Gone are the days of going to the library just to read books as librarians across the country are now being equipped with the knowledge of building and programming robots to be able to share with young intrigued minds.Presently, over 30 persons from various parts of the country are being trained in an initiative, which seeks to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in libraries.At the kick-start of one of the training programmes on Wednesday, which was hosted at the Racquet Centre on Woolford Avenue, Georgetown, Co-Founder of STEM Guyana, Karen Abrams explained the importance of having these vital areas involved in the lives of children.Chief Librarian Emily King endorsed this message saying, “The libraries are seenFirst Lady Sandra Granger; Chief Librarian Emily King; and Co-Founder of STEM Guyana, Karen Abrams, poses with the participants of the training programmeas a place whereby we can cultivate an interest in STEM and I know many of you, particularly the younger staff members, have a key interest in technology and this is one opportunity which is provided for you (librarians) in order to be adventurous and also innovative”.King in her address even urged the participants to, in the coming days, engage young folks and even the older ones, as they are altogether responsible for bringing about change in communities.First Lady Sandra Granger who gave brief remarks said she feels quite excited about this new project which will combine two of her most loved childhood things, which are reading and robotics.She said, “We recognise the importance of our young people, as our elderly, because I will say that some of our seniors are asking ‘why aren’t we getting training in robotics as well’ and they have a point but at this point, we are focusing on our young generation because technology is where the jobs will be”.Granger shared that it was predicted that in the years soon ahead, 60 per cent of jobs will be done by robots. “A recent survey indicates that right now, 50 per cent of the jobs are being done by robots,” she added.The First Lady further stressed that women’s jobs are likely to become obsolete because of this, hence the importance of becoming involved in robotics.According to the Co-Founder of STEM Guyana, this happens to be the second training being rolled out, as just recently a number of other youths benefited from the sessions.Currently the organisation is seeking sponsors as kits and other assets have to be bought for the trainees. So far GTT and a few others have come on board to sponsor meals and other necessities for the beneficiaries.
1 Willy Caballero: The 35-year-old spent three years at Manchester City Chelsea have announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero.The 35-year-old Argentinian was available as a free agent after being released by Manchester City at the end of last season.Premier League champions Chelsea were in the market for a new goalkeeper after selling back-up Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth in May.Caballero, who joined City in 2014 following stints at Malaga and Elche in Spain and with Boca Juniors in his homeland, told Chelsea’s official website: “I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England. I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season.”The South American veteran will provide competition to first-choice Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, with 34-year-old Portugal international Eduardo also an option for coach Antonio Conte.Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said: “We are very happy to have Willy on board. He knows the Premier League and is tried and tested at the top of the game.‘We have three experienced goalkeepers and we look forward to welcoming him to the club when the squad returns to pre-season training.”Caballero’s signing follows on from Exeter’s announcement on Saturday morning that Chelsea had won the race for their highly-rated teenager Ethan Ampadu – read more here.