Archive for January, 2013

Guernsey companies invited to participate in CSR projects on Herm

January 26th, 2013 by Herm Island

Shell Beach on Herm's east coast (click image to expand - image courtesy of Herm Island Ltd)

“In 2012 Herm invited Guernsey companies to the island to engage in Corporate Social Responsibility projects,” Jonathan Watson, Director of Hospitality, Herm Island Ltd, said in a presentation to the B4-8 Club.

“Herm Island has a small team that look after the external areas but they cannot do everything that they would like to achieve,” he said.

“We are offering to Guernsey companies the opportunity to undertake projects in Herm’s community as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme.”

A number of Guernsey companies participate in 2012. Continue reading

Guernsey Voluntary Service charity bridge afternoon on 8 March 2013

January 26th, 2013 by Guernsey Voluntary Service

Sandra Collins and Clare Burton of the GVS (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Voluntary Service is holding a fundraising charity bridge afternoon at the Vale Douzaine Room on Maraitaine road beginning at 1.30 pm on Friday 8 March 2013. Tuula Lehtinen will be the bridge director

Tea will be served and there will be a raffle. The cost is £10 per person. Bookings must be made in pairs and paid for in advance.

Tickets are available from Sandra Collins at Jubilee Day Centre, Grandes Maisons Road, St Sampson.

Please telephone 247518 or email: gvs.admin @ to book tickets or for further information. Continue reading

Oxfam charity shop in St Peter Port seeks volunteers

January 26th, 2013 by Oxfam

The Oxfam charity shop on Smith Street in St Peter Port, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Oxfam charity shop at 24 Smith Street in St Peter Port, Guernsey seeks volunteers.

The shop has vacancies on:

  • Tuesday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm
  • Wednesday afternoons from 12.30 pm to 5 pm
  • Thursday afternoons from 12.00 pm to 5 pm
  • Friday afternoons from 12.00 pm to 5 pm

Please visit the shop to speak with Sophie, the shop manager, or telephone 728525 to volunteer for a very worthy cause.  Hours can be arranged to suit you. Continue reading

Tocardo International with Huisman and Repsol can deliver on turnkey tidal energy projects

January 25th, 2013 by Tocardo International BV

Tocardo free flow in-stream hydro turbine (click image to expand - image courtesy of Tocardo International BV)

Tocardo International BV, a Dutch manufacturer of tidal and free-flow water turbines, and Repsol, the international integrated energy company, announced a partnership between the two companies on 24 January 2013.

The Repsol New Energy Ventures and Tocardo International BV partnership will provide a platform for both companies to develop offshore tidal energy, combining Tocardo’s knowledge of tidal and river free flow water turbines with Repsol’s access to energy markets around the world.

Tocardo International BV can further accelerate the development of its off-shore engineering capabilities using Repsol’s knowledge of the energy industry and will be able to tap into many of the fledgling renewable energy markets that Repsol has identified. Continue reading

Supermarket plastic bags do not help protect our precious sea life

January 24th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Five pence may not seen like much money to pay for the convenience of a thin-film plastic shopping bag but in a resource constrained world avoiding this superfluous purchase has many benefits.

Plastic bags thrown out with one bag of household waste in St Peter Port on 23 January 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Supermarket plastic bags that are purchased are usually used for a very short time, and although they can be reused, most end up in the waste stream, where they go to landfill to decay over many decades; or worse, they blow around the countryside.

Some of them end up in the sea where they have killed and injured marine birds, turtles and cetaceans.

There’s an irony to the very noticeable bright green ‘forever fish’ plastic supermarket bag that is entering Guernsey’s household waste stream. Continue reading

Reduce weight of household waste to reduce the parish refuse rate

January 23rd, 2013 by Richard Lord

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department offers Guernsey residents the option of recycling a very large assortment of materials at the bring banks, at the Longue Hougue recycling facility, and at Chouet for green (garden) waste, but many people in our community do not use these facilities.

