NFL Draft 2019: 5 takeaways from the first round

first_img NFL Draft 2019: First-round picks by the Opta numbers NFL Draft 2019 trade roundup: Tracking every single one of the record 39 deals Those final two picks were very good for both the team and to change the culture, as well. So it makes the Ferrell pick sting a little less.5. A perfect fitMarquise Brown and Lamar Jackson just feels right. The Ravens have been big on getting the ball out of Jackson’s hands quickly as a young starter and Brown is blazing fast and a very good route-runner, especially on quick slants and drags.He will make Jackson’s job so much easier immediately. He just has to cut down on the drops a bit. Other than that, this is a match made in heaven. Here are five takeaways from Round 1.Five takeaways from the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft1. The Giants and Jets are going in opposite directionsThis is a weird sentence to write, but the Jets know what they’re doing right now and the Giants appear to have no clue. Related Newscenter_img The Giants traded away their best wide receiver, a good pass rusher, a run-stuffing defensive tackle and a cornerback all in the last two years while not re-signing a Pro Bowl safety. Then, it took a quarterback, nose tackle and corner all in the first round Thursday and every single one of their picks was seen as an overdraft.Daniel Jones was valued by several as a second-round pick at best, Dexter Lawrence was seen as an overrated player and Deandre Baker was thought by many to be a late second-round pick. The Giants took all three of those players in the first round and they selected Jones at six. Meanwhile, the Jets took arguably the best player available on the board, and maybe in the draft, in Quinnen Williams while they already added C.J. Mosley and Le’Veon Bell this offseason. That comes one year after taking a pretty sure-fire bet to succeed at quarterback in Sam Darnold. 2. Washington made the right picks even if they carry some riskWhile Dwayne Haskins may carry some questions with him (he doesn’t have a ton of starts under his belt, Urban Meyer’s QBs struggle at the NFL level and he’s a bit immobile), Washington absolutely made the right move in picking him at No. 15.He can take a bit of time to develop behind Case Keenum, the team has Alex Smith already — who could come back and play within the next two years — and Haskins is a hometown favorite, so fans will be in full support of the move. It makes absolute sense.As does trading up to get pass rusher Montez Sweat, who was almost undoubtedly the best player on the board when they moved up to get him. He matches athleticism (4.41 40-yard dash) with production (30 sacks in his last two years at Mississippi State). Both of these moves made sense and kudos to the Redskins for pulling it off.3. Steelers offer big resetThere’s no way around it, when Ryan Shazier went down in 2017 so did the Steelers’ plans over the next couple of years. He was truly changing that defense and making Pittsburgh a much more formidable team going forward, so when he went down it was crushing for the organization.But, by drafting Devin Bush in the first round this year, the Steelers have a chance to reset and once again build around a great player in the middle. Shazier was a great player, and hopefully he can be again, but if he isn’t, Bush can lead a defense into the future.4. Raiders day a tale of two draftsThe Raiders started the day off with a bang, making the only pick more controversial than the Giants selection of Jones. Clelin Ferrell is a great person, a very good player and a foundational piece for the Raiders to build on, but he was taken way too high. The Raiders might have been able to get him in the 20s.But, instead they took him No. 4 and passed up on a better pass rusher in Josh Allen. It didn’t make a lot of sense. However, with the team’s second pick they got a player many pundits — and just football fans in general — will love in Josh Jacobs out of Alabama.The underdog running back has little wear and tear (just 251 carries in three years for the Crimson Tide), a non-stop motor and a mean streak not seen often today in running backs. Fans in Oakland and Vegas got a good one. Then, in Johnathan Abrams’ case, the Raiders got a similar player in a safety to help out an awful defense. The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft brought six trades, two head scratchers in the top 10 picks and an incredibly confused fanbase in New York.And those fans aren’t wearing green, which comes as a surprise to many hanging around the city.last_img read more

Fabulous Five! Penn Hills girls capture state championship

first_imgSTATE CHAMPS—The Penn Hills girls 400-meter relay team (shown after winning the Baldwin Invitational) from left: Deshaun Squires, Christina Roberson, Paige Fields and Iman Wilkerson, won the PIAA AAA 400-meter relay with a time of 47.37. These four girls and teammate Jordan Lee racked up 48 points to win the PIAA Girls AAA team championship at Shippensburg University, May 29. Wilkerson finished third in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash. Wilkerson, Squires, Roberson and Lee won the 1600-meter relay and set a new state record with a time of 3:46.31. Penn Hills becomes the first team from the WPIAL to win the team title in AAA.last_img

Little Silver Takes Step Toward $3M Sidewalk Plan

first_imgPoint Road School, forpre-K through fourth-gradestudents, is located alongSeven Bridges Road. Branch Avenue is a roadway heavily traversed by borough students who walk to Little Silver’s Markham Place School, which serves students in grades five through eight, and commuters. “(Prospect Ave.) is an expensive project because the road has some engineering issues. There’s a slope going down to the edge of the street so it’s not just a matter of pouring concrete. But funding is always the trick for projects like this. It’s the job of the mayor and borough council to come up with the most fiscally sound funding plan possible, and that’s something we’ve been working on for over a year now,” Neff said. After months of discussion, the borough council is preparing to introduce a $3 million funding ordinance. According to Mayor Robert C. Neff, properly maintained sidewalks are integral to a Little Silver community with neighborhood schools, a downtown business district and the NJ Transit train station. “The county’s view is that sidewalks and curbing are the responsibility of the municipality. The county paves and has been great to Little Silver with respect to paving. But it’s a common practice to let the municipality move forward with sidewalks and curbing,” Neff said. Neff said the borough is close to completing its bond ordinance and that residents can expect to see it introduced “at the next council meeting or two.” Prospect Avenue is awalkable route that leads intothe heart of the borough’sdowntown where municipalbuildings, office buildings,restaurants and a shoppingcenter are situated. Portions of prominent borough arteries like Seven Bridges Road and Prospect Avenue are in need of sidewalks, Neff said. A new sidewalk for Prospect Avenue, between Crest Drive and Harding Road, is also part of the proposed plan. “Some of our sidewalksare just not in good shape,and some of them are alongprimary walking routes forour kids,” Neff said. “Thereare several of them thatneed attention.” He said the borough currently has two grant applications filed and is waiting to see if Little Silver is eligible for the state’s no-interest bond program. LITTLE SILVER – Thereis a plan afoot to repair andupgrade some sidewalksin town. Unlike Prospect Avenueand Seven Bridges Road,Branch Avenue is a Monmouth County roadway that cuts through Little Silver, continues past the Oceanport Avenue entrance to Fort Monmouth and has proven to be a popular route for those looking to reach Monmouth Park Racetrack and popular beachfront destinations in Long Branch and Monmouth Beach. Though the paving andannual maintenance of theroadway is typically handledby the county, Neff said thecounty traditionally doesnot help fund curbing andsidewalk projects. Neff noted the borough was able to use grant funding to complete a sidewalk and curbing project last year on Willow Drive, a roadway that connects foot traffic to both the downtown business district and the train station. “We’re talking about introducing an ordinance that would allow for bonding to support the cost of some of these sidewalks, but it doesn’t mean that’s the route we would definitely take,” Neff added. last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2015

