Middlesex Sheriffs Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer Camp

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) will be able to expand its capacity by as many as 100 cadets this summer thanks to a $23,000 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced on Wednesday.“Nearly 1,200 youngsters have applied to YPSA this year, and the continuing success of the camp comes from our terrific partnerships with our fellow law enforcement and government agencies,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to the Baker Administration and EOPSS, we will be able to hire two extra counselors and purchase the additional equipment necessary to accept 100 more cadets over the course of the summer. This grant will make a real difference in the lives of these youngsters who may not otherwise be able to attend YPSA.”This marks the second consecutive year the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) has been awarded the grant through the Commonwealth’s Law Enforcement and Youth Partnerships Summer Day Program. The initiative, administered by EOPSS, is designed to support summer recreational and educational learning opportunities with local law enforcement.“We are honored to partner with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to allow more young people to take part in this valuable program,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. “Creating strong, positive relationships between law enforcement and the community is a priority for us and one that is clearly shared by Sheriff Koutoujian and his team.”YPSA is a week-long camp designed for children ages 8-12 who live in Middlesex County. Cadets spend the week with MSO staff as well as police officers and firefighters from their hometown, forming important bonds with their local law enforcement officials. Cadets also participate in classroom and practical activities designed to teach them important public safety skills including a simulated fire safety trailer offered by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, a challenge course held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica, and demonstrations offered by the MSO and partner agencies.The Academy is run at the MSO Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation, breakfast and lunch provided for each cadet. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer. Spots remain available for cadets in several communities including, but not limited to, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Cambridge, Hudson, Maynard, Natick, Newton, Waltham and Watertown. Families can register their children by going to https://www.middlesexsheriff.org/ypsa.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Grant To Help Support Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Audi Disney bring VR games and movies into your car at CES

first_img More about 2019 Audi E-Tron 51 Photos News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Comments CES 2019 Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV Marvel CES Products Virtual Reality Disney Audi Iron Man The Avengers Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multi-day vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Specifically, Holoride will offer something called “elastic content,” automatically generated to suit each journey. A movie streamed on your iPad might be longer or shorter than your actual drive, for instance, but every one of Holoride’s experiences would automatically match up to the length of a route programmed in the car’s navigation system. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better CES 2019: Sci-fi gaming in Audi and Disney’s in-car VR… Tags In addition, the experience would be tailored to the drive route: In one demo, passengers “see” a cartoon-like, brightly colored town with intersections that match up to the real-world intersections the car is driving past. In another mock-up, users “fly” through a prehistoric landscape and turn left or right, soaring over dinosaurs, as the real-world car steers along the road.In Audi’s own words: “If the car turns a tight corner, the player curves around an opposing spaceship in virtual reality. If the Audi E-Tron accelerates, the ship in the experience does the same.”Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationIn reality, the Audi laps SpeedVegas. In virtual reality, Iron Man and Rocket wage a battle against alien hordes. Audi The idea is to give people something interesting to do when they’re riding as a passenger in a car, says Nils Wollny, Audi’s head of digital business, who will also be CEO of Holoride. That initially applies to human-driven cars, but it’s easy to imagine this type of entertainment working well in autonomous vehicles down the road.”There are a lot of passengers traveling in the back seat who have nothing to do,” Wollny told Roadshow. “In most cases, transit time feels like wasted time.” The VR demo really did bring me out of the world of riding in a car: Sure, I could feel the E-Tron moving around and accelerating and so on, but I found myself so immersed in the game that there was no real sense of what was happening. Now imagine that helping you avoid the monotony of, say, staring out the window on a long trip along the Ohio Turnpike. Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationThough Audi spearheaded Holoride, the ultimate goal is to allow the tech to work with cars from other automakers. Audi “Every street pattern turns into a canvas” for content creators, Wollny says, while “every back seat turns into a thrilling ride.” Because the twists and turns and elevation changes of a preplanned navigation route are known, thanks to the car’s built-in map data, Audi engineer Daniel Profendiner says, Holoride’s software can help create a virtual world that matches the real one. The game engine might be told not to place a digital obstacle near a highway exit, for instance, or might be shown when to make the game whip around to the left to match up with a hairpin bend in the real world.But what about motion sickness? One of the most interesting aspects of this virtual reality setup is that, Wollny says, people who use it are less likely to report feeling car sick than those simply watching a traditional tablet or phone. Because visual cues match up with the car’s real-world movements, you’re less likely to get that sinking feeling you might feel when, say, looking down to read text messages or Facebook updates in the car. Audi tested the tech with people who self-reported a high propensity for motion sickness, taking them on a 30-minute ride and asking how they felt afterward. Participants apparently didn’t feel that sick at all. “That basically solved one of the big problems,” Wollny says. Still, after my brief ride in the Audi, I was feeling rather nauseous. Another journalist seated alongside me also said he felt queasy. Of course, we were trying a demonstration VR experience while riding on a twisting and turning race track. A tamer route might not churn the stomach so much. Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationAn artist’s rendering of what the Holoride experience feels like. Audi It’s not just games Rocket’s Rescue Run is an incredibly fun demo of Holoride’s VR tech because it feels like you’re in an amusement park ride. And for Audi and Disney, the partnership with a Marvel Studios title made sense given the long history between the brands, such as Tony Stark driving Audis in Iron Man movies. But there are many other types of “elastic content” that Holoride could offer in the future. A space battle wouldn’t seem so exciting, after all, when riding on the flat, straight highways of the American Midwest. Profendiner suggests that Holoride’s technology could be used simply to watch a movie in the car with less motion sickness: The VR experience would present a screen ahead of the viewer. He also imagines experiences that let passengers time travel as they ride through a modern-day city while seeing how buildings looked in years past. “I can say perhaps let’s go minus 2,000 years [in Rome],” Profendiner told Roadshow. “Or you go to New York City in the 1920s.” Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationHoloride will initially be based in Munich, but Wollny says it could also open an office in the US. Audi An open platform Audi began working on Holoride technology about four years ago and brought Disney on board about 18 months ago. But the goal long-term is for it to be an open platform: anyone could produce content and it could work in any car. Though he’s cagey with details, Wollny seems to hint at a type of app store-like model where a user might buy experiences — movies, games and so on — for their Holoride device. Then the car would connect to your virtual reality headset with a wireless connection to provide information about your route and the car’s motion.Wollny says Holoride will launch an SDK (software development kit) for others to experiment with by the end of 2019, and plans to launch the system commercially by late 2020 or early 2021. That’s when, Wollny says, “next-generation” virtual-reality headsets will be available to take the technology mainstream.So in a few years’ time you might not bother cueing up a Spotify playlist or downloading a Netflix show to stay entertained on a road trip. Instead you might strap on your virtual reality headset and plunge into a virtual world, courtesy of Holoride. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 1:06 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 3 A few years ago I drove a few laps around SpeedVegas, a 1.5-mile race track just south of the Las Vegas Strip. On Sunday night, I lapped SpeedVegas again, but this time I was fully immersed in a space battle alongside Rocket — you know, the raccoon from Guardians of The Galaxy — and Iron Man. As I sat in the back seat of an Audi E-Tron crossover, wearing an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Rocket encouraged me to “shoot” asteroids and rival drones as I “flew” through an outer-space environment.This was the first time the companies let anyone outside Audi and Disney try the VR game. Audi Let me be clear: It was awesome fun, and I’d happily buckle up for another round of the game. But, uh, what exactly is it? This game, called Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run, is the first demo product from Holoride, a new startup in which Audi will hold a minority stake. It’s the result of Audi and Disney’s promised new media format, which aims to bring virtual reality to passengers in cars. The VR experience is intended to match, visually, what the passengers feel as they ride: If the car turns, accelerates or brakes, the VR environment will do the same thing. And the “experience” — whether it’s a game or a movie or something else — will be automatically tailored to the length and movements of your drive route. More From Roadshow Auto Techlast_img read more

