first_img27 March 2014 South Africa remains firmly committed to maintaining the security of all nuclear and other radioactive material in the country, in keeping with its national and international obligations, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague in the Netherlands on Tuesday. “We welcome the progress achieved to strengthen nuclear security at national levels and through the relevant multilateral organisations, especially the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. “South Africa stands ready to work together with all members of the international community to raise nuclear security levels internationally.” South Africa would continue to exercise its right to research, develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, she said, noting that the country had adopted a policy on the beneficiation of its mineral resources, including uranium. “We also derive great benefit from nuclear applications in areas such as health, nutrition and agriculture. South Africa contributes to these applications through the supply of medical isotopes and is well-placed to produce these isotopes on a large scale using low-enriched uranium fuel.” According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa “firmly favours a multilateral approach to promoting nuclear security which upholds the centrality of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations, and which respects the international rule of law and the principles enshrined in the UN Charter. “South Africa believes that through a co-operative approach in the relevant multilateral organisations, [nuclear security risks] can be effectively dealt with.” Nkoana-Mashabane attended the two-day summit along with a South African delegation that included Energy Minister Ben Martins. Fifty-three countries were represented at the Hague summit, the third Nuclear Security Summit to be held since the inaugural summit hosted by US President Barack Obama in Washington in 2010. The summit concluded with the adoption of the Hague Communique which, according to the summit website, includes new agreements on “reducing the amount of dangerous nuclear material in the world that terrorists could use to make a nuclear weapon”, as well as “improving the security of radioactive material (including low-enriched uranium) that can be used to make a ‘dirty bomb’”. SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scott Metzger, Pickaway Co.We are pretty dry. After having 10.6 inches of rain in July and almost perfect conditions, we’ve turned off dry in August. You see a lot of crops on the clay knobs and drier ground getting stressed and starting to turn. We have had a couple of inches in August right her at the shop, but a mile south we’ve had about six-tenths in the last two weeks and around Frankfurt it is more like three-tenths. There is rain in the forecast and it would be appreciated.Our early corn is starting to black layer. I would say that within 10 days there will be some corn shelled in Pickaway County. Our stuff is still pretty green yet so it will ready to harvest around Farm Science Review. I thought I was seeing some N loss with corn firing up, but with the GDUs we’ve had it is time for that early corn to start turning. Our later planted corn is starting to dent. I could see us having all of the early corn shelled before we start beans.I am really surprised at the diseases that came in late. It is far enough along that I don’t think they will hurt anything but I have been surprised at the disease levels in some fields I’ve been walking. Other fields, though, are really pretty clean.We don’t have a bumper crop but we do have pretty good corn yields. In the early corn it seems like there is a lot of variability. You don’t see that in the later corn where there is more consistent girth and maybe less length. Overall I think we’ll be above average on the corn.I think the dry weather has taken the top end off the later beans. I have seen 50 to 60 and occasionally 70 pods per plant. We have some very tall beans and they are podded pretty decent, but tall beans usually scare me. They look pretty but don’t usually yield well. The double-crops are coming along. They would really benefit from a rain. They are in R3 and the potential is there. We need some rain and not an early frost.We’re getting the equipment, bins and grain dryer ready and I am guessing we’ll get to know the propane guy on a first-name basis this year.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more


first_imgBollywood’s new-age superstar Ranbir Kapoor officially launched his team in the Indian Super League (ISL) at an event in a Mumbai five-star over the weekend, with the announcement that the side would be called Mumbai City Football Club, or Mumbai City FC.The team is co-owned by Ranbir Kapoor and investment banker Bimal Parekh. The primary squad of players was also announced at the launch and the logo was unveiled in the presence of Nita Ambani and Ranbir’s father, Rishi Kapoor.Ranbir Kapoor”A dream has come true for our city today. As the Mumbai City Football Club comes to life on this day, I would like to share one thought you should always remember: the fact that this team belongs to not just me but 20 million Mumbaikars whose hearts beat here and who call the city home,” Ranbir said at the launch.The actor said he was happy to get ownership of the Mumbai franchise. “I could never have asked to get more than the Mumbai franchise. It is the city I have grown up in and a city I love,” he said.Ranbir as well as most of the other guests gathered sported the team’s bright blue and red jersey.last_img read more