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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

真的一票之差 波士頓不分區市議員仍是Julia Mejia當選

茱莉亞梅佳(Julia Mejia)。(檔案照片,周菊子攝)
               (Boston Orange編譯)每一票,都重要。是真的。波士頓今年的市議員選舉成了擺在眼前的事實,一名不分區市議員候選人在重新計票後,真的以一票之多,贏了。

             第一次參選公職的茱莉亞梅佳(Julia Mejia),以22,492票,僅比亞莉珊卓古倫(Alejandra St. Guillen)22,491票多一票的票數,贏得波士頓市四席不分區市議員席位中的第四席。
            這是波士頓市選舉委員會經過一連三天,重新計算67,011選票後,129日,週一時宣佈的結果。古倫很可能再上法庭,提出挑戰。
亞莉珊卓古倫(Alejandra St. Guillen)(左二),(檔案照片,
周菊子攝)
             11月大選結束時,計票結果是梅佳以8票領先,古倫宣佈退讓,但數日後,古倫在支持者慫恿下,要求重新計票。波士頓市選舉委員會週一重新計票,宣佈票數差距從8票縮減為一票,贏家仍是梅佳。
            重新計票時為接小孩,古倫提早離開了,但她的競選團隊表示,她們會重新檢視計票結果,以及她可有的後續動作選擇,包括是否要到州級法院挑戰這結果。
            梅佳在計票結果宣佈時,激動得眼中含淚,但仍然說,有二就有三,她們已準備好接受第三輪挑戰。她也說這真印證了她們一直在宣導的,每一票都重要。
            梅佳是多明尼加共和和國移民,社區活躍份子,也是第一個當選波士頓市議員的拉丁裔女性。
            梅佳和古倫在重新計票結果宣佈前的數小時,曾分享她們的看法,都說她倆任何一個人贏了,都是波士頓的勝利,因為她們支持彼此,有同樣的價值觀。
            今年的這場波士頓市議員選舉,十分戲劇化。在選舉夜那晚,古倫在知道她落後200多票時,宣佈退讓。然而,當晚的計票結果是她倆的差距只有10票,波士頓選務局計入暫時選票(provisional ballots)及軍人選票後,差距只剩8票。
            古倫和梅佳各自從波士頓市的22個選區收集來50個選民簽名後,都要求重新計票。
            波士頓市政府選務工作人員為此擺出20張桌子,來整理選票,計算了2天半之後,週一下午3點,才算出結果。
            古倫團隊的一名律師,Gerry McDonough要求選舉委員會重新考慮對十多張票的決定。他認為選民填寫選票的方式有問題,例如有些選票既圈選了梅佳,又同時在填寫成候選人(write-in)欄寫了梅佳的名字,依照州法,應該算無效票。
            古倫在週一晚發推特,說她們相信如果上法庭挑戰,會有足夠的未計算票可改變選舉結果。她們週二時會決定是否上法院提出挑戰。

Sunday, December 08, 2019

新英格蘭台灣商會年終尾牙 謝開明圖片輯

新英格蘭台灣商會在松竹梅餐廳舉行年終尾牙聚餐。
新英格蘭台灣商會會長李以蕙(右二)和波士頓僑教中心
主任歐宏偉(右一起),蔡明機夫人,蔡高進,黃怡菁,
陳玫菁。(謝開明攝)
新英格蘭台灣商會前會長蔡坤喜(右),王本仁(左)和波士頓經文處
處長徐佑典。(謝開明攝)
波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉和外交部秘書洪麗玲。(謝開明攝)

尾牙現場。(謝開明攝)

蔡坤喜醫師致詞。(謝開明攝)
經文處處長徐佑典,紐英倫中華公所主席陳家驊,波士頓僑務
委員蔣宗壬等人出席新英格蘭台灣商會尾牙。(謝開明攝)
新英格蘭台灣商會會長李以蕙致詞。(謝開明攝)
新英格蘭台灣商會會長李以蕙夫婦和台灣世衛外交協會的Alisa Lin。
(波士頓僑教中心提供)
會場。(波士頓僑教中心提供)












波士頓北一女校友會年會歡聚 李欣卸任 吳萍萍接會長

部分出席校友合影。(波士頓北一女校友會提供)


