Greene new senior vice president corporate banking at Merchants Bank

first_imgGeoffrey R. Hesslink, Senior Lender and Senior Vice President of Merchants Bank, announced the appointment of Reginald E. Greene to Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Corporate Banking for Merchants Bank. Reggie’s primary responsibility will be to manage a lending team in the southern region in addition to corporate banking accounts throughout the state.“As Vermont’s last statewide independent bank, Merchants is well positioned in the marketplace,” stated Hesslink. “We are adding structure and capacity to corporate banking and credit to grow market share and to best serve our customers’ needs. Reggie is a highly experienced and skilled manager and commercial lender. His terrific presence and manner, extensive knowledge and Vermont-based experience will make a strong contribution to our Corporate Banking division.”Reggie comes to Merchants with over twenty-six years of banking experience, the last twenty-two with Chittenden Bank. Reggie worked for Chittenden in both northern and southern Vermont and in commercial banking, loan resolution, merchant services, internet banking and marketing. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President and Group Manager of the Commercial Banking team covering northern Vermont and Cash Management. There he managed ten loan and cash management officers. Reggie holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work as part of the Merchants’ Team,” stated Greene. “The Bank’s long history of commitment to Vermont is just one of the many reasons I decided to join Merchants. I am proud to be a part of such a well respected group of dedicated professionals.”Reggie and his wife Susan live in Burlington and have four children.Reginald E. Greene, New Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Corporate Banking, Merchants BankVermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.   Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Source: Merchants Bank. 3.25.2010last_img read more

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White Water

first_imgWhen I was a kid we spent a week every summer near Ocean City Maryland. Many summers, our maternal grandfather would be part of our vacation. I remember holding his hand at the edge of the ocean—giggling and screaming as the salty waves crashed at our feet.Topsail Beach, NC“White Water,” we would yell in unison trying to hop over each crashing wave. “White Water!” If we missed the white foam, we felt victorious until the next wave rolled in.A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go rafting on the New River near Fayetteville, West Virginia. My husband’s friend is an experienced paddler and had invited us to join him on the water for a day of fun.As we drove west we watched a strong summer storm engulf the mountains and valleys in grey, yellow streaks of color and fast moving clouds.http://rivermen.com/site/gauley-river-rafting-wv/By the time we got to the river’s edge, the clouds had cleared leaving clean blue sky, rocks, and water. The first set of rapids is called Pinball falls. As the water and our boat approached larger rocks, and our rubber raft began to twist and pull under our legs, I realized the White Water in the New River  is very different from that in the Atlantic. This White Water had power the small waves of the Atlantic did not.“White Water,” I thought to myself, helmet on, paddle in hand, trying to stay in our boat as water flew across my body.My parents live on the Gulf of Mexico. Their homes are surrounded by  light blue water and white beaches. When I visit, I am reminded how calming the gentle roll of the Gulf is – most often, no White Water, just white sand.BP announced this week that 75% of the oil had been collected and removed from the Gulf. Today, we were told by the FDA it is safe to eat Gulf seafood.White Water has new meaning, once again.I am at my desk today—no water in sight. But I can think of past trips to the ocean, swims in the bay, and days on the river . I am grateful for the many opportunities to giggle and screech and leap with delight, in White Water.What does white water mean to you?  last_img read more

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Ecuador Sends a New Group of Soldiers for the MINUSTAH

first_imgBy Dialogo July 06, 2009 Quito, July 2 (EFE).- Ecuador will send a new group of soldiers to Haiti tomorrow to participate in the multinational force MINUSTAH, a Defense Ministry source confirmed to EFE today. The source specified that sixty-six soldiers will relieve a group of their compatriots now in Haiti and will stay for six months. This is the tenth contingent of Ecuadorian soldiers to leave the country for military peace-keeping operations as part of the Binational Company of Horizontal Construction Engineers in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The source indicated that the soldiers will leave from the First Air Zone in Quito at around 10 a.m. local time (3 p.m. GMT), recalling that Ecuador has participated in this program since September 2004.last_img read more

