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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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Restler and Levin can't seem to agree
It looks like there may be challenges all over the place in next year’s elections in North Brooklyn. According to a report in City & State this week, District Leader Lincoln Restler reached out to ...
Apr 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Race' doesn't play an issue in school closings
Closing highs schools sure does make for some strange bedfellows. The race for the newly created 6th Congressional District in Queens has been hot from the start, but last week things took a weird ...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plot thickens in NY06 race
Is there sabotage and subterfuge at play in the hotly contested race to represent New York's 6th Congressional District? One candidate says unequivocally yes! The already crowded Democratic primary...
Apr 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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April Fool's Day in our inbox
Oh goslings, there was a time when we here at Pol Position were all about the April Fool’s Day pranks, printing ridiculous statements shrouded as fact in an attempt to trick our readers into believ...
Apr 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two political rivals in one political place
There were a lot of notable names and faces who showed up for Councilman Dan Halloran's announcement in Flushing's Bowne Park Monday evening that he would be running for the 6th Congressional Distr...
Mar 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's getting a little crowded in here
Well that has to be the strangest campaign website we've ever stumbled upon a congressional candidate. On Monday morning, the Queens County Democratic Committee announced that it would be supportin...
Mar 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Political races heating up
It's shaping up to be a fiery summer in the world of local politics, as this past week saw some action in a few key races important to Queens and Brooklyn. First, there was political newcomer Tom A...
Mar 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Of course, Dimitris Avramopoulos! Wait, who?
Ask and ye shall receive! Last week, we ran this photo from our archives requesting from our readers some help in identifying the men with Governor George Pataki. We quickly got responses identifyi...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tribute to Whitney, kind of
Wow, Congressman Ed Towns of Brooklyn had a lot to say about the death of Whitney Houston this past weekend. Well, actually, he has a lot to say about Whitney Houston's mom, Emily "Cissy" Houston, ...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shame on you Christine Quinn!
It appears that for the Speaker of the great City Council of New York City, no mechanic currently working within the five boroughs has the skill or expertise to repair her Mercedes or Porsche or La...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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In the end, it was all (LAT)FOR not
Well it was a nice try, at least. The Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment – or LATFOR for short – released its suggestions for new State Senate districts last week, a...
Feb 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Democrats pull off a political Koo
Councilman Peter Koo this week decided to make things interesting in the world of city politics. The flushing elected official – we won't say shocked, but certainly surprised – many when he won the...
Jan 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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We know when we're not wanted!
Don't worry goslings, we promise next week to get back to highlighting the foibles and escapades of our elected officials, but these darn old photos from our archives have been so stinkin' popular ...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mystery man makes second appearance
About two months ago, we ran this ribbon-cutting photo that we discovered in our archives. The photo didn't have any information attached to it, so we asked our readers if they could help us figure...
Jan 06, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who do you "like" for borough president?
Let the race for Queens Borough President get officially underway! Sure, nobody has announced their candidacy yet, but if there's activity on Facebook, well that's good enough for us. Last week, a ...
Dec 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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European Union foreign ministers proposed on Thursday that the bloc extend asset freezes and travel bans to further individuals deemed responsible for hostilities in eastern Ukraine. "We have decided to have a proposal within one week of further names of individuals and entities to be added to this list. Mogherini also said any decision on new economic sanctions would have to be decided by EU leaders.
2015-01-29 13:28:57 -0500

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, right, speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. EU foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to discuss the latest fighting in Ukraine and possible further sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union extended by six months a first set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials, which were due to expire in March, because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, officials said Thursday.


2015-01-29 13:27:25 -0500
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians have failed to adequately investigate the full range of apparent human rights violations committed during the Gaza war last summer, the U.N. human rights chief said in a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein catalogued abuses blamed on both sides, including Israeli shelling of hospitals, of schools housing displaced people and of a group of children playing hide-and-seek on a beach. He cited witness reports of Israeli soldiers firing on civilians with white flags as they fled an area where a 16-year-old girl in a wheelchair had been killed by shelling, and the shooting of an ambulance driver as he went to evacuate a child. After an initial examination of over 100 incidents, Israel's Military Advocate General (MAG) opened 13 criminal investigations but closed nine cases, said Zeid, whose document is to be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in March.
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