KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s prime minister, facing growing protests against him, has gathered his supporters in a rally in the capital in an attempt to show he still has support. Tens of thousands of people waving red Communist flags gathered at the heart of Kathmandu cheering and chanting slogans in support of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli. A splinter faction of Oli’s governing Nepal Communist Party and opposition parties have been holding protests against him since he decided to dissolve Parliament on Dec. 20 and hold new elections on April 30 and May 10. The splinter faction led a nationwide general strike on Thursday, shutting down schools, markets and transportation.
Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Park sustained serious damage in the storm.Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Park, the last New York City school still closed 10 weeks after Sandy, is getting a few finishing touches from teachers eager to resume classes Friday—including some Long Island-based staffers still making storm repairs at home.The ground floor of the highly ranked middle and high school for gifted students had to be gutted after flood waters rushed in from Jamaica Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the neighboring sewage treatment plant. Thousands of dollars in school supplies were lost in the floods and some electronics that weren’t destroyed were stolen by looters.The school is halfway between Breezy Point—the community on the western tip of the Rockaway peninsula that lost 126 homes in a mid-superstorm blaze—and Long Beach to the east, among the hardest-hit LI towns.But now, Scholars is back.“It was really hard for me to be away during this,” said Blythe Worster, a Scholars’ art teacher from Bellmore who was on maternity leave until Jan. 2 after giving birth to her first child two days before Sandy. “I was just so helpless.”After she and her family cleaned up from 5-foot flood waters that rushed into the basement of her new house, Worster returned to the Rockaways to put her classroom back together. She and colleagues got help via Donors Choose, an education-focused fundraising website.“Sandy came in and did a number on us,” Brian O’Connell, the school’s principal, told CNN. “It really adds up because some of these items are quite expensive.”About half of Scholars’ students and around a third of the staffers—O’Connell and Worster included—were temporarily displaced from their homes by the storm. The school’s 642 students met for class in East New York during the cleanup.But they’re not complaining. The recovery time for the battered school and continuing efforts in the devastated surrounding community ultimately proved a lesson in resilience for students and teachers alike.Athena Mcdonaldsmith, a Scholars’ student who lives near the school and endured serious flooding at home, told The Wave, the Rockaway’s local newspaper, she joined in the volunteer effort despite also being in need of assistance.She was quoted as saying, “Sandy really hit Rockaway hard, but the pride and strength that has come from this disaster is truly a force to be reckoned with, one that no storm could destroy.”-With Kathy Kim Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One man was seriously injured and another wounded after a shooting in Wheatley Heights early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said. The two men—21-year-old Genesis Foster, who also goes by the name Kaurron, and 19-year-old Charles Harris—were shot multiple times at the Colonial Springs Shopping Center parking lot around 2 a.m., police said. Harris was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. The Wyandanch man is listed in serious condition, police said. Foster, a West Babylon resident, was driven in a private vehicle to the same hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police did not provide details about the shooting other than saying the two men suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives are investigating the shooting. Any witnesses are asked to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.