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星期二, 9月 27, 2016

陳薩終於來到波士頓演奏 三百餘觀眾頻鼓掌 (圖片)









CITY OF BOSTON AND COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE FAIR

CITY OF BOSTON AND COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE FAIR
Free event will feature over 30 exhibitors, workshops, and networking opportunities
BOSTON - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Tomorrow, the City of Boston's Office of Economic Development will partner with the Commonwealth's Office of Business Development to host a Small Business Resource Fair at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. This free event will feature assets available through the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that support and foster small business development, over 30 small business support organizations, and two workshops. M

天下為公、禮義廉恥英文怎麼說 波士頓華埠牌樓告訴你

牙醫師阮浩鑾夫婦(左)和銅牌公司負責人Dan Moriarty。(周菊子攝)
(Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)帶外國朋友逛波士頓華埠,遇到牌樓上"天下為公"禮義廉恥"是甚麼意思這問題就發愁的許多人,以後都不必擔心了。二名製作銅牌專家今(27)早在那兒新嵌上一塊銅牌,給出了中英對照答案。
天下為公"A World shared by all,禮是Civility,義是Justice,廉是Integrity,恥是humility
這塊牌匾上還並列著中華民國及美國國旗,兩邊角落,分別鑲有波士頓市政府,台北市政府市徽,藉以象徵波士頓市和台北市是姐妹市。
鑲嵌著"天下為公"字樣的華埠牌樓,已是華埠地標。(周菊子攝)
駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長賴銘琪上週在波士頓華僑文教中心舉行的僑情座談會中已透露,預定108日,波士頓華埠僑界慶祝雙十大遊行時,將舉行揭牌儀式。
負責工程的Colonial Brass公司927日一早,趁著天氣好,把牌匾鑲嵌到牌樓柱子上。
華埠牌樓現在很對稱的,左右兩根箸子,各有一塊同樣大小的銅牌,一邊是二年多前安裝,說明華埠牌樓是由中華民國捐贈材料,布朗基金會(Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund)為美化華埠捐款,才建造的。
已遷往龍都鎮開餐廳的洗永強,回來華埠,正好遇見阮浩鑾。
曾任波士頓台北姐妹市協會會長的牙醫師阮浩鑾,當年找了Colonial 銅牌公司的Dan Moriarty來製作那塊大牌匾,這次再度承擔重任,找回同一家公司承製牌匾,以確保品質如一,對稱美觀。
阮浩鑾透露,波士頓華埠牌樓早於1980年代建成,但當年的市長後來應邀訪問杭州市,建立了關係,因此儘管建了華埠牌樓,卻不做任何註記說明。到1990年代,雷夫連(Ray Flynn)擔任波士頓市長時,他們才終於促成做塊牌匾,說明由來這事。
說明華埠牌樓由來的放大牌匾。(周菊子攝)
原來的那塊牌匾,並不大,掛在牌樓右邊柱子上。後來不知道是哪一年的時候,竟然這塊牌匾被人偷了。坊間民眾猜測,可能是銅牌還值點錢,才被人敲下來拿走了。
華埠牌樓其實不但是華埠象徵,也彷如記錄著波士頓市和台北市的友誼,華埠牌樓頂端的琉璃瓦片,也是在1990年代末期,馬英九擔任台北市市長時,在華埠人士爭取到經費後,從台北買回來再安裝的。
今早鑲嵌銅牌工人在施工。(周菊子攝)
由於華埠牌樓有如波士頓華埠門戶,已然是出名地標,不論是本地或海外遊客,到波士頓都必定要到華埠牌樓前留影,許多人問起,這天下為公""禮義廉恥"等字,到底是甚麼意思,可是這麼精深的中文要翻譯成英文,考倒了許多人。阮浩鑾和賴銘琪等人於是找來精通中英文的教授級人馬,擬定譯文,做成牌匾,讓人有圖為證。








撥款1200萬元 麻州政府要幫助企業發展人力

Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet Opens $12 Million Workforce Development Grant Round, and Announces $1.45 Million in Advanced Manufacturing Training Awards
Grants will fund workforce training for students, as well as unemployed and underemployed individuals

BOSTON – Today the Baker-Polito Administration’s Workforce Skills Cabinet announced two grant programs aimed to improve economic and job training opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth. The first grant program will support the opening of a $12 million workforce skills capital grant round, to provide workforce training equipment to high schools, community colleges, and community-based nonprofits. The administration also awarded $1.45 million in Advanced Manufacturing Training Program workforce development grants, to eight regional workforce development teams from across the Commonwealth.

“We continue to make the Commonwealth’s manufacturing base more competitive by building a highly-skilled workforce for employers so they can grow their businesses and support the economy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These workforce development grant programs will equip students and workers in Massachusetts with the skills they need to connect with middle-class career pathways in key industries, including advanced manufacturing.”

“By connecting unemployed individuals to the training needed to succeed in advanced manufacturing, these workforce development grants will give adults the skills to build a career, and a life, on,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The regional partnerships we’re funding today will help open up new economic opportunities, from Pittsfield, to the South Coast and the Merrimack Valley.”
“With a looming skills shortage that will be compounded by retiring baby boomers leaving the labor force, we are finding ways to invest in the skill development of individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, and those who are joining the labor force for the first time,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II.

“With over $24 million in workforce skills grants which have been made available to high schools, community colleges, and community-based nonprofits this year and last year, we are making a significant investment in our technical education across the Commonwealth,” said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. “The focus of the grants is to allow these institutions to not only expand their capacity, but also to strengthen regional partnerships with other educational entities and the area workforce.”

“These workforce development partnerships will empower residents to fully participate in our state’s economy,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Collaborative solutions that bring educators, employers and workers to the table will help close the skills gap, and provide a foundation for job creation and continued economic growth.”

The Workforce Skills Capital grant program seeks to increase the capacity and quality of vocational training and education by providing funds to eligible schools and institutions for the purchase and installation of vocational-technical equipment. The $12 million grant round the administration opened Tuesday will provide matching funds to allow educational and nonprofit institutions to invest in new vocational technical training equipment. The grants will allow high schools, community colleges and nonprofit organizations to meet employer hiring demands by modernizing and expanding vocational technical program capacity, creating new training programs that respond to industry needs, and increasing the availability of training equipment to mid-career learners.

The new grant round builds on $12.4 million in Workforce Skills Capital grants awarded this year. In August, Governor Baker signed legislation that authorizes the Executive Office of Education to commit up to $45 million in workforce skills capital matching grants. The Executive Office of Education administers the Workforce Skills Capital grant program, on behalf of the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.

The $1.45 million in advanced manufacturing training grants that the administration awarded will equip unemployed and underemployed individuals with the skills to enter the advanced manufacturing field. Training programming emphasizes outreach to veterans, demographic groups that experience chronically higher rates of unemployment, and groups that are historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector.

The Advanced Manufacturing Training Program provides training to unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, minorities and women and that support the workforce needs of the Commonwealth’s globally competitive advanced manufacturing cluster. In Fiscal Year 2015, the training grants provided workforce training to 335 individuals. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development administers the training grant program, on behalf of the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Workforce Skills Cabinet aims to close the skills gap and connect citizens to jobs by making workforce development efforts more employer-centric, and by identifying and bringing to scale successful training and education models. The Workforce Skills Cabinet is chaired by the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Ronald L. Walker II, and comprised of the Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser, and the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Jay Ash. 

2016 Advanced Manufacturing Training Program Workforce Development Grant Award Winners:
Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Pittsfield
Center for Manufacturing Technology, Woburn
E-Team Machinist Training Program, Lynn
Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, Greenfield
Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, New Bedford
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Worcester
Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, Lawrence
Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Springfield

