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Venezuela election outcome may have implications for SVG airport

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The outcome of the presidential election in Venezuela in October could have implications for several projects and programme in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), including the Argyle International Airport and PetroCaribe.

The opposition in Caracas have said that they will rescind PetroCaribe — the Venezuela-Caribbean alliance that allows nations to buy oil at market value, pay a certain amount upfront and the remainder over 25 years at 1per cent interest.

Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told his compatriots in Taiwan on Saturday that a non-Chavez government in Caracas would be “perfectly in order” if it rescinds PetroCaribe.

The agreement itself, he said, allows for such a move.

“If somebody else other than Chavez’s political organisation wins, there is a provision inside of agreement itself for them to rescind it. If they rescind it, that is a fact of life,” he told a gathering of mostly Vincentian students.

“The point I want to make here, I can’t deal with public policy on the basis of probabilities outside of what I know presently or even fanciful possibilities,” he further stated.

But if a new government in Caracas also dissolves ALBA — the Bolivarian Alternative for our Americas — under which PetroCaribe falls, this might mean that Venezuela would not meet its commitments to Kingstown as far as the airport is concerned, especially in the absence of signed cooperation agreement.

The Chavez government, according to Gonsalves, has agreed to pay the wages of Cuban workers at the EC$652 million airport.

But as of last August, Venezuela was yet to repay Kingstown any of the monies paid in wages to the Cuban workers, Gonsalves told lawmakers then.

He told Parliament that from July 2008 to July 2011, his government had paid EC$8.78 million in such wages, even as he said that while Venezuela has promised to help build the international airport it does not owe SVG anything.

And with the monthly expenditure on wages for Cubans workers at the airport being EC$368,572, it is possible that to date Kingstown has paid EC$12 million in such wages as of May 2012.

“PetroCaribe has provided US$34 million in the last three years to the airport at Argyle while the government has borrowed US$40 million at 2 per cent interest over 20 years from the ALBA Bank,” Gonsalves said Saturday.

He further said Vincentian commentators and Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace are wrong in saying there are no agreements between Caracas and Kingstown.

“The PetroCaribe agreement was put in the Parliament. I took the ALBA agreement to Parliament. These things have been signed,” he said.

“It is not a mystery but there are areas, naturally, in which we will get assistance, because of the closeness of the relationship,” said Gonsalves, whose government has been criticised by the opposition in Kingstown over its close ties with the Chavez administration, which some see as authoritarian.

“You can’t expect to cuss the man them and then ask them for something,” Gonsalves further said in relation to the Eustace-led New Democratic Party (NDP).

“Now, it would be completely irrational to expect the government of Venezuela to give any assistance to the NDP … in the unlikely event that they (the NDP) form government because they say that they would unsign both PetroCaribe and ALBA,” he said.

Asked if Kingstown and Caracas had signed agreement in relation to Venezuela’s contribution to the airport, Gonsalves said:

“No, we don’t have a signed agreement in relation to the airport.”

He, however, noted that Kingstown also doesn’t have a signed agreement with Havana regarding the airport “except that the general agreement, cooperation agreement that they will assist with the airport.

“But the specifics of it, on every occasion, we go [and sign particular agreements],” he said.

“… the issue in relation to the airport is a purely moot point because the airport will be finished before the next general election [in SVG],” Gonsalves further stated.

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21 thoughts on “Venezuela election outcome may have implications for SVG airport

  1. It seems very obvious to me that Gonsalves has mismanaged the whole matter of contracts with Venezuela and Cuba. Gonsalves has let his Marxist friendships control his actions, as an attorney he should know better. I am not sure but perhaps some of Gonsalves actions could be criminal.

    Where are the ALBA agreements for the public to look at?

    Posted by Peter | May 23, 2012, 22:26
  2. “No, we don’t have a signed agreement in relation to the airport.”..

    A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT, BEING HANDLED IN A MANNER AKIN TO A MAN BUILDING A HOUSE WITH THE HELP OF FRIENDS AND FAMILIES…JUST PROVIDE FOOD AND RUM, AND WE GOOD TO GO…ONLY WHEN THE HOUSE IS COMPLETED, THAT YOU NOTICE IT IS ALL … UP. BUT NO WORRIES…YOU CAN BRAGG AND SAY. YO HAVE A HOUSE!

    Posted by Saadiss | May 24, 2012, 01:49
  3. THAT’S RIGHT MY COMRADE, NOW LET YOUR DETRACTORS {PETER AN DEM} FROTH AT THE CORNERS OF THEIR MOUTHS IN THEIR ANTI-MARXIST PMS. YOU DID NOT EQUIVOCATE IN YOUR STATEMENTS. THIS IS STRAIGHT TALK. LET THEM CONJURE UP THEIR SPIRITS OF CONSPIRACY….COME LEY WE GO MASH DEM DOWN NAR LOSE…

    Posted by F.U.D.Z. | May 24, 2012, 08:11
  4. Isn’t chavez dying of cancer?even if he wins the election it’s still no guarantee

    Posted by Jahu | May 24, 2012, 20:44
  5. ARE THE CUBANS ‘WORKERS’ [or, military irregulars] at the Argyle airport construction BEING PAID PROMPTLY BY THE SVG GOVERNMENT from our atrociously small kitty, WHILE WE WAIT FORLORNLY FOR THE SULPHUR MAN COUP-MAN SOLDIER wannabe Communist in South America TO RE-PAY US FOR THAT ?

    Are they being paid promptly? WHILE Vincentian workers, Government contracting suppliers, and subcontractors ARE NOT BEING PAID FOR SOME TIME NOW ?

    How come these CUBANS are given these JOBS THAT VINCENTIANS CAN DO, and ARE BEING PAID BY THE SVG GOVERNMENT when SVG SUFFERS FROM EVER-PRESENT UN-EMPLOYMENT ?

    monkey say eh wurl nah level.

    IS THIS WHY we are being asked to pay through our very “eye-teeth” for super-inflated utility and other bills – - – ELECTRICITY, WATER, SEWERAGE, SOLID WASTE, FLOUR, PASTRY PRODUCTS, TRANSPORTATION, PROPERTY TAXES . . .

    ARE THE CUBANS getting paid regularly, and on time ?

    When the Europeans come in to rescue we from becoming a new RUSSIAN IMPERIALIST military base posing a communist threat to the us, the West Indies and the WEST, are these Commie CUBANS going to dig up and take out arms against them and our CARICOM co-Rescuers ?

    Are the CUBANS BEING PAID BY THIS INCOMPETENT ADMINISTRATION in SVG, while our own workers, suppliers and contractors GO UNPAID ?

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

    CUBANS, GO HOME !!!

    SAY “NO !” TO COMMUNISM.

    DOWN WITH LENINIST DICTATORSHIP AND MEGALO-MANIA.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 24, 2012, 22:55
  6. Gonsalves, looking for reason to stop airport work, then he going to say its mitigating circumstances, a term he has used a thousand time before.

    Posted by Peter | May 25, 2012, 12:09
  7. F.U.D.Z you gotta be high on something. ONCE AGAIN I read the above article and I an confused by tyour comment. What the hell are you talking about? Make some sense nuh Man!

    Posted by AHA | May 25, 2012, 17:58
  8. “No, we don’t have a signed agreement in relation to the airport.”

    Hahaah, this man’s stupidity knows no bounds. Sometimes i just have to shake my head.

    Posted by blane | May 26, 2012, 17:39
  9. Our partners in ALBA, Venezuela.

    In Venezuela since Chavez came to power, violent crime has become a serious problem, and the capital city of Caracas has been cited as having one of the highest per capita homicide rates in the world. Kidnappings, assaults, and robberies occur throughout the country; no areas are safe from the high levels of crime.

    Worth a read:
    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1059.html

    Since Gonsalves came to power, crime is out of control, especially rape. See the similarities between all these Marxist scum bags.

    Posted by Peter | May 28, 2012, 07:43
  10. CANADA

    Posted by Peter | May 28, 2012, 07:50
  11. If the PM is going to prison after he leaves office, Canada should be his choice fo real, they feed you good their, and they have air condition cells, heck some of them even have tv to watch. So yes, the PM should go to Canada for his extended vacation.

    Posted by blane | May 28, 2012, 17:38
  12. Frying Tonight, Hugo Chavez was cooked in Cuba. apparently medium rare to well

    Chavez scheduled an emergency trip to Brazil after suffering severe intestinal burns during his cancer radiation treatment in Cuba.

    Brazilian media have revealed that the cancer-stricken president is heading for the Sirio e Libanes hospital in Sao Paulo.

    He no longer has confidence in the Cubans to safely treat him.

    Reports are that Cuban medics administered the radiation improperly causing his life threatening burns.

    No wonder Gonsalves recently sought medical treatment in Barbados instead of Cuba.

    Gonsalves must ask himself if medical treatment is safe in Cuba for him since the WIKILEAKS expose, since they saw the true stead of him.

    Posted by Peter | May 28, 2012, 21:46
  13. There is no need to have any signed document, as long as vincy powa posts crap about what the women and poor people think about chavez!!!! Who needs signed documents anyway, right powa? the people down there loves chavez……lol

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | May 29, 2012, 10:56
    • The WOMEN and POOR PEOPLE of VENEZUELA want a LEADER who WILL CHAMPION their CAUSE…CHAVEZ is it.

      The WELL TO DO PEOPLE of SVG want a LEADERLESS LEADER to CHAMPION their CAUSE…EUSTACE is it.

      Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | May 29, 2012, 15:17
  14. VINCY POWA, LIKE GONSALVES CHAVEZ HAS A FOLLOWING OF THE IGNORANT AND SCUM LIKE YOURSELF

    I WILL NEVER OPEN ANY LINK THAT YOU POST, IT IS UNSAFE TO DO SO.

    PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF CHAVEZ LATEST FRYING TONIGHT EPISODE WHICH I POSTED, THAT WAS THE HUMEROUS GOOD NEWS OF THE WEEK.

    LAST WEEK YET AGAIN HE WENT TO A CATHOLIC MASS AND BEGGED JESUS TO SAVE HIS LIFE, WHILST CRYING AT THE ALTER, HOLDING THE HAND OF HIS FATHER.

    NOW HE’S IN BRAZIL STEWING, OR ROASTING, WHICHEVER TERM YOU WANT TO APPLY.

    CHAVEZ LIKE GONSALVES IS A MARXIST PIECE OF CRAP WHEN IT SUITS HIM, AND BEGS FOR GODS MERCY WHEN IN SERIOUS TROUBLE.
    I AM SURE HIS TIME IS VERY LIMITED ON THIS EARTH, HE AND ALL THE OTHER OBEAH WORSHIPPERS CAN MEET IN HELL.

    Frying Tonight, Hugo Chavez was cooked in Cuba. apparently medium rare to well done.

    Chavez scheduled an emergency trip to Brazil after suffering severe intestinal burns during his cancer radiation treatment in Cuba.

    Posted by Peter | May 29, 2012, 12:00
  15. “Chavez “is the Latin American president most followed” and has the second highest number of followers on Twitter after U.S. President Barack Obama, Communications Minister Andres Izarra told state-owned Venezolana de Television, or VTV.”
    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/05/29/venezuela-chavez-gets-3-mn-followers-on-twitter/

    PETER n VINCY IN BAD SHAPE, what do Chavez and Obama have in common.

    Since both of you are a BIT SLOW, I will give you the ANSWER.

    RACIST PIGS DEMONIZE them BOTH as MARXIST, COMMUNIST, DICTATOR, SOCIALIST, etc, because they TRY to HELP the POOR and the DISADVANTAGE of their RESPECTIVE NATION.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | May 29, 2012, 15:40
  16. HOW COME that vincypowa did NOT include fidel castro? Is he the EXCEPTION in being MARXIST, COMMUNIST, DICTATOR, SOCIALIST, etc. ?

    Only an INEBRIATED HACK would not fail to acknowledge that chavez’s eight hours or more ‘LECTURES’ on Venezuelan TV and radio does not “CHAMPION” THE TENETS of MARXISM-LENINISM, COMMUNISM, ‘SCIENTIFIC’ SOCIALISM, CUBAN AND RUSSIAN STYLE ‘international’ SOCIALISM, and militant, marxist-leninist COUP D’ETAT and SOCIALIST LATIN AMERICAN MILITARY DICTATORSHIP.

    ONLY some creature who the COPYCAT would call, in his choice words, A PUSILANIMOUS NINCOMPOOP, would SLAVISHLY engage in the PAGAN WORSHIP of a MORTAL MAN, without READING [as I seriously recommended] and FRANKLY ADMITTING that the COPYCAT, for OVER 44 YEARS, ADVOCATED ATHEISTIC COMMUNISM and COMMUNISM ATHEISM, and WAS A LEADING PROPONENT, in SVG and the EASTERN CARIBBEAN, of
    MARXISM-LENINISM, RUSSIAN ‘SOVIET’ SOCIALISM in contra-distinction to MAOISM CHINESE SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM, AND RULE BY A COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP.

    Have the COPYCAT apologists and re-makers LOST ALL SENSE OF HONESTY, INTEGRITY, AND DECENCY?

    MILLIONS OF WEST INDIAN PEOPLES WERE QUITE AWARE, WITH OPENED EYES AND EARS, WHEN THE FOOLISH DOCTRINAIRE IDEOLOGUE made his politically FOOLISH pronouncements.

    NOW, for political opportunism, and duplicitous ideological ‘strategy’, the mendicant COPYCAT COMMUNIST [with apologies to PETER] is ATTEMPTING TO LIE HIS SUBVERSIVE WAY OUT OF THESE WELL PRESERVED, FULLY DOCUMENTED, AND COMPREHENSIVELY RECORDED, PRONOUNCEMENTS that he repeated made, over many years.

    ATHEISM. COMMUNISM. COMMUNIST ATHEISM. ATHEISTIC COMMUNISM.

    Why are these political hacks, henchmen and acolytes so SHAMELESSLY ECHOING THE LIES AND SUBTERFUGE OF THE SLAVE MASTER?

    GOOD TING that P.R., before he ‘tun establishment, did teach me in we BANNED TEACH-IN on PSYCHOLOGICAL LIBERATION.

    The Venezuelan Government and Government-controlled/suppressed electronic media are EVERY NIGHT PROUDLY RE-PLAYING AND BROADCASTING/ TELECASTING hugo chavez’s unending harangues on MARXISM-LENINISM, COMMUNISM, AND RUSSIAN-CUBAN style COMMUNISM – - – yet hapless messengers like vincypowa are here SHAMELESSLY DENYING their ears. hablo espanol?

    Visit the YOULIMO boys and read their salvaged literature. Visit UWI and read the COPYCAT COMMUNIST’s polemic tracts that the tried to pass off as pedantic monographs. DENY YOUR EYES, shameless man-worshipper.

    Visit the Barbados’ NATION newspaper’s offices/archives. READ the virulent COMMUNIST DIATRIBES OF YOUR DIED IN THE WOOL MARXIST-LENINIST HERO. Then, READ AND STUDY where CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, GLASTON HOLDER, utterly debunked the MARXIST-LENINIST excuses for theories as propounded by COPYCAT COMMUNIST and others.

    Locate copies of The VINCENTIAN newspaper where the COPYCAT COMMUNIST tried to hoodwink THE VINCENTIAN PUBLIC and Editor NORA PEACOCKE with some sort of COCK-AND-BULL STORY about ‘Socialist Orientation’. TELL ME IF THIS WASN’T A NAKED, BOLD-FACED, BARE-FACED COMMUNIST PLOY TO DECEIVE AND SHAMELESSLY LIE TO THE READING PUBLIC.

    Lenin, COPYCAT’s mentor, taught him and the other communist guerilla cadres, that IT WAS O.K. TO LIE, CHEAT, STEAL, RAPE, AND MURDER – - – FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR COMMUNIST REVOLUTION.

    LENIN taught him, this mendicant Book radical, that THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.

    After all, Copycat communist learned from Lenin and his other communist textbooks that PROMISES ARE LIKE PIE-CRUSTS – - – MADE TO BE BROKEN, and RELIGION IS THE OPIATE OF THE PEOPLE.

    Like LABOUR LEADERS such as HUDSON K. TANNIS and R. MILTON CATO, not to mention JOHN THOMPSON, used to teach us AND PUBLISH IN THE STAR NEWSPAPER: The Leopard CANNOT Change his Spots. Yet, this political chimera liked to point the finger at others and chant “CO-CO-BAY” !!!

    SHAMEFUL MENDICANCY.

    E.T. JOSHUA used to join Hudson in blasting at the RED WOLF, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive! “

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | May 29, 2012, 22:41
  17. VINCY POWA, stop trying to talk up Chavez, don’t you think that almost every one in the world [except you perhaps] know that he’s scum.

    In any case he is pretty irrelivent now, he’s cooked his goose, unlike the Cubans who cooked his intestines. Dead man walking.

    En el hospital la enfermera dijo le puede oler la incineración, su colega dijo sí cuelgan en y lo apagaré él debe ser hecho ya.

    No hospital a enfermeira disse pode-o cheirar a ardência, o seu colega disse sim suspendem em e o apagarei ele deve ser feito por agora.

    à l’hôpital l’infirmier a dit vous peut sentir l’incendie, son collègue a dit oui tiennent et je le dégoûterai il doit être fait à ce moment-là

    Posted by Peter | May 29, 2012, 23:13
  18. NEWS RELEASE FOR THE ATTENTION OF GONSALVES

    FRYING TONIGHT CHAVEZ UPDATE

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has “entered the end stage”. The prognosis is dire and Chavez is now not expected to live “more than a couple of months at most.”
    Chavez is running for re-election in Venezuela but it is doubtful the dictator will live to see the results.

    GONSALVES, ASK HIM FOR THE MONEY WE ARE OWED FOR THE CUBAN WAGES BEFORE HE GOES, IT COULD BE HE IS DIEING TO AVOID PAYMENT.

    Posted by Peter | May 31, 2012, 09:14

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