Merchants Bancshares declares 28-cent dividend

first_imgCommunity Bank NA,Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT(link is external)), the parent company of Merchants Bank, announced that its Board of Directors declared today, April 17, 2014, a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable May 15, 2014, to shareholders of record as of May 1, 2014. This quarter represents our 70th consecutive quarterly dividend payment and our 34th consecutive quarter at the current payout level.Merchants plans to release earnings on or about April 22, 2014. Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Janet P. Spitler, Merchants’ Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Geoffrey R. Hesslink, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Merchants will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 23, 2014. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing U.S. number 1-888-317-6016, Canada number 1-855-669-9657, or international number 1-412-317-6016. The title of the call is Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Q1 2014 Earnings. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register. A replay will be available until 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 1, 2014. The U.S. replay dial-in telephone number is 1-877-344-7529. The international replay telephone number is 1-412-317-0088. The replay access code for both replay telephone numbers is 10037005. Additionally , a recording of the call will be available on our website at www.mbvt.com(link is external)Established in 1849, Merchants Bank is the largest Vermont-based bank, independent and locally operated. Consumer, business, municipal and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, more than 30 community bank locations statewide, plus a nationwide network of over 55,000 surcharge-free Allpoint ATMs. Merchants Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”), and Merchants Trust Company employ approximately 300 full-time employees and 40 part-time employees statewide, and has earned several “Best Place to Work in Vermont” awards. American Banker ranks Merchants Bank #10 in America among 851 peers. www.mbvt.com(link is external).SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwired – April 17, 2014) – Merchants Bancshares, Inclast_img read more

FBI looking for man who robbed Security Bank in Overland Park Friday

first_imgSurveillance video from Security Bank shows the man who robbed the 95th Street location Friday afternoon.The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking information about the man who robbed Security Bank at 7500 W. 95th St. in Overland Park Friday afternoon.Register to continuelast_img

Omaha tournament is step up for young Minnesota squad

first_img“There’s always pressure, but this is such a prestigious recruiting class – they expect a lot from us,” said redshirt freshman Roger Kish, who went 4-0 in winning the 184-pound individual title in Fargo.The Kaufman-Brand Open will provide an early measuring stick for these relatively unseasoned wrestlers.“This is an important tournament for anyone, because it tests you,” Konrad said. “They’ll be wrestling kids who are as good as they’re going to be all year.”In Omaha in 2003, Konrad took second place, and returning senior John Duncombe claimed fourth place in the open division at 184 pounds.After a disappointing eighth-place finish at the NCAA tournament last year, the early part of this season looms especially important heading into the dual season, which begins Dec. 5.“We want to come out and show last year was a fluke,” Konrad said, “and come out and get back what’s ours.” Omaha tournament is step up for young Minnesota squadThe Kaufman-Brand Open on Saturday is the Gophers’ second of three tournaments. Matt AndersonNovember 19, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintDespite fielding a young team and returning just one All-American from last season, Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson’s goals for this season remain as high as they could be: to win the Big Ten and national titles.This weekend will provide insight into how far Minnesota has to go to achieve these goals when the team travels to Omaha, Neb., on Saturday to compete in the all-day Kaufman-Brand Open.In Omaha, 700 wrestlers will compete in two divisions. The Gophers, ranked eighth in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, will have all their healthy wrestlers entered into either the 20-and-under bracket or the open bracket – except for All-American heavyweight Cole Konrad, who will be competing at a tournament Saturday at Augsburg College.After capturing eight of 10 individual titles last weekend at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D., the competition will stiffen Saturday. A number of top programs, including No. 3 Nebraska and No. 9 Iowa, have wrestlers entered into the field.Robinson sees this weekend as a valuable early-season opportunity to gauge his team.“It gives a more extensive outlook of where we are,” he said.The five or six redshirt freshmen expected to be in the starting lineup this season will face a great deal of pressure, because they came into Minnesota as the most highly regarded recruiting class in school history.last_img read more

Reaching for the Skype

first_imgA City firm has said it hopes to expand an innovative pro bono scheme which connects staff to clients via Skype. The pro bono clinic has been run by Clyde & Co for two years and is believed to be the first of its kind.The firm has partnered with Brent Citizens Advice to answer employment and immigration law queries. The Skype element means the model is more flexible and convenient, and allows lawyers to make the most of their time.Heidi Watson, employment partner, said: ‘It is a much-needed initiative and based on its great success to date, we hope to expand the existing model to reach further members of the public, especially people living in hard-to-reach-areas.’last_img

