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Not even the eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano and the departure of more than two-thirds of its population could kill the spirit of Montserrat. This island is making a comeback. Find out how this is happening.

Leprechaun’s Revenge is back for Montserrat’s St. Patrick Festival

LEPRECHAUN VALLEY, Montserrat – Combining leprechauns, gold coins, traditional cuisine and world music can only mean that it is time for Leprechaun’s Revenge, an all-night fete happening during the St. Patrick’s Festival on Montserrat.

2014 Leprechaun's Revenge in Leprechaun Valley, Bunkum Bay, Montserrat.
2014 Leprechaun’s Revenge in Leprechaun Valley, Bunkum Bay, Montserrat.

Scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015, the event is perfect for revelers who love to party under the stars says promoter Roydenn Silcott of Hypnotik Montserrat.
Leprechaun’s Revenge will be held at Leprechaun Valley, Bunkum Bay and features specialty cocktails with Irish-inspired names, cashless bars and food stations.
Silcott said the fete, which is a prelude to the upcoming 10th Anniversary of the Hypnotik family, is targeted at a wide audience. “We start at 8pm for those patrons who want a nice evening out but aren’t into all night partying. Then the hard core revelers can join us later on as we get musically charged by selections from DJs Tyrone, Moto and E-1, while enjoying food even after the sun comes up.”
Hypnotik Montserrat is a one stop media network which boasts the ability to cover events from conception to execution. According to Silcott, “Hypnotik personifies our passion for music, photography, graphic design and event planning.” The chemistry among his brother, Ian Gerald and childhood friends Kemuel Cabey, Michael Skerritt, and Theodore Philip, has resulted in a repertoire of unique, innovative and high energy events.

Be sure to get the limited Cheeky Revenge Apparel of T-shirts, tank tops and mugs. Call 664-493-5295 or 5304 to reserve T-Shirts and Vests.
St. Patrick’s Week Festival is held annually on Montserrat and is a tribute to both the island’s Irish and African heritage.

Barbados’ top female calypsonian on Emerald Vibes TV

BRADES, Montserrat – Reigning Regional Female Calypso Monarch Crystal Cummins-Beckles of Barbados is one of six women featured in Girl Talk, two special episodes of Emerald Vibes TV.

Hosted by Sharlene Lindsay, the two part episode focuses on how Crystal and other female performers are using calypso to highlight social and political issues. Crystal shares why her music always includes her faith and the impact of songs like Fly on the Wall and Enough is Enough.

Menell Delices, Saint Lucia’s top female calypsonian is interviewed by Sharlene Lindsay, host of Emerald Vibes TV as fellow calypsonian Crystal Cummins-Beckles of Barbados looks on.
Menell Delices, Saint Lucia’s top female calypsonian is interviewed by Sharlene Lindsay, host of Emerald Vibes TV as fellow calypsonian Crystal Cummins-Beckles of Barbados looks on.

Cummins-Beckles retained her Regional Female Calypso Competition crown last December during the Annual Montserrat Festival. Highlights from her performances can be seen in the episode.

Also featured in the episode is two-time monarch Menell Delices of Saint Lucia, Rebecca Queen B Webster of Anguilla, Shaunelle McKenzie of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Princess Thalia King from Antigua & Barbuda and Singing Jackie Leader of St. Kitts & Nevis.

Viewers can watch the show on www.trulycaribbean.net and on Facebook/EmeraldVibesTV.

Emerald Vibes is produced by Goldenmedia, a multi-media content creation and marketing firm.

Publicist: Nerissa Golden, Goldenmedia

www.goldenmedia.co

Email: nerissa@goldenmedia.co

St Lucia’s top female calypsonian on Emerald Vibes TV

BRADES, Montserrat – Menell Delices, Saint Lucia’s top female calypsonian is one of six women featured in Girl Talk, two special episodes of Emerald Vibes TV.

Hosted by Sharlene Lindsay, the two-part episode focuses on how Menell and other female performers are using calypso to highlight social and political issues. Menell talks about the challenges of being one of only a few female artists competing in the male-dominated arena and shares how music is helping her to influence change.

Menell Delices, Saint Lucia’s top female calypsonian is interviewed by Sharlene Lindsay, host of Emerald Vibes TV as fellow calypsonian Crystal Cummins-Beckles of Barbados looks on.
Menell Delices, Saint Lucia’s top female calypsonian is interviewed by Sharlene Lindsay, host of Emerald Vibes TV as fellow calypsonian Crystal Cummins-Beckles of Barbados looks on.

Menell recently placed third in the Regional Female Calypso Competition during the Annual Montserrat Festival. Highlights from her performances can be seen in the episode.

Also featured in the episode is two-time monarch Crystal Cummins-Beckles of Barbados, Rebecca Queen B Webster of Anguilla, Shaunelle McKenzie of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Princess Thalia King from Antigua & Barbuda and Singing Jackie Leader of St. Kitts & Nevis.

