Wednesday, July 30, 2014

中華成棒在屋斯特比賽 洪慧珠開球

波士頓經文處長洪慧珠開球。
中華成棒培訓隊來紐英崙的移地訓練,七月廿八日晚在即將升任駐美副代表的洪慧珠開球下,為屋斯特世界棒球系列(Worcester World Baseball Series)揭開序幕,以四比零大勝屋斯特勇心隊(Bravehearts)。
圖由波克萊台商會提供
            中華成棒隊昨(廿九)晚繼續在麻州屋斯特市和紐英崙精英明星隊(New England Elite All-Stars)對壘,今(三十)晚移師到布洛克頓(Brockton)的鐘聲球場(Campanelli Stadium)和蔓越梅聯盟明星隊(Cranberry League All-Stars)比賽,預定八月一日啟程返航。
            波士頓華僑文教中心昨日廣發電郵,提醒僑胞,三十日晚是中華成棒在本地的最後一場比賽,要加油,得把握機會。
            七月廿八日晚的這場比賽,由於氣象局發出淹水警告,出席看球的人少了許多。能容納三千人的球場,只坐了不到一千人。波克萊台灣商會倒是十分捧場,有會長劉秀春,副會長李豐盛,顧問陳玉瑛,羅靜春,理事楊羅東等多人,出席助陣。
圖由經文處提供
            當晚下大雨,比賽延遲四十五分鐘才開始,九點以後,有不少人擔心天候不佳,路途遙遠下,陸續離席,倒是身穿印有“光耀台灣”字樣T恤,帶著青天白日紅旗幟,在康州大學就讀的黃鐘,陳正貴,卻在九點半多時趕到,繼續加油。
左起,陳正貴,黃鐘這兩名康州大學生,特地趕到麻州屋斯特,
為曾經打過美國小聯盟的羅華韋加油,還邀當晚留在現場看球賽,
一直撐到比賽結束的經文處新聞組組長朱永昌
和他們帶來的青天白日滿地紅旗幟合影。(菊子攝)
            黃鐘和陳正貴說,中華成棒隊中的羅華韋,曾經在康州打美國棒球小聯盟。那時候一夥台灣學生經常結伴去給孤單一人在美的羅華韋加油,打氣,彼此結為好友,這才不辭路遠,開了一個多小時車的來加油,還和留在球場支持的比賽結束的經文處新聞組組長朱永昌,經濟組雇員唐玲,一起聊表慰問之意。
            根據中華成棒隊官方粉絲臉書,該隊和屋斯特勇心隊這場球賽,由朱誥鎮主投,六局中共送出十次三振;其後接任投手的林克謙和宋家豪,再添加三次三振,全場比賽僅被擊出零星的的5支安打。
            由於七月廿六日晚的比賽因雨取消,中華成棒隊此行在紐英崙,將總共只打六場球。
            當晚在場的勇心隊工作人員透露,自從屋斯特龍捲風隊(Worcester Tornadoes)在2012年解散後,屋斯特就一直沒有球隊,直到2013年九月,藉由屋斯特聖十字學院的合作,25名隊員中,有一半為本地球員,一半從全美各地大學棒球隊中徵選來,才重新組成屋斯特的唯一球隊,加入未來大學棒球聯盟,並於2014年(今年)六月開始第一季比賽。他們還指出,該隊取名勇心,並採用心臟做隊徽,就是因為屋斯特座落於麻州中部,向有麻州中心之稱。
            由於他們是大學球隊,一年只在六到八月,打球一個暑假,換言之,一年只有一個球季。
            現年三十四歲的屋斯特勇心隊東主,Creedon and Co.公司副總裁John Creedon Jr.和未來大學棒球聯盟負責人(commissioner)霍爾(Chris Hall)都有心拓展球隊的國際經驗,七月廿八日的球賽,正好成為屋斯特世界棒球系列(Worcester World Baseball Series)首場比賽。
John Creedon Jr.指出,中華成棒隊 在國際棒球聯盟排名中高居第四,僅次於美國,日本及古巴,屋斯特勇心隊有機會和中華成棒隊比賽,對教練,球員,都是很好的磨練。希望將來能推動更多合作。 
圖片說明:

