Environmentalist and TV presenter Duncan Stewart gives us some water saving tips. With burglaries on the rise, we hear about a new facility which will keep your valuables safe, we find out how Steve Collins Jr got on in his recent boxing fights, and Michael Doherty tells us why older women are flourishing in Hollywood!
A few weeks ago, we spoke to the son of former World Champion Steve Collins, who was about to make his professional boxing debut. Well since then, Steve Collins Junior has had not only one but two professional fights tucked under his belt, and he joins us on the line today to tell us all about the fights!
Have you jewelry or important documents, share certificates, rare coins, precious metals that you don’t want to keep at home? Burglaries are on the rise, after all.
Up to now, you might have considered keeping these valuable possessions in the bank. But all the Irish banks have now ceased offering safety deposit boxes, and existing clients are being asked to remove their valuables.
Seamus Fahy (and his business partner David Walsh) have set up the country's first independent private vault in Dublin. Their company is called Merrion Private Vaults, and Seamus joins Derek in studio today to tell us why they felt an independent vault was needed!
Think tanks around the world that have projected that there could be wars within decades over struggles to access water supplies.
We use far more water than we realise, and freshwater – no more than fossil fuels – is not a limitless resource. Yes freshwater is continuously generated in the water cycle, but this is limited and is not always useable. When you add population growth and changes in consumption patterns are considered, we need to use water more efficiently..
So how do you do that? Today we are looking at a new term to hit the streets - the water footprint – and if you are not familiar with it you can probably guess that it indicates the direct or indirect consumption of water need to keep you going. Environmentalist Duncan Stewart is very familiar with the issue of water shortages, and he joins Derek in studio today with advice on how to limit our water footprint...
She might be 67 years of age, but the advanced years don't stop Helen Mirren kicking ass in her latest role. In RED2, she joins fellow Hollywood veterans Bruce Willis and John Malkovich in another comic book spy caper.
Helen Mirren in RED2
But Helen Mirren doesn't just kick ass on the big screen. She packs a powerful punch as well in terms of the fees she charges for movie roles.
And she's just one of a group of older women in Hollywood who are keeping their younger counterparts in the shade.
Michael Doherty is film correspondent for the RTÉ Guide, and he's in studio with a look at the rise and rise of the older woman in Hollywood!
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney