(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.
(BPT) - Henry Ford had three companies fail before he launched the game-changing Model T. Abraham Lincoln failed in business, lost multiple elections and had a mental breakdown before being elected the country’s 16th president. America is a land of second chances made good – which could explain the ongoing trend of more adults returning to college.
A love of EPCOT Center at Disney World and an unexpected visit to Flushing Meadows Park led to a four-year odyssey for Ryan Ritchey, resulting in his new video, “Afterthe Fair.”
Ritchey, 38, who lives outside Philadelphia, makes corporate videos for a living. In a telephone interview, he said he always knew that EPCOT was fashioned after the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, but didn’t think anything remained of the extravaganza.
(BPT) - In early January 2014, 21 percent of American workers said they planned to change jobs within the next 12 months, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Introspection is common at the turn of the year, and people who plodded along in less-than-fulfilling jobs for the preceding 11 months begin thinking about what they can do differently in the new year. Many will turn to their education options to help improve their job prospects.
(BPT) - Americans spend just shy of 274 hours a year on shopping – or 45 minutes per day – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. It’s probably safe to say a good chunk of that time occurs during the holiday season. While much shopping takes place online, many people still head to stores, and those folks will be logging a lot of hours on their feet.
(NAPSI)—The U.S. is in a select group of countries. It’s one of only three (and the only industrialized one) that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity or paternity leave.
After a series of twists and turns, negotiations and debates, the Astoria Cove project was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
The development — which includes waterfront access, affordable housing, a commercial corridor, green space and a school — is the first to be approved under the new affordable housing stipulations made by Mayor de Blasio this year.
Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.
The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has introduced a resolution that would require the U.S. Postal Service to create a postage stamp in honor of the Chinese railroad workers who helped construct America’s first Transcontinental Railroad.
The lawmaker said about 12,000 Chinese immigrant laborers built railroads across the country between 1865 and 1869. They comprised more than 80 percent of the entire workforce and were stereotyped and paid lower wages than other workers. Meng said about 1,200 workers died during unworkable winters and life-threatening conditions.
The de Blasio administration has secured $10 million in commitments toward the city’s bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The money was pledged by the 101 businesses, civic and labor leaders that make up the Host Committee, officials said.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer has had no shortage of projects or union contracts to review in his first 11 months in office.
And he likes it that way.
(NAPSI)—According to financial experts, it’s not how much money you make that counts, it’s how much you keep. To help you hang on to more of your hard-earned dollars, there’s now a new, free and convenient way to pay your bills from any mobile device—mobile phones, tablets, Macs and PCs—wherever you may be. So you don’t have to worry about missing a payment—and having to pay a penalty; you can even schedule the payment days in advance.
(StatePoint) Many new jobs in local towns nationwide are coming from a somewhat unexpected place, according to new statistics. Local jobs nationwide are increasingly tied to consumers and businesses abroad, say researchers.
The 2014-15 NBA season is only two weeks old, so it’s obviously impossible to forecast any long-term trends but our local NBA teams appear to be serious works-in- progress.
My gut feeling is that the Knicks and Nets will be battling each other for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA Eastern Division. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams wind up on the outside looking in on the postseason come mid-April.
It’s been two weeks since the City Council held a hearing for the latest project in Astoria Cove and after several days of confrontation with activists and elected officials, the proposal was approved by the zoning subcommittee on Wednesday.
As part of a last-minute deal, the development team, Astoria 2030, agreed to dedicate 27 percent of the residential units for affordable housing, up 7 percent from the original proposal.
There’s a reason they say hard work, laser-like determination and people skills can lead to great success in business: because it’s true. Just ask Thomas Chen.
Chen came to the United States from Taiwan in 1982, when he was 27, with just a few dollars in his pocket and no English skills whatsoever. Settling in Elmhurst, he was alone for his first year here, having left his wife and their young son back home. His first job was ironing shirts and pants in a garment factory in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
When Elly Berkovits Gross was 15 in 1944, she and other Jews were transported in a cattle car from the ghetto of Cehei in Romania to the Auschwitz-II/Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
Having hidden away a small pocketknife she happened to receive at a family wedding, she poked holes in the compartment so she, her mother and her 5-year-old brother could breathe.
(BPT) - As the Department of Defense continues its drawdown of American military personnel after decades of major troop deployment, tens of thousands of American troops are preparing to transition out of the military and back into civilian life. The transition will be easier for some than others; but with a solid plan and access to helpful resources, returning heroes can find success and satisfaction in a post-military career.
(BPT) - From sports teams and extracurricular clubs to first jobs and first cars, high school students learn new lessons every day, many away from the classroom. But when it comes to balancing their obligations, many students learn some tough lessons for the first time as they dip their feet into adult life, particularly with their finances.
(BPT) - A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:
At the 32nd annual legislative forum of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, held Oct. 24 at Queens Borough Hall, it became clear that while strides are slowly being made toward an improved quality of life for seniors, much work remains to be done.
Perhaps the biggest coup since the last QICA forum was an increase in eligibility for SCRIE, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption. Through the efforts of state and city lawmakers, the income level was raised from $29,000 to $50,000 per household.
(NewsUSA) - Which jobs will be in demand in the coming years?
(BPT) - Active Reservist Lisa De Leon had a tough decision to make a year ago when the government temporarily shut down. The 40-year-old single mother of sons ages 16, 15 and 13 considered uprooting her family from San Antonio, Texas for a nationwide job search. However, she had an incomplete college degree in an extremely tight labor market.
(BPT) - More than half of all Americans will feast on takeout this Thanksgiving, according to the National Restaurant Association. It’s easy to guess why. All the things we love about takeout – such as convenience and time-savings – are doubly valuable during the busy holiday season.
(BPT) - Marquita Davis, a registered nurse, began her professional life as an early childhood educator. She cared for her students, shaping their minds and social development skills to prepare them for their future education. Years later, unforeseen life events inspired Davis to provide care in a new role, this time as a nurse.