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Simone Johnson's Spanish-speaking clients will never be lost in translation, once they hit the shores of The Bahamas.
In May 2010, Johnson started her Spanish tour operating business, Bahamas A Sus Ordenes, after scores of tourists complained to her about how not enough people are able to communicate with them.
Despite being bilingual for more than 20 years, she told Guardian Business in this week's edition of 'Da Plunge' that she only recently discovered that she needed to get creative in order to make the two languages work for her.
"I have noticed that in the last 10 years, we have had a large influx of Latin American visitors, but there was really no company per say concentrating on servicing these visitors," according to Johnson.
"I am also one of the Spanish ambassadors at the airport and of the main complaints is that there are not many people who speak Spanish, whether it is at the hotel or when they go to the restaurants.
"I created this tour business so that we can encourage more people to be creative with their language capabilities, so that the guests will have less to complain about. We have so many products and things to show our guests and language barriers shouldn't be used as an excuse."
She continued, "I have also noticed that the Ministry of Tourism was not really putting an emphasis on persons learning a foreign language, in order to help more foreigners in their own language."
Within the last two weeks alone, Johnson said her firm serviced 12 Argentinians, who were elated to learn about her company.
"I have found that they love to ask questions but they weren't able to ask any at their hotel because no one spoke Spanish. When they came across our service, they were elated. It's been very well-received," she noted.
Johnson pointed out that she acquired training and certification via the Bahamahost program, and expanded her business by hiring 12 part-time employees.
"They assist in doing translations for Spanish guests and act as tour guides for them as well. Altogether there are 15 of us, nine of which are Bahamians. If we want these visitors to come, we can't give them anything to complain about," she said.
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(HNP) has just been published the French translation of the book Haiti and Trans-
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In translation from its Greek roots, Electroencephalogram (EEG) means electro -- electrical, encephalo -- brain and gram(ma) -- picture.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity of the brain, similar to the ECG (electrocardiogram) where recording electrodes are placed on the chest to capture the electrical activity of the heart. By placing electrodes on the scalp and amplifying the activity, an electrical brain picture is recorded. This picture may be normal but in specific disease processes, distinct abnormal patterns may be generated indicating seizure or tendency to have a seizure.
A routine EEG recording lasts about an hour with preparation time lasting about the first 20 minutes of that hour. The procedure is painless but requires patience. The electrodes are placed on the scalp with a conductive gel or paste, usually after preparing the scalp area with a light skin prep gel to reduce artifact. During the recording, activation procedures are used that may induce abnormal activity that might not otherwise be seen. These procedures include fast breathing also known as hyperventilation (HV), photic-stimulation (flashing a strobe light in front of the eyes), eye closure, mental activity, and sleep deprivation (lack of sleep).
The main application of the EEG is in the diagnosis and monitoring of epilepsy but is also used in the diagnosis of patients who are suspected of having various problems which may be non-epileptic in nature, including neurological problems (brain tumors, strokes, degenerative, metabolic or toxic brain disorders or infections), psychiatric disorders and movement disorders.
A seizure can mimic many disorders simply because depending on where in the brain the abnormal electrical discharges are occurring, an individual will present with symptoms related to the functioning of that area, which means that any sudden, unexpected change in behavior be it motor, sensory (touch, vision or hearing), learning, psychic or emotional can be due to seizure.
Imagine your baby developing sudden jerky movements, your child suddenly and unexpectedly passing out, your spouse having staring episodes and ignoring you, a sudden drop in academic performance or strange bizarre behavior in grandmother.
These may all be due to various problems but can all be caused by seizure activity.
Although EEGs are designed to assist in diagnosis and monitoring of treatment of seizures it is extremely useful in eliminating non-epileptic events. There are different types of EEGs with use in different situations such as:
o Routine EEG: A 20 to 40 minute recording of the resting brain activity performed while the patient is awake, drowsy and/or asleep. Total testing time is one to 1.5 hours.
o Sleep-deprived EEG: An EEG that is also recorded for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, after the patient has been deprived of sleep for at least 24 hours.
o Prolonged EEG: A one to five hour extended EEG recording is used specifically to capture typical episodes that are concerning such as unusual occurrences such as jerks, twitching, bedwetting, staring, uncontrollable shaking, drooling from the mouth or strange behavior. This type of EEG can be extended to days if necessary provided episodes are occurring frequently enough and there is a good chance of capturing it while brain waves are being recorded.
o Video EEG: An EEG recorded while the patient is being filmed. This provides clear correlation of the physical and brain activity. If there is an unusual occurrence such as staring or body movements, we can evaluate the brain function and the video in real time, to see if there is any correlation.
o Ambulatory EEG: A 24 to 48 hour EEG recording which can be extended for much longer, in which the patient wears a monitor at home. The ambulatory EEG unit is a small piece of equipment that is connected to the scalp electrodes and brain waves continuously. This is similar to the Holter monitor used by cardiologists to record heart beats when suspecting heart problems. The ambulatory EEG allows for complete mobility of the patient and is used to evaluate episodes that are frequent or that may occur in specific environments. It can also be used to monitor medication effects and behavior changes. It cannot however be taken into the shower. A routine EEG must precede this study.
If you or a family member develops a sudden, unexpected event and believe that a seizure is a possibility then discuss with your doctor about obtaining the appropriate EEG. Accurate diagnosis is essential for appropriate treatment and despite misconceptions by the general public that modern tests (such as MRI and CT scans) reveal everything any good doctor will tell you that accurate diagnosis is based predominantly on a thorough history and a good clinical examination. Tests are tools utilized to help to either confirm or negate the clinical diagnosis and should never be applied in a shotgun approach, which is neither efficient nor cost-effective.
EEGs are very cost-effective when considering that if the wrong diagnosis is made, this can mean that an individual is placed on unnecessary medications for years with possible side effects or alternatively not placed on appropriate seizure medication and is at risk for catastrophic events. Remember that seizures can indeed kill.
o Arona Aranha is an EEG technician.
By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
SUPPORTERS of Philip "Brave" Davis, deputy leader of the Progressive Liberal Party, made a strong showing at yesterday's mass demonstration protesting the government's sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications.
A large contingent of PLP youth arrived at the demonstration together. They brought life-sized "Be Brave" posters to the demonstration and wore custom-made designer "unity shirts."
The shirts were printed with the phrase "Yah ROEH", a Hebrew reference to "a shepherd", according to one protester.
Another protester said he did not know the translation for the ...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Citing the huge Haitian population of Grand Bahama Island, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Friday, February 22, expressed delight in having Haiti's Ambassador to The Bahamas visit the island.
His Excellency A. Antonio Rodrigue, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Haiti, on his first official visit to Grand Bahama, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama at his office situated in the Harold DeGregory Complex on the Mall.
In welcoming the Ambassador, the Minister said that "we are pleased to have him and his trip will be very instrumental for us to work out some of the necessary aspects of bi-lateral trade between Haiti and The Bahamas, and one of the issue we really want to talk about is our port and how instrumental that port will be in order for us to accomplish those goals and objectives."
Minister Darville also took time out to inform his guests of the "very strong Haitian Community here on the island of Grand Bahama, and there are many issues concerning the community.
"One of the things I am certain that we would go into discussion with is the immigration aspects. We would also go into discussion on documentation and the ease of translation of documents from French to English and for them to be notarised in Haiti or the possibility of being notarised in The Bahamas so that our Department of Immigration would be in a position to expedite matters as it relates to immigration," he stated.
Marvel can’t seem to do any wrong with its movies these days, save for a Spider-Man that shouldn’t have been. Furthering the growth of expectation for The Avengers, Thor does its best in introducing the character to cinema-goers.
Thor is one of the Marvel characters that I’ve always wanted to get into but never really got the opportunity to. His translation to film was a pretty decent one, Chris Hemsworth seemed like he was literally born to play the role.
The movie plays out between two worlds, Earth and Asgard. On Earth the
Five thousand high net-worth individuals, hand-picked to attend the event, were provided an introduction to some of The Bahamas' most exclusive properties during the Shanghai Luxury Property Show earlier this month.
Representing The Bahamas at the event was local real estate firm, Mario Carey Realty (MCR).
Carey's presentation focused on the high end offerings of Ocean Club Estates, Old Fort Bay, Lyford Cay, Sandyport and private islands. The formal 15-minute presentation in Mandarin and English was complemented by a display that one attendee said "made your country look so beautiful I want to live there in my future."
For MCR founder and president Mario Carey CRS, CIPS, CLHMS, the experience at the 6th Luxury Property Showcase December was extraordinary. It also re-affirmed his appreciation of how important relationships are in the Chinese culture.
"It was a great honor to have been selected to represent The Bahamas and an excellent opportunity for the country to be highlighted. There was so much interest in The Bahamas. We spoke to one person after another who kept saying how beautiful our country looked, including one gentleman who said it would now be his dream to live here in his future," said Carey, one of the 5 per cent of real estate professionals worldwide who holds a degree in real estate.
Carey and his team of nearly 30-strong sales associates and support staff have been cultivating the relationship with the Chinese community for the past year. The firm was the first Bahamian real estate company to sell a residence at Baha Mar and has sold several since.
The company's website has been translated into Mandarin. In November, MCR hosted a farewell luncheon for the departing Chinese ambassador and members of Embassy staff.
MCR also retains a Chinese consultant, Daniel Lowe, a Bahamian studying abroad, who Carey and Marketing Manager Terrinique Pennerman credited with playing a pivotal role in guiding them through the show.
"For the past year we have been building relationships and learning how important relationships are to doing business with the Chinese people," said Carey.
"They respect those who take the time to seek them out, respect their etiquette and understand what is important to them. And with our consultant's help, we learned more about Chinese business ethics and behavior. His direction was invaluable in dealing with the Chinese luxury consumer, their culture, etiquette and expectations."
Terrinique Pennerman, MCR Marketing Manager, agreed that having a Bahamian consultant in China to assist and having arrived with all materials translated into Mandarin added to the ability to connect with show visitors.
"As global markets shift and with interest of Asian markets escalating, we ensured that all of our informational materials were translated to Mandarin in effort to assist potential clients," said Pennerman. "Those details made a difference in our ability to reach out and get to know people." The show also allowed MCR to align itself with Chinese real estate affiliates.
"We learned more about this largely untapped market and they were asking specific questions about The Bahamas' unique location, government and immigration policies," said Carey.
Following the show, the MCR team headed to Beijing where they hosted a lunch for some 20 Bahamian students at the Bahamian Embassy. According to Pennerman, the students whose fields of study included International Trade, Economics, Finance and Engineering "were excited to discuss avenues of bridging the gap between The Bahamas and China. There was a heated debate around making The Bahamas more attractive to the Chinese consumer, and what to do to avoid the brain drain of students going abroad to study and not returning."
Carey said: "We were surrounded by some of the brightest minds and I encouraged them to come home once their studies are complete," he said. "These kids are pioneers in bridging the gap between the Bahamian and Chinese cultures and that's important because the Chinese are coming."
Carey said links with the new Chinese market were already paying off for The Bahamas. "As affluent Chinese access greater opportunity, enjoy increased wealth and become more attuned to a changing value system, our political stability, tranquil settings, magnificent waters and stunning views will continue to become increasingly appealing," said Carey.
With China's GDP growth rates skyrocketing to over 7.5%, creating new wealth not enjoyed in the Asian country in hundreds of years, leading real estate brokers and firms from the world’s most desirable and glamorous locations were invited to a luxury property show in Shanghai this month...