Official closing date set for MainSource, First Financial transaction

first_imgFirst Financial Bancorp Logo (PRNewsFoto/First Financial Bancorp)Greensburg, In — Officials from First Financial Bancorp and MainSource say the closing of the merger transaction is scheduled for April 1, 2018, when the two banks will legally become one company.While MainSource will officially be First Financial Bank at that time, it is business as usual for associates and clients of each bank until the transition weekend targeted later in the second quarter, at which time MainSource Bank’s operating systems will convert and its branches will be branded as First Financial Bank branches.“We are extremely pleased that the final step of merging our two banks is now a reality. The integration process is underway and we are excited to continue the First Financial brand as a combined financial institution to better serve our clients and communities,” said Claude E. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Financial.last_img read more

Goble Patrick, age 80

first_imgGoble Lee Patrick, age 80, of Versailles passed away early August 30, 2019 surrounded by his family. Goble was born on July 30, 1939 the son of the late George and Fannie (Holland) Patrick in Lee City, Kentucky. In his earl childhood, the family moved to the Holton, In community where he grew up along with his brother and sisters.Goble attended school and then went home to work, on the family farm. In the mid 1950’s his life would be forever changed, when he would meet future wife Jacqueline Forwalt. They were united in marriage in Dabney on August 6, 1960 and they were blessed with a son and daughter.He worked for nearly 30 years at Williams Plastic in Shelbyville and helped Ray Menchhofer on the farm. Goble enjoyed helping at the drive- in movie theater near his home in Versailles.When you talk about a family man, Goble Patrick was a role model. He and Jacqueline raised their children in a loving Christian home, and instilled values and character. He seldom missed an event his grandkids were involved in, they were his pride and joy. He loved to go camping and fishing, as it provided time with his family.Goble will be sadly missed by wife Jacqueline, daughter Sharon (Todd) Menchhofer of Osgood, son Steve ( Teresa) Patrick of Osgood, grandchildren; Alisha, Jacqlyn, TJ, Kyle (Jess) and Jeni (John) , great grandchildren; Allison, Liam, Connor, and Keegan, brother Lester (Jaunita) Patrick and sister Edith Mink. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Chester, Virgil, Richard, and Ernest along with sister Elania.Visitation will be held on Monday September 2 from 10 am-12pm. at Neals Funeral Home in Osgood, with funeral services being held at 12 pm, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Tanglewood Cemetery outside of Versailles. Memorials maybe given to American Cancer Society in care of the funeral homelast_img read more

Smollett May Still Face Federal Jail Time

first_imgChicago prosecutors have dismissed charges against Jussie Smollett, but the Empire actor remains under FBI […]last_img

Jadeja proves his worth despite India’s exit

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round brilliance could not fire India to the final of the Cricket World Cup but the 30-year-old at least showed what he can still offer the team in the first semi-final against New Zealand yesterday.Playing only his second match of the tournament, Jadeja returned figures of 1-34 in his tidy 10 overs and produced two moments of fielding excellence at Old Trafford.He first dismissed Ross Taylor, New Zealand’s top scorer, with a pinpoint direct throw from midwicket and, in the next ball, took a tricky catch to send back Tom Latham. The all-rounder then returned to top-score with a belligerent 77, celebrating his fifty with a characteristic sword dance before raising his arms in an animated gesture toward the commentary box.Jadeja has had a Twitter spat with former India player-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar who had described the all-rounder as a “bits and pieces” player. India captain Virat Kohli said the Saurashtra player did not need any extra motivation from the management team.“I don’t think any of us had to say anything to Jadeja after what happened over the last one week,” Kohli said after the loss at Old Trafford. “He was quite ready to just get onto the path to be honest and you saw the passion with which he played.”Jadeja could not force a victory but Kohli felt this was the left-hander’s best innings he could remember.“In my watching the data for 10 years, me playing with him as well, this is probably his best knock because the kind of pressure, the stage we were at, almost out of the game, and then he produces that,” said Kohli. With Jadeja in the middle, the team had been optimistic of completing the tricky chase, the skipper added.“He was very motivated. At that stage, we all felt in the change room that the game can be closed out, it can be done,” he said.“He’s been a very understated cricketer, but a top quality cricketer in the field, with the ball, and with the bat – priceless.”last_img read more

