More evidence supports connection between traffic-related air pollution and cardiovascular disease

May 8th, 2014 by American Thoracic Society

Car exhaust from petrol engines is possibly carcinogenic to humans (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the human heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart diseases (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the human heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease.

The research was published in the paper, ‘Traffic-related Air Pollution and the Right Ventricle. The Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis‘, in the American Thoracic Society‘s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

“Although the link between traffic-related air pollution and left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and cardiovascular death is established, the effects of traffic-related air pollution on the right ventricle have not been well studied,” said lead author Peter Leary, MD, MS, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Continue reading

Goldridge Estate Agents sponsors cricketer’s success to raise money for MUG

May 8th, 2014 by Goldridge Estate Agents

David Hooper is in the green Guernsey Cricket kit, Dom Heaume is wearing the black Guernsey FC tracksuit, Matt De La Mare is wearing a suit, and Trevor Kelham is wearing his blue MUG sweatshirt (click image to expand - image ©Chris George)

(from left to right) Matt De La Mare, Trevor Kelham, cricketer David Hooper, and Guernsey footballer Dom Heaume (click image to expand – image ©Chris George)

Goldridge Estate Agents is sponsoring island cricketer David Hooper for the sum of £1 for each run he scores and £10 for each wicket he takes in the KRyS Global Premier Evening League 1. The money raised will go to local charity Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG).

‘Hoops’, as he is known, plays for Goldridge Griffins.

Matt De La Mare, Goldridge director, said “we are very pleased with the money we have raised for MUG via our sponsorship of Guernsey FC player, Dominic Heaume.”

“Hoops is one of Guernsey Cricket’s star performers, and plays for one of our teams, so he seemed an obvious choice for further sponsorship in aid of the charity.” Continue reading

OSA pop-up shop on Smith Street becomes volunteering centre from 2 to 7 June 2014

May 8th, 2014 by Guernsey Community Foundation

The OSA Pop-up shop window on Smith Street, St Peter Port on 1 December 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The OSA Pop-up shop window on Smith Street, St Peter Port on 1 December 2012 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The OSA Pop-Up shop in Smith Street, St Peter Port will be transformed into a Volunteering Centre to mark National Volunteers’ Week 2014.

From Monday 2 June to Saturday 7 June 2014, the Pop-Up shop will be occupied by a wide range of charities that are actively seeking volunteers.

For those thinking about volunteering, this presents an easy opportunity to drop in for an informal chat about what opportunities are out there.

The shop on Smith Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

“We want to make volunteering as accessible as possible, so the pop-up shop is perfectly located to catch workers during their lunch break or after work,”’ Laurel Le Tocq of the Continue reading

Register for Saffery Champness Rotary walk on 7 June and raise money for Guernsey charities

May 7th, 2014 by Saffery Champness

This will be the ninth year Saffery Champness staff member Chris Russell takes part in the around the island walk. (click image to expand - image courtesy of Saffery Champness)

This will be the ninth year Saffery Champness staff member Chris Russell takes part in the walk around Guernsey (click image to expand – image courtesy of Saffery Champness)

Organisers of the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk remind islanders that there is still time to register for the 39 mile challenge, which takes place on 7 June 2014.

Chris Russell, the finance and operations manager at Saffery Champness, has taken part in the Walk for the last eight years.

He is once again looking forward to what he considers to be a highlight of the route – walking along the south coast cliffs at dawn on what he hopes will be a calm and sunny morning on 7 June 2014.

Encouraged by friends who were also participating, Mr Russell’s first walk in 2005 took him 13 hours to complete, pacing himself throughout the day and stopping regularly to rehydrate. Continue reading

Appleby sponsor trees and shrubs they help plant at North Plantation

April 7th, 2014 by Appleby

Katina Jones, Chair of Floral St Peter Port, in tabard, with Appleby employees, and Pat Johnson, Chair of Floral Guernsey, after planting the southern end of the North Plantation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Katina Jones, Chair of Floral St Peter Port, in tabard, with Appleby employees, and Pat Johnson, Chair of Floral Guernsey, in light blue shirt, after planting the southern end of the North Plantation (click image to expand – image courtesy of Appleby)

The final stages of the North Plantation’s makeover was completed on Sunday 6 April 2014 with a replanting of the southern end of the flower bed next to the Guernsey Information Centre.

Three hollies were removed and replaced with nine species of shrub and tree including Phoenix palms, Viburnum, Hebe, Hydrangea, and three Golden Yews to add brightness and colour.