Inmate claims he escaped for his children

first_img Share LocalNews Inmate claims he escaped for his children by: – December 20, 2013 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Ken Royer, who escaped from the Dominica State Prison on 11 October, 2013 was sent back to jail to finish off his twenty-six month sentence plus an additional six months for escaping.When he appeared before Magistrate Bernard Pacquette on December 20, 2013 two days after being captured, he told the court, “sorry but I had to do it to take care of my children”.Royer escaped from the prison through an opening while on the prison farm with four other inmates and one supervising officer. When a head count was conducted by the officer he realized that Royer was missing and immediately alerted the rest of the prison and a search ensued but was futile.It was then the Criminal Investigations Department of the Police Force was informed of his escape and all out districts and police departments were alerted.The man who avoided the authorities for two months told the court he had permission from the prison superintendent to bring his children some money however he was to be accompanied by a prison officer and this never happened.“I get frustrated and I left,” he said.He added that he is the father of seven children with the youngest being just seven months.“I was having difficulties in maintaining my children and no one wanted to help me.”He asked the magistrate to have mercy on him and show leniency toward him adding that he did not run when he was informed the police were coming for him.“I tell him to tell them I [am] there and I [am] eating.”Magistrate Pacquette told him, “you don’t think other inmates have children and want to see their children?”Royer, according to Magistrate Pacquette, has previous convictions and is known for escaping from custody. He sentenced Royer to six months in jail to run consecutively with the one he “ran away from”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

“black odyssey” a fresh take on an ancient tale

first_imgMarcus Gardley’s new drama “black odyssey” taps into a brand of intense storytelling that’s mystified audiences for millennia.It’s no surprise, really, considering the young playwright’s source material in putting together this story of a black soldier’s long and difficult homecoming after the Gulf War. The basic structure and concept of Gardley’s world premiere currently running through the Denver Center Theatre Company comes straight from “The Odyssey,” one of the Western world’s most durable stories. The concept is hardly new. “The Odyssey” has been the basis for too many tales to count in the past 3,000 years. But Gardley’s twist on the ancient story isn’t tired or hackneyed. Instead, the playwright and director Chay Yew draws on a timeless tale to tell a very modern story. Through poetic language, imaginative plot twists and impressive stagecraft, “black odyssey” delivers a compelling and contemporary take on the black experience in America.What’s most impressive is the mix of ancient and modern threads. Gardley uses Homer’s epic poem as his basic model here, but it’s hardly transparent. The travails of Ulysses Lincoln (Jason Bowen) follow the basic path of Homer’s ancient poem; his struggles stem from a conflict between two gods. Instead of Zeus and Poseidon, Deus (Cleavant Derricks) and Paw Sidin (Tony Todd) are the deities whose arguments lead to Ulysses Lincoln’s long journey to find his wife, Nella Pee (Shamika Cotton), and his son, Malachai (Eric Lockley), after the war.That fight among gods also has a root in Homer’s ancient tale. Here, it boils down to Ulysses’ murder of Paw Sidin’s son during the Gulf War. Instead of the one-eyed beast Cyclops, the victim is an Afghani with one eye who never deserved death. As a punishment for the murder, Ulysses is denied a straight path back to his family after the war. Instead, he undertakes a voyage that’s based more in abstraction than geography.It’s a sojourn through the self, and in the case of Ulysses Lincoln, that means revisiting some of the most seminal moments in black history. In reconnecting with his own ancestors, Lincoln reconnects with the tragic death of Emmett Till, the slaughter of four little girls in a church in Alabama and the assasination of Civil Rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. A revolving crew of actors including Kim Staunton, Eugene Fleming and Sequoiah play ancestral roles that stretch across generations and also find basic parallels in Homer’s original tale.As Ulysses wanders in his own history, the goddess Aunt Tina (a character with a parallel in the Greek goddess Athena played by Pressley), makes a home in the mortal world to keep Ulysses’ memory vibrant with Nella Pee. It’s a task that becomes all the more difficult as Malachai turns into a teenager and Paw Sidin arrives to tempt Nella Pee as John Suitor.The parallels to the ancient story sometimes feel stretched, and the narrative weave of the story can feel a bit scattered and unfocused. Even so, the power of the show is consistently impressive, thanks to amazing work from the company. Visiting actors Derricks and Todd, both of whom boast high-profile screen credits, are powerhouses in their multiple roles. Staunton, a DCTC vet, offers one of the show’s highlights in her portrayal of Circe, a siren devoted to keeping Ulysses from returning home.The tech in this show plays almost as an impressive role as the acting crew. Innovative projection work designed by Charlie Miller and Myung Hee Cho’s set design help clarify some of the drama’s more complicated premises.Those touches help the show remain rooted in the basic core story, a tale that’s entertained, mystified and educated since “The Odyssey” started making its rounds as a poem thousands of years ago. While “black odyssey” isn’t quite the most promising of the many world premieres in the DCTC’s 2013-14 season, it certainly does justice to its source material.THREE STARS OUT OF FOUR“black odyssey” runs until Feb. 16 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver. Tickets start at $47. Information: 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org.last_img read more