Three mothers got surprise Christmas presents at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex yesterday when they delivered their sons days before they were due.
Jenise Guerra was the first to give birth at 1.04 am to a 7.1-pound boy. Guerra, who lives in Arima, said she was caught off guard by labour pains on Christmas eve as she was due to give birth to her fourth child on Saturday. She has two other sons and one daughter.
The baby came seven days late but when she finally arrived on Christmas morning, her mother Candice Baptiste decided to call her Melody.
Baby Melody was one of four babies born on Christmas Day at the San Fernando General Hospital.
In an interview, Baptiste said her labour lasted for two days so when she finally brought Melody safely out, she was ecstatic.
“I came in on Sunday night because the baby was supposed to be here a week ago. I feel relieved that she is OK and I look forward to going home,” Baptiste said.
The Pope has used his annual Christmas message to appeal for peace in conflict zones including Yemen and Syria.
The two countries have both been ravaged by civil war for years, pushing their people into humanitarian crises.
"My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity.
Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture," Pope Francis said on Tuesday.
The Pontiff was giving his yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and to the World) address in the Vatican.
President Paula-Mae Weekes has chosen to highlight the many people in the country who will find it impossible to experience the "merry" in Christmas this year.
In her Christmas message yesterday, Weekes said, "Residents of Greenvale, former Petrotrin or TSTT employees, parents of a missing child, the wife of a murder victim and sundry others may just not be feeling it.
What should be a time of hope, peace, love and joy is rather a period of sadness, frustration and despair for them.
‘Tis the season to be nice to your parliamentary colleagues!
Santa may not be over his Christmas deliveries by now, since he had a very heavy mixed bag of requests to fulfill for local politicians. Here’s what some who spoke to the T&T Guardian said they’re (really) doing today and what they’re (really) hoping to get.
UNC MP Dr Fuad Khan
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the country has been “grappling with serious social, economic and other challenges.”
In his Christmas message to the nation yesterday, the Prime Minister said the recent historic flooding is one example which quickly comes to mind.
He said, “In this instance, however, we experienced an outpouring of love, charity and togetherness as many of you came to the aid of those adversely affected, whether or not you knew them.”