (cold) mouthful of dinner, put on my husband’s rain jacket and went outside to sit on the bench, in the rain.I don’t quite know what drove me to having enough, whether it was the 5 yr old’s demands to heat up but then cool down her dinner, or the fact that the 1 yr old had pulled a basket of toys off the table and thrown them all over the floor, or the fact that as I took my first mouthful of dinner the 3 yr old informed us that she ‘done a wee in my pants,’ and then proceeded to finish it off on the bathroom floor while I cleaned her up! It could have been any of these things, or the sleep deprivation, or the social deprivation or any of the other deprivations.Whatever caused it, here I am sitting on the bench in the rain looking for some space in my head to fit the world.See what other ‘fun’ things the kids are up to on my webpage and Facebook page.SEE ALSO – Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: A very ‘Un-Easter’ Holiday break Twitter By Steph – 18th May 2020 Pinterest TAGSDiary of a Stuck at Home Mum Electric Picnic Home Columnists Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: An Easter week of sun-cream,… Columnists News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

ECB turns more dovish

first_img Keywords EuropeCompanies European Central Bank The European Central Bank (ECB) has turned more dovish, says a report from BMO Capital Markets. The ECB’s recent confidence in an economic recovery is apparently wavering in the face of the recent volatility in financial markets and emerging market economies, the report notes. As a result, the ECB lowered its projections for growth and inflation in 2015, 2016 and 2017 on Thursday. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Europe’s economy shrank 0.6% in Q1 ECB leaves interest rates and pandemic stimulus unchanged Although the ECB didn’t cut interest rates, or boost its current quantitative easing plans, it did signal that it’s prepared to act to boost growth, if needed, the report notes. Notably, for the first time, the central bank said that its asset purchase program, which is scheduled to run until September 2016, may now go “beyond, if necessary”. “The central bank has become more dovish, mainly due to uncertainty over how these developments will impact growth,” the BMO report says, noting that, in the press conference following its rate decision, ECB President Mario Draghi,also highlighted the central bank’s sensitivity to downside risks. “Draghi said that the Governing Council wanted to emphasize their willingness, readiness and ability to act,” the BMO report says. And, although there was no discussion of changing the size or the pace of the bank’s asset buying program, the BMO report adds, “… there are no special limits to their possible policy measures. They can change the size or the duration if they see a need for it.”center_img ECB speeds up help for virus hit economy James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related newslast_img read more

Withdrawal Agreement Update

first_imgWithdrawal Agreement Update With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to update the House, and the people of Northern Ireland, on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol as part of the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union.Throughout 2020 we have worked intensively to ensure that the Withdrawal Agreement, in particular the Northern Ireland Protocol, will be fully operational on 1 January 2021.Our aims, and the proportionate and pragmatic way we intended to pursue them, were set out in the Command Paper we published in May, ‘The UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol’ .This set three key commitments that we believe needed to be respected in all scenarios:We had to ensure that Northern Ireland businesses retained unfettered access to the rest of the UK market.Northern Ireland’s place in the UK’s customs territory had to be protected – and that meant that goods that stayed in the UK were not subject to tariffs.And we had to ensure that the important GB-NI trade flows, on which lives and livelihoods depend, were not disrupted; and we need to ensure a smooth flow of trade, with no need for new physical customs infrastructure.And Mr Speaker, I am pleased to say that on Monday the European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič and I – as co-chairs of the Joint Committee set up to negotiate the implementation of the protocol – came to an agreement in principle on a deal which meets all of those commitments, and puts the people of Northern Ireland first.I would like to begin by paying tribute to Maroš and his team for their pragmatism, their collaborative spirit – and their determination to get a deal done that would work for both sides. And I’d also like to thank the first minister, the deputy first minister and all the members of the Northern Ireland executive for their crucial intervention at significant moments in order to ensure that the rights of the people of Northern Ireland were protected.Turning now to that first Government commitment, the deal protects unfettered access for Northern Ireland businesses to their most important market.As the Prime Minister underlined, this had to be protected in full – and that meant removing any prospect of export declarations for Northern Ireland goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.And that’s what our agreement will do. There will be no additional requirements will be placed on Northern Ireland businesses for these movements, with the very limited and specific exception of trade in endangered species and conflict diamonds.On the second commitment, Mr Speaker, the deal safeguards Northern Ireland’s place in the UK’s customs territory.As recently as July, the Commission had envisaged a default tariffs scenario in which, and I quote:all goods brought into Northern Ireland [would be] considered to be at risk …and are as such subject to the Common Customs Tariff.”If that had been implemented that would have raised the prospect of a 58% tariff on a pint of milk going from Scotland to a supermarket in Strabane or 96% on a bag of sugar going from Liverpool to the shops of Belfast.As we’ve repeatedly made clear, this could never have been an acceptable outcome.So instead, I am pleased to say that under the agreement that we’ve reached, Northern Ireland businesses selling to consumers or using goods in Northern Ireland will be free of all tariffs.Whether that is Nissan’s cars from Sunderland; or lamb from Montgomeryshire.Internal UK trade will be protected as we promised – whether we have a Free Trade Agreement with the EU or not.And third, Mr Speaker, this deal would keep goods flowing between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in January, and indeed provide some necessary additional flexibilities.It protects Northern Ireland supermarket supplies. We heard throughout the year that traders needed time to adapt their systems.That is why we have a grace period for supermarkets to update their procedures.And our agreement also prevents any disruption at the end of the transition period on the movements of chilled meats. British sausages will continue to make their way to Belfast and Ballymena in the new year. And we have also got time for reciprocal agreements between the UK and EU on agri food to be discussed in the months ahead.This deal also protects the flow of medicines and vet medicines into Northern Ireland. This means we’ll grant industry a period of up to 12 months to adapt to the rules under the protocol – so this will avoid any disruption to critical medical supplies.So three commitments entered into, three commitments that we have upheld.But this agreement in principle also goes further still, providing additional flexibility that will enable us to make the most of the opportunities that face us as the transition period ends.As you know, Mr Speaker, this House has been concerned about the risk of so-called ‘reach back’ from the state aid provisions that the Protocol applies.The concern that many colleagues had was that a company in Great Britain, with only a peripheral link to commercial operations in Northern Ireland, could be caught inadvertently by the tests within the Protocol’s text.That would not have been acceptable; nor was it what the Protocol had envisaged.That is why I am pleased that the agreement we have addresses that risk.It means firms in GB stay outside state aid rules where there is no ‘genuine and direct’ link to Northern Ireland, and no ‘real foreseeable’ impact on NI-EU trade. It’s an important step forward, dealing with an issue raised by a number of honourable and right honourable members across this House.Also, this deal ensures that Northern Ireland will be out of the Common Agricultural Policy, which means that the Northern Ireland Executive have full freedom to set their own agricultural subsidies for Northern Ireland’s farmers.It also means appropriate and flexible arrangements which mean that more than £400m of spending each year is totally exempt from state aid rules.As well as this, the deal ensures that support for fishermen in Northern Ireland will also be exempt from EU state aid rules – and that means more than £15m of flexibilities for Northern Ireland’s fishermen over the next five years. And of course Northern Ireland’s services industries are totally outside the scope of the Protocol and its state aid measures.The agreement also respects the Protocol provisions, which were endorsed by Parliament, that allow some EU officials to be present at Northern Ireland ports as UK authorities carry out our own procedures.And let me be clear, there will be no Belfast ‘mini-embassy’ or mission, as the EU originally sought. And the EU officials will not have any powers to carry out checks themselves.There will instead be sensible practical arrangements, cooperation,reciprocal data-sharing, so that both sides can have confidence in these unique arrangements.We also want to leave no doubt about our ongoing commitments to peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland.My Right Honourable Friend the Northern Ireland Secretary will set out, in the coming days, further measures of financial support, to help businesses and communities to prosper and thrive from the end of the year and beyond.And Mr Speaker, we’ve been able to deliver a package which now means that the Protocol can be implemented in a pragmatic and a proportionate way. It takes account of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in all of its dimensions, and it protects the interests both of the EU single-market but more importantly, the territorial and constitutional integrity of the whole United Kingdom.Now, this agreement will be approved officially at a Joint Committee meeting in the coming days.And, of course this agreement that we have reached also enables the Government to withdraw clauses 44, 45 and 47 of the UK Internal Market Bill, and avoids the need for any additional provisions in the Taxation Bill.Having put beyond doubt the primacy of the sovereignty of this place, as we leave the EU, we rest safe in the knowledge that such provisions are no longer required.We know that we now need to get on and give further clarity to business as to the specifics of what this deal means for them, and how it will all work in detail in practice. And we will do this through the publication of further guidance.And that will sit along the ongoing, intensive work we will take forward to implement the ProtocolBut above all, Mr Speaker, we will always work with the interests of the people and businesses of Northern Ireland in mind – as this agreement, and the important flexibilities it will provide, reflects.Because we must all remember if the Protocol is to work, it must work for the whole community in Northern Ireland. And whether it is to be maintained in the future, as the Protocol itself sets out, is for the people of Northern Ireland to decide through the democratic consent mechanism that my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister negotiated.And on that critical, important note of the primacy of democracy, I recommend this statement to the House. /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:Commission, community, EU, Europe, European Union, free trade, Government, Great Britain, infrastructure, Ireland, parliament, Prime Minister, supermarket, UK, UK Government, United Kingdomlast_img read more

