Archbishop Gordon: Remember the reason for the Season

Roman Catholic Archbishop, Jason Gordon, believes the over-commercialisation of Christmas has taken away from the holiness and true meaning of the season.

The head of the Catholic Church in this country is calling for balance and reminding citizens of the reason for the season.

He believes we need to observe Advent once more, the four-week period in the run up to Christmas Day, in order to bring back a true appreciation of the season.

Social Development Ministry hosts Annual Children's Party for Children with Disabilities

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services hosted its third annual Children’s Christmas party for the children of staff members and children from the Point-A-Pierre and Edingburgh Special Schools on Sunday December 8, 2019. The event was held at the Ministry’s Inter-Disciplinary Child Development Centre in Couva.

Funded via the staff at the Ministry, who also donated toys for underprivileged children, the Ministry was able to treat approximately fifty (50) children to games, eats and drinks.

Police: Mostly non-nationals involved in skimming

Since the ABM task force was reintroduced in September, 19 persons have appeared before the courts.

18 of them were non-nationals.

The announcement was made by ASP of the Fraud Squad Curtis Julien at the police press briefing today as he gave safety tips for ATM/card skimming especially during the Christmas and carnival season.

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.