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Feral chickens terrorise New Zealand suburb as the chooks attract ‘rats the size of cats’ 

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Feral chickens are terrorising a quiet Auckland suburb after coronavirus restrictions were lifted, and have attracted a swarm of large rats. 

Before the country went into lockdown in late March 2019, the suburb of Titirangi, west of Auckland, was dealing with an infestation of up to 250 feral chickens. 

The situation worsened after it was discovered the chickens harm the roots of the endangered kauri tree and that food left out for the birds by locals attracted rats ‘the size of cats.’

Council contractors managed to capture and relocate 248 of the birds before the operation ceased due to the lockdown but after it was lifted, the chicken population  significantly multiplied. 

Before the country went into lockdown in late March 2019, the suburb of Titirangi, west of Auckland, was dealing with an infestation of up to 250 feral chickens.

Before the country went into lockdown in late March 2019, the suburb of Titirangi, west of Auckland, was dealing with an infestation of up to 250 feral chickens.

Before the country went into lockdown in late March 2019, the suburb of Titirangi, west of Auckland, was dealing with an infestation of up to 250 feral chickens.

Greg Presland, the chair of the Waitākere Ranges community board, had a theory to explain the sudden increase of the chicken population. 

‘There’s a very kind-hearted local who feeds them and has kept feeding them so the numbers have started to spike up again,’ Mr Presland told The Guardian. 

‘And we’re convinced that there’s been at least two dumping episodes, where someone’s got their chickens and just dumped them in the village.’ 

Mr Presland warned that the chicken population will continue to increase if the locals keep feeding them. 

Their situation worsened after it was discovered the chickens harm the roots of the endangered kauri tree and the food left out for the birds by locals attracted rats 'the size of cats.'

Their situation worsened after it was discovered the chickens harm the roots of the endangered kauri tree and the food left out for the birds by locals attracted rats 'the size of cats.'

Their situation worsened after it was discovered the chickens harm the roots of the endangered kauri tree and the food left out for the birds by locals attracted rats ‘the size of cats.’

The chicken problem first began in 2008 when a resident released two domesticated chickens. 

By 2019, the feral chicken population had grown to about 250 and had become an icon of the area, prompting people to leave food out for the birds. 

The local warm opinion of the chickens was cooled by the subsequent rat infestation and the roosters’ dawn crowing, and residents called for the chickens to be safely moved to a farm. 

‘A combination of being sleep deprived and seeing the neighbourhood wrecked made some people really hate them,’ Mr Presland said.  

Council contractors were tasked with relocating the chickens and set up several large nets throughout the area to catch them. 

But the chicken’s safety was extremely important to the locals and they requested a vet to remain on standby to check the captured birds and ensure they were cared-for upon relocation.  

Council contractors managed to capture and relocate 248 of the birds before the operation ceased due to the lockdown but after it was lifted, locals were greeted to a chicken population that had significantly multiplied

Council contractors managed to capture and relocate 248 of the birds before the operation ceased due to the lockdown but after it was lifted, locals were greeted to a chicken population that had significantly multiplied

Council contractors managed to capture and relocate 248 of the birds before the operation ceased due to the lockdown but after it was lifted, locals were greeted to a chicken population that had significantly multiplied

The contractors caught and relocated about 230 chickens and eight more were captured just before New Zealand went into lockdown.

Two chickens managed to avoid capture and the contractor’s operation was suspended until the lockdown was eased. 

Locals are divided on what to do with the feral chickens as some enjoy their company while others believe they are a nuisance and want them removed. 

‘The chickens are a part of the Titirangi community. It adds to the charm,’ one young woman told Seven Sharp

Another woman said: ‘They are quite cool and you can hear the roosters going which is nice.’

One young father said he didn’t have a problem when the chickens first appeared but recently, he said they are going ‘crazy.’ 

‘I was walking my young son past a chicken area and they tried to get at him. They are pretty feral.’  

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Donald Trump demands US attorneys launch an investigation into Ilhan Omar over ‘harvested ballots’

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President Trump took to Twitter just after midnight on Monday and demanded that the Justice Department investigate Democratic House Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota for alleged ‘ballot harvesting.’

‘This is totally illegal,’ the president tweeted on Monday morning.

‘Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review???

‘If not, why not??? ‘We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement.

‘Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!’

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President Trump

House Rep. Ilhan Omar

House Rep. Ilhan Omar

President Trump (left) called on his own Justice Department to investigate House Rep. Ilhan Omar (right), a Democrat from Minnesota, over alleged voter fraud by her supporters

‘This is totally illegal,’ the president tweeted on Monday. ‘Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not???'

‘This is totally illegal,’ the president tweeted on Monday. ‘Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not???'

