Archive for November, 2012

KPMG staff raise awareness and funds for male cancer charities

November 27th, 2012 by KPMG

KPMG Channel Islands staff members involved in fund raising during Movember. Linda Johnson is sporting a fake moustache and sitting to her right is Dan Le Hurray (click image to expand - image courtesy of KPMG)

Dan Le Huray, audit assistant at KPMG in the Channel Islands was overwhelmed with the response from colleagues when he asked them to join in his ‘Movember’ efforts.

Staff at the accountancy firm have been growing moustaches in an effort to raise money for prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities as part of the month-long initiative ‘Movember’.

Following Mr Le Huray’s uncle’s diagnosis with prostate cancer last year, he decided to take part in the initiative for the first time. Continue reading

Sales of Guernsey Electricity’s 2013 calendar of Bailiwick scenes to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice

November 27th, 2012 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Dave Smart shows the front of the 2013 Guernsey Electricity calendar with Dave Bartie holding the sunset image, and behind Annette Langlois and Steve Pattimore and Steve Le Feuvre on the right (click image to expand - image courtesy of Guernsey Electricity)

Les Bourgs Hospice is set to reap the benefits of Guernsey Electricity staff’s artistic endeavours from the sale of the company’s 2013 calendar.

Staff were asked to take scenic photos of the Bailiwick and submit their favourites to the competition.

The best were included in the 2013 charity calendar with all money raised going to the 30/30 cycle challenge in aid of Les Bourgs Hospice.

Over 60 photos were entered and included scenes from Soldiers Bay, Gouliot Caves in Sark and Vazon Bay.

The judges’ favourite photo, chosen as the front cover, was Pleinmont headland above Les Pezeries taken by electrical operations manager Dave Smart.

This is the second year Guernsey Electricity has organised the internal calendar competition. Continue reading

Alan Titchmarsh speaks about the importance of horticulture

November 26th, 2012 by Richard Lord

Alan Titchmarsh visited Guernsey recently at the invitation of St Sampson’s High School and Le Murier School to spend time with the students and share his knowledge of horticulture and growing plants.

“In the summer of 2012 our students achieved fabulous results so we wanted to celebrate their achievement by getting in a high profile celebrity, and the celebrity we knew was Alan Titchmarsh because the school’s deputy head, Kathryn Clark is Alan’s sister,” Annabel Bolt, headteacher of St Sampson High School, said.

“Alan gave out the cups and made a speech at the presentation evening, and helped the school raise much needed funds by hosting two events. The students were excited to meet him,” she said.

The money he helped raise will be used by Home School Link for the benefit of the Baubigny schools.

Alan Titchmarsh at the Baubigny Schools on 23 November 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

During Alan Titchmarsh’s visit to the schools he helped the Continue reading

Energy & Climate Change Secretary hopes more countries will pledge at Doha to reduce carbon emissions

November 26th, 2012 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

Speaking in advance of the UNFCCC COP18 climate change negotiations in Doha, starting on Monday 26 November 2012, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said “a global effort is needed if we are to achieve our climate goals – we need to pave the way for the new global deal while delivering more action now.

“Many developed and developing countries have already come forward with pledges under the UN framework to reduce their emissions by 2020. I want to encourage more to do so at Doha and beyond.” Continue reading

Biggest barrier to tackling climate change threat is collective and individual failure of political will

November 25th, 2012 by WWF

Governments are falling far short of their commitment to keep global average temperature rise below the accepted 2°C goal, putting the world on the brink of climate catastrophe.

The UN Environment Program’s Emissions Gap Report 2012 identifies a huge gap between current pledges to cut polluting greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 and the benchmark of 44 gigatonnes that offers a credible pathway to staying below 2°C.

In 2011, UNEP put the gap between pledges and what’s needed at 6-11 gigatonnes – but has now increased this estimate to an alarming 8-13 gigatonnes. In context, annual emissions from the US and China are currently around 7 and 10 to 11 gigatonnes, respectively.