(Boston Orange)波士頓北一女校友會十二月七日中午在勒星頓市Sanyo餐廳舉行2019 年會。 今年年會席開八桌,有70多位校友及眷屬參加。 會場佈置著鮮明的波士頓北一女校友會橫幅,鮮花,氣球,聖誕裝飾將會場佈置得溫馨熱鬧。十二時會員陸續到齊,由會長李欣歡迎校友宣佈流程開場,邀請校友先享用二十多道樣式美味豐盛的自助餐。
波士頓北一女校友會會長李欣(右四)和團隊感謝校友支持。
(波士頓北一女校友會提供)
餐後開始年會的節目。首先由龍熙平播放她製作的精彩流動幻燈片,簡介過去一年校友會活動。其中包括2018十二月年會時的校友歡聚,以及今年七月在愛克頓城的Nara 公園舉辦的露天野餐等的精彩照片。會長李欣謝謝龍熙平並宣佈會將此幻燈連結寄給校友。接著由校友合唱北一女校歌。然後在北一女橫幅前照全體校友的團體照。
隨後進行新舊會長的交接。李欣會長謝謝校友們熱烈的參與活動。也感謝2019的九位幹事們:吳萍萍,張冕,龍熙平,李建,林麗珠,施粲粲,林遊嵐,饒雨涵,李以蕙,以及前會長江佩蓉的支持。李欣介紹2020 的新會長將由多才多藝的吳萍萍接任。吳萍萍贈花感謝李欣會長在過去一年為校友們奔波提供無私的服務。吳萍萍新會長的展望是希望明年有更多的校友參加校友會,除了每年七月第二周的野餐會,她希望能辦更多的活動,也希望有更多的校友自願服務校友會。 
李欣(右二)卸任,吳萍萍(中)接任會長。左起,吳國志,
江佩蓉,張冕。(波士頓北一女校友會提供)
校友們合唱,獻歌。(波士頓北一女校友會提供)
接著進行精采的歌唱節目。先由全體合唱‘當我們同在一起’帶動校友興奮的心情; 再由施粲粲帶領的小合唱團唱了兩首歌曲。小合唱團員分別是校友吳萍萍,徐宗玲,吳渝,嚴安莉,李芳苑以及他們的夫婿。兩首曲名,一首是依據唐詩人李白作品的「白雲歡送劉十六歸山」,歌詞以白雲象徵自由,脫俗,潔白的品格以及詩人響往灑脫的人生意境。第二首曲名是「如果明天就是下一生」歌詞令人反思你將如何度過今天。兩首歌皆由鋼琴伴奏,和音柔美,餘音繚繞。歌唱節目最後由吳萍萍的夫婿楊哲修帶唱卡拉OK,全體校友隨著音樂又唱又跳,欲罷不能。
最後是由張冕主持的遊戲節目。每桌一組,進行猜謎比賽。張冕出的是30道成語,每一道都由她在一張海報上手繪謎題,以圖形傳達語義,以字體傳情達意。比如,寫兩個「弓」字一個寫在右邊, 一個寫在左邊,打一成語, 謎底是「左右開弓」,猜謎別具心裁,極富創意。謎題一出,每桌爭先搶答,分秒必爭,熱鬧非凡,充分表現北一女必勝精神。30道謎題猜完仍有意猶未盡之感。 
年會準備了許多大小獎品,在餘興節目中穿插抽獎,即使沒有中獎,校友也收到了金桔。大會在祝福大家大吉大利中圓滿結束。(圖文:波士頓北一女校友會提供,林遊嵐撰稿)

紐英崙中華專業人員協會換屆 蔡明機,康雅雰接任董事長、會長

紐英崙中華專業人員協會年終會長交接   謝開明圖片專輯
波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉(中)代表僑委會委員長吳新興,頒發表揚狀給卸任的紐英崙中華專業人員協會會長彭淑敏(前右四),副會長康雅雰(前左三),恭喜新工作團隊就位。(謝開明攝)


波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉(右)頒發表揚狀給紐英崙
中華專業人員協會副會長康雅雰。(謝開明攝)

紐英崙中華專業人員協會會長職位交接,
彭淑敏(左)卸任,康雅雰接掌。(謝開明攝)
波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉見證紐英崙中華專業人員協會換屆,董事長
蕭蔚(左一),會長彭淑敏(右一)卸任,蔡明機(右二),康雅雰(左二)
依序接任董事長,會長職位。(謝開明攝)

紐英崙中華專業人員協會會長職位交接。(謝開明攝)
康雅雰(右)接任紐英崙中華專業人員協會會長。(波士頓僑教中心提供)

波士頓僑教中心年終座談僑務 感謝僑胞,僑團支持

波士頓僑教中心頒發感謝狀給各僑團及熱心人士。(波士頓僑教中心提供)


