A new study has indicated a lack of basic maths skills among many adults across the country. One in four people found it difficult to work out how much change they should receive in a shop and one half were unable to understand a financial line graph. The data, compiled by researchers from Cambridge University and University College London showed many people had “striking weaknesses” when it came to simple financial skills.
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but if you’re savvy you can get pretty close. With virtually every marketplace becoming more and more saturated, companies are always offering various deals and offers which you can take advantage of. Seeking these deals out, however, can be a long and boring process, so we’ve done the legwork for you and picked out our top offers available this week.
Railcard.co.uk crashed on Tuesday due to the huge volume of people trying to apply for the new railcard aimed at people aged between 26-30. The scheme was mentioned by Phillip Hammond in his November budget speech with the chancellor saying the new railcard would offer “4.5 million more young people a third off their rail fares.” The new model will operate much like the young person’s railcard (available for 16-25-year olds), giving holders 33% off most rail fairs for an annual fee of £30.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".