Park Cakes workers to strike

first_imgWorkers at Oldham-based bakery manufacturer Park Cakes will walk out on strike for four days this month, following a branch meeting with union members.Ian Hodson, national president of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), confirmed that around 70 staff, present at the meeting on 29 October, voted to walk out for 24 hours on 11, 14, 22 and 30 November. Workers at the meeting claimed that changes to employment contracts could result in them losing up to £4,000 a year in pay. In September, BFAWU claimed that Park Cake Bakeries was attempting to bypass new legislation covering agency workers. It also claimed that the firm was planning to introduce new contracts without consultation and without agreement. A spokesperson for Park Cakes said: “Despite the fact that the new contract has no effect on the pay of any employee recruited by the company before September, a small minority of 80 people turning up to a branch meeting determined that strike action should be taken. “The union is already aware that the forthcoming strike action will have no affect on the company’s position, but may damage the business to such an extent that employees jobs may be put at risk.”He added that the company had introduced the new contracts for new employees in order to control costs and remain competitive following the effects of the recession, and in order to safeguard existing jobs at its Bolton and Oldham sites.>>Park Cakes staff vote to strike>>Bakery union makes claims against Park Cakeslast_img read more

Press release: New UK support to boost long-term stability in Somalia

first_img Somalia is at a critical juncture and sustainable, predictable funding and support for the troops who are building stability in the region is vital to support a transition to Somali-led security, when the conditions for a handover are right. more than £60 million to help over a million people cope with and recover from the impact of conflict and drought. Lifesaving food, clean water and medicine, along with support to find stable jobs, will help Somalis to look after themselves and their families in the long-term, reducing their dependence on humanitarian aid more than £25 million to support Somalia as it works to establish a stable and democratic political system. This will include advice to help develop rules on resource and power-sharing, and to prepare for landmark elections, including through support for voter and political party registration Last year the UK contributed £385 million towards international efforts to help the Somali people build an increasingly secure, stable and prosperous country.The Prime Minister hosted the London Somalia Conference in 2017 which agreed the international community’s new partnership with the Federal Government of Somalia.While in Kenya, she will announce further funding to support Somalia in a range of areas, including:center_img The international community must do more to help the African Union lead the fight against al-Shabaab as Somalia takes on greater responsibility for its own security, Theresa May will say today.The UK has a strong track record both in supporting the African Union and helping Somalia rebuild its police and military forces after decades of insecurity.On a visit to a UK-backed Counter-IED training centre in Nairobi the Prime Minister will see British troops helping prepare soldiers from Kenya and the region to deploy as part of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).British instructors and their Kenyan counterparts are training troops in the tactics and techniques needed to identify and destroy the home-made bombs which are increasingly the weapon of choice for terrorists in the region.Announcing over £7 million of new UK funding to support the AU’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia, she will call on international donors to contribute more, setting out that an unstable Somalia has a knock-on effect on stability across the region and further afield.Prime Minister Theresa May said:last_img read more

Transparency data: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 4 February 2021

first_img number of people tested Data for each local authority is listed by: weekly trend These reports summarise epidemiological data at lower-tier local authority (LTLA) level for England as at 4 February 2021 at 10am.Published 4 February 2021center_img local COVID alert level case rate per 100,000 populationlast_img

Eleven Artists You Won’t Want To Miss At Night Lights 2017

first_imgThe Night Lights Music Festival started seven years ago as a two-day romp in the woods with friends and family. What began with less than 100 attendees, a dozen bands, one stage, and 10 hours of music spread over two days has now grown into a three-day event featuring over 30 bands over three stages and 36 hours of live music. This year, the event will return to The Heron, a music venue and organic farm in Sherman, NY, from August 24th through 26th. The woods surrounding the festival’s three stages are lit by a variety of LED installations, and the walk between the venue’s Main Stage and Café stages is truly an enchanted jaunt. The event continues to be owned operated by the same small group of friends that simply want to bring an end of the summer party to their friends.  Long time attendee Tom Sgrio explained, “I think it’s more of a homecoming festival. It’s really the close of the local season to me and it’s great. Like a big family reunion.”This year’s festival is anchored by a diverse line-up with a unique variety of music and tribute sets. It goes without saying that you won’t want to miss this year’s headliners space-rock masters Papadosio, who will be playing the event’s main stage, neatly centered under a huge patch of open night sky during the festival’s “Space Disco” theme night. Electronic, funk, rock fusion outfit Dopapod will be returning to Night Lights after playing the event in 2014. But beyond the headliners, here are eleven artists at Night Lights 2017 that you won’t want to miss this year!Aqueous In 2016, the Buffalo groove rockers Aqueous played 115 shows across the greater United States. Their hard work seems to be paying off, with 2017 seeing Aqueous support Umphrey’s McGee and Twiddle on tour, while maintaining their own jam-packed tour schedule, which included stops at Summer Camp, Peach Fest, and Disc Jam. 2017 will mark Aqueous’ fifth straight appearance on the festival’s line-up. The Heron is centrally located between Buffalo, NY and Erie, PA, two of the band’s proudest fan bases. With a high energy crowd and the band often digging deep into their catalog with unexpected breakouts, Night Lights is premiere time to experience the Aqueous Live Show. Brandon Barnhardt from Dansville, NY explained, “They play like they are comfortable. Like they are home.” Check out Aqueous in one of three sets including a special “AQoustic” on the venue’s cozy Café Stage. [Video: AqueousBand]Mihali SavoulidisUnless you live in the greater Burlington area, until recently, you really haven’t had the chance to see Twiddle frontman Mihali Savoulidis perform solo or with his side projects Gubbulidis or Mihali and Frends. Now, after a handful of solo dates already in 2017, Savoulidis will serve as the festival’s first-ever Artist at Large and showcase his skills over course of the weekend while working with a laundry list of former tour mates. Papadosio, Dopapod, Aqueous, Mister F, and Jimkata have all worked together over the past several years, setting up a plethora of weekend possibilities. The weekend’s Mihali and Frends (SIC) set will bring together some of Mihali’s favorite musical “frends” for a mix of Twiddle songs, covers, and improv jams. Each Mihali and Frends set is generally as varied as the musicians performing with him. Exactly who will be involved in the set is currently a well-guarded secret. The festival will make an announcement in the next few weeks. [Video: gort81]SunSquabiColorado live electronic trio SunSquabi is having a banner year in 2017. Their “Electronic Hydro Funk experience” has landed them on some major line-ups this summer including Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Camp Bisco, and High Sierra. They are quickly becoming one of the premier up-and-coming acts in the live electronic jam world. Their two debut EP’s Deluxe and Odyssey feature a variety of heavy hitters including GRiZ, Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Russ Liquid, Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit), and Late Night Radio, proving that SunSquabi is respected by their peers along with their growing fan base. The band recently opened in support of Papadosio at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater this past May. [Video: SunSquabi]The Bright Light Social HourThe Bright Light Social Hour is an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, TX. The four piece released their self-titled debut album in 2010 and, in March 2011, swept the 29th Annual Austin Music Awards during SXSW,[6] with an unprecedented six awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. The band doesn’t get to the Northeastern United States often, with a tour schedule that keeps them close to the Western United States, which makes The Bright Light Social Hour a must-see set at Night Lights. Check out why their complex musical structures, social commentary, tinges of Southern Rock, and high energy performances make them a hallmark of the competitive Austin music scene.