National Robotics TournamentSTEM Guyana, in association with the Public Telecommunications Ministry, has launched a series of certification sessions for technology buffs or school leaders who are interested in starting technology clubs in their communities.A one-day training session is being held today, and STEM Guyana local Master Trainers will support the training sessions.A most interesting toolThe STEM Guyana Program Committee includes Local Director Colin Sawh, who designed the sessions; co-founder Leon Caleb Christian; tech startup inclusion consultant Karen Abrams; and Ima Christian, who is studying Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University.Coaches will learn details about the league, how to organize and lead a technology club, how to fundraise for their club, how to prepare young people to compete in a global marketplace, how to use the league competition software, the basics of building and programming robots, and the fundamentals of MIT Scratch programming.Certified coaches will be expected to create clubs and prepare teams for competition in the Scratch and Robotics nationwide leagues scheduled for launch during the last week of February.More than 50 coaches are expected to participate, with Bartica alone sending 16 teachers for training.The seminars began on Feb 1st with 13 coaches who signed up online, certified from across Guyana. On Friday, STEM Guyana hosted 18 teachers from Guyana’s public schools, while the Bartica teachers along with some private school teachers will be trained today.The program kicks off each day at 08:30am at the Public Telecommunications Ministry Conference Room. The cost of the seminar will be $2000 per session.
In a last-minute rethink, the State Congress on Monday changed its candidate for the Bhoranj Assembly seat. The party has now fielded Promila Devi from the seat instead of Prem Kaushal, who was about to fill his nomination papers.Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said he did not know the reason behind the move. Mr. Kaushal was considered very close to the Chief Minister.The bypoll in Bhoranj was necessitated after the death of former BJP Minister and senior MLA Ishwar Dass Dhiman. The State BJP has made his son Anil Dhiman, a physician, as the party nominee from Bhoranj. Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal and State BJP president Satpal Satti accompanied Mr. Dhiman on Monday to file his papers for poll scheduled for April 9.Discontent hits CongressMeanwhile, reacting to MLA Balbir Verma’s switchover from the Congress to the BJP, the Chief Minister said he “is not concerned about who is going where”.He claimed that his party had better candidates in the Chopal constituency of anterior Shimla district than Mr. Verma. It is believed that Mr. Verma, who was an associate member of the Congress in the Vidhan Sabha, left the party over the Chief Minister’s decision to make Dharamsala as another capital of Himachal Pradesh. The State BJP has maintained that the Chief Minister’s move to undermine the importance of Shimlaas the capital town has annoyed many senior Congress leaders and that there might be more switchovers over the issue. Bone of contentionDharamsala is the headquarter of the Kangra district, which has the maximum number of Vidhan Sabha seats. The Chief Minister had earlier shifted the Winter Session of the Vidhan Sabha from Shimla to Dharamsala. The smart city project was also given to Dharamsala, despite the latter not fulfilling the required conditions, said a BJP spokesperson.He added that the government, which is reeling under a debt of ₹42,000 crore and is not being able to pay the salaries of its employees, was bent upon making another capital.There is also confusion among the government employees over the probable shifting of their offices from the main capital to Dharamsala.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 17, 2019:Manager at RMA Fitness on Burlington Avenue reported a construction truck was blocking the entrance, not allowing vehicles to enter or exit. Police responded. Police assisted truck in getting out of a lot. (9:21am)A walk-in party reported a male party made inappropriate comments on a third party’s Facebook page. (10:05am)Fire Department responded to fire alarm at Benevento Sand & Stone on Salem Street. Alarm was caused by burnt toast. (10:17am)A caller reported a goose was struck on Salem Street. Animal Control Officer retrieved goose. (2:26pm)Keolis requested an officer meet the incoming train due to a male passenger threatening the customer. Police responded. Passenger got off the train and will wait for next train. Passenger was given name of company to file a report if he wishes. (2:28pm)Police received report of a suspicious man in the Market Basket parking lot attempting to sell gift cards to customers. Police sent man on his way and contacted store management. (4:40pm)A caller reported an erratic operator traveling north on Main Street. Police spoke with operator at his home. Operator claimed he has food poisoning and will be in for the evening. (6:24pm)An intoxicated woman was reported on the train tracks at Middlesex Avenue and Main Street. Fire Department transported woman. (8:26pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 4: Police Help Make Bus Stop Safer; Hit & Run at Cumberland Farms; Garbage Truck Takes Down WiresIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”
