Take advantage of one-on-one financial sessions for employees

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:GeneralEvents & Exhibits Published: Oct. 12, 2017 center_img CU employees are eligible to meet with financial professionals from the university’s retirement plan service provider Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) at no cost. Discuss any financial issue—from everyday budgeting to managing debt and (of course) retirement planning.Scheduled sessionsThursday, Oct. 26University Memorial Center, room 454Monday, Oct. 30 University Memorial Center, room 404You can meet with a consultant at any of the scheduled sessions taking place at the University Memorial Center (UMC).Or, to schedule an alternate appointment, employees can call 1-800-732-8353 or visit the TIAA website. Employees may also speak to a financial consultant on the phone by calling 1-800-842-2252 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.To prepare for a one-on-one session, employees may wish to download the Preparing for a Financial Consultation guide.Questions? Email Thomas Martinez in Employee Services at [email protected] or call 303-860-4263.last_img read more

Supporters of religious violence are more likely to claim they’re familiar with religious concepts that don’t exist

first_imgShare For their study, Jones and his colleagues recruited 409 American participants from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, 351 students from a university in Iran, and 209 individuals living on the Juarez/El Paso border region between Mexico and the United States.The two American samples were provided with a list of stories, concepts, and people — and were told that they all appeared in the Christian Bible. The participants were then asked to indicate how familiar they were with each item. But many of the items on the list, such as The Army Seventeen and Soren’s Temple, did not actually appear in the Bible. The Iranian sample completed a similar task regarding concepts from the Quran.The researchers found that those who claimed to be familiar with concepts that did not exist also tended to report being more supportive of religious aggression. In other words, individuals who claimed to have knowledge of fictitious religious concepts were more likely to agree with statements such as “I would shoot someone if I believed God wanted me to” and “The modern world needs a no mercy attitude toward the wicked.”“Overconfidence in what you think God supports or what scripture says is toxic. Thus, humility is a critical feature that is needed to bring out the best and most benevolent aspects of religion,” Jones told PsyPost.“Further, although overclaiming is toxic, actual religious knowledge (or admitting what you did not know) has the reverse effect such that it correlates with a peaceful disposition. In this way, knowing true vs. false stories in one’s Holy Book is associated with peaceful attitudes whereas claiming familiarity with false stories from one’s Holy Book is associated with violent attitudes.”“It is important to note that all of these findings are similar in Islam (with the Quran) and Christianity (with the Bible). Muslim participants were peaceful when they were accurate in their knowledge of the Quran (or at least honest about what they did not know), and supported violence when they were overconfident in their knowledge of the Quran; identical findings emerged for Christian participants with the Bible,” Jones explained.But there is still much to learn about the relationship between overclaiming religious knowledge and religious aggression.“We still need to understand the mechanisms behind why these correlations emerge. In other words, we need to further research what exactly drives religious overclaiming and why religious overclaiming translates into violent attitudes,” Jones said.“Further, we need to determine if these attitudes are merely supporting a violent agenda in the name of God, or if they actually predict real violent behavior. Finally, we need to know why religious accuracy predicts peaceful attitudes, and if indeed learning one’s Holy Book (accurately) can reduce violence and violent attitudes.”“The idea for this study was partially inspired by the fantastic work of my PhD mentor, Del Paulhus, who generated the overclaiming technique,” Jones added.“However, the impetus to further develop the idea emanated from a discussion I had with my mother. In a way, the origin of the idea was partially predicated on a bet with her. Origin notwithstanding, the outstanding team of researchers on this paper made tremendous contributions, and because of them, it became a far better paper.”The study, “Religious Overclaiming and Support for Religious Aggression“, was authored by Daniel N. Jones, Adon L. Neria, Farzad A. Helm, Reza N. Sahlan, and Jessica R. Carre.(Image by StockSnap from Pixabay) Email Share on Twitter LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Share on Facebook Individuals who claim knowledge of fake religious concepts are more supportive of religious aggression, while individuals with accurate religious knowledge are less supportive, according to new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.“Although many quote the Christian Bible, few have read it. Thus, religious books are often incorrectly cited or cited in a way that serves personal prejudices and/or distorted worldviews,” said study author Daniel N. Jones, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Reno.“Not only do people ‘pick and choose’ the stories of a religious book to support their worldview, they inaccurately attribute messages and interpretations to that Holy Book. Thus, we wanted to determine the consequences of this tendency towards overconfidence in religious scripture.”last_img read more

