Successful first day at Glamorgan Summer School

The first day of the Glamorgan Summer School 2016 was a huge success.

Young people came together in Treforest to learn about the history of the Pontypridd and Ynysybwl & Coed-y-Cwm communities and to express those ideas through collages.

One of the participants said the workshops were an eye opener to things she had not been taught at school. “I liked looking at the Davy Lamp and learning how miners kept safe,” said Seren Jenkins. “I am looking forward to the next session.

Participants in the Pontypridd, Ysysybwl and Coed-y-Cwm workshop of the Glamorgan Summer School.
ART ACTION: Participants in the Pontypridd, Ysysybwl and Coed-y-Cwm workshop of the Glamorgan Summer School. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Another participant, Cerys Jenkins, said that she liked how friendly the class was. “I liked that everyone got along,” she said. “Everyone had a good time and I learned new things.

The next session of the Emotivate Project is at 10AM on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at pel Farm Community Resource Centre in Tonyrefail. Further information can be found on the project’s website at www.emotivate.org.uk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gblemotivate/

Owen Smith got election data from delayed project

Owen Smith has attempted to discredit Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that Labour was ahead in the polls until the attempts to oust him began – by using aggregated data from a voluntary project, which two years behind schedule.

In a debate with Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Smith quoted data from Britain Elects, which on their own website admit they are not as up-to-date as planned. It says on their website:

Our site, two years behind schedule, is currently under construction, but progress is being made! Slowly. It will hopefully be live within the next few months, although please don’t put that in your diary. If you wish to get in touch in the meantime, be it data, media or somesuch requests you can contact us on Twitter or throw us on email on queries@britainelects.com. We’ll aim to get back to you as soon as possible, but as we’re currently an entirely voluntary service, expect a delay by up to a few days.

Edward Parker, a supporter of Owen Smith, attempted to justify Owen Smith’s choice of data. “[I]t’s the average poll of polls, put together by Britain Elects,” he said. “[A]lso we haven’t been ahead in an opinion poll since April.

Owen Smith uses aggregated data from delayed project to attempt to discredit Jeremy Corbyn.
WHAT WAS STAT AGAIN?: Owen Smith uses aggregated data from delayed project to attempt to discredit Jeremy Corbyn. Courtesy: Obtained from britainelects.com

Jonathan Bishop, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, says the method used by Britain Elects is suspect. “In simplest terms, a thousand flies does not make dog crap good,” he said. “Crocels Research predicted the Welsh Assembly results accurately by using a linear regression of the past performance of the parties when they contested elections against each other.
Aggregating different polls does nothing to help improve the statistical significance of the data, so if this is the only way Owen Smith can attempt to discredit Jeremy Corbyn then we should be asking whether his £200bn New Deal figures add up also.
At Crocels Base we have been looking into what Owen Smith has said in the past and what he is saying now, and whilst he has a good record of announcing big budget projects, he has never been in a position to actual implement them.

Improving international relations ‘is not charitable’ court says

Taking steps to improve international relations is not charitable, a court in the United Kingdom has said.

Crocels Community Media Group sued the Charity Commission for England and Wales when it refused to allow it to establish a charitable arm that would allow its members to contribute their surplus for charitable purposes.

The Charity Commission rejected Crocels’s application, saying that objectives relating to reducing or abolishing standing armies, promoting peace and encouraging fraternity between nations were political as they required a change in UK Government policy. The First Tier Tribunal for Charities agreed.

Undeterred, the Chief Executive Officer of Crocels, Jonathan Bishop, has said the organisation intends to appeal the decision to the Upper Tribunal for Charities. “Crocels will be appealing the decision on the grounds that achieving these does not require change in UK Government policy,” he said. “Other reasons include Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights means that the member companies of Crocels should be able to dispose of their surplus for charitable purposes,” he continued. “Article 10 of the Convention means that Crocels Research has a right to provide ideas to the UK Government and the Charity Commision and the UK Courts should not inhibit this academic freedom.
Jonathan Bishop Limited should not be preventing from licensing its IP for charitable purposes as per Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the Convention.
And finally that Crocels Cooperators Party should not be prevented from seeking to promote the ideas of Crocels and its member companies in elected bodies.

Summer 2016 dates and venues set for youth arts project

The Emotivate Project has had its dates confirmed for the 2016 Glamorgan Summer School. The project gives young people in the Taf Ely area the chance to use their creativity to improve their local communities through combining local history knowledge with artistic expression.

The summer school is to take place in the week of 15 August to 19 August 2016, at venues throughout the Taf Ely area. Young people who take part will learn about the history of the various communities in Taf Ely and design “portrait collages” in Adobe Photoshop that reflect their own ideas on the past, present and their ideal future for Taf Ely.

