Sport

Play Six Nations in one country rather than cancel it, says Exeter’s Rob Baxter

Rugby officials are still locked in crunch talks which will dictate whether the Six Nations and European club competitions can withstand the latest wave of Covid-19 infections. Several clubs are pleading for clarity as they seek to finalise travel plans to the continent next week while Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, believes the sport […]

Lifestyle

Taliban stop Afghan women from using bathhouses in northern provinces

The Taliban sparked outrage this week by announcing that women in northern Afghanistan would no longer be allowed to use communal bathhouses. The use of bathhouses, or hammams, is an ancient tradition that remains for many people the only chance for a warm wash during the country’s bitterly cold winters. Women, who regularly use the […]

Business

Moxie Marlinspike leaves encrypted-messaging app Signal

Moxie Marlinspike, the co-founder and chief executive of encrypted-messaging app Signal, has resigned. He blogged it was a “good time to replace myself as CEO” after working on Signal for over a decade. Signal recently enabled crypto-currency payments within the app, which has concerned some users. Mr Marlinspike remains a board member of the Signal […]

Technology

AMD says it’s exploring adding Ryzen 5000 support on 300-series motherboards

If you’ve been contemplating buying a Ryzen 5000 series CPU but aren’t too excited about the need to purchase a newer motherboard, you may be in luck. AMD is currently exploring ways to allow people with B350 and X370 motherboards to use a Zen 3 CPU, which was previously out of the question. AMD’s CES […]

News

Teacher banned from schools after sexually abusing girl, 14, he duped into a fake marriage

Mazhar Hussain, 39, from Stechford, Birmingham, showered his young victim with presents, including a phone with which they exchanged more than 2,000 messages before she told police A teacher has been banned from classrooms for life for sexually abusing a 14-year-old pupil he had conned into thinking they were married. Mazhar Hussain, 39, showered his […]

Sport

Welcome back to Test cricket – there’s much life in the grand old game

And here, as they used to say on TV game shows – as that tumble dryer, that golden fondue set, drifts off down the conveyor belt – is the Test cricket you might have had. Four distinct but interconnected things happened overnight as England and Australia played out the opening rain-addled day of the fourth […]

Lifestyle

Can tumble dryer sheets sort your hair out?

The hackFlyaway hairs, parched locks and static strands? A retro revival courtesy of TikTok suggests tumble dryer (yes, really) could be the remedy. The promiseThis cheap, at-home hack could turn a sad hair day into a joyful one. But is smelling like laundry worth it? The testThere’s nothing like a trend from your teens being […]

Business

Ovo Energy sorry over advice to cuddle pets to stay warm

One of Britain’s largest energy suppliers has apologised after it advised customers they could cuddle pets and eat porridge to stay warm. Ovo Energy said it was “embarrassed” after a link to a blog “containing energy-saving tips” was sent to its SSE Energy Services customers. The company said it had removed the blog so it […]

Technology

Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning marathon for charity starts this weekend

Awesome Games Done Quick, the bi-annual speedrunning marathon for charity typically held during the cold season, is scheduled to kick off this weekend as a virtual event. This time around, Games Done Quick will be raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. For those not familiar with Games Done Quick, the organization hosts charity events […]

News

Tributes paid as woman and dad found stabbed to death are pictured for first time

Fernanda Assis, 31, and her dad Joanilason Assis, 61, were found dead at a property in Wood Green, North London in November as pals described her as ‘friendly’ and ‘bubbly’ A woman and her dad have been pictured after they were stabbed to death. Fernanda Assis, 31, and her father Joanilason Assis, 61, were found […]