February 15: “Government Is To Slash Motor Vehicle Dealers’ Commissions”

1953: The mother of Edna Manley dies in England at the age of 81. She was born at Blenheim near Lucea and is the daughter of Alexander Shearer, an Irish settler who came to Jamaica as a very young man in the latter part of the last century, married a Jamaican and founded a family of his own.

1959: The West Indies maintain their tour of India by beating North Zone by 73 runs. It is the tourists’ 10th victory of the visit, the other seven matches on the programme being drawn. The West Indies now visit Pakistan for six matches, including three Tests.

1963: Princess Alice receives a group from the Hyacinth Lightbourne Visiting Nursing Service (HLVNS) at King’s House. The Princess is patron of the HLVNS and each year at this time when she is in Jamaica, she spends a happy half hour being brought up to date on the activities of the service to which she gives her patronage because she feels it is very deserving. The HLVNS is established in the Corporate AreaChristiana and Mandeville. Miss Edith Fox, nursing superintendent leads the group and accompanying them is Dr Leila Wynter, chairman of the management committee and acting chariman of the steering committee. 

1963: The Kingston School Board holds an emergency meeting at the Ministry of Education to deal with arrangements for the opening of the Trench Town Senior School. Unlike a normal school board meeting, the session is a private one.

1968: A 628-unit housing project, the largest so far planned for construction in a rural area of Jamaica is to be built on lands at Sydenham, St Catherine by the Horizon Park Company Limited at an estimated cost of £2 million. Announcement of the scheme, to be known as the Horizon Park Scheme is made by Prime Minister and Minister of Housing Hugh Shearer. Features of the scheme, which will include 503 three-bedroom units and 125 two bedroom units, are its provision for the integration of persons of different income levels and also its proximity to the railroad.

1966: Government recognition of the Civil Service Association as the representational body for all its pensionable employees, including civil servants who were formerly subordinate employees represented by the trade unions, leads to a new jurisdictional issue involving the National Workers Union. The matter is also of interest to the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

1970: Principals of grant-aid secondary schools opt for an “enlightened budget system” of financing their schools, discuss proposals for having the Government clear off school debts and get the assurance from Dr Arthur Burt, minister of state in the Ministry of Education that the ministry is “trying to get these things included in the 1970-71 budget”.

1976: The Golden Head Hotel in Oracabessa will open soon, Tourism Minister P.J Patterson announces at a meeting with a delegation of citizens from Oracabessa at his ministry recently. The minister says the necessary arrangements are being made for the hotel to be taken over by Innkeepers International Incorporated, which operates a chain of hotels in the United States.'

1983: Queen Elizabeth II opens the interim headquarters of the International Seabed Authority at Port Royal and Church streets in Downtown Kingston. The conference complex is declared open by the Queen, before a distinguished gathering, including her husband, Prince Philip; Prime Minister Edward Seaga and Mrs Seaga; Deputy Prime Minister, Hugh Shearer; Mr Kenneth Rattray; Mr C Evans Bailey, President of the Jamaica Council of Churches and Mrs Evans Bailey; Chairman and General Manager of the Urban Development Corpoartion; hundreds of other Jamaicans, including those who had laboured round the clock to complete the building, and members of the diplomatic community. Many are the expressions of admiration at the beauty of the building and the ingenuity and the creativity manifested in its design and construction.

1984: The Gibson Relays Committee gains the sponsorship of Edwin Charley, manufactures of Sanatogen Tonic Wine, for the women’s 100 metres and men’s 400 metres events for the Gibson Relays to be held soon at the National Stadium. At a press conference at Wray and Nephew, Sales Manager Bibsy Millwood says athletes in the island are anxious to compete in this prestigious event.

1988: The Government is to slash motor vehicle dealers’ commissions but there will be no reduction in the price of vehicles to the public. The benefit of a reduced mark-up will boost the revenues of the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company and consumers will see none of the benefit.

1988: Defending champions Norman Manley takes a commanding lead on the first day of the Corporate Area New Secondary Athletic Championship at the National Stadium. After 14 finals, Norman Manley is on top with 92 points. Behind Norman Manley in the points standings are Holy Trinity with 44, Edith Dalton James 43, Mona and Vineyard Town 16 each, Denham Town 115, Penwood and Donald Quarrie 13 each, Haile Selassie and Kingston Secondary 11 each, Pembroke Hall and Papine 9 each, Tarrant 4 and Vauxhall with 1 point.