“UNEP’s assessment confirms that the world is standing on the brink,” said Samantha Smith, Head of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. Continue reading

Ocean acidification dissolving shell of planktonic Southern Ocean snails

November 25th, 2012 by British Antarctic Survey

A paper “Extensive dissolution of live pteropods in the Southern Ocean” published online in Nature Geoscience suggests that the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems are beginning to emerge.

Dr Geraint Tarling, of the British Antarctic Survey, and colleagues, examined shells collected from a pteropodLimacina helicina antarctica, (a planktonic marine snail) in the surface waters of the Southern Ocean, which circles Antarctica.

This species mainly inhabits the top 200 metres of oceanic waters where they graze on phytoplankton and detritus. Continue reading

World’s largest investors ask governments for ambitious climate and clean energy policy

November 24th, 2012 by European Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

(click on text to download letter from Global Investor Networks to your computer)

Ahead of the UN climate change conference in Doha, it is clear that global greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise, increasing the risk of dangerous and disruptive climate change.

This letter is addressed to the governments of the world’s largest economies, in their roles as domestic policymakers, as important stakeholders in ongoing international negotiations on climate change and as countries where the greatest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are needed. Continue reading

Channel Islands stroke patients and their families to benefit from £8000 raised by Mourant Ozannes

November 24th, 2012 by Mourant Ozannes

Seated on the left Penny Margison, Stroke Association Secretary; Anne Smith, President of the Stroke Association. Standing from the left, Mark Torode and Sandy Ozanne of Mourant Ozannes; and Peter Dean, Treasurer of the Stroke Association (click image to expand - image courtesy of Mourant Ozannes)

Two teams of swimmers from Mourant Ozannes have raised more than £8,000 for stroke victims and their families in the Channel Islands, by achieving what is believed to be a ‘first’ for Channel Island long distance swimming, completing a simultaneous inter-island relay challenge,

The teams achieved their remarkable feat in September 2012 in a combined time of just over 24 hours, with the Jersey to Guernsey leg swum in 11 hours 40 minutes 37 seconds and the team from Guernsey reaching the Jersey coast in 12 hours 20 minutes.

The Jersey to Guernsey team consisted of Craig Swart, Thomas Morgan, Henry Brandts-Giesen, James Ruane, Simon Gould, and Giles Corbin. Continue reading

Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association will be beneficiary of Spearpoint commissions on 30 November 2012

November 24th, 2012 by Spearpoint

The Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association will be the beneficiary of a special event organised on 30 November 2012 by Spearpoint Limited who are part of Brooks Macdonald Group.

The business will be donating all of the commissions it earns on trades carried out on ‘Spearpoint Stockbroking Day’ to the Guernsey charity.

The company asked clients, friends and members of the public to nominate an organisation they felt should benefit from the initiative.

The Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association was chosen from the nominations received.

Chris Macdonald, Chief Executive of Brooks Macdonald Group said “we were delighted to have received so many nominations and very pleased that the Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association is to be the beneficiary of this initiative.”

Chris Macdonald, Chief Executive of Brooks Macdonald Group (click image to expand - image courtesy of Spearpoint)

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Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion set record in 2011

November 23rd, 2012 by International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies

Chimneys of a coal-fired power station in the Netherlands (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion reached a record level in 2011.

At 34 billion metric tons (2010: about 33.2 billion metric tons), more carbon dioxide from fossil energy carriers was emitted into the atmosphere than ever before, according to International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR), a German renewable energy institute in Muenster.

After the decline in emissions in 2009 as a consequence of the global economic and financial crisis, annual CO2 emissions returned to the growth path seen in recent years.

“If the current trend persists, by 2020 global CO2 emissions will then increase by a further 20% to over 40 billion metric tons of CO2,” said Dr. Norbert Allnoch, IWR Director. Continue reading