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Sunday, March 31, 2019

徐翔音乐会 邓泰山捧场

徐翔(左)应中华表演艺术基金会会长谭嘉陵(右)之邀
来倍投方案图片顿演奏。(周菊子摄)
(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导) 2017年范克莱本(Van Cliburn)国际钢琴大赛铜牌得主,钢琴家徐翔(Daniel Hsu),三月三十日应中华表演艺术基金会之邀,首次来到纽英伦音乐学院乔登厅(Jordan Hall)举办钢琴独奏会,频频赢得观众热情欢呼,起立鼓掌
谭嘉陵(左)和邓泰山(右)。(周菊子摄)
徐翔在乔登厅的首演,弹奏了巴哈,拉赫玛尼诺夫,柴可夫斯基,李斯特,萧邦,和穆索尔斯基等人的作品。
音乐会後,许多人在社交媒体上抢发照片??剪辑的视频,都非常肯定演出
倍投方案图片顿经文处处长徐佑典、杜丽云夫妇(左起)一家人
出席音乐会,会後也向音乐家徐翔(左三)致意。
(周菊子摄)
倍投方案图片顿音乐杂志(Boston Musical Intelligencer)的音乐评论家Leon Golub,也写了一篇名为大师风度的徐翔演出大师的音乐画作作品,他说出生在旧金山的徐翔这场钢琴独奏会,既强而有力又细腻引人深思,依稀展现法国的神秘俄罗斯的图像。他像一个充满好奇的艺术家,内心深沉的探索渴望所赋予乐音的伟大新意义,远远超出了他对技术难度的惊人掌控。今晚的演奏是中华表演艺术基金会主办一系列一流音乐会中的又一场令人赞叹的演出
?Leon Golub 还说简短的舒曼Traumerei安可曲,温柔奇妙,让我们处於一个完全舒适的梦幻状态。真是一场华丽,令人难忘的演出。
乐评人(右)欣赏徐翔,送给他一张CD。(周菊子摄)
当天观众席中,有多位音乐名人,其中包括知名钢琴家邓泰山。
徐翔现年21岁,目前是柯蒂斯音乐学院学生。在音乐之外,喜欢写电脑程式他设计Workflow2015年赢得 Apple设计奖,20173月被Apple收购。今年(2019)421日,他应邀台湾中山堂,和芬兰广播交响乐团音乐总监与指挥Hannu Lintu,以及台北交响乐团,携手演出柴可夫斯基第一号协奏曲(内容资料:中华表演艺术基金会提供)

戴正达(右)和徐翔的父亲是好友,演奏会後特地来问候。
(周菊子摄)














Saturday, March 30, 2019

美中药协纽英仑分会职业会议(图片)

外高桥集团(启东)产业园董事长李建国。(周菊子摄)

美中药协纽英仑分会会长杨军(右一),会议主持李柯杰(左一)颁发感谢奖牌给外高桥集团的李建国董事长(右二),高级经理许何燕。(周菊子摄)





遡源公所庆已亥猪年新春 宗亲、嘉宾欢唱忘我

宗亲与嘉宾合影。(遡源公所提供)
(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)由雷、方、邝三姓组成的纽英仑遡源公所,日前在喜临门大酒楼庆祝已亥猪年新春,奉利是敬老,发奖金劝学,看运气抽奖的,共300余宗亲在进门见锦簇花篮,入座有佳肴美酒的欢乐气氛中,大快朵颐,高歌热舞,酒不醉人人自醉。
倍投方案图片顿经文处处长徐佑典(左一)和倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任
欧宏伟(右一),颁发感谢状给遡源公所主席邝炎彬(左
二起),方汝沐,雷展灏。(遡源公所提供)
纽英仑遡源公所的主席惯例是每姓氏各一人,今年仍为邝炎彬,方汝沐,雷展灏。当晚庆祝新春,由在中华公所任职的朱沛国堂主席夫人邝坤珍担任司仪。
遡源公所主席邝炎彬(左二),顾问雷国辉(左三),主席雷展灏
(右一)等人奉上敬老红包给邝源杰(左四起),邝坤灿,方汝沐
等耆英。(遡源公所提供)
庆祝会开场先由美东国术会醒狮团表演舞狮,依照传统的采青献桔,再来全体嘉宾大合照。
主席邝炎彬致欢迎词时,颂诗一首,期许宗亲和气生财,聚则成事。诗曰:本是同源生,相聚何须疏,今朝把酒欢,何日君再来。他强调,遡源一家亲,盼宗亲不要疏於往来相聚,当晚难得一聚要尽兴,以酒相敬,期盼再聚。
纽英仑中华公所主席陈家骅,倍投方案图片顿经文处处长徐佑典,侨教中心主任欧宏伟,以及倍投方案图片顿市第二区市议员爱德华费林(Ed Flynn)等到会嘉宾,以及遡源公所自己的宗亲,远道而来的总堂主席邝兆彭,纽约遡源主席方彦华接着一一应邀致词,向倍投方案图片顿雷方邝三姓宗亲表达新年祝贺之意。
期间,经文处处长徐佑典特地颁发感谢状,由三名主席代表接受。倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林也在助理卢善柔协助下,颁发表扬状,称许遡源公所致力和睦社区,服务宗亲。
颁发奖学金。(遡源公所提供)
纽英仑遡源公所当晚奉上红包利是给邝元杰,邝坤灿,方汝沐等十八名年纪80岁以上耆英,以示敬老,发出奖学金3000元给17名宗亲子弟,鼓励他们努力向学,为会场增添不少喜庆气氛。
遡源公所顾问雷国辉(左一),主席雷展灏(右一)两父子
和纽英仑中华公所主席陈家骅,倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林
(Ed Flynn)。(遡源公所提供)
这些奖学金,有2000元是由宗亲邝佩康捐赠,1000元是由遡源公所的奖学金户头提拨。
宴席间的文娱表演由摩顿市的华夏文协歌舞团做主力,表演爱莲的舞,朝鲜族的春雨手鼓,藏族的吉祥谣,另外有康乐舞蹈团的扇子舞太湖美等,还有许多人展示歌喉,唱卡拉OK,个人独唱或聚众高歌,都唱得非常投入,忘我。
庆祝会在播放友谊之光的歌声中落幕。
邝炎彬表示,纽英仑遡源公所座落在倍投方案图片顿华埠内的哈佛街61号(61 Harvard Street),电话(617482-3353,欢迎雷、方、邝三姓宗亲,加入公所,与宗亲交流。(4月7日更新版)
遡源公所庆新春,有支持者非常传统的送花篮祝贺。
(遡源公所提供)
遡源公所顾问雷国辉(右起)和公所的两名年轻主席,
雷展灏,邝炎彬。(遡源公所提供)
倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林(Ed Flynn,後右)特地和他父亲,
倍投方案图片顿前任市长雷夫连(Ray Flynn)的好友,倍投方案图片顿资深
侨领陈毓璇,陈黄景佩(前)夫妇合影留念。(遡源公所提供)
(遡源公所提供)
(遡源公所提供)
倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林(Ed Flynn,右二)在助理卢善柔
(右三)协助下,颁发表扬状给遡源公所,由主席雷展灏
(右一),方汝沐(左三),邝炎彬(左一),以及顾问雷国辉
(右四),邝坤灿(左二)代表接受。(遡源公所提供)
左起,雷国辉,倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林,邝炎彬,
邝坤灿,方汝沐,雷展灏。(遡源公所提供)
倍投方案图片顿经文处处长徐佑典(前中),倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任
欧宏伟(前左二),纽英仑中华公所主席陈家骅(前右三)
等嘉宾和遡源公所宗亲合影。(周菊子摄)
遡源公所主席邝炎彬(右六)和嘉宾合唱卡拉OK,一众人
唱到忘我。左起,徐佑典,陈国航,梅少彬,陈家骅,
黄立辉,邝炎彬,以及欧宏伟(右四),梅少华(右三)。
(周菊子摄)

















哈佛大学更难进了 今年录取率4.5%


????? (Boston Orange 整理报导) 哈佛大学的歧视亚裔学生讼案,余声仍在回荡,哈佛校报”the Harvard Crimson”就登出,哈佛今年更难进了,录取率降到4.5%
??????????? 哈佛校报指出,将於2023年毕业的这一年级,哈佛收到43,300份申请书,比去年已打破纪录的42,742份还多,其中只有4.5%,大约1950名学生会被录取。在2018年时,哈佛收了1962名学生,约为申请人数的4.6%
??????????? 哈佛校报指4.5%是该校录取率的最新低点。
??????????? 哈佛入学许可及财务援助院长William R. Fitzsimmons在一份校方声明中表示,2023这一年级学生,以任何标准来看都超有成就,极具潜质。
??????????? 根据哈佛校方资讯,今年录取的男女学生比例相当,约有50.1%为女性。超过一半获录取的学生会获得以需要为基础的奖助金,他们的家人只需每年付大约12,000元。
??????????? 获录取学生中,约有20%其家庭年收入低於65,000元。这些学生将不需要付费,还会获得2000元补助款,以协助他们支付搬迁入校的相关费用。
??????????? 没有拿到以需要为基础财务补助的学生,在20192020这学年上学时,得付69,607元。那些已获录取者,可在五月一日前考虑是否进哈佛。

Friday, March 29, 2019

MassBio年会展望数位健康 谈药价需控制

MassBio执行长Robert K. Coughlin(右)和董事会主席David
Lucchino (左)徵求会员同意,通过2019新董事名单。
(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?(Boston Orange 周菊子剑桥市报导) 麻州生物协会(MassBio)32728日,在剑桥市的皇家索尼斯塔酒店(Royal Sonesta Hotel)举行年会,总结过去一年概况,指FDA批准新药数量破纪录,创投交易数量高达1308宗,金额逾233亿美元,整体行业前景大好,药价调整将是考验,未来会以数位健康为重点工作方向。
”Ovid疗法执行长Jeremy Levin做主题演讲。
(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?麻州生物协会是创办於1985年,约有1000多名企业及学术机构会员的非牟利组织,和麻州生命科学界密切合作,致力增加医疗体系的价值,改善病患生活。今年以可能状态(State of Possible)”为年会主题,并由执行长Robert K. Coughlin和董事会主席,Frequency疗法执行长David Lucchino藉简短的徵询同意方式,通过了新年度的董事名单。
生物医药领域2018年获得233亿元创业投资。(周菊子摄)
”Ovid疗法执行长Jeremy Levin在题目为"生物科技今日何在,前方何有(Where is Biotech Today and What Lies Ahead)”的主题演讲中直言,生物科技业现在处於最棒的年代,医药创新正给人类社会带来各种好处,但美国医疗健保业的体系复杂,医院并购造成的垄断,导致药价高挂如天,例如一般的癌症药,医院标价比平均售价高10100倍,人民负担不起等,却也让医药界饱受批评。
他认为,生物科技及医疗界的核心价值是治病救人,相关医院及医疗人员在制定营运策略时,恐怕必须重新思考这些核心价值,听取病患及家属的声音,也清楚明晰的为自己表态,生物医药业才可能继续繁荣。
Jeremy Levin指出,医药创新已带来人类寿命延长66%,患癌5年者存活率提高39%,新丙肝疗法治癒率超过90%等好处。
??????? 此外,FDA的新药审批态度由严峻转为支持,流进医药创新的资金额度大涨,医疗方式正百花齐鸣,进入临床实验的治疗肿瘤癌症新药,数量呈爆发性增长等,都佐证着生物科技业的整体环境处於最佳时代。例如FDA2016年只批准22个新药,2017年跳升到462018再升到59,打破纪录,证明了FDA在审批新药上的态度改变。
Editas医药前执行长Katrine Bosley(中)
Alnylam执行长John Maraganore(右)是
炉边谈话嘉宾。(周菊子摄)
资金的更为丰沛,是生物医药业的另一荣景象徵。仅只一年之隔,就涨了近一倍,从2017年的166亿元跳到2018年的233亿元,其中60%一拿就是5000万元。
疾病的医疗方法也层出不穷,十分多元化,有基因疗法,RNAi CAR-T, 系统性寡核苷酸,鞘内寡核苷酸等等,甚至治疗丙肝,也有了5种新药获批准。研发治疗肿瘤癌症新药的进入临床实验阶段数量,更是惊人,从2014年仅只50宗,增加到2018年的高达2500宗。
已经有突破性并获得批准,或正在出研究成果的细胞疗法,基因疗法,也大爆炸,多达300宗,包括2017年批准的首个体内基因疗法,2018年批准的首个RNAi疗法Onpattro等,其中一半以上是治疗肿瘤癌症。
哈佛大学基因教授George Church出席MassBio年会。
(周菊子摄)
Jeremy Levin认为,生物医药业将看到更多的创新研发成果,更多的并购整合,更大的药价压力,更广泛的公众监督,短期内还将有导致长期後果的行政动作出现。
会期第一天,麻州生物协会请到近年备受瞩目的两大企业高管,Editas医药前执行长Katrine BosleyAlnylam执行长John Maraganore做炉边谈话,从CRISPER的基因剪辑谈到RNAi疗法。再由Beam疗法的DNA剪辑平台主管Nicole Gaudelli谈基因剪辑的转型和医疗应用。
嘉宾座谈人类生物学未来。(周菊子摄)
会议的第二天,重头戏有哈佛医学院基因教授George M. ChurchExcel创投常务董事Juan EnriquezLifeMine执行长Greg Verdine讨论人类生物学的未来:我们已经怎麽衍化了自己。其中的Juan Enriquez直言,基因疗法的不断进步,将来势必引发比基因编辑婴儿更多的伦理道德争议。因参与发起人类基因图谱计画,与学生,朋友合作创办了至少14家公司,2018年才又联合创办Nebula,强调免费DNA检测,健康数据共享的George Church认为能够更全面掌握个人基因数据,就更有机会防治疾病发生。他也觉得药价问题应该进一步研究,解决。
麻州生物协会这场年会,以在医疗保健价值链中启动数位医疗(Enabling Digital Health in the Healthcare Value Chain)”座谈做压轴,请来Concerto Health AI执行长Jeff EltonVerily策略企业发展及企业创投的Luba GreenwoodPear 疗法联盟管理副总裁Brooke Paige, 赛默飞世尔科技(Thermo Fisher Scientific)数位科学研发副总裁Anthony Uzzo交流看法。其中一名讲者强调,数位健康是未来不可避免的发展趋势,重点之一还在数据,如何取得并分享更是关键议题。

CITY OF BOSTON TO HOST YOUTH JOB & RESOURCE FAIR IN ROXBURY

CITY OF BOSTON TO HOST YOUTH JOB & RESOURCE FAIR IN ROXBURY
BOSTON - Friday, March 29, 2019 - The City of Boston is inviting young Bostonians to participate in a youth job and resource fair tomorrow, March 30 in Roxbury. This year's theme, "Success Awaits, Come Find It," aspires to connect Boston's youth with onsite summer workforce development opportunities through engaging with employers, job placement opportunities, career development workshops, and access to youth-serving organizations.


WHEN:? ? ? ? ??Saturday, March 30, 2019
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mayor Walsh to attend at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:? ? ? ??Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
1350 Tremont St, Roxbury

WHO:? ? ? ? ? ??826 Boston
Aashka Company
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE)
All Dorchester Sports & Leadership
American Chinese Christian Educational and Social Services, Inc.
Appalachian Mountain Club
Apprentice Learning
Artists For Humanity
Asian Community Development Corporation
Boch Center
Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF)
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
Boston Common Frog Pond/Skating Club of Boston
Boston Explorers - An Urban Camp for Kids
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Boston Police B-2 Community Service Office
Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)
Boston Public Schools (BPS)
Boston Scores
Boston Student Advisory Council
Boys & Girls Club of Roxbury
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Mattapan Teen Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston: Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Walter Denney Youth Center
Castle Square Tenants Organization
Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter's
Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc.
Center to Support Immigrant Organizing
Charlestown Boys & Girls Club
City of Boston
Courageous Sailing
Dorchester YMCA
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
Franklin Hill Boys & Girls Club
Fresh Truck
Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center
Girls LEAP
Hyde Square Task Force
Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI-USA)
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
Lena Park CDC
Let's Get Ready
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
Love Your Block
Madison Park Development Corporation
MassCOSH
Mattapan / Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc.
Mayor's Mural Crew
MissionSAFE
New England Aquarium
New England Culinary Institute
NUBIA, INC.
OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
Phillips Brooks House Association
Roslindale Community Center
Roxbury Community College
Roxbury Tenants of Harvard
South Boston Neighborhood House
South End Technology Center @ Tent City
Southwest Boston CDC
Speak for the Trees
St. Stephen's Youth Programs
StreetWorker
Tenacity
The Boston Project Ministries
The Calculus Project
The City School
The Salvation Army Children's Learning Center
The Trustees of Reservations
The Witherspoon Institute
The Young People's Project
Transformative Culture Project
Uphams Corner Community Center
WEATOC
West End House
WriteBoston
YMCA of Greater Boston
Zoo New England

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE AGREES TO PAY $231 MILLION TO RESOLVE FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT CHARGES

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE AGREES TO PAY $231 MILLION
TO RESOLVE FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT CHARGES

BOSTON – Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (Fresenius), a German-based provider of medical products and services, has agreed to pay approximately $231 million to resolve the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with Fresenius’s participation in various corrupt schemes to obtain business in multiple countries.

