PCI knocks SC door on issues relating to communication blockade in JK

first_imgNew Delhi: The Press Council of India (PCI) has moved the Supreme Court supporting the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to impose restrictions on communication in the state following the abrogation of Article 370.The application filed by the PCI seeks intervention in the petition filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, in which she had sought the removal of restrictions on communication which she said were coming in the way of journalists’ right to exercise their profession. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe application on behalf of the PCI was filed by advocate Anshuman Ashok on Friday. In the application, the PCI has justified the communication blockade saying that due to the security concerns there can be reasonable restrictions on the media. The PCI said since Bhasin’s petition concerns the right of the journalists/media for free and fair reporting on the one hand and national interest of integrity and sovereignty on the other, the council is of the opinion that it should present its view before the Apex Court and assist in deciding her petition justly in the interest of freedom of the press as well as in the national interest. The PCI further stated that in Bhasin’s petition, there is no mention about abrogation of the most contentious provision of the Constitution by Parliament which has caused the restrictions on communication facilities and other facilities in the interest of the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.last_img read more

NFL Teams Are Analyzing Everything From The Salary Cap To Fan Loyalty

Carl Bialik: Did you know the history of analytics in the NFL before you joined the league?Paraag Marathe: I definitely did. When I came into the league in 2001, analytics was certainly more prevalent in baseball. It was just starting to become prevalent in basketball. The NFL was sort of the latest adopter. You see it a lot more now. Unlike baseball, where it’s all around player evaluation, the NFL is more complicated. It’s much more of a team sport, with much more covariance between positions. Is a running back’s success due to his ability to break away, or his line’s ability to run-block, or his quarterback’s ability to pass, which makes the run easier?But the NFL also has two other areas where analytics plays a big role. The first is game management: How you manage the clock, when to go on fourth down, the run/pass play selection, those sorts of things. The second is the salary cap. With the advent of the salary cap in 1994, and where I made my mark with the 49ers and the NFL, is managing the salary cap much more analytically, similar to how a portfolio manager would manage a stock portfolio, managing risk.CB: I’ve read that you’ve applied analytics to fans. How does that work and what have you learned about what they want?PM: Oh yeah, yeah, absolutely. And it’s not just what they want, as in, what are their desires when they come to stadium, in terms of what they want to consume — content, beverages, coming closer to the game — but also the lifetime value of a fan. When you capture a fan’s loyalty, someone who becomes a fan at an early age, they will stay there. There’s a lot of loyalty. For professional teams 20 years ago, maybe as recently as 15 years ago, the vice president of marketing was all around what’s the cheerleader uniform and what’s the rallying cry for team. Now it’s all around what’s the content for the website, what’s the lifetime value of a fan, and so on. It’s much, much more analytical.CB: How did you first connect with Bill Walsh?PM: I was working at a consulting company, Bain and Co., on a bunch of sports-related projects. Bill Walsh and Terry Donahue were looking at drafts — not the players themselves, but draft slots. Is there a better algorithm, a better way to do the draft chart? It was a three-month project. I was the junior guy on the team. We sort of hit it off, and they asked me to come on board full-time.CB: How often, while you’ve been on the job, have people asked you if you’ve played football? How did you answer?PM: They either asked me, or they just assumed I didn’t. If they did ask me, I didn’t play college football, and I barely played high school football. I played baseball growing up, mostly. If you’re asking, did I feel like an outsider from the beginning when I started, I certainly did, but times have changed, and you earn respect with the work you do.CB: What was the status of analytics at the 49ers when you arrived?PM: It was a one-man show. To be fair, I never really did that much. It wasn’t so much on evaluating player talent on the field. It was a lot on the salary cap and how to be more efficient on managing the cap.CB: How about now?PM: We’ve got four or five folks, whether helping scouts better evaluate players, helping coaches, as well as the salary cap.CB: Has the whole organization bought into analytics?PM: Yeah, I’d like to think so. It’s definitely more accepted around the league. The Ravens just hired a head of their analytics department in 2012. You see it all across the board now. Clubs are trying to look for any competitive advantage they can. It’s not just, spend $1 more than the next team, it’s, what’s every competitive advantage you can squeeze out of this product?CB: Is it tough to find good people, with so many teams hiring?PM: No, I wouldn’t say that. There are so many good analysts