              經文處處長洪慧珠(中)為中華成棒和屋斯特勇心隊對壘的屋斯特世界棒球系列首場比賽開球。(圖由經文處經濟組提供)

            左起,陳正貴,黃鐘這兩名康州大學生,特地感到麻州屋斯特,為曾經打過美國小聯盟的羅華韋加油,還邀當晚留在現場看球賽,一直撐到比賽結束的經文處新聞組組長朱永昌和他們帶來的青天白日滿地紅旗幟合影。(菊子攝)

            下過雨後的屋斯特Filton球場,仍有不少球迷。(菊子攝)

            比賽中途,教練訓話。(菊子攝)           

            波克萊台灣商會副會長李豐盛(中)和商會成員一起來捧場看球。(菊子攝)


        經文處副處長洪慧珠(右一)加入波克萊台灣商會歡迎中華成棒隊的行列,包括後左起,楊羅東,羅靜春,劉秀春,陳玉瑛(後右二),胡文冀(前)。(圖由經文處提供)

龍捲風來襲 Revere市逾百戶屋協樹倒

前天大雷雨,氣象局發佈淹水警報,但沒人想到,薩福克郡(Suffolk)裏靠海的瑞維爾(Revere)市,在七月廿八日這天,竟六十年來頭一遭,遇上龍捲風(tornado)。
有關單位表示,數以百計的樹木被連根拔起,屋頂被掀得片瓦不存,許多人家災情慘重,修復恐怕費時。
當龍捲風橫掃時,風速高達每小時120哩,瑞維爾市中心商區都被掃出一道明顯切痕。數以百計住房慘遭蹂躪,原本寧靜的住宅區,幾分鐘內變得滿目瘡痍。
有關人員表示,這大概是至少六十年來的第一次有龍捲風襲擊薩福克郡,不但把大橡樹連根從地裏拔了出來,還把許多金屬護欄都吹得滿天亂飛,好在並無嚴重傷亡。
            有關人員表示,目前還很難計算損失多慘重,但保險商將逐門逐戶的幫助居民計算損失。
            在龍捲風過後不到一小時內,居民們就都走出家門,清掃瓦礫,電力公司員工也開始清理道路,維修斷線。
            這龍捲風大約是在早上九點半抵達雀喜市(Chelsea),接著向北移動,穿過雀喜河,進入瑞維爾,以雷雨形式,在大波士頓內橫掃兩哩多長,半哩寬的許多地區,從傅萊明罕到北岸,有不少地方淹水。
瑞維爾消防局長 Gene Doherty表示,有65戶人家的住屋,損壞嚴重,其中有十三戶住家及商鋪,完全不適宜有人居住了。該市政府已在當地一所學校設立庇護所,暫時安置這些居民。
國家電網(National Grid)發言人Jake Navarro表示,截至週一晚九點半,有五百戶人家停電了。
早上時,停電情況最嚴重,約有三千戶人家受影響,經工作人員搶修,到週一晚午夜時分,大部份人家都有電了。
氣象局人員表示,該局從1950年做記錄以來,薩福克郡還沒出現過龍捲風。之前出現過龍捲風,是1991年,1986年,先後發生在益士石郡(Essex),北波士頓,以及米斗塞郡和波士頓北部及西部。
2011年時,曾有龍捲風掃過麻州中部,導致三人死亡,一千四百戶樓宇受損。週一的這場暴風雨,在某些地區造成的降雨量,甚至高達每小時兩吋。

