December 26, 1985 |
Three people were killed and 22 injured when a gas cylinder used for blowing up balloons exploded in a Jamaican shopping center here Tuesday night, police said Wednesday. The cylinder had apparently been filled by an unauthorized operator, and it was not known what type of gas it contained, they said. The center was crowded with last-minute Christmas shoppers at the time. Nine of the injured were in serious condition.
June 7, 1986 |
Thirteen people have died and 2,000 have been left homeless by rains that have battered Jamaica for more than a week, police said Friday. In a radio broadcast, Construction Minister Bruce Golding said many people in the area had taken refuge on rooftops, where they awaited rescue. Prime Minister Edward Seaga said Thursday night that the rains had reached "disaster proportions," with 2,000 persons now housed in 17 shelters across the country, mostly in the west and south.
June 28, 1985 |
Most public employees returned to their jobs Thursday after a general strike disrupted electricity, water and communications for three days, but large private factories and mills remained closed. The Socialist opposition party issued a statement Thursday calling on Prime Minister Edward Seaga to resign. The six major unions that called the strike on Sunday represent 250,000 workers on this island of 2.2 million people. They rejected Seaga's call late Tuesday for a return to work.
September 15, 1988
Following are reports of damage caused by Hurricane Gilbert in the Caribbean since Saturday: Jamaica--Extensive property damage throughout the island, estimated at $8 billion by Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Roofs ripped from hundreds of homes and buildings. Airports closed. Many roads flooded and blocked. Nineteen people killed. Tens of thousands--perhaps up to 500,000--left homeless. Dominican Republic--Flooding, possible crop damage.
December 23, 1985 |
An annual business survey tracking the political climate around the world shows sharply increased risks in some countries that the United States strongly supports. The risk forecast by Frost & Sullivan, a worldwide business intelligence firm based in New York, is designed to warn of conditions that will lead to physical or financial risk to international investors.
March 31, 1993 |
The conservative People's National Party won a crushing victory Tuesday in parliamentary elections marred by confusion approaching chaos and partisan conflicts that neared serious violence. With more than 60% of the vote counted, computer projections gave the PNP and its leader, Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, at least 64% of the vote against 36% for the opposition Jamaica Labor Party of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who conceded defeat.
July 31, 1986 |
The opposition People's National Party of former Prime Minister Michael Manley decisively defeated the incumbent Jamaica Labor Party in local elections marred by violence, officials said Wednesday. Manley's party, which said during the campaign that it would call for early national elections if it won Tuesday's balloting, captured 10 of 13 parish councils, according to the electoral commission.
December 20, 1999 |
Joe Higgs, a reggae singer best known for fostering the career of Bob Marley, died Saturday night in Los Angeles after a long struggle with cancer. He was 59. It was in Higgs' yard in the Trench Town ghetto in Kingston, Jamaica, that the young Marley received years of private tutoring in vocal technique and stagecraft from Higgs, years before Marley began recording with his group the Wailers. Marley later credited Higgs with his international success.
March 8, 1997 |
Michael Manley, the former prime minister who took Jamaica to the forefront of the developing world's nonaligned movement in the 1970s, has died. He was 72. Manley died at his home Thursday night, the official Jampress news agency reported Friday. He had been battling prostate cancer. In his first two terms as prime minister, from 1972 to 1980, Manley was a firebrand socialist and champion of the nonaligned movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1989
Veteran politicians who have staged comebacks after losing elections usually say that they were chastened and matured by defeat. The latest to make that claim is Jamaica's Prime Minister Michael Manley, returned to office last week after an eight-year hiatus. When his socialist People's National Party ruled Jamaica from 1972 to 1980, Manley strained his relations with the United States by establishing close ties with the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro.