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Monday, October 21, 2019

玉山科技协会"医疗健康产业中的人工智能" (图片)














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岱斯大学国际商学院院长Kathryn Graddy,EGI合夥人
许恒源。(周菊子摄)

布兰岱斯大学国际商学院院长Kathryn Graddy以数据展示
国际学生变化。(周菊子摄)








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陈五福: 5G发展还有段路 未来商机无限

陈五福透过网路从台湾发言。(周菊子摄自会场)
? ? ? ? ? ?(Boston Orange 周菊子屋本市报导) 纽英仑中华资讯网路协会(NECINA) 1019日在屋本市举办”5G科技会议。创会会长陈五福直言,5G科技将带动整个社会运作的模式转变,但碍於需要基地台(baseband)支持,发展速度恐难一纵登天,倒是针对特定需求的5G网路,将有无数商机。
陈五福为5G写诗。(周菊子摄)
5G是下一代的蜂窝网路,从2019年开始,世界各地似乎都在推出5G服务,人们也都期待5G会比4G快很多,平均下载速度应该可以达到每秒1GB的数据量。但是,包括近如委瑞森(Verizon)在罗德岛州推出的5G电话服务,5G技术还并没有让一般人感受到传闻中的速度闪快,延迟率低,数据处理量超大等的神奇。
纽英仑中华资讯网路协会(NECINA)陈五福坦率表示,在一个传输无障碍的密闭环境中,5G技术将容许人工智能发挥得更极致,诸如无人驾驶等大数据实时运算,机器深度学习等,都可完美实现,但要达到走遍世界每个角落,都有5G网路覆盖,恐怕还要一段时间,因此也给人更多机会揣摩5G商机。
许基康(右一)出席会议。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?陈五福指出,20年前,在网路业经历模式转换,从电路切换(circuit switching)转成封包交换(packet switching)时,一群网路业的企业家创办了纽英仑中华资讯网路协会。那时候,在电脑计算通讯业方面,www.ag81231.com|平台顿尤其是世界的科技中心,诸如瀑布(Cascade),梧桐(Sycamore)和箭点(Arrowpoint)等一系列通讯系统公司,也都是在www.ag81231.com|平台顿成功的创办、上市。网协可以很骄傲地说,诸如吴锦城,许基康等许多网协会员,都是这些创新公司的核心骨干。
Brian Clark以图片展示,每一种新技术出现,都需要花一段时间,
才被市场接受。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?陈五福透露,3G就是在这波通讯网路科技热潮中发展出来,载送移动数据的。那时候,他和3名来自中国大陆,从美国拿到学位的博士,在德州奥斯汀创办了CWill公司,为中国研发出TD-SCDMA(时分同步码分多址)3G技术。TD-SCDMA後来成为国际的三大3G标准之一,也为华为成长为今日的4G5G重镇,打下基础。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?陈五福认为,经过这麽多年的科技进展,网路业正踏入另一个模式转换期,包括运算速度,储存容量,网路可用性,智慧物联网(IOTs),安全,以及虚拟的运算,储存,网路和终端设备等等。但最重要的是,具有大数据机器学习能力的人工智能取代了很大一部分的人脑功能,势将比取代人力的工业革命,更具颠覆性。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?陈五福开玩笑的说,他希望会取代人类灵魂的新科技,永远不会出现,否则上帝造人的神秘,就会被打碎了。
PTC副总裁陶东斌(右)和M/C创投合夥人Brian Clark(左)
”5G趋势及投资景观”。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?由於5G能为人提供量,而不是质的服务,在服务层次协议(SLA)上,提供毫秒或更细粒度(granularity)延迟的新参数,陈五福认为,很多新应用程式会出现。那些资讯或数据即时与否会是营运成败关键的行业,更需要这技术。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?至於4G5G技术的主要性能区别有3项,高比特率,可量化的延迟,大量的终端设备支援。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?例如高比特率支持更快的服务,因此减少了下载视频或数据的时间。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?可量化的延迟,是5G後才有,对工业4.0的自动驾驶应用程式等实时应用程式非常关键的功能。
5G话题惹人瞩目。(周菊子摄)
大量终端设备,在支援规模越来越大,数量越来越多的智慧物联网上,非常关键。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?要支持这些多元功能,5G架构必须有极大改变。由於数据量高,信号传输缩短距离的物理原理,使得基地台数量大增。为了避免成本失控,基地台功能必须分成几个层次,以允许分享极有价值的基地台处理资源。
? ? ? ? ? ??陈五福认为在可预见的未来,人们都不应该期待同质性的5G网路,因为成本高到不可能也不实际。反之,慢慢会出现针对各种不同需求的特定5G网路。对那些能够以创新科技,服务来满足新出现的市场需求的创业家们来说,到处都是机会。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?陈五福也认为,在加强5G科技及服务上,人工智能无疑地将扮演很重要的角色。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?陈五福还为这新世代创作了一首” AI5G (爱无极)”打油诗: AI 无极爱5GAI5G融一起,典范转移创新机,网路革命覆天地 (AI is boundless and loves 5g, AI and 5g melt together, ?Paradigm shift creates new opportunities, Network revolution turns the world upside down)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?在回答问题时,陈五福也指出,随着5G科技发展会出现的创业机会包括RU波速成形天线阵列技术(RU Antenna array technologies with beam forming)DU科技及其管理,有切割的CU,端到端的应用适配层,边缘计算,小分子应用程式,5G及无线网路6G整合,无线本地环路,工业4.0应用程式等。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?陈五福本人已和朋友合组了一个基金,打算投资,支持5G相关新创企业发展。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?纽英仑中华资讯网路协会这天的”5G科技会议,由现任会长高弘致词开场,陈五福做主题演讲,接着有网协董事,PTC副总裁陶东斌和M/C创投合夥人Brian Clark”5G趋势及投资景观,平行无线(Parallel Wireless)副总裁曹阳(译音)”5G科技及物联网发展,红帽(Red Hat)技术长办公室的陈伟明介绍5G,物联网及MEC的关键发展

