Looking for off-campus housing? The search just got easier with South Bend Student Housing, a new website created by six Notre Dame students in the Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters Program (ESTEEM). The website makes finding residences, contacting land lords and securing listings faster and more convenient.Graduate students Keith Marrero, Amanda Miller, Conor Hanley, Eric Tilley, Nathan Higgins and Sean Liebscher are the co-founders of the website and business South Bend Student Housing, which went live in February. “It’s kind of like Amazon,” Marrero said. “You tell it what you want and it’ll tell you what’s available that meets your needs, and then you’re able to make an informed decision based on that.”Marrero said the website allows students to browse housing options in the South Bend area based on amenities and preferences. “One of our goals is to provide information for students about everything that’s available because a lot of students will hear about their housing through word of mouth,” he said. “You don’t really know everything that’s out there.”Although the co-founders are still in the process of contacting landlords and adding additional listings to the site, Marrero said the site already contains numerous housing options available for browsing. Students interested in a property can simply click the “Contact Landlord” button to email the owner directly. The website includes additional features such as a compare option. “One of our big features is the compare feature,” he said. “It enables you to compare three, four, however many properties you want on one page as opposed to having a million tabs open.”Marrero said there are means of comparison between properties to see if they include various features such as off-street parking or in-unit laundry. The distance from the residence to the University is also included. The website is especially helpful for graduate students who travel from various areas around the country and world and are likely unfamiliar with the South Bend area and housing options, Marrero said. The website first started out as a class assignment, but Marrero said the interviews the team conducted for class showed such positive feedback that students began asking when the website would go live. After deciding to make the project a reality, Marrero said the team received funding from an anonymous investor for the entrepreneurial venture. A beta site was created last fall and advertising through social media started in February. Students interested in learning more about off-campus options can visit the website southbendstudenthousing.com for more information. Tags: ESTEEM, South Bend Student Housing
McDermott has been part of the backroom staff at the Berkshire club since 2000, fulfilling a number of roles before taking the manager’s position full-time in January 2010. Reading issued a statement confirming McDermott’s departure with Russian owner Anton Zingarevich believing having a new man in charge was essential. “Reading Football Club has announced today the departure of manager Brian McDermott,” the statement read. “Owner Anton Zingarevich wishes to place on record his thanks to Brian who had achieved great success with the club since taking over as manager in December 2009. “Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season. However, in our current situation, owner Anton Zingarevich felt that a change was necessary.” Reading had been on a run of one defeat in seven games at the turn of the year but a spell of poor form has cost McDermott his job. The club have said they are actively searching for a replacement as soon as possible, with their next two games coming at Manchester United and Arsenal. “The search for a successor will start immediately and it is hoped that a new manager will be in place as soon as possible to lead the fight against potential relegation,” the statement concluded. The Royals had been battling in and around the bottom three for the majority of the season but, unlike the likes of bottom side QPR who were able to invest heavily in the January transfer window, McDermott was limited in what he could spend. On Monday evening, the club announced that academy head Eamonn Dolan would take charge of first-team matters going into the upcoming match against Manchester United. The Royals also confirmed that first-team coach Nigel Gibbs had left the club he joined in 2006. The Royals have lost four successive Barclays Premier League games and sit 19th in the table, with only goals scored keeping them off the bottom. McDermott, 51, took over as caretaker manager at the Madejski Stadium in 2009 before being named full-time boss the following year. He guided Reading back to the top flight last season for only the second time in their history but has been relieved of his duties as the club look to turn around their form in time to secure Premier League survival. Brian McDermott has left his post as manager of Reading, the club have confirmed in a statement. Press Association
THE ICC Under-19 Cricket World 2018 Cup officially got underway in style at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday with an impressive ceremony showcasing New Zealand’s culture.According to a media release of the ICC, the ceremony was attended by representatives of all 16 participating sides, Christchurch Councillor Aaron Keown, as well as New Zealand Cricket President Debbie Hockley, who, on behalf of the ICC and NZC, welcomed the teams to the tournament.The tournament proper gets underway on January 13 with matches spread across seven venues in the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga and Whangarei.The winners will be crowned in Tauranga on February 3. The teams will get a chance to get into their groove with practice matches in Christchurch from January 8 to 11.“The squads, officials and other spectators present at the event enjoyed the short opening programme, the highlights of which were traditional Maori dances. The cultural event was followed by photo shoots of participating teams in a festive atmosphere that saw the teams mingling with each other,” added the ICC release.Pakistan captain Hassan Khan said: “Our aim is to win the tournament. We have prepared well and hopefully we will perform well and make it three times for Pakistan and catch up with India and Australia (who have won three times each).Most of us are touring New Zealand for the first time but we are adjusting well and have a good chance to express ourselves.” Australia and India have both won the tournament three times, Pakistan are the only ones to have won back-to-back titles (in 2004 and 2006) while England, South Africa and the Windies are the other winners of the tournament.New Zealand Cricket President Debbie Hockley said in a statement: “This event plays an important role in developing its participants into international professionals, teaching them invaluable lessons in camaraderie, discipline, leadership, playing under pressure and, of course, appreciating the spirit of the game.” Tournament Director Brendan Bourke said in a statement:“Never before has an opening event taken place at an ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup featuring all 16 teams, so we jumped at the opportunity to create a very special occasion for them.”The teams attending the opening ceremony were enthusiastic about the event with the captains looking to make the maximum of the chances that come their way.The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, which is held every two years, replicates a major global tournament experience in terms of organisation. The upcoming tournament from January 13 to February 3 is the 12th edition of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup and the third time it is being held in New Zealand.Group A comprises the Windies, New Zealand, South Africa and Kenya; Group B is formed by Australia, India, PNG and Zimbabwe; Group C consists of Bangladesh, Canada, England and Namibia; Group D comprises Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Ireland.According to the event format, the top two sides from each group will advance to the Super League while the remaining eight teams will figure in the Plate Championship.The preliminary round matches will be followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, plus the play-offs.
French Ligue 1 moneybags Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have moved nine points clear at the top of the table after they secured a 2-1 win at champions AS Monaco.Edinson Cavani and Neymar (penalty) scored either side of halftime to give PSG a 2-0 lead before the home side fought back through Portuguese international midfielder Joao Moutinho with eight minutes for a grandstand finish to proceedings.Unai Emery’s men however held on for a very good win to move nine points clear of their hosts in the race for the league title while Monaco drop one place from 2nd to 3rd after Lyon’s heavy win at Nice.Dutch international Memphis Depay (2) and former Real Madrid starlet Mariano Diaz were on target as Lyon ran riot at Nice in a 5-0 win to leapfrog Monaco into second spot by virtue of goal difference.Week 14 ResultsMontpellier 3-0 LilleMonaco 1-2 PSGNice 0-5 LyonMarseille 1-0 GuingampCaen 1-0 BordeauxMetz 0-2 AmiensDijon 3-1 TolouseRennes 2-1 NantesTroyes 3-0 AngersStandings (Top 4):1. PSG 38 points2. Lyon 29 points3. Monaco 29 points4. Marseille 28 pointsRelatedLigue 1 Review: PSG Extend Lead With Slim Win As Monaco Thrash Angers Into Second SpotFebruary 11, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1 Review: Monaco Fail To Close Gap On Leaders PSG With Montpellier DrawJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1: PSG Suffer Shock Defeat As Champions Monaco Close Gap On LeadersDecember 3, 2017In “Europe”