Iowa Democrats plan to hold six “virtual” meetings next year for Democrats who cannot attend the precinct caucuses on the evening of February 3, 2020DES MOINES — Democrats will still calculate the winner based on how many convention delegates each presidential candidate secures, but for the first time, the raw vote totals each candidate gets will be tallied and released.“The most significant changes to the Iowa Democratic Party Caucuses since their inception in 1972,” Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price said Monday afternoon.Price described the plan as an “Iowa solution” that preserves the fundamentals of the caucuses.“This process has created presidents,” Price said. “It has allowed candidates and campaigns to build organizations that can win.”The raw vote totals will be kept, in case the race for delegates is close enough a candidate could request a recount. The “virtual” caucuses are scheduled to begin in late January, at different start times to accommodate shift workers, single mothers, disabled Iowans and others with Caucus night conflicts. Participants will use an electronic device, like a smart phone, to rank their top five candidate choices.“We know that we are stronger as a party, we are strong as a state and we are stronger as a nation if everyone can participate in our political process,” Price said.Price told reporters the vendor chosen to manage Caucus results will be asked for devise a cross-check to ensure people who participate in the “virtual” caucuses don’t go to a precinct and vote on Caucus night as well.Iowa Republicans will hold Caucuses on February 3, 2020 as well. The Iowa GOP, however, has always conducted what amounts to a statewide straw poll to determine the presidential candidate who wins the Caucuses rather than the delegate math angle Iowa Democrats use.
MIDDLETOWN — At a regular meeting last Monday, the township committee unveiled the municipal budget, which calls for the smallest tax increase in years.“We really put in a lot of effort to keep the costs down,” stressed Nicola Trasente, chief financial officer, as he made his presentation to the committee and public on Monday.Trasente said this year’s increase amounts to the lowest the township has seen in a decade. And, he added, a 1.97 percent, the budget comes in at under the state-imposed 2 percent cap.“That’s no small feat given (that) aid from Trenton has been reduced,” said Committeewoman Stephanie C. Murray.The township, Trasente said, has seen three years of reductions in state aid.“You name it. Everything costs more than it did a year ago,” Mayor Anthony Fiore said, explaining that just as higher costs impact family finances, they also impact municipal government, which has experienced hikes in fuel costs, insurance and other expenditures.“We hope that Trenton finds a way for some of that money we send them to make its way back here,” Fiore said.As proposed, the approximately $63.5 million budget calls for a 1.1 cent tax increase. If adopted, the budget would bring the municipal tax rate to 48.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. For the average township home, assessed at $380,000, that would mean an increase of $42.87 a month, Trasente said.The overall budget is increasing by about $1.6 million over the current one. The heaviest costs for the township, Trasente said, include employee health care coverage, projected at $7.8 million; increases in workers compensation insurance, at $1.3 million; hikes in the township’s contribution to unemployment insurance and outlays for accumulated leave pay for retiring employees.Another big cost to the township over the last three years has been property tax appeals, Trasente said. In 2008 the township’s costs for county and state tax appeal payments was $218,623.51. By 2010 that amount had grown to more than $4 million. In 2011, it went down to $2.8 million.The reduction last year was due to the reassessment of property in the township, which put the value of properties back in balance, he said.The township has reduced its workforce by 27 employees as a result of layoffs in the last couple of years, which resulted in significant savings. Restructuring municipal departments, increasing employee contributions to the health plan and limiting contractually-obligated salary increases to 2 percent also saved the township money, he said.The committee will hold a public hearing on the budget April 30.
