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October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOscar: a love of barbecue Oscar Farias was a joker, and an expert in the art of the “asado,” or grilling meat — an institution in Argentina.The 81-year-old former metal worker died alone in hospital in April, his family kept away by strict virus prevention protocols. “It was the most devastating and overwhelming thing,” says his daughter Monica, 45.She wasn’t even able to bring him a blanket when he called to say he was cold. They said their goodbyes on the phone.”When I told him we would go and eat a pizza and have some wine when he got better, we were really saying goodbye,” Monica says.She had to sign the authorization for his cremation without even seeing his coffin.She will keep in her mind an image of her father seen in a family photo — a happy man, grilling some meat, and listening to tango on the radio. Franklin’s coffee Victoria del Carmen says she still makes coffee every morning for her son Franklin Rivera, a Salvadoran photojournalist who was struck down by the virus at 52.When he was well, Rivera liked to use an exercise bike in his modest Ciudad Delgado house on the outskirts of the capital, San Salvador. Now, it sits unused. “No one can believe he is no longer with us,” says his sister Geraldina Juarez. “We can’t describe this emptiness.”To try to fill the void, his family are drawn to a box full of his old press credentials, eager to see his face once again.Rivera’s slow decline from the coronavirus began with a throat ailment on June 22 and then a urinary tract infection.When he was finally diagnosed with COVID-19, he self-isolated at home.Juarez remembers how tired he became, saying: “He could no longer walk much. He spent his days on his deck chair, which he set up in the yard.”He died after a lightning storm hit the city, unable to get a doctor with the emergency services at full stretch.In the yard, the blue deck chair is still there, in the shade of a tree — empty.Gravediggers wearing protective suits prepare to bury the coffin of Izolina de Sousa, 85, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil’s biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 26, 2020. (REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli)Paulo: a guitar and a sofa Paulo Roberto’s blue guitar still hangs on the wall in his house in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. The small sofa where the 75-year-old liked to sit still bears his imprint.”He used to spend a lot of his time on this sofa in the living room to watch films, documentaries and take a nap,” said his wife Maria Candida Silveira.The pandemic has taken a tough toll on the family of Roberto, who died in June.Two of his four daughters contracted the virus, but only one lived to tell the tale. His 68-year-old wife fell gravely ill, but survived after a period in intensive care.Now Silveira finds it difficult to put his absence into words.”Sometimes you remember little details, moments we spent together, happy moments,” she said.”The memory of his music also remains, especially the old songs he loved to play and sing.”There is some consolation in knowing he was able to fulfill his dying wish: seeing his great-granddaughter Dudinha one more time. “I made a video call from my phone. He was sitting on the bed, laughing and playing with her over the phone. He managed to say goodbye to her,” she recalled. Hugo’s crucifix Hugo Lopez Camacho’s room stands as a monument to a humble life. A blanket decorated with a football motif covers his single bed. His pillowcase is embroidered with the phrase “I think of you.” A crucifix hangs on a brick wall. Lopez Camacho lived on the property of a primary school in a Mexico City neighborhood, where his father is the caretaker.He died in the same hospital where he had worked as an orderly for 14 years, wheeling patients to and from the surgical unit. He was 44.At first, it seemed like he had a bad cold or the flu. Lopez Camacho had headaches. Then he started having trouble breathing.He lost consciousness when he was hospitalized in late April. His mother never saw him again. He called when doctors said they would have to intubate him.”He knew what was going to happen,” his sister recalls.Mexico’s huge virus toll meant a backlog for funeral services, and the family had to wait for his remains to be handled.Aerial view of people attending a funeral at the Municipal Pantheon in Valle de Chalco, Mexico state, Mexico, on Thursday, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (AFP/PEDRO PARDO )They finally had to have him cremated, which was not their initial wish.And now they have to wait again, to be allowed to bury his ashes in the family crypt, along with those of his grandmother.center_img Topics : An untouched exercise bike, a guitar that has gone silent, an empty couch — these are just a few of the cherished possessions and everyday habits that tell the story of those who have died from COVID-19.The global pandemic has claimed nearly one million lives, about a third of those in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are bracing for a new wave.Across the region, AFP’s photographers met the families of several victims, who have been forced to contemplate the empty spaces their loved ones have left behind.last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgUPDATED: Oct. 8, 2018 at 12:10 a.m.As a small child, Elizabeth Jamison roamed the sidelines of her mother’s ultimate frisbee games.  Her mother, Alicia Shultz, played in various ultimate tournaments and taught her the basics of the sport. Throughout Jamison’s time in high school, they played in local social and women’s leagues together, and while she’s glad Jamison picked up the sport, Shultz never pushed her to play. Jamison found a passion for the sport on her own.  “She always wanted me to (play) it,” Jamison said, “but I was actually planning on going to school for music, so all my time (in high school) was towards music stuff. So, she definitely established my love for it, but then I came back to it because of my own love.”Jamison’s first experience with competitive ultimate came her sophomore year at SUNY-ESF when she joined Fox Force Seven, the Syracuse women’s ultimate frisbee team. Now, as a senior, she’s one of two captains on the team and handles scheduling, payments and practices, among other things. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a freshman year in which her former roommate and close friend Miranda Ciardulli described Jamison as being in the library all the time, the pair discovered Fox Force Seven through an event called “Discology.” Ciardulli thought they should go to the event, not Jamison.Both enjoyed the event and joined the team, and while it was Ciardulli’s first time playing, Jamison already had an advantage on many of the players. Summer leagues and learning from her mom aided Jamison. In the first month after she joined the team, she was one of three new players invited to play with the team in a tournament.“The normal way you throw a frisbee is the backhand, and then there’s a flick (forehand),” Ciardulli said. “Usually, people who are just learning cannot throw that for their life, but she could already throw it, and she could play, and her flick is just amazing, so people would be like, ‘Oh my God.’” Jamison still had adjustments. College ultimate was faster and more strategic. In higher levels of the sport, there are two positions – cutters and handlers – and they function akin to quarterbacks and wide receivers in football. Jamison handles for the college team and cuts for her club team. More fluid than football, ultimate players don’t run individual plays or wait for a whistle. Instead, it flows more similar to a soccer team advancing the ball downfield with the only difference being a player with the frisbee can only advance it by passing. For the last two years, Jamison has spent her summers playing for Boomslang, a club frisbee team located out of Albany. There are four main leagues for ultimate in and around Jamison’s hometown of Schenectady – competitive, open competitive, social and women’s. Boomslang reaches beyond local competition, hosting tryouts for prospective players and competing against teams from beyond central New York. At the end of their season, club teams play in both sectional and regional qualifiers leading up to the national tournament, which Jamieson has yet to make with Boomslang. Beyond the results, the increased activity with the sport has brought her closer to her mother. It’s their main topic of conversation when they’re around each other, and Shultz goes to most of Jamison’s games. Jamison’s co-captain, Megan Kirby, said that Shultz is often her daughter’s biggest critic and always pushes her to play better.“I’m so lucky,” Jamison said. “I don’t have many friends in the ultimate community who can go out and throw with their mom or play with their mom, so it’s fantastic.”  The same passion that has kept Shultz around the sport for more than 20 years has carried over to Jamison. She hopes to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of ultimate players as was once done for her. “Because ultimate is a relatively new sport and most people don’t know much about it,” Jamison said, “I want to foster the community, especially in high schools and getting women involved at younger ages.”  CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Elizabeth Jamison was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder center_img Commentslast_img read more

August 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgArsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere was involved in an ugly brawl and subsequently sent off in Arsenal’s under-23 game against Machester City at the Emirates following a strong tackle from City’s  Matthew Smith.25-year-old Wilshere, who returned to Arsenal after a season-long loan move to Bournemouth last season, pushed and grapple with City players in the ugly mass melee before being shown a straight red card.Trill terning på karriereutviklingen til Jack Wilshere! Her mot 19-åringer.. #2pl pic.twitter.com/aWCYgY82aq— Betsson Norge (@BetssonNO) August 22, 2017In a game Arsenal won 4-3, Wilshere provided a sublime assist for the third goal before being sent off in the 63rd minute with Arsenal leading 4-1.The English international has had an unfortunate history with injuries so far in his career, as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger insists he “planned” for Wilshere to stay at the Emirates this season. Relatedlast_img read more