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Jack Dorsey’s NFT tweet will help the poor in East Africa through an upcoming bitcoin donation. To learn more about this developing story and other news, keep reading.

Jack Dorsey’s NFT Tweet to Help the Poor in East Africa

As the non-fungible token (NFT) craze continues, Jack Dorsey is auctioning his first tweet on Twitter as an NFT. Dorsey posted this tweet on May 6, 2006. The auction is taking place on Valuables and will end on March 21, 2021.

Jack Dorsey NFT Tweet

Dorsey has tweeted he will convert the proceeds of this auction to bitcoin and donate them to GiveDirectly. This is a non-profit organization that seeks to end extreme poverty in East Africa. Donations sent to GiveDirectly benefit people in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Currently, the highest bidder of this NFT tweet was a Twitter user with the handle @sinaEstavi. He outbid Tron CEO Justin Sun, who had bid $1 million. Estavi bid $2.5 million.

Valuables wrote: “The tweet itself will continue to live on Twitter. What you are purchasing is a digital certificate of the tweet, unique because it has been signed and verified by the creator. Owning any digital content can be a financial investment, hold sentimental value, and create a relationship between collector and creator. Like an autograph on a baseball card, the NFT itself is the creator’s autograph on the content, making it scarce, unique, and valuable.”

Uncertain Regulatory Environment Pushes Crypto Firms Out of South Africa

The uncertain regulatory environment is pushing crypto firms out of South Africa. According to an article on Business Tech, the MTI scam gave regulators in South Africa a jolt and some firms will not wait to see how the matter pans out from a regulatory standpoint.

These crypto firms are planning on moving to Singapore and the UK. That is because Singapore is redrawing legislation to attract crypto firms while the UK is getting requests to embrace cryptocurrencies.

Revix, a crypto investment platform that allows customers to invest in a bundle of cryptocurrencies, is moving its headquarters from Cape Town to the UK. The company is also considering setting up in Germany to scale its operations.

Luno is another crypto company with headquarters in the UK despite being owned by South Africans. The exchange also operates in Singapore.

South African regulators “have been incredibly slow in terms of regulation in the industry and that leads to businesses looking internationally. In an unregulated environment, a customer arrives at our platform with skepticism, and rightfully so,” said Revix CEO Sean Sanders in an interview.

According to Sanders, the uncertainty regarding potential regulation is also making it difficult for crypto firms to market their services on social media platforms thereby limiting growth.

Binance CEO CZ Among the Top Blockchain Billionaires in 2021

Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), is among the top blockchain billionaires in 2021 according to the latest Hurun global list. CZ and 16 other billionaires have cumulative wealth of US$ 77 billion. These billionaires have generated their wealth from running crypto exchanges, investing in cryptocurrencies, and mining crypto.

After facing a price correction in 2018, crypto billionaires are enjoying a boost in their wealth thanks to the recent bull run.

The top five billionaires are Brian Armstrong of Coinbase, Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX, Changpeng Zhao, Chris Larsen, and Jed McCaleb of Ripple. Their net worth is $11.5 billion, $10 billion, $8 billion, $5.1 billion, and $3.2 billion, in that order.

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New research reveals the five surprising features could devalue your home by up to 20 per cent
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  • When selling your house, you obviously want to get the best price possible. However, new research shows there are some surprising features that may be devaluing your home.

    Related: The pointless home improvements that WON’T add value – so should you even bother?

    Hammonds Furniture has discovered elements of a home that could knock a whopping 20 per cent – or an average of £49,471 – of a property’s value.

    ‘We all have something in mind when we begin a search for our next home, but there are certain features that for many people could be an absolute dealbreaker,’ says Kirsty Oakes, Head of Product and Marketing at Hammonds Furniture. ‘However, some of these features are surprisingly quick and simple to amend if you are looking to sell your house.’

    So read on to discover some of the most surprising features which could be losing you money when selling your home.

    Surprising features that devalue a house

    1. Ugly wallpaper

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    According to the research, a quarter of people would be put off from buying a home, or reduce the size of their offer, if it had what they thought of as ‘ugly’ wallpaper. Since you could of course easily strip the wallpaper yourself and would, no doubt, redecorate to your taste when living there, this one was a bit of a shock! So if you’re selling your home, consider removing any divisive wallpaper, and decorating rooms with neutral colours instead.

    2. Pebbledash

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    It’s official – pebble dash just ain’t flash. One in four people would offer less to buy or even reconsider buying a home if it had this exterior wall covering.

    Pebbledash, which was at the height of its popularity in the 1920s can be a useful addition to a home as it protects the building from bad weather and is extremely hard-wearing, but at least a quarter of people just don’t like the look. Getting rid of this is pretty tricky, but it can be rendered over.

    If selling, repainting the pebbledash can disguise its appearance, making it more attractive to more buyers – just stick to spray paint, as for obvious reasons, rollers and brushes can’t easily complete the job.

    3. Being very close to a pub

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    For a nation of pub lovers – there’s nearly 50,000 in the UK after all – it may be surprising that 3 in 10 people wouldn’t want to buy a house especially close to one. This is most likely due to the potential for noise and general disruption of the peace and quiet.

    Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to change this aside from hoping you get some more sociable next viewers, otherwise, you may have to take the hit and get less than was expected for the sale of your home.

    4. A bathroom with no bath

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    Self-care is the phrase of the moment, so perhaps that’s why 34% of people would be reluctant to pay full price for a home without a bath. Considering that nearly a third of people would feel the same if there was a weak shower – bathing is clearly an important consideration to buyers!

    5. Having mould or damp

    Unsurprisingly, the feature which is most likely to knock money of your home’s value is mould and damp, with 62% of people saying they would put in a reduced offer, if any. ‘Mild cases of mould may not affect value too dramatically if all is needed is a dehumidifier and some mould-resistant paint, but very severe cases can reduce a property’s value up to 20%,’ says Michael Patterson, Managing Director of WeBuyAnyHouse.

    Related:Experts reveal not doing this in kitchens can devalue a property by £20,000

    Do you have any of these features lying around your house?

    See how a creative Instagrammer turned some old pallets into an Ibiza-style daybed
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  • Lockdown has given many people the time and motivation to flex their creative skills, and no more so than Instagrammer Daniela Tasca York from Essex who took the time to build her very own DIY daybed out of pallets.

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    ‘Last summer marked our first lockdown, and being trapped at home with no holiday in sight, I decided to bring the holiday vibes to our garden by building my own cabana day bed,’ says interior designer Daniela, a keen DIYer.

    Now, this may sound like a project for professional DIYers, but Daniela has made it look pretty easy, with the finished result going down a storm on social media. So what inspired her to take on the project? ‘We used to live in Ibiza,’ she says, ‘and our favourite thing to do was chill at the beach on the daybeds until late at night. It was the dream life!’

    Daniela’s Ibiza-inspired daybed was constructed out of pallets and old garden benches – and all for around £200!

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    You’d never believe this stylish bed was made using such simple materials, but it looks like the perfect spot for the family to relax on hot, summer days. ‘We situated the cabana underneath our willow tree and in the sunniest spot,’ Daniela says. ‘It’s in-between two large apple trees situated in what was an unused part of the garden.’

    Image credit: Daniela Tasca York

    The project began with Daniela forming the base of the daybed from pallets and an old wooden bench, which she screwed together. ‘Obviously, these looked a bit grim, to begin with, but I knew I’d be covering them with cladding and painting them,’ she says.

    ‘I based the size on a double mattress that I bought from eBay and used two layers of pallets, so the posts for the frame would have enough wood to be attached to – it made the frame stronger.’

    Buy now: Used wooden pallet, from £7.90, Associated Pallets

    Cladding the sides

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    Next up, Daniela used some lengths of wood from Wickes to clad the sides and top of the pallets, leaving a 5mm gap between each strip for ventilation. She attached each one by screwing it into the pallets underneath.

    Buy now: Whitewood PSE Timber, from £2.71, Wickes

    Creating the frame

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    Then it was on to building the frame. ‘We needed two people for this – and a spirit level,’ says Daniela. ‘I used three long wood screws that I put directly through the side posts and into the base. Our ground is uneven so we trimmed a bit off the back two posts to make sure they were the same height as the front two.’

    Next, measure out the length you need between the vertical posts for the top horizontal ones (Daniela did this by measuring the base of her bed). Fix the cut lengths of wood with L-brackets, using a spirit level to keep everything straight. Once all four sides are on, add a middle post for extra strength – you can use straight brackets for this.

