This video from the USA is called American Wigeon.
From a Rare Bird Network Twitter message about Ireland:
This video from Ireland says about itself:
Water Tax, over 50,000 march in Dublin to protest against water charges
Today, 11 october 2014, groups from all over country converge on capital to oppose new measures.
Upwards of 50,000 people marched against water charges in Dublin today in one of the largest demonstrations seen in the capital in years.
The marchers took one hour and twenty minutes to pass the Spire in O’Connell Street as they made their way from Parnell Square, around the city finishing at the GPO in O’Connell Street.
While the Garda press office could not give a figure for the numbers in attendance, one garda observing the march estimated they could be as high as 100,000.
Banners could be seen from communities across Dublin, including Crumlin, Ayrfield, Clarehall, Brookvale, Donaghmede, Ballyogan, Finglas, Ballymun, Edenmore, Coolock, Tallaght, Clondalkin while others from outside Dublin came included ones from Carlow, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Offaly, Wicklow, Athlone, Ballyphehane, Co Cork, Letterkenny, Leitrim and Mayo. There were banners from trade unions Mandate, Unite, the CPSU, the Communication Workers Union and the plasterers’ union, OPATSI.
There was huge anger directed at Taoiseach Enda Kenny, as well as the Labour Party and at Tánaiste Joan Burton in particular for her comments during the week that anti-water charges protesters all seemed to have expensive mobile phones. A number of people carried placards with pairs of tin cans strung together attached, with slogans such as “My little phoney, Joaney” while one man was dressed as an iPhone. Other placards said:“Sold out by our own Government”; “Stick your water meters up your arse” and “Can’t pay, won’t pay”.
A number who spoke to The Irish Times, said the water charge was “the last straw”.
“Enough is enough,” said Kathleen McWilliams, a woman in her 50s from Artane.
“The property tax was bad enough but I have nothing left to give.”
There was also anger directed at the media which many protesters said had been agnoring anti-water meter protests around the country.
Among the chants were, “Enda in your ivory tower, this is called people power” and “From the rivers to the sea, Irish water will be free”.
One man was distributing plastic water meter hub caps which he said could be used to ensure a household’s water supply while others were handing out leaflets advising people that Irish Water did not have a legal right to force people to sign a contract with them, could not pursue money from people’s wages and could not cut off people’s water supply.
The Garda presence was low key, with small numbers standing some distance back from the march mainly on streets adjacent to the route.
Before the main speakers, the Resistance Choir sang from the platform and performed their song Now Is The Time For Rage.
Among the speakers was Audrey Clancy, of the Edenmore Says No campaign who urged people neither to fill in their ‘welcome packs’ from Irish Water nor to pay bills when they start arriving.
“We have to have mass non-compliance when these bills start coming in January. No contract, no consent.. We can beat this. We have to stick together. The power of the people is greater than the people in power. Stand up to them,” she said to enormous cheers.
“Let her wallpaper her office with all the photos of people here. Will we pay the water charges?,” he asked, to which the crowd responded loudly, “No, no, no.” He urged people to take part in planned demonstrations around the State on November 1st.
“Today we brought Dublin to a standstill. On November 1st we will bring the country to a standstill.”
Independent TD Clare Daly said there were historic days from which point nothing would be the same, and this was one of them.
“The people are here with our mobile phones and our tablets and we’re saying, ‘You are not getting any more blood from these stones’.”
The crowd was also addressed by councillor Daithi Doolan (Sinn Féin), Jimmy Kelly of Unite and community activist John Bisset.
From Reuters news agency:
Largest Irish anti-austerity march in years targets water charges
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:53 GMT
* Tens of thousands rally in Dublin over new charges
* Anti-austerity candidate wins by-election seat
* Opposition says working class not feeling recovery
By Conor Humphries
DUBLIN, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people rallied against new water bills in Dublin on Saturday in Ireland’s biggest anti-austerity protest for years as a candidate calling for a boycott of the charges was elected to parliament in a by-election.
After years of free water services, the centre-right coalition has decided to charge households hundreds of euros from the start of next year, an unpopular move just 18 months before the next election where the government parties hope to be rewarded by voters for an economic upturn.
“There is absolute fury against what the government has imposed on the people,” said Martin Kelly, 50, a rail worker holding a placard calling for the government to “stop the great water heist”.
“They say this is the last bit, but it’s the hardest. People can’t take any more,” he said.
The improvement has allowed the government to promise its first budget without any new austerity measures in seven years on Tuesday, but opposition groups say working people are not feeling the upturn.
More than one in 10 are unemployed and more than 100,000 mortgage holders in arrears in a population of 4.6 million.
RECOVERY FOR THE RICH
Paul Murphy from the Anti-Austerity Alliance, whose campaign was dominated by a call to boycott the water charges, won the parliamentary seat in the Dublin South West constituency that was vacated by a member of the governing Fine Gael party who was elected to the European Parliament.
Murphy, told supporters: “Recovery is for the rich, it’s for the 1 percent … it’s not for the working class people.” His supporters chanted: “No way, we won’t pay.”
Bookmakers had put left-wing nationalists Sinn Fein as heavy favourites for the seat and they were initially ahead, but lost by just under 600 votes.
Fifty-seven percent voted for candidates opposed to the water charges, while only 17 percent [voted] for the coalition parties.
But Dublin South West is among the most left-wing in the country, and the governing centre-right Fine Gael has topped most opinion polls this year, with support of 20-30 percent of voters.
Independent candidate Michael Fitzmaurice won a second by-election in the Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency, narrowly beating a candidate from centre-right opposition Fianna Fail.
The Dublin rally organised by trade unions, anti-austerity groups and opposition parties snaked for miles around the centre of Dublin in the biggest show of force by anti-austerity groups in at least four years.
Organisers said up to 100,000 took part. State broadcasater RTE cited a police estimate of 30,000. (Editing by Stephen Powell and Robin Pomeroy)
This video is called Islamophobia and Antisemitism: Same message, different minority.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Preacher of hate flees Welsh tour
Tuesday 7th October 2014
A notorious hate preacher who has labelled Islam “satanic” was run out of Wales at the weekend by anti-racist activists.
But he called off the Welsh leg of his hate tour after Unite Against Fascism (UAF) discovered the event was taking place and called a protest outside.
It took just half a dozen committed anti-racist campaigners to make him think twice.
UAF Wales spokesman Jeffrey Hurford said: “We wanted to show that his racism and Islamophobia is not welcome in Wales.
“Especially at this time, importing religious hatred is an irresponsible crime.”
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Ulster resident calls police over ‘Arabic emblem’ that turns out to be EU flag
Police confirm that they investigated misguided complaint against flag flown to mark Europe’s Ryder Cup triumph
Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
Monday 29 September 2014 20.04 BST
A resident of Rory McIlroy’s hometown in Northern Ireland complained to the police about an EU flag erected to mark Europe’s Ryder Cup triumph because they thought it was an Arabic emblem, it has emerged.
And let us suppose it would have been a real Arabic flag. Would that have been an indicator of crime which police need to investigate?
The man who put up the EU flag, to celebrate Europe defeating the United States at Gleneagles, revealed on Facebook earlier on Monday that two police officers turned up at his door in the town now synonymous with McIlroy.
He posted on Facebook: “Right in shock here. Had a Ryder Cup party yesterday and just had the police round … as apparently it’s caused offence.
“Apparently person who complained thought it was an Arabic flag.”
The PSNI said its officers had become involved following the complaint.
A PSNI spokesman said: “Police in Holywood attended an address in the Woodlands area yesterday following the report from a member of the public that a flag they believed to be offensive had been erected. Police attended and no offence was detected.”
The EU flag-waving golf fan at the centre of the investigation did not want to be named but described the complaint as crazy. He said he told the PSNI at his house that the flag was flying in honour of the European golf team and particularly Ulster golfing stars McIlory and Graeme McDowell.
Local councillor for the non-sectarian Alliance party and former North Down mayor Andrew Muir said the complaint should be placed in the category of “you couldn’t make it up” stories.
Muir said: “It’s rather depressing that we would be focused upon flags. People are entitled to fly whatever legal flag they want from their house and in Northern Ireland we need to be able to celebrate our success and the European flag is an open, inclusive symbol of Europe coming together.”
The flying of flags is a contentious issue in Northern Ireland, none more so than in Belfast. For the last two years there have been Ulster loyalist protests at the gates of Belfast City Hall because the local council voted to restrict the flying of the union flag.
Until the end of 2012 Belfast city council flew the union flag atop the dome of City Hall 365 days per year. Nationalist and republican councillors tried to ban the flying of the flag entirely but a compromise was hit upon whereby the red, white and blue would be flown on 18 designated days including the Queen’s two birthdays.
Protests in the months just after the flag policy changed resulted in riots and dozens of arrests.
This video says about itself:
Alien Invader: Greater White-toothed Shrew in Ireland
10 May 2009
It was first recorded in this country when skulls of this beast were found in regurgitated Barn Owl pellets in County Tipperary in the winter of 2007/2008. It is a native of the European Continent and North Africa. It has not yet been proven how this species came to be here, though it may have first arrived in 2001.
The arrival of this shrew is only the third accidental mammalian introduction event to Ireland in the last 60 years: Bank Voles from Germany came into Kerry in heavy equipment imported into the country by Siemens when they built the Ardnacrusha Hydroelectric power station on the River Shannon in the 1930s, though their presence was not noticed until August 1964; in 1951 commercial farming of American Mink began in Ireland and escaped animals managed to establish themselves in the wild. Both have used water-courses to spread across the country, and while the vole appears to have been a harmless introduction, the mink is a nuisance for fisheries and can be a problem for rare ground nesting waterbirds and people who keep poultry.
This toothy little fella was trapped for filming for a wildlife programme on invasive species in Ireland (broadcast on TG4 in late 2008). He was placed in this terrarium for filming purposes on the edge of the County Tipperary wood where he was trapped, and I slotted in beside the cameraman to take these shots, which admittedly are not great. The shrew was released immediately afterwards and no harm came to it.
The greater white-toothed shrew was found there.
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This video from Ireland is called Kingfisher | The Secret Life of the Shannon.
This morning, Dutch kingfisher researcher Jelle Harder reported on the radio that this year, there are 39 kingfisher nests in the Gooi and Vecht river region. Last year, there were only 11 nests. The mild winter this year was favourable for the survival of kingfishers.