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Caribbean Airlines introduces new aircraft to Grenada route

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussions LifestyleTravel Caribbean Airlines introduces new aircraft to Grenada route by: – December 9, 2011 Photo credit: tntisland.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Passengers travelling to Grenada from Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Thursday morning were all smiles as they were afforded the opportunity to fly aboard a brand new ATR turbo from Caribbean Airlines (CAL).The 68-seater is the latest in a fleet of new aircraft to be introduced by the company.Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Peter David, who toured the aircraft on its arrival at Maurice Bishop International Airport, says this development consolidates CAL’s commitment to improved service to Grenada.“Caribbean Airlines continues to prove its importance to our tourism industry,” David said. “The airline recently commenced flights between Grenada and Canada and now they have graced us with brand new aircraft.”The tourism minister described Caribbean Airlines as a “definite life saver” to local and regional tourism.“We cannot underestimate their importance to tourism,” he said.Captain Rafael Rose, who flew the first in the ATR fleet to Grenada, called the aircraft the most modern and fuel-efficient in the aviation industry.The ATR 800 is equipped with in-flight movie screens and, according to Rose, is as comfortable and user-friendly as possibly can be.He said Caribbean Airlines intends to use its new fleet to service the route involving not just Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago, but also Caracas in Venezuela.CAL is also considering introducing the fleet to Barbados, Rose revealed.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Irfan Pathan paves way for life to return to normalcy for J&K cricketers

first_imgKolkata: The boys from Jammu & Kashmir are sweating it out at the Moti Bagh ground in Baroda as they prepare for the upcoming domestic season of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Till a couple of days back, they weren’t even sure what the future had planned for them. After all, it wasn’t any normal time in the life of these cricketers from the Valley.The abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government and the advisory before that saw the boys being asked to leave the state. There was a month of inactivity from early August till the start of September when the players did not have a place to stay. It was then that mentor Irfan Pathan spoke to officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, including CEO Ashiq Ali Bukhari and planned to give advertisements on television which drew the Kashmiri players to report to the JKCA office in Jammu.”The plan worked after we put out the advertisement in late August. Then we decided to bring them to Baroda and hold a camp before the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” Irfan told IANS.Due to the curfew in many parts of the valley after the state got special status, the players could not be contacted and it was then that Bukhari and administrator C.K. Prasad finally met in Delhi to create a solution.The camp has been underway from August 6 at Baroda under the watchful eyes of Irfan but to come this far, it was nothing short of a struggle. First, the JKCA had to stay away from the Vizzy Trophy after it failed to connect with the players due to a communication breakdown in the valley.”We had started the camp in mid-June and we had made good progress. When the camp got called off in early August, it was time for the matches and training. We know that we are running behind time but we needed to find a way to make sure boys stay in a good frame of mind to play a certain level of cricket,” Irfan said highlighting the problem they faced in the lead up to the Vijay Hazare Trophy which begins on September 24.There is only one ground in Jammu and it became impossible to practice there as other age-group players also needed to train. Usually, the team trains in Srinagar till early November and then shifts to Jammu during winters.”It is not an ideal situation. We are slightly under-prepared but we will try our best,” Irfan said after the boys — 26 of them led by captain and India international Parvez Rasool, trained for the first time in Baroda.It was a five-hour-long session with a lunch break in between but the highlight was a bonding session as Irfan stressed there will be a lot of fun games done to keep their mental health in the right space.”When I met them, they did look rusty due to lack of training. But in the next couple of weeks they will pick up hopefully,” said Irfan, who has been doing a lot of personal talk with each of the players to keep them in the zone.With preparations not being ideal, Irfan, who has played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India — and won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, said the aim is to take one day at a time and ensure the boys perform to the best of their abilities. IANS Also Read: Would Love to Coach England One Day: Andrew FlintoffAlso Watch:Digboi MLA Suren Phukan inaugurates houses under PM Awas Yojana- Graminlast_img read more