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first_imgEngland in control DURBAN, South Africa (AP): England had reduced South Africa 136-4 at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead yesterday and need six more wickets on the final day to win. Scores: England 1st innings: 303 all out in 100.1 overs (Nick Compton 85, James Taylor 70; Dale Steyn 4-70, Morne Morkel 4-76). South Africa 1st innings: 214 all out in 81.4 overs (Dean Elgar 118 not out, AB de Villiers 49; Stuart Broad 4-25, Moeen Ali 4-69). England 2nd innings: 326 all out in 102.1 overs (Jonny Bairstow 79, Joe Root 73, Nick Compton 49; Dane Piedt 5-153). South Africa 2nd innings (target: 416): 136-4 after 47 overs (Dean Elgar 40, AB de Villiers 37 not out, Steven Finn 3-27). PCB chairman turns down Ali’s resignation ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has refused to accept Azhar Ali’s resignation as ODI captain over the inclusion of former spot-fixer Mohammad Amir in the training camp. Khan met with Ali in Lahore yesterday and after the meeting the PCB said in a statement that “the chairman didn’t accept” Ali’s resignation, who agreed to continue as captain. Last week, Ali and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez stayed away from the camp after Amir was included, but after meeting with Khan both agreed to join the camp. Amir’s five-year ban for spot-fixing during a Test match in 2010 ended in September and the 23-year-old left-arm fast bowler is in contention for next month’s limited-overs tour of New Zealand. Former Newcastle goalkeeper dies at 47 PRAGUE (AP): Pavel Srnicek, a former Czech Republic goalkeeper who also played for Newcastle, died yesterday, nine days after collapsing while running. He was 47. Sparta Prague, where Srnicek had been goalkeeper coach since 2011, said the former Premier League player died at a university clinic in the eastern city of Ostrava. Srnicek made 150 appearances for the Magpies from 1991-98 and was part of the Newcastle squad that finished runner-up in the Premier League in 1996. He recently published a book, Pavel Is a Geordie, about his years with Newcastle. Srnicek played for his country 49 times between 1994 and 2001 and was a backup goalkeeper at the 1996 European Championship, where the Czechs reached the final. Srnicek also played for English clubs Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham. Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): World No. 9 Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a back injury. Tournament organisers tweeted news of Gasquet’s withdrawal late yesterday, adding “we wish him a speedy recovery”. France’s Gasquet is the third withdrawal from the Grand Slam tournament which starts on January 18 at Melbourne Park, after Juan Monaco and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Britain’s Kyle Edmund will take his place in the main draw. Gasquet aggravated the injury while playing in exhibitions this month, and he has also withdrawn from the Qatar Open, due to start on Monday.last_img read more

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Spurs beat Knicks, Popovich alone in 5th for coaching wins

