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1948: Kingswood Films’ detailed survey of Jamaica for location of its film colony, and study of technical problems involved, commences with the arrival of Mr Arthur Siteman of Hollywood to carry out the specialised advance work, while the business executives of the £25-million corporation continue their negotiations with the Government on the concessions asked for. Mr Siteman leaves town on a tour of spots selected in advance by Mr Robert Cumming, the promoter on the first general survey last year. 

1953: Adjustments in the salary scale of medical officers under the new system of medical service, which is being introduced in Jamaica, have been made by the executive council. The Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives approves these when it met under the chairmanship of the Hon Donald Sangster, minister of social welfare. The committee approved a proposal to incur additional expenditure of £7250 to complete the regrading of doctors in the Medical Department. 

 

1957: The strike at Sevens Sugar Estate near May Pen ends as the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) instructed the workers to resume work. The union’s order came in spite of the breakdown of the negotiations at the Ministry of Labour, when the BITU leader, Sir Alexander Bustamante, rejected the cane farmers’ proposal to end the strikes on the seven idle sugar estates and start negotiations of the dispute within 48 hours of the work resumption. 

 

1958: The West Indies achieve their second consecutive victory when they defeat Pakistan by an innings and 174 runs in the third Test match at Sabina Park before a partly-empty ground. They now lead the series 2-0. The first Test at Kensington Oval, Bridgeport, Barbados last month was drawn. 

 

1969: Hon Edward Seaga, minister of finance and planning, announces that the first of Jamaica’s decimal coins, the 10¢ coin, will be put into circulation on March 24. The 10¢ coin is exactly equal to the 1/- in value and can be used to buy any goods or services that 1/- can purchase, and is also the same size, shape and weight as the 1/-. It bears the lignum vitae on one side while the Jamaican Coat of Arms is on the other. 

 

1971: Hon Edward Seaga, minister of finance and planning, discloses that two of the largest insurance companies operating in Jamaica – the Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society and the Standard Life Insurance Company – have decided to merge their operations by November 15 this year. Earlier, Mr Seaga had received Mr D.W.A. Donald of Standard Life and Mr Hubert Livingston of Mutual Life, to approve plans for the merger, which is part of the programme of Jamaicanisation of financial institutes. 

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