February 17: “China Has Completely Disregarded The Yearly Ritual”

1950: A series of functions, mainly in the form of dinners, mark the observance of the Chinese New Year by the local Chinese community. It is understood that the new Communist regime in China has completely disregarded the yearly ritual. However, a spokesman for the local group avers that it will take the greatest pleasure in carrying on as usual.


1956: Governor Sir Hugh Foot will open the metal door of the community centre which is being built at 12 Victoria Street, Denham Town, in connection with the Denham Town Citizens’ Association. The centre is being built at a cost of £1,250 and will provide accommodation for over 300 persons.

1960: Jamaica is getting 31 seats in a 63-member Federal House of Representatives if a decision reached by a Working Party of Ministries, which will meet at Federal House, is accepted by the committee, one of the Inter-Governmental Conference and by the conference itself.

1964: Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Stanley W. Payton, announces that Jamaica may have returned a favourable balance of payments for 1963. He makes the announcement to 350 delegates to the congress of the Life Underwriters’ Association.

1970: Representatives of the Commonwealth Caribbean governments are discussing, in an emergency session, a line of resistance for the proposed increase of shipping rates by the London-based West India Trans-Atlantic Shipping lines. The meeting is being is held in Trinidad and Tobago’s Convention Centre, Chaguaramas, 12 miles west from here.

1977: A plan outlining the major objectives of the island’s educational development over the next five years is being worked out by a joint Ministry of Education and Jamaica Teachers’ Association working committee. Education Minister Eric Bell, along with the other officials, has been meeting at the Caenwood Teachers College to work out the details and plans.

1981: A shipment of 814 metric tons of sardines, the finest contingent of Canadian sardines, $5 million worth of foodstuff under a loan agreement between the governments of Canada and Jamaica, is to arrive in the island at the end of this month.

1985: Negotiations between the government and commercial banks towards a $30-million package for the purchase by transport operators of 200 buses already in the island are now in their final stages, according to Minister of Public Utilities and Transport, Pearnel Charles. Charles states that the original cost of the buses was $229,000 each, but the buses will be “subsidised” on a duty-free basis, bringing the cost down to $150,000.