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Friday, December 30, 2016

大倍投方案图片顿会展旅游局办讲座教商家争取中国游客


右起,麻州港务局执行长Tom Glynn,国泰航空公司美国资深副总裁Philippe Lacamp大倍投方案图片顿会议旅游局董事长Patrick Moscaritolo,倍投方案图片顿喜来登酒店总经理Angela Vento,海南航空北美执行总经理梁浦斌(Pubin Liang)。(大倍投方案图片顿会展中心提供)

麻州旅游叶中国友好研讨会。(周菊子摄)
?????? (Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)尽管川普(Donald Trump)上台後,中美关系是否持续走高,仍待观察,麻州旅游业对中国游客的期待,可是十分高昂。大倍投方案图片顿会议旅游局(Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau)订了5年计画,希望到2021年时,可以吸引到50万中国游客来访。
会场。
????? 为达到这一目的,大倍投方案图片顿会议旅游局12月中办了一场研讨会,还预定20173月组织一个行销团(Sales Mission)访问中国。
旅游市场洞察(Travel Market Insights)董事长Scott Johnson。
(周菊子摄)
????? 中国游客人数多,出手阔绰,人们早已耳闻。旅游市场洞察(Travel Market Insights)董事长Scott Johnson在会中陈述的2015年约有21万名中国游客到倍投方案图片顿,约占中国访美游客的10分之一,总共花了2亿4600万元等统计数据,加上到2020年时,中国大概会有2亿5000万人出国旅游,每年成长幅度约14%的估计,让大倍投方案图片顿旅游业人士无不摩拳擦掌。
大倍投方案图片顿会议旅游局董事长Patrick Moscaritolo。(周菊子摄)
????? 大倍投方案图片顿会议旅游局在201612月安排的这场为期一日中国友好研讨会,邀有倍投方案图片顿喜来登酒店总经理Angela Vento担任早上环节主持人。请得标志旅游(Trademark Tours)执行长Daniel Andrew,倍投方案图片顿海港游团体销售主任Doug Hall,梅西百货旅游行销全美主任Keri Hanson,联邦地产副总裁Andi Simpson,倍投方案图片顿喜来登酒店房间主任Charlie York等人分享他们接待中国游客的经验。
海南航空公司货运经理王森水,欧洲渠道经理鹿岳森(Joseph Colby)
成员和麻州大学孔子学院王淑红联袂出席。(周菊子摄)
麻州港务局执行长Tom Glynn,国泰航空公司美国资深副总裁Philippe Lacamp,海南航空北美执行总经理梁浦斌(Pubin Liang)等人也特地出席午餐座谈。
从协助与会者拓展市场的角度出发,大倍投方案图片顿会议旅游局还邀来Mailman的客户主任Michael LinLobsBoston客户主任Justin Wei分享如何以社交媒体,数位行销来争取中国游客。
逍遥道(Attract China)执行长David Becker。(周菊子摄)
????? 大倍投方案图片顿会议旅游局Patrick Moscaritolo表示,该局早从2012年就开始参加活跃美国中国(Active America China)这类的行业展览,和中国的旅游业者接洽,还制作了中文网站,中文视频。2013年,为因应海南航空的即将开通倍投方案图片顿直飞北京航线,他们还在倍投方案图片顿喜来登酒店总经理Angela Vento率领下,组成一个中国友好市场行销委员会。由於倍投方案图片顿是设在北京的世界旅游城市联盟所认可,仅有的5个美国城市之一,倍投方案图片顿有着比美国其他地区更好的机会来争取中国游客。该局因此订定到2021年要吸引50万名中国游客的这5年计画。
????? 倍投方案图片顿现有海南航空直飞北京,上海,国泰航空公司直飞香港的航班服务,中国游客到访倍投方案图片顿的人数的确因此大增。国泰航空公司还从20163月起,把一周4天的航班服务,增加为每日一班。
? ? ??这场研讨会由大倍投方案图片顿会议旅游局和倍投方案图片顿喜来登(Sheraton)酒店,麻州旅游办公室,麻州港务局,梅西百货公司,美国运通公司等合作举办。2017年内,还将再办数场这样的研讨会。

128华人科技企业家协会欢迎创会会长张晓明 (图片)



MAYOR WALSH HIRES SHAWN WILLIAMS AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RECORDS

MAYOR WALSH HIRES SHAWN WILLIAMS AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RECORDS
Appointment establishes first-ever Director of Public Records for the City of Boston
BOSTON - Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Building on his commitment to transparency and good governance, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the appointment of Shawn Williams as the City of Boston's first-ever Director of Public Records. As Director of Public Records, Williams will coordinate and streamline the City's procedures to receiving and responding to public records requests.

