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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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Gerrymandering is unfair across the board
Dear Editor: One of the cover stories of the February 16th issue about redistricting certainly brought up some good points of contention, but like all arguments there are more sides to the story. T...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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LATFOR failed at redistricting
Dear Editor: On February 7, the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) held a public hearing at Queens Borough Hall to gather comments from the p...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Praise for Paul
Dear Editor: Texas Republican Congress member and presidential candidate Ron Paul is refreshingly candid. Too many candidates for public office base and/or change their views on issues of the day u...
Feb 14, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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The White Wing
Dear Editor: Just when you think you’ve seen them at their lowest, the “White” Wing Conservatives drop the bar even further. Yes, the White Wing is in fact a faction the Right Wing. As much as they...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep churches out of city schools
Dear Editor: The presence of religious services or religious activities of any kind in taxpayer-supported public schools violates the separation of church and state. I strongly disagree with the ef...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smoke & Mirrors
Dear Editor: With the new plan President Barack Obama has come up with, religious organizations, charities, and hospitals won't have to include contraceptive services as part of their health care p...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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We, the people, reject redistricting
Dear Editor: Regarding the newly drawn district lines, these lines do not reflect fair and independent districts. The result of this plan will be matching excellent, current Queens State Senators a...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who's retiring well?
Dear Editor: A recent article about people not having enough money to retire raises an interesting question: whose responsibility is it to make sure you have enough money to retire? You or your emp...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a Michigan state of mind
Dear Editor: I've just returned from a visit with my sister in Michigan. I had been putting it off and making excuses for not going for some time. After all the depressing news about the dismal eco...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Same-sex marriage issue already decided
Dear Editor: In your Dispatch letter “Let the people decide” (1/26/12) concerning same-sex marriage, a writer suggests this “issue” should be “a referendum for the entire state of New Jersey to dec...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep the pressure on Big Tobacco
Dear Editor: I would like to acknowledge the story printed on January 4, 2012, entitled “New Yorkers can expect to live even longer.” It was a positive article, and gave us New Yorkers many reasons...
Feb 01, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Same old fear-mongering
Dear Editor: On the subject of Mitch Daniels... More of the same old rhetoric from the same old rich Republicans protecting their financial interests with made-up lies, attempting to pander to vote...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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What about the other languages?
This following is a letter that was sent to Congressman Crowley: I resent that your latest newsletter mailed to me was printed half in Spanish. Queens prides itself in being the most ethnically div...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Catholic schools make a difference
Dear Editor: This year, Catholic School week is observed from January 29 to February 4, and it is a time to praise all these schools and what they do. We at St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Counci...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Courage & dignity down with the ship
Dear Editor: Apparently, many of the crew aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which grounded off the coast of Tuscany, attempted to save their own lives without trying to help others. That sort...
Jan 27, 2012 | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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European Union foreign ministers proposed on Thursday that the bloc extend asset freezes and travel bans to further individuals deemed responsible for hostilities in eastern Ukraine. "We have decided to have a proposal within one week of further names of individuals and entities to be added to this list. Mogherini also said any decision on new economic sanctions would have to be decided by EU leaders.
2015-01-29 13:28:57 -0500

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, right, speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. EU foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to discuss the latest fighting in Ukraine and possible further sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union extended by six months a first set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials, which were due to expire in March, because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, officials said Thursday.


2015-01-29 13:27:25 -0500
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians have failed to adequately investigate the full range of apparent human rights violations committed during the Gaza war last summer, the U.N. human rights chief said in a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein catalogued abuses blamed on both sides, including Israeli shelling of hospitals, of schools housing displaced people and of a group of children playing hide-and-seek on a beach. He cited witness reports of Israeli soldiers firing on civilians with white flags as they fled an area where a 16-year-old girl in a wheelchair had been killed by shelling, and the shooting of an ambulance driver as he went to evacuate a child. After an initial examination of over 100 incidents, Israel's Military Advocate General (MAG) opened 13 criminal investigations but closed nine cases, said Zeid, whose document is to be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in March.
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