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.
Representatives of the Jamaica Government and of the government of British Guiana have agreed that Jamaica pay more for bulk rice from British Guiana sometime next year. The new agreement, not yet signed by either government, is that bulk rice will be purchased at $21 (WI), an increase of $1.80 a bag.
Minister of Development and Welfare Edward Seaga told the House of Representatives yesterday that an overseas consortium has formally agreed to heads of agreement, to be included in a formal contract between the consortium and the Government for the operation of television in Jamaica, beginning August 6, 1963, the first anniversary of Independence Day.
Three local organisations, invited to participate in the investment of what is expected to be a government-owned station, in a minority position - The Gleaner Company Limited, Radio Jamaica Limited and the Russell Graham Central Film Agency - have indicated they do not wish to participate in the venture, the minister said in a paper which he laid on the table.
MORANT BAY, St Thomas: The disease of equine encephalomyelitis which, for about a month, has made its appearance in east St Thomas, has killed 79 animals. There is also a report that six persons have been affected and the diagnosis has been confirmed in three.
Commissioner of Police Noel Croswell issued a reminder yesterday, warning the public of the danger that can result from the throwing of squibs, or fireworks, in the streets. This dangerous practice, he said, is indulged in principally during the Christmas season, and he appealed for the cooperation of the public in refraining from firing squibs in public thoroughfare this year.
Robert Lightbourne, minister of trade and industry, warned in the House of Representatives yesterday that members of the public should make a careful check before deciding to invest in the purchase of an hotel on the north coast, which he did not name.
The minister told the House he was in a difficult position because, as they knew, the Company Law had not yet been brought to the House, and there was no way of protecting the public in terms of persons seeking public subscription.