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Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

Police say that a man carjacked a 17-year-old in Byron Bay just before midnight on Friday.

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A little bit of COVID…

Mandy Nolan has stated in The Echo, ‘For 30 years I’ve fought to give a voice to the voiceless...

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Nurses call for an improved aged care sector

A ‘walk with nurses’ was held in Mullum last Friday, and aimed to highlight the concern aged care nurses have around fee structures, safety issues and staff training in order to properly care for our elderly.

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

The Deep Water Horizon oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a massive oil spill in the spawning waters of blue fin tuna. Scientists studying the effects on the tuna have recently announced a major discovery (AAAS meeting, Science).

They have found that the exposure to aromatic hydrocarbons creates instability in heart muscle contractions. This leads to cardiac arrhythmia… ultimately heart failure.

The scientists consider this cardio-toxicity of oil extends well beyond tuna because the (potassium channel) physiology involved is shared widely across vertebrate species, including humans. Since heart failure is a major cause of death in humans, excessive exposure to aromatic hydrocarbons may be another nail to seal the coffin of fossil fuels, including CSG, and hydrocarbon contaminated water and air. Hooray!

Further research is required. Meanwhile you may wish to ponder the real reason why your favourite perfume makes your lover’s heart flutter.

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby

 

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