Election oracle’s message Despite Trump’s claims to have internal polling showing him ready to repeat his 2016 surprise victory over Hillary Clinton, a professor who has become known as something of a US election oracle says otherwise.Allan Lichtman, who teaches history professor at American University and has correctly predicted every presidential election since 1984, said in a New York Times op-ed that Biden will prevail.Lichtman uses an analytical process that he calls the 13 “keys to the White House,” focusing less on the actual candidates as the broader political standing of the two competing parties.Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told CNBC that Lichtman shouldn’t be believed.”This is an election like no other in history,” he said. “American voters will decide this election, not academics or professors.” The US election plunged deeper into unprecedented territory Wednesday when challenger Joe Biden announced he would accept his nomination virtually and President Donald Trump suggested breaking tradition by holding his own ceremony at the White House.Citing coronavirus health risks, the Biden campaign said he would make his speech — the high point of a candidate’s race — from his Delaware home where he has spent most of the last months.He had planned to attend the August 17-20 Democratic convention in Milwaukee, which was already heavily scaled-down from the massive event typical before US elections. But the party said the risk was still too high, and switched to a fully virtual affair.”From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” said Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez.”That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves.”Trump, whose reelection bid is struggling with a badly wounded economy and surging COVID-19 pandemic, signaled he may also accept his nomination from home — in his case, the White House. ‘This thing’s going away’ The president railed, as he does almost every day now, against increased use of mail-in ballots, which states are rolling out so that people don’t have to go in person to polling stations.Trump says this would lead to a fraudulent election.There is no evidence that this would happen and several states already rely heavily on the mail-in method, without any significant problem.Democrats say Trump fears more mail-in voting because this will increase turnout and would hurt his chances.According to Trump, a big increase in mail-ins will swamp the system, meaning no clear winner can be announced for possibly “months or years. They will never be able to tabulate their votes.”He also insisted that schools should reopen in September — a major step in reinforcing Trump’s message that the country has to move on from the pandemic, but many health experts and teachers says it would be too dangerous.Trump again said the virus would soon vanish, repeating his numerous sunny predictions about a health crisis that has so far killed 156,000 people in the US.”This thing’s going away. It will go away like things go away and my view is that schools should be open,” he said. “I love the building. I’m there right now. I spend a lot of time here,” he told Fox News.Trump’s August 27 acceptance speech was originally planned for North Carolina, but that was scrapped due to the coronavirus, as was the back-up location, leaving the Republican scrambling for alternatives.However, presidents are required to separate their campaigning from taxpayer-funded governing. If he goes ahead, Trump would be breaking at the very least with presidential decorum by turning the South Lawn of the iconic building into his personal campaign stage.Trump defended the idea as “by far the least expensive” and said that logistically it would require far less movement of staff and guests.He said he would rethink “if for some reason someone had difficulty with it.”In the interview with Fox News the president acknowledged that his reelection had got harder.”The election was going to be a walk, a walk in the park,” he said.With characteristic optimism, he cited polls that have not been made public and insisted that “we’re doing well.” Topics :
Switzerland County, IN— S.R. 56 will close near Lamb in Switzerland County for approximately 30 days beginning on or after Monday, July 22, weather permitting. The road will be closed 6.5 miles west of S.R. 129 for a $1.4 million bridge replacement project over Green Valley Creek.The closure was originally scheduled to begin June 10 but has been delayed due to weather. The official state detour for the closure is S.R. 129 and U.S. 421.
This article is part of the Daily Trojan‘s supplement issue, “If you build it, will they come?” This semester’s supplement focused on the impact of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center and University Gateway apartment complex, both of which will open this fall.USC’s reputation and the quality of its student body have made unparalleled strides in the last 15 years — and the campus social scene could finally be ready to catch up.Photo courtesy of Joel ZinkWhen the Ronald Tutor Campus Center opens its doors in August, it will represent the first serious attempt to change a culture whose social heart is often on The Row or at the Coliseum, but rarely on campus. Administrators and students are hoping the building will have a major impact on USC’s social scene, creating a permanent residential atmosphere on campus for the first time.But the building is not targeted exclusively at students, and the allocation of the campus center’s space, along with the hours its rooms and restaurants will be open, leave questions about whether it can meet administrator’s lofty goals.“A residential community is not just beds and pillows,” said Patrick Bailey, the Student Affairs administrator charged with overseeing the new building. “The campus center is one of the biggest first steps the university is making in really welcoming students to stay on campus after hours [and] on the weekends.”Bailey and others involved in the project hope the new building will draw students to campus even when they don’t have class. The building will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. A new Traditions bar with seating and televisions is tucked into the basement next to a large performance venue, Tommy’s Place, which also has pool tables.