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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 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 | 31 31 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 | 81 81 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 | 114 114 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 | 135 135 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 | 124 124 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 | 131 131 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...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 179 179 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 | 252 252 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...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...

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Kudos to Grover Cleveland HS
Dear Editor: I would like to thank the students and staff at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood for a wonderful evening last Friday night. The school hosted a Winter Wonderland for students ...
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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NYC needs to oppose hydroracking
Dear Editor: People concerned with the city’s drinking water and the state’s environment need to comment on the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) draft hydraulic fracturing permittin...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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U.S. is headed down the wrong path
Dear Editor: The world as I know it is over. Calls for higher taxes and more entitlements in the name of “fairness” leads me to ask how much of my private wealth is community property? The number o...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't target billboards
Dear Editor: The crackdown by the Department of Buildings concerning alleged illegal outdoor billboard advertisements, including those on buildings, continues to be disappointing. This is sad to th...
Dec 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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U.S. is headed down the wrong path
Dear Editor: The world as I know it is over. Calls for higher taxes and more entitlements in the name of “fairness” leads me to ask how much of my private wealth is community property? The number o...
Dec 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support Wall St. trading tax
Dear Editor: One of the many reasons for the collapse of the financial system was the recklessness of trading and speculation by Wall Street firms using a massive robo-type process of the trading o...
Dec 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bloomberg off on teacher comments
Dear Editor: Once again, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is babbling nonsense. The latest diatribe against teachers is that the public school system could do better with fewer teachers -about 50 percent fe...
Dec 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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"Supercommittee" far from it
Dear Editor: It appears that our very own home grown billionaires have decided to follow the lead of their wealthy French counterparts. They want to pay more taxes to help their country. They will ...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Romney off on veterans
Dear Editor: Well, it's business as usual for the Republicans. They can't go a day without using the words "private sector" as is evident in Mitt Romney's latest announcement. Does anyone honestly ...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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LIRR doesn't go far enough
Dear Editor: Last week, in response to complaints from neighborhood residents and government officials about the noise pollution caused by raucous announcements from trains at the Forest Hills LIRR...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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A nation of idiots
Dear Editor: I was reading the letters to the editor in the Daily News and I now know what’s wrong with America: we are a nation of idiots. With the serious problems that our country has - such as ...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pat Dolan will be missed
Dear Editor: The sudden and tragic death of Queens Civic Congress President Patricia Dolan has left the civic community shocked and grief stricken. Pat was a person who dedicated herself to improvi...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chelsea not qualified
Dear Editor: Former President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton, like former President George Bush's daughter Jenna Bush Hager, did not obtain her job as an NBC news correspondent by respondi...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thank you from the Red Cross
Dear Editor: During this season of hope and thanksgiving, the Greater New York Red Cross reflects on the generosity of those who helped us bring comfort and assistance to our neighbors in need this...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aqueduct for the 99 percent
Dear Editor: Does anyone ever write about the cost to the people who throw their money away at the new Aqueduct Racino? You can be sure that you will find very few, if any, of the one-percent pushi...
Nov 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesSEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.


2014-12-21 01:28:17 -0500

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes against the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge.


2014-12-21 01:25:19 -0500

People look at items in a mall in central Moscow on December 15, 2014Deep recession, skyrocketing prices and a fragile banking system: although the ruble seems to have stabilised after its abysmal drop this past week, Russia still faces the heavy consequences of the turbulence. A double whammy of Western sanctions over Ukraine and plunging oil prices finally caught up with the country that depends on energy exports for half of government revenue, and the authorities came out of their apparent stupor only as the ruble's plunge in value had already gained momentum. After the ruble fell by nearly 10 percent on Monday, the central bank moved beyond its limited currency market interventions and in the middle of the night hiked the key interest rate by a tremendous 6.5 percentage points to 17 percent.


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