Employers must not panic into believing they have a duty to provide areference following a recent landmark case.Last month Belinda Coote was awarded £200,000 damages against GranadaHospitality which refused to supply a reference after she left the firm. Shehad filed a claim of sex discrimination against Granada, which was settled outof court.But her case concerned an act of discrimination and was not specific toissuing references.”She [Coote] won because she was victimised,” said John McMullen,head of employment law at Pinsent Curtis.”There is no duty to provide a reference, save for particular industrysectors.”The exceptions are principally financial services and health and socialcare, where it is impossible to work without a reference and hiring anindividual implies a duty to provide one.In most other sectors an employer who is unhappy about a former employee’sperformance, but has no evidence to indicate wrong-doing, is therefore free todecline.McMullen added that employers sometimes decline references to protect theirinterests. “People are so scared about writing references because the lawhas developed in terms of liability for negligent references.”People think they are better off not writing one.”Caroline Carter, a partner at corporate law firm Ashurst Morris Crisp, saidthe subject of references is becoming a legal minefield.She is advising clients to review policies on references in the light of thecase.”They must look at what their staff handbook says about givingreferences. If an individual leaves service after any tribunal proceedings, theagreement reached with them must take references into account.”By Philip Whiteley• Coote’s claim was a landmark case when it reached the European Court ofJustice in 1998 because it ruled that discrimination claims could be filed foractions against an ex-employee. It referred the case back to a Britishtribunal, which gave its judgement last month. UK law restricted discrimination claims to current employees, but the courtruled that the European Equal Treatment Directive extends rights to staff whohave left. Coote had lodged a claim of sex discrimination against Granada in1993 and reached an out-of-court settlement. But when applying for a new postshe was refused a reference. Comments are closed. Reference case award stirs up law confusionOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Terry Sharp, head of baking & cereals processing, CCFRATerry Sharp, head of baking & cereals processing, CCFRAIt has been really encouraging to see how well the baking industry and government have worked together to change recipes and thereby reduce salt in the nation’s diet.We have also seen how the government is approaching the question of fortification of bread with folic acid.After nearly five years of deliberation it seems we may be reaching a conclusion, although as yet it isn’t possible to say what this will be.One feature of bread that has been overlooked in recent years is its vitamin content.No doubt we have all seen on sale the rows of bottles containing vitamin supplements, but how much awareness is there of what is naturally present in flour and bread?Did you know that both white and wholemeal flour contain a number of vitamins that are essential for our health, including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin E and pantothenic acid?These same vitamins are also present both in dough and bread made by all types of processes, including bulk fermentation, sponge and dough and no-time processes.Sometimes, within all the ’noise’ around nutrition and health, the simple facts are overlooked.
China will drastically cut its international flight routes and bar entry to returning foreigners based in the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus, authorities said Thursday. The country has not reported any new domestic COVID-19 infections for two consecutive days but officials have raised concerns about the number of imported cases, which have now surpassed 500.Foreigners living in China with valid visas and resident permits will be blocked from returning to the country after midnight Saturday, the foreign ministry said in a statement. “The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation,” it added.The most of the 500 imported infections involved Chinese nationals returning home, according to the foreign affairs ministry.Diplomats and the crew of international airlines and vessels will still be permitted into the country, according to the statement.Flights out of China will be capped at just one route a week to each country, with international airlines also permitted only one route. The Civil Aviation Administration of China also said the passenger load on flights in and out of China should not exceed 75 percent.The adjusted flight routes are expected to start running from March 29, it added.All Beijing-bound international flights have been diverted to other urban centres.Many Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai have already imposed a compulsory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from abroad. There were nearly 1,100 return international passenger flights scheduled to come to China this week.Topics :
Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire recently sold his house at 50 Crase St, New Farm.The colonial property is one of Brisbane’s iconic heritage homes; perched high on a hill with superb views and boasting wide verandahs overlooking landscaped gardens.Built in 1887, the home was named Blenheim House by its original owner, JG Johnson, a civil engineer who owned the property until its sale in 1893.“It won’t be a significant renovation — more a cosmetic facelift … to just make it ours,” Mr Lancashire said. There is more demand than supply for Brisbane’s prestige property market at the moment.Mr Adcock said he had negotiated $22 million worth of property sales in the past 90 days.“Some of those people were interested four or five weeks ago, but are now ready to buy,” he said.“We’re seeing a lot of (overseas buyers and expats) who were going to buy in Sydney or Melbourne, instead coming to Brisbane. “And a lot of locals are thinking now is the time to upgrade and get some good capital groqwth over the next few years.” New Farm heritage home, Blenheim House, is rich in history. This property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, has sold for more than $6m.“There are more buyers than properties, which is great because it’s been a long time since that happened,” she said.One of the biggest residential transactions of 2019 so far is the sale of a riverfront property at 39 Griffith St, New Farm.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on an 873 sqm block fetched $7.75 million in March when it sold at auction to Queensland richlister and property developer Kevin Seymour. Ray White prestige agent Matt Lancashire has bought Blenheim House in New Farm.For the first time in years, agents say market confidence has hit a new high, there is a sense of urgency to buy and demand is outweighing supply — creating a prestige property drought that could drive up prices over the next few years.“I think Brisbane is targeted in the next three to five years to see some significant growth,” Mr Lancashire said.“With all the infrastructure that’s going in, all of the urban renewal that’s happening, Brisbane is a really affordable, livable city. Matt Lancashire, wife Caitlyn and two of their three kids, Monty, 3, and Lulu, 1. Picture: Annette Dew.HE may spruik Brisbane’s prestige property market for a living, but you can’t say Matt Lancashire doesn’t put his money where his mouth is. The principal of Ray White New Farm and the man behind many of the city’s most expensive home sales recently sunk more than $4 million — according to industry sources — into his own forever home in New Farm.Mr Lancashire refused to reveal the purchase price, but has no doubts the 130-year-old heritage home on a 1000 sqm corner block is worth every cent.The top agent’s investment says a lot about his faith in the future of Brisbane’s prestige housing market. The quaint kitchen in Blenheim House.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoMr Lancashire said there had been a surge in buyer activity since the federal election, which had increased competition for what was an already tight market with limited stock. “Since the election, we’ve seen a 30 per cent increase (in online) enquiries and a 10 per cent increase in open for inspection numbers, which is a huge statistic,” Mr Lancashire said.And he’s not the only prestige agent noticing a change at the top end of town.Adcock Prestige Property managing director Jason Adcock said he had noticed “ a renewed sense of urgency” among buyers, which he had not seen since 2010.“Ever since the LNP got back in and the interest rate reduction, we’ve seen a renewed surge in buyers who were sitting on their hands now moving forward,” Mr Adcock said.“They realise there is likely to be strong, steady growth over the next few years and realise they’ll have to capitalise now.” This home at 30 Wendell St, Norman Park, has sold for $6m.Mrs Hackett said she had also noticed an influx in buyers looking to upgrade since the federal election. She said she had negotiated three sales above $6 million on the Brisbane River in the past 45 days.They include a four-bedroom house at 30 Wendell St, Norman Park, formerly owned by Aria Development boss Tim Forrester, and another riverfront property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne. This house at 65 Longman Tce, Chelmer, has sold for $6.6m.Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett said the top end of the market was awash with buyers waiting to pounce on prestige properties, but there were not enough to choose from.“I’ve never seen such a little amount of stock available,” Mrs Hackett said.“We’re seeing multiple offers on properties because there’s not as much to choose from.“(Properties with) good floorplans conducive to the outdoors, gardens and the river are in demand.” This property at 39 Griffith St, New Farm, sold for $7.75m at auction.Mr Lancashire, who sold 39 Griffith Street along with colleague Nicholas Given, said the sale was proof buyers in Brisbane were willing spend big dollars to secure the right property — even if it was in less private circumstances than an off market or private treaty deal. A verandah overlooks the pool at Blenheim House.“I deal with a lot of people from Sydney and Melbourne, as well as expats who are making lifestyle decisions to come back and being affordable is a huge factor for them.” Mr Lancashire and his wife, Caitlin, are about to embark on a renovation of their new home before moving in, having recently sold their previous home in Teneriffe.“We’d been looking around New Farm for a big block, bid at a number of auctions and were always looking for our next 20-plus year home,” Mr Lancashire said.
StumbleUpon The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has made the decision to halt all horse racing across British racecourses on 7 February following the outbreak of Equine Influenza, casting worries about this year’s Cheltenham Festival.The shut down follows the Animal Health Trust confirming three positive cases of the virus in vaccinated horses at an active race yard. Horses from the infected yard have since raced at Ayr and Ludlow following the discovery, which poses a potential exposure risk to a significant number of horses from yards across the UK and Ireland.However with Cheltenham just next month, there are worries that a long term halt to horseracing might be necessary.The Cheltenham Festival in 2001 was cancelled amid a Foot and Mouth Outbreak that stopped horseracing for months.Veterinarians are concerned that the influenza virus has been discovered in vaccinated horses which casts doubts over the welfare and ability to contain the illness. The action to cancel racing as been welcomed as a necessary decision to restrict, as much as possible, the further spread of equine influenza.Officials from the BHA have conducted investigations into which yards may have been exposed and to identify the necessary further actions. The horseracing body is currently in discussions with the yards that may have been exposed to ensure that measures are put in place to ensure appropriate quarantine and biosecurity.The BHA stated: “The full extent of potential exposure is unknown and we are working quickly to understand as much as we can to assist our decision making. The BHA is working closely with the Animal Health Trust and will issue a further update tomorrow. “We recommend that any trainer who has concerns about the health status of any of their horses should contact their veterinarian.”An outbreak of the virus rocked the Australian racing industry in 2007 when a nationwide ban was issued to restrict the movement of horses for 72 hours. As a result, Sydney’s spring racing carnival was cancelled, with horse-related activities not resuming fully for months later.Since the announcement, Wolverhampton has cancelled its race meeting for Saturday 9 February. Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020
The Norwegian, though, dismissed any need for crisis talks with the United board.“Three days or four days are not going to change a whole lot, but these two games are great chances for us to prove things and prove to ourselves that we can continue in the vein we have had against some of the better sides,” he said.Solskjaer expects Mourinho to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Old Trafford a year after being sacked, having won the League Cup and Europa League during his time in charge.“We know we have to improve, we are working hard to do that right and when you change a manager halfway through the season (it) isn’t where it is supposed to be,” said the Norwegian.“I don’t think whoever the manager of the opposition team is will change their motivation (of the players),” he said.“They are motivated to do well for Man Utd, because they know it’s about improving every day in training and every time you step on that pitch it’s a chance to prove you can be part of this long term. That has always been the case at Man Utd.”United will still be without the injured Paul Pogba but Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic will be assessed as Solskjaer looks at his midfield options.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Ole Gunnar SolskjaerManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he does not fear for his future as Manchester United manager despite a spate of Premier League sackings as he prepares to face his predecessor Jose Mourinho.Spurs turned to Mourinho after dismissing Mauricio Pochettino last month, while Arsenal and Watford have subsequently sacked Unai Emery and Quique Sanchez Flores.Solskjaer is under increasing pressure, with United ninth in the Premier League, 22 points behind leaders Liverpool and eight off a top-four spot as they prepare for Wednesday’s match against Tottenham.“No, it doesn’t make me more concerned,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. “I’m just focusing on my job and that’s just doing as well as I can, and look forward to the next game, and look long-term, plan things with board.“It’s that time of year. It’s never nice to see your colleagues lose your jobs — three in a very short space of time.“It’s a game of margins,” he added. “Sometimes you have luck, sometimes you don’t, but it doesn’t make me any more concerned that it’s December.“I’m good, absolutely no problem. Sometimes you laugh when you read stories about what I’ve said and stuff, at least I know the sources are just made up, blatant lies.”The United boss bemoaned his team’s failure to turn draws into wins, saying they were not getting the results their football deserved.The club are winless in three games and Solskjaer’s job will not get any easier with a derby against Manchester City on Saturday to follow the game against Mourinho’s Spurs side.
