April 11: “Further Liberalisation Of Jamaican Imports From Japan”

1950: The Worthy Park Sugar strike comes to an official end as Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Mr Ken Hill, MHR, tells workers to report for duty in a meeting held in Lluidas Vale. He told the workers that the Sugar Manufacturers’ Association and Worthy Park Ltd had agreed to have a poll in October. Workers will resume at current wage rates. The declaration ending the strike followed two meetings which TUC leaders held first with cane cutters on strike and then with the managing committee of the Worthy Park Cane Farmers’ Association.


1954: Mr Huntley Munroe, barrister-at-law, accompanied by his wife, returns by air from New York, having been travelling from England. He had left here just over two years ago and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in February last. He will assume the post of clerk of the courts, Kingston.


1958: Nineteen senators for the West Indies are appointed by Governor General the Rt Hon Lord Hailes. The two named from Jamaica are Mr Allan George Richard Byfield, schoolmaster, and the Hon Douglas Judah, member of the legislative council, and one of the island’s original representatives at Federal conferences and on Federal committees. Mr Byfield was named by the Council of Ministers, headed by the Hon Norman Manley, leader of the Federal Labour Party.


1959: Four of Europe’s greatest ballet dancers, headed by Yvette Chauvire, prima ballerina of France, will dance in Jamaica, making a single gala appearance on Thursday, April 23 at the State Theatre. The news is released by Celebrity Concerts, who will present the famed dancers and who states that the overwhelming desire for them in South America and across the Caribbean, it impossible to have more than one performance here.


1967: Sir Donald Sangster, Jamaica’s second prime minister and its first elected since Independence, dies at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada, where his strong constitution had been fighting a losing battle against brain haemorrhage since March 22. Death came to Donald Burns Sangster, the quiet, unassuming Jamaican who rose to the highest position in the land, just four days after he had been knighted by the Queen, and less than two months after he became prime minister.


1972: Further liberalisation of Jamaican imports from Japan has been decided on by Government. In addition to textile fabrics on which a previous announcement was made, a range of new items has been placed on the free list of imports from Japan. These items include radio sets, stereograms, tape recorders, other radio and electronic apparatus, electric dry cell batteries, barber chairs, games sets, toys, laboratory equipment and articles used in the teaching and practice of floral arrangements. The effect of this decision is to open up a source of cheap and serviceable goods for Jamaicans.