Health Fair Canceled But Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Is Oct. 10

first_imgBy PHIL GURSKYPresidentLos Alamos Heart CouncilThe Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center a (LAMC) announce that, due to COVID-19 New Mexico Health Emergency Health Orders and related health safety concerns, the 35th Annual edition of the Los Alamos Health Fair will be cancelled for 2020.The Heart Council and LAMC regret the need to cancel, but we prioritize the health and welfare of exhibitors, health care professionals, volunteers and especially our citizen visitors, some of whom are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.  We thank all our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers and look forward to seeing them in Fall 2021 with our 35th Los Alamos Health Fair, with all of its usual features and exhibits.As a community service, The Heart Council and LAMC announce a drive-through Influenza Shot Clinic will be held from 8-11 a.m. Oct. 10, 2020 at the parking lot for Sullivan Field at the High School. he Flu Clinic will be free and available to community members, 18 years old or older. While any adult is welcome to get a Flu Shot at the Clinic, we particularly would like senior citizens and other people with vulnerabilities avail themselves of the Clinic. The volunteer health professionals and assistance volunteers will all be equipped with N95 protective masks and gloves and will adhere to all appropriate safety protocols.Please save the date of Oct. 10, 2020 for the Drive-Through Flu Clinic and look for announcements and attendance instructions.last_img read more

Lifter Gururaja claIms silver, opens Indias CWG medal account

first_img(Eds: Updating with Gururaja quotes) Gold Coast, Apr 5 (PTI) Weightlifter P Gururaja opened Indias medal account on the first competition day of the 21st Commonwealth Games, claiming a silver in the mens 56kg category here today. The 25-year-old Gururaja, making his CWG debut, equalled his personal best of 249kg (111+138) to finish second in a field where Malaysias three-time Commonwealth Championships medallist Muhammad Izhar Ahmed (117+144) broke the Games record for snatch and overall lift. “I am very happy to have opened Indias medal account in the Games. It was nowhere close to being my best performance but I am glad that it was enough to get me a silver medal,” a grinning Gururaja said after the effort. Gururaja was third after snatch, pulling off a best of 111kg after two good lifts before surviving a few nervy moments in clean and jerk. The Indian failed in his first two attempts before managing a good lift off his last chance to zoom to the top half of the table. “I didnt quite understand why my second lift was not declared valid. It was disallowed for a very minor movement of the arm. Had it been allowed I could have gone for a higher lift an perhaps target gold. But still I am happy,” said the diminutive lifter from Karnataka. Ahmed, meanwhile, bettered his compatriot Hamizan Amirul Ibrahims snatch record of 116kg, created in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. He then broke the overall Games record, which was also in the name of Ibrahim. The Malaysia showman, who got the crowd behind him with his exuberant celebrations after every successful lift. was simply unstoppable, leaving a fairly occupied Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre enthralled.advertisement The third position was taken by Sri Lankas Lakmal Chaturanga (114+134). “The medals for the last three years have been rotating among the three of us,” Gururaja observed. Gururaja, a low-ranking Indian Air Force employee, is a quintessential Indian sports story of immense hardships and just a tiny bit of luck. Son of a truck driver, Gururaja had aspired to be a wrestler for the longest time before being pushed into weightlifting by a watchful coach who saw potential in him. “I am happy I took up weightlifting,” he laughed. PTI PM PDS PDSlast_img read more

DSME to Build One More LNG Carrier for Maran Gas

first_imgSo far this year, DSME secured a combined USD 1.3 billion worth of orders. The builder’s 2019 orderbook includes four LNG carriers, all of which were contracted by Maran Gas Maritime.DSME further said that it is in discussions for additional LNG carrier orders with the company, adding that it expects more such contracts to be signed in the future.Greece-based Maran Gas Maritime contracted the previous three LNG carriers at the shipyard in February.World Maritime News Staff zoomImage Courtesy: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering John Angelicoussis’ Maran Gas Maritime has booked another LNG carrier at the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.The shipbuilding contract, which is the first gas carrier order under DSME’s new CEO Lee Sung-Keun, was signed by the parties on April 9.The deal would see the shipbuilder construct the 174,000 cbm carrier at its Geoje Okpo Shipyard and deliver the unit to its owners by the first quarter of 2022.last_img read more