Revis—a graduate of Aliquippa High School—has an established relationship with Nerih, Inc., a nonprofit foundation with a mission of addressing and fulfilling the needs of the community. Nerih, Inc. has enlisted in Revis to help provide the youth of Aliquippa with top-notch athletic instruction, motivation and mentorship to better equip them with skills that stretch beyond the field with this upcoming event.The two-day Skills & Drills Clinic will bring professional athletes together to provide football training and fun for participating youth ages 6-18. The children will be taught game fundamentals and participate in drills, while enjoying personal coaching from Revis and other present and former NFL greats. Autograph signings, guest speakers/lectures and meet-and-greets will all be components of these action-filled days. Using the game of football as a medium, Nerih, Inc. seeks to impress upon youth the importance of discipline, teamwork and education.The final day will wrap up with a Celebrity Basketball Game, in which Darrelle Revis, along with fellow professional athletes, will lend their talents to a fundraising competition of “hoops” to entertain and provide charity back to the Greater Pittsburgh community. A halftime performance by Def Jam Recording artist Big K.R.I.T. will be one of many highlights.“With the level of success that Darrelle was able to reach, we are fortunate to be able to give back to the community where he was raised,” said Aileen Gilbert, grandmother of Darrelle Revis and Executive Director of Nerih, Inc. “We hope that Aliquippa’s youth leave this event motivated by the inspirational messages that our foundation tries to instill.”Both the Skills & Drills Clinic and Celebrity Basketball Game are open to the public.Admission to view the Skills & Drills Clinic is free, and entry to the Celebrity Basketball Game costs $7. All proceeds will benefit Nerih, Inc. For more information on this event, contact Lisa Simone at 202-320-9155 or Nicholas Williams at 954-288-0550. Nonprofit organization Nerih, Inc. is inviting students of the Aliquippa School District to a free Darrelle Revis Skills & Drills Clinic at Aliquippa High School June 21 and 22 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. along with a Celebrity Basketball Game June 23 at 6 p.m. Darrelle Revis(AP Photo/File)
Chelsea lead in New Jersey courtesy of Kevin de Bruyne’s tidy finish.The Belgian wide-man was handed a starting place after recovering from an injury he picked up during the Blues’ recent tour of Asia.And he resumed his encouraging pre-season form, firing past keeper Christian Abbiati following Eden Hazard’s terrific run.Playing for a place against Real Madrid in Wednesday’s final of the Guinness International Champions Cup, Chelsea made a lively start at the MetLife Stadium.Oscar went close in the opening minute and Branislav Ivanovic missed a chance when he headed wide after being found by Hazard.De Bruyne then found the net after good work from Marko Van Ginkel but was offside.However, there was no doubt about the goal which broke the deadlock shortly before the half-hour mark.AC Milan had been enjoying a good spell – Petr Cech saved from Stephan El Shaarawy and Ivanovic did superbly to prevent former Manchester City man Mario Balotelli getting to the rebound.John Terry, who played 90 minutes against Inter Milan on Thursday, is among the Chelsea substitutes, while a tight hamstring was the reason given for David Luiz’s absence from the squad.Chelsea (4-2-3-1):: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand; Essien, Van Ginkel; De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Ba. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
21 May 2007The first all-South African final in the history of the Super 14 produced a dramatic twist at the end as the Bulls, who had led the contest for only three minutes throughout, edged the Sharks 20-19 on a successful conversion by Derick Hougaard after Bryan Habana had scored a try after the final hooter had sounded.Agony and ecstacy summed up the final moments of the match for the Sharks and Bulls supporters, but somehow that description seems inadequate. One had to see it to truly appreciate the spectacle.An uncompromising battlePredictably, it was an uncompromising battle, but, if anything, it was the Sharks that shaded matters, excepting on the scoreboard. The home team’s forwards took it to the Bulls’ much-vaunted pack and enjoyed the advantage in the tight and loose phases, while the Bulls had the edge in the lineouts.Behind the packs, the Sharks’ backline showed more enterprise, but the Bulls hung in until the end and ultimately stole a memorable victory at Durban’s Absa Stadium which was swathed in a sea of black and white.