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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION AND EMPOWERMENT

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION AND EMPOWERMENT
BOSTON - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced $96,000 in grants to 12 community-based organizations through the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians (MONB) Mini-Grants Program to support their immigrant integration and empowerment efforts in the City of Boston.

Funded projects include expanding access to legal services, leadership development for women and youth, workforce development, citizenship classes, and community education and outreach.

"It is fitting to end our celebration of June as Immigrant Heritage Month by supporting the year-round work of these immigrant-serving organizations," said Mayor Walsh.

"The funded organizations reflect a greater body of community partners committed to the empowerment and inclusion of immigrants in all aspects of life in our City," said Alejandra St. Guillen, Director of MONB. "We hope that these grants can provide the extra support needed to expand and sustain their essential efforts."

The 12 organizations serve a diverse range of cultural and linguistic communities throughout all of Boston's neighborhoods. Preference was given to immigrant-led organizations with small operating budgets. Each organization will receive $4,000 in July 2015, an additional $4,000 in July 2016 upon submitting a year-end report. This pilot program is made possible by proceeds from the annual We Are Boston Gala.

The following organizations were funded through the MONB Mini-Grants Program:
  • Agencia ALPHA, South End and East Boston
  • Association of Haitian Women (AFAB), Mattapan and Hyde Park
  • Brazilian Women's Group, Allston
  • Caribbean Youth Club, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Dorchester
  • Centro Presente,?East Boston
  • Chinese Progressive Association,?Chinatown
  • CVC-UNIDO, Dorchester
  • Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Perkins Community Center, Dorchester
  • Greater Boston Nazarene Compassion Center, Mattapan
  • Project Citizenship, Citywide
  • South Boston en Accion, South Boston
  • Student Immigrant Movement, Citywide

倍投方案图片顿中华象棋会比赛 李士养夺甲组冠军

倍投方案图片顿中华象棋联谊会第八届比赛,历经 3个周日的110多场激战後,於六月廿八日下午赛毕。前三名依序为,甲组李士养,姚德松,秦继华,乙组黄霭霖,吕国辉,陈健儒。
由於甲组,乙组冠军都已年逾七十,姚德松,秦继华等几乎每年都是比赛优胜者之一,有出席观赛者笑称,“姜是老的辣”这句中国俗谚,有如贴切形容。
大倍投方案图片顿喜爱下象棋的人,近年越来越多,天气好时,华埠司徒丽英公园经常有三,四群人,分别在石桌旁围成一堆,聚精汇神的观看棋手厮杀。倍投方案图片顿中华象棋会在这种氛围下,会员人数已成长到逾百人,其中不少人远自康州,或麻州的沙龙镇,华森市等地来倍投方案图片顿找人下棋。不过,碍於各人工作,以及天气转冷等因素,今年参赛人数并不多,共16人,依棋力分成甲乙两组循环竞赛。
优胜者,甲组获奖状及一百至二百元不等奖金,乙组只有奖金,五十至一百元不等。
今年比赛的赛外特色之一是已从建筑包工,升格为土地发展商,正在洛士百利参与竞标一点五亿元建造住宅项目的会长秦继华,推动,要求倍投方案图片顿中华象棋联谊会采用电脑化作业,不但有中文打印的详细比赛细节与方法,连比赛积分纪录表也用电脑打印出来的表格制作。
该会举办比赛的经费,今年也比往年宽裕,不但由该会干部烷,马瑞明等人向纽英仑中华公所争取到赞助三百元,会长秦继华捐款一千元,包括黄霭霖等八名会员各捐一百元。
纽约象棋总会理事长温凯良当天特地赶来出席。他透露,此行有三个目的,一为支持友好象棋会的活动,联络情谊,二为邀请倍投方案图片顿象棋会今年十月派员到纽约参加第七届“北美杯”象棋赛,三是想游说倍投方案图片顿象棋会旗手和纽约一起组队,下周到温哥华李奇蒙去参赛。
纽英仑中华公所主席阮鸿灿在比赛结束後应邀颁奖。

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纽英仑中华公所主席阮鸿灿(右二)颁奖给倍投方案图片顿中华象棋会第八届比赛甲组优胜者,亚军姚德松(左起),冠军李士养,季军秦继华。(菊子摄)