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) puts up a shot against New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. The Spurs won 100-91. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — He’s now the fifth-winningest coach in NBA history, though there are some things Gregg Popovich still doesn’t know.Like what everybody was yelling about after Manu Ginobili’s overthrown pass, for example.ADVERTISEMENT Hectic EPL schedule will ‘kill’ the players, warns Guardiola Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “They just for 48 minutes played consistently,” Porzingis said. “They talk on defense. And they also know when they need to push the pace and when they need to slow it down.”The Knicks led 29-25 after one quarter but couldn’t break 20 points in either of the next two. The Spurs began to pull away midway through the third, which ended with confusion.Ginobili, the Argentine veteran who got some loud cheers as he often does while playing in New York, appeared to be attempting a lob pass from beyond the 3-point line to Aldridge, but the pass went over his head. Beasley grabbed it and began dribbling up the court as Ginobili and other Spurs waved frantically to the officials that the ball had actually gone into the basket.“It went so clean that nobody saw it and I went crazy because once you make a shot like that, you want it to count,” Ginobili said. “So yeah, it was very awkward, but common sense, I guess. The refs reviewed it and we got it.”Referees eventually credited the basket to Ginobili — but only for two points. The basket was reviewed after the quarter ended and counted as a 3-pointer, giving San Antonio an 81-67 lead.Leonard played 30 minutes for the first time this season. It was just his seventh game after his return from a quadriceps injury. He shot 8 for 20 and grabbed eight rebounds.“I felt good,” he said. “Still got a little bit of ways to go as far as my conditioning, legs, just the whole rhythm of the game, figuring out things.”TIP-INSSpurs: Leonard missed his first five 3-point attempts, and then made his final three. … Danny Green, who has battled a left groin injury, didn’t play in the second half and Popovich indicated he may be shut down to rest.Knicks: G Ron Baker missed the game because of a broken left orbital bone sustained when he was hit in the face trying to stop Anthony Davis’ drive to the basket in New York’s victory at New Orleans on Saturday. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Baker took part in the non-contact portion of practice Monday but the mask he was fitted for to wear in games wasn’t available yet. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Knicks: Visit Washington on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours NEW YEAR, SAME OL’ SPURSThe calendar has changed but the Spurs rarely do. Tim Duncan is gone, but Ginobili (40) and Tony Parker (35) are still around in 2018.“I still miss Timmy and Manu will go at some point, maybe in the next five, six years,” Popovich joked. “Tony, he thinks he’s going to play for 10 more. Those contracts are pretty good.”BAD FIRST IMPRESSIONPopovich didn’t want Parker after the Frenchman’s first workout as a teenager.“I thought he was soft, I thought he didn’t care, I thought he thought he was too cool for school and I said no and we sent him out of town,” Popovich said.He agreed to give Parker another workout and came away impressed by his toughness.“If you have time to go through all that, I guess you learn a little bit and it might help you take a chance on someone,” Popovich said.UP NEXTSpurs: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and Kawhi Leonard had a season-high 25 for the Spurs. Ginobili finished with 12 points — three of them coming on what appeared to be a pass that went into the basket without everyone noticing.“He makes magic happen,” Aldridge said. “He’s the only 40-year-old that can make plays like he does every night.”The Spurs beat the Knicks for the second time in six days and won for the fourth time in five games. They beat New York 119-107 on Dec. 28.Michael Beasley had 18 points for the Knicks, who were playing one of just four home games this month. They play 12 times on the road.Kristaps Porzingis shot just 5 for 19 and was one of three Knicks to finish with 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments He was just as fooled initially as the referees and didn’t realize the ball had gone in the basket, the most bizarre bucket of San Antonio’s 100-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.“I did not, in all honestly. I did not,” Popovich said. “Then everybody started grabbing me and saying the ball went in. I said, ‘Yeah, the ball went in!’ I acted like I knew what was going on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe almost always does.Popovich earned his 1,176th victory, all with the Spurs. The five-time champion broke a tie with his friend George Karl. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

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TOURISTS USING FIELD AS TOILET LEADS TO CHARGE OF ‘ALLOWING A BEAST TO WANDER’

first_imgA FARMER blamed tourists for using his field as a toilet for sheep escaping which led to a serious road traffic accident.Letterkenny District Court heard how a woman crashed into a wandering sheep at Burt around 8.30am on December 23, 2012.Gardaí traced the sheep killed in the accident to farmer Stewart Buchanan, Bohullion Upper Speenoge, Burt. The court heard that the 69-year-old farmer had accepted full responsibility for the accident and had settled insurance claims associated with it.Inspector Michael Harrison said however that Mr Buchanan had blamed tourists for using his field as a toilet and leaving his gate open, allowing animals to escape.The court heard Mr Buchanan had no previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly applied the Probation Act on the single charge of Allowing A Beast To Wander.TOURISTS USING FIELD AS TOILET LEADS TO CHARGE OF ‘ALLOWING A BEAST TO WANDER’ was last modified: February 4th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Allowing A Beast To WanderBURTcar crashsheeplast_img read more

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Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Thursday, June 8

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Thursday’s Sports Bar show.Highlights include calls and discussion on why the Premier League’s giants aren’t looking at Tottenham star Harry Kane.PLUS, Spanish football expert Terry Gibson joins us to talk transfers and there’s the latest ‘Truth or Lie’ feature!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img

