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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Safety Manager of Charter Bus Company Sentenced for Bribing Federal Safety Inspector

Safety Manager of Charter Bus Company Sentenced for Bribing Federal Safety Inspector


BOSTON – The safety manager of a charter bus company operating in Massachusetts was sentenced today for bribing a federal safety investigator in order to influence the safety review of the passenger buses.
Yat Kuen Chan, a/k/a “Andy,” 41, of Quincy, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to two years of probation with the first eight months to be served in home detention. In October 2019, Chan and co-defendant Le Wen Wu pleaded guilty to one count conspiracy to pay an unlawful gratuity and to bribe a public official, one count of unlawful gratuities to a public official and one count of bribery of a public official. Chan was charged in September 2018. Wu is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 14, 2020.    
L&W Travel Inc. was a passenger bus charter company purportedly located on Cambridge Street in Boston. Chan acted as the safety manager and Wu was the owner, president, treasurer, secretary, vice president and director of L&W. In January 2018, L&W applied to register as a charter bus company with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which establishes and enforces safe operating requirements for motor carriers, including mandatory safety audits within the first year of operation.  
On multiple occasions in July and August 2018, during a safety audit of L&W, Chan and Wu gave a total of $2,800 in cash to an FMCSA safety investigator to influence the investigator’s compliance review and safety audit of L&W. For example, on Aug. 1, 2018 Chan gave the investigator $600 so that the investigator would not place an L&W bus immediately out of service based on two significant safety violations – inadequate brakes and a defective emergency exit door – but rather, would allow L&W to fix the brakes in Massachusetts and drive the bus to New Jersey for repair of the door. 
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Douglas Shoemaker, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General; and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina Barclay of Lelling’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting the case.

Massachusetts Republican Party calls on Gov. Baker to resist Democrats' demands to close the state


Massachusetts Republican Party calls on Gov. Baker to resist Democrats' demands to close the state

WOBURN -- The Massachusetts Republican State Committee, along with hundreds of members of the Massachusetts Republican Party, is urging Gov. Charlie Baker to unequivocally resist calls from the Democrats to reverse course and put the commonwealth’s economy back on lockdown. 

In a letter submitted to the governor, co-signed by hundreds of Massachusetts Republicans, MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons wrote that the commonwealth’s business owners “realize the importance of maintaining a hygienic environment -- if the public does not trust them and their products, no amount of government intervention will keep them afloat.”

Lyons said Wednesday he’s encouraged by the positive feedback his letter has received. 

“Republicans are working to fight the virus and open the state at the same time,” Lyons said. “We know it can be done safely, and at the same time we know arguably the biggest reason why the Democrats want to keep us locked down. 

“The prolonged stifling of independence and personal responsibility creates a dream scenario for the Democrats -- a world dependent upon the state and an endless expansion of government bureaucracy.”

Added Lyons: 

“The solution is never more government. Americans, especially here in Massachusetts, have been busy fighting the spread of this deadly virus, and are more than capable of continuing to do so while at the same time reopening our economy.”


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

波市府再撥600萬發無償補助款 5/28日起接受申請

 
  (Boston Orange 編譯)波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)(26)日宣佈,提撥600萬元,分三輪發放無償補助款,支持市內小企業安全、健康的重新開業。528日起接受申請。
         這筆款項將幫助符合資格的小企業,按照政府規定,實施必要的公共安全措施。
         波士頓市政府表示,迄今市府已撥出來自市府,聯邦政府,以及私人企業捐助的1350萬元,來支持受新型冠狀病毒影響的小企業。
          這筆新款項旨在支持員工少於15人,必須在彼此距離接近,甚至需要和顧客實體接觸情況下工作的小企業,包括髮廊,理髮店,零售店,飲食服務業等。專業服務,以及員工可以居家工作的企業不符合申請補助資格。所有申請者都必需在波士頓市內有實體店面。
          今日公佈的新補助款將依照州政府復業指導原則所劃分階段,分三輪發放。
         每一輪將為小企業提供最高2000元,用以安裝復業所需的實施公共安全措施物品,以及購買個人防護用品。
          第一輪的目標企業將是個人服務業,包括理髮店,髮廊。第二輪為零售店,餐館,包括戶外餐飲材料,以及其餘的個人服務業,包括指甲店,日間水療中心,打蠟及雷射服務等。最後一輪將是酒吧,藝術及娛樂場所,健身事業等。
          波士頓市府將從528日下午5點在市府網站(boston.gov/reopen-fund)上提供申請書,並將以滾動方式審批,
           在麻州週政府允許某些企業從525日起恢復營業之際,波士頓市政府力勸企業審慎為之,覺得安全再開張。查詢再波士頓恢復開業詳情可洽smallbiz@boston.gov
           波士頓市政府將為小企業舉辦一系列講座,討論有關恢復營業的挑戰。波士頓市長經濟發展辦公室和波士頓市府的牌照局,公共工程局,交通局,以及稽核服務局,鄰里服務局,主街項目等合作,討論恢復營業的指導原則,個人防護設備,清潔用品需求等,並更新市府有關支持企業安全恢復營業的政策等。
            波市府安排的技術援助工作坊,日期,時間,主題如下:

Tuesday, May 26
526日星期二
11:00AM
11
(Appointment scheduling, contactless payment, etc.)
如何打造虛擬企業(安排預約,無接觸付款等)
Wednesday, May 27
527日星期三
2:00 PM
下午2
法律概要
Thursday, May 28
528日星期四
2:00 PM
下午2
利用網路平台
Friday, May 29
529日星期五
1:00 PM
下午1
(Will include how to plan with PPP funds)
財務計畫(將包括如何計劃個人薪資保護資金)
Friday, May 29
529日星期五
3:00 PM
下午3
健康空間

上星期,馬丁華殊市長宣佈已經由小企業救濟基金,發出將近400萬元的無償補助款給1100個小企業,其中包括本月稍早前撥發的200萬元。獲得補助的企業代表著因為新型冠狀病毒大遊行,因政策規定必須關門,收入大受打擊的企業,其中受打擊最嚴重的五大行業為餐飲娛樂業,個人護理液,藝術及娛樂業,零售及醫療護理,社交援助等等(居家托兒,家庭服務,個人及家庭照顧助理等。查詢收到補助企業的名單,可上網available here.
          波士頓市府也設立了一個新平台來幫助企業搜尋確保員工及顧客安全所需的個人防護用品,清潔用品等。該網頁根據個別特定行業的恢復營業要求,列有包括BECMA等合作組織,來自麻州政府供應商資料庫的本地個人防護用品,清潔用品供應商清單。
         再企業東主,雇主,員工在不斷演變的COVID-19相關援助場域中週旋時,經濟發展辦公室已設立"聯邦援助指南"財務救濟手冊,以及常見問答文件。這些文件都不斷更新。小企業電話會議將持續每周二下午三點舉行,和小企業溝通政策更新,回答問題,介紹相關政府部門,排除來自週,聯邦政府及私人企業可用資金的生態系統障礙。
          波士頓市政府已經未受新型冠狀病毒影響的小企業,設立了幾夠有用的指南及資源。再波士頓開業支持波士頓餐館平台以幫助企業公開分享他們還再開張營業的訊息,並引導居民支持本地企業。查詢相關資訊可上網boston.gov/covid19-businesses

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES $6 MILLION IN NEW GRANT FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE SAFE AND HEALTHY REOPENING OF SMALL BUSINESSES

City has provided over $13.5 million in funding to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19


BOSTON - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced $6 million in new debt-free grants to support the safe and healthy reopening of small businesses in Boston, continuing the City of Boston's commitment to provide rapid, equitable, and transparent relief to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will help qualified small businesses implement the necessary public health measures required to reopen safely.  In total, the City of Boston has provided over $13.5 million in City, federal, and private funding to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

"When our small businesses are ready and able to open, we want our business owners and workers to have access to the appropriate resources to stay safe," said Mayor Walsh. "These additional grants will help level the playing field for Boston's small businesses and support both our public health and economic equity priorities."

