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No energy bill price cap this winter, Ofgem says

No energy bill price cap this winter, Ofgem says

Business
A price cap on energy bills proposed by the prime minister last week is unlikely to take effect before winter.Theresa May had vowed to revive a plan to cap charges for an extra 12 million consumers.However, Ofgem said it would have to wait for legislation to be in force before it could take action on standard variable tariffs.Until then a more limited price cap will cover another one million low income households, the regulator said.That move will, on average, save households £120 a year, the regulator said.Last week Business Secretary Greg Clark said a gas and electricity price cap could be imposed as early as this winter should Ofgem decide to use its powers.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe BBC understands that Ofgem is reluctant to do so because it believes energy compani
Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

Science
The remains of the first British ship to be sunk in WW2 appear to have been identified on the Atlantic seabed. Shipwreck-hunter David Mearns says sonar data shows the transatlantic passenger liner Athenia to be lying 200m down on Rockall Bank, off Ireland. A German submarine torpedoed the ship hours after Britain declared war on Hitler in 1939 - more than 100 people, including many Americans, were killed. Germany initially denied involvement fearing the US would join the war. U-boat commander, Fritz Julius Lemp, had mistaken the liner for an armed cruiser and the German naval authorities tried to cover up the sub's actions. They even attempted to blame the sinking on Winston Churchill, who on that very day - 3 September, 1939 - was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. The Germans said he...
Energy prices could be capped this winter, suggests minister

Energy prices could be capped this winter, suggests minister

Business
A cap on gas and electricity prices could be introduced as early as this winter, Energy Minister Greg Clark has suggested.He told the BBC that the energy regulator Ofgem would receive legal backing from parliament for action on prices.Asked if this could mean action this winter, he replied: "Precisely."But the boss of British Gas-owner Centrica, Iain Conn, warned that price caps could mean the end of cheap deals.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May revived plans to cap prices, something that was promised in the Conservative's election manifesto but was absent from June's Queen's Speech.Her statement was followed by sharp falls in energy company share prices. But Thursday trading saw a partial recovery, with most up by 1% or more.Mr Clark told the BBC's Today programme: "If they [Ofgem]...
This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Get Your Morning Coffee

This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Get Your Morning Coffee

Health
Caffeine withdrawal is for real. If a hot mug of joe or an icy cup of Starbucks is your preferred way to start the day, you've probably noticed that you feel, well, off when don't get your coffee fix. On those especially hectic mornings, you might even sort of hate the world. But that reaction isn't in your head, says Michael J. Kuhar, PhD, professor of neuropharmacology at Emory University. Caffeine can make you feel energized, alert, and less depressed, Kuhar explains. It can even improve your motor skills and learning ability. When you skip your usual stimulant high, you might feel down, drowsy, sluggish, clumsy, and irritable. You may also experience headaches, and a drop in blood pressure. In a Johns Hopkins ...
Hey Chrissy Teigen, This Is the Secret Ingredient You Actually Need for Amazing Banana Bread

Hey Chrissy Teigen, This Is the Secret Ingredient You Actually Need for Amazing Banana Bread

Health
Chrissy Teigen was on the hunt for brown bananas yesterday, but there’s another ingredient she may want to add to her banana bread recipe for a healthy boost. Model, cookbook author, and generally amazing human Chrissy Teigen needed brown bananas to make banana bread yesterday. And in typical Chrissy Teigen fashion, she decided to use Twitter for help sourcing them. It all began with a tweet yesterday afternoon:Motivated by this prize and the glory of delivering Teigen her essential brown bananas, the model's 7.53 million followers immediately began posting photos of themselves with the fruit. Some ignored the rules and tried to make the deal with yellow bananas, so Teigen had to get more specific.Twitter us