*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat Sharfuddin Ahmed,Mostafizur RahmanThe income of Rangpur’s mayor Sarfuddin Ahmed has tripled over the last five years. He is contesting for the office of mayor yet again from Awami League in the upcoming Rangpur city corporation election scheduled for 21 December.Affidavits submitted by the mayoral candidates in 2012 and 2017 revealed their annual income and assets.According to the candidates’ wealth statements, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)’s candidate Kawsar Zaman’s income and bank loans have increased 12 times, while Jatiya Party-nominated Mostafizur Rahman’s earnings have dropped by one-third.The annual income, bank balance and cash of Awami League candidate Sarfuddin Ahmed was around Tk 4.5 million five years ago. After being elected as mayor, his income spiralled to around Tk 13 million. Sarfuddin’s wealth statement, showed his yearly income, tangible and intangible assets registered both in his name and in the names of his family members.When asked about the matter, Sarfuddin told Prothom Alo, “I have some small businesses that made good profit over the last five years. There is nothing wrong in that”.On the other hand, the wealth of the BNP-backed candidate Kawsar Zaman jumped from Tk 1.3 million to Tk 16 million in last five years. He had a bank loan of Tk 40 million five years back, which is now Tk 500 million. When asked about the loan, Kawsar Zaman told Prothom Alo, “I have bank loans but these are current loans. There are seven directors in our partnership business and that is why the bank loans are high.” He said his income had been boosted by profits from his jute mill and other business.Jatiya Party candidate Mostafizur Rahman is different. The wealth statement he submitted to the election commission revealed that he had Tk 4.3 million five years ago. But now his total income and bank deposits are worth around Tk 1.4 million that is one third of his earlier income.According to the rules, the election commission can take legal action against any candidate in case false information is provided. Even an elected candidate can be expelled for violating the rules if found guilty.Khandakar Fakhrul Anam, Rangpur city committee’s chairman of Shujan (Citizen’s for Good Governance) told Prothom Alo, the BNP-backed candidate’s income might vary as he was an industrialist. Even so, his annual income could be questioned. But Awami League’s Sarfuddin Ahmed’s income seemed disproportionately higher than his business.
An error message on the housing voucher waiting list online application on Oct. 22. (Screenshot by Guy Valerie Bosworth)A waiting list for Baltimore’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) had 6,500 applicants within 30 minutes of the application going live online. By noon of the second day, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) had received 44,488 applications for the list. Prior to the application website going live on Oct. 22, HABC had said there would only be 25,000 spots opened on the waiting list, and that they would be filled by a random lottery if the authority received more than 25,000 applications.Applications to the waiting list can only be submitted online at http://www.jointhelist.org, and some residents have reported glitches while trying to apply on the website. Guy Valerie Bosworth, a senior at the University of Baltimore who is currently homeless, received an error message telling her to contact the housing authority the four times she attempted to apply on the first day.Another woman, who said she is 61 and also living in a shelter, e-mailed the AFRO on Oct. 23, claiming the website for the application was down when she tried to access it.Tania Baker, deputy director of communications for HABC, told the AFRO in an e-mail, “There was an issue yesterday (Oct. 22) that was quickly resolved. We have not heard of or experienced any issues today. We would encourage anyone using a PC to use the latest version of Internet Explorer.”The waiting list application will remain active through Oct. 30. It is the first time since 2003 that HABC has been accepting new applications for the firstname.lastname@example.org