1952: The number of farm workers required in the current recruitment is being increased from 1,400 to 1,650. The extra 250 men are being requested in a rush call from the United States over the weekend because Florida has been unable this year to supply from among Jamaicans in that state the anticipated number of surplus labourers for employment in more northerly states.
1955: Jamaica’s industrial programme is to be further accelerated with the setting up of a large-scale chemical factory and the manufacturing of one of the basic chemical ingredients. Caribbean Chemical Company Ltd, a newly registered company, plans the manufacture of soda ash as also its ancillary products – glass and paper.
1959: A new building technique, which will revolutionise the construction of houses, particularly in the lower price ranges, and bring costs down considerably, is mentioned in the House of Representatives by the minister of housing and social welfare, Dr Glendon Logan. The technique involves concrete panels.
1963: A cash programme for training farmers in the best cultivation techniques of the specific crops they are engaged in growing, is now under active formulation by the Ministry of Agriculture, and is to be announced in detail soon.
1967: The Cambridge University Press is publishing a dictionary of Jamaican English, the first historical, descriptive and etymological dictionary of the English Language; in all the forms it has taken in Jamaica.
1969: With the West Indies cricket team on the brink of defeat, rain, which has ruined the early weeks of the tour, comes to their rescue and gives them a respite until tomorrow in the first Test Match against England. When play was abandoned for the day in the afternoon, the West Indies, with only three wickets left to fall, still needed to score eight more runs to make England bat again.
1973: Dominica-born Dr William Riviere, ejected from Trinidad last year and deemed an undesirable ‘inhabitant’, has been reappointed to lecture at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He will be going to the Mona campus in Jamaica, as it is announced here. Dr Riviere, a history lecturer at the St Augustine campus, was one of 52 persons detained at Nelson Island Prison during the civil uprising here in the 1970s.
1976: The Government has completed arrangements for the acquisition of the Holiday Inn, Montego Bay, at a cost of $11.8 million and has decided to acquire a major-share ownership of the Pegasus hotel, New Kingston. The Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Tourism, P.J. Patterson, is disclosing this.