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‘Positive’ news for savers as interest rates across accounts rise – ‘act quickly’

'Positive' news for savers as interest rates across accounts rise - 'act quickly'

She continued: “A positive change to see has been a rise to the average easy access rate, encouraging for savers comparing deals but regardless of rate, it seems the popularly of having flexible access to cash remains a vital aspect to savers. 

“Indeed, savers are still storing their cash in sight deposits, with £6billion in deposits made in May – or £56billion so far this year – according to the Bank of England. 

“Considering the pandemic effects on financial vulnerability, savers may even choose a deal with a brand they trust and is completely flexible in the months ahead.”

The savings market, however, has yet to recover from the widespread impacts of the pandemic.

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Finance Feed

How to fall asleep faster – The 7 TikTok hacks to help you drift off quickly

How to fall asleep faster - The 7 TikTok hacks to help you drift off quickly

Can’t fall asleep? You’re not alone. A massive 16 million Brits are suffering from sleepless nights, with a third saying they struggle with insomnia. Express.co.uk chatted to the sleep experts at MattressNextDay to find out the top seven sleep hacks on TikTok to help you fall asleep faster and whether they’re true or not.

Selfie

Snapping a picture of yourself before you go to bed could help to make sure you’re in the best sleeping position possible, according to TikToker @chiroseattle

The team at Mattress Next Day said: “Neck pain can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep, so take a selfie of your face and torso while lying in your sleeping position.

“With the photo in front, she suggests drawing a vertical line down the middle of your face, and then down the middle of your torso.

“If these don’t line up, your pillow is either too big or small and needs to be replaced.”

You can also use this hack to tell when it’s time to get a new and improved pillow – find out more here. 

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Listing

Listing random items in your head is a surefire way to get to sleep.

A psychology professor on TikTok (@psychologee) has shared their top tip to help you fall asleep in five minutes.

A spokesperson from Mattress Next Day said: “Known as the Cognitive Shuffle, they suggest listing random items in your head that aren’t directly related i.e. potatoes, Tarzan, a violin.

“This helps keep your mind off issues that prevent you from sleeping and tires your brain out – causing you to fall asleep faster.”

Socks

To fall asleep, your body needs to lower its temperature and socks can help.

According to @caseyrosenberg on TikTok, wearing socks increases blood flow to your feet which helps your body cool down.

This is true and it will also send a signal to your brain that it’s time for bed.

20-minute nap

TikTok user @dr.karanr states that we have a biphasic sleeping pattern.

This means we are built for two periods of sleep per day, so we should all be including an additional nap.

However, if you do nap, make sure that it only lasts for 20 minutes as this provides enough restorative sleep without drowsiness after waking.

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Cherry juice

Drinking cherry juice can apparently help you to sleep for an hour and a half extra.

A number of studies (and @bradysalcido on TikTok) suggest that consuming tart cherry juice can help calibrate your circadian rhythm (also known as your internal body clock) and help promote sleep at night.

Mattress Next Day explained: “This is because the juice helps increase your body’s production of melatonin, which is a critical hormone for your sleep.

“Further studies show that those who drink cherry juice can increase their sleep time by an average of 84 minutes, too.”

Cheese

The rumour that eating cheese before bed gives you nightmares is not true.

In fact, TikTok’s @dr.karanr states that cheese is packed with tryptophan, which is used by the brain to make melatonin and helps induce sleep.

It’s also high in calcium, which is effective in stress reduction and the stabilisation of your nervous system – both of which help you become more settled for sleep.

Pillow barrier

If you sleep in the same bed as someone else, you need to make a pillow barrier between you, according to TikTokers @rezaandpuja.

This not only gives you more space and can stop any arguments from occurring, but it suggests independence within a relationship.

