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Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

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Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news late this afternoon (April 20) that a 370kg tuna ...

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill, Vic

The Japan 2021 Olympics may be a little different from previous ones, or at least the beds the participants will sleep in will be different. The beds will be long at 2.1m but they will be lonely as they are single beds. It appears that previously the Olympians haven’t been so lonely based on the number of condoms supplied. They were originally supplied as a response to the spread of HIV – 8,391 athletes at the 1988 Seoul Olympics were given 8,000 or slightly less than one per person so some sharing was assumed. By the 2016 Rio games the number of condoms increased to 42 per competitor and yet some sharing was assumed.

Although the numbers are perhaps amusing, and the purpose sensible, why are condoms only available for Olympians, many of whom are wealthy? The need of so many people for medical, food, health and shelter support is obvious, but few governments have made any real attempts or had any success to help their more needy citizens and yet athletes, especially the successful ones, are provided with many resources, even recreational ones. There is also the flippant suggestion that they might want more top-level athletes.

Let the Olympians enjoy their recreational opportunities but consider spreading the generosity of health product availability to all that need it.



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