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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Authorl Stephen D. Hans For more than thirty years, a line was drawn that differentiated a franchiser and franchisee. The relationship between the two served each other well. Entrepreneurs looking ...
Septic Tank Pipe-Cover Crafts
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Many yards have ugly septic tank pipes sticking up out of the ground, but not all yards have ones that stand out in the open. In some cases, the septic pipes are hidden amongst trees, bushes or oth...
Are Your Dress Code and Grooming Policies Violating Discrimination Laws?
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
      Author: Stephen Hans Companies have the right to expect employees to be neat in appearance and follow a company dress code. Some companies require short hair for men and no one gives it a sec...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: FEB 2015
Feb 16, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
February 2015 Queens NY Market Update  Home sales continued to decrease in January, significantly below last year, however, inventory ticked up slightly. In response to the low inventory levels and...
Ruby Tuesday Is Accused of Gender Discrimination Involving Men
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 119 119 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans It is common for the media to report on cases of gender discrimination where females did not receive equal pay or the same promotional opportunities as men. In contrast to t...
Stronger Mind, Happier You
Feb 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy A lot of emphasis is put on the body when talking about working out—those washboard abs, defined calves, slimmed thighs--but sometimes we forget that the mind is part of the body, to...
Know and Follow the Regulations for Tip Pools
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 185 185 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans In the restaurant business and hospitality industry in general, employees who provide services, such as servers, hosting staff, bartenders and bus persons typically receive ...
Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 246 246 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 255 255 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 239 239 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...

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Country musician finds his place in Woodside
An interview with Ben Hope and the Uptown Outfit
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Greenpoint-based songwriter Bay Uno
In just the last few years, former Los Angeles graffiti artist Bay Uno has taken the the local music scene by storm. Uno first moved to the city to take a job in graphic design. After dabbling in s...
Dec 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Brooklyn rock band The Meaning of Life
After answering a Craig’s List ad for a collaborative lead vocal role in a Brooklyn band back in 2012, Marta DeLeon has since made The Meaning of Life her creative home. Now the lead singer and bas...
Dec 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Astoria rapper Paco the G Train Bandit
Paco Hanlon is not your average middle-school math teacher. In his off time, the Astoria educator lives out another passion in his life - writing and performing hip-hop music. Known to his fans as ...
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Maspeth restaurant puts its own spin on weekend brunch
Although brunching has emerged as a trendy weekend meal event and many food establishments are offering brunch specials, only few do it right. Slide Bar-B-Q, located at 52-75 65th PL. Maspeth, is o...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Astoria rocker Ashley Kervabon
Solo artist starts an all-female rock band
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with the Bushwick-based rock band Glass Elephant
For the last three years, Bushwick rock band Glass Elephant has brought a rare, pure rock element to a digital-infused music scene. Russ Flynn, lead singer and guitar player, startede the band with...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn’s Bugs in the Dark anticipate their upcoming EP
Husband and wife rockers Zach Glass and Karen Rockower-Glass have played music together in Brooklyn for the better part of the last 12 years. From humble beginning in their Bed-Stuy bar-turned-apar...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with NYC-artist Militia Vox
There isn’t much that Militia Vox cannot do. Since moving to New York, Vox has taken center stage as the front woman of Judas Priestess, an all-girl tribute to Judas Priest, the leading lady of Dee...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vermont band Alpenglow brings folk roots to Brooklyn
In a small chapel tucked away in Brooklyn Heights, Vermont-born band Alpenglow brought a bit of the rolling beauty of the Green Mountains to the big city last weekend. In honor of their new EP, Cha...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bushwick-based band The Attic Ends heading west
The Attic Ends have practiced, performed and lived the NYC music scene since they formed five years ago in Bushwick. Since day one, the four-piece indie rock band has strategically focused on build...
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn singer Shayna Steele to release second album
Former Broadway performer breaks out on her own
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with NYC singer songwriter Tina Shafer
Tina Shafer, like many aspiring artists, first came to New York City when she was in her early 20’s to take advantage of the opportunity that simply could not be found where she was born. Through m...
Oct 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evil Arrows unveils the latest part of a yearlong EP series
Interview with Brooklyn-based frontman Bryan Scary
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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“Sound Syndrome” discusses the power of love and words
Off-Broadway debut features dancing and original music
Sep 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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national news

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaBy Dana Feldman VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A driver who was taken into custody after his truck was hit by a Southern California commuter train in a fiery wreck that injured 50 people was released on Thursday after prosecutors declined to file criminal charges, inmate records showed. Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run after police said they found him walking and talking on a cell phone "in distress" more than a mile from the scene of Tuesday's destruction in Oxnard, California. Oxnard police have said Sanchez-Ramirez was taken into custody for leaving the scene of the crash and that they were investigating whether drugs and alcohol were a factor. "While charges will not be filed at this time, the arrest of Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez by the Oxnard Police Department was clearly appropriate and lawful," prosecutors said.


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Boys play with an unloaded submachine gun given to them by Ukrainian servicemen in the village of Chermalyk, northeast of the eastern Ukrainian port of Mariupol, on February 26, 2015The UN Security Council scheduled an emergency session to discuss the fragile ceasefire in Ukraine on Friday, a year to the day since Russian troops and pro-Moscow forces began seizing ports and cities on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. The anniversary of the seizure, which triggered the worst standoff in East-West relations since the Cold War, came as the shaky ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels appeared to be holding. Ukraine's military said Thursday it had started withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line, bolstering a peace plan that was meant to come into force on February 15 but only took hold across the conflict zone in recent days. "Ukraine is today (Thursday) beginning the withdrawal of 100mm cannons from the frontline," the army said in a statement.


2015-02-27 01:37:55 -0500
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and five East African countries pledged on Thursday to ease trade flows and set the stage for more U.S. investment, a program that could be extended to other parts of Africa. The agreement commits Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to cooperate with the United States in customs issues, ease red tape at borders, reduce customs wait times and harmonize trade standards. "We see this agreement and all our work with (East Africa) to date as an important steppingstone, not the final destination," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said. China's rapid entry into Africa has fueled a rush to the continent by Western and other economies, including India and Brazil, and the region's economy has grown more than 6 percent in the last decade.
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