first_imgLooking 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 Housinglast_img read more

first_imgKodiak, Alaska — one of the only cities in the U.S. to generate almost 100 percent of its electric power from renewable resources — was celebrated for its environmental sustainability in a lecture Tuesday night in DeBartolo Hall.The lecture was presented as part of the 12th ND Energy Week, an awareness week hosted by ND Energy and the Student Energy Board that promotes education and discussion about energy sustainability.Darron Scott, CEO of the Kodiak Electric Association Inc. (KEA) said the city’s initiative to implement clean power began in the early 2000s. KEA is Kodiak’s locally owned and operated electric cooperative.A primary reason KEA decided to switch to clean energy was due to the economic stability hydroelectric power and wind power offered, he said. The price of diesel fuel is highly volatile, he said, which can prove costly.Kodiak’s local industries looking to keep the price of power low was a major proponent of the switch, he said.“We were getting a lot of pressure [to transition] from seafood processors and from the government facilities,” he said.Scott said the Kodiak community embraced the transition for its economic benefits. Because the electric grid on the island is isolated from other cities, the clean power initiative serves Kodiak exclusively.“The benefit from [the wind turbines] comes directly to the people on the island,” he said.Scott said while the project began as a largely independent, local initiative, he attributes part of its success to government funding.“[While KEA was] getting ready to put the project in motion, the state [put] out a big grant for renewable energy projects,” he said.Scott said Kodiak’s transition to sustainable energy was gradual. It began with the introduction of hydroelectric plants, then expanded to include three wind turbines. He said KEA was tentative about wind power at first because it is more challenging to integrate into a power grid.“We didn’t have any real data on how the wind turbines reacted in the [electrical] system,” he said.After gathering close data on its first three wind turbines, the company later doubled the amount to six, he said.Today, KEA generates 82 percent of its electricity using hydroelectric power and 17 percent with wind power, Scott said.Scott said since switching to renewable energy, Kodiak has seen immense economic benefits.“Just the wind turbines alone have saved about 14 million gallons of diesel for our town,” he said.The amount of diesel saved already amounts to more than the initial cost of the project, he added.“We’re nine years in — it’s already paid for itself,” he said.Scott said the project has also helped Kodiak make progress in combating pollution. KEA’s renewable energy has reduced the city’s carbon dioxide emission by 150,000 tons.KEA has plans to expand its renewable energy initiative even further, Scott said.“We’re moving forward with more dispatchable renewable power we can rely on, which is [hydropower],” he said.Scott said he believes it is possible for the U.S. to make a full transition to renewable energy in the near future.“This model — it should work,” he said. “ … The technology’s there.”Tags: clean energy week, darron scott, kodiaklast_img read more

first_img 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.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgLast Updated: 26th August, 2020 05:59 IST Yankees-Braves Postponed By Rainy Weather, DH Set Wednesday The New York Yankees’ game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed Tuesday night because of inclement weather, delaying the debut of Ian Anderson and the return of Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña Jr Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US The New York Yankees’ game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed Tuesday night because of inclement weather, delaying the debut of Ian Anderson and the return of Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña Jr.Anderson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 and the Braves’ top pitching prospect, was set to face New York ace Gerrit Cole (4-0). Cole has a 20-game winning streak in the regular season, one of the longest in baseball history.But heavy rains rolled through Atlanta throughout the day, and the forecast didn’t improve much as game time approached. Just before the scheduled first pitch, the game was postponed and a doubleheader was scheduled for Wednesday between the interleague opponents.Both teams activated key players from the injured list before the game. Judge was set to return from an injured calf, while the Braves activated their young slugger Acuña after two weeks on the IL with an ailing wrist. Atlanta also brought back Nick Markakis, who went on the injured list after potentially being exposed to COVID-19.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img COMMENT Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 26th August, 2020 05:59 ISTlast_img read more