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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 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 | 83 83 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 | 121 121 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 | 152 152 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 | 247 247 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 | 257 257 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 | 241 241 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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The art of Flamenco in the heart of Astoria
Gabriela Granados’ Tablao Flamenco opens for another season
Mar 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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That 70's style is back in action
While the fashion cycle keeps repeating itself, the trends follow suit this spring with an honorable nod to the 1970s. If the thought of anything in your wardrobe remotely honoring the 70’s reminds...
Mar 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul: Like E.T., only more hip and cool
Nick Frost and Simon Pegg team up again in “Paul” the new Sci-fi movie that came out this past weekend. Like Frost and Pegg’s other film “Shawn of the Dead” the humor in “Paul” relies heavily on kn...
Mar 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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DJ Rekha takes her dance party to Queens
One artist in JCAL’s and WMI’s “The World in Queens” series
Mar 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Red Riding Hood is not so big and bad
This weekend I went and saw “Twilight.” No, sorry, that’s not right. This weekend I went and saw “Red Riding Hood.” Confusing the two movies is an understandable mistake considering that the same w...
Mar 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Store happenings in Park Slope
See what’s “in store” for you during end-of-season
Mar 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Your wardrobe: Your calling card
Take the chance and reinvent your wardrobe this spring
Mar 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rango lassoes in a mere two stars
The first thing that needs to be made clear about “Rango” is that it isn’t a children’s movie. It’s an animated film for adults and young adults. “Rango” received a PG rating but I think that the v...
Mar 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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War of the tablets: The iPad versus the Xoom
How do the two compare?
Mar 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn beauty guru shares her tips
With beauty trends walking hand in hand with fashion trends, we have found a ‘beauty babe’ to guide us through the ever growing haystack of product choices. It can be overwhelming choosing between ...
Mar 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Drive Angry revs up disappointment
This past weekend hosted the Oscars. The best of the best movies and actors, competed against each other for the little golden trophies. Is it a coincidence that on this Oscar weekend Nicolas Cage’...
Mar 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reeling in the world at the Queens World Film Festival
The Queens World Festival showcases a world of films
Mar 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Take time off: Spice up your weekends
Day-to-day schedules can get tedious. Bouncing between work, home and family obligations, it’s often hard to muster the energy and enthusiasm for making time for yourself. But weekends are two-day ...
Feb 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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I am Number Four gets three stars
“I am number four” is exactly what its previews make it out to be. It isn’t ground breaking but there are some cool action scenes. The dialogue is stilted and drags at times but it doesn’t make you...
Feb 23, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens hosts its own Fashion Week
Local designers showcase their creations at York
Feb 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Financial investor Warren Buffett is acknowledged during an announcement ceremony at Northwestern University in EvanstonBy Luciana Lopez and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders last year, called America "the mother lode of opportunity." This year, his 50th at Berkshire's helm, the world's third-richest person could write something quite different. When Buffett releases this year's letter on Saturday, he may point to opportunities outside of the United States, after he recently decided to buy a German motorcycle accessories retailer and said he may shop more in that country. In his letter, eagerly awaited on Wall Street for Buffett's candid thoughts on investing, business and life, the 84-year-old Buffett may detail his vision for Berkshire in the decades to come, including after he is gone. "Warren Buffett recognizes that global investing is going to be an important part of the future," said Michael Yoshikami, chief executive of Destination Wealth Management in Walnut Creek, California and a longtime Berkshire shareholder.


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By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended his two-year timeframe for achieving his ambitious inflation target, warning that adopting a relaxed approach to the deadline would undermine efforts to break the country out of the shackles of deflation. Kuroda, a former finance ministry bureaucrat, also urged the government to stick to its commitment to fix Japan's tattered finances, dismissing an idea floated by key government advisers to water down its fiscal reform goals. "The BOJ won't respond to oil price moves themselves but will closely monitor how they affect inflation expectations," Kuroda said in a news conference on Friday, signaling his resolve to ease policy again on any signs of change in trend inflation. The remarks sit uneasily with growing calls from within the BOJ board to do away with the strict timeframe as slumping oil prices push inflation further away from its goal.
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Man buys a food ticket at a restaurant in TokyoBy Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese households cut spending more than expected and retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in January, data showed on Friday, a sign the central bank's radical stimulus has yet to convince consumers that inflation will take hold. Factory output jumped at the fastest pace in nearly four years in January as companies ramped up spending at home and won more orders in emerging markets, suggesting that exports will keep the economy on track for a moderate recovery. Separate data underscored the dilemma the central bank faces with inflation almost grinding to a halt on slumping oil prices, moving further away from the BOJ's ambitious target of reaching 2 percent around the next fiscal year beginning in April. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended his two-year timeframe for achieving the target on Friday, warning that adopting a relaxed approach to the deadline would undermine efforts to defeat deflation.


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