This feels like one of the “You’re the expert” questions that appear in Guardian Money every week. I have an old-ish petrol-fuelled car, sitting parked outside my terraced home, which I use only at weekends. And I have a brother-in-law who is evangelical about his Nissan Leaf. I’d like to be more like him. Yet the closest charging point for me is a 10-minute walk away, and often busy. Is it just too early to ditch my old car and go electric? The question marks over electric vehicles used to be about battery technology and the cost. But “range anxiety” has largely been conquered. The first Nissan Leaf batteries took you about 80-85 miles without needing a charge; the latest ones do 150 miles. The new Kia e-Niro family car manages 300 miles, while at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes was showing off its Vision EQS model with a “comfortable” range of 435 miles. Given that the average car journey in the UK is just 10 miles, according to the … [Read more...] about Is it just laziness that stops me from switching to an electric car?
Kurdish civilians have been fleeing key towns in north-eastern Syria as Turkish forces continue to bombard targets for a third consecutive day. Donald Trump has also raised the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ankara. There were reports on Friday of airstrikes and shelling in Ras al-Ayn and Tel Abyad, the Kurdish-held towns that have borne the brunt of the fighting, as Turkish ground troops and their allies sought to close in on both. Thousands of civilians have fled from both towns as well as surrounding villages, and a camp of at least 4,000 displaced Syrians near Ras al-Ayn has been evacuated after Turkish artillery landed nearby, Kurdish administrators said. The UN on Friday estimated that 100,000 people have fled from their homes in north-eastern Syria in the past few days, adding that a growing number had taken refuge in shelters and schools. Turkey’s vice-president said on Friday evening that his country’s troops had advanced five miles into north-eastern Syria. … [Read more...] about Kurdish civilians flee as Turkish forces bomb Syria for third day
The gay husband of a Democratic presidential candidate, a born-again Christian pastor and a GOP-voting Army veteran: it doesn't take much to spot the odd brother out. Few were surprised, therefore, when Pete Buttigieg's spouse Chasten Glezman claimed he was disowned by his conservative older brothers and forced to flee his home after coming out at 18. But while the poignant backstory resonated with liberal voters and helped the South Bend, Indiana, mayor stand out among the crowded democratic 2020 field, it's now being denounced as a lie by Chasten's siblings. 'He was never shunned. He was never homeless. He had a home,' Dustin Glezman, 32, told DailyMailTV. 'When I read all this stuff, it's like I'm reading about someone else's family. I don’t recognize any of it.’ Dustin supplied DailyMailTV with an exclusive photo of himself, Chasten and eldest brother Rhyan, taken in 2010, about two years after Chasten supposedly alienated his family by revealing he was gay. … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: ‘He was never shunned. He was never homeless.’ Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law says 2020 candidate’s husband is loved by his family and calls claims of a rift a ‘sob story’
President Donald Trump has renewed his counter-attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, saying the top Democrats are the ones who should be impeached. Trump's remarks came in a speech on Saturday night at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. 'Our shared values are under assault like never before. Extreme left-wing radicals, both inside and outside government, are determined to shred our constitution and eradicated the beliefs we all cherish,' Trump said. Trump reiterated his criticism against Schiff and Pelosi, saying: 'Maybe we just impeach them because they are lying. What they are doing is a terrible thing to our country.' Trump's remarks came in a speech on Saturday night at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC Trump said he's 'going to take a look' at suing Schiff over the false and exaggerated version of Trump's controversial Ukraine phone call that the Democrat recited … [Read more...] about ‘Maybe we should just impeach them!’ Donald Trump blasts Nancy Pelosi and ‘very narrow necked’ Adam Schiff and says ‘extreme left wing radicals’ want to ‘shred the Constitution’
A robot priest that beams lights from its hands is giving 'auto-blessings' in the same German city where Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation. Five hundred years after Luther published the 95 Theses in the town of Wittenberg, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, an evangelical church unveiled an automatic blessing robot for the special celebrations. The robot on show is called 'BlessU-2' and was developed by the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau. It consists of a metal box with a touch screen, two arms, a head with electronic eyes and a digital mouth. A robot priest that beams lights from its hands is giving 'auto-blessings' in the same German city where Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Why you can't (yet) shake hands with a robot: Experts admit... Meet Handle, the 'nightmare-inducing' humanoid robot with... Watch Google's terrifying humanoid robot running through a... Share this article Share After … [Read more...] about ‘Rust in peace’: Robot priest grants auto-blessings in the same German town that Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago