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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 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 | 46 46 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 | 90 90 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 | 112 112 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 | 147 147 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 | 180 180 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 | 214 214 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 | 275 275 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 | 283 283 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 | 262 262 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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Keep it closed!
Dear Editor: The recent incident in which an elderly couple in Bayside were assaulted by two men posing as repairmen is again another reminder to all of us, whether we live in apartments or private...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time to act
Dear Editor: Putin is devious and duplicitous. He is defining reality to support his illegitimate claims and justify aggression. The Ukraine is an independent nation. It has been such since the bre...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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No to LNG fast-track
Dear Editor: On Wednesday, April 16, at 12 p.m., I joined a group of activists at a press conference outside the offices of senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer at 780 Third Avenue in Manh...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Adopt bag fee
Dear Editor: Every year, New York City throws away 5.2 billion plastic bags! On average, over 500,000,000 of those will find their way to the ocean, where their tiny scraps of chemical components w...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Astorino could win
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "Timing is a problem for Astorino" (April 17) by the always insightful Anthony Stasi. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, with Nassau County Executive Ed Mang...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Defining America
Dear Editor: There is a movement gaining momentum because of frustration over an intrusive overbearing federal government and its obsession with multiculturalism. It is called secession, and there ...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tragic death
Dear Editor: The death of Officer Dennis Guerra is indeed a tragedy for his wife, four children and the NYPD. This never should have happened, but it did, all due to the arrogance and senseless act...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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Save the park
Dear Editor: Three cheers for State Senator Tony Avella and the group Save Flushing Meadows Park for their efforts to stop the mega-mall in the Citi Field parking lot. They see it as it is: a sneak...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Say no to ID
Dear Editor: With 90,700 apprehensions of illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas by U. S. Border Patrol over the last six months, Councilman Danny Dromm is drumming up support for his...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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Welcome Chick-fil-A
Dear Editor: How refreshing to hear that the owners of Chick-fil-A plan on opening up to 200 stores in New York City. Now watch how Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Making 'Dream' a reality
Dear Editor: Funding for the Dream Act, which would pay for the cost of college of children born in America to parents who are not legal citizens is simple: ask the Department of State to deduct th...
Apr 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old Cold War is heating back up
Dear Editor: I bet most of you believe that The Cold War ended in Reagan’s administration. Surprise, surprise. The Russian Ministry is calling the Obama administration’s sanctions hasty and reckles...
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COTA is saving lives
Dear Editor: The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In le...
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Don’t waste rail line
Dear Editor: Whatever happened to doing fair studies of finding the best solution to a problem? It appears that the city has already made up its mind that we will have Select Bus Service (SBS) alon...
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Sigmund has his facts wrong
Dear Editor: When the Global Gateway Alliance formed, it enlisted the membership of the Regional Plan Association, New York University and other NYC institutions. With access to such a wellspring o...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
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Members of the special forces police stand guard in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in CairoBy Ahmed Tolba and Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's parliamentary poll looks set to be delayed after a court ruled part of an election law was unconstitutional and the main election committee said it was working on a new timetable for the long-awaited vote. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi directed his government to amend the law within one month. The election is the final step in a political roadmap the army announced in July 2013. Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.


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In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Will Smith, center, and Margot Robbie, right, appear in a scene from the film, "Focus." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Frank Masi)NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith's caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.


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Spain PM Rajoy attends a party meeting in the Andalusian capital of SevilleBy Costas Pitas and Sonya Dowsett ATHENS/MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hit back on Sunday against accusations from Greece's leftist premier that Spain and Portugal had led a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Spain and Portugal had taken a hard line in talks on the euro zone extending the Greek bailout program because they feared the rise of the left in their own countries. "We found opposing us an axis of powers ... led by the governments of Spain and Portugal which for obvious political reasons attempted to lead the entire negotiations to the brink," Tsipras said. "Their plan was and is to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countries," he said, adding: "And mainly before the election in Spain." Rajoy said Spain had shown solidarity with Greece as part of the euro zone by helping with its bailout and urged Greece to fulfil its obligations and keep its promises.


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