"Shawn has written the book on public records law, and I'm thrilled he will be joining City Hall to ensure openness, transparency and compliance around all public records matters," said Mayor Walsh. "With his experience and dedication, Shawn is a wonderful addition to our public records team, and I welcome him to City Hall."

Williams will work closely with the Press Office, Department of Information and Technology and additional departments throughout the City. Williams will report to the City's Corporation Counsel. ?

Key responsibilities for the Director of Public Records include serving as the main point of contact for all public records requests, ensuring timely compliance with all requests, identifying potential responsive records, determining appropriate fees for records requests, coordinating with City departments to gather records, providing training to City employees, and conducting any other necessary reviews to confirm compliance with all public records laws.

Prior to joining City Hall, Williams served as Director-Supervisor of Records for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the last five years, and worked in the division for 11 years in total, beginning as a staff attorney. While working for the Commonwealth, Williams also served as chair of the State Records Conservation Board, a member of the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board and presented workshops on public records to municipal and state organizations, cities and towns. Williams received his undergraduate degree from Boston University, and his juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

"Public records statutes are key to creating an open, transparent, thriving democracy, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the City of Boston's public records division," said Williams. "As Director of Public Records, I look forward to ensuring Boston is the leader in public records good practices."

Williams lives in Beacon Hill with his wife and son.

倍投方案图片顿公校毕业生可免费升读的社区学院增至3所

(Boston Orange)倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Martin J. Walsh)(30)日宣布,倍投方案图片顿市的免学费社区学院计画扩增为3所了,包括新加入的麻州湾区社区学院(MassBay Community College),都可让符合资格的倍投方案图片顿公校毕业生最多3年,免费上学。
麻州湾区社区学院是一所有55年历史,多个校园的学校,帮助学生做好转学进4年制大专或大学,直接就业,或只是接受持续教育。
该校校长David Podell表示,在提供可负担的上大学高品质通道上,该校有很长的历史。
倍投方案图片顿市另外两所为倍投方案图片顿公校毕业生提供免学费优惠的学校是邦克丘(Bunker Hill)社区学院,以及洛士百利(Roxbury)社区学院。麻州湾区社区学院的加入,将容许学生们在研修科目上有更多选择,包括汽车科技,室内设计,市场行销。
倍投方案图片顿市长是去年春天推出这免学费社区学院计画的,旨在帮助更多倍投方案图片顿公校学生能够上大学,完成学业。在计划实施的第一学期,共有41名学生注册。在这项目有更多人知道後,相信报名的人会更多。
免学费社区学院计画是倍投方案图片顿市长人力发展办公室,和倍投方案图片顿计画发展局,邻里就业信托委员会合作办理的。

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF TUITION FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
With addition of MassBay, three options now available for BPS graduates

BOSTON - Friday, December 30, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston's Tuition-Free Community College Plan, which pays for up to three years of community college for eligible Boston Public School graduates, has expanded its participating schools to include MassBay Community College.

"I'm proud to announce the addition of MassBay to Boston's Tuition-Free Community College Plan. We're committed to increasing access to higher education and providing more pathways to economic stability for all of Boston's students," said Mayor Walsh. "Now, with an increase in location and program options, this plan opens more doors for young people to learn and develop the skills necessary to join Boston's talented workforce."

MassBay Community College is a multi-campus college with a 55-year history of preparing students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities, direct entry into the workforce, and ongoing education.

"MassBay has a long tradition of providing affordable, high-quality pathways to top-notch bachelor degree programs and meaningful careers," said Dr. David Podell, president of MassBay Community College. "We are thrilled to partner with the city to increase college access and expand options for the Boston students who need it most."

The Tuition-Free Community College Plan had previously only enrolled eligible students attending Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and Roxbury Community College (RCC). The inclusion of MassBay Community College provides plan enrollees with greater choice of both location and academics. MassBay operates campuses in Wellesley, Framingham and Ashland. ?MassBay also adds more available programs of study, such as automotive technology, interior design and marketing.

