HEAVY market trading has jolted cryptocurrency Ethereum to record price gains of nearly 190 per cent, as of Easter 2021. Digital currency Ethereum - the second largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin - was co-founded by 'celebrity' crypto guru Vitalik Buterin. Who is Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin? Vitalik Buterin, 27, is one of Ethereum’s eight founders. In a report, CNBC said in 2017: "Buterin has become a celebrity in the cryptocurrency space and is credited with co-founding Bitcoin Magazine in 2011. "He was a 2014 recipient of billionaire Peter Thiel’s prestigious fellowship and [in 2016], he was included on Fortune’s 40 under 40 list." Born in Moscow, Buterin's childhood was spent in Canada, after his family moved there when he was six years old. Wired's Backchannel says that later, he "invented the world’s hottest new cryptocurrency and inspired a movement — before he’d turned 20". The website explains that his huge mathematical talent was fostered at … [Read more...] about Who is Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin?
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Burns and Pope fall cheaply for Surrey Lawrence and Westley shine for Essex Opener Robson hits 165 for Middlesex D ay one: Surrey (220-9) vs Gloucestershire After a lean winter both of Surrey’s England batsmen, Rory Burns and Ollie Pope, needed their springs to blossom but they were dismissed for four and 22 respectively by a similar impatience. During their winter Test series in India, England’s batsmen interpreted the message to be positive so enthusiastically that some tried a shot at almost every ball - Pope for one dancing down the turning pitch in Ahmedabad to the left-arm spin of Axar Patel and being, not surprisingly, stumped. In their growing desperation England’s batsmen, apart from their captain Joe Root, seemed not to observe Rishabh Pant’s shot-selection. Pant may have given the impression he slogged every ball but no. He blocked or left 138 balls in that series; sure, he made hay off the 100 balls he attacked but, normally, only after playing himself … [Read more...] about Rory Burns and Ollie Pope display familiar signs of impatience as England batsmen continue to toil
Shoppers have been flocking back to high streets and other retail destinations in some parts of the country more than others as lockdown rules were eased in England and Wales. Across the UK, footfall climbed by 155.2% compared to the previous week though - partly blamed on wintry weather - the numbers were still 15.9% below pre-pandemic levels in 2019, according to data from Springboard. Diane Wehrle, insights director at the firm, said: "The first day of retail reopening was an amazingly positive result and one which finally offers retailers some positive news. "The strong uplift highlights that consumer demand is higher than even forecasted and shows that bricks and mortar still holds a key position within the retail sector." Retailers are desperate to see a recovery in trade after the sector shed 67,000 jobs last year and lockdowns cost £27bn in lost sales, according to industry estimates. Advertisement Scenes of shoppers queuing outside stores … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Which regions saw footfall return closest to pre-pandemic levels as lockdowns eased?
The City veteran Martin Gilbert has become embroiled in a bizarre spat with his former employer that involved his own shares in his corporate vehicle being used to oppose his election to its board. Sky News has learnt that Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) - part of the FTSE-100 company Standard Life Aberdeen - voted Mr Gilbert's 9.9% stake in AssetCo against his re-election as its chairman. ASI also voted the shares against plans for a potentially lucrative bonus and share award scheme which could benefit Mr Gilbert if AssetCo successfully repositions itself as a fund management roll-up venture. City sources said on Tuesday said that ASI's votes had been amended at the eleventh hour, ahead of AssetCo's annual meeting and EGM, which will take place on Thursday, and would now support the relevant resolutions. The situation is particularly ironic because Mr Gilbert was the founder of Aberdeen Asset Management - which is now part of ASI - and then became joint chief … [Read more...] about City veteran Gilbert in bizarre spat with former employer over AssetCo stake
Zendaya, Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford are among the famous faces who will be presenting awards at this year's Oscars ceremony. They will be joined by the likes of Joker star Joaquin Phoenix, Legally Blonde actress Reese Witherspoon and One Night in Miami director Regina King, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said. Bong Joon Ho, who directed last year's best film winner Parasite , will also make an appearance at the ceremony on 25 April, along with Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, Bryan Cranston and Renee Zellweger. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Minari director: 'It's a very personal story' The star-studded ceremony is taking place across two sites in California this year - its regular home at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood as well as Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh, the show's producers, said: "In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we've … [Read more...] about Oscars 2021: Zendaya, Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford among A-listers presenting awards