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Sonny Beck Honored by Indiana Chamber of Commerce

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Sonny Beck Honored by Indiana Chamber of Commerce SHARE SHARE Sonny Beck Honored by Indiana Chamber of Commerce Facebook Twitter sonny-beck-in-chamber-honorThe Indiana Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year is described by the organization as an agriculture titan. Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s Hybrids in Atlanta, Indiana was honored this week during the annual awards ceremony.There have been many honors for Sonny and Beck’s through the years. President of the company and Sonny’s son, Scott Beck, told HAT his father feels this award goes to the family, the company and the farmers they serve, just to name a few.“It’s incredibly humbling and a very special award,” he said, “and it was good to be a part of it and understand that when he made his remarks there that he was accepting on behalf of his wife, my mother, our family, the family of employees that we have, the business associates and industry and government officials, and really people throughout the state of Indiana who have made a good working environment here within the state, and have just supported what we’ve done. Certainly the farmers we do business with are included in all that. A very neat award.”Scott says that Sonny is very deserving of the award, and he would know, based on their nearly 3 decades of working closely together. He tried to summarize what makes the leader of the largest family owned seed company in the U.S. tick.Scott Beck“He’s passionate about farming, passionate about what we do in the company in helping farmers succeed, and he’s passionate about the people who are surrounding him every day. It’s been said that if you want something done you ask someone who’s already busy and they’ll get it done. That’s kind of his nature as well, and yet at the same time there’s not a person on this earth that he would not sit down and spend time with if they asked them to.”The hallmark of Beck’s Hybrids under Sonny Beck’s leadership has been consistent annual growth, and Scott says recent expansion efforts have been a part of Beck’s move toward gaining greater independence in germplasm to ultimately “bring new and better products to farmers.”Scott Beck comments on what’s in the future for Beck’s:becks-hybrids-in-the-future By Andy Eubank – Nov 17, 2016 Facebook Twitter Previous articleLong Range Weather Looks Good for 2017 CropsNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for November 18, 2016 Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Implementing AI: First Step Towards De-Cluttering The Indian Judiciary

first_imgColumnsImplementing AI: First Step Towards De-Cluttering The Indian Judiciary Mohd Rameez Raza & Raj Shekhar1 Jun 2020 8:49 PMShare This – xCJI Bobde has once again stoked up the debate that has been making its round amidst the legal fraternity, i.e. implementing AI in administration of justice. Speaking on the prospects and the technological exploits, CJI was clear in his stance by concretely marking the ambit AI, its future lies not in masquerading as a judge or a lawyer, but rather legally succouring them in the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginCJI Bobde has once again stoked up the debate that has been making its round amidst the legal fraternity, i.e. implementing AI in administration of justice. Speaking on the prospects and the technological exploits, CJI was clear in his stance by concretely marking the ambit AI, its future lies not in masquerading as a judge or a lawyer, but rather legally succouring them in the consummation of their objectives. AI has been constantly seeping into our day to day affairs, slowly and unconsciously the legal world is also adopting AI. However, no elucidations exist as to why legal fraternity hosts a technophobic ethos. Integration of AI in Legal Field has been notoriously slow owing to the tradition-bound nature of this field, and also due to the myths and misconceptions coupled with technophobia that plagues this sector. Even the speech of CJI on Constitution Day reflected this fear when he repeatedly tried to advocate the usage of AI but in a very non-evasive way – “We have the possibility of developing Artificial Intelligence for the court system, only for the purpose of ensuring that undue delay is prevented in the delivery of justice.” Much of the judicial delay is a result of the repetitive functions that the judiciary has to perform. One of the major concerns that is behind this unexplainable repulsion towards AI implementation is the threat of being replaced. However, every crusader for AI is aware of the universal truth that machines are not substitutes for the knowledge and wisdom of judges and that the law functions in a uniquely complex environment that