across traditional industries, and sports is still such a sexy field, that there is no shortage of good talent. There are a lot of people who want to work in sports. Just go to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference every year.CB: How important is it to be able to communicate the findings to people who aren’t technical?PM: At the end of the day, it boils down to this. The information is only as good as it is to the person receiving it. I’ll take a C+ piece of analysis communicated perfectly over an A+ piece of analysis that’s not communicated well. Only a small portion of the work is the analytics itself. The rest is putting it in a practical format so the salary-cap person and the coach can appreciate it and use it. Instead of trying to go overboard with analytics, focus on the practical: Focus on the things that have the highest impact on your organization.CB: Because of the importance of retaining a competitive advantage, do you generally not disclose specifically what you’re looking at, and what you’re finding?PM: Generally speaking, we don’t really talk about a lot of those things. But it’s not just analytics. In nutrition, sleep studies, and psychological aspects, people are looking for advantages every place they can.CB: Can you detect the spread of analytics in the league from how hard it is to get certain players in the draft, or from tactics of opponents?PM: It’s mostly through conversations. I’ve been in the league now 14 years, and just having conversations with people in every level, I’m starting to see changes. Not starting to see — there’s been a lot of changes.CB: Is analytics work being done within teams better than the work done outside it?PM: Yes and no. That’s a tough question to answer. There are only 32 teams and there are seven billion people. There’s a lot of stuff that’s not even published that’s probably really good. The difference between what’s happening with teams and what’s happening in the ether, is what’s out there is pretty theoretical, whereas what teams do has to be pretty actionable. The most actionable things are being done in clubs, but I’m sure there are some excellent things being done out there.CB: Which analytics publications do you read?PM: Football Outsiders, Pro Football Focus, different blogs, even you guys do some awesome stuff. All the stuff that’s done is really good.CB: You said in 2005 that even at 45 or 50, you’ll never be a football guy. Do you still feel that way?PM: That was almost 10 years ago. What I meant is, not having played or coached the game, it’s just different. I don’t understand the nuances of the Xs and Os, nor do I try to, in terms of schemes and things like that. There’s no point in me trying really hard to be average at something. It’s important to focus on the things I know I can do well, like manage the salary cap. I won’t be a coach or GM, nor do I aspire to be.CB: Does the NFL support analytics sufficiently? For instance, you’ve criticized the rule barring computers from the coaches’ booth.PM: They’re still getting better. There’s the rule against laptops, even calculators. It’s difficult for an offensive coordinator to even capture simple things like average yards per play on a drive, or how successful a certain play has been, in terms of even crunching it in Excel. They have to do it on a notepad. Things like that are frustrating. I wish they would react a little faster to technology changes. They’re getting there. Now they’re allowing tablets on the sidelines, so you don’t have to have the binder full of photos of plays. The FiveThirtyEight film “The Cowboys and the Indian,” which debuted last week, tells the story of A. Salam Qureishi, who brought computerized player analytics to the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s. At the time, few other pro sports front offices used advanced statistics to make decisions about player acquisition and game management.By 2001, that wasn’t the case in baseball, but the NFL hadn’t progressed much since Qureishi’s days. That year, Paraag Marathe joined the San Francisco 49ers as a one-man team with goals similar to Qureishi’s: improve player acquisition.Marathe, like Qureishi, is of Indian descent. Unlike Qureishi, he knew a lot about football before working in the NFL. Marathe grew up in the Bay Area town of Saratoga, California, as a big fan of the 49ers and other Bay Area teams. He worked for the 49ers first as a consultant, on a three-month stint from the consulting firm Bain and Co. Then San Francisco executive Bill Walsh offered him a full-time job. “It was a no-brainer for me,” Marathe said in a telephone interview last week.Today, Marathe, 37, is one of the elder statesmen of NFL analytics. He oversees it for the 49ers as team president. He sees more of his competitors using similar tools, looking for every competitive advantage they can find. (We spoke last week amid a late-season slump that has eliminated the 49ers from the playoffs after three straight conference-championship-game appearances.) In the following transcript of our interview — lightly edited for brevity and clarity — Marathe explains why it remains easy to hire talented analysts, why communication is more important than statistical rigor and why plenty of good work is still being done outside the league. San Francisco 49ers President Paraag Marathe speaks at the annual Bay Area college football media day at Levi’s Stadium on July 30 in Santa Clara, Calif. Alex Washburn / AP read more

