Dr Catherine Minto-Bain

WORKING TOGETHER: Dr Catherine Minto-Bain, medical director and consultant gynaecologist at the Trinidad and Tobago IVF and Fertility Centre, with one of her team members. —Photos: Michele Jorsling

SINCE becoming a mother, Yelena can’t imagine her life without her children. But it often broke her heart knowing that there are people out there who for whatever reason are unable to have children. So Yelena gave someone else the chance to experience the joy of having a child by becoming an egg donor.

Yelena is not alone. Many women like her have chosen to give life by donating their eggs either to someone they know or anonymously to someone they don’t know.

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In view of the current heatwaves in Europe and predictions that this phenomenon will hit various parts of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the region to be prepared due to the impact this could have on people’s health, including the risk of death.

Ganja, guns and girls, is the cynical response in verse from rapso artiste Ataklan to the proverbial question: What runs the world? The Morvant-born chantuelle, Ataklan (Mark Jiminez) has never shied away from opining on local society throughout his near three decades in music.

Nithya is a local music band on the rise. Built on friendship, and wide-ranging musical tastes, the band’s founder, Nirmala Sesnarayan, and her band mates, Kailash Dookran, Nari Jagroop, Yovindra Bridgelal and Adesh Sahadeo, set themselves apart by their intriguing level of versatility.

Marcus Braveboy says he finally understands himself as an artiste. The rapso cum hip hop cum trapso artiste is no stranger to reinvention. He has toured the world and worked with music producers on both sides of the Atlantic and everywhere in between.

Cocktail drinks flowed incessantly alongside water, music and paint in Tobago recently, as the sixth instalment of the annual Island Crashers weekend brought fun and enjoyment to hundreds of young people over on the sister isle.