Google Blog: Explore Bob Marley’s most extensive archive ever

Google Blog: Explore Bob Marley’s most extensive archive ever. “My father, Bob Marley, is one of the most known people in the world. I mean, some people feel as if they know him personally, that’s how much history is out there, yet there is so much that is unknown. Bob Marley still holds mystery. We all are still learning new things about him, and some people may just be discovering him. In this mission we are happy to be partners with Google Arts & Culture to compile and exhibit in one online location the most extensive collection of Bob Marley artifacts.”

Loop Jamaica: Jamaica still unable to test for COVID-19 variants

Loop Jamaica: Jamaica still unable to test for COVID-19 variants. “In October of last year, the island acquired a genome sequencer and training of personnel to use the machine was scheduled to begin in order to test for variants of the novel coronavirus by last December. However, the training was pushed back until January 10, and that timeline is also not going to be met in terms of the stated goal.”

Petchary’s Blog: Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database

Petchary’s Blog: Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database. “The Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) launched its database of Jewish burial grounds in Jamaica today. Volunteers conducted extensive cataloguing of the sites across the island between 2008 and 2017. They recorded 33 burial locations including synagogue-purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were part of an interment ground that is now on residential property.”

Jamaica flight: Prisoner tests positive for Covid-19 (BBC)

BBC: Jamaica flight: Prisoner tests positive for Covid-19. “One of the 13 prisoners deported from the UK to Jamaica on Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19, the Jamaican government has told the BBC. The man is being held in isolation at a hospital in the capital, Kingston. The Home Office said he was on the flight, but has not made a statement in relation to the test.”

Upcoming Event: The Jamaica Gaily News Archive Launch (The Caribbean Commons)

The Caribbean Commons: Upcoming Event: The Jamaica Gaily News Archive Launch. “The Jamaica Gaily News (JGN) was the publication of the first gay activist organization in the anglophone Caribbean, the Gay Freedom Movement (GFM) in Jamaica. Join us as we celebrate the launch of the JGN archive at the Digital Library of the Caribbean. We will hear from the following panelists as they share their reflections on this moment in Jamaica’s history.” (Friday, November 20th, 2020 from 1:00-3:00pm (EST))

Loop Jamaica: More pressure on human traffickers as online library is launched

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.”

Jamaica election: Voters go to polls amid surge in Covid-19 cases (BBC)

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.”

Grange: Reggae Film Archive Coming (Jamaica Information Service)

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.’”

St. Lucia News Online: Caribbean’s first online human rights database launched

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.”

The Gleaner (Jamaica): Online Database Of Wanted People Being Prepared For May Roll Out

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.”

Yale Digitizes Papers of 18th Century Plantation Owner

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 .