OTTAWA — The Conservatives are asking the federal judicial affairs commissioner to investigate the leak of confidential information about former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s controversial choice for chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.Conservative justice critic Lisa Raitt has sent a letter to Marc Giroux arguing that the leak “strongly suggests” that “political actors” leaked information about an appointment to the country’s highest court.If so, Raitt says, it would be “an egregious case of political interference … that severely injures the independence of the judiciary.”Raitt’s letter comes two days after The Canadian Press and CTV reported that Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clashed over whom to appoint to the top court upon the retirement of Beverley McLachlin as chief justice in 2017.Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of the normally confidential process, said Wilson-Raybould urged Trudeau to name Glenn Joyal, chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench, to fill both McLachlin’s spot on the bench as a justice from western Canada but also the chief justice role.They said Trudeau was disturbed to discover that Joyal took a restrictive view of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and had criticized the top court for liberally interpreting it to include “new rights” not explicitly mentioned in the charter; the court’s broad interpretation has led to things like legalization of same-sex marriage and the striking down of Canada’s abortion law and prohibition on medically assisted dying.Trudeau ultimately appointed Alberta judge Sheilah Martin to fill the western slot on the Supreme Court and elevated sitting Justice Robert Wagner to the role of chief justice.Wilson-Raybould said Monday there was “no conflict” with Trudeau on the matter but otherwise declined to comment, saying the selection process for Supreme Court justices is confidential and any disclosure “could compromise the integrity of the appointments process and potentially sitting justices.”However, on Wednesday, citing an anonymous source, the Globe and Mail reported that Wilson-Raybould recommended Joyal as part of a broader plan to appoint an Indigenous judge to the role of chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench — which would have been a first for a superior court in Canada. The newspaper also said Wilson-Raybould believed Joyal held a more liberal view on the charter of rights than Wagner, although the report cited evidence to the contrary.The Canadian Bar Association and the Manitoba Bar Association have also criticized the disclosure of information about the appointment process.The leaks suggest Trudeau may have had reasons unrelated to the SNC-Lavalin affair to move Wilson-Raybould out of the prestigious justice portfolio in a mid-January cabinet shuffle. She was moved to Veterans Affairs but resigned from cabinet a month later amid allegations that she had been improperly pressured last fall by the Prime Minister’s Office to intervene to stop a criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.Wilson-Raybould has since said she believes the move was punishment for her refusal to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin. Such an agreement would have forced the company to pay stiff restitution but saved it from the risk of a criminal conviction, which could threaten the viability of the company.Raitt said Wednesday that the leaks about the Supreme Court appointment process are more proof of Trudeau’s disrespect for the rule of law.“The SNC-Lavalin affair has raised serious questions about the rule of law in Canada and the degree to which the Prime Minister’s Office has interfered in it,” she said.“This most recent episode of potential political interference from the PMO only further damages our democratic institutions and values and requires immediate attention.”Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press
From ABC News: 2014-15Wesley Matthews283.01.6237 VORP Check out our latest NBA predictions. 1996-97LaPhonso Ellis261.10.2222 The biggest loss in Game 5 of the NBA Finals may not have belonged to the Toronto Raptors. Although the Golden State Warriors defeated Toronto on Monday to extend the finals for at least one more game, Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who left with a leg injury, likely tore his Achilles tendon in the second quarter. Pending an unexpected result from Durant’s MRI on Tuesday, the injury will have far-reaching implications for Durant, the Warriors and the NBA as a whole this summer.Achilles tears are not quick injuries to recover from. According to a list compiled by ESPN’s Stats and Information Group, players typically needed almost nine months to recover, and they tended to have a significant reduction in both playing time and performance in the season following the trauma. 