February 14: “Protector Of The Creative Industry”

1950: The staff of Kingston College will be strengthened soon when Winston Roberts, now at the University of New York, takes up the post of mathematical and science master. An old boy of Kingston College, Mr Roberts took a course in agricultural science abroad and, on his return to the island, was on the staff of Happy Grove High School.

1954: Edwin Allen, BA, minister of education and social welfare, speaks against the proposed part-time or shift system in education. He explains that he is not against the experiment being tried, but he feels that it is unfair to both parent and child. He further states that if needs be, the country must draw its belt tighter to provide for education.

1963: The National Workers’ Union (NWU) emerges as winner of the fact-finding poll conducted by the Ministry of Labour at New Yarmouth Sugar Estate in Clarendon. Of the 681 workers eligible, 325 voted for the NWU.

1963: Councillor AR Smith, member of the People’s National Party and Deputy Mayor during the regime of the former Mayor, Councillor Ralph Barrett is elected Mayor of Montego Bay at an extraordinary election at the Montego Bay Town Hall, to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Barrett’s resignation a month ago. Councillor Smith of Rural St James is nominated by Councillor Morrison and seconded. 

1977: Jamaica acquires majority of the shares in the local Kaiser Bauxite Company. An agreement is signed between the Jamaican Government and Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation of the United States. The latter is the parent company of Kaiser Bauxite Company.

1982: A call for moderation in management/labour relations is made by Roman Catholic Archbishop Samuel Carter at the thanksgiving service of Grace Kennedy and Company Limited at the National Arena. According to Mr Carter, “Business enterprises must practice restraint, must not become rapacious and take advantage of the worker. But neither must the worker selfishly seek his rights and advantage to the ruin of the business and the nation. Let there be moderation on all sides.”

1983: Queen Elizabeth praises Jamaica for maintaining 21 years of parliamentary democracy, as she addresses the Jamaican Parliament at a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives and congratulates the nation on making progress towards economic recovery. Speaking in the context of the international recession, the Queen says; “It is all the more remarkable that Jamaica is managing to make headway and I admire your courageous efforts to recover economic health. Already you have achieved notable successes in restoring growth, reducing inflation, rebuilding services and generating new investments.” 

1985: The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) announces a programme of activities for 1985, as part of a new thrust in which emphasis will be on events taking place in the rural areas. The programme emphasises that the JCDC is not an organisation planning only for festival, but is also a “protector of the creative industry.

1988: The Electoral Advisory Committee purchases, through the Government, a ballot-printing machine for use in the preparation for upcoming elections. Professor Gladstone Mills, chairman of the ccommittee, and Noel Lee, director of elections, announces that the Government had purchased the machine and the accompanying ballot papers at a cost of $2.5 million from the English firm, De La Rue Company. Jamaica is the first to have this equipment in its electoral offices.

1991: The commissioner of the general consumption tax (GCT), Clive Nicholas, says that hotels are required to pay hotel-accommodation tax on the payments made by guests. Mr Nicholas says that the GCT would replace the hotel accommodation tax.

1991: Members of Jamaica’s Under 17 football team are rocked by two missiles named Beachun and Slivinski and succumbs to an embarrassing 3-1 defeat by their United States counterparts in a friendly match at Kirkvine, Manchester. Striker Shohn Beachun strikes twice in the first half allowing the visitors to lead 2-1 at the break and Polish-born Mike Slivinksi plants another in the second. Allie Rose, a St George’s College striker scores for Jamaica.

1991: Morant Bay High School with an overall total of 344 points wins the Eastern Athletics Championships at the National Stadium and takes the Mortimer Geddes Trophy. Following the winners are Oberlin 290, St. Mary High 277, Happy Grove 215.5, Seaforth 201, St Mary’s College 151, Marymount 67, Titchfield 63 and St Thomas 50. With the absence of St Jago High, the anticipated close rivalry materialized with St Mary High, Happy Gove, St. Mary’s College and Morant Bay having a close battle in the early stages before the eventual winners finds extra in the latter stages to repel the challenge of the consistent Oberlin team.