15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Can a credit union “buy” a member’s love and loyalty? Perhaps not, but if they want to try, card rewards are the single biggest currency the cooperative has at its disposal.This is particularly true for credit unions chasing the affection of the digital shopper. Because online purchasers are often value seekers, they are big-time fans of cash-back rewards. These individuals want very much to extend the value of the money they are spending, and they often view cash back as a way to do precisely that. This is why e-commerce giants like Amazon and PayPal are upping the ante on the amount of cash coming back to their credit cardholders.Amazon Prime Store Card offers 5% back on all purchases (on or off Amazon). With the PayPal Cashback Mastercard, cardholders earn 2% cash back.An accepted truth in the credit card game is that a rewards program is only as effective as its redemption rate. Simply put, if a cardmember isn’t using her rewards, they certainly aren’t that motivating. And according to Bankrate.com, 31 percent of credit cardholders in the U.S have never redeemed their credit card rewards. continue reading »
Barr is a disgrace as U.S. attorney generalHow low can we set the “Barr” for the Trump presidency? I have come to accept the fact that many Americans are surrendering their values to support a man whose policies do not always align or fall on the side of decency.This level of support for a president whose motives are driven by narcissism is pervasive. For example, a Florida voter stated that “Trump is a despicable human being, but I will vote from him.” However, the most disturbing illustration of this support is the performance of Attorney General William Barr. As Will Rogers said (for those that know who Will Rogers was), “All I know is what I read in the newspapers.”So about a year or so has gone by and no movement on a Holocaust memorial. At least no mention of it in The Gazette.We have people rallying for a thousand workers of St. Clare’s. We have Gazette writers extolling the virtues of eliminating plastic straws. However, we have nothing about the 6 million-plus who died in the 1940s and the millions who have since been slaughtered. Even with last week’s killing of Christians in Sri Lanka, there’s no movement on a memorial. Come on Niskayuna. Come on Schenectady. Make a mark. Show the state that this is an important issue and get it done. As was stated in the movie “Field of Dreams,” if you build it, they will come.Bob NicolellaScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWaiting for action on Holocaust memorial Mueller witch hunt a waste of time, moneyThe Mueller report is out at last. Replace songs with sound of sleigh bellsEaster has past and spring is sprung. One of the rituals of the warming season is the roving ice cream truck.Do they really need to continuously play irritating ditties that can drive people within hearing range to exasperation? Well, after a couple years of serious political theater, the report is out. Of course, the Democrats want more. I knew that was going to happen, they have to have some nonsense to impress their less than astute followers. How much has this partisan nonsense cost the taxpayers and what has it done?The usual people are bloviating about it wholesale.Talk about a witch hunt or Kangaroo court. For what it’s worth, I think the Democratic National Committee (DNC) owes us the cost of all this waste of time and money and move on to something the taxpayers of this country want and not all the leftist, commie, progressive things they seem to be so proud of.Oh, I cannot forget the other half of this debacle, that is the so-called “fair and balanced media” that really is the rabble-rousing publicity-raising arm of the DNC.If the “fair and balanced media” had spent one-tenth of the time and money spent in persecuting Trump and done its job, we never would have been stuck with Obama; he never would have gotten the nomination.Same for the goddess of the media, Hillary. She would be in jail for all she has done. Benghazi, her so-called foundation, the nonsense of missing Haiti money, violating secrecy of important items, are just a few things.David G. DeMarcoHadleyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I’m horrified that Barr, who was appointed by Trump as the 85th United States attorney general, has morphed into his personal attorney. We all know that he publicly auditioned for the job of attorney general by telling Donald Trump what he wanted to hear. This occurred in Barr’s 2017 op-ed defending Trump’s decision on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Again, in 2018, Barr wrote another defense of the president stating that, “The chief executive is lawfully empowered to interfere with investigations and fire inferiors.” Possibly as a private citizen, Barr’s intense support of Trump occurred with the promise of a role in the administration. Were his memos totally unsolicited or was there a sinister plot to hire Barr with the goal of protecting Trump? Regardless of the circumstances that brought Barr to the role of the attorney general, he has forever tainted and dishonored the office of United States attorney general. Maxine BrisportRotterdam As a youngster in New York City, the ice cream man had a simple set of sleigh bells activated by pulling a cord. Everyone within hearing knew what those sleigh bells meant and where the truck was parked. The bells even conjured up the cooling image of a cold cone or Popsicle, all without assaulting our ears with an ear worm that infests our minds for hours to come.Surely, the Mister Ding-a-Ling trucks and the like could install a sleigh bell sound in place of interminable repetitions of “It’s a Small World.” Sitting outdoors would be so much more pleasant.Thomas P. HerrmannCharlton
