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In New Zealand, it may be legal to kill dogs humanely to be eaten, but this one pet’s owner’s didn’t have food in mind when they abused it.
During the later part of the previous week, a couple from Whakatane came across a dog that had been abused to near death.
Upon closer inspection, they found that the extremely gaunt dog had head injuries. Its ribs were also sticking out. Not only had it been starved and abandoned, it was also beaten.
‘”It was immediately obvious it was in huge distress and I made my husband turn back,”’ the wife said during an interview with Katee Shanks of the Whakatane News.
She further said that the dog was “shaking like a leaf” and compared it to someone with Parkinson’s disease.
The couple immediately took the dog with them and brought it to a veterinarian. They were later advised that it would not live long, and that it had to be euthanized.
Police and council staff were then called in to the clinic to investigate the dog. A dog ranger of the council then said that he recognized the dog, and that it had been in good condition the last time they saw it in the owner’s house.
After the widely successful film adaptation of the post apocalyptic teen novel, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is making waves in libraries as well.
The Auckland libraries are no exception, as currently 2610 people are currently in line to borrow the book.
As of this writing, the novel tops a list of the most requested titles. Although the Auckland libraries collectively house 229 copies of the book, and four more are on order, a three month waiting period is set for readers looking to borrow a copy, according to Louise LaHatte, Auckland libraries regional resources manager.
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The book, by American Suzanne Collins, heads a list of the most requested titles. Even with 229 copies available and four more on order, readers are waiting up to three months for a copy, Auckland Libraries regional resources manager Louise LaHatte said.
According to a report by the New Zealand Herald, in the capital 226 people are queuing for city libraries’ 51 copies and in Christchurch 365 people are waiting for 75 books.
The book follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and her experience at being chosen to participate in the Hunger Games, along with 12 boys and 11 other girls who are expected to fight for their lives until only one is left.
The story is about 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who is selected by lottery to take part in an annual event in which 12 boys and 12 girls battle for their lives until only one is left.
The New Zealand military band is no more.
Calling it a “national scandal”, the secretary of New Zealand’s oldest band has frowned upon the decision to scrap the band in an effort to deal with some budget cuts.
The decision came when the Defence Force decided to cut funding for seven out of ten military bands by the end of June. The plan is expected to reel in savings of $520,000 per year.
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http://t.co/2MV1V2jz Scrapping of military bands a ‘national scandal‘
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In a report from the New Zealand Herald, Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery secretary Bob Davis said the timing for the cuts was poor because military bands would be in demand for major events in the next few years – the World War 1centennial and the 75th commemoration of World War 2.
A larger figure of $3 million in savings was originally planned by the Defence Force before they agreed to settle for $520,000 annually.
Three remaining bands are expected to play music for events across New Zealand, namely the Navy Regular Force Band, Air Force Territorial Force band, and the Army Regular Force Band.
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In a move that has gained a lot of attention, Minister of Education Hekia Parata sent an emphatic message by dissolving the board of trustees of Moerewa School. The school opened for term two today, in direct defiance of a Ministry edict to have their senior students enroll in other schools instead.
Countering the move, school principal Keri Milne-Ihimaera backed her staff. An audit finding however, revealed that they failed to see that student work was copied verbatim from Wikipedia in NCEA papers.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Ms Parata said an NZQA audit of Moerewa School found work was copied from Wikipedia, exemplars were not altered and some of the work was completed by other students.
As a result, the school’s rating was changed to ‘not achieved’, due to the results serving as evidence that the grades awarded did not meet the national standard.
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The satellite education program was to have ended after the debacle, where seventeen students enrolled in Auckland High School Kia Aoroha College but taught in Moerewa, had to look for different schools.
Ms Parata’s decision to dismiss the board of trustees came after Milne-Ihimaera opened the school for senior students this morning.
Milne-Ihimaeria, however, remains steadfast in her claim that the Ministry of Education had misunderstood the findings, and that students were “doing well” in their school.
Grand National pre-race favourite Synchronised went down during the world’s toughest steeplechase, one of two horses to die in the internationally well-known competition.
Synchronised had shown signs of unrest prior to the start of the race, unseating jockey Tony McCoy. Race organizers reported that the horse was “thoroughly checked” by a veterinarian, and allowed to line up with the other horses in the field.
However, Synchronised went down at the sixth fence of the four-mile, 30-fence race. According to Pete, another race horse, went down at the same fence later. The race is considered one of the most prestigious jumping races of the Grand National.
Neptune Collonges finished in first place, in the closest finish of the history of the race.
“In both cases the horse incurred a fracture to the leg and the humane option was to put the injured horses down,” said Tim Morris, spokesman of the British Horseracing Authority. “The Grand National undoubtedly represents a challenge to both horse and rider.
“It has inherent risks, but, working closely with Aintree and other stakeholders, we do all we can to minimise these risks while maintaining the unique character of the race.”
As of this writing, there is no word on injuries to jockeys McCoy or Harry Haynes, who was aboard According to Pete.
Morris said the BHA's objective is to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in racing, saying that “We will examine closely the circumstances which led to both incidents … and consider what measures can be taken to address the risk of a repeat in the future.”
Two horses die in Grand National steeplechase: AINTREE, England (AP):Grand National pre-race favourite Synchronised… http://t.co/hPZuU2lH
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Vegetable stock is an essential part of the vegetarian diet. But, not only for vegetarians, vegetable stock is also used to enhance every day dishes in terms of flavor and nutrient content. However, the most common problem with regards to vegetable stock is that it is not as rich compared to stocks made out of chicken or beef bones. Thus, it would be best to remember the following tips when cooking vegetable stock to achieve a full-flavored, nutritious dish.