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Airport on track for 2013 completion – PM’s update

This photo, uploaded to the Friends of the Argyle International Airport
Facebook page on May 5, shows the terminal building under construction.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Construction of the EC$652 million Argyle International Airport is on track to meet the 2013 completion schedule, a progress report from Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves this week suggested.

“I just don’t understand some people when they say that ‘nutten happening out dey’ despite every time you go you see such phenomenal changes,” he said at a press briefing Tuesday as he detailed the work that has been done since the project commence in August 2008.

“You know, sometimes, when I hear some people talk, I wonder if they eat something at night and they lie down and it ride their stomach and they dream that nothing [is] going on. Because it is talking place before your eyes,” he said, employing part of an analogy that landed him much criticism some years ago when some citizens accused him of mocking of Spiritual Baptists.

Earthworks

Gonsalves told reporters and radio audiences that as of May 12, 75 per cent of earthworks on the runway, apron and taxiway were completed and the International Airport Development Company (IADC) — charged with oversight of the project — plans to complete 90 per cent by yearend.

All earthworks will be completed by the middle of next year, he said, noting that EC$4.4 million has been spent on blasting and 300,000 kilogrammes (0.66 million lbs) of explosives have been used since work began in August 2008.

“When we say we had to move three mountains and fill three valleys, span a river and so on and so forth, it is not an easy business you know,” Gonsalves said, adding partly in dialect, “Unless you have a vision and you have the fortitude to go ahead with this lot ah man wudda done fall down.”

Paving

The base-laying and pavement will begin later this year, hopefully by September, he said, explaining that there have been some delays because of equipment procurement.

The IADC therefore decided to redo its work plan and will continue with earthworks rather than pavement, doing both simultaneously when paving begins.

The state-owned firm is assembling the equipment needed for pavement works, some of which is being provided by an US$4.2 million (EC$11.34 million) grant and loan to the government by the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Development Fund.

The IADC has awarded the equipment procurement contracts to three international firms.

NSG West Indies Ltd. won the US$1.06 million contract to provide the stone crushing plant.

The US$2.3 million quarry and base-laying equipment deal was awarded to RIMCO Caterpillar Inc.

GECI Española has been awarded the US$1 million contract for airfield lighting equipment and generators.

The project has already received some of the quarry and base-laying equipment and expects to get the stone crushing plant by the end of June.

The IADC intends to do the pavement works in house and to set up its own industrial complex, complete with stone crusher, asphalt and concrete batching plants and supporting equipment, Gonsalves said.

A 70-member team, including 32 Cubans who will arrive next month, will be involved in this aspect of the project.

Sea defences, trucks, wind study

The construction of sea defences will start later this year at the northeastern end of the runway and the IADC is negotiating the purchase of the ARMCO system for preparing culverts to divert the Yambou River under the runway.

The company is also trying to acquire news truck even as it tries to keep a fleet in working order, Gonsalves said, noting that vehicles at the project have been used 12-hours a day, seven days a week for the last 45 months.

“That’s not easy work you know. And if you think that is cheap, these equip consume almost EC$10 million worth of fuel so far — 1.5 million gallons. It’s a lot of work and you notice we are keeping a track as to the quantity and everything else that we use …”

Wind studies are continuing and the data collected over the last three and a half years suggest that a crosswind runway might not be needed. But even if one is needed, it will only be 1.5 per cent of the cost of the project, Gonsalves noted.

Landside facilities

The Taiwanese firm Overseas Engineering Construction Company (OECC), as of May 11, had completed 23 per cent of the terminal building and had received US$12.2 million of the US$26.5 million contract.

Of that sum, the IADC contributed about US$2.3 million while the government of Taiwan paid the remainder.

And while the size of the mezzanine floor has been doubled to 10,000 square feet to accommodate two executive lounges instead of one, Gonsalves said this adjustment was not expected to affect the cost of the building “in any significant way”.

The control tower, fire and rescue station, and cargo terminal building — expected to cost US$5 million — will be bundled in three distinct packages for tender.

The fire and rescue station is to start later this year even as the IADC tries to have a private firm to finance and operate the cargo building and hopes that construction can begin no later than March 2012.

Meanwhile, talks are underway with a private sector entity interested in operating the aircraft refuelling facility.

