National Endowment for the Humanities supports preservation of Qajar dynasty

first_imgThe National Endowment for the Humanities has made a $346,733 grant to a team of Qajar historians. The purpose of this grant, which lasts from May 2009 to June 2011, is to develop a comprehensive digital archive and Web site at Harvard University that will preserve, link, and render accessible primary source materials related to the social and cultural history of women’s worlds during the reign of the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925) in Iran.The Qajar dynasty is perhaps most notable for a series of intense interactions with Europe (Britain and Russia, in particular), many of which introduced cultural and political changes that still resonate in Iran today. The proposed archive will address a significant gap in the scholarship related to this important time in Iran’s history by making available personal documents, such as writings and photographs, created by and reflecting the lives of women during the Qajar era.The team is composed of Afsaneh Najmabadi, the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Professor of the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard; Nahid Mozaffari, New York University; Naghmeh Sohrabi, Brandeis University; and Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, University of Manchester, U.K.Digitizing and archiving activities supported by this grant will focus primarily on materials from private family holdings and Iranian archival holdings. Harvard already houses other digital archives related to the history of modern Iran, such as the ‘Ali Khan Vali photograph album and the Iranian Oral History Project. The new project will make Harvard’s libraries a very rich depository of archival material for the study of modern Iranian history.For more information on Harvard’s Iranian Oral History Project, visit read more

Bain Capital company buys Brattleboro methadone clinic

first_imgby Laura Krantz vtdigger.orgBrattleboro’s opiate treatment center is the latest acquisition in a nationwide methadone clinic empire being assembled by a holding of private equity giant Bain Capital.CRC Health Group, owned by the Boston-based firm founded by 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has purchased Habit OPCO, the East Coast company that runs the Brattleboro methadone clinic and another in West Lebanon, N.H.CRC on February 28 purchased all 22 Habit OPCO facilities, in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for $58 million, said Jonathan Ciampi, CRC vice president of marketing and business development.Bain Capital, which Romney co-founded in 1984 and where he subsequently made his fortune, acquired CRC in 2006, according to Bain’s website.CRC is a for-profit company and calls itself the nation’s largest provider of addiction treatment services. The Cupertino, Calif., based company owns 154 treatment facilities across the country and sees 30,000 patients a day, its website says.CRC also operates eating disorder programs, boarding schools and wilderness camps.CRC founder Barry Karlin is also the chairman and CEO of Prospira PainCare, a chain of pain management clinics across the country.A Habit OPCO official Monday said the acquisition will not affect treatment at the hub, one of five methadone clinics in Vermont.“Everything operates as-is,” said Tracey Nicolosi, director of clinical services for Habit OPCO.Nicolosi said the purchase was simply an acquisition of Habit OPCO stock.Ciampi, in a statement emailed through a CRC spokeswoman, said, “we are very pleased with their operations and focus on clients.”The Brattleboro treatment center will be obligated to fulfill any contracts or grants of Habit OPCO, said Barbara Cimaglio, deputy commissioner for alcohol and drug abuse programs at the Vermont Department of Health.“We do not expect any change in services,” Cimaglio said Monday in an email.The expectations of for-profit companies are the same as for nonprofits, Cimaglio said, and the rates for all the hubs are the same.The Brattleboro center as of March is the only hub without a wait list, according to the Vermont Department of Health. It serves 505 clients– 106 on buprenorphine and 399 who receive methadone.The Habit OPCO hub in Brattleboro collaborates with the Brattleboro Retreat, a nonprofit treatment center not owned by CRC.Since founding CRC in 1995, CRC has bought 82 chemical dependency treatment facilities in 22 states that employ more than 2,000 staff, according to CRC’s website.Karlin also founded eGetgoing, an online alcohol and drug treatment program. The website for eGetgoing Monday appeared defunct.A Bloomberg news report from 2013 said a CRC clinic was chronically understaffed and dispensed take-home methadone in doses as large as a 30-day supply.A 2012 report by Salon found allegations of abuse and neglect in at least 10 CRC residential drug and teen care facilities across the country. Ex-staffers told Salon the company valued money-making over client safety.Two months after the Salon report, R. Andrew Eckert, CEO of CRC, released a statement in response to what he called “one-sided” and “misinformed” media reports about CRC.“Having for-profit, investor-owned treatment centers is a positive thing for our country. Unlike many non-profits or single-owned facilities, we have the geographic breadth and financial stability that enables us to continue to provide these necessary services, even in challenging economic times,” Eckert’s statement said.Bain Capital holds about $70 billion in assets under management, according to its website. Among its other health care investments are Hospital Corporation of America and Lake Region Medical.There are five addiction treatment hubs in Vermont, at seven locations. Hubs are regional centers that provide specialty treatment to addicts, including medication and access to counseling and other basic and medical services.The other hubs are Rutland, Berlin, Burlington, Newport and St. Johnsbury.The Newport, St. Johnsbury and Berlin hubs are run by another national for-profit company, BAART, a San Francisco-based company that also runs clinics in California, North Carolina, Arizona and Nebraska.At the Berlin hub, BAART collaborates with non-profit Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services.Between 70 percent and 85 percent of clients who use treatment hubs receive Medicaid, government-subsidized insurance for low-income people. Medicaid is billed a bundled rate of approximately $500 per month per patient.One issue hub treatment centers face is clients who are uninsured or lose their insurance. There is money in the Habit OPCO’s grant to pay for uninsured clients, Cimaglio said. However, she said, “no organization is mandated to serve everyone who comes to the clinic.”Green Mountain Care Board member Cornelius Hogan at a meeting last week questioned Cimaglio about the practice of contracting with for-profit treatment centers headquartered on the opposite coast.“It has less to do with the distance,” Cimaglio said. “I mean, quite frankly we were looking to bring in the provider who delivered what we needed to be delivered.”The state does not operate any of its own services, she said. It solicits bids and contracts with providers.Running a methadone clinic is complicated and expensive. It comes with strict federal requirements to keep the medicine secure and documented.It was difficult to get bids for the methadone clinics in Vermont, Cimaglio said.“I think it also indicates that there’s a real need for this type of specialty care and there aren’t a lot of providers that are saying we want to do this,” Cimaglio said.Beth Tanzman, assistant director of Vermont Blueprint for Health Monday said there were three bidders for four hubs when the state issued a request for proposals in 2012, partly because the state asked a lot of bidders.“It was a high bar,” she said.last_img read more