Jonathan Bishop is the multimedia expert leading the classes. “This whole week of classes will give young people the chance to learn about the history of the area, collecting various ideas through instant digital cameras and online searches to create original portrait collages that fuse past with present,” he said. “The first day will involving visiting the site of the 2009 project, with specific days dedicated to different localities, followed by a day of Photoshopping and then one producing a video of all the ideas.

The 2009 Glamorgan Summer School saw the creation of the mural in the St Dyfrig’s Underpass in Treforest, and the first day of the 2016 summer school involves a field trip to that very location. Areas that feature in the project include Tonyrefail, Llantrisant, Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd, Taffs Well and Nantgarw, Ynysybwl and Coed-y-Cwm.

CLASS OF 2009: Youth Participants of the Emotivate Project in the 2009 Glamorgan Summer School. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
CLASS OF 2009: Youth Participants of the Emotivate Project in the 2009 Glamorgan Summer School. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Parents of young people are being invited to come along the venues where the project is taking place to share in the experience, which is only £1 per day per child. Those interested in finding out more about the project, including dates and venues, are invited to visit the Emotivate Project’s dedicated website at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk/youth-arts-projects/296/glamorgan-summer-school-2016/

Independent sees off Communist Party rivals

The Independent candidate in the South Wales Central regional election to the Welsh Assembly has seen off a challenge from the Welsh Communist Party.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop, who is the parish councillor for Cam East in Gloucestershire, polled 651 votes compared to the 520 polled by the Welsh Communist Party.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop fights off the Communist Party in the South Wales Central showdown.
SEEING RED: Councillor Jonathan Bishop fights off the Communist Party in the South Wales Central showdown. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

Councillor Bishop is the CEO of the Swansea-based Crocels Community Media Group, and says he is doing more to achieve Marxism than the Communist Party ever has. “The people I have working for Crocels are all self-employed yet still count as employees by the Office for National Statistics,” he said. “They are in effect their own boss, in control of their own means of production, distribution and exchange, and enjoy the fruits of their own labour.
Marxism is better achieved through the free market than any form of state socialism, and so the Communists should follow the lead of Crocels by actually forming communes in the shape of self-governing limited companies that do everything Marx intended rather than just talking about them.
Marxism could be achieved overnight if every so-called socialist put down their tools and left their jobs based on contracts of employment and then becoming self-employed.
The people who work for Crocels are enjoying the Marxist dream, which is more than any communist government in history has ever achieved.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is a researcher at Crocels’s Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems. His 2012 research paper, ‘Lessons from The Emotivate Project for Increasing Take-up of Big Society and Responsible Capitalism Initiatives,’ was published in the book, ‘Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education Incorporating Advancements’ by IGI Global.

British and American scientists confirm Crocels research

Scientists in the USA and Great Britain, including those from University College London, Oxford University and MIT, have done research that confirms that done at Crocels.

In 2011, Crocels research first published on the existence of negative memories and how they can be modeled as emotions. Called ‘phantasies,’ Crocels has already developed technology that can transform ‘negative memories’ (or ‘anti-memories’) into ‘positive memories’ (or ‘pro-memories’)

Crocels research into quantifying the pre-frontal cortex has been enhanced by research into 'anti-memories.'
PRE-FRONTAL CORTEX: Crocels research into quantifying the pre-frontal cortex has been enhanced by research into ‘anti-memories.’ Courtesy: Database Center for Life Science

The research, published in the journal Neuron, calls negative memories ‘anti-memories,’ but like Crocels has found that they have an impact on the electrical activity in the brain, including in an inhibiting fashion.

The research, including researchers from University College London builds on that put forward at the university in 2013, at the  Implications of Research on the Neuroscience of Affect, Attachment, and Social Cognition Conference, which was held at UCL between 18th May and 19th May in 2013.

The new confirmatory study, by researchers at University College London, Oxford University and MIT, was published in the journal Neuron.

Academics honoured for building on Crocels research

English neuroscientists have been honoured with the world’s largest prize for brain research, which builds on research by Crocels.

Professor Graham Collingridge from the University of Bristol, Professor Tim Bliss of University College London, and Professor Richard Morris from the University of Edinburgh, are this year’s winners of The Brain Prize.

Crocels research has established since 2007 that the ‘neuroresponse plasticity’ of the brain is strongly related to behaviour. In 2011, Crocels researcher Jonathan Bishop defined the concept of ‘dopaminergic-serotonergic asynchronicity’ (SDA) to explain the interactions between NRP and the dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters

Professor Tim Bliss (left) and Professor Richard Morris (right) are co-winning the Brain Prize for research which builds on that of Crocels
STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: Professor Tim Bliss (left) and Professor Richard Morris (right) are co-winning the Brain Prize for research which builds on that of Crocels. Courtesy: Obtained from the BBC.

