GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, have announced the nominees for its 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD’s work to bring LGBT images and stories to Americans.Among the nominees: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson; Cloud Atlas, starring Ben Whishaw and James D’Arcy; NBC’s new hit shows The New Normal and Smash; Glee, Modern Family; the documentary How to Survive a Plague; The Amazing Race with the Fabulous Beekman Boys; an interview with Bishop Gene Robinson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; Oprah’s hour-long visit with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360; MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry; and Frank Ocean for his Channel Orange album. The list also includes GLAAD’s first nomination for a PG-rated animated film, ParaNorman, which also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.Spanish-language nominees include Titulares Telemundo for their interview with openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz, news programs Primer Impacto and Encuentro, and People en Español.“Images and stories from the LGBT community continue to push support for equality to historic levels,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, but also reflect a new American landscape where a growing majority accept and value their LGBT family, colleagues and friends. Now more than ever, viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them — just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives.”The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20 at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco – Union Square. Special Honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.GLAAD announced 120 nominees in 25 English-language categories, and 33 Spanish-language nominees in 8 categories. In the English-language categories, cable networks earned 21 nominations, while broadcast networks garnered 17 nominations.A complete list of GLAAD Media Awards nominees may be found here.
APTN National NewsOne year ago Friday, the RCMP in New Brunswick raided a Mi’kmaq Warrior camp.After months of protests against fracking, the raid triggered a day of violent clashes.Now, the Mi’kmaq from the Elsipogtog First Nation are calling the anniversary a day of healing.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.
TDP (watts) 10th-generation Comet Lake mobile CPUs Base freq (GHz) Y News • The best laptops 2019: Premium midsize category 3.2 4/8 1.1 4/8 5.5W/7W/9W i3-10110Y 1.0 CPU i7-10510Y 2/4 i7-10510U Post a comment The Comet Lake CPUs are part of the “optimize” phase of Intel’s “Process, Architecture, Optimization” product lifecycle. Comet Lake is the latest set of iterative refinements to the 14nm Skylake architecture from 2015, part of the company’s method for eking out a little more speed or battery life from existing designs, or letting manufacturers shave a fraction of a millimeter where they can.All the chips stick with the lame Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics, for example, and have just slightly tweaked CPU frequencies. Whether or not to use the faster memory is at the discretion of the manufacturer, so it’s possible we’ll see no speed improvement at all in some laptops. Intel’s marketing materials claim big percentage gains, but that’s comparing the six core to the old four core rather than the four core to a direct predecessor. 4.3 Y 4/8 4/8 4/8 15W/25W i3-10110U 1.6 Meet Intel’s Ice Lake processor, due to speed up PCs in 2019 16 Photos 0 15W/25W Tags Max all core turbo (GHz) U Razer Blade Stealth Review • Razer Blade Stealth review: This slick new laptop will make your MacBook Air jealous i5-10210Y 1.2 1.8 Y i5-10310Y 3.9 5.5W/7W/9W 1.1 Y i5-10210U U 3.9 4.5W/7W/9W 2.8 2.7 Dell’s XPS 13 is one of the many laptops incorporating the Comet Lake versions of Intel’s 10th-generation processors. Dell Oh, i7-8656U we hardly knew ye. So much water under the bridge — all those lakes — since we first tested you a mere eight months ago in the Razer Blade Stealth and already you’ve been replaced by a younger model who looks very, very much like you. The new Comet Lake-architecture CPUs don’t promise any of the advances of its newly minted 10th-generation Ice Lake siblings, such as on-chip Thunderbolt 3 support, acceleration for voice-control processing, improved integrated graphics and more. The only truly substantive performance advances you’ll probably see is with the new top-end i7-10710U, which brings six cores to ultraslim laptops like the Dell XPS 13 for the first time. Adding cores boosts speed more than almost any other upgrade.In other words, unlike the ones announced at the beginning of August, these are not the 10th-generation processors you’ve been waiting for. Nor do you need to wait: You’ll be able to get laptops with them starting this week.The reason is they’re just an iterative step up from the 14nm eighth-generation predecessors for ultraportable and ultra-low-power laptops — Amber Lake (Y series) and Whiskey Lake (U series) — offering slightly faster clock speeds, compatibility with faster memory for the U series (LPDDR4x 2,933MHz, LPDDR3 2,133MHz and DDR4 2,666MHz) and an upgraded supporting chipset that adds Intel’s variation on Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 6 Gig Plus. The latter will deliver better Wi-Fi speeds, but only if you upgrade your router or connect to a newer one.On the other hand, Intel’s sticking with it’s old naming conventions for these — the “Y” and “U” nomenclature indicating whether the chip is for a tiny laptop (Y) or a slightly bigger laptop (U) — so you’ll be able to tell immediately if your configuration has a real 10th-generation processor or eighth-skipped-a-generation-and-rebranded 10th-generation. And there will probably be some great prices as manufacturers try to get rid of stock with the short-lived “old” Core i7-8565U and its peers. 15W/25W $1,359 U Series 3.7 4.5W/7W/9W Dell Intel Razer See it 6/12 15W/25W i7-10710U CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2/8 U Cores / threads Share your voice 3.7 1.0 2.1 Computers Components Laptops Mentioned Above Razer Blade Stealth (512GB, UHD) read more