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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Second Annual STEM Week with Kickoff at the Museum of Science
Students across the Commonwealth will engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math lessons to boost awareness of?STEM?career opportunities

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, educators, business leaders and other state officials kicked off the second annual statewide?STEM?Week at the Museum of Science today, an effort to encourage more young people to explore science, technology, engineering and math studies and careers. More than 400 schools have applied-learning lessons planned for the week, and nearly 1,000 events will take place across the Commonwealth to engage students in?STEM?activities.?

At the Museum, the Governor signed a proclamation declaring October 21 through 25 statewide?STEM?Week, with a focus on encouraging young people across the Commonwealth the “See Themselves in?STEM.”

Strengthening?STEM?education in the Commonwealth’s K-12 schools and deepening the?STEM?workforce pipeline is a priority of the Baker-Polito Administration. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito co-chairs the?STEM?Advisory Council along with Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III and Jeffrey Leiden, chief executive officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The?STEM?Advisory Council is appointed by the Governor and includes education and business leaders in?STEM?industries that work to promote?STEM?education, partnerships among industries and schools and internships for students.

“We hope that?STEM?Week sparks interest among students to explore science, engineering, technology and math as fields they could pursue in their future careers,”?said Governor Charlie Baker.?“As?STEM-related industries like biotech, clean energy, information technology, and manufacturing continue to thrive in the Commonwealth, the demand for highly-skilled young people is a pressing issue for the state’s economy?and I am grateful to Lt. Governor Polito for her leadership on this initiative in her capacity as Co-Chair of the?STEM?Advisory Council.”?

“We have made tremendous strides in boosting?STEM?education in Massachusetts schools over the past several years, but there is too much untapped potential in classrooms as young women and minority students are still widely underrepresented in these fields,”?said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.?“We appreciate all the hard work done by schools, businesses, colleges, libraries, museums, and other nonprofit organizations to make this week a success and look forward to celebrating the week across the Commonwealth.”

Employment in?STEM-related occupations is projected to grow to more than 9 million jobs nationwide between 2012 and 2022 – an increase of about 1 million more jobs over 2012 employment levels, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The need for?STEM?graduates particularly impacts Massachusetts because more than 40 percent of all employment in the Commonwealth revolves around innovation industries such as clean energy, information technology, defense, and advanced manufacturing, according to the Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in?STEM?Education.

“In an economy increasingly reliant on STEM skills, students shouldn’t have to dream big just to envision a STEM career,” said Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III. “Throughout this second annual STEM Week, thousands of students will be given the opportunity to work closely with leaders in business and education to gain experience in our most rapidly expanding economic sectors. Leaving so much untapped potential on the field not only fails our moral obligation to our students, it drains the economic growth we need instead.”

