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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 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 | 47 47 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 | 91 91 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 | 113 113 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 | 149 149 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 | 182 182 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 | 215 215 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 | 276 276 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 | 284 284 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 | 264 264 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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Carousel off to a bad start
Dear Editor: What a farce. My wife and I went up to Forest Park on Sunday, May 27, to see the newly opened carousel, only to find a few problems with it. First, there are no signs on any of the roa...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hooters just part of a larger issue
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Larry Penner's dispatch “Why Oppose a Hooters?” in the Brooklyn Downtown Star on May 31. Until the citizens, residents and commercial interests of the Town ...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who gives a 'Hooters' about one restaurant?
Dear Editor How disappointing that there are narrow-minded people who are opposing Hooters opening a branch in the Barclays Arena neighborhood in Downtown Brooklyn. After a long grueling day at wor...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ode to Rickles
Dear Editor: I recently discovered that comedian Donald Jay Rickles turned 86 on May 8. He is a real funny comic and a child lived in Jackson Heights. This news brought back memories of my one expe...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The one who really keeps HOPE alive
Dear Editor: I read Deacon Art Griffin's letter (“To all those that keep HOPE alive”) in last week's issue. To me, all of the credit goes out to this wonderful man who started Project HOPE. How man...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Change won't come this election year
Dear Editor: The appearance of ads imploring us to “vote for change” and “make a difference” means election time is here. However, most elections do not effectuate change, but rather legitimize and...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Street Wake
Dear Editor: When Helen Genna died, her body remained unclaimed. A widow for several years, she lived alone in the Wilshire at 34-15 74th Street in Jackson Heights. It had been her home for over fo...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Romney not the man for the job
Dear Editor Let's adopt the "common sense" ideas Mitt Romney used en masse to lead his state from 37th to 47th in job creation. He never talks about his term as governor of Massachusetts, where he ...
May 22, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks to all who help keep HOPE alive
Dear Editor: Project HOPE (Help Our People Eat) has now entered its fourth year feeding the hungry. This volunteer program is sponsored by Transfiguration and St. Stanislaus parishes in Maspeth, an...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Monserrate just a small fish in a big pond
Dear Editor: Hiram Monserrate and the other "caught Albany pols" are only the tip of the corrupt iceberg in our State Capitol. It has been going on for decades, and once in a while there has to be ...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garbage policy is pure trash
Dear Editor: I want to publicly thank State Senator Tony Avella for his concern and action on behalf of his constituents regarding the rules and regulations for placing refuse out for collection. C...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nursing Home Week
Dear Editor: National Nursing Home Week, which began on Mother’s Day and ends May 19, is a special week to “Celebrate the Journey” of residents and honor them with a shower of community support. Th...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's the president thinking on same-sex marriage?
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama is the first president to come out in support of same-sex marriage. Now I am a Catholic and a grand knight in the Knights of Columbus and firmly believe that mar...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agree with dispatcher on oil breaks
Dear Editor: In the April 19th edition, there was a letter from Joanna Livingstone regarding the March 29th vote to block legislation that would strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the bigg...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help save ALA asthma program
Dear Editor: Spring is in the air—and so are asthma triggers. Did you know that asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15; or that it is a leading cause of school...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prices in the 19-nation eurozone were down 0.3 percent in February, much less than the drop of 0.6 percent in January when tumbling energy costs slashed the cost of living, the EU statistics agency Eurostat saidThe eurozone's consumer price downturn eased and jobless figures picked up slightly Monday but the modest improvements were not enough to dispell all fears of a deflationary spiral. Analysts said the figures were welcome although the European Central Bank will still have to pull out all the stops to prevent the economy stalling as oil prices continue to fall sharply, stoking the deflation threat. Consumer prices in the 19-nation eurozone were down 0.3 percent in February, less than the drop of 0.6 percent in January when tumbling energy prices slashed the cost of living, the EU statistics agency Eurostat said. Energy prices alone were down 7.9 percent, slowing only slightly after a fall of 9.3 percent in January, Eurostat said.


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At least eight people were wounded in an explosion near a top court building in central Cairo on Monday, security sources said. While most of the worst attacks in Egypt have hit the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza that is a hotbed of Islamist militants, smaller blasts have become increasingly common in Cairo and other cities. Last Thursday there were four bomb attacks in Cairo.
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan looks on during a visit to the Emir of Gombe as part of his presidential election campaign in GombeBy Tim Cocks OTUOKE, Nigeria (Reuters) - The most impressive building in Otuoke, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's home town in the oil producing Niger Delta, is the multistory mansion complex he has built for himself and close family while in office.     A few hundred metres away, the street where he grew up is a jumble of rusting iron-roofed shacks. Down a dirt side alley, Happiness Ebi smokes fish on a charcoal barbecue, a staple in this swampy southern region.     "We haven't really seen much benefit since our brother became president, except the university," she says, referring to the shiny Federal University Otuoke, completed in 2011, that has about 1,000 students and nearly a third more staff.     "But there's no light, no water here. We're disappointed."     Yet she will vote for him again in a presidential election set for March 28. "Of course," she says, "He's our brother."     Her answer reveals why the delta, historically one of Nigeria's most marginalised regions although its oil provides three quarters of government revenue, could erupt again if Jonathan leaves office.     Otuoke, on the banks of a sand-coloured river, does not feel particularly favoured, although the few cars, well-clothed inhabitants and thriving petty trade show it is doing better than many places.


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