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Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 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 | 47 47 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 | 49 49 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 | 59 59 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 | 66 66 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 | 76 76 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 | 126 126 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 | 107 107 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 | 104 104 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 | 134 134 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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Renee Manzolillo, Breakin Boundaries
For most people, a broken back would be enough to convince them it is time to hang up their dancing shoes and accept that things will never be the same. But for Renee Manzolillo, a former junior Ol...
Feb 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rosemary Lee, Tugboat
After 10 years working to promote therapies and treatment for the rare medical disorder neurofibromatosis – also known as NF1 – which causes nerve endings to develop tumors, Rosemary Lee has decide...
Feb 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Herb Chain, Queens Symphony Orchestra President
Forest Hills resident Herb Chain has been an accountant for almost 40 years at Deloitte. But he grew up in the 1960s, when music ran through his blood and he and his friends would often jam out on ...
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Annie Witter & Terri Sunkin, Bushwick Radio
Annie Witter has been working in the music business for a long time. She’s worked with several national music media production and promotion houses (including Sony), and now she is bringing her wor...
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Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan, LGCC Professor
While there is currently a significant gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers – the U.S. Department of Commerce showed that only 24 percent of STEM workers were fema...
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mark Krawczuk, Creative Instigator
While most creative types are content to call themselves artists, Mark Krawczuk believes that he is more of a instigator. “I work on both the creative side and the production side of things. Saying...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nick Saint, Nextdoor
After Hurricane Sandy decimated many coastal areas in New York City, especially Breezy Point in Queens and Red Hook and Coney Island in Brooklyn, it became clear that local communities and their lo...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alan Chan, Rockaway Homecare
Alan Chan never knew his grandmother, but he remembers the day they first met as the day that changed his life. At the time, Chan was a young man studying to be an engineer and took his first trip ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rich Castagna, Bridge and Tunnel Beer
Ten years ago, Rich Castagna decided he wanted to try brewing beer at home. He loved it so much, he created Bridge and Tunnel Brewery. “I’ve always been focused on doing my own thing,” he said. Wit...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodolfo Caballero, Photographer
Rodolfo Caballero picked up his Nikon and headed to one of the most dangerous places on earth: North Mexico. In this poverty-stricken part of the country, where cartels and drug lords do battle in ...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ryan Walsh, Lawyer/Volunteer
Ryan Walsh practices real estate law from his office in Kew Gardens, but his goal has always been to give back to his community. As a board member of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Northern Q...
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Bryan Gordon, The Legal Credit Experts
Almost everyone has experienced debt at one time or another. Maybe you never knew you were mischarged for an outstanding electric bill, or maybe you never got a notice from a debt collector, but re...
Nov 26, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jason Sagebiel, Sage Music
The pen may be mightier than the sword, but for Jason Sagebiel, instruments are the most powerful tool of all. During his time with the Marine Corps, Sagebiel served as a scout sniper deployed in I...
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carina Hueber, Dutch Artisans
In Holland, people regularly use stroop to sweeten their meals. A common household product, stroop is a traditional Dutch jam-like condiment most commonly made from apples. But to many New Yorkers,...
Nov 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tessa Wherman, Runner/Survivor
Two and a half years ago, Tessa Wehrman was living a pretty normal life for a 26-year-old college graduate. She had just landed a great job working for Nicklodeon's television programming and strat...
Oct 28, 2013 | 4 4 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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(Reuters) - A Sudanese rebel group has taken six Bulgarians working with the UN's World Food Programme captive after their helicopter was forced to land in war-torn South Kordofan province in southern Sudan, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Fighting between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, which the ministry said was holding the Bulgarians captive, has increased in the provinces of South Kordofan and Blue Nile since peace talks collapsed in December.
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Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture as she takes part in a demonstration in AmmanJordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman detained for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing in Amman if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released. "Jordan is ready to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh was released and his life spared," Mohammad al-Momani, a government spokesman, was quoted on state television as saying. He did not make any reference to Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who said in a video on Tuesday that Islamic State had given Jordan 24 hours to release the Iraqi militant or the pilot would be killed. Momani said Jordan's priority was to secure the release of the pilot, who hails from a Jordanian tribe that forms the backbone of support for the Hashemite monarchy.


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More than 200,000 people have died since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011Syrian opposition figures and representatives of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began talks in Moscow Wednesday but there was little hope that they would make a breakthrough in ending the country's brutal war. The talks between opposition groups tolerated by Damascus and a Syrian delegation led by ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari came as Kurdish forces battled the Islamic State group around Kobane, after expelling them from the strategic town on the Turkish border. The rise of Islamic State -- which was threatening Wednesday to execute a Japanese hostage and a captured Jordanian airforce pilot -- has changed the West's approach to Syria and spurred hope that the warring sides might find common ground in the face of a mutual foe.


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