大波士頓文協夏日郊遊樂

大波士頓中華文化協會(GBCCA) 廿六日中午在牛頓市阿布岱爾公園(Auburndale Cove Park)野餐,近百人各自圍桌而聚,暢敘家常,跳跳排舞,歡聲笑語不斷。
文協新任會長冼鳳明和候任會長周映秋,與該會現任,候任的兩屆幹部,是當天的大功臣。他們不下十人,分工合作,佈置會場,鋪排美食,架設烤爐,既擺出涼粉,炒米粉,還準備了自製漢堡,熱狗,加上現場烤玉米,配上一塊塊厚肉西瓜,整盤整盤的精緻甜點,讓人看著豔麗色彩,就心情大好,吃進嘴裡,覺得有滋有味,就更是笑顏逐開。
文協的夏日郊遊聚餐,也是許多文協資深會員難得的聚會時光。歷屆會長中,1978年的蔣宗壬 ,1994年的陳瑞虹 ,2001年的張越麒 ,2008年的周萬欽 ,2012年的周一男,2013年的黃淑英等,都趕來與老友敘舊。
喜齡會的葛幼梅,趙鍾英,馬滌凡,創辦藝文小集的胡世沛,也都開心的四處和老朋友話家常。
文協今年的會長冼鳳明是在美國長大的年輕一輩會員。由於她年紀雖然還輕,卻在文協裏已經服務多年,又既會講廣東話,越南話,法文,國語,英文更是不在話下的流利,有文協會員悄悄表示,或許這是麻州傳統老僑和所謂新僑的整合良機,也可加強華人社區和主流社會之間的交流。
文協今年的夏日郊遊,還採儀式從簡,玩樂為先作風,除了會長洗鳳明感謝所有工作人員之外,並未安排其他人發言。波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文也只是到會同樂,與出席者閒話家常。
查詢文協詳情,可洽文協辦公室617-332-0377,或上網http://www.gbcca.org





圖片說明:

            大波士頓中華文化協會(GBCCA)參加郊遊者大合照。(菊子攝)

        文協現任會長冼鳳明(右三),候任會長周映秋(左三)和文協成員左起,胡文冀,陳玉瑛,吳萍萍,王晶等人展示紅藍綠的夏日顏色。(菊子攝)

            全美華人婦女會麻省分會會長黎雯(右四)近年和文協合作密切,郊遊這天特地出席。(菊子攝)

            文協喜齡會創辦人之一的葛幼梅這天也來和老友敘舊。(菊子攝)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GOVERNOR PATRICK VISTS QUINCY CAREER CENTER TO CELEBRATE RESIDENTS ACROSS THE STATE GETTING BACK TO WORK

GOVERNOR PATRICK VISTS QUINCY CAREER CENTER TO CELEBRATE RESIDENTS ACROSS THE STATE GETTING BACK TO WORK
Commonwealth’s 33 Career Centers Have Served 1.6 million job seekers

QUINCY- Tuesday, July 29, 2014 -- Governor Deval Patrick today toured the Quincy Career Center to promote the range of programs and services offered by the Commonwealth’s 33 one-stop career centers to job seekers across the state. Since Governor Patrick took office, nearly half of the 1.6 million job seekers served by these 33 centers across the state have found gainful employment.

“Massachusetts’ competitive edge lies in our highly-skilled workforce and our willingness to work together to connect workers with employment opportunities,” said Governor Patrick. “The Quincy Career Center, alongside centers from across the state, is an example of how we are choosing to invest in every one of our residents, for today and the future.”

Career centers deliver to job seekers the grants and programs put together by the Commonwealth’s workforce development system. The Patrick Administration’s strategy for creating jobs through targeted investments in education, innovation and infrastructure has paid off and resulted in the creation of more than 100,000 jobs, leading to the highest level of employment in Massachusetts in nearly 25 years. In June, the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, the lowest rate since 2008.

“Our career center programing really reflects the changes that today’s job seekers face when they look for 21st century jobs,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian. “Our free seminars, workshops, personal counseling, job fairs and other services help job seekers translate their job skills into new career paths, leverage technology and social media to make personal connections to employers and overcome barriers that can lead to long-term unemployment.”

During the tour of the Quincy Career Center, Governor Patrick sat in on one of the seminars that connect the newly unemployed to services available for job seekers. Quincy is one of the many career centers that offers specialized services for veterans and job seekers with disabilities.  The Quincy Career Center also serves a large Asian population by providing specialized translation services. Last year, more than 4,600 of the Center’s job seekers found employment. 

