The United States (US) has rejected claims it was in the process of establishing an army camp in Sri Lanka.The US Embassy in Colombo said that a base had never been a part of the US relationship with Sri Lanka nor have there ever been discussions aimed at establishing one. However, US Embassy Spokesperson Nancy VanHorn told The Sunday Morning that the claims were categorically false.“The US Embassy is aware of erroneous reports that the United States intends to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. These reports are categorically false. While the US-Sri Lanka military partnership has included disaster preparedness and relief, maritime security training, and exercises to enhance interoperability, a base has never been a part of the relationship nor have there ever been discussions aimed at establishing one,” she said. Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara told reporters on Friday that the Government was looking at allowing the US to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. Jayasekara claimed that US Army troops, army equipment, including communication devices were expected to be brought into Sri Lanka.
IF THERE’S A sign that the future of Ireland is in good hands, it could be the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which is running at Dublin’s RDS until Saturday.When TheJournal.ie ventured in to see what was on offer at the 550 stands, we met teens with great ideas, big plans, and who were brimming with confidence.Over the next three days we will bring you some of the secondary school students we met at the RDS, but there are even more down there whose work is on display until Saturday.Yes, the event will have winners in a number of categories, but it was clear from this year’s participants that the joy in the exhibition is the process rather than the competition.Students have worked on projects about farming, mould, food, road safety maths problems, and even what to feed hens. Some were working on solutions to everyday problems; other students were grappling with concepts that many adults would find it hard to grasp.The exhibition is now in its 50th year, and on Saturday the astronaut Chris Hadfield will pay the teens a visit. Perhaps one of those he meets will become an Irish astronaut; just like their predecessors over the past five decades, many of the students are destined to go on to great things.Here’s the first of our looks at what goes on at the event:(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Read: Fifty years of innovation: BT Young Scientist launches today>