first_imgMerchants 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.###last_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The IRS is being impersonated by scammers in an email making the rounds and using “tax transcripts” as bait to entice people to open attachments laced with malware.In its newswire IR-2018-226, the IRS and Security Summit partners warned that the scam is particularly troublesome for businesses whose employees might open the malware, known as Emotet, since it can spread throughout a company’s network and take months to remove successfully.Emotet usually masquerades as specific banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in trying to trick people into opening infected documents. This is not the first appearance of Emotet, but what’s new is its guise as the IRS. It pretends to be from “IRS Online,” and contains an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript” or something similar. The subject line uses some variation of the phrase “tax transcript.”last_img read more

first_imgMichael Carrick has admitted Manchester United must meet the challenge of maintaining their midweek momentum. It has been a repeated failing of David Moyes’ side this term that they have done well in cup competitions, only to fall away the following weekend. The puzzle explains why United find themselves within a win of sealing a place in the Champions League knockout phase after only three matches, yet also staring up at the Premier League from an unaccustomed eighth position, eight points adrift of leaders Arsenal. Once more, the Red Devils feel they are moving forwards following Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. But Carrick knows they cannot falter again when they face Stoke at Old Trafford on Saturday. “The frustrating thing is we have had moments in certain games of when you think ‘this is it, we’re on the up’,” said the England midfielder. “Then in the next game for some reason it doesn’t go how you would expect. “That is the challenge we face. “We have done well enough again, but then we have to on Saturday.” Nothing can be taken for granted though, largely because an explanation for United’s troubles is so difficult to find. “It is tough,” said Carrick. “You can look at the Southampton game last Saturday and say we really should have won. “We were 1-0 up and had chances to score more. Then we concede from a corner. “In that instance, you could say we can defend corners better but overall it is about fine margins and little details. “In the past we have been good at getting on top of those things and seeing games out. “I am sure we will do that in the games we have coming up.” Other than the heavy defeat by Manchester City last month and the subsequent shock home loss against West Brom, United have looked capable of winning matches. However, as manager David Moyes pointed out immediately after the Sociedad encounter, too many scoring opportunities have been spurned. Carrick does not view that as a major problem, certainly, he feels, missing chances is better than failing to create them. “The attacking lads are looking dangerous, it is just not falling for them at certain times,” said Carrick. “You are more concerned when you are not creating chances and the lads aren’t getting opportunities. “With the quality we have I am sure they will soon start going in a lot more.” The absence of Robin van Persie with a combination of niggling injuries offered Shinji Kagawa a rare chance to shine. It was particularly interesting to see how potent his combination with Wayne Rooney looked once he was switched to a central position for the latter stages. “It was Shinji’s best game in my time,” said Moyes. “We brought him in during pre-season and he hasn’t really found his feet. “This time I saw something from Shinji which I hadn’t seen in other games. I was really pleased with that.” Kagawa’s problem, as ever, will be if Van Persie is fit, he will be shunted back out to the left wing or dropped back onto the bench this weekend. Moyes offered no further update on the fitness of central defensive pair Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who both sat out a second successive game. Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have responded well though and a second clean sheet in eight games is another positive sign. “There is still a way to go before we are really at our best but it was a decent performance and there are a lot of things we can work on,” said Carrick. Press Associationlast_img read more