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

Williams seeks more slam titles

first_img“Yeah, I definitely would love double-digits” in major championships, said Williams, who won No. 6 at Wimbledon in July and hopes to get No. 7 at the U.S. Open this weekend. “Definitely had a few years there where some Slams were lost between injuries and a lot of other stuff happening.” Consider this: Today’s showdown with No. 1 Justine Henin will be Williams’ first semifinal at Flushing Meadows since 2002. Now look at things from the Belgian’s perspective: She had to deal with Serena Williams in the quarterfinals and must try to become only the second woman to beat both sisters during a single Grand Slam tournament. The only time it happened was at the 2001 Australian Open, where Martina Hingis eliminated Serena in the quarterfinals and Venus in the semifinals – only to lose to Jennifer Capriati in the final. “It will be a good challenge for me to play both sisters in the same tournament,” 2003 Open champion Henin said, mastering the art of understatement. By Howard Fendrich STAFF WRITER NEW YORK – Venus Williams wants more. More matches, more victories, more Grand Slam titles. Taking all tournaments into account, the Williams sisters have lost to the same player at an event a total of five times in their decade on tour. On 11 occasions, a woman made it past one Williams, then lost to the other. After edging No. 3 Jelena Jankovic in a third-set tiebreaker Wednesday night, Venus Williams made a point of saying she watched Henin beat Serena – and that she wants to play well today to uphold the family’s honor. Henin has to be aware, as well, that she is 1-7 against the older Williams, with her only victory coming in their very first match, on clay at Berlin in 2001. There is, let’s not forget, another semifinal today, with No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova facing No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze in an all-Russian matchup. Kuznetsova won the 2004 U.S. Open and also reached the 2006 French Open final, while Chakvetadze never before made it beyond the quarterfinals at a major. Neither will be given much of a chance in the final, regardless of whether the opponent is Williams or Henin. “Venus and Justine will be a great match,” Jankovic said, “and I think one of them will win the whole tournament.” In the men’s semifinals Saturday, No.1 Roger Federer will play No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko, and No. 15 David Ferrer meets No. 3 Novak Djokovic. Mixed doubles Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus won the mixed doubles championship, beating Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States and Leander Paes of India, 6-4, 7-6 (6). It’s the first Grand Slam title won together by the 18-year-old Azarenka and 30-year-old Mirnyi. They lost in the Australian Open mixed doubles final in January. Mirnyi paired with Serena Williams to win the mixed doubles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1998. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more