Guardian story triggers help for 600-pound woman

Scores of citizens who were moved yesterday after reading of the plight of 600-pound Marissa Nelson in the T&T Guardian have offered to lend a helping hand.

Among those were DEHIX, an international charitable body; the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC); CEO of Pillars of Harmony; and members of the public.

Within hours of Nelson’s highlighting her battles with a condition known as lymphoedema, which has left her confined to a bed for the past four years at her Valencia home, help from as far as America started pouring in.

Media veteran John Babb retires after 69 years in the profession

Veteran journalist and two-time national awardee John Babb is retiring from active journalism today, after a brilliant 69 years in the profession.

Babb today said farewell to his colleagues at the Newsday where he served as Associate Editor.

This tribute to Babb was taken largely out of an article published in the Newsday newspaper in 2003.

Babb entered the newspaper business in 1947 as a junior reporter at the Port-of-Spain Gazette where he remembers his salary was the “princely sum” of $2.50 a week.