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Nepalese Long Islanders Seek Donations For Earthquake Victims

first_imgThe 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday, sending buildings rumbling to the streets and leaving precious historical sites in tatters. More than 5,000 people have died, but that number is likely to rise, possibly to 10,000, officials said.Three days after the quake, the United Nations released an update on the conditions in Nepal, reporting that 8 million people in 39 districts have been affected.“According to early indications, 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance,” the UN said. “Of these, 750,000 people live near the epicenter in poor quality housing. Impact on agriculture based livelihoods and food security is expected to be extremely high.”The UN said Nepal desperately needs medical tents, medication and surgical kits to help the wounded.Also included in its wish list: body bags.Prashant Gami, 28, of Selden, moved to the US from Nepal seven years ago. His brother and other relatives still live there. He was fortunate that he didn’t have to wait breathlessly to get in contact with relatives, but the tragedy has been difficult to comprehend. It’s also nearly impossible to maintain conversations because cell phone service is spotty.“We grew up in Nepal,” Gami said by phone. “It was very emotional to see all the destruction. It’s going to take a long time. We need everyone’s help to rebuild Nepal.”Gami and Shah are doing their best to help that effort.“I really want to go,” Shah said over the phone. He wants to be on the ground in Nepal. He wants to help rebuild. But, he said, he’s more useful here—selling t-shirts, collecting donations and coordinating the local relief effort. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When Chandan Shah of Coram awoke on Saturday to images of destruction in his homeland of Nepal, he was overcome with shock.He immediately thought of his parents, who live in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu—a sprawling city particularly hit hard by the massive earthquake. The 28-year-old man called his parents, but was unable to get in touch with them. Hours had passed, and still nothing. Finally, after 24 hours, he heard their voices. The Long Island Nepalese Society is accepting clothing donations at 6 Rustic Court, Plainview. View image | gettyimages.comShah’s parents were safe. Like many others, they took up residence in a humanitarian aid camp and were living under a tent out of fear of going inside due to countless nerve-rattling aftershocks. Many people haven’t returned to their vulnerable homes since the quake, but do so to use the bathroom or to quickly cook meals.“It’s like a nightmare for me,” Shah said over the phone Tuesday, as he and a friend prepared to sell dozens of shirts in Queens and Manhattan to raise money for quake survivors.The duo was armed with 50 “Pray for Nepal” shirts and were hoping to sell them for $15 each. The money would go toward relief efforts in Nepal. Shah is also coordinating relief efforts through the Long Island Nepalese Society, which is accepting clothing donations in Plainview. View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com What quake victims need most, Shah said, is clothes, tents, medical supplies, and food.“The international organizations are helping,” Shah said, but added, “more things need to be done.”“So many people are missing,” he said.last_img read more

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The Latest: German soccer could resume on May 9

first_img Associated Press The Latest: German soccer could resume on May 9 The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage.Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”Maracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___ UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31.The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics.Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.” More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years. It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.”Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped. UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year.The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year. April 23, 2020 Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities.France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.” ___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%.The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___ He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___last_img read more

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