Statement on arrest of Shenzhen 12

first_imgStatement on arrest of Shenzhen 12 Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:We are deeply concerned that members of the Shenzhen 12 were tried in secret today, having been given just three days’ notice of their trial. Diplomats from Britain and a number of other countries, tried to attend the court proceedings but were denied entry.The Shenzhen 12 have not had access to lawyers of their choosing, raising further serious questions about access to legal counsel in Mainland China. We expect China to uphold the rule of law and conduct trials in a fair and transparent manner, consistent with the basic requirements of international human rights law. /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:arrest, Britain, China, court, Government, Human, Human Rights, law, rule of law, Secretary, trial, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Your Corner Wrench: Four tips on keeping your car warm and toasty

first_imgYour Corner Wrench: Plugged-up washer jets are bad news in winterRadiator blockers or covers. Unless your vehicle was designed to use one of these, this can be a risky move. Trucks that use front end covers have enough air flow from under the front bumper to keep things from getting too hot, but most passengers can’t bring in enough cool air through the radiator if a blocker is installed and the engine can overheat to the point of damage.Have the system inspected for poor flow. This can be a rather simple job, as an infrared thermometer can quickly detect a flow restriction by comparing the temps of the 2 heater core feed lines, found at the engine side of the firewall. If the heater core flow is restricted, suggest to your mechanic to add a CLR-type product to any flushing process, if possible. If any scaling is present and it’s not completely removed, a new heater core or a freshly flushed one can plug up fairly quickly. Trending in Canada RELATED See More Videos Remember: There isn’t any magic equipment that will easily diagnose a cooling system problem. Restricted flow can be caused by a defective water pump, deposits in the system, or in worst cases a defective head or intake gasket that will allow air to get in the system which is only designed to circulate liquid. 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” With the icy depths of winter approaching, more than a few of us Canadian drivers will complain about the quality of heat our vehicles’ climate control systems produce. Some of it’s justified, as we’re dealing with smaller powerplants under the hood with less heat-production abilities and thinner insulation as automakers chase weight savings.  And on the flip side, a lot of problems can be related to vehicle age when HVAC system passages can get clogged with build-up. And some of it’s just because we don’t react as well to cold for any number of reasons — but when trying to get a little more heat from the dash, there are some things that work and some to stay away from.Thermostats. While Granddad might tell you to swap in a winter thermostat for your ride’s cold-bloodedness, those days ended with the advent of fuel injection. Engines, for the most part, run with only one temperature range of thermostat and installing a different one will wreak havoc with fuel injection. Thermostats can still fail from time to time; if they stick in the closed position, your engine will quickly overheat and in open mode, it will take hours of run time to get any warmth out of the vents.Coolant level and condition. If your coolant level is low by a litre or two — average total capacity is 10 to 12 litres — the heater unit behind the dash can be almost empty during warm ups, thus providing no heat at all. Coolant levels vary with engine temp and it’s hard to get an accurate reading, but if the overflow bottle is extremely low, adding a litre or two of the correct type and concentration might be all you need to do. If it goes low again, get things checked for leaks and or consumption. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.center_img RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryCorner WrenchFeature StoryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos 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 | advertisement ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Want to keep your car’s vents blowing hot air over winter? Consider these tips and tricks.  Kevin Van Paassan / National Post last_img read more

