JAMAICA's historical landscape is littered with dates which have shaped the terrain as well as the future of the country's diverse inhabitants.
These events range from catastrophic to euphoric with no shortage of recollection whenever the various milestones are mentioned.
From earthquakes, hurricanes and fires to Olympic glory and Independence, The Gleaner started chronicling Jamaica's roller-coaster history ride in 1834, and has had a front-row seat at every major event since.
With 2012 marking Jamaica's 50th year of Independence from Great Britain, The Gleaner continues to share events which made the news, this day, in 1962.
Taxes up on beer, gas, cars
New taxation in certain areas and a relief of taxation in other areas were announced yesterday by the minister of finance, the Hon Donald Sangster, as he presented the first Supplementary Estimates since Independence to the House of Representatives. These estimates propose a total additional expenditure of £6,305,714.
Sangster said the new fiscal measures announced reflected the thinking of the new Government on taxation matters and he described them as stimulating local production, revitalising the economy and providing immediate employment.
New site for Port of Kingston recommended
The commission of enquiry into the operation of the Port of Kingston has recommended that a new site be chosen for the port, one which would afford easy access to road and rail services and would be free from the congested streets of the city through which all the traffic of the port now has to pass.
Appointed by the former premier, Norman Manley, QC, to inquire into the operation of the port and specifically into the conditions of employment on the waterfront, the commission has also recommended a rationalisation of port work, the separation of day gangs from night gangs and a revision of the superannuation scheme to provide periodic payments rather than lump-sum payments.
Trade Board to be abolished
The Government proposes to abolish the Trade Board and to vest the powers exercised by the Board in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. A bill with this aim was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday.
The memorandum of objects and reasons states that this amendment to the law is proposed because it is considered that in the context of full ministerial responsibility, it is somewhat of an anachronism that a statutory body consisting almost entirely of businessmen should continue to be responsible for the development and execution of important economic policies relating to trade matters.
Teenage boywashed away
TROJA, St Catherine: During heavy rains here yesterday, 18-year-old Cecil Washington of this district fell off a foot bridge while catching coconuts in a swollen river and was washed away. The Troja police, headed by Constable Daley, led a search party but the body has not yet been found.
Daily BWIA flights still on
BWIA still operates a daily flight to and from Miami, although there has been a rescheduling of certain flights due to the present unsettled international situation and the fact that Cuba has prohibited all airlines from operating over its mainland and territorial waters.
Each morning at 10, a flight leaves Kingston for Miami via Montego Bay. On the return journey, this flight leaves Miami for Jamaica at 3 p.m. The planes on these flights fly wide of Cuba.