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What Employers Should Know about Paternity Leaves
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Queens NY Employment Defense Attorney The Family Medical Leaves Act (FMLA) grants the right to mothers and fathers to take up to 12 weeks off for maternity or paternity leaves so they can spend tim...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: AUG 2014
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
  August 2014 Queens NY Market Update  In July, home sales dropped slightly from June when we saw a slight jump in sales. The increase in sales pace in June & July led to another substantial increa...
If you’re loyal to your insurance carrier it will cost you
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 155 155 recommendations | email to a friend
by Steven Palermo | Aug 1, 2014 | insurance company rates , PTB Blog Most successful businesses know how to treat their faithful customers.  A good restaurant owner will treat regulars with a compl...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs are Not Protected from Creditors
Jul 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous decision—ruled that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) inherited by anyone other than a spouse are not retirement funds and therefore are ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JULY 2014
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June 2014 Queens NY Market Update    The pace of home sales rose sharply in June but was still below the pace of sales in June 2013. Prices posted moderate gains in June as well, remaining on pace ...
Estate Planning Basics for Newlyweds – How to Get Prepared for the Unexpected
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 255 255 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year – the time for beautiful weddings, fun receptions, delicious cakes, special gifts, and romantic honeymoons. While this is a joyous time for everyone, it’s also time for you a...
The Annual Pay Notice Requirement of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Could Be Close to Ending
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans After the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, restaurant owners and other types of business owners became burdened with paperwork as they complied with annual requir...
$$ OPPORTUNITY HAS KNOCKED ! $$ Networking For Prosperity & Adventure $$
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 514 514 recommendations | email to a friend
Bring Pen & Paper for this great opportunity to learn about:  * Job search, Employment Training, Networking Skills & How Every Dollar Counts . **Snacks & Beverages provided.** WHEN : Wednesday June...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JUNE 2014
Jun 19, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 550 550 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update The pace of home sales rose in May after a slow start in the beginning of 2014. Inventory increased slightly again in May, meaning buyers should have a bit more ch...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 1: The Italian presence…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 576 576 recommendations | email to a friend
  Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena for L'Idea Magazine   Book Expo America 2014 has brought a wave of foreign authors, either in the original language or in translation, and among the...

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No to ID cards
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio in his State of the City Address offered a plan to the city’s almost half-million undocumented to issue municipal identification cards regardless of immigration st...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Competing quotes
Dear Editor: I had to chuckle recently upon reading a letter in which the writer cautions the self-congratulating Ed Konecnik to be careful not to dislocate his shoulder while constantly patting hi...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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A true patriot
Dear Editor: Edward Rieck’s response (2/27 issue) to Mirza Ghulam Haseeb’s letter was disheartening and downright offensive. The horror of September 11th and other terrorist attacks is in no way a ...
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Ayn’s intent
Dear Editor: In response to Dr. Joe Brooks’ misdiagnosis of Ayn Rand’s philosophy as sociopathic, it is obvious he has misinterpreted her theories or never read her novels or treatises. It is easy ...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dumber than phones
Dear Editor: Instead of demanding that smartphone makers put a kill switch on their devices, legislators and law enforcement officials should demand that smartphone users put a kill switch on their...
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Budget solution
Dear Editor: Here is one way to end gridlock in Washington: why not return to the time when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer. A real balanced budget was adopted d...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pols' stance off on Martin Van Buren
Dear Editor: In the last week, a number of elected officials have lamented the Department of Education's decision not to withdraw the co-location plans at Martin Van Buren High School. Unfortunatel...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hypocrites
Dear Editor: Dispatcher Ed Konecnik seems to embrace the sociopathic philosophy of Ayn Rand and her disciple Paul Ryan, i.e., one is only responsible for oneself. These detesters of welfare had no ...
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Pro-charter
Dear Editor: I am a retired educator with 38 years of experience in the New York City Public School System. I write the following in support of charter schools and in opposition to Mayor Bill de Bl...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Quitting time
Dear Editor: That was a very informing letter from the president of the American Lung Association (2/27/14). Back when I used to smoke, I told myself that if the butts ever went to a buck a pack, I...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trickle or tinkle?
Dear Editor: If Mr. Ed Konecnik is not careful, he will dislocate his shoulder due to his non-stop personal back slapping. Somehow his description of what to him is “freedom” is more akin to “greed...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Subway Wi-Fi a danger
Dear Editor: The MTA announced plans to extend Wi-Fi service to more subway stations, including 29 in Queens. Not so fast. A young woman was nearly killed when she fell onto subway tracks while tex...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Safer 21st Street
Dear Editor: It is heartening to see the growing media attention to traffic-calming efforts in Queens in the wake of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement of the Vision Zero initiative to end traffic...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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For love of country
Dear Editor: I am an American Ahmadi Muslim middle school student. I was born in America and will never leave it. I love this country, because this country is my homeland. For me, loving my homelan...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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In response
Dear Editor: This is in response to Mirza Ghulam Haseeb of Jamaica whose letter about Americans’ reactions to his faith appeared in this paper on February 6. Mirza, I realize that at 11 years old y...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Maria Sharapova, of Russia, reacts after a point against Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on.


2014-08-28 00:48:35 -0400

A Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter gunship flies above a military base in the eastern Ukrainian town of KramatorskBy Richard Balmforth and Anton Zverev KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis. Accusations of direct Russian support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have prompted Western governments to impose sanctions on Moscow, despite its denials, and fanned tensions with NATO to levels not seen since the Cold War. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a group of Russian soldiers had crossed the border in armored infantry carriers and a truck and entered the town of Amvrosiyivka, not far from where Ukraine detained 10 Russian soldiers on Monday. Ukraine's Security Services also said in a statement it had detained another Russian soldier in the east of the country who has confessed his unit provided military support to separatist rebels.


2014-08-28 00:43:09 -0400
Moscow will take into consideration the activity of NATO forces near Russia's borders when drawing up its military planning, Russia's envoy to NATO was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Thursday. "Obviously, we will take into consideration the configuration and activity of the NATO forces at the Russian borders in our military planning, and will take all that is necessary to reliably provide security and to ensure safety against any threats," envoy Alexander Grushko told Interfax.
2014-08-28 00:42:41 -0400