Citizens Bank,Citizens Financial Group, Inc has announced it set a company record for new checking accounts opened by Citizens Bank and Charter One customers during a one-week period. From October 3 through October 9, 2009, Citizens opened tens-of-thousands of new checking accounts throughout its 12-state retail footprint, surpassing its previous one-week record in 2007 by nearly 200 percent. We are committed to simplifying our customers busy lives by making banking easier, said Vice Chairman Martin Bischoff, who heads Consumer and Business Banking at Citizens Financial Group. Our recent offers have enabled us to attract tens-of-thousands of new Citizens Bank and Charter One customers. As part of our focus on exceptional service, we look forward to providing our customers helpful banking solutions to achieve their financial goals.Last week, Citizens began offering new customers up to $220 for opening a checking account. Through the offer, which ends November 13, 2009, customers earn: $50 for enrolling in direct deposit; $25 for making five online bill payments; $25 for making five debit or credit card transactions and up to $120 a year with Green$ense, which rewards customers for helping the environment by reducing paper-based transactions.Launched last October, Green$ense rewards customers $0.10 for each electronic payment they make, up to $10 per month and $120 per year. Unlike other incentive programs, Green$ense deposits cash directly into a customer s checking account on a monthly basis, providing greater savings and spending flexibility. And, rather than limiting cash payouts to debit card transactions, customers enrolled in Green$ense earn money for debit card purchases (signature and PIN), online bill payments and recurring payments, making it the most robust program of its kind in the industry.In addition to Green$ense, Citizens has created other helpful solutions for customers. HomeBuyer Savings℠ and CollegeSaver℠ are two new innovative products that put an extra $1,000 in the pockets of Citizens Bank and Charter One customers who are saving for two significant life events purchasing homes and funding their children s college education. Since launching the products in April 2009, Citizens is opening about 1,000 Homebuyer Savings and CollegeSaver accounts every week.With HomeBuyer Savings, customers receive the $1,000 towards their new home when they save a minimum of $100 per month for 36 months and finance their home with Citizens Bank or Charter One. At the end of three years, customers can use their accumulated savings towards a down payment with the additional $1,000 applied against their closing costs.CollegeSaver enables customers who save a minimum of $25 per month until their child is 18 to earn a $1,000 bonus plus interest for opening an account by their child s sixth birthday. Customers receive the $1,000 bonus plus all the accrued interest when the child turns 18.In addition to Citizens helpful products, it offers customers free Fit CheckupsSM, one-on-one consultations with bankers who can help them select the products and services that best fit their borrowing and savings needs. Citizens has provided nearly 2 million Fit Checkups since it began offering them in February of 2008. Customers can learn more about Citizens products and special promotional offers at citizensbank.com or charterone.com, or by visiting their nearest branch.About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $153 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and, through its subsidiaries, has 1,480 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and approximately 23,000 employees. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of June 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG s Web site is citizensbank.com. Source: Citizens Financial Group.
“We’re very excited about [Weaver’s] future,” Enfield said. “And we were very impressed with him today.” A 17-0 second half run anchored by pesky defense and stellar team play pushed the Trojans past UCLA and secured one of the team’s most impressive wins of the season. Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan Another big key to the game was the same one that has been opening the doors to success for the Trojans all season — strong upperclassmen play. “When [Rakocevic] plays within himself and does what he does well, he’s as good as any bigman in our league,” said Enfield. A 5-0 run from UCLA to kick off the second half gave the Bruins their lone lead of the game, but back-to-back threes from senior forward Bennie Boatwright sparked a USC onslaught in the last 16 minutes of the game. Boatwright, Mathews and junior forward Nick Rakocevic combined for 38 of the Trojans’ 44 second half points and shot a combined 14-for-22 in the second half burial of UCLA. The win over UCLA has the Trojans within shouting distance of the top of the Pac-12. USC will look to continue to climb the conference ladder when they faceoff against Arizona on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Galen Center. After over-dribbling and missing the open man led to only 12 team assists in an embarrassing loss to Oregon, the Trojans displayed some of the best on-court chemistry of the season, racking up a season-high 26 assists. With one forward operating from the perimeter and the other dominating the paint, Boatwright and Rakocevic commanded the offensive end in the second half. Bennie “Buckets” lived up to his nickname as he pulled up for three-pointer after three-pointer, going 4-for-5 from deep after halftime. While Boatwright was busy trying to pop the net, Rakocevic was occupied cleaning the glass and making the most of his soft touch around the rim, finishing the game with eight offensive rebounds and 21 points on 9-12 shooting. “When we share the ball like that, and we’re making shots, we’re really hard to beat,” junior guard Jonah Mathews said. “I would say it’s top two [wins of the season] for sure.” “[Aaron] can help us in a variety,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “I thought he played very hard today, and he really was a big key to the game.” In recent weeks, Aaron had become a bit of a forgotten piece on offense, but it was clear from the opening tip that the senior was going to leave his mark on this pivotal rivalry game. After just four minutes of play, Aaron had already checked off a three-pointer, two steals, an assist and a block. The hot start proved to be only an appetizer to what would be Aaron’s most aggressive game since mid-December, as he finished with 8 points, seven assists and six rebounds. The week in-between games and the change in scenery paid dividends for USC, as a bunch that looked mentally drained in Eugene came out in full attack mode in front of a packed Galen Center. Led by the active play of senior guard Shaqquan Aaron, the Trojans jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the game’s first four minutes. Senior point guard Derryck Thornton was everywhere on the defensive end of the court, stealing the ball four times and even sacrificing his body to draw a charge on 7-foot-1 UCLA freshman center Moses Brown. With a sequence that featured a slashing layup, a steal and an assist, freshman point guard Elijah Weaver showcased flashes of the potential that has Trojan fans and coaches excited for what’s to come. The wing players and bigs may have the most eye-popping stats, but the Trojan point guard play was just as much of a factor in USC securing the dominating win.
MASON CITY — A Mason City man was taken to the hospital for treatment after a collision with a train early Monday morning. The Mason City Police Department says they were called shortly after 1:45 AM to the 500 block of 6th Southwest, where a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Matthew Bernhardt was involved in a crash with a Union Pacific train traveling northbound. Bernhardt was taken to MercyOne-North Iowa Medical Center and treated for injuries. Mason City police are still investigating the incident at this time.