世界臺商總會閉幕 副總統陳建仁盼加碼投資台灣


副總統陳建仁27日出席世界臺灣商會聯合總會第二十二屆年會暨
第三次理監事聯席會議閉幕典禮,呼籲台商加碼投資台灣。
世界臺灣商會聯合總會第二十二屆年會暨第三次理監事聯席會議27日在台北閉幕副總統陳建仁讚許海外台商在颱風天仍展現出團結力量,並請海外台商加碼投資台灣,同時做為台灣與全球市場的橋梁。隨後在僑務委員會委員長吳新興的監交下,現任總會長李耀熊交接給新任總會長林見松。
在僑務委員會委員長吳新興(中)監交下,世界臺灣商會聯合總會
22屆總會長李耀熊(左)交接印信給新任的第23屆總會長林見松。
穿心颱梅姬27日登陸台灣,全台強風暴雨,來自世界各地的1200位台商展現出團結力,齊聚台北參與世總第22屆年會。陳副總統出席閉幕典禮致詞時說,世界臺灣商會聯合總會成立22年來,一直是支持台灣經貿外交的重要力量,近年還組團訪美國、東協及歐盟,推動台灣加入國際區域經濟整合。而在這樣的颱風天,世總會員依舊不畏風雨,一起為總會未來發展而用心努力,非常令他敬佩。
陳副總統指出,他8月代表出訪多明尼加時,曾參訪當地台商投資的太陽能電廠,其生產的電力佔多明尼加供應量的6%,並增加當地很多就業機會,這種雙贏局面正是台灣踏實外交的最好表現。面對台灣的經濟發展挑戰,陳副總統請海外台商加碼投資台灣,並藉由熟悉的世界各地市場通路,以及獨一無二的在地資源,做為台灣與全球市場的橋梁,為自己的事業與台灣開創新局。
吳委員長表示,海外台商吃苦耐勞、不怕挫折前往全世界開創事業的精神非常值得敬佩,僑委會明年預定為世界台商出版專書,將這樣的台灣打拼精神傳達給國人及僑界的年輕一代。
吳委員長也提到,總統蔡英文昨天在開幕典禮時交給全球台商3件事,包括運用在地人脈與資源,讓世界看見台灣;深化與當地產業的合作,為台灣企業發掘商機;擔任台灣招商代言人,引介外資來台布局。請與會的台商代表將僑委會的關懷與這3項任務傳達給僑居地的台商與僑界,一起為台灣的未來共同努力。
世總年會25日至27日在台北舉行,來自六大洲1200位台商會員出席27日選舉出第二十三屆總會長及監事長,結果由來自澳洲的林見松當選世總總會長,來自波蘭的楊景德擔任監事長。在吳委員長監交下,現任總會長李耀熊與監事長邢增輝將印信交給下一屆的林見松及楊景德。
林見松致詞時感謝會員的支持,讓他有機會為世界台商服務,未來將強化總會的會務與服務,發揮服務台商會員、傳承商會永續發展、協助拓展台灣經貿的功能。
年會期間,世界臺灣商會聯合總會青商會26日舉辦2016年世界臺商青年研討會,主題為「匯聚青商動能 驅動台灣產業創新」,並安排「綠色商專題演講機 永續發展」,以及「物聯網、科技、服務跟上工業4.0思潮」專題研討,結由國內知名企業的經驗分享,近50位來自世界各地的青會了解台灣在企業永續經營、工業4.0、物聯網等面向的最新發展,並聚焦如何連結海外青商與台灣創新產業,激盪出新的商機。


Governor Baker Appoints Tim King to MassDOT Board of Directors

Governor Baker Appoints Tim King to MassDOT Board of Directors

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today announced the appointment of Timothy King of Waltham to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).  King currently serves as a Detective Sergeant for the Waltham Police Department and President of the Massachusetts Police Association.

“Detective Sergeant Tim King has devoted much of his career to protecting his neighbors in Waltham and serving his colleagues in blue across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We welcome that service and devotion to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as they continue their important work in providing the oversight and direction necessary to advance our transit system across all modes.”

Mr. King assumes the Board seat most recently held by Russell Gittlen who was International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) New England Area Director and Assistant Business Manager for Local 447.

“I am pleased to welcome Tim King to the Board and look forward to tapping into his broad experience in law enforcement as the Board continues to meet the challenge of delivering safe and efficient transportation services across the Commonwealth,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.“We likewise appreciate Mr. Gittlen’s service to the Board and Commonwealth over the last year and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
About Timothy King:

Timothy King is a Detective Sergeant for the Waltham Police Department, joining the department as a patrolman in 1992, and currently serving as President of the Massachusetts Police Association. He has also served as Attorney/General Counsel for the Massachusetts Coalition of Police since 2007 and was previously a Corrections Officer for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. King is a graduate of Waltham High School, earned a Baccalaureate Degree from Western New England College, Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He has served on the Curriculum Advisory Board of Middlesex Community College, the Massachusetts Police Training Committee Board, and the Massachusetts Coalition of Police Executive Board. He was a member of the Massachusetts Transportation Working Group and Vice President of the Greater Boston Labor Council. 

