first_imgIndoor dining in cafes and restaurants will resume on Friday, he said, with social distancing of 1.5 meters between groups.Marriages and funerals will also be allowed if the attendees wore face masks and kept two meters distance from each other.Bettel however said cafes and restaurants would have to close at midnight.Francois Koepp, the general secretary of the Horeca federation grouping hotels, restaurants and cafes, welcomed the announcement, saying the sector had “greatly suffered from the confinement”. Topics : He said it provided employment to some 21,000 people in this nation of 620,000 inhabitants.Cinema theatres and gyms will open at the end of the week but children’s parks will remain closed.The government has pledged to give every citizen over 16 a voucher worth 50 euros ($54) to spend in hotels to provide a boost to the sector.The vouchers will also be given to some 200,000 cross border workers from Belgium, France and Germany.center_img Luxembourg will ease its coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, reopening cafes and restaurants and allowing civil and religious ceremonies under strict conditions, the government announced.The tiny country has so far registered only 3,993 COVID-19 cases, of which 110 have been fatal. Four people are in intensive care and shops were closed on March 18 to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told a news conference on Monday that eateries could reopen terraces with a maximum of four people at a single table.last_img read more

first_imgThe burns casualty ward of a hospital where a 23-year-old rape victim, who was set ablaze by a gang of men, including the alleged rapist, is being treated, is pictured in New Delhi, India, Dec. 6. REUTERS She died of cardiac arrest, ANIreported. The woman had filed a complaint withUnnao police in March alleging that she had been raped at gun-point on December12, 2018, police documents showed. The woman was on her way to board atrain in Unnao district of northern Uttar Pradesh state to attend a courthearing when she was doused with kerosene and set on fire on Thursday,according to the police.center_img Having beensubsequently jailed, the alleged rapist was released last week after securingbail, police officer S.K. Bhagat said in Lucknow.(Reuters) NEW DELHI – A 23-year-old rape victimdied in a hospital in the Indian capital two days after she was set on fire bya gang of men, including her alleged rapist, Reuters partner ANI reported onSaturday.last_img read more

first_imgAUSTRALIA will defend their Women’s T20 World Cup title against India today,, with organisers aiming to break the record for the biggest crowd at a women’s sporting event.The four-time champions are the heavy favourites going into the final, which is being held on International Women’s Day, with India making their maiden appearance.However, India were the only team to beat Australia in the group stages, claiming a superb 17-run victory on the opening night of the tournament.More than 75 000 tickets have already been sold for the finale at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The record for a women’s sporting event is 90 185, achieved at the Football World Cup final between United States and China in Pasadena, California in 1999.The MCG is one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world and can hold 100 024 persons.The final, which is bookended by a performance from Katy Perry, begins at 07:00 GMT, with commentary available on 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website from 06:00 GMT.“We’re not coming just to put on a good show,” said Australia captain Meg Lanning. “We’re coming here to win.“It’s been a long time coming and the build-up to the game is something I haven’t experienced before.“It will be the biggest moment of my career.”Australia began the tournament as favourites, having appeared in every final of the competition since 2010.They have lost the final just once in that time – against an inspired West Indies in 2016 – but they are more experienced in crunch situations than India.However, it has not been straightforward for Australia. They were undone by India’s bowling attack in the first game and they have since lost star all-rounder Ellyse Perry to injury.Pace bowler Megan Schutt excelled in the semi-final against South Africa, while captain Meg Lanning has been an immovable rock, scoring 116 runs in four innings.But India are probably the most improved side in women’s cricket, with their bowling attack spearheaded by diminutive spinner Poonam Yadav.They have an explosive opening partnership in 16-year-old Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, while pace bowler Shikha Pandy returned to form at the start of the tournament.India have appeared in a global final before, when they lost to England in the 50-over World Cup at Lord’s in 2017, but the MCG atmosphere will be a new test for them to deal with.The record stands in Australia’s favour – the hosts have won 13 of their 19 T20 meetings – but India will take heart from their opening night performance.“Sunday is a fresh day, a fresh start,” said India captain Harmanpreet Kaur. “We have to start from ball one.“We are used to playing when a lot of crowd is around us. Sometimes there’s no noise going around in the stadium so we need to keep an eye on each other.“Rather than thinking about what is going to trouble us, it’s only about being there, enjoying the moment and giving our best.”Australia opener Beth Mooney has been the bedrock for the hosts so far, scoring 181 runs in five innings, including two half-centuries.With Alyssa Healy struggling for consistency, Mooney and her patient play will be important for Australia. She is also one of only two batters in the side to average above 30 against India’s spinners.No Australia bowler has taken more T20 wickets against India than Perry’s 22. Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux, recalled in Perry’s absence, will have to play a containing role during the middle overs.For India, it is hard to look beyond Shafali Verma. While the teenager has yet to score a half-century in the tournament, her aggressive strokeplay and the ease with which she hits sixes will be crucial to getting India off to a strong start.It was leg-spinner Yadav who put the brakes on Australia in the opening match.Her short stature and extra flight behind the ball makes her tricky to attack, and she enters the match as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with nine from four innings. (BBC Sport)last_img read more