Archive for November, 2013

Safer charity’s ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ raises funds and awareness of domestic abuse in Guernsey

November 24th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Some of the Safer "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" participants at Salerie Corner on a cold November afternoon (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some of the Safer Walk a mile in her shoes men at Salerie Corner on a cold November afternoon (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Safer, the Guernsey domestic abuse charity, organised Guernsey’s ‘Walk a mile in her shoes‘ event beginning at Salerie Corner on the afternoon of 23 November 2013.

About forty men, most of them in high heels and some in dresses, braved the chilly north-easterly wind to walk a mile to raise money for the charity.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an international event that takes place as part of the White Ribbon Campaign that works to end all forms of male violence against women. Continue reading

Guernsey Water encourages winter care of pipes and oil tanks

November 24th, 2013 by Guernsey Water

(click image to download Guernsey Water's winter care advice sheet)

(click image to download Guernsey Water’s winter care advice sheet)

Guernsey Water is asking customers to take care of their pipework and oil tanks during the winter, to avoid problems with leakage or spills.

The utility is keen for customers to be aware of potential problems when the temperatures start to drop.

This includes lagging pipework and outside taps, checking oil tanks and catchment pits for leaks, and preventing flooding by turning off internal stop taps if customers are leaving their property for a long period of time. Continue reading

Society won’t be able to adapt to climate change unless carbon emissions are reduced significantly

November 18th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Tacloban, Philippines (click image to expand - image courtesy of Praveen Agrawal, World Food Programme/ EU-Humanitarian-Aid-and-Civil-Protection)

Damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Tacloban, Philippines (click image to expand – image courtesy of Praveen Agrawal, World Food Programme/ EU-Humanitarian-Aid-and-Civil-Protection)

From 19 to 22 November 2013 some of the world’s environmental ministers will meet for the ‘high level segment‘ of the International climate negotiations in Warsaw.

Anders Levermann, co-chair of the research domain “Sustainable Solutions” at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said “by emitting greenhouse gases, we have already caused global-warming impacts, such as sea-level rise, which will remain with us for several centuries to come.” Continue reading

Sharing is Good by Beth Buczynski

November 18th, 2013 by New Society Publishers

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

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

NBC’s Today Show stated that ‘collaborative consumption‘ is exploding.

“It has become the norm: People using online sites to share what they have – in the tangible world – with strangers,” they stated.

Beth Buczynski’s book Sharing is Good is a practical guide to collaborative consumption — a new way of living where access is valued over ownership, experience is valued over material possessions, and “mine” becomes “ours” so that humanity’s needs can be met without waste.

The book is designed to expose readers to specific services that make sharing fun and safe.

It examines the history, barriers and benefits of sharing, and provides hundreds of resources that can jump-start a sharing lifestyle. Continue reading

The Rotary Club’s Tree of Joy for Guernsey children

November 18th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Qualified tree surgeon James Wilkins of Charles Vaudin Tree Surgery using a Bob Froome crane to help him secure with a plastic hosepipe the 32 light strings that make up the Rotary Club of Guernsey Tree of Joy. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Qualified tree surgeon James Wilkins of Charles Vaudin Tree Surgery using a Bob Froome crane to help him secure with a plastic hosepipe the 32 light strings that make up the Rotary Club of Guernsey Tree of Joy on the Weighbridge roundabout. (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Richard Collas, the Bailiff of Guernsey, was invited to place the star light at the top of the Rotary Club of Guernsey Tree of Joy at the Weighbridge roundabout on 17 November 2013 to help bring attention to the purpose of the Tree of Joy, which dominates the St Peter Port waterfront during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Richard Collas, the Bailiff of Guernsey (centre) returns from the top of the Rotary Club of Guernsey Tree of Joy where he placed the star light to bring recognition to the Tree's purpose (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Richard Collas, the Bailiff of Guernsey (centre) returns from the top of the Rotary Club of Guernsey Tree of Joy where he placed the star light to bring recognition to the Tree of Joy’s purpose (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

John Hollis, a member of the Community Services Committee Continue reading

Weighbridge roundabout traffic to be reduced to one lane early in New Year for essential drainage works

November 16th, 2013 by Guernsey Water

The taxi rank at the foot of Le Truchot and the Weighbridge roundabout beyond where Guernsey Water will work in January 2013 to alleviate future surface water flooding (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The taxi rank at the foot of Le Truchot and the Weighbridge roundabout beyond where Guernsey Water will work in January 2014 to alleviate future surface water flooding (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Water will be carrying out vital works to alleviate surface water flooding around Le Truchot, St Peter Port, from mid-January 2014.