Shares of companies in the energy space are poised to buzz when markets open for trading on Monday after the first-ever auction for wind energy saw tariff plunge to a record low of Rs 3.46 per unit. One of the four successful bidders was Inox Wind, listed on the bourses. Stocks that could witness heightened activity include Suzlon Energy, NTPC, Power Grid Corporation and PFC.On Thursday (February 23), Inox Wind shares ended at Rs 178 apiece, NTPC at Rs 165, PFC at Rs 135, PGC at Rs 199 and Suzlon Energy at Rs 18 (face value of Rs 2 each). Stock markets were closed on Friday on account of Maha Shivratri.Read: Bidders push wind energy tariff to record low in India auction Suzlon Energy is one of the other companies in the wind energy space while NTPC has interests in thermal and solar power. Power Grid Corporation (PGC) is a transmission company, while Power Finance Corporation (PFC) is into funding power projects.On Friday, bidding for 1 giga watt (GW) wind energy generation saw four firms bagging contracts to produce 250 mega watt (MW) each at Rs 3.46 per kilo watt hour (kWh). The other three successful bidders were Mytrah Energy, Green Infra and Ostro Kutch Wind.Firms that were in the race but could not win included ReNew Power Ventures, Gamesa Renewables Pvt. Ltd., Hero Future Energies Ltd and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group’s CESC Ltd.The auction was conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).Inox Wind has three state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh with a cumulative manufacturing capacity of 1,600 MW and manufactures components for wind turbine generators.The plant near Ahmedabad (Gujarat) manufactures blades & tubular towers while hubs & nacelles are manufactured at the company’s facility at Una (Himachal Pradesh). The new integrated manufacturing facility at Barwani (Madhya Pradesh) manufactures blades & towers, and will manufacture nacelles & hubs in the future, according to a company update.The company posted net profit of Rs 107 crore on total sales of Rs 1,160 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016.NTPC is India’s largest power producing company, both in terms of installed capacity and output. The state-run company that generates and sells power in bulk supplies reached 48,143 MW in power generating capacity with the commissioning of the 115 MW Bhadia Solar Power project in West Bengal recently. The public sector company’s power generating capacity is almost a fourth of the country’s total.For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, its net profit and revenues stood at Rs 2,468 crore and Rs 19,395 crore, respectively.Private sector company Suzlon Energy has an installed capacity of 15.5 GW globally. In India, it has about 100 wind farms in nine states with a capacity of 10 GW.In Q3, the company earned net profit of Rs 304 crore on total turnover of Rs 3,307 crore. It sold 462 MW power during the quarter and 1,019 MW for the nine months ended December 2016.The order book as of December 31, 2016 stood at 1,231MW valued at Rs. 7,523 crore, including new orders for 557 MW in the third quarter. Suzlon Energy’s net debt excluding FCCBs was Rs 6,538 crore. read more
Margaret DeMan Armstrong (Courtesy photo)Margaret DeMan Armstrong, a Baltimore icon known for her groundbreaking contributions to the arts and education, died in her sleep on July 19, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Towson, Maryland. She often mentioned her goal of reaching 100-years-old. In January she celebrated that goal with family and friends at her residence.Armstrong was born January 30, 1916 in Baltimore to the late Claudia Thomas DeMan and the late Henry Oliver DeMan. She was a devout Catholic throughout her life and a parishioner of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. She studied the piano at an early age and demonstrated a unique talent, a love for playing, and an overall love of music.She was a Douglass High School graduate and completed her college education at Coppin Normal School. She later earned a master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Education from Loyola College. She began her career as a music education teacher in Baltimore City Schools and was shortly promoted to administrative specialist for the Music Division for the Baltimore City Department of Education. She also served as a program consultant with the Federal Housing and Urban Development Agency and as the Coordinator of Cultural Enrichment with the Department of Education.Three sons, William Oscar, Roderick, and Carroll Robbins, were born from her marriage to William Oscar Armstrong, Jr., deceased.Armstrong used her creativity, positions, and influence to change the face of the arts in Maryland and across the country. She created a performing arts curriculum proposal and a cultural arts workshop proposal, both successfully and widely implemented. She also created and implemented a cultural enrichment program that combined the arts and humanities through a series of experiences performed by professional musicians, actors, artists, and dancers.Her love of the arts, and her continued determination to encourage and support artistic talent in Baltimore City’s youth, resulted in her bringing together a group of business leaders, leaders in the arts, and education representatives, to draft the fundamental proposal for the Baltimore School for the Arts. It opened in 1979 and has graduated many students who are now nationally known for their talents. The annual “Armstrong Honors Recital” highlights her contributions to the school. The “Margaret DeMan Armstrong Prize for Excellence,” established in 2001, provides an award to honor a deserving graduate who demonstrates a commitment to community service and love of the arts.While Armstrong was the leader for bringing arts to Baltimore City’s Public School children, she also worked as a volunteer with many boards and committees. She created the first International Exchange Program between educators in the Baltimore City Public Schools and educators in Gbarnga, Liberia. She advocated for cultural institutions to be responsive to the needs of African-American children and families who would not be able to afford to attend many of the premiere cultural events in the city. In 1992, Armstrong was a member of the task force that undertook a feasibility study to determine the possibility of creating a middle school for Baltimore City youths. In 1993, the Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy opened as a tuition-free, private Jesuit school for middle school boys from low-income families. Armstrong is survived by her sister, Frances Ashby (daughter Cleo), her son, Roderick (wife Gloria), Barbara Blount Armstrong (daughter-in-law), grandsons, Mario (wife Nicole) and Sean, and a cherished great-grandson, Christopher. She is predeceased by her oldest son, William and her youngest son, Carroll. Armstrong is also survived by cousins Ruth and Kim McCalla, as well as other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. July 28 at March Family Life Tribute Center, 5616 Old Court Rd., Baltimore, Maryland. The funeral will take place 11 a.m. July 29 at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland, with viewing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.In lieu of flowers, contributions in Margaret’s honor can be sent to the Baltimore School for the Arts.Attn: Development OfficeBaltimore School for the Arts Foundation712 Cathedral StreetBaltimore, MD 21201 read more