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Bar or restaurant? The big issue in pandemic-struck Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) — New coronavirus restrictions put a spotlight on two Belgian classics this week: Beer and surrealism.



An owner of the Beers Bank pub removes chairs and tables from the terrace of the bar at the end of the day in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge in cases while restaurants were allowed to remain open, the big question on the streets is: when is a bar a bar and when is a bar a restaurant. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)


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An owner of the Beers Bank pub removes chairs and tables from the terrace of the bar at the end of the day in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge in cases while restaurants were allowed to remain open, the big question on the streets is: when is a bar a bar and when is a bar a restaurant. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)



Chairs and tables are covered-up outside of a closed bar in downtown Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge in cases while restaurants were allowed to remain open, the big question on the streets is: when is a bar a bar and when is a bar a restaurant. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)


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Chairs and tables are covered-up outside of a closed bar in downtown Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge

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When Oregon will issue the extra $300 unemployment benefits

People who were unemployed from July 26 through September 5 are eligible. Those who qualify will get $300 for each week they were unemployed during that time frame.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Employment Department started issuing $300 weekly payments on Wednesday to Oregonians who were unemployed from July 26 through September 5.

The additional benefits come from FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. Only people who were unemployed from July 26 through September 5 are eligible to receive the payment. Those who qualify will get $300 for each week they were unemployed during that time frame.

“I am pleased to announce that Oregonians will soon receive their LWA payments. We appreciate their patience, especially as these past few weeks have been incredibly stressful,” said David Gerstenfeld, acting director for the Oregon Employment Department (OED).

In a press release, the OED said LWA payment will be issued to eligible recipients

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Visa Lottery 2020 deadline, US slow to issue diversity visas

It has been a complicated year for 55,000 foreigners who won the 2020 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program from among 14 million qualified entries, or more than 23 million individuals including family members.

First, U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe halted, in March, non-emergency visa services due to the coronavirus pandemic — and only recently has the Department of State restarted phased routine services for immigrant and travel visas.

Then, in April came President Trump’s Proclamation 10014 suspending entry of immigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market. Meanwhile, all the diversity visas available for Fiscal Year 2020 must be issued no later than Sept. 30, 2020.

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia ordered the Trump administration to allow diversity visa lottery winners in, after a civil rights coalition filed a lawsuit challenging Trump’s immigration ban.

After the ruling, the Department of State’s

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