More details are being released regarding an incident of child solicitation involving a 10-year-old girl.A 44-year-old Pekin man is behind bars awaiting his first hearing after being arrested for texting with a 10-year old girl who was a friend of his daughter.He will come before Circuit Court Judge Larry Medlock Thursday morning at 8:30a. William R. Knight, Pekin, told police that he just wanted the girl to feel special.“That’s the reason he talked to her the way he did,” noted the police affidavit.Indiana State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies obtained a search warrant from Judge Medlock to search Knight’s home Tuesday at 90 Eastern Park Blvd, Lot 22, Pekin.Police were looking for a computer or phone in connection with the child solicitation case they were working on.Knight was at his parents’ house on Blue River Road and police located him there and Knight agreed to speak with police.Knight told police he knew that he was involved with the case and knew who they were questioning him about and admitted talking online through Facebook chat with the 10-year-old.According to the probable cause affidavit, Knight admitted to asking the girl inappropriate questions, including “have you ever been with a man,” “do you know how to kiss” and “can I rub your body.”According to police, Knight asked the girl multiple times if she liked to cuddle.Knight also told the girl, according to police, that he loved her and asked on multiple occasions, if she loved him.Knight also asked the girl to sneak out and meet him. He also asked the girl twice to delete the messages.In one message, Knight allegedly asked the girl if she wanted to do more than cuddle.The girl’s mother got involved and began responding to the messages of Knight, who acknowledged to police that he knew the mother was texting him.Knight told police he was upset the mother got involved and felt she was trying to set him up with police.Knight is detained in the Washington County Detention Center and will be held on $10,000 Full Cash Bond, $4,000 cash plus $10,000 surety bond and $4,000 cash plus $20,000 property.Knight was charged with one count of Child Solicitation, a Level 5 Felony.A protective order was also issued against Knight contacting the girl again.
A display of the Clivia miniatra cultivar ‘Kirstenbosch Splendour’, bred by the garden’s bulb expert Graham Duncan grows in the planted avenue of camphor trees on the Kirstenbosch premises. This image was selected as the cover photograph for the garden’s centenary publication, written by South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley. Kirstenbosch has become an international showcase of South Africa’s natural beauty, and a leader in botanical and zoological science, research and conservation. (Images: Adam Harrower) The builders of Kirstenbosch: in 1973 Brian Rycroft presented gold watches to eight Kirstenbosch stalwarts, each with more than 25 years’ service. From left, Abraham Basson, William Basson, Frank Krieger, David Mclean, John Fredericks, Brian Rycroft, George Basson, Nicholas Josephus and James Nicholas. A photograph from the 1920s shows the slopes on which the protea and erica sections were developed in the 1960s. (Images: Sanbi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Belinda van der Merwe Random Struik +27 21 460 5400 RELATED ARTICLES • Kirstenbosch best place to picnic • Citizen science to toads’ rescue • Floral wealth in caring hands • Research output rises, papers double Wilma den HartighIn 2013 the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town celebrates its 100th anniversary. A beautiful coffee table book, written by acclaimed South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley, has been published in honour of the garden’s centenary.Kirstenbosch: the most beautiful garden in Africa, tells the story of the garden’s establishment, its setbacks, triumphs and the remarkable people who helped to make it what it is today – an internationally renowned botanical, science and conservation facility.Through vivid photographs, art work, valuable archive material and the author’s detailed, yet accessible writing style, Huntley tells the tale of a garden that has captured the hearts of many people for centuries.The book is the first comprehensive account of the history and progress of the botanical facility since Compton’s 1965 publication, Kirstenbosch, Garden for a Nation, which went out of print many decades ago.Compton’s history only covers developments at the botanical garden until around 1963, and subsequent publications lack coverage of the important developments of the past two decades.Huntley says the approaching centenary inspired him to write an updated account of the Kirstenbosch story.