1971: Sir Herbert McDonald, former president of National Sports Ltd launch book. A History of the Inter-Secondary Schools Championships Sports at a press conference in the VIP Lounge of the National Stadium on Monday. Giving a comprehensive record of the Championships from its inaugural year 1910 to 1970, the book is dedicated to the memory of ‘Norman Manley, former premier of Jamaica, an outstanding schoolboy sportsman’. The late Mr Manley won five events and placed second in one for Jamaica College in the 1911 Championships. He set a 100-yards record of 10 seconds for 41 years until it was broken 1n 1952 by another JC boy, Frank Hall.

1977: The Institute of Spanish culture has invited Jamaican artist Barrington Watson to participate in the forthcoming international exhibition titled ‘Contemporary Spanish-American Art’, to be held in Madrid beginning May 15, 1977. Participation is exclusively by special invitation from the commissariat of Hispanic culture, and the exhibition will celebrate the inauguration of the new Plaza de Colón, where it will be mounted.

1983: Air Jamaica is suspending its Jamaica-Nassau-Chicago 727 service from April 18. Announcing this yesterday, Mr Tony Hylton, president and managing director of the national airline, said a feasibility study was in progress to determine whether Air Jamaica would continue direct service between Nassau and Jamaica. Air Jamaica, in a news release, said it has, in the meantime, made interline arrangements with other carriers to continue to serve the Chicago market, connecting with Air Jamaica services in Miami.

1985: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a technical assistance grant of US$634,000 to Jamaica to strengthen the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and other public-sector entities. This new grant supplements a previous one of just over US$1.3 million, approved by the IDB in 1982.

1993: If Jamaica is to reduce its crime problems and generate greater economic development, there needs to be greater focus on jobs creation, easier accessing of financing for trade among small businesses, education and skills training, and personal self-consciousness. Professor Carl Stone expressed this view as he spoke at a public forum sponsored by the People’s Police Initiative (PPI), which was held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston, on Tuesday.

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