Thursday, 14 February 2008

Earth Charter chance offered to council

Bournemouth may become one of the first towns in the world to become a member of the Earth Charter.

In an impassioned speech at the Bournemouth Council meeting last week, Rabbi Neil Amswych stated: "There is a difficulty facing local government, in that everything has to be solved in the short term. The Earth Charter offers a long term solution to problems that may get over looked".

The Charter was set up to promote justice and democracy across the world. It also urges for a peaceful co-existence along with a respect for life, and outlines this under 16 major principles.

Rabbi Amsych, from the Bournemouth Reform synagogue, also added: "The Earth Charter is a long term social vision that more people want to see more than any other. We can be one of the first towns in the world to be a part of this and we can take that step together".

Many religious groups and organisations have signed up to the Earth Charter, but few towns have agreed to the charter.

After the meeting Rabbi Amsych told the Inquisitor that the initial signs are positive for the council to adopt the Charter.

"I don't know how the Council will respond. Early indications are positive, and I've had a request to bring it to Poole Council".

The decision will now be deferred and the decision will be revealed at the next full council meeting on the 21st February.

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Art is a splash for school children

Boscombe library’s facelift is complete, thanks to new water inspired artwork created by local schoolchildren.

Pupils from Bethany School, Kings Park Primary School and Sharp school created the specially designed panels.

The artwork stretches along the exterior of the library and is the length of the building.
Lead artist Peter Dunn told the Inquisitor: "The artwork is a based upon the reflections made when near water".

He added: "It acts as a metaphor for people reflecting on their lives, what it means to live in Boscombe, and what the library means to them".

The glass was also specially pressed and polished to add to the effect of creating a reflection in water.

The project was privately funded by the East Dorset Housing Association, Bournemouth council, the Housing Corporation and Arts Council England.
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You rally got me going

The 2008 MSA Gravel Rally Championship has announced they will stage an exhibition of vehicles at the Littledown Leisure centre.

The demonstration will be held in conjunction with the annual Turbo Mechanics Rallye Sunseeker event between the 22nd-24th February.

It is the first time that race organisers have included such an event in the race itinerary, which is now in its 23rd year.

With the exhibition in the afternoon, the drivers will then begin their race on the Friday evening, starting from Bournemouth lower gardens and finishing on Boscombe sea front.

The rally then moves onto further stages in Wareham, Ringwood and Somerley Park.

Published in the BU Student Press

Apprentice candidate to speak at BU

Former Apprentice candidate Dr Sophie Kain is set to give a business lecture to Bournemouth University students early next year.

The quantum physicist will provide a business innovation talk to entrepreneurs looking to start their own business.

The 33 year-old shot to fame on the BBC reality show, with her energetic and determined approach to the tasks set by Sir Alan Sugar.

The talk is a series of lectures hosted by the University’s latest society "Business Mania".
The business-based society is set to fill a gap in the University’s Clubs and Socs listing, which are mainly sporting and socially oriented.

Business Mania President Maris Kuklis said, "We’re all about helping students to start up and grow their own business. We offer advice and help provide links with local businesses so they can get a foothold in the community".

The Tourism Management student added, "There is nothing like this around at the University at the moment. So we decided to set ourselves up to appeal to those students who want to take their first steps into starting their own business".

The latest series of Business Mania events is the "START Programme" lectures run by the University Innovation Centre.

Rhyannan Hurst, Enterprise assistant at the Centre of Research and Knowledge Transfer, said, "The aims of the START programme are to provide a practical introduction to key disciplines required to successfully run a business, along with business mentorship, support and advice.

She added, "We would like this society to form a hub for students to discuss and share their skills, ideas and experiences".

To see Sophie Kain in action on The Apprentice and find out more about Business Mania visit