Empowered seniors stay connected with technology’s help

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Participants can ask questions and get answers from advisers – known as “Volunteer Digital Doctors” – who are skills-based employee volunteers of the program’s corporate sponsors. Maimunah Sood has only good things to say about her Volunteer Digital Doctor. “The person who was attached to me was very patient and friendly, which made the session an enjoyable moment.”
Another participant, Sally Ang, shared a similar sentiment, “The volunteers are excellent, very clear in guiding and easy to understand.”
During the circuit breaker it was vital for Ms Ang to learn how to complete cashless payments and stay connected to friends and family. “I cannot imagine what it would be like today without the digital services available. Keeping up with technology allows me to stay engaged and connected with my community,” she says.
For 70-year old Catherine Teo understanding digital technology means staying connected in unpredictable times. “I don’t want to feel left out when it comes to technology,” she says. “It’s especially important in times like this to expand your knowledge and skills.”
When the digital check-in system SafeEntry was initially introduced Ms Teo found the scanning process challenging. She had to check in via her NRIC, slowing down the process. This changed after her Virtual Digital Clinic.
“I’m now able to scan with my mobile and it makes checking in a lot easier,” she explains.
Rising to the occasion
Wanting to do his part during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris Lim, an Operations Program Manager at Microsoft, signed up as a Volunteer Digital Doctor “to make an impact in the local community and contribute to society.”
He adds, “Volunteering also gives me a sense of purpose to serve seniors and help them stay connected with loved ones.”
Chris was hesitant at first as he thought face-to-face interactions would have been a better option to help seniors. But he soon realized it was easy to guide the participants virtually.
“Having volunteered over several virtual digital clinics, I got to realize how convenient it is for seniors to book slots online and join sessions from the comfort of their homes,” he says.
It is also easy for volunteers to access “micro-volunteering opportunities during the week.”
But according to Chris, being a volunteer isn’t all plain sailing. Seniors’ digital readiness and interests are very diverse, and some seniors ask questions that can stump the Digital Doctors. “Volunteers are invested in doing instant online research by checking in with other volunteers in the group chat and guiding them via video conferencing. It’s almost transparent to the seniors.”
The payoff
As seniors have a much higher risk of developing health complications, the Virtual Digital Clinics are also potentially lifesaving. The IMDA says the elderly can learn “digital skills and knowledge so they can tap on digital services to stay engaged, connected, and productive” safely in their homes.
While the older generation has slowly embraced smartphones and technology, overcoming language barriers also poses challenges. Most applications are only available in English, and some seniors face difficulties retaining the knowledge they have acquired.
To better meet the needs of the elderly, the Virtual Digital Clinics are now available in English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil – the four official languages of Singapore.
Ultimately, the IMDA hopes that senior citizens will gain the confidence to use technology to “help them stay updated with the latest COVID-19 news and information and perform daily activities from home, such as buying groceries online or making a video call with their family.”
So far, about 270 seniors have benefited from the Virtual Digital Clinics and IMDA expects to reach even more seniors through the next year.
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‘Boys State’ movie, best political film of 2020, coming to Apple TV+

“Getting here certainly gave me a new appreciation for why politicians lie to get into office,” says Robert, a teenager running for governor in the documentary “Boys State.”
Ben, another teen with a pivotal role in the movie, shares this thoughts on campaign tactics: “You have to use personal attacks and you have to find divisive issues in order to differentiate yourself at all.”
“Boys State,” which arrives Friday on the streaming site Apple TV+, is the most important political movie of 2020, because it forces viewers to consider the current political system’s impact on young Americans.
A grand jury prize winner at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary focuses on the Texas portion of the Boys State leadership camps that are sponsored each year by the American Legion. Past events have helped shape future leaders like former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, among others.
The movie chronicles how Boys State, which draws 1,100 teens together, splits participants randomly into two political parties and then assigns them the tasks of drafting party platforms and nominating a slate of candidates, with the highest office being governor.
Directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss paint vivid portraits of campers as they do everything from calling for secession to vowing their masculinity won’t be infringed. There’s also a suggestion floated to ban certain pizza toppings.
But the overall mood is surprisingly serious as the teens must decide what they will or won’t do in order to succeed politically.
One of the goals of doing a film about Boys State and its participants, according to Moss, was finding out “to what extent were the norms of political discourse of our current moment influencing their behavior, their conduct, and contaminating it, if you will.”
The movie focuses mostly on four teens who land key roles in the campaign process. Ben, a political junkie and Reagan fan, emerges as a fierce party leader who sees his job as doing what is necessary to win. Robert, a confident, outgoing candidate for the gubernatorial nomination, talks like a conservative, but he isn’t actually as right-wing as his speeches would indicate.
There’s also Rene, the party chairman
and persuasive orator who’s one of the few Black participants among the mostly white campers. Rene becomes the target of a racist online post and faces a push by a small number of party members to impeach him, an effort that feels like a microcosm of delegitimizing efforts like birtherism that Barack Obama endured as the first African-American president.
The hopeful heart of the movie is Steven, an earnest candidate for governor who comes from a modest background and whose mother was at one time an undocumented immigrant.
While impressing his fellow teens with his willingness to seek compromise in a polarized environment, Steven also is attacked by Second Amendment hardliners for having been involved with a “March for Our Lives” event organized as a response to the Parkland school shooting and for backing moderate reforms in gun control.
Out of all of the issues impacting on their future lives, the teens seem to spend the most time arguing two hot-button topics – guns and abortion.
“Boys State” can be something of a Rorschach test of a viewer’s own thoughts on where democracy is heading.
“It does function to some degree, I think, as a measure of your own optimism or cynicism about our future and our politics,” says Moss.
Describing his personal take-way from the project, Moss says, “It’s made me very hopeful to see young men like Steven and Rene navigate that space successfully, to find their voice, to summon the better angels of the electorate, to go as far as they did to build power.”
McBaine and Moss don’t shy away from examining the play-to-win tactics at Boys State, the same ones that are are having such a corrosive effect on contemporary politics. But they’re also sensitive to the pressures of growing up as part of Generation Z and dealing with things like social media and negative memes.
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This GM Trademark Might Preview the New Hummer ‘H-EV’ Logo

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The delay of the GMC Hummer EV’s reveal means until the leaves turn, those hanging on for every detail about General Motors’ first electric truck have to take what they can get. And what they can get today might be a preview of the Hummer EV’s badge, which could also portend a subtle name change, to Hummer H-EV.
This development comes courtesy of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which on Aug. 7 received trademark apps from GM for the logo seen here. The CIPO filing is officially titled “Hummer H-EV (stylized) & device,” indicating a possible change of name to GMC Hummer H-EV, or even just Hummer H-EV, either of which would bring back Hummer’s old H-prefixed name scheme.
Hummer H-EV filing with the USPTO
Curiously, GM specifies the H-EV trademark as one pertaining to “motor land vehicles; bicycles; apparatus for locomotion by land,” which could cover off the possibility of selling a Hummer-branded E-bike as an official accessory-something Jeep already does.
But as usual with trademarks, don’t leap to the conclusion that this is inherently some leaked design element of the final vehicle, or represents a plan to rename what we know as the GMC Hummer EV as the Hummer H-EV. Like most automakers, GM regularly files for trademarks it has no intent to use for the sake of protecting its intellectual property (IP). It handily demonstrated this in 2019 by re-upping its trademark on the Chevrolet Cavalier name before telling The Drive that it had no plans to reintroduce the model.
Still, in the case of the Hummer EV, GM hasn’t recently bid for trademarks that it hasn’t used, so maybe we’ll be calling it the Hummer H-EV in time anyway. We can only know when GM drops the final product on us sometime this Autumn.
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