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Irish pubs get the nod to re-open after enduring one of the longest shutdowns in Europe

Under the original lockdown easing schedule, pubs were due to re-open in August but that had been pushed back repeatedly.
Pubs that serve food, as well as restaurants and hotels, re-opened in late June under restrictions.
The new rules will put all pubs on a relatively similar footing, requiring table service and limiting group sizes.
In cases where two-meter distancing isn’t possible, customers can only stay for 105 minutes and all customers must be off the premises by 11:30 p.m.

IRS to send catch-up payments for missing stimulus money

As the government rushed out stimulus checks to millions of Americans this spring, some were disappointed to find the payments fell short of what they expected.
Now, the IRS is making catch-up payments. This week, it added 50,000 people who had money withheld because of their spouse’s unpaid child support to the list of people who will get catch-up payments.

There are a lot more losing than winning stocks in the S&P 500, Jim Cramer says

“When you get down into the weeds of this market, what you see is that there are a lot more losers than there are winners,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer said.
“That’s the nature of the Covid economy, and now that there’s no one in Washington willing to play gardener, maybe it’s only a matter of time before the weeds overrun the entire patch,” the “Mad Money” host said.
“We have a bizarre situation where some companies are doing very well,” Cramer said, “but a lot of other companies are getting crushed.”

Beirut death toll rises to at least 135 as explosion is blamed on 2,750-ton ammonium nitrate stash

The explosion, which blew out windows and destroyed property for miles around, has been initially blamed on 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in an unsecured warehouse at Beirut’s cargo port.
But the government subsequently announced an investigation to determine within five days the exact cause of the explosion and “who was responsible.”
The immediate crisis in homelessness, health, overwhelmed medical services and destroyed property and businesses comes on top of an already crippled economy, the coronavirus pandemic and regional tensions.