Self-esteem influences how Facebook users react to portraying their true selves online

first_imgEmail LinkedIn People with lower self-esteem don’t feel good about presenting themselves authentically on the social networking website Facebook, according to new research published in Computers in Human Behavior.“Facebook is a rich site for research, enabling various forms of user engagement, but also considerable information exposure. Previous evidence in the social media literature indicates that Facebook is indeed a double-edged sword where engagement with the platform can positively or negatively influence users’ subjective well-being (SWB),” said Wonseok (Eric) Jang, an assistant professor at Texas Tech University and corresponding author of the study.“Studies have found that some forms of social support (e.g., the ‘Like’ button or supportive comments) from Facebook friends results in a greater degree of SWB, whereas other research has documented that when Facebook users adopt a comparative mindset, engagement with Facebook lowers SWB via feelings of envy,” Jang said. Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Pinterest Share “Due to these conflicting patterns, we were interested in examining whether the type of self-presentation strategy that users adopt on the platform influences what they get out of Facebook use, particularly if psychological rewards derived from engaging with the medium depend on one’s level of self-esteem.”The researchers examined two different ways that people can portray themselves on social networking websites: true self-presentation and strategic self-presentation. In the former, people provide an honest reflection of themselves and their life. In the latter, people selectively disclose only positive content to create a more favorable impression of themselves.In the study, 278 Facebook users were instructed to post content reflecting their true selves or strategic selves to Facebook before completing a scientific questionnaire.The researchers found that true self-presentation was associated with greater happiness after posting to Facebook only for high self-esteem users, not for low self-esteem users. Strategic self-presentation, on the other hand, made both high and low self-esteem users happy.“Our findings suggest that users with low self-esteem may use Facebook as an effective platform to enhance their sense of SWB by highlighting their most desirable characteristics,” Jang told PsyPost. “In general, low self-esteem individuals are reluctant to express their positive characteristics to others because they are not confident about their image and perceive themselves as less socially attractive than people with high self-esteem.”“In the context of Facebook, we found that people perceive the social media platform as a relatively safe environment because users can determine their friends and control what they share. The opportunities for embarrassment are thus reduced compared to in-person interactions, which are more unpredictable. Low self-esteem individuals may thus use Facebook as a platform to share aspect of themselves including their most desirable and positive characteristics to enhance their attractiveness and, in turn, heighten their SWB.”The study has some limitations.“It is not yet clear whether the gain in SWB we are seeing for low self-esteem users are enduring or disappear rapidly,” Jang explained. “Facebook users may enhance their level of SWB right after posting new messages or images but such benefits may decay over time, or even quite quickly.”“Future research should examine whether Facebook use has short- or long-term effects on users’ SWB and other positive outcomes. It would be especially interesting to examine whether such effects are determined by the type of self-presentation strategy (e.g., presenting a true self vs. presenting a strategic self) that users adopt while interacting with others.”“At this troubled time for Facebook and other social media platforms, we think investigating long-term outcomes from regular and consistent use of social media should be prioritized,” Jang added. “At present, there is still a limited understanding of whether the effects of Facebook use on user well-being are short-lived or enduring.”“Such insight could have important implications for broader public attitudes toward these growing avenues of social influence. Thus, scholars should incorporate longitudinal designs into their social media research and consider sustained influence on user psychology.”The study, “Self-esteem moderates the influence of self-presentation style on Facebook users’ sense of subjective well-being“, was authored by Wonseok (Eric) Jang, Erik Bucy, and Janice Cho.last_img read more

