(NAPSI)—Each year in the United States, nearly 16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer. And on any given day, as many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beyond its debilitating symptoms, the death rate for Alzheimer’s is on the rise.
(BPT) - Each year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a chronic, degenerative neurologic disorder that each person experiences differently.
(Family Features) With so many different choices in the vitamin aisle, many women find it difficult to choose the right ones to fit their personal needs.
Everyone who pays attention to politics and governance knows New York State’s reputation for dysfunction and corruption. Yes, the situation does appear to have improved somewhat under Gov. Cuomo — though recent revelations about how his own anti-corruption commission was hampered are troubling — but too many decisions are still made in the shadows, and far too many officials are found to be criminals.
What may be less known is how dysfunctional the system is for those people just trying to run for office against incumbents or those who otherwise are part of the establishment. New York almost stands alone in this respect too, as it is one of only a few states that prevents people from running through an overly cumbersome ballot access system. While the stated goal of the system is to ensure that only genuine candidates with at least a shot of winning get on the ballot, the effect is to give the establishment an unfair means by which it can perpetuate itself.
(BPT) - Smartphones have become an essential part of everyday life; from texting and email to social media, Americans rely heavily on their mobile devices. If your mobile phone was taken away, how long could you survive without it?
(BPT) - Para muchas personas, la obtención de un título universitario abría las puertas al mundo laboral. Tal vez fue un factor vital para su empleo actual. Pero, ¿está aplicando lo aprendido en la Universidad a su profesión? Una encuesta reciente revela que posiblemente no sea así.
(BPT) - For many, earning a college degree opened the door to the working world; it may have even been instrumental in landing your current job. But are you applying what you learned in college to your current career field? A recent survey suggests this might not be the case.
(BPT) - School is gearing up and a plethora of activities are starting. From soccer season and dance classes to music lessons and more – fall is a time full of excitement yet major adjustment for families.
(NAPSI)—Whether you are a committed clipper or you have a more laid-back relationship with coupons, there’s good news.
(BPT) - Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or the person looking to get hired, it’s all about competency.
New York City’s Board of Elections noted a low voter turnout for the June primary and a declining participation rate over the last few years.
There’s a good reason why. The BOE closed a number of polling sites because they were deemed inaccessible to handicapped voters under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sending absentee ballots to disabled voters instead of closing polling sites for everyone makes more sense. Closing polling sites disenfranchises thousands for the sake of a few.
Kew Gardens Hills voters lost their chance to cast ballots at a conveniently located site when the BOE abandoned PS 164 over two years ago.
Unless the BOE corrects this situation, its initials really stand for Barrel of Errors.
(BPT) - Las oportunidades de empleo para los militares veteranos parecen estar en aumento, lo cual es estimulante para los cientos de miles de soldados que regresan de sus misiones, y los veteranos que buscan nuevas oportunidades de trabajo civil.
(BPT) - Do you believe members of the military contribute a great deal to society? You’re not alone; a 2013 Pew Research Center opinion poll found that Americans of all ages and walks of life placed military service at the top of the list of 10 professions that do the most good. Unfortunately, scammers are abusing this wide-spread admiration and posing as members of the military in order to trick people into sending them money.
(BPT) - Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities.
I’ve recently returned from Washington, DC, where I met with Rep. Grace Meng and staff members in the offices of Rep. Gregory Meeks, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Chuck Schumer about issues that may seem far from home, but are near and dear to core American values.
One of them is the vital importance of supporting United Nations peacekeeping operations, particularly in nations like the Central African Republic — a country teetering on the brink of genocide. UN peacekeepers are desperately needed there — and in other volatile and terror-plagued nations around the globe — to restore law and order and save countless lives.
Fortunately, the UN Security Council, with support from the United States, has approved a robust peacekeeping mission in CAR. But currently, the U.S. is in the red on its UN peacekeeping dues, and this year’s federal budget underfunds UN peacekeeping by $350 million. During our meeting, I urged Ms. Meng and, through their staff, the other legislators to address this growing concern and provide full support for peacekeeping funding.
I am not alone in this conviction — a recent bipartisan poll found that two-thirds of Americans support full and timely payment of UN dues, including for peacekeeping operations. That includes Americans like me and hundreds of others who traveled to Washington for the annual meeting of the United Nations Association of the USA, an organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and work of the UN.
As our representatives consider the fiscal year 2015 spending bill, we must fully fund all peacekeeping needs, including this newest mission in CAR.
The debate over banning horse-drawn carriages in Central Park has gained momentum since Mayor de Blasio — an avid critic of the practice — entered office.
On one side, animal rights activists call the carriage rides inhumane because of the hot asphalt and tough city conditions the horses are forced to endure; on the other, carriages are a novelty and show the more romantic side of the city.
Two Republicans will fight it out at the polls in Tuesday’s primary in hopes of replacing veteran Congressman Steve Israel of the 3rd District.
Stephen Labate, 46, a financial planner from Deer Park, LI, who lost to Israel two years ago with 41.6 percent of the vote, will face Grant Lally, 52, a lawyer from Lloyd Harbor, LI.
(NAPSI)—If your child is like the average American school kid, he or she spends 17.4 hours a week watching TV or playing video games, 16.7 hours a week playing outside and only 5.9 hours a week reading.
A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the corruption trial of State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and co-defendant Vincent Tabone, a former official with the Queens County Republican Party.
“Craziness in the Council” (Editorial, June 5) makes sense.
Will NYC Councilmembers dip into their own pockets or program several million of taxpayers dollars to pay for pork-barrel member items to make up for the lost Walmart charitable contributions made on a voluntary basis? Any poll of ordinary New Yorkers shows support for the right of Walmart to open stores in NYC. Residents of New York State outside of NYC have had the option of shopping or not shopping at Walmart for decades. The same is true for virtually every other city and state. Only NYC is behind the times.
Construction of a new Walmart can provide work for construction contractors and their employees. Once opened, there are employment opportunities for many workers. Over 7 percent of New Yorkers are out of work, along with 7 percent who have given up looking for employment. The city would benefit by millions in tax revenue, which could help fund services everyone desires.
Walmart is the nation’s largest private sector employer with over 1,200,000 employees and growing each year. Tens of millions of Americans own stock in Walmart. The same is true for the various retirement and pension plans. Starting pay averages several dollars above the minimum wage for new employees around the nation. Promotional opportunities are common. Walmart may actually pay higher salaries and offer more benefits than some of its competitors such as Target, K-Mart, Costco and BJs, which are already here.
Several hundred thousand New Yorkers work off the books with no benefits. Many existing retailers pay minimum wage with no benefits. Public officials opposing Walmart never talk about these abuses.
Free enterprise made our nation great. Economic growth and the creation of wealth comes from businesses — small and large.
Many New Yorkers need the great prices, quality merchandise and affordable food, drugs and school supplies that Walmart offers.
Consumers have voted, with their feet, all over America, making Walmart the No. 1 retail merchant success story it is today. It is time to allow Walmart the opportunity to compete in the NYC marketplace as well!
(NewsUSA) - When it comes to starting the day early, finding energy fast is vital.
As part of our Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment was based on the right to keep and bear arms as stated in the English Bill of Rights (1689). These rights supported the natural rights of self-defense and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of country.
Our Supreme Court has made various interpretations on the meaning of this amendment. In 1939, the court, in United States v. Miller, ruled that the federal government and the states could limit any weapon types not having a “reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia.”
In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the court handed down a landmark decision, expressly holding the Second Amendment to protect an individual’s right to possess and carry firearms. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, stated, “The right of the whole people, ... and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, not such merely as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon …”
Justice John Paul Stevens, in dissent, said, “When each word in the text is given full effect, the Amendment is most naturally read to secure to the people a right to use and possess arms in conjunction with service in a well-regulated militia. So far as appears, no more than that was contemplated by its drafters …”
Folks, I believe Justice Stevens got it right.
This 2008 ruling launched a storm clash between gun-control and gun-rights groups. All polls show a vast majority of Americans want gun safety laws. I salute former Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his crusade to elevate gun safety in America.
This summer, the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land will issue its plan for turning the abandoned Rockaway branch of the Long Island Rail Road into a 3.5-mile-long “QueensWay” bike and pedestrian trail.
But the study won’t answer several basic questions.