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The Florida teachers’ union has endorsed state Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, for re-election to his Pinellas-Hillsborough seat.

The Florida Education Association Riley Walton endorsement could be a setback for former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, who is considering challenging Rouson in a Democratic primary, and to Tampa Democrats who would like a senator from their side of the bay. In the minority-heavy district, the Democratic primary should decide the race.

In a news release, FEA President Fedrick Ingram called Rouson “a warrior on our behalf,” citing his opposition to a proposed pro-charter school constitutional amendment.

Joyner also opposed that amendment, however, and has a career-long pro-public education record, while Rouson has often voted for voucher and charter programs opposed by the union, citing their benefits for low-income families.

Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner is considering challenging state Sen. Darryl Rouson in a Democratic primary.
“I know we’ve had a somewhat complicated relationship with him,” said FEA spokeswoman Sharon Nesvig. But in the most recent legislative session, “His voting record was 100 percent on our issues,” including opposing a major voucher expansion Rouson considered unconstitutional.

Nesvig said the group wanted an early endorsement and acted “based on who’s running now” — but could reconsider, possibly issuing a joint endorsement, if Joyner runs.

FEA endorsement committee member Eric Riley said a dual endorsement would have to be at the instigation of the district’s county FEA branches.

Rouson, citing his parents’ involvement in public education, said, “I have lived public education and know it is the silver bullet for our state and community.”

But Joyner responded, “One good session (by Rouson) does not equate to a lifetime commitment that I have to public education,” and criticized campaign financial support for Rouson from charter and voucher interests.

GOP dinner focuses on Gaetz

The struggling Hillsborough County Republican Party drew a crowd of around 300 to hear firebrand Trump defender Rep. Matt Gaetz at its main annual fundraising event, the Lincoln Day Dinner, Saturday.

The crowd was energized and excited, though smaller than such events in the heyday of the local GOP a few years ago.

Gaetz, of Fort Walton Beach, was scheduled as warmup speaker for Kayleigh McEnany, a South Tampa native and Trump 2020 campaign press secretary. He became the keynote speaker after she went into labor the night before the event, giving birth to a baby girl.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., leaves Longworth House Office Building,in Washington. Gaetz spoke at the Lincoln Day Dinner for the Hillsborough Republican party on Saturday. [JULIO CORTEZ | AP]
One speaker after another called Democrats socialists and denounced what Gaetz called “this phony impeachment.”

Gaetz hurled insults and taunts at 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, predicting Elizabeth Warren will be the nominee and that Democrats plan “a Bernie Sanders drum circle or a rain dance with Pocahontas,” a reference to Warren’s claim of partial native American ancestry.

Gaetz repeated the dubious Republican claim that Democrats “would give free health care to illegal aliens while rendering illegal employer-based health care that covers half the country.” He said Democrats want to invite in illegal immigrants including criminals and drug gangs and “send you the bill for their health care, child care, transportation and cell phones” and “tuition wasted at some liberal university where every illegal alien can get a degree in America-sucks.”

Rep. Gus Bilirakis told the crowd Gaetz may be “the most powerful man in the state” because of his friendships with Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis. State GOP Chairman Joe Gruters speculated that Gaetz could be the state’s next senator if Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quits to run for the Senate from Kansas and Sen. Marco Rubio is chosen to replace Pompeo.

The crowd cheered, but Gaetz coyly responded, “I will proudly be a candidate — to coach the (Florida State) Seminoles.”

The GOP’s antipathy to “fake news” as one speaker after another called it, was obvious.

Reporters had to sign an agreement under which they were banned from the VIP reception, prohibited from speaking to attendees during the banquet and required to remain in a press area — three chairs against a back wall — on pain of being ejected.

Good gets Emily’s help, faces tough fight

Emily’s List, the national fundraising organization for pro-choice Democratic women, has endorsed state Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota, in her challenge to Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key.

Democratic state Rep. Margaret Good of Sarasota believes she can unseat six-term GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan in 2020. [Photo courtesy of Margaret Good]
That will help Good’s fundraising, but political analysts still rate the Sarasota-Manatee-Hillsborough district Republican-leaning. Politico calls it “likely Republican,” citing Donald Trump’s 11-point win there and Buchanan’s 9-point 2018 win.

Emily’s List solicits contributions to endorsees from a nationwide list of sympathetic donors. It backed Good when she won the seat in 2018.

Kendell Watkins Jersey Sale

The Dallas Cowboys have limited assets in this year’s draft thanks to last season’s Amari Cooper trade with the Oakland Raiders.
The Dallas Cowboys are ready to compete once again after enjoying a mid-season surge with trading for Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders.

That’s also the very reason Jerry Jones’ team lacks a first-round pick heading into this year’s NFL Draft. With limited resources, this Cowboys team will hope to add a couple playmakers on the front and back ends of the defense.

State Of The Team
Contending. The Dallas Cowboys resurrected themselves from a 3-5 start to end the season as the NFC East champions with a 10-6 record and a playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round. For many, the turnaround started with the midseason trade for Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper.

The Cowboys’ offseason focus will be retaining their own superstars with several asking for new contracts or extensions. The biggest challenge in Dallas will be keeping this group together and happy. If the front office is able to do so, the Cowboys appear set to make another run at the postseason.

Total Draft Picks
The Cowboys have six picks heading into the draft.

Round 2 – No. 58 overall
Round 3 – No. 90 overall
Round 4 – No. 128 overall
Round 4 – No. 136 overall
Round 5 – No. 165 overall
Round 7 – No. 241 overall
Top 3 Draft Needs
Defensive Tackle: The Cowboys continue to refuse to invest highly along the interior of their defense, but the loss of talented defensive tackle David Irving this offseason could finally change their minds. During the playoffs, the Dallas defense was run over by the Los Angeles Rams to the tune of 273 rushing yards and three touchdowns. That should finally force the Cowboys to address their need at defensive tackle.

Safety: The position continues to be an issue in the secondary as the team lacks a true playmaker. Although former sixth-round selection Xavier Woods is seen as an up-and-coming player on the Cowboys’ secondary, Dallas could really use an upgrade to replace the other starting safety, Jeff Heath. The Cowboys’ defense recorded only nine interceptions in 2018, which was tied for 26th in the NFL.

Tight End: Last season, tight end was handled by committee. A combination of Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers all tried to replace the production of one man— Jason Witten. Despite the fact the future Hall of Famer has now unretired to rejoin the team in 2019, Dallas still must find his eventual replacement. Although Jarwin has been tapped as that potential player, the Cowboys could opt to look early in the draft in order to hedge their bets.

