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星期四, 4月 27, 2017

波士頓安徽同鄉會請訴訟律師講法庭制度

大波士頓安徽同鄉會會長張文君(右一),副會長汪亞若(左起),志願者
任娜娜後送紀念品給兩名訴訟律師姜家, Frank Smith。(周菊子攝)
(Boston Orange 周菊子劍橋市報導) 大波士頓安徽同鄉會426日晚在麻省理工學院舉辦公益講座,請得兩名訴訟律師闡釋美國法庭制度。30多名出席者,提問踴躍。
大波士頓安徽同鄉會成立於20161111日,今年1月才辦過新年聚會,26日晚秉持公益精神,舉辦解析美國法庭制度的講座。
目前在律師事務所工作的安徽同鄉會副會長汪若亞指出,無論是留學生或移民,來到異地他鄉的美國,一但遭遇狀況,即使是小如處理交通罰單,因應租房糾紛,或醉酒駕車,可能都得和法庭打交道,但人生地不熟,既不熟悉這兒的法律及法庭制度,又擔心律師費太貴,於是焦灼萬分,甚或蒙受損失。該會因此舉辦這講座,希望為有需要者提供諮詢管道。
當晚應邀主講的訴訟律師為曾任地區助理檢察官的Frank Smith,以及曾為持證法庭傳譯,能通普通話,廣東話,台山話,英文的姜家。
他們兩人指出,麻州的法庭系統按類別,有波士頓市法庭,地區法庭,房屋法庭,土地法停,高等法庭,青少年法庭,遺囑認證及家事法庭等至少7種初級法庭。在這些法庭解決不了的問題,再升級到審判法庭,上訴法庭,以及高等法庭。上法庭的案件,又分刑事法,民事法,前者處理犯罪問題,後者多半和金錢糾紛有關。
Frank Smith指出,在美國的民主制度中,任何人都可因為任何事,向法院提出告訴,並申請法官聆聽案件,一般來說要先付費25元,50元,才會開庭。等法官判決後,控辯雙方還要各自付律師費。
Frank Smith 也指出,要記得,無論甚麼案件,在法官判決後,提出控訴的或者被告的涉案者,都有權要求上訴。
由於美國的法庭制度的處理案件過程,曠日廢時,涉及私人糾紛的案件,法官多半會建議涉案者找仲裁來解決問題。
他根據經驗告訴出席者,麻州警察在處理家庭暴力案件時,一定會逮捕或帶走涉案雙方的其中一人,以避免可能發生更進一步,甚至導致死亡的暴力。
他也以自己曾經處理過的房東房客糾紛指出,麻州非常保護租客,當房東碰到壞房客時,告上法院往往不如以其他方法處理更省事省錢。有個例子就是一名每月房租1600元的房客欠租9個月,房東決定逼遷,告上法庭,結果法官雖然判房東贏了,房客得至少賠8000元,但只規定房客每月至少付250元的來償還。
席間,出席者提出不少問題,包括有人想當法庭傳譯,有人問休班警察開私家車撞到過路行人,卻說自己在執行公務,有罪還是沒罪,刑事案件或民事案件的法庭檔案,是否可以消除,或封存,雇主有沒權利在洗手間也安裝監視器等等。

汪若亞表示,波士頓安徽同鄉會從成立迄今,已有二百多會員,也開設了微信公眾號,方便老鄉聯絡,希望在波士頓的安徽人都能加入行列。

MAYOR WALSH, THE BOSTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE GRANT FOR CHILDREN'S SAVINGS ACCOUNT PROGRAM

MAYOR WALSH, THE BOSTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE GRANT FOR CHILDREN'S SAVINGS ACCOUNT PROGRAM
BOSTON - Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that Boston Saves, the City of Boston's children's savings account program, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Boston Foundation to help fund the next two years of its three-year pilot. The funding will help support a financial incentives program to encourage families to save for their children's future, an online platform where families can track their savings, and school programming around financial education and family engagement.

"Boston Saves has already reached 246 kindergartners, helping hundreds of Boston families expand their financial capabilities and setting up our children for a brighter future," said Mayor Walsh. "I thank the Boston Foundation for their partnership and shared vision to provide more opportunity for our city's children to succeed."

Mayor Walsh launched Boston Saves last fall with the goal of helping families of Boston Public Schools (BPS) kindergartners save money for their children's college or career training. Boston Saves provides each participating kindergartner with an account that is automatically seeded with $50. Using an online platform, families can also earn financial incentives for consistent saving and tracks all their savings for their child in one place. Participating schools host family events and classroom activities to promote saving as a fun, community-wide effort.

In the first year of its pilot, Boston Saves has so far provided seeded accounts to 246 kindergartners at five participating Boston Public Schools:

  • George H. Conley Elementary School in Roslindale
  • Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown
  • Donald McKay K-8 School in East Boston
  • James Otis Elementary School in East Boston
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park

The next two years of the pilot are projected to add another 1,100 children to the program. By Fall 2019, the initiative is slated to begin roll-out to all Boston's public school K2 kindergarten classes.

Research suggests that children's savings account programs can encourage college attendance and completion. Low-income children with $500 or less in a savings account dedicated to higher education have been shown to be three times more likely to enroll in college and four times more likely to graduate from college. By 2020, 77 percent of jobs in Boston are projected to require some form of post-secondary education or training.

"The Boston Foundation has long recognized that post-secondary education is a key driver of economic mobility and equity," said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. "We're proud to partner with the City of Boston in an effort that will help families plan for their children's future success at the very earliest stages in the education pipeline."

The Boston Foundation's $150,000 contribution marks a significant addition to the $800,000 that the Eos Foundation, the City of Boston, and other funders have invested in Boston Saves.
 
The Office of Workforce Development is an affiliate of the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

About the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development
The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (OWD) is an innovative agency within the Boston Planning & Development Agency that seeks to ensure the full participation of all Boston residents in the city's economic vitality and future. The OWD funds and oversees programs that promote workforce development through education, jobs training, apprenticeships, financial coaching, career pathways, literacy initiatives, and the like. Please visit OWD.Boston.Gov to learn more about the OWD's work.

About The Boston Foundation
The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston's community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of some $1 billion. In 2016, the Foundation and its donors made $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of more than $107 million. In celebration of its Centennial in 2015, the Boston Foundation launched the Campaign for Boston to strengthen the Permanent Fund for Boston, the principal endowment fund focused on the most pressing needs of Greater Boston. The Foundation is proud to be a partner in philanthropy, with more than 1,000 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, think tank and advocacy organization, commissioning research into the most critical issues of our time and helping to shape public policy designed to advance opportunity for everyone in Greater Boston. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) The Philanthropic Initiative, a distinct operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations around the globe. For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI, visit tbf.org or call 617-338-1700.

波士頓市 5/1 辦招聘會


English classes for immigrant parents strengthen schools, build communities

English classes for immigrant parents strengthen schools, build communities
Boston Public Schools to Highlight ESOL for Parents Classes and Community-School Partnerships

BOSTON, MA - April 26.  In the weeks since the inauguration, many Boston educators are grappling with how to best support students of immigrant backgrounds facing anti-immigrant sentiment and rapidly changing immigration policies. According to the "BPS: We Dream Together" website, nearly half of 57,000 students in Boston Public Schools (BPS) speak a language other than English at home and represent 139 countries.

On May 1 from 9:00-11:00am at the BPS School Committee Chambers, an innovative approach to engaging immigrant parents of BPS students that uses adult English classes will be showcased at "Building Community-School Partnerships through Parent ESOL Classes."

The event will provide an overview to the ESOL for Parents Initiative while emphasizing the impact at the individual, family, school and district levels. It will include a presentation of awards to students participating in Parent ESOL classes, as well as a stakeholder panel to provide current research and context to explore integral partnerships, focus, challenges and successes associated with immigrant families trying to engage more deeply with their children's education.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang underlined the timeliness of this event. "It is important that we continue to foster the relationships with all families so they can be even more engaged in our school system and city," Dr. Chang said. "English language classes for parents and caregivers are central to strengthening these relationships and building an inclusive community." 

Dr. Frances Esparza, Assistant Superintendent for English Language Learners, will present the awards. Students and recent graduates of ESOL for Parents classes, including parents from El Salvador, China, Nigeria, Haiti, and Somalia, will also speak to attendees on the specific impacts these customized English classes have on their lives.  

