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Thursday, August 31, 2017

赵美心为暂缓遣返儿童法辩护

WASHINGTON, D.C.?–?Today, Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders held a press conference outside of the White House to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Trump has threatened to eliminate. Since its creation in 2012, the DACA program has granted nearly 800,000 young people with the?ability to pursue jobs and achieve higher education without fear of deportation. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Rep. Chu released the following statement to support DACA:
“As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I want to thank the coalition of DREAMers, faith leaders, and community leaders who have been standing outside of the White House – day and night, night and day – to defend DACA. I am here to support you and to join you in telling President Trump that our DREAMers are here to stay!
“Over the past five years, the DACA program has enabled nearly 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children to come out of the shadows. This includes many Asians and Pacific Islanders who have been able to go to school, attain work permits, and pursue their dreams. All of our DACA recipients have passed rigorous background checks to participate in the program. And they are American in every sense of the word except on paper.
“Unfortunately, President Trump has threatened to end the DACA program as we know it. But we will fight back. I want our DREAMers to know that there are members of Congress who support you and who will continue to fight to protect DACA and to fix our broken immigration system.
“We will not allow our immigrant communities to be trampled upon. I want our DACA recipients and our TPS recipients to know that we support you. Together, we will fight to protect our immigrant communities and ensure that America continues to remain the land of opportunity for all!”

倍投方案图片顿海港今晚8点放烟火

To quote the muse, Katy Perry:?"Boom. Boom. Booooom!... Even Brighter Than the Moon. Moon Mooooon!!"?

If you're anywhere near Boston Harbor at?8:15pm?tonight, please look at the Boston Harbor skyline... Tune into?Magic 106.7FM?(... where I'll be SHOCKED if they don't play Katy Perry's anthem to "decorative explosives"!)... And enjoy a wonderful conclusion to summer, thanks to the amazing folks at "Boston Harbor Now".?

Tonight...?Boston Harbor Now?presents its Fifth Annual "Illuminate The Harbor Fireworks Celebration".

I'm excited to have, once again, had the opportunity to work with Boston Harbor Now to play a small roll in putting this together... And we should all be extremely grateful to them for providing this fantastic show to our communities, for a fifth consecutive year.

Please visit Boston Harbor Now's website?for more information on the many, many programs they provide for all our communities:?http://www.boston harbornow.org/

~?Here are the details for?tonight's?show ~

Boston Harbor Now?in partnership with the?Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh?and?the?City of Boston?is?proud to announce the return of our?"Illuminate the Harbor" Labor Day Weekend fireworks?over Boston Harbor for the 5th year in a row.
– What is ‘Illuminate’:?Boston Harbor Now’s 5th Annual Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration from?two barges?in Boston Harbor located between the Seaport and North End!
– When are the fireworks:?8:15 PM?on?Thursday, August 31, 2017.
– Where to Watch:?Suggested public viewing locations along the Boston HarborWalk include
  • Christopher Columbus Park, North End
  • Piers Park, East Boston
  • Fan Pier, Seaport District
– Where to Listen:?The Soundtrack of the Fireworks will be broadcasted LIVE on?MAGIC 106.7the evening of the show beginning at?8:15. Be sure to tune in for the full effect
- For additional information on Illuminate the Harbor, please visit:?http://www.bostonharbor now.org/fireworks/

BOSTON CULTURAL COUNCIL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 GRANT FUNDING CYCLE

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES BOSTON CULTURAL COUNCIL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 GRANT FUNDING CYCLE
Applications open on September 1, and will be accepted through October 16
BOSTON - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that beginning September 1, the Boston Cultural Council (BCC) will?accept applications?for the 2018 organizational grant funding cycle. More than?$400,000?in funding will be awarded to organizations and projects in Boston that enhance the quality of life, the economy, and the design of the City of Boston and that address the goals of the?Boston Creates Cultural Plan.

"Boston Cultural Council organizational grants help smaller arts organizations continue the great work they are doing - or larger organizations bring programs to the city," said Mayor Walsh. "These grants support a wide variety of artistic projects and activities in Boston, including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. The grants help ensure that arts are accessible to every resident in Boston."

