Eco road trip: Los Angeles to Las Vegas by Tesla

We’re about to embark on a road trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas but I suspect this is going to be very different from the one chronicled by Hunter S Thompson. Our black Tesla Model X is stocked with gluten-free, non-GMO protein bars and organic energy drinks. He was planning to use them for two return journeys to Palm Springs each day and one return trip to Las Vegas. Way to goThe journey was provided by, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas from $59pp one-way. Accommodation was provided by the W Las Vegas (doubles from $150 room only).

February 19, 2017 09:56 UTC

Iraq launches west Mosul offensive as torture videos emerge

Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to capture the western part of the city of Mosul from Islamic State. Government forces retook the eastern side of Mosul, the last major Isis stronghold in Iraq, last month. However, the launch of the new offensive was overshadowed by graphic videos of men in Iraqi security force uniforms carrying out beatings and killings of unarmed people on the streets of Mosul. The videos threaten not only to tarnish the image of security forces, but potentially to undermine public support for the Mosul offensive, human rights activists said. Most of the videos and pictures were posted online after the second phase of the Mosul operation started in late December.

February 19, 2017 09:24 UTC

Stormzy: ‘Respect me like you would Frank Ocean or Adele’

There’s no doubt that Stormzy could be stroppy if he wanted; it’s just that, at the moment, he doesn’t want. In 2013, he won a Mobo for best grime act, and then again in 2014. He won Mobos for best male and best grime act that year. The rest of the album wasn’t like that. Back then, I’m waking up, I’m hitting the roads, I’m going to get drugs, and I’m going to sell drugs, and I’m linking up with the mandem later, and we’re going to figure out how to make some money tonight, where we can rob and who we can move to.

February 19, 2017 09:22 UTC

Women and desire: the six ages of sex

I have hope for the sex life of my generation. I was adept at faking as that made the man I was having sex with happy. The seminal movie about women having sex in later life (so unpalatable a topic is it) remains 1967’s The Graduate, where the voracious cougar is played by a 35-year-old Anne Bancroft! Our screens, where the zeitgeist is regularly reflected, may not lack mid-agers having sex, but the main characteristic they share is that they’re men. I believe there is no age limit to love, sex and desire, even if we hide it after a certain age.

February 19, 2017 07:52 UTC

Malaysian police looking for four North Koreans over Kim Jong-nam killing

Malaysian police are seeking four North Korean men who left the country on the same day that Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean leader’s half-brother, was apparently assassinated with fast-acting poison at Kuala Lumpur airport. US lawmakers want North Korea put back on terrorism blacklist Read morePolice have arrested four people carrying identification documents from North Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Noor Rashid said police also wanted to question a fifth North Korean man, aged 30, who was not a suspect. Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of the late dictator Kim Jong-Il, spent much of his life outside North Korea. Officials from South Korea and the US, enemies of North Korea for decades, believe Kim was killed by agents sent from Pyongyang.

February 19, 2017 07:28 UTC

Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages?

Some of these new converts have alighted upon the basic income as an answer to our fragmenting welfare state. According to Reich, a universal basic income “will almost certainly be part of the answer”. Universal basic income has the potential to be that win,” says Dancey. NO-STRINGS CASH – FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICEThe idea of the universal basic income is that the government pays every adult citizen the basic cost of living. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tesla founder Elon Musk is behind the idea of a universal basic income.

February 19, 2017 06:56 UTC

Organic food sales soar as shoppers put quality before price

Our next Scandi import: organic ‘folk food’ for all Read moreMeanwhile, Tesco says that organic sales in its stores have risen by 15% in the past year. But experts said price was still a major factor in switching to organic food, as promoted by celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver. Sales growth of organic produce outperformed the non-organic grocery market, which decreased by 0.9% in the same period. Another key driver was the catering industry whose use of organic food grew by more than 15% last year. There is a huge and currently untapped potential to increase organic sales even further in supermarkets.”

February 19, 2017 06:56 UTC

How your MRI scan benefits science

Sir Peter Mansfield, who died on 8 February, won the Nobel Prize in 2003 for pioneering magnetic resonance imaging. MRI, and the detailed images it produces, has been a huge benefit for the study of the brain. Its greatest innovation is allowing us to see which parts of the brain have been damaged while a patient is still alive. These benefits may have long-term advantages, but they don’t always help the patient. But they will certainly enhance our understanding which may help patients in the future.