“To change a culture, it takes four years,” Bailey said. “You have to go through each class.”In a way, the campus center represents the midway point of USC’s long transition from a commuter school to a true residential university. If the last decade was marked by a dramatic change in the student population — SAT scores that rival Stanford’s, students who hail from across the country and world, an unprecedented ascension in the U.S. News & World Report rankings — the next decade will be shaped by physical changes.The massive University Gateway apartments and campus center buildings will open in the fall. USC’s Master Plan, the school’s road map for expansion north of Jefferson Boulevard over the next 30 years, calls for razing the University Village, Cardinal Gardens and Century; building new housing and retail space; and turning Jefferson into a pedestrian walkway. And by next year, a new light rail along Exposition Boulevard should be operating.Of all these physical changes, the campus center will have the quickest and most dramatic impact on student life. But unlike campus centers at other schools, the Ronald Tutor Campus Center was not designed solely for students.The campus center’s anchor is not a student lounge but is instead the Trojan Family Room, a meeting area that also serves as a showcase of Trojan memorabilia. Upscale furniture and a concierge booth greet alumni, current Trojans and prospective students, who can walk upstairs to the admissions office on the second floor.There is no movie theater — like in UC San Diego’s massive Price Center — and no bowling alley, like the one on the top of The George Washington University’s student center. There are several student lounges, but most are smaller rooms more conducive to studying than watching a football game.This will make it harder for the campus center to impact student life as much as administrators hope. But students say that just having a central place to hang out, relax, meet friends or study will be a huge boost for the campus experience.“[USC is] a college community, but it’s a college community with a lot of people living in apartments Downtown, living off campus and a lot of people who come to campus just for classes,” said John Legittino, who was an Undergraduate Student Government spokesperson in 2009 and graduated the same year.And although Jenny Novak, the incoming president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, said the center likely would “not be enough to draw me in on weekends,” she said it will give graduate students an easy, central meeting place on campus.The administrators in charge of the campus center acknowledge that it was never meant to be tailored entirely toward students. Faculty, incoming students, alumni and administrators all had little space to interact and mingle, and the campus center was designed to be an upgrade for all of these groups.Denzil Suite, associate vice president for Student Affairs, said this won’t come at a cost to students. The building is meant to be flexible. Suite highlighted the building’s 30 meeting rooms — some of which can hold hundreds of people — that student groups can reserve without paying a deposit.“If someone wants to have a small, intimate poetry reading, you can have that, and if you want to have a large fundraising dinner for your organization, you can do that, too,” he said.Indeed, the campus center’s success might hinge on whether students are tempted onto campus by the venue’s programming. Student Affairs has planned a slate of activities and events to keep those rooms busy.This fall, the Undergraduate Student Government, GPSS, Program Board and the University Residential Student Community will each host a Thursday evening event in Tommy’s Place once a month. “Friday Night Fix” will feature recurring performances by the Second City comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade. College band night and other concerts dot the venues’ calendars. And, during football games and other sporting events, the enormous projection screen in Tommy’s Place will extend for students to watch the action.Still, many parts of the campus center will close on the weekends. Traditions will sell food and stay open until 2 a.m., and Lemonade, a restaurant new to USC that has several locations in Los Angeles, will also have extended weekend hours. But the five restaurants in the center’s main food court — including Carl’s Jr., California Pizza Kitchen and Wahoo’s Fish Taco — will have hours similar to The Lot, where venues close at 7 or 8 p.m. and are closed on weekends (with the exception of Baja Fresh).Those hours could be extended depending on student demand, and some food court restaurants might eventually stay open on the weekend, said USC Hospitality Director Kris Klinger.“As students speak with their feet and their money, we will determine what will be open and when,” he said.Students aren’t the only ones excited about the campus center’s potential impact. President of the Faculty Alex Capron, a professor at the Gould School of Law and Keck School of Medicine, has made what he calls a “living university” road map his goal. The idea is to encourage interactions between faculty members and students outside the classroom, and Capron believes the campus center has the potential to be an intellectual hub.If students and professors take advantage of the campus center by holding meetings and socializing, Capron said, the center could become a natural gathering place and an incentive for faculty to live closer to campus.“[Those interactions] really ought to take place by people being together in an environment that fosters intellectual exchanges,” Capron said.When the building opens it will mark the first part of a broader plan to improve student life on campus. The recreational facilities need upgrading, Bailey acknowledged; so does the student health center, Suite said.But for now, Bailey thinks the new building’s impact could be immense.“The building is a game changer,” he said.
