Dear Editor,“Massa day done” over 57 years ago, Trinidad’s Dr Eric Williams rocked the West Indian psyche with his speech in the ‘University of Woolford Square’ Port of Spain. This iconic moment spawned a new consciousness among our peoples and political class, independence would come to Guyana five years after this event – Guyana’s own master orator Forbes Burnham, worked tirelessly to build the Guyanese identity, one of a people intelligent enough to make decisions to chart their own destiny without assistance of the imperial powers. To the extent that I pen this letter, he was successful, I regard myself as a child of independent Guyana, born post independence and educated in a time of revolutionary thinking, so one can imagine my dismay when I see my dear land subject to ‘advice’ on a daily basis from foreign emissaries of the United Kingdom and the United States of America in clear violation of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of States, a well-established and important part of international law enshrined in the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations.During the past year, High Commissioner Quinn has made pronouncements on corruption; at the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association’s (GMSA) 22nd annual Presentation Awards Dinner, Quinn noted that Guyana’s score on Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Index Report is “unacceptably low” and berated us with “failure to tackle corruption.” On April 10, he demanded that “corrupt law enforcement officials must be jailed”; Quinn also urged us to “have a clear plan to spend oil money” (Guyana Chronicle 2017/02/22). Our Government has been shamefully quiet as the High Commissioner becomes bolder with his pronouncements, demands and advice, I am not advising a feral blast a la Manickchand, which though not undeserved was poorly timed and undiplomatic given the venue and occasion. I believe Mr Quinn needs to be reminded that Guyanese are citizens in an independent republic and unlike his home country Ireland, we are not subjects to the whims of Her Majesty or her primitive form of Government, surely the time has come when an accident of birth accords one divine status has passed? Your intentions may be good but the history our nation shares with yours speaks volumes on exploitation and abuse, the situation in the United Kingdom vis-à-vis corruption is far from ideal and I see no move to jail your corrupt politicians, indeed, it would seem only a resignation is called for when found with your hand in the UK cookie jar. To the Ambassador of the United States, I have also noticed your increased pronouncements on our possible oil revenues, to you Sir, I would advise you share that advice with your home country, your future is mortgaged to China and you are dependent on Mexican agricultural labour to feed yourselves, on what ground do you stand to give advice? We have not yet forgotten or forgiven your last interference in our affairs via the CIA in the 1960s as your declassified documents show. We all know America has only one friend, the one with something they need. To Guyana’s present Administration, I beseech you not to forego all of our nation’s toil in achieving independence and identity by your silence in the face of pronouncements on our internal affairs that are demeaning and insulting to our collective intelligence. We all celebrated our Golden Jubilee of independence, now is the time to give meaning and significance to that milestone, Dr Williams said “With his backward ideas of aristocracy of the skin … Massa still has his stooges who prefer to crawl on their bellies to Massa … instead of holding their heads high and erect”. Let us not be that stooge, let us not fail to remember the past lest we repeat it.Sincerely,Robin Singh
Four Masters GAA News:Coaching Academy The coaching academy for 4-7 year old boys and girls continues on Saturday morning in Tír Cónaill Park from 11am to 12:30pm. The academy coaches the basics of hurling, camogie and football alongside drills in agility, balance and co ordination. Thanks goes to all the TY’s, parents, coaches and club members that help out each week with the coaching, administration, car parking and the tea room.Mini LeaguesThe mini leagues for 4-7 year old’s continues on Wednesday night from 4:45pm to 5:45pm in Tír Cónaill Park. The league consists of small sided games, new players always welcome.U12 Boys Football Training for next years U12 boys football team continues for the next five weeks on Wednesday night (6pm to 7:15pm) in Tír Cónaill Park. The club has excellent numbers at this age group with up to 40 boys attending each week which bodes well for the future.U13 Girls FootballThe U13’s play Glenswilly this Sunday morning at 11am in the County Final. The game takes place in Tír Cónaill Park, all support welcome for the girls. There are two other girls finals on afterwards as well on the pitch.U13 Boys FootballThe U13’s finished fifth in the Southern League after two wins, two losses and one draw. The lads improved as a team from the start of the league to the finish, being competitive in all their games.U14 Boys Football The U14’s played Kilbeggan from Westmeath last weekend in a challenge game in Tír Cónaill. Local man and former club player Michael Murphy manages the