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A runaway sheep is on the loose in New Plymouth.

The sheep was last seen in a house after barging its way in when the owner opened the door.

The New Plymouth District Council said the ram was first captured on the Huatoki Walkway, in the Glenpark area of the city, after attempted to head-butt pedestrians. The ram was taken to the city’s animal shelter.

However, the ram, belived to be called as Duggy​, then escaped.

The local council believe the ram is possibly on the loose somewhere in the Waiwhakaiho area.

The Auckland Tuatara, New Zealand’s only professional baseball team, will skip the 2021/22 Australian Baseball League season.

The decision has been made due to the ongoing uncertainty around the trans-Tasman travel bubble. 

The Tuatara also missed out last season, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In 2019 the Tuatara made the playoffs for the first time. 

The Tuatara say they have the complete backing of the league and the clubs, and will return to the diamond in 2022/23.

Tuatara management hope to put together a summer baseball programme for Kiwi fans to enjoy around the country. 

Coronavirus related deaths worldwide passed 4 million people last Friday.

The 4 million death count comes from the Reuters News Media tally, which is believed to be one of the most accurate worldwide.

It took more than a year for the Covid-19 death toll to hit two million, while the next two million were recorded in just 166 days, according to a data analysis.

The top five countries by total number of deaths – the US, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico – represent about 50 percent of all deaths in the world. However, Peru, Hungary, Bosnia, the Czech Republic and Gibraltar have the highest death rates when adjusted for population.

Despite the 4 million count, many health experts believe that official death toll is undercounted globally. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimate that fatalities are much higher.

Scientist have invented a straw that stops hiccups.

The device is called the FISST and stands for “forced inspiratory suction and swallow tool” (FISST). The tool costs about $14USD and has a distinctive design.

The device is a rigid L-shaped straw that has a mouthpiece at one end and an adjustable cap with a pressure valve, in the form of a small hole, at the other.

Hiccuping people place the device into a glass of water and use it to sip.

The inventors say the HiccAway’s forces people to suck and swallow and in their trails they found that it stopped hiccups in 92% of cases during trials.

What are hiccups?
When you get hiccups – or singultus as they are medically know – the diaphragm and intercostal muscles suddenly contract. The quick intake of air causes the opening between the vocal folds – known as the glottis – to shut, resulting in a “hic” sound, often to the embarrassment of the afflicted and the amusement of others.

The straw device “works instantly and the effect stays for several hours,” says Dr Ali Seifi who is the associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was a co-author of the study which tested team 249 people.

A tornado has hit South Auckland, killing one person and injuring two others.

The storm lifted roofs, toppled trees and caused huge damage in the suburb of Papatoetoe at around 8:30am on Saturday morning.

A worker was killed when the tornado struck a freight container Auckland Ports hub in Wiri Station Road.

New Zealand’s MetService said the storm was incredibly localised and the front which bought the bad weather had moved on by 11am.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has had her Covid-19 vaccination in Auckland.

Ardern was vaccinated along with the Chief Science Advisor Juliet Gerrard.

After her injection, Ardern said that the injection was “pretty pain free” and felt better than having the flu vaccination.

Earlier she said: “For me it’s a really big milestone to be a part of what is the biggest vaccination event and the biggest health rollout of our history is a really important milestone for me.”

Ardern has recently announced the roll out strategy of the vaccine to the wider population.

Those aged 60 or over would be eligible from 28 July, and those aged 55 and over from 11 August.

Further age cohorts would be confirmed following more Pfizer shipments in July.

Currently only 7.7% of the population is fully vaccinated. However, the government is happy with the progress of the immunisation programme.

There are over 340,000 people in the country who are fully vaccinated, and some time next week, it’s expected the millionth dose will be administered.

The Blues are the 2021 Trans-Tasman Super Rugby champions.

Their fourth Super Rugby title came when they beat the Highlanders 23-15 in the Trans-Tasman final at Eden Park. The last time they won the title was in 2003.

In a tight, brusing final, it was Blake Gibson’s try in the 77th minute which sealed the victory.

The Blues had led 13-6 at halftime but the Highlanders came into the match in the second half. They had the momentum for most of the second half until Gibson’s try.

A man in the United States of America has completed an unusual world record.

Rian Kanouff, from Nebraska, set a new world record by completing 60 skydiving jumps in 24 hours. He was dressed in nothing but his safety equipment.

Kanouff contacted the Guinness World Records about setting the record for most naked skydiving jumps in 24 hours, but found there was no category. They said he could create the new record category if he performed at least 25 jumps in the time period.

Kanouff said its an funny tradition for skydivers to perform their 100th jump in the nude, and he came up with the idea to set the naked skydiving world record. He used this opportunity to raise money for a mental health charity after the recent death of a friend.

Kanouff ended his attempt with 60 completed naked jumps over Weeping Water, Nebraska.

Fortunately there were no photos of the event!

Twitter has been banned by the Nigerian government after their president had one of his tweets removed.

The ban comes months after big protests in the country over the use of force by the police.

Last week, Twitter deleted a tweet posted by the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. In the tweet the president spoke about issues within the country. He also said that anyone “misbehaving today” will be “treated in language they understand’.

Many people, including Twitter, read that as a threat of violence. Therefore, Twitter deleted the tweet for violating its rules.

The government claims that the removal of the president’s tweet was not the only reason behind the ban. They say it is because of misinformation being spread online.