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Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 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 | 51 51 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 | 52 52 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 | 62 62 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 | 69 69 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 | 80 80 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 | 130 130 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 | 110 110 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 | 107 107 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 | 137 137 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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Balancing act
Dear Editor: Although the United States faces two years of divided government, having a Democratic president and Republican Congress need not bring total gridlock. This is an opportunity to pass re...
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Limited vs. local on the B41
Dear Editor: I've been writing about this situation for over three years, but I'm sure the problem has been going on for a lot longer. I've made complaints to the Community Assistance Desk at Borou...
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Who will really pay for airport upgrades?
Dear Editor: Governor Andrew Cuomo did a disservice to residents of Queens and nearby areas on Monday, October 20, when he called for plans to modernize LaGuardia and Kennedy airports without expla...
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Sit down & shut up
Dear Editor: Congratulations to Chris Christie for finishing what he started. And by that I mean completely eliminating any last shred of dignity he had left and destroying any chance of ever becom...
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BOE needs new leaders
Dear Editor: Despite your endorsements for city and state office seekers, many readers couldn't vote for anyone on November 4 because they have no accessible polling place. This is painfully true i...
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Give thanks, not overtime
Dear Editor: Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday when families and friends gather to give thanks for the many blessings. There is absolutely no reason for any retailer or wholesaler to be open...
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Honor our veterans
Dear Editor: November 11 is the day to think about our honored veterans. For 238 years they have fought to defend those freedoms we hold most dear. I myself served in the United States Navy during ...
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Vote them out
Dear Editor: For over a half-century, Democrats and Republicans have taken turns at presiding over the economy, guiding and managing our national debt, deficit and social programs to the brink of b...
Oct 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not so grand
Dear Editor: There is more to the passing of Edward Regan. The last Republican state comptroller, Regan won his final term in 1990. The last Republican attorney general, Dennis Vacco, served only o...
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No strategy but one
Dear Editor: Speaker John Boehner disagrees with President Barack Obama's strategy on ISIL. He recently said we have to act immediately and have "no choice but to put boots on the ground and destro...
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End it now!
Dear Editor: Geno Smith and Michael Vick and the Jets failed again to get the job done. Another humiliating defeat that leave us fans feeling let down again. They're now 1-7 and the playoff are jus...
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Not a game
Dear Editor: The recent problems with the Sayreville football team hazing incident should make it very plain that there needs to be better supervision of players by their coaches in the locker room...
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Stop the plane noise
Dear Editor: I am retired, 80 years old and trying to recover from multiple mini-strokes, two major strokes, and bleeding on the brain. The doctor told my wife that I was going to die, but here I a...
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Save the trees
Dear Editor: Once again, tree cutters have been in the Bayside area mangling trees on behalf of the utility company, apparently in this case Con Edison. They supposedly are clearing around the over...
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Stop spread of Ebola, Mr. President
Dear Editor: CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden assured Americans last week that “we know how to stop Ebola in its tracks.” Yet this week we learn of two new cases of Ebola, contracted by nurses who care...
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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian authorities and insurgents have allowed the Red Cross to deliver growing amounts of aid under local ceasefires since August, in a possible harbinger of reconciliation in the civil war, an ICRC official said on Thursday. Boris Michel, outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Syria, also told Reuters in an interview it had made five visits to four government-run prisons last year, the first since May 2012. "If you want to de-escalate the conflict, you have to start from the local level and build local truces, arrangements, just to stabilize the situation because people are exhausted after four years of conflict and the human cost of it is huge." The ICRC has 300 staff in Syria, including 51 expatriates against 35 a year ago. We convinced authorities to provide more access to victims so there is more delivery of humanitarian assistance on a needs-based approach, therefore crossing lines across Syria," he said.
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A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in KobaniBy Osman Orsal KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) - Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq. Their victory, raising Kurdish flags where the black symbols of Islamic State once flew, prompted celebration among the more than 200,000 refugees who have fled to Turkey since the assault on the town began in September. "Coming back to Kobani will be even more difficult than leaving it," said one fighter from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), clutching a machinegun and standing in front of the ruins of a building.


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President Barack Obama, speaks during the farewell tribute in honor of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at Fort Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check.


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