10 things to do this week: Sunset yoga, immigration dialogue, more

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Study Abroad students in Casablanca, Morocco. Photo by Cory Smith. Immigration: How To Talk About What Matters 5 p.m.  Zoom Join this virtual dialogue to learn and practice skillfully engaging in productive conversation on important topics with people in your life. Register here.DIY Night: Paint by numbers  6 p.m.  Zoom All you crafty Buffs out there: Join the Center for Student Involvement for DIY Night! Pick up the materials for a craft, then tune in to watch the virtual craft night together. Each participant will need to RSVP in advance and coordinate a time to pick up their craft kit from CSI (UMC 330). Limited to the first 15–20 students to register, so register now!Thursday, Sept. 10DSCC Netflix Party 5 p.m. Virtual event Netflix, chat and chill! Join us as we come together to watch movies/shows while participating in an online chat.Zen Meditation 6 p.m. Zoom Interested in learning to meditate? Looking to unwind at the end of a busy day? Already have a practice and hoping to find others who share your passion for zazen? Each week, senior instructor in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric and 12-year zazen practitioner Sigman Myoshin Byrd leads a meditation, sitting for 25 minutes, followed by a brief discussion. If you are new to sitting meditation, log on at 5:45 p.m.Friday, Sept. 11First Gen Friday: Lessons Learned the Hard Way Noon to 1 p.m.  Zoom Learn how to really make college work from the people who know.Fri-Yay Nights: Sunset yoga 6:30–7:15 p.m. or 7:30–8:15 p.m.  Rec Center tennis courts  Enjoy physically distanced sunset yoga on the rooftop tennis courts of the Rec Center! Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats. Space is limited, so register today.Categories:Things to DoCampus Communitycenter_img Published: Sept. 4, 2020 This week brings Suicide Prevention Week events, a law talk with Professor Heidi Brown, career fair and résumé workshops, an Education Abroad virtual expo, a paint by the numbers DIY Night and more.Suicide Prevention Week There are a variety of events this week to learn about suicide prevention and how to help a fellow Buff: Sept. 8: Learn how to help a friend you’re worried about with the help of our student Health Buffs at the Health Hut.Sept. 9: Send messages of hope and start your journaling practice with wellness prompts.Sept. 10: Attend the Ask the Question presentation to demystify ways to support other people while learning means of preventing suicide. Attending this session will help prepare you to act when you are needed most.Download the powerful documentary The Ripple Effect to watch at your convenience, and register for the open discussion session on Sept. 11. Tuesday, Sept. 8Tuesday Talk: Professor Heidi Brown 5:30 p.m.  Zoom  Pre-law Buffs: Join us for a talk with Professor Heidi Brown, tenured law faculty and prolific author at Brooklyn Law School, to gain valuable insight from her experiences. Even if you are not a law student but are interested in law, this is a great event to attend.Résumés 101 4 p.m.  Handshake Join Career Services to learn best practices on how to create a killer résumé.Wednesday, Sept. 9Education Abroad virtual expo Sept. 9–10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Zoom The world still awaits! Learn about the adventure of a lifetime at the virtual Education Abroad Expo. You’ll discover study abroad opportunities, global internships and research, and much more on hundreds of programs in almost 70 different countries—for all majors and all budgets! Register today.Prepare for the Fair 4:30–5:30 p.m.  Zoom  Get ready for upcoming virtual career fairs! Discuss résumé and interviewing tips, how to prep for a virtual fair and virtual interviews and more.last_img read more