Grants will be made in two categories:
  • Under $1 million annual budget:?Organizations with a budget of under $1 million with projects located in the City of Boston may apply for general operating support.
  • Over $1 million annual budget:?Organizations that offer programs in the City of Boston with budgets over $1 million may apply for programmatic support.
Under the umbrella of the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the BCC helps to ensure grantmaking responds to the needs of the cultural community. The BCC annually distributes funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the City of Boston to support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in Boston.

Successful applications will be specific about how they help grow access to the arts in areas not already well served by cultural opportunities, foster access to the arts for populations who don't typically have ready access to the arts, elevate the work of Boston's creatives, inspire the creation of new works, and support the achievement and provision of excellent, high quality arts and culture in the City of Boston.?
Applications can be found?here?on September 1, and will be accepted through October 16, 2017, for grants in the following categories: Music, Film and Video, Traditional and Folk Arts, Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Humanities, Literary Arts, and Multi-discipline. All applications will be reviewed by members of the BCC and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and grant awards will be announced in January 2018. ?Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Grant guidelines and application information are available?here.

Grant information workshops will be held in three locations: On September 14, 2017,?at the Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library from 6-8 p.m.; on September 23, 2017, at the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library from 10 a.m.-noon, and on October 4, 2017,?at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library from noon -2 p.m.

The BCC comprises Boston residents appointed by Mayor Walsh to serve for up to six years each. The BCC annually reviews applications during a series of fall meetings conducted to evaluate the overall quality of proposed programming and its potential benefit to diverse audiences in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

For additional information on the Boston Cultural Council, please visit?here.

Bunker Hill Community College Hosts International Exchange Students Through U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program

Bunker Hill Community College Hosts International Exchange Students Through
U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program

BOSTON,?August 31, 2017—Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to be one of ten campuses across eight states to welcome international exchange participants to campus for the 2017-2018 academic year as part of the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. The students will study Early Childhood Education, Fire and Safety and Entrepreneurship.

Administered by Northern Virginia Community College on behalf of the Community College Consortium, the U.S. Department of State’s CCI Program is designed to build participants’ technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities and strengthen English language proficiency.

Each student participates in a one-year non-degree academic program in workforce development fields at a U.S. community college with opportunities to participate in professional internships, service learning and community engagement activities to forge relationships with citizens of the United States and other countries.

Participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and with improved technical and vocational skills to contribute to the economic development of their home communities. In 2016-2017, CCI participants contributed nearly $1.3 million in service to local communities, while helping to internationalize community colleges in the United States (IndependentSector.org).

Now in its tenth year, the CCI Program has hosted more than 2,800 participants from 21 countries. This year’s participants are from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey. Participants are recruited from underserved and underrepresented communities, particularly women.

TREASURER GOLDBERG APPOINTS STEVEN HOFFMAN TO THE CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION

TREASURER GOLDBERG APPOINTS STEVEN HOFFMAN TO THE CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSIONFormer Business Executive to Serve as Chair of the Commission
BOSTON – Today, Treasurer Deb Goldberg appointed Steven Hoffman to the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). Hoffman will serve as Chair of the Commission. Per statute, the Treasurer’s appointment must have experience in corporate management, finance, or securities and will serve a term of 5 years.
“I am pleased to appoint Steven Hoffman as Chair of the Cannabis Control Commission,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “Steven brings a wealth of invaluable experience from a long and distinguished career in business development, corporate strategy and senior management. I am confident that he will serve the Commonwealth well and steer this brand-new industry in the right direction.”
“I am honored to be appointed Chair of the Cannabis Control Commission by Treasurer Goldberg,” said Steven Hoffman. “I hope to guide this Commission thoughtfully and responsibly as we implement the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. We have a lot to do, I am excited to get to work.”
Mr. Hoffman served as CEO at ThinkFire and Exchange Solutions. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Sapient and Mr. Hoffman led the Chicago office and the Global Strategy Practice as a Senior Vice President at CSC Index. He was a partner at Bain and Company, where he ran the firm’s 600-person Boston Office. He holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago.
The 5 member Cannabis Control Commission in an independent agency, with appointees from the Treasurer, Governor, and the Attorney General, that was established by Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017 which was signed by the Governor in July. Their role is to establish, regulate, and oversee the Commonwealth’s new recreational marijuana industry passed by voters in November of 2016.

