Join DAZN and watch Bellator 219 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearAwad (23-10) had been climbing toward title contention by winning four consecutive fights, but his journey to the gold was stopped just short by losing by unanimous decision to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Bellator 208 in October. Girtz (15-8) was on the same path as Awad. He had won three in a row between 2014 and 2015, but the 34-year-old has fallen on hard times since then, having lost four of five, including getting submitted by current 155-pound champion Michael Chandler in his last time out at Bellator 197 last April.Awad and Girtz are each in desperate need of a win for different reasons. A loss for Awad and he won’t be competing for the title anytime soon, while another setback for Girtz can signal an end to his time in the promotion. Here’s all the information you need to watch Bellator 219.How to watch Bellator 219Bellator 219 is available on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service, as well as the Paramount Network.A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.What time does Bellator 218 start?The undercard for Bellator 219 is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by the main card at 9 p.m. from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. Expect Awad and Girtz to walk into the ring for the main event around 10:30 p.m.Bellator 219 fight cardMain cardSaad Awad vs. Brandon Girtz; Lightweight Daniel Straus vs. Shane Kruchten; Lightweight Andrey Koreshkov vs. Michael Jasper; Welterweight Joe Schilling vs. Keith Berry; Middleweight Preliminary card Darren Smith vs. Joshua Jones; Lightweight Adrian Najera vs. Johnny Soto; Bantamweight David Rickels vs. A.J. Matthews; Welterweight Shawn Bunch vs. Dominic Mazzotta; Bantamweight David Pacheco vs. Kelvin Gentapanan; Lightweight Janay Harding vs. Marina Mokhnatkina; Women’s Featherweight What other sports are on DAZN?In addition to MMA, DAZN also live-streams boxing, offering over 100 fight nights per year between the two sports in the United States. MMA includes Bellator MMA and Combate Americas events.The sports streaming service also live-streams soccer and cricket matches and “ChangeUp,” a live whiparound MLB show.Globally, DAZN has rights to other major sports, depending on the region. For example, in Canada, DAZN offers the NFL, Champions League, MLS and MLB Network, along with other sports.MORE ABOUT DAZN • Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhere can I stream DAZN online?DAZN can be live-streamed via smartphone, computers/laptops, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes and video game consoles, as well as DAZN.com. Here is a list of DAZN-supported devices: Mobile DevicesTV & Streaming DevicesGame ConsolesiPhone, iPadAmazon Fire TVPlaystation 3Android phones, tablesAmazon Fire TV StickPlaystation 4, ProAmazon Fire tabletAndroid TVXBox One, One S..Apple TVXBox One X..Google Chromecast….LG Smart TV, Smartcast….Panasonic Smart TV….Samsung Smart TV….Sony Smart TV.. Bellator MMA returns this weekend, as Bellator 219 takes place on Friday, March 29 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main event pits Saad Awad against Brandon Girtz in lightweight action. The bout and the entire card can be streamed live on DAZN.
Twenty-five high-level public servants are now better equipped to lead the various departments they manage, following completion of training through the Caribbean Leadership Project.A small presentation ceremony for the participants was held on Thursday at the Department of the Public Service on Waterloo Street, Georgetown. The programme, held under the theme ‘Leading for Results”, was geared towards training of level-three managers and focused on the improvement of leadershipParticipants of the Caribbean Leadership Project efficiency in the Public Service.Public Service Department Permanent Secretary, Reginald Brotherson, said that “public servants attitude and the way the public service is viewed, must be changed”. According to Brotherson, the “nonsense” that occurs within the public service can no longer be tolerated if change is to happen.“The whole issue of service, service delivery and people taking their own time to do things but not taking their time to get acquainted with public service rules, the FMA Act. They are not getting acquainted with the debates that are happening in Parliament, that are going to change our lives and the trajectory that Guyana is on for level-three managers…”, Brotherson said.Public Service Ministerial Advisor, Vincent Alexander, noted that the public service is at a point where change is crucial and the training provided, indicates that the Government has signalled its commitment to ensuring this happens.According to Alexander, “change has to be brought about based on new ideas, implementation of those ideas, so you are challenged not to be routine. Leaders cannot be routine. They cannot just go to work and do what has to be done. They have to be thinkers and doers.”Introspection as a leader, Alexander pointed out, is a very critical element when dealing with others.“One must see the work place and its human resource as a jigsaw puzzle. Every piece of that puzzle has its place… the challenge really is to find the correct place for each and every piece of that puzzle and if you do that then you would be able to complete the objective of putting that puzzle together and that is what the challenge is for the leaders of today,” Alexander was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information.Participants described the training as timely and said it forced them to make changes in the way they managed departments.Chief Probation and Service Officer from the Social Protection Ministry, Oslyn Smith, stated, “The skills that I would have learnt from the training, has forced me to examine myself because as a leader it is necessary for me to be in order before I try to impose or make any special request or give any instruction. My way of thinking, the way I go about doing business, the Ministry’s work and so on, that has to be in order.”Principal Regional Development Officer of the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Anil Roberts pointed out that “What our facilitators have taught us will last forever in our life as public servants and also help upkeep the standard of the public service as well.”The seven-year Caribbean Leadership Project which is funded by Canada, focuses on the areas of service delivery, leadership, administration transitions and team building, in keeping with its policy to ensure efficient public service. The programme commenced on September 12, 2016.
1 June 2007South Africa’s Eastern Cape has launched a public-private initiative that aims to attract R60-billion worth of investment into the largely rural, eastern part of the province over the next 10 years.Planned projects – designed to capitalise on the region’s high rainfall and large labour supply – include a new dam for hydroelectric power and irrigation and an agricultural irrigation scheme.A special purpose, government-owned company – Asgisa Eastern Cape Pty Ltd – has been launched to oversee the projects. Eastern Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela said in a statement last month that the projects driven by Asgisa Eastern Cape would help develop Mthatha into the third major city in the province, after Port Elizabeth and East London.The first “mega-project” will be the multi-billion rand Umzimvubu Basin Water Management project, which will be linked to an irrigation scheme covering a large section of the former Transkei.According to Business Day, a dam will be constructed on the Umzimvubu River – South Africa’s largest undammed river – with a hydro-electric power station capable of generating 2 000 megawatts of electricity.Access to water through the associated irrigation scheme will enable the development of other industries such as forestry and the cultivation of grain and canola, which is used in the production of bio-fuels.“This project will strengthen water security and electricity supply in the province and nationally,” Balindlela said.A second project to be overseen by Asgisa Eastern Cape will be the development of the province’s forestry and timber industry by creating up to 100 000 hectares of plantations over the next 10 years.“Nationwide, the timber industry has employed about 170 000 people and has annually contributed about R16-billion to the economy, and [it] is expected to play a similar role in the province,” Balindlela said.Balindlela has appointed a board of directors for Asgisa Eastern Cape that includes Wiseman Nkuhlu, a former economic adviser to President Thabo Mbeki; Gloria Serobe, the founder of women’s empowerment group Wiphold; and Coega Development Corporation chief executive Pepi Silinga.Businessman and politician Saki Macozoma has been appointed as the company’s chairman. A chief executive is expected to be appointed shortly.All of the company’s endeavours, Balindlela said, would aim to “halve poverty in the area by 2014 and make the Eastern Cape a compelling place to live, work and invest.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Everyone wants clean water.Yet, in the complex realities of food production, land management and nutrient stewardship, balancing society’s other needs with the supply of clean water is not always a simple task. While everyone wants clean water, not everyone is willing to invest their time, money and other resources into doing what is necessary to make that a reality.Using the right fertilizer source at the right rate, the right time and in the right place is a simple concept, but the actual implementation of the 4Rs is a challenging task that requires a broad, unified approach including farmers and the agribusinesses that work with them. Ohio took legislative steps to address the water quality challenges in the western basin of Lake Erie, but Ohio’s agribusinesses wanted to take their water quality efforts a step further.“We started having conversations with The Nature Conservancy about what else could be done outside of government mandates. That is how the idea of certification of agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers got started,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA). “We worked with Carrie Vollmer-Sanders at The Nature Conservancy and many other early partners to develop the concept of a certification program for ag retailers. The concept is based around the idea that there are some key people farmers really trust — their banker, their grain merchandiser, and their ag retailer. These are folks who really help them make critical farm decisions. If we can hold up retailers who are doing things right and help them do more things right, we can impact a lot more acres a lot faster.”Ultimately this concept led to the development of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program and the formation of a Nutrient Stewardship Council. The new program, overseen by OABA, was launched in March of 2014. The Program provides a set of guidelines for doing what is necessary to implement the 4Rs and a platform to highlight the agricultural businesses doing it.“The long term viability of our industry requires our association and member companies to be leaders in the field implementation of the 4Rs. As the program developed, it became quickly apparent that OABA needed to take a leadership position in administrating a certification program built upon implementing the principles of the 4Rs in real world applications on farms,” Henney said. “We ensured ag retailers were involved in the process to develop criteria for the certification process and also identified key skills necessary for third party auditors to assess the level of compliance with the criteria of the program. We have known for years that our member companies are doing many things right, but we wanted to document that so it was recognized they really are doing the right things. We aren’t just saying it, we are proving it with this program.”Through the Certification program, OABA has partnered with a variety of agriculture and environmental groups, researchers and experts to coordinate the education, training, implementation and third party auditing for the application of nutrients using the 4R principles of nutrient stewardship. Key partners in the effort include The Nature Conservancy and The Fertilizer Institute.