Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Tyler Tio had to sit out Season 79 due to his citizenship, and when Season 80 started he had to wait once again as his bum ankle wouldn’t allow him to play.So when he finally got the chance to hit the floor on Wednesday, the Canadian-born guard released his pent-up frustrations.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games medal-winning PH sepak takraw team treated to hearty lunch Tio was perfect from the field going 6-for-6 en route to 14 points in just 11 minutes as he helped Ateneo flatten University of the Philippines, 92-71, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was excited to play but I wasn’t thinking that I had to score this amount of points, I just wanted to make sure that I played correctly,” said Tio, who had 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 5-foot-11 guard wasn’t able to play in Season 79 as he couldn’t secure a Philippine passport in time and was considered as a foreigner.Ateneo had Nigerian Chibueze Ikeh in the roster and the UAAP allows just one foreigner per roster. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Tio, despite his hot shooting, said he still needs to adjust to playing in the UAAP and it just so happened he had the stroke against the Fighting Maroons.“I won’t say I already grasp the UAAP but at that moment I was feeling good so I had the confidence to shoot,” said Tio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments
MOST READ Mike DiGregorio pumped 26 points on a 5-of-9 outside shooting and collected five assists and three rebounds, while JP Erram tallied a double-double with 24 markers, 18 boards, four blocks, and three assists.Allein Maliksi chipped in 11 points, eight dimes, and six boards as Blackwater improved its record to 3-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“With three more games, I think we have a good chance to make it to the playoffs. This win could motivate us more and hopefully, the good Lord will continue to bless us in the coming games,” said coach Leo Isaac.The Elite also drew huge contributions from rookie Emil Palma, who got six of his eight markers in the fourth quarter. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano ousts JRU, returns to NCAA volleyball Finals The Beermen dropped their second loss in three outings to slide to 6-2, and share the first place with Magnolia and Alaska.Arwind Santos led the way for San Miguel with 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Chris Ross flirted with a triple-double with 20 markers, nine boards, and seven dimes.Four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo was limited to just 12 points on a paltry 3-of-11 shooting, while also hauling down 13 rebounds as he played through an injured right elbow.The Scores:BLACKWATER 106 — DiGregorio 26, Erram 24, Maliksi 11, Sena 10, Palma 8, Jose 6, Marcelo 6, Cortez 5, Cruz 5, Pinto 5, Neypes 0, Sumang 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak PBA IMAGESBlackwater caught another big fish, this time slaying defending three-time champion San Miguel, 106-96, Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.The Elite were blistering from beyond the arc and went 13-of-25 from three to snapped their four-game losing skid and grab their first victory since toppling Ginebra last January 12.ADVERTISEMENT SAN MIGUEL 96 — Santos 22, Ross 20, Lassiter 13, Fajardo 12, Lanete 9, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Heruela 8, Agovida 2, Semerad 2, De Ocampo 0, Mamaril 0, Pessumal 0.Quarters: 20-27, 43-45, 72-69, 106-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
In an effort to protect local entertainers from infringement within the music industry, the government is mulling to have Copyright legislation passed in Parliament in the near future.This is according to Minister of Tourism and Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes, who informed that Copyright legislation is on the current parliamentary agenda for discussion.The minister said the government is not oblivious of the concerns of local performers in relation to their work being protected and therefore it is their duty to have the legislation laid in Parliament.Over the years, local musicians had lamented that being a performer in Guyana is somewhat of a risky business, since persons have the constant fear of having their work copyrighted.The delay in passing the legislation had also captured international concern, as the United States had criticised the absence of the legislation sometime late last year.In addition, the Ministry of Public Telecommunications along with government is making it possible for musicians to apply for a waiver under the criteria that the performers are Guyanese and their piece coincides with the country’s culture and music.Hughes said once the entertainers applying for the waiver fits the requirements, the ministry is more than willing to grant them it.This would increase the chances of musicians actually being able to reap expansive benefits when they hold shows in Guyana.Most importantly, the minister pointed out that entertainers would stand a better chance of increasing the finances gained from their performance to foster their development.It means when you look at the bottom line it makes it a little more profitable for performers to be able to hold shows and be able to cover their costs and more importantly to put aside something from those performances that can lead to the development of that specific art from.With the consideration of Guyana’s entertainment industry and the aim to have it thrive on both a local and international map, government had recently cut back on entertainment taxes.This was announced in this year’s National Budget, where the ministry of finance had announced a reduction of entertainment taxes for musicians and entertainers who are required to pay when performing in Guyana.Hughes said there are just some incentives by government to protect and promote the growth of its entertainers, even as Guyana progresses as an independent nation.