“STEM?Week is helping us change the way we teach topics like science and engineering – it brings learning out of the textbook and into the real world with hands-on problem solving,”?said Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex.?“Like most of my scientist friends, I got hooked on science by my outstanding fifth grade teacher. Developing the next generation of scientists is all about capturing their imagination early and showing them how much fun a career in science can be, and that’s what this week is all about.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the Governor, Lt. Govenor, Secretary Peyser,?and Congressman Kennedy and other leaders from government, industry, and education to celebrate the kick-off of the second Massachusetts?STEM?Week here at the Museum of Science,”?said Gwill York, Board Chair for the Museum of Science. “For millions of people every year, the Museum of Science lives out its mission to deepen the public’s relationship with?STEM?by highlighting its critical role in our day-to-day lives.?As a cultural institution and educator of science, technology, engineering and math, we take very seriously our role in helping to break down barriers and dispel any misconceptions around what?STEM?is or who belongs in?STEM.?STEM?is for all. As a member of the MA?STEM Advisory Council, we welcome the close partnerships we have with city and state agencies, schools, colleges, and industry, to support our common goal to build?STEM?education in Massachusetts.”

Over the past several years, Massachusetts schools have boosted the prominence of?STEM?subjects. Public high school students are now able to substitute a computer science course for a lab science or mathematics to meet their MassCore curriculum requirements. The state adopted new digital literacy and computer science curriculum frameworks, giving public school students their first statewide standards in a subject that is increasingly becoming essential to college and career success. And in 2017, the state created a new license for computer science teachers.?

The Baker-Polito Administration is focused on giving more students career exploration learning opportunities. Schools across the Commonwealth have strengthened career coaching and planning, and state education officials are working to help school districts develop and expand programs in high schools that give students rigorous college-level courses in?STEM?subjects through early college and career pathway programs.?

At the state’s vocational and technical schools, the administration has made significant new investments, more than $65 million over the past four years, to make sure students learn on the most up-to-date industry standard equipment.?

“We would like to see more students gain applied learning experiences so they develop real-world skills and knowledge in?STEM-related fields,”?said Secretary of Education James Peyser.?“It is critical that all students are able to use these skills to think critically and solve problems, both in school and in the workplace.”

“Science, technology, engineering and math are great subjects for hands-on experiences that have students work together to investigate questions and explore fields that they might not have considered,”?said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey C. Riley.?“I’m glad to see students and teachers engaged in this work during STEM Week and throughout the year.”

The Governor and Lt. Governor, along with their Cabinet secretaries, will take part in several?STEM?Week events throughout the week.?

To find out more about?STEM?Week events, visit the?Mass?STEM?Week website

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Health Care Legislation Aimed at Addressing Key Challenges

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Health Care Legislation Aimed at Addressing Key Challenges
Proposal Prioritizes Primary Care and Behavioral Health Within the Construct of the State’s Health Care Benchmark

BOSTON?–?The Baker-Polito Administration today introduced comprehensive health care legislation to improve outcomes for patients, increase access to care and bring down costs. The reforms will promote access to behavioral health and primary care services and cut down the hidden costs that currently blindside consumers and impact the overall system. The legislation also holds drug companies accountable for excessive prices and unjustified price increases, and supports distressed community hospitals and community health centers.

In addition to the legislation, Governor Charlie Baker today signed an executive order forming a commission tasked with conducting a comprehensive study of the individual and small group insurance market, often referred to as the “merged market”, to examine the underlying trends that are contributing to growing costs for individuals and small and mid-size employers. The administration also approved $15 million to be deposited into the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to support care provided to uninsured and underinsured patients by acute care hospitals and community health centers.

The legislation aims to invest in team-based approaches to treat the whole individual in order to improve health outcomes and decrease costs over time.?Current internal and external data suggests that less than 15% of total medical expenses in Massachusetts are spent on primary care and outpatient behavioral health services combined.?

“We need to prepare our health care system for the future, focus our efforts on achieving the best outcomes for patients and bring down costs.?The current health care system is not incentivized to take proactive steps to address the challenges associated with supporting an aging population, individuals with a chronic illness, or those in need of behavioral health services,”?said?Governor Baker. “This legislation supports holistic approaches to care, provides consumers and employers with affordable care options, promotes behavioral health parity, and ensures everyone has access to the services they need.”?

