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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 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 | 23 23 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 | 66 66 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 | 85 85 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 | 123 123 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 | 154 154 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 | 189 189 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 | 250 250 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 | 259 259 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 | 243 243 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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Votes aren't there for commuter tax
Dear Editor It will be interesting to see if 2103 mayoral candidate Scott Stinger can count on his Albany allies for implementation of the non-resident commuter tax. Democratic Assembly Speaker Sil...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two tax lots means lots of problems
Dear Editor: According to New York State Law, property owners are required to pay property taxes whether or not they receive a bill. While I agree that it is a homeowner’s responsibility to ensure ...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time to collect on old student loans
There is another solution to President Barack Obama and the Democrats call for finding $5.9 billion to prevent interest rates on Stafford student loans increasing from 3.4 to 6.8 percent in July. P...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitalism alive and well, just not here
Dear Editor: In spite of the bongo-banging 99 percenters denouncing the evils of capitalism, something they have never actually seen in their lifetimes, billions are waking up to the empowerment of...
Apr 30, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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North Korea a ticking timebomb
Dear Editor: The situation with North Korea is, at best, very precarious. The country is saber rattling again, and the United States and the rest of the international community needs to be very war...
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The other sinking ship
Dear Editor: We heard a lot about the Titanic last week. It was a tragic accident, to be sure, but the story of the Lusitania is much more interesting, tragic and sinister, to say the least. The si...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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R.I.P. Dick Clark
Dear Editor; I am sadden as many are about the passing of Dick Clark, who was called America's oldest teenager. He was larger than life and brought rock and roll into our homes for many years. I re...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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We have to admit we have a problem
Dear Editor: I have reluctantly concluded that the economic, political, and cultural challenges we face may never be resolved. The truth about our country’s condition and prognosis is not reported ...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legalize it, don't criminalize it
Dear Editor: Recent news that Governor Andrew Cuomo will not support legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2012 is disappointing. Despite the best efforts of both g...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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The business of politics
Dear Editor: The local press is awash with statements that the upcoming Democratic Primary for the nomination in the newly created 6th Congressional District “...is a short time for the candidates ...
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Money flowing freely to Big Oil
Dear Editor: On March 29, Republicans in the Senate calling the bill a political stunt, blocked legislation to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. oil companies. A last min...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks on behalf of the ALA
Dear Editor: As we approach National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Lung Association wishes to call attention to the volunteers who give their time and talent to further our mission of saving liv...
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Gambling a bad bet
Dear Editor: Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder is happing that legalized gambling will be coming to New York. I wonder if the legislator realizes how many of his constituents will be throwing their mon...
Apr 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP shows it true colors
Dear Editor: Finally, the Republicans are laying down their ground rules. First, they won't eliminate tax breaks for big oil, and now the party of small government wants to bring back earmarks. Wit...
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Allow priests to marry
Dear Editor: The recent criticism by Pope Benedict XVI that priests should not question celibacy is totally typical for an institution that refuses to accept change. The Catholic Church continues t...
Apr 09, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble speaks at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The Bundestage will decide Friday about extension of financial help for Greece. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.


2015-02-27 06:42:02 -0500

The four-month reprieve for Greece won overwhelming backing in Germany's lower house of parliamentGerman lawmakers approved Greece's hard-won bailout extension Friday in a move the finance minister called "not easy" but necessary, removing the last hurdle to keep crucial international aid flowing to Athens. Despite scepticism in Europe's top economy, the four-month reprieve for Greece won overwhelming backing as expected in the lower house of parliament where Chancellor Angela Merkel's left-right coalition commands a crushing majority. Germany's deeply pro-European Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had vigorously urged MPs to approve the breathing space for debt-wracked Greece, stressing Athens must also live up to its promises.


2015-02-27 06:41:26 -0500

German deputies cast their vote on approval to extend Greece's bailout during session of Bundestag in BerlinGermany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has voiced doubts about whether Athens can be trusted, promised he would not let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners. With 542 members of the Bundestag voting "yes", including almost all of Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition and the opposition Greens, it was the biggest majority so far for a euro zone rescue package. "We Germans should do everything to keep Europe together as far as we can and bring it together again and again," said 72-year-old Schaeuble, who makes no secret of his doubts about how far Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis can be trusted to deliver on reforms. Addressing public misgivings in Germany about making further concessions to Greece - whipped up by top-selling daily Bild's front-page campaign for lawmakers to say "NEIN!" - Schaeuble said no new financial aid was at stake.


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