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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
Health Warning! Please Don't Blow!
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Before you blow your leaves, consider this:  Ø  Gas lawn blowers are linked to cancer and might eventually be outlawed. They operate at a speed that is similar to hurricane winds, and stir up pesti...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 181 181 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 255 255 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...

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A moderate's view
Dear Editor: As a registered Independent, I’ve regrettably grown accustomed to debating issues from the middle as extremists to the left and right shout hateful vitriol at one another at the tops o...
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Learn a simple oath
Dear Editor: Forget retraining police at a cost of $29 million. Instead, require every student, adult and elected representative of this great city and country to learn, understand and recite the f...
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Pick up electronics
Dear Editor: As of January 2015, the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect electronics such as televisions, computers and printers.People will have to lug their old items to a Best Buy or...
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Go to the tape!
Dear Editor: A grand jury decided not to indict the officer responsible for the chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy, death of Eric Garner. Now the protests have begun. If only there had be...
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No anarchy in NYC
Dear Editor: The NYPD does it again by stopping anarchists who wanted to spoil the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and ruin it for many children. The message to protesters who tried to spoil the par...
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Not for this kind of freedom
Dear Editor: Men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds are serving all over the world to insure our freedom. They are not fighting for looters and criminals to run free, burn police cars, r...
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For body cameras
Dear Editor: The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any...
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Thoughts on Badillo
Dear Editor: Herman Badillo worked tirelessly for the benefit of many during his long career as a congressman and a deputy mayor. He was a true professional,and a gentleman. He will be missed. He a...
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Strong secretary needed
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama has never enjoyed being commander-in-chief. He finds it difficult to even believe that the U.S. military can play a positive role in world affairs. Therefore, we...
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Still a sinking ship
Dear Editor: On November 4, Americans rejected President Barack Obama and his progressive agenda and elected a majority of Republicans to Congress, as well as many state governments. The Democrats ...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Find role models
Dear Editor: We have another fallen role model in the person of Bill Cosby who has truly disappointed many of us with stories of his sexual exploits. Our youth are running out of role models with t...
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Not for this kind of freedom
Dear Editor: Men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds are serving all over the world to insure our freedom. They are not fighting for looters and criminals to run free, burn police cars, r...
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The new normal?
Dear Editor: The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientists predict will become more frequent i...
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A helpful white lie
Dear Editor: While I agree that the American people should be angry for being lied to about Obamacare, the reason was a good one and the end result was a huge positive. Unlike when the Bush adminis...
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Who's safe?
Dear Editor: The recent tragic story about an innocent man being shoved in front of an approaching subway train and being killed again brings up the question, “where is it safe in this city?" Peopl...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, engineers work in a control room in the Dozhd's studio-apartment in Moscow, Russia .Russia’s only independent TV channel, Dozhd, faced all sorts of pressure this year and while the government was careful not to shut it down, a Kremlin-instigated smear campaign is causing a slow demise of this rare independent broadcaster. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room.


2014-12-21 05:28:38 -0500

A worker leaves the factory for one of the final shifts at the Ford assembly plant in GenkBy Robin Emmott and Robert-Jan Bartunek GENK, Belgium (Reuters) - In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow. Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labor elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that began when coal mines fuelling Europe's industrialization shut in the 1960s. Now the region straddling three borders is trying to reinvent itself. A 315 billion euro EU investment plan, announced on Thursday, is the latest potential help. ...


2014-12-21 05:20:42 -0500

Iraqi Kurdish forces gather on the roof of their makeshift base, as they look upon areas held by Islamic State militants outside of Mosul, less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the newly liberated village of Kasr Reej, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters are pushing their way into the town of Sinjar, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State militants who captured the town last summer.


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