About the Author Reprints By Associated Press May 17, 2017 Reprints HealthWomen in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US Tags fertility NEW YORK — For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States.Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate.For more than three decades, women in their late 20s had the highest birth rates, but that changed last year, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.advertisement Andrew Shurtleff/AP Meanwhile, more teens are growing up with fewer of their peers getting pregnant, he said.“We always talk about peer pressure as a negative, but it can be a force for good,” Albert said.A separate CDC report focusing on deaths found the nation’s overall death rate fell last year after an unusual and worrisome increase in 2015.The reports are based on a first look at birth and death certificates filed across the country last year.Among the findings:— The overall birth rate was down slightly in 2016, to 62 births per 100,000 women ages 15 to 44.— The average age when women have their first child is about 28.— The teen birth rate continued to drop last year.—The infant mortality rate stayed about the same.—The overall death rate fell to about 724 per 100,000 people in 2016, down from 733 the year before.Experts said the 2015 increase was tied to an unexpected leveling off in the death rate from the nation’s leading killer, heart disease.Heart disease and stroke deaths were falling steadily until 2011, but then the annual decreases shrank. In 2015, the heart disease death rate increased nearly 1 percent, and started to go down again in 2016.Now it seems like 2015 may have been blip, “but we can’t tell right now what will happen next year or in the next couple of years,” said Dr. Stephen Sidney, a researcher at Kaiser Permanente Northern California who has written on heart disease death trends.— Mike Stobbe Associated Press The birth rate for women ages 30 to 34 was about 103 per 100,000; the rate for women ages 25 to 29 was 102 per 100,000. The CDC did not release the actual numbers of deliveries for each age group.It’s becoming more common to see older parents with kids in elementary or high school, said Bill Albert of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.advertisement
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 3, 2013 CU System news releaseDENVER – Faculty at the University of Colorado attracted research awards totaling $774,079,158 during the 2012-13 fiscal year, based on preliminary figures.That investment in CU maintains the university’s place as one of the top research institutions in the country, the total ranking as fourth-highest in CU history. The amount slipped 5.6 percent from the previous year, reflecting an increasingly competitive arena shaped in part by tightening federal budgets.The reduction in research funding may be here for a while, says Richard Traystman, Ph.D., vice chancellor for research for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and CU Denver, because there is less money and more competition for grants.Overall, however, Traystman noted that the federal government provides billions of dollars in research support nationally, $31 billion from the National Institutes of Health alone. While funding is reduced, he says, “it’s not wiped out and my optimism is that we have the opportunity to receive our fair share of that to continue the important work of research.”With an eye on the horizon, CU President Bruce D. Benson recently initiated an effort to enhance CU’s research operations and infrastructure, as well as to diversify the entities it partners with, all with the intent of increasing revenue from one of CU’s most significant funding streams.“We have innovative research faculty and we not only need to facilitate their great work by having an efficient and effective research infrastructure, we also need to find new partners to augment what we already do for federal agencies,” Benson said. “I have every confidence that we can substantially increase the amount of research funding we attract.”Fiscal year 2012-13 sponsored research funding across CU, broken down by campus: University of Colorado Boulder, $351.9 million, including a five-year, $9.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy. A team led by CU-Boulder is researching how to modify E. coli to produce biofuels such as gasoline. The researchers hope to engineer the production of ethylene and isobutanol, two compounds that can be converted into gasoline among other chemicals. University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $7.8 million, including a four-year, $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund about 30 scholarships annually for past and current military service members interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. UCCS is the one CU campus that saw research awards increase this year. University of Colorado Denver, $19.1 million, including a $300,000 commitment from the Surplus Lines Association of Colorado for the Risk Management and Insurance program at the CU Denver Business School. The gift will endow a scholarship fund and underwrite an international Risk Management and Insurance travel course that will help the program develop students who will graduate prepared to join the insurance industry workforce. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, $395.2 million, including an $11 million grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting research to normalize early growth of children of mothers in poor communities with high rates of early growth retardation.Sponsored research funding from federal, state and local agencies targets specific projects to advance research in laboratories and in the field. Research funding also helps pay for research-related capital improvements, scientific equipment, travel and salaries for research and support staff and student assistantships. CU cannot divert these dollars to fund non-research-related expenses such as utilities, compensation, student financial aid or grounds maintenance.Much sponsored research funding is directed to departments and researchers with unique expertise, such as biotechnology and aerospace, which stimulates industry.Via the CU Technology Transfer Office, CU research commercialization has led to the formation of 132 companies since 1994; eight start-up companies were formed in fiscal year 2012-13.Contact:Jay Dedrick, [email protected]
