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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans When you hire certain employees for on-call services, questions often arise about wages and hours. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) addresses the issue of on-call employe...
Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 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 | 60 60 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 | 105 105 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 | 124 124 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 | 161 161 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 | 193 193 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 | 225 225 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 | 290 290 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 | 299 299 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 ...

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Ralph Perez - Founder, Xmental Inc.
You might not know Ralph Perez, but he is famous. To many, he’s notorious. But to the 60 kids he has helped so far in the Paint Straight program as part of Xmental Inc., Ralph “Tatu-Xmen” Perez is ...
Jun 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dheeraj Gayaram, Dancer
It is safe to say that Dheeraj Gayaram is a living, breathing example of his work. The best part: his work is his passion. A dancer of various Indian styles, Gayaram has danced for the Queen of Eng...
Jun 09, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chris Distefano, Comedian
Chris Distefano might have a doctorate in Physical Therapy, but he's a master at comedy. The 26-year-old comedian has quickly climbed up the ladder in the comedy business since his official start f...
May 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aaron Barlow, Professor & Author
City Tech professor Aaron Barlow has his own take on volunteering for Peace Corps in Africa. To mark the organization's 50th anniversary this year, Barlow edited “One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo:...
May 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sade Aguilla, Student Chef
Sade Aguilla has literally cooked her way to the top. The 17-year-old high school senior recently landed a full scholarship to Monroe College to study in the Hospitality Management and Culinary Art...
May 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lakey Evans-Pena, Williamsburg Music And Arts Center
For Lakey Evans-Pena, it's not about the competition or about being the best, it's about enjoying the experience. That's her mission at the Williamsburg Music and Arts Center, where children and ad...
May 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Daniel Scarpati, Graduating Senior/Christ the King
Christ the King Regional High School senior Daniel Scarpati (pictured on the left) is an aspiring film director with an impressive list of credentials already under his belt. He’s been co-editor of...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tyronickah Buckmire, Junior/Brooklyn Theatre Arts H.S.
For one night, 17-year-old Tyronickah Buckmire had a Broadway stage all to herself. The aspiring actress and Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School junior hopes it won't be the last time. Buckmire appea...
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joe Curcio President, Italian Board of Guardians
As the Italian Board of Guardians changes with the times, the little-known but beloved social service organization is mindful of its long and storied past. That is most true this month, as the nonp...
May 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wes Jackson, Brooklyn Bodega founder
A bodega in Brooklyn is not unheard of - selling everything from food and beer to calling cards and stockings. But what about a bodega that dishes out the latest in hip hop culture and brings consu...
May 03, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brian Ferreira, BCAP Director
For Brian Ferreira, the director of Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), the most rewarding thing about teaching is helping children discover their own talents. When he first started teachi...
Apr 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lucy Palacios, Market Founder
Lucy Palacios did the corporate thing all of her life. But after being in that world for so long, she decided last year to explore her more creative side. She started a market in Jackson Heights th...
Apr 26, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dena Paige-Fischer, Dog Face Cakes Creator
Dena Paige-Fischer enjoys a span of creative endeavors to fill her days, but making cakes resembling canines effortlessly combines her artistic skills with her love for dogs. The tasty edible canva...
Apr 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Debbie Hoffer, Advocate for the Elderly
The Queensboro Council for Social Welfare recently honored Debbie Hoffer, the Director of Field Operations for Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. She received the Evelyn Pliego Memorial Soc...
Apr 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nick Thomas, Flea Market Vendor
The recently opened Downtown Flea Market at 74 Hanson Place has several things going for it: the outdoor space is around the corner from the Atlantic Terminal Mall, a busy transit hub and the futur...
Apr 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Giant wind turbines dot the landscape at the Darling Wind Power national demonstration project near Cape TownBy Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's hopes of becoming one of the world's top renewable energy hubs are dimming due to poor infrastructure and delays as cash-strapped state utility Eskom is distracted by a scramble to keep the lights on. Chronic electricity shortages are one of the biggest brakes on growth in Africa's most developed economy as regular blackouts strangle industries from mining to manufacturing and pile pressure on President Jacob Zuma's government. Zuma laid out ambitious goals last month to increase power generation capacity, including plans to boost installed renewable energy capacity to 9,600 megawatts (MW) by 2030 from just 1,600 MW now, out of a total capacity of 44,175 MW. Upgraded technology and lower costs have enhanced the appeal of clean energy in Africa, as firms such as Enel Green Power and E.ON eye the relatively untapped region to help offset lagging growth in mature European markets.


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Rescuers take a break near their vehicles in Donetsk on March 4, 2015, after a blast in the Zasyadko coal mineRescuers found 32 bodies of miners in the Zasyadko mine in eastern Ukraine a day after a blast ripped through the shaft, a rebel official said on Thursday. "32 bodies of dead miners of the Zasyadko mine have been found" by early morning, the emergency ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said in a statement, adding that the bodies were being raised to the surface. The pro-Kiev administration of the Donetsk region said that by 7:00 am (0500GMT) 14 bodies have been pulled out of the shaft, and seven were already identified. The explosion, believed to be caused by a buildup of methane gas, occurred shortly before 0400GMT Wednesday, when 230 miners were underground.


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U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joseph Westphal, right, stands with Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrives at Riyadh Air Base, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kerry planned to meet with Arab Gulf state allies in Riyadh Thursday before sitting down with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, and Germany in Paris on Saturday to share the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other troubled nations in the Middle East.


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