Istahil Ali, a Somalian mother of two Boston Public School students who is enrolled in an ESOL for Parents class at the Blackstone Elementary School, said, "I learned how I can speak to my child's teacher with confidence if something happens, or when I should speak to the principal."  Istahil also now is active in the Blackstone Parents' Council.

English for New Bostonians' (ENB) ESOL for Parents and Caregivers Initiative supports customized English classes to help immigrant parents gain English skills to support their children's educational success. Currently, ENB provides funding and technical assistance to six ESOL for Parents partnerships serving 150 parents in Boston. Community-based ESOL programs partner with elementary schools, pre-school programs and BPS' Newcomer Assessment and Counseling Center. BPS' Department of Adult Education also offers ESOL for Parents and family literacy classes through its Adult Learning Center.

Event hosts ENB, BPS Office of English Language Learners, and the Cabot Family Charitable Trust hope that by demonstrating the impact these classes have on immigrant parent engagement in Boston's schools, the event will build the momentum required to expand these classes to more schools serving large numbers of immigrant families.

"With immigrant families feeling threatened right now, communication and relationships are key," said Claudia Green, Executive Director of ENB. "ESOL for Parents classes help parents get comfortable with the vocabulary, with asking questions, and with using their voice as their child's first teacher, as supporter and as advocate." 

A panel discussion will include BPS Assistant Superintendent for Engagement Monica Roberts; a Nigerian mother of eight who enrolled at BPS Adult Ed; and Susan Klaw, who developed the ESOL for Parents and Caregivers curriculum on behalf of ENB and also teaches a class at the Blackstone.

The event is free and open to the public. The School Committee Chambers are located at BPS headquarters in the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA). Attendees are encouraged to RSVP ahead of time via ENB's website (www.englishfornewbostonians.org).

打擊人口走私 麻州總檢察官計畫罰瞟客

IN PUSH TO END DEMAND THAT DRIVES SEX TRAFFICKING, AG HEALEY PARTNERS WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CHARGE SEX BUYERS
AG’s Efforts Part of a National Initiative to Reduce Demand, Raise Awareness about Sexual Exploitation

BOSTON – As part of a national initiative aimed at reducing demand for commercial sex and raising awareness about the exploitation of victims in human trafficking, Attorney General Maura Healey has partnered with local law enforcement across the state to charge sex buyers.

Since March, the AG’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police’s Human Trafficking Unit worked with local law enforcement in Barnstable, Cambridge, Northampton and Springfield to arrest a total of 29 individuals in connection with attempting to purchase commercial sex during sting operations.

“We know that demand for commercial sex is the driving force behind sex trafficking,” said AG Healey. “We hope that this initiative raises awareness that human trafficking is not a victimless crime. It is the exploitation of human beings. We will continue to work with local law enforcement to end the victimization of vulnerable people and put an end to these crimes.”

“Massachusetts law enforcement agencies know that to stop sex trafficking, we have to stop sex buyers,” said Dhakir Warren, the Director of Network Learning and Engagement at Demand Abolition. “No buyers means no business. AG Healey’s leadership in this fight to end this exploitative industry is critical to our success in the Commonwealth. The partnership with law enforcement departments and the AG’s office mirrors the way our CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Network coordinates with cities throughout the country. Together, we are developing innovative tactics to identify and arrest buyers who harm society’s most vulnerable.”

“The pain, trauma, and degradation of human trafficking is happening in our communities in Massachusetts,” said Lisa Goldblatt Grace, Co-Founder & Director of My Life My Choice. “Survivors here are incredibly lucky to have a champion in AG Healey—someone who is dogged in her determination to make a difference and who understands that we must target the buyers to create real systemic change.”

“We can’t address sex trafficking without working to end prostitution,” said Cherie Jimenez, Founder of The EVA Center. “We can do this by heightening demand efforts and ensuring exit services for all who need them.”

These operations are a part of the National John Suppression Initiative (NJSI), an annual series of stings conducted by law enforcement across the country, aimed at reducing demand for commercial sex and raising awareness about the exploitation of individuals that occurs in human trafficking. Since its inception in 2011, participating law enforcement agencies from across the country have arrested more than 6,500 sex buyers and traffickers.

