Archive for March, 2012

Racketball coaching for people with special needs is free in Guernsey

March 28th, 2012 by Butterfield Bank Guernsey Ltd

(Left to Right - Anya Aldous, Jolian James, Mick Mahy, Sabato Folmi, Ben Fish, and George Taylor participate in a racketball session (click image to expand)

Sponsorships from Terra Firma and Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Ltd has helped special needs racketball sessions go from strength to strength.

For the last two years support from Terra Firma has meant that racketball coaching for children and adults with special needs in Guernsey is free and now they have agreed to supply sponsored t-shirts for participants.

Butterfield Bank give a free racket to participants who attend three sessions to encourage them to continue with the sport. Continue reading

Guernsey Renewable Energy Team Open day at Beau Sejour on 3 April

March 28th, 2012 by States of Guernsey Commerce and Employment Department

Guernsey’s Commerce and Employment Department’s Renewable Energy Team (RET) is to hold an open day so that the public can learn more about the potential for macro marine renewable energy in Guernsey.

Members of RET will be available in the lobby of Beau Sejour Leisure Centre, St Peter Port between 1200 and 1430 and from 1600 to 1830 on Tuesday 3 April 2012 to meet the public and answer questions about RET’s work.

RET and the States of Guernsey Commerce & Employment Department are responsible for progressing macro marine renewable (offshore wind, wave and tidal energy) in Guernsey’s waters and are looking to get all legal and commercial processes ready so that Guernsey can take advantage of this renewable energy at the right time. Continue reading

MUG charity ball to raise funds for prostate cancer on 18 May 2012

March 26th, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Male Uprising In Guernsey (MUG) has announced their inaugural MUG Ball to raise funds for Prostate cancer.

The charity gala evening will take place at St Pierre Park Hotel on Friday 18 May 2012.

Similar events will follow in 2013 and 2014 for bowel and testicular cancer causes.

This year’s format will include a charity auction, dinner and cabaret entertainment provided by members of GATE as well as local male “celebrities”.

In addition, the well-respected John Burley has kindly agreed to be the auctioneer for the night, hosting the auction of many high-value desirable items that hopes to raise over £10,000 for this extremely worthy cause.

MUG has a three-pronged aim of enhanced education, awareness and fund raising over the next three years to reach a target of £250,000 to support males and their families in the Bailiwick afflicted or concerned with cancer. Continue reading

Caritas Community Charitable Trust receives Coast Media’s expertise

March 26th, 2012 by Coast Media

Coast Media, the local design and publishing agency, has announced its partnership with the Caritas Community Charitable Trust as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive.

The design, photography and PR teams will assist Caritas, which seeks to help young people in need, by using their expertise to publicise and promote the charity’s fundraising efforts.

L-R: Katie Blampied and Samata Russell of Coast Media, and the Reverend Richard Bellinger and Sandra Crittell of Caritas Community Charitable Trust (click image to expand - image courtesy of Coast Media)

The decision follows calls from Stephen Jones and Shelaine Green, Chair of the Guernsey Disability Alliance, for businesses to use their brains and expertise to help Guernsey’s charity sector.

Caritas, founded by Richard Bellinger, began in 2008 with the vision of creating a residential community, which would act as a safe house for troubled young people. Daily routine would involve caring for a working vegetable garden – an activity proven to relieve stress and grow self-esteem. Continue reading

Climate change causing increasing number of extreme weather events

March 25th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The past decade has been one of unprecedented weather extremes. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany argue that the high incidence of extremes is not merely accidental.

From the many single events a pattern emerges. At least for extreme rainfall and heat waves the link with human-caused global warming is clear, the scientists show in a new analysis of scientific evidence in the journal Nature Climate Change. Less clear is the link between warming and storms, despite the observed increase in the intensity of hurricanes.

In 2011 alone, the US was hit by 14 extreme weather events which caused damages exceeding one billion dollars each – in several states the months of January to October were the wettest ever recorded.

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New EU on-line tool to help adapt to climate change

March 25th, 2012 by European Commission

The European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT), an interactive web-based tool on adaptation to climate change, went online on the 23 March 2012 at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen.

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, joined Ida Auken, Denmark’s Minister for the Environment, and the EEA’s Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade for the launch.

The European Climate Adaptation Platform is a publicly accessible web-based platform designed to support policy-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels in the development of climate change adaptation measures and policies. Adaptation means anticipating the adverse effects of climate change and taking appropriate action to prevent or minimise the damage they can cause. Continue reading

WMO reports that last decade saw climate changing more rapidly

March 24th, 2012 by World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate said that 2011 was the 11th warmest since records began in 1850.

It confirmed preliminary findings that 2011 was the warmest year on record with a La Niña, which has a cooling influence.

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2011 were estimated to be 0.40° Centigrade above the 1961-1990 annual average of 14°C.

Precipitation extremes, many of them associated with one of the strongest La Niña events of the last 60 years, had major impacts on the world.

Significant flooding occurred on all continents, whilst major droughts affected parts of east Africa and North America.

Arctic sea ice extent fell to near record-low levels. Continue reading

The Lihou Island Charitable Trust Easter egg hunt on 5 April 2012

March 24th, 2012 by Lihou Charitable Trust

(click on image to download PDF flyer to your computer)

On 5 April 2012 The Lihou Charitable Trust holds its Easter egg hunt in and around the grounds of Lihou House.

Booking is essential

Please book by sending a text to 07781 139123 or by emailing friendsoflihou @

On 5 April, please register at 11 am for an 11.30 am start. The cost is £3.50 per child or £3.00 for ‘Friends of Lihou’.

You may join ‘Friends of Lihou‘ on the day.

Food (hot dogs, biscuits) and drinks (tea, coffee, soft drinks) will be available.


Renewable energy use not reducing fossil energy use by same amount

March 23rd, 2012 by University of Oregon

Technology alone won’t help the world turn away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, says University of Oregon sociologist Richard York.

In the paper, Do alternative energy sources displace fossil fuels? published in the journal Nature Climate Change, York argues for a shift in political and economic policies to embrace the concept that continued growth in energy consumption is not sustainable.

Many nations, including the United States, are actively pursuing technological advances to reduce the use of fossil fuels to potentially mitigate human contributions to climate-change.

The approach of the International Panel on Climate Change assumes alternative energy sources — nuclear, wind and hydro — will equally displace fossil fuel consumption. This approach, York argues, ignores “the complexity of human behaviour.” Continue reading

Biogas from food waste to power Oslo city buses

March 23rd, 2012 by The Research Council of Norway

An Oslo bus powered by biogas produced from sewage sludge (click image to expand - image ©Ruter As/CatchLight Fotostudio AS)

Banana peel, coffee grounds and other food waste will be transformed into green fuel for Oslo’s city buses starting in 2013.

The Norwegian capital’s new biogas plant will also supply nutrient-rich biofertiliser for agriculture.

The plant will be able to process 50,000 tonnes of food waste annually, converting it to environment-friendly fuel for 135 municipal buses as well as enough biofertiliser for roughly 100 medium-sized local farms.

The biogas production processes were developed through long-term Norwegian research with funding from the Research Council of Norway. Continue reading