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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 144 144 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 270 270 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...

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From posting on Facebook to tendering a resignation
If this isn't a cautionary tale about Facebook, we don't know what is. For about the past year, Pol Position has heard nothing but, “you must get on Facebook” or “please get on Facebook so we can k...
Jul 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wordplay
Pol Position was once riding in the car listening to an interview with a longtime radio baseball announcer, who was complaining of a strange phenomenon in the world of baseball advertising and the ...
Jul 21, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dropping the "N" words like A bombs
Two New York City politicians waded into some choppy waters this past week, uttering a couple of words that are sure to create backlash for any public figure. First, the mayor likened that state se...
Jul 21, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol walks right into a quorum
Well, the stalemate in Albany is finally over, which means that our hardworking state senators can get back to the business of doling out pork items to their loyal constituents, conducting backroom...
Jul 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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I'm going to huff, and I'm going to puff...
There's a battle of aesthetics brewing down at City Hall between the current mayor and the man who wants to take his place. Recently, an artist named Richard Woods did a little renovating on some s...
Jul 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Reyna Channel: councilwoman all over the web
It's been a busy past few weeks for Councilwoman Diana Reyna on YouTube. First, we got wind of a clip from last October of Reyna at a Citizens Union panel on term limits. In the nine-minute video, ...
Jul 07, 2009 | 2 2 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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When it Torains, it pours
Apparently, Clear Channel believes in the old adage that you keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. The big shots over at the communications conglomerate, which owns hundreds of radio st...
Jun 30, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Viral Videos: Watching the Web
When we first started Pol Position years ago, all of this newfangled technology - what with the blogs and the Facebooks and the Twitters and such – didn’t exist yet. No, back when we started Pol Po...
Jun 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Death of the Big Check?
While we are all for embracing new technology, there is one thing that Pol Position can never let go of, no matter how cheeky or outdated it may seem or become: The Big Check. Congressman Joseph Cr...
Jun 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prodigal Son returns to the Democrats
It’s always better to regret something you have done, then to regret something you haven’t done, or so Pol Position has been told. (We’ve really, really regretted many, many things that we have don...
Jun 16, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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One flew over the coup-coup’s nest
If this is dysfunction, we don’t want to be functional! New York State politics took an unexpected turn for the weird Monday, even by Albany standards. Two State Senators, Hiram Monserrate from Que...
Jun 10, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prince Harry backs down
It’s not often that Pol Position gets to cover the world of international politics, so when we heard that Prince Harry would be in town on an official visit, and moreover he would be playing in a c...
Jun 02, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Choe-Choe train gets a-rollin'
Astute readers of Pol Position might remember that last week we brought you the story of S.J. Jung, a candidate for the 20th District City Council seat being vacated by John Liu, and Jung’s impress...
Jun 02, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Friendly Meeting Between Friends
They say that politics makes for some strange bedfellows, and what we love about Memorial Day is that those bedfellows usually make public appearances in the street, where they have to make nice an...
May 27, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Grapevine Says Ognibene is Back in the 30th
Former Middle Village Republican councilman Tom Ognibene hasn't had enough? After being term-limited out of the City Council in 2001 and losing in a special election for the seat in June 2008, word...
May 05, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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An ambulance carrying one of the two New York Police officers who were shot dead passes by a New York Fire Department honor guard along Broadway in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an "assassination", hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday ordered flags flown at half staff around the city. New York City's main police union harshly criticized the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades for being insufficiently supportive of the department during recent waves of anti-police violence. ...


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Cars drive by the Sony Pictures Plaza building in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.


2014-12-21 11:41:54 -0500

A flame from a Saudi oil installion is seen in the desert near the oil-rich area of Khouris on June 23, 2008Oil-rich Arab Gulf countries stood firm against non-OPEC crude producers on Sunday, vowing they will not cut output nor hold an emergency cartel meeting to support slumping prices. OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and Kuwait said they would not cut production even if non-OPEC members reduce their output, while the United Arab Emirates and Iraq shrugged off calls for an emergency meeting of the group. "If they (non-OPEC countries) want to cut production they are welcome. We are not going to cut, certainly Saudi Arabia is not going to cut," Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told reporters on the sidelines of an energy conference in the United Arab Emirates.


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