A new online blog has been created to help connect Georgia community gardeners with resources from University of Georgia Extension and The Center for Urban Agriculture. The new UGA Community Garden Blog is located at blog.extension.uga.edu/communitygardening. UGA experts, local gardening celebrities and experienced gardeners, maintain blog posts that are published weekly. Subscribing is free. Science based informationRecent post titles include Composting in the Garden, Growing Popcorn and How to Correctly Plant a Tomato. The blog’s subject matter varies and includes a list of upcoming classes. The blog weaves together the latest science with learned experience from veteran gardeners to address the issues community gardeners face. Both beginning and advanced gardeners will benefit from the blog’s listing of upcoming garden workshop and events and updates on current pest and disease control issues, control options, sustainable gardening practices and plant selection. How to plant and what to plantTips on crop rotation, succession planting and crop variety selection will be imperative to maximizing production in the small spaces usually set aside for community gardens. In addition to the nuts and bolts of keeping plants alive, blog authors will also help gardeners establish guidelines concerning garden etiquette and management — including ways to address issues like setting garden dues, deciding how water will be provided and used, deciding what types of pesticides can be used and what happens if someone does not care for their plot or doesn’t harvest their food. Questions like these should be addressed at the beginning of a garden project before problems occur.Growing relationships, tooExperts will also give advice on building a sense of camaraderie and community around a garden by providing garden seating, occasional classes and ice cream socials or watermelon cuttings. The UGA Community Gardening Blog also provides gardeners with a window into what other gardeners are doing. The blog will occasionally highlight a specific garden, show photos of the layout and interview members. Gardens are as unique as the communities they serve and the blog will profile how garden groups organize their space. For more information on the blog, contact Becky Griffin at [email protected] or visit and sign up to receive the blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/communitygardening.
Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes has conceded his side are at the mercy of a virus that has swept through the training ground. “Hopefully it’s going to be a 24-hour thing and they’ll be okay, but naturally it’s something we’re having to monitor. “We thought we’d got hold of it, but after this morning we’ve had to put those thoughts on the backburner. “We’re trying to keep the impact of it to a minimum if we can, but we’re at the mercy of it. We’re hoping nobody else will go down with it. “In 24 hours’ time we might be in a similar situation with different people, but we’re hopeful we’ve done enough.” For Hughes, it is a case of illness being added to injury given the number of players who have been on the sidelines of late. On-loan Victor Moses joined the list on Wednesday as he will be out for six-to-eight weeks with a thigh injury. Better news for Hughes, though, is that defenders Erik Pieters and Marc Wilson returned to training this week after missing the 2-1 home defeat to Burnley last Saturday with calf and hamstring problems respectively. Crucially, influential centre-back Robert Huth is on the brink of a return after a recent calf injury. Huth has not played a league game for a year after sustaining a long-term knee injury, and although fit in pre-season, has only played two Capital One Cup matches this term due to setbacks. Hughes added: “He’s doing really well. He’s very close to joining in with the senior squad again, which we are all delighted about. “We’re coming into a period of games in a short period of time, so we are going to need bodies, and Rob coming back at this time of year is a bonus for us. Hughes explained: “We’re struggling to contain it somewhat. “The under-21s were hit by it earlier in the week. We tried to deal with it there and then. “We closed their operation down to such an extent they haven’t been in or around the building for the last three days, and they won’t be in tomorrow either. “Unfortunately, today Asmir, Geoff and Phil reported they were feeling unwell with sickness and what have you. “Phil came in and was prepared to train, but under the circumstances we felt he was better served by returning home. “Asmir was ill overnight and didn’t report in, and Geoff was sick when he came into the building, so he went straight back.” Asked as to the cause, Hughes replied: “It could be the time of the year, something that’s around, that you pick up from your kids. “We’re not sure where it’s come from. We tried to sanitise the building on Wednesday, we went right through it. The bug has already decimated the under-21 set-up, and although the club believed they had contained it, three senior players in Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron and Phil Bardsley have now been laid low. Hughes is hopeful the illness will pass in 24 hours and the trio will be in training again on Friday, but has no idea who might be the next victims ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool.
The faculty and Administrative staff of the Cuttington University (CU) in Suakoko, Bong County have been challenged to begin, from the coming academic year, a deliberate and well-researched, planned and tutored course in entrepreneurial capacity-building, to train Liberians to become business people.The Publisher and Managing Director of the Daily Observer newspaper, Dr. Kenneth Y. Best, threw out the challenge when he served as CU’s 53rd Commencement speaker last Saturday on the Cuttington main campus in Suakoko.In his Address, Dr. Best told his commencement audience that he was throwing out the challenge not only to Cuttington, but to all other universities, community colleges and even the high schools across the country. All such institutions should develop courses that will lead to the development of a Liberian business class that will participate actively in the business sector and the economy.The Commencement Speaker repeatedly called on the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to reverse the trend of foreigners having taken complete control of the Liberian economy. The government can reverse this and empower Liberians in the economy by making it mandatory that all foreign businesses, whose operations are US$50,000 or more, have at least one credible Liberian partner.“Suggesting partnership with foreign companies alone is not enough, Dr. Best cautioned. “We have to know how to partner in our own interest. We have to be clear what our interest is and be focused on it, he declared.He warned that if the government does not pay attention to this challenge and do something concrete and decisive about it now, “our people will remain poor, powerless and hopeless, believing and knowing that they have no stake in what is called Liberia.”In such a case, he warned, Liberians will be ready, eager, willing and able to take part again in any insurrection that will spark the destruction of the country’s infrastructure.Speaking on the theme, “Redeeming Liberia for Liberians,” he said this “is an urgent national call to restore commonsense, sanity, patriotism and ownership of this country to those to whom it belongs—the Liberians.Most of the people who have come here calling themselves investors, “brought no money of their own, but built what they have on any and everything they found here.“They are the ones who definitely believe they are the new Liberians, the veritable owners of Papa’s land. They demonstrate this not only economically and financially, but also politically and judicially by challenging the poor Liberians to take them anywhere. They tell the Liberians, “It is you who will leave there, but not me.”“I know of no country in the world which has given foreigners in their midst that kind of power—over our lawyers, judges, politicians, our government officials, even the poor man and woman on the street who is thus reduced to vulnerability, subservience and powerlessness.”The president of Cuttington University, Dr. Hernique F. Tokpa, disclosed that the Entrepreneurship Department of the CU already has a Business Start-up Unit sponsored by SPARKS. As a result of the start-up, he said, the Entrepreneurship Center organized the first business plan competition for Gbarnga in 2014, where three people emerged as winners and will receive a US$10,000 loan to start their business. The Center also awarded certificates for the training received in workshops relating to Agribusiness.Speaking to our reporter later, Dr. Best expressed happiness at Cuttington’s move to develop an entrepreneurial training program. He recalled that in 2010, in an address to the Cuttington Alumni Association on the Cuttington campus in Suacoco, he appealed to the university to develop such a program and called for active alumni support for it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)