bbcnewsus:

St Louis City Police release witness video of officers killing Kajieme Powell 

(This video contains some disturbing images)

When Kajieme Powell was shot dead by officers in St Louis on Tuesday the city’s police chief immediately made clear that the 25-year-old was armed with a knife and posed a threat to their safety.

Keen to avoid the protests which happened in nearby Ferguson in the aftermath of the police shooting which left Michael Brown dead, Sam Dotson promised that the investigation would be “transparent”.

On Wednesday the police released a video filmed by an eyewitness which they said was further evidence that deadly force was justified.

But that video, watched by hundreds of thousands online, has proved controversial. Some claim it contradicts the initial police account and many argue the police could have handled the situation differently.

As the US debates when an officer should discharge his or her weapon, the BBC’s David Botti looks at what the new video tells us.

gov-info:

NIH Gov Doc: NIBIB Bionic Man: Cutting-Edge Biotechnology Research
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering recently launched the “NIBIB Bionic Man,” an interactive Web tool that allows students and the public to learn about cutting-edge research in biotechnology.
The bionic man features 14 technologies currently being developed by NIBIB-supported researchers. Examples include a powered prosthetic leg that helps users achieve a more natural gait, a wireless brain-computer interface that lets people with paralyzed legs and arms control computer devices or robotic limbs using only their thoughts, and a micro-patch that delivers vaccines painlessly and doesn’t need refrigeration.

gov-info:

NIH Gov Doc: NIBIB Bionic Man: Cutting-Edge Biotechnology Research

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering recently launched the “NIBIB Bionic Man,” an interactive Web tool that allows students and the public to learn about cutting-edge research in biotechnology.

The bionic man features 14 technologies currently being developed by NIBIB-supported researchers. Examples include a powered prosthetic leg that helps users achieve a more natural gait, a wireless brain-computer interface that lets people with paralyzed legs and arms control computer devices or robotic limbs using only their thoughts, and a micro-patch that delivers vaccines painlessly and doesn’t need refrigeration.

nprglobalhealth:

A Fiasco At The Burial Ground, A Prank At The Shop: Covering Ebola
NPR’s global health correspondent Jason Beaubien tries to keep his cool when traveling abroad. But he may have set a new record for chillness.
En route to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak, he flew out of Sierra Leone’s Freetown airport. Like all passengers, he had his body temperature measured by an ear gun thermometer. The reading: 32.8 degrees centigrade (roughly 91 degrees Fahrenheit).
A 95-degree temperature can mark the onset of hypothermia; at 91 degrees amnesia can kick in. But Jason remembers (and has photo proof) of that clearly erroneous temperature reading.
The authorities were not troubled and let him board his flight.
If that was a comedy of errors, in Monrovia, Beaubien found a tragedy of errors when it comes to burying the dead.
There have been over 350 Ebola deaths in Liberia. How are the bodies being handled?
The government is having a really hard time finding places to bury the bodies because nobody wants them in their community.
The government bought this land [for burials] in a quite remote spot. There isn’t even a village that close to it, just some little shacks. But it’s near the settlement of Johnsonville.
The dead body management teams — that’s what they call them — went out there last week to bury these bodies. Basically, the site is a swamp. They had a big backhoe to start digging the graves. But people from the [nearest] community came — they didn’t want the bodies buried there. There was a clash. Then the backhoe got stuck in the mud.
They didn’t finish burying the bodies that night, but they threw the bodies into the graves they’d dug. Overnight, water from the swamp came up and lifted the body bags up, and so the body bags were floating in these graves. And the community was furious.
Continue reading.
Photo: The makeshift markers for graves of Ebola victims lie scattered in a burial site located on swampland, some two hours from the capital city of Monrovia. (Jason Beaubien/NPR)

nprglobalhealth:

A Fiasco At The Burial Ground, A Prank At The Shop: Covering Ebola

NPR’s global health correspondent Jason Beaubien tries to keep his cool when traveling abroad. But he may have set a new record for chillness.

En route to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak, he flew out of Sierra Leone’s Freetown airport. Like all passengers, he had his body temperature measured by an ear gun thermometer. The reading: 32.8 degrees centigrade (roughly 91 degrees Fahrenheit).

A 95-degree temperature can mark the onset of hypothermia; at 91 degrees amnesia can kick in. But Jason remembers (and has photo proof) of that clearly erroneous temperature reading.

The authorities were not troubled and let him board his flight.

If that was a comedy of errors, in Monrovia, Beaubien found a tragedy of errors when it comes to burying the dead.

There have been over 350 Ebola deaths in Liberia. How are the bodies being handled?

The government is having a really hard time finding places to bury the bodies because nobody wants them in their community.

The government bought this land [for burials] in a quite remote spot. There isn’t even a village that close to it, just some little shacks. But it’s near the settlement of Johnsonville.

The dead body management teams — that’s what they call them — went out there last week to bury these bodies. Basically, the site is a swamp. They had a big backhoe to start digging the graves. But people from the [nearest] community came — they didn’t want the bodies buried there. There was a clash. Then the backhoe got stuck in the mud.

They didn’t finish burying the bodies that night, but they threw the bodies into the graves they’d dug. Overnight, water from the swamp came up and lifted the body bags up, and so the body bags were floating in these graves. And the community was furious.

Continue reading.

Photo: The makeshift markers for graves of Ebola victims lie scattered in a burial site located on swampland, some two hours from the capital city of Monrovia. (Jason Beaubien/NPR)

Black Men Need More Education to Get the Same Jobs
By Margaret Barthel

A new report shows that an African American college graduate has the same employment prospects as a white peer without a diploma.

Meet Steve and Kwame, two fictional guys who just graduated from the University of Maryland. Almost everything about them is weirdly identical—they majored in the same subject, they got the same grades in college, they have the same bullet points on their resumes—but Kwame is African American and Steve is white.  Now, they’re both spending their post-pomp-and-circumstance summer looking for jobs. Do they have the same employment prospects?
A recent report from the advocacy group Young Invincibles suggests not: African American millennial men need two or more levels of education to have the same employment prospects as their white peers. White male college graduates have a 97.6% employment rate. Black male college graduates have a 92.8% employment rate—which correlates more closely with the job prospects for white men who have some college education but no degree (92.5%).
(From The Atlantic)

Black Men Need More Education to Get the Same Jobs

By Margaret Barthel
A new report shows that an African American college graduate has the same employment prospects as a white peer without a diploma.

Meet Steve and Kwame, two fictional guys who just graduated from the University of Maryland. Almost everything about them is weirdly identical—they majored in the same subject, they got the same grades in college, they have the same bullet points on their resumes—but Kwame is African American and Steve is white.  Now, they’re both spending their post-pomp-and-circumstance summer looking for jobs. Do they have the same employment prospects?

A recent report from the advocacy group Young Invincibles suggests not: African American millennial men need two or more levels of education to have the same employment prospects as their white peers. White male college graduates have a 97.6% employment rate. Black male college graduates have a 92.8% employment rate—which correlates more closely with the job prospects for white men who have some college education but no degree (92.5%).

(From The Atlantic)