A single mother of three children who is currently in hospital battling cancer is now homeless after her Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home suddenly went up in flames on Friday morning.What remained of the property after the fireThirty-seven-year-old Polly Dowkaran of Lot 106 Agriculture Road, Triumph, ECD, and her three minor children, including a two-month-old baby, are left to make alternative living arrangements.Neighbours of the family told Guyana Times the fire started at about 08:00h and no one was at home at the time.According to reports, a neighbour who resides on the southern side of Dowkaran was exiting her home to empty garbage when she saw smoke billowing from the one storey wooden property and immediately raised an alarm.The fire service was quickly called and firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the one location. However, by that time, nothing could have been saved.“The response from the fire service was good, I must commend them but the house was very old so it burned quite fast… only problem was the house behind got a little damaged,” a neighbour reported.Guyana Times was told that an elderly man who occupies the a building aback Dowkaran’s had to be rushed to hospital with burns about his body.“The old man, he house get scorch up and like he was trying to come out but he get burn,” the woman relayed.The man, identified only as “Sundar” was reportedly unable to escape the heat in time.When this newspaper visited the scene, the man was returning from hospital with bandages wrapped around his upper chest and back.His relatives who were escorting him declined to comment. The fire is suspected to have been electrical in origin. The incident is however being investigated.
Collison is averaging 13 points, 5.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 32 minutes per game. Farmar averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 30.4 minutes. Collison also is averaging 2.8 turnovers and shooting 52.5 percent from the field, including 50 percent (41 of 82) from 3-point range. Farmar turned the ball over 3.6 times per game and shot 41 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent (63 of 189) from beyond the arc. “Last year I sat and watched a lot, so I knew he was a great player,” UCLA red-shirt sophomore wing Josh Shipp said of Collison. “He would go against Jordan every day in practice and hold his own. I was never worried. We all knew what he could do. There was never a question that he could replace Jordan. I had no doubts. I saw it every day.” “I remember everybody asking a question about Darren going into the season,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “I never expressed any reservation. I thought he’d have a very good year, and he is. It’s not anything that’s unexpected. He played 19 minutes a game as a freshman.” Other factors must be considered when comparing Collison’s and Farmar’s sophomore seasons, including a more mature and seasoned team surrounding Collison. Junior guard Arron Afflalo, UCLA’s leading scorer, is more mature and a better offensive player than he was last season when he also led the Bruins in scoring. Shipp, who sat out most of last season, takes some of the scoring pressure off Collison. UCLA also runs more this season, largely because of Collison’s willingness to push the tempo, and that creates more opportunities for assists and easy baskets. “Darren brings different things,” Afflalo said. “It’s not about his ability to do what Jordan did, because Jordan brought some different things, like leadership-wise. But Darren’s natural athleticism, which it seems he was just born with, he’s capable of putting our team in a different place.” Collison’s value to the Bruins was shown on a national level each of the past two Saturdays. During a made-for-television game at West Virginia, the Bruins were out of rhythm and lacked composure at critical times while Collison sat on the bench because of a sprained left shoulder. Last week at Arizona, Collison dazzled a regional TV audience with 15 assists (one off the school record) and 17 points. “I don’t think there’s a better point guard in America than Darren Collison,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. “Collison is a great, great point guard. He gets in to the lane and he’s one of the toughest guys around to keep out of the lane because he’s so quick. Plus he defends like crazy.” email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During an off-season of inquisitions about replacing Jordan Farmar as UCLA’s point guard, Darren Collison often gave politically correct answers about being ready to prove his worth. Truth be told, though, the whole thing wore on him. The Bruins (24-3, 13-2 Pac-10) can clinch at least a share of the conference title by defeating Stanford today at Pauley Pavilion. They also are in line to secure the West’s No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA tournament. The only uncertainty regarding Collison’s play is whether UCLA is better with him at the point or if the Bruins were stronger last season when Farmar helped lead them to the NCAA championship game, which they lost to Florida. “They’re two different type of points guards,” UCLA sophomore power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said. “There’s some things Jordan brings to the table that Darren doesn’t bring to the table, and (things) Darren brings to the table that Jordan didn’t have. It’s a different style of play. With Darren, we play a little bit faster.” Collison, 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds of energy, is quicker and a better defender than Farmar, but scouts said Farmar ran the half-court offense better last season and got shots off in tight space when the shot clock was winding down. But Collison is having a better statistical season than Farmar did when he helped UCLA to a 32-7 mark. “Oh my gosh, it was killing me,” Collison, a sophomore, said. “I knew what I could do. It was like they doubted me. I knew Jordan was good himself, but I felt I could put that standard on myself.” Collison alleviated any concerns with his play early in the season, which included an MVP performance at the Maui Invitational, and has No. 4 UCLA on the brink of a second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference championship.