With news rather slow as the esports industry gets back into the swing of things it’s time once again to put our good friends, the bookmakers, under the microscope and gauge who’s starting 2018 with a bang. We’re also having a look at who is set to do well in the new year and, as per usual, who is lagging behind. Start as you mean to go onBet365Without doubt, Bet365 continues to lead the way as we head into the new year. The bookmaker simply has the widest array of markets on the broadest range of tournaments.The Stoke based operator has odds on each of the League of Legends regions as well as the Demacia Cup, with specials for the upcoming Dota 2 Captain’s Draft tournament as well as outright and match betting. There’s also odds on the AfreecaTV PUBG League, Overwatch League, Starcraft II and some Rocket League and Heroes of the Storm for good measure. The team over at 365 continue to price tournaments that others don’t touch – and the specials on Dota are continued example of the depth available within esports. It’ll be interesting to see if in 2018 other operators cotton on and expand their respective offerings. BetwayThe Ninjas in Pyjamas sponsor is not in shabby form as we approach what could be the biggest year yet for esports betting. Although they’re not quite on the level of 365 with a few titles missing and without specials, there’s still a broad range of offers available for the esports punter.Credit where credit’s due, Betway most definitely lead the way in promotional offers for their esports fans. There’s often enhanced multiples, money back offers should your team fail to win and plenty more. Plus the social media and content around Betway is second to none, as always. It’s great to have a regulated, well respected bookmaker operating in the space and investing as much as the Betway team in event and team sponsorship. Although there’s always somewhat of a stigma around gambling in an industry where there are likely to be a lot of minors, Betway did a fantastic job in 2017 of pleasing the esports audience and there’s no reason that it won’t continue in the coming year. Edging ever closerUnikrnUnikrn is a fairly odd bookmaker when you take what it is on the surface. Rahul Sood, the CEO, is a man with a fantastic vision and it’s all set to come together under the Unikrn umbrella. There’s plans for dominance of the esports space with the crypto token UnikoinGold. Token betting should be allowed later this quarter and the company plans to obtain more gambling licenses across the world. Asian expansion and growth is also evidently a priority and opportunity so it’ll certainly be interesting to see the progress the company makes this year.The team continuously suggest there’s “big announcements” and “great developments” to be revealed this year and the company’s progress will likely depend on the crypto token and the uptake of the aforementioned new features. The website remains aesthetically pleasing and although it’s not quite up there with the 365’s – there’s enough to keep most esports fans happy. It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on Mr Sood & co this year – with a full editorial team, Berlin office and several other investments this could be a big year for the esports dedicated operator. GG.BetAlthough I am personally not the biggest fan of the GG.Bet layout, there’s still a whole lot of selection for punters. There’s now integration of live streams although it can be a little untidy. As far as I can remember, when the bookmaker launched it had very little by way of anything outside esports. Now it features traditional casino games and slots courtesy of some of the industry’s biggest suppliers such as Microgaming, Play’N’Go, Betsoft, Evoplay and Yggdrasil. There seems to be consistent activity there, too, with the “Current Winners” tab consistently refreshing with new winners. There’s even an instant game called “Courier Sweeper” which adds an esports twang to a casino title. Whereas Betway has positioned itself content wise as more of a Counter-Strike bookmaker – with Rob, their head of social media knowing a whole lot about the title, GG.Bet has taken a different approach. On the news tab there’s pretty rarely a story about anything other than Dota 2, which may be down to the popularity of the site in the CIS region. If I were a betting man, I would say that GG.Bet takes a whole more on Dota than Counter-Strike.It’ll be interesting to see the GG.Bet strategy this year. Whilst 2017 was a busy year for the company, appearing out of seemingly nowhere and becoming sponsors of several teams it’ll be interesting to see way the company goes about its business this year. PinnacleOver at Pinnacle there’s little doubt that the bookmaker still prides itself on what it offers, and its heritage in the esports space. The Curacao licensed operator was arguably one of the first regulated bookmakers to offer esports odds and continues to rack up number of wagers. Although lack of markets is a constant gripe with the Pinnacle folk, that’s the way the business operates. The company prides itself on the best margins and lack of account limits for winners which is the unique selling point over many other bookmakers. When we’ve compared the odds previously, it’s often the case that Pinnacle slightly edge out other operators when it comes to odds on the favourite in an esports match up but fall short on the outsider. There’s still a range of titles to bet on, but nowhere near the amount of markets often seen on other sites. With the company’s revitalised esports hub this year – we’re looking forward to seeing the approach from Pinnacle. It’s evident that the company is not the abundantly clear market leader that it once arguably was in esports anymore so we’ll have to see if or how the approach has changed. We won’t be seeing any huge sponsorship details out of Pinnacle anytime soon, but if the esports hub produces nuanced, educational betting content similar to that of their main site then it could continue to find its place in the heart of many esports bettors. Who knows if they’ll have a dabble? Some of the biggest names, at least in the UK’s gambling world continue to shun esports or not really consider it at this time. There’s still debate around dedicated esports bookmakers, separate portal or just integrated book and to an outsider looking on – it’s impossible to tell whose approach is working best.We would just like to reserve this section for a special mention for Coral who continue to offer nothing. Ladbrokes once upon a time had esports odds, but following the merger with Coral no longer has any such odds. Maybe it’s just the Coral effect.An additional shout out goes to Betfred who actually has an esports section in the sportsbook. When you click it though, nothing happens. Finally, big kudos to PaddyPower. The operator does actually offer some odds but out of nowhere has plucked the classic “e-Sports” spelling. I mean, there’s a lot of guilty culprits here with eSports. Some even with E-Sports. But e-Sports? Come on now, let’s not be having that.