Transport Ministry reduces senior citizens’ JUTC fare to $40

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing a short while ago released amended fares for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company which it says will become effective on Sunday, August 24. According to the ministry’s release the amended fares are: adults$120; senior citizens a ... Read more

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This Day in History - August 22

Wednesday, August 22, 2012    

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Today is the 235th day of 2012. There are 131 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight

2008: The Jamaican men's team consisting of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell clocked a World Record time of 37.10 seconds in the finals of the 4 x 100 relay in Beijing, China earning a gold medal. The corresponding women's team is disqualified for their event.

Other Events

1642: English Civil War begins when King Charles I brands parliament and its soldiers as traitors.

1654: Jacob Barsimson, said to be the first Jewish immigrant to America, lands at New Amsterdam.

1788: British found settlement in Sierra Leone, Africa, as asylum for freed slaves.

1851: The schooner America beats the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.

1911: Leonardo da Vinci painting Mona Lisa is stolen from Louvre Museum in Paris, France. It is recovered in Italy in 1913.

1963: Five exiled relatives of King Saud, including Prince Talal, his half-brother, petition the Saudi Arabian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, for permission to return to Saudi Arabia. They had been exiled in 1962 after forming a Saudi Liberation Front in Cairo in opposition to the king.

1972: Rhodesia is asked to withdraw from 20th Summer Olympic Games because of its racial policies.

1990: Scores of angry smokers block street near Moscow's Red Square for hours in protest of summer-long cigarette shortage in the Russian capital.

1993: Former Prime Minister Kasdi Merbah of Algeria, an advocate of dialogue with violent Islamic extremists, is assassinated in an ambush that also killed his son, brother and two others.

1994: Ernesto Zedillo, rolling up a commanding presidential victory in Mexico, vows to stick to the free-market course set by his predecessor.

1997: A cyclone in eastern India leaves 200 fishermen missing on the Bay of Bengal. Tidal waves 6 metres (20 feet) high destroy 2,500 homes.

1999: Prince Faisal bin Fahd, the eldest son of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, dies at 54. The prince was not in line for the throne.

2005: Saboteurs trigger a cascade of blackouts that halts Iraq's entire oil export capacity, a move that costs Baghdad $4.5 million per hour and removes 1.5 million barrels a day from the world market.

2008: Jamaica's last medal of the games came in the women's 4 x 400 m relay. The team of Shericka Williams, Shereefa Lloyd, Rosemarie Whyte and Novlene Williams claimed bronze. This finally gave Jamaica a medal tally of 6 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes, smashing the previous national record that was set in 1952, and finishing 13th in the medal table.

2010: All 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground for 17 days are found alive. A probe sent some 2,257 feet (688 metres) deep into the collapsed mine early in the morning comes back with a handwritten note: "All 33 of us are fine in the shelter".

2011: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is nowhere to be found as his 42-year rule teeters on the brink of collapse. Months of NATO airstrikes have left his Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli largely demolished. Most of his security forces fled or surrendered when rebel forces rolled into the capital and took control of most of the city.

— Jamaica Observer and AP

Today’s Birthdays

Claude Debussy, French composer (1862-1918); Dorothy Parker, U.S. writer/poet (1893-1967); Leni Riefenshtal, German filmmaker (1902-

2003); Deng Xiaoping, Chinese leader (1904-1997); Henri Cartier- Bresson, French photographer (1908-2004); Arthur Sackler, US

physician (1913-1987); Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (1928-2007); Ray Bradbury, author (1920-2012); Tori Amos, US

singer (1963-).

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