Kilbeggan team and was delighted to play his home club in a game. Thanks goes to Ian McKenna, John Sinclair and the U14 players for helping ensure game the game happened at short notice.U16 Boys FootballThe U16’s lost out to MacCumhaills 4-13 to 0-11 on Sunday morning in the County Semi Final in St Mary’s Convoy. The lads didn’t perform to their capabilities which was the biggest disappointment on the day. A physically strong MacCumhaills team scored a number of goals and points from turnovers and mistakes in the first half which left us chasing the game. Best performers on the day for were Bryan Fegan at fullback who won the ball ahead of his man on numerous occasions, Ben Sweeney in the full forward line who did well when the ball was kicked inside and Colum McDonnell who tried hard throughout. Thanks goes to all the players, coaches Enda Bonner and Aidan McGroary for their continued hard work and commitment throughout the year.Pauric Harvey (U16 manager) Reserves win wellThe reserves didn’t let the disappointment of last week’s championship county semi-final defeat linger too long producing a strong league victory against Glenswilly on Saturday. Both squads had players unavailable so it was a chance for others to shine. Two players in particular demonstrated to the home team management that maybe they should have been in the championship team last week, these being Ray Balougan who had a storming game demonstrating his pace, power and score-taking to notch 3 very good points. Ryan Muldoon also hit formscoring six points from wing-forward; 3 placed balls and 3 from play. However, this was an all-round team performance with Charlie Gallagher patrolling the defence Conor Rooney and Darren Walsh controlling midfieldand all six forwards testing the opposition at every opportunity. Special mention must go to our goalkeeper and captain on the day Paul Cannon who has had a great season with the Reserves with his shot-stopping, assuredness under the high ball and diversity of kick-outs impressive. Glenswilly, with one eye on the Reserve Championship county final, kept going until the end, but it was the Masters day.Paddy Muldoon (Reserve coach)Seniors defeat GlenswillyFour Masters 4.13 Glenswilly 0.06Four Masters collected 2 valuable league points on Saturday evening with a convincing win against Glenswilly. Both teams were missing a number of regulars but served up an excellent game, which wasn’t decided until the final quarter, when Four Masters scored 2-08 without reply.Michael Doherty and Sean o’Kennedy were early on the scoring register with 1-03 between them before Oisin Crawford opened the visitors account. On 15 minutes an excellent counter attack from Four Masters resulted in Danny McGarrigle squaring to the busy Sean Meehan to fist to the net and open a comfortable lead of 2-03 to 0-01 for Four Masters. Meehan was to go on and have an excellent game. Glenswilly then responded with 3 on the bounce from Gerard McGrenra, Conor Harkin and Caolan McFadden, with Michael Doherty also adding to his tally. Half time 2-04 to 0-04.Gerard McGrenra was having a great battle with Barry Monaghan and set up Brian Farrelly to reduce the deficit to 5. Philip O’Donnell had left his net minding duties at half time to move to the opposite square and pointed a free after Michael Doherty had added another. This however was to be Glenswillys final contribution as Four Masters gave one of their better performances of the season to score 8 points without reply, added to by 2 goals from Michael Doherty and Dillon Muldoon.A good all round performance from Four Masters with Ryan Haughey in particular making some excellent saves to keep another clean sheet. Conor Breslin, after shining in the reserve game made his senior debut which will no doubt be one of many senior outings in years to come. Gerard McGrenra proved that he is still an intelligent player and was assisted by Leon Kelly and Joe Gibbons in giving good performances for the visitors.Four Masters – Ryan Haughey, Daire Quinn, Kevin Breslin, Ryan O’Donnell, Enda Bonner, Barry Monaghan, Josh Lacey (0-01), Leo McHugh (0-01), Dillon Muldoon (1-00), Sean O’Kennedy (1-03), Michael Doherty (1-05), Danny McGarrigle, Raymie McGroary (0-01), Patrick Reid, Sean Meehan (1-03). Subs used – Conor Breslin, Conor Rooney, Darren Walsh Charlie Gallagher.Glenswilly – Philip O’Donnell (0-01), Ciaran Hunter, Eamon Ward, Gary McDaid, Oisin Crawford (0-01), Leon Kelly, Conor Harkin (0-01), Joe Gibbons, Caolan Kelly, Ryan Diver, Gerard McGrenra (0-01), Brian Farrelly (0-01), Darren McGinley, Caolan McFadden (0-01), Ethan Sweeney.Report by Kieran Espey (Senior mangement)Ongoing work in Tír CónaillThe main entrance on the dressing room side of Tír Conaill is closed due to tarmacking. Coaches, parents and players are asked to use the front car park on the revlin road before going in the gates nearest the town.Club LottoThere was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot of €2,700 in Week 12 of the 2015/2016 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday October 5th. The €25 winners in the Lucky Dip were John Timoney, New York, Nick Ruck, The Glebe, Gerry Timoney, Doonan and Garry Martin, Clar. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 22 & 24 with the jackpot now standing at €2,800. New members are still welcome so why not play online now at www.fourmastersgaa.comBord na nÓg AGMThe Bord na nÓg AGM takes place next Tuesday night (October 20th) in the Abbey Hotel at 8pm. All parents, coaches, managers, and club members are asked to come along on the night for this important section of the club.Bord na nÓg Awards NightThe Bord na nÓg awards night takes place on Sunday November 22nd in the St John Bosco Centre from 6pm to 8pm. All coaches and managers are asked to be there from 5pm to help set up the venue.‘Come Cook With Us’ FundraiserThis vitral fundraiser for Bord na nÓg takes place on Thursday November 19th in the Abbey Hotel from 8pm. Tickets are available from all underage managers and are priced at €10. Contestants on the night include Austin O’Kennedy, Odie McBride and Davy Crawford amongst others. There will also be a comedian on the night alongside the cooking. All club members, parents, players and locals are asked to get behind this fundraiser, with all money raised on the night being reinvested in the underage of the club.Jamesie O’Connor to visit Tír CónaillFormer Clare hurler and Sky Sports analyst Jamsie O’Connor will be visiting the club on Saturday 24th October. Jamesie will be handing out medals and certificates at the Academy’s last day of 2015 before taking a coaching session with the underage camogie and hurling teams. His honors include All Ireland titles (two with Clare and one with his club Doora-Barefield), four All Stars, and Hurler of the Year in 1997. All welcome on the day.Coaching MeetingThe club held a review meeting last Friday with all underage managers in the Abbey Hotel. A number of new ideas and areas for improvement were highlighted including a restructuring of the clubs underage teams, new leagues, and improving our links with our primary schools.AVS seniors defeat KillybegsWell done to the AVS senior boys football team who comprehensively defeated Killybegs to reach the county quarter finals. Ten club players started on the team with a number also comingGAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U14’S LOSE OUT TO WESTMEATH SIDE KILBEGGAN IN CHALLENGE MATCH was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASport
Swimmers, flyers, and things that just sit in the sun are the envy of bioengineers.Silent flyers: How do owls sneak up on their prey in the dark? The secrets of the near noiseless flight of owls is being studied by Justin Jaworsky and a team at Lehigh University, Science Daily reported. “Owls possess no fewer than three distinct physical attributes that are thought to contribute to their silent flight capability: a comb of stiff feathers along the leading edge of the wing; a flexible fringe at the trailing edge of the wing; and a soft, downy material distributed on the top of the wing,” he said. Understanding these principles might help the design of submarines, aircraft and wind turbines. The work is inspiring future applications: “If the noise-reduction mechanism of the owl down can be established, there may be far-reaching implications to the design of novel sound-absorbing liners, the use of flexible roughness to affect trailing-edge noise and vibrations for aircraft and wind turbines, and the mitigation of underwater noise from naval vessels,” Jaworski said.Jellyfish in the sky: Air is a fluid, though it is much less dense a fluid than water. Borrowing from the graceful propulsion system of jellyfish, the most efficient swimmer in the sea (10/13/13), Leif Ristroph of New York University has built a four-winged aircraft that propels itself upward in the air in a manner similar to jellyfish. He says this method is much more stable than insect flight, which is much more complex and hard to imitate. So in a sense, insects and jellyfish both provided inspiration for this flapping machine. So far, Ristroph has only demonstrated “proof of principle” as he envisions “more sophisticated and complex vehicles” in the future. (Source: Science Daily)Bird underwater: Penguins look awkward waddling on the ice, but underwater, they can really rocket around, “accelerating from 0 to 7 m/s in less than a second,” Science Daily reported. Inspired by that natural technology by seeing penguins underwater in an IMAX film, Caltech student Flavio Noca, now an instructor of aeronautical engineering in Switzerland, tried to imitate it. A prototype of his “penguin-inspired propulsion system” that mimics the penguin’s spherical shoulder joint is pictured with the article. Noca said that the penguin’s method of high-speed swimming is still poorly understood. “By accurately reproducing an actual penguin wing movement, we hope to shed light on the swimming mysteries of these underwater rockets.”Fish armor: “Clad in mail never clinking” is part of a riddle in The Hobbit about fish. The silent, flexible scales of fish are inspiring MIT engineers to improve military armor. Live Science describes what has made fish scales attractive for millennia, and how today’s engineers are going about imitating them:Such bio-inspired armor — also called biomimetic armor, because it mimics nature — has existed for years, even dating back to the Roman Empire, when soldiers wore scaly metallic garb reminiscent of fish or amphibian skin. But recent advancements in 3D printing now allow researchers to mimic, more closely and effectively, these