This new funding is aimed at supporting small businesses with under 15 employees and with a majority of employees who are required to work in close proximity to each other and may need to physically engage with their clients and customers. This includes, but is not limited to, personal care businesses including salons, barber shops, retail, and food services. Professional Services, and businesses whose employees can work from home will not be eligible for the funding. All applicants for the funding must have a brick and mortar location within the City of Boston. 

The new grants announced today will be released in three rounds, coinciding closely with the phases laid out in the state's reopening guidance.

Each of the three rounds will provide grants up to $2,000 for small businesses to install the required materials to implement public health measures and procure personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to reopen. The targeted businesses in the first round will be focused on personal services including barber shops and hair salons. The second round will target retail, restaurants, including outdoor dining materials, and remaining personal services including nail salons, day spas, waxing, and laser services. The final round will include bars, arts and entertainment venues, and fitness businesses. 

Applications will open on Thursday, May 28 at 5 p.m., will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis, and will be available at  boston.gov/reopen-fund

While some businesses are allowed to reopen beginning on Monday, May 25 as part of the state's phased reopening plan, the City of Boston is urging businesses to only reopen with caution if they feel it is safe to do so. For additional questions about opening small businesses in Boston, please contact smallbiz@boston.gov

The City of Boston is also holding a series technical assistance workshops for small businesses to address challenges around reopening. The Mayor's Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Boston Licensing Board, the Public Works Department, Boston Transportation Department, the Inspectional Services Department, the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, and the Boston Main Streets program, will discuss reopening guidelines, PPE and cleaning supply needs, as well as updated City policies to support businesses reopen safely.

Technical Assistance Workshops
Tuesday, May 2611:00 AM
(Appointment scheduling, contactless payment, etc.)
Wednesday, May 272:00 PMLegal Overview
Thursday, May 282:00 PMUtilizing online platforms
Friday, May 291:00 PM
(Will include how to plan with PPP funds)
Friday, May 293:00 PMHealthy Spaces

Last week, Mayor Walsh announced that nearly $4 million in debt-free grants have been distributed to over 1,100 small businesses in every neighborhood across the City of Boston through the Small Business Relief Fund, including the $2 million distributed to businesses earlier this month. The businesses receiving grants represent industries most-impacted by closures, policies, or general loss of revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout every neighborhood in Boston. Of the nearly $4 million that has been distributed, the top five industries funded represent small businesses in the most-affected industries, including hospitality, personal care, arts and recreation, retail, and healthcare and social assistance (home childcare, family services, personal and home care aide, etc). A full list of businesses that have received funding is available here.

The City of Boston has also created a new platform to help businesses source the personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies they will be required to have available in order to ensure the safety of employees and customers as industries begin to reopen. Along with industry-specific reopening requirements, the page includes a list of self-identified, local suppliers of PPE and cleaning supplies, information on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' vendor database, and partner organizations, including BECMA, helping to connect businesses with vendors.

As business owners, employers, and employees navigate an evolving COVID-19-related assistance landscape, the Economic Development Office has created a Federal Assistance GuideFinancial Relief Handbook and FAQ document, all of which are continuously updated. Small Business conference calls will continue every Tuesday at 3pm to communicate policy updates, answer questions, feature relevant City of Boston departments, and troubleshoot the ecosystem of funding available from the state, federal, and private industry. 

The City of Boston has created a number of useful guides and resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Open Businesses in Boston and Support Boston Restaurants platforms have helped businesses to publicly share that they are open and direct residents into supporting local establishments. The above resources and more industry-specific guidance are accessible on boston.gov/covid19-businesses . For all coronavirus updates from the City of Boston, please visit  boston.gov/coronavirus.

