Loop Jamaica: More pressure on human traffickers as online library is launched. “The Jamaica Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP) launched its online resource library that seeks to provide anti-trafficking stakeholders with relevant and practical knowledge about human trafficking, as well as provide access to relevant research and data derived from local and international sources.”
BBC: Jamaica election: Voters go to polls amid surge in Covid-19 cases. “Jamaicans are voting to elect a new parliament as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus infections. Prime Minister Andrew Holness called for the early vote last month in what analysts saw as a bid to capitalise on people’s satisfaction with his economic agenda and early response to the virus. But he has faced criticism amid a rise in cases as restrictions are lifted.”
Jamaica Information Service: Grange: Reggae Film Archive Coming. “The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Reggae Films In The Park event launched preparations to establish the new digital Reggae Film Archive at the National Library of Jamaica as ‘a big step towards preserving Jamaica’s cultural heritage and Reggae history on film.'”
Jamaica Gleaner: Government Considers Regulating Social Media. “Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid said the Government is having dialogue with the Broadcasting Commission with a view to putting on the table proposals to regulate a significant section of the local media landscape that is not now being regulated.”
St. Lucia News Online: Caribbean’s first online human rights database launched. “The region’s first online database that will enable a standard system for capturing, collating and reporting human rights violations, has been launched. Developed by the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), the Shared Incident Database (SID) is an advanced, user-friendly, web-based technology that will strengthen evidence-based advocacy for more just policies and programmes in the Caribbean’s HIV response.”
Jamaica is getting an online database of people wanted by law enforcement. “Jamaicans should by the end of this month have access to an online database showing people who are wanted by the police for various crimes. Head of the criminal investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, says the police are developing a comprehensive list of all wanted persons for widespread distribution.”
The Yale Library has digitized the papers of plantation and slave owner Thomas Thistlewood. “The papers consist of diaries, weather journals, commonplace books, reading notes and other materials documenting Thistlewood’s life, work, and intellectual interests. His 37 diaries contain daily entries dating between 1750 and 1786. Topics include Thistlewood’s work as an overseer, and later owner, of slaves, including his methods of assigning work, allotting provisions, and discipline; his personal and sexual relationships with several slaves, including his lengthy relationship with Phibbah; and slave rebellions and rumors of rebellions, including Tacky’s Revolt (1760).” I did not see a direct link to the holdings in this announcement, so I e-mailed the Beinecke Library. They pointed me to a finding aid at http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.thistle .