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Antonio Conte in fall-out with Chelsea chiefs and could QUIT – shock reports

first_img1 Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea has been plunged into doubt amid reports of a fall-out with club chiefs.The Italian enjoyed an outstanding first season as Blues boss, guiding them to the Premier League title and into the final of the FA Cup.But Conte has stalled on a signing a new long-term contract and it is now being claimed in the Italian media that there are tensions behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.The 47-year-old is said to be unhappy with the club’s lack of investment in the transfer market this summer.He believes a number of high-quality additions are needed as Chelsea prepare to return to the Champions League next season.Conte also reportedly wants a ‘direct line of communication to owner Roman Abramovich’ and greater control over the recruitment of staff.There also appears to be a difference opinion within the club over Diego Costa.Conte has told Costa via text message he can leave this summer, but the Chelsea hierarchy are keen to keep hold of the striker.Chelsea have yet to comment on the reports but will not want to lose the popular Italian. Antonio Conte last_img read more

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MAN WHO ‘KNEW THE LAW’ AND CALLED GARDAI BASTARDS IS FINED €200

first_imgLetterkenny District CourtA  32 year old Falcarragh man who called Gardai ‘bastards’ and refused to leave the scene of an incident has been fined €200.Tommy Rodgers, of 33 Ballina, Falcarragh, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. He was charged with failing to comply with the directions of the Gardai and being intoxicated.The court heard how a friend of the accused man had been set upon by other men at Main Street, Falcarragh.Gardai arrived and an altercation ensued after Gardai told Rodgers to move on from the area.He refused and told Gardai that he knew the law but was subsequently arrested.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been off the drink for many years but had turned from working in the UK and had fallen off the wagon.The court heard the accused has 27 previous convictions and is currently working in England here he earns up to £450 sterling.Judge Paul Kelly fined the accused €200.MAN WHO ‘KNEW THE LAW’ AND CALLED GARDAI BASTARDS IS FINED €200 was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Weather cooperates for final H-DN league meet

first_imgCrescent City >> And down the stretch they come, literally.With Mother Nature having wreaked havoc on the Humboldt-Del Norte League track and field season and with time closing in on the regular season before the North Coast Section qualifying meet, the weather finally held up for the final competition of the season Wednesday at Del Norte High School.It was a case of the usual suspects once again proving why they are among the elite, as Fortuna’s Katie Hurst dominated the jumping events, …last_img

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Sars promises ‘hassle-free’ tax season

first_img‘Hassle-free tax season’ 2 July 2010 He also announced plans Sars intends implementing to deal with those who had not paid their taxes. Thousands of South Africans, who have not filed tax returns for a number of years, have been ignoring Sars warnings to submit their returns. “Sars is very proud of the many compliant South African [taxpayers] over the years. We want to thank them and want to urge those who are non-compliant to voluntarily come forward. If they do not when we do catch them it will cost them a lot of money,” he said. Magashula said Sars was also moving towards “taxpayer-centric approach”, which allowed taxpayers to take control of their tax affairs. He outlined the improvements to this year’s tax season, which included electronic signatures – a system that allows tax payers, who had their returns captured electronically at a Sars branch, to sign their electronic returns using an electronic signature pad. Action against non-compliance Penalty notices had been issued and Magashula warned if these errant taxpayers did not pay their penalties and submit their returns by September, then Sars would take the money owed from their bank accounts and salaries. Speaking at the start of the 2010 tax season in Johannesburg on Thursday, Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula promised South Africans a hassle-free tax season. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has simplified and enhanced a number of its services, making it easier and quicker for individuals to complete their tax returns. Sars dealt with a number of cases where taxpayers claimed to have no knowledge of non-compliance, while others claimed they had given all their information to a tax practitioner who then failed to submit it.center_img He also promised that eFiling would not experience any “downtime” this tax season, as upgrades to the system would allow it to deal with increased volumes of taxpayers on the system and it would take only a few seconds for taxpayers to call up the necessary details. But, at the same time, the revenue service has vowed to get tough on errant taxpayers, saying money would be taken from their salaries and bank accounts, if they do not sort out their taxes in the coming months. “These taxpayers have one last opportunity to avoid this severe action – and that is to contact Sars urgently to arrange the submission of all outstanding returns and to pay all outstanding penalties,” he explained. Magashula also expressed gratitude to those South Africans who had paid their taxes, saying it was through their cooperation that the country was able to host the soccer world cup and pay for the stadia, road improvements and other infrastructure. Source: BuaNews No copies of the documents needed to be printed, which translated into a shorter period taken to complete a tax return as there was no longer a need to wait for printed copies, Magashula said. Tax payers can also now see all correspondence from Sars relating to their tax affairs and the status of their returns and assessments. Taxpayer-centric approach Magashula explained that taxpayers have now been given access via eFiling to their own tax affairs and from there they would be able to grant access to a tax practitioner.last_img read more

