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Friday, December 31, 2010
Why was St. Lucia spared by the 7.4 Earthquake in November 29, 2007?
Strong earthquake rattles Dominica
Apparently, it was not felt in St. Lucia. Here are the places where it was felt:
20 km (15 miles) S of ROSEAU, Dominica
65 km (40 miles) NNW of FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique
85 km (55 miles) S of Grand-Bourg, Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe
630 km (390 miles) SE of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
A Comment from a Concerned Choiseulian Citizen
China’s Madame Liu on two-day visit to Antigua
Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:57 Calvin G. Brown
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC - China’s most powerful female politician Madame Liu Yandong is scheduled to arrive here Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and other high-ranking government officials.
She is accompanied by six ministers and vice ministers from the Chinese Government.
The visitors will pay a courtesy call on Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack on December 31. This will be followed by a meeting with Prime Minister Spencer and the signing of bilateral agreements which, Ambassador David Shoul said, will relate to the recently announced financing for a new airport terminal, and the donation of several computers to the Ministry of Education.
In the Throne Speech earlier this month Dame Louise reported that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government of the People’s Republic of China through the Ministry of Tourism have signed off on a preliminary schematic design on the erection of a new airport terminal for Antigua and Barbuda.
“This project will cost approximately US45 million dollars to be funded by the EXIM Bank of the People’s Republic of China. The terms of the arrangement consist of a 30 per cent interest free grant and a 70 per cent concessionary loan at 2% interest with a five-year moratorium. Construction will commence in the first half of 2011,” she said.
Madame Liu Yandong is a native of Nantong Jiangsu and a graduate of Tsinghua University. She is the highest ranking female politician in the Communist Party of China.
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"Can't Taiwan do the same for us for Hewanorra?
I believe St. Lucia will regret for kicking China out of here. We would have been so much better of. By now we would have had our National Hospital, a massive Cultural facility in Conway (and I'm sure there would have been a big difference in the crime/murder rate). Poverty reduction and constituency development would have been more profound and orderly.
Also, we would have received significant budgetary support and also substantial financial and technical support for our post Tomas recovery efforts. Overall, our development infrastructure would have taken a great leap forward.
But sorry to say, this is not the case because we have put an ex-convict (who has a long history of fraud) in charge of our foreign affairs portfolio.
The net result of all this was the death of Sir John and a dramatic decline in the integrity of our political system.
Don't we have any pride? I truly feel sorry for Helen!"