‘This is totally illegal,’ the president tweeted on Monday. ‘Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not???’

Trump was reacting on Monday to an unconfirmed internet report from conservative provocateur James O’Keefe of Project Veritas claiming that supporters of Omar were illegally harvesting ballots. 

According to O’Keefe, a Minneapolis resident, Liban Mohamed, illegally collected some 300 ballots from primarily Somali immigrants to help his brother, City Councilman Jamal Osman.

On Twitter, Mohamed claimed O’Keefe doctored the video and that the voice heard on the Project Veritas is not his, as is claimed.

Omar is one of four Democratic congresswomen known collectively as ‘The Squad’ who has frequently been targeted for criticism by the president and his supporters.

The others are House Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. 

Last week, Trump again went after Omar at an election rally in Pennsylvania, suggesting that the U.S. isn’t her country. 

‘She’s telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from?’ Trump said of the Somali-born Democrat, who’s a U.S. citizen. 

‘How was your country doing?’ the president added. 

Omar hit back at Trump’s comments, even calling his rallies ‘cult-like.’     

‘Firstly, this is my country and I am a member of the House that impeached you,’ the Minnesota lawmaker tweeted. 

‘Secondly, I fled civil war when I was 8. An 8-year-old doesn’t run a country even though you run our country like one.’  

Minnesota is considered a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

According to the latest polls compiled by the news site FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, has a six-point lead in the state. 

The president on Monday was reacting to an unverified claim made by conservative political activist James O'Keefe (seen above in February) that supporters of Omar in Minneapolis were illegally engaged in 'ballot harvesting'

The president on Monday was reacting to an unverified claim made by conservative political activist James O'Keefe (seen above in February) that supporters of Omar in Minneapolis were illegally engaged in 'ballot harvesting'

The president on Monday was reacting to an unverified claim made by conservative political activist James O’Keefe (seen above in February) that supporters of Omar in Minneapolis were illegally engaged in ‘ballot harvesting’

O'Keefe's Project Veritas released a video claiming that Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis City Councilman Jamal Osman, illegally dropped off some 300 ballots during the recent election

O'Keefe's Project Veritas released a video claiming that Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis City Councilman Jamal Osman, illegally dropped off some 300 ballots during the recent election

O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a video claiming that Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis City Councilman Jamal Osman, illegally dropped off some 300 ballots during the recent election

Mohamed took to Twitter late on Sunday and accused O'Keefe of doctoring the video and using a fake voice that wasn't his

Mohamed took to Twitter late on Sunday and accused O'Keefe of doctoring the video and using a fake voice that wasn't his

Mohamed took to Twitter late on Sunday and accused O’Keefe of doctoring the video and using a fake voice that wasn’t his

O’Keefe has frequently been accused of selectively editing videos secretly filmed in undercover sting operations aimed at catching liberals in compromising situations.

In 2010, O’Keefe pleaded guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor count of using a fake ID to enter a federal building.

O’Keefe and three others posed as telephone repairmen in order to sneak into the office of Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, in New Orleans.

He was sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, and was hit with a $1,500 fine.

In 2017, Project Veritas tried to get The Washington Post to run a false story about US Senate candidate Roy Moore by having one of its female operatives claim that the former judge from Alabama impregnated her when she was a teenager.

The Post reported that Project Veritas tried to plant the fake story in order to discredit the newspaper, which had published several news items about Moore’s alleged conduct with underage women.

Moore lost the race for the US Senate seat from Alabama in 2018 after several women came forward and alleged that he assaulted them when they were teens decades ago. Moore has denied the allegations.

O’Keefe and Project Veritas are now claiming that Democrats are engaged in rampant voter fraud. 

Democrats say Trump and his allies are looking to sow doubt in the integrity of the upcoming election by making unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing. 

Ballot harvesting, also known as ‘ballot collection,’ is legal in a majority of states.

'Ballot harvesting' is also known as 'ballot collection,' which is a legal practice in many states that allows third parties to collect ballots on behalf of impaired or disabled voters who are unable to physically get to polling places. In Minnesota, the law allows a third party to collect no more than three ballots. The above file photo is a 2008 election ballot in Minnesota

'Ballot harvesting' is also known as 'ballot collection,' which is a legal practice in many states that allows third parties to collect ballots on behalf of impaired or disabled voters who are unable to physically get to polling places. In Minnesota, the law allows a third party to collect no more than three ballots. The above file photo is a 2008 election ballot in Minnesota

‘Ballot harvesting’ is also known as ‘ballot collection,’ which is a legal practice in many states that allows third parties to collect ballots on behalf of impaired or disabled voters who are unable to physically get to polling places. In Minnesota, the law allows a third party to collect no more than three ballots. The above file photo is a 2008 election ballot in Minnesota

It allows a third party to collect and deliver ballots to voters.