February 19, 2017 06:00 UTC

Coalition cites ANZ credit card rate cut as proof no royal commission is needed

The Coalition has used an ANZ credit card interest rate cut of 2% as evidence that its oversight of the big four banks using a parliamentary committee is working and a royal commission is not needed. Buchholz said although the standard variable interest rate had dropped to follow the cash rate, historically, credit card rates had not fallen. As the Coalition resisted a royal commission, the possibility of a rare parliamentary commission of inquiry remains a live option. LNP MP George Christensen told Guardian Australia he would support a commission of inquiry in the absence of a royal commission. He said the victim had cancer and any royal commission would take too long.

February 19, 2017 05:48 UTC

Dan Vickerman, former Wallabies player, dies aged 37

Tributes from the world of rugby union have flowed for the former Wallabies player Dan Vickerman, who died in Sydney on Saturday night at the age of 37. The former Brumbies and Waratahs player had been working in commercial real estate since calling time on his playing career. “The rugby world is in shock today after news of the tragic passing of Dan Vickerman,” the Australian Rugby Union chief executive, Bill Pulver, said on Sunday. Vickerman arrived in Australia as a 21-year-old and made his Super Rugby debut for the Brumbies in the 2001 season. The All Blacks were among those to pay tribute on Sunday, tweeting: “The All Blacks join the rugby family in mourning the passing of former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman.

February 19, 2017 04:59 UTC

US lawmakers want North Korea put back on terrorism blacklist

The apparent assassination of the North Korean leader’s estranged half-brother is strengthening bipartisan calls for the US to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a designation lifted nine years ago. The US kept North Korea on its terrorism blacklist for two decades after the 1987 bombing of a South Korean airliner killed 115 people. “We should never have taken North Korea off the state sponsor of terrorism list,” Democratic congressman Brad Sherman of California told a hearing on Thursday. The Observer view on North Korea | Observer editorial Read moreIt warned North Korea could respond by conducting more nuclear and long-range missile tests if it concludes the US is not interested in dialogue. China’s commerce ministry said on Saturday it would suspend all imports of coal from North Korea starting from 19 February.

February 19, 2017 03:35 UTC

NHS royal commission should assess long-term future, says Lord Saatchi

A royal commission should be set up to examine the long-term future of the National Health Service, a senior Tory peer has said. Former Conservative chairman Lord Saatchi said a commission could take the issue out of politics and “detoxify” any changes that needed to be made. A royal commission offers significant benefits regardless of the position taken. On Monday, NHS Improvement’s figures for the third quarter of 2016-17 will be published. “They suggests that the forecast net deficit has risen by about 30% since the autumn, when NHS Improvement’s quarter two report showed a net deficit for the year of £669m.

February 19, 2017 03:11 UTC

CPAC 2017: Milo Yiannopoulos invited to speak at major conservative conference

Far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been revealed as a speaker at next week’s influential Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to give his message at a time when “political correctness is properly being discarded”, said its organiser. speakers have so far been announced for the annual gathering of conservative organisations in Washington, which begins on Wednesday. Two nights on Milo Yiannopoulos's campus tour: as offensive as you'd imagine Read moreOn Friday night, Yiannopoulos appeared on HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher and insulted comics Lena Dunham, Leslie Jones, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman. He said: “The Democrats are the party of Lena Dunham. The more the American people see of Lena Dunham, the fewer votes the Democratic party is going to get.”Yiannopoulos added that Schumer and Silverman “used to be funny before they contracted feminism”.

February 19, 2017 02:26 UTC

Europeans in UK face Brexit registration chaos

More than 3m EU citizens in the UK could face bureaucratic chaos as a result of Brexit because the Home Office will struggle to register them, according to a European parliament report. Unlike many European nations, the UK has no ID card system and has not kept records of the entry and exit of EU citizens. Tax and benefits records kept by HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions are not shared with the Home Office. The report from the European parliament’s employment committee, leaked to The Observer, said: “The UK has no population register. In practice it would be difficult to determine which EU27 citizens were residing legally in the UK before the Brexit would have taken effect.

February 19, 2017 01:53 UTC

James Brown's Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield dies at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. His wife, Jody Hannon, said Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital around noon. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalised for a few days, she said. Readers suggest the 10 best drumming moments Read moreBut he was best known for a short solo on Brown’s 1970 single, Funky Drummer. “He played here one time with James Brown and just fell in love with it,” Hannon said.

February 19, 2017 01:41 UTC