August 15: “Wonderful And Exciting Prospects For Jamaica In Education”

1940: Steps are being taken by the Government to form a whitley council for civil servants in Jamaica. This will be in fulfillment of one of the recommendations of the West India Royal Commission. A whitley council is a joint industrial council, a body which meets regularly for the purpose of discussing, not only matters upon which there are differences, but also questions affecting work.

1946: The Rev Hugh Sherlock, Director of Boy’s Town, is on one month’s vacation. B. J. Beckford, a member of the staff, is acting during his absence.

1946: A sum of £5,200 is to be expended on improvements at the Milk River Bath. Recently, a committee enquired about conditions at the bath and, as a result of their report, the following works are to be undertaken, such as the construction of a staircase from the annex to the concrete platform below topermit easy access to the baths, amongst other things.

1954: All is set for the opening of the newly erected Minto Elementary School and teacher’s cottage in Hagley Gap, Western St Thomas. A number of prominent people will be present including the M.H.R for the area J.A. McPherson, minister of labour, Minister of Education Edwin Allen, and Dr Helwig, acting director of education, is to attend.

1958: Jamaica and Milwaukee Sports Club play a one-all draw in the opening match of the soccer tournament at Sabina Park. The visitors had the better of play in the first half and led one nil at half-time on a goal by Ivica Jeramez who headed in from a corner kick taken by outside right George Blascun in the twenty-fourth minute of play.

1966: The Minister of Education Edwin Allen envisages wonderful and exciting prospects for Jamaica in education. He says he can see that before long there will be no one left in the island who is 15 years old and illiterate, and he has seen further that within a measurable time every child between the ages of 12 and 15 will get a secondary education irrespective of his or her means or where he lives.

1972: Anthony Abrahams, director of tourism, says that the entire Caribbean is in a state of recession as far as tourism is concerned. This year is perhaps the worst for the region, he says. He gave this main address at the regular weekly luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Kingston, held at the Sheraton Kingston hotel.

1975: Jamaica establishes diplomatic relations with another Central American republic. The Ministry of External Affairs announces that relations have been established with Nicaragua by a formal exchange of notes between the respective embassies in Washington.