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Sunday explainer – should I buy my kids more stuff?

Generous to a fault? It’s possible to give too much. Photo: SuppliedA young child surrounded in wrapping paper, endorphin-drunk. Boxes abound – some opened, some cast aside. Weeks of anticipation have all come to this wondrous moment. It’s Christmas morning, and you’re ruining your child.
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Every parent wants to give their child their dream Christmas – the one where they get everything they want. They are so cute, we love to see them happy in that moment. We are hardwired this way, but lots of academics think our wiring is wrong. What’s wrong with giving?

Nothing, really. The impulse to give is perfectly natural. In years gone by, it would have been an extravagant thing to do, to give a special something to the ones we love.

But we have a first-world problem: modern Australia’s relative wealth, combined with the trend for smaller families than would be normal for previous generations, means parents feel empowered to indulge their child’s every wish.

Children, raised in the same environment of relative wellbeing, have developed expectations far beyond their ancestors’ wildest fantasies.

“A lot of kids treat as normal what may have been a gift or a treat many years ago,” says Michael Grose, parenting educator and director of parentingideasclub南京夜网419论坛. “Past generations had grown up with scarcity, so if it’s Christmas or a birthday and then suddenly they get a treat they (would) think ‘oh that’s fantastic’.”

According to research by US marketing academic Marsha Richins​, parents who snap up every item on their childrens’ Christmas list may be raising materialistic adults.

“Our research suggests that children who receive many material rewards from their parents will likely continue rewarding themselves with material goods when they are grown –well into adulthood – and this could be problematic,” she said when unveiling the research last year.

The published report of the research says the repercussions are both personal and environmental.

“At the personal level, materialism in adulthood has been linked to reduced wellbeing, marital problems, and financial difficulties,” the report says. “The higher consumption levels of materialistic consumers contribute to greenhouse gas production and climate change, depletion of natural resources, and environmental pollution.”

The research highlighted three gift-giving habits that could lead to children becoming materialistic adults: Rewarding children with gifts when they have accomplished something;Giving gifts as a way to show affection, and;Punishing children by taking away their possessions.

Most parents reading this will have done one or all of these, probably before lunch, but it’s the second which is most relevant to Christmas giving.

Michael Grose, parenting educator and director of parentingideasclub南京夜网419论坛, said parents use gifts as a way to affirm their standing.

“We sort of associate gift giving with ‘I’m doing a good job as a parent’,” he says. “In the Great Depression, if your kid was alive you were doing a good job.” Won’t my kid go nuts?

Maybe. You might find that having less is hard to begin with. But you might also find it makes your child more creative.

Kindergartens in Germany have been experimenting with this idea for years, with some interesting results.

It all began with a study in 1992 by German youth advocacy group Aktion Jugendschutz​. Their focus was to discourage addictive behaviour in later life, so they removed all toys from a volunteer kindergarten for three months.

“Childhood in our society more often than not is determined by a lack of time really at the child’s discretion and by permanent confrontation with products offered by consumer goods industries,” the study’s report says.

The study’s report says the proliferation of these products teaches children to “quickly get rid of daily problems and frustrations by taking to vicarious forms of satisfaction”, and that this can act as “initial ‘practicing’ of addiction behaviour”.

They found things were hard at the outset, but eventually the kids began to improvise toys. Meals became more social. Shy kids who would otherwise lose themselves in a corner playing with a toy would reach out more readily to others.

“The children were found to be more creative, well-balanced, and self-confident with no toys to play with,” the report says. “They learnt how to hold one’s own and to trust their own capacities. Their conduct showed that they, due to enhanced self-confidence, were able to act independently and to realise their boundaries.”

A number of kindergartens in Germany, and even some German kinders in the United States, latched onto the study. In some kinders, the practice is now well entrenched to remove toys for three months of the year. Does it make better people? The jury’s out. So, what? We don’t give our kids anything?

It doesn’t have to be that dramatic. Mr Grose recognises that it probably isn’t necessary and doesn’t make sense for parents to get rid of giving toys altogether, and kids will have expectations based on their friends’ Christmas hauls.

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Mick Price thinking big with Extreme Choice after Inglis Nursery win

Bigger things ahead: Glyn Schofield and Extreme Choice finish well clear of the field in the Inglis Nursery at Royal Randwick. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛INGLIS NURSERY
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A year after Ready For Victory wandered to the outside rail and threw away Mick Price’s chance at winning his first Golden Slipper, the Caulfield trainer is keeping his options open of going a few spots better with Extreme Choice.

