Archive for 31 March 2007

Football future for Treforest entrepreneur

A Treforest-based social entrepreneur is set to take community football to new levels as he gains the Football Association of Wales’ Football Leaders Award.

Jonathan Bishop, 27, of Fothergill Street recently competed an accredited FAW training programme for delivering football coaching programmes in the community.

Mr Bishop, who is a director of the social enterprise Glamorgan Blended Learning, says that he now plans to develop learning programmes for young people.
The Emotivate Project will introduce young people to sports and the arts through blending e-learning with practical activities” he said, “We aim to work with local football clubs to provide students on sports related courses at university the opportunity to gain practical experience in coaching youth football

People interested in becoming part of the Emotivate Project can visit the website at using any Internet Browser.

Is Internet addiction real?

If you feel depressed when you can’t Google yourself or check e-mail, you just might have an addiction to the Internet, according to cyber-psychologist Kimberly Young, director of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery and author of “Caught in the Net” (John Wiley & Sons, $34.95), the first book to address Internet addiction.

Young likens excessive Internet use to pathological gambling.

Fortunately, treatment centers have opened up across the world including Korea, China and the Netherlands. The Priory Clinic in London is now treating texting addicts, or those who might spend up to seven hours a day writing and receiving text messages on their cell phones.

One of eight Americans exhibited at least one possible sign of problematic Internet use, a Stanford study showed. Psychological symptoms include an inability to stop using it, craving more time on line, neglect of family and friends and feeling depressed and irritable when not at the computer. Physical signs can be carpal tunnel, sleep deprivation, backaches, eye strain and increased agitation.

“Job loss, financial loss and marital loss can all be associated with the disorder,” said Young, founder of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery who has seen everything from young children who withdrew from life for online gaming to couples who divorced because of online affairs.

But others say spending large amounts of time behind the computer doesnt constitute an addiction. People who go without food or sleep because theyre so engrossed with the Internet have chosen to do so, said Jonathan Bishop, an independent Internet researcher in Wales. “The Internet is an environment, so we cant be addicted to it,” he said in an e-mail. “We dont say that people who play card games in pubs for hours on end have pub addiction. I would argue that the medical model of disability is the wrong approach, and that the social model should be adopted.”

To find out whether you have an addiction, take the test found on The Center for Internet Addiction Web site. Here are ten sample questions. The more “often” or “always” answers, the greater the chance you have a problem.

How often do you:
1. Stay online longer than you intended? (a. rarely b. occasionally c. frequently d. often e. always.)
2. Neglect household chores to spend more time online?
3. Prefer the excitement of the Internet to intimacy with your partner?
4. Form new relationships with fellow online users?
5. Check your e-mail before something else that you need to do?
6. See your grades or school work suffer because of the amount of time you spend online?
7. Hear others in your life complain about the amount of time you spend online?
8. Let your job performance or productivity suffer because of the Internet?
9. Become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do online?
10. Lose sleep due to late-night log-ins?

Why I’m supporting Hamilton

On the day Wales delightfully beat their archrivals England I’ve decided to support
an Englishman in the Formula 1 Drivers Championship and McLaren, the team he
drives for the Constructor’s Championship.
I have been interested in Formula 1 since I was a teenager, supporting Damon Hill
since he was at Williams. Despite the clear environmental consequences of the
sport, it as always interested me from a man]machine interaction perspective, as it
is as much about the skill of the team to customise the car to the driver as it is the
driver’s ability to interact with the car.
I didn’t support Jenson Button wholeheartedly despite him being a new British
driver, because it was too soon after Damon Hill retiring, and more importantly I
still wanted to see Hill’s archrival Michael Schumacher get beaten, so didn’t mind
Fernando Alonso winning.
As it happens Alonso is now in the Number 1 car at the same team as Hamilton, so
the driver I supported de facto last year is in the same team as the one I have
decided to support this year.
Hamilton appeals to me not only because he’s British driving a British car, but also
because he is in a minority and has had the goal of achieving what he has achieved
since childhood. Of Afro]Caribbean decent, he is in a minority not known for their
exposure to the field he is in, and as a minority myself, being disabled, who also
has had goals since childhood, in my case to get a doctorate, I see Hamilson in a
similar way as I see myself, driven to succeed, and well backed by family.

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