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Airport Company to brief media amidst rumours of missing monies

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The International Airport Development Company (IADC) will hold a media briefing Thursday morning to discuss “the current situation” amidst rumours that thousands of dollars are unaccounted for at the company.

I-Witness News on Wednesday contacted Jennifer Richardson-Herbert, communications specialist at the IADC regarding the reports.

Richardson-Herbert did not respond to I-Witness News question about the alleged disappearance of funds at the company but said that the media briefing, to be held at 9:40 a.m. at the Port Authority conference room, would be broadcast live on NBC Radio and Star FM.

I-Witness News had asked Richardson-Herbert if there was any truth to reports that money is unaccounted for at the IADC and, if so, how much.

I-Witness News has also asked about the circumstances in which the money is reportedly unaccounted for. This publication also wanted to know if the alleged development was reported to the police, what was the status of their investigation, and if not, what was the IADC doing to resolve this alleged development.

I-Witness News also wanted to know if Richardson-Herbert was aware that visitors to the IADC’s website were greeted by the following: “NOTICE: This domain name expired on 02/06/2012 and is pending renewal or deletion”.

The IADC, a state company, is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the construction of the EC$652 million Argyle International Airport, scheduled to be become operational in 2014.

Last Thursday, Vincentian businessman Denzil Bacchus presented to Prime Minister Dr. Rlaph Gonsalves a cheque for EC$20,000, one-fifth of what he intends to donate to the airport project.

“A project like that is a great project and I have always said to myself, over 20 years ago, that I will pledge it if someone takes the responsibility to do it,” Bacchus, who encouraged other Vincentians to donate to the airport, told I-Witness News.

Among the financiers of the project, the largest capital investment in this country’s, history, is Gonsalves’ “coalition of the willing” nations, including Mexico, Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, and Taiwan.

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8 thoughts on “Airport Company to brief media amidst rumours of missing monies

  1. Something else to look forward to, finger in the pie.

    Quite a few land owners at Argyle had their land taken three or more years ago, they still havn’t been paid

    CONSIDER THIS

    Air travel is due to become a minority form of travel over the next 25 to 30 years. With oil becoming scarce and fuel prices soaring, travel by air will become a luxury for the very rich and important business travellers.

    Sea travel will become all important with ships powered by nuclear fuel. Ships will be more receptive to the nuclear technology because of the size and complexity of reactors and the water cooling of critical components.

    Where does that leave St. Vincent and the Grenadines? Well by then we will have a nice big airport that will be under-used for two or more significant reasons. Air travel is destined to become so expensive that there will not be sufficient wealthy SVG destined travellers to make SVG an air destination of necessity. Fossil oil fuel will become a commodity that will not always be readily available and shortages will make it an unreliable source of combustionable fuel for aircraft propulsion.
    Air travel will become a minority form of travel on a sliding scale over the next 25 to 30 years.

    If SVG want to look forward, now is the time to put in place substantive infrastructure for cruise ships and sea travel passengers.
    That must be the future, and the way forward. If we eventually open the airport at Argyle, we will have the old E.T. Joshua airport to develop. What an opportunity to turn that area into a modern cruise ship port and dock. Excavate the whole area and turn it into a deep water port. That will be the future, the power and the glory. Unless we take care of the future now, in 30 years time SVG will be in a worse position than it is today.

    The government have suggested selling the airport at Arnos Vale to developers, to build shops and business’s. That would be a big mistake. There is currently insufficient shoppers on Saint Vincent to support existing Kingstown traders. To build a new city at Arnos Vale could well prove to be the death of Kingstown.

    The stupidity of Gonsalves building such a grand folly at Argyle without proper funding, could be rewarded by the creation of something that will truly serve the Vincentian future, one of the Caribbean’s top cruise ship locations.

    I am not sure that Gonsalves and crew would be the right people to launch such a project, they have proved to be disastrous business people. His performance to date has been most unprofessional, taking promises for funding instead of proper written agreements. Begging and prostituting the country for payments that buy our votes at the UN.

    Within the capacity of his warped Marxist beliefs and indoctrination, I am sure Gonsalves has done his best, but its not good enough.

    Posted by Peter | February 8, 2012, 20:20
  2. If these rumours are true, I suggest that the person or persons be asked to repay the money with at least 30% interest and a jail term of not less than one year!!!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | February 8, 2012, 21:01
    • I maintain my position on this, the persons should be asked to repay the money with at least 30% interest and a jail term of not less than one year!!!!

      Posted by no-nonsense | February 14, 2012, 17:11
  3. No-Nonsense, the way it works depends on if the person is a ULP supporter. If ULP they will be asked to repay whatever money is left, the chances are that they will then be moved to another department or project, sometimes with increased pay.

    If they are NDP, straight to gulag.

    This is what is called Marxist democracy, something that SVG is becoming famous for.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | February 9, 2012, 07:21
    • Peter,were you born afetr the NDP LOST POWER or were your brain whitewash

      Posted by jacks | February 9, 2012, 18:10
    • Peter, you write more crap than anyone can think about, do you really think that intelligent Vincentians are taking you seriously? The SULPHUR really affecting your brain cells!!!!

      Posted by no-nonsense | February 9, 2012, 20:30
  4. THE PM BEG FOR THIS MONEY,HE HAS CUBANS WORKING THERE RIGHT SO A NEEDY VINCY NEEDS THE MONEY WHY NOT TAKE IT IT THE PM CAN TRAVEL WITH HIS FAMILY ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH TAX PAYERS MONEY,WHAT DIFFERENT DOES IT MAKE .THE MONEY THAT WAS TAKEN DID NOT BELONGS TO HIM SO WHY SHOULD HE BOTHER

    Posted by CONCERN | February 9, 2012, 15:16
  5. Here is something to consider about Iran, it is true and can be found on the internet on many if not all search engines.

    We take money from Iran for the Argyle airport project.

    Hundreds of Christians are in prison in Iran, they are tortured, beaten, raped, mudered and executed by the state. What did the do wrong to deserve such treatment? they worship God through his Son Jesus, they are Christians that is the only alleged crime. At the United Nations on a fairly frequent basis the Iranians are taken to task for their human rights abuses. SVG votes for them, with them or supports them by abstaining from votes against them. That makes the money that we take from them dirty money, blood money, in taking this money we are supporting Irans policy against Christians.

    That is why there is a curse on the airport and its now becoming known as the Christian Blood Airport [CBA].

    Those who beg this money from Iran are also cursed.

    Those who put their money into the airport for it to be mingled with Christian blood money are also cursed.

    Posted by Peter | February 20, 2012, 08:13

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