The Beginning of a New Company for Cygnus

first_imgJohn French joined Penton Media in 2006 following its acquisition by Prism Business Media. He resigned as CEO in July 2008.Now, French [pictured] has been named chief executive at fellow trade publisher Cygnus Business Media, a company that emerged from bankruptcy protection this week. Cygnus said it expects revenue to fall by $35 million to $71.4 million this year.FOLIO: caught up with French to discuss why he took the job and what he sees as his biggest challenges in turning the company around. FOLIO:: Cygnus, like many other b-to-b publishers, has experienced a tough 2009, with revenues expected to fall to $71.4 million, compared to $107 million last year. According to the bankruptcy documents, Cygnus forecasts revenue will be $75.5 million in 2013. Do you think that’s reasonable? How do you expect to turn the company around?French: Generally, Cygnus Business Media has performed the same way as other b-to-b companies. Our declines have kept pace with our industry peers. In fact, we have even fared better than some, but I’m not happy with any declines and have several initiatives in digital, tradeshows, data and even print that we are very excited about implementing. Staff has worked aggressively and a large percentage of our media has remained number one in their markets even today.FOLIO:: The documents also indicate the print revenue is forecast to make up 49.6 percent of revenue ($37.4 million) in 2013. Meanwhile, interactive revenue is expected to jump from 12.5 percent in 2009 to 24.4 percent in 2013. How do you see interactive operations evolving at Cygnus over the next few years?French: That’s a long answer. Again, we have exceptionally strong brands that provide us with online and custom online opportunities that are endless.FOLIO:: What’s your plan for market position? How do you see Cygnus’ products now and where would you like them to be (in terms of first tier, second tier, etc)?French: Several Cygnus brands are already in number one positions and are demonstrated leaders.  Over this difficult time, they have maintained those positions. For those that are number two, we plan to get them to number one.FOLIO:: What are your thoughts on editorial quality? I remember the cover of the May digital edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology raised some eyebrows, looking a lot like the Cessna ads on the following pages. What are your thoughts about that and will practices like that continue?French: I am not aware of the AMT May issue, however, there is no question that editorial is to remain independent.FOLIO:: What about personnel? Do you anticipate having to reduce workforce again before the end of the year/into 2010?French: We have no plans to reduce workforce, but no CEO can say that layoffs may be required in the future. I don’t foresee it at this point.FOLIO:: Jim Ogle is no longer CFO. What’s the process /timeline for naming a replacement?French: We are deep in a search for a new CFO. I’ve had several interviews with unbelievably qualified and talented candidates who are excited about Cygnus and the opportunities here. Jim Ogle has done a tremendous job; he is a personal friend and we owe him our thanks for his work.  FOLIO:: Cygnus, like others, has been forced to make a significant amount of job cuts and salary reductions/freezes over the last several months. What are your thoughts on helping to restore morale?French: Perhaps surprisingly, morale is not as bad as I expected considering the economic climate and what Cygnus has endured over the past year. The best way to raise morale is through communication, communication, and more communication. Over the next few weeks, I will be meeting with as many Cygnus employees as possible. Meetings to date have been upbeat and employees are excited about the future.  Yesterday, September 21st was the beginning of a new company for us.FOLIO:: As part of the reorganization plan, Cygnus’s debt went from $180 to $60 million. Is that manageable?French: Yes.FOLIO:: Looking forward, what do you think is your biggest challenge about leading a b-to-b publishing company like Cygnus today?French: In the last five to six years, manufacturers have spent more money on their company website and search and marginalized b-to-b media in terms of reaching their customer. We need to get back to that compelling position so that manufacturers see us as a partner in increasing their sales, not in a duplicate role.The way to do that is to mine new customers and new opportunities through all the various platforms that we offer. The secret will be in delivering new and unique prospects, rather than just providing the same names. A successful b-to-b company in the future needs to use great content and editorial to drive audience development in finding new markets.  Developing a plan that is compelling is key to addressing this issue. Those companies that don’t will get left in the dust. We will not be one of those companies.last_img read more

