Archive for the ‘News’ Category

World Bank whistleblower

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Signs that corruption a the highest levels are being tackled by brave individuals such as Karen Hudes a former World bank advisor.

MoneyWeek’s The End of Britain

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Twelve years ago Moneyweek launched a magazine for investors. MoneyWeek is now the UK’s best-selling financial magazine, and serves tens of thousands of subscribers in more than 60 countries. They have predicted many events over the last 10 years and this video is a must viewing…

The Global Powershift by Paddy Ashdown

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming. (Recorded at TEDxBrussels 2011, November 2011, in Brussels, Belgium. Duration: 18:30.)

John Kennedy WARNING relevant TODAY!

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. -JFK , The last REAL President

Carbon Disclosure Project 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

From https://www.cdproject.net/en-US/WhatWeDo/Pages/overview.aspx

We further this mission by harnessing the collective power of corporations, investors and political leaders to accelerate unified action on climate change.

Over 3,000 organizations in some 60 countries around the world now measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, water management and climate change strategies through CDP, in order that they can set reduction targets and make performance improvements. This data is made available for use by a wide audience including institutional investors, corporations, policymakers and their advisors, public sector organizations, government bodies, academics and the public.

We operate the only global climate change reporting system. Climate change is not a problem that exists within national boundaries. That is why we harmonize climate change data from organizations around the world and develop international carbon reporting standards.

We act on behalf of 551 institutional investors, holding US$71 trillion in assets under management and some 50 purchasing organizations such as Dell, PepsiCo and Walmart. View our programs to find out more.

The Hidden Power of Smiling

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

YouTube clip on the power of smiling where health expert Ron Gutman explains the “Wow” benefits of smiling that science is now revealing. It reduces stress-chemicals, increases mood-enhancing chemicals, and is apparently the equivalent of eating hundreds of chocolate bars (without the calories)!

If we can combine this with the kind of cardio and resistance training provided by BodyCombat it makes an unbeatable combination!

Here’s to a smile-packed workout to everyone

Dr David Kelly cause of death “extremely unlikely”

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Lord Hutton conclusion that Dr Kelly had committed suicide has been questioned by a number of experts based on new evidence.

The claim comes in a letter from eight senior figures, including a coroner, published in the Times newspaper.
Dr Kelly’s body was found in 2003 near his Oxfordshire home after he was exposed as the source of a BBC story on the grounds for going to war in Iraq.

Instead of a coroner’s inquest, then Prime Minister Tony Blair asked Lord Hutton to conduct an investigation, which found Dr Kelly committed suicide.

Lord Hutton’s inquiry found the 59-year-old died from blood loss after slashing his wrist with a blunt gardening knife.
The letter’s signatories include a former coroner, Michael Powers, a former deputy coroner, Margaret Bloom, and Julian Bion, a professor of intensive care medicine.

They say Lord Hutton’s conclusion is unsafe. They argue that a severed ulnar artery, the wound found to Dr Kelly’s wrist, was unlikely to be life-threatening unless an individual had a blood-clotting deficiency.
“Insufficient blood would have been lost to threaten life,” they write.

“Absent a quantitative assessment of the blood lost and of the blood remaining in the great vessels, the conclusion that death occurred as a consequence of haemorrhage is unsafe.”

View BBC link

Ethical Consumerism grows by 58%

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

According to the Co-op group, expenditure on ethical goods and services has grown almost threefold in the past 10 years, the Co-operative Bank declared today (30 December 2009) as it publishes its tenth annual report into green spending. Overall the ethical market in the UK was worth £36 billion in 2008 compared to £13.5 billion in 1999.

Whilst most sectors have outstripped the market, which has seen overall consumer spending increase by 58 per cent in the 10-year period, Fairtrade has enjoyed phenomenal success with sales up 30 fold. Sales of Fairtrade goods and produce, that give a premium to growers and producers in developing countries, were just £22 million back in 1999 but last year that figure had grown to £635 million and it is expected that during 2010 Fairtrade purchases will break the £1 billion barrier for the first time.

The data also shows that sales of energy efficient electrical appliances and boilers, which have grown 12 fold and nine times respectively, have also seen exceptional growth while the mature financial services market has seen ethical banking and investments triple over the course of the decade.

Spending on sustainable products and services over the past decade has increased tenfold, with each UK household now spending on average £251 per annum on green items. Expenditure on environmentally friendly products and services such as energy efficient appliances, green energy and carbon offsetting is £6,417 million. However this still represents less than one per cent of total household expenditure.

Although the report shows that the idea of ethical purchasing is now well established amongst many consumers, there is still a long way to go if we are all going to adopt the low carbon lifestyle needed to avoid cataclysmic climate change. The growth in energy efficient products such as boilers, white goods and more recently light bulbs, has been underpinned by Government intervention.

In order for the UK to reduce its carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 there will need to be a step-change in take-up of low carbon technologies, and this will need a new contract between business, government and the consumer.

Why should I care about recycling my rubbish?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

It was repoted in the Independant Newspaper earlier this week that Britains Landfill sites could run out within just eight years. The UK sends more than 57 million tonnes a year of waste to landfill, with almost 19 million of these coming from Britains households. Under current plans, taxpayers could face fines of up to £180 million in order to lower the levels of waste being sent to landfill and meet common EU targets.

So why is the UK so far behind when it comes to its waste management schemes? According to government statistics, as a nation, only 12% of our household waste is recycled or composted, this is very low compared to other countries in Europe such as Switzerland where over half all waste is recycled and Germany where 48% gets reused.
The reasons for these shocking UK figures are simple, as at present, landfill is simply the cheapest option for waste disposal. Whilst households and industry have few incentives to recycle or to create less waste then these worrying trends will continue.

What can you do as a consumer? Firstly there is the option of choosing products with less packaging. Millions of tonnes of waste are created annually through unnecessary and bulky packaging. Secondly, it is important that you are recycling as much as possible, by using the services provided by the council and even composting in your own backgarden. However, perhaps even more important than recycling is reducing the overall amount of waste you create. This is the principle way to slow the filling of landfill sites in and around the UK and should be more heavily stressed by Government and local councils alike.

Sustainable waste management is being advocated widely by the EU and with the current targets being put in place, Britain should be able to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill dramatically over the next 10 years. However, we will all need to do our part as citizens and consumers to ensure that these new rules and regulations make a difference, not just to avoid the costly fines that will come with them, but also to ensure the protection of the UK’s landscape from the degredation that accompanies the creation of landfill sites.

Why we’re getting fatter and unhealthier

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The childs overview:

For a comprehensive overview (1.5 hours)

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is in most of the processed foods we eat. It is marketed as a natural product, which is natural and is made of corn.

Why are you eating it?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) claim that HFCS is not a “natural” ingredient due to the high level of processing and the use of at least one genetically modified (GMO) enzyme required to produce it. On January 12, 2007, Cadbury Schweppes agreed to stop calling 7 Up “All Natural”. They now label it “100% Natural Flavors”.

Mercury
A pilot study reported that some high-fructose corn syrup manufactured in the U.S. in 2005 contained trace amounts of mercury. The mercury appeared to come from sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid, two chemicals used in the manufacture of high-fructose corn syrup. This mixture used to produce HFCS may have come from plants also specializing in industrial chlorine chlor-alkali using the mercury cell Castner-Kellner process, and may contain traces of mercury if this specific process is utilized. Mercury concentrations in the samples testing positive ranged from 0.012 μg/g to 0.570 μg/g (micrograms per gram). Nine of the twenty samples tested did contain measurable amounts of mercury.