“When I retired I wanted to write something that brings the history of the garden into popular media and I wanted it to be technically accurate and visually attractive,” he says.And the book achieves both objectives.A combination of beauty and scienceIn the book Huntley tells how Kirstenbosch grew to become an international showcase of South Africa’s natural beauty, and a leader in botanical and zoological science, research and conservation.Huntley believes this makes it one of the best gardens in the world.“What distinguishes a proper botanical garden of global standing is a combination of flora, landscaping and strong science and education programmes,” he says.A fascinating story, told by an expertHuntley is an internationally respected conservationist with over 45 years of field research and management experience in many African ecosystems.Since his retirement from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), he’s been working as a consultant to several UN agencies on conservation projects.What sets the book apart is Huntley’s personal love for the gardens. He has a long-standing relationship with Kirstenbosch spanning over 50 years. During this time he lived on the premises for 19 years, which afforded him the privilege of daily walks in the garden and the opportunity to get to know it better than just about anyone else.“Over the years, I got a good sense for the seasons in the garden,” he says.He also dedicates numerous pages to the garden’s conservation and education initiatives, and its links with the community.Ensuring that the garden can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life, and not only tourists visiting Cape Town, is a strong priority for staff at Kirstenbosch. Through its school programmes more than 20 000 underprivileged children have an opportunity to experience the beauty of Kirstenbosch every year. And by staging its popular annual series of concerts, Kirstenbosch brings in thousands of cultural and nature lovers to experience the beauty of music outdoors on a summer evening.Compiling the bookEven with so much knowledge about the gardens, Huntley says writing the book was no small feat.“A significant amount of research went into it,” he says. “I had to trawl through databases, archived photos, reports and information going back a century or two.”The book draws on information included in the annual reports published since 1914 by the National Botanic Gardens of South Africa, by its successor, the National Botanical Institute, and from Sanbi.He also included oral history accounts provided by people who have worked at Kirstenbosch for many years.“I’ve picked up many anecdotes and accounts as time went by,” he says.Huntley’s informal tone ensures that the book doesn’t read like a science journal or a history textbook, but more like a conversation about Africa’s most beautiful garden.Uncovering the unexpectedWhile looking through archive photographs, Huntley came across a few surprising facts about Kirstenbosch.“What surprised me is that in the early days of the garden, the first 10 to 30 years of its existence, it was very shabby and makeshift,” he says.Kirstenbosch wasn’t as sophisticated and pristine as it is today, yet it was very well supported.“Supporters in those days were of the highest standing in government, business and society. They were all very passionate about it and believed in the importance of the garden,” he explains.“What people don’t know is that the gardens came from very humble origins.”World-class research and scienceAn extensive range of new and ongoing research takes place at Kirstenbosch. This includes studies at global scale on topics such as climate change modelling and at continental level in specialised fields such as plant taxonomy.Scientists also undertake national research that includes biodiversity assessments, species conservation and vegetation mapping of South Africa.A molecular laboratory, established in 2000 at the Kirstenbosch Research Centre, has made it possible to pioneer research on the evolution of proteas, other fynbos plants and animal groups with special importance in South Africa, in particular reptiles and frogs.“Our national obsession with the big, hairy mammals means we have tended to overlook our lizard fauna,” Huntley says in the book.The Protea Atlas Project, which has been ongoing at Kirstenbosch since 1990, has led to the compilation of probably the biggest, most accurate, geo-referenced database of information on the distribution and abundance of any family of plants, anywhere.This unique database, put together by a small in-house team and hundreds of volunteer field workers under the leadership of scientific officer Tony Rebelo, provides researchers with information to test responses of species to changes in environmental factors.Kirstenbosch in years to comeGoing forward, Huntley believes one of the most important challenges for Kirstenbosch is to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in horticulture, visitor amenities and research.“It must retain its position as a leader in this field,” he says. “It must also remain a centre of innovation.”And is there any part of Kirstenbosch that Huntley thinks of as his favourite little nook? He can’t single out any.“There are too many good places,” he says. “If you wander around the garden, around every corner you will find something nice.”• Slideshow image courtesy of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