[Video: The Bright Light Social Hour]MungionChicago four-piece, Mungion, is riding an incredible wave of buzz in 2017. Formed in 2015, Mungion is a young band with sheer technical skill. They combine elements of rock, jam, groove, and funk into live shows that are rich with musical storytelling. The band enjoyed several sold out shows with Spafford in Spring 2017 and continues to turn heads at several summer festivals. Based on Night Light’s history of bands producing creative, mind-bending sets, Mungion’s set this year is among the “be there” moments at this year’s festivals. [Video: Mungion Band]Mister F – The Game Genie SetThe Mister F “Game Genie” set at this year’s Night Lights Music Festival is a lifelong dream for Mister F keyboardist Scott Hannay. As a kid, Hannay taught himself to play by ear by hammering out 8-bit video game music on the family’s piano. Now, Hannay recreates some of his favorite bands including Twiddle, Dopapod, Aqueous, and lespecial into 8-bit tunes (check out his Soundcloud page.) The Albany four-piece will be weaving 8-bit video game classics amongst their own musical catalog. With the wide variety of 8-bit options, anything is possible as Mister F debuts this specialty set. Hannay wouldn’t give away the weekend’s pending secrets but did promise at least one or two sit-ins during their set.  Check out this clip of Mister F performing music from Super Mario Bros. 64 this past January at the Hollow in Albany. Boss Tweed and the CarpetbaggersNot much is known about the mysterious origins of this indescribable trio.  However, some local music fans swear that the masked musicians seem vaguely familiar. Wearing only Lucha Libre Wrestling masks and jorts, the band’s onstage antics feel part 13-year-old boy in the basement, part internet troll. No one knows what will happen during a Boss Tweed and the Carpetbaggers performance, not even the band themselves. But fans of the band will tell you once you see the Carpetbaggers, your entire life changes. The band doesn’t perform often. Jimmy Thompson of Falconer, NY, a die-hard Carpetbagger enthusiast, is planning on hyping the band’s set through Boss Tweed style tactics, noting “I plan on telling people what I know they want to hear, to lure them to the stage.  Once there, much like ‘Hotel California’, they will never be able to leave.”This video contains adult language and images.[Video: Nick Sonricker] Intrepid TravelersWestern New Yorkers are well in the know about the Intrepid Travelers. “IT” has only been together since 2013, but they already have been turning heads around the country. They have launched multiple full-length tours throughout the Northeast, Midwest and the Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Much like Aqueous, the band’s fanbase in WNY is strong, so catching a set at Night Lights will be packed with power and energy. Look for the Intrepid Travelers and their creative mix of funk, jazz, and psychedelic rock to make a strong showing on the festival scene over the next year. Fellow WNY musician Ellen Pieroni (Folkfaces) noted that the band’s appeal is their ever-changing repertoire. “I’ve never see the same show twice,” she said, “They might take you to church. Or they might take you to space. True improvisation by talented young musicians.”[Video: Intrepid Travelers]AircraftThere are only a handful of bands that have played the festival every year since the festival started in 2011. Buffalo-based psychedelic indie art-rock band Aircraft is one of them.  The band weaves spacy sounds and layered vocal harmonies with surf rock style hooks, combining into a finished sound that is uniquely Aircraft. Aircraft stays close to their roots, opting for smaller art-house venues and indie festivals, which makes them an unexpected continued tradition at Night Lights. You’ll leave the band’s set wondering why you don’t see this quirky four-piece at more festivals around the Northeast.[Video: Aircraft Band]Holy Hand GrenadeThis Brooklyn-based new music collective is “inspired by world-grooves and memorable melodies.” Holy Hand Grenade’s sultry mix of jazz, soul, hip hop, and funk is led by saxophonist and teaching artist Lynn Ligammari. Known for her versatility, Ligammari has played with a number of diverse artist at a variety of venues including the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Carnegie Hall, NPR, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent, The Newport Jazz Festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival and Summerstage. [Video: Lynn Ligammari]Neon VeinsImagine your delusional but musically hip uncle combining rare cuts and booty-shaking favorites as you and your friends rage late night at your favorite music festival. Neon Veins aka Joe Urge aka Jorge the Impaler, a longtime mixologist (both beats and booze) is a name in WNY synonymous with a dance party. For the Night Lights Family, he’s literally the last thing you hear before packing up and going home to settle in for the fall and winter. Enjoy the late-night dance party as Neon Veins will literally keep it going until Sunday sunrise or until they cut off his supply of electricity. [Video: strawberryIsland Dweller]Night Lights 2017 is set to take place August 24-26 in Sherman, NY. Get tickets and more info here.last_img read more