The imperative to recycle is greater than ever as homeowners pay through their parish refuse rate increasingly high charges for their household waste to be tipped at the Mont Cuet landfill.

The Mont Cuet landfill photographed on 28 January 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

On 1 January 2013 the charge for tipping household waste at Mont Cuet went up to £152.20 per tonne from £144.92 per tonne in 2012, making the tipping fee at the Mont Cuet landfill one of the highest in the British Isles.

The largest component of the parish refuse rate is the landfill Continue reading

Guernsey Museum hosts wildlife photographer of the year exhibition from 27 January until 17 March 2013

January 22nd, 2013 by Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery

(please click image to download a PDF file of the poster to your computer - image©Jordi Chias Pujol of Spain)

Guernsey Museum is privileged to be the only location in the Channel Islands scheduled to exhibit one hundred stunning, prize-winning and commended wildlife photographs from the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

The photographic exhibition opens daily from 10 am to 4 pm from 27 January until 17 March 2013 at the Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery, Candie Gardens, St. Peter Port.

The overall winning photograph, Bubble-jetting emperors by Paul Nicklen from Canada shows a sunlit mass of emperor penguins charging upwards, leaving in their wake a crisscross of bubble trails.

It was selected from over 40,000 images submitted by more than 4000 amateur and professional photographers from 28 Continue reading

Guernsey primary schools register by 6 February 2013 for competition to grow longest carrot

January 22nd, 2013 by Bedell Group

Front row, left to right - Jude Barton, Stephanie Best, Ellie Hicks, and Kayleigh Moullin, and behind them, Rory McLaren holding carrots, and Joshua Bisson (click image to expand - image courtesy of Bedell)

Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project has launched a competition to see which Guernsey primary school can grow the longest carrot.

According to the World Carrot Museum, the Guinness World Record for the longest carrot belongs to Joe Atherton who grew one of 5.841 metres (or 19 feet 1.96 inches), which he entered in the UK National Giant Vegetable Championship, held in conjunction with the National Gardening Show, in Somerset on 2 September 2007.

A prize of £100 and a year’s supply of seeds will be awarded to the Guernsey primary school that grows the longest carrot. There will also be two runners up prizes. Continue reading

Les Bourgs Hospice charity bingo night on 24 February 2013

January 22nd, 2013 by Les Bourgs Hospice

Les Bourgs Hospice are holding a fund raising bingo night on Sunday 24 February 2013.

The event at the L’Islet Royal British Legion Hall is limited to 300 people and with cash prizes as well as 90 raffle prizes on offer, tickets have already proved popular.

“This is a great event as it means that people can have fun at the same time as raising much needed funds to cover the operational costs of Les Bourgs Hospice. We’re very grateful to the organisers for giving up their time and hope for a full house on the night,” said fundraising administrator Trish de la Mare.

Doors open at 4 pm and eyes down is at 6 pm.

Tickets, which cost £1, can be bought from Natalie on 07839 222516 or Maureen on 07911 728178.

Books of bingo cards and raffle tickets can be purchased on the day.

Thin film solar cells achieve new record energy conversion efficiency

January 21st, 2013 by Empa

High-efficiency flexible CIGS solar cells on polyimide film developed at Empa (click image to expand - image courtesy of Empa)

Scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4% for converting sunlight into electricity.

The cells are based on CIGS semiconducting material (copper indium gallium (di)selenide) known for its potential to provide cost-effective solar electricity. The technology is currently awaiting scale-up for industrial applications.

To make solar electricity affordable on a large scale, scientists and engineers worldwide have been trying to develop a low-cost solar cell, which is both highly efficient and easy to manufacture with high throughput.

A team at Empa’s Laboratory for Thin Film and Photovoltaics, led by Professor Ayodhya N. Tiwari, has achieved a record 20.4% energy conversion efficiency for thin film CIGS solar Continue reading