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How Far from Home? SA couple chronicle their wander list online

first_imgCreative couple Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger have given up ad agency jobs and careers to travel the world and, as they go, chronicle the journey online through writing, illustration, design and photography. Joburgers Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger mark off how far from home they are by writing the kilometres on a board, on their around the world trip. They started their boards in Joburg. (Image: Supplied) • Clive Rice: South African cricketing icon dies at 66 • South African foodies cooking up a storm • Comedian David Kibuuka joins The Daily Show as writer • The Wayfaring Loner: Elvis Goes Country in Africa • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Priya Pitamber Many dream of giving up their nine-to-five jobs to travel the world, but two Joburg advertising executives have done more than dream. On a trip from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean coast, with Asia and Oceania next, they are creatively charting their journey online. At significant destinations they snap a photo of their progress, holding a board showing how many kilometres they are from South Africa’s City of Gold.For 10 years Chanel Cartell (30) and Stevo Dirnberger (29) worked in the ad industry as a creative and art director, respectively. They now call themselves “creative experientialists” and are chronicling their “How Far from Home” journey on their blog and Instagram account. “It’s always been something we’ve strived towards, but constantly found ourselves saying ‘one day,’” they said.As the couple explained to Ad Week, the challenge is both geographic – to see how far they can get from Joburg – and personal: to see how far they can test and push themselves creatively.Cartell enjoys design, and Dirnberger loves to illustrate, so they combine these skills with their passion for photography on their blog – where they experiment with creative writing – and an Instagram account.It all started at the 2014 Design Indaba when they attended a talk by Stefan Sagmeister called “The Power of Time Off”. Cartell described Sagmeister’s presentation as life-changing.“In it he explained how he closes his New York design agency every seven years to take a creative sabbatical,” she said. “After hearing the talk, we both agreed it was time we turned ‘one day’ into something tangible.“We loved his idea that you should spread your retirement years throughout your lifetime, and after having been in the branding and advertising industry for nearly a decade, we figured it would be a good time to take our first creative sabbatical.”Their wander listGiving up their lives in South Africa was a long process. “Yes, even we procrastinated our dream,” Cartell confessed.They compiled their “wander list” – their version of a bucket list – and started to pool their savings and make small sacrifices to turn the dream into reality. “We stopped going out as much, and placed all disposable income into a separate account.”Dirnberger had already been diligently saving for five years, while Cartell started to save about 15% of her salary in 2014. Selling their furniture and appliances helped with extra cash.In their year of preparation they stayed motivated by reading extensively, including James Wallman’s Stuffocation and Miki Agrawal’s Do Cool Shit. Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger visit Norway on their adventure. (Image: Supplied)And off they goIn March, the couple they boarded a plane to Salzburg. Their time in the old Austrian city was one of their strangest experiences, Cartell said, because they had to unlearn the hustle and bustle of Joburg.“We adapted to the odd feeling of being completely independent, and created a new seven-to-nine routine,” she explained. “Our time was filled exploring the town of Salzburg, taking classes on Skillshare and creating art.”Time to experiment and create art is one thing they love about their journey. They also enjoy exploring cities and new cultures. They have met new people, learned new skills and made new friends.They have stuck to their wander list, which currently highlights the European countries where they both have family.“We’ve explored most of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), some of central Europe (Austria, Germany), are currently in southern Europe (Greece, followed by Italy), and plan on heading south to Australia and Thailand later this year.”One-of-a-kind experiencesThe travelling couple have done things they would not and could not have done in Johannesburg. Highlights include going to the Arctic Circle and living with – and looking after – 70 huskies. An evening road trip in northern Europe was taken under the midnight sun.They summited the Untersberg in the Austrian Alps and cooked a 12-course meal with a top chef in Norway. Waking at 3am to take scenic drives along lakes in central Sweden, spotting fox cubs, reindeer and moose was another memory. Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger travel through Sweden. (Image: Supplied)Some of the best food they have eaten is all 19 courses at Noma, the acclaimed two-Michelin-star restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark.But they did not enjoy eating whale meat in Norway: it “was tasty, but we felt odd eating it”. Traditional fish butter in Salzburg was also less than desirable. But the Austrian beer Stiegel got the thumbs up.Pitfalls on the journeyWithout regular salaries, the budget has been a challenge. “We’ve already spent more than we intended to, so things will get interesting when we run dry,” Cartell said. But she was hopeful and positive because she reckoned creativity should help them solve any issues.Another problem was the language barrier – they did end getting a little lost. Ultimately, she said, it was about balance – “balancing the high highs of having all the freedom in the world, with the low lows of demotivation and occasional doubt”.South Africa’s lureThrough it all though, there are things about South Africa they miss – Dirnberger craves boerewors rolls and biltong while Cartell misses original rooibos tea.“We also get really excited when we hear the South African accent,” she added. “We recently crashed a wedding in Athens and were very happy to hear South Africans and South African music. Mandoza is a hit at Greek weddings, it seems.”The two plan to return to South Africa in February 2016 for a wedding and a meeting. “But besides those two commitments we have no plans. We quite like the unknown and have learnt to go with the flow, so only time will tell.”You can do it tooThey believe that humans were born to explore and create, and that money spent on travel should be seen as an investment in personal growth. “Experiences and memories are worth so much more than the ‘stuff’ we accumulate with money we make, and it’s not what our hard-earned money and time should be spent on,” she added. “No matter how, everyone should make a concerted effort to explore and create daily.”Taking the plunge is the toughest part and they advise that if you are brave enough to leave everything behind, it is best to enjoy the journey once you are on it. “There will be moments of struggle and doubt, but the important thing is to reflect constantly, reminding yourself why you went on the journey in the first place,” Cartell said.It was also important to learn something new and to get out of your safe and comfortable routine. “Talk to locals and give yourself creative briefs to complete.”Staying true to themselves has allowed Cartell and Dirnberger to travel 24 567km from home so far. “We have a final number in mind, but let’s see!”last_img read more

