Pint-sized striker Peter Keyes thought he had unlocked a victory for Boys’ Town over defending champions Arnett Gardens in the Trench Town derby on Monday night, when he fired his team ahead in the 46th minute.His hopes were dashed in the 54th minute when defender Dicoy Williams headed home a Marcelino Blackburn cross to tie the scores.”Scoring was a good feeling and the way we played is work in progress. Since the last month, we have put in some hard training and it is paying off. The last two games I have scored back-to-back goals, so it is a good sign,” said Keyes, who was disappointed not to win the game.”The goal against us was a mishap between the defenders and the goalkeeper. We had a slip-up and paid the price, but it is always good to get a point away from home.”We came into the game with positive thoughts; hoping to win or even come home with a draw, but we can’t curse ourselves. We really played well in stages and came home with a point, and that is good enough,” the former Vauxhall High Manning Cup player said.While most people would have written off Boys’ Town’s chances of advancing to the semi-final, the player who is in his second stint at Boys’ Town after stops at Waterhouse and Cavalier believes they have a realistic chance.”The aim is to stay in the League and remain competitive. The semi-finals are still not out of our reach. The fourth-placed team is on 39 points and we are on 35 points and with four games to go, that is 12 points, so if we continue to work hard and get some three points here and there, it is not impossible,” said Keyes.Despite being on the wrong side of his career, Keyes, like most players in the League, still harbours thoughts of a much-coveted national cap.”I am 29 and once you are playing and performing and you have condition, it is never out of your mind. You always have a national call in the back of your mind. I have been working hard over the years and if one should come right now, I would grasp it with both hands,” said the man who has so far scored six goals this season.
POSITIVE STROKE PLAYER POTCHEFSTROOM, S A (CMC): Wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich believes his transition to the one-day format will not be a difficult one, as he gears up for his first-ever 50-overs series with the West Indies side starting next week. The 25-year-old was a late inclusion in the 15-man squad for the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe against the hosts and Sri Lanka, after veteran batsman Marlon Samuels pulled out. Dowrich has been impressive in his eight Tests to date since making his debut last year and said he was thrilled by the prospect of one-day cricket. “I’m very excited. Things seem to be going my way this year. I’ve been putting in a lot of work in the background, and it seems to be paying off,” the Barbadian said here during the one-week camp. “I’m excited about the one-day tour; it’s a new chapter for me. I haven’t really played a lot of one-day cricket but I think it is something to look forward, and it is something I am very interested in as well.” Dowrich is competent gloveman and a stylish lower-order batsman who has impressed with four half-centuries in 14 Test innings. A positive stroke-player, the right-hander has already gathered three first class hundreds, in averaging nearly 37. However, he said there would be tweaks needed for both his batting and glove work, in order to be successful in the one-day format. “For me, one-day cricket is about being smart. You have to look to bat 50 overs, but you still have to be positive in your intent and I’m a positive person, so I don’t think it will be a big transition for me, but just being selective and being able to pick gaps and that sort of stuff [will be important],” he pointed out. “In terms of the keeping, [I have to be] a little more explosive and mobile in terms of movement. That’s all I have to really work on going into the one-day series.” Dowrich made headlines recently as West Indies stunned Pakistan to win the third and final Test in Sharjah by five wickets recently. He stroked an upbeat, unbeaten 60 to help pull West Indies out of trouble at 67 for five, and steer them to their target of 154 on the final day. Dowrich said the victory – the only one of the nine-match tour for West Indies – had been a huge boost for the Caribbean side. “Obviously, the vibe is very good around the setup right now. After winning the game, the guys are chirpy and you can see it in terms of the practice sessions,” he noted. Reflecting on his role in the victory, he said vice-captain and fellow Barbadian Kraigg Brathwaite who finished not out on 60, had been an inspiration. West Indies will leave here at weekend and play their first game of the Tri-Nations Series against Sri Lanka next Wednesday in Harare. – S.F. read more
– GWI vehicles being repaintedThe coalition Government is continuing to ignore the growing concern of civil society as it relates to the branding of State property in its signature green and yellow party colours. The latest rebranding move is the repainting of Guyana Water Inc (GWI) vehicles.The repainted GWI vehicleEfforts to elicit a comment from GWI’s Head, Dr Richard Van-West Charles and the Public Relations Officer proved futile.However, photos began surfacing of the rebranded vehicles sporting yellow and green tile shapes along the sides and the front bumper. Guyana Times has been unable to confirm who authorised the colour change but it is observed that it is in keeping with the Government’s rebranding efforts by using the APNU/AFC colours.The act of rebranding started with the changes to the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP) and moved to State House. The minibuses and boats under the President’s 5Bs programme have also been painted green. The Administration is accused of bypassing the Guyana National Trust and changing the colour of State House – a historic building, from its signature white to green.The National Trust has since written to the MotP seeking an explanation for the colour change without permission.President David Granger earlier said that he was unaware of breaking any law by changing the colour of State House and in fact questioned the work of the National Trust.Just over the weekend, former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran said that the selection of the term ‘The Green State’ had something to do with the party colour and the President’s obvious attraction to it, adding that it is a demonstration of the Government’s commitment and a way of whipping up political support. Ramkarran believes that further popularisation of the colour green will result in State House becoming known as ‘The Green House’, just as the residence of the US President which is painted white is known as The White House.Before the next election, which is due in 2020, Ramkarran said the entire city of Georgetown could become green, if not environmentally, then at least in colour, in line with Guyana’s green forests, green trees and green vegetation. This is something that the Government has been vigorously pursuing. read more
zoom With daily advances in technology, it is unsurprising that the complete sensory experience that is ‘virtual reality’ has such an impact on our lives. No longer just a tool used to draw in the online gamer or consumer, this exciting piece of technology has started to influence, and enhance, the possibilities in ship design and construction. Imagine a one-stop shop for maritime engineering, where you can find all disciplines on Technical University and higher vocational education level, and be able to truly interact: Utopia for most ship owners.“The challenge is to break the stereotype of the shipbuilding industry being a traditional craft,” explains Cor Lettenga, Managing Director of DEKC Maritime B.V.“By utilising the easily accessible platforms accepted for modern day gaming consoles, our company has found a way to make our extensive knowledge more readily available to the shipbuilding and shipping market. Converting complete 3D ship models into a gaming platform means the client can literally ‘walk through’ their future vessel to experience the functionality of the design. They don’t require high-end computers, dedicated design software or viewers – simply any gaming console in combination with a virtual reality headset.”Evolutions in name and knowledgeInitiated in 1972 as an integrated detail-engineering department of a renowned Groningen manufacturer of steel building kits, the semi-independent engineering company launched as an independent divestiture in October 1990. After several name changes, they became DEKC (Design Engineering Knowledge Center) Maritime in July 2017.“The latest name change is due to change in ownership. With this turnaround, we were given the chance to supplement our scope – to allow for a one-stop shopping experience for maritime design knowledge, unique in the Netherlands. Offering the complete package of design, engineering and operational support services, our company is based on four pillars: Naval Architecture, Structural Design, Detail Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. We do not envisage growth, but rather promote stability, quality, and strong client relationships,” Lettenga added.Addressing the needs of the industry“Offering clients this convenient one-stop shop concept allows them to choose from a wide range of maritime engineering services, which even includes operational support for ships or offshore vessels/units already in service,” Cor Lettenga explains.“It’s what shipping companies, operators and ship owners are looking for. The benefit for the client is having a reliable partner, providing convenient and efficient services, saving them a lot of time and effort compared to visiting a separate institution for each area of need. It also gives them a sense of flexibility, having an ‘expert external co-maker’ available on call, whilst not having to invest in the expansion of their own resources.”All involved types of work and technical disciplines, including programme management, planning, and work preparation, are fully integrated and coordinated by DEKC. Clients benefit by having one point of contact and the process with all associated communication, is taken out of their hands. There are also savings to be made by investing in a total package from one supplier. In short: complete care.Experience the design functionalityLettenga summarises: “Virtual reality is developing fast, and in five to ten years it will be an integral part of people’s lives. We are already seeing these developments within the consumer markets for kitchens and cars. In modern day shopping, people want to walk around a real size, 3D kitchen set-up, and interact with objects. Likewise, when buying a car, it is very common that we use a car configurator.“These same technologies should become available in day-to-day shipbuilding practice, and we combine these modern technologies with the skills and craftsmanship of 45 years of experience. This expansion to a more customer-oriented way of working was made in the name of co-creation. Virtual reality engineering embraces 3D modelling tools and visualisation techniques as part of the design process. “Enabling people to view their project in 3D, and gain a greater understanding of how it works, gives ample opportunity to spot any flaws, or potential risks, prior to execution. With regular review at various stages to check for faults, structural weaknesses, and other design issues, virtual reality can assist throughout the entire design lifecycle – from initial concept, through to build, implementation and operation.”This article was previously published in Maritime Holland edition #4– 2017.,This article was previously published in Maritime Holland edition #4– 2017. read more