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£50 note 'has lost £38 in buying power under the mattress' – new note launches tomorrow

£50 note 'has lost £38 in buying power under the mattress' - new note launches tomorrow

“These figures demonstrate how, despite short term ups and downs in the market, when you’re investing for the long term, you have the chance to ride those out and tap into the long-term growth potential of the markets.

“By taking advantage of the tax breaks available in a Lifetime ISA or pension, the cash can do even more, because it gets a government top-up before you invest.

“If you’re aged 18-39, saving for a first property (and have at least a year before you buy) or for retirement, you can pay it into a LISA.

“Assuming you pay in £50 a week – or £217 a month – with the Government top up of 25 percent it would mean £271.25 would go into your account.

“Likewise with a pension, you’ll get tax relief at your highest marginal rate. If you pay it into a workplace pension, you might also get a matching contribution from your employer – supercharging the value of your pot.”

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Man finds note threatening to report him for 'awful' singing during garden party

Man finds note threatening to report him for 'awful' singing during garden party

The day after a party with friends, Toby Cutner found the angry message attached to his car’s windscreen wiper. His small gathering at his home in Rugby, Warks saw friends belting songs from the likes of Lady Gaga, Cher and Alexandra Burke – though none expected their celebrations to end with a threat.

Mr Cutner, who works as a HR advisor, invited his partner and two friends over to his home to enjoy the warm weather over the recent bank holiday weekend.

He was left gobsmacked by the anonymous note which said he would be reported the council for his “awful” singing if it happened again.

The note, which appeared to have been typed on a computer and printed off, said: ”Nice party. But your singing is awful. Next time keep it down otherwise I will report to council for disturbing!

“You are not living in a forest!!!Treat others how you want to be treated!!”

The note shocked Mr Cutner because, he said, his party was very small and had ended completely by 11pm.

He also claimed that music was playing using a small Bluetooth speaker, meaning it was not particularly loud.

Mr Cutner claimed that the party was in full compliance with COVID-19 regulations, as only himself, his partner Glenn Fisher and two friends were in attendance.

He added: “Because it was a Bank Holiday and the weather was glorious we decided to have a barbecue in the back garden and invite a couple of friends around.

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He said: “But who could begrudge us a little singalong after the last year or so we have just had with Covid.

“I was really shocked to find the note. I didn’t even see it at first and then thought ‘what’s that on the windscreen?’

“I couldn’t believe the cheek of it. You don’t expect notes like that after inviting a few friends round.

“We’ve since bought a paddling pool from Marketplace and filled it up with water so we’re going to have a pool party with music. But we’ll be finished by 9pm or 10pm so there should be no need to complain.”

Since sharing the note on Facebook, Mr Cutner said he has received hundreds of supportive messages.

His post said: “If you had an issue with the noise and singing, knock on my door or pop round the garden and have a conversation instead of a threatening letter?

“Your notes go straight in the recycle bin! I would totally understand your frustrations if we had parties every night but we don’t, it’s probably once a month if that.

“Shoot me dead for enjoying the warm weather with friends, singing and music… Maybe you should try it yourself?”

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Nationwide Building Society is offering 2% interest rate – customers should note key date

Nationwide Building Society is offering 2% interest rate - customers should note key date

This is via the Nationwide FlexDirect account, a current account which can be opened and managed online. It offers a two percent AER interest rate on certain balances, fixed for 12 months.

This applies to balances up to £1,500, earning 1.98 percent gross per year.

If balances exceed this threshold, the portion over the limit will not earn any interest, however the two percent rate will still apply to the first £1,500.

Customers should be aware that this introductory rate is only fixed for the first 12 months after account opening.

After this time, a reduced interest rate will apply to any amount in the account up to £1,500.

This ongoing variable rate currently stands at 0.25 percent AER (0.24 percent gross per annum) on balances up to £1,500.

As such, it may be customers want to make a note of when this 12 month period is up, as the interest rate will drop significantly.

However, to get this two percent rate, there is a requirement to fulfil.

This is that customers will need to pay £1,000 per month into the account.

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It’s important to note that this £1,000 does not count transfers from other Nationwide accounts or Visa credits.

On the Society’s website, it states the rates are correct as of May 1, 2020.

It adds that the rate can be changed at any time.

That said, those within a fixed rate deal would not be affected during that time.

Nationwide states: “We’ll pay the two percent rate on the first account you open in just your name.

“Plus, if you want to share another account with someone else, we’ll pay the two percent rate on the first joint account you open with them.”

Nationwide also explains the offer is only open to new customers, except for in a certain circumstance.

“If you’ve had a FlexDirect before, you won’t receive this offer again, unless your new FlexDirect account is in a different name or names,” it states on the website.

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FedEx to cut debt by 11% after dollar, euro note offerings

FedEx to cut debt by 11% after dollar, euro note offerings© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A FedEx truck is driven through downtown in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – U.S. delivery firm FedEx Corp (NYSE:) on Tuesday said it would reduce its debt by 11% after it completes offerings of $ 1.75 billion of U.S. dollar-denominated notes and 1.25 billion euro-denominated notes.

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Canadian Womans New World Record Hits A Low Note For Guinness

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Canadian Woman's New World Record

A Canadian woman has set a very high bar by singing a very low note.

Chapman’s noteworthy achievement came in February after she hit a C# note at 34.21 hertz (cycles per second) with her talented pipes.

Chapman has been singing all her life and noticed her voice was more versatile than the voices of other singers.

“I was in choirs throughout school and church, but when they scaled my voice for placement, it was realized that I not only could go extremely high but also low,” she told Guinness World Records. “Choirs are notoriously short on male voices, and so ‘Joylow’ was born.”