2012-13Kobe Bryant345.1-0.2240 2006-07Elton Brand275.50.0243 2011-12Chauncey Billups350.30.2296 Players who were about Durant’s age when they got injured, such as Rudy Gay of the Spurs, recovered most of their previous form within a couple of seasons. (Gay had a very solid +1.0 Box Plus/Minus and 1.4 VORP this season.) Others, however, either took longer to reclaim their skills (such as Elton Brand) or were never really the same player they’d been before (such as LaPhonso Ellis).So it’s tough to say exactly what this means for Durant’s career going forward. But we do know that Durant’s injuries continue to define the entire 2019 NBA playoffs.His absence significantly swung Golden State’s odds of beating the Raptors, including a 3-point shift in the Vegas line for Game 5 at one point (which was enough to turn the Warriors from underdogs to favorites, before the closing line settled as a pick-em). The betting activity was justified. Durant’s return Monday night probably saved the Warriors’ season. (In addition to a late flurry of threes by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.) In the 12 minutes Durant played, Golden State was +6 and looked notably more like the Warriors we’ve become accustomed to seeing — averaging 154.5 (!) points per 100 possessions according to NBA Advanced Stats, knocking down 8 of 11 threes and even turning defense into offense in transition. Without Durant on the court, Toronto outscored the Warriors by 5, and the team was far less efficient.And yet, the question will linger whether Durant was truly ready to play Monday night — and if not, whether rushing him back onto the court to help extend Golden State’s season in Game 5 was worth the long-term cost to Durant’s health. “He was cleared to play tonight,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said after the game. “That was a collaborative decision. I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department.”Golden State overhauled its training staff last summer after losing head performance therapist Chelsea Lane to the Atlanta Hawks, and the team has had an injury-filled postseason. In addition to Durant’s long absence, the team lost Thompson for Game 3 of the finals (a Warriors loss) and has been managing center Kevon Looney’s ongoing collarbone fracture. It’s also worth noting that Durant’s original trouble had been with a strained right calf, not an Achilles injury, though it’s hard to believe the two injuries are completely unrelated, despite KD reportedly being told he “couldn’t get more hurt” by playing on the calf Monday.And now the big-picture question is what Durant’s injury does to his impending free agency, which was supposed to headline what might be the most impressive class of available talent in any summer of the league’s history.Durant has a $31.5 million player option for next season, which he was long expected to decline and test the open market. But Monday’s injury may change that decision-making process. Although he left money on the table in his previous Warriors deals, Durant could sign for as much as $221 million (over five years) if he opts out but returns to Golden State, or $164 million (over four years) if he signs elsewhere. Despite the long-term injury, plenty of star-desperate teams may still be willing to offer Durant maximum money even knowing his recovery could cost him at least the entire 2019-20 regular season.But if he does leave Golden State, will an injured Durant be able to lure another star player or two from this talented class to sign alongside him? Particularly ones willing to play without Durant for an entire season before he can rejoin the presumptive superteam? Nobody could honestly claim to predict the enigmatic Durant anyway, but his injury adds yet another layer of uncertainty onto the free-agency summer — and the league’s future championship picture.For now, the Warriors will have to find a way to win this series without Durant. But was Durant’s return worth it? Did they rush him back? Will he still sign somewhere else over the offseason? Regardless of who wins, those questions will now hang over the rest of the finals — and far, far beyond. SeasonPlayerAgeBefore injuryAfterRecovery Days 1991-92Dominique Wilkins322.03.7283 Historical avg.302.60.9269 Achilles tears take a while to recover fromValue Over Replacement Player (VORP) and recovery time for notable NBA players who suffered a torn Achilles tendon 2017-18DeMarcus Cousins273.31.1357 Season listed is the season in which injury occurredSource: ESPN Stats & Information, Basketball-Reference.com 2016-17Rudy Gay300.70.7273