BOSTON SAVES RECEIVES $35,000 NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES FINANCIAL INCLUSION GRANT

BOSTON SAVES RECEIVES $35,000 NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES FINANCIAL INCLUSION GRANT?
BOSTON - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the?National League of Cities has awarded a $35,000 grant to support the growth of?Boston Saves?- the City of Boston's children's savings account program - as it enters the second year of its three-year pilot. The grant will fund Boston Saves' parent engagement and community partnership efforts, including financial education and wealth-building initiatives for Boston families through the Mayor's Office of Financial Empowerment. Mayor Walsh launched Boston Saves last fall to help families of Boston Public Schools (BPS) kindergartners save money for their children's college or post-secondary career training.

"We are grateful to the National League of Cities for recognizing the value of Boston Saves in expanding financial opportunity for our young people and families," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston Saves provides families in need with concrete tools to save for their children's post-secondary future."

Boston Saves includes $50 in seed money for each kindergartner's account, financial incentives for saving, an online platform for tracking account growth, and family events and classroom activities that promote saving as a fun, community-wide effort.

"Boston Saves is an exciting opportunity for families to support their children in pursuing post-secondary education," said Timothy Flacke, Executive Director at Commonwealth, a mission driven organization that partnered with the City of Boston to design the children savings account program. "The continued growth and expansion of Boston Saves will allow even more families to build a solid foundation for education savings, a critical first step to financial opportunity."

"We are grateful for the Boston Saves program, which teaches students and families about the importance of financial literacy in a fun and engaging way," said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang. "We know that when learning is fun, it resonates with students for years to come."

The National League of Cities grant will fund:
  • Training of Boston Saves parent ambassadors who can facilitate program participation by teaching fellow parents about the program in their native language and in culturally competent ways.
  • Coordination among Boston Saves stakeholders including financial institutions, colleges and citizen-engagement organizations to strengthen the program's community roots.
  • Promotion of valuable financial initiatives from the Mayor's Office of Financial Empowerment - such as credit-building help, financial coaching, and free tax preparation - among Boston Saves partners.
The National League of Cities awarded the grant as part of its?Financial Inclusion Systems and City Leadership (FISCL)?project. Boston was one of eight cities selected to participate in the two-year project, which is designed to help cities improve residents' financial health and stability.

The Boston Saves pilot began with five participating schools and will grow to 11 this fall. The program will begin?expansion to all of Boston's district and charter schools by Fall 2019.

MAYOR WALSH LAUNCHES #MEETBOSTON CHALLENGE TO WELCOME

MAYOR WALSH LAUNCHES #MEETBOSTON CHALLENGE TO WELCOME?
BOSTON - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - ?Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston's inaugural??#MeetBoston challenge, a new initiative to encourage incoming college students to venture beyond campus and discover the unique and exciting offerings throughout the City's neighborhoods and Main Street districts. As part of the City of Boston's welcome?information package?for new and returning students, the #MeetBoston challenge serves as an introductory guide to Boston's biggest tourist destinations, as well as the Boston Main Streets and hidden neighborhood gems.

"As we welcome incoming first year and returning students back to college campuses throughout the City of Boston, we are happy to provide all the tools needed to discover what this City has to offer," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston is home to many popular and historic attractions and has a bustling downtown retail and restaurant ecosystem, but our Main Street districts and neighborhoods also offer vibrant and unique options. I encourage all students to explore this list and find out why residents are so proud to call Boston home."

Mayor Walsh's #MeetBoston challenge will run through September 30, 2017, and ?is designed to help students creatively navigate and enjoy Boston's neighborhoods on any budget. Through a curated list of iconic Boston landmarks and activities, participants are able to walk, bike, or take public transportation to every activity on the task list and can customize which parks, museums, neighborhoods, and business district they visit based on personal interest. Flexibility is built into the challenge and allows for all interested participants to choose how to mark their ten accomplishments on social media. ??
To participate in Mayor Walsh's??#MeetBoston?challenge on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, visit?www.boston.gov/meet-boston?to access the list of tasks and complete the submission form. Please include all photos or video taken when completing each task. Once the challenge is complete, participants will receive a personalized certificate to recognize their accomplishment. Use the hashtag #MeetBoston while posting photos on social media and be entered into a contest to meet Mayor Walsh at City Hall. In order to help students and businesses participate, draft tweets and graphics to share on social media are also included on the website for download.

