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Dr Kerry Chant COVID-19 stats update for January 21 to 27 and local update

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant gave her weekly COVID-19 stats update this morning during Premier Dominic Perrottet’s press conference.

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TGA grants Provisional approval of oral COVID-19 treatments

At last, some good news on the COVID front: the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the first oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19.

Byron Shire 2022 Citizen of the Year

Jacqui Boyett, founder of the not-for-profit Global Ripple charity and op shop, is the Byron Shire 2022 Citizen of the Year.

From border to border – an ocean pools odyssey

Three women on a mission plan to ride their eBikes along the NSW Coast from the Victorian border to the Queensland border and visit ocean pools on the way in a quest to raise money for three deserving charities.

Children: to vax or not to vax?

With the option to vaccinate 5–11-year-olds now available, The Echo took the time to talk to local Byron Shire Dr Joel Hissink about vaccinating children.

Taxi stolen at knifepoint in Tweed Heads

An investigation is underway after a taxi driver had his cab stolen at knifepoint at Tweed Heads.

Validity of a visa

As a 90-year-old, I have travelled many years since I was 18 years of age; to America, the UK...

Stories about "anti-nuclear":

Time to outlaw nuclear weapons

John Hallam, campaigner, People for Nuclear Disarmament, Sydney Foreign minister Julie Bishop should do a 180-degree about turn on nuclear weapons policy at the United...

Festival takes on nuclear industry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOty0mTLQC4 The Desert Liberation Front trailer for the Lizard Bites Back Protestival. The Lizard Bite Back music and arts festival and protest camp kicks off near...

India nuke protest at Mullumbimby markets

The Mullumbimby Farmers Market saw a protest on Friday against the visit of the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to India to sign a deal with the Indian government for the transfer of nuclear technology.

From the Channon to Fukushima

Mothers with their babies in tow were part of a visual petition addressed to politicians and world leaders sent from the Channon Market on...

Richmond Valley Council Citizen awards

The contribution made to the Richmond Valley community by its citizens was recognised on 26 January through a range of awards and most particularly through the award of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. 

How depression makes people vulnerable to misinformation

A US study has found that people suffering from depression are much more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

Countbacks or by-elections for Ballina?

Cr Rod Bruem's first appearance in the Ballina Council chamber saw an attack on ALP candidates who narrowly failed to win seats in the recent local government election, with the councillor claiming it would be undemocratic for a countback to include 'rejected' Labor Party candidates if another councillor was unable to serve during the next 18 months.

Community building and disaster resilience

If you’ve ever wanted to be a volunteer, the Community Carers and Responders might be where you can lend a hand.