Mayor Walsh announced the launch of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan last spring with the goal of helping more Boston students afford and complete college. In order to assist students in completing college, the plan matches all enrolled students with Success Boston coaches who can help them navigate the challenges of higher education. In its first semester, the Tuition-Free Community College Plan has enrolled 41 students, a number that is expected to rise as the plan's benefits become more widely known.

The Tuition-Free Community College Plan is funded by the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (OWD) part of the the Boston Planning & Development Agency, and the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, a public charitable trust fed by linkage fees generated by large-scale commercial building projects in the city.

"Providing opportunities for Boston's residents to attend community college tuition-free is a direct benefit of Boston's building boom and strong economy," said Director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency Brian Golden. "We know that there are profound benefits - economic and otherwise - ?to the recipients of community college degrees throughout their lives. I am pleased we are able to use funds from the Neighborhood Jobs Trust to make positive investments that will have long lasting impacts in our community." ?

To learn more about the Tuition-Free Community College Plan, or to apply, please visit:?http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/tuition-free-college

Quincy Saves Program a Success More than 900 Quincy Households receive Energy Upgrades

Quincy Saves Program a Success
More than 900 Quincy Households receive Energy Upgrades

In 2016, Quincy Saves helped nearly 1,000 families save energy and money at home. ?The City of Quincy kicked off this program last January with the goal of completing 701 home energy assessments. The Quincy Saves program surpassed this and many more energy efficiency goals in October, including insulating over 200 homes, replacing 100 older heating systems, etc.. Final numbers will be tabulated soon.

Reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions is a priority for the coastal community of Quincy, where rising sea levels and increasing severity of storms have a strong impact. ?Participants lowered their electricity and gas use and their bills, and helped slow the advance of climate change.

Quincy Saves thanks all of the households who helped to lower Quincy’s impact on our environment through this program. Each home benefitted from a no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment, which offers free LED light bulbs, programmable thermostats, and rebates toward high impact projects, including up to $2,000 toward insulation.

How much energy has Quincy Saves conserved this year? Simply switching out old light bulbs for more efficient bulbs has saved more than $200,000 total for city residents. This measure alone has reduced Quincy’s greenhouse gas emissions in an amount equivalent to taking 200 cars off the road for a whole year!

“While the yearlong Quincy Saves program is officially over now, I continue to encourage all households to get a Mass Save Home Energy Assessment soon. ?Reducing energy use, lowering your impact on the environment, and saving money are always a good idea.” says Shelly Dein, Quincy’s Energy and Sustainability Director. “Households who had home energy assessments in the past should have new assesssments done every few years because technologies change as do the conditions in your home as weatherstripping wears out and heating systems age.”

The City of Quincy, in partnership with Homeworks Energy and the non-profit HEET, would especially like to thank those in our community who graciously hosted our Quincy Saves outreach table many times throughout the year. Their generosity made this program possible and made a real difference in the community:
·??????? Good Health Natural Food
·??????? New York Mart
·??????? Thomas Crane Library
·??????? Kam Man Food
·??????? Eastern Bank
·??????? Stop & Shop
·??????? Star Market
·??????? Mignosa’s Fruit Basket
·??????? Quincy Farmers Market
·??????? ?
Do you want to save energy at home and save money? It is not too late to make a difference by signing up for the ongoing Mass Save Home Energy Assessment program at www.homeworksenergy.com or by calling (781) 305-3319.

吴新兴勉台湾青年赴海外了解侨务工作

侨务委员会30日举办105年华侨事务研究硕博士论文奖颁奖仪式,委员
长吴新兴(第一排中)与获奖学生、指导教授及侨委会主管合影。
?侨务委员会委员长吴新兴30日颁发105年华侨事务研究硕博士论文奖时表示,侨委会明年将推动暑期大学生东南亚志工团,并遴选清寒学子赴海外侨界壮游,以及建立海外侨校师资媒合平台,让台湾年轻人能走出去看世界,同时认识台湾乡亲在海外打拼的成果。