first_imgMichael Machowsky2455221%$141,230 BETTER TRIP IN STORE FOR STELLAR WINDFIRING LINE TO MISS LOS ALAMITOS DERBYO’NEILL, REDDAM ON FIRE WITH JUVENILESESPINOZA PRESSER AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER MONDAYTARA‘S TANGO SET FOR SUMMERTIME OAKS Alex Solis3773519%$279,544 Mike Smith3688422%$651,096 Martin Garcia3073423%$245,660 Carla Gaines2244118%$203,080 WHO:              Victor EspinozaJockey of Santa Anita-based American Pharoah, who with his victory at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.Prior to 2015, Espinoza had two previous chances at winning the Triple Crown, with War Emblem in 2002 (trained by American Pharoah trainer Bob Baffert) and California Chrome in 2014. He is the only jockey in history to have had three chances at winning the Triple Crown.Has won a total of seven Triple Crown races (Kentucky Derby three times, Preakness three times and Belmont once). Espinoza has won five of the last six Triple Crown races. He also owns two Breeders’ Cup victories and the 2014 Santa Anita Derby.Is the first Hispanic jockey to win the Triple Crown and at 43, is the oldest to claim the feat.Standout jockey based at Santa Anita Park; resident of Sierra Madre Martin Pedroza92716148%$375,474 Bruce Headley1341231%$117,490 William Spawr2444217%$136,530 Philip D’Amato52158629%$882,110 Ignacio Puglisi4856210%$189,580 Fernando Perez11221171119%$791,730 (Current Through Saturday, June 13) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux6051278%$317,124 O’NEILL, REDDAM ON ROLL WITH TWO-YEAR-OLDSDoug O’Neill and principal owner J. Paul Reddam are on a roll with 2-year-olds.O’Neill, in pursuit of his fourth Santa Anita training title, has won four races this meet with juveniles, all owned by Reddam and three sired by Square Eddie: Ralis, Mrazek, and Found Money. The other, Nyquest, was sired by Uncle Mo.“The Square Eddies are runners,” said O’Neill, who captured Santa Anita titles three straight meets from 2004-05 through 2006-07, and leads Richard Baltas by one, 18-17, after 30 days this meet.“This is the third crop of Square Eddies to race,” O’Neill said. “They’re precocious, they’re smart, they’ve got a lot of class and they’ll carry it two turns as well. They’ll run on turf or dirt; they’re very versatile horses.” Found Money and Mrazek are nominated to next Sunday’s $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile at 5 ½ furlongs on the main track. Joseph Talamo12522102518%$886,498 TRIPLE CROWN-WINNING JOCKEY ESPINOZA AVAILABLE TO MEDIA MONDAYSanta Anita-based jockey Victor Espinoza returns to Southern California late today for the first time since guiding American Pharoah to a Triple Crown triumph, ending a 37-year drought without a Triple Crown winner.WHAT:Espinoza will be available for a group media session at Santa Anita’s“Clockers’ Corner” Monday morning. Espinoza, currently in Kentucky, will return to California late Sunday for the first time since winning the Triple Crown.Due to his busy schedule, Monday will be the only opportunity for media to have accessto Espinoza until the following weekend. He will conduct an informal group media session, and will not be available for one-on-one interviews. Flavien Prat12221241317%$1,306,940 John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 Tim Yakteen1643025%$142,430 Ricky Agarie2241518%$140,440 Felipe Valdez9681598%$364,430 Edwin Maldonado778141410%$376,926 John Sadler56791013%$546,374 Peter Miller701517721%$612,950 STELLAR WIND BACK ON BEAM FOR SUMMERTIME OAKSTeam Sadler is inclined to draw a line through Stellar Wind’s fourth-place finish in theGrade I Kentucky Oaks on May 1, and expects a return to top form in next Saturday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks for the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who reeled off three straight wins before her eventful trip at Churchill Downs.“The whole week was speed-dominated,” said trainer John Sadler’s long-time assistant, Larry Benavidez of the foray to the Blue Grass State. “After the first eighth of a mile, you knew she had no shot.”Stellar Wind broke from the No. 12 post position in a field of 14 for the Kentucky Oaks. Daily Racing Form’s trouble line reads, “Steadied early, 9 wide.”Purchased privately by Hronis Racing LLC after an 8 ¾-length victory last Dec. 18 at Laurel Race Course, Stellar Wind paid quick dividends, winning the Grade III Santa Ysabel on Feb. 28 and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 4 before stubbing her toe in the Kentucky Oaks.“She’s had a strong work since she got back, going 11 and change last week (1:11.60 for six furlongs on June 10), and she’s doing well,” Benavidez said. Stellar Wind will again be ridden by racing’s “Triple Crown Man,” Victor Espinoza. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas52176433%$848,520 Gonzalo Nicolas9166147%$239,308center_img Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320 Tiago Pereira671111716%$462,980 Rafael Bejarano14637282225%$1,766,946 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won WHEN:           Monday, June 1510-11 a.m. (approximately) Santiago Gonzalez8581669%$352,454 Doug O’Neill8918161020%$772,088 Tyler Baze17826282715%$1,610,080 FIRING LINE DEALING WITH FOOT AILMENT Firing Line, who finished closer to American Pharoah than any of his opponents to date when beaten only a length by racing’s newest Triple Crown winner in the Kentucky Derby, will miss the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby July 4, trainer Simon Callaghan said Sunday morning.Firing Line, a son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher, missed a scheduled workout last Saturday due to a sore right front foot.“It’s not quite cleared up and we’ve decided against the Los Al race,” Callaghan said. “I think it could develop into an abscess, but it’s not major. We’ll get him right and hopefully look for a summer campaign.” Gary Stevens2463425%$576,100 Richard Mandella39119428%$807,140 Mike Puype56812714%$485,520 Vann Belvoir454669%$159,950 CONTACT:    Brian Robin661-349-2147 [email protected] FINISH LINES: Tara’s Tango, runner-up to Fantastic Style in the Angel’s Flight Stakes May 16, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:14 for next Saturday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks. “The distance should be OK for her,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the daughter of Unbridled’s Song for Stonestreet Stable LLC. Tara’s Tango won her first start going five furlongs at Del Mar last July and was second in two subsequent sprints . . . Hollendorfer reports Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief “doing fine” as he recovers from an injured right hip suffered in the Charles Town Classic, but said he “wasn’t sure what the time frame is” on the gelding’s return to the track . . . Bargain claim Motown Men worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 Sunday under Tyler Baze for the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27. “Awesome” is how trainer Ted H. West termed the move by the Tiznow Stakes winner . . . Kent Desormeaux and Martin Pedroza will be at ThistleDown Racino Saturday to ride War Story for Tom Amoss and Whiskey Ticket for Bob Baffert, respectively, in the $500,000 Ohio Derby. Brayan Pena565239%$116,530 Jerry Hollendorfer56714713%$519,204 Bob Baffert2462525%$287,970 Robertino Diodoro2764322%$232,130 Media should enter through Gate 8:From I-210, exit Baldwin and go South 7/10 of a mile to Santa Anita Park.If possible, please advise in advance that you will be coming, and after exiting the freeway, call your PR contact (Brian Robin – 661-349-2147 cell or Greg Ball – 760-271-9183 cell) so we can meet you as you enter.Go left just before the sign for the Westfield Mall (which abuts Santa Anita’s property. Stay to the left and do not enter the mall parking lot.Stay left at the fork along the hedges (going right will take you into the main parking lot) and pull up to the guard shack.Your PR contact will meet you there, get you parked and get you situated at Clockers’ Corner. Kristin Mulhall2145019%$117,550 Mark Glatt5067812%$277,114 Eddie Truman1972337%$284,678 Mario Gutierrez4583818%$368,848 WHERE:         Clockers’ CornerSanta Anita Park285 West Huntington Dr.Arcadia, CA  91007(DO NOT FOLLOW GPS DIRECTIONS TO THIS ADDRESS. INSTEAD, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW). Mike WillmanDirector of Publicity – Santa Anita Park818-437-0786 [email protected] Jeff Bonde1641325%$187,790 Drayden Van Dyke10113121113%$592,468last_img read more

