Hospitality and retail outlets reopen as NI takes major step out of lockdown
Northern Ireland has taken a major stride out of lockdown as many hospitality and retail outlets reopened their doors after four months of closure.Publicans, cafe owner and restaurateurs are now able to trade outdoors, while all non-essential retailers can pull their shutters up once again.There were long queues outside popular retail outlets such as Primark in Belfast from early on Friday morning as hundreds of shoppers returned to the city centre.Economy Minister Diane Dodds welcomed the relaxations on an early morning visit to Belfast’s Victoria Square shopping centre.Mrs Dodds also highlighted that the Stormont Executive’s delayed high street voucher scheme is set to start operating at the end of the summer, with every adult in Northern Ireland eligible for a £100 prepaid card to spend in the local retail sector.
Mother-of-four Samantha Willis, 35, who had not had a COVID-19 vaccine, died at Altnagelvin Hospital in Northern Ireland last month after giving birth to daughter Eviegrace.Her husband, Josh, said his wife didn’t get the chance to hold her baby in her arms.
Mandatory credit: UEFA Super Cup Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed the decision to bring goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on for the Super Cup penalty shoot-out win over Villarreal stemmed from extensive statistical research.There were eyebrows raised as Kepa replaced Edouard Mendy towards the end of the 1-1 draw at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Wednesday night.The two sides could not be settled over 120 minutes after Hakim Ziyech’s effort for the Champions League holders was cancelled out by Gerard Moreno.Europa League winners Villarreal hit the woodwork twice but came up short in the shoot-out as Kepa saved from both Aissa Mandi and Raul Albiol, with Chelsea winning 6-5 after Kai Havertz had missed the first spot-kick.
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Teenagers from across Northern Ireland played a match at Crusaders FC Seaview grounds in Belfast on the eve of the Super Cup. The match was in partnership with BT Hope United and the UEFA Foundation for Children, with Rio Ferdinand attending. The aim is to raise awareness of the devastating impact of online hate in sport and among young people.
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The families of victims shot dead by British soldiers in Ballymurphy have been joined by victims from all sides of the Troubles to voice their opposition to a proposed statute of limitations on legacy prosecutions.Ten people were killed in Belfast during a British Army operation in 1971.Families of the victims held their annual Time For Truth march in Belfast on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the atrocity.
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