侨务委员会委员长吴新兴(中)30日与获得105年华侨事务研究
硕博士论文奖的硕士班同学合影。
吴新兴提到,华人移居世界各地已有数百年的历史,每位侨胞的旅外经历都是一段动人故事,也是华侨事务研究的好题材。非常乐见国内学者及学生投入侨务学领域,透过专业学术研究,探讨海外华人迁徙、在侨居地的影响及对台湾的认同等议题,正可为侨务政策提供深度观点及未来方向,助益侨务工作的推动。

吴新兴表示,侨委会也思考如何运用侨界资源,协助台湾青年的发展,因此明年将就3个方面连结台湾青年与海外侨社。第一是招募国内大学生筹组志工团,在暑假前往东南亚侨社服务。第二是推动青年海外搭桥计画,遴选国内优秀清寒学子赴海外侨界见习。第三是建立海外侨校师资媒合平台,媒合国内志工青年及毕业学生到侨校服务,纾解侨校师资不足,也有助於海内外教育人才的交流。

为鼓励国内大学投入华侨事务研究,侨委会自2004年举办华侨事务研究硕博士论文奖,至今已奖励9篇博士论文及62篇硕士论文。今年有1位博士生及10位硕士生获奖,分别来自清华大学、台湾大学、台湾师范大学、交通大学、政治大学、新竹教育大学及屏东大学,其中3位是马来西亚侨生。得奖论文研究议题关注海外华人政治、产业、华文教育及侨生研究等,研究对象包含马来西亚、泰国、菲律宾、美国、纽西兰等国华人。当天出席的论文指导教授台湾大学地理环境资源学系教授姜兰虹及助理教授洪伯邑都肯定论文奖是海外华人及移民研究与实务的重要支持,也是学术与政策的对话平台。

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"南京不哭"要日本记得"南京大屠杀"这历史令人心痛

? ? ??(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿综合报导)跨入2017,就是南京大屠杀80周年了。尽管联合国教科文组织在2015年已把中国申报的南京大屠杀档案,列入世界记忆名录,日本却迄今从未就此向中国正式道歉。促使麻省理工学院教授郑洪以英文写作南京不哭(Nanjing Never Cries)”一书的原因,如今依然在。
????? 1227日,日本首相安倍晋三在美国总统奥巴马陪同下访问珍珠港,悼念在日本偷袭珍珠港时大约2300名的美军死难者,但70多年来,日本却从未到南京,或当年满州国的东北去悼念更无辜,遭遇更惨的中国百姓,实在让中国人情何以堪。
????? 签书留言时常写一句书成国恨心犹烈的郑洪,每提起南京,心头就涌起万般滋味。他希望有一天,有人能把南京不哭这本小说,和其他的相关题材,资料揉合起来,拍一部像辛德勒名单那麽有震撼力的电影,更广泛的让西方世界知道,有2030万的中国百姓是那麽无辜,悲惨的受害者,日本绝不是不少美国人认定的二次世界大战受害者。
????? 祖籍广东省茂名县的郑洪是19376月出生的。几十天後,卢沟桥事变,中日开战,他跟随家人逃难,飞机来时要拼命跑,没被机关枪扫中,就赶紧躲进防空洞。轰炸结束後走出来,只见乱窜火苗,处处硝烟,遍地焦屍,悲切的哭声不断传来。
????? 这经验深埋在他心中,让他一直有着有朝一日要写本书,描述这段岁月的心愿。抗日胜利後,他随家人迁居香港,1949转澳门,然後到台湾,进建国中学,台湾大学,赴美深造,并成为麻省理工学院教授。
????? 真正促使郑洪提笔的导火线,是1995415日那天,两名同事突然跟他说,有个专题研讨会在扭曲历史,他最好去听听。那是在MIT一座大楼的9105室,3名白人,1名日本人的4个讲者,向2300名听众说日本在二次世界大战中为了保卫自己的特有文化,抵抗西方侵略,受伤最重,苦难最多,如果不是因为某些因素,事件,美国也许不会把原子弹在广岛,长崎。
????? 郑洪当天在会场上发言,却被当成空气。他说事後从不少年轻人那儿知道,原来美国有许多中小学的历史课就是这麽教的,认为两颗原子弹,使得日本成为二次世界大战的最大受害者。他事後投书MIT校报,文稿竟被删了一大半。
????? 郑洪心里很不平衡,为美国言论的其实并不自由,为中国的无辜受日本战火侵袭,为2030万平民百姓被日本残暴屠杀遭遇,感到极度不公平。
????? 那年的教授休假期,他到南京住了3个月,亲自走访了两名南京大屠杀受害者,常志强,姜根福,参观南京大屠杀博物馆,蒐集了许多资料。
????? 郑洪说自己选择以小说的形式,还要用自己并不擅长的英语来处理南京大屠杀这题材,主要是希能引起更多人关注南京大屠杀这段历史,还没有得到公正对待的事实,让西方人知道,在东方中国,日本曾做出比希特勒对犹太人还残暴的行为,而且规模之大,远不成比例。
????? 他知道市面上已经有张纯如等人出版的南京大屠杀书籍,也有以南京大屠杀为题材的电影,但是别说西方人,就连中国人自己,恐怕也还有很多人不清楚。他希望这本书能促使西方社会知道这段历史,让哪些无辜牺牲的人得到公平对待。
????? 郑洪的努力,得到很多人的帮助。他的邻居爱丽霞(Alexa Fleckenstein)每星期二下午和他一起修改稿建的英文,前後十年,稿件大修不下10次之多。MIT出版社负责人Ellen Faran原本回覆是麻省理工从来不出版小说,但二个月,把书看过两遍後,她决定以MIT前任校长姓名,成立了Killian Press这个部门,来出版英文版的南京不哭
????? 中国大陆凤凰传媒集团下的译林出版社也已於1213日,中国大陆第三届「南京大屠杀死难者国家公祭日」这天,发行中文版。

