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    Thursday, March 21st 2013

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    Derek talks to Brian Finnegan, Editor of Gay Community News, which is celebrating its 25th birthday. And he's also joined by Michal Kosinski, from the University of Cambridge, who tells us how giving the thumbs up to something on Facebook reveals more about you than you realise!

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    25 Years Of Gay Community News

    Brian Finnegan is in studio with Derek today, and he's celebrating a birthday! It isn't his birthday - but it is the 25th birthday of Gay Community News, of which he is editor. It is one of the longest running free publications in the world and Brian tells us how he became involved in the magazine, and how things have changed for the gay community in the last 25 years. To find out more about Gay Community News, visit www.gcn.ie.

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    Like Facebook?

    Do you like curly fries? We all know by now that we are what we eat, but for the one billion facebook users out there, it turns out that you also are what you like!!

    And, you may be surprised to learn that if you like curly fries on Facebook, well then you are likely to have a high IQ!

    A study on Facebook behaviour carried out by researchers at Cambridge University Psychometrics Centre has been receiving attention around the world because of the extent it was able to predict personality traits of its users. The research was headed by Michal Kosinski, Operations Director at the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre, and he joins Derek today from the studios of BBC Cambridge, to tell us why we should 'like' what they found!

    To find out more, visit www.youarewhatyoulike.com.

    The Genealogy Roadshow In Derry

    The Genealogy Roadshow will be in Lumen Christi College in Derry from 1.00pm to 5:30pm on Saturday. The stories they will be exploring include:

    - A farmer whose extensive family tree might link him back to Saint Oliver Plunkett
    - A Portstewart man who may be related to Che Guevara
    - The mystery of a village whose inhabitants and homes were wiped off the map in 1852
    - And the Donegal family who might just be related to Hollywood icon Meryl Streep

    And lots more besides!

    The audience will also get the chance to speak to local genealogists about their own queries.

    The event is free, just get in touch if you'd like to attend - e-mail Ciara at genealogy@bigmountainproductions.com

    Hedgerows and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person 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. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

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

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    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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