ATLANTA — The Braves may have to find different ways to score after losing Evan Gattis to the disabled list.With a healthy Gattis, the Braves often relied on homers. Without the power-hitting catcher, they showed the Mets they can create runs without the long ball.Andrelton Simmons’ two-run single in Atlanta’s three-run fourth helped the streaking Braves beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the New York Mets 5-4 on the night of July 1.The Braves stole three bases, leading to two runs. They had only one extra-base hit, a run-scoring double by Freddie Freeman in the third inning.“It’s nice to play small ball, stealing bases and running the bases good, going first to third,” Simmons said.Gattis was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a bulging disk in his back. He was tied for the team lead with 16 homers.Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit two-run homers for New York. The Mets (37-47) have lost three straight and six of seven to fall 10 games below .500 for the first time this season.The Braves overcame a shaky start from Mike Minor to protect their one-half game lead over Washington in the NL East. Atlanta has won six straight, its longest streak of the season.Shae Simmons (1-0) took over for Minor in the fifth and pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Craig Kimbrel earned his 26th save by striking out Eric Young Jr., Granderson and Bobby Abreu in the ninth. Four Braves relievers combined to allow only one hit in 4 2-3 scoreless innings.“I think the MVP of the team today was the bullpen,” said Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez. “To go 4 2-3 scoreless innings in a one-run game, that’s a pretty awesome night for us down there.”Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. He has lost three straight starts.With the game tied 2-2 in the fourth, the Braves staged an improbable three-run inning. Chris Johnson reached on only his eighth walk of the season.With two outs, Johnson scored from second on Minor’s single to center — only his second RBI of the season. Following a single and stolen base by B.J. Upton, Simmons’ two-run single to left off Matsuzaka increased Atlanta’s lead to 5-2.“When they needed a big hit, they got it,” said Mets Manager Terry Collins of the Braves. “There’s a reason why they’re winning. There’s a reason why they’ve won. They do have a knack for it. Those are the kind of players they have over there. They’re tough in the clutch, boy, they’re very tough.”Matsuzaka said it was disappointing to allow the three runs with two outs.“The first two outs came pretty easily but I just wasn’t able to finish off that inning with the last out,” Matsuzaka said through a translator. “… I was really disappointed in myself for not being able to keep us in the game.”Minor quickly gave back two runs in the fifth on Murphy’s two-run homer. Minor then gave up singles to Eric Campbell and Lucas Duda before being bailed out by rookie Shae Simmons, whose sidearm delivery produced a fly ball from Chris Young and a strikeout of Travis d’Arnaud.Minor lasted 4 1-3 innings, matching his shortest start of the season, and allowed four runs on nine hits and one walk. His ERA is 4.73 and he has made eight starts since his last win on May 19.Atlanta rookie catcher Christian Bethancourt, making his second straight start, singled in the second inning to drive in Johnson for his first career RBI.Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella suffered a bruised right foot when he was hit by a pitch in the second inning. He left the game in the eighth. La Stella said he expects to play on July 2. Gonzalez said the rookie had a 50-50 chance to start.(CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett on her third place finish in the Miss Universe Pageant last evening (Sunday) in Las Vegas.“We’ll take 2nd runnerup but in our hearts you are number one and our queen,” Minister Grange said.The Minister said also that, “she displayed poise, confidence and the true Jamaican spirit during the show. Our Davina left her mark on the world and is an inspiration to other Jamaican young women.”
