Grenada government charters aircraft to bring nationals home from Venezuela

first_img Sharing is caring! Image via: mapsofworld.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — A government effort, involving long hours of negotiations and thousands of dollars in costs, has resulted in the safe return to Grenada of more than 35 passengers, including children, who went adrift off the Venezuelan coast.The MV Amelia A, which was travelling on September 15 from Trinidad to Grenada, experienced engine failure and went off its intended route.The vessel was tracked through a joint undertaking of Grenadian, Trinidadian and Venezuelan coast guard officers.All passengers, including a handful of non-nationals, were eventually flown back to Grenada from Venezuela on Saturday, September 24, on board a chartered Conviasa airline.They expressed appreciation for the assistance given to them during their ordeal, including help from the Grenada government.Benedict Phillip was among the thankful passengers excited to be back on Grenadian soil.“When we realized we were adrift we thought we would have been rescued sooner,’’ he said. “However, we met hospitable people on an island off Venezuela and I want to express my thanks to both the governments of Grenada and Venezuela. We just couldn’t desire better.’’The stranded passengers reported how worried they were on not being able to contact family members in Grenada. But, they kept their hopes high through prayer services.“At first we couldn’t get phone calls to our families and we were worried,’’ one female passenger said. “I was scared; we were between nowhere. We turned left, we saw water; we turn right, we saw water. It was only water and clouds and that was scary. But, people came together and consoled one other, and they advised us not to panic.’’ Christine Bartholomew, who was accompanied on the vessel by her 11-year-old granddaughter, described it as “nerve-wracking experience’’ that has changed her life. She said she and her fellow passengers had faith in God.Bartholomew, a resident of St Mark, added that she was more worried about her family back home than about herself.The passengers were met at Maurice Bishop International Airport in St George’s by family and friends, as well as representatives of the Grenadian and Venezuelan governments. They included Senator Denneth Modeste, Grenada’s Minister of State for the Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development; and Venezuela’s Ambassador to Grenada, Carlos Amador Perez Silva.Modeste praised the then acting prime minister, Patrick Simmons, for his commitment in getting the passengers back to Grenada.“I wish to thank the acting prime minister for the manner in which he handled this issue. We are pleased with the way things worked out,’’ said Modeste. “This is an indication of the growing relations between Grenada and Venezuela.’’The Venezuelan ambassador said he was pleased to see the passengers back home.“I believe the happy conclusion is evidence of the good relations between Grenada and Venezuela, in that we can work very close in situations like this. We try to do our best in circumstances as those,’’ he said.Perez said he was also delighted in the accommodation afforded the passengers by the Venezuelan authorities, “and the way they have taken care of you during your stay there.’’The MV Amelia A was towed into Port St George on Monday. Caribbean News Now Share Share 13 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Grenada government charters aircraft to bring nationals home from Venezuela by: – September 28, 2011 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

King blasts Warriors to seventh straight  win with unbeaten 81

first_imgBRANDON King’s unbeaten 81 helped Guyana Amazon Warriors make it a magnificent seven wins out of seven to start their 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign with a comfortable eight-wicket victory over St Lucia Zouks at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.The Warriors are assured of a top-two finish and with it a place in the first qualifier for a place in the final with the safety net of a second chance should they lose that one.The Zouks remain fourth but may need win both their remaining games to have a decent chance of staying there given the Tridents are just a point behind with two games in hand.No such concerns for the Warriors, though, who were given the ideal start to their pursuit of 162 for victory here by Chandrapaul Hemraj, who smashed two fours and three Hero Maximums in a 20-ball 33 that put Guyana ahead of the eight-an-over required rate at the outset.When he fell, skying a sweep shot off Fawad Ahmed, King took up the charge having been relatively quiet while Hemraj was doing his thing.All but one of King’s six sixes came after Hemraj had been dismissed and, despite the loss of Shimron Hetmyer for just 5 to a caught behind decision that displeased him, the Warriors reached the 10-over mark exactly halfway to their target at 81/2 with plenty of batting options still to come. They didn’t need it, King and Shoaib Malik, who finished on 30, easing the Warriors past the target with almost two overs to spare with an unbroken 92-run stand for the third wicket.After 12 overs, that required rate of 8.1 from the last 10 had come down to barely a run a ball thanks to King. He took Barnwell’s first three balls for two sixes and a four, with Shoaib Malik striking another four through backward point to round off an over that put 21 on the total. Along the way, King reached another classy half-century and the Warriors passed 100.Suddenly, the target was a routine 49 from 48 and from there it was a cruise for the table-toppers, Malik stroking the winning single down the ground with 10 balls to spare.Earlier, there was another masterclass in spin bowling from the Warriors. All six overs of the Powerplay were bowled by spinners, with Chris Green and Imran Tahir particularly impressive. Their five overs under the fielding restrictions gave up just 20 runs. At one point the pair between them bowled 10 successive deliveries without conceding a run while the Zouks lost their first two wickets.Andre Fletcher was first to go, skying one miles into the St Lucia sky and being well held by Ben Laughlin to give Tahir the first of his two wickets. The second was a bad moment for Rahkeem Cornwall, run out having failed to run his bat in yet being so far over the crease that he almost made his ground with his foot.From 21/0 after three overs, the Zouks found themselves 24/2 in the sixth.Then Colin Ingram and de Grandhomme set about repairing the damage. De Grandhomme ended the runless streak by depositing Green onto the grass banks at midwicket.Ingram contributed 25 from 14 balls to a 56-run stand before drilling Tahir low, hard and flat to long-off where Green held a stinging running catch.De Grandhomme carried on, though, and reached an excellent half-century – his first in the Hero CPL – from just 27 balls with four Hero Maximums.What he lacked, though, was further Ingram-style support. Jahmar Hamilton and Daren Sammy each made 9 off 10 and 15 balls respectively, and the pressure to accelerate the scoring began to tell on de Grandhomme who duly holed out for 65 when there were still three overs left where he could have caused some damage.Barnwell did give the Zouks one final lift by taking Shepherd for three successive sixes in the 19th over, but the 20th from Laughlin was superb. He picked up two wickets while conceding just three singles to finish with eye-catching figures of 3/12 from three overs and leave the Zouks well short of where they needed to be.(CPL)last_img read more