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Did the muttonheads just pay half million for ‘Dog Wall of Remembrance’?

Posted by te2ataria on March 15, 2017

Heavily Censored Road Fatality Reports

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What if pigs (the 4-legged type), trained to sniff out meth labs, were killed in ‘the line of duty’?

Cop brass unveil half-million-dollar ‘Wall of Remembrance’ at the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre 

“Police have today unveiled a new [and very expensive] Wall of Remembrance at the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre commemorating the 24 police dogs who have been killed on duty since 1972.”

Police unveil a new [there are other ones?] Wall of Remembrance at the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham, commemorating the 24 police dogs who have been killed on duty since 1972.  Source: NZ police.

“The 6m long x 2m high rock and panelled wall was unveiled by Deputy Commissioner: District Operations Viv Rickard and Minister of Statistics and Associate Justice Minister the Hon Mark Mitchell who is a former dog handler.”

“The dogs remembered today were our partners and are remembered in the same way as any of our colleagues would be,” uttered Rickard.

Heavily Censored Fatality News From New Zealand’s Suicide Roads

Fatal crash in Hawke’s Bay
One person was killed violently after the car he was driving was struck by a truck in Clive, Hawke’s Bay.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fatal-crash-hawkes-bay-0

Frozen remains found on Fox Glacier identified
The remains found on Fox Glacier on March 2 have now been formally identified as that of Cynthia Charlton, a U.K national, who was one of seven people killed in [an avoidable] helicopter crash on the glacier in November 2015.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/identification-body-found-fox-glacier

Fatal crash in Pukaki
“Police can confirm one of the two cyclists involved in a serious crash with a truck on Tekapo-Twizel Road this morning has died.

“The second cyclist has been flown to Christchurch Hospital with critical injuries. The crash happened at about 6.20am this morning, near the Mount Cook turnoff in Pukaki.”
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-serious-crash-pukaki-now-fatal

Fatal crash on SH2 / SH58 intersection, Lower Hutt, Wellington
A person was killed in a crash between a car and a truck at the intersection of State Highways 2 and 58, Lower Hutt this morning.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-sh2-sh58-crash-lower-hutt

Filipino woman killed in Lake Pearson crash on Sunday identified
Details of Filipino woman killed on Sunday 12 March in a crash on State Highway 7, near Lake Pearson has been released by police. “She was 28-year-old Anne Kurt Lamer Pinera. Ms Pinera is originally from the Philippines however she had been living and working in Geraldine since [late] 2015.”
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/name-release-%E2%80%93-fatal-crash-sh7-lake-pearson

Only in NZ: Woman critically injured after being it by Cyclist
Christchurch Police are seeking witnesses to a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian around 5:30pm today in which a male cyclist collided with a female pedestrian, leaving her with severe head and spinal injuries.
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-seeking-witnesses-collision-between-cyclist-and-pedestrian

Corrupt New Zealand

Westland District Council manager awarded CAKE decorator’s firm $7 million contract to build sewage plant
“A new business, run by a cake decorator, which had no track record in waste management won a Westland District Council project to build a $7 million sewage plant in Franz Josef, a Stuff investigation has found.

“Techno Economic Services, which is based in South Auckland, won the council project in the middle of last year, despite never having provided waste management or construction services before. The company was not a registered company at the time it won the tender. It registered with the Companies Office several months after securing the Franz Josef job.”

[Let’s hope the contractor washed his hands after finishing his day job and before decorating the cakes. Moderator DH.]
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/90384093/westland-district-council-awards-cake-decorators-firm-7-million-contract-to-build-sewage-plant

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Visitor Health Warning: Elevated Risk of Leptospirosis Infection in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on June 25, 2008

New Zealand Deadly Infections Syndrome (NZDIS), Health Bulletin # 14. Elevated Risk of Human Leptospirosis Infection June 25, 2008

New Zealand: KEEP OUT!

New Zealand has the highest rates of human leptospirosis in the developed world, according to a new study.

The disease, which is passed to humans through the urine of sheep, cattle, pigs, rodents and deer, attacks the kidneys and liver and can cause death.

Meat workers, inspectors, farmers and veterinarians are among the most common occupationally exposed groups.

A meat worker died from the disease, and an increase in the number of cases of leptospirosis in meat workers in Hawke’s Bay has been reported.

Massey University’s veterinarian Jackie Benschop said in the last 20 years there had been a big push to vaccinate dairy cattle and pigs against leptospirosis, but exposure from deer, beef cattle and sheep was also high.

“Our results add weight to the hypothesis that sheep are an important source of leptospiral infections to humans.” (Source)

This scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts a number of Leptospira sp. bacteria atop a 0.1. µm polycarbonate filter. Leptospires are long, thin motile spirochetes that may be free-living or associated with animal hosts and survive well in fresh water, soil, and mud in tropical areas. Organisms are antigenically complex, with over 200 known pathogenic serologic variants. Molecular taxonomic studies at CDC and elsewhere have identified 13 named and 4 unnamed species of pathogenic leptospires. Leptospirosis causes a wide range of symptoms, and some infected persons may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, and vomiting, and may include jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or a rash. (Source: phil.CDC.gov)

Leptospirosis Data

  • In New Zealand meat workers are one of the occupations most at risk of contracting leptospirosis, comprising 30 percent of notifications in 2006
  • Infection can result in severe illness and in some cases death.
  • During 2003-2005 leptospirosis resulted in 207 hospitalisations
  • The majority of cases of leptospirosis are relatively mild and may be misdiagnosed as influenza.
  • The true incidence of leptospirosis is probably many times the reported incidence.
  • Leptospira species have many animal hosts including the main livestock species, wildlife and rodents.
  • An NZ slaughterhouse survey in lambs found 59 percent of lines had one or more carcasses with antibodies to two of the strains of leptospirosis – hardjo-bovis or pomona.
  • Leptospirosis occurs more frequently in humans in NZ than in any other country where it is notifiable.
  • Beef herds exposure to hardjo-bovis and pomona is high with prevalence estimates over 50 percent for serovar hardjo-bovis.
  • A survey of 110 deer farms found hardjo-bovis was present on 61 percent.
  • A slaughter-house survey in lambs found 49 percent of lines had one or more carcasses with titres to either hardjo-bovis, pomona or both
  • There is evidence that clinical disease in sheep and deer is emerging with morbidity and mortality in lambs and weaners. (Source)

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Photomicrograph of kidney tissue, using a silver staining technique, revealing the presence of Leptospira bacteria. Photo credit: CDC/Dr. Martin Hicklin Public Health Image Library

Before you opt for a kidney transplant, please ensure the kidney is obtained ethically!

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