??????? 倍投方案图片顿中华象棋会会员,得奖者,嘉宾赛後合影。前排右起为温凯良,黄霭霖,阮鸿灿,邝坤珍,余仕昂,秦继华,吴烷森。(菊子摄)

??????????? 倍投方案图片顿中华象棋会会长秦继华(左起),创会人之一黄霭霖和中华公所主席阮鸿灿谢谢纽约象棋总会理事长温凯良(右二)赶来与会,观赛。(菊子摄)


? ? ? ??倍投方案图片顿中华象棋会会长秦继华(右起)邀中华公所主席阮鸿灿,以及余仕昂(左一)颁奖给乙组的冠军黄霭霖,亚军吕国辉 。(菊子摄)

倍投方案图片顿2024提出新版“竞标2.0“申奥计画

成立以来备受争议的“倍投方案图片顿2024“,昨(廿九)日公布竞标2024年奥运承办权的新计画,将藉临时性体育馆,运动员村来打造两个新社区,改善倍投方案图片顿市的结构体质,来达到办奥运,让倍投方案图片顿有名有利的理想。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿2024“称为”竞标2.0Bid 2.0)“的新计画中,以为奥运提供比赛场地,为倍投方案图片顿市提供未来住宅,公共设施为目标,分别座落在倍投方案图片顿市内威德特圈(Widett Circle),哥伦比亚端(Columbia Point),占地约一千两百万平方尺的两个社区是新计画核心。
??????? 将建约有69,000个座位临时奥运体育馆的威德特圈(Widett Circle),订名为中城(Midtown)发展计画“,占地83英亩,将在奥运之後,改建成有18个区块(block)的综合用途,靠近公共交通系统的社区,内有一个占地15英亩的心公园,并新建连接费尔蒙线(Fairmont Line)的通勤火车站。
??????????? 估计需有17,200个奥运,残运床位的选手村,计画建在哥伦比亚端(Columbia Point),占地30英亩,在奥运之後,约四百万平方公尺将建成综合用途,共多世代家庭居住的住宅,零售店面,创新中心,艺术家工作坊或一郎等。另外预订为麻州大学倍投方案图片顿分校建2700个新床位,为地方建3000个综合用途的可负担住宅。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿2024估计,这样的建设,将可为倍投方案图片顿市府带来十倍於该两地块目前的税收。
A rendering of the Olympic Stadium at Widett Circle.
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿2024的新主席白柳可(Steven Pagliuca),执行长戴维(Richard Davey),建筑师曼弗瑞(David Manfredi)等人,昨日在倍投方案图片顿会议展览中心(BCEC)分别就整体概要,场地,交通,承办奥运可带来的福利等,说明该机构已修订出一份新的竞标计画书,“竞标2.0Bid 2.0)“。
??????????? 白柳可(Steven Pagliuca)强调,就像做生意一样,承办奥运也是有风险的事,倍投方案图片顿2024力求降低风险,并透明公开一切资讯,由民众自行决定这风险值不值得冒。他在昨日刊於倍投方案图片顿环球报的投书上写着,他个人认为这是个倍投方案图片顿及新英格兰转型,推动经济发展的一生只有一次机会。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿2024昨日也公布了承办奥运的新营运预算,估计来自国际,国内的赞助,广播费用,售票所得,发给牌照等的五十亿元营收中,约可得二亿元盈余,可用於抵销意料之外的超支费用。
??????????? 新的公共开支,包括四亿五千五百万元的MBTA绿线及红线地铁的科技改善,以及一亿元的新建百老汇(Broadway)地铁站入口。
??????????? 竞标2.0“也呼吁完成波市府现有,但为经费完成的哥伦比亚端总体计划,一亿六千万元的Kosciuszko Circle重建计划,以及六千万元的JFK转运站修建等。
??????????? 目前已有多个城市,地区主动要求倍投方案图片顿2024选用他们的城市或地点,作为奥运会比赛场地。倍投方案图片顿2024将有约共23个奥运比赛场地,和之前的计画相比,不少比赛地点已搬出倍投方案图片顿市,目前约有八个比赛场地还未确定落脚何方。
??????????? 今年九月至明年一月间,倍投方案图片顿2024将递交承办奥运申请书,国际奥委会预定2016年四月时挑候选城市,麻州居民将於2016年十一月就奥运举行公投,到2017年夏季时,国际奥委会将宣布承办奥运的得标城市。
??????????? 在昨日公布“竞标2.0“後,白柳可(Steven Pagliuca)等人面对承办奥运需购买高一亿二千八百万元的保险,有哪个保险公司承担得起,保险费从哪儿来,一旦奥运超支,麻州纳税人得承担後果等问题,只强调凡事都有风险,新计画中设有四层保护机制。