natural structures by creating larger-than-life models of scales and conducting nuanced mechanical tests that identify the specific internal structures that make them so protective.The team’s plagiarism is not limited to the shape and arrangement of hard scales on dragon fish. Materials scientist Christine Ortiz is also copying the material:“What nature does, in many cases, is it suppresses radial cracking in ceramics, and instead, it basically cracks in a circle right around the impact,” Ortiz said during the lecture. “Instead of cracking outward, it actually goes inward, dissipating energy to stop the penetration without sacrificing the structural integrity of the entire system.”Soldiers are not the only ones who might benefit from the research. Anyone who needs protection and freedom of movement will thank the fish, including firefighters and football players. For more on 3-D printing and why it is also a type of biomimetics, see 10/21/13.How dry I am: What do nasturtium leaves and butterfly wings have in common? They have super-hydrophobic surfaces – those that repel wetness by making water bead up and fall off. The driest-ever waterproofing material has been created at MIT, the BBC News announced, inspired by those two natural wonders. Its dryness even surpasses the lotus leaf, earlier thought to be the “gold standard” in hydrophobicity (9/23/09). By imitating the tiny ridges in the nasturtium leaf, the MIT team has improved the dryness of their material 40% over the previous record. Butterfly wings work even better because their ridges intersect. An embedded video clip shows water drops bouncing off the artificial imitation like they can’t get away fast enough. Imagine the raincoats and other products that could benefit from this technology: “Sportswear, lab coats, military clothing, tents – there are a whole range of situations where you want to stay dry.” Gore-Tex will seem drenched by comparison. Now that the team has imitated nasturtiums and butterflies, the gold rush is on: “There could be other species in the natural world which are even better.”Make like a leaf: Efforts to imitate the efficiency of photosynthesis continue. PhysOrg reported on work in Canada by Dr. Gregory Scholes, a prize-winning expert in photosynthesis. The article notes that plants can harvest light and send it to the reaction center at an “incredible speed” – a billionth of a second. The efficiency is astounding:More than 10 quadrillion photons of light strike a leaf each second. Incredibly, almost every visible photon (those with wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometers—1 nm equalling 1 billionth of a meter) is captured by pigments and initiates the steps of plant growth.That’s why the desire to duplicate it. “This new bio-inspired understanding will help scientists devise artificial light gathering systems that can far exceed existing solar cells in functionality, and so pave the way to new, environmentally-friendly energy technologies,” Scholes said. His final sentence in the article is a take-home lesson about the value of biomimetic research:Concludes Dr. Scholes: “Nature has worked out with astonishing efficiency some the [sic] riddles of fundamental importance that vex our species today,” he adds. “If we are hunting for inspiration, we should keep our eyes open for the unexpected and learn from the natural sciences.“Those are just a few of the recent stories pouring out of biomimetics research labs around the world.Wasn’t this a great set? Wow. This is a scientific revolution in progress. Biomimetics itself is old (like the mention of Romans mimicking fish scales), but only recently have the methods to study nature at the nanoscale enabled really detailed imitation. There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. This is a gold rush young budding scientists should get on.None of the above articles mentioned Darwin. Only the last story mentioned evolution briefly, describing bacteria “which have evolved to short circuit photosynthetic light harvesting and thereby warm their local environment.” That sole mention, though, did not add anything to understanding the origin of photosynthesis. If anything, it suggested that breaking photosynthesis creates waste heat, a compromise of thermodynamic efficiency – like using an arcing electrical appliance instead of a fireplace. That’s something evolution is good at (breaking things). Creating highly-efficient, superb designs is not the work of blind, unguided processes. No; biomimetics has “intelligent design” written all over it. (Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There is no coherent origin of life scenario among evolutionists, just a collection of odd possibilities – some bordering on the absurd.Deep-sixing the deep sea vent hypothesis: Astrobiology Magazine, ever eager to justify its evidence-free subject, shows a group of happy young researchers out on a cruise. Within the article about deep-sea vents as possible spots for the origin of life (the “metabolism-first” scenario) is this confession: “it may not have been as easy as previously assumed.” The theory was appealing, but researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute were “surprised by what they found” when they went to test the metabolism-first theory by looking for methanethiol, believed