The Ministry of Health Building in Port of Spain. Source: Klaas Vermaas, Flickr

The Ministry of Health building in Port of Spain was deliberately set on fire this morning.

At about 1.30a.m. police received a report that a man was seen throwing an object into the Park Plaza Building at the corner of Park and St. Vincent Streets.

The man was then seen running away, and fire erupted on the street level floor of the building.

The police and fire services were notified, and appliances from the Wrightson Road HQ responded.

Police cordoned off the area, and fire officers spent the next three hours at the site.

On the building, police observed sprayed in red paint ‘Covid 19 is all about the New World Order. Stop it now. #THERESISTANCE’.

Police said that they will be reviewing CCTV footage from cameras set up throughout park street with the aim of identifying the suspect.

The Park Palza Building is the location of the frequent media conferences in which government officials and health ministry experts provide Trinidad and Tobago with an update on the COVID-19 virus.


Cabinet has approved a contract to Bridgemans Services Group (BSG) for its Cabo Star cargo vessel to service the inter-island seabridge for two years at a reduced cost of US$16,000 a day.

Property tax appears increasingly to be a fait accompli for this October 5 national budget.

Asked about the implementation of property tax yesterday, Minister of Finance Colm Imbert said: “We had committed in our manifesto to continue with the Revenue Authority and the property tax system. That is there in black and white. We didn’t hide from anybody with that. We put it there—that we were doing the valuation of properties and preparing the valuation rolls in order to allow the implementation of that particular tax. And also we were continuing our work on the Revenue Authority.

The complaint against Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith by the chairman of the National Security Council, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, has been submitted to the Police Service Commission (PolSC).

A failure as a father.

This is how Bryan Whittier, a Trini­dadian who has been stuck in Japan for the past eight months, says he feels every time he speaks to his children on the phone and cannot give them an answer as to when he will be home.

Whittier left Trinidad for Japan on January 26, where his plan was to purchase auto parts and equipment for the company he is employed with.