February 18: “Creation Of Industrial Peace In The Country”

1959: The Honourable Norman Manley, chief minister, announces in the House of Representatives that the Government will move an amendment to the Port Authority Bill, which will remove one point of criticism of the original provisions of the Bill.

1966: The Senate passes four bills by the House of Representatives. Two of the bills seek to amend the KSAC and Parish Councils Law to bring them in line with the Representation of the People Law in respect of election procedures.

1966: A call for the establishment in Jamaica of permanent machinery for the settlement of industrial disputes, and for the creation of industrial peace in the country, is made in the Senate. Two opposition members, Senators Vivian Blake and Douglas Fletcher, make the call during debate on a Bill amending the Public Utility Undertakings and Public Services Law, providing for the appointment of more persons to serve as chairman for arbitration tribunals.

1970: An agreement is reached between the Banana Board here in Jamaica and the Windward Islands Banana Association to form a Commonwealth Caribbean Banana Board which administer the affairs of the banana-producing territories. Decision to form the new regional board was arrived at in Port-of-Spain.

1974: The presentation of the 1974 Ewen and Pringle Scholarships to Gary Kenneth Williams and Errol Anthony Wilson, respectively, will be made by Director of Tourism Eric A. Abrahams at the Jamaica Tourist Board headquarters in Kingston.

1978: The proposed Cuban gift of schools for sports and physical education training is causing disquiet among qualified physical educationists who are members of the Jamaica Physical Education Association. The president of the association had written, offering its help to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in getting something done for physical education. No reply has been received.

1985: The Banana Company of Jamaica is divesting its boxing plants and banana-growing projects as part of the restructuring programme in the banana industry. The boxing plants are to be divested in St Thomas, Portland, St Mary, Trelawny, Manchester, Clarendon and St Catherine.

1987: Talks are underway on the merging of Jamaica Telephone Company (JTCo) and Jamaica International Telecommunications Limited (JAMINTEL), but the Government officials are tight-lipped about the discussions taking place in Kingston and London.