Before you grump away about this new Japanese seven-seat crossover being another me-too product, it's worth recalling that Toyota invented this entire crossover SUV style in 1997 – though admittedly, that could be both a good and a bad thing. The first RX (badged as the Harrier) wasn't a particularly happy looking thing, resembling more of an late night sleeping-bag fumble between a buxom Land Cruiser and a randy saloon, but it was comfy and reliable and the Yanks loved it. So much so that the Germans piled in and latterly everyone's got an SUV crossover in their brochure. In the last 21 years, Lexus has sold 2.7 million RX models through four generations, with 250,000 finding owners in Europe. The British appetite for these big, luxurious SUVs is modest but growing. Lexus marketers reckon that total UK sales, which were 50,000 last year, will rise to 70,000 in 2020. But it's dominated by seven-seaters like Volvo's XC90, which takes over 46 per cent of the family market … [Read more...] about Lexus RX L review – can this well-engineered seven-seater compete with European luxury SUVs?
Video PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 March 2018 Ellena Cruse Black cab driver, Evan Walters of Sackville Gardens, Ilford driving Ilford North MP Wes streeting Archant Black cab drivers who purchase new, electric taxis after April will save £1,550. Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, fought for cabbies to be exempt from a luxury tax which sees motor owners pay a Vehicle Excise Duty charge on cars worth more than £40,000. The Treasury brought forward the tax break by a year - to help black cab drivers make the switch from old diesel engines to zero-emission taxis- after considering views from campaigners. If just one driver makes the change, it would rid the country of seven tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and with over 75,000 black cabs operating in England, the impact on the environment would be significant. “This is a victory for campaigners for common sense and I welcome the announcement that the supplement for luxury cars will no longer apply to the new electric capable … [Read more...] about Taxi tax break for electric vehicles hailed a victory by Ilford North MP
A mum of six claimed more than £170,000 in benefits by lying about the health of her children - going as far as saying her youngest son had incurable cystic fibrosis. Rebecca Walker was handed a jail sentence of 21 months for illegally claiming £176,000 in tax credits, carers' and disability allowances amongst others. Unemployed Walker lied to authorities saying that her youngest suffered from cystic fibrosis had fits, severe behavioural problems, was unable to walk unaided and suffered from chronic asthma. But when assessed by specialists the youngster was described as being in good health, no different from any other child and was a "pleasant, hard-working boy". Walker also claimed she was a single parent throughout the eight-year deception despite living with a partner. Walker, 37, from Kippax, Leeds, West Yorks, was jailed for 21 months after pleading guilty to 11 offences of fraud. The court heard Walker was already subject to a suspended sentence for illegally … [Read more...] about Mum-of-six stole £170k in benefits to pay for luxury lifestyle after claiming healthy son had cystic fibrosis
Indian students have sent 1,000 signed sanitary towels to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to abolish the 12% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on sanitary products. The students, from the Indian province of Madhya Pradesh, launched the campaign on 4 January to raise awareness of the extreme measures women are forced to take because they cannot afford sanitary pads. Many women use rags and pieces of cloth when they are menstruating instead of sanitary pads. In rural areas, some women use leaves, sawdust or even ashes, which carry a serious risk of infection. A lack of proper menstrual hygiene has led to many girls dropping out of school and missing work, according to CNN Money. One of the students behind the recent initiative, Hari Mohan, told Asian News International (ANI): "Sanitary napkins have been placed under 12% GST. Women from rural areas use others things during their menstrual days, which is fatal to their health. "Instead of being subsidised, it has been placed under the … [Read more...] about Students just sent 1000 signed sanitary towels to Indian PM Modi to protest tampon tax
Once a month, Vuslat Ozdemirhan brews his own beer at home. He pulled the list of ingredients — malt, sugar, yeast and water — along with the instructions from the Internet. He has turned his kitchen into perhaps the smallest brewery in Istanbul. By now, he has the process down pat. "I do this mostly for economic reasons," Vuslat says, explaining that alcohol has become expensive in Turkey under rising taxes in recent years. "We just can't afford it anymore, and when I make beer at home it is four times cheaper than buying it in a shop." Read more: What Germans reveal about themselves through the beer they drink Thousands of people in Turkey brew beer at home, he told DW. On the Internet, home brewers swap recipes for beer and cider, or tips for distilling raki, the ever-popular anise-flavored grape brandy. Vuslat's personal favorite is coffee-infused beer. His latest batch needs to ferment for several weeks before it is ready to drink. Steep alcohol taxes The … [Read more...] about Turkey’s beer lovers turn to home brewing amid soaring alcohol taxes