Daily Archives: 06/13/2020

USA Politics: Meet Our US 2020 Election Forecasting Model – The Economist

In early June, it gives Donald Trump a one-in-five shot at re-election

The Economist

Four months ago, Donald Trump’s odds of winning a second term had never looked better. After an easy acquittal in his impeachment trial, his approval rating had reached its highest level in three years, and was approaching the upper-40s range that delivered re-election to George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Unemployment was at a 50-year low, setting him up to take credit for a strong economy. And Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, had won the popular vote in each of the first three Democratic primary contests.

But even by Mr Trump’s frenetic standards, the tumble in his political stock since then has been remarkably ABRUPT. First, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s moderate and well-liked vice-president, pulled off a comeback for the ages, surging from the verge of dropping out to presumptive nominee.              Continue reading

Chinese mining firm to acquire Guyana Goldfields Inc for Cdn$323 million


Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd and Guyana Goldfields Inc (GGI) today announced that they have entered into a binding arrangement agreement  pursuant to which Zijin will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Guyana Goldfields for cash consideration of C$1.85 for each Guyana Common Share, valuing Guyana Goldfields at approximately C$323 million.      Continue reading

COVID-19: Why some people wear masks but others don’t: A look at the psychology + Video

KN95 Mask

IDEAS.TED.COM – Jun 4, 2020 

Reopening the economy has often been framed as a partisan issue in the US. But within households, many families are having their own arguments about how lax or strict they should be about the threat of the virus. Is it OK to have friends over? Can we invite Aunt Sally to our birthday party? Can Dad slip away to the golf course? Can Mom get a haircut?

These conflicts reflect two very different mindsets. Some are uneasy about opening up and going against official guidance like wearing masks — better to be safe than sorry, their thinking goes — while others balk at being told what to do, and feel anxious or even angry about constrictions being put in place.        Continue reading

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