Archive for June, 2012

St Peter Port’s Fresh Friday Market fabulous food and flower treat

June 25th, 2012 by Richard Lord

Town and Farmers’ markets offer an appeal and pleasure not provided by supermarkets. Perhaps it’s the freshest of the locally produced food that is not heavily packaged, or its the relationship developed with the food producer and seller that provides a delightful shopping experience.

L'Escalier's apple and custard tart at the Fresh Friday Market on 22 June 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Fresh Friday Market takes place in Market Square, St Peter Port every Friday from about 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. The market is generating a pleasant atmosphere where people can enjoy cooked or prepared food on a nearby bench.

Sonia Taylor of Bailiwick Estates Ltd is president of the Fresh Friday Initiative, which aims to bring a market atmosphere back to Market Square in the centre of Town.

Guernsey food and flower producers are invited to contact the Fresh Friday Initiative to arrange to set-up a stall in Market Square on Friday morning.

Stalls can have access to electricity and running water.

To find out how to get involved call Sonia on 714243 or 07781 163666 or email freshfriday @ Continue reading

St Peter Port’s Fresh Friday Market cupcake heaven

June 25th, 2012 by Richard Lord

The Fresh Friday Market in Market Square, St Peter Port on 22 June 2012, had two stalls displaying delightful cupcakes. Susan Farnham and ‘Cake‘ had mouth-watering displays of freshly-made colourful and tasty cupcakes.

Susan Farnham with a tray of strawberry and fresh Guernsey cream cupcakes (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Friday 22 June 2012 was another beautiful day for the Fresh Friday Market. The air was fresh and breezy and the sun’s warmth shone through the quick moving clouds.

Susan Farnham's vanilla flake, Malteser Rocky Road and lemon meringue cupcakes at the Fresh Friday Market (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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Longue Hougue recycling facility reopens on 25 June 2012

June 25th, 2012 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

The Longue Hougue recycling and scavenging yard has reopened for business as of 25 June 2012.

The summer opening times (from 1 April to 31 October) are Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 4.00pm, and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 8 am to 5 pm.

The States of Guernsey Public Services department website lists the items that can be brought there for reuse and recycling.

The facility, which was opened as a temporary facility in 2008, is extremely popular, with more than 62,000 vehicles visiting in 2011.

More than 10,000 disclaimers were also signed for previously used household items that were taken away and given a new lease of life. These included anything from bicycles to old flower pots, and another 1,000 tonnes of unwanted material was recycled via the site last year.

Recycling Officer Tina Norman-Ross said “the site has been closed from 11 to 25 June 2012. It has moved a short distance Continue reading

Expect significant sea level rise unless carbon emissions curtailed

June 24th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Sea levels around the world can be expected to rise by several metres in coming centuries, if global warming carries on.

Even if global warming is limited to 2° Celsius, global-mean sea level could continue to rise, reaching between 1.5 and 4 metres above present-day levels by the year 2300, with the best estimate being at 2.7 metres, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change.

However, emissions reductions that allow warming to drop below 1.5 degrees Celsius could limit the rise strongly.

The study, ‘Long-term sea-level rise implied by 1.5° C and 2° C warming levels’, is the first to give a comprehensive projection for this long perspective, based on observed Continue reading

Defending native lands and natural resources increasingly dangerous

June 24th, 2012 by Global Witness

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According to a Global Witness briefing “A Hidden Crisis?“, as competition for access to natural resources increases, more activists, journalists, and community members are being killed defending the rights to land and forests.

The briefing finds that over 711 people appear to have been killed in the last decade – more than one a week.

In 2011 the toll was 106 people, almost doubling over the past three years.

The briefing warns of a hidden crisis in environmental protection, highlighting a pervasive culture of impunity around such violence, a lack of information, reporting or monitoring of the problem at national and international levels, and the involvement of governments and the domestic and foreign private sector in many killings. Continue reading

Unsustainable consumption and human population growth of concern to science academies

June 24th, 2012 by iap

A shopping street in the Netherlands (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The world’s 105 science academies have highlighted the global challenges of population and consumption and calling upon world leaders to take decisive action.

The Co-Chairs of the IAP, the global network of science academies, Professor Howard Alper and Professor Mohamed Hassan, said “we are delighted that the world’s science academies have chosen to come together to highlight two of the most profound challenges to humanity – population and consumption – and to call for urgent and coordinated international action to address them.

For too long the dual issues of population and consumption have been left off the table due to political and ethical sensitivities. Continue reading

University of Southampton testing designs for low carbon cargo ships

June 24th, 2012 by University of Southampton

The Maltese Falcon sailing yacht with the sophisticated square-rigged Dyan-Rig Sail plan (click image to expand - image courtesy of Diane Gilpin)

With rising fossil fuel prices and the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, development is underway to design the modern world’s first 100% fossil fuel free sailing cargo ships.

This project is set to change the shipping industry by providing efficient and affordable low-carbon shipping.

The project combines proven technology, using the state of the art dyna-rig sail propulsion system with an off- the-shelf Rolls-Royce engine powered by waste derived liquid biomethane (liquid gas).

The ships are being developed by B9 Shipping, part of the B9 Energy group of companies, which has started work on a full-scale demonstration vessel validating the engineering and economic assumptions of the initial vessel design. Continue reading

What is it going to take to cure our wasteful society?

June 24th, 2012 by Richard Lord

The St Peter Port Constables ask that St Peter Port residents place their household waste for collection in the appropriate location after dark on the evening before the morning of collection.

Bags of good quality clothes put out for household waste collection at the top of Hauteville, St Peter Port on Thursday 21 June, when States Works collection wasn't until the early hours of Saturday, 23 June (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

St Peter Port parish distributes a notice to all households, which states “only one bag of refuse is anticipated from each domestic household within the Parish for twice weekly collections”.

By 11 am on 22 June several more bags of household waste had been added to the pile, which wasn't to be collected by States Works until the morning of 23 June (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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MUG’s mountain bike ride on 7 July 2012 to help conquer male cancers

June 23rd, 2012 by Richard Lord

“We came up with the idea for a mountain bike ride in support of Male Uprising in Guernsey in February 2011,” Ian Brown of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop said.

“We wanted to do something like the Pink Ladies and we wanted to do it for men. A mountain bike ride around the coast seemed a good idea.”

“Our aim is to raise funds for research into male cancers but this event isn’t only for men. The MUG mountain bike ride, which can accommodate 900 riders, on the 7 July 2012, is open to men and women, and adults and children from 7 years upwards to 70 and beyond. The event is inclusive not exclusive; you don’t have to be a proficient mountain bike rider to ride this course,” Ian Brown said. Continue reading

Ride a mountain bike on 7 July 2012 to fund raise for male cancer charity

June 23rd, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Join MUG on Saturday 7 July 2012 to raise money for local male cancer sufferers.

Get sponsored to ride 12 Guernsey coastal miles and come to our Party in Saumarez Park, Castel.

Up to 900 people will be able to ride on a route that has never been used before. The course is unique with 95% of it being off-road.

It begins at Vale Castle, round to Bordeaux, L’Ancresse, Rousse, Grandes Rocques, and for one time only the La Mare nature trail up to Saumarez Park. The journey will take no more than two hours. Continue reading