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What Employers Should Know about Paternity Leaves
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 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 | 44 44 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 | 158 158 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 | 205 205 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
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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 | 260 260 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 | 266 266 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 | 519 519 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 | 554 554 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 | 578 578 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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No to ID cards
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio in his State of the City Address offered a plan to the city’s almost half-million undocumented to issue municipal identification cards regardless of immigration st...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Competing quotes
Dear Editor: I had to chuckle recently upon reading a letter in which the writer cautions the self-congratulating Ed Konecnik to be careful not to dislocate his shoulder while constantly patting hi...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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A true patriot
Dear Editor: Edward Rieck’s response (2/27 issue) to Mirza Ghulam Haseeb’s letter was disheartening and downright offensive. The horror of September 11th and other terrorist attacks is in no way a ...
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Ayn’s intent
Dear Editor: In response to Dr. Joe Brooks’ misdiagnosis of Ayn Rand’s philosophy as sociopathic, it is obvious he has misinterpreted her theories or never read her novels or treatises. It is easy ...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dumber than phones
Dear Editor: Instead of demanding that smartphone makers put a kill switch on their devices, legislators and law enforcement officials should demand that smartphone users put a kill switch on their...
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Budget solution
Dear Editor: Here is one way to end gridlock in Washington: why not return to the time when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer. A real balanced budget was adopted d...
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Pols' stance off on Martin Van Buren
Dear Editor: In the last week, a number of elected officials have lamented the Department of Education's decision not to withdraw the co-location plans at Martin Van Buren High School. Unfortunatel...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hypocrites
Dear Editor: Dispatcher Ed Konecnik seems to embrace the sociopathic philosophy of Ayn Rand and her disciple Paul Ryan, i.e., one is only responsible for oneself. These detesters of welfare had no ...
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Pro-charter
Dear Editor: I am a retired educator with 38 years of experience in the New York City Public School System. I write the following in support of charter schools and in opposition to Mayor Bill de Bl...
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Quitting time
Dear Editor: That was a very informing letter from the president of the American Lung Association (2/27/14). Back when I used to smoke, I told myself that if the butts ever went to a buck a pack, I...
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Trickle or tinkle?
Dear Editor: If Mr. Ed Konecnik is not careful, he will dislocate his shoulder due to his non-stop personal back slapping. Somehow his description of what to him is “freedom” is more akin to “greed...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Subway Wi-Fi a danger
Dear Editor: The MTA announced plans to extend Wi-Fi service to more subway stations, including 29 in Queens. Not so fast. A young woman was nearly killed when she fell onto subway tracks while tex...
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Safer 21st Street
Dear Editor: It is heartening to see the growing media attention to traffic-calming efforts in Queens in the wake of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement of the Vision Zero initiative to end traffic...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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For love of country
Dear Editor: I am an American Ahmadi Muslim middle school student. I was born in America and will never leave it. I love this country, because this country is my homeland. For me, loving my homelan...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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In response
Dear Editor: This is in response to Mirza Ghulam Haseeb of Jamaica whose letter about Americans’ reactions to his faith appeared in this paper on February 6. Mirza, I realize that at 11 years old y...
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A Virgin Australia plane taking off at Sydney Airport, August 28, 2014Virgin Australia on Friday posted an annual net loss of Aus$355.6 million (US$332 million) as intense competition led by Qantas, weak consumer sentiment and high taxes hurt its bottom line. The country's second largest carrier also announced the sale of a 35 percent stake in its frequent flyer programme to private equity firm Affinity Equity Partners, boosting its cash balance by Aus$336 million. The result was more than triple the Aus$98.1 million loss it reported in the 12 months to June 30 the previous year, and follows huge annual losses by Qantas on Thursday. The carrier, which is majority owned by Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Etihad, blamed excess market capacity, weak consumer sentiment, economic uncertainty and Aus$51.6 million in carbon tax costs for the poor numbers.


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Malaysia Airlines flight attendants carry the flag-draped coffin of a victim of the MH17 disaster at a special prayer in Ampang, near Kuala Lumpur on August 24, 2014Struggling Malaysia Airlines suspended trading in its shares Friday ahead of an announcement later in the day on a restructuring plan aimed at keeping the carrier in business following two devastating air tragedies. State investment fund Khazanah Nasional, which owns 70 percent of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and has announced plans to de-list and take it private, is expected to detail the reform plans in a press briefing at 3 pm (0700 GMT). In a statement to the Malaysian stock exchange, MAS said trading of its shares was halted pending an "announcement from Khazanah in relation to the details of a proposed restructuring of MAS".


2014-08-29 01:07:48 -0400

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they walk at Azraq refugee campBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said. The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives", it said. "The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them," Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement. The vast majority remain in neighboring countries, with the highest concentrations in Lebanon (1.14 million), Turkey (815,000) and Jordan (608,000), the UNHCR said.


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