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1% is no longer enough

first_img 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 »last_img read more

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Walhill Hosts Music & Arts Festival This Weekend

first_img(Image: Walhill Farm)BATESVILLE – A music festival celebrating local brew and hometown foods gets underway this weekend at Walhill Farm.Bacon Blues & Brew Music and Arts Festival is set to begin Friday evening and conclude Sunday afternoon.Friday features music performances by Bloomington band The Main Squeeze and Brown County natives The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.Notable musicians taking the stage Saturday include Leftover Cuties, Honey Honey and Anders Osborne.Honey Honey was formed in Los Angeles and their first album was released under the now-defunct Ironworks record label, co-run by actor Keifer Sutherland. Sutherland starred in the group’s music video for their song “Little Toy Gun.”Osbrone wrote a song called “Watch The Wind Blow By” which was turned into a #1 hit by country superstar Tim McGraw.There are many more musical acts including Those Lazy Cabineers of Decatur County.The festival also displays artwork from some of America’s most talented artists and craftsmen.Food stations will be offering hometown favorites and beer sponsors will be present to offer their signature brews.Tickets are $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and a two-day pass is available for $45. Tickets are sold online and at Walhill Farm.last_img read more

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Gyan Sends Ghana into Quarters

first_imgAfter back-to-back 1-0 wins, Avram Grant’s side will secure top spot by avoiding defeat when they play Egypt in their last group match on Wednesday.The teams had been prevented from warming-up on the pitch in order to prevent the damaged surface from further deteriorating, and when the game began it was Ghana who adapted quickest to the conditions. Andre Ayew should have put the ball in the net rather than poke wide from a Christian Atsu assist, before the goal arrived in the 21st minute. Gyan headed in a Jordan Ayew cross for his eighth goal at the Cup of Nations — his first came on home soil in 2008 — and Ghana then soaked up Malian pressure after the break.Mali, who were eliminated from the group stage after a drawing of lots in 2015, must now beat Uganda in their last match and hope Egypt lose if they are to stay in the competition.“The players are disappointed but not completely knocked down. They will be ready to lift their heads for the last match,” said the Mali coach Alain Giresse.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Asamoah Gyan headed Ghana into the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday while Uganda were condemned to an early exit after an agonising defeat to Egypt in Port-Gentil.Gyan scored the only goal of the first match of the day in a Group D double-header in the Gabonese port city, securing a 1-0 win for the Black Stars against Mali. Four-time winners Ghana, the runners-up in 2015, are one of only two teams to have clinched qualification for the quarter-finals with a match to spare, the others being Senegal.“In tournaments you need to be winning games and that is what we did today,” said Gyan, who has now scored at six consecutive Cup of Nations tournaments. “We are satisfied about our performance. Whether we play an excellent game or not, at the end of the day we just want to win and move forward.”last_img read more

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Beat writers split on outcome of Syracuse’s finale at Boston College

first_imgNo. 20 Syracuse (8-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) finishes the regular season in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where it takes on Boston College (7-4, 4-3) on Saturday at noon. The Orange are fresh off a 36-3 walloping at the hands of undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame while the Eagles are losers of two-straight. Here’s who our beat writers have taking the win, and why.Josh Schafer (10-1)Road runBoston College 34 Syracuse 27AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo of Boston College’s best units, a run game and pass rush, will have the ability to derail this game for Syracuse. The Eagles and star sophomore running back AJ Dillon has run for more than a 1,000 yards this season in nine games. If he breaks for over 100 again on Saturday, Syracuse will be in trouble. In conference road losses earlier this season to both Clemson and Pittsburgh, dominant performance on the ground from opponents was too much for the Orange to overcome. Couple the likely scenario of Boston College running well with a Top 20 Eagles’ pass rush and things could turn BC’s way. While Syracuse’s offensive line has played solid this year, when team’s have gotten to the quarterback, the offense has struggled. If BC can attack Syracuse’s throwing game and run the ball at will, the Eagles will force Syracuse to play a slow game. Advantage BC.Andrew Graham (9-2)Szmyt happensSyracuse 31, Boston College 28Beside’s a No. 20 ranking and one more conference win, not much separates these two teams. Both have good pass rushes. Both run the ball well. Syracuse throws it better than Boston College does, but the Eagles defend the run much better than the Orange. That will be a problem for Syracuse, especially as it needs to figure out how to slow down sophomore running back AJ Dillon, who exposed SU in the Carrier Dome last season. But regardless, the Orange is going to need it’s passing game to show up if it wants any chance to win. It didn’t when Tommy DeVito took over for Eric Dungey against Notre Dame. It’s unclear who will get the start Saturday as Dungey deals with a bad back. But it’s hard to imagine DeVito, the more naturally talented passer, struggles that badly again, against a worse defense, if he is pressed into action. It’ll be close, but Andre Szmyt will come on and break a 28-28 tie late, and SU finishes the regular season with nine (!!!) wins.Matt Liberman (8-3)Grounded Eagles Syracuse 41, Boston College 35 In my mind this has been the first time all year that Syracuse has run into a team perfectly evenly matched against it. AJ Dillon is an absolute stud in the backfield and has the talent level of a Heisman winner. Josh alluded to his numbers and Syracuse’s fits that it has had in its losses when defending the run. Boston College though has trouble defending through the air. The Eagles rank 79th in the country in total pass defense, and whether it be Eric Dungey or Tommy DeVito starting at quarterback, both are surely capable of putting up big numbers. I think this game comes down to whether or not Syracuse can run the football. BC’s run defense is ranked 49th in the country, allowing just 3.8 yards per carry, but the Orange backs were actually fairly successful against Notre Dame despite the lopsided scoreboard. If Moe Neal and Dontae Strickland are able to break 5 yards per carry, I like SU’s chances against a banged up BC team. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2018 at 4:52 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Zlatan and Beckham to reunite in Miami?

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic with David Beckham 1 Former Manchester United and England favourite David Beckham wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join his MLS franchise in Florida.Ibrahimovic’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer and he is reportedly planning to leave the club to take on a new challenge.According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Beckham is hoping to convince his former AC Milan and PSG team-mate Ibrahimovic to join him Stateside.The ex-England captain is in the process of forming a new MLS club in Miami and wants the Swede to be the first big-name player on their books.And Ibrahimovic, who has helped PSG secure three successive Ligue 1 titles, could be keen on the move having recently expressed a desire to play in the USlast_img read more

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