lawyers and judges are best placed to navigate, rather than a program comprising of sentences of codes. The main intent is to seek and free up more time for lawyers and judges to focus on the delivery and dispensation of justice to all, rather than getting lost in the labyrinth of facts and figures. Using AI for Analytics and e-Filings The current judge to population ratio in India is 10 to 1 million. The Law Commission Report of 1987[i] recommended to have this ratio at least as 50 to 1 Million, and that too when the Indian population was twenty-five crore less[DPA1] [RSS2] . The implementation of AI would not affect this ratio numerically, but it would certainly affect the fasten the process. This means, that even though numerically the judge count would be the same, the actual potency would be far better and can help us to bridge this shortcoming. Moreover, the Indian Judiciary has scanty resources; India not only needs more courts, but also the modernization and computerization of the existing ones. Budgetary allocation for the whole judiciary is as low as 0.4% of the whole budget . There is also the malice of filing cases which are liable to be rejected at the threshold. The best way to deal with this problem is the implementation of AI to prevent the filing of similar such cases. This is possible if rules are made to introduce pre-filing AI-based checks, which would help identifying such fancy litigations, thus cases can be weeded out even before their entry into the legal system. Filing of cases can be digitalized by AI controlled portals, and the present e-filing implementation can be seen as a major step towards it. AI can be used for analyzing a document for its relevancy, and if found relevant it can be flagged and could similarly be used as standard to mine related and relevant files. Another potential use can be in the field of due diligence, where AI can help lawyers verify facts, data, etc. which their clients provide them. This verification can be done with great ease which otherwise would have been a tedious and time-consuming task. AI as an Adjunct of Rule of Law “Technology makes the judicial process transparent, efficient, accountable and intelligible” [ii]said Justice D Y Chandrachud during a webinar organized by NYAYA Forum, NALSAR, Hyderabad. AI can never replace open courts and the virtual courts, which are a result of amalgamation of law and technology, and should not be seen as a replacement but rather as a solution for the present desperate times. “What I perceive for the future is a healthy mix between the uses of technology for court hearings in areas where we believe technology is well suited” Justice D Y Chandrachud added. In AI lies the future recourse because it has the potential to enhance justice system, act as an intrinsic system of rule of law and has the potential to transform justice from being a sovereign function to a service which can be availed by every citizen. However, the major hurdle in implementing this would be the issue of non-proficiency of Lawyers in technology related courting. This can only be addressed by a close and co-ordinated working of both, the Bar Association and the Judiciary, who can train the young lawyers and help them acquire this techno-legal acumen. Legal Community and the Unexplainable AI-Phobia The legal community has passively resisted AI implementation because they view it as a threat to their existence. However, the evidence, from other industries and verticals such as e-commerce, healthcare, etc. are quite contrary and show that AI implementation will only enable lawyers and judges to be more productive than their predecessors. The law firms have also understood the potential edge that AI promises to provide and for the same law firms have taken the services of many AI companies to boost efficiency, accuracy, and speed. All this points to how AI could start from what is traditionally known as the “Bar” and then, in the long run, shall transition to “Bench” wherein the Judges utilize their power to gather the sum of the contentions of both parties and deduce which part contains merit as per the law and statues in question, that too with a glance on recent judgments along the same paradigm. It is also, contended that most AIs are US based and hence cannot adopt to common law country laws, which have judge-made laws and wider judicial discretion and are bound to give judgments which would differ greatly from traditional judgments. However, the same is not true as we are not contending to use AIs for judgments, but rather to facilitate in delivering them, thus in no way undermining judicial interpretation and discretion. Towards an Efficient Justice Dispensation System AI would potentially streamline courts caseloads through enabling better court management, while parallelly allowing us to shift the judicial time from routine-simple-straightforward