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Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...
What to Eat Before Your Workout
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy Fueling up before a workout is the best thing you can do for your body.  But it’s important to eat the  right  things at the  right  time.  Eating too far in advance of your workout ...
Static vs. Dynamic Stretching
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy  So you’ve already heard that you should stretch before you work out, but did you know that some types of stretching can be more harmful than helpful?  The American Council on Exerci...
From "Lost Side Of Suburbia" to "Poptropica," An Exclusive Interview with Artist Kory Merritt
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Kory Merritt started cartooning and illustrating while attending SUNY Brockport. His weekly comic strip, Brockport Chronicled, won the John Locher Memorial Awa...

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Mixed Martial Politics
Dear Editor: Recent passage in the State Senate of bill S6502 sponsored by upstate City of Rome Republican State Senator Joe Griffo to legalize mixed martial arts in the State Legislature moving fo...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help the scouts
Dear Editor: I would like to praise Boy Scout Troop #153 at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston for their ongoing contribution to the church and to the community. I have been a Cub Scout, Boy Scout ...
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Wrong approach
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio plans on creating 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next ten years in the City of New York. We need more affordable housing in our city, however, some o...
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What is fair?
Dear Editor: Politically correct speech has corrupted our language to the point that sometimes we no longer know what we are talking about. Descriptive characterizations and appellations no longer ...
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For the birds
Dear Editor: The recent near-collisions between jets on the runway and in the air are once again showing that human error, and not birds, is the problem. Yet, calls for the killing of birds near ai...
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Najmi the real deal
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "S. Asian leaders call for new leadership"(Andrew Shilling - May 15). Glens Oaks lawyer Ali Najmi is contemplating running against Assemblyman David Weprin in the 24...
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'Wrong sizing'
Dear Editor: Your article about the sad situation at Pomonok (“90-year-old war vet fights NYCHA downsizing” - 05/08/14) spotlights how the NYCHA is targeting seniors. A World War II veteran who ser...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Statue vandalized again
Dear Editor: 
The statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the Bellmore Knights of Columbus Council last week. According to members of the council this is the fifth time the statue has been van...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Editorial right on
Dear Editor "Ferry service critical to mass transit" (In Our Opinion - May 8) is the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset which can offer significant transportation ...
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Library censorship
Dear Editor: Despite my requests to the Queens Public Library (starting in November of last year) and the Queens borough president’s inquiry into the matter, the podcasts from radio station WBAI an...
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Honoring our vets
Dear Editor: As the nation approaches Memorial Day, we must remember all of the men and women, past and present, who have sacrificed their lives so that we here at home could be able to live in fre...
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Property owners besieged by plane noise deserve tax break
Dear Editor: I am writing to urge residents affected by jet noise from new flight patterns at LaGuardia and JFK airports to seek property-tax exemptions from New York City to compensate for reduced...
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Unfortunate Circumstances of State Funding
Dear Editor: It was disheartening to read the recent letter to the editor (“What About Pride” by Richard Reif – 5/1/14) , written by a member of Club Pride, regarding my office being unable to comp...
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'Stepping' off point
I was stopped by the Eyesore of the Week photos in your May 1 issue (“Step Street” between 65th and 64th streets). Love the stone stairway, so old and, well...charming! But, look at the opportunity...
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Crazy train
Dear Editor: The recent subway derailment is a wake up call for the MTA to speed up track inspections so as to prevent another derailment from occurring. The track that was damaged had only been in...
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Serena Williams has a 16-2 record against Maria Sharapova, her opponent in Saturday's Australian Open finalArch-rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a dream Australian Open final Thursday while Andy Murray ground down Tomas Berdych to give himself a fourth crack at winning the Melbourne Park title. Williams battled past gallant fellow American Madison Keys while Sharapova demolished Russian compatriot Ekaterina Makarova to ensure the top seeds meet in Saturday's showpiece. She has a 16-2 record against Sharapova, with the Russian five-time Grand Slam champion losing their every encounter since 2004. An impressive Murray swept into a fourth Australian final in six years as he zeroed in on the elusive title, dousing big-serving Czech Berdych 6-7 (6/8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.


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Health workers push a wheeled stretcher holding a newly admitted Ebola patient, 16-year-old Amadou, in to the Save the Children Kerry town Ebola treatment centre outside Freetown, Sierra LeoneBy Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of new confirmed Ebola cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the lowest tally since June 2014, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, signalling the tide might have turned against the epidemic. "The response to the EVD (Ebola virus disease) epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic," the WHO said. "To achieve this goal as quickly as possible, efforts have moved from rapidly building infrastructure to ensuring that capacity for case finding, case management, safe burials, and community engagement is used as effectively as possible." The outbreak has killed 8,810 people out of 22,092 known cases, almost all of them in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Cases and deaths have fallen rapidly in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the past few weeks, with just 20 deaths recorded in Liberia in the 21 days to Jan. 25.


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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman Jack Ma speaks during the panel session "An Insight, An Idea" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. But Chinese regulators stayed silent, apparently reluctant to disrupt the rise of an Internet star even as they accused foreign automakers, dairies and others of violating anti-monopoly or consumer protection rules. That honeymoon ended this week. In a stinging report, a Cabinet agency accused Alibaba Group Ltd. of allowing sales of fake goods and hurting consumers. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)BEIJING (AP) — For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. But Chinese regulators stayed silent, apparently reluctant to disrupt the rise of an Internet star even as they accused foreign automakers, dairies and others of violating anti-monopoly or consumer protection rules.


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