Wizard World Comic-Con Once Again a Huge Hit For Fans in Cleveland

first_imgCLEVELAND – It’s become a staple for collectors, sci-fi, and just about anyone who loves super heroes or fantasy characters, and once against this weekend Comic-Con Cleveland presented by Wizard World was a big hit at the Huntington Convention Center.The event, which began Friday and ended today, was chock full of celebrity guests and artists, and also there was a lot of great merchandise from t-shirts to figures, Funko Pops, and DVD’s of old hard to find TV shows and cartoons.Cosplay was also a big part of the event as always, with fans dressing up and taking part with others in photo ops all weekend long.Fans from all over Northeast Ohio and other nearby locations came to the event over three days taking in all the sights and sounds of the event as they waited for TV and film stars to take to the stage for pictures and autographs.Dr.Who and DC’s Justice League had a big role in the event this year, as two of the biggest Dr. Who celebs from the show were in Cleveland, that being David Tennant and Billie Piper, and two of the actors from the DC movie ‘Justice League’ Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg) took the autograph/photo-op stage as well.Among the other celebrity guests included Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, Rookie of the Year).The event will return to Cleveland in 2019 – and will take place from March 8th, 9th and 10th. Click HERE to see some pics from last year’s event!Click the boxes for photos of the event! Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Related TopicsDavid TennantEzra MillerJames MarstersRay FisherWizard World Comic-Con Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Crawford scores 35 as UMass-Lowell tops Maine, 82-71

first_imgLOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Lance Crawford scored a career-high 35 points and UMass-Lowell pulled away from Maine in the second half to post an 82-71 win Wednesday night.The freshman, whose previous high was 18 points, was 11-of-18 shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc. Crawford opened the game by burying a 3-pointer and had five points in just the first minute of play. He closed the game by scoring 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the final 6:53 to close out the Black Bears.Matt Harris added 21 points, hitting 4 of 8 from distance, for UMass-Lowell (12-15, 6-8 America East).Maine (3-23 2-11) had all five starters score in double figures. Till Gloger led the way with 23 points. Zarko Valjarevic and Troy Reid-Knight each added 11 points and Aaron Calixte and Kevin Little added 10 apiece.last_img read more

Scott Underwood Show on AM 1390 Tonight

first_imgThe Scott Underwood Show will air on AM 1390-Granite City Sports tonight from 6-7 p.m. live from the Green Mill.  Voice of Husky Football J.W. Cox will host the show with SCSU football coach Scott Underwood.St. Cloud State football is 2-1 on the season after falling for the first time last Thursday 41-17 at home against North Division rival Minnesota-Duluth.  SCSU will hit the road and play at Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota Saturday at 1 p.m., pregame on WJON at 12:30 p.m. 1080p HD 720p HD 360p About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) About Connatix V56892 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1/1last_img read more

Yes, Wellington swim team will be having a season… albeit an abbreviated one

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Posted in: News League finals, Districts, and Championships have been canceled for the 2020 swim season.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.center_img Sumner Newscow report — Not every sport will have a summer season. But the Wellington Sailfish Swim Team will.The first day of swim team practice is June 15.The season will begin on July 7.  The full schedule is as follow: The official 2020 swim meet schedule.July 7th     Valley Center @ WellingtonJuly 14th   Wellington @ DerbyJuly 21st   TRC @ WellingtonJuly 28th   Wellington @ Derbylast_img read more

Beaccy seal the deal

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Terminal ills

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