News / Alliance reshuffle gives containership charter market a welcome boost

first_img Chartering activity by member lines of the Ocean and THE alliances to plug network gaps ahead of their launch next month, has given the very large container vessel (VLCS) sector a welcome boost.Greek shipowner Danaos, which had three 10,100 teu vessels on long-term charter to Hanjin when the South Korean carrier slid into receivership last August, has found new charters for them: one with Yang Ming and two with OOCL.However, the fixed rate hire is said by one broker source to be “only in the low teens”, compared with Hanjin’s $54,000 per day.Danaos said during its results conference recently that it had submitted an unsecured claim to the Seoul Bankruptcy Court of $598m to cover unpaid charter hire and compensation for the early termination of the charter party contracts on the three ships, together with five 3,400 teu vessels also on charter to Hanjin. Despite the substantial drop in revenue, Danaos has struck a positive note now that the vessels are re-chartered, and the market is showing signs of firming as a result of a new wave of enquiries by carriers.According to Alphaliner, the increased activity has reduced the number of available 7,500-11,000 teu VLCS, down from 17 to eight in the past two weeks, thus boosting rates and improving fixture conditions for owners.However, the panamax market remains in the doldrums, with 54 ships of 4,000- 5,300 teu still seeking employment, according to the latest data, with some 34 vessels in hot or cold lay-up.Recent fixtures in the sector include the ‘classic panamax’ 4,253 teu Beatrice Schulte, chartered by South Korean intra-Asia carrier Heung-A at $4,250 per day for two months, with options.It follows that with an abundance of supply in the panamax sector, daily hire rates are unlikely to improve significantly anytime soon.But for owners that cannot afford the $2m-$3m expense of dry-docking ships coming out of cold lay-up – required to meet tougher ship operating environmental regulations – there is better news on the scrapping front.Scrapping rates are continuing to improve as the price of steel goes up around the world, with current rates at around $350 / LDT, and are expected to rise further.London broker, Braemar ACM, describes the demolition market for containerships as “positive”.According to Braemar, capacity demolished so far this year has already reached 219,500 teu for 66 vessels, compared with 64,500 teu for 21 ships at the same time last year.Analysts predict that the final amount of cellular tonnage dispatched to breakers’ yards this year will exceed 700,000 teu, beating the record of 658,000 teu set last year. © Pindiyath100 center_img By Mike Wackett 07/03/2017last_img read more

News / Latam Airlines reports record profits and cargo growth in Q3 as Brazil recovers

first_img© Max Moore The carrier reported a third-quarter net income of $160.6m – the  highest quarterly profit in its history – compared with $4.7m for the same period in 2016. It cited a $58.8m positive foreign exchange impact, because of an appreciation in the Brazilian real, as well as improved operational performance. Cargo revenue grew 2.5%, the first year-on-year increase since Q2 13, to $272.2m. Cargo traffic, as measured in revenue tonne km (RTKs) grew 3.5% in the quarter.However, cargo tonnes carried fell 3.6%, and yields dipped by 1%. Cargo accounted for just over 10% of the group’s revenues in the third quarter, while the carrier saw a 15.3% reduction in freighter operations.LAC accounted for the growth by noting that “imports from North America and Europe to Brazil continue to show improvement year on year, driven by electronics and spare parts, as a result of more stable market conditions in the country, as well as the appreciation of the Brazilian real.“Also, imports to Chile and Argentina started to recover during the quarter, as well as export markets from Peru, namely asparagus,” it added.“As a result, cargo revenue per ATK improved by 8.2%, compared with the same quarter of the previous year, continuing with the recovery trend we had during the first quarter of this year, after 19 consecutive quarters of revenue per ATK decline, as we have managed to adjust our capacity.”The carrier is taking two 777Fs out of its fleet next year – a postponement of the original plan to cut the aircraft this year. It is also adding two 767-300Fs to its existing fleet of eight – one returning from a sub-lease and the other to be converted from a passenger aircraft.The figures were less positive over the nine-month period, but reflected a fall in capacity, part of the carrier’s “strategic capacity management”.Cargo revenue fell 2.4% to $782m, while RTKs fell 1.3%, on available tonne km (ATKs) down 8.3%. Tonnes transported fell 5.7% to 650,000 – but revenue per ATK rose 6.4% to $0.17.Most delegates at the recent Air & Sea Cargo Americas conference in Miami reported improvements in the Latin American market.Boeing pointed out that growth had been negative in South America since 2014, but had now reached positive levels, and American Airlines Cargo’s Lorena Sandoval, managing director Florida, Caribbean and Latin America, agreed: “2017 has been very interesting for Latin American trade. It has been improving since 2016.“The Brazilian economy is picking up and we think in 2018, slowly but surely, it will continue to grow.”You can download the full results here. A rebounding Brazilian economy and growing confidence in the continent has finally given Latam Airlines Cargo some better figures to report – although there is still room for improvement.The airline group saw operating income rise 60% in the third quarter, to $244m, driven by improvements in its Brazilian market and progress in “efficiency initiatives”. By Alex Lennane 16/11/2017last_img read more