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It’s A Crocodile Kinda Summer ; But Will Trinidad and Tobago Really Vibe to It Anytime Soon?

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While the islands await word on when there’ll be another carnival in these parts, Caribbean people around the US are feting like there’s no tomorrow. This past weekend, Atlantic City was a whole vibe with several of the Caribbean’s best entertainers gathered for non stop enjoyment at the Beach Roadtrip weekend. Among the artistes promoted for the weekend were, Dexta Daps, Bunji Garlin, Alkaline, Problem Child and Grenada’s Mr. Killa.

Problem Child is one of those artistes who’ve seemingly started the madness that usually makes its way into T&T’s carnival, annually. He’s been mashing up fetes with a song called ‘Crocodile’ that’s gaining momentum and, with hopes that T&T’s government will ease up on Covid restrictions, maybe we’ll see just what that track can do in the months ahead.

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Despite all that’s happening internationally however, there’s still apprehension over whether “normal” will return to T&T anytime soon. In case you haven’t heard- any non national wishing to enter Trinidad and Tobago’s borders, must be fully vaccinated with a PCR test in hand, to prove they’re free of the virus. Even nationals who wish to enter and haven’t been vaccinated, must present their negative PCR test and added to that, upon entry, they’ll be taken to an official state quarantine facility for a period of 7 days, which they’ll have to fork out the cash to pay for.

There’s still a lot of skepticism surrounding the vaccination, much in part to conspiracies, but there are also legitimate questions facing governments globally. One such question surrounds the fact that several major Western countries have exempted manufacturers from liability in the rare case where a person may suffer serious illness or injury as a result of the Covid vaccine. One may ask, why is this so, especially since up to this time, all COVID-19 vaccines operate under emergency use authorization. In the US specifically, as the Delta variant poses some threat to comfort, there is mounting pressure by some medical experts for the US Food and Drug administration to grant full approval as soon as possible as a way of encouraging those who are hesitant about taking the vaccine, to get with the programme.

Speaking with Politico, Abby Capobianco, a spokeswoman for the FDA, said the agency is moving as quickly as possible on the vaccine makers’ applications for full approval, but she would not tell Politico when that approval might happen.

Trinidad and Tobago’s government has announced plans to push their vaccination programme into high gear beginning this week, with some 800,000 doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccines said to have been making its way to local shores by today.

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“We Are a Small, But Proud Country.” – TT Health Minister To Trevor Noah.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Minister is today being hailed a hero for his professional execution of yesterday’s interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

During the virtual interview with the South Africa born host, Deyalsingh is heard repeating, “Trinidad is a small but proud country.”

The interview was seen as necessary by the team at The Daily Show, according to Noah, to debunk rapper, Nicki Minaj’s claim that someone in Trinidad had experienced testicular swelling after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Introducing the minister to his global audience with a bit of humor and some reference to Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival culture, Noah allowed the minister to deliver his Ministry’s statistics. Minister Deyalsingh noted that some 1 million vaccine doses have been administered in a population of 1.3 million. “We are confident that we have brought WHO approved vaccines to Trinidad and Tobago,” he said, before adding, “of those 1 million doses of vaccines we have administered, there have been only been 5 cases of adverse events, all reported to WHO.” Minister Deyalsingh further stated, “none of them includes testicular swelling.”

In the comments beneath the Daily Show video on YouTube, viewers congratulated the country’s minister on a job well done. One person, Constance Robertson said, “This Jamaican thanks the TT Minister of Health for repping the entire Caribbean.”

HERE’S THE INTERVIEW:

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Does Nicki Minaj Hate Trinidad? Artist “Vaccine and Testicles” Tweet Makes Viral Mess.

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Chinese Laundry (left) with Soca King, Machel Montano on stage at Machel Monday.

Tony Chow Lin On- better known as Chinese Laundry, the owner of urban radio station, 96.1WEFM in Trinidad, is baffled by the negative publicity surrounding recent remarks by Nicki Minaj on Twitter as it relates to why she declined this year’s Met Gala invitation. He calmly analyzed the situation on Facebook this afternoon.

Minaj, a St. James, Trinidad born rapper has left international media houses spinning, with even CNN covering her tweet. “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” she wrote on the social media platform. Her comment came after explaining that she had not been vaccinated, which was a requirement for all guests attending Monday’s Met Gala.

On the heels of coverage by various media outlets, including Variety, and even a humorous highlight by comedian Trevor Noah, Chow Lin On said, “her words were harmful at a critical time.”


The well known Trinidad and Tobago entertainment industry executive wrote, “All major news agencies, CNN , Washington Post and others including Dr Fauci , all concluded that Nicki Minaj’s baseless claims were irresponsible at best and highlights the issue of when celebrity influence is terribly harmful. So after all the memes, fun and social media engagement, long after it’s not a trending topic , her words were harmful at a critical time , as the world is engaged in the mother of all battles , THE PANDEMIC!!!! and the unfortunate side show , it’s a Trini with missing brain cells , Jed I want us to be famous for our music , our culture, our sporting achievements, our contributions to protecting the environment, a model for multi ethnic societies etc etc . THIS MY FRIEND IS NOT IT.”

This latest less- than -well- thought -out expression by the 38-year-old “Anaconda” singer comes on the heels of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics scandal involving Trinidad and Tobago sprinter, Michelle Lee Ahye who called out Minaj on Twitter in July, after she congratulated Jamaica’s athletic team and failed to even mention the Trinidad and Tobago athletes who were also at the games.

Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister meanwhile has debunked the rapper’s statement untrue.

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