Share RelatedIsland to re-brand Spring BreakBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council continued discussions regarding Spring Break related policies in its Wednesday, April 19 meeting. Mayor Patel opened the discussions on a proposed Spring Break/mass gathering ordinance and the short-term rentals/neighborhood issues, stating these items would be on the agenda…April 28, 2017In “News”Island crunches data at Spring Break debriefing sessionBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS South Padre Island Mayor Dennis Stahl introduced the Spring Break public debriefing meeting held on Wednesday, June 13, stating that over the past two years, “the City has become much more strategic, analytical, and data driven.” Stahl emphasized a commitment to transparency. “This evening…June 22, 2018In “News”Spring Break events to undergo stricter scrutinyBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The issue of Spring Break was at the front and center once again for the South Padre Island City Council during its, Wednesday, July 5 meeting, as they discussed a proposed amendment of the mass gathering ordinance. “We all know special events have a…July 14, 2017In “News” By KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe South Padre Island City Council considered several agenda items related to Spring Break, the venue tax, and shoreline related issues in its April 5 meeting.Mayor Barry Patel introduced the Spring Break related agenda items stating, “We will be having several meetings in the future about the mass gathering ordinance. The public will have many opportunities to speak in the future.”SPI City Manager Susan Guthrie presented the debriefing process the City is undertaking to analyze this issue. She began by stating that Spring Break has a major impact on the City and community in terms of revenue, expenditures, staffing, risk and reputation. “The high volume of visitors and associated traffic, trash, crime and medical needs are taxing the system,” said Guthrie. She went on to explain the City will be collecting extensive Spring Break related data from many sources, including public safety, code enforcement, public works, shoreline, parks, fleet, fire, EMS, beach patrol, technology, municipal courts, and finance. They will perform ‘SWOT’ analysis, looking at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, as a part of the process.“I think it’s a great way to approach this,” commented Council Member Pitcock. He went on to emphasize the importance of collecting and analyzing data to come up with solutions, as opposed to making “knee jerk reactions.”Council next considered authorizing the city manager to form a subcommittee to review, research and make recommendations regarding implementation of a mass gathering ordinance. Guthrie proposed that the subcommittee be comprised of city staff, two council members, two members from the business community, a member from Property Owners Who Care (POWC) and one citizen at large. “Public input begins now and it continues for the next two and a half months,” Patel said. He emphasized the urgency for coming up with an actionable item for this issue by July, to allow for the planning of Spring Break 2018.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
Business analytics and data insights empower today’s business leaders for faster decision making. A recent data consolidation and analytics project uplifted Intel’s revenue by $264 million in 2014, as highlighted in our recently published Annual Business ReviewOpens in a new window. This $264 million represents only a portion of the $351 million in value generated by Intel IT through the use of big data, business intelligence, and analytic tools. Access to connected data in an efficient and timely manner has enabled stakeholders to analyze market trends and make faster and better business decisions. In an age when organizations such as Intel are rich in data, finding value in this data lies in the ability to analyze it and efficiently derive actionable business intelligence. Intel IT will continue to invest in tools that can transform data into insights to help solve high-value business problems. Boosting Sales with Reseller Market InsightsAnother significant chunk of the previously mentioned $351 million — $76 million — was generated by a sales and