??????????? “Bribery, in all forms, is corrosive and illegal,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling of the District of Massachusetts. “As today’s announcement makes clear, this Office will continue its long tradition of aggressively investigating companies and individuals who use bribes and kickbacks to gain an unfair and illicit business advantage, or who deliberately turn a blind eye to that conduct.”

“Fresenius doled out millions of dollars in bribes across the globe to gain a competitive advantage in the medical services industry, profiting to the tune of over $140 million,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.? “Today’s resolution, under which Fresenius has agreed to retain an independent compliance monitor for at least two years, reflects the Department’s firm commitment to both rooting out bribery and promoting the kind of effective corporate compliance programs that will prevent misconduct going forward.”

“This case shows the continued commitment of the FBI and our partners to investigate bribery and corruption worldwide,” said FBI Assistant Director Robert Johnson.? “The FBI's dedicated International Corruption Squads across the United States will continue to combat foreign corruption that reaches our shores and send a strong message that, no matter how long it takes, we will not wane in our efforts to uphold the law.”

“This case shows the FBI will hold accountable those who treat corruption as the cost of doing business,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division. “Fresenius’s admissions are incredibly concerning because no company should break the law by paying-off international partners to obtain or retain business.? We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to root out corrupt schemes and ensure they do not become common practice at the expense of other hard-working businesses.”?

According to Fresenius’s admissions, between 2007 and 2016, the company paid bribes to publicly-employed health and/or government officials to obtain or retain business in Angola and Saudi Arabia.? In Angola and Saudi Arabia, as well as in Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and countries in West Africa, Fresenius knowingly failed to implement reasonable internal accounting controls over financial transactions, and failed to maintain books and records that accurately and fairly reflected the transactions.

In Angola, Fresenius offered or provided bribes to an Angolan military health officer and his family, as well as prominent Angolan government-employed nephrologists.? Specifically, Fresenius offered these individuals shares in a joint venture, storage contracts, and consultancy agreements, all for the purpose of securing an improper advantage and assisting Fresenius with obtaining and retaining business in Angola.

In Saudi Arabia, Fresenius employed a check cashing scheme, entered into sham consulting and commission agreements for which no services were ever performed, entered into fake collection commission agreements, made payments to a government charity, gave gifts, and made payments for travel with no business or educational justification, the company admitted.

In Morocco, Fresenius paid bribes to a Moroccan state official for the purpose of obtaining contracts to develop kidney dialysis centers at Moroccan state-owned military hospitals.

In Spain, Fresenius entered into fake consulting agreements with publicly-employed doctors or professionals who could influence or provide information about public tenders, gave gifts or provided other benefits such as travel to medical conferences, and made donations to fund projects for the doctors.

In Turkey, Fresenius entered into joint ventures with publicly-employed doctors in exchange for those doctors directing business from their public employer to Fresenius Turkey clinics.

In West Africa, Fresenius paid bribes to publicly-employed health officials in various countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Niger, Gabon, Chad, and Senegal. Fresenius paid these bribes through a combination of direct payments, payments made through third parties, and payments through a third-party distributorship, all to obtain and retain business in those countries.?

In total, Fresenius earned more than $140 million in profits from the corrupt schemes.

To resolve the case, Fresenius entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with DOJ and agreed to pay a total criminal penalty of $84,715,273. As part of the NPA, Fresenius also agreed to continue to cooperate with DOJ’s investigation, enhance its compliance program, implement rigorous internal controls, and retain an independent corporate compliance monitor for at least two years.

DOJ reached this resolution based on a number of factors. Notably, although Fresenius voluntarily self-disclosed the misconduct in April 2012, the company did not timely respond to certain requests by the DOJ and, at times, did not provide fulsome responses to requests for information. In addition, misconduct occurred in 13 countries, yielded profits of more than $140 million, and continued in certain countries until 2016, and the company has not yet had the opportunity to test the effectiveness of its compliance enhancements. Therefore, the company did not qualify for a declination under the Corporate Enforcement Policy, and instead received a discount of 40 percent below the low end of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines fine range, and an independent compliance monitor for a term of two years, followed by an additional year of self-reporting to the DOJ.

Fresenius settled a related FCPA matter with the SEC today and will pay $147 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest to the SEC, which the DOJ credited in its resolution, bringing the total monetary amount to over $231 million.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordi de Llano of the District of Massachusetts and Trial Attorneys Paul A. Hayden and Sonali D. Patel of the Department’s Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting this matter. The Department appreciates the significant cooperation and assistance provided by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in this matter.?