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??????????? 倍投方案图片顿2024的建筑师曼弗瑞(David Manfredi)(右起),新主席白柳可(Steven Pagliuca),执行长戴维(Richard Davey)宣布“竞标2.0“。(菊子摄)

??????????? 倍投方案图片顿2024强调新计画协助完成倍投方案图片顿市长的增建住宅计画。(菊子摄)

??????????? 倍投方案图片顿2024预定在Widett Circle建临时体育馆。(图片取自倍投方案图片顿2024报告)

??????????? 倍投方案图片顿2024强调打了二亿元的意外预算。(图片取自倍投方案图片顿2024报告)


? ? ? ? ? ??倍投方案图片顿2024声言可为倍投方案图片顿市带来五万余工作机会。(图片取自倍投方案图片顿2024报告)

新联盟推动公民投票防止奥运花税款

倍投方案图片顿办奥运,反对,质疑声浪一直未减。麻州第三党党主席费确克(Evan Falchuk)和“投票给一号(Yes on 1)”日前宣布合作,将携手推动通过选票问题,制止税款花在奥运上。
目前在爱默生学院执教的费确克,去年参选麻州州长未果,但得票数超过政府规定,得以成立联合独立党(United Independent City)。上周,他和曾经成功推翻汽油税自动加价的“投票给一号(Yes on 1)”这非牟利组织合作,扬言要争取到约69,000足够数额选民签名,让“制止税款花在奥运上”这问题,放到大选选票上,由民众投票公决。
“投票给一号(Yes on 1)”的共同主席,麻州众议员 Geoff Diehl,副主席Martin A. Lamb等人,日前和费确克一起在州政府大楼前发表声明,指出他们已设立网站TankTaxesforOlympics.com,还有麻州众议员Steve Aylward,Marty Lamb 等人的支持。
Geoff Diehl表示,他们代表麻州内辛勤工作的纳税人,所以去年推动废除汽油税自动加价,但要保护纳税人的钱,还得制止把税款花在不必要的事情上。他们将动用强大的草根力量,来让倍投方案图片顿2024知道,大家把税款看得很紧,并监督倍投方案图片顿2024实现承诺,不能动用税款。


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??????????? 麻州第三党党主席费确克(Evan Falchuk)(前中)和麻州众议员Geoff Diehl(中右)Martin A. Lamb(中左)等人在州政府大楼前声言,将推动选票问题,制止税款花在奥运上。(菊子摄)


麻州第三党党主席费确克(Evan Falchuk)在州政府大楼前说明,要看紧纳税人的钱。(菊子摄)

