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Immigration Legislation Support

Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 20:53

US Representative Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), who is an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, voted in favor of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 (H.R. 3012), which eases the current burdens on employment-based and family-based visas. Rep. Crowley says there is a need for further bipartisan action to truly address our nation’s broken immigration system.

Real Estate Tax Exemptions

Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 19:29

NYC Department of Finance has announced that roughly a third of the not for profit organizations in the city did not re-register for their real estate tax exemption on their properties. DOF sent out letters to approximately 12,000 organizations throughout the City several months ago and followed up with robo-calls.

Please, pass on to community boards, elected officials as well of other umbrella type organizations to help get out the word to these organizations in hopes that they can file before the December 5th deadline.

CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 19:01

Syria’s military and security forces have committed crimes against humanity during their crackdown on protesters, a United Nations-appointed probe said today, urging the Government to immediately end “gross” human rights violations and bring perpetrators to justice.

In August the UN Human Rights Council established the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in the country since March, when the pro-democracy protests began.

SICK or NOT?

Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 17:55

Here are some facts which you may already know: Employees aren't always telling the truth when they call the boss to say they're sick.

In fact, recent figures indicate 34% of U.S. IT workers admitted using an excuse when they called in sick during the previous year.

While most employers reported heightened absenteeism around the holidays, they said the prime season when IT employees call in sick is the first quarter:

January through March: 38%
April through June: 12%
July through September: 22%
October through December: 28%

Contemplating the Ancients

Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 10:40
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Lecture in English.

As a descendent of the Hsu and Chi families, Dr. Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu 徐心眉 will talk about her paternal family's Catholic origins tracing back to Hsu Kuang-Ch'i's conversion in 1603 under the influence of Matteo Ricci, and colourful tales of her maternal great-great-grandfather, Chi Yun, Chief Editor of China's most important literary encyclopaedia, Siku quanshu (Complete Library in Four Branches of Literature).

Headlines 11/29/11

Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 07:34
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GOVERNMENT JOBS LOST. African Americans.

CYBERMONDAY WIN. Smart Phone Sales.

ARAB LEAGUE. Hardline For Syria.

CAIN ABLE? Herman Camp-pain.

MJ TRIAL. Murray Sentence.

NYBG Celebrations

Submitted by ub on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 17:03

Thursdays, December 1, 8, & 15, 6–8 p.m.
Enjoy a night out and an evening viewing of the Holiday Train Show—and do your holiday shopping, too! Sip a complimentary champagne cocktail and get expert advice from Shop in the Garden staff who will help you find just the right gifts. Your ticket includes a voucher for $20 off a purchase of $100 or more! Get tickets.

Non-Member $30/Member $20
(Adults 21 and over)
Advance tickets recommended;
includes one free cocktail
1111-Bar-Car-Dylans-v2-268x256.jpgBar Car Nights
Saturdays, December 3, 10, & 17, 7–9 p.m.

HISTORIC ELECTIONS

Submitted by ub on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 10:25

Voting is underway in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since the ouster nine month ago of longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak.

While Egypt holds it's historic elections, voters turn out in droves and this long awaited vote promises to be the fairest and cleanest election in Egypt's living history.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest and best organized group, along with other Islamists are expected to do well in the vote.

NY PRESS PROTESTS NYPD

Submitted by ub on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 09:49

The NYPD's media backlash has had it's consequences for the police department: Some 13 news organizations, including AP, ABC, CBS and NBC, have demanded the practice must stop.

Journalists working for The Associated Press and The Daily News were arrested while taking notes. Another radio reporter was arrested as she recorded several blocks from Zoccotti Park.

Headlines 11/28/11

Submitted by ub on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 09:33
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PAKISTANIS DENOUNCING. NATO Air Strikes.

EGYPT VOTES. 9 Months Of Political Change.

CYBERMONDAY. Shoppers Surf The Web.

BERNIE FINE. No Longer At Syracuse.

US HOLIDAY SPENDING. 33% CAN'T.