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1973: Maurice Foster, batting at five, scores 118 and shares a 165-run fifth-wicket partnership with Renford Pinnock, who scores 56 not out, to place Jamaica at 275 for seven wickets on the first day of the Shell Shield cricket match against Guyana at Bourda, Georgetown, in Guyana.

 

1964: A £20,000 factory to manufacture barbed wire and paper clips is to be opened within the next few weeks. D.J. Powell, general manager of the Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation, makes the announcement. The 10,200 square-foot factory at Bell Road, St Andrew, produces its first test batch.

 

1968: A new plant for the manufacture of plastic containers and other plastic extrusion products is officially opened by Minister of Trade and Industry the Hon Robert Lightbourne at Eleven Miles, St Thomas.

 

1972: Minister of Labour and National Insurance the Hon L.G. Newland will open the Industrial Training Centre and the Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Board School of Home Economics at Hordley, St Thomas, at a ceremony scheduled to commence at noon.

 

1976: The executive of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and the Jamaica Labour Party decide to award two scholarships to secondary or technical institutions to mark the 92nd birthday of the Rt Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante. One scholarship will go to a boy and the other to a girl.

 

1982: President Ronald Reagan of the United States unveils the Caribbean Basin Plan, a massive programme of aid for Central America and the Caribbean, in a speech to a meeting of the Organisation of American States in Washington.

 

1986: A shipment of 4,600 metric tonnes of fertiliser arrives in Jamaica from Canada to supplement supplies already here. The cargo arrives at the Esso dock. The shipment, which is a grant from the Canadian government, comes in under an agreement between Jamaica and Canada, signed by Prime Minister Edward Seaga and Canadian High Commissioner Robert Woolham.

 

1991: A lack of general public acceptance remains one of the biggest challenges facing the Caribbean Examinations Council, according to Woodburn Miller, secretary general of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association. Miller is one of several leading Jamaican educators who are expressing grave concerns about the poor success rate of Jamaican candidates at the exams.

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