matters and applying them to more complex-intricate matters that require more human attention and involvement, rather than just a few data interpretations. Thus, the amalgamation of AI and Law need not be hampered but rather catalysed. We need to understand that the difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Justice is the ultimate objective we have sought to achieve. Whether it be social, economic, or political, we can ensure justice only if we continue to work tirelessly in securing it for the very last person in the remotest corner of the nation. The true aim of our forefathers, who gave us this independent land, could then only be accomplished; and at this moment AI implementation is key to solving this national issue of delayed justice. Views Are Personal Only.(Mohd Rameez Raza is the Student (Law) at Faculty of Law, Integral University And Raj Shekhar is Student (Law) at NUSRL) [i] Law Commission of India, Manpower Planning in Judiciary: A Blueprint, Report No. 120 (July 1987) http://lawcommissionofindia.nic.in/old_reports/rpt120.pdf. [ii] Live Law News Network, Virtual Courts Cannot Fully Replace Open Court Hearings; Technology Can Make Justice System More Efficient & Accessible : Justice Chandrachud, LIVELAW (May 27, 2020, 10:07 PM) https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/virtual-courts-cannot-fully-replace-open-court-hearings-technology-can-make-justice-system-more-efficient-accessible-justice-chandrachud-157260?infinitescroll=1. [DPA1]What is the new position [RSS2]New Position is 19.66 per Million as per 2011 Census. 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A lighthearted lunch

first_imgThe attendees at Harvard’s 37th annual senior picnic quickly picked up on the theme of the day: Smile.Longtime Cambridge resident Florence Stanley beamed Wednesday as she chatted with friends at a table under the shade trees in Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre. She called the event the perfect opportunity to connect with acquaintances new and old.“We enjoy ourselves, coming out, relaxing, and having fun,” said a youthful looking Stanley, 83. “I smile all the time. Laughter is good, too.”A pair of seniors walk hand in hand through the yard.Cohosted by Harvard and the Office of the Mayor for Cambridge, the event brings seniors from the local community together for a festive afternoon.Close to 1,000 guests enjoyed a lunch of grilled chicken with tomato-basil relish, herbed pasta salad with tomatoes, plates of juicy watermelon, and chocolate chip cookies. Music for the day included tunes from D.J. Owen and the Never Say Never Band, and a performance of the national anthem by Cambridge Rindge & Latin School junior Heather Bildman. Clad in bright green T-shirts, members of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program helped to serve lunch and hand out gift bags that included fans and umbrellas.Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, welcomed the crowd to campus. “We once again have another beautiful day to celebrate Cambridge, to celebrate our senior citizens, and to celebrate the strong partnership between Harvard and the city of Cambridge,” said Heenan, who urged the audience to sign up for Harvard’s email and print newsletters to take advantage of the University’s educational and arts offerings.“We love having you on campus and being part of the Harvard community.”Comedian Jimmy Tingle, a Cambridge native, provided plenty of laughs for the lunchtime crowd. Tailoring his routine to his audience, the comic lauded the benefits of aging, noting that “80 is the new 100,” and “the afterlife is the new assisted living.”Tingle has strong ties to the city’s senior community and to the University. His father was a coordinator with Cambridge’s elder services in the 1970s and ’80s, and Tingle received his master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and spoke at Harvard’s Commencement in 2010.Working at HKS with such “inspiring people,” he said before taking the stage, made him “so much more optimistic about the country and about the world.”On a lighter note, Tingle joked with the crowd that going back to school at the age of 55 had its uncomfortable moments, like his first day when “my mother dropped me off.”Whether dancing with Cambridge seniors, introducing city and state officials, or helping to lead a singalong, Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis was smiling throughout. She called the event a “fabulous tradition” and  “a wonderful welcome by Harvard for our senior citizens.”Along with Davis, several city officials addressed the crowd, including Jeffrey Young, superintendent of schools. Young thanked Harvard for hosting the festive event and for being “great partners to us in the Cambridge public schools.”Helen and Jennie Iantosca, sisters and lifelong Cambridge residents, attend the picnic every year. “We love the food, and we love to be here with all our friends,” said Helen.Correspondent Kate Brea contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Taco Bell offers free Tacos Today

