The South Bend Racquet Club hosted local organization Hannah & Friends and the Saint Mary’s tennis team last Saturday for “Serving Up an Ace for Awareness and Compassion,” a fundraiser benefitting children and adults with special needs.Saint Mary’s junior and Hannah & Friends intern Hannah Monte said all proceeds would go to the organization, which former Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis, his wife and their daughter Hannah founded more than ten years ago. “There were about ten tennis courts set-up for the Round Robin match,” Monte said. “Players included for the South Bend Racquet club, people in the community and Hannah & Friends participants. We also had courts open for just children to play around on.”She said the College’s tennis team led warm ups for Hannah & Friends before the tennis match, and this was the first year the two organizations partnered together.Monte also said she was glad to see the College team partner with the organization.“It was great to see two communities that I’m involved in get together for a great cause,” she said.The organization’s assistant director of operations, Saint Mary’s alumna Kayle Sexton, said she came up with the idea of bringing together the organizations because she played on the College’s tennis team for four years. “This event was a great success,” Sexton said. “We were very pleased with the turnout and cannot wait to do it again next year.” Sexton said she was thrilled by the tennis team’s support and ability to lead residents in drills. Saint Mary’s College tennis player senior Margaret Faller said three residents from Hannah & Friends participated in the event.“Other residents from Hannah & Friends joined us to watch the match play, eat snacks and do crafts,” she said. Fellow College tennis player junior Kaitlyn Venters said there were tennis-themed coloring pages non-participating residents could work on while the tournament was going on. “Before the tournament started we showed participants from Hannah & Friends how the Saint Mary’s team warms up before practicing,” Venters said. “Then we did some drills to help them practice their volleys, backhands and forehands.”Faller said she appreciated the opportunity to share her love of tennis with the residents.“My favorite part of the event was simply being able to spend time with the participants and share with them a sport I’m truly passionate about,” Faller said. “This is definitely an event we would love to be apart of again next year.”Monte said the event combined something the team loves to do with the opportunity to spread the organization’s message.“The event was a major success and definitely something we would like to do in the future,” Monte said, “Through this event we were able to truly encompass Hannah & Friend’s mission, which is creating awareness and compassion.’’According to Sexton, Hannah & Friends’ future events include a barbecue in May and a 5k Run and Fun Walk in June. Tags: Hannah & Friends, SMC Tennis
EkofiskOn December 23, 1969, Phillips Petroleum – now ConocoPhillips – informed the Norwegian government that it had discovered Ekofisk – one of the largest offshore oil fields ever found.The field, located some 200 kilometers south of Stavanger, started production in 1971 via the Gulftide platform and is in production even today, more than four decades after the original discovery.The Greater Ekofisk Area today comprises four producing fields: Ekofisk, Eldfisk, Embla, and Tor. Crude oil is exported to Teesside, England, and the natural gas is exported to Emden, Germany. Norwegian offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found irregularities during an audit of ConocoPhillips’ Ekofisk in the North Sea.Part of the Ekofisk complex; Source: ConocoPhillipsPSA said on Thursday that the audit of Ekofisk was conducted from September 17 to 21, 2018. The objective of the audit of ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS was to verify that aspects of the management of logistics, scaffolding and access techniques, including the working environment and employee participation, relating to activities at Ekofisk 2/4 J, M, Z, L, B, and K, met relevant requirements in the HSE regulations.The audit noted four non-conformities in connection with monitoring of MOB boat forerunners, access to offshore cranes, follow-up of scaffolding, and working environment for scaffolding, insulation and painting personnel.Also, improvement points were identified regarding arrangements for materials handling, safety marking in the field, local procedures, and manuals for lifting appliances and lifting gear.The PSA told ConocoPhillips Scandinavia to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points would be addressed by November 16, 2018.It is worth noting that ConocoPhillips received consent from the PSA back in September to use the Ekofisk 2/4 VC facility offshore Norway.
IT was during another one-sided Australian Ashes victory on English soil that Steve Waugh expressed his biggest frustrations about Test rain delays: “those bloody Headingley ’81 re-runs on TV”.Between 1989 and 2003 England won just eight Tests in as many series and were frequently humiliated on home soil by Waugh, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and co.But whenever the heavens opened during a day’s play, the vacant TV air time seemed to be perennially filled with replays of Ian Botham and Bob Willis inspiring England to a remarkable 18-run win after following-on.Well the good news for Australian fans and players who’ll tour England again in 2022 is those Leeds heroics have been put to the back of the cupboard.The bad news is they’ve been replaced by the new miracle of Headingley from last August when Ben Stokes broke Australian hearts with one of the greatest Test innings of all time.With the UK in coronavirus lockdown, TV and radio stations have been digging into the archives for content in a bid to give sports-starved fans some kind of daily fix.This week BBC radio repeated in ‘live’ fashion all four days of that third Ashes Test at Leeds.Australia had memorably skittled England out for 67 on day two – only for Stokes to deny them victory with an unbeaten 135 – as the hosts chased down a record 359 two days later to seal a nerve-shredding one-wicket win.“We’ve had the most fantastic feedback with many telling us the commentary has provided a welcome distraction at a difficult time,” BBC’s Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford told AAP.“We’ve had messages for example from nurses and doctors listening to help unwind from stressful shifts.“We don’t have confirmed audience figures, but we know over 100,000 people listened just online to day three and we’d expect many more for day four.”On Saturday, Sky Sports jumped on board by streaming the last two hours of the match on TV and online for non-subscribers with ball by ball insights via their lounge rooms from Joe Root and Stokes.“It’s the first time I’ve watched it ball by ball. It’s always going to be great memories, isn’t it? One of the great days,” Stokes said.“Not just on the field, but the memories we’ll always have together as a group. The changing room is sacred as a cricketer and that evening, after this day’s play, was just sensational.“We’ll always be able to look back on what happened that day and the memories we created.”With people forced to stay at home on an Easter weekend where the mercury nudged 25C, Twitter was alight with people reminiscing about an incredible day of cricket.It made for fascinating viewing for any neutral and of course England fans, but the inevitable re-runs will be painful for any Australian who will have to get used to trying to avoid it whenever they come to play in the UK.Needless to say, Sky and the BBC say there are no plans to show the fourth Test which saw Australia retain the Ashes two weeks later.(AAP).
Corey Kluber trade talks are quieting.According to MLB.com, which cited multiple sources, “there is almost no chance” the Indians ace will be dealt before the start of spring training. Cleveland’s pitchers and catchers are scheduled to begin workouts Thursday, leaving little time for the team to negotiate a deal that would send Kluber elsewhere. Kluber, who turns 33 in April, reportedly drew interest from the Dodgers, Padres, Phillies and Brewers when the trade market for him was still active.The Cy Young winner has three years and $38 million remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2015. Kluber’s name has swirled in trade talks since it was first reported in November that the Indians were open to discussing any of their veteran players in an effort to reduce payroll. Related News Athletics still unsure if Kyler Murray will report to spring training, report says