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.###
Seven alleged members of the FARC’s southern and eastern blocks – four of whom were underage – surrendered voluntarily to the National Army troops in Caquetá and Putumayo departments, reaching 50 demobilized guerrillas so far this year, a division spokesman said on March 25. Aka “Ciro”, who belongs to the so-called Southern Block Guard, voluntarily turned himself in to authorities in the city of Florencia. The 32-year-old individual, who declared to having spent 18 years as a base guerrilla and a mass organization guerrilla later on, surrendered a Czeck 7.65 caliber pistol with its magazine and ammunition. A member of the 15th squad also surrendered to the Army in the municipality of El Paujil, Caquetá. The man, known within the FARC as “Danilo”, was commander of the “Edgar Tovar” company at the 15th squad. Similarly, a 26-year-old alleged member of the FARC’s 49th squad went to the authorities in the city of Florencia. Aka “Andrés”, who declared to have been part of terrorism support networks in the criminal organization, was a person of trust to aka “Mauricio Gareca”, one of the most important terrorists of the 32nd squad that operates in the north of Putumayo and south of Caquetá departments. Furthermore, four minors surrendered to the troops and were brought to the Colombian Institute of Family Wellbeing (ICBF), to start their disengagement process and reinsertion into society. In the first case, a 15-year-old teenager managed to escape the FARC and sought Army protection. The minor said he had been a low-grade soldier for two years and decided to escape and go to the Army, since he suffered punishment and permanent physical and psychological mistreatment by the terrorist organization. Three other minors voluntarily surrendered in the municipality of Puerto Asís, Putumayo. The first one, age 17, spent four years with the FARC, where he was known as “Pipe Bueno”, and served in supporting networks to terrorism at the Front 48’s fourth commission. The second minor was 17-year-old aka “Jhon”, who had been in charge of explosives at the Front’s second commission for six months; and aka “Ángela”, a 14-year-old girl with six months in the criminal organization, served as a low-rank guerrilla. The three minors were placed at the disposal of the ICBF in Puerto Asís. By Dialogo March 27, 2013
For sports fans, the month of February can be a fairly lackluster time.With football taking a mini-hiatus, baseball still on the back burner and the NBA dragging on in the 10th circle of hell (its regular season), the second month of the year can create quite a deficiency for those addicted to sports. With only college basketball (and college hockey, if you are into that) producing any real drama or intrigue, those of us who watch ESPN or read Sports Illustrated are usually left wanting more.Thankfully, President Obama’s message of change has enveloped the entire country, including the sports figures we so desperately crave. With few actual games to create big headlines this month (relatively speaking of course), individuals took it upon themselves to give us something to talk about, read about, and most importantly, laugh about.This February, athletes of all ages and across every sport have been participating in a perverse game of who can screw up the most.First, we have Michael Phelps and his innovative breathing exercises. Phelps’ picture was released right at the end of January, starting this month off with a scandalous bang. I certainly won’t throw stones from my glass apartment, but I have to question Phelps’ judgment of smoking what may or may not have been marijuana at a crowded house party. Although the punishment itself was minimal — USA Swimming suspended him for three months to “send a strong message to Michael” — the hit to his reputation and self-esteem couldn’t have been fun. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t enjoy being the butt of constant jokes on a national scale. Still, given all the off-the-field headlines this month, Phelps’ bong rip rates last on the scale of dumb decisions.Next up, we have the man who has made the biggest splash recently, the baseball player formerly known as Alex Rodriguez. While A-Fraud’s decision to use steroids is certainly disappointing, nothing in baseball should really surprise the fans anymore. And A-Roid did eventually come clean, so he deserves some credit for that (especially compared to how Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have handled their public floggings). Perhaps most embarrassing about the whole situation was how ESPN’s Peter Gammons handled the interview. Instead of grilling the Yankee third baseman after weak answers, Gammons moved on to another line of questions, letting the former Texas Ranger off easy. While this saga is certainly far from over, the three-time MVP currently only ranks in the middle of this dumb decision list.Getting to the meat of this list, Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin has made headlines lately for some very questionable decisions. First, the precocious first-year coach bragged that, “I love the fact that Urban [Meyer] had to cheat and still didn’t get [Nu’Keese Richardson].” Several things are wrong about this statement. For one, Meyer didn’t cheat, and he didn’t commit any recruiting violations. Most importantly though, Kiffin pissed off a coach who has won two national championships in the past four years and has a history of holding grudges (see: calling timeouts to run up the score at Georgia this year). Always a smart thing to do before you have coached your first game. The most incredible part of this whole scenario, however, is that Tennessee fired Phillip Fulmer to hire Kiffin. To put it another way, UT fired a guy who had won a national championship and only experienced one losing season in 16 years to hire someone Al Davis once hired to coach his football team. For these moves, Tennessee and Lane Kiffin come in second for dumbest decisions of the month.Finally, this brings us to the winner of our cynical game, the legendary COO of the MLB players union, Gene Orza. The man behind the most powerful union in sports, Orza allowed for the entire A-Fraud debacle with his arrogant decision-making. Instead of destroying the anonymous list that exposed the New York slugger, Orza decided to try and fight it to prevent drug testing in 2004. Orza lost his fight, and the resulting mess with the BALCO names kept the 2003 list alive. Basically, Orza’s blunder exposed the most prolific player in the game. So has Orza apologized? Owned up to his mistake? Hardly. Instead, arrogant as usual, Orza has refused to discuss the list or the allegations that he has tipped off players about forthcoming steroid tests.So, thank you players, coaches and even the head of a union. Without laughing at your pain, we would have nothing else to laugh at.Michael is a junior majoring in journalism. Think others should have made the list? Think Michael’s brand of cynicism is nauseating? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org.