Evonne K. Hannum, 72, of Greensburg passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Columbus Regional Hospital. Evonne was born on February 9, 1947 in Greendale, Indiana to Elmer and Mary Jane (Maines) Clark. Evonne attended Lawrenceburg High School. She worked at GeCom and Taco Bell in Greensburg. She loved going to the casino, playing bingo, going to flea markets, spending time with her grandchildren, and traveling with her sister. Evonne married Robert E. Hannum, Sr. on September 5, 1964 and he preceded her in death on March 29, 2019. Other survivors include, 3 sons; Robert E. (Vicki) Hannum, Jr, William (Marliee) Hannum, John (Christie) Hannum, 8 grandchildren; Dustin Redelman, Brittany Hannum, Lily Hannum, Daisy Hannum, Janie Follmer, Stephan Hannum, Keisha Hannum, A’Jay Hannum, 2 great grandchildren; Skyla Hannum, Johnnie Watson, and 1 sister; DeVota Dolan. Evonne was preceded in death by her parents, grandson; Dalton Tyler Hannum, and brother; Donnie Lewis. Graveside services will take place at Sand Creek Cemetery on Thursday, November 21 at 2 pm. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
White House officials are quietly anxious about the outcome of events over which they have little control. It’s an uncomfortable position for an administration that likes to steer the agenda and has a reputation for protecting its secrets. Now, administration officials are asking reporters what they’re hearing. The most immediate problem is the investigation by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to determine whether there was a concerted administration effort to illegally divulge Valerie Plame’s CIA identity because her husband publicly questioned Bush on the Iraq war. The central figures in the investigation are White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. Both Rove and Libby talked to reporters before Plame was unmasked. “We don’t know what all the facts are,” said White House press secretary Scott McClellan. “All of us would like to know what they are and get to the bottom of this.” While Bush asserted that his agenda was moving ahead, his most ambitious domestic proposals on Social Security and taxes already have been shelved. GOP congressional leaders huddled with the president this week on a legislative agenda that had been pared to only the must-do items of the federal budget, Katrina recovery, Patriot Act renewal and the Harriet Miers nomination. The conclusion of Fitzgerald’s two-year investigation, expected within days, bears down on the White House amid other troubles. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, jarred by investigations of White House officials and congressional leaders and an uproar over his Supreme Court nomination, said Thursday there was “some background noise here, a lot of chatter” complicating the work of his administration. But he said, “The American people expect me to do my job, and I’m going to.” Bush’s comments, at a Rose Garden news conference with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, reflected the administration’s argument that its agenda is moving forward despite a growing list of problems. The president promised to remain focused on seeking peace in the Mideast, invigorating the economy, rebuilding the hurricane-shattered Gulf Coast and protecting it from the new storm approaching this weekend. At the same time, he said, “There’s some background noise here, a lot of chatter, a lot of speculation and opining.” Bush’s pick of Miers, the White House counsel, for the Supreme Court disappointed many of his longtime conservative allies and puzzled some Republicans in Congress. Also, the White House is still reeling from criticism of its slow reaction to the misery caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Further complicating Bush’s plans are investigations of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, on conspiracy and money-laundering charges in Texas, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for stock transactions. Weary of the CIA investigation and the uncertainty it has brought, presidential aides say they just wish it would end. Officials say they don’t talk about the investigation or its outcome at meetings because they don’t want to give the appearance of colluding against Fitzgerald. They acknowledge there is an expectation that if any White House official is indicted, he will resign. Indeed, officials have been speculating about who would move in to replace Rove or Libby if they were forced out. The consulting firm jointly headed by one possible Rove replacement, GOP strategist Ed Gillespie, has begun considering how Gillespie’s clients might be reassigned if he were tapped for a White House assignment and how to handle the other ramifications of a White House move. Others close to the White House defend it as a place filled with professionals who are getting on with the business of governing amid the distractions. Veteran Republican strategist Charles Black said Rove has taken some time away to prepare for grand jury testimony but otherwise has been as engaged as ever on issues ranging from spending cuts to Miers. “I haven’t noticed, for the most part, anything unusual going on,” Black said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Raheem Sterling is close to signing an improved contract at Liverpool.There has been speculation about the Harlesden teenager’s future while his representatives have been negotiating a new deal.Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City were all reported to be monitoring developments.But Liverpool always remained confident Sterling would commit himself to the club and the 18-year-old had indicated that he wanted to stay at Anfield.See also: Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool, says 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
