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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 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 | 43 43 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 | 87 87 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 | 107 107 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 | 144 144 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 | 177 177 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 | 211 211 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 | 271 271 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 | 279 279 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 | 259 259 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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An allt-too familiar sight recently
Last week, we ran this photo from our archives asking for any information about its history. Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Association, believes it was taken at the fune...
Jan 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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We guess 3 out of 5 isn't bad!
We dug up this photo from our archives and ran it last week, hoping that maybe some of our readers would be able to help us identify some of the folks in the shot. The person on the far right is, o...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ladies & gentlemen, we present Irving Newman!
A long-standing mystery that has been plaguing Pol Position may have just been solved! We've been sitting on this picture from the archives for a long, long time, assuming that nobody would be able...
Dec 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Push to draft Vallone for mayor
It looks like former Astoria councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. still has some fans out there who would like to see him back in city politics. On Sunday, a Facebook page suddenly appeared looking to rec...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Run, Bo, run!
We sure hope Bo Dietl makes good on his promise to run against Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017, not necessarily because he makes a solid candidate that can run this city, because he no doubt would be ...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can we just get this started already!
The already strange bribery case to get State Senator Malcolm Smith on the ballot in the Republican Primary for mayor that also snared former Queens GOP vice chairman Vince Tabone and former counci...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Working together, but on what?
We here at Pol Position, perhaps feeling a little sluggish from all of that holiday cheer over the past few days, dug back into our archives to come up with this gem of a shot. There's quite a few ...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dems battle it out on the court for charity
Time to put some young whipper-snappers in their places! The Queens County Young Democrats challenged some borough elected officials to a charity basketball game at Resurrection-Ascension Church in...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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A meeting of the minds at borough hall
We didn't receive nearly as many responses to this week's request to help us identify the people in the mystery photo from our archives, but we did get a few responses from people whose history in ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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A little too close for comfort
With several statewide races and all of the talk of the huge Republican gains across the state and country last Tuesday night, a race in south Queens that was closer than we could have predicted is...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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A dying beast or a rising giant?
Depends on who you ask
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Some things never change
We guess this week's political throwback photo was a little tougher than usual, because we sure didn't get very many responses. But we have a confession to make goslings. Over 99 percent of the tim...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mayor has got to show Noerdlinger the door
It doesn’t look like this whole Rachel Noerdlinger affair is going to go away anytime soon for the mayor. We’re not really sure why the mayor’s wife needs a chief of staff – or a staff at all, for ...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another throwback photo
Everyone seems to be having so much fun with our own version of Throwback Thursday and these unidentified photos from deep in the paper’s archives, that we thought we would pull another one out for...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mystery pols - a few NYC political facts - revelaed
Once again our readers came through in helping us identify the folks from New York City politics past in a photo we found in our archives. And we're pretty sure they got it right this time, because...
Oct 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a ceremony commemorating the 26th anniversary of El Caracazo, a deadly popular revolt, in Caracas on February 28, 2015President Nicolas Maduro plans to limit the US diplomatic presence in Venezuela and require American tourists to obtain visas, amid growing tensions between the two countries. "In order to protect our country... I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela," he told supporters. Under the new measures, Venezuela will start charging tourists the same visa fees the United States asks of Venezuelans, though it was unclear when the plan would be implemented. In his fiery speech outside the Miraflores presidential palace, Maduro noted that the Americans have 100 diplomatic staff in Caracas, compared to 17 Venezuelan diplomats in Washington.


2015-02-28 21:45:32 -0500

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro addresses the audience at the Diplomatic Centre in Port-of-SpainBy Diego Ore and Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had detained U.S. citizens, including a pilot, on suspicion of espionage, in a move likely to strain already tense relations between Washington and Caracas. Maduro also said his government would order a reduction in the number of U.S. embassy staff in Caracas and prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar U.S. measure last year. Venezuela would also require U.S. citizens to obtain visas before visiting, he told a rally. The Venezuelan president, long at odds with Washington, has renewed accusations in recent weeks that the United States is seeking to topple him.


2015-02-28 21:37:41 -0500
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.
2015-02-28 21:10:50 -0500