MIAMI — Bartolo Colon couldn’t join an exclusive New York Mets club.Colon’s bid to be the first five-game winner of 2015 was thwarted, as was his chance at joining Dwight Gooden and Pedro Martinez as just the third pitcher to post a 5-0 April for the Mets.Ichiro Suzuki hit a three-run home run, Giancarlo Stanton homered and finished with three RBIs and the Miami Marlins beat the Mets 7-3 on April 29.“I thought I pitched a good game and the team behind me gave me support,” Colon said. “They scored runs for me. Too bad I couldn’t pick them up when I needed to.”It was the fourth loss on a six-game trip for the Mets, who are 10-0 at home this season and 5-7 on the road.“You can’t get down because you’re 2-4 on the road trip,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “You pick yourself up and go home.”In the eighth and with Miami leading 4-3, all Suzuki wanted was to drive home an insurance run.He outdid his own expectations. His homer — his second since August 2013 — blew the game open.“Just to see my teammates so happy and the fans so happy, I was very moved,” Ichiro said through a translator. “I almost cried. Just very moved.”Dee Gordon had two hits and his sacrifice fly in the seventh put the Marlins ahead for good, adding to a night where he raised his average to .409 and Miami won for the seventh time in its last eight games after that dreadful 3-11 start.Sam Dyson (1-0) worked two perfect innings of relief after starter Mat Latos left in the fifth with a left hamstring strain.“These guys have always responded,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “Shows a lot about the character on this ballclub.”Colon (4-1) allowed nine hits and four runs in 6 2-3 innings. Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer and Lucas Duda drove in another run for the Mets, who wasted leads of 2-0 and 3-2.Adeiny Hechavarria led off the seventh with a double for Miami, eventually scoring on Gordon’s fly to center.Latos led off the fifth with a single, and that’s where his night ended. After a quick conversation at first base Redmond decided to make a change and Latos limped off the field, then banged his helmet on a dugout wall in frustration.At least the Marlins made his hit count.Donovan Solano pinch-ran for Latos, moved to second on Gordon’s second hit, took third on a double-play ball and scored when Stanton was credited with an infield single that tied the game at 3-all.Cuddyer and Stanton each hit two-run homers in the first. The Mets went up 3-2 in the third when Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff double and scored after two groundouts.“There’s no concern,” Cuddyer said. “We played well here. We just got beat.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Kolkata: Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) is all set to introduce an app to facilitate payment of dues by the residents, right through their android or iOS mobile phone. ADDA will soon be integrating all the offices and shops located on land under it for systematic mopping up of the rent dues. It may be mentioned that a new payment gateway service namely “ADDA online” was launched in July last year, so that residents could pay all sort of taxes online right from their home. In the second phase, ADDA will integrate shops and both government and private offices that are entitled to pay rent to it for being situated on its land. “Most of these businessmen would visit our office once in three months, collect details of payments and then clear the dues. Delayed payments have become a cause of worry. Hence, we have decided to launch an app ensuring on-time payments. They will receive the details of their payment dues by 5th of every month and have to clear off the dues by the end of the month. They will have deposit the amount in an account of a private bank with which we have tied up for this purpose,” Arun Prasad, CEO of ADDA said adding that they are in talks with a couple of nationalised banks too in this regard. Since its inception, ADDA, through its online payment gateway, has earned revenue of Rs 11 crore with more than 3,000 customers being registered. The payment gateway was devised for collection of various fees like development charges, water charges, mortgage fees, transfer fees, ground rent among others. Presently, payment for as many as nineteen fees can be done through this portal. With the integration of shops and offices, ADDA will be earning at least Rs 3 crore more. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The manual system to pay fees took a lot of time in processing and reflecting in our system. However, through this app-based online mode of payment, it will get processed immediately. Most importantly, residents do not have to take any hassle of traveling all the way to our office for payments,” chairman of ADDA Tapas Banerjee said. The app-based service will be launched in July when ADDA will observe the first anniversary of its online payment system. ADDA covers an extensive area of 1603 square km comprising two municipal corporations and eight development blocks.
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Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Given that Microsoft is about to axe another 7,800 employees, take a restructuring charge of $750 million to $850 million related to the layoffs plus a $7.6 billion impairment charge, it’s hard to argue that the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s phone business 18 months ago was anything but folly.The Nokia deal was seen as Steve Ballmer’s baby. The former Microsoft CEO was hell-bent on fixing Microsoft’s mobile business where it was getting buried by Apple and Android devices. It could even be argued that buying its way into mobile was faster and maybe cheaper than building that business organically.Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett is in that camp. “Nokia got Microsoft into the hardware business where no one was betting on Windows Phone, but at a steep price. I think they couldn’t afford not to get in that business and the alternative would have been to invent it from scratch which would have taken longer.”One former Microsoft manager, who still works with the company as a partner, said Nokia was a “buddy deal between Ballmer and Stephen Elop,” the former Microsoft exec who left to become CEO of Nokia and returned to Microsoft as part of the acquisition. “They should have made a movie, not a deal,” he said. (Elop left Microsoft two weeks ago as part of a reorg.)Ballmer was driven to purchase Nokia by Google- and Apple-envy, which might have been fine if the company had executed well, but it didn’t, said David Linthicum, an independent analyst. Last year it was clear that something was awry when the company announced plans to cut 18,000 employees, many from the phone unit.“Now, Microsoft will likely focus on users that want enhanced management capabilities and security. That’s going to be a tough course to follow considering that other phone and mobile OS providers have been working hard to provide management and security capabilities as well. So, what does Microsoft do different? Not much,” Linthicum said via email.Others think that some lemonade may be squeezed out of this lemon yet.“If Microsoft owns the rights to the hardware and the OS they could redeem themselves in Africa and other emerging markets. Those markets have 4 to 5 billion people that have not been touched by tech. They don’t need smart phones. They’ll start with super-feature phones. The telcos and other infrastructure providers are going to make a fortune. Microsoft may have a chance to play here too. We shall see how they play their hand,” said the former exec.So, the question is now, as it’s been for the past year: Can CEO Satya Nadella, who took the job in February, 2014, execute where his predecessor did not? So far it looks like he is willing and able to make the tough choices he telegraphed last month in an internal memo. And that’s probably a good thing for Microsoft. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read July 9, 2015