– in front of workplaceA 55-year-old security guard was discovered early Thursday morning lying in a pool of blood outside of his Robb Street, Georgetown, place of employment.The dead man has been identified as Sammy Prowell of Lot 21 Pepper Hill Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara. The discovery was made sometime around 05:45h on Thursday in front of a property he was guarding.According to reports, the man’s lifeless body was found in a pool of blood outside the downtown Robb Street business, Hai Matadi Ishant Variety Store, with lacerated wounds to the neck.Investigators at the scene where the security guard’s body was lyingGuyana Times understands that the man’s throat was slashed from the left side to the front and then stabbed on the right side. The slash reportedly had an eight inch incision, this newspaper was told.Speaking with reporters, Prowell’s brother, Farley Scipio, related that he was at home when he received a telephone call from one of his sisters, who informed him about the man’s death.“So what I did, I come down to town to try and get things in order. I end up at the hospital now and I identify him,” the brother said.Scipio said they were not sure what transpired that resulted in his brother losing his life in such a manner.“I ain’t know what really transpired, how he get murder and if he and anybody get any problem or whatever the case is,” the man stated.Prowell was attached to the Transportation and Protection Agency and works the 21:00h to 05:00h shift in the night. Only three months ago, he had joined the company.At the scene, the company’s Operations Manager, Mark Samuels, told reporters that after being informed about the incident, he went to the scene and saw Prowell’s lifeless body crunched over a table.“When I came here, I saw a crowd and the guy was lying on the desk. But I didn’t do anything else, I just go down to the Police station and they did the necessary,” he related.According to the security firm official, it appears that the act, which he described as gruesome, was a deliberate one since there were no signs of a struggle or any attempted breakage on the premises.“The location was secured but what happens sometimes when I come visit here, you find a lot of junkies in the area and he would be kind of aggressive to them. I spoke to him several times and I told him, when you working out here you got to be friendly because the area out here is lonesome. I said instead of creating enemies, you try to create friendships but he had this kind of attitude so I don’t know what brought (his murder) because if you check around there was no attempted breakage or anything of the sort,” the Manager told reporters.While the security firm will be conducting its own investigation into the murder of its employee, Samuels is calling on the Police to thoroughly investigate the matter as he stressed on the risks security guards face while on duty.Meanwhile, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman, told this publication on Thursday evening that they were yet to ascertain what exactly transpired. Nevertheless, he assured that investigations are ongoing. No arrests have been made.The now dead father of three lived alone in a small shack. His neighbours described him as friendly. Prowell’s body is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.
April 27, 2017 668 Views The prices on luxury homes have jumped more than 4 percent since this time last year, according to a Luxury Housing Market Report released by Redfin on Thursday. The average luxury home price hits $1.65 million for the first quarter of 2017.In total, luxury house prices—which include only homes in the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in a city—increased 4.2 percent in Q1 2017 compared to Q1 2016, though they decreased 1.6 percent for the quarter-over-quarter. According to Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin, President Trump’s promises to cut taxes for the wealthy may have a lot to do with the annual uptick in luxury purchases, especially coming off a slow year for luxury sales in 2016.“After tepid price growth in the luxury segment throughout 2016, the luxury market rallied at the start of the year, following big gains in the stock market,” Richardson said. “Luxury buyers may be acting on their optimism about the economic outlook thanks to President Trump’s promises of large tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations.”Growth in the luxury home market was particularly strong in Washington, D.C., which saw luxury prices rise 32.6 percent over the year. The average sale price on a D.C. luxury home was $2.7 million for the quarter. According to Redfin, this is likely due to wealthy political appointees and employees moving into the area.Other cities to see high year-over-year luxury home price growth were St. Petersburg, Florida (28.5 percent); Portland, Oregon (23.5 percent); Paradise, Nevada (22.4 percent); West Palm Beach, Florida (21.4 percent); and San Francisco (19.9 percent).Still, despite growth in the luxury sector, non-luxury homes came out on top. With an average sales price of $307,000 for the quarter, non-luxury property prices were up 7 percent over 2016’s Q1 numbers. This marks the ninth consecutive quarter that non-luxury price growth has outpaced that of the luxury market.Non-luxury homes also sold above their listing price more often than luxury ones, with 20 percent of non-luxury properties going for higher than they were originally put on the market for. Only 1.2 percent of luxury homes sold above listing price.Luxury homes also took longer to sell in Q1 of 2017, with an average of 91 days on the market, up from 89 days in 2016. Non-luxury homes averaged 69 days on the market—six days faster than one year ago.See the full report at Redfin.com. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies Luxury Homes Prices Up; D.C. Sales Spike DC luxury home prices Prices 2017-04-27 Aly J. Yale Share