By Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN – Spencer scored 13 runs in the top of the first inning and rolled past Gilman 19-5 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Friday at Gilman High School.Nate Neumann earned the win, striking out six in a five-inning effort. The game ended via the 10-run rule.Mitch Susa smacked a home run, and Jonny Tomke and Jake Meyers each had three hits and four RBIs for the Rockets (7-2 overall, 5-1 Cloverbelt East). Gilman is now 0-4 in the conference.Spencer hosts Auburndale for a nonconference doubleheader on Saturday.Rockets 19, Pirates 5Spencer (13)01 50 – 19 18 1Gilman 401 00 – 5 7 2WP: Nate Neumann. LP: Chase Rosemeyer.SO: Neumann 6.Top hitters: S, Mitch Susa 1B, HR; Jonny Tomke 3 hits, 4 RBIs; Jake Meyers 3 hits, 4 RBIs; Calvin Lenz 1B, 2B; Hunter Luepke 2 hits; Neumann 2 hits.Records: Spencer 7-2, 5-1 Cloverbelt East; Gilman 0-4 overall and Cloverbelt East.
28 November 2011First National Bank (FNB) is to enhance its eWallet solution, which enables employers to pay salaries directly to their employees’ mobile phones, by introducing features that enable users to pay money from their eWallet directly to a bank account, and even to pay their bills.FNB has had success with eWallet, with over R1-billion being transferred using the solution during the year between its launch in October 2009 and October this year. Encouraged by the success of eWallet in South Africa, FNB has since made the solution available in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.“When we created the eWallet, recipients were only able to send money to another cellphone,” eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said in a statement this week.“With this enhancement, eWallet users are able to pay funds directly into an individual’s bank account at any of the major South African banks, or easily make a payment to one of our pre-loaded beneficiaries such as municipalities, Edgars etc.”Customers’ feedbackFollowing customers’ feedback, the eWallet can now hold a maximum balance of R3 000, increased from the R 1 000 limit introduced at the product’s launch in 2009. The maximum amount a customer can transfer to another person per day has also been increased from R 1 000 to R1 500.“Enabling South Africans to transfer money directly into a bank account or pay their bill without having to leave their homes is taking us closer to making banking truly accessible to the previously unbanked,” added Van Wyk.The eWallet allows for money to be sent even to people who do not have a bank account. When sent money in this manner, the recipient receives an SMS informing them that they have received money, and the necessary instructions to withdraw it from an FNB ATM.“The beauty of eWallet is that the recipient doesn’t need a bank account to be able to access the money sent to them,” she said. “In addition to withdrawing cash, buying prepaid airtime or sending the money to another person, they can also pay their bills instantly and conveniently.”Innovation award shortlisteWallet has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Financial World Innovation Awards 2011 in the Innovation in the delivery of financial products – Multichannel and Mobile Banking.The Financial World Innovation Awards have been running for more than a decade, recognising examples of creativity and vision within the financial services industry. The awards will take place in London on 1 December 2011.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A Virgin ATR. Photo: Bahnfrend/Wikimedia Commons Australian air safety investigators are looking into a rare double flame-out on a twin-engine commuter plane descending into the nation’s capital.Both engines on a Virgin ATR-72-600 turboprop, registration VH-FVN, experienced problems near Canberra Airport on December 13.Although the disruptions were momentary and the aircraft landed safely, the probability of both engines shutting down during a flight is low and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is treating the incident as serious.Turboprops use gas turbine engines to power the propeller and a flameout occurs when the flame in the combustion chamber is extinguished. A flameout is believed to occur once in every 100,000 non-military flights, according to Air & Space Magazine.“While the aircraft was descending through 11,000 ft in heavy rain, the right engine’s power rolled back (decreased) and the engine flamed out,’’ The ATSB said. “The engine automatically re-started within five seconds.READ: Jetstar faces $A1.95 million fine for misleading customers.“The descent continued and, while passing through 10,000 ft, the left engine’s power also rolled back and that engine flamed out before automatically relighting.“The crew selected manual engine ignition for the remainder of the flight and the landing.”Although engines are designed to cope with extremely heavy rain, experts say it is normal to switch to continuous ignition as a precaution when heading into storms.This allows an engine to quickly relight in the case of a flameout, as was the case with the Virgin ATR.The aircraft spent three days on the ground before being returned to service. Virgin said the incident had not impacted customers and it was assisting the ATSB with its inquiries.The ATSB has downloaded the flight data recorder and is gathering additional information that will be included in a final report.“Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken,’’ it said.There have been a number of instances of jet engines flaming out in bad weather, not all of them with the happy ending in Canberra.In 1977, a Southern Airways DC-9 was forced to land on a highway in the US state of Georgia after suffering hail damage in a thunderstorm and losing thrust in both engines. Sixty-three people died.In 1988, A Salvadoran Boeing 737 operated by TACA flew through thunderstorms around New Orleans when both engines quit.The crew managed to relight them but they would not accelerate from idle speed and dangerously rising tailpipe temperatures forced the pilots to shut them down again.The captain dead-sticked the aircraft into a levee embankment and ditched the plane without loss of life.In 2002, a Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737 flight encountered severe thunderstorm activity on approach to Yogyakarta and suffered a flameout in both engines.The pilots tried several times to restart the engines but were forced to ditch in a shallow river with the loss of one life.
A total of 850 students of Delhi University along with their mentors have embarked on a journey to explore the North East India. The students are accompanied by 20 teachers, selected from various colleges under DU. The students have been distributed in groups of 10 with at least one person belonging to the state. These groups are required to conduct fieldwork and research on subjects assigned. The areas of the study are endangered languages, river Brahmaputra, temples, gender issues, flora and fauna, architecture, arts and crafts, handloom industry, cuisine, traditional dresses, lifestyle, environment, history, religion, folklore, myths, intangible heritage, scientific developments, education, sports etc.The educational trip is named GYANODAYA-V with the theme of Dharohar: The Glory of the North East. The tour is of 10 days and classes are conducted on the train. The trip is being conducted from December 18 to 29. The Itinerary for Gyanodaya V- North East Region includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam (Guwahati), Assam Jorhat), Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.