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September 22, 2021


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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Other News

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.

Mandatory mask

Mandatory mask wearing is not working. Supermarkets can’t seem to enforce this, unfortunately. If like me, you see a...

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student...

Reece Byrnes re-elected as Tweed Deputy Mayor

With many many local councils are juggling the elections timetable owing to COVID-19 restrictions, and last night the Tweed Shire elected their Deputy Mayor.

How is RT-PCR used to diagnose COVID-19?

It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in school.

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...

Andrew Macklin, Mullumbimby Creek

Gareth Smith (July 14), I can see you like the selective use of historical facts and statistics when arguing for ‘balance’ about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

I have just one statistic – zero. That’s how many bomb shelters there are in Gaza. This, despite the fact that Hamas clocks in as the third richest terrorist organisation in the world at $1billion (Forbes 2018). That’s zero shelters even though Hamas has a special ‘tunnels battalion’ responsible for digging and building tunnels to facilitate attacking Israel – some big enough to drive trucks through.

Israel, by comparison, has devoted billions of shekels to building enough bomb shelters to protect at least 75 per cent of its people. In the 2021 conflict, Hamas fired 4,000 rockets that would’ve caused mass casualties of Israelis – men, women and children – without the Iron Dome. They did so knowing Israel would respond, knowing there were no bomb shelters for Palestinians, and fighting from urban areas – essentially using Palestinians as human shields.

In biasing your argument against Israel you miss the geo-political forces at work. Hamas is a terrorist army paid for by Iran and Qatar whose stated aim is the annihilation of Israel and death to all Jews. Palestinian deaths are useful in the propaganda war of demonising Israel. A trap you’ve fallen into.

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  1. haven’t you just used selective historical facts and statistics to prove your own bias? Not sure how you have helped exactly!


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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.