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Despite inclement weather, search teams are recovering victims more quickly now that the structure itself is no longer a threat

Despite inclement weather, search teams are recovering victims more quickly now that the structure itself is no longer a threat
Search teams have been recovering victims more quickly now that a portion of the tower that remained standing was demolished and is no longer a threat to collapse, according to Florida Fire Marshall and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
On Monday, a day after the demolition of the standing portion of Champlain Towers South, the death toll stood at 28. The building partially collapsed on June 24.
By Saturday morning, the toll reached 86 after more victims were recovered from the rubble, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during a news conference.
Sixty-two of the 86 victims have been identified and 61 next of kin notified, with 211 people accounted for and 43 others potentially unaccounted for, according to the mayor.
Authorities have been cross referencing names from a list of residents with US Postal Service and driver’s license information, Levine Cava said.
“We can only truly account for a missing person who is deceased once an identification is made,” the mayor said.
Crews at the site paused their work briefly Saturday morning because of lighting, but recovery efforts resumed within an hour, Levine Cava said. The work will continue despite rain that is expected throughout the day.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Chief Alan Cominsky said the timeline for completion of recovery efforts was 14 to 21 days.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said crews removing rubble from the recently demolished section of the building may complete their work “a lot sooner than many expected.”
Burkett described the progress in removing debris as intense, saying “much of the original pile is at ground level or below. “
The city is setting up a fund for downtown businesses affected by recovery efforts, Burkett said.
Patronis said the crews are paying the same attention to the importance of the task.
“One thing I can assure you is the dogs are still on the site. The infrared equipment is still being used. The cameras are still being used. The task forces that are here … are the same level of skills that were here with FEMA task forces,” he said. “They’re all still working. What’s happening right now is no different than five days ago.”
In an interview with CNN, Chief Nichole Notte of the Florida Task Force 2 said there has been an emotional toll for all the workers.
“I feel like I’m physically digging, but I’m also emotionally digging for more strength to continue,” she said.

Focus on the investigation

Meanwhile, officials have turned more of their attention to the investigation and to ensuring other structures in the area are safe.
Experts have already begun their investigation by examining Champlain Towers North, a sister building that is “substantially the same as the building that came down,” Burkett said.
“We have been in there several times now. We have taken out samples. We’ve done the ground-penetrating radar. We’re trying to determine the amount of steel, the thickness of the slabs, so we’re trying to compile all that information and see exactly if there is some indication of weakness,” Burkett told CNN on Friday.
“I talked to the engineer today, and he’s ready to make a determination as soon as he gets results back and let the residents of that building know whether he feels they are safe or not.”
The north towers building was evacuated for safety concerns.
Burkett said he urged other condo board members in the area to inspect their structure.
“We’ve given them a series of boxes to check in order to make sure that their buildings are as safe as they can be, given especially we don’t know why this building fell down,” Burkett said.
Patronis said that he thinks it’s important for investigators to compare North and South Champlain Towers.
“I’ve advised them to pull the minutes of Champlain Towers North board over the last 40 years and compare to the minutes of South and see if both boards have made the same investments over the last 40 years.”

More structural concerns elsewhere

Employees at a local government building have been advised to work from home for safety reasons.
All staff at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse were directed to immediately begin a work-from-home protocol on Friday following safety concerns revealed in an engineer’s report of the building, according to a statement from local officials.
The report found safety issues with various floors and recommended floors 16 and above be closed to staff while repairs are completed, Levine Cava, Circuit Court Chief Judge Nushin G. Sayfie and Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin said in a joint statement.
“Following this report, we are taking all necessary precautions and directing all Courthouse staff at 73 W Flagler Street to work from home beginning immediately while the repairs can be completed,” Miami-Dade officials said in the statement. “Over the last year throughout the pandemic all Courthouse staff was already working remotely and only recently returned to the building, and we are moving quickly to re-activate our remote work plan.”
Last week, residents in Crestview Towers in North Miami Beach were also asked to evacuate after a report determined the condo building was structurally and electrically unsafe based on a delinquent recertification report for the almost 50-year-old building, City Manager Arthur H. Sorey III previously said.

