We'll hear about the stray, but very smart, dogs in Moscow who commute on the subway to find their favourite fast food outlets. We find out about the good AND the bad bugs floating around at the moment with advice on when NOT to go to the doctor.
Fergus Sweeney helps us to celebrate designated days of the year - did you know that today is the day to fight back and take control of your life?!
Find out more from 3pm on RTÉ Radio 1!
To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!
Well is it the sound, the sensation or the smell that is enabling stray dogs in Moscow to ride the subway to find their favourite feeding grounds?
Russian researchers who have been observing the strays for about 30 years now have found that many dogs actually do a daily commute on the metro. - They use it for cruising, napping, keeping warm, finding food and believe it or not - they know where and when to get off and how to get back home to their bed at night.
This is a story that’s currently attracting a lot of media attention. The phenomenon is attributed to survival-based evolution – and the most surprising thing is that the dogs are able to put up with big crowds without getting aggressive.
To tell us more about the lives of stray dogs in Moscow, we have in studio today Diarmaid Fleming, a Dublin-based journalist and World Service Reporter for the BBC...
Good bugs, bad bugs and superbugs - we hear a lot about bugs this time of year, and the GP surgeries are jam packed. Bug expert Dr. Fidelma Fitzpatrick is Consultant Microbiologist at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, and she also advises HSE senior management on the best ways to prevent the spread of infections and on the use of antibiotics. She joins Shay Byrne in studio today with her advice on how to get through Bug Season – and maybe even prevent an unnecessary trip to the GP!
A FREE upcoming lecture called "Good bugs, bad bugs and super bugs - Protecting you and your family from infection" will be hosted by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It will take place next Tuesday, January 14th, from 6pm-8.30pm, in the RCPI building at 6, Kildare Street, Dublin. For more information about the evening, visit http://www.rcpi.ie/.
If you would like to see a video of the snot gun that Dr. Fidelma talks about, click below:
To learn more about microbes and hygiene, visit www.e-bug.eu/junior_pack (this would be of particular interest to teachers and schoolchildren).
Galway university have also developed an iPad game called Bug Run, in which players need to guide Bob through the school day without getting sick, by collecting fruit and water, and avoiding the nasty bugs. The game is free to download and available by clicking here.
And for more information about the proper use of antibiotics, visit www.hse.ie/antibiotics.
Did you know that today is National Tempura Day? Tempura (pictured) is a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep-fried. Happy Tempura Day! But if today, Tuesday January 7th, you feel a little like Howard Beale from Network, we want you to go to the window and shout "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore".
Actually, if ever there was a day to go on a rant like Howard Beale it is today, January 7th, because today is "I’m not going to take it anymore Day". We're not kidding you! Apparently, this is the day you’re supposed to fight back against all the injustices in the world!
But not only that - today is also "Harlem Globetrotters Day", and "International Programmers Day"! In fact, every day celebrates or is dedicated to something which someone somewhere has decided needs to be recognised...
Tomorrow, January 8th, is Bubble Bath Day, February 9th is "Toothache Day", March 3rd is "National Anthem Day", April 8th is "Be Kind To Lawyers Day", May 15th is "Straw Hat day", and so on...
Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney has been taking a look at some of the weirdest national or designated days...
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