Oppo The latest phone in Oppo’s F series lineup is promising to dazzle you with beautiful photos. And its 48-megapixel rear camera lives up to that promise.That rear camera is paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. And together the F11 Pro’s cameras do a great job of capturing images with plenty of detail, letting you zoom right down to the pixels. There’s also a night mode and the phone uses color mapping to identify and reconstruct the colors of a scene, which should help take better looking portrait shots. Oppo says it can even take great low-light portrait shots, a claim I’ve also tested. Oppo’s used AI to improve the phone’s camera features — the company claims it can recognize over 23 types of scenes and is capable of choosing the right settings to get the most out of a picture. Camera aside, the phone is quite the looker. The rear design has a gradient look that’s now a hallmark of Chinese phone makers, and it’s stunning. The pop-out front camera is placed in the middle and features a transparent design inspired by amber, which helps keep the focus on the 6.53-inch display — and Oppo says the screen uses its own memory (RAM) to help reduce power consumption.Oppo’s also designed the phone to make it easier to hold. The F11 Pro has a crescent design on the top and bottom and its rounded edges don’t dig into your palms. This should make it comfortable to hold and play games on. Phones Tags 0 Post a comment Share your voice Following fans’ feedback on previous phones, Oppo has moved the speaker and microphone. The microphone is now in the middle of the phone, making it easier to pick up your voice if you’re playing a game and holding the phone horizontally.Other cool features include fast charging, which Oppo says can get the F11 Pro from 0 to full in just 80 minutes. Factor in the 4,000-mAh battery and the phone seems fit for all-day use. Note that the F11 doesn’t use a Qualcomm chip: It’s powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 instead. But I reckon it should hold up well against Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered phones.The F11 Pro runs Android 9 Pie, but it uses Oppo’s own ColorOS 6 on top. Unlike Vivo phones, it doesn’t just shoehorn in its own gesture control. It also includes Android P gesture controls, so you can find what works for you. The Smart Sidebar feature brings full-screen multitasking to the F11 Pro. Turn it on by swiping to the left from the right side. You can launch apps from the Smart Sidebar, quickly share recently opened files, start screen recording or snap a screenshot. Oppo’s latest F series phone isn’t a crazy high-end flagship phone, but it’s a solid midrange device. The F11 Pro is expected to hit markets in India first, then China and the rest of Asia pretty soon. But there’s no word on a US, UK or Australia launch. The 4GB RAM with 128GB of storage model will retail for around $285 converted (that’s £215 and AU$400) while the 6GB RAM with 64GB of onboard storage will go for around $355.Quick specsProcessor: MediaTek Helios P70 octa-core Memory: 6GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB onboard storageDisplay: 6.53-inch full-HD+ (2,340×1,080 pixels)Camera: Dual 48-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear, 16-megapixel f/2.0 frontBattery: 4,000-mAh battery with fast charging Oppo
More From Roadshow 0 Share your voice Post a comment 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat Enlarge ImageThe material was created “by the team of exceptional craftsmen and women based in Crewe, England,” Bentley said. Bentley Bentley is preparing to introduce a new version of its Flying Spur sedan, and the latest teaser provides an idea of the incredible attention-to-detail that Crewe’s craftspeople are putting into the new ultra-luxury car.Specifically, Bentley said Thursday that the new Flying Spur will use a new type of leather upholstery with a three-dimensional diamond effect. The company promised that, as ever, the Flying Spur will offer “an unparalleled touring experience for the driver and passengers alike.” Superluxury Cars Luxury cars Sedans 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring Tags 26 Photos More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder Earlier this year, Bentley offered up two teasers of the outside of the new Flying Spur. The car will offer an ornately designed take on the brand’s “Flying B” hood ornament, while a sketch revealed that it might have some design cues from the two-door Continental GT range. So far Bentley has said only that the new car will be fully revealed later this year.As to other details, it’s fair to assume the flying Spur might use the same touchscreen infotainment system as the newest Continental GT. That car’s powertrains might carry over, too; they comprise a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 with 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque along with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 542 hp and 568 lb-ft.The current version of the Bentley Flying Spur was revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The introduction of the new model comes in the year of Bentley’s 100th anniversary. Bentley