Dope: Nigeria Profits as Russia Loses Beijing Relay Gold

first_imgThe IOC asked the IAAF to modify the results and consider any further sanctions against Chermoshanskaya, who is no longer competing.The three other Russians runners in the relay final were Yulia Gushchina, Alexandra Fedoriva and Evgeniya Polyakova. Under IAAF rules, an entire relay team loses its medals if one of the runners tests positive.The Belgian runners in line to get gold are Olivia Borlee, Hanna Marien, Elodie Ouedraogo and Kim Gevaert.The United States did not make the relay final after dropping the baton in the heats. The Jamaican and British teams dropped the baton in the final.The IOC said Chermoshanskaya claimed in a written statement that she had been injured ahead of the Beijing Games and had been receiving injections on medical advice. The IOC said she should have declared those medications at the time.Turinabol and stanozolol are traditional steroids that go back decades. Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive for stanozolol at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and he was stripped of the gold medal in the 100 meters.Tuesday’s decision was another black eye for Russia. The country’s track and field team was banned from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics over allegations of state-sponsored doping. Investigations are continuing into wider systematic doping in Russia involving dozens of other summer and winter Olympic sports.Using enhanced techniques, the IOC has retested more than 1,000 doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games and 2012 London Olympics to catch those who evaded detection at the time. A total of 98 athletes have been caught.The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years to allow them to be reanalyzed when improved tests become available, which means cheats can be caught years later. For the Beijing and London retests, the IOC used a method that can detect use of steroids going back weeks and months, rather than days.Chermoshanskaya is the seventh athlete so far who has been formally disqualified by the IOC as a result of the Beijing and London retesting program. Ukrainian javelin thrower Oleksandr Pyatnytsya was stripped of her silver medal from London after she tested positive for turinabol.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Russia was stripped of a relay gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Tuesday night, after one of its female runners tested positive for steroids in a reanalysis of her doping samples.Sprinter Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for two drugs — stanozolol and turinabol — and has been retroactively disqualified and, along with her teammates, stripped of the gold medal in the women’s 4×100-meter relay, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said.Chermoshanskaya was also disqualified from the 200 meters, in which she finished eighth.Belgium stands to be upgraded to the relay gold, with Nigeria moving up to silver and Brazil to bronze.last_img read more

MLAX : Syracuse hopes to win Big East title outright with win versus St. John’s Saturday

first_img Published on May 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ John Desko doesn’t want his team to sit back and be complacent with only a part of the Big East championship. For Desko, there’s nothing good about having to share that type of honor.That means it’s time for Syracuse to get selfish.‘We tend to be pretty greedy with things,’ Desko said. ‘We don’t want to share a Big East title. We want to have it to ourselves.’Syracuse gets the chance to win the entire championship outright on Saturday on Senior Day when it takes on St. John’s (4-9, 2-3 Big East) in its final regular season game. With its win over Notre Dame last week, the Orange clinched at least a share of the Big East title. A win over the Red Storm would make No. 1 SU (13-1, 5-0) the outright champion for the second consecutive season, giving it plenty to play for in a game that could turn into an easy victory for the Orange.After beating the Irish in a game the Orange considered its biggest of the season, Syracuse is going into its matchup against St. John’s preparing to see the Storm’s best. St. John’s has played well enough in several games this season to be on the verge of several more victories than currently appear in the Red Storm’s record. And those close losses came against good teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn April 16, St. John’s was tied with then-No. 2 Notre Dame heading into the fourth quarter, but gave up three goals to the Irish to lose 10-7. A week after that, the Storm had a two-goal lead on then-No. 11 Villanova going into the final quarter, but yielded four goals to lose 11-9.Seeing the results of those games keeps Syracuse from overlooking the Storm and already setting its sights on the playoffs. Not to mention the conference championship that’s riding on the game, as well as a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.‘This games means a lot,’ attack JoJo Marasco said. ‘You can’t have a let-down. We’re going to go out there and play our best game. … No. 1 is definitely what we want. Also, winning Big East two years in a row would be great.’Coming off its victory over the Fighting Irish that gave it the top spot in the rankings again, the Orange knows there’s always the possibility of a letdown game. The emotions aren’t the same in preparing to play a team that’s five games below .500, no matter how close it might have come against some good teams in the past couple of weeks.Still, Syracuse has seen what happens when it lowers its expectations and intensity after winning some of the season’s biggest games. Early on in the year, the Orange beat then-No. 2 Virginia 12-10, and then barely got by Georgetown 9-8 in an overtime victory in the next game.‘We learned that from the Virginia game,’ midfielder Jovan Miller said. ‘We beat them, and then had a little bit of a hangover going into the Georgetown game. We really felt like they came out more intense than us. So, we learned from that.’Miller and Syracuse have also learned from something else they’ve seen this season. Miller said he’s expecting the Red Storm to stall the ball or drop into a zone defense to try to slow Syracuse down. That’s what teams have done against SU all season to try to win the. The only way to combat that, Miller said, is for the Orange to execute its own game plan as best it can.If it doesn’t, Syracuse could be in for a shocking loss in the team’s final regular season game. But Desko knows what a win could do for the team heading into the postseason.‘St. John’s is a big game,’ Desko said. ‘We just want to feel good going into the playoffs. We’d like to play well like we did the week before. Continue playing, trying to get 60 minutes of ball out of the guys and have us gear up for the first playoff game.’Desko still recovering from injuryFor the sixth straight game, Syracuse will be without its third attack Tim Desko. The junior suffered a knee injury against Duke back on April 3, and then re-injured it the following week against Princeton. An infection that has since developed on the knee has made Desko’s recovery even more complicated and uncertain.John Desko said Wednesday before his team’s practice that Tim will hopefully be able to come off antibiotics ‘very soon,’ possibly next week. At that point, John Desko said, they will see what Tim Desko can do physically to gauge when a possible return could take place.‘I don’t have an exact timeline,’ John Desko said. ‘Everybody’s different with those types of things.’cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Stride appoints Richard Sager as international business lead

first_img Richard Sager – Stride GamingSeeking to boost its new market ambitions, London AIM-listed online gambling group Stride Gaming has confirmed the appointment of Richard Sager as Head International Business Development.An external industry appointment, undertaken by Stride Gaming governance, Sager joins Stride’s executive leadership team from online subscription nutritionist retailer Graze.comA seasoned executive in commercial development and growth strategies for international enterprise, Sager has gained further leadership experience working for Hertz car rental (2014-2015) and Bacardi-Martini drinks (2007-2014).Joining Stride Gaming leadership, Sager will be tasked with leading the firm’s new B2C business division beyond the firm’s home UK market.Confirming the appointment of Sager, Eitan Boyd, Group Chief Executive of Stride Gaming, said: “Richard has an excellent track record in successfully supporting companies on their growth strategies both domestically and on an international scale.“His knowledge and experience will be invaluable as Stride continues its focus into new markets and verticals, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.” Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Rank pleased with Grosvenor progress as critical Stride integration begins October 15, 2019 Share Rank clears UKGC hurdle in takeover of Stride Gaming September 23, 2019 Rank finalises Stride Gaming takeover October 4, 2019last_img read more

Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale

first_img Submit Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Andrea Vota, new Director-General of Jdigital has stated that Alberto Garzon, Spain’s Minister of Consumer Affairs, charged with overseeing federal gambling legislations, “knows full well that he is leading Spain towards a proliferation of illegal gambling websites, targeting vulnerable players”.Vota who in July took leadership of Jdigital replacing Mikel Lopez de Torre has taken the responsibility of the online gambling trade association’s EU-level challenge against Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry radically modifying the approved federal mandate of  Spain’s ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’.Fresh to the industry, Vota issued his first public statement to SBC Noticias, in which he underlined that the Spanish coalition government’s plans risked the exact same outcomes as Italy’s prohibition on gambling advertising.Vota maintains that Spanish gambling incumbents are fully justified in their EU high court challenge of Garzon’s amendments, as licensed operators face radical market altering restrictions inbound from October.Beyond gambling, the EU appeal will outline the dire consequences and predicaments that Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry has placed upon Spain’s sports clubs, media owners and wider stakeholders.“We are going to fight to soften and delay this regulation. Operators, agencies and sports clubs, are all concerned about the situation and we are meeting with all affected parties to explore challenges” Vota told SBC Noticias“The more institutions that join us and present their arguments against the regulations, the more pressure can be placed on the government so that they understand that it is a disproportionate and unfair recourse”.Having observed Spanish gambling developments from the sidelines, Vota believes that Spain’s political discourse on gambling has been thwarted by an ingrained ‘good-vs-bad narrative’, rejecting evidence and avoiding rationale in debate.“The Government’s approach is wrong since it wants to focus discourse on a supposed ‘good game’ vs. ‘bad game’, where the ‘good game’ is that of public institutions and the supposed ‘bad game’ is the one played by operators,” Vota said.“A comparative study of the GGR by European countries for online gaming companies in 2019 indicates that the GGR per person in Spain is 16 euros, the lowest in relation to other countries such as Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece or Italy. Likewise, its interannual growth is one of the lowest —7 percent— compared to Portugal, where it grew 41 percent, or France, with 19 percent”.Vota acknowledges ‘industry rationale’, as the key objective that Spanish incumbents must work to put forward, as Spain’s federal debate on gambling legislation is at risk of being entrenched by political ideologies.Having led public affairs for various European tech and IT multinationals, Vota highlights the importance of educating political actors, media and wider stakeholders in the nuances of the business sector.“We have to explain the reality of the sector and remember that gambling is a legal and highly regulated activity in Spain. It is important to note that, despite the constant studies and data that seek to demonstrate that the gambling sector poses a danger to society, the official figures offered by the Government do not support their story” Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020last_img read more

Augsburg earn stunning win over 10-man Bayern Munich

first_imgAugsburg kept their Europa League hopes alive with an unexpected but far from undeserved 1-0 Bundesliga win at Bavarian rivals Bayern Munich.Augsburg kept their Europa League hopes alive with an unexpected but far from undeserved 1-0 Bundesliga win at Bavarian rivals Bayern Munich.Raul Bobadilla scored the only goal of the game as Augsburg made the most of an extra man since the 15th minute, when Pepe Reina was sent off.Markus Weinzierl’s men missed a penalty too, but came away from the Allianz Arena with all three points and rise to fifth in the table with two games of the season remaining.Bayern will now focus all of their efforts on trying to overturn a three-goal deficit against Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, with that game clearly already in the back of their minds.Pep Guardiola resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes, although there were rare starts for Reina and Mitchell Weiser. Reina’s involvement did not last long, though, as he saw a red card after only 13 minutes when he brought Bobadilla down inside the penalty area, giving away a penalty.Neuer’s intended rest therefore lasted only 15 minutes, but he did not have any immediate work to do as Paul Verhaegh sent the spot-kick against the post, letting Bayern off the hook, although the hosts still had to play the remaining 75 minutes with 10 men.Augsburg were initially unable to take advantage. Besides missing the glorious opportunity from the penalty spot, they also wasted chances through Bobadilla and notably with Halil Altintop.Bayern could even have gone in at the break in front when Thomas Muller volleyed just wide, warning Augsburg that they were not going to have everything their own way.Neuer took the sting out of a Tobias Werner effort as Augsburg doubled their efforts in the second half, although the Bayern keeper was fortunate to be awarded a free-kick when he unconvincingly failed to meet a corner before Hong Jeong-ho scored, the goal being ruled out for a foul by Bobadilla on Neuer. Bobadilla then got the goal his game deserved to put Augsburg in front with just under 20 minutes remaining. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sent his pass through Dante’s legs to the Argentine, who provided an eye-catching finish with his heel to break Bayern’s resistance.It was a deserved goal and deserved win for Augsburg, who got their push for a first ever place in Europe back on track in the home of their local rivals.–last_img read more

A’s Ramon Laureano charges Astros’ dugout, gets tackled

first_imgA’s center fielder Ramon Laureano really wanted a piece of the guy who was jawing at him from the opposing dugout. Laureano had just been hit by a pitch for the second time Sunday by the Astros and was hot about it.Problem is, it’s a really long way from the first base bag to the first base dugout at the Oakland Coliseum, so when Laureano charged toward his nemesis, Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron, after being challenged, other Astros were able to close the hole and make the tackle before Laureano could get to him. Dusty Baker says he doesn’t know if Alex Cintron mentioned Ramón Laureano’s mother while yelling at him before Laureano charged him. But Baker says he learned the hard way how different it is when you mention a Latino’s mother. He vowed to check on the matter. pic.twitter.com/4tHvoSkIWZ— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) August 9, 2020The flaring of tempers is not a surprise. Oakland is not only a division rival of Houston but also a focal point in the Astros’ cheating scandal. A’s pitcher Mike Fiers last offseason blew the whistle on the Astros’ rampant sign-stealing during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season. Fiers was a member of the Astros’ pitching staff that year.On top of that, the A’s were leading big at the time of the fight and were poised to complete a three-game sweep of the 2019 AL champs. They went on to win 7-2 and extend their AL West lead over Houston to 5 1/2 games.Laureano, meanwhile, has now been hit three times by Astros pitchers this season, although the HBP that sparked the brawl was off a breaking pitch. Give backup catcher Dustin Garneau credit for the stop.Dustin Garneau just…took Ramón down pic.twitter.com/hdlVrY5y9o— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) August 9, 2020Laureano and A’s catcher Austin Allen were ejected in the seventh-inning incident. Allen got tossed after the benches cleared.MORE: A’s coach says Nazi salute gesture was unintentionalLaureano and Cintron were not made available for comment after the game, MLB.com reported. A’s manager Bob Melvin put the blame on Cintron without referring to him by name.”Ramon doesn’t go over there unless something completely offensive came out of the dugout,” Melvin said. “I think the league will know who that is. That person should get suspended. Hopefully, that’s the case.” Melvin said that having no spectators in the stadium should make it easier for MLB to determine who said what when it reviews the tape and hears what field microphones picked up. There were unconfirmed reports that Cintron said something to Laureano about his mother. Astros manager Dusty Baker, who was ejected in the top of the seventh for argunig balls and strikes, told reportres that he would check with Cintron, although he also said he dobuted anything like that was said, citing Latino culture.last_img read more