“They outplayed us for 79 minutes,” admitted Bulls’ captain Victor Matfield following the game. That assessment was pretty much on the money as the Sharks showed greater focus despite the pressure of the occasion against their opponents who had much more finals’ experience.Hero nearly the villainIn the second minute of the contest, the Bulls’ hero at the end, Bryan Habana, very nearly became the villain at the start, with a nasty illegal tackle on an airborne Percy Montgomery, which saw the Sharks’ fullback clattered painfully to the ground. Had the tackle not occurred so early in the game, he would likely have been sin-binned.It was definitely a tackle that deserved 10 minutes on the sidelines and Habana admitted as much afterwards. “I was fortunate to stay on the field,” he said.After eight minutes the home team made it onto the scoreboard first when Montgomery slotted an easy penalty after JP Nel had been penalised for a shoulder charge.The Sharks were making the running, exhibiting more composure than the Bulls, but the visitors moved onto the attack when AJ Venter was penalised for using his hands at a ruck. Derick Hougaard could have had a shot at goal, but captain Victor Matfield instructed him to kick for touch. It was an unusual decision in a match where a bonus point for scoring tries wasn’t on offer, but it paid big dividends.First tryWinning a lineout deep inside the Sharks’ 22 metre area, the Bulls quickly moved the ball left to Matfield. He drew the defence before laying off a pass for a charging Pierre Spies, who ran with pace into the gap between two defenders, brushing off their attempted stops to burst over for the first try of the final.Hougaard added the conversion to put the Bulls 7-3 in front.Minutes later, Spies went from hero to villain. He broke off the back of a scrum in the middle of the field before passing wide to his right under pressure from an attacking Sharks’ defence. Winger JP Pietersen read the play perfectly, catching the pass and stepping inside before galloping away to score from 50 metres out, to the joy of the home fans.Montgomery’s conversion was off target, leaving the Sharks with a narrow 8-7 advantage.Extended the leadJust before the half-hour mark Montgomery extended the Sharks’ lead to four points by kicking another penalty after the Bulls were trapped offsides at a ruck.It was tit-for-tat as Hougaard reduced the deficit to a single point within two minutes after Brad Barrit was pinged for being offsides.Shortly after that Montgomery put a sitter over after JP Nel played the ball from an offside position. That put the Sharks 14-10 in front.Three minutes before the break, the fullback had an opportunity to extend his side’s lead to seven points, but he was wide with his kick.Drop goal attemptJust after the restart, Bulls’ flyhalf Derick Hougaard, as good an exponent of the dropped goal as there is in the game today, took a shot at the posts, but he was wide of the target.One minute later he was short with a penalty kick.It took 20 minutes of the second half for points to be scored and they went the way of the Bulls. Hougaard made the score 14-13 when he knocked over a penalty after Sharks’ skipper John Smit had been caught was his hands in the ruck by referee Steve Walsh.With only a point in it, the tension mounted as the clock ticked down. Three times drop goals were attempted, but three times they failed to produce points.Sharks’ tryThen, with only two minutes left on the clock, the Sharks drove furiously towards the Bulls’ line, employing the rolling maul that they had used so effectively throughout the Super 14 as an attacking weapon. The Bulls stopped the surge just short of the line, but Albert van den Berg picked up and dived over the top to just get the ball down on the tryline.The home crowd was ecstatic as it appeared the Super 14 trophy would be on its way to Durban.The result could have been decided by the conversion from Francois Steyn – not a difficult one – but he was wide, leaving the Sharks 19-13 in front.A converted try would win it for the Bulls.There was only one way to find a try and that was by the Bulls giving the ball air and passing it around to try and prise the stubborn Sharks’ defence open.Closing movementThe hooter sounded and both Butch James and Francois Steyn had opportunities to kick the ball out and win the game for the Sharks but, under pressure from the desperate Bulls, they failed to do so.Back the Bulls came. At a ruck it seemed they had lost possession but, miraculously, the ball emerged on their side.Out to the right the ball went to Habana. A wall of Sharks’ defenders rushed across to prevent the speedster from racing down the touchline. Habana, though, cut inside and suddenly it all opened up in front of him. A big gap provided more than enough opportunity for the flyer to race through. A huge dive took him across the tryline for a five-pointer that closed the gap to 19-18 to the Sharks.Hougaard duly