Literacy rate in state higher than natl average

first_imgKolkata: The state government will soon fill up the vacancies in the Mass Education Extension and Library Services department, Siddiqullah Chowdhury, Minister of State of the department said on Saturday.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Today is International Literacy Day. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our Govt is committed to spreading the light of education among all.” He was addressing a gathering to celebrate the International Literacy Day at Rabindra Sadan on Saturday afternoon. He said as per the 2011 Census, the literacy rate in Bengal is 76 percent but has gone up by at least another 9-10 percent. According to 2011 Census, literacy rate in Bihar is 55 percent, Odisha is 69 percent, Assam is 62 percent and Jharkhand 60 percent. He said steps have already been taken to expedite the literacy drive in all the districts. In Bengal, West Midnapore has the highest literacy rate that is 92 percent while in Uttar Dinajpur and Purulia, the rates are 69 percent and 64 percent respectively. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSaugata Roy, the party’s MP, alleged that the Centre was not providing funds to carry out literacy drives whereas the national rate of literacy is 73 percent compared to Bengal’s 76 percent.Shashi Panja, state minister for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, added that mere literacy is not enough and the neo-literates should be included in the skill development schemes of the state government.Bratya Basu, state IT minister, assured that the department was ready to provide every cooperation to the Mass Education and Library Services department. The way Bengal has become the No. 1 state in the country in 100 days’ work, it is not very far off from becoming the No. 1 state in literacy in India, he hoped.State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said in the past seven years, Bengal has made immense development in education. Literacy drives have been conducted in every Block.last_img read more