Viewers can watch the show on www.trulycaribbean.net and on Facebook/EmeraldVibesTV.

Emerald Vibes is produced by Goldenmedia, a multi-media content creation and marketing firm.

Publicist: Nerissa Golden, Goldenmedia

www.goldenmedia.co

Email: nerissa@goldenmedia.co

Goldenmedia launches Emerald Vibes TV Online

BRADES, Montserrat – The first edition of Emerald Vibes Television produced by Goldenmedia went live online today Monday, December 15, 2014 on YouTube.

EVTV is hosted by multi-talented artist Sharlene Lindsay who connects with local personalities and shares highlights of special events on Montserrat.

The first episode called What’s in a Word takes viewers to the Alliouagana Festival of the Word. Montserrat’s annual literary event which featured authors from across the Caribbean and North America. Sharlene interviews Ibrahim Ahmad from Akashic Books, New York who talks about his company’s search to find the next great Caribbean author.

The 14-minute show includes interviews with Montserrat’s literary giant Sir Howard Fergus and new author Jason Reynolds, who recently signed a 10-book deal with Simon & Schuster.

“Emerald Vibes has been an idea the production team and I have been discussing for a while and we felt a look at Montserrat’s hectic November to January festival season was a good time to kick off the show,” explained Executive Producer and the show’s director Nerissa Golden. “Montserrat is a visually stunning place and we wanted to capture it for our viewers and also as the island continues its reemergence we want to tell the stories of this journey.”

Viewers can watch the show on www.trulycaribbean.net or by visiting the Goldenmedia YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4SIN0jEB1E

Continued Parental Involvement is Key to Protecting Children online, says Tech Expert

Denzil West - Director of DITES
Denzil West – Director of DITES

BRADES, Montserrat – Online safety of our children should be an extension of the principles and values we use in daily life, says Denzil West, Director of the Government of Montserrat’s Department of Information Technology and eGovernment Services (DITES).

Raising Children in an ICT-Driven World was the topic of Wednesday’s After Work Chat led by West, who is also a member of the National ICT Council, the host of the ICT Week activities, which began on Monday November 10, 2014.

“Safety in the online world is not much different from the “real” world. The digital world is a new way for our children to be exposed to danger,” he told the group gathered at The Lyme. “What is different is the ubiquitous nature where they are connected to multiple devices everywhere you turn.”

Now that homes have gone from one computer in a central space where parents could keep an eye on what children were doing, to laptops, tablets, and smartphones which children can take to their bedrooms, it is important that parents have an agreement on how the devices are to be used, suggested the speaker.

“We still need to be able to tell our children to put down the tablet or phone. We can’t blame the technology when we are the ones who allow them access to it. Parents must be involved in what they are doing,” said the father of three. “Make internet time about family, discovery and interaction.”

The director said what they recognized with the introduction of the secondary school’s laptop programme in 2012 was that the parents didn’t understand the technology and so students were able to take hold of the computer, get administration access and block their parents from using it.

West encouraged the group to force themselves and to push parents and teachers to understand the technology so they could have control of it. “When we asked for parents to pay a portion of the cost of the laptop it was so they had a stake in it and would claim ownership of it.”

He added that with the advent of social media, parents need to know who their children’s online friends are, recognize it is possible to be cyberbullied and what that means, and have clear rules as to how they are to behave online and when they have access. “Just as in the past your parents had to know who the parents of your friends were, it is still necessary in the virtual world.”

West shared several templates of online contracts which parents can use as the basis of agreements with their children to define the rules of their behavior on the internet. “At what age do you give your child free access and no longer need to know their passwords? What are they allowed to post online? Children must be aware that not only shouldn’t they post nude or other compromising photos online but that with geotagging, it is possible for someone to find out exactly where they live and become a real danger to them.”

The expert said the new modems with integrated wifi routers now offer parental controls which can be enabled to filter and block children from accessing certain websites and setting cut off times when their devices will no longer have internet access. “Every device has a unique identifier called a MAC Address and so without taking the device away from your child before bed at night, you can control how long and what they can access on the internet.”

West said it was important that parents have solid relationships with their children offline in order for the same practices to be extended into a digital world.

Dr. Samuel Joseph reflected for children today there is no longer a difference between what is the digital and offline world, and it was critical they recognize that whatever goes on the internet stays on the internet.

Youth Officer Loni Howe agreed, noting that employers on island were now using the internet and Facebook to check whether they wanted to hire a young person and negative online behavior was now playing a major role in whether they were able to get a job.

The audience was admonished to find out where their children went online and to understand the technology so they wouldn’t be bamboozled.

This is the first year that the National ICT Council in partnership with the Ministry of Communications & Works is hosting ICT Week. Activities close out on Friday, November 14 with the school poster competition.