THIS DAY IN OUR PAST
The following events took place on October 19 in the years identified:
£30,600 scheme for training domestic helps at 30 community centres is announced by Minister of Youth and Community Development Allan Douglas. Courses at the first 12 centres will begin on November 6, 1967. The young women will receive training from specially trained officers of the Social Development Commission. In making the announcement, Douglas says that the Government has always been interested in training schemes which will provide skills for unskilled workers. 1982:the Thirty-five men from
Engineering Unit of the Jamaica Defence Force are undergoing an intensive training course to learn to operate the United States power barge IMPEDANCE which will arrive in Jamaica. The training is being conducted by five technicians from the US Army Facilities Engineering Support Agency. Minister of Public Utilities Pearnel Charles announces that five of these technicians are participating in the classroom portion of the training. He is speaking at a brief ceremony at the Caribbean Cement Company pier at Rockfort. Kingston, where the 25-megawatt barge is officially handed over by the US Government to the Jamaican Government on a two-year loan. 1982:Embassy The United States
in Jamaica wants to encourage “qualified people” to apply for non-immigrant visas, according to Michael Carpenter, consul general in the US Embassy in Jamaica. “We want to stimulate bona fide tourism to the United States and increase commercial and educational contacts. We need the foreign exchange,” Carpenter says at the monthly Kiwanis Club of Kingston luncheon at the New Kingston Hotel. 1987:Two
Jamaicans responsible for the breakthrough in research on the use of ganja extract Canasol for treating the eye disease glaucoma are presented with the Order of Merit at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King’s House. They are Albert Belville Lockhart and Manley Elisha West. They are honoured for the discovery of the drug Canasol to treat glaucoma.