Bid to get DDay beaches added to list of UN World Heritage

first_imgOTTAWA — The beaches of Normandy, where the Allies stormed ashore to begin the eventual liberation of Europe from Nazi rule, are widely regarded by veterans and historians alike as venerated, sacred ground.And yet those beaches — including the one code-named Juno, where thousands of Canadians landed under a fearsome tirade of German fire on June 6, 1944 — have not been designated as culturally or historically significant by the United Nations.It’s not for a lack of trying: France applied to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2014 to have the beaches designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, much like several other locations linked to the Second World War.But that bid remains in limbo, dashing hopes the application might have been heard in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Juno landings, in which 359 Canadians were killed and 574 were wounded.Serge Durflinger is one of those who firmly believes the D-Day invasion beaches are “incontestably important” to the world and meet the very high standards for the UN designation.The University of Ottawa history professor was part of a team of international experts that included archeologists, geologists and all manner of other specialists who were brought together by the French government to help with the D-Day application.“The Normandy campaign and the D-Day invasion involved people from dozens of countries, all engaged in a united purpose, all brought to this small coastal region in France for the beginning of what would become the end of Nazi Germany,” Durflinger said.“And they’re all combining efforts on a global scale in this titanic effort, which was also one of the single greatest, momentous military operations ever mounted that we know about. And that it has scientific achievement, and its remnants are very real.”Getting the beaches added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites conveys a number of benefits, including honouring those who fought and died there and giving D-Day what Durflinger describes as “an international seal of approval.”“The notion of what happened here would not be limited to the Anglo-Saxon countries of Britain and the United States and Canada, basically,” he said, arguing the event was a pinnacle moment in the history of Europe and the world.“Something very, very important happened there, and not just for the countries that landed, but for the greater good of the world, with the beginning of the creation of an international system that lasted half a century.”The designation would also solidify what are already strong protections against development, as well as bring in more tourists, said Mike Bechthold, executive director of the Juno Beach Centre, which commemorates Canada’s role in the Second World War.“It would be huge to designate the landing beaches as a UNESCO World Heritage site,” Bechthold said. “Estimates are anywhere from a 10- to 25-per-cent bump in visitor attendance because of the designation. So it’s not inconsiderable.”However, it remains unclear just when the French application — which proposes including artificial harbours built by the allies to facilitate supplies from England, as well as shipwrecks off the coast and German bunkers — will be reviewed.Instead, the UNESCO committee responsible for reviewing such applications decided last year to take a step back and figure out how to deal with what it calls “sites associated with memories of recent conflicts.” A meeting on the matter is scheduled for next year.Durflinger said the decision follows a rash of applications from different countries in commemorating battlefields and other hallowed military ground, which typically faces an uphill battle in becoming a World Heritage site.Several sites linked to the Second World War have already been granted the status, notably the Genbaku Dome in Hiroshima, Japan, where the first atomic bomb exploded, and the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.“There were precedents,” Durflinger said. “If you look at the many, many, many designated sites, there’s quite a lot of grey area and there’s precedents for all sorts of things.”The French government did not respond to requests for comment, while a UNESCO official referred questions to the committee’s decision last year. The Canadian government did not respond to questions about whether it supported the bid.For now, the only certainty is that the designation will not come in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which many Canadians — including some of those who landed at Juno — will mark next month.“It would have been terrific if that could have happened for the 75th,” Durflinger said. “It’s a pity.”Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jets Keep Getting Better Sign RB Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson signs two-year deal with Jets.The New York Jets first made a free-agent splash when they signed quarterback Michael Vick. They made an even bigger wave in securing former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson Wednesday.Once the most explosive ball carrier in the NFL, Johnson inked a two-year deal worth up to $9 million, a league source told ESPN. The base value of the deal is $8 million, and includes another $1 million in incentives,  league sources said. Johnson’s deal has a team option for the second year at $4 million, which would have to be picked up in February 2015, according to a league source.“I see this as a team on the rise,” Johnson told the team’s website. “This is a winning team. They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but I think they were a game out of the playoffs with a rookie quarterback. So I feel like this is a team that can do some good things.”If Johnson, 28, can return to form, he will be a significant addition. He ran for a career-low 3.9 yards per carry last season. This after rushing for 1,000-plus yards in his each of six seasons, including 2,006 yards in 2009. But his production diminished in recent years, and his high salary made him expendable to the Titans.Johnson underwent surgery in late January to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and resumed running only about a month ago. He said after the season that he first hurt his knee in Week 3. He didn’t miss any games and became the fifth player in league history with 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first six seasons.“I think I’m going to fit in pretty well,” Johnson said on the website. “Just talking to (offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg) and to (coach) Rex (Ryan), who’s a guy that likes to run the ball, I think I’m going to fit in very well. We talked about all those things, catching out of the backfield, getting the ball to me in space.”Johnson and Vick could end starters, as well as the Jets’ other free-agent signing of consequence, receiver Eric Decker, formerly of the Denver Broncos. read more

One last Veterans Day 2018 thank you

first_img November 13, 2018 Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News LA JOLLA (KUSI) – Veterans Day weekend is coming to an end, and that means veterans and their families all around San Diego are now wrapping up their own ways of observing.KUSI’s Dan Plante was live in La Jolla at the mountain-top landmark of Mt. Soledad Monday night with more. Posted: November 13, 2018center_img One last Veterans Day 2018 thank you Dan Plante FacebookTwitterlast_img read more