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April 5, 2018 6:32 AM 'Sin taxes' can help to curb chronic disease: How levies on soft drinks, snacks, alcohol and tobacco are more likely to change the behaviour of poorer consumers

So-called 'sin taxes' on soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco, could be a powerful tool for combating rising rates of chronic disease worldwide, researchers claim. A global study found taxes on soft drinks, snacks, alcohol and tobacco are more likely to change the lifestyle behaviour of vulnerable poorer consumers. At the same time, most of the tax revenues 7

April 2, 2018 11:15 PM Ryan touches down at Southwest during fund-raising trip

DALLAS (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan stopped by Southwest Airlines Monday during a fund-raising trip to Texas to tout benefits of the new tax law and talk about modernizing the nation's air-traffic control system. Ryan held a town hall meeting with a small group of Southwest Airlines executives and employees and posed for pictures with people training 1

March 28, 2018 11:58 PM Rapper DMX plays judge hit track Slippin' before being jailed for tax fraud

Rap star DMX and some of his supporters nodded to the beat of Slippin' as it played in the packed courtroom in Manhattan. The 47-year-old - real name Earl Simmons - managed to convince Judge Jed Rakoff to listen to Slippin' before deciding how to sentence him for tax fraud. DMX and some of his supporters nodded to the beat of the song as it played in the packed 8

March 28, 2018 8:51 AM Average council tax in England increases by 5.1% as adult social care costs rise

For the year 2018-19, people living in a property that is in Band D - seen as the most usual band - will pay an average of £1,671 - an increase of £81 or 5.1%. The largest increase in 14 years is partly down to rising adult social care costs. A total of 152 of the largest authorities are allowed to increase their council tax by up to 3% just for adult 12

March 17, 2018 9:05 AM Macron support COLLAPSE: Pensioners REVOLT with France set to grind to a HALT

FRANCE risks grinding to a halt as thousands of furious protesters threaten to wreck French president Emmanuel Macron's controversial reforms while pensioners vow to drop their support for the leader. Mr Macron's train proposals include ending the jobs-for-life status and early retirement age of national rail workers. Guillaume Pepy, head of the state 20

March 14, 2018 3:19 PM France plans to sue Google and Apple for 'abusive business practices' that could see both firms charged millions of euros in penalties

The French finance minister has announced plans to sue Google and Apple for 'abusive trade practices'. Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday that he plans to take both tech giants to court for unfair contracts imposed upon French start-up firms. Mr Le Maire said the action could result in fines of millions of euros for both firms. 'I believe in an economy 8

March 5, 2018 12:00 AM Shock tax raid on pensions sees millions hit with massive bills

MILLIONS face poverty in retirement because they fail to take tax advice before plundering their pension pot. The Treasury is pocketing a £5billion windfall from unsuspecting savers in extra taxes following freedoms over retirement cash launched in 2015. Many people have chosen to drawdown their savings as they are no longer obliged to buy an annuity 10

February 1, 2018 6:47 PM San Francisco residents will soon be able to rent electric bikes for just $2 using the Uber app

Uber announced Wednesday that San Franciscans will soon be able to reserve electric bikes using the car sharing app. The company is partnering with bike sharing service JUMP to launch the new feature, which will take effect next week. If users' rides are half an hour or less, they will only cost $2 plus taxes and fees. After the 30 minute mark, users 19

February 1, 2018 1:20 PM 'I didn't lose a third of my seats!' Ruth Davidson's hilarious FMQs tirade stuns Sturgeon

RUTH DAVIDSON ripped into the Scottish First Minister with a hilarious swipe in Holyrood as Nicola Sturgeon was quizzed by MSPs during First Minister's Questions. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson mocked the First Minister for losing seats in the last general election during a fiery First Minister questions debate. The fiery dig came as the pair rowed 19

January 29, 2018 4:58 PM WARNING TO EU: Italy rebel says Orban and Trump are his role models as election nears

ITALY’S populist Lega Nord leader Matteo Salvini has listed US President Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban among his role models as elections loom in the cash-strapped country. Italians go to the polls on March 4 and Mr Salvini, who has formed a right-wing coalition with flamboyant former PM Silvio Berlusconi, said he was happy to push policies 35