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A very special Christmas production with appeal for the entire
family has been scheduled for Saturday evening. Quite Exquisitely
Done Company Limited (QED), a company comprising Edward
Cumberbatch, Nigel Floyd and Raymond Edwards, is staging One
Night in December at Estate 101, located at 101 Saddle Road, Mar-
Edwards has been ailing with osteomyelitis for ten years and had
the heel bone on his left foot amputated last year. Currently using
a wheelchair, he continues to convalesce. The upbeat baritone said:
"I might be in a wheelchair, but don t let that fool you---the voice
is still very good."
Anyone knowing Edwards will concur that he is a fighter, having
beaten cancer and now coping with diabetes. He said: "Mine has
been an interesting journey. But I always try to look for the positive
in life and every circumstance.
"The reason why I now have to use the wheelchair is to allow
the wound to heel properly and completely. Because of that, I have
now experienced what the disabled community faces every day. A
simple thing like having to get on stage, or get into a building, or
even just going down the sidewalk in Port-of-Spain has caused me
to become aware and to want to use whatever influence I have to
point these issues out to those who can do something about it. I
am not the first performer in a wheelchair and I will not be last."
In 2003, Edwards suffered colon cancer and had part of his colon
removed. He jokingly said: "I now have a semi colon . Colon cancer
runs in my family. My baby brother, Richard Edwards, who works
with Royal Caribbean as a cruise director, was diagnosed with it last year.
The same surgeon that did my surgery, Alan De Freitas, performed Richard s
surgery as well when I was recovering. Both Edwards boys are back to full
strength. My father died of colon cancer in 1990. He was diagnosed with
it at age 20 and then it recurred in 1978 when he was in his 40s. He died
of it at age 60."
Edwards believes his struggles with illness have made him a stronger
person, allowing him to champion the causes of the less fortunate. He
said: "I learn from every experience and what I have learned is that cancer
is not a death sentence. The treatment that my father received was not
as good as the treatment that I received ten years after his death. The
treatment that my brother received last year was even better than the
treatment I received. So people need not to be afraid of cancer or diabetes,
or any illness. They need to face it head on and get help and support.
"There are people in Trinidad who know what they are doing. The folks
at Sangre Grande Hospital are especially excellent. They are a world class
hospital. They are doing first world medicine and they still have that village
community spirit which helps lift the spirit of a patient. They are really
lovely, treating everyone admitted there the same way, like family."
About his company QED, Edwards said: "We were a singing group
before, but decided to begin doing events, so we formed the company a
few years ago. This is our first major venture. We approached the man-
agement of Estate 101 in Maraval because the venue just suited exactly
that we were looking for. It is really a beautiful location."
Saturday s programme will commence with cocktails at 6.30 pm, with
the show beginning an hour later. "We didn t want to do merely a concert,"
said Edwards, "but we decided to do a television special. We have partnered
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Regulators in California have
published draft proposals designed to
pave the way for the public to start
using self-driving cars on the roads.
However, the cautious
recommendations from the
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
will, initially at least, insist on a fully
licensed driver being behind the
wheel, ready to take over in an
emergency or if the technology fails.
California has been the testing
ground for most of the development,
and so regulations in the state are
considered to be precedent-setting.
Prospective users of self-driving
cars will need to undergo special
training, and manufacturers would be
required to monitor the cars' use.
Answering a common query,
regulators said any traffic violations
or accidents would remain the
responsibility of the human driver.
Many firms are investing heavily in
researching and creating self-driving
vehicles, such as Ford, Uber and Tesla.
Google, which leads the research
field, has made a self-driving car
without any controls such as steering
wheels or pedals. (BBC)
Self-driving cars 'must have driver,' regulators insist
says, "I might be in
a wheelchair, but
don't let that fool
you---the voice is
still very good."
with CNMG (the company Edwards was associated
with for many years) so they will film and screen the
production during the Christmas season. This is espe-
cially for our fans who live abroad, who will be able to
view it on the Internet."
Edwards added: "We intend to make this an annual
concert. The drive is not about making money but
about giving back instead. We would like to donate part
proceeds every year and this year s beneficiary will be
Vitas House L Hospice. They have been lovingly tending
to the needs of terminally ill citizens for years. A lot
of people don t know the excellent work they are doing."
Cumberbatch is a world class tenor, winning an inter-
national music festival in South Africa a few years ago.
He sings with The Lydians. For his day job, he is a pro-
fessor at UTT. "He is a mild mannered math teacher
by day and a superstar on the stage at night," said
Floyd is an attorney, is very well known as a composer
and for his work with The Marionettes Chorale.
Edwards owns a media company and does voice overs
and "quiet media consultancy."
The men of QED --- Nigel Floyd, left, Raymond Edwards and
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