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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 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 | 20 20 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 | 69 69 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 | 94 94 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 | 118 118 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 | 105 105 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 | 113 113 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 | 157 157 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 | 233 233 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 | 245 245 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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Anit Hora, Esthetician
Anit Hora, an that owns Veda Holistics in Williamsburg, received her training from the Aveda Institute in New York. But although that center gave her the professional training needed to start her o...
Jan 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alex Ewen, Co-Owner Neir's Tavern
Alex Ewen is a couple of things – a producer and one of the owners of the famed bar, Neir's Tavern in Woodhaven. Ewen, along with David Eng, Loycent Gordon and Andy Bigan own the bar that once set ...
Jan 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kevin Joseph, Co-Executive Artistic Director, Purelements
Dance was Kevin Joseph’s ticket out of East New York in the 1980’s. Now it’s the reason he’s returned. Joseph and business partner Lakai Worrell are the co-executive artistic directors and founders...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Edward Owens, Cross-Country Runner
Edward Owens has a lot to be proud of. At 17, he is one of the fastest cross-country runners in the country. And to have that status just one year after he began cross-country running is a feat in ...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gloria Rochester, QSCAN Founder
Gloria Rochester had not too long ago emigrated from Jamaica in 1973 when her fourth child was born. It was a time of joy like every other birth, but 18 months later, her daughter, Tyeisha, was dia...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Suzette LaValle, Boutique Owner
After a successful fashion career that took her to Paris and SoHo, style maven Suzette LaValle is reinventing herself in a Clinton Hill boutique. LaValle opened her clothes store earlier this year ...
Dec 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holly Tsang "Retiring" Community Editor
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Nov 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kaleena Ma, Co-owner of MK Vision Center
It’s not as if there aren’t already established optical businesses in Forest Hills. Kaleena Ma realizes this, but her family’s 30 years in the business and 7 optical stores also mean she knows all ...
Nov 16, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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David Greenhouse Founder, Greenhouse Holistic
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Nov 09, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Justin Greene Founder, Build it Green! NYC
In an 18,000-square-foot warehouse, Brooklyn native Justin Greene is helping homeowners save on remodeling, while saving the environment. Greene’s non-profit organization, Build It Green! NYC, is a...
Nov 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ian McGowan Winged Fist Organization
Ever heard of the Irish-American Athletic Club (IAAC)? Not many people have, and yet a century ago, said western Queens resident Ian McGowan, IAAC members won more than 50 Olympic medals for the Un...
Nov 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marija Pavic
Designer/Candy Plum boutique owner
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Maria Rizzo - Executive Chef, Halcyon Gourmet
From the time she was a child, Maria Rizzo loved to cook. Hailing from a large Italian family that observed huge Sunday dinners, she blossomed into a promising chef from a young age. “We had 30 peo...
Oct 12, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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On the Record: Antonio Pavia
Organic farmer
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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On the Record: Robert Schwartz
16th Senate District candidate
Oct 05, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - About five years ago, General Electric Co, the largest Western player in Russia's market for medical equipment, uncovered pervasive corruption in its Russian business. Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, then chief executive of GE Germany and Developed Markets, told an investor conference in 2012 that senior management became aware of the problems around 2009. "We had to eliminate more than half of our healthcare organization because we discovered that they were happily scamming our customers, scamming against us and scamming against the government," Beccalli-Falco told the conference. A GE spokesman said Beccalli-Falco did not wish to comment, and the company declined to comment on its Russian business.
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Exterior view of the Endocrinology Research Centre in MoscowBy Tom Bergin and Stephen Grey MOSCOW/LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Russia pays hugely inflated prices for vital medical equipment made by Western companies, in part because some manufacturers channel sales through obscure intermediary companies, a Reuters examination has found. These middlemen firms, which have no easily traceable owners or offices, add mark-ups that mean Russian state hospitals frequently pay two or three times more than hospitals in the West for the same equipment. A Reuters examination of Russian customs data and state procurement records shows the price differences can be hundreds of thousands of dollars on a single item. An analysis of 20,000 transactions dated between January 2006 and July 2013 found that international companies sold Russia medical devices worth more than $2.8 billion through more than 150 obscure companies and partnerships.


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MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — China's ambassador to Mozambique says trade between the two countries increased to nearly $3 billion this year.
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