Reflections on a new normal
By Rick FuentesI buried my mother last month. Maybe a casualty of COVID, maybe not. It all hinged on what political wind blew through the nursing home on that fateful day. By fiat of church and state, the funeral was poorly attended and without the customary observances. At graveside, the priest seemed more comfortable standing closer to my mother's remains than to me.It has since taken just a few weeks for government to bake in a new recipe for human behavior and to dial back the conventional routines of movement and speech in a free society. Even as scientific research and forecasts wobble, ...
“The government gives me £35 a week to buy food… During the lockdown, my kids do not receive free school meals”
My name is Maria*. I am an asylum-seeker single-mother who escaped to the UK because I felt unsafe in my home country.My life in the United Kingdom before the pandemic I arrived in the United Kingdom two years ago. It was hard for me because I am a single mother. I am alone with my two small kids. Initially, the accommodation and support I received as an asylum-seeker were horrible. I had to share a house with strangers who liked to drink alcohol and smoke. It was depressing. It was horrible. My living conditions are better now, but my children and I have faced many new difficult challenges.Fi...
Student struggles to fund her mother's only life-saving cancer treatment
Angelika Riben, 27, was a psychology student before her mother was diagnosed with cancer, but had to give up everything in order to take on the financial fight of funding her mother's extremely expensive cancer treatments while still supporting both herself and her 13-year-old sister, Israeli media reported.While standard chemotherapy is supposed to help with patients suffering from this specific kind of cancer, it hasn't helped her mother. Instead, Riben has been struggling to find a way to fund an alternative cancer treatment that requires payments of NIS 25,000 every three weeks."Everything...
Jpost.com - The Jerusalem Post online edition
Heartbreaking video: Migrant toddler plays next to dead mother on railway platform
Dubai: A video clip showing a toddler playing with the shroud of his dead mother and trying to wake her up, at a railway station platform in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, has triggered an outpouring of grief and anger at the continuing ordeal of migrant families in the country.In the video clip shared by Twitter user Kavish reportedly from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, the child is shown playfully tugging the shroud covering his mother and trying to sneak inside — oblivious to the fact that his mother had passed away. According to NDTV, the woman had arrived in Muzaffarpur in a special train for ...
Commentary: I lost my mother to COVID-19. Here's why we must face the coronavirus threat honestly
In mid-April, I received a message from the nursing home in Connecticut where my mother lives. When I called back, a doctor told me, “your mother has a fever.”Those were words I’d been dreading and expecting.“We assume it’s COVID,” the doctor said.My 80-year-old mother was comfortable for the time being. Her fever wasn’t very high and she was breathing okay. But the doctor said not to take anything for granted. He said this novel coronavirus behaved like a trickster in the elderly, with symptoms subsiding only to reignite suddenly between days six and nine. After that, the patient could die wi...
The Sacramento Bee
Has COVID-19 worsened or improved Jamaican family dynamics?
A Jamaican mother feeds her toddler. Photo by Carlotta Tofani on Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0.Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a slowing down of economic activity. In Jamaica, the mainstay tourism industry has taken a hard hit, with the sector expected to lose billions of dollars. Agriculture suffered due to disruptions in food systems and other businesses have experienced pay cuts and layoffs.Jamaica's Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) — a conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme — acts as a cushion for many low-income families, who are particularly vulnera...
Spooked in the times of coronavirus
Usually I write ‘spooky’ stuff for Halloween however it turns out that there is ghostly business happening all the time, and even now, the viral trance of quarantine has probably pulled away the veil that usually keeps ‘spirits’ at bay.My mother looked a little bewildered the other day, her chilled whisper reached my ears, “Guess what, I found that clump of hair again!” Ever since the lockdown in India, she has been sweeping the house herself as the maid was asked not to come in. And each time she cleaned she would find a handful of hair which apparently weren’t hers as she has short hair nor ...
Mother of stabbed British-Lebanese teenager Yousef Makki dies 'with a broken heart'
The mother of anBritish-Lebaneseteenager who was fatallystabbedin the UK last year died on Sunday after her mental and physical health "deteriorated dramatically" over the loss.Debbie Makki, 55, died on Sunday in Greater Manchester "with a broken heart" and wanted justice for her late sonYousef Makki– stabbed to death at 17 – the family said in a statement.His killer,Joshua Molnar, was acquitted of murderand manslaughter on self-defence claims by a jury at Manchester Crown Court in July."Mum died with a broken heart. We knew she wanted justice for Yousef and I promise you mum we won't give up ...
Homeschooling is no mean feat
While promoting and teaching life skills to them, especially those in lower primary is part of the package, parents were encouraged by the government to impart thinking, numeracy and literacy skills among others to the young ones.Though this is altogether a challenge, some parents are doing better than others.TestimoniesAzida Namanda is a mother of three, two of these school going; one in Primary Four at Firm Foundation Nursery and Primary School, Lubowa and another in Primary one at Bright Sparks Junior School, Seguku Katale.To her, gone are the days she only woke up to do housework and head ...
Miami mother of drowned autistic boy admits leading him to canal, cops say
MIAMI — Patricia Ripley, the mother who initially claimed her severely autistic 9-year-old son had been kidnapped, ultimately admitted she was to blame for the child’s death at a canal and said “he’s going to be in a better place,” police said.The shocking details of her confession emerged Saturday as Miami-Dade homicide detectives booked Ripley, 47, of West Kendall, into jail on a charge of first-degree murder. The arrest came a little more than a day after she reported that Alejandro Ripley had been kidnapped by two robbers who ran her car off the road Thursday night — a report that sparked ...