Undergraduates Anonymous

first_imgEveryone has an addiction. There are little things that if we didn’t do everyday, would leave us with an uncomfortable feeling, a withdrawal symptom of sorts. Some people go jogging or take a trip to the gym, some go shopping for clothes, others tidy their room. I, for one, cannot communicate with the Englishspeaking world in the morning without a cup of tea and a cigarette. And feel mildly perturbed at the possibility that my Frank Zappa collection has not been placed in some sort of order: be it chronological, biographical, or more recently, by colour. But there is no long term problem with my making sure that the shift from the light green of Joe’s Garage, to the midnight blue of Zoot Allures, is a smooth one. Though for someone who has a significant addiction, long term suffering is the result of dependance on short term benefits. Alcohol, gambling, sex, drugs or eating, which to the majority of people are normal elements of life, are used by addicts to cope with feelings or situations which are otherwise too difficult to endure. Stressful environments are a nightmare to people with such problems. Places like Oxford, where living + here = stress, have the effect of accelerating initial use as a crutch, to abuse, the point at which people find themselves suffering from one of life’s most crippling diseases: addiction. So why isn’t addiction a more commonplace aspect of life here? Oxford has to be one of the worst places for any addict or potential addict to be. Like any university, it is a place where initially no one knows your name – you can become invisible. Coupled with the fact that it’s about four times as hard to succeed here, you will find addicts vanishing before your eyes. One of the essential problems is that Oxford relies on addictive tendencies. Addiction to your degree is the goal. Tutors often stress breaks as an important element to study, but if I was compelled to do an hour’s work before breakfast every morning, life would be so much easier. What happens though, when failure to succeed, social stresses or the general burden of life here, cause you to drink before breakfast, get caned, or miss breakfast altogether and go to the bookies instead? The camouflage of an addiction is made more effective in a university: out of a group of drunk students, how can an outsider, let alone the students themselves, tell the difference between someone who drinking compulsively, and someone who, like most students, just drinks too much Alcoholics Anonymous has twelve questions for young people with worries about alcoholism. If you answer yes one of them, then there is a possibility that you may have a problem you need to address. I’m not alcoholic, but I answered yes seven of the twelve questions. Addictions in Oxford, especially alcohol, can become dangerously swallowed up in ‘student life’. I’ve had to ask questions about my own drinking from time to time, just assure myself that my behaviour that of a typical student, and not an alcoholic. It would help if problems with addiction received more exposure. Unfortunately, most of the coverage they receive is based around celebrities who have addictions, go to The Priory for treatment, or lose the cartillage in their noses from cocaine abuse. For people in the limelight addiction is a tough thing to hide. Alex Higgins sitting at the Embassy World Snooker Championship, weeping into his vodka and orange as people politely made their way out, is a heartbreaking piece of footage. But for many hundreds of thousands of people, there is no camera watching. Universities are not only ideal places to gain a habit, but can also serve to hide them. By the time an addiction becomes so advanced that it can no longer dwell unnoticed under the disguise of ‘student life’, it is too late to simply make lifestyle changes. We need to be acutely aware of the fact that Oxford is an environment which not only lends itself to an addictive lifestyle, but is a place which can merge the distinctions between normality and the chaos of addiction. This clouding of boundaries means that almost unnoticed, people can find themselves in the situation where chaos reigns supreme. Facilities for managing addiction go about as far as the Anonymous groups. OUSU does organise workshops, but unless you’re a JCR Welfare Officer you won’t know about them. To any recovering addict who regularly attends an Anonymous meeting, they owe not only their abstinence to the group, but their life. An Anonymous Group is simply a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own addiction. They are based on a self help recovery programme, built around the twelve steps that have been in place for over sixty years. As any Anonymous Group’s literature will tell you, the greatest importance of the twelve steps “lies in the fact that they work”. A Gamblers Anonymous meeting started in Oxford two weeks ago, AA groups run here every day of the week, there are five NA meetings in Oxford and also an SA meeting. If your life has become unmanageable due to addiction, help is at hand. The first of the revered twelve steps of the anonymous programme is this: “we admitted we were powerless over addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable”. How many people feel, at this moment in time, that their life is “unmanageable”? I’d be surprised if anyone studying at Oxford said that their life was ever fully manageable. It is when we cannot manage life, when the level of stress outweighs mechanisms for coping with stress, that we fall apart. The likelihood is that often these coping mechanisms are frequently destructive and addictive, it is woefully apparent that we need to be on our guard. To get in touch with your nearest Anonymous Group meeting, ring the respective national 24hr helpline, who will put you straight through to your region. Gamblers Anonymous 08700 50 88 80 Sexaholics Anonymous 07000 725 463 Narcotics Anonymous 0207 7300009 Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 769 7555.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more

