Mooney, Thursday January 2nd 2014

***MOONEY GOES WILD NOMINATED FOR ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

With a range of taxes and charges due this year, Charlie Weston from the Irish Independent will have advice on how to save €1000; Olan McGowan has an update on our Mooney Word of the Year competition, we’ll take a look at some of Old Moore’s predictions for the year and the BBC's Lucy Ash visits Sochi in Russia ahead of the Winter Olympics ...

Mooney Word Of The Year Competition

Mooney Word Of The Year Competition

Words are exactly what we’re talking about now - specifically, the "word of the year" competition we announced before Christmas. Now, we did say we would announce the winner today, our first day back. But producer Olan McGowan is here with news of an extension to the deadline!

Entries will now close next Monday, January 6th 2014.

Send your suggestion for Word Of The Year to mooney@rte.ie or text 51551 whilst the programme is on air!

How To Save A Grand!

How To Save A Grand!

There are a whole new range of taxes and charges announced in the last budget now coming at you, so today we are going to look at ways we can narrow the ever-increasing gap between income and outgoings.

We are joined in studio today by Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for the Irish Independent has come in today to tell us how we can save a thousand euro or more this year!

Click here to read Charlie's most recent article on What’s in store for you and your money in the year ahead?.

Charlie's Tips:

- Switch energy provider (the websites that Charlie mentions are www.bonkers.ie and www.uswitch.ie)

- Switch bank account to reduce bank charges

- Switch health insurance provider when your renewal time comes around

 

 

Old Moore's Predictions For 2014

Old Moore's Predictions For 2014

So what does 2014 have in store for us? Well, let us tell you...

We will have another great summer... - yes, the sun will make another appearance! Mayo will win the All-Ireland football final in September and President Michael D Higgins may retire!!!

Those are just some of the predictions from Old Moore’s Almanac for the coming year. Nicole Buckler is Editor of that very famous publication, and she joins us in studio today with more predictions!

For more information, visit www.oldmooresalmanac.com.

The Putin Project

The Putin Project

You have to wonder whether the Russian authorities had any idea of the intensity of the international spotlight when they arrested, charged and imprisoned those three women, the members of the punk band, Pussy Riot. 

Whatever your feelings about their protest, I think it's fair to say that in most Western democracies, this type of action would NEVER result in any significant jail time. 

Russia operates to different standards from most European countries. And its most significant politician, Vladimir Putin, is seen by many as the man who ultimately calls the shots, where any major policy decision is concerned. 

Well, in just over one month, on February 6th, Russia will host the 22nd Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea. And Vladimir Putin is determined that these games will be a resounding success. 

However, many critics of the games believe they represent some of the worst aspects of Russian power, and particularly the power of its president. 

Lucy Ash is a radio producer with the BBC, and she's just completed a documentary called The Putin Project, examining these issues. She joins us this afternoon from the BBC studios in London...

To listen back to the BBC World Service documentary The Putin Project, click here.

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

Music Played on the Show

00:00

Title: Words

Performer(s): Bee Gees

Album: The Ultimate Bee Gees

Duration: 3:31

00:00

Title: Wordy Rappinghood

Composer: No Details

Performer(s): Tom Tom Club

Album: Tom Tom Club No Details IMCD103

Duration: 6:27

00:00

Title: Greatest Day

Composer: Take That

Performer(s): Take That

Album: Greatest Day - Single Polydor GREAT1

Duration: 4:09

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