1960: Sir Alexander Bustamante, leader of the Opposition, was reported from his Tucker Avenue residence to be now fully recovered from his recent illness. The Jamaica Labour Party Leader, however, will spend the next few days quietly at home and will not take part in any public engagements.

1966: When Governor-General Sir Clifford Campbell visited the offices, factories and plant of the Seprod Group of Companies on December 12, the focus of industrial progress in Jamaica was placed fully on this industrial enterprise which has been growing steadily over the years and expanding in many directions.

1966: The board of governors of the Institute of Jamaica announced the award of two Silver Musgrave Medals and one Bronze Musgrave Medal. Silver Musgrave Medals have been awarded to: Ranny Williams, for his great achievements over many years in promoting and performing entertainment in the dialect in the folklore of the country; and Carol Reckford, for promoting and maintaining a high standard of radio and television production, especially in connection with his farm programme on JBC-TV. The Bronze Musgrave Medal has been awarded to Enid Chevannes, for her sincere and effective performance in radio drama.

1996: It will be a last, big dash in Montego Bay before Christmas, and producer Sydney Reid is promising that his Oldies Soca Show at Tropical Beach on Sunday night, December 24, will be a blast. The Yuletide events, in its second year, will see the return to Jamaica from Canada of the dynamic Rosa, who with Soul to Soul Discotheque of Montego Bay ruled the roost in the 1970s into the early 1980s.

2001: Popular Trench Town DJ, Horace ‘L.A.’ Lewis, recently intervened in an argument between two members of his community and was able to defuse the potentially volatile situation with a few words. “They were mad at each other,” Lewis recalls. “I went over to them and used some of my mediation teaching that I learnt and it jus’ squash out in a matter of seconds.” The training he speaks of is a course in mediation that he and 22 others recently completed at the Dispute and Resolution Foundation. The 23 graduated as certified mediators and are now qualified to settle disputes and bring about amicable resolutions.

2005: Newly appointed president of Tennis Jamaica, Phillip Gore, has accepted an invitation to sit on the board of directors for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which has its headquarters in Newport, Rhode Island.

2005: Christmas is no easy time of year, say the nation’s charities, as they struggle to raise funds to meet seasonal demands. The needy expect more. For the staff, their bonuses and new bills are only a new year away. But for Father Gregory Ramkissoon of Mustard Seed Communities, this has been an uncommonly good Christmas.

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