Archive for September, 2012

Investec sponsored show raises funds for Young People Guernsey

September 27th, 2012 by Investec Bank Channel Islands Limited

Young People Guernsey will receive £12,000 thanks to a charity fundraiser sponsored by Investec Specialist Bank.

The evening event took place at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts on Friday 21 September 2012 with a performance of “Back to Broadway”, which has been described as the spectacular musical of musicals.

YPG is a Guernsey charity established in 2010 to identify and respond to the needs of young people in the Bailiwick, particularly those in need and ultimately those at risk.

Earlier this year YPG commissioned the UK’s leading children’s charity Barnardo’s to provide an information, advice and listening service for young people in the island. Continue reading

Long-term benefit to incentivising clean energy investments

September 27th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Industrialized countries can profit from taking early action for climate change mitigation even if the rest of the world delays greenhouse gas emission cuts.

With the 2°Celsius target of limiting global warming, it pays in the long term to incentivise investments into clean energy instead of fossil fuels by adopting ambitious emission reductions.

This is one of the key findings of scientists exploring the economics of decarbonisation in an imperfect world, in a set of seven papers now published in a special issue of Climatic Change. Continue reading

Spearpoint to donate 30 November trading commissions to Guernsey charity

September 27th, 2012 by Spearpoint

For one day in November 2012 the Guernsey stockbroking division of Spearpoint Limited has pledged to donate their trading commissions to a nominated local charity as part of its on-going commitment to supporting the community.

The business, which is already involved with a number of different projects, sports teams and events, will donate all of the commission it earns on all trades carried out on 30 November 2012 to one local charity, which is to be chosen at random from nominations made by clients, friends and members of the public.

On 30 November 2012 markets around the world will be open as usual and Spearpoint expect to be able to make a meaningful contribution to a local cause. Continue reading

EU photovoltaic installed capacity reached 52 GW in 2011

September 27th, 2012 by European Commission Joint Research Centre

Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW.

Its overall PV capacity totalled 52 GW. The yearly electricity produced by PV could power a country with the electricity demand of Austria, which corresponds to 2% of the EU’s electricity needs.

These are some of the highlights of the 2012 Photovoltaics Status Report published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

The study summarises and evaluates the current activities regarding manufacturing, policies and market implementation world-wide.

Over the past ten years, the PV industry grew in Europe by an average of over 40% per year and the production costs have decreased by around 60%. Underlying this progress is the EU commitment towards PV systems as a means to achieve the goal of using 20% of renewable energy by 2020. Continue reading

Current rate of ocean acidification unequaled in last 300 million years

September 26th, 2012 by University of Bristol

The octocoral Eunicella verrucosa grows in Brtitsh waters (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Dr Daniela Schmidt, a geologist from the University of Bristol, speaking at the Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World in Monterey, California, warned that current rates of ocean acidification are unparalleled in Earth history.

Dr Schmidt of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences said “ocean acidification has happened before sometimes with large consequences for marine ecosystems. But within the last 300 million years, never has the rate of ocean acidification been comparable to the ongoing acidification.

She added that the most comparable event, most likely ten times slower than the current acidification, was 55 million years ago.

“At that time, species responded to the warming, acidification, change in nutrient input and loss of oxygen – the same processes that we now see in our oceans. The geological record shows changes in species distribution, changes in species composition, changes in calcification and growth and in a few cases extinction,” she said. Continue reading

Join MUG’s coastal family fun fund raising bike ride on 14 October 2012

September 26th, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

The inaugural Dominion Fund Management MUG Bike Ride, sponsored by Dominion Fund Management, has been rescheduled for Sunday 14 October 2012.

The 12 mile family-friendly coastal bike ride is open to everyone from seven years up and will follow Guernsey’s scenic coast-line including paths never before opened to the public.

The ride starts at 9 am from Vale Castle and will follow the coast via Bordeaux, Beaucette Marina, Lancresse, Pembroke Bay, Grande Havre and Port Soif before coming inland via a nature trail and finishing at Saumarez Park tea rooms.

The event can accommodate up to 600 riders of all ages and fitness levels and avoids all but a few short stretches of road.

To add an extra challenge for the more adventurous participants, there will be a series of wooden obstacles. Continue reading

Guernsey men cycle 960 miles to raise funds for local cancer charity

September 26th, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Cyclists are from left to right - John Clacy, Jos Ensink, Alex Partridge, Hugh Tabel, Guy Ellis, Richard Le Tocq, Dave Preston, Mike Culverwell (Adam Hart and Andreas Tautscher were not present) ( click image to expand - image courtesy of MUG)

Nine men from Guernsey participated in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain and raised about £10, 000.00 for the charity, Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG).

The team comprised of John Clacy, Jos Ensink, Hugh Tabel, Guy Ellis, Richard Le Tocq, Dave Preston, Mike Culverwell, Adam Hart and Andreas Tautscher.

The momentous journey took them from Land’s End to John O’Groats and covered 960 miles.

The team tackled daily elevations of up to 8,400 feet, suffered bike breakdowns, and pushed through pain to complete the Continue reading

Alstom to buy tidal turbine company from Rolls Royce

September 26th, 2012 by Alstom

Alstom has signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce to acquire Tidal Generation Limited (TGL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Plc, specialised in the design and manufacture of tidal stream turbines.

Alstom’s acquisition of TGL is expected to be completed within the next few months, subject to closing conditions.

TGL is at the forefront in the design, development and manufacture of tidal stream turbines which capture and convert the energy of tidal streams to generate electrical power.

TGL’s first 500kWe unit was successfully installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) at Orkney in Scotland. Continue reading

Lloyds TSB Child Carer of the Year 2012 award open for nominations

September 26th, 2012 by Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund

(please click on the image to download the nomination form as a PDF file to your computer)

THE search has begun for the Lloyds TSB Child Carer of the Year 2012.

This year, the winner of the award, which recognises the commitment of a Guernsey resident to children, will win a cash prize of £500 and also a cheque for £500 for the charity of their choice.

“This is the third year Lloyds TSB has run this award and we felt the time was right to change the format slightly. We know from previous entries just how much work so many nominees have done for charity and so we felt that this was a perfect way of rewarding them for their amazing dedication to young people in Guernsey,” said Craig Duquemin, Lloyds TSB business development manager.

The Lloyds TSB Child Carer of the Year 2012 is run in conjunction with Guernsey Mums and entries are now being received. Continue reading

Solar Power UK trade show at NEC from 2 to 4 October 2012

September 25th, 2012 by Events

Solar Power UK takes place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, from 2 to 4 October 2012. Over 5,000 people are expected to visit the UK’s largest solar trade show.

The event will see 175 exhibitors showcase the most innovative products and services the solar market provides.

Exhibitors, including Trina Solar, SMA Solar UK, ET Solar, LG Electronics, Clenergy, Enphase Energy, Conergy and Rexel Renewables, will cover all aspects of the supply chain.

UK photovoltaic installations increased by approximately 800 MW of capacity in 2011, increasing the UK’s overall capacity to more than 1 GW. Continue reading