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Dominican Republic: DNCD makes huge cocaine bust

first_imgBy Dialogo October 24, 2012 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican police and counter-narcotics authorities said they broke up an international drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling South American drugs through the Dominican Republic. The Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) said on Oct. 21 it found hundreds of packets of cocaine after stopping two vehicles traveling toward the capital of Santo Domingo on a highway in southwestern Dominican Republic. Agents discovered more packets in raids following the seizure of the vehicles. Authorities estimated the shipment weighed around 950 kilograms (2,094.4 pounds) and had a street value of millions of U.S. dollars. Police arrested eight suspects during the seizure, which culminated in a dramatic shootout in the early morning hours of Oct. 21. Following the arrests, authorities carried out at least 10 raids on houses and apartments in search of the suspected leaders of the ring, said District Attorney Yeni Berenice Reynoso’s office in a statement. The detained were identified as Julio César Herrera Marte, Marcelino Cuevas Féliz, Melvin Pérez, Jesús Javier, Ramón Villar, Joé Luis García Ortiz and sisters Dalisis and Eriné Turbí. Reynoso’s office said authorities were searching for brothers Sair Luis and Otto Luis Ducasse Herrera, César Peralta, Pedro Mota and a man they only identified as “La Araña” (The Spider). Authorities said the group smuggled the drugs from South America to the Dominican Republic’s Caribbean coast via speedboats. Around 5 a.m. on Oct. 21, police and DNCD agents set up a traffic stop for vehicles traveling between Santo Domingo and the southwestern Dominican Republic. Authorities stopped a white Toyota Tundra pickup truck and a black Honda Acura SUV. The DNCD said occupants of the vehicles opened fire at agents and a shootout followed, during which at least one suspect was injured. When the exchange of gunfire ended, police found 770 packets of cocaine in the vehicles. Police immediately carried out several raids on houses and apartments, including a house in the La Castellana neighborhood of Santo Domingo, where Herrera Marte lived. Agents found an additional 106 packets of cocaine in the home and more cocaine in other raids for a total of 928 packets. The cocaine was sent to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences’ laboratories for testing and weighing, authorities said. DNCD Chief Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo said the same criminal ring received 777 kilograms (1,713 pounds) of cocaine via speedboats on the southern coast in August. The group allegedly then tried to send a cocaine shipment to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, in a shipping container. In that case, authorities seized the shipment from the Multimodal Port Caucedo outside the beach town Boca Chica, east of the capital. Rosado said authorities gathered intelligence on the group since the raid. Agents followed suspected drug traffickers for several days, including at a party in an entertainment center known as Cigarro Café. It was then agents began to follow Sair Luis Ducasse Herrera, whom they identified as the “main brain” of an international operation that smuggled drugs out of South America, using the Dominican Republic as a bridge.last_img read more

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Home for the holidays

first_img December 1, 2004 Regular News Home for the holidays Home for the Holidays THREE-YEAR-OLD Jacquez recently sat on the lap of 13th Circuit Judge Katherine Essrig when she told a smiling new adoptive mother, Rozetta Tibbs, that she could take her son home, which was just where he wanted to go, via a short detour to McDonald’s. On November 12, in recognition of National Adoption Day, Judge Essrig, Judge Martha Cook, and Judge J. Kevin Carey presided over more than 30 adoptions. “This is a special day when all we do is adoptions, which is a positive side of what we do,” Judge Essrig said. “We see children who have come from misfortune in various ways but now they have achieved permanency and are being adopted by loving and nurturing parents.” Essrig said the importance of the day is to let everyone know how special the kids are and “how much we value them.” Today, 399 children in Hillsborough County have a goal of adoption because the court has already granted termination of parental rights, but 217 do not have an identified family. That’s why Hillsborough Kids, Inc., organized the ceremony to publicize the efforts to find homes for the kids. The process to become an adoptive parent includes background checks, Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting training, and home studies. The process can usually be completed within eight months. For more information about adoptions in Hillsborough County, contact Bridgett Barno at Camelot Community Care, (813) 635-9765.last_img read more

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Odds for NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol: Expert picks & favorites to win Wednesday night

first_imgNASCAR at Kentucky expert picks1. Kyle BuschBusch’s 17-race winless drought has to end at some point, and he typically runs well at Bristol. He led 100 laps in the May race at Bristol with the same short track package before finishing fifth.2. Chase ElliottElliott had one of the cars to beat at Bristol in May before he and Logano got together and crashed on a late-race restart. The strongest car in the Hendrick Motorsports stall this season should have another shot at a Bristol victory Wednesday night.3. Joey LoganoLike Elliott, Logano has a chance for revenge Wednesday night after losing the May Bristol race in the late-race incident. All three Team Penske cars have been strong this year on short tracks. MORE: Complete starting lineup for NASCAR All-Star RaceFurther complicating our picks for Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race is the new choose cone rule, which will allow all drivers (rather than just the leader) to pick their lanes for all restarts. There’s no telling how that rule change will impact the finish of Wednesday night’s race.Below are the complete Vegas odds to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race at Bristol, plus our top three picks of drivers who could end up taking the checkered flag.NASCAR All-Star Race odds to win at BristolThough the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race was moved from Charlotte to Bristol, the favorites to win Wednesday night’s event likely are some of the same names that would have been atop the odds board for a race at Charlotte.Kevin Harvick, the favorite to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race, is the Cup points leader and arguably the hottest driver in the series. He and Denny Hamlin are tied for the most wins this season with four apiece. Chase Elliott, who is fourth in the Cup points standings, had a strong run at Bristol in May before his late-race crash with Joey Logano.Below are the complete odds to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race at Bristol, courtesy of DraftkingsSportsbook.DriverOdds to win Bristol All-Star Race Kevin Harvick+450Chase Elliott+600Denny Hamlin+600Kyle Busch+700Brad Keselowski+800Joey Logano+800Martin Truex Jr.+800Ryan Blaney+900Kurt Busch+1200Alex Bowman+2000Jimmie Johnson+2000Erik Jones+2200Matt Kenseth+2800Cole Custer+4000Ryan Newman+4000Justin Haley+8000The odds board above only includes the drivers locked into the field for the All-Star Race. Three of the last four positions in Wednesday night’s All-Star lineup will be the stage winners of the Open, with the winner of the fan vote getting the 20th and final spot.Clint Bowyer (+400) is the favorite to win the Open, followed by Aric Almirola (+550), William Byron (+550), Christopher Bell (+650) and Matt DiBenedetto (+650). Picking a winner based on the odds for Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is tricky because the event is unprecedented. Because of the NASCAR schedule shake-up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual non-points race will run at the world’s fastest half-mile for the first time in its 36-year history.The good news is the NASCAR Cup Series has run at Bristol once this year, giving us a decent idea of who might have speed when the series returns Wednesday night for the All-Star Race. The problem is Brad Keselowski lucked into a win in that May race after Chase Elliott and Joey Logano wrecked while battling for the lead in the closing laps. Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney also had strong cars that day.last_img read more

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Paul scores double triumph for English Deaf Golf

first_img9 Sep 2013 Paul scores double triumph for English Deaf Golf Suffolk teenager Paul Waring has just scored a double triumph at the European Deaf Golf Championship at Kytaja Golf Club in Finland.The 17-year-old from Felixstowe Ferry won the individual title by three shots and helped English Deaf Golf to victory in the team event, beating Sweden on countback.It’s the first time English Deaf Golf representatives have won either an international individual or team title.Paul had rounds of 72, 79 to finish three shots clear of Andreas Nilssn from Sweden and four ahead of third-place Hans Elgaard from Denmark.His fellow members of the winning A Team were Martin Anderson (Malton & Norton), Michael Burris (Forest Hills, Glos) and Jay Stally (Seaford).England B, consisting of Jason Albutt (Little Lakes) Peter Baker (Ellesmere Port), Mark Forrest (Leyland) and Ben Stephens (Rutland Water), were fourth behind Denmark.For more information about the English Deaf Golf Association please click herelast_img read more

