10 year-low in immigration offences: ICA

Tweet THE number of foreigners arrested for immigration offences has hit a ten-year low, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Monday. In 2010, the total number of foreigners arrested for immigration offences fell by 23 per cent to 4,260 compared to the previous year. The number of people arrested for harbouring or employing illegal immigrants has also fallen, by four and 48 per cent respectively. Attempts by immigration offe ... Jump to full article >>

Kentucky Senate President looks to Georgia for tax plan

Tweet FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he looked to Georgia — where an independent group of experts has recommended expanding that state’s sales tax to include groceries while cutting corporate and individual income taxes — as a model for his own approach to comprehensive tax reform. Williams, a Republican from Burkesville who is running for governor, wants to move Kentucky’s tax system from one tha ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco, UND med school bill up today

Tweet A controversial bill that would essentially snuff out North Dakota’s tobacco control and prevention efforts to fund the expansion of UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences goes before its first committee hearing today. Not only would HB 1353 take tobacco settlement funds set aside by voters in 2008 for an anti-tobacco program, it would also eliminate the entire section of state law that allows for an agency to manage those funds. ... Jump to full article >>

Strasburg attempting to shut out tobacco

Tweet Like any other high school kid, Stephen Strasburg wanted to emulate the major league baseball players he watched on television. He mimicked their actions down to the last detail. He rolled his pants up to reveal high socks, wore wristbands at the plate and, during downtime, opened tins of chewing tobacco and pinched some in his lower lip. Years later, having developed a powerful addiction, Strasburg regrets ever trying smokeless tobacco. La ... Jump to full article >>

12 Years On, Tobacco Suit Due in Court

Tweet A big tobacco case is set to start on Monday in St. Louis involving dozens of local hospitals, the nation’s biggest tobacco companies and 12 years’ worth of filings that fill 43 boxes in the city’s towering limestone courthouse. But it has attracted little of the intense interest that once surrounded lawsuits against major cigarette producers — a sign, specialists say, that a tumultuous period of tobacco litigation is winding down ... Jump to full article >>

Charlie Sheen Rushed To Hospital

Tweet LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Troubled actor Charlie Sheen was rushed to hospital Thursday with severe abdominal pains, his spokesman said after a reported “wild” party at his Los Angeles home. Several media outlets are reporting that the star of “Two and a Half Men” suffered a hiatal hernia. Hiatal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the stomach protrudes upward into the chest, through an opening in the diaphr ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco road

Tweet Faced with turbulence in its own ranks, Ahmed Dogan’s Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) appears to be drawing on the troubles of Bulgaria’s tobacco industry to rally its traditional electorate. Drama, of which there is no shortage in the tobacco industry, turned to tragedy when on January 19 an organiser of a protest by growers died suddenly after falling ill during the event. Mehmed Metushev was pronounced dead on arrival at hospi ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco war in Ont. needs more funding

Tweet The governing Liberals need to put more money into programs that will help smokers butt out if they want to win the war on tobacco, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says. Government funding for tobacco control has dropped over the last three years from nearly $57 million to $43 million, even though smoking is costing Ontario about $8 billion a year in health care and lost productivity, Dr. Arlene King noted in her first annu ... Jump to full article >>

Altria Reports In-Line

Tweet Altria Group Inc. the manufacturer and seller of cigarettes, wine and other tobacco products, registered robust fourth quarter and full fiscal 2010 results. Virginia-based Altria posted adjusted earnings of 44 cents a share in the quarter, which was up 12.8% compared with the prior-year quarter and was in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The quarter benefited from strong income across its tobacco businesses, lower asset impairment a ... Jump to full article >>

Cigar Shop Fuming Over Smoking Ban Ruling

Tweet Local cigar bars are flaring up after a Lancaster County judge’s ruling that certain exemptions to Nebraska’s smoking ban are unconstitutional. The law took effect June 1, 2009. Judge Jodi Nelson said she agrees with the law’s exception for research facilities. But she said cigar bars, hotels and tobacco shops aren’t different enough from other workplaces to warrant special treatment. For the time being, cigar shops are sti ... Jump to full article >>