15 May 2013 People using protests as a cover for criminal activities or for incitement to violence will be identified, arrested and charged, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele warned on Tuesday. Tabling his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town, Cwele said the country’s Constitution gave South Africans the right to protest peacefully. However, while most protests in South Africa were peaceful, some were violent and disruptive, leading to intimidation and loss of life. “Let us be up front and loudly state that in terms of our law, it is a crime to incite or participate in acts of violence during protests. Both the organisers and participants must take full responsibility for the consequences of such violent action, including destruction of life and property. As a state we can no longer tolerate such abuse,” Cwele said. Referring to President Jacob Zuma’s 2009 State of the Nation Address, Cwele said the President had called on the security service to restore the authority of the state. “The whole security cluster is increasing its capacity to focus on this scourge. We now have a plan and are ready to deploy the full capacity of the democratic state to identify, prevent or arrest and swiftly prosecute those who undermine our Bill of Rights by engaging in acts of violence,” Cwele said. He called on all South Africans to join hands with the security forces and law enforcement agencies to ensure that “these perpetrators” did not prevail.Illegal trading Cwele also told Parliament that the illicit economy, such as illegal trading in cigarettes, illegal mining, copper theft, and trading in stolen goods, was undermining South Africa’s real economy. This illicit trade obstructed economic development, undermined government policy and the rule of law. It also supported corrupt practices, funded organized crime, and undermined investment in legitimate manufacturing, employment and innovation. “The sale of illicit cigarettes and tobacco products, has, for example, increased over the past four years. By the end of 2011 the illegal sale of cigarettes was more than 25 percent of market sales in South Africa. The estimated loss to the South African fiscus is R4-billion in unpaid taxes per year.” In addition, retailers lost R7-billion in turnover and R750-million in annual profits. In employment terms, this meant the loss of almost 10 000 jobs in the tobacco industry over the past 10 years. An interdepartmental task team comprising members of the SA Police Service, SA Revenue Service, Asset Forfeiture Unit, Financial Intelligence Centre and National Prosecuting Authority has been formed to deal with this, Cwele said. “We expect to see positive results as soon as a result of this intervention.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now joe brockmeier 1 Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has found some encouraging statistics on Ubuntu adoption for public-facing Web sites powered by Ubuntu. Unfortunately, Shuttleworth has taken a single data point and tried to suggest that it’s an indicator that companies are choosing Ubuntu over Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for “enterprise computing.” In reality, the stats from W3Techs about Web site usage are not a particularly useful tool for divining what companies are using for “large-scale enterprise workloads.”It’s tempting to cut corners when trying to figure out how companies are using Linux, and how much. It’s damn difficult to figure out how many servers are running Linux and which versions of Linux are in use. That’s because most of the Linux usage, Web servers excepted, is behind the firewall. Couple that with the fact that companies deploy a lot of Linux without having to tell anybody about it, and it’s a real puzzler.You can get some idea by looking at paid Linux usage. Red Hat, SUSE and Canonical can point to the number of paid subscriptions in use, though even that is only a rough estimate of how many organizations are using their enterprise distributions. As Red Hat’s Lars Herrmann noted when I asked him about the topic, many enterprise customers have systems running RHEL without subscriptions.When it comes to unpaid Linux, it’s really anybody’s guess. Looking at Web servers gives some indication of distribution adoption, but it doesn’t necessarily reflect what goes on behind the corporate firewall.On W3techs StatisticsLooking