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Latest News : Mar 29, 2020
How to Support Yourself Through This Crisis

Things you can do to support yourself during this crisis:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.  
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Phone family and friends.  Use Video call features to personalize the call.
  • Focus on the present.
  • Stay positive 

Helping each other and having faith will get us through this.  Our Leuva community and as Americans we are the most resilient community in the World.

JSK

Jai Ambe

LPS of USA Board of Directors

 
Obituary : Mar 27, 2020
Gulabben (Shantaben) Dayarambhai Patel, Nogama ( Pardi)

 

Om Shanti
 
Our beloved mother Gulabben (Shantaben)  Dayarambhai  Patel, gaam Nogama ( Pardi) passed away peacefully in Pleasanton, California on March 26, 2020 after a very brief illness.
 
Born on December 24, 1930 her life spanned three continents - in India, Zambia and America.
 
She leaves behind:
 
4 children:
Son Dr. Hemant Patel and daughter-in-law Chandan
Son Kundan Patel
Daughter Bharti and son-in-law Ishverbhai Patel
Daughter Daxa and son-in-law Ramanbhai Rama
 
7 Grandchildren:
Priya and husband Haren Amin
Trisha and husband Ashik Patel
Manisha and husband Priyesh Patel
Sanjay Rama and wife Sneha
Raksha and husband Punit Govenji
Hiren Rama
Dr. Sunil Patel
 
10 Great Grandchildren
 
..........and lots of LOVE !
 
Given the current unfortunate national and global COVID-19 health crisis and the Shelter-in-Place orders from the Governor, funeral service will be limited to the allowed 10 people only.
 
Also in line with the Shelter in Place order, no visitations or prathna will be conducted at the residence.
 
Om Shanti
Om Shanti
 
Our beloved mother Gulabben (Shantaben)  Dayarambhai  Patel, gaam Nogama ( Pardi) passed away peacefully in Pleasanton, California on March 26, 2020 after a very brief illness.
 
Born on December 24, 1930 her life spanned three continents - in India, Zambia and America.
 
She leaves behind:
 
4 children:
Son Dr. Hemant Patel and daughter-in-law Chandan
Son Kundan Patel
Daughter Bharti and son-in-law Ishverbhai Patel
Daughter Daxa and son-in-law Ramanbhai Rama
 
7 Grandchildren:
Priya and husband Haren Amin
Trisha and husband Ashik Patel
Manisha and husband Priyesh Patel
Sanjay Rama and wife Sneha
Raksha and husband Punit Govenji
Hiren Rama
Dr. Sunil Patel
 
10 Great Grandchildren
 
..........and lots of LOVE !
 
Given the current unfortunate national and global COVID-19 health crisis and the Shelter-in-Place orders from the Governor, funeral service will be limited to the allowed 10 people only.
 
Also in line with the Shelter in Place order, no visitations or prathna will be conducted at the residence.
 
Om Shanti
 
Latest News : Mar 27, 2020
Coronavirus IMPACTS US ALL

Coronavirus IMPACTS US ALL!

 

JSK

 

Jai Ambe

 

In recent days, members within our Leuva community have continued to learn that they have been infected by the Coronavirus.  Some of us may have travelled in the last 2-3 weeks to events around the country.  If you travelled to a conference, wedding, engagement, or local samaj event in the last few weeks and have symptoms of the coronavirus then please get tested.  Further, if you do test positive please notify your friends and family that may have joined you on any trip so that they can isolate themselves.  It is in our community's and country's best interest to try to reduce the spread of this virus in an effort to help everyone. 
 
We would also like to say that this particular virus knows no boundaries and any one of us could be infected by the virus.  In most cases the symptoms have been mild however the virus has the ability to result in hospitalization and unfortunately death.  Please be vigilant and do not be afraid to let your friends and family know so that through open communication we can all try to reduce the spread and severity of the Virus.
 
If you need our assistance in any way then please contact us.  All contact information for your board of directors is on the lpsofusa.com website.  Together and watching out for each other WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!
 
Your,
LPS of USA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 
Latest News : Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus Situation Update

Coronavirus Situation Update:

 

JAI SHRI KRISHNA,

 

MANY STATES/CITIES/COUNTIES HAVE ISSUED 'STAY HOME - WORK SAFE' ORDERS LPS OF USA WOULD LIKE REITERATE AND REQUEST ALL OF YOU TO STAY HOME AND NOT TO TRAVEL OR VISIT ANY FAMILY/RELATIVES HOMES, UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.  THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING FOR OURSELVES SHOULD BE THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY RIGHT NOW.

 

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A FLUID, TOUGH AND NEVER BEFORE SEEN SITUATION, BUT WE WILL ALL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

 

IF ANY OF YOU REQUIRE ANY ASSISTANCE OR NEED ANYTHING, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO ANY LPS OF USA BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AS WE ARE HERE TO HELP.  

