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. . . . ..This is Abraham Finny Dayasingh(06AF102). Friends call me Binnybhai. Aim in life is to become a politician. Love travelling , photography, cycling. Thank you for visiting my blog. Please leave a comment if you enjoyed.
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* jonty rhodes




As a teenager I was confirmed in a church, but that didn't mean much to me at the time. I was just a Christmas and Easter Christian. Those were the only times I'd go to church. But then I met Kate (McCarthy). She was very committed and so were her mom and dad, Pauline and Alan. I saw the peace that Kate had with the Lord and I wanted it. I had just got into the Natal cricket and hockey teams at the time and I was feeling a lot of pressure. I was staying on my own and life was a real struggle. I remember thinking to myself one night, "Jonty, you're going nowhere."






I knew I needed the Lord in my life, and started going to church in Pietermaritzburg. One night, I caught the minister, Errol Jacoby, after the service and asked him for help. He took me into the cry room at the back of the church. The crying room-it was kind of appropriate, because it was there that I cried my heart out to the Lord and gave my life to Him. I must have cried for about two and a half-hours. I look back on that experience as a cleansing of the Spirit.Now I know why God put Kate and I together, because she was the one that set me on the right track.





What difference has being a Christian made in your life?


I feel I've grown up in my personality and become more giving since becoming a Christian. You realize that you don't take the glory. God gives your life and your sporting career a sense of purpose.





It must be difficult for married players being away from their wives on tour. How do you handle the pressure your career brings?


Any tour over two months, Kate will fly over and join me for at least four weeks. We feel that as long as we are growing closer to God, we are growing closer to each other. Our phone bill goes through the roof!





Do Christians in the national squad find many opportunities to share their faith? How do you encourage each other?


We try and get together whenever possible to support and encourage each other. We also get the chance to share our faith at various churches, dinners and breakfasts.





Some people have been critical of the fact that Peter Pollock, an outspoken Christian, is one of the national selectors and gives Christian players such as yourself an edge in the selection process. What's your response?


would be so lucky! There is no ways that we have an edge, as both Andrew Hudson and I have been left out of the Test side before.





You're seen by many of the public as the most vibrant player on the field. (Who can forget the famous run out of Inzaman-ul-Haq when you went driving across his stumps?) How do you handle the adulation of the fans?


It's a fantastic opportunity to be able to make a difference, albeit a small one, in the lives of many people. I have never had anyone do anything they or I might regret, as I think that people respect the fact that I am a Christian.





Tell us about the future. How long do you intend playing cricket professionally?


My future is in the Lord's hands, and I know that He'll open the appropriate doors for me after my professional career is over. But I will keep playing as long as I am enjoying the game-or until the selectors stop picking me!
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* mel gibson


Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York as one of eleven children, but raised in Australia from the age of twelve. He maintained his U.S. citizenship.
Following a victory on the
Jeopardy game show, Gibson's father Hutton moved his family to Australia in 1968 in protest of the Vietnam War and because he believed that changes in American society were immoral. Some people have attacked Hutton Gibson for his traditional Catholic religious views and political opinions, but Mel Gibson has made a number of public statements recently supporting him. A Roman Catholic, Gibson has donated money to finance the construction of a traditional Catholic chapel in Malibu, California called Holy Family.


The Passion of the Christ
Mel Gibson recently completed
The passion of the Christ,, a film in aramic and Hebrew, and Latin, which recounts what Gibson describes as the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ. The movie has received praise from many Christians and some Jews (e.g. Michael Medved, Steven Waldman), but has also been criticised by some liberal Christian and Jewish scholars, some of whom have claimed it may promote anti-semitism and, in their historico-critical view of the Christian Bible, contains errors. A committee of inter-faith scholars assembled by the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil-rights group that attempted to amend the script, had those attempts rebutted by Gibson. For a further discussion, see a separate article on The Passion of Christ. The Anti-Defamation League publicly criticised Gibson's film. The Catholic League, also a civil rights group, has said that the Anti-Defamation League tries to poison relations between Catholics and Jews.
Gibson was asked if his movie would be offensive to Jews today; his response was "It's not meant to. I think it's meant to just tell the truth. I want to be as truthful as possible. But when you look at the reasons Christ came, he was crucified—he died for all mankind and he suffered for all mankind. So that, really, anyone who transgresses has to look at their own part or look at their own culpability."
Gibson originally claimed that this movie was based solely on the
New Testament. Some have more more recently claimed that it is informed by the writings of a 19th-century nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich, whose writings were accused of promoting anti-semitism. Gibson refutes this, claiming he has indeed tried to base his movie on the Gospels.


Gibson's politics and opinions























Gibson's political viewpoints, while lauded by conservatives, have been described by some liberal groups variously as 'conservative' and 'far right'. Gay rights groups have accused him of
homophobia for his conservative Catholic views of homosexuality. His conservative political views and support of Traditional Catholic beliefs have led to charges of anti-semitism, charges that increased following his making of the Gospel-based movie The Passion of the Christ. Even liberals have come out in support for Gibson, claiming that traditional Catholicism is not in itself anti-Semitic, and Gibson has no record of intolerence towards Jews or other ethnic groups.
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* Mafia Captain Quits:Michael Franzese

According to the Fed’s, Michael Franzese, son of N.Y.’s legendary Colombo Family Underboss John “Sonny” Franzese, was the biggest money earner for the Mafia since Al Capone. A 1986 Fortune Magazine cover story titled, “The 50 Wealthiest and Most Powerful Mafia Bosses,” ranked Franzese number 18. At 34, he was by far the youngest on the list
Referred to by the media as, “The Prince of the Mafia” and the “Yuppie Don,” he was reputed to be a “rising star” in the family, destined to become boss one day. At the height of his career, he was generating $6-8 million a week masterminding legal and illegal activities that included a gasoline distribution network that sold a half-billion gallons a month, a gambling operation that impacted athletes, union rackateering, auto dealerships and feature film production. His holdings included millions of dollars, several homes, a helicopter, lear jet, and luxury boats.
So intricate were his activities, the justice department organized a 15 man multi- agency task force comprised of federal, state and local officials, with the sole purpose of bringing down the mob’s most prolific young star. Famed Manhattan U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani led one of five prosecutions of Franzese, none of which after lengthy trials resulted in convictions. Law enforcement remained undaunted, however, determined to bring him down.

The mob life is a turbulent one, filled with treachery and deceit. At a relatively young age, Franzese appeared to be very adept at navigating the often dangerous waters of La Cosa Nostra, and insulating himself from law enforcements ever expanding web while increasing his power and influence along the way.
But, God had another plan for Franzese. And it began on the set of a movie Franzese was producing in south Florida titled, “Knights of the City.” The cast included Sammy Davis Jr., Smokey Robinson and a beautiful, 19 year old dancer from Anaheim, California --- Cammy Garcia


“I was relaxing by the hotel pool when I saw this beautiful young woman emerge from the water.” All of a sudden, I was watching her in slow motion. Like Rene Zellweger’s line from the movie, “Jerry Maguire,” “You had me at hello,” this young beauty had me as she exited the pool slowly, shaking the water from her hair. I was captivated!”
Michael invited Cammy to join him for a cup of coffee. Five times she would accept his offer, yet never appear. She would very politely reschedule.
“One night, we were leaving a cast meeting and I noticed she appeared to be upset. I approached her, thinking this would be my opportunity to be a hero. We talked. She told me she was a Christian and that some things happening on the set did not sit well with her. She was planning to return home.”
She eventually would return home, accompanied by Michael.

A 19 year old dancer managed to do what a Federal task force could not. Michael was so taken in by Cammy and her genuine commitment to the God in whom she believed, that he planned to do what no other “made member” of La Cosa Nostra had done before him. Quit! Others before him had defected to become government informants, slipping into the cover of the witness protection program. But no one had ever quit.
The timing was right. The feds had managed to turn one of Michael’s principal business associates and hit him with yet another racketeering indictment. Seeing it as an opportunity to begin his break from the mob, Franzese instructed his attorney’s to negotiate a plea with the government attorneys. Rather then proceed to trial, he would plead guilty, do some time and gradually plan his defection from the mob life. He would marry Cammy, move to the west coast and settle there upon his release from prison, far from the mobbed up streets of Brooklyn. The government jumped at the opportunity to convict him. He would agree to a 10 year sentence, $15 million restitution and forfeiture of considerable assets. The deal was done. Michael’s plan was in motion. Apparently, however, God had another plan.
Cammy had introduced Michael to her faith in Christ, an introduction that ultimately led to his surrender, not just to the law, but to grace, to the Lordship of Jesus. Vanity Fair called Cammy
“the woman who changed the face of organized crime in America” because of her impact on Michael, an impact she continues today as his wife of 22+ years.

After serving five years in prison Michael was released on parole to begin his life new life with Cammy. But the government was relentless in their desire to have Michael cooperate against his former associates. And the family boss wanted him dead. Under tremendous pressure from both sides, he violated his parole and was sent back to prison for what the feds assured him would be a very long stretch
“This was the darkest moment in my life. Everyone was mad at me – the mob, the Feds, even my wife. What would Cammy do now? What about my kids? Would I survive the mob’s fury in prison? I was angry with myself, beaten down -- emotionally drained. The pain I felt in my heart was unbearable. A guard walked by my cell and noticed my demeanor, asking if I was OK. He left and returned with a bible. I never saw him again. Angry with God, I threw the Bible against the wall. Although I had turned on God for that moment, God did not turn on me. The Bible fell open to Proverbs 16:7 – ‘When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies be at peace with him.’ The fellowship of a prison guard completed what Cammy had started. That night, alone and on my knees, I surrendered control of my life to the God in whom I had only believed."
The fed’s plan for a very long prison stretch turned into Michael’s serving 3 years in the hole where he hungered to develop his personal relationship with Jesus. God’s plan for Michael’s life was in full motion.
Upon his release, Michael was recruited to educate student and professional athletes about the dangers of gambling. Since 1995, he has presented to both MLB and NBA players and rookies each year, spoken at more than 275 Division 1 colleges on behalf of NCAA, and has launched Breaking Out, a foundation designed to carry the gambling addiction prevention message to youth. He is a regular speaker at Christian events, including Churches, Men’s Groups and Festivals, and he is frequently the Keynote at events for corporations, business and law schools, and law enforcement groups. His book “Blood Covenant,” tells his story of transformation. (www.michaelfranzese.com)
Would you like to meet the God who was worth leaving the mob for and risking death for? Would you like to know what he could have in store for your life? If so, let Jesus show you how to obtain it. If you don’t know Jesus, we encourage you to pray the following prayer:
Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me be the person you want me to be.
Is it the desire of your heart to make this prayer yours?