How the engineer is examining the building

Allyn Kilsheimer, a structural engineer hired by the town of Surfside to investigate the collapse took CNN on a tour of Champlain Tours North on Friday.
Kilsheimer said his team has been at the north tower for two days, using ground-penetrating radar to check the thickness of the concrete and collecting samples.
Kilsheimer said he has not seen anything that concerns him.
“The thing that I’m looking for is anything that would warn me … to get people out of the building,” he said. “I’ve not seen anything like that at this point in time.”
Other buildings in the area will soon receive letters from the mayor advising them to take the necessary steps to assure residents their buildings are safe, according to a copy of the letter obtained by CNN.
Regardless of the age of the building, the city is recommending the hiring of an engineer to review structural drawings and review basements, as well as a geotechnical engineer to examine the foundation.
“The recommendations are made in an abundance of caution based on the current status of the investigation,” the letter said. “They are intended to serve as an interim methodology to afford residents some peace of mind until the forensic investigation progresses further.”

Hope for Survivors Is Quickly Fading at Collapsed Florida Condo

Hope for Survivors Is Quickly Fading at Collapsed Florida Condo

SURFSIDE, Fla. — Pablo Rodriguez was finding it increasingly difficult on Sunday to believe that his mother and grandmother were still alive.

“I wish I could say yes, but the answer is no,” said Mr. Rodriguez, 40, of Miami, who said that his mother, Elena Blasser, 64, and his grandmother Elena Chavez, 88, had been in a penthouse unit above the Champlain Towers South condominium building when it collapsed early Thursday morning.

But Douglas Berdeaux held out a faint glimmer of hope for his sister-in-law Elaine Sabino, a flight attendant who lived in another penthouse suite. Mr. Berdeaux said he had participated in a Zoom call on Sunday morning with emergency officials, among them a member of an Israeli search-and-rescue team who had come to Florida to help — and who relayed the story of victims who had been found alive more than 100 hours after an earthquake in Haiti.

“We’re just hoping and praying that a miracle will happen,” Mr. Berdeaux said.

But in general, hope was fading fast on Sunday among families of the missing, as rescuers continued to search the precarious debris pile of the partially collapsed condo complex. Workers pulled large chunks of debris off the top of the pile with the aid of heavy equipment, bored a massive trench underneath, and deployed crews from around the world with expertise in scouring buildings mangled by earthquakes and rockets.

But after a few early rescues, the crews as of Sunday afternoon had found only a handful of bodies and scattered human remains amid the Florida wreckage, bringing the total official death toll to nine. More than 150 people remained unaccounted for. It felt as though a window was closing.

“I can tell you that hope is somewhat diminishing, as you can imagine,” said Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar of The Shul, the Orthodox Jewish congregation where numerous members were presumed missing. “There’s a lot of frustration. I’d say it’s turning into a little bit of anger, because they haven’t found people yet.”

As nonprofit organizations made psychologists available for family members navigating a fourth day of uncertainty, search-and-rescue officials turned to structural engineers to help them safely navigate the imposing and unstable tangle of concrete, flooring, wires and personal effects. The rescue effort has been further hampered by the presence of noxious smoke, a fire that raged deep inside the pile until noon on Saturday, and summer storms that have occasionally brought lightning, forcing intermittent breaks in the action to comply with federal work force guidelines.

“It’s an extremely difficult situation,” Alan R. Cominsky, the Miami-Dade County fire chief, said in a news conference. “Our rescue teams are working nonstop, doing all that we can, searching every area, every bit of hope, to see if we can find a live victim.”

The 24-hour rescue operation at the beachfront building, Champlain Towers South, now involves more than 300 emergency personnel and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More people and personnel, officials said, was not what they needed.

“We are not resource-poor,” Mayor Charles W. Burkett of Surfside said on Sunday morning on ABC News. “We don’t have a resource problem, we’ve had a luck problem. We just need to start to get a little more lucky right now.”

