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Malala on Britain's most influential people's list 2015


Joanne Milner, chief executive at Debrett's, said as quoted in The Telegraph: "We are delighted to announce this year's Debrett's 500. It's a fascinating mix of people, and not entirely who you might expect. Malala was 15 when a Taliban gunman shot her in ...

Silva keeps Manchester City on Chelsea's heels


Navas continued to prove City's best outlet in the second half, teeing up Fernandinho for a downward header that bounced up and had to be touched over by Courtois and setting up James Milner to loop a header over the bar. Fernandinho, meanwhile ...

Chelsea v Manchester City: Three Things We Learnt


Here are three things we learnt from Saturday’s encounter. James Milner is perceived to one of those hard-working, industrious players who can be on their feet the entire game doing all the donkey work. However, against Chelsea, Milner showed us that his ...

Why James Milner Is the Player Manchester City May Regret Not Signing in January


After another Man of the Match display, this time against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the need for Manchester City to extend James Milner’s contract grows ever clearer. It was one of the most tenacious displays he’s produced in a City shirt—a ...

Potential Premier League Showdown Ends Up Reinforcing the Status Quo


LONDON — With only a few minutes remaining on the clock at Stamford Bridge, Manchester City’s James Milner lashed the ball across the face of Chelsea’s goal, a tantalizing cross that could have been turned in by a stray foot, a sliding knee ...

Artist Michael Milner's Yorkshire mining memories


Back in 1869 the Merefield Colliery was sunk, later becoming the Glasshoughton Colliery which Milner grew up in the shadow of and went on to paint. Milner said: 'As a lad from a poor background I decided to concentrate most of my artwork on the harsh ...

Sinclair: Milner praise for Villa made my decision easy


A chat with James Milner was all that was needed to persuade Scott Sinclair that a switch to Aston Villa was the right move for him. Scott Sinclair consulted Manchester City team-mate James Milner before completing his loan move to Aston Villa and was ...

Schuller's procedure a success


The Rev. Robert H. Schuller’s procedure Friday evening “couldn’t have gone better,” said Carol Schuller Milner, one of his daughters and the family spokeswoman. The popular televangelist of the “Hour of Power” and the founder of Crystal ...

Neal Milner: How to Do Progressive Politics in a Hostile Environment


President Obama’s State of the Union domestic agenda is dead on arrival. Congressional Republicans have already dismissed it. But at least one of his proposals, two years of free community college, is moving forward through a process that involves the ...

James Milner could sign new Manchester City deal despite reports linking him with a move away from from the Etihad Stadium


James Milner may yet remain at Manchester City, despite strong reports linking him with a move away from the club. The England international's contract at the Etihad Stadium expires at the end of the season. And after talks with City over a new deal ...




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In MILNE: Understanding Links Between Smoking & Weight

Maybe you quit smoking to do something good for your health, and now you’ve noticed the pounds adding up on the scale. Or maybe one of the reasons you’re not quite ready to quit is that you’re afraid of gaining weight.

Here are some of the reasons why some people gain weight when they quit:

  • Smoking lowers your appetite.
    Smoking cigarettes makes you feel less hungry. So, when you quit smoking, you might feel hungrier and then eat more than you used to eat.  
  • Smoking increases your metabolism.
    Smoking cigarettes increases your metabolism, so you burn more calories. So when you stop smoking, you may burn fewer calories which can lead to weight gain. 
  • Eating can be a substitute for smoking.
    Smoking gave you something to do with your hands and something to put in your mouth. For a lot of people, food replaces cigarettes. And the more you reach for food, the more likely it is that you will gain weight.
  • Eating may soothe the feelings that smoking used to soothe.
    Maybe smoking was your go-to when you were feeling bad. When you stop smoking, you may find that you turn to eating to feel better or to deal with stress—but this can backfire and result in weight gain.

The good news is that you can take charge of your weight even while quitting smoking. Check out Forever Free for more info about smoking and weight.

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Capital to small businesses and entrepreneurs in MILNE

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) today released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses grow and create jobs. Since the beginning of the program, the Treasury Department has disbursed more than $1.1 billion to participating states.

“Through the State Small Business Credit Initiative, the Treasury Department, states, and private sector lenders and investors are supporting small businesses and creating a lasting impact on the economy,” said Clifton Kellogg, Director of the SSBCI program. “More than $1 billion in State Small Business Credit Initiative funds have been distributed, making a real difference at the local level. Because of these funds, businesses have been able to buy new equipment, expand their facilities, and hire workers.”

Small businesses and entrepreneurs need capital to build their businesses, and SSBCI is designed to help spur new private sector lending or investment in small companies by leveraging private capital along with the federal support offered by the program. Through SSBCI, the Treasury Department will award nearly $1.5 billion to state programs across the country that support small businesses, including small manufacturers. SSBCI funding is not repaid by participating states to the federal government. Instead, to help even more small businesses, repaid loans and investments remain with participating states to be redeployed locally. The SSBCI Quarterly Report shows that as of September 2014, participating states have recycled more than $60 million to support additional investments.

States have made considerable progress in deploying these funds to support economic growth locally. The states that have deployed the most SSBCI funds by percentage of allocation include: North Dakota (Mandan Consortium), Idaho, Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Michigan, Kansas, and Alabama. The states that have deployed the most SSBCI funds by dollar amount include: California, Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, New York, Ohio, and Georgia.

SSBCI was created when President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act on September 27, 2010. The Treasury Department awarded allocations to all fifty states by early 2012, based on a formula set by the Small Business Jobs Act that considered population and unemployment levels. Each state designs its own small business programs, and five types of programs are eligible for SSBCI funds: Capital Access Programs, Loan Guarantee Programs, Loan Participation Programs, Collateral Support Programs, and Venture Capital Programs. In the SSBCI 2013 Annual Report business owners reported that more than 95,000 jobs will be created or saved as a direct result of SSBCI support. [23]




Two years of community college free for responsible students in MILNE

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.


The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.

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