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Saturday, October 12, 2019

波士頓不分區市議員,昆士,摩頓市長 在位者連任機會大

波士頓市不分區市議員候選人與選民見面。(周菊子攝)

            (Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導) 2019是市級選舉年,波士頓市只選市議員,昆士市,摩頓市兩名市長都競選連任,都面對強勁對手,115日的大選,將會出現什麼結果,各方關注。
吳弭(右)條理清晰地闡述理念。(周菊子攝)
             波士頓市的不分區市議員選舉,從924日的初選結果來看,3名在位者,吳弭,米高法拉提(Michael Flaherty),艾妮莎艾賽比喬治(Annissa Essaibi George),得票率都超過13%,大選時可當選連任,幾無疑義。
聯邦眾議員普利斯來(Ayanna Pressley) 1010日公開表示,支持吳弭,艾妮莎,以及兩名挑戰者,亞歷珊卓聖吉倫,梅吉雅等4人當波士頓不分區市議員,或將影響部分選情。
             昆士市在位市長柯奇(Tom Koch),今年56歲,從2008年上任迄今,已在位10年多,今年一旦當選連任,再做4年,將成為昆士市有史以來在位時間最長的市長。
波士頓市不分區市議員艾妮莎。(周菊子攝)
            昆士市今年的市級初選在910日舉行,出席投票極低,只有不到6000人出席投票。市長選舉部分,今年有3人參選,115日的大選,將由得票率高達65.2%的在位市長柯奇,和得票率19.4%Brenda Ryan對決。
             昆士市不分區市議員有3個席位,在位議員之一是華裔梁秀婷,也在競選連任,華人社區對這選舉將較為關注。由於只有5人競選3個席位,未辦初選。
            摩頓市的初選,在917日。只有第八選區和學校委員會辦了初選。115日的大選,從2012年當選,連任迄今的市長葛帝生(Gary Christenson),將和曾連任四屆摩頓市第3區市議員的馬修森(John Matheson)競爭。
主辦單位安排的問題。(周菊子攝)
             波士頓市是個人口有669,158的大城市,924日初選時,只有44,972人投票,佔全體選民的11.17%。顯然民眾並不太關心這選舉。但是不分區市議員席位,卻有多達15人參選。
主辦單位安排的問題。(周菊子攝)
在初選結果中,4名在位市議員,現年34歲,當過市議長,競選第4度連任的吳弭一馬當先,得最高票,26,622票,得票率19.41%2015年之前是東波士頓高中老師,現在競選第3度競選連任的艾妮莎得第二高票,18,993票,得票率13.85%。現年50歲,曾於2000年到2010年擔任市議員,也當過市議長,其後和韓裔,也是波士頓市首名亞裔市議員的尹常賢搭檔參選波士頓市長,和當時在位的市長萬寧諾(Tom Menino)競爭失利,2014年才重回市議會的米高法拉提,得第三高票,得18,766票,得票率13.68%
因普利斯萊(Ayanna Pressley)當選為聯邦眾議員,遞補成為在位波士頓市議員,曾經多次參選波士頓市議員,現年79歲的艾爾莎佳里森(Althea Garrison),初選時僅得9,720票,得票率7.09%,比挑戰的亞歷珊卓聖吉倫,11,910 票,得票率8.68%,以及梅吉雅(Julia Mejia)10,799票,得票率7.87%都低。
盧善柔未出席論壇的華裔民眾翻譯。(周菊子攝)
自稱是獨立無黨派候選人的艾爾莎,日前在波士頓社區發展行動(簡稱ABCDAction for Boston Community Development)”主辦的不分區市議員論壇中,竟然批評吳弭,說她假裝為民服務,做的事卻不見得對大眾好,尤其是吳弭提議要把居民停車證費用,當作稅來收。
109日晚,在南端一教堂舉行的波士頓市不分區市議員論壇,則是由保留,收回,重建波士頓(Remain, Reclaim, Rebuild Boston)”主辦。在艾爾莎之外,其餘七名候選人都出席了論壇,並一一回應了"控制房租(rent control)"計畫,區域極發展等四個問題。
近百人出席這場候選人論壇。(周菊子攝)
在控制房租上,米高法拉提反對,其餘候選人或有不同細節要求,但幾乎都贊成。在計畫發展上,候選人們也大同小異的都贊成應該重新規範波士頓市的土地發展,市府應聽取更多民眾意見,市長不宜權力太大等等。
1022(週二)5點半到8點,MPDC(Madison Park Development Corp.)將在洛士百利(Roxbury)The Dewitt Center,再舉辦一場波士頓市不分區市議員論壇。
波士頓選民有意在115日的大選中投票者,但還未登記者,可趕在1016日前辦理登記。查詢個人的選民資格,或辦理選民登記,可上網https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
這場論壇將有3名主持人,其中一人為City AwakeJustin Kang
(部分圖片已於10月10日發表)
華埠土地信託會主任駱理德(見圖)和華人前進會行政主任
陳玉珍等人都出席了論壇。(周菊子攝)






曾任波士頓華埠社區中心主任,縣在基金會工作的
梅大衛(左)也來關心波士頓市議員選舉。(周菊子攝)

Friday, October 11, 2019

MASS LABORERS ENDORSE KENNEDY


Laborers International Union of North America Massachusetts Endorse Joe Kennedy III for Senate

Joe Kennedy III, Photo By Chutze Chou
Boston, MA -- Today, Joe Kennedy III proudly announced the endorsement of the Laborers International Union of North America’s (LiUNA) Massachusetts State Chapter who cited Kennedy’s impeccable record of standing up for the Commonwealth’s hardworking families. 

“On behalf of the nearly 25,000 Massachusetts members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, I am proud to endorse Congressman Joe Kennedy in his election efforts for U.S. Senate,” said Joseph Bonfiglio, Business Manager of Massachusetts and Northern New England Laborer’s District Council. “Joe received unanimous support from our twenty affiliated local unions in Massachusetts because he works tirelessly for the hardworking men and women of the Commonwealth. We stand proudly with him as he continues his fight for good paying jobs, strong healthcare and sound retirement benefits. Joe has shown up for the Laborers and unions time and time again, so we’re showing up for him to ensure he’ll be our next U.S. Senator.”

"Our economy has left those that built this Commonwealth and country behind,” said Kennedy. "For generations, unions have served our hardworking men and women, protecting them from abuse, injustice, and exploitation. I’m proud to stand by their side and continue that fight here in Massachusetts and in Washington.” 

Within a day of announcing his bid for Senate last month, Joe Kennedy III received the endorsements of three other key Massachusetts labor unions: IBEW Local 103, UFCW Local 791, Teamsters Local 25 and the Massachusetts State Council of Machinists. 

Kennedy has championed economic justice since being elected to Congress. From American manufacturing to vocational education, fair wages, corporate accountability and collective bargaining, he has fought tirelessly to ensure that working men and women have a voice in Congress. Across Massachusetts he has stood in solidarity with striking workers at National Grid and Stop & Shop, hotel staff in the Seaport and Martha’s Vineyard bus drivers.

Over the last year his calls for a 'moral capitalism' that puts economic power back in the hands of American workers have gained national attention

紐英崙全僑慶祝中華民國建國108年




GLORY TO HONG KONG: BLACK BAUHINIA MARCH IN BOSTON 10/12

For Immediate Release
Oct 9, 2019
  
GLORY TO HONG KONG: BLACK BAUHINIA MARCH IN BOSTON
HONGKONGERS IN BOSTON AREA GATHER AGAIN TO SUPPORT HONG KONG DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT

BOSTON - After four months of protests, the anti-extradition movement in Hong Kong has evolved into an anti-authoritarian movement to refute the Chinese Communist Party’s political influence in Hong Kong and the violent oppression of universal values. CCP and its puppetized HKSAR government have been scandalizing the protest with disinformation to disguise their brutal oppression of Hong Kong’s protests.


Two weeks ago, pro-CCP supporters in Boston organized a flag-raising ceremony at Boston City Hall, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, which was approved by the City of Boston and supported by City Councilor Ed Flynn. However, our request to raise the Black Bauhinia Flag of Hong Kong on Oct. 12 was denied by City Hall without any written statement of reasoning. We strongly believe that we, the Hongkongers, deserve the freedom to raise our flag at the same location. It signifies the bloodshed of Hong Kong people under state violence and the erosion of Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy, and expresses our political stance at the same location. The City official verbally stated on the phone that the requested flag is not an official flag of Hong Kong. However, we consider this as an illegitimate reason, since the transgender and LGBTQ Flags are both unofficial community flags for LGBTQ+ social movements. They were both raised at the same location during the Boston Pride Week on May 31.

Although we are disappointed by their decision, we will abide by the denial notice for now. In place of the flag-raising ceremony, we are organizing a march on Oct. 12 namely “Glory to Hong Kong: Black Bauhinia March in Boston,” to alert Bostonians of the situation in Hong Kong and express our firm support for freedom and democracy in Hong Kong. The march will start at 2 p.m. from the Boston Common Parade Ground and end at Boston City Hall by 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

中國醫改十年 路仍漫長 (圖片)











麻州將連續數日大風大雨 民眾宜防淹水、停電


           (Boston Orange 編譯)根據氣象局預報,麻州,羅德島州從今日(週四)起,這幾天將風大雨大,風速甚至達到每小時6070英里,尤其南岸民眾,出門宜小心,並預留更多時間。
             國家氣象局表示,降雨量可能高達數英吋,地方居民宜預做可能淹水,停電的準備。
            暴風雨的風勢,雨勢,從週三晚開始,估計週四(今日)下午最大,可能持續至週五早上,麻州東南部,以及鱈魚角和島嶼估計會受較大影響。沿岸地區及排水不佳地區,可能會淹水。
           週三傍晚,415分以後沒多久,南岸,羅德島及鱈魚角就開始下雨了。估計南岸雨勢最大,到週四早,雨量估計已有一寸到一寸半。
           船隻出航宜小心,波浪可能高達25英吋。
           麻州緊急管理局表示,出門遠行的人要有心理準備,羅根國際機場的飛機可能誤點,或取消。輪船管理局到瑪莎葡萄島,南特基島的渡輪服務,也可能因為暴風雨受影響。人們出門前最好先查查交通資訊。

波士頓僑務榮譽職人員 續聘13人 新聘林碧憶

駐波士頓經文處處長徐佑典,杜麗雲夫婦(左五,六)與波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉(左一)與僑務榮譽職人員座談。右起,陳式儀,歐陽露,黎雯,周萬欽,馮文鑾,余麗媖,許炳煌,溫陳美月,鄭玉春。
(僑教中心提供)
波士頓經文處處長徐佑典致詞。(僑教中心提供)

(Boston Orange 周菊子納提克鎮報導)駐波士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處109日晚在納提克鎮(Natick)頒發僑務榮譽職續聘,新聘證書,其中12人續任,1人升等,1人新聘。
僑委會的僑務榮譽職人員,依貢獻程度,分有僑務諮詢委員、僑務顧問及僑務促進委員三種,均為無給職,。
根據僑委會的民國107年僑務榮譽職人員遴聘要點修正案,榮譽職人員任期二年,連任以一次為原則。
9日晚,駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典,波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉,聯袂恭喜12人獲續聘,1人升等,1人新聘為僑務榮譽職人員。
駐波士頓經文處處長徐佑典,杜麗雲夫婦(右)和波士頓
僑教中心主任歐宏偉(左)。(周菊子攝)
其中新聘的僑務促進委員是波士頓臺灣同鄉會會長林碧憶,原僑務促進委員馮文鸞新聘為僑務顧問。
續聘部分,僑務諮詢委員1人,波士頓黃氏宗親會元老黃官羨。僑務顧問2人,許炳煌及余麗媖。僑務促進委員9人,原麻州牛頓元極舞健身會會長鄭玉春、紐英崙中華專業人員協會顧問周萬欽、紐英倫客鄉親會顧問陳裕逢、新英格蘭中文學校協會前會長陳式儀、波士頓元極舞協會薛劍童、全美亞裔婦女會會長黎雯、波士頓地區僑界急難救助協會會長歐陽露、紐英崙廣東音樂社社長溫陳美月,以及波克萊臺灣商會顧問蘇鴻昌。
前述各人的任期,自10891日起至110831日止。
僑務榮譽職人員離席前互相加Line,加強聯繫。
(周菊子攝)
領到證書的薛劍童指出,今年的證書,不但首次外有金字皮套,還內惟中英雙語,拿到手上,感覺格外隆重。
波士頓經文處處長徐佑典與出席僑務榮譽職人員就當前僑社情勢,僑團動態,未來僑務工作重點交換意見之外,還表示,這次新及續聘的僑務榮譽職人員,既有資深僑領,也有青年世代;有傳統僑社人士,也有新成立社團的負責人,涵蓋了僑社、僑教及僑商等領域。他希望年輕人發揮創意,懇請資深僑領指導與支持。
波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉在會中報告了「僑務電子報@Line」、「僑胞卡及特約商店」、「i臺灣服務櫃檯」,「第15任總統副總統選舉投票事宜」。他也鼓勵僑胞自費返國,享受臺灣的優質醫療健檢服務,並說明僑教中心可協助聯繫並安排相關事宜。

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

紐英崙中華資訊網路協會啟動第14屆青少年創業項目

網協啟動第十四屆青少年創業項目。(周菊子攝)
網協青少年創業項目今年由曲芸主持。(周菊子攝)
              (Boston Orange 周菊子華森市報導)紐英崙中華資訊網路協會(NECINA)日前舉辦青年創業服務(YES)項目說明會,籲請有意學習領導技能,全方位了解企業運營的青年學子,加入學習行列,為未來做準備。
             網協的YES項目於2005年由該會董事陸德禮創辦,旨在培養高中生的創業,領導技能,鼓勵他們對科技,工程更感興趣,迄今已培訓近千名青少年學子,即將於1012日開訓的第14屆,由曾任美中生物醫藥協會會長,目前在賽默飛(Thermo Fisher)科技公司做主管的曲芸負責。
             今年的YES項目,一樣安排有10堂課,預定從1012日起到2020年的328日,在10個週六中,讓學生們學習團隊合作,構思創辦企業,並參加一場小型商業計畫書比賽。在整個過程中,參加的學員會學到如何寫商業計畫書,如何把產品概念化,了解企業結構,財務,銷售及市場行銷,公開演講,做簡報等等。每堂課都會有老師教學生們如何把各項技能應用到真實世界中。
會計師張玉天做財務概要介紹。(周菊子攝)
             在商業技術書比賽中脫穎而出的優勝者,還有機會進大企業實習。
928日的說明會中,網協會長高弘先向出席者簡介網協這飛牟利機構的使命與結構。網協前會長暨YES創辦人陸德禮忠告學生們,要在這創業營中學會如何產生構想,與經營企業相關的市場行銷,財務,團隊合作和公開演講。他強調學生們必須相信些甚麼,無論是自己的膽識,命運,生命或因果報應,都可以。他希望有一天,會有創業營畢業生捐一百萬元給YES
YES贊助商,賽默飛科技的企業拓展資深經理鄭茹介紹了賽默飛概況後,Segway企業發展副總裁賀東敘述了該公司是如何創建的,以及企業要成功,創建企業的構想要如何確認市場,才容易成功。他還把SegwayLooMo這兩個產品帶到現場做示範,讓學生們大受啟發。
今年16歲的往屆創業營優勝者朱漢娜,這天到場做志願者,主持一場構想遊戲,藉著混和心靈工藝(Mindcraft)歧視三重E忍者(Triple E Ninja)”彩虹百吉餅(Bagel Rainbow)”等字詞,讓學生們做創意練習。當天應邀出席的志願者還有徐淑珍。
在向出席青少年們介紹市場行銷,會計及財務時,網協還有鄭茹邀來的賽默飛實驗室產品部營銷主管Brian McBride,戴晨方律師邀來的會計師張玉天等人一一講談。Brian McBride強調,市場的關鍵是解決顧客的問題,張玉天則建議學生做一假設個案,計算產品的成本與收益。
在輔導老師環節,應邀將擔任青少年們輔導老師的GMRobot創辦人暨執行長楊亞威,FM Global副總Shuzhen Xu,美通教育(Milestone Education)創辦人Zhengmin Li,以及宋安華,也都到場和出席青少年們見了面。
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曲芸指出,網協青少年創業營以撰寫商業計畫書做出發點,鼓勵青少年發現社會中有那些需求,從而構思解決方案,設計產品,研究顧客對象,查察市場上的競爭對手。由於是以成立企業為假想方向,因而也會教學生們如何做市場研究,宣傳與銷售,了解企業的財務集會計運作等。最後讓學生們從簡報企業計畫,驗證他們的學習成果。

查詢網協青少年創業項目(YES)詳情,可上網https://www.necina.org/content/yes-140,或洽曲芸,高弘。(更新版)


CABA投資創業論壇 三名前會長分享創業經驗

美中生物醫藥協會幹部。(周菊子攝)
              (Boston Orange 周菊子牛頓市報導)美中生物醫藥協會(CABA)日前在牛頓市萬豪酒店舉辦第11屆投資暨創業論壇,王義漢,沈立新,王永忠等3名前會長坦率分享創業心得,對出席會員格外具有啟發性。
美中生物醫藥協會會長曹瀾開幕致詞。(周菊子攝)
             今年928日的這場會議由會長曹瀾和22名籌備委員策畫,安排有創新生物醫藥科技投資”CABA創業家的故事,以及在生命科學會議中成功合作工作坊三個主題,請來不下19名講者,創業家,從各個角度分享投資與創業的心得,經驗。
             曹瀾在開場致詞中指出,美中生物醫藥協會致力在四方面為會員服務,包括促進創新,培養創業精神,扶持合作,建立社區等。過去這些年來,已有所創辦公司IQuum被羅氏集團(Roche)4.5億美元買下的陳叔奇等不下數十名成功人士應邀與會,分享經驗。
CABA歷任會長合影,右起,曹瀾,戴舒佳,萬兆奎,
王義漢,張引,沈立新,英博,史相國。(周菊子攝)
             當天的會議,在創新生物醫藥科技投資部分,有諾華(Novartis)主管創業基金的Nandita Shangari早期投資及投資界景觀的改變,賽諾菲(Sanofi)全球研究策略及有效性主管鄭紅(Hong Cheng)投資在創造價值上,以及NovoVentures合夥人Karen Hong 介紹該公司的生物醫藥投資。
             ”CABA創業家的故事這部分,沈立新,王義漢,王永忠等三名前會長精心整理,坦誠分享自己在創業路上的成功、失敗等經驗,最讓美中生物醫藥協會會員感到窩心。
CABA副會長邵劍(左)和講者Hong Cheng。(周菊子攝)
            沈立新現在是廣州阿拉金醫藥科技總經理,但他特意分享Howfund的失敗學到什麼,希望幫助其他人避免自己曾經踩過的地雷。他透露,剛應邀回中國無錫創業時,可謂一帆風順,募得9000萬元人民幣,擁有40萬平方呎工廠,年收入達到8000萬元人民幣,還很快就擴展到有4家子公司,2家研究機構,但2014年時,從中國農民銀行取得,有政府保證的一筆500萬元貸款開始,麻煩就來了。他們完全沒想到,銀行竟然有貸款必須每年清償,再重貸的規定,而且日期一沒銜接妥當,立即發警告,高額罰款,還連環導致所有其他銀行都發警告,引發銀根問題。
             沈立新勸有心回中國創業者,避免向銀行借貸,最好和具專業水準的投資者交易,要保持董事會的控制權,維繫適當關係,要能適應政策變化,聚焦在自己的生意上。
CABA會長曹瀾(左一)和講者,Nandita Shangari,
Karen Hong,Hong Cheng,講座主持戴舒佳合影。
(周菊子攝)
            王義漢回深圳市創辦了塔吉瑞生物醫藥(TargetRx),研發抗癌藥,4年來卓有所成,公司擴展了一倍。他在會上先粽述中國的生物醫藥市場,機會與挑戰,再分享塔吉瑞概況。
             王義漢指出,根據2018年的全球癌症分析,約有1800萬宗新個案,960萬宗死亡案例,全球抗腫瘤藥的市場超過1000億美元。由於其中的新患病及死亡個案,中國所佔比率依序為22%26%,可見中國對抗癌藥需求之迫切。
廣州阿拉金醫藥科技總經理沈立新。(周菊子攝)
             在分析機會與挑戰時,王義漢比較了上海,香港及深圳的股票市場變化,指出珠港澳大灣區,有人口6750萬,GDP超過9.35兆,政策上鼓勵創新及科技等優勢。如今已有海王藥業,信立秦,白雲山藥業,東陽光藥業,微芯生物,以及塔吉瑞等生物醫藥公司進駐。
             王義漢所創辦的塔吉瑞是一家中美合資企業,聚焦研究標靶新藥,目前已有的產品包括CML NSCLC等,迄今已累計募資一億元人民幣,在中美獲有14項以上專利。由於電影我不是藥神中的主角藥物,原型就是他還在ARIAD工作時研發的,中國的媒體做相關報導時,常以藥神稱呼他。
深圳塔吉瑞生物醫藥董事長王義漢。(周菊子攝)
             王永忠是蘇橋生物(CMAB)的首席執行官。他回顧自己過去15年來的經歷,慨言大家在美中生物醫藥協會中一起長大,那段歲月很讓人珍惜。
             王永忠說,他個人的生物醫藥旅程,是從2006年健贊(Genzyme)推出市場上第一個以細胞為基礎的真正創新療法開始。
             很多人都不知道,Epicel是異種移植產品,也是聯邦藥物管理局(FDA)批准,供修補成人軟骨用的第一個以細胞為基礎療法。這是FDA第一個批准的組織工程產品。
蘇橋生物首席執行官王永忠。(周菊子攝)
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             王永忠形容從科學方法到職業發展,不是一直都那麼科學的。2013年在歐洲,2016年在美國獲批准的療法,真正要進入市場,還得有生產支援,懂品管,市場行銷,項目管理,以及基本的財務及開支控制等等。而且在實驗室或醫院臨床上有效,科學性也很健全,並不等於在現實中的商業化成功。要創業的話,思考方式就得有所不同,須兼顧商業化角度。
            他從健贊的失敗學習到,一個機構是如何的失去野心,在管理上變得反應緩慢,對外界變化冷感,也認識到員工對公司的忠誠,往往比貢獻更重要。
             20112月,賽諾菲收購了健贊。他也被帶進與年齡有關的黃斑退化分子領域,然後參與到第一個由中國研發的生物製藥,進而經由全球合作,發展出在中國取得商業成功的避孕藥(Conbercept),並在20169月,成為第一個從中國直接進美國臨床第三期的創新生物製藥產品。截至20198月,Conbercept在中國市場的占有率已達51%
右起,張邵聿,PengPeng Li,周雄偉,Michael Zhao。
(周菊子攝)
             在這過程中,他自己從在美國的一名科學家,企業高管,變成了中國的企業高管,後來還成為康弘藥業的執行長,甚至還帶著公司成功上市了。
             2017年他離開康弘,加入先聲藥業,踏入一個更開放環境,意味著更多發展潛力。在先聲,他經歷的企業經營、管理,規模大了非常多,要同時管理具不同功能的12家公司的1600名員工。他的角色,考慮事務的優先順序,時間分配,也都全盤大變。可是他常常想的一個問題是,職位高了,影響就真的更大了嗎?
             由於中國的生物醫藥企業數量正急遽增加,但卻還未真正形成一個產業,王永忠因此成為了蘇橋生物的首席執行官,想要更有效的對中國生物科技產業發生影響,促使人們認知到,在藥物研發及商業化上真正重要的是,找出醫藥上人們還未得到滿足的需求,做全球化的研究發展計畫,並且認知到藥物發現,臨床實驗及商業化的過程已越來越複雜。
             下午的在生命科學會議中成功合作工作坊環節,分有三個主題,包括關於創辦及企業成長需要考慮的所有事情跨境投資及醫療初創企業路眼及投資家座談
             ”關於創辦及企業成長需要考慮的所有事情環節,邀請了McDermott Will & Emery律師事務所合夥人季學清談 股權激勵-如何激勵員工,顧問和顧問Frontage商務長Hugh Davis上市成功關鍵-Frontage實驗室在香港股票交易市場上市路徑個案,東密西根大學教授Jens Stephan風險投資的第一步
             “跨境投資和醫療"部分,邀請了"醫愛傳遞(More Health)"的企業發展副總裁John Giszczak打造跨境醫療服務科技公司的挑戰與解決方案ABclonal 科技公司科技長孫大鵬談從掙扎到興旺:我們作為IVD原材料全球供應商的遠見
             ”創業路演及投資者座談部份,邀請了FC資本副總裁張劭聿,5AM創投分析師李鵬鵬,波士頓天使投資俱樂部創始合夥人周雄偉,QTang創投創辦人Michael Zhao等人分享他們的經驗,並即席給幾家路演的初創企業提意見。
             參加路演的公司及陳述者為NeuroParticle公司執行長Elaine WangThermalin 執行長Rick Berenson。(圖片已於9月29日發表)

紅襪隊宣佈2020門票售價平均漲1.7%


RED SOX ANNOUNCE AVERAGE PRICE INCREASE
OF 1.7 PERCENT IN 2020


BOSTON, MA – The Red Sox today announced that ticket prices for the 2020 season will rise by an average of 1.7 percent with prices for Diamond and Tiers 1, 2, and 3 games increasing, and prices for Tiers 4 and 5 games decreasing.

The Red Sox will continue to offer special reduced pricing for students, clergy, veterans, and active duty members of the military. All-inclusive “Family 4 Pax” will again be offered periodically throughout the season. Tickets for high school and college students will be available for all games for $9, and the Kid Nation Program presented by Hood, a free program for those 14 and under, will continue to include a Red Sox ticket at no charge in 2020.

Going back to 2009, the club has raised prices by 1.8 percent per year on average with an annual increase of less than 3 percent in 10 of the past 12 seasons.

A breakdown of prices for each non-premium seating category is attached. Also attached is a list of 2020 home games by tier. 

Average Annual Price Increase Since 2009

Season
Average Price Increase
2009
Freeze
2010
3.8%
2011
2.0%
2012
Freeze
2013
Freeze
2014
4.8%
2015
Freeze
2016
1.4%
2017
2.9%
2018
2.5%
2019
2.5%
2020
1.7%


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

MAYOR WALSH ISSUES CALL TO ACTION TO BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS BOSTON'S HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND EDUCATION CHALLENGES



Mayor celebrates historic progress and challenges business sector leadership to aid in strengthening middle class



BOSTON - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - In his annual speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today laid out his Administration's progress over the last five years in key areas including housing, transportation and education, and issued a call to action to the business community to take what opportunities Boston's progress has brought, and leverage the City's economic success into lasting, positive change for all. With Mayor Walsh's leadership, Boston is a city that is leading the way on building affordable housing, investing in tools and training for its workforce, prioritizing climate resilience in planning and development, and leading with values of inclusion and equity. 

As the Walsh Administration has invested in its residents, Boston's economy has grown, adding 120,000 new jobs, with an unemployment rate under three percent, and new investments being made in Boston's housing stock, schools, parks, and libraries. With this year-over-year growth in mind, Mayor Walsh today challenged Boston's business community to step up as good corporate partners in helping address some of the toughest challenges the city faces, including the need for more affordable housing, safe and reliable public transportation, and high-quality education for all students.

"Boston is as strong as it's ever been, but if we're going to continue to thrive and meet our greatest challenges, then we've got more work to do. Today I come before you with an appeal to every industry, organization, and individual in a position of leadership in our city: to focus our energies, strengthen our partnerships, and combine our voices to meet our biggest shared challenges," said Mayor Walsh. "To keep our economy working, we must provide what working people need: in housing, in transit, at schools, and in jobs. We have to give every single person a place to live and a path toward their dreams. To do that, we need to be focused not just on the short term and the bottom line, but on the long term and greater good to build a strong middle class, an economy built to last, and a Boston that continues to lead in the 21st century." 

In his speech, Mayor Walsh celebrated major transformations being made for the first time in a generation, including investing in the Boston Common and Franklin Park; building new schools focused specifically on STEM and arts education; building Boston's first new firehouse in 30 years; spearheading a redesign of City Hall Plaza; and earning perfect AAA bond ratings for six consecutive years, the first time that's been achieved in the city's history. Boston's work on racial equity and resilience has also brought attention to the city, and for the first time in nearly 40 years, the City of Boston will host the NAACP National Convention, welcoming members throughout the United States and the world who are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.

Mayor Walsh also announced that tomorrow he will travel to Copenhagen for the C40 World Mayors Summit discussing climate solutions with other leading cities committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement. As North American Co-Chair for C40's Steering Committee, Mayor Walsh will participate in a panel to share Boston's global leadership on preparing for rising sea levels and climate change. Earlier this morning, Mayor Walsh released an update to Boston's Climate Action Plan, accelerating action towards carbon neutrality and continuing Boston's ambitious goal to be a carbon free city by 2050.

In last year's speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Walsh introduced "Resilient Boston Harbor," a plan that lays out strategies along Boston's 47-mile shoreline that increases access and open space along the waterfront, while better protecting the city during a major flooding event. In just one year, the City opened Martin's Park along Fort Point Channel, started construction on the Langone-Puopolo Park in the North End, and moved forward with the redesign of Moakley Park in South Boston. Along with these upgrades to protect Boston's shoreline, in July of this year, the Administration proposed the city's first capital plan that dedicates 10 percent of all spending to resilience projects.  

"We can't take the opportunity before us for granted, because as far as we've come, big challenges of success, like housing demand and transit capacity, remain," said Mayor Walsh. "These challenges, some national problems like inequality and the hollowing out of middle class, are threats to our economy. We have the opportunity now to address them by building on our success." 

In his speech, Mayor Walsh focused on three cornerstones he called upon the business community to lead on: housing, transportation and education. 

Creating more middle-income housing, stopping displacements, and ensuring every sector is playing their part

Since Mayor Walsh took office in 2014, the City of Boston has created over 31,000 new homes and has an additional 27,000 units in the pipeline, ahead of pace to meet its goal of 69,000 new homes by 2030. Twenty percent of those new homes are income-restricted units. Boston is currently are number one in the United States for income-restricted, affordable housing. 

Boston has also:
  • Turned three million square feet of city land into nearly 500 first-time homeownership opportunities and over 1,100 rental units;
  • Increased Inclusionary Development and Linkage collections;
  • Modernized community planning and opened up new areas for transit-oriented development;
  • Dedicated nearly $4 million of Community Preservation funding to a new, low-interest mortgage program for first-time home buyers. 
Boston's strategy is working. Rents have stabilized in some neighborhoods and we're on the way to creating 1,000 new homeowners. However, Boston needs the business community to ensure progress continues, and affordable housing does not remain out of reach for residents.

Mayor Walsh has called upon the business community to: 
  • Support Governor Baker's Housing Choice bill. It changes local approval from a two-thirds vote to a simple, democratic majority. It's a simple fix, with positive results for Boston's workforce;
  • Encourage developers to build middle class housing;
  • Clamp down on displacement, and take a stand against pushing residents out of their homes and communities. 
"The bottom line is, housing is not a commodity; it's a community," said Mayor Walsh. "It's where people build their lives. We have to be able to provide security and stability in our communities, and we have to be able to house our workforce. We also need owners and investors to take a step back and consider the human impacts of their actions. Profits can't come at this kind of cost. It's not a price and it's not a practice that we're going to accept in the City of Boston."

Advocating for a 21st century regional transportation plan to meet today's needs and support tomorrow's growth

In addressing one of the most pressing challenges facing Boston and other municipalities, Mayor Walsh reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for a reliable, frequent and affordable public transportation system that meets today's needs and supports tomorrow's growth. 

Together with input from residents across the city, the City has:
  • Built Boston's first bus lanes in a generation, in Roslindale, Allston, and now the North End and Charlestown. Tens of thousands of people have had their commutes improved by these lanes, and we're working on more; 
  • Invested in a new Transit Team that is working with the MBTA right now on improvements in Mattapan, South Boston, and Roxbury;
  • Invested $6.5 million in T passes for our youth;
  • Called on the T to protect seniors from fare increases, and provide late-night bus service for third-shift workers, and they are doing those things; 
  • Testified at the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board
  • for our plan to increase Fairmount Line service and Commuter Rail frequency across Greater Boston. 
Under Mayor Walsh's leadership, the City has also put together its long-term transportation plan, Go Boston 2030, which focused on improving access, equity and reliability in transportation for all of Boston's residents. 

"Recently, I sat with a group of business leaders--you understand the urgency," said Mayor Walsh. "We need your voices to communicate what's at stake for your workers, your businesses, and our economy. And we need your expertise to help develop solutions. Just as we've done in the City of Boston, we need to work together, as partners, on a comprehensive plan to address the statewide need for better transportation. And we need to make the hard decisions necessary to fund and implement that plan."

Providing support and innovation to our students so every school can make progress and achievement gaps can be closed 

Mayor Walsh believes that a good, strong education is the best investment we can make in Boston's children and their collective future, and is proud that more Boston students than ever before are in high-quality schools. It's also why he has enacted the highest budget for Boston Public Schools every year since taking office, investing in the proven strategies for closing achievement and opportunity gaps. The City of Boston is committed to looking at the whole student and removing barriers to learning wherever we can find them, which means investing in programs like new kitchens to provide healthy food, providing MBTA passes to all Boston students grades 7-12, and offering free hygiene products for girls. In addition, the City has added nurses to every school, and has made available mental health professionals for students, and has support available for students experiencing homelessness. 

Boston has made historic investments in its students and schools over the last five years, including: 
  • Funded a longer school day;
  • Committed to having a pre-kindergarten seat for every four-year-old in Boston;
  • Giving every five-year-old a college savings account; 
  • Expanded Summer Learning programs to 14,000 students; 
  • Created a facilities program from scratch to replace roofs, windows, boilers, and furniture and provide the technology that many students don't have access to at home. Through Boston's investments, we're building new high schools designed for 21st-century education.
However, Boston's efforts don't end with students graduating. Mayor Walsh's focus on ensuring students have every opportunity, from cradle to career, means he has called on businesses to join in partnership with the City, to ensure economic prosperity is felt by its students. In his speech, Mayor Walsh challenged companies to hire most residents, looking to companies like Natixis, Vertex and Autodesk that partner with students to improve their chances for success. 

Mayor Walsh thanked the Speaker, Senate President, education committee chairs and the Boston delegation for the Student Opportunity Act, which has the key principles to meet the needs facing every district and every student. 

"We have to show people from every neighborhood and walk of life that this great city we've built together wasn't built for someone else, it was built for them and everyone," said Mayor Walsh. "I'm asking Boston's employers to draw from the deep well of talent in our neighborhoods. I'm asking you to hire more Bostonians. Our residents are skilled, they are resilient, they are diverse, and they have a lived understanding of culture and community in today's America. You need people like them in your workplace, and you don't have to look far to find them."