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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 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 | 20 20 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 | 69 69 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 | 94 94 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 | 118 118 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 | 105 105 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 | 113 113 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 | 157 157 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 | 233 233 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 | 245 245 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 created health care mandate first
Dear Editor: One would think that the Affordable Care Act mandate would be a win-win for both parties. After all, it was their concept and championed by the Heritage Foundation, an American conserv...
Jul 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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U.S. slipping in education
Dear Editor: It would seem that all Americans would want our youth to be as highly educated as possible. The U.S has fallen to “Average” in international rankings, as released by the Organization f...
Jul 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly failed by not passing CPR bill
Dear Editor: It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August ...
Jul 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nadia Abbasi
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Nobody cares
Dear Editor: The chorus of the politically correct want us to believe the horrible turnout on Primary Day was due to the fact that it was held in June and no September. Nonsense. One can always rem...
Jul 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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A real sense of community
Dear Editor: This past week I’ve been lucky enough to attend many events that exemplify what is best about our country and, specifically, our community. One night the Astoria LIC Kiwanis, a local o...
Jul 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thumb's up to Willets project
Dear Editor: I would like to congratulate Mayor Mike Bloomberg's ambitious plans for the redevelopment of Willets Point. I was at Citi Field on Wednesday for a game, and I saw firsthand the conditi...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More languages on the ballot?
Dear Editor: State Senator Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman David Weprin have introduced legislation requiring that voters be provided information in three more languages - Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi ...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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You should choose if you love big cans
Dear Editor: New Yorkers face a 9 percent unemployment rate, a looming multi-billion dollar municipal budget shortfall, and critical issues dealing with education, housing, transportation, public s...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Non-profits need the support of government
Dear Editor: Non-profit organizations that provide valuable services to the children and adults of our communities have been cut off from state money by Governor Andrew Cuomo. We all know that we a...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn Queens Day
Dear Editor: Thank you Madelyn Roesch! Wow, what memories. As a child in the early 50’s we marched in those parades. We all went to the church on Elder's lane and 88th Avenue North, but have lived ...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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A grim reality
Dear Editor: The question this election series is not “Where is the beef?” rather is there reality left in American politics? Regardless of the winner Congress will remain split, denying the White ...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Op-ed right on
Dear Editor: Wiser words could not have been written in your Guest Op-Ed by several Council members (June 15) brave enough to oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s support of the Department of Health’s proposal...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speeding cameras a license for abuse
Dear Editor: Here's my story about police cameras. I rented a car from Alamo once and was driving in the L.A. area of California. Six months after I'd rented the car, I got a bill in the mail from ...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Enjoy the carousel
Dear Editor: On Memorial Day weekend, the historic Forest Park Carousel spun for the first time since 2009, a great day for Queens – and especially for its children. Much of this was thanks to the ...
Jun 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - About five years ago, General Electric Co, the largest Western player in Russia's market for medical equipment, uncovered pervasive corruption in its Russian business. Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, then chief executive of GE Germany and Developed Markets, told an investor conference in 2012 that senior management became aware of the problems around 2009. "We had to eliminate more than half of our healthcare organization because we discovered that they were happily scamming our customers, scamming against us and scamming against the government," Beccalli-Falco told the conference. A GE spokesman said Beccalli-Falco did not wish to comment, and the company declined to comment on its Russian business.
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Exterior view of the Endocrinology Research Centre in MoscowBy Tom Bergin and Stephen Grey MOSCOW/LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Russia pays hugely inflated prices for vital medical equipment made by Western companies, in part because some manufacturers channel sales through obscure intermediary companies, a Reuters examination has found. These middlemen firms, which have no easily traceable owners or offices, add mark-ups that mean Russian state hospitals frequently pay two or three times more than hospitals in the West for the same equipment. A Reuters examination of Russian customs data and state procurement records shows the price differences can be hundreds of thousands of dollars on a single item. An analysis of 20,000 transactions dated between January 2006 and July 2013 found that international companies sold Russia medical devices worth more than $2.8 billion through more than 150 obscure companies and partnerships.


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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media in San JoseBy Matthew Mpoke Bigg MONROVIA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, starting a visit to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa, urged local communities to strictly follow health regulations in the face of signs that traditional funerals are still spreading the disease. Ban arrived in Liberia on Friday at the start of a two-day tour of four nations struck by the worst ever outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic fever, including Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali. ...


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