Euro 2020 qualifying Group C: Northern Ireland v Estonia (Windsor Park, 7.45pm) NORTHERN Ireland may have 16 from ’16 but it’s harder to see them achieving their Euro 2020 vision – at least not this year. Manager Michael O’Neill is likely to lean towards many of those dozen and more squad members who went to the last continental competition in France three years ago, but topping the group this time around would be absolutely astonishing. The schedule has been kind to the men in green - but then it really had to be after the boot in the nethers of being drawn against both the Netherlands and, yet again, Germany. The latter always seem to qualify and the former are resurgent, so NI know they will have to cause a shock or two to secure direct qualification by finishing in the top two of Group C. First, though, they’ll have to avoid suffering any surprise results themselves, starting against a side currently ranked almost outside the world’s top 100. … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland have to beat Estonia in Euro 2020 opener
We can easily get side-tracked into specifics about ‘chlorinated chicken’ which distracts that the fundamental issue at hand is who makes our laws and government policy? Should it be the European Commission or a democratically elected British government deciding on whether we impose high tariffs on sugar cane or allow chlorinated chicken to be imported? Under the current Withdrawal Agreement the UK will be subject to EU procurement rules, EU foreign policy, EU State aid rules and remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice for at least another 10 years. And all without any say. It also involves significant commitments and further integration on EU Defence Union projects including all associated EU defence rules, payments, programme governance and policies. Without significant changes to the Brexit backstop we are faced with Remain or vassalage and I am not sure which is worse – at least with Remain the UK would have MEPs and veto in … [Read more...] about Fundamental issue at hand is who makes our laws and government policy?
A CO Down pensioner has been honoured by British Prime Minister Theresa May for her "long-standing dedication" to the Newry Musical Feis. Alma Brown, who is 93, has been announced as a recipient of M[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Co Down pensioner Alma Brown receives honour for “long-standing dedication” to the Newry Feis
MORE than than 600 GPs from across the NHS have called on the British government to take urgent action to offset the "profoundly negative" impact of Brexit on the Northern Ireland health service. Med[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about GPs say there is ‘absolutely nothing’ positive about Brexit for healthcare
BOOK OF THE WEEK Long Shot: My Life As a Sniper in the Fight Against Isis by Azad Cudi is published in hardback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, priced £20 (ebook £9.99) SARDASHT, the Zagros Mountains, the[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Long Shot tells of horror and humanity in Kurds’ fight against Isis