In December, Boston’s CEASE Network held a kickoff and training event to encourage Massachusetts law enforcement partners to reduce sex buying within their jurisdictions by participating in the NJSI.

The local operations were conducted by the MSP’s Human Trafficking Unit in conjunction with Barnstable, Cambridge, Northampton, and Springfield Police Departments.

“We are proud of the results of this collaborative initiative with the Attorney General’s Office, our law enforcement partners, and the assistance provided by the Special Investigations Unit of the Cambridge Police Department,” said Deputy Superintendent Steven DeMarco of the Cambridge Police Department. “We recognize that human trafficking is a serious crime and has no borders. Hopefully this initiative and others we support in the future will raise proper awareness of the social harm it has in our communities. We will continue to take the necessary enforcement action, advocate on this issue and encourage the public to be vigilant about reporting any related activity in the future.” 

“The Northampton Police Department greatly appreciates the commitment being made by the Attorney General’s Office to combat the many faces of sex trafficking within the Commonwealth, and the assistance they provide to the victims in these types of crimes,” said Detective Lieutenant Alan Borowski of the Northampton Police Department. “We as an agency will continue to support any efforts to remove sex buyers from our community and the get the victims in these cases the help and services that they deserve.”

“The Springfield Police Department always prides itself on cooperating with different law enforcement agencies,” said Sergeant John Delaney of the Springfield Police Department. “The teamwork on this initiative was second to none. Attempting to end human and sex trafficking is a high priority with this Department. We will continue to work diligently on these crimes.”

According to research done by Demand Abolition, which used accounts from survivors, law enforcement, and online search data, sex buyers often look for purchasing opportunities during business hours or using company equipment. 
In Boston, it’s estimated that more than 20,000 ads selling people for sex are posted online every month, with each ad receiving an average of 52 responses, according to research by Demand Abolition. There are over 9,000 searches for sex buying opportunities happening in Boston each day.
AG Healey has made combatting human trafficking a priority of her office. The AG’s dedicated Human Trafficking Division focuses on policy, prevention and prosecution and includes a team of specialized prosecutors, victim advocates and Massachusetts State Police troopers who handle high impact, multi-jurisdictional human trafficking investigations and prosecutions across the state. The division also works closely with other state, federal and local agencies and NGOs in the development of policy initiatives and training programs.
Through the Human Trafficking Division, the AG’s Office has charged more than 30 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the law went into effect in 2012.
The AG’s Office indicted a Boston man in March on charges of human trafficking, rape and witness intimidation in connection with supplying multiple women with drugs and trafficking them for commercial sex in communities across the state. 

In February, the AG’s Office indicted four individuals in connection with trafficking women at ‘massage parlors’ in Western Massachusetts after law enforcement dismantled the criminal operations in a major multistate law enforcement takedown in December.

Also in February, two New Hampshire women were charged in connection with trafficking women for commercial sex in Massachusetts communities through an online “escort” service.

The AG’s Office continues to work with local authorities, Demand Abolition, and CEASE Network to reduce the demand of sex purchasing by criminalizing buyers and providing support services to those who are trafficked.

This initiative was led by the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, including Division Chief Elizabeth K. Keeley, Deputy Division Chief Jennifer Snook, and Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bourgeois, as well as Amy Karangekis, Deputy Regional Chief of the AG’s Western Massachusetts Office, Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Vasiliades, of the AG’s Western Massachusetts Office and Criminal Bureau and Assistant Attorney General Eric Haskell, of the AG’s Criminal Bureau. Also involved in this initiative were Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab, and the Barnstable, Cambridge, Northampton and Springfield Police Departments.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren and Newton-Wellesley Hospital Announce Partnership to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Newton Mayor Setti Warren and Newton-Wellesley Hospital Announce Partnership to Combat Opioid Epidemic


Newton, MA – Mayor Setti Warren, Newton-Wellesley Hospital President Michael R. Jaff, DO, Newton Police Chief David MacDonald, and Dr. Antje Barreveld, NWH Anesthesiologist and Medical Director of NWH Pain Management Service will announce today, a new partnership between NWH and the City of Newton to combat the opioid epidemic in Newton.

The City and NWH are establishing a multidisciplinary team to provide direct care as well as coordinate with community partners for increased access to education, prevention, treatment and recovery services and end the stigma associated with substance abuse.

MA state police superintendent statement on police involved shooting

Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, today released the following statement in response to the findings of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley in the June 19, 2015 police-involved shooting of Santos Laboy in Boston.


“Based upon our own understanding of the facts and circumstances of the officer-involved shooting on the Silber Way Footbridge on June 19, 2015, we were confident that Trooper Andrew Patterson acted appropriately, and in defense of himself and others, when confronted by a knife-wielding suspect who repeatedly ignored commands to drop his knife and kept advancing toward the trooper.

“The evidence, as affirmed by the Suffolk County District Attorney today, showed that Trooper Patterson took repeated steps to try to de-escalate the confrontation and showed remarkable restraint. He repeatedly commanded the suspect, Santos Laboy, to drop his weapon, to no avail. The trooper moved backward as far as possible. When the armed suspect continued to close in on Trooper Patterson, and with the trooper also concerned for the safety of a crowd of civilians behind him on the Esplanade, Trooper Patterson as a last resort fired his weapon and struck the suspect, ending the threat.

“As police officers, we never want to have to fire at a suspect. Nonetheless, in certain circumstances, when an advancing armed suspect does not comply with orders to drop his weapon, or if no other means of de-escalation are possible, doing so is necessary to protect officers and bystanders. Trooper Patterson acted in accordance with the law and his training as a Massachusetts State Trooper.”

--Colonel Richard D. McKeon
Massachusetts State Police

DA Releases Investigative File in Fatal Police-Involved Shooting

BOSTON, April 26, 2017—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today released hundreds of pages of interviews, reports, and other materials related to his independent investigation into the fatal shooting of Santos Laboy during an armed encounter with police on a narrow footbridge above Storrow Drive.
During a meeting this afternoon to discuss his findings that the shooting did not warrant criminal charges, Conley provided Mr. Laboy’s family with documentation including 273 pages of interviews with 11 civilian witnesses and nine police witnesses, 111 pages of documentary reports, more than 450 digital photo files, almost 50 minutes of dispatch recordings, multiple video clips, and additional materials gathered by Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas, who oversaw the investigation.
Under a policy of transparency Conley put in place more than a decade ago, he also made those materials available upon request to Boston’s media for an additional layer of review.
The DA’s investigation and legal analysis revealed that Massachusetts State Police Trooper Andrew Patterson acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others when he discharged his service weapon and struck Mr. Laboy, who was approaching him with a knife, on the Silber Way Footbridge on June 19, 2015. The investigation revealed that Trooper Patterson was retreating from Mr. Laboy when he fired, and that he fired only after Mr. Laboy refused numerous commands from multiple officers to stop and drop his weapon.
The investigation established that Mr. Laboy had been sought by the Boston University Police Department in connection with an earlier investigation. Boston University Police detectives observed Mr. Laboy on the Esplanade that afternoon and attempted to speak with him about their investigation when he fled on foot.
The foot chase that followed led BUPD officers from the area of the Esplanade onto Storrow Drive, where Mr. Laboy attempted to enter motorists’ vehicles, and back. Brandishing a lock-back folding knife with a three-inch, double-edged blade, Mr. Laboy resisted and evaded the officers’ repeated efforts to de-escalate the situation and detain him using nonlethal force until he made his way to the Silber Footbridge from the Esplanade side of Storrow Drive. In the course of his flight, he told various officers that he would “stick” them with his knife.
Trooper Patterson, who had been working a detail nearby, heard a radio call requesting assistance in apprehending a suspect and made his way to the footbridge from the Boston side. As he crossed the bridge toward the Esplanade, he observed Mr. Laboy attempt to enter a passing car on Storrow Drive, jump a wrought iron fence onto the Esplanade, and flee from a BUPD officer who deployed his pepper spray toward him.
As Trooper Patterson crossed the bridge to assist the officers on the Esplanade side of the bridge, Mr. Laboy made his way up the ramp toward him, knife in hand. Trooper Patterson drew his weapon and repeatedly ordered Mr. Laboy to drop his knife. When Mr. Laboy was within about 15 feet of him, Trooper Patterson began moving backward while keeping his weapon trained on Mr. Laboy. While ignoring more than a dozen commands to drop his weapon, Mr. Laboy took a crouching stance, uttered an expletive and began approaching Trooper Patterson, behind whom stood a growing crowd of civilian witnesses.
Armed with the knife, Mr. Laboy advanced on Trooper Patterson, who continued to move backward. Mr. Laboy closed to a distance of 20 to 25 feet when Trooper Patterson discharged his weapon four times, striking him. Officers at the scene called for medical assistance and attempted to provide first aid. Mr. Laboy was declared dead at the scene.
“After a careful consideration of the facts and the law, I have determined that, under the circumstances, Trooper Patterson’s use of force was a lawful and reasonable exercise of self-defense and defense of others,” Conley wrote, citing Massachusetts law related to the use of lethal force in self-defense and rulings by the US Supreme Court and Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Conley further noted that Mr. Laboy appeared to be twenty to twenty-five feet away from Trooper Patterson at the time of the discharge, a distance that the trooper had a reasonable belief could be crossed in less time than would allow him to defend himself, and that Trooper Patterson was aware of a potential risk to the crowd behind him were Mr. Laboy able to get past him and cross the bridge to Back Street.

Conley’s office investigated the incident under Ch. 38, Sect. 4, of the Massachusetts General Laws, which establishes that, in “cases of unnatural or suspicious death,” including police-involved deaths, “the district attorney or his law enforcement representative shall direct and control the investigation of the death and shall coordinate the investigation with the office of the chief medical examiner and the police department within whose jurisdiction the death occurred.”

星期三, 4月 26, 2017

第十屆全球華文網路教育研討會在臺灣

第十屆全球華文網路教育研討會在臺灣

為運用數位科技優勢,推動優質華語文及正體漢字網路教育,僑務委員會於19995月首次結合學術機構及相關產業舉辦「第一屆全球華文網路教育研討會(International Conference on Internet Chinese Education,簡稱ICICE)」,之後每兩年於臺北舉辦一次。為提升本研討會國際知名度,更分別於20132015年移師至美國洛杉磯及波士頓舉辦,並邀請美國華語文教學相關學會共同協辦,深化本研討會之國際規格。
經統計,本研討會辦理迄今已累計超過4,300位海內外華語文教育專家、學者、各級學校數位教學實務工作者、華語文數位科技產業人士共同參與,迄今已發表逾700篇學術論文,顯見本研討會已成為全球最具規模及最受矚目之華語文數位教學論壇之一。此外,透過研討會的舉辦,亦達到分享海外中文學校華語文數位教學成果、促進華語文數位學習產業蓬勃發展等多元功能。第十屆全球華文網路教育研討會特訂於201762425日在臺北舉辦,期待各界先進持續參與,分享更多創新、深入的研究與教學成果。

新興科技融入華語教學的創新展望
    回顧近年來,數位科技不斷推陳出新,資訊融入華語教學方式也因此有了很大的變革,如何善用資訊科技讓華語教學更多元化兼具實用性,並借重新興科技的便利,達到教學效益的最大化,為目前大家關注的議題。本屆研討會(ICICE 10)主題著重在「資訊科技融入華語文教學之創新與展望」,希望集結國內華語文專家及海外僑教人士的智慧與經驗,激盪出創新與創意的火花,建立臺灣華語文教學品牌。

研討會報名活動正式開放
    華文網路教育研討會為重要的華語網路教育論壇,是國內外華語教育界人士十分重視的盛會,每次舉辦皆吸引了世界各地的教學菁英踴躍參與,活動已於今年3月底正式開放線上報名,歡迎有興趣人士至ICICE10官方網站(http://ocac.go2school.com.tw/icice2017/index.html)報名。
第十屆全球華文網路教育研討會
時間:201762425
地點:張榮發基金會國際會議中心(臺北市中正區中山南路1111樓)
主題:資訊科技融入華語文教學之創新與展望
主辦單位:中華民國僑務委員會
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駐波士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處與紐英崙中華公所共同於422日下午舉辦2017年第一場臺灣電影放映會,播放臺灣早期懷舊電影「今天不回家」,並在電影放映前播放「慈濟大愛醫生館」提供的醫療保健影片,吸引40餘位僑胞鄉親到場聆賞。
駐波士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處組長朱永昌、僑教中心主任歐宏偉、紐英崙中華公所主席陳家驊等人都到場參加;處長賴銘琪也特別提供零食及飲水,讓大家有在戲院中看電影的感覺,同時也能獲得養生保健的知識。
歐宏偉表示,今年5月至7月每個月都會在中華公所播映一場,之後,在牛頓市的僑教中心也會規劃舉行臺灣電影放映活動,歡迎大家一起參加。(波士頓僑教中心提供)




