Archive for May, 2012

Dr David to speak at Men of Trees AGM on Guernsey’s Habitat Survey

May 29th, 2012 by Guernsey Trees for Life

The Annual General Meeting of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (GMOTT) will be held on Tuesday 19 June 2012 beginning at 7 pm at the Frossard Lecture Theatre at Guernsey Museum in Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

This is your chance to find out what The GMOTT has achieved over the last 12 months, and what the Society’s plans are for the next 12 months.

The AGM, which will last for 30 to 45 minutes, will be followed by a talk on Guernsey’s Habitat Survey. Continue reading

Threats to the Ocean of Life and what must be done to restore it

May 28th, 2012 by Allen Lane

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In Ocean of Life we get a panoramic tour beneath the seas: Why do currents circulate the way do?

Where exactly do they go? How has the chemistry of the oceans changed? How polluted are we making them?

Above all, Professor Roberts reveals the richness of their life, and how it has altered over the centuries.

However, the oceans are under unprecedented threat. Not only does Professor Roberts show how we are fishing our oceans to extinction, he explains, crucially, how this directly affects our lives on land. The life the oceans support, virtually all life on earth, now lies in the balance.

For the first time ever, Professor Robert has gathered together all the different scientific strands of enquiry into the oceans Continue reading

Fusion Nightclub team Race for Life for Cancer Research UK

May 28th, 2012 by Fusion Nightclub

The team from Fusion Night Club that ran in Guernsey's 2012 Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK (click image to expand - image courtesy of Fusion Night Club)

A team of 13 Fusion Nightclub and Luna Bar women took part in the Race for Life on Sunday 27 May 2012 and raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK.

The team walked and jogged the five kilometres route from Footes lane through Saumarez Park and back in just over an hour.

Team Fusion organiser Emilie Le Page said the team was over the moon with the amount raised.

“Fusion and Luna customers have been so generous; we’ve been collecting donations over the past few weekends and people have been really supportive as they appreciate the great work that Cancer Research UK does,” she said. Continue reading

World Oceans Day is 8 June 2012

May 26th, 2012 by Events

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In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day” (resolution 63/111, paragraph 171).

Many countries have celebrated World Oceans Day following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Continue reading

Cash prizes for art competition that benefits Young People Guernsey

May 26th, 2012 by Livingroom

Livingroom Estate Agents has launched a new creative competition designed to inspire as many Guernsey artists as possible to raise money for YPG (Young People Guernsey).

Living Art 2012 is about celebrating the creative talent on the island and is open to artists of any age eager to express their individual interpretation of Guernsey while raising funds for a worthwhile cause.

Simon Torode, Livingroom Director and founding YPG committee member, said “every individual connects with their island in a myriad of different ways so we thought having a competition allows the artist to interpret where they live, and the passion they hold for Guernsey, as well as raising money for YPG was the perfect combination.”

Contestants are invited to donate a creative submission which best interprets their life in Guernsey: whether it is a representation of their immediate surroundings, a reflection of the local environment or an expression of what Guernsey means to them. Continue reading

Pesticide and herbicide risk to bees that are vital for our food supply

May 25th, 2012 by Friends of the Earth

A bumblebee feeds on red clover at Jerbourg, St Martin on 13 May 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

According to the UK government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) pesticide use rose by 6.5% between 2005 and 2010.

Trends in the use of pesticides have varied strongly between UK crops over the past five years but overall pesticide use rose 6.5% due to increasing treatment intensity on a number of crops including those most pollinated by bees such as oilseeds (an increase of 26%).

Herbicide use has increased by 78% on oilseeds increasing the risk to bee populations.

Friends of the Earth has published “The Decline of England’s Bees” which exposes the pesticide and herbicide risk to bees.

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RSPB Guernsey Spring Watch walk beginning at 9 am on 27 May 2012

May 24th, 2012 by RSPB Guernsey Group

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RSPB Guernsey Group‘s Spring Watch walk begins at 9 am on Sunday 27 May 2012.

Please meet at the Moulin Huet car park (Perry‘s map reference 30 D3).

WEX members are particularly welcome to join the Spring Watch walk.  All children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.

The walk occurs on public lanes, roads, and cliff paths.  The ground can be uneven or slippery or loose in some areas.  For your own safety please wear suitable footwear and clothing to take into account the weather conditions on the day. Thank you.

Guernsey Community Foundation offers more funds to improve social inclusion in Bailiwick

May 24th, 2012 by Guernsey Community Foundation

The second round of the Guernsey Community Foundation’s Quarterly Grants Programme is rapidly approaching.

The opening date for applications is Friday 1 June 2012.

The last quarter saw 35 applications being made to the Foundation’s scheme with six grants being made.

Once again, funding is available for up to £10,000, with either one or more grants being awarded, totalling up to £10,000. The minimum application amount is £1,000 and there will be no restriction on the type of funding that can be applied for e.g. capital or operating expenses.

Again, there is a priority theme for grant applications: “projects, activities or services that aim to increase social Continue reading

During Dementia Awareness Week Carey Olsen donates to Alzheimers’ Society Guernsey

May 24th, 2012 by Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen Charities Committee has made a donation of £4,800 to the Alzheimer’s Society Guernsey during Dementia Awareness Week from 20 to 26 May 2012.

The committee, made up of Carey Olsen staff members, selected two charities to support for 2011 and 2012 – Teenage Cancer Trust and Alzheimer’s Society Guernsey – through a mix of donations, fund-raising, resource support and volunteering.

Carey Olsen staff participated in the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk in September 2011 and Christmas fund-raising activities, and hosted a bingo night in April 2012 which helped them reach their total. Continue reading

Guernsey children benefit from dinghy sponsorship

May 24th, 2012 by Nashcopy Channel Islands Ltd

Nashcopy, the office equipment distributor, has sponsored an Optimist dinghy designed to introduce children to sailing.

The Guernsey Sailing Trust now has 14 vessels for children to learn to sail because of Nashcopy’s donation.

Adam Reed, Principal of the Guernsey Sailing Trust, said the Optimist dinghies were small and safe and so a perfect starting experience for children.

“Working closely with the States of Guernsey Education Department we offer sailing lessons to almost every primary and secondary school. Living on an island we feel it is important that children learn about the surrounding environment, about the water, the winds and the tides. Sailing is a wholesome and enjoyable way to do that,” Mr. Reed said. Continue reading