THE WINTER MEET HEATS UP WITH THE SECOND ANNUAL SANTA ANITA CHILI COOK-OFF!

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2017) – The best in the West will come together for a one day only Chili Cook-Off competition at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 18. For the second year in a row, teams and vendors will battle it out for the Championship Title awarded at The Great Race Place. This International Chili Society (ICS) sanctioned event will kick off a year-long series of competitions across California, and crews are already ready and raring to go with fresh and already accomplished recipes.As the competitive juices flow, the stunning San Gabriel Mountains will serve as a scenic backdrop to a day chock-full of action and live Thoroughbred racing will add some spice to an already sensational Trackside event.Competition categories include:Red ChiliGreen ChiliSalsa“People’s Choice”“Most Tasted Dish”New this year – The ICS will welcome novice chefs and enthusiasts alike with the “anyone can enter” division designed for any willing and able chili aficionado.Fans are invited to sample and vote for the “People’s Choice” award which will benefit the Foothill Unity Center, a place for real hope and possibilities for those in crisis.$30 Package Includes:Ten (2 oz.) chili tastingsOne craft beer or wine selectionSanta Anita Park snapback ball capClub House admissionAccess to Trackside Event and seatingRacing ProgramWagering tip sheetTo purchase tickets to the Chili Cook-Off Trackside Event, visit: http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-chili-cook-off/Benefiting: http://foothillunitycenter.org/home/about/Presented by: Fire It Up! Events http://fireitupevents.com/Media contact only: Ric Gilbert – [email protected]last_img read more

Adult Stem Cells Outpace Embryonics

first_img(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some still play with embryos, but there seems little reason for it when adult stem cells perform so well.Researchers learn how to grow old brain cells (Science Daily): Good news from the Salk Institute. “For the first time, scientists can use skin samples from older patients to create brain cells without rolling back the youthfulness clock in the cells first. The new technique, which yields cells resembling those found in older people’s brains, will be a boon to scientists studying age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”Mesenchymal stem cells use extracellular vesicles to outsource mitophagy and shuttle microRNAs (Nature Communications): Basic research at Scripps is helping understand why mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) show promise in animal studies and human clinical trials. “Collectively, these studies mechanistically link mitophagy and MSC survival with macrophage function, thereby providing a physiologically relevant context for the innate immunomodulatory activity of MSCs.”Transplantation of unique, newly discovered stems cells may lead to promising stroke therapy (Science Daily): Preventing viral invasions is essential to keeping one’s adult stem cells healthy and ready for their functions. This article pits adult stem cells against embryonic stem cells by discussing “Muse cells” found in a variety of tissues, including bone marrow, fat tissues and skin. “Muse cells are unique stem cells that are able to self-renew and also display high efficiency for differentiating into neuron-like cells,” a researcher from U of South Florida says.  But can they beat embryos?According to the researchers, fetal stem cells may appear to be better candidates for replacing lost neural circuitry, considering that they preferentially differentiate toward being neuronal cells. However, fetal stem cell accessibility is limited and, like embryonic stem cells, their immaturity may present safety issues, such as tumor development. Also, the use of fetal and embryonic stem cells has been the topic of many ethical debates. Since Muse cells can be derived from adult tissue rather than fetal or embryonic tissue, the ethical quandaries associated with stem cell therapy may be considerably allayed with their use.Not only do Muse cells also have the practical advantage of being non-tumorigenic, they are readily accessed commercially and can also be easily collected from patient skin biopsies. Once more, Muse cells do not have to be “induced,” or genetically manipulated, to be pluripotent as required with some other cell varieties — they already display inherent stem cell properties after isolation and, with their acquired neuronal properties, Muse cells spontaneously home toward the stroke-damaged sites.Adult stem cells vs embryos in treatment of macular degeneration: Medical Xpress reports optimistically on Canadians using embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to treat age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in the elderly. Researchers in Montreal got most of the ESCs to differentiate into pure cones, at least in a dish. But David Levin in another article on Medical Xpress points out that stem cells from adult dental pulp can also be used to treat macular degeneration. Researchers from Tufts University are finding that these cells from a patient’s own teeth can be reprogrammed into the same retinal tissue the Canadians are making from ESCs. In fact, traits of dental pulp stem cells avoid some of the complications and safety concerns of other induced pluripotent stem cells. Both techniques are in the early stages, but why not focus on the adult stem cells and avoid the ethical quandaries of using embryonic stem cells?Scientists reveal how stem cells defend against viruses (PhysOrg): The only article in recent news describing scientific progress in the use of human embryos for stem cells is this study from Singapore. It’s about basic research into how stem cells protect themselves from viruses.  No treatments are described for any health conditions, and nothing about the research suggests that similar processes protect adult stem cells.  Is there any reason, then, to use embryos for this research instead of adult stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells?Many researchers were delighted to find that induced pluripotent stem cells from adult tissues work just as well as embryonic stem cells. Most of them saw the new gold rush in adult cells, and were relieved to avoid the ethical quandaries. But there are still holdouts who want to tinker with the unborn. Pressure needs to be kept on them about the evil of using embryos and fetal tissues.  Those unethical practices feed the market for abortions (9/20/15, 8/02/15, 7/18/15). These news items undercut the claim that scientists “need” embryos to “help” people.  A multi-pronged attack might dry up that market: (1) embryos are not needed, (2) the smart money is on adult stem cells, and (3) cutting up human embryos at any stage is unethical and immoral.  Secular materialists who won’t be impressed by #3 may listen to #1 and #2.last_img read more

