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1963: Coffee growers attending the annual meeting of the East St Ann Coffee Growers’ Co-operative at the Claremont Primary School reaffirm their desire to have the running of the Coffee Industry Board turned over to growers. This decision is taken in the form of a resolution moved by Mr Robert Johnsonseconded by the Rev Mr J. Johnson, and unanimously accepted.

 

1965: Mrs Muriel Carnegie is appointed custos of Westmoreland, becoming the island’s first female custos. She succeeds Mr Eric Clarke who resigned recently after serving since August 1955.


1970: The Jamaica Omnibus Services Ltd makes it clear that it intends to make a series of applications for bus-fare increases to restore the company to “an even financial keel”. “This is an interim application,” Mr K.W.P. Kirton, the company’s managing director, makes the announcement to the Public Passenger Transport (Corporate Area) Board of Control now hearing an application for an increase from 3¢ to 4¢ for the first stage adult, and from 1¢ to 2¢ for children.


1973: Jamaica lose the firm grip they hold in their Shell Shield match against Barbados 25 minutes before the close of the second day’s play, when the two valuable wickets of Lawrence Rowe and Renford Pinnock go in quick succession at Sabina Park.

 

1976: The Jamaica Developers’ Association deplores the recent increase in the price of cement and states that if housing costs continue to escalate at this rate, the majority of Jamaicans will be unable to afford even very small and inadequate houses, and that the people in the low-income group are those most seriously affected.

 

1979: Three Antiguan first-year (pre-clinical) students are expelled from the University of West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, because of the non-payment of fees by the Antiguan government for the current academic year. The three students had been previously informed in writing of the university’s decision to remove their names from the Registrar. When attempting to sit the ordinary term examination, the Antiguans were asked to leave the room by a UWI official.

 

1979: Fire destroys building materials in the storeroom of the Sugar Industry Housing Ltd, Petersfield. The damage done to the materials amounts to approximately $175,000. At another location, the Fettis Primary School suffers damage as well due to a fire. The damage estimates to about $50,000. In addition, some 200 acres of sugar cane ready for reaping is burnt. Loss is estimated at $80,000.

 

1987: The twin problem of child abuse and incest are very prevalent in western Jamaica, especially in Hanover, according to information from the St James and Hanover Family Courts. In an interview with the bureau, an officer said that most cases of incest and carnal abuse are never brought before the courts as the victims were afraid of possible embarrassment.

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