February 12: “Project For A School Of Librarianship At The Mona Campus”

1950: Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, GCVO, and the Right Honourable the Earl of Althone, KG, PC, land in Jamaica at the Myrtle Bank Hotel pier. The Princess is here for her installation as chancellor of the University College of the West Indies. Military officials and citizens of the island gather at the landing place and line the streets to welcome the distinguished couple.

1954: The West Indies beat England by 181 runs in the second Test to go two up in the series. Once again, the weakness of the England tail is fully exposed in the hundred minutes after lunch, as they lose their last seven wickets for 62 runs. In cold figures, seven batsmen in the innings make nine runs among them.

1959: Jamaica’s new Constitution should arrive in the island in draft soon. The select committee of the House of Representatives on the Constitution will also consider it. The new Constitution, the select committee, the Government and the colonial officer agree on providing internal self-government for the island.

1964: An agreement for the establishment of a £100,000 plant at Yallahs, St Thomas is signed between one of the world’s leading telecommunications equipment manufacturers and the Jamaican Industrial Development Corporations. Under the agreement, the JIDC will build a $12,000 square foot factory for lease to ITT Standard Electric of Jamaica Ltd.

1969: A meeting of the University of the West Indies Council opens at the Senate Building, UWI, Mona. The chancellor of the University, Princess Alice, is presiding. The council members and observers are attending the meeting from Caribbean territories contributing to the university.

1969: Canada’s Governor General, Roland Michener on the second day of his visit to Jamaica is guest of honour at a luncheon given by the Canadian Club of Jamaica at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club. He outlines five reasons for his visit to the four Caribbean countries. These reasons he says are; “1 to demonstrate Canada’s desire to draw closer to these Commonwealth friends who like us, are of the Western Hemisphere and to draw closer to each of them individually. (2) To make Canada better known in Jamaica. (3) To focus the attention of Canadians on these countries and our special and historic relationships with them. (4) To thank all of these countries for their notable and exciting contributions to Expo 67 and their participation in our Centennial celebrations. (5) To meet my fellow Canadians in these parts.

1971: The chairman of the Jamaica National Commission or UNESCO, Senator Hector Wynter announces that the governing council of the UNDP approves a UNESCO regional project for a school of librarianship at the Mona campus University of the West Indies.

1971: Construction will begin soon on the law faculty building for the University of the West Indies. The faculty is sited on the Cave Hill campus in Barbados and is now housed in temporary quarters. The new faculty building will reflect the regional nature of the university. The contract of the building is awarded to a Jamaican firm of architects McMorris, Sibley and Robinson.

1971: Senator Miss Elsie Bailey moves from the Government back benches to the President’s chair in the Senate to become the first woman member to preside over the Upper House. She takes over when Mr George Ranglin, the President asks to be excused at 2:55 p.m. and in the absence of the Deputy President, Senator Gerald Mair invites her to preside. Ms Bailey presides until the adjournment at 4:30 p.m. and during the State-of-the-Nation Speech by Senator Joseph McPherson.

1979: Lucille Mair, Jamaica’s ambassador to Cuba is named Secretary General of the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women to be held in Copenhagen in 1980. The announcement is made by UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim. Mrs Mair was Jamaica’s deputy permanent UN representative from 1975 to 1978. Before that she was director of public information for the Jamaica Government. She was her country’s representative to the world conference of the International Women’s Year held in Mexico City in the summer of 1975.

1979: Defending veterans’ singles champion John Drinkall vaults a difficult hurdle at the National Arena, when he defeats Trevor Hylton to reach the semi-finals of the event in the National Indoors lawn tennis tournament. A good looking singles, an encounter which spectators can hardly guess how the score is going in the absence of an umpire or even a score board to tell the tale, Drinkall wins 6-1, 6-2. At all times, Hylton is very much in the game and the final score is hardly an indication of the run of play. Drinkall’s hand is his chief armament as he is able to disguise the direction with uncanny ease, often wrong-footing his opponent on a surface not amenable to sharp turns and recovery.

1985: Strong objections and ‘alarm’ are raised by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA) against the legislation passed in the Senate on February 1, 1985 aimed at further regulating the tourist industry. In a move to have debate and passing into law of the Bill in the House of Representative on February 13, the JHTA requests the Government to have the matter ‘deferred or shelved’ until the association has time to make its own input. JHTA President, Mr Gordon Stewart in a news conference at the association’s headquarters says an assurance is given that the Bill will be deferred. He says provisions of the Bill will change the tourism industry to the extent that it will ‘virtually paralyse’ the entire industry. The Bill, entitled, an amendment to the Tourist Board Act, provides sweeping powers to the Minister in introducing further regulations, licensing of operators in the tourist industry, the determination of who is a tourist and the designation of what must be regarded as tourist areas; as well as stiff penalties for those found in breach of the law.