(Boston Orange)波士頓僑教中心127日舉行「108年僑務年終工作座談會」,總結今年僑務活動概況,感謝僑胞支持,頒獎表揚支持各項活動的4名熱心僑領,僑胞及5個機構。
會議由駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典主持,包括僑務委員蔣宗壬、梅錫銳、僑務諮詢委員陳家驊、僑務榮譽職人員及波士頓各僑團負責人,共有50餘人出席。
座談會現場。(波士頓僑教中心提供)
波士頓經文處處長徐佑典在會中先感謝與會人士的出席,以及他們多年來對政府政策及駐處工作的支持,再細數本年度僑界舉辦各項活動的點點滴滴,稱許各僑務榮譽職人員及社團在服務波士頓僑民,協助國民外交上貢獻良多,希望來年在現有基礎上,能得到更多支持。
僑教中心主任歐宏偉接著報告,說明該中心本年度的工作成果,以及來年的工作規劃,包括派發僑胞卡、簽署加盟特約商店的進展,全球華文網、「學華語向前走」教材的目前狀況,他還介紹了僑委會、駐處及中心臉書粉絲專業、僑務電子報、性別主流化、性別平權等的推動情形、提醒僑胞們,僑委會今年新推出i臺灣窗口,為有意回台工作、創業的僑胞,僑青,提供資訊,以及安心健檢計畫等。
在回顧本年度所舉辦的「元旦升旗」、「迎春聯合揮毫」、「牛頓臺灣日」、「臺灣傳統週訪問團」及「臺灣青年搭僑計畫」等各項專案活動時,歐宏偉強調,僑胞們的無私奉獻與支持,是這些活動能夠成功、順利舉辦的主要原因。
僑委會委員長吳新興為此特地發出感謝狀,由波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉敦請經文處處長徐佑典代表頒發。為108年臺灣青年海外搭僑計畫提供住宿家庭的郭競儒、馮文鸞、林瑩玉,提供參訪機會的Teratech 生技公司創辦人史美芳,以及紐英崙中華公所、大波士頓臺灣基督長老教會、紐英崙中華廣教學校、慈濟波士頓聯絡處、Idiil青少年夏令營等僑團。
座談會結束前,波士頓僑教中心送給每名出席者一份2020年僑務委員會月曆,以及僑務電子報的手機拭布貼。

首屆全球海外青年僑務論壇落幕 波士頓僑教中心跟進辦僑青座談

波士頓僑教中心送2020月曆給出席者。(僑教中心提供)

(Boston Orange) 波士頓華僑文教服務中心126日下午舉辦「僑社青年座談會」,臺美菁英協會波士頓分會、新英格蘭臺灣青商會、波士頓臺灣同鄉會及僑社青年共60餘人出席,從年輕人的觀點,暢談如何參與僑務工作,為僑社服務,加強僑青聯繫。
僑務促進委員康麗雪當日也應邀出席,匯報她在11月中旬返台參加首屆「全球海外青年僑務論壇」的心得,感想。
僑務促進委員康麗雪分享返台參加首屆
「全球海外青年僑務論壇」心得。(僑教中心提供)
康麗雪在這一活動中,不但認識了來自世界各地25個國家的86名青年菁英,獲得晉見副總統陳建仁,了解當前政府對外工作,現階段兩岸關係,政府政策,國家願景等的機會,見到行政院政務委員唐鳳,EZTABLE創辦人陳翰林等產官學專家,更見到前波士頓僑教中心主任,現為僑委會僑民處處長,即將於12月底調返美國,出任華盛頓僑教中心主任的郭大文,以及前駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長,現為外交部非政府組織國際事務執行長的賴銘琪。
波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉致詞。(僑教中心提供)
康麗雪特地準備了一份簡報材料,申述這次活動讓她獲悉世界各地僑界概況,建立起一個由點而線到面的世界性人脈網絡。她認為這活動對促進各地僑團及其幹部的橫向交流,提升僑社組織經營能力,很有幫助,她更希望藉此平台,將來可把世界各地的年輕人連成一線,攜手提升台灣在世界上的知名度與能見度。
僑委會僑民處處長,也是前任波士頓僑教中心主任的郭大文和康麗雪等
返台青年同聚。。(康麗雪提供)
波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉表示,僑委會刻正積極搭建平台,培養年輕僑領承接僑社傳統,鼓勵僑社青年投入公眾外交,以民間大使身分,協助台灣爭取國際地位。歐宏偉也在會上介紹僑委會為服務僑胞所推出持僑胞卡到特約商店消費有優惠,以及今年推出的”i台灣窗口(i-Taiwan Window)”,為僑胞提供回台就業,以及赴台簽證、工作、居留條件放寬等資訊。他還介紹了僑務電子報,僑委會和僑教中心臉書粉絲專頁等,並鼓勵青年參與明年度舉辦之「元旦升旗」、「迎春聯合揮毫」、「牛頓臺灣日」等各項活動。
波士頓經文處科技組組長謝水龍當天也應邀出席,和出席僑青交流科技創業資訊。

當天還有新英格蘭台灣商會青年商會創辦人Adrian Cheng,台美菁英會波士頓分會的Jerry,波士頓台灣人的臉書版主JC Fan,波士頓台灣人生物科技協會前會長鄭永志,台灣同鄉會會長林碧憶,推動台灣加入世衛組織的Alisa,新英格蘭台灣商會前會長歐陽露等人各自分享了各機構正在做的一些事,包括建立交流平台,鼓勵創業,分享資源,參加美國2020人口統計,拍攝個人視頻來鼓勵出席投票等等。
座談結束後,僑教中心送給出席者每人一份2020年僑務委員會月曆,以及僑務電子報手機拭布貼。(更新版)
副總統陳建仁和僑委會委員長吳新興翰首屆全球海外青年僑務論壇參加者合影。前右一為康麗雪。(僑委會提供)

