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COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to...

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Firefighters receive lifetime membership

During the 2019–20 Black Summer fires, we were reminded what a vital and important role the volunteers of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) play both in fighting fires, and bringing the community together. 

Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.

Cartoon of the week – 1 December, 2021

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Issue dividing the community

This bitter division in the Northern Rivers community regarding trains on our tracks or the rail trail could’ve been...

What do the Tweed Council candidates stand for?

The final day of voting for your local Tweed Shire Councill candidates is Saturday 4 December at a venue near you.

Experience counts

I have been advised by someone in the know that it is not wise to cast your vote for...

Stories about "Facebook":

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Facebook fails

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby American spoilt brat Zuckerberg may have done adults around the world a great favour with his screamy kicky tanty. He’s laid bare...

Facebook blocks Australian news sites

Facebook is blocking Australian news sites from using its platform from today with the ABC, The Guardian, SBS and other platforms now showing ‘No posts yet’ on their Facebook pages.

Three in ten teens contacted online by a stranger

Teenagers are spending around two hours a day online, have four different social media services, and there’s a good chance they have had a negative experience online – including being contacted by a stranger.

Facebook for homework – face-to-face for emotional support

Parents spend a lot of time telling their kids to get their faces away from their screens and it would seem that teenage girls actually would prefer to do that – unless it’s homework.

Thumbs down for Facebook security breach

According to a Facebook newsroom release, some time last Tuesday, September 25, their engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts.

Our trust under attack from lies and spin

As I grew up I was intrigued by the notion of subliminal advertising – the possibility that I could be influenced by a message I didn’t even know I was receiving. I was assured it had been made illegal as it was unethical.

Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Sharing isn’t always caring

Last week lots of my lovely friends on Facebook asked me to share a heart on my wall. Some sort of hold-your-finger-down, share-with-your-gal-pals etc...

Naked portrait at Lismore opening offends Facebook

Lismore’s mayor Jenny Dowell was told her Facebook account would be shut down after she posted an image featuring a survivor of bowel cancer. An Echo drudge has also been banned for reposting the image yesterday.

Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: How to make friends and delete people who think differently

How neat would the world be if all our friends thought exactly the same way as we did? Our ideas would never be challenged, our comfort zones never pushed, instead we’d enjoy the constant reinforcement of our inherent righteousness.

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

On the ground work assists evicted women 

We know the region has some of the highest rents, and highest housing costs in Australia. We all know that this has virtually eliminated affordable housing. We hear the stories of women and children being evicted, of couch surfing and living in cars.

What do the Tweed Council candidates stand for?

The final day of voting for your local Tweed Shire Councill candidates is Saturday 4 December at a venue near you.

Today is International Day of People with Disability

This language trend around People With a Disability has tended to emphasise the disability rather than the person, which can lead to derogatory labelling, depersonalisation or impersonal, collective references.