About 950 gold miners were stuck underground in South Africa on Thursday after a power cut, the mine's owner said, though the workers were not reported to be in immediate danger. The Sibanye-Stillwater mining company said a massive power outage caused by a storm had prevented lifts from bringing the night shift to the surface at the Beatrix gold mine, in the small town of Theunissen near the city of Welkom. "We have got 955 employees still underground, they are in a confined and safe area, it's the shaft waiting area (and) there is ventilation, we are supplying them with water and food," James Wellsted, spokesman for Sibanye-Stillwater, told AFP. "So everybody is fine at the moment. We are trying to restore power so we can start hoisting them to the surface," he said, speaking on the phone from the mine. He said the depth where the miners were trapped was uncertain, but the mine has 23 levels, going down to about 1,000 metres (3280 feet) below ground. One cable was restored during … [Read more...] about 950 gold miners trapped underground in South Africa
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VietNamNet Bridge - With total area of over 2,000 square meters, it would take about VND500 billion to provide free wi-fi throughout HCMC, experts have estimated. HCMC’s Vice Mayor Tran Vinh Tuyen at a meeting with the HCMC Tourism Department said that a Singaporean firm suggested providing free wi-fi throughout the city to help residents and tourists more easily check information. It would also facilitate the e-government plan the city is implementing. To have mobile phones or laptops witj wi-fi connection, there must be a wi-fi transmitting device which could be either Access Point (AP) or router AP. An outdoor AP will be needed for outdoor wi-fi connection. In general, an outdoor AP has the coverage of between 50 and 300 meters in radius. An expert said that the coverage of 150-200 meters would be reasonable, because within the radius, mobile devices cannot connect. If not, phones would still be able to detect wi-fi wave, but may not have internet connection. With total area … [Read more...] about How much will it cost to have free wi-fi throughout HCM City?
VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) needed VND2 trillion to maintain its operation in the last five years. But it only had 22 ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) articles during that time. A newly released report by S4VN (Scientometrics for Vietnam), a science monitoring project, showed that VASS had 22 ISI articles, or scientific articles recognized by ISI in 2011-2015 and 63 citations. 2013 was considered the most successful year for VASS with 7 ISI published and 20 citations. Meanwhile, in 2011, VASS had only 2 articles and 1 citation. According to Le Ngoc Son, a postgraduate at Ilmenau Technology University in Germany, the Ministry of Finance’s official report showed that in 2011-2015, the state allocated a budget of VND2 trillion to VASS, or $90.6 million. The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) needed VND2 trillion to maintain its operation in the last five years. But it only had 22 ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) … [Read more...] about How much does it take to have an ISI article?
Brazil, host country of the next FIFA World Cup, opened a 3,000-square-meter exhibition space in South Africa Tuesday to promote the country's tourism. The Casa Brasil, or Brazil House, located in an upmarket neighborhood in Johannesburg, will provide promotional information about the 12 cities which will host the World Cup in 2014. It also features an exposition on soccer. The initiative, which cost 10 million reais (5.58 million U.S. dollars), aims to attract investors to Brazil and promote the country's tourism in the next few years. Tourism Minister Luiz Barretto said the World Cup would increase the number of foreign tourists from the current five million to eight million in 2014. "It is the first kick to 2014 and the chance to make Brazil a great tourism destination," he said. To receive more tourists, Brazil would have to improve its tourism infrastructure, including hotels and airports. The country's economic development would make it easier to make the improvements, he … [Read more...] about Brazil launches tourism promotion in South Africa
The Embassy of Viet Nam in South Africa hosted a booth, featuring Vietnamese cuisine and fine art at a trade fair in Pretoria, South Africa on November 13. The event welcomed nearly 100 guests from embassies and agencies of Southeast Asian nations in South Africa, representatives from the South African Department of Arts and Culture, and Vietnamese overseas agencies. Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Vu Van Dung thanked the organisers of the ASEAN – Africa Trade Fair, the first of its kind, saying that the event presents an opportunity for Vietnamese artist Nguyen Minh Son to introduce Viet Nam’s culture and contemporary fine art. Son’s presentation enabled visitors to get an insight into the landscape and people of Viet Nam, including the UNESCO-recognised natural wonder of Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang beach, Hanoi’s old quarter and Hoi An ancient city, among others. The work arts displayed at the event were previously showcased at … [Read more...] about Viet Nam’s cuisine, fine art shines in South Africa