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5 sneaky ways to save more money

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Joann Pan1. Get Your Caffeine Buzz for Less (and No, You Don’t Have to Brew at Home)Save a few dollars on coffee-shop runs by using the free, subscription-based app called CUPS. The startup offers reduced plans for regular hot coffee, iced coffee and espresso drinks (lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos). The all-inclusive monthly Cup-a-Day plan for $60 works out to $2 a drink—a discount of nearly 50 percent, based on the average coffee prices in the app’s 100-plus network of coffee shops, according to CUPS co-founder Gilad Rotem. “Occasional drinkers are better off with the 5- or 10-Cups plans where they would save 20 to 30 percent,” Rotem says. The company expects to expand to other cities on the East and West Coasts.2. Sit in a Tall Chair Before BankingTry this research-backed way to sock away more money: Go on a 60-second power trip. A recent study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business linked feelings of power to the desire to save money — and create actual savings. In a series of experiments, 140 Dutch students were split into three sets: a group made to feel powerful, a second group made to feel weaker and a control group.In the first round, researchers asked one group to write about a time they felt powerful, while a second group was asked to write about a time they felt inferior. Afterward, researchers asked the students to imagine receiving 100 euros each, then asked how much they would deposit into a savings account. Students who wrote about feeling a sense of power saved an average of 71 euros — compared to the second group’s lower average of 48 euros. The control group saved 52 euros. Next time you have to draw up a budget or put money away, sit in a tall chair or picture yourself in the shoes of a boundary-pushing CEO or your favorite fierce (dragon-wielding) queen. continue reading »last_img read more

GCC through to Carib Beer T20 final

first_imgGEORGETOWN Cricket Club (GCC) will play Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in the final of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) sponsored Carib Beer T20 tournament after defeating Police Sports Club by five wickets in yesterday’s semi-final at the GCC Ground, Bourda.Having restricted Police to a manageable 131-7, the task for the GCC batsmen wasn’t difficult. They eventually reached 132-5 in 17 overs. GCC will now meet DCC in the final at a date to be announced shortly.Winning the toss and deciding to field first, the hosts made the perfect start, getting rid of danger man Andrew Lyght Jnr. for one, bowled by Ronsford Beaton (2-41), in the innings’ second over, at 10-1.More celebrations were in store soon after when Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed (1-24), removed fellow opener Alex Algoo (10), within the six overs of Powerplay.Ricardo Adams also failed to impress, when he was removed for five by Joshua Wade (2-31), at 49-3. However, despite Mark Gonsalves’ (25), inclusive of four boundaries, the GCC bowlers kept the Police batsmen under constant pressure.Left-arm spinner Anthony Adams (2-8), claimed the wickets of Gonsalves and big-hitting Sherwin McPherson (17), at 74-5.Both Beaton and Wade returned for their second spells and rallied to dismiss Jason Heyliger (17) and Kelvin Leitch (2) respectively, at 99-7.However, Lennox Andrews and Stephen Harris then shared an unbroken stand of 32, with Andrews unbeaten on 20 and Harris on 13.The hosts chase got off to the perfect start, with openers Robin Bacchus and Khemraj Jaikarran putting on 40 for the first wicket at a steady pace.The left-handed Bacchus was the more aggressive of the two, hitting five fours in his 25, but Heyliger broke the stand with the last ball of the fourth over when he had Bacchus caught and bowled.Captain Leon Johnson joined Jaikarran, but his stay at the crease was short-lived. After hitting Ricardo Adams for the innings first maximum, Johnson was caught and bowled off Harris for 10, at 54-2.Martin Pestano-Bell and Jaikarran joined forces, and added 28 runs for the third-wicket before the latter was dismissed by off-spinner Leitch for 22.But the Pestano-Bell and Ali-Mohamed combination then took the score within reach of the winning target before Pestano-Bell was removed by Raun Johnson for 23.Wade then went soon after, caught at the wicket off Harris, but Ali-Mohamed, who survived two late drop chances, ensured the win with an unbeaten 30, inclusive of two fours and two sixes.The other semifinal played on Friday between Demerara Cricket Club and Everest Cricket Club, saw hosts DCC winning by four wickets.Scores: Everest 160-8; DCC 161-6. Raymond Perez smashed four fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 58 to seal the win for DCC.last_img read more

Voinjama Water Treatment Plant in Dilapidated State

first_imgThe decades-old Liberia and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) water treatment plant in Voinjama City, Lofa County continues to remain in a debilitated state.Voinjama City, the capital of Lofa County, is home to more than 11,000 residents. The county’s capital also plays host to a number of foreign and Liberian-owned businesses.Every year during the Dry Season residents of Voinjama endure the hardship of acute clean water shortages.In a recent tour of Voinjama, dozens of the city’s inhabitants were seen desperately searching for water sources while others were stranded and stood in long queues for several hours at old hand pumps.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP/Tetra-tech) has earmarked US$12 million for water treatment rehabilitation.The LWSC’s outstation water treatment plant in Voinjama was completely destroyed during the Liberian civil conflict in the early 1990s.According to LMWP/Tetra-tech officials, the water project is a four-year plan intended to rehabilitate the provincial capital cities of Robertsport, Sanniquellie, and Voinjama in Grand Cape Mount, Nimba and Lofa Counties, respectively.LMWP/Tetra-tech officials told the Daily Observer that several training seminars have been conducted for Local Steering Committee members intended for the sustainable management of LWSC outstations in the three counties.Hence, the ground breaking ceremony for the Robertsport City water project was held in Grand Cape Mount County last year which was attended by the American Ambassador to Liberia Madam Deborah Malac and top officials of USAID, LMWP/Tetra-tech, LWSC and local Liberian Government officials.When interviewed early last week, some Voinjama residents underscored the need to fast-track the water project; which they feel is moving at a snail’s pace in terms of implementation.They claimed that too much bureaucracy is associated with the actual implementation of the water.The residents explained that several water sources in Voinjama are not reliable as majority of the water wells and hand pumps are in dilapidated states.Some of the residents and business people told the Daily Observer last week that they get up as early as 4:30am to rush to the various hand pumps and water wells to fetch the available clean water.Voinjama City is one of the fastest growing in terms of population among Liberia’s 15 counties.Because of this fact, the residents said the provision of clean pipe-borne water to the city’s more than 11,000 inhabitants and their respective business entities could not be over-emphasized.Ms. Kebbeh Kesselly said they have endured so many hardships as a result of the continued water shortage in Voinjama and its immediate environs.Businessman Mulbah Beyan, a restaurant operator in Voinjama noted the situation in the city needs urgent intervention by the LWSC and its support partners.Several of Voinjama’s major water sources are presently running dry. Due to this situation urgent steps by the LWSC’s management need to be buttressed by all concerned stakeholders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more