But it was only in the last few years that Chapman decided to take a deep dive into doing low notes.

“Working with many vocal coaches over the years, I found it strange that they did not want me to continue scaling down the piano,” she said. “They always stopped part way and just said, ‘that’s low enough, you’re freaking me out now.’ I didn’t realize why they stopped me or that what I had was so unique.”

But with the help of her niece, who is also a singer, Chapman began researching the lowest possible note a human being could sing.

Her niece discovered that in 2019, British singer Helen Leahey sang from a D5 to a D2 note at 72.5 hertz, but she was confident her Aunt Joy could beat that.

You can see Chapman win the high honor for the low note in the video below, but don’t get too attached to that record.

Chapman said she’s confident she can sing even lower and plans to raise the bar even higher in the future.

If you’re holding off buying a Samsung phone because of the Note 21, we’ve got bad news

If you’re holding off buying a Samsung phone because of the Note 21, we’ve got bad news
Samsung usually launches two new flagship smartphone each year – a new entry in the Galaxy S series within the first few months of the year, followed by an upgraded Galaxy Note in August. The South Korean company has followed this pattern for years now, so avid Samsung fans can plan their purchases to make sure they always get the latest and greatest handset available. However, this year will be different. 
Samsung has confirmed plans to discontinue its Galaxy Note series …for this year. During the 52nd annual shareholders meeting, DJ Koh, co-CEO of Samsung’s IT and Mobile Communications division, confirmed that severe shortages of chipsets and clashes with existing Samsung products would make launching a new entry in the Galaxy Note range a little difficult this year. As a result, Samsung has no plans to debut a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Note 20 anytime soon.

DJ Koh was keen to stress that this doesn’t mean the Galaxy Note series is being put out to pasture permanently. Koh reassured shareholders the Galaxy Note would return next year… although, he caveated that by stressing that its release date might not follow the pattern established in previous years.

Speaking during the shareholders meeting, DJ Koh stated: “Galaxy Note is an important product category to us that has been continuously loved by consumers for the past 10 years in the global market. The S Pen user experience is an area that Samsung’s mobile business has worked harder on than anybody else. Their launch timing may be different, but we will make sure that we don’t let Galaxy Note consumers down.”

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When it launched in late 2011, the Galaxy Note stood-out from the rest of Samsung’s smartphones because of its palm-stretching screen size and S Pen stylus. As time has passed, the screen sizes on all smartphones have gradually increased – and now it’s less common to see a screen size that fits in pockets (or half the population’s hands) than one with the same measurements that caused widespread mockery when the Galaxy Note was revealed on-stage a decade ago.

Elsewhere, Samsung has also brought S Pen support to its Galaxy S series with the launch of the Galaxy S21 Ultra earlier this year. Rumours suggest the stylus will also be a key selling point of Samsung’s next folding smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Samsung seems pretty adamant that none of this means we’ll see the Galaxy Note series quietly shuttered anytime soon, however, it does seem possible that Samsung will merge its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series into a single, non-foldable flagship line of devices, while its pliable phones will take the autumn release date previously held by the Note series.

For the time being, anyone who was holding off for the arrival of the Galaxy Note 21 in August to upgrade their old smartphone will need to wait another 12 months… or should bite the bullet and pick up a Galaxy Fold or Galaxy S series handset instead.

‘Vilifying women and people of color’: Serena pens gushing note of support to pal Meghan after bombshell Oprah interview

‘Vilifying women and people of color’: Serena pens gushing note of support to pal Meghan after bombshell Oprah interview

Tennis icon Serena Williams has come out in support of Meghan Markle after the former actress gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey in which she accused the UK Royal Family of racism and said she had contemplated suicide.

In a lengthy interview alongside husband Prince Harry, Markle – also known as the Duchess of Sussex – claimed members of the Royal household had expressed concerns over how “dark” the color of her son Archie’s skin would be, and revealed she had suffered times when she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
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American tennis icon Williams has now spoken out in support of her close friend.

“Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion,” Williams wrote in a message on her social media platforms.  

“She teaches me everyday what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.

“I know first-hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us.

“We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health and consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.”

Meghan and Harry’s interview with US TV queen Oprah has split opinion in the UK, with some defending the pair over their decision to go public with the supposed hardships they have endured as part of the Royal Family.

Others – including TV provocateur Piers Morgan – have called the pair pampered and self-centered, accusing them of whining.

“This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family. I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle – but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful,” Morgan fumed on his Twitter account.   

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, has unsurprisingly stood by her friend.

The pair reportedly first met in 2010 but their friendship has developed over the past six years in particular.

Meghan has been seen supporting Williams from the stands at Grand Slams, while the tennis star and husband Alexis Ohanian attended Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in 2018.  

Williams also co-hosted Meghan’s baby shower before the birth of Archie in 2019.

In their interview with Oprah, the former Suits actress and Harry revealed that the second child they are expecting later this year will be a girl.

Williams, who has a three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, referred to the news in her message of support.

“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect,” Williams wrote.

“Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

“I am so proud of you for being so brave. I know it is never easy. You are strong – both you and Harry. I love you. I adore you. Your friend S.”

Williams’ tweet had racked up around 100,000 ‘likes’ within just a few hours and prompted further messages of support in the comments.

“As always, well said,” read one response, while another wrote Williams was “an example to women.”

But just as with the broader debate in Britain and beyond, others adopted a staunchly opposing view.  

“What systemic oppression and victimization does she face, exactly?” questioned one Twitter user.  

“God, how hard it must be to be a millionaire royal today. If she didn’t want publicity, it’s not too hard to keep quiet. But no, she runs for attention. the only thing Meghan’s a victim of is her own narcissism.”  
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