Daily Archives: December 13, 2014

Sangakkara leads SL to series win

A Kumar Sangakkara century led Sri Lanka to victory over England in the sixth one-day international, a win that sealed the series 4-2 on a miserable day for Alastair Cook.

Cook dropped a simple catch when Sangakkara was on 41, the left-hander going on to 112 in Sri Lanka’s 292-7.

The captain was then lbw for one in the first over of England’s reply.

The tourists slumped to 84-5 and, despite 55 from Joe Root, were bowled out for 202 to lose by 90 runs.


Mahela Jayawardene, Shahid Afridi to be most experienced players at 2015 World Cup

Dubai: Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene and Pakistan’s seasoned all-rounder Shahid Afridi will be the two most experienced cricket players going into the 2015 World Cup, with their fifth appearance in the mega event, an International Cricket Council (ICC) release said Friday.

Both Jayawardene and Afridi, first played in the 1999 World Cup in England and since then have appeared in all editions. They were named in their respective team’s 30-member provisional squads.

Pakistan’s Javed Miandad and India’s Sachin Tendulkar, with six appearances in the World Cup, share the record for the most appearances at the cricketing extravaganza.

The ICC also released the provisional squads of the 12 teams for next year’s competition, to be held in Australia and New Zealand, with Australia and Ireland refraining from releasing the provisional list although they submitted 30 names to the parent body within the stipulated deadline.


Lanka’s Election Commission raps state TV for being biased

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Election Commission on Friday pulled up the state TV for acting biased and carrying out propaganda to promote ruling party candidates in the January 8 snap presidential polls.

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has asked the state TV Rupavahini to stick to the guidelines issued by the Commission on the conduct of media during electioneering.

“I have been informed by civil society groups, election monitoring groups and candidates that your station has been carrying out propaganda to promote candidates. This badly impedes the process of holding a free and fair election,” the Election Commissioner said in a letter.

The TV station has been asked to refrain from carrying out such propaganda.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking a record third term, last month had called the snap election, two years before his second term ends.

Rajapaksa faces his former health minister Maithripala Sirisena who defected to the opposition to become the common candidate of the opposition for the presidential election.

Sirisena led a revolt in Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition, taking with him 11 ministers and lawmakers.

Rajapaksa – who was elected in 2005 and 2010 – is seeking reelection amid signs of a drop in popularity and demands of his powers to be curbed.

In the local elections in September, his United People’s Freedom Alliance suffered its worst losses, losing roughly 20 per cent support among voters.


A lovely letter from JESUS

A Lovely Letter from JESUS As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday. Every year does a celebration in my honor and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated.

During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking that my birthday is getting closer and closer.

It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me.

As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago.

At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration.

Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don’t know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts.

But, do you want to know something? I wasn’t invited.

I was the guest of honor and they didn’t remember to send me an invitation.

The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in my face .. and I wanted to be with them and share their table

In truth, that didn’t surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me. Since I wasn’t invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner.

They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a grand time.

To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying: “Santa Claus, Santa Claus” as if the party were in his honor!

At midnight all the people began to hug each other; I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and do you know no-one hugged me.

Suddenly they all began to share gifts. They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me. What would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one?

I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left.

Every year it gets worse. People only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat and drink, and nobody remembers me.

I would like this Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life.

I would like that you recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you.

Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart.

I want to share something with you. As many didn’t invite me to their party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I’m still making the final arrangements.

Today I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you. I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book.

Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party.

Those who don’t answer the invite, will be left outside. Be prepared because when all is ready you will be part of my great party.

See you soon. I Love you!


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