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‘Working in a hospital during a pandemic makes me want my old job back’



'Working in a hospital during a pandemic makes me want my old job back'

For the past 11 years, Natalia Carrasco, 40, has worked as a celebrity makeup artist for clients including John Legend and “Real Housewives of New York” star Leah McSweeney. But when the pandemic struck, the resident of East Williamsburg lost his job and was short of money, so he took a job as a receptionist at one of the most controlled hospitals in New York City. Now, he is more grateful and wants to return to his old career.

When the lockout starts in March, every make-up job that I have queued is canceled within five days. At first, I felt, “It will be okay, I will use my savings.” Then, things got serious and I wondered how I would pay the bills.

I was on Facebook one day and saw this agency looking for people to help with COVID at Elmhurst Hospital. At that time, I was ready for anything, so I applied for the job and got it.

On my first day, April 3, I saw people carrying corpses and I felt tremendous pain in my stomach and chest. I had to go to the bathroom and cry a little because I never thought I had to go through this stress and fear in my work.

It made me think of all the beautiful messages I used to say by saying ‘You made my day’ after doing someone’s makeup and how lucky I am to have the opportunity I have. My life was filled with positivity.

Natalia Carrasco
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At the hospital, I was assigned to answer phone calls at the main desk starting at 4 pm. until midnight. I get many calls from people trying to find the bodies of their family or friends. It was shocking to hear all the broken sounds and people in pain. I also have to make an overhead announcement at the hospital if someone has a cardiac arrest or has a heart attack or other life-threatening event. If I say something wrong, it’s really life or death – and it’s very stressful.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful to have a job and I have no respect for health workers. But I often think to myself, went away from making beautiful and happy people surrounded by death and sadness. “I make here in a week what I make in a day.

The whole experience reminded me how much I loved and lost my old job and how I had to go back there. I am more grateful for that now than before. – As told to Melkorka Licea

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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