specifically at the stats cited by Shuttleworth, we see that Ubuntu now represents 18.4% of the domains surveyed by W3techs, whereas Red Hat has 12.2%. This is out of the top 1 million Web sites according to Alexa. Note that this is sites and not servers. We don’t rightly know whether the domains in question have one server or 1,000 serving the Web site. We also can assume that the top million sites queried include a lot of non-enterprise sites.So this is a faulty picture to begin with, even if one was to assume that Web servers were representative of enterprise workloads.How many servers are in use for each domain? How many of the domains are being hosted on the same infrastructure by a hosting company, while the organization in question has a completely or partially separate infrastructure? We have no idea.But it gets worse, because Shuttleworth omits all other distributions in his original post. CentOS, which (like Ubuntu) is freely distributed, has 29.9% of the sites surveyed. Debian, which Ubuntu is based on, has 30%. Shuttleworth, in the comments, has the chutzpah to claim Debian as part of the “Ubuntu ecosystem” which seems to be ignoring the way the Ubuntu/Debian relationship actually works.But, it’s not at all surprising that Ubuntu has surpassed RHEL for Web site hosting. Many companies choose Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) releases for hosting because it has a reasonable and predictable support lifecycle and doesn’t cost anything to deploy. Herrmann acknowledged that a lot of hosting companies prefer other distributions over RHEL for Web hosting because the RHEL subscription price model makes RHEL less attractive for Web hosting. Most of the time, customers don’t need or want to pay for support to run a Web site on Linux.But Shuttleworth’s claim that companies have “started adopting Ubuntu over RHEL for large-scale enterprise workloads, in droves” seems an overly optimistic reading of a single data point that does not actually represent what most would consider “large scale enterprise workloads.”But for actual enterprise workloads, it’s a different story. What we see is that Red Hat is consistently growing its subscription revenues. In the last quarter, Red Hat had $246.5 million in subscription revenues, up 24% year-over-year. That gives some picture into real adoption of RHEL, but Ubuntu? Well, they don’t report their results and consistently decline to give any real details about their success (or lack thereof) in gaining subscribers.But we can reasonably conclude that Ubuntu is not the distribution of choice for enterprise workloads, simply because so little enterprise software is certified to run on Ubuntu.Popular Workloads for UbuntuYou don’t have to take my word for it when I say that Ubuntu is not the distribution of choice for traditional enterprise workloads. All you have to do is read through Canonical’s own server edition survey (PDF), which collected 5,500 responses from Ubuntu users.Ubuntu shines as a Web server, file server, mail server, etc. But these are not what you’d call enterprise workloads. Not exclusively, at least – enterprises may well be using Ubuntu for Web hosting, file serving, etc., but as the survey says on page 4, “when it comes to application usage, the lower scores regarding CRM and ERP reflect the patchy support for Ubuntu among the big vendors in these fields…these figures confirm that Ubuntu remains a bigger player in the infrastructure realm than it is in applications.”When it comes to application and hardware certifications that enterprises care about, Canonical is far behind RHEL and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.It seems entirely likely that Ubuntu is seeing increased adoption in the enterprise. Given that Ubuntu has now been around long enough for at least some enterprise IT departments to start taking it seriously, and that its numbers in the enterprise have been historically minuscule. To put it another way, Ubuntu has nowhere to go but up in the enterprise.Stephen O’Grady, of RedMonk, said that while they have no good quantitative data to judge enterprise OS adoption on. However, he did say that there’s reason to believe Ubuntu is making some progress. “I think there are reasons to believe that Ubuntu has made real progress from an enterprise adoption perspective. HP’s inclusion of Ubuntu in its enterprise focused public cloud efforts, for example, would have been unthinkable a few years ago.”But Shuttleworth’s claim that companies have “started adopting Ubuntu over RHEL for large-scale enterprise workloads, in droves” seems an overly optimistic reading of a single data point that does not actually represent what most would consider “large scale enterprise workloads.”Maybe Ubuntu will surpass RHEL at some point, but the evidence so far suggests that Canonical is still in third place behind SUSE and RHEL when it comes to real enterprise workloads.
