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Monday, October 31, 2016

HYUNDAI, KIA TO PAY MASSACHUSETTS MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO RESOLVE FALSE FUEL EFFICIENCY CLAIMS

HYUNDAI, KIA TO PAY MASSACHUSETTS MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO RESOLVE FALSE FUEL EFFICIENCY CLAIMS
Part of a $41.2 Million Multistate Settlement that Applies to the Sale of More Than 18,000 Massachusetts Vehicles

BOSTON?– Automakers Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay more than $1 million to Massachusetts to resolve claims that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy ratings of more than 18,000 vehicles in the state, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. The payment is part of a $41.2 million multistate settlement that resolves allegations that the companies violated state consumer protection laws.?

“We allege that these major automakers falsely advertised that their vehicles were more fuel efficient than they actually were at a time when gas prices were particularly high in Massachusetts and across the nation,” AG Healey said. “Companies cannot use false claims and deceptive practices to persuade consumers to purchase their products or to gain an unfair advantage over competitors.”

The AG’s Office filed a consent judgment in Suffolk Superior Court that is part of a resolution between 33 states and the District of Columbia and the Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors Corporation, Inc., and Kia Motors America, Inc. The consent judgment, which is subject to approval and entry by the court, concludes a multistate investigation into the companies’ representations concerning the estimated?fuel?economy of certain model years.

State and federal law set limits on emissions from vehicles sold in the United States. Before vehicles may be offered for sale, auto manufacturers must conduct testing under protocols mandated by government regulators and use the resulting data from that testing to support applications demonstrating their vehicles’ conformity to those standards.

In November 2012, Hyundai and Kia announced they were restating the fuel economy ratings for certain model year 2011, 2012 and 2013 vehicles after it was revealed that the companies had overstated the fuel efficiency of those vehicles.?

The states allege that Hyundai and Kia incorporated the inflated and inaccurate data into the estimated mileage ratings displayed on the window stickers of hundreds of thousands of cars in Massachusetts and across the country. The companies also allegedly capitalized on the erroneous mileage estimates by touting them in a variety of advertisements and other promotional campaigns. Attorney General Healey alleges that these actions constituted violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.

Separate settlements will provide compensation to the affected car-buyers. Consumers with questions about today’s announced settlement should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division at (617) 727-8400.

In addition to Massachusetts, the multistate group – led by the states of Connecticut, Iowa and Illinois – includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Deputy Division Chief Shennan Kavanagh and Assistant Attorneys General Lisa Dyen and Samantha Shusterman of Attorney General Healey’s Consumer Protection Division handled this matter for Massachusetts.

慈济人文学校加入承办新英格兰华语文能力测验行列

驻倍投方案图片顿教育组组长黄薳玉(右一)与慈济人文学校教务主任
邓淑芳(左二)及监考老师。
? ? ? ??(Boston Orange)美国华语文能力测验在新英格兰地区再添一所合作学校,刻正於1029日至112日间,陆续在4考区办理本年度测试,共约150人报名参加。
驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处教育组表示,美国华语文能力测验在新英格兰地区越来越受肯定,合作承办测验学校包括大学、主流高中及中文学校,十分多元。
慈济人文学校是最新加入合作行列的学校,承办华语文能测验及儿童华语文能力测验
驻倍投方案图片顿教育组组长黄薳玉(右三)与勒星顿中文学校监考老师,
前左依许淑芬,前左三王月娥等人试前合影
今年的华语文能力测验,从1029日起,分3日在4个考场举行,依序为1029日在麻州西部的威廉斯学院(Williams College)1030日在慈济人文学校及勒星顿中文学校,112新罕布夏州的倍得福高中(Bedford High School, NH)
教育组指出,今年的华语文能力测验新增「准备级」(Novice),在阅读测验提供注音符号或拼音标记,初学者更容易掌握题目内容,也是初学者检测自己学习成果的最佳选择。
威廉斯学院监考老师。
其他的正式华语文能力测验与往年相同,包括「入门基础级」(Band A)、「进阶高阶级」(Band B)、「流利精通级」(Band C)和以儿童为对象的华语文能力测验「萌芽级」(Sprouting)、「成长级」(Seedling)及茁壮级(Blossoming)等,共6等级。
在威廉斯学院参加本年度首场华语文能力测试的学生,大都挑战属高阶类别的「进阶高阶级」(Band B)及「流利精通级」(Band C),希望将来到台湾进修华语文课程。该校学生预定明年(2017)年初到台湾参加为期23周的海外华语文学习课程
首次参加承办华语能力测验的慈济人文学校1030日上午举行了儿童华语文能力测验及华准备级语文能力测验部分学生在考完後表示,题目很容易,明年一定要挑战更高等级。
新英格兰地区最大的华语文测验考区勒星顿中文学校,1030日下午有近百名参加考,其中一名挑战进阶高阶级(Band B)的考生,还是来自校外的美国政府公职人员。由勒星顿中文学校有经验,志工老师多,考场秩序良好,测验顺利。
威廉斯学院监考老师。
教育组指出,华语文能力测验试题研发严谨,不仅参照欧洲通用语文参考架构(Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR),也与美国外语教学协会指标(ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines)对应,是华语文学习者了解自学习成效的最佳工具也是中华民国(台湾)教育部「台湾奖学金」申请资格条件之一到台湾留学的美国学生与计划回台湾升学的华侨子弟都应把握机会参加。(文稿内容及图片均由教育组提供)

谢开明专页: 纽英仑中华专业人员协会帝39届年会图片

剑桥合唱团在会议中场献唱。


王申培(右)教授介绍孔祥重教授。

纽英仑中华专业人员协会会长蔡明机(左)和王申培教授(右)欢迎驻倍投方案图片顿经文处处长赖铭琪(左二),哈佛大学电脑科学系教授孔祥重。

倍投方案图片顿华侨文教中心主任欧宏伟(右二)与侨胞,左起,牙医师李台,建筑师王本仁等欢聚。

蒋继美(左起),柯乃南,许炳煌彼此认识多年。

夏祖焯(左起),郑洪,李小玉是大会的讲者,介绍人。

孔祥重(右起),周健男,王本仁,张重华。

史美芳(右)和张松梅(左)。

到中华专协会场来募款。

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史美芳,蒋宗壬,曾宇文等人到会听讲。

郑洪。

史美芳发言,期望中国人更强。

石家孝在金门环节中提问。

郑洪教授保有的旧帐片,蒋介石和陈纳德。


郑洪,崔洁之夫妇和李小玉夫妇是多年好友。

中华表演艺术基金会会长谭嘉陵和郑洪教授。

郑洪教授签书。

康雅雰这天负责管登记桌,为"52HZ, I love you"催票。

左起,康雅雰,康丽雪,郑淑敏。

夏祖焯出版了"建中生这样想"等好多本书。

哈佛大学费正清中心主任宋怡明谈金门



在金门当过兵的,都来和宋怡明教授合影。右起蔡明机,程中林。

李小玲(左二)等人和宋怡明教授合影。

田文浩(左二)等仁和宋怡明合影。

纽英仑中华专业人员协会董事长王世辉(左)和李台医师(右)等人合影。

右起,周万钦,李小玉,蔡明机,夏祖焯,赵锺英。?


陈秀玲

左起,李务熙,宋怡明和魏禹娴(右)等人。

右起,许炳煌,程中林,王子仁,



中华专协会长蔡明机夫妇。





苏信豪(左)和王世辉


中华专协将请郑守夏教授做专题演讲。

王世辉。

李小玉