If you're worried about mortgages, negative equity, and house prices here at home, one interstellar organisation has a solution. Move to planet Mars! And we hear about an interesting venture, where you can anonymously buy a coffee for someone in need...
Suspended Coffee is a worldwide movement where you can leave a hot drink or a meal ‘behind the counter’ for a person in need.
It has just come to Ireland in the last two weeks, and Dublin woman Aoife Ryan is the woman behind bringing it here. She has set up the ‘Suspended Coffee Ireland’ page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Suspended-Coffee-Ireland) as well as a Twitter account (@SuspenCoffeeIre), spreading the good word to cafes and restaurants nationwide, and she joins Derek in studio to chat about why she became involved.
And Colm Flynn goes to meet Moira Graham, the owner of Soulful Bistro in Stoneybatter in Dublin – one of the businesses signed up to the ‘Suspended Coffee’ scheme - to find out how it's working for them...
Captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the gang on board the Starship Enterprise boldly went where no man went before! However, they never made it to Mars. But that’s television for you! Reality is a lot stranger.
By 2013 it’s hoped that man (and woman) will not only set foot on the Red Planet, but set up camp there.
A not-for-profit organisation based in Holland, called Mars One, plans to make the seemingly impossible a reality. Bas Lansdorp is co-founder and General Director of Mars One. He’s on the line from the Netherlands to explain all about the project...
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.
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