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The Life Time Achievement awards were given to Yashwant The Life Time Achievement awards were given to Yashwant Narayan Kadam (Kolhapur, Maharashtra) and Manohar Vishwanath Bhale (Dewas, Madhya Pradesh), for their efforts in making significant contribution to the society especially for the elderly. Jitendra Udhampuri and Rabindranath Das Shastri were given creative art awards. Udhampuri, who hails from Jammu, was honoured for his efforts in the development and enrichment of Dogri language. 78-year-old Shastri, who is a native of Gandhighat in Tripura, was given the award for his outstanding contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit and Bengali languages and also for his continued activism into his age. Bahadur Singh from Punjabs Patiala was given the award for his contribution in sports and adventure. Districts Panchayats of Dindori (Madhya Pradesh) and Udupi (Karnataka) were given Best District Panchayat award in providing services and facilities to senior citizens. Assams Gram Vikas Parsihad and Maharashtras Pravara Rural Hospital were recognised as best institutions for providing services to senior citizens and for awareness generation. PTI AKV IKA
Mumbai, Jan 11 (PTI) Despite controversies surrounding the cash-rich Indian Premier League, broadcaster Sony Pictures today said it hasnt seen the viewership or the advertiser interest diminish in the T20 League so far.”As far as brand value from a broadcast perspective is concerned, IPL viewership has continued to grow in the last three years. Even from season 7 to season 8, (the first season after the crisis forcing title sponsor Pepsi to pull out) we have seen a growth in absolute viewership and also in terms of TV viewer ratings.”Also on the advertiser interest, let me tell you we do not see that abate,” Sony Pictures Networks India chief executive NP Singh told reporters here.”We are seeing a lot of demand for IPL from advertisers. A lot of new categories came in last year which continue to exist and fire the demand further this year too. IPL is continuing to be strong from the advertisers perspective,” he claimed.Beverages giant PepsiCo, which was the title sponsor of the cash-rich league for the three seasons (2013-15) pulled out before the contract expired in 2017, citing the tarnished IPL image due to the spot-fixing controversy.Asked if Sony has any problem with the way IPL has landed in trouble, Singh said as far as IPL issues are concerned, a lot of action has been taken by BCCI, which has given a lot of comfort to all stakeholders including us.Sony had bagged the IPL rights in a nine-year deal running through to 2017 for a whopping Rs 8,200 crore.advertisementSingh said they will also look at acquiring the digital rights for the league when it comes up for renewal.”Our attempt is to acquire digital rights for all the sports properties that we have for television, so that the viewers have the flexibility to view their favourite sport not just on television but on digital platforms as well,” he said.”The IPL digital rights are with our competitor (Star India) for the next two seasons as well. So when it comes for renewal we will be in the market for that,” he added. PTI DS BEN DK SA
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka. (Scorecard)India 1st Innings:14.40 IST: Play has been called off for the day! It’s STUMPS, DAY 2! Something that the farmers look forward to but not the cricket stakeholders has ensured that there is no further play in the day today after the tourists had the hosts on the mat. India would count themselves fortunate to have got away with this. In fact, close to two days getting washed out could mean that the game could head towards a draw.In the limited time for which play was possible, Sri Lanka’s seam bowlers continued to make life tough for the Indian batters. If yesterday it was Lakmal, today it was Shanaka who snaffled the two wickets to fall in the day. Like yesterday Pujara is still unbeaten, holding one end up. Hopefully tomorrow is a better day with respect to the weather. Till then, adios, take care!That’s all folks. No more play possible due to the rains here in Kolkata. #TeamIndia 74/5 at the end of Day 2 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/DvDaQQMyYt- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201713.10 IST: There’s no great improvement in the weather as such. The super soppers are moping the water accumulated on the covers. It is pretty gloomy at Eden Gardens.12.04 IST: Start of post lunch session delayed due to rain.Under wraps the Eden Gardens post lunch #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/fxS8MZuW5a- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201711.45 IST: It has been Sri Lanka all the way. They have