June 13: “Government Endorses HEART”

1964: Eric A. Abrahams, a Jamaican, is elected president of the Oxford Union Society, which runs debates in the university. A law student now at St Peter’s College, he was president of the Debating Union of the University of the West Indies.

1967: Plans are now being finalised for the operation of a weekly cruise service between Miami, Montego Bay and Port Antonio. Jamaica Shipping Lines Ltd, a new company of which Grainger Weston of Frenchman’s Cove is associated, will operate the cruises which are scheduled to start by early July. The cruise ship Nill, has been acquired in Miami and renamed Jamaica Queen.

1973: Air Jamaica earns revenues totaling $22.128,000 for the year 1972, an increase of approximately $7 million over the revenues for 1971, according to the annual report tabled with a ministry paper in the House of Representatives.

1973: The Jamaica Public Service Company’s Old Harbour No. 1 generating unit is out of operation, resulting in an islandwide power cut, which is scheduled to continue today. Three JPS generating units are now out of operation and, according to a spokesman; the power cuts are expected to last for the rest of the week.

1978: About 85 per cent of the work on the Orange Lane housing complex, Orange Street, Kingston, has been completed. The complex at 180-184 Orange Street was the scene of the tragic fire in May 1976, where 10 persons had lost their lives; eight of who were children.

1982: Endorsement for the Government’s Human Employment programme (HEART) comes on Saturday from the life-insurance industry. Expressing support for the programme Life Insurance Association of Jamaica (LICA) president, Norman Bingham tells the fifth presentation ceremony of the Jamaica Mathematics Association that when compared with the total number of jobs required by school-leavers 4,000 which HEART would cater for appears to be a drop in the bucket.

1985: A multimillion dollar fashion trade centre and entertainment complex to help develop a high-fashion industry locally, is to be built on the Percy Junor lands, Constant Spring Road. Construction will begin in September. The Percy Junor complex, the brainchild of Prime Minister Edward Seaga, will provide some 100,000 square feet of factory space and 60,000 square feet of commercial outlets including shops, a bank and a pharmacy.

1991: Nelson Mandela assures Prime Minister Michael Manley that he will visit Jamaica “in August or as soon thereafter as possible”. Mandela who is currently in London, telephones Manley and informs him that he expects to tour a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean during August.