Strangled man ID’d by mother

first_imgThe man who was strangled to death on Saturday night on Church Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, after being involved in a fight with another man has been identified as 32-year-old Jason Jabharry Bowen.According to Police, at about midday on Monday, his mother, Ingrid Bowen, who is a security guard, identified his body. The Police said that the woman related that her son lives at Camp Street, Georgetown.On Saturday night, at about 21:38h, Jason Jabharry Bowen and a 24-year-old male of A Field Sophia were involved in a scuffle when the suspect wrapped a belt around the man’s neck and proceeded to strangle him.Public-spirited persons who witnessed the altercation rushed to render assistance but by then, it was too late. The man was dead while the murder suspect attempted to flee the scene.However, persons managed to grab onto the assailant and restrain him. The police were called and he was handed over.The dead man was found clad in short camouflage pants, a blue jersey and a pair of fawn-coloured “Clarks” footwear.last_img read more

Big comeback for an old star Hollywood and Vine to gain glitz with residences, shops

first_imgLike an aging movie star returning after decades in the shadows, the legendary corner of Hollywood and Vine is making a comeback. An official groundbreaking will be held today for a $600 million residential and retail project designed to bring zing, zest and “za-za-zu” back to the area. “This project really represents the vision of how Hollywood will be in the future – a very dynamic, urban community, said Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. And when it’s ready for its closeup in two years, the southeast corner of the famous intersection will feature 143 high-end condos, 297 market-rate and 78 affordable apartments, a 300-room W Hotel and 55,000 square feet of upscale shops on a five-acre site. The winning bid by Gatehouse Capital Corp. includes promises to build a W Hotel – a luxury project that officials knew would anchor the corner with elegance and lure other projects to the area, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. “That’s the way these things get started. They get started one project at a time, one block at a time, one mile at a time and pretty soon you have a real resurgence, regeneration of the area,” Yaroslavsky said. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority owns nearly all five acres of the city block at Hollywood and Vine, which also includes a stop for the Red Line. The new project is one of 30 in which the MTA is working to make mass transportation part of residents’ everyday lives. The Hollywood and Vine project is also designed to complement the $615 million redevelopment project at the Hollywood & Highland Center, which includes the Kodak Theatre, plus shops, restaurants and a 640-room Renaissance Hotel. Transit a key asset MTA officials and developers envision communities that rely more on public transportation than cars to run errands, go to work or have a night out on the town. “If you need a tube of toothpaste or a cup of coffee, you don’t have to get in your car to do it,” said Roger Moliere, head of real estate development for the MTA. “It cuts down, hopefully, on all the day-to-day little trips and big trips to work, and that’s really the overriding idea.” Garcetti said the Hollywood he envisions will make new history, not just evoke the past. Surrounded by the sparkling stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the area will see more developments built in anticipation of this one, Gubler said. The Broadway Building, once a department store that closed in the 1970s and then became office space, now houses 90 condos on the southwest corner of Hollywood and Vine. More condos are planned for the northeast corner inside the old Equitable Building. On the west side of Vine Street, north of Hollywood Boulevard, a residential and mixed-use development is planned. East of the intersection on Hollywood Boulevard is a project called Boulevard 6200, which will create 1,000 apartments and 150,000 square feet for shopping. And down the way at Vine Street and Selma Avenue, plans call for a 60,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market topped with 300 apartments. “These will completely transform and change the entire landscape of the area,” Gubler said. [email protected] (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The historic Taft Building – which once housed offices for Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplin and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – will stay. Also remaining is Bernard Luggage Co. – a multi-generational family store that fought off the city’s eminent domain claim for the property. The new project is part of an effort to return Hollywood to the glory days of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, rather than the tough and gritty community depicted in “Pretty Woman.” “A decade ago, Hollywood and Vine was synonymous with blight, crime and neglect,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti, whose district includes Hollywood. “We have the most famous intersection in this city being restored to glamour that we haven’t seen in 80 years.” A block at a time City and Los Angeles County officials worked five years on the on the Hollywood and Vine project, completing necessary environmental and traffic reports and searching for the right developer for the property. last_img read more

STUDENT GRANTS ARE NOT ENOUGH AND UNFAIRLY DISTRIBUTED – McBREARTY

first_imgCllr Frank McBreartyThe current levels of funding given to students from the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) Grant is not enough and unfairly distributed, claims Cllr Frank Mc Brearty.The Raphoe councillor said SUSI, which processes grant applications, only approves funding for students under certain criteria including household income, receipt of social welfare benefits, living arrangements etc.Cllr Mc Brearty commented “There are essentially two things wrong with the current SUSI payment, one; thousands of students are denied grants every year due to, in my opinion, an unfair income bracket and two; the amount given to students is not enough” A survey was carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions which found that parents spend an average of at least €421 every month on their college-going children and that the vast majority find it difficult to meet the cost.Households on an income of an average of €39,000 plus are eligible for the grant.“This should be higher, these families need the grant but so do families who earn more than this. The criteria for the grant is completely wrong, when you take in the expenses of family life; a mortgage, car costs, taxes, the water tax to name but a few, this is leaving a lot of Irish families struggling to pay for their kids to go to college” commented Cllr Mc BreartyFor those students who cannot depend on their parents for money, this can seriously affect their education. SpunOut.ie Ireland’s youth information website says “The grant isn’t enough money to live on. You’re going to have to use savings from a summer job, a part-time job, and support from parents or bank loans to get through college with more than beans to eat!” “I have young children who go to college and I know the struggles of families and the expense of third level education. In most cases the SUSI grant wouldn’t even cover the cost of rent”“I want to stand up for those families, I want our young people to be educated, so they have the option to follow in the careers they want and contribute to our economy” commented Cllr Mc BreartySTUDENT GRANTS ARE NOT ENOUGH AND UNFAIRLY DISTRIBUTED – McBREARTY was last modified: February 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartydonegalstudent grantslast_img read more