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County said in a Sunday morning news conference that more bodies and remains were recovered overnight when rescuers began to dig a trench into the pile of debris. She said the trench would eventually be 125 feet long, 20 feet wide and 40 feet deep. Roy Hausmann, a board member of Cadena International, a Jewish humanitarian aid group, said that a well-seasoned, seven-member search-and-rescue team from his organization arrived in the Miami area from Mexico on Thursday, bringing special equipment that he said could “detect movement, breathing and life signals of potential survivors up to a depth of 35 to 40 feet.”

Chuck Ruddell, a retired rescue manager with the Los Angeles Fire Department who has worked on numerous difficult collapsed building cases — including the World Trade Center after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — said that it was difficult to say when officials might have to shift from search and rescue to recovery mode. As painful as that may be, he said, it would have to be done soon, in part because of the risk of losing rescuers on the dangerous pile.

“It doesn’t sound good to the families who want rescuers to get in there and do it,” Mr. Ruddell said, “but there’s a lot of hazards involved.”

On Sunday morning, a number of family members gathered, as they had in days past, at the nearby Grand Beach Hotel, which has been designated a “reunification center”— although no reunifications took place. Later in the day, county officials loaded some of them onto a pair of buses and took them to the disaster site, where they could observe the rescue work up close.

As the buses, escorted by the police, arrived at the scene, acrid smoke lingered from fires beneath the rubble pile. A crane lifted heavy chunks of the building and moved debris from the site onto dump trunks.

Two women carrying fliers about missing residents walked past the police to the chain link fence near the scene of the collapse that had become a makeshift memorial. Rabbi Joseph Galimidi of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, in nearby Aventura, Fla., followed them to the memorial and prayed. It was his first visit.

“Someone asked me if I had lost a relative,” Rabbi Galimidi said. “I did know some of the people. We used to be neighbors.”

He was struck by the photos of missing family members on the fence. “It reminded me of 9/11,” he said. “We say that seeing is believing. When you come here and see all of this — we hope that with every hour that goes by, that we will hear better news.”

Others spent the day at home, trying to manage mounting worry and frustration.

Mr. Rodriguez said that footage of the collapse was playing in a loop in his mind and deadening his hopes. “That’s all I see when I close my eyes,” he said.

Mr. Berdeaux, who lives in Daytona Beach, Fla., said that officials on the Sunday morning Zoom call had asked family members for the cellphone numbers of the missing, on the chance that even destroyed phones might have given some signal of their last location, helping the rescuers pinpoint survivors.

The officials also asked family members to make recordings of their voices and send them in. Mr. Berdeaux said he assumed these would be played over loudspeakers at the disaster site to bring hope to anyone who may still be trapped. (A spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department declined to comment when asked about the Zoom call.)

But Mr. Berdeaux said he wanted to do more. His wife, he said, had spent the past four days beset by waves of despair.

“We have all of these able-bodied men, and we said, ‘Why can’t we come and help you? We’ll sign a waiver, we’ll help move debris, anything.’ They basically won’t entertain the thought, and I think it’s wrong,” Mr. Berdeaux said. “I would think they would want as much manpower as you could muster under the circumstances.”

Concern about the stability of other buildings has spread across South Florida, with officials promising to check them more closely and pass laws to assure that similar tragedies do not occur. Ms. Levine Cava, the Miami-Dade County mayor, announced a 30-day audit of all buildings 40 years and older under the county’s jurisdiction, which does not include cities like Miami and Surfside, where the building fell.

The concern about building safety has been highest at Champlain Towers North, the sister condo complex nearby, which has the same developer and same design and was built around the same time.

Inspectors from the town and county spent several hours conducting an initial inspection of the North tower on Saturday, according to the town and the condo board, and it was eventually decided that an evacuation was not necessary there. “The building is very sound,” said Hilda Gandelman, a board member for the north tower said on Sunday. “Everything is sound.”