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Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative puts H2Ohio focus on farm-specific conservation initiatives

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Following Gov. Mike DeWine’s overview of his H2Ohio program, the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI) announced the framework of its public-private partnership with the DeWine Administration’s H2Ohio initiative to ensure funds are provided to farmers at all levels of conservation and nutrient management implementation.“OACI’s mission is to achieve meaningful improvement of water quality in Ohio, assure the future viability of Ohio agriculture, and build widespread participation of farmers,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council and co-chair of OACI. “While there is no silver bullet, we believe this unprecedented partnership will bring meaningful change to Ohio’s water quality over time.”OACI will work with the H2Ohio program to ensure funds flow to farmers who demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement through implementation of science-based practices that contribute toward healthier waterways. This initiative will begin in the Maumee watershed.“We are bringing together diverse stakeholders to improve Ohio’s water quality through measurement, education, and certification of Ohio’s farmers,” said Scott Higgins, CEO of the Ohio Dairy Producers Association and co-chair of OACI. “The support for implementation of on-farm conservation and nutrient management practices that are unique to each farm makes this initiative different from any other. We believe the partnership with H2Ohio will increase the participation by our farmers.”In early 2020 OACI will launch a mobile app for farmers in the Maumee watershed to self-report information about their farm’s soil testing, nutrient application, nutrient placement, on-field management and structural practices, with the number of acres in each category. Participants will be given a score for each category and an aggregated overall score to determine their certification level.Those not meeting the minimum criteria for certification will be given tools to create an action plan to become certified, and will be eligible for H2Ohio funds to support their work.
For farmers earning certification, on a whole farm level, H2Ohio funds will be available for continuous improvement in the implementation of conservation and nutrient management practices.
The certification program will be administered by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. There will be an independent audit of certification requests.To measure the progress of the certification program, OACI will establish a baseline of current conservation and nutrient management practices taking place on Ohio’s farm fields. This data will be used — in the aggregate to maintain confidentiality — as a measurement of the continuous implementation of science-based best management practices. OACI was created as an innovative, collaborative effort of the agricultural, conservation, environmental and research communities to improve water quality.For more information, visit www.OhioACI.org.last_img read more

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