昆士市长邀市民加入济助哈维风灾难民行动


Mayor Koch Launches Harvey Fundraiser

QUINCY - Mayor Thomas Koch today announced a special community fund-raiser to assist Hurricane Harvey victims from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, at Zef Cicchetti restaurant in Quincy Center, and he launched the effort with a $50,000 contribution from the annual Mayor's Cup Charity Golf Tournament.
All are welcome at "Quincy For Houston," which will support the relief fund created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Checks should be made payable to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, and all collections will be sent in one package as a gesture from the people of Quincy.
There will be entertainment and food courtesy of Zef owner Leo Keka, and event-goers are welcome to stay to watch the Patriots game later that night.
"I've been incredibly heartened by the number of people in Quincy who've approached me asking to do something, anything to help. We just thought an informal event like this where we can come together and show our support as a community would be a nice way to harness that energy," said Mayor Koch. "These families suffering right now may be pretty far away, but they are very much our neighbors. They need our help now, and they are going to need it for some time to come."
The City decided to collect monetary donations on the advice of several relief organizations, which say that financial resources are - and will be - the most pressing need for the agencies that charged with assisting in the monumental relief and recovery effort in Texas.

Anyone who wishes to donate, but cannot attend the event can go to?www.ghcf.orgto contribute online. The Mayor also suggested that residents look to well-known and established relief agencies such as the Salvation Army at?www.salvationarmyusa.org

Our neighbors in Texas need our help. Join us for a special community fundraiser next Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zef Cicchetti in Quincy Center. Checks can be made payable to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, and we'll be sending all donations in one package as a gesture from the people of Quincy.

烧烤会中奖者和摩顿市长共进早餐

Breakfast with the Mayor

Thursday, August 31, 2017
In keeping with a tradition he established several years ago, the last raffle ticket drawn by Mayor Christenson at the Annual Senior Citizen’s Cookout is the person who joins him at a local restaurant as his guest.? Ward 7 resident Ji Di Wen was this year’s lucky winner and she, along with City employees Jason Law and Frankie Lam who attended to assist with translation, enjoyed a fantastic breakfast, courtesy of Mayor Christenson at Cornucopia.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

罗德岛大学孔子学院六办美东汉语教师培训

(Boston Orange) 孔子学院总部主办,罗德岛大学孔子学院於82527日间承办,在该校主校区金士顿举行的”美东地区汉语教师培训”,共有54名美国本土及中国公派教师,志愿者参加。
罗德岛大学孔子学院院长何文潮(左)颁发结业证书。
??????????? 这场培训共有4名专家主持8场讲座,分别探讨汉语伦理知识,教学方法,教学研究热点。
??????????? 第一天由中国南京大学海外教育学院副院长,世汉学会理事长曹贤文主持首场讲座,题目为”国际汉语课堂教学研究方法”,从课堂教学与科研的互动关系入手,谈到国际汉语课堂的研究内容和方法,以及当代外语课堂的研究热点。
??????????? 中国浙江大学传媒与国际文化学院教授王建刚谈的是理论性较强的”日常生活中的语言问题 – 兼谈汉语恶质化现象”。他从语言及其功能开讲,藉中国历史事蹟和历史人物来阐述日常生活中的语言及其功能,再谈及当代汉语的恶质化问题。
??????????? 第二天由两位美国的汉语教授和专家主讲。夏威夷大学中国研究中心副主任,也是孔子学院院长的任友梅教授谈”美国最好的语言教学 – 2017年精彩回顾”。她指出有效教学的原则及有效语言课程的特点,并以她教授印度语,德语等多门外语的方法,让教师学员们深刻体会到集文化,学科内容、语言为一体的外语课堂是甚麽样子。她的第二场讲座谈从可理解性输入到可理解性输出准备表演式评估。她利用学生们的故事展开汉语教学,提倡由学生们自己发现,总结语法。
??????????? 美国纽约大学中文教师发展中心主日唐力行教授谈的是人性化教授语言。他引用实例,提倡用故事来教汉语,要激发学生的学习动机,
??????????? 唐力行还为第三天的培训做开场。他先介绍了美国如今流行的”TPRS”教学法,也就是经由阅读和说故事来教授流利应用语言(Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling)”。他介绍了”TPRS”的各个步骤,操练方法,还和出席学院讨论利弊。
??????????? 这天,曹贤文讲的另一堂课是传承语教育理论与海外汉语教学策略。他展示了学习传承语和第二外语的差异。为期三日的培训,最後一堂课是王建刚的汉语中的积极修辞与消极修辞
??????????? 罗德岛大学孔子学院院长何文潮在结训时做了总结,并颁发证书给上课学员们。

