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1952: Lightning strikes and lockouts in essential public services and public utilities will be declared illegal under the provisions of a bill, which is passed in the House of Representatives. Designed to provide machinery whereby strikes and lockouts in services essential to the life and health of the community may be settled by arbitration by the setting up of a public utilities and public health, sanitary, postal and telegraph services arbitration tribunal.

 

1956: A new threat to Jamaica’s mango industry has been found. It is a new fungus, which has been causing large-scale blight, particularly in the Corporate Area. The fungus, which plant scientists say has never before been reported in this island is a whitish mould appearing on the stems of mango blossoms. It causes the blossoms to whither and fall from the tree. Agricultural Department scientists have not yet succeeded in identifying the parasite and until identification has been made, no method of control can be evolved.

 

1961: As thousand of subordinate employees of the Government returned to work following a broadcast appeal by the premier, the Hon Norman Manley, QC, a back-to-work order by the president of the National Workers’ Union, the Hon Thossy Kelly, and a decision taken at a Bustamante Industrial Trade Union meeting led by the Hon Hugh Shearer; hundreds of other workers in yet another essential service go on strike in Kingston and Montego Bay. The new strikers are the street-cleaners of the KSAC and the St James Parish Council.

 

1968: Prices for the 1968 annatto crop have dropped to as low as 10d per lb with the result that the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) has refused to purchase any until it can get a better price for the farmers. The JAS has asked the minister of agriculture, the Hon John P. Gyles, to ask the Government to guarantee the price in order that the JAS can buy from the farmers at a minimum fixed price. This proposal is still being studied.

 

1971: Negotiations with an overseas shareholder to buy into the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited, Jamaica’s light and power utility, are now in progress, the minister of housing and public utilities tells the Gleaner. He denies, however, that there was any Jamaican team abroad purchasing JPSCo shares.

 

1974: A bomb outrage at the Cuban Chancery at 24 Dillsbury Avenue, Kingston 6, has been claimed by the Cuban National Liberation Front organisation in Miami to be theft action. There were no fatalities but two children were hurt by broken glass. A Chancery source said the bomb was thrown on the lawn early in the morning. The explosion was heard over a wide area and aroused the anxiety of many including motorists who were passing the chancery.

 

1978: Police in Kingston shoot and kill one of three men who help up and robbed a woman on her way to church and then attempted to rape her. In other operations in the city, the police seize two guns and ammunition and arrested six persons, including a woman in connection with the firearms.

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