1950: West Indies outplays Northumberland, winning the two-day match here by an innings and eight runs. The touring team gains a first innings lead of 125 and then causes a collapse when the minor countryside batted again.
1953: The Hon Donald Sangster, Minster of Finance, comes to the House this morning with a briefcase replete with information on the Island’s financial position and Government’s proposals for the immediate future. He will be creating History; for he will be the first elected member of the Legislature to be fully responsible for presenting the island’s budget, expounding the financial policy and defending the Government’s financial programme. Formerly, it was a duty divided between the Governor and the Minister of Finance.
1953: Recently, The Gleaner brought to Jamaica foreign news serviced by Radio Teletype, the electronic machine which ‘listens’ to the airwaves and automatically types out the world news at 50 words a minute. Through the services of Cable and Wireless, the Gleaner is the first publication-indeed the first Jamaican organisation, public or private, to bring in a photograph by radio.
1960: Morris Cargill, MP, has resigned his seat in the Federal House of representatives because he could “no longer accept tax payers’ money as a Federal representative of Jamaica in the support of something which I am convinced is harmful to the people of Jamaica.”
1965: A policy statement on the restriction of imports and its connection with the industrialisation of Jamaica is made by the Minister of Trade and Industry Robert Lightbourne to the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association. The policy, he says, is not only aimed at keeping the island’s balance of payments position in a healthy state, but is also designed to provide incentive to the manufacturers of Jamaica to provide the goods which the country needs, not only for home use but for export.
1966: The Government of Jamaica enters into an agreement with Messrs Montego Freeport Limited by which the company will undertake a £3-million, 500-acre land reclamation and development project in the Bogue Islands area of Montego Bay. Giving details of the project at a press conference is the Minister of Development and Welfare Edward Seaga.
1971: An 11-storey luxury hotel with accommodation for 700 guests is to be built at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, by London-based Cementation Overseas Construction Ltd, at a contract value of £3.3 million ($6.6m); the sixth largest hotel to be built overseas by Cementation in recent years. The Jamaica building will contain 357 double bedrooms each with balcony and bath.
1983: A greater number of items are to be placed on the parallel market exchange rate in an effort by the Government to deal with the problem of reduced foreign-exchange resources. This was announced by Prime Minister Edward Seaga, in a broadcast to the nation in which he foreshadowed economic measures to be introduced in the country.