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Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 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 | 49 49 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 | 50 50 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 | 60 60 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 | 67 67 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 | 78 78 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 | 127 127 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 | 108 108 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 | 105 105 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 | 135 135 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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UFC: Ultimate Fighting Council
Oh Allan Jennings, where have you been the last few years? The former City Council member from Queens - who once threw a metal object at a reporter on live television (see photo), took out ads in C...
Aug 19, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can't the man just take a vacation in peace?
There is going to be nothing special about the election to replace Anthony Seminerio of south Queens, who was just the latest Queens politician forced to leave office under a dark cloud of scandal ...
Aug 12, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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You got comped! Weprin funks up the race
There's nothing that Pol Position hates more than a stiff comptroller. When you are having a finger wagged in your face about fiscal responsibility, questionable pension fund investments, and the p...
Aug 04, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gov gets his groove on
Speaking of dancing politicians, New York State's own governor caused a bit of an uproar when he was spotted partying in a Chelsea night club last week. Paterson was hanging out and posing for pict...
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From posting on Facebook to tendering a resignation
If this isn't a cautionary tale about Facebook, we don't know what is. For about the past year, Pol Position has heard nothing but, “you must get on Facebook” or “please get on Facebook so we can k...
Jul 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wordplay
Pol Position was once riding in the car listening to an interview with a longtime radio baseball announcer, who was complaining of a strange phenomenon in the world of baseball advertising and the ...
Jul 21, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dropping the "N" words like A bombs
Two New York City politicians waded into some choppy waters this past week, uttering a couple of words that are sure to create backlash for any public figure. First, the mayor likened that state se...
Jul 21, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol walks right into a quorum
Well, the stalemate in Albany is finally over, which means that our hardworking state senators can get back to the business of doling out pork items to their loyal constituents, conducting backroom...
Jul 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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I'm going to huff, and I'm going to puff...
There's a battle of aesthetics brewing down at City Hall between the current mayor and the man who wants to take his place. Recently, an artist named Richard Woods did a little renovating on some s...
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The Reyna Channel: councilwoman all over the web
It's been a busy past few weeks for Councilwoman Diana Reyna on YouTube. First, we got wind of a clip from last October of Reyna at a Citizens Union panel on term limits. In the nine-minute video, ...
Jul 07, 2009 | 2 2 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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When it Torains, it pours
Apparently, Clear Channel believes in the old adage that you keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. The big shots over at the communications conglomerate, which owns hundreds of radio st...
Jun 30, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Viral Videos: Watching the Web
When we first started Pol Position years ago, all of this newfangled technology - what with the blogs and the Facebooks and the Twitters and such – didn’t exist yet. No, back when we started Pol Po...
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The Death of the Big Check?
While we are all for embracing new technology, there is one thing that Pol Position can never let go of, no matter how cheeky or outdated it may seem or become: The Big Check. Congressman Joseph Cr...
Jun 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prodigal Son returns to the Democrats
It’s always better to regret something you have done, then to regret something you haven’t done, or so Pol Position has been told. (We’ve really, really regretted many, many things that we have don...
Jun 16, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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One flew over the coup-coup’s nest
If this is dysfunction, we don’t want to be functional! New York State politics took an unexpected turn for the weird Monday, even by Albany standards. Two State Senators, Hiram Monserrate from Que...
Jun 10, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prominent Egyptian poet Fatima Naoot is pictured in CairoBy Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) - A prominent Egyptian poet could face up to three years in jail over a Facebook post in which she criticised the slaughter of animals at a Muslim festival, a case which rights activists say shows how the government is muzzling free speech. Fatima Naoot described the Prophet Abraham's dream - in which, according to Islamic belief, God tells him to sacrifice his son as a test of his faith - as a "nightmare". "A massacre which is repeated every year because of the nightmare of a righteous man about his good son." The poet - whose trial began on Wednesday - has been charged with contempt of Islam, spreading sectarian strife and disturbing public peace, judicial sources and Naoot said. "The loser will be the cultural movement." Rights groups say a crackdown launched by the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, following the toppling of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, has muzzled freedom of expression.


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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, Israeli politicians Isaac Herzog, right, and Tzipi Livni listen during a tour along the Israel and Gaza Strip border. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared to be a lock to return to office. But a new center-left alliance has suddenly surged in the polls past his ruling Likud party to become the largest parliamentary faction and turned the March 17 vote into a toss-up. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File )JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up.


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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, accompanied by government spokesman Yoshihide Suga, speaks during a hurriedly held ministerial meeting on Japanese hostage Kenji Goto taken by the Islamic State group, at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The extremist group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. The message, read by a voice claiming to be Goto, was released online after Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group, desperately seeking to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with Goto. Suga said on Thursday the government was analyzing the latest message and Japan was doing its utmost for the release of Goto, working with nations in the region, including Turkey, Jordan and Israel. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, Pool)TOKYO (AP) — Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militant group.


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