Calling all Audi Drivers – you are invited to get exclusive access to the awesome new Audi luxury range in a test drive event this weekend.The Audi Sligo 201 Test Drive Event will take place at Letterkenny Golf Club this weekend October 19th and 20th.The entire Audi range will be available for test drive which will include the all new Audi A4, the Audi A1, the Audi A8 and the Audi Q3 plus many more models. This is a special chance to see the Audi e-Tron, the all-electric SUV, in action. The all-new Audi A4The all-electric Audi e-tron SUVWhere?Letterkenny Golf Club, Golf Course Road.When?Saturday 19th October from 10am -4pmSunday 20th October from 11am – 4pmCars on display:Halo carsAudi e-tronAudi A1Audi A3Audi A4 (New Model)Audi A5Audi A6Audi Q2Audi Q3Audi Q5Book a Test Drive:To arrange your test drive call 071 9115333 or email [email protected] Q8Audi Q8Audi Q8Audi Q8Anyone who takes a test drive must have a full clean and valid driver’s licence shown on the day. Discover the Audi Sligo 201 Audi offerings this weekend at Letterkenny Golf Club or see Connollys.ie for details.To arrange your test drive call 071 9115333 or email [email protected] The all-new Audi A4 The all-new Audi A4 The all-new Audi A4 Audi A4The all-electric Audi e-tron SUVAudi’s awesome test drive event coming to Letterkenny was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:20/1Audicarsconnollys audi sligoLetterkenny Golf clubmotoringTEST DRIVE
Q: How many championship rings does JaVale McGee have from his time with the Warriors?A: One less than he had a week ago.According to TMZ Sports, McGee’s Los Angeles-area home was ransacked over the weekend. The ne’er-do-wells, law enforcement officials told TMZ, escaped with two safes which contained at least $200,000 in cash and jewelry. The lost jewelry included one of two NBA championship rings that the spring-legged McGee earned with the Warriors in 2017 and ’18.TMZ reported it was …
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HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and two dozen other drug companies brought by 37 cities and towns in the state, which blame them for the opioid crisis and seek to recoup millions of dollars spent on emergency response and other services.Judge Thomas Moukawsher in Hartford Superior Court ruled Tuesday that the lawsuits were not allowed because they were not government enforcement actions, such as those filed under consumer protection and public health laws. Instead, the judge said the lawsuits were filed as “ordinary civil cases” seeking money damages for the “indirect harm” from the opioid crisis.“Their lawsuits can’t survive without proof that the people they are suing directly caused them the financial losses they seek to recoup,” Moukawsher wrote. “This puts the cities in the same position in claiming money as the brothers, sisters, friends, neighbours, and co-workers of addicts who say they have also indirectly suffered losses by the opioid crisis. That is to say — under long-established law — they have no claims at all.”Lawyers for several cities and towns said they were still reviewing the judge’s ruling Wednesday and appeals are being considered. Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury are among the plaintiffs.“I don’t think he reached the correct decision,” said New York lawyer Judith Scolnick, who is representing New Haven and New Britain. “It’s disappointing. We’re considering every option.”The ruling is believed to be the first to dismiss government lawsuits in recent rounds of litigation against opioid manufacturers. Last month, a federal judge in Ohio overseeing more than 1,400 lawsuits against drugmakers by local governments and other groups rejected requests by the companies to dismiss the claims.Purdue Pharma, the Stamford, Connecticut-based maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, said in a statement Wednesday that Moukawsher made the right decision.“We commend the judge for applying the law and concluding that opioid manufacturers cannot be legally responsible to cities for the indirect harms they claim they experienced as a result of the opioid crisis,” the statement said. “We share these communities’ concerns about the opioid crisis, and we remain committed to working collaboratively, bringing meaningful solutions forward to help address this public health challenge.”Like other drugmakers, Purdue Pharma has denied allegations in lawsuits that it used deceptive marketing to boost sales of its opioid painkiller, deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. Manufacturers are being blamed for helping fuel addiction and opioid overdose deaths.About 47,600 Americans died from drug overdoses involving opioids in 2017, a toll that has been rising for two decades, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Local, state and federal governments say they have been forced to pay for opioid addicts’ social and medical needs, including emergency response services, doses of overdose-reversal drugs and medical care for government employees.“As a result of Defendants’ false and misleading marketing,” one of the Connecticut lawsuits said, “the United States in general, and Connecticut municipalities in particular, are now experiencing an opioid-fueled public health epidemic of crisis proportions that is swamping the public health, safety, and administrative infrastructures of Connecticut municipalities.”Tuesday’s dismissal does not apply to a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma filed recently by the state of Connecticut in connection with the opioid crisis.Purdue Pharma has faced legal challenges before. The company, along with three of its executives, pleaded guilty in 2007 to federal charges and was ordered to pay more than $600 million in fines related to what was called intentional misrepresentations as to the addictiveness of OxyContin.The plea deal came only two days after the company agreed to pay $19.5 million to 26 states and the District of Columbia to settle complaints that it encouraged doctors to overprescribe OxyContin. The company did not admit wrongdoing in that settlement.Dave Collins, The Associated Press
