THIS DAY IN OUR PAST
The following events took place on March 14 in the years identified:
The stand down parade of the Public Works Company of the Jamaica Home Guard takes place on the premises of the Public Works Department on Port Royal Street. The ceremony is a colourful one and, in its way, is another sign that the war is drawing to a close in victory for the allied nations. The Public Works Company was formed i n 1941, succeeding the Jamaica Volunteer Training Corps, of which many members remained in the Guard. The parade is under the command of A. G. Taylor, who has been at the helm of the department since inception. 1968:
The House of Repre– sentatives passes a bill for the establishment of an Urban Development Corporation after lengthy debate which lasted for the entire sitting. The bill, proposed by Minister of Finance and Planning Edward Seaga, is supported in principle by the Opposition, led by Norman Manley, but several aspects of it were questioned and closely examined during the debate. As a result, there were five amendments to the original bill.
After more than two weeks of speculation, Finance Minister Omar Davies announces that Paul Chen-Young, head of the Eagle Empire, has resigned following an agreement which will see Government owning between 80 per cent and 90 per cent of the group.