An 82-year-old homeless Polish woman will at the weekend leave the United Arab Emirates with a heavy heart.
Teresa Godlewska, an art consultant who went to the UAE 34 years ago, said: “I am embarrassed and ashamed that I am leaving this beautiful country as a destitute. I have spent 45 years in the Middle East, 34 in the UAE alone, and even if I had saved Dh100 every month, I would have had close to Dh1 million today. So as I say goodbye, I want to appeal to all expats not to make the same mistakes I have. Please, please save money for a rainy day or you will end up destitute like me.”
Godlewska, had in August 2012 appealed for help in an Emirati news portal, and readers reached out to her, helping her to renew her trade licence. An art gallery owner even offered her a guest room at Bastakiya free of cost. “But it’s all over now.”
Godlewska, who ran an antiques, restoration and framing boutique called Tarmeem World, has an investor’s visa valid till 2016 and a driving licence that expires in 2022. “But what am I going to do with them?” she asked. “I even sold my 20-year-old car for Dh2,000.”
Apparently too ashamed of herself to ask for help like the last time, Godlewska made no such appeal. “I am at a dead-end and it looks like I must resign myself to my miserable fate.”
She said a friend had bought her a one-way ticket to Warsaw. “I have no place to live in my homeland and no family to ask for help.”
She said she has no idea how she will survive in Poland. “I will not be entitled to any pension. The only concession I might receive is free transport but that’s if I am in the city. In 1952, I worked with a Polish TV channel which marked its 60th anniversary last year. I wonder if they would be interested in me now. I am good at languages and can converse in English, German, French, Italian, Turkish and some Arabic. I hope I get an opportunity to take lessons.”
A child of the Second World War, Godlewska said her life has been embattled in more ways than one. “I have had a bad marriage and have been disowned by my family. Many in my community have shunned me because I begged for help and portrayed the community in poor light. But Dubai has made me a survivor.”
She said the optimist in her is still hoping for a miracle.
“My health is fantastic at 82 because God knows I cannot afford to take ill. I feel privileged that I have seen a country develop from sands and dunes to the magical world it is today. I have had great times in the UAE, met some wonderful people and done charity work too.”
As she reluctantly prepared to fly back, she said: “The weather in Poland is beautiful now. But I dread the winter and hope I don’t freeze to death. I wish I can be back in Dubai before then.” [Xpress]
US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.
President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”
I WON THE ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”
He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.
However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.
Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead
Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.
The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.
Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.
Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.
US Election Is Far From Over — Trump
Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”
“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.
“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.
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