“The Commonwealth is one of the healthiest states in the nation with the highest percentage of insured individuals, in part due to our strong and innovative health care industry; however, we continue to be one of the most expensive states for health care,”?said?Lieutenant Governor Polito. “This legislation aims to protect consumers and reduce their out-of-pocket costs, and further support community hospitals and health centers which play a critical role in delivering quality, affordable care to some our highest-need communities.”

“For far too long, primary and behavioral health care has not been at the forefront of our health care system. While we know that changing the narrative will take time, we are committed to engaging in a multi-year, multi-pronged approach to create a cohesive system of behavioral health care and strong primary care in the Commonwealth,”?said?HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders. “We took a hard look at our current system and asked what we had to do as a state to incentivize payers and providers to invest in these services and improve access to care. Today’s legislative action is a significant step, and over the next several months we will be rolling out additional behavioral health initiatives that support our overall goal of achieving true parity.”

The legislation includes reforms in five major areas:?
  • Prioritizing behavioral health and primary care
  • Managing health care cost drivers to protect consumers
  • Improving access to high-quality, coordinated care
  • Stabilizing distressed community hospitals and health centers
  • Promoting insurance market reforms

Prioritizing behavioral health and primary care within the cost growth benchmark
Since January 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has invested $1.9 billion in behavioral health across the spectrum of care. Even as the administration has made important strides in the integration of behavioral and physical health and increased treatment capacity, deep-rooted structural challenges continue to exist. Consumers consistently report long waits for appointments, lack of treatment available at the right time and at the right place and difficulty finding providers who take insurance.?

Additionally, the system continues to underinvest in primary care despite the known link to better population health and lower spending. By definition, primary care focuses on early detection and treatment and is among the most cost-effective functions of our health care system.?

The legislation targets those challenges by prioritizing investments in behavioral and primary care and?establishing a spending target.
  • Providers and insurers, including MassHealth, will be required to increase spending on behavioral health and primary care by 30% over three years within the construct of the state’s healthcare benchmark.?
  • Calendar year 2019 spending will serve as the baseline, and providers and insurers will be measured on their performance beginning in calendar year 2023.?
  • The legislation does not suggest a standard pathway for providers and insurers to achieve the target.
  • Providers and insurers will be required to report their progress on an annual basis through the Center for Health Information Analysis’ (CHIA) and Health Policy Commission’s (HPC).
  • If the target is not achieved, providers and insurers will be referred by CHIA to the HPC and may be subject to a performance improvement plan which may require them to identify strategies and opportunities to increase investments in primary care and behavioral health.?

In addition to promoting increased spending in behavioral and primary care, the legislation complements the administration’s broader efforts to create a cohesive behavioral health care system by developing the behavioral health workforce and ensuring consumers have access to accurate and updated information by:
  • Encouraging behavioral health?practitioners to accept insurance
·?????????Requires insurers, including MassHealth, to use a standardized credentialing form so providers only need to complete?one application.
·?????????Increases payment rates by establishing a “bottom line” for certain services based on the in-network rate for comparable medical/physical services.
·?????????Requires insurers to report on their out-of-network behavioral health utilization.?
  • Promoting timely access to appropriate behavioral health treatment
·?????????Requires insurers to maintain accurate provider directories and update them on a quarterly basis. It also requires providers to update any changes in status (e.g. no longer accepting new patients).??
·?????????Prohibits payers from denying coverage or imposing additional costs for same-day behavioral health and certain medical visits
·?????????Requires acute care hospitals to maintain clinical capacity to provide or arrange for the?evaluation, stabilization and referral of patients with behavioral health conditions in emergency departments
  • Develop behavioral health professional workforce
·?????????Requires insurers to reimburse non-licensed behavioral health professionals in training working in clinical settings.
·?????????Establishes a Board of Registration of Recovery Coaches, per the recommendations of the Recovery Coach Commission, to credential and standardize the recovery coach position to promote insurance reimbursement.

Managing health care cost drivers to protect consumers?
Since 2009, total healthcare spending growth in Massachusetts has been below the national rate; however, health care spending is still high and consumers continue to pay more for health care even when they have coverage. The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA)’s recent?annual report?found that total health care expenditures grew from $58.8 billion in 2017 to $60.9 billion in 2018, an increase of 3.1%. Even with a moderate overall growth rate, the burden of health care costs on Massachusetts employers and residents continues to grow. Over the past two years, growth in consumer out-of-pocket costs and premiums has outpaced inflation and wage growth. For every additional dollar earned by Massachusetts families between 2016 and 2018, 48 cents went to health care.?

