Engineers aim to improve Haitian infrastructure

first_imgEngineering2Empower, a group of faculty and students from Notre Dame committed to a world in which all people have adequate housing, recently raised $16,000 in a day and a half for projects in Haiti and has its sights set on raising more, graduate student Dustin Mix said.The group, which formed after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, wants to construct five houses with funds raised from its current IndieGoGo campaign, Mix said.“Our mission is to facilitate access to housing by seeding a process that empowers local entrepreneurs to deliver engineered urban housing in the free market,” Mix said. “We are planning on building five homes, ranging from 250 to 750 square feet, which will go to a range of aspiring homeowners, based on their family and financial profiles.“We originally had plans to raise $16,000 to cover two of these homes. However, because of the unbelievable response we had in the first two days, we’ve upped the goal to $50,000 in hopes of covering all five houses that are planned.”Mix said the homes will be accompanied by a pilot financing program, which consists of three parts.“It breaks down into a savings commitment by the homeowner, a subsidy from Engineering2Empower and a home loan granted by a local Haitian bank,” Mix said. “The funds from the fundraiser specifically go toward covering the subsidies, as well as providing some financial collateral to secure the loans.”Mix said the first campaign, which originally had the goal of raising $16,000 within 30 days, was a learning experience.“There is a lot of work that goes into telling your story, finding ways to continually engage your audience and really showing why your cause is important to you,” Mix said. “I think because of the passion we have for this work, we were able to tell that story, and within a day and a half, had already raised $16,000.“I was really in awe and humbled by that because it really showed that people listened to our story and more importantly, saw the merit in how we are approaching the problem.”Mix said Engineering2Empower has raised $21,000 dollars of its intended $50,000 goal. He said the campaign, nearly halfway to its fiscal target, is scheduled to end in about a week.“We are down to the last week, so we are looking for a heavy push to get us to $50,000 and achieve something we never thought possible a month ago,” Mix said.Mix said the organization is just beginning its work to help provide adequate housing to the people of Haiti.“There is so much that can be done in Haiti to bring about dignified living conditions, but there are no easy or quick answers,” Mix said. “The answers lie within the communities themselves. We have a great set of skills as engineers to help in that process and over the last four years, I think we’ve made a lot of progress, but we are only getting started.”“We need more investment in local systems of housing delivery, local contractors, local banks and the local labor force to achieve our goal,” Mix said. “This campaign is just one more step in that process.”Tags: Engineering2Empower, fundraiser, Haitilast_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Barbara Bonansea scores twice in Italy’s upset win over Australia

first_imgBonansea raced through from close to the halfway line and bundled the ball past Lydia Williams, but an offside verdict that took over two minutes to be resolved went Australia’s way.Australia, quarterfinalists at the last three World Cups, was handed a penalty in the 21st minute when Kerr was tugged to the ground by Sara Gama.Laura Giuliani saved Kerr’s kick, but the ball ran loose, and the Perth Glory striker swept home from close range. Captain and star striker Sam Kerr opened her tournament account for Australia, the world’s sixth-ranked side, but the Matildas lost their way in the second half and were punished.Kerr missed a golden chance in the third minute of the opening Group C match when she headed over from Steph Catley’s terrific left-wing cross, before a VAR referral saw Italy denied an opener. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Rose Lavelle defying all odds Women’s World Cup 2019: U.S. veterans take pride in leading rookiescenter_img Chloe Logarzo twice almost headed in as Australia pushed for a second goal, but underdog Italy leveled in the 56th minute when Bonansea pounced as defender Clare Polkinghorne carelessly let the ball run under her feet and into the path of the striker.Bonansea raced through to slide into the bottom right corner, and teammate Daniela Sabatino had a goal ruled out for offside as momentum swung firmly Italy’s way.The winner came when Valentina Cernoia swung across a free-kick from the right in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Bonansea beat the Australia backline to the ball, heading into the left corner to spark ecstatic Italian celebrations.94:39 – Barbara Bonansea’s match-winning goal for Italy against Australia was timed at 94:39 & was the latest winning goal scored in normal time of a FIFA Women’s World Cup match in the history of the competition. Drama. #FIFAWWC19 pic.twitter.com/5sGbuWRmvu— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 9, 2019 Barbara Bonansea stunned Australia with a last-gasp winner as Italy took a surprise 2-1 victory in Valenciennes.The Juventus striker netted her second goal of the game in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Italy an ideal start to their Women’s World Cup campaign Sunday.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar backs India-Pak World Cup clash: Would hate to give them 2 points

first_imgCricket icon Sachin Tendulkar Friday said he would “hate” to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing them in the upcoming World Cup as such a move would only help the arch-rivals in the mega-event.Tendulkar endorsed Sunil Gavaskar’s view that India would be better off beating Pakistan in the World Cup than forfeiting the June 16 tie in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.”India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar in a statement to PTI.”Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart,” the legendary batsman added.pic.twitter.com/H1z68cLygsSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 22, 2019While the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal have called for complete cricketing boycott of Pakistan, Gavaskar on Thursday said India will be the loser if they decide to not play against Pakistan on June 16.”Who wins if India decide against playing Pakistan in the World Cup? And I am not even talking about the semis and the finals. Who wins? Pakistan win because they get two points,” Gavaskar had told ‘India Today’.”India have so far beaten Pakistan every time in a World Cup, so we are actually conceding two points when by beating Pakistan, we could make sure that they don’t advance in the competition,” he had said.advertisementThe World Cup begins in the United Kingdom on May 30.On Friday, the Committee of Administrators running Indian cricket decided against taking any position on the matter for now.Also Read | ICC warns BCCI: India likely to lose proposal to ban Pakistan from World CupAlso Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of AdministratorsAlso Read | BCCI likely to consult Team India top brass over Pakistan boycott at ICC World Cuplast_img read more

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Prolific Smith says pretty cooked after Ashes effort

first_imgLONDON: Run-machine Steve Smith described himself as being “pretty cooked” after his prolific bat ensured Australia will return home having retained the coveted urn after their 2-2 drawn Ashes series against England. Smith’s tally of 774 runs from seven innings with a Bradmanesque 110-plus average in a bowler-dominated series illustrates how he single-handedly carried Australia’s run-scoring burden. Marnus Labuschagne was the next Australian with 353, while Matthew Wade, with 337, was the only other Australian to have aggregated 200 or more. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I have given it my all while I have been here for the last four-and-a-half months but I didn’t have much more to give today,” Smith told reporters on Sunday after England salvaged a win at The Oval to ensure the first drawn Ashes series since 1972. “I was pretty cooked mentally and physically and I am looking forward to a couple of weeks off and heading back for the Australian summer.” England’s two victories in the series came in a match Smith missed after a blow to his neck and one in which he scored his only sub-50 score of the series. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSmith’s prolific run not only restored him at the top of test batting rankings but also won over the hostile English fans, who booed him throughout the preceding World Cup and much of the Ashes series. “It was a nice reception when I walked off, would have been nice to have a few more runs under my belt,” Smith said after his dismissal for 23 in the second innings at The Oval. Few expected the 30-year-old to rediscover the form he had shown before being banished to the sidelines for 12 months for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. But he put to rest such fears by smashing a magnificent 144 on day one of the Edgbaston test, scoring more than half of the team total of 284 in the series opener. “First test is always important in an Ashes series and to pull the team out of trouble gave me the confidence to know I could slot straight back in and perform,” Smith said.last_img read more

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