Control: Critical ConsensusCritics rave as Remedy’s bizarre supernatural third-person shooter shows the studio “has reached its final form”Brendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 26th August 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRemedy Entertainment”Control continues the basic formula that Remedy Entertainment has been playing with for all these years — third-person action with a hint of unreality — but it feels like the studio has reached its final form.”That’s a snippet of Mike Williams’ summary paragraph from his USgamer review of Control, which he gave four out of five stars. While the “final form” phrasing was distinctly his own, the sentiment behind it was one we saw repeatedly while surveying the assortment of reviews published Monday for Control.Like the studio’s Alan Wake and Quantum Break, Control has an ambitious narrative bent that sets it apart from the AAA crowd, even if the gameplay tends to rest on some tried-and-true concepts.In Control, players take the role of Jesse Faden, the newest employee of the Federal Bureau of Control, a government agency focused on the supernatural. The FBC’s office is The Oldest House, an impossible building whose layout and obedience to basic laws of physics are frequently shifting. But no sooner has Faden entered the scene than everything at The Oldest House goes haywire — more so than usual — and she tries her best to survive the chaos and make sense of the situation, often through third-person shooter combat.As Edwin Evans-Thirlwell wrote in Video Games Chronicle’s 4 out of 5 stars review, “Stewed in a fondness for eerie Americana built up through games like Max Payne and Alan Wake, it can be triumphantly bizarre. But so much of the game’s design, and so much of Jesse’s purpose within its story, is about reining in the concept and reducing everything to the cleanness and clearness of a third-person shooter.”Christian Donlan supported that assessment in giving the game a “Recommended” nod from Eurogamer, calling it “an obligingly straight-ahead blaster mounted in the most ornate of frames.”For some reviewers, this was a mark against the game. In reviewing the game for The Verge, Andrew Webster said the game’s reliance on cover-based shooter tropes can make it drag.”The problem is that the game relies too much on combat,” Webster said. “Often, enemies would respawn seemingly at random, and I’d be forced to replay simple but tedious combat scenarios multiple times. This discouraged exploration. You can get around the battles somewhat with Control’s fast-travel feature, though, of course, that isn’t really exploring at all. Worse still are some of the boss-like battles, which seem downright unfair, throwing wave after wave of bad guys at you. It’s a frustrating way to slow your progress, and there were times – particularly one egregiously long battle toward the end of the game – where I almost gave up on Control because I didn’t want to replay the same fight for the dozenth time.”Even so, Webster stressed “it’s worth pushing through to see the uniquely uncomfortable world Remedy has created.”Other reviewers had fewer misgivings about the combat. In an 8.8 out of 10 review for IGN, Jonathon Dornbush praised the psychic combat abilities that are a key part of the game’s fighting, in particular a telekinetic ability called “Launch” that lets players pummel enemies with anything in the environment not nailed down.”While it’s not quite the same level of tactile satisfaction as Kratos’ Leviathan axe in God of War, the oomph of hurling heavy objects around with my mind is as close as I’ve felt since,” Dornbush said.Reviewers loved the Launch abilityAnd even though Donlan had had plenty of praise for the Launch ability (and the joy of eliminating enemies by throwing armchairs, photocopiers, and various bits of old, heavy technology at them), he acknowledged how the straight-forward nature of the combat stands in contrast to the story.”There’s a little trickery in the narrative some of the time, but Control refuses to descend into all-out mechanical weirdness for the most part. It never forgets the pleasure of being a shooter above all other things, and with a few exceptions it’s more eager to hit you full-on with architectural beauty than warp your brain with the kind of spatial shenanigans you get in something like Portal.”A number of reviewers also noted the game’s somewhat open structure, where backtracking is required and new abilities will help open up previously inaccessible parts of The Oldest House.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “This isn’t the kind of experience that pushes you in any one particular direction,” Webster said. “There are no big glowing arrows showing you where to go and the mini-map is pretty hard to use. I found myself getting lost a lot, particularly early on, as I stumbled through the confusingly maze-like structure of the Oldest House. But it also felt appropriate. At the beginning, Jesse is a newcomer to this world… You learn alongside her, and it’s very rewarding.”GameSpot’s Peter Brown said that structure also helps give the game a bit of longevity in his 8 out of 10 review, as Remedy filled Control with side quests and things that could be easily missed on an initial playthrough. What’s more, the world Remedy created makes those extra bits more than just busywork.”It’s not often that a game invades my thoughts the way Control has,” Brown said. “I’m at the point where I want to consume every last thing it has to offer. And if I’m honest, it also makes me want to go back and replay Remedy’s past games, too. Sure, it’s a faulty Metroidvania in some respects, but there are so many exceptional qualities afoot that Control handily deflects any momentary ire. I can’t wait to take part in discussions about the game, to see what others have figured out, and to better understand where it all fits into Jesse’s story.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesBeyond Control: What’s next for Remedy?CEO Tero Virtala on Vanguard, the shared universe of the Epic-funded games and why two million sales still doesn’t class Control as a major hitBy James Batchelor 2 months agoRecord year for Remedy despite no new game releasesOngoing success of Control boosts Finnish developer as it ramps up work on next game and two Epic-funded projectsBy James Batchelor 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Financial markets don’t like surprises, so the long-awaited start of the unwinding of the US quantitative easing (QE) programme confirmed last week has been signalled since the beginning of the year. If the policy can be successfully reversed without triggering unwanted side-effects like the 2013 “taper tantrum” – when investors panic-sold bonds and caused a fall in global markets – then similar changes can be expected in the UK and Europe. The scale of QE programmes is mind-boggling – QE has led to a quadrupling of the value of assets on the US government balance sheet to $4.2tr (£3.09tr), equivalent to $13,000 (£9,600) per person. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank continues to purchase €60bn (£53bn) of assets per month, while the UK’s QE programme remains capped at £435bn. Even though no new money is being pumped into US or UK bond markets, the impact of recycled investment continues to keep demand for gilts at elevated levels, suppressing interest rates and encouraging other investors to seek better returns from more risky assets such as corporate bonds and infrastructure investments.Many construction clients have been major beneficiaries of QE, but I suspect the wider industry is less aware of how the system has worked in practice, sustaining demand and price levels. QE does involve “printing money”, although the effects are communicated through financial markets rather than through direct spending programmes. By using new money created by central banks to buy new and existing government bonds, QE increases levels of demand for gilts and as a by-product helps to push down long-term interest rates. Pension funds and other long-term investors have focused much more of their money into capital-intensive sectors such as infrastructure and propertyOutside of the bond purchase loop, investors benefit from lower interest rates but must look for riskier investments than government bonds to secure an acceptable return. Because of QE, pension funds and other long-term investors have focused much more of their money into capital-intensive sectors such as infrastructure and property, while small-scale investors such as buy-to-let landlords have benefited from low interest rates and a sparkling housing market. In practice, the major beneficiaries of QE have been asset owners, including pension funds, house-owners and infrastructure businesses. The less well-off have been expected to rely on a “trickle-down” resulting from a little more investment and a little more spending. Construction has been a major beneficiary of this effect – with strong order books and high levels of inflation.So, what could the impacts of a change in QE policy be? Lessons learned from the global market crash in 2013 mean that unwinding must be slow – taking perhaps a decade or more to shift some of the holdings of government debt onto corporate balance sheets. At the same time, the “end of austerity” would require increased public-sector borrowing – increasing the supply of new debt to markets just as demands for investment spending on infrastructure and the retooling of modern economies ramps up. If all goes well, GDP growth will continue to accelerate, interest rates will start to rise in response to inflationary pressures and the level of demand for investment in new assets will be sustained. But if there is a blip, then the balance between the supply of assets and demand for them could change, reversing an eight-year bull market. This all sounds very long term and hypothetical. However, the impacts of QE since 2009 have been anything but. Accordingly, how could the unwinding of QE impact on construction markets and future levels of demand? The answer is quite a lot. Low finance costs and rising asset values are closely interlinked – not only in property markets, but also in infrastructure where costs of borrowing have become an increasingly sensitive element of project viability. Thames Tideway and the recent successful offshore wind auction have both benefited from low funding costs that reflect in part the need for investors to accept higher levels of risk to secure a reasonable income. Similarly, higher interest rates would reduce affordability in the housing market.Whatever form the next generation of government intervention takes, it will be delivered without the QE cushionRising asset values have insulated construction markets from many negative impacts of austerity seen in the public sector. Access to QE-supported markets has been a saving grace for construction since 2009, not only because it has increased levels of demand, but also because rising asset prices have helped clients to absorb higher levels of input cost inflation in construction than other sectors. In effect, QE has allowed construction to continue its low productivity path because asset-owning clients have been insulated by rising asset prices.Domestic politics requires that any stimulus that takes the place of QE is aimed at the many, rather than the few. The lifting of salary caps, for example, will be a positive move for millions of public sector workers, but inevitably will have a wider impact on tax and spending decisions. Such choices will also influence future investment priorities for the public sector, which would become a more important source of funding and finance. Without the safety valve of rising asset values, it will be less easy for construction firms to deliver value to their clients. Whatever form the next generation of government intervention takes – whether it is focused on replacement infrastructure like the US, or targeted at solving the housing crisis – it will be delivered without the QE cushion. Weaning construction away from this support so that it can most cost-effectively deliver future investment programmes will be the primary legacy of the unravelling of current policy.
Getty Images/Archive Photos/Stringer(NEW YORK) — Summer Loving is coming as a prequel to the 1978 blockbuster Grease.Paramount on Tuesday said it was developing a story about the backstory of how John Travolta’s Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy Olsson met — an encounter they later sing about in the unforgettable Grease tune “Summer Nights.”According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has signed John August to write the script, which will focus on the instant love connection between the unlikely duo.In Grease, Zuko, a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, falls in love with Olsson, the good girl from Australia who’s new to Rydell High.The 1978 classic had a less-than-classic sequel starring Michelle Pfeiffer, though the original has seen other adaptations over the years, including the Emmy-winnning Grease Live! a 2016 NBC event that had Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit playing Sandy and Danny.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.