Steely Dan Will Perform With An Orchestra For The First Time Ever

first_imgSteely Dan are notoriously fussy when it comes to their pristine funk sound, so their performance at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend is all the more special. For their appearance at the historic venue, Steely Dan will team up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for their first-ever performance with an orchestra.In an interview with the LA Times, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker talk about the decision to team up with the orchestra for new interpretations of the old favorites. “It’s gonna surprise us as much as anyone else, really,” said Fagen. “We talked to the arranger, Vince Mendoza, and we tried to give him some clues as to what might work and what might not work.”The Steely duo were then asked about how this collaboration came to be, since they are notorious for their particularity. That notoriety was mentioned to the pair, and Becker replied, “That’s why we haven’t done this type of thing before. I don’t know if we’ve ever been offered one, frankly. But for some reason we decided we were gonna do this one. I’m not sure why or why not. I guess at this point we feel like —”Fagen chimed in, saying, “We just like to live on the edge.” Becker continued, saying “And we feel like our band is our band. It’s very solid; they can’t take that away. So basically you’re talking about some fiddle players et cetera.”Still, an orchestral Steely Dan concert would be quite intriguing, and it’s all going down this Saturday, June 18th at the Hollywood Bowl. The remainder of the LA Times interview talks about Coachella (“It was funny to see all these kids wearing these designer versions of the Pocahontas costumes that the girls were wearing in 1966,” says Fagen), Desert Trip (“There was some talk of us doing it next year.”) and more!last_img read more

Merchants Bancshares earnings down

first_img### “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />SOUTHBURLINGTON, VT – MerchantsBancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, todayannounced net income of $2.67 million, or diluted earnings per share of 42cents, for the quarter ended June 30, 2006. This compares with net income of$3.06 million, or diluted earnings per share of 48 cents, for the quarter endedJune 30, 2005. The return on average assets was 0.96% and the return on averageequity was 16.62% for the second quarter of 2006, compared to 1.15% and 18.89%,respectively, for the second quarter of 2005. Merchants declared a dividend on July20, 2006, of 28 cents per share, payable August 17, 2006, to shareholders of record as ofAugust 3, 2006. For more information on the quarter please refer to Merchants’quarterly Form 10-Q, which will be filed on or about August 1, 2006, and will beavailable on the SEC website at www.sec.gov(link is external).Mr. Joseph Boutin,Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer; Ms.JanetSpitler, Merchants’ Chief FinancialOfficer; and Mr. Michael Tuttle, President and Chief Executive Officer ofMerchants Bank will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday August 3, 2006.  Interested parties may participate inthe conference call by dialing (800) 230-1085; the title of the call is Earnings Release Conference Call forMerchants Bancshares, Inc. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register.  A replay will be available until noon onThursday August 10, 2006. The U.S. replay dial-in telephonenumber is (800) 475-6701. The international replay dial-in telephone number is(320) 365-3844. The replay access code is806414.Thecontinuing mission of Merchants Bank is to provide Vermonters with a truecommunity bank. It fulfills this commitment through a branch-based system thatincludes 35 bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont, personal bankersdedicated to top-quality customer service, and streamlined products:FreedomLYNX® Banking, which consists of Free Checking forLife®, a Money Market Account, Free Online Banking and Bill Pay,Overdraft Coverage, Direct Deposit, a Free Debit Card and Free Automated PhoneBanking; TimeLYNX® Certificates of Deposit; HomeLYNX® HomeEquity Loans; RealLYNX® Residential Mortgages and CommerceLYNX®Business Banking. Merchants Bank also includes a trust and investmentdivision, known as Merchants Trust Company, serving individuals andinstitutions. For more information about Merchants Bank, visit mbvt.com.Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbolMBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Some of the statements contained in this press release mayconstitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections,future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similarexpressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.  The forward-looking statements reflectMerchants’ current views about future events and are subject to risks,uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may causeMerchants’ actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in anyforward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on since they involveknown and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in somecases, beyond Merchants’ control and which could materially affect actualresults.  The factors that couldcause actual results to differ materially from current expectations includechanges in general economic conditions in Vermont, changes in interest rates,changes in competitive product and pricing pressures among financialinstitutions within Merchants’ markets, and changes in the financial conditionof Merchants’ borrowers.  Theforward-looking statements contained herein represent Merchants’ judgment as ofthe date of this release, and Merchants cautions readers not to place unduereliance on such statements.  Forfurther information, please refer to Merchants’ reports filed with theSecurities and Exchange Commission. MessageBODY { MARGIN-TOP: 25px; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 25px; COLOR: #800080; FONT-FAMILY: Myriad Pro}P.msoNormal { MARGIN-TOP: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 0px; COLOR: #ffffcc; FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica, “Times New Roman”}LI.msoNormal { MARGIN-TOP: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 0px; COLOR: #ffffcc; FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica, “Times New Roman”}For Release: August 1, 2006Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Announces 2006 Second QuarterResultslast_img read more

US Delivers New Emergency Operations Center to Peru

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 06, 2018 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) delivered a modern Regional Emergency Operations Center (COER, in Spanish) to Peru on October 11, 2018, as part of ongoing efforts to support the country’s security initiatives. The center will help military forces and other Peruvian government agencies respond to emergencies and natural disasters in the southeast of the national territory. Representatives of the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI, in Spanish) and local authorities inaugurated COER in Moqueda department. The center has an area of more than 3,000 square meters, and is valued at more than $2.2 million. Part of a long-term project to increase response capabilities to imminent danger, emergencies, and disasters, the center includes a warehouse for disaster mitigation and a search and rescue operations site. “The Peruvian government acknowledges SOUTHCOM’s support. For a decade, they helped us modernize our risk and disaster management procedures to contribute to timely decision making and reduce the impact of natural or man-made phenomena,” Peruvian Army Brigadier General Jorge Chávez, director of INDECI, told Diálogo. “This strategic cooperation enabled us to make a qualitative leap in managing emergencies.” Moquegua’s COER is the 15th center SOUTHCOM built in Peru through its Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), an initiative focused on preventing and managing emergencies. The program also provides equipment, technological infrastructure, training, and instruction for emergency centers that local authorities manage. HAP’s coordinators work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to facilitate the development of these projects in Peru, in coordination with the country’s authorities. Three other COER are currently being built, while two others are in the planning stages. “COERs proved to be operational when faced with natural disasters, such as the situations resulting from the El Niño weather phenomenon,” Brig. Gen. Chávez said. Since 2007, the U.S. government has supported Peru with more than $43 million through humanitarian assistance programs. “This support strengthens the bonds of cooperation between both countries, and reaffirms the U.S. commitment to collaborate in security initiatives against natural disasters to support the civil population,” Brig. Gen. Chávez said. “Peru is exposed all year long to all kinds of emergencies, such as earthquakes, heavy rains, landslides, floods, tremors, and frost.” A strengthened territory Cooperation tools and mechanisms between Peru and the United States go beyond COER. Since its 1980s beginnings in Peru, SOUTHCOM’s HAP has funded the construction of schools, community centers, and clinics. The program also built bridges that restored communications and the supply of humanitarian aid to help vulnerable communities. SOUTHCOM also delivered three emergency response mobile units, with expeditionary capabilities such as command, control, communications, and computing. “The cutting-edge units donated in 2016 helped the country optimize the management and coordination of relief operations after heavy rains in the region of Arequipa last year [2017],” Brig. Gen. Chávez said. The heavy rains and landslides in the north of the country in March 2017, created an emergency situation that strengthened the partnership between both countries. After Peru requested assistance for the humanitarian emergency born from the El Niño phenomenon, the United States responded immediately with 10 U.S. Air Force helicopters to provide support to the most affected areas, such as Piura department, that had more than 25,000 victims. “We have a partnership that grows stronger. The United States shows us the way and trains us to confront potential emergencies,” Brig. Gen. Chávez said. “Without the support of SOUTHCOM’s HAP, it wouldn’t be possible to respond immediately to emergencies and disasters.” In an effort to help the country respond to weather conditions related to El Niño, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration donated 12 buoys deployed in the Pacific Ocean to the Peruvian Navy in 2016. Buoys help authorities collect real-time information about oceanic conditions from depths of up to 2,000 meters. Enduring Promise The United States and Peru strengthen their bonds of friendship beyond cooperation against natural disasters. They also join efforts in the health sector. On November 1st-5th, the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort provided free medical assistance to more than 6,200 people in the north of Peru, including Venezuelan migrants. “It clearly demonstrates the good relations we have with the United States,” Peruvian Army Major General (ret.) José Huerta Torres, Peruvian Minister of Defense, told the press. The hospital ship’s voyage to Peru, its third, is part of SOUTHCOM’s Enduring Promise initiative, a symbol of the cooperation and fraternity that exist with Latin American nations. “The USNS Comfort’s visits show the support and joint work of two nations to help those in need,” said Brig. Gen. Chávez. On this occasion, U.S. and foreign military doctors, nurses, and technicians assisted more than 700 people a day. In 2011, the hospital ship visited the port of Paita and provided health care to more than 7,000 patients. In 2007, the ship docked at the port of Salaverry, where its medical team assisted more than 9,000 people. During the 2018 medical campaign, inhabitants of Paita, Piura department, received care in preventive medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, optometry, dermatology, and surgery aboard the USNS Comfort and at land-based medical sites. “Health has no borders or visa. Peru and the United States are together in the fight for peace,” said Cesar Villanueva Arévalo, president of the Peruvian Council of Ministers.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool

first_imgMaitland-Niles was beaming after his penalty (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has jokingly admitted he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles that his nonchalant penalty style is going to give him heart attack as the defender casually tucked away his spot-kick in Arsenal’s shootout victory over Liverpool.The Gunners secured their place in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, getting the better of Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield on penalties.Liverpool had plenty of chances in the second half, but Bernd Leno made several key saves to keep his side in the game, and as the match finished 0-0 in normal time, a penalty shootout was required to separate the two sides. Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 12:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link710Shares Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool Willock scored the winning penalty (Picture: Getty Images)After Leno saved Divock Origi’s spot-kick, it was Maitland Niles’ job to take his side’s fourth penalty, and in his usual laid-back style, the 23-year-old practically walked up to the spot and side-footed the ball into the net.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGerman Leno went on to make another save from Harry Wilson, before Joe Willock’s effort crept under Adrian to send the Gunners through to the quarters.After the game, Arteta revealed Maitland-Niles’ penalty style had his heart rate through the roof.‘I told him in the dressing room that I’m going to have a heart attack because with his body language… Jesus Christ,’ the Spaniard said.‘He puts it in the net which is the reason why he was one of the subs.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal were unlucky to draw Manchester City in the next round of the competition, as Arteta goes up against former mentor Pep Guardiola again.The Gunners got the better of City in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals, and the Spanish boss will be hoping his side can put in a similarly strong performance when the two sides meet again in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.MORE: Paris Saint-Germain open talks to sign Arsenal target Houssem AouarMORE: Gareth Southgate hails Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star gets his first England call-upFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more