Police determined that the driver of the Dodge pickup truck, thinking it was safe to do so, pulled out of a parking lot in the 1000 block to turn left on Alaska Avenue when he crossed the path of a westbound Harley Davidson motorcycle and the motorcycle contacted the side of the truck. The truck driver’s view was reportedly obscured by a large commercial truck that was also travelling westbound in the right lane as the motorcycle was passing in the left lane.The driver of the motorcycle – a 17-year-old male resident of Dawson Creek – was treated by off-duty paramedics until emergency crews arrived, and then was taken to local hospital as a precautionary measure with minor injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.Dawson Creek RCMP are investigating laying charges against the driver of the pickup truck.- Advertisement -Police would like to remind motorists that when entering a roadway, it is their responsibility to ensure it is safe to do so. Failure to do so can result in charges being laid under the Motor Vehicle Act, or more serious charges. Motorists are asked to be patient when entering or crossing traffic, as a few extra seconds or minutes waiting could save someone a trip to the hospital.
If the Royal High of Simi Valley boys’ soccer team was nervous entering Saturday’s first-round game of the Southern Section Div. I playoffs, the Highlanders certainly didn’t show it in front of the more than 200 fans in attendance, including several alumni. Kenton Boswell scored in the opening minutes of the game, Jonathan Strassner netted the winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation time and keeper Nick Eldridge came up with several big saves in between as Royal defeated visiting Long Beach Jordan, 2-1. “We had a great crowd today, probably the biggest turnout for a game here ever,” Eldridge said. “We didn’t want to let the fans down.” There were several interested onlookers. Alberto Gutierrez, a member of the Highlanders’ Div. 4-A championship team in 1988, the program’s first, sat in the stands along with 1991 Royal graduates Joey Santa Cruz, Randy Mitchell and Marco Todesco. Thousand Oaks coach Mark Tietjen was also in attendance, possibly scouting for a potential showdown between the Marmonte League rivals in the March 3 division final. “The kids were excited for this game,” Royal coach Kevin Corley said. “They showed up ready to play and finished strong, which is something we’ve done well all season.” The Highlanders (22-2-4) dictated the pace early on as Strassner sent a well-placed cross through the penalty box, just beyond the reach of Danny Jennings, but right on the money to Boswell, who beat Eric Escorsia in the second minute. Jordan (13-5-3) answered in the ninth minute when Derick Mejia got behind the Highlanders’ defense and tied the score at 1-1. The Panthers played on the Royal side of the field for much of the second half but Eldridge was on top of his game and turned away several quality chances, including a point-blank shot from Ozzy Sepulveda in the 72ndminute. “You expect your keeper to make one big save a game and Nick came through for us,” assistant coach Jody Riehl said. “He was huge for us.” The Highlanders’ offense fed off the momentum the defense provided as Strassner beat two defenders down the right sideline in the 78th minute, brought Escorsia off his line and beat the keeper near post to clinch the victory and send the crowd into a frenzy. “Instincts take over once the game is on the line and I get around the goal,” Strassner said. “I’m not surprised we won because we came in confident. We wanted this game. Our fans wanted this game.” Royal advances to Wednesday’s second round against Harvard-Westlake of Studio City. -Sean Ceglinsky OTHER DIVISION I GAMES: Harvard-Westlake 3, Highland 2: Chris Okano had a goal and twoassists to lead Harvard-Westlake of Studio City to a first-round win at Highland of Palmdale (12-6-3). Zack Mirman and Anthony Farias-Eisner also scored for the Wolverines (16-11-1) and John Howe added an assist. Damien 2, Palmdale 1 (2OT): Davis Paul scored the winning goal in the 91st minute to lead Damien of LaVerne to a victory against Palmdale (18-7-2). Dion Acoff scored in the 62ndminute for Damien (17-3-4) and Tyler Coombs scored off an header assisted by Christian Hernandez for Palmdale. DIVISION II Saugus 4, Valencia/P 2: Saugus, which trailed 2-0, 17 minutes into the contest, rallied to defeat Valencia of Placentia in first-round action. After scoring goal in the 25th and 38th minutes, Saugus (18-8-3) took the lead for good in the 66th when Kyle Ernsberger scored the first of his threegoals. Ernsberger scored again in the 72nd mintue. DIVISION V La Canada 2, Silverado 1 (2OT): Rajan Moonesinghe scored off an assist from Garrett Gray in the 84thminute to lead host La Canada (13-6-2) to the opening-round victory against Silverado of Victorville (6-3-11). Dominic Baiocco netted the tying goal in the 72nd minute for the Spartans. DIVISION VI Viewpoint 5, Villanova Prep 1: Spencer Brown had two goals and an assist and Evan Raynr scored twice for third-seeded Viewpoint of Calabasas (17-0-6) in first-round win over Villanova Prep of Ojai (8-5-4). Paul Vincent-Brown also scored for the Patriots, who will face Montclair Prep of Panorama City (10-8-1) in Wednesday’s second round. Delphi Academy 1, Santa Clarita Christian 0: Dominic Domingo scored in the 54th minute to lift host Delphi Academy of Lakeview Terrace (10-10-2) to a playoff-opening victory against Santa Clarita Christian (6-5-5). Don Bosco Tech 4, Buckley 2: Chris Robinson scored twice and had an assist as Don Bosco Tech of Rosemead defeated visiting Buckley of Sherman Oaks (13-8-1). Dean Rowley and Rene Gonzalez also scored for Bosco Tech (17-3-2). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000The thrilling Premier League campaign has also featured some memorable moments off the pitch © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, May 12 – The final day climax of the Premier League title race marked the end of a campaign that also featured a number of memorable quotes from start to finish.Here AFP Sport picks out 10 of the best: “I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect. Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”— A combative Neil Warnock vents his ire about Brexit in January“That puts it into perspective — yes, we’ve got relegated, but life is far more important.”— Warnock on the tragic death of Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala, Cardiff’s record signing who never got to play for the club after he was killed in a plane crash on January 21 while en route from Nantes to Wales“I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me, two for them. Respect!”— Jose Mourinho loses his cool in a press conference after back-to-back defeats early in the season. He was sacked by Manchester United in December.“The title race is like Highlander. Only one of us will be there at the end.”— Jurgen Klopp uses a typically colourful cinematic comparison in April of their duel with Manchester City, referring to the tagline of the 1986 film.“I’m 51 years old so I have never experienced a war. We are really blessed in our generation, but the past showed us that as long as strong partners are together, Europe is a much safer place.”— Klopp takes a different line to Warnock on Brexit.“At the end Liverpool play right now without pressure because they know it is not in their hands… We have the pressure because we can’t lose, because it is in our own hands.”— Pep Guardiola ups the ante on Liverpool ahead of the final weekend“Liverpool are one of the strongest teams I have faced. They have everything. They have good tactics, they have great defensive strength, they have very good high pressing and they have a very good counter-attack.”— Guardiola heaps praise on Klopp’s side in April“You know what you are, you know what you are.”— The normally placid Mauricio Pochettino rants at referee Mike Dean after a 2-1 defeat by Burnley in February. It earned him a two-match touchline ban“How is your future? Is The Sun happy with you or not?”— Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri jokes with a newspaper reporter after being asked if he was nervous about his future after a 2-0 victory over Spurs at the end of February“When confronted with a tragedy, all people are different, with different reactions. I proposed different things to help everyone with different support.”— Claude Puel may have been sacked later in the season but he gained a huge amount of respect for the way he handled the aftermath of the death of Leicester City’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash on October 27“Back to back… I think it was the hardest, most tough Premier League ever. Liverpool was exceptional. I don’t mean to rub it in, it is what it is, they didn’t deserve to lose.”— City captain Vincent Kompany after a 4-1 win over Brighton on the final day clinched the titlepi/mw/dj0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
This car left the road at the back of Errigal.There is growing anger at the condition of Donegal’s roads following today’s snowfalls.A number of motorists have had lucky escapes after their vehicles left roads at various locations.This pictures shows a car which skidded off the Back of Errigal road a short time ago. Many claim roads have not been treated.Some motorists have been stuck in their cars for up to two hours after roads became blocked.However Donegal County Council say they are utilizing all of their resources with their 27 gritters and also snow ploughs out on the roads.A spokesman told Donegal Daily that with further snow expected this evening, all gritters will be on standby to treat roads and have asked people to find updates on the council’s facebook page or on twitter. People have taken to social media to express their anger.One poster said “Where the hell are Donegal County Council today? Is there no snow plan for Donegal? It’s a joke.”There are also serious delays in many parts of the county with Meenaroy impassable.Pupils at Ballinamore Secondary School were forced to stay indoors when buses coming towards Letterkenny could not pass over Meenaroy.There are also huge tailbacks on Barnesmore Gap with a number of vehicles including a Blood Transfusion van becoming stuck in heavy snow. Rain is expected to spread to all parts of the county later.However, Met Eireann has warned the country is in for further storms including ice and further falls of snow.Pic from Johnny McGinleyGROWING ANGER AT CONDITION OF DONEGAL’S ROADS AS FURTHER SNOW FORECAST TONIGHT was last modified: February 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Back of Errigal roadDonegal County Councilsnowsnow ploughs