Top 3 Draft Targets
1
DEEBO SAMUEL
WR, South Carolina
South Carolina
The Cowboys lost slot receiver Cole Beasley to free agency this offseason. Samuel could fill that role while also giving Dallas a versatile wideout who can play outside and on special teams as well. Although the Cowboys would likely be better off addressing their defensive needs early, a playmaker like Samuel could be too good to pass up in the second round.
2
JOHNATHAN ABRAM
Safety, Mississippi State
Mississippi State
Safety is an area of need in Dallas, so a prospect like Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram could be an early target. The Cowboys desperately need a difference maker at the safety position. As Abram projects as a better strong safety, his reliable presence on defense could allow third-year free safety Xavier Woods to play more of a center fielder role in the secondary as the Cowboys have had a severe lack of interceptions in recent seasons.
3
ZACH ALLEN
DL, Boston College
Boston College
Along the defensive line, Boston College defensive end Zach Allen could both fill an important need in Dallas. The Cowboys recently lost starting defensive end Randy Gregory to yet another drug-related suspension, and defensive tackle David Irving is also no longer on the roster after another tumultuous season last year. These are two major voids along the Cowboys’ defensive line the team will need to fill either via free agency or through the draft.
Decision Maker (Or Who To Blame If Things Go Wrong)
Stephen Jones. Ever since persuading his father, Dallas Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones, to choose Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin over Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL Draft, executive vice president Stephen Jones has been seen by many as the real decision maker in Big D. Although his father still owns the title and the final say, Stephen Jones is credited with making many of the team’s toughest decisions in recent years.

Best/Worst Pick In Current Draft Slot
Historically, who was the best pick and the worst pick based on where the team is currently picking.

Best Pick: Mark Stepnoski, center, No. 58 overall in 1989 NFL Draft

The Cowboys have never selected a draft pick 58th overall in their franchise history. But the best player taken near that selection is center Mark Stepnoski. Drafted 57th overall in the third round of the 1989 NFL Draft, Stepnoski came to America’s Team at the same time as Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. The two combined to help the Cowboys win two back-to-back Super Bowls. Stepnoski ended up leaving Dallas to join the Houston Oilers in 1995, spending four seasons in H-Town before returning to the Cowboys to end his career. Stepnoski was a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro.

Worst Pick: Kendell Watkins, tight end, No. 58 overall in 1995 NFL Draft

The worst player selected near 58th overall is arguably tight end Kendell Watkins. The Cowboys selected the 6-foot-1, 305-pound blocking tight end out of Mississippi State in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft with the 59th overall pick. Watkins helped Dallas win a Super Bowl his rookie year but suffered a season-ending knee the following year. He would play just four seasons in the NFL and record a single reception for eight yards.

Hugo Marcolini Jersey Sale

Miembros de organizaciones conservacionistas, políticas y de comunidades tehuelches se reunieron el pasado jueves para denunciar irregularidades en el estudio de impacto ambiental que habilitaría la construcción de las megarrepresas Néstor Kirchner y Gobernador Cepernic, diseñadas sobre el río Santa Cruz.

Las denuncias son contra el subsecretario de Energía Hidroeléctrica Jorge Marcolini, a quien se le acusa de cometer los delitos de abuso de autoridad, incumplimiento de los deberes de funcionario público y negociaciones incompatibles con la función pública. Piden la nulidad del estudio elaborado por Marcolini.

El megaproyecto pondría en riesgo a los glaciares Perito Moreno, Upsala y Spegazzini: “Las represas inundarán áreas prioritarias e irremplazables para la biodiversidad, afectarán a los peces migradores, contribuirá a la extinción a una especie endémica como el Macá Tobiano (declarado monumento natural de la provincia) y sepultarán bajo el agua el enorme valor cultural del patrimonio arqueológico de la Patagonia”, señalaron las organizaciones.

Relacionado: Mirá Matar al río, el documental sobre las represas “sin grieta” de Santa Cruz

Las organizaciones son Aves Argentinas, Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Fundación Vida Silvestre, Fundación Flora y Fauna Nativa, Fundación Naturaleza para Futuro y Banco de Bosques, quienes junto a Sergio Nahuelquir, de la comunidad tehuelche Mapu Per Jur, el senador Pino Solanas, el presidente de la Asociación de abogados ambientalistas de la Argentina Enrique Viale y el profesor de glaciología Juan Pablo Milana (Conicet), se reunieron en audiencia pública para denunciar el caso. También estuvo presente, por parte del Frente de Izquierda, la dirigente Ivana Nazer (PO), de Santa Cruz, quien se comunicó por teleconferencia desde las instalaciones del Hospital SAMIC de la ciudad de El Calafate.

Marcolini, juez y parte
En el ojo de la tormenta se encuentra Jorge Hugo Marcolini, quien asumiera el 10 de diciembre de 2015 como subsecretario de Energía Hidroeléctrica, dependiente del Ministerio de Energía y Minería de Aranguren. A Marcolini se le acusa de cometer los delitos de abuso de autoridad, incumplimiento de los deberes de funcionario público y negociaciones incompatibles con la función pública.

Jorge Hugo Marcolini, subsecretario de Energía Hidroeléctrica.

Esto se debe a que Marcolini en su calidad de funcionario público ha sido el responsable de recibir desde el Estado el estudio de impacto ambiental (EIA) que habilitaría la construcción de las megarrepresas. Sin embargo, a su vez, también ha sido el responsable de presentar al propio Estado el mencionado estudio: en un primer momento como jefe del Departamento de Ingeniería Sanitaria de la consultora IATASA, una constructora de megaemprendimientos industriales, como las represas, y cuya primera versión del EIA fue rechazada por falencias, omisiones y errores técnicos; y en un segundo momento como director de Emprendimientos Energéticos Binacionales (EBISA), una sociedad anónima de capitales estatales, ya que el 99 % de sus acciones pertenecen al Ministerio de Energía, mientras que el resto a Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA (la compañía que produce y comercializa la energía generada por las tres centrales nucleares del país). Ocurre que al momento de publicar el segundo estudio de impacto ambiental, EBISA no se encontraba inscripta en el Registro de Consultores de Impacto Ambiental perteneciente al Ministerio de Ambiente. A esto se suma que Marcolini posee $ 657.017,53 en acciones de IATASA. También tiene $6.392 invertidos en acciones de Central Puerto S.A., que opera en distintas centrales termoeléctricas del país, y es miembro fundador -con $ 90 mil- de la sociedad Añelo 30-2015, una inmobiliaria, desarrolladora y constructora con un nombre referido al pueblo sobre el que se monta el gigantesco yacimiento de shale gas Vaca Muerta.

Frente a ese conflicto de intereses, los denunciantes pidieron la nulidad del estudio de impacto ambiental hecho por EBISA. “El hecho de que Jorge Marcolini continúe, como subsecretario de Energía Hidroeléctrica, a cargo de la revisión del proyecto ’Aprovechamientos Hidroeléctricos del Río Santa Cruz’, da cuenta de la nulidad de todo este procedimiento. Su falta de independencia y la violación a la Ley de Ética Pública tornan cualquier decisión del Ministerio de Energía y Minería de la Nación vinculada al proyecto hidroeléctrico en cuestión, nula de nulidad absoluta”, señalaron a Infobae, Solanas y Viale días previos a la audiencia pública.

Irregularidades en el estudio de impacto ambiental de EBISA
Uno de los temas de debate en la audiencia pública pasada fue el estudio de impacto ambiental. “Son numerosas las críticas al estudio presentado”, señalaron las organizaciones conservacionistas en un comunicado tras la audiencia. “Pero en principio consideramos que está incompleto, porque no cumple una de las pautas específicas del contrato firmado por el Estado argentino con la República Popular China, en el cual queda de manifiesto que el estudio debe hacerse con las dos represas hidroeléctricas junto con la evaluación de impacto ambiental del tendido eléctrico. Este último está ausente en los informes presentados”, denunciaron.