8 October 2012 South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has partnered with civil society organisation SponsorMe to launch the pilot of an online volunteer platform in a bid to increase the number of young South Africans that volunteer. The platform, launched last week, allows volunteer organisations and individuals to connect and offer their services where they are most needed. The idea came about through consultations between volunteer organisations at the Knowledge Network Seminar in January this year, National Youth Service general manager Patrick Mphale said in a statement. It is the culmination of consultations and engagement with volunteer organisations and the Flemish government’s partnership programme, which is aimed at promoting youth volunteerism in the country, Mphale said. “This online platform is part of the five priorities of the programme to upscale and promote youth volunteering of which the other priorities are capacity building of civil society organisations, knowledge generation through research, funding for sustainability and marketing and advocacy.” Duncan Luke, founder of SponsorMe, said there were many organisations and entrepreneurs that had identified a need for a platform to share and connect organisations, “and this project aims to better understand the environment and how it could best serve organisations and potential volunteers for these organisations.” Individuals and companies are both being called on to get involved. “The NYDA and SponsorMe are calling on all organisations that have opportunities for young volunteers to become involved, share their needs, sign up and give input in this project,” SponsorMe said. “We will be hosting an online forum for feedback on the online platform as well as focus groups in Cape Town and Johannesburg with organisations in October and November.” Organisations interested in getting involved can visit www.sponsorme.co.za/page/volunteer-organizations, and individuals interested in volunteering can visit www.sponsorme.co.za/page/volunteers. SAinfo reporter
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Detroit improved to 7-3 with its fifth victory in six games. Avery Bradley had 24 points, and Tobias Harris added 20.Sacramento lost its seventh straight game to fall to 1-8. Zach Randolph led the Kings with 19 points. /cbb Read Next LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Blake Griffin had 30 points for the Clippers, and Patrick Beverley had 23.The Clippers were 4 of 26 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13 of 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPISTONS 108, KINGS 99.DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 16 points and 19 rebounds to help Detroit beat Sacramento. Wilder wants to get rid of Stiverne, then unify heavyweights Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, defends against a shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Mike Conley scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies made 13 3-pointers and dominated off the bench to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-104 on Saturday.Marc Gasol added 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 to top four reserves in double figures. The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
This has been a season of false starts. It began with Usain Bolt getting disqualified in the 100m sprint at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, before sports minister Ajay Maken’s dream of getting the sports bill draft cleared by the Union cabinet met with stiff resistance.At the outset, let me make it clear that I am fully in support of a term-limit on office bearers of national sports federations, though an age limit of 70 years defies logic.At the cabinet meeting, more than one Union minister spoke of how the age limit of 70 years was unacceptable as they themselves were over the hill, but continued to feel young.However, what was worrying was Maken’s hurry to get the bill cleared by the cabinet before it could be taken up by parliament.Everyone knows that since May 2010, when sports minister MS Gill wanted to rein in the national sports federations, there has been a lot of negative current flowing.Agreed, over 30 sports federations have fallen in line with the new guidelines prescribed by the sports ministry and adhere to them because they need the government grants. But the mood now among sports federation bosses is almost like the high which Anna Hazare and his team is on after the most recent hunger strike at Ramlila Maidan in the Capital.My gut feeling is that the same sports federations which fell in line are now going to get recalcitrant as they are more or less sure this sports bill will never see the light of the day. Yes, Maken has been asked to bring the bill with alterations