Treat for 'train line' residents
RESIDENTS living in what is considered one of the hottest crime spots in Trinidad were yesterday visited by retired American basketball superstar Shaquille O' Neal.
Accompanied by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, National Security Minister Jack Warner and other government ministers, O'Neal visited the "train line" at Bayshore, Marabella to launch the "Hoop of Life" basketball competition.
On Wednesday night, Marcus Williams was shot and killed near his home in Bayshore. His friend was wounded. His brother Nigel Williams had called on Warner to discipline police officers who he said refused to help them.
The purpose of the competition, according to Persad-Bissessar, is to aid in the reduction of crime, assist citizens in getting jobs, create small business and for citizens to develop a sense of self-worth. Before reaching South, she had launched the programme in two other communities.
Meanwhile, National Security Minister Warner who last Wednesday ordered and supervised the destruction of the protest camp set up by the Highway Re-Route Movement, said he would repeat his actions if the new camp established yesterday was in the path of the highway to Point Fortin.
He gave the warning while speaking with reporters yesterday after launching the "Hoop of Life" competition in Marabella.