Archive for June, 2011

OECD and FAO state that high food prices are here to stay

June 20th, 2011 by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

(click on the cover image to go to the OECD website to view the publication)

Higher food prices and volatility in commodity markets are here to stay, according to a report by the OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Continue reading

Guernsey Bicycle Group’s Bike-a-Thon raises over £2000 for Fight for Sight

June 19th, 2011 by Richard Lord

(A rider from each team takes it in turn to represent their team during the three hour Bike-a-Thon (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Braving strong winds and the occasional downpour, Guernsey Bicycle Group‘s 54 Bike-a-Thon cyclists raised over £2000 for the charity Fight for Sight on Saturday 18 June. Continue reading

European moray eel turns up in St Peter Port harbour

June 17th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Paul Benstead from the St Peter Port Harbour Master’s office called at 1830 on Friday 17 June 2011 to tell me he had fished out a strange-looking fish from the water by the Condor ferry ramp in St Peter Port harbour.  He had placed it on a metal grill under the ramp.

A European moray eel, Muraena helena, of over one metre long pulled out of St Peter Port harbour by Paul Benstead on 17 June 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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Poorly insulated homes missing out on energy savings every year

June 17th, 2011 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

New figures released on 17 June 2011 reveal that nearly half of Britain’s homes do not have adequate basic insulation and are throwing away at least £100 in wasted energy payments every year.

The latest lagging statistics show that only 57% of Britain’s lofts have been properly insulated and only 58% of cavity walls have been filled. Insulating lofts and cavity walls cuts down on energy leakage and therefore reduces energy bills.

A Guernsey house with recently applied cavity wall insulation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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Sir David King to speak at Durrell Wildlife Park about how climate change can affect small islands

June 17th, 2011 by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Sir David King, formerly Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government, and one of the leading advisers on climate change will give a presentation on Thursday 14 July 2011 from 6 pm to 7.30 pm on how climate change can affect small islands.  His presentation will take place at the Princess Royal Pavilion at the Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey, Channel Islands. Continue reading

Wageningen University’s micro-algae research centre to explore renewable energy and raw materials production

June 16th, 2011 by Wageningen University and Research Centre

On 17 June 2011 with the opening of AlgaePARC and the launch of the BioSolar Cells research project, a new research facility at Wageningen University & Research centre in the Netherlands starts exploring on a semi-industrial scale the potential of micro-algae as a sustainable source of energy and raw materials.

The aim is to raise the sustainable output of algae bioreactors while dramatically lowering the production costs. Continue reading

Better Place aims to let you drive your 100 per cent electric car anywhere without range anxiety

June 16th, 2011 by Richard Lord

The Photography Festival Street Party on Mansell Street in the Old Quarter of St Peter Port on 25 June

June 16th, 2011 by Events

The Photography Festival Street Party takes place in Mansell Street in the Old Quarter of St. Peter Port, Guernsey on Saturday 25 June 2011 from 2 to 5 pm.  Bring your whole family…

Come and browse the stalls!  Eat local food, talk and buy photography, view our unusual entertainment and feel the community spirit.

Bring all your photos to The Gallery and create your own collage or photo-bunting. Let your creativity flow……

(Please click on the image to download the flyer for printing and distribution)

What you will see

  • The Gallery Cabaret spot – live magic show, tap dancing, punch and judy and a surprise act!
  • Guernsey photographers showing their wares and snapping away
  • Antiques, jewellery and bric-a-brac
  • New local sport Guernsey Racing Limpets competing on the street!
  • Cakes, chocolates, buns and Breda

What you can do

  • Free workshop at The Gallery making collages and photo bunting
  • Get your child or pet photographed by Liz Kerr
  • Jump into the free Photo Booth at Your Moments Captured
  • Hand and foot prints with Round Chimney Pottery
  • Cupcake decorating with Amazing Cakes
  • Bounce on the Bouncy Castle Man bouncy castle

What you need to bring

  • Your children – to join in the free fun activities
  • Your pets – to be photographed by master pet photographer Liz Kerr
  • Your photos – to join our free workshop at The Gallery making collages and photo bunting

The Future of Onshore and Offshore Wind Power

June 16th, 2011 by Vicky Kenrick

“Growth in the wind energy sector is attributable to a huge range of factors, including financial confidence, technological advancements, legislative support from local governments and increased public support and awareness” writes David Blake, Renewable Energy Recruitment Manager for Allen & York.

Support from the UK government makes a shift from offshore to onshore wind development this month, as Lord Turner,  proclaimed that the mix between onshore and offshore wind development needed to be more balanced in the UK.

This comes at a time when there is media coverage surrounding cutbacks in offshore wind farm development.

“The UK government should consider scaling back its ambitions for costly offshore wind power by 2020 and look elsewhere to meet its binding renewable energy targets at a lower cost to the consumer” the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said on Monday 9th May. Continue reading

Home education in Guernsey

June 15th, 2011 by Yvonne Burford

Many people might not realise that School is not compulsory.

Whilst there is a legal requirement to provide a child with a ‘suitable and efficient’ education, there is no law that says that has to take place at school, or even that it has to include things like timetables, curricula or tests.

In the UK more and more families are discovering the benefits of Home Education. Whilst some parents do adopt a structured approach, others simply act as facilitators to the curiosity and interests of the child. Children are able to learn at their own pace, pursue specific interests and to ask questions whenever they like.

Learning to make pottery at home with people of all ages working together (please click image to expand -image courtesy of Education Otherwise ©Shena Deuchars)

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