Governor Baker Nominates Attorneys Nielsen, Wendlandt to Courts

Governor Baker Nominates Attorneys Nielsen, Wendlandt to Courts

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Arose W. Nielsen to the Juvenile Court in Western Massachusetts, and Dalila Argaez Wendlandt to the Appeals Court. Nielsen has extensive experience in family law, housing discrimination, and domestic violence cases, and Wendlandt is an expert in patent, and trade secret, and trademark misappropriation litigation.

“Arose Nielsen and Dalila Argaez Wendlandt are leaders in their respective law practices, and their experiences are bound to benefit the litigants and lawyers who appear before them,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Their commitment to fairness and justice for Massachusetts citizens is commendable, and if confirmed, they will be valuable assets to the District and Appeals Courts.”  

“Attorneys Nielson and Wendlandt are both impressive litigators who are highly dedicated to the rule of law,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I am pleased with their nominations and I look forward to their review by the Governor’s Council.”

Nielsen has been nominated for the Juvenile Court seat in Hampden County vacated by Judge James G. Collins who was appointed by Acting Governor Jane M. Swift in 2001. Judge Collins served as the First Justice of the Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court.

Wendlandt has been nominated to the Appeals Court seat vacated by Justice Elspeth B. Cypher who was originally appointed to the Appeals Court by Governor Paul Cellucci in 2000 and who was elevated to the Supreme Judicial Court by Governor Baker in March of this year.

The Juvenile Court Department is a statewide court with jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters including delinquencies, youthful offender cases, care and protections and children requiring assistance cases. The Juvenile Court has 41 judges, including the Chief Justice, in over 40 locations.

For more information about the Juvenile Court, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/trial-court/juv/

The Appeals Court is the intermediate appellate court to which most appeals from the Massachusetts Trial Courts and a number of administrative bodies are made.  The Court has one Chief and 24 Associate Justices.

For more information about the Massachusetts Appeals Court, visithttp://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/appealscourt/.

Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.

About Arose W. Nielsen

Attorney Arose W. Nielsen has been Partner at Carvajal & Nielsen, P.C. since 2007, where she concentrates in family law and child welfare in the Springfield Juvenile Court and Hampden County Probate and Family Court.  Attorney Nielsen has been appointed guardian ad litem on several cases in the Juvenile Court. She served as a Staff Attorney for the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts from 2001-2007 and also has experience working with the Law Registry for the Day, Berry & Howard, LLP, the Center for Human Development and has volunteered at the Domestic Violence Unit of the Hampden County District Attorney's Office.  Attorney Nielsen received her B.A in Comparative Literature with a minor in Russian Language from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993, and earned her J.D. at Western New England College School of Law in 2000. Attorney Nielsen has taught classes in American Politics at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is the lead vocalist for The Annulments, a cover band composed of lawyers of the Worcester County Bar Association, proceeds from the group are used to support local communities. Attorney Nielsen and her husband, Brent, have raised a daughter and son and reside in Belchertown.


About Dalila Argaez Wendlandt

Dalila Argaez Wendlandt is currently a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Ropes & Gray in Boston, where she focuses on counseling clients in industries ranging from life sciences to semiconductor manufacturing. She has worked on a wide variety of cases, including trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement litigation. Attorney Wendlandt has also provided various  pro bono activities including assisting clients with applications for political asylum and representation of a death row inmate. She also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. Prior to starting at Ropes & Gray, Ms. Wendlandt clerked for Judge John M. Walker, Jr., in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in New York. Ms. Wendlandt graduated from the University of Illinois in 1991 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. She earned her J.D. from Stanford University Law School in 1996, where she served as Article Development Editor of the Stanford Law Review. She resides with her family in Newton. 

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