THIS DAY IN OUR PAST

The fol­low­ing events took place on Oc­to­ber 22 in the years iden­ti­fied:

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1977:loan A three mil­lion-dol­lar agree­ment is signed be­tween the Ja­maican Gov­ern­ment and the Venezue­lan In­vest­ment Fund. The loan is for 10 years and has a rate of in­ter­est of 8.35 per cent per an­num, with a three-year grace pe­riod. The agree­ment is signed on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance David Coore, and on be­half of the Venezue­lan In­vest­ment Fund by the pres­i­dent of the fund, Hec­tor Hur­tado, at Vale Royal.

1978:Mark Wong, No. 1 seed in the Men’s Sin­gles Di­vi­sion C, had to bat­tle in a three-set­ter be­fore elim­i­nat­ing Gary Marr 9-15, 15-6 and 15-12 in the third round of the Davon-spon­sored Abbey Court Badminton Tour­na­ment at the Con­stant Spring badminton hall. In the first set, Wong trailed all the way with Marr hold­ing his own with some well-placed shut­tle hits to win the first set 15-9. Wong, ap­ply­ing more ef­fec­tive clear drop shut­tles, come into his own and wins the sec­ond set quite eas­ily 15-6.

1986:Ja­maica A trans­port coun­cil of is launched and one of its first acts is to call on the Gov­ern­ment to cease the im­por­ta­tion of buses af­ter cur­rent ne­go­ti­a­tion for ad­di­tional rolling stock. It wants, in­stead, to as­sem­ble the units in Ja­maica. The coun­cil also an­nounces that it will im­me­di­ately em­bark on the prepa­ra­tion of a five-year mas­ter plan for pub­lic trans­porta­tion in the Cor­po­rate Area. The coun­cil’s spokesper­son, Glo­ria Jack, pre­sides at the meet­ing held at Ho­tel Four Sea­sons in Kingston. In her in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, she says the sav­ings in for­eign ex­change from the dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of the im­por­ta­tion of buses will be about half the present ex­pen­di­ture on rolling stock im­ports.

1986:Util­i­ties Min­is­ter of Pub­lic and Trans­port Pear­nel Charles says Ja­maican ports now han­dle over 800 con­tainer ships and about 120,000 con­tain­ers yearly, earn­ing an an­nual in­come of over J$300 mil­lion. As a re­sult, the ship­ping in­dus­try is one of the fastest-grow­ing sec­tors in Ja­maica, while the Kingston trans-ship­ment port is be­com­ing one of the top ones in the world. It is now the gate­way to the North, Cen­tral and South Amer­i­cas, he says. Charles states this at a lun­cheon which he holds for a 15-mem­ber team from the port of Gothen­burg, Swe­den, at the Terra Nova Ho­tel in Kingston. –The Gleaner Archives

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