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1948: Fuel oil may be rationed if the acute shortage continues, it is revealed. For some months, the fuel oil situation in Jamaica and abroad has been causing manufacturers and consumers grave anxiety, as demand far exceeds production. The head of one of the leading handlers of fuel oil in Jamaica tells a Gleaner reporter that while the position had worsened and there was the threat of rationing, he was still hopeful of a change for the better. His firm is currently watching the situation.


1952: There is a short strike at the Kingston Match Factory in protest over the delay at settling wage-increase claims made on behalf of employees by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU). Hugh Shearer, BITU’s island supervisor, visits the factory, addresses the workers and work resumes pending a conference when representatives of both parties will discuss the matter.


1955: The West Indies lose their skipper, Jeffrey Stollmeyer, with a cracked collar bone as he falls fielding a ball. And yet they will face another loss, the third Test match at Bourda, in which only a miracle or a complete washout by rain can save them from defeat. The position is that with all their second innings wickets intact, Australia needs 93 runs to beat the West Indies and make them two up in the series. They had previously won the first test by nine wickets, the second was drawn and victory for the tourists will put them in the position where the worse that can happen is if they lose the remaining two in Barbados and Jamaica, the series will be drawn.


1959: London fruit wholesalers blame the poor quality of Jamaican bananas for the low price of the crop on the British market. They also claim that fierce competition from Windward Islands Lacatans and an increased supply of fruit generally are hitting Jamaica banana growers. Chairman of the Jamaican government-appointed Banana Commission, G.G.R. Sharp, is expected to report this to the Jamaican Government on his return from London.


1964: Jamaica will definitely hold the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. The impasse, which threatened over the question of the lengthening of the 50-metre swimming pool at the National Stadium, has been settled. At a meeting of the Empire Games Advisory Committee held in London this week, Jamaica’s delegate, Herbert Macdonald, agreed that the pool would be lengthened to the required distance of 55 yards. The extension will cost about £2,000. The dispute arose when Commonwealth countries learned that the Jamaican pool was 50 metres long, while the games regulations require the swimming events be held over yards.

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