An American Airlines plane has overshoot the runway on landing in a heavy rain storm in Kingston, Jamaica injuring more than 40 people, officials say. The fuselage of flight AA 331, carrying 154 people from Miami, broke apart into three pieces after the incident at Norman Manley International Airport. 44 people was taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, but only four were seriously hurt.
The plane came to a halt just 10 feet from the Caribbean sea. The fuselage of the Boeing 737-800 was cracked, the right engine had broken off and the main landing gear had collapsed.
Priorities over pride decided Air Jamaica deal
On Saturday May 1, 2010 Jamaica hand-over their beloved Airline 'Air Jamaica' to Trinidad and Tobago's Caribbean Airline. Crushed by more than $1 billion in debt, the government-owned airline had no choice but to sell. Air Jamaica will no longer hold a part in the sky as the new owner plan to phase out the 'Love Bird' brand within 12 months.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, said getting Jamaica's priorities right was at the main objective and that rising costs and increasing competition were all factors that led to the end of Air Jamaica. "Many airlines have gone under, and in our case, keeping Air Jamaica flying has placed a huge burden on Government's scarce resources only made worse by the global recession," said Golding. "We have to eliminate our fiscal deficit and reduce our borrowing, so that interest rates can come down and the economy can be given a chance to achieve real growth ... The Government has had to take the regrettable but inevitable decision that it could no longer provide the financial support required to keep Air Jamaica flying," he continued.
The Prime Minister ensure Jamaican people that they were fortunate to be able to transfer the majority ownership to a Caribbean regional airline, which will operate the same routes as Air Jamaica that are of the greatest importance to Jamaican travellers and the tourist visitors making connections to Jamaica.
"The Government of Jamaica will have minority ownership in all of Caribbean Airlines, not just the Jamaican operations, but will not be required to absorb any losses or provide any capital," Golding said.
The Jamaican Government will have a 16% stake in C.A.L as part of the merger agreement. More than 1,000 Air Jamaica workers will be employed during the transition period that is expected to last up to a year. "The transition for some will be difficult but the government is prepared to assist in providing whatever support we can," Golding said. "This is not necessarily the end of the dream that led us to create our own airline in 1968 ... Let us use this as an opportunity to place our country firmly on a path to fulfilling that dream, where our people can enjoy a way of life that will be the greatest source of our national pride," he said.
Mo'Nique's Sexual Abused as a child
The brother of Oscar winner Mo'Nique said Monday on Oprah Winfrey's talk show that he molested the actress when they were children and he wants to apologize to her.
Gerald Imes said on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' that the molestation continued for a year or two, starting when he was 13 and Mo'Nique was 7 or 8. "I abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister," Imes said. He apologized to the actress, saying "I'm sorry, Mo'Nique. I'm sorry."
Imes said he decided to appear on Winfrey's show to apologize to Mo'Nique and bring their family back together. Imes said he himself was molested and he was using drugs and alcohol at age 11. "Hopefully somewhere, somehow as siblings we can come back together as brother and sister."
Mo'Nique has discussed her brother's molestation in previous interviews. She hasn't respon ded to a request for comment sent to her publicist. Winfrey said Mo'Nique didn't want to be a part of the
interview but gave Winfrey her blessing. "She said if your expressing what you had done to her could save one family then it would be worth it," Winfrey told Imes. Mo'Nique's parents also appeared on the episode. "It was such a heartbreaking thing to accept," said her mother, Alice Imes. Mo'Nique received the supporting actress Academy Award in March for her role in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."