blog roll
our featured bloggers
Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 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 | 45 45 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 | 89 89 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 | 110 110 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 | 146 146 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 | 179 179 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 | 213 213 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 | 273 273 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 | 282 282 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 | 261 261 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...

more blogs

letters
Too much security
Dear Editor: The National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on all Americans since it was created by a directive by President Harry S. Truman. It is one of 16 intelligence agencies of ...
Nov 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Multicultural madness
Dear Editor: When voters go to the polls on Nov. 5, they'll face large ballots printed in tiny six-point type. One reason: a requirement that ballots be printed in six languages, including Bengali....
Nov 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Working together?
Dear Editor: Citizens lamenting the so-called government “shutdown” and the inability of our leaders to “work together” suggests a yearning for statist collectivist bureaucratic solutions to the me...
Nov 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Enough is enough!
Dear Editor: The latest move is to make Diwali a school holiday according to an article in the October 24ht edition of this paper. Councilman Daniel Dromm states that the holiday symbolizes an inne...
Nov 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Beware!
Dear Editor: I hope people are aware of the changes President Obama and people like Bill de Blasio are trying to make in this country. They are trying to turn the U.S.A. into a Socialist country. B...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
A word from Congress on the shutdown
Dear Editor: It is long overdue, but the federal government is open and the debt ceiling is raised. This is a welcome development for our country, but the damage caused is irreversible and was comp...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Race has nothing to do with it
Dear Editor: Charges that Republicans want to destroy Obama's agenda because of his race are absurd. Skin color has nothing to do with it. His Obama care enrollment website is a perfect example. Th...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
No more holidays
Dear Editor: It seems that every ethnic group is now clamoring to have a school holiday added to the school year. This all started originally over eight decades ago, when the Jewish holidays of Ros...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Vote Concannon
Dear Editor: Joseph Concannon is running for the City Council in the 23rd District in Queens, which covers Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Hollis Hills, Queens Village, Little Neck, Glen Oaks Villa...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Working together?
Dear Editor: Citizens lamenting the so-called government “shutdown” and the inability of our leaders to “work together” suggests a yearning for statist collectivist bureaucratic solutions to the me...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Cut government spending
Dear Editor: I think that due to the federal government shutdown, people realized just how big the government is. It is involved in many aspects of our lives. The fishermen in Alaska couldn't fish ...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Still living in the good old days
Dear Editor: The recent New York City Transit Museum's antique bus display as part of the annual Atlantic Antic festival was a great trip down memory lane. It was a time when bus drivers had to mak...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Deal or delay?
Dear Editor: After two weeks of political gridlock, there is finally an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling to prevent the nation from defaulting on its financial responsi...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Not down with de Blasio
Dear Editor: Bill de Blasio says he wants the city to provide pre-K in the public schools. All we ever read about in the papers is how overcrowded all the schools are already. Where are they going ...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Appalled by hate
Dear Editor: I was appalled and greatly distressed to read of a hate crime in Bellerose. I live in Glen Oaks Village on the Bellerose side where these egregious and nefarious acts were perpetrated....
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

Russian mourners gather at the spot where opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, on February 28, 2015President Vladimir Putin vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe. The 55-year-old former deputy premier, a vocal Putin critic prominent at opposition rallies, was shot in the back several times just before midnight Friday as he walked across a bridge a stone's throw from the Kremlin walls. The brazen assassination is the latest in a string of murders of opposition figures in Putin's 15 years in power and recalls the shooting of anti-Kremlin reporter Anna Politkovskaya, gunned down on Putin's birthday in October 2006.


2015-02-28 23:50:46 -0500

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo taken from the Royal New Zealand air force (RNZAF) P-3K2-Orion aircraft, pilot and aircraft captain, Flight Lt. Timothy McAlevey looks out of a window while searching for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, over the Indian Ocean off the coast of western Australia. Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of the aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday, March 1, 2015. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of the flight, which vanished in 2104 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. No trace of the plane has been found. (AP Photo/Greg Wood, Pool, File)SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.


2015-02-28 23:42:05 -0500

An employee works at a logistic center in HuaibeiBy Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Hours after China's central bank cut interest rates to battle slowing growth and rising deflationary risk, an official survey showed on Sunday that activity in China's factory sector contracted for a second straight month in February. The new reading ended a four-month streak of declining numbers, and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the rise should be viewed more positively as it occurred despite the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, during which PMI usually contracts. Accounting for 48 percent of China's $10.2 trillion economy last year, the services sector has weathered the growth downturn better than factories have, partly because it depends less on foreign demand. MIXED NEWS IS BAD NEWS From the breakdown of factory data, economic performance is uncertain.


2015-02-28 23:33:37 -0500