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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 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 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 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 | 27 27 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...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
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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 | 59 59 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 | 62 62 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 | 70 70 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 | 80 80 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 | 90 90 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 | 144 144 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...

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The real insult
Dear Editor: I must reply to Alfred Waddell, whose letter about impeachment of President Obama appeared in this paper on August 21. Mr. Waddell claims taking such action would insult the intelligen...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Just the facts
Dear Editor: I came across your newspaper recently and on page 7 found "Dispatch," a page dedicated to "letters, blog posts, comments and updates." Thankfully the word "facts" wasn't included. For ...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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War on graffiti
Dear Editor: The scourge of Queens and New York City is graffiti. It makes you so angry and somewhat sad to see the senseless indiscriminate markings of these vandals throughout our communities. In...
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I'm voting Avella
Dear Editor: On September 9, registered Democratic Party voters in the 11th Senatorial District will choose between incumbent Tony Avella and former comptroller John Liu as their candidate for Stat...
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Prudent pruning
Dear Editor: What is all of this ballyhoo about the Parks Department not pruning the correct trees in the boroughs?The department and the Comptroller's Office needs to better coordinate how and whe...
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Liberal insanity
Dear Editor: There are many issues on which people can agreeably disagree, but I have concluded there can be no reasonable debate with persons who think that eliminating borders and permitting mill...
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Vegan for good

Dear Editor: Recently, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen...
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Extremists in GOP
Dear Editor: The demographics around the country have changed, and the extremists in the Republican Party see the presidency as out of reach. In my opinion, John Boehner, the speaker of the House, ...
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Show me the money
Dear Editor: Rob Astorino has to first show me the money before "We've got a governor's race here!" (Pol Position - July 31). Governor Andrew Cuomo has been running $161 million in feel-good ads pr...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preventing the next Gaza-Israel War
Dear Editor: There have now been three wars between Gaza and Israel in the past six years. If nothing is done to stop the protagonist - the Islamic resistance army more commonly known as Hamas - th...
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More security
Dear Editor: There is no question about it, better security is needed at the city's landmarks given the latest incident in which both American flags were removed from the towers of the Brooklyn bri...
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On immigrants
Dear Editor: If it weren't for humans seeking a better life and migrating to our land, the United States would not have evolved into the greatness it has, thus attracting yet others here today with...
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Change practices
Dear Editor: Recently, there have been numerous articles about the people who are leaving religious offerings in Jamaica Bay. These offerings are meant to represent beauty, prosperity and renewal. ...
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Lay off Briarwood
Dear Editor: Why do we negate the neighborhood we are living in? Sure, Briarwood has a lot of things that can create problems lately, but there are also great things. Hoover Park and Playground is ...
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What's good for the goose...
Dear Editor: Why not amend Councilman Daniel Garodnick's bill to compel businesses with 20 or more employees to offer Transit Check to include all 51 Council members along with several hundred City...
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North Korea said on Sunday the United States had rejected an invitation to send one of its top diplomats to Pyongyang, accusing Washington of trying to shift the blame for the deadlock in denuclearisation talks on the North. Sung Kim has been meeting with officials of the countries that had been part of the so-called six-party talks in the past week in Tokyo and Beijing, where he said it was up to the North to show it was serious about ending its nuclear programme. "(We) invited Kim Sung to visit Pyongyang as he expressed his willingness to meet with his counterpart of the (North) during his visit to Asia this time," the North's KCNA news agency quoted an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman as saying. "However, the U.S., in disregard of this, is working hard to shift the blame onto the (North), misleading public opinion by creating impression that dialogue and contacts are not realized due to the latter's insincere attitude." Kim said in Beijing on Friday that Washington was "open to engagement, substantive dialogue with North Korea about the issue of denuclearisation".
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Palestinian youths stand under a large Palestinian flag during a military-style graduation ceremony after being trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza CityBy Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organisation, a ruling in keeping with a systematic crackdown on Islamists by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi said on Saturday Egypt faces a tough, prolonged campaign against militancy. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and repressed thoroughly since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. "We reject the Egyptian court's decision against Qassam Brigades.


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Relatives of security personnel killed in the Sinai city of al-Arish mourn as they walk in front of Almaza military air-base where the funerals were held in CairoCAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday that the country faces a long, hard battle against militancy, days after one of the bloodiest attacks on security forces in years. "This battle will be difficult, strong, evil and will take a long time," said Sisi in comments broadcast on state television after meeting Egypt's top military officers.


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