marketing analytics engine that provides valuable information to Intel sales teams, helping them strategically focus their sales efforts to deliver greater revenue. The engine’s recommendations identify which customers sales reps should contact and what they should talk to them about. This data significantly shortened the sales cycle and enabled sales reps to reach customers who were previously off the radar. (Watch a video about the analytics engine here.) The fact that this recommendation engine garnered Intel a 2014 CIO 100 award illustrates how important CIOs consider technology in today’s business environment.What’s Next for Data Visualization at IntelGoing forward, we intend to promote the collaborative analytics to Intel decision makers. For example, Intel IT has developed an Info Wall that harnesses the power of data visualization. This solution is built on Intel® architecture and is Intel’s first interactive video wall with a viewing area measuring 5 feet high and 15 feet wide. While it’s too early to state any specific results, this unique implementation will enable new possibilities for business intelligence and data visualization. Currently, the Info Wall and data focus on sales and marketing; we plan to soon expand the application of the Info Wall to other areas of Intel business. The Right Data at the Right TimeIntel’s business processes use a significant amount of historical data to reach decisions. But isolated datasets are not very useful because they provide only a glimpse of a much larger picture. Recognizing the power of connected data, Intel IT engaged in an 18-month data cleansing and consolidation effort, connecting more than 200 GB of historical data from various disparate and vertical systems using common measures and dimensions.The complexity of this project was daunting. There were many spreadsheets and applications, and even the same data had inconsistent identifiers in different datasets. Our efforts resulted in replacing more than 4,000 spreadsheets with a single database solution that included over 1,000 data measures and 12 dimensions, as well as tracking information for about 4 million production and engineering samples provided to customers. Even connected data, however, is not inherently valuable, unless the data is conveyed in terms of trends and patterns that guide effective decision making. On top of our now-connected data, we added advanced analytics and data visualization capabilities that enable Intel’s decision makers to convert data into meaningful insights. About 9,000 application users that serve Intel and external customers have access to this data, along with 15,000 reporting users.As part of the project, we automated our data management processes, so that we can now integrate new datasets in just a few hours, instead of in several months.
Honourable President, Pranab Mukherjee presented the Padma Awards 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.Padma Awards is one of the Highest Civilian Awards of the country. The awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities namely art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.The Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian award in the Republic of India. It ranks behind the Bharat Ratna. It consists of a medal and a citation which is awarded by the Honourable President.The Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India.The Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India.This year, 104 people received Padma awards.The list comprises of 9 Padma Vibhushan, 20 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees are are follows: Padma Vibhushan: 91. LK Advani- Public Affairs- Gujarat2. Amitabh Bachchan- Art- Maharashtra3. Prakash Singh Badal- Public Affairs- Punjab4. Dr D Veerendra Heggade- Social Work- Karnataka5. Mohammad Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar- Art- Maharashtra6. Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya- Others- Uttar Pradesh7. Prof Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan- Science and Engineering- Tamil Nadu8. Kottayan K. Venugopal- Public Affairs- Delhi9.s Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Foreigner)- Trade and Industry- France/UKPadma Bhushan: 201. Jahnu Barua- Art- Assam2. Dr Vijay Bhatkar- Science and Engineering- Maharashtra3. Shri Swapan Dasgupta- Literature and Education- Delhi4. Swami Satyamitranand Giri- Others- Uttar Pradesh5. N Gopalaswami- Civil Service- Tamil Nadu6. Dr Subhash C Kashyap- Public Affairs- Delhi7. Dr (Pandit) Gokulotsavji Maharaj- Art- Madhya Pradesh8. Dr Ambrish Mithal- Medicine – Delhi9. Sudha Ragunathan- Art- Tamil Nadu10. Shri Harish Salve- Public Affairs- Delhi11. Dr Ashok Seth- Medicine- Delhi12. Rajat Sharma- Literature and Education- Delhi13. Satpal- Sports- Delhi14. Shivakumara Swami- Others- Karnataka15. Dr Kharag Singh Valdiya- Science and Engineering- Karnataka16. Prof Manjul Bhargava (NRI/PIO)- Science and Engineering- USA17. David Frawley (Vamadeva) (Foreigner)- Others- USA18. Bill Gates (Foreigner)- Social Work- USA19. Melinda Gates (Foreigner)- Social Work- USA20. Saichiro Misumi (Foreigner)- Others- JapanadvertisementPadma Shri: 751. Dr Manjula Anagani- Medicine- Telangana2. S Arunan- Science and Engineering- Karnataka3. Kanyakumari Avasarala- Art- Tamil Nadu4. Dr Bettina Sharada Baumer- Literature and Education- Jammu and Kashmir5. Naresh Bedi- Art- Delhi6. Ashok Bhagat- Social Work- Jharkhand7. Sanjay Leela Bhansali- Art- Maharashtra8. Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora- Literature and Education- Assam9. Dr Gyan Chaturvedi- Literature and Education- Madhya Pradesh10. Prof (Dr) Yogesh Kumar Chawla- Medicine- Chandigarh11. Jayakumari Chikkala- Medicine- Delhi12. Bibek Debroy- Literature and Education- Delhi13. Dr Sarungbam Bimola Kumari Devi- Medicine- Manipur14. Dr Ashok Gulati- Public Affairs- Delhi15. Dr Randeep Guleria- Medicine- Delhi16. Dr KP Haridas- Medicine- Kerala17. Rahul Jain- Art- Delhi18. Ravindra Jain- Art- Maharashtra19. Dr Sunil Jogi- Literature and Education- Delhi20. Prasoon Joshi- Art- Maharashtra21. Dr Prafulla Kar- Art- Odisha22. Saba Anjum- Sports- Chhattisgarh23. Ushakiran Khan- Literature and Education- Bihar24. Dr Rajesh Kotecha- Medicine- Rajasthan25. Prof Alka Kriplani- Medicine Delhi26. Dr Harsh Kumar- Medicine- Delhi27. Narayana Purushothama Mallaya- Literature & Education- Kerala28. Lambert Mascarenhas- Literature and Education- Goa29. Dr Janak Palta McGilligan- Social Work- Madhya Pradesh30. Veerendra Raj Mehta- Social Work- Delhi31. Tarak Mehta- Art- Gujarat32. Neil Herbert Nongkynrih (Art), Meghalaya33. Chewang Norphel- Others- Jammu and Kashmir34. TV Mohandas Pai- Trade and Industry- Karnataka35. Dr Tejas Patel- Medicine- Gujarat36. Jadav Molai Peyang- Others- Assam37. Bimla Poddar- Others- Uttar Pradesh38. Dr N Prabhakar- Science and Engg- Delhi39. Dr Prahalada- Science and Engg- Maharashtra40. Dr Narendra Prasad- Medicine- Bihar41. Ram Bahadur Rai- Literature and Education- Delhi42. Mithali Raj- Sports- Telangana43. PV Rajaraman- Civil Service- Tamil Nadu44. Prof JS Rajput- Literature and Education- Uttar Pradesh45. Kota Srinivasa Rao- Art- Andhra Pradesh46. Prof Bimal Roy- Literature and Education- West Bengal47. Shekhar Sen- Art- Maharashtra48. Gunvant Shah- Literature and Education- Gujarat49. Brahmdev Sharma- Literature and Education- Delhi50. Manu Sharma- Literature and Education- Uttar Pradesh51. Prof Yog Raj Sharma- Medicine- Delhi52. Vasant Shastri- Science and Engg- Karnataka53. SK Shivkumar- Science and Engg- Karnataka54. PV Sindhu- Sports- Telangana55. Sardara Singh- Sports- Haryana56. Arunima Sinha-Sports- Uttar Pradesh57. Mahesh Raj Soni- Art- Rajasthan58. Dr Nikhil Tandon- Medicine- Delhi59. H Thegtse Rinpoche- Social Work- Arunachal Pradesh60. Dr Hargovind Laxmishanker Trivedi- Medicine- Gujarat61. Huang Baosheng- Others- China62. Prof Jacques Blamont- Science and Engg- France63. Late Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin- Others- Maharashtra (Posthumous)64. Jean-Claude Carriere- Literature and Education – France65. Dr Nandrajan ‘Raj’ Chetty- Literature and Education- France66. George L Hart- Others- USA67. Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja- Others- Portugal68. Late Meetha Lal Mehta- Social Work- Rajasthan (Posthumous)69. Tripti Mukherjee- Art- USA70. Dr Dattatreyudu Nori- Medicine- USA71. Dr Raghu Rama Pillarisetti (Medicine), USA72. Dr Saumitra Rawat- Medicine- UK73. Prof Annette Schmiedchen (Literature and Education), Germany74. Late Pran Kumar Sharma alias Pran- Art- Delhi (Posthumous)75. Late R Vasudevan- Civil Service- Tamil Nadu (Posthumous)advertisement