El propio Ministerio de Ambiente en su Informe Técnico reconoce que no se ha realizado la ampliación del estudio del megaproyecto que incluya la línea de AT de 500 KV, por lo que de proseguir la obra se estaría infringiendo la Ley General de Ambiente.

Uno de los expositores en la audiencia pública fue Juan Pablo Milana, investigador principal del Conicet, doctor en Ciencias Geológicas y profesor de glaciología de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan. Según Milana, los datos del estudio de impacto ambiental de la represa Néstor Kirchner -la más cercana al Lago Argentino, cuyas aguas se sitúan en el Parque Nacional Los Glaciares- se encuentran adulterados, lo que pondría en riesgo a los glaciares Perito Moreno, Upsala y Spegazzini, afectando en consecuencia la biodiversidad en el último río glaciario que corre libre de la cordillera al mar.

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

Para el investigador, lo más peligroso del diseño de la represa es la posibilidad de embalsar agua muy por encima del nivel definido como mínimo para el Lago Argentino. Milana también indicó que el estudio reconoce que los caudales del lago Argentino y del río Santa Cruz dependen principalmente del derretimiento de nieves glaciares, pero no analiza el potencial impacto sobre los glaciares: “Es un glaciar de gran fragilidad y ante un evento externo, como lo es modificar la presión del agua en la punta por efecto de la represa, podría provocar un desequilibrio y hacer que colapse. Nadie hasta ahora constató científicamente que eso no vaya a pasar”, declaró a Infobae días previos a la audiencia.

Por su parte, el Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales, dependiente del Conicet, remarcó: “La revisión preliminar del informe de EBISA sugiere que existen importantes inconsistencias y omisiones en la información relativa a los glaciares de la cuenca del río Santa Cruz, lo que consideramos debería ser objeto de un estudio específico”.

Glaciar Perito Moreno.

Según las organizaciones, lo más alarmantes es que si las represas no son operadas de manera precisa, podrían elevar la cota del lago Argentino muy por encima de su altura normal, impactando seriamente sobre el Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. “La empresa responsable de este manejo es la misma que fue sancionada por el Banco Mundial por ‘mala praxis’ y ha sido inhabilitada para adjudicarse cualquier contrato financiado por esta entidad por fraude y corrupción. Que el futuro del glaciar Perito Moreno dependa de esta empresa es inadmisible. El proyecto no garantiza que, bajo cualquier circunstancia, no va a haber impacto sobre el lago Argentino y los glaciares”, afirma Pedro Friedrich de Banco de Bosques.

Efectivamente, la china Gezhouba fue sancionada por el Banco Mundial y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo por operaciones fraudulentas y mala praxis en diversos proyectos, y es responsable por las desastrosas consecuencias ambientales de la construcción de una represa sobre el río Yangtsé, en China.

Como si fuera poco, el Consejo Superior de la Universidad de Buenos Aires aprobó recientemente un convenio marco de colaboración con Gezhouba. Si bien los detalles del acuerdo están todavía por definirse, este habilita a la utilización de los “recursos humanos, profesionales y técnicos de la UBA para el emprendimiento”. Las otras empresas beneficiadas con el acuerdo son Hidrocuyo y Electroinegienría, esta última propiedad del empresario kirchnerista Gerardo Ferreya, quien junto a Lázaro Báez y Cristóbal López formaban el triángulo empresarial de la ´década ganada´.

Daños irreparables al patrimonio natural y cultural
“Este proyecto es cuestionable por razones institucionales, económicas y ambientales”, denunció el senador Pino Solanas. Andrés Nápoli, de la Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, alertó sobre la falta de garantías sobre el daño ambiental que producirán las represas y el riesgo institucional de llevar adelante un proyecto con un estudio de impacto ambiental incompleto, y solo impulsado por un condicionado contrato con el Estado chino.

Existen numerosos casos en el mundo donde el daño ambiental ha significado la desaparición de especies como delfines, peces migradores y aves acuáticas. Algunos ejemplos mundiales han tenido lugar en China. El delfín del río Yangtze (el tercer río más largo del mundo) sufrió las consecuencias de los emprendimientos hidroeléctricos sobre el río, constituyendo el primer caso documentado de extinción de megafauna. En Argentina se extinguió el Pato Serrucho, una especie de la región paranaense, a raíz de la construcción de la represa sobre el arroyo Urugua-í, en la mencionada provincia.

Hernán Casañas, de Aves Argentinas, destacó la extrema fragilidad del área: “No hay compensación posible para un área tan frágil e importante que se destruye como el estuario del río Santa Cruz”. Según Casañas, “la Administración de Parques Nacionales elaboró un informe diciendo que la mayor parte del río Santa Cruz es un área prioritaria para la conservación. Y la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) envió una nota al presidente Mauricio Macri expresando su preocupación por la construcción de las represas y la conservación del Macá Tobiano”.

Macá Tobiano. Foto: Hernán Podevano.

El Macá Tobiano es un ave endémica de la Patagonia Austral. Desde su descubrimiento en 1974 se ha convertido en un símbolo de la naturaleza silvestre y la conservación en la Patagonia. Su población hoy no supera los 800 individuos, lo cual significa que la población decreció más de un 80 % en los últimos 25 años, por lo que podría extinguirse en la próxima década.

“Hace diez años todos los ambientalistas hablábamos del cambio climático y se nos reían en la cara. Hoy está en todos los discursos de funcionarios. Ojalá en diez años no estén todos lamentando las represas”, sentenció Casañas.

Para Andrés Nápoli, de Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), “toda actividad humana genera impacto en el ambiente. Lo importante es discutir qué impacto estamos dispuestos a soportar como sociedad. Estas represas son inconvenientes porque se puede producir la misma energía con otras fuentes que incluso promoverían mayor y mejor empleo. Además son necesarias políticas de eficiencia energética que podrían desarrollarse con la inversión que van a tener estas represas. Sin embargo, el gran motor de la construcción de las represas sobre el río Santa Cruz no es la energía que producirán las represas, sino el contrato cerrado con China, que condiciona el futuro de todos los argentinos y argentinas”.

Además, el Plan de Gestión Ambiental presentado en el estudio de EBISA no evalúa alternativas energéticas al proyecto hidroeléctrico en cuestión, a pesar de que el Manual de Gestión Ambiental para Obras Hidráulicas con aprovechamiento energético establece la necesidad de un análisis de alternativas.

Según el Régimen de Fomento Nacional para el uso de Fuentes Renovables de Energía, las megarrepresas Kirchner y Cepernic no pueden ser consideradas energía renovable, ya que generarán 1310 MW, mientras que la Ley 27.191 establece que “el límite de potencia establecido por la presente ley para los proyectos de centrales hidroeléctricas, será de hasta cincuenta megavatios (50 MW)”.

Las megarrepresas representan una forma de energía obsoleta en el mundo actual, denuncian las organizaciones. En países como Estados Unidos o la India se están demoliendo represas a fin de que los ríos vuelvan a correr libres y, en otras partes, como Chile o Brasil se han cancelado grandes proyectos hidroeléctricos. Incluso, al contrario de los lagos naturales, los embalses tienden a inundar grandes extensiones de materia orgánica que, en la medida que se va descomponiendo, produce dióxido de carbono, metano y óxido nitroso. Además, reciben de los ríos abundante materia orgánica, y nutrientes como nitrógeno y fósforo; lo que estimula la producción de gases contaminantes.

Representantes de los pueblos originarios de la zona también estuvieron presentes en la audiencia pública. Sergio Nahuelquir, de la comunidad tehuelche Mapu Per Jur, afirmó: “Estamos en total desacuerdo con la construcción de estas megarrepresas, sobre todo en la forma en que se quieren llevar adelante e instalar sobre el río Santa Cruz, ya que no coincide con la forma de vida que tenemos los pueblos originarios, aunque tal vez a una parte de la población no le interesa mucho. Pero algo a lo que no estamos acostumbrados nosotros es a hipotecar, a coartar, a vender o a comprometer el futuro de nuestras poblaciones. La idea de condicionar la biodiversidad no nos parece aceptable”.

Un informe técnico presentado por la Comisión Nacional de Lugares y Bienes Históricos del Ministerio de Cultura explica que las medidas de mitigación contenidas en el estudio de impacto ambiental de EBISA “no guardan relación con la magnitud de la pérdida irreversible de patrimonio arqueológico que provocará la construcción de las represas”. Y no se han completado las tareas de rescate del material arqueológico, un patrimonio cultural que quedará sumergido.

Mano en negativo, en Yaten Guajen. Foto: Marina Aizen.

Las organizaciones denuncian que “las represas sepultarán definitivamente bajo el agua pinturas rupestres y petroglifos estampados con belleza por grupos que habitaron hace casi diez mil años esta meseta esteparia. Un sitio particularmente sensible es el cañadón de Yaten Guajen, que en la lengua tehuelche quiere decir ‘piedra pintada’. Será importante e histórico, pero quedará inundado si se construye el embalse Jorge Cepernic. Se trata de un daño permanente desde el punto de vista arqueológico. No sólo hay dibujos de manos, pies y de fauna en las paredes de las montañas, aleros y cuevas, sino que también hay gran cantidad de material lítico y restos óseos. Los pobladores que allí vivieron eran cazadores recolectores, que se sostenían gracias al guanaco”.

Otro aspecto por el que se cuestionan las megarrepresas es que estas desprecian la generación de empleo sustentable vinculado a servicios turísticos y que pongan énfasis en el paisaje y los valores culturales. Incluso, el proyecto ya no pertenece a la provincia, pues esta solo se quedará con un 12 % de las regalías, lo que representa apenas un aumento del 0,25 % del presupuesto con el que cuenta Santa Cruz.

Tampoco es consistente la oferta laboral y el empleo de calidad que promoverá la construcción de las represas: “Según Marcos Peña dicho proyecto estimulará la creación de 6.000 y 6.500 puestos de trabajo. El pliego de licitación de la obra requiere que un 80 % de esta mano de obra sea satisfecha por trabajadores de la provincia de Santa Cruz”, indicaron las organizaciones conservacionistas. “Sin embargo, la evidencia a nivel internacional es que el porcentaje de contratación de mano de obra nacional (ya que no siempre proviene de la localidad donde se emplaza la obra), en los casos más promisorios es del 70 %, y en diversos proyectos han emergido denuncias sobre conflictividad laboral vinculados a dificultades en el pago y maltrato”, denunciaron.

Un megaproyecto “sin grieta”
Algo que señalaron los denunciantes como “muy llamativo es que todas las voces escuchadas a favor del proyecto correspondieron a funcionarios de diversos organismos nacionales y provinciales, mientras que las personas interesadas, ciudadanos de Santa Cruz y los representantes de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil se manifestaron en contra de las represas. Cabe preguntarse ¿qué intereses representan y defienden esos funcionarios si se contradicen con las voces de la sociedad civil?”.

“Este proyecto tiene muy escasa oposición política”, declaró Manuel Jaramillo, de la Fundación Vida Silvestre. “Su mejor ventaja ha sido cerrar la famosa grieta. Es por ello que seguramente deberemos esperar que la justicia se expida a favor de la libertad del río Santa Cruz”. Jaramillo también señaló que “no existió consulta previa e informada a los pueblos originarios. Pero se considera que es posible remover o inundar una gran cantidad de sitios arqueológicos que son testigos de su cultura. En este contexto no puede considerarse válido este estudio de impacto ambiental”.

Ivana Nazer declaró por su parte en la audiencia pública: “Dicho proyecto no obedece a un proyecto nacional de desarrollo de nuestra economía (no asegura trabajo genuino, no resuelve la crisis energética, no responde a un plan de industrialización de la provincia, ni reúne el nivel de prioridad en comparación a otros proyectos energéticos del país), por lo tanto el proyecto económico obedece a un interés de resarcimiento de una multinacional y no del mejoramiento de la condiciones de vida del conjunto de la población”. En teleconferencia desde las instalaciones del Hospital SAMIC de la ciudad de El Calafate, Nazer señaló que “quienes dirigen e imponen su agenda en esta situación son los empresarios chinos. Esto corresponde tanto para el mandato de Macri como para el pasado gobierno kirchnerista”.

Jerry Mulready Jersey Sale

Shannon Olympic made the trip to Kilrush on Friday night and came away with a good three points after recovering from being a goal down at half time to record a 2-1 victory. Kilrush led at the break through a goal from from Dylan Downes. Olympic hit back in the second half with goals from Dean Power and Karl Scott.

Man of the match was Dan Clair who was excellent throughout for Olympic at the back.

Kilrush Rangers: Johnny O’Connor, Kyle McKiernan, Scott Greaney, John Kelliher, Trevor Clancy, Chris Hehir, Terry Herlihy, Dean Neary, Liam Madigan, Dylan Downes, Tommy Lillis

Subs: Dylan Russell for Herlihy, Sorren Rafferty for Greaney, Danny Clancy for Kelliher, Patrick Romanowski for Neary, Ger Russell for Lillis

Shannon Olympic: Wayne Regan, Dean Power, Dan Clair, Eric Ogran, BJ Cantillon, Derek Maxwell, Karl Scott, Ray Quigley, Adam Harrington, Declan McDonald, Jason Regan

Subs: Darren Dougan for Harrington, Paul Dady for Power

Referee: Brian Punch

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Newmarket Celtic A 0-0 Bridge Utd A

Bridge Utd made the trip to McDonough Park on Friday night and came away with a deserved share of the points against the defending champions Newmarket Celtic. This was the first time Newmarket dropped points in the league in nearly 2 years and first time they have failed to score in the league since April 2016.

Overall, Bridge were unlucky not to take all three points with a tremendous save from Newmarket keeper Shane Cusack in the second half from a shot from Jordan Downes into the right corner the closest either side came to making the breakthrough.

Newmarket dominated possession for long periods of the game with left back Darren Cullinan overlapping and providing decent balls into the Bridge defence.

However, Darren Murphy and youth star Liam Buckley soaked up a lot of the pressure with Buckley putting in a fine man of the match performance. Goalkeeper John Mulready marshaled his defence well throughout.

Newmarket brought on Jason O’Neill in the second half and he did very well on the wing and was unlucky to see a header go narrowly wide near the finish in what was Newmarket’s best chance of
the match. Overall a good entertaining game and lot to build on for both sides.

Newmarket Celtic A: Shane Cusack, David O’Grady, Darren Cullinan, Colum Treacy, Paddy Purcell, Kevin Hartnett, Ian Collins, Colin Smyth, Garry Higgins, Callum McNamara, Ronan McCormack

Subs: Jason O’Neill for Collins, Paudie Hayes for Smyth, Gavin O’Donnell for Higgins

Bridge Utd A: John Mulready, Liam Buckley, Darren Murphy, Dan Larkin, Davy Lynch, Eric Carr, Kevin Kelly, Danny Mannering, Mark Pewter, Kieran Quinlan, Jay Whyte

Subs: Ethan Slater for Mark Pewter, Jordan Downes for Quinlan, Scott Kirkland for Mannering

Referee: Martin O’Brien

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Sporting Ennistymon 0-5 Avenue Utd A

Avenue Utd made the trip to Lahinch on Friday evening and came away with an easy victory on the night. Avenue went in front on 30 minutes with a goal from Rory Brennan who finished well with a header from a Mark Roche cross. It was 2-0 to the visitors before half time when Mark Roche scored from the penalty spot after he was fouled in box.

Substitute Philip Talty made it 3-0 early in the second half. Goals in the closing stages from David O’Halloran and a second converted penalty from Mark Roche following a hand ball ensured a good start to the season for the Ennis side.

Sporting Ennistymon: Conor Gallagher, Joe Gallagher, Ciaran Monaghan, Patrick O’Doherty, Daragh Flynn, Eoin Marrinan, Darren McNamara, Gary Lafferty, Ciaran McMahon, Cathal McConigley, Byron Kenny

Subs: Shane Kearney, Nathan Garrihy, Joe Campbell

Avenue Utd A: Liam Keane, Mikey Dinan, Shane Brown, Simon Cuddy, Dylan Casey, Cian McDonough, Mark Roche, Alan Roche, Richie Fitzgerald, Ronan Kerin, Rory Brennan

Subs: Eamon O’Reilly, David O’Halloran, Gary Roche, Philip Talty

Referee: Sean Kenneally

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Turnpike Rovers 1-3 Shannon Hibs A

Shannon Hibs made a winning debut in the premier division after getting the better of Turnpike Rovers at Lees Road on Friday night. Hibs started well and Dermot Gannon was called on to make 2 good saves in the early stages.

Hibs hit the front on 20 minutes after good play from Evin Barry created a chance for Gary Leahy who made no mistake firing low to the corner. Turnpike responded well to going a goal down and Damien Casey made a great save before Kevin O’Connor finished well on 30 minutes to level the match 1-1.

It remained 1-1 until 70 minutes when Pa Devaney restored the Shannon sides lead after firing home following a goalmouth scramble. Turnpike pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages which left gaps at the back. On 82 minutes

Darragh Leahy broke from his own half and linked up well with his brother Gary before firing past Gannon to wrap up a good victory and 3 points for the Shannon side. Man of the match Darragh Leahy.

Turnpike Rovers: Dermot Gannon, Greg Howard, Dean Gardiner, Fergal Brennan, Dean O’Grady, Kevin O’Connor, Jason White, Gavin Cooney, Eoin Moore, Sean Corry

Subs: Scott Hennessy for Moore, Ian McMahon for Howard, David McMahon for O’Connor, Cian Gormley for Gardiner

Shannon Hibs A: Damien Casey, Cathal McCoy, Nathan Walsh, Alex Cole, Pa Devaney, Andy Fitzgerald, Jamie Egan, Darragh Leahy, Gary Leahy, Jack Kelly, Evin Barry

Subs: Liam Delaney for Barry, Jamie O’Shea for Egan

Referee: Pa Gleeson

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Shannon Town A 1-2 Lifford A

Shannon Town and Lifford played out an entertaining game in Lynch Park on Friday evening. Both sides played good football in the opening exchanges but without creating any clear cut chances. Lifford hit the front on 20 minutes when Ruairi Norrby finished well after being put through by Cian Bourke.

Shannon Town enjoyed a period of dominance after falling behind and Sean O’Reilly in the Lifford goal was called on to make two very good saves from Colin Scanlan and Kieran Hackett to keep his side in front. Shannon Town scored a deserved equaliser on 35 minutes when Darren Griffin headed home a corner.

Lifford finished the half well and a scored a great team goal to go back in front. Dan Daly played a 1-2 with Dean Coughlan and put in a superb ball into the box that was met by Gary McNaboe who under pressure headed home to leave it 2-1 to the visitors at the break.

Shannon Town put Lifford under a lot of pressure early in the second half and got a great chance to draw level on 60 minutes when the were awarded a penalty after Scanlan was fouled. Unfortunately for the home side Scanlan was off target with his effort that went over bar.

Lifford saw out the remainder of the game with man of the match O’Reilly in inspired form to earn a very good victory on the road to start the season.

Shannon Town A: Darren Whelan, Steven Carroll, Jack Carrig, Darren Griffin, Aidan Leahy, Evan Glynn, Kieran Hackett, Rob Wall, Colin Scanlan, David Cove, Brian O’Connor

Subs: Ben O’Neill, Fintan Quinn, Brandon O’Halloran

Lifford A: Sean O’Reilly, Dan Daly, John Maher, Darren Daly, Ethan Cronin, TJ Ajisomo, Gary McNaboe, Ethan McNevin, Cian Bourke, Dean Coughlan, Ruairi Norrby

Subs: Lunga Balman, Rhys Phillips, Matty Davenport, Keith Shea

Referee: Julian Sandford

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Hermitage A 0-1 Ennis Town

Ennis Town got their league cup campaign off to a winning start with victory over town rivals Hermitage at the Fairgreen on Saturday evening. Hermitage had the better of the chances throughout but could find no way past Mark Cleary in the Ennis Town goal and a strong defense led by man of the match James Ferns.

Just as it looked like there would be a share of the points Ferns broke up the field from the back on 92 minutes and played a defense splitting pass to substitute Evan Kelly who continued his impressive scoring form from the youths league last season to fire past Joe Burke to win the game for his side.

Hermitage A: Joe Burke, David Ruane, Emrah Zequiri, Eric Sholarin, Ben Quinn, Caleb Doyle, Adam Kamis Barra, Matthew Kearney, Keith Killeen, Tomas Radilek, Jason Russell

Subs: Cian Courtney, Imit Zequiri, Nathan Sherlock

Ennis Town: Mark Cleary, Stephen Horgan, Darragh Murphy, Eoin Keenan, James Ferns, Ion Lyons, Declan Ensko, Declan Meaney, Elias Kunz, Micheal Gallagher, Niall Cahill

Subs: Kevin Barron, Peter O’Brien, Aaron Twist, Evan Kelly, Ultan Sheils

Referee: Pa Gleeson

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Tulla Utd 0-1 Newmarket Celtic B

Danny Conway scored the all important winning goal as Newmarket Celtic B got their league cup campaign off to a winning start at the Cragg on Friday night.

Referee: Frankie Coote

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Moher Celtic A 3-1 Kildysart Celtic

Moher Celtic made a good start to the season with victory over Kildysart Celtic at Lahinch on Sunday morning. Kevin Falvey scored a brace for Moher and Martin Garrihy also got in on the scoring. Jerry Finn replied for Kildysart.

Referee: Terry Kennedy

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Avenue Utd B 10-0 Corofin Harps

Avenue Utd had an easy victory over an understrength Corofin side at Roslevan on Sunday morning. Thomas Hehir (4), Nathan Rezende (2), Eoghan Thynne (2), Conor McDaid and David Monaghan scored for Avenue.

Referee: Martin O’Brien

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Bridge Utd B 2-2 Shannon Town B

A share of the points was the outcome at Sixmilebridge on Sunday when Bridge Utd and Shannon Town got their season up and running. Jonathan Downes scored both goals for the Bridge. Adrian Carew and Eoin Collins scored for Shannon Town.

Referee: Julian Sandford

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Kilkishen Celtic 2-4 Rhine Rovers

Rhine Rovers got the better of Kilkishen in an entertaining match at Kilkishen on Sunday. Andrew McMahon scored both goals for Kilkishen but goals from Paddy Tiernan, Adam Mullins, Chris McMahon and Johnny O’Brien ensured it would be a winning start to the season for Rhine Rovers.

Referee: Julian Sandford

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Bunratty Cratloe 1-7 Coole FC

Coole made the trip to Bunratty on Friday night and came away with a surprisingly easy victory. Star player for the visitors was Joe Copley who scored a hat-trick. Adriano Oliveira, Tom O’Neil, Darren Grealish and Gustavo Dutra also scored for the visitors. Paddy Twomey replied for the home side.

Referee: Martin Monaghan

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Rineanna Rovers 3-2 Moher Celtic B

Rineanna made a good start to the season with victory over Moher Celtic at Ballycasey on Sunday morning. Rineanna were the better team throughout the first half and goals from Paul Butler, Raj Singh and Rory McBeth saw them lead 3-0 at half time.

Moher threw everything at Rineanna in the second and got back in the match with goals from Eoin Reidy and Steven Murray but try as they might they could not force an equaliser as Rineanna held on for a deserved victory on the day. Man of Match was Rineanna’s Colin Melody who was excellent on the wing throughout.

Referee: Museliu Bashua

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Suttons Lighting Third Division League Cup Group A

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Shannon Town C 0-1 Connolly Celtic

Connolly made a good start to the season with victory over Shannon Town at Corrib Drive on Sunday morning. Eoin Fitzgerald scored the winning goal for the visitors.

Referee: Frankie Coote

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Shannon Hibs B 2-1 Cloughleigh Celtic

Shannon Hibs got their season up an running with a victory over newcomers Cloughleigh Celtic at Riverside on Sunday. Hibs had the better of the first half and 2 goals from Kieran Devitt had them 2-0 in front at the break. Cloughleigh came out a different team in the second with Emmet Bowe coming on and dominating in midfield.

Davie Keenan scored a great goal when getting on the end of a Michael Mongan free kick but despite throwing everything at the Shannon side in the closing stages they were unable to force an equaliser.

Referee: Museliu Bashua

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Suttons Lighting Third Division League Cup Group B

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Hermitage B 1-2 Inch Crusaders

Inch Crusaders made a good start to the season with victory over Hermitage B in an entertaining match at the Fairgreen on Friday night. Hermitage went in front with an early goal from Keith Killeen after good work from Alan Daly down the wing created the chance and Killeen made no mistake with the header.

Ronan Grace and Sean O’Connor had good efforts saved by Conor Liddy in the Hermitage goal as Inch pressed for an equaliser. Hermitage finished the half strong and James Rynne made a great save before half time to keep it 1-0 to Tage at the break.

It was end to end stuff in the second half and Inch drew level on 75 minutes when Padraig Talty got on the end of a Emmet Pyne free kick to head past Liddy. Rory Killeen pounced for the winning goal for Inch on 85 minutes after good pressure from a corner created the opening.

Referee: Niall Quinn

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Ennis Dons 0-2 Manus Celtic B

Manus made a winning start to the season with a hard fought victory over Ennis Dons at Lees Road on Sunday. John Sherlock gave Manus an early lead but they can thank goalkeeper Pakie Healy for keeping them in front before Adrian McDonagh wrapped up the victory in closing stages.

C.J. Davis Jersey Sale

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — After Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis presented the city’s newest crime report to city council, she spoke to ABC11 and laid out what DPD thinks is behind the new uptick in gun violence: More illegal guns on the street and an unrelenting gang problem.

The chief also made clear that the department needs help – not just from City Hall but also from grassroots community organizations that are fed up with the violence.

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After an especially bloody end to the summer and start of fall, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis presents the city’s newest crime report. #abc11

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DPD releases these crime statistics every 90 days. But this snapshot of January through September 2019 was an especially bloody one.

There were 32 homicides through September, a 33 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

Aggravated assaults, like shootings where the victim survives, are up 19 percent; 930 cases compared to 784 this time in 2018.

RELATED: 5 shot, 1 killed in Durham after drive-by shootings minutes apart

Violent crime in Durham is up 6 percent: 1,471 cases compared to 1,393 a year ago.

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Chief Davis delivering the sobering numbers Monday night, almost five months after her request for 18 additional police officers was denied by this city council.

Some in the majority of were concerned with the image of over-policing in the city’s neighborhoods of color. Council member Mark-Anthony Middleton, who voted for the increase in officers, used his question time with the chief Monday to call for more action from city hall.

“I think what needs to be displayed and said is that we have the moral credibility to look our folk in the eye and say we have done everything we can do at least to create an atmosphere where things like this are less likely,” Middleton said.

Davis told ABC11 that her department is committed to using a variety of different tactics to get a handle on the city gun violence. But, she also stood firm that DPD needs more officers to combat the issue of illegal guns and gangs.

“We absolutely do (need more officers),” Davis said. “This is a growing city and I’ll leave it at that. This is a growing city and we have to make sure that our service delivery is comparable to the city we serve.”

The new crime numbers do not include the rash of violence at the end of October; a bloody 36 hours where two people were shot and killed, 8 others were shot and wounded.

But the numbers do include the August drive-by murder of 9-year-old Z’Yon Person.

Chief Davis alerted the council tonight that not only does DPD have a primary suspect in custody for the boy’s murder, the suspect will likely face federal prosecution.

Bob Adams Jersey Sale

This past Friday the Round Table sat down Beloit alum Bob Adams’65 and his son Russell Adams, an editor at the Wall Street Journal. Bob Adams was a swimmer and member of Tau Kappa Epsilon during his time at Beloit. Russell Adams has been at the Wall Street Journal for 15 years. We talked about the future of journalism, Bob’s Beloit memories, and the unexpected story inspiration that came from Jack in Box tacos. Bob Adams is a Minnesota native, but has been residing in San Diego since the early seventies. Russell Adams lives in New York City.

Questions for Russell Adams

RT: Can you tell me a little about your journalism trajectory? RA: “When I decided I wanted to be a journalist, I wanted to go into sports writing, I wanted to be a journalist and I had a passion for sports. I thought it would be great to combine the two I did end up doing it for about six years. I got to a point where working around sports had started to take the fun out of it a little bit, and combining two passions, in theory, is a good thing, but it also muddies the waters. It got to the point where I associated sports with work, so I decided to establish more boundaries between personal interests and work.”

RT: Could you tell me about the years you covered the media and what that was like? RA: “I covered the media from 2008 to 2012. It was a particularly awful time for the newspaper industry especially The bottom was falling out of the entire industry. I spent most of my time covering the death of the newspaper.”

RT: When covering the death of the newspaper, was this referring to mostly smaller newspapers? RA: “Everyone was really struggling. In fact, at the time, a lot of my focus was on the New York Times Company. At that time, they were in a really bad place financially, and had to sell everything to stay afloat including the building they occupied. There’s this billionaire in Mexico, Carlos Slim, who gave them a financial lifeline and bought a big stack into it with high interest to keep them afloat. They have stable footing now. So to answer your question, the Times was in trouble and the Post was in trouble. The Metro Dallies were also in a bad spot. The only stability was in small community papers because the work they do is irreplaceable. The decline of the business was so steep during that time it was bound to level off. In the last couple of years, they have mostly been hiring and not firing. When business was good, Metro Dallies were ambitious. Papers like The Boston Globe and The LA Times had foreign bureaus and Washington bureaus.”

RT: How do you think journalism has changed since you first entered the industry? RA: “When I started in journalism in the late nineties we had email, but not everything centered around the internet. Now my entire day is online and everything I do is on the internet. Back then it wasn’t a reporting tool. All my reporting was on the phone or in person. Readers didn’t have an easy way to contact you, so you could kind of get away with mistakes and never hear about it. But now it’s instantaneous.”

RT: Did you expect your story about Jack-in-the-Box tacos to blow up in the way it did? RA: “No, in fact, I talked about it earlier in a journalism class. That was one of those things that was personal to me. At the time I had moved into editing so I wasn’t writing a lot. I like to be working on something even as an editor. I was looking for a new story and I was brainstorming my own experience. When I was in high school, right outside of our football field was a Jack-in-the-Box. We always used to sneak off campus to get tacos. They were grotesque, but somehow all this badness turned into something good and addictive. For some reason that popped in my head. I wondered if my experience with these tacos was more widespread and if people experience their confounding appeal as I do. So I started out by emailing my older brother and seeing if he had the same memories of these tacos as I did. He absolutely did. I went to Twitter and searched for mentions of these tacos going back years and found some funny comments about them. I contacted those people. Then I went to food blogs and gathered enough material. Then I went to the company to find out how popular they were, and how many they sold. Truth be told I am more proud of the Jack in the Box story than the Tag story. It was something that had been in my head for 30 years and I thought to myself, I viewed it as sort of a personal challenge. If I could get Jack in the Box tacos on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, then I am doing a pretty good job.

RT: How did you find the Tag story? RA: “I didn’t discover them. It was a former colleague who found out about the game these guys played and was introduced to one of the guys. He thought about doing the story himself. He got wrapped up in other projects, and then eventually left the Journal. He had one of the guy’s numbers and put me in touch with them. I spent several weeks interviewing these guys by phone and putting the story together. I originally had planned to follow the game in person, and embedding myself in the game. My editors didn’t think it would make it that much better because they wanted to run it advance of that year’s game.”

RT: What role did you play in the movie? RA: “I didn’t have any direct role in the movie. They have to require the rights to the article, even if they end up not really following the story. If the article is about real people, they have to acquire life rights. They had to acquire both, and from that point on they control it. There was negotiation with things like money. I did ask for some kind of consulting role which they didn’t give me. They sort of cut me out the process. I didn’t know how much they would take until I saw the movie.”

RT: For reader clarification, what is your formal title at the Wall Street Journal?RA: “There’s a corporate bureau chief who oversees all corporate coverage at the journal, which is basically the people who write about businesses and companies, I am his second in command I oversee about 12-14 reporters.”

Questions for Bob Adams

RT: What drew you to Beloit? BA: “Two things. First of all, being from Rochester where most of my friends’ dads were doctors, I was around very bright people. A handful of them went into medicine. They were amazing guys and the fact that they wanted to go to Beloit really impressed me. Secondly, it was a small college. I had friends who went up to the University of Minnesota and that is a monstrous size school. I didn’t think I was emotionally or intellectually mature enough to compete in that environment, I need to be nurtured. This was the most wonderful place for that. I joined a fraternity and had a great group of friends.”

RT: What were you involved in on campus? BA: “I was a TKE and I also swam. All my friends and I from TKE stayed in touch from day one after graduation. When we all turned 50, someone said we ought to have an annual event dedicated to this friendship, so ever since 1991, we meet every summer. We’ve met all over, from upstate New York to Cabo San Lucas, to Lake Tahoe. Russell was describing when he wrote Tag that if you could find one word that would capture the most intimate and important essence of the story of these Tag guys, it was friendship. That’s what Beloit means to me. Friendship. “

RT: I understand you met your wife at Beloit, would you share the story with me?BA: “I was walking by the Science Center (currently Pearsons) and I saw this adorable girl. We smiled, but she just knocked me out. I knew when I was back in the Fall I would date her. I knew this was the woman for me. She was a hard sell. She lived in Aldrich Hall. We were talking one night, and she said she couldn’t go out, and commons was closed and she had to study. We had a big table of sandwiches on Sunday night at the TKE house, so I told her I would bring her a bag lunch. That was the hook The first time she got interested in me was because I fed her lunch on Sundays. That’s where the courtship began. She was two years behind me. After she graduated, we got married in ‘65. We moved to Minneapolis while I finished medical school.”

Homer Hanson Jersey Sale

Chase Hanson and Max Smith hit home runs, and the UNLV baseball team romped to a 17-3 victory Homer Hanson over Washington State in seven innings Tuesday at Wilson Stadium.

Smith hit a three-run homer in the first inning as the Rebels (10-7) took a 4-0 lead, and Hanson capped the scoring with a three-run blast in the sixth.

Troy Balko (1-1) allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings to get the win for the Rebels. He had one strikeout and three walks.

Washington State fell to 6-9.

The teams play again at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday.

WOMEN’S GOLF

TUCSON, Ariz. — UNLV senior Elizabeth Prior finished in a tie for second, and the Rebels finished sixth as a team at the Wildcat Invitational on Tuesday.

Prior shot 5-over 77 to finish at 2-over 218, three shots behind San Diego State’s Gioia Carpinelli, who shot 2-under 70 in the final round.

UNLV shot 19-over 307 to finish at 37-over 901. Arizona State won with a total of 22-over 886, shooting 2-under 286 in the final round to jump from fifth to first.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Rebels improved to 8-0 at home this season with a 5-2 win over Illinois State at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Jordan Sauer, Eric Samuelsson, Clayton Alenik and Tom Ciszewski won singles matches for UNLV (9-3).

The Redbirds fell to 11-4.

DIVING

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Freshman Tazman Abramowicz qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing fifth in the 3-meter overall at the Diving Zone E Championships.

UNLV sophomore Jesse Cawley finished 21st.

On the women’s side, Rebels freshman Montse Moreno took 16th on the 1-meter.
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SOFTBALL

Freshman right-hander Jenny Bressler was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week.

