Inflatable obstacle course to entertain kids these holidays

AN inflatable obstacle course for family entertainment is setting up for the first time in Byron Bay this weekend.

Tuff Nutterz is a family fun company with two inflatable courses travelling the country, manager Juan Gomez said.

“We are usually based in Sydney, and this is the first time we’ve come so far up north,” he said.

“We have two massive inflatable courses, one is 1200 sqm and another one is 300 meters long.

“The one we brought to Byron Bay is an obstacle course, we run events for the family and offer some safe fun wherever we go.

“It’s for everyone, adults and children, it’s a family event.

“Why should fun only be for kids?”

The course available locally features 29 different obstacles, joined together as a racetrack.

Mr Gomez said Tuff Nutterz will be in Byron Bay from Saturday, until January 5, 2021.

The 90-minute sessions have a maximum capacity of 180 people, so online bookings are recommended, Mr Gomez said.

“To avoid disappointment it’s best to book online, but you can also buy tickets at the entrance,” he said.

Access to the course is only without shoes.

There will be food vendors at the site and a marquee for parents to sit down and enjoy a coffee.

They will be running five sessions per day, starting at 8.30am, 10am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.

All ages are welcome on any session. Kids under 5 require an accompanying adult at all times. Under 5 tickets come with a free parent/carer ticket.

At Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay. For details visit

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SC refuses to entertain plea against publication of Hathras victim’s photograph

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea questioning the publication of a photograph of the Hathras victim in the media, saying the court cannot legislate on it and the petitioner can make a representation on the matter to the government. A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Hathras on September 14. She died on September 29 at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital during treatment. Her cremation at night by the authorities, allegedly without the consent of her parents, triggered widespread outrage.

The plea, which also raised the issue of delays in the trial of cases of sexual violence, came up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana.

“These issues have nothing to do with law,” said the bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose.

“Right to freedom of expression is there. There is enough law for this. It is unfortunate that such incidents happen,” the bench observed.

The apex court further said, “We cannot legislate law after law”

It said the petitioner can make a representation to the government.

On October 27, the top court had said the CBI investigation in the Hathras case is to be monitored by the Allahabad High Court and the CRPF would provide security to the victim’s family and witnesses in the case.

The apex court had delivered the verdict in October on a batch of pleas raising concerns on the incident and also the manner in which the teen was cremated.

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How to entertain your dog during Adelaide’s COVID-19 lockdown

As South Australia endures its first day of a strict, six-day lockdown, ABC audiences have flooded the phonelines and social media with to voice concerns over what to do with their dogs now they’re banned from exercising outdoors.

To those without a pooch, it may seem like a trivial worry, but ask any dog owner and they will soon tell you there is almost always a big change in their canine’s behaviour if they have not been for their daily wander.

So how do you keep your four-legged family member from chewing the house apart while in lockdown?

Well, it seems the answer could be as simple as letting them sniff their energy away.

Emma Hack is a South Australian dog training assistant and the proud ‘fur mum’ of Porsche, a two-year-old Leonberger and Hilde, a three-year-old Burnese Mountain Dog.

The well-known artist-turned-dog-trainer said setting up enrichment activities at home that allow your dog to sniff out treats and problem solve is key to keeping them entertained and at ease.

“Dogs are natural hunters and sniffing is a calming mechanism for a dog,” she said.

“It’s pretty hot at the moment, so you can also freeze some treats in a plastic tub and let them gnaw on the ice.

Dog owners need to provide a quiet environment to allow their furry friends to cope with added activity at home.(ABC News: Brittany Evins)

“It’s amazing what five minutes of mental stimulation can do. Sniffing can actually use more energy than a walk.

“So, if your dog is anxious or needs to run, these things will help slow them down.”

The activities can be done in the space of a few minutes either in the yard or inside.

But Ms Hack stressed that dogs must be supervised while sniffing out and “hunting” their treats, to avoid them chewing or swallowing something that could cause harm.