Sunshine and Rain – A Perfect Holiday Weekend to Make Memories

first_imgIt’s finally here! The start of the summer season! And as usual weather in late May can be quite fickle. Unsettled weather will continue into the Memorial Day weekend. Although it may not be 100% dry, any showers we receive should not dampen any outdoor plans. So expect a decent weekend, but if you were hoping for it to be a sunny, warm and rain free each day, you will be disappointed.Friday will be the warmest day of the holiday weekend as a breezy, dry westerly wind will negate any seabreeze from forming. Highs will climb into the mid 70s.Forecast Highs For FridayA weak trough could trigger a few brief spotty showers late in the day.Computer models shows a drier Friday with a spotty shower possible (Courtesy:tropicaltibits.com)High pressure briefly builds in on Saturday which will keep us mostly sunny and dry during the day. Temperatures could reach 70 before winds will shift southerly during the afternoon which will drop temperatures back into the 60s. A frontal system will approach from the south late Saturday bringing more clouds and the chance of some showers.Computer models show a few showers possible on Saturday. (Courtesy:tropicaltibits.com)Sunday will be the coolest and cloudiest day as the frontal system to our south moves northward. The threat of more showers are possible late in the day on Sunday, but still not expected to be a washout. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 60s with a cool onshore breeze.Computer models show another chance of showers Sunday PM. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com) For Memorial Day, another front is expected to move through with yet another threat of showers. Sun will mix with clouds during the day with highs reaching the low 70s.Computer models show another round of showers for Memorial Day. (Courtesy:tropicaltibits.com)BOAT & BEACHWave heights are expected to be 3-5 feet on Friday with lower wave action the remainder of the weekend. Ocean is still a bit chilly with temperatures close to 60 degrees.last_img read more

Joey Porter’s Juno What?! Covers “Electric Avenue” At The Aggie [Watch]

first_imgJoey Porter is definitely a master of all things funk, and he proved that once again last night at Fort Collins, CO’s The Aggie Theatre, as the keyboardist brought along his brothers from The Motet for a Juno What?! performance. With Dave Watts behind the kit, Garrett Sayers holding it down on bass, and Steve Swatkins bringing on keys, the group laid down some synthesized electro-funk sounds that provided the perfect backdrop to an all-out dance party.With support from the Jaden Carlson Band and Mikey Thunder, Juno What?! brought some old-school West Coast hip-hop flavored beats that had everybody shaking their money makers at The Aggie. Check out videos of the group playing the Juno What?! original “You Can’t Stop It,” along with a cover of Eddy Grant‘s “Electric Avenue” from his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage. The group plays Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver tonight.last_img read more

Health Minute: Tips To Practice Good Hygiene To Prevent Illness

first_imgPhoto: USAF / Corey Hook Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – With the number of Coronavirus cases escalating nationwide, many people are worried about protecting themselves and their families from the disease.Short of total isolation, good hygiene remains the most effective way to mitigate the spread of illness. This means regularly washing hands and disinfecting common areas in the home.Experts recommend people wash hands with soap and water, scrubbing for a minimum of 20 seconds before rinsing them off. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol.Hands should be washed often, but especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Using the restroom, eating or preparing food and any contact with animals. People should also avoid touching their face. Properly disinfecting your home and car is another way to combat the spread of illness.High-traffic areas should be regularly cleaned, think kitchen counters, tables, light switches, bathrooms, doorknobs, handles and steering wheels. Use disposable gloves while disinfecting and discard them after use. Any surfaces that are visibly dirty should be washed with soap and water before disinfecting.EPA registered products containing at least 70-percent alcohol should be effective for solid surfaces.But what about laundry? Dirty clothes and linens should be cleaned using the hottest water possible, based on manufacturers’ recommendations and dried completely.Clothes hampers should be disinfected, and again hands should be washed after handling dirty laundry.And don’t forget about gadgets! Use alcohol wipes to clean phones, tablets and remote controls.Make sure to clean the entire device, front, back, sides, buttons and protective cases.last_img read more

Home Energy Improvement Loan Rate Drops One Percentage Point

first_imgHome Energy Improvement Loan Rate Drops One Percentage Point MONTPELIERIt just got a little more affordable for Vermont homeowners to prepare their homes for winter weather. The interest rate for the Warm and Weatherized Loan Program has dropped one percentage point since the program was first announced in September. The five-year fixed interest rate on program loans is now 2.75 percent. Earlier this fall, the State Treasurer’s Office partnered with TD Banknorth and Efficiency Vermont to make $2 million in unsecured loans available to homeowners who want to reduce their fuel costs by making their homes more energy efficient. Loans also are available to replace old, inefficient heating equipment. The interest rate for the loans is linked to the prime lending rate. As that rate has declined, so has the fixed interest rate for loans through the Warm and Weatherized Loan Program. The fixed interest rate is set at 1.25 percentage points below the prime lending rate. “The program gives Vermonters another opportunity to decrease their energy bills,” said State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. “The lower interest rate makes this option even more affordable to homeowners.” Loans are available through any of TD Banknorth’s 35 Vermont locations. Loans range from $2,500 to $5,000. Improvements eligible under the Warm and Weatherized Loan Program include, but are not limited to:Comprehensive whole-house air sealing;Added attic insulation installed in conjunction with air sealing where current ceiling insulation is six inches or less;Dense-pack cellulose in wall cavities that have less than 1-½ inches of insulation present;Lighting efficiency upgrades; andAny health, safety or moisture control measures associated with the improvement package. As a limited time offer through March 31, 2009, Efficiency Vermont will pay 10 percent or up to $500 of the cost of comprehensive improvements. This offer does not cover improvements that only address upgrades to stand-alone furnaces and boilers. The loan program runs through June 30, 2009. For more information, contact the TD Banknorth branch closest to you.-end-last_img read more

4 things Michael Scott taught us about managing people

first_imgI watch ‘The Office’ more than I care to admit…Because of my slight obsession, here are some management takeaways…Don’t take yourself too seriously“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”Remember when Michael Scott started a dance party in the office? This might not work for all companies when it comes to managing, but the success of his team allowed it.Compliment and encourage your employees.“Never, ever, ever give up.” – Michael Scott to Jim Halpert on the Booze CruiseThere are many good examples of Michael Scott supporting his staff, but one that stands out the most is Michael’s support for Pam in her art endeavors. Michael always fosters Pam’s love for art, which in the end created one of the greatest working relationships in the office. His encouragement really helped her succeed.Spend time on company culture“The people that you work with are, when you get down to it, your very best friends.”Michael may not have always been the most appropriate (I blame Toby), but his intentions were to teach his employees important lessons. The more your employees feel they can lean on one another the better.Stay confident in everything you do.“Business is a doggie dog world. And I am a shark, who eats doggie dogs.”There may be nothing Michael thought he couldn’t do. He may have had some nervous moments, but overall he believed in himself. His confidence helped his team remain confident and helped him deliver quite a few uplifting speeches. 216SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robbie Young Robbie is the Associate Publisher at CUInsight.com. As Associate Publisher, Robbie works with professionals throughout the credit union industry to find new and innovative ways to spread their message … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

All inspections in tourism are united. From now on, tourist inspectors will be able to enter unregistered facilities

first_imgIllegal renters are unfair competition and a big problem of our tourism. Almost every tourist board is struggling with the problem of unregistered activities. Inspections are being merged, and the reorganization of the independent State Inspectorate should make the work of inspections more efficient and functional. In tourism, it should enable a clearer and more concrete fight against the black and gray economy. Non-payment of taxes and non-registration of workers is one of the main motivators of the Chamber of Trades and Crafts’ efforts to reorganize the State Inspectorate. In order to implement better control and bring order to the black and gray zone, according to the new law, all inspections in tourism will be unified and inspectors will be able to enter facilities that have not reported renting accommodation. Recall, in accordance with the new amendments to the Law on Hospitality, which, among other things, requires that tourism inspectors have the opportunity to apply the principle of opportunity, ie the possibility that minor violations can be warned, with a deadline to correct irregularities, not to they immediately print out fines. Caterers and artisans often met with inspectors, and sometimes with more than one at a time. “It is certainly embarrassing for us if three or four different inspections come to us in one period of time and make a mess for us, a blockade in the workplace and it is certainly nasty, especially when the bars are full in the middle of the tourist season.”, Said Stjepan Knežević, vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, adding that previously only customs could enter the premises that work illegally, and other inspectors did not. “We also wanted tourism inspectors to have the authority to enter where there is unfair competition, where undeclared work is.” Certainly, it is in everyone’s interest to suppress the black market, because they are unfair competition to legal landlords. “Apart from tourism inspectors, all inspectors have the right, among other things, not only to deal with registered facilities but also those suspected of being unregistered. With legal changes, they can enter these facilities very quickly and efficiently”, Explained Tonči Glavina, State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism for HRT. However, renters are sometimes not aware or sufficiently educated about the legal regulations related to this tourist activity. “People involved in this business need to be educated. Due to the fact that they are mostly older people and they are simply not familiar enough with the laws, they are not familiar enough with the procedures and in that direction there is a lack of more education than control.”, Said Daniel Radeta, president of the Association of Private Accommodation Landlords Zadar. Source: HRTlast_img read more

Undiagnosed virus infections could be 27 times higher in S.Korea’s Daegu city: Study

first_imgDaegu city recorded 6,886 coronavirus cases alone as of June 6, said the study published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science (JKMS) on July 16, but announced by the journal on Tuesday night according to local media.The study done between May 25 and June 5 followed 198 people in Daegu city who had never been tested for COVID-19, and found 15 of them, or 7.6%, had antibodies.That is a much higher infection rate than that found in a survey of more than 3,000 people in South Korea that excluded Daegu, in which only one person showed neutralizing antibodies to the novel coronavirus earlier this month.Antibody, or serology, tests show whether a person has been exposed to the virus. Similar studies have shown infection rates ranging from 0.1% in Tokyo to 17% in London and 5.2% in Spain nationwide.South Korea, an early success story in containing the virus among its 51 million population after a severe outbreak in Daegu in March, has reported 13,879 cases and 297 deaths. The country is now battling small but persistent clusters of infections with 63 new cases reported on Tuesday. Topics : A small South Korean survey of people with no history of COVID-19, but living in a city with the most cases, showed that one in nine had antibodies to the novel coronavirus, indicating the virus may have spread more widely than thought.The study said based on the survey, roughly 185,290 people could have contracted the virus in Daegu city, which is the country’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million.”It was estimated that the number of undiagnosed missing cases may be 27-fold higher than the number of confirmed cases based on PCR testing in Daegu,” the study said.last_img read more

Unai Emery reveals why he recalled Mesut Ozil to the Arsenal starting XI against Watford

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Sep 2019 4:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link180Shares The German playmaker makes his first start of the season at Vicarage Road (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is confident Mesut Ozil can make an impact on his first start of the season for Arsenal after being brought back into the team to take on Watford on Sunday.The German playmaker was absent from the matchday squad for the first three games of the Premier League season having been involved in a carjacking attempt by an armed gang in London, though made the bench against Spurs last time out.There were fears over both his safety and that of Sead Kolasinac – who was also in the vehicle and fought off the attackers – but Emery is happy that he can call on Ozil once again. Comment Unai Emery reveals why he recalled Mesut Ozil to the Arsenal starting XI against Watford Advertisementcenter_img Ozil has trained well and forced his way into the Arsenal team (Picture: Getty)Asked why he picked the World Cup winner at Vicarage Road, Emery told Sky Sports: ‘He trained with us in pre-season and he was playing good, but with the circumstances we could not play with him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But now he’s playing, he’s training with a normal attitude for three weeks, and he can help us today. Everyone is important, the first XI, the players on the bench, we really need them all.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal take on a Watford team that has undergone some major changes in the past week, with Javi Gracia axed and Quique Sanchez Flores returning to the club.There weren’t any real tactical surprises in Flores’ first line-up since taking over, and Emery does not believe the change of manager will be a decisive factor in the game.🔴 #M1Ö is back! #WATARS pic.twitter.com/ThAw0MVOG8— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 15, 2019 He continued: ‘Something can change with a new coach, a new system but it’s still the same players.‘They’re good players, a very good coach too with experience here. I think he’ll try something special today and it’s going to be very difficult against him and them.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Dani Ceballos sends message to Mikel Arteta over Arsenal stay

first_imgCeballos is keeping his option open this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Dani Ceballos has refused to rule out staying in the Premier League after his one-year loan spell at Arsenal from Real Madrid expires at the end of the season.The 23-year-old has been one of Mikel Arteta’s most-used midfielders since the former Manchester City assistant took over from Unai Emery in December.Earlier this week, the Gunners moved to extend the midfielder’s stay at the Emirates until the end of the current Premier League campaign, but his future after that remains undecided.Ceballos has been linked with a move back to his boyhood club Real Betis, and while the Spain international’s holds concerns over his potential playing time back at the Bernabeu, he is keeping his options open.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The owner of my future next year is me,’ Ceballos told El Larguero.‘Next year I want to play and I will hardly be able to do it at Real Madrid. Arteta will have to make some big decisions on transfers this summer (Picture: Getty Images)‘If I would return with Zidane? I have to make the decision. He told me this year that the best thing was for me to leave and get experience.‘Everyone makes their decisions and they must be respected, I have nothing to attribute to him because he has always been very clear with me.‘Betis? It is an option. I do not close the door to play in any club.‘I do not rule out continuing in the Premier [League].’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCeballos was also full of praise for Arteta, who he has thoroughly enjoyed working under at Arsenal.‘The coach plays a game very similar to what [Manchester] City is trying to do and I think we make a game philosophy that is difficult for the rival to fit in,’ he added.‘He does not talk about anecdotes with Pep [Guardiola] but it shows in his training, I have learned a lot about soccer in a different way.‘It is a luxury to be able to learn from a coach with these qualities.’MORE: Matteo Guendouzi dropped from Arsenal squad to face SouthamptonMORE: Arsenal in U-turn over £250,000-a-week contract to sign Willian from ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Dani Ceballos sends message to Mikel Arteta over Arsenal stay Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Jun 2020 9:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShareslast_img read more