AG HEALEY PUSHES FOR INCREASED TRANSPARENCY IN ENERGY TRANSMISSION RATES

AG HEALEY PUSHES FOR INCREASED TRANSPARENCY IN ENERGY TRANSMISSION RATES
AG Healey, Rhode Island Attorney General and Energy Advocates Send Letter to ISO-New England and New England Transmission Owners Arguing for a Public Process For Proposed Rate Increases
????????????BOSTON?– Continuing her promise to be the 21st?Century Ratepayer Advocate for Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey is leading an effort for increased transparency in setting energy transmission rates.
AG Healey today along with Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and consumer and energy advocates from several other New England states sent a letter to ISO-New England and? New England electric transmission owners urging the companies to develop a transparent process that allows all stakeholders the opportunity to review, question and challenge proposed transmission rates.
“A revised protocol should also allow parties a meaningful opportunity to question the transmission owners and ISO New England regarding the proposed formula rates and provide a well-defined process to challenge implementation of proposed [Regional Network Service] and [Local Network Service] rates,” said AG Healey in the letter.
AG Healey said in the letter that transmission owners should also provide the calculations used to develop their proposed rates to state regulatory commissions, attorneys general and consumer advocacy agencies. The AG also asked that electric transmission owners make available all inputs to transmission rate formula calculations and that they make an affirmative showing that such costs are properly included.?
ISO-New England is an independent, non-profit Regional Transmission Organization serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
New England customers pay nearly $2 billion per year through the Regional Network Service rate alone, with Massachusetts customers paying approximately 46 percent.
Last week, the AG’s Office presented evidence before a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Law judge arguing that Eversource Energy, National Grid and their investors are earning too much in profits from power transmission lines and that they are making their excess returns on the backs of ratepayers.?
Healey’s letter was joined by representatives from Kilmartin’s office, PowerOptions, the State of New Hampshire Consumer Advocate, Freedom Energy Logistics, Connecticut Consumer Counsel, the State of Maine Public Advocate Office, the Vermont Department of Public Service and the Industrial Energy Consumer Group.
AG Healey’s office is ramping up efforts to ensure that any transmission rates are fair, reasonable and transparent. Energy customers pay for a return on investment, depreciation, operation and maintenance of high voltage transmission lines that move electricity over state lines. Electric transmission can play a big factor in a customer’s bill.

AG HEALEY CELEBRATES EARNED SICK TIME LAW AND REGULATIONS OFFICIALLY GOING INTO EFFECT

AG HEALEY CELEBRATES EARNED SICK TIME LAW AND REGULATIONS OFFICIALLY GOING INTO EFFECT
Announces Second Round of Informational Sessions and Webinars to Help Businesses Comply with New Law That Gives One Million More Employees Access to Paid Sick Leave

?BOSTON?— Joined by some of the more than one million workers who will now receive paid sick leave, Attorney General Maura Healey celebrated the new Earned Sick Time law that officially takes effect tomorrow at an event held in front of the Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing. AG Healey also announced a second round of informational sessions and webinars to help businesses comply with the new law.
“This new law means that one million workers in Massachusetts will no longer be forced to make the difficult choice of working or taking care of a sick family member,” AG Healey said. “I’m proud of Massachusetts’ leadership on this issue, and I’m proud of our office’s role in helping to implement this new law. Our work, however, is not done and we’re holding another round of information sessions to make sure that all businesses have the support they need to successfully implement the law.”
Web-based information sessions have been scheduled for July 7 at 10 a.m., July 14 at 2 p.m., July 16 at 10 a.m., July 21 at 2 p.m. and July 23 at 10 a.m.. RSVP information will be posted on ?www.mass.gov/ago/earnedsicktime.
The regulations were finalized after the AG’s Office solicited extensive input in an unprecedented process that included seven public hearings and four listening sessions across the state. More than 1,100 people attended the meetings and the AG’s Office received over 75 formal comments and responded to hundreds of emails questions regarding the new law.
The office’s?final regulations?include clarifications and adjustments to provisions regarding the accrual, use and payment of Earned Sick Time, employer size, notice requirements, and rules for requiring medical documentation. The final regulations also include clarifications on when employees can make up time instead of using it and how employers with existing leave policies can keep their own plans while complying with the law.
Even before the final regulations were filed, AG Healey announced a Safe Harbor provision, which grants employers who already offer paid time off policies to their employees until January 1, 2016 to come into full compliance with the new law.
The Fair Labor Division and Community Engagement Division of the AG’s Office will be responsible for the second round of information sessions, many of which will be coordinated with local chambers of commerce. A more detailed list of the upcoming outreach events will be made available in the coming days and posted on the?AG’s website.
Nearly, one in three workers in Massachusetts do not currently have access to sick leave or any paid time off, the vast majority of whom work in low-wage jobs. More than half of service industry workers do not have access to a single sick day.
Massachusetts will be joining California and Connecticut as the only states with an earned sick time law.
Earned sick time can be used for routine or emergency medical visits and travel time, to care for an ill family member or to address issues of domestic violence.