B’way’s After Midnight Will Shutter; Honeymoon Eyes Brooks Atkinson

first_img Star Files Conceived by Jack Viertel and directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, After Midnight is an evocative new musical that tackles the sexy, smoky glamour of the Jazz Age, set in the heyday of Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s Cotton Club. In addition to LaBelle, the show currently stars Tony winner Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill. This summer, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole had also been set to join the roster of special guest star vocalists. Related Shows Dulé Hill After Midnight began performances on October 18, 2013 and officially opened on November 3. The producers are looking to take the show on a national tour. After Midnightcenter_img Adriane Lenox Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments After Midnight will close at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on June 29, the day current special guest star Patti LaBelle is due to depart. The show was nominated for seven Tonys, but only won one, for best choreography. At the time of its closing, the Broadway production will have run eight months and played 19 preview performances and 272 regular performances. According to The New York Times, Honeymoon in Vegas, which composer Jason Robert Brown recently confirmed is eyeing the Great White Way in the fall, may now go into the Brooks Atkinson.last_img read more

Born with Inspiration & Crafted with Devotion: Fair Winds Brewing Company

first_imgThe taproom is open 7 days a week with food trucks on-site Tuesday thru Sunday. Monthly events are held in the taproom, including exclusive beer tappings, yoga in the brewery, paint nights, live music and weekly trivia. During the summer months, a fan favorite are the seafood boils; a portion of ticket sales are donated to surrounding local charities that support veterans. There is always something going on in the taproom and it makes for a great event space! If you’re interested in learning more about the booking process please click here!Located in proximity to the Potomac River, Fair Winds is a  popular location for boaters and fishermen to grab a six pack and/or a growler fill before they head out to the water. The brewery is visited by hikers, bikers, and runners who are using the trails nearby. The convenient location is a huge asset and helps to engage the community and sports clubs, such as the NOVA Disc Golf Club.2017 proved to be a great year for the brewery! Fair Winds collected some new hardware from the Virginia State Brewer’s Guild, won back-to-back Reader’s Choice Best Local Brewery in the Washington City Paper and announced it’s state-wide distribution in August 2017. State-wide distribution put a large demand for the packaging of their core beers in cans, but the taproom is consistently stocked with fresh six packs; which are also available for purchase in grocery stores, 7-Elevens, and even Amazon Fresh & Amazon Prime Now.Fair Winds will be celebrating it’s third anniversary this upcoming March with the 2018 release of All Hands Barleywine. Be sure to check their social media for upcoming details about the Anniversary party! Fair Winds Brewing Company is a national & state award winning brewery located in Lorton, VA. The brewery is conveniently situated right off of the I-95 expressway. It makes for a great pit stop on the way home from work to get off the road and wait out the traffic. Fair Winds became Fairfax County’s first large production facility in 2015. Coming in at 13,000 square feet, the space features a 30 barrel brew house and expansive taproom.last_img read more

Riverhead Man Seriously Injured in LIE Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an early-morning crash Saturday on the Long Island Expressway that seriously injured a 33-year-old Riverhead man, police said.The crash occurred at 6:18 a.m. between exits 63 and 64 in Medford when a 32-year-old Riverhead woman driving a 2007 Kia eastbound struck a 2002 Ford van which was stopped on the shoulder, police said.Her passenger was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for serious injuries, police said. The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was also taken to the hospital. The 49-year-old Nesconset man in the van was not injured, police said.Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions Leaguecenter_img Pogba claimed an assist in United’s win vs Palace (Picture: Getty)Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United for a return to Juventus this summer if the Red Devils fail to finish in the top four, according to reports.The Frenchman has been linked with a return to Turin for a number of months now, especially during Jose Mourinho’s reign in the United dugout.The two of them endured a strained relationship last year, with many suggesting Pogba’s days at the club were numbered.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, since the Portuguese left United the speculation surrounding Pogba has seemingly quietened down with him now loving his football again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENTBut, it’s not all back to normal for the Red Devils, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport reporting the 25-year-old could still return to Turin this summer if his current club do not secure Champions League football for next season.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are just a point behind Arsenal in fourth spot in the Premier League, but they face difficult fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City as well as the Gunners themselves before the season is over.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIt’s unknown how much would be needed to prize Pogba away from United, but Tuttosport claim he will not be willing to participate in Europa League football for another season.The 2018 World Cup-winner has enjoyed a return to form under Solskjaer, bagging nine goals and assisting seven others since Mourinho’s departure from the club.United’s next fixture is against Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford.MORE: De Gea prepared to walk out on United as club refuse to meet his £400,000-a-week wage demands Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Request for Major Disaster Declaration Approved