10 months agoPochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he can sense a stronger mentality from his players this season.Pochettino believes his players need to adopt a strong mental toughness to add to their fluent passing football.”In the last four of five years we play so well, the people enjoy a lot watching us but we need in some moments to be, I don’t know if the word is naughty, but smart in how you compete and that we still miss. But we have the opportunity in the next few months to show we are capable to be more competitive,” he said.The Argentine feels his team have progressed considerably from the May 2016 league game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in which they lost a 2-0 lead and drew 2-2, which handed the 2015-16 title to Leicester.”We were nice kids playing football, now we are more mature, more competitive,” he said. “We will see if that is enough to win titles. We grow a lot in the last five years and I think this game was important to learn a lot.” last_img read more

Photo: Ohio State Debuted An Infographic Commemorating Every Win Of The Urban Meyer Era

first_imgUrban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Over the past three seasons under Urban Meyer, Ohio State has an impressive Big Ten regular season record of 24-0 and an overall record of 38-3. The Buckeyes were banned from the post-season in 2012 and lost the Big Ten title game and Orange Bowl to finish 12-2 in 2013. They finally struck gold on their third try by finishing 14-1 and winning this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Earlier tonight, the program put out an infographic recognizing all 38 victories of the Meyer era. It might take some time to adjust your eyes to it, but it’s definitely well-executed.Braxton Miller. J.T. Barrett. Carlos Hyde. Ryan Shazier. Bradley Roby. Devin Smith. There’s a lot of talent on that thing, and enough returning in Columbus to guarantee a lot more wins in 2015.last_img read more

Key budgetary goal to help women enter workforce would lift economy analysis

first_imgOTTAWA – One of the predominant themes of next week’s federal budget will be increasing the workforce participation of women — and recently released internal documents point to big economic benefits for Canada if it can help more women enter the job market.The Liberal government has said improving the economic success of women and promoting gender equality will be among the primary objectives of next Tuesday’s budget.Options on the budgetary table include narrowing the pay equity gap, ensuring more gender equality in boardrooms, easing access to capital for female entrepreneurs and opening up more funding opportunities for female scientific researchers.These types of commitments could feed into Ottawa’s efforts to hit another overarching target for this government: raising the needle on long-term growth.A briefing note prepared for Finance Minister Bill Morneau estimates that closing the labour-market participation gap between women and men by half over 15 years would raise the country’s potential long-term economic growth by an average of 0.25 percentage points per year over that period.If nothing changes, the memo to Morneau estimates potential growth will “remain low” over the next 15 years at 1.7 per cent.But the analysis says raising the workforce participation rate of women by 4.5 percentage points by 2032 would lift Canada’s potential growth to about 1.9 per cent.With the intensifying negatives from Canada’s aging workforce, growth isn’t expected to pick up its pace without help. The briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, said the rapid pace of growth in 2017 is “not sustainable,” particularly as temporary economic factors fade and interest rates continue to rise.The document lists higher female labour-market participation among four broad policy goals that will boost potential economic growth.One of the others calls for raising immigration levels of skilled workers by 15,000 each year as a way to increase annual growth by 0.1 percentage points. Another is upping the participation rate of workers aged 55 to 64 years old — in line with those in top-performing countries — for an annual growth injection of 0.2 percentage points.The fourth policy option in the document is redacted.Next week, the Liberal government will table the first federal budget to scrutinize all its commitments through a gender-equality microscope.The Canadian Press obtained another briefing note that revealed the “proposed gender-equality framework” presented to Morneau last August.A senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the budget details have yet to be made public, said the memo was an early version of the pillars examined for the budget. They noted, however, the gender-budgeting road map has evolved since that time, following consultations with experts.The document contained a detailed exploration of the gender gap in labour-force participation and underlined the importance of creating conditions to help more women enter the job market.It said the gender workforce divide narrowed considerably over the last few decades — from nearly 39 percentage points in the late 1970s to nine in recent years.However, the memo said the improvements have plateaued and are largely unchanged since the early 2000s, despite rising educational levels among women.“Higher representation of women in the labour force has led to higher incomes for Canadian families and, in turn, real economic gains,” said the note, also obtained under the Access to Information Act.The document noted that Canadian women with children are less involved in the labour market than those in many industrialized countries and identified them as a group with potential to further raise their work-force participation.Several stakeholders who participated in the government’s gender-related consultations last year are hoping the budget will contain measures such as dedicated leave for new fathers or non-birthing parents, cash for the Liberals’ promised pay-equity legislation and, possibly, something more on child care.There are expectations the budget could contain many commitments aimed at helping women — from trade missions designed for female entrepreneurs, to mentorships aimed at women, to setting aside a significant share of public contracts for women-led businesses.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used his keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month to say Ottawa will proceed this year with legislation to ensure equal pay for work of equal value in federal jobs as a “first step” towards getting more women into the workforce. He also said it’s time for serious looks at parental leave and child-care policies.Trudeau cited estimates by global consulting firm McKinsey and Company that narrowing the gender gap in Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.Last month, Ottawa also announced the winners of a $50-million program designed to teach digital and coding skills to more than one million kids — with a special emphasis on encouraging underrepresented groups like girls to get involved.The president and CEO of Actua, an organization that received $10 million of that amount, said creating more opportunities for women to join the workforce, particularly in rapidly expanding innovative industries, makes “huge economic sense.”“We’ll be facing even more workforce shortages in the future in these fields,” said Jennifer Flanagan. “We can’t afford to leave out half our population from the opportunity to fill in those workforce gaps.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Congress to come up with Delhi specificmanifesto

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress’s Delhi unit will come out with a separate election manifesto for the national capital focusing on issues faced by unauthorised colony residents, the issue of sealing and pollution, a party spokesperson said on Tuesday. The manifesto will be released soon after the announcement of party candidates, said Delhi Congress spokesperson Jitender Kochar . “The manifesto will focus on areas like unauthorised colonies, pollution, sealing, among others, that have been crucial for Delhi,” he told reporters. The Congress last week released its Lok Sabha election manifesto “Ham Nibhayenge” (we will deliver), covering all sections of the society and promising Rs 72,000 per annum to the poorest 20 per cent of the country. Delhi Congress President Sheila Dikshit met party councilors of the three municipal corporations in the city and called upon them to take the manifesto to people in door to door campaign.last_img read more