OBITUARY Thomas H Deechan Jr 71

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., “Tom”, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2018. Tom was the beloved husband of Ann (Morgan) Deechan, devoted father of Alison (Deechan) Hajj & her husband James of Methuen and Thomas H. Deechan III of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Brooke Gill, cherished son of Marie (Blair) Deechan and the late Thomas Deechan of Falmouth, dear brother of Ann Reinhagen of California, Bill Deechan & his wife Deb of West Yarmouth, Kathy Roberts & her husband Glenn of Florida and the late Debbie Deechan. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave. Suite 214, Mission, KS 66202.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more

FCA leans on Harman and Google for new connectedcar services

first_img 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 2019 Dodge Durango SRT: A big utility with big performance More From Roadshow More about 2019 Dodge Durango SRT AWD Review • 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car Preview • 2019 Dodge Durango: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact null 73 Photoscenter_img Tags Share your voice Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Google Auto Tech Future Cars 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 0 In the US, it’s been generally acknowledged that Fiat Chrysler has kept its focus on the older-school elements of the auto industry while others have gone all-in on things like electrification and connectivity. But now, its Uconnect telematics are set to receive a big boost to help adapt to the future of in-car services.Fiat Chrysler announced on Tuesday that it will rely on tech from Harman and Google to build out its connected-car services. This “ecosystem,” as FCA refers to it, is set to launch in the second half of 2019, and it’ll be part of all new FCA vehicles around the world by 2022.Harman’s Ignite cloud platform will serve as the base for the out-of-car side of FCA’s services. With 4G connectivity and tech that fosters “the evolution to 5G,” FCA says its cloud services will work with any service provider worldwide. It’ll cover all the normal stuff that other automakers have in their connected-car portfolios, like fuel and charging station locations, predictive maintenance and over-the-air updates. It should also be capable of working with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.Enlarge ImageHere’s a quick look at the major things FCA wants its new system to deliver. Yes, it’s a lot. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Google comes into play inside the car. The next version of its Uconnect infotainment system will run on Android, further bridging the connection between phone and in-car telematics. While this might conjure memories of Volvo’s announcement that it will use Android OS in the upcoming Polestar 2, there’s one key difference. Whereas Volvo’s foray with the operating system includes Google Maps, Google Assistant and other apps and services, FCA’s system won’t have any of those ancillary bits, just the operating system.FCA was quick to note that these new foundations will allow for a number of services specific to electrified vehicles, too — an area where, at least in the US, FCA lags behind its competitors. These platforms will enable remote battery management, EV navigation that keeps range in mind and services that help the vehicle work better with the electrical grid.There’s even more than that in store. FCA has its sights set on alternate mobility methods, too — its system is capable of working with usage-based insurance, varying-term vehicle rentals and even peer-to-peer car sharing. The automaker didn’t say which parts would start rolling out first, but as we push into the next decade (just a few months away!), we’ll get a better idea of what FCA has in store.Originally published April 30, 8:08 a.m. PT.Update, 5:32 p.m.: Clarified differences between Volvo and FCA operating systems.last_img read more

