February 16: “Not Fit For Human Consumption”

1966: The Joint Industrial Council for the port of Kingston deliberated for over three hours on trade union wage claims but fails to reach agreement on any of the claims. The union side of the council completely rejects the shippers’ package deal which has been put before the council at a previous meeting.

1973: It is established very early that the effectiveness of their spin attack will be the key to the West Indies chances in the five-Test cricket series with Australia which starts at Sabina Park. On the opening day of the first Test before a crowd of over 14,000, the West Indies spin trio of veteran off-spinner Lance Gibbs, Maurice Foster and left-arm Inshan Ali show that the Australians can be contained with good spin bowling as it accounted for all four wickets, which fell for 190 runs.

1976: Minister of Mining and Natural Resources Horace Clarke and members of the Bauxite Commission will be visiting the Alcoa plant at Halse Hall, Clarendon. The company states that they are hoping, following on Mr Clarke’s visit, arrangements could be made for engineers to inspect whatever damage may have been done to the plant’s equipment.

1978: A number of teachers from the José Marti School at Twickenham Park, St Catherine, leave for a one-week visit to Cuba. As a result the institution, a gift from the Cuban Government, is closed until the teachers return. All students have been sent home until school resumes.

1984: A funeral service is being held for Ronald Moody, noted Jamaican sculptor and member of a professional family prominent in the Jamaican community in Britain at the Golders Green Crematorium in London.

1984: The Minister of National Security and Justice and the Commissioner of Police are being asked to investigate reports that over 16,500 bags of sugar valued at over $2 million, condemned as “not fit for human consumption” and seized, have been sold to the public in Western Kingston, St. Catherine and other places.

1987: Clarendon College celebrates its 45th anniversary of existence. The day is celebrated with the annual march from Rose Bank, the site of the old Clarendon College, started by the late Rev. Lester Davy, a minister of the Congregation Union of Jamaica to the present school site, a mile and half way.

1988: Prime Minister Edward Seaga announces that a $45.6 million loan agreement is signed in Washington, DC, between Jamaica and the World Bank, primarily to assist in financing the pilot project of the Government’s new Standardisation of Secondary Education Programme.