US envoy to Lanka notes importance of religious freedom

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap noted the importance of religious freedom following a visit to a Hindu temple in Colombo.Keshap visited the Sri Ponnambalavaneswarar Temple in Colombo at the invitation of Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan, grandson of the temple’s founder, the US Embassy in Colombo said today. During the visit, Ambassador Keshap was privileged to receive sacred “prasad” offerings from the Chief Priest.  ‎”Religious freedom and diversity are cherished values of the United States that help strengthen our country,” Ambassador Keshap said later. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Huggins Fresno St squeeze Weber St in 7152 victory

FRESNO, Calif. — Braxton Huggins scored 17 points and Noah Blackwell 16 and Fresno State beat Weber State 71-52 on Wednesday night.Fresno State (6-2) gradually began to take control in the latter part of the first half with a 15-5 spurt in a little more than seven minutes for a 30-20 halftime lead. The Bulldogs held Weber State (5-3) to 7-of 27 (26 per cent) shooting including 2 of 12 from 3-point range. The Wildcats didn’t help their cause and missed 6 of 10 foul shots.The Bulldogs picked up where they left off with a 12-2 run and extended the lead to 42-22 with Blackwell’s layup with 16:37 remaining.Nate Grimes added 14 points and Lazaro Rojas scored 10 for Fresno State. The Bulldogs outscored Weber State inside 36-22.Cody John scored 17 points for the Wildcats and Jerrick Harding had 13.The Associated Press read more