MV Gebe Oldendorff, a bulk carrier owned by Germany-based dry bulk carrier owner and operator Oldendorff Carriers, has successfully completed its Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage. The voyage started on September 18 when the Panamax ship headed with holds full of cargo from Murmansk across the Barents Sea, the shipowner said on social media.Making its way north east above Russia, the ship passed Bennet Island and entered the East Siberian Sea on September 26.After 12 days sailing from the starting point in Murmansk to passing the exit point in the Bering Strait, the 97,000 cbm bulker safely wrapped up its NSR transit and was on its way to China as of September 30.“This successful voyage … provided valuable information on the benefits and efficiency of using these routes in future,” Oldendorff Carriers said.As explained, the company has saved 1,977 tons in CO2 emissions compared to sailing via the Suez Canal route. This equals to the average annual CO2 emissions of 439 cars.Due to its numerous advantages, the NSR is expected to experience traffic growth in the coming period. About 80 million tons of goods is planned to be shipped annually via this sea route by 2024, Rosatom director said at the first working meeting of the NSR Public Council held in Vladivostok last month.World Maritime News Staff
Often compared with Indian captain Virat Kohli, young Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has already confessed that he watches Kohli and tries to learn as much as possible from the Indian captain. Azam has been one of the shining lights for Pakistan in the World Cup so far and his consistent run at the top of the order has been a real positive for Pakistan.However, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said that the young man should now aim at kicking on after getting a start and winning games for his side.”I would like to tell Babar Azam that when you consider Virat Kohli your idol then you should also learn to play like him. Virat has scored runs in very difficult situations. Babar should learn to take singles like Virat, learn to improvise like him,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.Akhtar also advised Babar to increase his range of strokes and accelerate his scoring rate after reaching his 50, much in the same way the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson have done.’Babar has to have more range of shots’ Babar AzamMichael Steele/Getty Images”If you look at players like Virat, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson…all these guys accelerate their scoring after reaching fifty. Babar should learn from them. He should have more range of shots,” he added.The Rawalpindi Express, however, was all praise for Haris Sohail, the young left-hander who came in and smashed a 59-ball 89 during Pakistan’s convincing 49-run win over South Africa. Babar scored his half-century but they got out when he was on 69 off 80 deliveries.”I was constantly saying that Haris Sohail should be included in the playing XI because he is a very compact player. Against South Africa, he showed how to score runs. In fact, he looked better than Babar Azam,” Shoaib said. Virat KohliGetty imagesThe fast-bowler believed that dropping Shoaib Malik and replacing him with Haris Sohail was a fair call as the left-hander provided thrust to the Pakistan innings.Asking the side to play without any pressure, Akhtar believed that the side still had a great chance of making it to the semi-finals if they play with freedom and put pressure on the opposition in the upcoming matches.”Pakistan have a good chance of making it to the semifinals. They need to play fearless cricket without any pressure. If England lose their three matches against Australia, India and New Zealand, Pakistan can come through,” said Akhtar.
Kolkata: The city on Tuesday witnessed another incident of organ donation at a private hospital.Ranjan Roy (49), a resident of Baruipur in South 24-Parganas was pronounced brain-dead on Tuesday morning by a team of doctors at a private hospital in Ekbalpore. The victim’s wife agreed to donate his organs after counselling.According to the hospital sources, two kidneys and the skin of the patient would be taken to SSKM Hospital after they taken, while his liver would be taken to a private hospital off EM Bypass. His eyes will be donated to a private eye hospital group. The process has started on Tuesday evening. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was learnt that SSKM Hospital and the private hospital have already arranged the persons who need the organs. A new lease of life would be given to a number of people. The victim was admitted to the private hospital following an accident. He had undergone a neurosurgery after he was brought to the hospital. He was declared brain dead after four days of the incident happened.The victim’s wife had shown great courage as she decided to let her husband’s legacy live on through the process of organ donation.The woman was present at the hospital premises along with her 9-year-old daughter when the process had been started this evening.”The donor’s wife played a crucial role for making this happen. We thank her whole-heartedly for this extremely compassionate act. We are proud to be part of this selfless donation and we will continue to build on this momentum,” a senior official of the private hospital said.
In one way or another, the job of the cashier looks doomed to disappear. Amazon is already pushing for cashierless experiences through its Go stores, and now convenience store chain 7-Eleven is embracing facial recognition to make paying as easy as looking into a camera.As The Mainichi reports, 7-Eleven has opened up a trial store in Tokyo’s Minato Ward which is home to the NEC Group. Rather than requiring cashiers, cash, credit cards, or even contactless smartphone payments, this 7-Eleven just requires your face for payment. The store is open to the 6,000 or so NEC employees based narby and requires each have their face scanned and stored to enable the system to work.Related: Richard Branson Thinks the 9-5 Workday Grind Will DisappearOnce registered on the system, a shopper can approach a self-checkout area where their items are scanned. But when it comes time to pay, they are asked to look into a camera while the system searches for a match. Once found, the total is automatically deducted from that person’s NEC salary.The collaboration between 7-Eleven and NEC to launch this new store makes sense seeing as NEC developed the facial recognition technology that makes it possible. 7-Eleven is quite experienced at using facial recognition technology. All 11,000 of 7-Eleven’s stores in Thailand already use it to monitor store traffic, product stock, customer emotion, and to help suggest the most appropriate products to customers.If the trial proves successful, 7-Eleven plans to roll out the option of paying with your face to small-scale outlets located inside office buildings. This is similar to what Amazon has planned after it recently launched an experimental compact version of its Go store in Seattle. This story originally appeared on PCMag December 18, 2018 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.