By John BurtonMONMOUTH BEACH – Despite everything he’s gone through, Jim Fuller is grateful.“I’m grateful I’m alive; I’m grateful for having a close family” who have provided him with a place to live, Fuller said this week, nearly a week after his lifetime home was destroyed by fire, leaving him homeless and losing just about all of his worldly possessions.Fuller, 58, a quadriplegic who requires the use of a wheelchair, said he’s most appreciative that neither he nor anyone was injured in the blaze and especially “by the outpouring of support” he’s received since then, he said. “It’s just amazing to me.”Fuller’s home, 13 River Ave., was overcome by flames at approximately 1 a.m. on Jan 28. He had been in his third floor bedroom at the time watching the end of a basketball game. With his disability, if not for his live-in caregiver, Bob Kern, Fuller said he might not have survived the fire.Nearly a week after the fire, “It looks like the house is a total loss,” said Laurie Escalante Hernandez, Fuller’s niece.The house – “It was the home I grew up in, my mother grew up in,” said Hernandez, and where Fuller has lived since he was a small child – has been home to family members for 55 years.“It’s been passed down from generation, to generation,” Fuller said.Unfortunately, with the mortgage long paid off, Fuller had let the homeowners insurance lapse, leaving him and Kern homeless.“He’s lost everything he had,” Hernandez said.In the early hours of Jan 28, Monmouth Beach Fire Company , Sea Bright Fire Rescue and many other fire company volunteers faced fire and ice at Jim Fuller’s home. Photo by Tina ColellaFuller and Kern are now living with Fuller’s sister, Joyce Escalante at her South Road home.Area residents have come to his assistance, providing some clothing, some furniture and other items. And Hernandez has begun a gofundme.com page – Help Jim Fuller Rebuild – hoping to help her uncle eventually return home.As of Wednesday afternoon, 166 people have contributed $15,930.The 3,090 square-foot River Avenue home was built in 1905 and is assessed at $733,600, according to Monmouth County tax records.Along with the cash donations, “People have been sending really nice messages,” on the website, Hernandez said. Initially after the fire, while Fuller is a “calm, a pretty optimistic guy,” she sensed, “He was not taking it well,” having lost his needed hospital bed and his computer along with his clothing and personal effects.But the messages “really made all the difference,” Hernandez believed, with Fuller providing personal responses to them.“It brings tears to my eyes,” as he read the messages, Fuller said.Fuller was a freshman at Rutgers University in 1974 when he suffered an accident that required three months in the hospital and six months in a rehabilitation facility and leaving him paralyzed. He learned to drive and went to work as the borough chief financial officer and tax collector, retiring in 2012, after 33 years.“People have been really great,” Hernandez said, noting some are working to get Fuller a new hospital bed and computer. And Fuller said a local contractor offered his services to close off the property with the destroyed home.There’s still a long way to go and Fuller acknowledged “I try not to think too far in the future,” but he and his family remain hopeful that he’ll be home again.
The Mount Sentinel Wildcats look to play their best volleyball of the season as the South Slocan school hosts the BC High School A Girl’s Championships through Saturday at the Selkirk College gymnasium in Castlegar.The Wildcats are seeded eighth entering the 16-team tournament, but have few of key players returning to action this weekend.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Cats as Team of the Week. The team includes, Leanne Kabatoff, Maya Mierau, Samantha Shkuratoff, Lauren Spurge, Simone Chernoff, Victoria Peebles, Teya Makortoff, Kalina Spurge and coach Joe Moreira.
DALLAS, Texas — Vanderbilt and McKendree, the nation’s two highest-ranked teams, didn’t let being their relatively modest seeds get in the way of putting on a show in the title game of the Fightin’ Ladyjack Classic on Sunday afternoon.The second-ranked Commodores defeated the top-ranked Bearcats for the second time in this tournament, this one for the tournament championship. The final score was 4-2 in the best-of-seven Baker format.The two powerful programs entered the bracket play as the third and fourth seeds but turned on their firepower in the semifinals and kept the strikes raining throughout their tense match. Vandy had beaten fellow Southland Bowling League member Sam Houston State, 4-3, in one semifinal while McKendree had downed Nebraska by a similar margin.Our team came together at just the right time to capture the 2019 SFA Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic title. Proud of how they dug deep to make some big shots. Special shoutout to sophomore Sam Gainor on the all-tournament team nod! #anchordown #DOmorebemoRE— Vanderbilt Bowling (@VandyBowling) February 17, 2019In a classic match where mistakes were few and therefore magnified, the Commodores started fast, winning the first game 212-201. It may have been in Game 2 where a message was sent; McKendree was holding a small lead when Vanderbilt put together five strikes in succession – starting with Samantha Gainor in the four-hole and followed by Maria Bulanova, Emily Rigney, Jordan Newham and Adel Wahner. That blitz was enough, with help from a 10th frame spare and strike by Bulanova, to snatch a high-end 236-224 win and take a 2-0 lead. However, the talented Bearcats remembered turnabout was fair play and despite Vandy putting six strikes in a row in Game 3, it wasn’t enough as McKendree prevailed 245-235. A score of 235 does not often lose many games.McKendree evened things up in the fourth, setting the stage for Vanderbilt to come storming back in Game 5. Vandy had six strikes in the first seven frames and ended with bullseyes to win, 233-185. The Commodores were beneficiaries of two rare McKendree opens late in Game 6 to win 195-180 and take home their third team championship of the 2018-19 season. They had previously won the Hawk Classic and the Mid-Winter Classic.Vanderbilt head coach John Williamson said he was pleased with the victory but was quickly focused on the details he thinks need improvement in the upcoming weeks.”We need to figure out how to get off to faster starts,” Williamson said referring to the day’s opening traditional game loss to Nebraska in which Vandy could tally just 921 pins. “Errors and splits are part of the game but we need to minimize them. We had a few too many missed-makeable spares, lower first-ball counts and two 10th frame opens – things we must clean up. We need to quit giving opponents additional life when we have the chance to finish them off.” Congrats to @VandyBowling on the big victory at USA Bowl in @CityOfDallas. We’ll be back at the same venue March 22-24 for the #SBL Championship. https://t.co/HM6MQpHi0p ?? https://t.co/wDtUW3dkGM— Southland Bowling (@SouthlandBowl) February 17, 2019Gainor was named to her second career all-tournament team based on her fifth place individual finish. The steady Michigan sophomore averaged 205.17 to trail the winner, Stephen F. Austin’s Carlene Beyer, who averaged 214.83. Bulanova was seventh, Wahner 11th in a balanced and steady Vanderbilt lineup.Rigney was excellent in her lead-off role and Newham provided a big boost in the 2-spot. Rigney struck eight times against McKendree and Newham contributed seven strikes behind her, results not lost on Williamson.”When you start Baker games on the right foot it bodes well,” he said. “I thought they gave us a big spark.”Vanderbilt ended the tournament with a 9-4 win-loss record, equaling the best any team could muster in the 12-team field in which everyone was ranked in the Top 25. Two weeks ago, in Prairie View’s similar format with 11 other talented squads, Vandy had finished second after leading that event wire-to-wire.The Sam Houston semifinal was highly competitive and demonstrated one reason why this year’s Vanderbilt team is perhaps more dangerous than prior Commodore units. This year’s Dores can string strikes – lots of them – and therefore never seem out of any game. On Sunday, with the title match score knotted at 3-3, Vanderbilt struck from the fourth frame through the eighth and ended with Bulanova striking out for an explosive 236-206 win.The championship also snapped a mild Vanderbilt slump at this tournament; in three previous tries the best the Commodores had finished was fifth.
In recent results, PNG’s Winnifred Kehono finished 6th in the women’s 100m finals Division 1. Grace Dindillo also finished 7th in 100m finals of division 18.Over 170 countries are taking part in the World Games with 7000 plus athletes competing in different sports.Special Olympics PNG (SOPNG) President, Takale Tuna said for all of PNG’s athletes to make the finals in their individual events is a phenomenal feat. “They have been placing 4th 5th 6th and 7th in events they entered which means PNG is in the top 10 countries in the World Games,” said Tuna.
Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James recently shared that he actually uses the game to simulate his actual team’s roster and find out match-ups that work well together.“It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that,” the three-time NBA champion told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Screen grab from Instagram/@nba2kVideo games nowadays are as life-like as they come, particularly with NBA 2K’s basketball simulation series.The popular franchise has been lauded by gamers for its amazing graphics and terrific gameplay, and it looks like it can even be used to figure out the best lineups for real NBA teams.ADVERTISEMENT Vivo reveals a special edition Smartphone for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES James’ comments come after reports that the team’s injured point guard, Isaiah Thomas, is nearing his return to the court and has been cleared to play 4-on-4 in practice.Winner of 13 straight games, the Cavs appear to finally regain their championship form, and Thomas’ imminent return could only bolster the team’s championship aspirations.Although the diminutive playmaker has yet to log in a minute in a Cavs’ uniform, James has already used virtual simulation to toy with the lineup and figure which rotations work best around him.Even in his down time, “The King” certainly takes no days off. /raADVERTISEMENT LeBron James says he’s already visualized how Isaiah Thomas will fit in with the Cavs by playing with him on NBA 2K: “It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that.”— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 6, 2017 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny
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– preparing for November site visithe Medical School of the University of Guyana (UG) still has a far way to go before it regains accreditation, but Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith is quite confident that things will fall into place.The Medical School has been struggling to have its programme reaccredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine (CAAEM), since it was lost back in 2014.Dr Griffith said he was positive that things would get back on track, especially after a site visit by the accreditation body in November of this year. The reaccreditation process, Dr Griffith explained, is a journey and not an event. A journey that will allow the University to meet some of the “conditionalities” that were not previously met which caused the School to lose its accreditation in the first place. “I am very confident that we have met some of those conditionalities. We are working towards improving the physical facilities. We hit a snag and we made a public notice about it, that we had an electrical fire in the Health Faculty and because of that fire, we had to relocate classrooms, faculty and administrative staff,” the Vice Chancellor outlined.He said too that the University was moving progressively to organise and deliver better on the curriculum, which was one of the concerns of the accreditors. He said the school was working to ensure that it tightened the clinical arrangements between the University and maybe the Georgetown Public Hospital and the other clinical engagements. Part of the journey, he emphasised, is to have full-time lecturers in every area.“So, I would say that we are well along the journey to reaccreditation. I know that we are not comfortable, I am not comfortable that we have met all those milestones, but I think we have sufficient evidence of not only institutional intent to support, but we have a plan how to get overtime,” he said.The UG School of Medicine lost its accreditation in April 2014, and was served with provisional accreditation until 2015 by CAAEM. The Medical School was offered accreditation for the periods 2008 to 2009, 2009 to 2012 and 2014 to 2015. The medical school lost its full accreditation after a visit from the CAAEM revealed that a number of recommendations to improve the institution were not adhered to.Dean of the Faculty of Health Science, Dr Emmanuel Cummings had told Guyana Times earlier that the School of Medicine had received some $33 million from Government through the Education Ministry, to be used to upgrade the medical laboratories, as these was among the deficiencies highlighted by the accreditation body.As efforts continue to regain accreditation, the academic year 2016-2017 for the Medical School will see refurbished laboratories and upgraded classrooms for the students.According to Dr Cummings, “so far as I know, the Ministry is at the stage of procuring equipment that we will definitely have in place for September and we are currently evaluating the physical facilities.”Dr Cummings noted that all relevant documents have been submitted and the curriculum was currently being reviewed.
2018 GCB/CGI Jaguars One-Day 50-Over LeagueThe 2018 GCB/CGI Jaguars One-Day 50-Over League continued with its penultimate round on Wednesday at four venues across the country. This round witnessed Essequibo crushing the defending champions, Georgetown to greatly enhance their chances of lifting this year’s title. In the other matches, East Bank Demerara defeated Lower Corentyne, West Berbice sank East Coast while Upper Corentyne won their match against West Demerara.Georgetown v EssequiboWith sunny weather at the GCC, Bourda venue, spectators saw an intense match in which Georgetown won the toss and inserted Essequibo to bat. Initially, it appeared that Georgetown had made the correct decision, as their bowlers made it difficult for Essequibo to score, with Essequibo eventually putting up an acceptable 152 all out in 43.4 overs, off their allotted 50 overs. Ricardo Adams top scored with 37, with Mark Williams contributing a valued 23. Bowling for Georgetown, Steven Sankar and Ramaal Lewis took 3 for 12 and 24 runs respectively, while Christopher Barnwell added to his tally of wickets by collecting 2 wickets for 31 runs.Georgetown would have fancied their chances, having been set a meagre 153 for victory. However, Essequibo defended their score effortlessly when Ricardo Adams and Anthony Adams took 4 for 16 and 4 for 26 respectively, and choked the Georgetown batsmen to an unbelievably low score of 55 all out off 24.1 of their allotted 50 overs. Christopher Barnwell was the only Georgetown player to put up a fight, but fell for only 21 runs.Essequibo won by 97 runs.Man of the Match: Ricardo AdamsEast Bank v Lower CorentyneIn the match, East Bank v Lower Corentyne, East Bank won the toss over at Everest and decided to bat. They managed to score a brilliant 209 all out in 38.2 overs. Middle order batsman Ronaldo Alimohamed, blazed a magnificent 102, for which he was awarded the Man-of-the-Match trophy. Vishaul Singh provided valuable support with 30 while Trevon Griffith made 15. The rest of the batsmen fell cheaply. Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Veerasammy Permaul was the most destructive bowler, picking up four wickets for 29, while Raun Johnson, Nial Smith, Kassim Khan and Kelvin Umroa collected a wicket each.In reply, Lower Corentyne folded for 77 in 19.3 overs with the highest score being 20 from opener Kevlon Anderson. Junior Sinclair (16), Jonathon Foo (11) and Devon Clements (10) were the other batsmen recording double figures. The rest of the line-up was rapidly dismissed. Gavin Singh and Trevon France collected 4 for 16 and 4 for 4 respectively.East Bank won by 132 runs.Man of the Match: Ronaldo AlimohamedUpper Corentyne v West DemeraraOver at Port Mourant, Upper Corentyne won the toss and decided to bat scoring 180 all out in 45 overs. Eon Hooper top-scored with 41 while Alex Algoo, Trishan Ramsarran and Shawn Perreira contributed 21, 22 and 21 runs respectively. Bowling for West Demerara, Akshaya Persaud collected 4 wickets for 38 runs, while Mahendra Dhanpaul and Richie Looknauth grabbed 2 wickets each for 44 and 36 runs respectively.West Demerara, in their reply, put up a good fight but fell tantalisingly short by seven runs as the team fell for 173 all out in 44.4 overs. Tagenarine Chanderpaul top-scored with a dazzling 84 not out while tail end batsman Malcolm Hubbard assisted with an acceptable 40. Tevin Imlach also supported with 12 runs. Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Clinton Pestano and Demitri Cameron shared 3 wickets each for 31 and 58 runs while Jonathon Rampersaud picked up 2 for 18.Upper Corentyne won by 7 runs.East Coast v West BerbiceAt Bush Lot, West Berbice won the toss and set out to bat amassing a 200 total in their 50 overs. Javid Karim top scored with 66 while Seon Glasgow added valuable support with 45. Bowling for East Coast, Rajendra Chandrika picked up 3 for 22 and Bhaskar Yadram 2 for 41.East Bank, in their reply, set out to bat, but crumbled for only 66 runs. Brian Sattaur (15) and Ameer Khan (14) were the only ones to gain double figures off their innings as the rest fell inexpensively. Bowling for Essequibo, Keon Joseph bowled eight brilliant overs in which he picked up three wickets for just two runs. Kevin Jawahir also bowled brilliantly as he picked up two wickets for seven runs off his four overs.West Berbice won by 134 runs.Man of the Match: Javid KarimToday marks the seventh and final round of this competition, and will witness Essequibo versus West Berbice at Bush Lot; East Bank will go up against West Demerara at Everest; Lower Corentyne take on Georgetown at GCC while East Coast will face Upper Corentyne at Enmore. All matches start from 09:00h.The presentation ceremony for the 2018 GCB/CGI Jaguars One-Day 50-Over League will be held immediately on conclusion of the match at Bush Lot, West Berbice.
French defender Modibo Diakite has joined Deportivo La Coruna following the termination of his Sunderland contract.Diakite, who was signed by Paolo Di Canio in July 2013, was on the look-out for a new club after being released earlier this week.And it has not taken the former Lazio and Fiorentina centre-back long to get fixed up after joining Deportivo on a one-year deal.The 27-year-old made just seven Premier League appearances last season, during which he spent time on loan at Fiorentina. Modibo Diakite in action for Sunderland 1