 

 

LPS OF USA Board of Directors

 

 
Latest News : Mar 24, 2020
Coronavirus Situation Update

Coronavirus Situation Update:

Many states have all implemented some form of shelter in place or stay at home orders, though the rules vary by state. Please confirm with local authorities about the rules and regulations in your area as some local municipalities and counties also have differing restrictions in place depending on the severity of cases in their jurisdictions. 

Please be vigilant about the ongoing COVID-19 situation and stay safe.

 

The following states have restrictions:

  • California

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Georgia (Stay at Home Order in Atlanta)

  • Hawaii (Stay at Home Order in City and County of Honolulu and County of Maui)

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Louisiana

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Missouri (Stay at Home Order in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Kansas City and its metro area)

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • Ohio

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania (Stay at Home Order in Philadelphia)

  • Texas (Stay at Home Order in following counties: Bell, Bexar (San Antonio), Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Galveston, Harris (Houston), Hidalgo, Hunt, Lampasas, Lubbock, McLennan (Waco), Rockwall, Tarrant (Fort Worth), Travis (Austin), Williamson)

  • Washington

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

Useful Links:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/03/21/coronavirus-lockdown-orders-shelter-place-stay-home-state-list/2891193001/

https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/what-is-shelter-in-place

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/17/us/shelter-in-place-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

 

 

 

 

 
Latest News : Mar 19, 2020
Message from LPS of USA President and Board

To our fellow Leuvas, we are good at holding our nerve and steadying one another during difficult times.  We console each other in times of need and truly support one another during troubling times.  As Leuva's we should be proud of our resilience to weather tough personal and economic times that impact us.

The Coronavirus however is something that has completely blindsided us as a society.  This pandemic is something else; you can’t touch the virus, see it or even know where it is. It may be spread by those who don’t even know they are infected. It is very serious for some, very mild for many. Nevertheless, the effect of the virus could drive us apart. When someone we care for has it they must be isolated. That is particularly true for older people and the most vulnerable, the ones by whose bed we want to sit and hold their hand and express our love with touch. As in epidemics throughout history, the effects of this fear disturb us very deeply and dread comes upon us.

The answer to conquering this fear is our faith. The tears of the child wakened by a bad dream are stilled by the embrace of someone who loves them. The uncertainty of someone of great age is often quietened with a familiar voice. The words of a friend can enable us to challenge the fears of illness to reduce our sense of threat. The Leuva community has a culture of caring, expressed through our local samajes, working with our friends and collegues and in many other ways.

All of us, now, face a common threat, COVID-19. The question is, how do we find hope in these difficult circumstances? Hope comes from what we can do, who we are and our faith in God and our Hindu beliefs.

We know that everything possible is being done to ensure that we can meet the challenge by the Federal Government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The struggle with the virus has brought with it many practical difficulties, from the closing of places of worship, schools, meeting places, sports grounds and creating the need for isolation. Those who are leading our country are seeking the best advice and can be trusted to do all they can to protect us and help bring this pandemic to a quick close. 

We are capable of bearing the truth. Honesty strengthens our hopes. We need to listen to the science. Through listening we already know how to reduce the risk: washing our hands meticulously; self isolating even if we are not ill but have come into contact with the virus; resisting the temptation to go to the doctor's office where we might infect others; resisting the temptation, too, to panic buy. We must avoid spreading inaccurate and false information on cures that we find on social media like WhatsApp and Facebook and rely on facts from CDC.gov. Above all we must look after one another, knowing that in an uncertain world with a new virus we are best protected with honesty, compassion and care.  As Leuva's we already practice these but in these uncertain times we will need to escalate these to ensure that we help our fellow Leuva's as well as our fellow Americans.

Our Hindu beliefs remind us that we need to care for each other and ensure we watch out for those who are in distress even if they are those who are often invisible to us.  We can find hope and courage in so many ways common to all human beings, whether they are people of our faith or other faiths.  This is the time to help your fellow Leuva's and Americans, if we do not see ourselves as being at risk then we can go out of our way to be attentive to neighbours and to those who are vulnerable. We can shop for one another and we can volunteer in community service. We can support those who struggle to feed their children when there are no free school lunches.

Finally, there is one more thing that everyone can do.  We make no apology for saying “Pray!” Even if you scarcely can imagine how, pray! Pray for yourself, for those you love, for friends and neighbours.  Our Hindu faith is the most powerful religion in the Universe and our Leuva Community is one of the strongest and most resilient communities throughout the world.

Where is our hope? It is in the end in the love and faithfulness of God whom we may have forgotten.  Our Leuva community is strong and your Leuva Patidar Samaj and its board of directors would like to offer you a message of HOPE and FAITH as we work through these troubled times.  Our community is strong and we hope that everyone of you work for the common good of all and support everyone when the times of need arise.