in the contentious clauses. But if the mood among ministers is anything to go by, be sure there is every chance that even the next time, there will be no dearth of objections.advertisementA day before the cabinet was meeting over the sports bill, I happened to be at the Rashtrapati Bhawan where President Pratibha Devisingh Patil was presenting the national sports awards.There was pride in the hearts of athletes and coaches who were receiving the awards. After the short ceremony, athletes, officials and their families moved towards the refreshment area where snacks were being served.While I had expected to see joy on the faces of athletes, there was actually tension. From middle-distance runner Preeja Sreedharan to para-swimmer Prasanta Karmakar, the athletes seemed worried as to how they were going to prepare for the London Olympics.Preeja said she missed the world championships as she had not been well. But her bigger worry was how soon she was going to get the funding from the sports ministry, so that she could train and compete abroad and also hope to achieve the qualifying mark for the London Olympics. Just imagine, if this is the plight of a star, who also has no foreign coach to look up to, what happens to the other athletes? Preeja was, in fact, hoping someone influential could present her case before the sports ministry babus so that she could focus on the sport.AS Mail Today had reported, the situation is no better for special athletes like Karmakar, who has no idea when his funding will be cleared, as he, too, needs to prepare for the Paralympics, to be held just after the Olympics.With less than 11 months to go for the London Games, is it more important we push the sports bill or genuinely focus on the athletes’ preparations? In India, sportsperson- bashing is very common.Every four years, we go back to the same question as to why a country with a population of over a billion cannot win Olympic medals in large numbers.My sympathies are with the athletes as they have to go around with a begging bowl to the government.The sports bill should not become an ego issue for our sports minister, whose TV interviews have been pretty vocal. Agreed, we live in a democracy and ministers can speak even more freely.But then, this is the time for the sports ministry to focus on London 2012 preparations and not waste time and energy over the sports bill. It was hard not to gloss through the CAG report on the Commonwealth Games (CWG) one more time.Chapter 32 focuses on training, preparations and procurement of equipment plus hiring foreign coaches for the CWG. And what came across as a revelation was how Rs 375 crore was earmarked for athletes’ training and only Rs 108.05 crore was utilised till the end of November 2010. While the common perception is that there is a shortage of funds for training Indian athletes, reality seems different.advertisementThe sports ministry, Sports Authority of India and the sports federations need to put aside their differences and work in tandem.Indian hockey finds itself in a bigger mess every day and whether the team will qualify is a big question. So complicated is the situation now the international body (FIH) is snatching events away from India. At least in disciplines where the qualification worry is over and in clear cut cases, funds must be sanctioned for athletes’ training. Cut the red tapism out please.AND what about the biggest sports body in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India? Their reluctance to come under the ambit of the Right to Information is understandable as their bank balance and assets run into several hundred crores. One joke doing the rounds is that the BCCI assets are like the riches in the unopened vault of the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.I would like to quote a statement Maken made in January 2011. “The BCCI has been a very generous donor to our national sports development fund. In fact, the fund stands at a mere Rs 70.8 crore, with BCCI’s contribution alone being Rs 50 crore,” he said. Maken also added: “It is also up to BCCI to have clarity of its own on whether or not it is under the government or considers itself independent.” Amazing, isn’t it? s. [email protected]
TagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazyby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points thanks to a 5-1 victory against a weary, disorganised Arsenal outfit struggling with injuries. Unai Emery chose the wrong formation for his side’s trip to Anfield, which became something of a theme for the weekend.Ralph Hasenhuttl made the same error (selecting a back four rather than a back five) as his Southampon team lost to Manchester City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur looked clueless in the second half of their game against Wolves. Any suggestion of a Spurs title challenge has been quickly shouted down.Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Emery’s 4-2-3-1 formation leaves Arsenal weak on the flanks and in the middleThere are numerous reasons why Arsenal’s defence was unable to prevent a Liverpool rout on Saturday evening, but the blame lies largely with manager Unai Emery; his move to a back four confused the centre-backs, isolated the full-backs, and left them looking light in midfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles seemed unsure of his role throughout the first half, loitering high up the pitch to leave the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner with too much to do. The Swiss was directly at fault for the first and third Liverpool goals, his performance characterised by an anxiety and hastiness caused by a lack of support down his side of the pitch. On the other flank, Alex Iwobi was equally poor at tracking back, which is why the two Liverpool full-backs so frequently received long diagonal passes into the attacking third. Jurgen Klopp’s strategy allowed the hosts to grind Arsenal down in the first half.But it wasn’t just out wide that Emery got it wrong. By instructing Aaron Ramsey to say high alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who doesn’t work hard enough for games as intense as these), Lucas Torreira was often left without a passing option in the middle of the park. Ordinarily he would have wing-backs in line with him as an outlet, and instead there was nobody – explaining why he was caught in possession moments before Liverpool’s crucial second goal.A return to 3-4-3 – more secure at centre-back and more balanced out wide – will almost certainly happen in midweek.2) Hasenhuttl’s initial tactical mistake proves costly for high-pressing SaintsSouthampton could have beaten Man City, and not just because they should have had a penalty moments before James Ward-Prowse’s own goal. Hasenhuttl’s unexpected shift to a 4-3-3 formation proved to be a costly mistake – even though it only lasted 15 minutes before he switched – with their subsequent performance offering encouragement for Saints fans and for those hoping to take points from Man City this season.Hasenhuttl’s 4-3-3 took narrowness to the extreme. Three forwards practically holding hands were unable to prevent City from passing out from the back, and their three midfield players were too preoccupied with David Silva to cover the width. City glided, unchallenged, down the flanks over and over in the first 15, eventually leading to the opener as Bernardo Silva repeated a familiar trick of joining Riyad Mahrez to make dual right wingers. It was a threat Southampton should have seen coming, and yet their narrow 4-3-3 suggested Hasenhuttl had not anticipated City’s strength out wide.He quickly changed back to the 3-4-2-1 to successfully shut down the flanks (in this system, wing-backs can get tight to the winger safe in the knowledge that a third centre-back and shuffle across to act as an auxiliary full-back). From this point on, Southampton’s high press unsettled the visitors, while Mario Lemina’s interesting position to the left of the front three (he kept dropping deeper to become a backup centre-mid) blunted both Silvas.If only Hasenhuttl had played 3-4-2-1 from the start, City’s dreadful run might have continued.3) Zaha’s failure to track Jorginho let Crystal Palace downIt was no surprise to see Crystal Palace sit in an ultra-deep defensive shell and invite Chelsea pressure; that’s the standard Roy Hodgson solution when playing the top six, and it almost worked perfectly at Selhurst Park. However, Wilfried Zaha badly let them down by failing to defend properly, explaining, in the process, why he isn’t trusted as a winger against the big clubs. Everyone knows that man-marking Jorginho is the best way to blunt Chelsea. It means they cannot funnel possession through their metronome and must instead dramatically reshuffle, often unsuccessfully. But as the other nine players dropped into a formation ten yards in front of Jorginho, Zaha let the Brazilian do whatever he wanted.In the end it was David Luiz’s killer ball over the top that led to N’Golo Kante’s winning goal, but the clipped pass came from exactly the defensive midfield position that Zaha should have been covering. Had Zaha tracked Jorginho throughout the match, he would also have been in the right place to stop Luiz – who instead was afforded all the time in the world to pick out his man. It’s pretty clear why Hodgson rarely gives Zaha a wide role in big matches; he cannot be trusted to do the dirty work.Best of the Week – Paul PogbaAnother masterclass from Paul Pogba on Sunday showed why the Frenchman needs a team to be built around him; he won’t perform well when tamed, and yet given the freedom to roam can dominate a match like few other players in the world. He was everywhere at Old Trafford, linking superbly with Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he hasn’t done much tactical training yet, suggesting that United are riding a wave of optimism through the Christmas period. The hard work will begin when the fixture list calms down in January – at which point we will see just how much effort Pogba is willing to make for the new Man Utd manager.Worst of the Week – Spurs’ second half performanceTottenham failed to record a single shot on goal in the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, highlighting the perils of Mauricio Pochettino’s refusal to rotate effectively during the winter schedule. However, the problem also lies in a lack of creativity and doggedness in central midfield (they need to sign a Moussa Dembele replacement) and the increasingly poor performances of Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker-Peters deserved to start again on Saturday.