The legislation?protects consumers and reduces out-of-pocket costs?by:
  • Prohibiting surprise billing?for emergency and unplanned services?rendered by an out of network provider at an in-network facility. For example, an individual may receive a surprise medical bill after going to the emergency room for a broken arm and getting an X-ray by a radiologist who, unbeknownst to the consumer, is out-of-network.?
  • Creating limits for when a hospital can charge an extra fee?(known as a facility fee)?for services delivered at hospital outpatient department. Patients may go to a hospital outpatient department to see a specialist or have a day surgery that does not require an inpatient stay. Statistics show that prices for the same service can be 30-60% more in hospital outpatient departments than in a doctor’s office. The limits are focused on the proximity of the clinic to the hospital’s main campus and fees are prohibited altogether for certain services like an X-ray or MRI delivered in an outpatient setting.?
  • Requiring that?pharmacies inform individuals about their lowest out-of-pocket cost options for prescription drugs when they pick-up a prescription.

The legislation also?provides the Commonwealth with additional tools to hold pharmaceutical manufacturers and middlemen accountable for growing prescription drug costs.?

High drug costs that are new to the market with little competition continue to drive health care spending, even after rebates. The Baker-Polito Administration has already taken?historic measures?to address high drug costs through the state’s Medicaid program.? Provisions approved in the FY20 budget authorized MassHealth to directly negotiate with drug manufacturers and engage in a public process when a deal cannot be reached while maintaining full coverage for members.?However, no system targeting high cost drugs currently exists in the commercial market. To address this, the legislation?creates a multi-pronged approach for increasing accountability for drug manufacturers:
  • Subjects manufacturers of new, high-cost drugs to HPC’s accountability process (cost more than $50,000/per person per year) for further review, similar to the processes established for insurers and providers.
  • Imposes a penalty on manufacturers that increase the cost of drugs exponentially which are sold or distributed in the Commonwealth. The penalty will be imposed if a drug is increased greater than the consumer price index (CPI) plus two percent. The penalty would be equal to 80% of the increase amount in excess of CPI +2% for drugs sold or distributed in the Commonwealth.
    • For example, a drug may cost $1,000 on 12/20/20 and on 12/20/21 it costs $1,020. If the CPI is set at 2% then the drug could grow 4% (CPI + 2%) without being penalized. In this scenario the manufacturer would not be penalized because the price increase does not exceed 4.?However, if the drug cost $1,200 on 12/20/21 the manufacturer would be penalized because it exceeds the 4% growth. The Commonwealth would then collect the 80% on the difference times the amount of units sold or distributed. In this scenario, the difference is $161 meaning the penalty would be $129 (80%) per unit. If the manufacturer sold 30,000 units then the Commonwealth would penalize the company for $3.8?million.?

Additionally, the legislation aims to increase?state oversight of pharmacy benefit managers?(PBM). PBMs manage prescription drug benefits for many health plans and negotiate prices and rebates with manufacturers and payments to pharmacies. Their practices have increasingly raised concerns because they aren’t transparent and may contribute to high drug costs. As part of reforms included in the FY20 budget, the Baker-Polito Administration implemented a new requirement for PBMs to be transparent about their pricing and to limit PBM margins under contracts with MassHealth, MCOs and Accountable care organizations (ACOs), which is projected to save $10 million in the first year. However, Massachusetts currently has no authority or oversight of PBMs or their compensation and as a result cannot hold PBMs accountable or compel them to report data related to revenues. The legislation:
  • Establishes a PBM certification requirement within the Division of Insurance.
  • Requires PBMs to report financial data to CHIA from manufacturers and provider payments to increase transparency.?
The legislation also?strengthens the Commonwealth’s ability to hold insurers and providers accountable for growing health care costs.

  • Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012?is designed to health care spending growth in line with growth in the state’s overall economy by establishing a statewide target for the rate of growth of total health care expenditures, known as the “health care cost benchmark”, which is set by the Health Policy Commission

Friday, October 18, 2019

昆士市长Koch竞选连任 麻州长站台强调无标签选举

麻州州长查理贝克(右)和昆士市长柯奇(Tom Koch)合影。(周菊子摄)
昆士市长 Tom Koch 历数昆士市进步,坦言喜爱这份工作,
吁请民众支持连任。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? (Boston Orange 周菊子昆士市综合报导) 还有不到20天,就是115日的大选日。你的神圣一票要投给谁? 麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker)认为,昆士居民可以投给柯奇(Tom Koch),一个做事不看标签的人(no label game)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?共和党籍的麻州州长查理贝克,自五年前竞选州长,得到民主党籍昆士市长柯奇支持以来,两人的友谊日益更深。16日晚他再度来到昆士市的Tirrell厅,亲自为昆士市长柯奇的竞选连任站台。
麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker)强调无标签选举(No label),
做得好的人就要支持。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?2分多钟的简短讲话中,他称许柯奇是个无时无刻不在想,可以做些什麽来使昆士市更好的市长,而且他还会想尽办法把事情做成。在好多活动及项目上,他都是一个非常好的夥伴。
查理贝克还说,柯奇是那种他会形容为把敏感度带进工作和公众生活的人,而在现代社会中,这种敏感十分重要。柯奇也是那种从长远着想的人,致力改善昆士市民众生活品质,虽然是民主党籍,并不在乎为共和党做事,有如无党派人士,是真正的行事无标签(no label game)”的人之一,会从寻求共同点开始,找出机会与可能性。
在讲话结束前,查理贝克不忘提醒出席者,要带动自己的朋友,亲戚,在十一月五日这天出席投票,投柯奇一票。
柯奇表示,其实查理贝克本人也是这样,讲究的是卷起袖子,解决问题。他还说,要是华府(那些政客)也是这样就好了。柯奇称赞查理贝克是个非常好的夥伴,无论是地铁红线,滥用毒品,交通,住宅的建设等等问题,他都协助昆士市处理。
柯奇也不忘称赞昆士市的市议员,学校委员会委员们等市政同僚,指称在持续改进昆士市的路上,教育上学校表现非常好,治安上,警察使得昆士市成为麻州犯罪率最低的城市之一。他说,昆士市是个很棒的城市,因为市民愿意奉献。
柯奇也提醒出席者,115日要去投票,因为还有很多人甚至不知道115日是大选投票日。
麻州州长查理贝克(右)应邀和昆士市长柯奇(Tom Koch)
一家人合影。(周菊子摄)
昆士市今年的市长选举,是市长任期从二年改为四年後的第二次选举,柯奇一旦当选,将成为昆士市有史以来任期最长的市长,也是第一位起用亚裔助理的市长。
根据昆士市爱国者报(Patriot Ledger),柯奇大概还是把昆士市变成麻州市长选举花费最昂贵城市的第一人。至少在人口65,000上下城市,今年的25名市长候选人中,柯奇花的钱最多,筹款额也最高。截至1015日,他共花了221,051元,竞选财库余额,还有436,383.79元。
在助选会场上,麻州长查理贝克和昆士市长柯奇
开心谈笑。(周菊子摄)
今年昆士市有3人参选市长,但选局却非常安静,在初选阶段,既无辩论,也无论坛,两名角逐者似乎都醉翁之意不在酒,既未落力筹款,也未积极竞选。根据爱国者报(Patriot Ledger),在初选中落选的Tracey Lea Dorgan,只花了26元竞选; 在初选中得票率也有19%,将於115日和柯奇竞争的Brenda A. Ryan,甚至宣布过她不会筹款,也不会为竞选花一分钱。不过昆士市长柯奇每次竞选连任时,都坦率表示,他绝不会理所当然地认为自己一定会当选连任,绝对很恳切地要求选民支持,所以无论有无对手,竞选活动都办得很认真。
麻州参议员John F. Keenan出席连襟,昆士市长的助选会。
(周菊子摄)
昆士市民主党委员会(Quincy Democratic City Committee)将於1029(周二)6点,假中央中学(Central Middle School)为市长,分区市议员,不分区市议员,学校委员会委员等4场选举的所有候选人,举办论坛。
(图片已於17日发表)
昆士市长助理邱洁芳(右)和市府同事。(周菊子摄)

麻州狮子会33K分区区域主任李源沛家住昆士市,
出席支持柯奇。(周菊子摄)

昆士学院的翁渭汉(Al Young)和麻州州长查理贝克
交换意见。(周菊子摄)

昆士市长的邻居,梁燕珍夫妇当然到会。(周菊子摄)

助选会现场,感谢麻州长助选的
可爱姜饼人。(周菊子摄)
昆士市长助选会的饼乾,色彩丰富。(周菊子摄)

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