With 44 days remaining until the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s preparations have reached their peak. The U.S. capped off a week of training at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with a 2-0 international friendly match win against Japan on Saturday at Crew Stadium. Two tuneup matches remain for the U.S. squad before its first World Cup match on June 28 against North Korea in Dresden, Germany. The U.S. will face off against Japan again Wednesday in Cary, N.C., before having its traditional send-off match against Mexico on June 5 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. American goalkeeper Hope Solo said prep work for this summer’s tournament extends beyond the soccer field. “We have two more games to prepare for, and we have to crack down on everything,” Solo said. “There is no time to let anything go unnoticed. We are watching video; we are in meetings; we are cracking down on everything so that we can win this tournament.” Defender Becky Sauerbrunn agreed, adding that the team has focused on “smaller” details, such as set pieces, corner kicks and defensive formations. “We’re really getting down to nitty-gritty,” Sauerbrunn said. “Right now, it’s the small details that are gonna make the biggest difference.” Forward Abby Wambach said the U.S. might rearrange its lineup and strategies for its second match against Japan so potential World Cup opponents can’t scout the team as easily. “We don’t want to do the exact same thing,” Wambach said. “We want to throw a little wrinkle into our game here or there. Look to see some different things and maybe even some different personnel (against Japan).” Wambach, who scored her 118th career international goal Saturday, said she hopes the attention to minute details will allow the team to emulate the success of the U.S. women’s national team that won the World Cup in 1999. But make no mistake — Wambach wants the legacy of the 2011 national team to be unique. “We want to define this team,” Wambach said. “Obviously, everybody knows the (1999) World Cup-winning team. We want to prove ourselves. We want to show the world that this team is, in fact, great still and we still are capable of winning world championships at the World Cup level.” Wambach also said she expects the Americans to compete at a high level once the tournament begins. “I’m pretty confident that, no matter what goes on from now until (the World Cup), we’re gonna show up,” she said. U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said she is certain the team will be ready for its first World Cup match. “We need a couple more days together,” Sundhage said. “When the game against North Korea comes on (June) 28, we’ll be ready.” The U.S.’s next match against Japan is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Ohio State headed to Wisconsin with a “live in the moment” approach in one hand and hopes of prolonging its chances at a fourth straight Big Ten championship in the other. But the moment, nearly every second of it, belonged to the No. 20-ranked Badgers in a 71-49 rout at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Sunday. In the process, Wisconsin handed Thad Matta and the Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5 Big Ten) their worst loss since 2009 and likely eliminated them from the conference’s steeplechase for a league title. Matta, who led OSU to the Final Four less than a year ago, said he had seen enough after calling a timeout down 22-6 with 10:27 to play in the first half. “I, with composure, lost it,” Matta told reporters after the game. Seemingly, so did the Buckeyes. The loss, OSU’s third in four games, drops the Buckeyes to 1-7 against ranked opponents on the season and 3-5 in road games. OSU junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who has not scored less than double figures all season, led the way with 18 points. But in line with the theme of some of OSU’s losses this year, the Big Ten’s leading scorer had little help. Aside from sophomore forward Sam Thompson’s 10 points, starting junior guards Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore center Amir Williams combined for just 10 total points. The Buckeyes, though, came out of the gates firing, as Thomas, Smith Jr. and Craft all connected on each of their first shots within the first three minutes of the game. With the score tied early, 6-6, OSU appeared composed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Kohl Center, a place it had only won once since 2000. Any semblance of that notion, though, evaporated as quickly as the Buckeyes’ poise after junior guard Ben Brust’s 3-pointer gave the Badgers its first lead of the game at the 16:22 mark. They never looked back. Brust’s trey ignited an 18-0 run on 59 percent shooting from the floor and 56 percent from behind the arc that carried the Badgers into halftime with a 39-22 lead in tow. The second half brought more of the same. Wisconsin, which shot 53 percent on the day, still hit 13-of-28 shots and continued to stifle an OSU offense that seemed to only go as far as Thomas could take them. What concerned Matta, though, was not the Buckeyes’ struggles on the offensive end. His worry regarded their defense – the rock on which OSU has appeared to lean on now 25 games into the season. “I don’t know who’s in your jerseys right now in terms of being where you’re supposed to be and doing what you’re supposed to do,” Matta said he told his squad. “We got to get back to that. … We’ve seen the results if we’re not going to play defense. We’re not a good basketball team.” Sunday proved to be an immediate reminder of that. “You know, if we’re going to rely on trying to outscore people, that’s not going to happen, we have to play defense,” Matta said. OSU returns home to play Minnesota Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is at 7 p.m.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been left reportedly frustrated over Willian’s continued absence from his return for pre-season training, claims The TimesThe 29-year-old has been away on an extended vacation this summer following his exertions with Brazil at the World Cup.But, amid being strongly linked with moves to both Barcelona and Real Madrid over the past few months, Willian failed to show up at Chelsea’s Cobham training base last Friday and has continued to be absent in the past four days.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…A passport issue was the reported reason as to why the Brazilian winger was unable to return to London.However, Sarri has still been left unimpressed with Willian and had hoped to use him for his first Premier League game against Huddersfield Town next week.Although, Chelsea will be able to welcome back Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of their Community Shield showdown with Manchester City this weekend.
Juventus face Atalanta on Boxing Day in Bergamo for the first time after 47 years.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that Portuguese star International Cristiano Ronaldo will not be featured in the clash on Boxing Day but will watch the match from the bench.Speaking to Sky Sport as quoted by Juventus official website on Christmas Day, Allegri bared his thoughts on the upcoming match, saying:Gasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“Cristiano Ronaldo will not play tomorrow. However, he is available and will be called up, so for the first time we will watch the game together from the bench! Joking aside, I’m very happy with what he’s doing. I was reading some statistics and this year is his best start to a debut season, but must have him still in top shape come March, when there will be the Champions League and he will have to be decisive, as he has always been.”“The gifts I would like to receive are at the end of the season. We will try to collect one present on January 16, the Italian Super Cup. Then we will have the opportunity to pick up more presents later, but we will have to be playing well to make it happen for ourselves.”