“Career center staff is trained to provide professional career counseling, but more importantly our service representatives know how to deal compassionately with someone who has just lost their job,” said Alice Sweeney, Director of Career Center Services. “It can be the most devastating time in a person’s working life and the first thing we need to do is help build up their confidence in their skills and experience.”

Among the resources provided by the Patrick Administration and made available to businesses and employers are workforce training grants. These grants enable large and small businesses to retrain their workers and create new jobs. Under Governor Patrick, more than $89.1 million in general workforce training fund grants went to 1,149 projects and 1,217 businesses throughout the Commonwealth.

“One of the reasons our career centers can be so helpful to job seekers is because of the connections we make to local businesses in understanding their labor needs and matching them to people looking for work,” said Don Uvanitte, Chairman of the South Shore Workforce Investment Board, which partners with the Commonwealth in running career centers on the South Shore. “We not only help businesses recruit and hire employees, but we also guide them to state resources that will help their businesses prosper.”

Mayor Walsh appoints Ted Landsmark to BRA/EDIC Board of Directors

Mayor Walsh appoints Ted Landsmark to BRA/EDIC Board of Directors
Brings a wealth of experience in architecture, urban design, civic leadership, and architectural and construction law
 
BOSTON – Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of Dr. Theodore Landsmark, who has served as President and CEO of Boston Architectural College, to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) Board of Directors. Dr. Landsmark, who holds degrees in environmental design and law, is Mayor Walsh’s first appointment to the BRA/EDIC board, which will fill a currently vacant position. The five-member board meets monthly and is responsible for voting on all final determinations and agreements at the agency, including planning studies, rezoning initiatives, and project permitting.
 
“Ted has proven to be an insightful leader who possesses a great sense for what goes into building successful cities,” said Mayor Walsh. “His dedication to public service has inspired countless others, and I’m excited by the fresh perspective and ideas he will bring to the board.”
 
“After coming through the harsh economic realities of the Great Recession, Boston is well-poised to draw upon the talents of innovators and long-time residents to work together to make this a truly global city,” Dr. Landsmark said. “I share Mayor Walsh’s priorities for making the BRA more open and accountable, and I am honored by the opportunity to help guide the agency into a new era. I look forward to applying my knowledge of architecture, design, and sound fiscal management in shaping the future of development in our city.”
 
At the helm of Boston Architectural College for 17 years, Dr. Landsmark, who attended Yale University and earned a Ph.D. from Boston University, has established himself as an innovative leader with a passion for public service. He has facilitated city planning sessions of the Washington, D.C.-based Mayor’s Institute on City Design, involving mayors’ think tanks in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, and Charleston. He has also served as president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
 
Under Dr. Landsmark’s leadership, the Boston Architectural College has been accredited for programs in architecture, landscape and interior architecture, and design studies, and created new programs that focus on global historic preservation, sustainable design, and health and well-being. During his tenure, development revenues quadrupled, enrollment doubled, the operating budget rose substantially, governance was restructured, international students began to be recruited, and community service became a part of the curriculum for all students.
 
Throughout his life and professional career, Dr. Landsmark has been highly engaged in public policy, social justice, and the arts. During the 1980s and 1990s, he held several roles within Boston’s city government, where he directed community partnerships, oversaw workforce training and employment programs, and created initiatives to prevent violence and improve youth opportunities. More recently, Dr. Landsmark has contributed to local civic life by serving on Boston’s Climate Action Leadership Committee and the Green Ribbon Commission.
 
Dr. Landsmark currently serves as a trustee of the American Architectural Foundation, a fellow of the Design Futures Council, and a board member at Historic New England, Historic Boston, the Fund for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Trustees of Reservations. He is Trustee Emeritus of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
 
He will join Chairman Timothy Burke, Vice Chairman Paul Foster, Treasurer Consuelo Gonzales-Thornell, and Michael Monahan on the BRA/EDIC board. Board members serve staggered five-year terms. The Mayor of Boston appoints four of the five members, and the Governor appoints the remaining member. Dr. Landsmark’s appointment must be confirmed by the City Council.
 