South Africa’s Constitutional Court, which upholds the Constitution, at night. As the supreme law of the country, the Constitution binds all organs of the state – legislative, executive and judicial – at all levels of government.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library)South Africa’s Constitution, admired and respected around the world for its pioneering approach to human rights, is the symbol of a remarkable negotiated transition – one that turned a country ravaged by apartheid and oppression into one that celebrates democracy and freedom.The interim Constitution, which came into effect in 1994, not only set the stage for South Africa’s first democratic elections, but was – as the document itself explained – “a historic bridge between the past of a deeply divided society characterised by strife, conflict, untold suffering and injustice, and a future founded on the recognition of human rights, democracy and peaceful co-existence and development opportunities for all South Africans, irrespective of colour, race, class, belief or sex”.Background to the ConstitutionThe interim Constitution was negotiated between representatives of organisations involved in the liberation struggle, political parties and other groups. After the first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, the elected representatives, meeting as a body called the Constitutional Assembly, drafted a new Constitution. In 1996, after two years of public consultation and much debate, the final Constitution was at last adopted.See the Constitutional Court’s website for more about the history of the Constitution.Constitutional supremacySection 2 of Chapter 1 – which is entitled “Supremacy of Constitution” – states: “This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled.”Although South Africa did have a constitution before the interim Constitution of 1994 and the final Constitution of 1996, the “tri-cameral” constitution (which established three separate houses of parliament for whites, coloureds and Indians) was not supreme. Instead, a system of parliamentary sovereignty prevailed – which meant the legislature could pass any laws it liked, as long as the correct procedure was followed.Nowadays, however, the Constitution is superior to Parliament and is the yardstick by which all laws and acts of state are judged. It applies to all organs of government – including Parliament, the Presidency, the police force, the army and the public service. This means any law that violates the Constitution, or any conduct that conflicts with it, can now be challenged and struck down by the courts – most notably the Constitutional Court, which is the highest court in the land when it comes to constitutional matters.Constitutional entrenchmentThe Constitution itself is protected, which means it is harder for the legislature to change it than is the case with ordinary legislation.Section 74(2) states that bills amending the Constitution require a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly as well as a supporting vote of six of the nine provinces represented in the National Council of Provinces.However, a bill amending Section 1 of the Constitution, which sets out the founding values, requires a 75 percent majority.Constitutional rightsHuman rights occupy pride of place in the Constitution. The preamble refers to fundamental rights and the first section of Chapter 1 (Founding Provisions) says South Africa is founded on: “Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms”.Chapter 2 contains South Africa’s Bill of Rights. It is this part of the Constitution that has attracted the greatest interest – and has had the greatest impact on South Africans – in the past few years.The first words of the chapter introduce the Bill of Rights as a “cornerstone of democracy” that “enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom”.Among the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights are the right to life, equality, human dignity, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of association, political rights and the right to peaceful assembly and demonstration. These are the usual “first generation” rights that are guaranteed in most democratic countries.However, a distinctive feature of our right to equality is that it includes a prohibition against unfair discrimination based on sexual orientation – making South Africa the first nation in the world to insert such a clause.Our Bill of Rights also contains socioeconomic rights, or “second generation” rights. They place a duty on the government to work to provide education, health services, water and housing.The last group of rights in the Bill of Rights – the “third generation” rights – often attract praise for our Constitution. They include the right to having the environment protected, the right of access to information and the right to just administrative action.Another special feature of our Bill of Rights – and one it shares with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – is the limitations clause, which allows competing and conflicting rights to be balanced. Section 36 of the Constitution (headed “Limitation of rights”), lays down a test that any limitation must meet. The two central concepts are reasonableness and proportionality: any restriction on a right must be reasonable and must be proportional in that the impact or extent of the restriction must match the importance of the aim served by the limitation of the right.The rights conferred by the Constitution have been the basis of a number of groundbreaking cases. For examples of South Africa’s recent human-rights jurisprudence, see the Constitutional Court website’s discussion of rights for women, children, workers and gays and lesbians. Institutions to support democracyA significant feature of our Constitution is that it sets up several independent bodies to support and safeguard democracy. These are often referred to as the “Chapter 9 institutions”, because they have their origins in that part of the Constitution. These are:The Auditor-GeneralThe Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe Commission on Gender EqualityThe Human Rights CommissionThe Independent Electoral Commission The Public ProtectorStructure and other contentsOther than a preamble at the beginning and seven schedules at the end, the Constitution is arranged into 14 chapters, namely:Chapter 1: Founding Provisions (sections 1-6)Chapter 2: Bill of Rights (sections 7-39)Chapter 3: Cooperative Government (sections 