An employee prepares coffee for customers at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, India, November 2, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileThe Income Tax (I-T) Department has reportedly detected over Rs 650 crore of undisclosed income from the largest coffee retail chain in India — Cafe Coffee Day (CCD). The statement comes after the department’s raids at several CCD offices last week. Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd is owned by VG Siddhartha, the son-in-law of former External Affairs Minister and former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna.”The detection of undisclosed income is expected to be much higher since there are a number of other issues, including violations of other statutes on which there is no disclosure, but relevant evidence has been found. These will be pursued effectively with vigour, energy and imagination,” the department said. On Thursday, taxmen had started conducting raids at several CCD offices and headquarters in Bengaluru. Immediately, the shares of Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd had also tumbled on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The stock closed 3.35 percent down at Rs 233.80, recouping part of its loss after slumping over seven percent in intra-day trading. The benchmark Sensex fell 0.1 percent to 32,370.04 points.The raids were conducted under the direction and supervision of the I-T Department’s investigation cell director – General BR Balakrishnan.According to reports, raids were conducted at multiple locations, including Siddhartha’s offices at Coffee Day Square in Bengaluru’s Lavelle Road and his residence in Sadashivanagar. Premises in other cities such as Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Chennai and Mumbai were also raided. An employee serves coffee at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, November 2, 2015. Shares in Coffee Day Enterprises, operator of India’s biggest coffee chain, have lost 15 percent in the past six months.Reuters fileThe move is also likely to spur a political storm with Congress accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government of misusing agencies to target political opponents. SM Krishna had left Congress in January to join BJP.Siddhartha had opened CCD’s first outlet on Bangalore’s upscale Brigade Road in 1996. The company’s first launch came at a time when Bangalore was transforming into an Information Technology hub.CCD was among the top six global coffee retail chains till 2011 and the largest in India. As of March 2015, the company had 1,530 outlets across 29 states in the country. It also has outlets in countries like Austria, Czech Republic and Malaysia.
Listen X 00:00 /00:43 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston skyline from south To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: From March 2017 through March of this year, Houstonians’ compensations grew by 2.1 percent. That includes wages or salaries and benefits in the private sector.That’s a half-percentage point improvement from the same time a year ago, but still lags the rest of the country.Nationwide, compensation rose by 2.8 percent.Cheryl Abbot, regional economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Dallas, is not exactly sure why. But she doubts the remaining effects from the oil downturn can be blamed.“Oil has pretty well recovered,” she said. “And most companies have brought back on all the people they may have let go.”Compensations grew similarly slow in Dallas and other southern metro areas.Abbot said salaries in Houston grew faster than the national average after the Great Recession but came down during the oil slump. Share
Popular on Variety All told, Amazon — one of the world’s most valuable corporations — will receive nearly $2.1 billion in tax incentives and cash grants to build the two East Coast headquarters. That includes $1.525 billion in New York based on the company creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City; and $573 million in Virginia based on the same estimated job-creation target.For NYC, Amazon projected it will deliver incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years. The company pegged tax revenue generated by the Arlington, Va., HQ location of $3.2 billion over the next two decades.“Amazon demanded subsidies and terms from cities all over the country, demanded those terms be kept secret, then reneged on its promise to locate thousands of jobs,” Barry Lynn, executive director of liberal think tank Open Markets Institute, which has lobbied for the breakup of the internet giant. “Amazon is now treating even the biggest of American cities with the same disrespect it shows for the suppliers and the merchants who depend on its website to reach customers.”Also Tuesday, Amazon announced that it has selected Nashville, Tenn., for a new business hub responsible for customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities. The Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville will create more than 5,000 jobs, the company said. Amazon is receiving $102 million in tax incentives in Nashville.Amazon expects to begin hiring in 2019 for the Long Island City and Arlington headquarters locations as well as the Nashville hub.“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”The ecommerce giant said it expects to invest some $5 billion and create up to 50,000 jobs for the New York and Northern Virginia campuses. After launching the HQ2 search in September 2017, Amazon received 238 proposals from cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Capping a 14-month, hype-filled search, Amazon.com officially announced that its “HQ2” plans for a second base of operations in North America would actually be divvied up between New York City and Arlington, Va.The company said it will establish dual East Coast headquarters located in Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens, and the Crystal City neighborhood in Arlington just south of Washington, D.C.The HQ2 sweepstakes had pitted more than 200 cities, which was narrowed down to a shortlist of 20 in January, looking to woo Amazon with tax breaks and other amenities. Critics have speculated that Amazon all along wanted to open up large facilities in New York and/or the D.C. area, and that the HQ2 process was designed purely to extract more favorable economic terms. Amazon’s two new satellite headquarters will help it recruit talent on the East Coast to support the ongoing growth of the massive company, whose 2017 sales of $178 billion were up 31% from the year prior. The company needed to expand after maxing out its footprint in Seattle, where it has over 45,000 employees.With Amazon’s move into the Big Apple, “New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history,” New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. He touted Amazon’s estimated average annual salary of $150,000 the new jobs in Queens.While some politicos have embraced Amazon and the economic kick its new outposts promise to deliver, others have slammed the massive tax breaks the corporation is set to receive.Queens residents have responded to Amazon’s planned move into Long Island City with “outrage,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected Democratic U.S. representative from New York, wrote in a series of tweets Monday evening.“The idea that [Amazon] will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, after the Wall Street Journal reported NYC and Arlington were the final HQ2 selections.Pictured above: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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Karen Gleason, a chemical engineering professor at MIT, along with graduate student Miles Barr and others, showed that the technique could be used to print solar cells on a variety of delicate materials. One example is rice paper, which is used to make spring rolls in restaurants and usually dissolves in wet processes. Since the researchers’ technique is a dry, solvent-free process, the rice paper remains intact. The researchers also demonstrated the technique on plastic Saran wrap, which repels water and would normally be difficult to coat.The new method, called oxidative chemical vapor deposition (oCVD), involves spraying a vapor of a monomer and an oxidizing agent onto a substrate. The monomer and oxidizing agent polymerize when they meet and form PEDOT plastic. The plastic itself is conductive, but the conductivity can be further increased up to 1,000 times by controlling the substrate temperature so that small nanopores form, which can be laced with highly conductive silver particles.The printed solar cells can also withstand a great deal of bending and stretching with minimal effect on their properties. In tests, the researchers bent a printed plastic substrate to a radius of less than 5 mm more than 1,000 times, and found that its efficiency was still 99% of what is was before bending. The electrodes could also be bent and stretched, and still retained their conductivity. To further demonstrate the method’s robustness, Barr folded a piece of paper printed with solar cells into a paper airplane, and showed that the device still generated a current.MIT Professor Karen K. Gleason explains how graduate student Miles Barr folds a solar cell into a paper airplane. The research is part of the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center. Video credit: MIT.As the researchers noted, paper is not typically considered a good substrate for photovoltaics because it’s not transparent. However, the ability to print solar cells at low-cost on flexible, stretchable materials could be very useful for making solar cells more widespread. Since the technique can also be used to print other electronic devices besides solar cells, it could be used for novel applications such as printing electronics on fabric and other flexible displays. To demonstrate how a new fabrication technique can print solar cells on extremely thin, flexible materials, researchers from MIT have patterned solar cells onto ordinary toilet paper. While toilet paper may be an unlikely substrate for practical solar cell applications, it illustrates the versatility of the technique for low-cost printing on a wide variety of materials. Explore further Xerox Develops Silver Ink for Cheap Printable Electronics After printing solar cells on a piece of paper, researchers folded the paper into an airplane to demonstrate that it could still generate current. Image credit: Karen Gleason, MIT. More information: via: IEEE Spectrum © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Researchers print solar cells on toilet paper, other delicate materials (w/ Video) (2011, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-solar-cells-toilet-paper-delicate.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.