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Scores of Muslims flocked to the Centre of
Excellence yesterday for the Revival of the
Ummah (ROU) convention and Eid Bazaar
2013. It is the first of its kind to be held in
T&T and more than 1,000 tickets were sold
for the opening ceremony.
Head of the ROU in T&T Zaheer Ali said the
event is a celebration of having five of the
"most recognised speakers in this part of the
world" and the convention was not limited to
T&T, as members of the Guyana, Barbados and
Suriname Muslim communities were invited.
"Conventions like this normally take place
in North America, in the UK and sometimes
in Australia, so this is the very first event like
this in this part of the world."
As much as 1,200 tickets were sold for the
first night, to hear speakers such as Mufti Ismail
Menk, Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick, Sheikh
Alaa El Sayed, Sheikh Munir El-Kassem and
Sheikh Omar Sulteman.
The ROU, according to Ali, is "an organisation
of young people who came together and decided
to do something for one cause." He described
the guests as inspirational speakers.
Tertiary Education Minister Fazal Karim,
Minister in the Ministry of Finance Rudy
Indarsingh and Public Utilities Minister Nizam
Baksh were in attendance.
T&T hosts major
Franklin Byron sat on
the rickety floor of his
dilapidated HDC apart-
ment and watched Jack
Warner s entourage pass
by. He did not join the
crowd because he says
politicians have failed
Byron, 64, lives in an
old apartment building
at Marcano Quarry, East
"I shame to take you
inside my house. I living
here for 34 years and is
real hell," he said.
The building has been
caving in the centre.
Heaps of rotted galvanize
and wood have become
breeding grounds for
mosquitoes and other
Even though he has
carpentry skills, Byron
said he was unable to do
repairs because of his
age. He said does not
qualify for pension
because he was not 65.
"I praying that I live
to see 65. If so, things
will get better when I
start to collect pension,"
Melissa Phillip of
Building Three, said she
terrified that the dilap-
idated structure would
"I tell the children not
to stay close to that area
because it dangerous.
HDC charging us rent
every month but they
wouldn t fix the place. I
tired report this over and
over. The minister
Roodal Moonilal and the
Prime Minister came to
Laventille and see this
but they have not done
anything," Phillip said.
She said after the last
earthquake the building
promised to send people
here to help us but
nobody came," Phillip
Another tenant, Karen
Mohammed, said an
offer was made to relo-
cate the residents to Nel-
son and Duncan Streets.
"We not going there.
to protect my family if I
move there," Mohammed
Asked yesterday how
soon the Laventille
apartments will be fixed,
Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal said,
"These are matters for
the HDC to comment
on. I do know they have
a repair and refurbish-
HDC s managing
director Jearlean John
said alternative accom-
modation has to be pro-
vided for the residents
before any reconstruc-
tion could be done. She
said border wars between
rival gangs was posing a
challenge. John said she
has been visiting Laven-
tille on a weekly basis
and a lot of work was
She said some accom-
modation will be pro-
vided for residents at
Canada, Laventille, by
December. Once all the
residents are relocated,
the dilapidated buildings
at Marcano Quarry will
on brink of collapse DEREK ACHONG
Former murder accused Brent "Big Brent"
Miller remains hospitalised following a failed
assassination attempt on Friday morning.
Miller, 38, of Ariapita Road, St Ann s, was
warded in a satisfactory condition at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital up to late last night.
Police said they planned to take a statement
from Miller yesterday evening.
Miller was driving along St Ann s Road around
10.30 am on Friday when he was ambushed by
two gunmen who shot him in his chest, arm
and lower back. Investigators said Miller and
his friend Shane Boucoud were in Miller s Nissan
Navara when a Nissan Almera overtook them
and stopped suddenly.
The gunmen got out of the car and fired
several shots at Miller s vehicle, then returned
to their vehicle and sped off.
Miller and Boucoud were taken to hospital.
Boucoud suffered minor injuries and was treated
and discharged. The vehicle used by the gunmen
was found abandoned along Braemar Road, Cas-
cade, a short while later.
Officers led by Sgt Anselm Knott recovered
a high-powered rifle and 9 mm handgun in
some bushes near to where the vehicle was
found. Police believe that the guns were used
in the attack.
ASP Ajith Persad is leading the team of inves-
tigators probing the shooting.
In 2010, Miller and Jamaat al Muslimeen
leader Yasin Abu Bakr, were jointly charged with
the murder of 22-year-old Maraval mechanic
Israel Sammy who was gunned down in front
of his home on May 20, 1998. Both were later
freed after Director of Public Prosecutions Roger
Gaspard decided to discontinue the case.
Miller served as a key prosecution witness in
Bakr s 2006 trial for conspiring with others to
murder two former members of the Jamaat.
Beverly Hills resident Melissa Phillip
shows the dilapidated condition of an
HDC apartment. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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