Access roads, land use plan

Construction of the Argyle Gardens access road will resume later this year while works on the Rawacou access road, suspended because of the effect of blasting, will recommence when the blasting is completed.

Gonsalves said that Cabinet has received some broad conceptual outlines for a land use plan even as a final copy will have to be approved by the Cabinet.

Environmental monitoring and preservation of national heritage, and promotion of the airport are on-going.

Financing

Financing is on target, said Gonsalves, who is Minister of Finance. He said monies come from land sales, the central government, the sale of government shares in the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and PetroCaribe.

He further said that businessman Denzil Bacchus has donation the second EC$20,000 tranche of an EC$100,000 pledge to the airport.

At end of April, OECC’s workforce was 196 skilled and unskilled Vincentians and 26 foreigners while the total workforce at the project was almost 400, Gonsalves said.

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Discussion

35 thoughts on “Airport on track for 2013 completion – PM’s update

  1. How do we know what is true and what is false? when these statements are coming from a known liar.

    Has anyone thought about the fence, every inch both sides and both ends have to be secured against man and animal.

    Why is Gonsalves telling us about contracts awarded. He told us that all these things were being paid for by a coalition of the willing, So therefore why do we need to be involved in contracts.

    There is a good chance that the arrival and departure building will be completed, because its being funded and built by Taiwan.

    Why on earth do we need Cubans to operate a stone crushing plant, this a disgrace to be giving jobs to Cubans for such a simple operation, there are a number of stone crushing experts in SVG. Gonsalves why don’t you just quit your idealistic political crap. If Vincentians have these jobs, all that money will circulate through the business’s in SVG. Pay the Cubans and it all ends up in Cuba.

    It turned out that you lied to the people and you lied to parliament when you told us that the Venezuelans were paying the Cubans wages, that was a load of crap on your part.

    PEOPLE, DONKEY DUNG GONSALVES AND HIS COUSIN DUNG FRANCIS THE PHILISTINE TOLD US THAT BUILDING THE AIRPORT WOULD COST THE TAXPAYERS NOTHING, BECAUSE IT WOULD BE PAID FOR BY THE SALE OF GOVERNMENT LANDS IN BEQUIA AND THE COALITION OF THE WILLING WOULD PAY FOR EVERYTHING. WELL IT TURNED OUT THAT THE VENEZUELANS WERE UNWILLING TO PAY THE CUBANS WAGES AS THE STORY FED US BY GONSALVES GOES. THAT WAS A LIE ON THE PART OF GONSALVES.
    GONSALVES HAS TAKEN LOANS FROM ALBA, PETROCARIBE AND OTHER SCOURCES. MONEY WE HAVE TO PAY BACK, SO WHEN WE WERE TOLD THAT SOMEONE ELSE WAS PAYING THE BILL IT WAS ANOTHER ENORMOUSE LIE. WE WERE TOLD THAT WHEN THE AIPORT IS FINISHED THERE WILL BE NO DEBT LEFT, THAT WAS A LIE, OUR CHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE PAYING FOR THE NEXT 80 YEARS.
    GONSALVES HAS PUT SVG MONEY INTO THE AIRPORT FROM EVERY SCOURCE POSSIBLE, THE NIS, THE NCB BANK SHARES, SALE OF CROWN LANDS. THE CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN TO PUT US IN DEBT AND DESTROYED TOURISM AND AGRICULTURE THAT HAVE BEEN STARVED OF FUNDING.
    OUR ROADS ARE THE WORST IN THE CARIBBEAN AND STILL DETERIATING, WHY? BECAUSE MAINTENACE MONEY WAS PLONKED INTO THE AIRPORT. EVEN THE NEW WINDWARD HIGHWAY IS GETTING IN SUCH A STATE THAT IT WILL BE TOTALLY WRECKED WITHIN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.
    EVERY GOVERNMENT BUILDING IS FALLING APART AND REQUIRES PAINTING AND MAINTENANCE, BUT NO MONEY, ITS ALL GONE TO THE AIRPORT.
    GOVERNMENT WORKERS GO UNPAID FOR WEEKS AND MONTHS, WHY? ALL THE MONEY GONE TO THE AIRPORT.

    WE ARE SELLING MORE AND MORE GOVERNMENT BONDS, WITH THE REAL POSSIBILITY THAT WE WILL DEFAULT ON REPAYMENT.