Jai Ambe

Jai Shree Krishna

Jay (Jimmy) Patel - President and your LPS of USA Board of Directors

 
Latest News : Mar 19, 2020
PLC / GLRI - "Call to Action"

Public Loss Consultants and RWH Myers assisting Hoteliers in pursuit of FEMA Disaster Relief due to Coronavirus (COVID -19):

 

  • Assistance in the Preparation and Filing of “FEMA Disaster Relief Applications”, our efforts to assist our Clients in:

 

1.       Maximizing Loan Amounts

                     2.      Expediting the Loan Process

Presidential and SBA Agency Declared Disasters

States Affected

Incident

Incident Period

   

3/3/2020

California

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

1/31/2020 and continuing

Washington, Idaho, Oregon

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

1/31/2020 and continuing

Maine, New Hampshire

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

1/31/2020 and continuing

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

1/31/2020 and continuing

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

If you have suffered substantial economic injury and are one of the following types of businesses located in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL):

·         Small Business

·         Small agricultural cooperative

·         Most private nonprofit organizations

Loan Amounts and Use
Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.

The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company's financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Eligibility and Terms
The interest rate on EIDLs will not exceed 4 percent per year. The term of these loans will not exceed 30 years. The repayment term will be determined by your ability to repay the loan.

EIDL assistance is available only to small businesses when SBA determines they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere.

A business may qualify for both an EIDL and a physical disaster loan. The maximum combined loan amount is $2 million.

How to Apply
You can apply online for an SBA disaster assistance loan.

You must submit the completed loan application and a signed and dated IRS Form 4506-T giving permission for the IRS to provide SBA your tax return information.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

 

Daniel A. Russo, P.A.

                 Main Office & Catastrophe Division

                      2121 Lohmans Crossing Rd.

                      Ste. 504-412

                      Lakeway, TX 78734

                         

                          Phone (800) 738-6101

                          Fax      (800) 637-6108

                  www.PublicLossConsultants.com

 

 
Latest News : Mar 14, 2020
Coronavirus - Things to Know

As you know, the world is dealing with the Coronavirus and as a result we all have significant concerns of the impact that the virus will have on our daily lives and our families.  While the virus is extremely concerning, the United States currently has seen limited impact and a limited number of cases.  It is important that we all take the necessary steps to protect our families however it is also important that we all do not panic prior to any major epidemic in the United States.  You must however be cognizant of the potential virus threats that are related to international travel along with the warnings from the US State Department in regards to travel to certain countries.  Currently there are many myths and inaccuracies being spread on social media in regards to cures and threats related to the virus.  In order to find accurate information regarding the virus and its threats, please refer to the CDC.gov website as the information here will be based on facts as determined by the CDC.  We also urge you not to spread useless and baseless information that may be sent to you on social media especially WhatsApp and Facebook.  Rely on the facts that you receive from reputable agencies and remember not to panic but protect your family and be prepared in the event the virus spreads in you area.  

 

The information below is provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referred to as the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

 

How Does the Corona Virus Spread?

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Situation in U.S.

  • Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S.
  • Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 was first reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan.
  • During the week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California (in two places), Oregon and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.

 

What are the Symptoms of Someone with Coronavirus?

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

How can you Prevent or Treat Coronavirus?

Prevention & Treatment

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

 
Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on persons under investigation.

 

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Wear a facemask

You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Monitor your symptoms

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

Discontinuing home isolation

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

 

Frequently Asked Questions on the Virus?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#basics

 
Latest News : Mar 12, 2020
GOI : India Travel Advisory

Jai Shree Krishna,

Dear Members, please take a note of of the following Travel Advisory issued by the Goverment of India.  As the situation may improve or get worse, Please be sure to check with your local Indian Governmental Organization prior to making any travel plans to India.

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

High level Group of Ministers reviews current status, and actions for prevention and management of COVID-19

Revised Travel Advisory issued

Posted On: 11 MAR 2020 10:18PM by PIB Delhi

The sixth meeting of the GoM was held at Nirman Bhawan today under the chairpersonship of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare. Sh. Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Sh. Nityananda Rai, Minister of State for Home, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/c), Ministry of Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilisers and Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare were present.

The recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries chaired by Cabinet Secretary were placed before GoM. After detailed deliberations on preventive measures, actions taken and preparedness for Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Group of Ministers took the following decisions:

  • All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.

  • Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders is kept in abeyance till April 15th 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.

  • Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian Mission.

  • All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15th February, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.

  • Incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.

  • Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. On their return, they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

  • International traffic through land borders will be restricted to Designated check posts with robust screening facilities. These will be notified separately by M/o Home Affairs.

  • Provision for testing primarily for students/compassionate cases in Italy to be made and collection for samples to be organized accordingly.  Those tested negative will be allowed to travel and will be quarantined on arrival in India for 14 days.

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Latest News : Mar 10, 2020
Youth and Women's Events CANCELLED

LPS of USA Youth and Women's Events have been CANCELLED as a result of Coronavirus concerns.  

At LPS of USA we had been working diligently to organize and conduct great events for our Youth and Women this term however due to the recent news and concerns regarding the Coronavirus, the committees have decided that it would be in our members best interests to cancel these events.  At LPS, our members safety and security is one of our primary concerns and it was also in the organizations best interests to avoid any potential liability issues.

The Youth Committee decided earlier this week that it would be best to cancel as many of the youth and their parents had been in contact with the committe regarding their concerns.  As a result, the committe decided that we should postpone this event to a later date.

The Women's Committee had organized a great Women's Cruise for earlier this summer however concerns regarding the potential risks of the Coronavirus outbreak made it imperitive for the event to be cancelled.   Recently, the State Department also issued a warning regarding the risks associated with cruise travel and those who would be at higher risk.  The committee decided that it would be best to cancel this event at this time as many of our members would fall into the higher risk groups that have been warned not to participate in a cruise.  Secondly, the additional screening by cruise ships would have potentially disrupted our event and created greater challenges for our members who may be told that they were unable to board the ship.  Royal Caribbean will issue future cruise credits to the individuals who have booked their cabins for the cruise.  If anyone has any questions regarding the cruise they should contact Sandy Patel @ Cruise Planners (323) 413-7821.

We appologize to all our members regarding any inconvenience this may have caused however we feel it is in the best interests of everyone to take these steps to protect our members.

JSK

LPS of USA Board of Directors

 

 
Latest News : Mar 10, 2020
Possible Phishing Attempt

Jai Shree Krishna

Some of our members have reported possible phishing attempt using LPS of USA as sender.

Please note these emails may reach you. They are not sent from LPS Of USA. Do not open any attachements. Delete such emails immediately and empty the trash can.

 

LPS Of USA follows following rules:

- We never send out attachments. We never send messages in attachments. PLEASE DO NOT OPEN SUCH ATTACHMENTS/EMAILS.

- Our emails always have descriptive subject matter and content.

- Our emails always come from info@lpsofusa.com, please check actual email address.

Always use caution regardless of the sender. Always check the email address. Disregard any emails that are not familiar.

 

All messages from LPS Of USA are also sent to LPSofUSA app. Please download the App.

Thank you!

 
Latest News : Mar 08, 2020
Today is International Women's Day

JSK

Jai Ambe

March 8, is celebrated as International Women's Day.

In our Leuva Community, we often forget to remember the significance of Women and their role in our lives.  Women play a signficant and much more important role in our family.  In most families Women are the backbone of family and they instill the necessary values for our children.  Women are the primary caretakers of children and elders in every country of the world.  International studies demonstrate that when the economy and political organization of a society change, women take the lead in helping the family adjust to new realities and challenges.  In our Hindu community, Godess Amba or Maa Durga symbolizes the divine forces (positive energy) known as divine shakti (feminine energy/ power) that is used against the negative forces of evil and wickedness. She protects her devotees from evil powers and safeguards them.

International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on the 8th of March every year, is dedicated to all the women around the world, regardless of what they do or the choices they make. Years and years of patriarchy brought about feminist revolutions and movements in history that changed the way people perceived the role of women in a society. Recognized by the United Nations, Women’s day celebrates all the struggles and sacrifices made by women in history and today, who have fought and are still fighting to create a story that is not just ‘His’ but also ‘Hers’.

The first National Women's Day was observed in United States on 28 February, 1909 in order to honour garment workers' strike in New York organized by the Socialist Party of America, where women protested against the poor working conditions. In 1913, Russian women also celebrated their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday of February according to their Julian calendar. The first International Women's Day however was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March, 1911 and over a million people, men and women, came together to demand equal right to vote and to hold public office for women.

In 1977, the United Nations proclaimed 8th March as the United Nation Day for women's rights and world peace. Following that, women’s day has been widely celebrated equally in developed and developing countries with a new wave of feminism and revolution. With today’s technology and social media, Women’s day thrives to bring more awareness and consciousness in the society.

International Women’s Day endorses the need and necessity to knowledge every woman in every aspect of life, be it in the household or in the public domain. A housewife needs the same acknowledgement as the working man and the business woman should be given the same amount of salary as the business man because talent and efficiency goes beyond gender and one cannot differentiate on its basis.

On this day of celebration, we wish everyone a very Happy International Women’s Day and hope that the world becomes a better and equal place for all human beings.

 

Jay (Jimmy) Patel

President LPS of USA

 
Latest News : Mar 06, 2020
Coronavirus - Things to Know

As you know, the world is dealing with the Coronavirus and as a result we all have significant concerns of the impact that the virus will have on our daily lives and our families.  While the virus is extremely concerning, the United States currently has seen limited impact and a limited number of cases.  It is important that we all take the necessary steps to protect our families however it is also important that we all do not panic prior to any major epidemic in the United States.  You must however be cognizant of the potential virus threats that are related to international travel along with the warnings from the US State Department in regards to travel to certain countries.  Currently there are many myths and inaccuracies being spread on social media in regards to cures and threats related to the virus.  In order to find accurate information regarding the virus and its threats, please refer to the CDC.gov website as the information here will be based on facts as determined by the CDC.  We also urge you not to spread useless and baseless information that may be sent to you on social media especially WhatsApp and Facebook.  Rely on the facts that you receive from reputable agencies and remember not to panic but protect your family and be prepared in the event the virus spreads in you area.  

 

The information below is provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referred to as the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

 

How Does the Corona Virus Spread?

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Situation in U.S.

  • Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S.
  • Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 was first reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan.
  • During the week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California (in two places), Oregon and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.

 

What are the Symptoms of Someone with Coronavirus?

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

How can you Prevent or Treat Coronavirus?

Prevention & Treatment

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

 
Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on persons under investigation.

 

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Wear a facemask

You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Monitor your symptoms

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

Discontinuing home isolation

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

 

Frequently Asked Questions on the Virus?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#basics

 
Latest News : Mar 06, 2020
Holi Monday - March 9, 2020

Jai Shree Krishna,

Holi is a festival that marks the arrival of spring and also known widely as the Festival of Color, it takes place over two days, and is celebrated as religious festival, festival of color and love, as well as the triumph of good versus evil.

Every year the festival celebrations begin on the evening of the full moon that comes in 'Phagun' (between the end of February and the middle of March), carrying on into the next day. This year, it begins on March 9.

The first evening is known as Holika Dahan. Festival-goers traditionally gather around a bonfire to celebrate the victory of good over evil. They perform religious rituals, which include prayers that any evil inside of them is destroyed.

The following day is called Dhuleti. This is when the famous colorful powders are thrown, mixing with water from water guns and water balloons.

Holika, the sister of the Hindu demon king Hiranyakashipu. The demon king was granted immortality with five powers: He could be killed by neither animals nor humans, He could be killed neither indoors nor outdoors, He could be killed neither during the day nor at night, He could be killed on neither land, water nor air, He could be killed by neither projectile nor handheld weapons.

When his immortality turned him evil and he began to kill anyone who disobeyed him, his son, Prahlad, decided to kill him. When the king found out, he asked his sister Holika for help; in their plan she would wear a cloak which stopped her from being harmed by fire and take Prahlad into a bonfire with her. However the cloak flew from Holika's shoulders while she was in the fire and covered Prahlad; he was protected but she burnt to death.

Lord Vishnu then appeared to kill Hiranyakashipu by sidestepping his five powers. He took the form of Narasimha, who was half-human and half-lion; he met him on a doorstep, which is neither indoors nor outdoors; he appeared at dusk, which is neither day nor night; he placed his father on his lap, which is neither land, water nor air; and he attacked him with his lion claws, which are neither projectile nor handheld weapons.

While Hiranyakashipu and Holika came to represent evil, Vishnu and Prahlad came to represent good. The story shows the victory of good over evil, which is why it is tied to the festival.

The colored powder - or gulal - thrown on the second day of the festival comes from the legend of Krishna. Anyone at Holi is fair game to be covered in the perfumed powder as a celebration of Krishna and Radha's love, regardless of age or social status. The powder also signifies the coming of spring and all the new colors it brings to nature.

LPS of USA Board of Directors

 
Latest News : Mar 06, 2020
Holi Monday - March 9, 2020

Jai Shree Krishna,

Holi is a festival that marks the arrival of spring and also known widely as the Festival of Color, it takes place over two days, and is celebrated as religious festival, festival of color and love, as well as the triumph of good versus evil.

Every year the festival celebrations begin on the evening of the full moon that comes in 'Phagun' (between the end of February and the middle of March), carrying on into the next day. This year, it begins on March 9.

The first evening is known as Holika Dahan. Festival-goers traditionally gather around a bonfire to celebrate the victory of good over evil. They perform religious rituals, which include prayers that any evil inside of them is destroyed.

The following day is called Dhuleti. This is when the famous colorful powders are thrown, mixing with water from water guns and water balloons.

Holika, the sister of the Hindu demon king Hiranyakashipu. The demon king was granted immortality with five powers: He could be killed by neither animals nor humans, He could be killed neither indoors nor outdoors, He could be killed neither during the day nor at night, He could be killed on neither land, water nor air, He could be killed by neither projectile nor handheld weapons.

When his immortality turned him evil and he began to kill anyone who disobeyed him, his son, Prahlad, decided to kill him. When the king found out, he asked his sister Holika for help; in their plan she would wear a cloak which stopped her from being harmed by fire and take Prahlad into a bonfire with her. However the cloak flew from Holika's shoulders while she was in the fire and covered Prahlad; he was protected but she burnt to death.

Lord Vishnu then appeared to kill Hiranyakashipu by sidestepping his five powers. He took the form of Narasimha, who was half-human and half-lion; he met him on a doorstep, which is neither indoors nor outdoors; he appeared at dusk, which is neither day nor night; he placed his father on his lap, which is neither land, water nor air; and he attacked him with his lion claws, which are neither projectile nor handheld weapons.

While Hiranyakashipu and Holika came to represent evil, Vishnu and Prahlad came to represent good. The story shows the victory of good over evil, which is why it is tied to the festival.