Bills to update horse racing rules move out of House committee

first_img Categories: Lauwers News 25May Bills to update horse racing rules move out of House committee Rep. Lauwers lauds effort to modernize 21-year-old lawState Rep. Dan Lauwers today praised the House Committee on Agriculture for passing legislation to modernize the 21-year-old law that regulates Michigan’s horse racing industry.Rep. Lauwers, who chairs the committee, said the current horse racing law was created in 1995, when Michigan had nine horse racing tracks. Today, only two remain – Hazel Park, which operates as a thoroughbred track, and Northville Downs, which hosts live standardbred harness racing.“The legislation we approved today better reflects the needs of Michigan’s horse racing industry,” said Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “I’m pleased we were able to come up with a solution that both the tracks and the horsemen’s associations are able to support.”Under the current law, the Standardbred Certified Horseman’s Organization (CHO) receives approximately 60 percent of the common purse money from the simulcast bets placed, and the Thoroughbred CHO receives approximately 40 percent. The allocations were set in 1995 because the state had significantly more standardbred tracks, so that industry was engaging in more simulcast betting. Now that only one type of each track remains, Rep. Lauwers said the arrangement doesn’t make sense.Senate Bills 504 and 505, introduced by Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, will allow money to stay at the track where the bet is made.As passed by the House committee, the legislation also creates a seven-member Horse Racing Advisory Commission to establish procedures governing the operation and promotion of horse racing in Michigan, and make recommendations to the Legislature about how to maintain the long-term viability of the industry in Michigan. The Commission is intended to steer decisions that will strengthen and improve the vitality of the Michigan horse racing industry.“The equine industry is an important part of Michigan’s agricultural economy,” Rep. Lauwers said. “Horse racing employs more than 12,000 people and contributes nearly $1 billion to our state’s economy each year. It’s important we do what we can to ensure the industry’s survival.”The bills now head to the full House for consideration.#####last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement We’re still sitting here with nothing resolved…especially with the hideous and grotesque short positions in both gold and silver still in place.It was pretty quiet during Far East trading on their Monday. The high of the day was in shortly after 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…about fifty minutes before the London open…and it was all down hill until fifteen minutes after the Comex open in New York.The subsequent rally got capped…and then got sold off once the London p.m. gold fix was in at 3:00 p.m. BST…10:00 a.m. in New York..Gold closed at $1,709.80 spot…down $1.30 from Friday…and volume was anemic at 60,000 contracts, as most traders stayed home in advance of mega-hurricane Sandy.The silver chart looked identical to the gold chart.  Silver’s high tick came minutes after 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…but after that, silver’s price path was a carbon copy of gold’s.Silver finished the Monday trading session at $31.76 spot…down 33 cents on the day.  Volume was also very light…around 17,500 contracts.The other two precious metals got sold off as well.  It’s worth noting that even though the equity markets were closed…the precious metal and currency markets remained open.The dollar index closed at 79.997 on Friday…and worked its was slowly higher in fits and starts on Monday…closing at 80.23.  The high tick…30.31…came during the New York lunch hour.With the New York markets closed, there was no HUI…but the TSX Gold index here in Canada closed up just under a percent.Of course there was no Silver Sentiment Index either…but just eye-balling the silver stocks that I follow here in Canada on the Toronto Stock Exchange, I’m guessing that the silver stocks were down about a percent on average.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 8 gold and 24 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved warehouse system on Wednesday.  In silver, it was all the “usual suspects”…and that should just about be it for the October delivery month.  Tomorrow evening the CME should post the numbers for the November delivery month…and I’ll have that data for you on Wednesday.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.Not surprisingly, there were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and the U.S. Mint had no sales report, either.The updated short positions for GLD and SLV were posted on the shortsqueeze.com Internet site late last week.  In silver, it showed that the short position jumped by 25.45%…from 11.65 million shares/ounces, all the way out to 14.62 million shares/ounces…454.7 tonnes.  It’s a good bet that an authorized participant shorted the shares rather than deposit real metal…which they didn’t have. They could have found it somewhere, I’m sure…but how high would they have had to bid the silver price to get it all?The short position in GLD actually declined by 6.54%…from 18.18 million shares, down to 16.99 million shares…or 1.70 million ounces…52.9 tonnes.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 596,425 troy ounces of silver on Friday…and didn’t ship any out.  The link to that activity is here.Being Tuesday, I have more than the usual compliment of stories…and I hope you can find the time to go through them all.  As usual, the final edit is up to you.Nor is the pressure to hold PHYSICAL Gold confined to the central banks. A trader in the city of London has an explanation of why Gold holdings in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have not kept up their previous momentum in the period since 2004-2009. He says that “some investors” have moved from being comfortable with paper claims to Gold to a position where they are not confident unless they hold the physical metal itself. Nothing could be more probable. – Bill Buckler…Gold This Week…27 October 2012Well, I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into yesterday’s trading action in all four precious metals.  But it was interesting to note that they followed their usual price paths…and they were all down on the day as well…plus the fact that they were trading at all, when the rest of the markets in New York were closed.  I guess JPMorgan et al never sleep when it comes to the price management scheme.Of course we’re still sitting here with nothing resolved…especially with the hideous and grotesque short positions in both gold and silver still in place.Today, at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and unless there are some big changes in price tomorrow I’m not expecting big changes in the COT Report either…as it has been a reasonably quiet week from a price point of view.By the way, I didn’t hear from anyone at Scotiabank or Scotia Mocatta yesterday, so they’ll be getting another request for an answer when I get out of bed later this morning.Not much happened in Far East trading on their Tuesday…but now that London has been open for a couple of hours, both metals are trading up from Monday’s close…a lot of which would have to do with the dollar index slide back to the 80.00 level.  Volumes, which had been pretty light at the London open, are now a bit more chunky, but nothing out of the ordinary…and it does appear from the price action that these rallies [as tiny as they are] are being met by the usual not-for-profit sellers.Before heading off to bed, I thought that some of you might be interested in this special sale [50% off the regular retail price] that Casey Research is having on the Casey Extraordinary Technology monthly report.Casey analyst Alex Daley has made a career of finding and monetizing big ideas….In fact, this was his main job when he worked for an elite team of technologists that reported to the CEO of one of America’s largest corporations. His group released some of the first smartphone apps, social networking sites and even did projects for large oil companies.But today Alex says he’s putting his money into a radical new technology that will soon make its way into millions of homes and offices across America and is expected to generate $3.7 billion in sales by 2015.Casey Research has recently made a video detailing his latest insights, including how you can take a position in this technological breakthrough right now. If you’re at all interested, click here to learn more.  This offer is only open until the end of tomorrow…Hallowe’en…and there are no tricks involved.  As a matter of fact, it’s my belief that Casey Research‘s standard 90-day guarantee of satisfaction applies.  How can you lose?That’s more than enough for one day…and it’s actually too much for one day, so I hope you were able to edit it to your satisfaction.See you tomorrow. Former Microsoft Inventor Reveals Big Tech WinnersFrom smartphone apps… to self-driving cars… to facial recognition software… Alex Daley and his team at Microsoft helped bring to market some of the most popular technologies of the past decade.In the process, Alex developed an uncanny knack for picking winning disruptive technologies, helping venture capitalists realize extraordinary gains. Now he’s identified a radical new technology that he expects to generate $3.7 billion in sales by 2015.All the details are in his new video – click here to see it now (it may not be up long, so please view it today).last_img read more

Turning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone

Friend and colleagues are using devices found in cell phones to atomize very thick liquids. Credit: University of California – San Diego Provided by University of California – San Diego This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers use acoustic waves to move fluids at the nanoscale Imagine if all childhood vaccines could get delivered with an inhaler rather than shots; or wiping away tuberculosis bacteria in a patient’s lungs with an inhaler; or disinfecting a hospital room thoroughly with a diffuser. Explore further Citation: Turning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone components (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-medicines-inhalable-treatments-smart-components.html These are the goals of a research team led by Professor James Friend in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Their efforts were recently boosted when Friend received a prestigious $900,000 research grant from the Keck Foundation, whose mission is to support pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research.”Our goal is to make injectable treatments inhalable,” Friend said. “This would unlock a whole class of new treatments.”For example, in a clinical setting, powerful disinfectants could be delivered via diffusers in hospital rooms to eliminate harmful bacteria. A whole new class of medicines could be delivered to patients via inhalers. Finally, a whole range of new materials could be used for 3-D printing.Currently, fluids can be nebulized in many different ways, for example by mechanical means like in perfume and cologne sprayers, or by using ultrasound. But all of these methods either don’t work well with very viscous fluids like oil or honey, or they require too much power, or break down some of the fluids’ active ingredients. They also require expensive equipment.The method developed by Friend and colleagues uses devices found in smart phones that produce acoustic waves. In the phones, these devices are used mainly to filter the wireless cellular signal and identify and filter voice and data information.In the lab, Friend and his team used the devices to generate sound waves at extremely high frequencies—ranging from 100 million to 10 billion Hertz—in order to create fluid capillary waves, which in turn emit droplets, generating mist. This process is called atomization. The researchers’ breakthroughs are based on the ability to atomize liquids that have been considered too viscous for the process before.The new method holds the promise of dramatically lowering costs for developing inhaled drugs by using smart phone components that are inexpensive. Currently, the cost for developing inhaled medicines is $300 million over a period of three years.Researchers successfully tested the atomization method on a powerful disinfectant, Triethylene glycol, or TEG, which had never been atomized before on its own (it is usually dissolved in water).No one before had observed how fluids behaved when subjected to such high sound frequencies. Scientists led by Friend discovered that the equations used to predict wave generation in fluids did not work for their experiments—in fact, they are off by several orders of magnitude. Some of that math dates back more than 150 years, to experiments by British physicist and chemist Michael Faraday.The Keck grant will allow researchers to acquire the cutting-edge technologies as well as the workforce they need to figure out the right math to describe and predict atomization at such high frequencies. This in turn will allow researchers to apply their new method to a broader range of materials, unlocking new applications. read more