August 31: “Import Alert”

1942: Rapid development of the Marketing Department may lead soon to a virtual takeover of the Coronation Market by the Government in order to unify control of food distribution in the city.

1945: Jamaica’s sketch plan for development for the next 10 years, has been sent to Sir John MacPherson, comptroller for development and welfare in the West Indies.

1964: The Flat Bridge between Spanish Town and Bog Walk, which was rendered impassible due to heavy rains over the weekend, is again open to traffic.

1968: Policemen throughout the island will take what they term “positive action” in their dispute with the government over the effective date on which they should be paid increased salaries. Many reported “sick” and left stations closed and unmanned.

1972: An appeal to citizens of the Corporate Area to conserve water is made by the National Water Commission, in light of the protracted drought which has been prevailing, with consequent shortage of water in the city.

1977: The minister of state in the Ministry of Finance, Senator Richard Fletcher, announces that the Government wage guidelines have not been withdrawn as had been stated in an API release.

1977: The government’s five-year education plan will need about $165 million to provide school places for about 150,000 children between the ages of six and seventeen.

1980: The Ministry of Education announces that two new secondary schools, Clan Clarthy Secondary and Spanish Town, will be opened during this term, with an intake of 1,050 in the first week of October. The G.C Foster College will open on September 8 with a batch of 120 students.

1981: The Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation (JIDC) is discussing with companies overseas, the possibility of assembling motor cars in Jamaica. This is announced by the chairman of the corporation, Charles Henderson-Davis, when he addresses the annual graduation of the Repair and Maintenance Division of the JIDC at 7 Ashenheim Road in St Andrew.

1983: Greater quantities of ackee have been entering the United States (US) by way of the false labeling of cans, which has led to the “import alert” imposed by the US Food and Drug Administration last month. Derrick Cox, the Jamaica National Export Corporation’s trade commissioner to New York, has formally written to the Bureau of Standards about the “Import Alert” placed on Jamaican canned foods, in an effort to clear the situation relating to the entry of ackee into the US.