11 things you should know about u.s. presidential elections

Here are some facts about US elections.There are mountains of evidence to support each of these. If you have doubts, do some homework. This is merely a summary of facts.1. The Electoral College. Up to 50% of votes in any state are wiped out. Canada has first-past-the-post voting based on ridings (Parliamentary seats), but imagine if all of Ontario was one riding -- 51% and winner take all.2. Partisan oversight. Elections are governed on the state level, and the person in charge of them represen...
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In the Kitchen with: Dianne Jacob

If you, like me, are always itching to take a peek into someone’s fridge and pantry just to know how they cook and eat on a daily basis, then boy do I have a treat for you! This new series,... The post In the Kitchen with: Dianne Jacob appeared first on Hooked on Heat.
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On Anime: Spring 2020 Season

“On Something” is a series of posts in which I tackle various topics, this time anime. You’ll find full archives here. Over the last couple of years I started checking in on new anime TV seasons again — in Japan, TV goes through four seasons — and writing up posts about the shows I was interested in watching. I skipped the last couple of seasons, but recently found myself in the mood to watch some new anime, and luckily it coincided with the start of the spring 2020 season. Below is what I ch...
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A colourful but bleak suburban Tokyo park

All the bright colours of the current season, along with all the bleakness of the current situation.
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Where For Art Though? "Sunflowers" Focaccia Art

COVID-19 has awakened a new obsession in me - bread baking! My favourite bread to make is a decorated focaccia bread which allow me to have a creative outlet yet are super simple to make. Get kids involved in making their own too! No bread maker machine required. This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Still in quarantine, or at least self isolation, until May 11th but I wouldn’t be surprised if it went longer. The last I heard they are going to start small with children going to school but restaurants won’t be open. We managed to get some things delivered-not food but things like wine and milk. Strawberries and asparagus have arrived, but not in huge amounts. I’ve had both in the last week which is such a treat. This photo was taken in Provence many years ago. This photo was taken...
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Lockdown in Paris: Day 36

This Sunday’s post almost didn’t happen. Not because I have nothing to say today, but because I feel like maybe I shouldn’t be wasting any of my time online when – after 35 days of confinement – I’ve finally been reunited with my partner, Fred. The last time we saw each other was Friday March 13th. We don’t actually live together, but usually spend half of our week together. Since the lockdown in Paris was announced on March 15th and enacted by law on the 17th, we’ve been playing by the rul...
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Bond Market Devouring Record Gulf Debt Won’t Touch #Oman, #Bahrain - Bloomberg

Bond Market Devouring Record Gulf Debt Won’t Touch Oman, Bahrain - Bloomberg:Oman and Bahrain are stuck on the sidelines of the international debt markets after a record borrowing tally by Gulf Arab economies this month underscored a divide between the region’s strongest and weakest sovereigns.Facing external financing needs that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. estimates at $5.5 billion this year, Oman and Bahrain are all but shut out from bond funding, waiting for their yields to retreat before wading...
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#Oman, Middle Eastern News: Budget Cuts and the Economy - Bloomberg

Oman, Middle Eastern News: Budget Cuts and the Economy - Bloomberg:Oman’s government is devising new policies to ensure financial stability since spending cuts taken so far to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will only bring temporary relief, a Finance Ministry official said.A decline in oil revenue will raise the projected deficit by the end of the year in spite of savings of 500 million rials ($1.3 billion) from lower expenditure, Khalid Al Busaidi, a financial policy official at ...
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Mideast Stocks: Gulf markets rebound after sharp two-day decline | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Gulf markets rebound after sharp two-day decline | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Major Gulf stock markets closed higher on Sunday, buoyed by some bargain-hunting after sharp declines in the previous two sessions and by progress towards clinical trials of a potential treatment for COVID-19.Gilead Sciences on Friday increased the enrolment target by 3,600 for trials of experimental drug remdesivir in severe COVID-19 patients, a day after a media report said the drug showed some promise.Howeve...
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Largest sovereign funds suffer $67 billion paper loss from stock market rout - Reuters

Largest sovereign funds suffer $67 billion paper loss from stock market rout - Reuters:The world’s largest sovereign wealth funds have made around $67 billion in losses so far this year as the fallout from the coronavirus has buffeted their major holdings.A significant chunk of that, about $40 billion, stemmed from stakes held by a subsidiary of China Investment Corporation in Chinese financial institutions such as China Construction Bank (601939.SS), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (601...
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#AbuDhabi's $7m bond offering draws strong investor interest - Arabianbusiness