been successful in inflicting misery on the hosts. Rahane was the first to depart after looking fidgety for a while. Ashwin too failed to spend considerable time at the crease before departing to a very loose shot, something that he could have done away without. Pujara is the only one standing between the tourists and an Indian batting collapse. He has largely looked untroubled which bodes well for India, who are in a mush.advertisement11.35 IST: An early lunch has been taken. It’s an early lunch at the Eden Gardens with India on 74/5 (Pujara 47*, Saha 6*) https://t.co/ln05So6Mox #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/gskupV9D73- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201711.02 IST: The covers are called on the field and the pitch and the central area are covered.UPDATE – Play has been interrupted due to rain #INDvSL- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201710.55 IST: 31.4 Karunaratne to Saha, FOUR. Now Saha gets into the act. Gets off the mar with a boundary. Karunaratne bowls it on a shorter length around off, Saha goes back and punches it through point. The ball speeds away to the fence.1st Test. 31.4: D Karunaratne to W Saha (4), 4 runs, 70/5 https://t.co/ln05SnPbwZ #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201710.52 IST: 31.1 Karunaratne to Pujara, FOUR. Pujara isn’t someone who will let a freebie pass by especially when he is set. Karunaratne, at his pace, cannot imagine himself to be a Steyn. He does so and bangs it short. Pujara has ample time to go back and pull it through deep mid-wicket for a boundary.1st Test. 31.1: D Karunaratne to C Pujara (44), 4 runs, 65/5 https://t.co/ln05SnPbwZ #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201710.43 IST: 29.1 Karunaratne to Pujara, FOUR. After countering all the better bowlers early on, this is a gift for Pujara. Short and wide outside off, Pujara goes back and slaps it powerfully through covers for a boundary. 1st Test. 29.1: D Karunaratne to C Pujara (38), 4 runs, 59/5 https://t.co/ln05SnPbwZ #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201710.33 IST: 26.5 Gamage to Pujara, FOUR Cheteshwar Pujara has really looked solid out there. Perhaps the county experience helping him more in India! Whatever is the case, he’s countering it well. Full length ball outside off, he leans into the shot and drives it through wide mid off for a boundary.1st Test. 26.5: L Gamage to C Pujara (33), 4 runs, 54/5 https://t.co/ln05SnPbwZ #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201710.26 IST: 26 Shanaka to Ashwin, OUT. FIFTY for half the side. Mind games are a thing in the sport and it shows. Shanaka created some doubts by banging an odd delivery short and also copped a blow to Ashwin. Here Ashwin was hanging on the back foot and sensing that Dasun hurls in a fuller delivery around off. Ashwin looks to drive it and gets it off the outer half straight to Karunaratne at backward point who makes no mistake. The umpires check for the front foot no ball but the bowler is just fine there. So, his persistence with fuller deliveries has again reaped rewards. Though this is a poor shot from the no.6. He played away from the body and that has brought his downfall. He walks away with a forlorn face but he is himself to be blamed here. India slip further, half the side back in the hut.advertisement25.6: WICKET! R Ashwin (4) is out, c Dimuth Karunaratne b Dasun Shanaka, 50/5- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201710.22 IST: 25.1 Shanaka to Pujara, FOUR. Fuller delivery outside off, Pujara gets a small stride forward and just caresses it through covers. There’s no stopping that.1st Test. 25.1: D Shanaka to C Pujara (28), 4 runs, 49/4 https://t.co/ln05SnPbwZ #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201710.06 IST: 23.5 D. Shanaka to Pujara, FOUR BYES. The amount of inswing on that delivery. Shanaka delivers it around middle and leg and the ball goes down the leg. It moves more and beats the dive from the keeper after beating Pujara who looks to flick it. Runs away to the fine leg fence.1st Test. 23.5: D Shanaka to C Pujara (24), 4 runs, 45/4 https://t.co/ln05SnPbwZ #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201709:52 IST: 19.1: D Shanaka to Pujara, FOUR. Aah! Glorious! It seems Pujara is batting in altogether different conditions than the other Indian batsmen. Shanaka serves a full delivery around off, Pujara drives it through mid off for a boundary. Replays show that he got it off the inner half as he looked to go a bit more towards covers.1st Test. 17.6: D Shanaka to R Ashwin (4), 4 runs, 34/4 https://t.co/ln05SnPbwZ #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201709:42 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin walks in at number 6. If there was any better time to show his batting prowess, now’s it. India are in trouble and really need him to bail them out. Will he be able to do so?09:42 IST: WICKET! 