January - March 2009 lime 77 31 Paint a room, just one room in your home… yourself. OK, refer to HGTV if you must! In a colour that reflects the life and vibrancy of the Caribbean. 28 Learn to swim. For many of us whose skills don't extend beyond the doggy paddle it's time to take lessons. 29 Host a movie night and select from the increasing number of Caribbean feature films. Chat about the movies after. 30 Learn cricket – whether you're male or female. The West Indies team needs you! 27 Start eating more fruit – especially those indigenous to the region. Who knew eating healthily could be so much fun? 32 Don't merely enjoy the beach as you drive to and from work. Head into her beautiful waters. Simon Bremner/ GETTY images
DID YOU KNOW? A brief look at events at LIAT and across our network... 78 lime January - March 2009 LIMELIAT LIATNEWS LIAT CHAIRMAN DR JEAN HOLDER has been awarded the Companion of Honour of Barbados for distinguished national achievement and merit at the National Indpendence Festival of Creative Arts ( NIFCA) 35th Anniversary National Stalwart Awards, in recognition of his initial vision that led to the creation of the fi rst NIFCA. The NIFCA is one of the main events that celebrate Barbados' independence. The island gained its independence from Britain on 30 November 1966. Organised by the National Cultural Foundation, the festival runs throughout the month of November and attracts Bajans of all ages to showcase their talent in seven disciplines - Dance, Drama/ Speech, Music, Literary Arts, Culinary Arts, Visual Arts and Craft and Photography. The month is fi lled with many performances, art exhibitions and demonstrations and closes with a grand fi nale with a gala presentation in which the fi nalists are featured. Holder's career spans 44 years in diplomacy and tourism, including posts in the Federal Government of the West Indies, the Barbados High Commission in the UK and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation. He is the recipient of 18 national, regional and international awards for public service and services to tourism. LIAT CHAIRMAN RECEIVES COMPANION OF HONOUR AWARD OUR FLEET LIAT operates a fl eet of 17 Dash 8 Q100 / Q300 aircraft, which have proved to be safe, economical and reliable, a favourite for airlines fl ying the frequencies and range of our Caribbean routes. The latest model uses an advanced Noise Vibration Suppression system to dramatically reduce cabin noise and vibration, meaning it can boast to be the quietest, most vibration-free turboprop aircraft in the sky today. Y Crew: 2+ 1 Y Passengers: 50 Y Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123B turboprops Y Power: 2500shp Y Cruise speed: 285 knots ( 528km/ h) Y Maximum range ( with optional long- range fuel tanks): 2,034km Y Maximum take- off weight: 19,505kg Y Average cabin noise level: 75dBA * specs apply to the Q300 model only Y FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON OUR SCHEDULES, SPECIAL OFFERS OR TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, VISIT WWW. LIAT. COM LIAT entered the jet age in the 1970s, using BAC One- Elevens for their longer Caribbean routes, as well as a fl eet of Britten- Norman aircraft. NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA- FREE TRAVEL TO THE US The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation ( ESTA) will become effective for travel to the US from Monday, 12 January 2009. Nationals of Visa- Waiver Program ( VWP) countries will still be eligible to travel without a visa but will have to obtain an approved travel authorisation prior to their travel to the US. The US Department of Homeland Security recommends submitting travel authorisation applications at least 72 hours prior to departure. Authorisations are valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes fi rst. If intending to travel to the US after 12 January, passengers must be able to present proof of ESTA approval to LIAT at the time of check- in, otherwise boarding will be declined. For further information, including a list of VWP countries, go to www. esta. us or www. liat. com.