The $100,000 yearling didn’t even have a name three weeks ago – and was forced to race in a Tuesday barrier trial at Rosehill just to qualify for the Inglis Nursery – but his rushed preparation didn’t matter as Glyn Schofield scampered to victory on the colt at Randwick on Saturday.

“I normally wouldn’t do it, but I had to squeeze everything into him between gallops and trials and race day,” Price said. “You’ve got to have the horse to do it. Shins were good, constitution was good and it was fantastic for the people involved, including myself.”

The autumn riches dwarf the inflated $500,000 prize purse on offer for the Inglis Nursery – and now Price just needs to decide which major to target.

The Blue Diamond looks a logical option for the Not A Single Doubt two-year-old, but Price isn’t ruling out return trip to Sydney for the Golden Slipper.

“It’s got to be [on the radar],” Price said. “But if I find I don’t have enough chance after I get him home he won’t be running in the Blue Diamond and we’ll redo him for the Slipper. I dare say he might not be able to do both.

“He’s a natural running two-year-old and we’ve used a lot of energy to get him here and I’m unsure of the timing of the Blue Diamond, but the Slipper may fit better in a timing sense. It will give me more time to earn the prizemoney as well to get into the race. [The Inglis Nursery prizemoney] counts when it gets in your pocket, but not much else.”

Having been slightly tardy when leaving the gates, Glyn Schofield bustled Extreme Choice to the lead and quickly put a gap on his chasers in the straight.

Gai Waterhouse’s fellow debutant So Serene loomed as the only danger, but Extreme Choice pulled out plenty to win by two lengths as he wandered towards the middle of the track.

Another Victorian visitor, Rampage, finished four lengths further astern in third.

“He’s a two-year-old,” Schofield said. “Whilst he’s very professional, he wasn’t sure how to stretch out and go about his business when he was asked. But he does certainly have a good motor.”

Added Price: “He’s just a natural and I’ve had plenty of nice two-year-olds, but you’ve just got to baby them and they will do the best for you.”

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Australia v West Indies first cricket Test: Five things we learnt on day three

1. There is something wrong in the West Indies team
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It’s one thing to be well beaten because the other team is simply much better, but to lose by such a big margin in 7½ sessions is just not good enough.

This may be one of the worst teams to come out of the Caribbean for decades, but they were good enough to beat England seven months ago to square a series. England regained the Ashes not long after.

The most worrying aspect of the innings and 212-run defeat is the lack of fight shown, particularly from senior players Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor.

Samuels’ contribution in the game was a mere nine and three, and his lack of energy in the field was also noted, not least by his nemesis Shane Warne, who tore shreds off him in the commentary box.

2. A two-day Test is on the cards this series

We’ve had 19 Tests finish in two days, and the 20th could occur this summer. We have not seen a two-day Test in Australia since 1931, but it’s not out of the question that the 84-year drought could end either in Melbourne or Sydney.

The West Indies have been every bit as bad as we thought. Their batsmen survived a total of 106.3 overs across the two innings. That’s the equivalent of losing a wicket nearly every six overs.

But it will not be easy for Australia to win in two days. They would have to bowl first, dismiss the Windies cheaply twice and in between score quickly while also losing wickets. As silly as it sounds, it will not happen unless the Windies are more competitive with the ball.

3. Josh Hazlewood can play all six Tests this summer

How to manage the giant quick has been an issue since the build up to the Perth Test when it was revealed there were concerns over Hazlewood’s workload, but the little resistance offered by the West Indies batsmen means it’s unlikely to remain a major talking point.

For Hazlewood to get tired he’ll have to bowl a lot of overs, but if their lack of application in Hobart is a guide the Windies aren’t capable of occupying the crease.

Hazlewood now has a fortnight to recover from his 28.3 overs in Hobart. Unless the curator produces a road at the MCG, Hazlewood should have enough left in the tank to get to Sydney for his home Test.

4. James Pattinson bounced back very well

Playing in his first Test since March last year, the Victorian firebrand made a poor return in the first innings but was far more potent in the second, claiming figures of 5-27.

Willing to pitch the ball up, Pattinson found movement in the air and off the pitch, which proved too potent a combination for the hapless West Indies batsmen.

But it’s premature to cast judgment based on one game against a team that is barely Test standard. Taking wickets has never been a problem for Pattinson, the big question mark against him has been his durability. It might be a while before we find out how resilient his body is.

5. Day-night Tests are not the way to breathe life into this series

Shane Warne floated the idea of playing the Boxing Day Test under lights in a bid to increase interest, but that would have been recipe for disaster judging by the way the Windies batted.

If they could not handle facing the red ball on a pitch where Australia made 4-583, imagine how they would have fared against the new pink ball under lights.

Cricket authorities will have to find another way to sell the Test. At this stage the Boxing Day sales and movies are looking good options. Even the start of the Sydney to Hobart could provide more entertainment than the Test.

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Sydney Kings to fight like those who beat ‘violet crumbles’ tag, says Tom Garlepp

Lessons from the past: Tom Garlepp wants the Sydney Kings to learn from the hard times the club has previously endured. Photo: Hannah PetersThe best way the struggling Kings can honour their final game at the Sydney Entertainment Centre is to channel the determination of those who wore purple and gold before them.
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The assignment can hardly be more difficult. After a 96-84 loss to the New Zealand Breakers across the Tasman, they return to play the powerhouse Perth Wildcats on Sunday before travelling to take on high-flying Melbourne United on Wednesday.

Wins will restore confidence to the last-placed side, but the game against the Wildcats will have a special edge, as it is the last game at the venue affectionately known as the Kingdome.

“I think the last game at this arena for me just means being able to represent a club that has a lot of history there,” said forward Tom Garlepp, who is in his fourth season at the club.

“They won three championships all at that venue, they really changed, got over that hump of the ‘violet crumble’ tag. A lot of old Kings, ex-Kings and people who talk fondly about [club founder Mike] Wrublewski … that’s who we’re representing.

“We’ve got to understand that we’re representing some times that were really hard for people, times that the people at the club overcame.

“A lot of ex-Kings and people attached to the club wear that as a badge of honour and for us, in this last game, we really have to represent that the right way, play as hard as we can. That’s the way to honour this last game. That’s what it means to me.”

On a personal level, Garlepp wants to show his appreciation to a club he says has been good to him and has given him the opportunity to “grow as a player and a person”.

But a more immediate concern is to get the Kings back in the winner’s circle amid a disappointing season.

“We’re not shocked,” Garlepp said of the players’ response to their 3-11 campaign.

“There are some things that we understand have contributed to it. We haven’t accepted what’s happened willingly, but we’ve been without two starters for the majority of the year, [Josh] Childress and [Steven] Markovic, so there are things there that are completely out of our control. I think a lot of people have failed to mention that.

“There have been things going on but, at the same time, we’re professionals, you’ve got to get the job done and we’ve haven’t. We have to accept that as well, take a lot of responsibility and just try to keep improving.”

The Kings showed some good signs in pushing the Breakers and Garlepp said there was “definitely a strategy that we took into the game” and could gain some confidence under new coach, former Washington Wizards assistant Joe Connelly.

“There’s been a bit of personnel change and a new coach. We’ve had to up our conditioning a bit more at training. I think that’s good in the long run. Joe’s been a positive influence on the group. He’s done a good job with that.

“Perth are a quality team and you’ve got to enjoy playing the best. They’re deep and they’ve got Boomer talent and some good Americans. It’s a good challenge. But I think we’ll be OK.”

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Australia v West Indies first cricket Test: Simon Katich grabs controversy by the throat

Simon Katich, here with Alan Jones, finally opens up – sort of – about his stoush with Michael Clarke. Photo: Simon AleknaTHE TONK
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Ever since Simon Katich was added to the ABC Grandstand commentary team this summer we’ve been waiting for the inevitable moment that he’d be asked about his central part in one of the most infamous moments in recent Australian cricket history. It happened on Saturday, as Australia’s crushing victory in the first Test was completed, with veteran broadcaster Jim Maxwell prodding the former Test opener on his 2009 clash with Michael Clarke during a discussion about dressing-room team songs and the like. Katich, of course, notoriously fronted up to Clarke, grabbing him by the throat, in the SCG rooms in the midst of an argument over when the team song should be sung. Australia had just beaten South Africa in what was Matthew Hayden’s final Test and while Katich and others wanted to stay in the rooms Clarke wanted to have the song sung early so he could leave to join his then girlfriend Lara Bingle. “As we all know there was a little bit of a disagreement in terms of when the timing (of the song) should be. As a result of that I got a little bit…(pause)”. At this point Maxwell interjected: “This was the Croatian moment?” “Yeah,” Katich replied. “It bugged me.” Katich went on: “My understanding of it, and it always has been, is that it’s up to the custodian of the song to determine that time. There was a little bit of a rush that night to go onto the next venue. Michael Hussey was particularly keen to stay in the dressing rooms, Matty Hayden was sitting down there in what turned out to be his last Test match. He wanted to savour the moment in those SCG dressing rooms.”

Warne’s crack at Marlon – again

The debacle at Blundstone Arena was obviously difficult to watch for Brian Lara, who incidentally scored a half-century in Perth on Friday for a Legends XI against Perth Scorchers. “I think our batsmen have accepted the inevitable when there is an opportunity to bat and take something positive away from the game,” Lara tweeted on Saturday. Shane Warne was also critical of the tourists’ abject batting but took particular aim at Marlon Samuels, who has history with the leg-spin great after throwing his bat at him during a confrontation in a Big Bash League game three seasons ago. “Marlon Samuels is Mr Experience out there but he hasn’t really given anything in this Test match so far. He’s fielded on the boundary, hasn’t shown any enthusiasm or any intensity,” Warne said on the Channel Nine coverage.

Tickets going cheap

Tickets for the Boxing Day Test have been reduced slightly in the top category, from $78 to $72 on day one and down to $66 on day two, as Cricket Australia tries to drum up enthusiasm in the wake of the huge gulf between the teams in Hobart. All other pricing remains the same as last year, though. Day three and beyond will be a tough sell if the match goes that long, but the view that the occasion sells itself in Melbourne is probably right and should see the usual strong turnout on Boxing Day.

Travelling Mickey

Two years after he was dumped as Australian coach Mickey Arthur is still carving out a career in coaching and is travelling to all corners of the cricket world to do it. The South African has coached in the Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League since his Australian exit and has now landed another T20 gig with Karachi in the new Pakistan Super League. We can only imagine then that Karachi won’t be picking up Brad Haddin, who is in the PCB draft but who The Tonk imagines isn’t on the best of terms with Arthur after blaming the coach’s insecurity for the national team’s woes during his tenure.

Murder mystery

The documentary, Death of a Gentleman, which is worth seeing simply for the lurid canary yellow suit donned by ECB chairman Giles Clarke, finally makes a much-anticipated arrival on Australian screens this month with premieres in Sydney on December 21 and Melbourne on December 23. The film is the work of cricket writers Jarrod Kimber and Sam Collins and delves into the decline of Test cricket and the machinations behind last year’s power grab of the game’s big three.   

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Spin king Shane Warne endorses Nathan Lyon as Australia’s go-to bowling man

Shane Warne backs Nathan Lyon as the go-to man in Australia’s bowling line-up. Photo: Morne de KlerkAustralian cricket great Shane Warne has endorsed Nathan Lyon as “the first picked” in the Test side, describing the former ACT Comets spinner as one of the “most important” in the team and a “go-to man” for captain Steve Smith.
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Lyon celebrated his 50th Test in style, taking three wickets in the West Indies first innings as Australia demolished the visitors in Hobart to win by an innings and 212 runs.

Lyon is the most successful finger-spinner in Australian Test history and the only off-spinner to play 50 Tests.

But uncertainty has hovered over his position in the team for most of his career as Australia launched a search for a long-term successor to champion leg-spinner Warne.

Warne says the former Manuka Oval curator has finally put any questions about his role in the team to bed, and is adamant he will evolve now that he sits comfortably in the selection ranks.

“What a great story Nathan Lyon is. He had his knockers when he first came into the Australian side, but he’s nearly one of the first picked,” Warne said on Channel Nine.

“He’s nearly one of the most important players in the Australian side because if you didn’t have Nathan Lyon in that side, who else is there around the country?

“We’ve got some good young spinners, but [Lyon] is a go-to man for Steve Smith and he was for Michael Clarke. Just look at the Ashes series recently, [Clarke] threw the ball to [Lyon in seaming conditions. He can bowl in all conditions.”

Lyon has now claimed 175 wickets in his 50-Test career and will take his place in the line-up for the Boxing Day match at the MCG.

He is fifth on the all-time leading wicket-takers for Australian spinners, sitting behind Warne (708), Richie Benaud (248), Clarrie Grimmett (216) and Stuart MacGill (208).

Australia used 12 spinners in a wide-ranging search for a long-term successor to Warne when he retired in 2007.

Warne and former Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy are united in the belief that Lyon now owns the mantle and will improve even more as the 28-year-old embraces selection certainty.

“He’s a good team man, his record is standing up and I reckon he’s getting more confidence because he feels like he’s part of the side, too,” Warne said.

“Every time he gets out to bowl, he’s not afraid to get the ball out there. The way he’s bowling at the moment is about as good as he’s ever bowled.]

“…[In the first-innings against the West Indies] he knew the team needed him to play a role and he did it.”

Lyon was scarcely used in the second innings on Saturday as Australia’s quicks tore through the West Indies batting line-up.

The Young junior bowled just four overs as Australia romped to an easy win.

But it was his first-innings performance that had Warne and Healy raving as he took three early wickets to trigger the West Indies’ collapse.

“For me, I was in and out of the side in 1991-92. At the Boxing Day Test match in 1992 I took 7-52 and then I knew I was in the team, after that you approach the game differently,” Warne said.

“You start thinking about how you’re going to bowl rather than am I getting a game. I think we’re seeing Nathan Lyon evolve now, a bit more expansive with his thinking.”

Healy added: “That’s really exciting, he’s in his 50th Test and he’s got such a wonderful platform that he’s laid. He’s got all that experimentation and freedom to perform … A very dependable cricketer.”

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Australian jockeys on show against the best at Hong Kong International Races day

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The jockeys’ room at Sha Tin on Sunday may quite easily be mistaken for Randwick or Flemington as no less than nine Australian riders saddle up on Hong Kong International Races day.

There may be only a trio of horses – Preferment, Lucia Valentina and Criterion – flying the flag for Australia, but its jockeys are in demand with their reputations of being among the best in the world.

There is no disputing the king of Hong Kong is Brazilian Joao Moreira, who makes frequent trips to Australia for group 1s, but leading the chasers are Zac Purton and Brett Prebble, who sit second and third on the jockeys premiership.

“It is good to see the boys again,” Purton said. “We see quite a bit of each other these days because we are travelling more as jockeys but you notice there more Aussie boys around.

“There are four of us up here at the moment [on contract] and, out of nine of 10 western jockeys, it is a good number to have and shows how well thought of we are.

“Hong Kong racing in general is very similar to Australia, so it is easy for someone coming from home to fit in and adapt here. Whereas it can be tougher for the European jockeys because it is a completely different style for them.

“It is tough but I think most of the Aussies do well here because it is so tough and competitive at home.”

Chad Schofield and Nash Rawiller also have riding contracts in the former colony. Rawiller will ride Contentment, which is a rough hope of upsetting favourite Able Friend in the Hong Kong Mile, and a handful of jockeys have flown in for the International meeting.

“It’s a credit to our jockeys in Australia to have so many up here for this day,” said Tommy Berry, who has ridden with success in Hong Kong and is completing a contract in Japan. “People in Hong Kong are starting to see it and bring us here for more short-term contracts.

“There are more opportunities for all of us to ride internationally and I think it is because we really have a high level of competition at home.”

Berry has rides in each of the international races, three for John Moore, but he admits they are outsiders.

Hugh Bowman, who has also been in Japan for the past month, takes the ride on Preferment and has been picked up for several rides on the card, while Craig Williams reunites with Criterion, on which he won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes earlier in the year, in the Hong Kong Cup.

“He feels great and can measure up to this class again as he has shown in the past,” Williams said. “We went close last year [when third] but we need the breaks to go our way [from barrier 13].”

Damien Oliver has the seat on Lucia Valentina in the Hong Kong Cup and James McDonald has the ride on Japanese Cup contender Satono Aladdin.

If an Australian horse can’t lift one of the main prizes, the attention will turn to the jockeys and Purton believes he may be able to go one better than last year on Military Attack in the Cup after running second on him, beaten by a short head.

“He just got touch off in this race last year,” Purton said. “He always turns up on the big days and has been a fantastic horse over a couple of seasons.

“Although we won last time, I thought it was a bit of below par performance from what he can give. Caspar [Fownes] has targeted this race with him and I think he will lift.”

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Duo offering a coal for Christmas service

O Coal All Ye Faithful: Wollongong entrepreneur Luke Szalla is all generosity with a handful of coal this Christmas. Picture: Georgia MattsThe legend of getting coal for Christmas has a part in just about every country’s Yuletide lore.
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Be a good child or your stocking will have only coal in it, the threat would go.

Now a pair of Wollongong entrepreneurs is offering the black diamond, as it was once known, for delivery this Christmas, for just $19.95, via their online trading business.

At that price it might turn out to be one of the most expensive per-gramcoal purchases going, but business partnersRegan Kerr and Luke Szalla said the raw material is close to the least expensive of their inputs.

“The coal’s not the biggest cost at all,” Mr Kerr said.

“We wash it up real nice so it’s clean and shiny. We put it into a nice little display box, we wrap it and put a ribbon on top, then we pack it up and send it.”

Send it to your enemies, send it to your friends, and you can even sit back in the righteous knowledge you have contributed to a small piece of carbon capture and storage, saving the coal from being burned.

The business partners wereinspired by the “send your enemies glitter” campaign earlier this year, and when they saw some sellers delivering coal for Christmas in the US, they thought they could do it better.

Now they are filling orders coming from the US.

They initially found it difficult to find a supplier for their needs –miners would have a minimum order of 200 tonnes, and some online brokers wouldn’t respond for less than 30,000 tonnes.

But now they have a supply and business ispicking up for the Send Coal team.

When the Mercury caught up with Mr Kerr on Friday, he was delivering another load of coal to their temporary premises and preparing to wash it for sale.

He and Mr Szalla are friends from school and have become business partners, focusing on online trading. They also runan online breakfast smoothie sales business, Compleat.

But that has had to take a back seat while their Send Coal idea has its moment that must be seized.

“It’s a fun side project that’s taken over our lives,” Mr Kerr said.

Mr Szalla said with the coal being about 165 million years old, it was a present for the ages.

“Theoretically, you could put this on a displayshelf and admire the sedimentary remains of ancient vegetation for millions of years to come –the longevity is great,” Mr Szalla said.

“It’d be perfect to send to the officesof your favourite Coalition MP”.

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Qantas will no longer carry racing greyhounds on flights to Asia

Greyhounds sent to Macau are kept in poor conditions, says Animals Australia. Photo: ABC 7:30Exported greyhounds receive a “death sentence”: ABC 7:30 report
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Qantas will no longer carry racing greyhounds on flights to Asia in what animal activists say is a “win for gentle dogs facing certain death”.

The move follows revelations that greyhounds were being exported to Hong Kong and Macau. As many as 800 dogs were being kept in prison-like cells in Macau to replace those that had been culled and incinerated.

It means Australia’s two major carriers to Asia, Qantas and Cathay Pacific, will no longer carry racing greyhounds as freight.

The change of heart followed coverage last week by the ABC of an investigation by Animals Australia into the export of dogs to Hong Kong and Macau.

Australians have been exporting dogs to countries like Macau and China, an investigation by the ABC’s 7.30 program revealed.

The practice is not illegal but, without the required passports, it is against rules set out by Greyhounds Australasia.

Animals Australia said as many as 30 dogs a month – dogs that were too slow to race on Australian tracks – were being condemned to a death sentence, and being held in conditions that were “a blatant breach of the industry’s own rules”.

Animals Australia said the “game-changing decision” by Qantas was “a win for the gentle dogs exported to certain death each year” and for its “passionate and relentless supporters and caring community members who have been leaving no stone unturned to be a voice for these animals”.

In its expose, the organisation claimed more than 800 dogs were kept in squalid conditions in cages, dozens were destroyed every month, and one dog died on the track every day, animal rights advocates estimated, according to the report.

“For those dogs it’s actually a straight-out death sentence,” Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White said.

“The conditions are awful, it’s prison-like, barren cells, and in fact it really is like being exported to another country and put on death row,” she told 7.30.

Athough Qantas has not issued a formal announcement, it telegraphed the change in policy on social media on Friday night.

“We share your concerns about the disturbing story that appeared on the 7.30 Report earlier in the week,” Qantas said in response to inquiries about its policies, including by Animals Australia.

In a response, the carrier acknowledged that it had transported a small number of racing greyhounds to Asia.

“However in light of the story we have made the decision to no longer provide racing greyhound freight services to Asia.”

On Friday night, an animal activist on Twitter known as @Nez_animallover posted an image of dead greyhounds dumped in a mass grave and asked Qantas if it was true it was going to ban exports of racing greyhounds.

Qantas responded nearly immediately.  @Nez_animallover In light of the recent ‘7.30 Report’ story, we’ve decided to no longer provide racing greyhound freight services to Asia.— Qantas (@Qantas) December 11, 2015

The response on social media was overwhelmingly positive.

“Qantas thank you so much for refusing to export our wonderful greyhounds to a fate worse than death! Well done for taking the right stand, the only stand, to protect these dogs. Qantas – you are the BEST!” said one supporter on Facebook.

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Brave little Jaxon loses fight with cancer

IT was a story that touched almost every person in the Ballarat community.
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A story of a boy who never let the word cancer get in his way.

For those who knew Jaxon Cooper, you may have heard him say “stuff you cancer”.

That’s exactly what the brave 11-year-old did right up until the end.

Sadly, Jaxon lost his battle with aninoperable brainstem tumour on Friday night after bravely fighting for his life since hewasdiagnosed last year.

Jaxon’s family shared a message to the local community who have followed Jaxon’s incredible journey on Saturday morning, saying “Last night, surrounded by family Jaxon slipped away. He is now free to run, play and talk.

He was only here with us for such a short time, but has taught us so much. He has done more than most adults have done on their lifetime.

Jaxon has shown us to live each day and treasure every moment and that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Brave little Jaxon loses fight with cancer Jaxon surrounded by mum Jodie, dad Rob and his siblings Grace, 4, Logan, 8, and Tyson, 13.

Jaxon as principal for a day at Black Hill Primary School.

Jaxon spent much of his time focused on raising money for ‘Dream Day’ which raises money for brain cancer research.

Jaxon wearing a beanie for Brain Cancer Action Week.

Jaxon ticked off his watching the New York Knicks from his bucket list.

Jaxon ticked off his watching the New York Knicks play from his bucket list.

Paul Tudorovic gives Jaxon a signed New York Knicks shirt.

TweetFacebookIn his honor make today and everyday count.”

Over the weekend hundreds of tributes flooded in for Jaxon who inspired an entire community to remember justhow precious the gift of life is.

But no one is more proud of Jaxon and his journey thanhis family.

Jaxon’s mother, Jodie Cooper said she will always remember her little star as the cheeky boy who wanted nothing more than to beat cancer and ensure other children would neverbe facedwith the same terrifying reality he experienced.

“He was an average kid, but wanted to beat cancer and was determined to help others and make sure other kids didn’t go through the same thing,” she said.

“He was always positive andwanted to get the best out of life.

“He had an ability to always make us laugh and he was always full of energy.”

Despite being told he had less than 12 months to live after doctors found the inoperable tumour, Jaxon continued to defy all the odds to make a difference.

He made himself amission to prove he couldcomplete his bucket list of everything he would like to achieve.

“We started the bucket list as a little thing to help him and us,” Jodie said.

“How big it got was amazing.”

Thanks to the community’s generosity, Jaxon flew to America last year to watch his favourite NBA team, the New York Knicks.

“When we watched the Knicks, he turned around–it was like he couldn’t talk–and said‘that was the best night ever’,” his mother said.

Jaxonalso explored the Great Barrier Reef, watched his parents get married in Cairns, met the players from Melbourne United and this year went back to school.

But it was his meeting with former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, where he stood tall and advocated for funding formedical research into brain cancer and, ultimately, his goal tofind a cure that really left a imprint on the entire nation.

“We are extremely proud. Even through his bucket list he wanted to do things that would help others,” Jodie said.

“It shows us, even as an adult, that‘you can get on with it’. His determination to be who he could be is something I will never forget.”

But Jaxon and everything he has achieved for brain cancer will never be forgotten.

“We made him a promise to raise awareness for children’s brain cancer and help find a cure,” Jodie said.

Hundreds of tributes have flooded into the Jaxon’s Journey Facebook page with many people commenting on the how‘extraordinary’ Jaxon was.

“Jax you have taught us all so much along the way,” one message read.

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