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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 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 | 52 52 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 | 99 99 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 | 118 118 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 | 154 154 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 | 187 187 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 | 220 220 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 | 282 282 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 | 291 291 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 | 271 271 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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Charley Ukwubiwe, Pageant Contestant
At only 17 years of age, Charley Ukwubiwe already has big plans. The Cambria Heights resident, who attends Benjamin Cardozo High School, is running for the Miss New York Teen USA title. And for her...
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oraia Reid, RightRides Founder
Oraia Reid is doing her best to protect women and members of the LGBTQ community through her organization RightRides. Upon becoming aware of the increasing late night assaults on women in her neigh...
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Le Vasseur, Actor
It's a well-known fact that up-and-coming actors usually have more than one job. So it's no surprise that Will Le Vasseur, the artistic director of the Astoria-based Redd Tale Theatre Company, is a...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nicholas Weissman, Visual Journalist
A great storyteller needs to not only be extremely observant, but also must have the talent to unite the person recording a moment to the film’s viewers to draw emotion out of them. To tell that st...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Adam Suerte, Tattoo artist
Tattoo and fine artist Adam Suerte gets his inspiration from the ever-changing landscape in his hometown of Carroll Gardens. A true urbanite, Suerte is known for his talent in cityscape tattoos, de...
Aug 03, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Susan Springer Anderson, Artist
Queens On the Record
Aug 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jen Waller, Brooklyn activist
For Jen Waller, social change comes from the citizens of a nation, not its government or non-profits who are beholden to their stakeholders. Waller, 24, is a native of Oakland, California, and now ...
Jul 27, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gia Forakis, Theater Artist
For Gia Forakis, art has always been her true calling. Heavily influenced by her parents, both of whom were artists, Forakis entered the theater world as a fledgling actress, performing in the Mere...
Jul 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scott Sternbach, Photographer
Professor Scott Sternbach, who teaches at LaGuardia Community College, is finally seeing his lifelong dream come true. Thanks to a grant he received through the City University of New York, he will...
Jul 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jenny Topolski, Jewelry Maker
Dead bugs. Dead bees. Bones. These are the kinds of things many people would not want to wear around their necks or wrists. But Jenny Topolski finds beauty in them, enough to craft exquisite pieces...
Jul 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anton Dietrich, Longtime CB9 Member
Where Anton Dietrich grew up, the Van Wyck Expressway was a dirt road. Later on it became a two-lane highway and he, along with a group of others joined the nearby civic association – the Van Wyck ...
Jul 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tony Niro, Hairdresser/Family Man
A hairdresser since the age of 11, 72-year-old Tony Niro still manages to surprise and impress both customers and family members with the stories of his life. Born in Cervenera, Naples, in 1937, Ni...
Jun 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sebastian Agredo
Fulbright Scholarship winner
Jun 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jeremy & Bianca LeRoux
Owners of Brooklyn Mac, CUP
Jun 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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L.B. Brown, Gallery Owner
The custom picture framing business has long been a male-dominated industry. But L.B. Brown, once an Ebony Magazine Advertising executive, was never one to let anything hold her back. Using her kee...
Jun 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute. Here is a look at the exchanges and subsidies. HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, requires people who do not get health insurance through their employer, or the government programs Medicare and Medicaid to buy their own insurance. To make that easier, it created health insurance exchanges, which are centralized online marketplaces that allow consumers to shop among competing insurance plans.
2015-03-03 10:18:43 -0500

Five minutes into trade on March 3, 2015 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 18,251.99, down 36.64 points (0.20 percent)New York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks Tuesday retreated a day after the Nasdaq topped 5,000 for the first time in 15 years, as electronics retailer Best Buy announced big shareholder payouts.


2015-03-03 10:15:49 -0500

People wait in line to buy electronic items at a Best Buy store in Westbury, New YorkBest Buy Co Inc , the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, on Tuesday reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on a strong holiday season and said it would buy back stock for the first time since 2012. Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly said on a conference call that Best Buy planned this year to start a cost-cutting effort to save $400 million over the next three years. Best Buy authorized a $1 billion share buyback over three years and announced a special dividend of about $180 million, or 51 cents per share, from proceeds from settlements of a lawsuit on price-fixing of TFT-LCD panels. Best Buy's sales at stores open at least a year increased 2 percent during the fourth quarter ended on Jan. 31, slightly more than the 1.9 percent rise estimated by analysts polled by research firm Consensus Metrix.


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