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A Sound Life, Australia’s first charity to transform the lives of people in need through free music, yoga and meditation programs is having an event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the COVID crisis in India. Co-founder/CEO, Edo Kahn, is a musician, social entrepreneur and yogi, and he is passionate about transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities. In 2017 over 200 ASL volunteers delivered 560 free sessions across 39 facilities in Sydney, Illawarra and Northern Rivers NSW. Since ASL’s inception in 2014, thousands of people facing hardships
Edo will be performing at a charity event for the COVID crisis in India on Mothers Day. in healthcare facilities and underserved communities have experienced renewed
wellbeing, personal empowerment and joy. An internationally
acclaimed singer-songwriter and sound healing specialist, Edo will be performing at the Mothers Day event. Bring your mum, she will love it! The Mothers Day Chant for Mother India event is on this Sunday, from 2pm to 6pm at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. Tickets are vailable on a tiered pricing system, so you can pay what you can, between $30-$500 – visit: www.trybooking.com/BRAQT ASL is also asking for donations of valuable items from India and South Asia, for a pop-up shop and auction on May 22. Visit: www. asoundlife.org for more information.
Byron Bay wins season opener against Mullum Giants Ross Kendall The local league derby is always and the Byron Bay Red Devils have won the first game of the NRRRL season with a hardfought 20-16 win over Mullumbimby last Saturday night at the Les Donnelly Field. The Red Devils had all the running in the first half, scoring two unanswered tries, as the Giants reorganised themselves after early injuries. After the break the Byron side led by captain Todd Carney scored again to put the lead out to 14-0. In the 60th minute the home side found their legs and scored their first try. Just two minutes later they scored again and were right back in the game at 14-10. The Red Devils maintained their composure and intensity and scored a six pointer with ten minutes to go. Mullum came at them hard and scored their own converted try right on the 80 minute final whistle, leaving the visitors with the 20-16 win. The Red Devils were also too strong in reserve grade, winning that encounter 38-8.
CHESS by Ian Rogers Ian Nepomniachtchi will be Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger after the Russian won the Candidates tournament in Ekaterinburg with a round to spare. Nepomniachtchi’s success, which earned him $150,000 plus a million dollar payday in Dubai in November, was widely feted. However, the other big news from the tournament was the retirement of Chinese star Wang Hao. Wang had been reluctant to come to Ekaterinburg in March 2020 when the event began (and the Covid crisis in Russia was already well underway) and even more reluctant to return when the aborted tournament resumed just over a fortnight ago. Wang said he never wanted to return to Russia, but strong political pressure was placed on the two Chinese Candidates to return last month. Wang succumbed, but the stress (and jetlag) proved too much. From his play, sprinkled with atypical calculation errors, it was clear that he would rather be anywhere but Ekaterinburg. Indeed, after the blunder given below Wang, 31, announced his
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Byron Book Fair The annual Byron Shire Book Fair needs your secondhand or new books to sell and raise funds for the Libraries of Byron Shire. Books need to be in good condition, and all genres, such as fiction, non fiction, art, children’s, history, DVDs and games, are needed. Call Beryl 6685 3030 or Janene 0407 855 022, who can arrange collection points. The Book Fair will take place between 2 and 5 July.
My Life as a Dog Drill Hall Film Society screens My Life as a Dog on Saturday 24 April at 2pm, doors open at 1.30pm. To attend email: email@example.com or ring Sonia 6684 2112 to book.
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse Heartfelt House runs programs for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We are running Pathways to Healing, an eight-week program for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It is being run at Heartfelt House on Tuesdays, 4 May until 22 June, and Thursdays 6 May until 24 June. All sessions run 10am till 12.30pm. Registrations essential, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0432 889 665 or 6628 8960.
Low-cost or free food Food Box Thursdays 9.30–11.30am at Uniting Church, Mullumbimby. If you have any sort of Centrelink card you may purchase cheap food, obtain free veges, and enjoy a cuppa. Free Food Relief Bags for anyone doing it tough, every Wednesday 10–12noon at The Hub Ocean Shores, cnr Rajah Rd and Bindaree Way. No ID or Concession Card required. NILs referral service also available. Check Facebook page The Hub Baptist Ocean Shores for details.
