Saturday, July 26, 2014

波士頓首屆婦女騎自行車節 8/16

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City of Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh |
Registration Open!
Boston's First-Ever Women's Bike Ride & Festival 8/16

Register now for our hallmark women’s event of the season, the Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Festival, Saturday August 16th. Save $10 by registering before 11:59 pm on 8/8. Use code EARLYBIKE.
This celebration of women on bikes will be New England’s largest all-women’s ride and festival, and will feature scenic 10, 30, and 50 mile rides, skills clinics, family activities, music, an expo with bike-friendly companies, and more! Seasoned commuters, occasional cyclists, new riders, and kids are all welcome to participate in the event.
Join for just the ride or take part in a workshop taught by some of the best pro cyclists in the area to get tips on mountain biking, commuting, mechanics and more.
Adult learn-to-ride clinics will be offered for new riders or those who can’t remember the last time they were on a bike.
Discounted registration is available to low-income Boston residents.
And men on bikes – we love you too! Please join the festival as volunteers, or to cheer on the women in your lives as they take part in the ride.
Please email or call 617-918-4343 for more information on discounted registration or to volunteer.

For women who never learned to ride or who can't remember the last time they were on a bike, our Learn- to-Ride clinic will provide on-bike training led by experienced urban riders. Our free two-hour clinic helps women gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep on rolling. The first clinic will be held next Tuesday, July 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 at Roxbury Community College. For more information and registration click here, or call 617-918-4458.

For women looking for a fun night on the town, our Women's Bike Socials provide a weeknight outing by bike, each with a different theme and destination. On August 7th we'll ride from Ruggles Station to two different farmers markets in Boston, ending in Dudley Square. Get your fruit and veggie shopping done by bike! Our Bike Social rides are a good introduction to riding in traffic for those newer to urban cycling, with several experienced urban cyclists who serve as ride leaders. Sign up now!
Connect with Women Bike Boston & Boston Bikes
Boston City Hall - Suite 932 | Boston, MA 02201 | |

HHS: Consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on premiums

Consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on premiums
Health care law will return to families an average refund of $80 each this year

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Created through the law, the 80/20 rule, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule, requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement activities.  If insurers spend an excessive amount on profits and red tape, they owe a refund back to consumers.

“We are pleased that the Affordable Care Act continues to provide Americans better value for their premium dollars,” said Secretary Burwell.  “We are continuing our work on building a sustainable long-term system, and provisions such as the 80/20 rule are providing Americans with immediate savings and helping to bring transparency and accountability to the insurance market over the long term.”

An HHS report released today shows that last year alone, consumers nationwide saved $3.8 billion up front on their premiums as insurance companies operated more efficiently.  Additionally, consumers nationwide will save $330 million in refunds, with 6.8 million consumers due to receive an average refund benefit of $80 per family.  This standard and other Affordable Care Act standards contributed to consumers saving approximately $4.1 billion on premiums in 2013, for a total of $9 billion in savings since the MLR program’s inception.

The report shows that since the rule took effect, more insurers year over year are meeting the 80/20 standard by spending more of the premium dollars they collect on patient care and quality, and not red tape and bonuses.

If an insurer did not spend enough premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement, they must pay refunds to consumers in one of the following ways:
  • a refund check in the mail;
  • a lump-sum reimbursement to the same account that was used to pay the premium;
  • a reduction in their future premiums; or
  • if the consumer bought insurance through their employer, their employer must provide one of the above options, or apply the refund in another manner that benefits its employees, such as more generous benefits.
The 80/20 rule, along with other standards such as the required review of proposedpremium increases, is one of many reforms created under the health law helping to slow premium growth and moderate premium rates.  Combined with the savings consumers are receiving from tax credits on the Marketplace and the new market reforms, including the prohibition of pre-existing condition exclusions and charging women more for insurance than men, the 80/20 rule helps ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health insurance.

To access the report released today, visit: Loss Ratio.

For more information on MLR, visit:

波士頓廣場 7/27 免費騎旋轉木馬 晤紅襪隊DJ

Out of the Park
Sunday, July 27
Boston Common at 1:40 pm
Corner of Charles and Beacon Streets
Free Carousel Rides
Red Sox mascot Wally
The Red Sox DJ TJ Connelly
Hot Tamales Brass Band
Live announcer
Special guests
Live viewing of the game
Balloon Artists
Face Painters
Celebrate America’s pastime as we bring the excitement of Fenway to a park near you. Bring a blanket to watch the game on the big screen and
cheer on the Red Sox!
For more information, call 617-635-3510

Thursday, July 24, 2014


有著聲音媲美“維也納兒童合唱團”之譽的台灣原住兒合唱團, 今(廿四)日起將在羅德島州,麻州演唱五場,再轉赴紐約。

那一年,寇順舉赴南非佈道,返美前過境台灣,特地到高雄六龜鄉探望老同學,應楊洵牧師的請托,從育幼院兒童詩班中,挑選了一批愛唱歌,有潛力兒童,把他當年師事義大利“美聲發聲法”大師吉格利(Beniamino Gigli)的傳人伍伯就學來的方法,傾囊相授。





波士頓首辦台客語班 林俊育教學幽默風趣

            在十二,十九日這兩個週末中,林俊育發給學員不少講義,包括台語羅馬字基礎篇。他還頻頻舉例,指出以往人們學台語,客語,常用中文註解發音,反而讓從小用注音符號學中文的人受到注音符號只有五音的限制,無法正確發出有七個音的客家語,有八個音的台語,教育部才出爐了"台羅拼音法",把ㄅㄆ ㄇㄈ 和英文字母對照起來,分成母音,子音,呼音,再加上送氣,不送氣,輕音,濁音,入聲尾,入聲調等台語語音特色,來幫助人們學習。




麻州居民對非法移民兒童應安置、遣返 意見分歧

波士頓環球報昨(廿三)日刊文指出,麻州州長派區克( Deval Patrick)打算用州內的空軍基地,或軍事訓練場,安置一千名無人陪伴的非法移民兒童,麻州選民的支持,反對率約各半。
            辦理意見調查的”社會領域(Social Sphere)“公司的創辦人兼執行長Della Volpe表示,這意見調查結果顯示的麻州民眾對移民問題態度,比許多人想得溫和。很多人願意接受派區克的計劃,很可能是因為它規模,時間及費用有限。
            Della Volpe表示,麻州州長說的是在有限時間內,為有限人數提供的一項安置計劃,目前民眾似乎願意接受。不過只有36%選民支持動用州府經費來安頓這些兒童,57%反對。
去年秋天,有遠超過五萬名的無人陪伴兒童,在非法跨境後被拘留,其中大多數來自薩爾瓦多(El Salvador),瓜地馬拉(Guatemala),洪都拉斯(Honduras)。 聯邦政府估計今年會有六萬名這樣的兒童。2012年時只有不到一萬四千人。
麻州移民難民聯盟(MIRA)通訊主任Franklin Soults表示,移民問題在麻州一向引不起強烈反應,每次調查時,大部份麻州選民都把移民問題放在優先性很低的位置。直到最近這幾年,人們才開始認真想這些問題。