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Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 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 | 47 47 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 | 49 49 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 | 59 59 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 | 66 66 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 | 76 76 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 | 126 126 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 | 107 107 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 | 104 104 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 | 134 134 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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Wake up mayor! You need to sign some bills!
Man oh man, former Mayor Ed Koch looks like us at our desk after a three-day holiday weekend spent kicking back with a case or two of Night-Train Express Wine Coolers, staying out a little too late...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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City Council gets better of mayor in softball game
The goodwill between the mayor's office and the City Council that has characterized the de Blasio administration was put aside last week for a softball showdown at MCU Park in Coney Island. On this...
Sep 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Play ball! City gov't heads to the diamond
Well, it looks like the feel-good, hand-holding Kumbaya atmosphere down at City Hall since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office and his comrade-in-arms Melissa Mark-Viverito was voted in as speaker of ...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol in hot water over Uganda remarks
What happens in Uganda doesn't always stay in Uganda. Especially if you record it and throw the video up on the Internet. Councilman Fernando Cabrera was recently in the African country on a humani...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mystery pols identified
Recently, we here at the Pol Position desk were digging around in the old photos scattered around our basement office and came across this snapshot. This photo was a little before our appearance on...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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So come on and take a free ride (free ride)
We guess it's safe to say that our current mayor isn't above taking the occasional handout from time to time. Sure, when he first took office he pretended that he was going to be just the regular o...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plot to take over southeast Queens
Well this should make things even more interesting when State Senator Malcolm Smith returns to court again in January. Smith got into hot water with the feds after he was busted in an undercover st...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smith not throwing in the towel
If a pending court case on corruption charges and a possible lengthy jail sentence aren't enough to persuade State Senator Malcolm Smith to drop his re-election bid for State Senate, then were not ...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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We've got a governor's race here!
It may not feel like it, but there's a race for governor going on here in New York State. Sure, right now it may seem like there is no way Governor Andrew Cuomo is going to lose his seat and not ge...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liu padding his war chest
If elections are all about raising money, then John Liu has got this one in the bag. We've all heard stories about Liu's uncanny knack for raising prodigious amounts of money for his campaigns, but...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tale of two rallies
What's the best way to upstage a protest before a contentious land use hearing on a development project? Get there first and have one of your own! We don't know if that was the intention outside of...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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We hear the trains run on time in Italy
Talk about bad timing! Remember that time the city got sacked by a huge blizzard a few years back and the streets never got plowed and it was a huge headache, especially for outer borough residents...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deal isn't cooling down one race
The new agreement brokered by Governor Andrew Cuomo to bring the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) back into the Democratic fold in the State Senate may have eased tensions in Alban...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Simon v. Sikora a hot ticket?
Speaking of hotly contested races, there's a big one brewing in Brooklyn for the state Assembly. Assemblywoman Joan Millman announced recently that she would be stepping down from her post, leaving...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Putting the 'Democrat' back in IDC
The revolution is over! (Sort of.) That breakaway group of five state senators known as the Independent Democratic Conference announced last week that after the November elections, they would end t...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boeing profits are up after a record year of commercial aircraft ordersUS aerospace giant Boeing Wednesday reported higher quarterly profits and forecast another increase in commercial plane deliveries in 2015 thanks to strong demand from airlines. The strong earnings came on the heels of a Boeing announcement in December that it delivered a record 723 jets, surpassing a previous record of 648, on rising demand from newer airlines in emerging markets and more seasoned companies replacing their fleets. Boeing projects commercial deliveries will rise to 750-755 in 2015. Boeing has invested heavily in the 787 "Dreamliner" and other models that employ light-weight components that demand less fuel.


2015-01-28 14:06:26 -0500
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians have failed to adequately investigate the full range of apparent human rights violations committed during the Gaza war last summer, the U.N. human rights chief said in a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein catalogued abuses blamed on both sides, including Israeli shelling of hospitals, of schools housing displaced people and of a group of children playing hide-and-seek on a beach. He cited witness reports of Israeli soldiers firing on civilians with white flags as they fled an area where a 16-year-old girl in a wheelchair had been killed by shelling, and the shooting of an ambulance driver as he went to evacuate a child. After an initial examination of over 100 incidents, Israel's Military Advocate General (MAG) opened 13 criminal investigations but closed nine cases, said Zeid, whose document is to be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in March.
2015-01-28 14:05:36 -0500

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in WashingtonBy Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider WASHINGTON,(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday repeated that it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, and said the U.S. economy is on track despite turmoil in other markets around the world. "The committee judges that it can be patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy," the Fed's policy statement said. The Fed acknowledged that inflation had declined further below its longer-run objective and that market-based inflation measures had fallen substantially - a more negative assessment of inflation pressures than in December. Some Fed officials and economists have indicated a rate hike, which would be the first in nearly a decade, is more likely to occur between June and September.


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