Rudolph Williams

Rudolph (Rudy) Williams is a veteran marketing communications specialist and creative entrepreneur domiciled in “Sweet T+T”. He is the publisher of ttinsider.com and CEO of Williams Marketing. Rudolph is the author of “If I Die Tonight”.

See Grannie Frightfully Fade Away Kicking and Screaming

No longer does the familiar smell of the traditional Christmas black cake hover over her now tattered kitchen. A  ham lies cold and damp in her empty refrigerator. There’s no sorrel and ginger beer here. The Thelma we all knew and loved as our rock is no more. The goal post has moved.

It seemed such a short time ago that Grannie had faced the general hospital like a man going to war and had her left breast removed but defiantly told he doctors he would keep the next one or die trying.              

That’s the war horse we knew. The lady who would come into the school and quarrel with our teachers when they beat us; the lady who held Avon parties and lit up the village; the non-working wife who saved money quietly then hid the down payment to buy a plot of land in the city so we could start our family in grand style breakout from the country life to which we had been doomed.

Wired for Pan in Pain

San Fernando Hill broke into tears of grief this morning with the news that Pan icon Milton Wire Austin had passed. Like the hill that had been ravaged over a life time by contractors digging into its soft underbelly for treasures never to be found in granite and gravel, Wire was revered as a symbol of the rebelliousness and passion which many a San Fernandian felt about their Pan and country for which appreciation always fell short.

The Coolie Mafia of St James

It’s about five o’clock in the morning and you can see the golden sun rising in the west where DeeKay is singing a bhajan to Mother Lakshmi to send him money and to keep his job secure at the city council.

For today is the day Deekay looks forward to every month end when by nine o’clock, after taking a number of his elderly clients to the bank, he will be loaded with the bulk of their old age pension cheques.

Having done this for years, DK has accumulated tons of cash but not enough class for his empty legacy at the Royal bank where people still call him “The Indian Shark” and recall the story of  how his sister was nearly raped by a close relative when she was small. 

Time for a Change

As Trinidad and Tobago struggles along another holographic cycle in its evolutionary psyche from Christmas to Carnival complete with Covid 19 Mask and Old Mas, an activist group calling itself Mind Changers T+T is shouting out to the nation’s president to complete the paradigm shift by calling general elections here and now.

Manning in Ascension

The announcement that Brian Manning would be marrying Shelly Dass was simple enough as a news item in the San Fernando rumour mill. Far less notable but much more eventful is the massive turn of events which started with a great family back on the upswing in TT politics and society in general.

Brian Manning is no ordinary citizen in Trinidad and Tobago. Actually, he’s the son of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning  who dared to undertake the challenge of changing the mind-set of a most stubborn people who took all his bleeding heart could offer before crucifying him on a balisier cross built by saints like judas-of -mason -hall- keith, run-from-sea-lots –water hinds,

bridge-over-house-water- george and big mouth darian- of- radio- drive-by fame.

Canada approves Pfizer vaccine, could administer it as early as next week

TORONTO — Canada on Wednesday granted interim authorization to a coronavirus vaccine made by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, paving the way for the vast country to embark on what is poised to be a logistically challenging vaccination campaign.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that Canada could receive up to 249,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine before the end of the year and is preparing to administer the shots at 14 sites in major cities starting as early as next week.

UK issues anaphylaxis warning on Pfizer vaccine after adverse reactions

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s medicine regulator said anyone with a history of anaphylaxis to a medicine or food should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, giving fuller guidance on an earlier allergy warning about the shot.
Starting with the elderly and frontline workers, Britain began mass vaccinating its population on Tuesday, part of a global drive that poses one of the biggest logistical challenges in peacetime history.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there had been two reports of anaphylaxis and one report of a possible allergic reaction since rollout began.

“Any person with a history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food should not receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine,” MHRA Chief Executive June Raine said in a statement.

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