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ECLIPSE CHAMP FINEST CITY TAKES ON STREAKING VALE DORI IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2017)–Fresh off a rousing 3 ¾ length win going seven furlongs, reigning Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter Finest City will stretch out to a mile and one eighth as she takes on streaking Vale Dori in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita.The prestigious Santa Margarita, to be run for the 80th time, has attracted a field of eight older fillies and mares, including the Art Sherman-trained Show Stealer, who has faced Vale Dori in her last three starts, finishing second in both the Grade II La Canada Stakes on Jan. 14 and the Grade II Santa Maria on Feb. 11. FINEST CITY: An upset winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint two starts back her on Nov. 5, trainer Ian Kruljac’s star pupil was a facile winner of the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes going seven furlongs over a wet fast track on Jan. 21 in her 5-year-old debut.  A Pennsylvania-bred daughter of City Zip, Finest City has routed twice on turf, giving a good account of herself on both occasions, when second in the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes at a 1 1/8 miles on Sept. 4, and a close fourth in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on July 16.  Although Mike Smith has ridden her to victory in her last two races, he’ll be out of town to ride at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, so Tyler Baze will have the Santa Margarita assignment.  Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, Finest City is 15-5-4-2 and has earnings of $1,045,594.                 VALE DORI:  Trained by Bob Baffert and at the peak of her powers, this 5-year-old Argentine-bred mare seeks her fifth win in a row and her fourth consecutive graded stakes victory, with her most recent a 1 ¾ length score in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Santa Maria over a wet fast surface on Feb. 11.  Odds-on in six of her seven Southern California starts for Baffert, she likes to press the early pace or take her rivals gate to wire.  Ridden by Mike Smith in her last three starts, she’ll be handled by Rafael Bejarano on Saturday.  A Group I winner at age three in Argentina, she’ll be seeking her first Grade I win in the United States.  Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Vale Dori is 12-7-3-1 overall with earnings of $694,943. SHOW STEALER: Owned and bred by CHRB Commissioner, George Krikorian, this consistent 5-year-old mare by Eskendereya was clearly second best to Vale Dori in both the La Canada and Santa Maria Stakes under Tyler Baze.  With Baze opting to ride Finest City, Kent Desormeaux will try his hand for the first time on Saturday.  Should a hot pace develop, Show Stealer will hope to be on the move late as she seeks her first stakes win under the ever-patient Desormeaux.  With an overall mark of 21-3-4-3, she has earnings of $257,180. THE GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PSTcenter_img Autumn Flower–Martin Pedroza–120Vale Dori–Rafael Bejarano–122Finest City–Tyler Baze–120Show Stealer–Kent Desormeaux–120Lady Tapit–Mario Gutierrez–120Perfect Pic–Santiago Gonzalez–120Wild At Heart–Flavien Prat–120Estrechada–Stewart Elliott–120 KRULJAC’S FINEST CITY STRETCHING OUT OFF BIG WIN IN GRADE II SANTA MONICA, WHILE BAFFERT’S VALE DORI EYES FOURTH CONSECUTIVE GRADED STAKES VICTORY & FIFTH OVERALL WIN IN A ROW First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 a.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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OOL Without Bluffing Is Nothing

