The embarrassment of this pandemic

As we are all aware is that we are in the middle of this pandemic. Something what was coming under my attention was that some countries are providing relief goods to their citizen, this made me curious if this was happening in all countries around the globe, the result was to me quit shocking.

For example, in the Philippines people are receiving relief goods, when I am looking to the UAE than this is even more shocking, the only thing the Federal Government is doing is gaining more revenue from this pandemic, there are no relief goods and no financial support from Banks or the Federal Government for all UAE residences!

While every month this pandemic is costing $44 Millard of revenue loss, so you can understand that so many companies will be bankrupt and again no help from the Federal Government, while on the other hand the Lebanese in this country selling ad a rapped pace their equipment for temperature scanning and sanitization equipment, even registered companies who are providing these same equipment are not been contacted, you can see this as a friend to friend service!

Can you imagine how much money is involved to startup companies after Federals Governments are “setting us free again”. I do not even want to think about this at this very moment. I can still remember myself that the lock down was only for three weeks now we are already started in the fifth month!! And you have to conquer this without any type of income and that is harsh for everyone even to me this is not even “normal” anymore and then the statement “The New Normal” this means to me free translated that the Federal Government will decide how you have to live your life, what about any constitution we do not care we decide how you living period!!!

This is bringing me right to corruption, are employees of the Federal Government (FG) dealing directly with the vendors are they been controlled and if this is yes by who?

Let me tell you, that the Federal Government is not have this in place, I was working for several FG Entities and did not see any where any controlling of finance or budget controlling by the one who was providing this to this authority which is rather strange.

I mentioned many times that the rich getting richer and the working class will be the real victims of this unprofessional behavior. Can you imagine, that you sitting already four months home and still have to work and yet not getting paid for your services, well this is very common in the UAE, that is also why I said earlier that the Federal Government is making good use of this pandemic. The statement to be there for their people is also including expats, when you look closer, they are just not home and leave this all up again to the working class while themselves gaining more provide and this is in my personal opinion not justified. The situation is even so bad in the UAE that if you say something about this you can end up in jail, did we not have this experience already before, it’s like a Déjà vu…

And what is the world bank doing about this…

While development advocates hoped that the bank’s shareholders would send a strong signal that the institution should deploy even more resources for both emergency health operations and economic recovery programs in vulnerable countries, the committee of finance ministers did not appear to break much new ground on that front.

Their communiqué, issued after the meeting, welcomed the bank’s existing plan to deploy $150 billion to $160 billion over the next 15 months, and they pointed to capital increases and funding replenishments that have already took place as evidence that the bank “has the financial firepower to provide a meaningful long-term response to this crisis.”

“There’s a growing sense that we’re losing momentum on ambitious commitments.”

— Scott Morris, senior fellow, Center for Global Development

The absence of a strong message that the bank should rapidly and dramatically scale up its financing beyond what has already been announced left some development experts underwhelmed.

“It doesn’t appear that they’ve prioritized this statement as a place to move the ball forward on anything. It’s simply a rehash of everything out there,” said Scott Morris, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.

“I think there’s a growing sense that we’re losing momentum on ambitious commitments,” Morris said.

The World Bank has initiated emergency health operations in 64 countries already and aims to have projects running in 100 countries by the end of the month, President David Malpass said in a press conference following the meeting. The bank’s three priorities are assisting the world’s poorest people, supporting jobs, and helping countries strengthen their emergency health systems, he added.

“Everyone in this system [is] trying to break out of the boxes, break out of the boundaries, and do all that can be done in order to move us forward. That’s what the World Bank has been trying to do,” Malpass said.

Civil society groups expressed concern that without additional signs of financial support from the World Bank’s shareholders, the institution’s efforts to scale up emergency operations in the short term could come at the expense of other health and development priorities.

The shareholder representatives did, however, voice their support for multilateral cooperation — specifically calling for partnership between the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Health Organization. That message comes on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will suspend America’s contributions to WHO until a review of its management of the COVID-19 crisis takes place.

“There’s a tendency in a crisis to hunker down, and I think it’s a critical part of global cooperation to not do that, to look for teamwork with other countries.” — David Malpass, president, World Bank

How to help others during a pandemic when they’re too embarrassed to ask

This kind of reticence has a negative effect on both giver and receiver. Even in normal times, helping others empowers us and makes us feel good. Some psychologists even argue that it’s an important path to happiness. In times like this, it’s even more important: Helping gives us a sense of purpose and control over anxiety, fear, and uncertainty.

What does all this imply? If you need help, try to remember that others are probably happier to assist than you think. But, let’s face it. No matter how much we tell ourselves that others will step up, it can still be hard to ask.

That brings me to a second solution. If you can help others, don’t wait for a request — offer help now. Don’t assume that the lack of a request means they don’t want your help. It could be that they’re too uncomfortable to ask, or fear that you would turn them down. When you proactively offer help, you eliminate the uncertainty and anxiety associated with asking for aid.

For example, my wife and me, helped so many people that at this very moment we not have any money to spend for ourself and this all because we felled responsible and sorry for these families with children, who suffered from this pandemic.

The more specific you can be in your offer, the better. Instead of vaguely saying, “Let me know if you need anything,” be concrete. If it is safe for you to do so, tell your more senior neighbors that you would be happy to pick up groceries or medications for them. If you can afford it, buy a gift card from your favorite local restaurant. If you know anyone who is a healthcare worker, offer to bring them home-cooked meals. If you have a friend who might be struggling emotionally or psychologically right now, reach out.

The nice thing about offering assistance before someone asks is that both parties reap psychological benefits. My research shows that not only does offering help save others from doing something many find quite difficult; it will make you feel even better than if you only agreed to help after they asked.

As COVID-19 continues to spread and test the limits of our healthcare system, our economy and our sanity, supporting one another actively and intentionally is going to become increasingly important. Yes, you should ask for help when you need it. But even more importantly, offer help to your friends, your family, your neighbors and even strangers — and do it often. It will help not just them, but you, as well.

We do wish all the very best of health and wish and hope that we can all survive this pandemic, even despite that Federal Government is not taken care of their own people!

Protect yourself at all cost and effort

May God bless you in all your endeavors’

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