40-41)Chapter 4: Parliament (sections 42-82)Chapter 5: The President and National Executive (sections 83-102)Chapter 6: Provinces (sections 103-150)Chapter 7: Local Government (sections 151-164)Chapter 8: Courts and Administration of Justice (sections 165-180)Chapter 9: State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy (sections 181-194)Chapter 10: Public Administration (sections 195-197)Chapter 11: Security Services (sections 198-210)Chapter 12: Traditional Leaders (sections 211-212)Chapter 13: Finance (sections 213-230A)Chapter 14: General Provisions (sections 231-243)Chapters 3 to 7 detail the country’s democratic system of government, one characteristic of which is the stress on interaction between the national, provincial and local levels through the mechanism of cooperative governance.Other important characteristics are those generally considered essential to democracy, such as the specification of the manner in which representatives are elected, limitations on terms of office, and the majorities required to pass legislation.The Constitution goes on to deal with the courts and administration of justice, public administration, security services (defence, police and intelligence), the role of traditional leaders and finance.The final chapter covers general provisions, including international agreements and international law. Among other things, the final chapter requires that all constitutional obligations “be performed diligently and without delay”.Coming late to democracy, South Africa was able to draw on the collective wisdom of the democratic countries of the world in creating its Constitution. Having come along a route of struggle and pain, the country took the process deeply to heart – and takes great pride in the result. Useful linksThe Constitutional CourtSouth African Government OnlineGovernment Communication and Information SystemThe Auditor-GeneralThe Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe Commission on Gender Equality The Human Rights CommissionThe Independent Electoral CommissionThe Public Protector
By Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension ServiceMarketing has made it both appealing and easy to want “more bang for our buck,” such as when we size up a meal at a fast-food restaurant or upgrade to a premium cell phone or cable package. Often, it can be very tempting to receive “more” for what appears to be a relatively small amount of additional cost. The extras, however, can definitely add up!Due to fast-paced lifestyles, many families are tempted to eat fast-food meals, which can be both unhealthy and expensive. We all make decisions every day about the type and quantity of food we eat. The average meal deal at fast-food restaurants costs between $5.00 and $7.00. If a family of four eats out three days per week, the family will spend nearly $4,000/year on fast food!Join us in saving this month by making small daily deposits July 1-30 to save $100 in 30 days.Food choice is just one example of how families are tempted to spend more in an effort to get more for their money. Cable television providers and cell phone carriers are examples of companies that commonly “bundle” services into larger, more expensive plans.Like many of our household bills, communication services, such as cable, phone, and Internet, should be reviewed on an annual basis. Compare your use of the services to the price you are paying. Consumers often do not fully utilize their contracted services.Do you pay extra for an unlimited data plan, but only use a small amount of data every month?Do you send a large number of texts every month, but only have a small number of monthly texts included in your plan?Do you have premium movie packages on your cable or satellite plan but find that you do not watch any movies?Do you have a land line telephone with unlimited long distance and have a cell phone with unlimited minutes?Bundling packages can be beneficial, if you need and use all of the services provided in the package. Although additional features and options can be tempting, review the terms and conditions of bundle offers. Evaluate each component of the bundle-deal separately. For example, if you are considering a home cable, internet, and land line phone bundle, price each option separately for the exact service or product that would best fit your needs.Reviewing each option individually allows you the opportunity to determine the service that best fits your lifestyle and budget.If you have an unlimited cell phone plan, you may decide to completely cut your land line or only need a very basic land line.If you like to watch movies, compare the price of adding on premium movie channels to online movie streaming services.Higher internet speeds are often very tempting, but do your research. How do you use the internet? If you are surfing the web and sending emails, a lower bandwidth may be sufficient. If you stream high volumes of content or online gaming, you may want a higher bandwidth.If you choose to bundle services with promotional pricing, be aware of long-term costs of the services and how to change your plan when the promotional period ends. Be certain to mark the date in your calendar so that you remember to take action.Families have many options for household expenses such as cable, satellite, phone, and Internet services. Shopping for different providers can help you find the service that best fits the needs of your family. If you find a plan with a different carrier at a lower cost, check with your current provider before switching. Many providers will have customer retention departments. Customer service agents will often work with you to offer a better plan to retain current customers.Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org