Dr Roshan Parasram

Dr Roshan Parasram, CMO.

AN attempt has been made to sabotage Trinidad and Tobago hosting the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 cricket tournament, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has revealed.

Rowley said that a person/ persons impersonated the CMO (Chief Medical Officer)'s office and sent inaccurate correspondence to CPL's officials purported to be from the Government.

The Minister of Sport Shamfa Cudjoe has since stepped in and done damage control, and has communicated with CPL officials on what Government's position is on regarding the hosting of the tournament.

Rowley made the disclosure on Monday as he addressed the media briefing on Monday from the Diplomatic Centre at St Ann's.

"Would you believe that some person here in Trinidad and Tobago appears to have impersonated the CMO's office and have sent top the CPL contrary information causing this whole matter to be questioned as to whether the CPL would be held in Trinidad and Tobago?

Information purporting to come from the CMO has been fed to persons in the CPL subsequent to the Government's position which has caused the Minister of Sport to be talking to the CPL to confirm what the Government's position", Rowley said.

"There are people in this country who are prepared to undermine the national efforts so that the country would fail so that they may succeed in their ambitions in their agenda.

I maintain that I have confidence in the vast majority of people in this country, being decent, right-thinking citizens who understand reason and understand that in all things we do, we are in this thing together.

And that is why today we will continue to bring as many people home as quickly as we can, while protecting the gains that we have made in securing the lives and livelihood of the people of Trinidad and Tobago", said the Prime Minister.

On Friday, Rowley defended the Government’s decision to grant exemptions for some 250 persons affiliated with the CPL T20 cricket tournament to enter Trinidad and Tobago, while leaving thousands of nationals who want to return outside.

Responding to criticisms that the borders were being opened to allow the CPL personnel in, while T&T citizens were being kept out, the Prime Minister had said the CPL players were not coming from places where their country's borders are closed.

He said that there was a need to keep T&T's economy alive and the cricket tournament was a means to "economic resurgence".

Rowley said that the State paid over $12 million per month to keep the staffs jobs at hotels while they were closed during Covid-19 coronavirus lock down restrictions.

He said $8 million per month were paid to 400 workers at the Hyatt Regency, $2.6 million per month for approximately 400 workers, and $1.3 million per month to some 200 employees of the Magdelena Grand Beach & Golf Resort at Tobago.


Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 count continues to rise, as four additional cases were confirmed yesterday.

This takes the number of confirmed cases to 173.

The Ministry of Health gave the information in its morning update. None of the new cases has been classified as imported or a contact of a recently confirmed case.

A MEMBER of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service is one of the latest people to have contracted the Covid-19 virus.

With the positive result, acting Prisons Commissioner Dennis Pulchan yesterday ordered the evacuation and closure of the Prisons Administration Building in Port of Spain.

With just one week to the August 10 general election, the People’s National Movement (PNM) is ahead in the race by five per cent, according to the latest pre-election poll ­conducted by Solution by Simulation (SBS), led by pollster Nigel Henry.

Roodal Moonilal has received the endorsement of former Tabaquite MP Dr Suruj Rambachan as the next leader of the UNC and prime minister.

Speaking at a virtual meeting in Oropouche East on Friday night, Rambachan said he had been a colleague of Moonilal for some time and the ten years he spent with him in Parliament, he learned a lot from him, not only in terms of the management of parliamentary affairs but also in terms of his capacity for building a political institution and for the team he created, especially when he was leader of Government Business in the Parliament.