The BRA’s next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 900 at Boston City Hall. More information about the meetings, including agendas, minutes, and video coverage of past meetings, is available on the BRA’s website: www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org. All meetings are open to the public, and community members are encouraged to attend.

屋斯特商會與波士頓經文處談麻州台灣合作教育商務

麻州屋斯特(Worcester)商會和駐波士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處(TECO)合作,昨(廿八)日在屋斯特大學學生中心舉辦會議,探討麻州和台灣在教育,經濟上進一步合作可能。
            同晚,中華成棒隊和屋斯特勇心隊(Braveheart)舉行友誼賽,邀經文處處長洪慧珠為這屋斯特世界棒球系列的第一場球賽開球。
            中華成棒培訓隊來大波士頓移地訓練,麻州的前任副州長,目前擔任屋斯特商會會長的穆瑞(Timothy P. Murray)安排他們住進屋斯特大學宿舍,邀未來大學棒球聯盟聯繫七場友誼賽,是促成這場麻州台灣教育、經貿會議的主因。
            穆瑞表示,推動創新,發展經濟要靠人才,培訓人才要靠教育,有人口十八萬餘,忝列為紐英崙第二大城市的屋斯特市,很高興有這機會在教育,經濟上,探討與台灣進一步合作的可能。
            穆瑞表示,他接掌屋斯特商會後,一直強調要留住人才,振興地方,孵化企業,接待中華成棒來為屋斯特市開打世界棒球系列,舉辦這會議,將是起步。
            昨日的會議,共分兩個部分,早上談教育,下午談商務。
        駐波士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處教育組組長黃薳玉,屋斯特大學校長馬隆尼(Barry Maloney)等人在“探討台灣的教育機會”講座部分,各自闡述了台灣及屋斯特市的教育狀況。
        馬隆尼指出,屋斯特市一帶有十三所大專院校,三萬五千多名學生,各種科系兼備。自從穆瑞接掌約有二千四百名會員的屋斯特商會後,推動實習計劃,使得該地區學生更能兼顧理論與實用。他坦言該校華裔學生不到1%,在國際化,引進更多華裔學生上,還有很大發展空間。黃薳玉組長提及的全麻州來自台灣學生約僅一千人,足可佐證這發展機會。
昨日下午的經濟發展座談,有駐波士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處處長洪慧珠,麻州參議員錢朵樂(Harriette Chandler)致詞。經文處經濟組長石大玲和麻州出口中心中部主任Julia Dvorko麻州國際貿易及投資處商務發展經理Hunter M. Richard等人分別發言。
            麻州參議員錢朵樂(Harriette Chandler)曾應邀訪問台灣,昨日特地出席。她認為台灣和麻州有很多相似處,人口密集,經濟活躍,文化昌明,有很多可以合作的地方。她還特地藉著自己曾到台灣一遊指出,旅遊可以帶動很多其他發展。
            洪慧珠簡介了台灣狀況,台灣與麻州經貿來往概況,以及台灣在政治,經濟上的包容性,有不下一百四十個國家給予免簽證或落地簽證優惠等成就,也說明台灣希望加入泛太平洋合作夥伴(TPP)協議,一旦成為會員,對台美及國際貿易都有好處。
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        波士頓經文處和屋斯特商會合辦會議,左起,商務組長石大玲,麻州外貿中心主任Julia Dvorko,屋斯特商會會長Tim Murray,經文處長洪慧珠,屋斯特大學校長馬隆尼(Barry Maloney),MOITI經理Hunter M. Richard等人發言。(菊子攝)
            經文處長洪慧珠闡述台灣經貿外交概況。(菊子攝)
            麻州參議員錢朵樂(Harriette Chandler)曾帶隊赴台灣。(菊子攝)
            包括華美銀行資深副總裁李康美,Donna Barry,副總裁林志超,昨日有不少人出席。(菊子攝)