Archive for June, 2012

Parents are fitness role models for their children

June 22nd, 2012 by University of Essex

Marathon runner Lee Merrien being interviewed after his win in the Sportingbet Fathers' Day Half Marathon in Guernsey. Lee Merrien's running clinics have helped many people become fit. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Children who said their parents do almost no physical activity have a 50% greater risk of being unfit than children with more physically active parents, according to new research.

In the year the Olympics are coming to Britain, the study found two-thirds of children think their parents do almost no physical activity, meaning they are proving to be poor role models for their offspring.

Researchers from the University of Essex asked more than 4,000 schoolchildren to rate how active they thought their parents were.

The researchers then got the children to complete a test of their cardio respiratory fitness (the ‘bleep’ test) and compared the results.

A quarter of the children who took part in the test were classed as ‘unfit’ but this likelihood was strongly influenced by how active they perceived their parents to be. Continue reading

AFM provides free building system maintenance to Les Bourgs Hospice

June 22nd, 2012 by Amalgamated Facilities Management

AFM has agreed to provide ongoing maintenance to Les Bourgs Hospice for the next two years.

The company will provide more than £30,000 worth of support to Les Bourgs Hospice, which moved into a purpose built facility in 2012.

RG Falla was extremely proud to be the main contractor for the redevelopment of the hospice, which provides such a valuable service to the Bailiwick.”

“As another Garenne company, AFM is delighted that we can build on that relationship by offering support and maintenance provision of all the mechanical and electrical services within the building,” said AFM commercial director Darren Etasse.

Darren Etasse, AFM’s commercial director, stands with Jo Boyd, Director of nursing at Les Bourgs Hospice (click image to expand - courtesy of AFM)

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Guide for companies and investors on management of climate impacts

June 21st, 2012 by Ceres

(Please click on the report cover to go to the Ceres download page)

Calvert Investments, Ceres and Oxfam America have released a guide, “Physical Risks from Climate Change” for companies to improve their analysis and management of the risks that climate change poses to their operations and supply chains.

The groups also urged better transparency and disclosure from companies on the threats they face because of increasingly frequent and severe climate impacts.

“As a long-term investor, it’s important to know how companies are factoring the far-reaching impacts of climate change into their planning and risk management,” said Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, who chairs the $36 billion Maryland State Employees and Teachers Pension Fund and spoke at a news conference announcing the disclosure guide. Continue reading

Sure Academy for apprentices

June 21st, 2012 by Sure

Sure is launching its own apprenticeship scheme aimed at developing its workforce of the future.

The Sure Academy is accepting applications ahead of the first intake of apprentices in September 2012.

Cable & Wireless, as one of the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s largest employers, is committed to investing in the development of its employees.”

“We have identified a need for local staff to be specifically trained for what is a fast-moving industry and so launching the Sure Academy will allow us to find talented individuals and give them the right training and support so that they become an integral part of the company’s future success,” said chief executive officer Eddie Saints. Continue reading

Vote for Young People Guernsey to secure Lloyds TSB funding

June 21st, 2012 by Young People Guernsey

Young People Guernsey (YPG) has been shortlisted for the final public voting stage of the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund programme in which two local charities will each receive £5,000.

YPG is most grateful to LloydsTSB for being shortlisted.

To receive the much needed funds YPG needs your help.

Please go to Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund voting page and click on the VOTE button.

The grants will be awarded to those organisations that win the public vote so please share this message with all your friends and colleagues that would vote for YPG.  Thank you very much.

(click on the logo to go to the Young People Guernsey website)

New Delancey park play area will bring many benefits

June 21st, 2012 by The Admiral de Saumarez Trust

The Admiral De Saumarez Trust is pleased to announce the launch of a new state-of-the-art Play Area to be installed at Delancey Park in St Sampson, Guernsey.

The Admiral De Saumarez Trust is Guernsey’s first social responsibility trust funded by private individuals and corporates to regenerate island community spaces.

The much-needed Play Area will comprise three modern play spaces in the south of the Park, totalling 550 square feet with 17 pieces of fixed play equipment.

Delancey Park Playground plan (click image to expand - image courtesy of Sutcliffe Play South West Ltd.) )

The spaces are designed to be of use by three different age groups – toddlers, juniors and teenagers.

UK specialist, Sutcliffe Play has designed the areas to include both traditional play equipment such as slides, swings and Continue reading

Les Bourgs Hospice relies on the generosity of islanders

June 21st, 2012 by Les Bourgs Hospice

As of 13 June 2012 Les Bourgs Hospice’s Redevelopment Appeal has just £400,000 left to raise to reach its £4 million target.

A number of substantial bequests and donations have been recently received to take the amount left to raise to less than half a million pounds.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed that the Guernsey public have been so generous in helping us reach this milestone. When we launched the fundraising initiative in 2010, we knew that it was an almost impossible ask to raise £4 million but islanders have proved to us how important Les Bourgs Hospice is to them. It is extremely humbling for everyone involved to have this incredible support,” said chairman of the board of governors Mike Tanguy. Continue reading

Fiduciary firm Saffery Champness CLIC Sargent cancer charity ally

June 21st, 2012 by Saffery Champness

Local fiduciary firm Saffery Champness is to partner with children’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent.

The partnership will involve Saffery staff help raise awareness and fund raising, both during and outside of work hours.

They will also assist with developing the local website, producing the annual accounts and use their network of contacts to support the cause.

CLIC Sargent is a national charity that helps children with cancer and their families. The local branch of the charity supports Bailiwick children on-island and in the UK.

They raise funds for CLIC Haven, a ‘home from home’ which offers free accommodation to families while their children are undergoing treatment at Southampton General Hospital. Continue reading

RBC Wealth Management creates garden at King Edward VII hospital

June 21st, 2012 by RBC Wealth Management

RBC Wealth Management employees created an aromatic herb rockery, a wooden pagoda with hanging baskets, and added bird feeders and a bird nesting box to a neglected pond area in the 216 square foot courtyard of Guernsey’s King Edward VII Hospital for the benefit of patients and visitors.

RBC Wealth Management volunteers who transformed a courtyard into a garden at Guernsey's King Edward VII Hospital. (from left to right): Back row: Pam Preece (League of Friends of King Edward VII Hospital), Mark Chick, Jan McDade, Julia Hunkin from RBC Wealth Management, Nigel Clarke (Queux Patio) and Rachel Chick from RBC. Front row: Helen Wills and Mandy Langmead from RBC and Mandy’s son, Sam Langmead. (click image to expand - image courtesy of RBC Wealth Management)

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La Société Guernesiaise concerned by dangerous precedent set by approval of Guernsey airport hangar

June 21st, 2012 by La Société Guernesiaise

The States of Guernsey Environment Department has decided that these green fields can be destroyed to make way for a car park and a 75 metre by 23 to 29 metre wide private hangar to house two corporate executive jets (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

La Société Guernesiaise was surprised and extremely disappointed to learn that the application for a large private aircraft hangar adjacent to Guernsey Airport (application FULL/2010/3669) has recently been granted permission.

Ahead of the public meeting on 29 May 2012, La Société Guernesiaise was informed by the States of Guernsey Environment department that the concerns highlighted in La Société Guernesiaise various representations were clearly made and would form part of the information provided to the planners and Board members.

To subsequently be informed that the Environment department had approved the proposal, after refusing it on seven separate occasions, was very saddening indeed.

Based on media coverage, it would seem that environmental factors were simply overridden by economic arguments.

La Société believes that the benefits of the hangar to the community have been exaggerated and will be far more limited than anticipated. Continue reading