FORT WORTH, Texas - A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her Texas home while responding to a neighbour’s call about an open front door “didn’t have time to perceive a threat” before he opened fire, an attorney for the woman’s family said. “You didn’t hear the officer shout, ‘Gun, gun, gun,’” attorney Lee Merritt said after viewing video taken from a Fort Worth officer’s bodycam during Saturday’s shooting of Atatiana Jefferson, 28. “He didn’t have time to perceive a threat. That’s murder.” Her family told KXAS television that Jefferson was watching her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed early Saturday. The Fort Worth Police Department said in a statement that officers saw someone near a window inside the home and that one of them drew his duty weapon and fired after “perceiving a threat.” The video released by police shows two officers searching the home from … [Read more...] about Family seeks answers after police kill Texas woman at home
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“If time were short, where would you want to be?” As a palliative care physician, I regularly ask my patients, or their family members, where they want to die. The specific language I use depends on what they know, what they want to know and how they process information, but the basic premise is the same. Having asked this of hundreds of patients, I have come to expect most will tell me that they want to be at home. But recently I have struggled with the complex realities of dying at home, and the unintended consequences of our making it a societal priority. It is emotionally and intellectually compelling that patients should die in their own homes, surrounded by loved ones in a comfortable, familiar environment. For patients dying of end-stage disease, be it cancer, heart disease or something else, even the best hospitals are unlikely to be able to “fix” the underlying problem. We worry that people will go through expensive and potentially painful tests and … [Read more...] about Opinion: Is dying at home overrated?
This past week, I acquired a new kitchen helper, one that can show me how to cook the perfect soft-boiled egg - five minutes for a runny yolk, then cool under cold running water - while waiting for the kettle to boil. It can also tell me the latest news, remind me of appointments and play my favourite tunes. I am talking about Google Nest Hub, the latest smart home gadget to host Google Assistant, the tech giant's increasingly ubiquitous virtual assistant. Unlike the tech giant's other Google Assistant-powered devices, such as its Google Home smart speakers, the Nest Hub has a 7-inch touchscreen mounted on a fabric stand that houses its speakers. It is a smart display, a genre of smart home devices that has sprung up in the past couple of years. Other examples include the Amazon Echo Show and Facebook Portal, both powered by Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant and unavailable in Singapore. Those who have used a Google Home smart speaker will find the Nest Hub familiar. The same "Hey … [Read more...] about Google Nest Hub a great helper at home
The way that Filipino households use their television has changed over the past few years. Long considered as one of the primary sources of news and entertainment, TV is still the media platform with the widest reach in the country (Kantar, 2017). With the advent of wireless connectivity, the relationship Filipinos have with their TVs has evolved into new and more synergistic experiences. Redefining TV viewing experience All of these functions are available to consumers after multinational conglomerate Samsung, on its 50th anniversary, launched its newest QLED 8K TV, which promises to redefine the viewing experience of Filipinos. “Over the past years, what we watch, when we watch, and how we watch has fundamentally changed,” said Lauro Guevara, head of product marketing for Samsung TV and Audio. “Today, more consumers are looking to enjoy their favorite content on larger and smarter screens, with minimal image noise, for a viewing experience that is almost … [Read more...] about TV viewing experience at home, redefined
The draft Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), which seeks to curb online falsehoods, is expected to become law. Against this backdrop, a falsehood, or fake news, is an extremely relevant topic to address with regards to content consumed by children. With so much online content available, it is easy for young minds to fall prey to fake news. Young children are highly impressionable, and as they get older, studies have shown that 20 per cent of children between the ages of eight and 15 believe everything they read online. In a world where children aged five to 16 years old get on average more than six hours of screen time a day, they are overwhelmed with information. This information is often unverified or biased, attempting to influence their habits or colour their views. The danger of fake news lies in its potential to distort reality by challenging notions of right or wrong and normalising behaviour that children are taught to see as radical or … [Read more...] about Views: Teach children critical thinking skills