The North Plantation planting forms part of the St Peter Port entry into the 2014 Britain in Bloom competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Continue reading

Sous Les Courtils, Vazon to close from 7 to 11 April for sewer repair

April 4th, 2014 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water will be closing Sous Les Courtils, Vazon from 7 to 11 April 2014 in order to carry out repairs to a surface water sewer.

The utility has been carrying out investigations into the sewerage system in this area after the heavy rainfall and high tides of January and February 2014 led to some localised flooding.

A section of sewer has been identified as a potential cause for some of these problems, and will be repaired as a matter of urgency.

The utility anticipated carrying out the works immediately, but due to the spring tides forecast for the next few days, a decision was made to defer the works for another week.

The road will therefore remain under a one-way traffic flow restriction, currently in place due to an existing excavation, until the closure begins on 7th April 2014.

Mark Walker, Acting director of water services  said “the expected spring tide could have a negative impact on the repairs and lead to further problems, so it was felt sensible to wait until the tide had reverted to a neap tide.”

If customers do notice that there is no work going on in the road over the next few days despite being one-way, this is the reason.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these important works may cause to customers.”

Further information on traffic management arrangements is online at www.iris.gov.gg.

 

Guernsey charities promote healthy lifestyle to reduce bowel cancer rate

March 31st, 2014 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Members of Guernsey's media taking part in the Bowel Awareness month challenge with their physical fitness adviser and nutritonist (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Members of Guernsey’s media taking part in the Bowel Awareness month challenge with their physical fitness adviser and nutritonist (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Male Uprising Guernsey and Bowel Cancer Guernsey have set the challenge ‘30 days to a new you’ for five local media volunteers during April, which is Bowel Cancer Awareness month.

The two charities have joined forces to drive home the message that adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best way to avoid bowel cancer.

Bowel Cancer is Guernsey’s third most common cancer with around 40 to 45 new cases diagnosed each year.

According to Cancer Research UK studies show that exercise could reduce colon cancer risk by about a quarter.

By maintaining a healthy weight, the risk of developing the disease could be as much as halved, compared to people who are overweight and don’t exercise. Continue reading

Changing the climate with what you eat

March 30th, 2014 by Chalmers

Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2° Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which is published in “The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets” in the Journal of Climate Change.

On Monday 31 March 2014 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents their report on the impacts of climate change.

Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy and transportation sectors currently account for the largest share of climate pollution.

However, a study from Chalmers now shows that eliminating these emissions would not guarantee staying below the UN limit.

Emissions from agriculture threaten to keep increasing as global meat and dairy consumption increases.

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The line shows how much total emissions must be reduced to meet the 2°C target with large certainty. The bars show future agricultural emissions at current trends (blue), if agricultural productivity increases and technical measures are implemented (orange), and if technical measures are combined with a 75 % reduction in meat and dairy consumption (green). The distance between the bars and the line shows the total possible magnitude of emissions from energy, transport, industry and deforestation. Image: Fredrik Hedenus (click graph to expand)

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Economic benefits from smoke-free laws and tobacco control policies

March 28th, 2014 by The Lancet

Cigarette smoking litter on St Peter Port street (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Cigarette smoking litter on St Peter Port street (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe has been quickly followed by large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma, according to the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke-free legislation on child health, published in the paper ‘Effect of smoke-free legislation on perinatal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis‘ in the The Lancet.

The analysis of 11 studies done in North America and Europe, involving more than 2.5 million births, and nearly 250 000 asthma exacerbations, showed that rates of both preterm births and hospital attendance for asthma were reduced by 10% within a year of smoke-free laws coming into effect.

Currently only 16% of the world’s population is covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws, and 40% of children worldwide are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke.

To date, most studies have looked at the impact of smoking bans on adult outcomes, but children account for more than a quarter of all deaths and over half of all healthy years of life lost due to exposure to second-hand smoke. Continue reading

World Meteorological Organisation reports on global weather in 2013

March 25th, 2014 by World Meteorological Organization

Blizzard conditions on Fort Road, St Peter Port on 11 March 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Blizzard conditions on Fort Road, St Peter Port on 11 March 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The year 2013 demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate.

The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend.

It provided a snapshot of regional and national temperatures and extreme events as well as details of ice cover, ocean warming, sea level rise and greenhouse gas concentrations – all inter-related and consistent indicators of our changing climate.

Thirteen of the fourteen warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century, and each of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one, culminating with 2001-2010 as the warmest decade on record. Continue reading