first_img(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Count the hopeful “could” words in a speculative NASA Astrobiology myth.Origin-of-life (OOL) research is no nearer to its dreams of accounting for life’s emergence than it was in 1953, when Stanley Miller sparked the wrong gases. Back then, evolutionists, journalists and teachers became entranced with how life “could” happen. The only progress in the past six decades has been the growing sophistication of their ignorance. The field has divided into two major camps (genetics-first and metabolism-first) who routinely falsify each other’s latest claims (e.g., compare 1/06/08 with 2/15/07).It’s essential for the funders at NASA and NSF to keep hope alive. They do this with clever rhetorical tricks, including personification fallacies, sidestepping, visualization, the power of suggestion, half-truths and red herrings. All these are evident in a NASA Astrobiology puff piece about so-called “molecular midwives that gave birth to RNA” (pardon; your personification fallacy is showing). Elizabeth Powell, chief cheerleader, introduces the quarterback before the game:“The origin of RNA is something I’ve been working on for two decades,” said Nicholas Hud, head of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Chemical Evolution, where researchers are attempting to figure out how life began. “It is easy to speculate that some other molecule came before RNA, but determining the structure of molecules that might actually have come before RNA is a major challenge for chemists.”But can he tackle the challenge after two decades of trying? Hud knows that RNA is unstable, so he works on “pre-RNA” or “proto-RNA” instead (5/10/16). The referees should call foul on each one of his plays:Proflavine can make RNA more stable, he says, but then admits that “proflavine is not a potentially prebiotic molecule“.The “RNA World” hypothesis gets a quick mention, but then we learn that “After decades of unsuccessful attempts to create RNA in model prebiotic (non-biological) reactions, many chemists that study the origin of life believe that there must have been some other RNA-like polymer before RNA.”RNA is “the product of evolution,” Howell suggests, but there can be no natural selection before accurate replication.Howell mentions a simpler molecule crafted by Krishnamurthy called “iso-GNA”, but it doesn’t form stable complexes without intercalators like proflavine (which, Hud said, is “not a potentially prebiotic molecule”). But no other “possible prebiotic polymers” are mentioned.Becoming broadminded can be a good thing, but Hud and Krishnamurthy find themselves needing to “broaden their view of which molecules might have come before RNA.“In short, they have nothing but hope that someday in the future somebody might find empirical evidence for things that are so far only “tempting to speculate” about.These two researchers and their co-workers are currently trying to find a possible ancestor of RNA that is able to spontaneously form from molecules that were present on the early Earth. They remain more open than ever to the idea that some molecules not seen in life today may have been necessary to get life started, perhaps molecules that we could view as the “midwives” that helped give “birth” to RNA.It’s impossible for a molecule to be a midwife, or for anything not alive to give birth. But even if RNA is “born,” it is not alive. What characterizes life is the genetic programming and molecular machinery that achieve homeostasis against the natural tendencies of chemistry. Membranes, for instance, oppose natural osmosis with cellular machines that perform active transport against concentration gradients. Genetic codes employ molecular machines to proofread and repair the natural tendencies of chemistry and thermodynamics to degrade information.The perhapsimaybecouldness index (PCI) in the article is off the charts.Could: 5x, as in “the first of these polymers could be called a ‘proto-RNA‘ and each evolutionary step between proto-RNA and current RNA is a ‘pre-RNA.’Might: 6x, as in “small molecules might have helped the synthesis of RNA, or the original ancestor of RNA, if RNA came later.”Possible: 5x, as in “These two researchers and their co-workers are currently trying to find a possible ancestor of RNA”.Potential: 4x, as in “RNA looks potentially older and more versatile than DNA, so many scientists believe that RNA came before DNA.”May: 3x, as in “Hud notes that proflavine is not a potentially prebiotic molecule, but was used in their study as a model for the type of intercalator molecules that may have been available on early Earth.”Perhaps: 1x, as in ‘perhaps molecules that we could view as the “midwives” that helped give “birth” to RNA.’Speculate: 1x, as in “It is easy to speculate that some other molecule came before RNA.”That’s 24 bet-hedging words out of 1,144 words in the short article, a whopping 2% PCI. Is it balanced by any observable, empirical, repeatable scientific work that directly bears on the question of OOL, or at least on the origin of RNA? We find that the words “lab” or “experiment” are completely absent. “Test” is used once in reference to a hypothetical situation that doesn’t matter in any plausible prebiotic conditions: “testing the ability of an intercalator to facilitate the pairing of Krishnamurthy’s molecule (iso-GNA) with RNA.” And the stem for “observe” appears only 3 times, all in connection with the same iso-GNA molecule, which is not implicated in the origin of life, but only looks “simpler” than RNA.Howell ends, “Funding for the research was provided by the National Science Foundation (which funds CCE more generally) and a grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute element of the Astrobiology Program at NASA.”Yes, it is easy to speculate. Hud is speculating on taxpayer dollars. He speculates he can keep his job by looking busy accomplishing nothing at government expense (see 6/25/14 commentary). He gets away with it because non-naturalistic explanations for life have been ruled out from the start. What’s left is a playpen for childish notions of buildings without builders, machines without designers, and libraries without writers. Let your imagination go with those criteria, and the possibilities are endless.Good time to read what Steve Benner told Susan Mazur (see 12/31/13). Compare his honesty and call for transparency with the speculative mythmaking in Howell’s article.last_img read more

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