Jamal Bryant Pastor Preacher Purveyor of Peace

first_imgNext week, the AFRO delves more into Rev. Bryant’s spiritual journey and ministry. Rev. Jamal H. BryantFor the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, the call to social activism and service is like a fire shut up in his bones – something intrinsic and undeniable. “It is something that really has become part of my DNA,” said Bryant.For the 42-year-old Baltimore pastor, serving the community – whether directly through his Empowerment Temple church, or by crusading nationally to effect some needed change – is as much a  part of his calling to ministry as is preaching the gospel. It is the same kind of “liberation theology” espoused by icons of the Black Church and the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“Especially for a Black clergy, I don’t think you have an option,” he said of pursuing a ministry that empowers people who are oppressed. “The role of the clergy is really to inform the community [of] what is taking place, what is our value, what is our stake in the game, as well as to inspire, to say this is achievable . . ., that Black people have never gone to battle and lost,” Bryant added. “Everything we’ve fought for in America we’ve gotten, it’s just what we do after the victory that has really put us at a disadvantage.”It is for this dedication to service that The AFRO American Newspaper will be honoring Rev. Bryant Oct. 7 with its John H. Murphy Sr. Award, named in honor of the company’s founder, a former slave who exemplified strong character, unwavering courage, and a commitment to the community.“It means absolutely the world to me. I’m humbled by it,” said Bryant of the recognition.This is not the first time – and likely not the last – the minister has been recognized for his work, particularly in his role as a conciliator in communities plagued by violence.Bryant’s work in conflict-resolution and other community problem-solving began even before he became a pastor. “I was the national youth and college director of the NAACP at the height of the rap West Coast-East Coast rivalry when Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace Biggie Smalls were killed. And I pulled together a hip-hop summit between East and West Coast rap artists trying to see what we could do to bridge the divide and broker some peace,” Bryant recalled.Frustratingly, however, Black-on-Black crime continues to be a scourge on urban communities like Baltimore. “The normalization of Black-on-Black crime is to such degree that we’re no longer impacted or affected. We just move on as if we just heard on the news the weather report,” Bryant said.Extrajudicial violence against African Americans also continues to be a problem, as evidenced in the February 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by community watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., and the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by White police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Bryant serves as a spiritual mentor to both families and added his voice to the thousands of others seeking justice in both cases. He is working with Martin’s family and Florida U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) to develop a “Trayvon Martin bill” addressing racial profiling, the prison pipeline system, and other issues.“I am hopeful and optimistic that this will be ground zero of a new civil rights movement,” Bryant said of the protests in Ferguson. “For two weeks over 2,000 young people were up at night, protesting and marching even in the face of riot gear and tanks and tear gas.“Ordinarily,that would be the end of it. To have that kind of consistency, [protests ongoing for weeks] I have not seen it in my lifetime and I’m excited about it.”The Ferguson, Mo., protests, Bryant said, has seen the emergence of new leadership voices, and it’s the first cause of such magnitude which hasn’t had a national voice—usually a Black pastor—attached to it.It is one sign of a kind of “new-school” activism, Bryant said, that also involves vehicles such as theColorofChange.org, which can collect upwards of a million signatures in support of myriad issues and other cyberactivism, such as what Anonymous did in shutting downthe network of the Ferguson Police Department.“Then there’s an area that we have underutilized for this generation which is economic mobilization,” the soldier-minister said. “What we do to get these corporations’ attention is not marching, but marching away from the cash register. That is an area that has been gravely ignored but highly needs to be exploited.”Still, Bryant said, the old-school ways of social protest and activism – such as marching, which some have denigrated as being ineffective – remain viable. “If you would remember, initially, George Zimmerman was not even arrested,” Bryant said. “They [the police] talked to him then sent him home with a Coke and a smile. It was not until we began to march and to really blow the horn that America paid attention and said this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”Such approaches has been replicated time and again by the gay rights movement, the feminist movement, the immigration movement, labor unions and so on. “I think every organization or cause has taken a page from our book; we’re the only ones trying to throw that book away,” Bryant added.last_img read more

Rep Somerville renews call for federal grant after idle train delays firefighters

first_imgCongresswoman Debbie Dingell116 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-4071 Lawmaker: Huron Township house fire is perfect example why grant is needed State Rep. Pat Somerville said an idle train that delayed firefighters trying to respond to a blaze in Huron Township Wednesday highlights a problem residents in the 23rd House District have been dealing with for years.“Long delays caused by stopped trains have become an everyday frustration for many of us who live in the Downriver region,” said Rep. Somerville, R-New Boston. “This is not just a matter of inconvenience, it’s an issue of safety and an economic drain on the area. It is completely unacceptable for our first responders to be delayed 20 minutes when lives are on the line.“I’ve been doing everything in my power to help solve the problem. Unfortunately this issue straddles county and federal regulations, making it difficult for state government to intervene.”An effort is underway to build a grade separation at the Allen Road railroad crossing in Woodhaven. The project, which is estimated to cost $32.5 million, is especially important because Allen Road serves as a main thoroughfare for emergency vehicles traveling to Oakwood Southshore Hospital, a Level 2 Trauma Center that services most of the Downriver region.“In 2014, I helped secure $3 million in state funding for the project, and the Wayne County Road Commission has pledged another $9.56 million. More funding is needed, however, and unfortunately the U.S. Department of Transportation has turned down multiple requests for a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery (TIGER) grant,” Rep. Somerville said. “Earlier this month, I sent another letter to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation urging him to approve the most recent application from Woodhaven for a TIGER grant in hopes of at least alleviating some of the traffic congestion.“Following the events that took place Wednesday, I can’t help but renew my call for supporting the construction of a grade separation. We need to move forward and provide relief for the residents of Downriver, including the vital first responders who keep our community safe.”Rep. Somerville urges residents to contact Congresswoman Debbie Dingell concerning federal railroad issues, and County Commissioner Joseph Palamara concerning county roads: Categories: News 02May Rep. Somerville renews call for federal grant after idle train delays firefighters Commissioner Joseph Palmara500 Griswold St. 7th FloorDetroit, MI 48226Phone: (313) 224-0880#####last_img read more

Vivendiowned French service provider SFR is to dr

first_imgVivendi-owned French service provider SFR is to drop its own IPTV service and adopt a partnership model instead, the company has revealed in a communication to union representatives.According to French news channel BFMTV, SFR will team up with Vivendi-owned Canal Plus to provide its TV service. BFMTV cited an SFR source as saying that the company had decided that structuring its own pay TV packages was not profitable and that it would be more lucrative to resell Canal Plus’s service instead.SFR is likely to strike a commercial deal with Canal Plus whereby SFR IPTV subscribers will be offered similar packages from Canal Plus, according to the reports.There has been speculation that Vivendi could sell or spin off SFR. Among options reported to be under consideration are a sale to Vodafone or a merger between SFR and cable operator Numericable.last_img read more