The research by Professors Collingridge, Bliss and Morris build on this research by contributing the concept of ‘Long-Term Potentiation‘ (LTP), which looks at the impact of changes in NRP over the lifetime of a person affected by SDA.

The research by Professors Collingridge, Bliss and Morris extends Crocels research by focussing on the impact of memory on NRP, and these new findings in relation to memory led to the award. “Memory is at the heart of human experience,” chairman of the awards committee Sir Colin Blakemore said. “This year’s winners, through their ground-breaking research, have transformed our understanding of memory and learning, and the devastating effects of failing memory,” he concluded.

Worth one million Euros, The Brain Prize is awarded annually by the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation in Denmark. It recognises one or more scientists who have distinguished themselves by an outstanding contribution to neuroscience.

No support for programmers with mental health problems

Student Finance Wales will not be providing support to computing students whose mental health conditions mean they require help with programming coursework, a spokesperson for the publicly-owned company has said.

Student Finance Wales has said it will not be providing programming scribes to computing students with mental health conditions. Courtesy: Sander van der Wel.
CODE BREAKING: Student Finance Wales has said it will not be providing programming scribes to computing students with mental health conditions. Courtesy: Sander van der Wel.

Student Finance Wales has said that programming scribes – a computing equivalent of scribes used to aide people with dyslexia in exams – will not be funded by the scheme designed to help students with disabilities during the studies. “[A]s programming scribe does not fall within the DSA sector definition of a Practical Support Assistant we will not be paying for this support,” the spokesperson said. “We do hold a series of e-mails from the Rhondda Cynon Taff LEA declining a recommendation for programming scribe.
“As such the issues surrounding the time-sheets for this support require no further discussion.”

Mark Beech is the Chief Personnel, Strategy & Quality Officer at Crocels, which has provided students with practical help with coursework since 2009. “We find in inappropriate that Student Finance Wales are refusing to reimburse students whom we have provided support to in the form of programming scribes,” he said. “Those computing students who develop mental health conditions during their studies have a lot of programming experience to drawn up on, but as a result of their disabilities can no longer do it without assistance.
We will continue to assist those students and workers whom we provide programming scribes to, whom face uncertain times due to this decision, which relates to past claims prior to Student Finance Wales taking over student support.

Crocels sues Charity Commision over CIO block

The leading multimedia education and community regeneration partnership, Crocels, has filed legal action against the Charity Commission in the United Kingdom for failing to award it charitable status and constitute it as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

Charitable Incorporated Organisations are a new type of charity registration, and one which Crocels has been waiting to come into existence for over 7 years as part of its drive to rethink co-operative approaches to organisational management.

The Charity Commission has refused to grant Crocels charitable status as a CIO because it says its objectives – based on the criteria to win the Nobel Peace Prize – is not “charitable.”

A spokesperson for the Charity Commissioner remained defiant. “The commission believes that the objects submitted are not charitable therefore rejected the application to register,” they said. “Where an organisation is not charitable, it is not the commission’s role to assist it in becoming a charity.

Crocels’s CEO and In-House Counsel, Jonathan Bishop believes that taking legal action was the only option. “The Charity Commission refused our request to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, citing case law from the 1930s against an organisation they have since given charity status to,” he said. “The Charity Commission are not giving us the opportunity to reword our aims, and are refusing to accept that our aims are non-political, but in keeping with those of other charities like the British Red Cross.”

Rhydyfelin ‘brothel’ shutdown

A Rhydyfelin property has been secured by the police after it was found to be operating as a brothel.

Residents neighbouring the property in the Pontypridd village reported to the situation to the authorities after being asked by men whether it was their property sexual services were being offered at.

Police outside brothel on Francis Street in Rhydyfelin near Pontypridd
SEX-PACK: Police shutdown a “brothel” on Francis Street in Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd. Courtesy: Media Wales.

Local police constable, PC Richard Williams, spoke at the court hearing following the discovery. “We will continue to work closely with RCT council and the local community to ensure that Rhydyfelin remains a safe and pleasant environment for the whole community,” he said. “This closure is an example of how seriously we take matters of crime and anti social behaviour in the Pontypridd area.
The activity at Francis Street was causing a nuisance and concern to local residents and the effective intervention of our Neighbourhood Policing Team, and our partner agencies, has provided a resolution to the issue.

Jonathan Bishop is an anthropologist with Crocels Research, who recently carried out a survey of sex industry establishments in Cardiff. “This shows the problem with the half-in-half-out approach taken to prostitution in England & Wales,” he said. “The government needs to introduce properly regulated sexual encounter establishments that licensing authorities can ensure they only exist in non-residential communities, so people like those in Rhydyfelin are shielded from an industry that will always exist regardless of whether or not it is illegal, which in most cases at present it isn’t, but it is still goes unregulated.