    Buy now: Studwork CLS Timber, from £3.85, Wickes

    Adding the back panels

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    Once the frame was built, Daniela added the panels at the back and top. ‘This is mainly decorative, but also so you have a “headboard” to lean cushions up against,’ she says. ‘It adds some extra strength, too.’

    Using approximately 20 wood planks, spaced evenly apart, Daniela hammered nails in both sides to secure them, before adding the same strips to the roof. ‘I made these ones slightly further apart, to accommodate the willow branches,’ she says.

    Buy now: Whitewood PSE Timber, from £2.71, Wickes

    Painting the frame

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    Daniela painted the frame and all the panels white, using just one coat to keep the look more ‘weathered and beachy.’ Once the paint was dry, she hung curtains by attaching hooks to the inside of the top horizontal posts, threading cord through and then hanging the sheer white curtains onto the cord. ‘This way it’s easy to take the curtains down if they need washing in summer or storing in the winter,’ Daniela says.

    Buy now: Cuprinol White Daisy matt wood paint, £20, B&Q

    Buy now: AnnaLouisa curtains, £25, Ikea

    Dressing the bed

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    To make a comfortable base, Daniela used two Terry Towelling mattress protectors on top of the foam mattress, which acts as a waterproof barrier from the rain. Finally, some linen fabric was used as a throw and lots of comfy cushions added.

    ‘It’s a really simple DIY job,’ says Daniela. ‘You need two pairs of hands, but other than that it’s really fun and straightforward to do. In the winter, I simply rolled up the mattress and put it in the loft, and took down the curtains, cushions and throws, so everything was safe from the rain.’

    ‘It was such a bargain,’ Daniela continues, ‘and we had so much use out of it last summer – I can’t wait to use it again this year. It still looks exactly like the day I made it!’

    You can see this project and more of Daniela’s home and DIY makes over at Instagram here.

    Have you been tempted to try this at home?

    Sofa company Snug launches first sofa prenup
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  • The sofa is a key piece of furniture in the home, as anyone who’s moved into an unfurnished flat will know. If you and your partner or housemate are on the hunt for the best sofa, Snug gives you the chance to sign a ‘prenup’. From the off, you know who will have the sofa if things don’t work out, saving disputes down the line.

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    The ‘sofa in a box’ company is the first to offer a contract to set out in writing exactly what will happen to the sofa in the event of a break-up or fallout.

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    While it might sound overly official at first, it could be a very smart move. According to Snug’s research, 40% of us said things have got ‘messy’ when we’ve tried to split items. The specific issue of ‘who keeps the sofa’ causes the most arguments of all when dividing up possessions. 18% of people surveyed said it has been the biggest item of contention in a break-up. It even trumped the TV, car, and bed. This is just how attached we are to our couches.

    Snug hopes that the legal document will save arguments over who gets to keep the new Cloud Sundae sofa if things turn sour. It seems all the more necessary given some of the things we’ve admitted to doing post-breakup, including changing the Netflix logins and stealing the lightbulbs.

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    Former Love Island star Chris Hughes is the face of the ‘sofa prenup’ service. The TV presenter has had his fair share of high-profile break-ups and plays the lead role in the promo video. ‘Things don’t always go to plan in relationships, and I should know,’ says Chris Hughes. ‘Dividing up possessions can be difficult, and this service will genuinely help people avoid arguments.’

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    Snug’s sofa prenup

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    So if things don’t go to plan, the prenup will save arguments over who clings on. Hopefully, you won’t need to use it at all.

    Would you sign a sofa prenup?

    You won’t believe the views from this Cornish beachfront apartment in St Ives
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  • If you’ve been missing the beaches and can’t wait to see the sea (!), then you’re going to love our tour of this water-front apartment.

    Related: See the transformation of this neglected period cottage on the Norfolk coast

    Set on St Ives’ famous Porthmeor Beach, one of only seven of Cornwall’s beaches that hold the prestigious Blue Flag Award. Lower Saltings is a one-bedroom property with the most breath-taking, panoramic coastal views.

    It’s up for sale but is also rented out for holiday lets, so whether you want to buy or just fancy a stay, we guarantee this scenery will not leave you disappointed.

    Ready to take a look? Here we go…

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    Let’s start with the location. As we said, the apartment is set on Porthmeor Beach, which is popular with surfers and swimmers, and just a stone’s throw from the centre of St Ives. Number 1 Lower Saltings is set on the ground floor, and there’s an inner, protected courtyard off of which you have a parking bay – but we know it’s not the parking you want to hear about. Let’s step inside instead.

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    The dining room, kitchen and living area are all part of one open-plan space, and the main feature that you can’t help but notice is that view. An arched window looks out onto the beach – imagine eating your breakfast while watching the waves roll in!

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    There’s a sweet window seat too, where you can sit and read – although we think we’d be hard-pressed to do anything other than look at the sea.

    Kitchen

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    It may not be the largest kitchen you’ve ever seen, but it comes equipped with everything you need. Quartz worktops, a built-in fridge and freezer, induction hob and electric oven, plus a dishwasher and washing machine. The light blue cabinetry reflects the blue of the ocean and by keeping the wall cabinets white it makes the space feel light and bright

    Living area

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    Across from the dining table is an L-shaped leather sofa, which doubles up as a bed – meaning when it’s rented out, the apartment can sleep four. White walls make the perfect backdrop for the small pops of blue and yellow, brought in by cushions, throws and ceramics.

    The arched window is large enough that you can also see the view from the sofa – what would you watch, the TV or the surfers outside?

    Bedroom

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    Off of the hallway is this sweet bedroom, with a built-in wardrobe, smart TV and large full-length mirror. The same blue and yellow colour palette have been continued into this room too for cohesion and we like how uncluttered the room feels. We spy a feather-light fitting and that luxurious velvet bedspread looks extra cosy.

    Bathroom

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    The shower room is the last on our list and what is it they say about good things coming in small packages? Pale wood wall cladding, blue and white accessories and smart fittings make this room a great addition to the recently renovated apartment.

    Related: Step into this idyllic Cornish home – once a run-down cottage, now a dream holiday home

    Interested in Lower Saltings? It’s up for sale with Knight Frank, with offers in excess of £930,000 – and we’d say that view is pretty priceless. You can see the listing here but be prepared to fall in love with this totally dreamy coastal pad.

    Avoid cloudy water in your inflatable hot tub with this simple hack
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  • The Aldi hot tub Specialbuys favourite is coming back in stock on Sunday, April 4, and it’s sure to sell out in no time. If you’re sitting back and relaxing in your own inflatable tub and notice the water seems a little cloudy, don’t panic.

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    This is one of the most common problems hot tub owners experience and we have a handy hack to fix it so you can sit back and relax in the garden.

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    Avoid cloudy water in your inflatable hot tub with this hack

    A hack that will avoid problems with your tub is to use a hose filter when filling it. ‘Household water supplies often contain traces of metal,’ Tim Sidebotham, Ecommerce Director at All Round Fun says. ‘While this doesn’t cause major problems with everyday tasks like cooking and laundry, it can prove to be a problem when it comes to your hot tub,’ he adds.

    ‘For instance, water containing trace metals can drastically change a tub’s water chemistry and stain its surfaces. With this in mind, it’s crucial to always use a hose filter when filling your tub as this will remove any contaminants from your hard water, which are otherwise likely to cause cloudy water,’ he explains.

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    Given that debris and algae can also make water ‘milky’, you definitely don’t want to be creating problems from the get go.

    It’s also essential to keep your hot tub covered whenever it’s not in use. It’s simple, but a hot tub left exposed to debris and sunlight is more likely to develop cloudy water. Dead leaves, grass, blossom and pollen can fall into the tub, clogging up your spa’s circulation system and filter. ‘As the debris breaks down, the water in the tub will become cloudy, and unfortunately, a potential health risk,’ says Tim.

    Luckily, it’s fairly easy to get rid of debris by using regular hot tub cleaning chemicals, so make sure you always have some handy. Keeping your tub covered will also limit the growth of algae. These aquatic plants can form in a tub when chlorine levels are low, and sunlight will help them to grow.

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    And if you notice that cloudy water only occurs during a week when you’re constantly in and out of the tub, it’s worth increasing how much sanitiser you use. The Bank Holiday weekend is the ideal chance to get out your best barbecue and enjoy some sunshine with friends in the garden – and no one wants murky water in the tub.

    Will you be trying a hose filter?