NECINA支援抗疫第二波送中餐

網協董事王振榕統籌抗疫刑度。(網協提供)
                  (Boston Orange) 紐英崙中華資訊網路協會(NECINA)抗疫行,前後兩次,共斥資42,670元,送出1438件罩袍,2560個口罩, 400份午餐給8個醫護機構,目前仍在以實際行動,支持麻州對抗新型冠狀病毒。
             網協的抗疫行動,由會長高弘,董事王振榕主持大局,由於各種口罩的品質參差不齊,標準不一,搜尋確認太花功夫,許多口罩無法重複使用,為避免浪費資源,網協的經費多半花在購買品質好的罩袍上。
網協會長高弘親自運送個人防護用品。(網協提供)
             在五月份的第二波行動中,網協觀察到個人防護用品短缺情況已不再那麼嚴重,於是把重心轉向幫助中小型醫院,減少送給每個醫院的數量,更為紓解醫護人員的精神壓力,決定增加送午餐給醫護人員項目,既讓醫護人員享用午餐,也支持了在疫情期間,備受打擊的餐飲業。
             高弘,戴晨方,Jackie ZhouFrank Zhou,王振榕等人分頭收集,運送個人防護用品給位於Clinton,屋斯特(Worcester)的麻州大學紀念健康聯盟,Lahey Healthcare Medica Center等醫療機構。
律師戴晨方(右)也親自出馬運送個人防護用品。(網協提供)
             59日的那個週末,正好是美國大陸鐵路完工151週年,也是公共服務週,美國護士週,全美各地華人組織都以捐贈食物來表達對醫護人員的感恩之心,網協經會長高弘,董事許基康居間聯繫,並和美中生物醫藥協會(CABA)合作,與UCAWeStar聯盟一起行動,分別從風水餐廳,CateCow.com訂了中餐飯盒,送給LHMC,布里吉婦女醫院等機構,提振醫護人員士氣。
             網協表示,新型冠狀病毒疫情,打亂了人們的日常生活,對各行各業都造成很大影響,醫護人員更是懸著自己的性命安全忙翻了,該會全體董事,幹部在這危難時刻,都毫不猶豫地出錢出力,支持抗疫,讓人很欣慰。
             高弘表示,網協除了募捐,支持抗疫之外,照常進行的會務,也全都轉到網路辦理,迄今已和WeStar聯盟合作,陸續為餐館老闆+華人企業救助會舉辦過二場政府補助說明會,三場網協的職業講座系列,第四場將以人工智能,大數據,新能源為主題,訂528日晚上8 點至9點半舉行,講者包括已遷居加州的網協前會長洪銘勝。查詢詳情可洽會長高弘,harry.gao@necina.org

Monday, May 25, 2020

Baker-Polito Administration Recognizes Memorial Day with Virtual Ceremony

Baker-Polito Administration Recognizes Memorial Day with Virtual Ceremony 


BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined legislative leaders and local officials today to recognize Memorial Day in a virtual ceremony. Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña, Senate President Karen Spilka, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs Co-Chairs Senator Walter F. Timility and Representative Linda Dean Campbell provided video remarks, and the Massachusetts National Guard performed a special Tribute to the Fallen Wreath Ceremony.
The flags presented to Governor Baker and Major General Gary W. Keefe by the Color Guard during this ceremony have flown above the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, and the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, as a mark of solemn respect and in honor of the veterans lost during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
In addition the virtual Memorial Day Ceremony, through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Department of Veterans’ Services, building managers and Veterans Service Officers across the Commonwealth, buildings, bridges, flags, and parks throughout the Commonwealth were illuminated in gold to honor Gold Star Families last night on Sunday, May 24. A full list of the participating locations can be found here.  

For more of the Commonwealth’s virtual Memorial Day tributes, visit www.mass.gov/MemorialDay and follow #MemorialDayMA on social media.

To view the full Memorial Day Ceremony video, please click here.