Newcastle line up move for AC Milan left-back Laxaltby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are interested in signing AC Milan left back Diego Laxalt.According to Calcio Mercato, the Uruguayan is out of favour at the Italian club.While he would rather earn his place back in Gennaro Gattuso’s team, it is possible he will leave on a loan for the rest of the season.It is no secret that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen his squad as they attempt to stay in the Premier League this season.The 25-year-old has only started four Serie A games this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Toronto parking regulations that have prompted Car2Go to suspend its operations in Canada’s biggest city by the end of the month send a “chilling signal” to car-sharing services eyeing or already in the market, according to an expert on the sharing economy.Car2Go said Thursday that it had been rendered “inoperable” by a city-run pilot program arriving in June that will forbid its use of almost 10,000 parking spaces, where users usually pick up or leave the service’s vehicles.The pilot program would also charge the service permit fees of $1,499.02 per vehicle and force Car2Go to immediately relocate their cars when two or more car-sharing vehicles have been left on the same residential street.“This is not the result we were expecting and to say we are disappointed would be a huge understatement,” Car2Go CEO Paul DeLong said in a letter the company sent users on Thursday.“We hope that one day, the City of Toronto chooses to establish a legal framework that makes true free-float carshare possible in the same way that dozens of other global cities have.”Car2Go, owned by Germany’s Daimler, has been in Toronto since early 2012, when it required users to pick up and park cars in designated “Green P” lots. It started allowing them to leave and grab a vehicle from any legal spot on streets in 2016. The company now operates in 26 cities around the world, including Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.Mayor John Tory expressed disappointment that “Car2Go has chosen confrontation over collaboration.”“While their decision to suspend operations in Toronto is unfortunate, it is their decision alone to walk away from a clear path towards regulations that would allow them to operate in our city in a reasonable, compatible way,” he said, in a statement.“I’m confident that other car sharing companies willing to work with us and to operate in this manner will succeed in Toronto.”But that confidence is not shared by Sunil Johal, policy director of the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre and an expert on the sharing economy. He said he worries that it sends a message to companies that Toronto isn’t as open to car-sharing innovations as other cities, which have reached agreements with such services.“This is the kind of thing the city should be looking to welcome and promote, rather than shut down or put in place parameters that make it almost impossible for the programs to work successfully,” he said.“It comes at a time, when we are trying to think about ways to move people away from car ownership and car usage, so it seems counterintuitive that the city is putting significant obstacles in the way of an established model of car-sharing that has been proven to reduce vehicle miles travelled and greenhouse gas emissions.”Car2Go has faced fierce competition in recent years from similar services, including Zipcar, Turo, Enterprise CarShare and General Motors Co’s Maven, but its biggest challenge in Toronto has come from the city.The two have been debating the “free-floating” car-share pilot for months, with Car2Go threatening in February to leave Toronto if the pilot made it too difficult for the company to keep operating.The city is mostly concerned that residents with on-street parking permits won’t be able to find spaces to leave their cars as car-sharing services continue to grow in popularity.At Thursday’s city council meeting, Toronto councillor Mike Layton introduced a motion asking staff to consult further with the car-sharing industry about the city’s approach to such services and report back in June about potential changes to the forthcoming pilot.The motion passed 34-4 and was supported by Mayor Tory.Car2Go expressed optimism about the rest of the country, saying its service in Montreal was just expanded to additional boroughs.It said it has 80,000 Toronto members, whose memberships won’t be cancelled or refunded because they will be able to use them in other countries around the world.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained an incorrect parking fee figure.
NEW YORK — The Latest on Sears bankruptcy auction (all times local):5 p.m.A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund’s winning bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to sue the billionaire and his hedge fund.That’s according to a court filing Thursday in which the creditors contend that Lampert has painted himself as the saviour of the company, but has instead made a series of moves over the years that have benefited himself and his hedge fund ESL.Sears confirmed early Thursday that ESL had won tentative approval for a $5.2 billion plan to buy 425 stores and the rest of the company’s assets, staving off a liquidation of the iconic brand.The move would preserve 45,000 jobs, but it is still subject to approval by a bankruptcy judge on Feb. 1.ESL says in a statement that all transactions were done in good faith and were also approved by the company’s board, including independent directors.A spokesman for Sears Holding Corp. declined to comment.___12:20 p.m.Sears is confirming reports its chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund has won a bid to buy roughly 400 stores and other assets for $5.2 billion.The move, announced Thursday, preserves 45,000 jobs and is subject to court approval on Feb. 1. Creditors will have the opportunity to object before then.The deal will then close Feb. 8.The agreement follows marathon negotiations that started early Monday as Lampert was fending off demands from creditors who were pushing for liquidation.Lampert’s ESL Investments was the only one to put forth a proposal to rescue the floundering company in its entirety. He had sweetened his bid multiple times.The Associated Press