Still ailing, PM Gonsalves returns to hectic schedule

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A 10-working-day trip overseas this month is on the calendar of a still-ailing Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, as he returns to the public spotlight after being hospitalised last month in Barbados, where he was treated for an abscess.

The 66-year-old head of government will on Wednesday leave St. Vincent for Taiwan to attend on Sunday the second-term inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou.

“I had promised the president of Taiwan that I would come to his second inauguration and despite the fact that I am not fully recovered, because the incision is still not healed, I am keeping my commitment and I want to show my appreciation to the government and people of Taiwan for all the assistance they have given to us,” he told reporters during a 150-minute press briefing Tuesday.

In Taiwan, Gonsalves will on Saturday meet with the 40-member Vincentian community, which comprises mainly students.

He will then travel to London to deliver the keynote address at a function for 50 Vincentian entrepreneurs.

Gonsalves returns to St. Vincent on May 30 for back-to-back meetings of Parliament.

The meeting on May 31 is a regular one but lawmakers will gather on June 1 for a short ceremonial meeting to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

During the press briefing on Tuesday, Gonsalves updated reporters and radio and Internet audiences on the nation’s economy, the Argyle International Airport and other national issues. He also commented on political developments, including the opposition’s policy on religion that led to the revocation of Anesia Baptiste’s senatorial appointment.

Later Tuesday, Gonsalves delivered the keynote address in Langley Park where the government handed over keys to three new and 11 refurbished houses to persons whose houses where damaged or destroyed by flash floods in April 2011.

Gonsalves fell ill in Barbados last month en route the Middle East, days after he complained of being excessively tired after the Summit of Americas in Colombia.

On his return to St. Vincent after two weeks in Barbados, Gonsalves denied having suffered a heart attack and said that there were no problems with his prostate gland.

“I am feeling good!” he said at the airport, adding, “I know that the public is concerned about my wellness and I have to report that I am feeling good.”

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11 thoughts on “Still ailing, PM Gonsalves returns to hectic schedule


    Posted by Peter | May 16, 2012, 07:42

    Posted by Jason | May 16, 2012, 11:38
  3. Did he deliver a baby?

    Posted by Jahu | May 16, 2012, 16:12
  4. JASON, what sort of question is that? he is obviously still ailing he has an open unhealed wound. Put on the dunce hat again. You are to quick off the mark to protect him, you very silly Billy.

    JAHU, If it takes him one and a half hours to deliver a simple speech, it would take him weeks to deliver a baby and it would make his arse hurt.

    Gonsalves has absolutely no need to go to Taiwan…
    Taiwan have used us over the years to vote for them at the UN and elsewhere. They do not love us, they do not have Gonsalves in their hearts, they are using us and we are using their money in return. So why go to Taiwan unless your looking for a jolly up or require some more medical treatment. We are bankrupt and cannot afford Gonsalves, he is a liability. Remember he went off at Christmas on a tour of crap countries, he told us he would be drawing some millions from them. Well we got about $250k, Gonsalves and entourage probably cost more than that, it would only pay his food bills.

    I hope you people in the Diaspora all know about the US$1 million in cash that the ULP hierarchy and families shared out. Your all working, dreaming and scheming, earning money for this lot to have a jolly-up on. Of course at the moment we don’t know if the money came from Chavez or Castro, drug barons, or some laundered money from the Diaspora. What we do know is that US money doesn’t come as cash in an old crocus bag, unless its dirty money. Those kind of sums come through the banking system. We will eventually know the answer and if laws have been broken expect no quarter.

    People are just getting houses to replace those in 2011 flash floods caused by the diversion of the Rabbaca river in an attempt to protect the bridge. Instead of water exiting via the Rabbaca river, it was diverted, it then flooded Georgetown and the bridge prior to Rabbaca is still showing severe damage. The rivers were full of felled trees, felled by the Forestry Department and farmers, then left to wash down the waterways, getting trapped under bridges, causing damming of bridges and flooding of the surrounding areas.
    And people are only just getting houses, are you kidding us.


    Posted by Peter | May 16, 2012, 20:19
    • Peetie boy…You just jealous cause you can’t and will never be a fraction of the brilliant and great leader DE COMRADE is…GOD bless De COMRADE. And I pray GOD help you to get that vicious hate and jealousy you have in your heart and build you a proper size brain so you can see pass your insecurities with sense.Why you don’t go comment on Ansesia and Eustace them bacchanal? You a real one sided coward in truth eh? lol Balance yo scale bra!!!

      Posted by Jason | May 17, 2012, 22:41
  5. Remember the CUCUMBER HEEL, nuh. Plus dem calalloo guys dem tarking ’bout Gout, too.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 16, 2012, 20:41
  6. JAHU, he ‘deliver a baby’ ? So, he big gut garne down ??!!

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 16, 2012, 23:39
  7. Everything Gonsalves does he does for his own reasons. It seems to me he is seeking pity, well he doesn’t deserve any.

    He hopes that by referring to his festering wound we would not question him traveling again and wasting our money. Well we are questioning him wasting our money, we are asking if this is a jollyup trip.

    Or is he traveling for medical reasons? he is not very welcome in Cuba since the Wikileaks incident. He has been snubbed by both Cuba and Venezuela. Have they just found out about him what we have known for ages.

    Posted by Peter | May 17, 2012, 06:28

    Posted by Jason | May 17, 2012, 22:43
  9. JASON, get in contact with VINCYPOWA and arrange another cottaging trip with him, you deserve each other.

    Your stupidity shows no bounds, get the dunce hat on and get in the corner again.

    Posted by Peter | May 21, 2012, 15:10
  10. A lake side log cabin, fishing from a long jetty, and walking in the woods is fantastic in Canada at this time of year.

    Walking outside at 4am is invigorating.

    GONSALVES, Canada is waiting for you, there is a special welcome awaiting you, Be a man and go to Canada, stop being a coward, if you have nothing to fear go.

    Be a sport, cheer us up.

    Posted by Peter | May 22, 2012, 14:03

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