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of part of his request to the President for a major disaster declaration to support state, county and local response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Pennsylvania.“We are grateful for federal funding that will support all levels of government as we work together to stop the spread, and support those who care for the ill,” said Governor Wolf. “But I remain unwavering in my call for the approval of the rest of my request, which will provide more direct support to our friends and neighbors who are facing financial difficulties that otherwise could be insurmountable.”Under the major disaster declaration, state, county and municipal governments, as well as eligible private non-profits can receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of eligible expenses related to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible expenses can include but are not limited to costs associated with paying overtime, or materials and equipment purchases. The declaration also provides direct federal assistance, which provides federal materials and supplies to support state and local response efforts.In the coming weeks, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will reach out to potential applicants to view the application process and necessary documentation. As the response period for the COVID-19 outbreak is continuing, the process will take weeks. All reimbursements are handled electronically.Governor Wolf said his request for other federal aid remains under consideration. His letter to the President included the following Individual Assistance programs: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Statewide Hazard Mitigation.It is not known how soon a determination will be made about the rest of his request. Governor Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak, which is a required step to request a federal major disaster declaration, on March 6, 2020.See this information in Spanish here. Governor Wolf: Request for Major Disaster Declaration Approved March 31, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Buyers paying millions in cash for Brisbane homes despite COVID