“Now we have 34 retailers who are certified and we are having an impact with 5,500 farmers and 2.7 million acres,” Henney said. “I am so proud of our members and the agricultural industry and how they have embraced this.”The certification process is both rigorous and stringent.“When the program started there were 43 requirements from the Nutrient Stewardship Council advisory committee and they paired that down to 41 requirements. The committee meets on a bi-annual basis to review the requirements to make sure those requirements are still current,” said Andrew Allman, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program executive director. “There are 26 requirements in year one, an additional nine requirements in year two and the six remaining requirements in year three. We are now coming to the full-circle in this first audit cycle to see how this is really working for those participating nutrient service providers in the program.“They go though a rigorous audit of those 41 requirements over a three-year period and once you hit year four you are expected to be doing all of those 41 things. Then it is an annual audit. The first audit cycle is not 100% pass-fail. If there are certain areas the participants need to improve upon, they can take a look at where they had non-compliance issues and submit a corrective action plan to the auditor of exactly how they will handle the issues. They need to make the improvements and will be heavily scrutinized in those areas in the following audit. This is really designed to help them be better stewards of the land.”There are three sections to the Program: initial training and ongoing education; monitoring of 4R implementation; and nutrient recommendations and application. Some of the requirements for the agribusinesses in the Program include:• Providing nutrient recommendations that are consistent with the state’s land-grant university’s nutrient recommendations.• A certified professional review of the nutrient recommendations made for the grower customers.• A staff with an understanding of the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship.• Soil tests used to make nutrient recommendations are less than four years old.• Nutrient application equipment that is calibrated annually.• The timing of fertilizer application avoids spreading on frozen or snow-covered fields.• Nutrients are not broadcast applied prior to a predicted heavy rainfall.• All sources of fertilizer are accounted for in the nutrient recommendations.• Phosphorus is applied below the soil surface whenever possible.• Nutrient application setbacks are followed in sensitive areas.Allman has been excited to see how the certified agribusinesses have responded to their inclusion in the program.“Senate Bill 1 comes into play with this in terms of the application of nutrients on frozen ground and watching the weather. The ag retailers are really being conscious of when they should be applying. Of course in northwest Ohio in the Western Lake Erie Basin, that is law now. But we do have retailers with customers outside the Lake Erie Watershed. They are watching the weather patterns more closely and documenting the weather because when they go through the audit, those things will be looked at as a part of the 41 requirements,” Allman said. “Retailers are taking a look at their application equipment to make it better in terms of the 4Rs. There are certified facilities retrofitting their equipment to see how they can keep those nutrients in the fields and out of the waterways.”Education is another important part of the certification requirements.“In terms of education, most of these businesses have grower field days or grower education materials that they will send out to their clients. To be a part of the program, there are a few requirements based around the education of their customers. They are really starting to implement the 4Rs in their grower field days and the information they are passing along is trying to stress what the 4Rs are doing for their businesses and also what they can do for the farmer clients they are working with,” Allman said. “Education is a pillar for the program. It was something the retailers were doing before, but not as much as they are now. They are really stressing to their employees the importance of the 4Rs internally as well so they can pass it along to their customers. They are encouraging their staff members to attend seminars and events where they can learn about water quality and being good stewards.”Ultimately, the Certification Program serves to both highlight agribusinesses already doing the right things for water quality and encourage them to do more.“One of the surprises for the industry with this was a change in mindset. They came together to make change happen and share practices and technology to make the industry better as a whole,” Allman said. “The majority of retailers have been doing the right things for quite a few years, but they have not done a good job of telling their story and putting this out from a PR standpoint. There is knowledge sharing and the understanding that we need to think a little bit differently and do some things a little differently, but we also need to get this information out about the positive things that have been happening.”The early success of Ohio’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is getting attention around the country.“When we started, we didn’t have a roadmap to go by. They were hoping to get 15 retailers signed up and showing interest in the first six months. They had more than double that and within a year’s time there were 50 service providers expressing interest and at least 15 that were certified,” Allman said. “There was a lot of struggle to launch the program. They had tough conversations that needed to be had. They knew that this program was not a silver bullet, but it is a component of doing our part and addressing these issues. Now we are looking at expansion into other states and regions with this program as a model.”For more, visit 4rcertified.org