??????????? 现在就看有没有人来拍一部南京不哭电影,提醒世人,南京大屠杀中的廿,三十万冤民,正义待伸。






倍投方案图片顿市获得广州2016年国际城市创新奖


CITY OF BOSTON RECEIVES 2016 GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION

Boston's youth participatory budgeting process recognized as top civic engagement practice
Francesco Tena, left, accepts the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation on behalf of the City of Boston from Parks Tau, right, former Mayor of Johannesburg.

BOSTON - ?Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Mayor Walsh today announced the City of Boston was awarded the top prize at The Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation's international convening held in Guangzhou, China. Boston's youth participatory budgeting process, "Youth Lead the Change," was selected from 301 innovation projects submitted by 171 cities to receive the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. Boston is the first city in the United States to receive this award.

"We know Boston is a forward-thinking, innovative city, and I'm proud that our work has been recognized by this international award," said Mayor Walsh. "Through Youth Lead the Change, we are involving our young, bright residents in local government, and empowering them to make positive changes in their neighborhoods. Congratulations to everyone involved in this initiative."

The Mayor's Youth Council, a key initiative of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Division of Youth Engagement & Employment, has facilitated Youth Lead the Change since 2014. Youth Lead the Change has gone through three voting phases and funded 17 projects totalling $2.8 million. Projects funded include providing laptops in schools, park renovations, adding trash cans and recycling bins, and installing wifi in schools and community centers. Since the program began, delegations from countries around the world have visited Boston to learn from its approach to youth engagement.

The Guangzhou Award recognizes innovation in improving social, economic and environmental sustainability in cities and regions that advance the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens. Presented bi-annually, the award encourages and recognizes outstanding innovative projects and practices in the public sector.

"The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation has made a very positive impact," said Parks Tau, president of United Cities and Local Governments, a co-organizer of the event. "The whole world is experimenting with innovative projects on sustainable development," Tau said. "We need to learn from each other, to copy, promote and share new concepts."

Francesco Tena, Manager of the Mayor's Youth Council, was sponsored by the Guangzhou Institute to travel to China on behalf of the City of Boston to compete for and accept the award.

"Boston is providing a platform for young people to lead today while also making government more accessible and responsive," said Tena. "Cities around the world are realizing that there are huge benefits to engaging young people meaningfully in local government."

Youth Lead the Change has received other honors in the past: in 2015, the U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded the program the City Livability Award and in 2016 it received the Civies Award from MassVote.

