February 11: “Transform Port Royal Into A Prime Attraction”

1960: The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation receives tenders from two firms for installation of air-conditioning units at Ward Theatre. The Town Clerk, Mr Russell LeWars is studying the tenders.

1966: The Shipping Association of Jamaica is presenting a package deal before the Joint Industrial Council for the Port of Kingston in the current negotiations based on the wage claims submitted by the waterfront trade unions.

1968: Machinery for the payment of subsidy to food importers in respect of importations of baking flour, codfish, canned sardines, canned herrings and corned beef is being set up by the Government. The Government is subsidising these food items in order to keep their prices at pre-devaluation levels.

1973: The branch of the American Life Insurance Company of the United States is announcing plans for Jamaicanisation after several years of operation here. Announcing the new move by the company is the parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

1978: Norway approves a plan for financing seismic studies to map oil and gas potentials on Jamaica’s continental shelf. A Government statement states that the Norwegian firm, Geco A/S would carry out the studies.

1985: Mr Ralph Thompson is appointed executive director of the Agro 21 Secretariat in succession to Mr James Rinella whose contract expires soon. Mr Thompson, a Jamaican, has a doctorate in jurisprudence from Fordham University in the United States.

1985: Jamaica completes a fine display against Barbados when they defeat the defending champions by an innings and 45 runs in their Shell Shield encounter 40 minutes after lunch at Sabina Park. Final scores; Barbados 240 and 260 and Jamaica 545 for 8 declared. Giving truth to the saying that behind every dark cloud is a silver lining, Jamaica not only wipes away the disappointment of their two previous games, but did so in fine style, coming up with one of their most impressive display in the 20 year old history of the competition.

1985: Champion two-year-old Monday Morning makes a fitting start to his three-year old career at Caymanas Park, when outclassing his opponents in the Caymanas 3-y-o Sprint over six furlongs. Going off a short-priced favourite with Everton Miller up, Monday Morning cruises home by 2 ½ lengths from 8-1 chance Exotic Jewel who is two lengths ahead of 4-1 shot O.K. By Mc. Total Eclipse is fourth of the seven starters. Always in touch as Total Eclipse leads at a fast clip from Ophelia and O.K. By Mc., Monday Morning is produced on entering the straight. Moving like a well-oiled machine, he effortlessly disposes of Total Eclipse a furlong out and could have easily doubled the margin of victory had Miller so desired. Own by P.T.A Syndicate and trained by Stanley Findlay, Monday Morning is posting his fourth win from eight career starts.

1987: Quarterly publication of the assets and liabilities of trust, merchant banks and finance companies is to begin very shortly, Mr Headley Brown, Governor of the Bank of Jamaica announces. Mr Brown says their publication should give general information to the public as to the state of the companies under the Licences of Depositors Act. Addressing a luncheon of the Trust, Merchant Banks and Finance Company’s Association at Courtleigh Hotel, Mr Brown says that the Protection of Depositors Act is currently being reviewed with the view to updating it in order to enhance competition and to strengthen both depositors and shareholders funds.

1988: A major development plan to transform Port Royal into a prime attraction for Jamaicans and visitors alike is underway. Mr Peter Francis, Project Architect at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), tells a meeting of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce that much of the restoration work is going ahead although there is need for funding. He says there is a ‘serious need for infrastructure such as water pipes’ in the area. In addition to the restoration of some of the historical landmarks, relocation of some buildings is planned. The ferry terminal is to be relocated and upgraded facilities for the fishermen who dock their boats near the terminals are to be built. The Town Hall is to be reconstructed along the original architectural lines.

1988: Jamaica waltz into the final of the 1988 Geddes Grant/Harrison Line limited-over cricket contest with a comfortable victory over the Windward Islands at Sabina Park. Scores: Windward Islands 206 for six off 50 overs and Jamaica 207 for six off 46.2 overs. Winners in 1984, 1986 and 1987, Jamaica makes it to their seventh final, their sixth in succession through a fine team effort and thus set up a showdown with Barbados following their victory over Guyana at Kensington Oval.  

1988: A major redevelopment plan to transform Port Royal into a prime attraction for Jamaicans and visitors alike is under way. Mr Peter Francis, project architect at the Urban Development Corporation, tells a meeting of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Committee that much of the restoration work is going ahead although there is no need for funding.