Archive for April, 2013

Sponsor London Marathon runner to aid Guernsey Cheshire Home

April 17th, 2013 by Events

Paul Frank near the finish line of the London Marathon in 2012 (click image to expand - image courtesy of Paul Frank)

Paul Frank near the finish line of the London Marathon in 2012 (click image to expand – image courtesy of Paul Frank)

Paul Frank of Chertsey House Dental Group who has run six marathons in total, is running his fourth Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 21 April 2013 to raise funds for Guernsey Cheshire Home.

He has trained all “through one of the coldest and windiest winters. Each marathon is a challenge but well worth all the effort of training, and running the event itself, to help my chosen charity of Guernsey Cheshire Home,” he writes.

Guernsey Cheshire Home provides individual care and support for adults living with severe physical disabilities. Paul provides dental care for some of the residents as well as getting to know some of the carers. Continue reading

Working out how a capital city can be climate neutral by 2050

April 15th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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Satellite view of Berlin taken on 3 November 2006 (click image to expand – image courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Berlin aims to be climate neutral in the year 2050.

A team of experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), on behalf of the Berlin Senate, the executive body governing the city of Berlin, will work to show how this goal can be achieved.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, PIK director, said “if the German capital is pioneering in climate protection to maintain the 2°Celsius limit with regard to global warming, nations will have to act as well as bold local authorities.”

Michael Müller, Berlin Senator for Urban Development and the Environment, highlighted the significance of this feasibility study.

“Berlin has to be a highly energy-efficient and modern city and Continue reading

New Citroen Berlingo electric van’s payload and compartment size akin to diesel powered Berlingo van

April 14th, 2013 by Citroën UK

The Citroën Berlingo Electric made its UK debut at the CV show at the NEC in Birmingham in early April 2013 (click image to expand)

The Citroën Berlingo Electric made its UK debut at the CV show at the NEC in Birmingham in early April 2013 (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Citroën UK)

The new Berlingo Electric van made its UK debut on the Citroën stand at the CV Show, which was at the NEC from 9 to 11 April 2013.

The Berlingo Electric, which goes on sale in 2013, builds on Citroën’s unrivalled UK market experience with electric LCVs, gained with the first generation Berlingo Electrique van, launched in 1998 and on sale until 2005.

Scott Michael, Citroën’s Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Centre Programme, said “the new Berlingo Electric has been launched to meet the transport requirements of a Continue reading

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme may apply to UK properties held in trust

April 13th, 2013 by Spicer & Partners Guernsey LLP

(click image to expand - ©RLLord)

(click image to expand – ©RLLord)

John Stephens, Partner of Spicer & Partners Guernsey LLP, writes “organisations holding UK properties under trust are going to have to consider whether they need to register under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme as a CRC Participant.

This is a mandatory scheme and failure to comply can result in enforcement notices or civil penalties.

Energy efficiency regulation currently relies on a system of sticks and carrots: the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is one of the sticks.

The Scheme, even following recent simplification, is still criticised for being bureaucratic; some business organisations are calling for an alternative mechanism to encourage energy efficiency.

The UK Government has said that it was concerned about the ”loss of emissions from the Scheme” (energy-speak for non-compliance) by the trusts sector, hence its new, harsher, Continue reading

Winflo floating wind turbine project expects to begin production in 2013

April 13th, 2013 by DCNS

Winflo turbines (click image to expand - image courtesy of Winflo)

Winflo turbines (click image to expand – image courtesy of Winflo)

Partners DCNS and Nass&Wind presented their floating wind turbine development programme and shared ambitions for second-generation offshore wind farms at the Thetis Marine Renewable Energy show in Brest, Brittany, France from 10 to 11 April 2013.

2012 was a big year for the DCNS/Nass&Wind floating wind turbine development programme as it saw the completion of the Winflo demonstrator design phase in conjunction with partners Vergnet, Ifremer, and engineering school ENSTA Bretagne.

This challenging project calls for a design tailored to conditions at the SEM-REV combined wave & wind energy park off Le Croisic on the Brittany peninsula, including a water depth of 35 metres, a high-energy swell regime, and limited anchorage Continue reading

Is a society guided by sustainability still possible?

April 13th, 2013 by Island Press

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(click book cover to go to publisher’s website)

In today’s society, the word “sustainable” has become practically meaningless, with most sustainable products just a step less bad than conventional alternatives.

Because of the power of “sustainababble,” the world has largely ignored the rich spectrum of political, cultural, and technological changes that would set us on the path to a truly sustainable future.

Although the science of sustainability is clearer than ever, we still face the question of whether transforming our society into one guided by sustainability is even possible.

This new volume of State of the World 2013 — which features contributions from experts at the Worldwatch Institute as well as from environmental thought leader David Orr, freshwater Continue reading

CLIC Sargent secondhand designer clothing sale at Les Cotils, St Peter Port on 20 April 2013

April 12th, 2013 by Saffery Champness

Children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent will hold a secondhand designer clothes sale at Les Cotils Christian Centre on Saturday 20 April 2013.

The event is supported by local firm Saffery Champness, who is appealing for donations of quality clothing, shoes, bags and accessories.

Saffery Champness staff will be helping the CLIC volunteers to gather and sort through all the contributions from their offices, as well as helping to run the sale on the day.

Claire’s Cakes n’ Bakes and Jaxbags, who both had popular stalls at the charity’s successful “50 Shades of Earl Grey” tea party, will also be selling their goods on the day, with a percentage of their proceeds once again going to CLIC Continue reading

Guernsey charities & organisations asked to apply for support from the Sure Community Foundation

April 12th, 2013 by Sure

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Committee members from the Sure Community Foundation learn about Headway’s cognitive brain training course (click image to expand – image courtesy of Sure)

Charities and voluntary organisations are being encouraged to apply for support from the Sure Community Foundation.

The foundation, which was launched less than a year ago, has already donated nearly £20,000 to 18 different charities and groups but is appealing for more applications.

“One of the core aims of the Sure Community Foundation is to support charities and organisations which really make a difference to people living within the Bailiwick of Guernsey.”

“We have taken time to understand the applicants and want to ensure that the support we give has real and tangible benefits,” said Karen Jagger from the Sure Community Continue reading

Island Analysis compares social, economic, and environmental performance of island jurisdictions

April 12th, 2013 by Island Analysis

Island Analysis has released the first of four 2013 Island Monitor Reports covering 14 of the 100 islands, which it monitors.

The first Report focuses on government income and expenditure trends in 14 islands shown on the map.

(click map to expand - map courtesy of Island Analysis)

(click map to expand – map courtesy of Island Analysis)

The primary aim of the Island Monitor is to review economic, social, and environmental activity in islands around the world and to identify best practice.

The first quarter Report highlights the fact that islands worldwide are currently experiencing some serious challenges impacting on economic performance.

Consequently, for the first time, Island Analysis is developing an economic life cycle for islands which will assess where islands are on this life cycle and what progress islands are making in terms of sustainable economic development and diversification. Continue reading

Eleanor Foundation successfully ships bicycles destined for Africa

April 9th, 2013 by Richard Lord

On 22 March 2013, bicycles destined for Africa were packed by The Eleanor Foundation volunteers into a twenty foot shipping container.

The Eleanor Foundation received donations of over 460 bicycles from Guernsey residents over four weekends in February and March 2013 at Unit 3 of the Braye Road Industrial Estate in Vale. The donations included three trikes and four tag-alongs.

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Some of the bicycles donated to The Eleanor Foundation at Unit 3 of the Braye Road Industrial Estate ready for shipment to Re~Cycle in Colchester and onward shipment to Africa. David Holt and Dave Chilton walk amongst them. (click to expand – ©RLLord)

Angus Bodman, Dave Chilton, and David Holt spent time prior to packing bicycles, removing pedals and attaching them with plastic ties to the frame, and twisting the handlebars in line Continue reading