About the MassDOT Board of Directors:

The MassDOT Board of Directors is comprised of 11 members appointed by the Governor and oversees all MassDOT operations including the Highway Division, Mass Transit, Aeronautics, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), Office of Planning and Programming and the Office of Performance Management and Innovation.

MAYOR WALSH HIGHLIGHTS ECONOMIC SUCCESSES AND WORK TO CREATE A MORE EQUITABLE BOSTON AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ADDRESS

MAYOR WALSH HIGHLIGHTS ECONOMIC SUCCESSES AND WORK TO CREATE A MORE  EQUITABLE BOSTON AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ADDRESS 
BOSTON - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today addressed the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, discussing the strength of Boston's economy and the work ahead to create a Boston that is prosperous and more equitable for all.

"Boston has reached a position of economic leadership that is unprecedented in our history," said Mayor Walsh. "We've let go of the insular culture and top-down leadership of the past. We've deepened our core strengths and we've built carefully and confidently beyond them. We are looking to the future and opening our arms to the world, and the world is responding."

Boston's Economy is Strong:
  • Since 2014, $12 billion worth of development has entered the pipeline. Right now there is $6 billion under construction in Boston.
  • There are 40,000 small businesses operating across the city, generating $15 billion in annual revenue and creating 170,000 jobs. Citywide, unemployment is below 4 percent.
  • Pitchbook confirmed that Boston is second only to the Bay Area for the total number of successful venture capital investments.
  • As of this month, nearly 10,500 units have been completed towards the goal of 53,000 in the Mayor's Housing Plan. Another 7,200 under are construction, and more than 17,000 in the pipeline - well ahead of schedule.
  • In recent weeks, companies including AutoDesk, Flextronics, and Continuum have moved to Boston and set up the kind of facilities that help bridge the gap between innovation and manufacturing in our economy.
Continued Focus on Creating Opportunity for all:
  • The Mayor discussed his commitment to a more open and intentional conversation about race in Boston in order to tackle the disparities that are rooted in Boston's history and continue presenting barriers today.
  • This fall the City will hold a series of public conversations on race and equity, to set up a more open dialogue in Boston about race. The City will provide a toolkit for anyone who wants to hold a conversation in their neighborhood or workplace.
  • To create equity, we must have digital infrastructure that gives residents and businesses the best possible access to the global flow of data. Under Mayor Walsh's leadership, Verizon has begun installing fiber cable that will reach every corner of the City.
  • There is a renewed focus on planning, and this fall, the Mayor will roll out key priorities in Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in over 50 years. Already the City's planning work is bringing new community input and new investment to South Boston, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Dorchester.
The Boston Planning and Development Agency:

The Mayor today officially launched the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the new vision and name of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). Since the Mayor took office, he has focused on reforming the BRA to increase transparency and efficiency and create a more open, community-oriented culture. Earlier this year, the BRA began work on a new identity to better reflect the work in its ongoing mission. The Boston Planning and Development Agency will be modern and state of the art, will understand what the Boston of today and tomorrow need, and will be innovative and inclusive about shaping development toward those ends. After listening to residents, employees, business and community partners, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will continue reform work that has already begun over the past several years. The Mayor announced that the BPDA will continue this work with:
  • A redesigned community meeting format to provide more context and more clarity, and an online platform for neighborhood-specific updates and feedback. This will ensure that conversations are open, ongoing, and available to all.
  • The Boston Planning and Development Agency  will focus on comprehensive planning and responsible development for inclusive growth across the city.  Beginning this fall, planning and development review teams will visit Boston's neighborhoods together to talk about what the new process will look like.
  • BPDA+, a program to forge collaborations with nonprofits, businesses, universities, and startups; and host innovation fellowships for leading-edge global experts.
Adopt-a-school

Last year, Mayor Walsh called for a new Adopt-a-School initiative to engage organizations with the Boston Public Schools. Today, he thanked the businesses who answered his call for support, including: Delta Dental, General Electric, Goodwin Proctor, Levi's, RSM, Salsify, Whole Foods, and Vertex.

He also announced the launch of the InvestBPS online portal, created with the help of local innovator Intrepid. It will make it easy for companies to match their interests with schools' needs and begin providing unique learning experiences to Boston students.

Read the Mayor's remarks in their entirety here.