Thirty-five-year-old Candice John is no ordinary teacher. For the past three years, she has worked at the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCDP) in San Fernando as resident Information Technology (IT) instructor.

John is visually impaired, but if you look around her IT lab, it has the appearance of any other you would find at institutions around the nation. Have a closer look and you would see that this is no ordinary lab.

As a person with a visual impairment, John is aware of the potential challenges of her trainees who have a wide range of disabilities: physical, autism, deaf, hard of hearing, speech impairment, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, blind and visually impaired, intellectual and learning disabilities, as well as mild mental and seizure disorders.

While assistive technology such as specialised computer equipment or software programmes can help compensate for disabilities and impairments that affect hand dexterity, vision, and hearing, the high cost of such technology makes personal acquisition prohibitive for many individuals. Over the past 14 years, International Game Technology (IGT), formerly known as GTECH, has partnered with NCPD to donate required assistive hardware and software to keep the IT lab continually updated and relevant.


Two of my patients, one with diabetes and kidney failure, and the other with kidney failure passed away this year. It is really sad to hear of the transitioning of patients, and both were on dialysis. Kidney disease is not an easy battle; add diabetes, and it makes matters worse.

The diminutive bartender earned that title and the $10,000 first prize at the local leg of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge, held on Monday at the Angostura Hospitality Box, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

This year the group presents, Deo Gratias (Latin for “Thanks Be to God” ), a show undertaking styles of music spanning several centuries and cultures, which will launch the start of a year-long celebration of musical and non-musical activities in honour of the group’s 40th anniversary as a music organisation in Trinidad and Tobago.

THE lifespan of a bottle usually ends once its contents have been emptied. But some bottles either have sentimental value or are too beautiful to throw in the trash—so Clive Prevatt of LickaLamp gives them a second life by transforming them into practical pieces of art.