Merchants Bancshares Inc Declares Dividend, Election of Danaher as New Bank DirectorSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT-Merchants Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, has announced that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable August 21, 2008, to shareholders of record as of August 7, 2008. Merchants plans to release earnings on or about July 30, 2008.Mr. Michael Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer; and Ms. Janet Spitler, Merchants’ Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 1, 2008. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (888) 428-4480; the title of the call is Earnings Release Conference Call for Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register. A replay will be available until noon on Friday, August 8, 2008. The U.S. replay dial-in telephone number is (800) 475-6701. The international replay telephone number is (320) 365-3844. The replay access code for both replay telephone numbers is 902417.Merchants also announced today the election, effective August 21, 2008, of the newest member of Merchants Bank’s Board of Directors, Karen Danaher, CPA, PFS of Danaher, Attig & Plante PLC, a South Burlington-based accounting firm.Vermont Matters! The continuing mission of Merchants Bank is to provide Vermonters with a state-wide community bank that blends a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank fulfills this commitment through a branch-based system that includes 36 community bank offices and 44 ATMs throughout Vermont, Personal Bankers dedicated to top-quality customer service and streamlined solutions, including: Personal Checking and Savings with Free Checking for Life(r), CashRewards CheckingSM, a low-cost Money Market Account, Free Online Banking and Bill Pay, Overdraft Coverage, Direct Deposit, Free Debit Card and Free Automated Phone Banking; Business Banking with Rewards Checking for Business, Business Online Banking and Bill Pay, Business Lines of Credit and Merchant Card Processing; Small Business Loans; Health Savings Accounts; Credit Cards; Flexible Certificates of Deposit; Vehicle Loans; Home Equity Credit; and Home Mortgages. Visit mbvt.com for more information. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Some of the statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements reflect Merchants’ current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Merchants’ actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond Merchants’ control and which could materially affect actual results. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include changes in general economic conditions in Vermont, changes in interest rates, changes in competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Merchants’ markets, and changes in the financial condition of Merchants’ borrowers. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Merchants’ judgment as of the date of this release, and Merchants cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. For further information, please refer to Merchants’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.###
By Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – With India and Australia clashing in a winner-takes-all finale to an enthralling series, the picturesque town of Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills could hardly have asked for a better debut as a Test venue.Both hosts and tourists emerged with their share of glory from the drawn third Test in Ranchi to leave the four-match series on knife-edge at 1-1 going into the decider, which starts tomorrow.While popular wisdom has it that Test cricket must produce more results to survive the onslaught of the limited-overs game, there can be little doubt that the drawn third Test, also at a new venue, produced the best contest of a thrilling series.Cheteshwar Pujara’s more than 11 hours of over-my-dead-body defiance for India was matched by a game-saving final day rearguard action from Australians Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh.Australia paceman Pat Cummins also made a roaring return to Test cricket, while India’s Ravindra Jadeja claimed nine wickets to suggest that he is no longer content playing second fiddle to spin colleague Ravichandran Ashwin.After just one hundred in the first two Tests in Pune and Bengaluru, Ranchi also embarrassed the pitch pundits by yielding four centuries, including Pujara’s epic 202.The teams have since moved to the Himalayas and, with so much at stake, the expectation is that the level of cricket will be just as high when the top two sides in the world rejoin the fray under Dharamsala’s snow-capped mountain peaks.Australia skipper Steve Smith believes the momentum is with his team, who only need a draw to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy but will have their eyes on a first series triumph in India for 13 years.“I’m sure they’re hurting a little bit in their change room,” Smith, who made an unbeaten 178 in the first innings in Ranchi, said after Australia’s great escape.“If there’s anything with momentum in cricket it’s probably on our side at the moment. It’s 1-1 all and we have a decider in Dharamsala which is really exciting.”Virat Kohli has rarely seen eye-to-eye with Smith on any issue in what has been a fractious series and the India captain predictably differed on the matter of momentum.“It’s a matter of individual perception … we’re happy where we positioned ourselves,” Kohli said, pointing out his team were not required to bat again after racking up 600-plus runs in their first knock.Keeping in mind the pace and carry associated with the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, India are pondering welcoming back fit-again paceman Mohammed Shami.For Australia, the immediate concern is the recovery of their bowlers from their staggering 210-over toil in India’s first innings in Ranchi.Kohli will be eyeing an element of personal redemption in the final match of India’s 13-Test home season, having managed 46 in his five innings against Australia after scoring a double century in each of the preceding four series.The 28-year-old has been in the eye of a storm since his broadside on Smith after the Australia captain’s gesture to the dressing room for advice on whether to review a decision in the second Test in Bengaluru.Kohli missed much of the Australian first innings in Ranchi because of injury but his wild celebrations at the fall of every visiting batsman indicated the shoulder problem was not overly debilitating.
In celebration of the upcoming season of Doctor Who, BBC Books announced three new novels featuring the Twelfth Doctor and companion Bill.The trio of hardcovers will hit shelves on April 20—five days after the small-screen premiere of season 10.BBC BooksFrom the mind of Cavan Scott, author of Titan Comics’ ongoing Ninth Doctor series, comes The Shining Man. Abnormally tall, with “long, lank hair, blank faces, and blazing eyes,” the creepy characters started as a Halloween prank that went viral.“Idiots dressing up as monsters. Giving folk a scare,” the book description said. “Silly masks and fright wigs. No one gets hurt. Because bogeymen aren’t real. … Until people start going missing and lights burn in the darkness. Burning like eyes.”But have no fear, the Doctor and Bill are here to save the day. Unless the monsters get to them first…BBC BooksMeanwhile, on a mining facility on Saturn, the companions face accusations of sabotage and diamond theft in Mike Tucker’s Diamond Dogs.When an excavation goes wrong, a rescue mission is launched to save a worker lost overboard—a worker who claims he saw “something amongst the swirling clouds.”“Something that can’t possibly exist,” BBC Books explained, teasing “something starting to rise” from the “crushing atmosphere of the gas giant.”A visual effects designer, Tucker recently won a BAFTA Craft Award for his company’s miniature effects work on the 50th anniversary Doctor Who episode; he also authored several Doctor Who and Merlin novelizations.BBC BooksNardole joins the party in Jonathan Morris’s Plague City, which takes Team TARDIS back to 1645 Edinburgh “in the grip of the worst plague in its history.” Together, the Doctor, Bill, and their alien friend meet ghosts that don’t know they’re dead and must keep the city safe from “the terrifying secret of the Street of Sorrows.”Writer of the official Doctor Who Magazine comic strip, Morris has penned three Doctor Who novels and a number of audio adventures.All three tales go on sale for £6.99 ($8.50) on April 20. The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole return to BBC and BBC America April 15.