first_imgWhether you are a Golden State Warriors fan or not, Taco Bell sure seems to be and they are offering free tacos because of it!The Warriors stole game two of the NBA Finals! So head to #TacoBell tomorrow from 2-6PM for your free Doritos® Locos Tacos or order online or on the app and pick it up any time, all day.— Taco Bell (@tacobell) June 17, 2019 Customers will each receive one free Doritos Locos Tacos when they order online, on the app, or walk into the store. But hurry, the offer is only valid between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.last_img read more

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Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen leaving door open to WBC

first_imgJansen played for the Dutch team in the 2009 WBC as a catcher and was part of the surprise team of the 2013 Classic (as a pitcher) when Team Netherlands twice beat a favored Cuba team to reach that semifinal round.This time around, Jansen has said he will not play in the WBC. Nonetheless, the Dutch team listed him on its 10-player pitcher pool. A new rule for this year’s WBC allows teams to add pitchers to their active roster for different rounds rather than forcing the pitchers to commit to the full tournament.And that has Jansen leaving the door slightly open.“I don’t know yet,” he said when asked directly. “If they get to the semifinals – why not?”The WBC’s final four will play March 20-22 at Dodger Stadium. By then, Jansen reasoned, he would have more spring work under his belt and it would be less of a strain to ramp up for the international competition. But he also knows the Dodgers would not be thrilled to have him go and Jansen emphasizes that his priority is to get ready for his season with them. “I want to play but I know I have to get ready for our season,” Jansen said. “I’m just being realistic. My offseason was a little different than other pitchers. I was pushed pretty hard in the playoffs and I didn’t have a normal offseason (with free agency and a December wedding). And the Dodgers are the ones who are paying me $80 million (his new contract). I want to win the championship with the Dodgers. That’s my No. 1 thought.“But I love and respect my country. I would love to be there for my country and my family.”Kazmir limboA day after leaving his start in the second inning due to tightness in his left hip, left-hander Scott Kazmir went for an MRI to try and ascertain the cause of the issues on his left side. Kazmir said the MRI came back “great” and showed no signs of any structural damage. The veteran left-hander believes the source of his problems is a muscular imbalance between his right and left sides and will continue to do “corrective exercises” to treat it.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kazmir will have to throw a bullpen session before any decision is made on how to proceed with him. Kazmir was bothered by the same issue a year ago with the hip tightness progressively worsening and causing problems in his back and neck.“You can certainly appreciate a guy that wants to compete and will do anything he can to pitch,” Roberts said. “But sometimes as an organization, you’ve got to take it out of their hands, take the ball out of their hands, I guess.”Seager statusRoberts said shortstop Corey Seager’s sore back is “improving every day” but the manager backed off his promise that Seager would be back in game action Friday night.Seager has not been cleared for full participation in workouts. But Roberts said he was not concerned about Seager’s back issue.“No. Not with where we’re at on the calendar,” Roberts said. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> Picture Kenley Jansen dressed in black and orange standing on the pitcher’s mound at Dodger Stadium to close out a game.“Imagine that,” Jansen said with a laugh. “Hey, Dodgers fans – it’s my country. How awesome would that be?”Team Netherlands – which includes Jansen’s native Curacao – wears black-and-orange uniforms during the World Baseball Classic and Jansen has to admit he is tempted to don those colors if the Dutch team reaches the semifinal round at Dodger Stadium. After a 5-0 victory over Korea in pool play, Jansen was caught up in the moment and feeling optimistic about his country’s chances. He entered the Dodgers’ clubhouse Tuesday morning with the tape-delayed telecast of the game on the TV screens and began calling for Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to drop a little trash talk.“I would love to help them,” Jansen said of playing for Team Netherlands. “But I’ve got work to do here.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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