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Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Iceland is facing an “exponential” rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said. This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of all Iceland’s homes, according to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson. He said many potential customers were keen to get in on the act. “If all these projects are realised, we won’t have enough energy for it,” he told the BBC. Mr Sigurbergsson’s calculations were first reported by the Associated Press. Iceland has…

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Liverpool v Man City: Energy, belief and fantastic finishing – how Reds won it

Manchester City’s unbeaten run is over after their thrilling 4-3 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday but I certainly do not look at the Premier League leaders and think they are in trouble now. City will be annoyed that they gave away some sloppy goals at Anfield but Liverpool’s finishing had to be brilliant to punish them for that. What the Reds showed is what can happen when City are not quite at it, and face a high-energy team who press high and take risks. It meant that when Liverpool won…

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MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Media playback is unsupported on your device An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent. Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions. She said Justin Bartholomew’s family were “convinced” his intake of more than 15 cans a day had increased his anxiety and contributed to his death. Theresa May said the government had taken action over high-sugar drinks and would continue to look at the evidence. Supermarket chain Waitrose recently announced it was banning the sale…

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Waitrose bans sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s

Waitrose is to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16. The supermarket said customers buying drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to prove their age from 5 March. The move follows concerns over the impact of the high sugar and caffeine content on children. Teachers’ union NASUWT said one in 10 teachers cited energy drinks as a key cause of poor pupil behaviour. Waitrose said its decision was based on existing industry labelling guidelines, requiring any soft drink with…

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Teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

One of the UK’s largest teaching unions is calling for schools to ban energy drinks from their premises. The NASUWT is warning about caffeine levels in the drinks, describing them as “readily available legal highs” which can contribute to poor behaviour. It follows a report by academics, seen by 5 live investigates, calling on the government to consider making the sale of the drinks illegal to under-16s. But the British Soft Drinks Association says the drinks have been deemed safe. ‘Legal highs’ Academics from FUSE – the Centre for Transitional…

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Energy price cap will need legislation, Ofgem says

A price cap on energy bills proposed by the prime minister last week is unlikely to take effect before winter. Theresa May had promised to revive a plan to cap charges for an extra 12 million consumers. Howewer, Ofgem said it would have to wait for legislation to be in force before it was able to take action on standard variable tariffs. Until then a more limited price cap will be extended to another one million low income households, Ofgem said. Restrictions on the cost of gas and electricity for…

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