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    Wednesday 20th February 2013

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    On Mooney this afternoon (with Olan McGowan),

    A personal story of how debt can be overwhelming ;

    how the new insolvency laws will affect people in debt;

    why kids as young as 5 are being suspended from school in the United States because they choose to play with toy guns...

    Also:

    Paul Carroll from Neo Financial Solutions is in studio to talk about his new Personal Insolvency Guide which can be downloaded here:

    http://www.neofinancialsolutions.com/media/GuidetoInsolvency-V1.1.pdf

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    A Personal Insolvency Story

    Andrea Smith tells her own story of how her dream unravelled and she fell on hard times

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    Lenore Skenazy

    In the United States in the last few weeks a number of children have been suspended or reprimanded for playing with toy guns. Lenore Skenazy reports.

    Meterological Society Lecture

    Meteorological Society Custom House lecture

    Tomorrow evening (Thursday) in the Custom House in Dublin there is a fascinating public lecture by Dinah Molloy who has recently received an M.Sc. in Polar Studies through the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge University.

    The lecture is being hosted by The Irish Meteorological Society whose secretary is our own Evelyn Cusack and Evelyn has asked me to invite anyone interested to come along.

    The name of the talk is 'Thar She Blows: A Whaler’s Fortuitous Legacy'

    Dinah will tell about her research into the meteorological treasures buried in British whaling logs of the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Over the last ten years she has been investigating non-instrumental, historical weather reports concealed in Arctic whaling logs within the period 1750 to 1850 and especially a group of British Arctic whaling logs between 1810 and 1820.

    Dinah will discuss the use of this data in current climate research.

    The talk will be held in the Custom House, Dublin on Thursday, 21 February and will commence at 6.15pm.

    All are welcome and admission free but you must book at http://www.irishmetsociety.org/

    Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.

    UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:

    Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed

    BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.

    Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made.  This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.

    The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:

    (a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
    (b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).

    The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.

    BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal.  In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.

    BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

    If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie

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