The Red Devils celebrate after winning the first game of the season. Photo supplied
retirement from chess. He might have retired earlier, had he not qualified for the Candidates tournament from the Isle of Man Open – a victory which ultimately caused him more than a year of suffering. (From the opening of the Candidates to the closing ceremony was 406 days, the longest tournament in history.) In announcing his retirement Wang confessed to a long-term health problem, which had been exacerbated in the past two years.
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at the Brunswick Heads CWA Hall on the corner of Booyun and Park Streets. Cards are $5 each. Special guest Kit Bray will be performing live acoustic music at this COVID Safe event.
Friends of Libraries Friends of Libraries Byron Shire are holding a book event for Jed Hart, a local Byron Bay resident, discussing his first novel Without Warning in conversation with Mick O’Regan, at Marvell Hall 37 Marvell Street Byron Bay on Friday 28 May from 5.30pm. Entry $10, light refreshments and drinks are provided. Bookings are essential at www.byronbayfol.com.
Mullumbimby CWA Mullumbimby Country Women’s Association next branch meeting is at 10am on Wednesday 12 May at the CWA rooms (on the corner of Tincogan and Gordon Streets). New members are very welcome. For more information call 0427 847 282.
BV VIEW Club Brunswick Valley VIEW Club will meet on Thursday, 13 May at 10.30am for luncheon at Brunswick Heads Bowling Club. Book in with Wenda on 0449 563 580 or email wjhunt@ yahoo.com.au. To find out more about VIEW, visit www.view.org.au or call 1800 805 366.
Uniting Church Op Shop The Op Shop crn Dalley & Whian Streets Mullumbimby is holding a fundraiser on Saturday 15 May from 9am until 12.30pm reaching out to support and mentor youth at our local High School. A special feature will be a silent auction for a chance for someone to purchase an original painting by Bessie Liddle a Luritja/Pertame woman formally from Alice Springs. The painting and supporting information will be on display in the op shop.
Lennox Head Evening VIEW Club is holding their May Dinner Meeting on Tuesday 11 May 2021 at the Beef and Beach (Lennox Hotel) from 6.30pm. Cost $30. Guests are welcome! Guest speaker will be Dr Sharon Parry, Associate Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at Southern Cross University and Ballina Shire Councillor. If you wish to attend please ensure you advise Sue Brennan no later than Friday 7 May. Phone 0409 728 814 to book your place.
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Gisela and Georgia Conechado have artworks for sale to support three of our local wildlife rescue charities – Friends of the Koala Lismore, WIRES Northern Rivers and the Australian Seabird Rescue Ballina. The artworks and cards will be available at the Bushfire Wildlife Recovery Project launch on Saturday 8 May from 6pm
The Probus Club of Hastings Point Tweed Coast meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am, at Tricare, Tweed Coast Road, Hastings Point. Visit: www.hastingsptprobus.org and enquiries to Tony 0409 872 773. May speaker is Susi Muddiman, Director of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare’s next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, 8 May, from 8am to 12 noon. Help is needed to finish laying cardboard and mulch around 500 trees planted in January last year. The event will be held at Saltwater Creek, adjacent to the Mullumbimby Community Garden. To find us, walk into the garden, pass the main office building and you will spot the mulch and tools.
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In this position Wang, playing Black against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, has a passive but solid position. Had Black played 26…Rab8, intending …c5 and …b4, he would be close to equal but instead Wang came up with a disastrous manoeuvre: 26…Ng7?! 27.Rd2 Ne8 28.Red1 Nc7?? 29.Nxb5! Since 29… Rxd2 loses to 30.Nxc7+, Wang had no choice but to resign.
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The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’ last Sunday organised by Basketball NSW at the Cavanbah Centre. The half-day session was
designed to give 7 to 16-yearold girls a taste of all the different aspects of basketball. No matter the skill level of participants the session created a safe environment to support the next generation of female players. www.echo.net.au
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