first_imgThis apartment at 3/81 Moray St, New Farm, sold to a cash buyer for $4.8m.BUYERS hamstrung by COVID-19 are pouring their life savings into bricks and mortar instead of shares or holidays, paying cash for multi-million dollar properties across Brisbane.With more buyers than listings and money cheaper than ever, local agents are seeing a growing trend in the number of home hunters “with money in the bank” who are not prepared to wait out the pandemic to secure their dream home.And local agents say now is the time to buy without having to compete with interstate buyers for the best homes on the market.Joseph Lordi of McGrath Estate Agents sold a home on Brisbane’s bayside this week for a whopping $8.5 million — and the local buyer paid for it in cash.This property at 32 Sentinel Court, Raby Bay, has sold for $8.5m in a cash deal.Mr Lordi said the sale of the five-bedroom home on 2300 sqm of beachfront land at 32 Sentinel Court in Raby Bay attracted seven offers — all from cash buyers — before selling to a middle-aged couple with “money in the bank”.“Cash is king right now,” Mr Lordi said.“At this price point — north of $4 million — there’s a lot of cash buyers.”The view from the property at 32 Sentinel Court, Raby Bay.Mr Lordi said he had started to really notice the trend in the past 12 months, when his agency sold four properties for more than $3 million each to local buyers, and all were cash contracts.“We’re finding interstate buyer inquiry is pushing up the local buyers’ (prices),” he said.“The inquiries from interstate are still there, but they just can’t get here. I have one lady with a budget of $10 million who has sold in Toorak and is now renting, but can’t wait to get back to Brisbane to buy because that’s where she’s from.“The window of opportunity to buy without having to compete with interstate buyers is now. That’s what we’re telling (buyers) and I am noticing more urgency.”Brisbane’s bayside is attracting cash buyers, according to local agents.Mr Lordi said smaller sales around the $1 million to $3 million price bracket were to buyers who had either sold their previous home earlier in the year or had pre-approval and cash ready to go.He said some buyers were even taking their money out of shares and putting it into property instead.“I sold another one this week for $1.29 million in cash,” he said.This townhouse at 5/1 Cross Lane, Cleveland, recently sold for $1.46m in cash.The five-bedroom home in Tarragindi is yet to go unconditional.Mr Lordi said he sold another property — a four-bedroom townhouse at 5/1 Cross Lane, Cleveland, prior to auction earlier this month for $1.46 million in cash, and another at 36 Raby Esp, Ormiston, for $1.225 million in cash, also prior to auction.“I think people are seeing the value for money in the bayside, and the lifestyle,” he said.“We’re getting a big feeder market from inner-city suburbs like New Farm, Bulimba, Ascot.A knockdown property on a double block at 36 Raby Esp, Ormiston, recently sold for $1.225m to a cash buyer.Especially downsizers who have sold their home for $2.3 million and are getting a waterfront property with a pontoon here for the same sort of money.”“I feel people are seeing the advantages of having cash at the moment,” Mr Lordi said.Place Kangaroo Point agent Simon Caulfield said buyers were turning to property because they were getting such low returns for having their money sitting in the bank and or in the volatile sharemarket.“I think this might be the new norm,” Mr Caulfield said. “It makes sense economically, and from a lifestyle perspective.“If you do the maths on $4 million and buy a property with it versus having the money in the stock market or getting a 1 per cent return from having it in the bank, you might as well buy something nice that you can also live in and get further enjoyment from.”This apartment at 7/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, has sold for $4.4m in a cash deal.Mr Caulfield has just sold an apartment in Kangaroo Point for $4.4 million to a younger cash buyer, who wanted an amazing property to enjoy because they could no longer travel.“It’s hard to comprehend that level of funds and not think; ‘Wow, that’s a lot of money to put in one asset, but it shows the level of confidence,” he said.The view of Brisbane CBD from the apartment at 7/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point.Mr Caulfield said buyers at the top end were no longer prepared to wait out COVID-19 to secure their luxury home.“I think the reality has sunk in for people who have been sitting on their hands for six months. If you’ve got a lot of money, what do you do with it?” he said.“There a lot of cash buyers, but not a lot of stock, so that’s starting to create a bit of competition.”Patrick McKinnon of Place Ascot recently sold a home in Hendra for $2.4 million in a cash unconditional deal to a local family.Mr McKinnon said the five-bedroom property at 36 Newmarket Street was on a 506 sqm block, with a pool and pool house.This home at 36 Newmarket St, Hendra, sold for $2.4m cash.He said he had three offers on the property before the vendors settled on the price.“As long as COVID stays away, I think we’re going to have a cracking Spring,” Mr McKinnon said.“Because people aren’t going on overseas holidays, they’re restructuring their lives and deciding where they want to live.”Mr McKinnon said a number of sale-ready properties that had been put on hold a few months ago were now coming back on the market as vendors regained confidence.“It’s just crazy money,”“I just think all these people who are now buying are saying; ‘We want a nicer house, money’s cheap, let’s buy now’.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThe front of the house at 36 Newmarket St, Hendra.And when it comes to properties, the bigger the better it seems, with the coronavirus changing buyer preferences.“I think people are very mindful they need room to be able to work from home now,” Mr McKinnon said.But buyer’s agent Lauren Moore of Lauren Moore Property said she did not recommend her clients buy with cash.This apartment at 3/81 Moray St, New Farm, sold to a cash buyer.“Unless a buyer literally has the full amount of cash for the purchase sitting in their bank account, it’s an extremely risky move in any market, but especially in a market like this,” Ms Moore said.“There are purchasers that are prepared to take the risk, but as a buyer’s agent we guide our clients on the risks associated with making a cash offer and always recommend they discuss with their solicitors.“If one party loses a job, or the valuation doesn’t stack up and they only have pre-approval, they need to find the rest of the money to complete the purchase.”A render of The Oxlade penthouse, which sold to a cash buyer for $7m.BRISBANE’S BIGGEST CASH HOME DEALS OF 2020Address Sale price32 Sentinel Court, Raby Bay $8.5mPenthouse at 80 Oxlade Dr, New Farm $7m404 Bowen Tce $2.24m3/81 Moray St, New Farm $4.8m7/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point $4.4m36 Newmarket St, Hendra $2.4m5/1 Cross Lane, Cleveland $1.46m36 Raby Esp, Ormiston $1.225m3 & 4/59 Byron St, Bulimba $3.075m1102/59 Byron St, Bulimba $1.95m(Source: Place Estate Agents, McGrath Estate Agents)last_img read more