blog roll
our featured bloggers
This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 60 60 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 | 54 54 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 | 105 105 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 | 171 171 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 | 194 194 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 | 183 183 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 | 189 189 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 | 238 238 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 | 314 314 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 | 316 316 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...

more blogs

opinion
We can't ignore the hospital crisis
There is an epidemic of hospital closings in New York City and we don’t seem as worried as we should be by it. Since 2000, 19 hospitals have closed and two more will likely close this month. These ...
Oct 16, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Fix the city's health care system for good
IN OUR OPINION
Oct 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Fixing the education system could take controversial ideas
STRICTLY STASI
Oct 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
New York’s Real “Tale of Two Cities”
Op-Ed
Oct 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Are you in need of a life coach?
EXPERT ADVICE
Oct 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Motorcylce beating a setback for good groups
IN OUR OPINION
Oct 03, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
The 2013 election and Rockaway
STRICTLY STASI
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Closing out a Hall of Fame career
STRICTLY STASI
Sep 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Get connected to the city with 311+
Op-Ed
Sep 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Dan Squadron Gets Our Endorsement
IN OUR OPINION
Sep 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 148 148 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Domestic violence and homelessness
STRICTLY STASI
Sep 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 145 145 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Improve air quality throughout NYC
Clean energy alternatives are a primary way to combat the polluted air in the city, but is everyone getting equal treatment? Con Edison recently converted a 111-year-old steam plant on East 74th St...
Sep 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
The pitfalls of joint onwership
EXPERT ADVICE
Sep 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
The lost language of diplomacy
OP-ED
Sep 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
In This Case, Weiner Outburst Justified
STRICTLY STASI
Sep 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

A Buddhist monk visits the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park wall on the 10th anniversary of the 2004 disaster in Phang-nga province, ThailandBanda Aceh (Indonesia) (AFP) - 05:31 GMT - Peace from Disaster - The disaster helped end a three-decade-long separatist conflict that had killed 15,000 people in Aceh, Indonesia. 05:24 GMT - Still Missing - Sri Lanka's Ocean Queen Express train stopped for a remembrance ceremony at the same spot it was hit by the Asian tsunami 10 years ago, killing about 1,000 passengers, AFP correspondent Claire Cozens reports. 05:10 GMT - Don't Forget - Experts warn the memory of that fateful day is fading, taking with it the appetite for disaster preparedness. For example, in the tourist haven of Phuket, Thailand, population density has continued to rise along coastal areas as developers build on lucrative but high-risk shore-front areas.


2014-12-26 00:43:08 -0500

Children throw roses into the sea near the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park as the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami is remembered in Phang-nga province in Thailand, on December 26, 2014Prayers, tears and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of commemorations Friday across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. On December 26, 2004 a 9.3-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's western tip generated a series of massive waves that pummelled the coastline of 14 countries as far apart as Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Somalia. Among the victims were thousands of foreign tourists enjoying Christmas in the region, carrying the tragedy of an unprecedented natural disaster into homes around the world. A chorus of voices singing the Indonesian national anthem opened the official memorial at a 20-acre park in Indonesia's Banda Aceh -- the main city of the province closest to the epicentre of the massive quake and which bore the brunt of waves towering up to 35-metres (115 feet) high.


2014-12-26 00:42:44 -0500
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday in Asia, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for Christmas holidays. China's Shanghai Composite Index extended gains in the second day of a rebound from this week's earlier sell-off.
2014-12-26 00:40:48 -0500