Sony Comedy “The Interview” Opens…

The controversial comedy The Interview has opened in some US cinemas and online, after a cyber-attack and threats to moviegoers over its release.

Sony Pictures had originally pulled the film, about a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

But it reconsidered after critics – including the US president – said freedom of expression was under threat.

Some cinemas organised midnight showings for Americans determined to see The Interview on the big screen.

Several hundred independent cinemas across the US have come forward offering to show the title after larger cinemas decided not to screen it following threats.

Lee Peterson, manager of Cinema Village in New York, told Reuters news agency it was a matter of principle to show the film.

“Obviously we would like to make money from the movie, as we would with any movie, but it’s important to take a stand about freedom, freedom of speech, freedom to see movies.”

Sri Lanka Bowl First Against New Zealand!

Sri Lanka won the toss and predictably elected to bowl on a greenish wicket in the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch Friday.

“There was no doubt,” captain Angelo Mathews said as he banked on his young pack of seamers doing the job.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he would also have bowled first and ruefully added he hoped “it browns off pretty quickly.”

Boxing Day marks the return of Test cricket to Christchurch for the first time since the city was ravaged by a powerful earthquake in February 2011 which claimed 185 lives.

The match, being played on a purpose-built arena at Hagley Oval, also serves as a shake-down of facilities head of the World Cup which starts at the same venue and featuring the same two teams on February 14.

New Zealand and Sri Lanka have played each other 28 times since their first clash in 1983, with New Zealand winning 10 Tests, Sri Lanka eight and 10 were drawn.


New Zealand – Brendon McCullum, Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

Sri Lanka – Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella, Prasanna Jayawardena, Tharindu Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal

Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)

TV Umpire: Steve Davis (AUS)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Sri Lanka’s Mobile Phone Shipments!

Sri Lanka’s mobile phone sales reached one million unities in the third quarter of 2014 while smart phone shipment up by 100 percent which accounts for 20 percent of the total sales, a market report said.

“Sri Lanka mobile handset shipments continue to show consistent growth in both the Feature phones as well as Smartphone segments, making it among very few South East Asian markets where growth was seen in both segments,” said CyberMedia Research, a Market Intelligence and Advisory firm in its report.
The report says the market grew 11 percent in unit shipment terms, quarter-on-quarter (3Q CY 2014 versus 2Q CY 2014), and 43 percent growth year on year. Smart phones segment up 100 percent to 0.2 million units while feature phones up by 33 percent to 0.8 million units year on year.

In the overall Sri Lanka Mobile Handsets market, Nokia retained leadership position with a 22 percent share, followed by Micromax at second position with 19 percent and E-Tel at third position with 12 percent, in terms of sales (unit shipments) during third quarter of 2014.

“The leadership positions are somewhat volatile and we see an ongoing tussle for the top slots every quarter,” Tanvi Sharma, Sri Lanka Telecoms Analyst at CMR was quoted in the media release.

“This indicates that the market is still adjusting to evolving user wants and preferences, and whichever brand serves the purpose best achieves the feat,”

“However, it is worth noting that the local brand E-Tel is in leadership positions for both the segments – featurephones as well as smartphones.”

In the smartphone market segment, Samsung leades with a 20.6 market share followed by E-Tel with 17.7 percent market share.
Huawei accounts for 14.3 percent in the market.

Sri Lanka feature phone shipments reached 0.8 million units in the quarter. Nokia had a market share of 25.7 percent in the quarter, followed by Micromax (20.1 percent) share.

“Though featurephone shipments have stagnated in the quarter, yet the market is heavily skewed towards them in terms of sheer numbers,” Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst for Telecoms at CMR was quoted.

“Therefore, it is markets like Sri Lanka where handset vendors should introduce low cost smartphones based on OSs like Android One and Firefox,”

“I am very optimistic that the entry of low-cost OS-based Smartphones will bring about a strong increase in the sales of Smartphone in Sri Lanka.”

About 6.8 million people in the world use smart devices and about 20 percent of the population use smart devices in Sri Lanka data showed.

Happy Birthday Matthew Wade!

Australian wicketkeeper who joined the Melbourne Stars in 2011 and became a key contributor to the Australian national team.

He began his professional career with Tasmania in 2006.

He joined the Australian national team in October of 2011, to compete in the Twenty20 International against South Africa.

He was born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

He and Luke Wright both joined the Melbourne Stars in 2011.

Tendulkar Named Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador

The International Cricket Council on Monday announced Sachin Tendulkar as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 ambassador. It will be the second successive time that the India maestro will be the Ambassador of ICC’s pinnacle tournament, after he fulfilled the role in the previous event, which was co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in 2011.

In his role as a World Cup 2015 ambassador, Tendulkar will promote and support a variety of ICC initiatives to enhance the profile of the tournament, which is the third biggest sporting event in the world and will take place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.

Tendulkar retired from international cricket last year after representing his country in 200 Tests, 463 One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International. In a career spanning 24 years, the 41-year-old scored a total of 34,357 international runs and 100 centuries.

Tendulkar added the missing World Cup title to his long list of achievements in his sixth attempt in 2011. He is the all-time leading run-getter in World Cup history with 2,278 runs in 45 matches at an average of 56.95. For his 673 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, he was awarded player of the tournament as India finished runner-up to Australia.

– See more at: