71 days ago

Friday Feathered Friend

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Rosa Marie has been busy again with her camera.
"I was just thinking that after such a busy week, I needed to get some nature related well-being but it just started pouring! However there is always something to see on our back yard.
Not only did our resident wonky legged Blackbird bring along his offspring to feed juicy worms from our lawn, but a pair of California quails paid us a visit too and enjoyed a good peck around our lawns. Old Wonky legged had a beautiful juicy worm to feed his young but it kept falling out of it's mouth...
Never a dull moment! Awesome to be able to capture all this!"

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8 hours ago

What you need to know about masks

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Are you wearing a mask when you leave home?
With so many on the market, it can be confusing as to what is the best bet. Click on Read More to find out more about masks.
Here are some tips on how to get the best use of a mask.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a mask that fits well won’t have any gaps and will prevent air from flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.
“If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.”
People with beards can use a mask fitter or brace to help the mask fit tightly over their face.
When wearing a disposable mask, the coloured side – usually blue – goes on the outside, and the edge with a piece of wire, or something similar, in it goes over your nose. The coloured side is water-resistant, while the white side is more absorbent and will suck up droplets and aerosols produced by the wearer.

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8 hours ago

Are you prepared for Omicron?

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

With experts predicting that numbers are about to rise rapidly we all need to be prepared.

A basic medical kit should include the following:
Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, a thermometer and re-hydration medicines like Hydralyte. Sore throat treatments such salt gargles, honey, or perhaps a local anesthetic lozenge or spray could also be useful.

Also think about having a plan as to how you get basics like bread and milk if you are isolating. Have you talked to neighbours about how you can help each other?

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1 day ago

instant karma

Ken from Waikanae

This morning around 10 I was dawdling up the pathway adjacent to the expressway with my friends 15 year old miniature schnauzer, when an incredible scene of instant karma unfolded. A group of three bicycle riders were coming down the pathway at a high speed they saw me and the dog and then one of the riders shouted something, I’m not quite sure what he said but the tone was very unpleasant.
He then hit the old dog (which went down with an ear piercing scream) and the impact caused him to then swerve. He went over the side of the path still at high speed and landed upside down amongst some nasty spiky stuff. Me and another rider had to assist him from his upside down position, his wife the third rider and who saw the incident did not stop or return to the scene. Once we had extracted him from the bushes he became verbally aggressive, just hurling obscenities at me and making disgusting hand gestures that I have not seen since the primary school playground around 60 years ago.
His riding buddy I think called him Rick. Rick is a very big middle age guy said he weighed 200kg as we were trying to rescue him. His friend apologised for him and simply said “That’s the way Rick is”
All three of them showed zero interest in the dogs welfare which is quite sad.
There are signs requesting riders to slow down use a bell and share the pathway and thankfully the vast majority do.
Rick, you ran over a slow moving old dog at high speed on a shared pathway, you saw me and that dog from a long way off.