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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 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 | 59 59 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 | 104 104 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 | 122 122 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 | 158 158 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 | 191 191 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 | 224 224 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 | 286 286 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 | 297 297 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 ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 277 277 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...

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Country musician finds his place in Woodside
An interview with Ben Hope and the Uptown Outfit
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Greenpoint-based songwriter Bay Uno
In just the last few years, former Los Angeles graffiti artist Bay Uno has taken the the local music scene by storm. Uno first moved to the city to take a job in graphic design. After dabbling in s...
Dec 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Brooklyn rock band The Meaning of Life
After answering a Craig’s List ad for a collaborative lead vocal role in a Brooklyn band back in 2012, Marta DeLeon has since made The Meaning of Life her creative home. Now the lead singer and bas...
Dec 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Astoria rapper Paco the G Train Bandit
Paco Hanlon is not your average middle-school math teacher. In his off time, the Astoria educator lives out another passion in his life - writing and performing hip-hop music. Known to his fans as ...
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Maspeth restaurant puts its own spin on weekend brunch
Although brunching has emerged as a trendy weekend meal event and many food establishments are offering brunch specials, only few do it right. Slide Bar-B-Q, located at 52-75 65th PL. Maspeth, is o...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Astoria rocker Ashley Kervabon
Solo artist starts an all-female rock band
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with the Bushwick-based rock band Glass Elephant
For the last three years, Bushwick rock band Glass Elephant has brought a rare, pure rock element to a digital-infused music scene. Russ Flynn, lead singer and guitar player, startede the band with...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn’s Bugs in the Dark anticipate their upcoming EP
Husband and wife rockers Zach Glass and Karen Rockower-Glass have played music together in Brooklyn for the better part of the last 12 years. From humble beginning in their Bed-Stuy bar-turned-apar...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with NYC-artist Militia Vox
There isn’t much that Militia Vox cannot do. Since moving to New York, Vox has taken center stage as the front woman of Judas Priestess, an all-girl tribute to Judas Priest, the leading lady of Dee...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vermont band Alpenglow brings folk roots to Brooklyn
In a small chapel tucked away in Brooklyn Heights, Vermont-born band Alpenglow brought a bit of the rolling beauty of the Green Mountains to the big city last weekend. In honor of their new EP, Cha...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bushwick-based band The Attic Ends heading west
The Attic Ends have practiced, performed and lived the NYC music scene since they formed five years ago in Bushwick. Since day one, the four-piece indie rock band has strategically focused on build...
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn singer Shayna Steele to release second album
Former Broadway performer breaks out on her own
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with NYC singer songwriter Tina Shafer
Tina Shafer, like many aspiring artists, first came to New York City when she was in her early 20’s to take advantage of the opportunity that simply could not be found where she was born. Through m...
Oct 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evil Arrows unveils the latest part of a yearlong EP series
Interview with Brooklyn-based frontman Bryan Scary
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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“Sound Syndrome” discusses the power of love and words
Off-Broadway debut features dancing and original music
Sep 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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national news
(Reuters) - A Georgia police officer was killed in a shootout with a suspect early on Wednesday, local broadcaster WXIA reported. Fulton County officers went out to investigate reports of shots and came under fire around 1:30 a.m. local time, WXIA said citing police. The officer, who has not been identified, was hit in the head and a suspect was wounded when police fired back, the station added. Police could not be immediately reached for comment. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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Mthimkhulu inspects his crop at his farm in SenekalBy Ed Stoddard BOTHAVILLE, South Africa (Reuters) - A proposal by the South African government to limit farm size to 12,000 hectares is a "negotiating tactic" as it tries to press ahead with the redistribution of land to black farmers, the minister of agriculture said. What informs the end of that figure is the process of negotiation," Senzeni Zokwana told Reuters when asked about the 12,000 hectare figure.     Speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by industry group Grain SA in the heart of the maize belt west of Johannesburg, Zokwana said whatever figure is eventually arrived at, farmers could lease additional land if they needed to for commercial reasons. It would also be good for farmers to come up with ideas that would not put food security at risk," he said.     South Africa is forecast to harvest its smallest maize crop since 2007 because of a drought that has scorched large areas and Zokwana said the agriculture department might have to seek funding to ensure imports if they were needed.     "Maize is one of our staple foods which our people depend upon so our department would approach other funding agencies," he said.


2015-03-04 06:36:57 -0500
By Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was a shameful tragedy that carried a political subtext. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was shot dead as he walked with his girlfriend on Friday night near Red Square. He was the most prominent opposition figure to be killed in Russia during Putin's 15-year rule. The Kremlin has denied any involvement, saying that the killing was a "provocation" designed to discredit Putin and strengthen his opponents, but Nemtsov's friends say the Kremlin is to blame for fomenting an atmosphere of hatred towards its opponents.
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