17.2: D Shanaka to Rahane. Shanaka strikes to end Rahane’s misery. India 30/4 (17.2 overs) vs Sri Lanka09:29 IST: 14.5: S Lakmal to Rahane, FOUR. First runs off Lakmal’s bowling! And it’s a boundary that gets it. Though Rahane wasn’t in control of that. This is bowled outside off, Ajinkya plays it away from the body and gets it through point. The ball has enough legs to go to the fence. Rahane gets off the mark with this.09:25 IST: 13.6: D Shanaka to Pujara, FOUR. One brings two! Yesterday Gamage struggled from this end and today Shanaka. Bowls a full delivery outside off, Pujara drives it through mid off a la yesterday and helps himself to another boundary. He’s on 16 now and all runs have been due to boundaries – unlike Che. India 25/3 (14 overs) vs Sri Lanka1st Test. 13.4: D Shanaka to C Pujara (12), 4 runs, 21/3 https://t.co/ln05So6Mox #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201709:16 IST: The star of Day 1, Suranga Lakmal to steam in from the other end. He has bowled 6 overs so far and all have been maidens. They have three slips for him, coming down from the four slips that they had yesterday, apart from a gully.advertisement09:15 IST: 11.6: L Gamage to Pujara, Starts off with a 136 kmph straight delivery, outside off on a fuller length. Pujara watches that closely and lets it go.09:12 IST: We are all set to get underway. Matthew Hayden rings the bell at the Eden Gardens today. Sri Lanka are in a final huddle to discuss their final plans – much of which could be pace related. They run out to the centre to take their respective places on the ground. The Indian batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane walk out to bat. They have their tasks cut out. Remember, 98 OVERS have to be bowled today. Lahiru Gamage will run in to bowl a delivery that’ll complete the over. Three slips and a gully in place.08:57 IST: Pitch Report! Simon Doull doing the pitch report says that the track is still grassy albeit a bit of it is trimmed and it will be tough batting conditions. But the sunny conditions later on would mean that the batting could be easier then. The moisture on the surface will play it’s role, given it is an early start, opines Sunil Gavaskar. He goes on to add that it is important for the Sri Lankan bowlers to get the batsmen committed to the front foot as that’s where more chances of getting the edge lie. Thus, pitching it further up to the batsman is the key he feels.A quick pep talk for the boys as we get close to the start of Day’s play #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/gGSScSbMAc- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2017Day 2 of the 1st Test – Hours of play #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/cxtNr4ev1m- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2017Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens. For starters, the weather seems clear enough to have the scheduled early start on time. Although there is rain forecast later on, nothing’s a given until it really happens.Day 2 of the 1st Test – #TeamIndia will resume their first innings at 17/3 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/KOjfMSV3hk- BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2017With India rocked back in the limited period of play on Day 1, it is up to Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to bail India out of troubled waters and get to a respectable total. The former is at the crease with a typical Pujara-esque innings so far and the latter is yet to get going.The Sri Lankans would ensure regular fuel supply to Suranga Lakmal’s ammunition, which is menacingly firing. Stay with us for what promises to be an intriguing day’s play.Yesterday was all about being left wanting more. Today it seems that the unquenched thirst of the cricket enthusiasts would be satiated.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: Kevin Durant (L) #35 and DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors share a laugh as they sit on a baseline during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Nik Stauskas spent just one season in Sacramento, Calif., but it was a pretty entertaining one. There was the creation of his own hot sauce, “Sauce Castillo,” the “popcorning” of his apartment, the bet he made with Draymond Green, and a lot more. The former Michigan star is off to Philadelphia, as part of a trade the Kings made to open up some cap space. DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings’ best player, shared (and later deleted) the text conversation he had with Stauskas after the trade was made public. It’s a pretty cool insight into the life of an NBA player. We’re not sure why Cousins opted to delete the Instagram post, but it’s nice to see the Kings’ big man wish his former teammate well in Philadelphia.