The work, to be carried out by contractors Geomarine, will involve installing a new surface water sewer from the bottom of Le Truchot to connect to an existing sewer under the Weighbridge roundabout.

The project is a highly important one for Guernsey Water and St Peter Port, as it will reduce the risk of foul water flooding that was experienced by four commercial properties in the area back in September 2012 after a spell of heavy rainfall. Continue reading

International report concludes that C02 emissions from human activity causes ocean acidification

November 15th, 2013 by International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme

(click report cover to go to the report download page)

(click report cover to go to the report download page)

Ocean acidification may increase 170% this century with substantial costs expected from coral reef loss and declines in shellfisheries. Cold water corals also at risk.

In a major new international report, experts conclude that the acidity of the world’s ocean may increase by around 170% by the end of the century bringing significant economic losses.

People who rely on the ocean’s ecosystem services – often in developing countries – are especially vulnerable.

A group of experts have agreed on ‘levels of confidence’ in relation to ocean acidification statements summarising the state of knowledge.

The summary was led by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and results from the world’s largest gathering of experts on ocean acidification ever convened. Continue reading

The Rotary Tree of Joy goes up 16 and 17 November 2013 to begin Christmas gift initiative for children

November 15th, 2013 by Rotary Club of Guernsey

Putting up Rotary Tree of Joy lights on the Weighbridge roundabout, St Peter Port on 18 November 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Putting up Rotary Tree of Joy lights on the Weighbridge roundabout, St Peter Port on 18 November 2012 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The iconic symbol for the Rotary Tree of Joy will be erected on the weekend of 16 and 17 November 2013.

Richard Collas, the Bailiff of Guernsey, will be helping to add the star at the top of the 110 foot high illumination.

The Rotary Tree of Joy on the Weighbridge roundabout in St Peter Port which is the tallest light tree in Europe, was first put up in 2005 and each year, a new addition has been made.

This year, new signage has been added featuring presents which will be illuminated at the base of the tree.

Rotarian John Hollis, who chairs the Rotary Tree of Joy committee, said “the Rotary Tree of Joy allows generous islanders to buy a gift for deserving children within the Bailiwick of Guernsey.”

“Since the initiative was launched we have helped deliver nearly 10,000 presents, which is very humbling,” he said. Continue reading

Older men who walked more each week reduced their stroke risk more

November 15th, 2013 by American Heart Association

Vic Richer and Albert Matthews on the 20 Km World Aid Walk on 7 May 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Vic Richer and Albert Matthews raising money for several charities on the 20 Km World Aid Walk on 7 May 2012 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Older men who walked at least one to two hours each day compared to less than half an hour per day had a reduced risk of stroke, in a large population-based study reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

In a study of 3,435 healthy men age 60 to 80, researchers asked distance walked each week and usual walking pace.

They divided them into groups: those who spent zero to three hours a week; four to seven hours; eight to 14 hours; 15 to 21 hours; and more than 22 hours walking per week.

Men were followed for the next 10 years and monitored for all new cases of stroke.

The researchers found that men who walked eight to 14 hours per week had about one-third lower risk of stroke than men who spent zero to three hours walking each week. Continue reading

Walking and bicycling to work can reduce risk of severe health issues

November 15th, 2013 by Imperial College London

People who walk to work are around 40% less likely to have diabetes as those who drive, according to a study published in the paper “Active Travel to Work and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the United Kingdom“.

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Researchers at Imperial College London and University College London examined how various health indicators related to how people get to work, using data from a survey of 20,000 people across the UK.

They found that cycling, walking, and using public transport were all associated with lower risk of being overweight than driving or taking a taxi.

People who walk to work were also 17% less likely than people who drive to have high blood pressure. Continue reading