No issue or place is off-limits when a politician gets the scent of power in his or her nostrils. And so it is with US presidential hopeful Joe Biden, who gratefully seized on the UK's growing embarrassment over its proposal to break the deal Boris Johnson signed with the EU just last year.
A Spitfire, the plane which drove Hitler's Luftwaffe from the skies over Britain exactly 80 years ago, will salute a new band of heroes with a series of flypasts of Northern Ireland hospitals today and tomorrow. It is a novel way of saying thank you to those who are fighting an even more devious enemy than the Nazis - the potentially lethal cornonavirus.
No one believes that combatting the coronavirus pandemic is a simple task. Trying to balance public health with the need to kickstart the economy after lockdown has obvious challenges, but it appears that some of the obvious problems which were known about were not acted upon in Northern Ireland.
The number of jobs at risk as Hillsborough Castle moves to trim its workforce in the coming months may be only 33, but it is symptomatic of how the pandemic has reached into every sector of the economy, even the home of Northern Ireland Secretaries of State and the residence of the Royal Family when they visit the province.
First Minister Arlene Foster has set the right tone by describing children apparently driving HGV lorries on or approaching the M1 Motorway as reckess and crazy. Those are strong words, but entirely justified if the content of two videos posted online is true. In one case it was a young boy, in the other a young girl.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused enormous problems already, but now there is a stark warning from the charity Action for Children advising parents, who are already struggling financially, that they may be facing one of the bleakest winters of their lives.
Jim Allister was a leading barrister before he became a politician and he did not mince his words when describing the Executive's latest Covid restrictions as "inherently absurd." The new restraints for Belfast, Ballymena and postcodes BT43, BT28 and BT29 - when "wet " bars have already been given the indicative date of September 21 to re-open - were widely lampooned on social media yesterday.
It has been 14 years since Ulster last won major silverware but it has the chance to put that right tomorrow when the team takes on Leinster in the final of the Pro 14 competition. It will not be an easy task as Leinster is recognised as one of the best, if not the best, club sides in Europe.
Health Minister Robin Swann had demanded concrete action to curb the spread of coronavirus and First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill delivered it yesterday. It wasn't quite lockdown and it wasn't province-wide, but for those affected in Ballymena, Belfast and three other postcodes it will certainly be quite a restriction on their lives starting on Monday.
Co Down teenager Dara McAnulty has become the youngest ever winner of a major literary prize in the UK with his observations on the natural world and his experience of coping with autism. Such was the standard of his book that the judges of the 2020 Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing say it should be put on the national curriculum.
Health Minister Robin Swann, in his usual forthright manner, summed up the alleged abuse of patients by staff at Muckamore Abbey Hospital. Launching a public inquiry into the allegation he described the situation as a sad chapter in the history of the health and social care services in Northern Ireland.
Nothing that the Boris Johnson government does or says really shocks anymore, but NI Secretary of State Brandon Lewis certainly caused tremors in Parliament when he admitted that the new UK Internal Market Bill being introduced in the Commons today breaches international law. At a delicate time in the free trade negotiations with the EU it was a brazen performance.
It was the day when the self-styled biggest show in the country met the biggest broadcasting star from this country. Eamonn Holmes became Stephen Nolan, but the contrast between these heavyweight, and much lauded, broadcasters could not have been more different.
There is no doubt that Arlene Foster would declare herself as strong a unionist as exists in Northern Ireland. But at what stage does her loyalty veer to a position that no matter what ignominy Westminster heaps on her and the wider unionist community she remains faithful to all its tenets.
In the last year taxpayers have footed a bill of almost £200,000 to clear up illegal waste in Northern Ireland - the equivalent of employing six nurses. To add insult to injury, disposable face masks are being discarded by people with no thought for the environment.
The revelation that the rate of Covid-19 cases being diagnosed in Northern Ireland is over twice the figure for England should make us all stop and think. The statistics for Saturday from Public Health England (PHE) show that the confirmed cases in England per 100,000 of the population was 2.6, but the figure in Northern Ireland for the same period was 6.2.
No one envies Robin Swann his role as Health Minister. He inherited a system that was creaking loudly at the seams and before he could even think of tackling the obvious infrastructure deficiences he was confronted by the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The death of former Bay City Roller Ian Mitchell brings back memories of the years when the Scottish boy band ruled the charts. In their tartan garb, they created a mania in the UK and many young teenage girls dressed like their idols.
It's the job countless young people have dreamed of getting - presenter of the world's longest running children's television programme Blue Peter. And for 20-year-old Adam Beales from Londonderry the dream has come true. Not that he is likely to be overawed, as his YouTube channel already has more than three million subscribers. And anyway, his parents keep him grounded by making him do the washing up at home.
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