to be a “precursor of life.” It should be abundant around black smoker vents because of all the available hydrogen. Contrary to expectations, they found very little. “Overall, this means that jump-starting proto-metabolic reactions in hydrogen-rich early Earth hydrothermal systems through carbon-sulfur chemistry would likely have been much harder than many had assumed.” This “disappointing” finding indicates that the chemical is not being produced abiotically, but only with the involvement of living organisms. In order to turn this work into something “exciting,” they spun the story to focus on the possibility of more life below the seafloor than was previously known. (This, of course, does not explain where that life came from.) Maybe, too, the detection of methanethiol on Europa or an exoplanet could be an indicator life is present. Not deterred by the falsification, they maintained their faith: “The hydrothermal environment is still a perfect place to support early life, and the question of how it all started is still open.”You can see what Michael Russell, one of the chief proponents of the metabolism-first theory (see 2/15/08), looks like in a JPL press release. Sample of his philosophy: “Life takes advantage of unbalanced states on the planet, which may have been the case billions of years ago at the alkaline hydrothermal vents,” said Russell. “Life is the process that resolves these disequilibria.” But where does life come from to resolve it? Can unguided geological processes bring forth life just because they need a resolution? Russell admits that experiments to back up his “water worlds” theory of life’s origin at hydrothermal vents are “jaw-droppingly difficult” to design, but he’s still trying after 25 years with no fruit. “For now, the ultimate question of whether the alkaline hydrothermal vents are the hatcheries of life remains unanswered,” the press release ends, still trying to keep hope alive.Some guys at Cambridge are also looking for ways to get metabolism going before life. They examined how some metabolic-like reactions could occur without enzymes. They swept a little follow-up problem under the rug. PhysOrg, however, tacked it on at the end: “How the first enzymes adopted the metal-catalyzed reactions described by the scientists remains to be established.” New Scientist provided no such reader warnings in its optimistic coverage of this “spark of life” scenario with its “happy accident” leading to the complex life we know today.Bombs as the source of life: A meteor impact in Germany could have felt the force of 1.8 million Hiroshima bombs. Seems hardly a place to look for the origin of life, but Science Magazine said in a bold headline, “Meteorite Impacts Could Have Fostered Life on Early Earth.” A team found tiny tubules in glass formed by the heat of impact. From there, the article launched into speculation that those tubules could be homes for emerging organisms:With the origin of life on Earth believed to have coincided with a period of increased impact flux, the idea that meteorite-formed glass might provide a prevalent, viable habitat for microbes could have a significant “impact” on our understanding of how early life developed.Believed—by whom? They never say, as if everyone believes it. Still, life has to originate before it can use the tubules for habitat, so this explains nothing. Geology magazine doesn’t want to explain the origin of life, either; it just wants to make sure the bombing runs were over before “Earth’s first inhabitants arrived.” “Determining how fast life can appear on young, dynamically evolving planets such as early Earth assists astrobiologists searching for life on exoplanets,” says Aaron J. Cavosie (U of Puerto Rico).Life without water: New Scientist posted an article for subscribers titled, “No more primal soup: Creating life without water.” Must be quite a trick.Just because it moves: Looks can be deceiving. Inanimate drops in fat might appear to move and divide like living cells, but without a DNA code and the molecular machinery of life, what does it signify beyond mere external resemblance? Sissa Medialabs got a kick out of it, posting pictures with the misleading headline, “The features of living matter emerge from inanimate matter.” The post ends,Chemists and biologists who study the origin of life don’t have access to cells that are sufficiently simple to be observed directly. “Even the simplest organism existing today has undergone billions of years of evolution”, explains Giomi, “and will always contain fairly complex structures. Starting from schematic organisms as we do is like turning the clock back to when the first rudimentary living beings made their first appearance. We are currently starting studies to understand how cell metabolism emerge.”This is akin to saying a lava lamp is a schematic organism representing a rudimentary life form.Your tax dollars at work: Niacin without life. NASA/Goddard proposed a new supplement for the origin of life: it was “assisted” when meteorites delivered Vitamin B3 (niacin). Your body uses vitamins through complex, programmed interactions with proteins, but chemicals sloshing around in a primordial soup had no proteins or DNA. What good is vitamin B3 added to the mix? They don’t know, but “the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.” This