    WE HAVE BEEN BANKRUPTED BY THE GONSALVES AIRPORT POLICY.

    ITS GREAT YOU PEOPLE IN THE DIASPORA SUPPORTING THIS MARXIST, ASK HIM WHERE THE US$1 MILLION DOLLARS IN CASH CAME FROM, CLEAN AND HONEST MONEY COMES THROUGH THE BANKING SYSTEM, THIS CAME IN AN OLD CROCUS BAG. IT WAS SHARED OUT BETWEEN A FEW AND THEIR FAMILIES.

    Posted by Peter | May 18, 2012, 22:26
    • While I somewhat agree with your comments I taught it was necessary to point out one thing. We should exercise restraint with the name calling to the office of the Prime Minister. Remember when another party comings into power we would not want others saying the same thing.

      Took a very long look at the many bonds not to mention the loans to us from other countries and our children and grand children will be paying back these monies. High unemployment will remain high due to a lack of skills training of Vincentians , Our country’s infrastructure is indeed falling apart but no one in SVG seems to want to address the suitation, this must change.

      The reality however is clear SVG needs an international airport one way or the other otherwise opportunity and development would pass us bye. Sure call him out but lets do it in a respectful manner as the office truly deserve.

      Posted by Jeff | May 20, 2012, 00:23
  2. Poor Sore Foot Ralph!

    Posted by L Sutton | May 19, 2012, 12:08
  3. **THINKING TO SELF, THE NDP FANATICS ON THIS SITE SEEMS TO BE BYPASSING THIS BLOG LIKE IT IS POISON IN THEIR HEARTS and SOULS**

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | May 19, 2012, 12:42
    • Who told you to think? Did you ask ralph if you can think?

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | May 19, 2012, 20:58
  4. Stupes! 2013 what…ELECTION GIMMICK…PM who you fooling

    Posted by Aloes | May 19, 2012, 19:40
  5. VINCYPOWA, when you stayed away for so long I thought my wish had come true, that you had caught something nasty whilst cottaging.

    Posted by Peter | May 19, 2012, 19:45
  6. I know I will receive some flack for my post, so first off, I would like to state that I support this effort 100% and I have total faith and confidence that this airport will be completed and operational by the middle of 2014. The benefits this project will bring to the development of SVG is more than worth the cost. I may be biased in my support of this project since I have spent almost all of my working adult life in the field of aviation, since 1985, but my experince in this field has given me an insight and knowledge of the industry far greater than most who oppose this project.

    I am therfore looking forward to its completion with great anticipation, since I am currently in the process of planning and preparing preparing my business project for the Argyle International Airport. We have no choice but to take the PM at his word since we are not privy to information that would suggest otherwise. In these circumstances we have to give our leaders the benefit of the doubt since we elected them to be stewards and lead.

    If life shall last, I know that within two years after the completion of this airport, honest Vincentians who now oppose this project will confess that the decision to build this airport was a wise one. The good thing is that the stone crushing plant and other machinery purchased to build the airport will serve to create employment and further the development of the country long after the airport is completed.

    Posted by Eric Williams | May 19, 2012, 20:09
    • Eric yo war de Komrade slap yo inyo mouth, why you telling the people them the real date. Yo no hear de Komrade say tell them it going to done next year.

      Posted by blane | May 20, 2012, 19:06
  7. Vincypowa you are the biggest idiot their is. Remember the Bills that were over subscribed?? well they were not, the PM forced the NIS to buy a lot of them. And now the NIS is left holding bills that they can use to wipe their ass with, because with the government not able to repay them, they are nothing but paper and ink. And remember last year when the Airport was just over $400 million, well now it is close to $700 million. The cost of the airport jumped over $200 million dollar in a few months. Remember it’s the people of St Vincent money that are paying for this “Airport”, starving and being squeezed to death, woodlice in everybody pocket to bill that airport. That Airport is a representation of what the lengths ULP would go to stay in power. What an idiot you are Powa.

    Posted by blane | May 19, 2012, 21:51
    • BLANE, it seems like the ONLY IDIOT here is you.

      Why don’t you EXPLAIN the SELLING of the BONDS to us and tell us how Dr. GONSALVES FORCED the NIS to buy a lot of them?

      By the way, how much is A LOT?

      Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | May 23, 2012, 16:16
  8. VINCYPOWA, welcome back ! Long time, no see. I was considering for some time now to ask PETER if he ain’ miss you, too, for quite some time now. All non-communist, ‘no Gunny’, ribbing aside — I genuinely GLAD that yuh find yuh way back. No, ah be really miss yuh, in truth.

    Well do you and the COPYCAT fascist want to take another 12 years MORE ? Man, take it ! After all, how much al-yuh warh fuh the hurry-hurry Crass Cauntry road ? Tek dat, too.

    After all, the RED COMMIE COCO-BAY go try yet another camouflage, again. Remember he mentor LENIN tell ‘um that “PROMISES ARE LIKE PIE-CRUSTS, MADE TO BE BROKEN.”

    Then, again, he “intellectual, scientific, progressive” IDOL Lenin larn ‘um that “RELIGION IS THE OPIATE OF THE PEOPLE.” So, what is another lie? Its neither here nor there, isn’t it, with the self-named moniker ‘comrade’, west indian COPYCAT style.

    Che Guevara in his GUERILLA TACTICS taught us to tell the people ANY THING that they want to hear UNTIL YOU GAIN TOTALITARIAN POWER OVER THEM — then, you can tell them that they can go to hell — and afterward proceed to TAKE AWAY EVERY THING THAT THEY HAVE, including what you gave them AND even what you didn’t give them.

    The copycat comrade became fanatically enarmoured with the UWI text, HOW TO LIE WITH STATISTICS. Ah hear he NAH HAVE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH. Was the CIMS MARTIN – CATO SVLP ECONOMY of some years ago IN SHAMBLES, when the COMMUNIST HIGH PRIEST OF THE CARIBBEAN BROADCAST THAT TO THE WHOLE WORLD ? Caribbean newspaper headlines: “Gonsalves says — ST. VINCENT ECONOMY IN SHAMBLES !”
    Poor Milton Cato. Poor Christian ‘CIMS’ Martin. Ah wander how BLAZER and VINCENT remember that, or took it then?

    Political Leader, Ebenezer T. Joshua, liked to quote the English bard William Shakespeare: “Oh, what a WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN first WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE.

    VP, when you have fanatic, religious like FAITH in A MAN, then that is RELIGIOUS-like IDOLATRY.
    Why WORHIP A MORTAL MAN ? Why encourage a fellow human being in DOING AND SAYING WRONG ?

    Just go and take a look at the politico-ideological charlatan’s previous writings, Barbados NATION newspaper, UWI monographs, his various MARXIST-LENINIST polemic tracts, the ULP MINIMUM PROGRAMME, or the MNU PROGRAMMATIC PLATFORM.

    It was the common talk of the town that I scrupulously attended every one of his political platform appearances whenever he was communistically propagandizing in my vicinity.

    BETWEEN PROMISES AND FULFILLMENT ARE VOLCANIC CHASMS, and BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW ARE VINCENTIAN GRAVES.

    Ley the CUCUMBER HEEL copycat come again. He so ‘misinformed’ that we doan even really listen to him anymore — at least marginal only.

    DOWN WITH ATHEISTIC COMMUNISM AND COMMUNIST ATHEISM.

    CUBANS, GO HOME !

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 20, 2012, 00:04
  9. Is it better to have an i|nternational firm consuLtant tell us to build the airport or go back and return lands to plant peanuts. COME ON!!!!!!!! Lets discuss about usage and benefits etc

    Posted by ric | May 20, 2012, 00:20
  10. JEFF, are you saying that we should have an airport at any cost. And that we should respect the office of the Prime Minister regardless of his behavior and dreadful lies and deceit that he has rendered on the people.
    Do you really think that Gonsalves deserves any respect when he has no respect for the people who he continually lies to.
    I am neither NDP or ULP, if a new party comes in with a leader like Gonsalves I will treat them in the same way.

    Jeff to run an international airport a country must have cash flow from elsewhere, because the airport at Argyle will never be able to generate enough traffic to pay for itself.
    Knowing the governments record of maintenance on its buildings and roads, we are in trouble before its completed. Over half of the machinery bought for the airport is already lying broken and destroyed through lack of maintenance.

    Yes we need an international airport, but it should of been properly planned and funded before it was started. Gonsalves knew the airport was not funded but chose to lie to the people and mislead them into believing it was. This in my opinion was deception of the worst kind.

    And the airport is not on track for completion in 2013, that is another lie.