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Real-Time Web#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Internet is a mess these days.Conversations are distributed and fragmented; a blog post’s comments will almost surely appear on a number of sites other than the author’s blog. Considering factors from Facebook shares, likes, and posts to comments on Google Reader or even content curators such as Hacker News, site owners have found it increasingly difficult over the past year or so to efficiently and effectively collect all the sentiments, media, entities, and data associated with any given piece of content. Salmon is a protocol that addresses this specific issue, and engineer John Panzer has begun an open-source project to help unify the conversations of the synaptic web.Wrote Panzer on his blog, “A few days ago at the Real Time Web Summit, we had a session about Salmon, a protocol for re-aggregated distributed conversations around web content. I was hoping for some feedback and to generate some interest, and I was overwhelmed by the positive reactions.”After the Summit, Panzer chose to expand Salmon’s presence to include an open-source project and a Google groups-powered mailing list.In order to increase the visibility of aggregated content and interactions to the original source of web content, content creators can include a Salmon link in RSS or Atom feeds. Readers or aggregators then realize the feed is Salmon-enabled and remembers the URL. When a user comments to the feed item, the aggregator then posts a version of the comment to the endpoint. Panzer and others cite real-time notification protocol PubSubHubbub as the ideal push mechanism for this process.According to the protocol summary, “The usual result is for the salmon to be published along with other comments on the source’s web page. Note that sources are not obligated to actually publish the salmon – they may moderate them, spam block them, aggregate, or analyze them instead. However, if the source does publish the salmon in a comment feed, it has to maintain certain fields to make the protocol work end-to-end.”In an influential blog post, Louis Gray writes, “PubSubHubbub essentially works as a middle-man conduit, taking information from a data’s source passing along changed data to downstream destination sites. The proposed Salmon Protocol would similarly watch both source and destination sites for comments, and upon discovering new comments, it would send the new comments to the site which is lacking the full conversation. If multiple downstream destinations are designated, the Salmon Protocol will also populate these multiple sites.”In this way, Salmon reflects the aims of such commenting services as Disqus and JS-Kit’s Echo, both of which attempt to gather and push distributed data around blog content.Right now, the project site contains the Python/Google AppEngine source code for the Salmon demo. Writes Panzer, “I also intend to host the actual spec text there for the moment, along with the reference implementation code, and develop both in parallel based on discussions on the mailing list.”Interested developers are encouraged to join the mailing list and contribute to the conversation.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Though much of Butler’s prediction coincides with the mainstream opinion, the Racine, Wisconsin native, though, offered one wild guess.“Houston’s gonna win the Western Conference,” he said. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Caron Butler could only smile as he looked back on his 14-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT But across the nine teams he played for in that stretch, there’s only one guy who stood out for the now-37-year-old.“I think the guy that jumps out of the screen is Kobe Bryant,” he said on Thursday during the media availability at NBA Store at Trinoma.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He’s the second-best player to play the game of basketball, next to Michael Jordan. He’s one of the guys that taught me a lot about he game of basketball, enhanced my skillset, and I learned a lot from him about consistency and work ethic. I tip my hat to him.”Butler may have only spent a season with Bryant in Los Angeles, but he had a fruitful run with theLakers, averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in the 2004-2005 season. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad PBA: Alaska staves off elimination, shackles Globalport Though he was traded after the season to Washington, that was enough for the 6-foot-7 forward to sign a 5-year, $46-million deal with the Wizards as he, Gilbert Arenas, and Antawn Jamison formed the team’s “Big Three,” with Butler providing the toughness that earned him the nickname, “Tough Juice.”Looking at today’s NBA, Butler is glad to see that most of the superstars exemplify the same grit he had back in his heyday.“Russell Westbrook is relentless, aggressive, and he plays at an unbelievable pace. Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Kevin Durant are also some who have that ‘tough juice.’ Lebron James shows no signs of slowing down. There’s a lot of amazing talent in the league right now and I could go on forever,” he said.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that these are the guys who Butler believes are capable of winning the Most Valuable Player award this year.“Lebron, KD, and Harden are my safe bets. If we’re gonna go out of the box, it’s Kyrie Irving and John Wall. But my wild card off the left field, it’s Blake Griffin,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Touch Football Singapore is hosting the 2014 ‘All Schools’ Challenge from Friday, 26 September until Sunday, 28 September 2014. Under 14’s and 16’s divisions will be staged in Boys and Girls divisions, while Youth 19’s divisions will cater for Boys, Girls and Mixed divisions. For more information, please click on the following attachments. To register your Expression of Interest, please visit the following website – www.touchsingapore.org. Related Filesinternational_schools_singapore_2014-jpgtfa_international_touring_framework-pdfRelated LinksSingapore All Schools
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have launched an exciting new partnership with Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the NSW Touch Association (NSWTA).Together the organisations have created the ‘Sea Eagles Group’, with a view to promote a holistic approach to game development, branding and fan engagement across all levels of touch football and the Sea Eagles.The ‘Sea Eagles Group’ comprises of:Manly Warringah Touch AssociationNorthern Beaches Touch AssociationHornsby Touch AssociationNorths Touch Association, andCammeray Touch AssociationThe relationship is designed to further increase engagement within the local and wider communities through various programs and touch points during the Touch Football group and Rugby League seasons.It will also help to create an authentic and measurable relationship, both organisations working together on common goals to achieve favourable outcomes.Manly Warringah Sea Eagles CEO Lyall Gorman said it was a great new partnership for the club. “I want to express my excitement in relation to the partnership journey we are about to embark on,’’ Gorman said.“I have no doubt at all that together, we can achieve many special things and create some wonderful mutual benefit and growth for our respective organisations and as a collective.”TFA CEO Steve Mitchell is very excited about the establishment of the Sea Eagles Group in this, the 50th year of touch football, which was born out of rugby league in 1968.“It makes absolute sense for the touch football communities of the peninsula to work collaboratively with the Sea Eagles,’’ Mitchell said.“Both sports have huge followings in the Manly region. Some of our sport’s best players grew up in the area – the Trbojevic brothers followed pathways through touch football locally so we already have links between our clubs and theirs, and we look forward to building on those to reach mutual goals.”
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. — In a renovated old cash register factory in suburban Detroit, 300 engineers are toiling away on an all-electric pickup truck and an SUV that they hope can take on Tesla.All of them work for Rivian, which on Monday will unveil the two vehicles ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is among a growing line of startups and established automakers looking to enter the fully electric vehicle market.The influx of vehicles that run solely on batteries almost certainly will pull buyers from the current leader, Tesla, which likely will deliver over 300,000 vehicles worldwide this year.Established automakers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Jaguar-Land Rover, Volkswagen, Hyundai, General Motors, Ford and even vacuum cleaner maker Dyson have promised to roll out new electrics in the next few years.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
“Several of the cars were leaking but the product has been contained and has not entered the Assiniboine River,” Jonathan Abecassis said in an email.Abecassis said CN’s environmental experts have begun the cleanup.Transportation Safety Board spokesman Alex Fournier said investigators from the board spent Sunday at the site, but he didn’t have information about the quantity of the spill either.He said he expected further information would be available on Monday.Barry Lowes, reeve of the Rural Municipality of Ellice-Archie, Man., which surrounds St-Lazare, said Saturday that “quite a bit” of oil had spilled and there was a foul smell in the area.CN said no one was injured in the derailment and there was no fire reported. The Manitoba government said in an email Sunday that a number of provincial agencies were responding to the derailment, but that CN is leading the cleanup.“While 37 cars have derailed, not all of them are leaking. There is no risk of contamination to the Assiniboine River,” the government email said.CN said the derailment is still under investigation. ST-LAZARE, Man. – Canadian National Railway says it doesn’t yet know how much oil leaked from a derailment in western Manitoba, but it says trains are now running on the line again.The railway said Saturday there was “a partial leak” of crude south of St. Lazare, Man., but it was contained and none had reached a nearby river.When asked on Sunday about how much oil spilled, and how many of the 37 cars that derailed on Saturday leaked, a CN spokesman said it’s “still being assessed.