October 9: “A.L Howell, first Jamaican Safety Engineer”

1958: A cable from the University of Wisconsin, USA, tells of the success of A.L. Howell in his final examination in industrial safety engineering. Howell is the first Jamaican to qualify as a safety engineer.

1961: The Jamaica Tourist Board announces that it will spend $170,000 (£60,000) on news-paper and magazine advertising in North America this year. This is out of a total budget of $1 million.

1962: A 12-man medical advisory committee is set up by the Minister of Health, the Hon Dr Herbert Eldemire. This committee will make recommendations for improvements in the regulations governing hospitals and ancillary services as well as improvements to the Kingston Public Hospital.

1968: The prime minister, the Hon Hugh Shearer, announces that construction will begin shortly on a £2-million (British Pound) paper factory to be known as West Indies Pulp and Paper Ltd. This factory will be located in Clarendon between Freetown and the Cockpit district.

1972: Dr Jimmy Burrowes comments that some 10,000 illegal abortions are performed in Jamaica each year with approximately 10 deaths resulting, and warns that if abortion isn’t legalised then Jamaica would be unable to carefully curtail the population and thereby solve the problem of crime and poverty.

1983: The National Water Commission (NWC), which is responsible for providing water island-wide, is in a critical financial position. The NWC now owes $44 million to its creditors and contractors. Over the next three years, it is expected to reach $123 million.


1989: Purchasers of housing units in the swank Norbury Villas scheme in Norbrook, St Andrew, is hit with an escalation cost of $353,185.85 per unit. Most of the buyers have refused to pay the escalation charges and some are planning legal action. The original purchase price was $1,050,000 plus optional extras.