“Make sure you pack down when they’re done and that everything is put away.”

Other activities like filling up a toddlers swimming pool or hiding treats in a sand pit can also keep your dog entertained, she said.

We’re all in this together — and that means your dog too

With the entire state ordered to stay home, including school kids, Ms Hack says its important for dog owners to make sure their pet is coping with the added activity in the home.

“Some dogs really need their quiet time and things like having kids at home and all that extra noise can really affect them,” she said.

And just like humans, dogs can also experience anxiety.

“If that happens, make sure they get their quiet time.

“Give them a bone or a chew somewhere where they can be relaxed.

“If the dog wants to sleep, let them sleep and don’t wake them up.”

A small dog lies in the grass
Dogs need to be supervised when they’re sniffing out treats, says dog expert Emma Hack.(ABC News: Kristian Silva)

‘No better time to train’

Breeders and shelters across the nation have reported a surge in demand for puppies and rescue dogs since the pandemic started earlier this year.

Ms Hack says the lockdown will give pet owners extra time to train their dog.

“Use it as a good time for training.”

A black and white dog laying down chewing on a stick.
Playing with dogs in a small swimming pool can keep them entertained.(ABC News: Rhett Burnie)

She said even pet owners who are working from home could embrace the extra time they have with their canine.

“You can choose one thing to teach them and do five-minute sessions a couple of time per day using treats to reward them,” she said.

And do not forget to reward your dog for good behaviour, even when they’re not training.

“Every time the dog looks calm just throw them some treats.”

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Should Hawthorn entertain trade with rival club for Jack Gunston?

Collingwood’s interest in Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston remains, according to The Herald Sun.

Gunston is coming off an outstanding 2020 season that saw him win his first best and fairest as well as finishing third in the Coleman Medal with 31 goals.

It’s understood that the Magpies are keen on prising Gunston out of the Hawks while looking to offload midfielder Adam Treloar.

The report also states that Hawthorn want a first-round pick for Gunston who has two years left on his contract.

Matthew Lloyd says Gunston is the type of player Collingwood need to enhance their premiership chances.

“Well done Collingwood if you were able to get Adam Treloar out and Jack Gunston in,” Lloyd told AFL Trade Radio’s The Early Trade.

“He’s the type of player they need. At the end of it all I’d go, ‘Ok, now I know why Collingwood were trying to get Adam Treloar out because they had Jack Gunston in the wings all along’.

“If you can get Adan Treloar out and Jack Gunston in, I think it would be a pretty big win for Collingwood.”

But Lloyd would hold out for a higher pick before entertaining the possibility of trading Gunston.

“Pick 16 in a draft like this, If I was Hawthorn, I would keep Jack Gunston,” the Essendon great said.

“I’ve been in situations late in my career where senior players just kept going out the door and we were a mess by the end of it, just too much youth in the team and lacked direction and senior players.

“If I was a Hawthorn supporter and I saw Isaac Smith going out and then I saw Jack Gunston going out, I’d say, ‘Where are we going?’ Is it worth me buying a
membership next year?

“If it’s around the pick No.10 mark, I’m starting to think about it now, but if it pushes out to 17 or 18, I’d be keeping Jack.”

Kane Cornes pondered how the Hawks can improve their draft hand without sacrificing a senior player with good currency.

“If you got a first-round pick for Gunston from Hawthorn I could understand that take with where the Hawks are at right now, but how does that satisfy Alastair Clarkson with a couple of years left on his contract?” Cornes said.

“It basically means they’re going to go to the bottom of the ladder.

“You’re going to have to get some talent in, how do you do that though without giving up something would be the question.

“Is this year the year to do it? How else do you go to the draft without giving up a player who’s going to be 30, has probably got two good really years of footy left in him, what else do you do?”

Hawthorn hold picks 4, 24, 45, 46, 49, 65, 72 in this year’s draft.

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