Abu Dhabi's $7m bond offering draws strong investor interest - Arabianbusiness:A $7 billion multi-tranche international bond offering by Abu Dhabi was more than 6.3 times oversubscribed, marking a new record for the emirate.Abu Dhabi Department of Finance has revealed orders came in from over 100 new accounts and the order book reached in excess of $45bn, despite the economic slowdown caused by low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic.Jassim Mohammed Buatabh Al Zaabi, chairman of the Abu Dhab...
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Calitri Day Trips

About an hour away from Calitri outside the town of Paternopli is Tenuta Fonzone, a family owned winery. We spent an incredible afternoon here tasting their wines accompanied by plate after plate of local specialties.   You need to make a reservation to visit the winery and I urge you to make a stop here […]
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Middle East Stocks, Equities News: Index for April 19, 2020 - Bloomberg

:Middle Eastern stocks rose on Sunday following a rally in emerging-market assets at the end of last week as the U.S. outlined steps to reopen its coronavirus-shuttered economy.Israel’s TA-35 rose 3.5%, with Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi climbing more than 4% as of 11:15 a.m. local time, as the country eases its lockdown. Gauges in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait advanced between 0.3% and 2.5%. MSCI Inc.’s index of developing-nation stocks strengthened 1.9% on Friday.“Eq...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:Updated stock indexes in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Get an overview of major indexes, current values and stock market data in Europe, UK, Germany, Russia & more. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#Saudi banks get small part of $7 bln bond sale amid liquidity concerns -sources - Reuters

Saudi banks get small part of $7 bln bond sale amid liquidity concerns -sources - Reuters:The Saudi government sold to local banks only a small part of $7 billion bonds issued last week, three sources told Reuters, amid fears of a liquidity squeeze caused by lower oil prices.The three-part bond issuance came after Riyadh last month raised its debt ceiling to 50% of GDP from a previous 30% to finance a widening deficit caused by lower oil prices and the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf stocks rise on bargain-hunting, potential COVID-19 drug - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf stocks rise on bargain-hunting, potential COVID-19 drug - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters:Major Gulf stock markets traded higher on Sunday as investors looked for bargains following two sessions of losses and on hopes about a clinical trial for a potential drug to treat COVID-19.Gilead Sciences Inc on Friday increased the enrolment target by 3,600 for a trial testing its experimental drug, remdesivir, in severe COVID-19 patients, a day after a media report said the drug wa...
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Spending spree: Why Newcastle United may not be the best investment for #SaudiArabia right now - Arabianbusiness

Spending spree: Why Newcastle United may not be the best investment for Saudi Arabia right now - Arabianbusiness:There’s a certain devil-may-care glamour about going on a shopping spree when you’re already living beyond your means. It’s probably not the best way to convince your creditors to keep putting up the cash, however. Saudi Arabia might want to reflect on that after its recent splurge on oil companies, cruise ships and soccer. In the past month, the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund has bo...
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#Dubai's Shuaa Capital announces $12.8m annual net profit - Arabianbusiness

Dubai's Shuaa Capital announces $12.8m annual net profit - Arabianbusiness:Dubai-based Shuaa Capital has revealed a net profit of AED47 million ($12.8m) in its annual results.The company, which was created by the merger of Shuaa Capital and Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG) last year, held its first general meeting virtually where it reported an EBITDA of AED186m ($50.6m), including merger costs.Jassim Alseddiqi, chief executive officer of Shuaa Capital, said: “Shuaa’s management team is committe...
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Standing in the Midst of it All

That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. Source: Leaves of Grass (1892)          [Author: French la Vie]
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La glycine

Here's the wisteria, v.2020. I mentioned before that I planted it in 2006, fourteen years ago. It started out about two feet tall. It slowly grew up and out over the years. I've pruned it back a few times, and the wind tore it off the wall a couple of times. But it survives. I did a serious pruning last fall. There's still some cutting to do. One of these days. I noticed yesterday that my crop of green flat beans has sprouted. It's so exciting! The yellow beans and the peas have not sprouted y...
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Is the cruise industry finally out of its depth?

Accidents, pollution, exploitation… cruise firms were in murky waters even before Covid-19“We’ve been asked – and we’ve asked ourselves – why Covid-19 seems to be impacting Princess so heavily.” Thus spoke Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, in a video posted on social media in mid-March. She looks sad-eyed and baffled into the camera: “We don’t really know.” Perhaps, she muses, the problem is something to do with the “diverse mix of people onboard our ships” and is “being magnified by ou...
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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-04-19

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Top 5 Healthy Sweet Snacks!

Looking for a healthy sweet snack? Try these wholesome, naturally sweetened, delicious treats! There are lime cheesecake truffles, a creamy dairy free all fruit soft serve, "nice" gluten free and vegan chocolate chip cookies with loads of dark chocolate, fun watermelon pizza and hazelnut chocolate "Nutella" bon bons! These will satisfy even the most ferocious sweet tooth!
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