DELHI, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has spoken out in support of West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy, who faces possible disciplinary action for publicly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after the regional team won the T20 World Cup in India on Sunday.Bravo says he and the rest of the champion West Indies T20 side are in full support of Sammy, who hit out at the WICB for its lack of support to the players.”The most unprofessional board”In an exclusive Skype interview from India with Trinidad and Tobago’s CNC3 television yesterday, Bravo described the WICB as “the most unprofessional board” in the world.”The players feel hurt, and the time has come where we cannot take it anymore, and someone needs to put a stop to it because the cricket is being run by people who do not have the interest of West Indies cricket at heart,” Bravo said.Sammy faces possible disciplinary action after a statement from the WICB described his comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation.”I was not surprised by Sammy’s speech. I think we had enough as players. A lot of people don’t understand what we go through as players dealing with our board,” said Bravo.”It is the most unprofessional board in the world, and I think Sammy spoke from his heart.”
5 October 2015South Africans were reminded to take the first step towards an active lifestyle by walking around their neighbourhoods by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, who launched World Walking Month and National Recreation Day on 2 October.Thousands of South Africans participated in the annual Big Walk yesterday, a recreational event held by Mbalula’s department. It said the Big Walk was conceived as a result of increased obesity and lifestyle diseases. The main aim of the walk and National Recreation Day was to encourage South Africans to embrace recreation and a healthy lifestyle.The initiative coincides with October Transport Month, an annual national programme that promotes eco-mobility and the use of public transport over private cars.Watch Mbalula speak about the importance of recreational activities:National Recreation Day events took place around the country:Halaala KZN…totally loving what you are up to today in honoring NATIONAL RECREATION DAY #Ichoose2BActive RT https://t.co/OH7rzOadsG— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) Octobe r 2, 2015The fun happening at Tshwane Events centre today: Sack race at the Kiddies corner…#Ichoose2BActive pic.twitter.com/MkwmwFTIPo— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) Octobe r 2, 2015The Big WalkThe Big Walk was held at the Tshwane Events Centre at Fountains Valley Resort and included various types of races and sports events.The Association for International Sport for All (Tafisa) was behind the walking month, explained the department, which is an affiliate member of the association.Huge growth has been recorded for the walk, which was first held in 2012. That year, 3 800 people took part; this year, there were more than 15 000 participants. It included 5km, 10km and 15km routes through the resort and the Voortrekker Monument.The EcoMobility World Festival“Walking is cool. Cycling is cool. Let us make it possible to stay healthy. If you walk or cycle you can reduce your weight, and reduce the chances of getting diseases,” Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on 4 October when she officially launched the EcoMobility World Festival Sandton, Johannesburg.The festival, running throughout October, is aimed at encouraging residents to park their cars and make use of public transport, walk or cycle in Sandton, the city’s economic hub. It will mitigate traffic congestion that affects business and economy and address environmental concerns caused by carbon.Peters said South Africa had a national climate change response strategy.“We are committed to sustainable development. We are committed to ensure that we build cities of tomorrow, by making sure that we can move with the new technology. We also want to make sure that this technology will create jobs for our people.”Gauteng Premier David Makhura envisaged the success of the festival, saying he would love to see it being developed into a lifestyle after October ended.He echoed the minister’s call for people to use public transport. “It is cool to use public transport. Public transport promotes social cohesion and it protects our environment,” he said.Watch Makhura explain the effects of the eco-mobility festival:Yeom Tae-Young, the mayor of the Korean city of Suwon, was among the international guests who attended the official opening. His city was the first to host the festival in 2014. He said eco-mobility was good in that it promoted social change and integration.Source: SAnews.gov and South Africa.info reporter
Two new pesticides have been introduced to the market, giving farmers increased options in safeguarding their crops, while maximising yields.The products – Revus and Engeo – were officially launched by AgroGrace Jamaica in collaboration with Syngenta during a ceremony on Tuesday (January 15) at the AgroGrace premises on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.The pesticides are ideally suited for vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants and other crops and will assist in disease and insect control resulting in healthier products.Engeo is the most efficient solution to control foliar pest in vegetables while Revus is a superior fungicide for its rapid adherence, water-resistance and its action outside and inside of leaves help to prevent diseases in crops.Speaking at the launching ceremony, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, said the introduction of these “tried and tested pesticides” is appropriate given the challenges faced by the agricultural sector.“With the myriad of invasive species and pests that the sector has had to contend with over time it is good that cutting-edge technology is now in place,” he said.The Minister said that most, if not all, crops have had to contend with pests in some way or the other.“Vegetables, condiments, fruits, tubers, sugar cane, coffee, all over, we have had all kind of problems with pests,” he noted.Mr. Clarke said it is critical that all pesticides adhere to international food safety standards to ensure that consumers are protected whenever they purchase produce.“Currently, farmers worldwide have to contend with food safety regulations, including the Food Safety and Modernisation Act, being implemented by the United States of America. We, at the Ministry, are sparing no efforts in making sure that we are fully onboard,” he stated.The Agriculture Minister implored farmers to adhere to the standards and the procedures as stipulated by the manufacturing entities when they are using the products.“Sometimes, farmers go out and they use the chemicals and they say it is not strong enough, they want to add some more. Then there are others who want to stretch it because it is too expensive, we cannot (do that). Whatever is stipulated for its use must be strictly adhered to or else you will not have the desired results,” he stated.Agro Grace is a division of Hardware and Lumber Limited, and the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Andrea Coy, said the introduction of the product is indicative of a commitment to finding solutions to improve the productivity of the agricultural industry. “As a country, we must take steps to improve the output from the agricultural sector so that we can better feed ourselves. Agriculture can no longer be viewed as subsistence farming or a pastime but must be given more focus…to ensure sustainability and reliability of output,” she stated.AgroGrace, owned by GraceKennedy Limited, is Jamaica’s leading distributor and retailer of agricultural inputs. The company’s major products include pesticides, fertilisers, vegetable seeds, animal feeds, home garden items and farm equipment.Syngenta is a world-leading agri-business committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology.