THE price of bitcoin has hit a record high as interest in cryptocurrencies continues to boom. Bitcoin has soared above $62,000 (£45,000) for the first time, according to CoinMarketCap's price index. The latest surge means bitcoin has more than doubled in price in the last year and comes as digital currencies become more mainstream. Well known companies such as PayPal, Facebook , Tesla and Square are among those backing the cryptocurrency in recent months. Paypal said that it will let users buy and sell bitcoin for the first time - and even use it to make purchases. But there have also been warnings around scams related to cryptocurrencies , and prices are volatile. 5 risks of crypto investments THE Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned people about the risks of investing in cryptocurrencies. Consumer protection : Some investments advertising high returns based on cryptoassets may not be subject to regulation beyond anti-money laundering … [Read more...] about Bitcoin price hits all-time high as cryptocurrency soars 1,000% in a year
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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?
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
The world's wealthiest 1% produce twice as much carbon emissions as the poorest 50%, according to a new report. "Despite sharp falls in carbon emissions in 2020 linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis - which is driven by the accumulation of emissions in the atmosphere over time - continued to grow," the Cambridge Sustainability Commission has warned. Ahead of the COP26 climate change summit, it says that government "must use this historic juncture to build fairer economies within the limits our planet can bear". Watch: The Daily Climate Show Dramatic lifestyle changes are needed among the so-called "polluter elite" to limit global warming to the 1.5 Celsius target set out in the Paris Agreement, the report said. Advertisement To avoid passing this limit, the richest 1% will need to reduce their emissions by a factor of at least 30 by 2030 - while the world's poorest 50% should be able increase their emissions by three times … [Read more...] about Climate change: Wealthiest 1% are driving global carbon emissions, says new report
THE BBC has confirmed the MasterChef final is to air tomorrow at 8pm. It comes after the last show of the series was delayed following the death of Prince Philip . The finale of the show was set to air last Friday, but the BBC opted to pull it from the schedule out of respect in the wake of the Duke's death, aged 99. Much to the delight of fans the BBC One show will return tomorrow, Wednesday at 8pm, to see one of the contestants crowned the winner. Making up the final are contestants Mike Tompkins, Alexina Anatole and Tom Rhodes. Tomorrow's episode will see the the trio pull out all the stops to show everything they’ve learned. They will have three hours to demonstrate their talent and produce the best three dishes of their lives. Fans have been gripped as Masterchef 2021 contestants have been whittled down to its final three ahead of the show's grand final. Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace have had to make some tough decisions this series, but the … [Read more...] about MasterChef final will air tomorrow at 8pm after being pulled from air for Prince Philip’s death