6 Things You Need To Know Today – December 11, 2012

  1. Expensive And Unsafe. Despite calling for proposals to develop a rural school-bus system strategy and implementation plan, transport, works and housing minister, Dr Omar Davies, said there is no guarantee such a system will come on stream. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  2. Gold Hunt On! A new player is getting ready to hit the ground running in a quest to unearth, in Jamaica, an increasingly expensive metal on the international market. Despite less than favourable results, to date, by companies which carried out exploratory work locally to find the precious metal, Rio Minerals Jamaica Limited yesterday signalled that it is in the process of getting a special exclusive prospecting licence to dig for gold. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  3. American Airlines Pays Millions To Kingston Crash Victims. American Airlines (AA) has reportedly paid out millions of dollars in damages to several persons who were injured when one of its aircraft crashed in Kingston almost three years ago. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  4. Samuels Slaughter. Marlon Samuels’ brilliance allowed West Indies to sign off their Bangladesh tour on a high note with an 18-run win in yesterday’s one-off Twenty20 International, but not before suffering a scare from the hosts still gushing from their 50-over series triumph. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  5. Jamaica Earns US$1.7b From Tourism Industry. Jamaica has earned more than US$1 billion from the tourism industry so far this year, Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill said. Speaking at the launch of Tourism Awareness Week 2012, McNeill said the earnings of US$1.7 billion represent a 3.2 per cent increase over the US$1.6 billion generated for the same period in 2011. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  6. Oh Christmas Tree! One more tumble and the tree-lifter would be sure to get it. The newly purchased Christmas tree was being hoisted to the top of a waiting SUV and it had already fallen twice. The customer, a chubby, fair-skinned woman with a sun-burned forehead, was clearly annoyed. “Yuh try mek sure yuh get it this time, yuh see!” she said, folding her arms. “Mi nuh want any bruck-up tree. Is not dat mi pay yuh fah.” [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]

‘5 THINGS’ PLUS ONE! We have added another bit of interesting Jamaican news to brighten up your day! Happy diGging!

To see what happened today years ago, visit This Day In Our Past – December 11, 2012 – “You Have No Business On The Road”