Bajaj Finserv rises 8 on report of stake buyout in insurance ventures

first_imgBajaj Finserv was asked by the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday to clarify on a news report that the company is planning to buy out the 26 percent stake held by its German partner in its two insurance ventures. The stock spurted more than 8 percent on the BSE during the day and was trading at Rs. 2,212,  a gain of 6.58 percent at around 11.20 a.m.”The Exchange has sought clarification from Bajaj Finserv Ltd with reference to the news appeared in newspaper Mint ‘Bajaj Finserv is likely to buy out Allianz’s stakes in Bajaj Allianz Life’. The reply is awaited,” the exchange said.Financial services company Bajaj Finserv holds 74 percent in the two insurance companies namely Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance company Ltd and Bajaj General Insurance Company Ltd.The cost of acquisition is expected to be about Rs. 10,000 crore, the Mint reported, citing three sources who are aware of the development.”Bajaj is willing to buy Allianz’s 26% stake each in the two firms. As per the fair-valuation method, Bajaj will have to invest around Rs.10,000 crore to buy Allianz’s stakes in the two insurance companies,” the daily quoted one of the sources as saying.A senior Bajaj Finserve confirmed that the company has initiated talks with Allianz.”The discussions between Bajaj and Allianz are on. No final decision has been taken yet on whether Bajaj will buy Allianz’s stake or a third party will come and acquire Allianz’s holding in the two insurance JVs,” Sanjiv Bajaj, managing director at Bajaj Finserv, told the Mint.The Narendra Modi government raised the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent in March this year. Since then, foreign partners of many joint venture companies have been increasing their stakes in the companies formed with equity participation by Indian companies.There are 24 life insurance and 28 general insurance companies in India.The biggest player in the life insurance is state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India with an almost 70 percent share.last_img read more

3 including siblings die taking excessive liquor

first_imgNarayanganjThree young men died reportedly after taking excessive liquor during a pre-wedding party at Narayanganj’s Siddhirganj on Friday noon, reports UNB.The deceased are Ashique Hossain, 20, son of Abul Hossain and two brothers –Akib Uddin, 24, and Rasel, 28–sons of Alauddin Akhter of the area.Locals said the trio and some others consumed foreign-made alcohol during a ‘holud’ ceremony on Wednesday night. At one stage, the victims fell sick, they added.Later, they were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday morning.The victims died on Friday noon while undergoing treatment at DMCH, said Shahin Shah Parvez, officer-in-charge of Siddhirganj police station.The bodies were kept at hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.last_img

US asks Myanmar to create conditions for sustainable Rohingya return

first_imgUS State Department. File PhotoThe United States has called on Myanmar to create the conditions that would allow for voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable returns of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State, reports UNB.The US also commended the government of Bangladesh’s generosity in responding to this humanitarian crisis and appreciated its continued efforts to ensure assistance reaches the affected population, said the US Department of State in a media note on Friday.Earlier, the United States announced $60 million in humanitarian assistance at the launch of the 2019 UN Joint Response Plan for Bangladesh in Geneva.This funding will help address the emergency needs of more than 900,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh, most of whom are Rohingya women and children from Myanmar, and the related needs of Bangladeshi host communities.The beneficiaries include Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh since August 2017, when Myanmar security forces began committing atrocities, including ethnic cleansing, against Rohingya villagers across northern Rakhine State.The United States remains the leading contributor to the humanitarian response to this crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, having provided nearly $449 million since the outbreak of violence in August 2017, of which nearly $406 million is for programmes inside Bangladesh.”We continue to call on others to join us in contributing to this humanitarian response,” the media note reads.US assistance provides protection, emergency shelter, food, water, sanitation, health care, psychosocial support, and education for people affected by the crisis, including Bangladeshi host communities and people displaced inside Myanmar and in the region.US assistance also supports the efforts of humanitarian organisations and the government of Bangladesh to improve camp infrastructure and shelter ahead of the monsoon and cyclone seasons.last_img read more