converted the try and the final whistle sounded giving the Bulls the honour of becoming the first South African winners of the Super 14.It was a great reward for the Bulls’ coach Heyneke Meyer, who twice previously had been axed as coach of the side, but never gave up on his dream or that of his players of winning the southern hemisphere’s biggest tournament outside of test rugby.Standout performersFor the Bulls, captain Victor Matfield stood out, reinforcing the claim that he is the best lineout forward in world rugby. Bakkies Botha added the grunt in the engine room, while, in the backline, Bryan Habana showed just how devastating he can be as a finisher.For the Sharks, tighthead prop BJ Botha led the pack with distinction in the scrums, giving the home team the edge. Johann Muller, at lock, turned in a massive performance, while Jacques Botes was excellent in the loose, leaving many wondering how he had failed to make the Springboks’ 46-man squad.Butch James probably shaded his battle with Derick Hougaard at flyhalf, while JP Pietersen, on the wing, was electrifying, both on attack and defence.After the game, Sharks and Bulls fans braaied together on the packed fields surrounding the Absa Stadium, emphasising the cliche that had been heard so often before the game – one that was true, however – that South African rugby was the real winner. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While Lake Erie has garnered much of the water quality attention in the state, more efforts are shifting to the state’s other bodies of fresh water, including the Ohio River, that are also experiencing issues with harmful algal blooms.At an event last week, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program announced the expansion of the voluntary retailer program to the full state of Ohio, allowing nutrient service providers across the state to participate in the efforts to reduce nutrient runoff into waterways.The program encourages agricultural retailers, service providers and other certified professionals to adopt proven best practices through the 4Rs, using the Right Nutrient Source at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. The program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council (NSC), stakeholders from business, government, university and nongovernmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to decreased water quality. The program is administered by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA).The program was initially launched in March 2014 with a focus area of the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The decision to expand came as retailers outside the WLEB expressed interest in getting involved.“This was really in the knick of time. We launched this in March of 2014 and just a few months later in August, people in Toledo were told they couldn’t drink their water. Our industry has supported change and it’s not easy,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of the OABA. “In the last few years we have made some monumental strides.”On Jan. 1, 2017 the program will be open to nutrient service providers providing nutrient recommendation and/or application services to grower customers in the full state of Ohio.“The Nutrient Stewardship Council was getting requests from nutrient service providers, farmers, researchers and citizens throughout the state. We are excited to see this voluntary yet robust program expand to all of Ohio,” said Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, The Nature Conservancy’s nutrient strategy manager and Nutrient Stewardship Council chairwoman who received the Distinguished Service Award at the event. “We are really excited about the program going statewide because not only is Lake Erie important but also the Ohio River and all of the fresh water lakes and rivers that we have in between. We are excited to get the program out to our retailers and for those ag businesses to talk with their growers start doing things a little differently to take into consideration the watershed impacts of their farming practices.”The program currently has 34 certified retailers who have earned or maintained certification through annual third-party audits, servicing 2.7 million farm acres in and around the Lake Erie Basin. The expansion will allow the program to reach more than 14 million total acres of Ohio’s farmland. By Jan. 1, 2017 the Program will outline 44 criteria to be implemented over a three year period.The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council, a diverse set of stakeholders from business, government, university and non-governmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while also improving the quality of Lake Erie and its contributing watersheds. For more information about the program, visit 4Rcertified.org, email [email protected] or call 614-326-7520.