blog roll
our featured bloggers
Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 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 | 47 47 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 | 91 91 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 | 113 113 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 | 149 149 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 | 182 182 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 | 215 215 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 | 276 276 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 | 284 284 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 | 264 264 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
Not that simple
Dear Editor: After reading the letter written by Margaret Fogel in the January 8th issue, I didn't know whether to laugh or go into shock. She refers to Republicans as negativists and that to live ...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
World looks to US
Dear Editor: The world is in turmoil. Perhaps it is just a continuation of the human condition but in this moment it is all so overpowering. Death and hatred torment us daily from all corners of th...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Cut meat in 2015
Dear Editor: It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading cause of death among young people, our most dangerous weapon is sti...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Good start to 2015
Dear Editor: Great way to start a new year: low gas prices, soaring stock market highest in history, record private sector job growth and growing manufacturing. It proves the old quip that if you w...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Support the police
Dear Editor: Support the troops at home the same way we support our servicemen abroad. To all law enforcement officials everywhere, thank you for your service and sacrifice, for your courage, tirel...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
RIP Andrew Rothman
Dear Editor: Andrew Rothman passed away on December 24, 2014, at a much too early age. We served together as members of Community Board 11 for a number of years. I was always impressed by the amoun...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Fire protesting professor
Dear Editor: As a Queens College graduate (1962) and commencement speaker (2012), I'm outraged that QC adjunct English professor Eric Linsker was among the mob of cop-haters who "allegedly" attacke...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Connect with Cuba
Dear Editor: With the release of that American who was being held by the Cuban government, hopefully a new chapter can be established in relations between the U. S. and Cuba. For over 50 years, the...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
The skinny on Sharpton
Dear Editor: No justice! No pizza! Cholesterol killed mozzarella! Running from demonstration to demonstration, it is no wonder that Al Sharpton has lost so much weight. He has no time to eat. Sharp...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
New rules unfair
Dear Editor: Regarding the new Department of Sanitation electronics recycling rules, a person who takes care of the trash for an apartment building of more than 10 units can call and have a single ...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Expanded library hours
Dear Editor: I want to introduce myself to you and the residents of Queens. I started my library career as a children's librarian trainee in Suffolk County, while pursuing my Masters of Library Sci...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Do more doo-wop
Dear Editor: After attending a doo-wop concert featuring artists of the 50’s and 60’s. I was reminded of a caller to Michael Savage's radio show who took issue with his playing of some classic “son...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
A moderate's view
Dear Editor: As a registered Independent, I’ve regrettably grown accustomed to debating issues from the middle as extremists to the left and right shout hateful vitriol at one another at the tops o...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Pick up electronics
Dear Editor: As of January 2015, the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect electronics such as televisions, computers and printers.People will have to lug their old items to a Best Buy or...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Learn a simple oath
Dear Editor: Forget retraining police at a cost of $29 million. Instead, require every student, adult and elected representative of this great city and country to learn, understand and recite the f...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

An oil well is seen near DenverBy Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil fell almost 2 percent toward $61 a barrel on Monday after Iran said a deal on its nuclear program could be agreed this week if the West lifted sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports. Oil prices were also depressed by a stronger dollar and reports of a rise in Libyan crude output, traders said. Brent crude hit a low of $61.18 a barrel and was at $61.30 by 7.20 a.m. ET, down $1.28. "If there is the political will to accept that an agreement and sanctions cannot go together, then we can have an agreement this time," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Geneva.


2015-03-02 07:38:24 -0500

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Monday, March 2, 2015 in Geneva. The meeting came amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, PoolGENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.


2015-03-02 07:37:21 -0500
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday of being obsessed by allegations of Israeli abuses and said the United States would defend Israel against efforts to isolate it. In a speech to the Council in Geneva, Kerry also exhorted the 47-member-state group to look into what he described as severe abuses in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine as well as in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year. For decades the government has subjugated its citizens, starving and torturing and incarcerating them or worse." Kerry offered a strong defense of Israel against what he called the council's unbalanced focus on the country. "It must be said that the HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization," Kerry said.
2015-03-02 07:36:16 -0500