The colored powder - or gulal - thrown on the second day of the festival comes from the legend of Krishna. Anyone at Holi is fair game to be covered in the perfumed powder as a celebration of Krishna and Radha's love, regardless of age or social status. The powder also signifies the coming of spring and all the new colors it brings to nature.

LPS of USA Board of Directors

 
Latest News : Mar 06, 2020
PLC / GLRI - "Call to Action" - Flooding and Weather Related Damage

PLC / GLRI - 'Call to Action' - Flooding and Weather Related Damage?

 

 

Respectfully,
LPS of USA

 
Obituary : Mar 05, 2020
Jeliben Patel

Jeliben Patel was born on  15 December 1939  to Chaganbhai Karabhai and Gangaben  at Vanzana District Navsari and passed away on 2 March 2020 in Thomasville GA. She was Married to Ishwarlal  Bhikhabhai Patel from Jamania Dist- Vyara, in 1957 and went to Mombasa Kenya their she had a two sons Sanjay (Cairo GA.) and Ajay(Pensacola, Fl.) they came back to India  and settled in Navsari then after they move to Los Angeles California USA in 1981 since she was in USA until passed away She left behind her two sons-daughter in laws Sanjay- Sangita and Ajay-Vishakha and four grand children Nikesh, Dylan, Dilani and Riyana 
 
Prathana 
Friday March 6, 2020 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Funeral 
Saturday March 7, 2020 10 AM
 
Mathews Funeral Home
3206 Gillionville Rd.,
Albany, Ga. 31721 
 
Obituary : Mar 04, 2020
Passing away of Hiralalbhai Patel(Gaam: Siyod)

Jai Shree Krishna,

It's with a heavy heart and great sadness that we are sharing the news of passing away of Hiralalbhai Patel of Pine Bluff, AR (Gaam-Siyod).

He passed away at the age of 79 and is survived by his wife Manuben, son Hemangbhai and Bimalbhai Patel.

On behalf of all members of GSA, we convey our sincere condolences to his family and all those who grieve and feel his absence. We pray God gives strength and courage to his family during this most difficult time.

Prathna: Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Funeral Service: Friday, March 6th, 2020 at 10:00 am

Little Rock Funeral Home
8801 Knoedl Court
Little Rock, AR 77205

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti 🙏

Respectfully,
LPSofUSA

 
Latest News : Mar 04, 2020
NEWS@LPSOFUSA.com
Dear LPS of USA Members,
 
Over the last few years, we have sent an extensive amount of funeral emails out to membership after receiving messages from you regarding Sad News.  In order to streamline the number of members that receive these emails we have created some new guidelines listed below.  It is imperitive that you immediately follow these guidelines as we are implementing the new strategy immediately.
 
Secondly, we have created a new email address news@lpsofusa.com for all news items to be sent to our organization.  While we will use this new email for use for the Sad messages, we encourage you to send us any positive information that can be reviewed by the team and possibly sent to membership and/or used for content in our LC Magazine.
 
SAD News Messages GUIDELINES: 
1. Must be a paid member, please include LPS username (number). If you do not know the number, please include membership name, relationship with the departed soul, gaam, city, state
2. Will be sent to members of the individual's gaam
3. Will be sent out to the state the individual resided in
4. Funeral must be in the continental USA
5. Will require 24 hours notification
6. All requests must be properly worded in text or Microsoft Word format. 
7. Image needs to be submitted separately in .png or .jpg formats.
8. Please submit the request at news@lpsofusa.com
 
We hope that this process will be beneficial to everyone and we look forward to everyone using the news@lpsofusa.com to send in positive messages while utilizing the address for the guidelines above.
 
JSK
Jai Ambe
 
LPS of USA Board of Directors
 
Latest News : Mar 04, 2020
LPS Women's Cruise IMPORTANT UPDATE
From: Sandy Patel <sandy.patel@cruiseplanners.com>
Date: March 3, 2020 at 8:33:10 AM CST
To: Sandy Patel <sandy.patel@cruiseplanners.com>
Subject: IMPORTANT INFORMATION: MAY 1ST LPS CRUISE

Good Morning Ladies!

 

There has been some misunderstanding information passing around regarding the “refund policy” of the upcoming Royal Caribbean Cruise that is sailing on May 1, 2020. 

 

As of today, there has been no coronavirus development on North America Cruise ships. Royal Caribbean will not be waiving any cancellation fee as right now. A penalty fee for cancelling your travel will apply, should you decide to cancel.  All cancellation request MUST be sent via email to me.

 

I do understand your concerns regarding the coronavirus, and as a safety precaution Royal Caribbean will be doing a health screening check prior to boarding the cruiseship. In addition, they are not allowing any passengers who have traveled through China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto in the past 15 days or anyone who has been in contact with someone who has been in these areas. Guests who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms will also be denied boarding. Should something change, we will inform you.

 

That said, the cruise is still on and we have had no cancellations of today. See you onboard May 1st!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or call 323-413-7821, Monday – Friday from 9AM – 6PM Central Time.

 

Thanks,

 

 

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Sandy Patel

Travel Advisor

 

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e. sandy.patel@cruiseplanners.com

w. www.zadtravels.com

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Obituary : Mar 03, 2020
Sureshbhai G Patel (Bagumara)
 
Sureshbhai G Patel, 63 of Marshall, TX was born on March 12, 1956 in Bagumra, India to his parents Bhulabhai and Laxmiben Patel. He married Manjulaben Patel on May 12, 1974 and had 4 children. He came to America in December of 1987 and soon after settled in Marshall, TX.

He is survived by his wife Manjulaben of Puna, India, son Dipan Patel and daughter in law Reena Patel of Marshall, TX, son Chirag Patel and daughter in law Priya Patel of Frisco, TX, daughter Amisha Patel and son in law Sandesh Patel of Atlanta, GA daughter Rimple Patel and son in law Mehul Patel of Cumming, GA
Grandkids: Kaleb, Neel, Rishi, Sonam, Dhruv, Breanna, Shaan and Dylan

Funeral Services
 
Thursday, March 5th, 2020
Funeral Time : 1pm to 3pm
Location:
 
Down's Funeral Home
4608 Elysian Fields Road
Marshall, TX 75672
903-927-1700


In Lieu of flowers please donate to:
Sandra White Hospice Care Foundation
111 East Burleson
Marshall, Texas 75670
(903) 923-8154
 
Obituary : Mar 02, 2020
Loss of Kamlesh Dipakbhai Patel(Gaam: Kharvasa)

 

II Jai Siya Ram, Jay Parmatma II

Loss of Kamlesh Dipakbhai Patel.

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Kamlesh D. Patel on Saturday Feb. 29 2020
Mill Valley, CA. (Gaam Kharvasa)
Kamlesh is survived by.
Grandmother: Hanshaben Rambhai Patel
Father:Dipakbhai Rambhai Patel
Mother: Jayaben Dipakbhai Patel
Wife: Roshaniben Kamleshbhai Patel
Daughters: Jiya and Jena

Funeral Services:
10.00AM Wednesday March 4, 2020
Valley Memorial Park
650 Bugeia lane
Novato, CA. 94945

Respectfully
LPSofUSA

 
Latest News : Mar 01, 2020
Opiod Abuse

TIPS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE - While in our Leuva community these issues do exist often times we are afraid to tackle them or are afraid of the consequences as well as the perception on our families.  However, it is extremely important that we tackle substance abuse issues in order to protect our families.  Below you will find some information regarding substance abuse and a government based hoteline along with specific information on opiod abuse which has become a significant epidemic in the United States.  We hope you find this information beneficial as it definitely impacts all communities.

2020 LPS of USA Board of Directors

 

SAMSA - SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

What is SAMHSA’s National Helpline?

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information

Opioid Abuse

Opioids are highly addictive, and opioid abuse has become a national crisis in the United States. Statistics highlight the severity of the epidemic, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse reporting that more than 2 million Americans abuse opioids and that more than 90 Americans die by opioid overdose every day, on average.

Why do people become addicted to opioids?

Opioids can make your brain and body believe the drug is necessary for survival. As you learn to tolerate the dose you’ve been prescribed, you may find that you need even more medication to relieve the pain or achieve well-being, which can lead to dependency. Addiction takes hold of our brains in several ways — and is far more complex and less forgiving than many people realize.

How can you avoid addiction to opioids?

If you or a loved one is considering taking opioids to manage pain, it is vital to talk to a physician anesthesiologist or other pain medicine specialist about using them safely and exploring alternative options if needed. Learn how to work with your physician anesthesiologist or another physician to use opioids more wisely and safely and explore what pain management alternatives might work for you.

What are the signs of an addiction?

People addicted to drugs may change their behavior. Possible signs include:

  • Mixing with different groups of people or changing friends
  • Spending time alone and avoiding time with family and friends
  • Losing interest in activities
  • Not bathing, changing clothes or brushing their teeth
  • Being very tired and sad
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Being overly energetic, talking fast and saying things that don’t make sense
  • Being nervous or cranky
  • Quickly changing moods
  • Sleeping at odd hours
  • Missing important appointments
  • Getting into trouble with the law
  • Attending work or school on an erratic schedule
  • Experiencing financial hardship

What should you do if you or someone you know is addicted?

If you or a loved one is ready to seek help for an addiction, the first step is to find a physician or other health professional who can help. Ask your physician for a referral to a medical professional in addiction medicine. Or search the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s website for addiction specialists in your area. The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry also has a Patient Referral Program.

Another resource is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) toll-free help line to find drug treatment near you: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Or you can visit SAHMSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. There’s also a State Agencies webpage that helps you find state agencies that might have special programs for you or a loved one.

If you are supporting a friend or loved one in overcoming addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers the following advice: Assure your friend or loved one that addiction can be managed successfully, but acknowledge that it may take several attempts at treatment to find the best approach. If your friend or loved one refuses to seek help, a confrontational “intervention” is not recommended. These encounters can escalate into violence or backfire in other ways. Try to convince the person to consult with a physician. 

What are opioid withdrawal symptoms and how can you alleviate them?

Opioid withdrawal symptoms can but won’t necessarily include some of the following:

  • Drug cravings
  • Anxiety/irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors (shaking)
  • Feeling cold

Opioid withdrawal symptoms generally last between three and five days, although they can last up to 10 days, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Withdrawal from opioids can be difficult and even dangerous. Trying to quit “cold turkey” is not recommended, ASAM advises, because it can lead to stronger cravings and continued use. The safest way to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms is through medically supervised treatment that generally includes medicines, counseling and support. Some medications used to relieve withdrawal symptoms are methadone and buprenorphine (Subutex). These medications also can be used as long-term maintenance medicine for opioid dependence. In addition, a medication called clonidine can be used during withdrawal to help reduce anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose and cramping. It does not help reduce cravings. The addiction medicine physician may also prescribe medication to treat vomiting and diarrhea and help with insomnia.

What are the symptoms of an opioid overdose?

Signs of an overdose include:

  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Inability to talk
  • Blue skin color and dark-colored lips
  • Snoring or gurgling sounds

How should you respond to an opioid overdose?

If you think someone may be experiencing an opioid overdose, take the following actions immediately:

  1. Lightly tap, shake and shout at the person to get a response. If you do not get a response, rub your knuckles on the person’s breastbone.
  2. If the individual responds, keep the person awake.
  3. Call 911.

If You Get Little or No Response

If lightly tapping, shaking and shouting at the person or rubbing your knuckles on the person’s breastbone do not elicit a response (per Step 1 above), take the following actions:

  1. Call 911. If you have naloxone, a medication that can rapidly reverse the effects of an overdose, administer it according to the instructions on the package (in addition to calling 911).
  2. If breathing is shallow or nonexistent, or if the person’s skin color is blue and he or she has dark-colored lips, perform mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing by tilting the head back and lifting up the chin until the mouth opens, clearing the airway. Give two quick breaths to start and then a strong breath every 5 seconds.
  3. If the person does not have a pulse or is not breathing, perform CPR. Push down repeatedly on the chest at a rate of 100 times per minute. Deliver rescue breaths after every 30 compressions.
  4. While waiting for emergency responders, stay with the person. If you must leave the person alone or vomiting occurs, place the individual in recovery position — on the person’s side, with the opposite hand supporting the head, mouth facing to the side and down, and top leg on the floor to keep the person from rolling onto the stomach.

What is naloxone and how can it help with an overdose?

Available as an injection or nasal spray, naloxone (also sold under the brand name Narcan) is a lifesaving medication that can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. If you happen to have naloxone when responding to an overdose, call 911 and administer the medication according to the package instructions.

Access to naloxone is expanding on a state-by-state basis. It can be prescribed by a physician, is often carried by police officers and emergency medical responders and is increasingly available over the counter at some pharmacies.

How should you store and dispose of opioids to protect family members?

If you are taking opioids, you are not the only one in your household who is in danger of misuse, addiction and overdose. Other members of your household, including children, also are vulnerable. Here’s how to protect them:

  • Always store opioids in a safe and secure place. Do not leave prescription bottles in the medicine cabinet, and keep the medication away from others, particularly young children. Children sometimes confuse medications for candy and end up swallowing them, which can lead to overdose. Other family members and visitors could also find prescription medications in the house and use them inappropriately.
  • Never share your prescriptions. More than half of people who misuse prescribed opioids get them from a friend or relative, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Don’t throw unused opioids in the trash. Improper disposal of prescription medicines can lead to other people finding and taking them.

If you have leftover or expired prescription medications, follow these drug disposal tips:

  • Remove the prescription label that contains your name and other identifying information.
  • Check with your municipal trash and recycling program providers about approved disposal drop-off options in your community, such as police stations.
  • Look for pharmacies and health care clinics that provide drop-off boxes or sell specially designed drug disposal envelopes that you can seal and mail to an approved facility.
  • Flush the medication down the toilet or mix it with dirt, kitty litter or coffee grounds before throwing it in the garbage.

 

 

 
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Ramniklal Solanki Of AMG - Garavi Gujarat
On March 1st in Ahmedabad (last night) the founder of Garavi Gujarat and Asian Media Group passed away.  Mr. Ramniklal Solanki was instrumental in helping the Gujarati community earn a voice in print media in the UK and the USA.  More importantly to LPS of USA, AMG has played an important part in helping us over the years and providing a voice to our Leuva community.  Much of the work from their company was pro-bono and in fact they had published LC magazine for many years.  We are all proud to have been able to have had the opportunity to get to know Mr. Solanki and his family and pass our condolences to the Solanki family.
 
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