??????????? 罗德岛大学孔子学院从2012年起举办汉语教师培训,今年是第六个年头。何文潮表示,该院将继续努力,为汉语老师提供最专业的培训。

脸书计画在倍投方案图片顿增聘500名员工

(Boston Orange) 脸书快要成为剑桥市的最大雇主之一了,明年将在剑桥市开张新办公室,增聘500名员工,总员工数将跳升为650
??????????? 脸书创办人马克祖柏格(Mark Zuckerberg)在哈佛校园推出这家公司後,就迁到西岸去了,直到几乎4年之後,才在倍投方案图片顿安插了一小组工作人员,办公室都是和其他公司共用的。现在脸书在坎德广场办公室有100多名员工。脸书倍投方案图片顿主管Ryan Mark表示,地方不够用了。

??????????? 将来的新办公室将座落在由Elkus Manfredi所设计的100 Binney 100号大楼,占用3楼。明年启用後,将和Bristol-Myers Squibb300名员工共用空间。

倍投方案图片顿大学与惠洛克学院正式谈判合并

(Boston Orange)倍投方案图片顿大学(BU)和惠洛克(Wheelock College)829日表示,两校正式谈判合并。
??????????? 130年历史,建於1888年的惠洛克学院,座落在河路(Riverway),距离倍投方案图片顿大学的查理士河校区仅约1哩,是一所致力培养教育及社工人才的私立学校。
??????????? 近年来,该校财务捉襟见肘,2016会计年度营运损失申报260万元,2015年亏损250万元,此外还负债3880万元。去年才接替Jackie Scott,出任校长的David J. Chard表示,他们还可以继续撑下去,但那样做十分危险。
??????????? 该校的年度营运收入,也从2015年的4140万元降到2016年的4030万元,收到的捐赠款也从2015年的5390万元降到2016年的50000万元。为节省经费,该校最近还把校长官邸,以及一栋宿舍拿出来卖。六月十,该校人员表示,他们不太确定大学本科部的未来命运。
??????????? 该校以致力改善儿童及家庭的生活为宗旨,校内有3大学院,分别为教育,社工及艺术与科学。根据联邦政府资料,其芬卫校区目前有学生1053人。

??????????? 倍投方案图片顿大学则是一所大规模的私立研究大学,共有本科及研究所学生33,000人,校内分17个学院,系所,社工及教育也是强项之一。
??????????? 惠洛克学院去年才新聘来自南浸信大学的David J. Chard为新任校长。
??????????? 在高等教育领域,人们认为合并是困难且危险的。不过专家们认为在小学校面对入学申请者减少,学生更忧心要负担巨债之际,大概会出现越来越多的合并案。
去年,倍投方案图片顿音乐学院和柏克莱音乐学院合并了。安多幅牛顿神学院(Theological Seminary)卖掉了牛顿校区,成为耶鲁大学的宗教学院。
??????????? 惠洛克学院在前任校长在位的最後一年,已经出现许多状况,包括18名教职员离任,以及一名行政高层承认论文抄袭而辞职,两名犹太教授向联邦政府投诉遭受歧视等丑闻。

??????????? 惠洛克的来年学费大约35,000元,若包括食宿及杂费,大约50000元。倍投方案图片顿大学的学费加食宿费大约为67,000元。

摩顿市徵求今冬铲雪合约商

Seeking Winter Contractors 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Before you know it, it will be that time of year again! The City of Malden Department of Public Works is looking to hire Contractors to plow and/or sand this winter. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must be fully equipped. Acceptable vehicles are pick-up trucks with an eight foot plow, larger trucks with 26,000 GVW or greater, sanders, loaders and backhoes. The City of Malden requires certification of comprehensive general liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $1,000,000.
Applicants must submit name, address, telephone number, email address and other pertinent information to Robert Knox, Department of Public Works Director at?rknox@cityofmalden.org?by no later than Wednesday, October 25th. For more information, please call 781-397-7162.

