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BALDWIN, Long Island (WABC) -- Several local heroes on Long Island were honored for their volunteer work during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Zhanna Weinstein has volunteered more than 1,100 hours as an EMT during the COVID crisis this summer while still attending nursing school.

"I'm home. I wake up in the middle of the night anyway, why not just keep going with it," Weinstein said.



As an EMT, she shows compassion to her patients and her peers, and has a tremendous amount of pride in whatever she does.

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On Tuesday night, this 25-year-old, along with more than a dozen other Long Island residents, were recognized by their local Nassau County legislator Debra Mule, for going above and beyond while the pandemic wreaked havoc on all our lives.

During the time of COVID, John Carey assisted the ministry's food pantry week after week, to pick up food donations, bring them to the parish and organize the food pantry.

Carey, a retired educator, volunteered at his local food pantry to help the increasing number of families put dinner on the table.

And Nick LaBorne, who is an ABC studio manager by day and a critical volunteer by night.

Thanks to his 'can do' spirit, he made sure the Freeport Fire Department and Village Hall were properly sanitized and that workers were kept safe.

He started procuring protective gear long before demand surged and supplies dropped.

"I have the best of both worlds. I work in TV, at ABC News, and i can also be a firefighter," LaBorne said. "I just love what I do."

These are not the heroes who make headlines or win medals, but they make a huge difference in their communities.

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Indian Police Arrested a Local Journalist Alleging Spying for China

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Police in India's capital city on Saturday said they had arrested a local freelance journalist on allegations he was passing "sensitive information" to Chinese intelligence officers.

In a statement, the Delhi Police said 61-year-old Rajeev Sharma was arrested earlier this week and officers had seized some confidential documents related to the Indian defence department from the journalist's residence.

One Chinese woman and her Nepalese partner were also arrested for allegedly supplying Sharma with "huge amounts of money" for "conveying information to Chinese intelligence".

The Chinese foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours.

Reuters could not immediately reach any of the three individuals, who are under arrest, or their lawyers.

"On interrogation, Rajeev Sharma has disclosed his involvement in procurement of secret/sensitive information and further conveying the same to his Chinese handlers," Delhi's Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said in the statement.

The arrest comes amid heightened tensions between India and China at their border in the Himalayan region. The relationship between the neighbours has worsened since a clash in June that India says of 20 of its troops were killed.

China suffered "far fewer" than the 20 deaths incurred by India's military in the clash, according to a tweet this week by the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, which is published by the People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party.

The police said Sharma was tasked with providing information on India-China boundary issues and other matters in recent years.

It added that between January 2019 and September 2020, Sharma received more than 3 million Indian rupees ($40,799.67) from one of his handlers.

India has in recent months banned several Chinese apps and made it tougher for Chinese companies to make investments.

(Reporting by Aftab Ahmed and Devjyot Ghoshal; Additional reporting by Ryan Woo in Beijing; Editing by Aditya Kalra and Alex Richardson)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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