INFOBUZZ JA – A MAJOR STEP ON THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY
A tech innovation — sometimes attempted but never yet achieved — was launched Friday, December 16 at the Margaritaville Blue Beat Bar on Montego Bay’s Hip Strip. The cosy bar was an appropriate venue for the hip new concept, and the velvet banquettes inside, as well as the softly-lit outdoor patio were made mellow with the buzz of happy conversations and the clink of wine glasses, as guests mingled before the official start of the function.
Vibrant PR personality Peta-Gaye King then introduced the audience to Mr. Ray Daley, CEO of INFOBUZZ JA.COM an online directory to provide Jamaican businesses with a one-stop website presence where information can be posted, advertised and sourced. Daley, a Remittance agent, Bill Express and FX trader, was inspired to create the service by his wife Oleithea, who was searching unsuccessfully for addresses and phone numbers of suitable schools for her son. The two decided that such an information gap should be filled, and the idea of an online directory was born.
Offering three levels of online registration, INFOBUZZ-JA lists not only names and phone numbers, but also a clear location map for each listing. A Ship Schedule, regular News updates and an online Blog, as well as a Search option that enables access to information by type and location, are some of the accessible information points.
All schools island-wide receive a free listing on INFOBUZZ-JA and there is also a free access page for communities to post information about community activities, meetings and events. Customers using the services of INFOBUZZ-JA businesses can post their comments online to provide valuable feedback. An additional advantage is that all INFOBUZZ-JA listings can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.
FULFILLED A DREAM
Guest speaker for the INFOBUZZ-JA launch was Makonnen Blake Hanna, who said it fulfilled a dream of his from his days as a tech consultant to the Government of Jamaica, as it was an idea he suggested ten years ago to be implemented by Government as incentive to make small, medium and large-scale businesses more convenient and efficient.
Describing how useful he found INFOBUZZ-JA to be, he said it was not just another website, but a milestone and step forward for connectivity and accessibility in Jamaica. “This website provides location-centric information that can be tailored to fit the size and scope of your business,” he said, “all gathered in one location, beautifully laid out and with an easy-to-use interface.”
Predicting that INFOBUZZ-JA could become ‘as big as CraigsList’, he congratulated Mr.& Mrs. Daley for bringing this innovative development to the Jamaican technology landscape and praised the IT specialists who built the website. “I have to commend them on the development of their mobile app” he continued, “which is extremely robust and well thought out and proves Jamaican techies are as good as any in the world.”
Visit http://www. infobuzzja.com and have a look around this interesting new Jamaican web-space that brilliantly offers a new option for marketing our growing local businesses and services.’
‘JAMAICA FAREWELL’ RETURNS
Jamaican actress Debra Erhardt gave a special presentation of her one-woman play ‘JAMAICA FAREWELL’ at the Golden Eye Hotel, Oracabessa on December 10. Held in a cool performance space upstairs the Bizot Bar, the event elicited the usual bursts of laughter and a thunderous applause at the of this unusual drama that tells an amusing tale of her determined escape from a politically-charged Jamaica of the mid 1970s.
Among the VIP guests at the exclusive resort performance were Maurice Facey, wife Valerie and daughter, acclaimed sculptor Laura, while seated front row were former Prime Minister Hon. Edward Seaga and wife Carla, who confessed they had tried once before to see the play but it was sold out on that occasion. Mr. Seaga endorsed the play in the Guest Book with a special comment: “Truth is rarely more exciting than fiction. But this time it is. Jamaica Farewell authored and acted by Debra Ehrhardt recalls the never-to-be-forgotten period of the 1970’s in dramatic and traumatic episodes, brilliantly performed by Debra in a magnificent reawakening of the most tragic period in modern Jamaican History.”
Saying how glad she was for ‘any excuse to come home to Jamaica’, Debra did a second performance the following day at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel in Ocho Rios, then returned to continue her series of sold-out performances in the USA, before production starts on the film version of the play being produced by Rita Wilson, wife of actor Tom Hanks.
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Christopher Byfield, a young Jamaican film maker whose entry in the 2011 Reggae Film Festival/RBC Make A Film In 24 Hours competition earned third prize, has completed an interesting new Jamaican short film ‘Red, Amber, Green‘ he hopes will become a TV series.
Depicting a day in the life of some Kingston youths who hustle a living at the major traffic intersections, young film dynamo Byfield has captured a slice of urban life in this sometimes-amusing, sometimes-sad drama that shows what can be done with a tiny budget and an enormous will to succeed. Have a look at his effort, which deserves huge congratulations and an A+ for effort.
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Wishing all my readers a Peaceful and Holy CHRISTmas, and a special Greeting to those celebrating KWANZAA at this time of year.