Though family members struggled with the slow pace of the search, the tragedy could also feel, simultaneously, as though it were unfolding too fast. Alfredo Lopez, 61, had managed to race out of the building just after the collapse on Thursday morning, while carrying an elderly neighbor to safety on his shoulder.

On Sunday morning, Mr. Lopez, who runs a heavy machinery export business, attended Mass at nearby St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was suffering, he said, from survivors’ guilt; the grief, he said, was still coming “in spurts.” He said he had lost everything: “I got no money. I got no credit cards. I got no ID. Nothing.”

Mr. Lopez said he planned to go to work on Monday, in the clothes he was wearing. But he was still replaying, in his head, the moment he opened the door of his apartment and stared into a yawning void that just moments before had been his hallway.

“There was no apartment on the left side, no apartments in front of me, no hallway, no wall, nothing,” he said. “That whole area crumbled, how fast ——. I don’t know how that happened. It just completely disappeared.”

Author: Giulia Heyward, Richard Fausset, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, Madeleine Ngo and Christina Morales
This post originally appeared on NYT > Top Stories

How quickly the Indian variant is spreading in YOUR area – Watch as the latest maps CHANGE

How quickly the Indian variant is spreading in YOUR area - Watch as the latest maps CHANGE

In the two weeks ending May 15, 2021, 66.7 percent of cases in Hounslow were from the variant, whereas just seven days later that figure was 70 percent.

The London borough of Hillingdon attributes 81.4 percent of cases to B.1.617.2 while in Barnet it’s 64.9 percent.

In the North, Lichfield has a concerning rate of 85.7 percent with Leicester’s number standing at 71.3 percent.

Moving further south, Windsor & Maidenhead’s overall percentage is 75 percent and neighbouring authority Wokingham shows similar rates with 77.8 percent.

While the numbers may seem alarming, there are a number of areas where the total number of cases attributed to the variant stands at zero. 

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

How to Quickly Escape the Gutwhale

Gutwhale is a finite roguelike.

That might sound weird, so let me explain: I really enjoy my time with modern roguelikes, but there always comes that point where I just realize that I will need to speed 200 more hours to beat the game. And then, 200 hours later, the game tells me that “actually, there is a new game+++ mode and you are not done yet!”

Gutwhale

And then I stop playing, but the game remains in the back of my mind forever, lurking, judging me for not really finishing it.

So, with Gutwhale, I wanted to make a roguelike that was finite, that had an ending that you can reach without having to devote your life to it.

Gutwhale

This means that while Gutwhale has randomly created levels and upgrades and achievements and different starting gear, it is a very compressed game.

The fights happen in tight rooms are very fast, so they do not take very long. When you beat all enemies, the floor breaks, so you just directly drop into the next stage.

Gutwhale

If you manage to do that often enough, then you will win, you will escape the whale, but you will escape through its… uhm, yeah that is not very pleasant experience.

So, once you have “beaten the game” and “escaped the whale,” a new way to escape opens. I do not want to talk about how exactly that works, because I think it is a neat surprise.

How to Quickly Escape the Gutwhale

All I can say is that it gives you multiple options, so you can choose your own preferred playstyle to reach the true ending, without having to grind for ages, or be forced to get extreme reflexes, if you do not want to.

In the end, I think that all of this comes together to create exactly the kind of game I wanted to play myself: A finite roguelike!

Have we piqued your interest? Find out what happens to the dragon world when Gutwhale launches today on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

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Gutwhale

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Gutwhale is a finite action roguelike, taking place in the belly of a beast! Mastering the challenges of this game will involve managing the space between you and your ammo while fighting your way through a digestive system! Descend deep down into the gut, keep your ammo close, unlock weird hats, and get crushed by a van! Levels are randomly generated and the final challenge mode can be played forever! Features * 3 Areas with unique enemies * Game changing hats to unlock * Beating the game is only the beginning of the end * Highscore endless mode

Author: Stuffed Wombat
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire