Construction of new airport terminal to begin in St Vincent

first_img Tweet LifestyleTravel Construction of new airport terminal to begin in St Vincent by: – August 9, 2011 Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves (R) and Taiwan Ambassador to SVG, Weber Shih. (File photo)By Kenton X. ChanceKINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Actual construction of the new Argyle International Airport terminal building in St Vincent will begin within one week, Dr Rudy Matthias, chairman and CEO of the Argyle International Airport Development Company announced on Sunday.Matthias, speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the terminal building, said he expects Taiwanese firm Overseas Engineering and Construction Company Ltd will complete the facilities within 28 months, as contracted.He said that, while preparing for the design of the terminal building, IADC officials visited airports in Cuba, The Bahamas, Trinidad, Mexico, Portugal, and Atlanta.Taiwanese firm, CECI Engineering Consultants Inc. was awarded the US$3.9 million contract for the design and supervision of landside facilities.Matthias outlined the facilities to be constructed over the next two years.The contract for the terminal building, which is being financed by Taiwan, is worth US$26.5 million.The 100,071 square-foot terminal building compares to the 30,000 square feet at the E.T. Joshua Airport and is designed to comfortably accommodate 800 passengers at any one time, Matthias said.Matthias said all earthworks at the airport would be completed by early 2013. The airstrip will be 9,000 feet long and would accommodate any aircraft, except the Airbus A380 — the largest passenger airliner in the world.The 22-acre apron at Argyle will be 11 times larger than at the E.T. Joshua Airport.Matthias said 8.8 acres would be for commercial planes while 11.5 acres will be for general aviation.General aviation includes aircraft flying to the Grenadines and private aircraft, which Matthias said the IADC expects would increase significantly when the airport is completed.The apron will also have space to accommodate two 727 aircrafts, the type Amerijet landed at the E.T. Joshua Airport.The Argyle International Airport, the largest capital project in the history of St Vincent and the Grenadines, was conceptualised in 2005 and construction commenced in 2008.It was initially estimated to cost EC$480 million. The cost has since been revised to EC$652 million.Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves’ “coalition of the willing” has joined in financing the airport. The coalition includes Cuba, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Iran, Libya, Mexico, Austria, and the Caribbean Community Development Fund.Gonsalves said on Sunday that it is high time that “oppositionists” support the Argyle International Airport project.In his first public address since going on vacation four weeks ago, Gonsalves cited the biblical account of Solomon’s construction of the temple, noting that David had left detailed plans and immense resources for its construction.He said that, unlike Solomon, his administration, which came to office in 2001, was not left any plan or monies for building the airport.Gonsalves, speaking on the eve of his 65th birthday, noted opposition to the project, which was being constructed in the face of the limited resources of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the global economic situation.He said that 154 Vincentians and 47 Cuban are currently employed at the project.About 80 more Vincentians will be employed when actual construction of the terminal building begins next week, with 800 persons expected to be employed when construction peaks.Gonsalves said studies indicate that a cross-wind runway would be necessary only to accommodate aircraft flying to and from the Grenadines.He said a crosswind runway would cost less than 1 percent of the cost of the airport.Gonsalves said the value of the works completed is EC$180 million but noted that the IADC has spent only EC$28 million.Vincentians can expect the new airport to be complete by the end of 2013 Gonsalves said on Sunday.Current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr Denzil Douglas, and Taiwan ambassador to Kingstown, Weber Shih, congratulated the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for undertaking the construction of the Argyle International Airport.Douglas — who is also prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis — and Weber spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday.Douglas noted that the terminal building was being commenced during a week when the global economic crisis especially impacted the United States, which saw its credit ratings downgraded from a perfect AAA to AA+ for the first time.Douglas added that the effects would be felt within CARICOM, including its sub-regional grouping, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), where St Kitts and Nevis and SVG are part of an economic and political union.In the meantime, the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) on Monday said that there continues to be “no clarity” on how the EC$652 million international airport being constructed at Argyle is to be financed.“Gonsalves, continues to ignore economic reality,” the NDP said in a press statement Monday morning.The NDP said the prime minister’s speech on Sunday was “an empty address to a few party supporters in Argyle”.The NDP said Gonsalves “has resorted to cheap political rhetoric in an effort to secure his political support base which has been wavering under the pressure of the ULP’s [Unity Labour Party’s] poor economic management of our country”.It said the “confusion within the ULP” can be seen in the different dates Gonsalves gave on Sunday and CEO of the Tourism Authority Glen Beache gave international tourism stakeholders last year.“2013 now joins 2012 and 2014 as possible dates for completion of the project,” the NDP said in its statement.The NDP, which was in office for the 17 years ending March 2001, said it is clear on how it will proceed with the airport, citing its position outlined during the 2010 election campaign.“… we have the support of a major international construction group capable of undertaking large-scale infrastructure projects. They will partner with an NDP administration to finally get the Argyle airport into a state of readiness,” the NDP reiterated.“The construction company will work closely with the independent consultants already announced to assess and rectify the seeming planning mistakes made by this ULP administration. Once a clear plan of action is in place, the airport will be completed in a timely fashion so as to minimize any further financial wastage,” the NDP.The party said its position “is not based in fantasy or empty rhetoric.”“The New Democratic Party cares about airport development, we have the support to do it and we will pursue it sensibly, with regard for our country and our people’s economic reality.The NDP also said Gonsalves must change his position on regional airline LIAT, adding that he should listen to his own Ministry of Tourism.“The Ministry is saying that the high cost of flying via LIAT has negatively impacted regional visitor arrivals to St Vincent and the Grenadines. Invite competition to come in so that you increase visitor arrivals to our shores. Give the population a chance to benefit from the absence of a monopoly,” the party stated.“Invite competition and do it now. That is priority. Fix the roads in the country and the infrastructure so that the current airport at Arnos Vale will not be flooded by 30-minute rain showers. That is priority,” the NDP further said.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 77 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

LIAT introduces security charges

first_img Share Tweet LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT introduces security charges by: – July 3, 2013 ST. JOHN’S, Antigua– The regional airline, LIAT, which is in the process of acquiring a fleet of new aircraft, Wednesday said it was increase the cost of its tickets to include a security surcharge.A statement from the Antigua-based airline said that the surcharge on tickets is “in response to rising security demands and spiralling security costs.“The new security surcharge of US$1.25 per one way trip applies to all passengers, including children and infants, on all LIAT flights.”LIAT said heightened airline and airport security over the last 10 years has resulted in rising security demands on airlines.“Additional security measures at many airports have been introduced including extra baggage searches and increased security around aircraft while on the ground,” LIAT said, adding that “over the past several years security costs have been climbing and LIAT has been absorbing these costs in an effort to cushion the effects on its customers.“With the introduction of the security surcharge, LIAT hopes to recoup some of the additional security costs. LIAT takes the safety and security of its customers and employees very seriously and appreciates your understanding in the current circumstances.”The airline said it was joining more than 100 airlines worldwide which have introduced similar charges since 2001.Caribbean Media Corporation Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 57 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Moment of silence to be observed for Jeff Joe at La Femme Creole Pageant in Antigua

first_img 55 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share One of the t-shirts printed in tribute to Jeff Joe’s memory by villagers in St. Joseph.Dominica’s Goodwill Ambassador Jeff Joseph will receive a special tribute during the staging of Dominica Cultural Express’s fifth (5th) edition of La Femme Creole Pageant in Antigua on Saturday night.President and Coordinator of the event Neva Casmir says, the show which strives to maintain Dominica’s culture in Antigua, has set aside a special segment where Jeff Joes’ bio will be read, his music played and a moment of silence observed.In related news, six (6) ladies; Abina Dowe, Cherisa Abel, Janelle Jno-Lewis, Sabina Joseph, Sharifa Warrington and Tenisha Sebastian, will vie for the title of the 2011 La Femme Creole.The contestants will appear in five segments to include; swimwear, performing talent, interview and Dominica’s national wear the Wob Dwiyet. The winner will walk away with a number of prizes including $1500.00, a trip to any of LIAT’s destinations, a lap top including free internet.Guest performer for the night will be Dominica’s 2011 Road March King Sour Sour.The show is opened to Dominican Nationals or those of Dominican parentage, and will be held at the Multi Purpose Cultural Centre.By: Myrtle Bruno Sharecenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews Moment of silence to be observed for Jeff Joe at La Femme Creole Pageant in Antigua by: – December 2, 2011last_img read more

Aston Villa desperate to sign Giroud to escape relegation

first_img Loading… Giroud has been heavily linked with a move to Italian side Inter Milan but Villa are hoping to persuade the 33-year-old to stay in the Premier League, according to Le 10 Sport. Read Also:Aston Villa trying to bring back Nzonzi Giroud’s contract expires next summer but the forward is hoping a move could help his chances of featuring at Euro 2020 with France. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Aston Villa are reportedly trying to sign Olivier Giroud from Chelsea this month as they look to escape the relegation zone. Giroud  Villa are hoping to get a replacement for Wesley, who is out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, as they fight for their Premier League status.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronelast_img read more

Iloilo int’l airport among Asia’s best

first_imgIts location on the Tomas ConfesorHighway, a major highway traversing Panay Island, makes the airport accessiblefrom all parts of Iloilo and Panay by road, while its proximity to thecurrently defunct Panay Railways network could potentially link the airport tothe rest of Panay by rail. Designed to accommodate 1.2 millionpassengers a year over a decade ago, it is poised for expansion as it nowserves 2.4 million passengers annually. *services, facilities and things to do “It is one step closer to bringingcomfort, safety and convenience to one of the busiest airports in the country,”said Arroyo. Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards, and it is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region. Located in Cabatuan, Iloilo, it has a 13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal. It is divided into three levels: arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor, check-in on the second floor and departures on the third floor. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN *comfort (gate seating, rest zone availability, etc.) *cleanliness Getting the DILG onboard was a crucialstep for the proposal to be forwarded to the National Economic and DevelopmentAuthority, explained Arroyo. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Changi Airporttopped the 2019 Sleeping In Airports’ 10 best airports (overall) as well as itslist of top 20 best airports in Asia. *customer service Travellersrank their experiences based on the following factors: Runway lights and an InstrumentLanding System were installed, making the airport capable of supportinglow-visibility and night landings under any weather condition. “Top airports have a lot in common:plenty of seating, rest areas, a good amount of food options, helpful staff andefficient check-in, and security procedures. Some airports go above-and-beyondwith perks like in-terminal movie theatres and gardens,” according to website. *“sleepability” The Iloilo Airport, located inCabatuan, Iloilo, has a 13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal. It isdivided into three levels: arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor,check-in on the second floor and departures on the third floor. During a visit to the airport in Maythis year, Arroyo announced that CAAP secured the support of the Department ofInterior and Local Government (DILG) to proceed with the expansion. *navigation and ease of transitcenter_img The current airport complex consistsof a single runway, various administrative and maintenance buildings,waste-sorting and water-treatment facilities, a power-generating station, acargo terminal, and a main passenger terminal. ILOILO City – The Iloilo Airportranked 18th in the 2019 Sleeping In Airports’ “Best Airports in Asia” list, theCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced. According to Arroyo, the departmentsof Transportation, Labor, and Justice already signed the CAAP Board Resolutiongranting Original Proponent Status (OPS) to the unsolicited proponent for theIloilo Airport expansion. Three jet bridges protrude from thepassenger terminal above a 48,000-square-meter apron, enabling the airport tohandle up to six aircraft simultaneously. Classified as an internationalairport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas andthe island of Panay to be built to international standards, and it is alsoconsidered to be the primary gateway into the region. It opened to commercialtraffic on June 14, 2007 with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoinaugurating it. CAAP, she said, may now proceed tosubject the proposal to a Swiss Challenge [third parties would be allowed tomake better offers to the unsolicited offer made by the original proponent;then the original proponent gets the right to counter-match any superior offersgiven by the third party]. The goal is to ensure that the government gets thebest offer. “We expect that more Philippineairports will be included (in the list) next year. The survey for the 2019 listwas done until September. We have airports that were built just recently,” saidCAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio. The Iloilo Airport has one primary2,500-meter runway 45 meters wide. It can support wide-bodied aircraft such asthe Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350 XWB, Boeing 777(with reduced payloadfor the -300 series or -200 series), Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Antonov An-124Ruslan, McDonnell Douglas MD-11and Boeing 787. *immigration / security Sleeping In Airports is a travellers’guide and resource website ( It conducts an annual surveyasking travellers to rate airports worldwide based on their overall airportexperience. *food options Photo by IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Only one other Philippine airport madeit to the list – the Mactan Cebu International Airport which placed 16th. “I would like to extend my sincerestcongratulations to CAAP for finally getting the green light to start theexpansion of the airport,” said Arroyo. Other airports in the Asia list wereSeoul Incheon Airport, Tokyo Narita Airport, Osaka Kansai Airport, TaipeiTaoyuan Airport, Hong Kong Airport, Kuala Lumpur Airport, New Delhi Airport,Jakarta Airport, Tokyo Haneda Airport, Mumbai Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport,Bangalore Airport, Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport, Hyderabad Airport, DaNang Airport, Islamabad Airport, and Kunming Airport. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency/PN)last_img read more

Man dies of electrocution

first_imgAccording to the police, Inventorclimbed the post of Panay Electric Company and intentionally touched thelivewire around 2:30 p.m. on March 20. ILOILO City – A 27-year-old man waselectrocuted in Barangay Tagbac, Jaro district. He was identified as Emmanuel Inventorof Barangay Daan Banwa, Estancia, Iloilo center_img He was brought to the Iloilo MetroHospital in Jaro district where the attending physician later declared himdead./PNlast_img

Man nabbed for ‘defaming’ police officer

first_imgReno Salvilla of Barangay Mali-ao, Paviawas accused of defaming Police Staff Sergeant Franklin Suizo. The incident happened around 9:15 a.m.on Thursday. ILOILO City – A 48-year-old man wasarrested for supposedly shouting expletives at a police officer at a quarantinecheckpoint in Barangay Purok 2, Pavia, Iloilo. Suizo, who was then implementing thecheckpoint, barred Salvilla from passing through after the latter failed topresent a home quarantine pass. But Salvilla resisted and figured in a heatedargument with Suizo. Salvilla was taken to the Pavia policestation. Charges will be filed against him./PNlast_img read more

House yields dead body

first_imgBY CYRUS GARDE and MAE SINGUAY The 29-year-old Paul Adrian Pabontosacommitted suicide, a police report showed. Officers of the Binalbagan municipalpolice station have ruled out foul play in the incident./PN His cadaver was brought to theBinalbagan Infirmary for a “post mortem examination.”center_img BACOLOD City – He was found dead hanginginside their house in Barangay San Teodoro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Pabontosa’s lifeless body was found byhis father Efren in the kitchen area of the house around 6 a.m. on April 15, itadded.last_img read more

W. Visayas couples urged to practice family planning amid quarantine

first_imgMARSHALL. PIA ILOILO City – The Commission on Population (POPCOM) urged couples in Western Visayas to avail themselves family planning commodities at their health centers.“Married couples can approach their nearest health centers to avail themselves the family planning commodities they are most suited with, may it be a temporary, permanent, or natural modern scientific method,” POPCOM-6 director Harold Alfred Marshall said on May 23. The local government units (LGUs), meanwhile, have already been asked to include in their budgets the provision of family commodities for the locals.“They can allocate budget for provision or procurement of family planning methods and they can actually really reach out to women and couples who need help,” Marshall said. According to Marshall, this region’s population rose to 14, 408 in a two-month period, citing the 2010 and 2015 census. “Ten percent of the adolescents in this region are considered mothers or have already given birth, while 15.1 percent have begun childbearing. Hopefully, this will not increase because of the lockdown,” he said.Citing the national demographic health survey, Marshall added that those who are most likely to bear more children are from the lower wealth quintile, while couples with zero to little education can bear an average of four children. The agency is projecting a rise in this region’s population by 28, 816 due to the two-month community quarantine brought by the coronavirus disease. “That is for two months projection only starting March 16,” he added. Despite the community quarantine, teenagers can also find ways to meet up – posing another challenge to teenage pregnancies.Marshall said 1.5 million of the present 7.4 million population of this region are composed of adolescents from 15 to 19 years old. He added that local government units can also distribute family planning commodities among households during the community quarantine.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Woman nabbed for ‘swindling’

first_imgThe court recommended an P18,000 bail bond for her temporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – Charged with swindling, a woman was nabbed on Delgado Street, City Proper. Police identified her as 30-year-old Lovely Pearl Delos Santos of Barangay Jalandoni-Wilson, City Proper. The suspect was taken to the municipal police station. Officers of the Sapian municipal police station in Capiz staged Delos Santos’ apprehension on the strength of an arrest warrant around 8:20 a.m. on June 22, a police report showed.last_img read more