The Mayor's Youth Council is currently collecting ideas on how to spend this year's allotment of $1 million. The funding is placed in BCYF's budget each year specifically for this project. To submit an idea, visit?https://www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families/youth-lead-change.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

大倍投方案图片顿周四可能降雪18寸

? ? ? ?(Boston Orange)冬天,真的来了。麻州正准备迎接今冬的第一场暴风雪。国家气象局发出了冬季风暴警告,表示星期四,1229日这天,麻州有些地方可能降雪18寸。
????? 大约从星期四的早上9点到星期五的早上10点,麻州西部的某些地方会降雪812寸。
????? 麻州紧急管理局表示,有些地方的积雪可能高达18寸。

????? 128公路以内,降雪量会少於6寸,麻州东南部及鳕鱼角等岛屿,可能完全不下雪。

麻州点亮以色列光明灯 市长强调倍投方案图片顿欢迎所有人

在柯普利广场举行的以色列光明灯节。(周菊子摄)
麻州州长查理贝克点亮光明灯。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? (Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)2017年即将来临,鸡鸣声也将响起,麻州州长和倍投方案图片顿市长等人1227日晚在倍投方案图片顿柯普利广场,联袂点亮犹太人的9烛光明灯(Menorah Lighting),为未来的世界自由、和平祝祷。
????? 由於联合国才刚在1223日时通过决议案,指以色列占领东耶路萨冷,移民屯垦是非法行为,以色列总理南特亚胡(Benjamin Netanyahu)立即谴责美国在联合国安理会中投弃权票,有个犹太女婿Jared Kushner的美国候任总统川普(Donald Trump),也马上表示美国应该动用否决权。2017年看来不会很平静。
????? 关心麻州科技界的人,大概都知道,麻州挑战(Massachusetts Challenge)”的第一个国外分支,设在以色列,麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker)上任2年後,率领出访的首个贸易团,也是去以色列。麻州和以色列的关系,势必更将备受瞩目。
右起,麻州州长查理贝克,以色列驻新英格兰领事Yehuda Yaakov,
倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊,倍投方案图片顿市议员查金,麻州众议员Jay Livingston
(左一)等光明灯节嘉宾。(周菊子摄)
????? 麻州州长查理贝克是129日率领贸易团,到以色列访问了6天。27日晚,查理贝克面对2~300名围观仪式者表示,虽然这次访问以色列,主要是为了网路安全,数位健康,搭起麻州和以色列的交流桥梁,但去到那儿,亲眼见到自己从小在课本,历史里中学到事件,文物,感受每一个地方都有2~3000年的悠久,真的很震撼。他祈愿大家2007年和平,快乐,安全。
????? 倍投方案图片顿市市长马丁华殊(Martin Walsh)说,在倍投方案图片顿我们欢迎所有不同背景,不同信仰的人,致力推广把人们团结在一起的光明,温暖,付出和友谊,希望每点亮一根蜡烛,都能带动对抗黑暗,引人向善的力量。
Menorah这光明灯节又称Hanukkah,是犹太人庆祝当年脱离塞琉西王朝统治,获得自由的一连8天庆祝活动。1227日是今年的光明灯节第四天。
麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker)。(周菊子摄)
????? 过去33年来,倡议正统犹太运动的大倍投方案图片顿加巴德犹太中心(Jewish Center Chabad Boston)和大倍投方案图片顿加德屋(Chabad House of Greater Boston)每年都在麻州地铁公园街站附近,举办烛光庆祝会。今年更请动麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker),倍投方案图片顿市市长马丁华殊(Martin Walsh),本身是犹太人的倍投方案图片顿市议员查金(Josh Zakim)出席,搭着云梯,升到22尺高的光明灯台顶端,点亮灯台上的蜡烛。

倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(中)等人。(周菊子摄)
????? 以色列驻新英格兰领事Yehuda Yaakov?,这晚也应邀出席。他在致词时感谢查理贝克前些日子接受WGBH访问,谈以色列之旅时,对以色列的称赞,强调以色列已再次拿回(reclaim)耶路撒冷,也将永远不再让需要重新拿回的情况出现。耶路萨冷将保持为领土统一的以色列国首都。
倍投方案图片顿加巴德犹太中心牧师Mayer Zarchi说明光明灯节庆祝以色列获
得自由。(周菊子摄)

刚结婚的倍投方案图片顿市议员查金(Josh Zakim)也是犹太人。(周菊子摄)

以色列驻新英格兰领事Yehuda Yaakov强调耶路萨冷是以色列国的统一
领土。(周菊子摄)







