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It happened this week in 1984

Published:Tuesday | March 1, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Joel Garner
Oswald Harding
Hugh Hart
Pierre Trudeau
Pierre Trudeau
Edwin Allen
Edwin Allen
Edward Seaga
Edward Seaga
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It happened this week in 1984

Sunday, February 26

Some 200 persons from all strata of Jamaican life, who had performed with distinction and dedication in service to the people of Jamaica over the past 21 years, were presented with the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation at a special ceremony on the grounds of Jamaica House. Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who congratulated the recipients as they received their awards, said: "This award is not just being given to you by the prime minister put by the Government of Jamaica. Indeed, I am here to present you this award on behalf of Jamaica in appreciation for all the service you have given, all the sacrifices you have made over the last 21 years. For there is not one of you here who has not made some sacrifice."

Monday, February 27

Edwin Leopold Allen, former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) parliamentarian and minister of education, was buried in a simple cemetery in his former North West Clarendon constituency, after an official funeral. Thousands packed the St Bartholomew's Church in Frankfield, Clarendon, which overflowed into the churchyard, for the ceremony which lasted two hours. Huge crowds lined the narrow, winding streets of the rural town leading to the church's cemetery where the 'elder statesman' of local politics and champion of equality in education was laid to rest.

The Order of Jamaica was awarded posthumously to the late Edwin Allen by Governor General Sir Florizel Glasspole, acting on the advice of Prime Minister Edward Seaga. The Order of Jamaica was bestowed on Allen for distinguished services to Parliament and outstanding contribution in the modernisation of the education system in Jamaica.

Tuesday, February 28

Reynolds Jamaica Mines, one of the principal pioneers of the local bauxite industry, announced it is pulling out of Jamaica after 40 years. The announcement said it had advised the Government that it will begin phasing out its bauxite-mining operation. The timetable calls for these operations to cease in April, with the drying and shipping of bauxite to end in late May or June. The company, however, will remain actively involved in Jamaica through its partnership in Alpart.

Wednesday, February 29

Desnoes & Geddes, makers of Red Stripe beer, announced that it was reducing the number of work shifts at the brewery on Spanish Town Road in Kingston, and sending some production personnel on leave. A slowdown in sales following the Christmas season was given by the company as the reason for the timing of the move, which it said will enable it to do needed maintenance work at the plant and to continue the installation of new equipment. Desnoes & Geddes recently announced a $33.3-million expansion at the plant.

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced his intention to resign. Trudeau's press secretary said the prime minister would step down as soon as the ruling Liberal Party selected a new leader. Press secretary Ralph Coleman said Trudeau, who has been Canada's leader for more than 15 years, informed Liberal Party President Iona Campagnolo of his decision in a hand-delivered letter. Trudeau's resignation will be effective from the day "a new leader is chosen and sworn in", Coleman added.

Font Hill Primary, the first of three primary schools being built in St Thomas, was officially opened by the Minister of Education Dr Mavis Gilmour. It was built at a cost of $650,000 to accommodate 300 students, under the Ministry of Education programme to construct 50 primary schools islandwide. Construction of the other two schools is under way at White Horses and Trinityville. They will accommodate 300 and 600 students, respectively.

Friday, March 2

Minister of Mining Hugh Hart moves to ensure that the Reynolds Mining Company continues operations in Jamaica. Senator Hart told the Senate that within 48 hours of the announcement of the Reynolds pull out, he had taken certain steps towards this end. He had written a letter containing one suggestion, and discussed another proposal with certain other parties, either of which would have the effect of continuing operations at the Reynolds north coast mines at a level which would have to be determined but which would mitigate as far as possible the hardship caused by the action taken by Reynolds, Hart said. "I am in the course of discussion with other groups concerning alternative proposals, and no stone will be left unturned by the Government to seek to find some method or methods by which not only can the loss to the economy be recovered, but the jobs of the 200 employees at Reynolds can be safeguarded or replaced," he added.

Prime Minister Edward Seaga opened a new container examination station costing $6 million at Newport West. He said the country's revenue services were being computerised as part of a general strengthening and reorganisation to deal with illicit imports and other related problems. Seaga said the computerisation programme was aimed at the development of an integrated computer-based revenue accounting and management system for the effective, efficient operation and administration of the revenue services.

The Senate deadlocked in a division on an amendment to the bill amending the Statistics Act to establish the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, resulting in the president, Oswald Harding, casting his vote in favour of the Government side to break the tie. After the vote, however, both sides reached a compromise on an amendment moved by Senator the Rev C.S. Reid, which was accepted unanimously.

Saturday, March 3

Rain and a menacing spell of fast bowling by burly Joel Garner restricted the touring Australians to 55 for three on the opening day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies in Guyana. In the 73 minutes play that was possible, the experienced Barbadian sent back openers Steve Smith and Kepler Wessels in his first five overs, and skipper Kim Hughes after lunch. The spell, after Hughes won the toss, saw Garner bowling with the wind and extracting good bounce and movement from the Bourda pitch. He ended the day with three for 19 off 8.1 overs.