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What Employers Should Know about Paternity Leaves
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Queens NY Employment Defense Attorney The Family Medical Leaves Act (FMLA) grants the right to mothers and fathers to take up to 12 weeks off for maternity or paternity leaves so they can spend tim...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: AUG 2014
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
  August 2014 Queens NY Market Update  In July, home sales dropped slightly from June when we saw a slight jump in sales. The increase in sales pace in June & July led to another substantial increa...
If you’re loyal to your insurance carrier it will cost you
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
by Steven Palermo | Aug 1, 2014 | insurance company rates , PTB Blog Most successful businesses know how to treat their faithful customers.  A good restaurant owner will treat regulars with a compl...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs are Not Protected from Creditors
Jul 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 recommendations | email to a friend
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous decision—ruled that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) inherited by anyone other than a spouse are not retirement funds and therefore are ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JULY 2014
Jul 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 214 214 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update    The pace of home sales rose sharply in June but was still below the pace of sales in June 2013. Prices posted moderate gains in June as well, remaining on pace ...
Estate Planning Basics for Newlyweds – How to Get Prepared for the Unexpected
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 228 228 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year – the time for beautiful weddings, fun receptions, delicious cakes, special gifts, and romantic honeymoons. While this is a joyous time for everyone, it’s also time for you a...
The Annual Pay Notice Requirement of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Could Be Close to Ending
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 235 235 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans After the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, restaurant owners and other types of business owners became burdened with paperwork as they complied with annual requir...
$$ OPPORTUNITY HAS KNOCKED ! $$ Networking For Prosperity & Adventure $$
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 487 487 recommendations | email to a friend
Bring Pen & Paper for this great opportunity to learn about:  * Job search, Employment Training, Networking Skills & How Every Dollar Counts . **Snacks & Beverages provided.** WHEN : Wednesday June...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JUNE 2014
Jun 19, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 521 521 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update The pace of home sales rose in May after a slow start in the beginning of 2014. Inventory increased slightly again in May, meaning buyers should have a bit more ch...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 1: The Italian presence…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 556 556 recommendations | email to a friend
  Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena for L'Idea Magazine   Book Expo America 2014 has brought a wave of foreign authors, either in the original language or in translation, and among the...

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Ed Burns discusses new film, life in movie industry
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas focuses on an Irish-American Catholic working-class family with seven siblings and two parents struggling through the trials and tribulations of their very different...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crazy in Brooklyn
Neil Young and Crazy Horse bring show to Barclays Center
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Queens bank to be transformed into exhibit space
A new art exhibit in Queens will confront issues about the value of money during the economic recession while taking over the vacant Bank of Manhattan Building in Queens Plaza at 29-27 41st Ave. Ap...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Movie Review: Barbara
With Barbara , Christian Petzold directs a subtle but powerful film focusing on Cold War-era East Germany before the Berlin Wall came down. The film’s subject is a Dr. Barbara Wolff, who is forced ...
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Halloween Parades in Queens & Brooklyn
All dressed up with nowhere to go? Then make sure to hit up one of the many, many Halloween parades that are taking place across Queens and Brooklyn. The best part is that it is free to participate...
Oct 25, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Writers reunite for Queens’ reading series
Amongst a group of cluttered, oval tables and eager crowd members, a lone microphone bleeds into a brick backdrop. Conversations continue as a woman with a yellow flower in her hair introduces a wr...
Jul 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Public gets peek at new Bushwick performance space
A performance by Cam'ron brought New Yorkers to a former brewery at 260 Meserole Street in Bushwick now known as The Well, a new outside venue designed for music performances. Co-owner Joshua Richh...
Jul 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Writers share stories through Queens journal
For some, writing is a way to connect with people we may never meet. This is the hope behind Newtown Literary, a new literary journal in Queens featuring the work of local authors, essayists and po...
Jul 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Summer Cinema in the City
Catch a film outdoors
Jul 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Movie Review: The Runway
When director Ian Power was six years old, he moved to Wexler, a rural town in the south of Ireland that had a 70 percent unemployment rate, and this period of his life is the inspiration for The R...
Jul 11, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cunningham Park hosts Big Apple Circus
Expect clowns, jugglers, acrobats, animals and much more
May 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Voice of her own: Roslyn Kind
Barbra Streisand’s dynamic kid sister talks new album & Brooklyn
May 10, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Street Stories that connect with everyone
The Queens Museum of Art showcases Frank O. Larson's photos
May 10, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Broadway meets Queens in dazzling production
The Jack Cole Project celebrates Golden Age of musicals
May 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Forest Hills parents teach empathy through their story
The Starabella book series ventures into a bright new world of a child misunderstood
May 03, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Venezuela signed numerous energy deals during former President Hugo Chavez's 14 years in power, allowing countries in the Caribbean, Central America and other regions to receive oil on favorable financial terms. The accords, along with almost 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) that are sent to China to repay debts owed by Venezuela, are weighing on the cash flow of state-run oil company PDVSA. Venezuela last year sent an average of 243,000 bpd of crude and products to countries that signed accords known as Petrocaribe, the Caracas Energy Agreement and other bilateral deals. With growing domestic fuel consumption outpacing production and limited refining output, PDVSA has been forced to trim exports of oil products to its customers.
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To match Special Report VENEZUELA/PDVSABy Marianna Parraga and Brian Ellsworth HOUSTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former President Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout. Total shipments under cooperation deals with Latin American and Caribbean countries dropped 11 percent in 2013 to 243,000 barrels per day (bpd), the lowest level since 2007, according to recent data from Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA. Several factors are behind the decline: lower oil output and weak economic growth at home, a domestic refinery network that has not fully recovered from a severe accident in 2012, and financing agreements with China that divert much of the OPEC nation's oil production to Asia. In the eights months through August, countries from Jamaica to Argentina that have supply pacts with Venezuela have bought 140 cargoes of crude, components and fuel for transport and power generation on the open market, according to tender information compiled by Reuters.


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Jim Harding, center, speaks about his wife, Jan Harding, during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City, while his son Scott Harding, left, and attorney Paxton Guymon look on. Jan Harding drank sweet tea containing a toxic cleaning chemical, severely burning her mouth and throat at a Utah restaurant. Authorities say a worker at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan unintentionally put the chemical cleaning compound in a sugar bag last month. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant said Thursday an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same substance.


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