Washington Monthly Names BHCC Among Best Colleges for Adult Learners

Washington Monthly Names BHCC Among Best Colleges for Adult Learners
BOSTON, August 30, 2017 —?Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was named one of “The Twelve Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners” by?Washington Monthly. The article appeared within the publication’s 2017-2018 College Rankings, an annual report released as the September/October 2017 issue.
Just breaking the top 50, the College ranked 49 nationally among the publication’s ranking of “Best Colleges for Adults Learners,” but it was BHCC’s holistic approach to serving the needs of its students that caught the attention of reporter Joshua Alvarez.
The College takes “a particularly innovative approach to a problem that is startlingly common among community college students: hunger,” he said, pointing to a recent study that found 67% of community college students in America are “food insecure.”
Within the article, Alvarez highlights BHCC’s implementation of One Solid Meal, a program that provides free cafeteria meals and food gift cards to students, and the College’s on-campus branch of Single Stop, a national nonprofit organization that provides students with resources for healthcare, taxes, housing, food and financial aid.
Adult Learners, students 25 years or older, constitute approximately 40% of the overall population of college-goers, but according to Alvarez, most colleges and universities have not adapted to the trend.
“Elite colleges don’t make the cut,” he said, pointing to the majority of college-level courses at these institutions being scheduled midday, over evening and weekend options. “It’s the unheralded schools that are figuring it out.”
Beyond meeting basic needs such as food and housing, Alvarez notes BHCC’s commitment to the Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative as a way to further reduce costs for its students. OER is a growing national effort to create college courses and degree programs that use only freely accessible, openly licensed textbooks and other media instead of the usual expensive proprietary materials.

AG HEALEY RECOVERS $210,000 FOR DRIVERS FROM UBER SUBSIDIARY

AG HEALEY RECOVERS $210,000 FOR DRIVERS FROM UBER SUBSIDIARY
Leasing Company Overcharged for Toll Fees

????????????BOSTON?– Hundreds of Massachusetts Uber drivers?have received more than $210,000 in reimbursements and account credits after they were overcharged by a car leasing service for duplicative and erroneous tolls and related fees, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Through an assurance of discontinuance,?Xchange Leasing, LLC – a subsidiary of Uber – has reimbursed 336 Massachusetts Uber drivers for the full amount of the overcharges, including?a 20 percent additional payment to make drivers whole for any time or effort they put into obtaining the refunds.

“Xchange Leasing promised to help drivers earn a living, but their shoddy conduct hurt vulnerable workers,” said AG Healey. “This settlement recovers all of the improper charges for drivers.”

Xchange Leasing primarily leases vehicles to individuals who want to drive for Uber, many of whom may otherwise be unable to obtain credit or lease a vehicle. Lease payments and related charges are typically deducted from the driver’s Uber earnings.

The AG’s Office began an investigation after the Metro West Consumer Assistance Office, one of the Local Consumer Programs funded by the AG’s Office, received complaints from several drivers alleging that Xchange Leasing was deducting excessive amounts from their Uber earnings for toll-related charges. The AG’s Consumer and Advocacy and Response Division received other similar complaints.

The AG’s investigation found that Xchange Leasing at times charged drivers as much as two or three times for each legitimate toll fee. In addition, improper toll-related penalties were being charged to drivers because the company failed to pay the actual toll charges on time, causing late fees to accrue. Xchange Leasing in some instances overpaid E-Z Pass and then failed to return the refunds to the drivers’ accounts. The company also failed to provide accurate records and account information to drivers about their charges and earning deductions.

