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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 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 | 18 18 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 | 67 67 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 | 87 87 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 | 111 111 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 | 98 98 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 | 105 105 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 | 149 149 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 | 225 225 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 | 237 237 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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State needs to act on tax abatement
Dear Editor: Recent news reports indicating that the State Legislature may not reconvene this year could be bad news for Queens co-op and condo owners. At the end of the legislative session in June...
Nov 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Federal government has gotten too big
Dear Editor: For everyone who is disappointed in the results of the presidential election, it doesn't matter who is elected because the power to make laws resides in the House of Representatives an...
Nov 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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NYS needs to re-evaluate voting system
Dear Editor: The State of New York needs to take a long hard look at how elections are conducted. During this year’s presidential election, there were long lines of people all over the state waitin...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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More heads need to roll at LIPA
Dear Editor: The announcement that LIPA CEO Michael Hervey will resign at the end of this year is a good indication that top management realizes it is to blame for the utility's abysmal lack of com...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Give the people what they voted for
Dear Editor: A disconcerting inconvenient truth is that the nature and role of government has been transformed. Protecting individual rights, securing our borders, establishing a sound monetary pol...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Corporations a no-show at the polls
Dear Editor: Its noon and I just returned home from voting. When I signed the voter registration page, I said it looked like a good turnout and asked the polling person how many corporations had sh...
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Library will continue to serve post-Sandy
Dear Editor: I want to update you and everyone in Queens about how Queens Library has responded to community needs following the recent devastating storm, and what our plans are to serve the affect...
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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United Nations taking over the world
Dear Editor: If anyone has a hard time believing that the United Nations is on the brink of becoming a world government, they need only to look at the UN's record. The UN's Law of the Sea Treaty ai...
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Start-ups the backbone of our economy
Dear Editor: How refreshing to read "LIC becoming attractive place for small start-ups" (October 25). It is the small technical start-up companies in Long Island City that combined have opened up d...
Nov 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obama the right man for this disaster
Dear Editor: Hurricane Sandy showed President Barack Obama to be the perfect president to handle it. Before the first breeze trumpeting the eminent arrival of Superstorm Sandy ruffled our hair, our...
Nov 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marathon decision the right one
Dear Editor: The decision to cancel the New York City Marathon was absolutely the right one. We have just experienced the worst storm ever to strike our area, with injuries and loss of lives and en...
Nov 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who won? Who cares?
Dear Editor: If you are despondent that your candidate did not win, let me assure you it matters not a whit. For over a half-century, Democrats and Republicans have taken turns at presiding over th...
Nov 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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More bus service to LGA
Dear Editor: "New bus services planned for LGA" (News Briefs, October 18) will afford many significant savings by being able to use your MetroCard versus the much higher cost of a taxi when traveli...
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Airport noise study is flawed
Dear Editor: A meeting was held at St. Peter’s Church in Rosedale on October 4 under the auspices of Eastern Queens Alliance to address concerns over the proposed expansion runways at JFK. One of t...
Oct 31, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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No solutions to voting issues
Dear Editor: Last month, I complained about the sad situation for Kew Gardens Hills voters. No progress has been made since, despite the promise made by our assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. We now h...
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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This image released by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen in "The Interview." Sony Pictures canceled all release plans for the film at the heart of the hacking scandal that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Sony, Ed Araquel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the dramatic cancellation of "The Interview," an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction.


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By Charlie Zhu and David Lague HONG KONG (Reuters) - It is particularly difficult to monitor smaller offshore investments in high risk oil and gas exploration, say current and former officials at China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). Alongside the investigation into the Limau deal, CNPC officials are also probing two other suspect oil deals in Indonesia in which the group paid a combined $350 million. “Basically, they are worthless,” says an oil industry official who also investigated the Limau deal. After reviewing internal records, senior Chinese oil industry officials say the purchase price for exploration and development rights for this field was $120 million.
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A man washes a classic American car that's used as a taxi by tourists in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.


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