Pranksters The Yes Men and Beth Portello, the producer of the film, "The End of Poverty," recently put up a fake World Economic Forum Web site. The site protests against the WEF's "business as usual" policies on poverty. But, how effective is the prank-protest in bringing about change?
Several organizations and labor unions are pushing for a paid family leave bill to pass in the New York Senate. The bill would give paid leave to employees needing to take time off from work to care for a sick relative or new born child. Protestors at a demonstration in Garden City, Long Island urge Republican Senator Kemp Hannon to introduce the bill in the Senate.
While rock and roll clubs may be closing, the downtown scene isn't completely over.The lower east side is still active and Webster Hall is still thriving; nightcrawlers may be surprised to learn that the 120-year-old building has quite a history - as a music venue and a center of political activism. The east village club is now in the process of becoming a New York City Landmark.
America’s escalating medical costs are paving the way for a new type of tourism: medical tourism.
Many New Yorkers are finding that it’s cheaper to fly to another country to have plastic surgery -- even when adding in the costs of airfare and hotel.
At just a four-hour plane ride away, the Dominican Republic is becoming a very popular destination for these so-called medical tourists.
Manju and Mukesh Gupta have had to reduce their milk intake because the two rupee (US $0.04) per litre milk price hike has become too much of an expense. Meanwhile, Tughlakhabad Farm Owner Karam Vee explains increases in milk prices is the result of reduced fodder production.
In 2008, every hour there were approximately 47 reported cases of road accidents in all of India. Of these cases, 54 people were injured and close to 14 people died (every hour), according to the National Crime Records Bureau.
In January 2006, Medicare Part D went into effect subsidizing the cost of prescription drugs for the elderly.
The federal government touts the program as an effective way to offer senior citizens choice and flexibility. But, many seniors, including those at the Elmhurst-Jackson Heights Senior Center, say that Part D has left them confused and frustrated.
A band of Borough Park neighbors is suing to stop a developer from building an 8-story, 179-unit apartment complex in a lot that abuts private backyards.
The developer contends he’s following the law. Local residents acknowledge the need for more housing in the neighborhood, which has the city’s highest birthrate. But, they argue that plans to include a bank and a 259-space public parking garage in the Dahill Road complex will add to traffic congestion in the neighborhood.