Do What You Can With What You’ve Got

first_imgGbartala, Liberia soybean observation demonstration plot sponsored by The Apostolic Pentecostal Church and Church Aid, Inc. of Liberia in collaboration with EYN church in Nigeria and SIL.New journeys often begin with tentative “first steps” as evidenced by an on-going initiative of The Apostolic Pentecostal Church and Church Aid, Inc. Liberia to explore soybean as a new crop option for their smallholder farmer countrymen. The Liberian initiative is an outgrowth of a September 2016 study tour sponsored by the Elgin, Illinois, USA based Church of the Brethren for small delegations from Nigeria and Liberia to visit SIL’s SMART FARM in Ghana. Dr. Dennis Thompson, PI of SIL’s MRA-10 “Seed Systems,” was the project leader.The delegation members from the two West African nations bonded while in Ghana and a unique collaboration was born. The EYN church colleagues from Nigeria, having certain soybean experience and agronomic knowledge, offered to assist their Liberian counterparts. The immediate challenge was to determine how best to move forward in Liberia in view of the challenge of doing so with limited technical and financial resources.SIL’s recommendation to the collaborators was to initially establish a few soybean observation plots. Persons to be engaged with soybean introduction in Liberia as well as smallholder farmers simply needed to see growing soybean plants and have ongoing opportunities to observe how the plants grow and develop – from planting throughout harvest. A demonstration of this type was intended to be only a “conversation starter” with common Liberians and various organizations seeking to improve the livelihoods of Liberian farmers.To that end, Nigerian and Liberian collaborations began and a demonstration plot was planted in the central city region of Gbatala. In addition to the central demonstration site, “small, small experiments, just a handful of seeds in a couple of areas” were also planted according to the Bishop, Dr. Rev. Kortu K. Brown, who participated in the 2016 study tour to SIL’s SMART Farm and has collaborated with Dr. Thompson on agricultural development initiatives since 2014.The Rev. Dr. Brown welcomes additional collaboration discussions that might allow this initial effort to be further developed with respect to exploring how soybean might become a potential cash crop for limited resource Liberian smallholder farmers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Macbeth debuting tomorrow night at the North Peace Cultural Centre

first_imgTickets can be bought ahead of time by calling the NPCC’s box office at 250-785-1992, or online. Just in time for Halloween, Stage North is debuting one of Shakespeare’s most notorious plays: Macbeth.Directed by Dawn Ljuden, Stage North describes the play as Shakespeare’s “shortest tragedy,” which “tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.”Macbeth is playing on October 30th and 31st, and November 5th, 6th and 7th at the North Peace Cultural Centre.- Advertisement -Each night, it starts at 7:30 PM.Ticket prices are:$25 adults$20 students/seniors$15 childrenAn additional $5 charge will be put on tickets bought at the door.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wenger to unleash star trio against Swansea

first_imgFitness concerns were the main reason for that in a fledgling season that saw Chile star Sanchez and Germany’s Ozil begin it without extending contracts that will expire after the end of the current campaign.“What people questioned is their commitment to the team and the club,” Wenger said.“I didn’t and what happened on Sunday reinforces my belief even more. What we want from them is to show that week in, week out.“We created good chances against Everton by playing at a high pace, so the focus will be to put a high pace into the game and try to create chances and be positive again.“Ozil, Lacazette and Alexis can create chances, they can score goals, but I believe as well that up front you depend a lot on the quality of the build-up at the back and at home the speed of our passing will be absolutely important to create chances.”– Walcott’s ‘time will come’ –Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger rejected the claim from former Gunners striker Ian Wright that Walcott should seek a new club to get more game time © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLPicking those players means leaving Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott on the bench but Wenger insisted those in possession of a starting place would have to work hard to keep it.“They were very efficient at Everton, they have to be efficient on Saturday,” he said. “There is no definite solution, we are in a job where competition counts and if it works, they have to make it work to keep their position.”Wenger rejected the claim from former Gunners striker Ian Wright that Walcott should seek a new club to get more game time.“I do not want Theo to move on,” Wenger said. “His time will come in the Premier League.“You need to look at the number of minutes they’ve played since the start of the season and that’s quite a big number of minutes, but I’ve gone into a rotation policy because we play on Thursday and Sunday most of the time.”Swansea have just eight points on the board from nine league matches so far this season but will arrive at the Emirates Stadium having prospered more on the road than in front of their own fans.Paul Clement, the Welsh club’s manager, insisted that the Swans’ current league position was not an issue.“I believe I should be judged at the end of the season after 38 games,” he said.“We are on a run where we have not picked up a massive amount of points. Last season we had a run of six games where we picked up one point, there was a lot of talk that Swansea were going to go down.“It was said by pundits, it was said by media and it was said by ex-players. Then we went and won four out of our last five games, the other result was a draw at Manchester United.“I have been around this game long enough to know you have got to keep level headed…If you are persistent, maintain belief and stay together collectively —- and myself and the players are positive —- the rewards will come. They will.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (R) and teammate Mesut Ozil (L) both scored against Everton during their match in October 2017 © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – Arsenal look prepared to field Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette on Swansea on Saturday after the trio all scored against Everton last weekend.The 5-2 win in the Premier League on Merseyside doubled as the first time that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had played the three players in the same XI.last_img read more

Aston Villa hit by big injury blow

first_img1 Ashley Westwood Aston Villa will be without Ashley Westwood for up to four weeks with medial ligament damage, the club has announced.The midfielder was stretchered off during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Leicester City following a strong tackle from striker Jamie Vardy.The Villans were confident the injury was not going to be as bad as first feared but the former Crewe man will still miss up to five games, starting with Saturday’s derby at West Bromwich Albion.Westwood, who has impressed with his exceptional range of passing at Villa Park, will also be absent for clashes with Manchester United, Swansea City, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Real Madrid draw Bayern in Champions League semis

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty saw off a Juventus comeback and put Real Madrid into the last four of the Champions League © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZONYON, Switzerland, Apr 13 – Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play AS Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final.Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will go to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg while Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield in their first match, after Friday’s draw. The Liverpool-Roma tie pits Mohamed Salah, who has scored 39 goals in all competitions already this season, against his former club. “Looking forward to seeing you again,” Roma tweeted about the Egyptian striker.Real, who have won the competition 12 times, reached the semi-finals by fighting off a remarkable Juventus comeback before Ronaldo scored a late penalty to give them a 4-3 win on aggregate.Roma produced one of the most remarkable comebacks in Champions League history to knock out Lionel Messi’s Barcelona with a 3-0 victory in the Italian capital that gave them an unexpected win on away goals over the two legs.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah will face his former club AS Roma in the Champions League semi-finals © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinBundesliga champions Bayern, who named Niko Kovac as their next coach minutes before the draw, eased past Sevilla in their quarter-final.Liverpool beat runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate to set up their meeting with Roma. The English side won the 1984 final, played in Rome, on penalties.The first legs will take place on April 24-25 and the second will be on May 1-2.The 2018 final will be played in Kiev.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more