The Canton, Ohio, native went 3-0 over the weekend, throwing 16 2/3 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts.

Paul Lynch Jersey Sale

Chargify’s story began in 2009, when it was created as the billing engine for telecoms business Grasshopper. After an investment from American businessman and investor Mark Cuban in 2011, Chargify was spun out from Grasshopper.

In 2016, the growing business was acquired by Scaleworks, and Lynch came on board as chief executive earlier this year.

He described the company as having “a remote team and a strong business culture”. While these may sound like positive aspects, it was these two factors that were holding Chargify back.

“Not to oversimplify it, but I want the sales guys shouting at the marketing guys when the leads are bad and I want the marketing guys shouting at the sales guys when they can’t close,” Lynch said.

“You can’t get that in a remote culture. You want those guys together to create a healthy level of competition and cooperation to get to the end goal.”

What is Chargify?
Providing an overview of what Chargify does, Lynch said: “We’re a billing and revenue management company. What does that mean? On the billing side, typically the cycle of business around SaaS companies is the founder sets up the business, gets a couple of customers, and at that point he needs to start generating revenue.

“Invoices need to be raised, cash needs chasing and everything else. Often, people will get someone like their brother-in-law who’s an accountant to do this kind of work. For the first year, this guy’s doing the books. Suddenly he has 100 customers.”

At this point, however, the friend or relative who has been helping a start-up may begin to get fed up. “What happens is that founder has to pay the brother-in-law or set up a script to automate the process,” Lynch said.

“Automation happens. Recurring revenue happens. Invoices start getting sent. That works for a couple hundred customers, maximum.

“At this point, things start getting complicated, the founder notices missing revenue, invoices aren’t going out the way they should be and the founder doesn’t even know what their top-line revenue is.”

‘Saas is a great equaliser’
Lynch noted that SaaS is still a growing market and, according to Forrester, revenue from public cloud infrastructure, platforms and applications will reach $411bn by 2022. “It’s an era of SaaS garage start-ups,” he said.

“SaaS is a great equaliser for start-ups, because it’s so easy to get into sales cycles. Business cycles are really increasing in terms of speed and barriers to entry are so low.”

‘Nobody likes fintech tools. No one ever enthusiastically says, “Let’s get a billing solution!”’
– PAUL LYNCH

In a massive market such as SaaS, there are many leads for a company like Chargify. Lynch is aware of this and has to be selective of the businesses he targets.

He joked: “If you’re selling mangoes online, don’t talk to us. You’re not going to have a good experience with Chargify. If you’re selling a subscription based around marketing tools or DevOps tools, we’re the guys for you.

“We have a lot of large companies, too. People enter our sales cycle when they find it difficult themselves to invoice. There’s lots of larger businesses out there that have invested in their own systems which aren’t working now.”

‘We’re in an exploding global economy’
When asked if Chargify has any plans to seek further investment in the future, Lynch replied: “Oh, God no!”

“We’ll never raise again, we don’t need to. The path we’re on is a good one. I’ve been doing this a long time, running and founding businesses and start-ups, and the biggest problem you have is if you’re operating in a declining economy.

“Then, you’ve basically got a headwind against you every time you go to the office. We’re not in a declining economy. We’re in an exploding global economy. Chargify, at the base level, is a fintech tool. People will always need fintech tools.”

Adding to this, he admitted: “Nobody likes fintech tools. No one ever enthusiastically says, ‘Let’s get a billing solution!’ They go, ‘Jesus, we’re losing revenue, our invoicing is a disaster – what do we do?’ And on the revenue management side, you’d be amazed at the number of companies I speak to that don’t know their own revenue.”

Lynch said that, in his experience of acquiring businesses and going through due diligence, he has found that often the figures given to him by a business have been incorrect.

“Revenue management tools can take that enormous headache away,” he concluded.

JJ Jones Jersey Sale

Myrtle Beach (S.C.) wide receiver JJ Jones is a class of 2021 prospect we expect to draw a lot of interest this fall, especially once he puts some film down as he is set to make his debut this week for Myrtle Beach High (ranked as the No. 1 team in the state in Class 4A) after transferring from Myrtle Beach Socastee.

The combination of that transfer and an injury his sophomore year means Jones is still slightly under the radar but he has the size (6-4, 190 pounds) and the athleticism (he is also a standout basketball player) to be a major recruit. Right now, he has one offer, West Virginia. While the Mountaineers are not expected to be his list offer, they were a meaningful one for several reasons. The obvious one is that they were first and they are a Power Five program, but Jones is also a legacy recruit for WVU as his father Jon Jones played running back there in the 1990s.

The younger Jones earned the offer after camping in Morgantown in late July.

“It felt great to finally get that first offer that I’ve been working towards my whole life,” Jones told 247Sports.

While the Mountaineers have the family connecttion and are in with the first offer, they are going to have to battle a host of other programs also looking to earn a commitment from Jones.

He lists South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wake Forest, Duke, Kentucky, and Coastal Carolina as other programs that have been in touch with him.

He has already been on one visit this season and has more planned for the future.

“I visited South Carolina last week and had a great time,” he said. “I plan on going to Coastal Carolina for a visit on Saturday and definitely will go up for the West Virginia versus Texas game.”

One notable on South Carolina’s recruitment of him is that Gamecocks four-star quarterback commit Luke Doty will be Jones’ quarterback this year at Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach won a state championship a year ago and it is on Jones’ to-do list to help them repeat.

“I just want to be the best team player for my team, make All-State, and to win the state championship,” he said.

Myrtle Beach, currently 1-0, and Jones will take on his old team Socastee this Friday at 7 p.m. eastern time.

Jones finished his sophomore season, one that was shortened by the aforementioned collarbone injury, with ten receptions for 258 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 37 tackles and a forced fumble from his safety spot.

He is currently unranked by both the industry generated 247Sports Composite and 247Sports, but that should change after footage of his junior year becomes available.

Phil Slosburg Jersey Sale

PC Moment: A standing ovation for honorees Yvonne and Rufus Cormier followed the couple’s Phil Slosburg heartfelt remarks about the importance of helping others, the guiding principle behind Homemade Hope which works to brighten the lives of homeless children. The much-admired community leaders were introduced by long-time friend Jerry LeVias, former All-American and NFL football player who charged the gridiron with Rufus Cormier at Southern Methodist University.

The evening was led by emcee Sonny Garza who introduced the non-profit’s executive director Blair Bentley and special guest speakers Homemade Hope student Eric, 11, and Denise, who shared her wrenching story of having just emerged from being homeless to losing her home and her car in the Harvey floods. While sheltering at the George R. Brown Convention Center, she was connected with Homemade Hope which located an RV that provided living quarters and transportation.

Dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Chinatown Band rounded out the evening.

Who: Gala chairs Brooke Bentley Gunst and Lisa Woods; plus former Houston Texans linebacker Darryl Sharpton, Miya Shay, Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, Tony Bravo and Richard Werner, Maria and Graham Lowery, Jennifer and Matt Esfahani, Divya and Chris Brown, Haley and Barrett Webster, Vita and Drew Doughertry, Beverley and Bart Bentley, Lila Sharifian, Nancy and Mike Hardy and Trent Kelley.