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The PGA Tour has the opportunity to show other sports how it is done

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The PGA Tour has the opportunity to show other sports how it is done

FORT WORTH, Texas – For all 148 players on the pitch at this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club, their responsibility as a golfer is what is always there in the tournament: Making more birdies than bogeys.

Their responsibility is to post the lowest possible score every day and, at the end of the week if it is the lowest score of 148 players, it is a win, check seven points, a trophy and a group of world rankings and FedExCup points.

The responsibility for the players – and the PGA Tour itself – goes much deeper than birdies and bogeys this week.

This is the first major sporting event since the COVID-19 pandemic took over our lives about three months ago, there is a responsibility to do this right, because the world is watching.

And, based on conversations with the players during Tuesday’s training round, they took that responsibility as seriously as trying to shoot 65.

“I think we need this week to go without mistakes,” Ryan Palmer said. “We have to make sure this week is great, not only for the world of sports but also for our tour. I think if we go out this week and the fans get a good show or not [COVID] kasing, I think it will be a big success for the tour, for our fans, for the sports world. ’

Jordan Spieth, who likes Palmer as a Texan, makes this event a home game, saying, “I really think that all of us as players have the responsibility for it to run very smoothly considering this is the first sport that started, and with that this other [sports] rather pay attention to how things are. ‘

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The world of sports pay close attention. RBC Heritage, which will be played next week, is watching. So, also, is the Travelers Championship, which is the third PGA Tour event out of the box, and the Rocket Mortgage Championship, which will be played a week after Travelers.

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Other sports will also be watched. The NBA and Major League Soccer will try to create “bubbles” that are similar to what the PGA Tour is trying to do here as the two leagues prepare to play at Disney World.

The PGA Tour has the opportunity to become a standard bearer for sports moving forward in this pandemic era.

Keith Argenbright, from the University of Texas Southwestern, has worked with the PGA Tour with his testing and medical plans in the Colonial, and said the event was “burning to restart professional sport in America.”

“There are several tournaments scheduled after this, Hilton Head, Hartford and Detroit, so we always know that what we do at Fort Worth will be replicated in other tournaments,” Argenbright told The Post. “We always know that golf will go before hockey and basketball, and that other sports leagues will look for golf to see how they do it.

“I think there is a lot of pressure on the tour and there is pressure on the city of Fort Worth. We want to do this right. We don’t want to disappoint the PGA tour. We don’t want to disappoint other cities or sports leagues because we turn their toes out of their gates. ’

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Justin Thomas, who is a member of the PGA Tours player advisory board, said “his level of curiosity was much higher maybe the last few months’ about how this would work” because everyone had lots of questions. “

“It will be different,” Thomas said. “You can’t get into this thinking it will be normal because it isn’t. I would say 2020 is beyond a strange year, and especially in the sport it will only be different.

“If we all want to go back and play the game we like … we just have to forget the fact that it will be different and strange. But this is a good opportunity for golf to grow more and reach a better level than now.

“Hopefully, people who might not normally watch golf see that we are the best players in the world and the best in our expertise, and we can do things that are very hard to believe with golf balls. So, hopefully everyone will enjoy. ‘

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Language policy in party election programs

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Language policy in party election programs

Opening the last week of the election campaign and having voted in advance, I decided to share the results of my reading of the electoral programs (or similar) of the main parties in relation to official languages ​​(Portuguese) and with official recognition (Portuguese Sign Language, LGP and Mirandese). I limited the analysis (but not the reading) to the four most voted parties in 2019: PS, PSD, BE, and PCP; I used “língua”, “português”, “gestual portuguesa” (LGP), “mirandês” and their synonyms as search expressions. The goal is to understand the importance that each side attaches to language(s) and language policy.

PCP Presents Electoral Commitmentwhere it shapes the 2022 elections and resumes Election program for 2019, of 114 pages. In this “language” appears five times, twice in support of “learning [gratuito] Portuguese as mother tongue among expatriate communities” and three in “Valuing the Portuguese language and culture”. LGP and Mirandese do not occur. The documents use the spelling standard of 1945 (as well as CDS-PP Electoral Commitment, 14 pages).

Not Election program 2022-2026, from the British Empire, on 203 pages, “language” occurs six times, which is associated with increased teaching and access to LGP, with immigrant communities (Portuguese and native languages, in bilingual education) and once with reference to the free teaching of Portuguese for second generation immigrants.

OUR Electoral program 2022 PSD, 165 pages, never mentioned Mirandese or LGP; the Portuguese language is mentioned seven times, and the document contains a theme called “Language”, which proclaims: “Portuguese is an expression of our collective identity and of Portugal’s presence on a global scale, as well as differences in the use of the Portuguese language. don’t impoverish it (…) The attempt at orthographic standardization offered no advantage in the face of a globalized world, so PSD advocates assessing the real impact of the new [??!!] spelling convention” [sic] (CDS-PP is strongly in favor of abolishing it, and I would like to see some of the studies evaluating its impact.) In another paragraph, starting with the words “Portugal can never neglect lusophony”. [sic], advocates “concrete efforts (…) to raise the status of Portuguese to an official language of the United Nations” (only PSD uses the term “lusophonia”). The remaining references refer to basic education and immigrant communities, as well as to Portuguese-speaking African countries.

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Not PS campaign program, 122 pages of compact text, the search expression “language” occurs 26 times. There is talk of LGP dissemination and interpretation in government services; “Mirandes” is not found. The role of the Portuguese language in establishing Portugal in the world is clearly appreciated through its internationalization in the context of strengthening the CPLP, namely in connection with the International Portuguese Language Institute, relations with UNESCO and OEI. , under the control of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture. The teaching of Portuguese as a native and non-native language (for emigrants and immigrants) is carried out at all levels of education. The text contains several concrete proposals for action.

Of course, much more can be said, and reading this text is not intended to devalue (rather, promote) the reading of election programs. The choice is up to everyone. Voting is free and voting is an act of citizenship.

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The Portuguese government plans to double spending on research and development

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The Portuguese government plans to double spending on research and development

The leaders want national R&D spending to be 3% of GDP by 2030.

The Portuguese government has agreed to nearly double the country’s spending on research and development by 2030, the EU’s long-term goal of 3% of GDP.

The December 29 resolution called for government spending on R&D to reach 1% of GDP by 2030, with the remaining 2% added to private spending.

In 2020, public and private spending on R&D was 0.66% and 0.96% of GDP, respectively, which means that public spending will more than halve and private spending will double.

With rising costs, the government has promised reforms and modernization of the R&D sector in Portugal. He said the resolution would support the promotion of a culture of innovation and science and help stimulate the restructuring of the knowledge-based economy.

Last year, Government says Portugal’s spending on research and development has increased five years in a row, reaching a record 3.3.2 billion by 2020. He said the growth was mainly driven by the business sector.

The EU as a whole has set a goal of spending 3% of its GDP on research and development, but for decades it has struggled for more than 2% to cover real costs. By 2020, R&D spending has decreased by $1 billion., but it increased to 2.3% of GDP as the economy contracted due to the government-19 epidemic.

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Former Portugal international Lima Pereira dies at 69

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Former Portugal international Lima Pereira dies at 69

Lima Pereira, the Portuguese international who distinguished himself in the 1980s with Porto, died this Saturday at the age of 69 after a long illness.

At one time he was one of the best Portuguese players in the central defender position. António José Lima Pereira was born in Povoa de Varzim on February 1, 1952. He graduated from Varzim and played there in the early years of his senior career. In 1978 he moved to Porto and his journey was very successful. His name is associated with some of the most brilliant moments in the history of the dragon emblem, such as winning the European Cup and Intercontinental Cup in 1987 and the European Super Cup in 1988. In 11 seasons (265 games), he also won 4 championships. , three national Supercups and 2 Portuguese Cups. He ended his career with Maya in 1991. “I knew how to exemplify the values ​​of Porto,” Pinto da Costa wrote in a social media post.

Lima Pereira, who represented the national team 20 times, suffered a stroke in 2006.

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Jorge Amaral, former Porto player
“He personified the spirit of Porto and the North. He was a friend of his friends and had an enviable sense of humor. A loss he regrets.”

Octavio Machado, former player and coach of FC Porto
“A champion who celebrated all who had the honor of living with him. We already miss him.”

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