麻州将建全美最大种大麻厂 参众议会暂缓大麻上路

? ? ? (Boston Orange 周菊子综合报导)前两天才为麻州将建全美最大的大麻工厂高兴的人,这会儿得等一年再高兴了。麻州议会1228日修订提案,决定把零售大麻的第一张证照,延迟到20187月再发。
????? 药用大麻在美国,原本一向是加州走在前头,去年麻州选民才刚藉选票问通过大麻合法化,今年12月就传出AmeriCann这家公司要在麻州建造的种大麻厂,规模远比加州大,麻州的将是全美最大大麻州,立即引起各方关注。
????? 或许正是因为这样的关注,麻州参众议会在1228日这天决定,延缓牌照发放讨论6个月。虽然大麻合法化的新法,已於1215日生效,但是待细则条文确定,厂商真的可以申请销售大麻时,可能已是20184月了。
????? 参众两会打算召开多个会议,讨论一旦大麻合法化上路後,该订立些什麽样的管制条款。
????? 因为这一行动,麻州财政厅厅长高柏珂(Deb Goldberg)可以等到20179月,再组成管辖大麻种植,销售的大麻管制委员会(Cannabis Control Commission)”
加州在药用大麻上,一向走在美国前端,2015年的毛收入已达28亿元,估计2020年时还可高达65亿元。加州最大的种大麻工厂G Farms今年(2016)6月也宣布,要在沙漠温泉(Desert Hot Spring)镇上,建造一个占地10万平方尺,包括在7亩地上有3个温室的大麻工厂。
和来自科罗拉多州AmeriCann公司的计画一比,加州G Farms的计画黯然失色。

AmeriCann执行长Tim Keogh表示,20173月,要在Freetown建造一个占地53亩的大麻工厂。那是该公司今年秋季以4475000元买下的100万平方尺Canna企业园,要在那建效率更高的温室,检测实验室,研发训练中心,企业办公室。

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Seafood Marketing Program Partnership with Massachusetts Farm to School

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Seafood Marketing Program Partnership with Massachusetts Farm to School

BOSTON?– December 28, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)’s Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Program has partnered with the nonprofit Massachusetts Farm to School Project to promote the consumption of local seafood in schools.

“The Massachusetts commercial fishing and seafood industries provide delicious food and employment for thousands of people in the Commonwealth,”?said Governor Charlie Baker.?“This is a great connection to make and we look forward to the partnership between Massachusetts fishermen and farm-to-school programs to provide the Commonwealth’s children with fresh, nutritious seafood products that support cognitive development.”

“Increasing sales of local seafood to schools will not only help find new markets for Massachusetts fishermen, but will also address the critical issue of access to healthy food, and introduce future consumers to the benefits of incorporating seafood into their diet,”?said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.?“The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to launch this initiative that will both help keep our children healthy, and support the Commonwealth’s vital fishing industry.”

During the two-year partnership, the partners will promote seafood as part of Massachusetts Farm to School’s Massachusetts Harvest of the Month campaign, hold a series of local seafood cooking demonstrations for institutional food service providers, and offered a seafood focus track at the Massachusetts Farm & Sea to Cafeteria Conference in November 2016.

This partnership helps DMF better increase awareness and preference of Massachusetts seafood to support the Commonwealth’s seafood industry and communities by reaching schools, universities, and hospital food service staff, educators, and families though Massachusetts Farm to School’s network,”?said DMF Director David Pierce.

The Baker-Polito Administration?launched?the Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Program in August 2016 to increase awareness and demand for local seafood products and support Massachusetts’ fishing and seafood industries.
“Promoting a joint venture of locally produced seafood, fruit, vegetables, and other produce is not only a great way to support fishermen and fishing families the port communities that support the seafood industry, it also reduces environmental impacts of transporting foods long distances, gives a real boost to our quality of life and it promotes a healthy diet,”?said?Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). “This partnership between harvesters of the land and sea will bring good nutrition to our students and yield many benefits including a greater awareness of the excellent results of Massachusetts produce.”
“The Farm to School program has been immensely successful in the Commonwealth and including locally sourced seafood into the mix is a necessary and welcome progression,”?said State Representative Paul Schmid III (D-Westport), House?Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.??“I am thrilled to see that the Baker-Polito Administration is further promoting seafood products here in Massachusetts while providing schools with fresh, local food.”