The amount of each driver’s reimbursement is linked to the amount they were billed, averaging more than $600 per driver. Through this settlement, Xchange Leasing will also pay a $40,000 penalty to the AG’s Local Consumer Aid Fund, which funds?the office’s?Local Consumer Programs and Face-to-Face Mediation programs.

Xchange Leasing fully cooperated with the investigation. The company sent letters to the identified drivers outlining the refunds and credits and subsequently issued checks. Xchange Leasing has also implemented process changes and financial controls that will prevent these or similar violations in the future.

This matter was handled by?Kim McDonald of the AG’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division?and Gary Klein, Senior Trial Counsel in the AG’s Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau.

倍投方案图片顿华埠牌楼电影节落幕 甄子丹父母联袂现身

甄子丹的父母,甄云龙(右二),武艺大师迈宝婵(中)与徒弟黄修忻
博士(右起),Jean Lukitsh,李政欣博士等人专程出席。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? (Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导) 亚美社区发展协会(ACDC)今年的华埠牌楼电影节,827日落幕。影片主角甄子丹的父母双双到会,父亲甄云龙致词,母亲创办的麦宝禅武艺协会示范功夫,为本届电影节增添更浓本地气息。
今年选映的3部影片,一部是伍少文执导的我的中国生活纪录片,两部是甄子丹主演的功夫片,叶问3”新流星蝴蝶剑
卖宝婵武艺协会功夫班成员和亚美社区发展协会工作人员合影。
(周菊子摄)
伍少文是知名度正扩增中的纪录片导演。他拍制的我的中国生活一片,连航空公司都收纳进机上影片放映名单。亚美社区发展协会执行长刘安琪就是在飞机上看到该片的。前年他应倍投方案图片顿亚美电影节之邀,回倍投方案图片顿随片登台後,在大倍投方案图片顿亚裔社团中大受欢迎,一连接到好些个拍片邀约。
甄子丹是星岛日报倍投方案图片顿版负责人甄云龙与武艺大师麦宝婵的儿子,曾往少林深造功夫,转赴香港电影圈发展,从演员成为导、演双栖,如今不但在国际影坛上占有一席之地,更被香港影剧记者称为宇宙第一强,有着逾亿票房身价。
星岛日报倍投方案图片顿版负责人,也是电影巨星甄子丹之父甄云龙,在华埠
牌楼电影节上讲话。(周菊子摄)
伍少文和甄子丹都是在倍投方案图片顿长大的华裔。倍投方案图片顿华埠牌楼电影节今年只选映了他们两人的电影,有如特意展现大倍投方案图片顿华人在电影界的成就。
亚美社区发展协会AVoice的青少年,介绍该会活动。(周菊子摄)
??????????? 甄云龙在华埠牌楼电影节闭幕式中致词。他说有许多观众问过他是如何把甄子丹培养成为电影巨星的。这天,他第一次公开统一回应。他说,要培养一个人,有很多条件,有个人,家庭,社区,整个社会大环境等等的条件。当年功夫潮流兴起,甄子丹有音乐细胞,又出身於功夫世家,都是原因。但他们没想过只把甄子丹单纯的培养为功夫高手,而是要求他追寻武术文化。到底,工夫是短暂的,练功夫的人年纪一大,就打不动了,文化却可以传承,延伸,交流,扩展。所以他们强调武术文化,藉由电影成为综合性的艺术,娱乐,以及记载历史,教育的手段。
黄修忻博士(前左一)率领麦宝婵武艺协会成员示范太极。(周菊子摄)
??????????? 827日晚的闭幕式中,先有麦宝禅武艺协会的学员们在大师姊黄修忻博士,Jean Lukitsh两人带领下示范太极武艺,接着甄云龙致词,亚美社区发展协会AVoice的两名青少年分享他们参加AVoice项目,对华埠社区,历史,有更多了解,对华人社区有更强归属感,希望能为华埠做更多贡献的心路历程转变。他们也呼吁支持者捐款,赞助AVoice项目的扩大办理。
倍投方案图片顿市第2区市议员候选人Kora R Vakil到华埠电影节活动上拜票。
(周菊子摄)


甄子丹在"新流星蝴蝶剑"这部片中一景。(周菊子摄)