I learned a new word this week, and it's a corker. Zugzwang is a German term which describes a position in chess where every move puts the player at a disadvantage. When you're caught in Zugzwang there's no perfect solution, only the least worst option. You need confidence, a calm head and a clear mind to find a way forward.
Nearly half a century after 13 innocents were slaughtered on the streets of Derry, and only one of those who opened fire, and none of those who gave the orders, has been prosecuted.
Northern Ireland is enjoying remarkable success from an increased proportion of local electricity coming from renewable sources. Over 40% of electricity consumption is from renewables. On a windy summer's day renewables can provide well over 60% of demand.
As the pandemic continues to dominate the headlines, and people worry about a second wave of Covid-19 it is disturbing to be told that because of unsustainable pressure leading into the winter months, we in Northern Ireland are facing a possible shortage of more than 2,000 nurses and midwives.
The death of John Hume represents the loss of 20th century Ireland's most significant and consequential political figure. It is no exaggeration to say that each and every one of us now lives in the Ireland Hume imagined - an island at peace and free to decide its own destiny.
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