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A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

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Mechanism of so much destructive economic policy re ‘la covida’, IMF

The IMF (US controlled, unelected) offered governments $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights, to buffer losses caused by economic...

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

New COVID – casual contact location – BP Chinderah Southbound

NNSWLHD has been notified of a new casual contact venue visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19 who travelled between Sydney and Brisbane for work.

Byron’s vaccination level one of the lowest in NSW

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

Sad to say, but it’s not too often that you get to see a movie that is genuinely provocative. Winner of the 2017 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Swedish director Ruben Östlun has pulled off the old two-card trick by managing to savagely satirise the world of high art while at the same time conforming to a high-art aesthetic. Christian (Claes Bang), a curator preparing for a new exhibition, is mugged on the street one day. His response sets in motion a chain of events that dovetail manically with the firestorm that is created by his museum’s ill-considered promotion of the upcoming show. It’s one of Östlun’s dark jokes that the ad should be met with outrage while simultaneously providing its hipster creators with the triumph of going viral.

There is barely a scene in which you are not challenged to reassess what you think is right and proper – a Q&A with a famous artist (Dominic West) is interrupted again and again by somebody shouting obscenities, but the heckler is not asked to leave because he is a sufferer of Tourette’s Syndrome. If there is fault to be found, it could be argued that Östlun simply tries to cover too much ground in his social commentary, and by adopting a lecturing tone near the end it is hard to think that he himself has not come to the same conclusion. His take on sexual relationships is strictly carnal – when Anne (Elisabeth Moss), an American journalist, takes Christian back to her flat they close the bedroom door on a pet chimpanzee before their sweaty mating – and the veneer of civilised society is further cracked at a posh dinner party for the museum’s benefactors. A performance artist wanders among the champagne-sipping guests, behaving as though he were an ape in the jungle. How far can he go in his intimidation of those present? It is the movie’s most disturbing sequence, as Östlun gets fully in your face with his demand that we own up to ourselves. Brilliant. I wanted to watch it again straightaway.

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Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

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New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.