Chants of “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter,” and “I can’t breathe” have rang across Manhattan for three straight nights.Protests on Thursday featured the largest number of arrests as demonstrators shut down major roadways, including Broadway, Canal Street and the West Side Highway. Also on Friday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that he will impanel a grand jury to look into the fatal police shooting of Akai Gurley, who was shot and killed by a rookie NYPD officer in a dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project on Nov. 20. “There is no timetable for the grand jury to be impaneled or for its determination to be reached,” Thompson said in a statement. “I pledge to conduct a full and fair investigation and to give the grand jury all of the information necessary to do its job. That information is still being gathered.” Protesters also reportedly marched through Grand Central Terminal. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Protesters for a third straight night took to the streets of New York City, chanting and staging so-called “die ins” at popular department stores and Grand Central Terminal as they demanded justice for the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. Similar protests broke out in other cities across America, including Boston, Miami and Washington D.C. Demonstrators began taking to the streets Wednesday following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in Garner’s chokehold death. There have reportedly been more than 300 arrests since the non-indictment protests began, though the demonstrations have been largely peaceful. On Friday, demonstrators staged a “die-in” at the Macy’s department store in Herald Square and the popular Apple store on 5th Avenue.
First homebuyers Shruti and Karan Mahajan are among those to purchase their dream home at Gainsborough GreensTHE GOLD Coast’s northern corridor is proving popular with owner-occupiers who have accounted for more than 83 per cent of sales in one of the region’s largest new communities.First-home buyers, families upgrading to a new property and empty-nesters are dominating sales at the Gainsborough Greens masterplanned project which has sold more than 440 blocks, worth $110 million, in the past year.Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said the high demand from owner-occupiers for the Pimpama project was driving the fast-paced sales.The most recent land release sold out in weeks, prompting the fast-tracked recent launch of the next stage, which has blocks priced from $246,000.“The strong demand is testament to the desirability of the location, which offers significant value, picturesque surrounds and convenient access to the motorway, making both the Gold Coast and Brisbane city centres an easy commute,” Mr Bible said. Gainsborough Greens has been the centre of activity with 235 new homes completed in the past 12 months.First-home buyers, Shruti and Karan Mahajan, purchased a home at Gainsborough Greens after renting in Southport. “A major drawcard for my husband and I was definitely the potential for future growth in Gainsborough Greens – it’s ideal for young families with kindergartens, schools and the golf course all nearby,” Mrs Mahajan said.“We didn’t want to move too far from the city centre as I work in Varsity Lakes and Karan works in Surfers Paradise, so the accessibility to the motorway makes travelling to and from work a hassle-free experience.” Mrs Mahajan said the couple took advantage of the boosted First Home Owners’ Grant to secure their home in the community.“The boosted grant came just at the right time for us and really enabled us to pick up exactly what we were looking for,” she said. Gainsborough Greens has been in strong demand from buyers.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The area is being serviced by an ever-increasing array of infrastructure and amenities, including state-of-the-art schools, shops and parkland, which is appealing to those wanting to build a new home with a range of services at the doorstep.“The feedback from our buyers is that Gainsborough Greens stands apart because of its village atmosphere. Our homesites are nestled alongside the Gainsborough Greens Golf Club, natural bushland and parks, with 65 per cent of the community dedicated to green open space.“Our latest land release is no different – located next to a parcel of land earmarked for a major 15ha sports field and 5ha recreation park – so we’re expecting it to be popular, particularly with families.”Gainsborough Greens has been a centre of activity during the past 12 months, with 235 homes finishing construction; 36ha of wetland, open space and conservation area rehabilitated and, more than half a million new plants added.“When people visit Gainsborough Greens, they can now see for themselves the sense of community that has been created here and the type of neighbourhood they will be calling home, and that is really appealing to those looking to own and occupy,” Mr Bible said.