Paula -Mae Weekes

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.

President: Our little girls & boys have another sporting "shero" to emulate

"I congratulate sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye on her historic Commonwealth Gold Medal in the Women’s 100 meter final.

Ms. Ahye’s world class performance is a shining example of what I meant when I encouraged citizens to be the light.

Michelle fanned her personal flicker of self-belief with hard work and commitment and now her light shines golden.

I am delighted for her and for our country.

Ms. Ahye’s mother generously declared that this medal belongs not only to Michelle but also to the nation.