Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pexels / Pixabay Stock Image.ALBANY — Saying that New York State has failed to respond, the New York State United Teachers union is calling on county governments to order the use of masks in all schools within the county.In what they call absence of statewide action, union leaders are turning their attention to local governments by urging counties to mandate mask use in all schools.“While some school districts are doing the right thing and requiring masks at all times, we still are seeing others who refuse to take this basic step to protect the health of students, staff and families,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “Orange County is taking a lead role in helping address the reservations that exist regarding reopening school buildings. We believe other county leaders should follow suit and address the concerns we’re still hearing from educators and parents.”Last week, NYSUT sent a letter to state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker imploring the department to make the wearing of masks at all times indoors during the school day mandatory, except for appropriate break periods and in cases of medical accommodation. The union cited recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommends the universal use of face coverings, as well as a recent change in Pennsylvania guidance to make the use of masks mandatory at all times during the school day.
Porter Davis Homes Queensland state manager Grant Whinnett said house hunters looking to buy their first home made up one of the biggest percentages of the market at the moment.“More affordable house and land packages and government incentives, particularly in Queensland and the Gold Coast, are certainly a contributing factor to this trend,” he said.The builder said it prided itself on offering first-home buyers affordable house and land packages without compromising on quality.Kris Hanney, 31, is building his first home with Porter Davis in Maudsland.He moved in with friends and cut back on everyday luxuries to save a $60,000 deposit, which took about a year.“Obviously moving in with mates was a big thing but I gave up smoking, even nights out with mates,” he said.“You have to, if you want something you’ve got to work for it.“Hard work pays off.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 MORE NEWS: Buyers splash almost $4 million on beachfront pad Kris Hanney is building his first home in Maudsland.Construction activity has slowed in some estates with heavy dependence on investors while others have expanded off the back of strong demand that no longer existed.“In recent months, some estates in Pimpama and Coomera have expanded to new stages, having sold all or almost all of the earlier stages during the period of stronger demand,” the report said.“The new home sites appear to be impacted by the slower take up as many are left vacant for a long time.”Herron Todd White residential director Janine Rockliff said changes to investment lending were responsible for the market flip.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoBut she said developers were leveraging off the fact that first-home buyers often looked for smaller lots at more affordable prices as investors did.Despite market uncertainty and tighter lending criteria, first-home buyers seemed to be out in force. MORE NEWS: Coast castle’s price slashed First-home buyers could save many developmentsFIRST-home buyers are propping up some housing projects in the Gold Coast’s northern corridor because a wave of interstate investors has dried up, a new report says.Leading property valuation firm Herron Todd White’s latest Month in Review, to be released on Tuesday, says housing estates that targeted interstate investors are struggling the most.“Many of the housing estates in the northern fringe region have been targeted at interstate investors, but in the past six to 12 months there was a noticeable decline in the number of sales of land and building packages in this segment of the market,” the report said.“Consequently, some developers found themselves having to rely on first-home buyers to ensure the continuity of their projects.”