might have been “helpful,” the article says. The soup we know spills out of the bowl when a rock lands in it at 75,000 miles an hour. Becky Oskin at Live Science didn’t think about that when she regurgitated this tax-funded notion.Life-friendly sludge: Elizabeth Howell resurrected the always-handy icon of Stanley Miler’s spark-discharge tube in another piece on Astrobiology Magazine (another tax-funded NASA outlet). Her focus is how stars generate “life-friendly atmospheres” that might form around “life-friendly planets.” This is all tied somehow to the “organic sludge” Miller got in his experiment. It would be a shame if life never showed up with all this life-friendly atmosphere, planet and sludge all set for it.Amino world: It’s a mean ol’ world for origin-of-life research, but maybe Titan is friendlier. Researchers publishing in Icarus got some amino acids like Miller’s in simulated Titan sludge. “Given reducing conditions, similar materials should be available throughout the universe,” they say. The problem is, Titan has no life that we are aware of (pretty hard at 190° below zero), and the only place we know life exists did not have reducing conditions like Miller used. “Although it is unknown how life began,” they just want to move the theoretical ball forward. Nothing was said about whether they obtained pure left-handed amino acids. Probably not.Thus ends another sad saga of hope versus reality in the origin-of-life field. 62 years after Miller & Urey launched their skyrocket of hope into the philosophical atmosphere, there is nothing to show for it. Scenarios come, and scenarios go. It is now 150 years since Darwin dreamt of a “warm little pond” leading to life. Astrobiologists are frustrated. They produce “life-friendly atmospheres” and “life-friendly planets.” They fortify their soups with water, vitamin B3 and methanethiol, but nothing happens. They set up shop at the bottom of the sea, and in meteorites, and on Titan. “Come on, life! Emerge! Appear!”Sound a little like the prophets of Baal? (I Kings 18).
Colombo, Apr 17 (PTI) Three Indian naval ships are currently on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka as part of their spring overseas deployment, imparting sea training to Lankan naval and coast guard trainees.The three ships Tir and Sujata and Indian Coast Guard ship Varuna that are part of the First Training Squadron will stay here till April 19, the Indian High Commission said.The ships will figure in a series of professional, training, cultural and sports interactions that will take place between the ships crewand Sri Lanka Navy personnel.Ships from the First Training Squadron have been visiting Sri Lanka regularly. Their last visit was in March last year, during which valuable training opportunities were provided to the Sri Lanka Navy.The First Training Squadron forms part of Southern Naval Command (SNC) and comprises sixindigenously built warships namely Tir, Shardul, Sujata, ICGS Varuna and two Sail Training ships Sudarshini as well as Tarangini.The primary aim of the Squadron is to impart sea training to Naval and Coast Guard trainees over a period of 24 weeks while exposing them to the rigours of life at sea.The Training Squadron is headed by Captain S R Ayyar, Senior Officer First Training Squadron and Commanding Officer INSTir.As one of the finest destinations for training, Indian Navy has trained more than 13,000 international trainees from over 40 countries in the last four decades. PTI CORR MRJ
Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has not travelled with the rest of the team for the start of their pre-season tour of the United States owing to a visa issue. Manchester United players, without the ones who played in the World Cup, left for US on Sunday.United will play their first match of the five-match tour is against Mexico’s Club America in Los Angeles on Friday.They will also play Major League Soccer (MLS) side San Jose Earthquakes on July 22 before taking on AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup (ICC) on July 26, 28 and Aug 1 respectively.If Sanchez fails to secure entry to the US, United have a friendly at Bayern Munich on August 5 before their league opener against Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10.Also read – Manchester United agree terms with Ajax to sell Daley BlindSpeaking from Los Angeles, a spokeswoman for the club said United still hoped the 29-year-old would be able to join them once his “personal administrative issue” had been resolved.British media reported on Monday that Sanchez was understood to have failed to get a US visa due to a 16-month suspended jail sentence imposed by a Spanish court in February for tax fraud.He was accused of defrauding the Spanish state of a combined 983,000 euros ($1.2 million) in image rights when playing for Barcelona in 2012 and 2013 by using a shell company in Malta and omitting the earnings from tax returns.Spanish law is such that any sentence under two years for a non-violent crime rarely requires a defendant without previous convictions to serve jail time.advertisementThe BBC reported that Sanchez, who was training with United last week after a summer break without any World Cup action, was working with his lawyers to secure entry to the US under a waiver scheme.(With Reuters inputs)