Aviation expert Gerry Byrne explains how airlines can spend millions of euro on an aircraft and still make money, we hear about some of the tropical diseases which are carried into Ireland, and we learn how city life is stressing out our cats!
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be taking part in the Galway Arts Festival, when they present A Night At The Proms, on Saturday Night! Today David Brophy, who is the conductor of the RTÉ Orchestra, joins Derek in studio to tell us about some of the highlights we might expect!
A Night At The Big Top is on Saturday, July 27th at 18:30 - for more details, click here!
There seems to be an upsurge in the theft of dogs in recent months… In one particular case two much loved lurcher dogs, Jodie and Erin which were stolen from a boarding kennel in Kildare in May.
Their owners were heartbroken, but with a very impressive campaign using celebrities, social networks and a lot of hard work, both dogs were successfully retrieved – separately – six weeks later.
But not all of us would have the time or the know how to get our dogs back… one veterinarian from Bray Vet has for some time now been trying to raise public awareness of the risk to pets – and he says it's not just pedigree dogs that are targets! He wants us to start treating or dogs like expensive cameras – and not to leave them unattended on the front lawn!!!
Pete Wedderburn is here to tell us more…
What do you do if you have a lost dog, or if you think your dog has been stolen?
1. First, phone your local dog warden. Dogs wardens are employed by local authorities to help to deal with lost/ roaming dogs, so there is a good chance that the details of your dog may be on record. An astonishing number of owners of missing dogs never take this initial, important step, so do this before doing anything else.
2. Second visit one or more of these websites, and follow the instructions:
a) The comprehensive and recently updated "What to do if you have lost your pet" page on the Dublin SPCA website. This page includes many other "lost and found" links for Ireland.
b) The excellent Lor’s Lost Dog Page on Facebook
c) The useful ISPCA Lost and Found section
d) The long established "What to do if you lose your dog" page on IrishAnimals.ie
If you'd like to read Pete's blog, the link is http://tinyurl.com/ktxt68k.
If you are heading to the Tropics this summer, one of the most important items you must get is a travel iron, and some appropriate footwear - not because you look sharp, but for reasons far more serious! Mary Kingston went to find out about the need for ironing in the tropics, in the company of Dr. Graham Fry, from the Tropical Medical Bureau; she also spoke to Anthony Hannon, who had a rather nasty encounter with a bug he christened Arnie!
Anthony and Arnie
Arnie in Anthony's arm
Arnie in Anthony's arm
Giving birth to Arnie!
Arnie beside a €1 coin
Earlier this month, British Airways took delivery of a brand new Airbus A380 superjumbo plane. The huge double-decker – the world's largest passenger plane – will make its first commercial long-haul flight with BA to Los Angeles on September 24th.
The delivery of the £270 million superjumbo followed that of two Boeing Dreamliner aircraft as part of a £10 billion British Airway's plan to upgrade its long-haul fleet.
Which got us wondering: how on earth, with huge outlays like that (and that’s only the cost of their planes), do airlines make money? How many tickets does a flight need to sell to break even? When you buy a plane ticket how much of it is profit?
To find out, Derek is joined in studio today by aviation journalist, Gerry Byrne.
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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