Although widely practiced and rarely found to be abused, the rule permitting a third party to collect and return multiple ballots remains a source of partisan dispute.

More than half of states allow a third party to collect ballots.

And political groups and campaigns from both parties have run ballot-collection programs aimed at boosting turnout and ensuring voters who are older, homebound, disabled, or live far from US postal services can get their ballot returned.

Trump and the GOP contend ‘ballot harvesting’ opens the door for fraud and have fought to restrict it.

This has escalated as states prepare for greater reliance on absentee voting or vote-by-mail amid COVID-19.

In Minnesota, the law states that a third party can return no more than three ballots.

California since 2016 has allowed for someone to collect an unlimited number of ballots from voters, though it does bar someone from being paid based on how many ballots they return.

This year, Republicans and Democrats have squared off in lawsuits over the third-party collection of ballots in Pennsylvania, Florida and Minnesota. 

In Wisconsin, a conservative law firm known as the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty requested that election officials outlaw the process. 

Though that state’s laws don’t specifically address ‘ballot harvesting,’ officials said they weren’t aware of any efforts to systematically collect absentee ballots in the state and did not impose a rule prohibiting it.  

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Huge crocodile devours a pet dog at one of Australia’s most popular beaches as children play nearby

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Calls are mounting for action to be taken after a massive crocodile devoured a pet dog before it was spotted close to children.

Cairns lifeguard Bob McPhail said he feared for people’s safety after he saw the three-metre crocodile next to the Alamanda Great Barrier Reef Chapel, at Palm Cove, on the weekend.

‘It could grab a child any day of the week, and I’m talking about a 13 or 14-year-old, we’re here to protect people in the ocean but no one is backing me up,’ he told The Courier Mail.

Mr McPhail said a local doctor was walking his Staffordshire bull terrier at about 5.45am on September 23 when he lost site of the dog near the water’s edge. 

‘There was a screeching, a barking, and then gone. The croc is as fat as a pig, it’s got a full belly which is obviously the dog,’ he said.

A veteran lifeguard said he fears for people's safety after seeing a crocodile (pictured) only metres from children one day after it devoured a local doctor's pet dog

A veteran lifeguard said he fears for people's safety after seeing a crocodile (pictured) only metres from children one day after it devoured a local doctor's pet dog

A veteran lifeguard said he fears for people’s safety after seeing a crocodile (pictured) only metres from children one day after it devoured a local doctor’s pet dog

The crocodile has already been reported but Mr McPhail said authorities told him it was within its natural habitat.   

He said it was ‘crazy’ the animal hadn’t been relocated especially because the swim leg of a recent triathlon event was held nearby.

‘How do you think I will feel if a five-year-old gets taken this afternoon and I’ve done nothing?’ he said. 

A trap was set up in the waterway earlier this year but proved ineffective against the animal.

It’s believed the same crocodile attacked a cafe owner’s pet Kelpie in April, leaving it with severe gashes, but alive. 

Mr McPhail said if the authorities didn’t act soon it could ‘get someone killed’. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Environment and Science for comment.   

A trap has been left in the waterway at Palm Cove (pictured) for months but it has proven ineffective against the two to three-metre crocodile

A trap has been left in the waterway at Palm Cove (pictured) for months but it has proven ineffective against the two to three-metre crocodile

A trap has been left in the waterway at Palm Cove (pictured) for months but it has proven ineffective against the two to three-metre crocodile

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Sam Newman takes another swing at Daniel Andrews, describing him as ‘Victoria’s dopey Joe Biden’

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Controversial media personality Sam Newman has had another crack at under-pressure Premier Daniel Andrews, describing him as ‘Victoria’s dopey Joe Biden.’

The 300-game AFL Geelong Cats champion and former Footy Show host vented his frustrations as a string of strict stage four lockdown restrictions were relaxed in Melbourne.

While swimming in pools and personal training sessions outdoors are now permitted in the two hours of daily exercise, golf remains off-limits. 

A renowned golf tragic, Newman saw Sunday’s announcement as another excuse to take another potshot at the Premier, likening him to presidential candidate and former US vice president Joe Biden.

Sam Newman has once again attacked the Victorian Premier over lockdown restrictions

Sam Newman has once again attacked the Victorian Premier over lockdown restrictions

Sam Newman has once again attacked the Victorian Premier over lockdown restrictions

‘Andrews has become Victoria’s dopey Joe Biden. To say communal swimming is ok (because it doesn’t require a facility), but golf is not, shows the IQ required of an elected official. Unwittingly, he has given consent for sedition. #victorialockdown,’ Newman tweeted on Sunday.

His views sparked several hundred comments and divided opinion. 

‘You can mingle in a park with a 100 strangers but can’t play a round of golf with your friends. Where is the data and science behind all these bogus decisions? Never been a more incompetent government in our history,’ one person agreed.

Another added: ‘Access to playing golf can be easily modified – just hypothetically you could restrict rounds to nine holes, extend minutes between tee off times, max two in a group, no access to change rooms.’

But many others welcomed the phased easing of lockdown and disagreed with Newman. 

While swimming in outdoor pools and personal training sessions are allowed in Melbourne, golf remains off-limit. Pictured is a return to outdoor personal training sessions on Monday

While swimming in outdoor pools and personal training sessions are allowed in Melbourne, golf remains off-limit. Pictured is a return to outdoor personal training sessions on Monday

While swimming in outdoor pools and personal training sessions are allowed in Melbourne, golf remains off-limit. Pictured is a return to outdoor personal training sessions on Monday

It's not the first time the  Geelong Cats great has taken aim at  Premier Daniel Andrews

It's not the first time the  Geelong Cats great has taken aim at  Premier Daniel Andrews

It’s not the first time the  Geelong Cats great has taken aim at  Premier Daniel Andrews

‘I dunno Sam. A bunch of old codgers, susceptible the virus hanging out together compared to lone submerged swimmers in outdoor pools where the scientific evidence shows the virus does not spread in pools, chlorinated etc. But ya know, gotta have that IQ I suppose,’ one man tweeted.

Another added: ‘It is all about reducing the risk and movement of people. The more activities that are allowed straight away, the more chance of a  third wave. We are 40 per cent chance of a third wave if we open up too quick. Golf can wait a couple of weeks.’

Newman’s latest comments come a fortnight after he called for manslaughter charges to be laid against Andrews over his handling of the pandemic.

Of the 872 lives lost to coronavirus in Australia, 784 were in Victoria. 

Melbourne golfers returned to fairways in May following a two month hiatus before courses were shut down again in the wake of Victoria's horror second wave of coronavirus

Melbourne golfers returned to fairways in May following a two month hiatus before courses were shut down again in the wake of Victoria's horror second wave of coronavirus

Melbourne golfers returned to fairways in May following a two month hiatus before courses were shut down again in the wake of Victoria’s horror second wave of coronavirus

He also urged his fellow Victorians to protest the lockdown last month.

‘Of all the protests that we have put up with, how about a quarter million of us gather in the CBD to take the City/State back, before EVERY previous march will have been pointless,’ he tweeted at the time.

Newman was forced to backtrack on his comments and received a warning from police.

Melbourne’s 9pm to 5am curfew was lifted on Monday after being enforced for eight weeks in a bid to bring the state’s second deadly wave under control.

Daniel Andrews (pictured on Monday) was described as 'Victoria's Joe Biden' by Sam Newman

Daniel Andrews (pictured on Monday) was described as 'Victoria's Joe Biden' by Sam Newman

Daniel Andrews (pictured on Monday) was described as ‘Victoria’s Joe Biden’ by Sam Newman

An estimated 127,000 workers will be able to return to their jobs and childcare centres can reopen.

The majority of these workers are in manufacturing, construction, distribution centres, warehouses and abattoirs.  

Outdoor gatherings of up to five people from two households will are allowed.

Non-essential businesses are still banned from reopening, with restaurants only available for takeaway.

A Melbourne paddleboarder takes advantage of the spring weather and eased restrictions

A Melbourne paddleboarder takes advantage of the spring weather and eased restrictions

A Melbourne paddleboarder takes advantage of the spring weather and eased restrictions

Melbourne’s two-hour exercise limit and 5km travel restriction remain but Mr Andrews foreshadowed full freedom of movement could come on October 19 ahead of AFL grand final weekend. 

Just five new coronavirus cases and three more  deaths were recorded in Victoria on Monday’s the state’s the lowest daily rise in infections since June 12

 ‘We are so close to being able to take a really big step — big step towards that Covid normal,’Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday.

Melbourne’s eased restrictions

Evening curfew was lifted from 5am Monday

New massive $5,000 fine comes in for breaching gathering limits

Five people can exercise together 5km from home, but not visit each other

Solo hospital and nursing home visits allowed for two hours a day

Primary schools reopen on October 12, as do universities for final year students

Childcare reopens on Monday 

Workers can exercise near workplaces, not just their homes

Outdoor pools reopen, fishing and hiking allowed (still 5km from home) but golf, tennis, etc still banned

Sole trader gardening and pet grooming allowed to operate

Elective surgery slowly returns to 75 per cent capacity

Meat processing plants back to 80 per cent capacity, factories to 90 per cent

Weddings allowed with five people, same limit for religious services held outside

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