Archive for April, 2012

Regular walking and cycling fosters good health says NICE

April 30th, 2012 by National Institute for Health and Clincial Excellence

Walking and cycling should be encouraged throughout the community and should become the norm for short journeys, says the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), in draft guidance published on 24 April 2012 for consultation.

Regular physical activity is key to achieving and maintaining good health. It can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by up to 50%, and is also important for good mental health.

Michelle Duquemin walks over six miles every work day between her home and her work in St Peter Port. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

But we know that at present people in Great Britain are not doing enough exercise. Continue reading

WorldWatch Institute’s State of the World 2012 outlines what is needed for global sustainable prosperity

April 30th, 2012 by Worldwatch Institute

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Over the last 50 years, the world’s middle and upper classes have more than doubled their consumption levels, and an additional one to two billion people globally aspire to join the consumer class.

The planet cannot maintain such increases in resource demand without serious consequences for both people and ecosystems, concludes the Worldwatch Institute in State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity.

The book, the 29th in a series that Worldwatch began in 1984, stresses that we must act quickly to redefine our understanding of the “good life” and redouble our efforts to make that life sustainable. Continue reading

Guernsey cow painting auction in aid of Guernsey Voluntary Service

April 30th, 2012 by Guernsey Voluntary Service

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The painting of a Guernsey cow is being auctioned in aid of Guernsey Voluntary Service.

The framed oil painting has been kindly donated by London-based artist Peter Hawkins, who won the inaugural Mourant Stepping Up Art Competition in January 2007.

The painting, which is valued at £300, is 45 cm by 45 cm. The reserve price is £50.

The painting will be on display at: Continue reading

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry visits Alderney Renewable Energy

April 30th, 2012 by Alderney Renewable Energy Ltd

Charles Hendry, Minister of State at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) (click image to expand - image courtesy of DECC)

Charles Hendry, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) visited Alderney to meet members of the management team of Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE).

ARE has ambitious plans for developing tidal power in the coastal waters around Alderney. Continue reading

Plumb Center public trade show at St Pierre Park Hotel on 15 May 2012

April 30th, 2012 by Events

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The Plumb Center trade show open to the public takes place on Tuesday 15 May 2012 from 2 pm to 9 pm in La Fontaine Suite at the St Pierre Park Hotel, Rohais, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

The Trade Show with 25 suppliers attending wishes to make ‘Renewable more do-able in Guernsey’.

The following companies will be represented: Aqualisa, Bristan, Coram Showers, Drayton, Glow Worm, Grant UK, Grundfos, Heatrae Sadia, Honeywell, Ideal Standard, Speedfit, Kingspan Environmental, Kingspan Renewables, Mira Showers, Myson, Pegler, Polypipe, Saniflo, Sentinel Water and Energy Solutions, Twyford, Uponor, Vaillant, Yorkshire Copper tube.

Join Plumb Center and some of its key suppliers to hear about the latest in industry technology.

At the trade show you will also have an opportunity to enter a competition to win a Hitachi C22 HD camcorder.

If you would like to attend the trade show please register your details with Su Yeoman by calling 01752 604342 or email su.yeoman @


Record number of bicyclists in 2012 30in30 challenge to raise money for Les Bourgs Hospice

April 29th, 2012 by Ian Brown

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The fifth annual 30in30 Challenge, organised by Ian Brown of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop, begins on 5 May 2012.  A record number of participants, including 33 first timers, will ride their bikes for one hour each day over 30 consecutive days to raise money for Les Bourgs Hospice. Each rider aims to get 30 sponsors at £1 each day for Les Bourgs Hospice.

The event begins with a participants’ group breakfast at St Emilion Café at 8.00 am.

The previous four challenges have raised a total of £210,321.04. With a target of £50,000 for this year the 30in30 challenge should pass the one quarter of a million pounds mark raised for Les Bourgs Hospice since 2008. Continue reading

Guernsey FC team raise awareness of Male Uprising Guernsey charity

April 29th, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

The Guernsey FC team wore the MUG t-shirt in the warm-up before the game against Spelthorne Sports on 28 April 2012.

The Male Uprising Guernsey charity is grateful that the team choose to support its message about male cancers in the community.

The match announcer read out a message of support to Guernsey FC from former professional footballer John Hartson who played for Celtic, Arsenal and West Ham United, and was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July 2009.

“Congratulations to Tony Vance and the lads on winning the Combined Counties League Division One and thank you for helping raise the profile of MUG, a local charity raising awareness of male cancer, and hoping to raise £250,000 over the next three years to be used for research into testing, cures and treatments of prostate, bowel and testicular cancer in Guernsey.”


Special bingo night raises £4,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey

April 27th, 2012 by Carey Olsen

Over 150 islanders attended a special bingo night at St Pierre Park Hotel in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey appeal which raised £4,000.

The event, which was sponsored by Carey Olsen through its Guernsey charities committee initiative, took place on 31 March 2012.

The funds raised are to be donated to help develop a special unit at Southampton General Hospital which will support young cancer patients and their families from across the Channel Islands and Hampshire and Dorset.

Building and equipping the new ten bedroom unit will cost more than £1 million and will enable young patients to be treated with others their own age.

The bingo night, organised by Jay Aylmer and Anne Ruddy from the Guernsey unit appeal committee, included a raffle, food, music and dancing.

Mr Aylmer, chair of the Guernsey unit appeal committee, said “we had a fantastic turnout for the event and are delighted with the support of islanders and local organisations like Carey Olsen in raising funds and awareness of the charity and its work.

“Providing young cancer patients with an environment suited to their needs is integral to their treatment and we hope that islanders will continue to dig deep to assist the Teenage Cancer Trust in developing this facility,” said Mr Aylmer.

The Teenage Cancer Trust is one of Carey Olsen’s chosen charities and the law firm will be supporting the cause until 2013.

Tom Carey, partner at Carey Olsen, said “the Teenage Cancer Trust carries out such important and worthwhile work with young people and we are pleased to be supporting the charity. Our staff have already taken part in fundraising initiatives such as the blue day, with Shaun Rankin, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we were delighted to be able to assist with this event.”

Greenhouse gases altering patterns of rainfall and ocean salinity

April 27th, 2012 by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

A clear change in salinity has been detected in the world’s oceans, signaling shifts and acceleration in the global rainfall and evaporation cycle tied directly to climate change.

In a paper, ‘The Greenhouse Is Making the Water-Poor Even Poorer‘ published on 27 April 2012 in the journal Science, Australian scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported changing patterns of salinity in the global ocean during the past 50 years, marking a clear symptom of climate change.

Surface salinity changes for 1950 to 2000. Red indicates regions becoming saltier, and blue regions becoming fresher. (Click map to expand. Map courtesy of Paul Durack, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Lead author Paul Durack said that by looking at observed ocean salinity changes and the relationship between salinity, rainfall and evaporation in climate models, they determined the water cycle has become 4% stronger from 1950-2000. Continue reading

strawberries and blueberries may slow cognitive decline in women

April 27th, 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell

Organically grown strawberries on sale at the Sausmarez Manor farmers' market in May 2008 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids, appear to reduce cognitive decline in older adults according to a study, Dietary intakes of berries and flavonoids in relation to cognitive decline, published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society.

The study results suggest that cognitive aging could be delayed by up to 2.5 years in elderly who consume greater amounts of the flavonoid-rich berries. Continue reading