波士頓華埠和麻州高層走近 黃氏宗親為麻州副州長籌款

部分出席籌款會者和麻州副州長白莉朵合影。(黃周麗桃提供)


             (Boston Orange)麻州副州長白莉朵(Karyn Polito)12月初再度踏足波士頓華埠,在黃氏宗親會和80多名支持者晤面,傾聽民意,笑納捐款,延續已45年的情誼。
黃周麗桃(左)和麻州副州長白莉朵(Karyn Polito)。
(黃周麗桃提供)
             白莉朵原本是共和黨籍麻州屋斯特區(Worcester)眾議員,一連做了十年,接著在2010年參選麻州財政廳廳長,以993,127票成為當年共和黨籍參選者贏得票數最多者,但輸給民主黨籍的史蒂夫葛羅斯曼(Steve Grossman)2013年底,她參選麻州副州長,打敗民主黨籍參選者,時任麻州總檢察長的瑪莎柯克莉(Martha Coakley),順利當選副州長,和麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)成為非常合拍的拍檔。2018年,她和查理貝克攜手競選連任,以1,7181.341票,順利連任。
             根據麻州競選及政治財務辦公室(OCPF)的申報資料,截至20191130日,白莉朵的競選財庫餘額有1,668,796元。在20188月,競選連任活動正熱時,她的財庫存金一度高達3,775,650元。
黃氏宗親會主席黃仁宇(左起)和波士頓消防局副局長
黃瑞瑜等人和麻州副州長白莉朵(Karyn Polito)(左二)
合影。(黃周麗桃提供)
             白莉朵和波士頓華埠結緣,要從2013年底,她參選麻州副州長開始。在拜票,募款等的馬不停蹄活動中,她出席過許多波士頓華埠活動,當選副州長以後,也保持良好互動。
             黃氏宗親會的黃周麗桃,黃仁宇,從華埠發展歷史中,很早就感受到和政界互動的重要,不過早年多半只是應邀出席籌款會,最近這兩年,來往漸多,開始主動為政治人物舉辦籌款會。
             日前的這場籌款會,不但黃伍一家親的有黃氏宗親會主席黃仁宇,黃光沐,美東總長黃國威,議長黃國麟,婦女部主任黃周麗桃,伍氏美東副總長伍煥華,紐英崙婦女新運會顧問梅伍銀寬,會長張青梅,以及吳皓,方柳君夫婦,亞美會新任主席潘飛等人出席,就連即將卸任的紐英崙中華公所主席陳家驊都到會致意。

Saturday, December 07, 2019

賽默飛基因療法勒星頓廠啟用 麻州長貝克剪綵

Governor Charlie Baker joins Representative Michelle Ciccolo and Thermo Fisher company leaders to cut the ribbon on the company’s new clinical and commercial gene therapy manufacturing site in Lexington on Dec. 4, 2019. [Joshua Qualls/Governor's Press Office]

Friday, December 06, 2019

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASSACHUSETTS NAMED OFFICIAL FUNDRAISING PARTNER OF APRIL’S B.A.A. 5K


SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASSACHUSETTS NAMED OFFICIAL FUNDRAISING PARTNER OF APRIL’S B.A.A. 5K

Special Olympics Massachusetts to field team of fundraisers surrounding the B.A.A. 5K
BOSTON, Mass. – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that Special Olympics Massachusetts has been named the Official Fundraising Partner of the B.A.A. 5K. Using the power of sport to bring people together, Special Olympics Massachusetts will feature a fundraising team at next year’s B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18 – two days prior to the 124th running of the Boston Marathon. 
First run in 2009, the B.A.A. 5K annually features 10,000 participants from around the globe running through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhoods, starting and finishing at Boston Common. It is the first race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which includes the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon.
“We are delighted to welcome Special Olympics Massachusetts into the B.A.A. family, and look forward to a meaningful partnership surrounding our B.A.A. 5K,” said Tom Grilk, Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A. “Special Olympics provides the opportunity for so many to experience the benefits of active lifestyles and the thrill of athletic competition – two virtues that are on full display at the B.A.A. 5K.”
As Official Fundraising Partner, Special Olympics Massachusetts will feature a team of 100 runners fundraising through the B.A.A. 5K. Runners who commit to fundraise for Special Olympics Massachusetts will be official members of their Xtra Mile team – training, fundraising and Experiencing Inclusion leading up to and throughout race weekend.  Xtra Mile team members will receive exclusive gear, VIP engagement opportunities, and more. 

“Special Olympics is so proud to be counted among the partners of the Boston Athletic Association,” said Mary Beth McMahon, President & CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts. “The clear synergy of our organizational missions makes this a no brainer. We cannot wait to see Special Olympics athletes and supporters on the course of the B.A.A. 5K. The funds raised through this incredible partnership are critical to the growth of our organization. We’re excited to see what the future holds.”

As a leader in providing inclusive sports and athletic competition and training across the commonwealth, Special Olympics Massachusetts uses the power of sports to bring people together. Special Olympics Massachusetts believes that everyone, regardless if they have an intellectual disability or not, deserves to be a fully included member of their community. When given the opportunity to succeed, athletes with intellectual disabilities have the power to change perceptions in all aspects of life.

Special Olympics provides opportunities for individuals to participate in athletic programming from the time they are two years old through adulthood. In addition to sport-specific training, Special Olympics offers fitness training in conjunction with partners throughout Massachusetts to help ensure athletes of all abilities are given the opportunity to get and stay fit.
The B.A.A. 5K annually serves as a kick-off to Boston Marathon weekend. More than 75,000 athletes have finished the B.A.A. 5K since its inception in 2009, including participants from 83 countries and all 50 states in 2019. Registration for the B.A.A. 5K will open on January 15 at www.baa.org.
The B.A.A. 5K welcomes athletes of all abilities to experience the joy of racing on Boston Marathon weekend. The race route starts on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, runs along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, up Hereford Street and down Boylston Street before crossing the Boston Marathon finish line en route to the finish on Charles Street. 
For more information about the B.A.A. 5K, please visit www.baa.org.  

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

紐英崙中華公所選舉結果出爐 鄭慧民當選新屆主席

紐英崙中華公所候任主席鄭慧民。(周菊子攝,檔案照片)
Boston Orange 周菊子報導)紐英崙中華公所2020-2021年新屆職員選舉,123日晚8點多開票,藝聯慈善社主席鄭慧民以票之24票當選新屆主席。其餘職位當選者為中文書記馮武成,英文書記阮鴻燦,財政余寶愛,核數張青梅。
             今年的紐英崙中華公所選舉,暗潮洶湧,或為派系門戶之爭,或因私人恩怨糾纏,錯綜複雜,更有中華公所年約400萬元的營運收入,以及近4000萬元的資產,以及正在進行的兩大住宅工程,幕後的合縱連橫,令許多人驚詫。
紐英倫中華公所職員改選投票結果。(中華公所提供)
            這一晚,波士頓的風雪剛過,選舉結果幾家歡樂幾家愁。當選者及得票數,依序為由鳳倫公所提名的鄭慧文,24票,波士頓安良工商會提名的馮武成,25票,阮氏公所提名的阮鴻燦,28票,余風采堂提名的余寶愛,28票,紐英崙婦女新運會提名的張青梅,36票。




Governor Baker Announces 10:00 AM Delayed Start Time for Non-Emergency Executive Branch State Employees on Tuesday

Governor Baker Announces 10:00 AM Delayed Start Time for Non-Emergency Executive Branch State Employees on Tuesday

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker is announcing a 10:00 AM delayed start time on Tuesday, December 3rd for all non-emergency state executive branch employees as road crews and public safety officials respond to the ongoing winter storm. The Administration continues to urge everyone to plan ahead and use public transportation when possible and check www.MBTA.com/winter for updates.  

Thursday, November 28, 2019

第二屆安徽(合肥)僑夢苑海外創業賽 麻省理工光伏組件項目奪魁

第二屆安徽(合肥)僑夢苑海外創新創業大賽美國賽區決賽。

Orange整理報導)第二屆安徽(合肥)僑夢苑海外創新創業大賽美國賽區決賽1123日在紐約哥倫比亞大學舉行。來自世界各地,入選決賽的10個團隊,經過兩個多小時現場答辯後,麻省理工學院陳屹楠/羅紅雨團隊得一等獎。
二名二等獎、三名三等獎的得獎團隊,依序為麻州大學波士頓分校王超團隊、新加坡南洋理工王輯亮團隊、紐約地區侯平團隊等6個團隊。其中第二名和第六名都有兩隊同分,美東賽區組委會決定發出四個三等獎。參加合肥總決賽的二個名額,將於 12月初由合肥組委會確認。
總評委孫友順(左三)和得獎者合影。
安徽(合肥)僑夢苑海外創新創業大賽第一次在美東設立賽區,從八月份以來,共收到128個團隊報名,主要來自美東(80多個團隊)和亞太地區(20多個團隊),多半屬於人工智能、智能製造、生物醫藥、新一代電子信息等四大領域。經網上專家,和各組專家的綜合評審後,才選出10隊參加紐約分賽區總決賽。
麻省理工羅紅雨團隊的新穎光伏組件項目,今年三月在哈佛大學,五月在麻省理工的創業比賽中也都獲得一等獎。這次參賽,五位評委的給分都高於95分,將和合肥高新區合作。
王超團隊路演。
麻大波士頓分校王超團隊的“智能感知固態激光雷達系統”,利用1550納米的激光雷達,可把檢測距離提高至600多米,結合傳感系統安裝於車上時,將容許車輛在任何天氣條件下以每小時70英里的速度停車或換車道。
新加坡南洋理工王輯亮團隊的 “高性能大數據文檔系統”,在數據文檔的生成、轉換、優化、存貯、管理等領域擁有多項國際和國內專利,已贏得不少全球及中國大客戶。
紐約地區侯平團隊的“納米材料在室內空氣環保中的應用”項目,採用混合晶體納米材料和無化學添加劑納米材料附載技術,用在空氣淨化、水質淨化和建築節能等節能環保領域。該團隊的產品已在國內小規模生產,急需大力開拓市場。團隊也期待在安徽落戶。
一等獎項目錄演。
安徽(合肥)僑夢苑海外創新創業大賽的本次美國賽區比賽,還邀請英國劍橋大學團隊負責人劉華興博士參加遠程視頻答辯,介紹“北斗四模十一頻衛星導航SOC芯片產業化”項目的開發歷程和創業艱辛。目前全球四大衛星定位系統中,美國的GPS系統精度最高,俄羅斯格洛納斯抗干擾能力強,歐洲伽利略號稱系統最精密,中國的北斗系統目前可基本上實現全球組往,該團隊的技術和產品,可大幅提升北斗導航的全球競爭力。
這次的安徽(合肥)僑夢苑海外創新創業大賽,共設美國(紐約)、以色列、英國等7個海外分站賽,原則上每個賽區推薦兩個團隊,於201912月到合肥參加總決賽,做現場路演答辯。總決賽組委會將提供部分國際補貼,總決賽將評選出一等獎一名,二等獎兩名,三等獎三名,獲獎團隊落戶後可獲得10-30萬人民幣獎勵。
美國賽區由美東創新創業聯盟承辦,來自哈佛大學、麻省理工大學、哥倫比亞大學的專家教授和兩位風投基金投資人擔任評委。決賽現場有50多人出席。大賽圓滿落幕。(所有圖片,以及文稿資料由大賽組委會提供)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Governor Baker Announces Plan to Keep Vaping Product Ban in Place Until December 11th, Signs Legislation Placing New Restrictions on Vaping, Tobacco Products

Governor Baker Announces Plan to Keep Vaping Product Ban in Place Until December 11th, Signs Legislation Placing New Restrictions on Vaping, Tobacco Products
While emergency regulations to ban all vaping products remains in place, DPH will promulgate new regulations for vaping restrictions

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today announced the Baker-Polito Administration plans to keep the temporary ban on the sale of all vaping products in place until December 11th and signed legislation placing new restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette and nicotine vaping products and flavored tobacco products. The administration also announced that the Department of Public Health (DPH) will begin drafting new regulations related to the sale of vaping products that will be presented on December 11.

The new law, An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control, includes a number of restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, including limiting the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products to licensed smoking bars where they may only be smoked on-site. The legislation signed today also grants DPH new authority to regulate the sale of nicotine vaping products, to ensure the public is informed about the potential dangers of vaping and to implement other provisions of the law in order to protect the public health.

In the interest of public health, the ban on the sale of all vaping products will remain in effect until December 11, 2019 to permit DPH and the Public Health Council time to consider and adopt implementing regulations.

“In light of the growing health crisis associated with e-cigarettes and vaping, our administration implemented a temporary ban on the sale of e-cigarette and vaping products to provide time for legislative and regulatory bodies to better understand what's making people sick and act to protect the health of Massachusetts residents,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Today, as we sign this new legislation implementing new restrictions on vaping and tobacco products, we are also keeping the temporary ban in place as the Department of Public Health develops permanent regulations that will ensure risks are known to consumers, clarify what interventions DPH can take to address clear risks identified by the developing science, and ensure sellers are not skirting the new law and selling to kids.”

“It is essential our young people have the opportunities to safely grow up in the Commonwealth, and we have made strides in the prevention of youth nicotine and taken bold action in the face of a growing, deadly public health risk,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Today e-cigarettes are the most commonly used form of tobacco by youth in Massachusetts. This legislation will further restrict the sale of nicotine containing products to minors, providing the opportunity for them to live healthy, safe lives.”

On December 11, 2019, the Public Health Council will convene at its regularly scheduled meeting to consider regulations in accordance with the new law to:

·       Require the posting of signage in any location where vaping products are sold to warn customers of the dangers of severe lung disease associated with vaping products and more generally advising of the health risks of vaping.

·       Specify the authority of the Commissioner of DPH to prohibit the sale of a designated vaping product on a determination that the product causes vaping-related lung illness or poses a substantial risk to public health. 

·       Strengthen state and local enforcement, including by specifying procedures by which DPH or local Boards of Health may inspect retail locations and the products they are selling for compliance with the law, and providing for penalties for violations.

·       Establish how retailers and manufacturers must comply with the law's requirement that vaping products with nicotine content of more than 35 mg/ml may only be sold in 21+ establishments.

·       Require vaping products to be placed behind the counter in all non-age restricted retailers (e.g., convenience stores).

“To protect Massachusetts residents from the emerging public health risk posed by vaping products, this administration acted to temporarily ban the sale of vaping products to allow public health experts and lawmakers to identify the best path forward, and this temporary ban remains in effect,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “Our goal remains the protection of public health. The continuation of the temporary ban provides a brief period to develop regulations that provide clarity and explicit guidance to local law enforcement and boards of health, consumers, and retailers.”

“As a physician and commissioner of the Department of Public Health, I continue to recommend that people not use any e-cigarette or vaping products. These products are not safe,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Massachusetts has a long history of smoking cessation programs, and I want residents to know that help is available to quit.”

The legislation signed today restricts the sale of vaping products with nicotine content over 35 milligrams per milliliter to licensed, adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars. Non-flavored vaping products with a nicotine content of less than 35 milligrams per milliliter may be sold in retail stores generally licensed to sell tobacco products, including convenience stores, gas stations, and other retail outlets.

Beginning on June 1, 2020, the sale of all other tobacco products that have a characterizing flavor (e.g. menthol cigarettes and flavored chewing tobacco) will also be restricted to licensed smoking bars where they may be sold only for on-site consumption. In addition, the new law imposes a 75% excise tax on the wholesale price of nicotine vaping products (in addition to the 6.75% sales tax), which also takes effect June 1, 2020.

"Vaping companies have taken a page right out of the Big Tobacco playbook – marketing to kids, breaking age verification laws, and minimizing the health risks of these addictive products,” said Attorney General Maura Healey. “If we are going to stop the youth vaping epidemic, we need to change the laws on the books. I thank the Governor and the Legislature for making this a priority, and I credit the young people who have been advocating for a healthier future.”

“While we continue to learn more about the dangers of vaping, it is absolutely our responsibility to prevent marketing of vaping products, which we know to be harmful, to our children.” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D - Ashland).“We must also make it less appealing for young people to take up smoking, which often leads to a lifetime of addiction, serious health consequences, and death.  By increasing access to smoking cessation programs, we are reaffirming our commitment to our residents in their efforts to quit smoking and tobacco products altogether. I would like to thank Senator John Keenan and everyone who worked so hard to move this issue forward.”

“Massachusetts moved quickly to act on behalf of the children of the Commonwealth to modernize our laws that regulate tobacco,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D - Winthrop). “This bill bans all flavored tobacco and makes it easier for people to access the tools they need to quit tobacco use. This nation-leading step will save lives. I hope other states will follow our example in combatting this public health crisis with comprehensive legislation.”

“The current youth vaping epidemic is the result of age-old industry tactics used to target kids,” said Senator John Keenan (D - Quincy). “We had made great strides in Massachusetts at decreasing the number of youth smokers, but with the introduction of e-cigarettes and the variety of flavors available, we lost decades of progress. With this bill, we are telling Big Tobacco they can never again use flavors to target kids in Massachusetts. I’d like to thank Governor Baker, Senate President Spilka, Speaker DeLeo, my partner in this fight Representative Gregoire, and the young people who spoke up about this issue to protect their generation. My hope is that as we listened to the brave voices of the young people in Massachusetts, other states will do the same and pass legislation to prevent youth nicotine addiction.”

“Today marks yet another step that Massachusetts will take to protect our children and the overall public health of the Commonwealth.” said Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D - Marlborough). “On this day, we take the final step to make this bill a law, further demonstrating that we will no longer afford big vape and big tobacco the opportunity to hook another generation on nicotine.“

On September 24, 2019, Governor Baker declared a public health emergency in response to the outbreak of severe lung disease associated with e-cigarettes and vaping products. DPH subsequently instituted emergency regulations which prohibit the sale of all vaping products in Massachusetts. 

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission has also quarantined THC-based vaping products, except for a specific carve-out for devices exclusively to vaporize marijuana flower for medical use patients.

The cause of e-cigarette- or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) remains unknown and is under investigation at both the state and federal level. Massachusetts clinicians are asked to report to DPH any individual experiencing otherwise unexplained progressive symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, or weight loss, of any severity, and an abnormal chest imaging study, who also report vaping within 90 days before the onset of symptoms, and are to ask patients to retain any vaping devices and products.

Since the state began mandating the reporting of vaping-associated lung injuries on September 11, DPH has received 278 reports from clinicians of suspected vaping-associated lung injuries, 164 of which meet the criteria for investigation by DPH.  DPH has completed review of clinical records and made case determinations for 132 patients. A total of 82 cases (26 confirmed and 56 probable cases) have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of November 6, 3 people are confirmed to have died of vaping-associated lung injury, including a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County who vaped nicotine, a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County who vaped nicotine, and a man in his 50s from Worcester County reported vaping both nicotine and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

As a result of the vaping ban, the Commonwealth has implemented a statewide standing order for over-the-counter nicotine replacement products that allow adults to access products like gum, lozenges, and patches as a covered benefit through their insurance without requiring an individual prescription.  The Massachusetts Smoker’s Helpline (1-800-QUIT NOW) has doubled free over-the-counter nicotine replacement products from 4 weeks to 8 weeks, once a person receives counseling by phone.  The legislation signed today requires health insurance plans (including the GIC and MassHealth) to cover smoking cessation counseling and FDA-approved products without cost-sharing.

Individuals who are vaping are encouraged to call the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit makingsmokinghistory.org or Mass.gov/QuitVaping to connect to treatment.

Information regarding today’s announcement is available at Mass.gov/VapingEmergency. The site will continue to be updated.

MAYOR WALSH SIGNS ORDINANCE SUPPORTING EQUITY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN MARIJUANA INDUSTRY


MAYOR WALSH SIGNS ORDINANCE SUPPORTING EQUITY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN MARIJUANA INDUSTRY


BOSTON - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined Councilor Kim Janey and members of the Boston City Council as he signed "An Ordinance Establishing Equitable Regulation of the Cannabis Industry in the City of Boston." The ordinance is the result of collaboration from many stakeholders, and makes Boston a model for how to create a system that fosters racial equity and inclusion in the new marijuana industry and ensures benefit to all the City's communities. With this ordinance, Boston is the first city in the United States to formally prioritize diverse applicants who are looking to participate in the marijuana industry. 

"This ordinance ensures those who have been impacted hardest by the War on Drugs will benefit most from this economic opportunity." said Mayor Walsh. "I am proud to sign this legislation that will increase transparency and accountability, and support diverse and local ownership in this new industry. I want to thank Councilor Kim Janey for her collaboration throughout this process and I look forward to continuing our partnership that is creating bold progress and change as the cannabis industry grows in Boston." 

The Walsh Administration has prioritized equity since the beginning of this new industry, and has approved 14 host community agreements in 10 different neighborhoods with marijuana businesses seeking to open in the City of Boston, which includes three state-certified empowerment candidates. Boston was the first city in the state to sign an agreement with an economic empowerment state-approved applicant, representing the city's national leadership in creating racial diversity in the cannabis industry.

"Together, we are taking a major step forward in creating a process that promotes equity, clarity, transparency, and accountability. And one that prioritizes small, local companies with diverse ownership from communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs," said Councilor Kim Janey. "I want to thank Mayor Walsh for his commitment to creating a fair and equitable process and I look forward to working with him, my colleagues on the Council, and the many advocates and entrepreneurs, as this new industry rolls out in our city."

The ordinance defines the criteria that qualifies an applicant to be an "equity applicant" based on the majority of its ownership and gives preference to people who reside in areas impacted hardest by the war on drugs, Boston residents, people of color, and people with low incomes, among others. Based on this, the City will maintain an equal or greater number of equity applicant licensees to licensees that do not qualify as equity applicants. 

The ordinance also establishes a new Boston Cannabis Equity Program to support equity applicants throughout the process of establishing a cannabis business. The program will offer technical assistance related to business operations, workforce development, legal compliance and other best practices to ensure a successful business plan. 

In addition, the ordinance establishes the Boston Equity Fund to administer and support the Equity Program. This fund will make resources and technical assistance available for equity applicants and licensees to establish and operate a cannabis business in the City of Boston. The Mayor will also establish a Boston Cannabis Board, an independent board charged with reviewing all applicants for a marijuana license. 

Other important pieces of the legislation include an online registry for applicants and licensees with information about their existing or proposed establishment and a map of proposed applications and for residents to access and to ensure businesses are good neighbors in our communities. 

The City has been accepting applications to establish marijuana businesses following its legalization and has conducted an extensive community engagement process for proposals. After signing host community agreements with the City of Boston, businesses go through the State's Cannabis Control Commission process, which ultimately approves businesses. To date, two medical marijuana sites are open for business and two recreational sites have passed the state approval process and are making preparations for their respective openings. Boston's first recreational marijuana business is expected to open before the end of the year.

In an effort to bring further transparency to the industry and remove any potential conflicts of interest, in September, Mayor Walsh signed an executive order that prohibits City of Boston employees of their immediate family members from participating in a marijuana business that is currently seeking, or intends to seek approval from the City of Boston or its agencies. 

To learn about the process involved in setting up a marijuana business in the City of Boston, please visit https://www.boston.gov/establishing-marijuana-business-boston 

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