Sun, 21/07/2024 - 05:37

SIX-YEAR-OLD Grace from Coffs Harbour is asking the community to help spread the word about a gold ring she’s found and is hoping to return to its owner. Grace and her parents were walking with visiting family, taking them over Muttonbird Island to see the migrating whales, on Thursday 11 June at around noon. Advertise...

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Sun, 21/07/2024 - 05:34

PASSIONATE about promoting awareness around the precariousness of our oceans, the Gowings events team has created the EcoART Challenge competition. The challenge was set to local schools to create eco-friendly masterpieces to the theme of ‘The Ocean and its Marine Life’. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message...

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Sun, 21/07/2024 - 04:59
Interestingly I started writing this article on the Friday afternoon the global CrowdStrike outage occurred. It is amazing to reflect on the similarities between the two outages. Both occurred because of a rogue software update and both showing our lack of resilience and ICT diversity. Issues like this need to be addressed in our underlying Continue reading »
Sun, 21/07/2024 - 04:58
Unlike the US and Israel, Australia is a signatory of the Rome Statute. It has no option but to comply with the latest ICJ decision on 19 July that the UN Security Council, the General Assembly and all states have an obligation not to recognise Israel’s occupation as legal and not to give aid or Continue reading »
Sun, 21/07/2024 - 04:57
The living, not our forebears, have put most of the CO2 into the atmosphere. Substituting wood for coal in power stations doesn’t reduce CO2 emissions. A little warmth helps bell frogs fight chytrid fungus. Wood for coal trick The national delegates at the Glasgow COP meeting in late 2022 agreed to ‘phase down unabated coal Continue reading »
Sun, 21/07/2024 - 04:55
It’s official: the royals are returning down under. King Charles and Queen Camilla are scheduled to visit Australia and Samoa in October, attending events in Canberra and New South Wales (with more details to come). Royal visits are designed to communicate a curated vision of imperial loyalty, but have always been a flashpoint for tension. In fact, Continue reading »
Sun, 21/07/2024 - 04:52
A poem from Roger Chao When twilight cloaks the city’s restless streets, And fear whispers through the cracks in our resolve, A siren’s call, like venom, softly seeps, Luring hearts towards shadows that evolve.   When storms of change rage fierce and unrestrained, And the unknown stretches vast and deep, The weary heart, in search Continue reading »
Sun, 21/07/2024 - 04:51
Based on the response to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) proposed change to the religion question for the 2026 census, religious groups are singing from the same misprinted hymn sheet. Paul Collins’ recent article, “Religion and the census” (Pearls and Irritations, 8 June 2024), serves as a faithful echo of the article published by Continue reading »
Sun, 21/07/2024 - 04:50
Whether we call it “polycrisis,” like Columbia University Professor Adam Tooze, or “the age of catastrophe,” like the distinguished Marxist Alex Callinicos, there is no doubt that we are living in a period where the very foundations of the contemporary world order are cracking. There is that enigmatic line Gramsci used to describe his era Continue reading »
Sun, 21/07/2024 - 04:43

VANDALS have caused damage to property of the Coffs Harbour branch of the Country Women Association (CWA). Members were saddened to arrive at their rooms in Dalley Street to find a sign and brand-new fence had been vandalised. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us...

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Sat, 20/07/2024 - 09:30
Panda-monium The public is getting its first video look at the San Diego Zoo’s new pair of pandas, just ahead of their first chance to see the pandas in person. Zoo officials on Friday released a video of the pandas, Yun Chuan and Xin Bao, playing in Panda Ridge, their home at the San Diego Zoo. Officials also announced that the pandas, who arrived to the zoo from China in June, will make their public debut on Thursday, Aug. 8. “We are delighted to introduce Yun Chuan and Xin Bao to our San Diego Zoo community,” Paul Baribault, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, said in a statement. “Our newest residents will bring joy to our visitors and symbolize the enduring spirt of international conservation efforts.” The pandas are the first to enter the United States in over two decades, according to the San Diego Zoo. Here are some gratuitous panda videos just for fun:
Sat, 20/07/2024 - 08:30
Dan Pfeiffer has some thoughts about how they plan to attack Harris if she does become the nominee: Despite their hatred of the “Crooked Media” (and Crooked Media), the Republicans follow the news. They know what is happening on our side. They built their entire campaign around beating Joe Biden — using concerns about his age as a proxy to frame the race as strong vs. weak. Thanks to Biden’s debate performance, that strategy worked well. As we stand today, Trump is a heavy favorite to return to the White House. The campaign wasn’t set up to beat Kamala Harris or someone else, so Trump supporters are begging Biden to stay in the race. As the convention continues, more and more Republicans are trying to shoehorn Kamala Harris into their speeches. Here’s JD Vance on Wednesday night: Other speakers previewed what I expect to be the top two attacks if Harris becomes the nominee. One, she was in charge of the border and therefore responsible for the chaos that is so prominent in Republican rhetoric.