Danica Kirka Associated Press Published 8:15 AM EST Jan 19, 2019 London – It’s an understatement to say that Michael O’Brien is worried about Brexit. O’Brien is a supervisor at Clarity-The Soap Co., which employs visually impaired adults at a factory in east London. A tall man with a thatch of gray hair, O’Brien has a manner so easy that it sounds as if he is talking about the weather rather than an issue that bitterly divides British society – the country’s looming departure from the European Union. “(This job) means everything to me,” he said, standing beside a machine that magnifies documents so he can track invoices. “When I came here 4 ½ years ago, I was in a bad way. I got (laid off) from my last job, didn’t think I’d work again. And I came here and it’s given me a lifeline.” Amid the rancor and political bickering that this week sent Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal down … [Read more...] about Brexit brings uncertainty to workers in Great Britain
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Volvo is clearly on a roll, producing one of the best large SUVs (XC90) and now clinching the European Car of the Year title with the small XC40. We’re trying the mid-size XC60 to see whether its Swedish style is more than skin deep. Our car: Volvo XC60 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-design List price when new: £43,505 Price as tested: £53,580 Official fuel economy: 54.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests June 5th, 2018 Fuel consumption this week: 38.7mpg For those who have been watching The Bridge unravel on BBC2, Sweden appears a rather dangerous place. The Nordic Noir police drama has a high body count and is eerily dark – like Midsummer Murders by moonlight. However, having driven across Scandinavia many times, I know it is remarkably safe. People adhere to the speed limits and nobody uses a mobile phone behind the wheel. There’s probably a campaign to fit wandering elks with high visibility vests. We’ve already … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 – long-term test: the ultimate middle-class car?
0 Comments UUP leader Robin Swann warns Brexit cannot be 'exploited' to achieve a united Ireland BelfastTelegraph.co.uk UUP leader Robin Swann has warned that Brexit cannot be exploited to help achieve a united Ireland. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/uup-leader-robin-swann-warns-brexit-cannot-be-exploited-to-achieve-a-united-ireland-36783783.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36783969.ece/fe061/AUTOCROP/h342/e%20in%20Newcastle%2022.jpg Email UUP leader Robin Swann has warned that Brexit cannot be exploited to help achieve a united Ireland. He was speaking during his address at the UUP Spring party conference at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co Down on Saturday. The North Antrim MLA said that those who seek to exploit Brexit were acting selfishly. "For those who think that they can exploit Brexit to pursue a united Ireland – you are not helping the people of Northern Ireland through such a selfish pursuit of your own … [Read more...] about UUP leader Robin Swann warns Brexit cannot be ‘exploited’ to achieve a united Ireland
3 Ever since Marty McFly came back to the future to find a black Toyota SR5 Xtracab in the garage, I have found there to be something irresistibly cool about pick-up trucks. Clearly I’m not alone, because in 2017 demand for new pick-ups defied a declining market, eventually posting an increase of almost 8 per cent to 51,415 units when registrations of both vans and passenger cars were down. Whether those buyers were inspired by the world’s greatest time travel adventure (no arguments, please) or simply needed the practicality that comes with a massive load bed and plenty of off-road ability is unclear, but what we do know is that if they are business users they can run their pick-up in a very cost-efficient way. Vehicle Excise Duty of pick-ups, for example, is fixed at £240 per year regardless of engine size, while Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation for a 20 per cent tax payer is just £54 per month. Compare a double cab pick-up such as the Isuzu D-Max … [Read more...] about Isuzu D-Max Huntsman review: can a lavishly equipped pick-up be a cheap substitute for an SUV?