Banksia Ave had interest from buyers nationally, as well as locals, and eight registered to bid on the day.The auction started with a relatively low bid of $1.35 million but that was quickly countered with by $1.65 million bid from another party. Bidding then began to really heat up.These two buying groups bid against each other in a mixture of small and large bids. The property was announced on the market around $1.9 million and bidding continued to escalate up and over $2 milliob before finally settling and selling for $2.01 million.With the auction as hot as the climate and the hundred plus crowd all cheering the outcome, I reflected on the new energy around these homes and I genuinely hope this is a sign of things to come. Haesley Cush is a licensed real estate agent and auctioneer based in Brisbane. Ray White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush. (AAP image, John Gass)It was already 30 degrees and rising when I jumped out of the car to auction a beautifully presented home in ‘The Avenues’ of Ashgrove.A huge crowd was gathering at 34 Banksia Ave to watch the battle to buy this amazing family home with a seperate granny flat, swimming pool and dual street frontages. 34 Banksia Ave Ashgrove sold for $2.01 millionInterest in the Brisbane market has been building over the last couple of months and much of this hype is coming from the value that our real estate represents compared to Sydney and Melbourne. These interstate buyers are pushing local buyers to pay more appropriate prices for properties that have sat in an unfair flat spot in the market. I’m referring specifically to homes that have been renMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago ovated and are ready for owners to immediately enjoy. These homes have been selling for less than replacement costs for the most part of the last five years, and it makes no sense that locals are trying to hold these prices down. But things are starting to change.
This week Spurs, along with Chelsea and Newcastle, were reported to have tabled bids but Pulis denied that such an approach had been made. Pulis expects the speculation surrounding his joint-top goalscorer to continue until the transfer window closes on February 1. “The present situation is the club has not received any offers at all so everything is speculation and you can’t stop people talking,” said Pulis at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “I’m more disappointed for Saido. I told him at the beginning of the window the circus starts again. “If something happens, something happens and he understands that from the last window. “Unless he’s sold now, tomorrow or the next two days it could go to the deadline – it’s a good story.” Berahino has recovered from his bout of illness and will be back in contention against midlands neighbours Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on Saturday. “He’s okay and fit,” said Pulis. ” He’ll be okay for tomorrow. He had a tummy bug – a couple of the lads had it – obviously Rick [Lambert] missed a game from it. “I couldn’t involve him in the cup game which was a shame because I probably would have started him. “But it’s the window again and him on all the back pages. We play Villa in a massive game and we’re not talking about the game.“ Pulis described his squad as “threadbare” as injuries mount ahead of the derby clash. Chris Brunt (calf), Jonas Olsson (hamstring) and Darren Fletcher (knee) look to set to miss out on Saturday alongside long-term absentee James Morrison, who will be absent for around two months with a hamstring injury. Sebastien Pocognoli, who replaced Brunt against Bristol City in midweek when he went off injured, and Victor Anichebe could keep their places in the team as Albion attempt to complete a league double over Villa for the first time in 42 years. Pulis added: “Back then I was at Bristol Rovers as a young kid. I would have been close to signing my first professional contract.” Berahino’s future has been uncertain since handing in a transfer request at the start of the season amid several rejected offers from Tottenham. The rumours reignited when the 22-year-old was left out of the matchday squad at Bristol City for Tuesday night’s FA Cup third round replay, before it was confirmed that he was missing through illness. West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists the club have yet to receive a bid for striker Saido Berahino during the January transfer window. Press Association