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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 | 113 113 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 | 123 123 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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GOP treatment of soldier a disgrace
Dear Editor: The GOP is rabidly rearing it's ugly head again, all under the guise of preserving the past. Well, at least the past as they see it. The audience at the Republican presidential debate ...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government should not create jobs
Dear Editor: Well, here we go again - promises, promises. Citizens should know that it is not the function of the president to create jobs. That is the job of the free market and it has been that w...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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LIRR not to blame for noise
Dear Editor: Editor's note: This letter is in response to a letter published last week about noise in Forest Hills caused by the LIRR. I don't know what federal rule the LIRR is misinterpreting on ...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP a bunch of 'no' men (and women)
Dear Editor: Taxing the rich will bring in additional revenue, but then there is the problem of the 50 percent who don't pay taxes at all: corporations and wealthy individuals. Most Republicans sta...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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NYPD deserves praise
Dear Editor: I would like to praise the NYPD for doing what was necessary in putting down the unruly demonstrators who were marching near Wall Street without a permit. In my view, they could have e...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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A different kind of Republican?
Dear Editor: What the heck is going on within that throng of potential Republican presidential candidates? Here now is this guy Jon Huntsman. He is indeed a Republican candidate, but as such he sou...
Sep 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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We need one representative
Dear Editor: I was shocked today to find out that Grover Cleveland Park in Ridgewood is represented by State Senator Mike Gianaris from Astoria. How did this happen? Most of the people who use this...
Sep 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Schools need to offer breakfast
Dear Editor: We appreciate your recent article "New York a Hungry City" about a recent national report that found nearly one in four households with children experience hunger. One problem your art...
Sep 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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New York deserves independent redistricting
Dear Editor: Across the state this summer, a little-known entity, the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, or LATFOR, has been conducting public hearings on redistric...
Aug 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Plenty of Oz analogies to go around
Dear Editor: A letter in the August 25th issue compared Michele Bachmann with the character of the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. Alas, she is not the only politician who can be equated to charac...
Aug 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amy's Lesson
Dear Editor: Thank you for printing the “R.I.P. Amy” letter on July 28, 2011. I also felt such deep compassion and sorrow for Amy Winehouse and her family . I was particularly sad because she was s...
Aug 23, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Rent Really is Too Damn High!
Dear Editor: The former Rent is Too Damn High gubernatorial candidate is fighting eviction because his rent is too damn low. Well dosen't that beat all. Jimmy McMillan is fighting eviction because ...
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bring Chuck E. Cheese to Atlas Park
Dear Editor: Today I took my daughter to Chuck E. Cheese in Long Island City. I was wondering why there isn't one closer to Maspeth.? When you don't have a car you have to take a bus and a train or...
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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What was Koch thinking?
Dear Editor: In response to Ed Koch’s endorsement of Bob Turner for Congress, I ask whether Ed Koch really thought this one through. Koch says that his endorsement of the Republican candidate is me...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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R.I.P. Amy Winehouse
Dear Editor: It is with great sadness I read about Amy Winehouse, who died this past weekend from apparent substance abuse at age 27. She was so very talented and had won five Grammy Awards in 2008...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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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.


2014-12-21 01:16:30 -0500

Mourners visit a memorial near the house where eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead in the northern Australian city of Cairns, December 20, 2014The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder Sunday, police said, describing it as the most tragic episode in their career as a makeshift memorial saw an outpouring of grief. The 37-year-old, named in local media as Mersane Warria, was charged with eight counts of murder after the bodies of the children -- four girls and four boys aged between two to 14 -- were found in the northern city of Cairns on Friday morning. The murders have stunned Australia, still reeling from a dramatic siege in a central Sydney cafe this week, which left two hostages and a gunman dead, and prompted widespread shock and anger. "I would suspect it might be the most tragic event we have had to deal with," Cairns detective inspector Bruno Asnicar told reporters.


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