Three newborns at Mt Hope

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.

Christmas babies in Sando

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.

Pope Francis urges peace in conflict zones in Christmas address

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 reflects on those facing tough times, Christmas not merry for some

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.

What some MPs will be doing on Christmas Day

‘Tis the sea­son to be nice to your par­lia­men­tary col­leagues!

Or not.

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

PM reminds of true meaning of Christmas, Pray for one another

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.”