ND alum founds new bus company

first_imgChristopher Cali, a 2014 alum and current graduate student of Notre Dame, recently started a company called Better Cheaper Bus LLC, which offers affordable transportation for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students to both the O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago.“Final steps with the University are being taken to have the buses use McKenna Hall as a departure point,” Cali said.Better Cheaper Bus identifies as a third party transportation provider with the central goal of making transportation more efficient as well as more affordable to students. Cali said the idea came to him when one of his friends experienced frustration with the transportation to Midwestern airports.“My friend, Rory Dunne, took a trip back home to Ireland, and [when he] came back here, [he] had a 5-hour layover using the current transportation service,” Cali said.Cali said it was his friend’s personal inconvenience that helped him to conceive the idea of Better Cheaper Bus. Dunne gave him the inspiration to start forming this small company within a short time frame.“It was the week before Thanksgiving … that we started talking about it,” Cali said. “Through interviews with students, we got a lot of good feedback to make it more efficient.”Cali said aside from benefitting students, Better Cheaper Bus also benefits the South Bend community by donating 20 percent of its profits to the South Bend Center for the Homeless.“When we were thinking about the business, we realized it typically fell around certain holidays,” Cali said. “We figured that we talk a lot about social responsibility, and the Center came up in our minds really quickly.”This donation is the reason behind the business’ slogan, “Ride With a Cause.” The money donated to the South Bend Center for the Homeless will help to finance the holiday dinners during the Christmas season.“Starting a business isn’t easy, and we’re learning a ton,” Cali said. “We circumvented difficulties by getting the word out early, talking to students and creating a “Request Time” button on our website.”Cali said the input of students is crucial to the entire entrepreneurial process and led to the “Request Time” button and student interviews. Through student feedback, Better Cheaper Bus could decide which times of year service would assist students the most.“We’re thinking of running it during Christmas … spring break and at the end of spring semester,” Cali said.Better Cheaper Bus aims to provide a more efficient option for transportation, and Cali also hopes to make the students’ experiences more comfortable and enjoyable.“We’re offering WiFi; we have phone chargers on board and hopefully a DVD player. All the while, you’re donating 20 percent of what you spend to charity,” Cali said. “It’s a simple way to give back without necessarily lifting a finger.”Tags: affordable transportation, better cheaper bus, better cheaper bus LLC, christopher cali, LLC, midway, oharelast_img read more

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Titan LNG Conducts 1st LNG Bunkering in Port of IJmuiden

first_imgDutch LNG supplier Titan LNG has completed the first-ever LNG bunkering at the Port of IJmuiden, North Holland.Carried out in cooperation with the port and the OD IJmond on November 4, the operation included the first bunkering of LNG to the Werkendam, an LNG-powered crane vessel owned by Paans Van Oord.“This first for the Port of IJmuiden is another important step for LNG bunkering, the port is strategically located for bunkering activities and the operation today further acknowledges our strong track record in LNG bunkering,” Jippe van Eijnatten, director business development at Titan LNG, said.“The permitting process was thorough and in good cooperation with OD IJmond and Port of IJmuiden.”“Having LNG powered vessels work in our port area is great for the local emissions and of course they should be able to bunker as efficient as normal MGO, this LNG bunkering is a great step forward,” Margot Michielse of The Omgevingsdienst IJmond/Velsen commented.Titan LNG has delivered the first LNG bunkering in the port of IJmuiden to the vessel ‘Werkendam’, via truck-to-ship. #Anothermilestone. We thank #ODIJmond & #VanOord for their cooperation and support.#LNGBunkering #ODIJmond #Werkendam #VanOord https://t.co/J2PFLzKDMT pic.twitter.com/eK6G4EvLYn— Titan LNG (@TitanLNG) November 5, 2019The Werkendam is fully powered by LNG, with gas oil as a back-up. The installed tank capacity on the aft deck can store 35 cbm LNG on board. In comparison with diesel, LNG emits 80% less particulate matter and 70% less nitrogen oxides. A CO2 reduction of around 25% is also achieved.In July this year, Titan LNG also completed the world’s largest LNG bunkering to date involving Heerema Marine Contractors’ new semi-submersible crane vessel. The dual-fuel ship Sleipnir was supplied with LNG offshore Sumatra, South East Asia.last_img read more

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Area schools receive Lilly Grants

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — More than $9 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. will be divided up among 284 school districts and charter schools throughout the state.The planning grants represent the first phase of the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students.Schools will use grants ranging from $8,300 to $50,000 on data collection, assessment and community engagement.The next phase will involve proposals for implementation, which will be part of a competitive process for grants ranging from $100,000 to $3 million.Several schools in our area are among the 284 schools across the state receiving grants.The recipients in our are:Batesville Community School CorporationJac-Cen-Del Community School CorporationMilan Community School CorporationSouth Ripley Community School CorporationSunman-Dearborn Community School CorporationSouth Dearborn Community School CorporationLawrenceburg Community School CorporationFranklin County Community School CorporationDecatur County Community SchoolsGreensburg Community Schoolslast_img read more

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