“The Farm to School Project was discussed at our Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Steering Committee meeting earlier this month.? I am delighted to see this official partnership facilitated by the Baker-Polito Administration,”?said State Representative Susan Gifford (R-Wareham).? “Massachusetts seafood is some of the best in the world and locally sourced seafood will be a healthy and delicious addition to menus across the Commonwealth in our schools.”

Massachusetts Farm to School is a statewide organization that strengthens the connections that communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by influencing food purchasing and education practices at schools. In October 2016, Governor Baker?declared?October as Massachusetts Farm to School Month to support Massachusetts’ farm to school programs and the Massachusetts agricultural industry.

“We are very excited to add seafood to our successful Harvest of the Month campaign as the featured item for the month of May,”?said Simca Horwitz, the Eastern Massachusetts Director of the Massachusetts Farm to School Project.?“Over 150 K-12 schools, colleges, and hospitals in Massachusetts are participating in the campaign, which we expect to translate into at least 800,000 servings of locally caught seafood just during the month of May. We hope this can be the starting point for sustained purchases of local seafood by institutions across the Commonwealth.”

Click?here?for more information about the Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Program. Find more information about Massachusetts Farm to School and the Harvest of the Month campaign?here.

AG HEALEY ISSUES ADVISORY ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE, INFORMATION TO BE AVAILABLE IN 14 LANGUAGES

AG HEALEY ISSUES ADVISORY ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE, INFORMATION TO BE AVAILABLE IN 14 LANGUAGES
Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $11 on Jan. 1, 2017

????????????BOSTON?– Attorney General Maura Healey is reminding the public and employers in Massachusetts about the increase in the minimum wage that is set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The AG’s Office has updated its?wage and hour poster?that employers are required to display. It will be available in 14 languages and in formats that employers, workers, members of the public, and organizations can access.?

“We are advising people about the minimum wage increase so that employers are aware of their obligations under the law and so that workers know their rights,” AG Healey said. “Through education, outreach, and enforcement actions where appropriate, we will continue our work to protect the economic security of Massachusetts workers and their families.”

In July 2014, the Legislature passed the first increase to the minimum wage since 2008. Pursuant to that legislation, effective Jan. 1, the minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour.

Also effective Jan. 1, tipped employees (those who receive more than $20 a month in tips) must be paid a minimum of $3.75 per hour, provided that, with tips, the employee receives at least $11 per hour. If the total hourly rate for the employee, including tips, does not equal $11, then the employer must make up the difference.

Hard copies of the AG’s Wage and Hour poster will be available in Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. To request a copy, please visit?www.mass.gov/ago/fldposter?or call (617) 963-2250. Additionally, the following languages will be available to print on the AG’s?website: Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division enforces laws that protect workers, including minimum wage, payment of wages, overtime, tip pooling, child labor, Sunday and holiday premium pay, and the public construction bid laws.

The Division has broad powers to investigate violations and enforce these laws through criminal and civil actions. The Division protects employees from exploitation, prosecutes employers who are failing to follow state wage and hour laws, and sets a level playing field for law-abiding employers. The AG’s Office ensures that strong economic growth and fairness for workers go hand-in-hand.

In September,?AG Healey issued the first-ever?Labor Day Report?on her office’s efforts to combat and prevent wage theft. The report shows that in fiscal year 2016 alone, the office recovered $3.8 million in restitution and penalties on behalf of working people in Massachusetts.
To increase resources available to victims of wage theft, the AG’s Office?is working with community partners, law schools, and private bar attorneys to host free monthly wage theft clinics at Suffolk Law School.?These clinics are part of an effort to address wage theft and worker exploitation among vulnerable populations, including low wage and immigrant workers in the state.?The goal of the clinics is to help workers get the wages and benefits they deserve.?More than 70 workers have attended the first three clinics and received assistance with a range of wage theft issues. The next clinic is scheduled for?Jan. 30, 2017.?For more information on these clinics,?please click here.

The AG’s Office has also revamped its?workplace rights website?with a new design and innovative features, including searchable public data and content in various languages. The new easy-to-navigate website allows workers to better understand their rights and for employers, their obligations under state law.
Workers who believe that their rights have been violated in their workplace can also call the office’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465.?More information about the state’s wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages atwww.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor.