Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsOver the next two years, Quebec-based Indigenous language and culture programs will receive a $8.7 million boost from the Canadian government, Pablo Rodriguez, minister of Canadian heritage and multiculturalism, announced Monday.“Indigenous languages are an integral part of our country’s identity and play an important role in sharing culture,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “Most Indigenous languages in Canada are considered endangered, and we recognize the importance of preserving them.”According to Rodriguez, the government allocated funding to programs whose mandate “[keeps] with the spirit of the Indigenous Languages Act,” legislation which came into effect earlier this summer after two years of consultation and development with Indigenous organizations.This year’s federal budget committed $333.7 million over five years – starting in 2019 – to support implementation of the act.The funding, according to a press release, will support 48 community-based projects that include “the promotion of Indigenous cultural heritage, language camps, classes, immersion programs,” as well as distributable resources – like translator tools and children’s books – and other unspecified educational material.Rodriguez and constituents also project that the financial boost will allow for the creation and maintenance of “culturally relevant” radio and television programming and mobile applications.In November 2018 and July 2019, the government provided $691,482 to three community-based projects in Montreal, Kahnawake, and the Gaspe.According to UNESCO – who declared 2019 the year of Indigenous languages – three quarters of the 90 Indigenous languages in Canada are considered ‘endangered.’“Indigenous languages are an integral part of Indigenous identity and Canada’s cultural identity,” Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations – also a student of the Mohawk language, Kanien’keha – explained.“We are pleased to support the efforts of these Quebec organizations who are working to preserve and promote Indigenous languages and culture,” Miller added.UNESCO data indicates that first-language fluency among Indigenous peoples fell from 21 per cent to 15.6 percent over 10 years, between 2006 and firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-0.17–+0.73–+0.53–+0.74– SeasonsOff TeeApproachAround GreenPutting 2004-09+0.58–+1.34–+0.24–+0.73– * Woods failed to qualify for official PGA Tour leaderboards for any years in these stretches. He also failed to qualify in 2008.The strokes gained statistic isolates the effect of each shot by measuring how much it adds to or subtracts from a player’s expected score on a given hole.Source: PGA Tour Tiger’s back … sort ofStrokes gained per round (relative to PGA Tour average) for Tiger Woods on each type of shot 2012-13+0.22–+1.37–+0.22–+0.38– 2010-11*-0.23–+0.65–-0.09–+0.06– This website recently argued that even if Tiger Woods’s golf game took a multiyear hiatus, his celebrity didn’t. Though up-and-coming stars like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson were learning to make moves on Saturday and close things out on Sunday, none of their on-course exploits were able to propel them to the pinnacle of the sport’s fame. And even though nearly a decade had passed since Woods won his last major, golf was still Tiger’s world, and everyone else was just putting in it.And now, it appears as though Woods may finally be in a position to justify all that hype. In his last two PGA Tour starts, Tiger finished in a tie for second and then a tie for fifth. His play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational three weeks ago kept him in contention for most of Sunday, with only an errant drive on number 16 — and the impressive final-round 64 from McIlroy — keeping Tiger from claiming his 80th PGA Tour victory. Woods’s great play on consecutive weekends, along with his generally impressive stats for the season so far, has fans tuning in and the golf world believing in its messiah again. But is he really returning to his old form? Let’s check the numbers to compare the resurgent Tiger to the Tiger of years past and figure out what his performance so far may mean for the Masters this week.To be sure, what we’re seeing from Tiger this season isn’t precisely his prime form. Woods was indisputably the best player in the world from at least 2004, which is the first year for which the PGA Tour’s strokes gained metric is calculated, and he stayed at the top through 2009. Strokes gained measures how many shots a player picks up relative to the rest of the field in each of four shot types: off the tee, approaching the green, around the green and putting.1In a nutshell, strokes gained judges each shot you take based on how much it reduces your expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. And during his peak, Woods easily led the Tour in that stat, crushing his next-closest competitor by 1.2 total strokes gained per round, ranking eighth in strokes gained off the tee and first in strokes gained from both approach shots and putting. So in a rare double, Woods was the game’s best player from tee to green and on the greens themselves, which is a pretty unbeatable combination. This is the Tiger we think of when we reminisce about the guy who looked like he might win 25 major championships.But then came the injuries, the scandals, and multiple coaching changes. Woods struggled in 2010 and 2011, failing to win on tour in consecutive seasons for the first time since he went pro. But he did bounce back in 2012 and 2013 — becoming, yet again, the best golfer on the planet, albeit by a slimmer margin. During those two seasons, Woods dropped about 0.7 strokes relative to the field when compared with his dominant run from 2004 through 2009. His driving and putting both slipped in 2012 and ’13, but because of his customarily exceptional iron play — Woods again lapped the field in approach-shot strokes gained per round — he still led the Tour in average strokes gained overall. He also won eight times in 35 starts, and it looked as though order had been restored to the universe. But that’s when Woods was hit with even more injuries, limiting him to just 11 cuts made over the four seasons from 2014 through 2017. With his body breaking down, Tiger’s second ascension began to look like merely a false start.And yet here we are, just a day before the Masters is set to begin, and Tiger has roared back into the debate about who might triumph on Sunday. Along with players like Spieth, Johnson and McIlroy, Woods is among the favorites to win the tournament, according the Vegas books.2He is just behind the favorites according to Tuesday’s odds from the Westgate, and he is listed as the co-favorite at other sportsbooks as of 10 a.m. Wednesday. And it’s not just sentiment that’s driving those bets. Woods’ play this season mostly justifies the hype, even if he hasn’t quite matched the sublime numbers he achieved earlier in his career. Tiger currently ranks seventh in total strokes gained per round relative to the field — not bad for an old guy coming back from spinal fusion surgery. He’s also doing most of the same old things pretty well, earning a 14th-place ranking in strokes gained per round on approach shots and an 11th-place showing with the putter. In fact, relative to the field, Tiger is adding more strokes per round with the flatstick this season than he did during his prime. And while his overall stats aren’t quite as good as they once were, they’re also a far cry from the downright terrible statistics Woods was producing whenever he managed to play in the previous four seasons. 2014-17*-0.44–+0.22–-0.49–+0.24– So it’s fair to say that Tiger is playing closer to peak form than he has in years. But if one part of his game is cause for concern this week at Augusta, it’s his play off the tee. Driving was never exactly Woods’s strong suit — he was barely above average from the tee box even during his successful 2012-13 comeback — and he’s getting even less out of his drives so far this season, giving away 0.174 strokes per round to the field. As has been the case with Tiger for a while, it’s all about missing his mark with the long clubs: He currently ranks 201st in driving accuracy percentage, hitting the fairway on just 51.6 percent of his measured drives. And although Woods used to compensate for his poor driving accuracy with raw distance, he now also ranks just 34th in average yards per drive this season, and he hasn’t cracked the top 20 in that category since 2007. (Granted, he does rank fourth in average club-head speed so far this year.) Even though accuracy off the tee is a little overrated at the Masters, Tiger might be wise to leave the TaylorMade M3 in the bag and hit that stinger 2 iron around Augusta all week.It’s probably too early to proclaim with any degree of certainty that Tiger the all-time great golfer — rather than Tiger the overhyped media celebrity — is officially back, but his recent performances suggest he’s getting there. Win or lose at Augusta, all those youngsters who grew up worshipping Woods might have to bow down again in 2018. Even now that he’s 42, and after he’s been through many unexpected career twists and turns, it’s tough to make a talent like Tiger’s go away quietly.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she had been prevented from attending a function in Chicago to commemorate the125th year of Swami Vivekananda’s address before the World Parliament of Religions by some “unholy conspirators”. “I felt bad and was hurt. I know that some unholy conspirators did not want me to attend the meeting. They had threatened Ramakrishna Mission as well,” she said while addressing a gathering at Belur Math on Tuesday afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee was scheduled to address a meeting at Chicago in August on the invitation of the Vedanta Centre, a branch unit of Ramakrishna Mission. The state government will create Vivekananda Chair at the Ramakrishna Mission Educational Research Institute, formerly known as Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University and gave Rs 10 crore for Vivek Tirtha, the value education centre that is coming up at New Town. Banerjee said some forces are trying to interpret Hinduism by creating division. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”There are some who are trying to dictate what food habit we should follow or what dress we should put on. This is ridiculous. We have Swami Vivekananda and will not listen to the neo-interpretations,” the Chief Minister said. Quoting Swamiji’s first speech at the Parliament of Religions where he said “We believe not only in universal tolerance but we accept all religions as true,” she said this is Swamiji’s philosophy and this is Bengal. She said to become a leader one must learn to sacrifice for the people. She felt that more and more students should be brought under Swamiji’s umbrella. “Swamiji is our leader and he can show the path,” she said, adding that steps should be taken to ensure that fanaticism and sectarianism do not affect the society. She urged people to follow the path of Swami Vivekananda. The Chief Minister said tolerance is the biggest gift of Hindu religion. “This religion is humanism,” she said. She said Swamiji had wanted all boys and girls to be fearless. “If there is any weakness in the world, it is sin, it is death,” she quoted the words of Swamiji, who had spread the message of love, hope and tolerance. Many people blew conch shells on Tuesday afternoon, to mark the beginning of the Parliament of Religions in 1893. Swamiji had delivered six lectures at the Parliament. In state-run, sponsored and aided schools, functions were held to commemorate 125 years of Swamiji’s speech. The state government will also observe Harmony week from September 12 to 19.
Balurghat: Traffic police here are observing ‘Road Safety Week’ from January 31 to February 6 to check reckless driving and create awareness about traffic rules.Several rallies and tableaus were organised at busy areas of the Balurghat town. District magistrate Deepap Priya P, police superintendent Nagendra Nath Tripathi, chief medical officer of health, Dr Sukumar Dey, DSP (headquarters) Dhiman Mitra, officer-in-charge (traffic) Utpal Chatterjee and police officers took part in various awareness programmes to support the initiative. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseApart from police and administrative officials, schoolchildren also took part in the ongoing-one week traffic awareness programme. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee led state government has introduced ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign to check the number road mishaps and implement traffic rules. The campaign was launched in 2016 by Kolkata traffic police and afterwards it was introduced in districts as well. The campaigned gained popularity as it helped to sensitize people about safe driving. A song on campaign has also been composed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “The principal objective of the campaign is to develop consciousness about road safety rules. Apart from the police, state government departments, people have to be responsible to maintain traffic rules. Usually a meeting is conducted in every month. Damaged roads and street lights are being repaired to reduce the number of accidents in the district,” said DM Deepap Priya P. District police chief Nagendra Nath Tripathi said: “We have set a target to create traffic awareness among the people. After the campaign was introduced in state, the number of accidents has reduced by 20 to 22 percent. However, the number of road mishaps here in South Dinajpur is quite high. We are working relentlessly to bring concrete changes.” Officer-in-charge (traffic) Utpal Chatterjee said a group of people were still unaware of the traffic rules and safe driving measures. “These people are reluctant to understand that their lives are precious,” he said.