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Two Montserratian companies included in Top Startups to Watch in 2015

BRADES, Montserrat – Two Montserratian startups have been included in SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015.

This is the first year that the online blog focused on Caribbean technology education is publishing the list. Curator and Tech Evangelist Ingrid Riley said “the list of startups was chosen through a process of submissions by on-the-ground Caribbean tech community leaders, innovation hub managers and startup experts. We also looked at the winners of key Caribbean wide competitions and of course there were a number of wild cards that we discovered.”

The list is made up of startups based in the region and startups headed and co-founded by Caribbean nationals around the world. The maturity of the startups vary, from companies already in the market, to those in public beta and others with compelling prototypes.

“The list represents what Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs are thinking and some of the problems they are seeking to solve. Additionally, based on current and developing trends in the growth of the Caribbean’s Startup Ecosystem, we expect to see, more Caribbean startups overall over the next 3-5years, with a number of global contenders among them. As a result, this list is a snapshot of where things are now and a glimpse of the region’s bright future,” added Riley.

On the list is eVisa (MOVA), an electronic visa application system which provides approval on requests within 24 hours. It also allows the government to collect revenue directly via credit card payments and eliminates the current practices of using consulates in various parts of the world which can take weeks and also does not provide local income. This product is from Lavabits a software development firm based in Montserrat.

Talypso is a voting software which cuts the wait time for results at cultural competitions such as calypso, soca and pageants. It gives real time information on a leader board as the show progresses and results can be announced within 20 minutes of the competitions ending. The team have also developed a Government document system which allows various departments to work on the same project and share documents while maintaining security. Talypso is a product of a Software startup Rovika, run by Manish Valeccha and Dennison Daley.

The Caribbean Tech Startups span the sectors of Internet of Things, eLearning, Online Media, Mobile Gaming, Mobile Surveys, eAgriculture, eHealth, Social Shopping and more.

See the full list at www.siliconcaribe.com.

Publicist: Nerissa Golden, Goldenmedia

www.goldenmedia.co

Email: nerissa@goldenmedia.co

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

Antigua movie draws Caribbean audience at UK Premiere

Ron Belgrave, Sankofa Televisual; Howard Allen, Director of The Skin; and Actor Jeff Stewart at the London premiere of The Skin on Thursday, December 18, 2014.
Ron Belgrave, Sankofa Televisual; Howard Allen, Director of The Skin; and Actor Jeff Stewart at the London premiere of The Skin on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The reviews from the London premiere of the homegrown movie The Skin are coming in and they are good.

The movie made history recently as the first feature film from Antigua & Barbuda to be screened in the United Kingdom. Through their first distribution deal with Sankofa Televisual, The Skin by HAMAFilms Antigua premiered at the Gate Cinema on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

“I was so pleased that the film’s director, Howard Allen, was able to make it to London for the screening, and he was able to meet up again with actor Jeff Stewart and that the audience could also enjoy the Q&A with the producer and cast live by video link to Antigua. Now that we have taken this first step in establishing Caribbean films as a legitimate genre in their own right. We plan to continue showcasing the breadth of talent from the Caribbean and the diaspora,” said Ron Belgrave, Head of Sankofa Televisual.

The audience was a mix of Caribbean Nationals and some Antiguan friends and family who came to support the producer.

Denise Bingham who was in the audience said “to be honest the quality of acting and story and content was so much better than the British stuff shown. It was a proper film and everyone there really loved it. The directors chat was quite cool. Your co-star was ace! The clips of the island were lovely.”

Tom Pritchard of the UK who was an intern on the production ended up getting a small part in the film. He commented on Facebook that it was a “Great movie. Caribbean film at its very best. I feel very proud to have been part of it. Even my Liverpool FC tattoo makes its debut.”

Actor Jeff Stewart, who plays a quirky sailor and antique dealer in the film resides in London, was able to be at the premiere of the film and participate in the Q&A after the screening. Joining the chat live via the internet were Aisha Ralph and Brent Simon and producer Mitzi Allen.

The HAMA team admit that they can no way take credit for the extent to which this film and previous ones continue to gain exposure. Howard was able to travel to the UK screening through the sponsorship by the Ministry of Culture.

“The Government of Antigua & Barbuda has been a staunch supporter of our work since the first film and that has allowed us to promote the film to audiences which may have not been on our radar,” said Howard. “I’m pleased that the audience enjoyed the film and I’m looking forward to seeing how far the film will go with Sankofa Televisual. This step takes us closer to the South African Market”.

Building a relationship with Sankofa Televisual is a new step for the movie making couple. They have given the company the rights to distribute the movie in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Australasia and Africa.

Other films by HAMAFilms are The Sweetest Mango, No Seed and Diablesse. Learn more about making of The Skin and other projects by HAMAFilms by visiting their website at www.hamafilms.com.

ENDS

Caption: Ron Belgrave, Sankofa Televisual; Howard Allen, Director of The Skin; and Actor Jeff Stewart at the London premiere of The Skin on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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