    ERIC WILLIAM, I have studied what you have written, your such a stupid person with no business sense whatsoever, and you support a band of immoral liars. You obviously have support for the airport because you have been promised something from the project, as you say you are preparing your business plan when you state “I am in the process of planning and preparing my business project for the Argyle International Airport”. So at last you have exposed your hand.
    Then you say “We have no choice but to take the PM at his word “ are you blind as well as stupid, Gonsalves is a confirmed liar, he has lied about the project, the funding and everything in between.
    With regards to the stone crusher, we are objecting to giving this work to the Cubans when there are plenty of out of work Vincentians that can do this job.
    ERIC WILLIAMS, during most of your past posts I suspected that you are some kind of an idiot who is picking the ULP crumbs, your post confirms I was right.

    BLANE, you are quite right regarding VINCYPOWA. But it could be worse than we initially thought. Has the NIS been buying the Bills and Bonds since the inception of the Caribbean Bond Market, has this been a way of piling SVG NIS money into the airport project without the public realizing that there money was being used for this purpose. We need to be urgently informed by the NIS, how much they have invested in SVG’s financial instruments.
    In fact NDP, ask the question in parliament, its so very very important.

    VINCYPOWA, its you that is trying to ignore this blog, you can see that by your tame and minute comment. Keep following Gonsalves he needs plenty of toilet paper.

    STEVE-HUGGINS, I was going to post a missing person notice for VINCYPOWA. I admire what you wrote so much that I have nothing more to add.

    Except
    BLANE, I am finding it difficult to remember all the new name for Gonsalves, when I found a comment by DPP WILLIAMS saying that Gonsalves is known as “Hugginson Kissinger” now if we add that to what you added to what I originally called him “Hugginson Kissinger Walter Disney Donkey Dung Gonsalves the Little Fat Marxist Scum Bag” I think that’s getting a bit to long, please let me have your valued opinion.

    Posted by Peter | May 20, 2012, 17:43
    • hahah, man, me say call the man anything you want. A man who confess that he lies sometimes can be called anything.

      Posted by blane | May 21, 2012, 14:31
  11. Its like the fat prat jeweler, he is paying $200,000 for the duty free jewelry concession at Argyle, so far he has paid two traunchs of $20k each.

    They think they can concoct a bullshit story about always wanted to help pay for the airport, and we going to believe that.

    Its collaboration with this evil regime for self embellishment.

    Dont forget there are tax benifits on money donated to the airport development, so doing it this way, saying this is a donation may not be benificial to the people. This action should be investigated at sometime in the future and if its found to be a sham, prosecution and recovery of tax’s should take place. Also the surrender of any shop units obtained at the airport.

    Posted by Peter | May 20, 2012, 18:00
    • Very right you are Peter, that was just a show for the public, when in truth, it is nothing but bribe money. The easiest way to launder money is to do it in the public’s eye at a press conference. I have to give de komrade credit though, he might not be very good at economic issues. But when it comes to money laundering and shifting money around, he has mastered the art.

      Posted by blane | May 21, 2012, 14:35
  12. The NDP never used to joke around when it comes to construction,all sorts of italian architects etc built stuff under the ndp,the ulp is trying to scrape together an international airport from scraps and handouts..if the ndp was building the airport you know it’s all sorts of international firms building a world class airport..the ulp is a cartoon government building a cartoon airport

    Posted by Joe | May 20, 2012, 21:56
  13. Peter, thanks for a good laugh. I almost choked on my lunch, as I sat by my computer reading your comment. This good laugh will definitely help with my digestion. Your post isn’t funny, but my imagination sometimes get the better of me, and as I read you post, I couldn’t help imagining you ranting ang raving like RUM-PELT-STILL-SKINO AS YOU TRIED YOU UTMOST BEST TO CONSTRUCT SENTENCES THAT ULTIMATELY RESULTED IN MUMBO JUMBO. I AM STILL LAUGHING. THANK YOU.

    Posted by Eric Williams | May 21, 2012, 14:01
  14. ERIC WILLIAMS, such a poor reply by you makes it very obvious what a total prat you are.

    Posted by Peter | May 22, 2012, 07:08
    • Peter. Sorry to disappoint you man, but I am independent and fair-minded with a total disregard for politics and personality. Rather, I concentrate on policy. I criticise bad policy or commend good policy, as I see it, no matter what side it comes from. You would never see me call anyone unkind names on this forum because I dont agree with their opinion. To do that would be a total disrespect of my parents(deceased) and the values they taught us, and worse yet a betrayal of the God I serve and his teachings as to how we should live with others and treat our fellow men. I live by the “GOLDEN RULE,” do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. PEACE MAN, and God Bless!!!

      Posted by Eric Williams | May 23, 2012, 10:08
      • Now, THIS reply I find very laudable. Glad to see that you have much more solidity than even I suspected. EXCELLENT RESPONSE. Of course, you meant PARTISAN politics, or rank parochialism . . . ?

        Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 23, 2012, 16:47
      • So let me get this straight, you say you’re supporting this government because of their policy??? haha, well from that statement I can tell that you are not very smart. I have some rasta cousins in Vincy who told me point blank that they voted for the Komrade to see what they can get, but they say they regret that decision now. They might have been greedy, but at least they were smart enough to see that the whole thing was a cash grab. This airport is nothing but smoke and mirrors, a trick to misplace funds and enrich those behind the scheme. Do you even see the state of Saint Vincent??? …… I am tired of stupid people talking nonsense and cannot back it up. So tell us please Eric, What good policy are you talking about??

        Posted by blane | May 24, 2012, 12:08
      • Blane, my posts/comments on this forum is not meant to appease anyone. I am willing to listen to all sides and make my own decision, a decision not influenced by how others may feel. You have to learn that in life you cannot please everyone, and it is very dangerous to try and live that way. Here is a link to an article I wrote expressing my displeasure about my perception of the administration’s policy. http://www.islandjournal.net/reportc.htm?section=caribbeannewsnow&story=Letter:-Ralph-sent-me-to-China&id=26973&catid=7

        Posted by Eric Williams | May 26, 2012, 17:34
  15. ERIC, I reluctantly agreed that your reply was weak. Seems, that you were caught red-handed; not that you really sought to hide the signposts. I don’t fault you with your aim to try to invest, though I feel that it will be squandered.

    The BEQUIA Airport, much as I am familiar with the dire need for such in medical emergencies, turned out to be a BUDGET BUSTER. To the best of my knowledge, it proved to be substantially unprofitable, and a drag on our national finances. One man really benefited from this built airport; check the records. Not even his relatives and other land owners gained anything from the supposed development.

    Check the other money gimmicks and personal profiteering scams. AND STILL NO ONE IN JAIL. Indeed, they are still being further paid off years after.

    The current airport corruption cases involved workers favoured by the regime. Highly probable Party supporters. Now, just how far does the graft and corruption go? The small fry identified are very unlikely to try to tief those large sums of money without some sort of higher level help, collusion, and collaboration — investigators take serious note.

    CUBANS GO HOME.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 23, 2012, 00:51
    • Steve Huggins, I was never one in favor of the Bequia airport, eventhough that’s a moot point now. I think that project was more one of self aggrandisement by the PM. There was no need for an airport there, with Bequia being so close to the mainland. For the benefit of those on this forum,(I respect the various opinions concerning the airport), I just wish to state one of the reasons why I support the project, and why I think it will be successful and beneficial to national development.

      I live on St. Thomas, a 2 X 4 Island with the only attractions being beaches and shopping, yet this Islands receives hundreds of thousands of visitors a year by both air and sea. There are seven international airlines that fly in here every day; Jet-Blue, American, Delta, Continental, United, US Air, Spirit and Air Canada on week-ends. St.Thomas, I must say is very clean.

      During my years of business at the Cyril E. King airport, I received numerous request from Jetsetters who wanted to fly to St. Vincent. (We call them snowbirds here, because every winter from November to the end of April, they over run the Island. These are rich and famous people from Hollywood and Wall Street. They fly in, in their Gulfsteams, Global Expresses Citations and Challenger jets). Unfortunately, they couldn’t fly in to E.T Joshua, and those who could didn’t want to take any chances because of the Funky layout of the runway. Some explored the options of flying into Bequia, but that strip was too short. I was able to get some to go via Canouan.

      St. Vincent’s tourism potential is untapped because of the difficulty in getting there. We have a lot more to offer than St. Thomas, and many of the other Caribbean destinations, where natural attractions are concerned, and with agressive marketing and promjotion, we can become a leading vacation destination in the Caribbean. I agree that not everything was done right with regards to the airport’s construction, and that it is a costly project, but it will not get any cheaper to construct down the road. As with any project of this magnitude, there will be challenges and mis-steps, however, I am one who think that in the end, it will all come together.

      In my business I had the privilege of welcoming the likes of Dan Aykroyd, John Travolta, Michael Bolton and other to St. Thomas, and God’s willing, I am looking forward to welcoming them to SVG in the not to distant future.

      Posted by Eric WIlliams | May 23, 2012, 21:36
      • Eric no body is saying that they don’t want ST Vincent to get an airport, but the way that it is going about is just foolishness. I knew from the way that you were replying that you were either foolish or living abroad and for living abroad i might be able to give you a pass. But the situation in SVG right now, our country, is only a year or two away from total bankruptcy, and when that happens, economic vultures are going to go down their are buy up resources for next to nothing. SVG has resources that companies would love to get their hands on. I am heading back their for Vincy Carnival in a few days and i would invite anyone who live abroad to come see the situation before you talk, our country is gone, what a shame.

        The PM convinced the people of SVG that the cost of the airport would not be coming from Vincentians and now he has said in Taiwan that the Airport is infact coming from Vincentian people. People are dying their man, hunger, violence, rape, suicide. That’s the price we are paying for the airport, we are paying with the lives of people in SVG. i would like to take one flight into SVG also, but not at the cost of Vincentians lives. You all need to wake up and stop thinking about money that may or may may not come from an airport, that may or may not be built. And start talking about ways to get our country back on track.

        Posted by blane | May 25, 2012, 15:49
  16. CUBAN COMMUNISTS, GO HOME !

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 24, 2012, 09:31
  17. Just spoke to a leading airport engineer and airport designer from Canada. He told me that one of the biggest problems in the third world is building airports on what is substiantly filled areas. Specially when the fill has been placed on underground streams, swamp land and possible spring water sites. A bore hole grid should have been used and drilled all over the site before work commenced.

    Well I can testify that they filled holes, valleys, swamp land and water springs, because I know the land intimately.
    I cannot testify about underground streams, only the bore holes would of shown where they are, and a complete grid test was never carried out.

    What he said was huge holes caused by water subsidence can happen at anytime, rendering the airport unreliable for international use.

    Nice runway one day, next day a hole big enough to swallow a jumbo jet.

    HOW ABOUT THAT THEN, THE CHRISTIAN BLOOD CURSE CONTINUES.

    By the way there are still 60 of the original landowners who have not been paid yet for their land, its 3 years now.

    Does the curse transfer to people? ask Donkey Gonsalves how his wound is healing, in fact stand near him and smell the rotting flesh.

    WASH MAN WASH, GET NURSEY TO WASH THE WILLYKINS

    Posted by Peter | May 24, 2012, 15:08
  18. WHAT was the ORIGINAL DATE OF COMPLETION for the Argyle airport ?

    These DATES OF COMPLETION are changing every MONDY MARNING.

    HOW MANY TIMES have we REVISED and RE-SCHEDULED the COMPLETION DATE ?

    WHY is the SVG GOVERNMENT reputedly PAYING THE WAGES OF CUBAN paramilitary ‘WORKERS’ , who were supposed to be paid by chavez-ista VENEZUELA – – – WHILE SVG CITIZENS GO UNPAID and/or UNEMPLOYED ?

    Why are WE paying those “me falta” COMMUNIST CUBANS, while this ULP incumbent regime is FAILING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, and more and more VINCENTIANS are FACING WIDESPREAD UN-EMPLOYMENT, NON-PAYMENT OF WAGES, HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES, ATROCIOUS ENERGY BILL INCREASES, and UNTENABLE HIKES IN THE COSTS OF WATER, SEWERAGE AND SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL, in addition to STEEP INFLATION in the PRICES of FLOUR, PASTRY PRODUCTS, etc. ?

    Will the COMMUNIST DESPOTS IN CUBA order these paramilitaries ‘guardias’ to TAKE UP ARMS AGAINST THE SVG PEOPLE , AS THEY DID IN THE ‘REVOLUTIONARY’ GRENADA BE-HEADINGS, WHENEVER THE VINCENTIAN PEOPLE CHOOSE TO “MARCH FUH WUK” or stage another, THIS TIME ANTI-GONSALVES’ REGIME, “ROAD-BLOCK REVOLUTION” ?

    Does Communist Cuba have a history of MILITARY INTERVENTION in other sovereign countries – – – in LATIN AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN, AFRICA, and GRENADA ? Just what is the REAL ROLE of these Cubans ?

    When the Europeans finally decide to CUT-OFF and MILITARILY PUT A STOP to COMMUNIST CHINESE in-roads in Latin America and ARREST THE BUILDING OF A RE-NEWED RUSSIAN IMPERIALIST/ NEO-COMMUNIST MILITARY BASE AT ARGYLE, what will be the exact role of these Cuban para-military “workers” slavishly controlled by the despicable Castro demagogues and their rubber-stamp CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF ‘revolutionary’ CUBA ?

    me falta ! me falta ! me falta ! me falta ! me falta ! me falta !

    Say “NAY” TO COMMUNISM !!!

    CUBANS, GET THE HELL OUT WE COUNTRY.

    CUBANS GO HOME !

    Why, oh why, IS THIS HORRID REGIME HIRING FOREIGN CUBAN ‘WORKERS’ – – – WHEN SO VERY MANY SVG PEOPLE GO UN-EMPLOYED, and hopelessly destitute ?

    Say NO TO COMMUNISM !

    CUBANS, GO HOME !

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 25, 2012, 10:00
  19. ERIC WILLIAMS, if you want to join the top liars in the party, you need a good memory.

    “Peter. Sorry to disappoint you man, but I am independent and fair-minded with a total disregard for politics and personality.”

    Remember your remarks to KOJO, the old Marxist scum bag.

    “Wade, this is a “really” sweet piece of comess. However, there is always some bit of truth in rumours. Can’t wait to hear more.”

    ERIC WILLIAM, pull your pants up and put the dunce hat on and stand in the corner, to get caught once can be excused, twice proves you are an idiot.

    Posted by Peter | May 25, 2012, 22:03
  20. Which one of the National Stadium tracks is the airport on?

    Posted by Jahu | May 26, 2012, 04:45
  21. This is probably the least professional project in the hiatory of the Caribbean,ecept for grenada most countries hire big name consultants for huge projects like these where you can’t afford to make a mistake,Grenada got their from cuba back when Russia used to fund Cuba.Crazy @$$ communist aint realize Russia gone and China and america been friends since 1970,so communism dead and done,what sort of relic calls himself Comrade,sumpn that was only fashionable in the 1960-1989, he should call himself Dude,a term fashionable in the 1990’s

    Posted by Jahu | May 26, 2012, 04:51
  22. JAHU, dude.

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 4, 2012, 13:27
  23. In 2009, the IADC purchased, from its own resources, 25 pieces of heavy equipment costing EC $12 million, namely: 17 Articulated Trucks; 2 Motors Scrapers; 2 Bulldozers (1 – D8 and 1 – D9); one Caterpillar 345 Excavator; one Caterpillar 330 Excavator, with Hydraulic Hammer; one Wagon Drill; and one Kobelco Crane.

    There is something seriously wrong with this cost [EC$12million]. Its about double what it should be.

    For instance the Terex Articulated trucks are ex British Military and were sold in the UK by UK government appointed agents for 1 £35,000 buy several for £32,000 each, or buy over 10 for $28,000 each.

    A fantastic buy with only 500 to 1000 hours usage, which makes them of almost new condition.

    The trucks at the airport originated from this source, I know because I checked at the time they were purchased posing as another buyer.

    Whichever of the UK government agents you chose to buy from the prices were the same and were set prices, I enquired by three agents.

    The cost of these trucks should be less than EC$2million.

    The other seven pieces of used equipment should not of cost more than EC$5million, and that’s on the high side.

    SOME QUESTION WE WANT ANSWERED

    Did IADC buy this equipment off its own bat, if so who was responsible for arranging and orchestrating the deals?

    Did an SVG government officer and department arrange and conduct the purchase of this equipment?

    Was a Vincentian company or individual or firm involved in these transactions?

    Was any overseas Vincentian individual or company involved in these transactions?

    Was an SVG senator involved in these transactions?

    Was payment made directly to the vending owners or agents or was the purchase made through third party dealers or agents?

    Posted by Peter | June 13, 2012, 10:14

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